Community news: O negative blood needed


The Mighty Texas Dog Walk 2018 will begin at 10 a.m. March 24 at the American-Statesman.

San Marcos will host a cleanup of the City Cemetery from Monday through March 19 to23.

Dripping Springs school district will host registration for kindergarten, pre-K students Tuesday and March 22.



O negative blood needed

We Are Blood is seeking healthy donors with blood type O negative to help combat a shortage.

With spring break and the South by Southwest festival, the city is seeing more people and fewer donations. Those who donate blood of any type or platelets will receive We Are Blood-branded gifts.

O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused into any patient. Platelets are a component of blood that aid in clotting and are often used to help trauma and cancer patients. Their short shelf-life of five days makes it difficult to maintain a steady supply.

Appointments can be made at either Austin location, 4300 N. Lamar Blvd. and 3100 W. Slaughter Lane; or at the Round Rock location, 2132 N. Mays St., Suite 900.

To schedule an appointment, visit

— American-Statesman staff


Mighty Texas Dog Walk on March 24

The Mighty Texas Dog Walk 2018 will begin at 10 a.m. March 24 at the Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave.

The event will include a walk that benefits Service Dogs Inc., as well as samples of dog food and treats, advice from veterinarians and trainers, an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest cake for dogs, free food and beer for VIP ticket holders and team prizes for most donations, largest team and best team costumes. The costume theme is “Carnival.”

Single tickets are $30 through Sunday if purchased online or $40 if purchased after Sunday. VIP tickets are $100.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff



Gardeners training classes set

The Williamson County Master Gardeners Association will host an informational training class at 1 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. May 7 at the Williamson County extension office, 3151 SE Inner Loop.

Attendance to one of the sessions is mandatory to enroll in the organization’s master gardener classes that starts in August. Information session participants will receive an application for the class.

The sessions will explain the program, requirements for becoming a master gardener and program objectives.

For more information:;

— American-Statesman staff



Claim items from City Cemetery

The city of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Cemetery Commission and cemetery staff, will host a cleanup of the City Cemetery, 1001 Ranch Road 12, from Monday through March 23.

Staff will remove items from burial places that do not conform to City Cemetery rules or that have become unsightly.

Fresh cut flowers are allowed on lots and mausoleums and near the columbarium, but must be removed within two weeks or when they become unsightly. Artificial flowers, sprays and wreaths are allowed but must be removed when they become unsightly or hinder maintenance. Glass containers are prohibited. All decorations must be firmly secured or fastened to the ground or monument.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Register for kindergarten, pre-K

The Dripping Springs school district will host registration for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students entering school in fall 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and March 22 at the district’s administration building, 510 W. Mercer St.

Families enrolling in the tuition-based pre-K program will be entered into a lottery to determine if they are placed at the campus of their choice. Enrollment assignments no longer will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of this new system, there is no advantage to lining up early in the morning to secure a pre-K spot at the campus of choice.

Parents should bring proof of residency, such as their electric bill and copy of lease/warranty deed/property tax statement with homestead exemption listed; child’s birth certificate and immunization record; the child’s Social Security card; and parent’s photo ID.

Additional registration will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 at individual campuses.

— American-Statesman staff



Master Naturalists meet Monday

The Lost Pines Master Naturalists will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road A.

Ben Hutchins, invertebrate biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will present “Managing Private Lands for Pollinators.”

The meeting will start with a potluck dinner, Hutchins will present, and a monthly business meeting will take place.

— American-Statesman staff

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