CALENDAR: Mapping the third week of the Austin social season. Today: Interview Maria Hernandez of Growing Roots. Tuesday: Test Lucky Lab Coffee at Mercury Hall. Later: Meet Chris Kazan Attal and Sydney Townsend of Brack at El Meson. Tuesday night: AGLIFF reception at Kodosky Lounge. Later: ‘Henry V’ event at a private home. Wednesday: Interview Jo Anne Christian at Caffe Medici. Wednesday night: Texas Book Festival line-up party at Jones Center. Thursday: Meet chef Phil Speer at Uchi. Thursday night: DIFFA’s Urban Picnic at Textile Event Space. Friday: Interview ACC’s Barbara Mink. Friday night: Mod Lady Bird Fashion Show at LBJ Presidential Library. Later: Austin Symphony Opening Night Gala at the Four Seasons. Saturday: Aliento a Tequila reception at MACC. Later: Celebrando Austin for Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Four Seasons. Still later: Stargayzer Festival at Pine Street Station. Sunday: Texas Monthly BBQ Festival at the Long Center. Sunday night: Planned Parenthood dinner at Hyatt Regency Austin.
BUSINESS: With humor, Margo Dover trains Central Texans for today’s jobs. Taken from my story in the Statesman: "The job description for Skillpoint Alliance’s executive director position yelled out to Margo Dover. Given her background in business and nonprofits — which included a stint raising money for Meals on Wheels and More — the Austinite felt ready to lead the group that has trained more than 130,000 Central Texans for unfilled jobs. Ready, up to a point. Dover showed up relaxed and talkative during a battery of interviews, especially when Pastor Joseph Parker of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church asked what was in her heart. "Best question I’ve ever been asked," Dover says. "I work to be myself every day, tell the truth, be brave, find joy in what I do." It worked. "They hired me," she says. "At that point, I had no idea what they really did." http://shar.es/11iRAK
POLITICS: Who is running in remote Council District 6? Taken from the Statesman’s superb coverage of the upcoming elections: "In Austin, it’s hard to find a spot farther from City Hall than District 6. The district spans far Northwest Austin and stretches into Williamson County. Many of the neighborhoods would have preferred not to be annexed. The distance from Central Austin, physically and politically, has animated District 6’s collection of candidates, who say a new political system will finally give Northwest Austin voters a chance to address long-held grievances. From the talk of the six candidates, the one District 6 voters send to City Hall can safely be assumed to think property taxes are too high, traffic needs immediate attention, life is too difficult for small-business owners, property crime rates have been allowed to creep too high, and the city has reneged on various promises." http://shar.es/11iRFX
HISTORY: Remember, this page contains more than 100 stories on Austin history. "Like many Austinites, Karen Kocher wants to save Barton Springs. She doesn’t think a mere appeal to the senses, however, will do the trick. "The vast majority of people see the springs as a place for recreation," says the documentary maker. "It absolutely is. But I don’t think we can save it if we just see it as a place for recreation." Kocher — rhymes with "poker" — has been documenting aspects of the springs since she attended graduate film school at the University of Texas more than 20 years ago. Now a lecturer for the same film school, she is hoping to complete "Living Springs," an interactive documentary about the history, science and culture of the springs, including spiritual practices that occur there. The project in progress can be seen at livingspringsaustin.org. Kocher is still collecting images and stories from families who have enjoyed the oasis for decades. If you’ve got ’em, she wants ’em." http://shar.es/11iBoR