Austin Kula Karate offers free defense class for students

Austin Kula Karate is offering a free self defense class for students this Saturday. Photo courtesy Austin Kula Karate

Austin Kula Karate is offering a free self defense class for students heading back to college.

The 90-minute session is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the studio, 2414 Exposition Boulevard, B110 (inside MOVE). Ages 12 and older are welcome.

To reserve a spot, go here. http://www.AustinKulaKarate.com For more information, call (512) 589-7709. The studio will accept donations to benefit SAFE, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, which help survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. http://www.safeaustin.org/about-safe/

For best eclipse viewing, book a campsite within the Zone of Totality

Central Texas won’t be within the Path of Totality for the upcoming eclipse, but Hipcamp can help you find a camping spot that is. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Central Texas doesn’t fall within the Path of Totality for the upcoming eclipse, which means you won’t need a headlamp when the sun, moon and earth align at about mid-day on Aug. 21.

The Zone of Totality runs from Oregon to South Carolina. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Plan things just right, though, and you could be staked out in front of a tent inside that special zone, getting a world-class view of mid-day darkness.

Hipcamp, an online site which partners with land owners to make open them up to campers, has posted a list of places within the 70-mile wide swath that stretches across 13 states, from Oregon to South Carolina. The list includes private campgrounds, national parks, RV parks and random privately-owned chunks of land where you can set up camp. Prices vary, but you can secure something for about $20.

Check out the list here.

Need more tips on how to plan a camping trip around the eclipse? Go here.