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Hill Country Eclipse Lunch and Learn Series

08/08/2023 12:00 PM - 03/26/2024 12:30 PM CT


During the last total solar eclipse event in the U.S., back in 2017, many rural communities in its path were overwhelmed by the crowds and the challenges they created for local infrastructure, emergency services, lodging, restaurants, and supermarkets. However, the communities that fared the best were those that started preparing years in advance. On April 8, 2024, the total solar eclipse will pass through the middle of the Hill Country, affecting all our communities. 

For the past two and a half years, the Hill Country Alliance has been convening quarterly round table meetings of the Hill Country Eclipse Team. These meetings are opportunities for residents, eclipse enthusiasts, business owners, and community leaders to share regional planning updates. The meetings have included presentations by subject matter experts on related topics. 

The Hill Country Eclipse Lunch and Learn sessions are an opportunity to discuss individual niche topics specific to eclipse planning and preparations. Topics will include everything from accessibility and community preparation to public relations and security.

The Eclipse Lunch & Learn Sessions take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month via Microsoft Teams from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST. The current calendar of speakers and topics can be found below and on the HCA Event Calendar. TBDs will be updated as subject matter experts are confirmed. Register here for the complete series and attend the sessions at your leisure. Each Lunch and Learn will be recorded and posted to the HCA Eclipse Portal.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 General Q&A Open Forum
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 Presenting & Speaking Dawn Davies, Hill Country Alliance
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 Media & Public Relations Eric Henrikson, KXAN Senior Science Reporter
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Travel & Tourism Spencer Zamora, Travel Texas' Tourism Research Specialist 
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Observing Eclipses Dawn Davies, Hill Country Alliance
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 Education & Outreach Katie Raney, TPWD Regional Interpretive Specialist
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 Cancelled Cancelled
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 Safety & Security Eric Maloney, Fire Chief for the City of Kerrville
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 Cancelled Cancelled
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 Hospitality & Business Engagement Amanda Griffin, President of Keep it Real Beautiful & Tony Guidroz, City of Llano Director of Community Development 
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 Weather Paul Yura, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Accessibility & Inclusivity Allyson Bieryla & Sóley Hyman, The Lightsound Project
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Emergency Management Justin Calhoun, Emergency Management Coordinator for Gillespie County/City of Fredericksburg
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 Community Science Trae Winter, Chief Scientist - Advanced Research in Inclusion and STEAM Accessibility (ARISA) Lab
Tuesday, March 26, 2023 Pre-Eclipse Check-In Open Forum



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