(& Election of Officers)
7:00 p.m. Monday, December 15th
Southwest Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

The December meeting is traditionally our Annual Holiday Party. We invite everyone to come and join us for food and fellowship plus a little business. COVNA will provide the food and beverages, we just ask you to bring lots of Holiday Cheer. Potluck dishes and homemade desserts are always welcome. I know we have a lot of good cooks in the neighborhood.

12/17/03—First Flight

12/27/47—Howdy Doody premier



It is time to show your support for the Castlewood—Oak Valley Neighborhood Association. According to the by-laws, dues shall be payable at or before the February meeting of each calendar year.

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How do Energy Audits Affect the
Castlewood Home Owner?

You may not even realize it, but this year you’ve dodged a bullet, or at least a wallop, to your pocket book. The Mayor and the City Council recently approved a recommendation from a city task force requiring Austin homeowners to have energy audits completed before selling their home and requiring mandatory energy efficiency upgrades when you sell your home. The potential costs were in the thousands of dollars. The plan was to make our city greener, a truly wonderful idea.

Keep Austin Affordable and the Austin Board of REALTORS® worked with the city to show the potential ramifications of such a plan. The potential loss of revenue to both the city and to the homeowner was proven and an alternate plan was created. The new plan requires homeowners to have an energy audit before they sell their home. The details of when the audit must happen and the specific date when these audits will be required are still being worked on, as far as I know.

What will this mean when you sell your home? You can expect to pay an additional $200 to $300 for an energy audit when you sell. This is the maximum cost you can be charged, which was a recommendation by the Board of Realtors, for your energy audit. The energy audit will be required to be completed either before you sell your home or during the option period (the time period is one of the details still being worked out.)

Inspectors specifically trained to perform energy audits will inform the potential buyer of the energy efficiencies of the home such as insulation in the attic and walls, roof ventilation, A/C efficiency, etc. The idea behind the audit is for the buyer to know different things they can do to the home to improve efficiencies. Most likely, it will also lead to additional requests from the buyer.

Although the official date when energy audits will begin has not been set, you can be sure they are coming sometime in 2009. There are a lot of ways to prepare for the sal e of your home; make sure to keep this new rule in mind and please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.

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Trail of Lights:

Named in the Top Ten Holiday Lightings by USA Today, the Trail of Lights holiday tradition is held in Zilker. The 2008 Trail of Lights opens Sunday, December 14th and runs nightly through December 23rd, 7-10pm. For more info call (512) 974-6700.

Ballet Austin Performs "The Nutcracker":

One of the most popular Austin holiday events is the classic Christmas play The Nutcracker performed by Ballet Austin and presented each December. For dates and tickets call 476-2163 or visit

F irst Night:

Celebrate New Year's Eve in downtown Austin with a celebration of the arts. First Night Austin is a family-friendly and affordable event. On the streets and at select indoor venues enjoy dance, theatre, music, and food. Watch, listen, and participate in a wide range of shows, displays, workshops, and other First Night Austin activities. Events include the Family Festival: 3:00 to 6:00 pm, the Grand Procession: 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Family Finale Fireworks: 7:45 pm, and the Grand Finale Fireworks over Lady Bird Lake: Midnight. Numerous events are ongoing. I believe it’s all free. For more info go to

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The holiday season is a time of giving. Why not include donations to worthy causes during this season, and for that matter, throughout the year? I’m positive that in our neighborhood most do already. For an exhaustive list of organizations that take donations visit If you have free time you can really make an impact by volunteering your time as well. The website lists a many possibilities. Just put your zip code in the search box. I’m sure many of you receive phone requests for donations. Always ask what percentage of the money you give goes to the organization. Make sure that a high percentage goes to the charity because sometimes the professional fundraisers take the majority of the money they raise.

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