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

Just last week, my friends and I were playing a quick nine holes at Butler when one of them said, “if this place ever closes it’s time to leave Austin.” Unfortunately, it looks like that day may be coming sooner rather than later.

There are rumors that on tonight’s City Council meeting Item #155 directs the City Manager to negotiate with the Kinser family for continued operation of the Pitch and Putt.

The Kinser family has operated the park ever since it opened it 1950. It’s one of those true historic Austin businesses, nestled just a block away from Town Lake. It’s a cheap, fun activity, and a great way to get outdoors within city limits. It’s only $8 for a round, it’s BYOB, and dogs are welcome. You really can’t beat it.

Jennifer Rose Smith of Camille Styles wrote this letter that I believe captures the essence of Butler.

“To my city council members — I urge you to protect the history and integrity of my south austin neighborhood by negotiating to extend the Butler Pitch and Putt lease with the Kinser family. It would truly be a tragedy to lose such a unique and special family business that has served so many people in our community over the past 64 years. In addition to being the calm center of my ever-changing neighborhood, the pitch and putt business allows people from all backgrounds and economic status the chance to play golf — a sport typically reserved for the middle and upper classes. I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue of the lease, and to work with any of you who have an interest in protecting the pitch and putt.”

She urgers you to do the same and share your thoughts and reasons for why we need to save Butler Pitch and Putt.

You can email the City Council Members here: http://www.austintexas.gov/mail/all-council-members.

Here’s an article from the Statesman last weekend: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/kelso-days-numbered-for-austins-butler-park-pitch-/ng36Z/?__federated=1.

Another way to try and get your voice heard is to attend today’s City Council meeting. http://austintexas.gov/department/city-council/council-meetings

In the spirit of back to school, I thought it would be fun to find a class for adults to get into as well. What’s more fun than brushing up your adult beverage knowledge?

At grapes vs. grains, the talented folks at Whole Foods will pair certain flavors in the beer and wine with distinct flavors in the food pairings. The result enhances both food and drink offerings, and allows you to pinpoint similarities in the ingredients as well.

You also get a four-course meal out of the pairing. Yum.

Here’s the menu for tonight:

1st Course-Marinated shrimp with a lemon basil couscous cake and a spicy ginger aioli

2nd Course-Pickled strawberrysalad with arugula candy walnuts and manchego cheese

3rd Course-Marinated pork tenderloin with tri-color potatoes and smoked beets in a wine reduction sauce

4th Course-Panna cotta with mixed berries

Admission: $30

When: Today, August 27th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location:
Whole Foods Domain
11920 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grapes-vs-grains-tickets-12263355025

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

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, so be sure to bring a mat and water if you want to participate!

We’ll be there tonight with copies of our book, “100 Things To Do In Austin Before You Die.’ Come Say hi, we’ll be giving out 365 Things Austin reusable bags as well!

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The featured trailers this month include:

  • The Peached Tortilla
  • CoolHaus
  • Korean Komfort
  • Ginger Armadillo
  • Wholly Kabob
  • OMG Cheesecakery
  • Yeti Frozen Custard
  • Chaat Stop
  • Smokey Denmark BBQ Truck
  • Gonzo Juice
  • Dock and Roll
  • Whole Foods
  • Mmmpanadas
  • Aunt Fanny’s

I’ve been to several Trailer Tuesdays in the past, 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, August 26th
  • September 30th
  • October 28th

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

http://www.trailerfoodtuesdays.com

Mind blown. Stomach full. Was I just on East Cesar Chavez? Jacoby’s isn’t too far off the beaten path, but the lakeside location and general ambiance will make you feel miles away from Central Austin.

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Let’s talk more on the location. It sits on the shores of The Colorado River about two miles east of I-35 on Cesar Chavez. Adam Jacoby’s family runs Jacoby Feed & Seed in Melvin, TX, and many of the meats, cheeses and other produce come from the family ranch.

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The ceiling and decking are from old barns on the family’s ranch as well, and there are countless other items that have been repurposed to decorate this addition to the Austin culinary scene.

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Onto the food. I couldn’t get enough of any of the bites I sampled. There was a cheeseburger slider with Havarti that literally melted in your mouth. They also had an offering of chips with pimiento cheese that served as my favorite starter. The deviled eggs were also a hit. We finished things off with a coconut cupcake- okay, maybe I had about three of them, but they were the icing on the cake to a perfect evening.

In regard to beverages, they have an excellent wine list and cocktail menu. The Uppercut Punch is both refreshing and delicious. It tastes like summer.

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Lastly, it makes me so happy to say that owners are amazing. I spent time talking to both of them and you can tell that every detail of this establishment was thoroughly thought over, and that this truly is their baby. I wish them nothing but success, as I foresee many, many nights sipping cocktails on their patio in my future!

Bravo y’all, I’m already planning my next visit.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 – 10:30
Lunch & Brunch coming this fall

Phone: 512-366-5808 (they take reservations, I’d make one)

Location:
3235 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.jacobysaustin.com

In this hot weather what better to do than eat hot sauce? This has become the world’s largest hot sauce festival, what can we say, Austin knows its salsa!

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Come hungry! The hot sauce contest has three levels of competition, individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. They will also have plenty of food vendors including Curra’s Grill, Torchy’s Tacos and more serving up their specialty dishes.

As all good festivals have in Austin they will have live music throughout the day.

Not only is this event one of kind it benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Last year they raised over 43,000 meals for families in the Austin area.

Admission: free with donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

When: today, August 24th

Time: 12 – 5 pm

Location:
Fiesta Gardens
2101
Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.austinchronicle.com/Market/HotSauce/

Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest.  Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!

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The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 2 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!

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Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes. Needless to say, don’t forget to grab your camera!

Admission: $10.00 (Cash Only) Children 8 and under free with adult

When: today, August 23rd

Time: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

Location:
Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge
Austin, Texas

http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/

 

 

The legendary Shooter Jennings (my favorite Shooter song is 4th of July) will be taking over the Scoot Inn tonight. I have spent many a summer night jamming out to Shooter and his crew.

For those who don’t know Shooter Jennings, he is the son of Waylon Jennings, and he will be joined this evening by the Waylon Outlaws, which consists of members of Waylon Jennings’ recording and touring band.

If you love the sound of Waylon, you’re sure to enjoy this show. If you’re not familiar with it, The Scoot Inn is a great venue nestled on the Eastside.

Admission: $20

When: Tonight, August 22nd

Time: 8:30 pm

Location:
The Scoot Inn
1308 E. 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.scootinnaustin.com/shooter-jennings-with-waymores-outlaws

There’s something about drinking at a brewery that just makes me feel so authentic. On Wednesday and Thursdays Adelbert’s has happy hour where you are invited to come enjoy some cold ones in their tasting room. They have darts, ping pong and it’s generally a good time.

If you are looking to tour the brewery come by on a Friday or Saturday where they have tours and tastings. They normally have a food truck out to provide food, dogs are welcome on the outdoor picnic tables, it’s a great way to enjoy some time on the weekend!

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
Adelbert’s Brewery
2314 Rutland Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

http://adelbertsbeer.com/tours/

Photo: Adelbert’s Brewery Facebook page