Meet raptors, taste wine: 8 things to do in Lake Travis, Westlake this weekend, Sept. 14-17

Participants run in the 2016 Run To Uplift.

Participants run in the 2016 Run To Uplift.

Lake Travis and Westlake-area residents can meet raptors at Wild Birds Unlimited or attend a concert by a local orchestra this weekend.


1. Wine Walk takes place in Bee Cave

Hill Country Galleria’s monthly Wine Walk begins at Twin Liquors and stops at a variety of shops for wine tastings.

5-9 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.


2. Blood Drive to be held in Lakeway

The Lakeway Community Blood Drive works with We Are Blood to take donations. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are given priority; all appointment slots are currently filled.

8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-9055.

3. Residents can meet raptors in West Lake Hills

The Urban Interface of Bryan, Texas, brings raptor ambassadors to the West Lake Hills Wild Birds Unlimited. A presentation on the raptors is given at the store, which is celebrating its 23rd anniversary.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Wild Birds Unlimited, 3535 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-328-9453.


3. Superhero Fun Run benefits Make-A-Wish

The Omni Barton Creek holds a Superhero Fun Run 5K to raise money for Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. Participants can wear superhero costumes during the walk and run. The event was rescheduled after its original date, Aug. 27, was rained out.

7 a.m. $30 (ages 13 and older, purchased before or on Aug. 26), $20 (ages 12 and under, before or on Aug. 26); $35 (ages 13 and older, day of), $25 (ages 12 and under, day of). Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin. 512-306-5612.

5. ‘Micromarathon’ raises money for children with rare medical conditions

Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children, or CC4C, holds its annual Run To Uplift. Proceeds help pay for resources needed by children with rare or undiagnosed medical conditions.

9-11:30 a.m. $25-$35 (adults), $15-$20 (children). Hill Country Galleria, Central Plaza, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-777-1065.

6. Volunteers clean up Lake Travis

At the Lake Travis Cleanup, scuba divers and other volunteers gather trash from the bottom of the lake and its shore.

9-11 a.m. Free. Various locations around Lake Travis, including parks like Cypress Creek, Jessica Hollis Park, and Bob Wentz at Windy Point. and

7. Local first responders meet with Steiner Ranch community

The Austin Wonder Women, the Steiner Ranch Homeowners Association, local emergency responders and Cups & Cones partner for an event honoring first responder. Agency vehicles are on display, and activities and snacks are provided for children while supplies last.

1-3 p.m. Free. Cups & Cones, 2900 N. Quinlan Park Drive, Ste. 290, Austin.

8. Balcones Community Orchestra performs free concert

The 35-member orchestra performs its annual concert, conducted by Robert Radmer from St. Edward’s University.

4 p.m. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.


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