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Community news: Sidewalk Talks offers free listening sessions


TRAVIS COUNTY

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

Sidewalk Talk offers free listening sessions

The Sidewalk Talk Austin nonprofit will hold free listening events on city sidewalks starting Wednesday to promote emotional connection and to break the stigma around mental health.

The Sidewalk Talk will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday on Congress Avenue between Third and Fourth streets, and outside Whole Foods Market in Bee Cave from 5 to 7 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16.

The Sidewalk Talk listening project started in San Francisco in 2014 and was organized by a group of psychotherapists and psychologists. It has since spread to other cities, including Los Angeles, Washington and Portland, Ore.

The group, sponsored by Social Good Fund, is seeking volunteers in Austin to listen to those who have a need to talk. For more information and to be trained, visit the group’s Facebook page at bit.ly/29c8bF1.

— American-Statesman staff

AUSTIN

Mayor named to advisory board

Austin Mayor Steve Adler recently was elected to the advisory board of the United States Conference of Mayors at its 84th annual meeting in Indianapolis.

“This will allow Austin to play a greater role in driving city policy in this country and help me collaborate with other mayors who are doing remarkable things in their cities,” Adler said. “I’m excited to see how Austin can benefit from this.”

Adler will serve on the board alongside the mayors of Dubuque, Iowa; South Bend, Ind.; Mesa, Ariz.; Fontana, Calif.; and Gary, Ind.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

GEORGETOWN

Input sought on Austin Avenue bridges

The city of Georgetown will host a walking tour at 5 p.m. and a workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for members of the public about the Austin Avenue bridges at the San Gabriel Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

The workshop will be a hands-on opportunity for residents to share input on the vision of the two bridges over the San Gabriel River, considering aesthetics, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and trail connections.

Prior to the workshop, a walking tour will be conducted to evaluate existing conditions and opportunities for enhancements. During the workshop, a presentation will review the process and public input received to date. Attendees will then break into groups and work through solutions and concepts, considering safety, the area’s character and aesthetics.

The city is requesting reservations for both the workshop and the walking tour to help in preparations by filling out the form at austinave.georgetown.org.

— American-Statesman staff

JARRELL

Road projects open house Thursday

The Texas Department of Transportation and Williamson County will hold an open house to present proposed improvement projects in the Jarrell area from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Jarrell Community Center, 1651 County Road 305.

The first proposal is the County Road 305 bridge replacement project, which would replace the two-lane bridge over Interstate 35. The second proposal is the Ronald Reagan Boulevard at I-35 bridge replacement project, which would replace the two-lane bridge with dual bridges at the intersection of county roads 237 and 313 and I-35. Last is the I-35 frontage road conversion and ramp reversal project, which would convert the two-way frontage roads to one-way traffic and also would include the removal and reconstruction of ramps along I-35 between Bud Stockton Loop and FM 972.

The open house’s purpose is to allow the public the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed improvements. Construction would be scheduled once state or federal funding has been identified.

The proposed improvements would replace existing bridges that are too narrow with new bridges built to current standards and also to enhance safety and mobility within the project area.

For more information, call 512-943-1195.

— American-Statesman staff

HUTTO

City releases fireworks reminder

The city of Hutto reminds residents that discharging any fireworks within city limits or within 5,000 feet outside of the city limits is a violation of city ordinance and will be considered a public nuisance.

The Hutto Police Department is required to seize any fireworks found within the city’s jurisdiction and will have zero tolerance for offenders. Any person who violates any of the ordinance’s provisions will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine.

For more information, call 512-846-2200 or visit fireworksafety.com.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

KYLE

Golf course hosts fireworks, music

Plum Creek Golf Course, 750 Kohlers Crossing, will host an Independence Day celebration at 6 p.m. July 4. The event will include live music, hot dogs, snacks and a spot to view the fireworks.

There will be live music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. leading up to the fireworks at the Hays school district’s Performing Arts Center, at 979 Kohlers Crossing.

For more information, call 512-262-5555.

— American-Statesman staff


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