Community news: City hosts memorial for Ceci Gratias on Sunday

Nov 10, 2017
  • By Staff
  • American-Statesman staff



Ceci Gratias memorial Sunday

The city of Austin will host a memorial and celebration for Ceci Gratias, an LGBTQ activist and District 6 constituent relations director, at 4 p.m. Sunday at City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

Gratias died Nov. 5. She was known for her advocacy within the LGBTQ community, winning the 2017 Bettie Naylor Visibility Award, a commendation for promoting and embodying LGBTQ visibility, from the Human Rights Campaign-Texas.

Mayor Steve Adler will read a proclamation in her honor at the Ceci Gratias Memorial & Celebration. Participants are encouraged to wear purple, Gratias’ favorite color.

— American-Statesman staff


Twitter town hall event Monday

The city of Austin’s Economic Development Department will host a Twitter town hall online event from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

Participants can follow along using the #GEWAustin2017 hashtag.

The town hall will celebrate the growing number of global enterprises that are based in Austin. Officials have invited the 170 other countries and many U.S. cities that participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week to follow as the city will tweet news, updates and success stories from Austin.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a tactical education and celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

— American-Statesman staff


Photo event needs volunteers

Help-Portrait Austin is seeking volunteers for a photo event Dec. 2 at the Boys and Girls Club of East Austin, 901 Thompson St.

More than 100 photographers, hair and makeup artists, photo editors and other volunteers will work together to take photos for those who cannot afford professional photography, such as families, high school senior photos, individuals who need a headshot for a résumé or kids with Santa Claus.

As an all-volunteer event, the local group also seeks the help of local businesses and individuals. The event requires photo supplies such as ink and paper, arts and crafts supplies and food for the volunteers.

To volunteer:

— American-Statesman staff



Mosquitoes had West Nile virus

Trapped mosquitoes collected from a sampling location at Robinson Park, 206 S. Dolan St., have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The sample was taken Monday, and the positive test was indicated in a lab result from the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin. Results were reported Thursday to city officials, who are undertaking efforts to rid the location of any infected mosquitoes.

A pesticide contractor is scheduled to spray in the vicinity. Truck-mounted spraying is planned, weather permitting, for three consecutive nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday through Wednesday in the effected area, including Robinson Park.

— American-Statesman staff



Council approves bond sale

The Buda City Council has approved $27,825,000 in bonds — certificates of obligation — for capital improvement projects.

The bonds were sold to Hilltop Securities with an average interest rate of 2.93 percent. City officials said the low rates will save the city about $2.5 million over the life of the bonds, which is 25 years.

City-issued bonds will pay for the wastewater treatment plant expansion, the Effluent Force Main, the Garrison Road wastewater interceptor and the Aquifer Storage Recovery Pilot project.

— American-Statesman staff


Public art input sought

The city of San Marcos is seeking public input on proposals from four artists for two new public art installations from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St. Attendees can meet the artists and discuss their designs beginning at 5 p.m.

The San Marcos Arts Commission held a nationwide call for artists to design a kinetic Texas Blind Salamander sculpture, as well as a statewide call for artists to design a Texas Wild Rice Sculpture. The goals for these designs are to create sculpture that beautifies San Marcos, promotes tourism and highlights endangered species existing solely in the San Marcos River.

The final salamander sculpture will be placed in the city’s sculpture garden in front of the activity center. The top two designs were created by artists Robertus Van der Wege from Dallas and John King from Riverhouse Studios in Lyons, Colo.

The top two designs for the wild rice sculpture were submitted by artists Joe Barrington from Red Star Studios in Throckmorton and Christopher Lattanzio from Dallas. This sculpture will be placed near the San Marcos River.

— American-Statesman staff