Brazos Valley Events

May 21, 2012

Juried Art Exhibition at MSC Forsyth Center Galleries

The MSC Forsyth Center Galleries presents the 4th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition through August 19. The exhibit features contemporary works of art in different mediums from […]
May 21, 2012

Helping Hands Make A Difference

An organic farmer stands in his field next to a pesticide-laden field.Local Doctor's Mission Changes Hearts and Lives

Lani Douglas Ackerman, M.D., associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and practicing family physician at Scott &White Clinic, is more than just a doctor. She literally HELPS others, having founded the nonprofit organization Health Environmental Learning Program with her husband Tim, an ecologist. This grassroots, faith-based nonprofit helps the people of Nepal learn to develop their communities through education about using their natural resources to promote health and economic freedom.

Dr. Ackerman grew up knowing that she wanted to help people and share her faith in Christ. The child of university professors (her father has a PhD from A&M), she went to medical school with the intention of obtaining a medical degree so she could use it to help people around the world.

Texas A&M’s College of Medicine Class of ’85, Ackerman went on to complete family medicine residency and attended seminary to learn about different cultures and how to spread the love of Christ among them. With this experience, she and her husband departed in 1990 on initially a short-term mission trip, soon returning for two years of service as volunteers in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. They spent their time there providing medical care to the locals, and teaching and training doctors and young leaders.

After returning to the U.S. and working for five years in their respective fields with a focus on international work and development, in 1997 the couple had the opportunity again to return to the Himalayas as volunteers, but to the country of Nepal.  

May 21, 2012

Fun For Everyone This Summer

Bring the whole family to enjoy these local attractions this summer.Vacation time is approaching fast, but you don’t have to break the family budget to have fun all summer long. With a wealth of activities and “staycations” right here in Bryan/College Station, you can relax now knowing there is something to please everyone in your family and out-of-town guests for the long, hot weeks ahead.


Make a Splash

With temperatures reaching above 100° during the Texas summer, it’s important to stay cool. To beat the heat this summer, make a splash! Spending the day at Lake Bryan is an easy, inexpensive way to make summer memories. Just go for the day or bring a tent and camp all weekend. You and your family can go swimming, play sand volleyball, enjoy some of the nature trails around the lake, or go jet skiing. There are even several events to enjoy throughout the summer.

But that’s not the only way to keep cool this summer! There are several pools in the area offering the right kind of excitement for any family. If you have teenagers, you might want to try out one of the pools with waterslides such as Adamson Lagoon, Bryan Aquatic Center, or Henderson Harbor.  Splash pads at Tanglewood Park and Tiffany Sale Park also offer a fun, cool alternative to a traditional pool and are great for younger kids.

Lake Bryan
8200 Sandy Point Road, Bryan

Adamson Lagoon
1900 Anderson, College Station

Bryan Aquatic Center
3100 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan

Henderson Harbor
1200 Ridgedale Street, Bryan

May 20, 2012

Brazos County Master Gardeners Summer Schedule

The Brazos Valley Master Gardener’s offer free gardening classes and programs each month.The Brazos County Master Gardeners have announced their class schedule for the months of […]
May 20, 2012

Activities For All Ages At The Bryan+College Station Library

There are numerous activities at the Bryan and College Station Libraries this summer for all ages.You don’t need to spend a fortune visiting exotic locales this summer … just read a book! The Bryan+College Station Library has activities for kids, teens, tweens and adults.

For kids, the Youth Services Department hosts the “Ready to Read” program, which is held every Thursday through August 2. The Ready to Read program encourages children age 3 and up to enjoy a fun-filled story-time at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library.

The Youth Services Department also has a Children’s Summer Reading Club as well as “Babies and Books” that allows infants through the age of 2 to enjoy story-time as well.

Saturday, June 16, beginning at 10 a.m., the library will host Motorcycle Mania. The public is encouraged to visit the bike display outside of the Bryan library courtesy of the Jericho Riders. The goal of The Youth Services Department is to instill a love of reading in all children.

May 15, 2012

New Orleans Jazz Jam Today at Downtown Uncorked

Enjoy live jazz music at Downtown Uncorked from 6-9pm on the first Sunday of every month.Head down to Downtown Uncorked in Downtown Bryan tonight for the […]
May 15, 2012

Just Down The Road: Destinations, Festivals & Fun

A Colorful Garden

Spend a day in the garden at Barrington Living History Farm during their “Colorful Garden” weekend. See how they grow heirloom varieties of vegetables as they did in the 1850’s according to Thomas Affleck from Gay Hill at Glenblythe Plantation. Try your hand at making old-fashioned crafts to take with you. Create your own botanical journal as many women of the time did. Help them harvest their rye the old fashioned way, then take a break on the dog run porch and learn about the Anson Jones family and life 160 years ago.

May 26-27: Colorful Garden from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 16-17: They Were Here First – Native American and Tree Rings – Silent Witness to History

July 21-22: Riding the Range and Stories of the Runaway Scrape

August 18-19: Crew, chew chew and Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink

Barrington Living History Farm

Located in Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

100 Days of  Summer Festival

St. Mary Parish in Brenham will host its fifth annual “100 Days of Summer” Festival May 27 beginning at 9 a.m. on the parish grounds. Activities include a live auction, silent auction, games for kids, live music, cakewalk, talent show and food booths from many different ethnic groups.

May 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 701 Church St., Brenham

(979) 836-4441

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Presents On Time and Cradled Like a Baby

In “On Time and Cradled Like a Baby,” a Nineteenth century writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) referred to his ride on a Concord Stagecoach across the midwest as being gentle as a baby carriage gently swaying back and forth. Arriving on time was the goal of all early mail coaches and as the mail carriers combined mail delivery with public transportation the challenge soon became that of moving mail and people aboard a large, heavy stagecoach in a timely manner.

Stepping onto the Fanthorp front porch is a passage into yesteryear as guides take visitors back to Texas in the 1850’s. It’s a unique event the whole family will remember and enjoy.

In addition to special events, Fanthorp Inn is open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under is appreciated.

May 12: Cradled Like a Baby

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

June 9: Music Makes a Celebration

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 14: Going Postal in 1800’s Texas

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barrington Living History Farm


State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

May 14, 2012

The Brazos Locavores Hold Semi-Annual Luncheon

The Semi-Annual Luncheon will be at the Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan.The Brazos Locavores will hold their Semi-Annual Luncheon 12:30pm on Saturday, May 19, at the […]
May 14, 2012

Camp Hearne Hosts Radio POW Event

Camp Hearne is located north of Hearne off of FM 845. Camp Hearne is sponsoring its first amateur radio field event in the POW Camp Theatre […]
May 9, 2012

Tourism Showdown Thursday at Bryan H-E-B

The Mayors celebrate with their carts and the H-E-B Buddy after last year’s Tourism Showdown.On Thursday, Mayor Jason Bienski and Mayor Pro Tem Dave Ruesink will […]