AISD Approves 2020-21 School Calendar

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2020–21 calendar at its Jan. 27 regular voting meeting. Three options had been presented to students, staff, and families for voting Nov. 4 to Dec. 30. Calendar 1 received the majority of votes, with 61 percent. A total of...

Neighborhood Science: Brainy Bats

Brainy Bats: Strategies for Finding Food in the Jungle at Night with speaker Claire Hemingway is a fun, free "Neighborhood Science" talk for people of all ages. This family-friendly science presentation will be held at the Howson Branch Library located at 2500...

“Treasures of the Texas Coast” Art Contest

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the 2020 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest is now open for entries from students across Texas. Artwork should be based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast” and depict why the Texas coast is...

First Day Hike

Visitors from every corner of the state headed to a Texas State Park on Jan. 1 to help usher in the new decade with a First Day Hike in a big way. The roaring 20s were welcomed by 5,242 people who hiked, biked, and rode a total of 9,564 miles statewide. Austin is home...

Winter Tree Fest

On Sat., Jan. 25, celebrate Texas trees at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center located at 4801 La Crosse Ave. Activities will take place in the Arboretum with family-friendly tree climbing, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building, a tree sale, and more....

Get Fit

On Sunday, Jan. 12 from 1-4:30 p.m., the Ballet Austin Butler Center for Dance & Fitness will host their annual “Get Fit” day. This free event is open to public, including kids 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult. Spend the afternoon with instructors and...

The Old Truck Book Signing

Join Austin writer and illustrators Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey for the release of their new book, The Old Truck, on Sat., Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at BookPeople. The story takes place on a small, bustling farm, where a resilient and steadfast pickup works...
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The Happiness Factor: Create More Joy in the New Year

The Happiness Factor: Create More Joy in the New Year

By Sonya Fehér Whether you’ve consciously set the goal for the new year, or it’s just swimming around somewhere, you probably want to have a happy family. What does happy family actually mean? What does a happy family include? For those who grew up in happy families...

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All Aboard: An Intergenerational  Adventure on the High Seas

All Aboard: An Intergenerational  Adventure on the High Seas

By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne Today a visit to see Nana and Pop often becomes a vacation that includes whole families vacationing together and making memories. As you make vacation plans for Spring Break or the summer, imagine a stress-free holiday— no cooking, no need to...

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Help Your Child Set a “60-a-Day” Activity Goal for 2020

Help Your Child Set a “60-a-Day” Activity Goal for 2020

Has your child set a physical activity goal for 2020? Many people think that kids just naturally get enough exercise. Unfortunately, this is not true. Only about 8% of children meet exercise recommendations. Not getting enough exercise can negatively impact a child’s...

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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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Encouraging Kids to Try Something New

Encouraging Kids to Try Something New

Childhood presents a wonderful opportunity to explore new activities and to try new things. Failure often doesn’t carry the same weight as it does in adulthood, and the playing field can be more level. By nature, many of those involved are also trying activities for...

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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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Making Kindness Your Family’s New Year’s Resolution

Making Kindness Your Family’s New Year’s Resolution

Q.  I am a single mother with two boys ages 10 and 14. It’s time for me to make my New Year’s resolutions. Every year I make resolutions and my boys see me break them. I’d like to be a better role model. What advice can you give me about New Year’s resolutions? Is...

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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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Juicy January

Juicy January

A juice cleanse is a modern twist on the New Year’s resolution. But what is a cleanse, or detox, and is it right for you? And what will your kids eat while you try a cleanse? According to Juiceitup.com, a cleanse is a period of time where you replace meals with fresh...

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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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