Lantana Newsletter

July-August, 2016

Hello Neighbors!

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SUMMER IN AND AROUND LANTANA

Summer Fun Around Town!

Austin offers plenty of fun activities to do over the summer, despite the heat. I compiled links to some of my favorite events and activities that occur around town during the summer. I hope you find this helpful and that I see get to see you out and about!


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES


Parks:

Zilker Park, Zilker Botanical Gardens, Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Austin Nature and Science Center, Mayfield Park, Laguna Gloria, Dick Nichols, Hatley Park, Circle C Park

http://www.austinparks.org

-Catch tadpoles at Walnut Creek Park: http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=368

-Visit a playground: http://do512family.com/2014/10/best-playgrounds-in-austin/


Activities:

-Go on a mural scavenger hunt to find some of Austin's most iconic murals: http://freefuninaustin.com/2014/03/exploring-austins-street-art-murals-mosaics/

-Visit a historic cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery, Texas State Cemetery, Austin Memorial Park Cemetery: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/cemeteries

-Feed the ducks at Mueller Lake Park or The Arboretum: http://www.muelleraustin.com/thinking-green/parks/

-Walk amongst the peacocks at Mayfield Park: http://mayfieldpark.org then go to Laguna Gloria and check out the sculptures and beautiful grounds: http://www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

-Hike up Mount Bonnell: http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=287

-Go on a walk around Lady Bird Lake and check out the new boardwalk!

https://www.austintexas.gov/department/ann-and-roy-butler-hike-and-bike-trail-and-boardwalk-lady-bird-lake

-Stroll down South Congress: http://freefuninaustin.com/2013/10/what-to-see-and-do-on-south-congress-avenue/

-Go miniature golfing at Peter Pan Mini Golf http://peterpanminigolf.com

-Visit the Zoo http://austinzoo.org

-Visit a local farm: Sweet Berry Farm, Sprindale Farm, Boggy Creek Farm, Pioneer Farms, Hausbar Urban Farms: http://www.pickyourown.org/TXaustin.htm

-Kayak on Lady Bird Lake: http://www.zilkerboats.com

-Bike ride on the Veloway: http://www.veloway.com

-Visit a farmer's market: http://texasfarmersmarket.org

-Go bat watching: http://austin.about.com/od/austinattractions/p/Bats_in_Austin.htm

-Go hiking at one of the local greenbelts: http://austinot.com/austin-greenbelt-guide

-Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center: http://www.wildflower.org/nature/

-Summer Saturdays at the French Legation Museum: http://frenchlegationmuseum.org/?page_id=3310

-Trailer Night Tuesdays at The Long Center: http://thelongcenter.org/event/trailer-food-tuesdays/

-First Thursdays on South Congress: http://www.firstthursday.info

-Visit Kiddie Acres: http://www.kiddieacres.com

-Midway Food Park: http://themidwayfoodpark.com

-Visit the Cathedral of Junk: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/7816

-Volunteer!- Capital Area Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Austin Pets Alive https://littlehelpinghands.org



Entertainment: Music and Movies

-Concert series at the Hill Country Galeria, Saturdays 7PM: http://www.hillcountrygalleria.com/go/mallevents.cfm

-Summer Symphony in the Park at Hartman Park in front of the Long Center, Sunday evenings at 7:30:http://www.austinsymphony.org/

-Austin Sound and Cinema: every other Wednesday on the Long Center lawn, listen to live music followed by a classic movie: http://do512.com/soundandcinema

-Deep Eddy Splash Night- sit in the pool and watch a family friendly movie: http://www.deepeddy.org

-Lakeway Movies in the Park (select Fridays): http://www.lakeway-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=315

-Unplugged at Shady Grove, Thursdays http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

-Zilker’s Hillside Theater: http://austintexas.gov/zilkerhillsidetheater

-Blues on the Green (select Wednesdays): http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green

-Nutty Brown Cafe concerts: http://nuttybrown.com



ESCAPE THE HEAT!


Austin Area Pools:

http://www.austintexas.gov/pools

Splash Pads: http://freefuninaustin.com/2015/05/austin-area-splash-pads-2015-schedules/

Natural Pools/Swimming Holes: Hamilton Pool, Krause Springs, McKinney Falls, Barton Springs, Blue Hole in Wimberly: http://austin.culturemap.com/news/city-life/06-30-14-austin-swimming-holes-where-to-swiim-barton-springs-hamilton-pools/

Museums: The Thinkery, The Blanton, Bob Bullock, Texas Memorial, LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, Elisabeth Ney Museum, The Capitol, Mexic-Arte, French Legation Museum, Museum of the Weird, Austin Steam Train http://www.austinmuseums.org

*Check out the dino bones as the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus!

Ride the MetroRail: http://www.capmetro.org/metrorail/

Take a ride on the Austin Steam Train: http://www.austinsteamtrain.org

Eat and Play: Austin Park and Pizza, Hat Creek Burger, Phil's Icehouse, Gattitown, Chuck E. Cheese, Waterloo (Escarpment), Austin's Pizza, Nutty Brown Cafe, Doc's Backyard, Gourdoughs (South Lamar)

Go indoor rock climbing at Crux Climbing Center: http://www.cruxclimbingcenter.com/

Cool treats: Sandy's frozen custards, Amy's Ice Cream, snow cones, http://austinot.com/best-snow-cones-in-austin

Sweet treats: Visit Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop at the Domain or Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress http://bigtopcandyshop.tumblr.com

Bowling: Westgate Lanes, Highland Lanes, Dart Bowl, Main Event, UT Underground

Entertainment: Dave and Busters, Blazer Tag, Jump-oline, Locomotion, Hoppin' House, Jump Wild, Skating at Chapparal Ice or Playland Skate Center,

Visit your local library for special events: http://library.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/u20/ACYS_SRP15_Listings.pdf

Make something fun! Café Monet, Art Attack, The Art Garage

Hang out in a cave- Inner Space Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns, Longhorn Cavern http://gorvtexas.com/texascaves.htm

Young Adventurers Film Series at Harry Ransom Center- Saturdays in June watch a free children’s movie http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/events/

Alamo Draft House Summer Kids Camp-https://drafthouse.com/news/our-july-kids-camp-lineup-has-arrived

Regal Summer Movies- http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express?

Texas Roller Derby- http://www.texasrollergirls.org/

City Wide Garage Sale- http://www.citywidegaragesale.com

Do an activity at home- Play a board game, make a craft, etc. http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/indoor-activities-for-kids



FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:


Austin Pets Expo- August 20-21: http://www.austinpetexpo.com

Barton Springs Fest- August 8: https://www.facebook.com/events/693108660793476/

Austin Ice Cream Festival August 13: http://www.icecreamfestival.org/about/

Batfest- August 20: http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival- August 26 http://www.austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce/

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SUMMER FESTIVALS: http://specials.mystatesman.com/austin-festivals-2016/





If you know of a great Austin area summer activity that I may not have included, please let me know so that I can add it. Have a wonderful, safe summer and I hope to see you out and about!

Lantana 2nd Quarter Market Stats, April 1-June 30, 2016 (MLS Data as of July 1, 2016)

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Another Rash of Car Break Ins in Lantana

The week of June 6th saw some less than ideal events around Lantana. For starters, on Tuesday, June 7th, a few neighbors reported hearing gun shots, followed by knocks on doors and windows. No further information was provided. The speculation is that it might have just been pranksters, but scary nonetheless to the residents whose doors and/or windows were knocked on. Unfortunately, the following night, several cars were broken into. Personal items, garage remote controls, and even wheels and tires were stolen. If you were affected, please be sure to contact the HOA Management company to let them know, as well as file a police report if you have not done so already. We can all work together to call 311 and request more police presence in our neighborhood to hopefully deter future incidents. Also, below are a few suggestions for other safety measures:

-If at all possible, park your vehicles inside the garage
-Do not leave valuables inside the car
-If you park in the driveway, leave lights on outside your home or install motion sensors.
-Be sure to remove your garage door remotes if you park your car outside.
-Keep car alarms on and your car doors locked.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS

As a reminder, a great way to connect with your neighbors is to join Nextdoor.com or the Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is private and you can only join if "invited" by another neighbor who is in the group. If you would like to join, please feel free to find me on Facebook and send me a request. This group has proven to be invaluable to keep people "in the know" about various neighborhood happenings.
Also, if you are not currently receciving the periodic emails from the the HOA with community updates, you might want to consider providing them with your email address. You can contact Southwest Management Services as 512-266-671, or go to the website www.LantanaHOA.com.

NEIGHBOR BUISNESS SPOTLIGHTS

A Preschool in our Neighborhood is Coming Soon!

All Saints Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Rialto and Terravista, will be opening for it's first Sunday service on August 21st. Along with church services and Bible studies, we will have a two-day preschool as well. The preschool will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-1 beginning September 6th. If you are interested in learning more about the school, registering your child, or employment opportunities, please contact me at egaertner@allsaintsaustin.org. The website for the preschool is http://allsaintsaustin.org/all-saints-preschool. As a Lantana resident for 9 years, I am delighted to be able to offer a way to build an even stronger community through the preschool.

Guitar Lessons!

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Curious how Au Pair programs work and how they compare to daycare costs? Feel free to call or email with your questions.

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