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Community news: MLK Day festival, march on Monday


Hays County will host a group march in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday in San Marcos.

The Bastrop Fire Department will hold a car seat fitting station from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.



MLK festival, march on Monday

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day festival and march will take place at 9 a.m. Monday starting at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the University of Texas campus, moving to the state Capitol and ending at Huston-Tillotson University. Vendors and local artists will be at the end location for a celebration until 3 p.m. Street closures will be held due to the event.

City of Austin administrative offices and other municipal facilities, including all public library branches, will be closed Monday in observance of MLK Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday. All recreation centers, senior centers, museums and cultural arts centers will be closed Monday as well. All city golf courses and pools, including Barton Springs Pool, will be open.

Trash, recycling and yard trimmings collection for Austin Resource Recovery customers will remain on schedule for Monday.

For more information on the MLK Day march:

— American-Statesman staff


Mental health classes offered

The Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a 12-session course for family members of adults who have a mental health diagnosis from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 19 through April 20.

The free peer-led classes will meet at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, and are designed to help family members understand and support their loved ones living with mental health diagnoses while maintaining their own well-being. The classes cover the full spectrum of mental health disorders and feature workshops on empathy, communication and problem solving.

Registration is required by calling 512-420-9810 or emailing

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Benefit car show postponed

The Hill Country Rolling Sculpture Car Show, which was scheduled for Sunday at the Hill Country Galleria, has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. Barring more bad weather, the event has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22.

The show benefits the Bee Cave Public Library through paid sponsorships and participant registrations.

For more information:

— Lake Travis View



Animal shelter open Monday

Williamson County offices will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. County offices will resume normal operations Tuesday.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, at 1855 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown, still will be open regular hours from noon to 6 p.m. The shelter is offering adult dogs and cats for only $20.17 to adopt this month in honor of the new year. Kittens and puppies are only $75 to adopt. All adopted pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and fully vetted.

— American-Statesman staff


City approves 2017 arts grants

The Georgetown Arts & Culture Board has approved $20,000 in grants to support local nonprofits and schools with art, music, theater and cultural heritage events or projects. The funding is for events in Georgetown taking place between Dec. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017.

Grant recipients include the Festival of the Arts for its 2017 event, the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association, the Georgetown High School Theater Arts Booster Club for Thespian Festival scholarships, the Georgetown Symphony Society for the 2016-17 season, the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra for two Georgetown concerts and the Williamson Museum for an interactive exhibit.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



MLK Day march on Monday

Hays County will host a group march in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 9:45 a.m. Monday.

The march will start at the Hays County Courthouse grounds, 111 E. San Antonio St., and end at the Dunbar Center, 801 Martin Luther King Drive.

A short program with food, entertainment, music, movies and a social will be held at 11 a.m. at the center.

— American-Statesman staff



Learn about car seats Saturday

The Bastrop Fire Department will hold a car seat fitting station from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut St.

The free service, also offered in part by Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, will help parents learn how to keep infants, toddlers and older children safe in the car by properly installing car seats of all sizes.

Children must be present, and appointments are requested by calling 512-972-7233.

— American-Statesman staff

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