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    The Chamber of Commerce is busy planning our many Fall events.  Be sure to mark your calendars for these great Tourism and community events:  October 7, Fall City Wide Garage Sale, 8am-3pm. October 14, Texas Photo Festival, 10am-3pm, Airing of the Quilts & Smithville Historic Home Tour, 10am-3pm, Festival of Lights Holiday Fest & Lighted Parade, December 2, 5K at 9am, Fest at 10am, Parade at 7pm.  Visit www.smithvilletx.org for more details.

    The August Chamber Business of the Month Spotlight is E.H. Mercantile. E.H. Mercantile carries everything from home decor to cute hats to tote bags and more. Tank tops and kids clothes and candles galore! (That rhymes!) Located at 1509 Dorothy Nichols Rd, Smithville, TX 78957, find them online at http://ehmercantile.com/, www.facebook.com/EHMercantile or call them at (512) 575-7115.

    We hope to see many of you at our Annual Chamber Luncheon on August 31, sponsored by Aqua Water, where we are pleased to announce Robbie Rabe, Seton Smithville Regional Hospital administrator, as our luncheon speaker. She will give us a complete review of the many exciting changes happening at the hospital, an incredibly important part of our community.  The luncheon is on August 31st at 11:30am in the First Methodist Church community room.  Be sure to get your meal tickets early as I am sure we will have a great turn out.  Along with our guest speaker we also plan to give luncheon goers a “State of the Chamber” and an update on the many exciting new businesses coming to Smithville. Many thanks to our title sponsor, Aqua Water. If you would like to be a table sponsor, simply contact Christy Hunn at 512-237-2313. Sponsorship includes thanks in our slideshow, mentions on our website and social media pages and luncheon program and thanks in our September newsletter.  Sponsors may also bring and distribute literature about their business.  Get your tickets online at www.smithvilletx.org or call 512-237-2313 or stop by the Chamber office.

    Our August Mixer will be hosted by Edward Jones Investments, Reed Morgan, at 301 Royston (in the log cabin) on Thursday, August 17 at 5pm.  Live music, chair massages, fantastic food and beverages are on the menu.  Join us for a great networking event.

    The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is participating in the staff back to school breakfast at Smithville ISD on Monday, August 21. The purpose of the breakfast is to welcome the new staff back to work and introduce the new staff members to the Smithville community.  Please consider providing a coupon, buy one get one, gift with purchase, or other promotion inviting the teachers & staff to visit your business.  Items like that or any giveaways like pens, notepads, (consider an individual bag of candy - like a snickers bar with your business info on a sticker attached to the candy), etc. for 250  bags that will be given to the staff at the back to school staff event August 21. You can bring items to the Chamber office anytime between the hours of 10am-4pm Monday through Friday. We need all items by 12pm on Wednesday, August 16 in order to have all bags ready for the staff breakfast.   We will be providing goody bags for the attendees that will include information from our Chamber members. We encourage you to provide information about your business or organization.  This gives them an opportunity to be familiar with your business and organization.

    Mark your calendar for the Fall City Wide Garage Sale, Saturday, October 7, 8am-3pm.  Register your sale at the Chamber office or online at www.smithvilletx.org.

    You are cordially invited to attend the Birthday Celebration for one of Smithville’s founders, Dr. Thomas Jefferson Gazley. Please join us for a recitation of history from the Smithville Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 183, the changing of the flags, and the dedication of two benches in memory of another famous Smithvillian, Billy Davis (sponsored by the Smithville Chamber of Commerce Keep Smithville Beautiful Committee). The celebration will take place on Sunday, August 13 at 3PM at Independence Park. Please feel free to bring friends and neighbors to the program.

    MEMBER MINUTE:

    The Smithville Chamber of Commerce congratulates Chamber member Carlos Liriano of Lost Pines Toyota. Carlos Liriano was awarded the Diversity Advocacy Award from the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). The award was presented at the 2017 NAMAD Annual Conference, which was held at the Fontainebleau in Miami, Florida in July. The Diversity Advocacy Award is given to automotive field leaders who are dedicated to helping minorities pursue their career dreams in the automobile industry. Born in Cuba, Carlos Liriano and his parents immigrated to America and made a home in New Orleans, Louisiana when he was nine years old. Now as Dealer Principal of Lost Pines Toyota and founder of the Liriano Family Foundation, Carlos is renowned for his diversity advocacy.  Liriano’s outreach activities not only promote minority prosperity but also aim to assist the community as a whole. Congratulations Carlos Liriano!

    MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    FIND YOUR WAY: Creating “Wayfinding Signs”.  Join us to help decide what needs to be “found” in Smithville and how we want to make the signs! August 8, 2017 at 6PM at MLK Park.  Come for Dinner (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Brats) Stay to Talk about Smithville Sights! For more information, contact Jill Strube: 512-237-3282 x 2109 / jstrube@ci.smithville.tx.us or Judy Bergeron: 512-237-3282 x 2401 / jbergeron@ci.smithville.tx.us.

    The Smithville Food Pantry has been providing supplemental nutrition for elderly, disabled, and low income individuals in the Smithville, Texas community since the mid-1990s. With the growing need in the community, the food pantry has expanded in recent years. The Smithville Food Pantry hopes to raise $12,000 through RedBasket.org to purchase a variety of furnishings including floor mats, shopping carts, and storage shelves to enhance the food pantry.  Please consider making a tax-deductible, fee-free donation to the Smithville Food Pantry by visiting RedBasket.org/1370QUESTIONS? Contact Amanda Wood, (877) 969-7378, amanda@redbasket.org, 1700 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68102.

    The Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Dept. will have a Firefighters' and Kids' Day Fundraiser, Sunday, August 27 from 10-3, 109 Green Acres Loop & Hwy.71. Included in the day’s events will be D.J. Brian Diaz aka "New York Brian", Firefighter competition games, raffle, BBQ dinner, miniature pony 'Gracie', duck pond, face painting, a cake walk and bake sale.  FREE Safety Fingerprinting Kits, where your child’s DNA swab goes home with you, will be provided by Woodmen Life.  Call Marty Hill at 812-779-8482 for more information or purchase raffle tickets.

    Are you looking for quality Christian child care for your child? Grace Lutheran Learning Center is enrolling now for the coming school year! All-day care is available for children ages 6 weeks through 4 years, and after-school care extends for children through 12 years. Call 512-360-2800 for more information.

    Playhouse Smithville announces their EIGHTH SEASON: Season 8 Unfolds, which runs September 2017-June 2018.  Season Tickets now available at www.playhousesmithville.com.  AUDITIONS for the first show this season, SWEET EMOTION, will be held Thursday, August 10 at 7pm and Saturday, August 12 at 10am at the Playhouse.  Call 512-360-7397 with questions.

    Be sure to go online and vote for a Smithville Business for BEST of Bastrop County!  Many local businesses have been nominated. Vote online at www.statesman.com/bestofbastrop

    The B.E.S.T Leadership Program is a partnership between the Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville Chambers of Commerce. Participation is limited, so don’t wait. Register online at:  http://www.bastropchamber.com/pages/best-leadership  

    Bastrop County Medical Directory: For the first time Bastrop County residents will have their own medical directory with information on those in the medical field locally to meet their medical needs.  The Medical Directory will include Medical, Dental, Holistic, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine sections.  If you want to be included in this directory as a listing or an ad, 10,000 copies will be printed, contact Debbie Denny Media Solutions at 512-844-3930 or ddenny001@gmail.com.  This will be a full color, glossy directory.

    This week, the Lyric Theater in Flatonia presents UP, August 11 & 12, 8pm.  Visit their website at www.mylyrictheater.com for details.   

    Cistern Store and Bar – FRI., AUG. 11, 8 PM – MIDNIGHT, LEGENDS-N-TIME, KARAOKE & DANCING, COUNTRY - ROCK – HIPHOP, SAT., AUG. 12, 9 PM  - 1 AM, EIGHT FROM THE GATE, LIVE MUSIC & DANCING, COUNTRY - LITE ROCKCisternstore_bar@yahoo.com or 361-865-3655 for more information.

    Sundance Expressions is a social media management business designed to help local businesses reach their current and potential clients consistently with meaningful content. Their mission is to help grow your business through social media. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Call 512-304-0933 or email sundanceexpressions@gmail.com today to schedule an appointment.

    Have you visited Midnight Monkey Mercantile?  They call their place a STORYFRONT because that's what it is. A place where they tell the stories of a collection of magical, sometimes mysterious and often amusing old-fashioned and modern luxury goods.  A blend of the obscure with the common.  Visit them online at www.MidnightMonkeyMercantile.com

    Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park is hiring actors for the 2017 season. They are a haunted attraction featuring 4 haunted houses, a bar, a cafe, live music and campgrounds located on 20 acres deep in the woods south of Bastrop, TX. They are looking for talented individuals to join their team for the 2017 season which goes from the middle of September to the first week in November. Interested parties visit their website at http://www.screamhollow.com/.

    BELLA'S ANTIQUES is accepting new dealers in the shop.  Need to downsize and sale your inherited antiques and collectibles?  Space will be available starting August 1st.  Please call Michele Nelson at 512-520-7352 if you are interested in being a dealer in a great antique shop.   

    Now Available...3/2 Home in Smithville for lease...$1350/month...1 year minimum lease...No Smoking in the house...must have verifiable rental and employment history...background credit and criminal Checks is will be completed...$45 application fee per person...$1200/Security Deposit. Contact Gina Hightower at ginahightower@icloud.com.

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