Join us Thursday for our Music in the Park from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Railroad Park downtown. We only have two more concerts so come on down for free music on Main. This week we have the music of the Jessica Shepherd Band.

The chamber thanks CALBRI Logistics for the amazing mega-mixer it hosted last week on Main Street. The live music, big tent, food and beverages all made for an entertaining and memorable mixer on Main. We also held its ribbon cutting and continue to welcome this fantastic business to Smithville. Be sure to mark your calendars for our November Chamber Mixer and Blue Santa Kick-Off from 5 to 7 p.m. at First National Bank, 312 Main St.

On Oct. 13, we hosted the 12th annual Texas Photo Festival. Photographers had until Oct. 20 to submit fan-favorite model photos. Beginning at noon Oct. 24, be sure to visit the Facebook page @TexasPhotoFestival to vote on your favorite models.

Do you want to get in front of every school district employee at a Smithville school district campus? Participate in this program. It’s only $100 to sponsor a campus and get in front of your target audience. To date, our fall events have been sponsored by Farmers Insurance, Scott Saunders Agent, at Brown Primary; Towers Nursing Home at Smithville Junior High; and Bastrop County Board of Realtors at Smithville Elementary School. Contact us at the chamber to reserve a spring campus spot.

Our October Business of the Month is Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park owner Norm Glenn. If you haven’t visited Scream Hollow, you are missing out on a terrifyingly terrific time. Visit it online at screamhollow.com or head out to 149 Split Rail Lane in Smithville.

Be sure to join us for the many chamber events in October/November:

• Oct. 24: Chamber quarterly luncheon, First United Methodist Church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring speaker Superintendent Cheryl Burns. Sponsored by Bluebonnet Electric. Tickets at smithvilletx.org or call 512-237-2313.

• Oct. 25: Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m. featuring the Jessica Shepherd Band.

• Nov. 1: Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Shillelagh.

• Nov. 10: Airing of the Quilts and Garden Club Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street.

• Nov. 15: Chamber Mixer and Blue Santa Kick-Off, Sponsored by First National bank, 312 Main St., 5 to 7 p.m.

• Dec. 1: Festival of Lights and Lighted Parade, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Smithville.

Member announcements:

National Drug Take Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 27 at City Hall. Bring any expired, unused medication for safe disposal, including pet medication. The medication is accepted in the original bottles. For more questions or concerns, call Sharlene Scheler at 210-259-3733 or email at sscheler@mhm.org.

Join the Smithville Noon Lions Club for our weekly lunch at our new location, Your Mom’s Burgers in downtown Smithville. Lunch is at 11:45 a.m., and every week we have a new speaker. Lions gives back to the community in multiple ways, from vision screening for children to diabetes testing, Lions camp, the annual Fish Fry and more. Join us as our guest to learn more about Lions today.

Join the Cistern Bar & Grill, 12604 state Highway 95, for live music and more from Vic Rodriguez, karaoke and dancing, country/rock/hip hop from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26; EZ Country live music and dancing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27. For information, call 512-739-7840.

Announcing the Big Buck Contest: Registration for the 53rd annual Big Buck Contest for low fence hunting in Fayette and surrounding counties has begun. Fee is $20 taken between noon and 9 p.m. daily at the Cistern Country Store on Farm-to-Market Road 2237. Cash prizes awarded for heaviest, most points and widest spread. Contest is for standard rifle season, Nov. 3 through Jan. 6, plus youth hunting days Oct. 27-28. Field-dressed bucks must be brought to the Cistern Country Store for official measurements. Call 512-739-7080 with questions.

Playhouse Smithville opens “The Odd Couple” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at 110 Main St. Join the cast for this hilarious classic comedy with Felix & Oscar and the gang. Tickets at playhousesmithville.com or call 512-360-7397.

The Red, White & Blue Veterans of Bastrop County Banquet Honoring Veterans is at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 10 with a program that begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibition Center. Guest speaker is Lt. Col. Daphany Prewitt. For more information, call 512-750-9200 or visit rwbveterans.com.

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be held during library hours Oct. 25-27 at the Smithville Public Library. All types of books available including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, biographies, home improvement, religious, self-help, educational, hardcover and paperbacks. If you have books to donate, please deliver by 7 p.m. Oct. 23. For information, call 512-237-3282, ext. 2401.

The Winchester Area Civic Association will host a Painted Quilt Block Tour at 20 different locations. Visit it on Facebook at Winchester Area Civic Association/Zilss Hall or email waca78945@gmail.com for maps for maps of the locations or with questions.