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YES Imports: Yard Art Springs to Life

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If you live in the Lake Travis area, you probably drive by YES Imports all of the time. If you haven’t stopped by to check it out, you should definitely add that to your to-do list. YES Imports, located at 3307 Ranch Road 620 N, opened in May 2011, and has been delighting Austin with rustic Mexican furniture, clay pottery, interior and outdoor artwork, blown glass and more ever since.

Need a 5-foot-tall pink flamingo? They’ve got one. Looking for a herd of metal longhorns? Check. A cowboy boot? A herd of flying pigs? Check and check. It’s impossible to walk through the huge, colorful lawn of YES Imports without cracking a smile.

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The Salt Lick: Legendary Open Pit BBQ in Driftwood

The original pit smoker at The Salt Lick

If there’s one thing Texans take seriously, it’s their barbecue. If you’re a fan of the style of cooking and you haven’t made the drive out to Driftwood, you’re missing a whole world of meaty goodness, all in our own backyard.

There are only a handful of restaurants in Central Texas that carry a history so flavorful and legendary as The Salt Lick in Driftwood. This tiny Texas town, just south of Dripping Springs and a few miles southeast of Austin, carries with it a huge legacy of smoky meats marinated in Hawaiian and Japanese influence.

Out of the plethora of barbecue restaurants in the Lone Star State, very few still stick to the strict tradition of the open fire pit. This old world technique of smoking meats over red hot coals and wood is usually tucked away in humble Texas towns such as Elgin, Lockhart and Taylor. It almost makes the meat more special in a way, besides the tenderness of their BBQ brisket or the smokiness of their beef ribs.

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Duchess of Lakeway Opens in Lake Travis: Get Your Shop On

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Maria & Kyndal’s sister store, Duchess of Lakeway opened its doors on August 11, giving Lake Travis fashionistas another reason to shop. While Duchess boasts the same sophisticated yet fun, beachy vibe as Maria & Kyndal’s, the price point is lower, making it the perfect destination for cost-conscious customers.

This highly anticipated opening generated a big buzz in Austin because so many Lake Travis area residents are already such loyal shoppers at Maria & Kyndal’s in Westlake and Lakeway. Maria Harrington, who brought her boutique concept to Austin from Memphis a few years ago, has always been deeply passionate about the fashion industry and it shows. When LT gals heard they could get even more bang for their buck at Duchess, they started making room in their closets.

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Lake Travis Community Library Presents Author Carole Sikes: Hudson Bend and the Birth of Lake Travis

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We enjoy sharing with you a little bit about the history of the Lake Travis area here at LTL. And if you’re familiar with the areas along Hudson Bend, nearby Steiner Ranch or Lakeway you might already know a bit about the foundation of the settling of our cherished land. Wiley Hudson was the first to purchase several plots here along the lush and abundant banks of the fertile Colorado River.

Then came the New Deal era and with it, Mansfield Dam. Our beautiful Lake Travis was once a dream of Congressmen, construction workers and settlers, but after the building of the dam the lake became a veritable reality. The harnessing of hydroelectric power would be able to bring electricity to the area, and with it, economic development. Without it we probably would not be here today.

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Lake Travis Underwater & Shoreline Cleanup

Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup

It all started when a group of scuba divers in the Lake Travis area decided to make a difference. Instead of getting together for a recreational dive, they decided to get together for a day of pulling trash out from the waters of Lake Travis.

A few years later, the LCRA and the Colorado River Foundation decided to get on-board and help out with boat support and proper disposal of all the trash the divers had collected from the depths of the lake.

Because the waters of Lake Travis are constantly fluctuating, large amounts of trash become exposed during the years with low water levels. Keep Austin Beautiful and Travis County joined forces and the Lake Travis shoreline was added to the cleanup effort. They helped organize the hundreds of volunteers that were ready to make a difference to one of the most valuable resources in the area.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: September 12 – 14

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Once again the weekend sneaked up on us, but we came prepared with a whole bunch a places for you to go, things to do and people to see!

This weekends featured event is the Lake Travis Underwater and Shoreline Cleanup. Start your Sunday by joining hundreds of other volunteers along the shores of Lake Travis for the biggest scuba diving and shoreline cleanup in Texas.! Volunteer opportunities are filling up quickly so be sure and sign up today.

Here is a list of all the other happenings in the Lake Travis area:

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Tuck & Hold Giveaway: Win Free Classes at Pure Barre in Lakeway

Pure Barre-Giveaway

If you aren’t familiar with, “Tuck, tuck, hold. Tuck, tuck, freeze,” you haven’t been to Pure Barre yet. Well, here’s your chance to try it out by entering Lake Travis Lifestyle’s Tuck & Hold Giveaway. One lucky gal will win five FREE classes at Pure Barre in Lakeway and barre swag like a pair of sticky socks and a signature Pure Barre ball. This is a $250 prize!

This giveaway is open to new clients and existing clients, so everyone is welcome. If you haven’t tried a barre class yet, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl and see how you like it. If you’re already doing barre, you can enjoy extra classes, a new pair of socks (they have a bunch of new colors!) and a ball for your home workouts.

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A Moment to Remember What Happened 13 Years Ago

Waterfall in September 11 Memorial Park

Remembering all of those affected by the attacks of September 11, 2001, including the fallen firefighters, emergency, and rescue personnel.

And a salute to all of our nation’s servicemen and women who do the jobs that make it possible for us to live the lives we live. Thank you for all you do.

Never Forget.

My Time Kids Gym: Flip-Flopping, Upside Down Fun

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If you’re looking for play, tumbling and dancing for your youngster that creates healthy bodies and minds, look no further! My Time Kids Gym gives kiddos the opportunity to build confidence, improve motor skills and explore a variety of engaging activities like cheer, dance, tumbling, yoga and even tap into their “superpowers” in Superhero Time. And who doesn’t want to be a superhero?

From babies to elementary school-aged children, My Time caters to all ages with fun classes like BabyTime (for babies & parents), TumbleTime, PlayTime, CheerTime and YogaTime. These classes are perfect for toddlers who are ready to explore basic gymnastics and dance as well as older children who love gymnastics, cheer and dance, but not competitively. My Time offers a great 2-day program for little ones called Tumble & LearnTime (AKA MommyTime), which is a 2.5-hour kinder prep class focused on kindergarten readiness.

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Watch D.O.G.S – Calling All Dads

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This one is for all the dads out there. School is back in session and you have an opportunity to show up in the classrooms and hallways as a WatchDOG for Leander ISD.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a non-profit organization which began in 1998 by Jim Moore, immediately after the Jonesboro, Arkansas, middle school shooting tragedy. What started in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas has grown into a nationally recognized program. The program runs K-12 and invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day at your child’s or student’s school during the school year.

Committing to a full day off work may seem like a big deal at the time, but after you spend a day in the school as a WatchDOG and experience the excitement of the children and how important you are to them, you’ll want to do it again.

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