Turkey Trot returns, Moontower Comedy Festival expanding in Austin; Pflugerville fire chief to retire and more Central Texas news

The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)
The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)

The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Central Austin

Austin event news: Turkey Trot returns in person, Moontower Comedy Festival expanding

After the pandemic forced many iconic Austin events to be canceled or adapted to virtual settings, many are starting to get back to normal—both by bringing back in-person options and by expanding current offerings.

Round Rock



Alfred's Catering opens kitchen in Round Rock

The Austin-based catering company owned by Alfred Engstrand has served the area for over 30 years and offers event planning services in addition to catering.

Lamppost Coffee to reopen in downtown Round Rock during the week of Sept. 27

Located at 201 E. Main St., Ste. 101, the coffee house has been temporarily closed by the Williamson County and Cities Health District Division of Environmental Health since Aug. 20.

Pflugerville-Hutto

Pflugerville Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg to retire this month after 45 years with department

After serving 45 years with Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2, otherwise known as the Pflugerville Fire Department, Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg is retiring.

San Marcos

Tipsy Cow Ice Cream in San Marcos closing and other local business news

The San Marcos location opened in October 2019 and served ice cream and milkshakes, some featuring alcohol, hence the name. The New Braunfels location at 2154 Gabriels Place, Ste. 104, will remain open.

Darcy Sprague, Brooke Sjoberg, Brian Rash and Zara Flores contributed to this report.






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Photo of Austin Community College pharmacy students preparing vaccines
Austin Public Health ramps up COVID-19 booster shot offerings, prepares for pediatric vaccines

High-risk individuals who received Pfizer are Moderna doses six months ago or more are now eligible for boosters—as are most recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo underway; delivery drones coming to Friso and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 22.

Rendering of the UT Leona Child Development Center
UT Austin set to open new Child Development Center east of I-35

A new university child care facility is headed to 2216 Leona St.

Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed City Council on Austin's spending of more than $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on homelessness Oct. 21. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials share outlook of 3-year plan to house 3,000 homeless people in Austin

Although the path to build more than 1,000 new spaces for those without shelter will take time, officials believe the goals are achievable.

Photo off APD sign
Austin police cadet academy review notes positive strides but says instructors lack buy-in to 'reimagined' concept

Reforms at the Austin Police Department academy are mixed so far, while the department and outside evaluators agree on several potential improvements going forward.

Franklin Barbecue in East Austin closed its dining room in March 2020. (Courtesy Franklin Barbecue)
Franklin Barbecue to reopen dining room on 11th Street in Austin

The dining room will reopen just before Thanksgiving.

Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

From 2018-20, the city only reached 12% of its 10-year goal to build thousands of new homes and rental units.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

The Austin Transit Partnership is exploring above- and below-ground options for a transit center at the East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley intersection. (Courtesy Austin Transit Partnership)
Project Connect plans to explore above-, below-ground options for East Riverside/Pleasant Valley Transit Center

After hosting a community design workshop, the group overseeing Project Connect designs is moving forward with options for both an underground and above-ground station at the intersection.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.

Photo of the Travis County administration building and sign
Travis County hears update on process to reassess master plan for aging correctional facilities

The process comes after county commissioners opted to pause all activities of the master plan over the summer.

Photo of a row of houses, with one under construction
Central Austin home prices decline for second month but still tower over previous year

Homes prices in the Central Austin area are up 15.5% from September 2020.