July 25, 2013 Volume 18, No. 14 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995
Citizens key to keeping crime rate low by Joanne Foote
AUSTIN - “Citizen involvement is key to what we do,” said Commander Todd Gage. “Anything we can do to help you live in safe communities is what we want to do, we are all partners.” It looks like the word is spreading. Every chair was full at the South Austin Quarterly Police Commander’s Forum, which was
held on Tuesday, July 23, at the Clinton Hunter police sub-station. “I’ve been stationed here since January. I started in this area 20 years ago and am glad to be back,” said Commander Todd Gage, who began the meeting with Citizen Recognition and Appreciation. Several citizens were acknowledged for things ranging from calling and
reporting an active house burglary, to helping track down the driver responsible for a hit and run accident. “The accident on June 18 involved off-duty Firefighter Colin Camp, who was riding his bicycle in the bike lane on Manchaca Road, just south of Slaughter Lane, and was run over by someone driving a truck in the bike lane. The driver fled, but
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these five people followed him and stayed with the driver until officers arrived and could apprehend the driver. They didn’t blow off the situation,” said Gage. “Reginald Williams and other family members who witnessed the hit and run accident pursued the driver responsible and maintained contact with him until police arrived.” An area fire chief was on hand and added, “This was a tragic accident all the way around and unfortunately our firefighter is still in grave con-
dition, but the fact that the individual responsible for the accident was apprehended because of your actions. It is certainly appreciated by the family as well as the Austin Fire Department.” “There are a few things I want to discuss before we break into smaller groups. Right now the Austin City Council is going through the Budget Process for 2013-2014,” said Gage. “APD has submitted a budget proposal asking for an additional 92 See CITIZENS on page 11
City traffic project to help Brodie bottleneck by Bobbie Jean Sawyer AUSTIN - The city of Austin has authorized a contract for traffic improvements in Southwest Austin. The project, which includes the construction of a nearly mile-long, fourlane roadway, is designed to alleviate bottleneck traffic along Brodie Lane, Davis Lane and Deer Lane. The 0.8 mile roadway will include a raised center median, bike lanes and sidewalks on the eastbound and westbound sides. The divided
Reginald Williams, (right) , was one of several family members who witnessed the hit and run accident on June 18, which involved an off-duty firefighter. The family pursued the driver responsible and maintained contact with him until police arrived. Their efforts resulted in an arrest of the driver who hit the cyclist. They all received special acknowledgment from both police and firefighters. - Photo by Joanne Foote
arterial will replace the two-lane section of Deer Lane with a fourlane section, which will align with Davis Lane east of Brodie and match the existing four-lane to the west. The roadway will also provide a connection from Brodie Lane to Corran Ferry. George Jackson, city of Austin project manager for the roadway, said the expansion of Deer Lane to four lanes would decrease the curSee CITY TRAFFIC on page 20
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Civic Agenda This space is reserved for information on civic happenings that occur in, or relate to the Southwest Austin area. To be included in the Civic Agenda, a meeting or event must relate to public policy. For other community events please see our community calendar on page 10. If you would like to be included, please e-mail editorial@ oakhillgazette.com with the subject â€œCivic Agendaâ€? and include details of your meeting or happening, along with any relevant agenda items. Oak Hill Business and Professional Association monthly meeting Thursday, August 1 from 11:30 am to 1 pm Mandolaâ€™s Italian Market at Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon This monthâ€™s featured speakers are Mark Oâ€™Leary and Lee Cameron, benefits specialists from Frost Bank, speaking about changes in health care. . The public is invited and new members are always welcome. For more information, go to www.ohbpa.org Volunteer Deputy Registrar training Tues., August 6, One-hour sessions at 10:30 am, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751. You can help citizens register to vote by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars promote voter registration most commonly at community events and within their own social networks. They distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications they provide are completed correctly. They also provide a receipt to show proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within 5 days of completion. To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially
sworn-in. For more information, please visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.
Neighborhood residents are encouraged to register their yards with the National Wildlife Federation through November 15, 2013. The Community Wildlife Habitat project is part of the Circle C Area Democrats National Wildlife Federationâ€™s CertiMonday, August 12 at 6:30 pm fied Wildlife Habitatâ„˘ program. These Santa Rita Cantina, Slaughter at projects benefit the entire community Escarpment through education, outreach and Jan Soifer, newly elected chair of the promoting the use of native plants Travis County Democratic Party, will and landscaping to develop natural be the featured speaker at the Circle habitats that attract wildlife and C Area Democrats monthly meeting. birds, use little or no fertilizer and require modest watering. The top CAMPO seeks input for 2040 Plan three Neighborhoods with the most Through August 2013 registered habitats will receive public The Capital Area Metropolitan recognition and an award. For more Planning Organization (CAMPO) information about Wildlife Austin, recently deployed an online survey to visit www.keepaustinwild.com, or collect input on goals and challenges call (512) 978-2606. more or signing for the regional transportation system.Â up your neighborhood by e-mail at This survey kicks off public involve- firstname.lastname@example.org. ment for the Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan through 2040, City posts Council Questions/Anor the 2040 Plan for short.Â CAMPO swers online for all to seeÂ is looking for input from residents, If you have a question about an item business owners, commuters, and on the City Council agenda, chances others with an interest in transporta- are a Council Member is asking the tion throughout the region including same question. The new â€œCity Council Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Question and Answer Reportâ€? is Travis and Williamson Counties.Â The now online and includes all Council survey will be open through August Membersâ€™ questions with City staff 2013 and is available in English and responses for the public to see. Spanish. Questions are posted when subTo take the survey, go to www. mitted.Â Â As answers are developed, surveymonkey.com/s/2040survey1. they also are placed online, allowing For more information and for ways immediate access to up-to-date inforto stay involved in the 2040 planning mation for the Council and the public. process visit their website at: CAM- The question-and-answer process was POTexas.org developed to allow Council Members to reach out to City staff for clarificaRegister for Neighborhood Habitat tion of Council agenda items. Challenge The report can be found at http://ausThrough November 15, 2013 tintexas.gov/department/city-counThe City of Austin Parks and cil/council-meetings. Recreation Department invites the community to register for the annual Neighborhood Habitat Challenge. Every year the City of Austin and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) challenge its neighborhoods to make Austin a more wildlife friendly city.
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Oak Hill resident leads ‘Blazing Bows’ at the ‘Spoke’ by Donna Marie Miller About 30 elementary age boys and girls and a half dozen adults—all fiddlers— tucked their instruments under their chins to perform some good old time string classics of folk and country music July 15 at The Broken Spoke. Little girls, some as young as 5 years old, with braids pulled up on top of their heads and dressed in their best embroidered dresses or ruffle skirts and lacy tops, stood beside little boys wearing plaid shirts and Wrangler jeans. Most all wore cowboy boots. They donned Texas Resistol straw hats in white and red and a few wore western scarves tied around their necks Lonesome Dove style. Meanwhile, parents shot video from the side porches along either side of the bandstand or upon the dance floor, with their digital camcorders, cameras, and smart phones. Beneath the glow of neon signs advertising well-known beer labels, dozens of families came together inside Austin’s most famous honkytonk. Without drinking a drop of alcohol, adults clapped and raised some revelry for their children. Mothers with infants in their laps
and fathers with babies on top of their shoulders turned The Broken Spoke into a romper room of “G”-rated fun. Oak Hill resident Mary Hattersley and her Blazing Bows Suzuki-style music students performed within just a week from the day that she underwent cancer surgery. “Sweet Mary,” as folks call her, smiled, sang, danced and played fiddle like nobody’s business from a set list that read an awful lot like a music history lesson. “Fiddle Fest” provided the finale to a Blazing Bows two-week summer camp that has culminated at The Broken Spoke annually for nearly 20 years. However, for the first time in as long as some fans can remember, one of The Broken Spoke’s original owners, James White, did not attend the performance. Instead, White rested at home following surgery July 3. Doctors have placed a defibrillator inside the left side of White’s chest to regulate irregular heart rhythms. He also broke his foot recently walking on the Town Lake trail. White has worn an orthopedic “boot” or
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It has been brought to my attention recently by more than one loyal reader of TOS that yours truly is nothing more than a crust-covered curmudgeon completely lacking in human compassion and with all the warmth and fuzziness of a diarrhetic barracuda. And that was one of the more genteel comments. Let me just say in my defense that this is not crust. It’s a fine patina of earthbound experience. Tip: baby oil keeps it soft and subtle. Honestly, I have no problem with humanity; it’s the people I can’t stand. People are the worst. Don’t you just hate them? As long as we’re on topic, and my curmudgeonly cockles have been stimulated, I figured you’d be tickled to be privy to my latest list of grouses and gripes. Yes, these are the things that brown my lettuce, the things that really grind my crankshaft. Curdle my half & half. Chap my — you get the idea. • Athletes and coaches who thank God for their victory. It’s not so bad, I guess, when pious jocks praise the Almighty for their health and well-being, but seriously, do you really think The Omnipotent One, tasked with watching over the vast infinity of the cosmos, gives a greasy rat’s behind whether your squad of performance-enhanced mutants scores more points than the other squad of gargantuan goons? If God gave the nod to your team, what does that say about the other guys? And what about when you lose? Is God a waffler? Did He miss
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The role of county government by Gerald Daugherty, Precinct 3 Commissioner
an “administrative arm” of the state to aid the state in administrating What do you know about the role state law. Counties have very limited and powers of County Government? rights for local self-government, and What do you know about your Tra- have only those authorities granted vis County Commissioners Court? them by the state legislature and the What can we do? What can’t we do? state constitution. Cities are created at the request What legal authorities and powers does the Court have? What do I of local inhabitants (citizens in an do as your County Commissioner? area vote for “incorporation”)…to What qualifies me to be your County serve local needs… thus cities are not an “administrative Commissioner? arm” of the state. With This is the first in the creation of a city a series of articles in charter, cities can have which I’ll enlighten you greater right of local about the role of county self-government, and government in your life. can create broader areas It’s helpful to be familof authority where they iar with the answers to can act without needing these and other similar authority from the state. questions when contactAll 254 counties in Texas ing a Commissioner’s office or come before the Gerald Daugherty have a Commissioners Court, consisting of 4 Commissioners Court with requests that your Commis- commissioners and a county judge. sioner or the Court take some action This “administrative” body was eson an issue or situation you feel is tablished by the Texas Constitution of 1876. Counties are divided into important. One way to start answering four commissioner precincts (each these questions is to compare the with 25% of the county population), formation, role, and authority of with each precinct electing their county government to that of city commissioner for the Court. The county judge is elected by the entire government. Counties are local subdivisions of county. Commissioner precincts the state…created by the state to be 1 and 3 are elected in presidential
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in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured preSundays sentation. On the third Thursday of every month. Free. Food pantry doLive Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. nations are welcomed. 7pm at New Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyPond Lane in Dripping Springs. For brown.com. more info call 858-2024. Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.
Mondays Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Texas Songwriters Showcase - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.
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Black Sabbath - 7:30pm Frank Erwin Center1701 Red River St. 512-477-6060 Buy tickets: http://bit. ly/11EPKdr Friday, August 2 Camp Paramount Session 2 Performance: Roadtrip! - 7pm Follow our campers journey through classic songs celebrating the open road and the states you want to visit, and some you don’t. Join our campers in celebrating the hard work they have put in during the 2 weeks of camp! The Paramount Theatre 512.472.5470 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, August 3 Made in Texas Family Series: Secondhand Lions - from 3:00pm Michael Caine! Robert Duvall! Haley Joel Osment! Come join the Austin Film Festival featuring a post-screening conversation with writer/director Tim McCanlies! Bullock Texas State History Museum 1800 Congress Ave. FREE Bollywood Day - 5pm - 8pm Come by to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine, local vendors, community partners, games and activities for the whole family, including a world record attempt to have the most people dance at one time – Bollywood style! Be sure to practice your favorite Bollywood dance moves; the dance event starts at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. 701 W Riverside Dr. FREE
The 2013 Austin Pet Expo - 10am - 6pm Adopt! Dozens of Rescue Groups and a Mega-Adoption Event Learn About Pet Care, Volunteerism, Grooming, Pet Behavior July 25 - August 18 & Training, Traveling with your Pet, How YOU Can Make a Difference, A Streetcar Named Desire - The Different Types of Pets/Breeds, Tennessee Williams play, that revo- Veterinarian FAQ, Fun Activities for lutionized modern American the- You & Your Pet And MUCH MORE! ater and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Palmer Events Center Free Admisfor Drama, comes to life in Austin. sion - $7 Parking Bring Your Pet!
Community Clubs & Events Ongoing Events South Austin Mystery Book Club - 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Sunset Valley Barnes & Noble on Brodie Ln. Our April 16th book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you have questions please email email@example.com. Conversation Cafe - Drop in for open, public dialogue on a variety of topics. Every third Saturday from 10:30am-11:30am at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.. Free and open to the public. 512974-9900 / cityofaustin.org/library. Classes and meditation - with Western Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Ingchug. Every Sunday at 9:30am at Chittamani Buddhist Center, 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745. Everyone welcome. Spiritual counselling by appointment. Call for free brochure. 916-4444. meditationinaustin.org. Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter - Meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road,. www. hotxsinc.org. VFW Post 4443 meeting - Meets on first Tues. of month from 7-8:30pm at 7614 Thomas Springs Road in Oak Hill. Members and potential members are encouraged to be there around 6pm to gather for dinner. There is no cost. The Oak Hill Rotary Club - meets July 11 @ noon Seton Southwest in “the classroom”. and July 18, 2013 at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon featuring Police Chief Art Acevedo. People start arriving at 11:30. The meeting is from 12 to 1. More info at 2888487/ oakhillrotary.org. Circle C Area Democrats - 6:308:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For infor mation:circlecareademocrats.org. Toastmasters Groups - Build leadership and communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Visitors welcome. Tejas Toastmasters: 288-7808/ tejastoastmasters.org. Meets every Mon. at 6 pm at IHOP, 1101 S. Mopac. South Austin Toastmasters: meets first and third Tuesday at noon at ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane. Phone 443-7110 or 288-7808. Oak Hill Toastmasters: meet every Thursday from 6:45-8pm at Western Hills Church of Christ, 6211 Parkwood Drive. Open to ages 18 & up. 956-494-4809 / oakhill.freetoasthost.biz for more info.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group- 2nd Wednesday of the month at noon at Arveda Alzheimer’s Family Care, 11013 Signal Hill Drive, 78737. Anyone caring for a loved-one with dementia and needing support is invited. RSVP to 512-637-5400 and feel free to bring your own lunch. www.arvedacare.com. Senior Luncheon Program - Seniors (over 60) meet at 8656 Hwy. 71 W, Bldg A, next to JP bldg every Tues, Wed and Thurs from 10am2pm. Transportation available. Call 512-854-2138 for more info. The South Austin Christian Women’s Club - sponsors a luncheon with an entertaining program every second Wednesday of the month from 11:30-1pm at Onion Creek Club. For info / reservations and free child care please call 288-4033. Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team - meets fourth Wednesday of the month at the ACC Pinnacle Campus, 10th Floor Board Room. www.ohnpct.org. MOMS Club of Austin - Southwest Oaks - Social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Meet new friends, and enjoy a guest speaker. Monthly meeting at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290. 10am on the last Thursday of every month. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Southwest Networking Group (SWING) - meets for breakfast at Waterloo Ice House, Slaughter Ln. & Escarpment Blvd., 9600 Escarpment Blvd.. 8-9:30am. Bring business cards. For more info call 482-9026 or 921-4901. Thursdays.
working. 7pm program. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome. www.creativeartssociety.org 288-0574.
New Events Through August 31 Parks and Recreation Swim Lessons - 9am - 5pm A wide variety of swim lessons are available for students 6 months to adult. Sessions meeting Monday – Thursday for 2 weeks unless otherwise noted. Sessions are $55.00 per session. contact the Aquatic Office at (512) 974-9332 for more information. Swim Lesson Registration information is available at http://www. austintexas.gov/department/poolsand-swimming. Fri., July 26 & Sat. July 27 Purple Martin Roost at Highland Mall - dusk Purple Martins come together and roost in the three live oak trees in the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank on the north side of Highland Mall. Watching them gather and then roost for the night is spectacular. For information, maps, and eBird data about Highland Mall, visit Central Texas Birding. Saturday, July 27 Basic Seed Saving for the Vegetable Gardener - 9am What’s the difference between hybrid seed, open-pollinated, heirloom, and GM (Genetically Modified) seed? Linda Wall will let us know. The Natural Gardener 8648 Old Bee Cave Road 288-6113 www.naturalgardeneraustin.com Sunday, July 28
South Austin AARP Chapter 2426 - Tom Bauer will talk about leadership styles and best practices, 1pm - 4pm at South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd. Free. Meets on third Wednesday of the month. For more info call Mary at 280-8661. www.southaustinaarp.org. OHBPA Meeting - (Oak Hill Business Professionals Association). Meets every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon $15. ohbpa.org.
Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day 9am - 5pm Admission will be FREE for visitors. Enjoy exhibits, children’s activities and more. LBJ Wilflower Center 4801 La Crosse Avenue 232.0100
Retired Austin Travelers - a group for people who love to travel. Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM,in the Oak Hill Library at 5124 Convict Hill Road.. ratsonline.org.
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Creative Arts Society - Meets on first Wed. of month (except Jan.,July, Aug.) at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor, faculty lounge. 6pm net-
The Austin Flea - 11am - 5pm The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-ofa-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Red’s Porch 3508 S. Lamar FREE
Outdoors & Fitness Ongoing Events Farmer’s Market at Sunset Valley - Locally grown fresh produce at Tony Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd. Saturdays from 9am-1pm. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org. Free Introduction to Dance Class - for adults and teens. Every Saturday at 11am at Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, Western Trails Blvd., Austin. www. tapestry.org. Docent Tours of AMOA - Each Saturday and Sunday 1pm Docent-led tours of the recently restored 1916 Driscoll Villa, the intimate art exhibition Laguna Gloria Grounded and the historic gardens overlooking Lake Austin. at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. 512-495-9224 / www.amoa.org. Texas Outdoor Women’s Network - Open to women of all ages interested in outdoor activities. fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and more! No experience required. Free monthly meetings on fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the LCRA Red Bud Complex, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. . www.townaustin.org. Hill Country Outdoors- “Austin’s Most Active Outdoor, Sport and
Social Club” Specializing in adventure with outdoor events such as hiking, camping, biking, road trips and rafting. www.hillcountryoutdoors.com. Westcave Preserve public weekend tours- Sats. and Sundays, 10am., noon, 2pm & 4, $5 adult/$2 child/$15 family. One mile hike into the canyon & back. Kids welcome w/ adult. No pets. For more info call (830)825-3442 westcave.org . Guided Hike - Second Saturday & second Sunday of each month at 9am at Bright Leaf Natural Area, 4400 Crestway Dr., Austin. Hikes are usually 4 miles long and last about 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water. www. brightleaf.org Boot Camp Workout - At 9am every Saturday, our expert coaches will lead you through a muscle toning, fat burning, FREE 45 minute boot camp class! Bring your ten closest friends and jump start your weekend. Mills Elementary School 1-877-801-8171, extension 710 Nature Hike at McKinney State Falls - Free interpretive hikes to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna that can be seen at McKinney Falls. Hikes are offered
Owen Temple - 6pm The Texas KGB - 8:30pm Hill Country Gentlemen - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183
Through August 9 Austin High Red Jackets Summer Dance Clinic - Registration is now open The clinic is scheduled for Monday, August 19th – Friday, August 23rd Registration is $125 and is due by August 9th. Contact Marla Gilliland at marla@ coyoterock.com for more information. Fri. July 26 & Sat. July 27 2013 Naturally Fit Super Show - 2pm - 9pm feature a massive fitness showcase with over 20 fitness and sports competitions. Kids Activities Face Painting, Jump Houses, Sports Club, Meet Iron Man and His Super Hero Friends! Palmer Events Center 923 Barton Springs Road $15- $35 online at: Naturally Fit Super Show Tickets Saturday, July 27 Dietz Evolution - 9am - 12pm an event for all fitness enthusiast looking for a challenge to maximize their performance, strength and endurance. Camp Mabry 2210 W. 35th St.
Second Saturdays are for Families - $7 per family; $5 Member families. Noon-4pm at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. Please RSVP to akichorowsky@ amoa.org to give an idea of materials needed. 512-495-9224 / www. amoa.org.
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Charlotte’s Web - The beloved childhood classic, based on the book by E.B. White and re-imagined by acclaimed director Jenny Larson, Friday, August 2 is a play that will enchant audiences with a story of loyalty and friendship. Austin Scottish Rite Theater 207 W 18th St scottishritetheater.org At Austin Children’s Museum: 512.472.5436 Community Night - Come out and August 3 - 4 and August 10-11 play EVERY Wednesday night at 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime and a variety of hands-on activities. Themed stories, songs, and activities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, Hats Story Time - 10:45 - 11:45 1pm & 3pm. Baby Bloomers- EvWho knew hats could be so much ery Mon.. For kids 3 & under & fun? Wear your favorite hat to this silly Storytime! We’ll read some their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & funny books about hats, create a 11am; Sing-a-long 10:30am at Aushat craft, and then get to choose tin Children’s Museum, 201 Coloan awesome hat magnet to paint. rado St.. 472-2499 / ausinkids.org. Fireman hat? Baseball cap? Wizard hat? Fancy hat? Which will you Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednes- Peter Pan and His Lost Shadow choose? Ages 3-6. Cost: $12 The days at the Hampton Library, 5125 - Saturdays, 11am, 2pm, & 4pm- Art Garage 11190 Circle Dr 12-852Convict Hill Rd. Toddler at 10:15 Sundays, 2pm & 4pm Peter enlists 9900 am, Preschool (ages 3-5) at 11am. the help of the Lost Boys and the Darling children to help bring back Saturday, August 3 892-6680. wiredforyouth.co Shadow from joining the dark side! Alamo Kids Club - 10:45am On The George Washington Carver Greater Austin Back to School the last Saturday of the month, the Museum & Cultural Center Boyd Bash - 9am - 12pm Health & Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the Vance Theatre 1165 Angelina St. 5>D1< ,3B55>9>7C M 135 *19>D9>7 Austin Chronicle, Ain’t It Cool News (512) 971-0810 E>'EC93M!?<6!1=5CM+166<5M and Big Brothers Big Sisters put on Healthy Snacks And so much more! August 3-4 and 8-11 free screenings for children and Toy The Harveyt Penick Golf Campus Joy provides super fun prizes! 1120 5501 Ed Bluestein Boulevard 732Goldie (a fish story) KidsActing South Lamar 0380
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Thursday, July 25 Andrew Hardin - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586
Band of Bandits - 7pm Nutty BrownCafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Free Sons of Harry - 7pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2130 263-7353 No Cover Sunday, July 28
Soul Wagon - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 2889994
Subline With Rome - 2pm with W/ Pennywise, and HB Surround Sound, Ashes of Babylon, Seedless, Fayuca, Judivan Roots The Backyard 13801 Bee Cave Parkway 651-5033 info@thebackyard. net
The Kim Kafka Trio - 6:30pm Mimi’s Cafe 12613 Galleria Circle 263-9731
Hot Club Soda - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 2889994
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The Silvertones - Sunday Brunch 12pm - 2pm Maria’s Taco Express 2529 South Lamar Boulevard 4440261
Thursday, August 1 Liz Morphis - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 The Texas KGB - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., 264-03183 Rollfast Ramblers - 6:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 The Kim Kafka Trio - 6:30pm Mimi’s Cafe 12613 Galleria Circle 263-9731 Friday, August 2 Richie Allbright - 7pm Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Free Larry Lange’s Lonely Knights - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586
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Redd Volkaert - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 2822586 Amber Digby/Justin Trevino - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 Marshall Hood & Devin White 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 Band More Y mas - 7pm Playing Merngue-Cumbias-Texano Country at Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 West 288-0437 info@ senorbuddys Jon Napier - 6pm Texas Skyz8pm $7 Matt Dunnam Band 11:55pm $5 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Kevin Ahart - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Audiolight - 6pm at the Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Free
SIinger Songwriter Showdown8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183 Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Tuesday, July 30 Dime Store Poets - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Debra Peters & the Accordion Round Up - 6pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 Happy Hour w/ “Honky Tonk” Frank Cavitt - 5:30pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2130 263-7353 No Cover Dan Tedesco - 8:30pm Parker McCollum - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Wednesday, July 31 Paul Glasse - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586
Saturday, July 27
Biscuit Grabbers - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Texas Jamm Band - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 Texas Skyz - 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 Jumpstart - 7pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 West 288-0437 info@senorbuddys Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars - 8pm $7 Larry Joe Taylor 10pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183 Saturday, August 3 Tony Harrison - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 Cade Baccus - 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 Night Train with Courtney McAdams - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 2889994
Two Tons of Steel - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 Jennifer Jackson - 7pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 West 2880437 info@senorbuddys
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Carl Hutchens - 9pm $7 John Edward Baumann - 11:55pm $5 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., 264-03183
Armadillo Road - 9pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189
T Jarrod Bonta Trio - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994
No Bad Days - Open Mic Hosted by BB Morse - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318
Jackie & Andrew Venson - at the Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Gospel Brunch with “The South Austin Gospel Project” - 12pm - 2pm Maria’s Taco Express 2529 South Lamar Boulevard 444-0261
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Nephewâ€™s leukemia struggle Swimming pools can spread inspires family to fundraise recreational water illnesses In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, the Corbett family will host an Alexâ€™s Lemonade Stand on Tuesday, July 30 from 3-5 pm at the Circle C North mailboxes on Barstow Avenue.Â The Corbettâ€™s were inspired to raise money for pediatric cancer after watching their hero, nephew & cousin, Jonas Vincent fight leukemia.Â Jonas was diagnosed 4 years ago and last summer, after a long fight, the family was able to celebrate with a No More Chemo party.Â Jonas is now in remission and a happy, healthy 10-year-old boy. Holding a lemonade stand to raise money for this cause was the perfect way to get the kids involved.Â Â In addition to this event, Alexâ€™s Lemonade Stand Foundation is preparing to â€œgo the distanceâ€?
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officers. Last year, the city Council commissioned a report to look at our staffing and the report indicated that we are very low on the number of officers we need for a city this size. The PERF report (Police Executive Research Forum) indicated a need to add 257 officers by 2017. The request of 92 officers this year is our first phase of achieving that number. However, for some perspective, to meet the national average for a city our size, we would need to add 700 officers by 2017.” An excerpt taken from the summary of the report, explained the purpose, “The objectives of the study include: reviewing the current demand for sworn law enforcement, including calls for service, investigative workload, staffing for special events, and utilization of support staff; examining benchmarks for police staffing that are used in a sample of U.S. cities with populations from 500,000 to one million.” The full report can be found on the APD website. “About 45 of the new officers will be tasked to Special Events. Right now, you may lose your District Representative (DR) for a week or more for each of the special events held around Austin. It hurts the citizens because we have less officers able to patrol in neighborhoods,” explained Gage. “Right now the multitude of special events in Austin during the year put an added stress on the department. Events, such as Circuit of the Americas, Austin City Limits Festival, and South by Southwest, all require officers to be pulled from different areas of town to provide security,” Gage said. A citizen at the meeting asked about security funding at these events, “Why are taxpayers subsidizing security for these special events, which turn a profit for the organization who is putting them on? Shouldn’t those groups foot the bill on the needed added security?” “In all likelihood, some of those fees are probably being waived by the city council as an incentive for those events to come to town. If that is something you disagree with, then you should contact your city council member,” said Gage. If approved in the proposed budget, additional officers would be tasked to the traffic unit. “Traffic fatalities
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from work and finding your home broken into is one of the worst feelings and is a terrible thing to happen to an individual, but unfortunately it is not considered high priority since the trail is already cold,” Gage said. The quarterly crime statistics for south Austin were released: violent crime is down by 11% and year-todate down by 4%. Property crime is down 7% for the quarter and 5% down for the year. “I think much of that is due to you, our citizens, who are looking out for their neighbors. You are our eyes and ears. Criminals don’t want to be seen and when neighborhoods have Neighborhood Watch programs, it really helps reduce overall crime. Those areas have had a tremendous decrease in crime” said Gage. “We are on a three-year trend of lower crime and overall at a five-year low because of the combined effort with APD and our citizens,” he added. “Preventing crime is the responsibility of the entire community and works best when citizens and police Continued on next page
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Sergeant Jamie Jobes also discussed the importance of reporting teens that may be breaking curfew, especially once school begins on August 26. “In the summer, there is no daytime curfew for those under age 17. However, there is a nighttime curfew, which is as follows: Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 12:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.” Jobes added: “During the school year, the daytime curfew is 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. School-aged kids are typically supposed to be in school, although there may be some exceptions. If you see kids on the street or in neighborhoods during those hours and you suspect they are of school age, please call 911. Juveniles are often responsible for much of the burglary-type crime that happens during those hours. I know, we all say ‘Not my kid, they wouldn’t do that.’ But it’s better to be on the safe side and notify the police.” On the other side of the spectrum are a group of teens who are learning more the inner workings of becoming a police officer and what the job really encompasses. “Tonight, we have some special guests here. Along the far wall, are the leaders of tomorrow, they are the Police Explorers. These high school students are here on their own time and are interested in learning more about becoming a Police Officer. They learn what police officers do and receive in-depth training,” said Jobes. Austin Fire Department and EMS also have explorer programs. Among the group is Bowie high school student Cody Martin, who joined the Explorers eight months ago. “I wanted to be a police officer, so I contacted one and he referred me to this program,” said Martin, who will be a senior this fall. “The program is open to students from ages 14 up to 21. At 21 is when we are eligible to apply to become a police officer. We meet every Tuesday and they teach us things like how to respond to a domestic crisis, and weekend events to learn about traffic and crowd control. We just returned from a competition with timed events where we earned two second place awards. One, called Active shooter, was for which team could go in a building, clear it and find the offender. We also attend Explorer Academy, which is three weeks long, meets 8 hours a day and is very disciplined. We learn things like case law. We have ranks, but to earn that, we have to take a test and Oaktest Hill Gazette my is coming up,” explained Martin. Size: 3 col (6.08”) x 10” “No one else in my family is a police Color officer. I like it because I wouldn’t be Insertion Date: 7/11 at a desk everyday and everyday is Trade
something different. My parents are happy that I have found something that I am passionate about. I am also in ROTC in school, which I have been in since ninth grade, but I am most interested in this program because it provides hands-on experience to what being a police officer is really like, which is my goal,’ Martin said. Although it is still a few months away, it’s not too soon for neighborhood groups to register for National Night Out, which is October 1. A description of the event from the APD website: “Residents in neighborhoods throughout Austin and across the nation are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics. Events such as cookouts, block parties and neighborhood walks will all occur simultaneously throughout the city and nationwide.” This year, the event will kickoff at Barton Creek Mall, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. “We will have all areas of APD, AFD, EMS and also Travis County represented. The kickoff is a big deal and this is the first time it will be held in South Austin in a few years,” said Jobes. If you would like to register your neighborhood or group, please go the APD website. Registration does not guarantee that an officer will drop by, but it will put you on the list for a possible visit as well as let the department know how successful National Night out is. For registration information go to this website: http://austintexas.gov/nno. To learn more about current crime in your area, reports are available at this link: http://austintexas.gov/ department/apd-reports. To learn more about what district representative (DR) covers neighborhoods in South Austin and the Oak Hill area, http://austintexas.gov/page/ district-representatives-region-4. The main number is 512-874-8100. The District Representatives for most of the Oak Hill area are Senior Police Officer Jeffrey Binder and Officer Josh Visi. Ongoing training is available at the substation and occurs each month. “Our Train the Trainer meeting is the First Tuesday of each month here at the station at 6:30 p.m. It starts with the old-school mentality of neighbors looking out for each other, but then we dig deeper and discuss things like when to call 911 versus 311, as well as what might be considered suspicious activity. I can’t stress this enough. It is because of good folks coming forward and taking control of their neighborhoods—that helps reduce crime,” said Jobes.
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Wildflower Center starts work on unique family garden The Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Family Garden at the Wildflower Center will be a regional jewel and a national model, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. After a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 1, 2013, construction began last week and the garden, which will double the size of the center’s garden acreage, will open in spring of 2014. It will occupy 4.5 acres of woodland and meadow, providing a setting for hands-on, creative play while demonstrating key concepts in biology, botany, ecology, geology, hydrology and more. This garden is designed for interaction with native plants through features like Nature’s Spiral, a mosaic-inlaid limestone wall that illustrates the spiral shapes found in sunflower heads, agaves and Turk’s caps. Giant bird’s nests, the Metamorphosis Maze, a central creek and grotto and many more features will provide fantastic experiences in nature, according to the center’s senior director. A covered pavilion will provide space for group learning and events and the Giant Play Lawn will be a place to run and have fun. “Our generation was able to explore nature more easily, said Damon Waitt, the senior director of the Wildflower Center and Family
Garden project coordinator. “This garden is a way to bring families together and provide a chance for exploration and nature play for this generation and generations to come.” This whimsical world is the brainchild of landscape architect Gary Smith, an award-winning designer who created Enchanted Woods at Winterthur in Delaware and the Tropical Mosaic Garden in Florida. The project is being designed and constructed according to the most rigorous guidelines for sustainable landscapes, and has been selected as a pilot by the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which developed a national rating system for “green” landscapes. Susan Rieff, the Wildflower Center’s executive director, said, “There is nothing like this garden in Texas on many levels. The Luci and Ian Family Garden will offer children a safe environment for exploring the natural world that we hope will instill a sense of wonder and excitement.” The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has raised $4.4 million of the $5 million for the Luci and Ian Family Garden considered the centerpiece of its master plan. The $4.4 million raised thus far has come from 20-plus generous donors, including Lynda Johnson Robb.
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‘Blazing Bows’ at the Broken Spoke Continued from p. 3
Hattersley, accompanied the group on guitar, and fiddler Kay Mueller helped lead the fiddle performance along with another fiddler, Catherine Van Zanten. Together the four Suzuki teachers have represented “Fiddle Fest” since around 1994. “It is important that we do the show at The Spoke because it is a show about the history of fiddle in Texas and all the songs we play have been played and danced to right there for years,” Mary Hattersley said. “And it’s where the famous Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys often performed.” The Hattersleys along with Mueller and Van Zanten also bring their students together at the Austin Suzuki Academy on Saturday mornings for group and theory lessons. Blazing Bows’ former campers have returned every year to perform their finale at The Broken Spoke as part of the Hattersley family tradition. “It gives me so much joy to play music. You can get all bollixed up in music with the practicing and the playing, but it’s all about the joy,” Mary Hattersley said. The Blazing Bows perform at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood each April and at the Austin Art Festival in July, and previously performed at the Pioneer Farm May Pole celebration. They cancelled all other summer shows when doctors diagnosed Mary Hattersley with cancer last June. In December every year they perform at the Austin Armadillo Bazaar. They plan to also take their Blazing Bows shows to local celebrations, nursing homes, and schools as well in 2014. “It’s so important to me and the Blazing Bows to play at The Broken Spoke because of the music history. People remember going to The Broken Spoke when they were kids. A lot of times, it was a family place,” Mary Hattersley said. Ironically, while their Blazing Bows have played The Broken Spoke regularly for nearly two decades, the couples’ band, Greezy Wheels, never performed there.
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â€˜Blazing Bowsâ€™ perform at the Broken Spoke honky tonk Continued from p. 14 Cleve Hattersley played mostly solo one-night gigs around Austin before forming the Greezy Wheels band in the 1970s. Its members convinced Mary Egan to leave Kenneth Threadgillâ€™s band, the Hootenanny Hoots, and to join the Greezy Wheels. Not long afterwards, Eddie Wilson (now Threadgillâ€™s restaurant proprietor), and other co-founders of the legendary live music venue, Armadillo World Headquarters, caught their show. Wilson jumped at the chance to book Greezy Wheels as a back-up band for the Flying Burrito Brothers and the bandâ€™s reputation just took off after that. Greezy Wheels played the Armadillo World Headquarters more often than any other band and backed up national music stars regularly. â€œWe backed up â€˜the Boss,â€™ Bruce Springsteen, at Armadillo World Headquarters when he was doing his first tour of the United States. He had just played Houston and a bunch of people followed him down here to Austin. He was young and nobody really knew who he was,â€? Mary Hattersley said. Greezy Wheels backed up other regular acts at the Armadillo World Headquarters at the time, including Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, and Doug Sahm before the group disbanded in 1978. Twenty-five years later, Mary and
Cleve, and his sister, Lissa Hattersley, reunited Greezy Wheels in 2001. Currently, their newest album, â€œKitty Cat Jesusâ€?, which was released in May, features two songs: â€œI Cry Myself to Sleep,â€? and â€œIâ€™ll Get Away With It,â€? that have received lots of local radio station air play. Other Greezy Wheels members include: lead vocalist Lissa Hattersley, vocalist Penny Jo Pullus, drummer Johnny Bush, bassist Brad Houser, and trombone and harp player, Matt Hubbard. Both Bush and Houser previously played with Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians in the 1980s. Hubbard also performs with Willie Nelson. Greezy Wheels will perform again Oct. 11 at the Starlight Theater Restaurant and Saloon in Terlingua, and Oct. 12 at Padres Bar and Grill in Marfa as part of the Chinati Foundation Open House there. The event includes two days of art, music and lectures and brings in visitors from all around the world. The Hattersley hippie years Maryâ€™s dad, Oscar Butler, was a choir professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Butler put a violin under his daughterâ€™s chin when she turned ten. Years later, she attended NMSU, but only from 1961 through 1962, before running off to San Francisco. She also later lived in Santa Fe, before moving to Austin in the 1970s where
she met Cleve Hattersley. â€œI was a hippie for a long time,â€? Mary Hattersley said. â€œI had a wild spirit.â€? This past June marked the coupleâ€™s 39th anniversary, as common law husband and wife, legally registered in Travis County. Cleve is 66 and Mary just celebrated her 70th birthday June 8. Doctors diagnosed her with vulvar cancer and removed all the affected tissue July 2. â€œThey found out I had it right when we were in the middle of (Blazing Bows) summer camp. I decided we would do camp anyway. The doctors went in and found the cancer all in one place and got it out. The surgery went well. Thereâ€™s nothing else required,â€? she said. A Little Fiddle Song History Fiddle history resounds within the Blazing Bows as much as their music. Mary Hattersley introduces each song to their audiences with a brief history. Interestingly, â€œBile em Cabbage Downâ€? often translated to â€œBoil them Cabbage Down,â€? for Mary Hattersleyâ€™s students, has been renamed â€œViolin Cabbage Down.â€? The fiddle breakdown features seven variations. â€œOne year we were playing this song and the electricity went out (at The Broken Spoke,) and we just kept playing it in the dark. We were still playing when the lights came Continued on back page
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ASSEMBLY OF GOD New Life Assembly of God 7612 Cooper Lane, Austin. 78745 (Between Wm. Cannon and Dittmar) Call: 445-5433 Pastor: Charlie Hilburn Sunday Services: Sunday School 9:30am; Worship & Children’s Church 10:30am; Prayer and Worship Service 6pm Wednesday Services: 7:00pm Kidtastic! * Missio Dei Youth Ministry * Adult Class email@example.com www.newlifeaustin.org connecting...growing...reaching
BAPTIST Bee Cave Baptist Church 13222 Hwy. 71W (at Hwy. 620) 263-5058 Pastor: Rev. Jim Roquemore Services: Sun. 10:45am & 6:30pm, Sunday School 9:30am Children’s church available Sun. am Wed. Prayer & Bible Study 7 pm First Baptist Church of Oak Hill 6907 Convict Hill Rd 78749 288-7570 Pastor: Rob Satterfield Services: Sun. 10:50am & 6:00pm Bible Study Sun. 9:30am Wednesday Prayer 6:45pm www.fbcoakhill.org Oak Hill Primitive Baptist Church 11408 Camp Ben McCulloch Rd. Pastor: Elder Richard Halbgewachs Church: 288-4994 Pastor: 894-4105 Services: Every Sun. 10:30am
BUDDHIST Chittamani Buddhist Center Without Inner Peace, Outer Peace is Impossible. Classes and meditation currently on the 4 Noble Truths. Every Sunday 9:30am -11 am Everyone welcome www.MeditationInAustin.org 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745 (off Manchaca) 512-916-4444 Sitagu Buddha Vihara 9001 Honeycomb Dr. 78737 (4 miles west of the “Y”). We are a monastery, meditation center, community center, education center and home of a beautiful Burmese pagoda. Daily activities. sitagu.org/austin/, (512)301-3968 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EPISCOPALIAN St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 11819 So. IH-35 (exit #223, FM 1327; take north access road 1.1 mile) 282-5631 www.stalbansaustin.org Seeking the transformation of lives through sharing God’s love and grace Rector: The Rev. Margaret Waters Services: 9 a.m. Come & See! (Blended worship w/ sermon & Holy Eucharist) 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour 10:15 a.m. Christian Formation for All Ages (Please go to the website for more details) 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 12:45 p.m. Coffee Hour Children’s Chapel at both services, and professional nursery from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Youth Group, Sundays 4-6 p.m. Bible Study, Thursdays 9:30-11 a.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 8724 Travis Hills Dr. 78735 (between Southwest Parkway and Old Bee Caves Road) 288-0128 www.stchristopher.net Rector: The Rev. Bo Townsend Services: Holy Communion at 10am Sundays; Children’s Chapel at 10 am
ISLAM Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center Religious Services/Youth & Children Activities 1701 W Ben White Blvd. Bldg. #3 512-693-2924 Friday Sermon @ 1:00 PM Mosque open 7 days for 5 daily prayers Check Mosque website for prayer timings and weekend programs www.masjidibrahim.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LUTHERAN Abiding Love Lutheran Church 7210 Brush Country, 78749 892-4040 Sr. Pastor:Lynnae Sorensen Assoc. Pastor: Brad Highum Sunday Services: 8:30am and 11am Sunday School 9:45 am Children’s Center 892-2777 M-F, 7:00am-6:00pm Food Pantry-Monday, 1:30-3:30pm email@example.com www.abidinglove.org Bethany Lutheran Church “Where Jesus Meets His Friends” 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor: Rev. William B. Knippa Assoc. Pastor: Rev. Kevin D. Lentz Sun. Worship Services: 8am (Trad.) 9:30 & 11:00 am (Blended Traditional & Contemporary Music) 6:00 p.m. (Contemporary Praise) Sunday School & Bible Study: 9:30am Nursery During Services Bethany Preschool, Mon & Wed program, Tues & Thur program www.blcms.org Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4622 S. Lamar 892-0516 Rev. Magdalene Holm-Roesler, Pastor Services: 10:00 am Sunday Study Hour: 9:00 am Sunday Fellowship & Coffee after services Adult and Children’s Sun. School hclcaustin.org You’re always welcome here. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 10408 Hwy 290 West (4 miles from the “Y” in Oak Hill)
512-288-2370 info@ConnectwithJesus.org www.Mt.OliveAustin.org Pastors: Paul Meyer and Ben Braun Services: 8 am traditional and 10:30 am contemporary. Education Hour: 9:15-10:15 am Preschool: 18 months to Pre-K, Preschool Phone: 512-288-2330 Full and part-time hours. Risen Savior Lutheran Church-WELS 2811 Aftonshire Way 78748 280-8282 Rev. Paul Kuehn, pastor Services: Sunday Worship— 9:30am Sunday School/Bible Classes for all ages, Sunday— 11:00am; Thursday Night Worship— 7:00 pm www.risensavioraustin.net
METHODIST Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 Hwy. 290 W. 78736 288-3836 Rev. Jim Roberts, Rev. Pam Sheffield, and Rev. Stella Burkhalter Services: Sunday 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at 11:15 service) Wednesday ReCharge service 6:15pm Sunday School: 10 & 11:15am Children’s Sunday School: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am Youth group: 5pm www.oakhillumc.org open hearts, open minds, open doors! Manchaca United Methodist Church Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors! 1011 FM 1626 (SE corner of FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd) www.ManchacaUMC.org; office@ ManchacaUMC.org; 512.282.7274 Pastors: Rev. Laura Adam, Rev. Tracey Beadle Sunday Schedule: 8:30 am – Traditional Worship with Communion in the Sanctuary. 9:45 am - Sunday School; adult, youth and children. 11:00 am - Traditional Worship and Hymns in the Sanctuary. 11 am - Life on the Road - Casual Praise Service in the Family Life Center. 4 pm - High school & Middle school youth programs including tutoring Wednesday Worship: 6:00 am Individual Prayer and Meditation with Communion
NON - DENOMINATIONAL LifeAustin 8901 W Hwy 71 78735 Phone: 512-220-6383 Lead Pastor: Randy Phillips Sun. Services: 9 am Celebration Service, 11 am Celebration Service Wed Services: 7 pm Life University, 7
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ORTHODOX St. Sophia Orthodox Church 225 Rose Dr. in Dripping Springs Fr. Peter Smith, Pastor 512) 638-0721 / pcmsmith@hotmail. com (Fr. Peter’s email) www.stsophiachurch.us Services: Sundays- 8:45 a.m. Orthros (Matins) & 10:00 a.m. Divine LiturgyWednesdays- 7:00 p.m. Daily Vespers or other special services according to the season Saturdays- 5:45 pm. Ninth Hour & 6:00 pm Great Vespers and Confession Special feast day services as announced All services are in English and visitors are always welcome. The Orthodox Church is the original, historic, pre-denominational Church of the New Testament. Please join us for worship soon!
PRESBYTERIAN Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church 5226 W William Cannon 78749 Pastor Larry W. Coulter; Assoc. Pastors Michael Killeen, Britta Dukes Worship Schedule: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Shepherd of the Hills Brodie Campus at the corner of Brodie Ln. & Hewitt Ln. 12420 Hewitt Lane 78748 Ted Thulin, Campus Pastor Worship Schedule: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Web site: www.shpc.org
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City of Austin news Pet adoptions are needed. Animal welfare leaders came together on July 19 came to address the current cat overcrowded conditions at area shelters. There is no additional room for cats or kittens at area shelters. This includes the Austin Animal Center, The Austin Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive. The Austin Animal Center has almost 600 felines, Austin Pets Alive has close to 900, and the Austin Humane Society has more than 300. At this time these shelters are not accepting owner surrendered cats and are asking that people find a new home for their cat(s) or kitten(s). Pet owners can make an appointment to surrender a cat for a future date at the Austin Animal Center. The Austin Animal Center will only accept sick and injured felines until further notice. The public is advised if they find healthy baby kittens without a mother to leave the kittens in place. All three agencies are waiving fees on all cats and kittens to help keep Austin no-kill by saving a life from Friday, July 19- Sunday, July 21. Interested adopters can visit www. austinanimalcenter.org to view a vast array of beautiful felines ready
National Parks Month Rediscover your love for Austin’s parks this summer by learning more about them: attend one of this month’s recommended events, visit one of Austin’s recreation centers, or enjoy a summer musical performance at the Zilker Hillside Theater and stop by the information table at the show.
for adoption. Additionally, welfare leaders are encouraging pet owners to spay/ neuter their animals. The City of Austin partners with Emancipet which offers free and low cost spay and neuter services. More information at www.emancipet.org. The Austin Animal Center is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit www.austinanimalcenter.org or visit Facebook for daily pet updates. Summer in the city fun Think you’ve missed out on the summer fun? Not hardly. Take a look at some of the great opportunities for adults and kids!
Music in the Parks From classical and Tejano to blues and country, there is a free concert in the park to suit every taste. For more information call (512) 9746797. Ok, so movies might not count as music, but the city has those too. Check out the schedule at the City of Austin website. Dancing If you prefer to dance to music instead of just listening to it, then check out the free salsa dance classes at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Classes are held on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. Swimming Did you know that Austin’s Parks and Recreation department operates 50 public aquatic facilities, 10 of
Barton Springs Pool is one of 50 public swimming areas in Austin. which are splash pads and many of them are free? Find a location near you. What about summer camp? Kids getting bored? Not to worry, Parks and Recreation has summer camp options that run all the way into August. Summer Camp themes: July 22-26 Mad Science July 29 - August 2 To the Rescue August 5-9 Kids vs. Kids
August 12-16 Chillin’ at the Rec Boredom Busters: Free drop in program Monday-Friday for kids aged 5-11 and 12-17 . Kids may dabble in arts & crafts, cooking, drama, games, nature and more. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Teen Summer Camp: Older kids too can get in on the fun in a summer camp environment just for them. A wide variety of sports, arts and crafts, enrichment activities and more will keep teens engaged.
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City traffic project to help Brodie Lane bottleneck will begin in Aug. Continued from p. 1 rent congestion problem in the area. “We’re going to take off right there where the fire department is—west of there— and pick up to four lanes and continue them on around to the north side of the fire station and con-
nect directly into where Davis Lane on the east side of Brodie connects,” Jackson said. “That’s how it’s going to help the traffic. It’s going to make it a continuous four-lane all the way.” Jackson said the project, which will be constructed by Smith Contract-
ing Company, is estimated to cost approximately $4.5 million. Construction on the roadway is slated to begin in early to mid-August and is estimated to take about a year to complete, Jackson said.
Commissioner’s Corner Continued from p. 7 sioner’s office…As our County Judge did when he appointed Bruce Todd to fill the Precinct 2 Commissioner office after former Precinct 2 Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt resigned to seek the office of county judge. (Our County Judge Sam Biscoe will not seek re-election to that office.) Another situation (extensively covered in the news) concerning a possible vacancy in a county office is that of the Travis County District Attorney office. We’ve seen calls for the District Attorney to resign or
be removed from office. We saw numerous people addressing the Commissioners Court during the Citizens Communication portion of our weekly agenda…Some called for the Commissioners Court to remove the District Attorney from office. The Commissioners Court eventually addressed the situation as an official agenda item. Our County Attorney explained that, under state law, the Commissioners Court has no authority to remove any elected official from office. And even if the District Attorney were to resign, a
Precinct 3 new District Attorney would not be appointed by the Commissioners Court… nor by the County Judge. Again under state law, the Governor fills a vacancy in the office of any district attorney, since a district attorney is technically an employee of the state (not the county). As you can see, we’ve only just begun to answer the questions I posed in my opening paragraph. Next time we’ll continue our “civics lesson” on the role and powers of your county government.
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The Word from Oak Hill Continued from p. 5 catfish po-boys as well. So what should I try? I mean, if I had the guts. Or at least a good heart. Probably the three house specialties. One is called Gold Band Creole, a spicy blend of shrimp, fettuccine and Parmesan cheese. Another is called Speedyâ€™s Catfish with Crawfish Macque Choux. Itâ€™s sautĂŠed catfish on a bed of rice and smothered in crawfish and Creole corn chowder.
Last but not least is Alligator Sauce Piquante, which is gator meat cooked in a tomato-based roux. That said, I usually go to Evangelineâ€™s for the music and the beer. So sue me. â€˘Â â€˘Â â€˘ According to The KCM Blog â€” a real estate blog located at kcmblog. com â€” ten cities have attracted more new residents than all other U.S. cities, and four of the ten are Texan.
Coming in at number 10 is Houston, described as â€œthe best place to sleep on a park benchâ€? by the blog. At number 9 is Dallas, which they call â€œthe best city for unemployed sports fans.â€? At number 8 is Los Angeles, called â€œthe best city for expensive vacations,â€? and at number 7 is NY, New York, which they call â€œthe best city for rich foodies.â€? Number 6 brings us back to Texas
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with San Antonio, called the â€œbest city to rent forever.â€? And at number 5 is Phoenix, Arizona, which they call â€œthe best city to save up for a house,â€? and which Iâ€™ll add, â€œso you can move the hell out.â€? At number 4 is San Diego, which they call â€œthe best city for beach bums making big bucks,â€? and coming in at number 3 is Austin, which they call the â€œbest city for eco-friendly musicians.â€? The top two spots go to Charlotte, NC, which they call â€œthe best city for thrifty homebodiesâ€? and which
I take to mean â€Ś boring The number one spot goes to Denver, called â€œthe best city to trade your car for a kayak.â€? All in all, Iâ€™d rather be in Wimberley. â€˘Â â€˘Â â€˘ (Want your neighborhood association highlighted? Have a story you need to tell? Would you like to rat out a neighbor? If so, be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and get the word out.)
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‘Blazing Bows’ perform at the Broken Spoke honky tonk Continued from p. 15
back on. It was so cool,” Mary said. “The other reason for playing at The Broken Spoke is that the great Texas fiddler Bob Wills played there,” she added. The first song the group performed, “Lil’ Liza Jane,” enjoys a long history that dates back to the early 1900s with roots in standard, jazz and bluegrass music. First recorded by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in 1947, Nina Simone performed it at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960, then David Bowie and his King Bees performed it in 1964, and The Band recorded a version of it in 1968. Finally, it appeared on an album recorded by Alison Krauss and Union Station, which earned a 1998 Grammy Award. The Blazing Bow’s third song, “Rubber Dolly” made famous by Appalachian string bands in the 1920s and 1930s became a favorite performed by 1960s folk singer Woody Guthrie and then 1970s country singer Ray Price. Next the group performed an Irish jig written in the early nineteenth century called “Swallowtail.” “That’s one of the most beautiful songs ever to become a fiddle song,”
Mary Hattersley said. “Every fiddle tune should contain a jig.” For their fourth piece, local fiddle player Billie Curtis performed the American classic entitled “Soldier’s Joy,” a 200-year-old song recognized as the oldest and most widely distributed tune in the English speaking language. Curtis, who plays with Lone Star Swing, formerly played with Houston’s popular Wild River Band, as well as Western Swing legends such as Johnny Gimble and Herb Remington. He has a daughter who plays with the Blazing Bows. His band performs at El Mercado in Austin most Thursday nights. The Blazing Bows also performed “Drowsy Maggie,” featuring Anna Wicker on the fiddle, followed by a medley of “Turkey in the Straw”/”Arkansas Traveler”/”Devil’s Dream,” – a fiddler’s all-time greatest hits list. Performing “The Orange Blossom Special” with the Blazing Bows holds particular significance to Mary Hattersley. She remembers once teaching fiddler Jean Luc Ponty to play the song, backstage at the Armadillo World Headquarters while they waited to perform back up to Frank Zappa and his band, The Mothers of Invention.
“It was just a few chords, but Ponty picked it right up,” she said. “Then he performed it on stage.” She and the children also performed “La Culebra,” translated “The Rattlesnake,” a mariachi standard. Its origins reach back as far as 1944 when Ruben Fuentes Gasson played it with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan as the group’s violinist and composer. Later his reputation grew when he performed on Linda Ronstadt’s multi-Platinum album, Canciones De Mi Padre. The Blazing Bows performed Cotton Collins’ version of “Westphalia Waltz,” about Polish immigrants during the Great Depression who worked in the coalmines of the Alleghenies and in the mills of Massachusetts. Collins and his Lone Star Playboys renamed the folk song after the Texas town by the same name and performed it often as part of their lunchtime broadcast on radio station, WACO in Waco. And the Blazing Bows rendered Glen Miller’s big band song, “In the Mood” a fiddle version at The Broken Spoke. The song once considered “racy” and originally written about Tin Pan Alley, later became part of The Beatles’ recording of
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Members of the Blazing Bows perform at the Broken Spoke. “All You Need is Love,” thanks to producer George Martin. The Blazing Bows performed one of 129 versions of the often misspelled Irish folk song about a bar maid, “Drowsy Maggie,” as well. The song became internationally known after the band Jethro Tull first performed the song in concert in 1989 at the Apollo Theater in Manchester, England. The favorite of the night, “The Cotton-Eye Joe” had family members dancing on the dance floor in front of The Broken Spoke bandstand. The Moody Brothers’ version of the song won a Grammy Award nomination for best country instrumental in 1985. Then The Chieftains received a Grammy Award nomination for their album, Another Country, with Ricky Skaggs in 1992. The group closed the night with
“Ashokan Farewell,’’ named after a camp in the Catskill Mountains not far from Woodstock, New York, once run by Jay Unger and Molly Mason. Written originally as an instrumental Scottish lament, called “Fiddle Fever” Ashokan campers later wrote lyrics. Two 16-year old girl members of the Blazing Bows, offered their own words to the song July 15. The song served as the opening track to a PBS special about the Civil War, created by filmmaker Ken Burns. Twenty-five other versions of the song were used in the 11-hour series produced and broadcast on television in 1984. The song’s poignant lyrics focus on the emotions young musicians feel about leaving fiddle camp. It served as an appropriate closing performance for the Blazing Bows’ program finale at The Broken Spoke.
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