Best bets: Scrapbooks, flower power and dancing

Published 11:18 am Friday, March 2, 2012

Perhaps spring being around the corner has awaken the arts in Austin. The entire weekend — and some of next week — is packed with arts from music and dance to construction paper and trash made into treasure.

1. Stampin’ and Scrappin’

The annual Stampin’ and Scrappin’ retreat opens this Friday at the Austin Holiday Inn, 1701 Fourth St. NW. Activities include stamping, card making, craft ideas and scrapbooking. Not able to make it on Friday? That’s OK, the event is also open on Saturday and Sunday. Call the Holiday Inn at 433-1000 to make reservations.

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2. Dance, dance, dance

If you want to dance, then go ahead. But if you want to watch others dance, then go to “If You Want to Dance … DANCE!” OK, sorry for the confusion, but the latter is an upcoming dance performance, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Frank W. Bridges Theatre, 1900 Eighth Ave. NW, Austin. Tickets are $8, and students get in for free. You can dance if you want to, but don’t leave your friends behind.


3. Recycled art

For those youngsters with keen eyes for art, the Austin Area Art Center (inside the Oak Park Mall) will be the place to be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A recycled art workshop will show kids, third grade and older, how to make one man’s trash into one kid’s art. Registration is $15 for non-members and $12 for members. Call 433-8451 for more information.


4. Flower power reunion

Flower Power returns this weekend, as well. Denny Charnecki, Doug Bathke, Scott Anderson, Ann Hemann and Amanda Corey, dressed in hippie garb, will showcase The Age of Aquarius, 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE. Tickets for the ‘60s and ‘70s rock show are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and as always, $5 for students.


5. Kenya Safari Acrobats

The Third Austin Artist Series show will help folks ease into the new week. Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean there is no entertainment. The show features the Kenya Safari Acrobats, 7 p.m. at Knowlton Auditorium in Austin High School.

After all the fun, it’s back to business, literally. The second of two digital-age business classes hosted by Bruce Schwartau will take place 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ellis Middle School.