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Input sought on police chief

The city of Austin has chosen the lone finalist to be its next police chief, and the last chance for the public to meet with him will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the KLRU-TV studio, 2504-B Whitis Ave., Austin.

The finalist, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley, has served as the city’s chief on a temporary basis for 18 months.

The event is designed to give residents the opportunity to hear Manley’s vision for policing in Austin, to ask questions and to offer suggestions. Manley was was appointed interim chief in December 2016 and has served his law enforcement career with the Austin Police Department.

The community can submit questions during the meeting or provide them in advance by email at or by tweeting their question with the hashtag #OurNextChief.

— American-Statesman staff


Kids welcome at fire station open house

An open house Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Westlake Fire Department Station 902 offers fun and education for all ages.

Station 902, at 1295 South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), opens its doors to the community during the event aimed at allowing residents meet the firefighters, receive fire and community safety information and tour the facility.

The event will also include a Moonwalk Bounce House, an up-close look inside fire engines and presentations on fire safety, wildfire safeguards, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, drowning prevention and Take 10 CPR training provided by Austin Travis County EMS Explorers.

Free hot dogs and snow cones will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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— American-Statesman staff



Rec Center hosts Water Safety Day

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will host Water Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Georgetown Recreation Center outdoor pool, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

The educational family event is designed to increase public awareness about drowning prevention and water safety as the summer swim season begins. Attendees will learn safety topics such as drowning prevention, water rescue skills and proper life jacket use.

Participating organizations include the Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Camp Goodwater, Georgetown Adventure Camp, Georgetown Learn to Swim, Colin’s Hope and the Army Corps of Engineers. Once attendees visit the organizations, they will receive a discount on a seasonal swim pass or summer swim lessons.

— American-Statesman staff



City celebrates Bike to Work Day

The city of San Marcos is encouraging the community to join cyclists from coast to coast and participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday as part of National Bike Month.

The event is meant to raise awareness of the benefits of biking, not only to work, but other activities and places that are close enough to avoid driving.

Residents are encouraged to share their biking experiences by uploading photographs to social media using the hashtags #WhyIRide, #BikeMonth and #SMTXBikeMonth.


Utility billing, municipal courts close Friday

The city of Buda customer service area that includes utility billing and municipal court payments will be closed Friday due to a software conversion.

During this time, payments cannot be processed, and all online payment options will be unavailable.

Normal services for payment processing will resume Monday.



Animal rescue offers pet microchipping

Free pet microchips from Bastrop Animal Rescue will be distributed from noon to 3 p.m. May 20 at Bastrop County Water Control & Improvement District 2, 106 Conference Drive.

This is available for dogs and cats older than 8 weeks. Dogs must remain on leash at all times, and cats must be in carriers.


City hosts art studio tour

The city of Elgin will feature local art studios, shops and museums for the Elgin Art Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday downtown.

More than 40 artists will demonstrate their work at locations including Studio 621, Earthen Metals, Elgin Local Goods, Double R Hat House and the Owl. Pop-up art installations will be placed at the Elgin Depot Museum and 28N.

The Tell Me Your Story project of Bernstein Documentary, 117 Central Ave., will launch its premier question of the day for attendees to answer to record in the project’s audio booth. Recording times will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Other features include live music and hands-on activities with artists.

— American-Statesman staff

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