Dec
16
Sat
Ukelele Holiday Sing-Along
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Campfires, hot chocolate, and ukelele holiday sing-along!  Bring a camp chair, plate of food to share, a headlamp or flashlight in order to read the music and wear warm clothes.  Holiday hats, and ugly sweaters are welcomed.  We will start at 5:30 PM and finish at 8PM. You can bring your own beverage but I will have hot chocolate. Bring the whole family. If it rains, we will have it inside. (not the campfires but everything else.

Place: Kay Smith’s house

4415 Dudley Drive

Austin, Texas

email gokgo55@yahoo.com for details

Date Dec 16

Time: 5:30- 8 PM

Dec
17
Sun
Hike in Barton Creek Greenbelt
Dec 17 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

LeaderMarshaK

Distance:  4 -5 miles at a very brisk pace

Difficulty:  moderate to difficult

Meet at Marsha’s house before 7:30 am.  Group will finish before 9:30 as Marsha needs time to prep for church.

Water is required as well as good walking shoes.  Sticks are also helpful.

Dogs must be on leash.  Prepare to pick up your dog’s poop.  Furnish water for your dog.

Contact MarshaK via email by Saturday evening if you wish to walk with her.

Dec
24
Sun
Hike in Barton Creek Greenbelt
Dec 24 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

LeaderMarshaK

Distance:  4 -5 miles at a very brisk pace

Difficulty:  moderate to difficult

Meet at Marsha’s house before 7:30 am.  Group will finish before 9:30 as Marsha needs time to prep for church.

Water is required as well as good walking shoes.  Sticks are also helpful.

Dogs must be on leash.  Prepare to pick up your dog’s poop.  Furnish water for your dog.

Contact MarshaK via email by Saturday evening if you wish to walk with her.

Dec
26
Tue
No Monthly Meeting in December
Dec 26 @ 6:00 pm

TOWN-Austin does not have a December meeting.  Join us January 23rd.

Dec
31
Sun
Hike in Barton Creek Greenbelt
Dec 31 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

LeaderMarshaK

Distance:  4 -5 miles at a very brisk pace

Difficulty:  moderate to difficult

Meet at Marsha’s house before 7:30 am.  Group will finish before 9:30 as Marsha needs time to prep for church.

Water is required as well as good walking shoes.  Sticks are also helpful.

Dogs must be on leash.  Prepare to pick up your dog’s poop.  Furnish water for your dog.

Contact MarshaK via email by Saturday evening if you wish to walk with her.

Jan
5
Fri
TOWN-Austin Holiday Party, 2018 @ McKinney Falls State Park
Jan 5 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 7 @ 12:00 pm

TOWN Austin Holiday Party

Friday – Sunday, January 5th-7th, 2018

McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway

What:   The annual TOWN Austin Holiday Party will be January 5th-7th, 2018 at McKinney Falls State Park.  We have reserved the dining hall on Saturday, January 6th for indoor games, our fabulous potluck dinner, and our lively gift exchange.  

Who:     TOWN-Austin members, spouses, partners,  children, friends, and well-behaved dogs on a leash.  Please note that dogs are not allowed in the dining hall but can be outside on the dining hall patio.

Where:  McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway

Details:  

Friday – Generally, campers begin arriving.   Depending on interest, members can walk, bike, eat, and play games.  Campers may want to bring firewood.

Saturday –   We have reserved the group dining hall from 10 am until 9 pm on Saturday. To reach the building, pay your entrance fee; then take the second right (toward the Smith Visitor Center); then continue down the road past the parking lots for the visitor center and the waterfall.  It will be on your right and it has its own parking lot.  The dining hall is warm and will be a place to gather and visit.  Please bring your favorite games to play especially if the weather is bad.

Our potluck will be in the early evening so that we will have time for our gift exchange.  Please bring a dish to share and serving utensils.  TOWN Austin will provide paper goods, dining utensils, and drinking water. The dining hall has a refrigerator and a stove/oven but you may have to coordinate with others who plan to use them.  We have to clean up and vacate the dining hall by 9 pm.

We will have TOWN Austin membership applications and will be accepting renewals for 2018.

Guidelines for our White Elephant Exchange
Here are the rules for the white elephant gift exchange which will start after the Saturday potluck.  Please bring one wrapped gift if you wish to participate – the gift can be old, new, funny or junk or really nice.  The rules of the game are:

  • Everyone brings one wrapped gift.
  • We will draw numbers to determine the order in which we choose our gift.
  • When it is your turn to play, you can choose a gift from the pile of unopened gifts or take someone else’s gift.  Each gift can be taken only 2 times and then it stays with the owner.
  • When someone takes your gift, you immediately replace it with a gift from the pile of unopened gifts or take someone else’s gift.
  • The person who drew #1 gets the last draw and swaps with someone (other than the gifts that have been taken 2 times).

Additional notes: 

  • Everyone who brings a gift is eligible to play, members and guests.
  • If you are bringing a child to the party, please bring a gift for that child and mark it as a child’s gift.  That way we can be sure he/she will get a gift they like.
  • Bring only ONE gift per person.
  • Don’t go out and buy something elaborate – hunt around your house for something useful, not useful, funny, weird, left over, or something you don’t want.

We are looking to HAVE FUN and LAUGH – not to bring home a great gift.  One ladies’ trash is another ladies’ treasure.  So, don’t expect to get a great gift out of this game. Come to have fun.  If you bring more than one gift, they will be donated to ladies who didn’t bring any gift.

Sunday – likely some walking/hiking/biking before we all pack up and head home.

CAMPING RESERVATIONS:      Call 512-389-8900 or visit http://texas.reserveworld.com/

Please RSVP via Meetup or reply lsands@austin.rr.com for questions, to RSVP, or to volunteer to lead an activity.  It would be good to note if you are coming Friday- Sunday or if you are only coming out for the Saturday activities.

Hope you can join us for the Holiday Party.  It is a signature TOWN event, and it is always well attended and fun!

Jan
6
Sat
Hiking at McKinney Falls State Park
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

McKinney Falls State Park Hike

January 6th  (at TOWN Holiday Party)

Outing Leaders: JennyF & JanB

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Where: Dining Hall

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy

Austin, TX 78744

*This hike is in conjunction with the TOWN Austin Holiday Party.

Who:  everyone including well behaved dogs on a leash. Please note that    dogs are not allowed in the dining hall but can be on the dining hall patio.

Cost: $6 per adult unless you have an annual pass in which case admission is free or a Texas Parklands Passport-Senior Partial (65+) which is 50% off or $3.

Difficulty: mostly easy

Time: approximately 2-2.5 hr.

Route: our route will depend on the weather and ground conditions. There are several hikes to choose from including the Homestead Trail (3.1 mi.) and the Onion Creek Trail (2.8 mi.).

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Jan & Jenny

Jan
23
Tue
Monthly Meeting, January 23
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The location is the Northwest Recreation Center at 2913 Northland Dr, 78757. Enter the front doors, look left, and you will see and hear us.

Visiting begins at 6 pm with our business meeting following at 6:30. Our speaker begins at 7.

Our agenda is typically the following:  bring your brown-bag dinner or a snack; we gather at 6 pm & socialize; 6:30-7:00 greetings, introductions, business, outings reports and planning; 7- 8 speaker; 8 – 8:15 adjournment and cleanup.

Our speaker will be Val Bugh who will talk about moths, a much ignored insect.  Val is an excellent speaker and always brings bit of humor to her presentations.  Her topic is Moths ~ The Mysterious Majority.  Of about 2000 species of lepidoptera found in the Hill Country, only 150 are butterflies. Moths are far more numerous and diverse than butterflies, including more varied lifestyles, far greater size range, and some rather surprising survival strategies. This program will cover both caterpillars and adults, identifying the major families as well as some oddities, and a look at the beauty of these often overlooked insects.

Valerie Bugh is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, teaches entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to local organizations, and is the author of pocket guides to “Butterflies of Central Texas” and “Spiders of Texas.” Website: http://www.austinbug.com/index.html

Join us and bring a friend!

Feb
1
Thu
Camping in Colorado Bend State Park
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 4 @ 12:00 pm

Camping – Colorado Bend State Park

February 1-4, 2018

Outing Leader/RSVP to Meetup Please: email  CherylC

What:  Camping at Colorado Bend State Park – First weekend in Feb

Where:  Colorado Bend State Park – Bend, Texas,

When:  Feb 1-4, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, departing Sunday

Who:  TOWNies, guests and well-behaved dogs

February 1-4 Camping Trip Colorado Bend State Park

Make your reservations asap as this hidden gem is becoming more and more popular and will fill up.  As of 10/12/17 there are only 11 drive up sites suitable for rvs (30ft max) the first weekend of Feb 1-4 Thurs thru Sun, $15 per night.

This is a boondocking camp – no hookups or dump station, no shower facilities.  There are several water spigots and composting toilets.

Activities:  Gorman Falls, Spicewood Springs and River trails are all awesome.  IF the river is flowing, there’s a possibility for kayaking.  Who wants to explore a natural cave?  Cave tours must be reserved in advance – $12, Discovery tour 45 mins, doesn’t involve crawling, but is still a wild (natural) cave with no installed lighting, etc  http://cbcaves.com/

We’ll work out details as the date approaches.  Of course, plan for pot luck dinner on Friday night, and bring something to grill on Saturday night to enjoy with left overs.

If there’s a great deal of interest and all sites are booked at Colorado Bend State Park, there are sites across the river at Sulphur Springs Camp (approx 10 miles away by road) with hookups for rvs ($28) and cabins (listed on web, plus hotel tax) for those who might want that choice.  I  haven’t ever camped Sulphur Springs, so could be an adventure!   http://www.bendtexas. com

Feb
10
Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts – Beth Wood
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beth Wood

Contact GailP-C for more details.

Sycamore Creek House Concerts
Dripping Springs, Texas

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Doors open at 6:00 pm, music begins at 7:00 and concludes about 9:00.
$20/person suggested minimum donation