Giving blood could earn prize

TRAVIS COUNTY

AUSTIN

Giving blood could earn prize

We Are Blood has announced its 12 Days of Giving holiday giveaway, where those who donate or attempt to donate between Monday and Dec. 22 will be entered to win a gift daily.

Donation locations are at 4300 N. Lamar Blvd. and 3100 W. Slaughter Lane in Austin; and in Suite 900, 2132 N. Mays St. in Round Rock.

Prizes include dinner for two, weekend getaways to San Antonio, gift cards, spa retreats, Capital Cruises excursion and a package from the Salt Lick. Donors who give through Dec. 31 will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Cream and entry into the giveaways.

Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds or 110 if donating platelets.

— American-Statesman staff

LAKE TRAVIS

Recycling event Saturday

The Lake Travis Regional Re-Use and Recycling Center, at 3207 Neidhardt Drive, will host a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The collection event, being held for the first time on a Saturday, will be free and open to residents and utility customers. To drop off items, a resident or customer must present a driver’s license or utility bill with an address in the jurisdictional boundaries of the city either of Lakeway or Bee Cave, village of The Hills, Hurst Creek Municipal Utility District, Lakeway MUD or Water Control and Improvement District No. 17.

Household hazardous waste items are common products used in and around homes that, due to their chemical nature, can be hazardous to the environment and water supply if not properly discarded. Items accepted include cleaning products, drain cleaners, degreasers and batteries; paint products; and automotive products such as antifreeze, car batteries, oil and filters.

For more information and a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items: lakeway-tx.gov/ltrrrc.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ROUND ROCK

Rec Center closes temporarily

The Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, will close Monday through Friday for maintenance.

Center members ages 16 and older may utilize weight room services during operating hours at the Allen R. Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Ave.

Current Clay Madsen members will receive a membership extension for the duration of the closure.

— American-Statesman staff

GEORGETOWN

Energy film screened

A free public screening of the new documentary, “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,” will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

In the documentary, filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier across the United States.

The film includes an appearance by by Mayor Dale Ross, who, along with Chris Foster of Georgetown Utility Systems, will attend the screening at the library. After the 70-minute film ends, Ross and Foster will offer remarks and take questions from the audience about renewable energy and Georgetown’s energy supply.

Georgetown was included in the film because of the power contracts that will make the city one of the largest municipally-owned utilities in the country to supply its customers with 100 percent solar and wind energy.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP

Art Center hosts pottery event

Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger will be take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lost Pines Art Center, 1204 Chestnut St.

Learn about painting and glazing pottery from ceramic artist Lea Blue of Blue Donkey Students. Participants will be able to turn a pottery bowl into a work of art. Bowls will be fired and available for pickup at the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.

Tickets are $40 and are available at bit.ly/2iYJu3Q.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

HAYS COUNTY

WIC offices close for training

The city of San Marcos Women, Infant and Children offices, located in San Marcos, Kyle, Lockhart, Seguin and New Braunfels, will be closed Monday through Friday.

Staff will spend the week training on a new paperless system that will offer clients enhanced features and replace the multiple paper forms used currently.

WIC clients will fill out less paperwork, receive automatic appointment reminders and have access to enhanced growth charts and shopping lists beginning Jan. 9.

Previously, the anticipated implementation date was Dec. 18, but, due to system limitations and a request by the Department of State Health Services, Assistant Director of Community Services DerryAnn Krupinsky agreed to delay implementation until the January date.

— American-Statesman staff