Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Blue Genie Art Bazaar, (BGAB), an annual holiday art and shopping event, is now open daily through Dec. 24 at 6100 Airport Boulevard, near the ACC Highland Campus. Founded in 2001 by the principals at Blue Genie Art Industries, the Bazaar has grown from a small East...

YMCA Awarded Grant

YMCA Texas Youth and Government Program Awarded $10,000 Grant from Texas Bar Foundation A $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will help students in the YMCA Texas Youth and Government program practice democracy in a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning environment...

Hanukkah Virtual 8K

This year, Hanukkah takes place Dec. 22-30. To celebrate, take part in the 1st Annual Happy Hanukkah 8K – Eight Crazy Nights! Participants complete a virtual race to represent each night of Hanukkah. Because this is a virtual race, it can be run, walked, or jogged...

PlayMazing

Indoor Play, LLC has renamed Catch Air Austin and Catch Air Round Rock to PlayMazing Austin and PlayMazing Round Rock. Along with the name change, changes include a new focus on expanding edutainment (education entertainment), interactive platforms, in-store events,...

Cherrywood Art Fair

Chula League’s 18th Annual Cherrywood Art Fair will take place Dec. 7-8 at Maplewood Elementary located at 3808 Maplewood Ave. The art-filled two-day event will showcase local artists, live music, kids’ activities, and great food in a free, family-friendly...

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

The 44th Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will take place Dec. 13-24 at the Palmer Events Center. This Austin holiday shopping staple features nearly 200 curated local and touring artists and makers, live music, and local food. Attendees will find gifts in all price ranges...

Community Playground

In less than six hours, several organizations and many individuals came together to build a new playground in Wooten Neighborhood Park. On Nov. 6 more than 200 volunteers from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the community, with support from Austin Parks...
Lifetime Dental
Alamo Draft House Dec 2019
Brentwood Christian
Synergy Dance
 
2019 Holiday Giveaway
Dance Discovery
Cordovan Art
Stepping Stone
Nitro Swim

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Featured Articles

Keep It Light:  10 Tips  To Simplify The Season

Keep It Light: 10 Tips To Simplify The Season

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, full of friends, family, and festivities. But research confirms a different reality. Most Americans have elevated stress levels during the holiday season. Instead of being full of good tidings and cheer,...

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Out of Nowhere: A Family’s Story of Surviving Drunk Driving

Out of Nowhere: A Family’s Story of Surviving Drunk Driving

Bowie High School friends Rachael Crawford, Madison Brandes, Ashley Rogans, and Julia Cavanagh survived a catastrophic car crash caused by a drunk driver on June 22, 2014 in South Austin. In the five years since the accident, the four girls have slowly recovered...

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Lost Pines: A Holiday Wonderland

Lost Pines: A Holiday Wonderland

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines was a favorite trip with my children when they were one, three and five years old. But how would it be to visit this iconic resort now that some of us were teenagers, and didn’t want to leave home and friends? What would we find to do, and...

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Lifelines
Give Your Child the Gift of Sleep During the Holidays

Give Your Child the Gift of Sleep During the Holidays

Holiday festivities, parties, and overnight guests can interfere with your child’s normal sleep routine. Many parents aren’t aware of the negative impact of an irregular bedtime on a child’s health and behavior.   5 Reasons Your Child Needs a Regular Sleep...

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Don’t Make Grandma Sick:  Food Safety for Thanksgiving

Don’t Make Grandma Sick: Food Safety for Thanksgiving

You may have already started planning your holiday season cooking for friends and family. But have you thought about ways to minimize harmful germs that can get into food? Poor knowledge of safe food preparation, serving, and storage can result in food borne illness....

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What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

Is Your Child at Risk for Hearing Loss? We reached out to Dr. Corrie Roehm, FAAP, FACS, a pediatric ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center and clinical assistant professor at Dell Medical School, to learn more about hearing loss in...

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What You Need to Know This Flu Season

What You Need to Know This Flu Season

Flu season is right around the corner! Last year, about half of all adults in the United States didn’t get a flu shot. Almost 4 out of 10 parents and caregivers of children under 18 years old said that they didn’t vaccinate their children. Why does this matter? People...

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Education
Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with a child’s ability to store, process, or produce information. Its effects can be seen in a wide variety of areas, including reading, writing, speaking, spelling, math computation, reasoning,...

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The Truth About Childhood Mental Disorders

The Truth About Childhood Mental Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental disorders among children are described as “serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day.” Media...

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Online Learning Comes of Age

Online Learning Comes of Age

A dear friend called me to talk about her first-grade daughter, who was complaining of boredom in school. As a former educator, she wanted my advice. The family didn’t want to change schools or teachers, but they did want to ensure their daughter stayed engaged and...

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Celebrating 30 Years of Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrating 30 Years of Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Started in 1987 by the American Library Association, the national observance was created with the goal of ensuring that every child might obtain and use a library card. During the month,...

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Family Matters
Dealing with Holiday Stress

Dealing with Holiday Stress

Q. The holidays will be here soon. Every year I get stressed out before and during the holidays. I worry about who’s coming to our house, what to cook, or how to get where we’re going. I also worry about buying and wrapping presents, finances, and ongoing family...

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How to Foster Gratitude in Children

How to Foster Gratitude in Children

Q. Our two kids are ages seven and 12, and they want so many things. They see something a friend or classmate has, and they want it. They see something on TV, and they want it. My husband gives them everything they ask for, and even some expensive items they don’t ask...

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Should Children Attend Funerals?

Should Children Attend Funerals?

Q.My father has been in hospice care in our home and we’ve been told he will die soon. Should my wife and I take our children to their grandfather’s funeral? Our children are two, seven, and ten years old. Our seven-year-old is an anxious child who is afraid of...

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Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Q.Recently our 14-year-old son told us he is gay. Just yesterday, our 12-year-old told me he feels like a girl in a boy’s body. We are shocked, and my husband is having a hard time. How can we love and support our two boys? I think we may lose friends and family over...

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Out and About
Season of Light

Season of Light

What is lovelier at the holidays than lights—white, multi-colored or solid-hued – reflected off the faces of those you care about? Lights, lovely gathering places, and inspiring music can be found at three Austin classic venues this holiday season. Any or all of these...

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Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

One of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is to seek out wide open spaces. Marveling at the vastness of the star-filled sky, an expansive view, or a wide river can create a unique sense of wonder that only the natural world can provide. Here are just a few places...

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Making Hay: Fall Fun at the Farm

Making Hay: Fall Fun at the Farm

Sweet Berry FarmLocated about 50 miles northwest of Austin in Marble Falls, Sweet Berry Farm is considered one of the most beautiful fall destinations in Central Texas. This year, visit their “Harvest of Fall Fun” throughout the entire month of October,...

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Upgraded Fun: Dick Nichols Park

Upgraded Fun: Dick Nichols Park

Parents and caregivers have been enjoying the expansive Dick Nichols Park for many years. But one thing the park has lacked in years past is shade over the playscape area. Thankfully, that problem has been solved. Last year, Austin Parks and Recreation installed large...

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