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Neighbors protest the purchase of second hotel to house homeless

Candlewood Suites hotel on Pecan Park Boulevard. (Derrick Oltmann)

On Sunday, neighbors of a northwest Austin hotel protested in opposition of a city proposal to purchase the property as part of an initiative to get the city's homeless off the streets.


Austin City Council will vote on whether to move forward with the plan to purchase the Candlewood Suites hotel on Pecan Park Boulevard on Thursday. The vote will come one week after approval of the $6.7 million purchase of Texas Bungalow Hotel & Suites off of Burnet Road in North Austin.

Candlewood Suites is located between a neighborhood and multiple businesses—many of which are not happy about the potential move by city council.

Several people told CBS Austin, they believe in the idea of using hotels to house the local homeless population—just not in this location. Safety concerns were also cited as reasons for their protest with many of the surrounding neighbors are retirees or have children.

Austin City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly stopped by the protest to hear residents' concerns in an effort to bring more transparency to the council's proceedings.

The vote on Candlewood Suites was originally due to take place last week, but Kelly successfully requested an additional week to reveal the plan to the public.

If City Council votes to approve the plan, the two properties would add 148 rooms for the city's homeless to use.

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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