Texas-based Grande Communications announced this morning (4/25) that home and business subscribers in the Austin area are now eligible for 1 Gigabit Internet service.
Customers in these areas that are now able to enjoy Grande’s expanded Gigabit internet service will notice a big difference in their online activities as the upgrade brings unparalleled speed, reliability and capacity over the traditional internet experience. With download speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, users can download 100 songs or a two-hour movie in just a few seconds.
Residential pricing starts at just $69.99/month and includes wireless home networking, no contracts, no bandwidth usage caps and easy installation. Who doesn’t want seriously fast internet speeds to surf, stream, download, work and game online?
To help spread the news, Grande also kicked off the Gotta Getta Gig Sweepstakes and prizes include an Xbox One Bundle, and a Dell Touch-Screen Laptop.
The contest is open to all Texas residents and runs through May 25th. To Enter:
Tell Grande why you need 1 Gig and enter for a chance to win at: http://mygrande.com/internet/gotta-getta-gig
There are many ways you can help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. You can give money to organizations. You may donate your time to volunteer. You can help to spread the word about prevention. However, April 25th the ASA (Aids Services of Austin)- in conjunction with the international event organization Dining Out for Life– is making it easy for you. Simply visit one of your favorite local restaurants and chow down.
The annual Austin fundraiser celebrates its 25th year for 2017. With over 60 local eateries participating, a generous percentage of the day’s receipts go directly to AIDS Services of Austin, helping them continue their noble effort combating AIDS and assisting those affected.
The Dining out for Life Association has been holding events in many locations since 1991. A growing and successful venture- they raise $4 million annually-Dining Out for Life’s mission is to provide resources to local organizations in order to “fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDs services.” The ASA’s goal is “to enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS.”
ASA Executive Director Paul Scott is optimistic regarding this year’s event. “We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of giving back to the HIV and AIDS community with the return of Dining Out for Life,” he said. “We are so grateful to our new and returning restaurant partners and encourage all to dine out in support of this great cause.”
Last year’s event raised over $40,000. But with a new Travis County AIDS diagnosis occurring every 35 hours on average, the need for financial support is constant. So help spread the word, pitch in to help someone in need, and fill your belly with some delicious local cuisine.
Participants are welcome to share their dining experience online with the hashtag #DineOutATX.
A list of participating restaurants can be found at www.diningforlife.org
We’re always one to snoop around and see what’s happening around town (as you may already know judging by the fact that you’re reading this) and one of our favorite local names is Black Swan Yoga. With another new donation-based studio up on Anderson Lane, they’ve been doing it big in the community! The latest thing happening at Black Swan is the launch of BSY.tv. So of course we had to test it out…
What is it?
BSY.TV is designed to bring you the Black Swan Yoga class experience wherever you are. Whether you’re on vacation or just can’t make it into the studio, BSY.TV offers an array of classes that you can access wherever you have wifi, which is basically everywhere.
We’re big fans of the anywhere component. Black Swan Yoga at Barton Springs? Yes, please…
You can get your yoga fix just about anywhere. Phone, iPad, computer — they’re all compatible so just pick your class and turn up the volume. There are a variety of lengths and types of classes so you can meditate when you’re feeling anxious, do a full flow when you’re feeling ambitious or even learn a pose breakdown (for you brave souls who want to learn how to stand on your head).
BSY.TV offers unlimited access to all the teachers and all the videos for only $8 a month and you can try it for free for 8 days. Apparently our swan friends like the number 8 and we ain’t mad about it. It’s pretty cheap for a whole lotta yoga.
Why you should:
Black Swan Yoga is one of Austin’s favorite local businesses. By enrolling in BSY.TV you are directly supporting your favorite BSY instructors. http://bsy.tv
When you’re looking for a view without the ruckus, whip out this list.
We’ve been building rugged, yet lightweight gear on the East side of Austin for over 7 years. In other words, we know a thing or two about designing a mighty fine hammock. Hang with us, it’s about time.
Team approved, tried and true, kickass kickback spots to hang.
Hang forever, ATX.
Colorado Bend State Park
- A ways outside of Austin, this is the perfect weekend adventure.
- Grab some cinnamon rolls and catch golden hour with people you love.
- Disclaimer. It’s spring time. Bring a bugnet to keep the bugs at bay.
- Photo credit: @kylemeck
- 30°17’08.9″N 97°45’15.1″W
- Located alongside Shoal Creek Trail, Peace Park is home to local joggers and afternoon bikers. This park is a great central spot, just 5 minutes from downtown.
- Photo credit: @gregbalkin
Walnut Creek Park
- 30°24’03.5″N 97°41’09.0″W
- Dog owners: Walnut Creek Park features a fresh off-leash area for your pups to run rampant without worrying about who’s business they’re getting into.
- Multitude of hilly, meandering trails for mountain bikers.
- Plenty of trees to hammock. Take your pick, and relax!
- Photo credit: @muellers_dayoff
Town Lake Bridge
- 30.265464, -97.755892
- Snag a spot next to the hikers and joggers, you won’t be alone but we’ll guarantee you a beautiful view of the city.
- Photo credit: @gregbalkin
- 30°14’50.1″N 97°43’10.5″W
- Team Kammok’s Tom Sawyer getaway, Snake Island is littered with the perfect hammocking trees, and waterfront views of Lake Austin.
- Getting there is the fun part 😉
- Photo credit: @travperk_photo
- 30°19’17.1″N 97°46’22.3″W
- Not exactly an Austin secret, but you can get creative with your hammock placement. Snag a yogi and find your zen at golden hour.
- Photo credit: Kim Jones
St. Edwards Park
- 30°25’07.1″N 97°47’35.7″W
- This hidden park is perfect for trail runners, hikers and dog owners.
- Our favorite spot is a little off the beaten path: follow Bull Creek all the way West from St. Edwards park until it crosses to the other side of Spicewood Springs Rd. You’ll find gently flowing water, limestone for days, and a quiet spot to set up your hammock kit.
- Photo credit: @muellers_dayoff
- Gus Fruh Entrance: 30.249457, -97.795174
- Best for last. Also, some of the more popular spots. Pick a time of the week where you won’t run into the whole fraternity, and enjoy our personal favorite patch of ATX.
- Photo credit: @travperk_photo
- Our team’s favorite spots:
- Gus Fruh
- Lost Creek Falls
- Sculpture Falls
- Campbell’s Hole / The Flats
BONUS: Barton Springs…Almost.
- 30°15’51.3″N 97°46’06.1″W
- Don’t go to the paid side. We repeat, do not go to the paid side.
- Slightly north from the paid entrance of Barton Springs, there is refreshing water and beautiful trees to hang near. Grab a book, a local beer, and kick back here for the ultimate hang.
Don’t see your favorite spot on the list? Submit your favorite spot to hang here.
Based in the heart of East Austin, Kammok is an outdoor company focused on hammock camping. We design durable, lightweight gear to elevate every adventure. The Roo camping hammock is our flagship product, made from climbing-rated hardware with a lifetime warranty so you can hang forever.
Gear up for your next adventure at www.kammok.com, and get 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for our newsletter.
Hours and hours of live music in the summer is great, but in Texas we always have the issue of it being roughly one thousand degrees. Well, no matter. The brilliant people behind Float Fest have solved that problem for everyone—float the river first, then music! It’s nature’s air conditioning.
Everyone’s favorite concert/festival/tubing adventure just announced its line up and this year’s bands include: Zedd, Weezer, Cage The Elephant, MGMT, Passion Pit, Mac Miller, just to name a few.
This wet, wild, and weird adventure will take place July 22nd and 23rd in San Marcos, Texas.
Here’s how it all works:
The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 10 a.m. to all tubers on Saturday and Sunday. Once you show up you will be pointed toward the box office where you can redeem your tubing passes, camping passes, and concert tickets. If you are camping you can check in to your campsite starting on Friday at 2pm-8pm. See our Tubing and Camping page for more information on camping. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area near the box office that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles up river and drop you off at our river drop in location. Then, you FLOAT about 2 1/2 miles back to Cool River Ranch. The FLOAT takes about 2.5-4 hours so come prepared! Once you arrive at Cool River Ranch river exit you will be directed up the hill to the concert gates! Feel free to go back to your car and change or whatever you need to do before you come party at the concert.
Click here to learn more about the weekend and to purchase your tickets. This event really is worth planning your whole summer around—so get your crew organized.
If you love fishing but don’t have your own boat, we have the best recommendation for you. Rowing Dock, on Lady Bird Lake, has just launched their new Fishing Kayak Rental program.
Their fishing specific kayaks are perfectly outfitted with a stadium style seat, rod holders, recessed tackle box storage, anchors, and a center console for rigging fish finders and other tools to help you haul in a big catch! Bring your own rod, reel, and bait and let Rowing Dock take care of the rest.
For more information on renting a fishing kayak in Austin visit Rowing Dock’s FAQ section.
GIVEAWAY: Sign up here for a chance to win a half day fishing kayak rental for two.
The back to basics nutritional movement marches on, and naturally (pun intended), the animals are getting in on the action. As Americans live longer, healthier lives- with a more focused, additive free diet and lifestyle-they want their pets to enjoy longevity right along with them. So “pet parents”, as they are commonly known, are becoming much more health conscious regarding the products they serve their little ones.
The natural pet product industry’s stock is rising as more and more consumers say they’re willing to pay more for the wellness of their pets. And many of these pet centric families call Austin, TX- an epicenter of small business-minded, quality controlled marketplace-their home.
It is within this arena that Kriser’s Natural Pet– a multiple-award winning pet supply company (2015 Global Pet Expo’s “Best Overall Pet Retailer” among others)-has decided to double up their presence in the Texas capitol (the debut Austin store opened last year off Rt. 183 near the Arboretum). Known widely as “the Whole Foods for pets,” Kriser’s- which opened its first storefront in Chicago and has since spread to numerous locations throughout the country- has been providing high-quality service of all kinds to pets and their families since 2006.
Kriser’s has been at the forefront helping to provide a wholesome lifestyle to our domestic counterparts. “The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “The store we opened last year was met with a remarkably positive response, and we’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products and grooming.”
So pencil in a visit and head down this weekend to the newest Kriser’s Natural Pet location. Whether your beloved pet (or pets) are in need of anything from toys to supplements to everything in between, they have you covered. Converse with their knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Browse their comprehensive selection and services (all extensively curated and “Kriser’s Approved”) and see why Kriser’s Natural Pet is revolutionizing the domestic animal kingdom.
4400 North Lamar
From Go-Karts and Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Carnival Rides, Bowling and Laser Tag, there’s something fun for everyone at Austin’s Park N Pizza.
When you get hungry, take a break from all the fun and enjoy the newly remodeled family friendly buffet, featuring salads, pizza, pasta and desserts made fresh daily. Or kick back in our Bar & Grill with locally sourced, chef-inspired fare and craft beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks.
Planning a birthday party? Austin’s Park and Pizza makes it fun and easy with packages available for any budget.
Win a package of four FREE “Unlimited Attractions” admissions worth more than $150. Just follow Austin’s Park n Pizza on Instagram and tag who you’d bring along for your chance to win a free day of fun! The winner will be chosen at random.
Visit AustinsPark.com for hours of operation, complete ride, attraction and game listings, food and drink menus, and full details on all the great package deals.
The City of Austin will soon be losing its only live music running event as April 9 will be the 6th and final Austin 10/20.
The Inaugural Austin 10/20 took place in 2012 in a desolate parking lot at The Domain. A lot has changed in the area over the last six years including substantial business and residential growth. The growth has also brought on more difficulties and uncertainties for the race.
When asked why April 9 will be the final Austin 10/20, Race Director Peter Douglass said, “We’ve had our struggles over the last few years and we really have not been able to get the attention of people in Austin who make things happen. The one thing we can count on every year is great support from our thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators.”
The Austin 10/20 is known for capturing everything that makes Austin awesome! With twenty live bands along the ten mile course and a party in the park with a headliner concert (Alpha Rev will be headlining!) at the finish, the race features more music than any other running event in town. Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to participate.
The 6th and final Austin 10/20 will be taking place on April 9 at the Domain. Don’t miss your chance to experience an Austin original event before it’s gone. Sign up online at www.Austin1020.com. Use promo code 365MARCH by 3/28 to save $10.
If you have a four-legged friend and you’re living in Austin, you’ll be pleased to know that the Texas capital is one of the most dog-friendly cities out there. With our plethora of parks and outdoor patios, your pup will be able to accompany you to brunches, days at the pool, and post-work happy hours.
Moving to Austin? Find a great real estate agent who is licensed and has completed their continuing education courses—they should be able to point you toward the right neighborhood with plenty of places where your dog will be as welcomed as you are.
Check out some of the best dog-friendly bars, restaurants and patios in Austin (listed in alphabetical order).
4th Tap Brewing and Co-Op
Amy’s Ice Cream (Burnet)
Banger’s Sausage House
Barton Springs Saloon
Billy’s on Burnet
Black Sheep Lodge
Black Star Co-Op
Bouldin Creek Cafe
The Buzz Mill
Central Market Cafe
Cheer Up Charlies
Cherrywood Coffee House
Crown and Anchor Pub
Dog House Drinkery
Fado Irish Pub
Gibson Street Bar
Hops and Grain
Irie Bean Coffee Bar
Luke’s Inside Out
Maria’s Taco Xpress
Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
Motzart’s Coffee Roasters
North by Northwest
Opal Divine’s Marina
South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery
Spider House Patio Bar and Cafe
The Ginger Man
The Picnic – Foodtruck Park
Uncle Billys Brewery
Work Horse Bar
Yellow Jacket Social Club
When in doubt, just give your favorite establishment a call to see if your furry friend is welcome! You’d be surprised how many restaurants and bars are happy to have your pup.
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