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TEXAS PHOTO FESTIVAL PDF Print E-mail
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SAVE the DATE:   NOW 2 DAYS!
Saturday, Oct. 11 7-9pm
and Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 10am-5pm

"Let your inner photographer snap!"

Smithville Texas will host the 6th annual Texas Photo Festival on Oct. 11th and 12th.  The Texas Photo Festival is a unique event for photographers of all kinds.  Whether you’re a professional photographer looking to add to your portfolio or an amateur enthusiast the Texas Photofest is sure to have something for you. The event includes classes, photo critiques, on-set instructors, contest, Photography showings, gallery openings and a Photographer Mixer. But that’s not all! During the festival downtown Smithville is transformed into the “photo zone” with an eclectic mix of still and action sets.

The event starts on Saturday evening at 7 pm with a showing of the photography works of Arthur Meryerson at Mosaic Art and Home.

Sunday is packed with a full day of photo opportunities and classes starting at 10 am.  At noon, Mathew Sturtevant will hold a Proto Critique for a limited number of people. Bring up to 5 printed 5"x7" (minimum size) photos for review Email texasphotofestival@smithvilletx.org to reserve your spot.  The day will wrap up with a Photographer Mixer hosted by the Lost Pines Artisan Alliance from 5-7 pm downtown.

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"Texas Photo Festival 5 out of 5 stars rating "If it's anything like 2009 - you'll enjoy every moment!"
-- Review posted by: Deb C., Deer Park

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WELCOME TO SMITHVILLE TEXAS PDF Print E-mail

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"It's possible in Smithville!" That's what we say and that's what we do.

Highlights of our fair town include: centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Community-minded town, great shopping, lodging, dining, art, film-making and pure fun. Historic buildings and homes. Easy access technology.

Places of interest to tourists like the Texas Veterans Memorial Park.  Great moments, such as our five-day Jamboree, and our Texas Photo Festival. World class biking and hiking trails, kayaking, biking, skateboarding, dog park, antiques/vintage shopping, rodeo arena, World Record holder and more.

No matter what time of year, we look forward to being with family, seeing old friends, and to meeting you, the friend we have not yet met.  Come borrow our scenery.

 
COMING SOON 2 U PDF Print E-mail

WEEKLY CHAMBER EVENTS:  Support your fellow Chamber members!

  • SAT, Oct. 4 - CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE, 8 am - 3 pm, Get your free map at the Chamber office.
  • TUES, Oct. 7 - Smithville Film Commission meeting, 7 pm, La Cabana's west meeting room. Topic is Texas Photo Festival planning.
  • SAT, Oct. 11 - TEXAS PHOTO FESTIVAL, ARTISTS MIXER, 7-9 pm, Mosiacs Art & Home, 218 Main, featuring Arthur Meyerson
  • SAT, Oct. 11 - TEXAS PHOTO FESTIVAL, 10 am - 5 pm, Downtown Smithville
  • SUN, Oct. 12 - RIBBON CUTTING, 5 pm, LPAA Gallery on Main and Richard D. Latham Cultural District Information & Visitor Center, 206 Main
  • TUES, Oct. 14 - Tourism, 6 pm, Pocket's Grille
  • WED, Oct. 15 - Board of Directors meeting, 11:45 am, La Cabana
  • THURS, Oct. 16 - CHAMBER MIXER, 5-7 pm, LPAA Gallery on Main, 206 Main.
  • SAT, Oct. 18 - SMITHVILLE TRADES DAYS, 10 am - 3 pm, Downtown

Each morning, check out the CALENDAR at TOP RIGHT. To have a community event added to the calendar, email kathy.lynch@smithvilletx.org.

HAPPENINGs HERE and THERE:

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS: For more members’ specials, real estate, and job openings.  CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:17
 
SCHOOLS & YOUTH PDF Print E-mail

SISD websitewww.smithvilleisd.org

SISD Smart Phone App: http://bit.ly/1i91fGF.


FOOTBALL and VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULES ONLINE - click to go to SISD website.

 

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS - Through the TIGER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM, Smithville ISD partners with area businesses to foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships. Employees receive extra services or discounts as a thank you from the businesses for their efforts to ensure an exemplary school district for our children. Businesses benefit through additional exposure to their 250+ dedicated team members. As businesses and organizations support the SISD employees with offers of free and/or reduced prices for services or goods, SISD will promote those businesses and offers to their staff through employee communications. To become a partner, contact Ana Murray, Parent & Community Liaison at amurray@smithvilleisd.org.

 

YOUTH ART CONTEST - The Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest runs until Nov. 1 and has five categories: art, writing, photography, videography and music and is open to anyone under 19. Visit your Texas State Parks. Texas State Parks (including Buescher and Bastrop State Parks) offers diverse and abundant scenery to inspire your inner artist. To get started check out http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/programs/arts-in-parks/ for resources on how to get started and ideas for art activities.

 
CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE PDF Print E-mail

October 4, 2014 (First Saturday in October)

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - suggested times. A whole town filled with garage and rummage sales just for you… all inside the city limits of Smithville, Texas!

THE DAY OF SALE HUNT:

Start out Saturday morning Garage Sales in the city limitsbright and early at the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, next to the gazebo on First Street at Main Street.  Free maps will be available the afternoon before the sale.

Begin your tour through town with a list of addresses and a clearly marked map for the visual types. Look in yards for the red and white STOP HERE signs as a clue to the treasure hunt you are about to begin.

After the hunt, stop at our downtown shops and get a bite to eat. If you loved what you saw in Smithville, head back to the Chamber office for more information and tour brochures. Smithville is a great place to hang out and see the small town sights.

 
SPECIAL NOTICES PDF Print E-mail

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Movie extras needed

The feature film, A Country Called Home, starring Imogen Poots, Ryan Bingham, and Mackenzie Davis, is currently looking for paid extras for the following roles:

  • Department Store Shoppers; Bastrop, TX; 10/2
  • Elderly Women (65+); Bastrop, TX; 10/2
Pays $7.25/hr. No minimum. For consideration, submit 2 recent photos, contact information, the city you live in, and the role you are interested in to ACCHextras@gmail.com.

 

COMMUNITY EVENT

Get to know your neighbors at Smithville Night Out
Tuesday, Oct. 7     5-8 pm

nno2014wThe Smithville Police Association will host SMITHVILLE NIGHT OUT on Tuesday, Oct. 7.  LOCATIONS

Citizens can host block parties in their neighborhoods which will be visited by Fire, EMS, and police department members who can answer any questions relating to neighborhood safety concerns or starting watch groups. The departments also allow access to emergency vehicles and bring treat bags for the children in attendance. It’s a lot of fun and great way to meet your neighbors and emergency services personnel.

National Night Out is a nationwide event coordinated by law enforcement and emergency personnel throughout the country and has thousands of participants. Locally known as Smithville Night Out and held on the first Tuesday in October, citizens are encouraged to participate in a concerted effort to reduce crime and organize neighborhood watch programs.

Contact the Smithville Police Department at 512-237-3228 to sign up to be a block party host.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:07
 
HISTORIC DISTRICT PDF Print E-mail

CHARMING AND HISTORIC

Smithville boasts a large number in national register

One of Smithville's historic homes.  Photo courtesy of Fran Hunter.Smithville, Texas, a town of under 4,000 according to the Census, overflows with historic charm in its downtown district.  Both in commercial and residential, Smithville has 206 properties listed in the National Historic Register.  How's that for special!

 

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P.O. Box 716
100 NW First St.
Smithville, TX 78957
512-237-2313
chamber@smithvilletx.org

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10.02.2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful meeting

10.02.2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teens in Motion

10.02.2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Step Up & Scale Down

10.03.2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tour Bus

10.03.2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
SHS Varsity Football at Needville

10.04.2014 8:00am - 3:00pm
City Wide Garage Sale

10.05.2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Coed Adult Kickball

10.06.2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Story Time at the YMCA

10.06.2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Raise the Roof Fundraiser

10.07.2014 11:45am - 12:45pm
Lions Club

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