Around and About the Avenues – April 2014

Fun with Eggs and an Easter Bunny: The Second Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble at Shipe Park is Saturday April 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This HPNA event, sponsored by Grande Communications, is open and free to everyone in the neighborhood.  There will be popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy along with fun activities including egg hunts, a balloon twister, a bounce house and obstacle course.  A photo booth, provided by Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, will also be there for pictures with the Easter Bunny!

If you plan to participate, remember to drop off one dozen plastic eggs filled with age-appropriate treats between April 12 and April 18 in bins marked by age group on the front porch of  the following houses: 4307 Avenue F or 4809 Eilers Avenue.  The egg hunt will be divided into the following three age groups: under 3 years old, 3 and 4 year olds, and 5 years old and up.  See you there!–Michelle Rossomando and Tim Luyet, event co-chairs.

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Hyde Park Contact Team:  Its quarterly meeting will be held on Monday April 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Residents, tenants, property owners, and business owners in Hyde Park are encouraged to attend.  The HPCT is charged with the implementation of and any change to the city-adopted Hyde Park Neighborhood Plan.

The agenda includes

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New at the Ney:  On Sunday April 13 at 2:00 p.m., Austin author Carolyn Osborn will read from her latest novel Contrary People.  With the Elisabet Ney Museum prominently featured as both location and metaphor, the story unfolds in the late 1960s in Austin and features twin themes of re-emergence and transformation.  Books will be available for signing by the author.

Also, Ney Day will be on Saturday May 3.  Like last year, it will feature live music, activities, food trucks, crafts, animals and more!  For information, visit The Elisabet Ney Museum or call 512-458-2255.

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CodeNEXT: The City of Austin continues to engage in a process to rewrite the City’s Land Development Code (LDC), which determines how land can be used throughout the city—including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.  Meanwhile, the Executive Committee of Austin Neighborhoods Council (ANC) has adopted a resolution calling for changes to the LDC revision process and its timeline.  This LDC resolution may be viewed on the Resolutions page of the ANC website .

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A Big Thank You:  The Pecan Press relies on a network of volunteers to deliver it to homes in Hyde Park, month after month.  This network starts with overall coordinator Rimas Remeza and ends with those who distribute on individual blocks.  With this issue, we welcome two new area coordinators:  Heidi Bojes and Kevin Heyburn.  We think it a good thing to take time every so often to acknowledge the vital service this network of distributors provides.

Because of weather and other factors, residents on certain blocks received their March issue late.  Unfortunately we won’t always reach distribution goals, but typically residents will receive their copy on the weekend preceding each monthly HPNA meeting.  And thanks to Michael Crider, the new issue will  be posted online at the HPNA website on the Thursday immediately preceding the meeting.