AIDS Services of Austin Presents 30th Annual AIDS Walk Austin on October 29

Annual walk celebrates 30 years of “sole” with a day of entertainment, food and live music to benefit local HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations 

AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) will host the 30th annual AIDS Walk Austin at the newly renovated Republic Square on Sunday, October 29. The day of live music, food and entertainment will raise funds and awareness for 10 local HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations, including AIDS Services of Austin. Highlights of this year’s programming include a live performance by The Nightowls, a DJ set by 97.5 Pride Radio, a pre-walk yoga session hosted by Eastside Yoga and an after-party bar crawl. Interested walkers are encouraged to pledge their support and participation before the event at aidswalkaustin.org.

2015 WALK:  Paul Scott, Mayor Steve Adler, and Wade Davis

2015 WALK: Paul Scott, Mayor Steve Adler, and Wade Davis

“Over the last 30 years, we have taken the steps towards progress and a healthier future for our community,” said Paul Scott, chief executive officer of AIDS Services of Austin. “With the creation of life saving treatments and preventative medicines, we have the tools to build an HIV free generation. However, there is still no cure and until we reach our goal of zero new HIV transmissions, we will keep walking.”

The theme for this year’s AIDS Walk is “celebrating 30 years of sole,” which represents the great strides that HIV/AIDS services in Central Texas have taken over the past few decades. Through quality case management and helping clients access new medications and treatments, ASA has seen a 93 percent reduction in client deaths due to AIDS-related complications since the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1994. The community is invited to do something good for the “sole” and take steps towards raising support for a healthier future for friends and neighbors living with HIV.

AIDS Walk Austin attracts hundreds of people annually for an afternoon of celebration, solidarity and remembrance of those affected by HIV and AIDS. Registration and activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m. at Republic Square, located at 422 Guadalupe Street.

Participants can enjoy a number of festivities at the park, including food trucks, a live performance by the soul band The Nightowls, and pop ups by a variety of local vendors. In addition to live music, AIDS Walk Austin sponsor 97.5 Pride Radio will be playing music and hosting giveaways on site throughout the day. New to this year, the walk will kick off with a 30 minute stretch and yoga session led by Eastside Yoga instructors. Immediately following, the event will culminate in a 2.5-mile walk routing through downtown that goes past the Capitol.

The fun continues afterwards with a post-walk bar crawl on 4th street. Sellers Underground will create a specialty cocktail with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to ASA. Additional participating bars are to be announced. All bar crawl participants must be 21+.

ASA is the largest HIV and AIDS service organization in Central Texas working to enhance the health and well-being of the community and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Created by ASA, AIDS Walk Austin aims to raise funds to directly support education and prevention of HIV and AIDS, with 83 percent of funds raised going to services in Austin. ASA’s goal is to raise $240,000 at the walk this year, continuing the momentum from the 2016 walk that earned more than $241,000 for HIV and AIDS agencies across Austin.

Along with the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Walk, this year ASA is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an organization. The nonprofit recently announced the launch of its clinical capacity project in partnership with The Moody Foundation, which supports the renovation and capital needs of establishing a medical clinic serving HIV-positive and high-risk negative individuals. The medical clinic is planned to open Spring 2018.

Participants can register for the AIDS Walk as individuals or groups and will receive an AIDS Walk Austin t-shirt with an encouraged donation of $25 per person. Dogs on a leash are welcome to attend the walk. Volunteer opportunities are available, and interested groups or individuals can sign up at aidswalkaustin.org.

HEB Opens its Most Sustainable Store in the Mueller Development

Welcome to Mueller development in northeast Austin, the most sustainable store to date from HEB Grocery Co. 

The 83,000-square-foot store which officially opened on July 26 employs about 315 and is located at 1801 E. 51st St. This location is part of a quickly expanding retail and residential district that has plenty of room to expand. 

The Mueller neighborhood comprises about 700 acres, and developer Catellus estimates it’s only one-third complete. Approximately 3,500 people live in the neighborhood, and by the time it’s completely developed, the number of residents will be about 13,000. 

With this sustainable location, HEB has registered to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and expects the new store will exceed the silver level.  The store also will be certified by the Austin Energy Green Building program. 

A few energy saving efforts include the installation of climate efficient indigenous landscaping, recycling stations at the store entrances, installed bike racks and bike repair stations and provided two electric vehicle charging stations. 

The store will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight. 

As an added incentive to visit, the price of gas over the past few days has been consistently lower than other stations across Austin.  We can only hope this trend will continue.