Austin Influential Group Proudly Presents The Opulence Ball: Kavïat 24

Austin Influential Group proudly presents The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24, benefiting Austin Pets Alive! (www.austinpetsalive.org), happening on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00pm – 1am at The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX.

From the grandiose and over-the-top phantasmagoria of the Baroque and Rococo to the immersive, hyper-saturated and vibrating glamour of disco, housed in the ever-influential and conscious-altering philosophy “be what you want to be” of Ball Culture, we bring to you our biggest creation to date; KAVÏAT 24! In benefit of Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Influential Group invites you to bear witness and forever scream your piece to not just dream it, but BE IT, at our 6th annual Opulence Ball! Come dressed to impress, transgress and express your wildest dreams of elegance and extravaganza and be seen in the styles of Baroque France, decadent Italian masquerade, Rococo brilliance, the hottest, slickest, and smoothest threads of disco or arrive in a married combination of them all!  The sky’s the limit! Can you dig it, madame and monsieurs?  At the heart of the chateau, we’ll present our largest and most grand parade of spectacle, flare, drama and theatre featuring a carefully selected showcase of Austin’s finest movers and shakers of Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque and one very special import of sensational proportions. This Valentine’s season, it may be larger than life . . . but it’s just the right size!

Event:  The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24

Date:  Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time:  9pm – 1am

Location:  The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX

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VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJS44sTY9zU&feature=youtu.be

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-opulence-ball-kaviat-24-tickets-39899690047

COVER 3 Offering NYE & New Year’s Day Specials

To help Central Texans kick off 2018 on the right foot after those late-night New Year’s Eve celebrations, all Cover 3 locations in Austin and San Antonio will offer brunch on Monday, January 1 – an offering normally reserved for only Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The full brunch menu will be available that morning from opening at 11am to 3pm, including the popular U-Mix-It Bubbles and Bloody Mary Bar. The traditional lunch and dinner menus will also be available throughout that Monday until close at 10pm as COVER 3 will be screening each of the NCAA 2018 College Football Playoff games that afternoon and night (includes Georgia vs Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl at 4pm & Alabama vs Clemson in the Sugar Bowl at 7:45pm CT). COVER 3′s brunch was recently named “Best Brunch” in Austin and San Antonio this year by Austin Monthly Magazine and San Antonio Current respectively, so this is a great opportunity to kick off the new year with some of the best local bites around!

Additionally, on NYE the preceding day, all COVER 3 locations will be offering various specials for champagne drinks, although details on specific promotions will be revealed online in the days leading up to the holiday. On NYE day, all COVER 3 locations will have normal business hours with traditional brunch/lunch/dinner menu offerings – 11am to 10pm.

Sonesta Bee Cave Features Holiday Hours, Menu, Special Offers and New Year’s Eve Celebration

Looking to escape family or treat yourself and your loved ones to a relaxing getaway in the Hill Country this holiday season? 

Sonesta Bee Cave is featuring the ultimate gift this holiday season, 25 percent off when you book four nights or more. Sonesta’s restaurant and lounge, Meridian 98, is featuring a new winter menu and holiday cocktails perfect for warming up on these chilly days and nights.

 

Pork Belly and Tomato Sliders

Pork Belly and Tomato Sliders

Some of the  rich, robust flavors with a sophisticated Texas twist, including Pork Belly SlidersBacon Mac HushpuppiesRisotto Ballz, and Mini Texas Chili Dogs. Chef Newman’s menu retains such perennial favorites as Fire-Roasted SalsaBacon-Wrapped Gulf ShrimpCrispy WingsBarbacoa Street Tacos and Beef Stuffed Empanadas. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options, and 90 percent of the menu is Texas-sourced from local farms and ranches. The menu is paired with an extensive selection of cocktails made with Texas liquors – including a draft margarita made with locally sourced honey – an all-Texas lineup of micro-brew beers and Texas wines.

In addition to being open Christmas Eve and day and New Years eve and day, Meridian 98 is hosting a New Year’s Eve party including a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, champagne toast and a spectacular view of the Hill Country Galleria firework extravaganza. 

Waller Creek Conservancy Announces Creek Show 2017 Programming and Artists

Six Austin-Based Design Teams Light Up the Night November 10-18

Waller Creek Conservancy announces the return of Creek Show taking place November 10-18, 2017 from 6pm-10pm. Free and open to the public, explore six luminescent, site-specific art installations along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets, all created by local talent.

Celebrate Austin Art Month Friday, November 10, with the public opening of the show including a live DJ on the creek. Participate in hands-on, family-friendly activities every night at the Sabine Tree Deck between 6pm and 8pm. The

Photography courtesy of © David Brendan Hall, www.davidhallphotog.com.

Photography courtesy of © David Brendan Hall, www.davidhallphotog.com.

Thinkery will be on-site Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the Creek Show Lounge (700 E. 6th St.) for an immersive Waller Creek experience including interactive entertainment, Creek Show photo booth, Waterloo Park model, and more. Don’t forget to pick up your Creek Show wristband for food and drink specials from participating businesses in the Red River Cultural District.

Tuesday, November 14, meet the design teams at the Creek Show Artist Talk from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Palm Door on Sabine, moderated by arts critic Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin.  The event is free but RSVP is required!

Thursday, November 16, 6pm-9pm, join Generation Waller for Monster Bash from 6pm-9pm at The Gatsby. There will be a silent auction to support WCC and a raffle with lots of great prizes!

Saturday, November 18, 3:30pm-5:30pm, bike around town with an art-centric tour that starts at Laguna Gloria, passes by the Waller Delta and wraps up at Creek Show.

Saturday, November 18, 6pm-9pm, don’t miss the 2017 Closing Party at Cheer Up Charlies featuring Rattletree!

For more details and links to all of these exciting programs, visit creekshow.com or the Creek Show 2017 Facebook event.

Gather friends and family to explore Waller Creek as it’s never been seen before.

CREEK SHOW 2017 INSTALLATIONS AND DESIGN TEAMS: “No Lifeguard on Duty” by Asakura Robinson, “Night Garden” by dwg., “Blind Spot” by Two+ Collaborative, “fotan FABLE” by HA Architecture, “Ephemeral Suspension” by PATHOS + TouchTo“Submerge” by Davey McEathron Architecture + Studio Lumina + Drophouse.

Follow Waller Creek Conservancy on Facebook or Instagram: @WallerCreekConservancy; Twitter @austinWCC #CreekShow

ABOUT WALLER CREEK CONSERVANCY:

Waller Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. The Conservancy renews the natural environment, promotes play, health and wellness, economic vitality, and mobility, and engages the community through outreach, education, cultural events, and the arts. For more information, visit wallercreek.org.

Husband & Wife Duo Are Fixing Up Columbus, Ohio Communities One House at a Time

​​Upward Home Solutions, a husband and wife-owned real estate company within the greater Columbus, Ohio area, is providing a way for homeowners to get cash fast on a property they can’t afford to maintain any longer.

Born from a passion for rehabilitating older homes that are often neglected and ignored as they degrade and deteriorate the Upward Home Solutions team harnesses their unique talents to take the homes and make them lucrative again, thereby improving the local community and surrounding home values.

“It’s all-too-common a house is left vacant for one reason or another – or the homeowner just can’t afford the maintenance it requires,” said Tim Dye, Co-Founder and Owner of Upward Home Solutions. “We understand how much time and money goes into the proper upkeep of a home, which is why we’re passionate about offering a sustainable exit for homeowners who don’t want the responsibility anymore.”

Tim and Katie Dye have been involved in the Central Ohio Real Estate industry for over a decade.  The couple’s previous claim to fame was being featured on Lifetime’s One Born Every Minute, but what they are most famous for now in Columbus is their unique ability to see the value in distressed properties and improve them.

​The Dyes have made it as easy as possible for homeowners to sell their home fast in exchange for cash. On the Upward website, visitors need to simply fill out an online form that enables the Dyes to get in touch with the official homeowners. Once contact is made, a tour is scheduled so the duo can get a better glimpse at what will need sprucing up. Once it’s assessed, they make the homeowners an offer. If the offer is accepted, the Dyes do all the footwork with the title company to buy the property.

“We’ve made the sales process as streamlined and convenient as possible for the stressed-out homeowners we work with,” said Katie Dye. “The most rewarding part of the whole experience has to be contributing to our beloved Columbus, Ohio community by bringing new life and value into the old homes. The neighbors love it, and we’re honored to be part of something that special.”

Clients who typically call Upward Home Solutions include people looking to sell their homes regardless of its condition, people who have an inherited a home they don’t want, people who no longer want to serve as a landlord, and people who can’t manage to keep up with home and home maintenance payments.

For more information, visit: http://cashforcolumbushouses.com/.
 

Celebrate Earth Day with Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is gearing up for a great Earth Day with events all over town from April 20 through April 22.
Fern Gully at Palm Park
April 20, 2017
Join the Austin Parks Foundation for a special Earth Day installment of their all-1992 season of Movies in the Park. Bring the whole family to learn about the importance of Earth’s rainforests in this animated tale of adventure featuring Robin Williams. Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Give 5% to Mother Earth
April 21st

Austin businesses are banding together to give 5% of their sales back to local green organizations like the Austin Parks Foundation! The full list of businesses can be found on the Give 5% website. The CEO of APF, Colin Wallis, will also be traversing the city on two wheels alongside Hill Country Conservancy’s George Cofer. You can follow their Earth Day adventure on our twitter account and Instagram story.

Mulching at Zilker Park
April 22nd

Join APF in celebrating two happy occasions – Earth Day AND Zilker Park’s 100th Anniversary! In celebration, APF will be showing the trees of Zilker a little TLC with a fresh coat of mulch. Join friends, neighbors and tree huggers alike for a very special mulch project. Those interested can RSVP here.

Giveback with Flower Child

April 22nd
Flower Child believes a better world starts from within, and there is no better way to fuel your body and your soul then by nourishing it with happy, healthy food straight from Mother Earth.

This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, Flowers Child is donating 100% of proceeds from their Mother Earth Bowl to Austin Parks Foundation. We know you’ll be hungry after mulching all hose trees, so grab a healthy bite that gives right back APF!  Details here.

 

Breast Cancer Resource Center Presents Sixth Annual Art Bra Austin on June 3

Early-bird tickets on sale now. General admission ticket price increases May 1

The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) proudly announces its sixth annual fundraising gala, Art Bra® Austin, on Saturday, June 3, at the Austin Convention Center. This year’s event will showcase 61 pieces of wearable art to be modeled and auctioned, with all proceeds benefitting BCRC. Early-bird tickets for the event, which sells out every year, are on sale now at artbraaustin.org.

A truly inspiring celebration of the women who shine in the face of a life-altering disease, Art Bra® Austin brings together a community of artists, jewelers and craftspeople each year to design and construct original, beautiful art bras to be modeled by BCRC clients, all of whom are women diagnosed with breast cancer. Since its inception in 2012, Art Bra® Austin has raised more than one million dollars for the Breast Cancer Resource Center, helping BCRC achieve its mission to support and improve the lives of those touched by breast cancer by providing services and programs free of charge to its clients, regardless of circumstances.

“Art Bra® is undoubtedly one of Austin’s most theatrical events, and this year we’re excited to showcase our most impressive collection of art bras to date,” said Ray Anne Evans, BCRC’s Executive Director and former client. “This marks six incredible years for Art Bra® Austin, and every time we are amazed not only by the courage and strength of our fearless models, but the community’s unwavering support. Our dedicated sponsors and amazing artists who donate their time and talent are essential in making this event a transformative experience for our clients.”

Art Bra® Austin will take place on June 3, at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas. Doors open at 6:00p.m. for cocktails, food service, and silent auction. The runway show and live auction begin at 8:00 p.m. From now until April 30, early-bird tickets for runway and floor reserved seating are on sale for $250 and early-bird general admission for $150. General admission ticket price increases to $200 on May 1. Tickets are available at http://artbraaustin.org/get-tickets.

Art Bra® Austin is currently seeking event sponsors and will also begin volunteer sign-ups on Monday, April 17. For more information about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.artbraaustin.org.

About Art Bra Austin

Art Bra® Austin, now in its sixth year, is BCRC’s signature fundraiser. Every year, Austin’s talented community of artists, designers, and jewelers submit their original works of wearable art to be showcased by a dynamic group of Art Bra Austin models, creating an enchanting evening where everyone involved from the artists to the models and stylists donates their time and services. Approximately 60 to 70 pieces are selected from over 100 submissions to be offered for auction the night of the event. Top submissions are auctioned live during the runway show with winning bids as high as $8,500. For more information about this event and how to get involved, please visit www.artbraaustin.org.

About Breast  Cancer Resource Center

Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) is a nonprofit organization providing guidance, education, and assistance to thousands of local women whose lives have been disrupted by breast cancer. Staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC helps each woman find her footing and determine the solutions that are right for her.

BCRC was founded in 1995 as a volunteer-staffed helpline and a single support group. Today, in addition to being survivors, BCRC staff are trained support professionals and experts in where to go, what to do next, and how to keep a woman moving forward through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. They serve more than 2,200 women annually, offering personalized guidance, robust educational opportunities, and several financial and personal assistance programs. All of it – free of charge – to the client. For more detailed information about BCRC services and programs, please visit www.bcrc.org.

The Peninsula at Rough Hollow Hosts VIP Barbecue on the Waterfront

Luxury lakeside community celebrates featured homes in Spring 2017 HBA Parade of Homes™ Tour 

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography.

The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, developed by Legend Communities Inc. and Crescent Communities LLCis a naturally secluded $60 million luxury development of 81 acreage homesites overlooking Lake Travis. The Peninsula is the last lakefront and gated exclusive luxurious community in Lakeway.

Alfonso Castillo

Alfonso Castillo

On Sunday, March 26, guests gathered at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow for an exclusive VIP barbeque and sneak peek tour of the five luxury homes to be featured in the Spring 2017 Parade of Homes™ tour. Throughout the afternoon event, guests mixed and mingled with The Peninsula sales team and four of the five home builders including Arbogast Homes, Jenkins Custom Homes, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Austin. Guests learned about each unique property, their specific design aesthetic and saw first hand finish samples of the materials to be used in each home, not to mention the spectacular sweeping views of Lake Travis and the beautiful Hill Country. Sipping on refreshing signature cocktails provided by Sourced Cocktails, attendees enjoyed Austin-famous and world-renowned Franklin’s Barbeque brisket sandwiches and champion bbq team and food truck, It’s All Good Barbeque while listening to sounds of Marshall Hood band. To finish off the afternoon guests were treated to homemade apple and peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   

Shan and Bethany Jenkins

Shan and Bethany Jenkins

Amy and Hector Elizondo

Amy and Hector Elizondo

Robin Colton and Nykol Colton

Robin Colton and Nykol Colton

In the crowd:  Lauren and Craig Bach, Ed and Angela Kennedy, Michelle and Curt Sexton of Laurel Haven Homes, Rusty and Alicia Schoenherr, Shan and Bethanny Jenkins of Jenkins Custom Homes, Suzanne Ellis, Debbie Tate, Tommy Roberts of Triton Austin, Tracey and Sandy Vollentine, Tyler Hawk, Tod Arbogast of Arbogast homes and more. 

Rusty and Alicia Schoenherr with Curt Sexton

Rusty and Alicia Schoenherr with Curt Sexton

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Bubba and Diane Breazeale with Chat Wynne_

Bubba and Diane Breazeale with Chat Wynne_

About Legend Communities Inc.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Legend Communities is a full-service developer of single-family residential, multi-family residential, active adult communities and associated commercial projects in Central Texas, California and Colorado. Legend Communities and its affiliate company in California have earned recognition for their projects from a number of highly regarded local and national industry associations, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Home Builders, and the City of Austin Green Builder Program. The company emphasizes giving back to the communities in which it operates through business, civic and charitable contributions. For more information about Legend Communities, please visit LegendCommunitiesinc.com.

About Crescent Communities LLC

Crescent Communities is a leading real estate investment and operating firm driven to create long-term value by developing thoughtful, sustainable communities that improve people’s lives. Founded in 1963, Crescent’s original mandate as a land management company continues to inform its commitment to the wise stewardship of natural resources. The company finances, plans and develops properties in the Sunbelt and Mid-Atlantic markets that will represent more than 50 percent of the U.S. population growth over the next decade. Its multi-product platform includes residential, multi-family, mixed-used, commercial and land assets, valued in total at $1.2 billion. Crescent’s robust capital deployment, seasoned leadership team, and transformative model of sustainability enable the company to maximize opportunity in a recovering real estate market. For more information about Crescent Communities please visit http://www.crescentcommunities.com.

The Peninsula at Rough Hollow Hosts the 2017 Parade of Homes™ Tour

2017 Parade of Homes in The Peninsula is the Most Anticipated Tour Yet

Legend Communities and Crescent Communities announced recently The Peninsula at Rough Hollow will host the spring Spring 2017 Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin Parade of Homes™.

“We are more excited than ever about hosting this year’s Parade of Homes,” said Haythem Dawlett, founder and principal of Legend Communities. “We are featuring five prestigious and astonishingly beautiful custom homes on five of the most breathtaking homesites available anywhere in Central Texas.”

The Spring 2017 HBA Parade of Homes™ will take place at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow May 12 through May 29. The annual event showcases the newest trends in construction, building design, interior décor and landscaping in one of the nation’s most vibrant real estate communities. This year will mark the third Parade of Homes tour to be held within Rough Hollow over the past 10 years and by far the most anticipated showing due to The Peninsula’s spectacular views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis.

The tour will feature five custom-built homes by award-winning builders specifically chosen for the event—Arbogast Custom Homes, Jenkins Design + Build, Lake Travis Builders, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Custom Homes Inc. During the tour, the homes will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays and Memorial Day, May 29.

Nestled high above Lake Travis and just a short ride from downtown Austin, The Peninsula at Rough Hollow offers an unparalleled lake living experience. The Peninsula is located in a naturally secluded, private enclave and offers a limited number of lakeside estate-sized homesites priced from the $300s to $1 million-plus. The Peninsula is the last Southside lakefront gated neighborhood in Lakeway, and the most exclusive in the Rough Hollow development. As part of Rough Hollow, an 1,800-acre master-planned community with world-class amenities, The Peninsula is located just 25 minutes from downtown Austin and 35 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Legend Communities and Crescent Communities recently announced 2016 was the most successful sales year to date in their exclusive master-planned Lakeway communities, Rough Hollow and The Peninsula at Rough Hollow. The demand for homesites and the unparalleled amenities of these two lakefront communities shows no sign of abating, with 2017 setting up to be another phenomenal year. The homes and homesites in Rough Hollow and The Peninsula at Rough Hollow are approximately 50 percent sold out, with four of the Parade homes and 50 homesites remaining.

“People are going to be captivated by the stunning views from The Peninsula’s estate-sized lots, as well as the artistry and craftsmanship of these builders,” said HBA Chief Executive Officer Emily Lubbers. “Without question, this year’s Parade of Homes™ will surpass anything we’ve featured in the past.”

For more information and sales at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, contact the Welcome Center at (512) 617-1776 or The PR Boutique at (512) 363-5160.

No Joke About It: “The Pearly White Ball” Aims to Help Over 25,000 Central Texans by Benefitting Manos de Cristo’s Critical Programs

The Pearly White Ball will be held on April Fool’s Day and promises to be an elegant evening filled with laughter and surprises. Proceeds will benefit Manos de Cristo’s important programs that serve your neighbors in need. Guests of the event will enjoy dinner, exciting live & silent auctions, a casino, live music by The Pictures & dancing!

The event is made possible by our generous sponsors: St. David’s Foundation, Drs. Brian & Heather Bobb, and Duggan Endodontics. White semiformal attire requested.

When:          Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Where:         ACL Live at the Moody Theater,310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

Cost:            $250 individual ticket, Sponsorship Opportunities Available. For tickets, please visit www.manosdecristo.org/thepearlywhiteball

The evening benefits our low cost Dental Center, adult education and emergency food and clothing programs, which serve over 25,000 children, adults and seniors in our community. Co-Chairs Mr. Paul Miller and Dr. Neal Shah serve on the board of Manos de Cristo and have witnessed the impact Manos programs have in the Austin area. Dr. Shah says, “Manos has a unique place in our community because we deliver thousands of the hardest working Central Texans dignity and a healthy smile.  It is an honor and privilege to serve this group and raise awareness and money to continue to support this worthy cause.  The Ball also happens to be one of the most fun events of the year, and we get the rare opportunity to host it at Austin’s premiere facility, the legendary Austin City Limits Moody Theater.”

About Manos de Cristo: Manos de Cristo, founded 29 years ago in 1988, meets essential needs by providing adults and children withlow cost dental care, educational opportunities, an annual program to prepare young children for school with new clothing and school supplies, and emergency food and clothing assistance. The Manos de Cristo Dental Center is one of the few not-for-profit dental facilities in Austin. Our life changing services empower people of all backgrounds to build self-esteem, self-confidence and the ability to participate fully in the life of our community. All are welcome.