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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
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.
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 www.jlbcs.org, along with information about registration.
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.
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.
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.
There 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.
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
As 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.
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
Gluten, 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
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.
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 www.bcschamber.org 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.
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