OWL Day Update

It’s less than two weeks until our annual OWL Day festivities on Sept. 28!  Ads are now being posted for the art and garage sales. Check out the Sales tab on the website for all the latest ads.
The Annual Picnic will be held that same evening. Check the Picnic tab for ways you can help, and plan to bring a side dish and have fun with your neighbors!

OWL Day Set for Sept. 28 — Art and Garage Sales and Block Party

The date for OWL Day has been set for Saturday Sept. 28, 2013. The annual neighborhood pot luck block party will be that evening and the event is being coordinated by Laurie McLane-Higginson.

The neighborhood-wide Art and Garage Sale will be held that day also, so it’s not too early to get your treasures and/or art ready.

Check out the Block Party and Sales tabs on this website and read the OWL Newsletter coming soon for details on how to participate.

OWLA Supports Pearl Clark Community Garden

Last week Vice-President Phil Minkin, on behalf of OWLA, presented a $500 check to Michael Morley in support of the Pearl Clark Community Garden, 639 Illinois St.
There are about 25-30 residents involved in the project, working together and getting to know one another. It will soon be a showplace for the neighborhood and has already transformed a vacant, weed-covered empty lot into a place of pride for our neighborhood. It is also mitigating previous problems with flooding that were problematic for neighbors to the east. OWLA’s one-time grant of $500 will be used for a shed for tools and other storage and go toward fencing to secure the area. In the future, kids from Pinckney and the Community Nursery will be learning gardening skills in the area designated for community projects. There is a rain garden to deal with runoff and to add a flowery presence to the space. It is still a work in progress, with a grape arbor, fruit trees, and berry bushes being considered.  Photo credit: Jim Roper

Unveiling of the Pinckney Tunnel Mural Project – Friday May 3

The Pinckney Tunnel mural unveiling is this Friday, May 3, from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the school entrance to the tunnel. OWLA is a supporter of the project, and we are very excited to see months of collaboration come to fruition!

The Pinckney PTO is inviting the neighborhood to come celebrate as 22 young Van Go artists present their work to the community. In a nod to the grassroots lemonade stand efforts that started the community’s fundraising for this project, lemonade and cookies will be served.

Please come!

Installing the mural. Photo courtesy of Linda McKay


March 9 Meeting Reminder

Old West Lawrence and Pinckney Neighborhood residents –

This is a reminder of the meeting on Saturday morning to learn about the upcoming vote on the school bond issue.

Date:        Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time:        9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Place:       Pinckney School Library, 6th and Mississippi Streets

Topic:       The USD 497 School District Bond issue that will go for a public vote April 2

Speaker:   Keith Diaz Moore, Member of the USD 497 School Board

Please join your neighbors to learn about and ask questions on the proposed the bond issue.

If you are walking to the meeting from south of 6th Street, by using the tunnel to reach the school you will gain an insight to the site of the permanent mural installation planned for the tunnel. The project is a collaboration between Pinckney PTO and Van Go. It is unrelated to the bond issue, but OWLA is supporting it financially.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Membership Meeting March 9

Next meeting:

 March 9, Pinckney School Library

 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

USD 497 School Board member Keith Diaz Moore will discuss the upcoming bond issue and take your ques­tions on that and any other concerns we have with the school board. We have also invited the Pinck­ney Neigh­borhood Association. Residents might want to walk to the meeting using the Pinckney tunnel under Sixth St. in order to better understand the permanent mural installation planned for the tunnel, a collaboration between Pinckney PTO and Van Go. The project is unrelated to the bond issue, but OWLA is supporting it financially.