Best Free and Cheap Family Events Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Weekday Rundown in Leander, TX

It’s summer!  Looking for something to do?  Here are the top picks for free and cheap activities for today, June 8th, 2016:

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – 11:00 am.  Tickets are $1 – $3 suggested donation.

Leander Library: Homeward Bound – 2:30pm.  Free.

Cedar Park Library: Hotel Transylvania 2 – 2:30pm.  Free.


For more events, including goings on from Leander, Cedar Park, Cinemark, Alamo Drafthouse, and Moviehouse & Eatery, check the Community Calendar.

Election Day in Leander

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Today is Election Day in Leander.  There are four polling places in the city open until 7:00 pm tonight (Saturday):

  • Leander High School at 3301 S Bagdad Rd
  • Leander LIbrary at 1011 S Bagdad Rd
  • Pat Bryson Municipal Hall at 201 N Brushy St.
  • Rouse High School at 1222 Raider Way

On the ballot are four bond measures totaling about $71 million dollars to be levied against property taxes:

Proposition One: Roads

  • $2.6 million to construct East Street from RR 2243 to Hero Way as a two-lane Rd.
  • $6.1 million to extend Metro Dr. as a 4 lane road from the train station to Mel Mathis Ave. to connect the train station to the future Austin Community College campus.
  • $874,617 to add landscaping, street furniture, street lighting, drainage improvements, 6′ sidewalks and street parking to 750′ of North Brushy St. between South St. and Broade St.
  • $7.8 million for Raider Way and East Woodview Drive road improvements including 45′ of pavement, storm sewers, street lighting, water quality facilities, sidewalks and turn lanes.
  • $4.1 million for phase one of the San Gabriel Parkway extension for two lanes from CR 270 to Reagan Blvd with sidewalks and a water line.  Additional rights of way will need to be acquired.  Two lanes would be constructed with this bond and the other two lanes will appear on a future bond.
  • $704,940 to realign W. South St. and S. West St.

Proposition Two: Parks

  • $1.4 million to construct a Walk of Honor, Wall of Honor, benches, landscaping, parking lot, park signs and MIA/POW Labyrinth at Veteran’s Park.
  • $1.5 million to design and construct 1 mile of trail along the South San Gabriel River.
  • $10 million to construct soccer facilities, parking, restroom and utilities at the future San Gabriel River Park.
  • $2.5 million to purchase more land for the San Gabriel River Park.
  • $567,000 to construct a .35 mile trail with trailhead, restroom and small parking lot by Magnolia Creek subdivision.
  • $6.3 million to construct the 125-acre Lakewood Community Park with playscape, splash pad, skate park, trails, picnic pavillion, volleyball courts, nature area, off-leash dog park, amphitheater, wildlife viewing area, parking and restroom.
  • $610,000 for landscaping on East Crystal Falls Pkwy from US 183 to Reagan Blvd.
  • $432,000 for 10′ of temporary trail to connect the Cap Metro station.  Developers would be responsible for taking the trail further in the future.
  • $1.9 million to replace the current soccer fields at Bledsoe Park with 210,000 sq ft of synthetic turf.
  • $400,000 to construct the fourth youth-sized baseball field in Benbrook Ranch Park.

Proposition Three: YMCA

  • $18 million to construct a YMCA similar to the one built in Cedar Park.

Proposition Four: Head Start and Senior Center

  • $4.1 million to construct an 18,500 sq ft building to include 7,014 sq ft for Head Start, 3,968 sq ft. of senior center and 3,806 sq ft. of common area.  This facility would continue to be run by Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities and not by the city.

Also on the ballot are two spots on the city council.

For Place 5: Phil Contatore and Jeff Seiler

For Place 1: Andrea Navarrette and Dan Michie

For in depth information about the bonds, be sure to check out this facebook group.  My advice is to search the group for posts by and/or about each of the candidates as well as posts from city manager, Kent Cagle.  Lots of great information.

Now get out and vote!

Mini Comic Con and All Ages Game Night at Leander Library Today


For the second year in a row, the Leander Library is hosting a mini Comic Con.  This event is fun for the entire family.  Activities are planned throughout the day, ending with all ages game night this evening.

10:00am – Doors open to Conference Room C.  Bounce house, food trucks and Lone Star Saber Academy outside.

10:15am – Lee the Illusionist, Conference Room D

10:30am – ArtPlus Academy, 3d drawing workshop.  Ages 7+ in the Story Time Room.

11:00am – All ages costume contest, Conference Room C

11:30am – Lone Star Saber Academy training class outside

Noon – Jones of Art costume workshop: create a superhero.  Ages 5+ in the Story Time Room.

1:00pm – Miss Mayhem 4 panel comic drawing in the Story Time Room

2:00pm – Comic Book Dad, readers and collectors in the Story Time Room.  Lone Star Saber Academy training class outside.

3:00pm – Silver Sparrow Comics: character creation.  Ages 12+ in the Story Time Room.

4:00pm – Comic Con, food trailers, bounce houses & Lone Star Saber Academy close.

5:00pm – All ages game night starts.  Comic Book Dad presents Fairytale Gloom in Conference Room D.

9:00pm – All ages game night ends.

This event is free, but food trucks and vendors do have items for sale, so be sure to bring some cash and have a great time.

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Black History Celebration in Leander

The City of Leander’s Economic Development Department is hosting it’s 3rd annual Black History Month celebration on Friday, February 26th at 6:30pm.  The event will be held at Hill Country Bible Church Leander and will feature speaker Quan Cosby.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for children.

For more information, visit the city’s website.

New Business: Tinkergarten


Local mom Grace Loggins is proud to bring Tinkergarten classes to Leander and Cedar Park!  Tinkergarten offers structured, skills-based play in outdoor environments for children.

To help families become familiar with Tinkergarten, two free classes are being offered: March 8th in Leander at Devine Lake Park and March 10th in Cedar Park at Brushy Creek Lake Park.  Both classes run from 10:00am until 11:15am.

To learn more about Tinkergarten of Leander and Cedar Park, or to sign up for the free classes, visit the website