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Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Good Things at Down Home Ranch

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Even in the midst of COVID confusion, good things are happening at various non-profit organizations including Down Home Ranch located on 410 acres near Elgin.


The Ranch, offering residency, day programs, and ranch camp over their past 31 years serves adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Their mission is “empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, education, residential and vocational opportunities.”
It is with great anticipation for Saturday, Oct. 3, that this year’s 17th Annual Gala---“Down Home is Where the Heart Is” will be held completely online through a virtual hosting platform from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We will still have all of the great entertainment and speakers you’ve come to know and love with other galas,” Jeffrey Mizell, Director of Development said.
The event kicks off with a special pre-event performance b ...

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  family, covid, social distance, fun

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

16 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

The home-buying season is still going strong, even as the summer wanes and schools gear up to greet kids both in-person and online. Chances are, you know someone who bought a new house this year. Since get-togethers are still a bit taboo you might be looking for ready-to-ship housewarming gifts personalized to make that special friend or family member feel at home in their new digs. We've compiled 16 unique, fun items you can find online to have delivered right to their new door. Social distancing doesn't have to prevent you from reminding those you care about how special they are! 

Don't know a new homeowner but want to make someone's day? These have you covered there, too!

Customized Self-Inking Address Stamp
An often overlooked gift item that brings a smile every time is a customized self-inking stamp with the happy homeowner's new address. Even if they pay all their bills, send all their invites, and communicate all online, this thoughtful item is sure to inspire a writ ...

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  family, covid, social distance, summer, fun, virtual party, gifts, housewarming

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Bastrop Private Schools Open For In-Person Learning

Contributed by Deena Thomas
(BASTROP) As the start of school approaches in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Greg Abbott recently granted local school boards power to make final decisions for start dates and method of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. While public school boards wrestle with the means to ensure student safety and health amid large student populations, private schools in the Bastrop County area work with smaller student populations, making on-campus learning, while following all CDC recommendations, a viable option.
Bastrop ISD students will begin with online instruction from Aug. 18-Sept. 8. All parents were requested to complete a form choosing onsite or online instruction for their students by August 9 so that appropriate plans could be made to serve all students beyond Sept. 8.
Smithville ISD students will begin instruction on August 24. Students will be served based on preference as noted in an instructional programming form completed by pare ...

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  covid, family, social distance, new

Thursday, July 9, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Mandatory Masks: Where to Buy Them & Where to Wear Them

As COVID -19 cases soar in several states, Governor Abbot, on July 2nd, officially announced in an Executive Order that Texans are required to wear protective face masks covering the nose and mouth when in public both inside businesses as well as instances where social distancing of 6 feet is not possible. Fines for not wearing masks could be as high as $2,000 so don't get caught without one! This may leave many of you wondering where to get masks to suit the increased demand. Well, you're in luck. It seems masks are now available just about everywhere so we've compiled a list of where to get masks that range from utilitarian to couture. Check out the list here:

Shop all face masks at Amazon

Shop all face masks at Vistaprint


Shop all face masks at Avocado



Shop all face masks at DailySteals


Shop all face masks at Fans Edge


Shop all face masks at Adorama


Shop all face masks at REI


Shop all face masks at Foco



Shop all face masks at Zappos ...

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  covid, family, social distance, summer, mask

Friday, June 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Juneteenth in Central Texas

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is coming up on Friday, June 19th, and you can celebrate virtually with Austin’s George Washington Carver Library & Museum, Six Square, G.E.A.Y.A., and Jump On It. With COVID cases on the rise, in-person community events are limited but don’t let that dissuade you from joining in the music, spoken word, and other artistic performances online through the evening. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. 




A time-honored tradition, the Juneteenth holiday serves as a reminder of the day Texas learned of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier in January 1863 freeing all enslaved people from bondage in the United States. Traditionally, Juneteenth events were an opportunity for communities of color to gather to share food, music, and conversation. While we can’t gather face-to-face, we can gather in spirit so whatever your background, make plans to join your ...

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  covid, social distance, freedom, junetenth, virtual party