Here are a few things to know this week if you live in Southwest Austin.

1. There is less than a month before the start of the Texas legislative session, and local lawmakers have already filed bills focused on topics including gun control, abortion, the Affordable Care Act, distracted driving and foster care reform.

2. As part of the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan that aims to eliminate pedestrian deaths, the Austin City Council Mobility Committee passed a resolution Wednesday that recommends lower speed limits in various parts of the city.  The resolution is slated to go before council Thursday.

Smithfield 98 townhomes coming to the corner of Manchaca and Frate Barker roads with Smithfield[/caption]

3. A few new residential projects along Manchaca Road are underway in Southwest Austin. B-Austin Community, a new mixed-use development emphasizing sustainability and wellness, is slated to open Feb. 1 at 6700 Manchaca Road in Austin. Milestone Community Builders is working on a development of 98 townhomes at the corner of Manchaca and Frate Barker roads.

4. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar starts Thursday at the Palmer Events Center and runs until Christmas Eve. The 11-day fine art shopping destination features national and local award-winning artists, live music and two full bars. The bazaar opens at 10 a.m. each day.

5. H-E-B stores that house a pharmacy department will now be able to deliver specialized clinical services to patients having more chronic and complex diseases including auto-immune, Hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis and oncological diseases.

6. Traffic alleviation projects and road widening construction are among ongoing transportation projects in Southwest Austin.