GOTTA GO: Austin’s Weekend Calendar
GOTTA GIVE: The Shade Project
The Shade Project is a local non-profit initiative of the Tru-Skin Dermatology practice. The project is dedicated to preventing skin cancer through education, outreach and building shade structures where children play. Over the past few years, the project has completed installation of shade screens at play areas around Austin. Among these beneficiaries are Lamar Middle School and the Rosewood Park Splash Pad.
Tru-skin provides the community with free skin cancer screenings throughout the year. Additionally, they are involved with the Environmental Protection Agency, a national organization which educates kids and adults on sun safety. These preventative measures will undoubtedly have a large impact on the future of children in our community.
If you would like to get involved with The Shade Project, visit their website to learn about upcoming fundraisers. You can also make a donation of any amount online.
GOTTA GO: Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk
For nearly two decades, plans have been underway for a pathway bridging the 1.1 mile gap in the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. The project, which cost $28 million and took four years to build, has now been open for just over a month and receives impressive traffic. Runners and bikers may now safely travel the 10-mile loop without having to cross over Riverside drive. The new Boardwalk creates a link between the East and West Austin via the most popular recreational spot in town.
Be sure to bring your camera when exploring the new trail, as the bridge provides several lookout points with beautiful views of the downtown skyline. If you are seeking a more leisurely experience, stop and feed the ducks or have a picnic at one of the empty docks around the lake, on the North East side. Paddle board rentals are available at Paddle Zen, located just east of I-35 on Riverside. The Boardwalk is open to the public every day from 5am to Midnight.
GOTTA TRY: Backyard Composting
Many people fear that composting requires more time and effort than it is worth. However, the process is actually pretty simple, cheap, and a good way to use scraps that would otherwise go to waste. There are also many environmental benefits to composting. It reduces landfill waste, brings beneficial organisms to the soil, and helps retain moisture for your garden. It only requires a few simple steps to get started:
1) Select either a closed container, like the Soilsaver Classic Composter or the Good Idea Compost Wizard, or an open space near your garden. Keep it outdoors to avoid odors inside your home as the material breaks down.
2) Mix dirt from your garden with food scraps, dry leaves or paper, and grass clippings.
3) Stir the mixture every 1-2 weeks, ensuring that it stays moist.
Do not include plastics, meat, or other fatty food scraps. Here are some items that work best:
GOT LISTINGS: New Gottesman Listings This Week
- 360 Nueces #1302 - Offered for $575,000, listed by Elizabeth Buchanan, Broker Associate
- 3905 Island Knoll - Offered for $6,995,000, listed by Carol Burdette, REALTOR®
- 5425 Petticoat - Offered for $4,000,000, listed by Laura Gottesman, Broker
- 3107 Pleasant Run Place - Offered for lease at $8,000/mo or for sale at $1,699,000, listed by Laura Gottesman, Broker
GOTTA GO: Austin’s Weekend Calendar
GOTTA GIVE: Pease Park Conservancy
The Pease Park Conservancy was created in 2008 as a way to fight degradation of one of the oldest parks in town. Runners, bikers, families, and college students have all grown to love this natural oasis in the center of town. The 43-acre park connects the Greenbelt and extends all the way to Lady Bird Lake. It is a popular place for picnics, barbecues, and much more. However, increased activity in the park has not come without consequences. Overuse and heavy foot traffic has brought extreme degradation to the natural area. The conservancy aims to preserve what is left and prevent any further damage so that we may continue to enjoy the beautiful park.
The organization functions entirely off of donations and volunteer efforts. You can help out by making a donation online or signing up for volunteer opportunities. Getting involved with the Pease Park Conservancy is a great way to give back to the community and preserve Austin’s natural beauty, which is so easily taken for granted.
GOTTA GO: Austin’s 10 Best Food Trucks
- La Barbecue- Simple but delicious barbecue items in East Austin, open Wednesday-Sunday
- Gourdoughs- The huge doughnuts are an Austin favorite, with toppings of everything ranging from fruit to bacon
- Veracruz All Natural- Most popular for their breakfast tacos, migas, and homemade salsa
- Chi’Lantro- This Korean + Mexican fusion truck, famous for their Kimchi fries, has been featured on the food network, travel channel, and other popular media outlets
- The Peached Tortilla- The two trucks frequently move around town, serving Asian-inspired tacos, sliders, bowls, and more with their first brick and mortar opening on Burnet Road later this year
- Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?-The gourmet sandwich truck is known for their massive Monte Cristo and homemade chips
- Patrizi’s- Located in the Vortex Theater, Patrizi’s serves fresh, authentic italian dishes. Be sure to try their dinner nights on Wednesday, with a 3-5 course meal of off-menu items and wine.
- Three Little Pigs- The adventurous menu features items like pork belly sliders and bacon-wrapped meatloaf
- The Jalopy Rotisserie and Press- With so many different types of delicious bowls and sandwiches, there is something for everyone at this centrally-located spot
- Biscuits + Groovy- Homemade biscuits and gravy are the base for most of their satisfying breakfast options, but they also offer gluten-free and vegan dishes at their Hyde Park location
GOTTA TRY: Ice Cube Tray Hacks
- Pre-portioned Cookies: Fill the squares with homemade cookie dough to have convenient portions on hand.
- Chocolate-covered Strawberries: Freezing strawberries inside of chocolate will create a much less-messy substitute for the traditional treat. Also works well with bananas, almonds, or cheesecake bites.
- Frozen Smoothie Fruit: Run blueberries through a food processor, then spoon into the ice tray. Freeze and use in smoothies as a more flavorful alternative to normal ice cubes.
- Milk Cubes: Frozen milk is perfect for iced-coffee, because it won’t water down your drink when it melts. Try adding flavors like vanilla or cinnamon to mix it up.
- Lemon or Lime Cubes: Pour portions of lemon or lime juice into your tray to use for cocktails, instead of having to squeeze fruit into each drink.
- Fresh Berries: Add fresh berries to normal ice to use for plain water or fruity drinks like sangria.
- Coconut water: Use the cubes in your water bottle when exercising to reap the nutritional benefits of coconut water.
- Herb Preservation: Freeze herbs in olive oil to make them last longer and create flavorful oil for cooking. Works best with tougher herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano.
- Frozen Yogurt: Fill the cubes with a store-bought whipped yogurt, such as Yoplait Whip, for an easy frozen treat.
- Egg Savers: Scramble eggs and freeze them in single servings to use as needed.
GOT LISTINGS: New Gottesman Listings
- 2602 Wooldridge - Offered for $2,495,000, listed by Anne Giles, Broker Associate | 512.426.3501
- 2008 B South 2nd Street - Offered for $999,000, listed by Chris Long, Broker Associate | 512.289.6300
- 2205 Far Gallant - Offered for $2,295,000, listed by Dana Dean, Broker Associate | 512.431.9339
- 2501 Spring - Offered for $575,000, listed by Elizabeth Buchanan, Broker Associate | 512.695.4289
- 3307 Beverly - Offered for $550,000, listed by Lindsay Harris
- 1481Red Sky Road - Offered for $2,795,000, listed by Bill Davenport | 512.413.1900
- 6355 Tasajillo Trail - Offered for $410,000, listed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR® | 512.415.5899
- 12709 FM 967 - Price upon request, listed by Tammy Koen, Broker Associate | 512.495.9697
GOTTA GO: Austin Weekend Calendar
GOTTA GIVE: Austin Creative Alliance
The Austin Creative Alliance serves the arts, creative and cultural communities in our region, aiming to strengthen economic prosperity and quality of life. The organization was formed from the Austin Circle of Theaters, which has been around since the 70s. In recent years, the Alliance has been expanding rapidly to serve a growing number of people. Their work support artists of all ages and backgrounds. Some of their services include marketing, advocating, professional development, and technical support. By investing in the arts, the Austin Creative Alliance is investing in the future of our city.
If you’re passionate about local art and culture and would like to become involved with the Alliance, there are different levels of community membership with yearly dues. Members receive information on community engagement and upcoming events. You can also make a one-time donation online to help the Austin Creative Alliance continue their valued work in the community.