Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Upcoming Meeting for New Community Garden at MLK Rail Station

Hi All,

If you’re receiving this message, it is because you have expressed interest in helping with the planning and organizing of the MLK Community Garden, which will be created by and for your community adjacent to Sustainable Food Center’s new training facility (at the M Station MetroRail Station). Thank you for your interest in this project!

This project has been on hold for the past several months due to barriers related to land access and city permitting, but we are now ready to move forward. If all goes as planned, city permits will be approved in time for a groundbreaking event in May 2012, and first planting in the fall of 2012!

The preliminary garden design, which was created based on input from many of you at a Community Discussion in June of 2010, is on paper, but the most important aspects of this brand-new community garden have yet to be planned. This is an exciting juncture, and this is where you come in!

The goals of this Community Leaders Meeting will be:

1) To begin to establish leadership/planning team for the garden
2) To bring the garden community (you) up to speed on the project progress/timeline
3) To strategize about how to engage the broader community (to recruit more leaders & gardeners)

We will also establish a regular date and time for monthly meetings moving forward.

If you know of others who you think would be interested in helping to bring this community garden to fruition, please pass this invitation along to them!

If you have any questions, please contact me. If you would like to be removed from this contact list, please let me know.


Chestnut NPCT meeting to discuss CNRC development at 13th and Chicon

Hello NPCT,

I hope the holidays are treating everyone well.

I'm calling a meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 13th and Chicon by the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. The CNRC has proposed a three building development around 13th and Chicon. Two of the buildings would be within the Chestnut NPCT planning area. The CNRC is in the process of requesting zoning changes and although we haven't received official notice of the zoning change for the property within our area, I wanted to meet with the CNRC to discuss the proposed development.

The meeting will be on:

Monday, Dec 19th, 2011
David Chapel, Portable Building

I am going to do my best to invite members of the surrounding neighborhoods as well, since this development affects us all.

Also, since we have not received official city notice of the proposed zoning change to the property within our planning area, we will not take a vote on whether to endorse the zoning change or not at this meeting.

I hope to see everyone there. Best wishes and cheers!

Greg Goeken
Chestnut NPCT

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cherrywood Art Fair (12/10 & 12/11)

Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music and great food, as well as activities for children in a FREE, family-friendly environment.
Now in its 10th year with more than 100 artists, Cherrywood Art Fair has established itself as one of the premiere art fairs in Austin!

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maplewood Elementary School
3808 Maplewood Avenue
Austin, Texas 78722
located at the corner of 38 1/2 Street and Maplewood Avenue.


Dear East Austin Neighbors-

We need your help to pull off the fabulous Cherrywood Art Fair. This year we
are better than ever, which means we need more folks willing to donate 2
hours of their time.

Our 10th anniversary fair is on December 10 and 11, from 10 to 5. I know you
are coming to shop anyway, so why not come two hours earlier or stay two
hours later, and volunteer?

It's hard to believe this little neighborhood art show is 10 years old, and
has grown to over 100 artists, with live music, great food, and a continuous
good vibe!

Can't do it without YOU, though. Please go to to sign up, or
email me off-list and I'll hook you up with the right folks. We can also use
your help on Friday night to set up or Sunday night to close down.

Many thanks!

Jane Walton