Community news: Special Olympics seeks Winter Games volunteers


Austin Animal Services will offer the first of five free spay/neuter clinics on Friday.

The Dripping Springs school district offers community education opportunities for spring 2017.



Special Olympics needs volunteers

Special Olympics Texas is seeking volunteers to help facilitate its 24th annual Winter Games from Feb. 2 to 5 at various venues in Travis and Williamson counties.

The sports in the Winter Games include bowling, powerlifting and volleyball.

Bowling will be held in Austin at Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Ave.; Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Road; and Westgate Lanes, 2701 W. William Cannon Drive; and in Georgetown at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, 1010 N. Austin Ave. Those able to volunteer at any of those locations can choose to serve as a lane monitor or assist with presenting athletes with awards.

Volleyball will be held at the Round Rock Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trail, and volunteers will help as scorekeepers, line callers, ball shaggers and award presenters.

Volunteers also are needed to assist in facilitating games, arts and crafts and serving snacks at the athlete’s village in the Norris Conference Center, Suite 365, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.

To view and sign up for shifts:

For more information: 800-876-5646;

— American-Statesman staff


Free spay/neuter clinics offered

The city of Austin Animal Services will offer a new free spay/neuter clinic Friday, Feb. 2 and 17 and March 2 and 17 at the Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive.

It is recommended that owners bring pets to the clinic no later than 8 a.m. The service is on a first-come, first-served basis, and some owners begin showing up as early as 5:30 a.m. to reserve their spot in line.

For more information: 512-978-0505; 512-978-0504.

— American-Statesman staff



City offices to close Monday

City of Georgetown offices will close Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Facilities closed include the animal shelter; City Hall; the recreation, tennis and public safety operations centers; the library; the municipal court and complex; and the economic development and planning departments.

Solid waste and recycling collection will remain on schedule, and the Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Georgetown Visitors Center will remain open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— American-Statesman staff



Meeting Monday on wildlife law

The Texas Master Naturalists Lost Pines Chapter will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Buescher State Park Recreation Center, along Park Road 1-C, Smithville.

Marsha May of the Teaming With Wildlife: True to Texas Coalition will discuss ramifications of a new law called the Restoring America’s Wildlife Act. A potluck dinner will be held before the presentation.

For more information: 512-294-6662;

— American-Statesman staff



County, city offices to close

Hays County and city of San Marcos offices will be closed Monday to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday at their regular times.

Commissioners Court will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hays County Courthouse, 311 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. The meeting is also livestreamed and archived at

Texas Disposal Systems will still operate its usual Monday trash and recycling collection routes.

— American-Statesman staff


Community education classes offered

The Dripping Springs school district will offer community education opportunities and has released the catalog of courses for spring 2017.

Elementary-aged students can sign up for after-school enrichment classes including sports, Spanish, chess, dance, Legos, science, cooking and art. Classes typically run one day a week for two to three months. Classes will begin the week of Feb. 21 at all three elementary campuses.

Preschool enrichment classes are available for ages 2-5 and include dance, Spanish and soccer.

Driver’s education, Spanish, skateboarding and babysitting courses are offered for teenagers.

Several learning opportunities are offered for adults, including CPR, first aid, dog training, Spanish, English for Spanish speakers, investment strategies, yoga, karate and GED class preparation.

Some single-day events also offered include the Father-Daughter Ball, Mother-Son Dance and Valentine’s Date Night child care.

The Dripping Springs school district’s Community Services Department also offers after-school care for elementary students and early-morning care for middle-school students.

For a full listing of classes and activities:

— American-Statesman staff

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