City of Elgin eNews

December 2017


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, December 5 - Regular Meeting
Elgin City Council  2016-2017
Chris Cannon, Mayor & Juan Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Susie Arreaga - Ward 2
Phillip Thomas & James Daniel Lopez, Ward 3
Sue Brashar & Neil Beyer - 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.
Volunteers are needed for projects throughout the year. Email for more information Contact the City Secretary, Amelia Sanchez at 512-281-5724 or


December 5, 2017 310 North Main Street at 7pm
See link for more information. 

Holiday by the Tracks & Hot Cocoa Stroll 

Ring in the holidays with a downtown celebration that will fill you with the spirit of the season.  On Saturday, December 2nd, young and old can enjoy pictures with Santa Claus, downtown shopping, the Hot Cocoa Stroll, a holiday bazaar, craft activities for the kids and more in downtown Elgin.
The Hot Cocoa Stroll offers hot cocoa samples from 2 to 5 at more than a dozen participating locations.  Purchase your souvenir Home for the Holidays mug at 22 North Main and then enjoy samples throughout downtown.  Cast your vote for the winner of the People’s Choice award, and official judges will be selecting the best milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spicy and more! 


Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Annual Lighted Christmas Parade & Toy Drive 

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Dusk. The Lighted Parade is sponsored by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. Parade route from Elgin Memorial Park to Veterans' Memorial Park through downtown. Donations of unwrapped toys will be collected during the parade.  See link for additional information. Link 

Blue Santa

Blue Santa

Deadline to apply to receive Blue Santa assistance is Thursday, December 7th by 5pm! All applicants must apply in person at the Elgin Police Department at any time of the day. 

Donations of new toys and cash are accepted through December 9th:
Elgin Blue Santa c/o Elgin Police Department 202 Depot Street Elgin, Texas 78621

For information, please call 512-285-5757 or email

Boys & girls club

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County

Presents Hannibal Lokumbe with special guests Dallas Wayne and more. Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 pm at the Lost Pines Art Center, 1204 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, Texas.
With your ticket purchase:
$250 – bottle of wine, heavy appetizer service, autographed CDs, VIP balcony seating
$100 – heavy appetizer bar and glass of wine, reserved seat in main gallery
$50 – heavy appetizer bar and non alcoholic beverage, cash wine bar available. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County serves all of Bastrop County including Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin. To learn more

Mike Cox
Coats for kids

Coats for Kids

Distribution Day Saturday, December 9th 8am-3pm at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. For more information: Phone- 512-467-8982

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Sip Shop & Stroll Live Music 

Thursday December 14th  from 5 to 8 enjoy a variety of Live music, store specials, wine and beer samples, refreshments and experience a beautiful evening strolling through downtown Elgin!   or on Facebook, VisitElginTx 



Snowflake Project

Look for snowflake making stations around the community and at special events like Hot Cocoa Stroll Holiday by the Tracks, Holiday Sweater Saturday, and Sip Shop and Stroll.
The Main Street Board- Design Committee is organizing this project. We hope the community will help make snowflakes and share their thoughts about public art in Elgin.   In addition to the special event options snowflakes can be made at Elgin Local Goods, The Owl, Wine Bar and Home Goods store, and Aviators pizza.  The Snowflakes will be installed at 28N for a temporary art display Saturday, December 16th in celebration of The Art of Giving and art in our community.   Look for a community conversation about public art                January 11, 2018 at 28N during Sip Shop and Stroll.     For more information visit 

Art of giving

The Art of Giving 

Saturday, December 16th- featuring locally crafted handmade items.  Meet artists at participating downtown businesses including  treenware, printmaking, watercolor, silk screening, jewelry, metal arts, woodworking, pottery and more. Additional information at 


Movies, Crafts & More!

 At our parks and Fleming Center. Volunteer for Park projects and find out about all the fun at this link!  

Book Club

Library programs 

Activities for kids, Pot Luck Book Club for adults, arts and crafts classes and activities for all ages. Check for all the details! Library Newsletter here

Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, & classes via the Community Calendar on the website 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 specify the types of events you want to know about. 


Santa Sightings throughout the month 
Check here for updated listings of where you can meet Santa, share your holiday wishes and take your own pictures - Selfies with Santa!  

Friday, December 1- Holiday Concert with Elgin ISD Elementary School choirs 6:30pm   Veterans’ Memorial Park OR if inclement weather, Elgin ISD Admin building

Saturday, December 2 –Hot Cocoa Stroll & Holiday by the Tracks
Elgin Public Library & Downtown Elgin

Saturday, December 2 – Elgin VFD Lighted Christmas Parade
Dusk, Elgin Memorial Park to Downtown Elgin

Saturday, December 2 – Live Nativity by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
 After the parade, Veterans’ Memorial Park

Friday, December 8-Movies in the Park- A Christmas Carol 
6-8pm Elgin Memorial Park. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, December 9- Holiday Sweater Weekend downtown
Wear your holiday sweater downtown and enjoy holiday specials from participating businesses! 

Tuesday, December 12- Superintendent Social
6-7:30 pm Elgin High School - Visit with Superintendent and EISD Staff.  

Thursday, December 14- Sip, Shop & Stroll
5-8pm Historic Downtown Elgin

Friday, December 15- Movies in the Park- The Grinch
6-8pm Elgin Memorial Park. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.  

Saturday December 16 - The Art of Holiday Giving downtown
Studio 612, Earthen Metals and 28 N will be open with artists, and downtown stores will be featuring locally made and handcrafted items.  Find the perfect gift for even the hardest to buy for on your list!  
Wednesday, December 20- Gingerbread Man Workshop
6-8pm Fleming Classroom Juice and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, December 23- Stocking Stuffer Saturday  

Last chance to fill those stockings- Enjoy holiday specials and a great variety of products downtown.  

Tuesday, January 2- Polar Bear Plunge
12-3pm Morris Memorial Pool 

Monday, January 15Bastrop County MLK Walk & Program
Location Smithville, TX 

Thursday, January 11, Sip, Shop & Stroll
5pm - 8pm, Historic Downtown Elgin

Saturday, January 27- CPR Class
8am-5pm Fleming Community Center 

Check out the Community Calendar on our website for more information about these events, and keep up with the fun in Elgin! Also see the City of Elgin Annual Events List!
Sign up for Notifications to get emails regarding events you want to know about!

Current Job Openings

Chief of Police
Patrol Officer I 
Additional information available at: Job openings

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.

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Bulk Trash:  New information 

The City of Elgin has Residential Bulk Pickup every 2nd and 4th  Wednesdays of each month. All bulk requests are to be submitted in writing, at ,our website at or forms may be picked up at City Hall. Call in requests will not be accepted. The deadline to schedule a pickup is Friday at 5pm prior to the next scheduled bulk date. 
Chapter 42, Article IV, Section 42-272 “Bulky waste and brush waste shall not be placed out for collection earlier than 5:00 p.m. two days before the established collection day and shall be moved from the collection site no later than 7:00 a.m. the date after the collection day.”
Violation of the rules and requirements –including exceeding the limit for bulk trash placed at the curb may result in citation and potential fines per City Ordinance.
Bulk dates, Acceptable/ Non-acceptable items can be found on the City Calendar/Services at  

Get the Facts on Ozone Advance 

Learn about what is being done about ozone in Central Texas
"Be Air Aware" 

Learn more about Ozone Action Days here
Sign up for air quality alerts.  

Dog n Cat

Support for Animals 

Want to lend a helping hand to the Bastrop County Animal Shelter?  Here's a Shopping List for items they need year round!

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

To request assistance from the Animal Control Officer call the Elgin Police Department            at 512-285-5757.

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic at Elgin General Store. Appointments required.

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