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Outdoor movies, plus the African American Book Festival, June 16-22

Nicole Villalpando
Elizabeth Kahura brings stories from Africa to the Austin Public Library. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Rhythm on Stage. Learn how to do West African dances with the whole family. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin African American Book Festival. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

An Attitude of Gratitude With Bernadette Nason. A fairy helps a cranky woman who lives in a vinegar bottle be grateful. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks library; 2 p.m. Thursday, Milwood.

Carolina Storyteller. Stories of children as heroes. 3 p.m. Tuesday, St. John library.

Elizabeth Kahura. African storytelling. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Carver library.

Camp Bluebonnet. Celebrate the Texas Bluebonnet Award. "The Boo-boos That Changed the World." 2 p.m. Monday, Old Quarry library. "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut." 1 p.m. Wednesday, St. John.

BookPeople events. 10:30 a.m. storytimes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Armstrong Community Music School, Tuesday; Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo, Wednesday; Splashing Into Summer, Saturday. Check the website for additional events and storytimes throughout the summer. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble events. New Baby & Me storytime. 11 a.m. Sunday, Arboretum and Round Rock. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locations offer 11 a.m. storytimes. "Toy Story 4" and "Forky in Craft Buddy Day," Saturday.


Saturday Morning Kids Live Concert. 9 a.m. Saturdays. This week Groundwork Music Orchestra plays. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road.

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. Bring a picnic and listen to music of one of the symphony's sections. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin Symphony Children's Day Art Park. For the second year, the concerts and activities are at the Austin Central Library. A different musician plays each week with a different theme. "Mole Music," Wednesday. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Free. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. The event is expanding to more locations and events. 7 p.m. Friday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, "Mole Music" and a story in Spanish and English.

All Rhymes. Cuban music tells the story of "Martina the Beautiful Cockroach." 2 p.m. Thursday, University Hills library.

Austin Opera. 2 p.m. Monday, Howson library; 2 p.m. Thursday, Pleasant Hill; 2 p.m. Friday, Southeast.


Bullock Museum. "The Iron Giant," 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Paramount Theatre's Summer Movie Classics. Many of them are great for kids.  "The Iron Giant," 1 p.m. Sunday; "The Secret Garden," 1 p.m. Saturday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. Most of the schedule has not been set yet, but these morning movies can be seen with a donation of $1-$5 to a local charity or school. "Trolls," 10 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Lakeline. "Paddington 2," 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday, Mueller. "Shrek," 10:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane.  Other screenings: Opening Night Fan Event: "Toy Story 4." 5 p.m. Thursday, Lakeline. "Toy Story 4" Family Party. 10 a.m. Saturday, Mueller. 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane.

Sound and Cinema. Watch a classic movie with a soundtrack by a local band. This week watch "The Goonies." Free. 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Movies in the Park. Pull up your lawn chair and watch these movies at dusk: "Angels in the Outfield," Thursday, Parque Zaragoza.

Humane Society. Outdoor Movie Night. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Watch a movie with the whole family either outside or in the auditorium if it rains. Games and concessions. Well-behaved dogs on a leash can attend. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11, Regal Metropolitan and Gateway Stadium 16. This week: "Lego Batman Movie" and  "House With a Clock in its Walls." Tickets are $1.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Round Rock 8; 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. Wednesdays, Hill Country Galleria. This week: "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch."


Literature Life Presents "Jack and the Beanstalk." 2 p.m. Monday, Windsor Park library; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Cepeda; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Willie Mae Kirk; 2 p.m. Thursday, Ruiz; 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca.

Magik Theatre Presents "Jack and the Beanstalk." 1 p.m. Sunday, Central Library.

"Too Many Stories!" A little girl catches two people stealing something from a department store. 10 a.m. Wednesday. $8. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

"Once Upon a Whaaa?!" The Hideout Theatre's improv show for children. 11 a.m. Sunday. $12-$8. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

"Wake Up, Brother Bear!" For ages 6 and younger. Two bear siblings explore the seasons. 1 p.m. Sunday. $10. Zach Theatre's Whisenhunt Studio, 1510 Toomey Road.


Energy Transformation workshop, for ages 5 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Science Mill.Drones & Droids. See a NASA robotics team, pilot a drone and more. R2-D2 will attend. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Space Camp. Create rockets, flying saucers and more. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village Branch of the Austin Public Library.


Bullock Museum. Sense-sational Thursdays, explore history with your senses at 10 a.m. Thursday with the theme Musical.  Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Western Days Festival Celebration. Thursday-Saturday. Carnival, dance and more. 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10-11 a.m. Saturday. U.S. 95 N and Main Street, Elgin.

Williamson Museum.Summer Chores. Do chores like they used to do in the 1870s. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Chisholm Trail location. Midsommar Celebration. Celebrate one of Sweden's most traditional festivals. Make flower crowns and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Chisholm Trail location. Williamson Museum, 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.


Thinkery workshops. Tinkering Take Homes: Wood Burning Art. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25-27. $6. No Sew Tote Bag. For ages $4 and up. Create a bag in the Spark Shop. $5 a kit. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 3D Letters. For ages 4 and up. Learn to cut out shapes with a scroll saw. $5 a kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Bullock Museum. Make It Tuesdays. Create art at 10 a.m. Tuesday. This week: Juneteenth Jubilee. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Blanton Museum. Each summer, the Blanton brings creative programs for different age groups that have you learning about art as well as making it. Reserve your space a week in advance. 3ft Deep for ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday. Artists and Authors, for ages 5-7, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday. Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10-11:15 a.m. Friday. Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Friday. Plus you can make art in the WorkLab, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fairy Houses. Make your own, with supplies provided. 2 p.m. Old Quarry library, Tuesday.

Artist in Residence: Niku Arbabi. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Central Library.

Art Smart: Chibi-Tastic. 2 p.m. Monday, Willie Mae Kirk library; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ruiz; 3 p.m. Thursday, St. John.

Felt and Filmgazing. Sew felt characters based on movies."Iron Giant." 2 p.m. Friday, North Village library. 

Get Your Science On: Glow in the Dark Art. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Little Walnut Creek; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Carver.


Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. Learn about Land and Sea. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin.Bubble Party. 10:30 a.m. Friday. $12. Daddy & Me "Star Wars" Playdate. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Greater Austin Comic Con. Celebrate your favorite comic book characters. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $35, $18 for children 6-12. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

"Fortnite" Party. 1 p.m. Monday, Manchaca library; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Howson.

Catch Air Father's Day card-making. Let the kids play and make a card for Father's Day.  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 13450 N. U.S. 183, Suite 107, and 1401 S. Interstate 35, Suite 130, Round Rock. Cards are free with admission.

Animals and Nature

The Woodland Faerie Trail. Explore Austin's architecture for fairies of all kinds. Through Aug. 10. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Wildflower Center. Nature Nights. Free family programming 6-9 p.m. on Thursday. This week: Life on the Prairie. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Austin Reptile Show. 2 p.m. Monday, Spicewood Springs branch; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek; 2 p.m. Friday, Terrazas.

The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series. The Austin Humane Society offers events throughout the summer for children. Tail Talks. 1 p.m. Tuesday, 1 p.m. Wednesday. This is your chance to ask all the questions about the animals in your life. Children 8-12. Humane Hero Hour. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Make toys for cats and dogs and meet some furry friends. Children 8 and younger. Free, but you must register,, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.