MARCH 2006

Liberty Day Website

March 16, 2005

Monthly COVNA Meeting


7:00 p.m. Monday, March 21st
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

March 19, 2005

Amanda Moon will be our presenter at the March COVNA meeting. Ms. Moon is a Master Gardner who owns Trinity Gardens in Kyle. She is associated with Its About Thyme and works with them doing presentations. Ms. Moon graduated from Southwest Texas State with a degree in Horticulture. She's been working in the field (pun intended!) for more than a decade.
Come learn about the latest in central Texas horticulture and ask your gardening questions!

Reminder: Please turn in your membership dues for COVNA no later than April 30th to ensure inclusion in the Neighborhood Directory. If you’re like me, you’ve lost the form so click here to print a new one: Registration Form
Your participation in COVNA will increase the influence of your neighborhood association.
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Join COVNA Email Group
All welcome! Email Doug at

Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday
of the month.

2005 Meetings:
January 17th
February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th
June Picnic TBA
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th -
Holiday Party


Doug DuBois
Barbara Klein
Melanie Malewitz
Marjorie Smith
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Claudia Anderson

President (292-9323)
Vice President (292-9313)
Secretary (282-0048)
Treasurer (282-1065)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-1932)

Many neighbors took advantage of the free tree program from NeighborWoods and implemented by TreeFolks. The trees were paid for by Austin Energy Heat Island funds to help cool streets. TreeFolks reports there were 320 trees distributed in our immediate area, bounded by Manchaca Rd. to the east, Slaughter Lane to the south, Brodie Lane to the west and Davis Lane to the north. The trees are mostly Chinquapin Oak and Bur Oak with Mexican Plum distributed as other trees ran out. All should grow to 40 - 80 feet high and provide ample shade for our streets and yards. NeighborWoods provides free trees to residents in neighborhoods that need more trees.

In The First Three Years The Neighborwoods Program (’94-’96):

•Planted 9,700 five gallon container-grown trees by resident adopters,
at an average cost over three years of $23.74 per tree
•Received $80,000 in support from Jack Brown Dry Cleaners
•Received in-kind services and citizen cash donations totaling $2,776,140
•Direct cost to tax payers totaling $56,000 ($5.77 per tree)

More than 20,000 trees have been distributed since 1994 (2003 info).
For more information, contact TreeFolks at (Click link to send email) or by calling 443-5323.


The City of Austin contacted COVNA about a planned sidewalk project for Davis Lane. Construction will take place in early April and will link Manchaca Rd. with Leo St. It is a project funded by Cap Metro to provide safer pedestrian travel between the bus stop on Manchaca Rd. and the one at Davis Lane at Leo. Unfortunately, the sidewalk on the south side of Davis Lane is the only planned improvement - no curbing, no widening, no link to Davis Lane on the west, at this time. All neighbors along Davis Lane should have been notified directly about the pending construction. Questions can be directed to Mr. Michael Curtis at (Click link to send email)

Tree Trimming
Leaf Raking
Hedge Trimming
Light Hauling, Etc.


Wildflower Days continues with the ever-popular Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival held on April 9 and 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special members-only preview sale Friday, April 8, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This plant sale boasts the largest selection of native plants in Central Texas with some 300 species and 23,000 plants from which to choose. Native plant experts are available all day to help visitors make the best choices for their gardens.

This spring the Wildflower Center also welcomes five authors for book signings.

3/19: Jane Davenport, Ladybird Chronicles
3/20: Melanie Gerth, Ten Little Ladybugs
4/9: Michael Lind, Bluebonnet Girl
4/10: Kathi Appelt, Miss Lady Bird's Wild-flowers: How A First Lady Changed America
5/14: Susan Wittig Albert, Dead Man's Bones

Finally, on Saturday, May 7, 2005, the Wildflower Center will feature a NEW Austin Gardens Tour. Participants will take an exclusive look into Austin's backyard native gems. The tour includes six to eight homes.

Hours for the Wildflower Center are Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 5:30pm. From March 14 to April 25, the Center is open on Mondays as well. Spring admission is $7 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and students, and $2.50 for Children. Children 5 and younger, and members are free.

The Wildflower Center is located in southwest Austin: Follow Loop 1 south, turn left on La Crosse Avenue, the first light past Slaughter Lane. The Wildflower Center is two blocks down on the right. For more information on any of these events or additional information on the Center, call (512) 292-4200 or click on this link:


Our family moved to the neighborhood eight years ago in January, 1997 on the week of Jo’s and my 25th wedding anniversary. We were staying at some kind friends’ house until we could move in. My wife was so excited she made me drive on icy roads just to look our new home over once more. After we moved in, I remember driving up and down every street to see the different versions of our house’s design. As the springtime brought out the vibrant, new, green leaves, I thought how lucky we had been to move to such a fine, tree-shaded neighborhood. One thing we did that year and every year since was to join the neighborhood association. Neighborhood associations help keep the integrity of the areas we call home. Do your part. If you haven’t already, become and remain a member and participate when you can. Fill out and return the form on the back, come to a meeting and find out who has been working to keep our neighborhood a quality place to live.

Remember to visit our website,, for the latest newsletter jazzed up with color and clickable links. The online version will usually be available by the second Monday (or Tuesday) of each month there’s a meeting. All 2004 and 2005 back issues are also available.

The COVNA Email list now boasts over 50 households! This is great news, but that’s only an eighth of the neighborhood. To join, send me an email with your name(s) by clicking on: