Community news: Austin hosts lifeguard job fair Saturday


An open house Saturday will provide an update on the safety improvements on Anderson Mill Road.

Registration is open for the San Marcos MiGreat Challenge to create gardens for monarch butterflies.



Lifeguard job fair Saturday

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic & Nature Based Programs Division will host the third aquatic hiring day of the 2018 swim season from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Aquatics Administration & Training Center, 2818 San Gabriel St.

The event will provide those who are interested in working as a lifeguard, pool attendant, swim instructor or swim coach the opportunity to complete an application, interview and register for the required training.

Applicants will need to bring valid identification and a Social Security card with them.

Applicants are free to come and go during the event, and food and drink will be provided. Wages are dependent upon the position, experience and age of the applicant, and starting pay begins at $12 an hour for pool attendants and $13.84 an hour for other positions.

Applicants who are 15-16 years old are required to have a parent present during the interview. Applicants who are 17 require parent signatures on the applicant paperwork.

For more information: 512-974-9330.

— American-Statesman staff


Get update on Anderson Mill Road

The city of Austin will host an open house and update on the status of mobility and safety improvements on Anderson Mill Road from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The meeting will be at Hope Presbyterian Church, 11559 Spicewood Parkway.

The city of Austin has recommend safety and mobility improvements for Anderson Mill Road between Spicewood Parkway and U.S. 183 using funds from the Austin voter-approved 2016 Mobility Bond.

District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, district staff and representatives from the Austin Transportation Department will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Torah dedication Sunday

Congregation Agudas Achim, at 7300 Hart Lane, will host a dedication for its newly written Torah at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The synagogue commissioned Jen Taylor Friedman, a female scribe, to write the Torah with them, making it the first full Torah in Texas to be written by a woman. Financial contributions to write a letter in the Torah support the 10,000 Faces of Torah campaign, an endowment fund.

A ticketed event will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, including a panel titled “Jewish Wit, Jewish Wisdom, Jewish Women,” which will include Rabbi Susan Silverman, sister of comedian Sarah Silverman; Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Joe Lieberman; and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. The Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella group, will perform at 6 p.m.

For tickets and information:

— American-Statesman staff



Groundbreaking for vet’s home

Houston-based Helping a Hero, along with Westin Homes and MorningStar, will break ground on a home for a wounded veteran with a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday at MorningStar Community, 101 Ridgeview Court.

The home will benefit Army Sgt. James “Shane” Ray, who was deployed to Iraq and drove over an improvised explosive device, resulting in injuries including burns, loss of a leg and ongoing medical complications. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service.

The groups will work together to build a home specially designed to be wheelchair accessible. The 2,900-square-foot home will include four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a covered porch, with access to the Liberty Hill school district.

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, will be in attendance for the ceremony, and Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q will provide food.

— American-Statesman staff



Contest for butterfly gardens

Registration is open for the city of San Marcos MiGreat Challenge, a competition to create gardens that will attract monarch butterflies.

Prizes will be given to the first-, second- and third-place gardens. Prizes include an official certification from Monarch Watch as a monarch waystation, compost tea from Bobcat Blend, free plants from the Discovery Center and community recognition as the most beautiful monarch gardens in San Marcos.

Contestants must be a resident of San Marcos; use primarily perennial native/adapted nectar source plants with exotic perennial plants used only as container gardens; at least two types of native milkweed plants as larval host plants; use various plants that bloom throughout the year; plant a minimum size of 5 feet by 5 feet; include a source of water, such as a shallow water container or drip system; and include a sunny area, as monarch butterflies require sunlight to stay active.

Registration for the competition will end May 25 and judges will begin inspecting registered gardens June 1.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff

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