Archive for August, 2012

CHOOZE to Create a Difference

Kids love CHOOZE, the colorful, playful children’s shoes that call Dallas home. Remember how you liked to mix and match when you were young? With CHOOZE, the right and left shoe are matched but each shoe has a different combination of colors and patterns that go together beautifully.Color your own CHOOZE box for a creative school supply box.

On Saturday, September 8th, Whole Earth Provision Co.’s Dallas Preston Forest store will host a CHOOZE Shoes Trunk Show. Come see the new styles in colorful 100% cotton and with anti-microbial memory foam insoles. While you’re checking out the new styles, we hope you’ll take time to make a donation to support the Back to School Drive sponsored by Community Partners of Dallas. For every $10 or more donation, customers will receive a $5 Whole Earth gift certificate!

We’ll also have Chooze shoeboxes for your kids to color. They’re perfect for storing special treasures or art, craft and school supplies. We’ll have lots of shoeboxes and coloring pens on hand for your young Picassos to decorate their very own boxes. So come visit us at Dallas Preston Forest, see the new styles of Chooze Shoes and help a child in need with a donation to Community Partners of Dallas.

Chooze Shoes is a Good Returns company and supports anti-poverty programs both here and abroad. Locally, they support Community Partners of Dallas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children in the Dallas area. Through donations large and small, Community Partners has helped over 16,000 children in the last year. The program has been so successful that it has been adopted as a model by 135 communities in Texas.

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Event Details
Chooze to Create a Difference

Dallas Preston Forest location
September 8th, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Big Bend Ultra Workshops are Back!

Big Bend National Park photo by Michael E Harris

Photo by: Michael E. Harris

For the third year, Whole Earth Provision Co. is proud to sponsor the 2012 Big Bend Ultra Workshops in Austin and San Antonio. The workshops give trail runners a jump start on preparing for the Big Bend Ultra. Named the “Best Trail Race in a National Park” by Runner’s World Magazine, there are three distances to choose from: 50K, 25K and 10K. The Ultra is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2013 in Big Bend National Park.

The Big Bend Ultra Workshops will be held in Austin on August 30th and in San Antonio on September 13th. Big Bend race officials will describe the race courses, provide training tips and answer your questions about running in the Desert Southwest. There will be snacks and door prizes from Marmot, Salomon, Osprey and Whole Earth. Our staff will be on hand with suggestions for great footwear, clothing and gear to equip you for a desert sojourn.

In Austin:
August 30th at 7 pm

Whole Earth Provision Co. @ Westgate
4477 South Lamar Blvd. Suite 200
Austin Texas 78745
(512) 899-0992

In San Antonio:
September 13th at 7 pm

Whole Earth Provision Co. @ Quarry Market
255 E. Basse Rd.
San Antonio Texas 78209
(210) 829-8888

Proceeds from the Big Bend Ultra are donated to the Friends of Big Bend who support, promote and raise funds for Park projects. These have included wildlife research programs, the purchase of air and water quality monitoring equipment and the construction and renovation of the park infrastructure. The friends will be on hand to share their in-depth knowledge of the Big Bend area – where to go, what to see and where to stay.
Come join us!

Edited 8/22

The 20 Year Journey to Save Our Springs

SOS at 20: The Battle to Save Our Springs

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever does.” – Margaret Mead

August 8th marks the 20th Anniversary of the passage of the Save Our Springs Water Quality Ordinance by the citizens of Austin. The Ordinance was a direct response to a community uprising in June 1990 against a proposed development along Barton Creek that was seen as endangering the heart and soul of the city: Barton Springs. SOS (Save Our Springs) is both a city ordinance (Save Our Springs Water Quality Ordinance) and an organization (Save Our Springs Alliance) that grew out of the grassroots campaign to pass the water quality ordinance. Today the organization works to protect Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer.

Protester holds "Barton Springs Eternal" sign during efforts to save Barton Springs

Photo: Alan Pogue

Celebrating 20 Years of Save Our Springs

Save Our Springs Alliance Logo
SOS, the organization, will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of SOS, the ordinance, with a two-day party at Barton Springs. The celebration is August 7th and 8th. Events include hikes, swims, musical performances, a presentation of the documentaries Save Our Springs and Common Ground: The Battle for Barton Springs and a preview of Living Springs, an interactive website devoted to Barton’s. There will also be a series of presentations at “Barton Springs University”. Topics include the Edwards Aquifer ecosystem; a history of SOS and what it means for Austin today; the politics of Barton Springs, past and present; Philosopher’s Rock – Dobie, Bedichek and Webb; and the role of the Springs in pre-Columbian and contemporary indigenous cultures.

History of Barton Springs

People have been drawn to what we today call Barton Springs for over 10,000 years. For Native Americans they were a reliable source of fresh water, even during the unimaginably long droughts of the first millennium C.E. Early European explorers described the powerful underground flows from the Springs as fountains rising above the surrounding waters. By 1847, the “greatest and most convenient flow of water to be found in the Republic” helped determine that Waterloo, soon to be renamed Austin, would be the new capital of The Republic of Texas. And now, in the 21st Century, we, like generations before us, are drawn to Barton Springs to invigorate our bodies and replenish our souls.

The Future of Barton Springs is in Our Hands

Most Austinites take for granted that Barton Springs will always flow, will be there for our children and their children’s children. But the survival of the Springs should not be taken for granted. They are now surrounded by the city of Austin. Keeping pollution out of the watershed and recharge zone for the Springs is an on-going challenge given the need to make accommodations for Austin’s phenomenal growth. Whole Earth Provision Co. has been a supporter of Save Our Springs from its earliest days and is proud to sponsor SOS at 20 – The Chronicle’s Chronicles of the Historic Battle to Save Barton Springs We hope you will be inspired by the events and people whose stories are preserved in this archive. Please take time to study the issues and to join in the continuing effort to protect and preserve Barton Springs.
image of the cover for the Austin Chronicle's special e-edition

Austin-Chronicle-LogoIt is our pleasure to sponsor The Austin Chronicle’s special e-edition, “SOS at 20: The Chronicle’s Chronicles of the Historic Battle to Save Barton Springs”. The e-edition reproduces articles about the Save Our Springs movement as they were published in The Austin Chronicle between the all-night City Council meeting in June 1990 up to the passage of the Save Our Springs Water Quality Ordinance in August 1992. These articles capture the spirit of Austin and its concerned citizens as they work to preserve Barton Springs. The ads are fun too! In addition to the e-edition, the Austin Chronicle has put together a collection of their SOS archives.

Additional resources about Save Our Springs

Save Our Springs Alliance Website

An interview with Laura Dunn director of The Unforeseen

The Battle for the Springs – A Chronology 1974 – 2002

A 10th Anniversary Assessment: Did SOS Matter? Has the Movement for Clean Water fulfilled its promise?

Additional resources on Barton Springs

Learn about the science and history of Barton Springs: Edwards Aquifer Website

Some of our favorite videos:

Barton Screams – Video by Mago. More photos and videos at


Barton Springs: Soul of the City – Video by DOWNTOWN As Austin as it gets