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Dec
16
Sat
First Annual Jingle Book Bash @ Post Oak Mall - JC Penney Court
Dec 16 all-day

United Way of the Brazos Valley and Women United will be hosting the First Annual Jingle Book Bash, a book swap at Post Oak Mall, the last three Saturdays before Christmas (December 9th, 16th, and 23rd). One of the Bold Goals of UWBV is to prepare children, youth and young adults for career achievement through educational success. The intent of the Jingle Book Bash is to encourage the love of reading and provide access to books during the holiday season. The Clara B. Mounce Public Library, The Children’s Museum, BCS Habitat for Humanity, Half Price Books and HEB graciously donated a selection of over 700 books for this event. The selection is appropriate for children, youth and young adults.

“Children will exchange a book of their own with any they select from our table. If they do not have a book to exchange, children will still be provided a book of their choosing from the selection we have available,” said Peggi Goss, VP Community Impact of United Way of the Brazos Valley.

Volunteers with Women United and United Way are providing a Christmas storybook reading time, every five minutes after the hourly snowfall at the Santa set during the hours of the book swap. Jingle Book Bash will be located in the JC Penney Court at the Post Oak Mall.

“At United Way, we believe books should never be a luxury for a child,” states Alison Prince, President and CEO of United Way of the Brazos Valley. “As a mother to an active four-year-old boy, I know firsthand how much a child gains when they read. A holiday book swap is our way of encouraging a love of reading and providing access to books.”

Two-thirds of children living in poverty grow up with no books at home. Studies show that the number of books in the home is directly linked to reading achievement. Children who grow up with access to books in their homes reach a higher level of education. United Way of the Brazos Valley is tackling this issue to support early literacy for all children, as part of the organization’s 2020 Regional Bold Goals.

United Way of the Brazos Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Brazos Valley. We strengthen our community by identifying issues facing the Brazos Valley, engaging individuals to build strategies and mobilizing resources to invest for change. United Way invests through Community Impact Grants to local nonprofit organizations and Investment Initiatives including 2-1-1 Texas, Youth Leadership Cabinet, Baby Bundles and the Financial Stability Innovation Fund.

To support the work of United Way of the Brazos Valley and learn more about how you can become involved, please visit us at www.uwbv.org.

Bryan High Orchestra’s Electric Light Holiday Concert @ Bryan ISD Performing Arts Center
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm
Dec
18
Mon
Navasota Theatre to Hold Open Auditions for “Too Soon for Daisies” @ Navasota Theatre Alliance
Dec 18 @ 6:45 pm

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 NAVASOTA, TX — William Dinner and William Morum’s English comedy follows the adventures of three elderly English ladies who ‘escape’ from their retirement home in a rowboat and accidentally lose the oars.

The two escapees drift down the coast several miles and finally reach the shore near a coastal village in Suffolk. The play opens with their discovery of an empty and apparently abandoned cottage outside of town. As they’re deciding what to do next they fantasize how lovely it would be if they owned the house and didn’t have to go back to their institution. We invite you to follow the antics of these ladies— because it truly is too soon for daisies. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“This hilarious English comedy will keep you laughing from beginning to end,” says Navasota Theatre president Sheryl Brown. “We are appreciative that the play is made possible by a Leadership Gift given by JoAnn Smith & Harold Urbanosky, and through the Hotel Tax Revenue funded by the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.”

Director Chaz Pitman, NTA director and veteran actor, is looking to fill a six-person cast in addition to a stage manager, stage hands and technical director. Set in English countryside, three women in their late 50s or 60s are needed to play Freda Grey, Joy Philpotts and Edie Boggs. A younger female in her 20s is needed to play Jackie Jackson. Three men, two in their 50s to 60s and one “40-something” (or can be flexible) are needed to play Paul Vanderbloom, Dr. John Hunter and Joe Pollop. One actor/actress is needed to play the police officer – gender and age are flexible. Behind the scenes crew hands are also needed.

“I love directing comedies.  The timing has to be just right, the technical aspects have to be tighter and there are always opportunities for more creativity.  Besides, I just love to laugh.  I think that that love is reflected in the shows I’ve done,” says Chaz, adding, “I am looking forward to the coming season.”

Auditions for “Too Soon for Daisies” will be held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, 2017at 6:45pm at the Navasota Theatre Alliance, 104 W. Washington Street downtown Navasota. Performances begin February 9 through February 25, 2018. There will be 11 performances.

Those interested in working as part of the stage crew are also encouraged to apply.   For more  information about the show and specific roles needed, or for tickets,  contact the Navasota Theatre Alliance at (936) 825-3195 or online at www.navasotatheatre.org. , by email at navasotatheatrealliance@gmail.com or via Facebook Messenger.

Dec
19
Tue
Navasota Theatre to Hold Open Auditions for “Too Soon for Daisies” @ Navasota Theatre Alliance
Dec 19 @ 6:45 pm

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 NAVASOTA, TX — William Dinner and William Morum’s English comedy follows the adventures of three elderly English ladies who ‘escape’ from their retirement home in a rowboat and accidentally lose the oars.

The two escapees drift down the coast several miles and finally reach the shore near a coastal village in Suffolk. The play opens with their discovery of an empty and apparently abandoned cottage outside of town. As they’re deciding what to do next they fantasize how lovely it would be if they owned the house and didn’t have to go back to their institution. We invite you to follow the antics of these ladies— because it truly is too soon for daisies. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“This hilarious English comedy will keep you laughing from beginning to end,” says Navasota Theatre president Sheryl Brown. “We are appreciative that the play is made possible by a Leadership Gift given by JoAnn Smith & Harold Urbanosky, and through the Hotel Tax Revenue funded by the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.”

Director Chaz Pitman, NTA director and veteran actor, is looking to fill a six-person cast in addition to a stage manager, stage hands and technical director. Set in English countryside, three women in their late 50s or 60s are needed to play Freda Grey, Joy Philpotts and Edie Boggs. A younger female in her 20s is needed to play Jackie Jackson. Three men, two in their 50s to 60s and one “40-something” (or can be flexible) are needed to play Paul Vanderbloom, Dr. John Hunter and Joe Pollop. One actor/actress is needed to play the police officer – gender and age are flexible. Behind the scenes crew hands are also needed.

“I love directing comedies.  The timing has to be just right, the technical aspects have to be tighter and there are always opportunities for more creativity.  Besides, I just love to laugh.  I think that that love is reflected in the shows I’ve done,” says Chaz, adding, “I am looking forward to the coming season.”

Auditions for “Too Soon for Daisies” will be held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, 2017at 6:45pm at the Navasota Theatre Alliance, 104 W. Washington Street downtown Navasota. Performances begin February 9 through February 25, 2018. There will be 11 performances.

Those interested in working as part of the stage crew are also encouraged to apply.   For more  information about the show and specific roles needed, or for tickets,  contact the Navasota Theatre Alliance at (936) 825-3195 or online at www.navasotatheatre.org. , by email at navasotatheatrealliance@gmail.com or via Facebook Messenger.

Dec
23
Sat
First Annual Jingle Book Bash @ Post Oak Mall - JC Penney Court
Dec 23 all-day

United Way of the Brazos Valley and Women United will be hosting the First Annual Jingle Book Bash, a book swap at Post Oak Mall, the last three Saturdays before Christmas (December 9th, 16th, and 23rd). One of the Bold Goals of UWBV is to prepare children, youth and young adults for career achievement through educational success. The intent of the Jingle Book Bash is to encourage the love of reading and provide access to books during the holiday season. The Clara B. Mounce Public Library, The Children’s Museum, BCS Habitat for Humanity, Half Price Books and HEB graciously donated a selection of over 700 books for this event. The selection is appropriate for children, youth and young adults.

“Children will exchange a book of their own with any they select from our table. If they do not have a book to exchange, children will still be provided a book of their choosing from the selection we have available,” said Peggi Goss, VP Community Impact of United Way of the Brazos Valley.

Volunteers with Women United and United Way are providing a Christmas storybook reading time, every five minutes after the hourly snowfall at the Santa set during the hours of the book swap. Jingle Book Bash will be located in the JC Penney Court at the Post Oak Mall.

“At United Way, we believe books should never be a luxury for a child,” states Alison Prince, President and CEO of United Way of the Brazos Valley. “As a mother to an active four-year-old boy, I know firsthand how much a child gains when they read. A holiday book swap is our way of encouraging a love of reading and providing access to books.”

Two-thirds of children living in poverty grow up with no books at home. Studies show that the number of books in the home is directly linked to reading achievement. Children who grow up with access to books in their homes reach a higher level of education. United Way of the Brazos Valley is tackling this issue to support early literacy for all children, as part of the organization’s 2020 Regional Bold Goals.

United Way of the Brazos Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Brazos Valley. We strengthen our community by identifying issues facing the Brazos Valley, engaging individuals to build strategies and mobilizing resources to invest for change. United Way invests through Community Impact Grants to local nonprofit organizations and Investment Initiatives including 2-1-1 Texas, Youth Leadership Cabinet, Baby Bundles and the Financial Stability Innovation Fund.

To support the work of United Way of the Brazos Valley and learn more about how you can become involved, please visit us at www.uwbv.org.

Dec
24
Sun
Traditional American Christmas Eve for International Students @ Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Dec 24 @ 4:00 pm

Traditional American Christmas Eve for International Students

For over 25 years, Beautiful Savior has been proud to host a traditional American Christmas Eve program for international students to experience.  International students, family, and friends, are invited to come to an authentic American Christmas celebration and traditional dinner on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at 4:00pm.  The dinner is free.  Registration is required.  Space is limited.  Children are welcome.  For more information call 979-693-4514 or visit www.Beautiful-Savior.net.

 

Link to registration:  http://www.beautiful-savior.net/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=140022966&sec_id=140003511

Jan
10
Wed
1st Annual Citizens Volunteer Firefighter Academy
Jan 10 all-day

BCFA Announces their 1st Annual Citizens Volunteer Firefighter Academy

BCFA’s 1st Annual Citizens Volunteer Fire Academy Begins January 10th

Dedicated volunteers fight fires, rescue citizens, and provide emergency medical care for the majority of the Brazos Valley. Learn more about what it takes to wear the badge at BCFA’s 1st Annual Citizens Volunteer Fire Academy

The Brazos County Firefighters’ Association Citizens Fire Academy is a free program for community members who wish to learn more about the fire departments and dedicated volunteer firefighters who protect the rural communities in Brazos County. Participants will have the opportunity to tour a variety of rural fire stations and other facilities such as the Community Emergency Operations Center and the Brazos County 911 Dispatch Center as well as receive hands on exposure to the basics of firefighting and EMS. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive CPR certification during the course. The program concludes with a capstone live burn day at TEEX Brayton Fire Field and a public graduation the following week.

To sign up, visit www.brazosfirefighters.org

Jan
13
Sat
Thin Mint Sprint @ Brazos County Expo Complex
Jan 13 @ 8:00 am

Thin Mint Sprint

Jan 13, 2018

8:00 am

Brazos County Expo Complex

5827 Leonard Rd., Bryan, TX  77807

Two Cadette Girl Scouts, Hailey Hudson and Grace Wolfe, are earning their Silver Award. They are hosting our first 5k fun run to help fund their projects. Both St Vincent de Paul and the Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley will benefit from their efforts. More information about that can be found on our Facebook page. This will be a timed race and the grand prize will be a years supply of your choice of Girl Scout cookies. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of cookies at the finish line buffet and in the winners hands. Feel free to walk the course and discover cookies to munch along the way!

 

https://www.facebook.com/BCSThinMintSprint/

Jan
27
Sat
5th Annual Gatsby Gala @ Brownstone Reserve
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
2
Fri
Hackathon ’18 @ Langford Architecture Center
Feb 2 – Feb 3 all-day

At Hackathon ’18, a 24-hour “anything goes” creative problem-solving marathon set for Feb. 2–3 at the Langford Architecture Center, registered teams will vie for $5,000 in prize money while tackling issues of place, space and diversity.

Registration is underway for this popular annual interdisciplinary university-wide juried competition hosted by the Texas A&M College of Architecture Diversity Council with support from organizations across campus. There is no fee to participate in this two-day creativity fest, but registration, which includes meals, refreshments and a T-shirt, is mandatory.

“The hackathon stimulates diversity and inclusion dialogue on our campus and beyond in a creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment,” said Carlo Chunga, the diversity council’s undergraduate representative and an urban and regional planning major.

Teams with as many as eight members and individuals will choose to solve one of several challenges related to diversity, space and place pitched by participating campus groups at the Hackathon launch. Those entities identifying issues in need of a fix will include the Center for Disability and Development, the GLBT Resource Center, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the College of Engineering, among others.

It is an “anything goes” competition because there are no boundaries regarding what form or medium the solutions take. Winning submissions can be architectural or planning proposals, applications or even art.

“We are looking for innovative projects and ideas that break away from the status quo,” Chunga said.

Contest mentors will be on hand to offer advice on data mining, interpreting large datasets or just to weigh in on brainstorming and spark creative thinking. College of Architecture resources, including the woodshop, large format printers, 3-D printers and laser cutters, will be available to Hackathon ’18 contestants.

The event culminates with team presentations to a select jury that will choose winners in a range of categories: most daring, most critical, most creative, most engaging, most practical and people’s choice.

To keep pace of Hackathon ’18 developments, visit the event website and Facebook event page.

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