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Nicole Villalpando

Parenting & homes editor

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in her Raising Austin column and blog, as well as homes improvement, faith, aging and community stories for Austin 360. She is also the editor of Season for Caring, the American-Statesman's annual charity campaign that has raised about $10 million in cash and in-kind goods and services for area nonprofits since it began in 1999. She has been with the American-Statesman since 1999 and lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, two cats and one out-numbered dog.

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See dragon boats race, find fossils, more family fun, April 30-May 6
 Events Dragon Boat Festival.
               
            See the dragon boats race in this 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. asianamericancc.com. “Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show.” Mondo Gallery presents this show through May 13. Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St...

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Events Dragon Boat Festival. See the dragon boats race in this 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. asianamericancc.com. “Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show.” Mondo Gallery presents this show through May 13. Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St...
Could that diet soda you’re drinking lead to a stroke, Alzheimer’s?
 It’s a big, longtime question: Are the side effects that come with artificial sweetners in diet sodas worth saving the calories? A new study published in Stroke looked at 2,888 people in Framingham, Mass., who were are part of a study that originally began in 1971. It compared dietary intake and incidents of stroke and dementia and...

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It’s a big, longtime question: Are the side effects that come with artificial sweetners in diet sodas worth saving the calories? A new study published in Stroke looked at 2,888 people in Framingham, Mass., who were are part of a study that originally began in 1971. It compared dietary intake and incidents of stroke and dementia and...
“JJ’s Arcade” from Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo among best family theater
 “JJ’s Arcade” again confirms why Zach Theatre’s education department is doing the most innovative theater for families in town. Teamed up with Teatro Vivo and playwright and University of Texas alum José Casas, Zach reaffirms it’s commitment to doing bilingual theater that all children in Central Texas...

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“JJ’s Arcade” again confirms why Zach Theatre’s education department is doing the most innovative theater for families in town. Teamed up with Teatro Vivo and playwright and University of Texas alum José Casas, Zach reaffirms it’s commitment to doing bilingual theater that all children in Central Texas...
Austin teen heads back to school after New Year’s Day heart transplant
 On Monday, 13-year-old Rome Henderson walked into her middle school for the first time since December. It was a milestone that seemed impossible at the end of 2016. Rome was admitted into Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas on Dec. 11. She was having chest pains and difficulty breathing. She was nauseated and didn&rsquo...

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On Monday, 13-year-old Rome Henderson walked into her middle school for the first time since December. It was a milestone that seemed impossible at the end of 2016. Rome was admitted into Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas on Dec. 11. She was having chest pains and difficulty breathing. She was nauseated and didn&rsquo...
Shop local for Mother’s Day with Olive + M beauty line
 Local natural product line Olive + M is offering these items for Mother’s Day. • Olive + M’s new Eye Serum, $52, reduces fine lines and nourishes under the eyes.. • Olive + M’s new Body Polish, $42, -can be used in the tub for more hydration. • Olive + M’s cleansing oil, $62, is a cold-pressed plant...

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Local natural product line Olive + M is offering these items for Mother’s Day. • Olive + M’s new Eye Serum, $52, reduces fine lines and nourishes under the eyes.. • Olive + M’s new Body Polish, $42, -can be used in the tub for more hydration. • Olive + M’s cleansing oil, $62, is a cold-pressed plant...
Reformation clothing coming to Austin Saturday with pop-up shop
 Los Angeles clothing brand Reformation, which invites you to join in on the Reformation of wearing sustainable, responsibly made clothing, is opening its first pop-up shop in Austin on Saturday. The shop will show you what’s coming to the clothing line. The Ref Circus pop-up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1327 S. Congress Ave. (that&rsquo...

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Los Angeles clothing brand Reformation, which invites you to join in on the Reformation of wearing sustainable, responsibly made clothing, is opening its first pop-up shop in Austin on Saturday. The shop will show you what’s coming to the clothing line. The Ref Circus pop-up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1327 S. Congress Ave. (that&rsquo...
2nd Street District celebrates mom with deals at its monthly social
 Celebrate Mom with the 2nd Street Social 6-8 p.m. May 11 in the 2nd Street District. Pick up a map at the 360 Condos, 360 Nueces St., to see where all the deals are, but here are some we can tell you about: • Buy one, get one sunglasses at Austin Rocks. • Take home teeth bleach trays for new patients at Authentic Smiles. •...

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Celebrate Mom with the 2nd Street Social 6-8 p.m. May 11 in the 2nd Street District. Pick up a map at the 360 Condos, 360 Nueces St., to see where all the deals are, but here are some we can tell you about: • Buy one, get one sunglasses at Austin Rocks. • Take home teeth bleach trays for new patients at Authentic Smiles. •...
One big giant clothes swap coming to Austin in May
 Grateful Thread, from the nonprofit 2Fold, is like a big clothing swap, but instead of with people you know, it’s with all of Austin. From now until Sunday, you can donate clothing, accessories and shoes at these locations: All Ace Tailor stores; Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship in the fellowship hall, 1801 Kinney Ave.; Charm School...

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Grateful Thread, from the nonprofit 2Fold, is like a big clothing swap, but instead of with people you know, it’s with all of Austin. From now until Sunday, you can donate clothing, accessories and shoes at these locations: All Ace Tailor stores; Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship in the fellowship hall, 1801 Kinney Ave.; Charm School...
Free gardening seminar Saturday at ReStore from Texas Disposal Systems
 Texas Disposal Systems is now partnering with Austin Habitat for Humanity. It will help recycle waste used at Austin Habitat for Humanity sites by turning untreated lumber, brush and wood into compost, which will eventually become mulch, and separating and recycling other products. TDS is also donating products from its organic gardening...

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Texas Disposal Systems is now partnering with Austin Habitat for Humanity. It will help recycle waste used at Austin Habitat for Humanity sites by turning untreated lumber, brush and wood into compost, which will eventually become mulch, and separating and recycling other products. TDS is also donating products from its organic gardening...