Wickedly Trans – Voices from the Rainbow Sept. 21

Join the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles – TCLA for a special performance of Wickedly Trans—Voices from the Rainbow, on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. at ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Enjoy a selection of songs inspired by the music of The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked. The shows are appropriate for all ages.

Admission to the performances are free and donations to TCLA are appreciated.

ABOUT TCLA:
Founded in 2015, Trans Chorus of Los Angeles-TCLA is making an impact in the choral world by using our unique voices to be visible, bold and proud. TCLA is the first all trans-identified chorus in America. We are a Chorus of transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, gender fluid, and intersex individuals. We celebrate diversity and acceptance in appearance and vocal presentation so that others can see and feel the joy we share. Through our music we bring to everyone, awareness, understanding, power and victory for the trans community.

Emancipet’s 20th Anniversary Gala Sept. 21; Alejandro Escovedo just announced for After Party

AUSTIN—Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Emancipet will have a big party to commemorate the occasion, its first-ever Gala on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the LINE Hotel, with a spectacular After Party featuring performances by renowned Austin musician Alejandro Escovedo and DJ Girlfriend ATX.

Tables and sponsorships are available for the Gala, with individual tickets, if available, going on sale at a later date. The After Party is a separate ticketed event with individual early bird, general admission, and VIP tickets available now; more information about both at https://emancipet.org.

Since 1999, Emancipet has spayed or neutered more than 350,000 dogs and cats and this year will care for more than 100,000 pets. Many of the people who helped make Emancipet’s growth and achievements possible will be at the Gala; there will be several special announcements and surprises during the Gala program.

Missy and Jeff Nichols are chairs of the Gala host committee. Platinum sponsors to date are Anonymous, Angela Dorsey and Jason Rhode, and MARK Foundation; Gold sponsors are Cirrus Logic, Tito’s Handmade Vodka/Vodka for Dog People, Trinity Constructors, Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation/Nicholas Juried and Amy Juried.

 

About Emancipet

Emancipet’s mission is to make veterinary care affordable and accessible for all pet owners. To achieve this, Emancipet is building a national nonprofit low-cost veterinary care system, with clinics in underserved areas of Austin, Houston, Killeen, and Pflugerville Texas; and in Philadelphia. Emancipet advocates for public policy that improves the lives of pets in underserved communities, and operates Emancipet New School, which equips and inspires animal welfare professionals in becoming change makers. Since its founding in 1999, Emancipet has spayed or neutered more than 350,000 dogs and cats and will serve more than 100,000 pets and their families this year. www.emancipet.org

The Trail Foundation - No electric scooters on the Trail

No electric scooters on the Trail! TTF spreads the word with new video, T-shirts

AUSTIN—Electric scooters are not allowed on the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, and The Trail Foundation wants everyone to know.

The Foundation is stepping up their public awareness campaign to spread the word. A humorous new video by Austin’s Beef and Pie Productions launched on social media and has been shared by thousands of fans, and new limited-edition “No scooters on the Trail” T-shirts are available on their website, www.thetrailfoundation.org

“We’re asking our friends to become walking billboards with the message that electric scooters are not allowed on the Butler Trail,” says Heidi Anderson, executive director of The Trail Foundation. Read more

Emancipet Spayathon trip to Puerto Rico

Emancipet breaks all the records on fourth Spayathon trip to Puerto Rico

AUSTIN — Emancipet recently returned from its most successful trip yet to care for pets and the people who love them in Puerto Rico. Emancipet is one of six organizations leading the surgical work in a historic initiative to spay/neuter and vaccinate more than 20,000 dogs and cats in Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover more than six months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

During Round 4 Emancipet safely spayed, neutered and vaccinated 1,562 pets in 7 days, the highest number. The combined total is 4,866 by the Emancipet team for all four rounds. The for the entire coalition across Puerto Rico is now more than 34,000 pets cared for. Read more

VOX Femina Los Angeles

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Hearts of Courage, also featuring Trans Chorus of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES—The city’s premier women’s chorus, VOX Femina Los Angeles, presents Hearts of Courage, a celebration of Pride and tribute to the LGBTQ community, on Saturday, June 8th at 8 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School.

Rounding off LA’s Pride week 2019, and the night before the traditional Pride Parade, VOX’s final concert of their 2018-2019 season presents a celebration of songs that honor the progress that has been made on behalf of the LGBTQ community, as well as the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

The concert will feature the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and a new commission by the award-winning transgender composer Mari Esabel Valverde. Read more

13 war veterans to have portraits presented at Belmont Village

Thirteen veterans of WWII and other historic wars will be presented with their portraits taken as part of the American Heroes: Portraits of Service project for Belmont Village Senior Living in West Lake Hills. Nationally recognized photographer and author Tom Sanders  took the portraits and collected the stories of these veteran residents last month, and will be on hand as the portraits are added to the permanent gallery at Belmont.

Dignitaries and community leaders will join veterans and their families on Thursday, January 24, from 4-6 p.m. at Belmont Village Senior Living, 4310 Bee Cave Road. Sanders will speak at the event, and veterans will also be available for interviews. A local high school color guard will help honor the vets. Read more

Merick Strategies’ Bernstein Mass included in Austin Chronicle Top 10 list

In another accolade for Merick Strategies’ unprecedented, beyond-expectations production of Bernstein100Austin—the groundbreaking Austin production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers—Austin Chronicle arts critic Robert Faires has named the production one of his Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018. Read more

Turkey Trot - 2018

ThunderCloud Subs gives largest donation ever to Caritas of Austin from Turkey Trot proceeds

The owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented the largest single donation ever from the proceeds of the ThunderCloud Subs TurkeyTrot—$350,000—to Caritas of Austin just before Christmas. ThunderCloud has now raised nearly $3.8 million over the Trot’s 28-year history.

Austin’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition, the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is the largest five-mile run in Texas. More than 20,000 people participated in the Trot this year, with all proceeds benefiting Caritas, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness in Austin. Read more

Freedom Solar launches Texas’ first solar financing vehicle

Freedom Solar Financial Services LLC, the first solar financial vehicle of its kind in Texas, has raised an initial round of $7.5 million in funding to finance commercial solar projects. Financing through Freedom allows companies to finance up to 70 percent of the cost of an entire solar installation and ensures that an investment in solar is cash-flow positive from day one. The company offers a simple one-page application and a rapid one-week underwriting process.

The Freedom Financing program is based on more than a decade of experience working with hundreds of business owners to make solar work for them. Securing financing for commercial solar projects, which can be key to creating an attractive investment profile for onsite solar generation, can be difficult and complicated. Read more

Emancipet returns from second Spayathon for Puerto Rico trip

Emancipet just returned from their second trip to Puerto Rico to provide much-needed medical care and spay/neuter services as part of #SpayathonforPR. The trip was a huge, record-breaking success; the team spayed/neutered 1,137 animals in just 7 days in challenging conditions.

They’re heading back in February for the third of what will be four trips, to continue spreading their mission of providing low cost, high-quality treatments, and spay/neuter services to pets and people who love them. Emancipet is one of 26 organizations working with #SpayathonforPR, organized by The Humane Society of the United States

To help support these trips, and Emancipet’s work around the country including in Austin, Houston, and Philadelphia, go this link to donate: https://bit.ly/2B4hsND.