Viva La Vida

Mexic-Arte Museum’s 36th Annual Viva La Vida Festival and Parade is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event. Co-presented by the City of Austin, this year’s festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4th St. and Congress...
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College Tuition

Open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state's prepaid college tuition program, began Sep. 1, and runs through Feb. 29, 2020. The Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents and loved ones the chance to prepay a child's future higher education at most...

Roots & Wings Festival

The City of Austin is gearing up for the annual Roots & Wings Festival on October 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Zilker Botanical Garden located at 2200 Barton Springs Rd. The Roots & Wings Festival is a community-wide celebration of Austin’s Arbor Day &...

Readathon Art Contest

The BookSpring 2020 Readathon Art Contest has been launched and runs through October 22, 2019. The contest is open to pre-kindergarten, elementary, and middle school student artists. Students are asked to get creative and design a galaxy-inspired logo for the 2020...

Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) will hold its 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. The walk is the largest annual single-day gathering of individuals with Down syndrome, their families, friends, and...

Teen Book Fest

The 11th Annual Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Southwestern University in Georgetown. The free event is open to readers of all ages.  Some award-winning authors who will be on hand include Mary H.K. Choi, David Yoon, Gabby...

Fuel Your School

The Fuel Your School program supports education by helping provide teachers with the supplies they need for their classrooms. Teachers begin submitting projects to DonorsChoose.org on September 30, 2019. During October, Chevron contributes $1 for each fuel purchase of...
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Creating the Ultimate Fall Family Fun List

Creating the Ultimate Fall Family Fun List

When you think about fall family fun in Austin, you might be expecting a list of events like corn mazes, ghostly outings, and festivals. While those are wonderful options for many families, what I discovered repeatedly when my son was younger is that we needed to look...

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Cool STEM Projects for Fall

Cool STEM Projects for Fall

Fall is back to school time—and a great time to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Learning knows no season, but each season brings its own ways to interact with STEAM activities.   Monarch Migration Some types of butterflies,...

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Karen Ranus: Changing the Mental Health Conversation

Karen Ranus: Changing the Mental Health Conversation

AF: Your work as a mental health advocate started in a very personal way. How did your journey begin? KR: About eight and a half years ago, I almost lost my then 18-year-old daughter to suicide as a college freshman. The depression and anxiety had been there in high...

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Lifelines
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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Make a Family Emergency Plan

Make a Family Emergency Plan

Does your family have an emergency plan? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Almost half the adults in the U.S. are unprepared for an emergency. Not having a plan or adequate resources could put you, your family and your pets at risk. Advanced planning can seem...

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Wart Treatment Advice from a Pediatric Dermatologist

Wart Treatment Advice from a Pediatric Dermatologist

Yikes! You just noticed your child has a wart. What should you do? We reached out to Dr. Moise Levy, pediatric dermatologist at Dell Children's Medical Center and professor at Dell Medical School, for guidance.   To Treat or Not to Treat “Parents may choose not...

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Education
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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Do Dress Codes Target Girls?

Do Dress Codes Target Girls?

When I write, most of my research begins with a Facebook post and informal chats with friends. I like hearing people’s thoughts on a topic before I start writing, to ensure a broader perspective. Twenty minutes after my post on dress codes went up, it was readily...

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Summer Reading for Every Level

Summer Reading for Every Level

Teachers often warn of the dreaded summer slide – the decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months, when school is not in session. Just 20 minutes of reading a day will help your child retain his or her reading skills, and...

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Family Matters
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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10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

Q. You often mention that parents need to be role models for our children. Exactly what behaviors and values do you believe we need to model?   A.  Being a good parental role model is important, because children mimic what they see and hear. This is sometimes...

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Why Do I Feel So Guilty Leaving My Baby?

Why Do I Feel So Guilty Leaving My Baby?

Q.My husband and I have a 4-week-old baby who keeps us both worn out. I feel so depleted, but I have to keep myself going. Some friends have offered to watch the baby while I run an errand or go out for a date night with my husband. But I feel so guilty when I leave...

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Out and About
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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Save Buck at a Kids-Eat-Free Spot

Save Buck at a Kids-Eat-Free Spot

Sure, eating out is a treat, but it’s also easy to spend way too much money. That’s where Austin’s wide range of generous “kids-eat-free” restaurants can help out. We focused on three Austin/Texas-based spots where you can keep your cool and find free or...

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Splash Pads Bring the Summer Fun

Splash Pads Bring the Summer Fun

With Austin’s sweltering summers, a perfect way to beat the heat is to drench it. And one of the best spots for cooling off is your local splash pad. No matter what part of town you live in, there’s a splash pad close by. Here are a few we visited...

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