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SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Austin Central Library
710 W. César Chávez Street, Austin, TX 78701

RSVP by May 7, 2018 (click here)

Reflections students receiving an Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, Award of Excellence, or Overall Award of Excellence will be recognized by Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook. The ceremony will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Austin Central Library in the Special Event Center.

Please notify us no later than May 7, 2018, on whether you will attend the celebration. Texas PTA will mail award certificates to those who cannot attend. Due to a large number of awarded students, we have divided the afternoon by age division and will hold multiple ceremonies throughout the afternoon. Each ceremony should last about an hour. Ceremony times are as follows:

Primary (pre-kindergarten - 2nd grade)
Ceremony will begin at 10:30 am

Intermediate (3rd - 5th grade)
Ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm

Middle and High School (6th - 12th grade)
Ceremony will begin at 3:30 pm

 

Hotel Accommodations

List of Nearby Hotels by Visit Austin
Downloadable PDF of Downtown Austin Hotels

Austin offers places to stay that have just as much personality as the city itself. So, no matter where you spend the night, you’re in for an authentic Austin experience. There are many hotels around Downtown, South Austin, and along Interstate 35.

 

Parking and Driving Directions

Library Parking Information
City Hall Parking Information
Google Map with Parking Garages Highlighted

The Austin Central Library features one level of underground public parking with 50 spaces located on the 2nd floor (down). The 1st floor is reserved for library staff and monitored for untagged vehicles. The garage entrance is on West Avenue and opens at 9:30 am.

Alternate garages include the Seaholm Garage near the corner of Walter Seaholm Drive and W. 3rd Street (entrance on Walter Seaholm Drive under Trader Joe's); and the City Hall Parking Garage at César Chávez and Guadalupe Streets (entrance on Guadalupe). All garage fees are based on length of stay and range from $5-15.

 

Family Friendly Nearby Attractions

Things to Do via Visit Austin
Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music. But that's just the beginning of what they're saying these days. Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping, and beautiful outdoor spaces.

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
100 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
FREE: Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. Between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats fly out near dusk. Best viewing dates: April-October. The Austin American-Statesman created the Statesman Bat Observation Center adjacent to the Congress Bridge, giving visitors a dedicated area to view the nightly emergence. There are also Bat Watching Boat Tours available.

Zilker Botanical Garden (map)
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78746
A botanical showplace for native foliage, roses, ponds, Oriental gardens, and 100-million-year-old dinosaur tracks.

Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm / Last entry at 5:30 pm
Admission (cash or check): $1 children ages 3-12 / $3 adults & $1 seniors age 62+

Zilker Metropolitan Park (map)
2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Zilker Park is a 361-acre park nestled in the heart of downtown, right off Lady Bird Lake. The park was founded in 1917 and is home to picnic facilities, bike/canoe rentals, a disc golf course, a large playground for children, the Zilker Zephyr train, and Barton Springs Pool, an urban oasis where swimmers plunge into 68-degree, spring-fed waters. The park is also host to great events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Austin Kite Festival.

Parking Cost: Zilker Park charges a parking fee of $5 per car from March to September on weekends and holidays.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
Connect with Texas stories told by ever-changing artifacts, rare documents, photographs, and special exhibits. Learn the story of La Belle, the ship that changed history, and then view the reassembled shipwreck itself. Experience multi-sensory special effects films in the Texas Spirit Theater or check out the latest blockbuster movies on the biggest screen in Texas at the IMAX® Theatre.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: $9 ages 4-17 / $13 adults & $11 seniors age 65+

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. Recognized for its modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, the Blanton offers thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving encounters with art.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Admission: Children 12 and under are free / $7 students ages 13-21 / $9 adults & $7 seniors age 65+

 

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Austin Central Library
710 W. César Chávez Street, Austin, TX 78701

RSVP by May 7, 2018 (click here)

Reflections students receiving an Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, Award of Excellence, or Overall Award of Excellence will be recognized by Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook. The ceremony will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Austin Central Library in the Special Event Center.

Please notify us no later than May 7, 2018, on whether you will attend the celebration. Texas PTA will mail award certificates to those who cannot attend. Due to a large number of awarded students, we have divided the afternoon by age division and will hold multiple ceremonies throughout the afternoon. Each ceremony should last about an hour. Ceremony times are as follows:

Primary (pre-kindergarten - 2nd grade)
Ceremony will begin at 10:30 am

Intermediate (3rd - 5th grade)
Ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm

Middle and High School (6th - 12th grade)
Ceremony will begin at 3:30 pm

 

Hotel Accommodations

List of Nearby Hotels by Visit Austin
Downloadable PDF of Downtown Austin Hotels

Austin offers places to stay that have just as much personality as the city itself. So, no matter where you spend the night, you’re in for an authentic Austin experience. There are many hotels around Downtown, South Austin, and along Interstate 35.

 

Parking and Driving Directions

Library Parking Information
City Hall Parking Information
Google Map with Parking Garages Highlighted

The Austin Central Library features one level of underground public parking with 50 spaces located on the 2nd floor (down). The 1st floor is reserved for library staff and monitored for untagged vehicles. The garage entrance is on West Avenue and opens at 9:30 am.

Alternate garages include the Seaholm Garage near the corner of Walter Seaholm Drive and W. 3rd Street (entrance on Walter Seaholm Drive under Trader Joe's); and the City Hall Parking Garage at César Chávez and Guadalupe Streets (entrance on Guadalupe). All garage fees are based on length of stay and range from $5-15.

 

Family Friendly Nearby Attractions

Things to Do via Visit Austin
Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music. But that's just the beginning of what they're saying these days. Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping, and beautiful outdoor spaces.

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
100 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
FREE: Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. Between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats fly out near dusk. Best viewing dates: April-October. The Austin American-Statesman created the Statesman Bat Observation Center adjacent to the Congress Bridge, giving visitors a dedicated area to view the nightly emergence. There are also Bat Watching Boat Tours available.

Zilker Botanical Garden (map)
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78746
A botanical showplace for native foliage, roses, ponds, Oriental gardens, and 100-million-year-old dinosaur tracks.

Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm / Last entry at 5:30 pm
Admission (cash or check): $1 children ages 3-12 / $3 adults & $1 seniors age 62+

Zilker Metropolitan Park (map)
2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Zilker Park is a 361-acre park nestled in the heart of downtown, right off Lady Bird Lake. The park was founded in 1917 and is home to picnic facilities, bike/canoe rentals, a disc golf course, a large playground for children, the Zilker Zephyr train, and Barton Springs Pool, an urban oasis where swimmers plunge into 68-degree, spring-fed waters. The park is also host to great events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Austin Kite Festival.

Parking Cost: Zilker Park charges a parking fee of $5 per car from March to September on weekends and holidays.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
Connect with Texas stories told by ever-changing artifacts, rare documents, photographs, and special exhibits. Learn the story of La Belle, the ship that changed history, and then view the reassembled shipwreck itself. Experience multi-sensory special effects films in the Texas Spirit Theater or check out the latest blockbuster movies on the biggest screen in Texas at the IMAX® Theatre.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: $9 ages 4-17 / $13 adults & $11 seniors age 65+

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. Recognized for its modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, the Blanton offers thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving encounters with art.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Admission: Children 12 and under are free / $7 students ages 13-21 / $9 adults & $7 seniors age 65+