Archive for March, 2010

Banff Mountain Film Fest: April 10 & 11 in Austin

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Banff Festival Show Times

April 10, Radical Reels, view current information

April 11, World Tour, view current information

(Doors open 1& 1/2 hours earlier)

Whole Earth is happy to report that tickets for the Austin edition of the 2010 Banff festival are available for sale.  To understand how wonderful the new films are, watch the short video below. Two shows are scheduled at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin: Radical Reels on Saturday, April 10th and the World Tour on Sunday, April 11th. Tickets for a single night are $20.00 each and two-night passes are available for $35.00.

Tickets are available at the Paramount box office and on-line through or by phoning (866) 977-6849. (A service charge will be added.) They are not available the days of the festival at Whole Earth stores.

All proceeds from this year’s event will be contributed to the Austin Parks Foundation. These folks have done so much for the citizens of Austin that it’s worth the price of admission just to see their cause advanced.

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Native San Antonio

Shown above are Jamie Gonzales and Jerry Morrisey at the first annual Native San Antonio event held in San Antonio’s Eisenhower Park on March 20th. They are enjoying a cold, blustery first day of Spring at the Whole Earth booth. Jamie (left) is the resident toy expert at our Quarry Market store – and a very knowledgeable horticulturist; Jerry is one of the organizers of the event representing the sponsoring organization: the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Several hundred hardy folks came out to enjoy nature and learn about native plants from all the wonderful speakers there.

Haiti Earthquake Relief

Whole Earth did a six-week campaign to raise funds to alleviate the suffering of thousands of Haitians following the January 12th earthquake that devastated their island nation. “Thank you” to the scores of our great friends and customers who contributed at all our stores to a number of relief organizations. A total of more than $5300 has been forwarded to Doctors Without Borders, American Red Cross, Oxfam International, and Partners in Health.  Americans are a very generous people and the folks who come through our doors are the best of the best! Thanks so much for your wonderful response.

White Rock Lake CleanUp

The Whole Earth crew pictured above has just completed their monthly cleanup. Our Dallas store has adopted a segment of lakeshore at White Rock Lake to clean every second Saturday. Volunteers are always welcome!

Employee of the Month

Junior, pictured above, is shown relaxing in front of the original Whole Earth store near U.T. in Austin. He is modeling a custom-made Smartwool sweater made from a former Merino wool sock – and looking rather comfortable in it! His comment upon being named Employee of the Month, “No flash photos, please.” Laid back canines are always welcome at Whole Earth.

Whole Earth at Get Outdoors!

In San Antonio, the first Saturday in March is coming to mean Get Outdoors! That’s the name of the event designed for kids and put on by the San Antonio River Authority at Mission San Jose. More than 5.300 children and their parents streamed through the ancient gates of the compound contiguous with the old church to partake of the numerous activities on the grounds. Whether they were learning to cast with a spinning rod, decorating a T-shirt with natural clay dye, or receiving a tree sapling to plant in the backyard, everyone was having a great day while learning how to be outdoors.

At the Whole Earth booth we showed off many of the science kits we carry, explained all about geodes – and then broke them open to expose the beautiful crystals within, and, the biggest crowd pleaser of the day: demonstrated how easy it is to pollute our water on a huge, scale-model of a local river system.  Shown in one of the photos below, our Field Team wow-ed the young on-lookers with food coloring pollution flowing with the rains right into the same lakes and aquifers from which our drinking water is drawn.
A special “thank you” goes out to the folks at American Youth Works charter high school in Austin for loaning us the use of their water model for this event.
It was a fine day to just get outdoors!

San Antonio River Foundation Fund Drive

Whole Earth is so pleased to be partnering with the San Antonio River Foundation. We ask that you stop by our Alamo Quarry Market store to make a contribution there as you browse our eclectic offerings under the smoke stacks.  The S.A.R. Foundation is the organization working to beautify the San Antonio River through the heart of the city. Your generous donation will help all along the river with trail enhancements, benches, pavilions, parks and more. The Mission Reach is an eight mile river improvement project which begins downtown and heads south to the four historic missions. Even a dollar or five will be very welcome.

“This is a great opportunity for the San Antonio River Foundation to raise funds and share the news on the developing Mission Reach with engaged and educated consumers that have a keen interest in the community and environment,” said Kim Adams, executive director, San Antonio River Foundation.

“The San Antonio River is the most important environmental element in San Antonio. As the infrastructure and habitat of the river are restored, citizens and visitors will be able to access the river for its recreational and cultural connections.” “The River Foundation is key to enhancing these elements, and Whole Earth Provision Company is pleased to help by offering this limited promotion”, said company founder, Jack Jones.

The San Antonio River Foundation and its supporters, like Whole Earth Provision Company, believe that the river is the lifeblood of our city and continues to preserve and beautify it through public art, parks, outdoor learning spaces and the stories we share in the form of mission portals, reclaimed art works and more.

The San Antonio River Foundation is working on this large-scale, multi-phase project with Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority, the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of San Antonio. Improvements are projected to be complete by 2013 for the Mission Reach.

For more information about the San Antonio River Foundation, please visit or call 210-224-2694.

The North Face Tent to be Raffled in Dallas

Add your name to the raffle spinner pictured above for a chance to win a North Face tent!  When you’re ready for a new daypack or a sport shirt or some fine rainwear, consider making that purchase at our Dallas Whole Earth store. If that purchase is from one of our favorite makers of all those things, The North Face, and totals $100.00 or more, you can drop your name in that raffle spinner. At the end of April, 2010 we will draw out one of those names for a sparkling new Minibus 23 tent from The North Face. It’s a roomy 2-person model that retails for $359.00. Wouldn’t that be great for your next trip to the Rockies!