RG4N Blog

Protesters Art

Posted Sun, 10/07/2007 - 9:55pm

It's been said that RG4N has made a mark on the Austin political scene. Now, it looks like we've made one on the arts scene too.

Local photographer William Hundley visited a recent Saturday morning protest and asked the protesters to pose for a photo afterwards. That photo is part of his set "The Redcoats are Coming!!"

You can see the RG4N protesters photo here, and the entire set here.

So come on out and join the next weekly protest. You never know who might show up.

RG4N Bazaar is Bizarrely Successful

Posted Sun, 10/07/2007 - 9:26pm

How bizarre! The recent RG4N Bazaar was a success beyond even our best expectations. Between purchases and donations, we made over $3,700 on this one event.

Our heartfelt thanks! to all the neighbors who donated items, volunteers who organized it all, and everybody else who shopped or donated at the event.

The morning was full of activity and excitement, as bargain-shoppers and treasure-hunters negotiated and haggled their way to the the checkout tent. We were busy all morning long, right up to our noontime close. The early bird certainly go the bargain that day.

We couldn't have done it without our great business supporters. Charles Lokey, owner of Encore Records, Video & Apparel let us use his parking lot during a normal business day. Michael Ferweda of Zinger Hardware & General Merchant set up his red canopy tents for the concession and check-out areas. Duke Correa and Quack's 38th 1/2 supplied the coffee urns, while Dave Swainston brewed fresh coffee that morning. Rick Culleton publicized the event in the Discount Electronics ad in that week's Chronicle. We hope our supporters will share our appreciation by visiting and shopping these great Austin businesses.

See more photos from the event here.

RG4N Newsletter Posted

Posted Sun, 09/30/2007 - 1:57pm

RG4N has been distributing an informative newsletter door-to-door throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the Northcross development.

A downloadable copy of the newsletter has now been posted to the web site. Click here to view a copy.

Additional information on the RG4N educational campaign is here.

Crestview Neighbors Host Successful House Party

Posted Sun, 09/30/2007 - 12:52pm

Crestview residents Chris Pieper and Robyn Ross recently hosted a fundraising house party in support of RG4N. The event was a success, and raised over $650 in support of the RG4N lawsuit.

The almost-fall weather was perfect for their backyard event. There was an "Evil Mr. Smiley Face" piñata for people to take a whack at. Music provided by Thrum, Nicholette and DJ Gregmost rocked the crowd. Robyn treated the crowd to homemade goodies and other refreshments. The RG4N Party Crew was there to give updates on the legal and fundraising situation.

There was a nominal suggested cover charge, but guests were exceedingly generous and money collected far exceeded that. Way to go Chris and Robyn!

Check out the photos posted here.

We're still in our fundraising countdown to the November 13 court hearing. Maybe you'd like to host a fundraising house party? Click here to learn how..

Host a Fundraising House Party

Posted Sat, 09/29/2007 - 12:53am

The trial date of November 13th is fast approaching, and we have serious fundraising needs. We've got a great start, and we are on the path to success. We can get there if all our supporters pitch in.

Here's something you can do: host a fundraising house party.

The RG4N Party Crew (woot!) will help you plan a fun and informative event. We've got dedicated volunteers that will work with you to ensure your party is a success. We can provide RG4N representatives to explain what's happening now, answer people's questions, and present the fundraising pitch.

Your party can be as big or as small as you want. Maybe you want to invite over a small group of close friends for an intimate gathering. Or, maybe you want to invite the whole neighborhood for a fun-filled evening. Maybe you'd like to co-host a party with a group of neighbors. Whatever you want, we'll help you plan, invite and entertain your guests—all while learning and talking about the lawsuit and issues.

This really works! Allandale neighbor Michelle Wibbelsman and her co-hosts recently helped RG4N raise $2000. Former City Councilmember Brigid Shea raised $1300. Chris Pieper had a private backyard party that raised $650.

You can do it too. The RG4N Party Crew will help you make it happen. Email fundraising [at] rg4n [dot] org to discuss the possibility of hosting your own fundraising house party.

Citizens Could Lose $1.3mil in Crestview Land Swap

Posted Tue, 09/25/2007 - 11:46pm

Our neighbors in Crestview are hopping mad at a City plan to swap land parcels with local developers. The swap would violate the approved neighborhood plan. Also, it would be a $1.3mil giveaway of city-owned property to benefit private developers.

City Council will consider approving the swap on Thursday.

The neighborhood has an alternative. They are asking the City Council to vote down the swap and consider that alternative. The neighborhood also asks concerned citizens to contact City Council before Thursday.

More information here: Help Crestview "Stop the Swap"

Sept 27 update: The item scheduled for City Council action has been postponed.

Allandale Masquerade Ball to Support Northcross Lawsuit

Posted Tue, 09/25/2007 - 10:48pm

The Allandale Neighborhood Association will be holding a Masquerade Ball on October 27. Proceeds will support the Allandale Legal Fund. This will be a great opportunity to have fun with your neighbors while supporting a better Northcross development.

Advance tickets are on sale now.

Full information here: Allandale is having a Ball!

House Party Fundraiser a Success

Posted Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:02pm

By Michelle Wibbelsman

(On August 18, Michelle and her friends hosted a fundraising house party.)

Our thanks go out to neighbors, friends, party hosts and RG4N representatives for coming out to our recent party and for your generous contributions. We had about 40 people show up, and in one fun evening we raised $2000 for the RG4N lawsuit! It was a terrific opportunity to hear about recent developments in the case from RG4N reps, and to rally enthusiasm and support. RG4N set up an information table, sold T-shirts and bumper stickers, and raffled off comedy club tickets. A few neighbors offered moving speeches about why this case matters, and about how we should all feel compelled to participate in a vision of progressive and responsible development for our neighborhoods and our city. We kept track of contributions throughout the evening on a giant fundraising thermometer and watched the arrow go up, up, up! The piñata we saved for last. Each of us took a turn at bashing a big smiley face piñata, and once it was shattered, we all scrambled for candy, "No Walmart Supercenter" buttons, and evil smiley face surprises. It was a blast!

How we did it:

The idea for the fundraising party started over dinner conversation with some friends. Once we decided on a date for the party, we invited a few other friends to co-host the event. Each co-host spread the word through their networks (listserves, friends, contacts) and pitched in a donation for purchasing food, drinks, etc. We spent about $200 total, which was probably a high estimate, since we had lots of things left over. We drafted a brief timeline to keep everyone more or less on the same page over the course of the evening, and wrote up a few talking points—mostly about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. RG4N provided all kinds of support, from logistics to helping us advertise on the RG4N webpage. The RG4N photo and music DVD was a hit, and people got a laugh out of the South Park video "Something Wallmart This Way Comes" (although probably not appropriate for kids).

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