As many of you know, for the past year and half I’ve been involved in a youth mentoring organization called Explore Austin. This program has been instrumental in helping underserved kids (our “Explorers”) not only learn team building and leadership skills, but also experience many “firsts” in their lives -

A first adult role model outside of their own family, a first community service project, a first mountain summit, and even overcoming a first failure. 

Explore Austin is an incredibly life changing program and pushes the girls we mentor to dig deep within themselves and find the strength and courage that lives in each of them.  In just one year, we have seen great personal growth in our girls.   We are helping them become leaders and confident in their abilities. 

On behalf of Explore Austin, I am asking you to consider making a gift to my Rally page supporting Explore Austin’s 2012 Annual Fund. With your help, I hope to raise $2,500 to pay for an entire year of program costs for 1 Explorer.  

This provides: 9 professionally guided Saturday Excursions, a week-long adventure trip in Colorado, 1 plane ticket, and all the gear and supplies needed to change a life

Thank you for your consideration of donating to Explore Austin!  I’m grateful for your support.

AC

Take a look at my friend’s Rally page, help her help others :D

Emo’s Austin Closing | News | Pitchfork
Billboard reports that famed Austin venue Emo’s is closing after nearly 20 years of operation. Owner Frank Hendrix told Billboard that the reason for shuttering had to do with local competition: “We were going the way of CBGB’s. When Moody Theatre moved downtown, it raised the bar for everybody.” There are several shows planned in December to give the venue a proper sendoff, with the final show taking place on December 24.
In the meantime, Emo’s as a brand isn’t exactly dead: sister venue Emo’s East recently opened in Austin’s Riverside area. Hendrix told Billboard that there’s also plans to open another venue “within walking distance” of Emo’s: “What makes a venue a venue is not four walls, it’s the people and the community that support it. We haven’t lost our spirit. We’re still Emo’s.”

Emo’s Austin Closing | News | Pitchfork

Billboard reports that famed Austin venue Emo’s is closing after nearly 20 years of operation. Owner Frank Hendrix told Billboard that the reason for shuttering had to do with local competition: “We were going the way of CBGB’s. When Moody Theatre moved downtown, it raised the bar for everybody.” There are several shows planned in December to give the venue a proper sendoff, with the final show taking place on December 24.

In the meantime, Emo’s as a brand isn’t exactly dead: sister venue Emo’s East recently opened in Austin’s Riverside area. Hendrix told Billboard that there’s also plans to open another venue “within walking distance” of Emo’s: “What makes a venue a venue is not four walls, it’s the people and the community that support it. We haven’t lost our spirit. We’re still Emo’s.”

theaustinunderground:

Friday

1:30 PM The Secret Sisters
1:30 Cults
2:10 Brandi Carlile
2:30 Delta Spirit
3:30 Smith Westerns
4:10 Ray LaMontagne
4:30 Big Boi
5:10 Cold War Kids
5:30 Foster the People
6:10 Bright Eyes
6:30 Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
7:30 Pretty Lights
8:30 Coldplay

Saturday

2:00 PM The Belle Brigade
2:00 J. Roddy Walston & the Business
3:00 City and Colour
3:00 Alexander
4:00 Alison Krauss & Union Station
4:00 Young the Giant
5:00 Iron & Wine
5:00 Fitz and the Tantrums
6:05 Cut Copy
7:00 TV on the Radio
7:00 Chromeo
8:00 My Morning Jacket

Sunday

1:30 PM Yellow Ostrich
1:30 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
2:30 The Airborne Toxic Event
2:30 Mariachi El Bronx
3:30 AWOLNATION
3:30 The Head and the Heart
4:30 The Walkmen
4:30 Ryan Bingham & the Head Horses
5:30 Death From Above 1979
7:30 Social Distortion 

Well then, I’m not as bummed about not being there anymore.