It’s time for an epic journey, Austin! Get your phones and cameras ready for multiple interactive chalk art exhibits throughout the city, part of Verizon’s #GlobalReadyChallenge! Explore the various Austin locations to experience 3D Chalk Art and you could win a trip for two to 1 of 20 countries! In order to embark upon this amazing trip of a lifetime:

1) Shoot a picture of yourself interacting with one or all of the awesome 3D Chalk Art pieces.
2) Upload it to the #GlobalReadyChallenge website (www.globalreadychallenge.com).
3) Share your pic to get as many votes for your photo as possible (the votes will count towards your final score in the contest)!

The contestant with the highest score will win an awesome adventure to 1 of 20 countries.

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The journey begins with a double-header of exhibits at Barton Creek Square and The Domain on Saturday, September 20th at 11am.

Once you’ve experienced Australia, race across town to capture an awesome picture in a conglomerate of European wonders at The Domain. Whether your picture has Spanish flare in front of the detailed Sagrada Familia or a French twist standing next to the Arc de Triomphe, this European 3D Chalk Art feature is sure to entertain your Instagram followers!

Travel WAY back in time to the Inca Empire from Monday, September 22nd to September 26th at the South American 3D Chalk Art exhibit at the UT University Co-Op (2246 Guadalupe St) beginning at 11am. Grab a friend and take a ride on the back of a llama or take a picture of yourself climbing up the steep slopes of Machu Picchu!

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Saturday, September 27th is a 2-for-1 special! Not only will you get to experience the final two continents, you’ll also get to check out a plethora of other awesome local art at the Pecan Street Festival! These two countries CANNOT be missed! Take a selfie with exotic animals at the African-themed display (E 6th St & Brazos St) and take a ride on a cheetah, a wildebeest or BOTH!

If you love posting pictures of your food, the second display is definitely for you. It will be at the intersection of E 6th St & Sabine St, and will feature a nod to some of the staples of Asian cuisine. Take a swimming selfie in the biggest bowl of noodles you’ve likely ever seen! And don’t forget the sushi! This display will also feature larger than life Chalk Art sushi pieces. Dive in.

Needless to say, we’re incredibly excited about this week of Chalk Art pieces throughout the city. We’ll be sharing our favorite pictures from each location starting on Saturday, and following up all the action throughout the week.

The #GlobalReadyChallenge is EASY and FUN! So, take your BEST picture and WIN! Are you ready?

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Begins (11:00 am) CT on 9/20/14 and ends (12:00 pm) on 10/19/14..Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, 18 & older. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, visit www.globalreadychallenge.com. Sponsor: Verizon Wireless.

How’s this for coloring outside the lines? Start this 5k in a stark white t-shirt and finish looking something like the inside of a kaleidoscope. Something about running while getting splattered with as much paint as possible makes me feel like I’m fulfilling a handful of childhood dreams. The fact that you’re not necessarily a big runner won’t be an issue when surrounded by all this color craziness. It’s more fun than you can imagine, and the fact that you’re running a 5k is the last thing on your mind.

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For those who aren’t familiar with the run, it’s at the opposite end of the spectrum from your standard, boring 5k. Participants make their way along the route at their own pace while dousing each other with brightly colored paint! At the end of the race, they have a party complete with live music, color throws, and more colorful fun.

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If you are more of a visual person, here is a great video to watch the action firsthand.

 My advice is to sign up early. Traditionally, it sells out.

When: October 5th, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location:
Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, Texas 78665

 

http://thecolorrun.com/round-rock/

Did you get passes to ACL this year? Lucky you! This year’s festival features one of the best lineups in years, showcasing over 130 artists including major headliners like Beck, Skrillex, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Eminem. 3-Day Passes to the double-weekend festival sold out soon after being announced, leaving many locals and die-hard fans disappointed.

Luckily, local businesses are giving you a second chance to get tickets by hosting some great ticket giveaways and contests.  There are even some VIP passses and cash up for grabs! We’ve rounded up the top 4 ways to win tickets to ACL this year.  All you have to do is enter. Good luck!

101X ACL X-Cursion
Local radio station 101X is giving away not only a pair of 3-day passes to the festival but also downtown accommodations and $101 in spending money.

Southside Flying Pizza Giveaway
Southside Austin pizza is hosting a 3-day pass giveaway. Just fill out the contest form online to enter their drawing and cross your fingers!

Real Ale Firemans #4 Text-to-Win Sweepstakes
Real Ale, an official sponsor of ACL, is hosting a text-to-win contest.  Visit Firemans #4 and Austin City Limits in-store displays at specified grocery stores for details on how to enter and win a pair of 3-day passes.

The Nature Conservancy Sweepstakes
The Nature Conservancy is offering a VIP experience and chance to hang out with ACL artist The Head and The Heart after their set at ACL. To enter, head to their site and fill out their official contest form.

 

 

The 15th season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) next week! They’re moving to The Rattle Inn this season and are offering two awesome nights of competition to choose from.

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Both Wednesday and Sunday night leagues start in two weeks, so grab two friends (teams of three, and an optional alternate) and start thinking about a creative team name. “Flock of Skeegulls” is already taken, I checked…

As always, they’ll have great drink specials and since it’s continued to grow in popularity, this is also an awesome way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment.

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They give away some pretty great prizes each night including bottles of booze, concert tickets, oil changes, gift cards, t-shirts and more! And when the season comes to a close, you’ll also be invited to a stellar ‘End of Skeeson’ party.

Here’s an easy signup form, all you need is a team name and email addresses for you and your teammates and they’ll contact you with all the details!

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Or email them directly at: AustinSkeeballLeague@gmail.com

See you on the slopes!

Where:
The Rattle Inn
610 Nueces Street
Austin, Texas 78701

When:  Skeeson 15 starts September 24  (Wednesday Leagues) and September 21 (Sunday Leagues)

For more info: Austin Skeeball League

I’m lucky enough to have a few friends here in Austin who are Purdue University Alum, and last year I joined them in several of their game-day celebrations at Trifecta on 3rd. All hail to fellow UT grads such as myself, but these guys and gals know how to party.

For starters, people show up at 8am, and this isn’t just a light suggestion; they actually lock the doors at 9am to insure only the most committed fans make it through the door. Costumes are encouraged but not required… yes, for real, people wear costumes… there aren’t any specific guidelines, but the wilder the better!

Lastly, they completely black out the windows for a prime viewing experience, and they have a DJ on hand to keep the party going during commercial breaks.

Juan In A Million will be on hand serving up delectable breakfast tacos, and they’ll have discounts on bloody mary’s, beers and more.

They’ll be airing the Purdue-Central Michigan game as well as all the other big match-ups of the day. Stop by Early and stay late for the Texas game!

When: Saturday, September 6th

Time: 8am – 4 pm

Location:
Trifecta
360 Nueces #30
Austin, Texas 78701

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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