Around and About the Avenues – September 2014

Portraiture in the Park:  What does “portraiture” mean? How many ways can you make a portrait? What stories do portraits tell? The Elisabet Ney Museum is sponsoring an event to answer these and other questions. Participants think outside the box and find out through music, demos, art activities, caricatures, poetry for kids and more. They can also picnic in the park from food trucks! This event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m., Sunday Sept. 21 at the museum (304 East 44th St.). Free admission. For more information, call 512-458-2255.

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A New Restaurant in Hyde Park? Well, perhaps not, but a proposal for such at 4500 Speedway has been sent to HPNA. The initial proposal calls for a small neighborhood restaurant of quality that would cater to nearby residents who will walk or bicycle. A zoning change would be required. The initial proposal does not call for expansion of footprint of the current building, and no public parking will be offered. (Owners are offering to assist the neighborhood in obtaining a parking permit requirement for nearby streets.) That this will be a contentious issue was already made clear by a volley of postings on the Hyde Park listserv in July when this possibility first surfaced. Those in favor talked about the need for more amenities in Hyde Park that one can walk to; those opposed raised problems of traffic and congestion. A few suggested that taking sides is premature in the absence of any detailed published proposal. It could very well be that this issue will find itself on the agenda of an upcoming HPNA meeting.

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It’s That Time of Year Again: Fast approaching is this year’s Fire Station Festival. Celebrating the 40th year of the partnership between Fire Station #9 and Hyde Park, this year’s event is scheduled for the late afternoon of Sunday, October 19. With Deaton Bednar as chair, the festival committee is already at work on ideas to ensure that the festival is a memorable one. Details to follow.

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Save the Date: The 38th Annual Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour is scheduled for Sunday, November 9.  A number of outstanding homes have already been selected to be featured during the tour and to represent the historic development of Hyde Park north of 45th Street. Planning is underway, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this a successful event and fundraiser for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. If you would like to help in any capacity (and receive a free ticket to the tour), contact the tour’s volunteer coordinator John Williams, or the tour’s chair Carolyn Grimes at 512-426-3559.

 

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Free Tutorial Service: Sponsored by the Austin I.S.D., The VICTORY Tutorial Program provides tutoring to students in grades 1 – 12 in Austin-area libraries. This service is offered to all students in the Austin area, including those who attend private or charter schools or are home-schooled. The program is also seeking volunteers. For information regarding location and times of tutoring sessions and the application process, visit the link above or call 512-797-3098.