Recreation

Rhythm on Stage. The Long Center’s next free summer series will let you take center stage over the course of three hot summer nights. This all-ages event for beginners and experts alike focuses on different dance styles each time. Next up is an annual fan favorite, Bollywood dance. For the final Rhythm on Stage, on Aug. 1, try your hips at Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” Dance instruction from Rohit Ramachandran begins at 7:30 p.m.; you'll be able to dance until 8:45 p.m. 7 p.m. doors July 18. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org/events-and-tickets/rhythm-on-stage

Theater & dance

"Swimming While Drowning." In Teatro Vivo's latest production, Angelo is a dreamer and Mila a streetwise realist, and both are 15 and homeless. They become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens and build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self-acceptance. Emilio Rodriguez's poetic story celebrates the healing power of hope and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$20. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St. teatrovivo.org

Books

Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday. Some novels are often described as poetic. That description usually means the language is lyrical, but the lyric is only one type of poetry and only one style available to poets and prose writers alike. In this panel, four poets, Charlie Clark, Zoe Fay-Stindt, Tomas Q. Morin and Allyson Whipple, will discuss what "poetic" actually means and all of the styles possible within modern poetry by reading and talking about some of their favorite poems. 7 p.m. July 18. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com

Gardening calendar

Free Composting Class. Additional households in Austin will have the ability to compost via a city program, but what does that entail? And without the program, how is it possible anyway? Find out at this city of Austin workshop that will also discuss the city's home composting rebate program. Composting is nature's way of recycling, and you can turn food scraps and lawn clippings into a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your yard instead of adding them to a landfill. 10 a.m. July 20. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. tngaustin.com/events

Children's Book Fair at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Meet Texas-based children’s authors and illustrators, enjoy story time and other literary activities, and discover great stories and books to take home. Browse books in the air-conditioned McDermott Learning Center; then head to the wildflower center's Family Garden to read in the shade of Lynda’s Library, a new addition to the Play Lawn. Authors include Emma Virjan, Carmen Oliver and Lindsay Leslie. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 20. $6-$12. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org