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The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool! It’s that time of year again, when Deep Eddy brings you Splash Movie Nights. Tonight, gather all your Jedi friends and enjoy an amazing summer activity that will be quintessentially Austin.

Summer Movie Schedule:
June 25: Star Wars – The Force Awakens
July 9: Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 23: Zootopia

Time: Dusk (around 8 p.m.)

Admission fees cover both the movie and pool entry for the day:

FREE Infant (under 12 months)
$1.00 Child 1 to 11 years
$2.00 Junior 12 to 17 years
$3.00 Adult 18 to 61 years
$1.00 Senior 62 years +

And if you are looking for more fun this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

 

Meals on Wheels is looking for summer volunteers. We asked one of their volunteers to share her story to give our readers an idea of how they can make a difference. 

For three years, I was a meal delivery volunteer with the same route. Every Wednesday, I would save my favorite client, Ms. Rice, for last so we could sit and talk. She called me Merry Sunshine, and she loved Andrea Bocelli. Once a week, she would have his DVD ready with a new song to share. She would walk up to the TV, touch the screen, and sometimes tear up. She taught me so much about music and life.

Delivering meals to older adults and persons with disabilities opened my eyes to the needs of the community. So many people have no friends or family to support them, but still have so much to share. I’m very grateful to Meals on Wheels and More for helping bring food and social connection to people in our community who are living with hunger and silence. I love MOWAM so much, I started working here.

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We have so many wonderful volunteers and without their support we would never be able to reach so many people who are in need of help. With the summer upon us, we have lost many of our regular volunteers to vacations and other summer plans, leaving us in need for substitute volunteers to help out for the season.

Substitute drivers are responsible for delivering meals to our homebound clients when the regular volunteer driver is unable to take the route. Much like a substitute teacher, the substitute driver does not have a permanent weekly route, but is called as needed. If you would like to join our family, please sign up online at  or email us at volunteer@mealsonwheelsandmore.org.

  • Make a difference in your neighborhood
  • We have pick-up sites all over the Austin area
  • Delivering takes less than an hour

Jaws on the Water is back and it is definitely not for the faint of heart! Here’s the rundown: You head out to Next Level Ride Austin and watch Jaws while floating in a tube on that water. It’s super creepy, but also totally fun!


The Lone Star Beer Garden will be serving plenty of liquid courage, and they’ll have a variety of Great White-sized giant games to play while you wait to get in the water!

It’s almost shocking that tickets are still available for tonight, so jump on them early or plan ahead to one of the upcoming shows. Regardless, add it to your summer to-do list!

When: Today, plus upcoming dates

Time: 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Location:
Next Level Ride Austin
5400 TX-71
Del Valle, Texas 78617

 

Photo Credit:  Heather Leah Kennedy/ Alamo Drafthouse

This Friday and Saturday, award-winning filmmaker Amy Ziering comes to Austin for two screenings of her documentary The Hunting Ground, hosted by the Survive2Thrive Foundation and sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. The screenings address an important issue facing college students and parents alike — campus assault.

Ziering is no stranger to tackling controversial topics. In 2014 she won an Emmy in Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism for The Invisible War, which was also nominated for an Academy Award. Her newest film, The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, has sparked heated debates, campus protests, and an investigation launched by the Department of Education on multiple universities throughout the U.S.

Written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Ziering, The Hunting Ground follows a series of sexual assaults on American college campuses, deeply exploring rape culture in our schools. It has received the Producers Guild of America’s 2016 Stanley Kramer Award and is nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top documentary award. Since its debut, The Hunting Ground has been screened at the White House and hundreds of college campuses and is also responsible for changes in campus policies and new laws in California and New York.

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With 10-plus colleges and universities located in the area, Courtney Santana, founder of Survive2Thrive, says this is an important film to be shown in Central Texas.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious problems that affect millions of Americans every year, according to the Department of Justice. In 2006 alone, 300,000 college women reported being raped, and in 2011, more than 18,000 Texans reported a sexual assault, with more than 1,000 of those cases taking place just in Travis and Williamson counties. These are numbers that we just can’t ignore,” Santana says.

Santana, who, along with her children, is a domestic violence survivor, says that controversy can be good because it starts a conversation.

“This film has shed light into the dark corners of campus sexual assault. If people are outraged, they should be, and their anger should motivate them to push for protection and help for victims,” she says. “The reason Survive2Thrive is hosting this event is that we want more survivors to come forward and share their stories, changing that pain into power, and helping others.

“This is a chance for college students, future college students, and all residents of Central Texas to learn more about how sexual abuse and domestic violence harms individuals, separates families, and has a lasting negative affect on more than just the one intended victim,” she added.

Tickets to the exclusive screenings and talk-backs following the screenings of The Hunting Ground at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, showing Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at 7 pm. are available at drafthouse.com/show/the-hunting-ground-with-amy-ziering.

For more information and tickets to the VIP meet and greet with Ziering and other panelists at the Austonian on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: huntinggroundaustin.com

Written by: DEBORAH HAMILTON-LYNNE 

Shakespeare at Ramsey Park is in full swing! This is the second weekend of The Winter’s Tale, the company’s fifth production of a community-friendly Shakespeare play in the park. It’s performed with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of the Bard.

This is a fun experience that the entire family will enjoy. Grab your chairs or a blanket to sit on, pack a little picnic, and come out and enjoy some theater in the park!

Admission: Free

When: Thursday – Saturday through June 25th

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Location:
Ramsey Park
4301 Rosedale Ave
Austin, Texas 78756

Photo Credit: Something For Nothing Facebook Page

We still don’t know what the fate of Fun Fun Fun Fest will be, but a highly anticipated music festival from Margin Walker Presents—the new venture of from Graham Williams, co-founder of FFF Fest—was just announced this morning. Right out of the gate, and without any bands officially named, it’s getting lots of attention. The festival will be called Sound on Sound Fest and it’s scheduled to run November 4-6. Mark your calendars for June 28; the full lineup and location details will be unveiled at 10:00 a.m. CT, and then weekend and single-day tickets will go on sale.

With Williams at the helm, Sound on Sound will no doubt host big-name talent, but so far the promoters are only saying that it will feature a “diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts, as well as comedians.”

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.soundonsoundfest.com and for more information on Margin Walker Presents, check out www.marginwalkerpresents.com.

Follow Sound on Sound Fest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SOSFestTX, on Twitter at @SOSFestTX, on Instagram at @SOSFestTX, and on Snapchat at @SOSFestTX for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #SOSFest.

Name: Titus
Animal ID: A720866
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: Kennel 335

Titus loves to get all tuckered out from his walks!  Titus loves car rides, walks and plays well with other dogs.  He also enjoys playing  tug-o-war with big fat ropes!

The shelter is currently in desperate need of fosters. Commitments range from weekends to a month or longer.

If you are interested in adopting, check out animals that have been featured as Pet of the Week.

Quilting is an art form that has seen exciting changes in the last decade, with constantly evolving techniques and contemporary designs. Don’t miss your chance to see award-winning quilts that showcase the outstanding creativity and innovation happening today at the 2016 Capital of Texas Quiltfest. It’s Austin’s largest quilt show and it only comes around once every other year!

Visitors can check out hundreds of fantastic quilts and fiber art works and shop at more than 65 vendor booths. There will be free demos, door prizes, a silent auction, a grand prize raffle quilt, and educational exhibits for all to enjoy.

When: September 16-18

Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Location:
Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Springs
Austin, TX 78704

 

The summer Olympics are still weeks away, but you don’t have to wait for the 2016 Ice Cream Trick Olympics—they’re here! Join Amy’s Ice Creams and your favorite scoops as they compete to see who has the best tricks in Austin. If you don’t follow this ultra-serious sport, an ice cream trick combines juggling, acrobatics, and a little bit of magic to toss and catch ice cream. Scoops from all 15 stores across Texas will compete in three categories including: Best Solo Trick, Best Team Trick, and Trick Decathlon.
All kids in attendance will have the chance to participate in games such as the Sundae Slingin’ Showdown and local favorite DJ Big Face will provide family-friendly music throughout the entire event.
When: Today, June 14th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:
Amy’s Ice Cream – The Grove
9600 S I-35, Bldg C, Ste 400
Austin, Texas 78748

Saddle up for a week-long journey through the American frontier, part of the 2016 Paramount Summer Classic Film Series! Now in its 41st year, the series is your chance to catch your favorite classic films on the big screen.

MONDAY, JUNE 13
7:00 p.m. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
9:20 p.m. The Searchers – 60th Anniversary!

TUESDAY, JUNE 14
7:00 p.m. The Searchers
9:15 p.m. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
7:00 p.m. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – 50th Anniversary!

THURSDAY, JUNE 16
7:00 p.m. Shane
9:15 p.m. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

FRIDAY, JUNE 17
7:00 p.m. Stagecoach
8:55 p.m. High Noon

When: June 13th – June 17th

Location:
The Paramount
713 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701