Community news: Dripping Springs seeks donations for holiday lights


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The city of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division’s Art in Public Places will host Thoughtbarn at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Stand-Up Paddleboard El Camino Real race will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bastrop’s Fisherman’s Park.

TRAVIS COUNTY

EAST AUSTIN

Art ‘Thoughtbarn’ on Tuesday

The city of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division’s Art in Public Places will host Thoughtbarn at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon St.

This is one in a series of events that features public artists from across the country. The series aims to encourage thoughtful consideration of the role of public art and its relationship to public spaces, examining the often-blurred line between art and architecture.

Thoughtbarn is an Austin-based collective whose projects were awarded by the American Institute of Architects and Public Art Network.

— American-Statesman staff

LAKEWAY

Physicians group expands

Lake Travis Physicians has announced it has expanded its membership to include retired and active physicians who live in the Lake Travis area.

“Our group initially included only retirees, but we had requests from active providers to attend,” said the group’s chair, Bill Evans. “This is a social group, but our members also enjoy learning the latest discoveries in medical and health-related topics.”

Lake Travis Physicians meets the first Wednesdays of the month, September through May, except January. The daytime meetings are luncheons.

The group’s next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Cafe Blue in the Hill Country Galleria, 12800 Hill Country Blvd., Suite G-115, Bee Cave. Earle F. McBride, professor emeritus at the University of Texas, will give a talk titled, “The Relationship between Geology and Health, or Why it is Risky to Live in Wyoming.” Membership and a $20 pre-order for the luncheon is required.

To inquire about membership or to be a potential speaker, call 512-261-3536 or email patevans39@gmail.com.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

CEDAR PARK

Party for end of summer program

Teens can celebrate the end of the Teen Summer Reading Program at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd.

The event for ages 12-18 will include games, trivia, crafts and pizza. For more information: 512-401-5600.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Repair work at park

Repairs to the flood control dam in Purgatory Creek Natural Area are under way after being rescheduled from early July.

During the repairs, park visitors are encouraged to stay clear of the dam and spillway area. The work is expected to be completed by Aug. 29.

Hays County’s contractor is repairing erosion near the auxiliary spillway caused by the October 2015 flood. The erosion did not affect the integrity of the dam and spillway.

Funds for the $171,000 project come from an Emergency Watershed Protection grant through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, with matching funds from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and Hays County.

— American-Statesman staff

DRIPPING SPRINGS

Holiday display donations sought

The city of Dripping Springs is seeking funds to help the city create a holiday light display this winter.

After receiving calls and seeing posts on social media discussing and complaining about the lack of holiday decorations, Pam Owens, president and CEO of the Dripping Springs Visitor Bureau, applied for a matching grant through the Dripping Springs Community Foundation to cover the cost of purchasing Christmas lights.

The bureau was awarded a $2,500 grant from the foundation, but the grant has one stipulation: It must be matched by Aug. 31 with $7,500 to receive the full awarded amount. The full $10,000 will allow the bureau to purchase commercial-grade holiday decorations for designated business locations along Mercer Street.

To meet this goal, the bureau has launched a campaign to “Light Up Historic Mercer Street” and is asking the community to help by contributing a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more. Each $20 donation will purchase a 50-bulb string of lights. Funding also includes installation, removal and storage of the lights.

Donate by Aug. 31 at destinationdrippingsprings.com/holidays or by bringing a check to the bureau, 509 Mercer St., or mailing one to PO Box 206, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP

Paddleboard race Saturday

The Stand-Up Paddleboard El Camino Real race will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St.

Registration and board drop will start at 3 p.m. An after-party will take place for competitors from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at local restaurants and bars.

The fee is $65 for adults and $45 for ages 13-17. Participants must bring a personal floatation device, a whistle and 24 ounces of water.

For more information and registration: bastropsup.com.

— American-Statesman staff



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