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How to get involved in your community

By Megan Wehring

County and city leaders continue to encourage residents to  participate in city government meetings, town events and other local activities in their area.

To find out where and how to participate, here is a condensed list. More opportunities are available through city and county websites.

Hays County Commissioner Court

The Hays County Commissioner Court typically meets every Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m., unless otherwise posted at The meetings take place at 111 E. San Antonio St., in San Marcos, but the public can also follow along virtually. 

Kyle Planning & Zoning 

The Kyle Planning & Zoning Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting on Tuesday, March 9, will take place virtually and can be viewed live at Please refer to the city of Kyle website for when the agenda will be posted. 

Kyle Mass Food Distribution 

Central Texas Food Bank is partnering with the city of Kyle for a mass food drive event on Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the ACC Hays Campus. All residents are welcome to attend the event to receive a box of assorted produce, milk, and a protein box. No registration is required beforehand. 

Those interested in volunteering at the event can find more information at

Buda Farmers Market 

Buda Farmers Market flyer. Courtesy photo

Come get fresh organic baked goods, vegetables and more at your local farmers market located at the Buda Mill & Grain Co. They are open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unless otherwise posted. 

Buda Planning & Zoning 

The Buda Planning & Zoning Commission will meet this next Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required to attend any online meetings at—VIEW

Dripping Springs City Council 

The Dripping Springs City Council will meet this next Tuesday, March 9, at 6 p.m. Residents can join the virtual meeting via Zoom. Once the agenda is posted, it will be available on the city of Dripping Springs website.

Dripping Springs Farmers Market 

Dripping Springs Farmers Market illustration. Courtesy photo

Dripping Springs residents and tourists can visit the farmers market at the Veterans Memorial Park, also known as the Triangle, every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit for more information.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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