TCHCC Heritage Fest & Muziky

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20 – La Grange, Texas

The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange will be hosting the Heritage Festival & Muziky on October 19-20, 2018.  There will be vendor and craft booths along with great music, Taroky Tournament, food, and cold beverages.  A country store and a Czech store will be open for your shopping.  Heritage demonstrations will be going on during the day in the Czech Village plus activities for the children.

Friday, October  19, 2018 – (5:30 pm to 9:30 pm)

Octoberfest on the Deck w/ music from the Dujka Brothers Band from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.  Czech style chicken ‘n dumplings served at 5:30 pm.


Saturday, October 20, 2018 – (11:30 am to 9:30 pm) 

Music from 11:30 am to 6 pm by Jerry Haisler & The Melody 5 and Enzian Buam.

Activities: Antique farm equipment and car show.  Saw Mill. Kolac Eating Contest.  Heritage demonstrations & booths.  KJT State Tarock Tournament.  Children Activities.  Museum. Bingo.  Pig Plop Bingo.

Muziky, Muziky @ the Amplitheater from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.  Featuring The Legacy of the Vrazels’ Polka Band

Grand Fireworks Finale @ 9:30 pm sponsored by HEB.


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Fayetteville Lickskillet Days Festival

Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21, 2018 – Fayetteville, Texas

Come to the Fayetteville Lickskillet Days Festival to celebrate Fayetteville’s German and Czech heritage. This annual event has been going on since 1976.  Rumors are that the town of Fayetteville was at one point called “Lick Skillet”. When late-comers complained about all the food being gone, they were told to “lick the skillet”. So get there EARLY!

This family friendly event includes kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, kiddy train ride, ice-cold refreshments, hamburgers, pastries, pies & kolaches, arts and crafts, silly contests, live music, horseshoe tournament, raffles, and a home town parade.  The parade starts at 10 am on Sunday.  Tours of the historic Courthouse, jail, and Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum will also be available.

The event is sponsored by Fayetteville’s Chamber of Commerce.  Call for more information 979-877-5290.

Visit their webpage at Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Co-op Customer Shred Day

In appreciation of National Co-op Month (October), Colorado Valley Telephone Cooperative has teamed up with Fayette Electric Cooperative to host

Co-op Customer Shred Day

Friday, October 26, 2018

Times & Locations:    

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fayette Electric Cooperative
357 N. Washington Street, La Grange, TX 78945

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Colorado Valley Telephone Cooperative
4915 S. US Hwy. 77, La Grange, TX 78945

FREE document shredding – up to 3 boxes per vehicle.

For additional boxes over the three (3) limit, we will accept donations in support of the following non-profit, charitable organizations:

Gardenia E. Janssen Animal ShelterDeputy Santa Program 

It’s easy! Simply drive up, unload your documents and watch your paper shred to pieces!

What type of paper documents can I shred?

Bond paper; computer paper; adding machine tape; envelope (with or without windows); files and file folders; copying paper; accounting ledgers; letterhead, fax, NCR or coated paper; self-adhesive notes

(Paper clips, rubber bands, staples, tape, adhesive labels, fasteners and plastic tabs DO NOT have to be removed.)

What is NOT allowed?

Newspapers; telephone books; paper towels and napkins; cellophane wrappers; hardcover books; food of any kind; styrofoam cups and plates; lunch bags; aluminum cans or foil; trash (bottles, glass, cans, inks, dyes, paints); metals (3-ring binders, lever-arch binders, hanging folders, large bulldog clips, license plates); plastics (plastic bags and packing materials, computer discs, CDs, DVDs, backup tapes, video tapes, transparencies, ID badges, driver’s licenses, microfiche, microfilm, x-rays);  HAZMAT (biochemical waste, sharps, toxic substances, flammables, explosives); hardware (computer, printer and photocopier parts)

Boxes may be no larger than 26.7”L x 15.7”W x 14”H (equivalent to a 21-gallon tote). No boxes or containers of any kind may be left behind. All persons participating in shredding services are required to remain with their items. No dropping off of items is allowed. Electronics, ink cartridges and cardboard will not be accepted.

 Protect yourself against fraud and identity theft by joining us for FREE Shred Day!

What Should I Shred?

Anything that contains sensitive information (name, address, social security numbers, account numbers, etc.) that you no longer need, and that you want to keep out of the hands of thieves or “dumpster divers.” These documents could include old utility invoices, bank statements, medical records, credit card offers and old tax documents (older than 7 years), just to name a few.

Why Should I Shred?

According to the Federal Trade Commission, about 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year and “dumpster diving” or rifling through your trash cans for personal information, is a common tactic used by identity thieves.

The Attorney General’s Office suggests shredding credit card receipts, ATM receipts, pre-approved credit card or loan offers that you are not interested in, personal financial information such as monthly statements, and much more.



Scam Alert- “You’re Today’s Lucky Visitor!”

Do not click on pop-ups stating “Congratulations, you’re today’s lucky visitor”. These pop-up ads may state you have won a chance at a gift card, an iPhone or something similar. If you click the pop-up, it will take you to a website with claims from people stating they received their freebie and you will be asked to provide your personal information to also receive the freebie. In some cases these are marketing scams but they could also be more harmful phishing attempts.

In many cases people have received this pop-up while browsing Facebook on an iPhone or iPad but customers with any type of tablet, phone or desktop should be wary of pop-ups ads offering anything free.

Apple has more detailed advice on how to block these pop-up ads in their support pages.


Flatonia Czhilispiel 46

Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28 – Flatonia, Texas

Czhilispiel  is a celebration of Flatonia’s Czech and German heritage. The name comes from a play on the word “Chili” with a “z” added for a Czech flair + the German word “speil” meaning play. This festival has been going on since 1973 making this Flatonia’s 44th time hosting the event. Proceeds are used to help with local needs. The event is held every year on the fourth full weekend of October.

The event includes a Czhilin, Beans & BBQ Cook Off. Jackpot Margarita contest for the adult Czhili competitors. Other events include an auction, 5K, golf tournament, car & truck show, and lots of children games. The organizers will be announcing more events  soon so keep checking the link below.

Come see the Grand Parade on Sunday at noon.

The live music this year includes:


6:00pm to midnight –  Dance Party with DJ Superman


1:00pm to 3:00pm – Brandi Behlen

1:30pm to 4:30pm – Praha Bros

5:30pm to 6:30pm – Bartitch Hippies

7:30pm to 8:30pm – Damon Curtis Band

9:00pm to 10:30pm – Kody West

11:00pm to 12:30am – Jason Boland & The Stragglers


10:00am to 12:00pm – D’Vine Testament

1:30pm to 4:00pm  – Broken Alibi

5:00pm to 8:00pm – Los Kolaches


Visit their webpage at



Trick or Treat on the Square

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 

4 pm to 6 pm at the Fayette County Courthouse Square

La Grange Main Street’s Annual Trick or Treat on the Square gives youngsters a safe place to go door to door for candy and to show off their costumes. All participating businesses will have a sign in their window or on their door to identify them as a Trick or Treat participant.

Festivities Include:
~Halloween Games
~Live Music
~Face Painting
~Snow Cones
~Balloon Animals
~Bounce Houses

* Parking off of the Square is encouraged.



Unplug Modems During Lightning Storms

PLEASE remember to unplug your high-speed modem and router during lightning storms.  Surge protector can’t always protect your equipment.  If your internet connection runs through the phone line, disconnect the cord from the jack because power surges can also travel through the phone line and fry your equipment.


Watch Out For Fraudulent Email

If you receive an email claiming to be from Colorado Valley Communications that is requesting your account name and password, you are likely the target of a scam. Colorado Valley Communications will never ask for personal information, like your password, over email. If you believe your Colorado Valley account has been compromised, change your password immediately.

When you receive an email that looks suspicious, here are a few things to check for:

  • Check that the email address and the sender name match
  • Hover over any links before you click on them. If the URL of the link doesn’t match the description of the link, it might be leading you to a phishing site.
  • Check the message header to make sure the “from” header isn’t showing an incorrect name.

If you have questions about suspicious emails please call us at (979) 242-5911 or (800) 242-5911 or email