Bad weather makeups and a political panel at Concordia University Texas: 7 things to know about in the Lake Travis-Westlake area this week, Jan. 29-Feb. 2

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Residents can start the week by catching up on the latest headlines and looking ahead at upcoming events in the Lake Travis-Westlake area.

1. State representatives will discuss policy at Concordia University Texas Monday

The Texas Tribune will host a panel including Austin-area state Reps. Gina Hinojosa, Donna Howard and Eddie Rodriguez at Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin, on Monday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The group will discuss policy of the 85th Texas Legislature and what they mean for the greater Austin area. The discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer session. The event is free and takes place at the campus’ Blackbox Theater.

2. Eanes ISD’s bad weather makeup day on Feb. 19 will be used

Eanes ISD students will have school Feb. 19 to makeup for the snow day on Jan. 16, Eanes ISD Spokesperson Claudia McWhorter confirmed Jan. 24. The district calendar designated Feb. 19 and April 30 as bad weather makeup days, but only the first will be used as of now.

3. Lakeway makes up its canceled city council meetings tonight

The city of Lakeway had to postpone two city council meetings originally scheduled for Jan. 16 due to weather, but will make up the meetings tonight. A special meeting is being held at 5:30 p.m. while the city’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

4. Lakeway’s StoryWalk opens Feb. 1

Lakeway’s annual StoryWalk event is open daily Feb. 1-14. The free activity is designed for children and their families to enjoy a Valentine’s Day story while taking a short stroll around the trail behind Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway. This year’s title is “Love is You & Me.”

5. Westlake leaders answered local questions at a luncheon last week

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018 State of the Westlake Community lunch on Jan. 23 at the Lost Creek Country Club, highlighting issues facing Westlake residents and businesses. Rollingwood Mayor Roxanne McKee, West Lake Hills Mayor Linda Anthony, and Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty answered questions as part of a panel moderated by Community Impact Newspaper.  Read highlights from the event here.

6. The Four Points community task force met last week

Four Points residents learned about a new hyperlocal community task force Jan. 22 aimed at addressing issues affecting them. A workshop held at Concordia University’s Incubator for Innovation and Impact and led by Jimmy Flannigan, District 6 Austin City Council member, provided an opportunity for residents to weigh in on quality-of-life issues from mobility and safety to health and affordability.

You can learn more about the task force here.

7. Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran Church celebrated a ground breaking Sunday

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church broke ground on a $4 million renovation and restoration effort Sunday morning. Community members gathered to celebrate and took turns digging at the site, located at 3525 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills. The renovation effort, which will make improvements to areas such as public gathering spaces and church technology, is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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