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All the News that Fits-June 2018

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

  The first day of the Republic of Texas Biker Rally rolls into the Travis County Expo Center Thursday. Friday night, bikers will ride from the Expo Center to Congress Avenue for the annual parade, temporarily blocking off 54 blocks along Congress Avenue and 6th Street.

Palmer Heavy Traffic-June 2018

PalmerHeavyTraffic_June2018.pdf

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL                                                                         Whether you’re interested in avoiding traffic, parking issues, or strolling to a good time, here are the websites to discover the goings-on of which to be aware:                                                                               LONG CENTER  http://thelongcenter.org/events/

PALMER AUDITORIUM                                                                                         https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/2018/06/

CoA information:

For new residents, the City of Austin makes available information on trash, recycle and compost collection here:

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/residential-curbside-collection-schedule

Also will link to June schedule for bulk trash and large brush collection and a calendar for all the above to use-a handy tool for busy folks.

Street Sweeping 6/11/18 – 6/15/18

Residential streets are swept six times a year, while major streets are swept once a month. This schedule allows for the regular sweeping of many of the City’s prized bicycle facilities, located both on residential and major streets.

Keep your trees trimmed so that there is a least 14 feet of clearance above your curb. Trim your bushes so they do not block the curb line.

Do not rake or blow leaves, grass or other trash into the streets. This is prohibited by City ordinance. Street sweeping equipment is not able to handle limbs, branches or large quantities of grass and leaves. You should dispose of these materials through your weekly yard trimmings collection.

On your scheduled street cleaning week, avoid parking on streets, remove empty trash and recycling carts, and remove other obstacles such as basketball hoops. Doing so will help avoid debris being left behind on your street.

Sweepers operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m..http://austintexas.gov/department/street-sweeping

http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Resource_Recovery/sweepingmap_050218-070618.pdf

All the News that Fits-April 2018

Texas School for the Deaf
Performing Arts Program Presents:
“Noises Off” – A High School Production
April 12, 13, 14, 2018 [link]

Trail maintenance in the West Bouldin Creek          Greenbelt

Neighbors,                                                                                                                                       We will do trail maintenance in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, 1200 S 6th Street,  next Saturday April 14 from 9 am to  noon. The ground is still soft from the recent rains and this is a great time to pull out the encroaching ragweed.

Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Parks Foundation are providing tools and gloves – all we need now is about 30 people to get this done.                                                                                                                                Please join us, even if only for an hour; kids and friends welcome. The greenbelt is gorgeous at this time of the year and the weather promises to be warmer.                                                                                                         Thanks, Ingrid Weigand                                                                                                   BCNA Parks Committee                                                                                                512-663-4632

Becker Elementary Yard Sale Saturday April 21, 2018

Calling for Donations: Do some spring cleaning & help Becker                    Elementary.                                                                                                                 Start your Spring cleaning and help us make the Becker Yard Sale (Benefiting the 5th grade) a huge success this year.

We need valuable items to reach our goal for this year’s field trip and we’re close, but we’re counting on this sale to make it.

Please see this poster

Becker_Yard_Sale-2018-04-21.pdf

and help us pass the word with your neighbors or friends who would like to donate items. And please invite them to come shop on Saturday, April 21 from 9am – 1pm. Stop by and have a taco or coffee with us, too. Bring the whole family for a great day. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.

Donations will be accepted starting next week at the White House during drop off and pickup: 913 W. Milton St. 7:15-7:45 am and 2:45-3:15.

Events affecting the n’hood plus events of interest

Austin Reggae Festival – Friday April 20 – Sunday April 22nd

Expect heavy traffic in and around Auditorium Shores all three days

Barricades at Dawson, Bouldin, Gibson, Christopher Streets –                 Resident Access Only                                                                                                           (see PDF road closure document)

http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/CityStage/Transportation/AustinReggaeFest_SCD_10172017.pdf

Barricades and APD Officers will be present for residential street closure.

More local events of interest:

Bike Night is a leisurely event for cyclists of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.                                                                                               http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/bike

Roberta Reed Crenshaw Overlook Dedication:       The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation, is holding an Overlook Dedication and Sign Unveiling for Roberta Reed Crenshaw on the North side of Lady Bird Lake on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The location is on the Southwest corner of Cesar Chavez and Congress Avenue.  [link]

Palmer Heavy Traffic For April:

2018-04-(Apr)-Palmer-Heavy-Traffic.pdf

State calls on appeals court to take up Austin short-term rental case.  Story here:

You can have your Porch, and setbacks too …

Will be interesting to see how this plays out in practice.

http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2016/01/planning-commission-oks-porch-change/

The idea is that a house on a corner lot can’t easily have a wrap-around porch because of lot-size limitations, so now the encroachment into the front setback (an encroachment which everyone who’s ever enjoyed a conversation on a shady porch with a neighbor can probably support) can wrap around to the side setback as well, encouraging a more “connected” style of home much like the traditional homes of yore.

Overall this seems like a good thing. But “what defines a porch?” will likely become the question. What do you think?