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In AIA Austin tour, couple returns to reimagined condo after 25 years

The first time Anne and Jackson Giles lived on Elm Court, it was in the early 1980s. They had developed the first four of an eight-unit condominium project in West Austin and moved into one of the units as a young couple with a baby. The next four units were developed by another party, but they retained architectural control to make sure that the units all fit together. In this heart of the city so...


Project returns Elisabet Ney Museum grounds to what artist experienced

Project returns Elisabet Ney Museum grounds to what artist experienced

Visitors to the Elisabet Ney Museum in Central Austin get to see some of the renowned sculptures of the German-born artist who lived and worked at her studio there from 1892 to 1907. However, some who tour the museum in the Hyde Park neighborhood might be curious, as well, to see the grasses, wildflowers and more on the roughly 2 1/2-acre grounds. About six years ago, the landscape underwent a &ldquo...
Talk to kids about sexual harassment, whether at school or first jobs

Talk to kids about sexual harassment, whether at school or first jobs

Shame on you, Harvey Weinstein. That’s been the rallying cry for the last few weeks from a lot of people on social media, on TV news programs and beyond. The allegations of sexual assault and the possibility of the Weinstein Co. having a culture of looking the other way, and possibly even helping to arrange encounters, sickened us. We took to Facebook and Twitter early this week and posted #MeToo...
Five Texas beers and a cider that are perfect for fall imbibing

Five Texas beers and a cider that are perfect for fall imbibing

Fall isn’t just the season for pumpkin beers, though there are certainly plenty of those right now. This time of year is when brewers find the middle ground between the light session beers of summer and the dark, malty stouts of winter, producing styles somewhere in between. These are the Texas beers (and a cider, too) we’re excited to have come out this month. St. Elmo Brewing’s...
Turning our actions into a beautiful prayer in honor of Bahá’í founder

Turning our actions into a beautiful prayer in honor of Bahá’í founder

As I ponder the plight of the peoples of the world, all they endure beyond the recent storms and fires, mass shootings reported and unreported, the silent and ever so loud drum of suffering and tribulation, a knowing emerges: it is through loss, adversity and defeat that we come face to face with the meaning of life, beyond the facade of the material life. I vividly remember when I first wrestled...
Feel like brawling? This Austin fitness studio is here to help

Feel like brawling? This Austin fitness studio is here to help

The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed pool party on Oct. 28. Photo courtesy Barre Code Austin   Feel like brawling? The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed Brawl workout – the fitness studio’s signature kickboxing class – poolside at The Austin Motel, 1220 South Congress Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Halloween attire is encouraged...
Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

When there’s a wildfire inching closer to your property and you have no time to waste, you do what you can to save lives, whether they’re human or animal. Lauren Mesaros had to move three horses from her Northern California property. The problem was that the trailer could hold only two and the fire was a mile away, SFGATE.com reported. >> Read more trending news So instead of leaving...
Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

A man and his fiancée planned on becoming a family of two, but after their wedding last month they became a family of three after a four-legged wedding crasher broke in on their ceremony. Marília and Matheus had planned on an outdoor wedding last month, but a storm came in so they moved their ceremony to a tent. At the same time, a stray dog was looking for a dry place to wait out the...
Austin360 arts list, Oct. 20-26

Austin360 arts list, Oct. 20-26

Theater & dance “The Dead of Winter.” The Baron’s Men take on this Elizabethan murder mystery about the death of the bold and charming Constance Claybourne at an engagement party at a remote keep that is disrupted when a snowstorm sets in. There will be three different endings. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 28. $10-$30. The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon...
Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 20-26

Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 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...
Learn more about where we are in curing Alzheimer’s

Learn more about where we are in curing Alzheimer’s

Ever wonder if we’re making any progress in treatment for Alzheimer’s disease? We wrote about that a few weeks ago, but next week, you can hear a symposium of information on what progress we’ve made and what’s on the horizon.   Connie Andrews and Corrina Barrick dance together during The Gathering, an Alzheimer’s respite at Westlake Hills Presbyterian...
How fast are Texas marathon runners? RunRepeat ranks every state

How fast are Texas marathon runners? RunRepeat ranks every state

Runners participate in the Austin Marathon and Half-marathon presented by NXP in 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Who’s faster? RunRepeat ranks states according to marathon How does Texas compare to other states when it comes to running marathons? Middle to back of the pack, according to a detailed survey by the company RunRepeat, which collates reviews of running shoes. The company...
JEWELRY: Amanda Deer Jewelry opens first store

JEWELRY: Amanda Deer Jewelry opens first store

Amanda Eddy is opening up her first store for her jewelry brand Amanda Deer Jewelry. The grand opening is 2 p.m. Sunday at the store, 501 N. Interstate 35, No. 115. Inside you can find her bar necklaces, stud earrings and necklaces you can layer. Most of her items are made in Austin and priced at less than $100. Find more at amandadeer.com.
SHOPPING: Austin handmade online store Thirds going into two stores

SHOPPING: Austin handmade online store Thirds going into two stores

Thirds, Amy Young’s an online marketplace of handmade items for the home, is celebrating its first year with a double dose of pop-up shops. Starting in November, stores Las Cruxes, 1900 E. 12th St., and Esperos Soho, 209 W. Second St., will carry a small collection of Thirds’ finds. In honor of the pop-ups, Las Cruxes is hosting a party at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and Esperos Soho is hosting a...
HOME: Alexander Marchant hosts tub sale

HOME: Alexander Marchant hosts tub sale

Alexander Marchant showroom is hosting a floor sample sale on its bath tubs. Right now you can find tubs from Waterworks, Wetstyle and more brands that are 40 percent off the list price. That means tubs that were $17,000 are now $10,000 and tubs that were almost $7,000 are now $4,000. Find Alexander Marchant at 1114 W. Fifth St. Building A. alexandermarchant.com
Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier

Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier

The Halloween candy is coming. Soon your house will be filled with it. Do your kids really need it all? Many dentists and orthodontists offices “buy” back their patient’s candy, but you also can donate candy to be sent to people serving in our armed forces. Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization based in San Antonio, has a program for businesses to collect leftover Halloween...
Hero dog protects goats, deer after family evacuates wildfires

Hero dog protects goats, deer after family evacuates wildfires

Odin was not trying to be a hero. The Great Pyrenees did not want to leave the family’s baby goats when everyone else was evacuating approaching wildfires. “Despite the sounds of exploding propane tanks, twisting metal, and the hot swirling winds, Odin refused to leave our family of eight bottle-fed rescue goats,” owner Roland Hendel wrote. "Hours later, when we had found...
Drag me to hell: Watch drag queens slay at Elysium’s back-to-back shows

Drag me to hell: Watch drag queens slay at Elysium’s back-to-back shows

Monday’s a drag. Let’s do something about that. Let’s recall the classic movie “Too Wong Foo” and this oft-quoted quip: “When a gay man has way too much fashion sense for one gender, he is a drag queen.” That wisdom — as real as VVS stones — should ring true on Halloween as it does in everyday life. Also recall another celebrated quote from the...
Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s

Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s

The Choosing Wisely campaign has folks thinking about which medical tests are necessary. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics talks about a few tests that have to do with kids who are short. Choosing Wisely has a list of tests you should question for different ages and specialities. photos.com  Here’s the list of five tests you should think twice about from the Academy and Choosing...
Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

A Florida dog groomer is being praised for her quick work in helping save an abandoned dog in distress. The groomer’s husband told WFTV's Angela Jacobs on Friday that the dog was found late Wednesday after good Samaritans saved it from being hit by a car along a road in Oviedo. The dog was so severely matted, the groomer’s husband said, it could barely see through its neglected and...
Exhibit chronicles two decades of Mexico, U.S. cultural exchange

Exhibit chronicles two decades of Mexico, U.S. cultural exchange

In the aftermath of Mexico’s long and brutal revolution, the country in the early 1920s sought to shape a new national identity through socially engaged art and culture. This era of Mexican cultural renaissance catapulted creatives such as Diego Rivera, José Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros onto the world stage. But artists alone didn’t create what became a cultural phenomenon...
How to talk to your kids about sexual harassment in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

How to talk to your kids about sexual harassment in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

Shame on you, Harvey Weinstein. That’s been the rallying cry for the last few weeks from a lot of people on social media, on TV news programs and beyond. The allegations of sexual assault and the possibility of the Weinstein Co. having a culture of looking the other way and possibly helping to arrange encounters, sickened us. Harvey Weinstein faces multiple allegations of sexual...
What one Austin cycling studio is doing to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

What one Austin cycling studio is doing to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

SoulCycle is hosting a Relief Ride to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy SoulCycle   An Austin indoor cycling studio is raising money to help people impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds from the 1:45 p.m. Saturday Hurricane Maria Relief Ride at the downtown Austin location of SoulCycle, 401 Congress Avenue, will go to the ...
Keep teens safe while driving with these helpful tips

Keep teens safe while driving with these helpful tips

Insurance company USAA gives us a list of 10 things to keep teen safe while driving, but really these are good tips for any driver. Don’t try to multitask. Avoid these nine distractions while driving: Student driver Morgan Stewart takes her third test drive with driving...
Don’t want a border wall? Austin T-shirt company’s got you covered

Don’t want a border wall? Austin T-shirt company’s got you covered

Jonathan Rebolloso is selling T-shirts that protest construction of a border wall. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Sometimes, a T-shirt says it all. In the Big Bend region of Texas, where towering canyon walls plunge to the Rio Grande and black bears, big horn sheep and other species now move back and forth between the United States and Mexico unimpeded, some wildlife experts are worried...
What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

Baby goats make everything better. They especially make yoga better, because nothing — not rose-colored sunglasses, not cooing nieces and nephews, not even breakfast tacos — compares to the feeling of a month-old, softly bleating baby goat with hooves the size of peanut butter cups climbing on your back while you’re nailing the perfect downward dog. You’ve probably dreamed...
Get your growler (or crowler!) filled with beer at these Austin bars

Get your growler (or crowler!) filled with beer at these Austin bars

Before the recently resurrected Celis Brewery released bottles of its famous Celis White, one of the best ways to get our fill of it at home, as a draft-only beer, was through a growler: a 32 ounce or 64 ounce glass, ceramic or stainless steel container just for beer. It was truly a treat to enjoy Austin’s oldest craft beer whenever I pleased. That’s what a growler (and now the increasingly...
How close are we to a cure or better treatment for Alzheimer’s?

How close are we to a cure or better treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Last month a report from 2015 stated these statistics: “Between 1998 and 2014, there were 123 unsuccessful attempts to develop drugs to treat Alzheimer’s – or as some call them “failures.” In that time frame, four new medicines were approved to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; for every research project that succeeded, about 30 failed to yield a new medicine...
Turn worry into meditation, acts of loving kindness

Turn worry into meditation, acts of loving kindness

“If you can worry, you can meditate.” As a life-long world class worrier, John Ortberg’s words in “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” grabbed my attention. In his practical style, Ortberg then simplifies: “To meditate merely means to think about something over and over.” Have you ever characterized yourself or someone else...
Get kids gardening early at home, at school

Get kids gardening early at home, at school

Gardens are a great educational tool at home and school. The tactile and experiential learning experience children get from a garden wonderfully complements the classroom. The opportunity to get dirty, smell fresh herbs and compost, and taste new flavors teaches students to be active and inquisitive participants of the world in which they live. At schools and teaching centers, blending garden-based...
New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

Seraiah Johnson-Joiner is so close to walking that her mother, Serenah Johnson, can’t stand it. In their home in Northwest Austin, Johnson watches Seraiah closely, just weeks before her first birthday. Nurse Renee Damron also watches after measuring Seraiah’s vitals, including her height and head size, and listening to her heartbeat. On this day last month, Damron is visiting Seraiah and...
Beloved family dog escapes air cargo kennel, flees into nearby woods

Beloved family dog escapes air cargo kennel, flees into nearby woods

Employees at the Tampa International Airport are helping animal control search for a family dog that escaped from its kennel at the airport. The dog, named Brady, was being put on a Delta flight when it bit through its metal cage and escaped onto the tarmac on Wednesday, according to WTSP. The flight was heading to Bermuda, where the dog was set to move with its family. Brady escaped...
These bat-shaped bike racks might be peak Austin

These bat-shaped bike racks might be peak Austin

Visitors to the Austin Convention Center can park their bicycles on bat-shaped bike racks. PAM LEBLANC/American-Statesman   Here in Austin, we love bats. We also love bicycles – and our reputation for weirdness. So it makes perfect sense that downtown cyclists can lock their bikes against bat-shaped racks outside the Austin Convention Center at 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street RELATED...
PHOTOS: What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

PHOTOS: What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

You’ve probably dreamed about practicing yoga alongside frolicking pint-sized goats after watching videos shared by goat yoga practitioners around the world. Rachael Phillips of Austin noticed those posts, too. In September, she teamed up with her boyfriend’s mother, Roxie Banker, co-owner of 2 Crazy Goat Ladies in Hamilton, to launch Goga Goat Yoga.
Court grants woman paid sick leave to care for ailing dog

Court grants woman paid sick leave to care for ailing dog

Italy is standing up for its pets. A judge has decided that a woman who works for La Sapienza University in Rome should be paid her sick time that she took to care for sick dog. >> Read more trending news  She had two paid days off and the judge said that despite it being for a dog, the university’s rules say she can take them for “serious or family personal reasons.”...
Make these wickedly simple Halloween crafts

Make these wickedly simple Halloween crafts

Tired of just picking up a pumpkin, removing the gooey seeds and carving it only to have it be moldy and gross a few days after Halloween (or before, if you didn’t time it right)? Ananda Neureither, the owner of Crafts & Drafts, holds regular events in bars and restaurants for adults to create crafts. At L’Oca d’Oro restaurant, she showed us a few simple Halloween decorations that...
Austin360 arts list, Oct. 13-19

Austin360 arts list, Oct. 13-19

Theater & dance “Anon(ymous).” The University of Texas’ Department of Theatre and Dance takes on Naomi Iizuka’s drama based on Homer’s “The Odyssey,” in which a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. 7...
Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 13-19

Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 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...
That’s 40 years of support – happy birthday, sports bra!

That’s 40 years of support – happy birthday, sports bra!

Pam LeBlanc runs the Blueberry Festival 10K in South Haven, Michigan, in 2015, wearing a sports bra. Photo by Chris LeBlanc   We’ve come a long way since a woman sewed two jock straps together in 1977 to create the world’s first modern sports bra. We’ve even taken a few steps forward since 1999, when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey, exposing her black sports...
Grow. Share. Prepare.: Get kids gardening at home, at school

Grow. Share. Prepare.: Get kids gardening at home, at school

Gardens are a great educational tool at home and school. The tactile and experiential learning experience children get from a garden wonderfully complements the classroom. The opportunity to get dirty, smell fresh herbs and compost, and taste new flavors teaches students to be active and inquisitive participants of the world in which they live. At schools and teaching centers, blending garden-based...
SHOPPING: Ten Thousand Villages hosts fair trade fundraiser

SHOPPING: Ten Thousand Villages hosts fair trade fundraiser

Ten Thousand Villages, which stocks goods made by artisans from around the world, is hosting a fare trade fundraiser to support its endeavors. The fundraiser will feature food, Cuban salsa music, live and silent auctions with trips to meet the artisans, and goods for sale as well as swag bags. “This fundraiser is our most critical event to keep Austin’s only 100% fair trade store open...
SPA: Hiatus Spa + Retreat donates to cancer treatment

SPA: Hiatus Spa + Retreat donates to cancer treatment

Hiatus Spa + Retreat is offering a 20 percent discount to clients booking an essential service as a Spa for a Cause service. Then 20 percent of the purchase price of that Spa for a Cause service will go to the Peabody Fund: Cancer Vaccine Project. The Peabody fund is for Hiatus founder Kristin Peabody. She and nine other cancer patients are participating in a trial for a cancer vaccine at the University...
Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women under 60 years old are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women in the same age group. In fact, data from 2015 showed black women had a 39 percent higher breast cancer death rate. New research from Emory University, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute points...
An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

    As of today, Austin Public Library card holders have access to more than 30,000 films for free.  The Austin Public Library has added access to the on-demand video platform called Kanopy. It is essentially a streaming service a bit like Netflix or Shudder, except one needs only an Austin library card to access it. There are no commercials or fees for users. The library has it covered...
Check out these pumpkin carving events around Austin

Check out these pumpkin carving events around Austin

It’s October. Let’s carve some pumpkins, shall we? Here’s a round-up of pumpkin-carving events in the Austin area. Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest at Dive Shop San Marcos. Entry is $5 per person with prizes for first and second place on Saturday, Oct. 21. Faux Pumpkin Carving Party at Hops and Grain. Want to carve a pumpkin before Halloween but don&rsquo...
Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22

Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22

Brace for it. It’s going to rain this weekend, with an 80 percent chance on Friday and Sunday and a 50 percent change on Saturday. We know you want to head out to the pumpkin patches around Central Texas. Plan wisely, bring your rain gear, and hope that the weather forecasters get this one wrong. The good news: It won’t be hot. Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a...
Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries.  Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly. Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness that there are two main reasons for workout-related...
Alec Baldwin coming to Austin to talk Trump

Alec Baldwin coming to Austin to talk Trump

Actor, producer and comedian  Alec Baldwin, whose career got a rocket boost by impersonating President  Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” will NOT be in character when he appears at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 15. Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump for the jacket of his new book, coathored by Kurt Anderson. Contributed...
A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween

A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the British film studio Hammer Films made some of the best horror pictures in the Western world. With over the top scripts, lush gothic colors and beautiful women, Hammer horror influenced everygenre from sci-fi (George Lucas would not have cast Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin without the latter’s run in dozens of Hammer flicks) to fashion (a whole lot of...
Taking social flight with Travis Audubon, Waller Creek Conservancy, American Gateways

Taking social flight with Travis Audubon, Waller Creek Conservancy, American Gateways

It was like drifting from one waking dream to another. Heading to the Waller Creek Conservancy benefit. Contributed by © David Brendan Hall / http://www.davidhallphotog.com I first encountered that certain fantastical aspect to the Waller Creek Conservancy, which plans a series of high-design parks along a neglected stretch of downtown waterway, at a large dinner...

Dear Abby - Sunday, October 15

Dear Abby: I have a super-sensitive adult child who calls me regularly to criticize another sibling. Mothers do not like to hear their children being criticized by anyone — including their siblings. It’s hurtful, no matter who does it. I’m an old lady, and I don’t need this stress. I love all my children. They all are successful people with friends who seem to admire them....
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, October 15

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, October 15

Today’s Birthdays: Former auto executive Lee Iacocca is 93. Jazz musician Freddy Cole is 86. Singer Barry McGuire is 82. Actress Linda Lavin is 80. Rock musician Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) is 75. Actress-director Penny Marshall is 74. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is 72. Singer-musician Richard Carpenter is 71. Actor Victor Banerjee is 71. Former tennis player Roscoe Tanner is 66. Singer...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, October 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The one who owns the problem is in the best position — a position to fix it, change things, move the plot forward. The one who passes the blame is powerless to do any of that. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are things you do because you want to, but today those actions will take a back seat to the things you do because you must and that which you do because you are...
Cancer-fighting power couple tackles mysteries of the immune system

Cancer-fighting power couple tackles mysteries of the immune system

CHICAGO — Cancer researcher Jim Allison stands at the edge of a small stage, fiddling with his harmonica, his unruly gray hair hanging almost to his shoulders. Soon, surrounded by eight other cancer experts who also happen to be musicians, he’ll be growling out the classic “Big Boss Man” before a boisterous crowd at the House of Blues. It’s a fitting number, says Patrick...
Drug aimed at inflammation may lower risk of heart disease and cancer

Drug aimed at inflammation may lower risk of heart disease and cancer

A drug that fights inflammation can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and possibly lung cancer, in people who have already had one heart attack and are at high risk for another, a new study finds. Researchers outside the study say the findings represent a major milestone — proof of a biologic concept that opens the door to new ways of treating and preventing cardiovascular disease...
This trendy ingredient turns foods black and promises to purify you

This trendy ingredient turns foods black and promises to purify you

If all of 2017’s trendy foods could be likened to a high school stereotype, the Unicorn Frappuccino would be the sequined prom queen, and the millennial pink smoothie bowl would be her bubbly, popular best friend. Meet the goth: activated charcoal, a processed ingredient often made from heated coconut shells that turns food black as night. It has been a popular component in fresh-pressed juice...
Protect your hearing while hunting

Protect your hearing while hunting

For many people, autumn colors and cool mornings signal the beginning of the long-awaited hunting season. Gun safety is important to most hunters, but some other lesser-known precautions are overlooked. “I’m an avid sportsman, and I’m amazed by how many people don’t wear hearing protection when they shoot guns,” says Thomas Lowry, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Mayo Clinic...
Symptoms, solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms, solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that creates numbness and tingling in your palm from the thumb to ring fingers. It occurs when a nerve on the palm side of the hand is compressed or irritated in some way. Often, a combination of risk factors contributes to the development of the condition, which tends to create initial symptoms at night. Several treatment options are available to relieve tingling...
Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Cady Mansell has always had a strong sense of fashion. At 9 years old, she likes trying on makeup and painting her nails. She likes shopping trips to Chicago with her fashion-conscious mother. And since she asked for her first bow tie during one of those trips to the mall when she was just 4 years old, Cady has had a thing for snazzy suits. When it came time for her First Communion, a major event...
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and more big names in comedy coming to Austin for Moontower 2018

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and more big names in comedy coming to Austin for Moontower 2018

    Song parody ninja “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mike Birbiglia and Tiffany Haddish are all scheduled to perform in Austin at the seventh annual Moontower Comedy Festival on April 18-21, 2018. Festival badges are now on sale.  As in previous years, Moontower 2018 will hold headliner shows at the Paramount & Stateside Theatres and additional stand-up acts at Cap City Comedy...
These Austin tattoo shops are holding special events for Friday the 13th

These Austin tattoo shops are holding special events for Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th isn’t so unlucky for tattoo lovers. It’s a tradition for tattoo parlors to offer discounted tattoos in honor of the day. Artists will often offer “flash” sheets, which are pre-drawn tattoos customers can choose from during a specific time period. For Friday the 13th, sometimes the designs will be in the style of the holiday — black cats, spiders...
Celebrate fall (even if it’s 90 degrees) with the kids this weekend in Austin, Oct. 13-15

Celebrate fall (even if it’s 90 degrees) with the kids this weekend in Austin, Oct. 13-15

We’re going to be close to 90 degrees this weekend, until we get to a possible rain shower on Sunday. Bring your sunscreen, your bug spray and head out for these family activities. Friday Thinkery.  Little Thinkers Club.  Get Into Shapes. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Oct. 27. $20 per class...
Best Texas books to read soon

Best Texas books to read soon

We pause during Austin festival season to read up on nature in a Texas national park, the career of a Texas script doctor, the third part of an Old West trilogy by a Texan, a urban Chicano tale from another Texan and breezy book on Texas ingenuity. “Nature Watch Big Bend.” Lynne Weber and Jim Weber. Texas A&M University Press. Oh, how have we needed this book forever!...
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