Southwest Austin - Dripping Springs Edition - April 2021

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Door opens for local live events

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

Kevin Richie, owner of North Austin theatrical and event lighting provider Olden Lighting, said the cancellation of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in March 2020 was like “slamming on the brakes.” When SXSW was canceled, it had an estimated $355.9 million impact on Austin’s economy, according to the Austin Center for Events. “We were just decimated. The entire live entertainment industry came to a screeching halt,” Richie said. After Olden Lighting’s largest clients, including SXSW, the Austin Opera, Ballet Austin, The Long Center and Paramount Theatre canceled in-personperformances and events, the company earned a total of $162.50 in rental revenue in April 2020. A year later, things are looking up for

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Zach Theatre hosts “Gospel Down by the Riverside,” part of an outdoor performance series. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Austin FC, fans gear up for game day

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FIRSTEVER HOME MATCH AT Q2 STADIUM

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VS. JUNE 19 8 P.M. CST AUSTIN FC SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

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Austin FC started its inaugural season April 17 at Los Angeles FC, kicking o a stretch of seven straight road matches before its home opener at Q2 Stadium in Northwest Austin. 17 TOTAL SEASONHOME MATCHES AT Q2 STADIUMFOR 2021 AUSTIN FC REGULAR

Austin FC ocially began its inaugural season April 17 on the road in Los Angeles. The team and its fans, however, will have to wait two months for the inaugural kicko at Q2 Stadium, formerly known as McKalla Place, in North Austin. MLS announced March 10 that the debut home game for Austin FC will be held June 19, when the upstart team hosts the San Jose Earthquakes. Ahead of the team’s summer home debut, supporters groups, surrounding businesses and Austin FC itself are CONTINUED ON 22

FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME MATCH FOR AUSTIN FC

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SOUTHWEST AUSTIN NOWOPEN 1 Acuherbia Acupuncture opened a clinic at 7900 FM 1826, Bldg. 2, Ste. 100, Austin, in February. Owned by acupuncturist Ann Huynh, the practice is her second in the Austin area and offers treatments for pelvic floor pain, skin disorders, women’s health issues, digestive disorders and pain management. Huynh has worked in the Austin area for more than 13 years. 512-731-3363. www.acuherbia.com 2 Austin Studs Studio opened April 14 at 1510 S. Congress Ave., Austin. Studs is a New York-based earring and piercing brand that offers professional piercing services and a variety of earrings for escaping jewelry, available in store and online. The Austin location is the first to open outside of New York City. www.studs.com 3 Gabriela’s had a grand opening celebration March 28 at its new Southpark Meadows location at 9600 S. I-35,

COMING SOON 9 HOPE Outdoor Gallery —which previously oversaw the Graffiti Park in Central Austin from 2011 through 2019—is set to open its new park and cultural center this summer in East Austin on Dalton Lane. The gallery will feature murals by local artists, technology displays and sculptures, gardens and an apiary, according to a March 31 news release about the project. The gallery will also include retail and community spaces. Food and beverages will be sold at the gallery, while repurposed and renovated shipping containers will be used as gallery spaces for local artists and office spaces for nonprofits and service organizations. www.hopeoutdoorgallery.com 10 Neighbors , a members-only dog park and coffee shop at 5609 S. Congress Ave., Austin, will open in May. The dog-friendly property offers an off-leash area as well as outdoor seating with coffee drinks, tea and baked goods for purchase. The business will be offering dog training, dog day care

6 East Austin pet store Paws on Chicon on March 10 opened a second shop, located at 7601 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 370, Austin. The store specializes in dog and cat products including food, treats, toys, accessories, supplements and grooming products. 512-906-0013. www.pawsonchicon.com 7 PhoMPH opened a new location Feb. 12 at 3715 S. First St., Austin. The restaurant specializes in Vietnamese pho and serves a range of Asian cuisines; menu items include Vietnamese subs, pad thai, poke bowls and more. PhoMPH also has a North Austin location at 4616 Triangle Ave., Unit 203. 512-373-3309. www.phomphaustin.com 8 Vacancy Brewing opened April 2 at 415 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. 1-D2, Austin, becoming the latest brewery to join the South Austin beer scene. Located across the street from The Yard development, local co-owners Brent Watson and Sara Hamza are offering three year-round beers on tap: a sparkling golden ale, a dry hopped amber and a Pilsner. 512-771-5168. www.vacancybrewing.com

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and other services in the future. Access options include day passes and annual memberships. www.neighborsatx.com ANNIVERSARIES 11 Snooze, an A.M. Eatery celebrates five years in the community this May. The restaurant chain opened its first Austin location at 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 301, Austin, on May 28, 2016, and serves all-day brunch, including pancakes, egg dishes and cocktails. 512-428-8444. www.snoozeeatery.com 12 Austin-based Waterloo Ice House , which operates four restaurants in Central Texas, celebrated 45 years as part of the community in March. Waterloo’s menu offers Tex-Mex items, fried appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees, with breakfast served each day and a weekend brunch menu. The restaurant operates two locations in South Austin, including at A 8600 Escarpment Blvd., Austin, and in Southpark Meadows at B 9600 S. I-35, Austin. 512-301-1007 (Escarpment).

512-292-7900 (Southpark Meadows). www.waterlooicehouse.com RELOCATIONS 13 Integral Care in April relocated its Dove Springs clinic to the Stonegate clinic at 2501 W. William Cannon Drive, Bldg. 4, Austin. The location serves as a child and family clinic as well as an integrated adult care clinic. The Dove Springs clinic was previously located at 5015 S. I-35, Austin. 512-472-4357. www.integralcare.org 14 Palm Beach Tan has relocated one if its Austin storefronts to 4404 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. F 320, Austin. Previously located nearby at 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Ste. 430, Austin, the tanning salon offers spray tans, sun bed tans and skin care products. 512-358-0826. www.palmbeachtan.com 15 After relocating temporarily to downtown Austin in March, the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers Market in Sunset Valley returned to South Austin in a new location beginning April 3. The market will be held at

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will hold a grand opening April 25 at 100 Commons Road, Dripping Springs. The new butcher shop will oer local cuts of meat including ribeyes, strip steaks, pork loin, ribs and ground beef as well as marinated meats and deli meats. The shop also will have a menu of sandwiches, including cheesesteaks, burgers, roast beef, subs, wraps and specialty options. 512-829-4657. www.turcottebutchers.com EXPANSIONS 5 Dripping Springs-based Cabana Clean , located at 100 Commons Road, Ste. 11, Dripping Springs, on April 1 expanded its services to Buda, Kyle and San Marcos. Services oered include a high-quality single-service, weekly, biweekly or monthly residential cleaning. 512-534-9011. www.cabanaclean.com

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3 Bastrop-based Lash Goddess will celebrate its opening in Dripping Springs with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 29. The beauty studio opened in January at 333 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. 427, Dripping Springs, and oers eyelash extension services, facials and a blow dry bar. 512-200-2177. www.lashgoddess.com COMING SOON 4 Turcotte Butchers & Delicatessen

opened Dec. 9 and oers wine by the glass and bottle. www.brucieatx.com 2 Get Along Grill opened at 333 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. 437, Dripping Springs, on Feb. 24. The locally owned restaurant serves housemade comfort foods including burgers, wraps, sandwiches, fried chicken, sh and salads. The Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting for the business May 4. 512-829-4300. www.getalonggrill.com

1 A new permanent food trailer, Brucie , opened March 19 at the joint C.L. Butaud and Wine for the People Tasting Room, located at 12345 Pauls Valley Road, Dripping Springs. The new food truck serves dishes by owner and chef Barclay Stratton, including a brunch and dinner menu and shareable items, such as cheese and meat plates. The tasting room

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APRIL 24 THE HIVE HOSTS KIDS MUSIC SERIES The South Austin coee shop is relaunching its monthly children’s music series with in-person performances scheduled for the fourth Saturday of every month with the Groundworks Music Orchestra. 10 a.m.-noon. Free 512-215-2942. www.hiveaustin.com 24 ATXHEMP ANDWELLNESS CONVENTION The conference promotes hemp awareness (food available for purchase). 10542 Menchaca Road, Austin. and education, and it will feature yoga sessions, raes, guest speakers and vendors. Noon-7 p.m. $20-$30. Manchaca Spring Saloon, 737 FM 1626, Manchaca. www.facebook.com/atxhempandwellness MAY 01 ELECTIONDAY Residents in Austin have the opportunity to vote on eight ballot propositions, while Dripping Springs residents can vote in City Council and board of trustees elections. Early voting for the May election will be held from

April 19-27, with election day taking place May 1. Election day polling locations in Travis and Hays counties are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or until the last individual in line by closing time has the chance to vote. Visit communityimpact.com for more information, including polling locations and ballot details. 02 THE ROOKIE TRI AT DECKER LAKE Established in 2004, the Rookie Tri is a sprint triathlon for both rst-time and veteran triathletes. The race begins with a swim, followed by an 11-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run near Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park. A party will also take place at the nish line. A relay option is available for groups, and individuals can also participate virtually and submit their times. 8 a.m. $50 (virtual), $129-$189 (in person). 6614 Blue Blu Road, Austin. www.therookietri.com 06 THROUGH08 THE ZACH THEATRE CELEBRATES CINCODEMAYO San Antonio-based band Mariachi Melodias De Mexico will perform an outdoor concert presented by the Zach Theatre featuring Cinco De Mayo-themed music. Various times. $25-$55. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

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BARKS FOR BEERS RETURNS VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Local nonprot Divine Canines is partnering with breweries across the Austin area to bring back its monthlong Barks for Beers fundraiser this May. Individuals participate by purchasing a glass and “pawsport,” which grants them one free beer at each partnering brewery. Pawsports can be purchased for $30 at any participating brewery. www.divinecanines.org/barksforbeers (Courtesy Divine Canines)

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NASCAR hosts a variety of events over the weekend, including the Pit Boss 250 featuring Lamborghini and truck races, and the inaugural NASCAR Cup EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix takes place May 23. Event times vary. $25 (single-day tickets starting price), $99 (weekend packages starting price). 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. www.nascaratcota.com (Courtesy Circuit of The Americas)

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Austin City Council Meets May 6, 20 at 10 a.m. www.austintexas.gov/department/ city-council Dripping Springs City Council Meets May 11, 18 www.cityofdrippingsprings.com Sunset Valley City Council Meets May 4, 18 www.sunsetvalley.org Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court All meetings are held virtually. MEETINGSWE COVER HIGHLIGHTS TRAVISCOUNTY Local elected ocials and public health leaders say Austin Public Health needs to shift strategies to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine after struggling to ll appointment slots April 12. Out of 14,000 available appointments released, 3,400 were taken in the rst registration period APH opened to all adults. District 2 City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes encouraged APH to partner with local organizations to improve outreach to neighborhoods.

Community First Village grows; homelessness solutions sought

NEWS TO FOLLOW Local and statewide proposals could impact Austin’s ability to allow public camping.

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AUSTIN Community First Village, the master-planned development in Northeast Austin built to permanently house hundreds of formerly homeless individuals, is set to more than triple in size in the coming years. The 51-acre village is home to 220 residents right now. Work is ongoing to add hundreds of homesites as well as new cooking and cleaning facilities and gardening and entrepreneurship centers. The next phases of construction, announced April 14, are expected to begin development next summer with construction lasting two years, according to Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the nonprot behind the village. A total of 1,400 new microhomes and community facilities between BY BEN THOMPSON & IAIN OLDMAN

127 acres of donated land on two sites: one on Hog Eye Road across from the village’s current location, and one on Burleson Road near Onion Creek. The news comes as Austin continues to struggle with the issue of nding housing for people experiencing homelessness. On the May ballot, Austin voters will decide whether to reinstate criminal penalties for behaviors such as sitting, lying down, sleeping outdoors or camping in certain public areas. Austin City Council lifted those penalties in 2019. The city is also working on a program funded by federal aid money to connect individuals

If voters approve this proposition May 1, certain behaviors would become criminal oenses. Those

Senate Bill 987, House Bill 1925 include sitting, lying down or sleeping outdoors or camping in certain public areas of the city.

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8 THE SIMS FOUNDATION helps members of the local music community and their families access aordable mental health and substance use recovery services. Volunteers primarily help at live music events, spreading the word about SIMS. 3010B S. Lamar Blvd., Austin 5124721008 www.simsfoundation.org 9 SOUTHWEST FAMILY YMCA oers athletic programs for youth and adults. Programs promote healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. Volunteers can coach, help with community events and programs, clean and greet at the welcome desk. 6219 Oakclaire Drive, Austin 5128919622 www.austinymca.org 10 UNITED WAY FOR GREATER AUSTIN brings people, ideas and resources together to ght poverty in the local community. United Way mobilizes thousands of volunteers annually,, and opportunities range from one-time projects to those requiring more

Help out the Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs communities in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprot groups. Volunteer opportunities are subject to change due to COVID-19. This list is noncomprehensive.

sorting and distribution. 28708 RR 12, Dripping Springs. 5128200476 www.helpinghands-drippingsprings.org 6 KEEP AUSTIN FED is a food rescue organization that works to reduce hunger and help the environment by providing surplus food to those in need. Volunteers are primarily needed for “food rescue runs”—using their own cars to pick food up from donor businesses and deliver it to designated partner organizations that have charitable feeding operations. 3903 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 40760, Austin 5128313654 www.keepaustinfed.org 7 THE SALVATION ARMY is Central Texas’ largest provider of emergency shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Volunteer projects include providing crayons, coloring books and movie night baskets for children in shelter. During the holiday season, volunteers sort and distribute gifts at the Christmas warehouse and work as bell ringers at area malls. Donation center: 4216 S. Congress Ave., Austin 5126051410 www.salvationarmyaustin.org

3 FOSTER VILLAGE INC. works to support and serve foster families in the Austin area. Volunteers help sort donations, deliver items to families, fundraise and work during events. 15400 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs 5125994144 www.fostervillageaustin.org 4 GOODWILL CENTRAL TEXAS is dedicated to transforming generations by empowering people through education, career training and work. Volunteer opportunities include mentorship, tutoring, career guidance or disassembling computers for resale and recycling 1015 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin 5126377179

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serves Dripping Springs residents by oering books, enrichment programs, kids camps and meeting spaces. Volunteers work with library sta to sort and shelve books and coordinate events, which are being held virtually. 501 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs

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is a Dripping Springs-based, volunteer-run food bank that is oering curbside service Wednesdays and Thursdays each week during the pandemic. The organization accepts food donations and needs volunteers to help with

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11 WE ARE BLOOD is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for more than 40 medical facilities in the 10-county service area of Central Texas. Volunteers can assist with blood drives, serve refreshments in donor centers, provide oce support and transport blood donation’s using the center’s vehicles. 4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 5122061266 www.weareblood.org HOUSING SUPPORT 12 AUSTIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY helps build homes, repair aging homes, educate homebuyers, oer expert housing counseling and provide foreclosure intervention. Volunteers build and repair homes and support the ReStore, a discount home improvement store and donation center. 500 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin works to prevent and end homelessness in the Austin area by providing safe places to live, access to healthy food, jobs that pay a reliable living wage and the opportunity to learn life skills. Volunteers can work in the organization’s community kitchen, provide administrative support to sta members and work with clients directly. 611 Neches St., Austin 5124794610 www.caritasofaustin.org 14 FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES is a local nonprot providing aordable, attractive housing to families and individuals with low incomes across the city. Volunteers can work with clients and residents in a variety of ways, such as servingmeals, providing free tax-preparation services, nancial coaching and tutoring in the after-school program. 3000 S. I35, Ste. 300, Austin 5126107377 www.foundcom.org 5124728788, ext. 100 www.austinhabitat.org 13 CARITAS OF AUSTIN

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19 POWER FOR PARKINSON’S oers free tness, dance and singing classes to people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. The aim of the classes is to slow or reverse the eects of the disease and improve overall well-being. Volunteers assist with signing in attendees, setting up the room for classes, passing out equipment as well as balance spotting for participants. Classes were put on hold due to the pandemic but will resume in the next fewmonths at up to nine Austin-area locations. 5124641277 www.powerforparkinsons.org 20 TEAM LUKE HOPE FOR MINDS is a nonprot providing guidance and support to families with children who have experienced a brain injury. Volunteers assist with events and services throughout the year. 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Stes. A130324, Austin 5128451466 www.teamlukehopeforminds.org CHILDAND EDUCATION RESOURCES 21 AUSTIN PARTNERS IN EDUCATION connects the community and the classroom. Through their Math Classroom Coach and Mentoring volunteer programs, APIE has seen signicant growth in students’ test scores, and most importantly, their self-condence.

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operates out of the Sunrise Community Church, oering individuals experiencing homelessness resources including access to mail, health care, clothing, telephones and services to help with job and housing applications. Volunteers help on the grounds, with opportunities varying during the pandemic. 4430 Menchaca Road, Austin 5125221097 www.sunriseaustin.org/homelessness/ navigation-center

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mission is to make youth homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring to achieve results for the clients it serves. Volunteers can host donation drives for items such as socks, toiletries, and Visa or Mastercard gift cards. Corporate volunteer opportunities are also available. South Austin Youth & Family Resource Center, 3700 S. First. St., Austin 5127352400 www.lifeworksaustin.org 24 MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH TEXAS grants the wishes of children with life- threatening medical conditions and critical illnesses. Volunteers assist in wish granting, community engagement, fundraising and event planning. The organization also has volunteer boards and a young professionals council. 2224 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 200, Austin 5123299474 www.cstx.wish.org 25 STARTUP KID’S CLUB oers a program in which children create a business model and product with the help of mentors and parents. Volunteers are needed to guide students in their projects. 1009 W. Dittmar Road, Austin 5125745304 www.startupkidsclub.com

is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas that helps families lead healthy and productive lives through high- quality, aordable health care and education. Volunteers are needed to help with the food pantry, literacy programs and events. 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin 5124398900 www.elbuen.org 17 HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR AUSTIN MUSICIANS provides access to aordable health care for Austin’s low-income, underinsured working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness. Volunteer opportunities include helping at community events and assisting HAAM sta. 3010 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 200, Austin 5125414226 www.myhaam.org 18 PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GREATER TEXAS aims to create healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related health care services, delivering science-based education programs and serving as an advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. Volunteer opportunities include community outreach, event support and ongoing administrative projects in Planned Parenthood’s oce. 201 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin 5122750171 www.ppgreatertx.org

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empowers young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services. Volunteers can be guest speakers for events or workshops, take pictures, help with social media and event coordinating, fundraisers or assist with administrative tasks. 4175 Freidrich Lane, Ste. 200, Austin 5124674483 www.conmimadre.org 23 LIFEWORKS is an advocate for youth and families seeking a path to self-suciency. The organization’s

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