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March 21, 2013 Volume 18, No. 6 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

Oak Hill Parkway workshop looks at mobility by Bobbie Jean Sawyer OAK HILL - Oak Hill cyclists and trail enthusiasts were front and center at the latest installment of the Oak Hill Parkway environmental workshops hosted by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). The workshop, held Tuesday night at the ACC Pinnacle,

Hikers and bikers hope to improve trail connections focused on ways to improve bike and pedestrian mobility in Oak Hill. Rick Perkins, vice president of the Oak Hill Trails Association, gave a presentation on in-progress trail projects, such as the ‘Y’ to Barton Creek (YBC) trail.

Perkins said the YBC would provide Oak Hill residents with an off-road route to downtown. “This is going to be our major connection to the Barton Creek bridge,” Perkins said. “We hope to bring everybody in Oak Hill on a

Bowie gets big win over Austin High

bicycle to downtown.” Perkins, who said he uses trails at least once a week, said trails provide a unique view of Austin that many never see. “The main thing is there’s a whole other world to the city that people don’t know about. If you only sit in your car or on a bicycle on a regular

road, and you never walk a trail or just go somewhere that is off the road, you don’t know what really is around here in Austin. There are so many things to see,” Perkins said. “Williamson Creek is awesome. You can walk it all the way to I-35. There are some sections that are 200 feet wide and it’s just solid limestone.” Trails are just one part of an effort to See MOBILITY on page 26

A school building was completely destroyed by fire at Cedars Montessori School on Circle Drive. Another building nearby was also damaged.

School moves ahead after destructive fire

Gazette: Sarah Weeks

Action from Bowie’s win over Austin High on Wednesday, March 13 at Burger Field. Story on p. 14.

by Lucia Benavides OAK HILL - Sitting on 17 acres of beautiful hill country landscape, Cedars Montessori School is hoping to turn an unexpected fire disaster into a constructive, learning opportunity. Spring Break came early for the school’s students on Friday March 8th when a fire totally destroyed one of the lower elementary school buildings and burned a hole in the

roof of its adjacent office. Fortunately, no one was inside the school at the time of the blaze. Although the library inside the office was saved, many books and school supplies in the classroom were not. The cause of the fire was deemed “indeterminable” by the Oak Hill Fire Department, but an See SCHOOL on page 21


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Capital Metro reacts to neighborhood concerns by Ann Fowler Two months after Capital Metro announced that it would decrease bus service to the Scenic Brook area to one morning and one evening bus, officials agreed to add a second bus for the morning and evening commute. James Gamez, principal planner with the agency, said in an email, “While our ridership reports indicate 12 daily riders, we learned that the figure consists of several regular riders and even more occasional riders. Furthermore, neighborhood riders also expressed a need for trip flexibility, particularly in the afternoon.” The buses that will continue to serve the Scenic Brook area are those that reach the Park & Ride facility at William Cannon Drive and U.S. Highway 290 West at 7:20 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Afternoon buses that will go through the neighborhood leave UT at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The bus returning to the neighborhood at 4:20 p.m. will no longer go into the Scenic Brook neighborhood. Usually two to four passengers are dropped off at the Oak Hill Post Office, with another two to four going to the Scenic Brook area. It is unclear whether those from the Westcreek neighborhood would still be dropped off at the post office. Tom Thayer lives in the Scenic Brook area, but said, “I always wondered why they can’t stop at the post office stop even if they don’t go to the Windmill Run and Scenic Brook neighborhoods.  They go right past that stop no matter where they are going after the Park & Ride.” Thayer added, “Personally, they are keeping all the routes that I use. I have never ridden the 4:20 p.m. Flyer. I think it is good that they are keeping the later neighborhood trips so people won’t be stuck at the Park & Ride if they miss the one trip that had been proposed. I do appreciate that Cap Metro has worked with us about our concerns.” Thayer said he knows a number of people who take the 7 a.m. bus into town, but take the 4:20 p.m. bus home. He said, “I have heard

from a couple people that they may not take the bus with this change and from another person that he would still take the bus with the later afternoon trip.” Capital Metro’s Erica Macioge told the Gazette, “Yes, some revisions were made to the proposal as a result of community feedback... Only one neighborhood trip is being eliminated, the 4:20 p.m. trip. The reasoning behind that trip is a combination of operational issues, time span and ridership.” Capital Metro officials also revealed the proposed schedule of the new South Mopac Flyer, Route 111, and some of the proposed stops. Inbound - Morning Outbound - Afternoon Circle C 6:50 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:25 p.m. Dick Nichols 7:00 a.m. 7:40 a.m. 5:35 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Arbor Trails 7:08 a.m. 7:48 a.m. 5:28 p.m. 6:08 p.m. Downtown 7:23 p.m. 8:03 a.m. 5:12 p.m. 5:52 p.m. UT 7:41 a.m. 8:21 a.m. 4:50 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Proposed Route 111 bus stops include: Escarpment and South Bay Escarpment and La Crosse Slaughter and Escarpment Beckett and La Cresada Beckett and Davis Beckett and Dick Nichols Park Beckett and Kiva Convict Hill and Woodcreek Convict Hill and Flaming Oak Convict Hill and Brush Country Brush Country and One Oak Brush Country and William Cannon On Capital Metro’s comment board, someone identified only as Josh said, “This is an excellent idea. Despite paying Cap Metro taxes, the Southwest region currently receives no transit service. This is a fast-growing region of the city, full of many people who work downtown or on campus who would much prefer to take the bus and read or work, rather Continued on page 23

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I’m back as your Commissioner by Gerald Daugherty, Precinct 3 Commissioner

of my previous staff members have rejoined me to serve you. Since After a four-year hiatus, I’m back as we’ve all been here before, we were your Travis County Precinct 3 Com- able to “hit the ground running” missioner. Once again, everything on the first of January. I couldn’t I do as your Commissioner will be effectively serve you without their not only for the citizens of Precinct dedication and hard work helping 3, but for all of Travis County. And, me do the best job I can in fulfilling I still care about the same things that all the responsibilities of this office. led me to seek this elected position Without them, it would be impossible to do all the things I need to for the first time back in 2002. do as your public servant. I sought this office Many of you probably again because I care remember them, but let about this community, me reintroduce them to and will continue my you and to those of you efforts to push for low that are new to Precinct 3. taxes, fiscal restraint, There’s Barbara Smith— and a need for County the glue of this office. government to stick to Cheerfully answering the basics of core serthe many phone calls, vices and its State-manhandling the numerous dated responsibilities. emails, and dealing with Plus, I’ll continue to be a champion for a compre- Gerald Daugherty all the administrative responsibilities, Barbara hensive road system that can effectively reduce congestion, skillfully triages everything coming increase mobility, and help us keep into this office. She handles many the wonderful quality of life we enjoy of the issues herself, and helps immensely while handing off the rest here in Travis County. In the Travis County budget arena, to me or my other staff members. There’s Bob Moore—constantly I’ll urge the Commissioners Court to budget within our means, prioritize working hard in handling road, County spending, increase County right-of-way, and development-perefficiency and productivity, and mit issues. He also helps me with increase non-property tax revenue. Emergency Services, Government/ Just like tax-paying families have to Legislative relations, and constituent “tighten their belts”, Travis County government must also “tighten its belt”. And, we must find innovative ways to generate more dollars other than continually raising your property taxes. In the road system arena, my Family owned and operated number 1 priority will be to build for 19 years Hwy 45SW to connect MoPac to FM 1626. Travis County voters Make life easier— overwhelmingly approved this Stop by the project way back in the 1997 bond Little Red Barn and pick up election (a stand-alone Proposition 6). It’s time to get it built, and I’m already working on it as the chair of Serving up Brisket, CAMPO’s 45SW Subcommittee. I’ll Sausage, Ribs, Chicken, also be looking for ways to improve Turkey, Ham, Catfish Hwy 71, US 290, Loop 360, RM 620, etc., etc., etc. (By the way, I feel the and all the Fixings importance of transportation in our Apple & Peach Cobbler community and my emphasis on and Pecan Pie ! roads, traffic, and congestion strongly contributed to my being back as 7001 Oak Meadow Dr. (290W at the ‘Y’) your Precinct 3 Commissioner.) 288-4060 Not only am I back, but all three Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

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The Humane Society seeks heroic dogs or cats for its Pets of Valor Award Nominations are now open for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, which honors rescued dogs or cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage by heroically helping a person in need. “By honoring adopted or rescued dogs and cats from around the country who have heroically acted to help a person in need, The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of

Valor celebrates the human-animal bond,” said Betsy McFarland, vice president for companion animal issues at The HSUS. “We look forward to reviewing all of this year’s entries.” Last year’s recipient was Hank, a Great Dane from Kansas City, Mo. Hank helped to shield his owner from her boyfriend during a vicious attack. Although Hank was injured, he provided enough of a distraction to allow the woman to escape.

Nominations can be submitted at humanesociety.org/petsofvalor. The heroic act must have taken place between Jan 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. With the help of official HSUS Pets of Valor Award spokesdog, Uggie, who portrayed a loyal dog who courageously rescues his owner from a fire in the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” HSUS companion animal

experts will select five finalists, based on the significance and impact of the dog or cat’s heroic act. The winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31, 2013. All finalists will receive a custom sterling silver tag designed by Bella Tocca Tags. The owner of the animal chosen to be HSUS’ Valor Pet of the Year will also receive a custom crystal figurine designed by Custom Glass Etching.

Hank, a Great Dane from Kansas City, Mo. helped to shield his owner from her boyfriend during a vicious attack. Visit humanesociety.org/petsofvalor for more information and to submit a nomination.

1,500 greyhound injuries documented at Texas racetracks GREY2K USA, with funding from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), today released a report detailing the inhumane conditions and weak financial viability of greyhound racing in Texas. The report is an up-to-date compilation of data from official sources, such as state records, news reports, and public statements made by members of the Texas dog racing industry. “Greyhounds at Texas dog tracks endure lives of terrible confinement, and many suffer serious injuries,”

said GREY2K USA President and General Counsel Christine A. Dorchak. “For the first time, the public will have detailed information on greyhound racing in the state.” According to state records, 1,507 greyhound injuries were reported at Texas racetracks from January 2008 through December 2011. Fifty-six of these injuries were fatal or required euthanasia, with the most commonly reported injury being broken legs. Other serious injuries reported included dislocations, puncture

wounds, paralysis, broken necks, a broken back and a fractured skull. “Like all animals, greyhounds deserve to be treated humanely,” said Deborah Foote, state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Southwest region. “This report clearly indicates that it is time to stop racing these dogs, as there is no demand for the industry, and the cruel and dangerous conditions in which they are confined and forced to compete are detrimental to their health and welfare.” The report further details inhu-

mane conditions at Texas racetracks, including the following: Greyhounds are forced to live in confined, stacked cages, with large greyhounds being unable to stand fully erect in their cages; In 2012, six greyhounds died at Gulf Greyhound Park from a form of canine influenza, often a recurring epidemic in cramped living situations; In 2011, a Texas greyhound trainer failed to obtain veterinary care for an injured greyhound until two days after the injury occurred; and

Greyhounds are fed 4-D meat from diseased animals to reduce costs. GREY2K USA also notes that gambling on dog racing has declined by more than 61 percent at Texas racetracks. In addition, attendance at these events has dipped 52 percent, while track representatives have repeatedly acknowledged that dog racing is no longer viable. For more information about the ASPCA’s work to end greyhound racing, please visit www.aspca.org, and for more information on the inContinued on page 22

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The Word from Oak Hill

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Mike Jasper

the driver an OK sign, and we both The word from Oak Hill is... went on our way. Animals. t‍ڀ‏t‍ڀ‏t Last week, driving home on a Friday I am not letting the HEB debit night, I went down Scenic Brook at problems go. 8:30 p.m. and saw what I thought For one thing, I’ve been driving was a dog in the evening shadows. two or three miles out of my way to When the beast came into the light use my debit card at the Randall’s on of a streetlamp, I thought, William Cannon. No prob“What kind of dog has lems whatsoever. Randall’s pointed ears like this? Is has approved my debit card it a fox?â€? 100 percent of the time, Then it hit me—I saw regardless of what (beer) a coyote. I hit the brakes or how much (one) I buy. and backed up, but by then In the last issue I reported the coyote was long gone. that when I used my Wells Wait, there’s more. Fargo debit card at HEB, The next day, at about it was refused about half Mike Jasper 5 p.m. when there was the time. It’s gotten worse. still plenty of light, I saw During the past two weeks, a woman walking two dogs with my debit card has been refused 100 a parrot on her back. I did not hit percent of the time. the brakes, because I was afraid I’d My debit card will work if I choose scare the parrot. the credit option. And it doesn’t cost Now. If I ever see the woman me anything to run it that way, at walking the parrot and dogs on the least according to the representative same night the coyote shows up, at Wells Fargo I talked to when I I’ll definitely have a longer story called the bank’s 800 number. to report. There are no extra fees, no penalties, t‍ڀ‏t‍ڀ‏t not even a demerit on my credit I thought that was the end of my reports. The only downside? I can’t animal report, but then the other add cash back. night I slowed down to let a posStill, I’m not going to let this go. sum cross Scenic Brook. A truck I figure the problem is either with was coming from the other side of the bank or HEB. And since the card the street just as the possum passed works at Randall’s—and everywhere by, and I thought, “Great. Now I’m else, from the gas station to convegoing to see a possum get run over nience stores—I’m leaning toward by a truck.â€? HEB as the culprit. But amazingly, the pickup truck But then again, I might be wrong. stopped and the possum ambled I recently got this email from one across the road unharmed. I gave of my readers:

Veterans Post by Mike Jordan Since various patriotic holidays are coming up, veterans groups and organizations supporting vets are planning holiday events. The VFW Post 4443 in Oak Hill is no exception. There will be BBQs and flag appreciation days to commemorate Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the like. One of the major events will be the Independence Day celebration at the Post. This will include, among other events, a model car contest for youngsters. The kids are asked to design a small car, roughly 6 to 8 inches long, decorate it and bring it to the 4th of July celebration. There is no entrance fee and the cars will not be raced. The emphasis is on the creativity of design and the decorations. Prizes will be awarded

“Mike— At least I’m not alone with my quiet embarrassment in the checkout lanes at the HEB at Slaughter and Escarpment. Perhaps more of us will come out based on your article in the latest Oak Hill Gazette. My debit card decline has been going on for several months, or so it seems. And only at that HEB, at least initially. And I’ve been declined while swiping left to right, right to left, even sometimes swiping my card while it was inside of a now illegal plastic shopping bag (saw someone do that once). My Bank of America debit card isn’t always declined, but on the times it is I’ve re-run the card two, and sometimes three times before it finally says ‘Transaction Approved.’  The whole thing has gotten so bad that I’ve begun going to the Bank of America across the parking lot from HEB and withdrawing cash to use in case it simply won’t approve my card! It is kind of humorous to watch. When the first Transaction Not Approved (TNA) flashes across the screen the clerk either gets quiet, or sometimes utters a soft ‘uh-oh.’  If there is a bagger present, he or she may quietly start moving my bags off to the side, apparently anticipating the need to restock the items! And I can almost feel the stares from the people behind me in line, just hoping that whatever happens does so quickly. Like you, my bank says it’s not on their end.  I haven’t gone so far as talking to anyone with HEB (excepting the cashier). I’ve been tempted to

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VFW news for the most interesting entries. All vets are invited to the events, which will commence by mid-morning and end by mid-afternoon. More details will be available prior to the event via this column. ttt Speaking of the Oak Hill VFW Post 4443, they “dodged a bullet� last week. Those who have visited this VFW know that the Post is in a park-like setting, surrounded by trees and brush. As a consequence of the drought conditions we have had in the past few years, this area is ripe for fires. These conditions are compounded by the high winds that seem never-ending. A little more than a week ago there was a fire on Thomas Springs Road. As it happened, the fire department responded quickly and

contained the fire. But, even more fortunate was the timing of the fire. It happened on the Friday night as the light rains started that lasted through the weekend, and also the winds had died down just in time. We have been petitioning for a fire hydrant on, or adjacent, to the Post for some time. We have spoken to the county officials, the fire department, the city water department (water is supplied by the city of Austin), the mayor’s office, and others. All to no avail. Each agency or representative claims it is not their responsibility or they have promised to get back to us (eventually). We have seen how a small fire can quickly get out of control from the fires two years ago in Oak Hill. So if any readers have any

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Express Yourself Before Exiting By Leslie Tourish, LPC

Dear Leslie, I walk around with a secret and it weighs heavily on my mind. I’m no longer in love with my husband, but I enjoy everything else about our life together. Our home is beautiful (and almost paid off!), we have two daughters, thirteen and fifteenyears-old, who are well-adjusted and keep up their good grades because they are college-bound. While my husband and I never fight, I am miserable. At the end of the day we have almost nothing to talk about that isn’t around the kids and their activities. He asks how my day went, and as quickly as possible after I try and talk with him, he grabs a beer and disappears into his “man cave” office until dinner is served. When I see our friends’ marriages I feel sad because they seem to connect and really enjoy being around each other. I can’t remember the last time my husband and I had fun, and the sex has been gone for almost five years. Frankly, I avoid it because I haven’t felt that attraction for him in years anyway. I want out of the sham of a mar-

riage, but I know it will disrupt all of our lives, especially the kids. Since my youngest is only thirteen, I feel defeated and helpless when I think about having to stick it out until she’s out of high school in five years. Some days the depression is so bad I have to force myself out of bed. I want out, but since I haven’t worked full-time in over a decade, I’m afraid I’ll regret the loss of my security and the girls will resent me for breaking up the home. Signed, Stuck In a Lie

Dear Stuck, The opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. It sounds as though you and your husband have forgotten that once a courtship is started, it doesn’t end after the last wedding guest has left the reception. I’m guessing you and your husband haven’t been on a kid-free date, in say, five years? Relationships take work, and those friends you’ve observed who have the easy, relaxed habits, may have had to risk talking about hard topics to come to such levels of trust. Learning to express yourself while you’re angry, rather than suppressing your

The Word from Oak Hill Continuedfrom p. 8 have my account balance displayed on my BOA phone app, ready to show the clerk (and maybe the next customer in line) that unless I made a down payment on a new car in the last 5 minutes, I should have over $7,000 in that account! On a somewhat positive note, I’ve found that running the purchase as a credit transaction gets approved on the first attempt, each time.  I only have to deal with the stigma of everyone thinking that I’m charging my $40 purchase of frozen pizzas, chips, and soda to a credit card. Like I mentioned earlier, TNA started only at that HEB, but now it seems to happen at the Walgreens on Slaughter, and as of yesterday, at my veterinarian’s office! Luckily I had the cash. Sincerely, Bill.” Interesting that he and I had the same positive experience when using the “credit” option. However, it’s also interesting to see that his TNA problem has spread to other outlets such as drug stores.

Maybe it’s not the bank and maybe it’s not HEB. Maybe it’s the credit card machines and software. Do Walgreen’ and HEB use the same company to process debit cards? I’ll let you know. t‫ڀ‬t‫ڀ‬t The South Windmill Run and Scenic Brook neighborhoods will be hosting their Easter egg hunt this Saturday, March 23, from noon to 2 p.m. and they need a couple of volunteers to hide the eggs. You do not have to color the eggs. You do not have to provide the eggs. You only have to hide the eggs, and so you should be prepared to get to Windmill Run Park at 7306 Kirkham Lane at about 11 a.m. If interested, please email Desiree Whitely at deswhitely@austin. rr.com to volunteer. t‫ڀ‬t‫ڀ‬t (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 mail@mikejasper.com and get the word out.)

emotions, is an important pillar of emotional intelligence. Healthy couples have found the strategies to connect during both the good and bad times. People may have

huge fights, at times quite heated, but they’ve found a way to do so respectfully and not destroying their affection along the way. They created ways to compromise, or at least agree to disagree, because not all problems can be resolved. When we criticize, stonewall (ignore or dismiss the other person), are defensive, or show contempt,

March 21-April 3, 2013 ... 9 these are all behaviors that degrade relationships. Neglect is a killer of relationships, creating child-centered, parallel marriages that often do dissolve once the last child has packed their bags for their freshman dorm room. Five years ago, when your kids were then eight-and ten-years-old, no doubt the school loads increased,

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Arts & Entertainment Ongoing Events

“Thirsty Thursday� gatheringPoems and songs will be shared Sundays in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured preLive Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. sentation. On the third Thursday of Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 every month. Free. Food pantry doW., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttynations are welcomed. 7pm at New brown.com. Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog Pond Lane in Dripping Springs. For Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun more info call 858-2024. Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Third Thursday at The BlantonSpicewood. No cover. free evening of art and activities. 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos Mondays and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charles Thibodeaux and the blantonmuseum.org/. Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Fridays Lane. 282-2586. Friday night Dance Club- w/ Western bands and a Pot Luck Texas Songwriters Showcase break. 7:30pm-10pm at South - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Austin Activity Center, 3911 Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., SpiceManchaca RD, Austin. $4.50. wood. No cover. Saturdays Tuesdays Arena Rock Sing A-long - 10pm Kem Watts - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop The screenings on August 16th and Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., 23rd will feature a special pre-show Spicewood. 264-03183 performance of Queen’s Bohemian Brennen Leigh -7pm at Rhapsody by Ruby Rico ProducEvangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie tions. at the Alamo Draft House on Slaughter Lane Lane. 282-2586.

New Events Open Mic Night with Jon Burkland- 6-9pm at Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S. Congress, 78745. 8519300.

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

March 8 - March 23 The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo - Rodeo Austin is proud to feature a diverse line-up ranging from Texas country to pop to rock and mainstream country. Each starstudded performance is coupled with live rodeo action. 9100 Decker Lake Rd. 512.919.3000 www.RodeoAustin.com

50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. www.fiftyplusdanceaustin.com Saturday, March 23 Trivia Night - Wednesdays at Waterloo Ice House, Southpark Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. waterlooicehouse.com. The Peacemakers- 10pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. Thursdays 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. Karaoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373. 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

of the World. A group of five strong musicians, Songwriting frontmen Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist are complimented by the rhythm section of drummer Richard Millsap, bassist Ryan Bowman and keyboard player Trevor Nealon. Long Center: 701 West Riverside Drive 457.5115

Ongoing Events

bring your own lunch. www.arvedacare.com.

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.

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.

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.

Dafnis Prieto’s Si o Si Quartet - Afro-Cuban jazz - 7pm McCullough Theatre 2375 Robert Dedman Dr. Tickets online at www. TexasPerformingArts.org, or 4776060 March 25 - March 29 2013 Cohen New Works Festival - This highly anticipated Festival, produced by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance, comprises more than 35 theater, music, dance, installations, multimedia, and site-specific new works by emerging artists from the university and Austin communities. The F. Loren Winship Drama Building 300 East 23rd Street The full festival roster: coopnwf.org. Free Thursday, March 28 A Deeper Shade of Blue - 7:30pm Seeing the art of surfing like never before. Adding emotion to the imagery, the film is coupled with a soundtrack featuring Sir Paul McCartney & Youth, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and many others. Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills 9828 Great Hills Trl Fri & Sat March 29 & 30

8th Annual Urban Music Festival - Head out to Auditorium Shores to enjoy Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music. The festival has consistently provided a venue for local performers as well as presented top national R&B acts that provide family-friendly entertainment. SudiRelay for Life Benefit music by: torium Shores Michael Myers - 6pm - 10pm Drippinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gives Cancer the Boot! All Saturday, March 30 proceeds benefit the Relay For Lifeof Dripping Springs Nutty Brown Randy Rogers Band w/ Stoney Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West Larue - 6:30pm $20 GA VIP for $90 Will Receive The Following: 301-4648 $10 L1B<I>DBI >D?-5>E51D L Special acoustic performance from Sunday, March 24 )1>4I)?75BCL1:9D1E665D#E>38 The Band of Heathens FREE L - ' *51D9>7 ?B >D9B5 %978D L City Terrace Concert - 4pm the One Raffle Ticket Central Texas Band of Heathens are returning to Speedway 24801 IH-35 Kyle, TX their roots in the Live Music Capital Jerry Jeff Walker 2013 Texas Bash - 7pm The celebration began over 20 years ago, and Jerry Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans - the Tried & True Warriors - continue to make it the great party that it is. The Paramount Theatre 472.5470 info@austintheatre.org

Community Clubs & Events

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 every Thurs. at noon at Cannoli Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 4715 Hwy. 290 Wes. More info at 288-8487/ 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. Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caregiver Support Group- 2nd Wednesday of the month at noon at Arveda Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

The South Austin Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 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. South Austin AARP Chapter 2426 - Tom Bauer will talk about leadership styles and best practices, 9:30-11:30am at South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd. Free. Meets on third Thursdays of the month. For more info call Mary at 280-8661. www. southaustinaarp.org. OHPEN Meeting - (Oak Hill Planning and Environmental Network). 7pm at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor boardroom. All welcome. Every month on second Thursday. For more info call Beki at 658-2599.. OHBPA Meeting - (Oak Hill Business Professionals Association). Meets every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at Jack Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 7720 US Hwy 71 West, Austin. $15. ohbpa.org. 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. Creative Arts Society - Meets 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. www.creativeartssociety.org 288-0574.

New Events Saturdays, February 16 - May 25 Pond and Garden Seminars 11am and 1pm Check website for additional information on topics and guest speakers, www.pondsandgarden.com FREE rain or shine. Emerald Gardens 5700 Hwy 290 West 288-5900 March 1 - March 30 Art From The Streets - On display is an art exhibit with work created by artists who are homeless. Layton Blaylockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feature length documentary about the Art From The Streets program will be screened at the closing reception on Saturday, March 30, from 2 to 4pm at the Oak Hill Branch Library. Call 974-9980 for more information. March - April 10 Oak Hill Artist Celebrates 50 Years of Art - Joan Lawson, accomplished Austin acrylic painter, is showing her work at Cypress Grill, 4404 W William Canon Dr., during restaurant hours through April 10. Joan, who resides in Granada Hills, is displaying a variety of her paintings from early works to present. Her show is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;50/70, Celebrating 50 Years of Art and 70th Birthday.â&#x20AC;? Saturday, March 23 Westcaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open House - 11am - 4pm Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Westcaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning Learning Center. 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd., 830-825-3442 Thursday, March 28 Trial of Jesus - 7pm A grueling decision will be given to the audience as attendees become the jurors in a modern interpretation of the Trial of Jesus at the First Baptist Church of Austin at East 9th at Trinity in downtown Austin. Saturday, March 30 Funky Chicken Coop Tour(R) 10am-4pm a self-guided tour held each spring .The FCCT promotes local sustainable food, healthy living, and funky fun,demonstrating the many ways chickens can be incorporated into an urban residence. Visit the Information Center at Buck Moore Feed and Supply, 5237 North Lamar Blvd April 4 - April 7 Fill the Boot Drive - The Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975 in cooperation with the Austin Fire Department will be holding their annual Fill the Boot Drive to benefit the MuscularDystrophy Association. Please take a moment to drop some cash into a boot when you see your area fire fighters


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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 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 the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each

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Kem Watts- 8:30pm Mayeux and Broussard 10:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183

15th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk - 9am - 12pm A beautiful 1 mile stroll around scene Lady Bird Johnson Lake + doggie world record attempts, games, free samples & more! Help celebrate Texas Hearing and Service Dogs’ 25th anniversary of Turning Strays Into Stars! Over 700 shelter dogs given a New Leash on Life! Online through March 22, 2013 $30 online thru 3-22 $35 day of event Auditorium Shores Thursday, March 28 Dazed and Confused Pub Run Event + Screening - 6pm meet at the Stateside Theatre and set off on a half mile run/walk to a TBD location for a pint of complimentary beer from Live Oak Brewing Company. From there, we’ll take the half mile back to the Stateside for more pints and a 7:30pm screening of Dazed and Confused. Every runner will receive a Moontower Comedy Festival special surprise.

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Second Saturdays are for Fami- Through March 31 lies - $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. 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, and activities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. For kids 3 & under & their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Sing-a-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 472-2499 / ausinkids.org.

Tuesday, March 26 The ImprovEd Shakespeare Company presents Shakespear - 6:30pm “Our Gang meets Shakespeare” : In these delightful adaptations of two of Shakespeare’s plays, kids (and adults!) are introduced to the stories behind “The Merchant of Venice” and “A Winter’s Tale.” It’s a fun and free way to help kids gain a better grasp of the language and tales of Shakespeare Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St FREE

Sherwood Forest Faire - Sat & Sun 10:00 until Dusk. Featuring over 40 stage acts, over 130 merchant shoppes, great food, and fun rides & games plus a kid section called Once Upon A Time. 1883 Old Highway 20, McDade TX

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Goodnight Moon The Musical 11am and 2pm Bunny’s room magiStorytime - Tuesdays & Wednes- cally comes alive with stunning pupdays at the Hampton Library, 5125 petry, tap dancing bears, and even a Convict Hill Rd. Toddler at 10:15 trip through the night sky with a conam, Preschool (ages 3-5) at 11am. stellation light show. For ages 3 and up.. $14 /youth, $16/ Adult ZACH’s 892-6680. wiredforyouth.co Kleberg stage 1421 W. Riverside Dr, Alamo Kids Club - 10:45am On 512-476-0594 x 1 the last Saturday of the month, the Circus Chickendog Presents CirAlamo Drafthouse Cinema, the cus Fairy Tales - 9:45 am pre show Austin Chronicle, Ain’t It Cool News Come see this mash up of your and Big Brothers Big Sisters put on favorite fairy “tails” - with a unique free screenings for children and Toy Circus Chickendog twist! The InstiJoy provides super fun prizes! 1120 tution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr , 512.771.8836 $10 South Lamar

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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

Saturday, March 23

Easter Eggstravaganza - 10am Public event with free food, egg hunts, bounce house, petting zoo and games Sunrise Community Church 4430 Manchaca Rd.

Thursday, March 21 Paul Glasse - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586

Marshall Ford Swing Band Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 The Kim Kafka Trio - 6:30pm Mimi’s Cafe 12613 Galleria Circle 263-9731 Happy Hour w/ Pino De Fazio5:30pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2-130 2637353 No Cover Friday, March 22

Crafish Boil Live Music with Gumbo Ce Soir - 4pm Gumbo Ce Soir Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 July - 5pm Dustin Welch & K Phillips - 6:30pm Carl Hutchins - 8pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Sunday, March 24

Jerry Kirk - 5pm Double R Nothin 9pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Bellydancer Jamie Lynn, Paul Klemperer & Manteca Beat 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 David Longoria - 7pm Hills Cafe 4700 S. Congress 851.9300 Honky Tonk Frank Cavitt - 7pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2-130 263-7353 No Cover

Soul Wagon - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 The Kim Kafka Trio - 6:30pm Mimi’s Cafe 12613 Galleria Circle 263-9731 Happy Hour w/ Michael Samuels - 5:30pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2-130 263-7353 No Cover Friday, March 29

Sunday Brunch with Continental Graffiti - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Six Gun - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586

Monday, March 25

Cornell Hurd - 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

Tess & Friends Happy Hour 4pm Texas Songwriters Showcase: WC Jamison hosts Bo Porter - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Mason Ruffner - 10:30pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586

Shannon Lee Nelson - 7pm Hills Cafe 4700 S. Congress 851.9300 Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints - 8pm $10 David Grissom - 10:30pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Morris Nelms Trio - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Tuesday, March 26 Deborah Peters with the Accordion Roundup - 6pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Brennen Leigh - 6pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 2822586 Chris Allbright - 4:30pm K Phillips, Little Brave, Brandy Zdan - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Bob Cheevers & Stephen Doster - 7pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2-130 263-7353 No Cover Bob Schneider - 7:30pm Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 301-4648 Free Saturday, March 30 Two Tons of Steel - 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 4426189 Cade Baccus - 7pm Hills Cafe 4700 S. Congress 851.9300

Wednesday, March 27 Rick McRae Trio - 6pm The Peacemakers - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Django Walker- 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Audiolight - Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 3014648 Free Saturday, March 23 Dale Watson - 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Cade Baccus - 7pm Hills Cafe 4700 S. Congress 851.9300

Easter Egg Hunt - Open to the community. Pictures with the Easter bunny and arts & crafts from 9:45 10:15am. Egg hunt begins at 10:15 sharp. Easter service to follow at 10:50am and ALL are welcome! Central Christian Church, (512)4766941 FREE

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Duane Carter Trio - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Sassy Spurs - 7pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2130 263-7353 No Cover

TJ Bonta - 6-8pm Chaparral w/ Jeff Hughes - 9pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 No Bad Days - Open Mic hosted by BB Morse - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

George Palmer Macias - 8:30 pm $7 Eric Tessmer - 11pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Thursday, March 28

Hot Club Soda - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Jesse Dayton - 9pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Choctaw Wildfire - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 The Texas KGB - 6pm Kem Watts 8:30pm July - 10:30 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183

The Eggmen - Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 3014648 $7 cover Sunday, March 31 Luke Hill & the Hot Pursuits Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994


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March 21 - April 3, 2013

Car Review

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE By T. Q. Jones

We’ve noted in the past that Mitsubishi’s main problem in the United States market is that the brand has no image.  Aside from “gamers” familiar with the “EVO” version from its use in some popular early games the car is pretty much an unknown, and many of the gamers may not be aware that the game version was based on a real car. Other auto makers have run into that same problem over the years and most of them solved it the same way, by heading to the race tracks to do two things. First, get their car and name in front of large numbers of people, and second, establish a winning reputation.  It worked for Datsun and for Toyota and for Mazda in recent years as well as for Jaguar and Audi and Mercedes and others way back when. Mitsubishi has raced too, but they’ve done it in the World Rally Championship, where they were

very successful.  Unfortunately, while that helped their image, it did so in a very small market in world terms, as the WRC is the ultimate in racing out in the woods where no one can see you, though a lot of people are eager to follow you out to the boonies and stand at strategic corners while you come thundering through. Again, good for their image, but without much impact in the world market.  While all this was going on, for example, Toyota was building special cars and engines to go race with NASCAR, having already competed around the world in other series. The good news is that all of this rally activity helped Mitsubishi develop their cars, particularly the Lancer EVO versions used in rallying.  (The drivers are pretty good, too, In a survey of racing drivers to get a reading on which drivers really were “the world’s best,” rally drivers even got a few votes from the

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along with the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interestsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all needing car-pooling, money, and extra energy. Is that when you and your husband began to take each other for granted? So often we put our energies into things that seem urgent, but in the long run, neglect the importance of our own self-care. And the care of our spouses. Underneath your loneliness I also am hearing about your avoidance of having meaningful conversations with your husband. No one likes

Veterans Post Continued from page 8

suggestions, please contact the VFW Post or the writer of this column. ttt We have received several queries asking about employers who offer jobs for veterans. There are numerous opportunities including many city, county and state employers, as well as private enterprises, who try to give vets special consideration. There is also a web site devoted to jobs for veterans. The internet ad-

advice conflict, but being a peace-at-anyprice individual can be disastrous. Look at it this wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;either learn how to tell your husband about your alienation and anger in this relationship, or toss everything into the Mixmaster of divorce and try these same behaviors out on your next relationship. Whatever you avoid in your life keeps showing up until you face it. A new man doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always make the old problems go away. A good book to help you understand how to clearly ask for what you want

and need, is Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone. Perhaps if you open up to your husband and get real about your feelings, you may also find your heart warms back up to him.

dress is www.jobs-to-careers.com/. When you access the page, you need to select the state and the city. The resulting listing will show jobs where vets are given some preference. The listing gives a brief description of the position and when an item is selected, more job details are shown and also instruction on how to apply. It is a good idea to make copies of your military release papers (DD-214) to attach to your application. If you do not yet have a resume, then it is

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March 21 - April 3, 2013

Gazette Sports: AVTUJOtBPXJFtCrockett Student Athlete Spotlight sponsored by Oak Hill Body & Paint

Alexus Martinez by Patrick Olson

Bursting onto the scene as a freshman, Alexus Martinez earned all-district honors operating in centerfield. During her second season playing high school softball for Austin High, she joins six other sophomores that form the core of the club. “Alexus is doing all the right things to be successful,” said coach Elizabeth Wissel. “She works hard every day and takes care of her business in the classroom. She will run down any ball hit to her and has the ‘I can’ attitude every at bat and every Continued on next page

Alexus Martinez, Austin

Daniel Lopez by Patrick Olson

Austin High plated a pair of late runs in the bottom of the seventh in a losing effort.

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Bulldogs beat rival Maroons by Patrick Olson Despite missing their most powerful bat, Bowie blasted Austin High 9-3 on Wednesday, March 13 at Burger Field, behind a solid pitching performance from Kyle Gray. Slugger Joe Davis will miss six weeks after sustaining a finger injury cutting wood during Spring Break—after the 6’0” sophomore

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smashed a double and delivered a pair of singles in Bowie’s 11-0 win over Crockett in the AISD Tournament. Senior Andrew Reece filled in for Davis batting third in the Bulldog lineup. Austin High (14-6, 1-1) starting

pitcher Nicholas Perez recorded three straight outs in the top of the first for the Maroons, but Gray proceeded to fan two of the three Austin hitters in the bottom of the first frame. Eddie Flores initiated a Continued on next page 27

Showcasing versatility, Daniel Lopez may line up at three separate spots on the baseball diamond for Crockett. “Daniel is leading our team with a .477 batting average, with 12 RBI,” coach Miguel Trevino said. “He is a high B student and is a lot of fun to be around and watch interact with the other players.” Lopez worked behind the plate as a catcher in Tuesday’s game versus LBJ, but also sees action on third base and works on the mound as a starting pitcher. Lopez attended Casey and Dawson Elementary before landContinued on next page

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every game. She is a true definition of student athlete of the week.â&#x20AC;? A native of Austin, Alexus attended Govalle Elementary before progressing to Fulmore Middle School where she also played volleyball, basketball, soccer and ran track. Upon arriving at Austin High, she was determined to earn a spot on the varsity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew there were seniors above me going in,â&#x20AC;? Martinez admitted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to prove to myself I was going to make it.â&#x20AC;? Her mother, Jennifer Montoya, provides a consistently positive influence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She helps me be the person I am today,â&#x20AC;? added the speedy outfielder.

Juniors Mariah Garcia and Brianna Vallejo hold down the middle of the infield for the Lady Maroons at second base and shortstop respectively, but the remaining starting six are all in Alexusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As freshman we stayed after practice and kept working,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all grown up together.â&#x20AC;? Many of the sophomores began playing at the age of five for select team Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest. English instructor Mr. Miller is Alexusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite teacher at Austin High. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is always willing to help me and always asks how the softball team is doing,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. Leading off for the Lady Maroons, Martinez recorded an infield single

as Austin High put four runs on the board over Spring Break in a 7-4 triumph over Akins. Angel Sustaita and Briana Vallejo set up on either side of Martinez in the outfield while fellow sophomore Dariann Resendez labors behind the plate as a battery mate for pitcher Vannessa Castro. Sophomores Krystal Requejo and Dezarae Mendoza toil on the corners at first and third base respectively. On Tuesday, the Maroons crushed Anderson 8-1 with Martinez collecting three hits including a double. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came together as a team and it felt good,â&#x20AC;? the centerfielder explained afterward.

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Covington Middle School where he also played football and basketball. He played freshman football at Bowie, and also baseball at Akins, before arriving at Crockett. This past autumn, Daniel worked on the Cougar junior varsity football team at the critical quarterback position, but recently decided to concentrate exclusively on baseball. Participation in select team competition during the fall helped Daniel improve his skills as a catcher, pitcher and third baseman. He threw a one-hitter earlier in the season against Lockhart, with great success altering the speed of his pitches, which included a fastball, curve and a knuckleball. Offensively, the junior competitor went four for five in a tournament, with a pair of doubles, a triple and one single. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hitting the ball pretty good lately,â&#x20AC;? he noted of the brown and gold bats. The eldest child born to Naomi and

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March 21 - April 3, 2013

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Jayme Perez tossed a shutout, and the Lady Dawgs’ bats erupted for multiple runs as Bowie destroyed Akins Tuesday 16-0 in an abbreviated contest. Adhering to the 15run rule after three innings, coach Catherine Johnson-Landers’ crew accomplished another objective for the 2013 season. “We have goals we set for the year,” the skipper stated. “We work each game to hit those goals. This morning we had a good long hit around to get back in the

groove after five or six days off.” Bianca Van Vlerah led off the contest with a single for Bowie, and Ashley Lotz coaxed a base on balls. Aspen Auger’s hit then pushed Van Vlerah and Lotz across the plate. Following a single by McKenzie Cain, Auger scored Bowie’s third run. Eight Dawg batters hit in the first inning. The first seven Bowie hitters all scored in the second inning, including Bree Sepeda and Lexi Grimaldo. Lotz and Sepeda scored again in the third, and the

Dawgs added four additional runs in the fourth to seal the convincing victory over Akins (9-14, 1-2). “I worked extra hard because it was the first game after Spring Break,” Perez acknowledged afterward. “I would like to thank my coach. We do pitching workouts on Mondays. Yesterday was a long and intense workout and it helped.” Bowie (175-1, 2-1) visits Anderson on Friday with first pitch set for 7 p.m. at Noack Field #4.

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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 newlifeaustin@agchurches.org www.newlifeaustin.org connecting...growing...reaching

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

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

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

CHURCH OF CHRIST 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 alternat-ing weeks Wednesday: 7pm Worship, classes for all ages, 6pm Meal together We have an inspiring and Bibli-cally 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”

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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.

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

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

Hill Country Baptist Church 6902 Scenic Brook Dr. 78736 Church office: 288-1372 Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Worship: 11 am Worship, Music & Prayer Visitors are welcome! 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

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.

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

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 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 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: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at 11:15 service) 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 Cowboy Church of the Hill Country 8305 Sharl Cove (slightly south of intersection of Loop 45 and Camp Ben McCulloch Road) 587-2242 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.cowboychurchhc.org facebook.com/Cowboy ChurchHC info@cowboychurchhc.org We do things the Cowboy way! 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 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. Southwest Hills Community Church 7416 Hwy 71 W, 78735 288-8000 Services: 9:30 and 11 am Children’s Ministry: 9:30 and 11 am

CRAVE Ministry: Middle/High School 6 pm www.shcc.net info@shcc.net SHCC exists to create environments to help people Love God, fully Follow Christ and Serve Others Unity Church of Austin 5501Hwy 290 West, 78735 (512) 892-3000 unity@unitychurchaustin.org Rev. Analea Rawson 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!

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

UNITARIAN Wildflower Church A Unitarian Universalist Congregation Sunday Worship Services: 11:30 am 1314 E. Oltorf St., Austin 78704 Groups & classes for Adults & Children www.WildflowerChurch.org

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investigation by the school’s insurance company is still underway. Classes started back up on March 18th, giving the young students a chance to get involved in what teachers hope will be the exciting process of reconstructing. Cedars Montessori School was founded in 1974 by Jill Young for what she says was a very simple reason: to change the world. Having been heavily involved in college with the self-actualization movement, Young was convinced that there had to be a better way to educate people. Inspired by the ideas of Dr. Maria Montessori, Young created an atmosphere emphasizing a determination to aid and accelerate the process of self-education and encourage kids’ independent efforts. “When you give a child a learning environment that is in harmony with their developmental stages, the learning process is effortless,” Young said. “Kids are highly motivated towards their own development and are born with the psychology of world conquest, as Montessori put it.” The goal of a Montessori school, Young said, is to build self-confidence and independence, develop concentration, and nourish the love of learning. Cedars has an enrollment of 170 students. There

is a primary school for ages three to five; and first grade through six grade classes in two separate buildings. Anne Mason, mother to one of the students at Cedars, took noticed of the school’s educational approach right away. “I hadn’t heard much about Montessori schools, but as soon as we took the first tour, we were impressed by the organization of the classrooms and the way the children were disciplined,” Mason said. Cedars is not just another Montessori school, it was specially designed by Young. The location was carefully chosen because of its beautiful gardens and outdoor space. Before her husband built the other nine buildings on the property, there stood just one stone house built in 1947 with a hand-made shuffleboard and fountains that really made the place whimsical and colorful, Young said. Not surprisingly, the rural school on Circle Drive has always been in very close contact with nature. In fact, an important part of its mission is to develop respect and responsibility to the natural world. It is because of this awareness, Young says, the fire has served as a dramatic demonstration of how to deal with an unexpected situation: instead of viewing it as a huge setback, the students are encouraged to see it as an opportunity to build something

better. According to Young, “kids are getting this.” As soon as she heard the news, Mason’s five year-old daughter Melody said that she wanted to be a firefighter so she could help the school. Young also said she heard many of her students asking for advice on how to help. Since Cedars is their school, the children want to feel that they are part of the community and are hungry to develop a connection with it, Young said. “This whole venture is about creating meaning,” Young said about the kids’ enthusiastic responsiveness. Overall, parents seem pleased with the school’s preparedness and reaction to the fire. Mason reported that the “school has been great dealing with the fire.” Even before the incident, Cedars Montessori performed regular fire drills with its students. The school’s administrators have been in constant contact with the parents, filling them in on important updates and “even inundating us with e-mails,” Mason joked. Teachers have also been checking in on the students and parents. “I’m really happy with the way they’ve kept everyone informed,” Mason said. “They really have the children’s interest in mind.” Young had only praise for the parents. She said many of them offered to load the furniture that had to be

A fire totally destroyed one of the lower elementary school buildings and burned a hole in the roof of this adjacent office. taken out of the office, due to the hole in the roof, into their storage units. Others donated books and school supplies. The community is rallying to help the Montessori school in its time of need. People from all around town, including those not affiliated with the school, have donated plenty of items. There is a fundraising event being planned by Cedars and a group of parents, and a fund that the school put together to raise money for immediate needs of the classroom (you can find it here: http://www. gofundme.com/29w2fc). Although much help has been received, the

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Wildflower Center honored for invasive species initiatives The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin has been recognized with an outstanding achievement award from the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) for its outreach and educational initiatives to address non-native invasive species. Invasive plants and animals that are not native to the United States cause more than $100 billion annually in economic and other losses. The Wildflower Center’s senior director, Dr. Damon Waitt, received notice Feb. 25 of the center being honored with an Outstanding Achievement in Invasive Species Outreach and Education Award. (A National Invasive Species Awareness Week March awards banquet in Washington, D.C., was cancelled with the government sequester). Lori Williams, NISC executive director, said, “I congratulate the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for winning this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Terrestrial Invasive Species Outreach and Education Award. As a prominent conservation organization in Texas, the Wildflower Center has led invasive species efforts at the national, state and local level through its innovative approach combining advocacy, education and public outreach with research and citizen science.” “It is a true privilege for the Wildflower Center to receive this honor,”

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and pests. They upload the information into the Texas Invasives website for sharing statewide, with Center staff feeding the information into a national invasive species database. In 2011, Waitt and Strickland expanded this citizen scientist program to include early detection and response to invasive pests and plants that haven’t reached Texas. The Sentinel Pest Network focuses on12 threatening creatures, including the insect Emerald Ash Borer and the plant cogongrass. These pests of concern were determined by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which funded the program. The Wildflower Center has also worked since 2010 with the City of Austin to develop and guide implementation of an Invasive Species Management Plan. Although several states have these plans, Portland,

Ore., is the only other metropolitan area nationally to have one. Matthew O’Toole (the center’s project manager for development of the city’s management plan), Landscape Steward Michelle Bertelsen and other center staff worked with Watershed Protection, Austin Parks & Recreation, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utility, Keep Austin Beautiful, the Austin Parks Foundation and other stakeholders on a plan to help city staff identify and manage invasive species on thousands of acres of land and 660 miles of waterways. Strickland will lead public workshops starting March 23 at the center where volunteers and city staff will be trained to identify and remove some of the 24 invasive species the city will be targeting on its properties beginning this summer.

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taxes for Cap Metro and yet have zero service. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about time we got something. Ideally Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see some kind of rail service that would run from SW Austin to downtown and beyondâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;similar to the train service the other side of town has.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brentâ&#x20AC;? said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If possible, please

provide more bike space (not just two bikes[per bus]) as there are many cyclists in Circle C. If this bus ran more frequently (or tuned in to weekend tourism) and stopped at the La Crosse Avenue cul-desac, it would provide Austin (and tourists) access to the Veloway and

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Mobility improvements for bikers and hikers Continued from p. 1

provide neighborhood connectivity, said Perkins, who described Oak Hill as ‘disconnected,’ due to a lack of sidewalks and limited bike lanes. “We’re starting to get some bike lanes. The city is doing a good job at what they do. They take a regular road like William Cannon and put it on a road diet—that’s what they call it, a road diet—and then they squish in a bike lane,” Perkins said. “But those are all on-road and those are just on the major roads so we’re trying to develop off-road (lanes).” Perkins said the YBC trail, which will run about 5 miles and cost an estimated $1.8 million per mile, is unique in that some of it will be lo-

cated on private land, provided that current agreements with landowners are finalized. “That’s where you want it—away from the roads, where it’s more healthy, more beautiful and will actually become something that people will want to ride on,” Perkins said. “It will become a destination.” Chad Crager, a project manager with the neighborhood connectivity division of the pubic works department, manages and designs construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities for the city. Crager presented on the Urban Trail Master Plan, which addresses trails within the city, including the Oak Hill Trails Association.

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Rick Perkins (right) of the Oak Hill Trails Association. pick our priorities about what are the most important elements that we can afford to do within the scope of the project.” Tom Wald, executive director of Bike Austin, an organization devoted to bringing more people to biking in Austin through political advocacy and community outreach, said he’s pleased to see the CTRMA come to the biking community directly to gather input. “In this case, I think (the CTRMA) did a great job with their outreach. A previous project we had spoken up on—the MoPac improvement project—we had spoken up to get bike and pedestrian facilities into that project,” Wald said. “In this case they’re really coming to the issue head-on and making sure they get input from the community on what would be the best way to prioritize bike and pedestrian facilities with a limited amount of resources.” Wald said the benefits of biking extends to all road-users. “For those who don’t bike, what’s kind of amazing is if you give people the environment, the bikeways to be able to bike for their local trips, you’ll actually reduce congestion on the highways and on the major arterials on the streets,” Wald said. “So the people who do need to drive to be able to get to where they need to go will have an easier time doing it because there’ll be less congestion.” Wald said the lack of safe avenues for biking in Oak Hill places a significant limitation on cyclists. According to Wald: “There’s perhaps two-thirds of the population that would like to bike, to be able to get around by bike—not necessarily every trip but a lot of the trips. What we’re seeing is that most of these people want a place to bike where they feel safe and comfortable, and where there’s high-speed traffic they want to have a physical barrier. It could either be a trail or some kind of

bike lane that actually has a concrete barrier between the cars and them.” Perhaps the biggest obstacle in Southwest Austin is the major roads that cut through potential bike routes, Wald said. “There are some decent routes within Oak Hill, but then when you get to the major roads there’s no way to get to the grocery stores or whatever. It’s very difficult. To get from Oak Meadow over to Convict Hill you have to get on 290 for that section. That’s pretty frightening,” Wald said. “There’s no good and comfortable route between Oak Hill and the rest of Austin. There are a number of ways you could connect that, through the trail is one option—the YBC trail. That would connect into the MoPac trail that the city of Austin is building over Barton Creek along MoPac.” Wald said Bike Austin’s contribution in Oak Hill would be assisting with funding. “There’s already a pretty active community out here for getting the trails in and getting bike connectivity,” Wald said. “I think (the CTRMA) is going to be good about keeping to what they say they’re going to be doing, but beyond that it’s going to be getting funding or finding funding for it, whether it be through bond elections or some other source.” Wald said the completion and improvement of trails would increase the number of cyclists in Oak Hill and connect the community with the rest of Austin in a way that’s never been possible. “Oak Hill has a lot of potential because it does have a lot of good roads inside of it and has a lot of people who are interested in biking. It’s just that it’s disconnected,” Wald said. “I think you’ll see a lot more people biking when they can actually come from here and go all the way downtown.”


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Bulldogs beat rival Maroons Continued from p. 14

two-out rally for the visitors in the second inning, coaxing a base on balls from Perez. Following a walk by Andrew Paiz, Marcel Carter laced a single to right field that the Maroon outfielder struggled to field. A throwing error enabled Flores to cross the plate with the first run for Bowie (11-7, 2-1). Wes Higgins then laid down a perfect bunt single, and leadoff batter Rhett Kruger delivered a single to center scoring two more Bulldogs. Mitch Matthews and Andrew Pate began the bottom of the second with singles, but Gray retired the next three Maroon hitters to squash the Austin

High offensive threat. Paiz got hit by a pitch, but scored another run for Bowie in the top of the fourth inning. Matthews led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and later scored Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first run on a ground out. Bowie blew open the contest with patience at the plate confronting erratic Maroon pitching in the top of the sixth inning. Paiz crossed the plate again after being hit by another pitch and Higgins scored again to extend the Bulldog advantage. Austin High plated a pair of late runs in the bottom of the seventh.

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More action from Bowieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win over Austin High on Wednesday, March 13 at Burger Field.

Bowie blew open the contest with patience at the plate confronting erratic Maroon pitching in the top of the sixth inning. Paiz crossed the plate again after being hit by another pitch and Higgins scored again to extend the Bulldog advantage.

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28 ...Oak Hill Gazette

March 21 - April 3, 2013

Southwest Business bits

Yoga therapy classes help back pain When Marilyn Lindgren, owner of Oak Hill Yoga, started offering yoga therapy and small therapeutic classes in addition to her regular yoga classes, people wondered what it was. “It’s a relatively new complementary health care modality that is taking its place alongside traditional medicine,” she began to answer. “Yoga for wellness is booming, but it’s not simply a fad. Over 17 million Americans practice yoga for its well known benefits of improved strength, flexibility, balance, and stress reduction. Athletes and entertainers use it to increase their concentration and performance. Corporations sponsor yoga to lower their employees’ stress levels, increase productivity, and ultimately, lower health care costs. For some people it is primarily a form of exercise. For others it is a spiritual practice, although yoga is not a religion.  For a growing number of people, yoga is therapy, and

by Silvana Gonzalez, DDS, MS

“Yoga for wellness is booming, but it’s not simply a fad.” their doctors are recommending it to manage pain, recover from surgery, or deal with other health challenges. However, although all yoga may have therapeutic value, yoga therapy is different from just taking yoga classes.” So, what’s the difference between yoga and yoga therapy? According to Lindgren, yoga classes rarely have a specific therapeutic intent, whereas yoga therapy targets three areas: structural problems (bones, muscles, joints), physiological disorders (systemic illness, disease), and psycho-emotional issues. A yoga therapist uses the tools of yoga (movement, breath, relaxation, sound, meditation) to reduce, reverse, or manage conditions that interfere with everyday functioning and quality of life. A certified yoga therapist, in addition to learning

adaptive yoga techniques, has had extended training in anatomy and physiology, Western medical perspectives and Ayurvedic principles, as well as clinical practice in dealing with a range of conditions. “As new research results appear in prestigious medical journals, doctors are recognizing modern yoga therapy as a complementary healthcare modality and recommending it to their patients,” said Lindgen. Lindgren, a certified Viniyoga teacher and therapist, will be starting a six-week course on April 3 for those suffering from chronic low back pain. Participants will learn simple therapeutic yoga practices that will strengthen and stabilize the back, relieve pain and promote healthy low back sacrum and hips. For more information or to sign up, call Lindgren at 964-4844. - submitted

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