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Chamber Day 2012 is Thursday, March 29
Chamber Day 2012 promises to be a huge success as dozens of volunteers will spread out across Bryan and College Station to ask local businesses about their businesses.
The goal of Chamber Day is simple: To say "Thank you for being in business in the Brazos Valley." For more information about Chamber Day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (979) 260-5200.
Business After Hours Thursday, March 29
Join the Chamber of Commerce for an evening filled with fun and networking opportunities from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Allen Honda in College Station.
Bring out the whole family on the weekend of March 30-31 to experience The Physics and Engineering Festival, hosted by The Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. Everyone is invited to join in on fascinating and puzzling experiments. A few activities for the day include an interactive science exhibit, a bubble show, and a Q & A session with astronaut Richard Linnehan. The event is free and open to the public.
“We all went to Chuy’s for lunch. We were sitting over there,” she says, pointing to a table in the corner. “I knew something was going on because he started getting nervous, and then he turned to me and looked me in my eyes and told me how much he loves me and how much he cares and how he wants to be with me forever. And then he got down on one knee and proposed.”
Surprisingly, not many people noticed. “I was surprised,” she muses.
“He had to be really bold to do that.”
“The Proposal” launches a married couple-to-be into the whirl of decision making known as “Planning Your Wedding.” Each step along the path helps create a wedding that will reflect two lifetime journeys that become one at the alter. Whether it’s a small, intimate affair or an epic adventure for family and friends, all wedding plans share some traits: excitement, research, a touch of nerves, details, lists and a catch of breath as the day finally unfolds.
This is the story of LaDoris Beckworth’s path to becoming Mrs. Jamal Bowers, a journey that began their senior year of high school and culminated in happily ever after at an elegant, traditional wedding celebration in January.
Aggieland is chock full of things to see and places to go. Whether you’re a visitor, entertaining out-of-town guests, or just want to be a tourist in your own backyard, the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitor’s Bureau offers this list of Top 10 things to do before and after the NCAA games. For more information and more things to see and do, go to VisitAggieland.com.
Texas A&M University
While on campus, visit the Bonfire Memorial dedicated to the 12 Aggies who lost their lives in the tragic collapse of the 1999 bonfire. The campus also offers beautiful horticulture gardens, a Texas A&M Sports Museum, the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center and dining with a view at the University Club on the top floor of Rudder Tower.
March 21-25, Cirque du Soleil will present Dralion for the first time in College Station. A fusion between the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts and the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion made its premier in 1999 in Montreal, Canada.
Since then, it has entertained more then seven million people worldwide. The name Dralion is derived from its two symbolic creatures: the dragon, representing the East; and the lion, representing the West. Drawing its inspiration from the Eastern philosophy, Dralion strives to express its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature.
On Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M University campus, the Brazos Valley Symphony, led by Music Director Marcelo Bussiki, will present a unique program for its fourth concert of the 2011-2012 Subscription season titled “The Americas & Beyond.”
Generously sponsored in part by Knowledge Based Systems, Inc., this program features works from Mexican, Spanish, Cuban, Brazilian, and American composers, including the internationally recognized guest composer and Texas A&M University Performance Studies Faculty member, Peter Lieuwen. Special musical guest, Chad Ibison, winner of the 2010 Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition, will join the Symphony to perform a technically stunning concerto considered to be one of the world’s most legendary classical guitar masterpieces.
WHAT “The Americas & Beyond”
WHEN Sunday, March 25 at 5pm
WHERE Rudder Theatre, Texas A&M University
Gomes: Overture to Il Guarany; Lecuona: Malagueña; Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez with Chad Ibison, guitar; Lieuwen: Astral Blue; Márquez: Danzón No. 2; Moncayo: Huapango
On March 25, Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry will be showcasing their unique form of art at the Benz Gallery in the Texas A&M Horticulture Building. Together, Kritzinger, a chemical engineer by profession, and wife Loela Barry, a landscape architect and Aggie, have created JoLoe (pronounced "Joe Lu hey") Art. Both native South Africans, the two met in Texas in 2007.
While visiting Johan, Loela was first introduced to chemical reaction artwork. "She knew she wanted to paint on it," says Johan. From that point on the duo began creating not only Chemical Art but many other types of art as well. Johan and Loela have displayed their unique works in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Belgium, Dubai, Du Louvre Paris and South Africa. They were even selected for a three-week special exhibition in the MOYA museum in Vienna, Austria.
Passion is expressed in every piece they create. Johan and Loela hope that each energetic and organic creation will touch someone and make the world a better place by opening people’s eyes to a different kind of art. “We would describe our work as fairly diverse but a unified body of work,” says Johan. “It’s very imaginative and abstract; every person see’s something different.”
In addition to the Chemical Art, JoLoe has an amazing 46-piece collection of bulb drawings that have been featured in the book Heirloom Bulbs for Today, written and co-authored by Aggies. The drawings featured in the book will be showcased in the Benz exhibition as well. Each drawing was created over a period of time; as the bulbs grew so did the drawings. Each frame was handmade from recycled wood from Hurricane Ike. Johan and Loela hope to keep this group of artwork together as one piece and for it to be displayed for others to enjoy as well.
Get Rowdy in Reed!
2nd Round: March 19, 8:30pm, Reed Arena vs Arkansas
Fans are asked to request ticket information for the second round and for regional games through the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center online at tickets.12thmanfoundation.com or by phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE.
After eight years of restoration, the Calvert Women’s Club will host a grand opening celebration for the 1909 American Woman’s League chapter house. Visitors will be able to enjoy a full day of early 20th century history while touring League member’s turn-of-the-century homes, enjoying a free ice cream social, and even buying goods at an old-fashion bake sale located in the Karen Wiese Pavilion in historic Virginia Field Park.
This wonderfully rare chapter house building is one of the first built in the United States and is the only one left in Texas. The house symbolizes women’s changing role in rural America. History of the chapter house dates back to May 19, 1890, when Ella Hamman donated a Calvert city lot to the American Woman’s League. The league, in return, provided materials and plans to build a chapter house.
Today, the building is still filled with many of the original arts and craft style chairs, tables, settees, ceiling lights and carpets. According to historical information posted on the Calvert Women’s Club website, “Perhaps the most impressive interior object is the embedded relief sculpture in the brick over the fireplace. Lewis commissioned George J. Zolnay, a famed Romanian sculptor, to create a sculpture that would capture the ‘Woman’s Mission.’”
Love your inner geek at the spring Saturday Morning Physics programs at Texas A&M University. This free program is a National Science Foundation funded event designed to indulge Texas high school students in the fascinating subatomic world of modern physics. No prerequisites, except curiosity, are necessary to attend the 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday morning series that includes seminars, discussion, quizzes, experiments and tours of campus.
Whether you’re in town for the NCAA basketball playoffs or you’re just looking to avoid your kitchen for the night, choose from one of the many excellent locally owned restaurants and you’ll be rewarded with both a distinctive dining experience and points that can be cashed in for free meals in the future.
Thanks to the Taste of B/CS, you can eat local and be rewarded for it in so many ways. Wade Beckman, owner of Shipwreck Grill in Bryan, with the help from Dave Fox, owner of Blue Baker, and a few other local restaurant owners, launched Taste of B/CS not only to promote independently owned restaurants but also to reward the customers who choose to eat local. Wade had previously been involved in a national restaurant group with similar goals. From that experience, Beckman knew he wanted to start a similar organization in Bryan/ College Station.
“It makes a lot of sense [to create this organization]. We are up against the chain restaurants; if we band together we can help and protect each other,” says Beckman. Currently, Taste of B/CS has more than 6,000 members who have signed up for a free card that tracks purchases at all 25 participating restaurants. “Our goal is to triple that number by next year,” says Beckman.