Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 16

The 17th annual pancake Breakfast with Santa event is Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. in San Gabriel Park. Georgetown firefighters will be making pancakes and sausage served with juice and coffee. The event is 7:30 to 11 a.m.

At the event, children can climb on board a fire truck, visit with firefighters, and have a free picture taken with Santa.

Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Children age 12 and younger are free with a paid adult.

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Rotary Club of Georgetown – Sun City, Assistance League of Georgetown, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, and Georgetown ISD.

All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa, as well as other fundraising, provides clothing, food, and gifts for children in the Georgetown area. Breakfast with Santa aims to help 180 children in need in Georgetown, provide clothing and gift cards to homeless teenagers in Georgetown served by The Georgetown Project’s NEST program, and provide help to Jarrell’s UMC Christmas outreach program.

Tax-deductible donations are accepted to help fund Breakfast with Santa. Checks should be made out to “Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation” with “Sun City Rotary – BWS” on the memo line. Mail the donation check to Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, 116 W. Eighth St., Ste. 203, Georgetown, TX, 78626.

For details, contact the Georgetown Fire Department at (512) 930-3473.

July 4 Celebration at San Gabriel Park

The 34th annual Sertoma Club Family July 4 Celebration and fireworks display will be held at San Gabriel Park on Tuesday, July 4. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club service organization with assistance from the City of Georgetown.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. at San Gabriel Park with live entertainment throughout the day at the gazebo. The festival also includes arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a petting zoo, classic and antique cars, and rides for children and adults.

Miss Georgetown and her court kick off the live music at the gazebo with the National Anthem. Musical performances will include Rocky Shaw, Rachel Lauren, Celeste Castillo, Valor and Lace, Southern Tropics, JJ Rapscallions, Crosstown Traffic, Caleigh and Katie, and Mike Elliot performing an Elvis tribute. Sydney Enos will sing the National Anthem to begin the fireworks show.

Hometown Parade July 4

A July 4th Hometown Parade in San Gabriel Park begins at 11 a.m. at the low-water crossing near the College Street Bridge and ends at the gazebo. Participants should gather at 10:30 a.m. at the low-water crossing. Kids are encouraged to decorate their wagons or bicycles for the parade. Motorized vehicles and pets are not permitted in the parade. The annual parade is sponsored by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Union State Bank.

Fireworks July 4

The fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the McMaster Athletic Fields on North College Street. Fireworks can be viewed from San Gabriel Park, VFW Park, and other areas in Georgetown. The main entrance to San Gabriel Park is via Chamber Way on North Austin Avenue.

Parking

Limited parking in San Gabriel Park includes the parking lots at the Show Barn and the Rodeo Arena. Attendees also are encouraged to park at Georgetown High School and carpool to San Gabriel Park. Limited handicapped parking is available in designated areas in San Gabriel Park.

Both the McMaster Fields parking lot and the Parks and Recreation Administration parking lot at North College Street and W.L. Walden Drive will be closed on July 4 due to their proximity to the fireworks fall zone.

 

College Street and McMaster Fields Closure

Due to the fireworks fall zone, North College Street will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, from approximately 9 to 11 p.m. between the traffic circle and Holly Street. Parking, standing, or sitting along North College Street in that segment will not be permitted during this time.

The McMaster Athletic Fields will be closed all day on Tuesday, July 4.

Fireworks Prohibited

By City of Georgetown ordinance, fireworks are not allowed in the city limits of Georgetown or within 5,000 feet of the city limits, unless they are used in a permitted display authorized by the Georgetown Fire Department. This area outside city limits includes, but is not limited to, the neighborhoods of Cedar Hollow, Crystal Knoll, Escalera, Fountainwood, Indian Creek, Logan Ranch Road, Lost Rivers, Oak Crest, Olde Oak Estates, Serenada, Shady Oaks, Turtle Bend, and Woodland Park, and areas along D.B Wood Road.

Violations can lead to fines of up to $2,000 per firework. To view a map showing the 5,000-foot boundary, go to maps.georgetown.org/fireworks-ban-area-map.

Holiday Closings for City Facilities

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:

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

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

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
  • Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: open Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24 – 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 3 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street: closing weekdays at 6 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 19, closed Dec. 23 – 26 and Jan. 1 – 2, regular hours resume Jan. 3
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue: 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: 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 8:30 a.m.)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Jan. 1 – 2

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

There is regular solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers on all days Monday through Saturday. This includes regular collection on Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Dec. 31, and Jan. 2.

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

Breakfast with Santa on December 17

pancake-line-2a-webThe 16th annual pancake Breakfast with Santa event is Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park. Georgetown firefighters will be making pancakes and sausage served with juice and coffee. The event is 7:30 to 11 a.m.

At the event, children can climb on board a fire truck, visit with firefighters, and have a free picture taken with Santa.

Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Rotary Club of Georgetown – Sun City, Assistance League of Georgetown, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, and Georgetown ISD.

All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa as well as other fundraising provides clothing, food, and gifts for children in the Georgetown area. Breakfast with Santa aims to help 180 children in need in Georgetown, provide clothing and gift cards to homeless teenagers in Georgetown served by The Georgetown Project’s NEST program, and provide help to Jarrell’s UMC Christmas outreach program.

santa-and-boy-red-hat-2-webTax deductible donations are accepted to help fund Breakfast with Santa. Checks should be made out to “Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation” with “Sun City Rotary – BWS” on the memo line.

Mail the donation check to Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, 116 West Eighth Street, Suite 203, Georgetown, TX, 78626.

For details, contact the Georgetown Fire Department at (512) 930-3473.

National Night Out on Oct. 4

NNO 2016 logoNational Night Out is an annual event to support safe neighborhoods held in Georgetown this year on Tuesday, October 4. Block parties are being organized for 6 to 9 p.m. that evening.

Online registration for National Night Out block parties in Georgetown ends on September 27.  Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit the event.

Last year there were 45 registered National Night Out events in Georgetown with an estimated 2,600 citizens participating. Georgetown Police Department officers as well as other local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Georgetown firefighters and EMS technicians, and other City employees attended block parties in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Police Department is holding a reception for hosts of NNO block parties at 6:30 p.m. on September 30 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B Wood Road.

To register your National Night Out block party in Georgetown, go to pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out on the City website. There is a link to an online form to register your block party.

Memorial Stair Climb on Sept. 11 in Georgetown

in line on stairs 2 webGeorgetown firefighters and police officers will participate in a memorial stair climb at the Georgetown ISD athletic stadium on Sunday, September 11. The climb is done each year as a tribute to first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Participants will climb the equivalent of 110 stories—the height of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with an invocation by Fire Lieutenant Brad Cox followed by comments from Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan and Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero. One firefighter and one police officer will post the colors before the climb begins. The Georgetown Fire Department Pipe Band will be at the event and will play prior to the climb.

The firefighters on the climb will be wearing firefighting gear including boots, helmets, protective pants and jackets, and air packs. Police officers will carry extra tactical gear on the climb. Participants will pause for a moment of silence at the times that each of the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

The gate to the stadium opens at 7:30 a.m. for the event. Members of the public and the news media are welcome to attend the event and observe.

The Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex is located behind Georgetown High School at 2211 N. Austin Avenue in Georgetown.

(Photo credit: Amanda Chron, Georgetown Police Department)

Summer Fan Drive Seeks Donations

Fan Drive 2016 webThe Georgetown Fire Department and The Caring Place are teaming up with Family Eldercare for the 2016 Summer Fan Drive. The goal of this 26th annual event is to collect new fans for low-income residents including seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.

The fan drive started May 1 and continues through August 31. The fan drive aims to deliver more than 6,000 fans to households in 11 counties in Central Texas.

Donations

New fans can be donated at all five Georgetown fire stations:

  • Fire Station 1, 301 Industrial Avenue, 78626
  • Fire Station 2, 1603 Williams Drive, 78628
  • Fire Station 3, 5 Texas Drive, 78633
  • Fire Station 4, 4200 Airport Road, 78628
  • Fire Station 5, 3600 DB Wood Road, 78628

Other fan donation locations can be found and monetary donations are accepted on the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive website at www.SummerFanDrive.org.

Eligibility

Those eligible to receive a fan are low-income residents. In addition, they must be seniors who are over age 55, or persons who are disabled, or families with children under 18. To apply to receive a fan at a location other than The Caring Place,  go to the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive website at www.SummerFanDrive.org. For more locations to apply, go to www.SummerFanDrive.org. To request a fan or get more information, you may call the Fan Drive phone number at (512) 459-4326.

Georgetown Pickup

In Georgetown, people who are eligible may apply at The Caring Place Annex and pick up a fan at the same time. Bring documentation of low-income status to The Caring Place Annex, 2001 Railroad Avenue, Georgetown, TX, 78626. At The Caring Place, the Fan Drive distribution starts on May 25 and continues every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, this location will be open from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month (May 26, June 23, and July 28).  Distribution at The Caring Place ends on July 28.

For details, or to donate to the Summer Fan Drive online, go to www.SummerFanDrive.org.

Operation Warm Aims to Buy Coats for Local Kids

It’s December and the weather is getting colder, but not every child in Georgetown has a winter coat to stay warm. Georgetown firefighters have initiated Operation Warm to help ensure that every child in Georgetown has a warm coat to wear.

The Georgetown Fire Department and the Georgetown Association of Professional Fire Fighters are sponsoring Operation Warm, the second year of the program to provide coats for local children who need them. The program expects to provide coats to 150 children in need who were identified by The Caring Place in Georgetown.

How can you help? Here’s two ways:

Raffle Drawing

Georgetown firefighters are selling raffle tickets in order to purchase new winter coats for kids. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The raffle drawing to determine the winner will be on December 12, so buy your tickets by December 11.

Purchase raffle tickets at any of the five fire stations in Georgetown. To find station locations, go to fire.georgetown.org/emergency-services/stations.

The raffle winner will receive half of the raffle proceeds, which could be as much as $5,000. The remainder of the raffle proceeds will be used to purchase new winter coats for kids in Georgetown.

After the raffle drawing on December 12, the winner will be announced on the Georgetown Association of Professional Fire Fighters website at gapff.org.

Donations

Donations for Operation Warm to provide coats for kids can be made at www.operationwarm.org/Georgetown. Monetary donations to Operation Warm also can be made in-person at any of the five Georgetown fire stations. All monetary donations collected will be used to purchase coats for children in Georgetown.

“Our goal is to help as many kids in our community as we can to stay warm in the winter months,” says Daniel Bilbrey, a driver for the Georgetown Fire Department.

To learn more about Operation Warm and how you can help, go to the Georgetown Association of Professional Fire Fighters website at gapff.org or www.operationwarm.org/Georgetown.

Breakfast with Santa on December 12

Santa and boy red hat 2 webThe 15th annual pancake Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 12 at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street. Georgetown firefighters will be making pancakes and sausage served with juice and coffee. The event is 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Rotary Club of Georgetown – Sun City, and Georgetown ISD.

At the event, children can climb on board a fire truck, visit with firefighters, and have a free picture taken with Santa.

Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa help to provide food and gifts for children in the Georgetown area.

Breakfast with Santa flyer 2015 webLast year, Breakfast with Santa served a pancake breakfast to more than 1,000 children and adults and provided gifts to 166 children from 55 Georgetown families, as well as 20 teen-aged youth served by The Nest program.

Breakfast with Santa also provided help to Jarrell’s UMC Christmas outreach program.

For details, contact the Georgetown Fire Department at (512) 930-3473.

Georgetown Hosts Seventh Annual Pipe Band Clinic

pipes 1b webThe Georgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band will host a two-day Bagpipes and Drums clinic on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13 at the First Baptist Church, 1333 W. University Avenue in Georgetown. The clinic will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Members from Fire Department Pipe Bands across Texas will be in attendance, with some members coming from outside Texas, traveling from as far as Missouri. More than 60 attendees from 12 fire departments and three police departments are expected.

Several years ago there were only a few bands of this type in Texas. That number has grown to more than 30 in recent years. In the event of a fallen public servant, pipes and drums bands from across the state gather to pay tribute at the funeral by playing a common repertoire of music. Georgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums provide the attendees with elite instruction as part of their mission statement.

On Thursday and Friday, attendees will receive instruction from three piping instructors and four drumming instructors. The piping instructors include Pipe Major Ian K. MacDonald with the Toronto Police Pipe Band, Piper Lori Waters with the Silver Thistle Pipe band in Austin, and Pipe Major Todd Bircher with the Austin Police Pipe Band and Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Association in Austin. The advanced snare drumming instructors include Stephen Cameron, and Jon Greene. Georgetown Fire Department Captain and drum sergeant Robert Gordon will instruct the beginner snare drummers and Georgetown Fire Department Captain David England will instruct the bass drummers.

For more information about the clinic or the Georgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums band, please visit www.gfdpipesanddrums.com or on Facebook.  The band has a fund established with the Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation to accept tax deductible donations.