ESL classes will be offered through July 30th. The classes in July will be conversation classes. All levels (low intermediate, high intermediate, advanced) will meet together to discuss a different topic each week. This is a chance for our students to practice speaking. Low intermediate students will be paired with a language buddy (someone who speaks your language) who can help translate for you. We look forward to seeing you in throughout July.
Austin, TX — The Austin Museum Partnership is proud to host the 14th annual Austin Museum Day – a free, city-wide rediscovery of Austin museums. On Sunday, September 25, take the entire family out on the town to enjoy local exhibits and activities at more than 30 participating institutions!
Special activities planned include: free guided bus tours of Austin heritage, culture and environment with the Austin Tour Guide Association; a meet & greet with live dino descendants at the Austin Nature & Science Center; see art come to life at the Blanton Museum’s tailgate pARTy; rock out and re-live the 1960s at the LBJ Library and Museum; take a trip back to Austin’s original “green” days at the Neill-Cochran House Museum; and enjoy a bubble-licious performance at the Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria.
The Austin Museum Partnership is a consortium of Austin-area museums organized in 1998 to promote collaborations for the mutual benefit of the public and the museums.
The membership includes art and science museums; historic sites and history museums; nature preserves, natural habitats, and botanical gardens; the University of Texas library and art repositories; a Presidential library; a children’s museum; a museum about Texas music; and the spectacular Texas State Capitol. And best of all, it’s all right here in Austin, Texas!
Find the participating sites and 2011 Museum Day activities below and at www.austinmuseums.org.
Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado Street (512) 472-2499
10 AM – 5 PM
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is here! Step back in time to 70 million years ago to encounter touchable dinosaurs
of all shapes and sizes in their own prehistoric habitats. Enjoy our Dinosaur exhibit along with other favorites such as Funstruction Zone, Global City, Tinkerers’ Workshop, and Rising Star Ranch along with Storytime all day on the hour. Join us to explore, learn and play!
Austin Museum of Art
3809 West 35th St (512) 458-8191
Join us for an Art Scavenger Hunt, enjoy a bubble-icious performance by The Bubble Chef, and create nature-inspired art to take home! Check out the beautiful grounds at our historic, 12-acre Laguna Gloria site and enjoy a healthy treat from MamboBerry. Get your art on as AMOA celebrates Museum Day!
Come explore, learn and play!
Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive (512)-974-3888 www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc/
Noon to 4PM
Dino Discovery Day! Join us on Austin Museum Day to discover dinosaurs at the Austin Nature and Science Center. ANSC in collaboration with the Austin Children’s Museum presents a family dino discovery day. Dig for dinosaur fossils in the Dino Pit exhibit, make a dino mask and meet some live dino descendants. Fun for the entire family!! Naturalist Workshop and Wildlife Enclosures open as well.
Sheffield Education Center / Splash Exhibit
2201 Andrew Zilker Dr. (512) 481-1466
Come see a Barton Springs Salamander in its natural habitat! A salamander specialist will be in Eliza Spring to talk with visitors about these unique animals. Also don’t miss a chance to see our brand new exhibit “Barton Springs, The Soul of Austin”, and to explore the caverns of the Edwards Aquifer in the “Splash! Exhibit”.
Austin Tour Guide Association
One route starts at Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum One route starts at Brush Square
Certified tour guides of the Austin Tour Guide Association offer trolley excursions with lively commentary. Folks can ride between significant cultural sites downtown on two loop routes, one based at Brush Square directly opposite the Capital Metro Red Line terminus, and the other originating from the Bullock Museum. The hop-on, hop-off jaunts run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each round-trip lasts about 45 minutes, and the itineraries overlap at the Bullock. Schedules and maps will be available on the vehicles, at the two bus booths, and in participating museums.
Blanton Museum of Art
UT Campus/ MLK at Congress
The Blanton Museum’s Faulkner Plaza will come to life with a Tailgate pARTy celebrating Austin Museum Day! Enjoy games, music, and a special scavenger hunt through the museum’s French drawings exhibition,Storied Past. Also, participate in a large-scale community artwork and make playful figure drawings from moving models.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701 www.thestoryoftexas.com Noon – 6PM
Explore three floors of exciting exhibits with the sights, sounds, even smells of Texas history, including in-depth looks at three enduring themes as big as the Lone Star State: Land, Identity, and Opportunity.
Elisabet Ney Museum
304 East 44th Street
Austin, Texas 78751 (512) 458-2255
Please join us at the Elisabet Ney Museum with an exhibit of nature photography by Steven Schwartzman taken on the grounds of Elisabet Ney’s former studio, FORMOSA. Tour the first art museum in Texas in its Centennial year and enjoy hand-squeezed lemonade to help stay cool in the Texas heat.
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street 512-472-8180
Come celebrate the rich history of Austin and the 170th Anniversary of the French Legation. Guests will enjoy viewing rare images of the Legation from its earliest days to the present and learning about the preservation of Austin’s oldest home. Join us for guest speakers, kid’s activities, refreshments and more!
George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina Street (512) 974-4926
Don’t get stuck like glue at home, come on out and have some fun with music and treats at 1165 Angelina Street! The Carver will be having an Austin unveiling of the Barbara Jordan stamp reissued by the United States Postal Service. The Austin Stamp Club will help us celebrate all kinds of stamps for the day.
Goodwill Computer Museum
1015 Norwood Park Blvd. (512) 637-7539
The Goodwill Computer Museum (GCM) is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage computer equipment and to providing interactive exhibits and programs that educate the community on the history and use of computer technology. To celebrate Museum Day this year we have completely renovated our displays and will highlight a fully functional Relay Computer.
Harry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe Streets (512) 471-8944
Noon – 5PM
Explore the Ransom Center’s current exhibitions Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925 in docent-led tours at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Also on display are the Gutenberg Bible, First Photograph, and Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. All tours meet in the lobby.
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive (512) 837-1215
10AM – 5PM
Come see the Emmy-winning Biscuit Brothers PBS stars in a special noon concert. See the amazing new exhibit of historic inkwells. Horse-drawn wagon rides just like the 1800s. Plus new displays and exhibits for children, Texas longhorns, nature trails, live music, food and much more. Come live Lone Star history!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue, 78749 (512)232-0100
Women in Science Exhibit- Women in Science inspires young women to pursue careers in science. Are you interested in science? View informative and interactive exhibits, meet interesting women scientists and explore the world of science professions. Come meet women scientists and talk one-on-one. Astronomers, biologists, ecologists, mathematicians, chemists and engineers will answer your questions and tell you all about their careers at their fun activity table.
Landmarks Public Art Program
Open all day
Enjoy public art on the main campus and engage your children with Landmarks activity guides. Activity guides are available for three stages of development: younger children, older children, and adolescents. The guides provide an overview of the artworks and demonstrate relevant themes and activities. To print the guides before your tour, please visit http://www.landmarks.utexas.edu/education/activity_guides.
To plan your tour, download a Landmarks map at http://www.landmarks.utexas.edu.
LBJ Library & Museum
2313 Red River 512-721-0200
Exhibits 9AM-5PM; Activities 1-3PM
Rock out and re-live the 60s with the popular Beatles Tribute band, The Eggmen, at the LBJ Library on Austin Museum Day. The Eggmen will play on the Library Plaza from 1 – 3 p.m. Step inside the Library to enjoy the current exhibit, Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s. Free music, free admission, free parking. The Library’s permanent exhibits are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
419 Congress Avenue (512) 480-9373 www.mexic-artemuseum.org
Exhibits 10AM-5PM; Activities Noon-2PM
Come see Young Latino Artists 16: Thought Cloud featuring 10 Texas artists under the age of 35 and make multi-media collages inspired by the exhibit. In the back gallery, the Serie Print Project will be on site, teaching kids to make their own original serigraph prints using the same process featured in the Serie XVII exhibition. Also, be the first to see Voces de Latinas, a mult-site photography exhibition sponsored by the Austin History Center, opening at Mexic-Arte Museum on Austin Museum Day. The exhibition highlights the achievements and contributions of over one hundred local Latinas.
Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel (512)478-2335 www.nchmuseum.org
10AM – 5PM
Free parking in back!
This year’s surprise is a farm stand presented by Boggy Creek Farm owners Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler who own one of Austin’s oldest homes (1841). Museum Day occurs on the farm’s 170th birthday and to celebrate, these organic gurus will talk about their Abner Cook connection and Austin farming in the 1800s. Ice cream, cookies, and lemonade for all will be on the veranda, and uniformed members of the Union Army’s 173rd New York Volunteer Infantry and their wives will be on hand to talk about the Civil War and Reconstruction!
O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Museums
409 and 411 East 5th Street
(512) 472-1903 or (512) 974-3830 www.ci.austin.tx.us/ohenry www.ci.austin.tx.us/dickinson Noon – 5PM
Celebrate literature and legends at Brush Square. Join us in the museums’ courtyard for an afternoon of storytelling, music, and performance art. Folklorist Donna Ingham will tell compelling tales about Susanna Dickinson and stories by and about O. Henry. Ms. Ingham will start at noon, and will be occasionally relieved by the joyous sounds of the Austin Banjo Club. Following the banjo club, at 3 p.m., will be a monologue called “I Dismember the Alamo,” in which Laura Esparza will offer a take on the Battle of the Alamo through the eyes of Mexican descendants. Come meet the Friends of the O. Henry & Dickinson Museums and learn how you can become a member.
Save Austin’s Cemeteries
Oakwood Cemetery 1601 Navasota Street 512-917-1666 10AM – 4PM
Did you know that Austin’s first residents are buried right next to UT’s baseball stadium? Historic Oakwood Cemetery dates from 1839 and contains the graves of Austin’s founders, Texas heroes, and regular folks, many of whom have fascinating stories. Save Austin’s Cemeteries volunteers will be on hand at Oakwood to help locate the graves of notables and your Oakwood ancestors, point out beautiful monuments, or show you around the 1914 Gothic Revival limestone chapel designed by Charles H. Page.
The Republic of Texas Museum
510 E. Anderson Ln. (512)339-1997
10 am – 4 pm
Learn about Life in Texas during 1836-1846! Hands-on activities for children in “Grandma’s Backyard”, including an authentic kitchen! Kids can dress up in Frontier clothes and boots and learn about a day in the life of a Pioneer in the Republic. Other Exhibits include: “The 1936 Texas Centennial Celebration” and “A Texas Childhood.” Come experience the Republic of Texas!
Texas Archive of the Moving Image
at the French Legation Museum (512) 485- 3073
1 pm – 5 pm
See vintage footage of Austin from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s vast collection of moving images. Dating as far back as 1911, the presentation will include home movies, local television, advertisements, industrial films and more!
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
112 E. 11th Street (512) 305-8400
Exhibits Noon-5PM; Activities 1PM & 3PM
Come learn about William Sydney Porter, who later became the famous short story writer O. Henry. Porter worked in the General Land Office Building, now the Visitors Center, more than 100 years ago. The first 100 visitors will receive a free postcard featuring a photograph of Porter from that era. Visitors can also hear readings of one of O. Henry’s short stories, Bexar Script No. 2692, which the author set in the building. The readings will take place at 1:00 and 3:00 and visitors can listen as they view the locations in the building where this tale of theft and murder took place.
Texas State Capitol
1100 North Congress (512)463-0063
Enjoy the opportunity to explore the beauty and grandeur of the Texas Capitol Grounds. Visitors can pick up a brochure about the Grounds, including a guide to the 22 historic monuments. Guests can also request a Trail of Trees Guide to identify the many beautiful species throughout the 22 acres surrounding the Capitol. The first 40 guests who make a request will receive a postcard featuring a photograph of the dedication of the original Fireman’s Monument in 1896. Free guided tours of the Capitol will be provided regularly throughout the afternoon.
Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum
DPS Main Headquarters Building/Thomas Davis, Jr. Administrative Building 5805 N. Lamar/ Main lobby (512)424-2085
What does Texas law enforcement have to do with natural disasters? Learn such answers as you explore the 75 year history of the Texas Department of Public Safety. View unique artifacts including motorcycles, weaponry, uniforms and more.
Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery
401 W. 15th St. (512) 370-1300
Don’t Spit on the Sidewalk! Poison the Rat! Cover your Cough! See how these and other 20th century public health campaigns added an average 25 years to your life. Journey through the fights against disease, dirty water, spitting, smoking, contaminated food, filthy privies, poor diet, smelly city dumps, and early infant death. Special Sunday hours. Guided tours available.
Texas Military Forces Museum
2200 W 35th St. Camp Mabry 512-782-5659
Visit the museum’s brand new exhibit “9-11 and Beyond: The Texas National Guard in the War on Terror” and learn about the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Texas Army and Air National Guard in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the fascinating history of the Texas National Guard from 1836 to the present.
Texas Music Museum
1900 E. 11th st. (corner of E. 11th and San Marcos
Enjoy future exhibit “Texas First, Texas Best” celebrating 101 musicians who set milestones in Texas Music. While you enjoy the exhibit, test your knowledge of these musicians on an exhibit quiz.
Enjoy a variety of live music programs all afternoon from 1:30-4:30pm
607 1/2 Genard Street, 78751
Noon – 5PM
Tiny Park, a new art space features artists Deborah Stratman and Miguel Aragon. See website for exhibition details. Visitors are welcome for an extended viewing of the exhibit and to participate in art by creating their own collages in the gallery space!
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Road 512/445-5582
10AM – 4PM
Come join us for SculptFest! Visit with more than two dozen Texas Society of Sculptors’ artists about their work, watch them demonstrate their techniques for working in wood, clay, wax, stone. Explore your inner sculptor at our ten clay tables where artists of all ages can make sculptures of their own to take home.
Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701 512-477-1064
Visitors to the Red Dot Art Spree will be amazed by the variety of fresh new art. The 16th Annual Red Dot Art Spree features over 200 artists from Texas and beyond. This inclusive exhibition has something for everyone. What kind of art do you like? We’ve got abstractions, portraits, flower still lives, street art, photographs, printmaking, 2- or 3-d? This colorful show is packed with of contemporary art. For families who visit on Austin Museum Day we’ll have a special game of ‘I SPY”. You will be challenged to identify particular details in artworks.
Visual Arts Center
23rd and Trinity Street 512-471-1108
11AM – 5PM
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is a place for the intersection of art education and innovation, which draws together a uniquely diverse population of students, alumni, faculty, guest artists, and creative voices from around the world. Exhibitions currently on view at the VAC are: Mika Tajima: The Architect’s Garden,“ “, Queer State(s), and Ezra Masch: Music of the Spheres
For more Summer Camp information, go to http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Guides/SummerCamps
AUSTIN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Sign up for a half-day or full-day camp with themes ranging from dinosaurs to engineering to ecology. Technology camps are also available off-site. Ages 4-10. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado, 472-2499 x201. $155-250. www.austinkids.org
CAMP DOUBLECREEK offers 40 acres of farmland for campers to explore. They can play on the ropes course, work on arts & crafts, take horseback-riding lessons, and more. Older kids get a bit more extreme with access to paintball and the climbing wall. Ages 4-14. Doublecreek Farm, 800 Doublecreek Dr., Round Rock, 512/255-3661. $265.www.campdoublecreek.com
CAMP INDIGO Help your kids find their inner creative spirit through nature hikes, dance, drama, yoga, and more. Ages 4-11. June 20-24, 9am-3:30pm. Sri Atmananda, 4100 Red River, 476-8884. $300.www.amalafoundation.org
CAMP ON THE MOVE buses your kids all over Texas to fun destinations (e.g., Schlitterbahn, Fiesta Texas, and others). The weeklong sessions start and end at two meeting spots in North and South Austin. Ages 7-14. 658-6240. $250 and up.www.camponthemove.com
CAMP QUALITY A cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean that the kids don’t want to have some fun this summer. Camp Quality offers an adult companion to accompany each camper to all the week’s activities. Medical supervision is available 24 hours a day.Ages 4-18. July 10-15. Outside of Tyler, 281/658-4087. Free. email@example.com
ECOSCHOOL Full-day and half-day classes help get the kids dirty. Weeklong sessions include drumming, dancing, acting, painting, computing, building, drawing, and no shortage of learning and fun. Ages 5-13. 2901 Manchaca Rd., 447-8516. $175-495.www.austin-ecoschool.org
EPIC ADVENTURES Choose from the 12- or 16-day overnight camp that forgoes all the usual trappings of cabins and cafeterias for tents and campfires. Sleep under the stars at night after a day of biking, climbing, rafting, caving, and/or backpacking. Ages 14-17. 487 Hill Country Trail, Wimberley, 512/417-6127. $1,500-2,150. www.adventurecamptexas.com
EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS aims to keep your kids mentally and physically active all summer with a well-rounded, diverse program including drama, cooking, soccer, reading, nature walks, and more. Ages 3-12.Locations vary, 472-9402. $128-160.www.eackids.org
GIRLSTART CAMPS Girls
in fourth grade through early high school can choose from five weeklong camps. Learn all about high-tech fashion or explore undersea science at the Motion in the Ocean camp.
Girlstart, 1400 W. Anderson, 916-4775. $350/week.www.girlstartcamp.org
JCC SUMMER CAMPS
Your pre-K to junior high kid has a myriad of camps to choose from at the Jewish Community Center with no shortage of arts, crafts, sports, field trips, swimming, and then some. Go online for a complete list of camps and prices.
Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 735-8050.
KIRBY HALL SCHOOL
opens its varied camp options to the general public for the first time this year. Science, technology, sports, history, photography, kindergarten prep, and other sessions are up for perusal online.
Kirby Hall School, 306 W. 29th, 474-1770. $250.www.kirbyhallschool.org
KULA YOGA CAMPS
has two-week themed sessions for the 2- to 10-year-old yogis.
Kula Yoga, 2415 Exposition, 542-3334. $105-210.
PICKFAIR SUMMER DAY CAMPS
have everything a camp should: games, arts & crafts, lots of playtime, swimming, weekly field trips, leadership projects, and more. A different theme each week for kids between the ages of 5 and 11. Go online for specific camp info.
June 6-Aug. 12, 7:30am-6pm. Pickfair Community Center, 10904 Pickfair, 401-8119. $150/week.www.cityofaustin.org
The Young Men’s Business League conducts this camp offering a well-rounded, overnight camping experience for selected kids. Preference is given to applications submitted before April 30.
Ages 12-15. Free.
WET & WILD ADVENTURE CAMP
Every day is a new adventure: kayaking, tubing, biking, bowling, rope-swinging, laser tag, rock climbing, and more. Most weeks feature a trip to a nearby premier water park.
Ages 5-15.7:30am-6pm. 983-6100. $290/week.www.wetwildcamp.com
YMCA DAY CAMPS
Everything from kinder camps to adventure camps for the junior high kids are ready for your registration. Dates, times, and locations vary from session to session; go online for a complete listing.
YOUNG PEOPLES WORKSHOPS
Whether your kid is a gamer, chef, artist, explorer, adventurer, or scientist, YPW has a camp to suit your needs. Go online for a complete list of camps taking place at three locations in Austin and Round Rock.
329-5611. $221, half-day; $275, full-day.www.youngpeoplesworkshops.com
For more Summer Camp information, go to http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Guides/SummerCamps
Talk Time is an opportunity for new English learners to practice speaking English in a relaxed environment. Talk Time sessions are free and open to any adult who wants to practice his or her ability to speak English. A person may attend all Talk Time Sessions in a semester, or as many as they are able. Each session focuses on a different topic of conversation. Volunteers facilitate conversation to help and encourage participants to speak English. Talk Time meets once a week at eight Austin Public Library locations. No registration is necessary. For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit www.cityofaustin.org/library.
TALK TIME SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS
FAULK CENTRAL LIBRARY
800 Guadalupe St., 78701 974-7400
Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm. January 6 to December 15, 2011
2500 Exposition, 78703 974-8800
Saturdays, 10 to 11 am. March 5 to December 17, 2011
LITTLE WALNUT CREEK BRANCH
835 W. Rundberg Ln., 78758 974-9860
Saturdays 11:30 am to 1 pm. January 8 to December 17, 2011
OLD QUARRY BRANCH
7051 Village Center Dr.,78731 345-4435
Thursdays 10:30 to 12 noon. January 6 to May 26, 2011
1600 Grove Blvd., 78741 974-7500
Tuesdays, 5 to 6 pm. January 4 to December 13, 2011
ST. JOHN BRANCH
7500 Blessing Ave., 78752 974-7570
Saturdays, 11:30 am to 1 pm. January 8 to December 17, 2011
1105 E. César Chávez St., 78702 974-3625
Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm. January 5 to December 14, 2011
2200 Hancock Dr., 78756 454-7208
Saturdays, 10 to 11 am. January 8 to December 17, 2011
- What: 29th annual International Holiday Market
- When: Friday, November 12; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, November 13; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Where: Genesis Presbyterian Church
1507 Wilshire Blvd., Austin 78722
(east of IH 35 between Airport Blvd. and 38th Street)
- Cost: No admission charge. Cash and checks only, no credit cards. Lunch is available both days for a small cost.
- Why: The city-wide International Holiday Market offers shoppers an opportunity to purchase unique, handmade crafts – such as baskets, holiday ornaments, jewelry, bags, pottery, clothing, musical instruments, paper and note cards, home furnishings, toys, and brass ware – from nonprofits that assist artisans in over 20 countries. Proceeds are returned to the artisans, providing jobs, an income, and hope for people from developing areas. Austin’s International Holiday Market is part of the international fair trade movement – an effort to establish an equitable and fair partnership between marketers in North America and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other parts of the world.