REMINDER: The City of Round Rock implemented a new utility billing payment system on Aug. 29 that accepts new payment methods, including American Express, Discover, PayPal, eCheck and Walmart Pay. If you are an auto-pay customer or prefer to store your payment information online, you must re-register your account in the new online payment portal if you have not already done so. Learn more at roundrocktexas.gov/paymybill.

Round Rock to host Big 12 Soccer Championship
Collegiate soccer is returning to Round Rock for the second consecutive year. This year's Big 12 Soccer Championship will be played at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, opening with quarterfinal matches on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Texas Fallen Project honors 9/11 victims
The Texas Fallen Project Inc. began placing thousands of American flags at Yonders Point in Old Settlers Park on Tuesday to honor the lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The community can view the temporary memorial through Sept. 12.

Save water and money with rain barrel sale
The City of Round Rock is selling rain
barrels at a discounted price through Oct. 16 to encourage residents to conserve water resources and protect water quality.
The 50-gallon, black barrels cost $77.50
each, with an even further discount for residents in City limits when combined with existing rebate programs.

Recycling Center implements improvements
The City of Round Rock's Recycling Center located at 310 Deepwood Drive is integrating improvements into its existing list of services. The Center now accepts glass recyclables at the facility and has also consolidated paper, plastics, glass and aluminum products so that they do not need to be separated beforehand.

Council passes budget, tax rate on final hearing
The Round Rock City Council voted 7-0 Thursday, Sept. 8, on second reading to approve a $555.5 million budget and tax rate of 34.2 cents per $100 of valuation for fiscal year 2023, which begins Oct. 1. Additional revenue from the tax rate will fund additions to public safety as well as remaining bonds on the new, voter-approved library set to open in January 2023.

Chalk Walk puts out call for chalk mural artists
Come be a part of bringing art to life at Round Rock’s annual Chalk Walk Arts Festival on Oct. 7 and 8 at Dell Diamond. This free event features chalk muralists, vendors and family-friendly entertainment. The festival is now accepting artist applications. The entry fee is $30 and cash prizes will be available for best in show, as well as multiple other judging categories.

New book club targets young professionals
Second Thursday of each month
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street

Targeted specifically to young professionals, the Round Rock Public Library's "BYOBook" (Bring Your Own Book) club is different from a normal book club. Participants will come prepared to share a recent insight on a business or leadership topic gained from a book, podcast, article, blog or webinar.

Memorial Tower Climb honors lives lost on 9/11
Saturday, Sept. 10
7:15 a.m.
Public Safety Training Center, 2801 N. Mays St.

The public is invited to attend the Round Rock Fire Department’s annual 9/11 memorial tower climb. There will also be a 5K walk for those that do not wish to climb the tower. Participants must arrive by 7:15 a.m. and the climb will begin at 7:45 a.m.

Lunchtime Music on Main at Downtown parklets
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 10
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
East Main Street, Downtown Round Rock

The City of Round Rock brings its popular Music on Main series to your lunch hour in a more intimate setting along Main Street, between Mays and Sheppard Streets. Pull up a chair in our Downtown parklets to enjoy an afternoon of fun and music, face painting and balloon art.

Public Safety Day and Kiwanis Pancake Day
Saturday, Sept. 24
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave.

Join Round Rock Police, Fire and Williamson County EMS for a chance to meet local first responders and see the vehicles and equipment they use to respond to local emergencies. Round Rock Kiwanis will also serve free pancakes from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Baca Center in conjunction with this event.

Family Fun Nights
Friday, Sept. 9
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Yonders Point at Old Settlers Park, 3103 Aten Loop

Enjoy free, themed activities on select Friday nights at Yonders Point, located just southwest of the baseball fields in Old Settlers Park. Our next event will be "Fiesta de Noche," featuring refreshments, Ballet Folklorico and the movie "Coco."

Coffee with a Cop
Friday, September 16
7-9 a.m.
Blend Nutrition and Energy, 200 University Blvd. Ste. 350

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in their neighborhoods.

Grandparents Day Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 11
2-4 p.m.
Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Ave.

Grandparents and grand-friends are very special in children’s lives – so here’s a day just for you! Bring your grandchildren for an afternoon full of crafts, entertainment, refreshments and more! Baca Center membership not required.

Upcoming board, commission meetings

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.