April 2011

Apr 01, 2011

No April Fools Daytricks here - mostly because we are late getting this out and it is now a few days past April Fools Day. But, we do have lots of other tricks (or perhaps, treats) up our collective sleeves. Please come join us for our Doers and Builders/Charity Fair on April 14th. We know that you all are already Doers and Builders, but there is always a little more we can do - and, we are partnering with the Austin YoungChamber, soit should be a great event. In May, we will have multiple (yes, you read that correctly - multiple) celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of the LBJ Library, including some behind the scenes looks at the Library (and the Texas Hill County). More on all of that soon. And, there is a lot going on at the Library, at the LBJ Ranch, and in the communityin the coming months. Come on out and enjoy it all!

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
Join us for a Doers and Builders Fair at 6:30 p.m. on April 14. We are partnering with the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce to feature information about area non-profits and charities. Organizations will set up tables all around the 10th Floor Atrium at the LBJ Library.

Particularly, we are working with the non-profits and charities to provide you with information about specific ways that you can get involved--from one time opportunities to long-term affiliations. We are working with the Austin Young Chamber to bring a dynamic mix of organizations to the Fair. We will send out an invitation with a full list of participants next week. In the mean time, register on the Future Forum website.

In addition to the organizations who are staffing tables, we will have a table for brochures and other literature for charities and nonprofits who are not in attendance. We would love to feature any organizations near and dear to you. Bring any brochures or information for us to set out when you come on the 14th.

Cluster Activity

Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.

Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for Film Cluster announcements. See you at the movies!

For information on the Book Cluster, please email Taline Manassian.

Recent Events

Future Forum Presents: Future of Texas Panel Discussion
On February 23, Paul Burka of Texas Monthly served as moderator for the panel of six Texas state representatives which included Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville), Walter "Four" Price (R-Amarillo), Mark Strama (D-Austin), Van Taylor (R-Plano), and James White (R-Woodville).

The majority of the discussion centered around the question, "What is the most important issue facing the state in this legislative session?" Budget issues dominated the conversation with each panelist sharing ideas, perspective and concerns from their constituents. The panelists engaged in thoughtful debate. Paul Burka has a full recap of the evening on his blog, BurkaBlog.

If you missed the panel or would like to review aspects of the discussion, a full video of the evening is available on our website.

A reception followed the discussion.

Many thanks to the state representatives and Paul Burka for sharing their time with us.

A Passel of Other Information

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Doers & Builders

April's Doers & Builders - Shoes for Austin

Shoes for Austin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides new, brand name athletic shoes and socks to disadvantaged youth through an incentive program. Shoes for Austin givs shoe grants to ore than 40 Austin area health and human services nonprofits, which in trun provide new athletic shoes to youth involved in their programs. These include children from elementary through high school who are from low-income families and could not otherwise afford to buy new athletic shoes.

Each partner agency works with children who set self-improvement goals such as improving school grades, learning new sport skills, and learning about nutrition and fitness. To help these individuals complete their goals, they are rewarded with new, name brand athletic shoes and socks from Shoes for Austin.

Shoes for Austin will provide 10,000 pairs of shoes to hard-working individuals at over 40 local nonprofit agencies in 2007. Since its inception in 2000, Shoes for Austin has partnered with more than 90 local nonprofits and donated over 56,000 pairs of shoes valued at more than $4.8 million to deserving children and families across Austin. For more information, visit the Shoes for Austin website.

Save the date for the Born to Run 5k on April 23rd at 8:00 a.m. the Austin State School. The Kids' K will follow at 9:00 a.m. Watch the Shoes for Austin website for more details.

Other Community Events

The Experience Austin spring 2011 session is slated to begin April 8. It includes in-depth sessions on the topics of: education and workforce development, land use, transportation, housing, health care, Austin's economy and demographics and the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of our city. The program is one full Friday and four consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Friday, April 8, 8:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 4:30-8:30 p.m. The price is $785 which includes course materials, full meals each evening, and a complete bus tour of Austin unlike any you've ever experienced! Click here to for more information or registration.

"Light of Hope" at Austin Children's Shelter will be held on Saturday, April 9th as a group of state and local non-profit organizations commemorate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. A free family event with music, refreshments, children's activities and more. Saturday, April 9th 11 am to 3 pm. For more information, visit the Austin Children's Shelter website.

Austin Restaurant Week 2011 is April 10-13. One city, two weeks, three courses... Enjoy the opportunity to indulge at your favorite local restaurants with special, low-priced fixed menus that highlight the participating restaurants most decadent dishes. This year, Austin Restaurant Week partners with over fifty local Austin restaurants and is donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to both Meals on Wheels and the Capital Area Food Bank. Not only is Austin Restaurant Week offering specials for dinner, but they are now offering hot deals for both brunch and lunch, making it impossible to miss out on this delicious two-week event! Check out Week's website Austin Restaurant Week's website for more information and to view all of the participating restaurants.

April 15-17, join thousands of Reggae enthusiasts from all over, for this Texas sized celebration of spring bringing together world music, tasty food, arts & crafts, spectacular scenes and excellent people watching in Austin! Hosted at one of the city's most popular outdoor venues this event also helps feed the hungry in Central Texas by benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank. For more information or to purchase tent permits and tickets please visit the Capital Area Food Bank website.

The Austin Children's Shelter and Saks Fifth Avenue present "Fashion for Compassion" to benefit ACS on Friday, April 15, 2011. This chic spring style show will feature prominent Austinites on the runway, great music, delicious food, distinctive live auction items and fabulous shopping. For more information, visit the Austin Children's Shelter website.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Harry Ransom Center and the UT School of Journalism ar holding a panel with prominent journalists and commentators who will explore the question "Could the media break a story like Watergate today?" at 2 p.m on April 21st. Panelists include Peter Baker of The New York Times, Dana Priest of The Washington Post, Mark Miller of The Texas Tribune, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The panel will be moderated by Glenn Frankel, director of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. Tickets are free to the public and will be distributed on Monday, April 4th beginning at 9 am, visit the LBJ Library site for more info. A limited number of panel tickets have been held for Future Forum members on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email Sarah McCracken to reserve a ticket.

At 6 p.m. on April 21, The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and the Harry Ransom center present The Legacy of All the President's Men: An Evening with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Robert Redford discuss the film All the President's Men (1976) and its legacy. A very limited number of tickets are free to the public and will be distributed on Monday, April 4th beginning at 9 am, visit the LBJ Library site for more info.

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

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