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June 26, 2014 Volume 19, No. 13 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

Jason Paul Landers (1971 – 2014)

Options narrow for 290 project by Bobbie Jean Sawyer OAK HILL - The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and TxDOT presented to the public the two remaining Oak Hill Parkway concepts selected to advance to the next round of evaluation—for now leaving out the Concept F “parkway” option favored by the Fix 290 group. The Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Study is an effort by the TxDOT and the Mobility Authority to improve mobility throughout Oak Hill. A June 17 open house at Covington Middle School featured maps of the latest options and sought feedback from community members attending. Concept A, which includes de-

pressed U.S. 290 mainlanes under SH-71, and Concept C, which See OPTIONS on page 29

Neighbors find City support for new park

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by Bobbie Jean Sawyer OAK HILL - Neighbors in Circle C North vying to save their limited green space for a pocket park received public support from Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole at a news conference at the intersection of Barstow and Allerton avenues Saturday morning. “The City of Austin is pleased by the collaboration between the neighborhood, the developers and City staff to make this park a reality,” Cole said. The parcel of land at Barstow Avenue and Davis Lane has been envisioned as a future park for years by

residents, but recent planning changes at the city level had the land slated to be developed into a road, extending Barstow Avenue to Davis Lane. Sheryl Cole According to a press release from the office of Sheryl Cole, the City Council is expected to vote on what to do with the land at the June 26 City Council See NEIGHBORS on page 26

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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 “Civic Agenda” and include details of your meeting or happening, along with any relevant agenda items. Volunteer Deputy Registrar training Tues., July 1, 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. 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, visit www. traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473. Filing period for Austin City Council elections July 21 to August 18, 2014 For the first time in Austin’s history

voters will select an Austin City Council from 10 geographic single-member districts. This change to geographic representation was approved by voters Nov. 6, 2012, as Proposition 3, commonly referred to as 10-ONE. Under this Charter amendment the Mayor will continue to be elected citywide and 10 other Council members will no longer be elected citywide, but only by voters in the districts in which they live. The City of Austin in partnership with the City’s Ethics Review Commission and the Austin League of Women Voters will also conduct a series of single-member district City Council Candidate Forums for the November 2014 election. The District 8 forum, which comprises most of the area covered by the Oak Hill Gazette, is scheduled for September 16, while the mayoral candidate forum will be held on September 29. In addition to the in person forums video statements from each of the candidates will be posted on the City’s website, austintexas.gov. Additionally, the candidates will respond to a League of Women Voters questionnaire. This information and video statements will be posted on the website in September 2014. More information is available at www.austintexas.gov/10-ONE. New City ordinance resource now available online A complete list of the City of Austin’s Code of Ordinances can now be found at a new, easier to remember link: austintexas.gov/citycode. In addition to ordinance information, users will also find a wide range of criteria manuals from building to transportation. Printed copies of the Austin Code and manuals are also available for purchase on the site.

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Two Oak Hill ballplayers are competing for Major League All-Star Game appearance By Ann Fowler OAK HILL - Two young Oak Hill ballplayers showed off their major league talent recently in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) competition. Each won their age divisions at a local competition in Oak Hill, in Regional competition at Krieg Field in Austin, and in the team championship held at the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park. For Darius Williams, 8, and Abbey Smith, 11, their accomplishment is not a culmination, but a demonstration of skills that will only get better with age. And this competition is not over yet. Brody Roush, 19, founder of Beyond the Bases (see sidebar), which hosted the Oak Hill competition, told the Gazette, “Each of the 30 major league ballparks have held or will hold their own team championship competition in which other winners will be selected. The top three scores from each age group nationwide will advance to compete at the [site of the] 2014 All Stars Game in Minneapolis.” Roush added, “This is important to Oak Hill because two of our kids from right here are ranked nationally in the top 30 out of nearly 700,000 participants. I think it says a lot about how Oak Hill and Beyond the Bases does such a great job providing kids the things they need to excel in our national pastime.” In PHR competition, youngsters vie in four age groups, one for boys and one for girls: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14, with age determined as of July 17, 2014. The young athletes must demonstrate specific skills: • Pitch: athletes emulate Major League pitchers by taking a shot at hitting the MLB Strike Zone. • Hit: young batters swing away from home plate just like big leaguers; they are judged on distance and accuracy. • Run: youths start at second base and head for home to demonstrate Continued on page 31

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Beyond the Bases helps kids get in the game By Ann Fowler Beyond the Bases provides baseball and softball equipment to those who can’t afford it. Founder Brody Roush started playing baseball at Oak Hill at the age of 6. In 2009, Brody was helping the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association with tryouts when he realized that the downturn in the economy meant many children didn’t have proper equipment. He said, “I went home, pulled out some bats and gloves in my garage that I wasn’t using, and

gave them to these kids. After talking with some friends, I discovered that other people also had baseball equipment in their garages that could be used to help these children.” And so Beyond the Bases began. Roush explained, “I founded Beyond the Bases at Oak Hill with the objective of helping underprivileged boys and girls play baseball and softball. Our first year, we provided eight kids with equipment and raised about Continued on back page

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Simmer down. Simmer down, people. I know very well that it’s been months since I’ve indulged you with a Movie Mashup contest. And I know that you know, based on the influx of cards and letters and e-mails and texts and pokes and tweets and twits and skypes and likes and tags and yelps and yips and things. And you know that I know that you know, because here we are, revving our engines for another go. So you see, I know you know that I know that you know. You know? And furthermore… Let’s start this again. If you recall, what we have here, my fellow intergalactic itinerants, is a collection of famous lines from movies. However, quotes from two different movies have been smushed together to make one confused line. Here’s a for instance: “It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with McFly.” That there, you see, is a conglomeration of quotes from “The Godfather” and “Back to the Future.” I suppose, then, that the mashed-up movie would be called “Back to the Godfather.” Or something. But that’s irrelevant. What is relevant is that the name of the game is Movie Mashup. I should copyright this concept, so here you go. © 2014, by Me. All rights

reserved by Me. Me Incorporated 10. “Andy Dufresne, who is a subsidiary of Me Enterprises, crawled through a river of Norwalk, Connecticut. hakuna matata and came out So. Below (or to the left if you are perpendicular) are 20 Movie clean on the other side.” Mashups. Your job, if you choose 11. “I like them french fried to accept it, is to tell potaters. Is that…is moi what two movies that hair gel?” flirted around and had 12. “I am big. It’s the relations to produce the pictures that can’t mixed-up quote. The first handle the truth!” 283 people to respond 13. “You buy a hat with any semblance of an answer win a genulike this, I bet you ine “Jesus is Coming, get a free bowl of Hide the Bong” bumper soup. You know sticker. Seriously. If you what they call a get pulled over by the Quarter Pounder cops for displaying said Roger White with Cheese in Parbumper sticker, I will not be held accountable. E-mail moi at is?” roger.white@tasb.org with your best 14. “That boy is your company. guesses. Void in Iowa, Algeria, and And if he wants to eat up that under that bridge where the dogs wear shoes. Good luck, players. tablecloth, you’ll let him. It’d be a lot cooler if you did.” And, go:

1. “Thank you for a memorable afternoon. Usually, one must go to a bowling alley to show me the money.” 2. “Milt, we’re gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs to infinity and beyond. Mmmkay?” 3. “Is it safe? I’m king of the world! Is it safe?” 4. “A boy’s best friend is his mother. I’ll have what she’s having.” 5. “Keep your friends close but the Barrow Gang closer.” 6. “Round up the usual suspects. They’re heeere!” 7. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, my dear Watson.” 8. “My advice to you is to start drinking heavily. May the Force be with you.” 9. “After all, tomorrow is going to be a bumpy night.”

15. “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. You guys made me ink.” 16. “That rug really tied the room together. I spared no expense.” 17. “Oh, dear. Mister Tibbs’ idea of foreplay was ‘Effie, brace yourself!’” 18. “This isn’t the real Caesar’s Palace, is it? Did Caesar really live here? We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!” 19. “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just put your lips together and dance with the devil in the pale moonlight.” 20. “What is your major malfunction, Molly? The love inside you, you take it with you.” Roger White is a freelance writer living in Oak Hill with his lovely wife, two precocious daughters, a very fat dachshund, and a self-absorbed cat. For further adventures, visit oldspouse.wordpress.com.

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Bowie community hurt by loss of popular Coach Landers Jason Paul Landers (1971 – 2014)

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by Patrick Olson The Southwest Austin community lost an outstanding coach and an exceptional educator when Jason Landers died on June 16th from liver cancer. “He was a man of great character,” said Bowie boys’ basketball coach Celester Collier. “Jason will never be forgotten. I am a better person because I’ve known Jason Landers.” “He would often say ‘life is too short to not give your best effort and live life to the fullest’,” Bowie girls’ basketball coach Vickie Benson added. “He would tell his players to think about the choices they’re making in life. He was a father figure to a lot of girls.” Landers helped Benson by coaching the freshman girls’ basketball team her first year as Bowie’s varsity coach in addition to combining with Collier to coach the boys’ and girls’ golf teams and serving as Bowie’s head volleyball coach for 17 years. Landers also taught a leadership class at Bowie that encouraged students to reach out in the community. He instilled discipline and competitiveness in his players as well as helping guide students successfully in the classroom. “He did well with kids that struggle in math,” Bowie head football coach Jeff Ables noted. “He had success getting the lights to turn on for them. He loved kids and helping kids. He tried to help kids every day.” Following a viewing at Bethany Lutheran Church on Slaughter Lane, Landers was buried in a private ceremony Friday afternoon. On Saturday, a thousand people attended a celebration of life ceremony at the Bowie gym. “People from all different walks of life came together,” Benson recalled of Saturday’s event. “He made a big impact, and he loved the people around him.” Individuals from the Austin Junior Volleyball select team Landers coached and Continued on page 7

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Oak Hill VFW Post 4443 news

Public invited to Independence Day Celebration at Oak Hill VFW by Mike Jordan Are you up for a free Independence Day celebration and picnic? Then plan to attend America’s Birthday celebration at the Oak Hill VFW on the 4th of July. VFW Post 4443 is hosting an annual Independence Day celebration for all residents of Oak Hill. The celebration will be at the VFW campus at 7614 Thomas Springs Rd. That’s about midway between Rt. 71 and Circle Drive. Watch for the large VFW sign. Festivities will begin around 10 AM and will continue through the afternoon. There will be complimentary hot dogs, sodas and side dishes. Hotdogs, sausages, hamburgers and buns are provided by the Oak Hill HEB located at the “Y” in Oak Hill. The post veterans will lead a short parade around 11 AM and everyone is invited to participate. Everyone is also encouraged to decorate his or her wheeled transportation—bikes, wagons, wheelchairs, golf carts, or whatever. Cash prizes will be presented for the most original deco-

rations that celebrate our country’s birth. If you have nothing that could be entered in the parade as a float, then decorate yourself—prizes will also be given for the most original personal decorations. Bring your dog or cat and decorate them too. Besides the free picnic, children will enjoy the climbing walls, swings and slides on the playground. Bring your bathing suits and enjoy the pool, as well.

people from Real Life church, which meets in the Bowie gym, spoke at the ceremony. As a reporter, I will miss the generous personality of coach Landers, who once pulled a lawn chair from his SUV for me to sit next to him and to watch a game coached by his wife, Bowie softball coach Cathie Johnson-Landers. When viewing the Dawgs on the diamond during the spring, I would always seek out Jason for thoroughly enjoyable conversation. Consistently amusing to me was the disgusting look Jason would have in reaction to my donning an Atlanta Falcons or an Alabama shirt since he was quite an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and University of Texas Longhorns.

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“That’s just terrible,” he would candidly state. Coach Landers’ huge palm engulfed my hand when shaking his hand after interviewing him following a volleyball match. He always thanked me for covering his team. I agree wholeheartedly with Collier who said, “His heart was bigger than anything. He was a big, gentle giant with a great love for people.” Jason is survived by his wife, their three four-year-old girls (Mary Katherine, Amy Elizabeth, Julie Marie), his parents, his brother Jon and family, and stepmom Bonnie. Donations in coach Landers’ memory can be made to the Landers Family Fund. http://www.youcaring.com/ memorial-fundraiser/coach-jason-landers-family-fund/192031

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‘Taco Bell Oak’ to be moved soon by Bobbie Jean Sawyer The historic oak tree at the intersection of 290 and William Cannon is finally being moved to its new home—soon. The 130-year-old heritage oak tree, known by locals as the “Taco Bell Tree,” (for the Taco Bell that used to be on that corner) was saved by an outpouring of community support when locals learned that the oak stood in the way of TxDOT’s planned renovations at the intersection. With the help of individual donors and local businesses, the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation raised the $20,000 needed to transplant the tree. The oak will be relocated to Beckett Grove, a line of oak and pecan trees west of the intersection of William Cannon and 290 named for the Beckett family, who owned the former ranch land in the 1870s. Beckett Grove was a popular overnight camping spot for travelers on horseback on their way to Austin,

and local families held picnics and reunions there in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Michael Fossum, executive director of the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation, said the moving crew has started work on the tree transplant. “Dirt has been excavated to allow clearance for the pipes that will be placed under the root ball, and the root ball has been pruned and is in the process of being encapsulated,” Fossum said. Due to the upcoming holiday weekend, the move could take several days, Fossum said. “The move will take place in one to three weeks, due to the July 4th weekend not allowing lane closures,” Fossum said. Fossum said due to traffic control expenses exceeding the initial budget, the foundation needs to raise an additional $5,000 to cover the cost. To donate to the Taco Bell Tree fund: Send a check to the Austin Parks

Foundation, 507 Calles Street, Ste. 116, Austin, TX 78702. Make sure to write “Austin Heritage Tree Foundation- Taco Bell Tree” on the memo line. Call the Austin Parks Foundation at 512-477-1566 ext. 1 to donate by phone. Specify that your donation is for the “Austin Heritage Tree Foundation- Taco Bell Tree.” Donate with a credit card at this link: https://www.austinparks.org/ adopter-donations.html. Click on the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation box. For all donations, email mfossum@ austin.rr.com with the amount and donor’s name and specify that the donation is for the Taco Bell Tree. The Austin Heritage Tree Foundation operates under the Parks Foundation, which manages the tree fund. Donations are tax deductible. For more information visit www. austinheritagetreefoundation.com.

Animal Center still reeling from last week’s storms The Austin Animal Center has more than 1,100 cats and dogs to care for, many of them lost from last week’s storms. The Center has taken in over 400 animals in the past 7 days, and only 132 of them have left the shelter. Anyone who

is missing their pet should come to the Austin Animal Center to look for their pet, and check the Center’s website regularly. The Center also tweets every 30 minutes with information about stray animals that have just come into the shelter; follow @

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This is Faith, she is very beautiful, she was found crawling away on the side of the highway with two broken front legs. She was in the hospital for over two months, but she recovered fully and is doing very well. Her one leg is a little bit crooked but is healed completely, and she runs and functions on it 100%. She is very sweet with people and kids, and she welcomes everyone. She will get along with a submissive male dog only— she has been with an abuse case sent from animal control and she protected him and was very good to him, and they even slept in the same Igloo. Faith is ready for her own family and home. She is well behaved in the house, and well behaved in general as she is about 4 or 5 years old. She would do well in a home with adults and very little commotion as she has probably had a life full of turmoil. She is current on her vaccines, HW negative, spayed and microchipped. She is an American Staffordshire Terrier, which means she is larger in size than the typical Staffordshire Terrier, which is typically about 40 to 55 pounds. She is a beautiful dog that needs a really good stable home. Serious inquiries only.

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Arts & Entertainment Ongoing Events

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.

Third Thursday at The Blanton Fri., June 27 & Sat., June 28 - free evening of art and activities. 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org/.

Fridays Friday night Dance Club - w/ Western bands and a Pot Luck break. 7:30pm-10pm at South Austin Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca RD, Austin. $4.50.



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Kem Watts - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183

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Brennen Leigh - 7pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586.

Wednesdays No Bad Days Open Mic - 7pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood.

Blues on the Green - Every other Wednesday, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawnchairs, families and music lovers. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. www.kgsr.com/ botg/ June 14 - June 28

Tony Harrisson / Dance Lessons / Jesse Dayton- 6pm - 9:15pm / 9:15pm at the Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar. 442-6189. Open Mic with your host, Garett Endres. Starts at 9pm every Thursday 290 West Club 12013 W Hwy 290 “Thirsty Thursday” gatheringPoems and songs will be shared

The Wine Down - 5pm - 7pm Music by Leopold & His Fiction Free and open to the public. Presented by Thorny Rose Wines with bites from “Trace”. ACL live at the Moody Theater 310 Willie Nelson Blvd (512) 225-7999 acl-live.com

Wednesday, July 2

The Peacemakers - 10pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586.

Karaoke - at Boomerz Nightclub, 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373.

Monday, June 30

An Intergalactic Nemesis LiveAction Novel - 8pm Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising. The year is 1933. Are you ready for the adventure? The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org

Trivia Night - Wednesdays at Waterloo Ice House, Southpark Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. waterlooicehouse.com.

KGSR Unplugged At The Grove -every Thursday evening through Sept 6th. Join KGSR every Thursday for 23 consecutive weeks at Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series.

Eddie Izzard - and the Force Majeure World Tour - 8pm This performance is intended for mature audiences. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664) thelongcenter.org

July 2 - July 6

50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. www.fiftyplusdanceaustin.com

Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. Thursdays

Sky Candy presents an aerial theatre production of COSMICOMICS, - adapted from Italo Calvino’s beloved collection of short stories of the same name. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive Box Office at (512) 474LONG (5664) thelongcenter.org

David Leddy’s Susurrus - An Audio Play and Music for Wilderness Lake - hours are extended on Fri., June 27 (10A-7P), and Sat., June 28 (7A-4P). Listeners are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants for this walking play, lasting approximately 1-2 hours, through Laguna Gloria’s diverse, environmentally sensitive trails. Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St.

DEVO - doors @6:30 show 8pm This tour is dedicated to the memory of Robert Casale, (A.K.A. Bob 2), one of the 5 original DEVO band members, who is now touring the universe. ACL live at the Moody Theater 310 Willie Nelson Blvd (512) 225-7999 acl-live.com July 9 - August 24

Wednesdays, June 18 - Aug 20 Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse present Austin Sound & Cinema: Music & Movies on the Lawn - 6pm July 2 - “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” featuring The Urban Achievers Brass Band. Bands will perform a tribute to the movie, followed by the film screening on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org June 21 - June 29

Community Clubs & Events Ongoing Events Woodworkers Club of Austin - 7pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the training room at Seaton Hosp SW, on FM 1826 We are a non profit org. and make toys etc for charity. Call Bill at 512288-3252 Free 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 dschieck@yahoo.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting - Bannockburn Baptist Church room 103 Every Wednesday, 7pm - 8:30pm Anne Slater 512-215-9719 for more info Free 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 Recycled Reads (part of the Austin Library system) 5335 Burnet Rd 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 at noon on the first three Mondays of the month at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon. More info at 288-8487 See www. oakhillrotary.org for other activities and events. 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.

The Who’s Tommy - This critically acclaimed, smash hit is a must-see theatrical journey where the entire theatre becomes a giant pinball machine! Zach Topfer Theatre 202 South Lamar Phone (512) 4760541 zachtheatre.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 SupporGroup - 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. 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 first Thursday of every month. For more info, email momsclubswoaks@gmail.com. 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.

on first Wed. of month (except Jan.,July, Aug.) at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor, faculty lounge. 6pm networking. 7pm program. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome. creativeartssociety.org 288-0574. South Austin Lions Club -Meets every second and fourth Thursday 6pm – 7pm Premier High School at Travis 1211 E. Oltorf On the campus of Travis High School, follow Premier sign as you enter driveway, veer right. http://www.eclubhouse.org/sites/austin_south/

New Events Friday, June 27 Women’s Entrepreneurial Luncheon - 11:30am - 1pm Our panelists will share their insights and experiences in achieving entrepreneurial success. Time is allowed for questions and answers. Come prepared to network with other female business owners. Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd Registration Info: www.austinsmallbiz.com or 512-974-7800 Saturday, June 28 Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival - 4pm - Midnight 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games. Two firework shows! Kid show at 9pm & the best firework show in Central Texas at 11pm! Free and Dog Friendly 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 512.263.0001 Water Efficiently Using Drip Irrigation - 9am Learn the basic steps to setting up your own Submatic system. The Natural Gardener 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd 512-288-6113 naturalgardeneraustin.com Wednesday, July 2

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.

LBJ 50th Anniversary Exhibit and “1964” Film at Park - 9am 9pm Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Visitor Center, 100 E. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, Texas. A reception will be held from 6pm - 7pm more info @ 830868-7128 or by email at brian_ vickers@nps.gov.

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.

Friday, July 4

Retired Austin Travelers - a group for people who love to travel. The July 14 meeting will be on Monday. Regular meetings are the second Wednesday of oddnumbered months, from 1:00 to 3pm in the Oak Hill Library at 5124 Convict Hill Rd ratsonline.org. Creative Arts Society - Meets

Independence Day Celebration at Oak Hill VFW - 10am through the afternoon. Complimentary hot dogs, sodas and side dishes. The post veterans will lead a parade around 11am. Decorate your cars, wagons, bikes and yourselves. Prizes will also be given for the most original personal decorations. Bring your dog or cat and decorate them too. Bring your bathing suits and enjoy the pool. VFW campus at 7614 Thomas Springs Rd. 512-288-4443.

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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 an Social Club” Specializing in adven-

ture 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 . Thursday, Novemver 28Guided 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 the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each

month starting at 10am from the Smith Visitors Center. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring water. Hikes last approximately 1.5 hours. Info contact: jeanneffia@ gmail.com

New Events Saturday, June 28 Keep Austin Weird Festival & 5K - Festival starts at 2pm and 5K at 7pm The ultimate celebration and toast to Austin! There will be live music, good eats, and plenty of Weird Austin attractions! Bring your strangest, wildest, most outrageous costume and you could win a full year of free Amy’s Ice Cream! Don’t forget to bring your canned food items for the food bank! The Long Center. 701 W. Riverside Drive for full lineup go to keepaustinwierdfest.com Tuesdays, July 1 - July 22 Rhythm on Stage - 7pm Free dance lessons on the Meredith Family Stage in Dell Hall! Learn many different styles of dance, featuring instruction by the professionals from Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School. No cover charge, so you have no excuse NOT to come and get your groove on! The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org

Kids Calendar Ongoing Events

cluded with regular Zoo admission. 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin 78736. For additional information, call 512288-1490 or visit www.austinzoo. org.

Second Saturdays are for Families - $7 per family; $5 Member families. Noon-4pm at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. New Events Please RSVP to akichorowsky@ amoa.org to give an idea of materi- June 9 - August 22 als needed. 512-495-9224 / www. amoa.org. At Austin Children’s Museum: Community Night - Come out and play EVERY Wednesday night at 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime and a variety of hands-on activities. Themed stories, songs,d activities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. For kids 3 & under & their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Singa-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 4722499 / ausinkids.org. Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Toddlers Fridays at 11am, . 892-6680. wiredforyouth.co Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary - Join us in making Animal Enrichment (toys for animals) every Monday and Wednesday at 11:30am in the Picnic Grove and Story Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am and 1:15pm in the Peacock Barn. Both activities are in-

Summer Theatre Camps - Each week, students experience a unique theme exploring the world of theatre through acting, song and dance, improv, theatre games and more. Zach Theatre 202 South Lamar Phone (512) 476-0541 zachtheatre.org Through June 25 Community Night at The Thinkery - 5pm - 8pm Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave thinkeryaustin.org

outdoor main stage. The Emily Ann Theater and Gardens 1101 FM 2325 Wimberley 512-847-6969 Friday, June 27

Hooray for the USA! - Celebrate our wonderful country this Storytime, and talk about what it means to be patriotic. Then, we’ll celebrate the great USA by painting our own flag magnet. The Art Garage 11190 Circle Dr #203 theartgarageaustin. com Sat., June 28 & Sun., June 29

Just Train Fun! Days 2014 - Noon - 5pm Come to our Train Depot at Lakeline Mall (in front of Sears) and enjoy a train ride around the Mall. Each train ride is approx. 8-10 minutes long. Trains run 3-4 times an hour. Storytelling, songs, facepaintJune 6 - July 5 ing, door prizes and give-aways. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Lakeline Mall - Seating Area by - 8:15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Sears 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive Performed on the Patti S. Harrison (512) 795-0273

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Arts & Entertainment cont. New Events Thursday, June 26 Freddy Steady KRC - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie (512) 282-2586 evangeline.com

McDonnell - 9pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 nuttybrown.com

Dez Desormeux on the Saxaphone - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711

No Bad Days - Open Mic hosted by Mark Allen Atwood - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 2640318 poodies.net

Jesse Dayton - 9pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.

Paul Glasse - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie (512) 282-2586 evangeline.com

Luke Hicks - 4pm James Byron - 6:30pm Johnson - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 2640318 poodies.net

Chris Gage and Friends - 6pmat Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com

Sarah Arenella Quartet - 7:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com Peterson Brothers Band 6:30pm Central Market Austin Westgate 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 centralmarket.com FREE Friday, June 27 Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbors - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie (512) 282-2586 evangeline.com Asleep at the Wheel - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks - 10pm “The Titan of American songwriters.” Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Road 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com More Y Mas 8pm (Cumbias,Tejano, Blues Y Mas ) Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 W (512) 288-0437 senorbuddys.com Charlie Pierce - 4pm Canvass People - 6pm $7 Carl Hutchens - 9pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net Mundi - 6:30pm Central Market Austin Westgate 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 centralmarket.com FREE Parker Smith - 7pm Admission is FREE Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 nuttybrown.com Saturday, June 28 Dale Watson - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Jolie Goodnight Trio - 8pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com Libby Koch - 7pm $7 Aaron

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Joe Ely - 7pm early show and 9pm late show at Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-8287636 strangebrewloungeside. com tickets $20 - $28

Liz Morphis - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie (512) 282-2586 evangeline.com Kevin Ahart - 8pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com

Sunday, June 29

Friday, July 4

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Purgatory Players - 11am 1pm at Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com

Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash - 7:30pm Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 nuttybrown.com

CPT KIRK - 6:30pm Central Market Austin Westgate 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 centralmarket.com FREE

512 Festival @ The Backyard - Noon to Midnight Ben Kweller, Charlie Mars, Quiet Company , Whiskey Shivers, John Gaar and The Peterson Brothers. 13801 Bee Cave Parkway (512) 6515033 thebackyard.net

Rollfast Ramblers - 11:30am Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com Monday, June 30 Andrea Marie - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 2632711

Saturday, July 5 Night Train with Courtney McAdams - 8pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-2889994 satellitebistroandbar.com

Texas Music Showcase: George Ensle Hosts WC Jameson - Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net Tuesday, July 1 Armadillo Road - 6pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. Kem Watts - 6pm Tommy Elskes - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net Lew Card - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie (512) 282-2586 evangeline.com Wednesday, July 2 Rick Trevino - 6pm part of the KOKE FM TxConcert Series. Admission is FREE

Them Duquaines -10pm Poodies Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W. 264-0318 poodies.net Dez Desormeux on the Saxaphone - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711 AJ Croce - 7pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-8287636 strangebrewloungeside. com 512 Festival @ The Backyard - Noon to Midnight Grupo Fantasma, Mindo Fishtrap, The Greencards, Alpha Rev and Courrier. 13801 Bee Cave Parkway (512) 651-5033 thebackyard.net

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Car Review

2014 Subaru Cross Trek Hybrid By T. Q. Jones

At the time, the local dealer kept coming up with ways to make a Back in the 1970s we drove a Subaru an even better deal than it number of Subarus and even owned already was. He also liked coming three.  At the time, they were quirky up with ways to draw more attention little bombs that were full of surpris- to the innocent little bombs.  At one es, one of which was the fact that they time, he wanted us to start with a were nigh on to bulletproof.  One of full tank of gas and see how far we the national auto mags claimed they could get if we drove from Austin felt like they were built out of old to Dallas to Houston and ran until Schlitz cans, but were un-killable. the tank was dry.  We were always That was just about right, in our sorry we didn’t give that a shot.  It experience.  Not that the Subarus would have at least been fun. of the day were necessarily sporty When this particular example of or fast or had exceptional handling.  Subaru thinking hit our driveway They were just tough, and if we had a couple of weeks ago, we were been looking for high fuel economy surprised by what they had done, along with dependability (which but not surprised they had done nobody was), they would have had some things. people flocking to the dealerships. Building hybrids makes sense.  No one was looking for anything So does using an auto-stop system except cool cars with performance. to maximize the effect of the au(We tried our 1974 Subaru coupe in to-stop system.  It’s possible we will a couple of time trials.  We didn’t get see auto-stop systems on even high embarrassed, but we didn’t set the performance cars (some already world on fire, either). have them).  It’s a way to reduce

emissions as well as increase fuel economy while keeping the performance we want in our cars. Naturally, Subaru wants to keep the desired T. Q. Jones equipment (desired by the potential buyers, of course) in the cars, and our test car at a total list of $26,820 carried the usual stuff and then some. (We seem to be rapidly coming to a point at which everything will be standard equipment.  Maybe they’ll reintroduce “delete options” and let you decide what you don’t want.) The Subaru CrossTrek Hybrid offered Bluetooth connectivity, but that’s not a performance part.  The classic flat-four engine mounted in the front is, and is part of the hybrid system as well as being part of the

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The Subaru Cross Trek fits kind of neatly into the group of vehicles that can serve as the family vacation car and at a reasonable list price. auto-stop system. Such equipment is hardly new, but it does prove that car makers can build fuel efficient cars if the market asks for them.  Yes, even American automakers are offering such equipment. Of course, Subaru has a reputation for building offroad sedans and coupes, so the fact that the Cross Trek is kind of an on road SUV isn’t a surprise, either. What’s interesting is



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the fact that the Cross Trek fits kind of neatly into the group of vehicles that can serve as the family vacation car and at a reasonable list price. We aren’t quite sure how to pigeonhole these multi-use cars, but they definitely work well as multi-use vehicles. As for the Subaru Cross Trek, the brand is no longer quirky.  Well, maybe it’s still a little quirky, along with being a pretty tough on or off-road ride.


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Thanks, Oak Hill, for 27 great years! Pam Stodgell, Dr. Ziegler and Jim Cartwright

Leigh P. Ziegler. OD Dr. Ziegler is pleased to announce that she will be relocating her practice in late July to the new branch of the Howerton Eye Clinic at Southwest Medical Village in Oak Hill. The Pinnacle Vision phone number will transfer to the new location.

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St. Philip’s Anglican Church 1408 W. 9th St, Austin. 78703 Fr. Gary Francis, Vicar Holy Communion 1928 Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:00 am gkfrancis@suddenlink.net Traditional Anglican Worship

CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena 4800 Convict Hill Rd. 78749 892-2420 Pastor Rev. Patrick Coakley Weekend Masses: Sat. 5pm, Sun 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:15pm, 5pm Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri. 12noon, Sat. 9am, Tues & 1st Fri 7pm



New Life Assembly of God 7612 Cooper Lane, Austin. 78745 (Between Wm. Cannon and Dittmar) Call: (512) 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 newlifeaustin@agchurches.org www.newlifeaustin.org connecting...growing...reaching

Western Hills Church of Christ 6211 Parkwood Drive 892-3532 www.westernhillscoc.com whcc@westernhillscoc.com Sunday Services:9am Bible Classes (all ages),10am Worship (with Children’s Church) Evening - groups & worship alternating weeks Wednesday: 7pm Worship, classes for all ages, 6pm Meal together We have an inspiring and Biblically rich worship service, a very active Youth Ministry and a growing Children’s Ministry! “We are... a place to believe, a place to belong, a place to call home”

BAPTIST Bee Cave Baptist Church 13222 Hwy. 71W (at Hwy. 620) (512) 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 512) 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: 791-0678 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 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 sitaguvihara@yahoo.com.

COWBOY CHURCH Cowboy Church of the Hill Country 8305 Sharl Cove (slightly south of intersection of Loop 45 and Camp Ben McCulloch Road) (512) 587-2242 Pastor: Jerry Kelley pastor@cowboychurchhc.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.cowboychurchhc.org facebook.com/Cowboy ChurchHC info@cowboychurchhc.org We do things the Cowboy way!

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 SW Parkway & Old Bee Caves) (512) 288-0128 www.stchristopher.net Rector: The Rev. Bo Townsend Services: Holy Communion at 10am Sundays; Children’s Chapel at 10 am

Christian Ed. 9am (Sept. 10-May 20) Seeking God’s Truth, Sharing God’s Love

HINDU TEMPLE Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Road, Austin, Texas 78737 (FM 1826, 7 miles from 290 W) 288-7180 Sunday Services: 11:00am- 12:30pm; 7:30-9:30pm Visiting hours: 8:1510am & 3-5pm daily

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: admin@masjidibrahim.org

LUTHERAN Abiding Love Lutheran Church “Sharing God’s Love” 7210 Brush Country, 78749 (512)892-4040 Sr. Pastor:Lynnae Sorensen Assoc. Pastor: Brad Highum Sunday Services: 8:30am and 11am Education Hour: 9:45 am (for all ages) Evensong–acontemplativeworshipgathering Sundays at 5 pm. Evensong blends chant music, scripture, silence, prayer and communion in candlelit peace. Children’s Center 892-2777 Director: Debbie Tonne Full & PT programs M-F, 7am-6pm Food Pantry- Mondays 1:30-3:30pm info@abidinglove.org www.abidinglove.org Bethany Lutheran Church “Where Jesus Meets His Friends” 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: info@blcms.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 www.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. Katy Fitzhugh Services: Sunday 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at the 10 and 11:15am services) 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 5 pm - High School & Middle School youth programs Wednesday Worship: 6:00 am Individual Prayer and Meditation with Communion

Hope in the City 4407 Monterey Oaks Blvd, 78749 Phone; 512-892-4673 Senior Pastor: Britt Tucker Sun. Service 10:15 am www.hopeinthecity.org We value loving God, loving one another and loving Austin and the Nations. LifeAustin 8901 W Hwy 71 78735 Phone: 512-220-6383 Lead Pastor: Randy Phillips Sun. Services: 9:30 am, Celebration Service, 11:15 am Wed Services: 7 pm Life University, 7 pm Student Life LifeAustin is a Bible Church - a cosmopolitan community of healing and hope. We are all about connecting people to Christ and to each other. Unity Church of Austin 5501Hwy 290 West, 78735 (512) 892-3000 unity@unitychurchaustin.org Minister: Rev. Anna Shouse Service 11:00 pm “Our God is love,our race is human and our religion is oneness.” www.unitychurchaustin.org

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!



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.

Austin Ridge Southwest 7416 Hwy 71 W, 78735 512-288-8000 Worship services: 9:15 and 11:00 Children’s Ministry: 9:15 and 11:00 Middle/High School 6 pm www.austinridge.org

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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Church news

Unity Church of Austin announces Oak Hill UMC earns a new permanent senior minister mention in Huff Post Unity Church of Austin is proud to announce the arrival of its new permanent senior minister from Olympia, Washington, Rev. Anna J. Shouse, M.A., PhD. Rev. Shouse was ordained a Unity minister in 1995 and has successfully served four ministries. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Human Relations from the University of Kansas and before entering ministry was a university faculty member in this field. Rev. Shouse also holds an M.A. in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. According to Rev. Shouse, “my degree from Hazelden deepens my background and skill in working with people and relationship systems.” She is also certified by the Lom-

bard Mennonite Peace Center to use Healthy Congregations approaches in working with churches. Rev. Shouse states that, “this is a very effective, common-sense, spiritually principled way to assist congregations in understanding how they function, how to increase participation and leadership skills, and how they may go forward with love and vibrancy.” Unity Church of Austin was founded by Unity pioneer, Catherine Ponder, and is located at 5501 Hwy. 290 West. The Church moved to its current location from its former Del Curto site. South Austin residents may recognize the building as the old Pancho’s restaurant. Several years ago, the building was completely redesigned and Church offices were constructed.

Services are held at 11:00 Sunday mornings. Classes and programs are available and can be viewed at the Church website www.unitychurchaustin.org , on Facebook at Unity Church Austin, or by calling (512) 892-3000. - submitted

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Oak Hill United Methodist Church made the Huffington Post in a very positive story about faith-based communities working to make a difference. The Huffington Post article “Yes, Religion Can Still Be A Force For Good In The World,” by Antonia Blumberg and Yasmine Hafiz, lists 100 examples of how faith-based groups are doing good in the world today. The list begins with the statement: “Religion has made its way into many global conflicts, and there is no doubt that religion can be divisive and cause harm. That said, countless religious groups, congregations and individuals around the world offer daily demonstrations that faith can offer deep spiritual wisdom, be a major vehicle for service to the world and promote peace.” “Here are 100 examples of how faith-based groups are doing good in the world today in no particular order. Many of them we found through #ReligionDoingGood.”

The story about Oak Hill UMC reads: “Supporting American Troops In unique Ways Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Austin, TX runs many community-centered ministries that range from building houses to making hospital visits to operating a community garden. One unique ministry -- the HUGS Project -- brings female congregants together to make neck coolers and other items to send to the military overseas.” The HUGS Project at Oak Hill is working hard on behalf of our troops in the Mid- east. The temperature is heating up and troopers are facing unbearable heat in the summer months, therefore, the HUGS Project team is still making the cooling neckties aka “hugs” for the troops. The cooling ties help lower the body tempera- ture up to 5 degrees of the person wearing the tie and in temperatures of 120 degrees and Continued on next page

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Neighbors find City support for new park Continued from p. 1 Meeting. Residents say the park will provide much needed amenities to the neighborhood and provide a safer walk to school for students attending Gorzycki. Circle C North resident Claudia Corum has been working alongside neighbors to gain support for the park, gathering over 1,000 signatures through an online petition

and a hard copy petition circulated around the neighborhood. Corum said Saturday’s news conference was representative of the neighborhood desire for a park. “We’re very happy with it,” Corum said. “There were a lot of nice people that showed up (with) strollers and lots of dogs and everybody was very pleased with what the Homeowners Association has done about supporting us on this.”

Animal Center Continued from p. 9

shelter. Sadly, many of these pets never find their way back home. “It never ceases to amaze me,” says Abigail Smith, Chief Animal Services Officer, “that so many healthy, well cared for pets arrive here and are never reclaimed. They are well groomed, and they have nice collars, but no id tag or microchip.” The Austin Animal Center offers free microchips and tags to community members. The Center is also running a summer adoption special with $25 adoptions that include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, collar and ID tag. The special will run through Sept. 1, 2014.

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Oak Hill UMC earns a mention in Huffington Post for HUGS project Continued from p. 25 higher this is a significant body cooling device. The HUGS team has been meeting each week to make these ties and in April we mailed 600 cool ties to service personnel overseas. To participate in this effort you can make a mon- etary donation to the Oak Hill UMW and specify it for the HUGS Project. If you would like to help us with making these ties, we meet each Thursday in the Adult Education Building in room 203 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Bring a brown

bag lunch if you can stay the entire time or come during these hours if you can only stay for an hour or two. Our mission is to give a “HUG” to every American serving overseas. Contact Sandy Wilkerson at swilk27@ yahoo.com for more information or go to http://www. thehugsproject.com/. Oak HIll UMC “Where Everyone Is A Minister” Oak Hill United Methodist Church is on Highway 290, about a mile west of the “Y”, where it splits from Highway 71, just across from the Pinnacle

Campus of Austin Community College. Oak HIll UMC began in 1976, with members meeting in the Silver Dollar Saloon before moving to its present location in 1982. Oak Hill UMC offers many ministries, including local, regional and worldwide mission teams, Caring and Fellowship Ministries, the Deaf Ministry, a Kairos Prison Ministry, adult, youth and children’s Sunday School and Bible study classes, varied musical groups, women’s and men’s groups, a youth group, a wonderful preschool, and a fun Children’s Ministry. Everyone welcome.

Oak Hill scout achieves Eagle Rank The Austin Animal Center, located at 7201 Levander Loop, is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website to view all lost pets and those available for adoption at austinanimalcenter. org or check facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.

Tanner Malone (right), 15, son of Todd and Dana Malone, built a gaga pit (used to play dodge ball) for his former elementary school, Clayton Elementary. Tanner is a member of Troop 61 chartered by Austin Ridge Southwest Church, and a freshman at Bowie High School.

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Options narrow for 290 project Continued from p. 1 includes U.S. 290 mainlanes north of the creek with direct connector ramps, were selected by a team of engineers out of a total of eight mobility concepts. The “no-build” option, which relies solely on the continuous flow intersections currently being installed and no additional construction, will also advance to the next level of evaluation. Rick L’Amie, manager of communications for the Mobility Authority, said each concept was measured on the same standards, such as operational efficiency, reduced travel time, multimodal travel options, reduced crashes and emergency vehicle access. “After we received input from the community based on the original eight concepts, we took that feedback and measured it against the overall project purpose and need,” L’Amie said. “The questions are asked: Will this particular concept meet this purpose and need?” L’Amie said while concepts A and C were selected to move on to the next phase of evaluation, other alternatives may be chosen if the community feedback warrants further assessment. “It’s very much a work in progress,” L’Amie said. “If it does meet the regional transportation needs along with the local desires, there’s a chance a concept could move forward.” L’Amie said a final decision wouldn’t be made until the final public hearing, expected to occur in 2015. Wade Strong, a project planner with the Rodriguez Transportation Group, said the project team would continue to work on the concepts to form a clearer picture of what each concept would look like if developed. “We’re going to get into looking at the details of these a lot more than what we have and really refine them and be able to (give everybody) a much better idea of what the costs are,” Strong said. “Right now it’s still so conceptual it’s really hard.” Van Short, who lives between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs, said he prefers Concept C because of its high capacity. “It maintains flow of traffic and yet allows through traffic, which is very important because there’s a lot of populations to the west,” Short said. Short said the massive increase in populations to the west of Oak Hill Continued on next page

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CTRMA gives OHAN an update on traffic projects by Bobbie Jean Sawyer Mario Espinoza and Melissa Hurst of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority attended the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods monthly meeting to update the community on current projects in the works: SH 45 Southwest, a proposed 3.6 mile roadway connecting MoPac to 1626, and intersection improvements at Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue. SH 45 Southwest Project status: “Lots of progress has been made,”

Espinoza said. “We’ve had several open houses and public meetings on that project. We are now pretty much coming to a close, if you can believe that, in regards to the public outreach portion of it. It comes to a close later this summer when we actually conduct a public hearing.” Espinoza said the public hearing will sum up all of the environmental and social impacts of the project. How will it be paid for? “Most local contribution will be when we go to the bond market, Continued on next page



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Options narrow for 290 project Continued from p. 29 has created an immediate need for traffic flow improvement on 290. “It’s a U.S. highway. It’s past due for improvements,” Short said. Angie Rubottom, a southern Travis County resident, said she preferred a concept not selected for advancement: Concept F, an alternative created through a collaboration with Fix 290, a grassroots community organization dedicated to creating a parkway with a limited concrete footprint. Rubottom said she would prefer a solution that doesn’t include building frontage roads. “I’m concerned about the expense of all that cement with the frontage roads and of course I can’t help but

wonder if some of that is being driven by the financing question— about whether or not Alternative F could be tolled in the way that they think of tolling,” Rubottom said. Despite her reservations, Rubottom said she remains positive about the direction the project is heading. “I think everybody had kind of gotten their heads around the idea that this is the gateway to the Hill Country and the gateway from the Hill Country to the Texas State Capital, and we really need to consider the aesthetics of it and what this looks like,” Rubottom said. Rubottom said, above all, she would like to see a parkway solution that maintains the natural beauty and

character of Oak Hill. “I like the idea that people are talking about trying to maintain a park-like atmosphere around Williamson Creek,” Rubottom said. “The devil’s in the details, but I’m very glad they’ve got landscape architect expertise on board because I think those guys, if listened to, could really save some money in addition to beautification. I think they have a skill set that’s been missing in a lot of projects.” A virtual open house for the Oak Hill Parkway project is available at oakhillparkway.com. All comments must be received by June 27.

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CTRMA gives OHAN an update on traffic projects Continued from p. 29 or in this case, borrow money from a loan we will get from TxDOT that we will pay back—we being the Mobility Authority—and through the revenue we get from users of 45 Southwest to pay that money back,” Espinoza said. “It’s a state process, but all the environmental aspects of it, the environmental studies of the project are just the same as federal,” Espinoza said. “The only difference is it doesn’t go to the Federal Highway Administration for review. It stays within the environmental district.” MoPac Intersections:

Hurst said the Mobility Authority’s current recommendation is to take the mainlanes of MoPac underneath Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue. The organization will hold a community meeting on the improvements this summer. “This type of document doesn’t require a public hearing, but we definitely know how important these intersections are to the communities there at MoPac, especially for our Circle C friends,” Hurst said. “So we’re going to come back to them and make sure we walk everybody through the project.”

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Local kids are winners in MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition Continued from p. 3

speed at running the bases. Darius Williams Oak Hill knew Darius Williams loved baseball. Back in November he was recognized in the Gazette for donating his own money— piggy bank and all—to help repair the Oak Hill ballfields after they were heavily damaged in an October flood. Darius has played baseball in Oak Hill for three years—starting with t-ball. The soon-to-be third grader at Cowan Elementary plays shortstop, first base and centerfield. He aspires to become a Major League Baseball player. Darius’ dad, Daniel Williams, told the Gazette, “This was his first time doing PHR and we were quite surprised how far he went—it kind of took us off guard. We weren’t sure what to expect from him, but he had lots of fun.” Darius agreed, saying, “I had fun and I liked going to Houston because we stayed in a big fancy hotel and I was able to take a friend.” Meeting Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado

was icing on the cake. Darius’ mom, Jennifer Moreno-Williams, credits the restoration of the Oak Hill ballfields—and the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association—with the accomplishment. She believes if OHYSA hadn’t rebuilt the fields, “the boys and girls would not have had a chance to participate in this exciting event. It goes to show how this could not have happened without the help and support from the community, sponsors and numerous volunteers who helped rebuild.” Abbey Smith Abbey just graduated from Mills Elementary School and will begin sixth grade at Gorzycki Middle School in the fall. She started playing softball in Oak Hill when she was 4 years old. “Smitty,” as her teammates call her, has always been good in her sport, being named to the Oak Hill AllStars for five consecutive years. Her Pinto teams went to the Pony South Zone Fast-Pitch League 8U Softball Nationals in 2011 and 2012, where

they placed third. Abby has also played Select Travel Softball since she was 7. Her father, Mike Smith, told the Gazette, “She participated in the U.S. Fast-Pitch Association World Series in Panama City Beach, Florida, in 2012 and 2013 as a member of Austin’s Finest Softball Club.” She currently plays shortstop and outfield for Texas Blaze Softball Club. Her dad says, “The Blaze is

one of the premier Select/Travel Softball Organizations in Central Texas and has produced former Texas Longhorn players like Bowie High School’s Blaire Luna and Cedar Park’s Taylor Thom.” Abbey is not new to PHR competition, having earned a trip to Houston last year in the 9-10 age division. Her dad says, “We’re very proud of how hard Abbey works to be successful at everything she does.

We felt she had a great opportunity to do well again this year and had a bit of an advantage because of her success last year. Smitty works on the PHR events throughout the year in an effort to represent herself and her community. She was one of the youngest competitors in her age group, but we knew her hard work would pay off.” Continued on next page

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Ballplayers Beyond the Bases Continued from p. 3

Continued from p. 31 PHR Competition Darius and Abbey competed in Oak Hill on March 22, at Krieg Fields in Austin on May 17, and in Houston on June 1. The final competition takes place prior to the MLB Home Run Derby on July 14. Said Roush of the finalists, “They will play on the same field as the MLB’s All-Stars and catch baseballs in the outfield during the Home Run Derby.” The top three PHR scorers from the 30 competitions will be determined on June 29, with the national finalists receiving an all-expense paid trip to the All-Star Game and will be treated to a PHR Welcome Reception, MLB Brunch and All-Star FanFest. Darius’ mom said, “We were instructed to watch MLB Network on June 29th to see the live announcements of National Finalists.” But Darius will likely be on the Little

$750 in scholarship funds to pay for kids’ league fees. Since then, Beyond the Bases has provided equipment to nearly 500 kids across the state of Texas and raised over $15,000 in scholarships.” Beyond the Bases hosted the PHR competition on Oak Hill’s opening day. Said Rouse, “Pitch, Hit, and Run’s mission to provide kids with a free opportunity to participate while emphasizing the ‘fun’ element in baseball really captures what Beyond the Bases is all about; we too hope to provide League field that day—his dad says they’ll record the announcement and watch it later. Abby’s dad says she, too, will not be home to see whether she is chosen as finalist because she will be practicing in Round Rock with the Blaze.

all kids the opportunity to have fun playing baseball and softball. Pitch, Hit, and Run is an event that allows us to enhance and expand our outreach.” He added, “Beyond the Bases is always looking for equipment donations and to help for kids in need. If anyone had anything they would like to donate or knows of a child or a team who is in need of equipment, they can contact me at beyondthebases@austin. rr.com. I also invite everyone to check out our website, www. beyondthebases.org. No matter what names are announced on June 29, these kids are already winners. They have made their families—and their community—proud. They both intend to compete next year. Brought to you by






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