Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday and other things to do in and around Northwest Austin this holiday weekend, Jan. 11-15


7 ways to take advantage of your weekend—whether or not you have Monday off.


Attend the Travis County Youth Show’s 2018 Livestock, Fair and Auction

Throughout the weekend, kids of all ages will participate in various competitions showing off roping skills, presenting livestock and more at the Travis County Exposition Center. Families can also sign up for a 1k fun run. Times vary. Free. 7311 Decker Lane, Austin. www.traviscountyyouthshow.org 


Tour a new charter school

NYOS, or Not Your Ordinary School, a free charter school with two locations in North Austin, hosts two open houses at each campus in January and February. Parents and guardians can tour the campuses and meet teachers. 9-11 a.m., 5-7 p.m. Free. Kramer Campus: Grades Pre-K–3. 1605 Kramer Lane, Austin. Lamar Campus: Grades 4–12. 12301 N Lamar Blvd., Austin. www.nyos.org

Attend family-friendly music lessons

Orpheus Academy, a center for guitar, piano, voice and other music lessons hosts an open house Saturday. Guests can try out lessons, listen to mini-concerts and enjoy refreshments. 3-5 p.m. Free. 3918C Far West Blvd., Austin. www.orpheusacademy.com

Learn about legal structures for your own business

Speakers from the Fowler Law Firm will help current and potential business owners learn about different legal structures such as LLCs, S corporations and C corporations. The event takes place at the Asian American Resource Center. 10-11 a.m. Free. 8401 Cameron Road, Austin. www.austintexas.gov/aarc

View a photography exhibit about Asian American Pacific Islander youth in Austin

LIzzie Chen, who holds a journalism master’s degree from The University of Texas, co-curated an Asian American Pacific Islander Youth exhibit, which will be on display at the Asian American Resource Center through June 29. The opening reception takes place on Saturday. noon-4 p.m. (artist talk at 3 p.m.). Free. 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.   www.austintexas.gov/aarc


Explore your child’s talents at ‘When I Grow Up Festival’

Professionals throughout the city and across industries teach children about their jobs at nonprofit Partners in Parenting’s When I Grow Up Festival. With park rangers, police officers, authors, ballet dancers, hair stylists, doctors and engineers—among other professions—setting up tables, kids can learn about a variety of professions. Live performances, food trucks and a “Baby-Friendly Room” are all included. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with registration. 8401 Cameron Road, Austin. www.pipaustin.org/when-i-grow-up/


Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Life

Austin’s annual Community March honors
the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Participants
gather at the MLK Jr. statue on The
University of Texas campus and march to
Huston-Tillotson University, with a stop
at the Capitol. It is the Austin Area Heritage Council’s 25th Anniversary of the celebration. 9 a.m. Free. 305 E. 23rd St., Austin. www.mlkcelebration.com

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Northwest Austin reporter. She is also responsible for citywide health care and entertainment coverage. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism in May 2017.
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