Austin Pride canceled, H-E-B opening pushed back and more: News and events from Central Texas

The board of Austin Pride announced June 15 it has canceled the downtown celebration that was scheduled for Aug. 15. (Courtesy Austin Pride)
The board of Austin Pride announced June 15 it has canceled the downtown celebration that was scheduled for Aug. 15. (Courtesy Austin Pride)

The board of Austin Pride announced June 15 it has canceled the downtown celebration that was scheduled for Aug. 15. (Courtesy Austin Pride)

Read the latest from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Central Texas area.

Austin Pride cancels 2020 event

The Austin Pride Festival and Parade, an event that brings hundreds of thousands of Austinites together downtown to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, will not take place in 2020 due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, according to a statement from the nonprofit’s board posted June 15.

Construction timeline pushed back for H-E-B store at South Congress and Oltorf

H-E-B announced May 19 it has pushed back construction of a major project at 2400 S. Congress Ave., Austin.

The store opened in 1957 and was the first built in Austin. It will expand to include a food hall, beer garden, and two levels of underground parking.

Paz Veterinary coming soon to Westlake area

Paz Veterinary will open a Westlake location this summer at 2724 Bee Cave Road, Austin.

An exact opening date has not been announced at this time, but the company will be updating the community through its social media pages.

Tao Massage reopens remodeled Round Rock location

Tao Massage has remodeled its Round Rock location with a new layout, flooring and decor similar to its Cedar Park storefront, staff member Molly Daly confirmed in a June 16 email.

GALLERY: Lake Travis teens organize Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bee Cave

The demonstration was held at Hill Country Galleria and was organized by Lake Travis Against Brutality, a newly formed group entirely run by local teenagers. The event was held in solitary with the Black Lives Matter movement, but rather than holding signs, participants created chalk drawings.

Domino's Pizza headed to Circle C Ranch area

A new Domino’s Pizza is coming to 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Bldg. A, Ste. 160, Austin, replacing what had previously been a Z Pizza restaurant in Circle C Ranch.

Hear It All relocates to Georgetown

Hear It All relocated from Liberty Hill to Georgetown on June 8. The business offers diagnostic hearing evaluations as well as hearing aid repair, service and fitting.

Jersey Mike's Subs announces opening date of second Round Rock location

Jersey Mike's Subs will open its second Round Rock location July 1 at 3800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 120, franchisee Josh Kuebler confirmed in a June 15 email to Community Impact Newspaper.

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Where, how to celebrate Juneteenth in Round Rock, Pflugerville

Here is a roundup of virtual and in-person celebrations planned to celebrate Juneteenth in Round Rock and Pflugerville.

Westlake Chamber of Commerce cancels annual Fourth of July parade

Following discussions with first responders and the city of West Lake Hills, the Westlake Chamber of Commerce canceled its July Fourth Parade and Celebration on June 16.

Austin Plastic Surgeon building new office in North Austin near The Domain

Austin Plastic Surgeon, led by Dr. Johnny Franco, is building a new office space just outside The Domain at 10622 Burnet Road, Austin, and expects to move into the building sometime in July, according to Austin Plastic Surgeon Marketing Assistant Amy Clevenger.

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park returns to action July 17-18 with outdoor Pink Floyd laser show

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park has started scheduling events for the summer and fall, and the facility’s first event since its March closure due to coronavirus concerns will be a socially distanced, outdoor laser light show.

Black Lives Matter protest march scheduled for June 19 in Cedar Park

On June 19, a Black Lives Matter protest and march will be held in Cedar Park in honor of Juneteenth.

Registration now open for Lakeway’s July community blood drive

Central Texas’ life-saving blood supply is needed more than ever with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the city of Lakeway is encouraging residents to register for donations.

Loewy Law Firm celebrates 15-year anniversary in Austin

Loewy Law Firm, 7000 N. MoPac, Ste. 200, Austin, celebrated its 15-year anniversary May 19. Adam Loewy started the personal injury firm in a one-bedroom apartment.

Austin Eye to open new 20,000-square-foot practice in Rollingwood

Austin Eye will open a new Rollingwood location in December at 2700 Bee Caves Road, Austin. The practice specializes in surgical eye care, including laser lens replacement, cataract surgery and LASIK, according to owner Dr. Shannon Wong.

Woof Gang Bakery opens in Round Rock

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming opened a Round Rock location June 2 in The Shops at University at 1900 University Blvd., Ste. 230, Round Rock.

Jack Flagler, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Nicholas Cicale, Amy Rae Dadamo, Iain Oldman, Brian Perdue, Taylor Girtman and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Josh Frank, owner of Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in for more than a decade, holds up a Blue Starlite-branded mask. (Photo by Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Long-time Austin theater Blue-Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In takes on new life in pandemic

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The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)
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Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip-making plant would dwarf other recent megaprojects that sought tax incentives in the region.
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A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
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Austin ISD students will begin the 2021-22 school year Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Winter storm damage could prevent 10 Austin ISD campuses from reopening next week

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A tree's branches fell on a car in North Austin in the midst of Winter Storm Uri in February. With downed tree limbs and burst water lines causing property damage across Austin, the city has directed additional funds into programs to help some homeowners with emergency home repairs. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Still in crisis mode, Austin City Council initiates recovery following winter storm

With 200 to 400 apartment and condo complexes in Austin still without water, City Council is aiming to direct aid and relieve some of the financial burden felt by residents following the devastating winter storms.

Photo of a knife cutting through brisket
La Barbecue heads to new home on East Cesar Chavez Street

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Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
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