We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. An experiment worth celebrating and like all experiments always needing a tweak here, a nudge there and an occasional poke. But worthwhile, so let’s celebrate! Cheers, Gary Hyatt, web lackey
Just some miscellany: Quote from an “old guy” “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
Did you know? John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Preamble to the United States Constitution We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
2019 Republic of Texas Biker Rally (June 13 thru June 16). Beginning Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. through Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 12 a.m., Congress Ave. will be closed for the Republic of Texas Biker Rally parade and events. Street closures on Congress Ave. include: Congress Ave. from Cesar Chavez to 11th St. and the side streets of Congress Ave. will be closed between Brazos and Colorado streets at 6 p.m. In addition, from 7:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Sixth St. from Red River to Congress Ave. will be closed. Can expect a lot of motorcycles on Congress Thursday and Friday https://www.rotrally.com/d
Hot off the press is the June-July Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:
EVENTS DOWN THE HILL Palmer Heavy Traffic June 2019 HERE http://www.bouldincreek.org/wp-content/uploads/PalmerHeavyTraffic_June2019.pdf 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/
Meeting Schedules: 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
TSD’s most recent Good News publication highlights our young spelling bee winners, TSD’s boys and girls track and field teams, Battle of the Books winners, as well as a couple of TSD’s amazing teachers. Read the publication HERE.
I have also included a schedule of some of end of school year
Becker Green Classroom-Garden Gala on May 3rd. Dear Bouldin Neighbors, Please join us Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 – 7:30, as we host our 4th annual Garden Gala and Make-O-Rama, in the Becker Green Classroom Garden on Briar and on the Becker school front lawn and circle drive on Milton. This family-friendly event features a 3rd grade Master Chef Salsa Challenge, a 4th grade Farm Stand as well as tastings, takeaways and handmade items for purchase from all of our classroom gardens. In addition, the event includes the Becker Elementary student Make-O-Rama showcase and Green Runway show, free maker stations, face painting, and a silent auction. Local food truck, Gold Epicure will sell food, Lick Ice Cream will be there for dessert, and students will entertain us with their musical abilities. The goals of the Garden Gala are to raise funds for our operating costs, to promote community, sustainability and healthy lifestyles, and to increase awareness of our incredible garden and volunteer involvement so that all children at our school can have the opportunity to participate.
If you would like to get involved, we are still seeking event sponsors and donations for the silent auction. Please contact Rhonda McGaughey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-470-6514 for more information.
4th Annual Garden Gala poster HERE Becker Green Classroom website HERE http://gardengala.info
Due to all the pedestrian activity on Milton in front of the school, we will use parking cones and other traffic deterrents from approximately 4:00 p.m. until the end of the Gala. Please contact us with any concerns.
The Becker Green Classroom Steering Committee
Rally Around the Hood @ the South 1st Street Food Court May 4, 2019 10am-noon Saturday, May 4th will be a special day at the corner of 1st Street and Live Oak, where Bouldin Creek residents John and Lisa Weinberger are coordinating a trifecta: getting the neighbors together, supporting our local food court and raising awareness about a featured charity –Swan Songs. Swan Songs is dedicated to fulfilling musical last wishes for people near the end of life and paying musicians to perform for them.The neighborhood is invited to share the festivities. The local chapters of the Ferrari Club of America and the Alfa Romeo Owners Club will display a selection of exotic Italian cars while local musicians perform. The bill will include Christine Albert, the founder of Swan Songs, who also plays at El Mercado on Mondays, and Chris Gage, her husband and musical partner. Former S. 2nd St. resident Andy Garseaand Cody Jo Hodges will also perform. They’ve warned us to be on the lookout for special musical guests. Come to the event to learn more about Swan Songs’ programs, such as the “Gift of Song” program, where friends and relatives can commission a song written by a professional songwriter based on someone’s life, customized to reflect their personal story and unique contribution to the world. You can get in touch with them through their website. Melynda Nuss Supporting Swan Songs https://swansongs.org/
BCNA Steering Committee meeting May 6th Meetings at The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road,
Bouldin Bulletin for April-May 2019 Hot off the press is the April-May Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:
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
UPCOMING Events for April affecting traffic in and around Bouldin Creek
Austin Reggae Festival-Auditorium ShoresFriday April 19 3:00 p.m. to 10:00p.m. Sunday April 21st10:00 p.m. No Street Closures at this time. Link: http://www.austinreggaefest.com/
Austin Food and Wine Festival – Dates: Friday April 27th – Sunday April 29th https://www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/ Road Closures: none announced Location: Auditorium Shores – Tents and park land Impact: Expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic at Auditorium Shores, Barton Springs Riverside and S. 1st Street.
Bouldin Bulletin for April-May2019
Hot off the press is the April-May Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:
Saturday, April 20 2019 Bouldin Creek Easter Egg Hunt in Nicholas Dawson Park It’s time once again for the Bouldin Creek Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday! Neighbors will gather at Nicholas Dawson Park, at the corner of James St. and South 3rd, at 10 am for coffee and goodies. The egg hunt will start at 10:30am. Neighbors should bring a coffee mug for some french press Ruta Maya coffee, and brunch treats to add to the table. The Egg Hunt is coordinated by Dan and Ginny Barrett on West Live Oak and their kiddos Genevieve, Roman, Sabine and Vienne. They’d love to hear from volunteers who are interested in helping the Easter Bunny fill plastic eggs with trinkets a few days before the hunt. If you’re interested, please contact Ginny at 512.923.2628. — Melynda Nuss – VP Neighborhood
Saturday, April 27 Preservation Austin The Art of the Craftsman Style: 27th Annual Homes Tour Saturday, April 27 10am to 4pm Home base: Preservation Austin Office (Texas Society of Architects Building, 500 Chicon) Preservation Austin will announce addresses for this year’s featured homes on Monday, April 22. Tickets will be available at all tour locations, including our main ticket station at 500 Chicon. Those who pre-order tickets can check in at all tour locations as well. Website HERE:
April 27 – 28, 2019 2019 BP MS150 Don’t just ride, Bike MS April 27 – 28, 2019 An extraordinary experience marked by passion, inspiration, determination and fun. Feel the electricity at the starting line and the remarkable support throughout your journey as we unite in our mission to end MS. Fundraising Page for Kris Sorenson-Hyatt, Bouldin neighborhood resident and member MS 150 committee. Visit her personal page for more information on ride and to make donations HERE:
Paper shredding Austin ARMA’s 16th Annual Spring Shred Day Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 8 am – 1:30 pm LINK: Austinarma.com/shred-day
Book Sale Book Sale at Twin Oaks Branch Library 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday April 27, 2019 LINK: http://library.austintexas.gov/event/book-sale-527421
EVENTS DOWN THE HILL Palmer Heavy Traffic April 2019 HERE http://www.bouldincreek.org/wp-content/uploads/PalmerHeavyTraffic_Apr2019.pdf 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/
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
Science Fair Update Austin Energy Regional Science Festival State Winners 2019 Texas Science & Engineering Fair – March 29-30, 2019 | Texas A&M University https://txsef.tamu.edu/ Congratulations to the 19 Central Texas students who placed at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair in College Station this past weekend. Texas A&M University was the host site for the first time. More than 1,300 students with over 1,100 projects attended. TXSEF awards 1st-3rd place in each one of 23 science categories in both the Junior (middle school) and the Senior (high school) Division.
Full list of State winners from our regional festival: HERE but here are the highlights: Senior Division (3) First place winners, out of whom one was chosen as a Grand Award Winner and another one selected as Best of Fair (this means that we now have a total of 7 projects advancing to the international fair!) (4) Second Place winners (4) Third Place winners (3) Special Awards – we are very proud that one of these went to one of our mentored students
Junior Division (1) First Place (3) Second Places (3) Third Places Thanks to all the Bouldin neighbors who judged or volunteered at the regional fair! Ingrid
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
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,
BCNA Parks Committee
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.
BCNA Parks Committee
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: