Chase the Chief 5K and Hammerlun Family Fun Run on March 8

Registration is open for the seventh annual Chase the Chief 5K and Hammerlun Family Fun Run on Sunday, March 8, 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 a joint fitness initiative by the Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown ISD, and the Georgetown Health Foundation. The race is sponsored by Huckabee Architects.

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 Register by Jan. 31 to be guaranteed to receive a T-shirt.

Proceeds from this event will help fund grants for physical education programs at Georgetown area schools.

Packet pickup is available March 6 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 Hammerlun Family Fun Run, go to

State of the City event Jan. 29

The inaugural State of the City event is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St. The event will highlight major projects and programs completed in 2019, allow attendees to connect with City officials, and preview what’s to come in 2020.

During the event, attendees will be able to tour City Hall, as well as visit informational tables from various City departments.

The evening will conclude in the Council and Court building, 510 W. Ninth St., with a presentation from Mayor Dale Ross.

Childcare and refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend, please register at

Real Estate Agent Workshop on Feb. 13

The City of Georgetown, Georgetown ISD, and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce are hosting the fourth annual Real Estate Agent Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 13.

The free workshop starts at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. Coffee and breakfast will be provided. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m., and the event will conclude at 11 a.m.

Nearly 200 real estate professionals attended last year’s presentation.

Scheduled speakers include City Manager David Morgan, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Jim Johnson, Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent, Georgetown Police Cpt. Roland Waits, and St. David’s Georgetown CEO Hugh Brown.

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
  • David’s Georgetown
  • The City of Georgetown
    • Police and Fire
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Visitors Center
    • Georgetown Water and Electric Utilities
    • Development Services, including Economic Development, Building Inspections and Planning

If you plan to attend, please register here.

Candidate filing period begins for May election

The first day to file for candidates who wish to run for mayor or for a seat on the Georgetown City Council was Jan. 15. Candidates for mayor as well as for City Council districts 2 and 6 will be on the ballot for the May 2 election. The filing period is Jan. 15 through Feb. 14.  Completed applications for candidacy should be submitted at City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. St.

Valerie Nicholson is the current council member for District 2, Rachael Jonrowe for District 6, and Dale Ross is mayor.

To see maps of council districts, go to

Georgetown City Council members serve three-year terms representing one of seven single-member districts. The mayor serves a three-year term representing the whole city. A candidate for city council or mayor must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of the term of office 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 six months as of the last legal date for filing. Candidates for mayor must be a resident of Georgetown for a period of six months as of the last legal date for filing.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 2.

Early in-person voting is April 20-28. In the early voting period, voters may cast ballots at any early voting location in Williamson County. Early voting polling places, dates, and times will be listed at

On election day on May 2, 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, go to

Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Feb. 8

Register now for the 25th annual Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 8. The chip-timed 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St., near the showbarn. The race begins and ends in the park. To register online or for details, go to

Through Jan. 21, the registration cost for the 5K is $25 per person age 11 and older. The price increases to $30 after Jan. 21 through race day.

The Kids Fun Run for children age 10 and younger starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $10 before Jan. 21 and $15 after Jan. 21 through race day.

Participants who register before Jan. 21 are guaranteed to receive a Cupid’s Chase T-shirt. T-shirts are not guaranteed if you register after Jan. 21. Cupid costumes are encouraged. Strollers and dogs on a non-retractable leash are always welcome on the Cupid’s Chase course.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female winners, the overall male and female masters winners, and 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.

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

Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon: Partnering with Local Schools

The City will host its second Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon on Jan. 22 featuring a presentation by Georgetown ISD Fine Arts Director Carol Watson about partnering with local schools.

Watson’s presentation will focus on partnerships between communities, artists, arts and culture organizations, and local schools that promote educational opportunities and community engagement. Watson’s art education experience includes time in the classroom as well as school administration, and she has worked as an artist and served on community art boards.

The meeting begins at noon in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. There will be time after the discussion to share and learn about arts and culture programs happening in the Georgetown Community.

This quarterly professional development presentation is sponsored by the Georgetown Arts and Culture program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

MLK Day Events in Georgetown on Jan. 20-24

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 Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 24. The events honor, celebrate, and continue the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 20

The Georgetown Ministerial Alliance and the Georgetown Police Department will host the MLK Leadership Prayer Breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road. For more information, contact GMA president Rev. Harriett Jones at

Day of Service on Jan. 20

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, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, and Taylor. To register, go to or call (512) 255-6799.

March and Program on Jan. 20

A march to honor the MLK Day holiday begins at noon Monday, Jan. 20, 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 a panel discussion with Georgetown High School senior Malakhi Perry; Chuck Collins, South East Georgetown Community Council executive director; and Rev. William Quickley, pastor of Wesley Chapel AME Church. The program’s theme is “Today’s Relevance: Dr. King’s Dream Speech.” The march and program are sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches and are free and open to the public. For details, contact Tyrone Adams at (512) 968-6361.

In addition, the African American Shotgun House, 801 West St., will be open for visitors from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 20.

Youth Service Day on Jan. 20

The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for high school students in grades nine to 12. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center at 445 E. Morrow St. Students needing service hours will be given certificates for three hours of service.

Participation in service projects will be followed by a free pizza lunch at the community center. For details, contact The Georgetown Project at or call (512) 943-0074.

Southwestern University events, Jan. 21-24

“The More You Know about Racism:” The Office of Diversity Education, Race and Ethnicity Studies Program and the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice sponsor this student panel with representatives from a variety of organizations. The panel will discuss race and racism and the impact on their college experience followed by question and answer session. The event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the McCombs Campus Center Ballrooms. Refreshments will be provided.

MLK Keynote Speaker: David Pilgrim, founder and director of the Jim Crow

Museum and vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ferris State University, speaks at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Olin Building, Room 105. Pilgrim is also the author of “Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to

Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice.”

Symposium: The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University is hosting a symposium titled “Peruvian Lives Across Borders: Power, Exclusion, and Home” by Christina Alcalde of The University of Kentucky, Lexington, from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in the McCombs Campus Center Ballroom. The interdisciplinary symposium features research on race and racial discrimination.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-faith Service: A multi-faith service will be held Jan. 24 at noon in the Lois Perkins Chapel. Lunch will be served immediately following the service.

Friday Night Live: Comedian Jasmine Ellis performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Cove.

All the Southwestern events are free and open to the public. Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown. For more information, contact Terri Johnson at (512) 863-1342, email, or visit


MLK Day closings on Jan. 20

City of Georgetown offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection on Jan. 20.

City offices and facilities closed Jan. 20 for MLK Day include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 510 W. Ninth 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

Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Monday, Jan. 20.

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

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 from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Winter Wonderland.

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

Upcoming dances:

April 3
County Fair

Oct. 30

New pet for Christmas? Here’s what you need to know

Did Santa bring you a new puppy or kitten for Christmas? Here are some important things to remember when caring for your new pet.

Leash your pet: Always leash your pet in public. It is against City ordinances for dogs to be at large in the City limits, and for cats that have not been altered or vaccinated to be at large. It is also against City ordinances to chain or tether your dog unless a person is holding the restraint.

License your pet: All dogs and cats that live within the city limits are required to have an annual city license. The City’s pet license requirement help keep rabies under control by enforcing the rabies vaccination requirements. The cost of a license is $5 for animals that are spayed or neutered or $20 for unaltered animals. For residents age 65 and older, the license is free if the pet is spayed or neutered. Free licenses are limited to one per person.                                    

Take care after your pet: You may not allow an animal to damage private property other than the owner’s property. Pick up after your pet by immediately removing any waste on public or private property and properly disposing of it. Free roaming cats that cause a nuisance while off their owner’s property can be impounded and their owner can be fined.

Learn more about Georgetown’s animal-related ordinances at

About the Georgetown Animal Shelter

The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The shelter offers animal control and adoption services, as well as various programs throughout the year, including low-cost immunization and sterilization clinics, citywide dog and cat licensing, and adoption events. For more information, visit