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November 2019 - ATX Fun - Austin-San Antonio Fun, Travel & Educational Opportunities

Better Than Free – Get Paid $150 Tuesday for Giving Your Opinions

Tammadge Market Research seems to be trying pretty hard to find focus-group participants for this study. I participated in some groups with them in years past, and they paid cash immediately upon conclusion of the meetings.

From their email:

We are looking for men and women, age 35-80, to participate in focus groups regarding healthcare!  Study details and a shareable link are included below.

Day & Date:  Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
Times of Day:  Morning / Midday
Duration:  1.5 hours
Location:  L&E (in Austin, 78704)
Incentive:  $150


Please forward the survey link (above) to anyone you know who may be interested.


Austin Public Library, Then and Now – Free Event Dec. 5, 2019

Old photo of young children at libraryAustin Public Library Then & Now

Thursday, December 5 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
John H. Faulk Library (800 Guadalupe St.)

To close out this year’s Mayor’s Book Club, we journey through the history of the Austin Public Library system!

About this Event

Presented by The Library Foundation, Austin Public Library, and the Austin History Center.

Join us as we close out this year’s Mayor’s Book Club with a journey through the history of the Austin Public Library! With our new Central Library now open, we’ll revisit the former beating heart of the library system, the John Henry Faulk Library. Our little trip through time includes…

  • Austin History Center Managing Archivist Mike Miller taking us through some of the library’s big milestones, explaining how we ended up with the robust, innovative library system we enjoy today.
  • Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks sharing the library’s biggest achievements in 2019 and plans for 2020.
  • Literature Live’s Ellen Scott remembering APL’s drill team. (That’s right! Librarians dancing with book carts—at the competitive level!)
  • And long-time Austin native Peggy Pickle will share her story of growing up in the Austin Public Library, back when the city’s only branch was our current Austin History Center.
  • Plus beer, wine, and refreshments!

The Library Foundation is the Austin nonprofit dedicated to supporting and advancing the projects and initiatives of the Austin Public Library.

 Free tickets now available.


U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities – Free Talk on Dec. 5

U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities

spy vs spyThursday, December 5, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Bass Lecture Hall – LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin’s Intelligence Studies Project, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Clements Center for National Security, and LBJ School of Public Affairs will host Andrew Hallman, the Principal Executive at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), for a talk on “U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities.” Read Mr. Hallman’s biography here.

This event is free and open to all students and the public. Seating for the conversation is limited. Advance registration is required but does not guarantee admission. Doors open at 5:00PM.

Registration Link


Nov 25: Free Screening of “Harriet” at Texas Union Theater

Free Screening of “Harriet” and Conversation with Producer Debra Chase MartinMONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2019, 5 – 8PM
Location Texas Union Theatre (UNB 2.228)
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Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning television and motion picture producer Debra Martin Chase returns to The University of Texas to discuss her new film “Harriet” based on the heroic life of American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. A free screening of the film will take place prior to a panel discussion. 

Martin Chase is the first African American female producer to secure a deal with a major Hollywood studio.  Affiliated with the Disney Corporation for fifteen years, Martin Chase Productions is now producing with NBC Universal.

She pioneered the highly successful franchises of young female empowerment films such as The Princess Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Other film credits include Sparkle starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, Just Wright starring Queen Latifah and Common (Winner of 2011 NAACP Image Award for Best Screenplay), Courage Under Fire starring Denzel Washington and The Preacher’s Wife starring Washington and Houston.

Television credits include the Emmy Award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Brandy Norwood and Houston, the Lifetime Television series Missing and Disney Channel’s original musical Lemonade Mouth.

In 2016, Ms. Chase was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Grant to develop projects focused on social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Sponsored by: College of Fine Art, Moody College of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Film

Dec 5: A talk on “U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities.”

U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities

Registration link

Thursday, December 5, 2019

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Bass Lecture Hall – LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin’s Intelligence Studies ProjectStrauss Center for International Security and LawClements Center for National Security, and LBJ School of Public Affairs will host Andrew Hallman, the Principal Executive at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), for a talk on “U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities.” Read Mr. Hallman’s biography here
This event is free and open to all students and the public. Seating for the conversation is limited. Advance registration is required but does not guarantee admission. Doors open at 5:00PM.

Free AARP Movie Showing: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

You & a guest are invited to a free screening of A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD starring Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, and Matthew Rhys! 

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. 


Rated PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language.

Tickets are FREE but registration is REQUIRED. Click “Get Tickets” to register to see A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD now!


Registration link:

Time: 11:00 AM
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: Regal Westgate
Address: 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78745, USA

Nov 20, 7 PM, Free Movie in North Austin, Sponsored by AARP

Free AARP evening screening of the movie Midway in North Austin. You must register in advance.

AARP - Movies for Grownups
Join us for a FREE Screening of
Photo credit: Reiner Bajo/Lionsgate Entertainment
MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.
Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson
Rated PG-13 for sequences of war violence and related images, language and smoking.
Watch the trailer!
Movies for Grownups
About Movies for Grownups
AARP’s Movies for Grownups advocates for the 50-plus audience by fighting ageism in the entertainment industry and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. With weekly news and reviews, nationwide screenings, and an annual awards event, AARP champions movies for grownups, by grownups. For more information go to

Nov 24: 35th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service & Celebration

Hindu logoEach Thanksgiving service is hosted by a different religious congregation, and this year’s event on November 24th will be hosted by the Austin Hindu Community.

Since the Temples in Austin are not big enough to seat over 1,200 people, the service will be held at the beautiful Riverbend Church, 4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746.

The event is not currently visible on the Riverbend Church website, check back later there to verify date and time.

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Free Talk 615pm, Nov 12: The Internet of Things, How Connected Devices Will Change Everything

The Austin Forum is a long-running monthly series of presentations about technology, health and society. Admission is free, and events happen at the downtown Austin Central Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez Street. The next event will be November 12, 2019.

From the official email:

The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

in partnership with Austin Public Library presents

The Internet of Things: How Connected Devices Everywhere will Change Everything

with Rhonda DirvinArmJason Shepherd Dell Technologies

5:15pm — Check-in and refreshments

6:00 pm – Doors open for seating

6:15 pm – Presentation

7:30 pm – Networking

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables connected computers and other devices to share data and work together to automate new kinds of applications and improvements to our lives, infrastructure, and more. The power of edge computing and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) will change everything, from our homes and buildings to mobility and manufacturing to healthcare and safety. When our environments are instrumented with sensors and processors, these environments can monitor themselves, adapt dynamically to our wants and needs, and become safer, more sustainable, and more resilient. IoT in medicine can connect health data across personal devices and doctors. It can create the ability to enhance traffic flow with autonomous cars and connected signals and link smart devices in cities that monitor safety, energy usage, and more. 

The coming ubiquity of little, power-efficient devices–sensors, cameras, actuators, and more–will transform the spaces around us to be better for us, and it will get increasingly more capable and more transparent. Connecting billions of devices will generate and move massive amounts of data (hello, 5G!), but it will become increasingly common, and then transparent. There are challenges to be sure–both technical and social/policy–but the future is intelligent devices everywhere, and that will be a transformation for society. In this event, Rhonda Dirvin of ARM and Jason Shepherd of Dell Technologies will discuss technologies that demonstrate IoT’s power to shape our lives, jobs, and society.

Please be sure to check out the Austin Forum website to find slides and more resources after the event.

*Admission to the Austin Forum is always free. Free street parking is available on Tuesdays!*

The Austin Forum accepts donations of used smartphones, computer and tablets at all our events to be repurposed for those in need. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin’s digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.

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You can register here.