Community news: Free athlete heart screenings offered Saturday


Highlights

The Mother Earth Day Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Zilker Park.

The deadline to apply for the city of San Marcos Arts Commission funding is Sept. 25.

TRAVIS COUNTY

EAST AUSTIN

Free heart screenings offered

Dell Children’s Medical Center, Specialty Care Clinic, at 4900 Mueller Blvd., will host free heart screenings for athletes ages 14-18 from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Athletes, cheerleaders, marching band students, drill team members and anyone who participates in strenuous sports and activities are encouraged to get their hearts screened for possible deadly genetic heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The screening includes a 12-lead electrocardiogram and a limited 2-D echocardiogram to detect HCM, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. These tests are not included in standard preparticipation sports physical examinations. The ECG and ECHO are noninvasive, painless and valued at more than $700.

Online registration is required before a screening at champhearts.org, and students must have a signed parental waiver, available at the website or at the event.

— American-Statesman staff

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

Lanes restricted on two streets

A city-hired contractor will begin work on the Blocks 2 & 4 Odor Abatement Project this weekend, putting traffic controls in place from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday on Cesar Chavez and Colorado streets.

During this time, Colorado Street will be reduced to one lane between Second and Cesar Chavez streets, and westbound Cesar Chavez will be reduced to one travel lane between Colorado and Lavaca streets.

For the initial phase of work, the contractor will begin excavating at the intersection of Colorado and Cesar Chavez streets and trench westward toward Lavaca Street along Cesar Chavez.

— American-Statesman staff

NORTHEAST AUSTIN

Caregiver info session set

The AARP will hold a “Conversation About Caregiving” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Asian American Resource Center, at 8401 Cameron Road.

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, an advocate for caregivers and veterans, will lead a conversation about the challenges and rewards of being a caregiver. Participants will be able to meet with other caregivers and learn about resources.

To register: bit.ly/2wYnHk9.

— American-Statesman staff

SOUTH AUSTIN

Earth Day Festival set

The Mother Earth Day Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

The free festival is designed for environmental awareness, specifically relating to Barton Springs and Barton Creek. Activities, recommended for ages 4-13, will include dancing, music, puppet theater, yard chess and other ecological and educational programs.

Participants should bring blankets, picnics, beverages, sunscreen and hats.

For more information: motherearthdayfest.com.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ROUND ROCK

Prete Plaza hosts art show

Prete Plaza, at 221 E. Main St., will host a PopUp Art Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Art will also be on display in ArtSpace, Suite 160, 231 E. Main St.

— American-Statesman staff

GEORGETOWN

Meeting on native plants

The Native Plant Society of Texas will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

Presentations will be given on pollinators, native plants and what to do to help pollinators.

For more information: npsot.org/wp/wilco.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP

Vet group hosts car show

A car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2527, at 1503 FM 20.

The event is an open car/truck/bike show that will include free hot dogs for ages 10 and younger and awards with cash prizes. Vendor spaces are available for $40 or for $60 with electricity.

To register a vendor booth, call 737-999-4469 or 512-718-3808.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Arts grant deadline nears

The deadline to apply for the city of San Marcos Arts Commission funding is Sept. 25, and the city is seeking applicants for the program.

To be eligible for funding, projects must promote the arts, which may include instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording and other arts related to the presentation, execution and exhibition of these major art forms as well as promote local tourism and the convention industry.

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with city staff to discuss and review applications prior to final submission.

For full details, guidelines, and application forms: sanmarcostx.gov/arts.

— American-Statesman staff



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