Northwest Austin

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Austin ISD students raise funds for global science competition

Photo by Kara Nuzback From left: Team Spaceballs, comprising Owen Chance, Ben Milam, Sam Bowman, Alley Koenig and David Easter—show off their Destination Imagination creation, The Thang.

Pflugerville ISD approves teacher pay increases, new positions

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees approved a pay increase for all district staff as well as about 73 new positions on April 23.

Farmers Market Guide

What's in season?

Parks and Trails Guide 2015

Austin is known to many for its plethora of green space, but residents do not need to stray too far from home to enjoy the great outdoors. Northwest Austin neighborhood parks offer many amenities for the whole family, even the family dog, to enjoy. Below is a list of parks in the city of Austin as well as those in the Anderson Mill Limited District. Those parks—Anderson Mill, El Salido, Harper, Memorial, Millrun, North, Old Stage and Pecan Creek parks—are also open to all city of Austin residents.

Bike lanes, traffic-calming devices top issues at District 10 town hall meeting

From left: James Mason, Austin Police Department operations lieutenant; Gordon Derr, Austin Transportation Department assistant director; Laura Dierenfield, ATD program consultant; James Snow, Public Works Department assistant director; and Chad Crager, PWD communities services manager, served as panelists for the April 18 town hall meeting.

Shahi Foods & Shahi Cafe

The chicken kebab platter ($8.99) comes with two marinated chicken skewers, basmati rice, cucumber yogurt dip and a grilled tomato.

Small and aging retail centers find success in Northwest Austin

For the past five years Austin's retail real estate occupancy has hovered well above 90 percent. It is a trend Karen Judson, vice president of marketing and research for commercial real estate firm Transwestern, does not see relenting any time soon.

Austin City Council highlights from April 2015

April 2: Council allowed the restructuring of the Austin Fire Department, which has caused some concern because it could result in the loss of a member of the wildfire division. Former firefighter and District 2 Council Member Delia Garza supported the move but said she wants council to look into restoring positions for the wildfire division. Vote: 8 "yes" votes and 3 "no" votes from council members Ora Houston, Ellen Troxclair and Don Zimmerman

Highland Mall soon to be college campus

Highland Mall soon to be college campus

Nonprofit Roundup—April 2015

1. Susan G. Komen Austin will host Pink!, an evening featuring speakers, cocktails, food and dancing. Pink! will take place April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd. To reserve a table or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit

The 100 Club of Central Texas

Ann Crabb, the wife of an Austin police officer killed in the line of duty, hugs Commander Todd Gage.

Local school districts invest in STEM

Laurel Mountain Elementary School first-grade students could be found excitedly making cars out of construction paper and plastic straws March 6.

Southbound MoPac lanes to close April 20 for bike/ped bridge installation

Crews installed the first section of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks April 9. The second and third pieces will be installed April 20 and 23.

Round Rock ISD approves digital textbooks

Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steven Flores (left) and Board of Trustees President Charles Chadwell discuss digital textbooks.

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Eco-friendly hotel concept opens 50th location near The Domain

The Chick-Fil-A at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane was demolished March 7. Franchise owner Jeff Glover said a larger and more efficient location will be built and reopen in late summer.

CAMPO to launch western Travis Co. mobility task force in summer

Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long and Lakeway City Councilman Joe Bain review new data regarding congestion on RR 620 at the Oct. 13 CAMPO Transportation Policy Board meeting.

Casar, residents discuss acquiring North Lamar Blvd. from TxDOT

District 4 City Councilman Greg Casar listens to residents from his district discuss traffic problems in the area.

Austin traffic initiative encourages residents to submit solutions

Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson and RideScout CEO and founder Joseph Kopser are both involved in the launch of MobilityATX, which is an initiative designed to encourage residents to submit solutions to traffic congestion.

Round Rock ISD's annual Celebration of Families adds 5K, fitness activities

A yearly educational event in Round Rock is flexing a new muscle. Round Rock ISD will hold its annual Celebration of Families event April 18 from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Drive.

New restaurants coming to Northwest Austin; Orangetheory Fitness opens studio near Arboretum

Co-owners Tony Ciola and Mizael Saucedo will open Dos Chivos on RM 620 in Northwest Austin. The restaurant will feature Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican entrees.

Travis County judge describes busy first 100 days

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt thanks her staff for their hard work. Shown (l-r) are Loretta Farb, Peter Einhorn, Eckhardt, Maya Reisman and Joe Hon.