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The newest fair in Texas is coming to the Brazos Valley! Today at 4:30 p.m., the Brazos Valley Fair & Expo will be introduced to the community beginnig with a ribbon cutting, hosted by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. in the Brazos County Expo Ballrooms (directions http://g.co/maps/amh8).
Immediately following the ribbon cutting, the community is invited to stay for an open house reception from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. to celebrate and showcase the completion of the Brazos County Expo’s phase II expansion. Appetizers and drinks will be served.
Voices For Children purchased its current downtown Bryan office space in January 2006 and has successfully paid down two-thirds of the balance to date. Retiring more of the debt through this generous matching grant will help the organization achieve its mission to provide a trained community volunteer to assist a child or sibling set who have been placed in the state's custody because of abuse or neglect.
Through September 11, 365 Deals for U (www.365DealsforU.com) is donating 10 percent of all sales to CARPOOL (Caring Aggies R Protecting Over Our Lives).
“CARPOOL is a very deserving organization that puts forth a tremendous effort keeping the streets of our community safe,” says David Flash, president of 365 Deals for U.
CARPOOL gives free rides to anyone – students, community residents or visitors – who calls (979) 693-9905 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the spring and fall semesters. The confidential rides are often, but not always, to get intoxicated partiers home safely. CARPOOL coordinators stress that anyone can call for a ride: whether you need to ditch a creepy date (it happens a few times every semester); if you don't have a designated driver for the evening; or you get stuck at the grocery store after the shuttle bus stops running (it's happened).
On November 12, award-winning author Kathi Appelt will present “What Makes Your Characters Tick?” at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Brazos Valley conference from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Dr. in College Station.
Two editors from New York houses, Martha Mihalick of Greenwillow Books and Claudia Gabel of Katherine Tegan Books, are also on the faculty for Connections & Craft 2011, along with author-illustrator Brian Floca and authors Doris Fisher and Molly Blaisdell.
The fees are $135 for SCBWI members and $155 for non-members. A downloadable registration form is available at http://tinyurl.com/scbwi-bv. For more information contact Regional Advisor Liz Mertz at lizBmertz@gmail.com.
Books sales at the conference will include titles by the faculty, their recommendations, and works by SCBWI members attending the conference. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the conference at the Courtyard Marriott, 3939 S.H. 6 South, College Station, TX 77845, phone 979-695-8111.
In addition to putting a local face on the history of war, the Museum of the American G.I. has created a network for area veterans. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum is important to veterans in part because it preserves articles significant to military history. The museum also connects the personal experience of local veterans with the many events written about in history books.
The museum’s collection includes armored vehicles, artillery and 20th century weapons of war, uniforms and artifacts. It is also home to one of the nation’s most complete libraries of technical and training manuals for military vehicles and weapons.
When the crowds take off walking on October 9, it will be the eighth year hundreds of participants have gathered for Buddy Walk, a fundraiser hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley. Though proceeds from Buddy Walk account for 90 percent of the nonprofit’s budget, the event also serves to increase awareness and acceptance of those with Down syndrome.
“Buddy Walks were actually started as a way to increase awareness of Down syndrome and to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome,” says Sondra White, secretary of the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley, “and then they grew from there. The actual one-mile walk is ceremonial. It’s the promotion and fundraising that bring change.”
Everyone is invited to participate in Buddy Walk, which will take place at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The festivities will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with kid-friendly moon bounces, music, food and a wide variety of entertainment.
Straw-filled funny faces topping floppy bodies announce that it's time for the 35th Annual Scarecrow Festival on October 8-9 in the quaint, historic town of Chappell Hill. The Scarecrow Festival boasts more than 300-juried exhibitors offering home accents, holiday items, clothing, jewelry, and so much more. Enjoy the live entertainment and music lining the streets of Chappell Hill. Delight in the magical land of scarecrows with a charming pumpkin patch and a special Children's Activity Corner which provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train rides and more. You won't go hungry either. Sample the many booths featuring delicious country-style food. It's hearty and filling, perfect for an autumn day.
For the steak and wine connoisseurs, Bryan is the place to be October 7-8. Admission is free on Friday and will include all the regular First Friday Downtown Bryan activities in addition to the festival. Admission on Saturday is $5 per person for ages 13 and up; ages 13 and under are free.
Texas Reds features fine Angus beefsteaks, which will be provided by Bryan’s Ruffino Meats and Food Service. Twenty Texas wineries are featured annually at the festival, chosen by the Festival committee from their applications based on awards, pricing and varieties offered. Once inside the festival, guests can purchase steak, wine tasting and Kid Zone tickets. Prices and packages are available at Texas Reds.
On Saturday, October 8, beginning at 4pm, enjoy classical music brought to life by the fabulous piano-violin-voice performances of St. Michael's Episcopal School alumni Nathalie Schweikert, violin; Ian Scarfe, piano; and Melissa Shell Hronek, mezzo-soprano. Works by Beethoven, Copland, Rachmaninoff and Brahms will be performed in the school chapel. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (979) 822-2715 or at the door. Saint Michael's is located at 2500 South College Avenue in Bryan.
Schweikert attended St. Michael's for 12 years, graduating in 1993. She began her violin studies at the age of three, and as a student performed with numerous ensembles including the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. During summers she studied and performed at the Bowdoin, Musicorda, and Encore music festivals, and for two summers participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Schweikert earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Just in time for the 2012 election, “Headed to the White House,” a new exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will help current and future voters understand what it really takes to become president.
“I think people will be able to gain more of an appreciation for current and past presidents if they are able to understand what they went through to get the position,” says Public Relations Director Will King.