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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Google Maker Camp 2014

 July 7th-August 15th, 2014

The first day of camp is July 7th and materials lists for the first week of camp will be posted on the MAKE Google+ page on June 26th. Each week is themed to appeal to every camper’s unique interests:

  • Week 1: Makers in Motion
  • Week 2: Science and Technology
  • Week 3: Fun and Games
  • Week 4: Art and Design
  • Week 5: DIY Music
  • Week 6: Make: Believe 
To register click Sign Up For Future Maker Camp Sessions

Summer Research Challenge

This contest is open to grades K-12. It begins on June 9, 2014 with the launch of a YouTube video series (but you can join throughout the summer--it's never too late to research!). Submissions end on August 25 and winners will be announced September 8.

We know it's summer and summer is about having fun. So we want you to have fun with this project. What would you do if you could do anything? What will you become an expert in, and a creator of? We'll accept videos, songs, fine arts, poetry, written papers, or anything else you can think of that tells the story of your work.

Prizes for the three projects that receive the most votes!
1st Prize: $100 gift card
2nd Prize: $50 gift card
3rd Prize: $25 gift card

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Penfold in the Park Presents Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Round Rock Amphitheater

June 5 - June 28, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m.
Free admission, donations appreciated.

A love to die for. Shakespeare’s tale of young lovers swept into a catastrophic vortex of misunderstandings, secrets and fate is one of the most beloved stories of all time. In this fresh adaptation for five actors, Romeo and Juliet, the son and daughter of two noble families locked in an old feud, are irresistibly drawn to each other. Defying the hatred and distrust surrounding them, they dare to believe they can, and must, be together.
Penfold in the ParkRomeo & Juliet is the fourth production in the “Penfold in the Park” series, an annual offering of free, outdoor summer theatre, made possible by a partnership with the Round Rock Parks & Recreation Dept. Performances take place in the amphitheater of the Centennial Plaza.

Each performance will feature a different special guest who will kick off the evening with a 7:30 p.m. pre-show. A list of pre-show performers will be posted in late May. Audiences are welcome to arrive early with their own food and drink, or to purchase it from the concessions tent.

Running time: About 1:40, including one intermission.
Recommended for middle school ages and up.

Something for Nothing Presents Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars! Something for Nothing Theater returns to Ramsey Park with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Marking the company’s third annual production of a community-friendly Shakespearean play at Ramsey Park, Hamlet will be performed with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 9 actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours.

Ramsey Park Picnic Pavilion
4301 N. Rosedale Ave., Austin, TX 78756
June 5-7, 2014
Show Starts at 8:00 p.m.

All shows are free and open to the public. 

Considered one of the most influential and compelling dramas in English literature, Hamlet tells the story of a young prince, Hamlet, who is prompted by his father’s ghost to seek revenge on his uncle, Claudius, his father’s murderer and successor to the throne of Denmark. Hamlet decides to feign madness to avert detection by his uncle. Uncertain of the Ghost’s authenticity, Hamlet organizes a play to discover the conscience of his uncle, King Claudius. Fearful of his nephew’s intentions, King Claudius incites Laertes, the son of his advisor, Polonius, to a fencing match with Hamlet. Laertes, who is convinced that Hamlet is responsible for the deaths of his father and his sister Ophelia, puts lethal poison on his sword before the fight. In the final moments of the play, fate decides the destiny of all concerned.