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Austinites ring in New Year

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Thousands celebrated New Year's Eve at Auditorium Shores.  

It's out with the old and in with the new. Many Austinites have high hopes for 20-14.

"Have less, little bit more needy...see if there's ways that I can build up their lives as well," said Nancy Stivers.

"I just hope for continued good health and to enjoy the simple things in life" said Ron Butler, spectator.

But they are also holding on to the memories.

"Just a little card for my granddaughter," said

The postcard project allowed people like Nancy Stivers to thank those who have been an inspiration.

"Oh she's just a wonderful little child. Allows me to go back to my childhood and reminds me how wonderful...just appreciating the little things in life. Or notice the things I don't notice anymore," Stivers said.

What better way to end the year than with a re-cap of the best things to do in Austin. Crowds got to check out short selections from Austin film organizations and listen to music from around the world.

Those working the event, like Virginia Pohlmeier, got to ring in the New Year doing something they love.

"Oh I'm very happy about that, it's a lot of fun. It brings us...clogging in all these places brings us to a lot of neat venues," Pohlmeier said.

Helping keep this event weird was Austin's bike zoo.

"A friend of ours invited us to come out. She has a little one year old also and she said it was going to be a good family friendly fun event that we can bring the kids to," Ann Bleier said.

The city of Austin provides this event as a safe alternative for families to share time with each other.

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