From BBQ pits to vegetable gardens: South Austin events cater to a range of tastes this weekend

The Switch hosts a meet the pit masters event this weekend at 166 Hargraves Street, Ste. G100, Austin.

The Switch hosts a meet the pit masters event this weekend at 166 Hargraves Street, Ste. G100, Austin.

The weekend roundup for Aug. 4-5 includes a back to school bash, networking event, tour of a BBQ pit, Medicare basics class and more.

Saturday, Aug. 4
Meet the pit masters at The Switch

The Switch, a Texan/Cajun barbecue joint, hosts tours of the pit room by lead pit masters Christopher McGhee and Bill Dumas and pit masters Marco Oglesby and Troy Warlick. The restaurant offers all-day happy hour specials, including $2 off cocktails, $3 domestic pints and $5 pints of select craft beer. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Switch, 166 Hargraves Drive, Ste. G100 Austin. 512-212-7211.

Attend Austin ISD's Back to School Bash
The annual event offers free backpacks to about 4,500 students as well as health screenings and resource information. Supplies are given out first come, first served. Noon-3 p.m. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-414-9955.

Saturday, Aug. 4
New to Austin? Network with a life-long local

Learn from and chat with Cara Keenan, a life-long local who has helped newcomers transition careers and families into life in Austin. The venue provides two hours of free childcare—for those who register in advance and use the code TRANSPLANT—and complimentary mimosas. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120.

Saturday, Aug. 4
Master Medicare basics

The Austin Public Library hosts a presentation by a licensed insurance agent. Topics include signing up for Medicare and the difference between a supplement and the Medicare Advantage plan. 2 p.m. Free. Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-974-8700.

Sunday, Aug. 5
Learn about organic vegetable gardening

Linda Wall, horticulturist at the Natural Gardener, explains the basics of organic vegetable gardening, from soil preparation to raised beds to planting in the right season. 10 a.m. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-288-6113.

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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