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28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Bouldin Creek 28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party
In support of “It’s my Park day”
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am

quick follow up and thanks to all! gh

Neighbors,

We had a wonderful turn-out yesterday for our 28th Annual Creek Cleaning. With the 106 people who signed in and a few who did not, we had a little over 110 participants..
We knew from the Austin Parks Foundation’s website that we could expect a lot of help, so the Parks Committee pre-selected locations and crew leaders and it worked out beautifully. We were able to clean out trash from both East and West Bouldin Creek and the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, in addition to weeding beds in Nicholas Dawson Park. We have not been able to do such a thorough cleaning in a couple of years.
It was cold and damp but that did not prevent anyone form having a good time. When we were done, we enjoyed tacos donated by El Mercado; this is the 28th year they have fed our volunteers. Please be sure to thank them next time you are there.
And do go out and explore the parks and the greenbelt. Everything is budding and starting to bloom. And – there is that new species recently discovered in Nicholas Dawson Park, a tree-dwelling blue whale. I think it is the only one of its kind.

Thanks again to everyone who helped,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Update 02-27-2019
Neighbors,

Our 28th Annual Creek Cleaning will happen this Saturday, weather permitting. We have had record participation registrations from members of the greater Austin community, so we have closed registration at the Austin Parks Foundation site. HOWEVER, this is a neighborhood tradition and we would like to encourage you to join us and explore our creeks and greenbelts.

We will have enough people to clean both creeks and also do some maintenance (weeding, etc.) in N Dawson Park. If you are interested in the latter, please bring some gardening tools.

Here are the details:
Saturday, March 2
Meeting place: Entrance to N Dawson Park on Gibson/South First (adjacent to El Mercado parking lot)
Meeting time: 8:30 am

Please wear sturdy boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts to guard against exposure to poison ivy. Gloves, tools and trash bags will be provide courtesy of the Austin Parks Foundation.

Thank you,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Since 1991, neighbors and community members have met once a year to collect trash in both East and West Bouldin Creek. Together we have removed enough car parts and tires to build a small fleet of cards, carpets and appliances to furnish several homes, cans and bottles to open a convenience store and styrofoam to last quite a few lifetimes. In addition, innumerable pieces of found art made it home with their proud finders.
We’ll meet at 8:30 am at the entrance to Nicholas Dawson Park on the corner of Gibson and South First for coffee and snacks provided by neighborhood restaurants, then send teams of people to different parts of the two creeks. Around 11:30 am we meet back in N. Dawson Park for lunch, again courtesy of our business friends.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please dress in long-sleeved shirts and long pants to guard against possible contact with poison ivy, and wear sturdy shoes. Be prepared to get muddy and dirty and have a very good time. Kids and dogs welcome. More info HERE:

All the News that Fits February 2019

UPCOMING Events for March and April affecting traffic in and around Bouldin Creek Neighborhood HERE

28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party
Bouldin Creek Parks clean up in conjunction with “It’s My Park Day”
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am                         More info HERE:

Bouldin Bulletin for February-March 2019
Hot off the press is the February-March Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.
Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher 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, current and archives are available HERE:

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL                                                                                    Palmer Heavy Traffic February 2019 HERE
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/

Neighborhood Plan Contact Team Meets Feb. 9, 4:30 PM

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team (BCNPCT) will hold its annual meeting Saturday, February 9 at the High Road, 700 Dawson Rd., at 4:30 PM.  As a  bit of background:                                             -Neighborhood plan contact teams are separate from neighborhood  associations.                                                                                                                       -Their sole purview is stewardship of the neighborhood plan.                   -They operate under city-dictated bylaws, elections, meetings, notification, and reporting.                                                                                               -All BCNPCT meetings are open to the public and anyone who resides in or owns a business or property in the neighborhood plan area may participate on the contact team.

You can read more about Plan Contact Team responsibilities and processes at: http://austintexas.gov/department/neighborhood-plan-contact-teams

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Plan has been amended several times since its 2002 adoption. Amendment requires city application and notification. No amendments are scheduled for this meeting.

The February 9 meeting agenda will include officer elections,  a review of the team bylaws, and review and vote on a couple of optional planning resources the team has traditionally not opted for: You can  read about them at:                                                                                          http://austintexas.gov/department/front-yard-parking http://austintexas.gov/department/mobile-food-establishments


BCNA Meeting Schedules:                                                                                     
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 The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road.                                     Unless otherwise noted.

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A little Austin history from John T. Davis.

“How The 1970s Defined Austin”
A cool article about Austin.
By John T. Davis
Published: August 30, 2018 Austin Monthly

Longtime Austinites are particularly fond of their former sleepy college town’s history, and no decade represents a happier time—the happiest, some would say—than the freewheeling, youth-driven ’70s. Austin has always been a progressive city, but this decade formed the bedrock for where we are today. We explain why.
http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/September-2018/Golden-Years/

Also Austin-in-25-objects                                    http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/September-2017/Austin-in-25-Objects/

BCNA Steering Committee 10-01-2018

BCNA Steering Committee Monday, October 01, 2018

6:45–review prior meeting minutes
6:50–communications update
6:55–parks update
7:00–traffic safety parking update
7:05–zoning update
–Vote on Green Pastures recommendation?
7:20–Vote on recommendation to support Prop J
7:35–October Candidate forum planning
8:00–sector updates
8:05–Adjourn

at The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road

Note: BCNA General Association Meeting 10-09-2018
at The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road
Agenda to include forum for Council Member Candidates for District 9
Upcoming BCNA elections in December. Other issues forthcoming.

 

WBCG cleanup 07-14-2018

Neighbors,

We had a very successful clean-up of homeless camps on June 30, but were only able to cover part of the greenbelt. There are still remnants of camps along the railroad track path; in addition, the recent rains have washed in trash from South Lamar, most of it now in the creek bed.
I have walked the main trails several times last week and no new camps have been established – that is the good news. One more push to get the greenbelt cleaned up should do it for now and hopefully entice many more of you to use this wonderful green space.

Meeting date/time: this Saturday, July 14 (Bastille Day!), 8:30 am
Meeting Place: Entrance at 1200 South 6th Street, off Gibson

Please wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy boots and bring work gloves as well as water. We’ll supply trash bags and wheelbarrows to haul them out.

Thanks,

Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival 2018

Austin Science Festival Theme

Hello neighbors,
This past February I had the opportunity to volunteer for the first
time at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. I worked the
floor and in the process met a number  of students and was able to check out the displays. From the simple to the complex, a cool display of creativity, hard work and intelligence!
I remember two young ladies in particular, both Junior Level/middle school.
One had her project board of documentation of objectives, and results a nd a display of plants. Her project was to grow plants upside down withvarious nutrients and water. Fairly simple project but her goal was to use this as her first step to testing in zero gravity……desiring to become an astronaut!

The second was just a project board of documentation of objectives and results. Objective was to develop better algorithms for checksums.
Hmmmm, I understand the basics but definitely above my pay grade!

What a great bunch of kids and I definitely got out of the Festival as
much as they did.

You can view the 2018 video at http://www.sciencefest.org (click through the banners on the home page) and this fall, if interested, you can get information on general volunteering and judging by contacting Ingrid Weigand at ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org.
Stay posted for future information for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival  February 20-23, 2019.

Cheers, Gary Hyatt

P.S. more information below
News coverage
http://www.kxan.com/news/education/girls-rule-at-austin-energy-science-fair/1049706102

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest
regional science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.
The 2018 video has been posted. You can view it at www.sciencefest.org
(click through the banners on the home page)

Austin Science Education Foundation
https://austinscience.org/
Purpose
The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) was established in 2013 to support the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (AERSF).
AERSF serves 3rd – 12th grade students from 11 Central Texas counties and 23 school districts, as well as private, home and charter schools.
Mission
ASEF will promote student’s knowledge of and involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by enabling participation in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival and supporting students selected to advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.