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Furniture barn, event center

By Judith Pannebaker
According to Jesse Parks, executive director of Helping Hand, the Furniture Barn, an adjunct to the thrift shop at 1116 12th Street, is overflowing with furnishings and decorative accessories.
“Anyone in the market for some nice items at reasonable prices is urged to check us out,” Parks said. “We have lots of furniture including couches, tables and lamps, as well as an antique dresser and other very nice vintage pieces.”
She reminds everyone that proceeds from sales in both the furniture barn and thrift shop support the food pantry and other programs of the Helping Hand Crisis Center.
Parks also announced the launch of the new website www.tranquilityparkeventcenter.com 
The beautifully appointed main space of the recently completed event center measures 54 feet by 36 feet, and can comfortably accommodate 195 people. 
The open-concept room features two large ceiling fans, cement floors stained to resemble terra-cotta tiles and 12-foot vaulted ceilings with chocolate brown beams that enhance the sand-colored walls, which are framed in cedar. Three bathrooms are provided for convenience.
A series of large windows provide an abundance of natural lighting, and double French doors open to a landscaped outdoor area where native plants and trees surround a Koi pond fed by a running stream. An on-site 30,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system provides irrigation for the landscaping, stream and pond. Outdoor lighting highlights all features, including the Koi pond.
Additionally, French doors lead from the main room to a state-of-the-art kitchen. The modern facility boasts hickory wood cabinets, style-stone countertops and two double sinks, as well as a small sink on the large islands. 
The kitchen also includes modern appliances such as a double oven, six-burner stove top, two dishwashers, a commercial refrigerator, freezer and a wine cooler. It measures 26-feet by 14-feet, and also has a large separate pantry.
The newly constructed event center provides a perfect venue for weddings, meetings, reunions, birthday parties, fundraisers, anniversaries and more. 
For more information about the Tranquility Park Event Center, call Parks at 830-796-8300 or email hhand@indian-creek.netParks noted that 100 percent of all proceeds from rental of the event center support the work of The Village of Hope and Helping Hand.