February 1, 2012

Hospice Happening: A Great Time for a Great Cause Feb. 18

Tickets for the February 18 event are available by calling (979) 821-2266.Hospice Happening is the annual fundraiser that allows the community to have fun while supporting the services Hospice Brazos Valley provides. This year’s theme, “Red, White & Bluesy” will pay tribute to military personnel, veterans, the country and the Brazos Valley. The Texas Blues Brothers, St. Joseph High School Concert Choir and the Texas Twisters will provide entertainment during the evening of February 18. After an introduction of Honorary Chairpersons John and Kay Duncum, a Live Auction will be held. At its conclusion, the gaming tables will open up in the Brazos Expo Center’s ballroom.

Attendees will enjoy a dinner, games and a live auction, the funds raised will go towards patient care.
February 1, 2012

Mooove Along lil’ Cowpokes

We called the small spread where my sisters and I grew up ”the farm“ even though my engineer father only ran a few head of cattle to keep the freezer stocked and farmed only a small patch for winter hay. I have fond memories of long hot days in the creek and less fond memories of walking the mile-and-a-quarter lane when it was too muddy to drive a car to catch the school bus and hauling water from that same creek when the well went out. It might mean something that I live two blocks from downtown – even if it is downtown Caldwell – where everything from a gallon of milk to our church is a much shorter walk than the lane from my childhood. 
January 26, 2012

Village Cafe Hosts Kinky Friedman Southern Discomfort Tour

Kinky Friedman's Southern Discomfort Tour will stop at Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan on February 10. A special meet and greet event before the show will benefit KEOS radio.It’s your chance to get Kinky! Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan will host true Texas original Kinky Friedman as part of his 15-city, Southern Discomfort Tour on Friday, February 10. A chance to get up close and personal with the author, musician, occasional political candidate and self-proclaimed "America's Jewish troubadour" will come during a 6 p.m. meet and greet before the show begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets for the show are $30; meet and greet tickets are an additional $25 with proceeds benefitting KEOS 89.1 FM. Meet-and-greet tickets are available only with the purchase of a show ticket. 

January 13, 2012

New Year’s Resolution

Several things always happen this time of year: you resolve to start a good habit or stop a bad one; you keep writing last year’s date by mistake because your existential self can’t quite admit another year is gone; and you make your reservation for the B/CS Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference at the end of January.    

On the subject of starting a healthy habit, losing weight or starting an exercise program are perennial New Year’s Resolution favorites and failure is not an option this year.

January 13, 2012

SEC Fans Promise to School Aggies in the Art of Tailgating

Aggie tailgaters know how to celebrate the big game the right way.     Game day at Texas A&M University: The spirit and energy of the 12th Man; the sea of maroon shirts crowding in and around Kyle Field; and most importantly, Aggie tailgating.
    Texas A&M has historically been one of the famed tailgating schools in the Big 12 and was ranked by Bleacher Report as the eighth best tailgating school in the nation in 2010. However, with the university’s move to the SEC this fall, Texas A&M will meet their match on the football field – and in the parking lot as well.
    Jason Cook, chief communication officer of the Texas A&M System, says that when it comes to tailgating it’s a whole new world in SEC country. 
    “The most obvious change you will see is there will be a lot more tailgating; the SEC is widely known for the travel to road games,” Cook says, adding that Aggies can expect to see SEC fans pull into parking lots on Wednesday or Thursday for Saturday games. Where exactly the university is going to put the large influx of RV’s common among SEC tailgaters is under study, says Cook.
January 11, 2012

Running With a Purpose

Jennifer Friedman turned her determination to get active into an annual running event that raises money for children's charities.Everyone is busy. So how do some people find the time to commit to an exercise routine while others simply can’t find a way to squeeze in 30 minutes, three times a week?


Jennifer Friedman – local gynecologist, mother of three and founding director of the Armadillo Dash Half Marathon & 5K – agreed to share her personal journey of how running helped her turn around an inactive lifestyle, where she found the motivation to keep going, and the reasons she keeps on running today.

At age 33, Friedman realized that something in her life needed to change. With three kids and a demanding profession, she knew she was not getting adequate exercise and not living a healthy lifestyle. Knowing she needed to set a healthy example for her children, she decided to start small by going out to run.

January 10, 2012

1, 2, 3 … Get Motivated!

Jennifer Friedman with her family after her first half marathon. Jr. League Love Run 5K & 3K Family Fun Run February 11 Mark your calendars for […]
January 10, 2012

New Year New You

Angelique Gammon and Denise Fries double the odds they will meet their fitness goals by working with personal trainer Sara Lammerts.

I’m a cliché, and I’m happy to admit it, especially if it helps you make exercise part of your daily routine.

I’m also a hypocrite. About five years ago, I was having lunch with a friend who had just been told by her doctor that she was pre-diabetic, had dangerously high cholesterol and needed to not just lose a few pounds but to make exercise a daily part of her life. I told her I had an elliptical machine I really liked, a few stretch bands and hand weights and that solitary exercise at home worked better for me than a gym. To her protestation that she didn’t have time to exercise, I replied, “Do you have time to be dead?”

I’m not subtle.


January 9, 2012

5 Steps to Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

If you fall into the category of the estimated 78% of people who make and then break a New Year’s Resolution, psychologists suggest five steps to making it into the winning percentage of people who keep their New Year’s resolution.                                                                                                                                                              
Those who planned a series of smaller goals increased their success rate to 35%; following all five of the suggestions below increased success rates to 50%.                                                                                                                                                         
The most successful were those who were able to view a slip as just a temporary setback, not the “failure” of their resolution. This year, follow these 5 Steps to Success:  
January 6, 2012

One Weekend Only: Theatre Co. Presents Two By Two

The Theatre Company of B/CS will present Two By Two this weekend only as it's Spring Fund Raiser show. The cast includes eight principles:  J. Paul Teel (Noah), Mandy Walker (Esther, Noah's wife), Mark Taylor (Shem), Wendy Lee (Leah, Shem's wife), Dan McAdams (Ham), Hannah Lee (Rachel, Ham's wife), Zach Reeves (Japheth), and Amy Henss (Goldie).

The cast also includes over 40 kids as the animals, including Caleb Kocmoud, who plays a mythical mouse-like character called a gitka, who sings in the presence of God, and authenticates God's message to Noah and his family. Sadly, the gitka has no mate and cannot come on the ark. Kocmoud also portrays the dove in Act 2. 

January 3, 2012

Still Time to Get Tickets to the Best Show in Town: OPAS Gala 2012

As far as black-tie events go, this is one that will be remembered for years to come. And the party ingredients are pretty enticing: French cuisine (sometimes hard to come by in B/CS) from Christopher’s World Grille, live music from Emerald City (a great dance band out of Dallas), live auction packages to drool over (like once-in-a-lifetime trips), opportunities to win gold and diamond jewelry, and a couple of surprises that you’ll just have to attend to see (and believe).

This year’s OPAS Gala on Saturday, January 28, features a theme taken from the ubiquitous Cirque du Soleil shows that are delighting audiences from New York and Las Vegas to Beijing and Paris. Gala organizers are hoping to similarly delight local patrons of the arts, who come out each year to support the programs of Texas A&M’s MSC OPAS.

January 2, 2012

Your Own Personal Trainer … on Twitter

Follow @InsiteBV for hourly exercises by Coach Cliff Latham.By setting many small goals – and celebrating when you meet one – you are twice as likely […]
January 2, 2012

Public Invited to Episcopal Council Events

The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio, Bishop o f Cuba, will be attending the Episcopal Council February 10-11 at the Expo Center in Bryan. The public is invited to council events.The Brazos County Expo Center will be bustling with people from around Texas the weekend of February 10-11, with approximately 1,000 Episcopal clergy, delegates, registrants, youth and volunteers gathering for the 163rd Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The Diocese of Texas is one of 110 domestic dioceses in the Episcopal Church and operates independently within the canons of the Church.

The three Episcopal churches in the community – St. Andrew’s, Bryan; St. Thomas and St. Francis, College Station –will serve as the host churches and will provide the volunteer base for the Council. Students and faculty from Saint Michael’s Episcopal School will also serve as volunteers.

January 1, 2012

Big Hats, Big Fun: Cattle Baron’s Ball This Saturday

A Gift Ask will be held at the Feb. 4 event to support leukemia research in honor of 4-year-old Zaden Fisher. Tickets are available by calling 979-776-1464.Thousands of children each year are diagnosed with cancer, but behind every statistic there is a little boy or girl who is battling for a healthy future. That fight may be closer to home than you think.
    Zaden Fisher is a 4-year-old Brazos County cowboy who wears his boots to sleep, loves Shetland ponies, and has a smile melts every heart. He is also a child living with cancer. Diagnosed when he was just 24 months old, Fisher has been fighting Acute Leukemia more than half his young life.
    Fisher’s spark remains bright despite his tough journey through cancer treatment. “His parents do a fantastic job of making sure he has a normal, happy childhood outside of being at his treatments and at the hospital,” says Shasta Horn, the 2012 chair of Cattle Baron’s Ball, the annual fundraiser hosted by the American Cancer Society.
January 1, 2012

Bless Your Heart: How Good Fortune Turned A Near Heart Attack to A Heart Success

Tickets to the February 10 Brazos Valley Heart Ball are still available.Less than a year ago, Mike Southerland walked in to a hospital emergency room expecting doctors to adjust his medication to get rid of the severe dizzy spells he had been having. Southerland, a Bryan City Council member, thought that the emergency room doctors would simply adjust his medication and let him go. He was wrong.