Don’t forget to add MNA’s General Meeting to your calendar – Thurs, April 16th – 7pm at Abel’s North. For info on the agenda and lots of door prizes – Click Here
The Pocket Library at the Milwood Library is OPEN! Spread the word! It is a wonderful, small facility waiting for your visit! There is also a computer terminal, copy machine, kids books and reading area and requested books shelves. Its pretty excellent! They also have a drop box for 24/7 returns… click for the HOURS & more info.
This Saturday, March 28th from 11am-1pm at Balcones Park, Walgreen’s is hosting it’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Free to ALL of the Milwood community. There will be face painting, egg/spoon race, bunny pictures and potato sack races and more! As well as hot dogs, chips and drinks donated by local vendors all FREE to community residents!
The City of Austin is hosting two free upcoming events that may be of interest to District 7 community members: Step into Spring, a three-day family fun activity, and the Open Government Symposium, an informative all-day event discussing open government and transparency.
“Step into Spring” takes the place of the Austin New Year’s celebration that was cancelled due to forecasts of inclement weather. The events occur at Mueller neighborhood on March 22 and March 25, and April 1, and will feature bands, performers and hands-on activities for Austin families (see attached flyer for details).
The Thinkery and Mad Tiger Festival have stepped forward as community partners to produce the events with entertainment provided by the City of Austin. Many of the Step into Spring performers were originally slated to be part of the Austin New Year’s celebration. Here’s hoping for great weather as the city collectively welcomes spring!
The City will host its second Open Government Symposium on April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall, 301 W. Second St. It will feature five panels of legal experts discussing open government issues, including the role of an ethics and compliance program in supporting government transparency. Opening remarks will be given by Mayor Steve Adler. To register for the symposium and view the full agenda, visit austintexas.gov/opengov2015.
Though very different events, both are open to the public and offer a free opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in Austin within the arts scene and government world. Step into Spring flyer
Thanks to all the volunteers who gave Balcones Park and the adjacent greenbelt a Spring Cleaning. We had a good turnout, with lots of local volunteers and a large group from a nearby business, Home2Suites-Domain Location, who came out to help.
Construction debris, a shopping cart, mattress, rubber raft, and a bedliner from a pickup truck were some of the more interesting finds.
We were limited on the amount of cleaning we could do along the shared use path past Cedar Bend as City crews were out fixing some drop-offs along the path . The neighborhood association had requested these repairs but was not notified that it had started. We will try to find out if additional closures are planned.
Balcones Park/Greenbelt Cleanup 9AM-2PM
3 projects are planned, we have a good number of folks signed up via the Parks Foundation, but all are welcome to pitch in to give the park and greenbelt some TLC!
1) General Park Cleanup in Balcones Park
2) Greenbelt Cleanup – Cleanup the area along the new shared use trail that will (eventually) connect to Walnut Creek Park. Please bring a wheelbarrow if you have one. Long-handled garden rakes, pruning poles or hoes are also good for snagging bags/trash from the creek.
3) Restore Trail connection between new shared use trail and single track trail near Mopac. This will involve moving branches from the creek and moving rocks to make a ford crossing.
*Graffiti obliteration was originally planned, but will be done later to not interfere with the other projects.
**time and labor permitting, there is mulch leftover from a recent tree mulching project to be placed around trees in the park
We will meet at the picnic tables by the park entrance, distribute gloves, trash bags and organize groups for the various projects. If you come later, don’t worry, we will have someone there with maps to get you to a project area. See you at the park!
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 www.183North.com 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 www.183North.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help so we can get a count. Thanks!!
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.
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.