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

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

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.



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