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Statesman program raises more than $1 million for local charities
 In 1999, the American-Statesman launched a program to assist local families in need by telling their stories and asking the public to help. That inaugural Statesman Season for Caring raised $100,000 in monetary donations and $40,000 in in-kind goods and services for six families and the local nonprofit agencies that nominated them. Now, almost...

Posted: 11 days ago

In 1999, the American-Statesman launched a program to assist local families in need by telling their stories and asking the public to help. That inaugural Statesman Season for Caring raised $100,000 in monetary donations and $40,000 in in-kind goods and services for six families and the local nonprofit agencies that nominated them. Now, almost...
Think your child has the flu? You might not need to see a doctor
 Your kid is feeling crummy, aches all over, starts getting a fever. You think it could be the flu. Should you take him to the emergency room or to see the doctor right away? The answer, especially this year, might be no. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has seen its emergency room fill up in recent weeks. On Jan. 29,...

Posted: 11 days ago

Your kid is feeling crummy, aches all over, starts getting a fever. You think it could be the flu. Should you take him to the emergency room or to see the doctor right away? The answer, especially this year, might be no. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has seen its emergency room fill up in recent weeks. On Jan. 29,...
Explore science, Valentine’s Day and more family fun, Feb. 11-17
 Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Party. Music with Ariel, cardmaking and cookie decorating. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com Events Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the Advancement...

Posted: 11 days ago

Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Party. Music with Ariel, cardmaking and cookie decorating. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com Events Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the Advancement...
Think your child has the flu? Stay home, including from the emergency room
 Your kid starts feeling crummy, aches all over, starts getting a fever. You think it could be the flu. Should you taken him
            to the emergency room or to see the doctor right away? The answer, this year especially, might be no. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has seen a bump in emergency room visits and it&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Your kid starts feeling crummy, aches all over, starts getting a fever. You think it could be the flu. Should you taken him to the emergency room or to see the doctor right away? The answer, this year especially, might be no. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has seen a bump in emergency room visits and it&rsquo...
Altatudes in East Austin will dress you to impress
 “This is what I would wear,” Alta Alexander says as she gives a tour of her upscale women’s clothing boutique, Altatudes. The store on East 12th Street opened in September. It had been a lifelong dream for the girl who grew up in Smithville, went to Travis High School in Austin and graduated from Huston-Tillotson University...

Posted: 12 days ago

“This is what I would wear,” Alta Alexander says as she gives a tour of her upscale women’s clothing boutique, Altatudes. The store on East 12th Street opened in September. It had been a lifelong dream for the girl who grew up in Smithville, went to Travis High School in Austin and graduated from Huston-Tillotson University...
How to work with your siblings to care for your parents
 It’s hard to watch your parents decline in health. Sometimes it can be hard to cope with their health changes as well as manage the differing views and abilities of your siblings at the same time. AGE of Central Texas is offering a free workshop, Partnering With Your Siblings to Better Care for Your Parents, on Saturday. Psychologist...

Posted: 12 days ago

It’s hard to watch your parents decline in health. Sometimes it can be hard to cope with their health changes as well as manage the differing views and abilities of your siblings at the same time. AGE of Central Texas is offering a free workshop, Partnering With Your Siblings to Better Care for Your Parents, on Saturday. Psychologist...
Are you children getting enough sleep? CDC has some new statistics
 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys and looked at how much sleep students were getting. What they found:
               57.8 percent of middle-schoolers are not getting enough sleep on school nights
               72.7 percent of high-schoolers are not getting...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys and looked at how much sleep students were getting. What they found: 57.8 percent of middle-schoolers are not getting enough sleep on school nights 72.7 percent of high-schoolers are not getting...
‘This is Us’ reminds us what not to do in a house fire
 “This is Us” the last few weeks has been a guideline of what not to do if your house catches on fire. Here’s what father Jack Pearson should have done: Call 9-1-1 first. In the time Jack was running across the hallway to get the kids, then back in to get the dog and the keepsakes, the fire department could have been on the...

Posted: 12 days ago

“This is Us” the last few weeks has been a guideline of what not to do if your house catches on fire. Here’s what father Jack Pearson should have done: Call 9-1-1 first. In the time Jack was running across the hallway to get the kids, then back in to get the dog and the keepsakes, the fire department could have been on the...
Father featured in Season for Caring dies from ALS
 Marcelo Gracia was just waiting for God. He said God was the only one who could decide whether to leave him with his family for a little while longer or to bring him home. For six years, Gracia lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes muscles to waste away. On Wednesday, Gracia...

Posted: 13 days ago

Marcelo Gracia was just waiting for God. He said God was the only one who could decide whether to leave him with his family for a little while longer or to bring him home. For six years, Gracia lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes muscles to waste away. On Wednesday, Gracia...
‘School of Rock’ star Gianna Harris teaches us what it takes to make musical theater
 Gianna Harris plays the ukulele, the bass, the cello, the piano, but when she sets foot on the Bass Concert Hall stage this
            week for “School of Rock,” people will know her for her voice. She plays shy Tomika, aka “the voice.” Her grandfather taught her the ukulele; she picked up the cello at school...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gianna Harris plays the ukulele, the bass, the cello, the piano, but when she sets foot on the Bass Concert Hall stage this week for “School of Rock,” people will know her for her voice. She plays shy Tomika, aka “the voice.” Her grandfather taught her the ukulele; she picked up the cello at school...
Father featured in Season for Caring dies
 Marcelo Gracia was just waiting for God. He said God was the only one who could decide whether to leave him with his family
            for a little while longer, or to bring him home. Marcelo Gracia was able to have a good quality of life these last few months with home health care from BrightStar Care and
               Season for Caring...

Posted: 13 days ago

Marcelo Gracia was just waiting for God. He said God was the only one who could decide whether to leave him with his family for a little while longer, or to bring him home. Marcelo Gracia was able to have a good quality of life these last few months with home health care from BrightStar Care and Season for Caring...
Explore a cave, play with a giant robot and more family fun, Feb. 9-11
 This is one of those jam-packed weekends for family fun in Austin. You’ll find special events at museums, plus many shows
            on local stages. For your outdoor event planning purposes: It’s going to be a beautiful Friday and Saturday. Expect rain and cold on Sunday. Here are more than 20 events for the family happening...

Posted: 13 days ago

This is one of those jam-packed weekends for family fun in Austin. You’ll find special events at museums, plus many shows on local stages. For your outdoor event planning purposes: It’s going to be a beautiful Friday and Saturday. Expect rain and cold on Sunday. Here are more than 20 events for the family happening...
Explore a cave, play with a giant robot and more family fun, Feb. 9-11
 This is one of those jam-packed weekends for family fun in Austin. You’ll find special events at museums, plus many shows
            on local stages. For your outdoor event planning purposes: It’s going to be a beautiful Friday and Saturday. Expect rain and cold on Sunday. Here are more than 20 events for the family happening...

Posted: 13 days ago

This is one of those jam-packed weekends for family fun in Austin. You’ll find special events at museums, plus many shows on local stages. For your outdoor event planning purposes: It’s going to be a beautiful Friday and Saturday. Expect rain and cold on Sunday. Here are more than 20 events for the family happening...
Are your kids getting enough sleep?
 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data CDC from the 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys
               and looked at how much sleep students were getting. What they found: 57.8 percent of middle-schoolers are not getting enough sleep on school nights 72.7 percent of high-schoolers are not getting...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data CDC from the 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys and looked at how much sleep students were getting. What they found: 57.8 percent of middle-schoolers are not getting enough sleep on school nights 72.7 percent of high-schoolers are not getting...
This product could be the most dangerous one for your child
 In 2016, 53 at least kids died because of an all-terrain vehicle; another 26,800 kids checked in at an emergency room because
            of them. Those numbers, though, are preliminary and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects them to go up as more
            data is collected for that year. “ATVs are one of the most...

Posted: 16 days ago

In 2016, 53 at least kids died because of an all-terrain vehicle; another 26,800 kids checked in at an emergency room because of them. Those numbers, though, are preliminary and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects them to go up as more data is collected for that year. “ATVs are one of the most...
This product could be the most dangerous one for your child
 In 2016, 53 at least kids died because of an all-terrain vehicle; another 26,800 kids checked in at an emergency room because
            of them. Those numbers, though, are preliminary and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects them to go up as more
            data is collected for that year. “ATVs are one of the most...

Posted: 16 days ago

In 2016, 53 at least kids died because of an all-terrain vehicle; another 26,800 kids checked in at an emergency room because of them. Those numbers, though, are preliminary and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects them to go up as more data is collected for that year. “ATVs are one of the most...
“This is Us” reminds us what not to do if your house catches on fire
 “This is Us” the last two weeks has been a guideline of what not to do if your house catches on fire. Here’s what Jack Pearson should have done: Milo Ventimiglia plays Jack in “This is Us.” (Ron Batzdorff/NBC) Call 9-1-1 first. In the time Jack was running across the hallway to get the kids, then back in to get...

Posted: 16 days ago

“This is Us” the last two weeks has been a guideline of what not to do if your house catches on fire. Here’s what Jack Pearson should have done: Milo Ventimiglia plays Jack in “This is Us.” (Ron Batzdorff/NBC) Call 9-1-1 first. In the time Jack was running across the hallway to get the kids, then back in to get...
Your cellphone could be making you look old by damaging your skin
 Could that smartphone, that tablet, that laptop be damaging your skin? That was a question dermatologists began talking about in Europe in 2016 at the Facial Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition. A study looked at what high energy visible light (HEV light) was doing to skin and found that it was similar to ultraviolet A rays in that it damages...

Posted: 16 days ago

Could that smartphone, that tablet, that laptop be damaging your skin? That was a question dermatologists began talking about in Europe in 2016 at the Facial Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition. A study looked at what high energy visible light (HEV light) was doing to skin and found that it was similar to ultraviolet A rays in that it damages...
Brush your dog’s teeth? Yes, Fido’s whole mouth will thank you
 You’ve probably heard that you should brush your dog’s teeth. But why? And how often? Every day, says Dr. Adriana Mendoza, a veterinarian at Firehouse Animal Health Center in Leander. “With canines, there’s absolutely no reason not to,” she says. Brushing their teeth helps prevent dental tartar from building...

Posted: 17 days ago

You’ve probably heard that you should brush your dog’s teeth. But why? And how often? Every day, says Dr. Adriana Mendoza, a veterinarian at Firehouse Animal Health Center in Leander. “With canines, there’s absolutely no reason not to,” she says. Brushing their teeth helps prevent dental tartar from building...
Get ready for Valentine’s Day and more family fun, Feb. 4-10
 Valentine’s Day events Valentine’s Day Card Making. Make cards for children in local hospitals. 5 p.m. Wednesday. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. austintexas.gov Valentine’s Day Dance. Food, drinks, music and more for ages 5-12. $1. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexas...

Posted: 18 days ago

Valentine’s Day events Valentine’s Day Card Making. Make cards for children in local hospitals. 5 p.m. Wednesday. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. austintexas.gov Valentine’s Day Dance. Food, drinks, music and more for ages 5-12. $1. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexas...
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