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Winter weather calls for indoor fun at Austin museums

The weather’s getting colder! Although Austin is renowned for its outdoor activities, there are still plenty to ways to stay warm while out on the town. For instance, Austin is home to a number of museums with collections of national and local historical significance. Below, we’ve showcased a handful of the fun and unique museums in Austin.

Austin Children’s Museum
The Austin Children’s Museum has several play areas designed for fun and learning, such as the Funstruction Zone and the Tinkerer’s Workshop. Several different group visits can be arranged, from student field trips to birthday parties and sleepovers. The Austin Children’s Museum also offers volunteer and community outreach programs.

The Blanton Museum of Art
Located at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), the Blanton Museum of Art has over 17,000 art pieces from the last 600 years. The collection is composed of art from Western Europe and Latin America, as well as some local works. As a part of UT, the museum prides itself as an educational resource for students of all ages.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Feast your eyes and ears on some Lone Star knowledge at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The museum features three floors of exhibits, each dedicated to a specific portion of Texas history. Alternatively, you could watch a movie in Austin’s sole IMAX Theatre or take part in a Texas-themed educational program.

Texas Memorial Museum
If science is more of your thing, the Texas Memorial Museum is sure to please. Visitors can view exhibits of geology, paleontology and wildlife found in Texas, as well as an exhibit on evolution. The museum is a development of the Texas Natural Science Center, which serves as a hub for UT students to conduct research on both vertebrate and non-vertebrate paleontology.

These are merely a handful of the many museums found in the Austin. To find more museums in Austin, visit visit

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Austin Accolades: More reasons to love Austin

The praise keeps pouring in! Over the past few months, Austin has continued to appear in local and national publications, topping "Best Of" lists in a variety of categories. Below we've outlined some of the latest accolades Austin has received.

  • American City Business Journals ranked Austin the number one city for young adults to start a career, citing its young population, high job growth and low unemployment rate of recent graduates.
  • Forbes ranked Austin as the city with the most potential for growth during the next decade. Also called a "boom town," Austin was expected to add 6,000 residents to its population during the summer of 2011.
  • According to CNNMoney, Austin is one of the top cities for business in the world, due to its smart labor, solid infrastructure and potential customer base. The biggest and fastest growing industry in the city is computer technology, as it is home to such companies as Dell, Intel and Cisco.
  • The Austin American-Statesman mentioned that Austin has the best economy in the nation. The article cited Austin's strong housing market as one of the biggest factors in keeping the Texas Capital in good economic condition.
  • The Brookings Institution cited Austin as a green job generator. Green jobs include developers of solar panels, wind turbines and mass transit. As of July 2011, Austin had 14,554 green jobs with a median pay of $40,441.

 You can expect Austin to receive more awards and praise as the year continues. To keep up with the latest Austin accolades, visit the Austin/Central Texas news section here at

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Central Texas wildfires impact Austin area residents

Drawing national attention, Central Texas continues to battle a relentless outbreak of wildfires, including the Bastrop County fire, which has already consumed more homes than any single fire in Texas history. Residents living in Bastrop, Leander, the Steiner Ranch community and many other areas across Central Texas have been affected, with at least 34,000 acres of land lost to the fires and more than 4,000 residents being forced to evacuate their homes.

Residents facing evacuation
As fires continue to burn throughout Central Texas, containment efforts continue. If your neighborhood is ordered to evacuate due to the wildfires, be prepared to bring food, fresh water, extra clothes, phone chargers and other important items with you as you follow the evacuation route set by authorities.

Home buyers and sellers
This morning, Judith Bundschuh, Chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, spoke with KVUE News about the wildfire outbreak. Bundschuh recommended that homeowners and potential buyers contact their lender and insurance provider to get a sense of how the disaster affects their situation. Bundschuh also mentioned that those in the home search process may face limited access to some neighborhoods.

Those looking to help
Your Central Texas REALTORS® have been lending a helping hand since the onset of this disaster, collecting donations to help those who have been displaced by the wildfires. For more information on donations and drop-off locations in the Austin area, visit the Disaster Relief page here at

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Austin’s greatness is no secret
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Well, the secret's out. And it's been out for a while, we suppose. Local and national headlines that have included so many Austin accolades over the past months and years have only confirmed what Central Texans have known for quite some time: Austin is a great place to live! Below, we've outlined some of the latest recognition Austin has received.

  • Forbes recently ranked the Austin metropolitan area as the No. 1 big city for jobs in the United States. On the same note, listed Austin as the second best city to find a job on 2011, due in part to its low cost of living, thriving educational community and diverse talent pool.
  • The Austin Business Journal placed Austin as the nation's leader for small business vitality, comparing population, employment and small-business growth to 100 other large metro areas.
  • The Washington Post recently published and article highlighting Austin's unique culture. The author recounts his story of a weekend spent in Austin, reaffirming his belief that the Keep Austin Weird slogan still rings true today.
  • The research firm Sperling's BestPlaces placed Austin as the No. 5 city "poised on the edge of greatness." The study highlights a city's accomplishments in fields such as sports, art, culture, music and population growth.
  • The Business Journals reported that Austin had the fifth highest average salary in the southern region of the U.S., with employees earning an average of $45,180 according to data from 2009.
  • In a survey published by RealAge, Austin was ranked as the third youngest city in America. This survey was based on "how old your body thinks you are," highlighting Austin's health-conscious culture and young-at-heart attitude.

You can expect to see even more praise for the Texas state capital as 2011 moves forward. To keep up with the latest Austin accolades, visit the Austin/Central Texas news section of

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