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The annual Big Hearts, Bright Futures Luncheon is an opportunity to learn from Any Baby Can experts on child development and family health, hear directly from clients, and engage with the impact of their mission.

Guests will hear from a panel of staff and clients who have benefited from their services. They will also get to meet other Any Baby Can supporters and learn how critical their investments are in realizing their mission.

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Girlstart presents Game Changers Luncheon

Guests at Girlstart's annual Game Changers Luncheon will be immersed in Girlstart’s work and hear stories of impact, celebrate their alumni and community partners, and network with other friends who share a passion for STEM and transforming the lives of girls.

This special event raises critical funding for Girlstart’s After School, Summer Camp, and Community STEM programs, empowering the thousands of girls and community members we serve annually in Texas and across the country.

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Austin Street Center presents Humble Beginnings Luncheon

Austin Street Center will present its annual Humble Beginnings Luncheon, featuring 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to help raise funds and awareness around the issues of homelessness in the city of Dallas.

Secretary Rice has been involved in public service for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in her field, becoming the first Black woman to hold the position of Secretary of State (2005-2009) and the first woman ever to serve as National Security Advisor (2001-2005). Jeanne Phillips, who worked with Secretary Rice during the George W. Bush administration as United States Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, will moderate the conversation.

The luncheon kicks off the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration, themed Opening the Door to Hope, Healing and Home. Nancy Best and Southern Methodist University will be honored for their longtime commitment to Austin Street Center. Lynn McBee is the honorary luncheon chair and Ashlee and Chris Kleinert are the luncheon chairs.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area presents Great Futures Spring Luncheon

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area presents the Great Futures Spring Luncheon. The event shines a light on the Club youth BGCAA has the privilege to serve and the transformative role leadership plays in helping these kids build great futures.

The luncheon keynote is Chris Del Conte, vice president and athletics director at The University of Texas at Austin. With a storied background and wealth of experience leading top teams in the nation, Del Conte brings a welcome perspective on leadership, excellence, and success.

Austin Ed Fund presents Inspire the Future

Austin Ed Fund, Austin ISD’s nonprofit public education foundation, will celebrate Austin ISD students and educators at Inspire the Future. At this year’s luncheon, guests will be able to hear from those directly impacted by the Austin Ed Fund. Austin residents are encouraged to attend the event and learn how they can invest in the 72,000 students and more than 5,000 teachers in the area.

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Support girls in STEM at this game-changing Austin luncheon

Girl Power

Ready to make a difference? For 25 years, Girlstart has been inspiring girls to change the world with STEM, and you can be a part of the legacy at the Game Changers luncheon on November 4.

Luncheon guests will be immersed in Girlstart’s work firsthand, hearing from the new executive director Shane Woods and networking with others who share a passion for girls in STEM.

Through innovative, nationally recognized informal STEM education programs, K-12 girls gain an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems while developing an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.

The Game Changers Luncheon raises crucial funding to support after school, summer camp, and community STEM programs, which serve thousands of girls in Texas and across the country.

Your generous donations fund direct expenses, such as STEM supplies and in-depth curriculum journals; equitable pay for STEM CREW program leaders; training for STEM CREW and school partner campus coordinators; travel and shipping costs between Girlstart locations; and other needs that ensure the implementation, success, and quality of all of Girlstart’s core programs.

There are a number of ways you can participate and support Girlstart:

  • Corporate sponsorship packages are a great way for companies to show their support of the STEM community while also receiving special event access, brand recognition, and other perks. Click here to learn more about sponsorship levels.
  • VIP tickets for individuals ($175) and groups ($725 for a 5-ticket bundle)
  • General Admission tickets ($125 each)

Guests will also have the chance to purchase the popular Mystery Boxes, which include donated items ranging from gift cards for Austin’s best restaurants to beauty products to special experiences and more. Click here to view a list of current Mystery Box donors.

The Game Changers luncheon is November 4 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin. For event updates, join the email list and follow Girlstart on social media.

Further questions? Please contact grace@girlstart.org about this special event.

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Top medical cannabis dispensary buds in Lakeline with new pickup store


Folks north of Austin can now find more relief closer to them with the opening of a new facility for cannabis prescription pickup.

Texas Original is now open in the Lakeline area at 10222 Pecan Park Blvd., continuing to expand the brand's services throughout Central Texas. While Austinites may be used to more recreational cannabis stores, Texas Original's main clientele are patients managing things like cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even dementia.

In Texas, patients can obtain medical cannabis prescriptions through online clinics or local physicians registered with the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas; In Texas Original's case, the dispensary connects candidates for medical cannabis with partnering clinics via an online form to close the loop between prescription and pickup.

Texas Original (formerly Compassionate Cultivation) opened the first public medical dispensary in the state (out of Manchaca) and started serving patients in 2018 with the motto “Grown for Texans by Texans.” The entire operation — from the cultivation of plants to the formulation of products — is based in the state. In 2023, Texas Original was named the best medical marijuana dispensary in the Austin American-Statesman's Community Choice Awards.

This is now Texas Original’s fourth location in Central Texas along with its headquarters and dispensary in South Austin, two other stores in Waco and San Antonio, and many others throughout the state.

“Opening a full-time pickup location that serves our growing community in North Austin and its surrounding suburbs is another step toward creating comprehensive medical cannabis access for all patients throughout Texas,” said CEO Nico Richardson in a release.

To celebrate the opening, Texas Original is partnering with a telehealth medicine clinic to offer free one-year prescriptions to 50 customers at the North Austin location on a first-come first-serve basis. Patients can visit the store this week to book an appointment with the telemedicine clinic’s registered physicians to receive a prescription for medical cannabis.

For more product information and hours of operation for all of Texas Original locations, visit texasoriginal.com. Hours of operation at Lakeline are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm, with plans to expand to six days a week in the upcoming months.

Fantastic visuals and original story make The Creator a must-see sci-fi film

Movie Review

In the relatively risk-averse world that is modern Hollywood, getting an original story is a rarity. The vast majority of potentially blockbuster movies these days are ones that have a connection to some kind of existing intellectual property that already has a well-established track record. So anytime something interesting arrives that’s not a sequel/reboot/remake/commercial for a product, it deserves to be celebrated.

And that goes double when it’s done as well as the new sci-fi film, The Creator. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world in 2065, 30 years after a sentient artificial intelligence detonated a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Joshua (John David Washington) is an American soldier who for years worked undercover alongside A.I.-enhanced robots, many of which are fitted with clones of human faces, to try to find their reclusive leader, Nirmata, in a part of the world now called New Asia.

A personal tragedy sends him into exile, but he’s recruited back into service by Colonel Howell (Allison Janney) to seek out and destroy a weapon that may turn the tide in the war for good. Turns out the weapon is a robot in the form of a child (Madeleine Yuna Voyles), and when Joshua discovers that fact, he finds it impossible to carry out the mission. Instead, he does everything he can to protect the girl he calls Alphie, with the military hot on his tail all the while.

Written and directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) and co-written by Chris Weitz, the film is astonishing in a number of ways, but mostly for its ability to draw the viewer in visually. The CGI is amazingly believable, making it easy to immerse yourself in the storytelling. From a foreboding super-weapon in the sky called NOMAD to the futuristic landscapes to the whirring metal cylinders that appear to be the brains of the robots, the film is full of fantastic details that make it a feast for the eyes.

The concept of A.I. is increasingly being used as a storytelling tool, and here the filmmakers seem to try to play both sides of the fence. Many people in the film fear its capabilities, especially given the nuclear event. But by literally putting human faces on many of the robots, it becomes more difficult to see them as pure evil, a dilemma that’s at the core of the problem for both Joshua and the audience.

Washington, who’s fast becoming as reliably good as his father, Denzel, is the star of the film, and he does a great job in that role. But stealing the show every second she’s on screen is Voyles, who delivers a debut performance the likes of which hasn’t been seen in many years. She is utterly convincing and heartbreaking as Alphie; while the story may have worked with a lesser actor, she helps take it to completely different level.

Also putting in great work are Janney, who proves herself as badass and fearsome a military leader as any man; Mark Menchaca as her No. 2; Ken Watanabe as an A.I. robot; singer-turned-actor Sturgill Simpson as a friend of Joshua; and Gemma Chan, redeeming herself after the misfire of Eternals.

John David Washington in The Creator
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John David Washington in The Creator.

The Creator could’ve earned praise simply by giving us an original sci-fi story. But by accompanying it with awe-inspiring imagery and performances that elevate the story immeasurably, Edwards and his team have made a film that will likely be remembered for years to come.


The Creator opens in theaters on September 29.

Timeless elegance meets modern luxury with charming Old Enfield home

On The Market

Nestled gracefully within the historic enclave of Old Enfield, the two-story stone home at 2313 Hartford Road stands as a testament to the enduring allure of architectural charm and modern refinement.

From the moment you step inside, it's apparent that every aspect of this 3,453-square-foot residence has been meticulously crafted to create a space that seamlessly marries timeless tradition with contemporary sophistication.

The journey through this captivating abode commences in the formal living area, where an exquisite copper fireplace welcomes residents and guests alike, setting the tone for the mesmerizing style that unfolds throughout.

A culinary haven awaits within the architect-designed kitchen, featuring stainless steel countertops, double sinks, and a luxurious limestone floor and backsplash. A chef's dream, this space is equipped with double ovens, poised to bring culinary aspirations to life.

Venturing further, the grand living room beckons with its soaring seventeen-foot ceilings, a majestic stone fireplace, and an expansive wall of windows that generously bathe the room in natural light.

Rich, dark-stained wood floors underfoot contribute to the home's inviting ambiance, complementing its overall character.

Every fixture, wallpaper choice, and flooring selection within this residence has been thoughtfully curated to make a resounding statement about the home as a whole. This meticulous attention to detail permeates every facet of the property, elevating its character and allure.

Moving beyond the interior, the outdoor living space proves equally enchanting, featuring a screened-in patio that offers the perfect setting for enjoying Austin's breezy evenings without the intrusion of pesky insects.

Additionally, a charming dining area nestled under the sprawling canopy of live oak trees, adorned with twinkling lights, creates a truly magical setting for al fresco gatherings and memorable evenings.

The primary bedroom, a sanctuary of comfort and luxury, boasts its own fireplace, finely crafted built-ins, and a spacious ensuite bathroom. Three additional bedrooms provide ample space for family or guests, each appointed with the same meticulous care evident throughout the home.

In its entirety, this Old Enfield gem harmoniously marries the finest aspects of traditional architecture with the conveniences of modern living.

It is a residence that radiates charm and sophistication, indoors and out, promising an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Austin's historic landscape.


This home is on the market with Kumara Wilcoxon of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Click here to see more photos, details, and to contact the agent.

2313 Hartford Rd home for sale Austin

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Soaring 17-foot ceilings await in the living room.