AUSTIN

YWCA gets funding

for mental health services

The YWCA Greater Austin has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Moody Foundation for the organization to build out its mobile mental health services to increase access to high-quality free and affordable therapy in geographically isolated areas of Central Texas.

YWCA Greater Austin received $45,550 from the St. David’s Foundation to lay the groundwork for this initiative in 2018.

The YWCA provides free mental health and counseling services to victims of crime and veteran women, and sliding fee scale services starting at $10 for the community at large out of its South Central Austin office and the Round Rock and northern Travis County locations.

For more information or to schedule counseling: 512-326-1222.

 

DRIPPING SPRINGS

'Night Sky Festival'

takes place March 30-31

The Texas Night Sky Festival will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. March 30-31 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 Event Center Drive.

The free event aims to increase the appreciation of the night sky and awareness of light pollution. It will include online and silent auctions; writing, photography and art contests; food vendors; the Hays County Master Gardeners plant sale; live music; stories; astronomers; yoga; and stargazing.

For more information: texasnightskyfestival.org.

 

HAYS COUNTY

Artists sought for mural

in children's waiting room

Hays County officials are seeking artists interested in volunteering their time to paint a mural in the children’s waiting room of the district attorney’s office in the Hays County Government Center.

“There’s a big, blank wall that would be greatly enhanced by a children’s-themed mural to help entertain the young ones who are going through a difficult time,” Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said. “My office will supply paint and other materials needed.”

The wall is about 14 feet, 10 inches long by 10 feet high.

“In the best possible world we wouldn’t need to have children in our waiting room,” said District Attorney Wes Mau. “But, unfortunately, we often do. An interesting mural would help make their wait much more pleasant.”

Interested artists should send a rendering of their proposed mural by 5 p.m. April 30 to Judge Becerra’s office, 111 E. San Antonio St., Suite 300, San Marcos, TX 78666; or by email to judge.becerra@co.hays.tx.us.

 

BUDA

Middleton-Pratt named

assistant city manager

The city of Buda has hired Lauren Middleton-Pratt as the city’s assistant city manager of development services, beginning her duties April 1.

Middleton-Pratt started her career with the city of San Antonio as an event coordinator. She has also worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city of Newton, Mass., the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, and as an intern in the planning department for the city of Boston. She most recently worked at Jones Lang LaSalle, where she served as a financial analyst.

She has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in communications/public relations and business administration from Xavier University.

 

GEORGETOWN

Registration is open

for pecan workshop

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Williamson County will host a pecan workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Georgetown Pecan Co. Orchard, 1300 County Road 150.

The workshop will include presentations on pecan grafting and integrated pest management, as well as a lunch provided by Dennis Perz of the Georgetown Pecan Co. One continuing education unit will be available for integrated pest management.

The cost is $20, and registration is required by April 5 at williamson.agrilife.org.

 

— American-Statesman staff