Smithville Manpower Training Center Opens Medical Class Building

The Smithville Manpower Training Center Medical Classroom Building opened its doors last week with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony. Medical courses will soon begin with certified nursing assistant courses, followed by phlebotomy and emergency medical technician courses. Visit for details on all of our upcoming courses, including plumbing, welding and more, or call 512-237-1108.

We celebrated together last week with our March Mixer sponsored by Pocket’s Grille and the Smithville Noon Lion’s Club on St. Patrick’s Day. Many thanks to everyone who came. Mark your calendars for our April 28 mixer at Edward Jones Investments, 5-7 p.m.

Smithville Jamboree is fast approaching, April 21-24. Have you seen the exciting music lineup? Get your Jamboree information at

Empty Bowl arrives April 2 in downtown Smithville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Soups, bowls, vendors and more will be available. For more information: On the same day, there will also be Health Fest, sponsored by the City of Smithville and the Smithville Whole Health Partnership, at the Recreation Center and downtown. Come spend a day with your family.

Small Business Grants: The chamber, in partnership with the City of Smithville, operates a small business grant program. Dial 512-237-2313 for more information.

The chamber will be celebrating the grand opening of Lost Pines Truck & Diesel, March 24 at noon at the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 106 NE First St. Be sure to join us as we welcome this newest member to bedroom.

March 25, noon: Chamber Lunch & Learn, speaker: Chris Kirby, lawyer, will speak on estate planning and deed issues. If you would like lunch, please RSVP to 512-237-2313. This is a live event at the chamber, 106 First St., Smithville.

March 30, noon: Virtual Chamber training: Canva for your business. Canva simplifies design with customizable templates. Bring your vision to life with your choice of colors, fonts, and elements. This easy to use software will help you create marketing materials for your business. Free for chamber members. Register online at:

April 7, 8, and 9: Spring Street Sweep: Head to the chamber and collect supplies to help clean up the streets and parks of Smithville. This is a self-managed event where you choose your cleanup day, time and location. The chamber’s Keep Smithville Beautiful committee will provide all materials, including trash bags, gloves, and trash tongs. Call us at 512-237-2313 for more details or visit the page online here:

April 9, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.: Spring wine tour. Many of our downtown businesses will partner with local wineries to showcase their wine as you walk and shop. Enjoy live music and culinary specialties along the way. Many thanks to our main sponsor: Tom and Debi Etheredge. To purchase tickets, call 512-237-2313 or visit Spring Wine Stroll

Music in the Park: Thursdays in April, 6-8pm, join us for our annual Music in the Park event in downtown Smithville at the Gazebo. Schedule: April 7: Bucksnort Boogie Boys; April 14: Johnny Rockit Band! ; April 21: Want them all; April 28: Dawgz Shop.

April Quarterly Luncheon: Join the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce for our April Quarterly Luncheon. Our speaker, Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, will provide an update on county activities in his “State of the County” presentation. Tickets are $15, sponsorships are $50. Date: April 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 400 Olive St. Many thanks to our lunch sponsor: Doug’s Plumbing. Sign up at

Smithville Community Career Fair: Join us for a career fair. Are you hiring? It’s free to participate as an employer/supplier; simply register by calling 512-237-2313 or visit us online at The event is co-sponsored by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, Smithville Public Library and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Save the Date: Smithville 4th of July Celebration. Food vendors are invited to participate – call us at 512-237-2313. More info online here:

Milton S. Rodgers