March 2011

Mar 02, 2011


Happy Texas Independence Day!  We hoped you enjoyed the Future of Texas event last week.  We had a great panel and moderator and a good discussion during and after the event.  You can check it out online if you missed the event. 
Although the Future Forum itself does not have any big events planned for March (we know you all have lots going on with Spring Break, SXSW, and other "welcome to spring" events), there is lots going on in and around us.  For starters, the LBJ 100 bike ride will take place on March 26th out at the LBJ Ranch.  There are rides of all distances, so please come join the fun.  And, if you do come out for the ride, let me know.    
The Future Forum will be co-hosting a Doers and Builders Fair in April - encouraging our members, friends, and others to get involved in their community.  And, in May, we will have a few events celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the LBJ Library (including a possible Field Trip)!  We are also working on something for June and are already working on events for the Fall.  So, get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather in March and then get ready for more great Future Forum events starting in April. 
Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store      

Mark your calendars for our Doers and Builders Fair on the evening of April 14.  We are partnering with the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce to feature information about area non-profits and charities. 

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.  Look for a list of participants and more details soon. 

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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Not sure if your membership is current? Email Sarah McCracken. Renew online today!

Doers & Builders

March's Doers & Builders - KLRU

Since its inception, Austin's own community licensed public television station KLRU, has brought exceptional educational television to the Central Texas community. This non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization is made possible through support from our members. For 40 years KLRU has been a friend to Central Texans. KLRU's mission is to enrich the lives of our viewers through quality public television programming, community services and public events like the Distinguished Speaker Series, KLRU Kid's Club and shows like  Austin City Limits, Central Texas Gardener and Texas Monthly Talks. KLRU is a Community Partner of the LBJ Future Forum.


Other Community Events

The Austin Film Society will hold their annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards on March 10.  The Texas Film Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 by the Austin Film Society (AFS) to honor outstanding Texans who've made a significant contribution to film making and entertainment, as well as non-Texans who've made significant strides in the advancement of the Texas entertainment industry. Classic Texas films and television programs are also honored, with a member of the cast or creative team accepting on behalf of his or her colleagues. Proceeds from the event benefit the educational and artistic programs of AFS, a non-profit organization founded in 1985 by director Richard Linklater.  To learn more, visit the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards website.

The Wildflower Days™ celebration begins with the Artists and Artisans Festival devoted to arts, crafts and nature from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The annual festival showcases the work of more than 20 American artists.  More information can be found on the Wildflower Center website.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Greater Austin Crime Commission invite you to a Global Security Summit on Wednesday, March 23 at the LBJ Library 10th Floor Atrium and Brown Room.  There is no cost for the event, but space is limited. Confirmed registration is required. For more information or to register online, visit the Strauss Center website.

The LBJ 100 Bike Ride will be held March 26.  This ride has varying distances and begins and ends on the LBJ Ranch.  In addition to the ride, this annual event includes  tours of the Ranch and a post-race meal.  What a great opportunity to enjoy springtime in the Hill Country and soak up a bit of presidential and Texas history!  For more details or to register, visit the LBJ 100 website.

Contact Us

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

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


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