TexARTS to host learning program for upcoming school year and more Central Texas news

TexARTS will offer a small-group, arts-based learning program for the upcoming school year. (Courtesy TexARTS)
TexARTS will offer a small-group, arts-based learning program for the upcoming school year. (Courtesy TexARTS)

TexARTS will offer a small-group, arts-based learning program for the upcoming school year. (Courtesy TexARTS)

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Lake Travis-Westlake

TexARTS to launch small-group learning program for 2020-21 school year

TexARTS Association, a nonprofit performing and visual arts organization located at 2300 Lohmans Spur, Lakeway, will launch a new learning program for area students Sept 8. TexARTS Performing Arts School, or T-PAS, will act as a small, arts-based learning program that will meet two days per week.

Austin Retina Associates coming soon to Lakeway



Central Texas’ largest group of retina specialists, Austin Retina Associates, will open its 18th location Sept. 8 at 2501 S. RM 620, Ste. 130, Lakeway. The company has been serving the Central Texas region for more than 40 years.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

How Pflugerville is carving out job growth, development opportunities amid pandemic

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Pflugerville in March, growth and innovation have taken on new meanings in the business community. With local businesses pivoting to curbside pickup and takeout models as well as expanding their service offerings, the Pflugerville business landscape has endured significant change in the five months since.

Georgetown

Georgetown ISD will start technology distribution Aug. 13

Ahead of the start of school, Georgetown ISD will begin distributing technology Aug. 13.

“We know starting this year with three weeks of at-home (remote) instruction will be different, but we are committed to ensuring you have the technology you need to log in and engage in learning everyday with your teachers and fellow students,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said in an Aug. 11 newsletter to parents.

Parking spots will turn into expanded outdoor dining space this Labor Day weekend in Georgetown

Georgetown will close select on-street downtown parking Labor Day weekend in order to expand outdoor dining spaces.

Sweet Lemon Kitchen now open for dinner twice a week in Georgetown

Sweet Lemon Kitchen is now offering dinner on Fridays and Saturdays until 8:30 p.m. Entree options include a steak dish, Asian citric shrimp, pork chop and apple chutney, and chicken fettuccini alfredo.

Central Austin

Austin bars scrap for survival during monthslong shutdown


On June 26, after five weeks of being allowed to open their doors, Texas bars had to shut down again. Coronavirus case numbers were surging in Texas; videos were circulating on social media of large crowds packed together at bars, ignoring capacity guidelines; and after underground stings, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission shut down some bars that were not playing by Gov. Greg Abbott's rules.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Coffee veterans brew worldly flavors in San Marcos

Coffee veterans Elizabeth Rios and Leah Molina have supplied San Martians with coffee for nearly 20 years, first as the owners of Jo on the Go and now as co-owners of both Jo’s Cafe and Redbud Roasters, a local coffee roasting company and coffee shop.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Kelsey Thompson, Evelin Garcia, Ali Linan and Sally Grace Holtgrieve contributed to this report.



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The Austin Trail of Lights will open nighly from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. (Courtesy Trail of Lights Foundation)
PHOTOS: Austin Trail of Lights returns to Zilker Park this week

The traditional holiday light show is open from Nov. 28 through New Year's Eve.

Commissioners on Nov. 22 voted to approve a density change to preliminary plans for The Preserve, a neighborhood that city documents said could include 565 single-family homes at the northeast corner of Teel and Panther Creek Parkways. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Neighborhood near PGA Frisco could see larger lots; ERCOT says Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 24.

Local and state officials have made statements welcoming Samsung to Taylor following the announcement that the city will be home to its new $17 billion semiconductor fabrication plant. (Courtesy KXAN)
State, local officials react to Texas governor, Samsung joint announcement

Local and state officials have made statements welcoming Samsung to Taylor following the announcement that the city will be home to its new $17 billion semiconductor fabrication plant. 

Austin City Council will meet for a work session dedicated to housing affordability discussions Nov. 30. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council set for dive into housing, development after Thanksgiving break

A Nov. 30 work session could see city leaders work through a range of adjustments to city development code, rules and processes.

The new initiative will build the communities capacity to address homelessness along with collecting data from people who have increased access to those in need. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
ECHO, St. David's Foundation launch new program to build a community approach to homelessness

The program aims to address inequities in traditional homelessness response.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sits beside Samsung CEO Dr. Kinam Kim as he announces the company is brining a $17 billion facility to Taylor. (Screnshot via KXAN)
Samsung makes it official: Announcement from Governor's Mansion confirms $17B facility coming to Taylor

Nearly a year after Williamson County officials began pitching Samsung to bring a megafacility to the area, the electronics giant has made it official.

Santa Claus makes his entrance on the Westlake Hills fire truck. (Courtesy Westlake Chamber of Commerce)
5 events to kick off the holiday season in West Austin

From Westlake Wonderfest to Frank Sinatra, usher in the holiday season with these four festive events in West Austin.

Bill Curci is a chief operating partner for Shuck Me, a seafood restaurant in Fort Worth. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Fort Worth restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric; a guide to Houston's 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 23.

Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, discusses Thanksgiving safety at a news conference. (Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin health authorities remind community of COVID-19 risk ahead of Thanksgiving

Austin health officials warned of a high rate of community transmission ahead of Thanksgiving.

An asphalt overlay project is expected to cause delays the week of Thanksgiving for Lakeway drivers. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Road repairs continue in Lakeway, delays expected

Lakeway residents can expect delays on several Lakeway roads the week of Thanksgiving.

Lizzy and Brandon Simon are running the North Austin location. (Courtesy Lizzy Simon)
Operation Turkey to provide thousands in need with Thanksgiving meals

One local couple is running a North Austin site with the goal of serving 2,500 meals to those in need this Thanksgiving.