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Chamber Connection August 10,2017

I’m so excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2015, and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos!


Just so you know… the Hopkins county Stew Contest is peering around the corner!  Every year, the Chamber allows a non-profit organization to sell drinks at the Stew Cook-off.  There are several rules and regulations to follow, but if you are interested in placing your organization’s name in the hat, please call the Chamber.  You will be asked to come in and sign an understanding agreement in regards to rules and expectations.  Deadline for volunteers is August 26th.  Once we have all our volunteers in place, we will literally pick one out of a hat and award drink sales to that organization.  Please call if you have any questions.


Shining Star Productions presents Beauty and the Beast August 11-13

Shining Star Productions presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, August 11-13, at the SSISD Auditorium.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and may be purchased at the S. S. Public Library, Alliance Bank, and The Sewing Queens.  Tickets will be $12.00 at the door and are required for ages 2 & up.  Performances are Friday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.  There will be a special performance on Saturday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. featuring the Jr. Cast.  Don’t miss this production!


The 11th Annual Hot August Night BBQ Cook-off will be held on Saturday, August 12th

The whole weekend is scheduled to be full of Hot August Nights!  Come watch firefighters from across the country compete in the Firefighter Combat Challenge at the Hopkins County Civic Center grounds on Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th.  The challenge is free for all to watch.  The BBQ cook-off food service will begin at 4 p.m., and winners will be announced at 5 p.m.  Proceeds from the BBQ cook-off support the Hopkins county Volunteer firemen.


Northeast Texas Choral Society is holding auditions on Saturday, August 12th

Northeast Texas Choral Society is holding open auditions on Saturday, August 12th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  The auditions will be held in First United Methodist Church’s Choir Room (upstairs from the fellowship hall), 301 Church Street in Sulphur Springs.  The Choral Society is celebrating its 20th year, so come out and be a part of the Choral Society!

Century 21 First Group is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 12th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Century 21 First Group is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 12th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Come socialize while enjoying free ice cream, and register for the $100 local gift card giveaway! The Ice Cream Social will be held at 210 Connally Street.


Hopkins Place Senior Living is hosting a Canine Fashion Show on August 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Hopkins Place Senior Living is hosting a Canine Fashion Show on Tuesday, August 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  If you are a dog lover, you won’t want to miss this! You may also enter YOUR dog to compete in the show!  Show up by 6:00 p.m. and enter your pup on the runway.  Entry fee is 10 pounds of dog food.  Hopkins Place is located at 890 Camp Street in Sulphur Springs.


Reilly Springs Jamboree presents Hanah & Hailee on August 19th at 7 p.m.

The Reilly Springs Community Center presents Hanah & Hailee, Country Duo, on Saturday, August 19th at 7 p.m.  Admission is $10.00 per person, and you will surely get your money’s worth.  The Jamboree is held at the Reilly Springs Community Center, 109 CR 1439, in Sulphur Springs.  Come and enjoy some real country music!


Texas AgriLife Extension Office is hosting many classes this month, and here they are:


Course:  Pesticide Applicator Certification for Private Applicators. The Texas Department of Agriculture requires users of insecticides and herbicides to obtain and maintain a private applicator license.  

Location:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas

Date and Time:  August 16, 10:00-2:00

Cost:  $25.00, which includes lunch.

RSVP to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 903-885-3443.

Note:  No testing will be conducted on this day.  Contact the Texas Department of Agriculture for exam arrangements.  Teaching materials and rules and regulations for sale ($40.00) at the Hopkins County Extension Office.  


Course:  Cooking Well with Diabetes.  Attend this series of four fun-filled, interactive classes packed with research-based information and delicious diabetes-friendly recipes.

Location:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas

Dates:  Series of 4 classes, September 12, 14, 19 and 24

Times:  1:30 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. (choice)

Cost:  $25, payable at the first session

Call 903-885-3443 to reserve your space or if you need additional information.


Course:  Free Marriage Education Workshop.  This informative workshop is offered to married couples, engaged couples, and seriously-dating couples.  Come and discuss ways to improve communication skills, marriage expectations, conflict resolution, money management, and more!

Location:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas

Date and Time:  August 26, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There is no cost, and lunch is provided

Facilitator:  Johanna Hicks

RSVP to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 903-885-3443

Note:  Engaged couples who complete this workshop will receive a gift certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license!


Hunt County Regional is hosting the Mobile Mammography Coach on August 24th

Hunt County Regional Hospital is bringing the Tubby Adkisson Memorial Mobile Mammography Coach to town on August 24th, to the Spring Village Shopping Center in Sulphur Springs. Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. They can assist with payment resources for uninsured/income-eligible women or those who choose to pay cash. For help with payment resources, please call The Bridge Breast Network at (214) 821-3820 ext. 21.  To schedule individual screening mammograms, please call (903) 408-5010.  Appointments and pre-registration are requested.


The Hopkins County Fall Festival presents Emerald City Band on Friday, August 25th

The Emerald City Band will be performing on Friday, August 25th, at the Hopkins County Civic Center Arena.  The general admission to the concert is free.  For VIP ticket information, call (903)243-1925 or email [email protected].


Ribbon Cuttings:

Workforce Solutions of N.E. Texas Ribbon Cutting

Workforce Solutions of N.E. Texas has moved to a new facility and hosted their ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 8 at 12:00 noon.  Their new location, 1513 Houston Street in Sulphur Springs, is a larger space than they had previously which will allow them to offer additional services to those in Hopkins County.


Have a wonderful weekend!





Author: Savannah Everett

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