Plus, Austinites shared their Project Connect feedback.
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🌶 Get your Sriracha local
Three shelves full of sriracaha bottles.
And to think we took this sight for granted last year. | Photo by Paul Narvaez via Wikimedia Commons
A summer without Sriracha? It’s a possibility now that Huy Fong Foods plans to stop production until after Labor Day. “All orders that have been scheduled beginning on May 6, 2024, will be canceled,” the California-based hot sauce company said. That’s nearly a four-month pause on the production of Sriracha, chili garlic sauce, and sambal oelek.

This isn’t the first time Huy Fong couldn’t deliver the heat. Last year, we reported a Sriracha shortage due to droughts in Mexico (where the jalapeno peppers are sourced). This year’s culprit? The peppers are “too green.”

Huy Fong’s “red rooster” Sriracha is known for, well, being red. When jalapenos are too green, they dilute that iconic color. It isn’t just the hue that’s halting the hot sauce — green peppers are also less spicy than their more developed red pepper peers. And what’s Sriracha without spice?

Our advice is to sample some local sauces that bring on the heat.
Would you rather...

A. Have green Sriracha sauce?
B. Endure another Sriracha shortage?
Friday, May 24
  • Blue Genie Art Bazaar May Market | Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin | Cost of purchase | It’s the last weekend for this annual arts-meets-shopping event with 100+ regional artists selling their goods..
  • Romeo and Juliet | Friday, May 24-Sunday, June 9 | 8-10 p.m. | The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr., Austin | Free | Experience the beloved tale of two star-crossed lovers in an Elizabethan outdoor theater on the shores of Lake Austin.
Saturday, May 25
  • 15th Annual 2024 Lone Star Jam | Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 | 12-11 p.m. | Round Rock Amp, 3701 N. Interstate Hwy. 35, Round Rock | $50-$300 | Scoot your boots to the front of the crowd for headliners Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Robert Earl Keen, and Casey Donahew.
  • Here Be Monsters New Music Festival | Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 | 5-11 p.m. | Radio East, 3504 Montopolis Dr., Austin | $15-$50 | Back for its second year, this two-day festival celebrates Austin’s indie-classical music scene.
Sunday, May 26
  • Close Assault 1968: Vietnam War Living History Program | Sunday, May 26-Monday, May 27 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Texas Military Forces Museum, 2200 W. 35th St., Austin | Free | The program will feature a historic vehicles demonstration — including an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier — and a battle reenactment.
  • Boxing in the Park with Easley Boxing | Sunday, May 26 | 10 a.m. | Meanwhile Brewing Co., 3901 Promontory Point Dr., Austin | Free | Try your hand(s) at a new way to get fit by learning some boxing fundamentals.
  • Eastside Pop Up’s Handcrafted and Vintage Market | Sunday, May 26 | 12-4 p.m. | Central Machine Works, 4824 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin | Free | Sip a cold one while perusing handmade and vintage treasures by local artisans.
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Hormone health Q+A: Why get tested?
A woman has her eyes closed and her hands clasped in a meditation pose
Hormone health impacts your overall well-being and helps your body find its balance. | Photo provided by Labcorp
Hormones influence everything from fertility and menstrual cycles to mood and metabolism, making prioritizing hormonal health important for women at every stage of life.

Here are common hormone questions — and how Labcorp OnDemand makes understanding your hormonal health easy.

What are common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance?
  • Irregular menstrual periods or difficulty conceiving
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Dry skin or trouble concentrating
  • Hot flashes or sleep disturbances
Why test my hormone levels?

Testing these hormones can provide insights into whether the symptoms you’re experience are linked to a hormonal imbalance:
  • Progesterone: Monitor + track ovulation to aid in family-planning or to understand your menstrual cycle.
  • Estradiol (E2): Test the most common type of estrogen to get insights into your reproductive health.
  • Menopause-related hormones: Understand your menopause symptoms with this all-in-one test that measures four key menopause-related hormones.
How can I get tested?

Purchase a Labcorp OnDemand lab test to get quick and convenient results (think: no doctor’s visit required). Bonus: Get $10 off code with code 6AMCITY.
News Notes
  • The original 1976 Wheatsville Food Co-Op location, 3101 Guadalupe St., will close its doors at the end of 2026. The shop decided not to renew its lease, largely because it lies in the path of Project Connect’s upcoming light rail. (Eater Austin)
  • Zilker’s House Wine is moving. The wine bar will leave 408 Josephine St., where it has been since 2008, to 1711 S. 1st St., in late June. Expect a bigger backyard, a front and back patio, and the same wines + snacks. (Eater Austin)
  • Austin ISD schools will provide free breakfast + lunch through summer, beginning on Saturday, June 1. The program will provide meals for anyone under 18 years old regardless of economic status and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old.
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday with a birthday party. The airport opened in 1999, when Kirk Watson was mayor the first time. Expect a busy travel weekend for Memorial Day — consult our guide if you’re flying. (CBS Austin)
  • A-list “Anyone But You” star Glen Powell has moved back home, at least for now. The native Austinite and UT alum said being in the Capital City makes him feel like the “best version” of himself. Keep your eyed peeled for him in line at H-E-B. (Austin Monthly)
  • UT athletic director Chris del Conte is the athletic director of the year, according to the Sports Business Journal. He was awarded in New York City earlier this week.
  • Fingers crossed — the Texas Longhorns will top the Oklahoma Sooners this year. Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Texas Longhorns with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
    🚆 Next stop: Project Connect
    A rendering of the station intersecting Guadalupe Street at Republic Square.
    A rendering of the station intersecting Guadalupe Street at Republic Square. | Rendering via Austin Transit Partnership
    3,863. That’s how many comments the Austin Transit Partnership collected about the future of Project Connect from residents during its survey period.

    ATP collected feedback from January to March for the Austin Light Rail Phase 1 Project Scoping Report. Let’s dive into some highlights about what Austinites said:
    • 24% of comments (the biggest margin) provided feedback about Project Connect’s route, including station locations, route lengths, and priority extensions
    • 11% of notes emphasized the need to connect stations with bus, pedestrian, bike, and/or Park & Ride stations
    • Another 11% raised opinions in favor of creating stations near active spaces, dense areas, and business + retail development
    • 9% were curious about costs, including budget, fares, tax burden, and receiving federal funding
    • 8% wanted to make sure the light rail was safe to use
    Interested in what people in your neighborhood had to say? Read the full report.
    The Buy
    The ultimate kitchen appliance for summer: the Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker. No ice, salt, or hand-churning required — simply freeze the bowl and pour in your custom creation. We’re thinking black raspberry or chocolate chip…
    The Wrap
    City Editor Figi poses with an adorable goat. Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    The potential for 100-degree weather this weekend is bittersweet for me. On one hand, I know it’s the start of months of sweltering weather. On the other hand, it makes for the perfect time to visit Barton Springs Pool, which I plan on doing over the long weekend.
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