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Thursday, November 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

The Importance of Local

Supporting your local scene is more important now than ever. Putting those holiday dollars back into your own community means that the very things you love about your area have a better chance of survival in this ongoing time of COVID. We rely on the creators and music makers to entertain and challenge us but the loss of so many service jobs has had huge impacts on those who make Central Texas so unique. Before you go online to the big-name sites for those free shipping perks, consider heading out into your city instead.

Here are some suggestions:

Band Merch: Band merch from our local musicians is the best merch around! What better gift could you give to your favorite peeps than a cool coozie, a t-shirt, or an album? Find a list from Austin’s own KUTX here.

MBE/WBE: (Pronounced me-be-we-be) Here is the City of Austin’s directory to the Minority and Women Business Enterprise establishments. You have a variety of search filters to find what you are l ...

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  family, covid, fun, social distance, new, dripping springs, freedom, virtual party, christmas, holiday, mask

Wednesday, November 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Community Spotlight: Red Arena In Dripping Springs

RED Arena in Dripping Springs makes physical therapy a joy to the children and other attendees it caters to. Established in 2008, the non-profit has grown to serve hundreds of children with various needs over the years. Stanberry is home to several horse enthusiasts as well so we know how special the bond between horse and rider can be. "There is nothing as relaxing a being around horses." said Sharon Rosshirt, CEO and broker of Stanberry Realtors, "They're what is keeping us sane right now!"
This year, RED Arena expanded to a new location off W. Fitzhugh Road, a sale carefully handled by Realtor, Stephanie Pope, and they are expected to open the new facility in 2021 ready to assist the Central Texas community again. Their programs cater to young people with disabilities by using the dynamic motion of a horse to improve gross motor skills, balance, range of motion, and posture. They also offer therapeutic and educational classes as well as job training in barn management, equine care ...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Community Spotlight: Foundation Communities

What is Foundation Communities?
If you've driven through Austin you've likely seen a Foundation Communities (FC) property. Created in 1990, they have helped Central Texans experiencing homelessness as well as teachers, veterans, service industry employees, and elderly or disabled persons or those experiencing other hardships into housing opportunities in beautiful, well-constructed communities throughout Austin and north Texas. Through grants and charitable donations, they've built 23 thoughtfully designed properties that have their over 7,000 resident's best lives at heart. There are thousands of people on the waiting list to be residents at a FC property so they are constantly looking at opportunities to build more housing for those who need it. There are 5 new properties planned for 2021 and hopefully more to come in the future.
Not only are these properties well thought out but they also are built using the most up-to-date green standards and many are constructe ...

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  family, home, new, exercise, freedom, housewarming, foundation communities, affordable housing

Tuesday, November 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Christmas in Bastrop 2020

Compiled by Deena Thomas, Stanberry Realtors Bastrop
(Bastrop) Unlike past Lost Pines Christmas festivities in Downtown Bastrop, this year, residences and businesses will illuminate the community for almost an entire month in anticipation of a season merry and bright.

Instead of the annual lighted Christmas parade on Downtown Main as in past holiday seasons, the City of Bastrop presents the first annual Making Bastrop Bright lighted holiday decorating contest. Now’s the time to plan and register for the contest through November 30 by 5 p.m.
“I think this year more than ever, our community is looking for a new opportunity to spread the love and joy of the holiday season in a safe healthy manner,” Rebecca Gleason, Main Street Director, said. “The City of Bastrop is looking forward to this being the BRIGHTEST holiday season that Bastrop has ever seen.”
Visitors and residents alike will be treated to this lighted extravaganza on December 1 through De ...

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  family, fun, home, christmas, holiday

Monday, November 9, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Plant a Low Maintenance Garden To increase Your Property’s Value

Guest Blog By Desiree Miller

There's more to selling a house than putting a sign in the yard. Curb appeal and well-maintained landscaping draw buyers in for a closer look. Planting a garden adds color, aroma, and a sense of style to your property – something would-be buyers want.
While the real estate market in Austin tends to change with the times, a low maintenance garden can increase your property’s value.
The climate in Austin allows for easy planting of spring gardens and flower beds, and you can keep them up through summer and fall.


Photo courtesy of LawnStarter
Garden selections are a personal choice – what you want to see and eat is up to you. But when you’re staging the outside of your home to put on the sales market, you want to present a certain style of living to your would-be buyer.
Setting up a garden involves soil testing. You also want to choose a location where the soil drains well, and outdoor plants will receive at ...

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  home, home improvement