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What to ask at Meet the Teacher event

This week, many elementary schools have Meet the Teacher events. The folks at  Edutopia website have compiled a list of 19 meaningful questions to ask your child’s teacher for a productive conversation during meet-the-teacher night. BACK TO SCHOOL: See our guide for tips, checklists and resources for parents. Sixth grade teacher Sarita Lakey, left, greets student...


Eating late at night could put you at risk for cancer, study finds

Eating late at night could put you at risk for cancer, study finds

What time of day you eat could make a difference when it comes to cancer. A new study of from Spain that was done from 2008-2013 on 1,826 people who had either prostate cancer or breast cancer and 2,193 people who did not asked about how close to bedtime people ate meals. The study was published in the  International Journal of Cancer in July. What it found...
5-foot iguana on the loose in Milwaukee neighborhood

5-foot iguana on the loose in Milwaukee neighborhood

A man’s iguana jumped out of a second story window and ran away more than a month ago, running loose throughout a Milwaukee neighborhood.  >> Read more trending news  Zach Hauser moved from California to Wisconsin with Nail, which he has had for nine years, WDJT reported. The 25-pound iguana was in its cage above “The Turning Page” comic book store when it escaped...
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...
Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Check out what we found

Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Check out what we found

Every year, we go shopping. We go shopping for back-to-school clothes in July for our back-to-school section. This year, we shopped for 10 different kids at five different stores and outfitted them with clothing, shoes and backpacks. Check out some of our finds: RELATED: What’s tax-free this weekend and what’s not Ready for class: On Kolby Tate, 12th-grader, Levi’s 511, dark gray...
Find the path to restore your faith when life brings doubts

Find the path to restore your faith when life brings doubts

Sometimes life necessitates a spiritual restoration When life is moving along smoothly and things are going well, it is easier to hold onto one’s faith and endure the hard times. It is during the challenging times that it becomes difficult to hold onto your faith and beliefs and trust that things will work out for your good. A spiritual restoration might be needed to facilitate the journey back...
Living ‘Imperfect Courage’ with Noonday Collection’s Jessica Honegger

Living ‘Imperfect Courage’ with Noonday Collection’s Jessica Honegger

“You, yourself, are your own biggest obstacle. You, yourself, are your own biggest gift.” Jessica Honegger had to get out of her own way, get over self-doubts and embrace her gifts of entrepreneurship and creativity when she created Noonday Collection seven years ago. She turned the direct-sale model used by companies such as Tupperware and Avon into a business that empowers and connects...
Shopping for school supplies tax-free weekend? Help Austin Diaper Bank

Shopping for school supplies tax-free weekend? Help Austin Diaper Bank

Tax-free weekend is here. Through Sunday, you can get most clothing and school supplies tax-free. That’s an 8.25 percent savings. You know what you can also get? Diapers, both ones for babies and ones for adults. The Austin Diaper Bank would be happy to have your donation. Right now, they particularly need size 5 and size 6, but they’ll take any size diapers and they’ll take ones...
Plant these herbs, flowers to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard

Plant these herbs, flowers to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard

It’s summertime in Central Texas, and that means there are mosquitoes galore. Are you looking for natural ways to repel these and other pest insects? Learn what to plant in your garden to effectively deter mosquitoes, chiggers and other unwanted visitors, and then use what you grow to make a homemade bug spray. RELATED: Why do mosquitoes bite some people and not others? Lavender The aroma of...
Could dogs be dangerous to pregnant women and unborn babies?

Could dogs be dangerous to pregnant women and unborn babies?

For a long time, we’ve known that cats (specifically, their feces) can carry toxoplasmosis. That can infect pregnant women and their fetus and could affect the eyes or the brain of the baby. Pregnant women are told to have someone else in the house deal with the kitty litter; pregnant women everywhere are happy to heed this advice. But what about dogs, birds and farm animals? Would the same...
Report: 5 corgis rescued in Georgetown in high demand, shelter says

Report: 5 corgis rescued in Georgetown in high demand, shelter says

Late last month, animal control officers found 14 animals dead and rescued 40 others from a rural home in Georgetown. According to a previous American-Statesman report, the owner was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty. At the time of the bust, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody asked the public to consider adopting some of the animals, which were relocated to the Williamson County...
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...
23 French bulldog puppies looking for new homes, how you can help

23 French bulldog puppies looking for new homes, how you can help

More than two dozen puppies were brought from the Ukraine as cargo on a Turkish Airlines flight. The 28 French bulldogs landed in Chicago and were picked up by a man who bought them and was going to sell them in Houston, The Humane Society of the United States told WLS. Officials said on July 11 the man packed plastic crates of puppies tightly into a moving van that had no air condiitoning to drive...
Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Pick up diapers for Austin Diaper Bank

Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Pick up diapers for Austin Diaper Bank

Tax-free weekend is almost here. Friday-Sunday, you can get most clothing and school supplies tax-free. That’s an 8.25 percent savings. You know what you can also get? Diapers, both ones for babies and ones for adults. RELATED: What’s tax-free this weekend and what’s not The Austin Diaper Bank needs your diapers. AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016 The Austin Diaper Bank would...
Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school

Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school

For those extroverted kids, going back to school can be exciting: Tons of friends to see again. New ones to make. Things to look forward to like school events, hanging out before and after school, the cafeteria at lunch. For those kids who are naturally introverted, are socially awkward, on the autism spectrum, anxious, geeky or shy or whatever label you like, it can be very...
Don't touch seal pups, officials say after man brings one to hotel room

Don't touch seal pups, officials say after man brings one to hotel room

They look so cute and so tempting to touch, but the harbor seal pups you see on beaches in Washington state aren’t for petting and they don’t need your help; in fact, your help can hurt or worse — even kill. “This is pretty common; we see it all the time. Every year, we get these orphaned animals in that have had some sort of human disturbance,” said Jeff Brown...
Austin360 arts list, Aug. 10-16

Austin360 arts list, Aug. 10-16

Theater & dance “All Shook Up.” The 60th year of Zilker Theatre Productions’ annual summer musical takes us back to the 1950s, the decade of the inaugural show, and serves as a modern twist on a Shakespeare classic: “Twelfth Night.” The jukebox musical “All Shook Up” features 24 Elvis Presley hits as well as lots of laughs and leather jackets. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday...
Man finds python slithering alongside his house in Australia

Man finds python slithering alongside his house in Australia

A man found a nearly 10-foot python scaling the side of his house Sunday afternoon.  Robbie Knills was doing laundry when he saw the snake slithering in the backyard, come across a patio and then ascend the side of his house, myGC.com reported.  “I didn’t know they could climb houses like that – five minutes later and I would have got the scare of my life,” ...
Trooper rescues cat hit by two cars on New York road

Trooper rescues cat hit by two cars on New York road

A cat named Harley has used up two of his nine lives after surviving being hit by two cars on the same road in New York.  State police said the cat was found in Grafton, just outside Albany. >> Read more trending news  The trooper who found the cat found him on the side of the road with serious head and leg injuries, WRGB reported. Police believe the cat ran into the road, where he...
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...
Where are you shopping for back to school? Check out where the crowds will be

Where are you shopping for back to school? Check out where the crowds will be

A new survey from commercial real estate firm JLL asked 1,000 parents how they plan to shop for back to school. The school supply aisle at Target is the second most popular place for school supplies according to a survey. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN 2016 How much will they spend? 62 percent said less than $250, about 3 percent more than last year 22 percent said between $250...

Get kids with food allergies ready for back to school with these tips

When your kid has a food allergy, diabetes or another life-threatening condition, back to school can be stressful. What will happen if your kid with a peanut allergy accidentally sits next to the kid with the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and gets exposed to peanut butter? What will happen if your kid with celiac disease is offered a birthday cupcake or is told something...
Florida man slams dog to ground, breaks its pelvis, deputies say

Florida man slams dog to ground, breaks its pelvis, deputies say

A Florida man is behind bars after police say he abused a small dog and broke its pelvis during an altercation with a woman. >> Read more trending news  According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Sean Booth Chidester, 35, of Marathon, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday evening after deputies posted his photo on Facebook and asked for the public's help to find...
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...
Kyle officer on trial after poodle hospitalized with broken ribs

Kyle officer on trial after poodle hospitalized with broken ribs

Frisco, a miniature poodle, was hospitalized last year with 17 broken ribs, a punctured lung and significant bruising under his white fluffy coat. Travis County prosecutors believe it was the result of a beating by the dog’s owner, a Kyle police officer. David Salinas, 34, is charged with animal cruelty in connection with the life-threatening injuries Frisco allegedly sustained while the two...
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...
Parents, watch for West Nile virus, school district, Austin health department warns

Parents, watch for West Nile virus, school district, Austin health department warns

Last night, we got this message from Austin Public Health and Austin Independent School District: This follows news that mosquitoes in Cedar Park tested positive for West Nile. In July, Travis County was put on alert for one West Nile case. RELATED: Five things to know about West Nile Virus Looking for ideas on how to prevent mosquitoes? Last year we tested 16 repellents...
Back to school: Are your child’s vaccinations current?

Back to school: Are your child’s vaccinations current?

Every year, there are kindergarten and seventh-grade parents ready to send their kids off for the first day of school who have to turn around and head to the doctor’s office. Either they need proof of vaccination or they are missing a required vaccination or the exemption form to opt out of vaccines (which is never a good idea unless there’s a medical...
Officer Jack Russell? Lost dog becomes honorary police K-9 before reuniting with owner

Officer Jack Russell? Lost dog becomes honorary police K-9 before reuniting with owner

A lost dog became a Massachusetts police officer’s co-pilot Monday.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Duane Boucher, the Orleans Police Department's animal control officer, found the Jack Russell terrier near the Pump House Surf Shop on Route 6A. >> Read more trending news  Orleans police wrote on Facebook, “Until his...
Ex-NFL star Jerod Mayo's missing dog found dead in trainer's house

Ex-NFL star Jerod Mayo's missing dog found dead in trainer's house

The dog belonging to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been found dead, the Rhode Island SPCA said. The organization said the body of Knox, a 5-year-old English bulldog, was found in a home in Cranston, where its dog trainer lives.  Cranston police have charged Ameila Ferriera with obstruction. RISPCA said evidence indicates Ferreira has known about the whereabouts...
Firefighters save 8 cats from burning home in Miami area

Firefighters save 8 cats from burning home in Miami area

Firefighters in southwest Miami-Dade County rescued eight cats from a burning home Sunday night, WPLG reported. >> Read more trending news  The homeowner told firefighters that several cats were still in the suburban Miami home, the television station reported. While one unit put out the fire, another went inside the residence to rescue the animals, WTVJ reported. There were...
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...
BARKING NEWS: San Marcos pet shelter full, offering discount adoptions, officials say

BARKING NEWS: San Marcos pet shelter full, offering discount adoptions, officials say

The adoption price at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter has been discounted now that the shelter has reached capacity, city officials said.  All pets are now available to be adopted for a $30 fee which covers spaying or neutering, a microchip, kennel vaccinations, the rabies vaccine and a city license, San Marcos officials said. Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and other small pets are available...
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...
Back to School: Plan ahead for tax-free weekend

Back to School: Plan ahead for tax-free weekend

Tax-free weekend is coming. That’s the three days before school starts when you won’t have to pay sales tax on school supplies, clothing, diapers, shoes and more. Before you go hog wild loading up your shopping cart, remember to ask yourself: Is this really a good deal? Tax-free means you’re saving 08.25 percent and if that’s on top of already low sales prices,...
LOOK: Labrador retriever's epic photobomb during owners' wedding goes viral

LOOK: Labrador retriever's epic photobomb during owners' wedding goes viral

A playful pooch is making headlines for pulling off an epic photobomb at his owners' wedding. According to "Today," Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway of Illinois exchanged vows July 28 in Big Sky, Montana. Their beloved Labrador retriever and best man, Boone, was supposed to stand between Conway and his brother during the ceremony. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting...
Serial pet killer may have mutilated, slain 7 cats; $3K reward offered in search for suspect

Serial pet killer may have mutilated, slain 7 cats; $3K reward offered in search for suspect

Law enforcement officials are searching for the person or people responsible for killing and mutilating cats in Washington state. Several cats have been killed in Thurston County since February, according to Erika Johnson, Thurston County Joint Animal Services lead investigator on the case. On Sunday, a seventh cat was discovered. That cat was found killed and mutilated near Decatur...
Man who threw dog off bridge charged with animal cruelty, claims pup liked it, officers say

Man who threw dog off bridge charged with animal cruelty, claims pup liked it, officers say

Investigators say they have found the man responsible for throwing a dog off a bridge in Massachusetts last month. According to the Wareham Department of Natural Resources, the search for a suspect began after video surfaced of a man dropping a dog off a bridge and down 12 feet into a waterway. The video then showed the man jumping into the water himself. A Natural Resources officer found...
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...
Puppies rescued from remote island named after ‘Gilligan’s Island’ characters

Puppies rescued from remote island named after ‘Gilligan’s Island’ characters

A litter of puppies rescued from a deserted island in the middle of a lake in Canada have been nicknamed “Little Gilligan’s Island Puppies,” the CBC reported. >> Read more trending news  The seven black, Labrador retriever-mix puppies have all been named after characters from “Gilligan’s Island,” the popular 1960s series about a group...
Museums, movies, theaters and more cool spots for families, Aug. 5-11

Museums, movies, theaters and more cool spots for families, Aug. 5-11

Events Splash Bash. Free community event with swimming, bounce house and more. Learn how to prevent drowning as well as have fun. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. TownLake YMCA, 1100 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinymca.org The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series! Story time for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. Tuesday. Tail Talks animal question session for children 8 and older, 2 p.m. Tuesday. Teddy...
Dog found in cage left to drown at water’s edge

Dog found in cage left to drown at water’s edge

Investigators are asking for help to find the person who left a dog locked in a cage at the water’s edge to drown.  A 1-year-old pit bull was found by a nearby resident who was walking their dog at 6:15 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Their dog alerted to the cage, which was on a small portion of sand between a bulkhead and the water and had reached the cage, the Monmouth County Prosecutor&rsquo...
12 fascinating Texans and where to find their graves

12 fascinating Texans and where to find their graves

As one is often reminded, Texas is a really big place. As a result, it has generated a whole mess of incredibly interesting people. A lot of them are no longer alive. Here is where to find the graves of 12 fascinating Texans from throughout history. Bigger than life for virtually his entire existence, Crockett was a Tennessee congressman, a near-mythical outdoorsman who inspired a TV show (and...
How to deal with your picky eater

How to deal with your picky eater

Tired of dealing with kids who have demanding palates? Instead of indulging their often unhealthy demands, Atlanta-based Chef Ahki offers a few table-tested ideas to satisfy finicky eaters. "Sometimes our kids will try to see if they can get away with eating foods that they know you don't approve of," said Chef Ahki, who's also a mother of one. "They will test us with chips and...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, August 12

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Life’s routines are so much sweeter when you’re doing them around people you enjoy. Today you’ll appreciate the interesting point of view that others bring to daily life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You equate rest with laziness, but it’s not that, not at all. Really big things are happening when you rest. It’s your moment for recovery, renewal...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, August 12

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, August 12

Today’s Birthdays: Actor George Hamilton is 79. Actress Dana Ivey is 77. Actress Jennifer Warren is 77. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 69. Actor Jim Beaver is 68. Singer Kid Creole is 68. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 64. Actor Sam J. Jones is 64. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 62. Country singer Danny Shirley is 62. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 57. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot...
Food additives may harm children’s health

Food additives may harm children’s health

Families should reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals found in food colorings, preservatives, and packaging materials as a growing body of research show they may harm children’s health, according to a policy statement and technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics released online recently. The statement also suggests improvements to the food additives regulatory system including...
A quarter of adults with sprained ankles were prescribed opioids in ER

A quarter of adults with sprained ankles were prescribed opioids in ER

A quarter of the adults who went to hospital emergency departments with sprained ankles were prescribed opioid painkillers, a new study shows, in another sign of how commonly physicians turn to narcotics even for minor injuries. The state-by-state review revealed wide variation in the use of opioids for the sprains, from 40 percent in Arkansas to 2.8 percent in North Dakota. All but one of the nine...

Alan Alda on Parkinson’s: ‘It hasn’t stopped my life at all’

Actor Alan Alda, known for his roles on “M.A.S.H.,” “The West Wing” and “The Aviator,” recently announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” Alda said he has had “a full life” since he received the diagnosis 3 1/2 years ago. “I’ve acted. I’ve given talks. I help at the Alda Center for...
What scientists are learning about addiction

What scientists are learning about addiction

PHILADELPHIA — None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits — reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings — cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome. When it comes to drug habits...
6 preschool programs you should know about

6 preschool programs you should know about

Whenever you see a preschool classroom on TV or in a movie, you'll usually see kids coloring at a table or maybe sitting down for story time.  In reality, though, there are actually tons of different preschool programs that focus on anything from nature to science. Depending on the school, you might also see a difference in the way that children are exposed to these subjects. As a parent, it's...
Back-to-school selfies may spread super lice, expert says

Back-to-school selfies may spread super lice, expert says

Parents may want to add super lice remedies to the back-to-school shopping list. A 2013 study in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that in North America, most head lice has evolved into a new, more powerful strain that is immune to traditional lice treatments, hence the name “super lice.” Canada had been experiencing an alarming rise in cases, and there have been multiple outbreaks...
Texas history museum names new director you might know

Texas history museum names new director you might know

You might already know the newly appointed director of the  Bullock Texas State History Museum. That’s because hyper-competent  Margaret Koch has already twice served as the museum’s interim director as well as its director of exhibits and deputy director. The Bullock Texas State History Museum names Margaret Koch as director. Contributed Koch previously...
This Texas airport is one of the worst in the country, according to a study

This Texas airport is one of the worst in the country, according to a study

Ever flown out of San Antonio? Then you’ve flown out of the sixth-worst airport in the United States, according to a new study. Credit card site Upgraded Points analyzed 60 of the biggest airports in the country and deemed San Antonio International Airport particularly unsavory. The study compared the airports in terms of overall satisfaction, flight delays and cancellations, ease of access...
Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day

Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day

If you’ve ever wanted  Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” to act as your mentor — even for just a short time and as part of a very large group — your chance is here. Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” will speak in Austin in September. Contributed The sweet, dapper man who always “makes it work” is the featured speaker...
When should my child take those much-anticipated first steps?

When should my child take those much-anticipated first steps?

Your child's first steps are a time of great anticipation and excitement, but you might also wonder if he or she is taking too long to reach this important milestone. Most babies start to take their first steps when they're between 9-12 months old, and most are walking well at around the 14- to 15-month mark, according to BabyCenter. The important part to remember is "most," since like...
Before school starts, find family fun in Austin, Aug. 10-12

Before school starts, find family fun in Austin, Aug. 10-12

For some of you, this is the last weekend before school starts. Others of you have more time, yet still the summer is dwindling. Find something fun FRIDAY That’s My Face, Youth and Young Adult Film Series continues with  “The Mask You Live In,” 6:30 p.m. Friday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.  austintexas.gov Art Smart...
This 2-bedroom, 1-bath Texas house comes with a T. rex tour

This 2-bedroom, 1-bath Texas house comes with a T. rex tour

One Texas realtor “spared no expense” while showing a Granbury property earlier this summer. 5407 Water View Drive in Granbury is a fully furnished, 2-bedroom 1-bath lake house that is a short drive from Dinosaur Valley State Park. Given the property’s proximity to that paleontology playground, realtor Casey Lewis took the opportunity to use a Tyrannosaurus rex to help sell the house...
Do you love to feel scared? This Texas festival is for you

Do you love to feel scared? This Texas festival is for you

If haunted dolls freak you out, you may not want to attend the second annual Nightmares of San Antonio Paranormal Fest next month. RELATED: 6 places in Austin you didn't know were haunted The festival will have ghost hunter booths, psychics, mediums, vendors and a “spirit communication class,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. The festival’s main event...
The cat’s meow: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

The cat’s meow: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

If you know anything about cat cafes, you know that they are places to sip a magical cup of coffee - surrounded by the fierce and fabulous.  You might even end up adopting one. What you might not know is that the first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan. They have since popped up all over the world and a second one just opened here in Atlanta.  Here are 14 purr-fectly unique cat cafes...
The art of the tabletop tableau

The art of the tabletop tableau

I think the best interior spaces are those that tell the story of those who live there. Well-designed spaces are not just a collection of lovely furniture, artwork, lighting and accents. They are those that add a bit of magic, a mirror into the passions and pursuits of the home’s inhabitants. One of the easiest ways to offer snapshots into your life story is through the displays on the tabletops...
Ping Pong in the landscape a most beautiful gomphrena

Ping Pong in the landscape a most beautiful gomphrena

If there was a flower that was the proverbial poster child of underutilized flowers it would have to be the globe amaranth or gomphrena. Two years ago, the Ping Pong series slipped under the radar with its debut and quietly won accolades in trials from South Texas to Pennsylvania. This summer in Columbus, Ga., it has amazed me with its perseverance through what seems to be never-ending moisture, heat...
Peat moss vs. mulch: Which is better for top dressing soil in garden?

Peat moss vs. mulch: Which is better for top dressing soil in garden?

Q: Can you please tell me what is the difference between peat moss and mulch? Both are advertised on the packaging to do the same thing: hold moisture, add nutrients to the soil and it’s good for the plants’ well-being. Mulch is not easy to put down, as it is very wet, whereas I can just grab a handful of peat moss at a time and easily place it around the plant. Can you please let me know...
Save time in the kitchen with the latest smart technology

Save time in the kitchen with the latest smart technology

How much are a few extra minutes worth to you in the kitchen? If you’re racing to get out the door in the morning, maybe to catch the 7:27 train into the city or to get the kids to school, they’re probably worth a lot. Likewise, if the extra minutes are the difference between a perfectly cooked meal and one that’s sat in the oven too long. Security and convenience are the most common...
Reimagined refuge on the waterfront

Reimagined refuge on the waterfront

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — “LeeAnn blew us off,” jokes Chak Cheung, who lives with his wife, Lisa, in a luxuriously livable waterfront home on Mercer Island. Technically, he is right — but only to a point, seeing as how the interior design of the Cheungs’ luxuriously livable waterfront home is by LeeAnn Baker Interiors. Also, in Baker’s defense, she didn’t blow...
Cool it now: 7 affordable home purchases that will lower your summer energy bill

Cool it now: 7 affordable home purchases that will lower your summer energy bill

Growing up, most people were told by an elder to close the door after coming inside or turn off the lights when leaving a room. Those simple steps used to be the first line of defense against overpriced energy bills, but today, new technology offers more convenient ways to keep your energy costs as low as possible. During the summer months, the sun can be the greatest obstacle when you're trying to...
Here’s how you can see ‘Eighth Grade’ for free

Here’s how you can see ‘Eighth Grade’ for free

On Aug. 8, every state in the union is hosting a free screening, somewhere, of Bo Burnham’s outstanding “Eighth Grade,” and the film’s R rating will not be enforced.  As the news release noted, “If you’ve been through 8th Grade, ‘Eighth Grade’ is for you.” The Texas screening takes place 7:45 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. ...
Look who's talking: When should your baby start talking? 

Look who's talking: When should your baby start talking? 

Parents look forward to their kids saying their first words, eagerly listening for that first "Mama" or "Dada" or even something random. If you have friends telling you that their child had already started to chatter at a certain age, you may start to wonder if your child will ever talk. Those first sounds represent your child's attempts to interact with her environment, and it...
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