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Thursday, November 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

The Importance of Local

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 l ...

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  family, covid, fun, social distance, new, dripping springs, freedom, virtual party, christmas, holiday, mask

Wednesday, November 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Community Spotlight: Foundation Communities

 
What is Foundation Communities?
If you've driven through Austin you've likely seen a Foundation Communities (FC) property. Created in 1990, they have helped Central Texans experiencing homelessness as well as teachers, veterans, service industry employees, and elderly or disabled persons or those experiencing other hardships into housing opportunities in beautiful, well-constructed communities throughout Austin and north Texas. Through grants and charitable donations, they've built 23 thoughtfully designed properties that have their over 7,000 resident's best lives at heart. There are thousands of people on the waiting list to be residents at a FC property so they are constantly looking at opportunities to build more housing for those who need it. There are 5 new properties planned for 2021 and hopefully more to come in the future.
Not only are these properties well thought out but they also are built using the most up-to-date green standards and many are constructe ...

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  family, home, new, exercise, freedom, housewarming, foundation communities, affordable housing

Tuesday, November 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Christmas in Bastrop 2020

Compiled by Deena Thomas, Stanberry Realtors Bastrop
(Bastrop) Unlike past Lost Pines Christmas festivities in Downtown Bastrop, this year, residences and businesses will illuminate the community for almost an entire month in anticipation of a season merry and bright.

Instead of the annual lighted Christmas parade on Downtown Main as in past holiday seasons, the City of Bastrop presents the first annual Making Bastrop Bright lighted holiday decorating contest. Now’s the time to plan and register for the contest through November 30 by 5 p.m.
“I think this year more than ever, our community is looking for a new opportunity to spread the love and joy of the holiday season in a safe healthy manner,” Rebecca Gleason, Main Street Director, said. “The City of Bastrop is looking forward to this being the BRIGHTEST holiday season that Bastrop has ever seen.”
Visitors and residents alike will be treated to this lighted extravaganza on December 1 through De ...

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  family, fun, home, christmas, holiday

Wednesday, October 7, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Halloween In COVID

Halloween is definitely one of our favorite holidays. Seriously, what’s not to like? Spooky ghouls and ghosts, adorable decorations, and kiddos in costumes? It’s the best. But, this year is looking a bit different for many Texans. With COVID fears still high (you can see Texas’ numbers here), parents and businesses alike are taking extra precautions. Some, like Austin’s spooky haunted house, House of Torment, have had their doors shuttered altogether this season due to these concerns.


Whether you plan on hitting the streets for trick-or-treating, making the rounds at all the pumpkin patches and Fall Fests, or hanging out at home with the lights out, we’ve got some activities listed here for you that you're sure to enjoy. We’ve scoured the web and compiled lists of Fall activities for you to check out at your own comfort level. 



First things first though, CDC Halloween Guidelines are listed here or on the CDC logo to the left. ...

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  family, covid, fun, dripping springs, halloween

Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Good Things at Down Home Ranch

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Even in the midst of COVID confusion, good things are happening at various non-profit organizations including Down Home Ranch located on 410 acres near Elgin.


The Ranch, offering residency, day programs, and ranch camp over their past 31 years serves adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Their mission is “empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, education, residential and vocational opportunities.”
It is with great anticipation for Saturday, Oct. 3, that this year’s 17th Annual Gala---“Down Home is Where the Heart Is” will be held completely online through a virtual hosting platform from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We will still have all of the great entertainment and speakers you’ve come to know and love with other galas,” Jeffrey Mizell, Director of Development said.
The event kicks off with a special pre-event performance b ...

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  family, covid, social distance, fun