Juneteenth in Pflugerville, Georgetown film festival goes virtual and more: News from Central Texas

Black Pflugerville President Alicia Jackson addresses crowds of people in attendance at Pflugerville's inaugural Juneteenth celebration. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Black Pflugerville President Alicia Jackson addresses crowds of people in attendance at Pflugerville's inaugural Juneteenth celebration. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Black Pflugerville President Alicia Jackson addresses crowds of people in attendance at Pflugerville's inaugural Juneteenth celebration. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest news and community updates from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Central Texas.


Pflugerville commemorates 155th anniversary of Juneteenth with inaugural celebration

Standing before an assembled crowd June 20, Mayor Victor Gonzales joined Black Pflugerville President Alicia Jackson as he read from a city proclamation declaring June 19, 2020 as Pflugerville's Celebrate Juneteenth Day.

Here's how to participate in Pflugerville's Pfirecracker Pfestival this July 4

Despite questions about COVID-19's impact on Independence Day activities, the annual Pfirecracker Pfestival will take place, the city of Pflugerville announced June 19.


Georgetown's film festival moves virtual

The 2020 GTX Film Festival & How-To Conference will be held virtually, according to a June 18 news release.

Become Anchored mental health practice coming soon to Georgetown

Become Anchored, a mental health professionals office, is coming soon to 402 W. University Ave., Georgetown.

Georgetown City Council to discuss Confederate Sons of America statue June 23

On June 23, Georgetown City Council members will consider and possibly take action on a resolution asking the members of the Williamson County Commissioners Court to support several actions related to the Confederate Sons of America statue outside of the Williamson County Courthouse on the Georgetown Square.

Mikey V's Hot Sauce Shop is relocating on the Georgetown Square, adding a taco restaurant

Mikey V's Hot Sauce Shop is relocating on the Georgetown Square early next year, owner Michael Valencia said.

The business will move from its current location at 711 S. Main St., Georgetown, and replace Brave Vira Yoga at 112 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. It plans to open in January 2021.

Central Austin

Venturi Wealth Management celebrates 5 years in Austin

Venturi Wealth Management will celebrate its five-year anniversary Aug. 14 at 3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. B, Ste. 100, Austin.

Daiso Japan coming to north Central Austin

Daiso Japan will be opening its first store in Central Texas at the Crescent development, 6929 Airport Blvd., Austin. According to the store's website, Daiso Japan has over 5,000 stores worldwide, including more than 3,000 in Japan, and is often called "the Japanese dollar store."

Round Rock

Good Point Acupuncture celebrates 5 years in Round Rock

Good Point Acupuncture, located at 2301 Red Bud Lane, Ste. 200, Round Rock, will celebrate five years in business on July 6.

Tiemann Art Gallery opens in Round Rock

Carrie Tiemann, a Pflugerville resident, opened the 3,500-square-foot Tiemann Art Gallery and custom framing shop at 1706 N. Mays St., Round Rock, in mid-June.

GEICO opens office in Round Rock

GEICO Round Rock opened June 16, agent Sameer Chande said. Located at 2200 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 120, Round Rock, GEICO provides auto, home, renters and condominium insurance.

MAPS: Round Rock 4th of July parade to travel new neighborhood routes this year

Round Rock residents can view the city's annual Independence Day parade from their front lawns this year.

In place of the city's traditional downtown event, three Community Spirit Neighborhood Parades will travel through Round Rock neighborhoods.

Total Fitness Kickboxing-Round Rock now open

Total Fitness Kickboxing-Round Rock opened May 18, owner Billy Malady confirmed. Located at 1201 S. I-35, Ste. 315, Round Rock, the business offers kickboxing classes and nutritional support.

Southwest Austin

South Austin Chipotle now open on Slaughter Lane

Chipotle Mexican Grill officially opened on June 19 at 5000 W. Slaughter Lane, Bldg. 3, Austin. The restaurant is open for in-store order and pickup as well as for ordering online and through the Chipotle phone app.

Southwest Austin families participate in neighborhood march to support justice and racial equity

More than 100 Southwest Austin residents from the Sendera neighborhood marched down Davis Lane with “Black Lives Matter” signs in hand June 19 in an effort to bring the international conversation about racial injustice to the neighborhood level.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Hotworx coming soon at The Lyndon in San Marcos

Hotworx, a virtually instructed fitness center that combines infrared heat with exercise, will be opening at The Lyndon apartment complex, 200 Springtown Way, Ste. 116, San Marcos, in early July.

River parks in San Marcos set to close June 25

In efforts to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the city of San Marcos will be closing its river parks at 8 p.m. June 25 until further notice.

Leander-Cedar Park

GALLERY: More than 150 people march in Black Lives Matter protest on Juneteenth in Cedar Park

In Cedar Park, more than 150 people gathered June 19 to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against systemic racism and police brutality.

UPDATE: Leander ISD creates online request form for groups needing more than four tickets to commencements

Leander ISD has created an online request form for commencement attendees who will need more than four tickets to the July 9-11 commencements at Gupton Stadium at Cedar Park.

SEE THE LIST: Leander ISD discontinues bus service to 18 routes within 2 miles of campuses

After eight months of deliberation, Leander ISD’s board of trustees on June 18 voted to implement the new hazardous routes formula.

Leander ISD moves 2020 commencements to Gupton Stadium

The class of 2020 commencements for Leander ISD’s six high schools will be held outside in John Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park, according to a June 19 news release.

Leander Fourth of July Celebration set with drive-in event, livestream option

The Leander Fourth of July Celebration, previously known as Liberty Fest, will go on with several social distancing measures.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Rollingwood approves leasing agreement with local little league for use of Hatley Park

After more than a year of planning, Rollingwood officials approved a lease agreement for the operation and finance of the city's athletic fields that includes five baseball fields and a field house.

Lakeway mayor encourages small businesses to apply for relief programs

As businesses reopen and adjust to updated guidelines, Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox emphasized the need for patience within the community. Not only are many businesses financially hurting, she said, but owners are also working to adapt to frequent changes.

Kelsey Thompson, Ali Linan, Amy Rae Dadamo, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Nicholas Cicale, Evelin Garcia, Taylor Girtman, Sally Grace Holtgrieve and Brian Perdue contributed to this report.


Crawfish season,  from mid-January through June, is the busiest time at Shoal Creek Saloon. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shoal Creek Saloon brings a piece of New Orleans to Austin

COVID-19 has dealt the Shoal Creek Saloon a blow, but owner Ray Canfield is hanging in there and said he was prepared for a disaster. He just thought it would be another flood, not a virus.

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)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

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

Drive-in theater Blue Starlite found itself in a unique position in 2020: After more than 10 years as a small business “just getting by,” demand for drive-in movies exploded, owner Josh Frank said.

The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)
2021 Central Austin summer camp guide: 44 options including virtual and in-person offerings

Our list of camps happening in Austin this summer includes options focusing on academics, arts, sports and language.

Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip-making plant would dwarf other recent megaprojects that sought tax incentives in the region.
Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.

A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.

Austin ISD students will begin the 2021-22 school year Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at Austin ISD’s newly approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD trustees have approved the academic calendar for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

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

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri.

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

The popular barbecue joint will move to its new location in May.