VOTE in ELECTION 2016
CANDIDATE FORUM - The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our annual Candidate Forum on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30pm at the Smithville Recreation Center. Candidates have been invited to attend and respond to questions that were asked by the public.
CITY / SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION - Early voting for City of Smithville and SISD are at Smithville City Hall, 317 Main, as follows:
- 8am-5pm: Monday, April 25-Thursday, April 28; Monday, May 2
- 7am-7pm: Friday, April 29; Tuesday, May 3
- ELECTION DAY: 7am-7pm, Saturday, May 7. Locations vary. Check HERE to find your voting location.
SHERIFF RUN-OFF - Tuesday, May 24. There will be a run-off in the Republican Party in the Bastrop County Sheriff's race between Maurice Cook (27.92%) and Matt Henderson (28.96%). Click for more details.
The Sheriff Candidate Forum was held Jan. 25. Click to watch VIDEO.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Liquor by the Drink petition – The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a petition drive to have Liquor by the Drink for Precinct 2 added to the ballot in November. We are the only Precinct in Bastrop County without Liquor by the Drink in place. This initiative will help with economic development in our part of Bastrop County by attracting new businesses, creating new jobs, increasing sales tax and opening potential new choices for residents.
We only have 60 days to obtain these signatures so we need as many volunteers as possible. These efforts will include walking neighborhoods, attending events and/or obtaining signatures at exit polling locations for City, School Board and County run-off elections. Please call (512) 360-7397 if you can volunteer some time for this important economic development initiative.
TOURISM ASSESSMENT - The Bastrop County Tourism Dept. commissioned a tourism assessment report, similar to a "secret shopper" concept, where visitors revealed their tourism experience in Smithville. CLICK HERE to see the assessment report.
CAREER TRAINING - Lost Pines Dental Assisting is a 13-week, Saturday-only dental assisting course that will provide you with all you need to become a Registered Dental Assistant! The class is held from 9am to 4pm each Saturday. They also offer an internship at their fully functioning dental office, Smithville Family Dentistry that will provide you with an abundance of hands-on experience! The next 13-week session will begin Saturday, June 11. Limited spots are available, so call today at (512) 350-0867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! Visit their website at www.lostpinesdentalassisting.com for more information.
LIVE THEATER - Playhouse Smithville debuts ROBIN HOOD on April 15 - May 1, their spring children’s show. Young Robin takes on the evil Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham to save King Richard. There is sword play, archery, dancing, tumbling and, most of all, comedy for the merry band of Sherwood, the bumbling guards of the palace and one very confused horse. And don’t forget the heroic Maid Marion! Get tickets at www.playhousesmithville.com or call 512-360-7397.
BIKER RALLY with LIVE MUSIC - The 10th annual Thunder on the Colorado Biker Rally will be held May 6-8 at Riverbend Park with live music, games, bike show, fun ride, camping and much, much more. You don't have to ride to have a great time. Age 21 and older only. For tickets or more information, go to www.thunderonthecolorado.com.
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SISD website: www.smithvilleisd.org
SISD Smart Phone App: http://bit.ly/1i91fGF.
SISD's Night of the Arts - Thursday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Elementary Cafetorium, 800 Bishop. The program includes presentation of student work, performance of the members of the High School Band, panelists, and an open mic for students. Celebrate the Literary Arts with Smithville Public Library and Smithville Independent School District. No charge.
Chamber Education Committee: We Support SISD - The Chamber of Commerce is working hard on our We Support SISD program. Beginning in February, local businesses will visit SISD campuses to show appreciation for all the hard work and dedication they show our kids every day. If you are interested in participating, call Ana Murray, committee chair, at (512) 237-2487.
BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS - Through the Tiger Advantage Program, SISD staff receive extra services or discounts as a thank you from the businesses. Businesses benefit with exposure to their 250+ SISD staff and their families. As businesses and organizations support the SISD employees with offers of free and/or reduced prices for services or goods, SISD will promote those businesses through employee communications. To become a partner, email Ana Murray, Parent & Community Liaison, at email@example.com.
WEEKLY CHAMBER EVENTS: Support your fellow Chamber members!
- TUES, April 26 - Candidate Forum for City and School Board elections, Smithville Recreation Center, 6:30p
- WED, April 27 - Tourism Committee, La Cabana, 6:30pm
- THURS, April 28 - Smithville Business Alliance meeting, Honey's Pizza, 6pm
- FRI, May 6 - SUN, May 8 - THUNDER ON THE COLORADO BIKER RALLY, Riverbend Park. See www.thunderonthecolorado.com
- SAT, May 14 - Airport Fly-In & Lunch, Smithville Municipal Airport, 10am-2pm
COMMUNITY CALENDAR at TOP RIGHT. To have a community OR member event added to the calendar, email firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS: For more members’ specials, real estate, and job openings. CLICK HERE
Wish Maker Venture In Paradise - ColoVista Country Club on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Benefiting Make A Wish (wanting to grant a local Bastrop County wish). Contact Event Director Wanda Schopp at 512-360-3585 or email@example.com for tickets, sponsorships, donations and to play in the golf tournament.
- Caribbean Social and Silent Auction - Friday, April 29, 7-11 p.m. $25 per person.
- Golf Tournament - Saturday April 30, 8 a.m. to noon. $75 per player - must have a foursome.
GLOW Run 5K fundraiser - The Smithville Noon Lion’s Club will host their annual GLOW RUN on Saturday, May 14. The race begins at 8:30pm with check-in at 7:00pm at the Gazebo on Main Street. This is a NIGHT TIME race so wear visible clothing. You are welcome to wear glow necklaces, bands, flashlights, etc. Attend the DJ concert at the Gazebo after the race. Contact Lisa Gonzales at 512-360-6005 to register.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Family Friendly Event for everyone!
In its 11th year, the skies above Smithville will be buzzing with activity. The Smithville-Crawford Municipal Airport - 84R, Loop 230 near Hwy 71, plays host to pilots and their guests that fly in for a day of fun and shopping Smithville-style! FREE ADMISSION
View the variety of planes and helicopter from a local emergency team landing, and be surprised by what might fly over. See the remote controlled planes demonstration, and pick up goodies.
Meal Served 11 AM - 1 PM
Young Eagles Ground School Training for youth, age 8-17, is free. Flights and log book following the ground school. If your child already has a log book, they are welcomed also to add to their book. See www.youngeagles.org for a sample of what they do.
Prizes awarded! A beauty contest for your plane!
Upgraded simulations! Flight simulation games and flight video games.
Helicopter Rides! Flight around the area for $20.
Games & Contests! It's all a good time.
Explore the Airport! Visit with the pilots, browse the vendors, and grab a bite to eat at lunchtime or shop in town as well, with the use of the Smithville Airport Courtesy Van.
For more information, call pilot Sandy Meyerson at 512-237-3500.
Facebook page - Fly84R for up-to-date happenings and photos from prior years. Previous photos here.
INFORMATION - Historic Building Tax Credit - Learn how state and federal tax credits can work for you. Your historic property may qualify* for up to 45% in tax credits. PDF of PROGRAM *Applies to “income producing” properties including commercial properties and residential rental.
CHARMING AND HISTORIC - Smithville boasts a large number in national register
Smithville, Texas, a town of under 4,000 according to the Census, overflows with historic charm in its downtown district. Both in commercial and residential, Smithville has 206 properties listed in the National Historic Register. How's that for special!