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What You Need to Know About Kyle’s Transportation Plan

No doubt, Kyle has been growing like a weed in recent years. And exciting things are happening to ensure the city maintains the country-living lifestyle everyone loves. The city last updated its transportation plan in 2015. And now that plan needs to be updated to match Kyle’s extraordinary growth.

It’s standard for the city to update the plan every five years to ensure it reflects current needs and pace of growth.

What’s in the 2021 Transportation Master Plan

As a result, the city has approved a new map for the plan presented by a consulting company. The city contracted a consulting company to help with updating the plan and to do it quickly.

The new plan adds two I-35 crossings to enhance connectivity. One is planned for Kohlers Crossing and the other for RM 158. It also proposes sidewalks, trails, and several arterial roads with six, four, or two to three lanes.

The City of Kyle and the contractor are working to make sure they honor and respect the land and properties. You can view the Transportation Master Plan Update 2021 maps, presentations, and a video on the city’s website. You can also view the City of Kyle’s projects.

What the Mayor Says

“What scares me is not just the development, trucks and congestion that we have, it’s the fact that half our city or more is undeveloped land that’s currently in the process of being developed,” Mayor Travis Mitchell told San Marcos Record.

“I think about our residents and what’s in their longterm best interest. If you approve subdivisions but don’t approve roads, don’t plan for roads, don’t plan for connectivity, but allow the development to come, you end up like Austin. You end up like a city filled to the brim with congestion. The only way that I know to handle that responsibly is to be as proactive and forward-thinking as you possibly can.”

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Buda Restaurant Week

Buda, Texas and its many offerings are just a 12-minute drive from the Crosswinds community in Kyle, Texas. And you’ll want to head there next week for Buda Restaurant Week. The nice thing about being close to the “Buda-full” city is that you can go for many of the events. No picking and choosing. Go to all of them.

What Is Buda Restaurant Week?

Buda Restaurant Week runs from Sept. 13 through 19. It’s a week-long foodie’s paradise. Participating restaurants around Buda will offer special menu items, pre-Fixe menus, and craft cocktails.

As of this writing, Historic Downtown Buda hasn’t announced the participating restaurants. Visit the event page and Facebook page for the latest news and announcements. You can explore the Buda dining scene to discover the possibilities.

Meet Buda, Texas

Buda is 15 miles south of Austin located along the IH-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin. Its population of under 20,000 people lives in its 5.4 square miles. Like Kyle, its residents are in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District.

Historic Downtown Buda features six blocks of restaurants, shops, and historic buildings. Every Sunday, they have the Downtown Buda Farmers Market. And on the first Saturday of every month, they host the Downtown Buda Merchant’s Group with its live music, food, and drinks.

They’re known as the Wiener Dog Capital of Texas as they hold Weiner Dog Races every year. The next one is scheduled for April 23, 2022. We hope you’ll experience Buda Restaurant Week.

That’s the beauty of living in a new home in Kyle’s Crosswinds community. It puts you near some of Texas Hill Country’s finest. Here are more places you may want to explore.

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Texas Radio Live at Güero’s Taco Bar

Looking for something fun to do in the middle of the week? How about on Hump Day Wednesday? Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live pops-up at Güero’s Taco Bar (1412 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704) with live music every Wednesday from 7 to 8 PM CT.

About Texas Radio Live

Texas Radio Live is the longest-running live music radio program on Austin radio. Each week, they present the latest Texas sings, songwriters, and musicians. At the same time, they pay tribute to the many Texas musicians who have come before.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming performances:

  • Aug 25: Pat Byrne
  • 1: Wayne Sutton
  • 8: Ruby Dice
  • 15: Madam Radar
  • 22: Texas Radio Live
  • 29: Brad Stivers
  • Oct 6: Jaimee Harris

Not only will you have a grand ol’ time but also contribute to the fundraiser to support the Sun Radio Foundation. Its mission is to support local musicians. The organization provides financial relief by deferring the cost of electricity bills and paying artists to perform. And you can register to win a prize.

You don’t have to wait until Wednesday for live music and authentic Tex-Mex food. Güero’s Taco Bar has live music on other days. Here’s their live music schedule. Browse their site and you’ll also see mouthwatering photos of their menu items. Prepare yourself to have a hankering for Tex-Mex!

History of Texas Radio Live

Larry Monroe moved to Austin in 1977. His goal was to put Austin music on the radio through records, interviews, and live performances. After joining KUT in 1981, he started a program called Texas Music. Eventually, the name changed to Texas Radio.

Texas Radio aimed to share music by Texas musicians. Occasionally, Monroe would have a live guest or broadcast recorded interviews. In 2011, Monroe joined Sun Radio and brought Blue Money and Phil Music with him. But he also wanted to bring Texas Radio back. Sun Radio Founder Daryl O’Neal not only agreed but recommended turning it into a live program.

O’Neal took the idea to Rob Lippincott, owner of Güero’s Taco Bar. He wholeheartedly agreed. Monroe added David Arnsberger to the team and thus Texas Radio Live came back bigger and better. Unfortunately, Larry Monroe passed away in 2014. Thankfully, David Arnsberger carries on Larry Monroe’s spirit and continues to host Texas Radio Live.

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Get Ready for the New School Year in Kyle

On August 19, many parents of kids attending schools in Hays Consolidated Independent School District will happily get their kids up and ready for school. The students, on the other hand, may drag their feet as they start adjusting to their school schedules.

It’s always hard to prepare for a new school year even if you’re excited about it. Restarting a habit isn’t easy. Neither is leaving summer behind.

The good news is that you can take action now to ensure a smoother first week of school. Here’s what you can do.

  1. Register online and complete paperwork

All families — both new and returning students —can register online. Be sure to follow the advice on the page before proceeding. You’ll also need to check with your student’s campus for any registration events.

Those new to HCISD can find the schools their students will attend using the attendance zone page. You’ll also need a copy of your student’s vaccination records as they will be required. Will your student need to keep medicine at school? Contact the campus nurse for details and paperwork for this.

  1. Review the Hays CISD calendar

Here’s the 2021-2022 Hays CISD calendar (PDF). Be sure to enter all important dates into your family’s calendar. Don’t have a family calendar? You may want to consider one. It helps to have a central calendar everyone can access to stay on top of important dates and events.

  1. Obtain school supplies

Although the Texas Sales Tax Holiday has passed, many retailers still have sales on clothes and school supplies. Check for coupons online at RetailMeNot and  Honey, and in your local newspaper.

Your student’s school may sell school supplies in one packet. It can be cheaper to buy the packet because they get everything in bulk. The bulk discounts are passed on to your family. Get your kids excited about school by letting them pick one fun or colorful school item of their choice.

  1. Adjust bedtime routines

It takes three weeks to create new habits. As it’s typical of the summer, kids tend to have a different bedtime. Don’t wait until school starts to change bedtime. You have one week from this post before school starts.

Try changing their bedtime to 15 minutes earlier tonight and tomorrow. Then, the next night, change it to 30 minutes earlier. Adjust based on the difference between the old and new bedtime routine. As you adjust bedtime, do the school routine too. Pick out the outfit for the next day and pack the backpack the night before.

Hope these four tips help! Remember to take pictures on the first day! Have a great first day of school.

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Tesla Supplier Plastikon Building Factory in Kyle

Austin and Kyle celebrated when Tesla moved to the area. Now we have reason to celebrate again! Plastikon plans to lease almost 100,000 square feet in the Plum Creek Industrial Center in Kyle.

About Plastikon

Like the name implies, Plastikon is in the plastics industry with headquarters in Hayward, California. The manufacturing company works with automotive, electronics, and medical companies. And one of those automotive companies is Tesla as Plastikon will be a supplier to Tesla’s Gigafactory.

The company makes steering wheels and consoles. They will supply the production of the Tesla Cybertruck SUV and semi-tractor trailer. The factory will be 30 minutes away from Tesla’s Gigafactory.

Founded almost four decades ago, Plastikon’s core values are to deliver on their commitment to providing the highest quality and value with corporate and social responsibility. As a longtime Toyota Select Supplier, they applied the principles of lean manufacturing, which has helped in their growth. They also have a certified minority status.

The company says it will initially hire 75 to 100 people. Then, it may add another 100 positions later. The factory is expected to be operating by October or November of 2021.

The Tesla Effect Continues

Simwon North America Corp. has also signed a lease at Plum Creek for almost 500,000 sq. ft. They’re an auto-body manufacturer that makes body parts for Tesla’s electric vehicles in California. This factory expects to employ 400 people and be operational by December or January. Tesla’s plant is also expected to go live by that time as well.

About a block from the Plum Creek area is Kyle Crossing Business Park where Amazon Kyle will occupy half of it and Lowe’s Kyle will take the other half.

The latest is that Tesla may need 10,000 people for its Gigafactory by the end of 2022. Currently, they’re hiring for more than 250 positions.

The company has also announced a training partnership with Austin Community College District. Tesla START Manufacturing at ACC will offer a 14-week course that will have students working in paid positions at Tesla’s factory while attending training at ACC Riverside campus. Participants will be eligible for full-time jobs upon completing the program.

Business experts believe more companies will follow Tesla to the area to join its supply chain. Kyle residents will now have the opportunity to find jobs at these companies and work closer to home.

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3 Tips for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday

Is it almost August? That means Texas Sales Tax Holiday is coming up fast and furious. With more people venturing out, it’s sure to be busy from August 6 to 8. That’s because this is Texas Tax-Free weekend in 2021.

It’s easy to overspend during the tax holiday. These tips will help you ensure you buy what you need and avoid buying something you already have. The nice thing about the tax-free weekend is that it’s for everyone, not just families with kids going to school.

Here are a few important things to know:

  • Items $100 or more are taxable.
  • Does not apply to clothing subscription boxes.
  • Keep all your receipts.
  • Stores will not give out rainchecks.

Make the most of tax-free weekend and back-to-school shopping with these tips.

  1. Review the official list

You may have seen online articles talking about what’s taxable and what’s exempt. However, some of these aren’t accurate. The one list you want to refer to is the official Sales Tax Holiday list from the Comptroller of Texas. It’d be a good idea to print the list or save it to your phone.

Again, all items priced at $100 or more are not exempt from taxes. Yes, even if they’re on the list. For example, tennis shoes are exempt from taxes unless they cost $100 or more. Be aware that not all shoes qualify for the tax exemption.

The following types of footwear are not tax-free:

  • Cleats
  • Running shoes with cleats
  • Ballet slippers
  • Ski boots

And just because one item is taxable, others may not be. For example, tennis skirts and football jerseys are exempt, but football pads and baseball pants are taxable. The logic is that people wear tennis skirts and football jerseys as clothes outside of the sport. Whereas cleats and pads are specific to a sport.

Flip-flops, sandals, and cowboy boots are exempt. While belts are exempt, stand-alone belt buckles are not.

Would you categorize pajamas as school clothes or school supplies? No, they’re exempt. Here are tax-free items that may surprise you:

  • Swimsuits
  • Robes
  • Slippers
  • Hunting vests
  • Suspenders
  • Diapers: baby and adult
  • Graduation caps and gowns

So, use the list from the Comptroller of Texas as your only source. Double-check our work.

  1. Make a shopping list

When you don’t prepare for shopping, you risk buying a lot of things you already have. Before you go, create a list of what you need. Try on clothes to confirm current clothing and shoe sizes. Don’t use the dressing room as the place to figure it out.

While most people may fit in two or three different sizes, it helps to have a baseline. You want to minimize trying on clothes during a hectic shopping time.

  1. Note store hours

You won’t find Black Friday-like hours, but many stores will extend their hours for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday. If you want to avoid the crowds, go as soon as the store opens on Friday. Some people still have to work, so it’s most likely the least crowded time of the whole weekend.

These three tips will optimize your tax-free weekend and minimize the headaches.

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Places in the Texas Hill Country Near Kyle Worth Exploring

For those not familiar with the term “Texas Hill Country”, it references the geographic area that covers 25 counties in West, Central, and South Texas. The most notable locations include Austin, Lockhart, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Wimberley. And there are a few lesser-known towns you might want to check out.

People love coming to the Texas Hill Country because of its breathtaking views, photograph-worthy scenes, history, and adventurous spirit. The possibilities are many! Here are different places to help you find a match for your interests.

Austin

Kyle residents choose to live here because they can savor the country living while being close enough to Austin and all the fun stuff it has to offer. Especially the music fans because Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. It’s no surprise considering Austin has many live music venues.

Sports fans love watching University of Texas teams and FC Austin play. SXSW is held here every year for the latest in music, interactive, and movies. And Austin Bergstrom International airport will take you where you want to go.

San Marcos

Among other things, but most people head to San Marcos for one thing: outlet shopping at Premium Outlets and the Tanger Outlets. It has two full-sized outlet centers side-by-side with more than 200 stores to explore. Be sure to stop by San Marcos Downtown Square filled with boutique, unique shops, and restaurants.

Wimberley

Located 18 miles from Kyle, Wimberley is a town that sits between Austin and San Antonio. It’s where Cypress Creek and Blanco River connect turning Wimberley into a refreshing summer destination. Check out Blue Hole Regional Park, Jacob’s Well Natural Area, and Wimberley Market Days.

Canyon Lake

If you love recreation, then head straight to Canyon Lake for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, sailing, kayaking, and more. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages eight parks, two marinas, a golf course, a yacht club, and the property surrounding the lake.

Lockhart

One word describes Lockhart for a lot of people: Barbecue. After all, it’s the BBQ Capital of Texas. Many of the top BBQ joints can be found within 18 miles of Kyle. It’s also a favorite for day trips and weekend getaways. The city’s website lists all the places you may want to explore as well as lodging.

New Braunfels

You have so many options in New Braunfels including Gruene Historic District. This place is on the National Register of Historic Places with its many buildings that have been around since the 1800s. The Comal River is a spring-fed park that remains 72 degrees all year long.

Schlitterbahn Water Park, Natural Bridge Caverns, Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo, and McKenna Children’s Museum are all found there. It’s a great spot for a getaway weekend. Considering it’s around 30 minutes from Kyle, you can easily visit often.

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Kyle Market Days is Back

Local favorite Kyle Market Days is back! On the second Saturday of every month from May through September, you can browse local vendors and farm-to-market items, do arts and crafts, and sway to live music. The location has moved to Gregg Clarke Park (1180 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640).

The event runs from 9 am to noon except for September’s event, which will be a special event called Squeeze Me on the Square on September 12. The market’s web page has a list of vendors and the months they’ll attend.

If you’d like to spend more time listening to the music, you can bring a lawn chair and a cooler. The next Kyle Market Days is this weekend on July 10.

Poco Loco Supermarket 

Want another market to visit? Poco Loco (1095 Windy Hill Rd., Kyle, Texas 78640) is a foodie’s paradise. You’ll find authentic Mexican food. If you love spicy salsa, the creamy jalapeño salsa is a must-try! The market makes flour tortillas and hot corn in-house! A Hispanic woman sells freshly-made churros outside of the store. But you never know when she’ll show up. So, stop by often!

Movies in Kyle

Want to get out of the house for a couple of hours? Check out Summer Movies in Kyle. The Kyle Parks and Recreation Department shows the latest blockbuster movies on the big screen. It’s free! The movies are held at the lake (700 Lehman Rd., Kyle, Texas 78640). Tomorrow, they’re showing Trolls World Tour.

You have another great movie option nearby. Doc’s Drive-In Theatre on 1540 Satterwhite Rd. in Buda has two large screens playing modern and classic movies from all genres. You can order traditional and non-traditional movie food from Doc’s Patio Dinner. They have house-made brisket and sauces as well as burgers, vegan wings, beer, wine, and more.

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Heroes Memorial Park Groundbreaking in Kyle

On Memorial Day, the City of Kyle honored service members by holding a groundbreaking of Heroes Memorial Park. The city invited the entire community to the event where they learned about the features that will be in the park that will be next to the Hays Performing Arts Center at 979 Kohlers Crossing.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The event had a Procession by Honor Guards and three War Birds fly over to a cheering crowd. Girl Scout Troop 44809 set up memorial flags prior to the ceremony.  According to Hays Free Press, the event provided more than just a groundbreaking honoring heroes. It was the first time for many to gather in a public setting.

The groundbreaking also celebrated long-time work in progress. After the groundbreaking, attendees were treated to barbecue served by AMVET Post.

Veterans stated they appreciate that the community is honoring the fallen as well as those who have served. It shows great respect. Heroes Memorial Park is possible thanks to general donations from Texas Disposal Systems with the leadership of Kyle City Council and Kyle TIRZ #2 Board members. Here’s a video of the groundbreaking.

What to Expect from Heroes Memorial Park

The estimation for the park’s completion is 12 to 15 months. When finished, the 138-acre park will have a list of service members’ names. It’ll have a quiet area with shade and natural stone edges by the water for reflection. A peace garden will feature unique plantings and an immersive lighting installation.

Picnic and active areas will be in shady spots. Next to the picnic area will be tree buffers from groupings of native trees. The park will also have a retail building and café serving food and drinks.

A “Heroes Walk” connects the event lawn and main memorial garden to the quiet edge of the park. The bridge hovers over water jets for an immersive experience. View the Heroes Memorial Park drawings to see how it will all come together.

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Fourth of July Events Near Kyle

After many Fourth of July events were canceled in 2020, we are so excited for parades, fireworks, live music, and good food to return this year. Here’s a roundup of July 4th events happening in or near Kyle so you can celebrate!

Kyle’s Independence Day Fireworks Show and 2021 Stars and Stripes Classic at Plum Creek

Come celebrate Independence Day with fireworks bursting in the air at Kyle’s fireworks show. The festivities begin with the July 4th Stars and Stripes Classic at Plum Creek Golf Course (4301 Benner Rd, Kyle, TX 78640). 

As night falls, the fireworks show will launch from the golf course. Be sure to find a spot early at Kohlers Crossing and Kyle Parkway. You want to look for the tall water tower next to Hays CISD PAC. It’s one of the best places to watch the fireworks.

Annual Sertoma Independence Day and Frontier Days

Round Rock will celebrate America’s birthday on Saturday, July 3. It’s only a 45-minute drive from Dripping Springs. The day is filled with lots of patriotic activities including a festival, carnival, parade, and fireworks. They promise it will be bigger and better than ever. Check out the schedule and the latest information on the Round Rock government website.

Nutty Brown Theater Bob Schneider Independence Base and Fireworks

The Nutty Brown Amphitheater (12225 Hwy 290 West, Austin, TX 78737) brings back Bob Schneider to celebrate Independence Day on July 3. Visit the event page for ticket prices. 

San Marcos Summer in the Park

Start your celebration early on July 1 at San Marcos Summer in the Park in San Marcos Plaza Park. Located only 15 minutes from Dripping Springs, the concert runs from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. The musical artist is Los Aztex known for their traditional and urban sensibilities. 

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks

The popular event is back! Deck out in red, white, and blue and head to Vic Mathias Shores (900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704) for a firecrackin’ good time. H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks will display fireworks over the city’s skyline backed by patriotic symphonic classics performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The fun begins at 8 PM.

Many Austin events remain to be announced. Watch Visit Austin’s page for the latest 4th of July news.

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