Meet fire chief
The city of Austin will host a session with finalists for the position of Austin Fire Department chief from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road.
The top candidates ill be available to meet with the public. The community will hear presentations, listen to a moderated discussion and meet the final candidates.
The person ultimately selected will take charge of 1,151 sworn firefighters, 106 civilian staff and an annual operating budget of almost $200 million. The new fire chief will be responsible for directing, planning and coordinating the activities of the department and will serve as the administrative head under the direction of the city manager, reporting to the assistant city manager over public safety.
The city of Austin’s office of the city clerk has launched a website that allows the public to more easily search campaign finance data.
The site makes it easier for users to navigate campaign finance reports filed with the clerk. Campaign finance filings are required of people seeking office, office holders and political action committees.
The site makes the data searchable in a number of ways. Users can search contributions by donor name, donation recipient or donation amount. Spending data is also searchable, allowing the data to be displayed by expenditures by filer.
The site can be accessed at austintexas.gov/cityclerk/cfdi/index.cfm.
Watch 'Practical Magic'
in Palm Park on Thursday
The Austin Parks Foundation will screen “Practical Magic” at 7:15 p.m. Thursday for the 2018 Movies in the Park series.
The film will be screened at Palm Park, 200 Interstate 35 North at East Third Street. In case of rain, the film will be screened Nov. 1.
Movies in the Park is a series of free films shown outdoors at local Austin parks, in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Whole Foods Market. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and dogs on-leash are welcome; and each Movie in the Parks screening will be accompanied by local food trucks. Alcoholic beverages, glass and plastic foam are not permitted in the parks.
For the schedule: austinparks.org/movies.
Chamber to host
business forum, expo
The Round Rock Chamber will host a business forum and expo from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Heritage Center at Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
The event will include local businesses, food and beverages, networking with professionals and consumers and a forum presentation featuring Reese Ryan and J.J. Gottsch of Ryan Sanders Sports and Entertainment, owners of Round Rock Express Baseball.
Admission is $10 and includes a drink ticket for beer or wine and access to hors d’oeuvres.
For tickets: roundrockchamber.org/expo
LBJ Museum hosts
voting rights debate
The Lyndon B. Johnson Museum, at 131 N. Guadalupe St., will host a special edition of its annual Fall Lecture on from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a debate on voting rights.
The event, “Democracy in the Balance,” will include a reception with refreshments by Mochas and Javas and Steger’s Chiffonade.
Two pairs of student debaters will tackle different views of Texas voter ID laws and court rulings that loosened the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The museum will show a short film of Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act after the debate.
Hogeye Festival runs
Thursday through Saturday
The 31st annual Hogeye Festival will be take place Thursday-Saturday in downtown Elgin.
The Hogeye Stroll will be take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday with the Hogalicious Dessert Contest and the Pearls Before Swine Art Show. The free Hogeye Street Dance will be from 8 p.m. Friday to midnight Saturday on Depot Street, and the full festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The free festival will include live music and entertainment on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities and costume pet parade, a carnival, the Road Hog Car Show, a pork cook-off, dessert contest, cow patty bingo and festival food.
Festival proceeds will go toward downtown improvement projects.
For more information: hogeyefestival.com.