Solar art, succulents and a TV festival: 5 events to catch this weekend in South Austin, June 7-10

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What makes an ideal weekend? Whether it’s art, science binge watching a TV show or creating a gift, fun activities abound in South Austin this weekend.

Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10
Celebrate all things television

The ATX Television Festival offers premieres of new series, viewings of cult classics, access to casts, creator Q&As and panels. Times vary. $79- $275. Venues throughout downtown Austin. 512-551-1330. www.atxfestival.com

Thursday, June 7
Learn from a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners answer questions about plants, trees, summer planting, attracting butterflies and more. Free. Drop by between 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-7825. www.dscl.org

Friday, June 8
WORTH THE TRIP: Create solar art

The Science Mill teaches how to harness the power of the sun through a magnifying glasses to burn designs into wood and explore the properties of prisms and shadows. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Program is free with price of admission. Free (children under three); $8.50 (3-18); $10 (adults); $8 (seniors and military). Science Mill, 101 South Lady Bird Lane
Johnson City. 844-263-6405. www.sciencemill.org

Saturday, June 9
Make a succulent arrangement

The class covers design, technique, composition and care of succulents. Materials—a metal container, plants, moss, gravel, glasses and other embellishments—and light refreshments including wine, beer and soft drinks are provided. $80. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Articulture Designs, 6405 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-762-5228. www.articulturedesigns.com

Sunday, June 10
Participate in a Father’s Day photoshoot

The Hive is offering 10-minute photo sessions and will send three edited photos via email by June 13th. $10. 9 a.m.-noon. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120. www.hiveaustin.com

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the Senior Reporter for Southwest Austin. She covers local transportation, development, education, healthcare and Travis County Commissioners Court. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since May 2018.
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