BWNA Annual Meeting, Oct 27th

Our annual meeting on Saturday October 27, 9 to 11 am in the Bryker Woods Elementary School Cafeteria will feature presentations on topics of current interest, a presentation on Prop J and one on the history and nature of Shoal Creek by renowned interpreter Ted Eubanks. The meeting will be informative as well as entertaining and is an opportunity to renew your membership in BWNA. BWNA luminaria will be available for sale at the meeting. Hope to see all of you there. Also, see the October BWNA Newsletter!

Annual Fourth of July Parade!

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Bryker Woods Elementary School

~ 8:55 am Sing National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance
~ 9:00 am Parade starts!

We’ll be walking the route:
http://www.mapmywalk.com/us/austin-tx/bryker-woods-4th-of-july-route-107732783

Adorn your bikes, scooters, husbands, house pets – whatever will hold a red, white & blue garland – and join our fun celebration! Should take about half an hour. There will be water and refreshments. All are invited and a good time to be had by all. Check out the route (link above) If you can’t make it out for the parade, step out the door and cheer on the kids young and old.

Is your child’s route to school dangerous?

Here’s how to let the city know if you have concerns about the safety of your child(ren) as they walk or ride their bike to school, we need your help!

The City has funds available to make traffic and safety improvements to our area, but we need your voice in order to help get to get our elementary schools and neighborhood at the front of the line for funding!

We kindly ask you to do TWO things:

1) Please enter your child’s route on this map, along with any concern areas.

http://bit.ly/AustinSRTS_Eng

2) Please attend this public meeting and let the city know your concerns!

Wednesday, December 6th
Murchison Middle School Cafeteria (3700 N. Hills Dr, 78731)
6:00-8:00 pm

For more information, please see the attached flyer, as well as the link below to a recent KXAN article.

http://kxan.com/2017/11/28/is-your-childs-route-to-school-dangerous-heres-how-to-let-city-know/

Boy Scout Troop 9 is celebrating 100th anniversary

Boy Scout Troop 9 is celebrating their 100th anniversary September 02 2017 from 9am to 1pm at the Bryker Woods Elementary Scout Hut. Troop 9 friends, families and alumni are invited to join us to celebrate scouting, catch up with old friends and take a trip down memory lane. Scouting has been chartered by the Bryker Woods Elementary School PTA since 1939. If you were a scout or scouter at Bryker Woods or know of anyone who was, we’d love to hear from you. For more information and how to RSVP, please check the Troop 9 web site at www.troop9austin.org.

See Austin American Statesman Article! Now housed in a hut near Bryker Woods Elementary, the group was founded in 1917.

Annual Fourth of July Parade!

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Bryker Woods Elementary School

~ 8:55 am Sing National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance
~ 9:00 am Parade starts!

We’ll be walking the route:
http://www.mapmywalk.com/us/austin-tx/bryker-woods-4th-of-july-route-107732783

Adorn your bikes, scooters, husbands, house pets – whatever will hold a red, white & blue garland – and join our fun celebration! Should take about half an hour. There will be water and refreshments. All are invited and a good time to be had by all. Check out the route (link above) If you can’t make it out for the parade, step out the door and cheer on the kids young and old.

Tom Shefelman

Last December we recently lost a beloved neighborhood resident. Tom Shefelman was a long standing Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA) board member and contributed to the neighborhood in many ways. The graphic on the banner of the brykerwoods.org website was created by Tom. A streetscape image reflecting the simplicity, refined elegance and modesty of the Bryker Woods neighborhood. Recently the BWNA donated to the Bryker Woods Elementary library a complete collection of children’s books illustrated by our neighbor, the late Tom Sheffleman and authored by his wife, Janice. A legacy of Tom and his wife left for our school children. Thank you Tom and Janice Shefelman. We will truly miss you Tom.

Learn more about Tom Shefelman (pulled from http://www.mystatesman.com/news/austin-architect-contributed-modernist-buildings-city-landscape)

Austin architect contributed modernist buildings to city’s landscape. The late designer and teacher also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolors.

Thomas “Tom” Shefelman, who helped design several of Austin’s outstanding modernist buildings, died Wednesday at 89. Seattle-born Shefelman, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolor scenes from his travels, often in tandem with his wife, Janice Shefelman, who survives him. Among his contributions to the cityscape are the Starr Building, built for American National Bank and later renovated for the McGarrah Jessee advertising firm at Colorado and West Sixth streets. He loved designing churches, including the soaring Central Presbyterian Church at Brazos and East Eighth streets. Many of his projects — such as the Norwood Tower, Stephen F. Austin Hotel and Travis County’s courthouse — took the form of renovations. Also an urban planner who served on many Austin commissions, Shefelman taught for years at UT, as Wayne Bell, long the dean of Austin preservation architects, recalls. “The few times that we participated on projects together — and during our times carrying on the job of educating young architects — I always found him to be a truly decent person,” Bell said. “His interest in education was exemplary, and to participate with him on joint ventures always confirmed my respect for him.” Shefelman passed away quietly, surrounded by family and friends, retelling old jokes and stories. “My dad’s creations flowed from his head and hands like radiating shimmering beams of form and light and color,” his son, Dan Shefelman, said. “He taught me the love of making things. He called them ‘shapes and spaces.’ I will miss him terribly and pass along that gift in his name.” “He was my first and best art teacher,” said his other son, Karl Shefelman. “He taught me how to truly see the world as an artist, and I will carry his wisdom and talent forward in my own art, heart and mind as long as I live. Dad touched so many people worldwide with his beautiful architecture, drawings and creative genius. And yet, despite all this, he was an incredibly humble man with a stoic, self-effacing humor.”