Christine Ayala

Christine Ayala is a features intern for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Austinites create new adventures 40 years after Dungeons & Dragons began
 Austin’s Dungeons & Dragons community is all about meeting new folks, discovering new worlds and killing orcs along the way. It’s been 40 years since the role-playing game first came out. To celebrate, a new version — the fifth edition — will be coming out section by section throughout the fall with the starter kit...

5:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Austin’s Dungeons & Dragons community is all about meeting new folks, discovering new worlds and killing orcs along the way. It’s been 40 years since the role-playing game first came out. To celebrate, a new version — the fifth edition — will be coming out section by section throughout the fall with the starter kit...
World Cup inspire your kids? Here’s how to get started in soccer
 Although the month-long World Cup has ended, leaving fans with soccer withdrawal, the fall season for local youth soccer clubs is just around the corner. The excitement of the World Cup will have more young fans hitting the field this year. Parents of first-time players might not know what to expect from the growing sport. “Our registrations...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

Although the month-long World Cup has ended, leaving fans with soccer withdrawal, the fall season for local youth soccer clubs is just around the corner. The excitement of the World Cup will have more young fans hitting the field this year. Parents of first-time players might not know what to expect from the growing sport. “Our registrations...
Cool down Austin with green spaces
 As summer temperatures rise, there is an unavoidable heat that lingers in the city long after the sun has reached its peak. The heat island effect happens as a consequence of urban development, but homeowners don’t have to suffer. Several home modifications can make any space cooler. Casey Boyter, a gardening and green infrastructure...

5:00 AM Friday, Jul. 11, 2014

As summer temperatures rise, there is an unavoidable heat that lingers in the city long after the sun has reached its peak. The heat island effect happens as a consequence of urban development, but homeowners don’t have to suffer. Several home modifications can make any space cooler. Casey Boyter, a gardening and green infrastructure...
Drink in history at some of Austin’s bars
 Austin’s bar scene has a tendency to make what’s old new again — here are four local spots that cater to a modern crowd while retaining fascinating histories. The Scoot Inn is thought to be the longest continually running saloon in Austin. It opened in 1871 in East Austin at 1308 E. Fourth St. and operated with a dirt floor...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 09, 2014

Austin’s bar scene has a tendency to make what’s old new again — here are four local spots that cater to a modern crowd while retaining fascinating histories. The Scoot Inn is thought to be the longest continually running saloon in Austin. It opened in 1871 in East Austin at 1308 E. Fourth St. and operated with a dirt floor...
Mural at University Co-op keeps its artists together for 40 years
 The image of a rounded and skewed view of the Austin skyline is tucked beside busy Guadalupe street. The vibrant colors show a bustling town beneath a clear blue sky surrounding Steven F. Austin who is holding a couple of armadillos. The “Austintatious” mural will continue to be a fixture on the north-facing wall of the 23rd Street...

5:00 AM Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

The image of a rounded and skewed view of the Austin skyline is tucked beside busy Guadalupe street. The vibrant colors show a bustling town beneath a clear blue sky surrounding Steven F. Austin who is holding a couple of armadillos. The “Austintatious” mural will continue to be a fixture on the north-facing wall of the 23rd Street...
Austin’s bats coming out later after rain, cooler weather
 Recent cool temperatures, rainy weather and an abundance of insects make for ideal conditions for the Mexican free-tail bats living under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge, but that is not so ideal for onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of the bat swarm. The bats are taking shorter hunting trips and leaving later when viewers cannot...

9:53 PM Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

Recent cool temperatures, rainy weather and an abundance of insects make for ideal conditions for the Mexican free-tail bats living under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge, but that is not so ideal for onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of the bat swarm. The bats are taking shorter hunting trips and leaving later when viewers cannot...
Farm lets visitors pick their own blackberries
 It’s blackberry season at Backyard Pickins farm in Webberville, and a bounty of berries are ripe and ready to be picked right off the vine at $5 a pound. The blackberry farm, with more than a dozen rows of berry-rich bushes, is an extension of a family garden started by Tom and Nelwyn Trantham just yards from their country home. Gardening...

5:00 AM Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

It’s blackberry season at Backyard Pickins farm in Webberville, and a bounty of berries are ripe and ready to be picked right off the vine at $5 a pound. The blackberry farm, with more than a dozen rows of berry-rich bushes, is an extension of a family garden started by Tom and Nelwyn Trantham just yards from their country home. Gardening...
Water balloons you don’t have to tie from Bee Cave company
 As the summer months heat up, Bee Cave-based Blue Matrix Labs is giving kids an easier way to cool off with self-sealing water balloons called Zorbz. Zorbz are made of colorful natural latex rubber, contain a pill-like capsule and are indented at the neck. With a quick pinch and release once filled, the toy is ready to throw without the tricky...

5:00 AM Friday, Jun. 20, 2014

As the summer months heat up, Bee Cave-based Blue Matrix Labs is giving kids an easier way to cool off with self-sealing water balloons called Zorbz. Zorbz are made of colorful natural latex rubber, contain a pill-like capsule and are indented at the neck. With a quick pinch and release once filled, the toy is ready to throw without the tricky...