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City Desk • March 2019

Pat Green to Headline at Red Poppy Festival

This year Georgetown celebrates the 20th anniversary of Red Poppy Festival with special Saturday night headliner Texas Country music singer-songwriter Pat Green.

Green began his career at 18 at Texas Tech and went on to release seven studio albums. His biggest hit “Wave on Wave” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

This signature festival runs April 26-28 with live music, entertainment, family fun, food, and more than 120 arts and craft vendors.

The Friday night concert features Dysfunction Junction. Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10am, and the Car Show at 11am.

The official 2019 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 starting at 6pm on April 5 at the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. The poster artist, Devon Clarkson, will be at the Visitors Center April 5 from 6-8 p.m. signing posters. The first 50 posters are free. For all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Hazardous Waste Options for Georgetown Residents

Georgetown is finalizing details for a new household hazardous waste program expected to be announced this summer. In the interim, residents have options for disposing of household hazardous waste.

The City of Round Rock offers household hazardous waste collection on the first Wednesday of each month from 3-6pm at the recycling center, 310 Deepwood Drive—$40 per car (cash/check). Information about acceptable items can be found at RoundRockTexas.gov. Proof of Williamson County residency is required.

Georgetown residents can also take household hazardous waste items to the Williamson County household hazardous waste collection event April 27 in Cedar Park. It is free for residents and proof of Williamson County residency is required. Visit WilliamsonCountyLandfill.wm.com 

Updates and details about the City’s new household hazardous waste program will be posted to Recycle.Georgetown.org.

Household hazardous waste products should never be poured on the ground, down the drain, or thrown out with regular household garbage. Improper disposal can contaminate groundwater and drinking water. It can also injure those who come into contact with the waste

Many common home and garden are considered household hazardous waste. These items should not be placed in residential trash collection carts or placed at the curb for pickup.

Household hazardous waste products are often labeled with words such as caution, toxic, poison, corrosive, or danger. Examples include:

•Aerosol spray cans
• Antifreeze
• Art and hobby chemicals
• Automotive products
• Fluorescent lights (tubes or CFLs)
• Household cleaners and disinfectants
• Mercury (from thermometers, thermostats)
• Motor oil or transmission fluid
• Paints and stains, especially oil-based
• Pesticides and poisons
• Pool and spa chemicals
• Thinners and solvents
• Vehicle batteries (wet cell)

Each year, the City of Georgetown collects about 75,000 pounds of household hazardous waste.

Utility Assistance

Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties has money available for energy assistance. The agency received extra funds in January and is able provide assistance for up to eight months per year for qualified households. Applications are available for residents who need help paying energy bills. Forms and applications are available at www.OWBC-TX.org under “quick links” on the home page. Some documentation will be necessary to determine eligibility. Call 512-255-2202 for more information.

WCRAS Grand Opening New Adoption Center

The public is invited to the grand opening of the expansion of the Williamson County Regional Animal Center (WCRAS) March 14 at 11am. Attendees are invited to take part in a Kitten Shower by donating items for the shelter’s many cats and kittens.

Two special shelter success stories will be attendance. K9 Harley from Round Rock PD and K9 Bolo with the Sheriff’s Office. Both were at WCRAS when their respective departments identified them as good candidates for K9 duty. Hutto Police K9s Raisin and Rik also will attend.

Doors open for adoptions at noon. Also for the grand opening, WCRAS is offering a special with all adult dogs and cats available for a price you get to name.! Items suggested for donation to the kitten shower include: Royal Canin Mother and Babycat soft food and kibble, digital kitchen scales, flannel receiving blankets, kitten bottles, unflavored Pedialyte, top loading plastic carriers, free and clear baby wipes, and turkey or chicken Gerber baby food with no additional veggies or spices.

To preview the adoptable dogs and cats at Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, visit wilcopets.org.

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