Community news: Elgin hosts MLK walk, program Jan. 16


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The Austin Economic Development Department has opened applications for the Artist Inc Live 2017 seminar.

The SBP nonprofit is accepting applications to rehabilitate seven San Marcos homes affected by floods.

TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

Apply for Artist Inc seminar

The city of Austin Economic Development Department has opened applications for the Artist Inc Live 2017 seminar.

Artists can apply online through March 1 at austintexas.gov/ArtistINCATX.

Artist Inc is a nationally recognized arts entrepreneurship program designed to give artists from all disciplines the business training and support needed to strengthen their arts practice and grow their arts business.

The department’s small business program will host the eight-week seminar from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning June 6 and continuing on consecutive Tuesday evenings except July 4 through Aug. 1. Local arts professionals will act as facilitators and lead the training sessions along with city staff.

For more information: 512-974-7845; calder.kamin@austintexas.gov.

— American-Statesman staff

EAST AUSTIN

Student talent sought for show

The National Council of Negro Women is seeking acts to perform at the Black History Star Search Talent Show set for 7 p.m. Feb. 4.

The show will be in the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.

Talent acts can be groups or individuals from middle and high schools of the greater Austin area and surrounding communities. The emphasis will be on black history’s past, present and future. Acts can feature a well-known historical figure or a subject on African-American history using any art form, including music, dramatic interpretation, voice, poetry, music, dance and reader’s theater.

For more information: 512-853-9534; 512-928-2540; ncnwaustin.org.

— American-Statesman staff

PFLUGERVILLE

Library hosts book sale

The Friends of the Pflugerville Public Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St.

Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library and its mission to help the library with events, programs and maintenance.

For more information: pflugervilletx.gov.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

TAYLOR

Educational foundation hosts dance

The Taylor Educational Enrichment Foundation will host the Old School ’80s Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Old Taylor Gymnasium, at the corner of Ninth and Hackberry streets.

The event for ages 21 and older will include food trucks, an arcade, silent auction and a DJ playing hits from the 1980s.

Tickets are $25 for one or $45 for a couple.

For more information and tickets: bit.ly/2iYvHsp.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

ELGIN

MLK walk, program Jan. 16

The MLK Holiday Commission Walk will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 beginning at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot St.

The walk to honor Martin Luther King Jr. will end at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, 510 Martin Luther King Blvd., with a main program to be held afterward. The program will include presentations and speakers from communities and schools within the county, as well as snacks and refreshments.

Walk participants will stop at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Pleasant Bethany Church and the original site of the Booker T. Washington School, and a small speech will be given at each site.

In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled, but the program will still be held.

For more information: bettyelofton@prodigy.net; dockjackson@utexas.edu.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Group to rehabilitate damaged homes

SBP, a nonprofit group specializing in national disaster recovery, is accepting applications from Tuesday to Feb. 10 to rehabilitate seven homes affected by the 2015 Memorial Day and/or All Saints’ Day floods.

To qualify, the house must have been impacted or damaged by the 2015 floods; the applicant must own the home in San Marcos and possess a clear title; the home must have been the applicant’s residence during the flooding; the home must be up to date on property taxes or on a county-issued payment plan; the household income cannot exceed 80 percent of area median family income for its size; the applicant must be unable to afford repairs on their own; the applicant can afford to sustain ownership after rehabilitation; and the applicant must be a willing and cooperative partner during rehabilitation.

Applications are received and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and are compared to determine priority of the cases. Applications selected will be based on compliance with program regulations, need and family income.

For applications: bit.ly/2ifdOoj.

— American-Statesman staff



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