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All the News that Fits December 2020

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

BCNA Officer Elections – December 8, 2020

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual officer’s election at the next General Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 8.
We are a volunteer organization and depend on those neighbors who are willing to donate time and energy to make sure our interests are represented at City boards and commissions, at the Austin Neighborhood Council and with Austin City Council. Our officers and committees deal with zoning issues, traffic problems and neighborhood parks; manage our funds, maintain the web site and publish newsletters.
As always, we will take nominations from the (Zoom) floor at the meeting. As noted earlier, you have to be a registered member of BCNA as of November 30, in order to be a candidate or to vote.
Attached is positions descriptions HERE:
We are also looking for volunteers to serve on Committees for Parks, Traffic, and Zoning issues. We asked each candidate to provide us with a short statement. In the spirit of the League of Women Voters, these statements are unedited.
Slate of candidates info HERE:

Bouldin Bulletin
Hot off the press is the December Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:
Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, our editor and Rob Clayton our web admin.,for bringing us into a new world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin.

Yahoo forums end December 15
Bouldin Forum Listserve is moving to BCNAforum@groups.io
As you might know, Yahoo Groups will cease to exist December 15.
You should have received an invitation to participate which you need to accept in order to activate your membership.
When you click on the link, you can set your password to the group and make a choice of how to receive your e-mails:
1) Each individual one
2) Digest – you receive an e-mail once there are more 12 messages
3) Daily – you’ll receive a daily e-mail with all notifications
4) Special Notices only
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Be sure to include your full name and address of residence in Bouldin Creek.
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As a reminder, I am attaching a copy of BCNA’s Netiquette which was approved at last week’s General Association meeting HERE

Trail of Lights December 2020
A vehicle admission ticket is required for drive-thru admission at the Austin Trail of Lights nightly. … A limited number of vehicles will be permitted to access the 2020 Austin Trail of Lights per each time slot.

SUFFRAGE NOW- August 6-January 31
SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition at the Elisabet Ney Museum
Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. Ratified August 18, 1920
The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote.
Presented at Elisabet Ney Museum
From slavery to women’s rights!
13th Amendment 1865 “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
14th Amendment 1868
approved by Congress in 1866 and ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons
“born or naturalized in the United States,” including former slaves, and guaranteed “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens.
15th Amendment 1870 granted Black men the right to vote
which stated that voting rights could not be “denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
19th Amendment 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote.
(Editor: Just a reminder ladies that equality didn’t come easy or quickly. Only took another 50 years!)


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 and of which to be aware:
LONG CENTER
PALMER AUDITORIUM


BCNA Meeting Schedules:
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.
More information as available.
BCNA General Association Meeting:
2ndTuesday, every other month
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm Via Zoom for now!
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road-when back to normal?


All the News that Fits November 2020

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

A Couple of Updates:
Becker Elementary Fall Festita
Hi Neighbors, I’m the PTA President at Becker Elementary your neighborhood public school since 1936! We have had to reinvent our usual Fall Festival, and I’ve been inspired by the Neighborhood Strolls Kate has been organizing for BCNA. Next Saturday Becker will be doing something similar and we could use help from the neighbors near the school for:
Fall Festita –
Becker Bobcats ON THE PROWL
Saturday, Nov. 14 2pm – 4pm

This is a masked up, socially distanced, Nature Walk meets Treasure Hunt around the perimeter of the school and through the neighborhood. I have attached a rough draft of our Treasure Map families will receive that shows the route. We will be placing various art activations, music, and treasures to see along the sidewalks of this route.

We have asked Becker Teachers to share inspirational messages for students/families and we are going to make signs with these messages on them that we would like to post, in creative ways, along the route.
THIS IS WHERE WE NEED HELP from these neighbors:
-on S. 3rd between Annie St. and Monroe
-on Bouldin Ave between Annie and Monroe
-on Briar between Annie and Milton
-on Monroe between S. 3rd and S. 5th
-on Annie St. between S. 3rd and Briar

If you are in the area listed, please use this google spreadsheet
to indicate if we can drop off a sign for you to put up in your yard. Maybe you know a neighbor who isn’t on the listserve? If you can get their agreement please add their info too. We would love to drop off the sign for you to display as visibly as possible on your fence/in yard/on porch, but we can also reuse some yard signs and post it in front of your house for you. We are flexible! You are invited to hang out on your porch to cheer “Viva Becker” for families as they go by during the event and anything else festive or creative you can think of is welcome.

If ANYONE in the neighborhood wants to help with donating leftover yard signs, we will take them. They can be dropped off inside the fence across the street from Becker in the yard where the chicken coop is. Please use the google doc above to indicate if you will be bringing signs over. Does anyone have an art car they would be willing to slowly drive through the route during the event? Many thanks neighbors!
I can be emailed at ptapresident@beckerelementary.com
Shobie Partos W. Annie St.

Farm to Market to Close
Received from
Peg McCoy peg@fm1718.com Sun, Nov 8, 1:50 PM (1 day ago)
to BouldinForum
Hello Neighbors:
Thank you all for supporting the shop over the past 15 years. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the neighborhood.
Thanksgiving, November 26th, will be Farm to Market’s last day. I’ve sold the shop to Steph Steele, a lifelong Grocer (including a 24 year Whole Foods career and most recently teamed up with Larry McGuire to re-imagine and open Swedish Hill). Steph will reopen Farm to Market as Tiny Grocer after a few months of rejuvenation. Tiny Grocer will maintain the communal spirit of Farm to Market but will embrace long needed updates and improvements. You’ll be able to order sandwiches and prepared foods to go (more than likely on an app) and pick up a wide assortment of local products and specialty items. Tiny’s will be a great addition to SOCO 2021.
Since Steph is closing down for a few months, we’ll need to sell down the inventory and donate the rest. We will begin having sales as it gets closer to Thanksgiving and you may notice we may be out of some things. Please help us by coming to Farm to Market to shop and we appreciate your understanding if we don’t have exactly what you need but maybe you can find something similar.
Bitter sweet for me. I will miss you all. Better said: Tim, Chase, Kevin, Emily and I will miss you all.
Farewell,
Farm to Market Family

National, State and Local Elections November 3rd-you know what to do!
Very local elections-Neighborhood Association elections coming December 8
As every year, we will hold Officer and Sector Rep elections at our December meeting. Anyone who wants to run for a position or vote needs to be a registered member of our association by November 30. If you are not registered – or not sure whether you are — please contact the BCNA Treasurer, Ronnie Dittmar, at treasurer@bouldincreek.org. All he needs is your name and address.
Link to Bulletin for more election information HERE

Bouldin Forum Listserve is moving to BCNAforum@groups.io
As you might know, Yahoo Groups will cease to exist by the end of this year. After some research, we have decided to move the BCNA listserve to Groups.io.
In order to make the process as seamless as possible, one of the Group Moderators will download a list of all current active Yahoo Group members and upload it to groups.io
You will receive an invitation to participate which you need to accept in order to activate your membership.
When you click on the link, you can set your password to the group and make a choice of how to receive your e-mails:
1) Each individual one
2) Digest – you receive an e-mail once there are more 12 messages
3) Daily – you’ll receive a daily e-mail with all notifications
4) Special Notices only
Subscribe: BCNAForum+subscribe@groups.io.
As a reminder, I am attaching a copy of BCNA’s Netiquette which was approved at last week’s General Association meeting HERE
Thank you,
Jesse Moore
President, BCNA

To subscribe, please email: BCNAForum+subscribe@groups.io.
Be sure to include your full name and address of residence in Bouldin Creek.
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Note: It is best to keep using your Yahoo forum also until everyone has transferred over-Yahoo forums end December 15.

Just a reminder Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe!
Info HERE

Neighborhood Food Pantry-The Buy Nothing Project
Sherry Holdridge and the Buy Nothing Project have stepped up and organized a neighborhood food pantry, (and delivery for those who cannot drive!!). They have provided a place where you can drop off your goods, and others can pop by to receive a little help. More info in October-November Bulletin HERE

The Bouldin Stroll! Coming back every Thursday from 6-8 pm.
Do the Bouldin Stroll on Thursdays 6-8 pm. Get out and sit in your front yard or on your porch, go for a walk and wave and chat to neighbors, or take the kids on their bikes around the hood. More info in the October-November Bulletin.
Thanks to Kate Francis for organizing

Pumpkin Contest and winners-a big thank you to Kate Francis for organizing this.
Also congratulations and thanks to all our neighbors who helped make this Halloween, a fun event this year! Pumpkins and winners HERE

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 and of which to be aware:
LONG CENTER
http://thelongcenter.org/events/
PALMER AUDITORIUM
https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/

BCNA Meeting Schedules:
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.
More information as available.
BCNA General Association Meeting:
2ndTuesday, every other month
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road-when back to normal?

Steering Committee Meeting November 02-2020

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

Steering Committee Meeting November 02-2020
Meeting starts at 6:45
Agenda:
6:45–Convene and approve prior minutes
6:50–Forum roll-out discussion
6:55–December newsletter discussion
7:00–BCNA election update
7:05–Healthy Streets update
7:10–Committee update
7:15–Other business (updates from e-mails about Argo)
7:20–adjourn
Thanks–Jesse
Here’s the zoom info:
Join via app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83067337962
Join via phone: +13462487799,,83067337962#

Bouldin Forum Listserve is moving to BCNAforum@groups.io
To subscribe, please email: Subscribe: BCNAForum+subscribe@groups.io
Be sure to include your full name and address of residence in Bouldin Creek.
Note: It is best to keep using your Yahoo forum also until everyone has transferred over and use both addresses.
Group Email Addresses
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BCNA Meeting Schedules:
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.
More information as available.
BCNA General Association Meeting:
2ndTuesday, every other month
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm via Zoom
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road-when back to normal?

Announcements: 10-23-2020

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

General Association Meeting and Officer Elections
Neighbors,
Just to take your minds off the Presidential elections coming up, let’s talk about BCNA elections:
As every year, we will hold Officer and Sector Rep elections at our December 8 meeting. Anyone who wants to run for a position or vote needs to be a registered member of our association by November 30. If you are not registered – or not sure whether you are — please contact the BCNA Treasurer, Ronnie Dittmar, at treasurer@bouldincreek.org. All he needs is your name and address.
Below are all positions with a short job description. Please note that we voted to change some of the Sector boundaries at the last General Association meeting and created a new one – Aqua.
New Sector boundaries descriptions are attached HERE along with map HERE.
The purpose of these changes is to have clear, easy to remember borders that include all residences of Bouldin Creek. This does not address the populations of each zone.
(A big thanks to Kate Francis, Stephanie Scholten and Matt Coldwell for working on this.)
We do have a few candidates at this point, but we are not yet going to list them – competition is good!
If you have are considering running for any of the positions or have questions about the roles, please contact a member of the Election Committee:
Paul Strange – strange20@msn..com
Ingrid Weigand – ingweig@gmail.com
Thank you,
Paul and Ingrid
BCNA Elections Committee

The President is the primary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Steering Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Policy Board, and cosigns all checks drawn on the account of BCNA.

The Vice President – Neighborhood Issues shall assist and support committees related to zoning, development, parks and traffic. S/he will preside at BCNA meetings when necessary due to the absence of the president.

The Vice President – External Affairs shall assist and support activities related to community ambassadors, neighborhood wide social events, creek clean ups, neighborhood outreach, resource persons and serves as the Austin Neighborhood Council Representative.

The Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media.

The Treasurer – shall assist and support activities related to finance, including account record keeping, fund deposit and withdrawals, and other related business management with respect to fundraising. The Treasurer shall cosign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Steering Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions to the BCNA accounts.

The Secretary shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Steering Committee meetings, as well as assist and support activities related to record and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing.

Sector Representatives – must live in the sectors they represent. They are they eyes and ears of their area and will represent concerns and issues at the Steering Committee. They will also coordinate delivery of the BCNA newsletter in their Sector.

Bouldinforum@Yahoogroups, moving to BCNAForum@groups.io
Neighbors,
As you might know, Yahoo Groups will cease to exist by the end of this year. After some research, we have decided to move the BCNA listserve to Groups.io.
In order to make the process as seamless as possible, one of the Group Moderators will download a list of all current active Yahoo Group members and upload it to groups.io
You will receive an invitation to participate which you need to accept in order to activate your membership.
When you click on the link, you can set your password to the group and make a choice of how to receive your e-mails:
1) Each individual one
2) Digest – you receive an e-mail once there are more 12 messages
3) Daily – you’ll receive a daily e-mail with all notifications
4) Special Notices only
As a reminder, I am attaching a copy of BCNA’s Netiquette which was approved at last week’s General Association meeting HERE

Thank you,
Jesse Moore
President, BCNA

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Hello Bouldin! Ready to carve some pumpkins? The BCNA is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest with gift card prizes!
1st prize: a $25 gift card to Home Slice Pizza
2nd prize: a $15 gift card to Amy’s Ice Cream
3rd prize: a $10 gift card to Once Over Coffee
What do you need to do? Carve your pumpkin and email a photo of it to me by October 30th. You can submit as many pumpkins as you want – no limit! But they do have to be carved by you or your family, and you must reside in Bouldin Creek.
Winners will be announced on Halloween via the forum or website, and the winning designs will be posted or emailed for all to admire.
I know we have a ton of creativity in this neighborhood, so really looking forward to what you come up with! Please email me with questions or submissions.
Kate Francis kmfrancis2@gmail.com
VP of Neighborhood Issues

All the News that Fits October 2020

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

All the News that Fits October 2020
August-some call this “the dog days of summer”, October getting somewhat better-
if the pumpkins don’t collapse on Halloween?
Other critters apparently agree…

NEWS:
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting will be held Monday October 5th
at 6:30 pm via Zoom
Agenda as available.
Join via app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83067337962
Join via phone: +13462487799,,83067337962#

BCNA General Association Meeting will be held October 13th
at 6:45 pm via Zoom
Agenda as available.
Join via app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83067337962
Join via phone: +13462487799,,83067337962#

Bouldin Bulletin
Hey neighbors,
here’s the latest Bouldin Bulletin, which most of you will be seeing in print, delivered to your door in the next week or so. This our first time to do the paper print version of the Bulletin since the February issue. Enjoy!
Hot off the press is the October-November Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. Available HERE
. Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, and Rob Clayton our web admin.,for bringing us into the world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin.
Thanks to all our stalwart delivery folks for walking the neighborhood safely!
Also thanks to neighbors for articles and to our advertisers.

New By-laws Amendment
An anti-racism & anti-discrimination amendment to the BCNA by-laws had its first reading at the August, 2020 General Association meeting. The new amendment adds more clarification and strength about our purpose and goals.The new amendment underscores our commitment to condemn racism and support changes that lead toward diversity, inclusion and ending racism against any person or group at large. The BCNA includes all residents within its boundaries and has since its inception over 40 years ago.
For a glimpse of the full text and its incorporation into the existing by-laws please go HERE:

Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe!
w/link HERE
West Nile virus
Austin, Texas – The year’s first positive pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been identified in Travis County. w/link HERE
Walk your property and empty any standing water!
Covid-19
It’s up to us! Follow the city’s guidelines as it is still alive and spreading!
http://www.austintexas.gov/covid19
And stay sane!

Hello Bouldin,
It’s back! The Bouldin Stroll is coming back this Thursday, Oct 1st from 6-8pm! I’ll send an email out on Thursday (with a special treat), but wanted to send a quick note so anyone planning on setting up a table or offering some other enticement has a little bit of warning. More info coming Thursday. Looking forward to seeing everyone out and about again.
Kate Francis
VP Neighborhood Issues for the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association

CoA Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020 the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center
(RRDOC) will reopen by appointment only, following a temporary closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The RRDOC will resume its acceptance of hard to recycle items such as Styrofoam and plastic film, as well as household hazardous waste. Austin/ Travis County residents are asked to call (512) 974-4343 to schedule a drop-off time.

A letter from our SoCo Business neighbor Brandon Hodge, President, South Congress Merchants Association
Howdy, neighbors!
It’s no secret that during these unprecedented times that the small businesses that are the standard-bearers for our local economy are hurting like never before. The iconic local shops, clubs, and restaurants that make Austin Austin are under a threat unlike any we’ve ever faced. Your small business-owning neighbors are fighting to keep the landscape of local businesses and shopping districts from being irrevocably changed, and it is something that can only happen with the help and support of our community. As you face the challenges of your own day-to-say struggles during Covid-19, we hope you will consider how vitally important it is to choose local options to help see you through. Many South Congress businesses remain open to serve your needs, more often than not operating at a loss as we try to maintain employment for our staff and stay afloat to continue serving our loyal customers. We hope we can count you among them. Please consider your continued and ongoing support of South Congress shops and restaurants in the upcoming months, whether it be grabbing some curbside food, coffee, or cocktails to-go from local institutions like Enoteca, Vespiao, Homeslice, Farm to Market, or Guero’s, replacing those worn-out Covid comfort-clothes at Co-Star or By George, or grabbing gifts for those birthdays and events that are still happening from our local retailers like Parts & Labour, Maya*, Tesoros, or Monkey See, Monkey Do!
Lots of businesses are offering specials and incentives, and we encourage to not only follow your favorites on social media to keep in touch, but keep an eye out for the community SoCo social media that puts everything all in one place, which you can find on Instagram at: @southcongressatx and on Facebook at: m.facebook.com/SouthCongress
Austin is home to us all, and safely preserving what we’ve all built together is the only way out. We hope to see you ’round SoCo!
Brandon Hodge, President, South Congress Merchants Association

SUFFRAGE NOW- August 6-January 31
SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition at the Elisabet Ney Museum
Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. Ratified August 18, 1920
The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote.
Presented at Elisabet Ney Museum
https://www.austintexas.gov/department/elisabet-ney-museum
From slavery to women’s rights!
13th Amendment 1865 “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a
punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist
within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
14th Amendment 1868
approved by Congress in 1866 and ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons
“born or naturalized in the United States,” including former slaves, and guaranteed
“equal protection of the laws” to all citizens.
15th Amendment 1870 granted Black men the right to vote
which stated that voting rights could not be “denied or abridged by the United States or
by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
19th Amendment 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote.
(Only took another 50 years!)

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 and of which to be aware:
LONG CENTER
http://thelongcenter.org/events/
PALMER AUDITORIUM
https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/

BCNA Meeting Schedules:
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.

BCNA General Association Meeting:
2ndTuesday, every other month
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road-when back to normal?

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