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Oct. 16, 2019

Hocus Pocus: What the Cast Has Been Up to Since 1993

A lot has changed since Hocus Pocus (aka The Ultimate Halloween movie) was released in 1993, especially the actors. OK, maybe Bette Midler looks mostly the same, but Dani (Thora Birch) and Max (Omri Katz) are all grown up! Plus, Thackery (Sean Murray) is still as cute as ever. Catch up with the whole cast by checking out all the cute then-and-now pictures ahead, and then make sure stream all the other spooky movies Netflix has to offer!

 Check out more on this article HERE

 

Posted in New Life Styles
Oct. 15, 2019

Eight Texas cities among nation's fastest-growing

WASHINGTON (WalletHub) – Eight Texas cities have landed on WalletHub's list of the top 30 fastest-growing cities in America.​​​

​​Frisco ​was fifth overall, ranking third in sociodemographics and 155th in jobs and economy. It was third in midsize cities with the highest growth. 

It tied for first with Enterprise, Nev.; Sugar Land; McKinney; Meridian, Idaho; and Lehigh Acres, Fla. in highest population growth.

Frisco​​ also tied for first with Meridian, Idaho; McKinney; Bend, Ore.; Fort Meyers, Fla.; and Murfreesboro, Tenn. in highest job growth.

Round Rock and College Station ranked tenth and 11th overall, respectively. The former was 15th in sociodemographics and 28th in jobs and economy. Aggieland ranked 13th and 50th in those metrics.

McKinney was 13th overall, followed closely by No. 14 Midland and No. 15 Austin. McKinney and Midland were tenth and 16th in sociodemographics and 129th and 99th in jobs and economy, respectively.

The Texas capital was the fastest-growing large city on the list. It ranked 27th in sociodemographics and 39th in jobs and economy.

Sugar Land ranked 21st overall. It was first in sociodemographics and 472nd in jobs and economy. It had the fifth-lowest income growth. Allen had the third-lowest income growth.

Pearland was 27th overall and ranked seventh and 349th in sociodemogrphics and jobs and economy, respectively.

Mission had the fourth-lowest poverty rate decrease.

Lehigh Acres, Fla., was the fastest-growing city on the list. WalletHub compared 515 cities based on 17 measures of growth and decline over seven years to determine the rankings.

 

*Article from RECON

Posted in Market News
Oct. 11, 2019

Events in the ATX this weekend.....

Friday, October 11, 2019

Weekend Two: ACL Music Festival ft. Guns N' Roses, Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, & More @ Zilker Park

Three-Course Oktoberfest Beer Dinner w/ Saint Arnold Brewing Company @ Cannon + Belle

ACL TV Taping: Billie Eilish @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Bluegrass & Beer @ Jester King Brewery

THE BROOD @ AFS Cinema

Texas Soccer vs. Oklahoma State @ Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium 

Sigrid w/ Alexander 23 & Raffaella @ Historic Scoot Inn

O'Brien's Orchestra presents: Rockyfest III Variety Show @ The North Door

NITE SCHOOL 8 year anniversary party w/ BOAN, Curse Mackey, FUTURE BLONDES @ Cheer Up Charlies

Yung Bae with Birocratic & whereisalex @ The Parish

Surf Curse w/ Dirt Buyer @ Barracuda

James Blake w/ Armani White @ Stubb's

RL Grime w/ Montell2099 & Jawns @ Emo's 

Tegan & Sara's 'Hey, I'm Just Like You' Album Release Party @ Sellers Underground 

Spellbound: 80's New Wave + Dark Wave w/ DJ Honeypot @ Drinks Lounge

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

goop League @ The LINE Hotel Austin 

Red River Rivalry Watch Party @ The Venue ATX

Austin Oktoberfest 2019 - 16th Year!! @ The German Free School Building  

TX & OU Fair Frenzy @ Doc's Backyard 

Texas Volleyball vs. Oklahoma @ Gregory Gymnasium

Q & A: Queers of Austin: Opening Reception @ Dougherty Arts Center 

Billy Ray Cyrus with Johnny McGuire and Gabe Garcia @ The Backyard Amphitheater 

Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor of Game of Thrones) w/ Farius @ Empire Control Room & Garage

Joseph w/ Caroline Rose @ Historic Scoot Inn

Zombie Ball 2019: Pride and Prejudice @ Elysium 

GAyCL 2019 feat. SATEEN @ Cheer Up Charlies 

Julia Jacklin w/ Christian Lee Huston @ The Parish

Third Eye Blind – Screamer Release w/ Mallrat @ Stubb's 

Emo Nite @ Vulcan Gas Company 

Karaoke Underground + Karaoke Apocalypse 15 Year Anniversary @ Barracuda 

Rebelution w/ Steady Legend @ Emo's

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

100% that Brunch: A Lizzo Themed Brunch @ TRACE at the W Hotel 

Sundays at Symphony Square @ Symphony Square 

Plants + Pumpkins @ Plant Party 

Benefit for Classics @ Spider House Cafe & Ballroom 

The Deep Eddy Drag Queen Bingo Bus @ Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery 

An Austin Style Cut-A-Thon For Maggie Lea. F@$K CANCER! @ Cheer Up Charlies  

Football Bowling Tournament @ Hatchet Alley 

Sunday Best Missy Beth & The Morning Afters @ The ABGB 

Monty Python & the Holy Grail @ Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane 

2nd Annual Women in Austin Music Fest @ One 2 One Bar 

Orville Peck w/ Louisianna Purchase @ Historic Scoot Inn 

Vanessa Gonzalez (Two Shows) @ Cap City Comedy Club 

Full Moon Witches' Market @ Buzz Mill 

Factual Brains, Stretch Panic, and More @ Hotel Vegas  

Fisher @ Emo's

 

*List from Do512

Posted in Austin Events
Oct. 10, 2019

4 Can’t Miss Fall Festivals 2019

Cooler temperatures set the stage for great fall festivals in the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg, Texas is home to more than 400 festivals and special events each year, but here are four festivals you won’t want to miss this fall.

  1. Don your favorite Dirndl or Lederhosen and head to Fredericksburg for the 39th Annual Oktoberfest, Friday, October 4, through Sunday, October 6, 2019. Oktoberfest will bring three days of oompah music, German eats and drinks, Texas wine and tons of fun to downtown Fredericksburg. Insider Tip: Oktoberfest is a hoppin’ festival (and we’re not just talking about the Bier!) If you’re looking for smaller crowds plan on visiting Friday evening or Sunday.
  2. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or just looking for some beautiful home decor, don’t miss the Texas Mesquite Arts Festival Friday through Sunday, October 11 through 13, 2019. Celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2019, browse through collections of sculpted wood from the world’s finest mesquite craftsmen. You may find yourself leaving with beautifully crafted furniture, unique crafts or gifts and decor. Insider Tip: If you’ll be doing some serious shopping at the festival, make sure you have enough room in your vehicle or trailer to take home lots of treasures.
  3. Celebrate like a local at the 10th Annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest, on Saturday, October 19, at Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg. A celebration of craft beer, specialty sausages, live music, dancing, raffles and more, this laid-back local event includes all you can eat sausage with German-style side dishes. Insider Tip: Come hungry – it’s all you can eat!
  4. Foodies will think they’ve died and gone to heaven at the Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest on Saturday, October 26. Sip and savor cool Texas Hill Country wines while enjoying delicious bites from Texas gourmet chefs- it’s a true homage to Texas food and wine! Numerous special events include wine pairing dinners, culinary demonstrations at the Grape Expectations Cooking School, the Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, a silent auction, live music and more. Insider Tip: Take a look at the full schedule of events and buy your tickets in advance- there’s a lot of great foodie fun you won’t want to miss!

Be sure to book your accommodations now as hotel rooms, cabins and guest houses in Fredericksburg fill up quickly on these four weekends.

For a full lineup of fall 2019 festivals and special events in Fredericksburg, click here.

*Info from Visit Fredericksburg TX

Posted in Austin Events
Oct. 8, 2019

North Texas foreclosure rate at 0.2 percent

​DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – ​​Only 0.2 percent of North Texas homes were in foreclosure in July, according to CoreLogic data.

During the worst of the recession in 2010, about 1.5 percent of all area home loans were in foreclosure.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, 3.7 percent of home mortgage holders were one or more payments late. 

With higher home values, fewer homeowners with loans are underwater, making foreclosure less likely.

"The strong performance of the DFW economy has led to a sound housing market," said Real Estate Center Research Economist Dr. Luis Torres. "The metro has had vigorous job growth. Migration of companies and people caused housing prices to rise and home equity to increase, leading to a fall in foreclosure rates."

​Austin-Round Rock had the lowest foreclosure rate of the major ​Texas metros at 0.1 percent. It also had the lowest​ mortgage delinquency rate at 2.3 percent. 

San Antonio-New Braunfels and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land had foreclosure rates of 0.3 and 0.4 percent, respectively. San Antonio's delinquency rate was 4.9 percent, and Houston's was 4.7 percent.

Nationally, 0.4 percent of homes were in foreclosure—a 20-year low. The mortgage delinquency rate w​as also at a two-decade low at 3.8 percent.

The Real Estate Center has Texas housing activity data online for free.

*Article from RECON

 

Posted in Market News
Oct. 7, 2019

FIRST LOOK: City releases new land development rules

By Katie Hall
By Mark D. Wilson   Posted Oct 4, 2019 at 11:44 AM Updated Oct 5, 2019 at 11:08 AM

Austin’s latest attempt at a new, comprehensive land development code envisions a future with more multi-unit housing and fewer single-family homes.

Austin officials on Friday released the long-anticipated rewrite of the city’s land use code since a previous effort to revamp it last year failed. Officials said it would increase the number of homes that can be built in the city while protecting homeowners who currently reside in Austin’s urban core and along major corridors.

Under the new code, homeowners in those spaces — known as transition areas — will retain their ability to renovate, remodel or demolish their properties and rebuild them as single-family structures. However, single-family homes that are converted into multifamily units won’t be able to go back. Property owners in every residential zone throughout the city also will be allowed to build a separate detached housing unit on their land.

Brent Lloyd, a project lead from the Development Services Department, said the proposal gives homeowners broader rights to make additions and rebuild their properties.

“So, if you’re somebody that has a 900-square-foot bungalow in a transition area, you can rebuild it as a larger structure potentially,” Lloyd said.

In May, the City Council instructed city planners to create rules that could allow for more than 100,000 new homes in Austin over the next 10 years and more than 400,000 in the long term.

“Planning for the future”

Well before the release of the land development code proposal Friday, familiar battle lines were taking shape between neighborhood and historic preservation advocates, who worry that the new rules would increase demolition pressures in urban core neighborhoods, and those pushing for more density in those areas.

Annick Beaudet, another project lead from the Transportation Department, said transition areas under the proposed code would compose roughly 2% of the city. The depth of the transitions areas would vary from corridor to corridor, but they would generally reach between 500 to 700 feet into surrounding neighborhoods.

“We’re really trying to take care of who’s here today, but also planning for the future because our population doubles every 20 years,” Beaudet said. “We’re using sound planning principles to guide that road to where it can do the most good ... but also respecting the choice of homeowners today.”

Lloyd said the main goal is to provide diverse housing choices — like small-scale fourplexes and sixplexes about the size of a house — that offer living options for a wide range of income levels.

While packing people into more dense housing complexes, the code also plans to shear away parking. It would let developers choose whether to provide parking when certain criteria are met, such as having sidewalks or corridor access.

City Council Member Greg Casar said Friday that some of the city’s biggest challenges stem from housing and planning policies.

“For too long, we’ve let the status quo continue. This has increased housing prices, pushed people out of their homes without options, hurt our environment and damaged the success of public transportation,” he said. “The City Council has asked for a new code that pushes back against gentrifying forces and exclusionary zoning, focusing instead on social equity and environmental protection. Over the next few months, we finally have a chance to change the status quo for the better, together.”

Concerns remain

Council Member Leslie Pool, however, raised concerns with the code development process, which could see a final vote before the year ends.

“I continue to believe that this process has been rushed,” she said. “It looks to me, yet again, that we’ll have insufficient time for the requisite levels of analysis and review. I continue to believe that it’s more important to get policy right than to do it fast. I don’t know what’s to be gained by doing it fast; I would much rather get it right.”

Fred Lewis of Community Not Commodity, a group that sternly opposed CodeNext, the city’s previous code rewrite effort, said people will need more time to study the code before drawing sound conclusions.

“We do know, though, that the process has been flawed and that there’s been very little public input and very little transparency. It’s likely we’ll end up with a product very much like CodeNext. We do think, looking at the map, that neighborhoods are going to be hit harder than council and staff led us to believe,” he said.

Before the code can be adopted, the public will be able to provide comments directly to the Planning Commission and City Council. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Oct. 26 and is expected to make a recommendation about the code next month. The council also is expected to have a hearing about the code next month.

“Today is a critical milestone on our path towards updating our citywide land development code, something that needs to happen so that we have better tools to address the challenges our community faces,” Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk said Friday. “The input we received from the public over the years, the work council did leading up to the policy direction and the continued work on staff’s part, have all led us to this point. This is an iterative process, and we must all continue working together until a new Land Development Code is adopted, hopefully next year.”

*Article from Statesman

Posted in Market News
Oct. 4, 2019

All the things to do, right here!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Weekend One: ACL Music Festival @ Zilker Park

Frida Friday ATX @ Austin Public Library Central Library

Fall Into Art: Opening Exhibitions @ Asian American Resource Center

Texas Stars Opening Night @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

Call Your Girlfriend @ Paramount and Stateside Theatres

1st Friday's With Somewhere Society @ Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

The Austin Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Elysium

Body Rock ATX: 6th Annual Tribute to the Booty @ The Sahara Lounge

Gary Clark Jr @ Stubb's

Municipal Waste w/ Napalm Death & more @ Mohawk Austin

The Comet is Coming w/ DJ Mel @ Historic Scoot Inn

Pink Sweat$ @ Antone's

5 Year Anniversary Party @ Drinks Lounge

First Friday's Silent Disco @ The Infinite Monkey Theorem

TroyBoi @ Emo's

Blackillac @ Stubb's

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Beginning City Cycling @ Metz Recreation Center

Austin Coffee & Cordials Festival @ Fair Market

Oktoberfest @ High 5 (Anderson)

2019 UT Texas Tailgate Zone @ Crown & Anchor Pub

Hot Rod Cruise-In @ Top Notch

World Saké Day 2019 @ Texas Sake Company

Conversation w/ Nick Cave: An Evening of Talk & Music - Night One @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

The 21 Savage Official Afterparty @ The Venue ATX 

JEFF The Brotherhood & The Berries @ Barracuda

Jenny Lewis w/ Cherry Glazerr @ Historic Scoot Inn

Golden Dawn Arkestra @ Stubb's

Eric Rachmany - A Benefit for Proclaim Justice w/ Reed Turner @ Antone's

TC Superstar Tour Kickoff w/ Honey & Salt, Fanclub & More @ Swan Dive

5th Annual Blue Ball @ Elysium 

Jai Wolf w/ Hotel Garuda, Memba @ Emo's

 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

First Sunday Yappy Hour @ South Congress Hotel 

Bazaar Brunch (ACL Edition) @ Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse & Cafe

The Bells of Joy (Gospel Brunch) @ Stubb's

Sundays at Symphony Square @ Symphony Square

Landmarks Dog Walk @ Monochrome for Austin

H-E-B FREE FIRST SUNDAY @ Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bocce Ball Tournament @ Hatchet Alley 

Monty Python & the Holy Grail @ Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz 

Sunday Best: Johnny Nicholas & The Tiffany Six @ The ABGB 

A WEDDING @ AFS Cinema 

Cupcakke, Lardi B, & More @ Come and Take It Live 

MisterWives w/ Briston Maroney @ Historic Scoot Inn 

King Brothers, Rocket 808, Vincent HL, & Love Collector @ Barracuda

Luvweb, Trashdog, & Not Really @ Hotel Vegas 

GRiZ w/ CAPYAC @ Emo's

 

*Info from Do512

Posted in Austin Events
Oct. 2, 2019

These 3 Tips Helped Me Finally Get Rid of Clutter

by BRITTANY NATALE

   

There's no denying it — I really love stuff. In between thrifted clothing, souvenirs from trips, and secondhand books, my apartment can get pretty full very fast. What I don't love so much? The clutter that can sometimes come along with it. I've always tried to be mindful of what I keep and what I toss, but more often times than not, it's hard to part with some items even if I know I really should (I'm looking at you, sequined dress from high school). Thankfully, there are some helpful tricks I've learned recently that have proven to be useful when it comes to clearing out my space. Here's how I finally got rid of clutter.

1. Scheduling Donation Pickups

Some organizations, such as Salvation Army (depending on location), have handy donation pickup services that come right to your home to take any unwanted items. The best part? The service is not just reserved for clothing and accessories and will also pick up large items, such as furniture. Something I do to motivate me to donate more items (bigger donation = less clutter) is that I coordinate a date and time for them to come by even before I start putting aside items to donate. I usually estimate how big of a pickup I think it will be (this is measured in garbage bags and cardboard boxes), hit submit, and then get to sorting. Having a confirmed date and time that I know the items will be leaving my home helps me cut back on procrastination and forces me to get serious on what I want to let go of and what I want to keep.

2. Not Buying More Storage

Maybe this has happened to you before — you buy more clothes only to realize you don't have enough room so you run out to buy more hangers, under-the-bed storage containers, or maybe even furniture (hello, Ikea drawers). Before you know it, your room has become the equivalent of a walk-in closet and is packed to the brim. A rule I have instilled in the past few months that helps me avoid this is that I am only allowed to hold onto what can fit comfortably in my already existing storage — my closet, my dresser, and my two under-the-bed storage containers. If I want another pair of shoes but don't have the room to store them, an old pair has to be donated. This helps me accumulate less and cut back on clutter.

3. Bringing Some Emotion Into It

Marie Kondo's hit Netflix show Tidying Up inspired people to organize their lives and find exactly what items sparked joy, and I was one of them. I realized that by bringing emotion into the art of decluttering — does this piece spark joy? Does this item fit into my vision of an ideal lifestyle? — helps me realize that the more I get rid of, the more calm I feel. Now I always ask myself these simple questions whether I'm organizing my kitchen drawers or taking on my bedroom closet.

 *Article from PopSugar

     

Posted in New Life Styles
Oct. 1, 2019

Growth in store for Austin retail market

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AUSTIN (CBRE) – The metro has experienced a retail development boom, with 1.28 million sf of new space underway across the area.

Most of that development is outside of the urban core, with 890,000 sf of new product underway in the suburbs. 

According to CBRE's 3Q2019 local retail report, marketwide occupancy held steady at 95.9 percent.

Net absorption​ increased to 173,812 sf last quarter. Despite this increase, the average asking rate fell to $20.50 per sf.

Retail deliveries fell to 86,559 sf, but the development pipeline added 40,000 sf.

The report also ranks Austin in fifth place for the lowest unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in July 2019.

For more Austin-area retail news, check out the Center's latest Texas Quarterly

    

    *Article from RECON

Posted in Market News
Sept. 27, 2019

Top Austin Family Weekend Events…

FRIDAY

— Join Milly McSilly at 10:30 a.m. at Toybrary Austin for Bubblefest! This $12 event is sure to be as good time for the kids. Just pay at the door and head on in for bubble machines, giant bubbles and popsicles, too.

— Celebrate the 7th Annual American Indian Heritage Day with Great Promise for American Indians at the Bullock Museum. This free event begins at 9 a.m. and will have many activities including dancing and drumming performances at 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m, then a public celebration from 6-8 p.m. Click here for much more information on the programs. Activities are included with regular museum admission.

— The Community Cinema at Mobile Loaves and Fishes is hosting an outdoor showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2. Everyone is encouraged to bring the family and friends, as well as a $5 dollar donation, to this great community event. There will be burgers and fries available for purchase as well! Don’t forget your blankets or low-backed chairs.

SATURDAY

— The annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch is open again at Barton Hill Farms! Take a fun day trip on  Saturdays & Sundays from September 28-November 3. Get ready for a day of fall fun including a Wizard of Oz-themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, giant jumping pillow, animals, tons of games, food, and live music. Tickets can be purchased here.

— Head over to Camp Mabry for Touch-A-Truck starting at 9 a.m. Just $5 for kids and $10 for adults, come enjoy a fun way to promote happy, healthy families while your kiddos get to climb aboard firetrucks, construction vehicles and more! Click here from some tips about Touch-A-Truck!

— Rock the Park at the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park! KUTX is kicking off another round of free, family-friendly concerts with music from Crockett High School Mariachi Band at 6:15 p.m. followed by Bidi Bidi Banda at 7 p.m. Head over early to set up your spot on the lawn (blankets are cool, but chairs aren’t), and grab your dinner from a food truck. You can also enjoy rock-and-roll face-painting for the kids starting at 5:45 p.m. Free event!

SUNDAY

— Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline is having an Abominable Family Party! Enjoy themed games and hands-on crafts at 10 a.m. before the showing of Abominable begins. Learn more about this new film and purchase your tickets here.

— Make plans for a free Sunday Funday at Symphony Square. Come on out for activities such as Drawing from Nature, Storybook Dance Making, and What the Fit?! all beginning at 11 a.m. You’ll find more information and schedule here.

— Show some support for Pioneer Farms as they host a Community Garden Party with live music, hay rides, and more. Free for ages 13 and under and $5 dollars for everyone else! Don’t forget to purchase some garden fresh veggies while you’re there.

— ZACH Theatre has an exciting new adventure play for kids today at 2 p.m.! Jungalbook is a creative retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories. Tickets for Jungalbook are $18 (Youth) and $24 (Adult) and are available online at zachtheatre.org, or by phone at 512-476-0541.

WAIT, THERE’S MUCH MORE: You can browse our full list of Top Picks for Weekend Events for even more listings.

*Info from Do512 Family

Posted in Austin Events