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Where To Buy Fried, Smoked Turkeys in Austin

We’ve been updating this article each year since 2014 – Some information below may still be out of date. We would be so grateful if you let us know if there are changes or additions. Send us an email or use the comments section below. Thanks!

We’re buying our turkey fully-cooked this year too! The TX Association of Vietnam Veterans is nearest to us in the South Congress region (at the end of Alpine Road East, past the Berkshire SoCo Lofts), so that’s where we’re making our order. It’s also the cheapest item AND it’s for charity!

The Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans

UPDATE: TAVV reached out to us today to say that they have sold out already for 2017! Give them another try in October 2018! More options for pre-cooked turkeys are listed below.

Click to visit Paz Veterinary

Cajun Flavored Fried Turkey – The Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans (TAVV) is frying turkeys for their annual fundraiser.

If you have not experienced the unique delicious flavor of a fried turkey, then you are in for a treat, and these Veterans know how to do it best!

TAVV is accepting, on a first-come first-served basis, orders for fried turkeys available for a scheduled pick up at VFW Post #856 (406 E Alpine Street, South Austin) on Wednesday, November 23. Each 12-14 pound fried turkey is $45.00.  Reheating instructions are included with each fried turkey.

Place your order for as many turkeys as you need for your Thanksgiving feast to ensure availability.  Contact Elaine Rey at or call 512-567-6859.

FYI:  TAVV is a State-chartered, tax-deductible, non-profit veterans organization that returns donations to the veterans community and charities in Central Texas. Every dollar contributed helps our Veterans.  In addition, TAVV donates fried turkeys at Thanksgiving to Garrett’s KidStrong and Loving Libby, who in turn provide meals to the families of the Dell Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward. TAVV also donates fried Thanksgiving turkeys to SafePlace of Austin, a facility for abused and displaced families.

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Other Options

These area restaurants also sold fried turkeys in 2014. Give them a call for this year’s ordering deadlines, options and prices.

Fatboy Fried Turkeys is the name of Dave and Annabelle Angenend’s fried turkey business. He sells them for $65 each, and they come in two flavors: Jack Daniels Cajun butter or half injected with Shiner Black and the other half with the Jack Daniels Cajun. You can order turkeys, as well as a number of side dishes at or by calling 512-699-5687. The turkeys can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day at 11906 Hornsby St.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill South, 4521 West Gate Blvd., has a limited number of fried Cajun-spiced turkeys available, and they cost $65 each. You can pick them up before Thanksgiving. Order by calling 512-899 2700.

Smokey Mo’s, with half a dozen area locations, is selling smoked turkeys for $41.95 each. Order by by calling the store from which you’d like to pick it up.

All the area Popeye’s will have fried turkeys available the week of Thanksgiving. They cost $39.99 and orders may be placed in person at the store beginning 10/31. All pick ups are before Thanksgiving. No phone orders this year.

Red’s Porch, 3508 S. Lamar Blvd., has smoked turkeys for sale for $60 each, including gravy. Call 512-440-7337.

Hoover’s Cooking, 2002 Manor Road, sells roasted, fried or smoked turkeys for $58.95 each, not to mention all the fixings and desserts. Order online at or by calling 512-479-5006.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market specializes in turduckens (a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey), which cost $80 to $90 each and come with several different options for stuffing inside. They also sell smoked turkeys without the stuffing. You can order them by calling 512-918-1600 or emailing

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Halloween Carnival Block Party on Wilson 2016

Join Jonica Willingham, family and friends for a Halloween Block Party in the street!

Wear your costume, bring some candy and enjoy lots of games.

When: Saturday, October 29, from Noon until 3:00 PM.

Where: 3001 Fontana Drive – held on Wilson St where it dead ends past the intersection of Wilson, Fontana and Sacramento. This is where the walking shortcut to El Paso is.

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Gillis Park Pool to Open June 20, 2016

We have great news for fans of summer swimming!

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department has revised its swimming pool schedule and Gillis is back in play!


Image: Gillis Park Pool

Gillis Park Pool opens June 20, 2016.

  • Open every day of the week except Wednesday
  • Pool might also be closed on Sundays
  • Hours are 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The pool is open for general recreational swimming, and does not have reserved hours for adults or lap swimming. Gillis Pool’s online schedule has not been updated, but the pool was originally scheduled to close for the season on to August 14. Here are schedules for all Austin pools.

We have been holding our breath, since the City had delayed opening our pool over the last several weeks. Last year, the City considered closing Gillis Park Pool permanently. The City hosted an online survey to gauge the public’s willingness to close down local pools and instead provide several new, large water parks. District 3 Council Member Pio Renteria says that for now, some pools can not be opened due to a shortage of staff in the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

Image: Lifeguard in Austin, TX

With regard to the staffing shortage:

Hiring Lifeguards

Lifeguards are still being hired! Training continues and more are needed. Pay is $13.03 per hour. Visit to learn about opportunities throughout the city.

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Bouldin Creek Clean-Up 2016

Article Updated With Location Change!

March 30 Update: The link to the volunteer form is now at the bottom of this page!

AKA Clean Sweep 2016

“Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by 4,000 plus volunteer who contribute 8,700 combined service hours.”

Join Keep Austin Beautiful and your Dawson Neighbors for Clean Sweep – Austin’s annual city-wide service day on April 9th where over 4,000 volunteers join together on an ordinary Saturday morning to make an extraordinary difference.  Dawson neighbors will clean East Bouldin Creek from 9AM-11AM beginning at Alpine Pond (meet on Alpine St.).  Meet your neighbors while having fun and making a noticeable impact. Volunteer and when you sign-up, give us your T-shirt size! For questions contact Site Leader Marisa at

Trash bags and litter-grabbers are provided. Please wear light boots (there will be muddy banks and wet rocks). Wear long-legged pants and long-sleeved shirts with gloves to protect you from poison ivy. Some folks like to wear a small backpack to carry water and energy snacks.

“The network of cleanups is followed by a not-to-be-missed volunteer party featuring free t-shirts, lunch, live music, children’s environmental activities, recycled art, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more!”

After the cleanups, volunteers are invited to a FREE volunteer party, 11AM-1:30PM featuring live music, free lunch (vegetarian food available), door prizes, and performance by Animal Facts Club showcasing the Biodiversity of Texas.

This is a HUGE party for the volunteers held at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street. You’ll get a ticket at the door, so your ticket number may be called for a door prize throughout the afternoon – stay late! The prizes range from little things to expense-paid vacations!

Sign Up Online

Click “sign up” in the section below for “Bouldin Creek Cleanup”. If that section isn’t appearing in the box, click this link and scroll down to it (it’s not fully in alphabetical order). (more…)

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Amy’s Ice Creams Closes Over 100% Rent Hike

For over a decade, Amy’s Ice Creams has been a popular destination for St. Edward’s students, local parents and kids, and kids at heart, at 3100 South Congress in Dawson Neighborhood. It is now permanently closed after negotiations with the landlord failed following a proposal to double the rent. Amy’s would have then had to pay 1/3 of it’s revenue for rent, and owner Steve Simmons just couldn’t justify it. No Amy’s employees lost their jobs, as they were all transferred to other locations, but this represents a sore loss for our neighborhood.

3100 South Congress LP is owned by David Kahn, an Austin investor who also owns the Scarbrough and Littlefield buildings downtown. At $43 per square foot, Kahn’s new rent was well above the $27 – $28 per square foot rent around South Congress, which is already more than the Citywide average of $19.29. If the hike was justified, we wonder what are the factors causing this? New development in the area has largely been in the form of multistory condominiums.

We’re looking forward to news of what business or development replaces Amy’s, which has always been the prominent anchor at the quirky little 50’s styled mall at 3100 South Congress. If rent hikes of this magnitude become common, it will obviously impact the type and quality of businesses along our neighborhood border.  See also Jan Buchholz’s article in Bizjournals.

April 12 Update: announced that the building will reopen in May as Poke Poke, a walk-up Hawaiian cuisine counter launched in Venice Beach, CA.

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Dawson Elementary Events Oct 30 & Nov 1 2015

Friday, Oct 30, Fall Carnival:

Hi Neighbors —

Dawson Elementary‘s Fall Carnival is next Friday Oct. 30 from 4-7 pm and everyone from the community is welcome to join! There will be booths, games, food and more. Tickets are currently 5/$1 but will be 4/$1 the day of. Wristbands are also available for unlimited booths/games.

We are still IN NEED of sponsorships and donations from local businesses or just people like you. The main purpose of this carnival, besides joining together and having fun, is to raise money for several student enrichment programs throughout the year at Dawson Elementary.

Here is a note from the PTA President Tali Wildman:

“For those that don’t know, I’m the PTA President at Dawson Elementary School in South Austin. We need your help!

Would you or your business like to sponsor bouncy houses food or booths for our school carnival? What about donations toward Teacher Appreciation, school supplies or future events?

Dawson Elementary is a dual-language Title 1 school in South Austin. Contributions – be it gifts-in-kind or monetary are tax deductible and every little bit means more than you’ll know.

Please read my letter and share with anyone you know of that might be able to help with this great cause!”

If you are interesting in attending, let me know! If you are interested in helping, THANK YOU and please just email me at or Dawson PTA at

We are also in need of very simple donations of 2-liter bottles of soda/lemonade or some small food items. If you interested in helping with any of these, please let me know (see the theme here 😀 ? ).


Linzy Brakefield Dawson PTA Treasurer also a Dawson neighbor on Wilson St.

Click to download Letter from PTA Pres Tali WildmanCarnival Donation FormCarnival Sponsorship Form

Sunday, Nov 1st, Community Clean-Up Day

(This was rescheduled from Sat, Oct 24 9-11:30)

Dawson Community, Have you signed up for our #KeepDawsonStrongandBeautiful events yet? YMCA Togetherhood Project has lots of family fun lined up for us from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Including…

A Pet Parade that starts at 1 PM!! Open to the community!

Also, if you have any extra potting soil and/or large pots for plants laying around, let us know…we’d love for you to bring some to add to what Home Depot and others have donated!

Click here to RSVP.

Car Magnets To Raise Money For Dawson Elementary

Hi Dawson neighbors!

We are selling (for only $5) these super cool car magnets for all neighbors, supporters, friends, and family of Dawson Elementary and the Dawson neighborhood at large!! Be #dawsonstrong and #dawsonproud and show your support for our community and our little community school!

Email or for more details!

All proceeds go to the Dawson pta to support student enrichment programs throughout the school year! We appreciate your support!

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NNO 2015 Picnic Highlights



Our unofficial National Night Out Picnic in Gillis Park was a qualified success! Honestly, not a lot of people were able to come, but when you consider how much was accomplished with just 7 days lead time, we couldn’t be happier.  Besides, there was a game on TV that night, and Austin City Limits has partied everyone out. This year’s hard working co-ordinators were Jovita Pardo and Chad Vanderlinden. Chad is an 11-year resident of Dawson, and Jovita grew up here, choosing to return and settle here again after college.


Two Adult Kickball Leagues were scheduled to use the park Tuesday Night, and we worked out separate areas for our events with them. Our thanks go out to Mike Harris of WAKA and Dave Nelson with Austin SSC. Manuel Soza of Park Maintenance opened the bathrooms for us.


Mike Sheffield of Austin Police Community Liaison Corp came by to donate some extra t-shirts and promotional items left over from the City’s NNO Kick-Off on Saturday. He explained that all donations taken in by them at Austin NNO events are spent on holding future Austin NNO events. They also pay for the membership with National Association of Town Watch, the sponsors of NNO, which is transferable to local groups when you register under Austin NNO. Groups must be a NATW member to compete for NNO National Awards. Local groups can register with both NATW, or Austin NNO if they choose. If we register with Austin NNO before the deadline of September 11, they will provide us with a package of promotional materials bought from NATW with the previous year’s donations.


Region 4 Police Liaison Officer Robert Barboza came in full uniform to meet with us, between other NNO events already on his schedule. Barboza is looking top notch after recovering from shoulder surgery. He has attended numerous Dawson Neighborhood Meetings, and we’ve found him to be extremely accessible when we need his help.

Neighbors brought hamburgers, weiners, Cokes, water, chips and hummus. The icing on the top was donated by one of our favorite local franchises. Pizza Patrón at 533 W. Oltorf St. supplied 5 medium pizzas which the picnickers gobbled up! Thanks to Pizza Patrón Regional Director Yesica Cardosa, we never ran out of food, and really, who doesn’t love pizza?

From here, we continue to seek neighbors interested in forming a committee to organize a major NNO Block Party October 4th, 2016. Whether you would like to volunteer or just want to be on the mailing list to follow the committee’s work, please send an email to Meetings will be in or very close to Dawson, probably at Austin Habitat for Humanity’s Board Room, the South Austin Neighborhood Center, and Twin Oaks Branch Public Library.

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Dawson National Night Out 2015 Picnic

Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs A Going Away Party!


Turn your porch light on, lock the door, and come on down to meet your neighbors at Gillis Park this Tuesday, October 6th 2015 from 7:00 PM to 10!

This is a spur-of-the-moment group picnic in observance of National Night Out. Volunteers are invited to sign up to form a committee to plan and carry out a major Official NNO block party October 4th 2016!

This committee also seeks to form neighborhood watches, with the Austin Police Department providing a 1-hour workshop on being observant and staying safe!

APD and other local dignitaries have been invited to attend, but due to short notice, we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed. Also, this year’s City of Austin National Night Out Kick-Off Event will take place at Mueller Airport Lake on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about National Night Out visit

National Night Out is a production of the National Association of Town Watch. They also sponsor a wonderful program called Project 365. It’s an initiative for neighborhood groups to identify and improve or resolve crime problems in our community within a year’s time-frame. Neighbors of Dawson would like to launch NATW’s programs here to address our own local trouble spots.

The address is 2508 Durwood Street. Look for the “Dawson Neighborhood” signs. Please bring your own food and chairs and plan for few plates of extra food to share. The park is alcohol-free and glassware is not allowed. There is a burn ban in effect, so bring only propane grills. A good idea would be to precook your burgers and weiners and heat them up again on site. We’ll share our camping stove.

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2015 National Good Neighbor Day

The fourth Sunday in September each year is National Good Neighbor Day!

Let’s all spend a few minutes thinking about our good neighbors, and how we can express our thanks to them for what they’ve done to make our neighborhood a great place to live!

Please use the comments below to thank them publicly and tell us a little about the story that makes them great!

BTW, the third Sunday in September was National Neighborhood Day!

Now, we don’t have to wait a year to celebrate Dawson Neighborhood again. Who wants to organize a Neighborhood-wide Block Party?!?! Yeah? Contact us to volunteer or contribute some ideas, and we can make this happen!

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SANC Events September 2015

SANC“Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events flyer for September, please share with the community.

Coming October 10, Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM, flu shots will be available at the clinic here at South Austin Neighborhood Center. [Click here for schedule]

Thank you,

Judy Alvarado, RN
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood St [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704

Download the SANC Flyer English or Spanish.

or view the content below in English or Spanish (more…)

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