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Community news: Disabilities rights discussion Jan. 25


Treefolks will give away 1,200 free trees to Austin Energy customers at an event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Preparation underway to relocate a 53-inch-diameter live oak tree where Buda’s Municipal Complex will be built.



Disabilities discussion Jan. 25

The League of Women Voters Austin Area will host a roundtable discussion on disability rights and the voting experience from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 25.

The free event will be held at the Disability Rights Texas Headquarters, 2222 W. Braker Lane.

Speakers will include Molly Broadway from Disability Rights Texas, Cassie Champion from Texas Civil Rights Project and Celina Moreno from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Participants will hear about how leaders from disability rights groups are working to strengthen citizen participation through voting and political involvement. The group will discuss problems and solutions and form a network to ensure that everyone has access to their voting rights. Refreshments will be included.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Treefolks to give away 1,200 trees

Treefolks will give away 1,200 free trees to Austin Energy customers at an event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Austin Community College Highland Mall campus, 6101 Airport Boulevard.

Trees available include lacey oak, Mexican white oak, Montezuma cypress, pear, pecan, persimmon, pomegranate, satsuma and Texas mountain laurel. The trees will be in 5-gallon containers and are approximately 3 to 5 feet tall.

The trees are being distributed as part of the company’s NeighborWoods program to plant trees that help diminish the urban heat island effect, to lower temperatures around people’s homes and to help reduce energy use and costs.

For more information: 512-443-5323;

— American-Statesman staff


LGBTQ panel meeting set

A public input meeting for the formation of a city of Austin LGBTQ commission will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Asian-American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

In October 2016, Austin Mayor Steve Adler called for the formation of an LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission, and this meeting will help decide the makeup and structure of the commission.

As the populations of Austin have continued to grow and diversify, the city has formed a number of commissions to analyze and serve the needs of these growing communities.

— American-Statesman staff



Register for Chase the Chief 5K

Registration is open for the Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run scheduled for March 5.

The race will be at the stadium at Richarte High School, 2295 N. Austin Ave., and will include a 5K, a 1-mile fun run, a Police Department obstacle course and fitness fair.

Registration is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Proceeds will help with the Georgetown school district’s physical education program.

Packet pickup will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Race-day registration and packet pickup will start at noon.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff



Job fair set for Thursday

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, will hold a job fair from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The company is seeking applicants for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions in several areas of the resort, including culinary, food and beverage, front office, housekeeping, golf, recreation and spa.

People interested in attending the job fair are encouraged to fill out an online application in advance in order to shorten interview wait times. The online application form can be accessed by visiting or

Each applicant who attends the job fair will receive an on-site interview, and on-the-spot job offers will be available for qualified candidates.

For more information: 512-308-1234.

— American-Statesman staff



City to relocate historic tree

Preparation is underway to relocate a 53-inch-diameter live oak tree on the site where Buda’s future Municipal Complex will be constructed, at the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The location is at the corner of Main and East Loop streets.

The city of Buda Unified Development Code establishes that protected tree species greater than 20 inches in diameter are classified as heritage trees and are afforded special consideration and protection under the code. This tree is approximately more than 260 years old.

It’s expected to take about three days to physically move the tree to its new location at the southeast corner of the municipal site.

The city will update the relocation efforts with information on how residents can view the process on its blog at

— American-Statesman staff

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