Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chicon Corridor Demolition Kick-Off Party - Saturday, July 28th

The Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC) is hosting a demolition party and BBQ this Saturday July 28th from 11 AM - 1:30 PM. We will have food, drinks, music and provide multiple opportunities for everyone to share their past stories and future vision of the corridor.  The BBQ will be held at the site of the old Fresh-Up Club, at 1309 Chicon.

The BBQ will kick off the redevelopment of Chicon. CNRC plans to build three, 3 story mixed use buildings between 13th and 14th streets.  The buildings will have affordable housing condominiums above street level retail.    Please come to the BBQ to learn more about the project and to remember the neighborhoods past will looking toward the future

Sunday, June 10, 2012

CANA Summer Potluck this Tuesday

Hi Neighbors,
The Chestnut neighborhood association will be holding its summer neighborhood potluck  on Tuesday June 12th, 6-8pm  at the Chestnut Park (corner of 16th and chestnut). Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share.

Please come out and support your neighborhood!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

6th Street Car -Free Party - May 20th


A fun, new festival where a car-free street becomes your playground!

When: May 20th, 10am-3pm

Where: Sixth Street – car-free for 2 miles

(Brazos to Robert Martinez)

Join the energetic fun at VIVA STREETS! ¬ -- a free festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch, and celebrate good health. Everyone is welcome – bring friends, bring the family or your whole team or neighborhood. Connect with the community and celebrate Austin.

Enjoy the spectacle and be part of the show. Come equipped for your favorite activity – walking, biking, running, skateboarding, or inline skating – and then discover new ways to get your move on. Eat, drink and shop along the route. See you there!

VIVA STREETS! is a tobacco-free event.

Find us on Facebook | Twitter: @vivastreetsatx |

E-Cycling Old Computers and TVs - April 15th

Hello Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association,

The Student Engineering Council is hosting their annual E-cycling drive on April 15, 2012 in the LBJ parking lot from 8 AM to 5 PM. This is a campus-wide effort to reduce poor recycling methods of unwanted and/or unused electronics. Goodwill and Computer Works are teaming up with UT to provide the greater Austin area with an opportunity to recycle their electronics.

During this drive, volunteers can sign up and help with various tasks that include packaging the electronics and directing the flow of traffic.

Our committee was wondering if you knew of any electronics that the Chestnut community may have that we could possibly recycle in the proper manner.

Also, we would greatly appreciate if you spread the word about our event and encourage participation and/or telling people to bring their electronics on this day.

More information can be found on our website -

The FB event link -

Thank you so much for your time and effort.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at this e-mail.


E-cycle team

Please submit articles for CANA Upcoming Newsletter

The quarterly publishing of the CANA news letter is coming up. Please send any articles, comments, or ideas to the CANA.AUSTIN [at] GMAIL [dot] com. Also, if you have a business in the neighborhood, we also publish advertisements.

Monday, March 26, 2012

City of Austin Redevelopment Plan for 11th and 12th Street

To learn more about the City of Austin's plan for redevelopment along 11th and 12th Street:

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office has published a new report to its Web site. Please find the East 11th and 12th Street Development Strategy at

Upcoming NPCT Meeting - April 2nd


I've schedule our next Spring Quarterly NPCT Meeting and I wanted to send notice to everyone with the details.

The Chestnut Spring Quarterly NPCT Meeting will be on Monday April 2nd, 2012 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the David Chapel portable building.

Here is our tentative agenda. If you would like to add an item to the agenda, please send me an email and I will add it to our agenda.

- A presentation by the people who want to open a cocktail lounge at MLK and Chicon.
- An update on the Jeff Lewis garage apartment case.
- An update regarding the CNRC mixed-use development at 13th and Chicon.
- Electing a NPCT member to represent us on the CNRC's project advisory board.

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

Greg Goeken
Chestnut NPCT

SFC Farmers' Market in East Austin Now Open!

SFC Farmers’ Market East
Open Year-Round, Rain or Shine

Tuesdays, 10 am to 1 pm

51st and Hwy 183 - YMCA East Communities Branch - 5315 Ed Bluestein
Plenty of free parking in the Y Parking lot and overflow parking near the golf center.

This market -- and only this market – has a Double Dollar Incentive Program/Doble Dolares Programa. Come purchase $10 in fruits and vegetables with your SNAP – Lone Star Card, or your WIC Lone Star Card cash benefits f/v, and the Market Information booth coordinator will give you $10 DDIP / Doble Dolares money to spend on more fruits and vegetables. We will match your fruit and vegetable purchases every week!

There will be at least 10 fruit and vegetable farmers at this market on a regular basis, along with meats, eggs, cheese, honey, plants, and breakfast/lunch food vendors for a quick coffee and scone, or healthy lunch.

East Austin Historical Tour

Take a tour of the Austin Historical Survey Wiki!
Learn how to view, collect and share information
about East Austin's historic places

Austin Public Library-Carver Branch
March 28, 2012
6 pm - 7:30 pm

Austin Historical Survey Wiki Users:

We've recently added new features to the Wiki.

  • You can do an Advanced Search on the Find A Place page and see all of the places that meet your criteria. Search the Wiki by architect, text search, construction date, architectural style, place type, survey effort, and designation.

  • Check out the edit all fields button on historic place pages. This is a new way to enter lots (or even just a little) information for a historic place all at once.

We will have wiki tours next Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00-7:30 at the Carver Branch Library. Feel free to stop by!

There are 1,071 places in the Wiki so far. Visit to search historic places and add more!

Questions or comments? We'd like to hear from you. Send us a message through the contact form or e-mail Jenni Minner at
jminner [@]

The UT Wiki Team

Monday, February 20, 2012

13th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival - Feb 25th

Hello Austin

State Representative Dawnna Dukes and Pro Arts Collective invites you to attend the 13th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival, on Saturday, February 25th, 2012. Last year's festivities were highly successful with over 60 vendors, nearly 3,000 in attendance and fundraising efforts that granted $5,000.00 to the Huston-Tillotson University Scholarship Fund!

We extend special thanks to our generous sponsors, hard-working volunteers and service providers, without whom this wonderful event could not have been possible in 2011.

The 13th Annual Festival, scheduled on Saturday, February 25th, will again be held on the beautiful grounds of Huston Tillotson University, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Huston-Tillotson is located at 900 East Chicon Street in Austin, Texas. With a purposeful objective to raise scholarship funds for Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s prime long-standing institute of higher learning, this event is a family-friendly extravaganza filled with games and vendors; providing a Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, safety demonstrations, arts & crafts, home d├ęcor, books, clothing, jewelry, storytelling, health, vision and dental screenings and insurance outreach coupled with dance, giveaway prizes and a live entertainment mix to satisfy varying musical tastes.

We are expecting another day filled with food, fun and excitement in 2012.

We welcome you to join us.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sign a Petition to Help Support East 12th Street Infastruction

Hi: I hope you will sign this petition with me and push the City to provide comprehensive infrastructure and streetscape improvements to East 12th Street.

Please forward this to as many people as you can.

Thank you,

MLK Community Garden Leaders Meeting -- Feb 25th

Hi Community Garden Leaders,

Looks like the best date and time for the February MLK Community Garden Leaders Meeting isSaturday, February 25th from 3 - 4:30pm. We’ll be at the Learning Center room at the M-Station Apartments, located at 2906 East MLK Blvd (across the street from the future garden). This room is located on the 2nd floor of the leasing office. We’ll carry out the beginning part of the meeting at there, then cross E. MLK Blvd. to take a look at the site of the future garden. As some of you already know, there is poison ivy at the site (though there are paths cleared), so it’s advisable to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

No one so far has let me know they are in need of childcare, so I am not currently arranging to provide it, but if you do need childcare, please send me an email to let me know—it’s not too late to recruit a provider.

The goals of this meeting will be:

1) Visit the site of the future garden

2) Take the next steps toward establishing an organizational structure for the leadership team

3) All share ideas about your vision for garden, work on developing shared vision

Please be brainstorming about outreach strategies, what leadership role you might like to play in the planning team (e.g., outreach coordinator, communication coordinator, secretary, meeting facilitator, webmaster, etc.), and your vision for the garden. If you have friends or acquaintances who you think would like to join forces with us to make this garden a reality, please tell them about the project and bring them along to the meeting!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Live Music at Sams BBQ on Sundays

lili and walter began performing at sam's bbq on sundays with the beginning of the new year. starting sunday january 15th we are inviting musicians and writers to bring their work to share following our set. please sign up by 1:45 if you would like to perform. sam's is a longtime eastside bbq place with a rich musical tradition. sam's bbq (on the screened-in porch), sundays at two, 2000 e. 12th, 478-0378. free.
rootsy instrumentation...denim-soft originals...gorgeous traditionals...austin chronicle