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The Palace Theater will be the site of the first Downtown Bryan Film Festival Saturday, July 21, beginning at 6:30pm. The festival will feature work of A&M Consolidated High School Audio Video Production alumni. The program has graduated students to film schools across the nation, beginning the careers of talented filmmakers. Working with the Downtown Bryan Association, Kent Juliff, Madeline Packard, Maurice Vellas, Cody Tatge are among those who served on the Film Festival’s board to help create a showcase event where Brazos Valley residents could see the work of alumni. Tatge explains that while there isn’t a huge film scene in the community, there are many local filmmakers with work worth seeing. Part of the reason the festival was created is to show the community that the filmmakers aren’t just in Los Angeles or New York or even Austin, they are also right here in the Brazos Valley.
Two of the program’s most recent graduates, Kent Juliff and Madeline Packard, were looking for a place where they could share the films they have been working on. It will also provide locals with the opportunity to see a different side of the film industry, outside of the movie theater.
“Film Festivals give people a chance to explore a different side of the big budget Hollywood films,” explains Tatge. “They are usually where the creators of those big budget Hollywood films get their start in the industry.”
A tree that falls in a lonely forest may not make a sound, but what about the tree that falls on your neighbor’s house?
The sound it makes? Cha-ching.
Texas Forest Service is encouraging homeowners and landowners to remove fire- and drought-killed trees that are within falling distance of neighboring homes, roads and pathways. Failure to do so, agency officials say, could make you liable for damages.
“Be aware that your tree could fall onto someone else’s property,” Texas Forest Service Central Texas Operations Department Head Jim Rooni says. “The rules vary from place to place, but generally the owner of the tree is responsible. Bottom line: You could be liable.”
Rooni says foresters received an influx of calls following the deadly wildfire that ripped through Bastrop last September, destroying roughly 1.5 million trees. But the liability issue isn’t limited to trees killed by fire, he says.
Texas is emerging from one of the most devastating droughts and one of the most unprecedented wildfire seasons in state history. Though there is no official count for the total number of trees killed, foresters and analysts have estimated that as many as 500 million trees in rural forested areas and another 5.6 million trees in populated urban areas were killed as a result of the 2011 drought.
Enjoy fireworks, food, music and games and more at the College Station Noon Lions Club’s “I Love America” Celebration July 4 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until 10 p.m.
The Bush Library and Museum will be open with free admission for everyone all day. The event itself is free, but guests will need to buy tickets for any food they wish to eat except for watermelon.
This is the 51st year the College Station Noon Lions Club has presented the “I Love America” Celebration as a way for the Bryan-College Station community to gather and celebrate our country’s birth, and the 14th year the event has been hosted at the Bush Library and Museum.
The master of ceremonies for the event is K.O. from 104.7 The Mix’s morning show. Musical entertainment includes the Scott Shelby Band, The Docs, Jason Adams as Elvis, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presented by HEB. Listen live on KAMU-FM or streaming online at kamu.tamu.edu.
Free parking is available in the West Campus Garage, the Reed Arena parking lots, and lots 97, 74 and 61. Disabled parking is available in the north side of Lot 41 (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum).
Overflow in Lot 111 (Bush School of Government and Public Service) must display the proper disabled hangtag to be granted access to these lots. For more information about shuttles and parking go to transport.tamu.edu.
Special thanks to the City of Bryan; KAMU-FM; Bryan Coca Cola; the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; RDM Audio; Slovacek Sausage; Texas Commercial Waste; Astin/Winkler Charitable Trust; and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.
Event sponsors include 104.7 The Mix; KBTX Media; Texas A&M University; the City of College Station; and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presented by HEB.
Brazos Valley Symphony Will Play A Free Concert Before The Fireworks Show:
The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra has always accompanied the fireworks show at the July 4 celebration. This year, the symphony will play a free concert an hour before the fireworks show begins. A few musical selections include Born on the Fourth of July, Battle Hymn of the Republic and Stars and Stripes Forever. Make sure not to miss out on this free event. Visit http://bvso.org for more information.
9:30 a.m. Bush Library and Museum opens; free admission all day
4:30 p.m. Barbara Bush Drive closes; free shuttles begin from West Campus Garage and Reed Arena parking lots
5 p.m. Concession stands open; games and live entertainment begin
From Fireworks to Symphony Performances, There Is Something for Everyone This Independence Day
Elizabeth Lutheran's July 3rd Celebration
Elizabeth Lutheran Church in Caldwell presents the 16th Annual July 3rd celebration on the church grounds just off Hwy. 21 east of Caldwell. The family friendly event offers games for the kids, bingo, Bluebell ice cream, but the homegrown tomatoes they serve with the hamburgers steal the show. Hotdogs, a raffle, silent auction, and fireworks round out the night.
This week, College Station will get the chance to prove it is the friendliest town in the nation. College Station is a finalist in the Friendliest Town category in the Rand McNally and USA Today’s Best of the Road competition. The Rogue Riders, a two-person team, will be in College Station Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday morning, July 1. The Rogue Riders will be given tours of College Station, which are open to the public so the town can show first-hand just how friendly the locals are.
The race came to the attention of Mayor Nancy Berry last April when she purchased a Rand McNally atlas, which carried an advertisement about the competition. She sent the information to the City of College Station’s marketing team, and they began spreading the word around town. “It was never just one department working to bring this to everyone’s attention; everyone has been working together to bring this opportunity to their town,” explains Lacey Lively, marketing coordinator of the City of College Station.
Public Communications is working with local businesses; The Convention and Visitors Bureau, B/CS Chamber of Commerce, Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Extension Service and the George Bush Presidential Library are working together to set up tours for the Rogue Riders. Local businesses are also donating their time and effort for the event. Chef Tai's Mobile Gourmet Food Truck will be at the event at Veterans Park and C.C. Creations is donating t-shirts for the Rogue Riders and for the tour guides. “No money is being spent for the tours or for the Veterans park event this Friday; it is purely based on everyone wanting to show just how friendly College Station is,” say Lively.
The final itinerary will include everything from the George Bush Presidential library to the Northgate nightlife. Locals will be able to follow the events on Facebook, Twitter and Foursqaure. Everyone is encouraged to come out to show their community pride in the town Friday, June 29, at Veterans Park. In addition to food vendors, there will be entertainment and activities.
“David’s tireless work on behalf of AGS is well known to our members, as is the unique and fresh approach he has brought to the retail jewelry world, best exemplified by his industry-leading efforts with his College Station store,” says Ruth Batson, CEO and executive director of AGS. “One thing I know for sure, it is going to be an exciting and progressive time under his leadership for the next two years and we know great things lie ahead for AGS.”
Gardner’s new role coincides with the celebration of 40 years in the jewelry industry since starting out at the age of 16. Since then, David started David Gardner’s Jewelers, which has earned a reputation of excellence in the jewelry industry leading to national recognition as one of America’s Top 10 Coolest Jewelry Stores.