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Texas Lions Camp registration opens Wednesday

The Texas Lions Camp will begin accepting applications Wednesday from children with special medical needs for weeklong sessions starting June 10.

The 500-acre facility in Kerrville is owned and operated by club members and serves children from across Texas who are physically disabled, vision and/or hearing impaired and/or diabetic. The camp is provided for free to parents and children.

The camp offers five sessions for children with physical disabilities, one session for children with Down syndrome and two sessions for children with Type 1 diabetes. Camp sessions begin on a Sunday and conclude with an awards program Fridays.

Parents should complete the appropriate application for their child’s medical condition, and each application requires medical information to be completed by the potential camper’s physician. Each applicant also must have a Lion sponsor. To connect with a sponsor, contact Ann Ward at or 512-338-1623.

For the complete summer 2018 schedule and applications, visit

— American-Statesman staff



NAMI Austin to host 12-week program

The Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a free 12-week program for family members of adults who have a mental health diagnosis from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, from Jan. 10 through March 28.

Family-to-Family classes will meet at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road.

The peer-led classes are designed to help family members understand and support their loved one living with a mental health diagnosis while maintaining their own well-being. The classes cover mental health disorders and feature workshops on empathy, communication and problem solving.

Registration is required by calling 512-420-9810, emailing or visiting

— American-Statesman staff



School district wants to hear from you

Parents and others involved with the Georgetown school district are invited to take an online survey through Jan. 10 to provide feedback on the district and its efforts to communicate with the public.

This is an opportunity to share feedback on preferred communication channels, where best to get information about the district, how individuals use social media and how often is best to receive district communications.

The survey also includes questions about the district’s priorities, strengths and opportunities for improvement. The survey results will inform the development of a new communications and marketing plan.

To take the survey, go to

— American-Statesman staff


Library showing ‘Wonder Woman’ on Friday

The Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., will screen “Wonder Woman” at 10 a.m. Friday.

The film centers around Diana, princess of the Amazons, played by Gal Gadot, as she becomes involved in “a war to end all wars” to discover her powers and destiny. The film is rated PG-13.

For information, call 512-401-5600.

— American-Statesman staff



TreeFolks needs tree planters next month

Volunteers are needed for two tree-planting events in February as part of TreeFolks’ ongoing reforestation efforts along the Blanco River in Hays County.

The events, slated for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 10, are part of Trees for Blanco, which provides comprehensive reforestation services to landowners affected by the Memorial Day floods of 2015. Replacing the trees lost to the flood will provide important environmental benefits and help reduce damage from future floods.

The location of the events, which are on private property, will be provided to volunteers who sign up at For more information, visit the TreeFolks website at

— American-Statesman staff



Event features musical performances

The Farm Street Opry will be held Thursday at Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut St. The event features family-friendly musical performances. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Admission is $7.50; children 10 and under free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

— Bastrop Advertiser


Elgin to celebrate National Soup Month

The Elgin Public Library, 404 N. Main St., will host a program celebrating National Soup Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 and 30.

Attendees can check out cookbooks from the library and bring in soups with their recipes to share.

For more information, call 512-281-5678.

— American-Statesman staff

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