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Austin Art Space Gallery: PDF Print
Art Spaces
A cooperative space for established & emerging artists to create, collaborate & present their work. There are 9 artists-in-residence at the studios. The gallery is available for rental for public & private exhibits & receptions. Details: 512-771-2868 www.austinartspace.com.
 
The Artist Assistance Project: PDF Print
Art Spaces
The nonprofit center provides financial management, legal & management services to arts organizations & individual artists. Services offered on a sliding-fee-scale basis affordable for area artists & arts organizations. Details: Lois Jebo 451-5315.
 
VSA Arts of Texas PDF Print
Art Spaces
A nonprofit organization helping disabled artists have access the arts. 3710 Cedar St. Details: 440-1156 www.vsatx.org.
 
I’m Still Here by John Zeisel PDF Print
Books
I’m Still Here by John Zeisel, PhD, president and cofounder of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care Ltd., explores the Alzheimer’s mind and how those who care for it can understand its intricacies. For 15 years he has spearheaded a movement that pushes a radical new Alzheimer’s treatment by embracing it. 272 pgs, hardcover, Penguin Group (USA). $24.95. Details: www.us.penguingroup.com.
 
$2 for 2 Wheels: PDF Print
Cycling
Partner with Bikes for Goodness Sake Foundation in giving the children of our deploying soldiers a brand new bike & helmet for Christmas. Just $2 from 50,000 people gets 600 children a bike, helmet, safety lesson & a memory of their first bike. Please donate at www.BikesFGS.org.
 
Austin Cycling Assn. Hosted Rides: PDF Print
Cycling
This new program sets up group rides at a pace & distance designated by a trained ride leader. Listings for these group rides will be published in Southwest Cycling News & on the ACA web site. The idea is to provide a way for you to find a ride that’s right for you & a group of like-minded cyclists. All rides are rated on a scale of A thru E. A & B rides set a pace of 16-18 mph or faster. Rides rated C thru E set a slower pace of less than 12 mph to 16 mph & include more scheduled rest stops. On C thru E rides, the ride leader will bring up the rear at the slowest pace & will help with flats. Hosted rides may be scheduled for any day of the week & at any time, starting from points designated by the ride leader. Details: To find a ride suited to you, visit www.austinrides.org/ridedev.
 
Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club: PDF Print
Cycling
The area’s largest & most active mountain bike club is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes awareness of safe & environmentally conscientious off-road bicycling. The club performs community service, hosts fun rides & races & works for trail access. Meetings are held 9am on the 2nd Sa at various trails, providing rides, trail work & chance to socialize & network. Details: Mark Henneke 698-4381 www.austinridgeriders.com.
 
Austin’s Yellow Bike Project PDF Print
Cycling
Austin’s Yellow Bike Project seeks volunteers during shop hours to help work on bikes. No mechanical skills required. A project again this year is to get donations of children’s bikes that can be fixed up & given to local elementary school children & volunteers to work on the children’s bikes are needed as well. The main shop—using only human power—was relocated to 12th Street & Webberville Rd. & isn’t open yet. (View the video about the move on our web page.) The Satellite Shop is located at Treasure City Thrift, 1720 E. 12th St., near Chicon. The Satellite Shop hours are M 3-6pm, Th 4-7pm F 6-9pm & Sa 11am-3pm. M & Sa hours are bilingual. Details: Details: 457-9880 www.austinyellowbike.org.
 
Austin’s Yellow Bike Project Needs Help With New Headquarters: PDF Print
Cycling
The City of Austin has granted a 5-year lease for a ¾-acre site adjacent to Simms Elementary School, at the intersection of 12th St. & Webberville & Springdale Rds. The 51st St. shop was decommissioned June 30. Until the new shop is ready there will be extended hours at the Treasure City location. Volunteers, professional assistance, building materials & money are needed—$250,000 to fund site work & construction, of which more than $100,000 has already been raised. Donate on-line using PayPal or by mail to yellow Bike Project, 1307 Leona St. Austin 78702. Details: www.austinyellowbike/org/webberville_shop.htm.
 
FrankenBike: PDF Print
Cycling
This bike swap meet, usually held once a month in Austin, is open to anyone who wants to buy, sell or trade bicycles & bicycle related gear or parts. Check web site for location. Details: www.myspace.com/frankenbike.
 
Please Be Kind to Cyclists (PBK2C) Project: PDF Print
Cycling
This is a grass-roots campaign & nonprofit organization committed to awareness, fairness & justice to cyclists. PBK2C works to bring bike related issues & accident information to the community. Show your support by creating an account & spreading the word to everyone you know. This is one way to stay informed of what happens in the cycling community, what our government is doing to improve our position in the roads, our rights, education & infrastructure. Details: pbk2c.org.
 
Share the Road License Plates PDF Print
Cycling
Share the Road License Plates are available from Texas Department of Transportation & your local county tax assessor-collector’s office at standard plate price plus $30. Each plate sold raises $22 for bicyclist & motorist safety & education programs developed to save lives. Details: Texas Bicycle Coalition 476-7433 biketexas.org. Web site includes a downloadable PDF form for ordering plates.
 
StreetCycling: Driver’s Ed for Cyclists: PDF Print
Cycling
Every cyclist who takes to the road has the same rights & duties as a motor-vehicle operator. As such, it is imperative that learning to ride involves more than just learning to balance. Training includes your legal rights & prevention techniques that will help avoid 95 percent of the crashes experienced by cyclists. Taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Details: 345-1154 www.streetcycling.org.
 
Sun City Cyclists: PDF Print
Cycling
Georgetown Rides: Interested in daytime group for weekday & weekend rides around the Georgetown area? Visit suncitytxcyclists.org. Details: Scorchy Smith 512-868-2131.
 
Texas Capital Area Tandem Society PDF Print
Cycling
Texas Capital Area Tandem Society (TxCATS) is Austin’s tandem bicycle club, with membership that includes 75-plus tandem teams & a mission for tandem enthusiasts to ride together. No dues. Team-hosted rides conducted thruout the year. Details: Dale Kruger 512-217-1280 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.txcats.org.
 
Veloway Getting New Crown Jewel: PDF Print
Cycling
Hill County Inline Club is raising funds to construct a new covered bench area at the Veloway this fall. The funds will augment a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to start & complete the new sheltered benches. There is now a single 10-foot bench at the entrance. The new benches will quadruple the capacity & provide much-needed shade, as well as a safe place to enter the path without having to stand in a traveled area. All donated funds go directly to this project. Details: www.hillcountryinlineclub.com.
 
Violet Crown Sports Assn. Meeting: PDF Print
Cycling
Chartered in 1981 by a group of local cyclists, the membership is made up of both recreational & competitive cyclists. Meetings are generally held 1st M each month, Mangia Pizza on Mesa at Spicewood Springs. Pizza 6:30pm, meeting 7pm. Details: www.violetcrown.org < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.
 
Movin’ Easy’s Danceline: PDF Print
Dance
Information on dance events, performances, workshops, new classes & job opportunities. Details: 416-5700 ext. 3262. A recording lists events updated weekly for all ages & dance styles. Or visit www.movineasy.com.
 
Tapestry’s Fall Classes at New Location: PDF Print
Dance
Fall Academy classes are now underway & registration is ongoing for new, current & returning students at Tapestry’s studios. Tapestry’s Youth program emphasizes multi-form training & will also include in its schedule Intro to Dance, Basic Combo, Music & Movement, Ballet, Rhythm Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Dance Theater & Bharata Natyam (Traditional Indian). Adult class offerings include Ballet, Modern, Rhythm Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Yoga, Belly Dance, Bharata Natyam, Yoga & Moving Women-Women Moving. Academy classes at Tapestry are for youth ages 3 to 18 years & the adult program offers beginning thru advanced classes for ages 13 & up. 2302 Western Trails Blvd. Details: 474-9846 www.tapestry.org.
 
A Hill Country Heritage PDF Print
Day Trips
A Hill Country Heritage 8am-5pm daily free The Land & People that Inspired a President & First Lady: A permanent exhibit. Tram tour $3. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, 2 miles east of Stonewall on US Hwy. 290. Details: 830-644-2252 www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lbj.
 
Alliance to Save Energy Consumer Web Site: PDF Print
Environment
Billed as everything you always wanted to know about reducing your energy bills but couldn’t easily find in one place, this web site provides homeowners with another version of the educational 3 Rs: refinancing, remodeling & reducing energy bills. Details: www.ase.org.
 
Austin CarShare: PDF Print
Environment
Carsharing is a service that provides members with 24-hour access to a fleet of cars & a truck on a per-hour & per-mile basis. The service is available to new members after orientation. Gas, insurance, parking, maintenance & roadside assistance are all included in price of usage. It reduces traffic, improves air quality, promotes sustainable economic development, increases the number of transportation options & improves the quality of life in Austin by providing access to carshare vehicles. Vehicles are available at 2nd & Colorado; 4th & Congress; 23rd & San Antonio adjacent to the UT campus; & Fresh Plus at 43rd & Avenue H. Details: www.austincarshare.org.
 
Austin Electric Vehicle Buyers Group: PDF Print
Environment
An organization whose objective is to enable members to purchase practical, affordable all-electric vehicles by aggregating a market in Austin of at least 100 buyers. Approximately a dozen companies already produce EVs with a 100-mile range, excellent acceleration & all the safety features & amenities of a conventional car. We believe that an order of 100 EVs (of a common design) could bring the selling price down to under $30,000. Register on-line. Details: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.austinevbuyers.org.
 
Austin Freecycle Network: PDF Print
Environment
Where one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. The goal is to reduce waste by connecting people who are throwing away unwanted items with others seeking these items (& have a little fun in the process). No item too big or too small, but all items must be 100% freely offered. No money, no trading, no barter & no strings attached. Details: www.freecycle.org or www.groups.yahoo.com/group/AustinFreecycle.
 
Austin Green Neighbor Program: PDF Print
Environment
The program previously geared to water quality protection has been expanded to provide a comprehensive guide to environmental protection. The new booklet is a compilation of action items that include tips on saving energy & water, reducing air pollution, reducing gardening chemicals & cutting waste. Details: 974-2446 www.cityofaustin.org/watershed/greenneighbor.
 
Austin Home Energy Survey Invites Participation: PDF Print
Environment
UT-Austin graduate students are conducting a study to explore Austinites’ current energy consumption & preferences for future energy policy & vehicle technology. The survey takes about 20 minutes. It will ask questions about you, your travel & household energy use. No names or identifying identification will be used in preparing data for analysis. You can stop at any time, but your input is important. Details: Kara Kockelman, PhD, associate professor of Transportation Engineering 471-0210. Take the survey at www.surveygizmo.com/s/68524/energysurvey.
 
AustinEcoNetwork: PDF Print
Environment
Subscribe to this free, moderated listserve for info about Austin & the environment, including events, political actions, jobs & networking. Send message with subject “subscribe” to < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >. Details: Brandi Clark 477-3311 www.austineconetwork.org.
 
Be a Park Sustainer: PDF Print
Environment
For only $10 a month, help the Austin Parks Foundation hold more volunteer events, support more volunteer groups, offer more Neighborhood Park Grants & be your voice for parks. Benefits include: 10 percent Amy’s Ice Cream discount; 15 percent RunTex discount; 10 percent Bicycle Sport Shop discount & invitation to special members-only park tours & events. Details: 477-1566 www.austinparks.org/member.html.
 
Central Texas Sustainable Indicators Project Community Survey: PDF Print
Environment
This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization provides hard facts on sustainability of the economy, environment & social equity, allowing us to make regional tactical & strategic decisions to move us in the right direction. A community survey is underway & your participation is requested. Also, please forward any indicators we should be aware of. Participate in the survey by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=JAO_2f1ckAqWURXTSGwk2_2fqw_3d_3d. Details: Jim Walker 499-0526 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.centex-indicators.org.
 
Check Voting Records for Texas House & Senate Members 1993-2007: PDF Print
Environment
The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club does not score the various house & senate positions members but you can see whether or not the lawmakers agreed with the Sierra Club when voting on specific legislation. Details: www.texas.sierraclub.org/press/votingrecord.asp.
 
City of Austin Environmental Links: PDF Print
Environment
The Austin City Connection’s home page has a link that takes you to a list of all the city’s environmental programs & services, speakers bureaus, rebates, loans, giveaways, gardening, conservation, endangered species & much more. Use it to learn more about earth-wise issues & find tips on how to become an environmental steward in your home or business. Details: www.ci.austin.tx.us & click on Environment.
 
Currents: PDF Print
Environment
Lower Colorado River Authority publishes a free bimonthly e-mail newsletter on water topics as well as useful land-conservation information for both large & small landowners. Details: www.lcra.org/newsletter/currents.
 
Design~Build~Live: PDF Print
Environment
Formerly the Sustainable Building Coalition, the group incorporated as a nonprofit organization expanded its mission to reflect a goal to facilitate the incorporation of sustainability into every aspect of people’s lives. While sustainable building will remain of central importance in our educational efforts, all aspects of a more sustainable lifestyle will be part of the mission. DBL offers periodic site visits to view sustainable buildings. Sign up for the group’s newsletter at the web site. Details: Gayle Borst 478-9033 www.designbuildlive.org.
 
Ecology Action of Texas PDF Print
Environment
Ecology Action of Texas needs volunteers to help sort materials & assist customers at the downtown center. Also needed are a commercial electrician, a web designer, a mechanic to help maintain vehicles, a designer to produce eye-catching materials for outreach events, tabling help & help at special recycling events. Details: 322-0000 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.ecology-action.org.
 
Free Toilets Available! PDF Print
Environment
The Free Toilet Program is back! If you’re an Austin Water Utility customer whose toilets were installed before 1996, Austin Water Utility Conservation will give you new, high-performance toilets for free. New flapperless technology means these toilets get the job done in just one flush with even less water than some modern toilets. Plus, you’ll never have to change a leaky toilet flapper again. Customers can apply to replace up to three toilets per house. Standard white, round bowl toilets are free. Taller, handicapped toilets with an elongated bowl are available for a fee of $21.10 plus tax, payable at pickup. Rebates of up to $60 per toilet for installation by a licensed plumber. Details: 974-2199 www.WaterWiseAustin.org.
 
Friends of Barton Springs PDF Print
Environment
Friends of Barton Springs is dedicated to protecting & improving Austin’s favorite natural swimming hole. It has grown into an active organization hosting volunteer pool cleaning sessions with a growing complement of volunteers that numbers in the dozens at each cleaning. Volunteers are invited to participate in cleaning & in organized committees. Details: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.friendsofbartonspringspool.com.
 
Friends of McKinney Falls State Park PDF Print
Environment
Friends of McKinney Falls State Park promotes 1 of Austin’s most valuable natural treasures, a state park on your doorstep. This beautiful attraction offers a fascinating array of natural, geological, historical & prehistoric treasures, including Old Baldy, a bald cypress over 500 years old & 60 feet tall; the oldest living resident of Travis County. And don’t forget it’s got a great swimming hole too! Support McKinney Falls by volunteering, making a donation or becoming a member. Details: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.mckinneyfalls.org.
 
GreenerChoices.org PDF Print
Environment
GreenerChoices.org offers Products for a Better Planet on this free web site hosted by Consumer Reports magazine. At www.GreenerChoices.org, consumers can quickly access information about everything from fuel-efficient cars to energy saving appliances to sustainable food production. Also check out www.eco-labels.org, where Consumer Reports offers free information about product-label terms such as “organic” & “recycled” & includes green shopping tips, articles about environmental issues & more.
 
Longhorn Environmental Alumni Association PDF Print
Environment
Longhorn Environmental Alumni Association supports environmental & sustainability initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin & connects UT alumni interested in the environment. The group publishes a quarterly newsletter about the campus environment, provides input on key campus sustainability issues & organizes a variety of networking events. It is also in the process of establishing a Green Fund to support sustainability projects at UT. All UT alumni are invited to join; membership is free. Details: www.enviroexes.org.
 
NeighborWoods Tree Deliveries: PDF Print
Environment
Help TreeFolks deliver NeighborWoods trees. Imagine riding in an open truck delivering free trees to happy people. Sound like fun? Details: 443-5323 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.treefolks.org.
 
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