Community news: MACC excellence awards presented Saturday


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The Quarry Splash Pad in Leander’s Southwest Williamson County Regional Park reopens Saturday.

The city of San Marcos will celebrate the adoption of Code SMTX from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

TRAVIS COUNTY

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

MACC excellence awards Saturday

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s ninth annual Awards of Excellence ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event recognizes Latinos for the artistic excellence they bring to the cultural arts of Austin.

Recipients of the award will have their names added to the multi-faceted “Pétalos” sculpture, a permanent installation at the city-owned center, at 600 River St.

The award winners are musician Lesly Reynaga for the emerging artist award; University of Texas professor Emilio Zamora for the service award; reporter Nancy Flores of the American-Statesman and Ahora Si! for the media arts award; UT theater education teacher Roxanne Schroeder-Arce for the arts educator award; artist Fidencio Duran for the visual arts award; musician Ruben Ramos for the music award; and writer and activist Martha P. Cotera for the lifetime achievement award.

The ceremony is free to attend.

— American-Statesman staff

AUSTIN

Literacy events run through June 2

The Austin Public Library and local groups and businesses will partner for the Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) with activities through June 2 across the city.

Activities will include music, story times, art, crafts and a planetarium.

For a full list of events: bit.ly/2IHL5cn.

— American-Statesman staff

EAST AUSTIN

Tenants’ Council turns 45

The Austin Tenants’ Council will celebrate its 45th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pan Am Park, 2100 E. Third St.

The family-friendly event will include food, prizes, a cake walk, community resources, sack races, bean bag toss, inflatables and a fire truck to explore.

The Austin Tenants’ Council advocates for housing rights in the greater Austin community.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

LEANDER

Splash pad opens Saturday

The Quarry Splash Pad in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 County Road 175, will open for the season at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The pad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The cost is $2 per person.

For more information or to make a pavilion reservation: 512-943-1920.

— American-Statesman staff

TAYLOR

Council re-elects Rydell mayor

The Taylor City Council meeting Tuesday included the swearing in of Mitchell Drummond as representative for District 2. Drummond replaces Christopher Gonzales, who served as the council representative in District 2 for nine years. Mayor Brandt Rydell won re-election in District 3 this month, and was re-sworn in at the meeting.

The council members nominated from among themselves candidates for mayor, and a vote of 4-1 gave the job to Rydell, who will remain mayor of Taylor for another year.

City charter instructs council members to choose a mayor and mayor pro tem from among the group each year, instead of residents voting for those positions. Christine Lopez, of District 1, was chosen to remain as mayor pro tem for another term.

— American-Statesman staff

HUTTO

Free cooking class offered

Ignite Women’s Health will host a free cooking class at noon Saturday at the Hutto Family YMCA, 200 Alliance Blvd.

The class will teach participants how to cook simple and nutritionally balanced dishes and includes a question-and-answer session with wellness staff. The theme is “farm-to-table.”

For information: seton.net/ignite/cooking-classes.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

City to celebrate code adoption

The city of San Marcos will celebrate the adoption of Code SMTX from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Kissing Alley, 121 E. Hopkins St.

Attendees will join the mayor, the San Marcos City Council, board and commission members, the Chamber of Commerce and city staff for entertainment, light refreshments and a brief program. The City Council approved the new 434-page development code at its regular meeting April 17.

To view the code: sanmarcostx.gov/SMTXdevcode.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP STATE PARK

Meeting on insects, tree disease

The Lost Pines Master Naturalists will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bastrop State Park’s refectory building, 100 Park Road 1A.

Daniel Lewis of the Texas Forest Service will discuss “Insect and Disease Damage to Trees.” A potluck will take place before the presentation, and a business meeting will take place afterward.

For more information: lpmn.pr@gmail.com.

— American-Statesman staff



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