Community news: Impact Austin awarding grants, Bastrop unveils art



Impact Austin to award grants

Impact Austin will award grants to five new community partners at a check presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

The five grants total $403,000 and will be given to organizations committed to helping to improve the lives of homeless youth, refugees, school-age students, first-time mothers and families of incarcerated adults.

Grant recipients will be The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace; The Contemporary Austin; Any Baby Can; Interfaith Action of Central Texas; and Seedling Foundation.

To register to attend the check presentation, visit

— American-Statesman staff


Environment Texas director to speak

Luke Metzger, director at Environment Texas, will speak on old and new environmental issues in Texas at noon June 18 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave.

Environment Texas is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, funded by supporters, that researches the challenges confronting the environment and educates the public about what’s at stake.

For more information, call 512-452-6168.

— American-Statesman staff


Life Kidz Academy to host fundraising gala

Life Kidz Academy, the education arm of the AL Community Development Corporation, will hold a Father’s Day gala at 7 p.m. June 16.

The Chucks & Tux Gala will be held at the ALCDC, 1006 Old Austin Hutto Road, and will allow children and others to honor their father, grandfathers, uncles, mentors and father figures. Proceeds will be used to fund the Life Kidz Preschool, opening in August.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance at

For information, email

— American-Statesman staff



Texas Master Naturalists to host meeting

The Texas Master Naturalist Good Water Chapter will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at the Williamson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 3151 SE Inner Loop Road.

The meeting will include a social period at 6 p.m. with light refreshments.

Raul V. Pena will present “Hill Country Flora Virtual Herbarium Search Engine,” a user-friendly search engine that facilitates wildflower identification.

For information, visit

— American-Statesman staff



Hays County to hold Junteenth celebrations

Hays County will hold Juneteenth celebrations the weekend of June 15-17.

Events will include the annual cake auction to raise funds for scholarships for disadvantaged youth at 6 p.m. June 15 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.; the annual charity BBQ Cook-off Competition and Music Festival on June 16-17 at the San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. C.M. Allen Parkway; and a parade through downtown San Marcos starting at 10 a.m. June 17 at Dunbar Park, 801 W. Martin Luther King Drive.

Other civic and religious organizations will also host events throughout the month to celebrate Juneteenth Month, which recognizes when slaves in Texas were notified of their freedom June 19, 1865.

— American-Statesman staff



Public art program to unveil installations

Bastrop Art in Public Places will unveil new 2-D and 3-D art installations and award prizes to winning artists during the 2017 Public Art Celebration that starts at 11 a.m. June 17.

The event will be held at the Bastrop Public Library, 1100 Church St., until noon, followed by a self-guided art tour until 2 p.m. Maps will be available.

Participants will be able to meet local artists and view new artwork on display throughout downtown Bastrop. Light refreshments will be served, and an awards ceremony will be held to recognize the top artists, as selected by an independent panel of jurors. Clint Howard, sculptor and owner of the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry, will unveil miniature bronze sculptures for a new Toads in Town Project.

The Downtown Bastrop Sculpture Project, which is in its third year, includes 12 new sculpture installations on loan to the city for public display for one year. In addition to sculpture, BAIPP has added a 2-D Artwork Project for 2017, including 15 pieces selected for display in Bastrop City Hall, the Bastrop Convention Center, the library and the Economic Development Center office.

For information, visit

— American-Statesman staff

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