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Brazos Writers nuture those devoted to the written word.
by Sarah Kinzbach
Writing can be daunting. Whether a paper for school, a proposal for work, or a novel for the masses, the writing required to create such a work can appear formidable in its infancy. Enter the Brazos Writers, an eclectic group of local writers dedicated to supporting, educating, and encouraging both the written word and all of us who have ever experienced “writer’s block.”
“Writing is a very solitary pursuit,” says Ann Kellett, Ph.D., president of the Brazos Writers. “[The group] provides a supportive atmosphere for aspiring writers.”
The Brazos Writers began in 1987 as an outlet for writers to exchange ideas, learn, mentor and network. With members including published professors and staff from Texas A&M University, successful commercial authors, and aspiring writers, the group provides a wealth of experience, knowledge, and writing diversity.
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Shop, Compare & Save at the Annual Home & Garden Expo
Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof at the Annual Bryan/ College Station Home Builders Association 2013 Home & Garden Expo coming February 23-24 to the Brazos County Expo Center. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping and much more, the Home & Garden show is a huge, multi-showroom event featuring exhibits for the do-it-yourselfer, homeowners and gardeners.
In its 34th year, the Home & Garden Expo is the largest event of its kind in the B/CS area. The expo attracts attendees who are interested in products to enhance their homes and those who are looking to build new ones. The expo provides the opportunity for personal interaction between quality exhibitors and attendees. A full schedule of seminars on home building, remodeling, landscaping, interior decorating, energy efficiency and much more are offered during the event and are included with the entry ticket price.
Kickstart Kids Into A Healthy Life
by Sarah Kinzbach
The after-school hallways of Davila Middle School are filled with noises typical of a crowd of 11- to 14-year-olds. Friends shouting to each other, kids running to waiting busses and mischievous giggles echo in every part of the school. In the gym, basketballs are dribbled and shot in practice while kids yell to one another and wait for rides home. Clearly, silence among preteens is vastly overrated. Everywhere, that is, except a mat-floored room filled with trophies, Bruce Lee posters, and 35-40 barefoot kids dressed in karate robes, patiently – and silently – awaiting instructions.
These kids are part of Kickstart Kids, a martial arts training program founded by Chuck Norris in 1992. In 20 years, more than 70,000 children have graduated through the program offered at select Texas middle schools as an alternative to PE. In addition to Davila, Kickstart is offered at two other Brazos Valley schools: Jane Long Middle School in Bryan and Navasota Junior High School.
Each year, 300,000 American children are induced by force, fraud or coercion into commercial sex acts, as reported on mysanantonio.com. Better known as sex trafficking, the harsh realities of this criminal offense and exploitation of vulnerable youth were addressed in the 2011 Texas Legislative session with a new emphasis being placed the rehabilitation for these victims.
Brazos Valley’s Still Creek Boys & Girls Ranch has now joined that effort.
by Amber Cassady
Agribusiness is big business in Brazos County, home to more than 375 agribusinesses that employ more than 8,000 local residents, or 22 percent of the total county workforce. These businesses play an important part in contributing to the $760 million economic impact of agribusiness each year.
by Allison Kendall
For the past five years on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, several hundred folk have gathered to give thanks specifically for the foods grown or produced here in the Brazos Valley by enjoying a sumptuous, locally sourced breakfast. Just like in the real agriculture industry, it’s the local farmers, ranchers and agriculture business representatives who are up at 4 a.m. to prepare a table of plenty for the rest of us: steak, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, butter, jelly, milk and gallons of coffee – all foods that can trace their provenience back to our local breadbasket.
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.