COMMUNITY NEWS: Kealing Middle School toasts 30th year



Kealing Middle School toasts 30th year

Kealing Middle School, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin, will celebrate the 30th (Re)opening Anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The event will include games, tours, music and lunch to mark this milestone with the community.

Kealing originally opened in fall 1930, but was closed in 1971 during desegregation. In fall 1986, the campus became a junior high for students in the Kealing neighborhood and for students throughout the Austin school district who were accepted into the magnet program. The school has been serving students for 30 years since the reopening.


Nature center hosts Bees & Trees

The Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive, will host Bees & Trees, a free event to celebrate Earth Day, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event will include family-friendly activities such as making seed balls, a tree scavenger hunt, making bee houses and nature art. The center’s new 20-foot outdoor climbing wall will be open, but registration is required by visiting

For more information: 512-974-3888.

HostGator to hold adoption event

HostGator will host an adoption event with Austin Pets Alive from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Bar 96, 96 Rainey St., Austin.

The event will include drinks, tacos and puppies, and the first 50 people to speak with a HostGator representative will receive a free drink/food ticket.

For more information:



Regional animal shelter hosts 5K

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will host the eighth annual Woof Walk & Wrun 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Berry Springs Park and Preserve, 1801 County Road 152, Georgetown.

Proceeds will benefit the shelter, which provides outside veterinary care needed by sick and injured dogs and cats brought to the shelter.

Those who do not wish to participate in the run may take part in the Cat Nap Challenge, where participants will pledge to sleep in Sunday, wear the Cat Nap sleep mask and post about it on social media with the hashtag, #WilcoCatNap, to raise awareness.

To register for the run or challenge:


Animal shelter holds cat spay/neuter clinic

The Georgetown Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive, will hold a free spay/neuter clinic for cats by appointment April 29.

Spay and neuter surgeries and a rabies vaccination will be provided at no charge. Other services available at the clinic include a combo test for feline AIDS/leukemia for $20; a feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia vaccine for $5; microchip for $10; e-collar for $10; or cat carrier for $5.

The clinic is offered only for cats whose owners live in the Georgetown city limits, so a driver’s license or other form of ID is required.

To make an appointment: 512-930-3592;



Main Street Program to host tour

The city of Bastrop Main Street Program will host an “Imagine the Possibilities Tour” from 4 to 7 p.m. May 18 in downtown to correspond with the recent, statewide launch of by the Texas Historical Commission.

The tour will begin at Heritage Hall, 1020 Main St., Bastrop.

The tour will showcase available downtown properties as a way to engage potential investors, entrepreneurs, developers, residents and anyone else who has imagined themselves running a business, owning a building or living downtown. is a software application designed to help downtown programs connect potential investors to development opportunities in Texas’ historic downtowns. Bastrop’s event is one of a series of similar tours being held across the state during May.


Masons hold fish fry fundraiser

A fish fry fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mina Masonic Lodge, 601 Main St., Bastrop.

The menu will include fried catfish, pinto beans, french fries, coleslaw, tea, coffee and water. Plates are $8, and takeout dinners are available. Proceeds will help various hospitals and clinics supported by the Masons.

For more information: 512-321-2801.



Hays school district holds parade

The Hays school district will hold a free parade to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a consolidated school district at 10 a.m. May 6 at Live Oak Academy, 4820 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda.

May 6 marks the anniversary of the vote taken in 1967 to consolidate the Buda, Kyle and Wimberley school districts into one. At the time of consolidation, the newly formed district opened its doors with 1,157 students and a handful of campuses.

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