How Do You SX?

Do you Badge? Wristband? Commando ( Hang Free)?

Do you Plan? RSVP? Organize? Subscribe? Agonize?

I have to admit I am more an agonizing commando type. I have a few printouts of band schedules for several locations and I know in general where I’ll be, but right now I am just in terror that I am going to miss THE BAND! But knowing I will hear amazing music from  someone I have never heard of.

So while I would have loved to have had an Interactive badge ( two words Bill Nye), there is no way I’ll ever buy a Music badge.

1) I am a morning person

2) there is just too much awesome free music to even considering dropping a wad for no reason.

So I will be rising before the break of dawn to get in line at the W Hotel for KGSR’s morning shows, then Whole Foods to get some grub and then Waterloo ( since their stages start at noon, and I am really hoping they have the chargings stations again this year). KUTX also has great morning music but for my plans the W Hotel just works better location wise. ( I’ll park on SoCo and be able to drive home when I’m done for the day – no parking fees)

After Waterloo it gets hard – My plan is to stay south – Homeslice, St Vincent de Paul, El Mercado, Hotel San Jose and Gueros all have amazing music line-ups.

There are tons of day parties ( almost none require a badge or wristband, though some do need an rsvp) downtown, north, east and pretty much all over Austin. For free food and booze – stick to 6th St area, have kids try the Thinkery or Symphony Square.  Spider House up north is also having plenty of live music, as well as Cherrywood Coffeehouse, and most bars east of I-35.

On top of Music, there is a Game of Thrones exhibit, Yellow Submarine and Disney exhibits.  Flatstock, Gaming Expo, Eco Light Garden, Music Gear Expo are also free during SXSW.

So how do you SX?

I’ll be running between South Congress venues, stuffing my face with Homeslice Pizza, Torchy’s Tacos, Fat Cactus fry bread, Mellizoz tacos, Gourdough’s donuts and anything and everything else from the amazing local food trucks. Listening to awesome music and meeting amazing people.

 

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Volunteer – It’s My Park Day

Our biggest city-wide volunteer event is It’s My Park Day, held the first Saturday of March. Each year, thousands of volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city.

In 2013, we had over 90 projects city-wide, almost 3,500 volunteers, and over 10,000 hours of volunteer labor. That’s equivalent to 5 park maintenance employees working full-time for a whole year! All told, including labor, this one day represented an investment of approximately one quarter of a million dollars for Austin’s parks.

Sponsor It's My Park Day

Sponsor It’s My Park Day

We recruit corporate sponsors to support this event, and many companies also contribute employee’s volunteer time. By pitching in to help with spring maintenance activities such as spreading mulch, planting trees, clearing trails, and painting benches, It’s My Park Day participants play a significant role in the management and upkeep of our parks. Many of our volunteers become committed stewards of our public spaces by adopting their park and participating in fundraising and park improvement projects throughout the year.

To become a sponsor, please email events@austinparks.org.

Get Ready for 2014

Mark your calendar for IMPD 2014 (no, it’s not too soon!):

January 10, 2014 : Project registration opens
February 3, 2014 : Project registration closes
February 10, 2014 : Volunteer registration opens
March 1, 2014 : It’s My Park Day

 

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My Favorite Austin Things – versions 1-6

Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas – Here are all 6 version! 
 
Cupprimo cupcakes and APA kittens
Chicken shit bingo, with Dale Watson I’m smitten
Room Service packages tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Crema’s colored cupcakes and cinnamon streusel
Dining out at Fabi & Rossi for schnitzel with noodles
free music all over town – blues, rock , and swing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Kerbey Lane pancakes and donuts from Gourdoughs
Big Top Candy , Chi’Lantro‘s and Torchy’s fine queso
the hike and bike trails and Barton Springs
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When the traffics bad
when it’s 100 in the shade
When your feeling sad
Just remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad
 
Thursdays at Shady‘s for live at the grove
Shopping at Toy Joy, a real treasure trove
A dozen Delsih cupcakes tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Checking out food trucks and cruising The Drag
Shopping at HEB to fill my grocery bags
Getting my birthday cake from Bluenote Baking
These are a few of my favorite things
 
First Thursday celebrations nights down on S Congress
The Blanton and Ransom two museums on my list
The Alamo Drafthouse of thee I will sing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
when I-35′s a parking lot
when ice shuts down the city
When your feeling sad
Just remember you live in Austin
 
Wandering Halfprice books on a Sunday
Phils Ice House burgers and an Amy’s sundae
Going to  Whole Foods for  grocery splurging
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Minor Mishap marching and street bands at Honk
Fries from P Terry’s and Off the Wall vintage “junk”
Beer from Austin Beerworks and Independnece Brewing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Central Market shopping and movies in the park
Threadgills homecooking and bats after dark
Homeslice pizza and Uncommon Objects bling
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When your beers flat
When your brains fried
When your feeling sad
Just remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad
 
Author lectures at Bookpeople and Eastside Pizza pies
Blue Genie Christmas bazaar and the Trail of Lights
Symphony concerts where there’s picnicking
These are a few of my favorite things
 
ROT Rally bikes and hot rods at Top Notch
Art yards and home tours and grafiti walls rock
Violet Crown Cinema and Craf Beer Festing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Cherrywood and Armadillo for your Christmas shopping
live music at ACL & Stubbs where famous folk sing
Sugar Mamas cupcakes and Magnolia dining
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When the roads flood
When there’s a drought
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad
 
We’ve got Science Under the Stars and Nerds at Nite
Free lectures at UT to make you so bright
and student concerts at Butler that will make you wish you could sing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
We’ve got Franklins and Rudys for your BBQ needs
Maudies and Chuys for your tex mex cravings
Gueros Taco bar has el pastor that I think is king
These are a few of my favorite things
 
There are snow days and ice skating all winter things
We Keep Austin Beautiful and Save our Springs
With Book and Food drives, Austin’s a city of giving
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When there’s construction
When the roads closed
When your feeling sad
Just remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad
 
Blackstar and Wheatsvill Co-ops for sharing
Roller Derby girls they are so fast and so daring
Bike Zoo animals on wheels and with wings
These are a few of my favorite things
 
We’ve got Bruce and Kelli and Sandra and Matt
And the Bob Bullock Museum Texas History at that
The White Ghost Shivers and Coolhause funky ice cream
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Mayfield has peacocks and Laguna has art
there are veggies galore at the local farmers marts
we’ve got 2 Rays and a Willie but Stevie’s still king
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When the city changes
When the califirnians move in
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you still live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad
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Some of My Austin Favorite Things #6

Here it is – the final version !

Blackstar and Wheatsvill Co-ops for sharing
Roller Derby girls they are so fast and so daring
Bike Zoo animals on wheels and with wings
These are a few of my favorite things
We’ve got Bruce and Kelli and Sandra and Matt
And the Bob Bullock Museum Texas History at that
The White Ghost Shivers  and Coolhause funky  ice cream
These are a few of my favorite things
Mayfield has peacocks and Laguna has art
there are veggies galore at the local farmers marts
we’ve got 2 Rays and a Willie but Stevie’s still king
These are a few of my favorite things
When the city changes
When the califirnians move in
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you still live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad
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Some of My Austin Favorite Things #5

And now version #5!
 
We’ve got Science Under the Stars and Nerds at Nite
Free lectures at UT to make you so bright
and student concerts at Butler that will make you wish you could sing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
We’ve got Franklins and Rudys for your BBQ needs
Maudies and Chuys for your tex mex cravings
Gueros Taco bar has el pastor that I think is king
These are a few of my favorite things
 
There are snow days and ice skating all winter things
We Keep Austin Beautiful and Save our Springs
With Book and Food drives, Austin’s a city of giving
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When there’s construction
When the raods closed
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad

 

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Some of My Austin Favorite Things!

Version #4!

Author lectures at Bookpeople and Eastside Pizza pies
Blue Genie christmas bazaar and the Trail of Lights
Symphony concerts where there’s picnicking
These are a few of my favorite things
 
ROT Rally bikes and hot rods at Top Notch
Art yards and home tours and grafiti walls rock
Violet Crown Cinema and Craf Beer Festing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Cherrywood and Armadillo for your Christmas shopping
live music at ACL & Stubbs where famous folk sing
Sugar Mamas cupcakes and Magnolia dining
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When the roads flood
When there’s a drought
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad

 

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My Favorite ( Austin) Things!

Here it is folks version #3 ( of 6)

Wandering Halfprice books on a Sunday
Phils Ice House burgers and an Amy’s sundae
Going to  Whole Foods for  grocery splurging
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Minor Mishap marching and street bands at Honk
Fries from P Terry’s and Off the Wall vintage “junk”
Beer from Austin Beerworks and Independnece Brewing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Central Market shopping and movies in the park
Threadgills homecooking and bats after dark
Homeslice pizza and Uncommon Objects bling
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When your beers flat
When your brains fried
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad

 

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More of My Favorite (Austin) Things!

Here is version #2 ( sung to Sound of Music’s My Favorite Things)

Thursdays at Shady‘s for live at the grove
Shopping at Toy Joy, a real treasure trove
A dozen Delsih cupcakes tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Checking out food trucks and cruising The Drag
Shopping at HEB to fill my grocery bags
Getting my birthday cake from Bluenote Baking
These are a few of my favorite things
 
First Thursday celebrations nights down on S Congress
The Blanton and Ransom two museums on my list
The Alamo Drafthouse of thee I will sing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
when I-35′s a parking lot
when ice shuts down the city
When your feeling sad
Juat remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad

 

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My Favorite ( Austin) Things!

I had wanted to do several posts about all my favorite Austin establishments as the holidays and end of year approach, maybe one a day, but there are just so many of them! And then I saw The Sound of Music the other night and had a brilliant idea – why not express my love for Austin in song! Thankfully no one has to listen to me sing to enjoy.

Here is version #1  of My Favorite Things – Austin. (versions #2 – #6 to follow)

Cupprimo cupcakes and APA kittens
Chicken shit bingo, with Dale Watson I’m smitten
Room Service packages tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Crema’s colored cupcakes and cinnamon streusel
Dining out at Fabi & Rossi for schnitzel with noodles
free music all over town – blues, rock , and swing
These are a few of my favorite things
 
Kerbey Lane pancakes and donuts from Gourdoughs
Big Top Candy , Chi’Lantro‘s and Torchy’s fine queso
the hike and bike trails and Barton Springs
These are a few of my favorite things
 
When the traffics bad
when it’s 100 in the shade
When your feeling sad
Just remember you live in Austin
And then you won’t feel so bad

 

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Austin Bakes for Austin!

Get your mixers ready! We’re going to be coming together again, this time to help our Austin neighbors affected by the recent floods. Recent flooding has devastated several neighborhoods in Austin, leaving many of our fellow Austinites homeless.

Recovering these homes and neighborhoods is a huge job. Tons of debris must be removed, homes must be cleaned, gutted and renovated, and in some cases replaced all together. It’s a big job, one that will take a massive cooperative effort to accomplish.

We’re going to be raising funds for Austin Disaster Relief Network, a local organization that has been organizing volunteers, providing financial support, and collecting donations for those affected by the floods. More than 450 families have turned to Austin Disaster Relief Network for help.

The bake sale will be taking place on Saturday, November 30, from 10 am to 2 pm at multiple locations across Austin. We’ll be announcing specific locations soon. As always, we’ll need help from local Austinites to make this happen.

If you’d like to contribute some baked goods for the sale, or volunteer to help out at a bake sale location, please sign up here

We can also use your help spreading the word about the sale. Here are few ways to help:

Visit our fundraising page on FirstGiving to make a donation to Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Thanks for your support! We’ll see you on Saturday, November 30!

 

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Volunteer with Operation Turkey

We need volunteers! Help us cook food, sort donations, package the food in to-go containers, and deliver meals and donations. Please sign up as a volunteer below. We will send you details via email. 

We ask that you come out on Thanksgiving morning to help cook, package, and deliver food to the homeless and those in need. You are always able to select what you would like to do. Some people love to cook, but not deliver. Others want to deliver only. It’s all good! Any time and help you can offer Operation Turkey is greatly appreciated.

Please plan to show up between 8:00 and 8:15 AM. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes for walking safety. Kids are welcome and encouraged to come out with parents or guardians. We also have special programs that enlist the help of the younger members of your family. They will get to share the great Operation Turkey experience with you, and it will help open their young eyes to the importance of giving back to their communities.

Sign Up here

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Volunteer Opportunity – Austin Chapter Food for Families Volunteer Event

Make a Difference in Austin! 

Capital Area Food Bank
Sorting donations in the Food Bank’s Product Recovery warehouse gives you a “behind-the-scenes” look at how donation from the community get to hungry Central Texans.  Volunteers inspect, clean, sort, box and make donations ready for distribution to Partner Agencies and their clients.

Sort Donations (ages 16 and up)
Saturday, October 5, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
All volunteers get a free CWRU t-shirt. Provide size(s) at registration.
Location: 8201 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78745
Map: https://maps.google.com/CapitalAreaFoodBank
Dinner at Matt’s Famous El Rancho
4:45 p.m. meet at Matt’s Famous El Rancho
Each Volunteer will receive $10 towards food & drink at Matt’s, provided by the CWRU Alumni Association.
Location: 2613 S Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Map: https://maps.google.com/maps/Matts

Rules and Guidelines
Wearing open-toed shoes, high heels, tank tops and sleeveless shirts is not permitted in the warehouse. You will not be allowed to volunteer if you are wearing any of these items.

Please review the safety rules and guidelines at http://cafbtx.convio.net/vol-rules prior to your volunteer shift.

REGISTER ONLINE
Please register by September 29 in order to receive a complimentary t-shirt.
Questions or comments? Call or email either of your chapter officers.
Debbie Bick, Chapter President (512) 656-2403 debbie.bick@stanberry.com
Tom Iha, Chapter Vice President (512) 656-3862 tom.iha99@gmail.com
The Alumni Association 800-866-6280 alumnirelations@case.edu
Austin Alumni Facebook: facebook.com/cwruaaaaustinchapter

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FAQs
What should I wear?
Attire for the event is casual.

Where should I park?
There is plenty of parking lot parking available, but groups are encouraged to carpool.

Who do I contact with any questions? 

Debbie Bick, Chapter President (512) 656-2403 debbie.bick@stanberry.com
Tom Iha, Chapter Vice President (512) 656-3862 tom.iha99@gmail.com
The Alumni Association 800-866-6280 alumnirelations@case.edu
Austin Alumni Facebook: facebook.com/cwruaaaaustinchapter

Is my registration transferrable?
Registrations are not transferrable to another individual. Nametags will be available upon check-in.

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Giveaway! $50 to use @ Burpy.com

I am excited to announce our first giveaway! Burpy.com has given us a $50 Gift “Code” to use on their website.  Entry starts Tuesday Sept 10th and runs through Friday Sept 13th. I will announce the winner Saturday. The code will be emailed to the winner.

You have $50 to shop online ( minimum $50 purchase, code can only be used once) Expires October 1st.

You can find the companys Terms and Conditions on their website http://www.burpy.com/term_condition.php

a Rafflecopter giveaway - enter raffle here

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Local Business Spotlight – Burpy.com

“Our vision was inspired in the kitchen of a friend’s house on August 30, 2012. We were all gathered for a surprise birthday party and were busy baking a cake for the special occasion. Once we pulled the freshly baked cake out from the oven, we realized we didn’t have any candles! With decorations left to arrange and more guests arriving every second, there was no time for anyone to run out and get candles. This left us with a bit of a problem.

That is when the idea for Burpy came to life.

We created Burpy with the goal of uniting traditional “brick & mortar” stores with a delivery platform to make shopping a breeze. Burpy’s unique service provides instant delivery of thousands of products whenever and wherever you want! Simply choose products from our easy to use website or mobile app, and we’ll deliver them to your location in a “burp.” If you use it in your home and it fits in a grocery bag, chances are we have it.”

Burpy was founded by 4 UT students: Aseem Ali (Mechanical Enginerring) , Safan Abdul (Economics and Business), Alishah Momin ( Economics and Business) and Sharez Prasla (Management Information Systems)  in 2012. They made their soft launch  at UT this past March. You can order food and other items found at local grocers such as HEB and Whole Foods directly from Burpy.com. The delivery price varies from $10 to $12 depending on the type of service you select, deliveries can be any time between 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. or can be scheduled to deliver at a specific time.

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Volunteer Opportunities – Lakes & Parks

1. Lakes: Lake Travis Underwater & Shoreline Cleanup

The Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup is the BIGGEST scuba diving and shoreline cleanup in Texas. The event invites several hundred certified scuba divers and shoreline volunteers to help round-up trash from the bottom of Lake Travis and ten Travis County Parks around the lake. The event is great for all ages and will occur rain or shine!

WHEN?  This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 15thRegister today!!

  • Supply Pickup: 7AM – 9AM
  • Cleanup: 9AM – 11AM
  • Volunteer Thank You Party: 11:30AM – 1PM

WHERE?

Supply Distribution Volunteers – Make the event happen! Help us give out free t-shirts, supplies, snacks, and the chance to win some great door prizes by volunteering at the supply distribution location the morning of the cleanup.
Shoreline Volunteers – Help clean one of the following parks:
Click on a site to take a virtual tour, get driving directions, and learn more about each park.
Dive Volunteers Sites - Certified divers are invited to clean underwater sites but must provide their own dive gear and tanks:
  • Little Devil’s Cove
  • Bob Wentz at Windy Point
  • Cypress Creek Wall
  • Gun Hollow
  • Starnes Island (North, South, East)
  • Oasis Bluff (Tom Hughes)
  • Mansfield Dam
  • Hippie Hollow (East, West) (18 and older only)
Volunteer Thank You Party: at Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail, 78732. Volunteer to receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and the chance to win some great door prizes. 
MAP - View Lake Travis Underwater in a larger map.
  • Register as a shoreline, distribution, or dive volunteer! All divers must be certified to participate.
    Our system is experiencing difficulties. Please check back to register for the Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup.
  • Dive captain/leader information

QUESTIONS?  Contact Cora via email or call 512.391.0622.

2. Parks: National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands including parks, trails, and green spaces. NPLD began nationally in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year in Austin we had 14 park events with more than 435 volunteers!

NPLD projects can include mulching, removing invasive plants, building and maintaining trails, planting trees and shrubs, or picking up trash. No matter how you lend a hand for NPLD, you’ll be making a difference.

Volunteers are invited to a NPLD after party for lunch in Zilker Park and will be entered to win one of 25 pairs of 3-Day Passes to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The raffle drawing will be held at the after party.

Save the Date for NPLD 2013

Save the Date: September 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of NPLD. Join, APF and the Texas Conservation Corp for a day of service.

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