City of Elgin eNews

December 2018

Elgin City Council Meeting Information

Tuesday, January 8th - Council Meeting

The Council Meeting starts at 7:00 PM at City Hall Annex 310 North Main Street

Elgin City Council 
Chris Cannon, Mayor
Jessica Bega, Mayor Pro-Tem 

Jessica Bega – Ward 1            Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez - Ward 2          Susie Arreaga – Ward 2
Phillip Thomas – Ward 3          James Daniel Lopez – Ward 3
Sue Brashar – Ward 4             Neil Beyer – Ward 4 

View Meeting Agendas for details.

image of Elgin spelled with three dimensional letters

Sip Shop & Stroll 

Thursday December 13th  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown. You will find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the venues. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, samples and refreshments throughout the evening. 

For more information visit or on Facebook, VisitElginTx 

Home for Holiday

Home for the Holidays in Elgin!

  • November 24th - Shop Small Saturday
  • November 30th - Holiday Concert with Elgin ISD Elementary School campuses
  • Selfies with Santa throughout the month 
  • December 1st - Hot Cocoa Stroll
  • December 8th - Holiday Sweater Weekend
  • December 15th - The Art of Holiday Giving 
  • December 22nd - Stocking Stuffer Saturday 

Read more details here
Find the event flyer
Read the press release here.

Holiday Sweater Weekend

Saturday December 8, wear your holiday sweater while you shop downtown and you may win prizes, and special discounts, participate in a Tackiest Holiday Sweater Contest!  Store Specials throughout downtown and you can enjoy delicious dining options too!

Shop Small

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.

Elgin Public Library Activities
Elgin Public Library Activities
Family Movie Night
Adult Craft Day
Old Fashioned Christmas

travel club

Parks and Recreation
Upcoming Programs

The Parks and Rec Department is excited to present 3 special events this November! You can find additional information on the Elgin Parks Department Facebook and our Registration page. We have a number of classes scheduled at the Rec Center every week as well as special events every month, so stop by the Rec, pick up an events program, give us a call or follow us online! 

For more information about City of Elgin Parks Department click here. 
Elgin Parks and Rec Logo
Basketball League

Basketball League at the Rec

Thursdays through December and January

Elgin Recreation Center Gymnasium

From December to January, every Thursday night from 6:00-8:00PM we will host our Basketball League. All you need is 5 to 7 players for a team, or sign up individually and we'll find a team for you! Our first league game will be Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:00PM.

We will have 5 players from each team on the court at a time with 1 to 2 alternates, and will be playing four 9 minute quarters. Play off schedule will be determined by number of teams that sign up. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the season

This League is a steal! Fees are $50 for a 5 to 7 player team for the season or $10 for an individual for the season, and you can register online 

Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 15 - 8:00AM-10:00AM
Elgin Recreation Center Studio

It’s time to get your wish list ready and come get your pictures taken with Santa for FREE. We will provide light refreshments, photos with Santa himself, and more! 

This is a FREE event but space is limited!! Please register online to reserve your spot! Click

Snowflake Crafts

Snowflake Crafts

Monday, December 17 - 6:00-8:00PM
Memorial Park

Join us for some more crafty fun! We will be making and decorating snowflakes for this winter season! We will provide all supplies needed as well as light refreshments, so we hope to see you there.

This is a FREE event but space is limited!! Please register online to reserve your spot 

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Thursday, November 15 - 6:00-8:00PM
Fleming Center

Dive into the new year with a refreshing dip in the Morris Memorial pool, then warm up with complimentary coffee and hot chocolate!

This is a FREE event, but to ensure we have plenty of supplies, everyone who attends needs to register:
Click here

Parent or guardian must be present at all times for children to participate.


Rec Center
Beginning Wednesday, January 2nd, the Rec Center will be updating our hours to better serve the community. Our new hours will be: 

Monday – Friday  7:00AM-8:00PM
Saturday  9:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday  11:00AM – 7:00PM

Hours Schedule and How to Become a Member

Classes included in your Rec Membership

high intensity fitness

High Intensity Fitness Class

Mondays 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Elgin Rec Center
Teacher: Jessica Ortiz

Feel Stronger and leaner with this fast- paced, instructor led class for all level of athletes every Monday. Exercises vary by class for a whole body workout. You'll pick up the pace during these calorie-burning circuit workouts made up of conditioning, agility and some equipment based movements targeting Butt & Legs, Upper Body & Core- a Full body Burn! 

Siéntase fuerte y lleno de energía con esta clase de aeróbicos de ritmo rápido dirigida por un instructor cada lunes disponible para todos niveles. Los entrenamientos de circuito de para quemar calorías están son compuestos por movimientos basados en agilidad, condición y resistencia. ¡Nos enfocamos en la parte superior del cuerpo, las piernas, glúteos, y abdomen – quema grasa en todo el cuerpo!"

Bilingual Instructor

High Intensity Workouts

Wednesdays in January beginning on the 9th 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Elgin Rec Center
Teacher: Sarah Graham

This short and sweet HIT class will consist of interval training alternating between power moves and recovery cardio moves. A variety of ab exercises will be included, as well as a warm up and cool down. It’s a great way to squeeze in a powerful workout during your lunch hour.

High Intensity Fitness Class

Mondays 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Elgin Rec Center
Teacher: Sarah Graham

This instructor lead, shorter yoga practice will allow you to feel the benefits of a full yoga class, but only take 45 minutes so you can fit it in during your lunch hour. A refreshing break from your busy work day, this class will help reduce stress, ease achy joints, stretch and lengthen tight muscles, and energize you for the rest of the day. Restore balance to your work week with lunch break yoga!

Want to support the Elgin Parks Department community programming? Well now you can! 

To better serve our community and make our events bigger and better, we’ve created an Amazon Wishlist of items that we will use for our Spring and Summer programming. When you click on the link you’ll find a list of items that will be used for a variety of events ranging from our Senior Socials, to Kids’ Craft Days and community centered events. Then, if you order online, the items will be shipped straight to the Parks Department so it’s no hassle for you. 
If you’d like us to make a shout out on Social Media or include your donation in our Spring/Summer program guide, please email with the item(s) you donated and the name, dedication or business you’d like us to list. 
Parks Department Wishlist

Blue Santa

Blue Santa

The Elgin Police Department is partnering with individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community to provide families in need with toys to help make their children’s Christmas season brighter. Registration will begin October 29th and will end December 5th. Donations for new toys and cash will be accepted through December 7th. (Families must register in person at the Elgin Police Department)
There are two ways to donate to Blue Santa of Elgin. You can donate new, unwrapped gifts for male and female ages of infant to age 13. Or you can donate financially so we may purchase new gifts to give to those who need them most in our community. Toys must be new, not used; they must not contain liquid or powder such as glitter; no toy weapons; no food; and no glass. Gifts and cash donations may be dropped off at the Elgin Police Department any time of the day.

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

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 December
Please click here for details 

Saturday, December 1 – Holiday by the Tracks & Hot Cocoa Stroll 
Veterans’ Memorial Park & Historic Downtown Elgin 
Select a limited edition holiday souvenir mug and sample a variety of Hot Cocoa from downtown businesses and vote for your favorite during the Hot Cocoa Stroll!  Holiday by the Tracks includes visits with Santa, a day of shopping at the local businesses in Historic Downtown Elgin, the VFD Lighted Christmas Parade starts at dusk and is followed by a live nativity by St. Peters Lutheran Church.

Saturday, December 8- Holiday Sweater Weekend
Historic Downtown Elgin 
Saturday December 8, wear your holiday sweater while you shop downtown and you may win prizes, and special discounts, Enjoy yoga in your holiday sweater and participate in a Tackiest Holiday Sweater Contest!  Store Specials throughout downtown and you can enjoy delicious dining options too!

Saturday, December 15- Art of Giving 
This holiday season, consider a handcrafted gift.  Saturday December 15 enjoy a showcase of unique handcrafted items from local artists in the Elgin area.  Studio 621 will be open with several artists sharing their creations, 28 N will be open hosting local artists and Earthen Metals will be open with metal smith demonstrations, and guest artists.  Downtown businesses will be featuring locally crafted and handcrafted items ranging from treenware to marshmallows!  

Thursday December 13- Sip, Shop & Stroll 
5-8pm Historic Downtown Elgin 
Thursday December 13 Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown. You will find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the venues. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, samples and refreshments throughout the evening. Visit for additional information  

Saturday, December 22- Stocking Stuffer Saturday 

Last chance for holiday shopping before Christmas – Saturday December 22, downtown stores will feature items to fill your stockings and will be offering great holiday specials as well as tempting holiday fare to keep your energy high.  Relax and look forward to continued celebrations with delicious dining options form local restaurants!   

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!

Save the date! 

The Art of Giving
Elgin Depot Museum

The Elgin Depot Museum

The Elgin Depot Museum is open 10-2p.m. Wed.-Fridays. Open Saturdays during the holidays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 & Dec. 22

Mark your Calendars

Join us for the Holiday Party and RESCHEDULED Elgin Historical Association 2018 Annual Meeting

Where:  Fleming Center Grand Hall, Elgin, Texas 78621
Date/Time: December 10, 2018 from 6-9:00p.m (Rain or Shine) Speakers, Volunteer Recognition, Awards -- Refreshments Follow Charlene Hanson Jordan will be the featured speaker and talk about the history of the Elgin Depot Museum and the work it took to bring it back to a beautiful building.

Annual Meeting


Bulk trash pickup is once per quarter and is serviced on your scheduled trash day. The next bulk trash pick up will be the week of December 10th-14th. Items may be placed at the curb two days before, no earlier than 5PM. Any items that are not serviced, must be removed  be  removed no later than 7 AM the day after collection.

Click here for the Trash & Recycling Procedures.

Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids

Distribution Day Saturday, December 8th 8am-3pm at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

For more information:
Phone: 512-467-8982

Find the event flyer here
Vea el panfleto del evento aquí

Read more details here
Lea más detalles aquí 

Read the cover letter here

Walk & Bike to School

Join us and celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling. 

  • Physical activity
  • Reduces traffic congestion and pollution
  • Promotes being healthy
  • Builds community awareness 

Save the date: 

  • Friday, December, 14th 
Walk & Bike to School

Current Job Openings

  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Recreation Facilities Assistant I
  • Patrol Sgt. for our Police Dept
  • Detective Sgt. for our Police Dept
  • Patrol Officer for our Police Dept

Additional information available at: Job openings

Closed Signal

City Offices closure for Holidays

City offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Dec 24, 25 - Christmas Day
  • Jan 1 - New Year's Day

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 hereSign 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.


Be Air Aware

Check the air pressure on your vehicle's tires once a month. Properly inflated tires save money, provide more traction, last longer, reduce emissions, keep you safe, and improve gas mileage. Learn more clean air driving tips at:

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