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ecause the rest of her life – as an educator, wife, mom, and business owner – is so demanding, Dawn Rudolph tries to “keep it simple” at Dripping Springs’ newest fitness studio, Move 2 Improve Fitness. She requires no contracts, no membership fees, no childcare fees and creates a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere in the studio. “We’re all moms here,” she explains with a smile. “We understand if you have to come in late, leave early – even leave in the middle of class to pick up a child and then come back to finish!” Fitness that fits family lifestyles is the main focus at Move 2 Improve – along with fun! Evening Zumba classes are packed with participants of all ages, shapes and sizes rocking out to Latin

beats in the dark nightclub-like setting, illuminated mainly by dancing lights from a disco ball. While Zumba classes are the most numerous and popular, Move 2 Improve also offers a full schedule of daytime and evening Pilates, Yoga, Body Fit and Boot Camp classes. After teaching Zumba through local community education classes, Dawn opened her fitness studio last December in a spacious building behind Cowgirls and Lace. Her goal, she says, was to create a local spot for the number of fitness enthusiasts in Dripping Springs who were driving into Austin for workout classes. Her business model includes paying more for her staff than for rent. “I hire the best of the best and pay them well because people come to classes for the instructors,” she believes. In addition to See MOVE TO IMPROVE, Page 2

Move2Improve Fitness hosted The 4 Amigos ZUMBA event on Sat. May 18th. The 4 Amigos consist of local successful ZUMBA instructors and studio owners. The 4 Amigos FRONT ROW Jabari: “Mr. 512”, Warfield, El Conde “Double Duty” Ruiz, Phil “The Phil Show” Amador and Christian “Superman” Melendez. Photo courtesy Move2Improve.

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Move 2 Improve instructors (and moms) LEFT TO RIGHT Sonya Cantu, Lisa Matthews, Dawn Rudolph, Beth O’Neal and Stefani Tjelmeland. Photo by Jordan Adkins herself, she has four trained instructors who are also moms from the Dripping Springs area. Dawn’s commitment to serving busy moms also includes providing a supervised kids’ room for toddlers and older kids at no extra cost to class participants. Two of her own teenage children often help out by staffing the kids’ room during evening classes. The best result – and biggest surprise – from opening the studio, Dawn reports, is the number of wonderful people she’s met and made friends with. “I have five sets of mothers-and-daughters in classes – and three sets of sisters,” she says with amazement. “ I’ve met students who are doing Zumba to address serious health issues, and they share that with me…. Getting to know all these wonderful women has been so fabulous and….” Here Dawn Rudolph, ZUMBA Instructor & owner of Move she breaks off, choking up 2 Improve, taken on stage at the Dripping Springs with tears through a smile. Relay for Life. Photo by Photography by Brenda. A nearby participant agrees. “It’s a very positive environment. Ev- the DSHS Relay for Life. “It was absoluteeryone is encouraging – I find friends in ly incredible,” she recalls. “There were every class.” 150 kids doing Zumba on the football Besides moms of school age kids, field, totally synched and cheering.” Move 2 Improve classes include people Also during May, Move 2 Improve in every age range, says Zumba and Body hosted regional Zumba celebrities, The 4 Fit instructor Lisa Matthews – including Amigos, for a sold-out Zumbathon at the several 60-something-year-olds that can studio. “breeze through while the rest of us are Special events this summer include a gasping for breath,” she laughs. Glow Party in June and a Zumba Under Move 2 Improve offers special events the Stars party in July. monthly. Thirty Zumba enthusiasts filled FYI • Move 2 Improve Fitness is located at 1111 West their colorful float during April’s Found- Hwy 290 in Dripping Springs, just behind Cowgirls and Lace. ers Day celebration. A full schedule of classes and registration information can be In May, Dawn and crew volunteered found on their website: www.move2improvefitness.com, or their time and Zumba teaching talents to by calling 512-289-5935.


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ripping Springs High School senior Cambria Sawyer figured out a way to convert unwanted pocket change into change for the better in one small town in Mexico. The Penny Drop project that she designed and carried out at DSHS this April raised more than $600 for the Pan de Vida Mission in Sandoval, Mexico, which provides a home for orphaned children and battered women. Cambria first learned of the shelter and its programs when she traveled to Sandoval on a mission trip. “I fell in love with the place, their spirit and the children,” she remembers. After returning home, Cambria remained in contact with the Mission and learned that they were trying to raise money to replace their deteriorated fence with a new one that would provide more security for the residents. Local Dripping Springs’ businesses allowed Cambria and her volunteers to place coin collection jars by their cash registers and some individuals provided personal donation to the project. After collecting donations for two months, the fundraising group converted all the donations into pennies and spread the coins out on the floor of an empty classroom at the high school. They invited students to stop by the room throughout the day and contribute what pocket change they could to the floor fund. As an extra little incentive for the students, Cambria convinced head basketball coach Chris Payne and history teacher Jeff Bixby to act as “human basketball hoops.” The two donned protective helmets and stood in the middle of the penny pile while students aimed coins at them. A flood of kids showed up with change in hand to pelt the pedagogues with pennies (and nickels and quarters….). The project accomplished more than one goal: it raised funds for the Mission, raised awareness at DSHS of the Pan de Vida Mission’s programs - and was a whole lot of fun, reports Cambria. Mission accomplished!

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Care, 11013 Signal Hill Drive. RSVP to 512-637-5400. www.arvedacare.com EVERY THURSDAY •Steak Night and Karaoke at the Nutty Brown Cafe. nuttybrown.com. • Thyme and Dough Bistro Nights with live music, scrumptious dinners and decadent desserts. 6 pm to 9 pm. 512-894-0001. • Henly Baptist Church JOY (Just Older Youth) Club meets at 9:30 am. www.henlybaptistchurch.org. FIRST THURSDAYS • Dripping Springs American Legion 7 pm. 512-858-5637. FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY • Lions Club meets at 131 East Mercer Street. 512-858-5159. SECOND THURSDAYS • Knights of Columbus, Council 11695, meets at the St Martin de Porres Parrish Hall on Post Oak Road, at 7:30 pm. Preceeded by a pot luck dinner. • Charlotte’s Book Club. Dripping Springs Community Library, 6 pm. Visit www.dscl.org or call 512-858-7825 for more information. THIRD THURSDAYS • Dripping Springs VFW meets. 27500 Ranch Road 12. 7 pm. 512-858-5637. • Thirsty Thursday” meets at 7 pm. New Life Lutheran Church at 120 Frog Pond Lane off Highway 290. Poets, musicians, songwriters and storytellers share work. Works of artists, photographers and quilters also welcome. Call hostess Nancy Fierstien at 512-858-2024. FOURTH THURSDAY • Photographers of Dripping Springs (PODS). Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, in the conference room. 6:30 pm. 512-524-7897. EVERY FRIDAY • Men’s Breakfast at Fitzhugh Baptist Church. 6:30 am. 512-913-4808. • Free wine tasting and art gallery. 5 pm to 8 pm at Cedar Valley Spirits (across from Nutty Brown Cafe). www. cedarvalleyspirits.com

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Throughout the summer, The Art Garage will come alive with activity morning ‘til night. From themed summer art camps to story times, tie-dye Fridays, adult workshop nights and a few special events, there’s something for anyone who has creative curiosity. Summer camps, which run weekly from June through August, will be offered for mixed ages and featuring mixed art media: ceramics, hand-building with clay, drawing, painting, fused glass, jewelry, tie-dye, color theory and more. Campers in each week’s camp will complete eight to 12 art projects and celebrate on Friday with a pARTy. Camps generally run from 10 am to 2 pm, with aftercare available from 2 pm to 6 pm. Friday mornings’ Storytime Art is geared to the pre-school crowd (although older kids are always welcome) and include a book (or two) and a related art project. Wednesday night Family Nights from 6 pm to 7 pm bring the whole family together through the creative process. The once-a-month events will offer individual themes with special discounts in the studio and free art projects. Adults and kids can get colorful at TieDye Fridays, a once-a-month open studio time to tie-dye t-shirts and other clothing in need of expression. A special ‘Red, White and Blue” tie-dye event on Sunday, June 30 will get everyone and their shirt in a patriotic spirit for the Fourth of July. Six Friday nights in June and July will host Workshops – special evenings for adults without the supervision of children. Participants may enjoy their own wine, beer, and snacks while they explore the wonders of fused glass, canvas painting, batiking, and painting pottery. The 1,800 square-foot building that is home to The Art Garage contains a classroom/party room with seating for 20-plus and a spacious studio with room for artists to spread out. In the center of the building is the kiln, where hand-built clay creations, fused glass and painted pottery are fired. Kelly feels that centering her studio around the kiln is like centering the home around the kitchen. “It’s important for kids to see their pieces go into the kiln and come out again to understand the whole process,” she says. A trained artist (she holds a Bachelors degree from Florida State University School of Visual Arts), Kelly says the experience of motherhood opened her eyes to the importance of making the world a better place for children. She decided to teach art to give children opportunities to explore, experiment and develop their creative talents. After completing graduate school and teaching high school in Florida, Kelly moved to Austin in 2008 and began to teach art to friends’ kids in her garage studio. That’s right, the Art Garage really be-

Campers painting their ceramic art projects. Photo courtesy The Art Garage. gan in a garage! As an educator and artist, Kelly is convinced the best thing for a child between ages four and 10 is to really experience art – that is, to try a lot of different kinds of art. At The Art Garage, Kelly works with four other teachers to share her love of creating with kids and adults in her community. FYI • The Art Garage is located at 11190 Circle Drive in Southwest Austin, about 10 minutes east of Dripping Springs. For more information about The Art Garage’s programs and open studio times, and to register for summer classes and camps, visit the web site at theartgarageaustin. com, email info@theartgarage.com or call 512-852-9900. You can also find The Art Garage on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theartgarageAustin. See THE ART GARAGE, Page 7

Tie-dye Fridays provide open studio time to tie-dye tees June 14, July 19, and August 16, plus a special “Red White and Blue” tie-dye event Sunday, June 30, from 1-4 pm. Photo courtesy The Art Garage.


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