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NAMI Austin to host mental health conversation

The Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Health will host a mental health conversation with teenagers from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.

The event, called #OK2Talk: Starting the Mental Health Conversation with Teens, will be held at Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive.

The free event will feature a presentation on NAMI Austin’s mental health and suicide awareness programs for teenagers with a panel discussion featuring school professionals, licensed mental health professionals, a parent and a teen.

For information call 512-420-9810; email; or visit

— American-Statesman staff


TreeFolks to host tree planting volunteer event

TreeFolks will host a volunteer event to plant trees from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Barkley Meadows Park, 4529 Texas 130.

Participants will plant native 5- to 15-gallon trees to beautify, provide shade and wildlife habitat and reduce water runoff while learning about urban forest stewardship and how tree planting helps surrounding areas.

Participants should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle, a hat and sunscreen. Water, coffee, light refreshments, gloves and tools will be provided.

To register, email

— American-Statesman staff



Library to hold pumpkin-decorating contest

The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., will host a pumpkin-decorating contest Oct. 26-31.

Participants will decorate a pumpkin or gourd as a book character or with a literary theme and drop it off at the library children’s desk for display by noon Oct. 31. Library staff will vote for the best literary pumpkins, and the winners will receive a bundle of books.

Carved pumpkins will not be eligible; only painted and/or decorated whole pumpkin submissions will be accepted.

One winner will be chosen from age groups of 7 and younger, 8-12 and 13-18.

For information, call 512-218-7034.

— American-Statesman staff


Knights of Columbus to host casino night fundraiser

A casino night fundraiser will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2201 E. Fourth St.

The event will include a dinner and traditional casino games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, Texas Hold ’em and poker as well as silent auctions, raffles and door prizes.

Tickets are $50, include poker chips, dinner and drinks and can be purchased at the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 1519 N. Main St.

For information call 512-352-9077.

— American-Statesman staff



Fire Department seeking applicants

The San Marcos Fire Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill six firefighter vacancies by Oct. 24 to take the Civil Service Examination on Oct. 28.

The city will hold the test to establish an eligibility list that will be in effect for a period of one year from the test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Applicants must possess a basic or higher structure fire suppression certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection or documentation from them stating that the applicant is certified as a firefighter on the examination date. They also must hold a Texas Department of State Health Services emergency medical services paramedic certification.

For information visit

— American-Statesman staff


Friends of the San Marcos Public Library to hold book sale

The Friends of the San Marcos Public Library will hold a fall book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The sale will be held at the City Park Rec Hall, 170 Charles Austin Drive, San Marcos.

Paperback books will be $1 and hardcover books will be $2 on Friday. Paperback books will be 50 cents, and hardcover books will be $1 on Saturday. Attendees will be able to purchase a bag of books for $5 on Sunday.

Proceeds will support the library by purchasing books, e-books, audiobooks and furniture as well as providing equipment maintenance.

— American-Statesman staff



Guided hike planned for Saturday morning

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Bastrop State Park will host Critters of the Lost Pines, a guided hike starting at the playground of the park, 100 Park Road 1A.

Participants will learn about the animals who live in the Lost Pines. The 1-mile hike will last about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes.

For information visit

— Bastrop Advertiser


Learn all about the Mina Masonic Lodge

An open house will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mina Masonic Lodge, 601 Main St.

The community can tour the facility as well as ask questions about the organization. Refreshments will be available.

For information call 512-303-0191.

— Bastrop Advertiser

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