AUSTIN

City grant to expand

Austin-Pakistan program

The city of Austin Economic Development Department received nearly a half-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to expand its ATX+PAK Entrepreneurship program.

The program, ATX+PAK Advance, is a partnership between Austin, Capital Factory, Fashion X and Innovation District 92 in Lahore, Pakistan. It will focus on helping growth stage startups from Pakistan expand their business operations into the United States via Austin and drive an increase in fashion and textile industry commercial trade, import/export activity and clothing retail business expansion between Austin and Pakistan.

The city has leveraged nearly $1 million in federal grant funds to support the growth of Austin businesses and the local economy.

 

SOUTHWEST AUSTIN

Democrats host

picnic with candidates

The Travis County Democratic Party, Precinct 354, will host a Meet the Candidates Picnic from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Blue Valley, 4504 Travis Country Circle.

Among the speakers is Joseph Kopser, who is in the race for District 21 in Congress. Incumbent State Rep. Donna Howard will also return to the picnic as the next legislative session approaches.

Incumbent Mayor Steve Adler and former council member and candidate for mayor Laura Morrison will speak. Rich DePalma, Paige Ellis and Bobby Levinski, three candidates vying for the open City Council District 8 seat, will also appear.

A petting zoo and face painter will be present for children.

 

WEST LAKE HILLS

City announces

dead wood collection

West Lake Hills announced its 2018 dead wood collection will be staged in two phases.

Zone 1 includes properties located south of, and not on — Yaupon Valley Road. Collection of dead brush in Zone 1 will begin at 7 a.m. Monday.

Zone 2 includes properties on both sides of Yaupon Valley Road and properties north of Yaupon Valley Road. Zone 2 residents are encouraged to have their brush ready for collection by 7 a.m. Nov. 5.

For more information: bit.ly/2RBXsIk.

 

TAYLOR

Art Off Center hosts

fundraiser Saturday

The Art Off Center, Suite 108, 116 W. Second St., will host an empty bowls fundraiser benefiting the Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

For a $10 donation, attendees may choose a handmade bowl and fill it with a choice of Lucky Duck's tomato or chicken-tortilla soup, Sirloin Stockade's potato soup or one of the eight soups offered by Farm2Market Deli throughout the day.

 

SMITHVILLE

Photo festival

set for Saturday

The annual Texas Photo Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

This event is for photographers of all levels to shoot pictures of sets, models and the architecture of Smithville. The festival will include live music, speakers, tours and vendors. Wristbands are $15.

To register, visit smithvilletx.org.

 

SAN MARCOS

Shred your documents

for free Saturday

San Marcos will host a free shred day for San Marcos and Hays County residents from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the truck is full, Saturday at San Marcos City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St.

City staff will be on hand to assist residents who want to dispose of boxes of paper documents by confidential on-site shredding by Iron Mountain Services. Residents will be able to dispose of personal documents and records such as old tax returns, processed checks, medical records, loan applications, financial reports and other papers that include Social Security or banking and credit card account numbers.

Documents should be free of metals, such as binders, large metal clips and hanging folders. No plastics will be accepted. The limit is three boxes per vehicle. No commercial/business shredding will be accepted.

 

LOCKHART STATE PARK

Master Naturalists

to meet Monday

The Lost Pines Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road.

Guest speaker Rachel Bauer, of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss the top 10 questions most frequently asked of them. A potluck dinner will be held before the presentation.

For more information: lpmn.pr@gmail.com.

 

American-Statesman staff