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Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), also known as bachelor buttons, are a garden mainstay that has received renewed attention from industrious plant breeders, says Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research horticulturist and chair of the Texas Superstar executive board. As a result of that attention, there is a “broader color pallet,” various heights and other qualities.
“The new varieties were developed at a really important time because we recently experienced a lot of record heat and drought, and this plant is tolerant to that,” he says. “Now we not only have more colors but varieties of gomphrena that are of different heights.”
Texas Superstar plants undergo extensive tests at Overton, Lubbock, San Antonio and College Station by AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists, Pemberton says.
To be designated a Superstar, the plant must not just be beautiful but also perform well for consumers and growers throughout Texas. Superstars must also be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also are reasonably priced.
OPAS Executive Director Anne Black says, “The representative of Freckleface recently informed us that the producers decided to cancel the 2012-13 tour because they did not want to sacrifice the artistic integrity of the show. We are hopeful that the wonderful production, that has enjoyed a lengthy and celebrated open-ended run in New York City, will be ready for touring sometime down the road. Obviously, it’s never easy to make an announcement like this. But we are very excited to welcome one of the most popular OPAS JR titles in our history back to Rudder Auditorium in October.”
Not Afraid of the Dark – The Show that Glows! was performed to a near-capacity crowd in Rudder Auditorium as a one-night-only event during the OPAS 30th anniversary season.
Not Afraid of the Dark-The Show that Glows!, an innovative and spectacular program, is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between Ballet Austin’s artistic director and choreographer Stephen Mills and nationally known children’s entertainer Joe Scruggs.
During the summer months there is often an increase in door-to-door salesmen offering products, services, and subscriptions for magazines or newspapers. Some of these salesmen use high-pressure tactics to pressure people into a sale; others might possibly be running a scam to get your money.
Anyone selling items door-to-door in the City of Bryan or College Station must have a permit through the local City Hall. The permit must be on their person when soliciting and displayed upon request.
Here are some safety tips from the Bryan & College Station Police Departments:
If you enjoy animals, stop by the museum to meet Pippa. Ask someone at the front desk to introduce you to the newest member of the Museum family.
A pet breeder in Huntsville donated 5-month-old Pippa to the BVMNH. Her scientific name is Monodelphis domestica, and the species originated in the rainforests of Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina.
Short-tailed opossums were brought to the USA in 1978 and have been bred and kept as pets. This species does well in captivity because they bond to humans and can be litterbox trained.
Downtown Bryan will host the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Palace Theater (105 S. Main Street).
The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS), while partnering with the City of Bryan, have put together a line-up of renowned jazz musicians who all have roots in Bryan, and attended Bryan schools.
Nat Dove, an inductee in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame is serving as director of the festival and will also perform. Donald Ray Johnson, a Grammy award-winning musician is also in the line-up. Other scheduled performers include Damu Sudi Alii, Sunny Nash, and William Walker. (See attached schedules.)
In addition to the music at the Palace on Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a community parade on Saturday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Carver Early Childhood Center, and ending at Sadie Thomas Park.
At 2p.m. on Saturday at the Brazos Valley African American Museum (500 E Pruitt St) all of the scheduled musicians will host a free meet and greet session where they will talk about musical history in Bryan and answer questions from attendees.
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You don't have to be an artist to create a masterpiece of fun with Art By Murder, the new event in Downtown Bryan that is equal parts tour, murder mystery, scavenger hunt and actual hands-on art creation that leaves everyone feeling a tiny bit like da Vinci.
Art By Murder is the brainchild of Barbara German and Cynthie Hanks, who invited Insite to join a recent event and sleuth along with a group of 10 art adventurers. After meeting at Square One, we wandered through Downtown Bryan searching out clues to a murder mystery outlined in a series of mysterious phone calls, recordings and letters in manila envelopes. Hint #1 to future scavengers: rugs and shrubs are your friends when on the hunt for clues. Hint #2: the StageCenter actors want you to know the clue is OUTSIDE, not inside where they are rehearsing for a play. Oops.
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.
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.
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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.
8200 Sandy Point Road, Bryan
1900 Anderson, College Station
Bryan Aquatic Center
3100 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan
1200 Ridgedale Street, Bryan