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AUSTIN OUTDOOR KIDS Get out and about and explore trails, swimming holes, water parks, playgrounds, lakes, amusement parks, and other destinations filled with fun and learning. Ages 5-13. June 16–Aug. 15. 512/487-5122. $310-325. www.sites.google.com

 

 

AUSTIN PARKS & RECREATION CAMPS The city offers all manner of camps that incorporate sports, hiking, art, dance, theatre, and much more. Go online to find one that’s right for your kid. June 16-Aug. 22. 512/974-6700. $75-215. www.austintexas.gov
 

 

BYGONE DAYS! VICTORIAN ERA CAMP What was summer camp like back in the 19th century? Kids will find out through era-appropriate art, crafts, sports, dance, and more. Ages 7-10. July 21-25 & July 28-Aug. 1. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel, 512/478-2335. $250. www.nchmuseum.org
 

 

CAMP FIRE ADVENTURE CAMP Kids get out of the house and into the great outdoors as they hike, swim, pitch tents, and generally commune with nature. Ages 5-12. June 9-Aug. 22, 8am-5pm. Asbury United Methodist Church, 1605 E. 38 1/2, 512/349-2111. $250. www.camp-fire.org
 

 

CAMP INDIGO Help your kids find their inner creative spirit through nature hikes, dance, drama, and yoga, while learning confidence, communication, and respect for themselves and others. Ages 4-12. June 16-20 & 23-27. Austin Discovery School, 8509 FM 969 #200, 512/476-8884. $300. www.amalafoundation.org
 

 

CAMP ON THE MOVE Every day’s a field trip, not a week goes by without Schlitterbahn and Fiesta Texas, and other stops for go-karts, zip-lining, and more. Charter buses wired to screen movies ensure minimal fidgeting en route. Ages 7-14. June 9-Aug.8, 7:30am-5:30pm. $295-365. www.camponthemove.com
 

 

CAMP SUMMIT All the usual camp fun – swimming, crafts, cooking – with a bit of Christian education thrown in. Ages 4-12. June 9-Aug. 1. 2121 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, 512/250-1369. $175-205. www.summiteagles.org
 

 

CAMP TRINITY Whatever you kid is into Trinity’s camps cover it: cooking, martial arts, computers, cheerleading, comic books, theatre, science, sports, & more. Ages 6-14. June 2-6 & 9-13. Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Caves Rd., 512/472-9525 x215. $250 ($450, full-day). www.austintrinity.org
 

 

COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER Keep the kids on the go with field trips to museums, play areas, and game centers while encouraging their interests in educational endeavors. Ages 5-13. www.countryhomelearningcenter.com
 

 

EARTH NATIVE WILDERNESS SCHOOL Learn all about the natural world of Central Texas through exploration and games. The older kids get into some survival techniques at the overnight camp in Bastrop. Ages 6-17. June 9-Aug. 1. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, 512/299-8870. $245 ($595, overnight camp). www.earthnativeschool.com
 

 

EPIC ADVENTURES Choose from the 7- or 12-day overnight camp that forgoes all the usual trappings of cabins and cafeterias for tents and campfires. Sleep under the stars after a day of biking, climbing, rafting, caving, and/or backpacking. Ages 13-17. June 15-Aug. 3. 512/417-6127. $800 per week. www.myepicadventures.com
 

 

ESCUELITA ART-ES INC. Bilingual instructors guide campers through various themed camps that include dance, music, theatre, art, yoga, sign language, and more. Ages 3-11. June 2-Aug. 1. 6100 Parkwood, Oak Hill, 512/965-3604. www.escuelitaart-es.com
 

 

EXTEND-A-CARE FOR KIDS Keep your kids mentally and physically active all summer with a well-rounded, diverse program including drama, cooking, soccer, reading, nature walks, and more. Ages 3-12. June 9-Aug. 15. 512/472-9402. Up to $170. www.eackids.org
 

 

GENAUSTIN Three-day camps educate and empower girls to be better individuals and friends and generally prepare for middle school. Ages 9-12. Mitte Foundation Carriage House, 1008 West Ave, 512/808-4044. $150. www.genaustin.org
 

 

GIRLSTART Choose one of the weeklong camps and learn about animals, music, or even create their own virtual theme park. Ages 9-13. June 9-Aug. 1. $300. www.girlstart.org
 

 

GROWIN’ TOGETHER HANDS-ON CAMP Choose your camp and put on a play, build something cool, or save the planet. Ages 5-12. June 16-July 25. Austin EcoSchool, 4105 Manchaca, 447-8516. $249. www.growintogether.org
 

 

HAWAIIAN FALLS CAMPS Younguns (ages 6-12) learn about science and nature through water and weather experiments and have some fun in the water park, naturally. Kids 12 to 15 can learn some lifesaving skills at the junior lifeguard cam. Older kids (ages 15-16) will lead the younger campers as part of the training program. July 7-Aug. 11. Hawaiian Falls Water Park, 2411 FM 685, Pflugerville. $125-250. www.hfalls.com
 

 

INSIDE OUTSIDE SCHOOL The Inside Outside School inundates kids with crafts, games, art, music, cooking, and even a few farm animals. Long story short? Your kids won’t be bored at these two-week camps. Ages 5-12. June 9-20 & July 7-18. 5530 Killingsworth Ln., Pflugerville, 512/251-1109. $550. www.insideoutsideschool.org
 

 

IQUEST Honestly, these guys win for widest variety of topics covered: comic books, Mandarin, philosophy, improv, TV production, college application help, etc. Seriously, etc. Ages 4-18. 5145 RR 620 N., 512/537-7664. $200-375. www.iquestaustin.com
 
 

 

 

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Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings to Austin, TX some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city is slated to bring over 100 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure that there are options for every type of comedy fan; die-hards to those just looking for a fun night.

Wednesday Schdule below:

5:00pm – 7:00pm | Moontower Lounge at the SFA Bar & Terrace

Schedule Banner Session 1

7:00pm | Paramount Theatre | DEMETRI MARTIN
Demetri Martin, Levi McDonald

7:15pm | The Velv Comedy Lounge | TRIFECTA
Jackie Kashian, Dan Naturman, Nick Thune, Host: Brendan K. O’Grady

7:15pm | The Parish | FOUR EYES
Andy Kindler, Mike Lawrence, Nick Mullen, Sara Schaefer, James Adomian,
Ari Shaffir, Rory Scovel, Host: Kerri Lendo


7:30pm | The Parish Underground | SHE-BANG
Erin Foley, Jen Kober, Cameron Esposito, Maggie Maye, Ashley Barnhill
Arden Myrin, Laura Kightlinger Host: Sean Patton


7:30pm | Stateside at the Paramount | PAJAMA MEN


8:00pm | Cap City | TRIFECTA
Kurt Braunohler, Brent Morin, Beth Stelling, Host: Chris Tellez


8:00pm | The New Movement | OPPOSITES + AC LEROK

Schedule Banner Session 2


9:15pm | The Parish | BLUE MOON
Dom Irrera, Brent Weinbach, Brad Williams, Kurt Metzger, Bridget Everett,
Godfrey, Jen Kober, Host: Bobby Slayton

9:30pm | Paramount Theatre | HANNIBAL BURESS
Hannibal Buress, Dan Soder

9:30pm | The Velv Comedy Lounge | COMEDY JACKPOT
Billy D. Washington, Paul Varghese, Greg Warren, Noel Wells,
Lucas Molandes, Laura Kightlinger, Chris Cubas, Host: Bob Khosravi


9:30pm | The New Movement | TNM TALKS


10:00pm | The Parish Underground | AUSTIN TOWERS!
Matt Bearden, Mike MacRae, John Ramsey, Mac Blake, Brian Gaar,
Kat Ramzinski, Host: Doug Mellard


10:00pm | Stateside at the Paramount | ALWAYS BE CLOSIN’ WITH RORY SCOVEL
Rory Scovel, Justin Willman, Sara Schaefer, Host: Kerry Awn

 

See the complete schdule here

For Tickets and extra info visit the main home page here

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New MindMixer Website Launched for Town Lake Metropolitan Park

This online public forum allows the community to share views, vision for the park.

Austin Parks Foundation, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and Tur Partners invite you to join us in a new and exciting way to help imagine the future of Austin’s premier lakefront park, Town Lake Metropolitan Park. We have recently launched an online virtual public engagement forum via mindmixer.com that allows community members throughout Austin to share their experiences, views and ideas toward a long-term vision for this park.

This website is built upon discussions initiated during the first four visioning sessions held Fall 2013 and Winter 2014. All sessions are part of a larger initiative to collect community input that will inform the future vision of Town Lake Metropolitan Park. As directed by the City of Austin Resolution #20121011-081, Austin Parks Foundation is working in partnership with Tur Partners, LLC, a global advisory firm, to conduct a study that will provide recommendations for enhancing public access and enjoyment of Town Lake Metropolitan Park. The final report will be delivered in April 2014.

To join the online discussions, please visit townlakepark.mindmixer.com. For more information about Town Lake Metropolitan Park, visit the Austin Parks Foundation’s “Special Initiatives: Auditorium Shores” webpage, http://www.austinparks.org/auditorium-shores.html, or contact Josh Strickland: (312) 506-6950; jstrickland@turpartners.com.

 

Orginal Article Posted by City of Austin

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Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for February 2014

 

AUSTIN, Texas–March 20, 2014 – Austin-area home sales and home prices hit an all-time high in February, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. In February 2014, 1,761 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area, which is nine percent more than one year prior, and the median price for Austin-area homes was $230,530, an 11 percent gain from February 2013.

Bill Evans, 2014 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, explained, “The Austin-area housing market continues to be strong and home buyers remain aggressive. Sales are increasing year-over-year and rising home starts have begun to offset Austin’s shrinking housing inventory. These factors taken together make it look like we will have a great real estate year in 2014.”

A recent report from Metrostudy showed that Austin-area home starts hit a six-year high in 2013 and are on pace to exceed 2013 levels this year, which could replenish Austin’s housing stock with much-needed new homes. In February 2014, inventory remained at a historically low level of 2.0 months, compared to 2.6 months of inventory in February 2013.

Austin-area homes also continued to sell at an accelerated rate, spending an average of 55 days on the market in February 2014 and 16 days fewer than in 2013. The market also featured one percent fewer new listings, eight percent fewer active listings and five percent fewer pending sales in February 2014 compared to the prior year.

As Austin-area inventory remained unchanged and new and active listings decreased, home prices continued to rise. Average price also saw a double-digit increase, increasing 12 percent from February 2013 to $293,746. The total dollar volume in February 2014 was $517,286,706, a 21 percent increase from February 2013.

Evans concluded, “Austin needs to be aggressive in the promotion of housing development policies that contribute to a consistent, healthy increase of housing stock for all members of our community. Home starts are strong and the outlook for Austin-area home sales continues to be positive, and we need to provide safe, affordable housing options quickly in order to keep up with Austin’s continuing demand.”

February 2014 Statistics

    • 1,761 – Single-family homes sold, nine percent more than February 2013.

 

    • $230,530 – Median price for single-family homes, 11 percent more than February 2013.

 

    • $293,746 – Average price for single-family homes, 12 percent more than February 2013.

 

    • 55 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, 16 days fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 2,544 – New single-family home listings on the market, one percent fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 4,724 – Active single-family home listings on the market, eight percent fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 2,118 – Pending sales for single-family homes, five percent fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 2.0 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.6 months less than February 2013.

 

  • $517,286,706 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 21 percent more than February 2013.

The following sections describe trends in other sectors of the Austin real estate market.

Townhouses & Condominiums

The number of townhouses and condominiums (condos) purchased in the Austin area in February 2014 was 217, which is 26 percent more than February 2013. In the same time period, the median price for condos and townhomes was $207,000, which is 11 percent more than the same month of the prior year. When compared to February 2013, these properties spent 26 percent less time on the market at an average of 50 days.

Leasing

In February 2014, a total of 1,206 properties were leased in Austin, which is five percent more than February 2013. The median price for Austin-area leases was $1,400, which is six percent more than the same month of the prior year.

Orginal Article posted by the Austin Board of Realtors- ABOR

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March 9th- Spring Forward -Don't Forget to Set Your Clocks Forward

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Austin 2014 Rodeo Concert Line Up

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South by Southwest Music Festival wristbands are on sales for Austin area residents.

The price is $189. Sales are limited to Austin area residents. All advance sales will be online at wristbands.sxsw.com. Individuals may purchase one wristband for themselves and one for another person whose name must be provided at the time of purchase. Online purchase requires a credit card with a billing zip code in the Austin area.

The festival wants to keep wristbands out of the hands of scalpers.

The festival is March 11-March 16 on more than 100 stages throughout central Austin with more than 2,000 regional, national and international bands performing.

Bands continue to be confirmed and the SXSW website is updated daily, but a tiny sample of bands include: The Blank Tapes, Vic Mensa, Ballet School, Kurt Vile, 3LAU, Black Lips, Aloe Blacc, PapaNegro, Avi Buffalo, Phantogram, The Kooks, Dirty Vegas and Ana Tijoux.

The schedule can be found at schedule.sxsw.com. For more information on SXSW, go sxsw.com.

Compliments of: Martha Small | Austin Portfolio Real Estate | 512.587.0308

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