City of Elgin eNews

November 2015

City of Elgin Offices will be closed on Wednesday, 11/11 for Veteran's Day
and Thursday & Friday, 11/26 & 11/27 for Thanksgiving.
For utility or other emergency assistance, after business hours, call 512-285-5757

City Hall


Elgin Local Foods Business Center Pilot!

The City of Elgin was awarded a USDA local food grant AND made national news. Our project is highlighted in a USDA blog entry and will be seen by thousands of news outlets and local food advocates. In the agricultural world, this is like a headline in the New York Times. Our work in Elgin is being recognized as a national model. It's very exciting. Read more....


We hope you will take some time to look around our City of Elgin Website and let us know what you think!  Read more at  News Flash

Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, and classes via the Community Calendar on the home page. 
The calendar lets you view all items or you can select a category, such as events, meetings, library or parks, etc. 
You can also sign up to get notifications when the calendar is updated and even specify the types of events you want to know about. 

Save the Date!
Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park - see more info below
November 7 - Healthy Living

First Saturday Sidewalk Sales: Saturday, November 7 - Look for sidewalk sales downtown on the First Saturday of the month.  Enjoy specials at the River Valley Farmers' Market at Veterans’ Memorial Park and the Flea Market at Elgin Memorial Park. 


Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, November 12, 5 – 8 pm in Historic Downtown Elgin. Visit downtown for extended store hours as well as in store specials, live music, wine tastings and more! In Store Specials updated each month.

Safe Trick or Treat Trail - Saturday, October 31, 5 - 7 pm - Celebrate Halloween with this safe alternative at Elgin Veterans' Park and Downtown businesses.  Read More

Family History Seminar - Saturday, November 7 at Elgin High School Cafeteria - Learn how to research any family name at this engaging workshop in Elgin!  The event will benefit the Mary Christian Burleson Preservation and Development Foundation. Read more or  Register here.

Walk or Bike to School Day Tuesday, November 10 - Elgin ISD and the City of Elgin are promoting another Walk to School Day - see article below. Flyer

Library Literary Event - Sunday, November 15, 2 pm at the Library Civic Center. Read More

Shop Elgin First  Business Expo - Thursday, November 19, 4 - 7 pm at Elgin High School. Contact the Elgin Chamber to register your business at 512-285-4515.
Bring your local receipts for entries into a special drawing. Read more below. Flyer

Shop Small Saturday - Saturday, November 28 - Shop Small Saturday is a national promotion sponsored by American Express to encourage shopping local on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We invite Elgin to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in this special observance.
 
Holiday by The Tracks - Saturday, December 5,  9 am - 3 pm at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Enjoy live music and entertainment, Pictures with Santa Claus, Lighted Christmas Parade and a Live Nativity and so much more. See article below Flyer

Check out the Community Calendar on our website for more information about these events, and keep up with the fun in Elgin! 


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Elgin City Council Meeting Information

  • City Council meets first Tuesday of the month. View Meeting Agendas for details
  • You may contact the City Secretary at 512-281-5724  with questions. 
Tuesday, November 3rd - Regular Meeting


Elgin City Council  2015-2016
Marc Holm, Mayor & Chris Cannon, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Edward Maldonado  - Ward 2
Chris Cannon & Craig Fromme - Ward 3 
Sue Brashar & Keith Joesel - Ward 4 

 
Serve on a Community Board - Complete the Application for Community Boards and submit it online. Read more about all the Community Boards and Committees

Library News

Elgin Public Library 
Book Club, Story Times, Family Movie Nights, Arts and Crafts, Materials Galore, Free Wi-Fi!
Hours of Operation 
Tuesday & Thursday - 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday & Friday - 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

The Elgin Public Library has activities, classes, children's programs and more every week. To find out what they have for You view their Library Newsletter or the Public-Library webpage.

Shop Elgin First

Shop Elgin FIRST

You can make a difference with your everyday shopping right here in Elgin!  Every time you choose to make purchases in Elgin rather than in some other community whether that’s filling the car with gas, buying groceries, eating at a local restaurant or stopping at the hardware store, you are making a positive impact on the place where you live!  When you shop in Elgin you support the businesses that build up and support our community.  Local businesses pay property taxes and sales taxes that directly benefit the services and programs in Elgin and Bastrop County.  They create local jobs, provide training for their employees, and support other businesses with their own business to business purchases. 


Local businesses are the ones supporting the fundraising dinners, benefit silent auctions, donate for raffles, and sponsor sports teams, youth groups etc.  They are the ones who send volunteers to community events, and provide sponsorships for things like Western Days and the Hogeye Festival.  In short, local businesses are at the heart of everything that makes Elgin a great place to live.  Next time you find yourself thinking, oh I’ll stop in Austin, or I’ll just run in to the Walmart in Manor, take a minute and we hope you’ll decide to make those purchases right here in Elgin.  Every time you Shop In Elgin First, you are supporting the businesses who support our community!  

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Businesses may submit their information for a FREE listing in the City of Elgin Business Directory by completing the Directory Request Form.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Website Administrator at: 512-281-5724 or smac@ci.elgin.tx.us                                                                                                           

BBQ Receipts Welcome

Bring Your BBQ Receipts Downtown for Specials and Discounts! 
Now through December, participating downtown merchants are offering in store specials and/or discounts to customers with a receipt from Meyers Elgin Smokehouse or Southside Market & Barbeque.  Look for the sign, BBQ Receipts Welcome Here! to find participating merchants. 
Guests staying at the Elgin Holiday Inn can enjoy discounts and specials too when they bring their room card to participating merchants.  All this to say, if you have not been downtown lately, you need to check it out – there are lots of new businesses opening!

Elgin Business Expo

Flyer

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to participate in the 2015 Elgin Business Expo.  This event is planned for Thursday, November 19 at the Elgin High School Cafeteria from 4 - 7 pm.

The purpose of the Expo is to educate the community on local companies, products and services available in the Elgin area.  It also provides an additional marketing tool for exhibitors to highlight their businesses and further promote their products and services. The Chamber of Commerce encourages Elgin citizens to shop locally. When you spend your money locally you support the businesses that support this community. Local businesses employ 1400 people and generate sales tax revenue for our city.

Make plans to attend the Expo on November 19. This will be a fun filled evening for all participants. Admission is free. There will be door prizes, delicious food and entertainment throughout the evening. Bring your receipts from local purchases for entries in a special door prize drawing! One entry per receipt from a local business. 

For more information or to reserve your booth contact the Chamber office at 285-4515.


Elgin ISD Libraries are open Monday's
From 4 - 7 pm. The public is welcome and can set up individual accounts to check out books. 

Neidig . Elgin . Booker T Washington Elementary . Elgin Middle School . Elgin High School .


Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent - Tuesday, November 17th, 7:45 - 8:45 am at the EISD Admin Bldg, 1002 N Avenue C.

Walk or Bike to School Day

Flyer

Elgin ISD And the City of Elgin are promoting another Walk to School day on Tuesday, November 10.  Neidig Elementary,  Elgin Elementary, Elgin Middle School and Elgin High School have new sidewalks that provide safe routes to school for many of the students at those campuses.  Use this opportunity to check out the option of a safe route for your student and see if walking or biking will work for your family.  Booker T Washington Elementary school will be celebrating with morning recess and walking the track on campus.  

This is a great opportunity to review safe walking and biking practices with your family, and to remind us all about safe transit in general.  As a driver, choose to practice no texting or phone calls while you are driving, look for pedestrians and cyclists, and remember to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading.  Walking is one of the best things we can do to improve and maintain our health.  Everyone can take advantage of the sidewalks around town and find a favorite safe route!  For more information visit:
Texas Safe Routes

PARD

Businesses Needed for Trick Treat Trail!  
The 16th Annual Safe Trick or Treat Trail is  Saturday, October 31st from 5 - 7 pm in Veterans’ Memorial Park. Businesses and organizations interested in hosting a booth in Veterans’ Memorial Park please  contact Michael Gonzalez
mgonzalez@ci.elgin.tx.us. All booth participants are asked to bring tables and decorations as well as plenty of candy for the kids. Represent your business or organization and support community programs by signing up to participate in the Safe Trick or Treat Trail! 

Safe Trick or Treat Trail
Holiday by the Tracks

Holiday by The Tracks

Saturday, December 5th, young and old can enjoy pictures with Santa Claus, shopping, an art show and more in Historic Downtown Elgin. The day includes the River Valley Farmers' Market, shopping and restaurant specials throughout downtown. You can also cut your own Christmas Tree at one of our 2 tree farms. The Elgin Volunteer Fire Department sponsors the Lighted Christmas Parade at dusk down Main Street. A Live Nativity produced by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church follows the parade in Veterans' Memorial Park. Flyer 

Project ChildSafe

300 Firearm Safety Kits
to Be Distributed Locally

The Elgin Police Department will provide 300 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, include a gun lock.
Read more

River Valley Farmers' Market in Historic Downtown Elgin!

Every Saturday 9 am - 1 pm in Veterans’ Memorial Park - fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, hand-made crafts, children’s activities, and more! The Farmers’ Market hosts live music and Sidewalk sales on First Saturdays. Follow the RVFM at their website or Follow them on their Facebook page. 
November 7 - Healthy Living
Check out local food options & Information at Local Food Network

Farmers Market Banner
A Row To Share

Stacey Van Landingham Community Cupboard Board Member
From Our Gardens to Your Table – Join a handful of Elginites who have decided to donate their own home-grown fresh produce to the Elgin Community Cupboard. Simply prepare an extra row, sow a few more seeds or plant an extra container of cherry tomatoes. When you're ready to harvest contact Carolyn Lanford with the Community Cupboard at 281-4011 for information on when to deliver your donation or arrange for pickup. You can also visit us online at www.arowtoshare.wordpress.com for information.

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

The museum is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 2 - 5 pm. Admission is free.


The Elgin Historical Assn. is excited to announce that a special traveling exhibit called, "Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker: A Pictorial Exhibit of Their Story," is now open.  It consists of over 40 rarely seen photos as they make their way around Texas, initiated by the Texas Heritage Trails program.  In 1836 Cynthia Ann was taken by a Comanche raiding party, and over years, she became wife to a Comanche Chief and mother to children, including Quanah. Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers. Quanah became a very important Comanche leader. Many people know the basic story, and this show will demonstrate the tragedy of these two courageous individuals.  The exhibit will remain in Elgin until the end of the year.


Rotating Mini-exhibits add some sparkle about current holidays and events. The Museum also has an extensive photo collection and souvenirs for purchase. For inquiries call 512-285-2000. Read more or Follow us on Facebook

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

For information on City of Elgin trash service, recycling, & bulk waste see our 
website.

Upcoming Bulk Dates - Tuesday, November 3 and 17.
TV's, Tires, Whole Trees, Construction Debris, and/or Piles over 3 cubic yards Do NOT Qualify for bulk pick up. These items must be disposed of by the resident. 


Links to information for trash and recycling services in the surrounding areas are also available.  For an interactive site that allows you to find resources for disposing of recyclables and hazardous waste items visit  
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful

Adopt A Spot

The Adopt a Spot program is sponsored by the City of Elgin to beautify our community.  The program offers two opportunities for you and your neighbors to play an ongoing role in maintaining an area that needs a little extra attention or beautification – Adopt A Spot Litter Control and Adopt a Spot Beautification. Read more and find out how you can participate!

Dog n Cat


Pets or Pests - We can help


Visit our Animal Control web page to read all about finding lost pets, reporting pest problems or pet concerns, pet care and more. 

Get a Purple Wildcat Flag from Elgin Main Street. 
The full sized flags are great to hang any time, or to put out for events like Western Days, Homecoming and more.  Flags may be purchased for $20 at Elgin City Hall, 310 North Main Street or Dorothy’s Jewelry and Gifts, 104 Depot Street. 

Elgin has been a Main Street City since 1990. Purchase of these items supports this program which in turn supports downtown revitalization and preservation of our Historic Downtown District.

CARTS Rural Bus

Catch a Ride

Bus Stop Downtown & Hwy 95 North! 
Commuter Bus Service Available from Elgin to Austin via Cap Metro! Daily weekly and monthly passes are available. For information call 474-1200 or visit
Cap Metro

The CARTS buses pick up riders downtown on Depot Street & Ave C and at the Hwy 95 North Park & Ride at Elgin Memorial Park. CARTS provides many different transportation options for rural communities. Please check out their website at Ride Carts. Door to Door service is also available for qualified riders. 

For info on the Elgin Manor 990 route with service to Austin, please visit
Ride Carts - Metro Services

The Interurban Coach is a regional intercity route providing connections between Austin, Bastrop, Bertram, Burnet, Elgin, Georgetown, Giddings, LaGrange, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Luling, Marble Falls, Paige, Round Rock, San Marcos, Smithville, Taylor and Texas State University and makes connections to Greyhound, Capital Metro and Amtrak. Read more here

Air Now

Air Quality Awareness!

Please consider signing up for Air Quality Alerts and Ozone Action Alerts and download the AirNow app. For More information visit our website.
 
Learn how residents and businesses across Central Texas can “Be Air Aware”:Explore additional information at
Air Quality Resources - CapCoG

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