What’s Up Weekly: October 13-17, 2014

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The Making of Gone with the Wind – Monday, October 13 – Friday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit is open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.) Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center’s collections. This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.

Monday

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids – Monday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, October 13 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.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, October 13 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.

Lego Lab – Monday, October 13 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.

Jose-Luis Orozco Family Concert (RSVP) – Monday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. Hola Amigos! Join Jose-Luis Orozco for a family concert, where your children will sing, dance, clap, and laugh, all while learning basic language and literacy skills in an interactive musical experience. To RSVP, email macceducation@austintexas.gov FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, October 13 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, October 13 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, October 14 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, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Tuesday, October 14 at 10:15 a.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Things That Go Storytime – Tuesday, October 14 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 hear a reading of the brand new I’m Brave, along with other stories about all the different kinds of miraculous machines that rumble and rattle and go. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Reading Dog – Tuesday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read and or or visit with kiddos. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, October 14 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.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Tuesday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, mask-making ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, October 14 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, October 14 from 3:30-5:30 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: Ghost Stories – Tuesday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. What kind of ghost stories do you like best? The kind that make you jump? The kind that make you giggle? Whether you like spooky spirits or funny phantoms, come to Laura’s to hear some Halloween tales and write one of your own. It’s sure to be a brilliant BOOnanza. Recommended for third grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Tween Scene: Gocks (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. Create a gothic sock puppet of your very own design. Materials provided while supplies last. Ages 8-12. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Drawing Club – Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. Artists ages 10 to 17 can learn, practice, and perfect their drawing skills. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Hiking Adventures (RSVP) – Tuesday, October 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. Explore the beauty of the outdoors in Austin. Families will hike and adventure into some of the most beautiful and famous parks Austin has to offer. An experienced instructor will guide your family and provide fun Austin nature facts along the way. Ages 5 and up welcome. Call 512-478-8716 to reserve your spot. FREE! Location provided at registration.

Family Movie Night: Muppets Most Wanted – Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Jasper Fforde Speaking & Signing The Eye of Zoltar – Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Jasper Fforde continues his exciting series for middle grade readers. The long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands 16-year-old Jennifer Strange to find the Eye of Zoltar, proclaiming that if she fails, he will eliminate the only two dragons left on earth. How can a teenage non-magician outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known? The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. In order to have anything signed at a BookPeople event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, October 15 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, October 15 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.

National Fossil Day Celebration – Wednesday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet paleontologists from Texas Memorial Museum and the Paleontological Society of Austin to learn about collecting fossils and the fabulous fossil record of Texas. Explore the exhibits in the Hall of Geology and Paleontology and discover ancient Austin. FREE! Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, October 15 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.

Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. Friends from Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, October 15 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.

Weeknight Cooking with Marie – Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. Marie Saba, local cookbook author, food blogger, and mom of two, will share her secrets for getting a healthy meal on the table any night of the week. Marie will provide recipes for her favorite crock-pot dishes, succulent sauces (to dress up boring meats and veggies!), last-minute main courses, and super quick and easy one-ingredient sides. Most of the dishes are based on real whole foods, which are naturally gluten free, and many are compliant with paleo and clean-eating lifestyles. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Wednesday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Cuentacuentos: Storytime en Español – Wednesday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, children and their parents are invited to experience a reading of the picture book Pio Peep. (Traditional Spanish nursery rhymes). This is a Spanish-language storytime with word practice activities afterwards. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Wednesday, October 15 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 15 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.

Anime Club – Wednesday, October 15 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 12 and up gather to watch and discuss anime films. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Thinkery at the Library – Wednesday, October 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn to craft with redstone in Minecraft and participate in fun physics activities! The program is recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.Advertisement
Lego Lab – Wednesday, October 15 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night – Wednesday, October 15 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.

Family Movie Night: Casper – Wednesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. Rated PG. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Dinner and a Movie in the Plaza (Round Rock) – Wednesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. Movies in the Plaza continues with Ratatouille at 7:30 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. Fire in the Hole will be onsite selling refreshments. Rated G. FREE! Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 15 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, October 15 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 Band Of Heathens and Robyn Ludwick. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, October 15 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

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Visit with a Park Ranger – Thursday, October 16 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy a special visit from a City of Austin Park Ranger who will share a story and information about animals that live in Texas. There will be a “touch table” where children will get to be up close and personal with furs and skulls. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Thursday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Hola, Hola! – Thursday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents & their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, October 16 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Musicians of Central celebrate 175 Years. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Thursday, October 16 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.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lego Lab – Thursday, October 16 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, October 16 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Big Sing 1 – Thursday, October 16 at 6:15 p.m. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition “James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash),” this Big Sing incorporates a variety of songs with diverse subject matter and influence. Songs will range from cowboy tunes reminiscent of West Texas to Classical works and will span styles and time periods. Craig Hella Johnson leads each Big Sing gathering in vocal warm-ups and short, melodic songs that can be easily learned. The Big Sing is open to everyone, regardless of musical training and experience. Through a fun, no-pressure group singing experience, audience members learn basic vocal technique and sing as one with hundreds of others. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, October 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, October 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. All-female acoustic trio The Carper Family Band play Americana and Bluegrass tunes. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Present Company presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic, and one helluva hurricane. Promoting the philosophy of accessible and sustainable art, Shakespeare on the Farm is a FREE event, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 helps support the event and the artists that create it. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair and a picnic, although snacks and donation-based cocktails will be available. Suitable for all ages. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at about 7:30 p.m. RSVP here to guarantee your spot. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, October 17 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 here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – Friday, October 17 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, October 17 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Friday, October 17 from 3:30-5:30 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Friday Family Films – Friday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Rated G. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Fall Festival (Pflugerville) – Friday, October 17 from 4-9:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of games, family crafts stations, activities, and more while strolling though Hawaiian Falls’ decorated grounds. Admission to the festival is FREE! Activities, crafts, and pumpkins have a fee. Hawaiian Falls, 18500 N SH 130 Service Rd SB, Pflugerville.

Caution! May Cause Madness – Friday, October 17 from 6-9:00 p.m. Join us for a night of mad science and paranormal phenomena! Make creeptastic crafts, go insane on some video games, try out a mind-blowing Air Vortex Cannon, and lose your mind with deranged science experiments. This program is recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Live Music at the Midway – Friday, October 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. Live music by Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers and trailer food under the lights–a perfect combination. FREE! Midway Food Park, 1905 S Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin.

Movies in Your Park at Mueller: Frozen – Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a family-friendly movie. Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Activities will start at 6:30 p.m. and movie will begin at dusk. Rated PG. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, October 17 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Soul and Americana by Cracker Box Gospel Band. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, October 17 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Folk by Emilie Clepper. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, October 17 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, Miranda Rose Music and Jonny Burke perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Voces de Latinoamerica Festival – Friday, October 17 from 7-9:00 p.m. Featuring a multicultural display of cinematography, theater, literature, music, folklore, graphic arts, and food. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Present Company presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic, and one helluva hurricane. Promoting the philosophy of accessible and sustainable art, Shakespeare on the Farm is a FREE event, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 helps support the event and the artists that create it. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair and a picnic, although snacks and donation-based cocktails will be available. Suitable for all ages. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at about 7:30 p.m. RSVP here to guarantee your spot. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, 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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