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.

THURSDAY


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. www.hillcountrygalleria.com

SATURDAY


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. www.lakeway-tx.gov

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. www.austinsouth.wbu.com

SUNDAY


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. www.omnibartoncreek.com

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. www.cc4c.org

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. http://keepaustinbeautiful.org/program/lake-travis-underwater-cleanup and www.laketraviscleanup.org

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. www.facebook.com/events/1948546035434128

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. www.bcorchestra.net
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