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Matt Curtis sings the praises of the Austin Under 40 Awards

In 2005, Matt Curtis attended his first Austin Under 40 Awards ceremony as a nominee. He thought that the hosts for AU40 — as it is cleverly called — immediately got down to the business of telling the audience about the charitable initiatives of the Young Men’s Business League and the Young Women’s Alliance, the two groups that bestow their laurels on relatively young achievers...
Must-see: Florida firefighters rescue kitten, ducklings in distress

Must-see: Florida firefighters rescue kitten, ducklings in distress

Florida's Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue team has been busy fighting fires ... and saving baby animals.  This week firefighters helped a kitten and some ducks that were in distress.  Their efforts started Sunday when ducklings got stuck in a drain. Don’t worry, they are safe now. Animals were in peril again on Monday when a days-old kitten got stuck in a crane. Firefighters were...
What are you doing this weekend with your kids? Plan ahead

What are you doing this weekend with your kids? Plan ahead

Uses our family calendar to plan ahead for what to do with the kids this weekend. Thursday-Saturday “All Aboard.” Pollyanna Theater presents this story for children 18 months to 4 years old about everything on wheels. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, plus April 4-8. $6.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org Friday Wildflower Center. Sprouts....
Remembering J.A.M.O.N., godfather of the Austin house scene

Remembering J.A.M.O.N., godfather of the Austin house scene

On March 6, Austin’s dance music scene was dealt a devastating blow when Jamon Jaleki Horne, a house DJ who dominated local clubs, spinning under the name J.A.M.O.N., died following a 2 1/2-year battle with cancer. He was 44. “He was a legend in the house scene,” Horne’s close friend and fellow DJ Mark Denim said. “He was the top dog of Austin, in history, for house music...
Sound scary to jump off a 10-meter platform? Watch us do it Wednesday

Sound scary to jump off a 10-meter platform? Watch us do it Wednesday

Kara McCormack practices her technique at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in this 2010 file photo.
NerdWallet says: Would-be parents have no idea how much a baby costs

NerdWallet says: Would-be parents have no idea how much a baby costs

This baby costs more than $1,000 or $5,000 a year. Andy Sharp / For the American-Statesman. Surprise, surprise, parents-to-be have no idea how much a baby costs.
Animal lovers band together to give cat a full nine lives after fire

Animal lovers band together to give cat a full nine lives after fire

Local animal lovers are banding together to help save a cat rescued from a north Tulsa fire. Officials say three cats and a dog died in the fire near North Xenophon Avenue and West Seminole Street Sunday night. Firefighters say that when they pulled Fuego the cat out of the fire, he wasn’t breathing either. They put an oxygen mask on Fuego and revived him. A neighbor reached out through the...
An iced dessert that uses the fruits of winter

An iced dessert that uses the fruits of winter

A DIY dessert you can serve straight from cold storage gets my vote every time, as it comes in so handy for company and the occasional personal reward. Here, the brightest colors of winter fruit are represented in pomegranate and Valencia orange juices, and blood oranges. The liquids are frozen separately, in layers, and when you scrape through to serve the granita, the effect is light and pretty...
A vegetarian stew recipe that’s as flexible as it is delicious

A vegetarian stew recipe that’s as flexible as it is delicious

It had been a long time since I’d been to the Mile-High City. Sure, I’d stopped in the Denver airport now and then, but not since 2003 had I rolled through the Rocky Mountains near Denver. A few weeks ago, I was rolling through Colorado with my two kids in tow on a spring break road trip to Boulder and Denver to visit friends and learn how to ski. Although our Boulder hosts were foodies...
Dell Children’s first in Texas to get new heart arrhythmia technology

Dell Children’s first in Texas to get new heart arrhythmia technology

On Valentine’s Day, 9-year-old Sophia Dahlberg walked into Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas to get the arrhythmia in her heart fixed. A new technology, the Abbott EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system, allowed doctors to map the electrical workings of her heart in ways they had not been able to do before. The technology was approved by the Food and Drug Administration...
Dog’s snout bound so tightly to stop barking, gangrene could kill it

Dog’s snout bound so tightly to stop barking, gangrene could kill it

Veterinarians in Florida are working to save the life of a young dog that was dropped off at an animal clinic with its mouth bound shut so tightly the binding had cut down to the bone. The 1-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix, named Pixie, had an elastic hair tie around her snout that cut a 3/4-inch-deep gash between her eyes and nose when she arrived at Paws 2 Help in West Palm Beach, clinic owner Eve...
Golden retriever retrieves pucks before Caps game

Golden retriever retrieves pucks before Caps game

A golden retriever had his chance to shine on the ice before Saturday’s Washington Capitals game in D.C. The dog played fetch on the ice with a police officer, running and sometimes slipping, down the ice to get pucks tossed down rink, the NHL posted. >> Read more trending news  The first run went a little haywire when the unnamed dog wasn’t able to stop until he crashed...
Get ready, STAAR tests are back

Get ready, STAAR tests are back

This week, kids in Texas will be sitting down with their No. 2 pencils and opening up a fresh round of STAAR tests and end of course exams. Here’s the schedule: Tuesday Grade 4 Writing Grade 7 Writing Grade 5 Mathematics Grade 8 Mathematics English I Wednesday Grade 5 Reading Grade 8 Reading Thursday English II Friday All makeup exams for this round have to be given by this date...
Dozens of dogs rescued from South Korea meat trade; arrive safe in Pittsburgh

Dozens of dogs rescued from South Korea meat trade; arrive safe in Pittsburgh

After a 7,000-mile journey, dozens of dogs rescued from the South Korea meat trade are now safe in Pittsburgh.The animals landed at JFK International in New York and were picked up by the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. While eating dog is on the decline in South Korea, about 30 million are slaughtered in Asia every year. "These dogs were in the worst deplorable conditions you can imagine...
Austin Boy Scouts get firsthand lesson in saving a man’s life

Austin Boy Scouts get firsthand lesson in saving a man’s life

What would you do if you found yourself with your father’s life in your hands? That was the situation 14-year-old Tex “T” Mitchell IV faced one afternoon while sailing on Lake Belton with three of his friends under the guidance of his dad. “My dad started laying down and said he couldn’t really breathe,” T said. “We didn’t know what was going on.&rdquo...
Police search for whoever’s using poisoned hot dogs to sicken dogs

Police search for whoever’s using poisoned hot dogs to sicken dogs

Someone is tainting hot dogs with an unknown substance, wrapping the cut pieces with floss then throwing the bits in yards to sicken dogs, police say. Now investigators are trying to find the person creating the caustic cuisine for canine consumption. Lake Hallie police shared images on Facebook sent to them of the harmful hot dogs as well as a suspicious person captured on camera in the...
More events for Monday, March 27, and beyond

More events for Monday, March 27, and beyond

Beverage Class Series at Olive & June. Parkside Projects’ boozy series returns, this time at Olive & June, where participants will learn all about Italian amari. For $32.50, they’ll be able to taste a number of new and classic amari as advanced sommelier Nathan Prater explains the process of production and the best practice for pairing this Italian herbal liqueur with cuisine. Piccoli...
Lakeway trails challenge mountain bikers with steep, technical terrain

Lakeway trails challenge mountain bikers with steep, technical terrain

I’m chugging my way up a single-track trail, sweat trickling down the small of my back and quads burning like someone stuck a branding iron on them. This is bliss. For the last few years, I’ve been hearing about the trail system in Lakeway. Friends have tried to lure me there, but it seemed too far from my home in Allandale. Besides, I thought, I’ve got the Walnut Creek Trail System...
PHOTOS: Blanton Block Party on March 25, 2017

PHOTOS: Blanton Block Party on March 25, 2017

Austin Dance Festival inspires artistic sense of community

Austin Dance Festival inspires artistic sense of community

When Kathy Dunn Hamrick founded the Austin Dance Festival three years ago, her mission was simple: “I wanted to showcase as many artists as we could in a community atmosphere, not a stale, cold one.” The artistic director of modern dance troupe Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company since 1999, Hamrick and the dancers she’s mentored have established themselves at the core of Austin&rsquo...
Music and a ‘Beautiful’ musical among arts events this week

Music and a ‘Beautiful’ musical among arts events this week

Music “Notre Dame Cathedral, c. 1200.” The Texas Early Music Project explores the groundbreaking music of Léonin and Pérotin of the 12th century School of Notre-Dame, whose musical innovations are the foundation for almost all the music we enjoy today in the Western world. 8 p.m. March 25, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 203 E. 10th St. 3 p.m. March 26, First Presbyterian Church...
See children’s theater and more Austin family events, March 26-April 1

See children’s theater and more Austin family events, March 26-April 1

Events Zilker Garden Festival. Many kids events within the garden festival, including building birdhouses. $10 adults, $4 children 4-12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Theater “Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play!” The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 30. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s...
PHOTOS: Ransom Center gets creative with ‘Stories to Tell’ exhibit

PHOTOS: Ransom Center gets creative with ‘Stories to Tell’ exhibit

Interior Department first federal agency to allow dogs at work

Interior Department first federal agency to allow dogs at work

The cabinet secretary who rode in on a horse his first day of work is leading the pack to make his the first federal agency to be dog-friendly.  Interior secretary Ryan Zinke announced the “Doggy Days at Interior” program Thursday to nearly 70,000 employees, which would allow them to bring their pooches to work in an attempt to boost morale at the federal agency that includes the...
PHOTOS: Camping, paddling and hiking at the Devils River State Natural Area

PHOTOS: Camping, paddling and hiking at the Devils River State Natural Area

Take a look at the reborn Green Pastures

Take a look at the reborn Green Pastures

Martha Koock Ward remembers the yeast rolls. “Rising, baking, baked and blanketed in a linen napkin lining a basket, revealed, ready for sweet cream butter,” says the Austinite who grew up in her mother’s childhood home, which Mary Faulk Koock turned into the hospitality legend Green Pastures. “The earthy smell of these rolls added another layer of satisfaction to a carefully...
Does your kid not conform? She might be seen as smart, UT study says

Does your kid not conform? She might be seen as smart, UT study says

A new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General looked at how kids who followed adults’ directions were viewed in the United States versus in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Researchers, one of whom is UT assistant professor of psychology Cristine Legare, showed two different videos to adults. One video showed an adult doing a task (making a necklace) and then a child doing that...
Woman who made CDC anti-smoking ad talks about her experience

Woman who made CDC anti-smoking ad talks about her experience

Amanda Brenden might look familiar. Often, people can’t quite remember where they have seen her. Brenden has been on your TV and in magazines. She’s not your typical celebrity. She’s a mom of three children from Eau Claire, Wis., who is trying to get pregnant women to understand the danger of smoking while pregnant. Brenden is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquo...
Cost of daycare the same as college tuition, study finds

Cost of daycare the same as college tuition, study finds

Childcare Aware of American (yes, it’s a group that wants you to be aware of how much child care costs and change that) has some interesting statistics for the new group of parents: Millennials. In Texas, the average cost of having an infant in a child care center is $9,207. The cost of having an infant and a 4-year-old (a completely plausible scenario) is $17,020. Turns out the cost of public...
Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen from Austin around the world

Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen from Austin around the world

Emily Nguyen was 4 when she found a chess set at the Round Rock Public Library. “She wanted to move the chess pieces, she wanted to play,” her mother, Uyen Tran, says. Soon, her father, Nam Nguyen, was teaching her as he had her older brother, Anthony. A year later, Emily was competing in tournaments. “I like calculating everything and knowing I have the power to do whatever I want...
Use stone to update, add interest to your landscape

Use stone to update, add interest to your landscape

GARDENING Use stone to update, add interest to your landscape As nurseries around town fill with scrumptious, irresistible spring plants, be sure to plan before you plop. As you start filling in the holes left by the ravages of our two winter days that were colder than 21 degrees, evaluate your landscape. Successful landscape design includes not only the plants but also the hardscape in your garden...
Find the family community that makes you well in dark times

Find the family community that makes you well in dark times

I’ve been a high church Episcopalian, a pagan, an atheist and a Quaker. I’ve been diagnosed with depression, attention deficit disorder, trauma and bipolar II disorder. When I am reminding myself to speak to that of God in the other, it is my Quaker spirit; when I am at peace standing in awe and wonder among the redwoods, it is my pagan heart; when I am overthinking, it is the atheist&rsquo...
Ernest and Sarah Butler give $1 million to Austin Opera

Ernest and Sarah Butler give $1 million to Austin Opera

Major benefactors Ernest and Sarah Butler — who have strategically given tens of millions of dollars to build up Austin’s arts and are the namesakes for the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas — are donating $1 million to support the position of Austin Opera’s artistic director. Earlier this year, not long after Annie Burridge took the reins as Austin Opera&rsquo...
Climbing Chihuahua attempts daring escape at Denver shelter

Climbing Chihuahua attempts daring escape at Denver shelter

The dog kennels at the Denver Animal Shelter do not have tops on them, but that wasn’t a problem until Pearl arrived. The shelter posted a photo of the agile Chihuahua trying to make a daring escape from her enclosure. It looks like she almost made it, too. But Pearl didn’t spend much time at the Denver shelter. She was so shy that she was transferred to another animal rescue group...
Mini cow lives dog’s life

Mini cow lives dog’s life

An Arkansas animal refuge has an animal that may be a bit confused as to her species. Moonpie, a baby miniature cow, lives with a dozen dogs, and she thinks that they’re her friends, The Dodo reported. >> Read more trending news  Before she found her home at Rocky Ridge Refuge, an animal shelter for animals with special needs, she was for sale at auction. A friend of sanctuary...
Austin360 arts list, March 24-30

Austin360 arts list, March 24-30

Theater & dance “All Because of Agatha.” Way Off Broadway Community Players is continuing its 20th season with this ghostly comedy about a newly married couple who buys a house in historic Salem, Massachusetts, which has the annoying knack of being visited each year by a slightly destructive witch named Agatha Forbes. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$20. 11880 West Old FM 2243...
Therapy dog attacked by coyotes

Therapy dog attacked by coyotes

A community is rallying behind a therapy German shepherd dog who was attacked by a pack of coyotes in Union County. Gabriel was attacked in his own yard last month, according to a page set up to help raise money for his surgeries and medications. His owners said he suffered two separate internal injuries, a spinal injury and both front legs were seriously damaged. His owners said his front legs aren&rsquo...
Family's pet illegally euthanized

Family's pet illegally euthanized

Animal advocates flooded the courtroom Tuesday after the director of the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, Curt Farrell, told the court he ordered two employees to euthanize a dog that the court ordered be spared. The judge ruled that the animal shelter director violated court orders to protect “Ricki” the Lab mix, not kill it. The judge has issued a $500 fine be paid to the family who unexpectedly...
Woman featured in CDC anti-smoking ad talks about pregnancy and smoking and her experience

Woman featured in CDC anti-smoking ad talks about pregnancy and smoking and her experience

Amanda Brenden is featured in Tips from a Former Smoker ad campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Baby alligators found in taxi

Baby alligators found in taxi

A university student was charged with possessing contraband wildlife after being found with baby alligators in a Maine taxi, police said. Yifan Sun, 20, from Shanghai, a sociology student at University of Maine at Augusta, told authorities the hatchlings are pets and he was taking them with him to visit someone, according to centralmaine.com. “These don’t belong in Maine,” Augusta...
Millennial parents, your daycare for one child is like paying college tuition every year

Millennial parents, your daycare for one child is like paying college tuition every year

Child Care Aware of America’s map of cost of child care of Millennial parents found these statistics about Texas.
Boy, 8, befriends dog with same rare skin disorder

Boy, 8, befriends dog with same rare skin disorder

White spots started to form on Rowdy, a black Labrador retriever, a few years ago.  Niki Umbenhower, his owner, thought the 13-year-old dog was aging. But Rowdy was diagnosed with vitiligo, a rare skin disorder. More than 2,000 miles away, Carter Blanchard, 8, was given the same diagnosis in Searcy, Alabama, according to KATU. “I used to pick up Carter from school from kindergarten...
Labs continue 26-year reign as top dog

Labs continue 26-year reign as top dog

Black, yellow or chocolate, the Labrador retriever continues to be the most popular dog. The breed’s eager-to-please temperament, intelligence and athleticism make it the most popular breed for the 26th straight year, the American Kennel Club said Tuesday. “The Labrador retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up any time soon,” ...
WATCH: Another eaglet has arrived, hatching at nest in DC 

WATCH: Another eaglet has arrived, hatching at nest in DC 

  A pair of American bald eagle chicks has landed at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington.  The chicks are the offspring of Mr. President and The First Lady, and are named DC4 and DC5. The first one arrived Tuesday morning in the nest high above the ground in a tulip poplar tree, and the second hatched Thursday afternoon. The adult eagles are a mated pair and are the first American...
Jump into April this weekend with fun for the family inside and out, March 31-April 2

Jump into April this weekend with fun for the family inside and out, March 31-April 2

“All Aboard” is on stage with Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Long Center. Oh, it is going to be a thunderstorm-filled Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s how to use Twitter's updated mute feature to prevent spoilers for your favorite shows

Here’s how to use Twitter's updated mute feature to prevent spoilers for your favorite shows

A new Twitter feature allows users to mute words, phrases and hashtags from view on timelines and in notifications, and it could mean a way out of having your favorite shows spoiled. USA Today reported that the social-media company announced the tool as a way to prevent abuse, but the ability to avoid show spoilers appears to come as an additional benefit. That initial feature only applied to...
Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds

Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds

Fiona, the baby hippo born six-weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens in January and 25 pounds underweight, is making great progress and gaining weight, tipping the scales at 116 pounds Wednesday morning. The zoo is preparing to gradually introduce 2-month-old Fiona to her parents as she gets a little bigger. She caught a glimpse of her parents in their outdoor habitat this week,...
Giant gator interrupts golf match, strolls through links like a regular player  

Giant gator interrupts golf match, strolls through links like a regular player  

A giant alligator interrupted a golf tournament in South Carolina, sneaking onto the links and sauntering by stunned golfers who watched in amazement as the dinosaur-like creature walked by. Players teed off at the 10th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational on Kiawah Island on Monday, but the star of the competition wasn’t a golfer. It was the huge gator that showed up on the links and strolled...
Stone sink naturally brings up questions

Stone sink naturally brings up questions

Q: Dear Ed: We’re planning to remodel our powder room and missed your column on natural stone vessel-type sinks. Can you please revisit your thoughts on stone sinks? Also, what other types of natural vessel sinks have you seen? — Vanessa, North Carolina A: My articles on bathroom sinks generate a lot of questions. So, here’s some rock-hard reasons why I like stone vessel sinks. First...
10 tips for decorating with white

10 tips for decorating with white

White is one of the easiest colors to work with, and for some, one of the most difficult. Many are surprised when they browse the paint aisles and discover literally hundreds of shades of white. One of the many design tips relating to the use of white is that white often takes on a neighboring shade. Ever wonder why some whites appear more green, blue or gray? Transference of color is one of the main...
Pillow pairings to perk up a space

Pillow pairings to perk up a space

I love the changing of the seasons. One of my favorite rituals is to switch out the accent pillows on my sofa, chairs and bedding. I unzip my heavy weight plaids and replace them with lightweight florals and stripes. And just like that, my living spaces will feel new for spring. This spring, you can give your sofa, chairs and bed a quick pick-me-up simply by tossing in some new pillows. Pulling together...
Couple’s art collection finds the perfect match in this family home

Couple’s art collection finds the perfect match in this family home

SEATTLE — This particular match made in heaven owes Cupid nothing. There were no flapping wings, no flaming arrows — just one divine convergence that created a truly picture-perfect pairing. Steve and Carol Schulte, founders of Schulte Fine Art, are private art dealers from the East Coast. One of their three children, a daughter in Medina, discovered an awesome rental home for them in...
Grow your own paleo grains

Grow your own paleo grains

It may be the oldest cultivated grain in the Western Hemisphere. It predates maize by centuries. When the first corn was still weedy grass called teosinte in southern Mexico, the people of the region were growing an earlier grain. It’s the sophisticated ancestor of our garden pig weed, which has carried many settlers through rough times with its edible foliage. Today’s heirloom seed catalogs...
Update your bathroom without spending a lot of money

Update your bathroom without spending a lot of money

Not everyone can have a sprawling bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble tiles, extra-wide soaking tubs, and roaring fireplaces. But everyone can have a bathroom that feels luxe, no matter how old or small. A bathroom renovation may be out of reach, or your rental may have been renovated in the ’70s, but with a few small accents, you can take your space from plain to polished with minimal effort...

How to soundproof a basement

Q: I need help with sound proofing. Noise from the main level travels to rooms in the basement. What can I do to the ceiling in the basement to soundproof the downstairs rooms? I am thinking I might have to take off the dry wall, put something in the ceiling to reduce sound, then put the drywall back up. Is that the right idea? A: Soundproofing or sound-absorbing materials can be used without removing...
Your guide to staying chic while staying in

Your guide to staying chic while staying in

When the weather is dreary, staying in offers you the opportunity to create the perfect environment for some cozy hibernation. Binge on your favorite Netflix series all you want, but soaking in a luxurious honey bath and curling up with a great book and a warm cup of tea in your new, favorite fuzzy robe just may be a better fix! Here are some of our picks for making the most of settling in. &bull...
Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes

Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes

Two Florida animal rescue facilities have taken in 47 dachshunds and are looking for a forever home for each of them. WJHG reported  that the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida, and the Save Underdogs Rescue in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, took in the dogs. “They were going to be taken to a local shelter that wasn't a no-kill shelter so ... the reason it was so urgent for us...
Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Cats have gotten a bad rap, at least according to a new study that found your feline really does like you, even if it doesn’t always know how to show you, and it actually likes interacting with you more than it prefers food. The study from Oregon State University researchers in the journal “Behavioral Processes” also determined that cats are trainable if given the right motivation...
Kids love butterflies? Add them to your garden for free

Kids love butterflies? Add them to your garden for free

If you take a pledge to plant a garden that offers a food source for butterflies and pollinators at your house, your school or in your neighborhood, the National Wildlife Federation will give you a Butterfly Heroes Garden Starter kit, if you’re one of the first 45,000 people to take the pledge. The kits include native seed packets provided by Botanical Interests Inc. that are right for...
Increase in rattlesnake attack on dogs, Texas vets report

Increase in rattlesnake attack on dogs, Texas vets report

Veterinarians in some parts of Texas have reported an increase in the number of dogs bitten by rattlesnakes this year, according to media reports.  “The snakes are coming out of hibernation, they’re cranky and are more likely to strike when other times they might try to avoid that,” Jim Holcomb of Hill Country Animal Hospital in Austin told KVUE. The story does not offer...
What’s happening in April for Austin families? Check out our calendar

What’s happening in April for Austin families? Check out our calendar

Grace Miller (from left), Aiden Carney and Anabelle Aranda and receive large Easter baskets after being prize-egg winners for 3- and 4 year-olds at the Lakeway Eggstravaganza on March 28.
Premature ‘Baby Bun’ is thriving, marks milestone with parents

Premature ‘Baby Bun’ is thriving, marks milestone with parents

  It may be something that every child accomplishes, but it means even more to the parents of Kaleb Graves, also known as Baby Bun. Arkell and Dana Graves of Virginia posted video of Kaleb sitting up on his own for 1 minute and 48 seconds on Facebook. Kaleb was an internet sensation even before he was born when his father’s reaction to his mother’s pregnancy news drew millions of...
Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants

Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants

A private central Florida elephant preserve offers a unique, hands-on experience to visitors. The Elephant Ranch allows tourists to get up close and personal with the majestic animals. >> Read more trending news The Two Tails Ranch located near Gainesville lets people feed, bathe and even ride the eight elephants living at the ranch. The nonprofit group All About Elephants, Inc. owns and runs...
Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot

Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot

A northern Idaho woman blamed a car crash with a deer on a Sasquatch sighting last week. >> Read more trending news  The woman told police she collided with the deer after spotting a Bigfoot on a highway near Potlatch near the Washington border, according to NBC Montana. The woman said the Sasquatch was chasing the deer Wednesday night along the side of the road, and as she watched...
The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids

The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids

In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-age white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in a 2015 study that highlighted three "diseases of despair": drugs, drinking and suicide.  On Thursday, the pair released a deeper analysis that...

Today’s Horoscopes - Sunday, March 26

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The thing that’s going to solve the problem is simply to press on. You may be educated, strong and talented, too, but those things don’t make so much of a difference today as does dogged determination. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If there’s something interesting to be found in the situation, you’ll find it. Furthermore, the answers given to you by the...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, March 26

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, March 26

Today’s Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is 87. Actor Alan Arkin is 83. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is 82. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is 77. Actor James Caan is 77. Author Erica Jong is 75. Journalist Bob Woodward is 74. Singer Diana Ross is 73. Actor Johnny Crawford is 71. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 69. Singer and TV personality...

Dear Abby - Sunday, March 26

Dear Abby: I took an assignment with my company that posted me to Hong Kong for two years. My adult children, ages 21, 26 and 29, were supportive, although my youngest was not especially happy about it. We video chat with our kids, trying to stay involved as much as possible. We have also visited multiple times. It’s not always ideal, but we try. We have also offered to pay for them to visit...
Get your tickets to Parents’ Night Out at new Alamo Drafthouse, Thinkery

Get your tickets to Parents’ Night Out at new Alamo Drafthouse, Thinkery

The new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller will have family-friendly activities, including in the Barrel O’ Fun, but it turns into the Bar O’ Fun at night.
Get free tickets to Pollyanna Theatre’s “All Aboard”

Get free tickets to Pollyanna Theatre’s “All Aboard”

“All Aboard” is on stage with Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Long Center. Austin family theater group Pollyanna Theatre Company will be presenting its newest play “All Aboard” beginning next week at the Long Center.
Register now to make lemonade for annual Lemonade Day

Register now to make lemonade for annual Lemonade Day

Finn Holt was the 12-year-old winner of the 2016 Austin Lemonade Day contest. Photo from Austin Lemonade Day.
Be inspired by authors visiting Austin in April

Be inspired by authors visiting Austin in April

A fledgling luchadora, a playground game for the ages and a princess warrior are all coming to Austin. While books themselves can certainly transport young readers, seeing an author in person does that and more, bringing the ideas, characters and words to life — not to mention inspiring authors-in-training for the future. April is full of author events in Austin aimed at picture-book readers...
Relax and recharge at San Antonio’s Hotel Emma

Relax and recharge at San Antonio’s Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma, which opened in the fall of 2015, will alternately bring to mind European elegance, South Texas ranch charm and 19th-century industrialism. But all comparisons will remain elusive and incomplete. There is no other place like it. The reception area alone, with its art deco font, wall of small combination-lock banks and Mexican tiled floor, seamlessly blends styles and traditions and looks...
Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season. What’s in it for families?

Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season. What’s in it for families?

The creators of “Cenicienta” will return with “The Adventures of Enoughie” for the 2017-2018 season at Zach Theatre.
3-year-old Georgia girl snatches skull cap from Pope Francis’ head 

3-year-old Georgia girl snatches skull cap from Pope Francis’ head 

  He went in for a kiss and she went for his hat! A little girl from Douglasville, Georgia, had the encounter of a lifetime with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The girl and her family had been waiting hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of the pope, when he arrived nearby and reached out to kiss the 3-year-old girl named Estella. Francis kissed Estella on the cheek, but she also did something...
Public invited to comment on plans for new West Texas park

Public invited to comment on plans for new West Texas park

A meeting to discuss proposed plans for Chinati State Natural Area is set for Wednesday. CONTRIBUTED/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department   More wide open West Texas space to explore?
Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen around the world

Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen around the world

Emily Nguyen, 14, is ranked as a junior girls chess player and is going to be playing in the U.S. women’s championship in St.
Ready to spring clean your kids’ toys? Now you can recycle them

Ready to spring clean your kids’ toys? Now you can recycle them

Turn your broken toys into park benches and picnic tables. TerraCycle, Tom’s of Maine   Oh, I know there are toy boxes all over Austin that are full of broken toys that don’t work, haven’t been thought of in years and will never see their former glory again.
A&M studies could finally reveal what peacock feathers are really for

A&M studies could finally reveal what peacock feathers are really for

Inside a chainlink-wrapped enclosure on the campus of Texas A&M University, one of the world’s foremost peacock experts has strapped cameras onto the heads of the birds and arrived at a surprising answer to a question that has puzzled scientists since Charles Darwin’s day: What, exactly, is the point of that spectacular plumage? The conventional wisdom is that the 6-foot-high collection...
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