🌱 HHSC Women’s Health Week Events + COTA Food Drive + Crawfish Cooking

Rise and shine austin! Let’s catch up with you all to start this day off with an informed note. Here’s everything you need to know in Austin today.


First today’s weather:

Hot with plenty of sunshine. High: 101 Low: 74.


Here are today’s top stories in Austin:

  1. National Women’s Health Week begins Sunday, May 8, and during that time representatives from Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) will “encourage women and girls across the state to take care of their physical and mental health.” Lindsey Rodgers, HHSC Assistant Commissioner for Health and Development Services, said: “This week we hope to motivate women to make time for important health screenings, including mammograms and cervical cancer screenings. At HHSC, we understand the importance of participating in wellness programs to prioritize physical and mental health.” A free Women + Aging webinar will be held midweek for the public on Wednesday, May 11 at 12 p.m. At that time, “we HHSC presenters will focus on the importance of physical, mental, social and financial well-being for women and the resources to promote healthy aging.” To register for the webinar visit this webpage and for more information go to: ( Texas Health and Human Services)
  2. There will be a food drive benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank on Sunday, May 8 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. hosted by the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Participants are invited to “take a lap around the 3.41-mile route to help community members in need.” To access the track, “register online and bring a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation to the event. Guests who donate can coast the track at a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour.” According to COTA, every dollar raised will provide four food contributions to the community. For more information, visit: (KVUE.com)
  3. Crawfish season is here and to celebrate, Fiesta Gardens at 2102 Jesse E. Segovia St. in East Austin is hosting an inaugural Keep Austin Weird Twist ‘N Snap Crawfish Boil event on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m The event “will feature more than 10,000 pounds of crawfish for guests to enjoy,” as well as “food trucks, live music performances, games, a craft market, themed photo ops and crawfish-eating competitions.” Funds from the event will benefit “Good Work Austin, a socially responsible community of local businesses that have invested in creating good jobs for all workers, ensuring a quality workplace, and supporting and amplifying the voices of like-minded businesses.” General Admission is $14.99 and includes “Access to the full program of crawfish celebrations for purchase on site. General Admission + $39.99 includes “3 lbs. Crawfish, a beer and a leased line.” VIP tickets cost $69.99 and include “4 lbs. Crawfish, three drinks, dedicated line and exclusive use of the tented VIP lounge.” For more information visit: (FOX 7 Austin)

Today in Austin:


From my notebook:

  • “Some neighbors in Texas Oaks South just moved into a new house and are looking for a couch in good condition for around $350. If you have one for sale, please contact them through the Nextdoor website.” (Nextdoor)
  • β€œSome neighbors at Spillman Ranch have two tickets to Donna Summer for Saturday May 7th at the Bass Theater. You have an out-of-town emergency and cannot use the tickets. Tickets cost $226 and are located on Orchestra Row N, middle seats 123 and 124. If you’re interested, please text them at 954-850-6571.” (Next door)
  • “A neighbor of Anderson Mill – El Salido is looking for an electrician or handyman to install a ceiling fan. There is no attic access or wiring in the area and it is at least 12 feet tall. If you have any recommendations, please let them know through the Nextdoor website.” (Nextdoor)
  • “A neighbor of Overlook Estates recommends JP’s Pancake House at the Valero gas station at Thomas Springs and 71. According to the neighbor it’s awesome and a great little business to support locally in Oak Hill! They are open from Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 11pm” (next door)
  • BV Home Remodels & Painting in the Fairway Ridge area is committed to providing quality work at an affordable price! Call her at 512-586-4125.” (next door)

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You’re all caught up for today. See you tomorrow morning with a new update in your inbox!

β€” Gabriela Couvillion

About me: I am an active mother of two adult sons and have lived in San Antonio all my life. I have a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio and I do creative writing in my spare time. Thank you for reading Patch and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any news and events that you think might resonate with our readers!

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