Come to the 4th of July Parade!

Hello neighbors,

It is with sheer delight and pleasure the Barton Hills Executive Committee announce the co-Grand Marshals for the 2009 Barton Hills Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 4, 2009: (drum roll, please)

Leading the 16th annual 4th of July Parade will be the award-winning Barton Hills Elementary “Odyssey of the Mind” students and Austin’s own Police Chief, Art Acevedo!

According to the APD website: “Art Acevedo serves as the eighth Police Chief in the 84-year history of the Austin Police Department and is the first Hispanic to lead the City’s police force. With more than two decades of law enforcement experience, he oversees a department that employs approximately 2,100 sworn officers and civilian personnel. With the consolidation of the Austin Police Department and the Austin Public Safety and Emergency Management Department in January 2009, Acevedo is now responsible for all municipal law enforcement in the City of Austin, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, parks, and municipal courts. Appointed Austin Police Chief in July 2007, Chief Acevedo believes in the spirit of our community and the commitment to excellence demonstrated by the men and women he leads.”

Thanks to Cherylann Campbell for this description: “Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) is a competition in creative thinking for kids from elementary school to college. Teams are judged on how well they meet challenges, on creativity and teamwork. Our Barton Hills Elementary team is the first Austin area team to ever qualify for World Competition! They won the Central Texas regional competition, and came in second in the Texas State competition, to earn the chance to represent their school, their community, Austin, and Texas at the 30th annual Odyssey of the Mind, World Competition this May. In Iowa at the World Competition, they came in 24th of 47 teams competing in their division. They competed against teams from across the US, Mexico, Poland, Hong Kong and China.”

“There are 7 kids on the team: 2 girls and 5 boys. This is their second year competing together as a team. Five will be at the parade. All are 10 years old who just finished 4th grade at Barton Hills Elementary. Five live in the neighborhood. They call themselves “the Peeps.””

Because we do not have permission to identify each of the children by name, we will give a “shout out” of congratulations to our talented team and thank all the neighbors and contibutors who helped get them to competition! Bravo!

Please come to the Parade next Saturday, and welcome Chief Art Acevedo and the students of “Odyssey of the Mind” as they lead our 2009 Barton Hills July 4th Parade! We’re honored to have you as our co-Grand Marshals!

Please forward the attached Parade flyer to family and friends. See you at the Parade!


Kay Killen
BHNA Representative to the
Austin Neighborhood Council


July 4 Parade Update

Just wanted to send out an update on Friday’s parade: is calling for 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms on Friday. The parade will be cancelled if there is heavy rain/lightning at start time. Parade start location is at the Barton Hills Market. Gather starting at 8:30 for a 9 am start time.

We will have access to the school restrooms this year-which is fabulous news-so a big thank you to Barton Hills Elementary for sharing their building with us. Please keep it as clean and neat as possible, as one of the school custodians will be spending her July 4th with us and we don’t want to overburden her.

I believe we might have a wonderful singer for our National Anthem but I don’t want to announce it until I have confirmed with her. It will be terrific for us if she says yes.

I am also happy to announce that we will have special guests joining us on Friday morning: the staff of the Barton Hills Mobil will be taking part in the parade and picnic so please come and say goodbye to our good friends!

In addition to all the watermelon, cookies and brownies we will be offering, Jim-Jim’s will be back with his delicious fruit ices so bring some cash for a tasty treat! We will have Run-Tex water jugs again this year but feel free to bring your own reusable water bottle as well. Let’s try to cut down on waste as much as possible.

At the picnic, we will be welcoming local non-profits including Animal Trustees of Austin and Care Communities. And as he did last year, Travis County Constable Richard McCain will be offering Child ID packets.

Finally, please remember to bring non-perishable food to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank. What better way to honor our country’s birthday than to help the less fortunate right here in our own community? And if any of you can help take the food boxes to the food pantry, even better.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have been working hard behind the scenes. Your neighborhood appreciates you very much!!

Kimberly White Erlinger
VP, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association


July 4 Parade Volunteers Needed

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

As promised, I am back to ask/pester/beg for your help with our July 4th parade!

Even if you will be out of town that day, we can use your help. It is such a fun day and if you can’t volunteer, please make sure you decorate your bikes, your kids’ bikes, your dog, your hamster, whatever you feel like showing off!

To make it easy, I am going to list what we need specific help with-we appreciate anything you can do to make this a great parade!

Thanks so much!

1. A terrific (or at least enthusiastic) singer(s) to sing the National Anthem at the school. We’ll have an a/v system for you.

2. People who can definitely bring a watermelon and/or 1-2 dozen cookies. (Yes, they can be store-bought. )

3. 3-4 people who can be judges for the parade decorations and/or games. We have one judge already.

4. Someone to buy and fill up balloons for the water balloon toss game. (And be a judge, if you can!)

5. 2-3 people to show up to the BH park around 8 am to help tie balloons around the park. We already have some neighbors committed to this but I know they would appreciate your help!

6. Someone to buy, fill and set up pinatas and bring bats or sticks (one pinatas for little kids, one for bigger kids) and monitor the pinata-smashing.

7. As many people as possible to help clean up the playground after the picnic.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please forward this to neighbors who might not be on the list–


Kimberly White Erlinger
VP, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
Group Moderator

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