Austin ISD: Election Day may become student holiday and more Central Texas news

A sign directs voters inside at Ridgetop Elementary School during the July 14 elections in Austin. Historically, AISD campuses have been used as Travis County polling locations for elections. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
A sign directs voters inside at Ridgetop Elementary School during the July 14 elections in Austin. Historically, AISD campuses have been used as Travis County polling locations for elections. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A sign directs voters inside at Ridgetop Elementary School during the July 14 elections in Austin. Historically, AISD campuses have been used as Travis County polling locations for elections. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Central Austin

Austin ISD considering making Nov. 3 Election Day a student holiday

In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 and expand the availability of polling locations in Travis County, Austin ISD is considering making Nov. 3 a student holiday this fall.

Downtown Austin closings: Pink Avocado Catering, MugShots, The North Door will not reopen


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected local small businesses across Austin, leading to permanent closures for longtime favorites such as I Luv Video. Music venues and bars have been especially hard hit, leading to a number of downtown Austin businesses announcing their permanent closures.

Georgetown

League of Women Voters to host drive-thru voter registration event in Georgetown

The League of Women Voters Williamson County is hosting two voter registration events at which all county residents can register while remaining in their cars, according to a news release.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Bee Cave yoga studio reopens for in-person instruction

Local yoga and wellness studio Serasana Bee Cave will reopen for in-person yoga classes Sept. 15. The studio located at 15500 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave, is offering a variety of in-person and virtual classes that can be found on the location’s website.

Jack Flagler, Nicholas Cicale, Amy Rae Dadamo and Ali Linan contributed to this report.


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
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Festival attendees will have access to augmented reality artworks throughout the galleria. (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
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