This year has been off the rails, and this is especially true for Austin's beloved miniature choo choo the Zilker Zephyr.
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The Texas Book Festival is kicking off virtually for its 25th anniversary, featuring more than 125 guests including none other than actor, UT professor, Austin resident and now author, Matthew McConaughey.
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Pets live exhausting lives—all the sleeping, playing and endless affection doesn't come easy and they need a break. Pet Paradise seeks to solve that problem, with the added benefit of giving owners peace of mind while they take their own vacation.
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In an effort to help create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth, two soccer support groups—Los Verdes and The Plastics—are collaborating on limited-edition merch.
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In the hills of West Austin, bordered by the Colorado River and Barton Creek, Eanes ISD schools ease back into the school year with a stockpile of student laptops and tablets and a bevy of teachers at ease with virtual learning tools.
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Kayaks, tubes and paddle boards jammed side by side have appeared on Lady Bird Lake throughout the summer, despite local orders prohibiting gatherings and advising social distancing. The crowd of mostly young people at a shallow sandbar where Barton Creek flows into the lake has come to be known by locals as "Party Island."
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">People beat the heat by paddle boarding and kayaking in the waters of Lady Bird Lake. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">A crowd gathers Aug. 21 in the lake, despite prohibitions on gatherings of more than 10 people and local ordinances banning swimming in the lake. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">A woman paddle boards on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">People jump from the Barton Creek pedestrian bridge. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">Paddle boarders and kayakers enter the lake waters at the Austin High Boat launch. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">Paddlers make their way around Lady Bird Lake. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">A man and his dog give a young woman a ride from the Austin High Boat launch out to Party Island on Lady Bird Lake. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>
(Jordan Vonderhaar)<p class="caption">Various paddlers enter the water at Lou Neff Point—the closest point to the newly formed "Party Island"—on Lady Bird Lake. (Jordan Vonderhaar)</p>