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New Fox Drama Spotlights Austin,

A new Fox TV drama starring Rob Lowe is set in Austin. But, the big question is: Will we be spotting Rob Lowe out and about when he’s not shooting scenes?  The short and sad answer is no.  The series, 9-1-1 Lone Star, is scheduled for a two-night premiere in January.
Although the show takes place in the Capital City the show will be filmed in Los Angeles rather than Austin.  It always stings to see a show set in Austin film elsewhere, especially with all Austin has to offer, including a talented crew base, facilities, vendors, and diverse locations,” Brian Gannon, director of the Austin Film Commission, tells CultureMap.  
Over the years, a number of TV and film productions have been shot in and around Central Texas, including Dazed and Confused, Friday Night Lights, Miss Congeniality, Office Space, Spy Kids, Temple Grandin, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, True Grit, Varsity Blues, and Walker, Texas Ranger.  Every year, the creative sector — including TV and film productions — pumps billions of dollars into the area’s economy.
9-1-1 Lone Star, a spinoff of Fox’s top-rated drama, 9-1-1, follows a “sophisticated” New York cop, played by Lowe, who relocates to Austin with his son. Lowe’s character, the announcement says, “must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.”

4 Ways to Stay Cyber Safe When Traveling for Business or Pleasure

Whether traveling domestically or internationally, for business or for pleasure, your online identity is at risk.  

Business and government executives are especially vulnerable because they bring connected devices loaded with sensitive information, providing a window into an organization’s top secrets. They also travel internationally, which exposes their data to further risk. 

However, any tourist can be a target for hackers. They travel with fewer cyber defenses and can have their personal information stolen and inadvertently provide hackers with access to additional data, systems and networks.

Even with the security risks, travel is an inescapable part of life. Here are proactive steps you can take.

1.Exercise good cyber hygiene before departure – One of the first actions to take is to keep your device operating systems up to date. Outdated systems might miss important security patches that could protect hardware and personal information.  Make sure to change passwords before and after traveling as well as selecting complex words or phrases that are hard to guess. A strong password should be over 12 characters, with upper and lower case letters, include numbers and symbols and not be the same as any other passwords you use. Setting up two-factor authentication is another step that adds an extra layer of protection from hackers.

2.Think twice before posting on social media- There’s more than one way to overshare on social media. You can accidentally reveal your exact location using GPS-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets that have apps using “Location Services.”

Once you post something about your business trip or vacation on social media you’re handing over information to a third party. As soon as you do that, you have little control, if any, over how they use that information. Travelers should wait until a!er their trip to post photos, videos or other information that malicious actors might find valuable.

3.Reduce access points to devices- Anyone who has to use public Wi-Fi systems, whether it be waiting for a flight or for a meeting in a hotel lobby, should invest in a Virtual Private Network. A VPN secures your data on the network so malicious actors can’t see your activities.

In that same vein, disable automatic connection to Wi-Fi networks on your devices to prevent joining public Wi-Fi networks without notification. You should only use public, no password required Wi-Fi as a last resort.

It is also worth noting that international cellular data plans do not offer any additional protections. When traveling abroad, treat cellular networks as untrusted and conduct business on them accordingly. Travelers should also turn on their Bluetooth when not in use, as hackers can connect to a device and quickly download user data through this connection, access personal information and send messages or join infected networks.

 4.Take only what you need- The fewer devices you have with you during your travels, the lower the risk of someone physically or logically accessing your data. If on personal travel, leave your work devices at home. If you can manage your work travel without your laptop, try to do so.In the world of cybersecurity, sensitive information is more valuable than money. Travelers need to treat data and connectivity with extreme caution.

August 21 is Senior Citizens Day  #SeniorCitizensDay

On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day.

Each year there are various events and activities held across the United States in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day. This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements. Their valuable contributions to our communities create better places to live. Take time today to spend with seniors you know, listen to their stories of wisdom and gain from their hard-earned knowledge.

August 26 is National Dog Day  #NationalDogDay

We love our dogs and they love us. For that, we’re eternally grateful. National Dog Day honors this most loyal and adorable creature. After all, we have a long history together. The dog’s evolution into man’s best friend goes back at least 14,000 years (and probably longer), when they split from wolves to become more lovable, domesticated animals. Since then, the bond between people and dogs has transcended time and culture to become an integral part of humanity itself. We would have it no other way. One thing’s for sure — we’re so glad that people and pooches joined forces all those years ago. So on August 26, gaze upon the cute dog videos flooding social media because it’s time to celebrate man’s best (and oldest) friend!

August 31 is International Bacon Day  #BaconDay

The day should be celebrated by eating bacon! The creators of the day suggest eating bacon waffles with a side of bacon for breakfast, eating BLTs with a side of bacon for lunch, and tasting various types of bacon recipes for dinner, perhaps by cooking them on the grill. They encourage everyone to celebrate the day, mentioning that vegetarians can eat soy bacon, while those who don’t eat pork on religious grounds can eat turkey bacon. They also suggest the watching Kevin Bacon movies, and movies where pigs get the lead roles, such as Babe.  Bacon-themed parties have become an important part of the day, and have been held all around the world. Celebrate by hosting your own bacon party, or attend someone else’s. Make a bacon dish or appetizer for other guests to try

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Austin Deemed One Of America’s Best Summer Travel Destinations For 2019

It’s hot outside, the kids are getting restless, and you haven’t figured out where to go on family vacation this summer. If that’s your current predicament, or will be in the coming weeks, consider this: just stay home.

A new study from personal finance website WalletHub ranked the best summer destinations in the U.S., and the Austin-Round Rock area lands in the No. 2 spot.

Austin ranks well across the six major categories: travel costs and hassles (No. 11), attractions (No. 11), activities (No. 17), weather (No. 21), local costs (No. 28), and safety (No. 31).

Not feeling an Austin staycation? These other Texas metros could be an alternative.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranks No. 5 overall, faring best in travel costs and hassles (No. 6), local costs (No. 17), and attractions (No. 22). 

Even closer to home, San Antonio-New Braunfels ranks No. 12 overall.  Alamo City does best in local costs (No. 7), attractions (No. 19), and travels costs and hassles (No. 23).

A surprising entry, El Paso ranks No. 18 overall, with strong showings in local costs (No. 3), weather (No. 10), and safety (No. 23). Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land immediately follows at No. 19 and performs best in travel costs and hassles (No. 8), attractions (No. 16), and activities (No. 32).

The No. 1 summer destination title goes to Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida. On the other end of the spectrum, the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California, metro area places in the unenviable, dead-last spot.


Free Doughnuts on National Doughnut Day, June 7th

National Doughnut Day is June 7th
June 7th Is National Doughnut Day

Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day.  This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate the spirit of charity that gave rise to this holiday by volunteering for the local Salvation Army chapter or another non-profit organization that works with the armed forces.
  • Visit your local doughnut store to treat yourself to some of these delicious snacks. Many doughnut stores around the world offer free doughnuts to celebrate Doughnut Day.
  • Make doughnuts at home and share them with family, friends, and co-workers.



 Fried Dough

A doughnut is a ring-shaped sweet snack made of fried dough and is usually rolled in sugar or topped or glazed with icing. Doughnuts can also be filled with jam, custard, or cream.

Did You Know…

…that food historians believe that the doughnut came to the United States via Dutch immigrants in the 19th century?


Where to Get Free Doughnuts on National Donut Day
Dunkin’ Donuts
Receive a free classic doughnut of your choice with any beverage purchase. Classic doughnuts included in the special are Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate, Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles and more.
Krispy Kreme
Get any doughnut free. The company is hoping to give away 1 million doughnuts for free. If the company reaches its goal, it will announce an additional giveaway in June.
Shipley Do-Nuts
So far, there haven’t been any announcements, but the company has offered deals in years past.
Stop by the bakery section for one free doughnut. The company is hoping to give away 1.2 million doughnuts.
All offers are based on participating locations. It’s best to call and check if your local retailer is participating before heading to that location.
Here are six fun facts about the fried delicacy:


*Americans spent $230 million on doughnuts last year Doughnut sales are on a roll, and according to Square, Inc., nearly 100 million were sold in the U.S. in 2017. Americans spent 37% more on doughnuts last year over the previous year, and National Doughnut Day 2017 sales soared 76% from an average Friday. 

*People in California love donuts the most The Golden State has sweet taste, and leads the charge with the most doughnuts sold, with Texas, Virginia, Missouri and New York following closely behind. In Huntington Park, Calif., there are 42 doughnut shops in just three square miles. In total, according to Statista, more than 192 million people in the United States ate doughnuts last year.

*There’s a single donut that costs $30 That’s what you’d pay for the Bacon Big Mouth donut at Hurts Donuts in Springfield, Mo., which could get you about 30 donuts in most other places. The average price of a single doughnut across the nation is $1.70, and the cheapest doughnuts are just 50 cents apiece at DeNovo Coffee in Spring, Texas.

*The most popular donut among Americans is the raised doughnut Made from a yeast-based dough, raised doughnuts get their name because they tend to be lighter than the denser, cake batter-based variety. After the traditional raised doughnut, Bacon Bars, Cake Donuts, Apple Fritters, Cinnamon Crumb, Glazed, Twist and Maple Bar varieties round out the top 8 most popular doughnuts in Square’s survey. 

*The most bizarre doughnut out there is called the Evil Elvis Hypnotic Donuts in Dallas, Texas sells what they call the “Evil Elvis,” a yeast raised donut with peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey. The next “strangest” flavor, according to Square’s list, is a Cotton Candy doughnut from Donut Crazy. The raised yeast shell is filled with cotton candy buttercream, rolled in cotton candy crunch, and topped with cotton candy buttercream, strawberry drizzle, blue and pink doughnut sugar and a sour rainbow belt candy.

*People are naming their babies Donut According to BabyCenter, the name Donut is number 6,753 on the list of popular boy names in the United States, up more than 11,000 from last year; and for girls, it’s the 5,681 most popular name in 2018. How sweet?  


Summer Treats for Your Best Friend

Is there anything that makes a dog more excited than getting to chow down on a delicious frozen treat? You already know how many times they’ve tried to steal your ice cream cone, which is why these healthy snacks are the perfect bite for them all summer long.

Coconut-Peanut Butter Print Treats


  • 1 c. unrefined coconut oil, plus more for the bottom of each treat 
  • 1 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Heat up a small amount of coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl until it becomes a liquid, and pour to fill the bottom of the paw-print molds or ice cube tray. Freeze until hardened. 
  2. Combine cup of coconut oil, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Microwave until liquid, and stir well.
  3. Pour the mixture into each mold or ice cube tray, and freeze until hardened before serving to your pet

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Bites


  • 2 c. strawberries 
  • 1½ bananas, sliced 
  • 1½ c. plain yogurt 
  • ¼ c. skim milk 
  • 3 tbsp. honey 
  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a blender on medium speed. Blend for about two minutes.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bone-shaped silicone baking mold or an ice cube tray, and freeze for at least four hours before serving to your pet.


Texas Tee Time

Don’t get lost in the sand traps!  Use this golfing guide to find where to experience an exciting round of golf while enjoying the outdoor beauty of Texas.  The locations included are private, semi-private and public courses.  Call or check each website to ask about hours of operation, special event closures, available tee times and membership.

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Austin Ranks Number Two On ‘Best Places People Are Moving To Annual List’ – US News


According to a recent list by U.S. News and World Report, Austin is the city with the second-highest net migration between the years 2010 and 2014. In compiling the list U.S. News looked at census data for the 100 largest metro areas in the nation and the difference between the number of people who moved to and from a given city. Austin also ranked No. 2 on the media company’s “Best Places to Live in 2016” list.

Austin isn’t alone in representing the state of Texas on the list, however. Houston and San Antonio both made the top 10, while Dallas was ranked among the top 20 cities.

Austin’s metro area now accounts for more than 1.8 million residents and as has been noted with more than 100 people a day moving to the area Austin and the surrounding area are expected to continue seeing exponential growth. The average home price in the Austin area is now $240,000 and as inventory continues to increase across Austin we expect home sales to continue their strong growth through the Fall and Winter into 2017.

So which city has a higher net migration rate than Austin’s 8.86 percent? Fort Myers, Florida, it turns out, is filled with people who aren’t from there. The city has experienced nearly 9.4 percent population growth from net migration between 2010 and 2014 and is a popular spot for retirees. With a population of less than half that of Austin’s, however, the city’s growth is occurring on a smaller scale.