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Grab your sunglasses, bathing suit and your friends and head out to Elgin Memorial Park on Saturday, July 15 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the Elgin Beach Party. There is lots of summer fun planned including contests, food and more.

Activities planned include a sandcastle contest, hula hoop contest, waterslides, snow cones, watermelon and lemonade. Saturday is forecasted to be super hot so plan to cool off at Elgin Beach Day.

When: Saturday, July 15 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  

Where: Elgin Memorial Park, 310 N Main Street, Elgin, TX

For more information about the Elgin Beach Party, click here.   

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Summer is in full force, which likely means your electric bill will be at its peak for the next few cycles. Without resorting to candles and wood stoves to prepare your meals, there are some simple things you can do to decrease your energy use. These tips will allow you to save some money and conserve some of our natural resources as well.

  • One of the simplest things you can do to reduce energy usage during the warm weather months is to change the temperature you keep your house set on.  No one wants to be hot inside their home but it is likely that you wouldn’t notice a few degrees’ difference. Turn the thermostat up at night when you are in bed or during the day if everyone is away from home. This can be easily accomplished if you have a
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The 48th Annual Elgin Rodeo will take place Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. each night. Each evening will include lots of fun events including broncs, roping, doggin, barrels and bulls. There will also be mutton busting, a calf scramble for youth and drills performed by the Lee County Texas Stars 4H Drill Team.

Admission is $10 for those 13 and over but discounts are provided for military and law enforcement as well as children 5-12. Children 4 and under will be admitted for free.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Texas Lost Pine Riding Club, 186 Highway 95 S, Elgin, TX

For more information about the 48th annual Elgin Rodeo, click here.  

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area

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When you want to make a significant purchase, there are few things more important than your credit score. Having a strong credit score will enable you to borrow money when needed at competitive interest rates. This is important if you don’t have the cash to pay in full for vehicles and houses. Your credit score is pulled for many reasons and can be a factor when applying for jobs or getting a cell phone as well.

Managing your credit score doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. The most important thing to do is to be informed. All of the three major credit bureaus offer free credit reports to you annually and they are easy to obtain. Just visit the website of the agency to obtain your free credit report. The three major agencies are Experian,

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This Cedar Creek home is located in a secluded, private setting. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and 1,847 square feet of living space make up this home on almost 4 heavily wooded acres. The covered front porch is the perfect place to relax.  

The home is constructed of stone and HardiPlank with cedar posts surrounding the open front porch and is all on one level. The spacious two-car garage is well insulated providing an ideal workspace.

Stained concrete floors are present throughout the living space in the living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, a built-in microwave, tile backsplash and convenient bar seating. A dining area adjoins the kitchen making meals easy to serve. The master bath features a

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The Bastrop Patriotic Festival will take place Saturday, July 1 beginning with a variety of activities at 10:00 a.m. and culminating with a patriotic firework display beginning at 9:15 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be plenty to enjoy including Zumba in the Park, a petting zoo, sand volleyball, water wonderland, children’s crafts and activities, a washer tournament, dominos tournament, performances by the Bastrop Honor Choir and Austin Symphonic Band, car show and parade.

Several fun contests will take place throughout the afternoon including a seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, pie eating contest and a leg shaving contest.    Whether you are looking to spend an hour or two or something to occupy the whole family for the day, the

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When you own a home, there is always something to do around the house it seems. While most projects require adult participation, there are a lot of thinks your kids can help with. Now that summer is here, they likely have some extra time on their hands that you can take advantage of. Sometimes they may grumble but in the end, it is a great way to spend some time together and accomplish something you need to do at the same time. Here are a few projects that kids of all ages can help out with.


Painting does a lot for your home by brightening a room and even increasing the value. It also happens to be one of the easiest projects for kids to help out with. Even preschoolers can handle a paint brush. Just make sure they work in areas where they

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If you are interested in purchasing a large piece of land near Bastrop, there are several properties available for you to consider. These properties offer plenty of land for you to spread out and offer lots privacy if you wish.  

Currently, we have the following parcels available.

334 Nink Road

56.22 Acres Nink Road

546 McAllister Road

00 Arrowhead Read

Various features are available on the different properties including ponds, pasture land, wooded acreage and wildlife.

Contact us today to decide which property is best for you.  

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville

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pieDo you like pie? Really, who doesn’t like some kind of pie? This event is for everyone, even if for some reason you don’t like pie. Drop by the Bastrop Public Library for your chance in enjoy all things pie related or just to socialize with others from the community.

The Let’s Eat Pie Social will include a pie eating contest, games, door prizes, guessing jars and gift baskets. The pie eating contest will be limited to the first 10 people between the ages of 8 and 99 to sign up. So bring a pie to share and enjoy a slice while you mix and mingle during the event.

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:00-3:00

Where: Bastrop Public Library, 1100 Church Street, Bastrop, TX

For more information about the Bastrop Public Library Pie Social, click here.  

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Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) are popular in many different parts of the country. Almost all condos and townhouses are part of an HOA as well as many single-family homes in subdivisions. If you are considering a property in an HOA, you need to understand what the HOA offers as well as what they require from you as a homeowner. There may be restrictions on how you may use the home and you need to make sure they don’t prohibit anything that you plan to do. Here are three ways you can compare HOAs to ensure you select the one that best meets your needs.


The amenities offered by the HOA is one of the main considerations for many buyers. Most HOAs have at least a few basic amenities such as a common area including maintenance of the area. It

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