Community Thanksgiving on Nov. 23

Organizers of a communitywide dinner on Thanksgiving Day are seeking volunteers and monetary donations. Community Thanksgiving will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23. Event organizers plan to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal, free of charge, to 500 people.

The Community Thanksgiving will be served at two Georgetown locations:

  • Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.
  • Georgetown Housing Authority – Community Activity Learning Center, 210-B W. 18th St.

A sit-down dinner, as well as boxed take-out meals, will be served at these locations.

Community Thanksgiving is being planned and supported by the City of Georgetown Police and Fire departments, Georgetown Public Library, Alycia Tandy’s Do Yourself a Flavor Catering, CJ’s Catering and The Salvation Army of Williamson County.

The menu for the dinner includes turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, and sweet potatoes. Water and tea will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. There is no ticketing involved. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at each location.

Monetary donations to help fund the event can be made to The Salvation Army of Williamson County, with “Community Thanksgiving” in the memo line on the check. Donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army of Williamson County, 1930 S. Austin Ave., Ste. 101, Georgetown, TX, 78626.

In addition to monetary donations, volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, food preparation, serving, logistics, and clean-up. If you or your organization would like to help volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact the organizing committee at gtxthanksgiving@gmail.com or signup online at www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aa4a92fa3f94-volunteers1.

Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Drive.  The event will honor all those veterans who have served in our military forces and those men and women who are serving today.

The East View High School band, orchestra, and choir will provide music beginning at 10:45 a.m. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Kenneth L. Kamper, Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve, III Corps and Fort Hood. All veterans and their families attending will be recognized and several veterans will participate in the program.  Chaplain Lucinda Valenti, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, will give the invocation and the benediction. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Erik Stoeckle will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

U.S. Air Force retired Master Sgt. John Wood will assist Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross in placing a wreath at the Memorial Wall in honor of all servicemen and women. U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. Tim Timko will assist Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey in placing a second wreath at the Williamson County Memorial Wall in memory of the 175 servicemen from Williamson County who have given their lives in combat.

Parking is available at the Social Center at 2 Texas Drive and across the street at the Activities Center at 1 Texas Drive. Seven-hundred folding chairs will be placed at the Memorial, or guests are invited to bring a folding chair and sit under the trees. The Community Association will provide refreshments on the Social Center patio after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.  Please come and honor our veterans.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces Thanksgiving Camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer camps for students during the Thanksgiving break Nov. 20 and 21. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from two camps:

  • Camp Goodwater is offered for children ages 5-12. The camp includes a variety of activities, such as gym games, trips to local parks, and seasonal arts and crafts. The cost is $35 for Georgetown residents and $45 for nonresidents.
  • Adventure Camp is offered for children ages 11-14. The camp offers an opportunity for youth to be exposed to outdoor adventure activities and challenges in a fun, safe and healthy environment. The cost is $45 for Georgetown residents and $55 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

Collectible Christmas Ornament: Mileham Building

A limited-edition collectible brass Christmas ornament featuring the Mileham Building at 708-710 S. Austin Ave. is now on sale. The 11th annual ornament sale is a project of the Georgetown Main Street Program. A limited number of the ornaments are available.

Ornaments may be purchased at the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St. The cost of the ornament is $20. Payments by cash, check, or credit are accepted.

The Mileham Building is one of several Mesker Brothers storefronts in the downtown area. The City of Georgetown is home to one of the largest collection of Mesker storefronts, which incorporate a crest or shell design in the columns and cornice lines.

All proceeds from the ornament sale help fund Main Street projects and the Façade Fund Grant Program.

Blue Santa collects toys for children

Blue Santa’s elves are busy working to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. Like they do every year, Blue Santa and his elves need your help.
A program of the Georgetown Police Department, Blue Santa provides toys to more than 1,500 children in Georgetown during its annual toy drive and distribution.

You can help Blue Santa by donating a new, unwrapped toy at the Christmas Stroll Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade starts at 10 a.m. New, unwrapped toys will be collected by Blue Santa Elves along the parade route, which is on Austin Avenue from Ninth to Sixth streets on the downtown Square.

In addition, toys may be dropped off in donation barrels in businesses and offices in Georgetown.

Monetary donations to purchase toys also are accepted. Checks to “CPAAA Blue Santa” should be sent to the Georgetown Police Department, c/o CPAAA Programs, 3500 D.B. Wood Road, Georgetown, TX, 78628. Donate $10 or more to Georgetown Blue Santa and you’ll receive a collectible Blue Santa Elf lapel pin.

Applications for assistance from Blue Santa must be turned in by Dec. 1. Applications are available at The Caring Place at 2000 Railroad St. and the Georgetown Police Department at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Children who qualify for Blue Santa are age 18 or younger, live in the Georgetown city limits, and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school or meet federal poverty guidelines.

For information about donation events and donations to Blue Santa, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.

City selects nine new sculptures for 2017-18 tour

The City has contracted with eight artists to participate in its Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the Georgetown Cultural District.

The City’s Arts and Culture Board selected the nine 2017-18 Sculpture Tour pieces from 41 pieces submitted for consideration by 21 artists. Sculptures will be installed in early November and will remain on display through October 2018.

The previous group of Sculpture Tour works will be removed by artists by Nov. 1 to make space for the new pieces.

Five of the works will be installed on Main Street, and four will be located outside the Ninth Street entrance of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth St.

Artists along with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff will install each piece.

All nine sculptures’ artists will receive a cash prize based on judging that will take place in November by the Arts and Culture Board.

Sculpture Tour artists and their selected works for the next twelve months are:
Cindy Debold, “Imagination”
Peter Mangan, “Blood Brother”
Sun McColgin, “Thor’s Hammer” and “Tanzanian Torpedo”
Mary Morse, “Kite”
Dan Pogue, “Mystic Flight”
Jay Schaan, “Ladder Man”
Dave Speer, “Barn Martian”
Anthony St. James, “Freshwater Cowgirl”

For more information, including a map of the Sculpture Tour, visit arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour.

Adults with Disabilities Dance at Georgetown Community Center

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Halloween and costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $5 for participants and includes a meal. Advanced registration is recommended. Only cash or check will be taken at the door. There is no charge for family members or caregivers, and they must remain present at all times.

For more information and to register, call (512) 930-3596 or visit parks.georgetown.org.

Upcoming dances:

Feb. 9
Oscar Night

May 4
Fiesta

Aug. 3
All Stars
 

 

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City of Georgetown hosts Halloween Festival on Oct. 26

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Halloween Festival on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

The Halloween Festival, now in its 23rd year, will feature a free Trick-or-Treat Village, along with carnival-style games, food, and a hayride.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the free costume contest, sponsored by Suddenlink. Costume contest categories and times are as follows: Newborn-2 years at 5:45 p.m.; 3-5 years at 6:15 p.m.; 6-8 years at 6:45 p.m.; and 9-10 years at 7:15 p.m.

Carnival games are 25 cents per ticket, and one or more tickets are required for each game, activity or concession. The hayride through San Gabriel Park will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hayride tickets are $2 for children ages 1-4 and $3 for age 5 and older. Only cash will be accepted, and quarters and small bills are appreciated.

For the first time this year, music and entertainment will be provided by The Georgetown Project and the Assets After-school Alliance, as part of the national Lights On After-school event, which calls attention to the importance of after-school programs for America’s children, families and communities.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/halloween-festival.

 

New historic district street signs to be installed

New historic district street signsThe City is installing 554 new historic district street signs throughout the Old Town and Downtown historic districts this weekend, Oct. 14-15.

The architectural design detail on the signs was created by Georgetown artist Nick Ramos and was inspired by the large number of Mesker Brothers storefronts in the downtown area. The City of Georgetown is home to one of the largest collection of Mesker storefronts, which incorporate a crest or shell design in the columns and cornice lines. Examples of the design include the Georgetown Art Center and the Dimmit and M.B. Lockett buildings.

The signs are a “red poppy red” color and feature a flower as part of the architectural design. The design pays tribute to the architectural heritage of the Georgetown community and will help identify the districts and promote the historic nature to residents and visitors.

The signs, which were made in Waco and will be installed by Area Wide Protective crews, are partially funded by the Downtown tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ. The TIRZ helps fund improvement projects throughout the downtown area.

The blue street signs that are being replaced will be sold for $10 each during the Nov. 11 Market Days event on the Square. Signs will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis during the event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Library welcomes Meg Gardiner for Hill Country Author Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host a Hill Country Author Series event Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m., in the Community Rooms of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., featuring Austin-based author Meg Gardiner. Gardiner’s newest book “UNSUB” was published in June. Lawyer turned author, Gardiner is an Edgar Award-winning American crime writer who has written thirteen thrillers.

“UNSUB,” short for unknown subject, tells the story of a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier. This psychological thriller has been bought by CBS Television Studios for adaptation into a TV series.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, the WOW!mobile, online at folgeorgetown.org/event/hcas-meg-gardiner, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at (512) 868-8974. Refreshments from the Red Poppy Coffee Co. are included.

The event begins at 2 p.m., and doors open at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.