Wednesday, November 3, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Supporting your local scene is more important now than ever. Putting those holiday dollars back into your own community means that the very things you love about your area have a better chance of survival in this ongoing time of COVID. We rely on the creators and music makers to entertain and challenge us but the loss of so many service jobs has had huge impacts on those who make Central Texas so unique. Before you go online to the big-name sites for those free shipping perks, consider heading out into your city instead.
Here are some suggestions:
Band Merch: Band merch from our local musicians is the best merch around! What better gift could you give to your favorite peeps than a cool coozie, a t-shirt, or an album? Find a list from Austin’s own KUTX here.
MBE/WBE: (Pronounced me-be-we-be) Here is the City of Austin’s directory to the Minority and Women Business Enterprise establishments. You have a variety of search filters to find what you are looking for a. ...
Thursday, August 5, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
As COVID-19 cases rise again in Texas, parents of school age children are stressed, whether they agree with statewide protocols or not, about sending their children back into schools ill equipped to handle the ongoing pandemic. Some school districts, like Austin ISD, appear to be requiring masks indoors despite Governor Abbott’s mandate that masks cannot be required to be worn. It’ll be interesting to see, as we get closer to school start dates in a couple weeks, how these mandates shake out.
There is pushback on both sides of the issue across the state of Texas and beyond. Parents on opposing sides of the safety protocol issue are speaking up loudly in district meetings and in parent groups alike. In Arkansas, for example, a group of parents have filed a lawsuit against the state to strike down their ban on mask mandates. Regardless of the arguments for or against vaccines, it cannot be denied that our numbers are rising and school age children do not have D ...
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed by James Witts
Edited by Jenny Carroll
It’s easy being green in Austin. The city is set among the lush trees, the limestone, and lakes of the Texas Hill Country. The city government also offers incentives for people to be eco-friendly — from the paint on your walls, the temperature of your home, to the trash you throw out. Here are some tips to make your home more environmentally friendly, thanks to popular programs that are already in place.
The city is happy to pay you to stop throwing out scraps of food and coffee grounds. No, you’re not stuck with rotting garbage. Austin's Home Composting Rebate Program will reimburse you $75 on the cost of a composting system. To take advantage of this program, you will have to take a class and buy from an approved local retailer. The benefit? You create a fabulous fertilizer for your garden — and cut down on the amount of trash in the landfill. It's a win-win!
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
As summer begins to settle in and temperatures rise, it’s the perfect time to schedule your annual check up for your home. A check up for my home, you ask? Yes! The health of your home needs to be assessed annually to nip any potential issues in the bud as well as identifying problems before they become failures. Here are some things you can do to maintain your home and keep your systems running smoothly all year long.
What kinds of things should we be looking for?
Good question. Your A/C system, your home’s main support system in our hot summer climate, should be checked by a professional at least once a year. As it gets hotter outside our usage goes up and that’s when issues can take us unawares. Don’t find yourself sitting in a hot house this summer because you didn’t clean off your condenser unit, pour vinegar in your drainline, or you didn’t check coolant levels. Having a professional A/C company service your syste. ...
Thursday, June 10, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed by Jami Carroll of Stanberry Bastrop
Many of us are familiar with the idea that Bastrop is home to the famous “Lost Pines.” Yet, what types of trees are these pines, exactly, and how did they get so lost? The origination of this coniferous mystery occurred over 2 million years ago during the Ice Age when glaciers covered large swaths of the Earth. At some point during the Pleistocene Epoch, about 70 square miles of loblolly pine trees became separated from their counterparts in East Texas—most likely due to global cooling and glacial movement. The Pleistocene marked the appearance of large land animals and birds, as well as the evolution and expansion of our own species, homo sapiens. The famous La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles, California date back to this same era.
Isolated from their eastern relatives, the Loblolly Pines (Pinus taeda) of Bastrop County became affectionately known as the “Lost Pines.” One of seven types ; ...