Census data: Round Rock becoming more diverse
While data for Round Rock from the latest U.S. Census confirms that the city continues to be fast-growing, a closer look in the City’s recent Census Release Report reveals other interesting trends in the city’s demographic makeup. While the number of Round Rock residents who responded that they are only one race has decreased from 96.2% of the total population to 82.9% over the last 10 years, the number of people who are of two or more races increased from 3.8% to 17.1%.

City selects sole hauler for commercial refuse
The Round Rock City Council voted unanimously this month to select Central Texas Refuse (CTR) as the City’s sole commercial refuse hauler. CTR has held the sole contract for residential refuse collection in Round Rock for 30 years, while multiple companies have previously provided service to commercial clients. Excess wear and tear on streets and inefficient collection from duplicate routes were among the reasons for the move to a single provider.

Round Rock names 2021 Local Legend honorees
The Round Rock Historic Preservation Commission announced two Local Legend Award honorees at the City Council meeting on Nov. 4. Anna Palm (1808-1878) and Hope Well Colored School (1922-1966) were honored for their contributions to the culture, development and history of the community. 
Hope Well Colored School
African-American students received an education as part of Round Rock ISD as early as 1914, but Jim Crow laws regulated separate school facilities for white and black students. The Hope Well Colored School, as it was named at the time of its establishment, officially opened for students during the fall of 1922 and was located at the southwest corner of McNeil Road and what is now IH-35.

Anna Palm
Residents and visitors to Round Rock will run across the name “Palm Valley” in a variety of places, but few folks may be aware of the origins of that expression. Palm Valley is named not for a grove of trees, but for a pioneer woman named Anna Palm. At the age of 40, Anna and her husband, Anders, and their six sons boarded a small sailing vessel in 1848 and left their home in Sweden for the New World.

Round Rock Drums Outdoor Concert
Monday, Nov. 22
2-3 p.m.
Prete Plaza
221 E. Main St.

Explore rhythms and enjoy the act of making music together as the Round Rock Public Library welcomes Round Rock Drums for a special outdoor Monday afternoon program in Prete Plaza. This exciting interactive performance will include kids in the audience to be chosen and play during the show! Round Rock Drums’ master drum coach enjoys sharing his love of drumming with everyone in the community. And here is your opportunity to join in on all the fun.

Turkey Trot to benefit local non-profits
Thursday, Nov. 25
8 a.m.
Old Settlers Park
3300 Palm Valley Blvd.

City of Round Rock and Fleet Feet are teaming up to host the fifth annual Round Rock Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Challenge your family, friends and co-workers to come out and run on the roads through Old Settlers Park. The race will feature an untimed 2-mile and 5-mile run/walk. The Round Rock Serving Center will accept any non-perishable food donations. Entry fee is $20 and proceeds will benefit local non-profits. Packet pickup is Nov. 23 and 24.

Partake in global celebration at Beaujolais Nights
Thursday, Nov. 18
5-9 p.m.
Prete Plaza
221 E. Main St.

This popular global celebration in the name of wine is returning to Main Street and Prete Plaza in Downtown Round Rock. Partaking in tradition nearly 70 years old, Round Rock will crack open the first bottles from this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau harvest at the same time as the rest of the world — on the Third Thursday of November. We'll be uncorking this unfussy French wine under the twinkling stars at a live jazz soirée with food, music, wine and fun, all for gratuit (that’s French for free!). This event is for adults ages 21 and up only.

Shred for a Paws Cause
Saturday, Nov. 20
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bob Bennett Building
3400 Sunrise Rd.

Shred for a Paws Cause is back at a new location! A donation for shelter animals allows you to securely destroy your documents and hard drives. All donations benefit the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter! CDs, legal and financial documents, hard drives and more will be securely destroyed in exchange for cat and dog toys, monetary donations and other needed items listed at the link below.

Upcoming board, commission meetings

Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.