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Because of expected freezing rain, ice and frigid temperatures in Paris and Lamar County, Christmas in Fair Park has been pushed back one week.
As in the past, Christmas in Fair Park will be at the Paris-Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 E. Center St., Paris.
Hours remain the same — from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
It’s all free — no admission cost, and no fee for parking.
The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, West Side Building, and the Coliseum will feature booths and exhibits from local businesses and craftsmen with holiday gifts and decorations.
Set-up times for all exhibitors are Thursday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, and the West Side Building have central heat. The booths are 8 feet by 10 feet and are divided with red drapery. One six-foot table and two chairs will be provided.
The Coliseum booths are 10 feet by 10 feet, divided with red drapery and furnished with one six-foot table and two chairs.
Outside booth spaces are 10 feet by 20 feet with no tables or chairs provided. All booth spaces — inside, outside, and food concessions — are $75 each.
Santa Claus will be at Christmas in Fair Park to hear what children want for Christmas and to have his picture taken with them.
There also will be entertainment on the grounds, with activities for children.
A number of concession booths will be available.
Any organization desiring to participate in Christmas in Fair Park is encouraged to go to www.rrvfair.org/2013 CIFP Contract.pdf and return the form. A contract will be mailed for an exhibit space
Anyone with questions may call 903.785.7971 or email email@example.com.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
Wondering where to find places to workout in Paris and the surrounding community? Hunting for a tasty but healthy recipe to try on your family during the holidays? Need some stress relief? These are some of the questions that you may be asking yourself as the holidays are approaching. A local new website has made its debut on Black Friday encouraging everyone to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Fit City Paris (www.fitcityparis.com) was designed to feature area community activities, local events, health and nutrition information, parks and recreation, running and walking maps and other information that can lead area residents to a healthier lifestyle. Also included on the website are articles and links for active living and healthy eating. Fit City Paris aims to provide the tools, the motivation and the mentoring for both the individual and the community as a whole. These small lifestyle changes over a period of time can significantly improve our overall physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. And, the strength and resilience gained from healthy living often leads to a longer, happier life.
The Fit City Paris website was made possible by a Transforming North Texas grant , a $2.5 million five-year community transformation grant for Lamar and Hopkins counties. Many key partners and supporters have come together to help make it possible. Lamar County is fortunate to have open spaces, city parks, recreational facilities, and a beautiful Trail de Paris. In addition, a wide variety of activities are offered throughout the year. The Fit City Coalition invites everyone in Paris and the surrounding communities to visit the website and begin living a healthy lifestyle.
Visit www.fitcityparis.com to find what is available in the community. Fit City Paris mission is to provide and promote opportunities for healthy and active living in our community. For more information, contact Emily Neeley at the Paris-Lamar County Health Department 903.785.4561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch party for the Fit City Paris Website is Tuesday, Dec. 10th at 2pm at the PJC Ballroom. To RSVP contact Emily Neeley.
As inclement weather approaches Northeast Texas, TxDOT is asking drivers to stay off icy, snow-filled roads.
They are expecting black ice – ice that is difficult to see – will be a big problem on briges, overpasses and shaded areas.
TxDOT says the best advice is to stay home and off the roadways. However, if motorists absolutely must drive, they recommend the following safe driving tips:
1. Buckle Up
2. Slow down
3. Put down the phone
4. Plan extra time for travel
5. Keep extra distance between cars
6. Watch for maintenance crews
Black Friday is over and Cyber Monday is a day away, but there’s still plenty of shopping to do in Paris! Yesterday, several downtown businesses participated in Small Business Saturday. All day long, customers were able to browse through their favorite downtown stores without the Black Friday hustle and bustle. There were no special hours, no blink-and-miss deals. Just a great opportunity to take advantage of all that historic downtown has to offer.
Small Business Saturday is a facet of a much bigger effort known as Shop Small. While Small Business Saturday only occurs once a year (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), Shop Small is a year-round movement targeted toward helping small businesses stand out and attract new customers, no matter the season.
Several businesses participated yesterday, including Collegiate Shoppe, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Paris Baby and Green Boutique.
According to Robin Weemes, owner of Itsy Bitsy Spider, the movement was created by American Express. Founded in 2010, it serves as a sort of unofficial holiday for smaller businesses in the wake of Black Friday. Other than just showing their support for local businesses, registered cardholders received a bonus when they made purchases with their cards.
“If they use their American Express card at any of the shops that [are] listed on the American Express small business map, then they get a $10 credit on their statement from American Express,” Weemes said.
Shop Small, and in turn Small Business Saturday, benefits not only the participating shops, but other businesses as well. Shopping at local businesses not only helps boost the community’s economy, but can also provide and create more jobs. According to Melissa Gordon, co-owner of Paris Baby, approximately 52 cents out of every dollar spent today will stay in the community. While it’s currently the busiest time of year for shops and stores, hopefully with the help of Small Business Saturday, the busyness will no longer be seasonal.
“It…sheds light on shopping small year round because the more you spend in your community, the more it stays here,” she said. “It’s just a movement to try to help small businesses, like Paris Baby and others downtown.”
Gordon also added that any new customers, no matter the business, are always appreciated.
“If one new customer comes in and just to experience our business for the first time, I think it’s a win,” she said. “Same thing, if we shed light on another neighbor downtown.”
In the age of online shopping, many may prefer to make purchases from the comfort of their own homes. By shopping locally, shoppers help give back to the community. Though the businesses are open year-round, awareness generated even by just one day can help greatly. Kari Daniel, owner of Green Boutique, stated that with advertisements, both on television and on logos around town, people can be prepared to begin their shopping expeditions locally.
“I think having the Shop Small logo everywhere and seeing the commercials, it just kind of gets people’s mindset a little bit differently for it, so they don’t think of the big box first,” she said. “They think of shop small first, so I think definitely anything nationwide that pushes shop small will help all of us.”
Even though a credit card company initiated the movement, customers who wish to pay with cash, check or debit need not be discouraged. Anyone can play their part in helping the community and local businesses.
The next Small Business Saturday is scheduled for November 29, 2014. For more information, check out the Small Business Saturday Facebook page or visit the Shop Small site at www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/.
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra