HPU Buildings On Showcase For Annual Historic Brownwood Tour December 10th

HPU Walker House450Several Howard Payne University buildings will be highlighted during this year’s “Past, Present and Future” tour hosted by Downtown Brownwood, Inc., on Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This annual tour of historical downtown buildings allows participants to appreciate the rich history that Brownwood has to offer.

Tour stops include the Walker House, Mims Auditorium, and the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center with Grace Chapel.

The Walker House is the home of Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady.

“Christmas is such a special time on our campus,” said Dr. Diana Ellis. “I am delighted that we have this opportunity for the community to tour our beautifully restored and new buildings. I am particularly pleased to share the HPU President's Home which is fully decorated for the holidays.”

The Walker House, a three-story, Colonial Revival home, was built in 1901 as the residence of John Allen and Elizabeth Peacock Walker. Mr. Walker was a longtime member of Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees, as well as a prominent Brownwood businessman and civic leader. The Walkers were major benefactors of HPU and other Baptist educational institutions; HPU’s

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5th Annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival Coming Friday and Saturday

Christmas Under The Stars Logo2013 250Festival Canceled because of weather.

The 5th Annual Brownwood Christmas Under the Stars Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th at the Depot Complex, Adams Street Community Center and the Lehnis Railroad Museum.

The event will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, kids activities, Christmas karaoke, food, live entertainment, ice skating and much more during the two day event.

The festival will also feature the "Treats for Santa Bake-off" on Saturday and the Christmas tree auction to benefit local non-profit agencies on display at the Lehnis Railroad Museum.

Brownwood's ice skating rink will be featured for the second year in a row during and before the festival with daily hours. A live webcam will be streaming the ice rink action all week and can be viewed at VisitBrownwood.com along with more festival information.

The full schedule of events and activities for the Christmas Under the Stars Festival is below.  

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Ice Skating Rink Now Open

iceskatingpromo450Brownwood's ice skating rink is returning for the second year in a row and will be open to the public starting Friday, November 29th and available through Saturday, December 7th during the 5th 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:

Friday, November 29th - 1 PM - 8 PM
Saturday, November 30th - 11 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, December 1st - 2 PM - 6 PM
Mon-Fri. December 2nd - 6th - 1 PM - 8 PM
Saturday, December 7th - 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 Announced for 2013 Christmas Under the Stars Festival

Christmas Under The Stars Logo2013 250The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual “Treats for Santa Bake-off” competition at the upcoming 5th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

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 7th in the Bertrand Technology Solutions meeting room at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce offices. Baked goods will only be accepted on Saturday, December 7th from 3-4 PM and judging will begin at 4:30 PM.

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Ribbon Cutting for Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key Program

LatchKey450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on November 14th to welcome the Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key Program as new members of the Chamber.

Since 1983, Latch Key has provided after school child care to lower income families in the Brownwood ISD.

For more information about the program, contact Latch Key at 325-646-2138 or visit them at 2411 Coggin Avenue.

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Brownwood and Brown County Celebrate Local Small Businesses by Hosting Small Business Saturday® Event

ShopSmall BlueThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of and participation in the fourth annual Small Business Saturday on November 30th. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day has given small businesses across the country a huge boost.  

Recognizing the importance of supporting small independently-owned businesses in the community, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced their support for Small Business Saturday and its Neighborhood Champion program.   The greater Brownwood/Brown County area is encouraged to take part in Small Business Saturday on November 30th.

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Christmas Tree Auction to Once Again Raise Money for Non-Profit Organizations

christmastreeNon-profit organizations are decorating Christmas trees this year to help raise money for their organizations during the 5th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

Non-profits will be displaying fully decorated trees at the Lehnis Railroad Museum from November 30 - December 7th, and each tree will be up for auction.   Silent auction bid sheets will be placed at each tree and all proceeds will benefit the non-profit agency who decorated the tree.   To help the cause, the non-profits have recruited local businesses to sponsor their tree to pay for setup and decorations.

One tree will be selected for the "Best Decorated" award to be given to the sponsoring non-profit and business. An award for the "Silent Auction Winner" will also be given.

This will be a great chance for the public to purchase an fully decorated Christmas tree for the holiday season while supporting a local non-profit agency.

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Ribbon Cutting for Heart of Texas Children's Advocacy Center

Childadvoc450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the Heart of Texas Children's Advocacy Center on Wednesday, November 13th to welcome them as new members.

The center's mission is to provide safety, justice, and healing, in a safe, compassionate and respectful environment to children victimized by abuse and neglect.

Established in 2012, this organization specializes in child and family advocacy including forensic interviews, referrals and case reviews.

They are located at 1409 Early Blvd and can be contacted at 325-646-7148.

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