Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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Upcoming dates for Bouldin Creek neighbors


5/24 Cap Tex Tri packet pickup
5/25 Cap Tex Tri (road closures)
5/27 KGSR Blues on the Green
5/27 South Lamar Corridor Improvement Program Open House
6/1 BCNA Steering Committee Meeting
6/9 BCNA General Association Meeting
6/24 KGSR Blues on the Green
6/15  Bulk Trash Collection
7/4 City of Austin Independence Day Celebration at Auditorium Shores (barricades in place)
7/22 KGSR Blues on the Green
7/27 Bulk Brush Collection for residents east of S. 1st. St.
8/3 Bulk Brush Collection for residents west of S. 1st. St.
8/5 KGSR Blues on the Green


See the Award Winning Film ‘Speaking In Tongues’ at Becker Elementary on 1/10/15

Please come see this great film this Saturday at Becker Elementary!

Screening of award-winning Speaking in Tongues movie about dual language at Becker Elementary School and School Tours / Se dará la película premiada Speaking in Tongues sobre lenguaje dual y Visítas Guíadas en La Escuela Primaria Becker. Tours of Becker before and after.

On Saturday, January 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. Becker Elementary at 906 W. Milton St., Austin, will host a screening of Speaking in Tongues (, the award-winning documentary on dual language education in the United States. Tours of the Dual Language program at Becker will be given at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The film Speaking in Tongues, which took home the Documentary Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, follows four diverse students and their families as they encounter the challenges and delights of becoming fluent in two languages. For decades, language education has been a hot-button issue for educators, politicians, and parents, yet as pioneering activist Ling-chi Wang explains in the film, America’s linguistic richness is among its greatest strengths. Employers need multilingual skills and our national security apparatus pours millions each year into teaching “strategic languages.”

Becker Elementary is a Two-Way Dual Language school in Austin Independent School District in which students who speak English and Spanish as their first languages learn academic subjects together in the same classroom in English and in Spanish with the goal of obtaining academic fluency in both languages.

Becker Elementary School has begun its school tours as part of the Dual Language Enrollment Period for pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Becker is free and open to students from throughout Austin ISD. Applications for admission to the Dual Language program at Becker for 2015-16 are currently being accepted beginning with a deadline for applications of February 27, 2015.

School tours will be offered to interested families on the following days, at 906 W. Milton St., Austin, TX 78704:
– Saturday, January 10th at 2 pm and 4 pm
– Wednesday, Jan. 14th at 10:15 am
– Friday, January 30th at 8:30 am
– Friday, February 13th at 6:30 pm
– Friday, February 20th at 8:30 am
– Friday, February 27th at 8:30 am

For more information about the film or about Becker, email or call (512) 571-7974 (English) or (512) 673-0206 (Spanish) to rsvp for an upcoming tour or just come. Becker’s website

El sábado 10 de enero a las 3 p.m. se dará la película Speaking in Tongues (Hablando en Lenguas) (, el documental premiado sobre el programa educacional de lenguaje dual en los Estados Unidos en la Escuela Primaria Becker en 906 W. Milton St., Austin. Se darán visitas guíadas de la escuela y su programa de lenguaje dual a las 2 p.m. y 4 p.m. El evento es gratis y abierto al público.

El documental Speaking in Tongues, que ganó el Premio de la Audiencia en Documentales en el Festival Internacional de Cine en San Francisco, sigue cuatro estudiantes diversos y sus familias mientras encuentran los retos y alegría de adquirir fluidez en dos idiomas. Por décadas, el programa educacional de lenguaje dual ha sido una polémica para maestros, políticos y padres sin embargo como explica la activista Ling-chi Wang en la película, la riqueza lingüística en los Estados Unidos es de las destrezas más grandes en el país. Los empleadores necesitan abilidades multilingües y el aparato de seguridad nacional gasta millones de dólares por año en enseñar <idiomas estratégicos.>

La Escuela Primaria Becker es una escuela de Lenguaje Dual bi-direccional en el Distrito Escolar de Austin en la cual los estudiantes que hablan español e inglés como primer idioma aprenden materias académicas juntos en el mismo salón en inglés y español con la meta de obtener fluidez académica en ambos idiomas. Becker ha comenzado sus primeras visítas guíadas como parte del período de matrícula en el programa de Lenguage Dual para pre-Kinder al 5to grado. Becker es gratis y abierta a los estudiantes de todo el Distrito Escolar de Austin. Actualmente está aceptando solicitudes para el programa de Lenguaje Dual en Becker para 2015-16 empezando con un plazo para aplicar hasta el 27 de febrero de 2015.

TOURS/VISÍTAS GUÍADAS serán los siguientes días y horas en Becker en la calle 906 W. Milton:
– el sábado 10 de enero a las 2 pm y 4 pm
– el miércoles 14 de enero a las 10:15 am
– el viernes 30 de enero a las 8:30 am
– el viernes 13 de febrero a las 6:30 pm
– el viernes 20 de febrero a las 8:30 am
– el viernes 27 de febrero a las 8:30 am

Para más información sobre la película o Becker, pueden mandar un correo o hablar a 512-673-0206 para inscribirte en una visita guíada o ¡no más ven! El sitio de web de Becker es Welcome to Becker! | Becker Elementary School

Welcome to Becker! | Becker Elementary School

Becker estará dando visítas guíadas y en enero y febrero de 2015 estará aceptando solicitudes a su programa reconocido bi-direccional de Lenguaje Dual para los niños entrando en pre-Kinder a 5to grado.
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Bouldin’s Famed Postcard Mural Makeover


The “Greetings from AUSTIN” postcard at the corner of Annie St. and S. 1st that we all know as a neighborhood landmark has been re-painted to restore the charm of this iconic 78704 gem!

Thanks to Bouldin resident, Tim Ziegler, we can see the process captured in this time lapse video… thanks, Tim!

Hollywood meet “Bouldin-wood”


Bouldin Creek welcomes some celebrity friends from the west coast this week for filming in the neighborhood! You may be seeing some very large trailers, extra police officers and other celeb-types around S. 1st and Mary. Word on the street is that Robert Di Nero is filming a feature film where he plays a locksmith. Our friends over at Sharp’s Locksmith may be unlocking their ticket to fame! 😉


What Wikipedia Says About the Hood!

We all have our own stories about “Bouldin Creek” — from the anecdotes of our daily lives to the stories from generations past. But what does the world’s free online encyclopedia have to say about our beloved neighborhood? Read on…

(SOURCE for the following:,_Austin,_Texas)

Bouldin Creek is an older neighborhood in Austin, Texas, originally created at the turn of the 20th century. With several historic homes remaining from that era, and countless more from the period of rapid growth in the 1920s and 30s that followed, this neighborhood has an undeniable historic charm. Bouldin Creek is also highly diverse, with a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and architectural styles blending together, resulting in a neighborhood that is uniquely Austin.

One of Bouldin Creek’s homes

Bouldin Creek borders the South Congress area to the east, and the major commercial area centered around South First to the west, with its marked Hispanic influence, forms another backbone of the neighborhood. Given its proximity to these areas and to Downtown Austin, there are certainly areas of Bouldin Creek that have changed as result of gentrification, but the historic nature of the neighborhood and eccentricity of its residents mean it will always be a little bit different. For those who doubt the “weirdness” of South Austin, look no further than David Ansel, a famous resident who left his job in the tech sector to become The Soup Peddler; no one better captures the spirit of the neighborhood.

Bouldin Creek’s diverse roots are visible everywhere. In just a quick walk around the neighborhood, one can find the historic Victorian mansion Green Pastures once belonging to famous activist John Henry Faulk, the St. Anne African Methodist Episcopal Church (originally constructed in 1916) on Newton Street, and the beautiful mission-style Holy Name of Mary Orthodox Church at South Third Street. In the South First area, the Mexican bakeries, tattoo shops, art galleries, and unusual shops reflect the diversity of the neighborhood and the resident’s desire to support local business. Another integral part of the neighborhood is the Texas School for the Deaf; its enormous campus occupies the entire area bounded by South Congress, Elizabeth Street, Barton Springs Road, and South First. Originally created in the mid-19th century, the school underwent a massive renovation and expansion during the early 1990s.

Today, the spirit of the neighborhood is concentrated in the efforts of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association (BCNA,, which arbitrates development and city initiatives with the neighborhood’s residents.