Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Los Angeles at 4pm this afternoon , 6pm out time!!Â They will most certainly take the west coast by storm.Â Here is their complete schedule.Â It looks like a fun packed weekend!Friday:Â Arrive at LAX at about 4 p.m.Friday Afternoon:Â Recpetion at Beverly Hilton.Friday Night:Â A reception at the British Consul-General's residence. The couple will stay at the Hancock Park home during the weekend.Saturday:Â The couple will attend a charity event for American Friends of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry at theÂ Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. William will play in a polo match at the club.Â Saturday Night:Â A black-tie dinner at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. William is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which will host the event.Sunday Morning: It's breakfast with American patrons of Tusk Trust
, an African conservation charity.
Later Sunday:Â They will travel to Skid Row to visit the Inner-City Arts school, a nonprofit academy that provides free classes in visual and performing arts to children from poor neighborhoods. At the school, the duke and duchess will join grade-school students in painting and working with ceramics and will watch a performance by teenage dancers.
Sunday Afternoon:Â They will attend a job fair for veterans at Sony Studios in Culver City before leaving Sunday night.
Last weekend I headed down to Corpus Christi for a much needed weekend getaway!! This is my 3rd summer heading down to Corpus and it just keeps getting better every year!! The beaches are clean and wonderful and the people are friendly! There is also so much to do. This year I made sure to stop by the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. There are more and more lovely additions each year! When your looking for a fun weekend getaway for the entire family , look no further than Corpus Christi! Check out some of my photos from this year's trip! Enjoy!
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:
Memorial Day weekend isÂ the 'Unofficial Start' of Summer.Here's some ideas of 'WhatÂ to do in/around ATX for the big weekendÂ in no particular order
1.) Capital of Texas Triathlon- Monday 5/30
The Capital of Texas Triathlon has become an exciting event that happens downtown in the Capital of Austin, Texas. Attracting first timers, relay-ers, age groupers, and Professional triathletes from around the globe. One of the most exciting and spectator friendly races in the country! Race,Watch,Volunteer, or Sponsor today! Races include - First Timers Tri, Sprint Triathlon, Olympic Triathlon, ITU, and Sprint and Olympic Relay.
2.) Doggie Du Dash- Sunday 5/29
Dog Duathlon at Lady Bird Lake. The Doggie Du DashÂ is an exciting event that happens downtown in the Capital of Austin, Texas. Attracting all atheletic ability levels for both dog and human athlete. Texas' first Dog Duathlon. May 29, 2011 - 8:00 AM. Come Race,Â Watch, or Sponsor!
3.)Zilker Hillside Theater- Austin Shakespears Festivals 'Love's Labours Lost'
Friday 5/27, Saturday 5/28 & Sunday 5/29 - All days 8pm start4.) Austin Sketch Fest- Thursday 5/26- Sunday 5/29The second annual Austin Sketch Fest is happening Memorial Day weekend 2011, and will showcase the very best scripted comedy America has to offer. Organized by ColdTowne Theater, the 2010 festival was a resounding success, with sell out shows all weekend and talent from across the country, and we intend to make things bigger and better in 2011. Ticket info here5.)Picnic at one of the many beautiful area parksClick here to get a list of parks and find out fees, times and park rules.
Â 6.)Â Camping and boating areas
Click here for the 4117.) Six Flags Fiesta TexasÂ Â with White Water Bay opened Saturday 5/28-Monday/Memorial Day 5/30
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8.)Sea World San AntonioClick here for 411
9.) Movies over the weekend
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10.) Live Music/shows over the weekend starting Thursday 5/26
Click here for the 411from Do 51211.) Schlitterbahn/ New Braunfels-
Click here for the 411 and directions12.) Round Rock Express vs Iowa Cubs Friday 5/27-Monday 5/30
Click here for the 411 and ticket info!13.)The 2011 Austin Wine and Music Festival- Saturday 5/28Â & Sunday 5/29 in the backyard of The Domain!
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14.) Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival- FridayÂ 5/27 thru Sunday 5/29Click here for 411
More Fun to be found:Austin 360Austin ChronicleDO512More helpful Memorial Day Weekend tibits:-ABIA-make sure you arrive at your terminal early. Suggested 2 hours beforeÂ if you are flying before 8am and 90 minutes early if you
are flying after 8am. TSA check points open at 4am!!
- Click or Ticket- APD's finest will be handing out tickets with fines up to $250 for unbuckled seat belts for drivers & passengers
LCRA- Info on lake levels, boat ramps and parks
-Capital Metro- Memorial Day Schedule and street closures/detours due to 'Capital of Texas Triathlon'
- Cab list- Don't drink and drive. Call a cab
-TX DOT- Road conditions- 1-800-452-9292
-Weather- latest conditions
- Restaurants- good eats from Food Hawk
-APD-numbers you might need
- 6th Street 411 -club, dining, retail, live music...
-Shopping/Malls: Barton Creek Square MallThe DomainRound Rock Premium Outlets San Marcos Outlets
Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a "supermoon."
On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011:Â a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. And only 50 minutes earlier, the moon will officially be full. [Photos: Our Changing Moon]
At its peak, the supermoon of March may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons (when the moon is at its farthest from Earth), weather permitting. Yet to the casual observer, it may be hard to tell the difference.
The supermoon will not cause natural disasters, such as the Japan earthquake, a NASA scientist has stressed.
Spotting the supermoon
The moon has not been in a position to appear this large since March 1993.
In December 2008, there was a near-supermoon when the moon turned full four hours away from its perigee â the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. But this month, the full moon and perigee are just under one hour apart, promising spectacular views, depending on local conditions. [Infographic: 'Supermoon' Full Moons Explained]
Although a full moon theoretically lasts just a moment, that moment is imperceptible to ordinary observation.
During the day or so before and after, most will speak of seeing the nearly full moon as "full," with the actual shaded area of the lunar surface being so narrow â and changing in apparent width so slowly â that it is hard for the naked eye to tell whether it's present, or which side it is.Â
Supermoon making waves
In addition, the near coincidence of Saturdayâs full moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides.Â
The highest tides will not, however, coincide with the perigee moon but will actually lag by up to a few days depending on the specific coastal location. For example, in Wilmington, N.C., the highest tide (5.3 feet) will be attained at 11:21 p.m. EDT on March 20.
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:
What happens when telling a little white lie paints you as the most promiscuous girl in school? That's what a scheming student, played by Emma Stone, discovers in "Easy A", a contemporary high school comedy based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic "The Scarlet Letter".
The movie, rated Pg-13 and directed by Will Gluck, debuts in theaters this weekend. Majic 95.5 had a special screening of the film this past Tuesday at the Regal Gateway Stadium 16. See a trailer here:
You've heard me talk about how much I love shopping at The Home Consignment Center and now IÂ wanted to show you too!!Â Here are some of my fabulous finds from this weekend.Â I stopped by the Arbor Walk location at Mopac and Braker and they had some wonderful and unique items!Â I always find something great and this time was no exception!Â Â Dori in the jewlery department showed me some lovely new pieces that had just come in for a well know jewlery designer from Atlanta named Shondra Leigh!!Â They are beautiful and contemporary!Â Â Stop by and see for yourself and have fun shopping and saving at The Home Consignment Center!!Â Â Two locations at Arbor Walk and in Bee Cave!! You can even consign your own jewlery or furniture, ask about their free in home preview service today!!
I recently became familiar with a wonderful local nonprofit organization called Minis and Friends whose mission is to share the love and spirit of miniature horses to people who are suffering mentally, physically, or emotionally.
This group of horse lovers shares their mobile herd of trained miniature horses free of charge with children's shelters, schools, hospice centers, group homes, and many other places to interact with people of all ages. They may be children with disabilities, at-risk youth, or elder adults.
In a world filled with stress and suffering of all kinds, these caring people and their calm, gentle minis provide a welcome comfort. I am always happy to recognize individuals and groups that do their part to give something back to the community in which they live and work. Minis and Friends has various activities and fundraisers in many parts of the Austin area, so I hope you'll join me in attending some of them.
If you'd like to know more about Minis and Friends, you can watch this segment from YouTube, or visit
A couple of weeks ago, my son James and I went to the UT football spring scrimmage. Other than getting a nasty sunburn (I usually don't think of sunscreen this early), we had a great time. I think he and I made a new friend: Big Bertha, the drum. Check out this pic.