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What Is Pickleball?

It's a little bit tennis, a little bit badminton and a little bit ping-pong. Despite all that, pickleball is completely unique. It's a racquet sport, and the pickleball court is a tennis-size court with a slightly modified net and game lines. Racquets are solid, usually made out of wood or composite materials. The ball is a specialized whiffle style. The rules of the sport are relatively simple. There's a no-volley zone around the net where you can't hit the ball before it bounces. You play up to 11 points with a minimum lead of 2 for the win, and you can only score when serving. You can play singles or doubles.

Who Plays the Pickleball?

If you have heard of pickleball, you may think of it as simply a casual, easy-going

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Sadly, I was out of town for this, but based on all the Facebook posts and vibrant press, it was a resounding success!

On Thursday evening, November 13th, the Waller Creek Conservancy began the first of many efforts to highlight its forthcoming renovation by inviting local architects and designers to create temporary installations that lit up the creek between 5th and 9th Streets. Baldridge Architects, Thoughtbarn, Jason Sowel and Legge Lewis Legge each contributed work. 

Waller Creek marks downtown's original eastern boundary as conceived by Edwin Waller, whose name it bears. Check out the Conservancy's vision to make the long-neglected creek a cultural and ecological backbone linking parks and people-friendly spaces from Lady Bird Lake to UT.

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A home is an extension of the people who live in it, and one of my greatest talents as a REALTOR® (I'm told) is my knack for matching clients' personalities to the "personalities" of the homes available for sale. In fact, getting to know my clients by getting to know their taste is one of my favorite parts of the job, and the mutual enjoyment we share when we find just the right place often leads to continued friendships after the job is done. So I found this new collection by illustrator Frederico Babina matching classic film stars' personae with classic modern designs to be just a delight.

Known for juxtaposing iconic buildings with unexpected scenarios, Babina set out in this series to bring iconic stars and iconic homes down to earth by

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One of my favorite things has come round again already--the annual East Austin Studio Tour. EAST is a free, self-guided art event over the next two weekends that offers Austinites an opportunity to meet the makers & the shakers, the many local artists and artisans who live and work on Austin's vibrant and dynamic East Side. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique permanent and temporary exhibition spaces east of I-35.

Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16 and 22 & 23.  

Catalogues are available at your local branch of Austin Public Library (it is recommended that you call first, as copies are limited) and online. 

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It’s Neruda week in Austin! Today, don’t miss an excerpt from the upcoming, still-in-the-works documentary, The Poet’s Calling, by translator and director Mark Eisner. Later in the week, hear the the poet sing with original work by the Conspirare Company of Voices, Thursday & Friday at Bates Recital Hall. If you see me there, don’t be shy—come over and say hello!

And if monsters and demons are more your speed, be sure to catch Fantastic Fest at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, September 18th - 25th. You probably won’t see me, since my vivid imagination already keeps me up at night without anything to encourage it, but if I do happen to venture that way, I hope you'll tap me on the shoulder--just not when the monster's about to jump out of the closet!

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No, we haven’t gone on a diet, but recent news from developer Constructive Ventures could have us breathing a little easier by 2018.

According to the Austin American Statesmen, plans for a mixed used development on the 1.7 acre block at Third Street and West Avenue, former home of the Austin Energy Control Center, will include up to 400 new condominium units. The project will be sited just north of the Seaholm Condominiums, currently under construction, and west of the popular 360, in walking distance of…well, just about everything!

Financing considerations will dictate the precise start date, but Constructive Ventures and partner developer Aspen Heights are aiming for the fourth quarter of 2015. Construction is estimated to take two and a half years.

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This weekend, be sure to celebrate two of Austin’s favorite events, the annual Hot Sauce and BatFest festivals.

Begun in 1990, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival has grown into one of the world’s largest and most attended. As many as 15,000 visitors and 350 entries are expected in this year’s festival. Come challenge your tastebuds, Sunday, August 24th at Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin, TX, 78702, Call 512-974-6797 for details

And as August comes to an end, the new bat “pups” are just beginning to fly. In what other city can you attend an annual Bat Fest?! We invite you to enjoy the world’s largest Mexican Free-Tail bat colony before they head south for the winter, with live music, children’s events and costume contests along

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