August 31, 2011

‘Muslims For Life’ Blood Drive Honors 9/11 Victims

The blood drive hosted by the Brazos Valley chapter of Muslims for Life on September 3 is part of a nationwide event. The Muslim Community of Brazos Valley "Muslims for Peace" is hosting a blood drive Saturday to honor and commemorate the victims of 9/11 by collecting blood donations that will save lives.

September 3 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., the blood drive will be conducted at Easy Shop, 1910 Labrisa Drive in Bryan (77807). The blood drive is being held in conjunction with the "Commit for Life" program of The Blood Center of Brazos Valley.  

August 30, 2011

Wanted: Families to Share Texas Hospitality

Visit for more information on the English Language Institute or call (979) 845-7936 to sign up as a Texas Family. (Above) Jan Lee hosted an Easter egg hunt for Aggies Saif Al Shammari and Yasser Alghafees as part of the Texas Famiilies program.Hospitality is a worldwide concept, and by doing it bigger in Texas, local families can make sure students from all over the world feel at home here in the Brazos Valley. The Texas Families program at Texas A&M University is looking for families who would welcome the chance to really bring that message home to students from around the globe.
August 29, 2011

For the Fun of It: Garrison Keillor Is Special 2011 OPAS Event

Garrison Keillor's September 8 performance is a recent addition to the OPAS Season.After 39 years of bringing world-class entertainment home to the Brazos Valley, MSC OPAS is dressed to impress with its 2011-2012 “For the Fun of It” season. The article of clothing in the spotlight? Red shoes.

Garrison Keillor – author, storyteller, radio personality and host of the Minnesota Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion – is returning to Rudder Auditorium during his Summer Love Tour, and he’s bringing his signature red sneakers. Tickets sold out early when Keillor last came to Aggieland.

“We are obviously very excited to have Mr. Keillor back again,” says Anne Black, MSC OPAS’s executive director. “He came a couple of years ago for an evening of storytelling, and tickets sold out. We have been trying to get the whole show to come to Rudder for about five years now. People who are public radio listeners who are also A Prairie Home Companion listeners should be excited to know that Fred Newman will also be here.”
August 24, 2011

Have A Ball for the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley

The Children's Museum fundraiser is October 6 at the Hilton College StationOn October 6, the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is hosting the “Let's Have a Ball” fundraiser at the Hilton in College Station from 6 pm-11pm. Along with the dinner and fun games that will be going on at “Let's Have a Ball,” there will also be a raffle for a week-long Disney Cruise vacation. Tables for “Let's Have a Ball” are being sold for $1,000; individual tickets are $50; and the Disney cruise raffle tickets are available both in advance and during the event for $100 each. For more information visit
August 24, 2011

USA Archery Olympic Team Trials Take Aim in College Station

Spectators are encouraged to watch the archery competition Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M.








Spectators, family and friends are all invited to come out to cheer on athletes who are working toward representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics. The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Archery Trials will be at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex on the Texas A&M Campus.

Texas A&M University is hosting the 2011 USA Archery Olympic Team Trials right here in Aggieland, September 28 through October 1. The event is expected to attract 150 high-caliber contestants who are all taking aim at joining the USA archery team. 

August 24, 2011

Cards for a Cause a Beautiful Way to Help

Cards for a Cause are $10 for 10 Cards and 100% of the proceeds benefit MHMR clients.MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley now has Cards for a […]
August 24, 2011

A Blooming, Growing Good Time

The Brazos County Master Gardeners Fall Gardening Seminar is August 27, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brazos Center in Bryan.Whether you want to learn how to collect heirloom flower bulbs, plant a fall vegetable garden or create floral designs from natural and unexpected materials, you'll want to sign up for the Brazos County Master Gardeners 2011 Fall Gardening Seminar on Saturday, August 27, at the Brazos Center in Bryan.

Bulb collecting adventures have turned into a life-altering quest for Chris Wiesinger, president and owner of The Southern Bulb Company. Chris tells of searches for heirloom bulbs across the south in "The Bulb Hunter & Heirloom Bulbs" seminar where he will share bulb collecting stories, horticultural information and landscaping ideas using these beautiful, but not forgotten, elements of days and places gone by.

August 23, 2011

Old Friends, New Faces at Cenare

‘Noel & Daisy Mae,’ an oil portrait by Ceci LuepnitzRestauranteur Houda Cerone has returned to Cenare Italian Restaurant in College Station, and she is ready to […]
August 17, 2011

VOTE: B/CS in Running for Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race

Help put the Brazos Valley food scene on the national map by voting every day through September 12 in the Great Food Truck Race sponsored by […]
August 17, 2011

Hog Splash 2011: MUDD Volleyball Tournament this Saturday

Support Hospice Brazos Valley at Hog Splash 2011 on August 20.Saturday's first ever MUDD Volleyball Tournament benefitting Hospice Brazos Valley was GREAT! The Insite Mud Daubbers were undefeated in the first three games, but sadly, were pulled under the mud in the first championship round. Next year -- beware the Insite Mud Daubbers -- we'll be back!

The first Hospice Brazos Valley & Slovacek Sausage “Hog Splash” will be volleyball at its finest this Saturday, August 20, in the MUDD! The tournament pits will rotate 48 co-ed teams (8-10 players per team), playing against each other knee-deep in MUDD. More than 600 participants are expected to play in the tournament and spectators are encouraged to come support the teams and Hospice Brazos Valley.

Come out Saturday, 9am to 5pm, to Snook, Hwy. 60, just behind the Slovacek Sausage store. It’s possible to have an outrageously good time in support of an organization that provides a serious and vital mission.

August 17, 2011

Small Blessings: Preemie Prints Offers Support for Parents

Preemie Prints is looking for mothers of preemies to mentor other parents going through the same experience of caring for a premature infant.A baby born prematurely is immediately placed in an isolette ­– a plastic incubator – and taken away from the mother who has been laboriously carrying the infant for nine months. Parents are left worried and helpless as the focus turns to the medical attention needed by the baby. Amber Collier founded Preemie Prints, a non-profit organization devoted to providing support, hope and photography to the families of premature babies, to provide the support parents also need.
August 9, 2011

Buffalo Stampede Half-Marathon and 5K

Head to the Museum for Boonville Days after the Stampede ends.On October 1 at 7:30 a.m. runners will be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 3rd annual Buffalo Stampede. This year’s race is bigger and better than past stampedes and introduces the first HALF-MARATHON.  Athletes will have the opportunity to show off their skills by running 21,100 meters (a half-marathon) or 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). The course begins at the Museum, is USATF certified, and the races are timed with Chrono Track System disposable bib tags to allow for accurate timing of all our runners. All Sports Timing is conducting the race and race results will be available at or
August 3, 2011

How to Cleve to Your Cooler Side

If misery loves company, this is the time of year it’s hard not to indulge in desultory competitions to see who is suffering most from the weather – the heat, the dearth of rain, the humidity – as we stagger through the last gasps of summer’s blaze. As the family lizard, there are few heat extremes I don’t actually enjoy, including running the heater in my carseat year-round and a fondness for zip-up hoodies anytime the thermometer falls below 80 degrees. In mid-July of last year, I actually found the giant hot rock of my lizard dreams in the Grand Canyon, but due to pesky laws about not removing anything from national parks it had to stay behind. I realize this is odd, but that’s another story.

To do my part for all the non-lizards out there, I wanted to share the ultimate chill pill, shared with me by a recent mother-of-the-groom who wasn’t sure she was going to survive the air conditioning going out just before her son’s wedding.
August 3, 2011

Big Bang Theory: Unexploded Ordnance School offers Unique Skill Set

Unexloded Ordinance school photos courtesy Texas Engineering Extension Service.Stored in a closet inside one of the buildings at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus are more than 400 different types of ordnance ranging from simple grenades and landmines to full-fledged rockets and bombs. The weapons span an expanse of time dating back to the American Civil War and have found their way into this closet from around the globe – from China to Italy and from Russia to the United States. If detonated, these deadly weapons had the potential to reduce the building to smoking rubble. Fortunately, the ordnance housed in this special closet have been deactivated, a highly specialized skill that is taught in that very same building.
August 3, 2011

Is it Live? Or is it … Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Sim Lab

Simulation Lab Director Benny Holland and one of his 'patients.'The first thing you notice when walking into the Simulation Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center is that it looks and smells like a real hospital: the lights are overly bright and the floors freshly cleaned. Each room is impeccable. Even the patients are deceiving: they look like normal patients sleeping soundly in their hospital beds instead of high-tech training manikins.