May 23, 2016

Bastrop County Vacation Bible School Guide - 2016

Here's our list of Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for Bastrop County, including Bastrop, Elgin, Smithville, Cedar Creek, Rosanky, and Red Rock, Texas. VBS programs are listed in chronological order.


We'd like to give a huge shout-out to Living Room Books & Gifts for sponsoring this summer's VBS list! Located at 301 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop, they provide churches and community members with Bibles, inspirational books, music, gifts, stationary, church supplies, DVDs, home school supplies, children's products, and more. "Bringing the Living Word from our Living Room to Yours!"
    
  • First United Methodist Church of Bastrop - June 6th-8th, 9am-12pm (registration deadline May 27th); ages 4 years through 4th grade (completed); 1201 Main Street, Bastrop; (512) 321-2201; "Mission Possible – Luke 1:37;" FREE! More info here
  • Ascension Catholic Church - June 6th-8th, 9am-12pm; grades K through 4th; 802 Pine Street, Bastrop; (512) 321-3552; FREE!
  • Wyldwood Baptist Church - June 6th-10th, 6pm; grades 1st-6th; 398 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek; (512) 303-3443; "Submerged;" FREE!
  • Ascension Catholic Church - June 13th-15th, 9am-12pm; grades 5th through 7th; 802 Pine Street, Bastrop; (512) 321-3552; FREE!
  • Grace Baptist Church - June 13th-16th, 9:00-11:30am; grades 1st-5th; 115 Sorrell Street, Red Rock; (512) 321-8301; FREE!
  • First Presbyterian Church in Elgin - June 13-16, 6:15-8:15pm; all ages (preschool through adult); 303 N. Avenue C, Elgin; includes dinner; FREE! More info here.
  • Bastrop Christian Outreach Center - June 13th-17th, 5:30-8:30pm; ages 5-12; 1096 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop; (512) 321-2273; "Cave Quest;" FREE! More info here.
  • Calvary Baptist Church - June 13th-17th; 6:30-8:30pm; 3001 Loop 150 E, Bastrop; (512) 303-1697; FREE! More info here.
  • Rosanky Baptist Church - June 20th-24th, 8:30am-12:30pm; ages 2 years through 6th grade (completed); 2160 FM 535, Rosanky; (512) 360-3968; FREE! More info here.
  • Rosanky Baptist Church Kid's Camp - June 20th-24th, 12:30-4:30pm; ages 6 years through 6th grade (completed); 2160 FM 535, Rosanky; (512) 360-3968; $90/child includes arcade, movies, pool, inflatables, lazer tag, and more! More info here.
  • Calvary Episcopal Church - June 21st-23rd, 5-8pm; Campers: age 3 through 5th grade (incoming), Jr. Counselors: grades 6th-12th; 603 Spring Street, Bastrop; (512) 303-7515; "The Amazing Acts and Adventures  of the Apostles;" $10/child includes supper, puppet shows, music, crafts, games, and more! More info here.
  • First Baptist Church Smithville - June 26th-30th, 6:00-8:30pm; 300 Hudgins Street, Smithville; (512) 360-5162; FREE!
  • First Baptist Church Elgin - June 26th-30th, 6:30-8:30pm; grades K-7th (incoming); 205 W 2nd Street, Elgin; (512) 285-4161; FREE! More info here.
  • First Baptist Church Bastrop - June 27th-30th, 9:00am-12:15pm, grades K-6th; 1201 Water Street, Bastrop; (512) 303-3221; FREE!
  • Bastrop Christian Church - July 13th-15th, 9am-12pm; grades K through 5th; 1106 Church Street, Bastrop; (512) 321-6436; lunch will be served; "Under the Big Top;" FREE!
  • Cedar Creek United Methodist - July 18th-20th, 6:00-8:30pm; ages 4 through 5th grade; 5630 FM 535, Cedar Creek; (512) 303-1393; FREE!
  • Pentecostals of Bastrop - July 27th-29th, 6:15-8:15pm; 261 FM 20, Bastrop; (512) 303-2660; FREE!

If you find any errors or would like to add your church's VBS program to the list, please email info@365bastrop.com. Happy summer!

May 19, 2016

Live Music Lowdown (May 19-22, 2016)


This week's Live Music Lowdown is sponsored by Red Rock Steakhouse, an authentic local steakhouse and saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock, serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Besides cooking up some of the best-tasting food this side of the Colorado, they also host private parties, fun events, and live music!

http://www.redrocksteakhouse.com/



Thursday, May 19th

Friday, May 20th
  • Buddy Boy Vargas - 6-9pm at Maxine's Café & Bakery, located at 905 Main Street in Bastrop.
  • Open Mic Night - 7-10pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Slim Bawb - 7-11pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Lynn's Kroaking Karaoke - 8pm-midnight at Up A Creek, located at 1374 Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek.
  • Karaoke w/KJ Ben - 8pm-midnight at the American Legion Post 295, located at 115 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Wyatt Ellis Band - 8:30pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.
  • Rian C - 9pm-midnight at Liberty Tree Tavern, located at 117 N. Main Street in Elgin.

Saturday, May 21st
  • Watts Brothers Band - 3-6pm at Brenda's 1441 Bar & Grill, located at 395 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Glen Collins - 7pm at Up A Creek, located at 1374 Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek.
  • NuMystics - 7-11pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Shop Dawgs - 7pm-midnight at Brenda's 1441 Bar & Grill, located at 395 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Craig Marshall - 7:30-9:30pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Wyatt Ellis Band - 8pm at Huebels, located at 207 NW 2nd Street in Smithville.
  • Rock Hard - 8pm-midnight at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz in Red Rock.
  • Karaoke w/Susie Que - 8pm-midnight at Ronnie's One Oak Bar, located at 816 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Karaoke - 8:30pm-12:30am at Peggy's Bar, located at 114 Stoney Brook Drive in Cedar Creek.
  • Nathan Colt Band - 9pm at Watterson Hall, located at 1179 Watterson Road in Red Rock.
  • Will Gullatt Ensemble - 9:30pm-12:30am at Liberty Tree Tavern, located at 117 N. Main Street in Elgin.

Sunday, May 22nd
  • Kirby James - 11am-4pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Linda Green Band - 12:00pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.
  • Suite Journey - 3:00-4:30pm at the Farm on Peach Creek, located at 435 Peach Creek Road in Rosanky.
  • Glen Collins Band - 3-7pm at the Elgin SPJST, located at 702 Hwy 95 N in Elgin. $8/person.



If you would like to sponsor the Live Music Lowdown or have a live music submission, please email info@365bastrop.com. Or click here for more information about advertising with 365 Bastrop.

Top 10+2 Things to Do This Weekend (May 20-22, 2016)


1. Relay for Life - May 20th, 7pm-1am at the Show Barn in Mayfest Park, located at 25 American Legion Drive, off Loop 150 in Bastrop. If cancer has touched your life, participating in the Relay For Life (of Southern Bastrop County) event is an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.

2. "Nunsense" - May 20th & 21st, 7:30pm and May 22nd, 2:30pm at Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. "Nunsense" is a comedic musical that follows the crazy antics of five nuns after most of the sisters are poisoned and die. The sisters find themselves strapped for cash, and they still have four dead nuns to bury, whose bodies are being stored in the kitchen freezer! The nuns decide to put on a musical benefit performance in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret. Tickets are $8-$15/person and can be purchased online here.

3. "Sirens N Aquarius" - May 20th & 21st, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. "Sirens N Aquarius" is a rock and roll celebration that takes you down the path of the songs of the '60s with poetry, scenes, and peaceful thoughts of a woman on the moon. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online here.

4. Brunch Upon a Time - May 21st, 9:30-11:00am at Bastrop High School. Enjoy breakfast and pose for pictures with characters from your favorite Disney movies and TV shows! $25/person; children under 12 months are free. All paid attendants will receive breakfast. Children will receive an autograph book to collect the signatures from their favorite characters. Proceeds benefit the Children's Advocacy Center.

5. Kid's Decorating Class - May 21st, 10am at Johnson's Bakery, located at 715 Old Austin Hwy, Ste. 300 in Bastrop. Pigs and bacon & egg cupcakes! $15/child. Call (512) 412-6221 to RSVP.

6. Discover the Lost Pines Guided Hike - May 21st, 10-11am in Bastrop State Park. Join a Master Naturalist on a 1-mile guided hike. Free after park entry fees. *More events at Bastrop State Park: What's Your Sign? Tour, May 21st, 3-4pm and Wildflower & Pollinator Hike, May 22nd, 10am-12pm. **More events at Buescher State Park: Discover the Lost Pines Guided Hike, May 21st, 10-11am and Once in a Blue Moon - Lunar Viewing, May 21st, 8-10pm.

7. Paws on the Patio - May 21st, 10am-2pm at Pocket's Grille, located at 205 Fawcett Street in Smithville. Vaccinations & microchips, pet adoptions, dog kissing booth, silent auction, vendors, and more! Proceeds benefit Bastrop Animal Rescue, Bastrop CATS, Friends of the Bastrop County Animal Shelter, and the Hardy-Hayes Refuge.

8. Summit Smithville Green Expo - May 21st, 10am-3pm on Main Street in downtown Smithville. The theme is "Talking Trash," and there will be speakers, vendors, exhibitions, demonstrations, a Bicycle Maintenance & Repair Workshop, Community Spring Cleanup, and more!

9. Lost Pines Wine Fest - May 21st, 12-6pm at the Mansion at ColoVista, located at 100 Country Club Drive in Bastrop. $25/person includes 6 wine tastings. *Also, you can enter the Bobby "Bevo" & Carole Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament on May 21st (tee time at 8am) at the ColoVista Golf Club. Entry fee for the tournament is $125/player and includes the tournament, hole in one prizes, raffle, and ball drop. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bastrop County.

10. Brandywine Social Painting Event - May 21st, 6pm at Bone Spirits Tasting Room, located at 802 NE 1st Street in Smithville. Tickets are $35/person and include a 16x20 canvas, all art supplies, instruction, and one drink. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online here.

11. Pancake Brunch - May 22nd, 11am-2pm at Baxters on Main, located at 919 Main Street in Bastrop. Pancakes or biscuits & gravy; regular plate $6/person, large plate $8/person. Proceeds benefit The Honor Choir, who will perform at 11:30am and 1:00pm.

12. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Spring Festival - May 22nd, 11am-5pm at Sacred Heart Church, located at 4045 FM 535 in Rockne. Games & concessions, Bingo, horseshoes & washers tournaments, and more! Fried chicken, sausage, sides, tea & coffee, and cake; $11/adult plate, $5/child (under 10) plate.



If you would like to sponsor the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend, please email info@365bastrop.com for more information. Or click here for more information about advertising with 365 Bastrop.

May 18, 2016

Summit Smithville Green Expo - 2016

The Summit Smithville Green Expo—hosted by the City of Smithville, the Smithville Public Library, and the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce's Keep Smithville Beautiful Committeeis an annual event that raises awareness about green living. This year, the event takes place on Saturday, May 21st, from 10am-3pm on Main Street in historic downtown Smithville, Texas.

 
This year's theme is "Talking Trash" and will feature information about how to reduce, reuse & recycle to keep items out of landfills, as well as how to manage the trash that comes from your home and business and what to do with trash that shouldn't be thrown out in the regular garbage.

If you can't make it to the Expo, you can check out the Recycling Resource Guide by Keep Bastrop County Beautiful here.



There will be speakers, vendors, exhibitions, demonstrations, and more! The two panel discussions will take place at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street. Panelists will discuss general information at 10:30am and will go into more depth about local efforts at 1:30pm.

Confirmed speakers include: Clara Beckett (Bastrop County Commissioner, Precinct 2); Phillip Merino (Bastrop County ESS Manager); Melissa Middlebrooks (President, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful); Matt Holderread (CAPCOG Grant Coordinator); Travis Hill (owner, Brush2Mulch); and James Nolan (James Nolan Construction).

Photo by Jax REcycle / Flickr CC

There will also be a Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Workshop for youth from 10am-12pm. Look for the SRTS signs on Main Street. The workshop is FREE and includes FREE pizza (thanks to a donation from the Smithville Noon Lions Club). Please RSVP to (512) 237-3282 x6 to have a better estimate on supplies needed.

A new addition to this year's Expo is the Smithville Spring Cleanup, a citywide initiative to help Smithville residents get rid of their bulky trash items. Smithville residents can bring their bulky items to the City Yard at 1000 MLK Drive for FREE on Saturday, May 21st from 8am-12pm. Please bring a City Utility Bill as proof of residency.


There will be no curbside pick-up. DO NOT BRING: Household hazardous waste (paints, pesticides, cleaning chemicals), yard waste, or regular garbage. They will accept up to 8 tires for free, and will charge $3/tire for more than eight tires. Non-residents will need to pay regular rates for bringing their trash. Construction site waste WILL NOT be accepted from contractors; any "construction debris" accepted will be small-scale home repairs from residents.

Photo by Alan Levine / Flickr CC

This year, money raised from sponsorships will pay for expenses related to the new Bastrop County Household Hazardous Waste Facility to be located on MLK Drive in Smithville, upgrades to the Smithville Recycling Center, and materials that may be needed for potential demonstration projects. Any additional funds will be given to the Smithville Public Library.


For more information about the Summit Smithville Green Expo, click here. For more information about Summit Smithville, visit them on Facebook here.

May 13, 2016

Live Music Lowdown (May 13-15, 2016)


This week's Live Music Lowdown is sponsored by Red Rock Steakhouse, an authentic local steakhouse and saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock, serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Besides cooking up some of the best-tasting food this side of the Colorado, they also host private parties, fun events, and live music!

http://www.redrocksteakhouse.com/



Friday, May 13th

Saturday, May 14th
  • Kerry Lee - 11am-2pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Wynn Taylor - 3pm at the American Legion Post 533, located at 3003 Loop 150 E in Bastrop.
  • Kirby James - 3-6pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • RAB Show, Luke Lagrange, Allen (Lee) Allen, & more - 3pm-1am at the Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz in Red Rock.
  • Nubia Emmon - 4pm at the Luxury Estate Pool Party, located at 107 Clairmont Cove in Cedar Creek. $20/person. Get tickets online here.
  • ChasingGypsy - 5pm at Turquoise Salon & Spa, located at 141 Tahitian Village Drive in Bastrop.
  • Wynn Taylor - 7pm at Roadhouse Paige, located at 147 Old Hwy 20 E in Paige.
  • The Way Down - 7:30pm at Turquoise Salon & Spa, located at 141 Tahitian Village Drive in Bastrop.
  • Country Starlighters - 7-11pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • ML Frank Blues Band - 7:30pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.
  • Jimmy T and the Teardrops - 7:30-10:30pm at Eva Mae's Kitchen, located at 313 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Karaoke w/Benjamin Harris - 9pm-1am at Liberty Tree Tavern, located at 117 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Morgan Ashley - 9pm at Huebels, located at 207 NW 2nd Street in Smithville.
  • Wyatt Ellis Band - 11pm at Watterson Hall, located at 1179 Watterson Road in Red Rock.

Sunday, May 15th
  • Kirby James - 11am-4pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Choctaw Wildfire - 12:00pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.
  • Ennis Czech Boys - 3-7pm at the Elgin SPJST, located at 702 Hwy 95 N in Elgin. $8/person.



If you would like to sponsor the Live Music Lowdown or have a live music submission, please email info@365bastrop.com. Or click here for more information about advertising with 365 Bastrop.