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Community news: Hays County offers course on severe Texas weather



National Eating Disorders Association to host walk

The National Eating Disorders Association and its national walk sponsor, Aerie, will host the annual walk at 10 a.m. April 22 at The Triangle Park, 4500 W. Guadalupe St., Austin.

Author, motivational speaker and Austinite Jenni Schaefer will speak at the walk’s opening ceremony about the role NEDA played in her own recovery. The event is intended to raise funds, spread awareness and support the local community.

NEDA’s programs and services are designed to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

Registration fees are $25 per adult, $15 per student, $10 for ages 12 and younger and $5 per pet.

To register: 212-575-6200;

— American-Statesman staff


Interfaith group hosts Palestinian speaker

The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights will host a talk by Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian farmer and director of the peacebuilding center Tent of Nations, from 7 to 9 p.m. April 7.

The free talk, titled “We Refuse to be Enemies,” will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 Exposition Blvd., Austin.

Nassar will discuss the Tent of Nations, the Israeli occupation and process of land confiscations, including the attempts to take his family’s farm, and the journey of his family since 1916 as they have lived amidst an increasingly violent situation.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Master Gardeners talk warm-season vegetables

The Williamson County Master Gardeners Association will host a meeting with a program on warm-season vegetables at 9 a.m. March 25.

The meeting will be held in the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown.

Participants should bring gardening gloves, hand tools and water for a short training period. The class will include information on harvesting the last of cool-season vegetables and planting peppers, beans, squash, tomatoes, melons and cucumbers.

For more information: 512-943-3300;

— American-Statesman staff


A&M AgriLife Extension hosts cooking school

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will host its Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow participants to visit with vendors and view exhibits.

The demonstration will include cost-effective and easy-to-prepare recipes that fit into a healthy meal plan. Door prizes will be given throughout the event, and each participant will be provided with a copy of the “Dinner Tonight Cookbook” in the registration bags that include various items from partner sponsors valued at $40.

The cost of the event is $20.

For more information: 512-943-3300; To register:

— American-Statesman staff


County clerk’s offices to close Wednesday

The Hays County clerk’s offices in both Kyle and San Marcos will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for training.

Both offices will reopen at 1 p.m. and continue with normal business hours, staying open until 4:30 at the Kyle location, 5458 Farm-to-Market Road 2770, and 6 p.m. at the San Marcos location, 712 Stagecoach Trail.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


County hosts National Weather Service class

Hays County and the National Weather Service will host a combination class designed to cover the basics of what residents should know about severe weather as well as living in wildfire-prone areas in Central Texas.

The classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at the San Marcos Fire Station No. 5, 100 Carlson Circle; April 11 at the Kyle Fire Department, 210 W. Moore St.; April 12 at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12; and April 13 at the North Hays Fire Rescue Central Station, 400 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs.

The classes will include the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report to NWS and how to report it, and basic severe weather safety.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


World War II veteran Raymond Lehmann of Ledbetter turned 93 on March 12

World War II veteran Tom Fiorillo of Lakeway turned 96 on Tuesday.

World War II veteran Robert Plunkett of Austin turned 98 on Wednesday.

World War II and Korean war veteran J. Sherman Strance of Austin turned 92 on Thursday.

World War II veteran Chessley Eugene McKenzie of Austin turned 96 on Saturday.

We print birthdays for local World War II veterans on Sundays as space allows. Email the name, birth date and current hometown to

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