Community news: Austin Energy warns of scammers


The Write to Me Foundation is accepting dress donations for the 15th annual PromRack Boutique on April 7.

Sponsorships for key areas of the new Children’s Park playscape in San Marcos are available.



Utility warns of scammers

More than 50 city of Austin utility customers have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from city of Austin Utilities, demanding payment of their utility bill within a half-hour or power will be shut off.

If the customer fell for the scam, the scammers presumably would ask for a credit card, gift card or bank account information to complete a payment.

The city of Austin Utilities customer contact center does not call customers with cut-off deadlines and does not ask for credit card or wire transfer information over the phone.

City of Austin Utilities accepts walk-in payments only at the city’s two walk-in service centers or at authorized locations: most Austin H-E-B stores, ACE Cash Express, Money Box, Fiesta Mart and Randall’s. Staff at authorized locations will ask to see the customer’s utility bill statement before accepting payment.

City of Austin utility customers who wish to make a utility bill payment by credit card can do so at or by calling 800-959-7063, which connects the customer to the city of Austin’s automated utilities payment service.

— American-Statesman staff


Special needs workshop set

Special Needs Forum will host a free workshop titled “SSI: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway, Building IV.

The workshop will include information from professional financial advisers on how to get started with Supplemental Security Income applications and review the steps along the process. Parents and guardians of children with special needs, as well as those who teach and work in the special needs care industry, are encouraged to attend.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff


Lions Club hosts chili supper

The Pflugerville Lions Club will host its annual chili supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lions Club Hall, 500 N. Railroad Ave.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door. Tickets are free for ages 10 and younger. Desserts will be available for sale, and a TV will be raffled off.

Proceeds from the supper and raffle will be used to help local families in need.

For more information: 512-251-5466.

— American-Statesman staff


Lecture scheduled on diseases

A free outdoor lecture called “CSI: Disease Detectives — Science Under the Stars” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.

The event will feature Spencer Fox, an infectious disease researcher, who will present information on combating outbreaks and pandemics such as the flu, Ebola and Zika by tracking their path. Attendees will get to see displays of local animals and plants kept at the laboratory and participate in activities designed for all ages.

A question and answer session will take placed after the lecture.

— American-Statesman staff



Group seeks dress donations

The Write to Me Foundation is accepting dress donations for the 15th annual PromRack Boutique, taking place from 1:30 to 6 p.m. April 7 at the Round Rock High School small gym, 100 N. Lake Creek Drive, Building 400.

Items can be dropped off at Westbank Dry Cleaners locations; Goodwill stores; and at the Department of Family Protective Services, 14000 Summit Drive, Suite 100.

The event provides free new and gently-worn dresses to ages 14-21, as well as a personal shopping experience, gift bags and beauty and hair consultations.

For more information and to donate or volunteer:;

— American-Statesman staff



Children’s Park sponsors sought

Corporate and foundational sponsorships for key areas of the new Children’s Park playscape are available.

Areas available for sponsorship include the castle, glass-bottom boat, cave, liberty swing, treehouse, benches, large swing area, Zip Krooz and small swing area.

The park has closed so crews could dismantle the 25-year-old structure, and it will remain closed until the new playscape is completed. The proposed plan features an all-inclusive design for children of all abilities. There will be two play areas for children ages 2-5 and ages 5-12.

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact the Parks and Recreation office at 512-393-8400 or visit

— American-Statesman staff


Gardening workshop set

“Organic Gardening 101” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Buda Public Library, 303 Main St.

Jonas Jones and Billy Gray will lead the free program covering the basics of how to grow nutrient-rich foods organically. The program is for teens and adults.

Registration is required at

— American-Statesman staff

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