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Community news: Buda Trail of Lights run Dec. 8-10, 15-18



Choral benefit set for Friday

Church choirs and musicians from Austin will join together to create an evening of festive music and generosity of spirit at the 24th annual Drive a Senior - North Central Austin’s Christmas Choral Benefit.

The free event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road. An offering will take place at the event.

Drive a Senior - North Central Austin is a nonprofit that provides 3,900 free rides to help over 300 seniors get to places such as a doctor’s office, grocery story or bank each year.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Help plant trees at school

TreeFolks will plant trees from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Boone Elementary School, 8101 Croftwood Drive.

The saplings will help restore native tree and shrub diversity, reduce water runoff and improve water quality in nearby creeks.

Volunteers should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety. Bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen, and dress appropriately for the weather. Water, coffee, light refreshments, gloves and tools will be provided.

To volunteer:

— American-Statesman staff


Water charges to be determined

The city of Pflugerville started the annual water and wastewater averaging cycle in November to determine monthly charges for the rest of the year.

The city bases monthly wastewater charges on customer water consumption for November, December, January and February. The city takes the three lowest consumptions, averages them and uses that average to set wastewater charge for the entire year.

An account must be active the entire four months to establish an average; all other accounts will be charged the citywide average. Customers noticing a water leak during this time period making water consumption noticeably higher than usual need to notify the utility billing office.

A copy of the plumbing bill or receipts from the purchase of plumbing supplies must be submitted no later than May 1. Upon consideration, the wastewater average may be adjusted appropriately.

Commercial wastewater charges are based on actual monthly water consumption.

— American-Statesman staff



Learn about animals on hike

Learn how animals can change their environement on a guided hike at Buescher State Park on Saturday morning.

Join a master naturalist on the 1½-mile trek from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the blue trailhead across from the walk-in site. The hike will be of moderate difficulty with some elevation changes and uneven terrain. Strollers are not recommended but children are welcome. Bring close-toed shoes, water and a snack, if desired.

The park is at 100 Park Road 1E in Smithville.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Trail of Lights begin Dec. 8

The Buda Trail of Lights will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-18 at Historic Stagecoach Parks, 880 Main St.

The free event features lighted and decorated displays provided by businesses and organizations. Attendees can walk the lighted trail, drink hot chocolate and take pictures with Santa Claus. Beverages and concessions will be provided by Santa Cruz Catholic School.

A senior night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and will include a trolley ride through the trail. To register for senior night: 512-295-7170.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


City hires project manager

The city of Buda has hired Ray Creswell as its first project manager, who will plan, direct and coordinate the implementation of studies, designs and contracts for repair and construction of various capital improvement projects.

Creswell has more than 20 years of consecutive development and design management experience in hospitality, health care and commercial projects. In that time, he had his own practice as an architect and worked for the federal government and corporate companies, including Hilton Worldwide as the director of architecture and construction.

— American-Statesman staff


Tree-lighting set for Wednesday

The city of Kyle will host Santa Claus as the guest of honor during the annual tree-lighting ceremony from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Mary Kyle Hartson Park, 101 S. Burleson St.

The event will include photos with Santa in Kyle City Hall, the lighting of the tree, school choirs and food and drink vendors. Those taking photos with Santa must bring their own camera.

For a full schedule:

— American-Statesman staff

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