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October 2011

There are 32 blog entries for October 2011.

It’s Scary How Much You Can Help Austin Pets Alive!

Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 1:48pm. 2,092 Views

Surely, by now you’ve heard of Austin Pets Alive!, the incredible non-profit that has, over the past three years, made a tremendous impact on the lives of both homeless animals and the people who love them. By the end of the year, APA! will have homed almost 9,000 animals since their inception and has played a critical role in helping Austin, thus far, achieve 9 months as a No Kill city. In the past few months alone, APA! has adopted out almost 1,500 animals as part of the ASPCA Save a Life Drive Program that could help them to win $100,000 - critical funds that would allow them to do an even better job of “helping people help pets.”

The drive has two main components: the $100K grant goes to the organization (there are 50 national non-profits

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Austin Author Creates New Cookbook To Tackle The Wears & Tears of Aging

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 12:01pm. 1,746 Views

Spending the summer days laying poolside in Barton Creek or water skiing on Lake Travis can take its toll on tanned skin, but reversing sun damage and looking younger doesn’t necessarily require creams and outpatient procedures.  Rather, the aging process can be dramatically affected by shifting our perspective on the food we eat. Eating well not only helps reverse some of the outward signs of aging: tired skin, stress, and wrinkles, but helps control blood sugar, weight, the body’s immune response, and mood.

Austin author Celia Westberry’s new book, Eat Yourself Younger, is a cookbook with recipes and meal plans that show readers how to partake in the healing powers of food.  A cell biologist, Westberry has a firm understanding on the unique

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SOLD ON 11/17/2011! 4109 Travis Country Circle, Austin, TX 78735 in The Travis Country subdivision in Southwest Austin

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 11:48pm. 1,559 Views

SOLD ON 11/17/2011! 4109 Travis Country Circle, Austin, TX 78735 in The Travis Country subdivision in Southwest Austin- MLS# 8879725

Offered at $269,000

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This stunning single story 3 bedroom, 2 bath home built in 1995 is located in the desirable, environmentally planned Travis Country subdivision in Southwest Austin, just 7.6 miles from downtown Austin. The house feeds into the exemplary rated Oak Hill Elementary School (AISD) and is located within walking distance to the acclaimed Regents School of Austin (K-12). A 1,544 square foot Clark Wilson home; it has an open floor plan flowing from kitchen to breakfast room to living room, accentuated by 9 foot ceilings. A formal dining area adjoins the kitchen, which can also…

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Custom Bicycle Show Encourages Austin Cyclists

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 1:31pm. 2,174 Views

The Custom Bicycle Show was held October 15th & 16th at the Austin Convention Center and featured handmade bicycles from all over Austin. The event was created to showcase different styles of bicycles, from road bicycles to mountain bikes to cruiser bikes. All frames were handmade in Texas and included frame builders from Central Austin and South Austin.

This was the second time the annual event was held in Austin. The first and second years it was located in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, and in 2010 it was hosted in Austin as part of the Livestrong Challenge. This year it went solo and drew a large crowd.

Not only did the Custom Bicycle Show give riders a chance to check out local builders, booth holders encouraged new bicyclists to convert to 100%

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Dell World Inspires Innovation Among Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 12:05pm. 1,598 Views

The Austin Convention Center hosted the first annual Dell World event October 12 -14, 2011. The event hosted a number of IT experts and the CEO of Dell, Michael Dell. Other speakers included Steve Balimer, CEO Microsoft; Paul Otellini, President and CEO, Intel; and Stephen Felice, President, Consumer, Small & Medium Business, Dell. The theme of the event, “Unlocking Innovation in the Virtual Era,” allowed for IT specialists to speak about expanding the ways technology is used in the workplace.

Technology has become a driving force behind successful business, and the major goal of the Dell World event was to give participants up-close access to the scenes behind Dell and the many projects going on there for improved insight into emerging technology

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Austin’s Jazz Age is Alive and Thriving at Vintage Vivant

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 10:21am. 2,875 Views

1920’s Themed Party Pays Homage to Austin’s Penchant for Creativity and Fun

Austin’s reputation for fun has spanned decades, and now its parties transcend decades, too.  Vintage Vivant, a “monthly celebration of Jazz Age culture in Austin, Texas,” is a party held on the last Sunday of every month in downtown Austin at The Swan Dive bar on Red River. A team effort first conceived by Amelia Raley and Angeliska Polecheck, the duo describe the party as “a night for glamorous anachronists to dance, drink and delight at the bevy of 1920′s and 30′s themed entertainment.” The jazz theme spills over into vintage cocktails, from the Rob Roy to a classic Mint Julep, vintage attire and vintage inspired costumes, as well as free dance lessons.


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Texas Book Festival Packs Bibliophiles

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 11:57am. 1,821 Views

The Texas Book Festival packed the Capitol building and many other famous Central Austin spots this weekend with its annual hosting of authors, comedians, cooks, and more. The festival took place October 21-23 and hosted an array of authors including Susan Orlean, Patrick McGilligan, and Lawrence Wright. There were tents set aside for kids with activities, entertainment, and, of course, books read aloud. The venues for the events included parks in and around downtown, Chamber rooms of the Capitol building, the Paramount Theater, First United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Alamo South Lamar, and Alamo Ritz.

Authors weren’t the only speakers of the weekend. Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon hosted the Paramount Theater on Saturday night and spoke about

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Iconic Austin: Austin Motel Remains So Close, Yet So Far Out

Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 2:56pm. 3,823 Views

The Austin Motel has been on South Congress Avenue in South Austin since 1938, and its 41 unique rooms can be booked for any type of getaway in Austin. Shopping, eating, and sightseeing are only steps away, as it is located right in the middle of the popular SoCo shopping district. 

Interesting Tidbit: A sign above the motel has made the spot infamous, as it is slightly phallic shaped, with a marquee that reads, “So Close, Yet So Far Out”.

The Austin Motel has gone through ups and downs throughout its time on the block, as the Central Austin neighborhood has gone through many changes. But in 2008, the Austin Motel celebrated its 70th anniversary and has remained a family-owned property as long.

The Austin Motel is known for its Texas hospitality,

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Iconic Austin: “I love You" and "I Love You More” Signs on South Congress

Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 1:19pm. 42,319 Views

A major part of the “Keep Austin Weird” mantra is being able to express love openly. In July 2010, local Austin musician Amy Cook expressed her love for her partner Liz Lambert, majority owner of Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Foods on South Congress. Cook knew Lambert was having a bad day and decided to spray paint on Jo’s North wall the words, “I love you so much”. The simple red spray paint in one of Austin’s most visited areas quickly became a hot spot for tourists and Austinites alike. There are smiling photos, kissing photos, and goofy photos taken in front of the words on the light green wall every day. The picture-perfect spot is also used for many wedding and engagement photos.

In reply to the words on the wall, a restaurant across the street, Snackbar,

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Austin City Limits' New Home at the W Hotel

Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 7:04am. 4,266 Views

Austin’s title as the live music capital of the world is a treasured part of Austin’s persona, alongside being “weird.” A live show can be found every day of the week, sometimes as early as breakfast, and if a show is played, Austinites will be there. One of the jewels in Austin’s crowning title is the Austin City Limits show, taped before a live studio audience and aired on national television. Recently, the show relocated from its 36-year home on the University of Texas Campus into a new venue, The Moody Theatre, inside the new and urban W Hotel, located in downtown Austin.

Recently awarded “best new live music scene game-changer” by the Austin Chronicle, the summary of the venue’s selection states, “Austin City Limits has done what no other

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