Community news: Give input on 2018 bond election

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Jan 03, 2018



Give input on 2018 bond election

The city of Austin’s Bond Election Advisory Task Force is seeking public input and has scheduled a series of meetings ahead of offering recommendations to the City Council.

Members of the public will be given three minutes to speak after the listening session at each meeting. Meetings will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane; Jan. 11 at Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Drive; Jan. 17 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.; and Jan. 18 at the Austin Community College South Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane.

The task force heard from more than 1,000 people regarding the potential bond election in 2018 through feedback tools offered in November and December. The meetings in January are another opportunity for the public to provide feedback before the task force submits its recommendations to the council.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Special needs savings workshop

Special Needs Forum will host a free workshop titled “How Much Savings Do I Need to Help Provide for my Child’s Lifetime” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway, Building IV.

The workshop will include information from professional financial advisers about how much savings and Social Security children will require. The workshop includes an informative presentation by a keynote speaker and a Q&A segment.

Parents and guardians of children with special needs, as well as those who teach and work in the special needs care industry, are encouraged to attend.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff


Teen workshop Sunday

Speak Beat Communications, a literacy and public speaking workshop, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St.

The workshop for ages 12-18 combines communications and presentation curriculum with music, audio engineering, language arts and audio/visual applications with public speaking and performance arts. Teens can develop their writing and public speaking skills.

Parents and friends ages 12 and older may attend the symposium and open mic portions of the workshop. This month’s theme is “2018 New Year’s Resolutions.”

Registration is requested at

— American-Statesman staff



Covey to discuss projects

Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey will discuss the new building and construction projects next to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Demonstration Gardens and how it will affect the gardens at 7 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension training room, 3151 SE Inner Loop. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For information: 512-943-3300.

— American-Statesman staff


Chamber sets board

The Round Rock Chamber has announced its 2018 board of directors.

This year’s board will be led by Steve Stapp, from R Bank, as its chairman. Other officers include chair-elect David Hays from Georgetown Title Co.; secretary Jonas Miller from the office of U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock; treasurer Scott Swindell from Almost Sundown Development; and past chair Amy Ellsworth from Community Impact Newspaper.

The board began its term Jan. 1.

The chamber board of directors comprises business people representing industries who work to secure the chamber’s position as the economic-generation leader of Round Rock.

— American-Statesman staff



Learn to garden for wildlife

The Lost Pines Garden Club will host a meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bastrop Public Library, 1100 Church St.

The program will be “Gardening for Wildlife: From Patterns to Details,” which will describe goal setting, such as encouraging or discouraging deer; wildlife needs; elements for creating a habitat; techniques to managing a sustainable system; and ways to measure success.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Zombie hike Jan. 13

A zombie apocalypse-theme hike will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road.

The program will feature a three-quarter-mile hike where participants will test survival skills, knowledge and luck to try and survive a zombie attack. Dress for the weather with warm clothes, layers and sturdy shoes, and bring water.

The program is included in the park entrance fee of $3 for adults. The park is free to enter for ages 12 and younger.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff