21 Mar
2017

Give 5% This Earth Day!

Earth Day 2017 will take place on Friday, April 21st, and Friends of Barton Springs Pool (FBSP) is joining with other local environmental non-profits to harness the day for giving back to Mother Earth.Give5Graphic-1024x592

Together with local non-profits, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Sustainable Food Center, Waller Creek Conservancy, Pease Park Conservancy, TreeFolks, and Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, FBSP is looking for local area businesses to take part in a campaign that will see 5% of their revenue from that day donated back to the non-profits.

These non-profits work tirelessly to ensure that the environment, which is a huge part of why Austin is Austin, and remains green, clean, and healthy!  So for the eighth Give 5% year in a row, get ready to eat, shop, play and more on Friday, April 21st at participating businesses and make a personal and significant contribution towards a great cause.

If you would like to sign up your business to participate in the Give 5% campaign or find out more information, click here!

16 Mar
2017

Come Hang with Friends at AGBG @ House Party

Please join Friends at ABGB’s House Party today (March 16). Lots of your favorite folks and friends will there, as will be a great line up of beers and bands, so you’re totally invited. And, so are all your friends, if they’re cool. It’s free. See you here.

4p Christy Hays
5:15p Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs
6:30p Little Mikey And The Soda Jerks
7:45p Palomino Shakedown
9p Ramsay Midwood

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3 Mar
2017

CANCELLED Springs Cleaning – March 4, 2017 – Message from Steve Barnick

With apologies for the last minute notice, today’s Spring Cleaning is cancelled due to inclement weather.  The weather forecast is for cool temps and (more importantly) a high chance of rain all day on Saturday.  With these conditions and the resultant likelihood of possible flooding at the pool, we’re calling this one off.  Let’s plan on reconvening at our next regular first Thursday (April 6).  Details to follow.

Thanks to all for your understanding, and thanks also to Tacodeli for their sponsorship and support of the Spring Cleaning.  Hopefully, we can reschedule the taco feast!

Yours in the Springs!
Steve Barnick

2 Mar
2017

#AmplifyBartonSprings

On March 2-3, 2017, Amplify Austin’s day of online giving begins, so please support one of the following groups: Barton Springs Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, and Save Our Springs Alliance.  While Friends of Barton Springs is not participating in AmplifyATX this year, we recommend that you support any or all of these groups.  Each is working in different but complementary ways to preserve and protect Barton Springs, and they deserve our support.

And if anyone wants to help one of our FBSP board members, please contribute to Mike Cannatti’s donation page (https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/CannattiCashForSplash2017) since he has promised, for any donation of $70 or more, to officially “go jump in the Springs” with a beautiful, beflowered rubber bathing cap (you have to see it to believe it) and send you a commemorative video in gratitude for your support.

Thanks for your love and support!

17 Feb
2017

2017 Spring Cleaning — Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, March 4

What say we schedule a little SPRING CLEANING?  Friends of Barton Springs Pool’s “Spring Cleaning” will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, allowing volunteers to give back to Barton Springs Pool by helping spiff up the pool before the pool reopens.  So if you’re weary of winter and seeking spring solace in the cool and clear waters of our beloved Barton Springs, come help the Springs with some lovin, scrubbin, weedin’, mulchin’, aeratin’, whackin’, brushin’, gardenin’, and just getting down in the groovy cleaning vibe of the SPRING CLEAN to help clean up the pool before the swim season reopens!!!!!

Volunteers can choose from 4 two hour shifts, starting at 9am.  Please sign up for a shift at the SignUp link (http://signup.com/go/a4w8tV) to help spiff up the pool before the pool reopens.  We’ll have some yummy grub and refreshments, including delicioso tacos from our friends and supporters at Tacodeli!

Volunteer pool cleaning activities include push-brooming algae from the pool bottom, spreading mulch, landscaping and weeding work in the grounds, cleaning stair and sidewall rails, trimming and/or composting weeds and plants from the pool, painting bathroom facilities, planting around the pool grounds, repairing pool and grounds equipment, and generally lending a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. There are lots of projects both in and out of the water, so please dress appropriately. This means long sleeves, pants and shirt, closed toed shoes and socks for grounds work. Wet clothes for working in the pool. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection! We like to think that we make the springs a better place for swimmers and the natural habitat that live there year round. So come on out and join us for the Friends of Barton Springs Pool spring cleaning extravaganza!!!

We are truly grateful for all the support from Austin Parks Foundation which makes our cleaning days possible, including generous grant support to buy tools and cleaning equipment. Next year, we hope to be a full partner with the IMPD experience, but for this year, we welcome any and all volunteers to our Friends of Barton Springs Pool day at Barton Springs!

 

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9 Feb
2017

PRESS RELEASE: Eighth Annual “Give 5% to Mother Earth” Campaign Unites Environmental Nonprofits with Local Business Community

AUSTIN, TX – February 9, 2017 – FriendUntitleds of Barton Springs Pool, along with eight other environmental non-profits, is encouraging the Central Texas community to eat, shop, play, and more to support the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign – taking place at local business locations all over Austin on Earth Day, April 21, 2017!

“Give 5% to Mother Earth” is a collaboration between Shoal Creek Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Sustainable Food Center, Pease Park Conservancy, Waller Creek Conservancy, TreeFolks, The Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, and Friends of Barton Springs Pool.  Local businesses have committed to donate five percent of gross sales on Earth Day to these non-profits that dedicate their time and energy into making Central Texas a better place.

With the number of new businesses and sponsors involved, as well as additional non-profit beneficiaries, the campaign has become a significant source of funding for our environmental community, as well as a model for similar programs around the nation.  Now we need Austin to help make the outcome this year bigger and better than ever!

In its eighth year, the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign has become a substantial source of annual fundraising for each beneficiary. Since inception, the campaign has raised thousands of dollars for environmental non-profits that work year round to better the local environment in multiple ways.  By participating in this campaign, local business owners and the community are making a significant positive impact on the future of Austin’s natural resources.

Last year, the Give 5% Campaign raised $50,000, and our goal in 2017 is to double our impact and raise $100,000 for our nonprofit partners. We are so thankful to you and all of our business partners for your contributions to this goal and mission!

For more a full list of participating businesses and sponsor and “Give 5% to Mother Earth” events, visit AustinGive5.org.  If you would like to sign up to participate online the new link to do that is: https://austingive5.org/for-businesses/#signup

 

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