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Community news: Ride-hailing survey available



Ride-hailing survey available

Austin residents voted May 7 against ride-hailing companies’ ability to continue using their own background checks, and now residents may take a survey on how this has affected the region.

Uber and Lyft, two ride-hailing companies, pulled service from Austin indefinitely due to the vote against Proposition 1.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is conducting the Austin Region Transportation Network Company Survey to collect information from former Uber and Lyft passengers to investigate how the companies’ departure has affected travel behavior in the region.

To take the survey:

— American-Statesman staff


Library hosts Merry Making

The Bee Cave Public Library, at 4000 Galleria Parkway, will host Merry Making Saturday with crafts, live music and stories from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Harpist Andrea Fronk will perform until 3:30 p.m., and the event will include stories featuring the Grinch and crafts for all ages. Bee Cave Elementary School student Stella Bowenkamp, age 7, will read and sign copies of her book, “Friends with Everyone,” at 3:15 p.m.

For more information: 512-767-6620.

— American-Statesman staff


Concerts to benefit Green Santa

Get in the holiday spirit at The Lakeway Sing Alongs’ 13th annual family show, “Christmas is Coming.”

Two presentations of the Sing Alongs’ holiday musical are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The shows support Lake Travis Labor Of Love’s Green Santa project as the admission price is an unwrapped gift for children up to age 16. The gifts will be distributed to needy local families during the holidays by Green Santa Project volunteers. Last year’s program benefited approximately 640 area children.

Reservations are not necessary, but come early to get a good seat. Anyone unable to attend the show may drop off a gift in the donation box at Lakeway Activity Center any time before the show. There will also be a cash donation jar at the door.

— American-Statesman staff



Christmas Stroll begins Friday

The 36th annual Christmas Stroll will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Georgetown.

The event Saturday includes a parade at 10 a.m., live entertainment on three stages and holiday shopping at 150 arts and crafts booths as well as downtown merchants. A food court will offer seasonal treats such as hot chocolate and funnel cake.

A children’s area will be set up both days of the festival by Grace Bible Church. The festival will include rides and activities, including dessert with the title character from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Holiday by the Tracks on Saturday

The Holiday by the Tracks festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Elgin.

Activities will include a farmers market with arts and craft booths, live musical entertainment and holiday specials in downtown stores.

The Hot Cocoa Sip and Stroll will be from 2 to 5 p.m., when participating downtown businesses will pass out free samples to anyone who has purchased a red and green holiday mug for $10 from the Greater Elgin Chamber of Commerce, on sale at 30 N. Main St.

The lighted Christmas parade will start at 6 p.m. and make its way through downtown, and a live Nativity scene will be up for display afterward in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot St.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Church to create honor garden

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, at 201 Dalton Circle, will break ground on its Armed Forces Honor Garden at 5 p.m. Wednesday to coincide with the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

When completed, the garden will hold five water scuppers in a fountain covered in memorial stars, a restive area with memorial plaques and a walkway of paving stones to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

The first of two phases will begin later in December after the groundbreaking. Westway Custom Builders won the bid to construct the garden, and owner Tom Classen estimates the first phase of the project will be completed within about 90 days.

For information, to donate or to purchase memorial messages for plaques, call 830-598-8432 or visit

— American-Statesman staff

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