Community news: GrubTubs wins [Re]Verse Pitch


The Austin Community College will celebrate its summer and fall graduates at commencement Friday.

The Dripping Springs school district will hold a public forum Wednesday to discuss attendance zones.



GrubTubs wins [Re]Verse Pitch

The GrubTubs team won the $10,000 prize last week at the finale of the [Re]Verse Pitch competition with its idea to use inedible canned goods from the Central Texas Food Bank to make affordable, high-protein livestock feed.

The competition was a social innovation program that seeks to find ways to turn raw materials leaving local businesses, nonprofits and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises.

The team’s pitch involves shredding inedible canned goods so the team can get to the food, then feeding the contents of the canned goods to larvae from the black soldier fly. These grubs can eat anything, and chickens will eat the grubs. By upcycling expired food into animal feed, GrubTubs offers Austin businesses affected by the Universal Recycling Ordinance a way to recover nutrients in conjunction with a growing compost industry.

The second-place team, GRUB, led by Melissa Meyer, also featured a plan to repurpose inedible canned goods and was awarded a combination of business education prizes valued at $750.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Commencement on Friday

The Austin Community College will celebrate its summer and fall graduates at commencement from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.

Former Austin Mayor Gus Garcia and his wife, Marina, will deliver a joint keynote address, and the ceremony will include a tribute to graduating veterans who will receive medallions in appreciation of their service. More than 2,700 students are eligible to participate, a 17 percent increase over fall 2015.

The ceremony also will stream live on the college’s website at

— American-Statesman staff


Public hearings Tuesday

The city of Pflugerville will hold a City Council public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Suite 500, 100 E. Main St.

The council will present a resolution that would approve a Community Development Block Grant consolidated annual performance and evaluation report for program year 2015. An ordinance also will be presented on a specific-use permit for office/warehouse use on a portion of a 60-acre tract of land in Pflugerville.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff



Rec Center hosts Santa Claus

Santa Claus will make an appearance for a special swim event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. The event will include a quote-along with the movie “Elf,” as well as hot chocolate and candy canes.

The event is free for members and for ages 3 and younger. For nonmembers, the entry is $3 for adults and $2 for ages 4-18 and seniors ages 55 and older.

For more information and to register:; melissa.trahanpecorino@georgetown.

— American-Statesman staff



State parks host bike ride

The Iron Riders bike ride and Buffalo Soldier frontier encampment will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A, and end at Buescher State Park, 100 Park Road 1E, Smithville.

The Buffalo Soldiers program will celebrate 150 years of history. Activities are free with regular park admission and include stories, frontier baseball, cane pole fishing, mapping the frontier, a photo booth and guided bike ride from Bastrop State Park to Buescher. The ride will be 11 miles, with rest points every two miles.

To reserve a spot, visit

— American-Statesman staff



Forum on zoning Wednesday

The Dripping Springs school district will hold a public forum to discuss attendance zones for district elementary and middle school students for fall 2017 at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The 8 a.m. forum will be at the district’s administration building, 510 W. Mercer St., and the 7 p.m. forum will be at Rooster Springs Elementary, 1001 Belterra Drive.

An administrative committee is working with the district demographer to develop options for boundaries, and community input is being gathered through six public forums. Two options were presented at the Nov. 30 forum to begin the discussion.

The district, after feedback received at the first set of public forums, requested that the demographer create some more options for elementary and middle school attendance zones. Discussion will continue on the four options that are posted. After the forums, additional modifications can be made to one or more of the options.

All four options can be viewed at

— American-Statesman staff

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