Steering Committee Minutes March 7, 2018

MNA Secretary Meeting Minutes, Mueller Neighborhood Association

Members present: Lila Valencia, Chair, Luke Downs, Treasurer, Alison Raffalovich, Secretary Bill Berman, Andrew Clements, Kathy Farley, Audrey Glaser, Bill Kirwin, Evan McLendon, Joan Quenan, Dan Updegrove Members absent: Preston “Ty” Tyree, Ana Acosta Guest(s):  David Neider Meeting called to order: 7:05 pm                               Meeting adjourned: 9:05 pm Old Business Item: Greetings  Lila Valencia Item: Approval of previous meeting minutes – …

MNA General Meeting Minutes – February 17th

MNA Secretary Meeting Minutes, Mueller Neighborhood Association

Mueller Neighborhood Association General Meeting Minutes Saturday, February 17, 2018 Seton Administrative Building Austin, TX 78723 Agenda 1. Greetings and pleasantries [Lila Valencia] (5 mins) o Welcome new and non-members 2. Introduction of MNA 2018 Steering Committee and Officers [Lila] (5 mins) 3. Treasurer’s Report [Luke Downs] (5 mins) 4. Recognition of service for Dee Desjardin, Catellus [Betsy Hilton] (15 …

Mueller Fall Festival Keeps the Beat!

Kathy Sokolic Front Porch Flyer, Photo Essay

The 2017 Mueller Neighborhood Fall Festival, sponsored by the Mueller Neighborhood Association and several local Mueller businesses, was a fun-filled family event!  Kids of all ages danced, frolicked and socialized to the sounds of The Michele Solberg Quartet.   John Gaines Park provided a wonderful backdrop to the music and entertainment for the whole neighborhood. Activities included face painting and hair chalking, a petting …

Mueller’s Aldrich Street is Open for Business

Kathy Sokolic Front Porch Flyer, Video

September 14th marked the opening of Aldrich Street, Mueller’s dining and entertainment district, with a festive evening street fair. Overhead, colorful umbrellas lined the pedestrian walkway to create a cheery ambiance, and with live music, it was a party all around! Local favorites Nash Hernandez Orchestra and More Cowbell entertained party-goers while they sampled fares from local restaurants and participated in …

2017 Mueller Fourth of July Parade and Festival

Woody Lauland Front Porch Flyer, Photo Essay

The 2017 Mueller Fourth of July Parade and Festival, sponsored by the Mueller Neighborhood Association, was a musical affair.  Commencing with a costume and bike decorating contest in Paggi Square, the parade marched toward the festival site at Ella Wooten Park.  Hundreds of neighbors joined the route with their pets and wheeled vehicles of all designs. Leading the music were the venerable Mueller Kazoo Band. Festivities …

Sundays Are Better at the Mueller Farmers’ Market

Trevor Bruner Front Porch Flyer, Photo Essay

The Mueller Farmers’ Market is a weekly treasure for our community. Here’s a sampling of some of the incredible vendors who make this farmers’ market so special. Go say ‘Hi’ to them next time you go. They’re all incredibly friendly and if you’re nice, you may get to sample some of their tasty treats.

Memories of Mueller: A Balancing Act

Vicky Bergin Front Porch Flyer

It was definitely in April, before the Easter holidays, when I first saw them. I was probably looking towards the downtown skyline so I hadn’t noticed whether they came   from the left from Aldrich or from the right on Airport, but suddenly I looked down and there they were, a father and young daughter, headed to school across Airport Boulevard.The …

Bike To Work Day, Mueller to Downtown, May 19th

Preston Tyree Front Porch Flyer, Video

Each year in conjunction with Bike Month, Austin holds a citywide Bike to Work Day.  The Mueller Neighborhood Association has traditionally sponsored a breakfast station at the Aldrich circle. This year there were two stations sponsored by the MNA, one at the traditional Aldrich circle location and one at Berkman and Garcia at Neighbors ER. We had a lot of sponsors for both stations …

Middle School Proposed for Mueller to Serve Much of Northeast Austin

Dusty Harshman Front Porch Flyer

In April, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees adopted a 25-year facility master plan including a co-educational middle school to be constructed in Mueller Simond Avenue meets Tilley Street. After a year-long, community-driven process, the plan proposes that the school will serve much of Northeast Austin. While the attendance area has not been finalized, the school is conceived to serve …

Safe Kids Austin Day, May 6th

Preston Tyree Front Porch Flyer

Safe Kids Austin took over a part of Lake Park in the Mueller neighborhood on Saturday. Dedicated to reducing childhood injuries, Safe Kids Austin had many booths talking about how we can make a difference in our homes and cars. Some of the participants agreed to speak on camera so we put a few together in this short video.  Safe Kids …

Mueller resident Meisha-ann Martin takes a trike test ride last year shortly after moving here.

Trikes in Mueller: Questions and Answers

Ani Colt Front Porch Flyer

  When was the last time you rode a trike? For most, it was probably more than 30 years ago. But I’m guessing you’ve seen one or more Mueller residents riding large tricycles around the neighborhood. With so many things close by, trike riding offers many quality-of-life opportunities: Reasonable cost, especially if a car can be eliminated Improved health for …

The Colors of Mueller

Woody Lauland Front Porch Flyer, Photo Essay

In a community whose architecture has often been described as too “beige,” there is a growing trend toward adding bright hues and bold color combinations to older homes and new construction alike. West of Berkman , freshly painted doors welcome visitors with rich shades of yellow, chartreuse, lavender, and royal blue. One well-known residence seems to generate its own sunshine, …

2017 Mueller Egg Scramble

Woody Lauland Front Porch Flyer, Photo Essay

Here are some images from the 2017 Mueller Neighborhood Association Egg Scramble.  Much appreciation to neighbors Richard Wood and Leila Melhem for organizing the Scramble on behalf of the MNA.  Thanks to all the volunteers who made it a wonderful day. The Easter Bunny is ever-accommodating…  The First Couple of Kindness, Sandy and Bill Fivecoat  MNA Super Volunteer, Jean Crawford  MNA Steering …

Spring 2017 Message from the MNA Chair

Lila Valencia Front Porch Flyer

Hello Neighbors, My name is Lila Valencia, and I have the pleasure of serving as your Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) chair for 2017. I served on the steering committee last year and on the City of Austin Mueller Commission (PIAC) starting in July of 2015. I have been a resident of Austin for over 20 years. My family’s dream of …

Monarch

Memories of Mueller: Tale of the Monarch

Vicky Bergin Article

On a Saturday in the middle of October, my husband and I walked out of the Mosaic garage gate, intending to “pole” (vigorously walk with the use of two nordic poles) to Paco’s Tacos for our usual Sunday breakfast. We turned left on Ragsdale until we got to the park, then turned right and started poling along the sidewalk that …

Audomaro Castro

A Family Shares Paella

Helen Marak Walker Article

Mueller social media offers many occasions for “uber” neighborly connections that are in keeping with the lore and legend of the Mueller community experience. It was one such posting that especially highlighted “radical Mueller hospitality” and exemplified just one way in which our Muellertopia neighbors promote community. Last June, Veronica Castro de Barrera posted something extraordinary. With a simple affirmative …

Active Living Austin Survey

Greg Griffin Front Porch Flyer

Does the Mueller community environment play a role in our health behaviors? Texas A&M is conducting a survey of current residents, 18 or older, at2016.activelivingaustin.org. If you already joined our study before moving to Mueller, please do not participate in this; we will send you individual follow-up surveys. The survey takes about 20–30 minutes, and the university will send a …

Help Make Us a Trike’N Neighborhood

Ani Colt Front Porch Flyer

Have you ever ridden a trike as a grownup? One of the great joys of riding trikes is the ease of stopping to talk with neighbors, and on a lovely Saturday afternoon, my partner Preston “Ty” Tyree and I sat on our trikes to share a great conversation with neighbor Veronica Castro de Barrera. An architect, Veronica sees Mueller as …

Postmarks On Our Foreheads: Collecting Stories Like Stamps

Kathy Sokolic Front Porch Flyer

Last fall, Jess Hagemann, a Mueller ghostwriter and owner of local business Cider Spoon Stories, was listening to an Austin hospice patient share stories from his days in Vietnam. She suddenly got the idea for a book. After nine months spent volunteering as a writer of Life Reviews for Gentiva Hospice patients, Jess felt passionately that the incredible stories she …