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Community news: [Re]Verse finalists named



[Re]Verse finalists named

The city of Austin announced the eight finalists for the 2016 [Re]Verse Pitch Competition, in which social entrepreneurs compete for the best idea for using discarded materials from businesses to create new products or services.

The final event will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at Atlassian, Suite 1600, 303 Colorado St., where finalists will deliver their pitches and attendees can vote on their favorite ideas. A panel of judges will select the winner based on the business venture’s viability, sustainability and economic and social impact.

The competition is designed to inspire profitable new ventures while keeping valuable discards out of landfills. The top prize is $10,000.

Finalists are the Bard Sustainability MBA Team; Charles Bradbury; Gabriel Rocha; Melissa Meyer; Quinault Childs; re:3D; Rowan Rodriguez; and Team E. To view the finalists’ ideas, visit

— American-Statesman staff


Park celebration postponed

The city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Parks Foundation postponed the Battle Bend Neighborhood Park Improvements ribbon-cutting that was set for 9 a.m. Saturday.

The new date will be in late February 2017, and information will be announced once a date has been confirmed.

— American-Statesman staff



Blue Santa seeking donations

Blue Santa, a program by the Georgetown Police Department, is seeking donations to help the program achieve its goal to provide toys to more than 1,500 children this holiday season.

The next opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys will be Saturday at the Christmas Stroll Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and the route is on Austin Avenue from Ninth to Sixth streets. Donation barrels are located in businesses and offices throughout Georgetown.

Monetary donations to purchase gifts also are accepted in the form of checks to CPAAA Blue Santa, Georgetown Police Department, c/o CPAAA Programs, 3500 DB Wood Road, Georgetown, TX, 78628. Donate $15 or more to receive a collectible Blue Santa elf lapel pin.

For information:

— American-Statesman staff


Chamber hosts breakfast

The Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast for updates on the chamber and networking at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the East Williamson County Higher Education Center, 1600 Innovation Blvd.

Micah Grau, the city of Hutto assistant city manager, will provide an update on the chamber’s current projects and future plans for Hutto as well as introduce the new city manager, Odis Jones.

For information:

— American-Statesman staff



Shelter reducing adoption fees

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, at 750 River Road, will hold its Take Me Home Adoptions event Thursday through Dec. 31, when every cat and dog available for adoption will be discounted to $20.

The fee includes sterilization, rabies vaccination, deworming, general health check, microchipping and testing for the feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses for cats or testing for heartworms for dogs.

For more information: 512-805-2650;;

— American-Statesman staff


Library to hold tech craft lab

The San Marcos Public Library, at 625 E. Hopkins St., will host a creative project event with the Texas State University Make Lab from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Participants ages 7-12 will learn about 3-D printing and 2-D computer fabrication and try out 3-D computer-aided modeling, coding and simple electronics. The lab, designed as an educational makerspace, supports university students in exploring the use of inexpensive technologies to facilitate brainstorming, tinkering, learning and art creation.

The event is free, but registration is required by calling 512-393-8200 or visiting

— American-Statesman staff



LBJ Christmas event postponed

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park’s “Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country” has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather Saturday and instead will be Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The free event will be held outdoors on the block of LBJ’s boyhood home, 200 Elm St.

Activities will showcase Christmas traditions from the 1860s through the 1960s, including traditional country music and Christmas carols with Brian Black, an 1860s chuck wagon cooking demonstration with cowboy stories, Christmas crafts, tours through the LBJ boyhood home and a screening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

For more information: 830-868-7128, ext. 231.

— American-Statesman staff

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