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An AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks

Christmas Joys Update

Wow, we have had a tremendous response to the 43rd annual Extension “Christmas Joys” holiday program!  Both sessions, scheduled for Monday, November 7, are full (and have been for quite a while).  We will try to call everyone to confirm, but if you reserved a seat, and know you cannot come, please contact my office so we can call those on the waiting list.  If you are on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged.  I have scheduled a Mini “Christmas Joys”, Tuesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 1200-B W. Houston.  You will receive the full booklet of all the recipes, decorating tips, and craft instructions, along with a goody bag, refreshments, and a chance for door prizes.  I’ll demonstrate all of my ideas, and discuss the other presenters’ information.   I’ve already started a sign-up list, so if you want to attend, please call 903-885-3443.

There are other opportunities to attend similar programs.  The following is a list of holiday programs in close proximity to Hopkins County, and I’ll be presenting portions of my ideas at each of the three:

  • Friday, November 4 – Hunt County “Making Memories”, Ben E. Keith, Commerce, 9:30 a.m. Contact the Hunt County Extension Office at 903-455-9885 to inquire about seats.
  • Thursday, November 10 – Rains County holiday program, Rains County Extension Office, 410 Tawakoni Drive, Emory, 10:00 a.m. Contact the Rains County Extension Office at 903-473-4580.
  • Tuesday, November 15 – Van Zandt County holiday program, Van Zandt County Farm Bureau meeting room, Canton, 5:30 p.m. Contact the Van Zandt County Extension Office at 903-567-4149.

As you can see, this is the season to celebrate with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension!  We appreciate the opportunity to provide educational, money-saving, time-efficient ideas to make your holiday season more enjoyable.


EarthKind Living Expo

I want to mention the upcoming EarthKind Living Conference again this week.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the front page featured an article, along with my regular column.  The conference is scheduled for Friday, November 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the opening session in Spence Chapel of First Baptist Church, 115 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs.  The expo will offer something for everyone!  From land-owners to apartment dwellers, pastures to pantries, bees to gardens – the list goes on!  Another session (same information but different date and location) is scheduled for Friday, December 2, at Ben E. Keith, in Palestine if you cannot attend the Sulphur Springs event.

Registration is now open, so take advantage of the early bird registration fee of only $25, increasing to $35 after November 10.  Lunch is included in the fee, and the Sulphur Springs Expo will be catered by our local Plain and Fancy.  To register, go to: and click on register.  You can also watch a video featuring our planning committee, and a full color flyer listing speakers and topics.   Exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest information on their products.  Contact my office at 903-885-3443 if you have questions.


Creative Arts Contest Results

Watch next week’s column for a list of results from the 2016 Hopkins County Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest.  There were many fantastic entries and the judges thoroughly enjoyed viewing items up close.  Now that Fall Festival is drawing to a close for 2016, the focus can turn to other fall activities taking place in Hopkins County.  We are very blessed to live in our community!


Closing Thought

Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out – Christian Larson

Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

Author: Staff Reporter

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