Fun Fun Fun Fest

The Fun Fun Fun Fest stage lit up Austin during last year’s event. Courtesy Fun Fun Fun Fest Facebook

Concern is rising that Fun Fun Fun Fest may not be able to happen at Auditorium Shores this year.

The festival is locally owned and operated and has occurred in Austin since 2006, but with this year’s site plan still not approved by Austin City Council the festival’s fate hangs in the balance.

FFF Fest is scheduled to occur Nov. 6-8 in the same park area where it has been held since 2011, with the exception of 2014 because of construction conflicts. Austin City Council on June 25 postponed approving any site plan. A vote now scheduled for Aug. 6 after council members returns from their July vacation.

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Diablo Body Piercing and Oni Tattoo will share a shop slated to open next week at 2501 E. Cesar Chavez St.

This will be the third Austin location for Diablo Body Piercing, which offers professional grade, American-made piercing jewelry. The piercing staff is composed of five piercers but will soon increase to seven as workers rotate among locations.

Two tattoo artists will also work out of the Oni Tattoo space in the same building. An exact opening date has not been determined. Management will announce the official opening via the company’s Facebook page.

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Road closures, bus detours, increased bus trip frequency and extended MetroRail operations will take place July 4 as the city celebrates Independence Day and Capital Metro aims to accommodate residents and visitors.

Bus route changes

From 8 p.m. to midnight July 4, MetroRapid Route 801 on North Lamar Boulevard/South Congress Avenue and Route 803 on Burnet Road/South Lamar Boulevard will operate on a special 15-minute frequency to accommodate more riders, according to a Capital Metro news release.

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Tawny Hammond will be the new Chief Animal Services Officer of the Austin Animal Center

Tawny Hammond will be the new Chief Animal Services Officer of the Austin Animal Center City of Austin, Austin Animal Center

The Austin Animal Center’s new Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond started her new position in mid-June. With 26 years of public service under her belt, Hammond said June 29 she is ready to enrich the animal welfare program of Austin.

Hammond previously served as the director of the Fairfax County animal shelter in Virginia before relocating to Austin. Impressed by the commitment and thoughtfulness of the city when it came to animal welfare, Hammond said she saw this opportunity as being at the right place at the right time.

“Austin is a beacon of hope for other communities that want to do what we’re doing,” Hammond said.

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Travis County Commissioners Court members were updated on the proposed civil and family courts complex during the court’s June 30 meeting.

Voters will decide in November whether to support the county’s $291.6 million bond proposal to build a new civil and family courts courthouse. There are also plans to develop an adjacent office tower along Fourth Street between Guadalupe and Lavaca streets.

On June 23, commissioners agreed to hold an industry forum and establish a formal process for developing the south portion of the proposed complex. During that process it will be decided whether to develop the office portion at the same time as the courthouse.

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