Georgetown, Texas – Good place for hikers and bikers

I love riding my bike.  Ever since I got out of the Army, I retired from running and decided to take up sports that had less impact on the joints:  Swimming and Biking.

Over the past year, I could only squeeze in 1 day per week to exercise and I used that for swimming.  Now, I’m working my way up to two days and biking is back in the routine.  The thing I love about Georgetown is that there are trails for every skill level.  I can easily veer off the trail, if I’m feeling adventuresome, and find some challenging, rocky course that will usually end with me getting a bit scratched up and my wife giving me that “you are one clumsy fool” look.

Here’s an article below that my friend John wrote for me about the growing hike and bike trails in Georgetown.  After you finish reading about the trail in this article, call me up if you want to experience it in real life and we’ll hit the trails together!

– Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward

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4 Blocks from Historic Georgetown Texas: 404 East 8th Street


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4Br/2Ba/2Living/Bonus Building in Backyard (Scroll map to the right to see location of home)

Live Music, Market Days, Christmas Strolls, the list goes on and on….it’s what makes Historic Downtown Georgetown the heart of this city and why people from all over the world fall in love with the city of Georgetown, Texas.

However, the real “magic” of downtown Georgetown isn’t just the “special events,” it’s the unique lifestyle it offers for those who live, work and play here. Now, here’s your chance to be less than 4 blocks from “the square” and own a piece of history on 404 East 8th Street.

The Numbers:

This home is being GIVEN AWAY at $200,000 by the current owners! It’s approximately 2000 SF and that doesn’t include the bonus room that the current owners built in the backyard. If you do a little preliminary analysis, you’ll notice that $100/SF in this part of town, with this type of proximity to the square, is amazing. When the real estate market was appreciating in recent years, the part of town that experienced one of the highest percent gains was downtown Georgetown. It’s not unusual to see these older homes sell upwards of $130/sf to $150/sf.

The Delimma:

So why isn’t this sold? Currently the owners have some college students living in the home and paying rent. If you’ve been a college student before (or have college-aged kids) you know that housekeeping isn’t something they normally choose to major in. When I was at the University of Rochester my priorities were: Fulfilling my ROTC obligations, serving my college fellowship, squeaking by in school and hanging out with my future wife Autumn. Not necessarily in that order. I worried more about how I would get my next chicken wing fix, then I would about cleaning up the place. Fortunately, God blessed me with Josue Padilla, quite possibly the cleanest Puerto Rican man on earth!

The bottom line, staged homes help sell homes quicker. Messy college-boy homes take a bit longer. The other difficulty is finding a buyer who is willing to move in after the current lease is up sometime in May of 2010.

However, if you’re an investor, this is a dream. These types of homes are rarely vacant because college boys just rotate through them pretty automatically. Hold on to the home and sell it when the market peaks.

If you want to take advantage of the tax credits and interest rates, now is the perfect opportunity to snatch this up even if you are an owner-occupant.

12/21 Update: If you’re an investor looking to capitalize on the college rental market here’s a tip. Don’t just get a home with proximity to Southwestern University. Get one that is also close to the square. That way you can attract the college crowd and also have maximum potential for appreciation on your home due to the rare location. As of this date, this is the ONLY home on the market that is in the prime location I just described. There are maybe 4-5 other rental homes close to the University, but they are all about 1/2 – 1 mile from the square and are mostly located across a major street (University Avenue).

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Mel’s Lone Star Lanes: Comfy chairs, sports bar and shuffle board…at a bowling alley?

Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown Texas

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Yeah, not your typical bowling alley, Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Texas is probably the nicest bowling alley I’ve ever been too.  And I’ve been to a lot!

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I went here last week to spend some family time and we had a blast.  We took along our friend Claire and we paid for an hours worth of bowling.  If I had to do it over again, I might have chosen to just pay per game since we took so long to bowl with 4 kids!  Anyway, keep that in mind when you come here:  Paying hourly is great if you’re going to be bowling some quick games, but if you have the kiddos, you might want to opt for the pay-per-game option. They have a large selection of balls so your 5 year old won’t be stuck with a 12 pounder, and the shoes here are all pretty new since this place just opened.  I brought my own shoes though, since I’m cool.

Unlike many old-school bowling alleys, you don’t have to stick some cumbersome object into the lanes, but rather the rampbumpers come out automatically depending on how you set up the system.  This is nice, because you can have an adult bowl, without the bumpers, and then right before a small child bowls, the bumpers can automatically extend outward. They also give you this ramp that the kids can just stick the ball on and push it down into the alley. This helps the kids get better results and is much more productive then watching a 6 lb. bowling ball slowly (and painfully) creep down the alley until it stops in the middle and you have to call a service guy to fetch it.  Go for the ramp, that way your 18 month old can bowl, like my daughter Sabrina in the picture:)

Another nice feature here is the service.  You can order your food/drinks without having to stand in line.  Just push the service button and a waiter comes out and takes your order.  Every time we come here, we usually get the sweet potato fries.  They come out hot and tasty!  They have the usual bowling alley fare:  pizza, sandwiches and salads and some other stuff.

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After our game, we walked through the sports bar, CJ’sgirls, and played a game of shuffleboard.  They have two shuffleboard tables and some pool tables too.  They also have an arcade on the other side of the bowling alley for the kiddos.  I like bowling at CJ’s because they’ve replaced the hard bowling alley seats, that we’re all used to, and instead there are some nice couches!  If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a bowling alley in your home, this is it!  There are also more big screen flat panel TV’s in this bowling alley then Circuit City!  How relaxing is it to watch TV, check on your bowling score and munch on your sweet potato fries all from the same spot?

If you’re looking for something to do in the city of Georgetown, Texas, check out Mel’s Lone Star Lanes and put down those nunchuck controllers from your Nintendo Wii bowling game.  The crashing sound of the bowling ball with the pins just doesn’t sound the same from your television!  Speaking of video games, sometimes we take the kids here just for the arcade to kill some time:)  This place is clean and it’s never really been too crowded when we come here.  tvsCheck it out for yourself and let me know what your experience is!  I love reader interaction on this blog so please comment below!

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Move over Nappa Valley, here comes the Hill Country

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Well, looks like the city of Georgetown, Texas is doing it again:  making headlines as one of the premier retirement spots in the country.

We’ve already been named to the top 10 retirement spots for golf nuts.  The top 12 places to buy an old house, the #2 place to start a business and the best overall place to retire in the nation!

This time we’re being recognized by US News and Reports as one of 10 Great Places to Retire for Wine Lovers.

That’s nice to know, since it really has been over the past 2 years when Autumn and I decided to explore wine tasting and we’ve found out that we’re in the perfect place for it!  If we (she) hadn’t been pregnant for the past 5 years, we might have been doing this sooner:)   Here is a list of wineries in the greater Georgetown area:

Georgetown Winery

Vineyard at Florence

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(Click here for more details on Wineries in Georgetown, Texas)  And here is a list of 34 more wineries in Central Texas.  Georgetown, TX is a great place for wine lovers, offering affordable flavor_wayout_cmykjpghousing, a relatively dry climate and proximity to all of the big city conveniences without having to BE a big city.  Just this past weekend, I took my family to the Georgetown Historic square and listened to some live Jazz music and sampled some local fruit wines made right here in Georgetown at the Georgetown Winery.  I didn’t have to struggle to find parking and while my kids were playing tag by the courthouse with a bunch of other kids, it felt good to know I was in a small, friendly place like Georgetown.

Check out the full article below:

10 Great Places to Retire for Wine Lovers
Wine country can be a beautiful and affordable retirement

By Emily Brandon

Posted May 26, 2009
It all starts with grapes, of course. Fields of them that stretch beyond your line of sight. And when these tiny bits of fruit are baked in the sun just right and then fermented under the correct conditions, they taste exactly like the ideal retirement. One person who discovered his retirement dream in a bottle of wine is Chuck Johnson. A former vice president for a transportation company in Omaha, Johnson, 47, retired from the corporate world and bought a 10 ½-acre farm in Yadkin Valley, North Carolina’s wine country. Now Johnson, his wife, Jamey, and their two teenage sons tend vines and mow grass at Shadow Springs Vineyard. In a brick-and-stone tasting room, they chat about their latest creation, a bold red wine blend infused with dark chocolate called Dark Shadow.

But like many jobs, planting a vineyard as a retirement career also casts a shadow, and not a chocolate-flavored one. “For a guy coming from the corporate life with hundreds of people working for him, having to do everything is a really daunting task,” says Johnson. “I’m working 70 hours a week, seven days a week. At 3 a.m., before I open, I am trying to program the cash register.” There’s a lot more to retiring in wine country than just watching grapes grow.

U.S. News asked a handful of wine experts how wine lovers should decide where to retire. (You can make a personalized list of best places to retire using this search tool.) “If you are a real wine lover and you know a lot about wine, California offers the most intellectual stimulation in terms of the number of different and magnificent wines you can taste,” says Karen MacNeil, director of the wine program at the Culinary Institute of America and author of The Wine Bible. In California’s wine powerhouses, Napa and Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, you can sip a glass of world-class locally grown wine with every meal. But that luxury comes with an exceptional price tag that could keep fixed-income retirees out of the area.

grape113120847jpgLuckily, many other wine-producing regions in the United States offer exceptional beauty and a low-key lifestyle coupled with a much more affordable cost of living. Ithaca, N.Y., and Jefferson City, Mo., both have median home prices below $200,000 while surrounded by gorgeous farmland. “You could probably do well financially if you retire there because it’s not that glitzy yet,” says Mary Ewing-Mulligan, president of the International Wine Center and coauthor of Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine, about the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York “I just tasted a whole lot of Finger Lakes Rieslings, and the wines are very exciting.”

The remoteness of many vineyards is both a perk and a drawback. It can be useful for retirees to maintain at least some proximity to a city for medical care, access to airports for travel, or even to enjoy the bright lights and amenities on occasion. “It gets pretty wearing if you have to drive down an unbelievably mountainous road to get a quart of milk,” says MacNeil. “You may not want to be so far from civilization.” One winemaking region that offers a nice mix of proximity to a major city and plenty of lush vineyards and farmland is Leesburg, Va., which is about an hour’s drive from Washington. Austin suburb Georgetown is also close to the 24 wineries of the Texas Hill Country without being too remote. Bill Mateja, a retired director of consumer affairs for Montgomery Ward, and his wife, Susan, moved from West Palm Beach, Fla., to the Sun City Texas retirement community in Georgetown four years ago. The couple get out to the Texas Hill Country about once a month for black bass fishing, antiquing, and tours of the region’s famous wineries. “We will go out to the Hill Country just to inhale the beauty of it,” he says.

Few rural areas can rival the stunning variety of wines that you can get in a big city. “The closer you get to any wine country, even Napa Valley, the less access you have to a very large range of wines,” cautions Claude Robbins, president of the International Wine Guild. “I would rather have access to wines from all over the world.” International wine-loving retirees may want to consider living in a big city near grape-growing regions such as Seattle or Portland, Ore., which provides access to wines made all over the world in addition to local masterpieces. For beer drinkers, both cities also have a thriving microbrewery industry.

If you do need or want to work during the retirement years, a part-time job in a wine shop or tasting room can be a great way to earn money, meet new people, and keep up with developments in the wine industry. “If you go to most wineries, you’re going to find a lot of retirees who are working in tasting rooms,” says Robert Richards, a Pennsylvania State University professor and author of the forthcoming book Wine Savvy: The Art of Buying, Pairing, and Sharing American Wine. “They like talking with people, and they’re very knowledgeable about wine.” Jan King, 69, a retiree in Grand Junction, Colo., works two days a week at the Plum Creek Winery tasting room. “Most of the fun is pouring the wine for visitors from all over the world, and during the quiet times we give tours of the wineries,” she says. King enjoys chatting with the visitors about the wine, local attractions, or even about the winery’s cat, Silvia. The paycheck gives her some extra spending money to eat out and travel. Working in a winery comes with another valuable perk in many parts of the country: discounts at other wineries and local businesses. “That’s how I buy most of my Christmas gifts,” says King.

If you can’t pick just one swath of wine country to put down your roots, you could spend your retirement traveling them all like Terry Sullivan, 58, a retired middle school teacher. He and his wife, Kathy, say they have visited 365 wineries all over the world, and they chronicle their adventures on their website, winetrailtraveler.com. The 2½-year-old website and blog bring in about $4,000 a year from advertisements, which helps subsidize the approximately 10 days a month the couple spend in various wine regions. “You meet people who care about other people at wineries,” says Terry. Plus, “the ambience of being out among the vines is really nice.”

Check out these 10 great places for wine lovers to retire.

Clemmons, N.C.
Georgetown, Texas
Grand Junction, Colo.
Ithaca, N.Y.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Leesburg, Va.
Napa, Calif.
Portland, Ore.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Seattle, WA

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Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown, Texas

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…”A festival that’s named after a flower?”  But, what a beautiful flower it is:

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Every year, the city of Georgetown Texas celebrates the introduction of the Spring season and along with it, all of the beautiful flowers of the Hill Country landscape.  Georgetown, just happens to be the Red Poppy Capital of Texas.  If you love flowers, that’s a good thing.  If you only like flowers because you can give them to your wife when she’s mad at you, it’s still a good thing.  The Red Poppy Festival has something for everyone:  Lots of live music and performances; food (time to get your Kettle Corn!); a car show (for you non-flower enthusiasts); and ofcourse a parade.

This festival definitely has the kiddos in mind with lots of free entertainment being offered from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  There will also be many local artists and crafts that will be showcased in the Red Poppy Marketplace.  If local art really appeals to you, check out the Williamson County Art Guild.  They have a Framers Gallery that starts the 1st Friday of every month and for the month of May, my friend Jason St. Peter will have his photography showcased.  Get a sneak preview of his gallery by clicking here!

Ok, let’s talk food and the discounts you can get.  Thanks to Marcy H. for providing this information:

Several Georgetown Restaurants will be offering dining specials to help kick off the Friday Night Concert.  Be on the lookout for the following Red Poppy Plates:

Applebee’s: 2 Can Dine for $20 (Includes 1 Appetizer and 2 Entrees.  Selection is limited.)
Chick-fil-A: 1 Free Red Poppy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake to all customers who ask.  Offer is limited to only 1 per customer.
County Seat Cafe: $19.99 Prime Rib Dinner
Dia Thai Cuisine: $15 Basil Seafood Combo Plate, $9 Dia Thai Wrap Plate, $9 Pad Woon Sen Plate
Georgetown Bar-B-Que: $7 Two Meat (sliced meat only) Plate
Georgetown Winery: $3.00 Glass of Red Poppy Passion Wine, $5.00 Margaritas
Monument Cafe: $15.95 Seafood Platter, $19.99 New York Strip Steak
Nonna’s Cucina: $9 Nolan Ryan Half Pound Burger with Fries
Pit BBQ: $7.99 Half BBQ Chicken Dinner with Drink
Smokey Mo’s: $8.75 Sandwich with Two Sides and a Large Drink
Tony and Luigi’s Italian Mediterranean Restaurant: All Entrees are Buy One, Get One for Half Price

Fore more information, check out the website for the Red Poppy Festival.

Ok, now for those of you who really just want to see the Red Poppy’s don’t worry, I won’t let you down.  Here’s a map downtown where you can catch them:

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~Your favorite HOMEboy, Edward

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Google Maps – Free Wifi in the city of Georgetown Texas

These days, I can just switch on the wifi on my HTC Touch Pro cell phone and connect my laptop anywhere. However, it’s not the fastest web browsing experience one can have…and I still like to know where all the free wifi spots are around town. After some brief intel collecting, here’s a map of the spots you can connect to without having to pay a dime. Starbucks, Wolf Ranch and McDonalds are out, they make you pay.


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So what about your findings? Anything I can add to this map?

Family Movie Night – The theology of “Wanted”

I love free things.

We have one of those Redbox kiosks at our local Walmart and if you sign up online you can actually get a text message every monday for a free movie!  So that’s sort of been my cheap family tradition that the kids look forward to every Monday.  They usually get a kid’s movie and then I rent one for myself.

This time, the kids got this frog cartoon movie and I got a movie called:  Wantedwanted_film_poster

“Wanted” is about a guy stuck in his boring account manager job and finds out that his true calling is to be an assassin.   So, naturally, he begins his “training” by getting the snot beat out of him until he can answer the question, “Why are you here?” He finally gets it right and says, “Because I don’t know who I am.” and that’s when he really gets serious about his training.  He needed to come to a place where who he was or thought he was really didn’t matter, as much as who he was destined to be:  A kick-butt assassin like his daddy!

I was learning in Sunday School this week that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree that God forbade them to eat, they suddenly were self-aware.  They realized they were naked, not just externally, but internally as well.  They lost their innocence and became focused on themselves.  Since then, the pattern has never changed.  The more aware of ourselves we are, the more that it’s “all about us” and the more selfish we become; the more we fall short of what God destines us to be. Like the old hymn, we need to “turn our eyes upon Jesus” and get them off ourselves.

Like graduating from a boring account manager position and into the exciting life of an assassin, we will never realize our true calling until we can answer the question, “Why are you here?” with an answer that speaks less of what we want out of life and more so of what God wants.  When we give up our right to ourselves and decide to wholeheartedly become  a follower of Jesus Christ we realize our true potential.  Why?  Because Jesus is the originator and giver of life.

He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. – John 1:2-4

It’s foolish to think we can live a full life, without the Originator of Life.  It’s time to graduate.
CLICK HERE to watch a preview of “Wanted”….I’m featured on it towards the end!

Georgetown Texas – Not just best for retirement…

…we’re also not too shabby for kids.

Texas Monthly magazine recently ranked the Creative Playscape in Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park as the best in state.  I asked my wife what she thought about it and, although she likes it, she mentioned that it was actually a little too big for our little kids and she would have a hard time keeping track of them.  Maybe a great place for the older kids…or mom’s who are a little more care-free.  Anyway, the Austin American Statesman wrote an article on it and I’ve included it below for your convenience:

Georgetown playscape ranked best in state
Texas Monthly magazine praises San Gabriel Park playscape.

By Bob Banta
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Thursday, July 17, 2008

GEORGETOWN — When Raoul Perez drove into Georgetown on an errand last week from his home in Marble Falls, he ran into an unexpected delay.

“My daughter, Adrianna, looked out of the car window and saw the playscape here and just had to stop and play on it,” Perez said as he pushed his 1-year-old son, Julian, on a swing while Adrianna, 7, explored the playscape’s maze of tunnels and towers.

Adrianna’s attraction to the 15-year-old Creative Playscape in Georgetown’s San Gabriel park is not unusual. Designed by architect Robert Leathers of Ithaca, N.Y., the facility was named favorite playground for children in the April issue of Texas Monthly magazine.

“With all the places to run and hide, no game of tag will ever be the same after your kids have played here,” said the article, compiled by a team of writers.

“I’ve seen buses of school kids from as far away as Salado,” said Kimberly Garrett, director of Georgetown’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We draw people from a 30-mile radius.”

The structure, built by volunteers in 1993 and funded with $140,000 in donations, consists of walkways, tunnels and elevated wooden bridges that are stained dark brown. Pagodas loom over the assembly of swings, firefighter poles and bouncing rope bridges.

The heavy plank walls of the tunnel and corridor system are decorated with carvings of ancient buildings and log cabins, and colored tiles painted by children line square posts at the entrance to the playscape. Shade from an oak tree gives it a shadowy, brooding, Harry Potter-like atmosphere.

It’s spooky enough to satisfy older kids but not scary enough to frighten toddlers.

“They love playing hide-and-seek and running through all the different structures,” said A.J. Green, who drove from Jarrell to let his two grandsons, ages 10 and 5, run off some energy. “We come here almost once a week.”

Longtime Georgetown resident Tom Swift, a staff secretary in the health and counseling services office of Southwestern University, managed the citizens committee that raised money and helped build the playscape. “Our priorities in building it were safety, engagement and beauty. We also wanted it to be accessible to everyone,” he said.

Swift said he knew they had been successful when the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy told him shortly after the playscape opened that the high-backed swings allowed her son to enjoy the playground with other kids for the first time in the boy’s life.

“What had been a field of weeds literally turned into a field of dreams,” Swift said.

The kids and parents who play there agree.

“I like everything about the playscape,” said Joshua Peyton Mohle, 6, who visits it regularly.

His mother, Inger Peyton, said the playscape gives parents a chance “to just chill out and play with your kids.”

Bradley Green, 10, enjoys the open-air feeling.

“I like the tire swing,” he said. “And I like just being able to run and climb and have fun outside.”

Happy 4th of July! – Where to See Fireworks in Austin, Texas

The good folks at Independence Title in Georgetown, Texas put together a list of 4th of July Firework Celebrations around the Texas Hill Country. You can make a fun day trip to Lakeway, Dripping Springs, or just hang out with me at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas! Here are the “hotspots” this year:

The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Friday, July 4, 2008 – 8:30 pm
Auditorium Shores at The Long Center www.austinsymphony.org/season/july
The Austin Symphony will be under the apt baton of ASO Music Director Peter Bay. The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks will feature patriotic music and the ever-popular 1812 Overture–the latter punctuated by 75-millimeter Howitzer cannons, courtesy of Texas National Guard Salute Battery, and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake

Cedar Park Fourth of July Celebration Friday, July 4, 2008 – 4:00 pm
Milburn Park, Cedar Park, TX http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_fourth.aspx
Come celebrate with us and enjoy live music, food concessions, air castles, prizes, video games & lazer tag adventures, a washer tournament, games for all ages, and enjoy free watermelon sponsored by H-E-B. The fabulous day of celebreation will end with a magnificent fireworks display sponsored by H-E-B.

Fire in the Sky
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 6:00 pm
The Sports Park an RR12 South, Dripping Springs, TX www.drippingspringstx.org
Includes spectacular fireworks display, food booths and live music. DS Sports and Recreation Park.

Sertoma 4th of July in the Park
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 11:00 am
San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, TX www.visitgeorgetown.com
With more than 80 booths, a petting zoo, parade, live entertainment, train rides, fireworks and more (all located on the beautiful San Gabriel River) there’s only one place you should be this 4th of July.

Lago Vista Celebrates the 4th
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 6:30 am
Bar K Park, Lago Vista, TX www.lagovistajuly4.org
It is a time to remember those who have served to protect us all, to celebrate our freedom, and to enjoy each other’s company. It starts off with the Firecracker 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run. This is an opportunity to give your children the same type of memories you had of parades, barbecues, music, and paddling around in the local swimming hole.

Lakeway 4th of July Celebration Friday, July 4, 2008 – 8:30 am
City Park, Lakeway, TX www.lakeway.org
Fourth of July all day event starting with a fanciful sponsored parade/floats that make their way down Lakeway Drive. Locals then head to the park for a picnic, games for kids, music and the announcement of the float award winners. The rest of the afternoon is usually filled with games, food, drinks and many more surprises. The day is rounded out with fireworks set to music at night.

Leander LibertyFest
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 5:00 pm
Crystal Falls Golf Course, 3400 Crystal Falls Pkwy www.leandertx.org
Join the residents of Leander celebrate our nation’s birthday at Leander LibertyFest.

July 4th Frontier Days Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 10:00 am
Old Settler’s Park, Round Rock, TX www.roundrocktexas.gov
A freedom walk, parade, jalapeno pepper contest, children’s games, Ballet Folklorico dancers, Sam Bass Shootout and fireworks are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July 4 Frontier Days Celebration 2008.

27th annual San Marcos Summerfest Friday, July 4, 2008 – 11:00 am
San Marcos Plaza Park, 202 N. CM Allen Pkwy www.summerfestsanmarcos.com
The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration at a new location this year. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, a patriotic program and a fireworks exhibition.

New Braunfels Annual 4th of July Parade and Patriotic Celebration Friday, July 4, 2008
Landa Park, New Braunfels www.nbtexas.org
A wonderful family tradition for many years in New Braunfels. Bring a picnic and enjoy the park, along with a special free concert and a spectacular fireworks display!

Taylor Jaycee’s 4th of July Firework Display and Fajita Cook Off
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 10:00 am
Murphy Park on Lake Drive, Taylor, TX www.taylorjaycees.org
Festival includes Carnival, Fajita Cook Off, Bicycle Parade, tennis tournament, and fireworks at dark.

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FREE MOVIES at City Lights Theatres in Georgetown, Texas

Looks like they’re bringing it back by popular demand: Free movies every Tuesday morning!

What parent wouldn’t like another free activity to take their kids to in the summer?  I know we’ll be going to some of these movies and taking the kids.  Doors open at 9AM and movies start at 9:30AM.  Better stand in line, I have a feeling there will be a good showing.  Here is the linup:

June 17 – Ice Age: Licensed to Chill

June 24 – Garfield

July 1 – Alvin and the Chipmunks

July 8 – Happy Feet

July 15 – Open Season

July 22 – Surf’s Up

July 29 – Shrek

August 4 – Horton Hears a Who

I will make sure I’m at Happy Feet and Horton Hears a Who…two thumbs up in my book:)

City Lights Theatres is located at the Rivery Shopping Center right off I35 in NW Georgetown, Texas.  Take the Williams Drive/Sun City/Lake Georgetown exit and then get on the southbound access road…you’ll see signs on the right hand side.

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