BRAZOS VALLEY LATEST NEWS

October 17, 2011

Get Ready for ‘Dressed to a Tea’

Deadline for reservations for Dressed to a Tea is October 21.Don’t miss your chance to make your reservation before Octobr 21 for the afternoon tea and fashion show “Dressed to a Tea,” presented by the Friends of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO). The event will be held at the Miramont Country Club on November 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds benefit the Brazos Valley Symphony’s educational programs for children. Make a difference by enjoying some tea and fashions provided by Charli, the Little Red Schoolhouse, Morgan Fitzgeralds and Witts End. For more information, call (979) 846-8172.  
October 13, 2011

Catch the Breeze: Flute Choir to Perform

The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir will perform their season opening concert on Sunday, October 23, at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. The concert begins at 6 p.m., and the church is located at 417 University Drive.

The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir will be performing a combination of original works for flute choir and orchestral transcriptions. The composition of the group is piccolo, C flutes, alto flutes, bass flutes, string bass, and percussion.  Robert McElroy, former conductor of the Houston Symphonic Band, conducts the Brazos Breeze.  The members of the Brazos Breeze are professional musicians from cities around the area including Huntsville, Bellville, Brenham, Anderson, and Bryan/College Station.

October 7, 2011

Catch the Buzz: Red Wasp Film Festival

The Red Wasp Film Festival allows audience members to vote for their favorite independent films.Excitement is ramping up for the ninth annual Red Wasp Film Festival, presented by Brazos Progressives on October 21-22 at StageCenter Theater. With the buzz around Downtown Bryan helping to attract an expanding audience for this showcase of diverse filmmakers from around the nation, the festival is also fulfilling a creative outlet for the community.

The Red Wasp Film Festival began in the spring of 2002 at 7F Lodge, owned at that time by Craig and Carol Conlee. After meeting with local filmmaker Mark Beal, Carol Conlee realized that a local film festival could fill a void by providing access to films most people would otherwise never see.
October 7, 2011

Twin City Mission: A Home, A Friend and the Hope to Help Yourself

The Twin City Mission provides for people in need throughout the community. It could be you; it could be the person walking by you in the grocery store or the child sitting next to your child in class. The changing economy has changed the face of homelessness as well. Most important, it could happen to any of us, says Ron Crozier, director of community relations for Twin City Mission.

Twin City Mission aims to provide a home for the homeless, a friend for the friendless, and hope for the hopeless. They don’t just provide a service for the community; they are truly part of the community, reaching out to help others in need. “The face of homelessness is moving toward a trend of people needing short-term assistance,” Crozier tells us. There is a national, state and local trend occurring where professionals have been laid off due to the current economic trends and are simply unable to find new jobs.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone, because of anything,” says Crozier. “There is always the fear factor of homelessness. The second someone looses a job and is late on a payment, that fear enters their mind.”

Homelessness today is a far cry from what we see in the movies or from what most people perceive. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has added the current State of Homelessness Report to their website and the statistics are sobering. In one year the homeless population has increased by more than 20,000 people, just over 3 percent; the population of homeless families with children increased by more than 3,200 households or 4 percent in that same time frame. The increase in homeless families is more than any other group mentioned in the report, including single individuals, veterans and those designated as chronically homeless.

October 7, 2011

Run Don’t Walk: Local Races Bring Out The Marathon Man In All Of Us

October 29, Rock the Mind 5K; and December 11, B/CS Toyota Marathon and Half Marathon are just two upcoming local races.Some people run against time or for the thrill of competition, while others run simply to say they have finished a race. Some find running a drug they cannot get enough of; for others it is a one-time training experience. Regardless of where you fall on this scale, there is a local race that matches your motivation. 

Google “marathons, half-marathons, 5Ks” and discover a plethora of runs – many local – that are motivating people to get off their couches and get moving. Nowadays, these races have become goals to signal achievement and items to check off your bucket list. 

Cliff Latham, who has a M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, is the official running coach for the B/CS Marathon coming in December. He points to the fact the race is the first local marathon as yet another sign of more runners wanting to head off to the races. Bryan/College Station has always had big half marathons such as the Armadillo Dash, but Latham says that the current local running craze is driven by the impending local marathon, which is also a qualifier for bigger races such as the Boston Marathon. Latham leads a running club that helps runners pace their training to match up with upcoming races, providing both the support and the push runners need to help them reach their goals.

October 7, 2011

Everybody Needs a Friend: Reptile Hospice & Sanctuary of Texas

Frank Saling and Teresa Shisk-Saling have created a haven for reptiles of all shapes and sizes.Twenty-two years ago, one iguana set off a life-long mission for Teresa Shisk-Saling. A couple had seen the iguana, thought it was a snake, and proceeded to hack at it with a weed whacker.  When they realized it was an iguana they took it to the veterinary hospital where Saling was working and asked her to save it. Saling helped nurse the iguana back to health and even took it home to see that it was properly rehabilitated. For Saling, this was the beginning of the rest of her life.

There are animal shelters for almost every type of animal, but when you search for reptile shelters almost nothing comes up. Saling wants to change that. Reptiles have as much right to love as puppies or kittens do, says Saling. “We find that people buy these animals when they’re small, they either realize they’re not the best pets or they’re too much trouble, so I really try to give them good homes.” It’s devotion like this that makes the local community and even people all across Texas trust the Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary of Texas with the reptiles they can no longer care for.
October 4, 2011

Culture Shock: From Sound of Music & Shakespeare to Chinese Acrobats, See it All!

The Theatre Company production of Sound of Music opens October 7-9 and continues for two additional weekends.Get planning now so you can enjoy as many of the eight theater productions on tap over the next five days as possible beginning Wednesday with Guys & Dolls (October 5-9) presented by Theatre Under the Stars at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston. Show times are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information regarding seating and tickets, call 713-558-TUTS or visit www.tuts.com.  

Stagecenter Theatre in Bryan presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream October 6-8; all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children and $6 for Thursday shows.

October 4, 2011

30 years of magical music

The 30th Celebration concert will take place October 9 at Rudder Theatre. For tickets, call (979) 696-6100.Music is a magical experience that can lift the spirit or simply fill the soul. Consider the music of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra: “There’s a moment at the end of the piece where time seems to stand still,” says Mary Koeninger, executive director of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society. “The audience and the orchestra become one, and then suddenly the applause happens. It’s pure magic.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra helping to fill the local musical soul. Originally, there were two orchestras: the Brazos Symphony Orchestra and the Bryan/College Station Chamber Orchestra. When the two merged and became the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra they also brought into being the Brazos Valley Symphony Society, a nonprofit organization that provides administrative support for the orchestra. Together, the two groups make beautiful music – and events – happen.

October 4, 2011

Celebrating Service: The Junior League of B/CS

You don't have to be a member of the Junior League to attend the Charity Ball on November 12. Call (979) 774-4759 or email jrleague@suddenlinkmail.com for ticket information.On November 12, the Junior League of Bryan/College Station will celebrate 30 years of volunteerism at their annual Charity Ball. Amid the music, live band and a return of The Follies – skits performed by local celebrities – will be reflections on the impact of the League and its service to the community over the past three decades.

“The Junior League is a community service organization focused on improving the lives of children and youth in Bryan/College Station,” says Lizett Hawkins, League president. Begun in 1982 as The Service League with 108 charter members, the group was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues International in 1988. Today, 380 active Junior League members take on a variety of projects each year all aimed at enriching the lives and education of area children.

Through donations and service, Junior League has contributed more than $2 million to the Bryan/College Station area, Hawkins says.
October 3, 2011

Brazos Valley Worldfest: Making international learning a local experience

Brazos Valley Worldfest will host a variety of different cultural activities Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.Brazos Valley Worldfest 2011 will celebrate cultural diversity at the Wolf […]
October 3, 2011

Rally Car Wash: Rallying for Veterans

Rally Car Wash will participate in the Grace for Vets FREE Car Wash Program on Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.On Nov. 11 at […]
October 3, 2011

Habitat for Humanity: 200 homes, Over 800 lives changed

Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will celebrate their 200th home on Nov.12 at 9 a.m.The Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating its 200th home […]
October 1, 2011

The Art of Craft: Renaissance Festival hosts unique art vendors

Michael Moore's shop at the Texas Renaissance Festival features hundreds of different fairy and gnome doors of all styles and colors. Only three weekends remain for this year's event, including the Friday after Thanksgiving.The Texas Renaissance Festival is an opportunity for visitors to take a trip back in time, but only three weekends remain in this season. While you're there, you can shop for a handmade souvenir you can't find anywhere else. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 were School Days at the festival and gave grade school children a chance to experience the wonders of the festival and purchase unique items from the plethora of vendors.

People flocked into tent after tent of different vendors selling everything from wooden swords to handmade leather satchels.  One tent tucked away amongst the mass of other artists and craftsmen was a man who added his own unique touch to his renaissance art.

Visions in the Wood is a shop that has been featured at the Texas Renaissance Festival for the last 18 years.  Michael Moore, artist at the festival, and his family hand craft wooden products to sell every year.

October 1, 2011

Help Rescue KEOS Radio: Get Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets

Get tickets through KEOS Radio to the Texas Renaissance Festival, which takes place every weekend through November 27.KEOS, Bryan/College Station's public access radio station, is giving tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival as thank-you gifts to donors who give funds to keep the station in operation. Anyone making a donation to KEOS Radio of $25 will recieve two adult tickets. Regular ticket prices are $25 each at the gate and $20 each online, so radio station supporters are getting tickets at half price for their donation. You can also receive a child's ticket for each $5 donation to KEOS, making this is the best deal out there for Texas Renaissance Festival tickets.

To get tickets and support local community access radio, stop by the KEOS studio at 202 E. Carson Street in Bryan, call them at (979) 779-5367, or visit www.keos.org.

The Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville continues every weekend through November 27. Visit www.texrenfest.com for festival dates and hours.

September 26, 2011

Congratulations Chef Tai – America’s #1 Food Truck is from College Station!

There was plenty of screaming at Sunday night's Watch Party at Veritas restaurant in College Station when the Food Network announced at the end of the Great American Food Truck Race that Chef Tai's Mobile Gourmet Bistro had won the Great American Food Truck Competition. After six weeks of voting, going head-to-head with trucks from New York and Las Angeles and then being left in suspense when the Leader Board disappeared from the Food Network website two hours before voting ended last week ... Chef Tai won!

The contest included a $10,000 prize for the winner and the chance to appear on Season 3 of the Great Food Truck Race. Tai says he was interviewed by phone and told he was in the 'Top 5" contenders for the prize. Asked what he thought his chance of being selected for the show, he shrugged and said with a smile, "I was quirky. Who knows?"