Celebrating Community in East Riverside

June Newsletter

Neighborhood News

Summer is here! Below is a list we've compiled to help you survive the Texas summer heat:

1. This is an obvious one, but stay hydrated! How much water should you be drinking? Health authorities commonly recommend 2 liters, or half a gallon a day. 
2. Take a dip at Barton Springs - Did you know Barton Springs offers night swim sessions? It's also free! Only from 9-10pm. Alternatively, you could visit our neighborhood pool, Mabel Davis, located at 3427 Parker Lane. 
3. When it comes to your pets, NEVER leave them in your car. Not even for a few minutes, even if the windows are cracked. It can take a few minutes for a pet to develop a heat stroke and suffocate in a car. Also, keep their paws in mind, when the sun is cooking, asphalt and other surfaces can become extremely hot and burn your pet's paws. Make sure to do a hand test by touching the ground with your palm before you walk them around.
4. Sunscreen is key! You should apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before you step outside. Reapplication is just as important, so make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Also, it is not common knowledge, but sunscreen does expire, so toss that unused 2-year old bottle you've been keeping in your closet and buy a new one. 
5. Limit outdoor activity during the hottest hours of the day. Pace yourself, start activities slow and gradually increase your pace. 

Wickersham Lane Open House 
Whether you drive, roll, or walk, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) works to improve your transportation options. ATD is evaluating Wickersham Lane from Riverside Drive to Oltorf Street for changes to enhance the safety and mobility of everyone who uses these streets. Stop by at anytime between 6pm-7pm on Tuesday, July 9th at the Ruiz Branch Library on 1600 Grove Boulevard. 

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can send an email to Neil Quarles for questions or comments. The comment period will be open through Sunday, August 11th. 

For more information, visit the project website.
Our House Partnership
We were recently approached by representatives of Our House, a program intended to provide support to youth and their families who may be experiencing poverty, unemployment, addiction, homelessness, and poor mental health, and keep them out of the school-to-prison pipeline. They have been deeply involved in our East Riverside/East Oltorf corridor community since 2015.

Our conversations led to co-hosting our annual block party in conjunction with a community resource fair which will take place on Saturday, November 2nd. Mark your calendars!
Hunger Doesn't Take a Break 
Central Health & Central Texas Food Bank is kicking off its Summer Lunch Program. Every weekday for 11 weeks (program started June 13th), children and adults will receive a healthy, free lunch provided at the Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center on 2901 Montopolis Dr, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ruiz Branch Library Programming
If you do not have any summer plans, the Ruiz Branch library has free programming for everyone in the community. Check out their calendar to find your next neighborhood event! They host educational and fun events that involve anything from crafts, movie series, storytime sessions to entrepreneurship workshops:
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