Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run on March 4

Registration is open for the sixth annual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, March 4, at East View High School, located at 4490 E. University Ave. Participants will get the chance to chase Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero.

The goal of Chase the Chief is to encourage students and their families to lead active, healthy lives. This event is joint fitness initiative by the Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown ISD, and the Georgetown Health Foundation.

Chase the Chief features a 5K and a Fun Run. Other activities include a police department obstacle course and fitness fair open from noon-5 p.m. Look for race day registration and other event activities on the athletic fields.

Registration for the event is priced at $5 for students and $10 for adults. Register at ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org.

Proceeds from this event will help fund grants for GISD physical education programs. Last year, $19,000 was awarded to GISD physical education departments and was used to purchase recreational and sports equipment, outdoor games, a gymnastics course and scooters.

Packet pickup is available March 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Race day registration and packet pickup starts at noon.

Following the race, there will be an award ceremony.

To register for the Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run, go to ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org.

Real Estate Agent Workshop on Feb. 15

The City of Georgetown and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce are hosting the second annual Real Estate Agent Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The free workshop starts at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. Coffee and breakfast will be provided by the event sponsors, Santa Rita Ranch and Regions Bank. Scheduled speakers include Hugh Brown, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital CEO, Mayor Dale Ross and Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent.

The purpose of this event is to equip real estate professionals and those interested in real estate with the information they need to know to effectively market Georgetown to homebuyers. Information tables will also be staffed by representatives from:

  • Georgetown ISD
  • Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
  • Southwestern University
  • St. David’s Georgetown Hospital
  • The City of Georgetown
    • Police and Fire
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Visitors Center
    • Georgetown Utility Systems
    • Development Services, including Economic Development, Building Inspections and Planning

If you plan to attend, please register at Georgetown.org/LoveGeorgetownTX. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m., and the event will conclude at 11 a.m.

Black History Month events in February

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several events at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., to help celebrate National Black History Month in February. This year’s theme is African Americans in Times of War.

Information about African Americans in the military will be on display at the library throughout the month of February.

Events will kick off with a reception Feb. 4 from 2-3 p.m. with a presentation by Allen Mack about the Buffalo Soldiers, followed by a presentation on Feb. 11 from 2-3 p.m. by retired U.S. Navy veteran Glenn Towery about Africans Americans in war. Both presentations are free and open to the public

This year’s annual Black History Month Banquet on Feb. 24 will include a special recognition of the licensed vocational nursing program at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital with the theme “The Golden Gateway to Nursing.”

The 36th annual banquet starts at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The annual Black History Month Banquet is open to the public. The suggested donation is $25 per person. The keynote speaker is Dr. Devry Anderson, who is a doctor and colonel at Fort Hood.

For more information, contact Regina Durden at rbdlivelife@gmail.com or Paulette Taylor at ptofgt@aol.com.

Citizen Police Academy spring session

The Citizen Police Academy is a 12-week course taught by police officers to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. Classes in the spring 2018 academy include code of criminal procedure, accident investigations, use of force, crime scene investigations, hostage negotiations, special weapons and tactics, and victim services. The deadline to apply is March 13.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on March 22 through June 7. Class sessions are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first class will be held in the training room of the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

There is no charge to attend the academy, but seating is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are available at the Georgetown Police Department reception desk at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center or by emailing a request to randy.mcdonald@georgetown.org. All applicants will be notified of acceptance via email.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces spring break camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer spring break camps for students March 12-16. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from four camps:

  • Camp Goodwater (ages 5-12; $140 resident/$175 nonresident) includes a variety of activities such as games, crafts and weird science projects. The week will end with a field trip to Mt. Playmore.
  • Tennis Camp (ages 7-12; $140 resident/$175 nonresident) focuses on stroke instruction, footwork drills, court games and match play.
  • Junior Tennis Academy (ages 11-18; $100 resident/$125 nonresident) is designed for competitive junior players. Each session will include footwork drills, conditioning, fast pace drills, shot selection and some match play.
  • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12-17; $250 resident/$315 nonresident) takes participants on a rock climbing and paddling adventure near the scenic Palo Pinto Mountains near Stephenville, Texas.

Spring break camp registration begins on Thursday, Feb. 1. For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call (512) 930-3596.

Candidate filing period for May Election

The filing period for candidates who wish to run for a seat on the Georgetown City Council began Jan. 17. The places for Districts 1 and 5 will be on the ballot for the election this spring.

Anna Eby is the current council member for District 1 and Ty Gipson is the council member for District 5.

Eby has announced she will run for re-election, and Gipson announced he will not seek re-election.

The filing period ends Feb. 16. A packet of information for prospective candidates is available at City Hall at 113 E. Eighth St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To see maps of council districts, go to maps.georgetown.org/council-district-maps.

Georgetown City Council members serve three-year terms representing one of seven single-member districts. A candidate for city council must be 21 years of age and a citizen and qualified voter of the state of Texas and the City of Georgetown. Candidates for council district seats must be a resident of the council district the member would be representing for a period of twelve months as of the last legal date for filing.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 5.

Early in-person voting is April 23 through May 1. In the Early Voting period, voters may cast ballots at any Early Voting location in Williamson County.

On Election Day on May 5, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times will be listed at wilco.org/elections.

For details about the city election, contact Shelley Nowling, city secretary for the City of Georgetown, at Shelley.Nowling@georgetown.org or (512) 930-3652.

CVB earns second place at Stella Awards

The City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau recently placed second for the best destination marketing organization/convention and visitors bureau for the Southwest region for the 2017 Stella Awards. This was the award’s inaugural year.

The Stella Awards are presented by The Northstar Meeting Group and recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, destination marketing organizations/CVBs, and destination management companies that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

“We are very honored to be recognized alongside cities that have been doing meeting and event planning for many years,” Georgetown Tourism and CVB Manager Cari Miller said. “This award has given us the opportunity to showcase our City to meeting managers from throughout the U.S. We couldn’t have won this award without our incredible CVB team and all the wonderful work they do.”

Finalists for the awards were selected by voting industry professionals, and winners were selected by a panel of judges based on professionalism, consistency in delivering quality service, innovation of ideas, and support to meeting professionals.

Visit Phoenix and the Irving CVB placed first in the category, and Visit Denver came in third.

The Southwest region includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

MLK Day Events in Georgetown on Jan. 15-25

A variety of events including a public march and program, service day events, and a race and ethnicity symposium will be held in Georgetown on Jan. 15-25. The events honor, celebrate, and continue the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Day of Service on Jan. 15

The United Way of Williamson County is sponsoring a Day of Service on MLK Day from 9 a.m. to noon for youth or adults. The Day of Service includes project locations in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Jarrell, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor. To register, go to unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.

March and Program on Jan. 15

A march to honor the MLK Day holiday begins on Monday, Jan. 15, at noon at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. After meeting on the north side of the Courthouse on Seventh Street, there will be a seven-block march to Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr. St. The annual event is sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches.

A program beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church features guest speakers Daniel Blaine, pastor of Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church of Bartlett, and Rev. Steve Miller, project director and founder of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project. The march and program are free and open to the public. For details, contact Tyrone Adams at (512) 968-6361.

Symposium, Screening, and Service at Southwestern on Jan. 18–25

Worship Service: A special worship service celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Lois Perkins Chapel. Ron Swain of Georgetown will deliver the message and special music will be led by Southwestern gospel singers.

“An Evening with Delores Huerta”: Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and Kappa Delta Chi present “An Evening with Dolores Huerta,” an Office of Diversity Education Lecture and the Jessie Daniel Ames Endowed Lecture in Feminist Studies, on ThursdayJan. 18, at 6 p.m. in Olin 105. Dolores Huerta, is an activist and labor leader who has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. More information is available at www.southwestern.edu/live/events/9253.

Symposium: The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day in the McCombs Shields Ballroom in the McCombs Campus Center. The symposium includes Southwestern scholars, including current faculty and alumni, who are engaged in research and activism related to race and ethnicity studies. More information is available at www.southwestern.edu/live/events/9422.

All the Southwestern events are free and open to the public. Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown.

Youth Service Day on Jan. 15

The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for youth in grades nine to 12. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Teen Center, located at the Georgetown Recreation Center at 1003 N. Austin Ave. Service projects include games with seniors at Park Place senior center, park clean-up in San Gabriel Park, cleanup and organization at The NEST Empowerment Center, window cleaning at The Georgetown Project office, making blankets for at-risk children at Southwestern University, painting and landscaping at Willie Hall Center, and cleaning and organizing at Habitat ReStore. Students needing service hours will be given certificates for four hours of service.

Participation in service projects will be followed by a free pizza lunch at the Teen Center. For details, contact the Georgetown Project at www.georgetownproject.org or call (512) 943-0074.

MLK Day closings on Jan. 15

City of Georgetown offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection on Jan. 15.

City offices and facilities closed Jan. 15 for MLK Day include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

The Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Monday, Jan. 15.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

There will be normal residential solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Monday, Jan. 15. For questions about solid waste collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Feb. 3

Register now for the 23rd annual Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 3. The chip-timed 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Georgetown at Seventh and Main streets and ends at the Bark Park on Holly Street. (A shuttle will take you back to the starting line).

Through Jan. 10, the registration cost is $18 for adults ages 13-54 and $16 for children age 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older. Registration between Jan. 11 and Feb. 2 is $22 per person for all age groups and $25 on race day.

The Kids Fun Run for children age 8 and younger starts at 7:30 a.m. The course is a loop around the Courthouse. Registration is $10 before Feb. 3 and $15 on race day.

Participants receive a Cupid’s Chase T-shirt, while supplies last. Cupid costumes are encouraged. Strollers and dogs on a non-retractable leash are always welcome on the Cupid’s Chase course. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those who register on race day.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female winners and the overall male and female masters winners as well as the top three male and female finishers in each age division. Awards also will be presented to the top overall male and female City of Georgetown employee. If you are a City of Georgetown employee, be sure to indicate so when you register.

Race results will be posted after the race at cupid.georgetown.org.

In case of bad weather on race day, check facebook.com/GTXParksandRec, and parks.georgetown.org for updates. There are no refunds or transfers for participants.

Cupid’s Chase is sponsored by Georgetown Parks and Recreation. Event proceeds help fund projects at Georgetown parks. To register online or for details, go to cupid.georgetown.org.