COMMUNITY NEWS: Edible Austin hosts children’s picnic on Sunday



Edible Austin to host children’s picnic

Edible Austin will host its Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave., Austin.

The event will include live music, storytelling, activities and a chance to meet local farmers and try food from local vendors.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs.

For more information:


Library to host book festival

The Pflugerville Book Pfestival will be held from 1 to 5:30 p.m. April 29 at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St.

The festival will include interviews, book signings, presentations, a poetry reading and crafts centered around 18 Texas authors in attendance, including John Pipkin, Anna Castle, Skip Hollandsworth, Mando Rayo, Jarod Neece, Joe Shine, Mari Mancusi and Diane Gonzales Bertrand.

For a full schedule and more information:


TreeFolks to hold arborist course

TreeFolks, in partnership with Texas A&M Forest Service and the city of Austin, will host a certified arborist preparation course at 8:45 a.m. Mondays, June 5-26, at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road.

The course prepares green industry professionals to take the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Exam. The registration fee is $275.

For more information and to register:



School bond early voting starts April 24

Early voting for the Round Rock school district’s 2017 bond package will run from April 24 to May 2 leading up to Election Day on May 6.

The $572.1 million bond includes three propositions that address growth, innovation and safety within the district. Learn more about Bond 2017 and view a list of financial information and proposed projects on the district’s bond website.

Early voting locations within and in close proximity to the district will be open daily. Williamson County locations will not be open April 30.

For a full list of voting times and locations, visit


Master Gardeners Association to host program

The Williamson County Master Gardeners Association will host a program called “Hands-on in the Garden” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 29 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown.

The class will focus on herb gardening with information on how to propagate herbs and time outside touring the extension’s herb garden.

For more information: 512-943-3300;



City gives incentives to Urban Mining Co.

The San Marcos City Council unanimously voted in favor of a performance-based Chapter 380 Agreement with Urban Mining Co.

The company selected San Marcos as the location of its headquarters and NdFeB magnet manufacturing laboratory facility. The agreements include a 10-year personal property tax rebate at 75 percent and a 10-year real property tax rebate at 25 percent.

The facility will be constructed on 10 acres and adds more than 100 advanced manufacturing and technology jobs to San Marcos and Hays County over the terms of the agreements. All incentivized jobs will pay more than $15 per hour in accordance with city of San Marcos policy.


City warns residents of utility scam calls

The city of San Marcos is warning commercial and residential customers of a scam in which a caller claiming to work for the city is threatening to disconnect utilities unless the customer makes an immediate payment.

The scammers will demand the payment be made by using a Green Dot or other type of Visa, MasterCard or American Express gift card. Several commercial account customers have recently reported receiving such a call.

“The city utility staff does not make collection calls threatening to disconnect the services, and we never ask you to pay with a gift card over the phone,” said Ernest Cavazos, utility billing manager. “We do automated courtesy calls advising a customer of their due date, but the calls will not demand immediate payment.”

Residents who receive calls that appear to be scams should notify the San Marcos Police Department at 512-753-2108 or report it to the utility billing office at 512-393-8383.

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