Around And About The Avenues – March 2014

Calling All to Their Civic Duty:  If you haven’t done so already, please vote in the upcoming party primaries on Tuesday March 4.   A guide for voters is available online at the League of Women Voters’ website.

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Attention Gardeners:  On April 5, Mayfield Park will host Trowel & Error, an annual spring event that attracts gardeners from all over Central Texas to hear experts give time-tested tips for beautiful gardens.  Sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, it will feature three dynamic and knowledgeable garden experts:  Amanda Moon (Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants You May Not Have Heard Of (Or Thought of Using)), Jay White (Fence Me In—Selecting the Proper Support for Tomatoes), and Patty Leander (Go Vertical in the Garden with Climbing, Vining and Twining Vegetables).  Attendees relax among gregarious peafowl, towering palms, flowering trees and ponds filled with lilies and for only a $5.00 donation!  

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Rainforest Partnership:  This nonprofit, founded and directed by neighbor Niyanta Spelman, will hold its annual Films for the Forest event on March 10 as a part of SXSW Community Film Screenings in the Marchesa Theater.

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Help Keep Austin Beautiful: This year’s Clean Sweep event will be held from 9 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 12, with a volunteer appreciation party afterwards.  At least one Hyde Park-area cleanup has already been registered (Waller Creek between 45th and 51st.).  One can register to participate in or lead a cleanup.  The first 2,000 volunteers to register are eligible to receive free Clean Sweep T-shirts.

—Lisa Harris

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New Summer Camp for the Visual Arts: The Elisabet Ney Museum is introducing a new one-week summer camp designed to teach children ages 11 – 13 innovative approaches to understanding and utilizing visual literacy.  Activities will promote storytelling, conceptual practices and object-centered learning.  Participants will also be able to develop pictorial narratives, build sculptural installations and visit other museums and landmarks.  Session 1 is the week of 7/7; Session 2, the week of 7/21.  Registration is now open; space is limited.

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Lifetime Learning Activities:  The Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Texas has five programs with three six-week terms of lectures, seminars, tours, and social activities during the academic year.  These five programs (LAMP, Sage, Quest, Nova, and Forum) have reasonable yearly fees of about $200 – $300, and are a good resource for older adults to stay intellectually stimulated and link up with other interesting and talented individuals.  Registration for 2014-5 starts on April 7, when those on prospective member list will be sent an email informing them of how to register.  Be aware that places can fill up very quickly.  To find out more information, compare the five programs, and add your name to prospective member list, visit The Osher Lifetime Learning Institute.  In the interests of full disclosure, the editor of The Pecan Press will be serving as the chair next year of LAMP, which is the oldest and largest (500 members) of the five programs.