Community news: Pease Park designated a state landmark


Goodwill hosts skill training programs for young adults, adults involved in the criminal justice system.

Georgetown will celebrate Wednesday the reopening of Founders Park and the Grace Heritage Center.

The Taylor Fire Department’s Red Santa program seeks volunteers to wrap gifts for families in need Dec. 20.



Pease Park a landmark

Pease District Park was designated as a State Antiquities Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission on Friday.

The designation recognizes the park’s historical and cultural significance.

“Pease Park … is one of the preeminent public parks in the state of Texas,” according to the statement of significance. “The original 23 acres comprising the park were given to the city of Austin by former Texas Gov. E.M. Pease and his wife in 1875. … Aside from Austin’s four original public squares established by Edward Waller’s 1839 City plan, Pease Park is Austin oldest park. Its development by the Kiwanis Club in 1926 proved to be the genesis of the city of Austin’s parks system.”

— American-Statesman staff


Goodwill offers training programs

Goodwill Central Texas will host two skill training programs to assist young adults and adults with involvement in the criminal justice system.

The LifeLaunch program for young adults is for ages 18-24 who are committed to change and growth. Services include educational support for GED tests, college or trade programs; career-case management support; career readiness training and community internships; job placement support and services; and incentives and stipends to support goals. To register: 512-748-3223;

The adult program is for ages 25 and older who have been incarcerated and released within 180 days or is under supervision at a residential reentry facility, home confinement, electronic monitoring or in a correctional facility within six months of release. Services include occupational skills training, educational support, paid internship opportunities, job placement services and career-case management support. To register: 512-637-7580;

— American-Statesman staff


Med school seeks art ideas

The Livestrong Cancer Institutes at Dell Medical School is seeking ideas for artwork using the yellow Livestrong wristbands for the institute’s Community Art Competition.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 2.

Idea submissions should illustrate the cancer experience and support those who have faced it. Anyone can submit a proposal, and finalists will receive as many as 25,000 Livestrong wristbands to create their piece. Finished pieces will be exhibited at an event in April, and the winning piece will be installed in the medical center’s Health Discovery Building.

For rules and to submit an idea:

— American-Statesman staff



Park, heritage center reopen

The city of Georgetown and Preservation Georgetown will celebrate the reopening of Founders Park, at 814 S. Church St., and the Grace Heritage Center, at 817 S. Main St., with consecutive ribbon-cutting ceremonies Wednesday.

The mayor and representatives from Preservation Georgetown will help celebrate the reopening of Grace Heritage Church at 5:30 p.m., and a ribbon-cutting at Founders Park will be at 6 p.m. The Grace Heritage reopening celebration will include Preservation Georgetown’s annual presentation and light refreshments.

Renovations at Founders Park were completed in early December and included expanded public seating, a new water fountain and trash cans and a seat wall. Historical items in the park were repurposed, and a full irrigation system was installed.

The Grace Heritage Center, which was constructed in 1881, is the earliest surviving wood-framed church in Georgetown. Throughout the years, the building has been relocated twice and is currently located one block north of its original location.

The projects were fully funded by the city of Georgetown.

— American-Statesman staff


Red Santa needs volunteers

The annual Red Santa program run by the Taylor Fire Department is seeking volunteers to wrap gifts for families in need at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter St.

Donations are also being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday at Taylor Fire Station No. 1; at the administrative offices, 304 E. Third St.; and at Fire Station No. 2, 705 Carlos G. Parker Blvd. NW. Officials are seeking cash donations primarily.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer: 512-352-6992.



Blue Christmas at Blue Hole

The city of Wimberley and the Friends of Blue Hole will present Blue Christmas at 4 p.m. Saturday at Blue Hole Regional Park, 100 Blue Hole Lane.

The free event will include horse-drawn carriage rides, an ugly sweater contest, s’mores, local music groups, vendors, a photo booth, hot drinks and a visit from Santa Claus. “Elf” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in the swimming area.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

For more information: 512-660-9111.

— American-Statesman staff

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