March 2, 2024 – Mark your calendars for It’s My Park Day!

Please save the date to help clean up and care for Balcones Park.  There will be projects for all ages including:

1- Cleanup trash/litter in Balcones Park, along trails and in creek greenbelt.

2- Trail maintenance/erosion repairs – Creekside Trail & NWCT near bridge

3 –  Tree weeding and mulching around parking lot

4 – Butterfly Meadow and Rain Garden planting, seeding and maintenance (if anyone has shade tolerant plants they can contribute (coneflower, salvia coccinea, wine cups, columbine, etc. please email us)

5 – Invasive Species Removal

Sign up link  Balcones District Park and Greenbelt – Spring Cleanup

If you would like to help lead a work group, please let us know!

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2023 Milwood Annual Holiday Light Winners!

We have our winners! Thank you to everyone who decorated for the holidays (and there were a lot of you!) and for those who nominated houses. There were lots of great displays, making picking our top winners difficult. That said, three homes stood out from the crowd:

Grand Prize: 4620 Sidereal Drive

2nd Place: 12123 Arrowwood Drive

3rd Place: 4105 Kilgore Lane

We will be in touch with the winners after Christmas to award their prizes.

If you’d like to see the winning houses and some of the standout decorated houses, we have a full map below showcasing where the winners are located, along with other houses you won’t want to miss:

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Learn how to Protect your home from the Land Development Code…

This is an important topic that could change your street’s landscape so make sure you take the steps to give yourself a say.

If you missed our discussion about Austin’s Land Development Code changes and how they affect your house and Milwood then keep reading for the important information…

Some DETAILS about Austin’s Land Development Code Proposed Changes:

A special Thanks to Ed English for joining us for this meeting!

For our neighborhood & your house, like so many – the streets, water, sewer and storm drainage for Milwood were planned with the current density in mind so unless the city has a viable plan to address the additional demand for water, sewer, parking, traffic and drainage that the planned changes will incur, this will create major quality of life issues for current residents. The council has already done away with parking requirements. Some of our streets are already crowded which cause issue with emergency vehicle access and bike transportation, as well as limiting the safe walkability of our area. To not require parking is a concern to us since there is very little access to alternative transportation modes in our area therefore our house to person ratio is very high.

In addition, we (and even the city upon their impact statements) don’t see how adding additional units on a lot is going to create more opportunities for resident-owned property. Developers/investors are the ones who will do this there fore it will not improve housing affordability or help lower the housing demand.

Your one chance to Protect Your Home & Your Neighbors (other than to vote out these city officials pushing then and to reach out to them frequently and strongly in opposition) is to:
FILE A NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION PROTEST
The “acceptable” protest form here

Also FILE YOUR electronic PROTEST here
**(This might not be accepted by the city so do both.)

Never hurts to do more rather than less in this situation!

Here is an Outline of the Proposed Changes to the City Code.
Here is a more comprehensive powerpoint about the changes.

Please take these three steps:
First Step: File a City-approved Protest (this one is for certain to be accepted by the city, simply grab your four neighbors (must be owners/not renters) on each side’s signatures and backyard neighbors; just need 20% of them.)
& File an online Protest (easiest but city might not accept)

Second Step: File a Comment Opposing this Change with the City Council who will make this city-wide decision. By clicking HERE Or attend one or more of the council or commission meetings that will address the topic (Don’t forget to register to be heard):

Tues, Nov. 14 at 6pm – Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St
Agenda for Planning Commission Meeting
Register to Speak at the Meeting

Thurs, Dec. 7 at 10am – Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St

Third Step: Email the City Council your concerns about the Land Development Code Changes they are proposing and voting on.

Email the City Council with your thoughts on this topic here
Email the Planning Commission to let them know your thoughts on the topic here

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Milwood Art Day – Sat. Nov. 11

Mark Your Calendars for this free, fun event for all ages with great art, music and food!
Milwood Art Day
Saturday, Nov. 11
from 10am to 2pm

Milwood Art Day is a bi-annual event, celebrating local artists in the North Austin area. It is free and open to the public and draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the Milwood & Walnut Crossing neighborhoods and all around Austin. This year we will have over 50 artists, which included adults and youth who are painters, photographers, jewelry makers, ceramic artists, print makers, mosaic artists, performance artists, musicians, bakers, fine food purveyors, marching bands, balloon twisters and so much more!

Milwood Art Day is spread around the Milwood/Walnut Crossing neighborhoods from a few central locations to individual artists’ studios. Find the map and list of participating artists below.

Go to the Facebook Page to see spotlights on many of the artists!

Please note that the Amazing Aaron will be performing a Magic Show at the Texan Market starting at 10:30am. The best seats will be available at 10:15am.

12400 Amherst Dr. – Texan Market Hub:

YMCA Child Watch Child Art Activity ymca.org
Aaron Fasel Magic Show at 10:30am, best seats available at 10:15am & Balloon Twisting aaronpf.com
Ron Clark unique mailboxes & home goods with wood ronsmailboxes.com
Lauren Bledsoe Alcohol ink paintings/multimedia @loulaurenarts
Maxwell Bledsoe Ink paintings
Sharon Reed Culinary and Botanical
Robert Bronstein Acrylic Paint
Hollie Gordon Acrylic painting, outdoor paintings on wood, Christmas ornaments @holliegordon3
Debra Smotrilla Functional painted art
Patty DeGroot Jewelry
Stephanie Frederick Painting (on glass and canvas) Instagram.com/artbyteff
Allison Kociuruba Custom Decorated Sugar Cookies sugardreamscookiestudio.com
Zoe Gracia DIY Slime Zozoslimeshop.com
Baked With Heart Baked goods fb.com/BakedwithHeartATX
Jill Manlove Photography and jewelry jillmanlovephotographer.com
Silvia Peralta Watercolor &  hand cut silhouettes
Liz Reed Crochet @lizettecrochette
Laura Hester Beads and glass
Susan & Poema Chen Jewelry, keychains, accessories KawaiiDropShop.com
Marta Pelrine-Bacon paper crafts and art etsy.com/shop/WordsAreArtStudio
Logan Gordon Handcrafted Southwestern theme and other
Monica Watson Jewelry and stickers fairlysensible.etsy.com
Angelica Aguilera Handmade Jewelry, T-shirt and Mugs Prints jellyka.com
Mariana Hanson Paper Quilling @strala.paper.art
Mary Dunlap Pottery and macrame
Mike Ivy Self-published illustrated storybook m8yos.com
Lublu Candles & Co. Candles and cement decor lublucandlesco.etsy.com
North Austin Montessori School School Artwork fb.com/northaustinmontessori
Laura Jones Wood carving, clay work
Gabriel Sharp Figurative, traditional, oil, charcoal, acrylic Tik tok : Sharp.pdf.art
Kyra W Rainbow loom, necklaces, chokers, bracelets and rings
Daniel Caughman Handmade whimsical plush animals, each one unique. dannysyarnfarm.etsy.com
Marion H Prints & hand crochet animals
Bethany Burke Realistic Scientific Replicas and Dinosaur Art Bkbones.com
Lynn H Handmade cute earrings and friendship bracelets.
Brooks & Luke S Custom Lego Minifigure Designs from Star Wars to Super Heroes @HolyKaoFigs
William McManus Delicious Burgers & Art from the Homeless. All proceeds go to helping feed those who are struggling with housing. fb.com/wsmatx
Garbo’s Food Truck New England Cuisine with an Austin Twist garboslobsteratx.com

 

12105 Scribe Dr. – Walnut Hub

Angelique Duncan – Twilight Faerie Acrylic paintings. Framed originals & prints. etsy.com/shop/TwilightFaerie  
Kernan Hornburg BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Tommy Tynes & Michael Garemko with guitars of ice and fire! Live Music!
Sweetly Phoenix Prints & Stickers sweetlyphoenix.com
Reyna Giles Drawings and paintings rey.zg.art
Jamie Busby Prints jamiebusbydesign.com/

Additional Addresses with Artists:

Paula Hyatt Large and small abstract oil paintings @hyattpj
Eliot Parker Origami
Brothers Bakery Fresh bakery goods – RAIN OR SHINE fb.com/breadandpastry
Tara Trower Pre-owned/Vintage Clothing, Gifts, Ornaments ellieandannaclothing.com
Claudia Savio Watercolor painting and other art claudia.savio.pixels.com
Adelphi Acre Community Garden Plants and more
Kate Torres Ceramics, art prints, children’s art activities
Alan Lee and Family Handcrafted Jewelry & Hand roasted Coffee muchlovecrew.com


THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:

Law Office of Brandon Bledsoe
Ron’s Mailboxes
H&H Design & Build
Texan Market
North Austin Montessori School

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Sign-up for It’s My Park Day at Balcones District Park – Sat. Nov. 4, 2023

We are excited about our upcoming It’s My Park Day at Balcones District Park on Sat. Nov. 4, 2023 from 9am to 11am.

Sign-up Here: https://givepul.se/a7ww2t so we can count volunteer hours. But please note this year, we will not have shirts for volunteers.

A Big Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 421 for leading this project for us!

If you are interested in doing more for our park – please email us at milwoodna1 (a) gmail.com

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Milwood’s Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale – Sat. Oct. 14

Don’t Miss Milwood’s Garage Sale on Saturday, October 14, 2023 with over 21+ homes listed!

Come find some wonderful treasurers at the best prices from your neighbors!

The Current List & Map of the Garage Sale Homes:
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Now is the time to Register YOUR Block Party for National Night Out on Tues, Oct 3rd

This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, from 6 to 9 pm
Register your party with the neighborhood if you would like to help spread the word.  It’s easy, fun and worth it!!

And if you are interested in hosting a Block Party for National Night Out on Tues, Oct 3rd and you want Police, Fire, Code, EMS to stop by you must register with the city before Sept. 17. Click here to Register for Austin’s National Night Out.

National Night Out is a great opportunity to strengthen our neighborhood spirit and police/community relationships. It is also a great chance to get to know your neighbors better and share contact info. in case you should ever need it!

So on Tues. Oct 3rd, please turn on your porch lights, lock your doors and spend the evening outside with us.

Thanks to all the hosts and participants! We hope to have a great showing this year!

Also consider printing out a few of the below “5’s Sheets” to help neighbors share contact information with each. Knowing your immediate neighbors is one of the best things you can do to protect against crime. 

The Fives & Safety Tips
Do Your Five

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