Austin Animal Center to reopen to public; Q2 Stadium to open with US women's soccer team; and more Central Texas news

Juneau was adopted at Austin Animal Center in November 2019. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Juneau was adopted at Austin Animal Center in November 2019. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Juneau was adopted at Austin Animal Center in November 2019. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Austin metro

Austin Animal Center reaches critical capacity, opens doors to all adopters for first time since May 2020


Austin and Travis County’s animal shelter, Austin Animal Center, reached negative kennel space May 4, meaning there are more dogs than available kennels, according to a release from the city of Austin.

Northwest Austin


U.S. women’s national soccer team to debut Q2 Stadium next month


The USWNT takes on the Nigerian national team at Q2 Stadium ahead of the summer Olympic Games.

Central Austin

Barton Springs Pool will require reservations starting May 17

Visitors who want to visit the pool after 8 a.m. will have to make a reservation for a two-hour block of time.

Cedar Park-Leander

Cedar Park’s Paw-Paw's BBQ honors owner’s grandfather

Andrea Cameron and her husband, Gaius, decided to give their catering business a permanent home, opening a brick-and-mortar location of Paw-Paw’s BBQ in April 2020.

Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs brewery relocates to new, expanded facility closer to Austin

Suds Monkey Brewing Co. opened in Dripping Springs in 2017.

New Braunfels

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels focuses on education and conservation

For more than 50 years, experts at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo have been educating visitors about snakes, reptiles and exotic mammals and the role they play in our ecosystems.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle


Hawaiian Bros to open first Texas brick-and-mortar location in Kyle May 11

A grand opening of the Kyle location will be held May 11 at 11 a.m., and the first 100 people will receive gift cards. One customer will also receive free meals at Hawaiian Bros for a year.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Iain Oldman, Ali Linan, Lauren Canterberry and Warren Brown contributed to this report.


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Live Oak Street has uneven pavement and cuts in the road from past utility work. (Courtesy city of Hutto)
Live Oak Street reconstruction funding to be considered by Hutto City Council

Hutto City Council will consider funding for the reconstruction and repavement of Live Oak Street at its June 17 meeting.

Home prices continue to increase, according to local real estate data. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Lake Travis-Westlake home sales spike 67.7% in May, housing inventory reaches critical low

The region’s median sale price increased 34.8% year-over-year to $822,500.

A second vote on the hiring contract for Round Rock ISD superintendent finalist Hafedh Azaiez will be taken June 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Round Rock ISD to hold second vote on superintendent hire

Round Rock ISD will hold a second vote on the hiring contract for superintendent June 19.

Community groups painted "Black Austin Matters" along three blocks of Congress Avenue in 2020. Juneteenth, an official city of Austin holiday as of 2020, commemorates the day Black residents of Texas found out they were free from slavery in 1865. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Juneteenth in Austin: Parade and fireworks information, other community events, city closures

The holiday commemorates the day Black enslaved residents of Texas were told they were free in Galveston in 1865.

Robert Farley was introduced as the executive director of economic development and Mike Arismendez was appointed as the chairman of the economic development corporation. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
New economic development leadership hired, appointed in Hutto

A new hire and two appointment changes have been made among the city of Hutto's economic development leadership.

The mid-June East Sixth Street shooting has prompted responses from city police, EMS and government officials. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sixth Street fatal shooting leads to renewed discussions of public safety staffing, gun violence prevention in Austin

Increased police staffing, improved EMS availability, and state or federal action on gun violence prevention are among the proposals floated in the wake of the weekend shooting.

Plans to move forward with the design of a new Travis County women's jail have been postponed indefinitely. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County pauses plans to build new women's jail

Commissioners voted unanimously to postpone any design or construction of new jail facilities for at least a year while staff re-evaluate the Travis County correctional system's needs.

Texan Cafe & Pie Shop was previously closed on Mondays. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texan Cafe & Pie Shop to close Sundays starting in July

Starting July 5, Hutto's Texan Cafe & Pie Shop will feature new hours and close Sundays.

A photo of inside a main room of Arbor Academy
Project-based private school in Georgetown now enrolling for August opening

Arbor Academy aims to provide a smaller community for students.

 Homes only spent an average of 16 days on market last month across the MSA, but in the Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area homes only spent an average of 8 days on the market in May. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
In Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area, home prices soar over previous year

The latest data from the Austin Board of Realtors shows median home prices reaching an all-time high in Central Texas, including in the Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area.

Austin FC fans
Austin FC supporters groups release parade route ahead of inaugural home game

Motorists should look for pedestrians walking around near the site of Q2 Stadium ahead of Austin FC's June 19 inaugural home game.

Chupik Properties and Design anticipates having 15 homes completed by the end of this year. (Courtesy Chupik Properties and Design)
Chupik Properties kicks off Farmhaus New Braunfels project

Ten homes are currently under construction, and the design company anticipates opening the properties for contracts later this summer.