Community news: Highway sign contest underway


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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Round Rock offers weekly qi gong classes.

Registration is open for the Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run in Georgetown on Feb. 4.

TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

Road sign contest underway

The Austin Transportation Department is holding a contest to create clever driving and safety tips to be displayed on highway dynamic message signs.

Contestants have through Feb. 10 to submit their ideas to AustinMobility@austintexas.gov or tweet them to @AustinMobility using the #ontheroadATX hashtag. Winners will get their submissions added to the rotation of messages Austinites will see on major roads in the city.

Entries will be up to two alternating panels of text with up to three lines of text per panel and up to 14 characters per line. Winning submissions should refer to a local, statewide or national mobility or safety initiative, traffic law or common road condition that drivers should know about, such as road work ahead.

Entries may use commonly understood abbreviations or shorthand but may not include inappropriate material or profanity. Extra points will be awarded for local cultural references such as live music, food, bats and celebrities.

— American-Statesman staff

PFLUGERVILLE

Library to hold craft night

The Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., will host a craft night for adults to create miniature air plant pots from oven-bake clay at 6 p.m. Thursday.

All materials, including air plants, will be provided while supplies last. The free event is for ages 18 and older.

For more information: 512-990-6375.

— American-Statesman staff

AUSTIN

Youth orchestra holds auditions

The Austin Youth Orchestra will hold string auditions for the spring 2017 semester starting with registration at 6 p.m. Monday at Stephen F. Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St.

The audition is intended primarily for the Concertante Orchestra for students in kindergarten or above.

Orchestra membership is open to all interested students in the Central Texas area and will be determined by the audition process. Audition material is a solo or etude of the student’s choice that demonstrates a maximum level of ability. A $10 audition fee will be required for new prospective members. If accepted, each member will pay a tuition fee of $125 per semester, which includes comprehensive and intensive orchestral instruction as well as regular performances.

For more information and an audition registration form, visit austinyouthorchestra.com.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ROUND ROCK

Qi gong classes offered

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, at 300 University Blvd., will offer qi gong classes from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays from this week to Feb. 16.

Qi gong is a moving meditation that is part of traditional Chinese medicine involving gentle movement that helps to calm the mind and help heal the body.

Class participants will learn 20 movements over a six-week period. This series is open to cancer patients, their caregivers and others who wish to participate for physical and emotional health reasons. The activity is done while sitting in a chair and can be adapted to suit individual needs. No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $30 for the series.

To register: 844-279-3627.

— American-Statesman staff

GEORGETOWN

Register for Cupid’s Chase

Registration is open for the Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run, which is set for Feb. 4 beginning at Seventh and Main streets and ending at Bark Park, 151 S. Holly St. The fun run for ages 8 and younger will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the chip-timed 5K run/walk will begin at 8 a.m.

Registration for the 5K costs $18 for ages 13-54 and $16 for ages 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older through Wednesday. Registration between Thursday and Feb. 3 is $22 per person for all age groups.

The fun run is a loop around the courthouse, and registration costs $10 before Feb. 4 or $15 on race day. T-shirts are not guaranteed if registering on race day.

The event will include a Cupid costume contest, and dogs on nonretractable leashes are welcome.

For more information or to register: cupid.georgetown.org.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Potty Time workshops set

The city of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host “Potty Time” workshops from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.

Participants will discuss a positive approach to potty training that can be implemented no matter what method is used at home. Handouts will include information on how to prepare for potty training, when to get started, what signs to use and how to encourage, motivate and celebrate.

Registration is open and costs $15 per family. The class is intended for parents, but children are welcome to attend.

For more information or to register: 512-393-8400.

— American-Statesman staff



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