To-do list: 15 things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake area this July, August

Jacob Foster, scenic change artist for Zilker Theatre Productions, prepares the set June 27 for the upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors to be held at the Hill Country Galleria. Shows will be free from July 9-Aug.14. Reservations are required via the theater's website. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jacob Foster, scenic change artist for Zilker Theatre Productions, prepares the set June 27 for the upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors to be held at the Hill Country Galleria. Shows will be free from July 9-Aug.14. Reservations are required via the theater's website. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jacob Foster, scenic change artist for Zilker Theatre Productions, prepares the set June 27 for the upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors to be held at the Hill Country Galleria. Shows will be free from July 9-Aug.14. Reservations are required via the theater's website. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

July 6 through 27: Garden classroom

The Spicewood Community Library will host kids classes focused on gardening every Tuesday in July. Master gardener Louisa Jones will teach children about harvesting, composting, parts of a plant, pollinators and more. The classes will take place in the garden behind the library. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Spicewood Community Library, 1011 Spur 191, Spicewood. 830-693-7892. www.spicewoodlibrary.org

July 9 through Aug. 14: 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Zilker Theatre Productions will hold its annual summer musical series at Bee Cave’s Hill Country Galleria for the first time. The summer production is “Little Shop of Horrors” and will be held every Thursday evening on the Central Plaza lawn. Advanced registration is required. 8:15 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-565-4525. www.zilker.org/summer-2021/

July 13: Business-builder lunch


Chamber members and guests are invited to attend a business-builder lunch hosted by the Westlake Chamber of Commerce. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to connect with local businesses and develop relationships with those who live or work in the community. Registration is available online. 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers). Vaqueros Cafe & Cantina, 1801 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechamber.com

July 16: Outdoor concert

Hotel Granduca Austin will provide guests the opportunity to enjoy live music from the comfort of their hotel room balcony through its Safe and Sounds concert series. The July 16 event will feature musicians Carolyn Wonderland and Brodie Lane. 6 p.m. Cost varies. Hotel Granduca Austin, 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. B, Austin. 512-306-6400. www.granducaaustin.com/en/safeandsounds.html

July 17: Local blood drive

The Lakeway Community Blood Drive, run by We Are Blood, will return in July by appointment only. We Are Blood will test donations to identify COVID-19 antibodies, and those who recently received a COVID-19 vaccine that was not part of a clinical trial are immediately eligible to donate. Masks will be available for donors but are not required. Appointments can be made at We Are Blood using the code A197. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov

July 21: 'How I built it' luncheon

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of six local entrepreneurs and community leaders who will share stories on how they built their businesses and what they endured to get to where they are today. Those included in the panel are Bryon Smith, co-founder of XSpace; Mike Daughterty, founder of FUSE Workspace; and Michael Benitez, the manager of Lakeway’s Whataburger. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 (members), $35 (nonmembers). Flintrock Falls Country Club, 401 Jack Nicklaus Drive, Austin. 512-387-3180

Aug. 1: Summer concert

The community is invited to enjoy a free outdoor concert hosted by the city of Lakeway Arts Committee. The event will take place in the city’s sculpture garden near “The Game” sculpture and will feature music by Jordan Moser, a Central Texas-based literary-folk country musician. 6-7 p.m. Free. 104 Cross Creek Drive, Lakeway. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov

Live music calendar

Angel’s Ice House

21815 Hwy. 71, Spicewood

512-264-3777

www.angelsicehouse.com

July

16 Square Grooves, 7-10 p.m.

24 Chocktow Wildfire, 7-10 p.m.

Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse

22308 Hwy. 71, Spicewood

512-264-0318

www.poodies.net

July

12 Songwriters showcase, 6:30 p.m.


20 The Trobadills, 5 p.m.

29 Alan Haynes, 8 p.m.

Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery

101 CR 409, Spicewood

512-970-3203

www.ironwolfranch.com

July

10 The Greers, 2-5 p.m.

17 Robert Wagner, 2-5 p.m.

24 Jace of Spades, 1-4 p.m.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


MOST RECENT

Transportation services may become a challenge for Lake Travis ISD as the district continues to face a bus driver shortage heading into the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Lake Travis ISD facing bus driver shortage in upcoming school year

The district is facing a shortage of 28 bus drivers heading into the 2021-22 school year.

TxDOT will stop removing trees as a part of the Oak Hill Parkway project until the injunction hearing Sept. 2. (Courtesy Falcon Sky Photography)
TxDOT temporarily halts removal of trees, but Oak Hill Parkway construction continues

Opponents of the parkway see the latest development as a “window of hope.”

Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.

Hill Country Galleria earned a recognition in the shopping center industry in July. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
Hill Country Galleria earns industry honors for creative initiatives, including Buzzfest

Hill Country Galleria earned several honors during the International Council of Shopping Centers 2021 Global Awards.

Wayback Burgers makes cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
6 eateries open or coming to Cedar Park, Leander; Trudy's North Star reopens in Northwest Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including Tiff's Treats opening in Hutto.

student writing on paper
Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.

Photo of medical professions in a hospital
Health officials warn ICU space is critically low as Travis County sees its 900th COVID-19 death

As the delta variant drives transmission rates up, local hospital systems warn that ICUs are strained.

At Blue Gecko, a Texas Taco comes with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese and bacon. (Courtesy Blue Gecko)
New taco spot opens in Four Points; roadwork for Austin's Zilker Eagle continues and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including news on when Lou Neff Road will open in Central Austin.

Water retention ponds and flood control features can now be seen on the site of the 80-acre Village of Spanish Oaks development. (Courtesy CCNG Inc.)
Permanent features take shape at Village at Spanish Oaks

The Village at Spanish Oaks will feature a boutique inn as well as retail and office space.

The Oaks at Slaughter development will have several new businesses opening by the end of 2021. (Deeda Lovett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shopping coming to Congress Ave.; Pflugerville preps tract near Living Spaces and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area, including news on four businesses coming to Hutto.

Round Rock ISD released enrollment information for its virtual learning program July 29. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD releases virtual learning enrollment information

Round Rock ISD released enrollment information for its fall 2021 virtual learning program July 29.