Hello Neighbors,

As a result of actions through the BHNA listserve, Disaster Preparedness Committee and Executive Committee, I am please to announce there will be FIRE DANGER alert signs for the neighborhood and greenbelt printed by this Tuesday.

Attached is the sign designed by our own Nina Miller, facilitated by Miriam Joffe and inspired by your suggestions.  We hope you approve!  Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas and help, and continue to make this project a priority!

We are printing 50 plastic foam-core signs w/wire hangers for distribution on Tuesday.  We will first post signage at critical points around the greenbelt and in Barton Hills–using minimally 30 signs.   The remainder will be available to neighbors.

We need your help.

1)  Sign Locations:  Send Kay Killen specific addresses/locations/greenbelt accesses you feel strongly need a sign.  Reply with “LOCATION” in the subject line.  Keep it brief–only an address, intersection or location, where people have access.  I’ve already started a spreadsheet and will share later.

2)  Sign Availability:  After all signs have been assigned to specific spots, the remainder will be available to residents, and a location provided on the listserve where to pick them up.  If there’s a huge outpouring of interest/need, we may need to print more than 50 signs, especially if we receive some donations!

3)  Distribution:  We MAY need additional adults to facilitate distribution on Tuesday.  There is a generous offer of local teenagers to plant signs for some of their public service outreach – thank you — However, anyone interested, please EMAIL Kay if you can help on Tuesday.

3)  Donations Welcome!  If you would like to contribute to the BHNA 2011 Fire Danger Sign Project, please write your checks to:  BH Neighborhood Assn, “Fire Danger Sign Project”, give me a call, and I will personally come pick up your check, OR let us know you’re sending a check to: P.O. Box 2042, Austin, 78768-2042.

4)  Web site Update:   Nina has formatted the sign for easy printing if you’d like to distribute to neighbors, walkers, visitors, local markets, eateries, etc.  FYI-the BHNA website is a wealth of FIRE PROTECTION information and showcases the updated FireWise bulletin for preparedness.  Check it out!

Click below to download a PDF version of the sign to print. 

5)  Remember:  the most critical element in all this is your individual Oversight and Vigilance, especially with all the new people in town for Austin City Limits Festival.  Let’s all be friendly and courteous, yet firm in our convictions to protect our greenbelt and homes.  REPORT any fire dangers to 911, and take notes on the situation to identify who did what and where.  ALWAYS be prepared to provide a CROSS STREET for reference when you place your call.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Kay Killen


Click to view/print (9.9MB PDF)

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Barton Hills Garden Club

Bernice and Harold Billings' garden, April 2011

The Barton Hills Garden Club has been in existence since 1960 – this will be its 52nd year. The goal of the organization is to provide a friendly and social forum among its members and to promote the advancement of gardening and the encouragement of civic beautification.

Monthly meetings are the 4th Tuesday (September-May) at 9:30 a.m and are held at the Zilker Garden Center. Membership dues are $20 annually.  Additionally with your membership you get 2 tickets to the Zilker Garden Center festival which is held in March.

If you are interested in joining, please mail your check made out to BHGC to our membership chair –

Sharon Harris
1900 Glencliff Drive
Austin TX 78704

Any additional information please contact me.

Carol de la Torre

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