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Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is hosting a free class showcasing Hydroponic Vegetables and Seedlings with Jason Avent at their south Austin location on Feb 25 at noon. Growing hydroponically can be a great way to get your gardening fix year around and grow transplants that you want instead of just the varieties the nurseries carry. Stop by to discover how the simplicity of hydroponics can make your garden grow- inside and out. Brite Ideas is the most reliable resource for aquaponic, hydroponic, organic, and biological growing systems.

Calling all dogs and their best friends to the 18th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk on Mar 4 at 10am. Benefiting Service Dogs, Inc., this family freindly mile stroll near Ladybird Lake will offer free samples of premier dog food and treats, free advice from Austin’s top vets and dog trainers plus canine agility, fantastical selfie backdrops and exciting team prizes and raffle items like SXSW full access wristbands, tickets to Alamo Drafthouse, jewelry from Kendra Scott and much more. Service Dogs transforms shelter dogs into lifesavers for Texans living with disabilities free of charge.  Learn more at www.servicedogs.org.

Whole Earth Provisions Co. will be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festivalf, a two night film festival, at the Paramount on Feb 26 and 27. Ignite your passion for adventure, action sports and travel! The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour and Radical Reels present award-winning international short films and documentaries. See both shows: World Tour is on Feb 26 and Radical Reels on Feb 27. Tickets are available at Whole Earth Provision Co.’s Austin stores or online at the Paramount Theatre website. All proceeds benefit Texas State Parks. Details at http://www.wholeearthprovision.com/banff/

Austin First Financial is presenting Maximizing Social Security on Feb 16 from 630 to 830pm. Scott Campbell will discuss strategies for Social Security that can dramatically increase your odds of having a successful retirement. When to claim Social Security could be the most important financial decision you make, second only to HOW you claim Social Security. There are 81 different ways to claim benefits for a married couple and utilizing the appropriate strategy could increase a couple's lifetime benefit by over $250,000. This course will review Social Security rules, taxation, definitions and viability.

DC comic creator Greg Rucka will be at Dragon's Lair from 12 to 5pm on Saturday Mar 11, signing copies of Wonder Woman TP Volume 01 The Lies (Rebirth), which comes out just a couple of weeks before the event. He will also be signing his new book from Image, Old Guard #1 (MR). They will also have other fan favorites on hand such as Batwoman Elegy, Gotham Central, Lazaurs, Black Magick and more! Guests are welcome to bring other items from home to have him sign (within reason). How cool is that?

Join DogBoy's Dog Ranch on Feb 17 from 430 to 630pm for a date night at the dog park. Bring your sweetheart and/or furry friend and have a ball! If your pups are part of your family, this is will literally be fun for the whole family. Cost is $5 per person and it's BYOB. They look forward to seeing you and your loves there!

 

Waterloo Records has some killer shows coming up. Delbert McClinton, presented by Sun Radio, on Feb 16 at 5pm, Go Fever on Feb 23 at 5pm, Curtis McMurtry on Feb 26 at 4pm, Jesca Hoop on Feb 26 at 5pm, and Aaron Watson on Mar 2 at 6pm. See you there!

 

Austin First Financial is hosting a Baby Boomer Retirement Course on Feb 28 and Mar 7, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Designed for the newly and soon to be retired, this course will cover topics such as asset risk, retirement income, and estate issues, and more. The curriculum is based on recent academic research and will explore in detail a fundamental shift in retirement planning that is effecting the Baby Boomer Generation and is designed as a comprehensive personal finance course for those who are focused on retirement and income optimization options and strategies.

Freestyle Language Center is offering Buy One/Get One Half Off when you register for their May Immersion Workshops (save more than $90)! This offer is valid from Feb 11-15. 1) Register yourself. 2) Forward your confirmation of full payment and include other person's email to info@freestylelanguagecenter.com. 3) Relax and let them work their magic! What a deal!

 

End of an Ear is excited to welcome Molly Burch for an in-store performace on Feb 17 at 6pm. She will be performing songs from her new LP/CD release entitled "Please Be Mine" which comes out the same day. End of an Ear is also excited about the No Idea Festival on Feb 16 - 19 here in Austin.

 

On Wednesday, Feb 15 at 7pm, Malvern Books is delighted to be hosting a reading from visiting poet Bruce Willard, who will be sharing work from his most recent collection, Violent Blues (Four Way Books). Bruce will be joined by poet Joe Brundidge. Violent Blues is a blues-harp album of words, a soundtrack of loss, introspection and renewal—one man’s search for intimacy and enduring music. Its poems are rooted in the natural world and tethered by concrete experience.
 

Vulcan Video ("Best Video Store in Austin"--The Austin Chronicle) is sub-leasing the westernmost quarter of their building and a private, employees only restroom large enough for additional storage. 1230 square feet sub-lease in the up and coming 78745 zip code that is xlose to End of an Ear, Blazer Tag, Radio Coffee and Central Market. The area is a blank slate so you can make it your own! Space includes a garage door perfect for easy loading or special events. Unlimited parking available. Price is $1.50 per square foot per month plus NNN. Contact Kristen Ellisor at kristen@vulcanvideo.com for more info.

BookPeople is proud to be part of the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate initiative. Stop by the store to see their new permanent display in the store and help us spread their message.With titles like "We March", "I Dissent", "28 Days", and "Mr. Lincoln's Way", everyone can find something to educate themselves and open their minds.

 

Business Success Center is announcing their Mentor Zone program for pre-start and pre-revenue businesses on Feb 17 from 10am to 12pm. They offer free individualized mentoring work session for pre-start and pre-revenue businesses and the opportunity to meet in private with one of the 2-3 person Profit Mover™ business expert teams who are all business owners themselves. After your session, you may be invited back to work with the whole team and to be part of a new video program on business building.Each Profit Mover™ team will be focusing on how to make your unique business more profitable. You are invited to bring your partner or key staff with you. Apply and get deadlines here: http://bit.ly/Mentoringrequestquestionnaire by Feb. 10.

KOOP Radio is celebrating 22 years - celebrate with them during their Spring Membership Drive! Never before has community radio been as important as it is now with the changing political environment. They are expanding their news and public affairs programming and rolling out HD streaming this month, because information is more important than ever. Access to the deepest corners of the world and allow them to provide unique programming and information critical to those who care about social justice as well as the under-served. KOOP is local, community and a cooperative. Now is the time to recognize the role you play by financially supporting KOOP radio, staff and volunteers in making a difference in an uncertain world. The Spring Membership Drive begins on Feb 17, but you can always donate early!

in.gredients would like to thank you everyone who came out on last week for their indieGoGo launch party and for all of you who are part of their community, read their newsletter, and shop at their store. And a very special thanks to the 110 backers who have donated to GROW in.gredients thus far! Successful campaigns tend to raise 30% before the end of week one, and they're hovering below 20%. Help them to reach their goal in the next few weeks by donating now! If everyone subscribed to their newsletter donated $10, they would be funded overnight. Whether you donate or not, please share with your network to keep the dream alive for a zero waste future! Use #GROWingredients and tag @in_gredients and @indiegogo
 

Chez Zee is ready to get romantic! They have delectable dinner specials that are available all week long starting Feb 10 so you can celebrate all week! These are in addition to their regular dinner menu. They have reservations open this weekend as well as the weekend after the big love fest. They also have limited availability on Valentine's Day Feb 14. Please call 512.454.2666 to reserve.
 

BCL of Texas is seeking an Austin-based artists to create a building mural. This is a great opportunity to work with an incredible organization and flex your creative muscles at the same time. They are seeking proposals from artists for a building mural to tie into the rich cultural and artistic history of the South Congress district of Austin to complement their new look as they move forward into our 27th year. Deadline of Feb 15 and work to begin Mar 1. Learn more and apply here.
 

Big Gorilla Design recently joined forces with UT Austin, becoming an employment partner with the school to help mentor students graduating from their Coding Boot Camp. The Coding Boot Camp is run through UT Austin's Center for Professional Education and seeks to give students the necessary skills and training to embark on a new career path to become full-stack developers. Big Gorilla is looking forward to working more with UT Austin to help mentor the program's graduating students in the coming months. This amazing partnership is something to be proud of!

Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is hosting a free class entitled Kombucha, Kraut and Kimchi with presenter Jason Avent  at their South Austin location on Feb 11 at noon. Fermentation brings many health benefits and makes a garden bounty much more delicious. Stop by to learn about fermentation methods and how they benefit your body and your budget.

 

Join Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy to learn about several new games and become part of the table top gaming community in Austin. From 12-4pm on Feb 11, stop by to learn how to play featured two player games like Hive, Colt Express, Codenames, 7 Wonders Duel, and Love Letter. All participants will receive a coupon for 25% off any or all of the featured games!

Summer camps at Austin Scottish Rite Theater are now enrolling for summer 2017! Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s summer camps offer a week-long exploration of performance topics. At week’s end, campers present a showcase performance on the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater stage. 2017 summer camps include Acting, Dance, Music, Puppetry, Shakespeare, and Stage Combat. Camp fee is $250 per week and the hours are 9:00am to 4pm. Call or email to register: 512-472-5436 or education@scottishritetheater.org.

Join Daylight Wealth and the Fowler Law Firm this Valentine's Day for their Love Your Business Event on Feb 14 at 11:30am. There will be guest speakers and lunch and boxed chocolates will be provided for all attendees. Show your business some love & learn how to avoid costly mistakes other business owners make. Sweethearts & business partners welcomed. RSVP required.  New York Life Building at 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway, Building 4, 2nd Floor.

 

You may not be planning to write the great American novel but you might have something you want to write and share that's longer than a tweet or a post. Join the Business Success Center and their panelists on Feb 15 at noon for a talk about tools that work, how to manage your time and efforts, finding the right help where you need it most, costs, working with an editor and graphics people, self publishing vs. using a publisher, and what your role is besides being the author. Amaxing panelists and moderator and host Jan Triplett. RSVP here.

Austin Boxing Babes is celebrating their first full year at their current location with an Open House on Feb 4 from 10am to 2pm! They will be giving away two 1 month memberships, a 30 minute massage certificate, an Original Worm and free chiropractic work! There will be local vendors, free 30 minute classes in Boxing, Kids Martial Arts, and Self Defense...fun for the whole family! Check out their Facebook event for more details.

The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, with the help of the Austin-based Neuro Synchrony Institute (NSI) and the Zero Balancing Touch Foundation, we will be working with 30 volunteers to measure key autonomic physiological responses of  givers and receivers of Zero Balancing. On Feb 4 from 4-5pm at TLC, Drs. Strickland and Reynolds from NSI will give a free presentation on this planned research and takes names of possible volunteers for the study which will take place Mar 22-26 in Austin. On Mar 24, Dr. Smith, Lauterstein and other visiting faculty members will be giving a free program on ZB and healing.

Helm Boots is excited to introduce the Garza, a modern chukka that will treat your feet right. From the plush and pliable rough-out leather upper to the durable and supportive raptor sole, this boot was made to go the distance with you. The water resistant copper colored leather will form and age to each individual wearer, so when they say "one of a kind" they really mean it! Stop by the Austin store or visit www.helmboot.com today. They offer free shipping and free returns for an easier and better shopping experience.

Mona Lisa's Closet has stocked up for Valentine's Day and has a special treasure for anyone you are trying to woo this year. Their pieces are future heirlooms that are not only beautiful but are also an investment. They are offering 20% off al pearl jewlery through Valentine's Day, including earrings, necklaces, drops, and pendants. They also have gorgeous hand woven shawls and wraps, silk hand dyed scarves, and luxurious, natural body products. Each comes with complimentary gift wrap. Special hours Feb 13 10am to 6pm.

Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is hosting Hands-on Aquaponics with Jason Avent at their South Austin location on Feb 4 at noon. An aquaponics system can be built using a range of materials which have different costs and mobility. They will discuss the relative advantages of different materials and methods. The plumbing of a grow bed will be installed during class for a visceral learning experience.
 

End of an Ear always has the best new releases in all genres you can imagine. From the easy to find to the challenging, they can get you what you need. Grab Sleater Kinny's "Live in Paris"  on coke bottle clear vinyl while they last. This is very limited edition and is sold out at the label already!

 

InStep, your friendly neighborhood shoe experts, are having a sock sale! Through Feb 5, buy two Merino socks and get one free! Buy two Goodhew socks, get one Free! Buy two Sockwell socks, get one free! Buy two Darn Tough socks, get one free! Do you see a pattern here? Wool socks are super comfortable, offer excellent moisture wicking, and are durable - get some today!

 

Waterloo Records is hosting some killer shows this month including the Japandroids from Vancouver on Feb 8 at 5pm (refreshments provided by Shiner Beer), Ali Holder from right here in Austin on Feb 9 at 5pm, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (co-presented by KUTX) on Feb 10 at 5pm, John Wesley Coleman III on Feb 12 at 5pm, The Lemon Twigs on Feb 13, 3 time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton Feb 16,  Austin's Curtis McMurtry on Feb 26 at 4pm and Jesca Hoop at 6pm. Whew! Hope you have your dancing shoes ready!

Navidad Farms is open for business! Their new spring hours are Mon to Fri from 10am to 4pm, Sat from 10am to 5pm, and sometimes Sun (call first)! Given the seasonal nature of the pecan harvest, Navidad definitely feels the love in the fall. But they are no fair weather friends! With new gift items and food products, they are a great place to bring out of towners and to shop for all things Texas. They will be open late until 6:30pm on Valentines day with chocolate, toffee and lovey-dovey cards - stop on by!

HAAMplify Austin with HAAM Mar 2 and 3! Amplify Austin is right around the corner! Amplify Austin Day is our city's annual community-wide day of online giving - last year YOU helped Amplify raise $8.5M for Austin nonprofits! This year, HAAMplify with us for the whole month leading up to Amplify! There are a lot of ways to HAAMplify Austin with us. 1) Go see live music! Our musicians are out there playing their hearts out - they should have full rooms to play to! 2) Schedule your Amplify donation to HAAM now. Thanks to a generous match from the St. David's Foundation, your gift will go further! 3) Post photos of the concerts you go to on social media! Snap a few photos, tag us and the artist - but then, put your phone up and enjoy the show!
 

Tiny Pies is so very ready for Valentine's Day! They have an amazing assortment of love day products, including four Love Letter cherry pies for $18, 12 Tiny Pies in a "love " box for $51, a Not So Tiny heart covered cherry pie for $30, individual heart shaped pies - cherry or chocolate cream for $7.50 each, and four Love at First Bite mason jar treats for $28. Great deals on sweet treats for you big crush!
 

Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is hosting a free class entitled Pet-O-Ponics with Jason Avent at their South Austin location on Jan 28 at noon. Aquaponics systems are often built upon a brutally efficient model where you eat everything. Find out how to introduce the wonders of aquaponics without eating the pets you become attached to. Ornamental fish, worms and plants can create a profitable, peaceful and exciting system.
 

 

Over the holidays, IT Freedom hit 5000 customer ratings, with 98.3% of those ratings categorized as “Excellent!”  Their former Service Manager and current CEO Jeff, created a whole new rating system in house which prompts customers to rate how their interaction was using “Excellent”, “Okay” and “Not Good” and are then further prompted to leave any further comments if they would like. This allows them to distinguish between great and mediocre service, and the opportunity to understand what can turn an “Okay” rating into an “Excellent” rating. They’re pretty proud of their “Excellent” ratings (as they should be), and can’t wait to keep improving! Like their feedback site says, “Satisfaction is boring. We live for customer delight.” If all our customers aren’t completely delighted, we still have work to do!
 

Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Organics is hosting a free class entitled SLEEP?!? with Jason Avent on Jan 21 at noon at their South Austin location. Sleep is a complex process that is easy to derail. Most of us focus on staying awake and use drugs like caffeine, but the better remedy is to get quality sleep. Learn what nutrients, herbs, lighting and behaviors are effective and get your sleep back on track.

 

Help in.gredients keep their doors open by supporting GROW in.gredients, a crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo, with the goal of raising $30,000 between Feb 3 and Mar 5.  The Launch Party on Feb 3 from 5-9pm will be at their storefront at 2610 Manor Road. Musical guest Batty Jr. will be performing live, with additional special guest performances.  Local artisan vendors including Delysia Chocolatier, MALK Organics, KTonic Kombucha, Zhi Tea and Texas Keeper Cider will be sharing samples and debuting prizes for donations to GROW in.gredients. More than forty local vendors have already pledged their support and donated a wide variety of tantalizing prizes, including products, parties, tours, classes, and tastings. 

Austin Scottish Rite Theater is proud to bring you an exclusive staged production on Puff the Magic Dragon, based on the beloved song. With a new baby sister in the house and the family too busy to play with him, Jackie finds adventure with Puff in the fanciful Land of Honalee. By special permission from its original authors/songwriters Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton. Puff, the Magic Dragon is a play for all ages with live music, puppets, and plenty of action! Feb 4 to Feb 26. What fancy stuff!

 

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