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Creek Show 2017

Waller Creek in downtown Austin has been a work in progress the last few years. I’d heard the city wanted to make it like the Riverwalk in San Antonio, but having been in Austin for almost 20 years, I wasn’t sure how they could possibly make a run down, polluted creek look anything as nice. Well, I’m glad to see it’s getting much needed restoration work, thanks to the Waller Creek Conservancy. This is the 4th year for Creek Show, which is a series of art installations using light. I’d never been before, so we made it a point to gather the kids and make an evening of it. The show only spans from 8th and Red River down to Easy Tiger at 6th St., so it wasn’t too long of a walk for the kids. They were giving out glow stick necklaces at the information table, which was probably the most exciting part for them. Some of the installations are a statement to the pollution that ends up in Waller Creek and downstream into …

LBJ Library

A few weeks ago, I binge watched the 10-part Ken Burns/PBS documentary series about the Vietnam War. It was an incredibly detailed, heart breaking, and eye-opening look at a time that I didn’t quite understand but can feel the effects in today’s society. The documentary really piqued my interest in Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, and I was looking for another opportunity to visit the LBJ Library at the UT campus. With the Big Kid off from school for Veteran’s Day, we made a family outing to the Library. They have a special display of Sesame Street characters to celebrate 50 years since LBJ signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law. I was probably more excited about Big Bird than the kid was. Also on special display are a collection of Dr. Madeleine Albright’s pins that she wore as a diplomat and Secretary of State. The pins are quite elaborate; some commemorated an event, some reflected her personality, and some celebrated the culture of whichever country she visited. While LBJ never sought re-election as the Vietnam War …

Austin’s New Central Library

I’m kind of obsessed with Austin’s new Central Library. It is BEAUTIFUL. We went during the grand opening, which was a zoo. But I also went back again during the week, and it was peaceful and quiet. Conveniently, the 803 bus stops right in front for an easy trip downtown. I’ve been watching the construction progress of the library over the years, excitedly anticipating its opening. The old downtown library was not much to look at. It smelled of body odor, and it felt claustrophobic. If I ever needed to head over there, I’d do everything online first to find a book and have it put on the Hold shelf so I wouldn’t have to walk through the stacks. At the new library, I want to hang out all day. Each floor has a ton of natural light, places to sit or gather, and little surprises. Even the furnishings are fun and unique. Very smartly, they have places to plug in and recharge devices at all the tables and sitting areas. The children’s area on …

It’s My Park Day

Now that my kids are getting a little older, we’ve been making it a point to get outdoors more. This means more visits to local, state, and national parks. More hiking, more playing, and more adventures. Every single park we’ve visited this year (I still have more I haven’t gotten around to blogging about) has been well organized and maintained in the information available, the trails, camping reservations, and so on. I know that this is possible not only by Park Rangers and staff but also by all the many volunteers who put countless hours into making our parks so great. This morning, my family went to Garrison Park in south Austin for It’s My Park Day. This is the second year in a row that the Big Kid and I have volunteered. Bear Shark wanted to help too when I told him he might be able to help plant things, so we all signed up as a family. It was cloudy and humid, but the occasional breeze helped. We were creating a wildflower garden …

How to attend classes at The 704

I teach at The 704 luxury apartment complex each week – Mondays at 7 pm. While these classes are complimentary for residents, they are most certainly open to the public! The studio can handle about 10 students comfortably. Here’s how to come to class if you’re looking for a more intimate yoga session with a gorgeous view of their lap pool. Prior to class, Sign Up Online to set up your MindBody account for FXFit. You can purchase drop-in classes for $10 each under Online Store > Training & Classes > Group Classes South. There’s also an option for a monthly membership at The 704 for $49.99 if you think you’ll attend more than 5 classes a month. Park in the north building’s garage, between Torchy’s Tacos and the Broken Spoke. You can also park in the main south building’s garage if you don’t mind walking across the Broken Spoke’s parking lot. Meet me at the gate 10 minutes before class. Email (findingdrishti@gmail), tweet (findingdrishti) or direct message via Instagram (findingdrishti) to let me know you’re coming so I …

Sun Salutations Workshop April 30

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30! I’ll be holding a Sun Salutations workshop at Austin Bouldering Project, where we’ll dissect and tune up every aspect of surya namaskar A & B. Breath by breath, pose by pose, we’ll look at alignment, anatomy, structure, stability and modifications. Sun Salutations are THE cornerstone to any vinyasa practice, and this workshop will benefit both beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Early registration is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Price of the workshop includes a day pass for climbing, sauna-ing and other ABP good vibes. Go to AustinBoulderingProject.com to learn more or stop by their front desk. REGISTER HERE Side note: Just to show y’all how much of a surya namaskar geek I am, I actually own this shirt in blue.

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