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Recycle More Art Contest 2016

Recycle More Art Contest

October 24 thru November 18

Student artists in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to design a holiday tree decoration using recycled materials. Decorations will be displayed in local businesses during the FestiviTREES celebrations in Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from your nearest city.

  • Kindergarten
  • First and Second grades
  • Third and Fourth grades
  • Fifth and Sixth grades
  • Seventh and Eighth grades
  • Ninth through Twelfth grades

In addition – 1st Place at each Bastrop County High School will be a Kindle Fire HD

HOW TO WIN

  1. Create a holiday tree ornament out of recycled paper/cardboard, plastic, or metal
  2. Complete this entry form
  3. Cut out the “ornament tag” and attach securely to your ornament
  4. Take your entry form and your tagged ornament to your local library by November 18, 2016
  5. All entries become the property of Keep Bastrop County Beautiful.

Smithville Library
507 Main St
Mon-Sat 10-5
512-237-3282 ext 2401

Bastrop Library
1100 Church St
MWF 10-6; Tu & Thurs 1-9; Sat 10-4
512-321-5441

Elgin Library
404 N Main
Hours 10-4 Tues-Sat
512-281-5678

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Bastrop River Rally – 2016

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This year, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful-KBCB will host its third annual river clean-up of the El Camino Paddle Trail. You can paddle in the River Clean-Up, a six mile trail from Fisherman’s Park to The Lost Pines Nature Trail. Participate in a 5k or 1k River Fun Run, with runners who make a tutu or hat from recycled items eligible to win prizes! Or bring the family out to cheer on the boaters and runners, enjoy free games and educational displays in the Kid’s Corner, booths at the Environmental Expo, local food and music throughout the day. All donations from these events go right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year. We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful!

“Deliver for the River!”

Register as a Participant

River Clean Up: River Clean UpPaddle a boat down the El Camino Trail of the Colorado River , pick up some trash and eat pizza from Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard! A $100 value excursion for the gracious donation of only $10! Can’t be beat! Not only are you getting the chance to impact your local environment by cleaning up the river, you are getting to explore nature at a fraction of the cost. This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! – Register here

River Run 5k: 5k RunSupport KBCB by Running or Walking for the cause in this 5k Fun Run starting and ending in Fisherman’s Park and enjoy pizza from Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard with your generous donation of $20! This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! Fun Option: Create a tutu or hat out of recycled materials to wear in the race and be eligible to win prizes! – Register here

River Run 1k: 1K RunSupport KBCB by Running or Walking for the cause in this 1k Fun Run and enjoy pizza from Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard with your generous donation of $10! This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! Fun Option: Create a tutu or hat out of recycled materials to wear in the race and be eligible to win prizes! – Register here

Sponsor

We had Print and TV exposure from last year’s event plus over 500 planned participants and volunteers this year. You can support a great cause and advertise to a wide audience.

We have 4 different levels to sponsor. Click either one to apply:

Volunteer

We need volunteers to support the paddlers, runners, expo and kid’s corner events.

You can help make this event successful, and enjoy pizza from Neighbor’s Kitchen. Then come join in the post-cleanup celebrations!
Volunteer here

The Bastrop River Rally, our mother event, will be hosted on an annual basis and will include various sub-events that support our community and natural resources. This year’s sub-events will include:

The Environmental Expo

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Check out our many educational, fun games and display programs  for families, spectators and volunteers.  Other exhibitors will be present to provide information on services and products to make our lives greener. Local farmer’s will have a market with fresh veggies to purchase, and food vendors will offer yummy taste treats. Check out the newest versions of Electric cars!

Exhibitors

To apply to become an exhibitor, whether as a business/organization, artist, farmer or non-profit please apply online.

Food Vendors

To apply to become a food vendor  please apply online.

Key note speakers and awards at Fisherman’s Park Pavilion

After volunteers and run participants complete their clean-up assignments and events, shuttles will run from LPNT to Fisherman’s Park, where they will be invited to enjoy some outdoor fun, food and drink to celebrate their efforts. The Environmental Expo will end at 4:00pm allowing time for boaters and runners to enjoy the booths. Key note speakers and awards at Fisherman’s Park Pavilion will begin at 3:00pm allowing all spectators to congratulate the volunteers and participants and listen to live music together.

Music on the Colorado


Our musical accompaniment has expanded so that all volunteers and spectators are toe tapping happy!

We will offer music throughout the day of the event.

This Year’s Details

The KBCB River Rally will be held this year on Sunday, September 25 2016.  Detailed schedule below:

River Clean-up

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Launch Kayakers at Fisherman’s Park
  • 8:30 – 12:30 on water El Camino Trail
  • 10:30 – 1:00 Collect and weight trash at the Colorado River Refuge and return to Fisherman’s Park.

5K River Run

  • 7:45 – 8:30 Registration at Fisherman’s Park
  • 8:30 Stretch
  • 8:45 Start Run
  • Run begins and ends in Fisherman’s Park

1K River-Run

  • 8:00 – 8:45 Registration at Fisherman’s Park
  • 8:45 Stretch
  • 9:00 Start Run
  • Run begins and ends in Fisherman’s Park

Environmental Expo and Kid’s Corner

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Registration at Fisherman’s Park
  • 10:00 – 4:00 Open

Music on the Colorado

  • All day event
  • 9:00-6:00 Musicians will be playing in Fisherman’s Park

Key note speakers and awards at Fisherman’s Park Pavilion

  • 3:00-3:45  Keynote address and Awards
  • 3:45- 6:00 Live Music

Many thanks to our Sponsors

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, a commitment to members to be the best at delivering reliable electric power and related services at a competitive price
Lowe's embraces teamwork as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged work force. We believe that by working together we can build something better — for our company, our customers and our communities. Transforming lives one community at a time — that's been the mission of Lowe's Heroes since the volunteer program began in our stores more than 10 years ago. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference.
Our mission is to offer exceptional landscaping services with sustainable, earth-friendly practices, creating unmatched outdoor environments.
BA cornerstone of the Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is active community support and grassroots involvement. The company has a long history of giving back to local communities via partnerships with sports teams, youth organizations and outdoors and conservation programs that began with its founder. This community participation shows that Academy Sports + Outdoors cares about its associates, customers and the local communities where it does business.
Bastrop County’s Bank since 1889
We believe that our work to care for the environment not only makes us better neighbors—it helps us serve you better.
Pecan Park offers the serenity of river frontage and convenience of Highway 71, which can get you to Austin in minutes. Discover Bastrop living today!
Environmental sustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully. As the world’s largest retailer, our actions have the potential to save our customers money and help ensure a better world for generations to come. At the same time, it sets the stage for a more financially stable and responsible Walmart.
Our mottos are “We Do It Right The First Time” and “Every Customer is Precious to our Business.” With this in mind we offer a wide array of services to get your home or office running the way it should be.

Become a sponsor

Many thanks to our Partners

KXAN – William Malm

Photos by Marc Kurth

Photos by Andy Wier

Photos by Colin Guerra

Galleries Below

Clean Scapes clearing the Lost Pines Nature Trail

Photos by Marc Kurth

Photos by Andy Wier

Photos by Colin Guerra

 



Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off

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PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® TRASH-OFF

10689871_762820663783440_7046317588503257725_nEach April, volunteers throughout the state remove litter from roadsides, city parks, neighborhoods, and waterways during the state’s single largest one-day cleanup event.

The Trash-Off encourages Texans across the state to join forces and clear Texas roadsides of trash. Millions of pieces of litter accumulate on our roadways each year, which means we need your help.

Everyone can participate! Volunteers come from all walks of life: students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, families, community groups, sororities, fraternities, sports teams, military, etc. If you have some free time, please volunteer and make a difference.

1506450_762820730450100_6312109337662145290_nKeep Bastrop County Beautiful is coordinating with The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off as the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’s signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of TxDOT’s litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.
On Saturday, April 16 from 8am to 12pm, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful is collaborating with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. at Bastrop State Park.

2015_BRR_ - 63 (Custom)Join us and be a part of this great event. Your participation sends a clear message to Texans everywhere: The smallest efforts really do make the biggest difference. Take pride in the fact that you were part of making our great state beautiful. Join in on this event and help us make a difference.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
Bring this waiver to the event

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Don’t Mess with Texas Art Contest

Elementary School Art Contest

ENTRIES ACCEPTED JANUARY 11 THROUGH APRIL 8, 2016

Texas elementary school students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the Don’t mess with Texas® Elementary School Art Contest, presented by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful, to create artwork for the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

Entries should promote the Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention messages in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and environment. The purpose of the contest is to inspire our future leaders to refrain from littering, advocate for litter prevention, and take action to keep Texas beautiful.

Artwork will be judged based on creativity and uniqueness, inclusion of a litter prevention message, overall visual appeal, composition, and age appropriateness. Winners will be announced online in May 2016.

Front view of an iDeaUSA 8 tablet.

Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or placed on the cover of the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Each will also win an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market. All student winners and runners-up may be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media sites, at the 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference, in media announcements, and through other channels, as appropriate.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100
H-E-B/Central Market gift card. See Official Contest Rules (PDF, 542kb) for details.

The contest begins January 11, 2016. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by April 8, 2016. Winners will be announced in early May 2016.

Elementary school teachers across Texas are encouraged to set aside class time for their students to create artwork for the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. This project can be completed in one day or over several days to give students enough time to finish their design. After the students’ entries are submitted, artwork will be judged by Keep Texas Beautiful and graphic design professionals.

Download the full Official Contest Rules (PDF, 542kb) and Contest Entry Form and Agreement (PDF, 192kb) for students and parents/guardians, and display a flyer (PDF, 620kb) in your classroom or school hallway to create buzz!

The purpose of the contest is to encourage our future leaders to prevent littering, protect our roadways, and keep Texas beautiful. Download a Litter Fact Sheet (PDF, 124kb) to use during class discussion.

QUESTIONS?

Call Keep Texas Beautiful at 1 (800) CLEAN-TX or email info@ktb.org.

And the WINNERS are…

Basket Winner

 

Festivitrees 2015 Basket Winner- Kelly!

 

 

Congratulations and a big “Thank You” to all the businesses who participated and contributed to the basket o’ goodies including these winners:

First Place 

R. A. Mercantile

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Second Place

Lone Star Disposal

Winner 2

Third Place

                                          Bastrop Tire and Automotive

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Grab your Ballot & Hunt for FestiviTREES to Win Gift Basket

2014 First Place Lone Star Disposal

2014 First Place
Lone Star Disposal

2014 Second Place Bastrop County Museum and Visitor's Center

2014 Second Place
Bastrop County Museum and Visitor’s Center

2014 Third Place Relics Jewelry and GiftsCenter

2014 Third Place
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The Annual Hunt for FestiviTREES  sponsored by KBCB (Keep Bastrop County Beautiful), The DBA (Downtown Business Alliance) and the Bastrop Mainstreet Program and is held in conjunction Lost Pines Christmas and other events and festivities during the holidays. GET YOUR BALLOTS and win chance for gorgeous gift basket. Pick up a ballot at the participating businesses.  

  • Go to any of these shops–

    Bluwr Myles

    Taylor Family Chiropractic

    Cripple Creek & Co

    R. A. Mercantile

    Bastrop YMCA

    Ladies of Charity

    Margie’s

    Frontier Bank-Bastrop

    Bastrop Tire & Automotive(aka Firestone)

    Lost Pines Toyota 

    Lone Star Disposal

    FREE FAMILY FUN

  • View the FestiviTREES  from December 1, 2015 until 5:00 pm on January 4, 2016. Have your ballot signed or stamped at each location visited. After visiting at least five locations, put ballot in the last location visited. KBCB will then determine the first, second and third according to the ballots.
  • Each business contributes a gift or coupon for the customer’s gift basket or bag, which is drawn from the submitted ballots.
  • Winner will be contacted after the drawing!

Hunt for FestiviTREES 2015 – Business Entry

6th Annual Hunt for FestiviTrees

The Annual Hunt for FestiviTREES is sponsored by KBCB (Keep Bastrop County Beautiful), The DBA (Downtown Business Alliance) and the Bastrop Mainstreet Program and is being held in conjunction Lost Pines Christmas and other events and festivities during the holidays. By participating you the gain the following:

  • Promote your business, as well as others in Bastrop by encouraging customers to view and vote on your recycled Christmas Trees. (Tree made out of recycled items or a tree decorated with decorations made from recycled material)
  • Advertising of this event will be through coverage received from local publications, websites and the distribution of fliers.
  • Ballots showing the location of the participating businesses and hours will be distributed to the public through yours and other local businesses. KBCB will furnish the ballot box and ballots to you on November 30th.
  • The Hunt will kick off on December 1.
  • The public will view your Christmas Trees from December 1, 2015 until 5:00 pm on January 4, 2016. The visiting public will have their ballot signed or stamped at each location they visit. After visiting at least ten locations, the ballots will be handed in at the last location visited. KBCB will then determine the first, second and third according to the ballots.
  • Each business will contribute a gift or coupon for the customer’s gift basket or bag, which is drawn from the submitted ballots.
  • An ad after the event to highlight the winning businesses.

Deadline to submit this entry form below is 24 November 2015 at 5pm after which the entry form will be automatically turned off.  A paper version is available for printing here, although in keeping with our conservation efforts we ask that you attempt to use the electronic entry form below as this site is run on wind power.

Team Up to Clean Up – Recycling Challenge

Waste Warriors Unite!!!
Win Money for your Holidays, your Team , your Company, etc.

It’s time to battle against the mountain of waste growing in our landfills. YOU can reduce the amount of your waste by just recycling. If you don’t know what to recycle start with the Team Up to Clean Up (TUCU) Recycling Challenge and win cash prizes while you learn. Begins October 26 and ends November 14. This is what you do see below.

TUCU Recycling Challenge poster

More Information Here

Become a Sponsor Here

Register Here:

Smithville Students Talking Trash

These two PSAs come from the imaginations of third-grader Evyan Parnell and eighth-grader Randi Hill. They help bring awareness about illegal dumping of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and about proper disposal of e-Waste.

These two students were chosen from among over 100 participating SISD students in a Poster Contest, conducted through the ACE After School program, and a campus-wide Essay Contest. While the Essay Contest was open to all students at the Smithville Elementary and Junior High Schools, three teachers were instrumental in encouraging their students to participate: thanks to Raven Behrens, Alexandria Pylant, and Jodi King for taking on this project!

The PSAs can be viewed on YouTube at:

For even more information:

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Texas Co-Op Power Magazine Article on 2014 HOT Green Expo

Texas Co-Op Power Magazine and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative feature the 2014 Heart of Texas Green Expo.

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