Bad weather makeups and a political panel at Concordia University Texas: 7 things to know about in the Lake Travis-Westlake area this week, Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Pastor Tom Grevlos watches as children break ground at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Jan. 28.

Pastor Tom Grevlos watches as children break ground at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Jan. 28.

Residents can start the week by catching up on the latest headlines and looking ahead at upcoming events in the Lake Travis-Westlake area.

1. State representatives will discuss policy at Concordia University Texas Monday
The Texas Tribune will host a panel including Austin-area state Reps. Gina Hinojosa, Donna Howard and Eddie Rodriguez at Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin, on Monday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The group will discuss policy of the 85th Texas Legislature and what they mean for the greater Austin area. The discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer session. The event is free and takes place at the campus’ Blackbox Theater.

2. Eanes ISD’s bad weather makeup day on Feb. 19 will be used
Eanes ISD students will have school Feb. 19 to makeup for the snow day on Jan. 16, Eanes ISD Spokesperson Claudia McWhorter confirmed Jan. 24. The district calendar designated Feb. 19 and April 30 as bad weather makeup days, but only the first will be used as of now.

3. Lakeway makes up its canceled city council meetings tonight
The city of Lakeway had to postpone two city council meetings originally scheduled for Jan. 16 due to weather, but will make up the meetings tonight. A special meeting is being held at 5:30 p.m. while the city’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

4. Lakeway’s StoryWalk opens Feb. 1
Lakeway’s annual StoryWalk event is open daily Feb. 1-14. The free activity is designed for children and their families to enjoy a Valentine’s Day story while taking a short stroll around the trail behind Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway. This year’s title is “Love is You & Me.”

5. Westlake leaders answered local questions at a luncheon last week
The Westlake Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018 State of the Westlake Community lunch on Jan. 23 at the Lost Creek Country Club, highlighting issues facing Westlake residents and businesses. Rollingwood Mayor Roxanne McKee, West Lake Hills Mayor Linda Anthony, and Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty answered questions as part of a panel moderated by Community Impact Newspaper.  Read highlights from the event here.

6. The Four Points community task force met last week
Four Points residents learned about a new hyperlocal community task force Jan. 22 aimed at addressing issues affecting them. A workshop held at Concordia University’s Incubator for Innovation and Impact and led by Jimmy Flannigan, District 6 Austin City Council member, provided an opportunity for residents to weigh in on quality-of-life issues from mobility and safety to health and affordability.

You can learn more about the task force here.

7. Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran Church celebrated a ground breaking Sunday
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church broke ground on a $4 million renovation and restoration effort Sunday morning. Community members gathered to celebrate and took turns digging at the site, located at 3525 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills. The renovation effort, which will make improvements to areas such as public gathering spaces and church technology, is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.


Screen shot of Dr. Desmar Walkes speaking
Austin ICUs remain crowded with COVID-19 patients, delaying some critical care

Within the past week, there was a waiting list of patients to be transferred into Austin-area ICUs, Austin Public Health leaders said.

The city of Austin this summer cleared four unregulated homeless encampments and shifted dozens of residents into shelters. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house thousands of Austin's homeless people taking shape, but outlook for local success, project funding still unclear

The strategy's first housing benchmark fell short in June, and updates on how the estimated $515 million needed for housing and services will be spent are overdue.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

BoxLunch opened Aug. 27 in Barton Creek Square at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
New dining, clothing retailers now open or coming soon to the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Along with new retailers, area residents now have new health care providers from which to choose.

The widening project is on track to finish this fall and the bypass project by early next year. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT projects near RM 2222 and RM 620 intersection approaching completion after delay

The southbound bypass lane connecting the two roads is on track to be complete later this fall, weather permitting. The northbound bypass lane opened over the summer.

Owners Billy-Joe and Suzanne Hunt opened The Gramercy in October 2020. (Photos by Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Gramercy: Lakeway restaurant brings style of the big-city lounge to the Hill Country

Diners can choose from a variety of classic cocktails and entrees.

The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission considered a finalized draft of an updated map for Austin's 10 City Council districts Sept. 15. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: Draft map of Austin's redrawn City Council boundaries ready for community review

Volunteer city redistricting commissioners have unanimously passed an initial outline to update all 10 City Council districts set to go into effect next year.

Bee Cave City Council adopted a $10.92 million budget Sept 14. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bee Cave City Council adopts FY 2021-22 budget

Sales taxes represent the largest revenue source for the city of Bee Cave.

The low-water crossing at Great Divide Drive was flooded by Little Barton Creek in May 2019. Following council action Sept. 14, city staff will now work with an engineering firm to finalize a bridge design. (Courtesy James Cooke)
Bee Cave City Council votes to hire engineering firm to design Great Divide Drive bridge crossing

Bridge construction would not begin until after public input and completed design.

The city Music Commission met Sept. 13 to consider final outlines for the Live Music Fund Event Program and Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund 3.0.
Austin moving closer to sending out millions for live music events, musician recovery

Two upcoming city funding opportunities are being designed to support music industry events and provide emergency stabilization for those in the music sector.

Photo of county commissioners and community nonprofit leaders at a press conference
Travis County commits $110 million in federal funding to combat homelessness

The allocation will fund 2,000 supportive housing units.