The ultimate 5k fun run, Neon Dash, is coming to The Travis County Expo Center on September 13th! Prices increase tomorrow, so be sure to hop on this one ASAP and use the coupon code: 365 for $5.00 off the ticket price.

Here are all the details from the folks at Neon Dash:

Our night time 5k Fun Run will have you Walking, Running or Dancing through our course while we cover you in vibrant Neon Colors from head to toe! NEW IN 2014- we’ve added a FOAM ZONE!

Now you can get covered with Neon AND run through a giant bog of glowing FOAM! This glowing color fest will surely energize and pump you up with exhilarating music from our multiple Glow Zones™ while you conquer this electric 5k in style.

Join thousands as you cross the Finish Line into the After Dash Bash™, filled with performers, music, refreshments, Neon Colors, Foam, and tons of Ultra Violet Blacklight festivities! This charity run allows you to give back while taking away glowing memories created along this epic 5k course.

Every participant becomes part of the show as they glimmer and glow the night away in this one of a kind extravaganza! You’ve never experienced anything like this!

In addition to the $5.00 off code, we’re also giving away tickets for two to the dash!! Just tag who you would bring with you on the 365 Facebook or Instagram page to be entered to win!

www.NeonDash.com

Do you have jobs around the house that you’ve been planning on tackling for months? Maybe it’s a project you’ve already started, but it’s turning out to be a lot more work than you planned!

Local business, NeedTo.com allows you to outsource jobs like these by simply posting them onto their site. In turn, people in your neighborhood with the skills and passion required to complete these jobs can easily find them!

“NeedTo is more than just a website, our goal is to do everything in our power to end involuntary unemployment one job at a time – An unrealistic goal, sure, but we are determined to give it our best shot.”

Here’s a short video that better explains the process and value in Need To:

 

After taking a quick stroll around the site, I realized just how useful this service could be. I saw one posting from a gentleman asking for someone to help him move a couch upstairs ($20 for a 5 minute job), and another posting asking for help in constructing a shed in a person’s backyard.

I think it’s also worth mentioning that Need To donates 10% of all profits to local non-profits that provide job-skill training; staying true to their mission of lowering unemployment.

It basically comes down to this: Everyday, there are both people and businesses that need to “get stuff done,” but due to time constraints and/or lack of ability, the work sits stagnantly awaiting completion. Meanwhile, there are people in those same communities eagerly awaiting work- Need To is here to bridge that gap.

www.NeedTo.com

Major League Bocce kicked off their inaugural season in East Austin last month and it was such a hit that they’re starting another league south! Games will be held at Little Zilker Park (1900 Bluebonnet Lane Austin, Texas 78704) followed by drinks and fun at Black Sheep Lodge on Thursdays at 6:30 & 7:30 pm. Registration for the East Austin league on Wednesdays is also open!

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What is bocce ball? Bocce is only the most social sport around.  It can be casual and competitive. Both men and women are on equal footing in this sport and age is never an issue. The game revolves around a target called a pallina.  Each team (red or green) is trying to get their team’s four balls closest to the pallina without going out of bounds.  You never stand further than 30 feet from your teammates or opponents and discussion around rules and whose roll is closer provide natural conversation starters.

Still not convinced that creating a bocce ball team is the easiest choice to make this fall? No experience is necessary to win at Major League Bocce – all teams make the playoffs and there are plenty of rewards for the skilled drinker in addition to the skilled ball handler.  Players engage in a different competition – where everyone is a winner – after games at Black Sheep Lodge.  Players will get $1 off Dogfish Head Beer and beer cheese snacks, plus have the opportunity to win DFH goodies and Black Sheep Lodge  gift-cards every week based on how much Dogfish Head their team consumes.

Major League Bocce is your opportunity to start you weekends on Thursdays this fall! Your season includes six weeks of regular season games, a single-elimination charity tournament, team t-shirts, weekly prizes, specials on Dogfish Head Beer, and the newest entry in your little black book.

We are giving away a free registration for two, SHARE this post and tag who you would want as a team mate to be entered to win.  You can create a team, join a friend’s team or sign up without a team and the fine folks at Major League Bocce will set you up with some deboccerous teammates.

Visit the Major League Bocce website to join. You can contact them at mail@majorleaguebocce.com

Where:
Little Zilker Park
1900 Bluebonnet Lane
Austin, Texas 78704

And

Black Sheep Lodge
2108 South Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78704

When:  Season begins September 11th; Registration closes September 2nd.

For more info: Major League Bocce

Hate the creeps and general pervert-y vibe that comes along with Tinder? Well, a new app launched in Austin today that might be the answer to your past dating woes.

Hinge is a new social discovery app that introduces you to people in your extended social circles – like friends of friends on Facebook. The result? No randos, and a more trustworthy atmosphere.

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Hinge  has already made millions of matches between city dwelling young professionals – and has selected Austin as its 10th city.

The app marries the convenience of an app with the good old-fashioned accountability of being introduced to someone new through a person you already know. These features allow it to be a much more female-friendly platform than competitors like Tinder.

According to reps from Hinge, they had already had thousands of Austin singles sign-up prior to the launch this morning! The folks at Hinge have also discovered that young singles in Austin don’t know 97% their friend’s friends – that’s a lot of potential, and Hinge is poised to make those introductions.

I downloaded the app myself this morning and it was pretty painless:

1. Go download the app from the app store.

2. Create a profile in one-click by connecting to Facebook.

3. Discovery up to 20 potential matches each day, curated from your external Facebook network.

4. If you and a potential match both “heart” each other, you’ll be introduced and you can take the conversation from there!

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I like that it includes some basic information about the person you are viewing. The fact that I can see mutual friends, education and current workplace make the transaction a lot more transparent. I definitely suggest giving it a spin for yourself.

www.Hinge.co

The Texas Rollergirls bouts are one of the most raved about “things to do” in Austin, and for good reason. This Saturday’s match up will be an event that is fun for the entire family. Not to mention its the LAST bout of the season!

Saturday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, and fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

Here is a fun video they made to get you in the rollergirl spirit!

To win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s games: share, comment or like this post & tell us who you would take. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.

To buy tickets, click here.

When: Saturday, August 16th

Time: Opening Ceremonies: 5:45 pm

First Game: 6:00 pm

Second Game: 7:30 pm

Location:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasrollergirls.org

Michael Jackson The Immortal Tour is coming to the Cedar Park Center next week! We have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky MJ fan.

To be entered to win, share this post and tell us who you’d bring with you for this unforgettable experience.

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For those who aren’t familiar with Cirque Du Soliel, here’s a preview of the show:

When: August 5th & August 6th

Location:
Cedar Park Center
2100 Avenue of the Stars
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour/tickets/cedar-park.aspx

The fastest-growing 5k obstacle series is coming to Austin’s COTA Salt on Saturday, September 27,2014. ROC Race is a one of a kind event where participants experience 12 larger-than-life epic obstacles strategically placed along a 5k course. Dodge wrecking balls above a pool of water, take on the game show inspired Jump Balls, try your luck at the brand new Sweeper, and slide down the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide to cross the ultimate finish line!

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ROC Race is proud to continue its partnership with Challenged Athletes Foundation, a charitable organization with the mission of providing opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances quality of life. A portion of each ROC Race registration will be donated to CAF, as well as a percentage of merchandise sales.

Austin is ROC Race’s second to last stop on its 16-city 2014 Epic Tour. Over 100,000 ROC Stars have already signed up to take on the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this year nationwide, which kicked off in Houston earlier this year.

ROC Race Austin price is at $64 and will increase as the event date approaches. For more information and to register for ROC Race, please visit rocrace.com/austin. Check out the official video here and see what all the hype is about!

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9 Darrel K. Royal Stadiums worth of empty seats fill our roadways everyday. 900,000 vacant car seats, to be exact, clog our ever-expanding roads & highways every weekday.

I see it all the time. Fellow Austinites, driving alone also, to my left and right as we both sit in traffic heading the same direction for miles of bumper-to-bumper gridlock on Mopac, I-35, 183, etc. If we continue this traffic trend, it will take 3 hours to get from Round Rock to downtown Austin by 2035.

For a city so cool, why does the traffic have to stink so bad?

Good news – now it doesn’t. There’s a new way for commuters to safely share their vehicles with other people headed in the same direction. Because, after all, one is not simply in traffic, one is traffic. *Mind blown*

Carma is a new project that is clearing up Austin’s traffic by filling the vacant seats in our cars. They are the world’s first social transportation network and they are changing the way Austin moves by matching users with other users to share their commute based on their route and time of day. Carma is different from Uber/Lyft (or any other taxi service) because the driver is already headed to a destination and is picking people up to reduce traffic and make some money. True Ridesharing. They are re-inventing the carpooling dynamic and making it feasible for people to get to and from work in Austin.

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Benefits of using Carma:

  • Drivers get paid from riders while on their regular commutes
  • Riders get to their destination the cheapest and fastest way possible without the stress of driving
  • TxTag toll reimbursement program for Carma users (more details here)
  • Gets cars off the road and alleviates our traffic problems
  • You can even drive their orange Tesla around Austin as an avid Carma carpooler

We spoke to Russ Garcia from Carma Austin and he said, “We believe the world is ready to change the way we think of carpooling and sharing our morning and afternoon commutes. With groups like AirBnB, the sharing economy has opened the doors of our homes and cars like they have never been open before.We see ourselves as an integral part in the paradigm shift in the way we think about private transportation. Use Uber/Lyft/taxis to get to happy hour, use B-Cycle for short distances around downtown, use Car2Go for your solo/one-way trips, and use Carma as the cheapest, fastest way to get to and from work, or any other shared commute.”

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We found some stats that really showed us how Carma is changing the way Austin gets to and from work.

Is it safe?

Yes. Carma keeps its community safe in the same way that AirBnB and Couchsurfing do. Their peer-to-peer references are the safeguard for its network of carpoolers. After every trip, each driver/rider has the opportunity to leave a 1 – 5 Star rating, as well as, a written review of their experience. Carma also has the option to integrate with Facebook to provide more social proof that your carpool match is a real person, the person who they say they are.

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A lot of talk has been buzzing around Austin regarding rail and highway improvements, which would be cool, but what is great about Carma is that it solves the same goals, literally, overnight at no cost to any taxpayer. Julie Mazur of CAMPO said it well, “There’s lots of good projects going on – Project Connect, Mobility 35 – but that’s the future. This [carpooling] is something you can do today.”

Carma does this. Download on iPhone and Android today – and get cars off the road by tomorrow.

Let’s do this, Austin.

PS: Carma also has a sweet Instagram account that we love to follow, and think you would too.

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This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Texas Heat Wave, and they’re celebrating with over 1,800 custom rides to check out, and over 175 vendors set-up with steals on car audio equipment and more.

In addition to the custom cars displayed as far as the eye can see, they’ll also have:

  • A Custom Car Auto Sound Off
  • A Hydraulic Car Contest
  • A Truck Hop
  • A Burnout Contest
  • A Monster Truck and Car Smash

I highly recommend this event for both car enthusiasts, and anyone looking for something unique to do this weekend. I mean, Monster Trucks? When’s the last time you saw that in Austin?!

On Saturday, after the cars are turned off for the night, performance artist Adrian Marcel will open for rap superstar T.I. in concert at the Expo Center.

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Single day tickets, weekend passes, VIP passes, and concert tickets are all available for purchase.

We’re giving away a pair of weekend passes to the car show! Simply ‘Like’ Texas Heat Wave on Facebook and tell us who you would bring with you in the comments section below to enter to win. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Tuesday morning (7/22).

When: July 25th – July 27th

Gates Open: 9am

Location:
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, Texas 78724

http://www.heatwaveshow.com

The Texas Rollergirls bouts are one of the most raved about “things to do” in Austin, and for good reason. This Sunday’s match up will be an event that is fun for the entire family.

Sunday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, and fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

Here is a fun video they made to get you in the rollergirl spirit!

To win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s games: share, comment or like this post & tell us who you would take. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.

To buy tickets, click here.

When: Sunday, July 13th 

Time: Opening Ceremonies: 4:00 pm

First Game: 4:45 pm

Second Game: 6:30 pm

Location:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasrollergirls.org