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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...


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...
These types of pet foods could cause heart disease in dogs, report says

These types of pet foods could cause heart disease in dogs, report says

Want to keep your pup healthy? You may have to avoid certain foods, because some could cause heart disease, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.  The agency issued a warning this week after assessing reports that have associated certain diets with cardiovascular disease.  Researchers found that pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds...
See fairies by moonlight, other cool Austin family events, July 15-21

See fairies by moonlight, other cool Austin family events, July 15-21

Events Zilker Botanical Garden Woodland Faerie Trail is open now through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Woodland Faerie Trail by Moonlight. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (last entry at 9:30 p.m.). Nighttime admission, $6 adult non-Austin residents, $4 Austin residents, $2 children and seniors. Cash and check only at the gate. Zilker Botanical...
Dog rescue leads to animal cruelty conviction for Lockhart rancher

Dog rescue leads to animal cruelty conviction for Lockhart rancher

Shana Best had just started working for rancher CJ Tobler on his 50-acre property in Caldwell County, tending to chicken coops and pig stalls, when she found Brock, a French bulldog, lying on a urine-soaked shred of cardboard with piles of feces around him. Brock was resting on his right side with his front legs skinned from the elbows down, bite wounds on his back legs and face and an abscessed right...
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...
Hop on the Breast Express at Mothers’ Milk Bank, IBM to learn more about breastfeeding

Hop on the Breast Express at Mothers’ Milk Bank, IBM to learn more about breastfeeding

The Breast Express is coming to Austin. On Monday, the traveling RV by breast-feeding support app PumpSpotting will be at IBM in North Austin, which PumpSpotting is recognizing for being a supportive company for employees who are lactating. Woman breastfeeding baby. Getty Images RELATED: When nursing moms want to work, IBM makes it easier for its employees  At IBM from...
Woman’s dachshund mauled to death after being left with Rover pet sitter 

Woman’s dachshund mauled to death after being left with Rover pet sitter 

A woman is mourning the loss of her nearly 10-year-old dachshund after she left it with a pet sitter found through a mobile app and it was mauled by another dog.  Elaine Conoly left Wally with a pet sitter she had used before through the Rover app when she left for the Fourth of July, according to KMGH.  Two days into her vacation, Conoly, who was unaware the sitter was watching another...
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...
Can grackles make you sick? Find out what is lurking inside the birds

Can grackles make you sick? Find out what is lurking inside the birds

Sarah Hamer knows about the icky things that grackles, like all wild birds, can spread. She’s an associate professor of epidemiology and the director at the Schubot Avian Health Center at Texas A&M University. When it comes to grackles, where do you go to study them? Why, you show up with a team of students at your local H-E-B in College Station and start netting the birds. Hamer and her students...
Is it a grackle?

Is it a grackle?

In order to identify Austin’s two main species of grackles, the “great-tailed” and the “common” varieties, one must first distinguish them from other somewhat similar, dark birds. European starling. The visual giveaway here is not the specks of yellow on the feathers, which are sometimes absent, but rather the long, pointed yellow bill, which sets apart this overly...
Former Austin songwriter discusses his love of grackles

Former Austin songwriter discusses his love of grackles

Jonathan Meiburg lived in Austin for about 12 or 13 years — he can’t quite remember for sure. The singer, songwriter and bandleader spent that time running Shearwater, an outfit named after a category of seabirds, and being a co-founder of Okkervil River. He also spent that time being extremely interested in the great-tailed grackle. “Just seeing them around Austin never got old...
Grackles aren’t the boss of Austin bird feeders

Grackles aren’t the boss of Austin bird feeders

Grackles are not the only large, irritating birds who make Austin home. In fact, one can observe two others — the American crow and the monk parakeet — making just as much noise while gathering in smaller but nevertheless assertive flocks. There’s a certain crucial backyard hierarchy at work here, as observed behind our South Austin home. Let’s work our way up. Year-round,...
As Mr. Rogers said, remember the helpers

As Mr. Rogers said, remember the helpers

In times of disaster, we are often inspired by those who risk their own lives to help others. Mr. Rogers used to say, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” When we get discouraged by current events, it is energizing to remember those who give their lives to make this...
Thump your watermelons and other tricks to know if they are ripe

Thump your watermelons and other tricks to know if they are ripe

Anyone who’s spent a few summers in Texas likely will agree that splashing into cool water and biting into a sweet slice of watermelon are two of the best ways to abate the blazing heat. It is glorious that this nourishing, hydrating and delicious fruit ripens just in time for our triple-digit July days. Perhaps you planted watermelons in your garden this spring, anticipating the day when you...
Sexually abused pit bull to become therapy dog for sex assault survivors

Sexually abused pit bull to become therapy dog for sex assault survivors

A pit bull puppy that was sexually abused by a Kansas man is now in training to become a therapy dog, police said. >> Read more trending news  The puppy, named Frazier, was allegedly abused by Justin McClellan, 55, on May 22 in Wichita, KAKE reported. McClellan's girlfriend told police that she came home to find McClellan having sex with the dog. When she confronted him, McClellan...
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...
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...
Can grackles live on french fries and chips alone?

Can grackles live on french fries and chips alone?

Grackles could probably live on french fries, pizza crust and chips, University of Texas biology professor and longtime birder Peter English says. But it’s not because they are couch potatoes. “They aren’t lazy,” English says. “They work really hard, but they take food that’s the easiest, but so do you. Every living thing takes the easiest route.” RELATED...
Austin360 arts list, July 13-19

Austin360 arts list, July 13-19

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...

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...
Michigan veterinarian's dog dies after being left in car overnight

Michigan veterinarian's dog dies after being left in car overnight

A veterinarian's dog in Michigan died Friday after being left in a vehicle overnight. >> Read more trending news  Dr. Martin McLaughlin told WXYZ that it was "embarrassing" that he left Trigger, his 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, in his vehicle overnight, but didn't think being in the hot car for an extended time caused the dog's death. McLaughlin told WXYZ that the...
#IMomSoHard show returns to Austin: Enter to win tickets

#IMomSoHard show returns to Austin: Enter to win tickets

#IMomSoHard, the video podcast and Facebook page from Kristin Hensley and Jennifer Smedley, which they turned into a stage show last year, is coming back to Austin in September. Before they were here last July, we talked to them by phone about the video podcast and the stage show. Hensley told us about the stage show:  “We wanted to see our moms,&rdquo...
Equal pay for equal chores? Parents send girls a message early

Equal pay for equal chores? Parents send girls a message early

Busy Kid, an app that helps parents assign chores to their kids, analyzed how parents assigned chores on its app and how much they paid their kids for those chores. What it found was that of the top 20 chores, boys were getting paid about twice as much as girls. Pay inequity starts early, apparently. Are your kids helping to wash the dishes? About three-fourths are not. LemiShine In your...
Austin Animal Center needs emergency foster homes after overflow

Austin Animal Center needs emergency foster homes after overflow

Blame summer storms and Fourth of July fireworks for an uptick in the number of animals dropped off at the Austin Animal Center in recent days. Fireworks and thunderstorms can trigger dogs and cats to run away because they are scared and confused by the noise. The center took in almost 380 animals — including 212 dogs, 162 cats and 3 birds — between July 4 and Tuesday, center spokeswoman...
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...
Zsa Zsa, World’s Ugliest Dog, dies less than a month after winning title

Zsa Zsa, World’s Ugliest Dog, dies less than a month after winning title

Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog, has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest. Megan Brainard, Zsa Zsa’s owner, told NBC’s “Today” show that Zsa Zsa died in her sleep on Tuesday. She said Zsa Zsa was staying with her father. He discovered she died when he woke up in the morning. >> Read more trending news  Zsa Zsa won the annual...
Patience and peace: What we can learn from birds and birders

Patience and peace: What we can learn from birds and birders

Grackles are scrappy, determined birds with a showy mating ritual and an ability to thrive in Texas heat. For better or worse, that describes a lot of Austinites, too. “Scrappy” also could describe many birders, who find contentment with whatever nature provides. Birding, formerly called bird-watching, differs from ornithology because it offers an experiential pursuit, not a scientific...
How one woman cut her weekly trash down so much it fits into a jar

How one woman cut her weekly trash down so much it fits into a jar

Tippi Thole recycled. She composted. She thought she was doing a pretty good job environmentally. Then she heard a talk on plastics, and the container of trash she and her 8-year-old son emptied out every week began to look irresponsible. Thole replaced her 10-gallon can with a small wastebasket that had been under her bathroom sink and started to change the way she shopped and lived. Within 14 weeks...
Amid fireworks, storms, Austin Animal Center receives 325 animals since July 4

Amid fireworks, storms, Austin Animal Center receives 325 animals since July 4

Holiday fireworks and a rainy start to the month could be why the Austin Animal Center has taken in more than 300 animals since the Fourth of July. Fireworks and thunderstorms are triggers for dogs and cats, who often run away because they are scared and confused by the noise.  “The thing with fireworks and thunderstorms, it’s really loud, but it also vibrates,” said center...
Stitch Fix enters the kids’ clothing realm with Stitch Fix Kids

Stitch Fix enters the kids’ clothing realm with Stitch Fix Kids

Parents, hate to shop with your kids? Hate to drag them into the store, to the dressing room, through the check-out line? Need inspiration for what clothes to put them in? A girl’s outfit from Stitch Fix Kids. Stitch Fix is moving into children’s personal styling with Stitch Fix Kids. They will outfit kids sizes 2 Toddler to 14. Prices range from $10 to $35 per...
Our 2 kinds of Austin grackles come with 5 different looks

Our 2 kinds of Austin grackles come with 5 different looks

Austin is home to two main grackle species, the common grackle and the — ironically — much more common great-tailed grackle. These two species, however, wear five different looks: two male, two female and one juvenile. We’ll start off with the descriptions found on All About Birds, the popular and easy to use website (allaboutbirds.org) maintained by the top-shelf Cornell Lab of...
Heeding the call: Local artists find inspiration in grackles

Heeding the call: Local artists find inspiration in grackles

Carly Weaver hated grackles. They’d eat her dog’s food, relieve themselves on her deck and interrupt the morning quiet with their squawking. Unsure of what else to do, Weaver, an artist, decided to start painting pictures of them. “I liked the irony of giving such prestige to what most people consider a pest,” Weaver said. “Now it has become a way too serious study in...
Austin and the grackles: some great moments

Austin and the grackles: some great moments

And now for some great moments in Austin grackle history: My grackle, my hero. When we put out a call for all things grackle, reader Brady Coleman sent in one of our favorites, something he calls “Grackle Karma”: Thirty odd years ago, I finished my bracing swim at Deep Eddy Pool, laid down under an aging pecan tree and promptly fell asleep. Soon I was awakened by a “splat”...
JetBlue crew members use oxygen mask to help dog during flight from Orlando

JetBlue crew members use oxygen mask to help dog during flight from Orlando

Two quick-thinking flight attendants helped save a dog on a recent flight to Massachusetts. Darcy the French bulldog was on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Worcester last week when she started showing signs of distress. Her owners say her tongue turned blue and she had difficulty breathing. Flight attendants took notice and told Darcy's owners to hold an oxygen mask over her face. Within minutes...
How Austin became a birder mecca

How Austin became a birder mecca

Why do birders flock to Austin? A good deal of the attraction can be attributed to the city’s birding community, its geography and its love of nature rather than just its warblers, hawks, mockingbirds and, yes, grackles. With four distinct ecosystems nearby and an active, curious community of people, the Travis Audubon Society is thriving, but any talk of birding in Central Texas almost always...
In defense of the much-maligned grackle …

In defense of the much-maligned grackle …

Don’t call them trash birds. Grackles, it turns out, do more than weigh down power lines, steal tortilla chips off your dinner plate and squawk in really loud voices. The gleaming black birds actually play a beneficial role in our society. (Well, besides cleaning up those food crumbs you dropped on the sidewalk.) Grackles, which are a native species in Texas, eat insects, for one. And that includes...
What’s that sound? It’s Grackle Week!

What’s that sound? It’s Grackle Week!

Loud. Glossy. Glaring. Glorious? Unlike the Congress Avenue Bridge bats, grackles are everywhere. They hang around food trailers and grocery store parking lots and can be seen by the thousands on power lines near shopping malls. They steal our tortilla chips on restaurant patios. Tales abound of cheap shotguns and expensive lasers to get rid of them. And yet they always return, like the tide or Matthew...
Globetrotters, movies and more family fun in Austin, July 8-14

Globetrotters, movies and more family fun in Austin, July 8-14

Events The Original Harlem Globetrotters. Start your whistling now as you get ready to watch the tricks on the court. 7 p.m. Friday. $24.25 and up. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com Adulting 101. Finance for High School and College Students. 7 p.m. Monday, Leander Library. Music Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. This year the concerts move from the Symphony...
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...
Cool dogs: Company develops air conditioned public dog houses for dogs on the go

Cool dogs: Company develops air conditioned public dog houses for dogs on the go

Many dog owners are taking their pups out of the house to explore. But what do responsible owners do when they realize they have an errand they have to run while also walking Fido? One company has the answer they hope will start being seen all across the country.  It’s called DogSpot, and they’re a rentable public dog house that comes complete with air conditioning, or heat in the...
Grandma was right: Why it's good for your health to be outdoors

Grandma was right: Why it's good for your health to be outdoors

Sure, there are treadmills at climate-controlled gyms and Nintendo's Wii is still going strong with indoor workouts like Zumba Fitness 2. And yet, old-fashioned advice to "go outside and play" is still the best for your health, according to researchers the world over. In one study published by the NCBI, researchers found a decrease in both heart rate and cortisol...
When should your baby begin eating real food?

When should your baby begin eating real food?

Just when those on-demand and pumping debates about breastfeeding are starting to fade, conscientious new parents have a whole new set of baby food considerations. When is the best time to start introducing "real" food to a young child's diet?  Should it be rice, oatmeal or barley? Could Grandma possibly be right about this, or should we listen to what the doula recommended? Thankfully...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, July 18

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, July 18

Today’s Birthdays: Author Clive Cussler is 87. Actor Ken Kercheval is 83. Actor Patrick Wayne is 79. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Millie Jackson is 74. Rock singer-musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 73. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 72. Rock musician Artimus Pyle is 70. Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, is 68. Actress Celia Imrie is 66. Actor Terry...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, July 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Some say you can never have too many friends. You can get by with one good friend in life, but take advantage of the current stars and get out there to make a few more on this social day. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The question is whether to go soft or draw a hard line. The trick is to employ a little of both. Ultimately, a little more love will solve problems, whatever that...
Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Now the 55-year-old Mt. Airy resident looks forward to finishing treatment and being able to call herself a cancer survivor. But even then, she’ll be among the one-fourth of Americans under age 65 who could be uninsurable on the individual...
Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Medical tests save lives. Discovering diseases before they become more serious can mean the difference between life and death. But many Americans say they don’t have time to see a doctor, live too far from a medical facility or are so uncomfortable with examinations that they avoid tests altogether. These challenges have created a demand for home-based medical tests. The market is exploding...
These small steps can produce big results to your health

These small steps can produce big results to your health

To be sure, great healthcare is a big part of keeping citizens fit. Yet each of us individually has a big part to play as well. As health care moves from go-see-the-doctor-when-you’re-sick mode to I-want-to-feel-as-good-as-I can-every-day model, we have some work to do. No matter where we live, say experts, a few simple steps can reap big rewards to our health…if we practice them most...
The numbers that matter most in staying healthy

The numbers that matter most in staying healthy

Health often seems like a numbers game. What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter. I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians...
10 fun Austin spots that keep accessibility in mind 

10 fun Austin spots that keep accessibility in mind 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law enacted on July 26, 1990. It guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in a variety of ways, including in public accommodations and accessibility for people in wheelchairs. Austin touts itself as “one of the most accessible cities in the United States” on the city’s website. Accessibility...
Baby sleep: 7 tips for surviving the first few months

Baby sleep: 7 tips for surviving the first few months

The first few months of motherhood can make you feel like you're the unwitting victim of a sleep-deprivation experiment. The common advice is to sleep when the baby's sleeping, but that only works if your idea of getting rest is sleeping for two hours at a time and giving up all your other responsibilities. When you're getting up at nighttime to feed your baby, Today's Parent recommends that...
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...
Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band

Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band

You may know Kevin Russell as the leader of Shinyribs, one of Austin’s biggest bands of the past few years (both literally and figuratively). If you’re a longtime fan of his singing and songwriting, you no doubt were familiar with the Gourds, who became one of the best bands in Americana music around the turn of the century. And if you really go way back with Russell, you might...
Keep kids busy this hot summer weekend in Austin, July 13-15

Keep kids busy this hot summer weekend in Austin, July 13-15

The rain of last weekend is gone. Back is the sunny skies and the heat, with highs in the upper 90s. Plan your weekend fun with your family accordingly. Don’t forget your sunscreen and your bug spray if you go outside, and of course, plenty of water. Here are some local family events for you to enjoy: The Harlem Globetrotters are at the H-E-B Center on Friday. FRIDAY...
SUMMER READING: Here are the books you recommended this summer

SUMMER READING: Here are the books you recommended this summer

We recently hosted a book giveaway after sharing our summer reading picks, asking our readers to send us their summer book recommendations in order to enter. We got so many great emailed entries (with 10 randomly chosen winners), we had to share them all! Check out what Austin360 and Statesman staffers said they’re looking forward to reading this summer, then peruse some of our readers&rsquo...
Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Alright. Alright. Alright. On Aug. 24, Alamo Drafthouse, along with the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Film Society, presents a 25th anniversary interactive screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic 1993 flick “Dazed and Confused” at the Zilker Park moonlight tower. Linklater and members of the cast and crew will be live and in person for the event. No word on who will...
10 spots to take the perfect dating profile pic in Austin

10 spots to take the perfect dating profile pic in Austin

As more people turn to online or app dating, it’s important to have an eye-catching profile picture. A good Tinder, Bumble or other online profile should have a diverse selection of photos. Five car selfies won’t do the trick. So how can you make sure you look attractive, adventurous, active and interesting in each of your photos?   Inspired by a user comment on r/Austin, we&rsquo...
9 infant illnesses to watch for (and when to worry)

9 infant illnesses to watch for (and when to worry)

The first couple of years of children's lives are full of discoveries for their parents. You'll learn about their personalities, their favorite foods and what makes their faces light up. However, that time can also be a little unsettling due to some common ailments that infants often encounter within the first few years of their lives. Hand, Foot and Mouth DiseaseHand, foot and mouth disease starts...
Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight

Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight

A 25-year-old rookie firefighter from Massachusetts saved a man's life – while 30,000 feet up in the air. Joe Manganaro is a Stoughton firefighter and paramedic who was recently promoted to sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves.  Manganaro was on his way to California to conduct training with the Marines last month when his life-saving skills came in handy. While aboard an American...
Driving through Austin: 13 places to check out along East MLK 

Driving through Austin: 13 places to check out along East MLK 

Ever found yourself in an area of Austin you’re unfamiliar with, thinking, “There’s gotta be something fun to do around here...” ?  Well, if that area is East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (we’re talking east of Interstate 35, until MLK hits Ed Bluestein), you’re in luck. Here are 13 things to do, starting closest to I-35 and working east, along that expanse...
Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

The Alamo Drafthouse will get rid of plastic drinking straws from all company-owned theaters by the end of the month, says the Hollywood Reporter.  This includes theaters in Austin, Kansas City, New York, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Francisco -- about half of the brand’s 35 locations. (About half are franchises.) Apparently the Drafthouse is the first nationwide theater chain to do...
‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV.com, after running the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
6 things your child should know before starting kindergarten

6 things your child should know before starting kindergarten

Your child will learn a wealth of information in kindergarten, and you can help ensure that he or she knows what's needed to get off to a good start.  If you're like most parents, you probably wonder how much and exactly what your child needs to know in order to feel at ease and be ready to learn. Your child should know some basics that will help kindergarten start more comfortably and easily...
Canadian company’s name inspired by chatty grackles

Canadian company’s name inspired by chatty grackles

Two years ago, when Toronto-based entrepreneur Paul Walker was starting a new software company, he got inspiration for its name from one of his lead investors, a former CEO at the company he used to work for. “When he left the company as CEO, he moved to a farm. He was really the one that was aware of the grackle. He knows that they’re a kind of bird that communicates a lot; they&rsquo...
Parent's survival guide to preschool 

Parent's survival guide to preschool 

When your child is ready to start preschool, it's a big adjustment for both of you. There might be some tears (from either one or both of you) as well as a healthy dose of guilt (yours alone). Gradually introduce your child to their preschool as well as some of the activities they're likely to participate in. Keep it low-key so your child doesn't feel anxious or overwhelmed and talk to your child...
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