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Up and at ’em, Austin! Here’s everything you need to know to get this Friday started off right.


First, today’s weather:

Patchy fog in the morning. High: 78 Low: 58.

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Here are the top stories today in Austin:

  1. On Friday, Feb. 25, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new masking measures” and on Wednesday, March 2, the school board had a special meetingwhere it was decided to make masks optional at all Austin ISD campuses effective Monday, March 7. Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, AISD Superintendent, said, “We are Austin. We respect each other’s differences. Let us all support each other masked or unmasked.” Masks will still be available at all campuses, and testing and vaccines will also be offered. The district also “opened a public survey about masks and health protocols,” and responses will be taken until Sunday, March 6. For more information please visit: (KVUE.com)
  2. The Austin Animal Center (AAC) and Councilmember Pio Renteria will be holding “a free drive-thru microchip and rabies vaccination clinic” for residents in Austin and Travis County on Saturday, March 5. Mark Sloat, Field Services Manager for AAC, said, “Microchips are essential to getting pets reunited with their families.” According to a representative from Councilmember Renteria’s office, “Thanks to microchipping, District 3 has one of the highest lost pet return rates in the whole city.” The event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon at the Austin Animal Center, located at 7201 Levander Loop. Please note that “dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers” during this drive-thru event. For more information visit:(AustinTexas.gov)
  3. A new park facility called The Pitch opened up on Friday, Feb. 11 at 13000 Harris Ridge Boulevard, Parmer North in Austin. “The first-of-its-kind sports, dining entertainment destination” features “two volleyball courts, a running trail, a soccer pitch and stadium called Parmer Field and restaurants with TVs and outdoor seating! The venue is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and closed on Monday. For more details visit: (Texas is Life)

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Today in Austin:

  • Donate Blood and Receive a Free Thunderbird Food Bar at We Are Blood. (9 a.m.)
  • “Fauna” Photography Exhibit Opening Reception at Inspired Minds Art Center. (5:30 p.m.)
  • The Mitchells Vs. The Machines (2021) – Community Cinema and Amphitheater at Community First! Village. (6 p.m.)
  • Hip Hop Hall of Fame at Empire Control Room and Garage. (6:30 p.m.)
  • “E.T.” at Doc’s Drive in Theatre. (9:15 p.m.)
  • “Malignant” at Doc’s Drive in Theatre. (9:45 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Win 4 tickets to the Texas Longhorns final regular season game in the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, March 5! To Enter: Like this post and Tag a Friend. Each tag is an extra entry. Good luck and #HookEm!” (Facebook)
  • “In recognition of Womens’ History Month, we’re highlighting stories from some fascinating women and celebrating their achievements and legacies at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Lady Bird Johnson wasn’t just a presidential spouse and proponent of beautification. Her legacy spans far into the areas of education, the arts, conservation, and much more. Learn more about her impact on American life here: https://www.lbjlibrary.org/life-and-legacy/lady-bird-johnson or visit our new temporary exhibit on Mrs. Johnson titled ‘Lady Bird: Beyond the Wildflowers’ which runs through August 2023. Tickets on sale now at: https://www.lbjlibrary.org.” (Facebook)
  • The Austin Police Department (APD) will be conducting a DWI Enforcement Initiative and an Extended No Refusal Period that will coincide with the upcoming Spring Break holiday. The DWI Enforcement Initiative will be in effect each night from 6 p.m.-6 a.m., from March 4-March 20, while the Extended No Refusal period will be from March 10-March 20 each night from 10 p.m.-5 a.m.” (Facebook)

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You’re all caught up for today! I’ll see you soon.

Gabriela Couvillion

About me: I’m an active mom of two grown sons and lifelong San Antonio resident. I received a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in my free time I immerse myself in creative writing. Thanks for reading Patch, and feel free to reach out if you have any news and happenings you think may appeal to our readers!

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