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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Dia de los Muertos Festival To Benefit Easter Seals Central Texas

Photo Credit: Dia de los Muertos Festival

Easter Seals Central Texas presents the First Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival, a celebration of life, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Fiesta Gardens in downtown Austin. The festival will be held from noon until 11 p.m. and will feature live music, performances, art, costume contest, food and drink. Guests will […]

Interview With Teen Singer/Songwriter And Do-Gooder Grace London

Grace London performing at the 2012 Old Settlers Festival. (Photo Credit: Grace London)

Grace London is one of nearly 150 acts to perform at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. The 13-year-old’s name appears on the lineup alongside Depeche Mode, The Cure, MUSE, Kings of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie and many more. It’s quite an accomplishment for such a young artist.

2012 Old […]

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 At Zilker Park

Depeche Mode (Photo Credit: Depeche Mode)

In a few weeks, tens of thousands of music fans will fill the lawn of Zilker Park in downtown Austin for this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. The expanded, internationally known music festival will take place on October 4-6, 2013 and October 11-13, 2013. However, the lineup will remain the same for both […]

Health Alliance For Austin Musicians Benefit Day And ALL ATX – The Concert

(Photo Credit: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians)

“Music is the lifeblood of Austin and the musicians carry that legacy forward for us every day, often at low pay and with no benefits. I am proud to give back to our musicians, and HAAM is that lifeline that gives us all the chance to participate and say thank you,” said Shelley Meyer, […]

Recap: 7th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival At Fiesta Gardens

The Melting Cone was one of this year's Austin Ice cream Festival vendors. (Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra)

Thousands of families and friends helped make this year’s Austin Ice Cream Festival the largest one to-date. The festival was held on Saturday, August 17 at Fiesta Gardens in East Austin.

The Melting Cone was one of this year’s Austin Ice cream Festival vendors. (Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra)

Dedicated to celebrating all things […]

Volunteer Registration For 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Photo Credit: Circuit of The Americas)

Circuit of The AmericasTM has opened volunteer registration for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. The international sporting event will be held November 15 – 17, 2013, at the racing facility located just outside of Austin. The organization, in partnership with the Austin Sports Commission, is looking for community members, non-profit organizations, […]

7th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival At Fiesta Gardens

(Photo Credit: Austin Ice Cream Festival Facebook Page)

Here’s the scoop! The Austin Ice Cream Festival is back for another year of family fun and tons of ice cream. The festival takes place on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Fiesta Gardens in East Austin.

It’s sure to be your typical hot, Texas summer day, so why not stay cool with some ice […]

Baseball 101 For Ladies At The Dell Diamond Hosted By Nolan Ryan’s Wife

(Photo Credit: Round Rock Express)

State Farm presents Baseball 101 for Ladies with Ruth Ryan, wife of Hall-of-Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at The Dell Diamond. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception, complete with drinks and appetizers, followed by a women-of-baseball guest panel. Ryan will be accompanied on the panel by […]

Recap: GRAMMY® FUTURENOW At W Austin Hotel

Mike Knobloch (Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra)

One of my biggest rewards in life is the people that I meet. Whether they’re supporting a cause or pursuing a career based on their talents, nothing pleases me more than to have them welcome me into their world and share their passion with me; to educate me about what it is that they […]

Interview With Pop-Rock Singer/Songwriter Howie Day

Howie Day talks about his early shows and songwriting career. (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

It’s been more than a decade since singer/songwriter Howie Day released his self-funded debut album, “Australia,” and became a full-time traveling musician. Determined to make it as an artist, Day spent many years on the road showcasing his vocal and songwriting talents. In one year, he performed 297 shows, gaining exposure that would eventually […]

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