June 18, 2012

Kids’ TRI Aggieland Kicks Off Sunday, Adult Sprint Tri Coming in July

The TRI Aggieland Kids Triathlon is on Sunday, June 24, at 6 a.m. The Olympics are coming up, but you don’t have to hop the pond over to London to see elite athletes compete for a medal. This Sunday, anyone on the Texas A&M University campus will be hit with a wave of future Aggies showing off their athletic prowess during the 2nd annual TRI Aggieland Kids Triathlon. Raising money for The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, kids ages 6 to 15 will compete to win in several different categories. Good news for those 16 and older: a new adult sprint triathlon will be taking place on July 15.

The community is encouraged to come out to cheer the kids on this Sunday, and those who want join the fun can still sign up for the adult sprint triahlon. While it is the second year for the kid’s triathlon, this is the first year the event has been expanded to include an adult competition. The adult triathlon sprint on July 15 will consist of a 400-meter swim in the Texas A&M natatorium, a 12-mile bike race through campus and College Station, and a 5k run through the Texas A&M campus, which includes a detour through Kyle Field. The deadline to register for the adult sprint triathlon is July 10.

The deadline to register for the TRI Aggieland Adult Sprint is July 10. A corporate relay division will allow teams of three people to compete against other businesses as one team member swims, one bikes, and another runs to complete the course.

June 18, 2012

It’s ‘Prom Rewind’ at Annual Chamber Ladies Nite

Ladies Nite is on July 13 at 7 p.m.Imagine a night free of your husband/boyfriend/significant other … a night dedicated to you and your girlfriends where the dress code is outrageous – even tacky –  not glamorous. Now, tell your husband/boyfriend/significant other you will be busy July 13 for Ladies Nite: Prom Rewind.

This year’s Prom Rewind theme for the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce’s Ladies Nite fundraiser was chosen to ensure it would be a night of leisure for the ladies of the community, and to make the men so envious they would want to volunteer to pamper the women during the event. “This is a prom with no date required,” says Dena Gaskin, director of operations and public affairs for the B/CS Chamber of Commerce.

The “Prom Rewind” dress code gives those old dresses hanging in your closet – the ones you say you never want to wear again, but secretly do – a chance to party. Gaskin explains, “This way the ladies can just recycle something from their closet, or find something fun at Goodwill,” making the evening more about fun than glamour.

June 18, 2012

The MED Earns Stroke Treatment Quality Award

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award Demonstrates Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients

College Station Medical Center (The MED) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes The MED’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

In earning the award, The MED achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke award, The MED has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. 

June 13, 2012

Beginning Friday: Theatre Company Presents ‘Gypsy’

Cesara Beeler Walters and Chloe. Photos courtesy of Alan Bryant. The Theatre Company will present Gypsy, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical made famous by Ethel Merman in the late 1950s, beginning June 15. Roughly based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical centers around her domineering mother, Rose, whose ultimate dream is to turn her two daughters into show-business stars.

The production will open Friday night at the Theatre Company location in the Tejas Center in Bryan and will run for two weekends. Performances are Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, and June 22-24. Scheduled times are: Fridays 7 p.m.; Saturdays 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at

Gypsy starts Friday, June 15, at 7pm and will run until Sunday, June 24. 2 p.m.

The musical features Mama Rose, who is regarded as the pinnacle of all diva roles in musical theater and has been played by stars such as Ethel Merman, Tyne Daly, and Patti LuPone. Revival versions of Gypsy have acquired 16 Tony Awards, and Barbara Streisand is scheduled to play the role of Mama Rose in an upcoming movie version set for release in late 2013 or early 2014. Mama Rose is played by Cesara Beeler Walters in the Theatre Company production, which is directed by Randy Wilson.

June 13, 2012

Texas AgriLife Extension Grows Heat Resistant Plant

"Fireworks" is a new globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) variety that showed off its heat and drought tolerance in trials at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in 2011 (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Robert Burns).The summer of 2011, with its record-setting high temperatures, proved just how heat-tolerant globe amaranth, a new Texas Superstar, actually is, says a Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist.

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.
June 13, 2012

‘Show That Glows’ Added to MSC OPAS JR 2012-13 Season

Not Afraid of the Dark will be performed Saturday, October 13, at 7pm in Rudder Auditorium.MSC OPAS will replace Strawberry Freckleface with Ballet Austin’s Not Afraid of the Dark – The Show That Glows! in the 2012-13 OPAS JR season. There will be one performance of Not Afraid of the Dark on Saturday, October 13, at 7pm in Rudder Auditorium.
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.
June 11, 2012

Local Police Offer Summer Safety Tips About Door-To-Door Sales

The Bryan Police Department and College Station Police Department are offering a few safety tips to use when citizens encounter door-to-door sales people at their home or business.  

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:
June 7, 2012

Coming in July/August issue!

Your Guide to the Best Medical, Dental and Veterinary Care in the Brazos Valley
June 4, 2012

Hearne Olympic Hopeful Sets Sights on June Trials

A fund has been established at First Victoria National Bank to help Chris Carter travel to the Olympic Trials in Oregon where he hopes to win […]
June 3, 2012

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Welcomes New Member

Pippa the Short Tail Opossum enjoys her new home and her new friends at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.A new animal has made its home at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Pippa, a female, short-tailed opossum will reside in the BVMNH’s Discovery Room.

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.

June 1, 2012

Blues Festival Kicks Off Tonight in Downtown Bryan

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.

Full Schedule & Performance Line-Up

May 31, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Faith Subdivision Groundbreaking

Soon this land will be full of homes for families in need in the Brazos Valley.The Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking ceremony […]
May 28, 2012

SARC 9th Annual Softball Tournament Saturday

The Sexual Assault Resource Center will hold its 9th Annual Bob Wiatt Crosstown-Lockdown Softball Tournament on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 9am at Veteran’s Park in […]
May 28, 2012

Learn About All Things Gluten Free at Friday’s Extravaganza

Local support group meetings are held the second Friday of each month at 7pm. This Friday’s special Extravaganza is designed for gluten intolerant individuals and for […]
May 24, 2012

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