Student spelling phenoms, a classical guitar master and more: your March and April to-do list for Lake Travis-Westlake

This is your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the months of March and April.

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March 14

Check out the best student spellers in the Austin area
Austin’s best spellers compete for the title of Austin’s Best Speller and the chance to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. 6 p.m. $12. The Church at Canyon Creek, 9001 RM 620, Austin. 512-551-0390.

March 21

Attend a community talk on foreign policy issues
Great Decisions is a program intended to broaden involvement in foreign affairs. Participants discuss topics led by an informed moderator. 7 p.m. Free. Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway. 512-263-2885.

March 24

Visit the farmers market at the Hill Country Galleria
More than 40 vendors provide locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic products and handmade crafts, live music and face painting. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.

March 27

Don’t forget to register your young students for school
Lake Travis ISD will hold registration for prekindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year during its annual “round-up” event. 3:30-6:30 p.m. See website for applicable campus and other relevant information. 512-533-6023.

March 27

Educate yourself on the many benefits of yoga
Prime of Life Yoga focuses on the teachings of yoga and benefits men and women age 40 or older. The group focuses on creating a noncompetitive environment for making a body-to-mind connection. 6 p.m. Free. Laura Bush Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-327-3045.

March 29

Get involved in a run club
Living & Collective, a group of health and nutrition coaches, is hosting a run club in partnership with Lululemon on select Friday mornings through April. Participants should bring water and wear running shoes. 9:30 a.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.

March 31

Take in a free concert from a classical guitar master
Tony Morris, executive director of Classical Guitar Alive, will present a variety of classical guitar selections during this hour-long performance. 4-5 p.m. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.

April 1

Attend a summer camp fair and H-E-B cookout
The third annual West Austin Chamber of Commerce Summer Camp Fair, Community Cookout & Talent Showcase features the chance to learn about 80 area summer programs. 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Road, Austin. 512-551-0390.

April 4

Learn more about tech that is available to kids
Program presenter Carl Hooker, director of innovation and digital learning at Eanes ISD, will give a talk on trends and strategies regarding the latest technologies available to children. 6 p.m. Free. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-327-3045.

April 5

See live music from Mike and the Moonpies at a vineyard
Mike and the Moonpies was formed by singer-songwriter Mike Harmeier in 2007 and just released the latest of five albums, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose.” 7 p.m. $35. Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, 1419 CR 409, Spicewood. 830-693-5328.

April 6

Check out a university and see an NCAA baseball game
This Concordia University Texas event for prospective undergraduate and graduate students features food trucks, the opportunity to attend an NCAA baseball game and other outdoor activities. Prospective students can apply at the event and get a same-day admission decision. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin. 512-313-3000.

By Brian Rash

Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford addresses City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Victims services coordinator position coming to Lakeway

The Lakeway Police Department will soon welcome a new victims services coordinator to its ranks due to a state grant approved Oct. 1.

Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise addressed City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway to conduct second community survey

About 32% of residents are retired. Roughly 54% of all households have two people. Almost 69% of all residences have no children under the age of 18 living in them.

Building and Development Services Director Charlotte Hodges addresses City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Food trucks now permitted at special Lakeway events

Lakeway City Council approved an ordinance amendment during its Feb. 18 meeting that allows for temporary and mobile food vendors to operate at city permitted special events

Committee Chair Vickie Taylor addresses Lakeway City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway to pursue restoration of 19th century cabin

As a historic cabin that in 2011 was relocated adjacent to City Hall continues to deteriorate, the Lakeway Heritage Committee has intervened with a request to conduct a due diligence study on the needs of the Liebelt Cabin that was built in 1869.

The city of Austin authorized the purchase of a Rodeway Inn at 2711 S. I-35 on Nov. 14. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
No timeline set on opening of Austin’s first conversion of motel to homeless shelter

Austin City Council approved the purchase of the Rodeway Inn in November. City staff does not expect to close on the property until mid-April.

District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Council Member Greg Casar 'seriously considering' run for Kirk Watson’s state Senate seat

The 30-year-old Austin City Council member is serving the final year of his first full, four-year term.

Abed Yaghi makes a margherita pizza. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Yaghi's New York Pizzeria offering fresh yet affordable options since 1999

There are eight Yaghi's locations in the Austin area.

 Kido is set to open its first Austin location in the spring. (Courtesy Kido)
International preschool Kido set to open Austin location

Kido offers primary education through a researched curriculum focused on the nuances of human behavior

Bee Cave City Council Member Kara King (center) will take over as mayor of Bee Cave in May.
Kara King will be new mayor of Bee Cave

Since no one filed to run against King in the May general election, King will take over for Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin, who has been running City Council meetings since former Mayor Monty Parker tendered his resignation Dec. 16.

Austin City Council is poised to make a final vote on the land development code rewrite by early April. (CHRISTOPHER NEELY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER)
Austin’s eight-year effort to rewrite land code advances to final vote with City Council's second-round approval

A majority of Austin City Council voted in favor of the land development code rewrite, setting the stage for a final vote on a project that has exhausted the community for roughly eight years.

Manduu opened in the Lakeway area Feb. 12. (Courtesy Manduu)
Manduu brings electrical muscle stimulation to Lakeway

Nashville-based fitness studio Manduu utilizes electric muscual stimulation in its strength training workouts.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in San Antonio on Feb. 13. The case is the 15th known COVID-19, commonly referred to in recent weeks as coronavirus, infection in the United States so far. (Courtesy Adobe stock photos)
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in San Antonio this morning, according to a news release from the federal agency.

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