City of Elgin eNews

October 2015

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City of Elgin NEW Website
The City of Elgin has launched a new 
Website! The new site features updated pages with easier navigation and search ability. This eNewsletter was developed on the new site and is part of the "Notify Me" feature that the community can sign up for.  
FREE Listing in Business Directory:
Another new feature is the Business Directory.  Residents can use this to find area goods and services. It uses both alphabetical and category searches to help them find what they need.
Businesses may submit their information for a FREE listing in the Business Directory by completing the
Directory Request Form.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Website Administrator at: 512-281-5724 or

We hope you will take some time to look around and let us know what you think!  Read more at  News Flash

Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, and classes via the Community Calendar on the home page. 
The new and improved calendar lets you view all items or you can select a category, such as events or meetings, or library or parks, etc. 
You can also sign up to get notifications when the calendar is updated and even specify the types of events you want to know about. 

Save the Date for October and Beyond:
Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park - see more info below
October 3 and November 7 - Healthy Living

First Saturday Sidewalk Sales: October 3 - Look for sidewalk sales downtown on the First Saturday of the month.  Enjoy specials at the River Valley Farmers' Market at Veterans’ Memorial Park and the Flea Market at Elgin Memorial Park. 

Monarch Way Station - Help Schoolkids Save the Monarchs - Saturday, October 3, 9:30 am, 601 West 2nd Street - The Old Hanke Gin. See article below or  Read More 

Walk or Bike to School DayWednesday October 7 - Elgin ISD and the City of Elgin are celebrating National Walk to School - see article below. 

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, October 8, 5 – 8 pm in Historic Downtown Elgin. Visit downtown for extended store hours as well as in store specials, live music, wine tastings and more! In Store Specials updated each month.

Adult Kickball Fall 2015: Every Thursday, October 1 – October 29, Register NOW by calling Michael Gonzalez at 512-285-6190.  Read More

Fall Festival: Thursday, October 1, Elgin Public Library, 5 - 8 pm - Read More

Think Pink Thursdays: Every Thursday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, Don't Get Oinked!
Hogeye's not just a Festival - It's a Season!

National Night Out: Tuesday, October 6, Your neighborhood!  Click here for Neighborhood Registration information -  Participation LIst see more info below
National Night Out will also be celebrated Downtown at Gypsie Blue on Main Street

Shenandoah Trail Celebration: Thursday, October 15, Shenandoah Park - see article below or  Read More

Community Clean Up - Saturday, October 17 - Elgin Memorial Park - 8:30 am registration, 9 - 11 am pick up litter  - Read more

Fine Arts Exhibition at Austin Community College in Elgin: October 12-23. Free to the public. See article below or Click here for flyer with viewing days and times. 

Hogeye Festival: Saturday, October 24, 10 am – 6 pm visit Hogeyefestival.coml or see Hog Holler article below.

Safe Trick or Treat Trail - Celebrate Halloween with this safe alternative by coming to Elgin Veterans' Park and Downtown businesses. Saturday, October 31st, 5 - 7 pm. Read More

Check out the Community Calendar on our website for more information about these events, and keep up with the fun in Elgin! 

Sign up for Notifications to get emails regarding events you want to know about!

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, October 6 - Regular Meeting rescheduled 
to October 20 

Elgin City Council  2015-2016
Marc Holm, Mayor & Chris Cannon, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Edward Maldonado  - Ward 2
Chris Cannon & Craig Fromme - Ward 3 
Sue Brashar & Keith Joesel - 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

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.


The Hogeye Festival News

Think Pink Thursdays!  Hogeye's not just a Festival - it's a season!  Wear your Pink of Vintage Hogeye T-shirts every Thursday in October as we prepare for the Festival and all the events leading up to it. Don't get OINKED

Hogalicious Desert Contest: test those recipes! Youth and adults can enter their best sugary confections in the pie and cake categories.  There’s a professional category too! Judged based on Presentation and taste – just like in Cupcake Wars! Thursday October 22, 6 pm at Elgin Local Goods, 201 N Main, Registration form  or  Professional form

Pearls Before Swine Art Show – Thursday, October 22 at 6 pm, opening reception at 107 North Main Street. Open Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-6. See Elgin Arts Association 

Hogeye Festival Flyer: Austin Steam Train Association is bringing their 1960 Alco diesel locomotive to the Hogeye Festival, complete with boxcars and a caboose for you to ride!  See details and purchase tickets here! 

Let the Parking Pig Smile upon you this year at Hogeye – take the Free Festival Shuttle! 
Plenty of parking in the park & ride lot at Hwy 95 North and Main Street (Elgin Memorial Park). Free Shuttle runs every 15 minutes.from 10 am to 6 pm.

For more information and the complete list of Hogeye contests, entertainment and activities please visit our website at:

Like us on Facebook – Elgin Hogeye Festival - and share the piggy news with your friends!   

Hogeye Volunteers: Join the Passel of Hogunteers! Volunteer for the 28th Annual Hogeye Festival. Contact us at 512-229-3217 or by email at
Thanks for your porkticipation!

Your Input is Needed!

Elgin has been recommended for funding for the FM 1100 & Hwy 95 North Elgin Connections sidewalk  project.  Please take a moment to vote for the Elgin project in the survey, and to send an email stating the need for these sidewalk improvements to be made in our community.  City of Elgin applied for a CAMPO Transportation alternatives grant for sidewalks on FM 1100, Hwy 95 North and County Line Road.  – Please participate in the public comment process and share this with your contacts – Thank you Amy 
You can help our community get funded for sidewalk connections on FM 1100 and County Line Road - take this survey and select the Elgin Connections project! look for CAMPO Public Input in the bottom right corner and click on survey! you can also attend one of the public hearings listed or send an email in support of the project to

Help the Schoolkids Save the Monarchs

Come help with the FIRST Monarch Butterfly Way Station at GinTX Village
Saturday, October 3, 9:30 am till later that day. 601 West 2nd Street - The Old Hanke Gin.
GinTX Village, in collaboration with Bailey Braden and the Neidig Elementary Student Council, has initiated the First (Official and Registered) Monarch Butterfly Way Station in the Elgin area as a springboard for the Monarch Butterfly Learning Center.
The Monarch Butterfly Learning Center is being developed at GinTX Village for use by the Elgin Public Schools, and Way Station #1 is the first step. 
This fall and next spring, Elementary students will plant and maintain the Monarch Butterfly Way Stations at GinTX Village.  YOU can help by getting the first Way Station ready for planting and learning about the value of Monarch Butterfly Way Stations.
Our intention is to grow this initiative, inspiring others to plant Monarch Butterfly Way Stations throughout the Elgin area, making Elgin the Monarch Butterfly Capital of Texas! 
Click here for Flyer 

Walk or Bike to School Day


Elgin ISD And the City of Elgin are celebrating National Walk to School day on Wednesday October 7.  Neidig Elementary,  Elgin Elementary, Elgin Middle School and Elgin High School have new sidewalks that provide safe routes to school for many of the students at those campuses.  Use this opportunity to check out the option of a safe route for your student and see if walking or biking will work for your family.  Booker T Washington Elementary school will be celebrating with morning recess and walking the track on campus.  
All students are encouraged to wear crazy socks and decorate their shoes.  This is a great opportunity to review safe walking and biking practices with your family, and to remind us all about safe transit in general.  As a driver, choose to practice no texting or phone calls while you are driving, look for pedestrians and cyclists, and remember to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading.  Walking is one of the best things we can do to improve and maintain our health.  Everyone can take advantage of the sidewalks around town and find a favorite safe route!  For more information visit:
Texas Safe Routes

Walk on the Left - Bike on the Right  - - - -  Use the Cross Walk! 

Save the Air - Walk from Here to There!

I Love my Brain - Wear a Helmet when Riding!

Remember - Elgin ISD libraries are open Monday's from 4-7
Neidig Elementary . Elgin Elementary . Booker T Washington Elementary Elgin Middle School . Elgin High School - The public is welcome and can set up individual accounts to check out books.

Shop Elgin FIRST

You can make a difference with your everyday shopping right here in Elgin!  Every time you choose to make purchases in Elgin rather than in some other community whether that’s filling the car with gas, buying groceries, eating at a local restaurant or stopping at the hardware store, you are making a positive impact on the place where you live!  When you shop in Elgin you support the businesses that build up and support our community.  Local businesses pay property taxes and sales taxes that directly benefit the services and programs in Elgin and Bastrop County.  They create local jobs, provide training for their employees, and support other businesses with their own business to business purchases. 

Local businesses are the ones supporting the fundraising dinners, benefit silent auctions, donate for raffles, and sponsor sports teams, youth groups etc.  They are the ones who send volunteers to community events, and provide sponsorships for things like Western Days and the Hogeye Festival.  In short, local businesses are at the heart of everything that makes Elgin a great place to live.  Next time you find yourself thinking, oh I’ll stop in Austin, or I’ll just run in to the Walmart in Manor, take a minute and we hope you’ll decide to make those purchases right here in Elgin.  Every time you Shop In Elgin First, you are supporting the businesses who support our community!  

Bring Your BBQ Receipts Downtown for Specials and Discounts! 
Now through December, participating downtown merchants are offering in store specials and/or discounts to customers with a receipt from Meyers Elgin Smokehouse or Southside Market & Barbeque.  Look for the sign, BBQ Receipts Welcome Here! to find participating merchants. 
Guests staying at the Elgin Holiday Inn can enjoy discounts and specials too when they bring their room card to participating merchants.  All this to say, if you have not been downtown lately, you need to check it out – there are lots of new businesses opening!


Elgin Business Expo

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to participate in the 2015 Elgin Business Expo.  This event is planned for Thursday, November 19 at the Elgin High School Cafeteria from 4 pm - 7 pm.
The purpose of the Expo is to educate the community on local companies, products and services available in the Elgin area.  It also provides an additional marketing tool for exhibitors to highlight their businesses and further promote their products and services. The Chamber of Commerce encourages Elgin citizens to shop locally. When you spend your money locally you support the businesses that support this community. Local businesses employ 1400 people and generate sales tax revenue for our city.
Make plans to attend the Expo on November 19. This will be a fun filled evening for all participants. Admission will be free. There will be door prizes, delicious food and entertainment throughout the evening. For more information and to reserve your booth contact the Chamber office at 285-4515.

Shenandoah Trail Celebration 

Join us in celebrating the opening of the Shenandoah Park Trail.  In addition to refreshments and door prizes there will be nature and outdoor activity information booths sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and Austin Community College - Elgin Campus. The Elgin Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the official ribbon cutting. 
The Shenandoah Hike and Bike trail is now open. Located along beautiful Elm Creek the Shenandoah Trail starts in Shenandoah Soccer Park 1490 N Ave C and ends at the Austin Community College Elgin Campus on 290. This granite and concrete trail is just over a half mile long and takes you along a water way and patches of the Texas Black Land Prairie. The trail is an excellent corridor for pedestrian traffic, those looking for more areas to run or walk or a fun stroll with the family. For more information on the trail please contact the Elgin Parks Department 512-285-6190 or visit

Fine Arts Exhibition at Austin Community College Elgin

October 12-23.  Paintings, sculpture, glass, and jewelry on display in the lobby of ACC.  Free to the public. Enjoy!  
Artists wishing to be included may call 512-431-7756 or email   Elgin ACC Campus is located at 1501 Hwy 290.  Click here for flyer with viewing days and times. 

National Night Out
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Elgin are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide for this event. Elgin Police Officers and City Officials will be visiting neighborhoods throughout Elgin in support of building a community partnership. Neighborhoods are encouraged to come together and send a message that we are working together to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.

Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights, from 6 - 8 pm, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. If you are willing to get involved and organize a group of your neighbors contact the Elgin Police Department at 512-285-5757. Read more

Is your Neighborhood on the Participation LIst?

River Valley Farmers' Market in Historic Downtown Elgin!

Every Saturday 9 am - 1 pm in Veterans’ Memorial Park - fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, hand-made crafts, children’s activities, and more! The Farmers’ Market hosts live music and Sidewalk sales on First Saturdays. Follow the RVFM at their website or Follow them on their Facebook page. 
October 3 and November 7 - Healthy Living
Check out local food options & Information at Local Food Network

Farmers Market Banner
A Row To Share

Stacey Van Landingham Community Cupboard Board Member
From Our Gardens to Your Table – Join a handful of Elginites who have decided to donate their own home-grown fresh produce to the Elgin Community Cupboard. Simply prepare an extra row, sow a few more seeds or plant an extra container of cherry tomatoes. When you're ready to harvest contact Carolyn Lanford with the Community Cupboard at 281-4011 for information on when to deliver your donation or arrange for pickup. You can also visit us online at for information.

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

The museum is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 2 - 5 PM. Admission is free.

The Elgin Historical Assn. is excited to announce that a special traveling exhibit called, "Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker: A Pictorial Exhibit of Their Story," will open as part of the coming Hogeye Festival on Saturday, October 24.  It consists of over 40 rarely seen photos as they make their way around Texas, initiated by the Texas Heritage Trails program.  In 1836 Cynthia Ann was taken by a Comanche raiding party, and over years, she became wife to a Comanche Chief and mother to children, including Quanah. Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers. Quanah became a very important Comanche leader. Many people know the basic story, and this show will demonstrate the tragedy of these two courageous individuals.  The exhibit will remain in Elgin until the end of the year.

In addition to the Quanah Parker exhibit opening, the Depot Museum will also be exhibiting a model layout of the area around Elgin Depot produced by the SANTRAK Model Railroad Association. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win this setup along with a working train. The winning ticket will be drawn on December 12th you do not need to be present to win.

The Depot Museum we will have a small exhibit of Indian artifacts collected in the Elgin area and some from New Mexico. Cristin Embree, an EHA member as well as a member of the Mary Christian Burleson Foundation board, will have a photo booth outside where people can have their photographs taken by a professional photographer. She will also have the Indian artifacts and will show and explain them to visitors.

Rotating Mini-exhibits add some sparkle about current holidays and events. The Museum also has an extensive photo collection and souvenirs for purchase. For inquiries call 512-285-2000. Read more or Follow us on Facebook

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

For information on City of Elgin trash service, recycling, & bulk waste see our website
TV's, Tires, Whole Trees, Construction Debris, and/or Piles over 3 cubic yards Do NOT Qualify for bulk pick up. These items must be disposed of by the resident. 

Links to information for trash and recycling services in the surrounding areas are also available.
For an interactive site that allows you to find resources for disposing of recyclables and hazardous waste items visit  

Keep Bastrop County Beautiful

Reduce Reuse Recycle
Adopt A Spot

The Adopt a Spot program is sponsored by the City of Elgin to beautify our community.  The program offers two opportunities for you and your neighbors to play an ongoing role in maintaining an area that needs a little extra attention or beautification – Adopt A Spot Litter Control and Adopt a Spot Beautification. Read more and find out how you can participate!

Dog n Cat

Pets or Pests - We can help

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

Get a Purple Wildcat Flag or 78621 T-shirt from Elgin Main Street. 
The full sized flags are great to hang any time, or to put out for events like Western Days, Homecoming and more.  The blue t-shirts have the 78621 zip code with an outline of the downtown skyline. Flags may be purchased for $20, t-shirts for $10, at Elgin City Hall, 310 North Main Street or Dorothy’s Jewelry and Gifts, 104 Depot Street. 

Elgin has been a Main Street City since 1990. Purchase of these items supports this program which in turn supports downtown revitalization and preservation of our Historic Downtown District.

CARTS Rural Bus

Catch a Ride

Bus Stop Downtown & Hwy 95 North! 
Commuter Bus Service Available from Elgin to Austin via Cap Metro! Daily weekly and monthly passes are available. For information call 474-1200 or visit
Cap Metro

The CARTS buses pick up riders downtown on Depot Street & Ave C and at the Hwy 95 North Park & Ride at Elgin Memorial Park. CARTS provides many different transportation options for rural communities. Please check out their website at Ride Carts. Door to Door service is also available for qualified riders. 

For info on the Elgin Manor 990 route with service to Austin, please visit
Ride Carts - Metro Services

The Interurban Coach is a regional intercity route providing connections between Austin, Bastrop, Bertram, Burnet, Elgin, Georgetown, Giddings, LaGrange, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Luling, Marble Falls, Paige, Round Rock, San Marcos, Smithville, Taylor and Texas State University and makes connections to Greyhound, Capital Metro and Amtrak. Read more here

Air Now

Air Quality Awareness!

Please consider signing up for Air Quality Alerts and Ozone Action Alerts and download the AirNow app. For More information visit our website.
Learn how residents and businesses across Central Texas can “Be Air Aware”:Explore additional information at
Air Quality Resources - CapCoG

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