City of Elgin eNews

February 2019

Elgin City Council Meeting Information

Tuesday, February 5th - 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.

Sip Shop Stroll

Sip Shop & Stroll 

Thursday, February 14th  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Make plans to join us this Thursday in downtown. Enjoy live music, store specials, refreshments and more during Sip, Shop & Stroll from 5-8pm.

For more information visit or on Facebook, VisitElginTx 

Sip Shop Stroll
A Heart for Art
walk bike to school
community blood drive

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
Cooking Nutrition
cocina y nutricion
powerful tools for caregivers

Parks and Recreation
Upcoming Programs

On the New year, we all made New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you’re looking to improve your health, give back to the community or spend more time with your loved ones, we all try and strive to be our best self in the New Year. We know it’s hard to maintain your goals, but whatever they are, the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department has you covered. 

Elgin Parks and Rec Logo


Rec Center
Rec Center hours:

Monday – Friday  7:00 AM-8:00 PM
Saturday  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday  11:0 0AM – 7:00 PM

Hours Schedule and How to Become a Member

On January 2nd the Elgin Recreation Center has introduced new hours and increased the number of classes we offer with your membership. Jessica Ortiz hosts her High-Intensity Fitness Class from 6:30-7:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays where you’ll be challenged to do a variety of interval training activities. We have also introduced Sarah Graham as an instructor who will be offering two lunchtime classes; a H.I.I.T. Class from 12-12:45 PM Wednesdays and a Flow Yoga Class from 12-12:45 PM Fridays. When you come work out, be sure to check out our new list of equipment for use in the Studio and Weight Room, including a foam balance beam, yoga balls and more! 

Coming up in February, we have a Ballroom Dance February 7th from 6-8PM and a Cooking Class February 9th from 6-8PM in the Rec Center Studio Room. In March we will have a Spring Break series of activities to keep the whole family entertained during the break, including an art class, field day and more! Additional information can be found on our Facebook @ElginTXParks or on our website

If you’ve enjoyed our variety of programming, we now have a way for you to contribute to the fun! We’ve created a wishlist where 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.  All you have to do is click on the item you want to donate, purchase it, and it’ll be shipped straight to the Rec, hassle-free. To view the Wishlist, visit here.

We really hope that our Spring/Summer programming will offer new experiences and memories, and we hope to see you there!

 Elgin Parks Department Facebook and our Registration page.

For more information about the City of Elgin Parks Department click here. 


Teen Council

Elgin Rec Center Teen Council 

The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department is introducing our Teen Council – an organization founded to create new and innovative events/programs for Elgin Area teens and young adults while offering real world experience. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the practicalities of hosting an event as well as brainstorming new ideas for engaging programming, how to advertise for them and how to manage a budget. The Teen Council is designed to not only help the Parks and Recreation Department create targeted events and programming for teens and young adults but provide the opportunity for our Council members to gain valuable work experience and receive service hours. Through this council, we hope that teens will be able to explore their interests and learn more about how our governmental department functions as well as the practical applications of budgeting and planning. 

By joining the Teen Council members will work directly with the Program Manager of the Parks and Recreation Department of Elgin, TX, and have access to similar resources as those provided to the actual Parks Department. Participants will work as a team to walk through each other’s thoughts and come up with actionable plans, then come to a consensus on which event to pursue and bring it to 
reality. Plus, of course, there will be pizza and soda! 

Our upcoming dates are:

  • February 5th, 6-8PM
  • February 26th, 6-8PM
  • March 12th, 6-8PM
  • March 26th, 6-8PM
  • April 9th, 6-8PM

If you’re interested in becoming a leader to your peers, join Teen Council by coming to a meeting, emailing, or stopping by the front desk of the Elgin Recreation Center to pick up an application. 

Valentine’s Cards

Valentine’s Cards

Friday, February 1st

Fleming Community Center

Come decorate a Valentine's Day card for a friend, loved one, or secret admirer. We will also have the option to make Valentines for kids in hospitals through the organization "Cards for Hospitalized Kids". We will provide all the necessary materials to express your creativity, so come have fun!

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

Ballroom Dance Class

Ballroom Dance Class

Thursday, February 7th
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Elgin Rec Center Studio

Sweep your partner off their feet! Learn the basics of swing dance with a live instructor at the Rec Center in our multipurpose room. This event is only $15 per person, but space is limited so everyone who plans on attending needs to register 

Cooking classes - web

Cooking Class

Saturday, February 9th
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Elgin Rec Center Kitchen

Calling all love birds! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a cooking class? The menu will be released 2 weeks before the date of the scheduled class. Each participant is $20, and both members of the couple must register independently. Space is limited, so register soon! Click


Classes included in your Rec Membership

high intensity fitness

High Intensity Fitness Class

Mondays and Wednesdays
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 – 10:45PM
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.


Lunch Break Yoga

12:00 PM-12:45 PM

Elgin Rec Center
Teacher: Sarah Graham

This instructor lead, a 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!


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. 


Friday, February 8
Walk/Bike to School 

Thursday, February 14 | 5-8pm in Downtown
Sip, Shop & Stroll
Make plans to join us this Thursday in downtown. Start the evening out by celebrating our TDA award-winning downtown from 5-6pm at 28 N. Main Street. Stick around and enjoy live music, store special, refreshments and more during Sip, Shop & Stroll from 5-8pm.

A Heart for Art: Valentine's Day Pop-Up Art Show
Come out to enjoy some great artwork featuring members of the Elgin Arts Association on Valentine's Day evening during Elgin's monthly Sip, Shop & Stroll event. There will also be complimentary beverages and our "I Hog You So Much" photo booth to commemorate the evening! See the Facebook Event here.


March 2 - Community Clean Up Day
8:30 am - Elgin Memorial Park
Meet at the sand volleyball court. Supplies and refreshments provided.


Volunteers needed for Local Lore Elgin’s History Adventure Saturday April 13
10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Volunteer for two hours or more from 10am to 4pm at the Depot Museum, contact to sign up Help needed with activities, walking tours, games and more.

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! 



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 March 18th-22nd. 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.

NOTE: amounts can be no more than 3 cubic yards and is only available to residential customers.

Click here for the Trash & Recycling Procedures.

Please check the Trash, Recycle & Bulk Calendar 2019!

Depot Museum

Elgin Depot Museum & Elgin Historical Association

The Elgin Historical Association is pleased to announce its third annual Texas Independence Day celebration. The event will be held on Friday, March 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Meyer’s Smokehouse.

Participants may purchase their meals at noon, and at 12:45 p.m., Dr. Harry Krenek will make a presentation on a Texas history topic.


Current Job Openings

  • Grounds & Facilities Laborer I
  • Director of Planning and Development
  • Police Officer

Additional information available at: Job openings


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, February 8th
  • Friday, March 8th
  • Friday, April 12th
  • Friday, May 10th
Walk & Bike to School
Closed Signal

City Offices closure for Holidays

City offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Feb 18 - Presidents Day and Washington's Birthday

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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