We've worked hard all week ladies and now it's time for some fun!!Â Â "Girls Night: TheÂ Musical" is playing at The Long Center for the Performing Arts tonight and tomorrow!Â Â Â Check out the video above for some highlights of the show.Â I had a chance to speak with the lovely Sonya Carter, director of the show, she also plays several parts as well.Â Â Check out what she has to say about this fun show!! Girls Night Out With Sonya CarterYou can get tickets here!!
This past week has been one of deep reflection for me. No, I'm not going to espouse philosophy or anything; it's quite simple, really. The devastating wildfires here in the Austin area, along with the 10th anniversary of 9/11... both events have stirred a myriad of emotions in me, and, I'm sure, in many of you as well.
We probably know at least someone who was affected by the wildfires in some way. I know three people personally who had to evacuate, but thankfully they were able to return to their homes with little or no damage. But there were countless others who lost everything, including their homes, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.
You always hope that there is no loss of life with these events, but unfortunately, two people died from the wildfires, and my heart goes out to their families as well.
Even if many of us weren't directly affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in the sense of losing loved ones or friends, I don't think we can ever forget the sense of horror and outrage we felt when the terrorists struck. Our country was being violated, and it didn't matter whether you lived in New York or Austin, if you saw the images on television or heard about it on the radio, you felt as if you were right in the thick of it.
The dominant thought running through my mind as I ran through both events this week is the way people pull together in times of tragedy or great crisis. We worry and complain daily about our local, state, and federal government, about the economy, the unemployment rate, health care, etc. But when something or someone threatens our community, state, or country, all that goes out the window. When you hear about people opening their homes to total strangers because they had to evacuate, or give generously of their finances or material possessions, it shows more than just a sense of duty or responsibility. It demonstrates real compassion, a feeling of togetherness. It's one of the many reasons I'm proud to be an American.
Most of us are familiar with the Miss America pageant, which has been crowning winners from all over the country since 1921. There is another pageant you may not be as familiar with, but is no less important in its concept. The Miss Plus America pageant is dedicated to celebrating the inner beauty of women, along with their commitment to the communities in which they live, and the 2011 Miss Plus America Elite winner lives here in Austin.
Spruce Dickerson competed with women from all over the United States last month to capture the Miss Plus America Elite crown, which is the highest honor in the Miss Plus America pageant system.
I first met Spruce several months ago, when we were paired as co-emcees for the Statewide Independent Living Council Convention. Her positive, energetic personality and passion for advocating for the voice of plus-sized women is both refreshing and unmistakable.
"All women are worthy, and all women have a voice," she told me as we talked in my office recently. "It doesn't matter what our size is. All women are beautiful." Her mantra: "love who you are, where you are."
All contestants are required to choose a platform, and Spruce chose volunteerism, because, as she put it, "I already do that. It's not a hat that I put on and take off. My life is volunteerism."
Spruce is excited about her opportunity to represent the Miss Plus America Elite crown, which is not affiliated with the Miss America contest. She will have numerous opportunities throughout the year to promote her volunteerism platform, and her theme, "give... so that others can live." In December, she will travel to Nigeria to speak and emcee at the Miss Plus Nigeria pageant. While there, she will visit orphanages and schools, where she'll be passing out school supplies. She is also currently working on a campaign called Flip Flop To Nigeria, to collect flip flops to hand out to people during her visit.
For more information about Spruce, or to line her up for a guest appearance, email Melissa Stamper at:
You may also visit Spruce's website at:
It's going to be another sweltering day here in Austin and I've got the perfect way to celebrate!To commemorate 7-Eleven, Inc.âs 84th birthday on July 11th, aka 7-Eleven Day, participating 7-ElevenÂ® stores across the nation will celebrate by giving customers a free 7.11-oz size SlurpeeÂ® beverage. As a special birthday treat, the 7-Eleven store at 2600 Guadalupe in Austin, TX 78705 will hold a series of competitions, including timed Slurpee-drinking contests, one-minute 7-Eleven-themed challenges and a Twitter popularity contest. Winners will be rewarded with exclusive 7-Eleven prizes.
With the theme âOur Birthday â Your Bash,â participating 7-Eleven stores will thank customers for their patronage and support by offering a free Slurpee in a cup specially designed for this day while supplies last. Fans in Austin will get an extra treat by participating in a variety of prize-winning games to round out the birthday celebration. Stop the the 7-11 at 2600 Guadalupe between 11:30 and 1:30 for all the fun!!Â
Jennifer Aniston recieved her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday and had her knew boyfriend Justin Theroux with her.Â It looks like he cleaned up a bit by getting rid of his beard and looked handsome and clean shaven.Â He's sitting to her left in the white shirt and slim black tie. Â I vote for this look, what do you think?Â Congrats Jen!
Have you ever seen or felt what Braille is like? Have you ever run your fingers across a page of Braille? If not, have you always been curious to find out?
Your chance comes this Saturday, June 25, as the Austin Council of the Blind hosts a Braille Awareness Day at Barnes & Noble, 10000 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum from 1 to 4 Pm.
Come see what the alphabet looks like in Braille, along with books that contain both Braille and print so blind and sighted children can read together, and watch a demonstration of different writing tools used to write Braille. As a special treat, have your name or a special message written in Braille for you to keep.
For more information about the Braille Awareness Day, visit:
In conjunction with Braille Awareness Day, Barnes & Noble is also hosting a Book Fair, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Austin Council of the Blind. The Book Fair will run from June 25 through June 30. Virtually any item purchased at Barnes & Noble can be used to support the Book Fair. If you shop online, all you have to do is enter the code 10512481 at checkout, and a percentage of your purchase price benefits the Austin Council of the Blind.
For further instructions on how to shop in support of the Book Fair, visit:
We had a blast last night at "Abel's On The Lake" for our first Majic Happy Hour!Â We had a great time with Don Kurtz of Paradise Vacation and Travel!Â We met so manyÂ fun Majic listeners who are ready to set sail with us on the brand new Carnival Magic ship leaving out of Galveston and taking us to Mahogany Bay Honduras, Belize and Cozumel Mexico!Â Check out the fun below and make sure to join us next time!!Â Â Find out more about our fun and fabulous cruise here!
Summer can often seem busier than other times of the year, with vacation, entertaining the kids while school's out, etc.
In the midst of all this activity, we sometimes forget that not everyone is able to do these things, particularly people who are homebound du to illness or other reasons.
That's why Meals On Wheels and More is so vital to our community, providing meals for people who are otherwise unable to cook for themselves. The organization relies on dedicated volunteers to transport 90 percent of the one million meals it distributes each year throughout the Austin area.
With summer approaching,MOWAM is facing a shortage of drivers to cover its routes, and more cancellations are expected due to summer commitments. 40 of these routes are currently open, which means they don't have regular drivers assigned to them, and are having to be covered by paid drivers. This raises administrative costs, including gas.
Meals On Wheels and More is looking for both regular and substitute drivers, particularly in north Austin and areas east of I35. If you can help, visit their website at:
Wow! Â I loved the Royal Wedding , didn't you? Â I am used to getting up early so I actually slept in a bit before tuning in just in time to see Kate Middleton arrive at the church in her gorgeous wedding gown! Â Perfection! With all the bad news out there it was refreshing to see this lovely wedding! Â Keri Bellacosa from Fox 7 and I got together Friday morning to give our thoughts on the Royal Wedding. Â Check out the video below!
Which prince had the most charming uniform at the Royal Wedding? Prince William sporting his Colonel of the Irish Guard uniform, or his best man, brother Prince Harry, in his Captain of the Household Cavalry uniform?
Find out more about the princes' military garb at:
and let me know your thoughts.