Community news: American YouthWorks awarded grant


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East Austinites are invited to share their neighborhood stories at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fiesta Gardens.

A “Money Matters” workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cedar Park Public Library.

The McDade Watermelon Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Watermelon Festival grounds.

TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

YouthWorks awarded grant

American YouthWorks has received $805,800 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

Building on the American YouthWorks’ Texas Conservation Corps program, the grant will fund 76 AmeriCorps volunteers who will tackle problems in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Their activities will include disaster response, coastal restoration and a backlog of public land maintenance needs.

The Corporation for National and Community Service also will provide up to $348,900 in education scholarships for those AmeriCorps members to help pay for college, vocational training or pay back student loans.

The Austin-based American YouthWorks is recruiting for AmeriCorps members to begin service this fall. For more information on joining: americanyouthworks.org.

— American-Statesman staff

EAST AUSTIN

Stories sought for walking tours

East Austin neighbors are invited to share stories about their family, church, park and school during a community input session at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

The meeting, hosted by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Austin Tejano Trails, aims to gather information to improve historical and cultural walking tours of East Austin neighborhoods.

For more information, email TejanoTrails@austintexas.gov.

— Nancy Flores, American-Statesman

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

CEDAR PARK

Financial workshop on Monday

A “Money Matters” workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd.

The free workshop will teach participants to set financial goals, track their spending, set a budget and manage bills. Attendees must be 13 or older.

Registration is required by calling 512-255-6799 or emailing info@unitedway-wc.org.

— American-Statesman staff

TAYLOR

Chamber seeks board members

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce began a search for new board members, and nominations are due by 5 p.m. July 21.

Residents may nominate themselves or others with the goal of serving on the board to prepare the city of Taylor and its businesses for the future.

Nominations can be sent with the subject “Board nominee” to president@taylorchamber.org.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

MCDADE

Watermelon Festival on Saturday

The annual McDade Watermelon Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Watermelon Festival grounds, 143 Bastrop St.

The festival will include watermelon, a car show at 8 a.m. with awards at 2 p.m., the Watermelon Queens Revue and a parade at 10:30 a.m. along Main Street.

For information, visit mcdadetexas.com.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

HAYS COUNTY

Flood map meetings set

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released preliminary flood insurance rate maps for public review and comment and will hold open house meetings on proposed changes.

Meetings will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12, and from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.

Attendees will have access to the online, interactive maps during the open house and will have the opportunity to ask any floodplain and flood insurance questions of representatives from the state, Hays County, FEMA and their mapping partners. There will be no formal presentation.

The maps provide updated flood risk information for many areas in Hays County and along San Marcos River in Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe and Hays counties. In Hays County, the flood hazard study includes areas along the Blanco and San Marcos rivers and many tributaries, as well as Onion Creek, Barton Creek, Bear Creek and their tributaries.

Property owners are encouraged to view the maps at maps.RiskMAP6.com to see the specific areas being remapped and how they may be affected.

— American-Statesman staff

SAN MARCOS

Community collection event set

Hays County will hold a community collection event from 8 a.m. to noon July 22 at the Hays County Transportation Department, 2171 Yarrington Road.

The county will take metal, plastics, paper, cardboard, newspapers, appliances without refrigerant, household materials, recyclable products, furniture, carpet, household refuse and passenger vehicle tires without rims for free.

Participants must be a county resident and should bring proof, such as a utility bill, property tax statement or driver’s license.

For more information: ndornak@plumcreekwatershed.org.

— American-Statesman staff



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