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Austin360 recreation list, Aug. 17-23

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
5 things to know about mosquitoes, West Nile virus in Central Texas

5 things to know about mosquitoes, West Nile virus in Central Texas

West Nile virus was back in the headlines in the past two weeks because more samples of mosquitoes in Central Texas have tested positive for the virus, so here are five things to know about the health threat: 1. It’s in skeeters: This week, mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in Taylor and in Cedar Park. The positive sample in Taylor was taken July 27 from a trap near Robinson...
Pedal all the way to Alaska? These students did – for a good cause

Pedal all the way to Alaska? These students did – for a good cause

This year’s Texas 4000 riders will roll into Anchorage on Friday. Photo courtesy Texas 4000   Sixty-nine University of Texas students who pedaled out of Austin earlier this summer are expected to roll into Anchorage tomorrow, wrapping up their 70-day quest to raise awareness about cancer. A documentary about their venture, “Texas 4000,” will air at 8 p.m. tonight...
How many days in a row have you run? Bill Schroeder’s logged 20 years

How many days in a row have you run? Bill Schroeder’s logged 20 years

From left, Bill Schroeder, Jodi Ondrusek and Wing Ho run on a trail at Brushy Creek Park on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Bill Shroeder hasn’t missed a run in years. He’ll celebrate 20 years worth of running – calculated by combining two separate running streaks – with an easy cruise through Williamson County Regional...
Model Nyle DiMarco was at Barton Springs Pool, and he’s a great diver

Model Nyle DiMarco was at Barton Springs Pool, and he’s a great diver

There are a few ways you might know Nyle DiMarco. He was the second male winner and first Deaf winner of “America’s Next Top Model.” He won the 22nd season of “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s appeared in roles on TV shows like “Switched at Birth” and “Difficult People.” He’s an activist for the Deaf community. He&rsquo...
Swimming’s free – and so’s the guitar solo – before 8 a.m. at Barton Springs

Swimming’s free – and so’s the guitar solo – before 8 a.m. at Barton Springs

I started this morning with a swim at Barton Springs Pool.   I almost always start Wednesday mornings with a swim at Barton Springs with a few friends. Besides getting in a good workout, I always see people I know. Runners gather there after logging their morning miles, to cool their legs in the cold water. My lap swimming friends show up in force, too. RELATED: What’s the real...
Bid summer farewell with Splash Bash at YMCA

Bid summer farewell with Splash Bash at YMCA

The YMCA TownLake will host a Splash Bash from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Photo courtesy YMCA Bid summer goodbye with the annual Splash Bash at the TownLake YMCA this weekend. The free community event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday and will include a pool party with free snacks, games, giveaways, music and a bouncy house. The Y is located at 1100 West Cesar Chavez Street. The event will also...
Hill Country land comes back to life at Spicewood Ranch

Hill Country land comes back to life at Spicewood Ranch

Chris Harte acts like a proud papa as he points out a grove of tiny green, white and red flags sprouting alongside a gravel road cutting through his Hill Country ranch. The flags mark the locations of post oak, Mexican plum and Eve’s necklace seedlings. To Harte and David Mahler, an ecologist with Environmental Survey Consulting who has directed restoration work at Spicewood Ranch for the past...
Tired of trash at Mansfield Cut? Pitch in at Saturday’s cleanup

Tired of trash at Mansfield Cut? Pitch in at Saturday’s cleanup

A cleanup of Port Mansfield Cut is set for Saturday. Photo courtesy Kathie and Miller Bassler A few months ago, I spent a long weekend camping at Mansfield Cut along the Texas Coast. We pitched tents in the sand, fished and surfed along the channel between North and South Padre Islands. I loved the place, but couldn’t believe the quantity of trash that littered the dunes and filled...
At Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover, join a group workout where the Longhorns play

At Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover, join a group workout where the Longhorns play

Camp Gladiator will host a free public workout at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Aug. 11. Photo courtesty Camp Gladiator If you’ve always wanted to train on the field where the University of Texas Longhorns play, head to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Aug. 11. Camp Gladiator will celebrate a decade of group exercise with a free, open-to-the-public...
25 places to swim in Austin and around Texas before summer ends

25 places to swim in Austin and around Texas before summer ends

Earlier this summer, my daughters and I made a pact. For a whole month, we would try to go swimming every day. It didn’t matter if it was a swimming hole, a pool or a water park so long as we could get wet and cool off. What we discovered during out adventures is that Central Texas is brimming with fun, fresh and funky spots to make a splash. Here are 25 watery ideas complied primarily from...
Am I crazy? Maybe – I’m training for Texas Water Safari 2019

Am I crazy? Maybe – I’m training for Texas Water Safari 2019

Pam LeBlanc and Sheila Reiter, in canoe, center of photo, paddle on Lady Bird Lake on Thursday, Aug. 2. Photo by Chris LeBlanc   Chalk up Day 1 as a success. A couple of years after I told a friend that I’d never do the Texas Water Safari, a 260-mile canoe race from San Marcos to Seadrift, I’m hereby declaring that I’m in for 2019. Yesterday, the training began....
No, you can’t swim there yet – but repairs are starting at Balmorhea Pool

No, you can’t swim there yet – but repairs are starting at Balmorhea Pool

Repairs are set to begin at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas, which has been closed since May. File photo by Jay Godwin/American-Statesman   Don’t expect to take a flying leap into Balmorhea Pool in West Texas anytime soon. After nearly three months of evaluation, crews are set to begin making repairs to pool walls and a concrete apron beneath the diving board, which collapsed...
Humidity is her Kryptonite: Austin runner wins Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon

Humidity is her Kryptonite: Austin runner wins Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon

Brenda Guajardo does a training run along the course of the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, which she won last week. Photo by Luis Escobar   When a marathon falls short, and Austin’s heat feels downright balmy, some folks head to Death Valley to prove their athletic mettle by racing long distances through the desert. Take Austin ultra runner Brenda Guajardo,...
Austin’s Lawson Craddock finished last at Tour de France, but now he gets free beer for life

Austin’s Lawson Craddock finished last at Tour de France, but now he gets free beer for life

Lawson Craddock holds a Love Street beer from Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston after finishing the Tour de France. Photo courtesy Karbach Brewing Co.   Lawson Craddock may have finished last in the Tour de France this year, but now he can drink free beer for the rest of his life. RELATED: He crashed on Day 1 of the Tour de France, but Austin’s Lawson Craddock is...
After heart surgery, an athlete gets back to running marathons

After heart surgery, an athlete gets back to running marathons

A year and a half ago, Alex Glarakis wrapped up a 19-mile run and headed directly to a party at the Greek church he attends. “We started dancing and dancing and dancing, and before I knew it I was on the floor,” the 64-year-old IT security specialist at IBM said. Glarakis hadn’t bothered to eat after his run, so when he passed out, he at first blamed improper nutrition or dehydration...
A litter-covered beach in Costa Rica is making me break up with single-use plastic

A litter-covered beach in Costa Rica is making me break up with single-use plastic

Tiny bits of plastic washed up on the Costa Rican beach that I visited last month. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   I’m trying to break up with single-use plastic. You should too. Last month, on the first day of a surf camp I attended in Costa Rica, I woke up early and walked across the street, only to discover a sort of confetti stretching for miles down the beach. Pulverized...
Austin360 recreation list, Aug. 3-9

Austin360 recreation list, Aug. 3-9

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Would you wake up early for a dance party at an Austin mansion? Daybreaker will

Would you wake up early for a dance party at an Austin mansion? Daybreaker will

Daybreaker will host an early morning dance party on Aug. 3. Photos courtesy Daybreaker Would you get up at the crack of dawn for a house party? Daybreaker is throwing an ’80s morning dance party, starting with a 6 a.m. fitness class followed by two hours of dancing (with reckless abandon, according to the website) in a historic Austin mansion. That should leave you pumped for a...
What’s it like to run a naked race? Find out at Chilly Cheeks 5K

What’s it like to run a naked race? Find out at Chilly Cheeks 5K

A runner crosses the finish line during the 5k Bare Buns Run on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Star Ranch in McDade, Texas. Catalin Abagiu for AMERICAN-STATESMAN   A year and a half ago, I laced up my shoes, shucked off my clothes and ran the Bare Buns 5K race as part of my self-proclaimed Year of Adventure. Aside from a little awkwardness when I first stripped down...
At Inks Lake State Park, swim, hike, camp — and take a flying leap

At Inks Lake State Park, swim, hike, camp — and take a flying leap

I caught my first fish at Inks Lake State Park, using nothing but a hook baited with a thumbnail-size piece of bright orange American cheese. It didn’t matter that the fish tipped the scales at less than an ounce. I left the release part of the catch-and-release effort to my dad, raced back to the cavernous blue tent where my family was staying and hollered the news to my mom and two sisters...
Get your groove on with $10 classes at Ballet Austin on National Dance Day

Get your groove on with $10 classes at Ballet Austin on National Dance Day

Visitors can try a variety of dance classes for $10 at Ballet Austin this Saturday. Photo courtesy Ballet Austin National Dance Day rolls around this Saturday, and Ballet Austin is offering $10 classes to celebrate. Participants can learn the moves for this year’s official National Dance Day routine, to Kylie Minogue’s song “Dancing.” They can also take classes...
Can you stand the sand?

Can you stand the sand?

Armed with all my regular outdoor gear, plus special tent stakes for the sand, 4 gallons of water and enough sunscreen to slather an elephant, I headed to the Texas coast recently to find out what it’s like to camp on the beach. Until then, I’d left seaside camping to people who don’t mind wallowing in sweat and grit. But I love to sleep in a tent, and when a group of friends who...
Not hot enough? Try this Inferno Hot Pilates class

Not hot enough? Try this Inferno Hot Pilates class

Gabi Walters leads a class at Pure Yoga Texas. The studio is now offering an Inferno Hot Pilates class. Photo courtesy Pure Yoga Texas   In case yesterday’s record setting temperature of 110 degrees at Camp Mabry didn’t burn your britches, may we suggest the newest offering from Pure Yoga Texas – “Inferno Hot Pilates.” Seriously. Inferno...
Catch a classic surf flick in the lagoon at NLand Surf Park

Catch a classic surf flick in the lagoon at NLand Surf Park

Tanner Payan, left, and Randy Gilkerson, center, with the surf band, Tunnel Vision, catch a wave with NLand surf guide, Christine Adams, right, at NLand Surf Park in September 2017. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for Austin American-Statesman)   NLand Surf Park will screen the surf documentary “Step Into Liquid” at its lagoon this weekend. The screening is part of this month&rsquo...
What’s it like to swim across Lake Tahoe? We found out

What’s it like to swim across Lake Tahoe? We found out

Lauren Lubus scans Lake Tahoe before the start of the Trans Tahoe Relay on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   I thought I’d turn into a Popsicle, but as it turned out, the water temperature hovered at a balmy 65 degrees Saturday, when I swam across Lake Tahoe as part of a six-person relay team. That’s well above the 55 degrees we’d been braced...
Fetch! Run! Hike! Sail! Swim! Raft! Jump! Paddle!

Fetch! Run! Hike! Sail! Swim! Raft! Jump! Paddle!

Outdoor adventures unfold best alongside an enthusiastic partner, including those with four feet, a wet nose and a wagging tail. When we put out a call asking for the best adventure dogs in Central Texas, we heard about pooches who love to hike, swim, sail, hunt and canoe. We’re pretty sure, in fact, that some of these dogs are living better than us. Some have their own social media accounts...
San Marcos mermaid statues hope to make tourism splash with nostalgia

San Marcos mermaid statues hope to make tourism splash with nostalgia

For much of the latter half of the 20th century, families, college kids and anyone looking for otherworldly entertainment ended up in San Marcos for an underwater show featuring mermaids drinking Coca-Cola and Ralph the swimming pig. The women, called Aquamaids, would perform skits, like having an underwater picnic, in Spring Lake behind a glass window separating them from a theater of 125 people...
At Lance Armstrong’s Austin bike shop, watch the Tour de France live

At Lance Armstrong’s Austin bike shop, watch the Tour de France live

Lance Armstrong and co-host JB Hager, right, record their “Stages” podcast at Mellow Johnny’s in 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Want to watch this year’s Tour de France with other cycling fans? Juan Pelota Café, tucked inside Mellow Johnny’s, the downtown Austin cycling shop owned by ormer pro cyclist Lance Armstrong (who was stripped of...
At Chandler Ranch, a creek and river converge

At Chandler Ranch, a creek and river converge

I’m wading through a chest-deep stretch of Independence Creek in West Texas, my feet slipping a little on velvety, algae-covered stones as I pass carp swirling along the banks. This pristine, spring-fed ribbon of green slices through historic Chandler Ranch, where I’m hanging my hat for the night. I’m a huge fan of West Texas, but I’m always searching for new windows into its...
In tiny Langtry, get a taste of the Old West at Judge Roy Bean Museum

In tiny Langtry, get a taste of the Old West at Judge Roy Bean Museum

As any good Texan can tell you, Judge Roy Bean doled out his brazen brand of justice from a wood-plank building that served simultaneously as a saloon, pool hall and courtroom. There, legend has it, Bean tapped his best customers to serve as jury members in trials that sometimes unfolded — in remarkably speedy fashion — on the front porch of his juke joint, dubbed the Jersey Lilly after...
Want to dance like Michael Jackson? Check out this free class Thursday

Want to dance like Michael Jackson? Check out this free class Thursday

The public is invited to a Michael Jackson dance class on Thursday at the Long Center. Photo courtesy Butler Dance Michael Jackson may be gone, but you can still try to duplicate his moves at a free dance class Thursday night. Ballet Austin and the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness present the Michael Jackson’s BAD class, which will take place on the Dell Hall Stage at the Long...

Austin360 recreation list, July 20-26

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
From an Airstream in Aspen, Lance Armstrong riffs on Tour de France

From an Airstream in Aspen, Lance Armstrong riffs on Tour de France

Lance Armstrong, left, and JB Hager, right, watch a stage of the Tour de France. Photo by Dave Bolch Inside a sleek Airstream trailer parked in a driveway in Aspen, Colorado, cameras roll as former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong and commentator JB Hager watch the Tour de France. As the cyclists spin their way up and down hills, through picturesque villages and over stretches of rough...
He crashed on Stage 1 of Tour de France, but Austin’s Lawson Craddock is still pedaling

He crashed on Stage 1 of Tour de France, but Austin’s Lawson Craddock is still pedaling

Professional cyclist Lawson Craddock talks about his first Tour de France at Mellow Johnny’s bike shop in January 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Austin cyclist Lawson Craddock, who crashed midway through the first stage of the Tour de France, finished the seventh stage of the race Friday, despite a broken scapula and nine stitches in his eyebrow...
Remember these tips to keep your dog safe in extreme summer heat

Remember these tips to keep your dog safe in extreme summer heat

Humans sometimes think their dogs can withstand temperatures better than they actually can. Here are several things to know, courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, about caring for dogs in extreme Texas heat: 1. Look for signs: Trainers at the Canine Center for Training and Behavior say your dog may be overheated if you see heavy panting or drooling, or an enlarged tongue...
REI gives Austin trails a boost

REI gives Austin trails a boost

Hill Country Conservancy Executive Director George Cofer hikes on the Violet Crown Trail near Brodie Lane and 290 West in 2015. The conservancy was one of six Austin organizations to receive a grant from REI. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Austin trails are getting a boost, thanks to grants from REI Co-op. The outdoor retailer committed $75,000 to six local nonprofit organizations...
Looking for a different workout? Take a spin on a log

Looking for a different workout? Take a spin on a log

Trotting atop a twirling log at an Austin swimming pool, I feel a little like Paul Bunyan, minus Babe the Blue Ox and the checkered shirt. Technically, though, I’m no lumberjack (or Jane). I’m just checking out log rolling, the latest wacky sport to creep into mainstream recreation centers across the country. Even in Texas, where cactus and thorn-covered mesquite trees outnumber tall pines...
Take care of Texas mosquitoes and their bites the DIY way

Take care of Texas mosquitoes and their bites the DIY way

A Texas summer spent indoors is hardly a summer at all. There are barbecues, pool parties and porch spells to get to, after all. The sun can be a bother, of course.  At least you know when that’s coming out. The scourge of summer mosquitoes, though, is sometimes only apparent after you’ve swatted at your skin three bites in. A good mosquito repellent is key to getting through skeeter...
When grackles attack runners …

When grackles attack runners …

Sometimes overly aggressive grackles throw a kink in the best-laid exercise plans. Zach Thorne and his partner, both runners, live near 13th and Guadalupe streets, and head out frequently on 8- or 9-mile jaunts through downtown and around the University of Texas campus. Sometimes, though, dive-bombing grackles send them off course. RELATED: Austin’s two types of grackles come with...
Grackle or bat: Which makes a better Austin mascot?

Grackle or bat: Which makes a better Austin mascot?

Ever since a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats took up residence beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in 1980, Austin has embraced the critter as its de facto mascot. We’re all about bats. A huge bat sculpture spins slowly at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Barton Springs Road, hundreds of people flock to the bridge to watch bats emerge on summer nights, and we celebrate the flying mammals...
An armadillo and a reporter meet in the desert. Here’s what happens next…

An armadillo and a reporter meet in the desert. Here’s what happens next…

A nine-banded armadillo sniffs the air after a rare July rainstorm in West Texas this week. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman This crusty fellow wandered by after a wild rainstorm swept through the desert Monday near Sheffield, Texas. He was rooting around for bugs. I happened to be walking across Independence Creek Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property near the confluence of Independence...
Ready to race? All-comers track meet will help fund Austin High track improvements

Ready to race? All-comers track meet will help fund Austin High track improvements

John Conley, former director of the Austin Marathon, walks on the track at Austin High School. An all-comers track meet this weekend will raise money to renovate the track. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Thinking of entering an all-comers track meet? Anyone is invited to participate in this Saturday’s Back the Track Relays at Austin High School, 1715 Cesar Chavez...

Austin360 recreation list, July 13-19

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Head to Hyatt Regency for free yoga and beer

Head to Hyatt Regency for free yoga and beer

The Hyatt Regency Austin offers up free yoga and beer at Monday’s Pints & Poses event. Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency Austin It’s free yoga time again at the Hyatt Regency Austin. This month’s Pints & Poses class starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Zilker Ballroom near the hotel’s parking garage. Austin yogi Ferny Barcelo will lead the smooth vinyasa flow yoga...
Don your tennis whites and head to Spin for Wimbledon-themed ping pong events

Don your tennis whites and head to Spin for Wimbledon-themed ping pong events

Spin Austin general manager Hilary Thompson, left, and Malin Pettersson, ping pong professional in residence, right, demonstrate a game at the new ping pong-themed bar/club on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Austin, TX. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Spin, the new ping pong club in the old Antone’s space at 213 West Fifth Street, will serve up a week&rsquo...
The Trail Foundation plans fall Twilight on the Trail fundraiser

The Trail Foundation plans fall Twilight on the Trail fundraiser

A bicyclist pedals along the Butler Trail as the morning sun rises over Lady Bird Lake in July 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN Heads up, users of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake. The Trail Foundation, the non-profit organization that works to maintain and enhance the 10-mile trail in downtown Austin, will host a special event this fall to close...
Exercise, talk go together in free Marathon Kids program

Exercise, talk go together in free Marathon Kids program

Marathon Kids is offering a free Walk and Talk program this summer. Photo courtesy Marathon Kids   Anybody who’s spent time training for a marathon knows that a special bond develops between exercise buddies. That’s the idea behind the free Walk and Talk summer program from Marathon Kids, the non-profit organization that works to improve the health and happiness of children...
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