Decorating contest for business
"Turn Smithville into Whoville!"
Deadline: Dec. 2nd
The holidays are around the corner. It’s time to get festive, dress our windows and bring out the winter cheer. This holiday season, the Festival of Lights theme is the colorful, fantastical “The Grinch Who Stole Smitty.” In conjunction with the festival, the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the “Turn Smithville into Whoville” Decorating Contest for businesses in the 78957 zip code. A winner will be chosen for Best in Theme and Best Use of Lights, and receive a full year membership in the Chamber and this year’s keepsake ornament.
There is no charge to join the contest. ENTRY FORM Send in your entry form no later than Monday, Dec. 1 to the Chamber office by email at email@example.com or in person at 100 NW 1st St. Your business window must be ready for judging by Tuesday, Dec. 2. Let’s make Dr. Suess proud.
Chamber Holiday Ornaments
The Chamber Holiday ornaments have been a tradition for many years. This year we have a new approach to our ornaments - What is brown and white and always sweet? Our 2014 annual Festival of Lights Gingerbread Man Ornament! Stop by the Chamber office at 100 NW 1st St., First National Bank or Prosperity Bank and pick one up today. They are only $10.
Blue Santa Program
A larger number of families have applied for this program than ever before. Thursday, Dec. 18 is the last day to donate new, unwrapped gifts and monetary donations to the Blue Santa program. Dropoff boxes for gifts are located around town, and can also be dropped off at the Police Station. The Smithville Police Association runs the Blue Santa program.
On Friday, Dec. 19, the "wrap party" will be held at the Rec Center - time to be determined.
HOLIDAY EVENTS IN THE AREA
FRIDAY, DEC. 5
A concert night will be held at Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, 800 E Hwy 71, in the main lobby on Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. with performances by local carolers. Come support local talent, enjoy the festivities and tour the facility. There will be free door prizes and refreshments.
SATURDAY, DEC. 6
24th Annual Festival of Lights - Saturday, Dec. 6 - see related article on page or click the link in the left column.
Smitty’s Amazing Digital Race - The Smithville Robotics Booster will host a digital scavenger hunt race on Saturday, Dec. 6 as part of Festival of Lights. Teams of two will compete for cash prizes and t-shirts as they follow clues around downtown and photograph objects as part of this innovative fundraiser. Registration will be noon to 1:59 p.m. on the day of the event. Race is from 2-4 p.m. or whenever the first team returns with all the correct photos on their cameras/phones. Register at the Smithville Robotics Boosters table located at the intersection of Main Street and First Street. Entry fee is $10 per team. Each team must furnish their own digital camera(s) or camera phone(s) at registration. For more information, visit www.tigertrons.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 7
The 14th Annual Tree of Angels ceremony honoring victims and survivors of violent crime will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 603 Spring St., Bastrop. Bring an angel ornament to hang on the tree in memory or honor of a loved one. For more information contact Lisa Jackson at the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office at 512-549-5038.
THURSDAY, DEC. 11
Smithville Public Library open house will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4-6:30 p.m. There will be activities and entertainment including carriage and train rides, a visit from the Grinch and the Playhouse Smithville troupe. There will be an assortment of delicious refreshments. The library is located at 507 Main St.
SATURDAY, DEC. 13
Bastrop County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Homes Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be 6 tour sites, each in full holiday dress, on the self-guided tour. Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets are on sale at the museum and at each tour site. For more information contact the Bastrop County Historical Society at 512-303-0057 or visit www.bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com.
SUNDAY, DEC. 14
Towers Nursing Home's annual Christmas basket raffle will be held Dec.14 from 2-4 p.m. at the nursing home, 907 Garwood St. You can help make this year’s raffle a bigger success by donating a basket for the raffle or donating money for the staff to purchase and wrap your basket. Contact the Towers at 512-237-4606.