August 3, 2011

Blinn Nursing Program embraces Simulation Training

Dr. Thena Parrott (left) recently presented Xinxin Tang a certificate and flowers commemorating her as the 1,000th graduate from Blinn College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program.The Blinn College nursing programs have recently moved from the Bryan campus to the Texas A&M Health Science Center where a full-fledged hospital is ready to aid sick or injured patients. The most intriguing aspect of this hospital is that it is predominantly simulated: the patients are “manikins” controlled by teachers, and the accidents are all a façade. The teaching departments for nursing, emergency medical services, physical therapy assisting and radiologic technology will be moving to the new teaching facility soon, and the interaction among the programs will mirror what happens in actual hospital settings.
August 2, 2011

Singin’ the Blues: Festival rounds up good music, good times

August’s annual Navasota Blues Fest is a both a celebration of blues music and a way for musicians and aficionados to remember Mance Lipscomb. A talented songster and guitarist, Lipscomb, born in 1895, was part of a folk-song revival in the 1960s. Born near Navasota, Lipscomb and his musical accomplishments are close to the hearts of many Navasota residents and musicians alike.
August 2, 2011

Reward Yourself: Taste of B-CS has what you’re hungry for

As the Bryan/College Station community continues to expand, so do the number of restaurants available to feed thousands of diners each day. A new organization, The Taste of B-CS, was created to showcase locally owned and independent restaurants, while rewarding diners who eat local with points that can be redeemed for future meals.

Everyone is invited to The Taste of B-CS Deluxe Ribbon Cutting hosted by the B/CS Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, August 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Brazos Center. A cocktail reception will follow wirh more informaiton on how to join the rewards program.

August 1, 2011

‘Breast of the Brazos:’ Fashion Show Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

Sponsored by Funky Cheaveux Salon, the fashion show is October 1 at Best Western Atrea in Bryan.On October 1 from 8pm to 10 pm, Funky Cheveux Hair Studio is hosting "Breast of the Brazos," a new a breast cancer awareness fashion show that will be held at the Best Western Atrea in Bryan. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the St. Joseph Foundation and their work to assist women in the Brazos Valley through cancer treatment and early detection. Tickets are $25. For more information, e-mail or call 979-696-3865.
August 1, 2011

A Legislative Luncheon with Senator John Cornyn

Senator John Cornyn will be speaking on September 29 in Bryan.Senator John Cornyn will be speaking at a Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon on […]
August 1, 2011

Friday: Celebrity Softball Classic & Family Fun Night

Tickets are only $5 each and include a Fish Fry dinner.Come out to the Brazos Valley Ballpark Friday, August 19, for the Bryan/College Station Chamber of […]
July 27, 2011

Fruits of the Vine: Brazos Valley Wineries Make Grape Jobs & Getaways

Area wineries will be hosting harvest celebrations on weekends during July and August.Texas and wineries aren’t a new combination – Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests around 1662. What is new is the rate the Texas, and Brazos Valley, wine industry is growing: Texas is America’s No. 5 grape and wine producer, according to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. Texas boasts some 190 wineries, with 112 of those operations starting up since 2004.
July 27, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot: Is Firefighting Calling You?

When it comes to turning up the heat to forge firefighters, the Texas Engineering Extension Service Fire Recruit Academy carries the torch. Since 1971, TEEX’s Recruit Academy has trained more than 3,500 certifiable firefighters. The school is based in College Station but graduates are working in fire departments all over the globe: in the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Korea, Kuwait, Brazil and more.
July 22, 2011

First Friday in Downtown Bryan: Check Out Movies with Madden’s

Highlights for August’s First Friday in Historic Downtown Bryan include Movies with Madden’s this Friday, August 5, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Sale Park […]
July 21, 2011

Pickin’ and Ginnin’: Step Back in Time at Burton Cotton Gin & Texas Ranger’s Day August 13

Texas Rangers Day in Burton is August 13, offering a cook-off, dance, live-action re-enactments and more in honor of Texas Rangers past and present. Visitors may also tour the historic cotton gin.Before computers, before industrial farming, before air conditioning, cotton was king in the Brazos Valley, building land empires, family fortunes and entire towns to support the industry. The Texas Cotton Gin Museum in Burton gives visitors the opportunity to stroll through a lifestyle that has been preserved for those who appreciate both the past and the people who tilled the Brazos Valley soil before them.
July 20, 2011

Meet the Artists: Arts Council Reception Thursday

On Thursday, August 11, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Arts Council of Brazos Valley will open an exhibition of works by painter Susan Sheets and sculptor Carol Ziegler in the Spirit of Texas Bank Gallery at 2275 Dartmouth Street in College Station. The opening reception will provide visitors the unique opportunity to meet the artists, purchase works of art, and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment by Eugene Eugene. The reception is free and open to the public.

July 18, 2011

Gluten Free Dining in the News

Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery Chef David Nelson pipes hot dog buns ready to pop into the oven.The staff of Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery – Bryan/College Station's only dedicated gluten free bakery –is helping spread the word that Texas A&M University is seeking input on the need for gluten free food on campus. It is estimated that 15 percent of people in the population are gluten intolerant. Symptoms can include headaches, digestive distress and fatigue. If you or someone you know would benefit from healthy delicious gluten free food on the Texas A&M campus, Texas A&M dietician Sandra Baxter has requested you email her at

Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery has been working to accommodate the gluten free community by creating delicious baked goods since opening in November, 2010. The bakery has expanded tremendously since their first sale at Village Foods grocery in Bryan and now sells gluten free bread, brownies, lemon bars, muffins and cookie dough at Brazos Natural Foods and Farm Patch.

July 18, 2011

B/CS Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cuttings

The Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce exists to enhance the economic well-being of the businesses in the community it serves. One benefit of Chamber membership is a ribbon cutting to highlight local businesses innovations. Ribbon cuttings were recently held for Miles Contruction Corporation and Prime Lending, both located in Bryan.
July 15, 2011

Stuff the Bus – and Pick Up Lunch or Dinner – All for a Great Cause

Chef Tai's Mobile Gourmet Food Truck and Peter Madden's Street Cuisine will be open during lunch and dinner during Stuff the Bus and donating a portion of sales to the cause.Some 16,000 local kids need you to help Junior League STUFF THE BUS!
Thursday, August 11, Junior League of Bryan/College Station will host its second annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive at the Brazos Center on Briarcrest Drive in Bryan from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Donations also will be accepted at the Tower Point HEB in South College Station. As an added incentive, you can stuff yourself from two local gourmet food trucks during lunch and dinner and help raise even more funds for the Stuff the Bus event as the Junior League works to provide school supplies for more than 16,000 students in-need throughout Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, and several local agencies.
July 12, 2011

Are You A Trivial Person? If so, Insite Wants You For Brazos Valley Trivia Redux!

If you know the answer to any of these Brazos Valley trivia questions, we want to know what else you know! Back in August, 1991, Insite Magazine published its first Brazos Valley Trivia issue, and we think we're long overdue for an update.

1. What famous plane is the source of the propeller that powers the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University?

2. What's the oldest, continuously open restaurant in Bryan that opened in 1925?

3. What's the oldest, continuously open restaurant in College Station?

4. What 40-year-old football World Record is held by Bryan dentist Steve O'Neal?