October 2010 Monthly Meeting Agenda
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North Austin Community Newsletter

October Newsletter

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~~Margaret Mead

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Why I am proud to live in North Austin

When Central Health (Travis County Health District) bought land in North Austin last year, North Austin never once said “Not in my backyard.” Instead, we started asking a lot of questions, like:

->What will happen to those at the clinic being closed?
->Will there be adequate bus service to the new facility being built?
->Is Travis County aware that the population they are serving with this clinic is located 7 to 10 miles away from the proposed clinic?
->Why is the District not hosting meetings for the community that is losing their clinic?

You see North Austin wants what is best for our community, but we also have a motto that you don’t hear in the rest of the City: “No neighborhood left behind.”

If we build a great community on our side I-35, and don’t make sure Central Health takes care of the community it’s servicing over at Cameron, then really, we have allowed Central Health, which is using our tax dollars, to leave another community behind. Is that really acceptable? We don’t think so.

Thanks to North Austin asking these questions, Central Health has improved the way that it handles its relationships with the both those that it provides services for and how it now approaches neighborhoods and communities when building/relocating clients. They also ended up evaluating their facilities, and making some necessary changes to ensure they were better serving those who depend on their clinics.

Now we are being asked to consider having Mobile Loaves & Fishes being homeless services into North Austin. And once again, North Austin is NOT opposed to the idea – we just want our questions answered. You see, one of the biggest social problems in Austin, and one that nobody seems to want to talk about, is that the homeless services are centralized. Why are the homeless, who have the biggest transportation issues, not being serviced better? Shouldn’t homeless services be available throughout the City?

So on October 20th at the NACN meeting, we will be discussing Mobile Loaves & Fishes program and asking a very important question:

Does North Austin wants to support a RV park for the homeless?

We currently meet on the 3rd Weds of the month at Capital Lodge #23, 6809 Guadalupe (one block north of Airport Blvd). The meeting will start at 7pm, and if you have questions or opinions on this subject, please come!

Here is some quick information:

Austin City Council is trying to help local non-profit, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, find a location for a homeless RV park. The proposed RV park location was near 6300 Harold Court in East Austin & just south of the 183/MLK intersection. The RV park never came into being due to fierce opposition from nearby neighbors.

Now the city is reviewing other city property that could be feasible place to house the homeless RV park and after looking over several locations, it’s down to two spots. A 23-acre plot near the intersection of Braker Lane and Burnet Road, or on land located at FM 973 at Platt Lane in East Austin. In looking at these locations the city is trying to narrow them down by different criteria: transit, utility connections and proximate to healthcare and schools. The next step for the city would be assessing the feasibility of the project. That includes public works and health and human services.



Why is this service important to the homeless? Here is a quick synopsis why:

Housing First Model of Supportive Housing Helps
Chronically Homeless

The 2010 U.S. Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness has a clear message for communities that are working to end chronic homelessness: house the homeless first, build relationships with them, and provide case management and supportive services in or to the houses, apartments, or trailers in which they reside. Research has shown that rapid re-housing strategies are working for single homeless adults, reducing their stay in shelters and supporting them to stabilize in housing, connect to care and employment.

In Austin the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (www.caction.org, click on “Issue Area Groups”) has been working to locate funds and sites for permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless. There is strong support for this kind of housing among some Austin city council members. A local nonprofit, Mobile Loaves and Fishes (www.mlf.org , click on “Our Work”), under the leadership of founder Alan Graham, is working to provide permanent supportive housing through its Community First Habitat on Wheels (HOW) project and through a proposed trailer park in which these trailers would be situated. Access to mental health agencies, job training agencies, and other supportive services would be located in the trailer park.
For more information about homelessness in the U.S. and for the research that supports the housing first model, go towww.caction.org, click on “Links to Research” and then “Special Populations – Homeless” and under 2010, “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.”

While we are discussing this at the October meeting, we will also be talking about the City’s stance on the Texas state law for solicitation by pedestrians. As most of you know, we continue to see far, far too many homeless people in our area involved in pedestrian/traffic fatalities – generally on Lamar. We had two more homeless people killed at Palmer and Lamar a few months ago, and since the City and the media does not seem to be interested in focusing on preventing these deaths, our community really needs to figure out if there is a way we can step in and get the City to focus on this issue.

Part of the problem seems to stem for a lack of enforcement of Texas state law:

§ 552.007. SOLICITATION BY PEDESTRIANS. (a) A person may not stand in a roadway to solicit a ride, contribution, employment, or business from an occupant of a vehicle, except that a person may stand in a roadway to solicit a charitable contribution if authorized to do so by the local authority having jurisdiction over the roadway.

Texas came back in 2005 and cleared up the term ‘roadway’ as follows: (g) For purposes of a solicitation under Subsection (a), a roadway is defined to include the roadbed, shoulder, median, curbs, safety zones, sidewalks, and utility easements located adjacent to or near the roadway.

Please join us on October 20th as we talk about this proposal, and also how we can try to find ways as a community to help the homeless and continue to make North Austin the community that “Thinks Forward.”

-Mary Rudig, Editor – North Austin Community Newsletter

as always, you can go to our yahoo group (see sidebar) and give us feedback on this editorial. This is your newsletter –
and you have a voice in its content!

City of Austin Information


online 311: http://coa311web.ci.austin.tx.us/web_intake/Controller

Have questions on the Comprehensive Plan for Austin?

are you using 211?
For the first time in a generation, Austin residents can plot the future of Austin…a future where Austin could have twice as many people living here in thirty years.

Can’t attend a forum in person? You can read, review and comment on everything online at www.ImagineAustin.net, or review documents at an Austin Public Library.

Community Forums Open house format – stop by, or stay the entire time

* Monday, September 20, 4 – 8pm, City Hall (Central)* Tuesday, September 21, 5 – 8pm, David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (East)
* Thursday, September 23, 8am – 1pm, St. David’s Episcopal Church (Central)
* Monday, September 27, 5 – 8pm, Austin Community College – South (South)
* Tuesday, September 28, 5 – 8pm, Del Valle Opportunity Center (Southe

* Wednesday, September 29, 5 – 8pm, Concordia University (Northwest)
* Monday, October 4, 5 – 8pm, Bowie High School (Southwest)
* Tuesday, October 5, 5 – 8pm, Dell Jewish Community Center (North)
* Wednesday, October 6, 5 – 8pm, Reagan High School (Northeast)
*Thursday, October 21, 6:330-8pm Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street
Council approves FY 2011 property tax rate
The Austin City Council today, Sept. 29, approved a property tax rate of 45.71 cents per $100 property evaluation for Fiscal 2011.

The median household, valued at $184,484, will see an increase in its property taxes of $52 a year or $4.37 a month.

The adoption of the FY 2011 property tax rate was the final step in completing the FY 2011 budget which was adopted Sept. 13. The $2.8 billion dollar budget will take effect Oct. 1.

For more information on the budget, checkwww.cityofaustin.org/budget
Oct. 4 is last day to register to vote for municipal, general elections
The last day for submitting voter registration applications to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 2 City of Austin general and municipal elections is Monday, October 4, 2010. Early voting will occur Oct. 18-29.

To be eligible to register in Texas, you must:
* Be a U.S. citizen.
* Be a resident of the county in which you register.
* Be 18 years old on election day (you may register at 17 years and 10 months).
* Not be a convicted felon (unless a person’s sentence is completed, including any robation or parole).
* Not have been declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

Travis County Austin residents can obtain a voter registration application and get additional voting information atwww.traviscountytax.org/goVotersRegistration.do
or by calling (512) 238-8683.

Austin residents also will be eligible to vote on
$90M November 2010 Mobility Bond Election
authorizing the City to issue $90,000,000 in general obligation bonds for mobility projects throughout the city. For more information on the proposed mobility bond proposition, visit

NACN does not endorse any political agenda, but we do want you to have the facts:

Get Austin Moving! supports this bond, they’re stance and their
website is below:

Are you tried of sitting in traffic? Do want more sidewalks in your neighborhood? This fall, you can make a difference by voting for Proposition 1, which will fund new road, sidewalk, trail and bikeway improvements in every part of Austin without raising taxes. Vote for Prop 1 Tuesday, November 2, or vote early October 18 – 29. To view a list of projects funded by Prop 1, request a yard sign, volunteer or donate, visit www.GetAustinMoving.com.

You can also find out more info about this bond here:
and here:
and here:
Office of the Police Monitor
Citizen Review Panel
Regular Monthly Meeting
Council Chambers
301 W. Second Street, 1st Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
Trailblazers of Austin & Travis County
October 2
“Unraveling Our Historical Past”
9 am – 4 pm
Keynote speaker Dr. Andrés Tijerina
Cine de Oro
Mexico’s Golden Era Films last Tuesday of the month.
9:30 am – Special free screening for seniors, free lunch
7 pm – Free and open to the public.
September 28th October 26th
November 30th December 28th
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street Austin
Día de los Muertos Workshops
Paper Maché Skeleton Workshop
with Pilar Castrejón
October 2, 9, 16, 23
11 am – 2:30 pm, $30/person
Marionette Mania!
Day of the Dead Edition
with April Garcia
October 2, 9, 16, 23
12 – 2:00 pm, $40/person
Please R.S.V.P. to attend this workshop at 512-974-3772
Storm Water Videos Broadcast on Travis County’s Cable Channel 17
The video titled, ‘A Run Unto the Sea: The Adventures of the Abilene Boys’, presented by the LCRA, is a 1 hour documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite on 3 retired men who recreated in 1990 a canoe trip they had taken down the Colorado River in the 1930’s.

* September 29th- 10:00 pm
* September 30th- 12:30 pm & 6:30 pm
* October 1st- 9:00 am & 8:30 pm
* October 2nd- 8:30 am
* October 3rd- 3:00 pm
* October 4th- 12:30 pm
Deadline for Historical Markers
September 1 – November 1, 2010
The Travis County Historical Commission (TCHC) is accepting applications for historical markers. Complete information can be found on the Texas Historical Commission’s main marker page. Applicants may contact the Historical Commission for further details:
[email protected]
AISD Adds Two Additional Community Dialogue Sessions on Development of Facilities Master Plan
The two additional Community Dialogue sessions for the Facilities Master Plan are both scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 5, 6-8 p.m
Reagan High School and at Akins High School

The seventh and eighth Community Dialogue sessions, both on October 5, were added, especially, to provide additional opportunity for public input for elementary and middle school campuses that track to multiple high schools. As with the six other previously-scheduled sessions, parents and community members are encouraged to attend whichever meeting is most-convenient for them.

At each Community Dialogue session, the public will be asked to give feedback on the various draft options that have been developed by the District’s Facility Master Plan Task Force

For anyone not able to attend any of the Community Dialogues, the questionnaire that participants will be asked to complete will be available on the District’s Facility Master Plan Website for two weeks following the sessions.
Austin Future Fair
September 30th | October 1st | October 2nd
Kickoff Party | October 1st @ 8:00p
8:00p to 11:00p
at 201W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX

Austin Futures Fair will showcase installations and displays from artists and designers with public submissions of photos and stories of Austin’s future. Beyond a celebration of creativity, Austin Futures Fair will be an important opportunity for you to make an impact on Austin’s future by participating in the creation of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.
Capital Metro Board adopts budget
On Friday, September 24, the Capital Metro board of directors adopted a $168.2 million operating budget and a $44.6 million capital budget for fiscal year 2011, which begins October 1. The budget incorporates a number of recommendations made by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission following a review earlier this year.

Highlights of the budget include:
* Maintains level of bus service
* Improves and increases rail service
o Adds midday service between Lakeline and Downtown
o Adds three days of special event/weekend service on dates to be determined
o Adds four nights of Friday night service on dates to be determined
o Adjusts trips to serve all stations during the peak hours, to provide a new trip for folks wanting to arrive downtown later in the morning but by 9:30, and to provide more consistent trips.

* Incorporates changes to the MetroAccess paratransit system to more consistently and efficiently administer the program (as recommended by the Sunset Commission.)
* Increases reserves. The FY2011 budget projects the addition of $3 million to the agency’s reserves to meet the Sunset Commission recommendation of building at least two months of operating reserves.
* Continues bus stop accessibility improvements
* Authorizes staff to initiate the public process to increase fares (some of which are recommended by Sunset). Capital Metro will undertake a public process to solicit public feedback and the Capital Metro Board will take subsequent action on any proposed fare increases.
The Texas Department of Transportation and the
Central Texas Mobility Authority are holding two
public open houses for the MoPac Improvement Project

The open houses will present information on previous studies, discuss the need and purpose of the proposed project, present a proposed schedule, and gather feedback. The proposed project involves improvements to MoPac in Travis County between Parmer Lane and the Cesar Chavez Street Interchange, about 11 miles.

October 6: Murchison Middle School cafeteria, 3700 North Hills Drive, Austin, TX
October 7: O. Henry Middle School cafeteria, 2610 West 10th Street, Austin, TX
Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention
Task Force Meeting
Friday, October 8, 10:30 AM to noon at the Howson Library

Braker/Polyanna Clean Up – Oct 2nd
Date: Saturday October 2, 2010
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Pictures from Walnut Creek Clean Up!
Gracywoods Park Day!
October 16th, 8 – 12pm
[email protected] for more info!
The Fourth Annual Austin Oyster Adventure
Race returns to Austin on Saturday, October 16th. Proceeds benefit the Austin Parks Foundation. We’ll be looking for volunteers on October 15 and 16. Information about the race and volunteering are on our Oyster page.
Austin City Limits Music Festival

The Austin City Limits Music Festival returns to Austin, October 8-10, and it’s never been easier to navigate this three-day, eight-stage musical extravaganza. R&R Limousine and Bus Rentals now offers door-to-door shuttle service from area hotels to the festival site, Zilker Park. Shuttle passes are $38 for unlimited rides all weekend.


Visitors can also save money on your ACL Festival experience with special local business discounts from the Austin CVB. Visitwww.austintexas.org/visitors/discounts_and_deals to join the Austin Insiders Club and save at bars, clubs and restaurants around town including Buffalo Billiards, Momo’s Club, The Belmont and Waterloo Records. This year’s ACL Festival headliners include The Eagles, Muse, The Strokes, M.I.A. and nearly 120 other acts.

ACL Music Festival’s Impact on Parks
2010 marks the fifth year that the Austin Parks Foundation has benefited from ticket sales to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Since 2006, we have received $2.34 M targeted towards park improvement projects. Among the projects completed or underway are:

* $400,000 for improvements to Republic Square, including tree care and planting, berm removal, irrigation and grass installation and design and construction of the 4,100 square-foot deck.
* $100,000 for tree care, tree planting and irrigation system installation and maintenance in and around Barton Springs Pool. (To date, we have spent $26,000 for irrigation system installation and the planting of 78 trees. The larger part of the funds will be used this winter and spring.)
* $16,000 for tree work, irrigation system installation, mulch, plants, benches and trash cans for Brush Square in downtown Austin.

In addition, we have funded 84 projects awarded to volunteer community groups that have adopted parks and work with us to maintain and improve their neighborhood parks.
Austin Park is taking donations through EarthShare of TX
If you are a federal, state, county, or city employee–or an employee of many other public and private organizations –you can give to Austin Parks Foundation via our workplace giving federation, EarthShare of Texas.

EarthShare of Texas represents 70 environmental focused organizations. You can choose target organizations or give to them all.
Our giving codes are:
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Code: 58241
Texas State Employees (SECC) Code: 035503
City of Austin Employees (COACCC) Code: 1807

For more information, visit EarthShare of Texas at
Texas Book Festival
October 16th and 17th
Austin Film Festival and Conference
October 21 – 28, Paramount Theatre and various locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on top-billed films and Indies alike.
Halloween on Sixth Street
October 31, East Sixth Street
Some 60,000 costumed revelers come together to take in the spirit – and spirits – of the holiday.

North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods


representing 78753 & 78758

announcements are posted here:

Want to comment and talk about this newsletter?

Did we miss your event? Do you have one we need to post? Let us know 4-5 days before the end of the month so we can get into the newsletter!
[email protected]
Commanders Forum has Moved!!
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 6:30
Grant AME Church
1701 Kramer Lane
Who is NACN?
A group of neighborhoods and community leaders working together to find solutions to the problems of North Austin. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Meeting is open to the public and we encourage you to come and talk about how we are working on North Austin’s issues.

Introducing C.A.S.H
NACN has created a quick and expensive program to help landlords and property owners reduce crime and get a better investment on their rental properties.

Our next C.A.S.H. training is Nov. 17th, but we are always happy to talk to other organizations who want to run training classes in their parts of the city.
It’s all available here:

Proud to be partners with C.L.A.S.P.
Communities that are training, mentoring, and equiping Neiighborhood Watches

looking to build, grow, or revamp your Watch? got crime issues that you do no not know how to solve?
[email protected]
How to be a good Citizen:

Volunteer and be active in your community

Be honest and trustworthy

Follow rules and laws

Respect the rights of others

Be informed about the world around you

Respect the property of others

Be compassionate

Take responsibility for your actions

Be a good neighbor

Protect the environnment

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.” — Theodore Roosevelt,

APD puts out alert for
Home Burglaries in Northwest Hills Neighborhood

Over the last several months, a Northwest Hills neighborhood has been victimized by a suspect or suspects that have been entering homes at night. Most of these burglaries have taken place between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. All of the burglaries have involved the suspects entering through unlocked doors. In order to capture these criminals both law enforcement and residents are going to have to be extra vigilant. Our patrol shifts have been briefed on the nature of the crimes, the times of occurrences and the locations where they have taken place. All Officers have been directed to document ALL suspicious person calls and direct those reports to the bureau detectives.

Although we like to think we are safe once inside our own homes, the reality is that we must still be vigilant and make sure our homes are secure from outsiders. Below are a few tips to help make our homes more secure from these predators.

* Lock all doors and windows. Make it a nightly routine to check each and every door

* Look out for your neighbors if you’re up and about late at night and if you’re home during the day.

* Install outside lighting. Motion sensing lights at night add an unknown that many burglaries would rather not deal with.

* If you have an alarm, use it.

* Report any suspicious behavior to police immediately.

* Request a security survey of your house from your APD district representative.

Gracywoods NA will not be having a meeting this month. Instead they will be having block parties for National Night Out

Quail Hollow NA will be having a National Night Out event, please send an email [email protected]
or [email protected] for [email protected]

North Austin Civic Association
Thursday, October 21st
Little Walnut Creek Library

North Creek/Georgian Acres is re-organizing their watch instead of a meeting:
[email protected]

Sustainable Neighborhoods meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Village Christian Apartments Activity Room, 7925 Rockwood Ln
[email protected]

The Heritage Hills/Windsor Hills (HHWH)
Combined Neighborhood Plan

We’d also appreciate your thoughts of the HHWH Neighborhood Planning Process. Please click on the link below and scroll down the page until you see “Take the Heritage Hills/Windsor Hills Final Survey.” The English and Spanish survey links are right below that title.

North Lamar Combined Contact Team

The Team has been formed and has hit the ground running! They have created a web site that is FULL of useful information. Please go tohttp://nlct.wordpress.com/ to view upcoming meeting dates, past meeting minutes, the list of implementation priorities that will be submitted to city staff, names of the Contact Team officers and their contact information as well as a link to join the interest list.


October – National Night Out – 1st Tuesday
November – Free Thanksgiving Dinner – Westover and Heaven’s Harvest
November – Toy Drive – Blue Santa
November – Commanders Forum – 2nd Tuesday
December – Toy and Food Drive – Heaven’s Harvest

As always, we rely on our volunteers and our sponsors to make these events happen.

Want to see pictures of the fun you have been missing?
Constable Precinct 2 Events

Oct 2nd 10-2 Safety Awareness Home Depot

Oct 8-10 Scout Jam

Oct 16 9-3 Pfamily Pfestival

Oct 30 5:30 Halloween on Main St.

contact if you have questions:
[email protected]


Komen Austin Race for the Cure
Sunday, November 7th, 2010
Join the Travis County Pct. 2 Constable’s office in particpating in the Komen Austin Race for the Cure® to raise funds to support the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in its efforts to end breast cancer forever.

Volunteers needed
The VICTORY Tutorial Program is a partnership between AISD and the City of Austin. We match volunteer tutors with students for one hour a week tutoring in a particular subject. The student/tutor pairs meet the same time and same day every week for the entire semester.

The pairs meet at the Walnut Creek Library to conduct their tutoring. Tutors in all subjects are welcomed and no previous tutoring experience is required.

The minimum time commitment is one hour a week although tutors who wish to volunteer more would be matched with two or three students (depending on the number of weekly hours they will be volunteering). Since we are a community-based program, we are interested in maintaining a strong connection with community members which is why we would like to involve neighborhood organizations, churches, and other groups in the area.

Student tutor request applications can be obtained at the Little Walnut Creek Library circulation desk or online at our websitehttp://www.austinisd.org/community/communityed/victory/

New Charter School
Our campus is called iSchool High and we are part of a larger charter school network across the state called Responsive Education Solutions. Our newest campus is a small and creative environment that will have an emphasis on media arts and civics education and serve grades 9 -12.

Our mode of instruction will be a blend of direct instruction, independent learning, online education, and most importantly, project-based learning. Students will have a variety of options to suit their learning style and help them succeed at the high school level and prepare them for college.

As a new campus, we will strive to prepare students for college readiness and will utilize the dual enrollment program with Austin Community College. Furthermore, our partnership with StateU.com will also give students the chance to take online college courses through the University of Texas at Arlington and Lamar University. A college counselor from one of those institutions will work closely with our own college counselor to ensure that students are staying up to date and succeeding in their coursework.

iSchool High
1835 Kramer Lane Suite 500
Austin, TX 78758

For more information, please feel free to call 512.473.8337

NACN does not endorse candidates but we will point out those running for office who live in our area.

Arlo Pignotti, a member of the Quail Hollow Neighborhood Association, is running for the office of Travis County District Clerk. He can be reached at:

[email protected]

Next Month the Holiday Season Starts – Are you and your neighbors thinking about
Safety during the Holiday months?

Saturday, October 9th
Doors open for networking at 1:30pm
St Mark’s Episcopal Church
2128 Barton Hills Drive

Featured Speaker: Chief Art Acevedo On Community Policing
Mary Rudig from North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods
On Establishing a Sustainable Neighborhood Watch Program

Please note that the Austin City Limits Festival will be in full swing but not to worry. .. Follow these instructions and there will be plenty of space to park:
From South Lamar, turn west on Barton Skyway.
Just past the two stop signs, Barton Skyway T’s into Barton Hills Dr
Turn left onto Barton Hills and St Marks’ Episcopal Church will be on the right
The church parking lot will be reserved for CLASP participants.

If you attempt to arrive some other route, you will encounter congestion and parking problems – but following these directions will get you there just fine. We recommend NOT traveling through Zilker Park from Mopac to get to Lamar. It’s better to come up Lamar from the 360/Ben White intersection. From Lamar, Barton Skyway is on your left, to the west. You will see a 7-11 and Valero gas station by this intersection.

For questions, please contact Mary Arnett at 803-1540
Please take a few minutes the CLASP crime and safety survey:

Constable Adan Ballesteros to Receive the Presidents Award for Volunteer Service
Constable Adan Ballesteros, Travis County Constable Precinct 2 received two awards Friday, September 3, at the AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Fish Fry and it was presented by Congressman Lloyd Doggett.

The awards are the Presidents Volunteer Service Award for 2009 (Silver, 250 to 499 hours) and 2010 (Gold, over 500 hours and the year is not over!). The award is part of the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation in recognition for making a difference through volunteering. Constable Ballesteros hours are for service to the Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Explorers, Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The Award is given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period.
Note: In an ongoing effort to confuse our volunteers, we send two newsletters each month –
One for the Gracywoods Neighborhood (Metric/Braker area) and a general one for North Austin (78758/78753). If you have been added to the wrong list, or just want to receive the other one as well, please let us know.

Got an event or a volunteer need? Please send us the info no later than four days before the end of the month and we add your information to the newsletter:
[email protected]

I am North Austin! – Soy Austin del norte!

Gracywoods – North Creek/Georgian Acres – North Park Estates – Mockingbird Hill – North Austin Civic Association – Quail Hollow – Walnut Creek
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