Community news: Rabid dog played in Zilker Feb. 8


TRAVIS COUNTY

ZILKER PARK

Rabid dog played in park Feb. 8

Austin Animal Services and the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department have confirmed that a rabid dog visited the Zilker Park off-leash area during the dog’s infectious period.

The 9- to 10-month-old, black-and-white Border Collie mix was in at the park from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8, a Sunday, about 50 yards from the sand volleyball courts.

The dog mostly played fetch with its owner, but was reported to have had possible nose-to-nose contact with other dogs; the virus is shed through the oral fluids of an infectious animal.

Dog owners who suspect their dog had nose-to-nose contact with the Border Collie mix should call Austin Animal Services immediately at 311 and follow up their dog’s veterinarian for evaluation to see if a rabies vaccine booster is recommended.

Rabies is transmitted only when the virus is introduced into a bite wound, open cuts in skin, or onto mucous membranes such as mouth, nostrils or eyes. Visit bit.ly/1D8Lw18 for more information.

— American-Statesman staff

AUSTIN

Nonprofits receive research grants

Members of Central Texas nonprofits dealing with Texas cultural heritage, teaching kids English and the well-being of veterans were awarded research grants and paid leave by the University of Texas, where they will study issues close to their fields with a faculty member as part of a program to aid local nonprofits.

For 10 years, the Community Sabbatical Program, which is housed at UT’s Humanities Institute, has been providing Central Texas groups with the opportunity to take time out of their work to research a subject that will benefit their nonprofits.

This year Justin DeBrosse, Charlie Lockwood and Max Rayneard were awarded the Community Sabbatical Grant, which includes a $5,000 stipend, provided by the school.

DeBrosse is a program manager at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and will study the effectiveness of the English Forward curriculum for teaching English as a Second Language. Lockwood is the operations and development director of Texas Folklife and will research how to preserve and spread traditional Texas music. Rayneard, a senior writer and producer for the Telling Project, will study how the group’s efforts to educate people about veterans’ experiences through performances affects the veterans and the people who attend the events.

— James Barragan, American-Statesman staff

AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Luggage screening process changed

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is in the process of installing new checked-bag screening machines.

While the installation is underway, passengers of airlines in the west end of the ticketing area will need to take the baggage they wish to check to the ticket counter to be tagged, then take the bags to a screening machine and give luggage to the Transportation Security Administration staff. Travelers may then proceed to passenger screening.

Once through screening, airport staff will take the luggage for loading onto aircraft. For more information, visit bit.ly/1wlz4hF.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

CEDAR PARK

Kids camp offered over Spring Break

The city of Cedar Park will host a camp during Spring Break for children ages 5 to 12.

Campers will participate in activities such sports, games, environmental outings and more during Camp Timberwolf, which will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 16-20 at the Cedar Park Recreation Center at 1435 Main St.

The cost is $125 for Cedar Park residents and $155 for nonresidents. Registration can be completed online at cpparks.net.

For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 512-401-5500.

— American-Statesman staff

GEORGETOWN

Library to close for staff training

The Georgetown Public Library will be closed Friday for staff training..

No items will be due that day, however those who wish to return items may use the book drop on the Ninth Street side of the building. Patrons may also use the online catalog to renew or reserve any items while the library is closed.

The library, at 402 W. Eighth St., will resume its regular hours Saturday, when it will open at 9 a.m.

— American-Statesman staff

ROUND ROCK SCHOOLS

Health advisory board wants volunteers

The Round Rock school district’s School Health Advisory Council is seeking volunteers.

The council addresses issues such as nutrition, physical education, safe school environment, counseling and mental health services, parent and community involvement, and staff wellness promotion.

The advisory board has reviewed, developed and recommended policies on school recess, human sexuality instruction and the district nutritional policy.

Applications for a position are accepted online at ow.ly/Jm9M1.

The deadline for submissions is Friday. For more information, contact Robbin Gesch at 512-464-5986 or Daniel Presley at 512-464-5089.

— Round Rock Leader staff

HAYS COUNTY

HAYS SCHOOLS

Art Show set for Tuesday evening

The Hays school district will have its Art Show on Tuesday.

Parents can bring the whole family to view the show, which will be from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hays Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohlers Crossing, in Kyle. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction benefiting art student scholarships, and university representatives will also be at the event.

For more information, visit bit.ly/1BJcqkZ.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP

Historical society seeks donated items

Check your closets and garage to donate to the Bastrop County Historical Society’s 2015 Garage & Estate Sale.

The group will be collecting donations at the First Baptist Church, 915 Texas 71 West in Bastrop from:

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 4-6, 9-13, 16-20, and 23-24.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 and 21

• 1 to 4 p.m. March 8

Broken items, paint or other hazardous material cannot be accepted.

The church will also be the site of the March 28 fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support the mission of the historical society, which is to preserve and promote Bastrop County’s history.

Volunteers are also needed; to sign up contact the volunteer coordinator at annwbrown@me.com.

For more information, visit bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com or call museum administrator Barbara Vana, 512-303-0057.

— American-Statesman staff


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