Monthly COVNA Meeting


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

A representative from the Austin Fire Department's Public Education Division will speak at our November meeting. Topics that will be covered are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, how to use an extinguisher and when an extinguisher should be used. We'll also hear about fire hazards particular to winter, such as Christmas trees and lights. Please come out and support COVNA while improving or updating your fire safety knowledge. We'd love to see some new faces!

Nominations for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor will be taken. Read “Passages from the President” for more info on this and other topics of interest for this meeting.

11/1?/9?13?/15? - Sadie Hawkins Day

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11/15 - America Recycles Day
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Monthly meetings are held on the
third Monday of the month.

2005 Meetings:

January 17th
February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th

June 11th - Picnic
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th -
Holiday Party

Doug DuBois
Barbara Klein
Helen Lightfoot
Marjorie Smith
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Claudia Anderson
President (292-9323)
Vice President (292-9313)
Secretary (282-2256)
Treasurer (282-1065)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-1932)

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Passages from the President

If you are like me, you are waiting for some truly fall weather to arrive with cooler temps and no more of this 80 degree weather. The leaves are definitely getting into the act by FALLing into the pool, onto the yard, and into the gutters. I’m also noticing a good number of neighbors with leaves accumulating on their roofs. This might not be a good thing, as moisture (rain, please) can accumulate under the leaves and the leaf rot can cause roof rot. It might not be a bad idea to get a young, nimble person to help you out by getting on your roof and raking the leaves off and cleaning the gutters out at the same time.

We have received roughly one dozen orders for security lights and will place the order following the November meeting, giving anyone interested one more chance to order them. The two bulb, 75 watt motion detection light is the unit of choice at a cost of $22. When communicating about your order to me, please specify white or bronze color. Any NEW orders can be emailed to me at, or give me a call at 292-9323.

The City of Austin, along with Austin Energy, has launched an initiative to get automakers to manufacture and sell Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). We will have a petition for you to sign at the November meeting. Click below for more information.

As the end of 2005 approaches, so do the end of terms for President, Treasurer, and News Letter Editor. In addition, we recently learned our Vice President, Barbara Klein, and her family are moving out of the neighborhood, so that position is open as well. All interested candidates should contact me, and/or come to the November meeting.

We have a good program in store from the Austin Fire Department and a good slate of business items, including a continued discussion on number and frequency of COVNA meetings. Please attend this important meeting.

See you there,
Doug DuBois


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"Free" Holiday Events

Celebrate in Style

Austin Symphony Christmas Sing-Along
December 13 - 8:00 pm- Riverbend Centre
This concert is FREE, but tickets are still required. Tickets may be obtained in-person only at the ASO box office, located at the corner of 11th and Red River in Symphony Square, beginning at 9:00 am on Thursday, December 1.
This concert is VERY popular. If you want tickets, be in line at 9:00 am.

Trail of Lights – Zilker
December 11—23, 7-10 pm
Walk through the mile of lighted displays, enjoy the variety of refreshments and food and entertainment. Each night a variety of area entertainers will take the stage and provide diverse holiday enjoyment. Dancers, musicians, storytellers, choirs, comedians, theatre troupes and more will enliven the night air. On cold evenings, expected on a regular basis, visitors can warm themselves at one of 2 huge yule fires.

Holiday Sing-Along and Tree Lighting
December 4, 6 pm, State Capitol-south steps
This 3rd annual Sing-Along is organized by the Austin Downtown Alliance and KUT-FM 90.5 and features John Aielli, an accomplished vocalist and host of KUT’s Eklektikos, leading the audience in singing traditional carols followed by the tree lighting. Many Congress Ave. galleries, boutiques and restaurants along the north stretch of Congress will stay open until 8 pm offering live music and entertainment. The event benefits the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas by asking people to place food donations at the base of the Christmas tree. Several Congress Ave. property owners will provide free parking in exchange for a $2 donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Commemorative songbooks will be given to participants courtesy of Print Depot.

Holidays at Wildflower Center
Holiday Shopping at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
December 2 & 3, 9 am - 5:30 pm
December 4, noon to 5 pm

Admission to the Wildflower Center and Wild Ideas:
The Shopping Event
is free.
For a complete listing of vendors, special guest appearances, and specials, visit or call 292-4300.