Music in our Schools Month


3 /20 - Barbie Doll Day

Deady JHS Orchestra/1965-66 (I'm front row left)

**Remember to vote in the April 13th Primary Runoff**

Early voting: April 5-9



If you act quickly, you may still join or renew your COVNA membership and be included in the neighborhood directory. Dues are $10 per year. An organization that provides a helpful email list, 2 free parties, and most importantly, a strong voice in preserving our neighborhood's integrity is worth supporting. If you have not joined this year, please consider doing so now. Click here to print the form and send it or take it to Hal's this week.

COVNA still has no Vice-President. If willing to serve, contact any officer listed at right. Could this be you?


Mark Tilley
Floyd Clark (temporary)
Dan Anderson
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Floyd Clark
President (280-2572)
Vice President (282-8245)
Secretary (282-1932)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-8245)

To join the COVNA Email List, click below and
send an email with your name(s) to Doug at
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Neighborhood-Wide Garage Sale

If you have your ear to the ground, you might know that neighbors have expressed an interest in a neighborhood-wide garage sale. At the February meeting, Tom Bray (Collingwood) graciously volunteered to spearhead the effort. Since then, a committee of neighbors met and set Saturday, April 17 as the date for the sale.

So, what does this mean for you? If you have the spring cleaning bug or have been itching to clear some of the clutter in your house, it means you have about six weeks to get your stuff organized. If you don't care a whit for garage sales, it means you can probably expect some extra people in the neighborhood that day.

Here's how it's going to work: The association is going to take care of advertising, signage, and fliers to draw shoppers to the neighborhood. Each home that wants to participate is responsible for conducting its own garage sale. Feel free to team up with friends if you like. By leveraging the selling power of the neighborhood, we plan to increase the number of garage sale shoppers and sell more stuff.

In the coming days, neighbors may knock on your door or approach you with fliers letting you know about the opportunity to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Tom (280-4882).

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Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarships

The District is now soliciting applications and essays for its 2010 Camp Scholarship program for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp. This year's program will provide:

$530 scholarships to the week-long Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: Parent will be responsible for providing $150 camp deposit fee, which will be needed to hold the child’s spot.)

$130 scholarships to the 2-Day Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: All $130 will be paid for by BSEACD.)
Camp scholarship contest is open to children ages 9 through 15 who reside in one of the seven school districts within the District’s boundaries. Interested students must submit an application and a 1-page essay/artwork entitled "Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!" Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays will be eligible.

Deadline for submissions: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2010.

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp rules and application form (pdf)
Aquatic Science Adventure Camp flyer (pdf)

Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp

History of the camp
The Aquatic Sciences Adventure camp (formerly the Aquatic Studies Camp) has educated students about freshwater science since 1988. During this time over 2,500 students ages 9-15 and more than 170 teachers have participated in the program.

About the program

The camp curriculum involves a combination of educational and recreational activities. The educational activities involve aquatic biology and water chemistry activities—collecting plankton from ponds on the university campus, collecting aquatic invertebrates from the San Marcos River or Sessom Creek, microscope labs, a glass-bottom boat ride, educational displays and a tour of a wetland at Aquarena Center, conducting tests for physical and chemical properties of water and a lesson in scuba and snorkeling. Recreational activities include swimming and tubing in the San Marcos River, cave tours, swimming in a spring-fed swimming pool at Landa Park in New Braunfels, a raft trip on the Guadalupe River and a trip to Sea World.

Housing and meals

Students and teachers stay in a dormitory on the Texas State University campus. Meals are eaten in the dining hall and in local restaurants.

Camp instructional personnel

Dr. Glenn Longley is Director of the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Texas State University. After earning a B. S. degree in Biology at Southwest Texas State, he received his M. S. degree in Zoology and his Ph.D. in Environmental Biology at the University of Utah.

Mr. Lendon Gilpin is Assistant Director of Education for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center. He earned a B. S. degree in Range Science from Texas A&M University. He attended Southwest Texas State University, where he obtained his teacher certification in Biology and Life/Earth Science and his M. S. in Biology, with an area of emphasis in Aquatic Biology. He has been the camp director since 1995.

Students scuba/snorkeling at local dive facility.
Scuba diving techniques are taught by certified diving instructors.

Campers looking at what they found

View photos from our previous camps!
Camp Slide Show

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Maybe it’s time to import something legal, fun for all, and healthy from Columbia. Every Sunday and holiday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bogotá, Colombia closes more than 70 miles of city streets to cars and opens them to bicyclists, skaters, walkers, and mass aerobics. When that happens, 1.5 million people come out to enjoy the safety, community, and exercise that a seemingly car-free city allows. According to many participants, the Ciclovia has transformed life in the city all around for the better. People feel happier, healthier, and more united. Ciclovia days in Bogotá are combined with Recreovia, a program of free public exercise activities in parks and other car-free areas. Activities include dancing, yoga, and aerobics, led by professionals who are paid by the city and accompanied by festive music. Numerous US cities which hold related events. El Paso has Scenic Sundays which runs April through August. Council members Sheryl Cole and Chris Riley with the help of the community and the Neighborhood Connectivity Staff in the Transportation department hosted a brainstorming session on March 12th about an Austin version of a ciclovia event later this year. To view a short film about Ciclovia in Bogotá click below:



Ciclovia in New York

Sunrise at Stonehenge on the spring equinox