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 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.


Frontyard Brewing opened Nov. 14 in Spicewood. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Spicewood sees addition of new brewery and more business news from the Lake Travis-Westlake area

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Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

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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)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

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Austin voters approved a $7.1 billion public transit expansion Nov. 3 that will add bus and rail in Austin. (Design by Miranda Baker/Community Impact Newspaper)
After historic public transportation vote, here is what's next for Project Connect in Austin

Shovels won't be hitting the ground on the light rail and downtown tunnel for years, but work is getting started now after Austinites approved the $7.1 billion plan Nov. 3.

Laura Colangelo
Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.

Hamilton Pool Road residents protest outside of Bee Cave City Council on Nov. 10. (Courtesy Nancy Hernandez)
West Travis County Public Utility Agency delays settlement decision on development off Hamilton Pool Road

A lawsuit between the West Travis County Public Utility Agency and the developers of a Provence, a subdivision off Hamilton Pool Road, will remain unresolved following a decision made during a Nov. 19 board meeting.

Festival attendees will have access to augmented reality artworks throughout the galleria. (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
Inaugural interactive light festival coming soon to Bee Cave and more Central Texas updates

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Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns

Campuses can now instate a hybrid or fully remote instruction model for up to 14 days if adequate instructional staffing is not possible due to high numbers of COVID-19 cases among employees.

Fluff Meringues & More will be featured at The Wayback Cafe & Cottages. (Courtesy Fluff Meringues & More)
Fluff Meringues & More opens pop-up at The Wayback and more Lake Travis-Westlake-area business news

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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ended its grand opening event with a fireworks display Nov. 14. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrates grand opening in Round Rock and more top Central Texas news

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