Williamson County
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   MARCH, 2017
(A bi-monthly newsletter from Williamson County, Texas)

Protection Plan Surveys Request Public Input

The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management is preparing two community protection plans in the event of floods and wildfires.  The public is invited to participate in surveys to provide feedback which will help the County coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.  Click here to access the surveys.  

WilCo EMS to Conduct Car Seat Safety Inspection March 9

Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be working in conjunction with St. David’s Round Rock Hospital and Baby Earth to conduct a car safety seat and booster event for area residents from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The inspection event is offered at no cost to participants and is available by appointment only by calling 512-600-7050. 

March 2-3 Let’s Crank Up the Giving!

The annual Amplify Austin giving event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2 through 6 p.m. Friday, March 3.  Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter’s non-profit fundraising partner, Fans of WCRAS, is in hopes of raising $10,000 to benefit the animals surrendered to the shelter. The Williamson Museum is hoping to raise $5,000 for their educational programs which provide for more than 12,000 students served this past year. Pick a time and consider clicking here to make a donation.

Household Waste Collection Day is March 25

Spring cleaning? The timing is right to gather up any surplus household products and bring them to the Gupton Stadium parking lot (corner of Gupton Way and E. Park Street) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.  For a list of accepted items, click here.

Adopt Your Cat (or Dog) in the Hat at WCRAS

It’s Dr. Seuss' birthday--Adopt your cat (or dog) in the hat at “Name Your Price” rates for adult pets and just $75 for kittens and puppies, fully vetted and ready for a party!  Then help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) on Tuesday, March 14, with a full-blown WoW! $10 adoption special for adult pets.  Click here to see who’s waiting for you.

Unclaimed Property Search Event March 30

There is currently about $4 billion in cash and other valuables waiting to be claimed. During the Williamson County Unclaimed Property Event, on March 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., people can search for their money, complete and expedite their claims for processing at the Georgetown Central Library, 402 W. 8th St.  Click here for more information on unclaimed property.

April 1 is Learn to Fish Day in WilCo

Join us for a morning of family fun learning and enjoying the art of hooking the big one at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.  No experience is needed and all equipment is provided free of charge.  For more information, please contact the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department at 512-943-1920, or the office of Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long at 512-260-4280.

What’s Going On At The Williamson Museum?

In addition to the wonderful exhibits currently on display at The Williamson Museum there are many activities being planned:

First Friday, March 3, will introduce the newest exhibit, Poppies & Progress 1917-1923, which spotlights the war to end all wars— WWI local war heroes, suffragettes, and crusaders for justice.

Sigi’s Art Chinese Ink Brush & Pastel Paintings is another new exhibit on display during March, 2017.  Sigi began art lessons in the Azores in the 70’s, went on to study Fine Art and Photography at the University of New Hampshire, and then discovered the art of Chinese ink brush painting after moving to Georgetown in 1998.

Salon at Wildfire: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 features Buck Cole, K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Texas General Land Office, who will discuss Land History is Texas History. Seating is limited—come early!

Hands On History, Saturday, March 11 is a free, come and go event for children to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This month we explore the world of rattlesnake roundups in and around Taylor, and make toy snakes!

Historic Courthouse tours on March 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18: The 45-minute tour begins from the Museum at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tours are free and handicap accessible. Call 512-943-1670 to book parties of 7 or more.

Texas AgriLife: Programs and Solutions for all Texans

Contact Pamela Ward at 512-943-3300 or Pamela.Ward@ag.tamu.edu to find out more about the programs Texas AgriLife Williamson County Extension Center offers.  Check out these upcoming learning opportunities:

Registration is now open for the Good Water Master Naturalist Spring Training Class. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning March 7. Click here for registration information.

Walk and Talk: 8:30 a.m. Lakeline Mall-meet outside at the Bucca di Beppo entrance. If you arrive late, come and find us upstairs. Contact: melissa.veliz@ag.tamu.edu. Click here to participate. 

WilCo Master Gardener Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 1, at the Show Barn in San Gabriel Park, Georgetown.  Click here for more details.

Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., April 24. $20 fee. Details here.


April 1:  New Satellite Williamson Museum will open officially at the Chisholm Trail Day event on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The former 1853 Oates property and 1870 Owens properties at #8 Chisholm Trail in Round Rock, will become a living history facility.

April 23: Woof, Walk, Wrun 5k/mile event will be held at Berry Springs Park and Preserve, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Click here for details and registration information. Don’t run? No worries, just sign up for the Cat Nap Challenge and sleep in for the cause!

April 29: Take Back Prescription Drug Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations throughout Williamson County.  Clear out those expired and unused medications taking up room.  Check www.lifestepscouncil.org for participating locations soon.