Monthly COVNA Meeting


7:00 p.m. Monday, November 20th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

Coyotes in the Neighborhood
An expert’s view

Randy Farrar, a wildlife biologist with the Travis County Extension Office—Texas Wildlife Service, will make a presentation about the urban coyote problem in Travis County and the City of Austin. Mr. Farrar heads a program started two years ago to address the increased encroachment of coyotes into urban areas and neighborhoods throughout Austin and Travis County. The program will include information about coyote behavior as well as tips for dealing with human/coyote interaction in our neighborhood. As many of you know from the COVNA email list, coyotes have been sighted, pets and even a small deer have been killed.

Other business includes the upcoming election of officers and
planning for the Holiday Party.

11/18 - Mickey Mouse's Birthday

(Click for info)
Notice : site has music

11/10 - Marine Corps Week

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Sorry about incorrect date in paper newsletter


Floyd Clark
Greg Estes
Lisa Lyons
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Doug DuBois
President (282-8245)
Vice President (282-2782)
Secretary (266-3379)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (292-9323)


According to COVNA by-laws, dues are payable at or before the February meeting. This will allow distribution of the directory early in the year. I will include a membership form next month in the newsletter. Membership dues received by February will guarantee inclusion in the directory. You may join now by clicking here, filling out the form, and bringing or sending it to our Treasurer.


To join the COVNA Email List, click below and send an email with your name(s) to Doug at
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According to our by-laws, the Vice President, Treasurer, and Delegate to ANC begin their terms of office in odd-numbered years and elections for these offices are to be held in November if there should be a quorum. We also need a volunteer to fill in for the rest of the present term as Secretary. It sounds like a job, but it is only about two or three hours a month at the most (including the meetings). John Karabaic is heading up a search committee for the election of officers.

Our neighborhood area voted in healthy numbers in the recent election. Of the 3,663 registered voters in our precinct (355) at least 1,712 voted in the mid-term elections. That means about 47% voted. This includes the 732 “Early Voters.” A much better showing than the 11% of registered Austin voters that cast ballots in the city-wide election in May.

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Credit Delivered Where Credit's Due

River City Pest Control

Barkley Garner
8704 Oak Ledge Dr, Austin TX 78748

Insect Control
Nuisance Animal Control

Those who take the time and effort ten times a year to deliver the COVNA newsletter door-to-door deserve our thanks. If you catch one in the act, thank them personally. A tip of the hat to those who deliver.

Tim Timmerman
Greg Estes
Arthur Kane
Nancy Thibert
Dixie Briggs
Mary Ann Hundley
LaVonne Falconieri
Mira Hill
Susan Maynard
Tony Schultz
Marilyn James
Frank de la Teja
Gene Hoes
Walt Stischer
Elmar Burkhardt
Claudia Anderson

A special thanks to Nita Smith and Elmar Bukhardt for counting out and distributing the bundles to the walkers.

Nearby Pool Open Year Round



The City of Austin’s Aquatic Division is pleased to announce that Dick Nichols Pool (8011 Beckett) will now be open year round. The pool has been heated (78-81°) and several programs are being offered to the public. A chair lift is available. To get to the pool turn south on Becket off Convict Hill or William Cannon.

Recreation Swim and Lap Swim Hours
M-F: 11 am-1:30 pm, 5:30-7:30 pm,
Weekends: 1-4 pm
Winter Season Entry Fees
Adults: $2.00, Seniors (62+) & Juniors (12-17): $1.00, Children (11 & under): Free


Youth Fitness Swimmer
Ages: 5-17/$45.00/session
M & Th, 6–6:40 pm
Sessions: Jan 8th–Feb 1st, Feb 5th–March 1st & March 5th–29th

Advanced Fitness Swimmer
Ages 18 and older. The classes will be supervised by Sandy Neilson-Bell, 1972 Olympic triple medalist, and Dr. Keith Bell, former university of Texas Swim Coach.
Sessions Begin Nov 27 & Dec 11
M & Th 6:45-7:45 pm & Sat 9-10 am or
M & W Noon-1 pm & Sat 9-10 am
$45/2 week session + Yearly ASA fee of $15

For registration info on all programs and activities please call 974-9332 or visit

"Free" Holiday Events

11/25 – 11 am-7 pm & 11/26 – 11 am-6 pm

Jugglers, barbershop quartets, elephants and cloggers fill Sixth Street for this Christmas tradition. The annual arts-and-crafts celebration boasts countless Victorian-clad vendors peddling their wares. The sounds of Christmas carolers and hand bells, and the smells of hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and apple cider engender serious Christmas spirit. Catch a glimpse of the Clauses in one of the daily parades, or have a seat on Santa's lap later and whisper your wishes.

12/2, 6 –7 pm, State Capitol-south steps

12/2 – 5-9 pm

Join John Aielli, host of KUT 90.5 Radio’s popular Eklektikos music program and the Downtown Austin Alliance as they once again join together to present two great holiday traditions in one. The Holiday Sing-Along and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Capitol. Enjoy an evening of family entertainment and a wonderful holiday tradition. Food and donations for the Capital Area Food Bank will be collected at the tree.

After (before & during) the Sing-Along & Tree Lighting, stroll the Main Street of Texas and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The businesses of Congress Avenue are staying open late to greet you with special holiday refreshments, musical entertainment, street performers, and fun.

12/8, 9, 10 – 6-9 pm

A Winter Celebration: Thousands of lights in the garden, refreshments and holiday shopping.. For more information call 292-4100.

12/19 – 8 pm - Riverbend Centre

The Austin Symphony presents its annual, free Christmas Sing-Along concert along with Chorus Austin and a guest quartet. The crowd gathers each year and joyfully sings along with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Santa Claus will be showing up, too, and doing a little guest conducting himself.

Tickets may be obtained in-person 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 4. This concert is very popular. If you want tickets, be in line at 9:00 am or very soon after.

12/10-23 – 7-10 pm

The Trail of Lights Festival Grand Opening and Parade begins at 6:30pm on Sunday, the 10th, followed by the opening of the trail at 7:00 pm. The Trail of Lights is open from 7-10 pm nightly. There will be choirs and other musical performances to enjoy. The entertainment varies throughout the month. Shuttle service is provided from the State Parking Garages along 14th Street and Trinity downtown. Buses run at frequent and regular intervals. Parking is $5/car. Shuttle service is $2 adults, $1 for 6-12. Much more info at

Editor's Corner

Thanksgiving, of the ten federal holidays, just doesn’t fit in. It is not celebrated on a specific date or on a Monday. Although, like New Year’s and Columbus Day, it celebrates a pre-USA event, Thanksgiving is still uniquely American. It transcends marking an event and has become a time to stop and enjoy company of family and friends. It is a time to reflect on our blessings.