Community news: Austin launches electric-assist pedicab pilot program


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A community blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lakeway Activity Center.

The Round Rock Rotary Club will host the 20th annual Ron Morrison Memorial Car Thing on Saturday.

TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

Pedicab pilot program launched

Austin Transportation and Austin Energy have partnered to launch a pilot program enabling residents and visitors to ride in electric-assist pedicabs, or e-pedicabs, and provide feedback to city staff.

The roughly one-year pilot involves inspecting, permitting and gathering data on a select number of pedicabs with motors that help drivers pedal up steep hills and travel longer distances.

Austin Transportation is outfitting each permitted e-pedicab with a special plate indicating its status and kicking off the input process by inviting riders to share feedback about their experiences in person during the spring festival season.

For more information: austintexas.gov/epedicabs.

— American-Statesman staff

LAKEWAY

Blood drive Saturday

A community blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek.

Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds for whole blood donations; eligibility requirements are slightly more stringent when donating two units of red blood cells via apheresis.

Appointments may be made by visiting weareblood.org and searching for group code A197 or by emailing LakewayCommunityBloodDrive@gmail.com. For information about eligibility, call 512-206-1108.

— American-Statesman staff

JONESTOWN

Easter egg hunt March 31

The city of Jonestown will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. March 31 at the large pavilion in Jones Brother’s Park at the corner of Lakeside and Park drives in Jonestown.

The event for ages 12 and younger will include the hunt and a raffle for prizes. To donate an Easter basket to be given away as a raffle prize, contact the Jonestown Community Library by calling 512-267-7511 or emailing library@jonestown.org.

Organizers are also seeking donations of plastic eggs to be used in the hunt. Donations of plastic eggs should be dropped off by Friday at the library, 18649 FM 1431, Suite 10A.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ROUND ROCK

Rotary Club car show Saturday

The Round Rock Rotary Club will host the 20th annual Ron Morrison Memorial Car Thing from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock, 1209 Interstate 35.

Tickets are $125 or five tickets for $500, which includes dinner and drinks for two and one drawing entry in a reverse raffle. Prizes include two tickets on Southwest Airlines, a $1,000 gas certificate and a $6,000 credit to Round Rock Travel.

The event will benefit local charities, including the Round Rock school district’s Partners in Education Foundation, the Serving Center of Round Rock, Agape Pregnancy Resource Center and the YMCA of Greater Williamson County.

For tickets: 512-576-9555.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Mutt Strutt hosts fundraiser

Mutt Strutt San Marcos will host a fajita dinner fundraiser for the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Aquabrew, at 150 S. LBJ Drive.

Tickets are $10 and include a full fajita dinner. The event is family friendly and will accommodate vegetarians and vegans with prior notice.

To RSVP and reserve a plate, email muttstruttsanmarcos@gmail.com or pre-purchase tickets in person at Aquabrew.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

SMITHVILLE SCHOOLS

Burns named interim superintendent

Cheryl Burns, the Smithville school district’s assistant superintendent, has taken took over as interim superintendent after Rock McNulty resigned as the district’s top administrator.

McNulty, who had served as superintendent for nine years, resigned during a Feb. 19 school board meeting where trustees were scheduled to discuss his employment contract in executive session for the fourth time in less than a month. He did not cite a reason for his decision to resign.

Burns, who has been in public education for 33 years, the last 29 at the Smithville school district, most recently served as assistant superintendent. Her career includes servings as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and curriculum and instruction director, the district said in a statement.

“The Smithville ISD board of trustees is thankful that Cheryl Burns will be serving as interim superintendent to bridge the gap as the trustees work to determine the best replacement for retiring Superintendent Dr. Rock McNulty,” the district said.

— Andy Sevilla, Bastrop Advertiser



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