AUSTIN

Sendero Health Plans

names chief medical officer

Sendero Health Plans Inc. announced that Robert Allison, a former section chief for infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, joined the health plan’s leadership as chief medical officer.

In his new role, Allison will be responsible for working with Sendero members to improve their health, assuring effective medical services across a network of more than 2,000 service providers and expanding Sendero’s community-health initiatives.

Allison brings international experience, as he has helped shape public health initiatives for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization in addition to his work with the National Institutes of Health.

“I first learned of Sendero when I was contacted by the health plan to advance their pioneering programs to help their members detect, treat and eliminate the hepatitis C virus,” said Allison. “That enabled me to see first-hand the power of Sendero’s unique model for the Austin area: a community-based nonprofit health plan with a primary focus of engaging with and reinvesting in the community it serves and its critical role in providing high-quality health care coverage to the uninsured and underserved in the Austin area.”

 

SOUTH AUSTIN

William Cannon plans

discussed at meeting

The city of Austin corridor program office will host the William Cannon Drive Corridor public office hours event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Austin Public Library Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Drive.

Attendees will learn about mobility, safety and connectivity improvements planned for William Cannon between Southwest and McKinney Falls parkways. The improvements are funded in part by the 2016 Mobility Bond as part of the Corridor Construction Program.

No formal presentation is planned, so attendees may come and go to ask questions of the members of the William Cannon Drive corridor team.

 

KYLE

Medical Mission sets

free clinic Saturday

Medical Mission at Home will host a free clinic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Seton Medical Center Hays, 6001 Kyle Parkway.

Free services will include medical care for kids and adults, pharmacy services, foot care, dental services, spiritual care, skin cancer screening and diabetic education.

Care will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of the mission day. No insurance is needed.

 

GEORGETOWN

Master Gardeners host

hands-on grafting class

The Williamson County Master Gardeners will host a class in its Hands On in the Garden series from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The class will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Demonstration Gardens, 3151 SE Inner Loop, and will focus on preparing garden soil for planting.

Master Gardener Ed Self will talk about grafting fruit trees, reasons for grafting, budwood selection, types of grafting, the best times to graft and what tools to use. The hands-on portion will include propagating succulents and plants from cuttings. Participants may bring their own fruit tree seedlings and budwood to graft.

For more information: 512-943-3300; klwhitney@ag.tamu.edu.

 

PFLUGERVILLE

Swap out your plants

at library Saturday

A plant swap will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St.

Plants must be labeled, and growing conditions must be included. Drought-tolerant species are encouraged, but no invasive species can be swapped. Participants must bring one for every one taken, with a limit of five; donations of seeds, plants and cuttings will be accepted.

 

BASTROP

Bridal Extravaganza

takes place this weekend

The 2019 Bastrop County Bridal Extravaganza will be this weekend with activities Friday through Sunday at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 240 S. Hasler Blvd.

A cocktail party will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, where brides-to-be can mingle with other brides and vendors. It will include door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and mimosas.

A scavenger hunt will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, where attendees will explore venue and vendor booths for a chance to win prizes. The Bridal Extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and will include vendor booths, prizes and a wedding gown fashion show.

For more information and to register: bastropphotography.com.

 

— American-Statesman staff