Castlewood-Oak Valley
Neighborhood Association

May 2004

  Monthly COVNA Meeting  

7:00 p.m. Monday, May 17th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)



At the May meeting we will plan the June summer picnic.
The COVNA website has been on-line for a month, and now you can reach our website
by typing If you haven’t done so already, peruse the website
and come to the meeting with your suggestions and comments.
Doug Dubois will be out of town during the May meeting.
Your humble newsletter editor will be standing in.
We expect this to be a short meeting.


Important Election - May 15th

Items on ballot:

ACC Trustee Election
Austin ISD General Election
Countywide Hospital District for Travis County
City of Austin Special Municipal Election

The biggest issue on the ballot is the potential creation of a county-wide hospital district for Travis County. You can read more about this issue and see pros and cons at The Austin Chapter of the Texas League of Women Voters website

You can view a sample ballot at


The Austin History Center, in collaboration with the Austin Poster Enthusiasts Society is hosting a new exhibit featuring poster art in Austin. The free exhibit "Artists Among Us: Poster Art in Austin," will be on display through Saturday, May 29, 2004.
The exhibit marks Austin's 165th anniversary of poster art and will guide the visitor through the simple advertisements of the 1920s through the 1950s, to the explosion of the psychedelic and colorful posters of the 1960s and 1970s, on through to the outrageous and almost offensive posters of the punk era in the 1980s, ending with the incredible array of style from today's artists.
Visitors will be impressed with the color and imaginative styles of art created by Austin's precious artists.
The Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street, is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.
For more information, call (512) 974-7400, or visit


The "21st Annual National Night Out", a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2004.
National Night Out is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NNO will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.
Organize or join a block party. Then on August 3rd, turn off your TV, turn on your porch light, and mingle with your neighbors.


We live in a lovely neighborhood which has been especially beautiful this spring. One advantage of having a neighborhood website is the ability to share photos of our many attractive gardens and landscapes. I have more pictures to post but was not been able to cover all of the neighborhood during early spring. I invite anyone to contribute by emailing digital photos to or by bringing prints or slides to my house to be scanned. Please call ahead at 280-4080.