Community news: Rainwater control seminar Aug. 5


The city of Georgetown will host a meeting on upcoming city projects and event updates at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

San Marcos’ Movies in the Park series continues Tuesday with a showing of “Wall-E” at sunset.



Rainwater seminar Aug. 5

The Zilker Botanical Garden, at 2220 Barton Springs Road, will host its final Saturday summer seminar on rainwater control from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5.

Travis County master gardeners Marian Stasney and Pat Mokry will lead a discussion on the practical aspects of taming excess rainwater, including functionality, location, construction and maintenance.

The seminar is free with entrance to the park ($2 per adult, $1 for ages 3-12 or seniors age 62 and older, $3 for non-Austin residents).

— American-Statesman staff


Museum hosts salon event

The second Meet Her Hands salon event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.

The free event along the banks of Waller Creek will include an exhibition by Angel Oloshove, a question-and-answer session, a tour of the museum and drinks provided by Argus Cidery.

For more information or to RSVP:

— American-Statesman staff



Meeting on city projects, events

The city of Georgetown will host a meeting on upcoming city projects and event updates at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The informal meeting will be at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth St. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

Updates from city staff will be provided on art center and library events, the historic resource survey update, new city hall and council chambers, the Austin Avenue Bridge, the downtown sidewalk projects, Founders Park, a new downtown development manager, trends in the downtown sales tax and the Main Street Star Award.

Reservations are requested by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

To make a reservation: 512-819-3115;

— American-Statesman staff


City’s draft budget discussed

Major road and parks projects and public safety enhancements are among the highlights of the draft 2018 budget discussed with the Georgetown City Council in workshops.

The city manager’s proposed budget will be presented to City Council on July 25 along with the certified property value assessment and proposed property tax rate. The 2018 fiscal year will start Oct. 1.

The 2018 budget is focused on trying to strengthen the city’s foundation to build for the future, including responding to the city’s continued population growth, implementing the City Council’s goals and continuing with key investments.

With growth in new and existing property values, the city’s property tax rate is expected to stay the same or be lowered. The city also has seen continued growth in sales tax to support the general fund, streets and economic development.

The budget includes transportation improvements such as the Rivery Boulevard extension and the Northwest Boulevard bridge and FM 971 project; funding for three new police positions; Garey and San Gabriel parks renovations; construction funding for new fire stations, City Hall, council chambers and a new elevated water storage tank in Sun City; and funding for new staff to meet growth demands.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Expo booth boot camp set

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce will hold an expo booth boot camp at 6 p.m. July 31 at Sirloin Stockade, 3607 N. Main St.

The free presentation will help businesses maximize presence, engage more prospects and grow the business when operating a booth at business expos.

Reservations are required by calling 512-352-6364 or emailing

— American-Statesman staff



Park hosts chimney swift viewing

An opportunity to watch chimney swifts as they nest will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A.

Participants should bring binoculars to join Ranger Kristen in trying to find chimney swifts before they roost for the night.

For more information: 512-321-2101.

— American-Statesman staff



Watch ‘Wall-E’ in park

The Parks and Recreation Department hosts another installment of the 2017 Movies in the Park series with a showing of “Wall-E” at sunset Tuesday at San Marcos Plaza Park, 201 N. C.M. Allen Parkway.

Keep San Marcos Beautiful will collect single-use water bottles and shopping bags and switch them out for reusable versions. They also will operate a booth with games focusing on responsible disposal of waste, specifically how to handle electronic waste.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and concessions will be available for purchase.

The final movie in the series will be “Finding Dory” on July 25.

— American-Statesman staff

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