Community news: Registration ending for Angel Tree program



Register for Angel Tree program

Registration ends at 4 p.m. Thursday for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, which provides toys and clothing to children ages 12 and younger in families experiencing financial hardship.

Qualifying families who wish to register for the program must call 512-445-2003 or 512-822-0923 until they speak to a representative, as there is no voicemail option.

Although calling to register is preferred, the Salvation Army will take walk-in registration until 3 p.m. Friday at the Christmas Cheer and Emergency Disaster Services Warehouse, 6510 S. Congress Ave. Calling ahead is recommended to avoid a longer line and to ensure qualification and proper documentation.

— American-Statesman staff


Display promotes 311 service

Austin 311, the city of Austin’s information center, will launch its Discover Austin outreach event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Austin City Hall Plaza, 301 W. Second St.

It features a display made up of life-size numbers 3 and 1 that the community can stand in between to spell out 311. By taking a picture and posting it to social media, residents can spread awareness about Austin 311 and help the community connect to the city services they may need.

The display also will be set up at different events around Austin.

— American-Statesman staff


Clay-shooting fundraiser Friday

Wonders & Worries will host its No Worries Classic clay-shooting fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch, 11508 Carl Road, Creedmoor.

The event will include a flurry competition, a clay-shooting competition, lunch and remarks by organization clients.

Wonders & Worries is a nonprofit that provides free professional mental health support for ages 2-18 during a parent’s serious illness.

For information:

— American-Statesman staff



Thanksgiving dinner volunteers needed

Organizers of a community Thanksgiving dinner event are seeking volunteers and monetary donations.

The free dinners will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.; at the Georgetown Housing Authority - Activity Learning Center, 210B W. 18th St.; and at First Baptist Georgetown, 1333 W. University Ave.

The dinner menu will include turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans and rolls. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteers, individuals or organizations may sign up by emailing

Donations may be made out to the Salvation Army - Williamson County with “community Thanksgiving” on the memo line and mailed to the Salvation Army - Williamson County, 1930 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626.

— American-Statesman staff



Art show opens Hogeye Festival

The Hogeye Festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday with the Pearls Before Swine Art Show and the Hogalicious Dessert Contest.

The art show will be held until 9 p.m. at the Elgin Arts Association, 104 N. Main St., and includes 2-D and 3-D art from Central Texas artists, as well as a silent auction and reception with Go Texan wines.

The dessert contest will be at Eva Mae’s Kitchen, 313 N. Main St., and will include divisions for youth, adult and professional bakers in pies and cakes. Samples will be available after judging at approximately 8 p.m.

The festival continues Friday at 109 Depot St. with a carnival from 6-10 p.m. among the activities. Saturday is highlighted by the Road Hog Car Show from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Central Avenue and the carnival from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Youth council volunteers sought

The city of San Marcos is seeking volunteers to serve on the San Marcos Youth Council, a new commission created as part of the Youth Master Plan formed in 2013. Members must be in high school or older, and limited spots are available.

The commission’s charge includes being the voice for youths for the greater San Marcos community; advising and making recommendations to the City Council, school boards and other elected officials and policymakers about issues affecting youths; serving as a bridge to support young people more effectively; providing a structure for youths to become lifelong, invested citizens; providing outreach to San Marcos teenagers; identifying youth issues needing community attention; and perform tasks and work on projects of the San Marcos Commission on Children & Youth.

The commission will meet monthly, and members will choose the time, day and place of meetings.

For an application or more information:

— American-Statesman staff

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