Christmas cottage set Nov. 2 at Bea’s Kitchen

Don’t miss the Christmas Cottage on Nov. 2 to get you in the Holiday Spirit. You can shop from local vendors with booths full of decorations, quilts, throws, garden decorations, scarf necklaces, custom pins and key rings from exotic woods, and acrylics, handmade jewelry, crochet items and much more. You can also just come and look around for ideas for your holiday gifts and decorations.

For lunch, the Extension Education Association (EEA) members are offering stew, chili or stuffed potatoes for you to purchase. They will also have lots of homemade desserts to complete the meal.

Come to the Christmas Cottage on Friday, Nov. 2 at Bea’s Kitchen , 101 E. Main Street in Cameron. Holiday booths are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is space for a few additional booths, so if you are interested contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 254- 697-7045 or email The Christmas Cottage is sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences Planning Committee and the Milam County EEA members.

FOOD, FITNESS PROGRAM— The food you eat and the amount of exercise you do, plays a big role in the fitness and well being of you and your family. 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 6:30-8 p.m.

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, Fitness Coach SNAP Fitness, Rockdale will present fitness 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 everyoneneedstostayfit. This program is being sponsored by the Rising Star Baptist Church. If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 254-697-7045 or Jo Ann Bradford at

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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