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Local News Briefs for September

Sep 02, 2019 01:58PM

Neuropathy Patient Conference Coming Soon

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (FPN) and Neuropathy Alliance of Texas (NATX) will host the Annual Neuropathy Patient Conference in Austin from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 14. The conference will be held at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus.

Presentations will include the latest in neuropathy research, skills for managing chronic illness, exercise options for all abilities, and life hacks for living with impaired mobility. The networking luncheon after the conference will be utilized to share attendees’ experiences navigating neuropathy with one another.

If unable to attend the conference, the public can take advantage of regular learning opportunities during support groups for neuropathy patients and their caregivers or attend an NATX Tai Chi class, open to all.

The Neuropathy Alliance of Texas is a local non-profit organization educates people about neuropathy, provides emotional support to neuropathy patients and caregivers, and connects patients with resources to live their best lives with neuropathy.

Cost: $15 conference registration, $10 patient networking luncheon. Location: 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin. For more information, call Lauren Hoffman-Arriaga at 512-553-9130 or email [email protected] For more information about NATX, visit

Indigo Play, A European-style Indoor Play Center to Open in Austin

Indigo Play has executed a lease for 19,000 square feet of space in Northwest Austin, between Emler Swim School and the Austin Aquarium. The center is slated to open to the public in the fall of 2019.

Husband and wife team, Tucker Patterson and Anna Ulbrich, having young children themselves, saw a need to serve the community by bringing a unique European-style indoor play center experience to Austin.

The center will unleash budding imaginations by taking children ages 0-10 on a journey around the world via hidden passages through the tombs of Egypt, areal glides through the Amazon rainforest, mazes between Aztec temples, and a 13-foot, 4-lane wavy slide. The youngest guests will have their own dedicated baby and toddler area so they can explore their surroundings at their own pace. European details will ensure parents and caregivers enjoy themselves too.

The couple is excited to serve in a new way by bringing Austin families together to build community through play.

For more information, email Anna Ulbrich or Tucker Patterson at [email protected], visit, or the Indigo Play Facebook page at

Tidy Up with Eremos Workshop

Eremos presents The Contemplative Art of Tidying UP from 9 a.m. to Noon on September 21 at Abiding Love Lutheran Church in Austin.

This workshop dives into the contemplative gifts associated with pondering what we’re ready to let go of. Tidying up opens new doors to connection with the self and the sacred, inviting peace and spaciousness into our lives.

The workshop will use art journaling and quick free writing – and your things – to compassionately explore what happens when you clear clutter, one small, contemplative decision at a time.

Tidying up clutter and organizing spaces has gained popularity recently with the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Eremos has been helping bring the gift of contemplation to Central Texans for over 23 years. Facilitator Elota Patton is a licensed professional counselor and an experienced facilitator of Eremos programs.

Cost: $45, bring a new-to-Eremos-friend for free. Location: 7210 Brush Country Road, Austin. For more information, visit

Eternal Waters Holds Open House at New Location

Eternal Waters Aquamation will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 21 at its new location in Pflugerville. The open house will feature tours, education about pet aquamation (water cremation) and formally introduce the new comfort room, a private room where people can say goodbye to their pet or have a memorial service.

Eternal Waters Aquamation moved into the new bright and comfortable space last spring. The private room allows for an easier transition when saying goodbye to a beloved pet. The company has made a name for itself for providing services beyond cremation, making sure clients and their pets are taken care of with compassion and dignity.

Pet aquamation is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation. It uses 90 percent less energy and has no emissions.

Free. Location: 1019 S. Heatherwilde, Suite 230, Pflugerville. For more information, contact Karin Sanchez at 512-369-2913, email [email protected] or visit

Join in a Climate Strike Event

People have been conducting strikes as a method of demanding change for many years. With our climate on the brink of collapse and our communities already suffering from its impacts and the potential for effective action so uncertain, such a worldwide event to try to effect climate change action is paramount.

On September 20, millions of people worldwide will walk out of their classes, jobs and homes as part of a Global Climate Strike, with many organized events taking place nationwide.

“One day of striking won’t solve everything, but it will show those in power that we refuse to stand by in the face of climate crisis,” says Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North American director of, a renewable-energy action nonprofit that is working to organize weeklong events. “It’ll show the world who the real villains of the story are. And if we’re numerous and loud enough, it will be the spark that helps turn the tide. And that’s all we really need.”

Visit to find the nearest event or to create one.

Fall Holistic and Metaphysical Life Expo Coming Soon

Spiritual Life Productions presents the two-day Austin Holistic and Metaphysical Life Expo from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 5 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 6 at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown. The Expo occurs four times per year and has been a local metaphysical community tradition for more than 40 years.

“We are not focused on selling you something,” says Marilyn Waggoner, longtime organizer of the events. “You won’t feel like you are walking through any kind of a trade show or a shopping mall at this expo.”

Attendees will find a combination of Eastern and Western practitioners and products: from energy workers and reiki practitioners, CBD products and essential oils, to astrologers, numerologists, psychics, mediums. jewelry and crystals. There is truly something for everyone at Spiritual Life Productions’ quarterly expo.

With paid admission, attendees can also participate in free lectures and have the opportunity to win hourly door prizes.

Cost: $8. Location: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin. For more information visit

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