I'm planning to relocate to Austin this summer and looking for suggestions on reasonably hip parts of town for families to live in with good elementary schools. Not like twenty-something hipsters with no kids - more like thirty-something hippies with school aged children. I don't know much at all about the city but have a good friend who just moved there and lives in the northwest part of town.
Also are there any regular open drum circle/hoop jams around or classes for intermediate or advanced hooping? We have a great drum circle in the park in Memphis every Sunday that has lots of hoopers, poi, bellydancing, etc that I'm really going to miss.
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For better schools and fewer hipsters, you might consider Round Rock, which is just north of Austin. The cost of a house or an apartment will be more reasonably priced as well. There are very active hooping communities in both cities, with the larger one in Austin (of course). Check out Austin Hoopers Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/AustinHoopers) and Round Rock Hoopers Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Round-Rock-Hoopers) for more details. There are classes and HoopJams all over the place! Laura Scarborough (http://www.hoopcircle.com), Raven Hinojosa, Kim Patty, and Cedar, (as well as myself) are just a few of the hooping instructors in the area. Cedar is currently teaching intermediate level classes at the VORTEX (alt. theater and bar) in Austin.
Welcome to Austin! You will like it here! :-)
If you look at Round Rock from the highway, you will see some suburban icky stuff. But that's only to keep the uncool people from seeing the *real* Round Rock! We have:
* TWO Farmers Markets (http://www.gtfma.com/Round_Rock.html and http://www.discoverroundrock.com/round-rock-farms-to-market/)
* An organic produce grocery store (Sprouts)
* An organic & fair trade coffee shop (Star Co.)
* A world-famous donut shop (Round Rock Donuts)
* A very casual and family-friendly cafe (620 Cafe & Bakery)
* Diverse ethnic restaurants (Teji's Indian food and grocery is my fave)
The local library, in addition to the usual storyhours you'd expect to find, shows free movies. If you like sports, we have the Dell Diamond and we shoot fireworks off for pretty much any and every baseball game. And since the town doesn't have any skyscrapers, chances are very good that you'll be able to see fireworks from wherever you live. (On the 4th of July I can see the Dell Diamond fireworks show in the north AND the fireworks in Pflugerville to the south.)
This weekend we're having a boat regatta (http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/rocktheboat) and in June the kids at orchestra camp are giving a free concert (http://www.roundrocksymphony.org/orchestracamp.htm).
Oh, and my apartment complex offers their big lawn to me and my friends to have NightSpins (LED hoops/staffs/poi) any night we feel like hooping under the moon and stars.
The only thing I can think of that might not be in Round Rock is a regular drum circle. But hey, maybe you could start one! Most of the local government is on Twitter. Whenever I have a question, I tweet and they respond quickly. Nothing but loving and supporting folks here! I joke that Round Rock is like Austin, but cheaper and with more parking! :-D
There's been a 7.7% increase in rent rates in Austin: