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City changes procedure for information requests

The city of Austin has updated the procedure for submitting public information requests via email and will require all PIRs to be submitted to one of two email addresses, effective Monday.

The Texas Public Information Act gives the public the right to access government records, databases, emails and other documents through public information requests. Austin city officials say they are committed to responding to all PIRs promptly and in accordance with the law. Pursuant to the government code, the city has designated two email addresses as the places where all PIRs must be submitted.

For requests seeking records from all city departments, excluding the Austin Police Department, the designated email address is now For records held by the police department, the designated email address is now

— American-Statesman staff


Parks and Recreation hosts hiring day

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic & Nature Based Programs Division will host an aquatics hiring day from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Aquatics Administration & Training Center, 2818 San Gabriel St., Austin.

The event will provide those who are interested in working as a lifeguard, cashier, swim instructor or swim coach with 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.

For more information: 512-974-9330.

— American-Statesman staff


NAMI to offer 6-week course

The Austin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a free six-week program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from April 1 to May 13.

The class will meet at the Southeast Health and Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Drive, Austin. No class will be held April 15.

The parent-led course, designed to help parents and caregivers understand and support their children while maintaining their own well-being, will cover information on the range of mental health disorders and their impacts on the brain. The course features workshops on advocating for a child’s rights in school and health care settings, as well communication skills and problem solving.

Registration is required by visiting For more information: 512-420-9810;



City hosts open house

The city of Georgetown will host an open house meeting to share progress on delivering the city’s new fixed-route bus system from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be held at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

Attendees will learn about the Transit Development Plan that was adopted by the City Council in September 2016 and the process to develop the bus system. City staff will discuss various other aspects of the transportation plan, including policies that will guide bus fares, discounted fares, service hours and ridership as well as answer questions from residents.

Bus service is scheduled to begin in August. The council is expected to consider adoption of the policies during its regularly scheduled March 28 meeting.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Historical association seeks stories

The Elgin Historical Association is planning the second edition of a collection of stories about the city titled “Elgin, Etc.”

Stories of not more than 1,500 words will be accepted until July 1. Submissions must be stories about or concerning Elgin, including stories about its people, events, family lore or humorous memories. Finished stories should be sent to

The first edition was published in 2008 with 81 authors writing 117 stories for the book and is for sale in the depot museum at the corner of Main and Depot streets.

For information, contact the Elgin Depot Museum at 512-285-2000 or

— American-Statesman staff



Library to host child development workshops

The Buda Public Library, 303 Main St., will host a series of child development workshops from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 23-April 20.

The workshops are for children ages 1-3 and their parents or caregivers to help the child’s development in various areas, such as literacy, nutrition, speech and movement.

For more information and to register: 512-295-5899;



Keep Lockhart Beautiful seeks volunteers

Keep Lockhart Beautiful and the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership will host a volunteer cleanup day starting with free cleanup kit pickup from 9 to 10 a.m. April 8 at Lockhart City Park, 504 E. City Park Road.

The Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off will focus on litter removal around the city as well as other beautification activities and cleanup that volunteers want to focus on. Suggested activities include picking up trash in front of homes and businesses, helping elderly or disabled neighbors, planting trees or shrubs native to Texas and cleaning or painting exteriors.

Anyone can participate, but registration is required for a free cleanup kit, snacks and water. To register:

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