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Utilities program wins statewide excellence award
Innovative solutions? That's our bread and butter. The City of Round Rock's Utilities and Environmental Services Department recently won a statewide excellence award in public works for using new techniques to repair infrastructure.

Last year, the City used a innovative approach to rehabilitate corrugated metal pipe culverts β€” which facilitate stormwater drainage β€” that reduced installation expenses, avoided road closures, and lowered maintenance costs.

Round Rock partners with Jail to Jobs to change lives
The City of Round Rock is helping to break the cycle of youth recidivism by partnering with Jail to Jobs.

Jail to Jobs empowers former juvenile offenders through an employment-based mentoring and job skills program. The Round Rock partnership allows program participants to work on special projects at the City, such as organizing parts in the fleet maintenance warehouse, to gain real-world experience before their full-time job placement.

Downtown parking guide: know where to go
Downtown Round Rock is the place to be this holiday season, and parking is easy β€” as long as you know where to go. In addition to street parking throughout downtown, check out these parking garages and lots. As our community grows, be on the lookout for projects in the coming years that aim to bring even more parking to our downtown.

City Hall Parking Garage β€” 200 parking spaces
Lampasas Street and Bagdad Avenue

Transit Center Parking Garage β€” 113 parking spaces
Bagdad Avenue and Brown Street – entry off of Bagdad Street, across from McConico Building

Library Parking Lots β€” 49 parking spaces
Southwest and northeast corners of Sheppard Street and Liberty Avenue

Baca Center Parking Garage β€” 136 parking spaces
Bagdad Avenue and Harris Street – entry off of Bagdad Street, behind the Baca Center

Centennial Plaza Parking Lot β€” 96 parking spaces
Next to Centennial Plaza between McNeil Road, Brown Street and Florence

Liberty Street Parking Lot β€” 54 parking spaces
Southwest corner of Liberty Street and Lampasas Street

McNeil Parking Lot β€” 15 parking spaces
Northwest corner of McNeil Road and Burnet Street – entry off of McNeil Road

Local tourism generates $308 million in 2018
Round Rock is the premier destination
for amateur, youth and recreational
sports in Texas! Fueled by a strong
economy, our future-forward city has
built the infrastructure needed to support
sports, entertainment and business
events for years to come.

Round Rock generated $308 million in direct travel spending in 2018, according to the latest numbers released by the Travel Texas Economic Impact Report and the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (RRCVB).

Explore your family tree at Round Rock Public Library
Need advice on where to find that elusive record or data? You can now visit the Round Rock Public Library's Reference Desk on the second floor from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays for one-on-one assistance with Genealogy Coach Mandy Cerrillo.

The library is also home to the collection of the Williamson County Genealogical Society, as well as several other resources that focus on U.S. genealogy, the Southern states, Texas and Williamson and surrounding counties.

Celebrate culture and history at DΓ­a de los Muertos
Join us in a colorful and lively celebration of culture and history in Downtown Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 2! DΓ­a de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mesoamerican holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life.

Round Rock Ballet Folklorico,  along with  Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee City of Round Rock Round Rock Arts and  Univision  will host the seventh annual Dia de los Muertos procession and festival, from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2   at Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad. The parade to Centennial Plaza begins at 5 p.m. from C.D. Fulkes Middle School and arrives at Centennial Plaza at 5:15 p.m.

There will be activities for kids and art, craft and food vendors in Centennial Plaza. Dress up in your finest Calaca, Frida, Selena or Prince apparel!

Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, Oct. 26
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Round Rock Police Department
2701 N. Mays St.

Prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your prescription medications for disposal, as well as over-the counter and pet medications. Needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, medical devices and personal care products will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.

Music on Main
Wednesdays through Nov. 13
6 to 8 p.m.
Prete Main Street Plaza
221 E. Main St.

The City of Round Rock presents the fall version of its popular Music on Main live music series each Wednesday night through Nov. 13 in Downtown Round Rock. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Check out the variety of dining options on Main Street, grab a bite from food vendors on-site or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music!

To Round Rock and Beyond: Behind the Scenes at Mission Control
Tuesday, Nov. 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St.

Learn about Round Rock locals who were instrumental in the success of several NASA missions! Author Melissa Gaskill will moderate a panel discussion with former IBM employees Homer Ahr and Sadie Stanley, as well as Brad Mudgett and Lazarus Gonzales of NASA. This free event will also include space-related trivia and light refreshments. Join us early at 6 p.m. for Friends of the Library's general meeting to learn about ways to support your local library.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Wednesday, Nov. 6
3 to 6 p.m.
Deepwood Recycling Center
310 Deepwood Drive

Round Rock residents can safely dispose of residential paint and other household chemicals every first Wednesday of the month. The service is free for City of Round Rock water utility customers, and Brushy Creek and Fern Bluff MUD residents can pick up a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Voucher from their MUD office to participate. Please bring your driver’s license and City water bill as proof of residency.