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$2M Austin dream home could be yours in new sweepstakes

Online charity fundraiser platform launched a sweepstakes on Tuesday. The prize? A $1.9 million home in Travis Heights. (Omaze)

It's historically hard to break into the Austin housing market right now. But one lucky person could win a nearly $2 million dream home in the Travis Heights neighborhood.

Omaze, an online charity fundraising platform, announced its first luxury house sweepstakes in Austin on Tuesday, benefitting Folds of Honor, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit that provides scholarships to families of wounded or fallen service members.

"Fill your days in Texas' capital of cool with live music, lake kayaking and the country's best barbeque—all within a few minutes from your new house!" the entry site promises.

Participants have until Oct. 10 to win a $1.9 million, four-bedroom house in the coveted South Austin neighborhood. The 3,235-square home was built by the local real estate firm Urban ATX and offers soaring ceilings, hardwood floors and a deck.

"We anticipate customers will find this to be one of our most popular offerings to date and are thrilled to be able to support the veteran community in this way," Omaze CEO and co-founded Matt Pohlson said in a statement.

Located just south of downtown, the upscale Travis Heights neighborhood is walkable and close to destinations such as South Congress Avenue. (Omaze)

Donations correspond to a certain number of sweepstake entries: 100 with a $10 donation, 2,000 with $100. But people can also enter without making a donation.

According to Omaze, 15% of the total donations will go to Folds of Honor through a grant. The remainder covers the grand prize, related fees and company operating costs.

The winner will be announced in late October and can choose to take the home or a $1.3 million cash alternative.

Information about how to enter and eligibility requirements can be found here.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway