Five fun things to do the weekend of Oct. 17-20 in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

From a local rendition of a Broadway classic, to a movie-themed monster bash, the weekend of Oct. 17-20 in the Lake Travis-Westlake area is packed with things to do.

Oct. 17-19
TexARTS presents Broadway musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

TexARTS celebrates the Halloween season with the Broadway sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Seymour, a meek floral assistant, and his bloodthirsty, man-eating plant take the TexARTS Kam & James Morris Stage this October. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.); 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Sun.). $43-$53. Kam and James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohmans Spur, Austin. 512-634-8589.

Oct. 19
Teen murder mystery program

The library’s teen advisory board presents an afternoon of murder, mystery and mayhem. Attendees should come ready for a Wild West-themed event and prepared to play any part, from the murderer to the person solving the crime. Costumes are encouraged, and attendees are welcome to bring friends. Grades 7-12 welcome. 2-3 p.m. Free. Bee Cave Public Library, 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave. 512-767-6620.

Oct. 19
Classic Monster Bash

The Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave is hosting the second annual Halloween by Design Classic Monster Bash. The event is an immersive Halloween experience and fundraising celebration that "will transport guests into a spectacular world of classic horror films designed by renowned Hollywood set decorator Bart Brown," according to the event website. The monster bash will also feature live music from Kelly Willis, scratch-made dishes and craft cocktails from notable Austin chefs, aura readings, casino gaming, a live auction and a fantasy makeup booth. Proceeds will help raise funds and awareness for four Central Texas non-profit organizations. 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 (general admission), $150 (VIP) and $1,200 (VIP table). Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin.

Oct. 19
Community Garage Sale

The Lakeway Activity Center hosts the final community garage sale of the year. Attendees will be able to shop for bargains on furniture, designer clothing, shoes, purses, kids' toys, gardening items, housewares, CDs, DVDs, antiques and more. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.

Oct. 20
Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series

The Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series has announced its lineup for the 20th season, with the Oct. 20 kickoff featuring security and terrorism expert Fred Burton. Burton was deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service and will discuss topics including escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf and the unique role Iran plays in them. 5:30 p.m. Season tickets are $115 (Lakeway Activity Center members), $135 (nonmembers). Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.
By Brian Rash

Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


LTISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster discusses a possible extension of Vail Divide at the Lake Travis Economic Forecast Luncheon on Jan. 16. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD moves forward with Vial Divide southern extension, drafting a contract with an engineering firm

The board of trustees reviewed the first draft of a contract with Malone Wheeler.

The city of Rollingwood voted Feb. 19 to ban the abandonment of motorized scooters within the city. (Community Impact Staff)
Rollingwood officially bans abandonment of motorized scooters in the city

After months of discussion on motorized scooters, Rollingwood City Council approved an ordinance banning the abandonment of motorized scooters.

Brian May, president of Vista Bank's Austin branch, addressed Rollingwood City Council on Feb. 19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vista Bank denied request for zoning change needed to operate in Rollingwood

Vista Bank will not be adding a location in Rollingwood at this time, as votes in both the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council sealed its fate.

Johnny Hill discussed an agenda item regarding increased special education population growth during a Feb. 19 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Special education staff increases, sign-on bonuses approved by Lake Travis ISD

The board of trustees approved sign-on bonuses and the addition of three staff members within the specail education department

Robert Winovitch presented a change order request during a Feb. 19 board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Progress on Spillman Loop project discussed during Lake Travis ISD board meeting

Lake Travis ISD approved a change order request from Flintco for $723,000.

Fight over sales market data means Travis County home appraisals will not change this year, area schools may suffer

Travis Central Appraisal District will not appraise residential properties this year following a cease-and-desist order from the Austin Board of Realtors prohibiting use of its sales price data.

The Spicewood personal training studio offers private, semi-private and small group sessions. (Courtesy Fitness to Function)
Fitness to Function expands its studio located in the heart of Spicewood

Fitness to Function works to help clients stay active as the age

Lakeway City Council held a regular meeting Feb. 18. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
New police position, community survey, food trucks: Breaking down the Feb. 18 Lakeway City Council meeting

Mayor Sandy Cox was not in attendance due to illness, but the Feb. 18 Lakeway City Council meeting saw some lively discussion and policy action take place.

Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford addresses City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Victims services coordinator position coming to Lakeway

The Lakeway Police Department will soon welcome a new victims services coordinator to its ranks due to a state grant approved Oct. 1.

Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise addressed City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway to conduct second community survey

About 32% of residents are retired. Roughly 54% of all households have two people. Almost 69% of all residences have no children under the age of 18 living in them.

Building and Development Services Director Charlotte Hodges addresses City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Food trucks now permitted at special Lakeway events

Lakeway City Council approved an ordinance amendment during its Feb. 18 meeting that allows for temporary and mobile food vendors to operate at city permitted special events

Committee Chair Vickie Taylor addresses Lakeway City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway to pursue restoration of 19th century cabin

As a historic cabin that in 2011 was relocated adjacent to City Hall continues to deteriorate, the Lakeway Heritage Committee has intervened with a request to conduct a due diligence study on the needs of the Liebelt Cabin that was built in 1869.

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