Ladies night out, craft camp and a farmers market: The Lake Travis-Westlake to-do list for July and August


The following list represents a sampling of things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake area for July and August.

July through August

TexARTS Professional Series presents the musical ‘Annie’

Based on the popular stories of “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray, this musical will run in Lakeway this summer. Performances will be held July 12-Aug. 4. “Annie” is a perfect family-friendly musical with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All performances are at the Kam & James Morris Theatre in Lakeway. Show times are July 12, 13, 17-20, 24-27 and 31 and Aug. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m.; July 13, 14, 21 and 28 and Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Single tickets start at $43. TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, Ste. 160, Lakeway. 512-852-9079.

July 11

Watch & Read: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

For this movie and book club Laura’s Library alternates between watching a movie one week and exploring the book through fun activities the next. Attendees will be watching “How to Train Your Dragon” on July 11. Lemonade and popcorn will be served. 2 p.m. Free. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.comr

July 13

Camp Gladiator

Camp Gladiator is hosting anyone over age 14 for free workouts in the galleria’s Central Plaza every Saturday. Join Camp Gladiator to experience their boot camp-style community workouts. Participants are recommended to bring water, a towel and a mat. 9 a.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.

July 14

Sisters in crime

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. The group meets every second Sunday of the month at the Laura Bush Library. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries. This month’s speaker is Ron Franscell, noted journalist and author of several books on crime. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at 2-3:30 p.m. Free.  Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-327-3045.

July 14

Work by local artist Vicki Erickson on display

The Lake Travis Community Library will exhibit the artwork of local artist Vicki Erickson during the month of July and will include a reception July 14. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a master’s in curriculum/library, Erickson has experimented in nearly every medium, including painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, basket weaving, rug hooking, batik, tie-dying and photography. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin. 512-263-2885.

July 20

Donate blood and catch a movie for the effort

The Lakeway Community Blood Drive is an opportunity to donate blood in fresh air conditioning, and all participants will get the chance to relax with a free movie pass from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. One ticket will be available per donor. Prospective donors with appointments are given priority during the donation process, but walk-ins are also welcome. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.

July 22-26

Repurposed craft camp for kids

This camp is geared toward creative, craft- and environment-loving kids. Campers learn the three “R’s”: recycle, repurpose, reuse. Kids may bring recyclable items, such as tin cans and old utensils, to be shared with the class. 1-4 p.m. each day. $150 (members), $165 (nonmembers). Lakeway Activity Center, 101 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.

July 23

Storyteller: A Fish Out of Water at Westbank

Enjoy a program of “stories for grown-ups” with award-winning English raconteur, actor, author and humorist Bernadette Nason. Nason will regale attendees with humorous stories from her world travels—from the disastrous preparation of a chicken in Tripoli to an even more disastrous visit to a beauty salon in Malta. 6 p.m. Free. Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive, Austin. 512-327-3045.

July 23

Ladies’ night out

This summer event will continue monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month until Aug. 27. Guests will enjoy an evening of beauty, shopping, happy hours and more. The first stop is Lure by Y&F, where ladies can pick up a stroll map of all the exclusive offers available and a complimentary cocktail while supplies last. 5-9 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.

July 25

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has guest at Con’ Olio

This event at Con’ Olio features Kendall Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. Guests will start with an olive oil 101 flight of three Italian varietals followed by a guided tasting of The Seven Styles of Cheese, each paired with balsamic vinegars. Wine will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. $50. Con’ Olio, 3500 RM 620, Ste. F-400, Bee Cave. 512-342-2344.

July 26

Ryan Ross Band live at Angel’s Icehouse

Central Texas rock act the Ryan Ross Band is performing several shows this summer, including a set at Angel’s Icehouse. The band produces a mix of soul, country and rock. 7 p.m. Free. Angel’s Icehouse, 21815 W. Hwy. 71, Spicewood.


August 4

Lone Star Farmers Market at the Galleria

The Hill Country Galleria is home to the Lone Star Farmers Market, an event that hosts dozens of vendors and offers face painting and other children’s activities along with live music. More information can be found at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.

August 9-11

Back-to-school shopping

Shop at a tax-free weekend with back-to-school deals and a sidewalk sale. Enjoy the Galleria’s covered walkways, outdoor seating and splash pad, along will all of the shopping it has to offer. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.

August 10

Austin-West Neuropathy holds a Support Group

At this event attendees will discover tips from Annette Juba, a leading expert on dementia and caregiving issues. Juba has served in positions such as director of the Greater Austin Cares respite collaboration, assistant director of New Connections, staff social worker at Westminster Manor, co-chairwoman of the Aging Services Council and facilitator for numerous support groups. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church Parlor Room, 7127 Bee Caves Road, Austin.


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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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