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Community news: Talks set with council members


Austin Public Health and community partners will hold a wellness forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Williamson Museum will host David Gaines, an expert on Bob Dylan, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wildfire.



Talks set with council members

The League of Women Voters will host two conversations with elected City Council members to support citizen engagement.

A conversation with Ora Houston, council member for District 1, will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mi Madre’s Restaurant, 2201 Manor Road in East Austin. A conversation with Leslie Pool, council member for District 7, will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at her office in Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

Reservations are requested for both events by emailing

— American-Statesman staff


Wellness forum set for Thursday

Austin Public Health and community partners will hold a wellness forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Southeast Health and Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Drive.

The open house will include findings from the evaluation of the 2012-16 Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan and help prioritize evaluation findings. Participants also will review the 2017 framework, learn about opportunities to provide feedback and help identify attendees for the next public forum expected to be held in February.

For more information: 512-972-5862;

— American-Statesman staff


Celebrate MLK Day with social

The ninth annual Peace through P.I.E. (Peace Includes Everyone) Social will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy Cafeteria, 1725 E. 11th St.

The event will include music, a reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech from Martin Luther King Jr. and a pie social and auction. Participants may bake or bring a pie to share or donate to the auction. Proceeds will benefit the church’s restoration fund.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Healthy lifestyle course offered

The Hutto Family YMCA will host a free healthy lifestyle course from Feb. 4 to April 15 for families with children ages 7-13 who are above a healthy weight.

The “Mind, Exercise, Nutrition … Do It” program is a nine- to 10-week course offered in partnership with the St. David’s Foundation that takes place twice a week and aims to improve fitness and overall health offered at no cost to families. Each session is limited to 15 children and their families.

Families will learn how to read food labels and take part in nutrition sessions. They also will learn about healthy portion sizes and will be shown the effect different foods have on their health and well-being. Children will take part in physical activities and games.

For information and registration: 512-846-2360;

— American-Statesman staff


Register for Run for the Roses

The Taylor Area Garden Club will host the third annual Run for the Roses 5K starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 21 in Murphy Park, 1600 Veterans Drive.

Winners in each category will win medals and a rose bush. Funds raised will support beautification projects throughout the city as well as for scholarships for students seeking careers related to gardening.

Entry fees are $30 in advance or $35 on race day.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff


Museum hosts Bob Dylan discussion

The Williamson Museum will host a session of the Salon with featured speaker David Gaines, an expert on Bob Dylan, from Southwestern University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The discussion will be at Wildfire, 812 S. Austin Ave.

The event allows attendees to participate in a discussion on “Tales from the Dylan Trade: Music, Literature, Teaching and Nobelity.”

Admission is free for the presentation, with pay-as-you-go refreshments offered by the restaurant before and afterward.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Cottage Kitchen set for Friday

The city of San Marcos Main Street Program Advisory Board will host Cottage Kitchen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Charles S. Cock House Museum, 400 E. Hopkins St.

Guests at the Cottage Kitchen are invited to get comfortable in period furniture, take in the history of the building, and enjoy a homemade meal alongside fellow neighbors and friends. After lunch, guests can walk over to the Merriman Cabin for an open tour until 2 p.m.

The featured meal will be chicken and dumplings. Homemade desserts will be available, and the highlighted dessert will be the Original Texas Main Street Cake created by Anice Read, who founded the Texas Main Street Program in 1981.

Meal tickets will be sold at the door for $8, which includes the full entrée, tea, side salad and dessert.

For more information: 512-393-8430.

— American-Statesman staff

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