Category Archives: Out & About

Marathon 2016 – Breezed through on Valentines Day Morning

The Marathon has come and gone.

In the past neighbors in our ‘hood had complaints about sound and access … and largely through the effort of concerned individuals and the BCNA dealing directly with city staff and event producers, many of these inconveniences have been ameliorated and the event still makes its annual trek through our local streets.

The long-time organizers of the Austin Marathon have passed the baton to a new crew and as such next year some things we’ve taken for granted in the past as having been handled may rise again as issues to manage through patient, calm persistence.

Did you watch? Did you or someone you know participate? Was it terribly inconvenient? Do you think the event is net positive? Good for business and health? Something else?

Let’s try to get the (constructive) comments flowing …

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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Important Information: Auditorium Shores Vote



Residents of Bouldin Creek,

An important time is upon us as the city prepares to vote on keeping our cherished Auditorium Shores a public parkland or re-establishing it as an events venue.

If you are interested in reading the Bylaws of the Parks and Recreation Board, click here.

Stay informed on the details be reading more on the topic:

Plan for Auditorium Shores, including a smaller dog area, heads to a vote
Austin American-Statesman

The Austin parks department’s vision for a new, much smaller off-leash dog area at Auditorium Shores is generating a backlash ahead of two votes scheduled this week on the plan….

Council Preview: Only Reconnect
Austin Chronicle 

Then There’s This: Turf Fight at Auditorium Shores
Austin Chronicle

For a city that strives to be on the cutting edge of all things trendy, Austin lags behind a national shift toward creating more off-leash dog parks – what the Trust for Public Land has called the fastest-growing species of city parks in America, with Portland, Ore. leading the pack. Indeed, according to advocacy group Friends of Austin Dog Parks, Austin has steadily downsized its off-leash acreage while other cities have added more space. The shrinkage argument is amping up in advance of a Dec. 10 meeting of the Parks and Rec­re­ation Board, which is set to vote on a proposed redevelopment plan for Auditorium Shores. That plan calls for reducing the existing 18 acres of off-leash space to about four acres (up from the originally proposed three acres)….

Can Runners, Cyclists and Dogs Coexist on Auditorium Shores?

Proposed changes to Auditorium Shores – and specifically, changes to the area available to dogs and their owners – have people talking….

Auditorium Shores lawn could soon be off limits to dogs

C3, the company that puts on the Austin City Limits Music Festival every year, is giving the City of Austin more than $3 million to renovate Auditorium Shores. However part of the proposal, from the 1999 Town Lake Master Plan, includes getting rid of a large part of the leash-free dog park.

Frustration over plan to move Auditorium Shores dog park

There were shouts of anger and frustration at a packed public input meeting Tuesday night. Dog owners are upset over the City of Austin’s plan to eliminate a section of the leash-free zone at Auditorium Shores….