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Local News Briefs for August

Film Spotlights South American Indigenous Communities’ Projects to Save Forests

A team of Austin media producers and ecologists have started an Indiegogo campaign to support the production of “From the Andes to the Amazon: Connecting Forest People”, a social and environmental feature documentary by Mariela Palacios and Alexander Santa.

The lives of hundreds of native people from the Andes to the Amazon struggle to keep their history, cosmovision and forest alive. San Antonio and Wijint-Achuar in Peru, and Sani Isla in Ecuador are three communities organized and working on sustainable projects to create alternative income while protecting their forests.

In the summer of 2017, Mariela Palacios as director of projects of Rainforest Partnership and Alexander Santa as videographer volunteer visited the communities to get to know more about their projects and support them. Aware of the importance of these communities’ work and witnessing the innumerable threats in the region, they started creating this documentary as an educative journey for a wide audience and as an empowering communication tool for the community members.

The film will feature each community from their particular experience and their people’s history, as well as to show the complex relationship with modern society and its economic development. Each community will be represented by their leaders, members, kids and elders, and it will include many voices in order to emphasize the importance of their community life.

For more information about the project, visit To donate, go to

‘Rage Room’ Opens in Kyle

A place to smash and destroy random items such as flat screen TVs, furniture, keyboards, VCRs, plates, pianos and even cars, 512 Rage Room is now open in Kyle.

The room exists as a healthy and controlled environment to relieve stress and anxiety, and is a great place for team building events, fundraisers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, divorce/break up parties, birthday parties or any other reason to break random items while having fun doing it.

Owned by mother and son, Jinx and Damon Fogley, and partnering with JDog Junk Removal of Austin and Hays County as part of the 512 Upcycle Project, the rage room creates innovative ways to make use of junk items that normally would go into landfills.

Damon decided to create 512 Rage Room while working in the junk removal industry and noticing firsthand the issues faced by veteran employees with PTSD because they would gain emotional satisfaction while breaking items during junk removal jobs.

Currently available through appointment only, fans and followers can book single, couple, or group sessions directly at 512 Rage Room website.

For more information, visit

Keep Austin Fed Kicks Off Hunger Awareness Campaign

The inaugural Keep Austin Fed Week kicked off in July. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for food insecurity and food waste throughout Austin and to offer people an affordable and meaningful way to help alleviate hunger in our community.

“Our historical costs show that for only $7/month we have been able to rescue enough food to feed an individual 3 meals a day, every day for a month” says Lisa Barden, Executive Director of Keep Austin Fed.

Rescuing edible food is not just helpful for the people it feeds; it is also one of the best ways of eliminating food waste. Ensuring that every bit of food is eaten rather than disposed of or downcycled is a vital environmental measure, as roughly 20 percent of fossil fuels in the United States are consumed by the food industry, and food waste is a vastly overlooked driver of climate change.

Keep Austin Fed (KAF) is a local nonprofit committed to reducing hunger and helping the environment by connecting surplus food with neighbors in need. Although the campaign kicked off last month, donations for the campaign are welcome any time.

To donate to the campaign, visit To donate time as an individual or surplus food as a business, visit or send an email to [email protected]

AWE Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo

The Austin Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) will present a Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo from 1 to 4 pm on August 24, at the JW Marriott in Austin.

Attendees can connect with local business owners, discover new opportunities or find health solutions such as disease prevention, nutrition education, fitness, stress coping skills, mental health awareness, chiropractic care, holistic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, weight loss and quality vitamins and nutrition products.

AWE celebrates the influence and achievements of women entrepreneurs in Austin. They empower their members with valuable resources and events to connect, collaborate and grow. Members make new friends, get inspired, and grow their business alongside Austin’s most innovative businesswomen.

Free. Location: 110 2nd St., Austin. For more information, email [email protected] Text AWE to 33222 to be notified of upcoming events and expos.

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