1. I finally went to go see the famous Austin bats on Saturday night with fellow Statesman intern Caitlin Clark and some friends from out of town. We parked at the Statesman and walked down to the river where we stood on the grass for about half an hour while we waited for bats to make an appearance. I was shocked by the crowd. These bats emerge every night, but there were still hundreds of people all along both sides of the river, on the Congress bridge and on the water. I was a little nervous about going to see them because the bats are coming out later this year, which makes them harder to see, but they’re still drawing a great crowd anyway.

    While waiting, we could hear the bats under the bridge. They were making little chirping noises and sounded just like crickets. They started coming out slowly; one flew out, then a few trickled after it. Eventually hundreds of bats were emerging from underneath the bridge, and it was extraordinary. We stood watching them for at least 10 minutes and they just kept coming. The bat tour boats were shining lights underneath the bridge and we could see that there were still so many not yet flying. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. After seeing the bats, it’s no surprise to me that so many people gather around that bridge in the evenings to watch them.

    - Chloe

  2. Recipe of the week: Spinach Turkey Meatballs http://atxne.ws/1nNTBA9

    Recipe of the week: Spinach Turkey Meatballs http://atxne.ws/1nNTBA9

  3. Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died at 86: http://atxne.ws/1tm2XZh

Photos of Garner through the years: http://atxne.ws/1nWTd7g

    Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died at 86: http://atxne.ws/1tm2XZh

    Photos of Garner through the years: http://atxne.ws/1nWTd7g

  4. Inspired by the Statesman’s video of Springdale Farm’s produce art, I decided to drag my boyfriend to the farm’s Saturday market this weekend. It was a little hard to find  we originally passed it and got a little lost on all the one-way streets in the area  but when we finally got there and figured out where to park, I was impressed. There was an amazing variety of products, including fresh vegetables, jams and eggs, and they were all arranged beautifully.

    After we bought eggs (incredibly pricey eggs — $7 for a dozen!), we walked around the farm and looked at their chickens, which I wanted to steal because they were so cute. The grounds were surprisingly peaceful and beautiful for a farm in the middle of the city. I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re interested in urban farms and farmers markets.

    - Chloe

  5. Did we catch you at Mellowfest this weekend?

Check out our A-List photos from the event Saturday at Empire Control Room & Garage! http://atxne.ws/1rbWFgG

    Did we catch you at Mellowfest this weekend?

    Check out our A-List photos from the event Saturday at Empire Control Room & Garage! http://atxne.ws/1rbWFgG

  6. Celebrating Bastille Day this year, #ATX? The #Austin360#App features key places to celebrate! http://atxne.ws/W4BksI

    Celebrating Bastille Day this year, #ATX? The #Austin360#App features key places to celebrate! http://atxne.ws/W4BksI

  7. Review: Kiss & Def Leppard at the Austin360 Amphitheater: http://atxne.ws/1nteeWS

And check out more A-List photos from the show: http://atxne.ws/U29oE5

(Photo by Tammy Perez / For American-Statesman)

    Review: Kiss & Def Leppard at the Austin360 Amphitheater: http://atxne.ws/1nteeWS

    And check out more A-List photos from the show: http://atxne.ws/U29oE5

    (Photo by Tammy Perez / For American-Statesman)

  8. Capital City Comic Con 2014 July 11-13 makes for some great photos! Check out Admiral Akbar just chiling at the snack bar, and more in our gallery! http://atxne.ws/1orq4gH

Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman

    Capital City Comic Con 2014 July 11-13 makes for some great photos! Check out Admiral Akbar just chiling at the snack bar, and more in our gallery! http://atxne.ws/1orq4gH

    Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman

  9. Did you know that the #Austin360App is available on desktop? Check it out here: http://atxne.ws/1nefOvr

    Did you know that the #Austin360App is available on desktop? Check it out here: http://atxne.ws/1nefOvr

  10. Looking for fun in Austin this summer? Check out all of our guides to summer, movies, water parks and more! http://atxne.ws/1k9dtNT

    Looking for fun in Austin this summer? Check out all of our guides to summer, movies, water parks and more! http://atxne.ws/1k9dtNT