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!
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.
Reality TV shows are quite the rage these days. Even our City of Austin is getting into the game, and it's all for a good cause.
The city has launched a program called Dare to Go Zero. Four local families have accepted a five-week challenge to reduce the amount of trash they generate, and will document their progress on camera. Each family is competing for a chance to win a sustainable home improvement package worth over $2000!
Dare to Go Zero airs Friday nights, 7 Pm, on Austin's local Government Access Channel 6, as well as on YouTube.
For more information about the Dare to Go Zero project, visit
I love Earth Day!! It is a wonderful reminder to do more for this awesome planet we live on! Our company Entercom has been wonderful in embracing the Earth 24/7, it's one of the many reasons I love working for them!! Check out our 1 Thing Austin website for great Earth Day information all year long! Check out my apprearance on Good Day Austin with the lovely Keri Bellacosa this morning too!! We had a lot of fun as always talking about Earth Day!! Find the cute Chico Bag I'm talking about with Keri, here! Enjoy!!
If you're a fan of Taylor Swift, you'll be excited to know the lovely singer/songwriter is coming back to Austin--again!
Swift, who was here last year, is bringing her Speak Now World Tour 2011 to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, October 26. Tickets willgo on sale Friday, April 29, 10 Am, at the usual Texas Box Office outlets. You can also charge by phone at (512) 477-6060, or online at:
Prices are: $25, $59.50, and $69.50.
Check out this cool video of an appearance she made on "Late Night With David Letterman" late last year, playing a song from her current album "Speak Now".
Once a year, I get the privilege of emceeing an annual Bowl-a-thon that benefits an Austin area beep baseball team, to raise money for them to travel to the sport's annual World Series.
What is beep baseball? It's a modified version of baseball played by blind individuals. The ball has an electronic mechanism that beeps, and the cone-shaped foam bases emit a buzzing sound, allowing the runner to hear where the base is.
The Bowl-a-thon is more than just a fundraiser, though. It's a chance for blind and sighted people to come together, bowl a couple of games, and just have fun. All proceeds go to the Austin Blackhawks, a team that has been in existence since 1986, and is the proud winner of several World Series championships. I happen to be a former player, although I haven't swung a bat in a game in over 20 years. The World Series of Beep Baseball is held each August in a different city, and the Blackhawks have been every year for as long as I can remember.
This year's Bowl-a-thon will be held this Saturday, Feb. 12, at Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd. from 1 to 3. It's $15 per person, and you get to bowl two games. There are also door prizes given generously by numerous local businesses, and many merchants also sponsor a lane.
The 2011 Beep Baseball World Series is coming up July 31-August 7 in Indianapolis. Watch this video to find out more about how the game is played:
Hard to believe we're finished with 2010, and are heading into yet another year. New Year's is filled with making resolutions, watching the big ball drop in Times Square, and observing various traditions. It makes for some very interesting reading.
Happy New Year!
I'm always happy to promote awareness of community events, especially when they involve helping children who have suffered abuse.
Champions for Children is an annual event that benefits Helping Hand Home for Children, a local nonprofit organization that provides services such as residential treatment, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, and charter school education services to children who have suffered major abuse. The benefit will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19, 12 noon, at the Hilton Austin Hotel. It's an awards luncheon that honors local volunteers, caregivers, and staff of nonprofit groups who devote themselves to helping children in need.
This year's emcee is Ron Franklin of ESPN, a man I have admired for many years, and who has one of the best broadcast voices I've ever heard. The keynote speaker is Lee Woodruff, Contributing Editor for ABC's "Good Morning America", and wife of ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff. Lee has received high praise for her riveting account of her husband's recovery from injuries following a roadside bombing in Iraq.
For more information about Champions for Children, email Julie Freeman, Director of Development, Helping Hand Home for Children, at:
To find out more about Helping Hand Home, and the services they offer, visit: