Brazos Valley Events

October 17, 2011

Celebrate Harvest Moon With Junction 505

The Harvest Moon Celebration and Fundraiser will feature dinner and a silent auction.October 20, Junction 505 will hold their annual Harvest Moon Celebration and Fundraiser. A social hour and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, program and live auction starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 for singles and $505 for a table of eight. Sculptor Larry Schueckler has donated an item entitled "Aggie Wranglers" to be featured in the auction, and the Aggie Wranglers will provide the entertainment for the evening. Junction 505 provides financial aid and support to serve people with disabilities in the community. For more information, call (979) 846-3670. 
October 17, 2011

Get Ready for ‘Dressed to a Tea’

Deadline for reservations for Dressed to a Tea is October 21.Don’t miss your chance to make your reservation before Octobr 21 for the afternoon tea and fashion show “Dressed to a Tea,” presented by the Friends of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO). The event will be held at the Miramont Country Club on November 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds benefit the Brazos Valley Symphony’s educational programs for children. Make a difference by enjoying some tea and fashions provided by Charli, the Little Red Schoolhouse, Morgan Fitzgeralds and Witts End. For more information, call (979) 846-8172.  
October 13, 2011

Catch the Breeze: Flute Choir to Perform

The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir will perform their season opening concert on Sunday, October 23, at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. The concert begins at 6 p.m., and the church is located at 417 University Drive.

The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir will be performing a combination of original works for flute choir and orchestral transcriptions. The composition of the group is piccolo, C flutes, alto flutes, bass flutes, string bass, and percussion.  Robert McElroy, former conductor of the Houston Symphonic Band, conducts the Brazos Breeze.  The members of the Brazos Breeze are professional musicians from cities around the area including Huntsville, Bellville, Brenham, Anderson, and Bryan/College Station.

October 7, 2011

Catch the Buzz: Red Wasp Film Festival

The Red Wasp Film Festival allows audience members to vote for their favorite independent films.Excitement is ramping up for the ninth annual Red Wasp Film Festival, presented by Brazos Progressives on October 21-22 at StageCenter Theater. With the buzz around Downtown Bryan helping to attract an expanding audience for this showcase of diverse filmmakers from around the nation, the festival is also fulfilling a creative outlet for the community.

The Red Wasp Film Festival began in the spring of 2002 at 7F Lodge, owned at that time by Craig and Carol Conlee. After meeting with local filmmaker Mark Beal, Carol Conlee realized that a local film festival could fill a void by providing access to films most people would otherwise never see.
October 7, 2011

Run Don’t Walk: Local Races Bring Out The Marathon Man In All Of Us

October 29, Rock the Mind 5K; and December 11, B/CS Toyota Marathon and Half Marathon are just two upcoming local races.Some people run against time or for the thrill of competition, while others run simply to say they have finished a race. Some find running a drug they cannot get enough of; for others it is a one-time training experience. Regardless of where you fall on this scale, there is a local race that matches your motivation. 

Google “marathons, half-marathons, 5Ks” and discover a plethora of runs – many local – that are motivating people to get off their couches and get moving. Nowadays, these races have become goals to signal achievement and items to check off your bucket list. 

Cliff Latham, who has a M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, is the official running coach for the B/CS Marathon coming in December. He points to the fact the race is the first local marathon as yet another sign of more runners wanting to head off to the races. Bryan/College Station has always had big half marathons such as the Armadillo Dash, but Latham says that the current local running craze is driven by the impending local marathon, which is also a qualifier for bigger races such as the Boston Marathon. Latham leads a running club that helps runners pace their training to match up with upcoming races, providing both the support and the push runners need to help them reach their goals.

October 4, 2011

Culture Shock: From Sound of Music & Shakespeare to Chinese Acrobats, See it All!

The Theatre Company production of Sound of Music opens October 7-9 and continues for two additional weekends.Get planning now so you can enjoy as many of the eight theater productions on tap over the next five days as possible beginning Wednesday with Guys & Dolls (October 5-9) presented by Theatre Under the Stars at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston. Show times are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information regarding seating and tickets, call 713-558-TUTS or visit www.tuts.com.  

Stagecenter Theatre in Bryan presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream October 6-8; all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children and $6 for Thursday shows.

October 4, 2011

30 years of magical music

The 30th Celebration concert will take place October 9 at Rudder Theatre. For tickets, call (979) 696-6100.Music is a magical experience that can lift the spirit or simply fill the soul. Consider the music of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra: “There’s a moment at the end of the piece where time seems to stand still,” says Mary Koeninger, executive director of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society. “The audience and the orchestra become one, and then suddenly the applause happens. It’s pure magic.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra helping to fill the local musical soul. Originally, there were two orchestras: the Brazos Symphony Orchestra and the Bryan/College Station Chamber Orchestra. When the two merged and became the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra they also brought into being the Brazos Valley Symphony Society, a nonprofit organization that provides administrative support for the orchestra. Together, the two groups make beautiful music – and events – happen.

October 4, 2011

Celebrating Service: The Junior League of B/CS

You don't have to be a member of the Junior League to attend the Charity Ball on November 12. Call (979) 774-4759 or email jrleague@suddenlinkmail.com for ticket information.On November 12, the Junior League of Bryan/College Station will celebrate 30 years of volunteerism at their annual Charity Ball. Amid the music, live band and a return of The Follies – skits performed by local celebrities – will be reflections on the impact of the League and its service to the community over the past three decades.

“The Junior League is a community service organization focused on improving the lives of children and youth in Bryan/College Station,” says Lizett Hawkins, League president. Begun in 1982 as The Service League with 108 charter members, the group was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues International in 1988. Today, 380 active Junior League members take on a variety of projects each year all aimed at enriching the lives and education of area children.

Through donations and service, Junior League has contributed more than $2 million to the Bryan/College Station area, Hawkins says.
October 3, 2011

Brazos Valley Worldfest: Making international learning a local experience

Brazos Valley Worldfest will host a variety of different cultural activities Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.Brazos Valley Worldfest 2011 will celebrate cultural diversity at the Wolf […]
October 3, 2011

Habitat for Humanity: 200 homes, Over 800 lives changed

Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will celebrate their 200th home on Nov.12 at 9 a.m.The Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating its 200th home […]