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May 1, 2014 Volume 19, No. 9 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

Parents urge AISD to fix over-packed Bowie by Bobbie Jean Sawyer OAK HILL - Overcrowding in Austin schools has driven students into portable classrooms and made extracurricular programs a strain. One Bowie high school student said the student overpopulation has gotten so out of hand there’s not even space for a teacher’s desk in his AP calculus class and there’s often little room for students themselves. Brian Jordan, a senior at Bowie,

Local parents organize emergency forum to stress the need for a new local high school now spoke about student overcrowding at a community meeting held at Kiker Elementary School last Thursday. “Students didn’t have room to stand up between desks. Students aren’t getting the attention that they need to succeed in the class,” Jordan

said. “I feel that students are trying to advocate for themselves.” Stacey Hardy, a southwest Austin resident and parent, helped organize and moderate the community forum with local AISD Board of Trustees representative Robert Schneider

addressing overcrowding at local schools and the status of building a long-awaited new high school in south or southwest Austin. Hardy said Austin students can’t afford to wait for improvements when their education is at stake. “I’m just really passionate about making sure these kids get what they need,” Hardy said. “All the kids, no matter where they go to school, they need things and all these things really do affect their education. I want to take politics out of getting kids what they need.” Schneider said the last AISD budget scenario showed that the earliest the See PARENTS on back page

AISD Board of Trustees representative Robert Schneider

APD Commander gives quarterly crime updates by Travis Atkins

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A group of girls about to be awarded Certificates of Appreciation by APD at the Commander’s Forum for addressing a speeding problem in their neighborhood by making signs telling drivers to slow down.

AUSTIN - At the quarterly South Austin Police Commander’s Forum, Commander Todd Gage and his district representatives presented crime stats for the first quarter of 2014, recognized outstanding citizens and officers and talked about community outreach efforts. The big recent news for Southwest Austin residents was the capture of Gary Whiteis, a 60-year-old transient who burglarized homes in Western Oaks between July and November of 2013. “We got a good lead that he was out of state and we picked him up in Roswell, New Mexico,” Officer Jeffrey Binder said. “There were nine burglaries he confessed to, about 2025 police believe he was linked to.”

Car burglaries on the rise Binder is the representative for much of Southwest Austin. He said car burglaries have been on the rise as of late. Police saw ten in one night recently between Western Oaks and Legend Oaks. None of the thefts involved broken windows though, Binder said, meaning residents had lefts their cars unlocked. “We really want to encourage people to always lock your car,” Binder said. “Don’t leave any valuables or anything someone may perceive as valuables in your car because that’s what they’re going to be looking for. If you happen to have stuff in your car put it away, out of sight.” See APD on page 25

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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 with the subject “Civic Agenda” and include details of your meeting or happening, along with any relevant agenda items. Share your input on 2014 SXSW events May 5 at 4 p.m. Meeting: Public Safety Commission Topics: Crime, emergency response and other related issues May 6 at noon Meeting: Austin Music Commission Topics: Venue, sound and other related issues May 13 at 6 pm Meeting: Urban Transportation Commission Topics: Vehicle and pedestrian traffic, road closures and other related issues. All meetings will be held at Austin City Hall, Boards & Commissions Room, 301 W. Second St. The Austin Center for Events (ACE) invites Austin residents and visitors who attended or were impacted by events held during the 2014 SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festival to share their experiences at three public meetings in May. The meetings are part of a comprehensive evaluation of events during the 2014 SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festival time period. The evaluation process includes information gathered during a two-week online community feedback survey hosted by ACE,  April 4, 2014 – April, 18, 2014, on Volunteer Deputy Registrar training Tues., May 6, One-hour sessions at 10:30 am, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751. 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. or call (512) 854-9473. Public Visioning Session for Town Lake Metropolitan Park (commonly known as Auditorium Shores and Butler Park along Lady Bird Lake) Tuesday, May 6, from 6 to 8 pm Fiesta Gardens Building and Patio, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street This session will build upon the discussions at prior visioning sessions about the future vision of Town Lake Metropolitan Park. As directed by the City of Austin Resolution #20121011-081, Austin Parks Foundation is working in partnership with Tur Partners, LLC, a global advisory firm, to conduct a study that will provide recommendations for enhancing public access and enjoyment of Town Lake Metropolitan Park. Extensive

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New ‘Medical Village’ is now open in Oak Hill by Ann Fowler OAK HILL - A new 18-acre medical complex has just opened in Oak Hill. Nestled between William Cannon and Southwest Parkway, the 80,000-square-foot center, which embraces green technology, was designed as a patient-centered approach to health care, according to David McCormick, Chief Operations and Technology Officer with Premier Family Physicians. The new facility hosts, not only primary care physicians, but specialists, a lab, imaging, and a compounding pharmacy. (A compounding pharmacist can combine pharmaceutical ingredients to create a medication specific to a particular patient.) The inconvenience of leaving a primary care physician’s office to go

to a pharmacy, or go for lab work, or go to a referred specialist, is a thing of the past with this village devoted to health care. “The goal is to work collaboratively to ensure patients can have a ‘onestop’ shop for routine and acute medical needs,” McCormick explained. “Patients at the Village will see greater access and convenience to care. We are already seeing results to this approach with numerous patients who were able to get same day appointments for acute issues.” The Clinical Pathology Laboratories patient service center has four phlebotomists at the new facility. Regional Manager Tony Jones told the Gazette, “We are providing a convenience so that patients do not have to Continued on page 26

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The Word from Oak Hill Mike Jasper

Verona’s Ristorante Italiano is an The word from Oak Hill is... Oak Hill treasure, and if you haven’t food. been there yet you deserve to give I’m sure that’s been the word before, it a go. We had two drinks each, an but it’s definitely time for a redo. Or appetizer and two entrees and got should I write that redux? out for under $70. Nice night out For the first time in a long time I for a special occasion. ate at Verona’s for dinner. Kerbey Lane is a relaI eat there for breakfast on tively new restaurant for weekends all the time, but Southwest Austin, but it’s it had been awhile since I been an Austin destinawent for a full meal. tion for years—especially The good news? Reza is the original location on back. His place up north Kerbey Lane. The seasonal didn’t work out, so now menu is amazing, and this he’s back with us all the winter I availed myself of time. He greeted us at the the Shepherd’s Pie more Mike Jasper door, and recommended than a few times. Another some wines for us. We cold weather favorite is the went for it (well, sort of… I drink Orange-Thyme Braised Short Ribs beer). Very nice selection, very on the main menu. reasonably priced, a buttery charRight now, they’re offering the donnay of some sort, and it went Tomato Menu, and I highly recomwell with the scampi we ordered. mend the Tomato Pie. (Yes, I had a sip or two.) Next stop, sushi. I highly recom-

mend Tadashi in the Hill Country Galleria. I’ve written about it before, and I’ll write about it again. Excellent sushi, comparable to Musashino’s up north. Fortunately, Tadashi is located southwest in the Hill Country Galleria. Fresh tuna, salmon, yellow tail, shrimp and more are available in both Nigiri and Sashimi offerings. The ebi is perfect, and includes the fried heads, as it should. The special menu featured live scallops and clams the night we went, as fish is flown in from around the world. The restaurant also offers other Japanese entrees such as tempura and kushiyaki, but I can’t help you there. I’m in it for the sushi only. One criticism. Last time I was there, I sat at the bar. Was not happy with the interaction between me and the sushi chefs. The waiter kept getting in the way. Continued on page 22

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Aquifer District names winners of 2014 Scholarship Contests The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District has announced the winners of the Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship College Scholarship Essay Contest and its Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarship program. The District would like to thank Creedmoor-Maha WSC, Texas Lehigh Cement Company, St. Andrews Episcopal School, and Goforth Water SUD for donating a portion of their Conservation Credits to the scholarship program. Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship College Scholarship The District’s college scholarship is dedicated as a memorial scholarship honoring one of Austin’s most influential environmental planners, Dr. Kent S. Butler. Dr. Butler specialized in bringing science and policy together. He encouraged open conversation, collaboration, and participation from all perspectives. The Kent S. Butler Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest increases the awareness of groundwater issues by rewarding high school students for high quality research and writing. This year’s winner of the essay contest is Bowie High School junior Jenna Trejo. An independent evaluation panel scored Ms. Trejo’s essay, titled “Kubla Khan: Protecting Our Groundwater One Drop at a Time,� with the highest marks for content, accuracy of information, originality, grammar, quality of research, and style. She will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college, community college, or training institution

Bowie student wins essay contest and $2500 college scholarship of her choice. Essays had to focus generally on groundwater or groundwater issues; however, it was not mandatory that applicants be planning a career in water resources. High School students attending public schools in the Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, Bastrop, and Lockhart Independent School Districts, as well as private and home-schooled students in these areas, were eligible. District staff selected at-large judges from the Austin area along with a District staff member to read and evaluate the essays. This year’s judges were Christy Muse, Executive Director of the Hill Country Alliance; Louise Liller, Volunteer Coordinator with the City of Austin; Doug Wierman, Environmental Consultant with ERM; Dave Anderson, Consultant with FORM; Stacey Steinbach, Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts; Jennifer Walker, Water Resources Coordinator with the Sierra Club; and Vanessa Escobar, BSEACD Regulatory Compliance Coordinator. Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarships The District awards program also includes additional age groups of District-area students through scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Data and Research Center’s Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas

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Austin’s no-kill animal status recognized with $3 million grant Three Austin animal welfare agencies, referred to as the Austin Coalition, have received the prestigious Maddie’s Lifesaving Award and an unrestricted grant of $3 million. The City’s Austin Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Humane Society have been recognized by Maddie’s Fund for their achievement of sustaining and maintaining the city’s no-kill status, saving all healthy and treatable shelter pets. The Austin Coalition members will share in the grant according to their 2012 adoption performance. Austin Animal Center will receive $1.17 million; Austin Humane Society, $570,000; and Austin Pets Alive! $1.26 million. The Maddie’s Fund Lifesaving Award was established to recognize communities that are leading the way in saving animal lives. The award is designed to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by coalitions consisting of traditional shelters, adoption guarantee organizations and animal control agencies in which all groups have already implemented an adop-

tion guarantee for all healthy and treatable shelter pets in their target community and are likely to sustain it in the future. Since February 2011, the Austin Animal Center, its partners and the community have been able to save the lives of 90 percent or more of the animals that enter the municipal shelter. Since then, more than 42,000 animals have been adopted or placed with local rescue partners, about 4,000 have been placed in foster homes, and volunteers have donated 139,000 hours of service to help Austin’s homeless pets. The City of Austin began working toward becoming no-kill in 1997.

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in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured preSundays sentation. On the third Thursday of every month. Free. Food pantry doLive Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. nations are welcomed. 7pm at New Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyPond Lane in Dripping Springs. For 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.

Austin Youth Orchestra Grand Finale Concert - The Austin Youth Concertante, Intermezzo, Camerata, and Sinfonietta Orchestra performances will begin at 3pm, and the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra performances Third Thursday at The Blanton- will begin at 4:30pm. Ernest Butler free evening of art and activities. School of Music at UT 2406 Robert 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos Dedman Dr. 512-825-7230 Austinand Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. From Austin with Love - 3pm A Fridays South By Relief Benefit Concert Friday night Dance Club- w/ with Monte Montgomery, Marcia Western bands and a Pot Luck Ball, Del Castillo, Vallejo, Guy Forbreak. 7:30pm-10pm at South syth and many more. The BackAustin Activity Center, 3911 yard 3801Bee Cave Parkway (512) 651-5033 Manchaca RD, Austin. $4.50.



New Events

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

Through May 3

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.

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer - Using a constantly creative, beguiling and quirky blend of live action, puppetry, animation and music, Australian genius Tim Watts tells his story of love, loss and quiet heroism with engaging energy and an enchanting magic. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Dr. (512) 457-5100 info@

50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center Sat., May 3 & Sun., May 4 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. Pecan Street Festival - 11am More than 60 of Austin’s finest musical Trivia Night - Wednesdays at Wa- acts bring three stages to life, and terloo Ice House, Southpark Mead- family-friendly activities from street ows, 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. magicians to a petting zoo Thirty SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. wa- food vendors and hundreds of cal and national artisans See more at: http://www.oldpecanstreetfestiThe Peacemakers- 10pm at Evan- geline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. FREE on 6th Street 282-2586. Saturday, May 3 Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. Curtain Up! - doors @ 6:30pm 25th aniversary Concert presented Thursdays by the award-winning Capital City KGSR Unplugged At The Grove Men’s Chorus, under the direction -every Thursday evening through of Dr. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, is an Sept 6th. Join KGSR every Thurs- all-male chorus, based in Austin. day for 23 consecutive weeks at Stateside at the Paramount 713 Shady Grove on Barton Springs Congress Avenue 512.472.5470 Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. Karaoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373.

“Thirsty Thursday” gatheringPoems and songs will be shared

May 6 - May 11

War Horse - Tues – Fri at 8pm; Sat pm & 8pm; Sun at 1pm & 7pm winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play. War Horse, is also the inspiration for StevenSpielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. (512) 477-6060 Fri., May 9, Through Sun., May 11

Ballet Austin Presents The Sleeping Beauty - 8:00pm on May 9; 2:00pm and 8:00pm on May 10; 3:00pm on May 11 Choreography by Marius Petipa Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky Dell Hall at The Long Center 701 W Riverside Dr. 512.476.2163 Friday, May 9

Sunday, May 11 Jerry Seinfeld - 7pm & 9:30pmPerforming his signature stand-up routine at Bass Concert Hall. 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. (512) 4712787

Ongoing Events South Austin Mystery Book Club - 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Sunset Valley Barnes & Noble on Brodie Ln. Our April 16th book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you have questions please email 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 / 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. 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) at 5335 Burnet 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.

Corporate Battle Of The Bands - doors @ 5:30 Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater 310 Willie Nelson Blvd Tickets: (877) 435-9849

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

Sunday, May 4

Community Clubs & Events

Lou Gramm - The Voice of Foreigner - 6pm/8:30pm Gramm was the lead vocalist on all of Foreigner’s hit songs. One World Theatre 7701 Bee Caves Rd. 888.616.0522

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. for other activities and events. Circle C Area Democrats 6:30-8:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For in formation:circlecareademocrats. org. Toastmasters Groups - Build leadership and communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Visitors welcome. Tejas Toastmasters: 288-7808/ 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 / 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. 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.

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.

New Events Through May 25 Wildflower Photo Exhibit - Enjoy dozens of photos by well-known Texas photographers including the magazine’s photo editor, J. Griffis Smith. McDermott Learning Center LBJ Wilflower Center 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512.232.0100 April 30 - May 13

Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team - Meets fourth Wednesday of the month at the ACC Pinnacle Campus, 10th Floor Board Room. 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 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, 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. 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. 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.. 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. 288-0574.

Passport to Italia - From Cheese and Wine Tastings to Pasta Making and Artichoke Basics. Check out the calendar at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 Saturday May 3 Garage Sale - 8am - 1pm Seton Southwest Hospital, 7900 FM 1826 at Main Entrance. Proceeds benefit Seton Southwest Hospital The Central Texas Medical Orchestra - 7:30pm Francesco Mastromateo performing SaintSaens - Cello for Concerto in A Minor, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Dr. Robert Radmer, Conductor. Special guests Christine Albert and Chris Gage. Life Austin 8901 W. Hwy 71 www. Tuesday, May 6 BizAid Business Orientation - 9am - 10:30am a general overview to opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110 For Registration Information: www. or 512-9747800 FREE Saturday, May 10 15th Annual Ballroom Festival - Ballroom and latin workshops to be led by nationally ranked competitors and professionals. These professionals in addition to youth and adult students will wow spectators with quality performances. Attendees will also enjoy live music and dancing. Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Rd (319) 296.5025

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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. Free Introduction to Dance Class - for adults and teens. Every Saturday at 11am at Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, Western Trails Blvd., Austin. www. 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 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. . 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. 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 . 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. 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@

New Events Sunday May 11 Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It - 8pm - 10pm The show culminates with four weddings in a RenFaire fun-fest while everyone sings, “With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino!” costumes welcomed Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd FREE Saturday, May 17

Arts & Entertainment cont. New Events

Sunday, May 4

Thursday, May 8

Thursday, May 1

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

Paul Klemperer & Manteca Beat - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Liz Morphis - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie 282-2586 Jesse Harris - 9:15pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. Andy Barham - 5:30pm Johnson - 830:pm Brian, Blake and Erez - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Toddlers Fridays at 11am, . 892-6680. 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-

Lemonade Day - All day...All over Austin. Be sure to get out and support your neighborhood entrepeneurs and enjoy some yummy lemonade

Billy Mata - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 4426189

Redd Volkaert - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 2822586

Sunday Brunch with George Carver Trio - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

The Derailers - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 4426189

Monday, May 5

Sara Hickman - 8pm Bluegrass at Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636

Plus and Minus: The Vacation Adventure - This play which brings pre-kindergarten basic math concepts to life, will be enjoyed by audiences ages 4 and up. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive (512) 474-5664 Saturday, May 10 Tiny Regatta - 11am Can you design a miniature boat that will actually sail? Find out in this watery project inspired by Orly Genger’s seaworthy materials. As a bonus, we’ll award the winners of every hourly race. Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St. 512.453.5312 Mother Earth Day Festival at the Springs - 9 - 1pm Every activity is made to ensure that kids from 4-13 years of age have a great time and an interactive learning experience. Picnic Area across from Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd.

Tuesday, May 6 Kem Watts - 6pm Tommy Elskes - 8:30 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Charlie Pierce - 4pm Hayden Huse - 8pm $5 Eric Tessmer10:30pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Dez Desormeux on the Saxaphone - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711 Saturday, May 3 Billy Mata - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 4426189 T Jarrod Bonta Trio - 7:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Happy Hour with “Honky Tonk” Frank Cavitt - 5:30pm Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd. 512.263.7353 Wednesday, May 7 Mickey and the Motorcars 6pm part of the KOKE FM TxConcert Series. Admission is FREE Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 No Bad Days - Open Mic hosted by Mark Allan Atwood - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Saturday, May 10

The Eggmen - 7:30 Nutty BrownCafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Tony Harrison - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. com Trio Landa - 7:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 2889994 KR Wood - 8pm $7 Jon Napier Band - 10pm $7 Amber Lucille - 11:55pm $7 Poodies Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., 264-0318

The Que Pastas - 10am FREE Kids show. Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 Sunday, May 11

Achilles - 8pm Canvas People 9:30pm $5 Bret Coat’s Show 11:30 $5 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Dez Desormeux on the Saxaphone - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711

White Ghost Shivers - 9pm Poodies Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W. 264-0318

Texas Music Showcase: George Ensle Hosts Matt Harlan - Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Wrenfro - 8pm McKinney, Scalzo, G. Newcomb & Hale Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com

cluded with regular Zoo admission. May 10 - May 18 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@ to give an idea of materi- April 18 - May 24 als needed. 512-495-9224 / www. Pinocchio - Fri., April 18 at 6:30 pm • Sat., at 11am & 2pm • Sun., At Austin Children’s Museum: at 2:30pm Zach Whisenhunt Stage Community Night - Come out and 202 South Lamar (512) 476-0541 play EVERY Wednesday night at 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime and a variety of hands-on activities. May 3 - May 25 Themed stories, songs,d activities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & Hansel & Gretel - Saturdays 10am 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. & Sundays 2pm EmilyAnn Theatre For kids 3 & under & their caregiv- 1101 FM 2325 Wimberley 512-847ers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Sing- 6969 a-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 472- Sunday, May 4 2499 /

The Vudoodes - 8pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 W (512) 288-0437

Matt Farrell - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 2889994

Kids Calendar Ongoing Events

Friday, May 9

Friday, May 2

16th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk - Bring your pooches for a stroll around the beautiful Palmer Events Center overlooking Auditorium Shores. Participating pooches will enjoy the latest in dog food samples, advice from top veterinarians, games of canine skill and even a doggie psychic. 100% of the proceeds benefit Service Dogs, Inc.

Andy Barham - 5:30pm Johnson - 830:pm Brian, Blake and Erez - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Gospel with “Cracker Box Gospel Band” - 12pm - 2pm Maria’s Taco Xpress 2529 South Lamar 512-444-0261 The Alan and Ladonna band 6pm Gumbo’s 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711

Sunday Brunch with Mente Clara - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

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Car Review

2014 Buick LaCrosse-Premium By T. Q. Jones

Okay, where’s Buck Rogers and how did we end up with his car? Though no one under sixty is likely to understand that reference, this new Buick marks not only the return of the “Big Buick”, but the most “driverfriendly cars we’ve had the chance to get our hands on. In case you hadn’t noticed, the newer cars are adding equipment not just to protect the car and passengers but meant to keep the driver out of trouble. Buick calls it the “driver confidence package,” and our test car for the week had two: the driver confidence package one and the driver confidence package two.  One includes the forward collision alert, the rear cross traffic alert, and the side blind zone alert with lane departure warning. Package two has adaptive cruise control and automatic collision preparation, which basically means the car gets ready for a crash as soon as its sensors think a crash is imminent. Still,

the first package seems to be the most cost-efficient, as it covers more possibilities that are more likely to occur. We’ve had the chance to try a number of the systems, starting with the first-generationadaptivecruisecontrols which were a bit annoying, braking whenyouweren’treadytobrake,though you probably should have been. To help you out, this Buick LaCrosse also included a head-up display so you don’t have to take your eyes off of the road except to tune the radio. Among the high-tech gadgetry, though, is a real throwback, though the kids won’t believe it: a push-button starter on the dash. (That’s another current fad, though the last push-button starter we recall was on a 1949 Buick, the year was 1958, and the button was under the gas pedal.) Another thing this Buick brought to mind was the relative hierarchy of cars in the 1950s.  People with a lot of money drove Cadillacs, people with a little money drove Buicks, or, if they had a sporty flair, Pontiacs.

We asked about Buck Rogers because this Buick will do everything but fly, although, according to the old engineering adage, anything will fly if you put enough T. Q. Jones power behind it, (though the landing would probably leave something to be desired, like live passengers.) But this new Buick has all the things we thought were right around the corner.  (One thing was: at least one of the so-called “Dream Cars” of the 50s had a rear-facing TV camera.) The new cars like the Buick and the new Chevrolet are the throwbacks to the big cars of the 1950s, at least on the inside.  The Impala and the LaCrosse are both very spacious and our test unit from Buick was also equipped with every one of the currently-desirable items of equipment

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The Buick LaCrosse-Premium features include a head-up display so you don’t have to take your eyes off of the road except to tune the radio. from air bags and sound equipment to heated steering wheels and seats and navigation system. The list price for all this and more on the LaCrosse was a tidy $44,400, though a well-equipped LaCrosse can be had for a list much closer to thirty-nine thousand. Still, if you’re a family and expect to keep the new car for ten years, you might want to think about the kind of safety equipment on this Buick, not all of which may be available on less expensive cars, and opt for the extra cost. Besides, you can’t even guess at how the relative cost of a mid-50s Buick (probably around three grand) would compare to this new and fully-loaded



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Dripping Springs Rotary Club’s Spring Family Fun Fest Come be part of the newest tradition, the Spring Family Fun Fest, coordinated by the Dripping Springs Rotary Club and free to the public. There is something for everyone at the May 3rd celebration, to be held next to the Security State Bank and Trust, 1500 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, from noon to 4 p.m. Magic’s Theater & Museum director, John Magic, will be wowing audience members with his thrilling slight-of-hand magic, leaving you to wonder, “How did he do that?” If you wish to show off your four-legged animal companions and let them strut their stuff, then bring them to the festival for the Pet Parade and

Pet Costume Contest. There will be on-going games of croquet, washer pitching, face painting, and an inflatable obstacle course, all against a backdrop of music provided by KDRP radio station. Vendors will be on hand to display their arts. Such booths include Crystal Frederick’s create your own hand-made cards for the special people in your life, such as mom for Mother’s Day! Austin poet and writer, A. R. Rogers will help you craft the perfect words for your card, truly making it a keepsake for years to come. Sharon Blancarte, owner of SharonBeezz, will have an array of infant and toddler clothes, accessories such as bibs, burp clothes,

New Burn Ban now in effect for Travis County The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday morning to ban outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county. The burn ban expires on May 28, 2014, unless further action is taken by the Court or Fire Marshal prior to that date. The last burn ban was lifted on March 14. Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee said, “Low humidity and high winds are causing high fire danger. Under these conditions, fires can get out of control and spread very easily. Do not throw cigarettes out of vehicle windows, park running or recently driven vehicles on dry grass or operate poorly maintained machinery on dry grass.” This ban on outdoor burning does not affect a prescribed burn under the supervision of a prescription

burn manager. It also does not affect outdoor hot work when done under the guidelines established by the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office. Prescription burn managers and those in need of outdoor hot work permits must contact the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office or the fire department in whose jurisdiction the work will be done. Barbecuing in Travis County Parks and parks managed by the county is allowed as long as the fire is within a closeable container or a container with a lid. You should also have water nearby in case the fire spreads. Call 9-1-1 immediately if a fire gets out of control. If you have questions about the burn ban, please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 512-854-4621, or contact your local fire department.

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those curious to learn more about our international organization. Be prepared to come hungry because Rotary Club members will be serving up hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, sausage wraps, chips and drinks. Schedule of events include: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tommy Mojica, and students, ukulele music 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Magic Show 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Pet Parade and

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Pitching by Nick Perez and Riley Greiner, combined with clutch hitting from Sam Slawter, Tristan Alkis and Neilsen Mercer, enabled Austin High to post a 3-2 victory over Westlake in the final regular season game for both clubs. “Today I felt really good. I was feeling good warming up,” Perez said afterward. “I had good command on everything.” Slawter opened the bottom of the second with a single and later scored the first Maroons run when Mercer drilled a base hit to centerfield. Austin High held a slim 1-0 advantage through five frames as Perez worked out of Chap scoring threats with a consistent fastball and effective off-speed deliveries. Slawter initiated a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning with a base hit to right, before a hustling Jacob Traudt registered an infield single. Pinch hitter Jaime Perez battled ferociously at the plate, and followed with another single. “You have to go in there with the right mindset that you’re gonna get the job done,” Perez confidently proclaimed. “I helped the team out.” Mercer proceeded to smack a single straight back up the middle to plate Slawter, and a

Ariana Selman finished second in district in the long jump, after completing a playoff qualifying basketball campaign as a post/ forward. “She is athletic and is very kind,” Crockett girls’ basketball coach Jennifer Shuttlesworth said. “She is a hard worker and she’s gaining more confidence.” Selman also competed in the triple jump, 200-meter run, 4 x 400 relay and 4 x 100 track and field events. Born in Austin, Ariana attended Cunningham Elementary, before progressing to Covington Middle Continued on page 16

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Logan Zahn by Patrick Olson Despite barely missing out on a trip to the state track meet, Logan Zahn is quite pleased with the manner in which his high school athletic career ended. “I was a role model and a leader for the underclassmen,” he stated. In the 110-meter hurdles, Zahn captured second in district and third in area, but finished behind Westlake’s Robert Dutton at the regional meet in Waco. “Richard and I have always competed against one another, but I’m glad to have another Austin runner representing at the state meet,” Continued on page 16

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Richard Cunningham (#18) kicks up dust as he slides in safe. fielders’ choice from pinch hitter Hunter Koch provided the critical third tally. Westlake pushed a pair of runs across the plate in the seventh inning, before Greiner closed the contest with the final out to earn a save. Austin High (23-6, 8-4) finished third in district and will now

face Cedar Ridge (13-13-1, 10-8) in a best of three game series beginning Thursday evening at Burger, with the first pitch to be thrown at 7:30 p.m. Game two at Cedar Ridge is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, the third game will be played at Burger on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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8-2 advantage, but continued the barrage with a seven run seventh inning. With single runs in the first two innings, Rouse (16-14) quickly fired up a potent offense versus Crockett (13-4) starting pitcher Sara Sanders. The Cougars threatened in the third inning, with consecutive two-out singles to right field by Raven Isoline-Webb and Alyssa Martinez, but Raider pitcher Jordaine Bishop coaxed Jacy Wright into a fly ball out to left field. Hailey Walker drilled a two-run home run to lead Bowie (21-11) offensively in the win over Stony Point (20-8). The Lady Dawgs now face The Woodlands (30-2) in a best-of-three game series beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bryan High School. “We’re working on getting rid of the ball quickly,” coach Cath-

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said before practice Tuesday. “Pitchers are throwing live off the mound. This late in the season we are trying to have short, crisp practices.” Game two will be at Burger Friday at 7:30 p.m. and, if necessary, game three will be Saturday at Burger at 1 p.m. Crockett (18-10, 10-3) will travel to Leander (16-13, 8-5) Thursday to take on a club that finished third in

District 25-4A, beginning at 7 p.m. The Lions are led by pitchers Nathan Imig and Joel Miller. The Cougars will counter with batters Daniel Lopez and Jonathan Garcia. Game two will be at Garrison Field at 7 p.m. and, if necessary, the third game will commence at 2 p.m. at Leander.

Player of the Week—Ariana Selman Continued from p. 14 School, where she also played basketball and ran track. She finished in fifth place at the area event this year and already has a goal for the next school year. “I am determined to go to regionals again my senior

year,” she proclaimed. Algebra II instructor Ms. Reynolds is Ariana’s favorite teacher at Crockett. “She helps me with the class I struggle in the most,” Selman added. Track coach Don Holland and Shuttlesworth have provided a positive

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added Zahn. Zahn attended Mills Elementary, before advancing to Small Middle School, where he also played soccer, football and basketball. He is a member of the first graduating class from Gorzycki Middle School. Logan began wrestling at Bowie as a freshman, while also playing football and running track. A shoulder injury sustained while wrestling forced him to focus exclusively on track. He recently competed in the

300-meter hurdles, and held down the anchor position in the 4 x 400 relay team. Physics instructor Mr. Meitz is Logan’s favorite teacher at Bowie. “In a difficult class, he is able to clarify and help anyone,” Zahn noted. The eldest son born to Joseph and Renee Zahn, Logan plans to attend Texas A&M and study mechanical engineering this fall. “Logan is a great athlete who has qualified for regionals three years in a row,” track coach Brandon Pittman said. “But

he is an even better person, and he is an excellent student.” After hurdling coach Rey Torres took him to Gorzycki to help run a track practice, Zahn provides important advice for younger pupils aspiring to compete athletically at the high school level. “You have to dedicated yourself and do it a lot,” he said. “Repetition and work ethic are two of the most important aspects of any sport.” Zahn is also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.

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of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time. At the heart of the show are lifesized puppets, which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production. WAR HORSE received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run

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ANGLICAN 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 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 connecting...growing...reaching

Western Hills Church of Christ 6211 Parkwood Drive 892-3532 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 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 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., (512)301-3968

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 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. ChurchHC 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 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 Rector: The Rev. Bo Townsend Services: Holy Communion at 10am Sundays; Children’s Chapel at 10 am

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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 Email:

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 Bethany Lutheran Church “Where Jesus Meets His Friends” 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: 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 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 You’re always welcome here.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 10408 Hwy 290 West (4 miles from the “Y” in Oak Hill) 512-288-2370 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

METHODIST Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 Hwy. 290 W. 78736 288-3836 Rev. Jim Roberts, Rev. Pam Sheffield, and Rev. Stella Burkhalter Services: Sunday 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at 11:15 service) Wednesday ReCharge service 6:15pm Sunday School: 10 & 11:15am Children’s Sunday School: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am Youth group: 5pm 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); office@; 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

NON - DENOMINATIONAL 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

Hope in the City 4407 Monterey Oaks Blvd, 78749 Phone; 512-892-4673 Senior Pastor: Britt Tucker Sun. Service 10:15 am 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 Interim Minister: Rev. Denise Creech Service 11:00 pm “Our God is love,our race is human and our religion is oneness.”

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) 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:

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continued from p. 2 It’s easy to participate in Geek the Library. Stop by, tell the library staff what you geek and have your photo taken. The photos will be posted on the Austin Public Library Facebook page to generate awareness for public libraries. Libraries are more relevant now than ever. More people are turning to local libraries for entertainment, for educational opportunities and to search for jobs. Many Austinites rely on a public library for their only source of Internet access, to apply for jobs, to continue their education, to learn more about their passions and to communicate with family.   To learn more about Geek the Library visit For information about the Austin Public Library and the local geek agenda call (512)974-7400 or visit Circle C Area Democrats Monday, May 12 at 6:30 pm Santa Rita Cantina, Slaughter at Escarpment The May meeting will feature remarks by criminal defense attorney Chantal Eldridge on “Criminal Justice: The Collateral Consequences

Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm ACC Pinnacle Building, 10th floor OHAN is an association of neighborhood associations. It is a voluntary group of people, from Oak Hill and surrounding areas, who meet monthly to review proposed changes to our community and offer input. The public is encouraged to attend the monthly meetings and ask questions. For more information go to Public Input Open Houses on Cemetery Rules May 20 from 6-8pm Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr. May 21 from 6-8pm Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th St. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is seeking the public’s input in the revision of existing Rules and Regulations of City-managed cemeteries, focusing on burial space ornamentation.  Those interested in providing feedback can participate by attending one of two public

meetings and/or by commenting on Speak Up Austin (, the City’s online community engagement portal. A rules and regulations recommended updates presentation meeting will be held in June. Current cemetery rules and regulations do not allow for certain adornments and plants on burial spaces. This public engagement effort will encourage stakeholders to help the department identify rules and regulations to retain, as well as craft new rules for the future. Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m Austin Community College Pinnacle Campus, 10th Floor Meeting dates and locations may change without notice, so please contact the OHNPCT President, Tom Thayer to confirm prior to attending at City’sNeighborhoodPartneringProgram seeks applications for neighborhood improvement projects Deadline is June 1 From community gardens to murals to sidewalk improvements, award-winning cost-share program continues to improve Austin

neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) is seeking applications for its June 1 deadline. This program provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to submit proposals for small to medium scale improvements on City-owned land. In order to be considered for funding, the neighborhood must be willing to share in the cost of the project. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, donated services or materials, and volunteer hours. Additionally, all proposed projects must be on City-owned property, have a community benefit and be publicly accessible. In recent years, NPP has worked with citizen groups to bring improvements such as new sidewalks, landscaping/beautification, art installations, community gardens, and transportation improvements. For more information or to start an application, visit http://austintexas. gov/neighborhoodpartnering or call (512) 974-6439. This program is in support of Imagine Austin and seeks to empower neighborhoods to build community. Volunteer with the Travis County Sheriff ’s Office- Victim Services Unit

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The Word from Oak Hill Continued from p. 5 The waiter at the bar should take drink orders only, the sushi chefs should take the sushi orders and—most importantly—the chefs should make suggestions to the patrons. Trust me Tadashi, I’m from the San Francisco area. I’ve eaten sushi since I was 10 and I know this stuff backwards. • • • Looks like there will be more work on Convict Hill Quarry Park June 7. There. Can’t say I didn’t give you ample notice. Sure, I’ll mention it again, but suffice to say they need more volunteers than they had over last Easter weekend. The mission will be the same as before—spread more mulch. This next one will be on National Trails Day, so there will be more festivities. Volunteer registration opens May 19th, so register early to receive a Chipotle gift card, KIND bar, along with food, drinks, and music at the National Trails Day after party. Jim Turney says he’ll have more info as the event nears, and adds, “The Gazette has been very helpful in past activities, and will likely continue (right?).” Are you kidding? What else do we do? ••• Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is upon us. I know. It seems to come earlier every year.

According to the flyer, the wingding takes place this Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JJ Pickle Commons Learning Center—Big Tex Auditorium at 10100 Burnett Road. The doors open at 9 a.m. and the flyer advises, “Come early to check out exhibits and grab your swag. Lunch and beverages provided.” I checked carefully, and this seems to be a free event. It’s put on by the Austin Fire Department and the Joint Wildfire Task Force—the first event of its kind in Travis County. Topics will include From Risk to Empowered, Environmentally Minded Mitigation, Insurance Wildfire and You, Surviving Wildfire (tell me about it), and Firewise Communities. Sounds good to me. ••• I got an email from one of my readers—I’ll call him Neil, since that’s his name—who wanted to know why I added, “That’s what you get for not voting,” at the end of my report on the new streetlights. Because the city realizes that Southwest Austin, as a voting bloc, ain’t all that. In other words, we don’t have enough people voting to affect the mindset of City Council. That might change with the addition of voting districts and our own representative in the council. Maybe.

Business bits Neil tells me that he and a neighbor in the Scenic Brook neighborhood asked for streetlights and got a swift and positive response from the city. Of course, he says, that was 20 years ago. Or possibly more. Yeah. I miss Slusher, Shea and Watson too. I miss the ‘90s period. By the way, I took a late night cruise of the Scenic Brook/Windmill Run neighborhood, and I gotta tell you. It looks pretty dark to me. Especially when you turn onto Landsman. But the stars were spectacular. ••• Bowie Theatre scores big again. Its play Miss Saigon won awards for Best Direction, Best Orchestra and Best Lighting Design. I’ve only seen one play at Bowie High School, but it was jawdroppingly great—Les Miserables. I spent two years in college as an acting major, but that production was way better than anything we ever did. Can you sue a junior college for mal practice? • • • (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.)

Low income families offered free laundry services Saturday at Brodie Lane Wash Day The not-for-profit organization Current of Tampa Bay, Inc. is introducing its Laundry Project to Austin, TX residents Saturday, May 3. The project provides complimentary laundry services to low-income families and offers the necessary items needed to wash their clothes. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Wash Day Laundry located at 8213 Brodie Lane. This is Current’s first Landry Project in Texas and their volunteers are eager to make this a regular project city. “We are really looking forward to expanding our support and bringing the Laundry Project to Austin,” said Jason Sowell,

President of Current of Tampa Bay. Inc. “The ability to have clean clothes is one of the most dignifying things we take for granted and with our expansion we are able to help restore pride in residents across the county.” Local friends of Current will be volunteering their time to this project, however, Current continues to encourage community members to volunteer if possible. Donations of much needed supplies including detergent, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener and laundry baskets are welcome. More information about this and other upcoming projects can be found online at

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APD Commander gives quarterly crime updates to local community Continued from p. 1 Use of deadly force restrained Commander Gage lauded an officer duo in south Austin who each had the opportunity to fire their gun but held back. On January 22nd, officers Rosie Perez and Russell Hudson responded to a disturbance and assault call at a trailer, where an adult man had allegedly assaulted his mother. Hudson arrived at the trailer to make contact with the suspect who was in a wheelchair. The suspect then held a 20-caliber pistol to his own head. Perez was able to talk the man into removing his finger from the trigger and the suspect’s grandfather knocked the man over and the two wrestled over the gun. The grandfather was able to remove the gun and the suspect was taken into custody and arrested on several outstanding warrants. “What goes unnoticed is there are so many cases where deadly force would be authorized, but we don’t use it. Our officers are able to maintain calmness, look at the situation and not go to that level. Officers in our department and across the nation, we’re not constantly shooting people just because we have the opportunity to do that,” Gage said. Property crimes near five-year low Gage then went over crime statistics for the first quarter. The homicide rate for south Austin was low compared to the rest of the city. Property crimes saw a nine percent decrease from the first quarter of 2013. Gage said the property crime rate was along the five-year low for the region. Violent crimes were up 2 percent from last year, but Gage said that was largely due to a change in how the department reports rape crimes. “I can say this with certainty. For the first quarter of this year, south Austin has been a lot less violent than it was in 2013,” Gage said. Burglaries of businesses are on the rise as of late, according to Gage. Police have seen a trend where the burglars are removing weather-stripping from doors and carefully removing the pane of glass

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to not trigger the glass-break alarm. These types of break-ins just started popping up in April, Gage said. He recommends business owners look out for this and consider getting a motion detector alarm. A neighborhood watch online APD’s Train the Trainer program was highlighted by officers. On the first Tuesday of every month, the department hosts a meeting for citizens who want to start a neighborhood watch program. The program includes a two-hour session each month designed to give people all the tools they need to start a successful watch group. The department has added a Spanish version of the class, taught alongside the English version. The next class will be held on May 6th at the Clinton Hunter Substation on Ralph Ablanedo Drive. An online community has formed as a way for neighbors to connect with each other and keep their neighborhood safe. has gained popularity and officers strongly encourage citizens to join. “ was the big thing that got so much of the community together for Gary Whiteis,” Binder said. “It’s amazing. It’s almost like a neighborhood watch online where people are able to communicate. When I was growing up, you knew your neighbors. Nowadays people

don’t really know who’s around them. gives people the opportunity to get to know their neighbors through an online forum.” Cold cases investigated Lieutenant Ely Reyes from the violent crimes division was the guest speaker. He is the supervisor of the cold case unit and talked about a couple of cold cases the unit is investigating. One was a twenty-year old case that occurred off of Davis Lane on May 12th, 1994. Bert Allen Mann, a 46-year-old white male, was found stabbed to death in his home. “Basically what appeared to happen was his home was being burglarized while he was inside the residence and there appeared to be a confrontation. During this confrontation, the guy ended up stabbing and killing him and then fled. We just haven’t been able to find him,” Reyes said. “These are cases that are not forgotten about. We try our best to re-open the ones that have the most viable leads and that have some sort of evidence that we could now go back and get.” Details on new leads could not be given in order to protect the integrity of the evidence of the case, Reyes said. The next Commander’s Forum will be held on Thursday, July 7th at Clinton Hunter Substation on Ralph Ablanedo Drive.

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New ‘Medical Village’ is now open in Oak Hill Continued from p. 3 drive to another facility prior to and/ or after seeing his or her physician. In addition, until now CPL has never had a STAT LAB in South Austin, so this will dramatically improve our turnaround times for providers and for our patients as well.”

Vitalogy Skincare, specializing in medical, cosmetic and laser dermatology, has opened a new office at the Village. Dr. Holly Singletary, said, “As a board certified dermatologist with Vitalogy Skincare, I am proud to be a part of the Southwest Medical Village. I believe the Southwest

Medical Village provides convenience, cutting-edge technologies, a collaborative atmosphere and a true commitment by all providers to the well-being of our patients.” Dr. Singletary added, “The Southwest Medical Village is an innovative facility made up of over 65 providers partnering together to provide superior, comprehensive care. The Southwest Medical Village patients can receive convenient access to medical services such as lab work, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as obtain medications from

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Parents urge AISD to fix overpacked Bowie Continued from p. 1 school could be opened is 2019, but the date is contingent on whether a sizable bond is passed to cover the cost. Officials must also make a decision on where in south Austin the school would be built. “There are significant budget pressures that we’re under and they’re not likely to get better,” Schneider said. “Something’s going to have to be done to fix some of the problems.” Schneider said while AISD is required by state and federal law to allow students the option to transfer out of low-performing schools, adjusting the overall transfer policy would help alleviate overcrowding at schools such as Bowie. “If you took transfers out of Bowie, as an example, you’re down basically about where the capacity of the school is so you wouldn’t have some of the overcrowding issues,” Schneider said. “I still think it’s going to require reasonable planning so we can accurately forecast enrollment growth and the ability to build new schools to relieve some of the overcrowding.” Schneider said more rural areas such as southwest Austin attract families with children, further expanding the attendance boom. “The basic trend is if you’re single or married and don’t have kids, you’re going to live downtown. But if you have kids and you’re raising a family, you’re going to live southwest or northwest. That’s where the growth is.” Schneider said quality schools with good reputations tend to have the highest student populations, leading to overcrowded classrooms and strained resources. “Southwest Austin’s blessing and

curse is that we have very good schools. It’s great for our kids but it causes a lot of enrollment issues that we have to deal with at the same time.” Schneider said AISD is also faced with kids attending schools outside of their attendance zone or outside of the district altogether. “We look at kids who are actually enrolled in schools versus kids who live in the attendance zone,” Schneider said. “That’s where the biggest discrepancy is.” Schneider said the majority of AISD’s funding comes from local property tax revenue and voters will likely be asked to contribute through a tax ratification election in 2015. Hardy said the forum is just the beginning of an ongoing movement which she hopes will serve as a rallying point for the southwest Austin community. “I feel like it’s the beginning of a grassroots movement to advocate for our own kids as well as advocate for Austin as a changing city that’s growing and moving, and we need to grow and move with it,” Hardy said. “I really wanted people to get the facts. Because I consistently hear rumors, people think this and think they’re voting for this. I really wanted them to know what was really going on so when they do get involved we’re moving in the right direction.” Hardy said it’s critical that voters and AISD staff recognize the need for a long term solution for Austin schools. “There are some solutions that will solve it for now,” Hardy said. “But we’re looking at five, six, seven years down the road. Those kids need educating too.”

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