WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

A message from your Chamber
      This weekend is THE time to be in Taylor. There are so many things to do! Here's a round up of them...

Wine Swirl
    The holiday 2019 Wine Swirl in Downtown Taylor is a great opportunity to sip, shop, and stroll through downtown Taylor while getting to know your local merchants. The event will be held 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. You can find lots of details  here.
    The event costs $29.95 per person and check-in is at Mezzozah Boutique and Corner Sweets where each participant will receive their swirl bag, which includes a "Let's Swirl" wine glass, coupons from participating merchants, a map of participating locations, and a holiday bingo card for a final Wine Swirl prize. The holiday bingo card will be turned in at the check-out location at Trouvaille Antiques. 
    Tickets are on sale at Amy's Attic, Sweet & Southern Finds, Liberty's Consigned Finds, Friends of the Bride, Trouvaille Antiques, Cherry Tree Creative & The Nest Box, Mezoozah Boutique & Corner Sweets
Rhinestone Cowgirl, Frills on Fourth and Red Cap Cigar Lounge. 

Christmas Fair
    The Taylor Main Street Association will host the annual Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at City Hall and Heritage Square Park. Click  HERE to learn more and download a vendor application.

Mistletoe Market 
    The McCrory Timmerman group and Art Off Center will sponsor its second annual "Mistletoe Market" 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7,  in the gallery spaces of the McCrory Timmerman building at 112 W. 2nd Street (between Curb Side Coffee House and Texas Beer Company).
    The Market will feature Texas based artisans and craftsmen with two floors of holiday shopping, so check some great handmade items off your list before Santa checks off his! The vendors will include jewelry, ceramics, glass, housewares, botanicals, prints, metalwork, fiber work, and photography.
    The first two hours of the event, will feature "First Treasure" shopping time for teens and littles with gifts priced under $15. It's a great way for your youngsters to shop for unique holiday gifts that don't break the bank!

Victorian Christmas
    The Moody Museum is hosting a Victorian Christmas 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to the museum to make Christmas ornaments. The museum will be decorated for Christmas and tours will be offered at that time. The Museum is at 114 W. 9th St.

Parade, Christmas tree lighting & Santa on the Square
   The annual Christmas Parade of Lights will begin at 7 p.m.  The route runs along Main Street from 12th to 3rd.
     Parade entries should check in at Murphy Park to learn their position in the lineup at 5. Judging is at 6 p.m.
   After the parade, t he City of Taylor will light its new 30-foot Christmas tree in Heritage Square Park with singing of carols and festive fun. The time is estimated to be around 8 p.m.
    Santa will arrive at the end of the parade on Dec. 7 and will stay in the hut at Heritage Square to hear children's wishes in the Santa hut until 8:30 p.m. He will return 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, and be there again 6-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-18. Families should bring cameras or phones to take photos.

LEAD Taylor
    The City of Taylor is recruiting citizens who want to learn more about their city for the 2020 LEAD Taylor program. The program is a community-focused, collaborative program that provides participants an in-depth look at government operations, community planning and awareness, and the opportunity to learn about civic culture from the inside. Applications are being considered through Dec, 15. The first class will begin on Thursday, Jan. 16. 
    The 2020 class schedule will consist of a total of six five-hour classes offered on the third Thursday of each month from January through June at the Taylor Public Library. The Class of 2020 classes will include information about how City government works, the operations of the various City departments and the Taylor Independent School District. Classes will also cover civic organizations, the History of Taylor, the Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Taylor Economic Development Corporation, Main Street, and Downtown Businesses. Participants who attend all six courses will graduate from the program on June 25, 2020.
    To qualify for the program, applicants must reside in the City of Taylor, be at least 18 years of age by the date of the first class on Jan. 16, 2020, and be willing and able to attend all six classes. 
Click HERE for an application. For additional information, contact Rocio Lopez at 512-352-3774 or   Rocio.lopez@taylortx.gov.

Chamber Chat is Dec. 16
    December's monthly Chamber luncheon is dedicated to our members. We want you to know about what we do and, moreover, we want to know what you WANT us to do.  Our member surveys delivered some clear messages and we need your help fine tuning those. Please plan to join us at noon Monday, Dec. 16, at Sirloin Stockade. The meeting is free but if you want to eat, you will need to pay $10 at the door.

Chamber News & Calendar 

Ambassadors for the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce awarded Paul Merz of Paul's Pool Service this month's Customer Service of the Month winner at a presentation Dec 4.  He was nominated for the stepping up into action when he went to introduce himself and saw a problem that needed to be fixed. He took care of it then and there. Paul has been service Taylor since 1986 and you can reach Paul's Pool Service at 512-365-8857 or visit the website of www.paulspoolservice.com 

If you would like to nominate someone for the Customer Service of the month you can either call 512-352-6364 or email info@taylorchamber.org

 Chamber Calendar
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.--Chamber Board Meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Monday, Dec. 16, noon--Chamber Luncheon: Sirloin Stockade
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, noon--Programs & Services: Noreen Thermal Solutions, 205 S. Edmond St.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25, CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1, CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Jan 7, noon--Advocacy meeting: Chamber
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m.--Chamber Awards Banquet: Wilco Expo Center. Click here to learn about sponsoring a table. Tickets currently available online or at the Chamber for $45 each.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:30 a.m.--Funding Meeting: Chamber
  • Monday, Jan. 27, noon--Chamber Luncheon featuring the Taylor Housing Authority
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, noon--Ambassador Lunch: Gatti's Pizza

Member News and Events

Christmas at the library
    The Taylor Public Library will show the classic cartoon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
    They will host a Rudolph Christmas Party with coloring, crafts and refreshments 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Seats for this event are limited so reservations are required. Make them by calling 512-352-3434.
    Santa will arrive at the end of the Christmas party. These events are free of charge at the library, 801 Vance. St.
Live nativity
    Immanuel Lutheran Church will host its annual Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Live Nativity 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. The church is located at 411 County Road 401.

The Census has jobs! 
The US Census provides important information that can help Taylor receive federal and state funding so an accurate count of everyone living in Taylor is essential for our community. We have learned recently that they are in particular need for people to help in our area. If you would like extra income, flexible hours and training apply online HERE or call 1-855-562-2020.

Woman of the Year
    Taylor Area Businesswomen are looking for a person who has shown dedication to the Taylor community to win this year's Woman of the Year award. Click   HERE for guidelines and to learn how to nominate someone. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 27.

Citizen of the Year
    The Taylor Rotary Club is searching for its next recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.  If you know someone you would like to nominate, download the form   HERE  and inform Regina Carlson of your intent. She can be reached at  512-365-0068. Nominations should be sent via email to bgraypcb@sbcglobal.net or by mail to Regina Carlson, P.O. Box 289, Taylor, TX 76574 by Dec. 27

Volunteer Tax Preparation needed
   The Williamson County United Way is looking for volunteer Tax prepares, translators and greeters for their free tax preparation services offered in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill and Taylor. Please contact Jodee O'Brien at 512-255-6799 or jodee@unitedway-wc.org  

Entertainment calendar
    WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
    American Legion:  Click here  or here for upcoming events.
    SPJST Post 29:   November's schedule is here and December's is here.
    Taylor Station Bar: Click here for upcoming events.
    Texas Beer Company: To keep up with everything going on at TBC, click here.
    Marshall's Tavern: Marshall's events are here.
    The Loose Screw: See their events here.

Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
1519 N. Main St.  Taylor TX 76574
512-352-6364          www.taylorchamber.org          president@taylorchamber.org