The NashVERDE crew may be gone, but these watch parties will keep the Austin FC spirit alive in Austin
Austin FC has their captain back, and they'll need him as they go against fellow expansion team Nashville SC
In DenVERDE fashion, when hundreds of Austin FC supporters marched in Denver before their club played the Colorado Rapids, the crew is on the road again this week for a NashVERDE event.
For those sticking to Texas, here's some watch parties for you to watch the nationally-televised match at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Austin Anthem watch party, Celis Brewing 10001 Metric Blvd.
If you’re not going to Nashville, the next best place to be is at @CelisBeers with #LosZanates. #AustinFC vs #NashvilleSC. Match starts at 8pm on Sunday, 5/23.— Austin Anthem (@AustinAnthem) May 17, 2021
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Fan club Austin Anthem has set their roots in Celis Brewing, the Verde-clad brewery decked out with "LISTOS" posters and merch that sits just feet away from Q2 Stadium.
This week, the club is back at their home base to watch their club play. The match begins at 8 p.m., but be there early if you want prime seating and parking.
Official Austin FC watch party, 11500B Rock Rose Ave.
Looking to start the party 9 hours before the match? Austin FC is launching another official watch party with live music, raffle awards and the Verde Van, this time at Jack and Ginger's. Test your luck in the raffle for a team-signed jersey and enjoy drink specials by Heineken.
Los Verdes watch party, Hopsquad Brewing 2307 Kramer Ln
Just feet from the party at Celis, Los Verdes is hosting a watch party for those not making it to Nashville. Austin FC fan band La Murga de Austin will be there, and incomers can enjoy $1 off their first beer is they come by Cap Metro or ridesharing. Come early for this one as well if you want good parking.
San Antonio watch party, The Lion and the Rose 17627 La Cantera Pkwy
Hey San Antonio soccer/football fans!!! Come to the @LionandRoseSA to check out @AustinFC take on @NashvilleSC on Sunday night! We’ll be joining @OakArmyNB and talk about making the #210Verdes guild even better. Let me know if you’re coming! pic.twitter.com/XlbRH6Nr9d— 210 Verdes (@210Verdes) May 19, 2021
The Austin FC hype has trickled down to San Antonio. For those a little south on I-35, join San Antonio Austin FC fan club 210 Verdes at The Lion and the Rose just before kickoff, at 7:30 p.m. Beware of the wrath from San Antonio FC fans.
40 Pub Partners
From Round Rock to San Marcos, these 40 pubs are set to show the match as official pub partners of Austin FC. They could get packed, so make sure to be there before kickoff at 8 p.m. Sunday.
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Austin's Delta 8 industry has been turned on its head after Texas health officials clarified that the cannabinoid is on the state list of illegal substances, though it was previously believed to be legal by most retailers, consumers and manufacturers.
House Bill 1325, which was signed in June 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the Farm Bill, signed into law by former President Donald Trump in 2018, legalized any hemp product containing less than .3% THC. The same bills were thought to have made Delta 8 legal, though the Texas Department of State Health Services added a notice on its website saying it was still a controlled substance as of Friday, Oct. 15.
Both the federal and state governments keep separate lists on what is considered a controlled substance. Marijuana is considered Schedule I, a category reserved for substances with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," both statewide and federally.
Austin-based CBD retailer Grassroots Harvest CEO Kemal Whyte, like many CBD shop retailers, was blindsided by the announcement. Many small businesses rely on Delta 8 for their sales—Green Herbal Care CBD said about 90% of its sales come from Delta 8—and Whyte said he is frustrated by the inconsistencies in the drug scheduling system.
Since 87% of Texans support the legalization of marijuana, at least for medical use, per a recent poll, Whyte said he wonders who this legislation is for.
"It's gonna have a massive impact on small businesses—there's just no way around it," Whyte said. "The reality is, we don't want to push out anything bad for our customers, we want this to benefit our customers and to help them. If we can make money while doing it, that's the American dream. What are we doing, whose benefit is this for?"
Delta 8 surged in popularity after the perceived legalization—consumers enjoyed its lower psychotropic potency, decreased anxiety while using it and the peace of mind as a legal way to get high. So in order to protect their products and livelihoods, both Grassroots Harvest and Austin-based manufacturer Hometown Heroes are taking legal action.
Whyte said Grassroots Harvest is suing DSHS, saying their action is creating negative effects in the market. Meanwhile, a Hometown Heroes spokesperson said the company is in the process of filing a temporary restraining order that would pause the ban on Delta-8 in the state of Texas.
Threats against Delta 8 are not new—DSHS lost a lawsuit trying to make "smokable hemp products" illegal last year and Texas lawmakers had been considering a bill that would make Delta 8 illegal, though it was dropped after the clarification was made.
Hometown Heroes released a formal statement in response to the DSHS rule.
"I need to be clear—we love Texas, we're just choosing to fight for the will of the people in regards to cannabis in Texas," Hometown Hero CEO Lukas Gilkey said in a statement. "(Texas DSHS) are using backhanded ways to create legislation and go against the will of the people."
Whyte laments the fact that it would be easier legally to "open up a strip club that also sells guns," and said he can't post customer testimonials that mention the benefits of Delta 8 without getting hit with a cease and desist from the Food and Drug Administration. Whyte said he isn't opposed to regulation—far from it—he just wants to see it go through the correct channels.
"The fact that they're stunting our ability to communicate with our clients that want to learn about this, you're preventing us from communicating with them and teaching them, or spreading information that we know," Whyte said. "I think that that in and of itself opens up a lot of questions."
Grassroots Harvest still has Delta 8 products on its shelves for the time being but for how long, Whyte doesn't know.
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Austin Public Health and other clinics around Austin are now providing booster shots for all three vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, to fully vaccinated individuals after both Pfizer and J & J were approved by the CDC on Wednesday.
APH and Austin clinics, which were already administering the approved Pfizer booster, will begin distributing shots as soon as Friday.
Those who received the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine more than six months ago are elligble to receive a booster if they are over 65 or if they are over 18 and:
- Live in a long-term care environment
- Have underlying medical conditions
- Work or live in high-risk settings, such as schools, hospitals or correctional facilities
Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said in a media Q&A Friday that APH is encouraging boosters just as much as they have urged residents to get their first and second doses.
"Boosters are incredibly important to keeping our community protected and hospitalizations low," Walkes said. "If we can stay on top of our vaccinations, we provide protections for our most vulnerable and make it that much harder for COVID to spread in our community."
Eligible residents are free to choose the same booster as their first doses or "mix and match," per the CDC announcement.
Those looking for another dose can simply bring their vaccination card to APH centers or the dozens of Walgreens and CVS locations in the metro, which began administering doses Friday.
Additional updated guidance from the CDC allows for all eligible individuals to choose which vaccine they receive as a "mix-and-match" booster dose. It is advised to remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card showing the original doses with you when going for booster shots.
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