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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce 600 E. Depot PO Box 880 Brownwood, TX 76804
December 2, 2011 Volume 6, Issue 12
Your December 2011 Monthly Chamber Newsletter
Inside This Issue Page 2 • Festival Map Page 3 • Christmas Festival Activities Page 4 • Ribbon Cutting • New Members Page 5 • Downtown Tour Page 6 • Photography contest • Bake-off Page 7 • Brownwood Gifts Page 8 • Under the Stars Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Phone: (325) 646-9535 Fax (325) 643-6686 membership @brownwoodchamber.org
CHECK OUT OUR UP COMING EVENTS ON PAGE 6
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, KTAB News, and 3M bring you the 2011 Christmas Under the Stars Festival on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at the Depot Plaza and Lehnis Railroad Museum from 4pm-8pm. KTAB News will broadcast live from the event on Friday, December 2nd during its 5pm and 6pm news. Enjoy holiday fun for all ages with great hometown entertainment, great food and refreshments, kids’ activities, competitions, and much more. This is one Christmas celebration you do not want to miss, so be there and stay off of Santa’s naughty list! Contact the Chamber at 325-6469535 for more info about the event. Go to VisitBrownwood.com for the latest information.
The Festival will go on rain or shine. Many activities may relocate inside the Depot and Adams Street Community Center due to rain. List of activites continued on page 3
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The Festival will go on rain or shine. Many activities may relocate inside the Depot and Adams Street Community Center due to rain.
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CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS
currently scheduled events, activities, and competitions include: ACTIVITIES
Giant Slide Bounce Houses Letters to Santa (in the Depot) Story Telling (in the Depot) Photos with Santa (at the RR Museum) Sports Challenge Basketball Bungee Run Decorate Giant Gingerbread House Decorate Pet Foot Bowls Pictures with Snickers the Dog Christmas Cards to Santa Making Marshmallow Poppers Cookie Decorating Decorate Christmas Bags Make Wooden Crosses Marshmallow Game Face Painting Decorate Snowmen Ornaments Nail Painting Rock Wall Climbing
Santa's Sleigh 5K Run & 1.5 Mile Walk - Sponsored by TexasBank - Sat., Dec 3. 8am at Gordon Wood Stadium Treats for Santa Bake-off - Sat. 4pm at the Chamber Board Room Frosty's Village Building Contest - 12 & under Sat. 6pm at the Depot Christmas Photo Contest - in the Depot Scavenger Hunt - ages 13-18 - Sat. 5pm at the Depot Plaza Amazing Race - ages 12-18 - Sat. 4:30pm at the Depot Plaza Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Dance Competition Fri. 7:30-Midnight at the Depot
ENTERTAINMENT - Sponsored by PF& E Oil Company Christmas Karaoke (in the Depot) Skits Performed by Lyric Theatre Performers (in the Depot) Community Choirs (in the Depot) Local Talent (Depot Pavilion) - Call 325-646-9535 to sign up Movie on the Lawn
Chili & Frito Pie Popcorn Hot Dogs Funnel Cakes Hot Chocolate Hot Cider Sausage Wraps
THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS ACCEPTED TO HELP LOCAL CHARITIES
Santa’s Sleigh 5K Fun Run Set for December 3rd The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced that their 5K fun run will once again be a part of the Christmas Under the Stars Festival. The Santa’s Sleigh 5K Fun Run and 1.5 Mile Walk will take place at Gordon Wood Stadium on Saturday, December 3rd. Registration and warm up will begin at 7:00 AM with a shotgun start promptly at 8:00 AM. Registration forms are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or online at VisitBrownwood. com under the Christmas Festival section. Runners can also register online at Active.com. Entry fee for the fun run is $20 if paid by November 30th and $25 after that. T-shirts will be available to the first 100 participants to register for the race. This year, all proceeds from the event will benefit the First United Methodist Church
Weekday Preschool. All runners are encouraged to dress in Christmas costumes to show their holiday spirit. For more information, contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-6469535. The Christmas Under the Stars Festival will take place December 2nd and 3rd at the Depot Plaza and will feature many other great activities in addition to the 5K run such as photos with Santa, live music, entertainment, children’s activities, and much more. Go to VisitBrownwood.com for a complete list of activities, times, and locations. Santa’s Sleigh 5K Fun Run is sponsored by TexasBank, Landmark Life Insurance, Doc’s Drugstore, Edward Jones Investments, Western Bank, and Chambers Plumbing.
Christmas Festival to Help Benefit Local Charities The 3rd Annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival sponsored by KTAB News and 3M will offer games and activities for all ages, but the event is also geared toward helping local charities and families in need. Donations for three local nonprofit organizations will be accepted during the festival on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd from 4-8pm at the Depot Plaza. “The holidays can be a particularly stressful time, especially with so many needs and we hope to provide an opportunity for folks to give as well as receive,” said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce tourism director Sunni Modawell. Donations of nonperishable food items will
be accepted during this year’s festival to benefit Good Samaritan Ministries. New toys will also be accepted at the event to benefit the Toys for Kids program who provide Christmas for more than 2200 families. The Salvation Army will also be accepting donations of coats and blankets to distribute locally. “One organization, one person cannot do it all, but if we come together as a community, we can make a difference,” Modawell said. For more information about these donations or other activities during the Christmas Under the Stars Festival, go to BrownwoodChamber.org or call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535.
Community Partners for Progress
Food Drive to benefit Good Samaritan Ministries Toy Drive to benefit Toys for Kids Coat & Blanket Drive to benefit Salvation Army
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RIBBON CUTTING A World for Children Joins the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 16th for A World for Children to welcome them as new members. Located at 504 Center Avenue in Brownwood, A World for Children is a foster care agency that serves the Brownwood area placing children in homes within a 100 to 150 mile radius. For more information, contact A World for Children at (325) 641-1055 or visit their website, www.awfc. org. Pictured above are Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors along with A World for Children management and staff.
Welcome New Members A World for Children - The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome A World for Children as one of its newest members. A World For Children (AWFC) is a faith based, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) child placing agency licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to provide foster care for abused and neglected children, ages birth to 18 years. A World for Children is also licensed and has a contract with TDFPS to provide adoption services. Founded in 1997, the agency has grown to serve over 900 abused children in about 350 foster homes across the state of Texas. For more information, visit www.awfc.org or call (325) 641-1055. Seal Gymnastics – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is excited
to welcome back Seal Gymnastics. Since 1992 Seal Gymnastics has provided gymnastics and cheer classes for individuals 3 years of age and up as well as a preschool learning center. For more information on classes, camps and birthday parties stop by Seal Gymnastics location, 3315 Hwy 183 N., log on to www.sealgym.com or call (325) 643-6498. Champions Car Wash - The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome, the newest car wash in town, Champions Car Wash! Opened in 2011, Champions Car Wash offers the latest in automated car wash technology with a soft touch system, covered auto detailing area with high powered vacuums, equipped with air & water. Champions Car Wash is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week to meet your car cleaning needs! Stop by today, 1301 Austin Avenue!
A Special THANK YOU to the following businesses that renewed their Membership in the month of November. We greatly appreciate your continued support of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brownwood Community. Ann E. Jones
Armadillo Distributing Austin Avenue Pet Clinic CiCi’s Pizza Farmers Insurance Holly’s Tees Larry Pullin – State Farm Insurance Move-Rite Police Assistance Coalition Sedona Breeze West Central Texas Council of Governments Willie’s T’s
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Tour of Historic Downtown Buildings Set for December 8th Downtown Brownwood, Inc. is continuing its holiday tradition of exposing the public to historic properties in Brownwood. The annual Past, Present and Future tour of downtown Brownwood will offer participants a look into the rich history that downtown has to offer and a look inside several of the historic properties. The tour will include a look at Weakley Watson Sporting Goods and the Brownwood Bulletin, two of the oldest businesses in Brownwood, and will outline their history. The Lyric Theatre, which is currently under major renovation, will also be on the tour giving participants an update of the restoration project. A stop at the Brown County courthouse is also scheduled offering histories of some of the buildings on the square as well as future plans for other properties along the tour
route. As an added treat, the historic home located at 707 Center Avenue known to local residents as the Rogers home (also known as the Lockwood and Haney home) is also on the tour and is in the midst of a total remodel. Refreshments will also be provided during the tour. The Past, Present and Future tour is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th. The buses, provided by City and Rural Rides, will board promptly at 5:30 at the parking lot of the Depot Civic and Cultural Center. Participants in the tour may ride a bus or take their own vehicle. Tickets are available at KOXE radio and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office for $5.00 each. Tickets are limited. Call 325-646-9535 for more information.
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UPCOMING EVENTS December
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Lighted Christmas Parade Downtown Brownwood HPU Zumba Fitness Master Class with Shemane Nugent HPU Wellness Center Gym HPU Band and Choir Christmas Concerts HPU Mims Auditorium Christmas Under the Stars Festival Depot Complex An Evening with Bob Cheever & His acoustic guitar The Turtle Restaurant Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Southside Church Community Candlelight Service Depot Plaza Past, Present, and Future Tour of Downtown Brownwood Art Center Chili Luncheon Brownwood Art Center BALOS presents Sara Getto Victory Life Church HPU Chime Out Mims Auditorium HPU Commencement Brownwood Coliseum “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Coggin Ave. Baptist Church Business After Hours Spa on the Creek The Lyric Presents “The Messiah” First United Methodist Church Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club Christmas with Santa Lehnis Railroad Museum
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Wake Up Wednesday Brownwood Chamber Boardroom Business After Hours EALTH EALTH American State Bank LINIC Chamber Monthly LuncheonLINIC Brownwood Country ClubPerkins, Dr. Dr. Garner, Garner, D.O. D.O. ~~ Shanna Shanna Perkins, F.N.P. F.N.P. BALOS presents Carpe ~~Diem Wednesday Wednesday Henry-F.N.P Henry-F.N.P Bud Bud Isbell, Isbell, P.A. P.A. Any Any Insurance InsuranceAccepted Accepted String Quartet Accept Medicaid Medicaid and and Medicare Medicare Victory LifeAccept Church
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Photography Contest Announced for Christmas Under the Stars Festival The Brownwood Art Association will be seeking entries for their first ever Christmas Photo Contest in conjunction with the Christmas Under the Stars Festival on December 2nd and 3rd at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center, 600 E. Depot St. The contest is open to photographers 8 years old and up with prizes awarded in categories of ages 8-14, ages 15-20, ages 21 and above, and professional. Special prizes for People’s Choice and Best “Scared of Santa” photo will also be awarded.
There is a $5 fee per entry, and photographs will be accepted at the Depot on Monday, November 28th from 1-4pm and Tuesday, November 29th from 6-8pm. All photos must be framed with wire or hook and be ready to hang. The photos will be on display at the Depot on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd from 4-8pm during the Christmas Under the Stars
Festival. For more information, contact Kim Hurt at 325-200-6404 or go to BrownwoodChamber.org.
TREATS FOR SANTA BAKE-OFF Added to Christmas Festival The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce has added the “Treats for Santa Bake-off” competition to this year’s Christmas Under the Stars Festival. Santa likes his treats, and area bakers will show off their skills in several categories including pies,
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cakes, bars/brownies, cookies, bread/rolls, and muffins. The contest will take place on the second day of the festival, Saturday, December 3rd in the Bertrand Technology Solutions meeting room at the Brownwood Area Chamber of
Commerce offices. Baked goods will only be accepted on December 3rd from 3-4pm and judging will begin at 4:30pm. For more information, call the Chamber at 325-646-9535.
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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2011-2012 Dr. Don Bostic, Chairman Ranger College Gregg Rice, Past Chairman 3M Company Steve Weckwerth Subway Dr. Bill Ellis Howard Payne University Brian Kight TSTC Ray Garza TexasBank Chance Barr Individual Ken Harriss Oncor Michael Richardson Farmers Insurance Priscilla Monson West Central Texas Valuation Services Eric McNeese Brown County Abstract Toni Hill McCoy’s Debbie Morelock Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast Josh Stegemoller Stegemoller Realtors Sam Waldrop Waldrop Construction
CHAMBER STAFF Laura Terhune, Executive Director Sunni Modawell, Tourism Manager Ray Tipton, Marketing Manager Missi Malone, Membership Director Martha Faetche, Receptionist; Visitor Center & Brownwood Store Manager Dawn Norway – Office Manager