Sign­ing Santa to visit with deaf chil­dren

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff — Pflugerville Pflag — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff

Santa will check the Christ­mas wish lists of deaf and hard of hear­ing chil­dren from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon­day at Barton Creek Mall.

The Austin Op­ti­mist Club spon­sors the Sign­ing Santa event an­nu­ally to give lo­cal chil­dren who use Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage a chance to tell Santa their hol­i­day wishes. Vol­un­teers will also pro­vide chil­dren with free pho­tos with Santa and a treat from his work­shop, a Texas School for the Deaf news re­lease said.

Stu­dents from the school will also per­form carols us­ing Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage at the event.

The city of West Lake Hills will hold the first of two pub­lic hear­ings on the pro­posed an­nex­a­tion of ten tracts of land on Beaver Trail and Doe Trail at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at City Hall, 911 West­lake Drive.

Maps of the land pro­posed for an­nex­a­tion are avail­able to view from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, and mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices plans will be pre­sented dur­ing the hear­ing.

The city will con­duct a sec­ond pub­lic hear­ing on Dec. 12, and the West Lake Hills City Coun­cil is sched­uled to con­sider an­nex­ing the land at the Jan. 9, 2013 coun­cil meet­ing.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are cur­rently be­ing ac­cepted for the Drop by Drop land­scape re­bate pro­gram of­fered through Pflugerville Parks and Recre­ation.

The city of Pflugerville of­fers up to a $500 re­bate to each res­i­dent who plants na­tive, low-water use plants in their yard.

In­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants may visit the Pflugerville Parks and Recre­ation of­fice at 400 Im­manuel Road to get an ap­pli­ca­tion or visit pflugervil­letx. gov/drop­by­drop and re­view the ap­pli­ca­tion and guide­lines.

Af­ter res­i­dents sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the city meet with them to re­view yards and land­scape plans.

Upon ap­proval of the plans, res­i­dents must pur­chase na­tive plants and shrubs. Af­ter plant­ing and when gar­dens are com­plete, city staffers will in­spect them and col­lect re­ceipts used for the re­bate.

The pro­gram is avail­able to Pflugerville water cus­tomers and res­i­dents in the city’s ex­trater­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Pflugerville Parks and Recre­ation at 990-6355.

The Bal­cones Cany­on­lands Na­tional Wildlife Refuge is ac­cept­ing pub­lic in­put on a re­vi­sion to its Refuge Hunt­ing Plan un­til 4:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 2013.

The re­vi­sion will al­low for the hunt­ing of white-tailed deer, wild tur­keys, feral hogs, and doves on sev­eral tracts ac­quired by the refuge since the cur­rent hunt­ing plan was ap­proved in 1997, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice news re­lease said.

The refuge has pre­pared a draft en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment that pro­vides three al­ter­nate re­vi­sions that vary on the num­ber of tracts of land on which ad­di­tional hunt­ing of each an­i­mal species will be al­lowed.

The as­sess­ment, the hunt­ing plan and other rel­e­vant doc­u­ments are avail­able at www.­cones_­canyon­lands.

The pub­lic can sub­mit in­put in writ­ing to: Deputy Refuge Man­ager, Bal­cones Cany­on­lands Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, 24518 FM 1431, Box 1, Mar­ble Falls TX 78654. In­put can also be submitted by email to with “EA – Pub­lic Com­ment” in the sub­ject line.

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