25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of learning and love at Parkside! Joe and Claire have been creating magic for all of us since 1991, and we want to honor and thank them with an afternoon of music, food, and community. Current and former families, children, friends, and staff are encouraged to attend, so please share this invitation within your circles. We want to see all of your smiling faces and enjoy our beautiful new campus with you!

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3-7 pm
Where: Parkside Community School, 3207 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78748
Who: All current and former families, children, friends, and staff
What: Family-friendly celebration … music, food, and community – come share your memories!


Tickets are $25 per person (children under 3 are free). Your ticket includes food, drinks, and a tile to paint for our new Donor Wall. 

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Parking and Shuttle Services

The campus will be CLOSED to parking during the event, with the exception of vendors and those guests needing assistance, so we have arranged for park-and-ride service from Bethany Lutheran Church at 3701 W Slaughter Lane. Please park in the north parking lot (the one facing Slaughter) and in the rows closer to the Bowie HS campus (the first couple of rows by the apartment complex belong to the apartment complex). We will have signage and balloons to make it clear where to park.

The Parkside Shuttle will be running between Bethany and Parkside from 3:00-4:30 and will begin shuttling guests back from Parkside from 6:00-7:00. If your family needs more flexibility, there is street parking available on Rochelle Drive (one street east of campus). 

Music Fest Lineup

Joe has been dreaming of a music festival at Parkside for years, so we’re giving it a go!

3:30-5 pmSolo/Small Group Performances: Current and former students who would like to share their musical talents are invited to perform one song in a Cultural Challenge-type show. Please contact Courtney to sign up – spaces are limited! 

5-6 pm*“Jam with Joe:” Anyone and everyone with a musical instrument and/or voice is invited to “Jam with Joe!” We’ll be performing these songs and more, so brush up!
Simple Gifts, Froggy Went A Courtin’, Firefly, Little Buddy, Space is Dark, Buffalo Gal, Chlorophyll, Fishin’ Blues, Precious Human Life, and Accentuate the Positive.

6-7 pmThe Eggmen Perform: We’ll be treated to a rockin’ set by Austin’s own “The Eggmen!” Get ready to dance and sing to your favorite Beatles tunes … yeah, yeah, yeah!

*We will also have a short presentation to recognize the generous families and friends who have supported our Simple Gifts Capital Campaign and 25th Anniversary.

Win a Date with Joe and Claire

Yes, you read that right! We are raffling off two special dates with Joe and Claire, and the winning families will enjoy dinner and a cruise on Lady Bird Lake aboard Joe’s boat. Tickets will be sold ONLY at the party, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to spend the evening with everyone’s favorite couple.

Commemorative Items

Silver Anniversary Memory Book: “25 Years of Learning and Love at Parkside”
As a gift to Joe and Claire, we’re compiling a book of Parkside memories from the past 25 years, and we need your help! If you’ve got pictures, stories, or a message to share, we’ll be collecting those at the party or you can email or drop them off in the office through Monday, May 1st. We’ll also be snapping pictures of everyone in attendance at the celebration to include in the book, which we’ll present to Joe and Claire at our Gates of Life ceremony at the end of the year. Share your Parkside smiles and memories in this special gift for two very special people!
Sterling Silver Firefly and 25th Anniversary Logo Jewelry
Austin jeweler A.J. Rosenberg (Ronnie and Sterling’s dad) of Abercrombie Gems + Precious Metals has created some custom pieces to commemorate Parkside’s Silver Anniversary. We’ll be taking pre-orders soon and will have a limited number of pieces available at the party. Stay tuned!
Parkside Caps
We know that Joe loves a good baseball cap, so it’s time we all had a logo cap to wear about our beautiful 12 acres and beyond. Youth and adult sizes will be available for pre-order soon, and we’ll have a limited number at the party. Stay tuned!
25th Anniversary Shirts
With all of the run-up to this monumental event, we’ve had some interest in a commemorative t-shirt, so we’re happy to share this design with you! These shirts are available through the Bonfire website ONLY, and we will not have any for sale at the party. It is a print on-demand campaign that will run from today until May 1st. Once the campaign ends, t-shirts are printed and shipped directly to you, and Parkside receives a portion of the profits! With four styles available in four colors, there’s something for everyone, so place your order by MAY 1st!

All proceeds benefit our wonderful community and the next 25 years of Parkside magic!

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“Parkside has been the best gift we could have ever given our kids so they could just be kids. And with Grandpa Joe and Nani Claire watching over them with exquisite love and care. We are forever indebted to you both.”
Apurva and Nehal Bhansali