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Former landfill – now a small Montopolis park – gets grant for improvements

Posted: 10 hours ago

Ecology Action of Texas has landed a $29,200 grant to renovate a 9.7-acre park on the site of a former landfill in the Montopolis neighborhood in southeast Austin. The grant, part of $3.38 million in grants to fund 19 recreational trail projects around the state, will be used to renovate the half-mile trail network...
Joints frozen in Carbonite? Stretch out on this Han Solo yoga mat
   Onnit sells a Han Solo-themed yoga mat for $64.95. Photo courtesy Onnit The latest chapter of the Star Wars saga hits movie theaters tonight, and perhaps after you’ve left the theater, yearning
            a wee bit for Harrison Ford’s early days, you’ll feel like doing a little yoga. But not on any yoga mat. Not...

Posted: 14 hours ago

  Onnit sells a Han Solo-themed yoga mat for $64.95. Photo courtesy Onnit The latest chapter of the Star Wars saga hits movie theaters tonight, and perhaps after you’ve left the theater, yearning a wee bit for Harrison Ford’s early days, you’ll feel like doing a little yoga. But not on any yoga mat. Not...
Joints frozen in Carbonite? Stretch out on this Han Solo yoga mat
   Onnit sells a Han Solo-themed yoga mat for $64.95. Photo courtesy Onnit The latest chapter of the Star Wars saga hits movie theaters tonight, and perhaps after you’ve left the theater, yearning
            a wee bit for Harrison Ford’s early days, you’ll feel like doing a little yoga. But not on any yoga mat. Not...

Posted: 14 hours ago

  Onnit sells a Han Solo-themed yoga mat for $64.95. Photo courtesy Onnit The latest chapter of the Star Wars saga hits movie theaters tonight, and perhaps after you’ve left the theater, yearning a wee bit for Harrison Ford’s early days, you’ll feel like doing a little yoga. But not on any yoga mat. Not...
New ‘mini-boardwalk’ opens beneath Ann Richards-Congress Avenue Bridge
 Runners make their way across a new 172-foot “mini-boardwalk” on the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake
               on May 24, 2018. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   A new “mini-boardwalk” quietly opened this week on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, ahead of schedule and under...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Runners make their way across a new 172-foot “mini-boardwalk” on the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake on May 24, 2018. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   A new “mini-boardwalk” quietly opened this week on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, ahead of schedule and under...
New ‘mini-boardwalk’ opens beneath Ann Richards-Congress Avenue Bridge
 Runners make their way across a new 172-foot “mini-boardwalk” on the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake
               on May 24, 2018. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   A new “mini-boardwalk” quietly opened this week on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, ahead of schedule and under...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Runners make their way across a new 172-foot “mini-boardwalk” on the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake on May 24, 2018. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   A new “mini-boardwalk” quietly opened this week on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, ahead of schedule and under...
When summer heats up, try these 12 ways to cool down in Central Texas
 Welcome to summer in Texas, when it gets so hot you need oven mitts to touch the steering wheel of your car and water tops the list of requirements for keeping your cool. Happily, here in the Austin area, we have plenty of options, from surfing on a man-made wave to gliding down Lady Bird Lake on a stand-up paddleboard or frolicking under...

Posted: a day ago

Welcome to summer in Texas, when it gets so hot you need oven mitts to touch the steering wheel of your car and water tops the list of requirements for keeping your cool. Happily, here in the Austin area, we have plenty of options, from surfing on a man-made wave to gliding down Lady Bird Lake on a stand-up paddleboard or frolicking under...
Check out these Memorial weekend events at NLand Surf Park, Crux Climbing Center
 Looking for some Memorial Day weekend fun? Check out these upcoming events … NLand Surf Park will hold a Float the Moat event from 1-7 p.m. Saturday. Photo courtesy NLand Surf Park Trade your surfboard for a tube at NLand Surf Park’s Float the Moat event from 1-7 p.m. Saturday. For $15 per hour, you can
               loll around...

Posted: a day ago

Looking for some Memorial Day weekend fun? Check out these upcoming events … NLand Surf Park will hold a Float the Moat event from 1-7 p.m. Saturday. Photo courtesy NLand Surf Park Trade your surfboard for a tube at NLand Surf Park’s Float the Moat event from 1-7 p.m. Saturday. For $15 per hour, you can loll around...
Encontramos tres clases de ejercicio gratuitas para este verano
 Aquí tienes varias oportunidades más que agregar a las muchas clases de ejercicio gratuitas en el área de Austin. Si te gusta correr y quieres ponerte en forma, The Loop Running Supply se está asociando con Trail Roots para ofrecer una serie gratuita para correr en los senderos que tomarán lugar los sá...

Posted: 2 days ago

Aquí tienes varias oportunidades más que agregar a las muchas clases de ejercicio gratuitas en el área de Austin. Si te gusta correr y quieres ponerte en forma, The Loop Running Supply se está asociando con Trail Roots para ofrecer una serie gratuita para correr en los senderos que tomarán lugar los sá...
Meet the youngest athlete in Life Time Tri CapTex: Kaleb Rosenberg, 8
 Kaleb Rosenberg will race in his first adult triathlon this Memorial Day – the Life Time Tri CapTex. Family photo Want a jolt of inspiration? Head downtown to watch the Life Time Tri CapTex, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 athletes
            to downtown Austin on Memorial Day. And if you’re waffling about whether or not...

Posted: 2 days ago

Kaleb Rosenberg will race in his first adult triathlon this Memorial Day – the Life Time Tri CapTex. Family photo Want a jolt of inspiration? Head downtown to watch the Life Time Tri CapTex, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 athletes to downtown Austin on Memorial Day. And if you’re waffling about whether or not...
Meet the youngest athlete in Life Time Tri CapTex: Kaleb Rosenberg, 8
 Kaleb Rosenberg will race in his first adult triathlon this Memorial Day – the Life Time Tri CapTex. Family photo Want a jolt of inspiration? Head downtown to watch the Life Time Tri CapTex, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 athletes
            to downtown Austin on Memorial Day. And if you’re waffling about whether or not...

Posted: 2 days ago

Kaleb Rosenberg will race in his first adult triathlon this Memorial Day – the Life Time Tri CapTex. Family photo Want a jolt of inspiration? Head downtown to watch the Life Time Tri CapTex, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 athletes to downtown Austin on Memorial Day. And if you’re waffling about whether or not...
Stay safe outside: Our guide to bugs, plants and other critters
 We love the outdoors and would rather romp through a swaying field of grass or plunge into a thicket of trees than just about anything. Sometimes, though, it feels like Mother Nature wants to prove she’s tougher than us. And it’s obvious she is, if you’ve ever had a run-in with a patch of poison ivy, accidentally kicked...

Posted: 7 days ago

We love the outdoors and would rather romp through a swaying field of grass or plunge into a thicket of trees than just about anything. Sometimes, though, it feels like Mother Nature wants to prove she’s tougher than us. And it’s obvious she is, if you’ve ever had a run-in with a patch of poison ivy, accidentally kicked...
More details: Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest canceled — for now
 The main organizer of the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest has pulled the plug on the event, but officials with Texas State Parks say they are looking for a way to keep it going in 2019 and beyond. Desert Sports, an outfitter in Terlingua, has partnered with the state parks department since 2011 to put on the festival, which drew a large number...

Posted: 7 days ago

The main organizer of the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest has pulled the plug on the event, but officials with Texas State Parks say they are looking for a way to keep it going in 2019 and beyond. Desert Sports, an outfitter in Terlingua, has partnered with the state parks department since 2011 to put on the festival, which drew a large number...
Looking for free fitness classes? We found three new ones
 Trail Roots is partnering with The Loop Running Supply to offer a free trail running series this summer. Photo courtesy The
               Loop Running Supply   A few more to add to the seemingly endless supply of free fitness opportunities around Austin … The Loop Running Supply is partnering with Trail Roots to offer a free...

Posted: 8 days ago

Trail Roots is partnering with The Loop Running Supply to offer a free trail running series this summer. Photo courtesy The Loop Running Supply   A few more to add to the seemingly endless supply of free fitness opportunities around Austin … The Loop Running Supply is partnering with Trail Roots to offer a free...
Looking for free fitness classes? We found three new ones
 Trail Roots is partnering with The Loop Running Supply to offer a free trail running series this summer. Photo courtesy The
               Loop Running Supply   A few more to add to the seemingly endless supply of free fitness opportunities around Austin … The Loop Running Supply is partnering with Trail Roots to offer a free...

Posted: 8 days ago

Trail Roots is partnering with The Loop Running Supply to offer a free trail running series this summer. Photo courtesy The Loop Running Supply   A few more to add to the seemingly endless supply of free fitness opportunities around Austin … The Loop Running Supply is partnering with Trail Roots to offer a free...
Guess who topped Austin on the latest fittest cities in America list?
 Runners get their miles in on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Another day, another ranking of the fittest cities in America. Yawn. This time, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index Ranking anoints Arlington, Virginia, as the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Runners get their miles in on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Another day, another ranking of the fittest cities in America. Yawn. This time, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index Ranking anoints Arlington, Virginia, as the...
Guess who topped Austin on the latest fittest cities in America list?
 Runners get their miles in on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Another day, another ranking of the fittest cities in America. Yawn. This time, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index Ranking anoints Arlington, Virginia, as the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Runners get their miles in on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Another day, another ranking of the fittest cities in America. Yawn. This time, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index Ranking anoints Arlington, Virginia, as the...
Learn about Texas’ paddling trails at this book signing with Bob Spain
 Bob Spain a canoe along the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail, a 6-mile stretch of the San Marcos River from the U.S. Hwy
               90 crossing to the Zedler Mill. File photo by Kelly West/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN   It’s tougher than you think to paddle a canoe in a straight line. I know, because I’ve been trying to perfect...

Posted: 9 days ago

Bob Spain a canoe along the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail, a 6-mile stretch of the San Marcos River from the U.S. Hwy 90 crossing to the Zedler Mill. File photo by Kelly West/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN   It’s tougher than you think to paddle a canoe in a straight line. I know, because I’ve been trying to perfect...
Get some pro paddling tips at this book signing with Bob Spain
 Bob Spain a canoe along the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail, a 6-mile stretch of the San Marcos River from the U.S. Hwy
               90 crossing to the Zedler Mill. File photo by Kelly West/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN   It’s tougher than you think to paddle a canoe in a straight line. I know, because I’ve been trying to perfect...

Posted: 9 days ago

Bob Spain a canoe along the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail, a 6-mile stretch of the San Marcos River from the U.S. Hwy 90 crossing to the Zedler Mill. File photo by Kelly West/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN   It’s tougher than you think to paddle a canoe in a straight line. I know, because I’ve been trying to perfect...
Take a spin through Austin’s new pingpong club, which opens Friday
 Remember playing pingpong in the garage with your family when you were a kid? Well, this isn’t like that. Spin Ping Pong, which opens its doors to the public at 9 p.m. May 18, feels more like a nightclub than a pingpong gym, with its brass tub filled with orange (only orange!) pingpong balls, costumed pro players, chain-link curtains...

Posted: 10 days ago

Remember playing pingpong in the garage with your family when you were a kid? Well, this isn’t like that. Spin Ping Pong, which opens its doors to the public at 9 p.m. May 18, feels more like a nightclub than a pingpong gym, with its brass tub filled with orange (only orange!) pingpong balls, costumed pro players, chain-link curtains...
Would you climb a 3,000-foot wall with your son? Alex Honnold’s mom did
 Dierdre Wolownick spent last Halloween inching her way up a 3,000-foot rock face alongside Alex Honnold, one of the world’s strongest climbers. He’s also Wolownick’s son.  That experience affirmed Wolownick, 66, as the oldest woman to climb El Capitan, the same wall that Honnold had become, less than four months earlier...

Posted: 13 days ago

Dierdre Wolownick spent last Halloween inching her way up a 3,000-foot rock face alongside Alex Honnold, one of the world’s strongest climbers. He’s also Wolownick’s son.  That experience affirmed Wolownick, 66, as the oldest woman to climb El Capitan, the same wall that Honnold had become, less than four months earlier...
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