Free 1 gallon Trees: March 7th, 9am-1pm

On Saturday, March 7, Tree Folk will be giving out 500 free 1-gallon trees at 4000 Jackson (DMV parking lot) from 9 am to 1pm or until all the trees are distributed. It will be first come, first served, two trees per household. There are no requirements to qualify for the free trees.

The trees selected are native trees that do well in our area and will include Baldcypress, Mexican white oak, Cedar Elm, Mexican Buckeye, Deciduous holly (Possumhaw), Texas Redbud, and Mexican Plum.

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March 7 – “It’s My Park Day”: Still in Need of Volunteers!

Come out and enjoy a day in Balcones Park and the adjacent greenbelt.  Our park and greenbelt need some spring cleaning!

We have four projects planned:

-park cleanup in Balcones Park

-cleanup along the Walnut Creek Greenbelt Trail near Mopac, picking up where we left off last year (please bring a wheelbarrow if you have one)

-trail improvements (bring loppers and handsaws if you are interested)

-painting over graffiti

All are welcome to join us for some hard work and fun!

We will have cloth gloves and trash bags.  More details will come as the date gets closer.

Click here to sign up – see you in the park!

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183 North Mobility Project Open House

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation launched the 183 North Mobility Project in August 2013 to thoroughly analyze the eight-mile segment of US 183 between SH 45 North and MoPac and determine the best options for managing congestion, providing a reliable transit route and facilitating reliable emergency response. We are hosting an Open House to provide the public with more information about proposed mobility improvements.

183 North Mobility Project Open House
Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Westwood High School (cafeteria) at 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, 78750

Open House attendees will be able to review and provide input on the preliminary design of the tolled Express Lanes concept, which will include more than $5 million in enhancements to bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. In addition, the project proposes extending the fourth non-tolled general purpose lane where only three exist now to provide a total of four non-tolled general purpose lanes in each direction continuously between MoPac and SH 45 North.

Project team members will be available at the Open House to answer questions and provide information about the study. The public will also have the opportunity to submit comments. No formal presentations are planned and community members are invited to come and go at their convenience.

For those unable to attend in person, a Virtual Open House will be available on from March 6 – 16, 2015. Visitors will be able to review exhibits, fill out a community survey, and submit comments and questions.

More information about the 183 North Mobility Project can be found online at

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Volunteers Needed This Saturday, Feb 21 (9am-12) to help Balcones Park Trees

Balcones Park’s Trees Need Your Help this Saturday from 9am-12noon! Some of our park’s trees are in need of mulching and root collar clearing in order to help them survive. If you can volunteer meet at the park at 9am! Bring gloves if you have them. Please email if you can help so we can get a count. Thanks!!BalconesMulchMap012415

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Lost Chihuahua Mix Tan Dog

Our fat Chihuahua mix tan dog was lost around 8pm when we stopped at the Whataburger near McNeil and Parmer. She must have some how slipped out of the car without us noticing which she rarely does. She always rides under the back seat so I did not notice until we got home that she was not with us. We immediately went back to the Whataburger and drove all around and called her name and talked to the employees inside including some police officers that were having dinner but no one saw her or heard anything about her. I looked for hours on Tuesday for her. No sign. It is possible she was picked up by someone that lives in the nearby neighborhoods. Thank you.

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Donate to Summitt’s Goodwill Truck – This Sat., Feb 14, 8-10am

Summitt Elementary School will be hosting a Goodwill truck in the top parking lot from 8-10am as a fundraiser. The school gets a donation for filling the truck, so please help them meet this goal!

Last year they raised $1,000 for filling the truck. The funds were used to pay for field-trips, our technology teacher salary, and other items the school is in need of. The newest thing is the electronic sign on Amherst.

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Check Your Fire Alarms Now – It could save your life.

After the sad news of a devastating fire in Milwood this week, our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors who were affected.

Take a moment and test your fire alarms now then make an escape plan and remember to regularly test your alarms and if you see something you feel is concerning and could be an emergency call 911 right away just as this Milwood neighbor did.

For Info on Smoke Alarms or Austin Fire Dept’s Free Smoke Alarm & Free Home Hazard Assessment Programs, go to:

Or call:
(512) 974-0299Free Smoke Alarm Hotline
(512) 974-0290Public Education Main Line

It is the vision of the Austin Fire Department that every home and every citizen be protected by at least one smoke alarm. The FREE SMOKE ALARM program offers a free smoke alarm to any resident of Austin who is in need. The only prerequisites are that the citizen reside in a privately-owned home and have a genuine need for our assistance.

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A FREE, Fun Family Event – Sun, Feb. 8th at Ashley’s Playhouse

Ashley’s Playhouse is having a 1 Year Anniversary Bash, Sunday Feb. 8th from 1-4pm! “We’re celebrating a great 1st year in business with tons of FREE FAMILY FUN! 60 Foot Obstacle Course, Velcro Wall, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Raffle Prizes, Food & Drink, Ashley’s Playhouse Tours & more!!”
Address is: 13343 N Hwy 183, Ste 200 Austin, TX (183 & Anderson Mill, next to Main Event)
(The owner of Ashley’s Playhouse is a Milwood Resident.)

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No Dumping in Milwood!

IMG_20150111_135530 IMG_20140531_170105Recent efforts by the MNA board to have the City address longstanding issues of dumping along Dorsett Road and the adjacent railroad right of way have resulted in a clean up of several dumps in this area. The area has now been posted with signs notifying would-be dumpers of fines and penalties.

How can you help?

-Please report any dumping activity, downed signs or suspicious activity immediately to 311. Repeated activity will enable the City to take additional action.

-if you hire someone to do a remodel job, landscape, fence replacement, etc that will generate waste materials, ask the contractor where they will take the material. Make sure they take it to a registered landfill or a recycling center. Brush and leaves will be collected by the city if left on the curb in bins or bundled.

Let’s work together to keep our neighborhood looking good!

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Feb. 1st – Library Closing & “Pocket” Library Opening Details

The Milwood Library will be closed from Feb 1 thru Dec 2015 for renovations.

So after Jan. 31st – THERE WILL ONLY BE A BOOK DROP OF SOME SORT ON-SITE until March 16th when the “pocket” library is opened.

On March 16th: an interim “pocket library” will be offered in the current Milwood Library meeting room starting around March 16, while construction is in progress throughout the rest of the building so from Feb. 1 to March 16 nearby libraries will need to be used, except for DROP OFF NEEDS ONLY, as it will take some time to set-up the “pocket library”.

Expected Hours* for the “Pocket Library”:
Mon-Thurs: 1-7 pm
Friday: 1-6 pm
Saturday: 10-5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Expected Services*:
Children’s Collection (approx.14 – 42”H range)
Area for Holds/Reserves pick up.
Card Catalog Computer for reserving materials
External Book Drop open 24Hrs

The “Pocket Library” will close in July or August, at which point residents will need to go to a neighboring library until the renovations are complete. There will still be a DROP BOX available for returns.

If you hope to use the pocket library or virtual library and don’t have a library card you will need to get one from the library before it closes or go to another library, as the pocket library will not be able to help you with this.

* These might change as the date to opening gets nearer, so please check back.

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