Community News: Public art reception at Montopolis Neighborhood Center


TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

Austin Art in Public Places to host dedication

The city of Austin’s Art in Public Places program will host a dedication ceremony for Pods, a new artwork for the city’s Public Health Department, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 24.

The free ceremony will be at the Montopolis Neighborhood Center, 1416 Montopolis Drive, Austin.

The artwork by Amy Bunker, Foster Talge and Travis Seeger features three spheres made of thousands of individually crafted shimmering stainless steel leaves supported by steel trunks. Each sculpture is mounted at a different height, ranging from 15 to 20 feet tall.

The artists worked with the Montopolis community during the design of the piece, gathering feedback at several meetings at the neighborhood center.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Trucks to slow traffic this week

Concrete bridge beams will be delivered at the Southwest Bypass bridge site at various times Monday through Friday in southwest Georgetown.

Closures of approximately five minutes in duration will take place intermittently from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday on University Avenue (Highway 29) at the Interstate 35 intersection. During each closure, Georgetown police will stop traffic on University Avenue to allow for the passage of six trucks carrying 120-foot-long bridge beams.

Police will close Leander Road for briefs periods between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the intersection with I-35 to allow groups of six trucks with beams to pass through the intersection.

Prior to moving through the Highway 29 and Leander Road intersections, the trucks will be staging along the I-35 northbound frontage roads in Georgetown.

— American-Statesman staff

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown Police Department to host self-defense class

The Georgetown Police Department will host a free self-defense class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road, Georgetown.

Police trainers will teach striking techniques as well as ground and choke defense.

The class is open to women ages 16 and older. Registration is required at pdtraining.georgetown.org/non-tcole.

— American-Statesman staff

CEDAR PARK

Library to host book, bake sale

The Cedar Park Public Library Book and Bake Sale, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will be held April 22 - 24 at the Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd.

Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22, 1 to 4 p.m. April 23 and 9 a.m. to noon April 24. A preview for early-bird buyers will be available for $10 from 8 to 9 a.m. April 22.

Prices are $3 for hardcover books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks; $2 for soft cover books; and $1 for small paperbacks. Children’s books and baked goods also will be for sale. To donate a baked good, describe and price the donation in a see-through package and take it to the library between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 21.

For more information: 512-401-5600.

— American-Statesman staff

GEORGETOWN

Garey Park construction begins

The city of Georgetown will break ground on construction for Garey Park at 2 p.m. March 31 at Garey House, 6450 FM 2243, Georgetown.

The 525-acre ranch along the South San Gabriel River was donated by Jack and Cammy Garey in 2004 along with $5 million for park development. In 2008, voters approved a bond for an additional $10 million for the parks construction.

Upon completion, Garey Park will become the city’s largest park, roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin.

Construction of the park is expected to be completed in early 2018, with the park opening in spring 2018.

The total budget for the project is $13.5 million.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

San Marcos to sponsor rain barrel sale

The city of San Marcos is partnering with PolyMart to offer affordable rain barrels and tanks to San Marcos area residents.

Rain barrels must be purchased by April 15 at cityrainbarrelprogram.org and will be available for pickup between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 22 at San Marcos City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St. City water customers will submit a rebate application along with a copy of the purchase receipt.

The 50-gallon barrel is $64.99 and has a flat back for placement against walls. The 54-gallon barrel is $84.99 and comes with a solid brass spigot and overflow hose. The Polymart rainwater tanks come in 100-, 150-, 250-, and 500-gallon sizes. Downspout diverter kits are also available for purchase.

City water utility customers are eligible for a 50-cent/gallon rebate on rain barrels and tanks.

For more information: 512-393-8310; sanmarcostx.gov/rainwater.

— American-Statesman staff



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