Community news: Fall prevention program launched for seniors



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Schlotzsky’s will host the 34th annual Bun Run on Sunday to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The San Marcos Fire Department will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1.

TRAVIS COUNTY

TRAVIS COUNTY

Fall prevention program begins

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services has launched a fall prevention program to help support an active lifestyle for senior adults.

The program started Thursday, the first day of fall, coinciding with National Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

The program is a combination of education, home safety assessments and community support for aging adults. A team of trained fall prevention home technicians conduct free home safety assessments to identify potential risks and hazards for slips, trips and falls in the home environment to eligible seniors.

During the home assessment, a team member provides the program participant with additional education and connects them to local community resources.

For more information: bit.ly/1L1cphk.

— American-Statesman staff

NORTH AUSTIN

Annual Bun Run on Sunday

Schlotzsky’s will host the 34th annual Bun Run to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The kids’ 1K run for ages 12 and younger will begin at 8 a.m., and the adult 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Domain, 11401 Century Oaks Terrace.

The event will include a team challenge, a time tracker for dogs running with owners and activities for kids, including inflatable soccer, face painting and treats.

For more information: schlotzskys.com/bun-run.

— American-Statesman staff

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

Travel services added for festival

Capital Metro will offer extended service during the Pecan Street Festival on Saturday to alleviate traffic congestion into downtown.

MetroRail service will begin early Saturday, with the first southbound departure at 10:20 a.m. from Kramer Station. Service will be offered between the Lakeline and downtown stations every 34 minutes, beginning at 11:08 a.m., with a final northbound downtown departure at midnight. MetroRail does not operate Sundays.

Capital Metro expects full buses and trains during the festival. Collapsible strollers are welcome on board, provided they are folded and stowed during transit. Wagons and nonfolding strollers are not allowed on board. When trains are standing room only, bikes are limited to four per compartment, so eight total per train. Capital Metro’s buses have racks that hold three bikes each.

Several bus routes also will provide service into the downtown area, and festival-goers can plan their trip by calling 512-474-1200 or visiting capmetro.org/specialevents.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

CEDAR PARK

Night Out kickoff event Friday

Cedar Park will host a kickoff event for National Night Out from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway.

The free event will include music, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, inflatables, a helicopter, the National Night Out mascot, food and drinks.

National Night Out will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 in neighborhoods locally and around the state to promote community involvement with police, fire and emergency medical services staff.

— American-Statesman staff

LEANDER

Bluegrass festival this weekend

The Leander Bluegrass Festival will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road.

The free event will include live music, concessions, children’s activities and vendors. Alcohol and coolers are allowed, but glass containers are not. Pets must be on a leash.

Performances include the Sieker Band, Indian and the Jones, Milk Drive Trio, Rusty Razors, Pine Island Station, the Deer and the Whiskey Shivers.

For more information: tinyurl.com/leanderbluegrass.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

KYLE

Taste of County on Sept. 30

The Taste of Hays County will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30 at Texas Old Town, 2210 S. Old Stagecoach Road.

The event, presented by H-E-B, will include local restaurants with fare to sample as well as silent and live auctions, live entertainment, hand-rolled cigars, a Kendra Scott jewelry pop-up store, a live artist and games.

Individual tickets are $75, and couple tickets are $140.

To purchase tickets: bit.ly/2cqX2Ub.

— American-Statesman staff

SAN MARCOS

Fire Department has open house

The San Marcos Fire Department will celebrate National Fire Prevention Month with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Fire Station 5, 100 Carlson Circle.

The event gives residents the opportunity to learn about fire prevention with interactive events and demonstrations, including fire truck rides, a clown show about fire safety, a vehicle rescue demonstration, free child ID kits, San Marcos/Hays County emergency medical services exhibits and a Travis County Star Flight apparatus tour.

Free hot dogs will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The San Marcos Police Department will join the event to kick off National Night Out events that week.

For more information: tinyurl.com/jtvanrw.

— American-Statesman staff


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