Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Latina Youth Organization Selling Photo Art at PROGRESS!

Latina Youth Organization Selling Photo Art in Time for the Holidays
Latinitas' Elementary, Middle and High School Photo Artists Show and Sell Work

AUSTIN, TX - Give a child or a teen a camera and she'll give you perspective you never considered, says Latinitas' Program Coordinator Brooke Maudlin.

Maudlin is one of many program facilitators for Latinitas' (, the first digital magazines made for and by young Latinas, outreach programs in Austin .

Latinitas is hosting a Fiesta Photo Show at Progress Coffee ( 500 San Marcos Street ) at 5pm on Sat., Dec 5th. Student photography generated in Latinitas' dozens of after school clubs will be on display for sale at $5-$10 a pop.

"This is not just a great resource for holiday gifts, but the Hispanic girls and teens in our programs will see their work appreciated by others than themselves," said Maudlin. "The resulting confidence boost is what we aim for in these clubs."

Started over six years ago in a University of Texas media class then-students, now founders Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly Gonzalez publish the work of Latina girls, teens and college students online every month on and They launched their first print edition of the magazine in 2009 and plan a second in 2010. Latinitas has served nearly 10,000 girls with its esteem-boosting after school programming, camps, workshops, media conference, service learning opportunities and a teen reporter internship - outreach models Latinitas are positioning for national expansion. Latinitas magazines' bilingual content is read by girls and teens all over the country as well as in Spain , Mexico and other parts of Latin America .

Latinitas also expanded its program model to El Paso , Texas and Las Cruces , New Mexico for the first time last year.

About Latinitas
Latinitas ( is a non-profit publication with outreach programs dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Latina youth through media and technology. Its vision is that all young Latinas are strong and confident in their own image.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

George Bird O'Dwyer George Bird O'Dwyer of Austin entered the presence of his Savior and Lord on Oct. 4, 2009. He was born Feb. 6, 1954, in Dallas to Biddy and Tom O'Dwyer. George and Ann's faithful walk and contagious serenity, touched many lives. George approached the challenge of his illness with the same dignity, courage and tenacity with which he approached life. He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted son, brother, uncle, stepfather and friend. He was passionate, generous, thoughtful, funny, sentimental, full of life, and always fun to be around. He was a caregiver, an entertainer, a cowboy, a music lover and a sports enthusiast. He loved Austin and loved sharing it with friends and family. He had style - his own style - that only he could pull off. He was phenomenally creative, evidenced in all facets of his life. George was a 1973 graduate of Highland Park High School and a 1977 graduate of Texas Tech University where in 2006 he was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the College of Mass Communications. At Tech, George was a cheerleader and was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, where he was the personification of a True Gentleman. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the U.S. Marshall's posse in Dallas and a board member of the Walt Garrison MS Rodeo. In Austin, he was a board member of Texas Pacific Film and Video and Friends of Texas Public Schools. He was a 30-year veteran of the television, film and the recording industry and exhibited an undying passion for this industry. He left his most recent mark with 501 Post in Austin, where he served as executive producer and partner. He received many prestigious industry awards, including two Clio's, two Cannes Lions and numerous Telly's and Addy's. George was preceded in death by his father, Thomas A. O'Dwyer, and brother-in-law, John Franklin Miller III. In addition to his wife, Ann, and her daughter, Hannah, he is survived by his mother, Jeanne Bird (Biddy) O'Dwyer, his siblings and their spouses Ann and Hugh Blackwell, Kay Miller, Mary and Tom O'Dwyer, and Lisa and Bill O'Dwyer. He is also survived by his 15 nieces and nephews, Tod, Peter, Michael, Bridget, John, Julia, Spence, Liza, Trevor, Patrick, Corey, Shay, Ryan, Elli and Billy. The family wishes to offer special thanks to Cindy Lawther Custer, Dr. Morris Groves, Kathleen Grigsdale, Be Pei, and all the staff at MD Anderson. Pallbearers are Kirk Dooley, Mark Dunlap, Charlie Jones, Lynn Lawther, Joe Meredith Skeeter Miller, Martin Peck, and Patrick Tourville. A visitation will be held on Thursday evening October 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Calvary Hill North Mausoleum Chapel, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, TX. 75220. A funeral mass will be held on Friday morning October 9th at 10:00 a.m., October 9th at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road. Private internment following the Mass. Memorials may be made to: Brain research being conducted by Dr. Morris Groves at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - PO Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210, St. Edwards University Campus Ministry -Box 1028 3001 South Congress Austin, Tx. 78704, Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. in memory of George O'Dwyer for Mass Communications. Please send contributions to Texas Tech Foundation, Inc., Box 45025, Lubbock, TX 79409-5025. As George always said - and is still saying - "Don't worry about anything, everything's fine here". Hallelujah! To leave condolences for the family visit

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


What Gives: A Food Drive & Fundraiser Benefiting Caritas of Austin
Thursday, October 1 from 7-10pm @ The Mohawk (912 Red River)

"What Gives?" Austin does. We live in beautiful city full of digital media creatives and fun entertainment opportunities, and in turn we'd like to provide an opportunity to get together to give back to our city. I'd like to invite you to participate as we join forces with some of the most innovative minds in Austin to engage our hearts and give back.

On October 1, a group of 30 industry professionals will donate their time to volunteer on site at the Caritas of Austin food kitchen downtown. Later that evening, we will celebrate their efforts at the What Gives? Caritas of Austin food drive and fundraiser from 7-10pm at the Mohawk.

PLEASE BRING: Non-perishable food items & monetary donations. See: for a comprehensive list of items you can bring to donate
GIFTS & AUCTION ITEMS FROM: Woodland, Frank, Decoder Ring, Helm, Transmission Entertainment, Olivia, Mint Salon & more...
MUSIC BY: DJ A.One (The Cannabinoids/Dallas)
MC: Mike Wiebe (The Riverboat Gamblers/Austin)
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Caritas of Austin, The Austinist, The Mohawk, Texas Cultural Trust

Caritas of Austin,, not only feeds the homeless, but they offer services to help get the homeless off the streets. We're making this effort to help displaced people in our community get back on their feet, and to make the Austin area a safer place for patrons who enjoy live entertainment.

If you would like to get involved, donate auction items to the event or become a promotional media sponsor, please contact for more information.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS: Joshua Bingaman, Kristy Bowden, Kevin Burns, Suzanna Choffel, Josh Jones-Dilworth, Liz Dilworth, Elaine Garza, Rodney Gibbs, Joe Gross, Jason Hicks, Liz Lambert, Alan Luecke, Rosa Madriz, Jeff McMillioan, James Moody, Lindsay Muse, Daniel Northcutt, Matt Odam, Paul Oveisi, Taylor Perkins, Rose Reyes, Doug Roberts, Lisa Roberts, Caitlin M. Ryan, Tony Schum, William Steakley, Courtney Thedford & Jennifer Wijangco

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PROGRESS to San Antonio!

Whole Foods Market to carry Austin-based coffee from nationally-known green café, created by Progress Coffee

(AUSTIN) – In Austin, when one-pound bags of Progress Coffee are delivered to Whole Foods Market’s downtown flagship store, it’s done by bicycle. Riders transport the coffee along a nearly four-mile route from the Central Austin headquarters of Owl Tree Roasting (Progress’s sister coffee roasting company) – in part to show the viability of biking in Austin’s urban environment, and in part to fulfill Whole Foods Market’s promise to customers that Progress is bike-delivered coffee.

On Friday, July 31, the Whole Foods Market store at the Alamo Quarry Market in San Antonio will fulfill the same promise – only the route will be an eighty-mile, seven-hour endurance test, along a series of less-traveled highways and back roads, in what could be another record-setting day of triple-digit temperatures.

John Trujillo, co-owner of Beat the Clock Bike Messengers in Austin, will deliver the coffee, leading a small group of cyclists from a sendoff party at Progress Coffee (500 San Marcos, Austin) at 7:30 a.m., with a planned arrival at Whole Foods Market’s Quarry store (255 E. Basse Road, San Antonio) at 3 p.m.

“We’re fully committed to sustainable living, and delivering coffee by bike rather than car is one of just many choices we consciously make,” said Joshua Bingaman, founder and owner of Progress Coffee. “Bike delivery from Austin to San Antonio isn’t the easiest thing to do, but we hope showing that it’s possible will inspire people to think about a whole range of easier, green choices they could be making.”

Since opening in 2004, the East Austin café has received regional and even national attention as a sustainable business as well as a popular meeting place, incorporating corn-based plastics, composting, and recycling into its operations.

Bingaman, and his Owl Tree Roasting co-owner and head roaster Travis Kizer, will be in San Antonio to help welcome the inaugural bike delivery to Whole Foods at the Quarry – followed by an in-store event, allowing customers to taste the café’s signature organic, fair-trade blend of Indonesian, Central and South American coffee.

“It’s a blend that a lot of people in Austin recognize and love,” said Kizer of the signature Progress blend. “We’re grateful to Whole Foods for the chance to bring it to people in San Antonio.”

Future deliveries of Progress coming to San Antonio will be made via a combination of bicycle and motor vehicle – bikes will take the coffee from Owl Tree to trucks at the Whole Foods Market distribution center in Southeast Austin.

Monday, May 18, 2009

new travel mugs!

these are rad
the ink is bulletproof
and the mugs are for
for bulletproof tigers

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Balmorhea cd release sponsored by PROGRESS

Release Show:
Balmorhea will be playing a special record release show in Austin, Tx:
Friday, March 13th
Ballet Austin Downtown (3rd and San Antonio)
With Special Guest: The Wooden Birds
$8, Tickets at the door
Sponsored by New Belgium Brewery & Progress Coffee
View poster here:


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Everything's Gonna Be Alright....

http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=xkZ6E8js3yQ

http://www. vimeo. com/3351645

Friday, February 20, 2009

Joey won!

Joey Alsop is the newest $50 Gift Card Winner at Progress!

Joey is a very loveable Leo and he listens to Dolly Parton like there ain’t no tomorrow. (And shouldn’t we all?) By day Joey is the New Account Rep for ABC Bank (ref. sign in photo as Joey would not come to the café for his picture today because he said he, “looked like a Hot mess” – I beg to differ- so I showed up at ABC Bank camera in hand). By night Joey is known the tear it up on the karaoke machines all over A-town. When not on the mic Joey is a reality show junkie and also spends much current past time reading the “Twilight” series. (Who’s not, right!?) Joey says that his favorite menu item at Progress is the Fruit Cup paired with a super yummerz Vanilla Latte but I’ll put money on the fact that Joey will be bringing his posse to the Progress Happy Hour with his gift card---so this round’s on Joey!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Owl lands at Woodland....

run and get 10% off

Post-Marathon Discounts
Bring your Austin Marathon (or Half Marathon) bib on Feb 15th to Progress Coffee and Rogue and receive 10% off entire group, or bring your ARC card between Feb 15th and March 15th to take advantage of this limited offer! Progress Coffee ( - 500 San Marcos St. (at 5th street, right next to Rogue)

Progress Showcase 09!

sweet posters on the way!

Progress day-time showcase Friday, 3/20/09

noon- Robert Gomez
1- Sarah Jaffe
2- Motel Motel
3- Meryll
4- J. Tillman (of the Fleet Foxes)
5- Callers
6- MOM
7- Beau Jennings (of Cheyenne)
8- Matthew and the Arrogant Sea

Monday, January 26, 2009

Precious Blood!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Owl Tree pressage: read and watch and share!

Monday, January 12, 2009

S.O.S Update - A note from Sam re: the next phase- radiation

We had a good visit w/ the head nurse and one of the doctor team members who will be
doing the gamma knife procedure on the remaining part of the meningioma (growth)
that is remaining in my head and the growth that is on my left IAC (Inner Auditory
Canal). The lead doctor was not in the office, so we were not able to meet her
today. The two we met were very nice and helpful - very willing to answer questions
and explain the procedure. I can see why these consultations ahead of the surgery
are necessary, but I wish I had understood from the beginning what this appointment
was about.

It will probsbly be at least a couple of weeks before the radiation can be
scheduled. Several people will be a part of the team, so they have to schedule the
radiation around their availability. The DR said that on the day of the radiation,
we'll get started very early (5-6 am). First thing they'll do is fasten my head
inside a metal frame. Then I'll have an very detailed MRI. After that the medical
team will meet to map out the procedure. Each treatment is specifically designed
for that particular patient. For some, the radiation is fairly quick, but, from the
way Dr. White talked earlier and from what the DR today said, it will be several
hours. They may even take me out of the machine and let me sit up. Not sure how
that will work! I think the purpose will be to let me change positions, but, more
importantly, to allow time for the doctors to map out the next part of their plan as
they move to another area.

I will not be under a general anesthesia. They will provide local anesthesia to the
areas of my head where the frame will be attached. They said I will not even feel
this part, which will be done by my neurosurgeon, Dr. White. After that and the
MRI, I will be given something during the radiation to help me relax and I will
probably sleep during most of the radiation. The RN & DR were both very reassuring
about the gamma knife radiation treatment and said it will not be a difficult,
painful experience.

Sorry I did not get this to you sooner. I rested some when I got home. We'll let
you know when we hear about a date.

Love you all,


Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

A Letter from Sam re: S.O.S.

TO: Members of S.O.S.

It is so good to write to you!!
Following the successful removal of the large tumor from back of my head, I have developed a new appreciation for the fact that I can say, "Good to see you . . . talk to you . . . be with you, etc." But, now, there is a special joy in being able to write to you, as a large number of people I have never met, yet you have been so amazingly caring, thoughtful, and generous. I know this is the result of your knowing one or both of my sons-in-law, Joshua Bingaman and Mauricio Cremer. Jenny and I are very blessed to have these men and a third man, Dan Gridley (here in OKC), as members of our family. I believe you can see from their writings that they are not just "sons" by the legal terms of marriage, they are "sons" in honor, integrity, love, respect, and comfort. The giving of themselves, along with my wonderful daughters, during my hospital stay and home recovery has been a truly remarkable picture of how people can provide comfort, protection, and encouragement to someone in need. Out of your relationship with them, you have chosen to graciously and generously give to me your thoughts, prayers and financial gifts. I am humbled and my heart is filled with gratitude by your participation through S.O.S.
I came home from the hospital on Monday, 12/22, one week after surgery, which was amazing in itself. I hope you have read the previous update by Joshua on the surgery, so I won't bother with going over that. We truly rejoice over the fact that there were no major repercussions from the presence and removal of the tumors, especially given the size of the growths. Healing of the incision has gone well. Staples were placed in the back of my head down to my neck to close the incision and they were removed last Tuesday, 12/30. There is still some swelling in the area of the incision, but nothing to unduly concern the Dr. Overall the medical team is pleased with the surgery and the progress I've made. I have been able to come completely off the high-powered pain medication which was prescribed for use during recovery. I still have pain, especially in my neck and down to my left shoulder area, due to some muscles having to be moved during surgery. There are also some pains that come and go in my head as healing takes place, but these can now be taken care of through over the counter meds. I am very thankful for this.
Since I have never been through surgery before, I had not anticipated some of the breathing, swallowing, digestion, and sleeping problems which I have encountered. This made my first week at home a little difficult at times. But, thankfully, these are no longer issues of concern.
Other than wait for my body to heal itself through God's miraculous design and healing presence, the next step will be radiation for the remaining 2% of the large area of growth near the top of the spinal column and the growth located on my left auditory canal, which is fairly large and has caused considerable hearing loss in my left area. We thought this radiation would be later in January, but they it scheduled on Friday, January 9. I will very much appreciate your thoughts and prayers on this day.
Well, I must close. Jenny and I are truly overwhelmed by your support. The presence of a God who is always faithful and the knowledge of a crowd of people like you who have simply made the choice to enter our world is a truly awesome thing. Every day I think of you and thank God for you all.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,
Sam Broughton