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Apr
25
Tue
Planting for Pollinators @ Brazos Center
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners

What: Community Education Event – Planting for Pollinators

When: Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00pm

Where: Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan

Details of Program: Learn what pollinator plants perform well in the Brazos Valley.

Bio for Michelle Kerr-Pankonien: Michelle has been a resident of Brazos County since 1993 and is a  Master Beekeeper in the Texas Master Beekeeper Program. This is the 7th season she has kept bees and she manages 25 colonies. She enjoys working with new beekeepers to teach them how to manage their colonies for success. She has been a treatment free beekeeper from the very start.   The public is invited at no charge.

Stříbrňanka @ The Brazos Center
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

Stříbrňanka is a brass band from the Czech Republic that the Brazos Valley Czech Heritage Society is excited to host, and have visit our community during their tour in Texas!

For:        All are Invited, and Welcome from the Community and Surrounding Communities!

When:     Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00pm

Where:    The Brazos Center

3232 Briarcrest Drive

Bryan, Texas 77802

Cost:    Adults are $10, Children 14 and Under are free

  • Refreshments will be provided at the performance
  • A Dance floor will be available

The concert tour is supported by the University of North Texas, with funding provided by the CEFT (Czech Educational Foundation of Texas) Frank J. and Hermine Hurta Kostohryz Residency in Czech Music and Culture, as well as the Dr. Jim J. and Rose A. Bezdek Endowment Celebrating Czech Music and Culture.

Apr
26
Wed
City of Bryan Public Input Meeting @ Brazos Center
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm

The City of Bryan Planning and Development Services Department will host the second public input meeting to discuss by-the-room rental housing in established neighborhoods, commonly referred to as stealth dorms, on Wednesday, April 26th, at 5:30 PM at the Brazos Center. Citizens will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable feedback directly with the subcommittee recently appointed by the Planning and Zoning Commission to research stealth dorms within our community.

  • WHAT: Public Input Meeting
  • WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th, at 5:30 PM
  • WHERE: Brazos Center – 3232 Briarcrest Drive

Over the past three years, the City of Bryan has noticed an increase in the re-subdivision of lots in established neighborhoods for the construction of single-family homes which are often used as rental properties for unrelated tenants. At Planning and Zoning Commission meetings where the re-subdivision of lots is considered, property owners have expressed concerns about the re-subdivision requests and the use of by-the-room rental housing in established neighborhoods. In response to these concerns, the Planning and Zoning Commission appointed a subcommittee to study the topic and receive public input as part of the research process.

For additional information about this public meeting, please contact Stephanie Doland, Staff Planner, by calling (979) 209-5030 or by email at sdoland@bryantx.gov. If you are unable to attend the public meeting in person but wish to provide feedback, you may submit comments online at www.bryantx.gov/RHEN.

Apr
27
Thu
Parenting Connection Class @ Brazos County Extension Office
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brazos County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a Parenting Connections class on April 27 & 28, 2017. This is a two part class and will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. each of the two days.  The class is for parents of children from birth to the teen age years.  The session topics include:  Child Growth & Development, Parent-Child Communication, Self-Esteem, Guidance & Discipline, Defining Child Abuse, Child Passenger Safety and Healthy Eating.  A parenting certificate will be presented upon the completion of the classes and the cost of the class is $20.00.  The classes will be held at the Brazos County Extension office which is located at 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan, TX  77803.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides parents with research-based information and resources to assist in raising healthy children.

For more information or to register for the class, contact the Brazos County Extension office at 979-823-0129.

Pizza and Politics! @ Room 2504 of the MSC
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm

Join the Republican Party of Brazos County for ‘Pizza and Politics’ on Thursday, April 27th. The topic for April will be ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Healthcare Repeal and Replacement Bill’ and its process.The speaker will be Heritage Action’s Wade Miller, former U.S. Marine. The meeting will start at 6:30 P.M. in room 2504 of the MSC at Texas A&M. Please see brazosgop.org for more information.

Texas A&M University Small Ensembles and Trombone Choir Concert @ Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Texas A&M University Small Ensembles will be performing its annual spring semester concert on April 27, 2017. The concert will be combined with the Texas A&M University Trombone Choir. The performance will take place at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 7:30 pm. The church is located at 1001 Woodcreek Drive in College Station. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature a variety of musical styles spanning from the Renaissance to the twentieth-first century.  An original composition by student composer Jesse Hendrix will be premiered for strings and piano. Also, the trombone choir will perform an original composition by TAMU music faculty member, David Wilborn.

Among the small ensembles featured, there will be marimba duo, woodwind/piano quartet, string and piano quintet and the  Texas A&M University Trombone Choir.  Some of the featured works include: Tango Heat by Martin Watson; Into the Air by Ivan Trevino; Double Violin Concerto in D Minor by JS Bach; and String Rag by Jesse Hendrix. The trombone choir will perform three movements from the Suite from Danserye by Tylman Susato; Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2 by Giovanni Gabrieli; Nimrod by Edward Elgar, Excursions by David Wilborn; and Shimmering Under the Sunlight from Great Lakes Octet by Eric Ewazen.

Both small ensembles and trombone choir are under the direction of Dr. David Wilborn. Members of the ensembles are student musicians from Texas A&M University. For more information about these ensembles, write wilborn@tamu.edu or call (979) 845-3355

Apr
28
Fri
Central Texas Historical Association Spring Conference @ Blinn College Student Center - Brenham
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

The Central Texas Historical Association will be holding its 1st annual Spring Conference on April 28 and 29 at the student center on the Blinn College- Brenham Campus. The two-day event will feature  seventeen different presentations about Texas history, among them, a presentation by renowned Texas author James L. Haley. For more details and registration information, please visit the Central Texas Historical association website at:   http://www.centexhistassn.org/.

Parenting Connection Class @ Brazos County Extension Office
Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brazos County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a Parenting Connections class on April 27 & 28, 2017. This is a two part class and will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. each of the two days.  The class is for parents of children from birth to the teen age years.  The session topics include:  Child Growth & Development, Parent-Child Communication, Self-Esteem, Guidance & Discipline, Defining Child Abuse, Child Passenger Safety and Healthy Eating.  A parenting certificate will be presented upon the completion of the classes and the cost of the class is $20.00.  The classes will be held at the Brazos County Extension office which is located at 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan, TX  77803.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides parents with research-based information and resources to assist in raising healthy children.

For more information or to register for the class, contact the Brazos County Extension office at 979-823-0129.

Apr
29
Sat
Beyond the Garden Gate 2017
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brazos County Master Gardeners will host their annual garden tour on Saturday April 29, 2017 from 9am- 2pm featuring three local gardens. For the second year in a row this tour will be held in the spring instead of the fall and should inspire gardeners that they can be successful in their own yards. Although there are several short runs of steps, most of the gardens can be viewed from handicapped-accessible paved areas. Only service animals will be allowed into the gardens.

In case of inclement weather, a RAIN DATE has been set for May 6.

Classic Texas
10900 Boxley Bend, College Station

An echo of the Hill Country is to be found along a picturesque bend of the Brazos River. These gardeners started with a cow pasture and some trees; their labor over several decades has resulted in the highly diverse and water-wise landscape we see today.

Two million pounds of limestone imported from Central Texas provide the structure of this garden cut into the side of a hill on which Native Americans camped for several thousand years. Drought-tolerant plantings lead to and surround a 21st-century “dog run” house (not open to the public) that, on the river side, commands a panoramic view of an ox-bow, green pastures, and pecan orchards.

Water-wise Texas natives predominate, but it is not all cactus and succulents. Pollinators, including Monarch Butterflies, are provided with an extensive menu of their favorite flowers. Fruits and vegetables are mixed among the ornamentals.

Given the slope and clay content of the site, channeling and retaining water run-off is critical to this garden. This sprawling country garden has lessons that can be adapted by the suburban homeowner.

Texas Best Practices Exemplified
9689 Valley View Drive, College Station

This gently rolling 10-acre property checks ALL the boxes in the Texas Master Gardener’s manual: pollinator-friendly; composting; rainwater collection; run-off drainage and retention; trees, ornamentals, edibles; Texas natives; outdoor living rooms; recreation…

The plant diversity is impressive and colorful. It provides not only beauty and tranquility for the gardeners, but nurture and refuge for the non-human residents. Visitors are led naturally through the property by following the curves of the landscaping. No straight lines here!

These elements are unified by a thoughtful and elegant design that enhances the environment to the benefit of the homeowners, the wildlife, and the community. See what following “best practices” can achieve in your garden!

Visitors allergic to bee stings should note that active hives are kept on this property.
The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG)
Brazos County Extension Office
2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan

The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG) is the beneficiary of thousands of volunteer hours by local Master Gardeners. Over the years it has grown and been improved upon and now includes: a rose garden, butterfly garden, shade garden, Texas Superstar garden, veggie garden, an arboretum and rainwater harvesting.

There will be hands-on-activities at this garden for pruning, propagating, saving rainwater and growing plants in the Brazos Valley.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults; up to two children ages 12 and under will be allowed in free with any paying adult. You may purchase tickets at the Brazos County AgriLife Extension Office located at 2619 Highway 21 W. in Bryan or at any of the gardens on the day of the tour. Checks only will be accepted at the office and cash or checks will be accepted at the gardens.

Texas Master Naturalists – The Wild Foods Garden class @ The Wild Foods Garden - Camelot Park
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Our chapter will be having its monthly class at The Wild Foods Garden on Saturday, April 29th at 10am. The Garden is a joint project between the Brazos Valley chapter of Texas Master Naturalists and the City of Bryan department of Parks and Recreation. Classes focus on teaching people about edible species of wild plants, how they can improve our quality of life while also supporting valuable natural habitat and benefiting wildlife.

The Garden is located in the North end of Camelot park in Bryan, TX across from Blinn college.

People interested in registering for the classes can go to https://txmn.org/brazos/wild-foods-garden/ to sign up!

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