Six months after the Storm: March 21 tornado
This week marks six months since Round Rock was hit by a tornado that caused more than $32 million in damage and affected more than 680 homes. From the moment the tornado hit, the Round Rock community joined together to help each other. Hundreds of individuals and organizations volunteered, and we've compiled a small list of those who were recently recognized for their efforts.

Round Rock City Attorney to retire after 45 years
Steve Sheets has served as Round Rock’s City Attorney since Oct. 3, 1977, at a time when the city’s population was approximately 5,000. During his tenure, he negotiated incentive agreements with Dell Computer Corporation, Emerson Process Management, Simon Property Group, IKEA, the Nolan Ryan family for the Round Rock Express, multiple colleges and hospitals, Bass Pro Shop and Kalahari.

Employee Spotlight: Brandlyn Cours, Driver
The mission statement of the Round Rock Fire Department is simple: “We Care.” As a firefighter, and the first woman to achieve the rank of Driver, Brandlyn Cours embodies what it takes to excel in a role where a commitment to excellence and the strength to push beyond limits are not just expected, but required.

Council approves Kenney Fort extension contract
Round Rock City Council approved a contract at its Sept. 22 meeting that will further extend Kenney Fort Boulevard from Joe DiMaggio Boulevard to Old Settlers Boulevard. The $18.6 million contract includes a six-lane divided arterial that will provide an additional route for north/south traffic in the area.

Save water and money with rain barrel sale
The City of Round Rock is selling rain
barrels at a discounted price 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.

Help the City identify drainage issues
The City of Round Rock is working on an update to its Stormwater Master Plan and is asking for public feedback on drainage and flooding across the community. Visit the virtual open house and help guide recommendations for the plan at publicinput.com/rrstormwater.

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. 23
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Yonders Point at Old Settlers Park, 3103 Aten Loop

Enjoy free, themed activities on select Friday nights at Yonders Point, located on the north side of Old Settlers Park. Our next event will be "Acoustic Night," featuring refreshments, live music by the Landers Duo and the movie "The Greatest Showman."

Chalk Walk Arts Festival
2-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7
9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8
Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

See art come to life at Round Rock’s annual Chalk Walk Arts Festival. This free event features chalk muralists, vendors and family-friendly entertainment including local and regional musicians and performers. The festival is still accepting artist applications, and cash prizes will be awarded to top entries.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Wednesday, Oct. 5
3-6 p.m.
Recycling Center
310 Deepwood Drive

Safely dispose of residential paint and other household chemicals during the monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection. The event is free for City of Round Rock water utility customers. Please bring your driver’s license and City water bill as proof of residency. We accept only residential waste in quantities of 25 gallons or less.

Upcoming board, commission meetings

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m.