What’s Up Weekly: September 8-12, 2014

Happening All Week

Music Forever Music Together Sample Classes (RSVP) – Monday, September 8 – Friday, September 13. View class schedule, locations, and RSVP here. FREE!

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, September 8 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will Jump for Joy as they explore the letter J. Be ready to Jiggle some Jello, make Jewelry, and uncover gems hidden among our sensory bins. Armstrong Community Music School, one of Baby Bloomers’ favorite Sing-a-long guests, will join the fun. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children’s books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Making Literacy Accessible: StorySign Storytime – Monday, September 8 at 10:15 a.m. This storytime will feature an American Sign Language storyteller, signed and vocal songs and fingerplays, and a craft activity. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Monday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m. Bring your children ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Monday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome! FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.

Big Band Bash (Lakeway) – Monday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and bring your own beverages and snacks. Enjoy big band music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. FREE and open to all ages. Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, September 9 at 9:30 a.m. Little ones, 2-5 years old, will enjoy a new story each week, followed by crafts related to the story. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Things That Go Storytime – Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. Who can resist the allure of a brand-new tractor sparkling in the morning sun or an endless string of shiny train cars stretching as far as the eye can see? If you’re nodding in agreement, then you’ll want to come hear Shark Vs. Train, along with other stories about the miraculous machines that rumble and rattle and go. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Don’t Let the Crayons Quit! Storytime – Tuesday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy Corduroy and a reading of select letters from The Day the Crayons Quit! Beige, Black, Pink and White need your help! After the event, show these under-utilized Crayons support by using only these colors in fun and creative ways. Customers will be invited to create a letter, make a list, draw or color a picture, and place it in the Support the Crayons! Message Box. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Pocket Park Appreciation Series: Teddy Bear Picnic – Tuesday, September 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the great neighborhood parks in Brushy Creek, but how much do you know about the pocket parks? Bring your teddy bear along as you explore a new-to-you park with friends. FREE! Racine Woods Park, 8174 Racine Trail, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Tuesday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the Library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Discovery! Writing Workshop: Nature Writing – Tuesday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m. Calling all young tree huggers. Come try your hand at some nature writing. Whether you’re big into bugs, plum into plants, batty about birds, or over the moon about the ocean – you’ll have the chance to become a citizen scientist for the afternoon and write about your findings. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more, especially designed for older kids (fourth grade and up). FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Drawing Club – Tuesday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. Artists ages 10 to 17 can learn, practice, and perfect their drawing skills. Prizes will be delivered for the best/most creative drawing of the month. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Movie Night: The Lego Movie – Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Move Your Tale Improv Class for Pre Schoolers – Wednesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m. Join the fun at ColdTowne Theater for a free trial of Leaping Legends, Move Your Tale’s Improvised Storytelling class for ages 3 to 6. Guided by their instructor, children explore Storytelling and Improv basics, creating characters and stories at a moment’s notice. Parents are welcome to observe. FREE! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Wednesday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the idea that music makes every day a little better, The Music Bats encourages young children and their caregivers to spread their wings through music and play. Through sing-alongs, dancing, and hands-on time with instruments and props, Music Bats wants kids and their families to learn one thing in the class: music=fun. FREE! ($10 suggested donation per family.) Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.
AdvertisementYoga in the Park – Wednesday, September 10 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.

Teen Craft Night – Wednesday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Make cool stuff! All supplies will be provided. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Build Night with littleBits (Round Rock) – Wednesday, September 10 from 5-7:00 p.m. TechShop is breaking out their littleBits and inviting people to play, invent, make, and submit a project to Instructables. See what your imagination can dream up. TechShop will provide lots and lots of littleBits; craft materials (glue, tape, scissors, paper, colored craft foam, etc.); and miscellaneous bin wall materials, odds and ends … FUN STUFF to assist your build. You bring ideas, creativity, and your camera/phone/a way to document your process for submission. Recommended for ages 5+. FREE! TechShop Austin-Round Rock, 120 Sundance Pkwy, Ste 350, Round Rock.

Community Night - Wednesday, September 10 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 10 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln, and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, September 10 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by The Rankin Twins and Bob Cheevers. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, September 10 from 8-10:00 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session the astronomy department sponsors free public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children should be under adult supervision at all times. FREE! Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, September 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.

Move Your Tale Improv Class for Ages 5-8 – Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. and at 4:30 p.m. Join the fun at ColdTowne Theater for a free trial of Fable Frames, Move Your Tale’s Improv class for ages 5 to 8. Guided by their instructor, children explore Improv games basics. High energy, low pressure. Come see what Improv is all about. Parents are welcome to observe the trial class. FREE! ColdTowne Theater 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.

Little Yoga – Thursday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children 3 to 6 years old to experience exercise in a mellow environment. Children and their adults will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 11 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear One Ounce Opera perform their remembrance of 9/11. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Thursday, September 11 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. No matter your age, strength, or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga meets you where you are. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Family Rock Climbing Adventures (RSVP) – Thursday, September 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join a professionally certified rock climbing instructor as she guides your family on rock climbing adventures at various outdoor locations around Austin. Put on by Metz Recreation Center and the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, this adventure will provide your family with a team-building opportunity like no other. Plus you get to experience what the outdoor world of Austin has to offer! Program is FREE and all gear is provided, except climbing shoes. Ages 8 and up only. RSVP required; 512-478-8716 call to reserve your spot. Location provided at registration.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, September 11 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Dav Pilkey Appearance – Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. Dav Pilky, the bestselling author of the Captain Underpants series, will discuss Captain Underpants’ latest adventure: Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Book purchase is required to join the signing line; find details here. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Instrumental Jazz from Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Bordertown Bootleggers play Western Swing. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Raising Arizona – Thursday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Rated PG-13. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 W Guadalupe, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. This week, Warren Hood performs. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time - Friday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated but not required hereFREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – Friday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Local & Live at the Visitor Center – Friday, September 12 from 4-6:00 p.m. Local & Live is a music series put on by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hear some of the best music Austin has to offer. Each performance will provide the audience with a closer, more intimate experience with the artists, who will usually be playing solo or acoustic sets. This week, the Jitterbug Vipers perform. FREE! Austin Visitor Center, 603 E 4th St, Austin.

Hot Science – Cool Talks – Friday, September 12 at 5:45 p.m. Chemistry is easy. Dr. David Laude, Professor of Chemistry, is tired of everyone taking three steps back every time he tells them that he is a chemist. He will demonstrate how a few simple, recurring ideas in chemistry can help you understand concepts like climate change, how batteries work, and how food is made. Dr. Laude will also create explosions and cap your evening by making liquid nitrogen ice cream for everyone. Interactive Fair from 5:45-7:00 p.m.;Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. FREE! UT Campus, Welch Hall Auditorium, 105 E 24th St, Austin.

Music in the Park – Friday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and the kids for a relaxing evening listening to the Mount Pressmore band. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, September 12 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Afro-Cuban Funk by Mambo Blue. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Friday, September 12 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Wendy Colonna plays soul and roots music. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, September 12 from 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Bottom Dollar String Band performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.


In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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