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 or Paulette Taylor at

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 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 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

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

For details about the city election, contact Shelley Nowling, city secretary for the City of Georgetown, at 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 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

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

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 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

In case of bad weather on race day, check, and 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

Recycling Christmas trees and boxes

City of Georgetown residents are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees, boxes, and wrapping paper to reduce material going to the landfill. If you recycle your tree, please remove the tree stand and any garland, ornaments, or lights. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.

Curbside Pick-up: Texas Disposal Systems customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put Christmas trees on the curb for collection on your regular yard trimmings pickup day. Trees seven feet in length or less can be placed at the curb uncut. Longer trees should be cut into sections. No artificial trees.

Collection Day Lookup: For Georgetown city residents, your yard trimmings collection day is on your first recycling day of the month. Look it up at

Boxes and Wrapping Paper: Cardboard boxes and wrapping paper are recyclable. If they won’t fit in your recycling cart, you can put wrapping paper and boxes in a larger box and set it next to your recycling cart so it can be recycled. Ribbons and bows are not recyclable. Cellophane wrap and plastic bags are recyclable if they are placed in a yellow bag-the-bag, tied, and placed inside the recycling cart. Note that no extra plastic bags next to your trash cart are permitted without a bag tag. Go to for a complete list of recyclables.

Christmas Tree Drop-off: From Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 at no charge, Christmas trees will be accepted at the City of Georgetown Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive. Normal fees apply to other items. Mulch is available, year-round, free-of-charge to City residents.

Collection Station: Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Collection Station is closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. For details, contact Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

The City is also collecting holiday string-lights for recycling at designated drop-off locations. Click here for more information.

Holiday closings for City facilities and services

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. 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

City of Georgetown facilities with weekend or evening hours will observe these closures:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1
  • Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 26, closed Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.: closing weekdays at 6 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1, regular hours resume Jan. 2
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24-26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 (opening at 8 a.m.)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive: closed Dec. 24-26, closed Jan. 1, open. Jan. 2 (opening at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.: closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Monday, Dec. 25 and on Monday, Jan. 1.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

The holidays will affect solid waste and recycling pickups Dec. 25-Jan. 6. Collection days for Texas Disposal Systems customers will slide one day for the week. TDS will not collect waste on Monday, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Monday collection will slide to Tuesday, Tuesday to Wednesday and so on.

For questions about solid waste and recycling collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.