Last week I checked out the Downtown Street Market on Congress Avenue near 9th Street. This lunchtime event is sponsored by the Downtown Austin Alliance and is scheduled for every Friday through mid-November.
This week Bill and I attended a B Movies and Bad History discussion at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. This ongoing series strives to set the record straight about Texas history as depicted in the movies. During this week’s hour-long installment, we viewed clips from old Westerns interspersed with Cattle Drive insights from two UT professors: Don Graham (American and English Literature) and Tom Schatz (Radio/Television/Film).
Although this isn’t the correct season yet, we’ve already had an Austin Fall Home & Garden Show here. Bill and I decided to visit the show on Friday to avoid the weekend crowds. This was not the best plan. The Austin Convention Center was nearly empty, so we were accosted by numerous salespeople with offers to remodel our non-existent house. Most of the exhibitors seemed to ignore the word fall in their displays, which brought back fond summer vacation memories for me…
Although the United Nation’s World Refugee Day is officially today, World Refugee Day was observed in our city with a Saturday afternoon celebration at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The event was sponsored by the Austin Refugee Roundtable, a coalition of non-profits who provide services for local refugee resettlements.
I was thrilled to attend two afternoon sessions of the recent Vietnam War Summit. This three-day event was hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library. Panel discussions were held each afternoon in their auditorium, with evening keynotes featuring former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and filmmaker Ken Burns interviewing current Secretary of State John Kerry.
Today was Bike to Work Day in Austin, as well as in many other cities. Fueling stations were set up around town, including one in front of city hall. Mayor Steve Adler spoke briefly about the reasons to bike to work: it’s healthy, cheap, fun, and earth-friendly. Based on recent trips to Amsterdam and Copenhagen, he is convinced that our city should be doing more to promote bikes as an alternative for commuting.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Austin Gem and Mineral Society hosted their annual Gem Capers at the Palmer Events Center last weekend. The exhibit floor was fairly crowded when I visited on Sunday afternoon. I’m guessing their overall attendance for the three-day event was higher than usual due to the rainy weather.
This weekend I joined over 1000 walkers in the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The purpose of this event was to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, a non-profit focused on care, support, and research related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the sixth leading cause of death in the US, Alzheimer’s disease cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured.