Community news: ACC sets career workshops for women 50 and older


City hosts an aquatics hiring day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Georgetown, San Marcos host Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades, other activities.



Workshops set for 50+ women

Registration is open for free information sessions and workshops that will be at Austin Community College to help women ages 50 and older find new careers, gain job search and computer skills and build financial security.

The first workshop for the program, called “Back to Work 50+ at Austin Community College: Women’s Economic Stability Initiative,” will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Dr.

The workshop will include job skills training, employer access, community building, individual and group coaching, computer skills coaching and financial capability building.

To register: 855-850-2525.

— American-Statesman staff


Aquatics hiring day Sunday

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic & Nature Based Programs Division will host an aquatics hiring day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Aquatics Administration & Training Center, 2818 San Gabriel St.

The event will provide those who are interested in working as a lifeguard, cashier, swim instructor or swim coach the opportunity to complete an application, interview and register for the required training. Pool attendants will earn $12 an hour; all other positions will have a starting pay of $13.84 an hour.

Applicants will need to bring valid identification and a Social Security card with them. Applicants who are 15 or 16 are required to have a parent present for the interview; 17-year-olds need to have parent signatures on the application.

For more information: 512-974-9330.

— American-Statesman staff



MLK events begin Monday

The city of Georgetown will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with activities taking place from Monday through Jan. 25.

A day of service, sponsored by the United Way of Williamson County, will be from 9 a.m. to noon for youths and adults. Adults may sign up for projects in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Jarrell, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor. To register, visit or call 512-255-6799. Teens in grades nine through 12 can work on projects starting at the Teen Center in the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

A march to honor MLK will begin at noon Monday starting at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. The march will lead to Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr. St., where a program featuring guest speakers will take place.

Southwestern University, at 1001 E. University Ave., will host various events, including a worship service at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Lois Perkins Chapel. Music will be led by Southwestern gospel singers.

The university’s Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and Kappa Delta Chi present “An Evening with Dolores Huerta” at 6 p.m. Thursday. Huerta is an activist and labor leader who has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination.

The university will host a symposium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 25 that will include scholars, including current faculty and alumni, who are engaged in research and activism related to race and ethnicity studies.

— American-Statesman staff


Library hosts new book program

The Round Rock Public Library, at 216 E. Main St., will host a book presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A representative from Penguin Random House will present new books that will be released soon. Guests will receive a free tote back and print sampler book while supplies last. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 18 and older.

Tickets are required by registering at

— American-Statesman staff



MLK Day activities Monday

The city of San Marcos will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremonial wreath-laying, march and social at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The ceremony will take place at Memorial Crossroads, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson drives. A march from the ceremony will lead to Greater Bethel Baptist Church, 726 Centre St., where the Peace Pie Social will take place and include speakers, entertainment, games, movies and pie.

City and county offices in Hays County will be closed Monday, reopening at their regular times Tuesday.

— American-Statesman staff


World War II veteran Marvin Kanter of Austin turned 93 on Sunday.

World War II veteran John H. Melching Jr. of Austin turned 94 on Sunday.

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