January 21, 2013

Learn How: Rainwater Harvesting Seminar Feb.16

Have you ever wanted to capture rainwater for use in your home and landscape?  It’s a valuable natural resource: every inch of rain is like liquid gold. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Brazos County Master Gardeners are hosting a water conservation seminar featuring rainwater harvesting. The program will be held on Saturday, February 16, 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.

Billy Kniffen, water resource specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will lead this informative seminar. Learn how to capture, store and use rainwater in your home and landscape. Kniffen will address topics relating to this effective water conservation tool, including:
• Water stewardship
• Stormwater management
• Reducing water demand
• Passive collections (rain gardens, etc.)
• Simple and complex water harvesting systems
January 21, 2013

4th Annual Sassy Shoe Social & Shoe Contest Benefiting Phoebe’s Home

The 4th Annual Sassy Shoe Social & Shoe Contest will kick-off the "I Love Shoes, too" drive by collecting shoes benefiting Phoebe’s Home.

The event begins at 6:00pm on January 26, at the Best Western Atrea at The Old Town Center in Bryan and will include door prizes, refreshments and fun with the "Sassy Shoe Contest," which provides attendees the opportunity to 'walk the runway.' Runway photos and photo booth are provided by K. Norwood Portraiture.

Shoe Contest Categories will include: Best in Style, Edgy, Fabulous Flats, Sophisticated, Sassy, Sexy, and Fantabulous Boots A Queen Shoe Award will be given for the Best All Around Shoe.

January 14, 2013

Young Ladies Success Seminar

The Young Ladies Success Seminar, a seminar designed to expose middle school-age girls to collegiate and career opportunities, will be held at Blinn College at the Bryan Campus Student Center on February 9th.  The seminar will consist of motivational sessions, career information and financial education for middle school girls in grades 6, 7, and 8.
January 14, 2013

Organization Offering Free Turkish Classes

Study Turkish, a student organization at Texas A&M University established in 2008, is offering a free 10-week Turkish course. No prior experience with the language is required. Study Turkish’s primary goal is to promote learning of Turkish and Turkic Languages on campus and in the community.  In order to fulfill this goal the organization aims to provide the members an opportunity to learn the Turkish language and its great culture and history.
January 14, 2013

4th Annual Downtown Love Run in February

The Junior League of Bryan/College Station has announced its Downtown Love Run fundraiser. This year’s Downtown Love Run includes a 5K Run and 3K Family Fun Run. The event will take place in Downtown Bryan, Saturday, February 9, beginning at 8am at Ambrose Furniture Works.

Registrants of the event will run or walk a mapped course highlighting historic Downtown Bryan and the newly renovated business district. Both the 5K and 3K courses are open to participants who want to run or walk, and may be completed with the use of strollers. A map of the scheduled Downtown course is available at, along with information about registration.
January 14, 2013

Fate and Friendship Exhibition Opening

The J. Wayne Stark Galleries will be hosting a free painting exhibition, gallery talk and reception. Hansegger and Delulio Fate and Friendship will go on display in the newly remodeled J. Wayne Stark Galleries of Texas A&M University in the Memorial Student Center, opening Thursday, January 24, and closing Thursday, March 13. John and his wife, Cindy Delulio, will provide a Gallery Talk to visitors on Thursday, January 24, at 5:30 in the evening, followed by a reception.

Fate and Friendship

An Extraordinary Exhibit Displaying the Paybacks of Mentoring
Mentoring in the arts is a chief factor in the career of artists. The famous ones have always had living influences on their work.

January 8, 2013

Museum Tribute to Honor Dr. Bill Birdwell

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is presenting The Arrow and the Song: a Tribute to Bill Birdwell, at the Miramont Country Club on Thursday, January 10. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. It is an opportunity to thank Bill for all of the outstanding support he has given to the community over the years. It will be an evening filled with great food, humorous and entertaining stories, music, and fun. 

Reserved tables of 10 are $1,200 (includes reserved seating, table recognition, signage & recognition at event, recognition in the paper & website, and premier table locations). Individual Tickets  are $100. Call the Museum for more information and to RSVP: 979-776-2195. Seating is limited, so don’t delay. 

Born in Tyler and growing up in Hearne, Bill Birdwell is not only a native Texan but has been a resident of Bryan/College Station for over 37 years.

January 6, 2013

Flying High at Easterwood Airport

Over the past 25 years, Easterwood Airport has become a major asset to the growth of the City of College Station in particular and to much of the Brazos Valley in general. The facility is named in honor of Jesse L. Easterwood, a Texas A&M University student who enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Service in 1917 and became the second American to qualify as a Navy pilot. A Navy Cross winner for “distinguished and heroic service,” Easterwood was killed in a plane crash in 1919.

Easterwood Airport TerminalThere is speculation out west of town that instead of today’s limited destinations of Houston and Dallas, flights will soon be coming and going between Easterwood and Chicago. Expansion beyond commuter prop-planes and small jets is talked about. The larger-capacity Boeing 737s may be soon zooming in and out. There are guesstimates that Southwest Airlines may soon be coming to town. In 2011, NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Texas A&M University signed an agreement to bring the primary space shuttle launch and landing trainer, the Shuttle Motion Simulator, to College Station.

January 6, 2013

Preemie Promise

Pregnant with twins, Loreen Shay walked into her Monday morning doctor’s appointment expecting to hear that all was well even after experiencing some minor pain over the weekend. Instead, she learned she was going into labor. Only 28 weeks into her pregnancy, Loreen rushed to the hospital to be checked in immediately. On the way, she called her husband Ronnie to tell him their two sons might be delivered while he was too many miles away on business to come home.
by Amber Cassady

NICU Incubator and MonitorAs challenging as that day was, the Shays’ early delivery of Wesley and Westyn, now healthy and thriving four-month-olds, would have been even more traumatic just a few short years ago. Prior to 2005 when the College Station Medical Center (The Med) added a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), extremely premature babies like the Shays’ had to be transported by helicopter to hospitals in Houston, Austin or Tyler while the anxious parents followed behind in a vehicle missing the first moments with their child.

January 6, 2013

What You Need to Know About Eating Gluten Free

Gluten free. It’s popping up everywhere: on cereal boxes, advertised in grocery stores and restaurants, tweeted by celebrities. The gluten-free industry has become the fastest growing segment in the food industry for health reasons beyond fads or weight loss.
by Sarah Kinzbach

Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery TruckGluten, a complex protein found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt, triggers an immune response in individuals with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Different from an allergy, this immune response can cause a wide array of symptoms, often seemingly unrelated, but which can lead to severe health problems.

It’s been eight years since Denise Fries, owner of Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery, was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and her husband and daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. During that time, she has been at the forefront of increasing awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. For the last two years, she’s also been making the gluten free world a tastier place

January 6, 2013

Newsies *** POSTPONED TO APRIL 5 ***

The symposium is just one bridge Dale Rice is building between journalism students and the real world.
by Amber Cassady

Catherine McKinleyThe era of "just the facts" journalism has waned, as most new consumers prefer their reality blended with just enough diversion to make it recreational. “This is a period in which entertainment is a very important factor so it makes sense that a more narrative approach will be taken,” explains Dale Rice, director of Journalism Studies and senior lecturer at Texas A&M University. "Cold hard facts are no longer enough motivation for readers. This is why narrative non-fiction is having such a big influence in the world of journalism."
January 6, 2013

Are You Ready to Do the Armadillo Dash?

Inspiring Families To Get Fit Together
by Sarah Kinzbach

When runners in the 7th Annual Armadillo Dash take off from the starting line in March, the Kalaouze family will be setting the pace in fulfilling the mission of the race: raising fitness levels while raising funds for children’s charities. This will be the third Dash for 10-year-old Aleksander Kalaouze and his mother Hege. The Allen Academy fourth grader has been participating in 5K races since the ripe old age of 5, and together with his mother, they run four to five races a year.

To inspire even more families to run together, this year the Armadillo Dash will offer half price entry fees for all participants ages 14 and younger. An entirely volunteer run, non-profit race, the Armadillo Dash is the brainchild of Dr. Jennifer Friedman, a local gynecologist and mother of three who created the race to promote running in the community while supporting local children’s charities. By discounting youth entry fees this year, Friedman is hoping to encourage even more family participation and to promote healthy, active lifestyles from a young age.

January 6, 2013

Economic Outlook 2013: Money & Medicine

Annual B/CS Chamber Conference to Highlight Healthcare Growth

by Amber Cassady

When looked at together, medical-related news from the opening of new hospitals and health districts to the addition of new research and industry partners in the Research Valley and growth among the Texas A&M University System’s many healthcare related entities, what emerges is a picture of a segment of the region’s economy that is poised to grow the local economy in 2013. The scope of that impact and creating a roadmap for where the local economy is headed in 2013 is the purpose of this year’s B/CS Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Conference. 
Seating is expected to sell out at the College Station Hilton Hotel for the January 23 conference as panels representing local governance, regional medical and research entities, and commercial and residential real estate trends will all impact the Brazos Valley economy in 2013.

How to Register for the Economic Outlook Conference

Visit the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce website at or call (979) 260-5200 for EOC reservations.

Seating is limited and last year’s EOC conference sold out.

The event is open to the public, but preferred pricing is available to Chamber of Commerce members. 

Individual tickets for Chamber of Commerce members are $75; price for non-members is $90. Tables of eight are available for $650.

Anyone interested in joining the Chamber to take advantage of the preferred member pricing may call (979) 260-5200 for details.

January 6, 2013

Opt in to health

It would be hard to find an economic topic more top-of-mind than the impact healthcare will have on the economy heading into 2013 with everything from […]
December 18, 2012

Holiday Museum Hours

Enjoy the Brazos Valley Museums during the holidays.

Brazos Valley African American Museum

500 East Pruitt St, Bryan, TX

Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-5pm 

Brazos Valley Children's Museum

111 E 27th St, Bryan, TX
Ph: 979-779-KIDS (5437)

Closed Christmas and December 26
Tues-Fri 9am-2pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Closed Sun/Mon