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Texas Independence Day March 2, 2011

Posted on February 24, 2011. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized, Texas | Tags: , , , , |

Texas Independence Day is always March 2. This holiday is celebrated in many cities and towns throughout Texas and is always full of festivities and fun. The day is celebrated by festivals that include children’s activities, re-enactments, band music, chili cook-offs and parades. Other activities include story-telling sessions about how Texas won its independence from Mexico and became a republic during the 19th century. In Austin, there is a parade in front of the state capital. I went last year and it was great.

Some state government workers may choose to have a day off on Texas Independence Day as it is a partial staffing day. Many schools have classroom lessons and activities about the Texas Declaration of Independence during this time of the year.

According to www.timeanddate.com, Texas Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. This event marked Texas’ independence from Mexico. Sixty delegates from all over Texas signed the declaration. Its language in many ways parallels the 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States, which is observed on Independence Day, also known as “the fourth of July”.

The Republic of Texas was annexed to the US by joint resolution of the US Congress nine years after the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.  The US Congress then admitted Texas as a constituent state of the Union on December 29, 1845. Texas Independence Day is an official holiday in Texas. Sam Houston Day is also observed on March 2, marking the birthday of the man who led the Texans to victory over Mexican troops at the battle of San Jacinto.

The website also adds that  Texas’ Lone Star flag became the state’s official flag on January 24, 1839. It consists of a rectangle with a width to length ratio of two to three featuring:

  • A blue vertical stripe one-third the entire length of the flag wide, and two equal horizontal stripes, the upper stripe white, the lower red, each two-thirds the entire length of the flag long.
  • A white, regular five-pointed star in the center of the blue stripe, oriented so that one point faces upward, and of such a size that the diameter of a circle passing through the five points of the star is equal to three-fourths the width of the blue stripe.

Texas has various symbols such as the Bluebonnet (state flower), the Northern Mockingbird (state bird), and the horned lizard (state reptile).

State historic sites include the Casa Navarro in San Antonio, Texas. It was the home of Tejano patriot Jose Antonio Navarro, who was influential in the fight for Texas’ independence. Another important site is the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas, which is built on the actual battleground where Texas won its independence from Mexico.

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Austin’s 13th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk! April 2, 2011

Posted on February 22, 2011. Filed under: -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Barton, Texas | Tags: , , , , |

Last year my dog, Barton, and I participated in the 12th annual walk. There were 11,256 dogs there! Literally. It was a barkin’ good time. My dog even received a medal for being a “World Record Breaking Dog.” I think he now has as many medals as I do. Just kidding. Well, sort of kidding.

Looks like Austin is trying to set a Guniess Book of World Records this year, so I hope that you and your best friend will be able to make it. Barton and I will be there with a few of his best pals. 

Below the poodle picture are the details about the event, including a map and link for registration. You can save $5 by pre-registering online.

If you decide to come, make sure you get there early. There are tons of vendors, gifts and treats for your pooch. Also, there are so many great photo opps along the way so don’t forget your camera. Each dog that completes the walk gets a GOLD medal! It’s awesome and really is sooo very much fun. 


                                      13th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk  

Saturday, April 2, 2011 – 9:00 am   

All Day Event at Waterloo Park!

Where: New: All Day Event at Waterloo Park [map]

Bring the Guinness World Record back to Texas – Beat the Brits! Current record: 17,427 dogs

When: Sat., April 2, 2011 9:00 AM – Exhibits open from 7 AM to 4 PM

What: A three mile stroll just down the road from the Texas State Capitol

Why: To bring the Guinness World’s Record for “Largest Dog Walk” back to Texas! Current record: 17,427 dogs

Admission: $30/dog day of; $25/dog pre-registration

Pre-Registration:  $25/dog


Until Friday, April 1, 5:00 PM

Register Here

By Mail:

Postmarked by
Friday, March 25, 2011

Mail To:
Texas Hearing &
Service Dogs
4803 Rutherglen
Austin, TX 78749

In Person:

Wed, Thurs, Fri, March 30, 31, and April 1
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Petco (map)
9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX
(512) 345-2355


Petco (map)
5601 Brodie Lane
Sunset Valley
(512) 892-7804

Day of Event Registration:  $30/dog


April 2, 2011, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM    
Registration tent (big white tent)

Packet Pick Up:
You may pick up your collector’s T-shirt, walk bib and other goodies at the Dog Walk Registration tent, OR

Packet Pick Up – 2 Options:
(1)  Wed – Fri, March 30, 31 and April 1
      Petco, 9828 Great Hills Trail (map)
      9:00 am — 7:00 pm
      (512) 345-2355


      Petco (map)
      5601 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley
      9:00 am — 7:00 pm
      (512) 892-7804

(2) Walk Day – get there early!

Gifts: Mauro Garza collector’s t-shirt, goodies from dozens of dog-related Exhibitors, Gold Medal for every dog at the Finish Line!

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83rd Zilker Park Kite Festival 2011– The Oldest Kite Festival in the Good Ol’ USA

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- On MY Calendar, Texas | Tags: , , |

I just got this email (below) from the City of Austin about Zilker’s 2011 Kite Festival. Yippeeeee, I love going to this. Make sure to mark your calendar for March 6th this year. See you there!

Zilker Park Kite Festival – March 6th

The 83rd annual Zilker Kite Festival, the oldest continually running kite festival in the USA,  will be held on the Great Lawn at Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road visit http://www.zilkerkitefestival.com/ for more information.

The sky will be filled with dancing kites and colors as thousands gather to welcome the spring for the 83rd Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival or “Kite Day” in Zilker Metropolitan Park. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy this grand celebration of the spring, even the family pets.

The Zilker Park Kite Festival, sponsored by The Exchange Club and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, is FREE of charge to attend or participate in. Festivities start at 10 am, registration for competition starts at 11 am, and the kite contest starts at 1 pm.

Free parking is available at the state garage at the corner of 16th and Colorado (1604 Colorado St.). Shuttle rides are $1 round trip for persons 12 years and older. Kids and dogs ride free!

Created in 1929, the Kite Festival competition events have changed little since then. Participants are encouraged to compete with their homemade kites in the steadiest, highest angle, strongest pulling, most unusual, smallest, and largest events. The contest includes youth (up to 16 yrs old) and adult (16 yrs or older) categories and a 50-yard dash for kids between 7 and 12 years of age. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Don’t have a kite? Come make a kite at our on field kite workshop. All materials are supplied and the kite is guaranteed to fly.

You don’t have to fly a kite to enjoy the festival. Many come just to enjoy the magical view. Delicious foods, moonwalks, face painting, rock wall climbing, games and contests for the kids will be offered all afternoon.

Kite flying demonstrations by professional kite flyers will be presented throughout the day. Kites choreographed to music will dance singly and in groups. Kite battles, Kite buggies, kite skateboards and huge 40, 50 and 90 foot kites will be displayed on all day.

Come hungry! Delicious foods of all kinds will be prepared fresh at the event. Through concessions sales, The Exchange Club of Austin raises funds to break the cycle of child abuse. Funds generated go to local organizations such as the Rainbow Room, Family Connections and the Pebble Project that are dedicated to helping central Texas kids lead safe and happy lives.

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City of Austin’s 6th Bi-Annual Green Garden Festival–See you there!

Posted on February 16, 2011. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Energy/Being GREEN, -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized, -- Volunteering, Conservation, Texas | Tags: , , |

I’ll be volunteering for the City of Austin’s Green Garden Festival, and I hope to see you there. Check out the information below for some details about what is planned. And yes, it is FREE!! You’ll find talks and tips to help you create and maintain a yard that is attractive, cost-saving AND earth-friendly. The festival will feature a fun, hands-on Kids’ Corner so don’t forget the kidos.

Enjoy a fun day in the park for adults and kids while learning how to have a beautiful yard and a clean environment.

Sunday, February 27, 2011
12:00-4:00 PM
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
Arrive in cleaner greener style!  If you carpool, bus, bike or walk to the fest, visit the Commute Solutions table for a thank you gift.

Cost: Free!
Bike Tour: 11:00 am Green Garden Bike Tour Click Here to Register
Bus Routes: Route 30 serves Zilker and Routes 21/22 drop near Deep Eddy. Visit the Capitol Metro Trip Planner and Map Your Route!
Parking for Cars: At the polo fields across the street from the Zilker Botanical Garden. (In case of rain, alternative parking and shuttles will be available.) Bicycle and special needs parking will be available in the Zilker Botanical Gardens parking lot.

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Posted on January 31, 2009. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- On MY Calendar | Tags: , , , |

By Molly Greaves


Always thought you were the best “speller” in your class, or even in all of Texas?!   Now you can put yourself to the test! Yippee!!

See below for information for the 6th Annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee. This is put on by the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. 




Thursday, April 9th, 2009

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM 

Location: Austin Music Hall
208 Nueces Street
Austin, TX 78701

A uniquely funky Austin event, the Spelling Bee not only supports an important cause, but has also gained a reputation for being an uproariously fun event. The 2009 edition is our 6th Annual Spelling Bee, and is sure to entertain both spellers and observers alike!

 Join us for Lunch and Laughs!


Tickets for the 2009 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee are $50 per person ($25 non-profit rate) for lunch and spelling lunacy! 

$500 for a Bee Hive Table (table for 10)!  Click here to go to their site!  OR call 512-320-4505
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Ben Bernanke is Coming To Austin. Excellent Choice Chamber of Commerce, THANKS!

Posted on October 2, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

By Molly Greaves

I’m a member of ABTA, which is the Austin Business Travelers Association, and those lucky folks recently had Alan Greenspan speak at one of their BIG conferences in California.  How cool is that. I wish I could have made it like many Austinites did, that would have been awesome. I would have been sure to try and ask him a question, on the economy of course, even though I have a bunch of other things to ask since I’ve followed the man for years.

Lucky for me, I get to see Ben Bernanke this December right here in my own backyard, Austin. The Chamber of Commerce is having him as a guest speaker and I am so excited. What better time than to have him here and drill him like no other. I am curious to hear his take on housing in particular, and eager to see whether or not he will comment on the interest rates dropping/rising in the future–near and distant. I also wonder how much of a macro level he will speak on. 

Whether you like the guy or not, if you’re able to make the event I sure would try to come. He sure is a market mover, and you know his information is valuable to your everyday life, so it’s worth keeping an ear open if can spare the time. Click here for more details. 

Hope to see you there!

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Twin Cities Marathon, The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: -- On MY Calendar, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Pictures | Tags: , , , , , |

By Molly Greaves

“Twin Cities Marathon, The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America,” at least according to http://www.mtcmarathon.org/, where I went to learn more about the marathon that I’m going to in a few weeks.

Boy oh boy am I looking forward to getting up to Minnesota. I’m from Vermont originally, been living in Texas for about 3 1/2 years and don’t miss the cold weather for anything. In fact, just today I was thinking about how much I love the Texas sun and even the Texas heat, so luckily I’ll be getting up there right before the snow starts to fly. 

Anyway, I’m going to Minnesota for the first time in my life on this trip. This will be my 34th state I’ll have visited. I want to see all 50. I’m only 26 so I think it can be done quite easily, although there are many other places I want to see around the world as well. Regardless, I’m thrilled to visit the Twin Cities because I just love to visit new places, and enjoy visiting capital cities especially. I can’t wait to check out the state capital building itself; I bet it’s impressive. So far I’ve decided that if I have extra time beyond visiting the capital, I’m also going to go to the aquarium and run by Mall of America (just to go even if just for 5 minutes since I’m not too much of a mall-goer). Never thought for a million bucks I’d ever go to Mall of America, but I actually think it might be cool.

Check out this picture of inside the Mall of America. Wild I tell ya!

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Setting Goals and Real Estate for example

Posted on August 10, 2008. Filed under: -- Building Wealth, -- Entrepreneurship And YOU, -- For The Investor In YOU, -- On MY Calendar, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Pictures | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By Molly Greaves

Setting goals: 

I do best if I put myself on a deadline, so I’ve decided to set up some goals for my real estate efforts. To be sure you set goals that can work for you, make sure they are:

-Clear and defined

– Reachable

-Time defined (set deadlines)

-Measurable to determine success

-Have identifiable action steps

– Tell others about your goals to help keep you in alignment with what you’re trying to achieve.

So, for example, here is what I said…

I want to add an extra 10k/month to my annual income.  I’m going to do this by creating a long-term income stream that will pay me residuals. So, I’m going to buy investment properties and aquire rental properties which will yield that level of income.

I’m also working on a mortgage pool, which will offer somewhere around 13%-15% interest, and be backed by a first lien position on real estate. If you know of any investors that might be interested, please let me know; they’ll love you for it, and I’ll handsomely reward you for your efforts. 

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Trump Institute for Real Estate: Austin’s newest “class!!” Check Us Out!

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Building Wealth, -- On MY Calendar, -- Real Estate Guide For Today's Market, -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To | Tags: , , , , , , , |


By Molly Malone

What a great bunch of people I was able to spend this opportunity with.  And what a great opportunity at that. I’m fortunate to be able to see many of these folks again soon since we have all committed to more classes, which we are all very much looking forward to.

What a diverse group of people as well!  Our group consisted of a retired doctor, a high school math teacher, successful entrepreneurs, husbands and wives, realtor, commercial developers, engineers and marketing professionals to name a few. One thing’s for sure though, we all had a few things in common: motivation, common sense and the desire to build wealth…and we will, I’m sure of it. =)

Thanks for checking out my blog!

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Today’s City Hall Meeting: My Topic 2 of 3–Credit Reports

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To, . More Resources For YOU! | Tags: , , , |

By Molly Malone

Hopefully you read and liked topic #1.  Topic number 2 was on Credit Reports.

Here’s a summary: 

It’s no doubt that most people, even some of us in Central Texas, are feeling the effects of the economy. Some blame the financial institutes, some blame Ben Bernanke, and some blame Bush. Regardless of who it is, everyone’s got someone to blame but themselves.

I see what’s going on as a huge problem, but one that can be solved at the ROOT CAUSE, which can get started right here in Austin, by making sure our residents are as prepared and educated about their credit scores as they are for hurricanes and fire evacuations. I’m being dead serious.

I truly believe that it is IMPERATIVE for people (everyone) to know their score. It’s the single bit of advice that can have the BIGGEST impact on turning around someone’s financial situation. You have to know your FICO score. Every decision you make for the rest of your life revolves around and is linked to your score. It’s like a siamese-twin you can’t escape.

We are all entiteld to a free credit REPORT annually from freecreditreport.com but what good is a report without a score? That’s where big business comes in and starts charging the consumer for things we sort of should already be entitled to. I believe that’s where the city can step in. 

I truly believe that the city is capable of negotiating very reduced rates for it’s citizens and should launch a “Know Your Score” campaign or something just to get people charged up. Nationally, we’ve got January, which is National Braille Literacy Month, National Hobby Month and Hot Tea Month. Then February, which has Black History Month, followed by March with Women’s History Month History, so why not have a “Know Your Score” month in April, even just in Austin?

History is said to repeat itself and if people get their scores today, hopefully they change the way things happen tomorrow. 

I also added how the city has all sorts of programs and classes that they already offer the public, and stressed the value-add for something like this. I’m talking about digging deep and tracking progress, running comparative numbers, etc. I want to make that number as tangible as possible. I would volunteer if they needed help, hell yea. People would leave the class standing a little taller, probably seeing more light at the end of the tunnel, but also leave having the power and the tools to improve their score, ultimately having the power to change their own lives and their purchasing power.  All of which is good news for them and the City of Austin.

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