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from the editor mary anne connolly executive editor, aw media inc.

Welcome to the Family Issue! Family can go far beyond blood relatives, as you will learn from our stunning cover woman Gigi Bryant. For many of us, family not only includes our traditional family, but our family of friends or workmates. For me, it not only includes the deep love and gift of two amazing parents who are still with me as an only child, but since I am single, it also includes my closest friends, godchild and the children of those friends, as well as my colleagues, contacts, church, the Austin community and even those I sing with in Conspirare. So it is not without a few teardrops that I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the family at AW that has been so much a part of my life since I became the magazine’s editor in July of 2005.

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Crying On The Inside

dealing with unhappy people by SUSIE D AV IS


ecently, I met someone and the

deep down she’s afraid and insecure.”

rude, tr y not to take it personally. In-

first th ing I thought was “Wow,

Well, soon after that, a truth was un-

stead, say a prayer that you’ll have the

she doesn’t like me and we just

covered. The terse girl lost her mom un-

grace to endure their rudeness. Then

met.” My first impression: She was un-

expected ly when she was ver y young.

i n t e nt io n a l l y s p r e a d a l i t t l e s u n s h i n e

happy, uptight and ex tremely un- sm iley.

W hen I heard that, I felt im mense com-

t h e i r w ay. A n d f i n a l l y, e x p e c t t o g e t

Terse is a good word to describe what I

passion. Of course she’s controlling –

a l it tle wet.

thought of her.

she’s afraid, likely waiting for the nex t

Past pain can inflict all sorts of emotional distress on presentday living.

shoe to drop. Of course she’s un happy

I did my best in that introductory situa-

again. I was tense, controlling and fear-

tion and let it go. Fast-forward a month. A

– she’s angr y, maybe at her mom, or maybe at God. I understand th is be cause I went th rough someth ing traumatic when I was young. It took me years to recover, years to learn to tr ust fu l, just like the terse girl I met.

friend of mine had an encounter with the

The tr uth is that hur ting people hur t

same girl. In her case, the interaction was

people, q uite often un intentionally. But

even more uptight and un-smiley. It per-

Hur ting people are like nim bus clouds:

plexed my friend tremendously. She won-

They are fu ll of dark precipitation. They

dered out loud, “Why is she so unhappy

are cr y ing on the inside.

and controlling?” And I guessed, “I bet

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is best loose and natural; steer clear of the hairspray helmet. If you are shooting outside, a little extra hold to fight the elements is fine, but in studio, you just want to tame any halo-effect fly-aways.

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are best when defined but neutral. For moms, add extra definition to your brows and lash lines. For daughters, cut back the Avril Lavigne rebellious smoky eye. Although totally awesome, it’s not a suitable look for family photos. Both moms and daughters should use neutral palettes for a little color, contour and definition, followed by your favorite mascara. Try MAC Colorizations Pro Palette Eye Shadow x2.



Lip lines

are another thing of the past as we age. So moms, define your line but blend edges with a cotton swab so as not to have any harsh edges. Use a bright color to liven your complexion. Daughters, wear creamy neutrals or glosses. Choose from MAC Seasonally Supreme Lipstick Collection.

Grooming for Fathers and Sons Makeup: Not just for women anymore. No one needs to be the wiser. That’s why we call it grooming. HD makeup has been modified for a barely there second-skin coverage, so you won’t look made up; you will look like yourself, only better.

Don’t worry

Daddy-O: There’s no need for a full face. Apply light coverage to areas of concern, under the eyes, around the nose and “mattify” your t-zone (ask your daughter what that is). Use Cargo Cosmetics Blu Ray Concealer (left) and High-Def Mattifier (right).


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should not be overly gelled. Make sure your crown is not sticking up, check that your sideburns are all combed in the same direction.




facial hair? Clean up your beard, nose and ear hairs, even rogue eyebrows. Take the grooming to the max, Wolverine. Hit up a personal groomer or make a trip to the salon the day before.


Lip balm!

Try a little moisture on the lips to correct cracked, dry lips. Be careful to not overdue it; you shouldn’t look like you have a glossy pout.


you’re having a family portrait, make sure to all wear colors with a similar tone. They don’t have to all be identical in color, but having two people wearing dark colors and one wearing bright colors would clash. Solids are generally better than patterns. Darker colors are more slimming. Also, if you’re feeling a bit self-conscious about a facial blemish, no need to stress about it at all. Those sorts of things are easily removed in retouching. Actually, if there is anything that you feel self-conscious about, tell your photographer. There are so many things that can be done through lighting and retouching to ensure you’re looking your very best for your photograph.

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Cheerleading, Gymnastics and Dance Programs that Will Make You Flip


by A s h l e y e r i c k s o n s a former cheerleader, I still

and gymnastics programs and got to see

Champions in 1996 and didn’t have a des-

have the ability to complete ev-

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ignated space of her own, using a church

ery task with a smile, collaborate

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daily. The new facility has an observation deck for parents, two spring floors, a foam pit and two dance studios, complete with all the trampolines and gymnastics bars

lead by example and learn to support one

Located in a 14,000-square-foot facility

needed to develop champions. With a wide

another, both on and off the spring floor. I

that opened in March, Champions Westlake

range of offerings from Parent-Tot classes,

knew Austin was a fit city of runners and

has been able to expand its dance, gym-

preschool gymnastics, girls and boys gym-

cyclists, but what about cheerleaders and

nastics and cheerleading offerings, and

nastics, teen tumbling and Crush All-

gymnasts? I spent time searching Austin

now even offers Parkour classes. Founder

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for some of the best cheerleading, dance

and owner Gretchen Huddleston started

for all ages.

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a birthday party at the gym. Champions’

the program, and trial classes are available

college-age. Champions WAYA offers performing

“Fun Friday” offerings are the perfect way

but must be scheduled, as classes are capped

teams for girls’ gynastics, cheer squads, extreme

to introduce your child to the gym: For

at 10 students. Austin Cheer Factory encour-

tumble and cheer, and even “MIB” and “BIB” teams

just $15 (or $10 for siblings), children ages

ages confidence, dedication and teamwork,

— two teams designed especially for guys. The

6 through high-school age get three hours

along with community responsibility through

classes and teams, camps, and even a renowned

of supervised open gym time from 6:30

charitable functions throughout the year.

birthday party or a visit during parents’ night out, leave children with much more than an athletic

to 9:30 p.m., and even have the option of adding some pizza for $5. Champions Westlake is a supportive community that teaches with encouragement and can help your child grow to set an example in their middle school, high school and university programs.

Champions Academy 1314 Exposition Blvd. Austin, TX 78703 Located inside the West Austin Youth Association (WAYA) building, Champions Academy Waya was found-

Austin Cheer Factory 13800 Dragline Dr., Suite A Austin, TX 78728

education; they learn to work with confidence, persistence and a positive mental attitude.

Cheer Station 12112 Boardwalk Dr. Austin, TX 78729

ed 17 years ago and has remained

This 15,000-square-foot facility includes

a staple in Austin gymnastics ever

two competition-sized team spring floors,

since. The staff of Champions Acad-

five extended lanes of class spring floor, a 40-foot tumble trampoline, an 8-by-10-foot

Austin Cheer Factory is in its 10 th year

skill trampoline, two walls of mirrors, air

and has received some of the highest ac-

track, air floor and skill mats. Cheer Station

colades in the cheerleading industry. The

definitely has the equipment to train top

organization welcomes kids ages 4-to-

cheerleaders and be the largest facility of

18 years, and is the leading program in

its kind in town. Cheer Station is nation-

Austin for All-Star Cheer. Co-owner J.M.

ally recognized by American Cheerleader

Farias says, “Austin Cheer Factory prides

Magazine as one of the top 20 gyms in the

itself in training all of its athletes to their

country. Established in 1990, it is the first

fullest potential to obtain the ultimate

Austin gym to receive a bid to the USASF emy — all national and college-level

World Championships in Orlando and has

Our continued success is a direct reflec-

gymnasts, yoga instructors and cheer-

been invited six times. With youth, junior,

tion of our staff and athletes.” Along with

leaders — customizes a unique lesson

senior, elite, stunt and dance teams, Cheer

being the director of programs and head

plan every week. Champions Academy

Station has produced alumni that have

coach/choreographer, Farias was a cheer

is a non-competitive gym, so the staff

gone on to cheer for their university teams,

captain at both the University of Texas

works hard to make sure that each

as well as for the Dallas Cowboys.

and Texas State University, and runs the

child not only builds their skill, but

Cheer Station offers jump, flyer and

gym with his sister, Roxie Farias Challis,

loves their class as well. According

tryout classes, which prepare children

who is director of business. Home to 238

to 6-year-old Amalia Allen, gymnas-

with the skills needed to participate on

National Champion and Grand Champion

tics at Champions is “really fun” and

cheer squads at their schools. Cheer Sta-

titles, Austin Cheer Factory remains the

is “the best thing in the world.” Well,

tion has multiple summer camps and clin-

only local all-star cheerleading program

you can’t beat that. Champions is a

ics and also offers birthday parties and

to have won a silver medal at Worlds. Ath-

community-focused gym, engaging in

open gym hours. With eight competitive

letes come from Austin, San Antonio, San

outreach activities throughout Austin

and exhibition cheer teams and private

Marcos, New Braunfels and Waco to be a

from the Blue Santa Parade to stealing

instruction available, Cheer Station offers

part of the program. Austin Cheer Factory

the show at the University of Texas

unbeatable cheerleading training.

holds open gym hours on Tuesday and

women’s basketball halftime show.


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happy, simple life. In one chapter, Laura was

now need the “poor but happy” lessons of the

help your kid cope. That means listening,

thrilled because her parents gave her a shiny

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says Liz Gentry, a marriage and family thera-

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dramatic change in circumstances, along with

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were some solid values in those books that

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Be prepared for a barrage of feelings that may be hard to hear.

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If you are a parent who has lost her job or

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her home, you’re dealing with a lot. In addition

own guilt and shame,” Gentry says. “That’s

eaten them for the last 2,750 consecutive

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the most healing thing to do. It lets the kid

meals. In fact, the whole idea of counting

have to wrestle with shame, anxiety, anger

get past it.”

your blessings was a given. These ideas

and other emotions. At the same time, you

Both parents and kids need time to grieve

could come in handy nowadays.

have to deal with the fear, embarrassment or

the loss of the life they had before they can

Since the economy tanked in 2008 and, more

anger from your kids. You may need to employ

let it go. Parents need to make the time for

importantly, hasn’t rebounded the way Ameri-

that tactic they recommend on airplanes: If

that and not push kids to immediately put on

cans had hoped, millions of parents are still out

you need oxygen, first put the mask over your

a happy face. But eventually, the fam-

of work; businesses are still closing; and in many

own face, then over your child’s.

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Family Rules ... Who Will

Teach Them? family Etiquette by j a n g o s s


ighty-five percent of your child’s suc-

There is no reason we cannot have it all.

This young mother told me how two

cess depends on their people skills.

It just takes a well-rounded education that

years prior she married a man with two

This can be rather disconcerting

includes some etiquette training. Etiquette

boys, now 12 and 14 years old. She tried des-

when observing the “fingers-and-thumbs

skills are not taught in most homes or in

perately to connect with the boys but with

generation” that is emerging. Texting and

many school systems. We hire young adults

no success. She thought she would forever

non-verbal communication is rapidly replac-

and expect them to know how to interact

be the “wicked stepmother.” Her copious at-

ing eye-to-eye interaction, but nothing will

with others. They don’t. You can give your

tempts to connect with the boys yielded

ever take the place of human contact. A vir-

child the edge they need, right in the comfort

modest fruit at best.

tual hug just won’t cut it. We need physical

of your own home.

contact and face-to-face communication to live abundant, healthy lives.

This tenacious woman went home after

Here’s an example: I received a call at

my training, inspired to try something new.

7 a.m. one morning from a woman who

She proposed a toast to the boys during an

Only 15% of success in business is attribut-

was crying hysterically. I thought someone

evening meal and declared how honored

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tant. It is critical. However, it is not the end-all

ed to tell me through her tears that she had

her surprise, the next meal her husband

be-all for your child’s success, or your own for

attended a professional development train-

raised a glass in her honor and touted what

that matter. All of us have known an “educated

ing class I conducted a few days before.

an amazing woman she was and

idiot” a time or two in life, haven’t we? They are

That class included a section entitled “The

how much she meant to him.

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me, “Last night, the 14-year-old, who I have

respect you would a dear friend. Everyone

This just sheds a bad light on you. Words are

had the most trouble with, raised his glass

needs to be acknowledged.

powerful. Use them wisely. Our mothers’

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saying still holds true: If you don’t have any2. Take care of yourself – This

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Manners matter. The implementation of

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aged to va lue a nd res pec t you a s wel l .

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member as a gift – Remember it is the

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You ca n eit her l ive i n t he box t h at’s created a rou nd you, or you ca n st a nd on t he box a nd u se t he ex per iences t o get t a l ler.


1957, Austin, TX


Bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University, Austin; MBA in global leadership from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Sam Bryant, married 2002

Children: 5 Grandchildren: 5 Church:

Mt. Sinai Baptist


Gardening, golf, cooking, B&B weekends

Making a Difference:

• Austin Community College Foundation Board • Mount Sinai Christian Academy Board • The Douglas Club • The UT Elementary School Board Development Council

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his is a difficult story to tell.

It’s taken years for Bryant to break her si-

Yet even more difficult for

lence about the horrors of her life, and the

the woman who survived it

foster system that failed to protect her. Many

are the certainties that her

would rather not hear the story told — includ-

story is neither unique nor a

ing her own sisters. Both have chosen not to

thing of the past.

maintain contact with her as adults.

row. Charles had been 12 when, together

“I can't tell you how it felt when my older sister told me I did not fit into her life and shared with me some of the awful things that haunted her from life in the system,”

with his three younger sisters, he’d entered

Bryant said. “She excluded her past and

the Texas foster-care system in 1964. The

that included me.”

The first time Gigi Edwards Bryant was

raped she was six years old. She was pregnant at 18 when she aged out of the Texas foster-care system. At 41, she watched her brother die from a lethal injection on death

siblings were taken from their mother after

Despite this heartbreak, the memory of

she was arrested for killing a man, and

the children that did not survive the system

separated. The next time Bryant saw

drives Bryant to speak out and de-

Bryant with her younger sister, Barbara

Charles it was 1982 and he was in jail, head-

mand change. For Bryant is focused

Edwards, one of the few childhood photo-

ed for prison and a death sentence.

on the future. Not her traumatizing

graphs Bryant has.


In Words On Family:

Family is so special to me. … I brought a lot of love into mine because I never had it and I was so afraid that my kids would not know it. When children are taken away from their family, they need to know even though they are not with their biological families, that the modern family is the unit where love and trust exist. And it is probably going to be a village. I have chosen treasured friends to be my family support.

On Survival:

You can learn something from the naysayers as well as you can from the people who are going to encourage you.

On Who I Am:

A person that realizes there’s potential in everyone, myself included. I’ve come through horrible circumstances but didn’t let them define me.

On What’s To Be Done:

If we make an effort to take in the situation, we can make an impact. Had someone taken the time to look at me when I was younger, and to realize that I was always frightened, and that my eyes were always big, they would have known I was being harmed. Studies of children exiting the foster system show that 80% become homeless, 65% are unemployable, 80% will not attend college or finish high school, and 70% will experience the judicial system. … We must educate our strong, resilient children and teach them their disadvantages do not define them. We must educate society that disgrace, blame, failure and alienation do not crown the heads of the state’s children.

past. Not even her own future. Rather, the

Out of that chillingly practical act grew

future of all the children in the care of the

a strong faith. It was reinforced by child-

foster system.

hood visits to her great-grandmother.

She’s fought against being labeled as “resilient.” Only as she reviewed the word did she peel back the layers and fully realize the path her resilience has taken. “Resilience is what you attain when you realize that silence is no longer an option,” Bryant said.

“This 1972 picture was when I was in a

seeds of despair, telling her she’d never do anything with her life. “… The only thing that I could possibly be was a prostitute — because I looked OK.

As a ch ild, she escaped into her ow n

Maybe it was call girl. I don’t remember. I don’t like to remember things that will pull

and w riting. As she moved from home

me down,” she said, admitting she’d had her

to home — a dizzy ing 20 -plus homes in

doubts. “I never thought I would live to be a

12 years — her one constant was the

healthy whole adult. I was afraid that all the


things I was experiencing would get the

group home in seventh grade. It is taken in front of the then Austin National Bank

realized evil people would not bother you

girl I’m with – on the streets of Austin.”

Yet, there were many people planting

world of silence, sustained by reading

“I read for self-protection,” she said. “I

Building. These days, I see Elaine – the

“My Big Mama planted the seed with me,” Bryant recalled.

best of me, even though I prayed really hard to keep it together.”

while you were reading the Bible. So every

Amidst this darkness came the occa-

time something happened, I’d just pick up

sional light. While in the Corsicana State

the Bible.”

Home she befriended Billy Kennedy.

Charles Henry Rector aw: When did you reconnect with your brother? GEB: In 1982. I went to see him in jail

because I wanted to know what he knew about our mother.

aw: Did you feel a family connection with him? GEB: To tell the truth, I don’t know

what the sibling relationship is supposed to feel like.

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aw: Why did you attend his execu-


GEB: He said no one would come, and I said I would.

aw: Can you describe the scene? GEB: The victim’s family is on the

other side of the wall. There are two windows so that both [families] can see the table where the lethal injection happens.

B. 4.16.1954. D. 3.26.1999*

aw: How has it left you? GEB: It is a very emotional experi-

ence. What I remember the most is the look on his face when he saw that I was there.

*According to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records, Rector was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1981 shooting, rape and drowning death of Carolyn Kay Davis.

“They would pick me up from the orphanage on the weekends and I would stay at her house and hang out with her family. It was really cool,” she said, adding that those occasional glimpses of a different life gave Bryant a slim lifeline. “My whole life was just figuring out that I deserved better.” Incredibly, she found her innate, innersurvivor strength. “You can either live in the box that’s created around you, or you can stand on the box and use the experiences to get taller,” she explained. As Bryant aged out of the system, she went to live with Big Mama. After she had her daughter, Bryant worked full time to put herself through college, one course at a time at Austin Community College before transferring to St. Edward’s University for her bachelor’s degree. (Years later, and again self-financed, Bryant earned an MBA in global leadership from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating in December 2002.) “I came out of the foster system with a lot of rage, like most of the children do. But I didn’t come out thinking anyone owed me anything,” she recalled. Two abusive marriages followed, yet she never lost her resolve to make a better life and rise above her brutal past. These days, she’s a hugger. “I tell people not to come over here unless you want a hug,” she said at her spacious Northwest Austin home. It’s a far cry from her days of choosing a job with computers at the Comptroller’s Office so she could spend all day writing and compiling programs rather than interacting with people. How did she make that change and become the Laundry by Shelli Segal Metallic Linen Cargo Dress (Saks Fifth Ave) Eric Javits Durante Straw hat with Black Band (Saks Fifth Ave) Carnelian stone gold tear drop earrings (Catherine Nicole) Metal Safari Chain Necklace (Hannah D’s)

warm, loving woman of today? “I had to learn to trust people.”

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Summer Soup

Gigi Bryant loves to garden and she loves to cook, so she planted her garden with her favorite vegetables and herbs. Here’s her choice of soup recipes using the produce from her backyard garden.

Gigi’s Garden Fresh Veggie Soup Fresh peas from the garden 1 large eggplant 2 large yellow squash 1 large onion 2-4 garlic cloves, sliced Fresh rosemary 1 large jalapeno pepper 2 large tomatoes Olive oil (to sauté vegetables) 1 carton chicken broth Chop squash and eggplant into cubes. Sauté onions, garlic and chopped veggies together in olive oil until tender. (They will make their own juice on medium heat.) Cook peas in chicken broth for 45 minutes on high heat. Place jalapeno, tomatoes and part of the onion in blender. Add peas with one cup of water. Place all ingredients in pot and simmer for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with rosemary and serve.

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Who Am I? “I had two birth certificates with two different names on them. So, when I was in elementary school, my date of birth was September 15, 1956. But when I got my second birth certificate at 17, it was September 5, 1957. So I took the 1957 birthday! … On my birth certificate, it says my mother is white. I wanted to change it to African-American but was told I couldn’t. What I think happened was that they were all very fairskinned women, and the nurse just walked in, looked around the room, checked ‘white’ and walked out.”

position. She’s quick to praise the number of “wonderful foster parents out there,” but passionately wants to see improvements to the foster system itself. She’s was invited to speak about resilience at the 2010 Texas Conference for Women. Yet,

Bryant with Sam, her husband of nine years, and “best friend.”

Gigi Bryant says this Bible passage is “my testimony to learning to be content in every situation and remembering who holds my future.” “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” - Philippians 4:10-12

silient are the children still in the system, still

In February 2002, she found that trust.

battling it, still surviv-

As a radiant bride she walked down the

ing despite it — not because of it. She asks:

aisle at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist

Why don’t we, as a society, do more to encour-

Church of Austin with Sam Bryant at her

age children’s innate resilience? Why do we


continue to provide obstacles, such as sepa-

“I am so blessed to have Sam as my husband,” she said.

My Guiding Scripture

she insists, the truly re-

rating them from siblings, leaving them without any sense of heritage to draw from? Why

After 15 years in the information sys-

do we focus on the labels that attach so easily

tems side of state government, Bryant

to this 500,000-strong band of our nation’s

opened her own business, focusing on busi-

youth who end up in the system because we

ness development, community outreach

have decided they should be in it for their own

and employee engagement. Today, often

good, not because of any failing on their part?

together with Sam, she also devotes herself

Why do we persist in defining them by their

to myriad community organizations and

circumstances instead of providing them life-

nonprofits focused on education, drug-, al-

lines? Having broken the silence on her own

cohol- and foster children-related causes. In

past — risking prejudice and judgment from

2004, she started the Write To Me Founda-

others — Bryant is bracing to raise her voice as

tion to provide youth in the foster system

far as Washington D.C. in her passionate fight

with computers and writing materials. Oth-

for foster youth.

er programs of the WTMF include a nationwide Let’s Vote program, and The Prom Rack Project, which provides Travis County foster youth prom attire. Bryant’s state-level service includes three appointments by Texas governors. Most recently, she was on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Council for four years when Governor Perry appointed her chairwoman in March 2010. Bryant is thought to be the first former foster child to lead the council in this volunteer

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women of williamson county

This month’s WILCO Landmark:

Higher Education Center BY T er r i S c h e x n ay d er

by T er r i S c h e x n ay d er

This Month’s WilCo Landmark:


ph oto c o u rt esy o f T e x as Stat e U n i v er s it y Ph oto g r a ph er More adult students are returning to

Now the beautiful 125,000-square-foot,

offers degree programs ranging from educa-

the college classroom to advance their

four-story Avery Building, which once

workplace skills, increase their knowledge

housed both TSU and ACC, welcomes

RRHEC strives to provide higher edu-

or pursue a new passion in their lives. The

more than 2,000 TSU students each year.

cation to fit students’ lifestyles and profes-

forward-thinking community and busi-

Right behind this building stands the uni-

sional goals.

ness leaders in Williamson County antici-

versity’s School of Nursing, which opened

pated and planned well for the booming

in 2010. Last year, the ACC Round Rock

need for higher education in the area.

campus moved its facilities onto 84

tional leadership to software engineering.

Transfer Application Deadlines:

The Round Rock Higher Education

acres in South Central Williamson

Center (RRHEC), with partnerships be-

County to provide comprehensive high-

tween Texas State University-San Mar-

er-education programs and services to

Texas State, Round Rock Higher Education Center Spring: Nov. 15 Summer: May 1

cos (TSU), Austin Community College

more than 5,000 students.

More Information:

(ACC) and Temple College at Taylor,

Texas State’s RRHEC academic pro-

opened for classes in 2005. RRHEC was

grams are available during evenings, Satur-

the impressive result of many years of col-

days and/or online, and include undergradu-

laboration between the Avery family of

ate degrees for juniors and seniors in

Round Rock, boards of trustees and direc-

computer science, criminal justice – law en-

tors of the schools, and city and county

forcement and psychology. For those pursu-


ing their Master’s degrees, TSU’s RRHEC

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Round Rock Higher Education Center 1555 University Blvd. Round Rock, TX 78665 512.716.4001

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women of williamson county

Dr. Edna

Aguirre Rehbein Passionate About

Education by T er r i S c h e x n ay d er


eceiving a well-rounded and excep-

the World Book Encyclopedias, for example,”

Rehbein, 56, shares her stories with

tional education enabled Dr. Edna

Rehbein said. “We were one of the few fami-


Aguirre Rehbein’s future successes,

lies in our poor neighborhood that had

background might have resulted in her be-

Her love of reading, as well as the confi-

austinwoman: Tell me more about your teacher, Mrs. Altfather. Dr. Edna Rehbein: She worked magic

coming just another statistic of poverty. Born

dence to speak out and perform, began with

and took so much interest in me and the

to a non-English-speaking father who worked

encouragement from her fourth-grade teach-

other students. In particular, she worked a

hard labor after immigrating to the United

er and mentor, Miriam Altfather. Rehbein’s

lot on helping us overcome our Spanish ac-

States, and a mother from Laredo who also

life story includes her journey to earn a Ph.D.,

cents. She also challenged us to read, and it

worked to help provide for the family, Reh-

and possess a portfolio packed with profes-

was then I became a good student because I

bein recognizes her parents’ difficult efforts

sional achievements and community awards.

wanted to impress her. She was actually a

on her behalf during her San Antonio-based

Since 1998, she has been the director of Texas

music teacher, so almost everything we did


State University’s Round Rock Higher Educa-

centered on music.

aw: What else influenced your educational goals? ER: Early on, I was sure I wanted to go to

despite the fact that her family’s economic


“Despite how difficult our financial situa-

tion Center (RRHEC), which serves Williamson

tion was, my parents were very supportive of

County students, and has lead the center

my education. They knew they needed to

through its growth and expansion.

give us access to materials, and invested in

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college with the idea that I needed to help

my parents get out of the situation they were in. My father, who was born in Mexico, faced a lot of discrimination at work after moving to San Antonio. I didn’t want my parents to be denied any opportunities, especially medical care, when they got older.

Rehbein’s Resume Hometown: San Antonio Dedicated to Community: Recipient, 2010 Chairman’s Award, Round Rock Chamber; Board of Directors, Round

aw: Please share some of your college experiences. ER: I went to a small, all women’s liberal-

Rock Chamber; Board of Directors,

arts college, where I got to know the deans

Spanish and Latin-American studies,

and professors very well. It gave me a good

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College,

feeling for what it would be like to teach at a

Virginia; Master’s degree in Spanish lan-

college that size. That personal, one-on-one

guage and literature, University of Texas

experience was very special and important

at Austin; Ph.D. in Spanish-American

in determining what I wanted to do later.

aw: Talk about what being selected for the Danforth Fellowship did for your career? ER: I was selected my senior year in col-

RRISD Partners in Education Foundation Education: Bachelor’s degree in

literature, University of Texas at Austin Family: Married to David for 34 years; Two daughters and one son, ages 22 to 29

lege and there were only 100 people selected

Secret to a Strong Marriage: “Respect.

from throughout the country. The fellowship

Treat your spouse how you want to be

encouraged me to get my doctorate and


teach at the university level. At the Univer-

Passionate About: “Photography,

sity of Texas, it was the Hispanic writer Ro-

especially shooting candid shots of my

lando Hinojosa who gave me the special


support I needed to complete my doctorate and to teach Mexican-American literature.

aw: What are some major accomplishments under your leadership at RRHCE? ER: We started in 1998 with less than 100 students and have an estimated 2,000 this year. We began in one portable building at Westwood High School with just two majors and now we are on 101 acres with two permanent buildings. That includes our School of Nursing, which opened last year, offering more than 20 degree programs.

aw: What about do you love about photography? ER: My earliest memories started with photographs. When you are taking photos, you are capturing history, as my dad did for me. And I want to pass that on to my kids.

Edna on Education •Education is all about creating choices. My father clearly had no choices. He had to leave Mexico for political reasons and spent the rest of his life working in hard labor. •Education is never wasted. •The only way you are going to be able to prepare for the future is to be educated. •It doesn’t matter what field you study, just choose one and complete it. •Education teaches you to learn to think for yourself. •Also get experience through internships and volunteering.

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SUMMER SKIN CARE Getting that “copper glow” is a no-no if it

comes from endless hours of summer sun exposure or a tanning booth. Here are some healthy ways to keep your skin glowing this summer. by Darline Turner-Lee


got my first sunburn the summer of 2000. Yes, you read correctly. I, Darline Turner-Lee, a chocolate brown, AfricanAmerican woman, got sunburned on the tops of my thighs the summer of 2000 while driving to Austin. I had never been

in such intense heat and didn’t know that the sun blaring though my windshield was thoroughly baking my thighs. That evening, when I arrived in Austin, my legs felt as if they were on fire and I had no idea what the problem was. You see, as dark as I am, my skin didn’t take on the customary red hue. But to the touch, it was far warmer than normal body temperature. My then soon-to-be husband put ice packs on my legs and applied some cream to help with the healing process. It was a new experience for me – one unpleasant enough that I’ve not repeated it. Here in Austin, we are lucky to have more thna 300 days of sunshine each year. But because of our proximity to the equator, we do heat up, and the combination of sun and intense heat can lead to some serious health problems, most notable for our skin. Excessive sun exposure can lead to drying and wrinkling of the skin, premature aging and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Perhaps, because skin cancer is so common and so readily treatable (if caught early) people don’t consider it a threat. However, the American Cancer Society reports

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“Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, [accounted] for about 68,130 cases of skin cancer in 2010.” A little-known fact is

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

that skin cancer is on the rise and one of the most affected popula-

(According to the American Cancer Society)

tions is young people.

- Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation

Dr. Brett M. Coldiron, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, presented new statistics pointing to an increase in non-melanoma skin cancer and why

- Fair complexion - Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds or radium

young people are at an increased risk of developing this disease at

- Family history

the 69 th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

- Multiple or atypical moles

According to Coldiron, tanning beds remain the major culprit

- Severe sunburns as a child

when it comes to skin cancer in the younger population. In search

“MELANOMA, THE MOST SERIOUS TYPE OF SKIN CANCER, [ACCOUNTED] FOR ABOUT 68,130 CASES OF SKIN CANCER IN 2010.” of that bronze glow, many young adults are exposing themselves to tanning beds and excessive UVA and UVB rays. In his presentation, Coldiron reiterated, “We need young people to realize that tan-

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer (According to the American Cancer Society) - Any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth - Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump - The spread of pigmentation beyond its border such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark - A change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, or pain

What to look for in a Sunscreen (per Dr. Chern) - SPF 30 or above with protection against both UVA and UVB rays - Should contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide (barrier brands) or the chemical protectants avobenzone, oxybenzone or ecamsule. - Combinations of barriers and chemicals offer good protection.

ning for cosmetic reasons now will ultimately negatively affect their appearance later and even increase their risk for skin can-

Other Ways to Protect Yourself from the Sun’s Rays


- Wear long sleeves and long pants whenever possible. Spafashions.

Allison Reyna faced the reality of skin cancer at age 25. The

com has an entire line of sun protective clothing.

fair-skinned Massachusetts native denies “sun worshipping” or

- Wear hats with wide brims and sunglasses

tanning, yet still developed the deadly disease. Her skin cancer

- Get your car windows tinted (I surely did!) and make sure the tinting

was found during a routine annual skin check.

protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

“I really couldn’t understand why I developed skin cancer,” says Reyna. “I am not one to stay out in the sun and I don’t tan. Still,


there it was.”

Allison Reyna, Nutrition and Wellness Counselor and Skin Cancer

Reyna had surgical excision of the skin cancer and then intensive chemotherapy. “The chemotherapy was really tough, she said.” “I felt really sick

Survivor. Contact her at Peggy L. Chern, MD, Director of Mohs Surgery at Westlake Dermatol ogy, Westlake Dermatology has

during treatment and wasn’t eating very well. But I soon realized

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American Academy of Dermatology –

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The National Cancer Institute –

Reyna’s very personal experience with melanoma led her to


become a nutritionist, a nutrition and wellness counselor

The American Cancer Society –

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The Environmental Working Group -

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what we put into our skin and shares this information and her own experience with her clients. Dr. Peggy Chern is the director of Mohs Surgery at Westlake Dermatology, specializing in melanoma of the head and neck. “It used to be that skin cancer was only seen in the senior population,” says Chern. “But now I am seeing and treating more and more skin cancer in younger people. Young people need to seriously weigh

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the short-term benefit of ‘the glow’ from a tan against the long-term reality of skin damage, aging and skin cancer.” Chern is a staunch advocate of sun protection whenever outside. In addition to recommending sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, Chern emphasizes the fact that sunscreens need to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. “Most people aren’t even aware that there are two different types of rays and currently there are no FDA recommendations for UVA protection,” says Chern. “But UVA rays can cause serious skin damage, so when looking for sun protection, make sure products protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Chern also explained about the differences between sunscreen products. “As much as possible, look for sun protection products that contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide,” she says. “These ingredients truly block the sun’s rays by providing a protective barrier on top of the skin. However, they are noticeable when applied and they create a sort of ashen layer on top of the skin. This is unappealing to many people and for that reason, the makers of sunscreen developed products with the sun protective chemicals avobenzone, oxybenzone and ecamsule. Sunscreens containing these chemicals are easily rubbed into the skin and there is no noticeable ashen layer. As the sun’s rays penetrate the skin, they hit the chemicals and are reflected, thus protecting the deeper skin layers.“


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event typically takes place in May, Chern encourages, “If you have questions about a skin lesion, have it checked as soon as possible. Don’t wait. The earlier skin cancer is detected, the more easily it is treated and the less likely it will turn deadly.”

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Between The Covers

To attract more success in business, you don’t have to network more, you just have to network more intentionally. Who better to defend that bold statement than entrepreneur, connector and communicator Patti DeNucci? For more than 25 years, DeNucci has studied, practiced and taught the art and science of intentional networking. Now the Minnesota native offers stories, techniques and tips revealing what it takes to stand out in the crowd and earn respect, referrals and results in business. by Julie Tereshchuk

AUSTINWOMAN: WHO SHOULD READ YOUR BOOK? PATTI DENUCCI: Anybody that needs to build and attract stronger and more powerful relationships in business. By more powerful, I mean the people who can really make a difference for you and your business. AW: WHAT DOES BEING “INTENTIONAL” MEAN? PD: It allows people to hone right in on which events and people are the right ones. It can even be about what time of day. As much as I love to have a cocktail, I don’t do many happy hours any more. I’m a luncheon girl. AW: WHAT ABOUT GOING FOR COFFEE? PD: My book is full of all kinds of ways to sidestep but still give people what they need. I tell new people that my coffee time is very limited, and I use that time to focus on my current clients and the colleagues I already know. I welcome new people to call me. I’ll spend 10 minutes with anybody who picks up the phone. Book cover design by Bella Guzman. Photo credit: Korey Howell Photography

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I had to really examine my thoughts, my beliefs and my own prac-



PD: There are a lot of things in the book that may be counterintuitive. Yes, you don’t have to network all the time. When I’m at a


conference, I intentionally — there’s that word — sneak off to my


room and have a protein bar. I take a breath, take it all in and

PD: The freedom to be my own boss allowed me to be the kind of

think about whom I have already met. … I also want introverts to

mom I wanted to be to Ryan. When he was little, I could go and help

understand that they can be really great networkers. They are

out at the school. If he was going to a soccer tournament, I was able

good listeners, they observe, they’re thoughtful in their words.

to take him. Being my own boss allowed me to have it all.



PD: Let’s look at everything you are doing. … Networking goes

PD: My degree is in clothing, textiles and design from the University

back to using protocol, manners and common sense. People lose

of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie, WI.

sight of that. They are too pushy. Networking takes time to really build relationships. It’s like dating. You don’t walk up to someone


right away and say, “Let’s get married!”

PD: I think so, but not right away. It’s like having children. You want to raise the one you’ve got and get it out to the world.


To attract more success in business, you don’t have to network

PD: We’re meeting people faster than ever, and we have to set

more, you just have to network more intentionally. Who better to

some limits. We’re exceeding our capacity to have relationships.

defend that bold statement than entrepreneur, connector and com-

… I have a whole chapter on quality versus quantity. You can

municator Patti DeNucci? For more than 25 years DeNucci has stud-

have 10,000 people in your database, but how many people do

ied, practiced and taught the art and science of intentional network-

you really know?

ing. Now the Minnesota native offers stories, techniques and tips revealing what it takes to stand out in the crowd and earn respect,


referrals and results in business .

PLE SHOULD NETWORK LESS? PD: Now, it is even more important to be really clear about your networking. If you can only afford a certain number of coffees or lunches, or you can spend only so much time on the phone, then make those conversations count. AW: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE CONSIDERING WRITING A BOOK? PD: Don’t try to do it over one weekend. For me, it was a good solid two years as I was running my business. My son was a senior in high school and getting his football career going. [Ryan DeNucci is now a sophomore at Texas Christian University and the proud owner of a 2011 Rose Bowl ring.] Also, get help. There are so many new frontiers in publishing now, but using them doesn’t mean you are producing a good book. … The hardest thing is to know what you put on paper is what you really believe.

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Stop Running Your Business

Like a Club



Running It Like a

Company Learn How to Leverage an Executive Business Coach to Transition Successfully b y L i n d a Gl a s s

E x e c u t i v e B u s i n e s s C o a c h

Linda Glass, founder of Glass Talent Strategies, is an executive business coach with more than 20 years of experience in corporate leadership and management development. Glass helps companies take practical steps to leverage their talent (the latest way to refer to your most important asset: employees) to drive business results. For 11 years, Glass was a leader with Starbucks Coffee Company in both marketing and human resources, and assisted in growing the company from 1,400 stores to more than 16,000. Clients of Glass’ come from a diverse slate of companies including Citigroup, Whole Foods Market, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and milk + honey day spa. Certified in ROI Coaching by Steinbrecher & Associates, Glass is an alumna of Future Talent Thought Leadership Group and Center for Creative Leadership.

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oaching? Isn’t that what I do for my kid’s soccer team? Well, yes, we traditionally think of coaches when it

comes to sports. And we know the value those coaches bring to a team. Now coaches of all kinds have entered our lives to support us from health to life to overall happiness. So when is it important to seek the help of an executive business coach? Clients tend to come my way when they are in the midst of some pivotal change and growth, when they really need to take the business to the next level, stop running it like a club and begin performing like a company. The growing pains can show up in a couple of different ways. One area in which a company might experience growing pains has to do with an individual leader’s behaviors and leadership skills. A leader might suddenly realize that his or her standard toolkit isn’t quite working anymore. Over time, leaders develop habits and behaviors that appear to be

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When business leaders realize they need to change to make things optimal, they seek a coach to help guide them through the process. instrumental in creating success. Some of

Myth or Fact?

Sure Signs You Need an Executive Business Coach:

these behaviors, however, can cost leaders

I’m an executive in the business and

in their work, relationships and communica-

spending money on a coach seems a bit lux-


urious. Is it worth the investment? There are

1. You’re successful, but your “start-up

several statistics available that discuss the

adrenaline” has crashed. You’re physically

positive return.

exhausted and can’t imagine how it will all

Tangible Business Impacts

get done.

Another area prone to growing pains is the organizational structure of the company. A leader might find some gaps in skills and ability when he or she assesses the talent of

(Frequency of impacts reported by executives)

the work team against the overall business

2. You’ve become a “seagull” manager,

strategy. What helped make the company

swooping in and out with feedback and,

successful up until now may not be what is

let’s face it, it’s not helping morale.

needed to make the company successful in the future.

3. You’re short-tempered, frustrated and

When business leaders realize they need

wondering “Why can’t my team just make

to change to make things optimal, they seek

a coach to help guide them through the process. It’s not always easy to tackle this

Intangible Business Impacts

change and development in a self-guided

(Frequency of impacts reported by executives)

the decisions and get it done?” 4. You’re finding that just working harder isn’t working anymore, no matter how

way. As an objective coach with actual busi-

many venti Starbucks you have. You need

ness experience, I help leaders navigate this

to work smarter.

change during a manageable period of time. I typically see the following three areas as

5. You’re wondering if stealing your child’s

catalysts for seeking a coach:

Ritalin is the answer to focus.

1. I need to get out of the trenches and lead strategically. My leadership style

worked for a company of five, but not for a company of 50-plus. do you think? Is obtaining a business coach

2. My company has outgrown its talent. I

While those numbers might seem com-

need to right-size the talent and build the

pelling factually, let me ask you this: What is

next level of leadership.

the cost of not addressing some of the chal-

It’s funny that we have the capability to

3. In the beginning, we said yes to every-

lenges you’re having? Will you be unable to

realize when we need to stop using the Ex-

thing. Now, we have “indigestion of opportu-

scale your business for growth? Will you be

cel spreadsheet and shift to a professional

nity” and need to prioritize, focus and start

able to continue being an effective leader?

accounting system, but we don’t always put

saying no. We need to shift our strategy from

Will your employees start leaving if you

the same time and attention into shifting our

reactive to proactive. It’s a shift from multi-

choose to work in the trenches? When you

mediocre leadership to great leadership.

tasking to mindful-tasking.

consider just a few of these questions, what

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a luxury or a necessity?

So, you’ve decided to use an executive business coach . How do you find the right one? Finding the right coach is critical to predicting success in the coaching relationship. In fact, I would advise that finding the right coach is no different than finding the right partner or new employee. Consider the following factors: •Coach’s Business Experience: Has the coach ever been a leader of people? Been responsible for profit and loss? Set a business strategy or a talent strategy? •Proven Process: Does the coach have a proven process that measures for return on investment? Are there testimonials to back it up? •Core Values Match: Does the coach fit your company’s core values? If respect and dignity are core to your business, do you know if the coach will demonstrate those? •Coaching Competencies: Does the coach demonstrate the ability to listen and empathize, show sensitivity and maintain confidentiality? Does the coach have the ability to work across cultures/genders, have openness to change, the ability to gain and maintain trust? And then there’s the highly technical assessment: gut. What is your gut telling you when you meet with your potential coach? Can you have an open, trusting relationship with this person and be willing to be challenged? Remember, while a coach may be the guide, you will be the one putting the work into action. Make sure yours is a trusted partner who will push you, challenge you and teach you invaluable lessons about your leadership. Look for Glass’s article in next month’s issue. Visit to learn more.

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Muggle Mecca The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Keeps the Magic Alive b y S h e l b y O ’ N e i ll


ven on the last page of the seventh book, it didn’t feel final. After all, there were still four more years until the last frame of the last movie flickered across the silver screen. Now, in 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has come and gone, leaving

Potterphiles like me wondering how to resign themselves to the ordinary Muggle world. While J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore launches in October as an online encyclopedia intended to enhance her bestselling series, many fans long for a more physical way to remain under the spell of their favorite books.

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The ticket to lasting enchantment leads not to Little Whinging

village itself looks every inch the way it appears in the films, from the

(home to the Dursleys), the Scottish highlands or even to London. It’s

uneven cobblestones all the way up to the rooftops of each build-

actually found in a landlocked city in Florida best known for housing

ing sagging under the weight of the snow. (Snow! In Florida!)

a certain mouse. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Uni-

Then you catch sight of the marvelously familiar names on the signs

versal Orlando in June 2010 and brings the magic of Rowling’s books to life.

and find yourself making a beeline for Zonko’s Joke Shop and the sugary

But before you book your flight, hotel or portkey, be warned. The

treats of Honeydukes. For something a little more substantial, order fish

Wizarding World of Harry Potter is not a stand-alone theme park. In

and chips next door at The Three Broomsticks and adjoining pub, The

fact, its 20 acres comprise just three rides that count as only one sec-

Hog’s Head. While in those establishments, you simply must order a but-

tion of Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios’ newest theme park,

terbeer, preferably frozen. What butterbeer lacks in alcohol (as in, it has

which is also home to Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Juras-

none), it more than makes up for in taste, combining the delectable flavors

sic Park, The Lost Continent and Seuss Landing. An adult ticket for Is-

of cream soda and butterscotch into something truly unique. Butterbeer

lands of Adventure costs $85 for one day, but for $35 more, you also

is also available fresh from the tap from roving carts in Hogsmeade and

gain access to the original Universal Studios, where you can meet E.T.

can help make standing in line outside Ollivanders Wand Shop a little

and flee from Jaws.

more enjoyable. Inside

Of course, once you

the small store, 20 visi-

step foot inside Hogs-

tors enter at a time to

meade Village, you prob-

watch as one child from

ably will no longer care

the group experiences

how much that ticket

the thrill of being chosen


the steam

by a wand a la Harry Pot-

clears, the engine of the


ter and the Sorcerer’s



Stone. If you’re lucky, you


might witness some real-

you’ve just disembarked

life magic when the kid’s

from the train that be-

face lights up in awe of

gins at Platform 9¾ at

the “wizardry.”



London’s Kings Cross

Of the three

station and terminates

rides in The Wiz-




Hogwarts Express

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Diagon Alley

Harry Potter, two are roller coasters that

queue for the Forbidden Journey winds

the ride’s potential to nauseate. The full-range

were repurposed from other Islands of Ad-

through the castle’s grounds and interiors,

action also requires that riders store all belong-

venture attractions. But even though dueling

giving you a chance to explore each detail.

ings in lockers, which are secured by fingerprint

coasters Dragon Challenge and family-

The wait can stretch for hours in peak times,

scan, before entering the line.

friendly Flight of the Hippogriff lack some of

but time goes quickly when you find yourself

After winding through the castle’s pas-

the purpose-driven detail of the surrounding

in Professor Sprout’s herbology classroom.

sageways, seeing messages from projections

village, they are still worth checking out, if

(The many refreshing drinking fountains

of Harry, Ron and Hermione, and finally be-

only to see Hagrid’s Hut. The most bewitch-

and shaded coverings certainly don’t hurt.)

ing tightly secured on a magical bench, you

ing jewel in The Wizarding World’s crown is

Unlike traditional coasters, the Forbidden

begin your flight, which takes you through

indisputably Harry Potter and the Forbidden

Journey utilizes a robotic arm that whisks rid-

the Forbidden Forest to meet the descen-

Journey, which can be found inside Hog-

ers along a track, providing a much greater

dants of Aragog, flying across the quidditch

warts castle. Nestled on high, the turrets of

range of motion that finds riders flat on their

pitch, battling the whomping willow and

Hogwarts can actually be spotted through-

backs, dangling over familiar scenes while

even facing some soul-sucking dementors

out Islands of Adventure, and up close, the

whipping forward. That can be a recipe for mo-

through a mixture of practical and projected

castle is no less breathtaking. Luckily, the

tion sickness, and copious signs warn about


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Wand Shop

After the Forbidden Journey’s end, you may be a newly crowned champion of Hogwarts, but you are still deposited into a gift shop. Yet soon you’ll realize that Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods is much more. From enchanted parchment to house scarves to Death Eater uniforms, this shop is a Potter fan’s dream. Sure, you’ll also spot the standard T-shirts and coffee mugs, but what you’ll find yourself wanting most is a timeturner so you can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all over again.

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Offers Something for Everyone

In a Welcome Setting S to r y b y n i c o l e c a r b o n p h oto s b y k n o x p h oto g r a p h i c s


he sign outside reads, “Welcome to Contigo. Please sit any where.” Just like at good friends’ and fam ily mem-

ber’s homes, you are made to feel welcome and com for table at Contigo. That’s the point. Welcome Contigo to the Mueller de velopment in Austin, where you’ll experience warm, Southern hospitality; good, q uality food; and well-thought- out drin ks in an atmosphere that just makes you want to kick back, relax and stay awh ile. Contigo was modeled after owner Bev Edgerton’s family ranch of the same name, located in South Texas, where he spent most of his leisure time while growing up. There, his family tended cattle, hunted and did what they do best: entertain family and friends. Edgerton says he couldn’t bring all of Austin down to the ranch, so he brought the ranch to us. At Contigo, it’s all about the hospitality. In fact, “hospitality” is one of Edgerton’s favorite words and he uses it often. He and his employees love what they do and it shows. Contigo is a Spanish word meaning “with you.” It’s a place where everyone is welcome. You’ll find kids, dogs, groups of girlfriends gathering around for happy hours and fellows hanging out in the washer pits, sipping beers. It’s also a place to


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to gather w ith good friends to do some catch ing up. Outdoor speakers are strategically placed and prov ide the ideal background music. The covered patio, wh ich looks out onto a beer garden, offers traditional, restaurant- style


seating. Strung lights decorate the expansive beer garden, wh ich begs v isitors to be social w ith com munal- style


picn ic tables. There’s a gam ing area w ith washer pits – a great spot for hanging out and hav ing fun. There’s a place for ever yone and that’s just what Edger ton intended to create.

Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine

Open 8am-11pm, Every Day

“I love seeing people come to life when they’re in the right atmosphere,”

Ox Tongue Sliders

Edger ton said. Edger ton’s passion for opening a restaurant began building at the age of

No appointment needed

Aesthetics at Contigo have not been

16, but h is father had other plans for

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dar wood and metal were used to cre -

earn a degree. But, as Edger ton well

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knows, you can’t fight passion.

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“I love enter taining. I love hospitality,” he said.

house were added, including tile em-

A fter several years of apply ing h is

bellish ing the entrance and deer ant-

degree wh ile working in marketing,

lers that were repurposed as beer taps.

Edger ton followed h is passion and

The leather-backed chairs are custom-

par tnered

made, and ladies, the restrooms were

friend, A ndrew Wisehear t, whose re -

designed w ith us in m ind. Mexican Ta-


lavera tile adorns the walls, f lowers

restaurants in Napa, CA.

w ith


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long time


Michelin-recogn ized

dress the vanity, and the soap and

Contigo’s menu is described as good,

hand towels are of the h ighest q uality.

quality bar food that is familiar and ap-

The restaurant is set up as an open

peals to a wide range of palates. I say

space and is main ly outdoors. It is bro -

the restaurateurs are being humble.

ken up into five sections that f low into

While the menu is approachable, this

each other. The covered bar area in-

isn’t typical bar fare. The menu includes

v ites g uests to either belly up to the

bar offerings, small plates, charcuterie,

bar or have a seat at one of the adja-

plates and desserts. It was designed so

cent cocktail tables. From the bar area,

guests can enjoy a snack or combine

the v iew overlooks a deck that was de -

items for a complete meal. Executive

signed to feel like an outdoor liv ing

Chef Wiseheart draws from his exper-

room and lounge. In th is cozy space,

tise, using high-quality ingredi-

there’s plenty of lounge - style seating

ents and adding his twist to clas-

and rugs that prov ide the perfect spot

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(The Contigo version includes house-made smoked sausage.) I

Delicious, quality food and drink served in a comfortable

fell in love with the white bean dip that is laced with decadent

and welcoming setting that offers a little bit of something for

duck fat. It was so good, I scraped the dish clean. Other stand-

everyone – I’ll take it! Thank you, Mr. Edgerton, for bringing the

out menu items include ox tongue sliders and the classic burger

ranch to us.

served on a house-made challah bun with fries. Vegetarians were not overlooked and meat-free options include the pickled beets, Texas okra, crispy green beans, field greens and a classic grilled cheese on house-made brioche. More vegetarian items continue to be added to the menu. The drin k menu was designed in line w ith the kitchen, in that it delivers a h igh level of q uality wh ile offering a little some th ing unexpected. The focus is on teq uila, wh iskey, and well-thought- out beer and w ine selections. Fresh ingredients are key in concoctions such as the El Pepino, wh ich com bines teq uila, cucum ber water, m int and lime. The El Jefe is a perfect example of the unexpected, made w ith Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch, Lu xardo Marisch ino liq ueur, lemon and ginger brew. The w ine list is simple and offers both New and Old World selections. I was happy to see that also offered are q uality house red and wh ite w ines at a ver y reasonable price. The beer selections include draft, bottled and can ned. There was much thought put into what comes out of those 12 deer-antlered beer taps. Lone Star and Fireman’s #4 w ill always be on tap because they appeal to a w ide range of people. There are also five more Texas beers, four Belgian- style beers and a tap know n as Ben’s tap. Here, Edgerton experiments w ith different selections. Recently, the tap poured Spaten Dun kel, a dark German lager.

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Creating a peaceful atmosphere for your guests starts with the colors you choose. I love grays and whites, and a guest room is a nice place to play with this quiet combination of neutrals. A shade of grey can calm the jet-lagged or car weary traveler. For wall color, try different swatches of a cool grey or a warm white. Linens and fabrics you choose can be extremely subtle, and surprisingly charming.

note to say hello


Upgrade Wow Last-Minute Summer Visitors by Kate Stafford

part of the family

Find a clever way to greet your guests by writ-

Old family photos can find a home in your

ing a short note displayed in the room. A chalk-

guest room. A small collage of old pictures

board hanging on the wall is a great option –

can be a nice way to integrate your guest to

love the vintage charm. You could also have a

your home. This works for family members

frame you keep next to the bed that you change

who come to stay, as well as friends who get

out or write on a brown paper bag filled with a

to know you a little better through the photos.

small snack. Show your personality through

Understated is always better when displaying

this gesture and you are sure to make anyone

old photos so the images can speak for them-

feel welcome in your home and guest room!


layered linens

things you may need

A bed that is covered with sheets and blankets

Something will always be forgotten or left off

and pillows can be overdone, but if done cor-

the packing list when traveling, at least for me.

rectly, a layering of linens can be inviting. I

Keeping a collection of commonly forgotten

would suggest finding again, a color that is

items is thoughtful and encouraging when pro-

neutral but offers a surprising hint of blue or

viding space for a guest. Make it easy for them

green. Instead of throwing on an old quilt you

to find by creating a storage system. Craft pa-

have had forever in a closet, treat your guests

per boxes labeled with the items, get varying

well with some linens that make them feel at

sizes and keep them on a shelf labeled “toilet-


ries” or “batteries” or “pencils”... be creative!

Chaise, please

make it unique

Seating in a guest room is fun but often over-

How about finding a fun round mirror or a vin-

looked. A nice little reading nook with a chaise

tage find that can adorn a corner in your guest

is a treat and a nice design statement. Find a

room to make it have that extra comfort? A mir-

chaise or comfortable lounge chair that comple-

ror is a great place for people to get ready, espe-

ments the style of your room. Going with a color

cially if the bathroom is shared by others in the

could add interest to a neutral room. Play up a

house. This gives your guests the feeling of

modern room with a clean-lined or mid-century

their own space in a new place and also pro-

inspired chaise. Whatever you choose, make

vides a way to display an interesting find that

sure it is comfortable and in keeping with the

might not fit somewhere else in the house.

rest of your space.

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Talkin’ Trash Austin’s single-stream recycling program proves more is less – less money for taxpayers, that is. by Marcy Goodfleisch


few years ago, recycling in Austin

It’s no surprise that, despite the best ef-

households were fitted with 96-gallon carts

meant spending annoying amounts of

forts of the City of Austin and environmental

that could accept any recyclable materials

time separating cans, bottles and paper be-

enthusiasts, it wasn’t easy to get some Aus-

without the need to sort. The huge blue carts

fore putting the far-too-small blue bin out by

tinites to bypass the trashcan when discard-

are now a familiar sight throughout the city on

the curb. Worse yet, on windy days, neigh-

ing cans, glass, plastic and paper. Who had

recycling days. Unlike the open bins, the lid-

borhoods were often littered with stray

the spare time to sort things before pick-up

ded carts keep lightweight items from blowing

newspapers lifted from the open-topped

day, or to chase down those papers and bins

away, and the cart itself is too sturdy to be

bins and swept away in the breeze. Once a

when they blew away?

tossed around in the wind.

bin was emptied, a really heavy gust could

In late 2008, to help improve participation,

Jennifer Herber, spokeswoman for

often send the entire container tumbling

the City of Austin phased in a single-stream

City of Austin Solid Waste Services,

down the street like an errant spring kite.

recycling program. By January 2009, all

says in addition to providing a way

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The amount of material headed for landfills has dropped noticeably, and the amount of recycled waste

has increased dramatically.

for recyclable materials to be reused, a major goal of the program is

that stuff you can’t put in the blue cart) has enabled them to save

to reduce the number of tons of recyclable materials being sent to

money on monthly pick-up fees by converting to a smaller trash cart.

landfills each year.

Meanwhile, every ton of waste that doesn’t hit our landfills saves tax-

“The City of Austin has a zero-waste goal of diverting 90% of waste

payers money that would have been spent on waste services and, even-

away from landfills by the year 2040,” Herber said. After two-and-a-

tually, more acres for landfill use. This is in addition to the positive im-

half years, it looks like the new program is beginning to pay off. The

pact on our planet’s natural resources gained from reusing materials

amount of material headed for landfills has dropped noticeably, and

through recycling.

the amount of recycled waste has in-

creased dramatically.

filling your blue cart for pick-up every two

In the two-year span from fiscal year

weeks, there may be a few additional ways

2008 to 2010, the amount of curbside

you can save money and help reach Austin’s

waste dropped by 9% citywide, (a de-

recycling goals. If you’ve diverted enough

crease of more than 13,000 tons). Mean-

cans, plastic and paper waste into your re-

while, the amount (in tons) of curbside re-

cycling cart to see a noticeable drop in the

cycling has increased by more than 50%.

amount of your garbage waste, consider

Heber reports that Austin is gradually

downsizing your trash cart. The city will

getting closer to its zero-waste goal as

provide and deliver the smaller cart for free,

well. From 2008 to 2010, the amount of

and your monthly bill will drop by $5. They

waste diverted from landfills increased

Chances are, even if you are diligently

will also haul away your old cart.

from 30.5% to more than 37%, an overall in-

You can also save money and help re-

crease of about 22%. She said more progress will come as the city

duce landfill waste by composting, and the city will help you learn how.

phases in its new recycling ordinance (approved in Nov. 2010), which

If you take a free City of Austin compost class and downsize your regu-

will include commercial and multifamily properties.

lar trash cart, you will receive a rebate coupon (worth up to $75) to use

For taxpayers, single-stream recycling is a win-win program. The

toward the cost of a home compost system.

carts are provided at no extra charge to householders, and their capac-

When you place your carts at the curb on recycling days, help our

ity is significantly larger than that of the small bins provided in the

hardworking pick-up crews by leaving at least five-to-10 feet between

past. (At 96 gallons, the giant roll-around carts can hold a lot of plastic

each cart. This enables the truck’s forked pincers to easily lift each

milk jugs, aluminum soda cans, magazines, newspapers and cereal

cart. Otherwise, a crewmember will have to manually get out and

boxes.) For many householders, the reduction in regular “garbage” (all

place the cart in position so it can be lifted. Multiply those few

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minutes by thousands of households throughout the city, and you can see the savings in time and labor. Not only that, our crews will appreciate your extra effort during extreme hot, cold or rainy weather conditions. Heber said customers can also take preventative cost-saving measures by taking recycling into account when making purchases. In addition to the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle theme the city promotes, she suggests consumers “rethink” when making front-end choices on what

Austin’s singlestream recycling program is already a success, and

if everyone gets on board, it will only get

better. they bring into their homes. Look for products with smaller or more environmentally



and when purchasing higher-end goods, consider items that are made from recycled materials or that can be easily recycled. Austin’s single-stream recycling program is already a success, and if everyone gets on board, it will only get better. Every small choice adds up to a bigger contribution to our environment.

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method: 1. Divide lettuce among 4 salad bowls. Top evenly with barbecued chicken, eggs, tomatoes, cheese, and avocado. Serve with Buttermilk-Ranch Dressing. Yields: 4 servings

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ingredients: 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. chopped fresh chives Dash of hot sauce Salt and pepper to taste

method: 1. Divide lettuce among 4 salad bowls. Top evenly with barbecued chicken, eggs, tomatoes, cheese, and avocado. Serve with Buttermilk-Ranch Dressing. Yield: 1 cup

Sesame Noodle Salad ingredients: 6 oz. soba noodles or other thin noodles 3 Tbsp. sesame oil, divided 1 (1-lb.) eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 8 oz. mushrooms, quartered 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 cup matchstick carrots 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 Tbsp. soy sauce 2 Tbsp. dry sherry 1 Tbsp. lime juice 1 1/2 tsp. Asian chile sauce (such as Sriracha) 1/2 tsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Additional chile sauce, if desired

method: 1. Cook noodles in boiling water 4 minutes or until done. Drain; rinse with cold water, and drain. Place noodles in a large bowl; set aside. 2. Heat 1 Tbsp. sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant; sauté 8 minutes or until soft. Add cooked eggplant to noodles; set aside. Return skillet to heat, and add 1 Tbsp. sesame oil. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, carrots, and garlic. Sauté 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add cooked vegetables to noodle mixture; set aside. 3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, peanut butter, and next 7 ingredients, stirring until smooth. Add peanut butter mixture to noodles, stirring until noodles and vegetables are coated. Add cilantro and additional chile sauce, if desired. Serve at room temperature. Yield: 4 main-dish servings

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The City Theatre Company presents The Imaginary Invalid July 21 – Aug. 14 Thurs. – Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 – $20, Thursday all seats $10 The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Reservations: 512.524.2870 or


Tiara Tuesday 6 - 8pm The Daily Grill at the Domain 11506 Century Oaks Terrace Austin, Texas 78758


North Hills Gallery presents It’s Hot and It’s Art Aug. 3 – 28 7050 Village Center Dr. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Closed Sat.


Ewomen Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:30p.m. (Doors open and informal networking begins at 11:00) Cool River 4001 W. Parmer Lane Austin, Texas 78727


Travis County Master Gardeners Association presents Fall Vegetable Gardening 10 a.m. to noon Zilker Botanical Garde 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

Marathon Real Estate presents Home Seller’s Seminar hosted by Tausha Carlson Free 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, 504 E. Fifth St. Seating is limited. Please respond to reserve a spot: 512.653.1966 or What Women Need to Know About Divorce This workshop is designed to help women take the next step, not matter where they are in their process. 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 512-732-1244 Capital Pediatric Group celebrates 50th Anniversary by Donating 500 Bicycle Helmets to Austin Children Capital Pediatric Group will give away 125 bicycle helmets each hour on a first-come first-served basis 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1100 W. 39 ½ St. Parking: 1010 West 40th Street in the CTVS parking lot


Hartman Foundation presents Concerts in the Park 7:30 p.m. Free Long Center City Terrace


Waterloo Records & Video presents Caitlin Rose 5 p.m. 600-A North Lamar Blvd.



ASPIRE Dance Convention Aug. 9 – 10 Must be 11 - 18 years of age to register Wyndham Garden Hotel and Convention Center, 3401 South IH-35 To register visit AspireRegistration.html

Hartman Foundation presents Concerts in the Park 7:30 p.m. Free Long Center City Terrace


Waterloo Records & Video presents Blue October 5 p.m. 600-A North Lamar Blvd.

Austin Skiers and Boarders Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Holiday Inn, 8901 Business Park Dr.

American Society of Women Accountants ­— Austin Chapter Open to women in business, finance and accounting-related fields 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Networking, dinner, speaker & CPE Contact 512.589.8852 or aswaaustin. org for additional details

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Mighty Five’s Infinite Funk Odyssey Aug. 18 – Sept. 3 Thurs. – Sat., 8 p.m. $12; $10 for students The Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale Rd.



SCORE Workshop: Essentials of Writing a Business Plan 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 at the door 5524 Bee Caves Rd., Bldg. M, Westland Office Park





Batfest Arts, crafts, music and bat watching 1 p.m. – midnight Free Congress Ave. Anne Richards Bridge Forklift Danceworks presents Encore performances of The Trash Project Aug. 27 – 28 7:30 p.m. Free for the public by reservation Austin Studios tarmac at 1901 E. 51st St.

Bébé Paluzza Largest maternity, baby and toddler show in the nation Aug. 19 – 20 $10 Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Palmer Events Center

Wonders and Worries ¡Qué Maravilla! 7:00 p.m. The Austin Music Hall This year marks our 10th Anniversary! Special guest Memphis Train Revue.

TWIB Monthly Luncheon 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Shoreline Grill 98 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX 78701


grayDUCK Gallery presents Candy Cornbread, a New Contemporary Exhibit Aug. 26 – Sept. 25 Opening reception Aug. 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Austin Fall Home and Garden Show Aug. 26 – 28 Adults $8; seniors $6; children 16 and younger free Austin Convention Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® BARNUM 200SM Aug. 17 – 21 Frank Erwin Center

Keep Austin Beautiful: Clean Lady Bird Lake 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Pre-registration required at Do It Yourself by Design using Feng Shui Principles Two-session workshops, Aug. 13 and 27 $95 for members, $110 for nonmembers Lakeway Community Center 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway Register at

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Hartman Foundation presents Concerts in the Park 7:30 p.m. Free Long Center City Terrace Brian Jones Celebrity Golf Tournament 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Former UT great, All-American and NFL Linebacker Brian Jones hosts his annual celebrity golf tournament at the exclusive UT Golf Club. The Classic, co-sponsored by Multichem and Silicon Labs, features former and current NFL players as well as local celebrities. Texas Outdoors Woman Network (TOWN) meeting Open to women interested in outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and more Speaker Ruthann Panipinto begins at 7 p.m. LCRA Red Bud Complex at 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., Room RBC225

Fourth Annual NOCC Balance 5K and Kids’ K Registration, 7:30 a.m. 5K start time, 9 a.m. Kids’ K, 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $8 – $45 The Domain



Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Presented in conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free Waterloo Park Market/HotSauce AIBA presents Luncheon: City Business - The Big Event 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, RSVP Nuevo Leon, 1501 E. Sixth St.

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• Mar.21-apr.20 Eccentricity and genius mark your August. This is a showy party month for you, but please don’t let your good times interfere with your new money opportunities. Your friends want to hijack your inspired talent as “the life of the party,” but as tempting as variety may be, your talent is more useful as a motivation for creativity this month than as a distraction. Pay attention to partnership opportunities that take time to develop. Be patient. Don’t be in a hurry. You feel a need to create intimate, solid partnerships, so don’t ignore that feeling. Go with it.


• Apr.21-May 21 It’s time to come back down to earth. In spite of inner transformations, if you’re involved in big business (and most of you are), you’ll be a little more stubborn and resistant to new ideas. But try not to stick to the old tried-andtrue just because it’s worked in the past. Don’t let your financial successes at the first of the month lull you into a state of complacency. Keep up the steady growth, even if the results don’t manifest immediately. Money flow could slow after the 30th until the end of the year.


• May 22-June.20 You Geminis like to be on the move and are happiest when you have an assortment of interesting ideas to contemplate, much like a kid in a candy store. This month, a virtual candy store of interesting ideas and interesting places puts a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eye. Try to plan a fun trip or two, something outrageous and flamboyant and flashy. The planning should be as fun (and as tricky) as choosing lollipops over licorice. If the travel is romantic, and you can juggle work communications via computer, then so much the better.

“August is a brash, sprawling, noisy, spoiled-rotten, only-child of a month. Expect loud, aggressive parties and egocentric behavior from all but the most timid folks, and temper tantrums in public. In private, my advice is the same as it’s been the last few months: Try to avoid arguments, even you aren’t immune to this month’s in-your-face energy.”


• June 21-July 22 “If you build it, they will come.” Your need to be a free spirit prompted a change in your career in January, and now the unusual and unconventional approach to your profession is your new normal. It’s not just shock and awe you’re after with your work. You love what you’re doing. New talents you never knew you had and unexpected twists in your life are all part of the transformation. Your new circle of important friends could be an avenue for getting what you want, so join any groups that ask you. Reach out beyond your personal circle and open some new doors.


• July 23-Aug.23 Happy Birthday, Leo! This is just the sort of birthday month you love: Lots of gifts, attention and surprises. Expect a few guests from far away or a great birthday trip to top the month off. You could teach a few lessons in how to enter a room dramatically, and when it comes to entertainment, you are the favorite main character in everyone’s plot line. Take the accolades and have some fun because next month, work claims your complete attention. There is still so much to do behind the scenes. And, of course, you need to finish your screenplay.

Virgo • Aug.24-Sept.22 In August, you’re sort of a split personality. On the one hand, you want to retreat and regenerate, to reflect, dream and recharge your batteries. You want to take care of personal and private affairs, and you are attracted to secrets and whispers. But it’s also “turn on the charm” time. You are so irresistible that you may not want to isolate yourself, and your friends might not let you; they need your energy for crowd management. You want to please and to be pleased, so it makes sense to pamper yourself in private while you’re directing your fans in public.


• Sept.23-Oct.22 The sign of Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, and the meaning of this is really going to be noticeable and obvious in August. If you know even a little bit about Venus, you know it was named after the goddess of love and represents beauty, pleasure and relationships. True, you’ll work hard and be very busy with your career, but you’ll have a wonderful time while doing it. It seems as though you aren’t alone, and you aren’t unhappy all month. Romance and music and film and parties and meetings abound, and you manage them all with seriousness and grace.


• Oct.23-Nov.21 This is a push-me pull-you month of contradictions and demands. Your career and social standing glow like the Marfa lights on a hot summer night, and your undivided time and attention is drawn in a flash. Still, family history and home are equally demanding, but not nearly so clear about what’s needed from you. Relationships grow and that’s good, but extreme emotions run high at home on the 13th and you’ll have to make some choices. Juggling ensues. Duty calls. You’d rather be at work, but you’ll have to pay attention to surprise health issues and try to maintain your sanity.


• Nov. 22-Dec. 21 It’s been said the two most important things to a Sagittarius are education and travel. Freedom was also somewhere in there, but last year you traded your flip-flops for a relationship with your banker. Monthly errands actually propel your income production up to the next level, and – surprise, surprise – you like the responsibility. You believe in what you’re doing right now, and you’ll preach about it like it’s religion. Foreign friends may show up on your doorstep (or the other way around) with a rolling bag and a smile, and the party’s on. It all works as long as it’s creative.


• Dec.22-Jan.20 Have you ever had your Tarot cards read? You may have seen a card affectionately known as “The Devil.” It’s kind of scary-looking and you know it can’t be good. “The Devil” simply represents a slight (or overwhelming) obsession with something physical and it’s getting in the way. It could be sex or money worries or a love affair. No matter how it plays out in your life, obsession with physical things can be like a wall of dark energy keeping light out. And you’ve got work to do. Too much of a good thing really does exist.


• Jan.21-Feb.19 I just have one special date for you: August th th 13 . On August 13 , expect a full moon in your sign, illuminating and magical, and it’s going to make your relationships really interesting and intense. I’m not saying bad or good, just interesting and intense. Communications are quirky and unusual, and so are short trips, so a little spontaneous traveling would be fun and a good idea. You might also remodel or move – anything to expand your home. The rest of the month should prove to be very busy, but no worries, you handle it like a rock star with a mic.


• Feb.20-Mar.20 In the 1947 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an accountant spends his day constantly fantasizing about a different, more exciting world than his own, inspiring the syndrome named after him. This month, you might feel overwhelmed with so many mundane tasks that you may be tempted to succumb to a little fantasy. The thing is, your daily life holds the promise of fun, and your relations and communications with your coworkers shine and grow. This is the perfect month to ask for a raise, adjust your job description or make up for a less-than-perfect job performance.

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