Around and About the Avenues – February 2014

 Voice Your Views

As indicated in this month’s letter from the co-presidents on page 2, the Steering Committee is exploring ways to improve HPNA communications and needs to know how residents do receive and prefer to receive information.  Hyde Parkers are encouraged to help in this process by taking a few minutes to complete the short online survey.

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 Mark Your Calendars

The Second Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble at Shipe Park will be on Saturday April 19th, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Open to everyone in the neighborhood, this HPNA-sponsored event features refreshments and fun activities including egg hunts and a bouncy house!  Last year’s event was quite a success, and this year’s goal is to make it even more festive!

The egg hunt will be divided into the following age groups: (1) under 3, (2) 4 and 5, and (3) over 5.  If your child is going to participate, please drop off one dozen plastic eggs filled with age-appropriate treats any time between Saturday, April 12 and Friday, April 18 at the Rossomando/Williams house (4307 Avenue F) or the Luyet/Cabada house (4809 Eilers).  Bins marked by age group will be on the front porches.  Questions, comments, or interest in volunteering, please text Michelle Rossomando at 512-350-1095.  More details to follow closer to the event.

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Mark on Calendars II

This year, It’s My Park Day will be held at Shipe Park on Saturday, March 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Big Challenge Ahead

A month or so ago, NPR did a segment on what the future of traffic in Austin will look like.  On the basis of computer modeling from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the current rush-hour time of 45 minutes required to go the 19 miles from downtown to Round Rock is expected to grow to 2 hours and 30 minutes by 2035.  According to Tim Lomax, the director of the institute, avoiding this nightmare will require a massive shift to having people’s jobs be located within 6 or 7 miles of their homes.  Given what the NPR report perceived as Austin’s history of dealing with roads, density, and public transportation, it was not optimistic about the city’s ability to meet this challenge.

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 Space for Growing

Plots are now available in the Hyde Park Community Garden behind Hyde Park Christian Church at 610 E. 45th Street!  The annual $40 fee includes the garden plot, water, and access to the shared tool shed.  Email the Community Garden for more information or to sign up.  Also, neighbors should consider taking leaves from their yard to the garden’s compost pile, located next to the tool shed.  Leaves can be added to the current pile, or just left in bags next to it.  Those wanting help unloading their leaves should come by any Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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New Opportunity for Adolescent Boys

Chartered by the Hyde Park Christian Church, a recently formed Boy Scout Troop (#610) currently consists of 10 scouts, supported by a very active adult membership.  If you have boys between the ages of 11 and 17 who are interested in joining, email the scout master, Travis Wheatley, or come by the church’s Fellowship Hall any Monday evening 7:15 – 8:15.  The troop is also undertaking a fundraising effort through sales of mulch and compost.  Email the troop directly to obtain more information or to preorder.

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Free Events at The Elizabet Ney Museum

On Saturday February 22, 1-4 p.m.: Celebrate Urban Birds!—an opportunity to explore avian navigation techniques through a homing pigeon demonstration.  Activities include gardening for birds, creating bird decoys and other bird-friendly topics.

Also, every Saturday in February, 10 a.m. to noon: instructed drawing classes!  Using The Elizabet Ney Museum’s sculptural works as inspiration, attendees will develop observational and conceptual skills through unique drawing exercises.  The museum provides all required materials, with trained staff offering constructive advice and guidance.