Groups to develop Shoal Creek Watershed Action Plan


A veterans resource fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at Heroes Night Out in Cedar Park.

Buda’s Trash Disposal Systems customers will have their trash and recycling picked up Thursday and Jan. 4.



Groups to develop watershed plan

The Shoal Creek Conservancy has announced a multiyear partnership project to develop the Shoal Creek Watershed Action Plan.

The conservancy partnered with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, the city of Austin Watershed Protection Department and the engineering firm Doucet & Associates to develop the plan.

Shoal Creek is an urbanized watershed that spans 13 square miles from downtown Austin to the Domain. It experiences interconnected water-related challenges, including flood events, poor water quality, erosion, loss of native habitat and diminished spring flow. The plan will identify solutions to those challenges that complement the city’s programs to improve creek health.

The community engagement phase of the project will begin in early 2018.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Apply for landscape training

The city of Austin’s Grow Green Landscape Professional Training is accepting applications.

The series of classes was developed with the goal of protecting natural resources by offering Austin residents a list of landscape professionals who can provide sustainable options for landscape design, installation and care.

The training series also gives Austin landscape professionals the opportunity to receive helpful information to enhance their sustainable landscape services from local businesses, nonprofits and city of Austin professionals.

Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and March 1. The cost is $20 for each day individually or $75 for the whole series.

For more information, including class locations, and to register:

— American-Statesman staff


Mobile booth to record stories

The StoryCorps Mobile booth will be in Austin on Jan. 5 to Feb. 2 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

The MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio, will be parked at Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. In the MobileBooth, two people record a conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life and how they want to be remembered. Excerpts of these interviews will air every Friday morning on KUT-FM 90.5.

Reservations for the booth can be made by calling 1-800-850-4406 or by visiting Appointments will open back up, if full, on Jan. 5.

— American-Statesman staff



Veterans resource fair Jan. 10

A veterans resource fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at Heroes Night Out, 1150 S. Bell Blvd.

More than 20 veterans service organizations, employers and institutions of higher education will be available with free information and assistance. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is recommended at

— American-Statesman staff


Learn seed collecting, storing

The Williamson County Master Gardeners Association will host a meeting with a program on seed collecting and storing from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The meeting will be at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension office, 3151 SE Inner Loop. Jane LaComette will teach the lesson that includes tips on selecting, cleaning and storing vegetable and herb seeds.

The program will include a video and a hands-on experience with seeds that participants will be able to take home.

For more information: 512-943-3300; [email protected]

— American-Statesman staff



Trash pickup shcedule altered

Buda’s Trash Disposal Systems customers will have their trash and recycling picked up Thursday and Jan. 4 due to the holidays.

After the pickup, trash and recycle will go back to its normal pick up day of Wednesdays. Also, there will be no green waste pick up Monday. The next green pick up day will be Jan. 8.

The company will pick up trees from curbside from Tuesday to Jan. 13. The must be free of decorations and 4 feet maximum. Any cut pieces should be bundled with rope or twine.

For personalized information on schedules:

— American-Statesman staff


World War II veteran Willie “Bill” Meuth of Dale turned 98 on Monday.

World War II veteran Gerald Hahn of Austin turned 97 on Sunday.

We print birthdays for World War II veterans from Central Texas on Sundays as space allows. Email the name, birth date and current hometown to [email protected]