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APRIL 3

LENTEN SERVICE

St. Peter’s Church of Coupland will hold weekly Lenten services every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. through April 10, with a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome! St. Peter’s Church of Coupland is located at 108 Wathen Street. Call 512-856-2433 for more information.

APRIL 4

SMITHVILLE MUSIC IN THE PARK

In April and May, the Smithville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a return of the popular free Music in the Park series downtown at the gazebo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Chubby Knuckle Choir will perform on April 4.

APRIL 5

ELGIN MUSIC IN THE PARK

Join us for our annual free live-music series, Music in the Park! Every Friday in April, the Friends of Elgin Parks will host a different band in Veterans’ Memorial Park. Be sure to bring your friends and family, beverages, snacks, blanket or a lawn chair to enjoy this event to its fullest. The Derailers will perform on April 5 at 7 p.m. The Derailers, a classic boot-stomping country band, were founded by Brian Hofeldt and Tony Villanueva. Over their 25-plus year career, the band has released eight studio albums, two live records, one retrospective collection and has been a part of numerous other recording projects.

APRIL 5

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The First Christian Church, 101 Robin Street in Elgin, will host a Family Movie Night each Friday with episodes from “The Bible – The Mini-Series.” The event is free, and all are invited. No reservations necessary. The sixth episode of “The Bible” is titled “Home” and will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 5. If you have questions, call Ronnie Gregory at 512-661-8866.

APRIL 6

ELGIN CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING

The Elgin Cemetery Association will meet on Saturday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m. at Galbraith Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 303 North Avenue C in Elgin. All are welcome to attend.

APRIL 6

SMITHVILLE SPRING COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

Join us for a spring cleaning opportunity on April 6 at our Community-Wide Garage Sale. More than 60 garage sales all around Smithville are ready for you to come and find some deals! Maps will be available on April 5 starting at 10 a.m. at the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.smithvilletx.org.

APRIL 6

MAKERS’ & MERCHANTS’ FAIRE

Enjoy a Makers’ & Merchants’ Faire in Smithville at E.H. Mercantile, 1509 Dorothy Nichols Lane, on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be handcrafted gifts by local artisans and crafters. Admission is free.

APRIL 6

GARAGE SALE & BAKE SALE

St. Peter’s Church of Coupland will host a garage sale and bake sale on Saturday, April 6 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the church’s fellowship hall and patio, 108 Wathen Street. Call 512-856-2433 for more information.

APRIL 7

ELGIN COMMUNITY CHOIR PRESENTS PORTRAITS IN GRACE

On April 7, Knobbs Springs Baptist Church, 1662 County Road 305 in McDade, will be hosting Elgin Community Choir as they present Portraits in Grace: A Cantata for Holy Week by Joseph M. Martin. The cantata begins at 6 p.m., followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome, and admittance is free. Portraits in Grace is a musical gallery of faith displaying the life, ministry and passion of Jesus. For more information, call 512-273-2743.

APRIL 11

BASTROP COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUM

The Bastrop County Democratic Party’s April community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the First National Bank in Smithville, 312 Main Street. This month’s meeting will feature a forum of candidates running for city councils and school boards in Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin. Join us for the opportunity to meet some of the candidates who will be on your ballot in the important May 4 elections across Bastrop County.

APRIL 11

STERLING & ASSOCIATES GRAND OPENING

You are cordially invited to the grand opening of Sterling & Associates Real Estate during Sip, Shop & Stroll on Thursday, April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Clever Tiger, 32 North Main Street. The event will include food, drinks, giveaways and a community art project; you won’t want to miss it!