COMMUNITY NEWS: Neighborhood groups host District 46 candidate forum


TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

Church hosts panel on substance abuse

University Christian Church, 2007 University Ave., Austin, will host its first panel discussion in the Serve. Love. Grow. lecture series from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 15.

At the panel, titled “There is Hope: Understanding and Finding Solutions for Today’s Alcohol and Drug Addicted Youth,” a panel of experts will discuss solutions for the alcohol and drug addiction epidemic facing youth in the country and community.

The event will include refreshments, coffee, cookies and a chance to speak with panelists after the discussion.

Panelists will include the Rev. Chuck Kutz-Marks; Lori Holleran Steiker, social worker; Julie McElrath, executive director at University High School; Peggy Robinson, University High School parent; and Boomer Mackay, University High School graduate.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

AUSTIN

BossBabes to hold community caucus

BossBabes will hold a community caucus from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Austin Public Library’s Central Branch, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.

The caucus is an annual gathering for activists, nonprofits and thought leaders to present issues, share ideas and discuss plans for effective change. Featured discussions will cover inclusivity and self-care and social justice.

Tickets are $10 and available at bossbabes.org.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

AUSTIN

Neighborhood groups host candidate forum

The Windsor Park, Agave, JJ Seabrook, Mueller and Pecan Springs neighborhood associations will hold a District 46 Candidate Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin.

All candidates have been invited, and Democrats Warren Baker, Sheryl Cole, Ana Cortez, Casey McKinney and Chito Vela; Republican Gabriel Nila; and Independent Nnamdi Orakwue confirmed they will attend.

The candidates will meet in small groups with the audience, giving attendees the opportunity to ask each of the candidates questions.

Early voting in the primary elections starts Feb. 20. Election day is March 6.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

AUSTIN

Police host community event

The Austin Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop from 7 to 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at Dunkin’ Donuts, 2402 Guadalupe St., Austin.

The event will be held in conjunction with SafeHorns and the University of Texas Police Department. Participants can meet with police officers, ask questions and provide feedback in a casual setting.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ROUND ROCK

St. David’s opens heart lab

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center recently opened its electrophysiology lab for the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute.

The hospital invested $3 million to create the lab for TCAI physicians to study and treat heart rhythm disorders and electrical properties of the heart. TCAI is an international treatment, training and research center specializing in care for heart rhythm disorders at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin.

The electrophysiology lab includes equipment for procedural treatments such as cardiac ablation, cardiac resynchronization therapy, cardiac cryotherapy, electrophysiology study, transesophageal echocardiogram, left atrial appendage closure therapies and insertion of pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator and implantable loop recorder.

Jeffrey Whitehill was named as medical director of electrophysiology, and a nurse navigator who specializes in cardiac care at the electrophysiology lab will work alongside Whitehill and provide education and advocacy for patients and their caregivers.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Police hold ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event

The San Marcos Police Department will hold its Coffee with a Cop community engagement event from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The event will be held at Cafe on the Square, 126 N. Lyndon B. Johnson Drive, San Marcos. Coffee with a Cop is a way to bring police officers and residents together in a relaxed, casual setting that encourages the free flow of information. The coffee is free and provided by the restaurant.

Residents can meet with officers, ask questions and provide feedback.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

SAN MARCOS

Library to hold coding program

A program for ages 9 and older to learn the basics of coding will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St.

Participants will use Scratch to create multimedia stories. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child.

To register: sanmarcostx.gov/libraryregistration.

— AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF



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