South Congress Avenue pizzeria celebrates 1-year anniversary with free beer, Oak Hill professional association shutters after nearly 4 decades, plus 3 more things for Southwest Austinites to know this week, Dec. 11-15

Aviator Pizza & Brew Company will celebrate one year in business Saturday, Dec. 16.

Aviator Pizza & Brew Company will celebrate one year in business Saturday, Dec. 16.

As 2017 comes to an end, major decisions about the city's leadership are underway. In South Austin, one longstanding organization is closing its doors while another is celebrating its first anniversary. Here's a few more things to know this week:



Austin-area medical marijuana dispensary growing medicine for patients with epilepsy
A company near South Austin is now growing medical marijuana for patients with incurable epilepsy. Compassionate Cultivation, located at 12701 Lowden Lane, Bldg. 501, Manchaca, is one of three providers licensed in the state to grow medical cannabis under the Compassionate Use Act, signed into law in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott.





Oak Hill Business & Professional Association shutters after 36 years
Low membership and a lack of new leadership forced the Oak Hill Business & Professional Association to shutter last week, Dec. 7.

Founded in 1981, OHBPA was formed as a way to communicate information about traffic, local elections and more to the residents of Oak Hill, President Stacy Bray said. The association held monthly networking luncheons to connect area entrepreneurs in hopes of advancing the business and civic interests of Oak Hill.






Dell Medical School accepting art proposals using more than 20,000 Livestrong wristbands for future installation
Artists are invited to enter a competition to create a work of art out of over 20,000 plastic yellow Livestrong wristbands. The Livestrong Cancer Institutes of The University of Texas Dell Medical School’s Community Art Competition is accepting proposals for artwork created from the wristbands through Jan. 2, 2018, according to a news release. The winning piece will be installed at Dell Medical School’s Health Discovery Building.

 





Austin names Howard Lazarus and Spencer Cronk as city manager finalists; final decision to come by year's end
Austin announced the two finalists for its city manager position on Thursday, Dec. 7 as the city moved closer to appointing its new top executive and closing the book on a search process that has taken more than a year.

Either Spencer Cronk, the current city administrator in Minneapolis, or Howard Lazarus, the current city administrator for Ann Arbor, Michigan, will take over as Austin’s city manager by the end of 2017. Stephen Newton, a representative for hired search firm Russell Reynolds and Associates, made the announcement at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

The city picked Cronk and Lazarus—the former public works director in Austin—out of a finalist pool of six candidates that included public and private sector leaders from across the country.






South Congress Avenue's Aviator Pizza & Brew Company to celebrate first anniversary with beer giveaway
Aviator Pizza & Brew Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday, Dec. 16 with a first come, first served giveaway of 20 free pints of Revolver Harvey Relief Golden Ale.


By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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