Recent Highlights May 2013

SpringFest at The Backyard

Organized by the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, SpringFest is the largest family-friendly event in the Lake Travis area. 2013 marked the first year the event was held at The Backyard at Bee Cave.

With live music, shops, food and games for children, the April 27 event attracted many visitors from the Austin area.

4th Annual Cars For Dystonia

The 4th Annual Cars for Dystonia & Parkinson's Car Show, held at Oasis, Texas, April 26, hosted 105 cars, had 350 guests and raised $27,500 for its beneficiaries.

Funds were raised through sponsorships, individual donations, car show attendance, silent auction items and a raffle.

The funds were split evenly between Austin's new, free fitness program for people who have Parkinson's disease, Power for Parkinson's, and the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.

Firehouse Animal Health Center ribbon cutting

Firehouse Animal Health Center, 3801 N. Captial of Texas Hwy., Ste. 100, Austin, held a ribbon cutting and open house April 18.

The veterinary clinic offers a complete range of general medical and surgical services for dogs and cats. The center can also treat disease and injuries, provide prescription products and refer pet patients to a network of prescreened specialists.

CPR Training at St. Stephen's Episcopal School

Take Heart Austin and Dr. Robert Wozniak, a cardiologist with St. David's North Austin Medical Center, hosted a CPR training event at St. Stephen's Episcopal School. Take Heart Austin is a community-focused campaign to improve cardiac arrest survival throughout Central Texas. The April 26 program aimed to train 95 percent of the school's student body in compression-only CPR.

Market ReVival

Market ReVival, a three-day open-air market, returned for its third year to the grounds of the ReVival store in Bee Cave. Hosted by owners and local residents Tara and David Camp, the festival showcased furniture, vintage decor and home-related products featured by various vendors. The event was held April 12–14 on the Camp's 2.5-acre site located at 13308 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave.

Gene Arant Real Estate ribbon cutting

Real estate agent Gene Arant and his Keller Williams Realty team celebrated the relocation of their office within the Steiner Ranch area, 4304 N. Quinlan Park Road, Austin. Arant is a member of the Four Points Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony

April 25.


Fitness studio Body20 is coming soon to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
New fitness studio, candy pop-up shop coming to Hill Country Galleria

A new candy pop-up shop and fitness studio are coming to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria.

Photo of Austin Community College pharmacy students preparing vaccines
Austin Public Health ramps up COVID-19 booster shot offerings, prepares for pediatric vaccines

High-risk individuals who received Pfizer are Moderna doses six months ago or more are now eligible for boosters—as are most recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo underway; delivery drones coming to Friso and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 22.

Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed City Council on Austin's spending of more than $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on homelessness Oct. 21. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials share outlook of 3-year plan to house 3,000 homeless people in Austin

Although the path to build more than 1,000 new spaces for those without shelter will take time, officials believe the goals are achievable.

Photo off APD sign
Austin police cadet academy review notes positive strides but says instructors lack buy-in to 'reimagined' concept

Reforms at the Austin Police Department academy are mixed so far, while the department and outside evaluators agree on several potential improvements going forward.

Sade Fashokun was sworn in as a Leander ISD trustee Oct. 21. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
Sade Fashokun sworn in to Leander ISD board

Fashokun has served in PTA leadership, on the School Health Advisory Committee and on the Bond Oversight Committee, according to the district. 

Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

From 2018-20, the city only reached 12% of its 10-year goal to build thousands of new homes and rental units.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

Home construction in the Sweetwater community continues. New homes entering the market have yet to create a balanced market, according to ABoR. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
As pace of homes sold in west Travis County slows, prices remain higher than the overall metro area

The number of September homes sold in the Lake Travis-Westlake area dropped 30.7% from a year earlier.

Lake Travis ISD trustees Oct. 20 approved communication standards with other area law enforcement. (Grace Dickens/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD Police Department formalizes communication, coordination with other local police entities

The Lake Travis ISD Police Department is working to educate and integrate into the community.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.