Community news: Women’s Hall of Fame inducts new members Friday


AIDS Services of Austin will host a community event Saturday to raise awareness for prevention options.

Two part-time city of Georgetown employees will begin providing directions to free parking downtown.



Women’s Hall inducts new members

The city of Austin Commission for Women will host this year’s ceremony to honor new inductees into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Friday at City Hall, 201 W. Second St.

This year’s inductees are Gigi Edwards Bryant, Jeanne Goka, Celia Israel and Sarah Weddington.

The new inductees will be recognized for making significant contributions for women in the Austin area and beyond by breaking through barriers for women, working to better the lives of women and girls and outstanding public or community service.

— American-Statesman staff


AIDS Services hosts event

AIDS Services of Austin, at 7215 Cameron Road, will host a community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to raise awareness for prevention options and care available to women and girls affected by HIV.

The free event will include community partners, safer sex supplies, HIV/sexually transmitted infection testing, games/prizes and food. The purpose of this event is to empower women to get tested, know their status and find community support.

Child care and bilingual programming will be provided.

— American-Statesman staff


‘Faces of Austin’ films screened

The city of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division announced the filmmakers selected for the 2018 Faces of Austin short film competition.

The free showcase will premiere at 11 a.m. Saturday at Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 Interstate 35 North.

Selected filmmakers and films, in order of screenings, are David Freid, “Austin Graffiti Project: Chapter 1, The Foundation”; Christopher Kim, “Belonging”; Blair Waltman-Alexin, “A Common Thread”; Travis Lee Ratcliff, “Art of the Moment”; Tatiana Gonzalez, “PEOPLE in Need & Experiencing Homelessness at the Library”; H. Cherdon, “Awesome in Austin Music Video”; Louisiana Kreutz, “Language Lessons”; Jake Fordyce, “Lord’s Boxing Gym”; Katherine Craft, “Charlotte and Charlie”; Jose Rocha, “El Maestro: Hector Galan”; Rachel Bardin, “Animal Facts Club Presents: Birds and Humans”; Christopher Kim, “Today, I Gave The World A Flower”; and Aaron Weiss, “Struggling for Weird.”

Four films went on to the celebrity judge, Austin filmmaker and actor Macon Blair. His selection for judge’s choice will be announced during the screening, and the filmmaker will receive an honorarium of $1,000.

— American-Statesman staff



Parking guidance offered

Two part-time Georgetown city employees this month will begin providing information and directions to visitors and residents about free parking downtown, the city said. The “downtown parking ambassadors” also will enforce the three-hour parking ordinance in certain parts of downtown.

Free parking lots are at 10th and Main streets, Sixth and Main streets, Seventh and Rock streets, Austin Avenue and Fifth Street, Martin Luther King and Eighth streets and Martin Luther King and Seventh streets. A free, four-story public parking garage also sits at Fourth and Rock streets. The free parking lots and the garage do not have a three-hour limit.

Downtown streets that have a three-hour parking limit along parts of them include West Eighth Street, West Ninth Street, South Main Street, South Austin Avenue, East and West Seventh Street and South Church Street.

The downtown parking ordinance limits parking in these areas to three hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman


Downtown streets closed

Porter Street between Fifth and Sixth streets are closed for one month as of March 7 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as will Fifth between Porter and the north exit out of the City Hall parking lot.

The Utility Billing Department drive-up lane on the north side of City Hall will remain open and can be accessed from Washburn Street. The exit from the drive-through window opens to the north onto Porter with a right turn only to head east to Washburn Street.

For more information: 512-352-3251.

— American-Statesman staff



Brushy waste drop-off Saturday

The city of San Marcos will host its monthly brushy waste drop-off for residential garbage and recycling service customers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The brushy drop-off can be reached by taking the San Marcos Animal Shelter entrance at 750 River Road and following the signs.

Green waste that will be accepted includes trees or brush trimmings, leaves and grass clippings. Brush containing barbed wire or other metals will not be accepted.

The service is open to residential solid-waste customers in San Marcos. Residents can load and take ground-up mulch at the site as available. Residents also have the option of using the green waste carts to dispose of brushy waste.

For more information: 512-393-8407;

— American-Statesman staff

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