As if you needed another reason to partake in one of Austin’s coolest and tastiest treats, today has been named Official SnoBeach Day In Austin.  Mayor Leffingwell has even signed off on it, making it official!

SnoBeach was a trailer before “trailer eateries” became trendy, and they have been serving up the good stuff for 20 years.  Today is the perfect day to pay homage to this Austin gem since all sales will benefit Kris and Kay Scholarship Fund.

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SnoBeach takes the ice when it comes to SnoCones.  They make their own syrup with pure sugar (rather than corn syrup) at a warehouse in East Austin and are as local as it comes when making SnoCones.

The only tough decision about grabbing a SnoCone is deciding on what flavor to choose since there are so many mouthwatering choices.

Random SnoBeach Fact: each month they donate all their change to a different charity, so pay in change if you think about it.

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When: today, July 30th

Time: noon – 9:00 p.m.

Locations:
3402 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78705

801 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://snobeachatx.com

Name: Hercules (AKA Herk)
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
Age: 5 years old
Animal ID: A622215
Location: Kennel Q1
Days in Shelter: over 420

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Herk is currently Austin Animal Centers longest stay dog and naturally a volunteer favorite! Over 1 year has passed since he has arrived. He is a classic  American Pit Bull Terrier mix and has many of the breeds traits such as strength, confidence, and zest for life. Being an intelligent and athletic dog Herk would be best suited for an active family. He would excel at agility, obedience competitions and fly ball! Continued manners training is a must for anyone considering him although he does know sit and loads up in the car readily. Transition into your home takes time, keep him on a schedule with mental and physical activities and you will be rewarded with one of the most loyal and loving dog in town! As of July 29, 2014, Herk will be with us 420 days!!

If this not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.

Also, check out information about their summer adoption program!

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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

It’s ‘Trailer Tuesday’ season at the Long Center, the last Tuesday of each month various trailers set up on the terrace for an evening of food and fun. This is a great opportunity to try a variety of trailers all in one easy location. They’ll also have live music, and Camp Gladiator will be hosting a free workout at 6:30. If you want to participate, be sure to bring a mat and water.

The featured trailers this month include:

  • The Peached Tortilla
  • Whole Foods
  • Boomerang’s
  • Chi’lantro
  • Good Pop
  • Cow Tipping Creamery
  • NB BBQ & Comfort
  • Rosarito
  • Therapre – style on the go!

I went to several Trailer Tuesdays last season, here are 5 Tips for making the most out of your experience.

Time: 5 – 9 pm

When: The last Tuesday of the month through October

  • today, July 29th
  • August 26th
  • September 30th
  • October 28th

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.trailerfoodtuesdays.com

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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You may have heard of the Food Truck, Garbo’s, which I instantly fell in love with upon discovering about a year ago. Well, a few weeks ago they quietly opened a brick and mortar location, and not surprisingly, it’s fantastic.

Owner, Heidi Garbo’s family runs lobster traps in Maine so each day fresh lobster is overnighted to her for her rolls.

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I don’t think it’s possible to have a bad meal here. However, if you’re looking for suggestions on what to order, the blistered shishitos, the lobster rolls, and the Wagyu burger are undoubtedly menu winners. I know you’re thinking, “a burger at a lobster joint?” But both our server and the owner recommend it so it had to be order. It was bar none, one of the most fantastic burgers I’ve ever had. For those with deep pockets, there’s the Hamptons Roll, which is a $45 roll that sounds amazing.

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Now, here’s what seals the deal for me, it’s BYOB. They do serve wine from local winery, The Austin Winery, but you also have the option of bringing your own!

They’re currently working on a lunch menu, and once completed, they’ll offer counter service during lunchtime to help you get in and out quickly.

Save  room for a root beer float!

 

Hours:             Monday – Thursday: 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Location:
14735 Bratton Lane
Austin, Texas 78728

http://garboslobsteratx.com

At four years old I was kicked out of my first, last and only ballet recital for being completely of rhythm and crying on center stage. Dancing has never been my thing, unless you ask me to bust out “the worm.” But all you Austinites that long to be dancers, are dancers, were dancers, or have any interest in dance, today is your chance to learn from some of the best instructors in the city.

Ballet Austin was described by the New York Times as “A company with big ambitions,” producing work that is “absorbing.” They are a very highly respected organization in town, so this is an truly outstanding opportunity to take some lessons.

Classes will range from everything from ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, hula, Zamba, fitness, movement – basically if it involves your body moving in any sort of rhythm, they will have a class for you to try.

Lets get moving Austin, and enjoy a day of dance.

If you are looking for other weekend fun, check out our Top Picks.

Admission: $10 / $28 to dance all day

When: today, July 26th

Time: 9:30 am – 4 pm

Location:
Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Center
501 W. 3rd Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.balletaustin.org/nationaldanceday/

 

Friday, July 25th 

Texas Heat Wave TI

Saturday, July 26th

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Sunday, July 27th

Let the countdown begin, it’s officially 6 months until Christmas. Where has the year gone? Terra Toys wants to celebrate half Christmas by throwing a Christmas in July event today and tomorrow.

They’ll have holiday music, winter trivia, candy cane giveaways and maybe even an appearance by Santa!

I personally love Terra Toys. Terra Toys was one of the original toy stores in Austin. They used to be located on South Congress, but have since moved to west Anderson and they’re still as Austin as ever.

When: today, July 24th & tomorrow, July 25th

Location:
Terra Toys
2438 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/599054746877347/

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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