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.

Sackman Enterprises Hosts 70 Rainey Sales Gallery Opening Party

Luxury Condominium Developer Introduced Guests to Renowned Interior Designer Mark Zeff

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography.

Guests gathered on February 22 to celebrate the grand opening of Sackman Enterprises 70 Rainey Sales Gallery located at 78 Rainey Street. CJ Sackman, Managing Director of Sackman Enterprises, welcomed attendees, provided a project update and introduced Mark Zeff, the renowned visionary behind the stunning interiors for 70 Rainey. Zeff, the internationally acclaimed interior designer for the development, educated party goers on his vision for the project – a mix of relaxed sophistication with the use of industrial elements creating an elegant take on a raw, edgy style.  The mastermind behind the design of Hotel Van Zandt reinforced his love of the Rainey Street District and excitement to work on another project of such esteemed caliber in the neighborhood.

Guests enjoyed a model kitchen and bathroom that showcase the exquisite finish samples available to residents. Large interactive televisions displayed 70 Rainey floor plans, project renderings and drone images of the sweeping views every residence will offer. Attendees mixed and mingled with the 70 Rainey sales team and Sackman executives while sipping on 70 Rainey Ritas and customized cocktails provided by Sourced Cocktails.  Kevin Fink and his team from Emmer & Rye wowed guests with passed hor d’eorves and a fire activation station featuring beef short rib carnitas. Guests walked away with 70 Rainey swag and images from the photo booth provided by Ben Porter Photography.

Renee Hanson Malone, Brittany Golden and Joanna Vega

Renee Hanson Malone, Brittany Golden and Joanna Vega.

The 70 Rainey sales gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The 34- story project is set to open the fourth quarter of 2018 and will include 164 meticulously designed residences, a ground floor restaurant and second floor patio bar—all overlooking the breathtaking, unobstructed views of downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country. Like other Sackman projects, 70 Rainey will feature world-class design, dramatic architecture, uncompromising luxury and meticulous attention to detail.

Pierre Cloutier, Mathew Layman and Donny Carlyon.

Pierre Cloutier, Mathew Layman and Donny Carlyon.

InFluentials in attendance were CJ Sackman, Mark Zeff, Will Steakley, Stuart Thomajan, Lisa Matulis-Thomajan, Amanda Polcari, Jennifer Ladner, Leah Pigg, Melissa Neslund, Ryan Baker, Bill McCannKevin Fink, Mike Piano, and many more. Images provided by Ben Porter Photography.

Founded by Alan Sackman 48 years ago, Sackman Enterprises initially focused on restoring historic brownstones in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since then, the company has expanded its reach throughout Manhattan and beyond, to Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Texas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sackman prides itself on being a family-run business. Although it has experienced vast growth over the past five decades, the company still focuses on maintaining and restoring the cultural and historical integrity of its properties and surrounding communities. By placing an emphasis on supporting local businesses, people, history, and culture over five decades and three generations, Sackman Enterprises is known as much for its integrity as for its business acumen and success.

Jason Papp and Miles Marks.

Jason Papp and Miles Marks.

Based in New York City, MARKZEFF is an international, full-service design-consulting firm. Over the last 30 years, MARKZEFF has evolved from a residential design firm into one of the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary boutique design agencies. The strength and range of the firm’s residential projects laid the groundwork for its expansion into commercial design, master planning projects and branding. Every interior is highly customized, from furniture design to architectural details, to create a distinct environment that reflects the client’s vision. The designs seamlessly integrate brand development and interior design to deliver innovative hotels, specialty retail, restaurants and luxury residential real estate.

Hundreds Kick Off Their Boots for Alzheimer’s Texas 25th Annual Walk at Camp Mabry

Walkers Gather to Raise Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer’s Disease

On Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m. Alzheimer’s Texas hosted their 25th annual “These Boots Are Made for Walking” fundraising walk at Camp Mabry. More than 650 attendees participated in either the 2.5mile or one mile walk raising over $95K. The organization is continuing to take donations through December with anticipation of reaching their fundraising goal of $175K with all funds remaining 100% local providing research, support and care to Central Texas. Dr. Dewayne Nash spoke to the crowd offering his personal connection to Alzheimer’s and impressed the importance of continuing to fight and raise funds to slow the progression of this devastating disease. The cover band Off the Record emceed and performed throughout the walk keeping spirits lively and energized. After the walk, Alzheimer’s Texas President, Christian Wells, presented the friends and family team division awards with most money raised to Austin Senior Resource Alliance and largest team to Studio SIX5.  Corporate team division awards for most money raised went to Westminster and largest team to Querencia at Barton Creek.

Boot Walkers

Boot Walkers

2016 marks the first year of the organization’s new name, Alzheimer’s Texas.  Formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Associations of Capital of Texas Chapter, Alzheimer’s Texas separated from the national Alzheimer’s Association earlier this year to better serve and provide Central Texas with the quality, high-touch services consistent with its mission and keep 100% of its funds raised in Central Texas.

Dewayne & JoAnn Nash

Dewayne & JoAnn Nash

For more information click here or visit Alzheimer’s Texas  website at www.txalz.org.

God and Silver Star Walkers

God and Silver Star Walkers

In the Crowd: Alzheimer’s Texas President Christian Wells, Dr. Dewayne Nash, Westminster Executive Director Charles Borst, Querencia at Barton Creek Executive Director Nate Weyand, Austin Regional Clinic Referral Relations & Community Relations Specialist Lynda Shanblum, Rose Vera, Autumn Leaves of Northwest Austin Executive Director Kim Howard, Founder of Austin Senior Resource Alliance Cyndi Cumming and many more.

Querencia BC Members

Querencia at Barton Creek Members

Alzheimer’s Texas is dedicated to eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, their families, and caregivers. The organization provides care consultations, 24-hour help line, support groups, respite care, educational and social engagement programs, and professional training. Alzheimer’s Texas was founded in 1982 and serves Central Texas. For more information, visitwww.txalz.org.

Home Slice Pizza Celebrates 11th Anniversary with Annual Carnival O’ Pizza on September 24

Free, Family-Friendly Event on Saturday, September 24 to Benefit Austin Bat Cave

Home Slice Pizza, the independent neighborhood joint serving authentic New York-style slices and pies, will host its 11th annual Carnival O’ Pizza on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at the iconic South Congress location with all proceeds benefiting Austin Bat Cave.  A celebration of Home Slice’s love for all things pizza, this free admission, family-friendly event will be bigger than ever with over-the-top pizza-themed activities and exciting prizes including the chance for one lucky raffle winner to be the only person in the world who can make a reservation at Home Slice for the next year, (applies to both the South Congress location and the North Loop location, opening in 2017).

Watch the thrilling contests of skill including Pizza Stretching, Pizza Tossing, and Pizza Eating, enjoy fabulous music and dancing including hip-hop for kids, break dancers who actually are kids, puppet shows, magicians and so much more. Join in on the old-school fun with a slew of original booths and midway carnival games that offer something for everyone, or try your luck in the humongous raffle and have the chance to win one of the 60 prizes, including a YETI Die Hard Pack, two Sound On Sound Festival passes, hotel stays and more. This year’s mascot, the Tattooed Wonder, has inspired a booth called Tattoo Baby where you can win a prize by covering yourself and your baby with temporary tattoos – pizza designs of course! And anyone showing up with a real pizza tattoo or Home Slice tattoo will win a gift card for a large pie.

Carnival O’ Pizza contests include:

  • Hands on an Eggplant Sub (a.k.a. H.O.E.S) – In a messier, gooier version of a walk-a-thon, H.O.E.S contestants place a hand on a Home Slice eggplant sub and hold it there as long as they can, and the last one standing wins. Contestants can raise money online for Austin Bat Cave by seeking sponsorship from their network of friends and family. Players who raise more money are awarded perks, like extra bathroom breaks, which can increase their chance at winning.  The winner receives free pizza for an entire year.
  • Pizza Eating – This contest is simple: get 10 people together and see who can eat the most pizza in 30 minutes. Past bouts have ended in a controversial photo finish and judges weighing contestants’ pizza remnants to determine a winner.
  • Dough Throwing – In this challenge to all genuine hand-tossing pizza joints across Texas and beyond, contestants compete for the fastest stretch and largest dough. Authentic pizzaiolis with a true passion for the art of hand-tossed dough are brought in to judge and keep competition fair.  This year’s Celebrity Judge will be international pizza champion dough thrower Michael Shepherd.
  • Pizza Box Folding – Contestants try to beat the clock by folding as many pizza boxes as possible.

Music and entertainment will feature:

  • Fragile Rock (puppet rock band)
  • Big Don (hip hop for kids)
  • Blitz Freestyle breakdancers
  • Minor Mishap Marching Band
  • Magician Albert Lucio.

For the fifth consecutive year, all proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Bat Cave, an organization that provides free workshops for children to develop and explore their creative writing. In the last nine years, the Carnival O’ Pizza has raised more than $130,000 for local participating charities, including over $80,000 for Austin Bat Cave.

Home Slice is located at 1415 & 1421 South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas. Home Slice and More Home Slice will maintain regular hours of operation during the event,11 a.m. – midnight, and 11- 3 a.m. respectively.

Waller Creek Designer Speaking at Imagine Austin Series

Gullivar Shepard, Principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., to Give Free Talk on Landscape Architecture’s Impact at Waller Creek and Beyond on September 21

Gullivar Shepard

Gullivar Shepard

The Waller Creek Conservancy and City of Austin’s Planning and Zoning Department will host the Imagine Austin Speaker Series on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. Gullivar Shepard, Principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA) and project leader for MVVA on the revitalization of Waller Creek, will give a free talk on how landscape architecture can serve as a medium for strategic thinking at Waller Creek and beyond. This event is open to the public and free to attend.

“The role of landscape architecture has evolved over time, moving beyond the design of beautiful natural spaces and entering the policy realm,” said Peter Mullan, CEO of Waller Creek Conservancy. “Complex civic projects, like the one we are undertaking at Waller Creek, require strategic thinking for successful implementation. With a wealth of experience working in cities across the U.S., Gullivar Shepard is the perfect speaker to expand our thinking on this topic. We encourage the public to join us to learn how thoughtful design and architecture create better community spaces.”

The Imagine Austin Speaker Series is designed to grow the implementation of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan through shared dialogue and mutual learning. The series enriches Austin with insights around creating complete communities where residents’ needs are met. Past speakers have led compelling conversations about park preservation, healthy living, water conservation, and more.

“The City is an integral partner in the Waller Creek project and we are excited to highlight this transformation as it exemplifies many of the priorities in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, including increased connectivity and expanded green infrastructure,” said Greg Guernsey, City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department Director. “We’re thrilled to have Gullivar Shepard speak at the Imagine Austin Speaker Series, shedding light on a topic that impacts our City.”

Event Details

September 21, 2016

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Free parking is available at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., and onsite parking at Palmer Events Center for this event is $3.00.

Program: The landscapes of our world represent a vast and entangled field of terrains, policies, practices, real estate transactions, and emergent conditions. Yet, the medium of landscape is still primarily thought of as a series of aesthetic place-making decisions. Through this lens, Gullivar Shepard will discuss MVVA’s involvement in complicated landscape contexts and will expose some of the complex strategic thinking that has enabled the realization of transformative projects for several growing cities. Waller Creek’s connected parks will be presented as a reflection upon how landscape planning moves beyond aesthetic place-making to help shape the context of Austin’s current growth.