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AUSTIN’S DANGEROUS

The Texas Department of Transportation said a $4.9 billion project to overhaul I-35 through downtown Austin aims to improve mobility and address safety, among other goals. Between 2013-18, this 8-mile stretch between SH 71 and US 290 was consistently more dangerous than highways across the rest of the state. I35 CENTRAL AUSTIN CRASH DATA: 201321

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I35 project presents Austinwith $4.9Bopportunity Community leaders ask TxDOT to rethink approach, consider highway’s legacy

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improve safety on one of its most dangerous stretches of highway and relieve congestion at a choke point that is the worst in the state, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Final design decisions

from TxDOT likely will not come until 2022, but many city leaders and community members say the project as it stands does not meet Austin’s goals. Jay Blazek Crossley of transportation nonprot

Farm & City called the three design concepts presented so far “three dierent lipsticks on a pig” that reinforce I-35 as a dangerous barrier rather than chiseling away at it.

Work is set to begin in 2025 on the rst major reconstruction of I-35 through downtown Austin since the 1970s. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to

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was like “slamming on the brakes.” When SXSW was canceled, Austin’s economy took an estimated $355.9 million hit, according to the Austin Center for Events. “We were just decimated. The entire live entertainment

Kevin Richie, owner of North Austin theatrical and event lighting provider Olden Lighting, said the cancellation of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in March 2020

Zach Theatre hosts “Gospel Down by the Riverside,” part of an outdoor performance series.

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picnic in the park, launched in March. The business from locals Travis Petosa, Stephanie Gumpel and Hanly Banks Callahan will operate through June. Events are located at dierent centrally located parks around Austin, including Shipe Park and Eastwoods Park.

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4 Regymen , a tness studio franchise with locations across the country, will open May 15 at The Grove housing development, 2609 Perseverance Drive, Austin. Franchisee Jedd Soto has signed on to open 10 locations total throughout the Greater Austin area. Another location in Round Rock opened in early April. 512-998-2216. www.regymentness.com EXPANSIONS 5 The Pond Hockey Club , an ice rink in North Austin, will open a facility dedicated to the sport of curling Sept. 1 at 9402 United Drive, Austin. A partnership of Lone Star Curling Club and Curl Austin, the four-sheet rink will host events and classes for curlers of all ages, including beginners. 512-641-1080. www.curlaustin.com RELOCATIONS 6 Regard Jewelry is relocating to 6800 Burnet Road, Austin, from its current location at 8127 Mesa Drive, Ste. 301, Austin. According to goldsmith and platinum-smith Dan Schwieterman, the Burnet Road location is now open with half the sta moved over, and the Mesa Drive location will remain open while running a moving sale through May. 737-300-2686. www.regardjewelry.com ANNIVERSARIES 7 Side by Side Kids , a faith-based after-school program, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021. Headquartered at 500 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin, Side by Side Kids serves 300 elementary school students from economically disadvantaged areas of Austin. The program oers free homework assistance, meals and mentoring, and

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plans to re-open for in-person activities after operating virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. 512-371-9393. www.sidebysidekids.org 8 Trophyology , located at 8711 Burnet Road, Ste. A17, Austin, celebrated its 10th anniversary in April. The trophy design rm has crafted more than 6,000 awards for more than 500 corporate clients, according to a news release, since architect Eva Schone founded the business in 2011. Schone also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. 512-552-8810. www.trophyology.com 9 Austin-based Waterloo Ice House , which operates four restaurants in Central Texas, celebrated 45 years as part of the community in March. Waterloo’s menu oers Tex-Mex items, fried appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees with breakfast served each day and a weekend brunch menu. The restaurant has four locations in Austin, including one at 8600 Burnet Road. 512-458-6544. www.waterlooicehouse.com

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NORTH CENTRAL NOWOPEN 1 Hive + Honey , a tness studio locally owned by friends Summer Rose and Chrissy Edwards, opened April 3 at 3309 Hancock Drive, Austin. Group class oerings include pilates, yoga and dance. 512-289-1368. www.hiveandhoneyatx.com 2 Engineering rm L.A. Fuess Partners Inc. in late March announced it opened an oce at 8200 N. MoPac, Ste. 130, Austin. The rm specializes in designing commercial, residential, institutional and industrial buildings. L.A. Fuess Partners design projects in Austin include parking

structures in The Domain and several buildings at Dell’s campus in Round Rock. 512-505-8722. www.lafp.com 3 Lutie’s Garden Restaurant opened April 7 at the Commodore Perry Estate, 4100 Red River St., Austin. The restaurant is led by husband-and-wife duo Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu, who formerly worked at Odd Duck and Barley Swine and now are returning to Austin after a few years working in other cities. The restaurant is named after the matriarch of the estate, Nannie Lewette “Lutie” Perry. 512-675-2517. www.luties.com Mes Amis , an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine each Saturday evening for a

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location in June at 603 Sabine St., Austin, at the former location of Waller Creek Pub House. Brothers Miguel and Dani Cobos opened their first brick-and-mortar location in Hyde Park in 2018. 512-366-5578. www.vaquerotaquero.com 6 Planning is underway for Shoal Cycle , an apartment housing project geared at downtown workers to be located at 812 W. 11th St., Austin. Developer Weaver Buildings filed a zoning application with the city of Austin on April 12 for a height increase that would add more parking space to the 120,000-square-foot project. No target completion date has been announced. www.weaverbuildings.com/ building/shoal-cycle MindBar , a women-owned business geared toward mental health and therapy, will launch in Austin on May 1. Founded by Austin locals Hailey O’Neill and Barbara Nadalini-Priesnitz, the membership-based service offers online and in-person group therapy classes that are less formal and more affordable than traditional therapy. www.mind-bar.com NEWOWNERSHIP 7 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in April sold a 50% ownership stake to Penske Media Corp., the digital media and publishing company that also owns Rolling Stone and Variety . The sale follows the cancellation of SXSW in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The festival will continue to take place in Austin, and 2022 dates are set for March 11-20. Organizers say they are optimistic to hold the event in person. SXSW’s headquarters are located at 1400 Lavaca St., Austin. www.sxsw.com IN THE NEWS The Bristol-Joseph Culinary Scholarship Fund launched in April and will provide two Austin Community College culinary arts students with $6,000 each that can be used for tuition and other school costs. Tavel Bristol-Joseph, who started the fund, is the pastry chef and co-owner of five Austin restaurants, Emmer & Rye, Henbit, Hestia, Kalimotxo and TLV. www.austincc.edu

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3 Comedy club The Creek and the Cave opened April 1 at 611 E. Seventh St., Austin, in the space that formerly housed Red River Street-area music venue the Barracuda. The club was originally located in New York City. 737-222-0852. www.creekandcaveatx.com 4 Optily , a technology company based in Dublin, Ireland, opened its first U.S. location March 30 at 515 Congress Ave., Ste. 1750, Austin. The company focuses on helping small-to-midsize ecommerce companies grow their business by making the best use of their advertising budgets. According to a news release, Optily plans to hire at least 10 new employees over the next year in Austin. 737-263-2732. www.optily.com COMING SOON 5 Vaquero Taquero will open its second

1 Honey Moon Spirit Lounge , a cocktail bar and restaurant opened April 20 at 624 W. 34th St., Austin, in the space formerly occupied by Salvation Pizza. Owned by local couple Reed Calhoun and Adrienne Wiggins, Honey Moon’s menu features dishes such as East Coast oysters, vegan barbecue burnt ends and chicken confit. 737-209-0319. www.honeymoonspiritlounge.com 2 Sunset Strip Comedy Room held its grand opening comedy showcase April 2 at 310 E. Third St., Austin. The new comedy club also hosts live music acts and features a private VIP area for events. www.sunsetstripcomedy.com

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COMING SOON 6 One Oak , a 106-unit, four-story home project, will be coming to 2209 S. First St., Austin. Development company Intracorp, which is also behind the under-construction 44 East residential tower in the Rainey Street area, will lead the project after acquiring the land from Austin-based Rastegar Property Co. Intracorp has not revealed a timeline for the project’s completion. 512-334-9564. www.intracorphomes.com 7 The Now Massage will open in May at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 130, Austin. The spa offers Swedish massage, deep-tissue therapy, gua sha and other treatments. 512-535-6705. https://thenowmassage.com/south-lamar ANNIVERSARIES 8 Snooze, an A.M. Eatery celebrates five years in the community this May. The restaurant chain opened its first Austin location at 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 301, Austin, on May 28, 2016, and serves all- day brunch. 512-428-8444. www.snoozeeatery.com

coffee bar with a patio serves brews from St. Louis-based Coma Coffee Roasters and offers a selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Sandwiches, salads, pastries and TacoDeli tacos are also on the menu. 512-220-1795. www.coltonhousehotel.com/food-drink 4 Ear-piercing parlor Studs Studio opened April 14 at 1510 S. Congress Ave., Austin. The business offers “safe, clean, curated needle ear piercings” currently by appointment only. The Austin location represents Studs’ first expansion outside of New York City. www.studs.com 5 Vacancy Brewing opened April 2 at 415 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. 1-D2, Austin, becoming the latest brewery to join the South Austin beer scene. Located across the street from The Yard development, co-owners Brent Watson and Sara Hamza are offering three year-round beers on tap: a sparkling golden ale, a dry hopped amber and a pilsner. The brewery is open three days a week: Friday from 4-9 p.m., Saturday from noon-9 p.m. and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. 512-771-5168. www.vacancybrewing.com

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1 Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public April 9 with a new beer garden and food options featuring biscuits from Michael Fojtasek of downtown restaurant Olamaie. Austin locals Douglas and Winston Kinser opened the golf course at 201 Lee Barton Drive, Austin, in 1950. The new owner is Pecan Grove Golf Partners, a partnership of national golf course management firm Touchstone Golf and local hospitality management company New Waterloo. https://butlerpitchandputt.com 2 National sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s Subs opened its newest shop at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. D-111, Austin, on March 31. The restaurant serves subs and wraps with fresh-sliced cold cuts and vegetable toppings. 512-326-3600. www.jerseymikes.com 3 Simona’s Coffee + Cocktails opened April 8 inside the Colton House Hotel at 2510 S. Congress Ave., Austin. The new

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RENOVATIONS 9 Locally based home furnishing and design store Four Hands opened its newly renovated and expanded flagship showroom at 2090 Woodward St., Austin, in April. The 20,000-square-foot showroom includes displays of art and popular furnishing collections, with a selection that will be updated regularly, according to a news release by the company. 512-225-0333. www.fourhands.com

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Moving forward together in Austin

Over the past year, we’ve all been challenged in one way or another by this health crisis — physically, emotionally, financially. And while questions remain about what lies ahead, we know one thing for certain: The only way to move forward is together. To that end, Bank of America remains fully committed to supporting the health and economic recovery of our clients, communities and teammates. We know that small businesses, so critical to our local economy, have been greatly impacted. Through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to date we’ve delivered 478,731* PPP loans — totaling nearly $34.5 billion* in funding — to help our clients continue to operate and pay their employees. Importantly, more than 99% of those loans went to companies with fewer than 100 employees. Partnering with local nonprofits, we’ve distributed more than 27 million masks for vulnerable populations as part of our ongoing efforts to address health-related disparities accelerated by the coronavirus. We’ve offered new and expanded benefits to help our employees balance family and work, including over 3.7 million days of back-up child and adult care. That’s an investment of more than $370 million in child and adult care reimbursement. I’m so proud of the way our community has come together to help those who need it most. And I’m certain that Austin has the power to be stronger than ever as a result.

Helping Austin move forward: • Delivered PPP funding to over 3,893 of our small business clients for more than $233 million in relief • Distributed 300,000 masks through our local partners including: – Workforce Solutions – PeopleFund • Expanded benefits for our employees to include additional child and adult care services plus virtual medical and behavioral health consultations at no cost

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open a location at 1814 Harvey St., Austin, this summer. Serving a New Zealand-style soft serve made from blending fruit with vanilla ice cream, Zeds was founded in Portland, Oregon, by University of Texas graduates Matt Potter and Caleb Schmidt. The East Austin location will offer walk-up service with outdoor seating and a food truck on-site. www.zedsicecream.com 4 Allegiant Travel Co. will launch an operations base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s South Terminal this November. The Las Vegas-based airline will bring a $75 million investment to the area and expand hours and flight offerings out of Austin. Allegiant has offered flights from ABIA since 2013, with flights traveling in and out of the south terminal since 2017. www.allegiantair.com 5 HOPE Outdoor Gallery —which previously oversaw the Graffiti Park in Central Austin from 2011-19—is set to open its new park and cultural center this summer in Southeast Austin on Dalton Lane. The gallery will feature murals by local artists, technology displays and sculptures, gardens and an apiary, according to a March 31 news release. The gallery will also include retail and community spaces. Food and beverages will be sold at the gallery, while repurposed and renovated shipping containers will be used as gallery spaces for local artists and office spaces for nonprofits and service organizations. www.hopeoutdoorgallery.com 6 North Austin restaurant Komé Sushi Kitchen has plans to open an outpost inside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport called Sushi-A-Go-Go by Komé . The airport location will be run by HMSHost, a food and beverage company that specializes in airport eateries. Komé Director of Operations Elizabeth Hyman said an opening date has not yet been set. www.kome-austin.com 7 An additional portion of the Southeast Greenway in the Mueller development is starting construction this spring. The 28.5-acre public green space will include a skate park, more than a mile of trails and a large open field. A previously developed portion of the Southeast Greenway includes a large pond that collects and filters stormwater. The park will be bracketed by Manor Road, an extension of

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Tom Miller Street, Zach Scott Street and Tilley Street. www.muelleraustin.com ANNIVERSARIES 8 Austin Vet Hospital is celebrating 50 years of business in 2021. Located near the Mueller neighborhood at 4701 N. I-35, Austin, the veterinary clinic has offered care to cats and dogs since 1971. 512-476-9191. www.austinvethospital.com

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release. 512-296-2655. www.lovesupremepizzabar.com 2 Markaaz , a company that connects small businesses with other verified service providers and business partners, relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to East Austin at 310 Comal St., Ste. 201, in April. 323-638-9797. www.markaaz.com COMING SOON 3 Zeds Real Fruit Ice Cream plans to

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April-May events

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APRIL 30 THROUGHMAY 31 BLUE GENIE ART BAZAAR MAYMARKET Known for its annual holiday market, Blue Genie Art Bazaar’s inaugural May Market will showcase works from more than 100 local artists and artisans Friday through Sunday from April 30- May 31. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for the in-person market. According to organizers, the spring market will feature the work of both new and returning artists. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com MAY 01 ELECTIONDAY INAUSTIN Residents in Austin have the opportunity to vote on eight ballot propositions this May. Early voting for the May election will be held from April 19-27, with election day taking place May 1. Election day polling locations in Travis County are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or until the last individual in line by closing time has the chance to vote. Visit communityimpact.com for more information, including polling

locations and ballot details. 02 THE ROOKIE TRI TAKES PLACE AT DECKER LAKE Established in 2004, the Rookie Tri is a sprint triathlon for both rst-time and veteran triathletes. The race begins with a swim at Decker Lake, followed by an 11-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run near Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park. A party will also take place at the nish line with refreshments available for participants. A relay option is available for groups, and individuals can also participate virtually and submit their times. 8 a.m. $50 (virtual), $129-$189 (in person). 6614 Blue Blu Road, Austin. www.therookietri.com 06 THROUGH08 THE ZACH THEATRE CELEBRATES CINCODEMAYO San Antonio-based band Mariachi Melodias De Mexico will perform an outdoor concert. The performances are part of the theater’s “Songs Under The Stars” series, which continues with dierent shows each weekend through the spring. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sun. with additional 2:30 p.m. performances Sat.-Sun. $25-$55. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

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BARKS FOR BEERS RETURNS VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Local nonprot Divine Canines is partnering with breweries across the Austin area to bring back its monthlong Barks for Beers fundraiser this May. Individuals participate by purchasing a glass and “pawsport,” which grants them one free beer at each partnering brewery. Pawsports can be purchased for $30 at any participating brewery. www.divinecanines.org/barksforbeers (Courtesy Divine Canines)

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NASCAR hosts a variety of events over the weekend, including the Pit Boss 250 featuring Lamborghini and truck races, and the inaugural NASCAR Cup EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix takes place May 23. Event times vary. $25 (single-day tickets starting cost), $99 (weekend packages starting cost). 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. www.nascaratcota.com (Courtesy Circuit of The Americas)

Find more or submit Central Austin events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

Prop B will reinstate Austin’s public camping & panhandling laws in every zip code citywide. We know that this experiment has failed: Deregulated public space camping harms the homeless and the broader community. Vote Yes On Prop B

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 14-month water line improvement project begins in Allandale neighborhood Austin Water is beginning a project in April to upgrade aging water and wastewater lines in an area of North Central Austin where line breaks are common. Some customers will experience water and wastewater outages when their service is connected to the new line, a process city sta says typically takes several hours. Timeline: April 2021-June 2022 Cost: $3.47 million Funding source: Austin Water COMPLETED PROJECTS 2 Boggy Creek Trail in East Austin gets an update A section of the Boggy Creek Trail now has a dual track, designed to separate bicyclists from pedestrians. The updated trail section stretches between Rosewood Avenue and East 12th Street, where it connects to the existing, northern portion of the trail extending up to Capital Metro’s MLK Jr. Station. Timeline: August 2020-February 2021 Cost: $936,000 Funding source: 2016 mobility bond

UPCOMING PROJECTS 3 South Lamar corridor work getting started soon After receiving environmental clearance from the Texas Department of Transportation in the fall and crews performing utility relocation work in the winter, a construction project along South Lamar Boulevard is set to get started in May. The project includes building two-way bicycle lanes, improving intersections and adding Americans with Disabilities Act- compliant sidewalks along the street. The rst phase of the work will take place between Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road and construction is set to last 12-18 months. After that phase is complete, construction will move south toward the project limit at Ben White Boulevard, where work is scheduled to take place in 2023 and 2024. South Lamar is one of several corridors that received a total of $482 million in funding in the 2016 bond. Timeline: May 2021-24 Cost: $34 million-$42 million Funding source: 2016 mobility bond

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News from Austin & Travis County

Community First Village to expand by 127 acres as city continues seeking homelessness solutions

NEWS TO FOLLOW Local and statewide proposals could impact Austin’s ability to allow public camping.

Proposition B

BY IAIN OLDMAN & BEN THOMPSON

AUSTIN Community First Village, the master-planned development in Northeast Austin built to permanently house hundreds of formerly homeless individuals, is set to more than triple in size in the next three years. The 51-acre village is home to 220 residents right now. Work is ongoing to add hundreds of homes as well as new cooking and cleaning facilities and gardening and entrepreneurship centers. The next phases of work, announced April 14, are expected to begin development next summer with construction lasting two years, according to Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the nonprot behind the village. A total of 1,400 new microhomes and community facilities will be built between 127 acres of donated land on two sites: one on Hog Eye Road across from the village’s current location, and one in Southeast Austin on Burleson Road near Onion Creek. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be ashamed. Come here. We have open arms for whoever’s homeless,” said D’Juan Davis, who has lived in the village for more than two years after experiencing homelessness himself. The news comes as Austin continues to struggle to

If voters approve this proposition May 1, certain behaviors would become criminal oenses. Those

Senate Bill 987, House Bill 1925 include sitting, lying down, or sleeping outdoors or camping in certain public areas of the city.

These bills led in the 87th Texas Legislature would

Nonprot organization Mobile Loaves & Fishes announced a multiyear expansion of Community First Village on April 14. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

establish a statewide ban on camping in public spaces with an exception for authorized camping in state parks.

SB 646, HB 1803

nd housing for people experiencing homelessness. On the May ballot, Austin voters will decide whether to reinstate criminal penalties for behaviors such as sitting, lying down, sleeping outdoors or camping in certain public areas. Austin City Council lifted those penalties in 2019. The city has also announced a three-year plan to provide housing to 3,000 people, which Homelessness Strategy Ocer Diana Grey said will come at a cost of $515 million.

If passed, these bills would require county approval of any purchases by a municipality with the intent to house individuals experiencing homelessness.

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HIGHLIGHTS TRAVIS COUNTY Applications are open through Sept. 1 for a new county program to provide emergency rental assistance. The new $10.7 million program is funded by federal coronavirus relief money and open to all residents struggling to pay rent, although certain groups such as unemployed and low-income residents will be prioritized. AUSTIN City Council passed a resolution April 8 aimed at creating better community spaces to help local residents recover from a disaster. Council directed City Manager Spencer Cronk to identify locations such as schools and recreation centers that could be equipped to sustain operations even if the city were to experience widespread power and water outages, as it did following a winter storm in February. TRAVIS COUNTY A plan for a Civilian Climate Corps program is scheduled to be established by June 15 to create paid work and volunteer opportunities that put county residents to work on climate and environmental initiatives. Travis County Commissioners voted April 20 to create the program, which will be funded by federal aid dollars and may involve park cleanups, tree planting and solar panel installations. QUOTEOFNOTE “I KNOWTHAT THESE INDICTMENTSWILL NOT BRING PEACE TO THE AMBLER FAMILY. NOPARENT SHOULDHAVE TO BURY THEIR CHILD.” TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOSE GARZA, IN A NEWS RELEASE, AFTER A GRAND JURY INDICTED FORMER WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF ROBERT CHODY ON EVIDENCE TAMPERING CHARGES ALLEGING THE DESTRUCTION OF VIDEO FOOTAGE THAT CAPTURED THE DEATH OF JAVIER AMBLER IN 2019 Austin City Council Meets May 6, 20 at 10 a.m. www.austintexas.gov/department/ city-council Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court Meetings are being held virtually, not in person. MEETINGSWE COVER

Demand slows for vaccine appointments in Travis County

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim public health authority, at an April 16 news conference. APH director Stephanie Hayden- Howard said the organization will shift to neighborhood clinic models in May and partner with grassroots organizations to reach more communities. Hayden-Howard said it will be important for the public health organization’s outreach eorts to be “targeted and intentional.”

AustinPublic Library will resume in-person service inMay TRAVIS COUNTY Austin Public Health, one of two COVID-19 vaccine hubs in Travis County pro- viding thousands of doses each week, saw a drop in demand for appoint- ments in mid-April. The unlled appointments are a sign, according to local ocials, that vaccine supply is catching up with demand. On April 12, the rst day APH made appointments available to everyone over the age of 18, more than 10,000 available appointments went unlled. The following week, APH piloted walk-up services for those without an appointment and extended its registration window. The change is a marked dierence from several weeks ago when thousands of residents were getting into queues for available appointments as soon as slots were released. “I don’t think we have an issue of people not wanting the vaccine. I think we’ve reached that stage where supply and demand are in equilibrium, and that’s okay,” said Dr.

“I THINKWE’VE REACHED THAT STAGEWHERE SUPPLYAND DEMANDARE IN EQUILIBRIUM...” DR. MARK ESCOTT, AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY INTERIM HEALTH AUTHORITY, ON VACCINES IN TRAVIS COUNTY

LIBRARIES RETURN IN PERSON

Some Austin Public library branches, including these seven in Central Austin, will be opening their doors to patrons in May. 1 Austin Central Library 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin 2 Carver branch 1161 Angelina St., Austin 3 North Village branch 2505 Steck Ave., Austin 4 Old Quarry branch 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin 5 St. John branch 7500 Blessing Ave., Austin 6 Windsor Park branch 5833 Westminster Drive, Austin 7 Yarborough branch 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

AUSTIN After operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020, some Austin Public Library branches will be reopening their doors. On May 10, certain library locations will reopen for limited capacity in-person services, with all locations reopening in-person services by June 28 unless they are undergoing renovations. Twelve total branches will reopen in person between May 10 and May 12, including seven in Central Austin. Curbside and digital services will continue as in-person services resume. Masks will be required for both sta and for patrons.

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2021 V O L U N T E E R G U I D E WAYS TOGIVE BACK Volunteer opportunities in the Central Austin area

groceries by car and serve as companions for individuals with memory loss. 3227 E. Fifth St., Austin 512-476-6325 www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org HOUSING SUPPORT 5 AUSTIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY builds and repairs homes and educates homebuyers. Volunteers work on homes and support ReStore, a discount home improvement store and donation center. 500 W Ben White Blvd., Austin 6 AUSTIN HUMANISTS AT WORK distributes personal care items to people experiencing homelessness and of limited means. Volunteers help with donation pickups and fundraising drives, and knit hats, scarves and washcloths. Address available upon request. 5125532117 www.austinhumanistsatwork.org 7 AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER formerly Austin State School, provides aid 5124728788, ext. 100 www.austinhabitat.org

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Help out the Central Austin community in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprot groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide are subject to change due to COVID-19 safety precautions. This list is noncomprehensive.

SENIOR AND DISABLED RESOURCES 1 AGE OF CENTRAL TEXAS serves older adults and family caregivers. The organization is currently oering virtual volunteer opportunities. Individuals can also write encouraging letters or create homemade cards to combat the loneliness that so many are feeling during the pandemic. 3710 Cedar St., Austin 512-451-4611 www.ageofcentraltx.org 2 THE ARC OF THE CAPITAL AREA provides education and education advocacy; employment, independent living services and dog therapy to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers help through the education program and during social services.

4902 Grover Ave., Austin 512-476-7044 www.arcaustin.org 3 DRIVE A SENIORCTX enables older adults to live independently, avoid social isolation, age in place and enhance their quality of life by providing free transportation and other support services. There is no minimum time commitment for volunteers and services are coordinated online. Drives typically last between 30 minutes and two hours. To sign up to volunteer in a specic region of Central Texas, ll out an application on the website. 512-472-6339 www.driveasenior.org 4 MEALS ON WHEELS CENTRAL TEXAS oers homebound adults an array of holistic programs that help clients maintain their independence and age in place. Volunteers deliver meals and

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and support to residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers serve as Campus Buddies to residents, work with the resident choir and participate on the Human Rights Committee. 2203 W. 35th St., Austin 5123746048 www.ausslcfriends.org 8 BLACKLAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. builds, maintains and leases houses to families who earn less than 50 percent of the median family income in Austin. Volunteers help with

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