Big Brothers Big Sisters to Host a 3-Generation Match Reunion


January is National Mentoring Month. On Monday, January 14th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is hosting a very special match reunion at the Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center on Manor Rd. that will bring 3 generations of Big and Little Sisters together.

We are hosting a reunion and presentation where Pat, Lisa and Maryah will be sharing their story and talking about the power of mentoring and the impacts their relationships have had on their lives. 

3-generation match reunion

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center

4800 Manor Rd., Building K, Austin, TX  78723

Monday, January 14th,, 2019

3:30 p.m. – Facilitated interview and story share


Pat O’Neil became a Little Sister when she was 14 years old. After several years, her Big Sister, Lisa, moved to California for work.  Because of the impact their mentoring relationship had on her, Pat knew that she wanted to become a Big Sister herself. As an adult, she went into the military. Her career brought her to Bergstrom Airforce Base. When she settled in Austin, she became a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and she was matched with her own Little Sister, Maryah, in the 1980s.  

Having recently retired, Pat has reconnected with her original Big Sister.  Her Big Sister Lisa has come to visit her for the first time in Austin, and Pat is excited to see her and to introduce her to her very own Little Sister.  This will be the first meeting Lisa and Pat have had in more than 40 years, and it will be the first time that Lisa and Maryah have met.

Pat has been matched with her Big Sister, Lisa, for 52 years, and with her Little Sister, Maryah, for 32 years.  The three are very excited to get to know each other and to spend time together. 


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas serves nearly 1,000 children in Central Texas every day. For over 47 years, we’ve matched children, ages 6–16, with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS depends on donations to recruit, screen and train volunteers, and to provide on-going support for children, families and volunteers as they build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Last year, more than 98 percent of the children served by BBBS remained in school and avoided early parenting.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central • 4800 Manor Road • Austin, Texas 78723 • 512.472.5437

She’s Not Here Officially Opens TODAY Downtown

New Pacific Asian Cocktail Bar and Kitchen Serving Tropical Drinks and Asian-Inspired Dishes

Photography courtesy of Nicolai McCrary.

She’s Not Here, a Pacific Asian cocktail bar and kitchen from Uchi/ko and 50 Eggs alumni Ben Cachila and Chris Romero, is thrilled to officially open its doors to the public on Wednesday, August 15 in the 2ND Street District. The restaurant features fun, bright, tropical-influenced libations. Expect curious riffs on classic drinks utilizing hibiscus rye, aged rum, applewood-smoked mezcal, roasted coconut, jasmine, toasted almond, cloves, falooda syrup, cardamom, and magrood leaf.

The cocktail program is supported by a surprising and playful menu utilizing vibrant ingredients. Composed of small bites, seasonally focused sushi, cold tastings, and main dishes, the menu is inspired by traditional Asian recipes that are accented with fresh and aromatic elements. 

Highlights from She’s Not Here’s opening cocktail and dinner menu include: 

Cocktails: Hibiscus – Rittenhouse hibiscus rye, tiki bitters, coconut sugar; Sling – gin, aperol, fresh pineapple juice, lime; Smoke – applewood mezcal, plantation pineapple rum, lime, orgeat, toasted almond salt rim; Ginger – Batavia arrack, fresh ginger, honey, lemon; Rose – Aviation gin, grapefruit, falooda syrup, lemon, Peychaud’s; and Matcha- Tito’s vodka, matcha tea, coconut milk, honey syrup. 

Nigiri: Hamachi -yellowtail; Mebachi - big eye tuna; MadaiJapanese sea bream; Gai Lan - Chinese broccoli; and Shanghai Tip – Chinese romaine. A special “Sakana Haka” fish selection will change daily with offerings such as Kinmedai – golden eye snapper; Tennen Aji – wild horse mackerel; Taraba – king crab; and Goba Saba  - blue nose mackerel. 

Temaki: Soft Shell Crab – aioli, cucumber, kaiware sprouts; Cali Butter - clarified ponzu butter, California crab, soy paper; and Ume Shiso – Japanese plum, perilla, cucumber. 

Cold dishes: Marinated Yellowtail – lychee, green apple vinegar, pickled Asian pear; and Tasmanian Ocean Trout - passion fruit, South Pacific fruit relish, crown daisy.

Hot dishes: Pork Adobobraised and fried pork shank, adobo jus, crispy cauliflower, coconut cream; Braised-Fried Korean Chicken with yuzu-pickled Asian pears, summer squash, and toasted chili oil; Galbi Style Pork Ribs – pickled shishito, garlic sweet soy glaze; and Sakana Tempura - crispy cod fillet, apple tentsuyu, pickled apple, togarashi.

The chefs have also been particularly mindful to dietary needs by developing an extended selection of produce-driven sushi items that are both vegan and gluten-free.

Relaxed and refined, the interior evokes a reimagined tropical hotel lobby from the 1920s and is a mash-up of French Art Deco meets island textures and palettes. The exterior is adorned with massive and sultry flora that has been executed entirely with spray cans by local street art legend Mez Data. This createsan ideal setting to spend a pleasant and lazy afternoon or evening sipping on colorful, flowered drinks while laughing a little too loudly with friends.

According to William Jackson, Chief Business Officer and Publisher of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “When you want a truly thrilling dining experience in the 2nd Street District of downtown Austin, then you must try She’s Not Here.  From the moment you enter the door, the experience is stellar.  The decor is simple, yet tasteful reminiscent of Palm Springs.  The food and drink programs are refreshing and thrilling, sure to tantalize the eyes as well as the taste buds.  The staff is knowledgeable, very professional.  Our hats off to our server Robert who ROCKED!  We were in a constant state of diner’s euphoria.”

Located downtown at 440 West 2nd Street, Austin, Texas, 78701, She’s Not Here compliments the neighboring venues, restaurants, and The Violet Crown Cinema by providing a lush downtown refuge that serves both food and beverage Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. – midnight, and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Expect expanded hours coming soon, which will include grab-and-go bento box lunches and happy hour service.

For more information, visit or follow along on Facebook (/SNHATX) and Instagram (@snhatx).

The Salt Lick Announces Pizza Nights At The Salt Lick Cellars / April Reservations Available Now

The Salt Lick will soon offer patrons a unique dining opportunity with the return of Pizza Nights at The Salt Lick Cellars, the beloved Driftwood restaurant’s tasting room and outdoor seating area. Pizza Nights will take place once a week throughout the month of April.

Pizza Nights at The Salt Lick Cellars will feature a specially curated menu of artisanal Italian pizza offerings that highlight both traditional pizzas as well as several more unique options. Several pizzas were in fact inspired by and created from The Salt Lick’s typical menu offerings, such as the Smoked BBQ Pizza, which is topped off with The Salt Lick’s mouth-watering burnt ends, pulled pork, and sausage.

Those inclined toward meat-free fare need not be excluded from this unique opportunity as the menu also features several vegetarian-friendly options. Veggie-focused pizza offerings include The Mushroom, which is topped with garlic and EVOO, mushrooms, Fontina, Gruyère, and fresh arugula. Additionally, attendees will be able to purchase from a wide selection of delectable wines from The Salt Lick Cellars, including many that are from the surrounding Texas Hill Country region.

Those interested in attending Pizza Nights at The Salt Lick Cellars are encouraged to act quickly, as seats for each tasting event are limited. All reservations must be made by calling Salt Lick Cellars directly at (512) 829-4013.

Thursday, April 13

Wednesday, April 19

Thursday, April 27

Salt Lick Cellars

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826

Driftwood, TX 78619 



Zesty red sauce, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan – $9

Zesty red sauce, house mozzarella, basil – $9

Driftwood garlic sauce, pork fennel sausage, caramelized onion, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Parmesan – $12

Garlic & EVOO, mushrooms, Fontina, Gruyère, fresh arugula – $11
Add a sunny-side up egg for $2

Bacon, mozzarella, sage leaf, walnut, seasonal crème fraiche – $13

Zesty red sauce, mozzarella, Salt Lick burnt ends, pulled pork, Salt Lick sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions, garlic – $11



With polenta, pesto, mascarpone, zesty red sauce, basil – $9

With fruit and nuts – $14

Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) does NOT always mean “hyperactivity”… it could also refer to difficulties paying attention, chronic procrastination, and/or problematic impulsivity.  Some things to monitor…

• being fidgety

• unfinished tasks

• appearing to not listen

Since all children exhibit such behaviors at some time or another, how do you know if they are age-appropriate or ADHD?  If these behaviors are problematic, some sort of intervention is needed.  Of course, avoiding medications is great, as long as behavioral interventions (by parents and teachers) are working well… but if those aren’t effective, consider seeking an evaluation with a psychiatrist who does both therapy and medication management (just in case a medication is recommended).

If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, review all treatment options… perhaps it’s fine-tuning behavioral strategies, or treating overwhelming anxiety or social issues, or even making educational changes for a child who is not being challenged enough intellectually.

If not properly addressed, ADHD can affect your child’s relationships as well as affecting educational success, and lead to lifelong self-esteem issues.  Early intervention is crucial.

Louis Taylor, DO
Integral Care, PLLC
(512) 522-5116

Four Steps to be Breast Self-Aware

About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. So no matter who you are or where you live, understanding breast cancer is important. But the most important thing to know is this: a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Breast cancer can be treated.

Our friends at Susan G. Komen are working tirelessly in their efforts to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

We appreciate being able to share their Four Steps to be Breast Self-Aware:

NAAVA Salon and Spa Selected for “Salons of Distinction” by Salon Today Magazine And Named “Top Spa” by Top Choice Awards

Congratulations to our friends at NAAVA!

NAAVA means beautiful in Hebrew, which reflects the aspirational vision of our business: for our customers to always leave looking and feeling beautiful. After all, true beauty comes from within, and our desire is to help pull out the outward reflection of that inner beauty. As the premier salon and spa in Austin, Texas, NAAVA boasts industry-recognized technical expertise, highest quality products and services, and cutting edge facilities.

Front Desk & Retail

NAAVA was just selected for “Salons of Distinction” in the national Salons of the Year contest  by Salon Today magazine and will be featured in the June issue. NAAVA was also named “Top Spa of Austin – 2016″ by Top Choice Awards earlier this year. This luxury salon and spa is outfitted with marble countertops and clean, modern furniture, and has two locations: downtown and the Arboretum.

Salon Area

NAAVA currently employs about 60 people in Austin and can accommodate large groups with a minimum of 16 salon chairs (downtown boasts 28) and eight manicure and pedicure stations (downtown can accommodate 12). Both locations have eight spa treatment rooms for facials and massages.

NAAVA has two locations for your convenience

DOWNTOWN 300 West 6th Street Ste 110, Austin TX 78701, 512-387-7000
ARBORETUM 10000 Research Blvd. Ste 141, Austin TX 78759, 512-813-1000

Mani-Pedi Room

About “Salons of the Year” Award:  60,000 salons in America open every year and are eligible to apply for this award: only 20 are selected nationally as finalists and named a “Salon of Distinction” in the “Salons of the Year” contest. These top 20 spas will be featured in the June 2016 Salons of the Year issue by “Salon Today” magazine.

Spa Area Waiting Lounge

Spa Area Waiting Lounge

About Top Choice “Top Spa” Award:  After 11 years of surveying thousands of people in over 26 North American cities, Top Choice Awards has become adept at recognizing excellence. Organic business information is collected annually to identify and promote a public list of trusted businesses. Consisting of over 12,000 business owners nationally, the list highlights those that were identified by their city and patrons as the best of the best – the Top Choice.

Saint Genevieve to Host Grand Opening Party on Thursday, April 28

Union Venture Group is excited to announce the grand opening celebration of Saint Genevieve, an upscale wine lounge featuring DJ sets, inventive cocktails, and shared plates from all over the world, on Thursday, April 28. The upscale lounge, which boasts an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails, will offer happy hour drink prices all night, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. to introduce guests to the space.

Saint Genevieve’s happy hour specials include select white wine, red wine, and bubbles for just $5.

St. Genevieve - I

The lounge is a perfect spot to kick off an evening, grab a glass of wine with friends, end your evening with a signature St. Genevieve cocktail, or turn your Sunday into a funday with brunch featuring a DJ, an epic Bloody Mary bar, or a mimosa flight.

For more information on Saint Genevieve, please visit or follow on Facebook @stgenevieveatx, Twitter @StGenevieveAtx, or Instagram @stgenevieveatx.

Thursday, April 28

8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Saint Genevieve

11500 Rock Rose Avenue

Austin, Texas

L’Oca d’Oro Plans May Opening for Mueller Neighborhood Restaurant

Chef Fiore Tedesco and General Manager Adam Orman to Debut Family-Style Italian in Austin


L’Oca d’Oro, a contemporary Italian restaurant located in the Mueller neighborhood, is slated to open this May. Helmed by Chef Fiore Tedesco and General Manager Adam Orman, the restaurant will welcome Austin with a menu highlighting family-style dining and cooking that blends old world tradition with modern technique.

Chef Fiore Tedesco will present a variety of Italian dishes in individual or sharable, large formats. Using only carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients, many items served will be made in-house such as pasta made from freshly milled grains, bread, cheese, vinegars and liqueurs.

“We are excited to provide a dining experience that is at once humble and refined, in a setting that will be appreciated by the families in our community,” says Chef Fiore Tedesco. “It is our desire to explore and define what role a neighborhood restaurant can and should play in 2016.”

Since 2013, L’Oca d’Oro has hosted pop-up dinners and private events in the Austin area. Now, the team’s culinary vision will come to life in May with the opening of its first full service restaurant. Chef Fiore Tedesco brings a strong culinary portfolio to L’Oca d’Oro, with more than a decade of experience at renowned restaurants such as Roberta’s and The Gramercy Tavern in New York and Franklin’s BBQ and Bufalina in Austin.

The L’Oca d’Oro space will feature a bright, floral aesthetic with mid-20th century Central European charm. Upon arrival, guests will be immersed in the excitement and energy flowing from the open kitchen, located inside the 30-seat bar area that features a six-foot wood-burning grill. A Bauhaus-inspired design will decorate the restaurant floor, complemented by sky blue and gold plastered walls and antique mirrors in the dining room.

Perfect for celebrations and special events in a range of sizes, the restaurant will offer flexible table seating in its stunning, barrel-vaulted dining room for up to 65 guests. Additionally, the restaurant will offer two private dining options by reservation for large parties – The Pasta Room, a reinvention of the typical chef’s table concept where diners sit around a butcher block table surrounded by drying pasta and fresh and fermenting ingredients, and The Prima Room, a large 10-person, u-shaped banquette with complete privacy.

“We have already felt such positive energy from the surrounding neighborhoods in events we’ve done at Thinkery and the Farmer’s Market,” says General Manager Adam Orman. “The community has been waiting for this for a long time over here and I think we’ll exceed their expectations.”

As a welcome to the community, L’Oca d’Oro will offer a Community Supported Restaurant (CSR) Membership Program with a tiered pricing structure. Members will receive a number of exclusive benefits such as a house account card with built-in discount, a private reservation line for priority seating, one complimentary dinner for eight in the restaurant’s private dining room, and advance notice and seats to special events taking place throughout the year. Membership is limited. To register or for more information, contact

L’Oca d’Oro is located at 1900 Simond Ave. Austin, TX 78723. For more information and updates on the opening, visit

New York Artist Promises to Shimmer and Surprise “Hunt Slonem” at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery March 1-31, 2016

Ambitiously Vivid Art with Bravura for Days

Internationally recognized artist, Hunt Slonem, will have an eponymous exhibition on view at the Russell Collection from March 1 – 31, and it’s likely to be approximately as subtle as the sheen of Indian gemstones. In fact, the artist can be described in countless ways, but “minimalist” is not one of them. His studio occupies a staggering 30,000 square feet of space in Brooklyn and enjoys equally staggering views of the Manhattan skyline. Slonem is fond of describing his work as “exotica” and the term is apt; it features, among innumerable other things, “bunnies, birds and butterflies.” The artist claims he was first inclined to paint rabbits when he was dining in a Chinese restaurant and discovered via a fortune cookie that he “was born under the sign of the rabbit, 1951.” The aforementioned sign must also signal vast success because Slonem has been a prominent — not to mention lucrative — fixture on the world’s art scene for four decades and his Austin show promises to build on his already enviable reputation.

While Slonem’s paintings exude a fascination with the smallest of creatures exhibiting lush colors, his works are often huge in scale. He claims to begin each morning with small “gestural” images of bunnies and, perhaps surprisingly, he never finds the daily act of repetition dull. Instead, he describes creating ongoing versions of images to be a kind of reverential devotion, a “mantra” of sorts. Thus, his work is infused with a prayerful attitude that resonates with patrons of every age and background. Plus, to say he was precocious is an understatement. He knew he would become a painter “at age two.”

While Slonem’s work can hold its own in any venue, the man himself is equally mesmerizing. He avidly collects 19th-century tables, gothic furniture, top hats, harps and more. Said items fuel his creativity and, in fact, he uses them to furnish both his Brooklyn studio and three expansive homes. Two are legendary sprawling mansions in Louisiana requiring lavish renovation while yet another residence is located in upstate New York. According to lore, the former palatial structures come with ghostly occupants with whom Slonem communicates via clairvoyants. Put simply, he’s a fascinating character with an eye for anything outré — or gorgeous. The famous sapphire, “Star of India,” is yet another source of inspiration for Slonem; everything becomes fair game under his aegis, including flora, fauna, minerals, shells — and the visage of Abraham Lincoln.

Slonem’s world in kaleidoscopic and his fascination with materials, including wallpaper, rugs and textiles is beguiling. Anyone who has seen his work knows he’s constantly evolving and operates as a high-speed, creative powerhouse. He seemingly channels widely diverse material from sources that are nearly inexhaustible. While no one finds his skills as a raconteur disappointing — his show, aptly named “Hunt Slonem,” is likely to be this season’s visual extravaganza.

Artist’s Reception: Hunt Slonem will be available to meet guests at Russell Collection Fine Art on Saturday, March 5, from 6 – 9 p.m. The event is open to the public and an RSVP is requested.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 West 6th St., Austin, Texas 78703-5338,,

Flix Brewhouse Enhances Menu With New Dishes

Chicken and Waffles, Grown Up Grilled Cheese and more now available at all cinema locations

 Flix Brewhouse dine-in cinema and brewery expands its standout menu with a new selection of delicious pub fare, served at each of the three locations in Round Rock, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa and Carmel, Indiana.  With a focus on superior quality, the full Flix menu features a delicious assortment of pizzas, salads, burgers and appetizers complimented by award-winning beer. The new dishes include:

  • Chicken and Waffles

Hand-sliced chicken breast medallions crisp-fried in Flix Golden Ale® tempura batter, served on two crispy golden-brown waffles with maple syrup and butter

  • Dijon Chicken Pizza

Grilled garlic chicken, a four-cheese blend, Dijon mustard, caramelized shallots, roasted garlic, thyme, spinach and Italian flat leaf parsley

  • Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Sharp cheddar, pepper jack and crumbled blue cheeses with pepper jelly, melted inside buttery, grilled to perfection, Texas toast

  • Salad Wraps

All of Flix’s signature salads are now available as wraps, served in a sun-dried tomato flour tortilla with a side of crispy French fries

  • Soft Pretzels

Three oven-baked, European-style soft pretzels accompanied by Dijon honey mustard and queso specially made with Flix’s Satellite Red Ale®

  • Spinach Salad

Fresh baby spinach leaves tossed in balsamic Dijon vinaigrette and topped with a hard-cooked egg, smoked bacon and Parmesan cheese

As a special addition to the flagship Round Rock theater, the cinema introduces Vietnamese Summer Rolls, a mix of fresh vegetables rolled with rice noodles, tofu and shiitake mushrooms, accompanied by a slightly piquant hoisin dipping sauce.

In addition to outstanding dining and great films, guests can enjoy a variety of 38 draft beers and signature labels brewed in-house with dinner pairing suggestions, along with an extensive wine selection. The lobby bar is open to the public without the purchase of a movie ticket.

For show times, ticket purchases or additional information,