Grand Marshal Named for Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade

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Beverly Norris, curator of the Lehnis Railroad Museum, has been named Grand Marshal for this year's Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade.

Norris has been a part of the museum since June of this year and is very active in the community. Norris was selected as Grand Marshal by the parade sponsor, Texas Rock Crusher Railway, to fit into the railroad theme of the parade.

Norris said she is privileged to work at the local museum and help preserve the history of the community.  She said that the museum displays the extensive railroad collection of Martin and Frances Lehnis and offers a great family experience.

"There is something to interest all ages at the Lehnis Museum," Norris said. "We feature many family friendly activities and displays."

Norris also serves on the board of the Brown County Museum of History.   She said that she is flattered to be chosen as Grand Marshal as a representative of the museums.

"I am excited to be a part of this event and hope to take this great opportunity and give back to the community," Norris said.

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Brownwood Ice Skating Rink to Open Day After Thanksgiving

IceSkatingBrownwood's ice skating rink is returning for the third year in a row and will be open to the public starting Friday, November 28th and available through Saturday, December 6th during the 6th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

The public is invited to ice skate on the synthetic ice rink which will be located in the parking lot of the Depot Complex at 600 E. Depot Street.

The rink will be open to the public during the following hours:

November 28th - 1 - 8 PM
November 29th - 11 AM - 8 PM
November 30th - 1-6 PM
December 1st through 5th - 3-8 PM
December 6th - 11 AM - 8 PM

Cost to skate is $2 per person for a 20 minute session and ice skates are available at no additional cost.

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Treats for Santa Bake-off Competition Announced for Christmas Under the Stars Festival

treatsThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual "Treats for Santa Bake-off" competition at the upcoming 6th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival on the first weekend in December. 

Santa likes his treats , and area bakers can enter the contest to show off their skills in several categories including pies, cakes, bars/brownies, cookies, bread/rolls, and muffins. 

The contest will take place on the second day of the festival, Saturday, December 6th.  Baked goods will only be accepted on Saturday, December 6th from 3-4 PM at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and judging will begin at 4:30 PM.

Scoring for each treat will be based on taste, appearance and originality. After judging, the entries will be moved to the Depot Civic and Cultural Center near Santa and Mrs. Claus for display and to sell samples to the public.

Cost to enter the competition is $10 per entry and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  Entry forms are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or can be downloaded at BrownwoodChristmas.com.

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Entries for the Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade Now Being Accepted

ChristmasLogo2014 jpg 500Entry forms for the annual Brownwood Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade are now being accepted.

This year's parade is sponsored by Texas Rock Crusher Railway and will center around a railroad theme. The parade will be held on Thursday, December 4th and will begin at 6:30 PM in Downtown Brownwood and will be broadcast by KTXS-TV.

Registrations for the parade can be made online at BrownwoodChristmas.com by clicking on the parade link. The parade is open to floats, vehicles, walkers, horses, classic cars, marching bands and more. Cost to enter the parade is $10 per entry if registered by November 17th. The parade is limited to 100 entries each year.

The Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade will kick off a weekend of holiday events including the 6th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival on Friday December, 5th and Saturday, December 6th sponsored by KTXS-TV. The festival will include Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice skating, rock climbing wall, and several holiday themed contests.

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Ribbon Cutting for South Park Medical Plaza

Southparkcenter 450South Park Medical Plaza hosted a Grand Opening and a ribbon cutting with the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 23rd.

South Park Medical Plaza is in the heart of the Brownwood Medical Community, across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center, adjacent to the ER on the corner of Streckert Dr. and South Park Dr. The 13 recently remodeled suites, parking lot, and updated landscaping are well lit and sit on 1.693 acres

In conjunction with the event, plaza owner Dottie Layman hosted a cookout fundraiser for the Brown County Big Brothers and Big Sisters with Carroll Fire & Safety owned by Dennis Carroll cooking for the event.

Rental spaces are currently in South Park Medical Plaza. For more information, call Dottie at (325) 998-3114.

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3rd Annual Trick or Treat Trail Set for October 31st

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The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Wendlee Broadcasting have teamed up again this year for the 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Trail. This family friendly event will be held in the Depot Plaza parking lot area on Friday, October 31st from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Kids of all ages are invited to visit the "Trick or Treat Trail" and collect candy, goodies, enjoy games and other fun activities including a Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by Wal-Mart .

 To enter the costume contest, pick up an entry form at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office, 600 E. Depot Street or CLICK HERE to download. All entry forms must be returned to the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 22nd.

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Deadline Approaching to Participate in Harvey House Centennial Club

HarveyHouse oldThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Harvey House in Brownwood this year and is offering the public participation through the Harvey House Centennial Club.

The building currently houses the offices of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum, but this historical location next to the Depot was originally a restaurant offering a fine dining experience.

Opened by the Fred Harvey Company in 1914, this Harvey House was an hub of activity through World War II.   The beautiful 2-story structure was renovated in the 1990's and donated to the city of Brownwood.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will be unveiling a plaque on December 15 of this year bearing the names of supporters through the Centennial Club.

To join the Harvey House Centennial Club and have a name inscribed on the plaque costs $100 and is limited to the first 100 participants. All funds raised will be put back into the preservation of the interior of the Harvey House.  Deadline is October 15th.

Tours of the Harvey House are also available.

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List of National Night Out Block Parties in Brown County for October 7th

NNOSigns 2014Tuesday is National Night Out for Brown County and area residents are getting ready to hold block parties to meet neighbors and local law enforcement.

This year, dozens of block parties are scheduled across the county in Brownwood, Early, Bangs, May, and several rural locations.

The Brownwood and Early Police Departments; the Brown County Sheriff's office; area fire departments; Allegiance Ambulance and Heart of Texas EMS along with other city and county officials will visit these parties taking place Tuesday, October 7th between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Sawa Japanese Steak House

Sawa450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 25 for Sawa Japanese Steak House.

The new restaurant located at 515 E. Commerce in Brownwood offers a selection of authentic Japanese cuisine with choices of sushi, habachi, teriyaki and much more.

Their experienced habachi chefs will entertain with their cooking skills at the customer's table.

For more information, contact Sawa Japanese Steak House at 326-646-7292 or visit their website at sawabrownwood.com.

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