Food, nutrition, fitness topics at Nov. 5 program

Controlling our food portions, selecting nutritious foods and making time for regular exercise are very hard habits to develop. On Monday, Nov. 5 a “Food, Nutrition and Fitness Awareness Program” will help motivate you and your family to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program will be held at the Rising Star Baptist Church in Rockdale (1055 Texas Street) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is also sponsoring the healthy lifestyle program.

Healthy Eating Tips will start the program at 6:30 p.m. I will be presenting a program on watching portions and calories while making nutritious meals and snacks. At the end of the program a healthy snack will be served.

Fitness will be the topic for the second part of the program. Deron Clay, f itness coach at SNAP Fitness in Rockdale, will present f itness information. Hopefully he can motivate us to start or increase our fitness activities.

This is a program for the whole family to attend and the public is welcome. Everyone eats and everyone needs to stay fit. If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 254-697-7045 or Jo Ann Bradford,

NOVEMBER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES—November will offer three activities to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Mark your calendar and come join the holiday fun at one or more of the activities in November. For additional information or questions about these events, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Milam County Office at 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, 254-697-7045 or email or go to the website and look under events.

CHRISTMAS COTTAGE— On Friday, Nov. 2 stop by Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for shopping and eating. The Milam County Extension Education Association Members and the Family and Consumer Sciences Committee are sponsoring the event to get you in the mood for the holiday season. You will be able to shop at a variety of craft, decorating and gift booths. This is a come and stay as long as you can Christmas Cottage that is sure to get you in the mood to prepare for the holidays.

The Extension Education Club members will have a variety of delicious lunch, snack, dessert items for you to enjoy. You can select from stew, chili, stuffed baked potatoes and a variety of homemade desserts.

We still have a few spaces available, cost is $20 for a table. Contact the Texas AgriLi fe Extension Service-Milam County office for additional information, 254-697-7045 or 7047.

FALL TOUR TIME—Nov. 16 is the date for the Fall Tour sponsored by the Milam and Lee County Extension Education Association members. Anyone is welcome to sign-up and join us for a day trip to the Heritage Village near Woodville, Livingston Trade Days and Santa’s Wonderland hayride through the lights in College Station. The trip will cost $80 which includes: all-you-can-eat lunch at the Heritage Village, a tour of Heritage Village, hayride at Santa’s Wonderland and charter bus ride. One bus will leave from Rockdale and a second bus will leave from Giddings.

Heritage Village is a living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of the mid-1800’s. You will be able to walk through an old-time blacksmith shop, check out a railroad depot, visit a livery stable or any one of the community’s log cabins. The Pickett House Restaurant will serve us a boarding house style “all-you- caneat” fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, country vegetables, cobbler, biscuits and cornbread meal to everyone on the tour.

After a tour of the village, we will board the buses for a short ride to Livingston Trade Days. You will have time to walk through covered pavilions and open air lots to shop and look. The day will end with a hayride through the Santa’s Wonderland of Lights in College Station. It will be an unforgettable evening celebrating the holidays with friends under millions of lights. You will also be able to relax and enjoy the unique shops or sit around a cozy campfire listening to live music at Santa’s Town.

For registration information, contact the extension office.

HOLIDAY GIFT EXCHANGE—Milam County 4-Hers are conducting the 18th annual Holiday Gift Idea Exchange from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. 4-Hers from across the county will demonstrate holiday gift, decoration and food items.

Persons that attend the event will get lots of ideas to add to their holiday celebration from the handout of recipes and project directions. You will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments prepared by the 4-Hers.

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