Tuesday , 19 September 2017

Find Out How You Can `Be Holiday Smart’

christmas_wreathWant to get in the mood for the holidays and learn some new ideas?

The Extension Education Association of Collin County will host its annual “Be Holiday Smart” on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Building C at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, 17360 Coit Road. This facility is located at the intersection of Coit Road and McCallum Blvd. between the Bush Turnpike and Campbell Road. There is plenty of free parking in front of the building.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:15 a.m. We will tempt you with homemade cookies and quick breads as well as hot apple cider and coffee. Bring your gift list since the silent auction will have something for everyone. We will have a beautiful handmade quilted table runner that will be given away at the end of the program at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are a bargain at $1 each or six for $5. Purchase your pecans for your holiday baking… we’ll have both halves and pieces. A one-pound bag of either is $9. A lot of you tell us that these are the best pecans ever. And we will agree! Door prizes will be given away throughout the morning.

The program, which starts at 10 a.m., will feature three speakers. Mary Sue Cole, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Hunt County, will present Gifts from Your Heart featuring gifts from the kitchen and unique packaging ideas. Mary Sue always has wonderful recipes and unique but easy packaging ideas. Joyce Cleary, Collin County Master Gardener, will show you quick and simple home decorating ideas that your family and friends will love. You’ll be ready to go home and decorate your house with the ideas that you will see. Sharon Armstrong has been a Stamping’ Up demonstrator for more than 16 years. She’ll show you how easy it is to make your own holiday cards.

Tickets are still a bargain at $5. All proceeds from this event go toward youth and adult education scholarships and community service projects including local food pantries and homeless shelter as well as to purchase supplies to make comfort pillows for cancer patients, lap robes for seniors and baby shirts and blankets for newborns of indigent families. So grab a friend or two and join us on November 14. You are guaranteed a morning of fun, new ideas, and holiday spirit. See you then!

Story submitted by Carrie T. Brazeal, the County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. She may be reached at c-brazeal@tamu.edu or 972.424.1460, Ext. 4233.

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