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Free Tickets to “The Aeronauts” Movie in NW Austin

You can get up to 4 tickets free for certain showings of “The Aeronauts” at Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7
13729 Research Blvd, Austin, TX

The movie has received mixed reviews.

Director: Tom Harper
Producer: Tom Harper, Richard Hewitt, David Hoberman
Writer: Tom Harper, Jack Thorne
Release Date: Dec 6, 2019
Runtime: 1hr 41m
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.


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


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 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.

Want A Nice Hotel Cheap? Use has some great hotel rates, but you don’t know which hotel you will get until after you pay. uses some secret sauce to determine which hotel is being offered on Hotwire, in advance, and at no cost. It is super simple – just enter city and dates. No name, no subscription, no email address needed. It may take a minute or two to make a determination, so don’t cancel out too soon.

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1000 Free Tickets for an Airline That Doesn’t Yet Exist

Play Airline LogoPlay is the name of an Icelandic airline that doesn’t yet exist. They do have a website, If you go there you can enter a drawing for one of 1000 free tickets, from somewhere to somewhere.

The entry form asks where you live, but gives only a limited number of selections. Thinking strategically, the airline (if it ever gets off the ground) is more likely to fly to New York than to Dallas…so, you may want to say that you live in New York.

From the website:

A new Icelandic low cost airline has today announced its name as PLAY.
PLAY consists of people with a wide range of experience from the aviation industry from airlines such as WOW air and Air Atlanta. The CEO of PLAY is Arnar Már Magnusson.
PLAY flies with Airbus A321 aircraft and will serve destinations across Europe. As of summer of 2020 the fleet will consist of six aircraft expanding to ten within three years.
Plans are to add destinations in North America in spring 2020.
Sales start in November and thousand tickets will be given away to mark the occasion.
To get further information subscribe to our newsletter on

I do not find a link to their newsletter. Good luck!

FREE Movie: “Motherless Brooklyn”, 7pm on Oct. 28, North Austin

Select AARP members & a guest are invited to a free screening of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.
Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

Rated for language throughout, including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence. Audio assistance is unavailable for this screening.

Tickets are FREE but registration is REQUIRED. Click “Get Tickets” to register to see MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN now!

Finding Things to Do in a City You Plan to Visit

My personal preferred way to explore a new city is to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour the first day. If you have a 48-hour ticket, you can ride around once to get an overview, then ride again with stop-overs at the places you found interesting.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, Photo by hillarywilliamtanner / Flickr
Eiffel Tower in Paris, Photo by hillarywilliamtanner / FlickrFlickr

Another idea, particularly if you want to meet some locals, is to check Eventbrite and Meetup for the city you plan to visit. I’ve found a multitude of happenings that way, mostly free.