Austin Selected for 2015 Cyclo-cross National Championships

USA Cycling has selected Austin, Texas as the host for the 2015 Cyclo-cross National Championships. The competition will be held at Zilker Park near the heart of Downtown Austin. “Being chosen to host the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships is both an honor and an exciting opportunity for Austin,” said Austin City Council Member Chris Riley. “Cyclo-cross is a fast-growing sport that is gaining more and more followers in …

June Gardening Tips for Austin

With June just around the corner, it’s time to prep the lawn and garden for the grueling Texas summer! Not sure where to begin? Complements of the Natural Gardener, the “organic gardening headquarters” of Southwest Austin, you’ve come to just the right place! JUNE GARDENING TIPS  1. Plant vegetable seeds. Chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, okra, black-eyed peas, salsify, New Zealand spinach, Malabar spinach, summer squash, winter squash, tomatillo. EARLY JUNE: Lima …

The History of Mayfield Park: Tarrytown’s Calming Escape

A tranquil, shaded oasis awaits on the border of Tarrytown, where peacocks perch on rooftops and sashay through ornate gardens. The birds are one of the many reasons that Mayfield Park, a nature preserve near Lake Austin, feels enchanting and serene. It’s common to see brides-to-be poised near water lilies and toddlers scuttling after birds (all being captured by cameras, of course); many locals have visited Mayfield, but few know …

Texas VegFest!

Vegans from Avery Ranch to Travis Country will flood Central Austin on Saturday March 31st, 2012 for Texas VegFest, a statewide festival celebrating the joys of plant-based eating. Held in beautiful Fiesta Gardens West End, the festival will involve a host of lakeside activities, free samples and prizes. Watch cooking demos by bestselling author Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, or find clarity through meditation with the Isha Foundation. …

Ask the Expert: Tarrytown Nutritionist Allison Reyna

In West Austin, nutritionist and health coach Allison Reyna is changing the world, one client at a time. Her company name, Food as Life, says it all. The concept that everyday decision-making regarding what we eat is more than a matter of pleasure, convenience, or a chance to jump on the bandwagon of the latest diet fad— that it affects both the quality and length of our life— can change …

February Gardening Tips from Austin’s Natural Gardener

February is almost here, and one of your New Year’s resolutions was to finally work on your garden! Not sure where to begin? Complements of the Natural Gardener, the “organic gardening headquarters” of Southwest Austin, you’ve come to just the right place. My Garden: What To Do In February 1.  Prepare Garden Beds for Spring (Work in Compost, Organize Fertilizer and a Mineral Source, such a Greensand or Volcanite) 2. …

The History of Laguna Gloria

For decades, the historic museum and grounds of Laguna Gloria have delighted visitors and served as inspiration for artists and students attending its beloved Art School. Stephen F. Austin himself once owned the 12-acre property of Laguna Gloria, intending to build a regal home there. Remnants of campsites attest to the presence of Native Americans in the area. In 1914, the property was purchased by the owner of the newspaper …

Get to know the Girls School of Austin this January!

Deciding where to enroll your K-8 daughter can be an excruciating process. Public or private? West Austin or North Austin? Religious or secular? Lisa Schmidtt wants you to consider the Girls School of Austin (GSA). In accordance with its mission, GSA inspires girls to achieve personal excellence and go on to lead distinguished and fulfilling lives. The Girl’s School is located in Tarrytown off Windsor Road and enrolls about a …

Go Local: Buy Holiday Gifts for Children at Austin’s Oldest Independent Toy Store!

Heading to a big-box chain for last-minute children’s gifts to go under the tree this Christmas? Consider buying local instead—you’ll feel the difference. Families have been falling in love with a tiny toy store in West Austin called Over the Rainbow for over 35 years! “Some of my most fond childhood memories involved family trips to Over the Rainbow,” remembers Erin McClanahan of Tarrytown. “My mother would take us there …