March 31, 2012

Denise Fries Celebrates 50th Birthday By Giving Back … In a BIG Way!

Denise Fries will celebrate her birthday this year by giving back to the community through a $50,000 matching grant for area nonprofits.Denise Fries has a history of giving back to this community in a big way. On the 20th anniversary of her business, Fries Financial Services, she donated $20,000 and a sports car to a matching grant program that ended up generating more than $160,000 for 17 local charities. In celebration of her 50th Birthday later this year, Fries plans to top those results with a $50,000 matching grant that will be carried out in conjunction with the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley. This time, however, Fries’ gift will keep on giving forever because her funds will be placed into endowment funds for the recipient organizations, generating grant funding each and every year into the future.

To take part in the matching grant program, any charitable organization in the community can apply for one of 15 matching grants, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 before April 13. The organizations that are selected will plan and carry out their own fundraisers to generate money equal to or greater than their grant. This way at least $100,000 will be generated to support the organizations.

March 30, 2012

Strength In Numbers: Seminars & Support Groups Offer Resources & Understanding

Texas Autism Collaborative Offers Free Parent/Teacher Training in April

A free seminar on April 10 will provide help and resources to families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Stress and grief, seeking and applying for resources and/or aid, navigating the special education system, insurance, therapeutic treatments, social isolation, transition and future planning are just a few of the challenges these families face.

The Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) and Easter Seals East Texas/Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center have partnered with FACETS (Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support), Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Texas A&M University and the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living to produce “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Family’s Journey.” The free seminar will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1318 Memorial Drive in Bryan. Childcare will be provided by Project Sunshine; attendees must RSVP to reserve a place for their child(ren) by emailing Rose Mason at or by calling (979) 776-2872.  

Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) is a team of professionals, including a licensed psychologist with LSSP credentials and advanced doctoral students, that provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, autism diagnostic evaluation and screening. TAC also offers intensive early childhood intervention clinics during the year for children ages 2-5 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

For more information about the Texas Autism Collaborative and the services offered, visit
March 30, 2012

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse is a scourge in any community. During Child Abuse Prevention month in April, a coalition of agencies will be drawing attention to the sad facts: last year, 688 Brazos Valley children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect; 117 children were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect; and two children died as a result of abuse or neglect, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2011 Databook. From a broader perspective, every eight minutes a Texas child becomes an abuse victim and one child will die every 36 hours because of abuse or neglect. 

Kate Mason, who serves as the recruitment and education coordinator for Voices For Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brazos Valley, along with other local agencies, have developed a child abuse awareness alliance in the hope of increasing awareness and leading our community to a safer and healthier place for children. 

March 27, 2012

Home & Garden Tour: Everything Old is New Again

The Astin Mansion is one of three homes on The Woman's Club annual House & Garden Tour April 11.The Woman’s Club will host its annual House and Garden tour on Wednesday, April 11, from 10  a.m. to 6 p.m. The House and Garden Tour is the major fundraiser for The Woman’s Club of Bryan and profits are used to provide outreach to local charities.

Tickets for touring all three houses are $15 and can be purchased from a member of The Woman’s Club; at one of the homes on April 11; or by calling (979) 822-5019 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Reservations for a luncheon on the day of the tour at The Woman’s Club, 1200 Carter Creek Parkway, Bryan, are required by April 4.

March 23, 2012

Got Talent? Family Fest (May) Want You!

Family Friendly Talent Wanted! Perform at Family Fest 2012 on May 12. Local talent will be on stage from 11 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. just before the evening's headliner of Country Music Multiple Award Winner Rodney Atkins.  
March 21, 2012

Walk & Talk Will Identify Butterflies and Wildflowers

The Walk & Talk is free, but it will be limited to 12 participants.Have you ever wanted to learn about the butterflies and flowers in your own backyard? On Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 31, at 9 a.m. you can participate in a free dual activity. It begins on Wednesday evening at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History where Ro Wauer will present a program on “Butterflies and Flowers of Lick Creek Park.”

Saturday morning, Ro will also guide participants on a two-hour walk at Lick Creek Park to seek out the creatures from his talk.

March 21, 2012

Learn the Art of Turkish Paper Marbling

Spring Turkish Paper Marbling classes begin March 25. Learn the art of Paper Marbling taught by Raindrop Turkish House Educational Services in collaboration with the Turkish […]
March 19, 2012

This Weekend: Downtown Street & Art Festival

        The MSC Forsyth Center Galleries & Downtown Bryan Arts & Culture Association will host the 3rd Annual Downtown Art & Street Fair Saturday, […]
March 18, 2012

Bryan/College Station Chamber Day & Business After Hours

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 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.

March 11, 2012

Physics & Engineering Festival At Texas A&M University

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.

March 11, 2012

Basketball + Brides = March Madness

SOME DAYS YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHICH END IS UP and if you’re having that feeling reading this month’s issue of INSITE, well, sorry about that. […]
March 7, 2012

‘I Do’ … A Wedding Plan For Happily Ever After

LaDoris Beckworth shares her story wedding planning until the day she says "I do."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.

March 7, 2012

10 Things To Do Between the NCAA Playoff Games

The Bonfire Memorial at Texas A&M University. 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


Texas A&M University
(979) 845-5851
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 7, 2012

Opening Wednesday: Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion

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. 

March 7, 2012

It’s Friday: B/CS Chamber’s 14th Annual Crawfish Boil

Are you ready for live entertainment, friends and mudbugs? Join the B/CS Chamber of Commerce in supporting the Brazos County Youth Lifestock Sale by heading out […]