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President’s Day Issue Forum with Jeffrey Engel @ George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This President’s day we are pleased to welcome Jeffrey Engel to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum for a discussion of his most recent book: When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War. The discussion will be on February 20 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Jeffrey A. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history. He is also the author or editor of ten books on American foreign policy.

The event will take place on February 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is free but seating is limited. Reservations can be made clicking the tab below, email reservations.bush@nara.gov or call 979-691-4014.  A reception with a book sale and signing will follow.

Amigos of the Brazos Valley Celebrate President’s Day @ St. Anthony's Parrish Hall
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kappa Delta Sorority’s Annual Shamrock Weekend Spaghetti @ Kappa Delta House
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What: Kappa Delta Sorority’s Annual Shamrock Weekend Spaghetti Dinner (there will be food and drinks as well as a raffle with items like an iPhone X and an Aggie Ring Wrap)

When: FRIDAY FEB 23 6-9 PM

Where: Kappa Delta House, 1010 University Oaks Blvd, College Station, TX 77840

Tickets: Tickets can be bought from a Kappa Delta member prior to the event for $5, online for $6 ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kd-spaghetti-dinner-tickets-42695231587 ), or at the event for $7

Proceeds: All proceeds benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and the Prenatal Clinic of Bryan (80% of the proceeds go straight back to the BCS community via the Prenatal Clinic)

Brazos Valley Friends of NRA Supporter Appreciation 2018 Kickoff Breakfast @ American Legion Hall
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
“Tips on Growing Tomatoes in Containers” @ Brazos Center
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners


What: Community Education Event – “Tips on Growing Tomatoes in Containers”


When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:00pm


Where:  Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan


Details of Program: Master Gardener David McAden will present the benefits, drawbacks, best practices, and recommended varieties for growing tomatoes in containers. The public is invited at no charge.

SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class @ Community Emergency Operations Center
Mar 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Bowl for Kids’ Sake @ Grand Station Entertainment
Mar 3 all-day

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Brazos Valley will host Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Saturday, March 3, at Grand Station Entertainment.  Each year, this event raises thousands of dollars that are put to immediate use right here in Bryan/College Station matching up at risk children with caring adult mentors.  If you want to make a difference in a kid’s life, gather some friends, a few co-workers, and put together a team.  It’s easy to raise money to help the next generation of children find success in life and in school.

Visit bigmentor.org/aggiebfks to register for Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 3.

Gran Fondo Cycling Event @ Stella Hotel
Mar 3 all-day

CHI St. Joseph Health Foundation to Host Third-Annual Gran Fondo March 3

Bryan, TX, January 24, 2018—CHI St. Joseph Health Foundation will host the third annual Gran Fondo cycling event Sat., March 3, with proceeds benefiting CHI St. Joseph Health Cancer Center Services.

Offering a choice of 20-, 40-, 70- or 100-mile scenic routes Sat., March 3, rides will begin with a rolling start 7:30 a.m. at the Stella Hotel, located at 4100 Lake Atlas Drive in the Lake Walk Development.

A Gran Gravel trek, a 500-mile self-supported race from the Gran Fondo starting line through two National Forests in east Texas, will begin 5 a.m. Thurs., March 1 with Gran Fondo Co-Chair Billy Rice leading the route.


Donations and proceeds from the Gran Fondo race will provide support for cancer patients receiving treatment at CHI St. Joseph Health Cancer Center.

To sign up for the ride as an individual, team captain or join a team, visit www.granfondobcs.com. Additional information is also available at https://www.facebook.com/StJosephGranFondo/.



Volunteer opportunities for the Gran Fondo range from individual jobs to group activities.

“We would love to have as much volunteer participation as possible,” said Chuck Konderla, CHI St. Joseph Health Foundation Director. “Riders and volunteers send a strong message of support to our cancer patients and survivors.”

Star of the Republic Museum’s New Exhibit: “So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps that Define Texas” @ Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
Mar 3 all-day

The Star of the Republic Museum’s new exhibit “So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps that Define Texas” will open on Saturday, March 3, 2018, with 20 maps spanning three centuries from the most famous cartographers in the world.   The museum is located at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site at 23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880.

Maps in this exhibit will focus on the ever-changing shape of Texas in the years from the early 1500s through the late 1800s, encompassing the years before it was the Republic of Texas up to the days after it won statehood in the United States and through the Civil War.  Within that time, Texas claimed more than half of New Mexico, the Oklahoma panhandle, the lower left-hand corner of Kansas, large sections of Colorado and even a small part of Wyoming.   It is only five years after Texas joined the US that it accepted the boundaries it has today as part of the Compromise of 1850.

“The distinctive shape of Texas is a well-known symbol to millions of people around the world—a shape that was fabricated over hundreds of years by explorers and cartographers,” says Houston McGaugh, Director of Star of the Republic Museum. “With each passing year, another river was mapped or another road begun. Fortunately, the Star of the Republic Museum’s collection reflects those changes in its four centuries of maps assembled for this exhibit.” McGaugh has served as the museum’s director for 30 years.

Exhibit highlights include maps that first mention Tejas (1721); are executed in decorative German style with a cartouche of warships, and gold being unloaded as American Indians look on (1750); Daniel Lizars’ map of Mexico and Central America, prior to Mexico’s push for independence (1833); identify where the empresario grants were located (1835); the Republic of Texas from 1836-1845 when the first Congress of Texas defined this nation’s boundaries and 23 counties; Central America including Texas, California and the northern states of Mexico that depicts towns, villages, forts, roads, trails, swamps, lakes, Indian tribe locations and interesting notes such as “Supposed Petrified Forest” and “Supposed residence of the Aztecs in the 12th century” (1842); and  A New Map of Texas, Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining by Samuel Augustus Mitchell—described as “one of the most influential maps in Western American History,”—showing Texas when admitted to the Union, at the beginning of the U.S.-Mexican war (1846).

The map exhibit—that’s opening coincides with Washington on the Brazos’ two-day “Texas Independence Day Celebration” March 3 and 4, 2018—will continue until February 15, 2019.  Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Tickets for the museum (and all its exhibits including the new map exhibit) are $5 for adults: $3 for children 7 or older; $15 for families of 2 adults and up to 5 children; and children age 6 and under are free.  The museum also offers adult group rates available Monday-Friday for groups of 20 or more adults; call the museum to arrange in advance.  For more information, contact museum staff at (936) 878-2461 or star@blinn.edu.

Star of the Republic Museum:  This is the only museum in the state created by the Texas Legislature for the exclusive purpose of interpreting the republic period of Texas history and its cultural materials. Along with 10,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum features a children’s Pioneer Playground, which simulates an early Texas frontier homestead to allow participants to immerse themselves in the role of pioneers through role-playing, interactive experiences and a variety of learning styles.

The museum opened in 1970 and has held the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)—one of the first museums in the state and nation to be so designated.   The museum is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and early Texas.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site:  The expansive park grounds of this state park along the Brazos River also provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and bird watching, as well as four geocaching sites—two each from TPWD and the Brenham/Washington County Chamber and CVB. It also features a Conference and Education Center, which is available for rent for meetings, weddings and reunions. An outdoor amphitheater and two pavilions are also available to rent.   Attractions are accessible for the mobility impaired.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is located on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas, a major political and commercial center in early Texas. It is located at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880—approximately halfway between Brenham and Navasota, off of State Hwy. 105. From Hwy. 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12.   For additional information, call (936) 878-2214 or visit the site’s website at www.wheretexasbecametexas.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Washington-on-the-Brazos-State-Historic-Site-1562674683997696/.

Texas Independence Day Celebration @ Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
Mar 3 – Mar 4 all-day

“Texas Independence Day Celebration”—presented by H-E-B—is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2018 on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to commemorate when 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico.

After all, there is no better place to celebrate Texas independence than on the very spot “Where Texas Became Texas.”

The admission-free “Texas Independence Day Celebration” (TIDC) event features two stages of non-stop live music and entertainment; Texian Village of arts and crafts; variety of foods; Texas A&M University Singing Cadets; Kids History Zone; Aggieland Mariachi Band; “The Birth of a Republic” historical play about the signers of the declaration; Brenham Children’s Chorus; and other commemorative programs.

Historical reenactors set up a bonafide 1836 Texas Army camp on the park grounds, where visitors can wander freely to learn how the soldiers and their families lived then, and witness musket and cannon firings.

Admission fees are waived for the site’s attractions (Independence Hall; Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Living History Farm) for that weekend celebration. Admission to the grounds, on-site shuttles and parking are also free during TIDC.

The Star of the Republic Museum’s new exhibit titled “So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps That Define Texas” will open TIDC weekend on March 3 and will illustrate through maps the evolution of Texas over four centuries, both topographically and politically, under seven flags. It runs through February 15, 2019.

Hotels that will provide discount pricing for TIDC weekend include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2685 Schulte Blvd., Brenham, TX 77833, 979-830-5331; Best Western Inn of Brenham, 1503 Hwy. 290 E., Brenham, TX 77833, 979-251-7791; and Best Western Navasota, 8965 Hwy. 6, Navasota, TX 77868, 936-870-4100.

“Texas Independence Day Celebration” is presented by H-E-B and coordinated by the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association, with the assistance of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept (TPWD) and The Texas Army reenactors.    Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is halfway between Houston and Austin at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880. Contact 936-878-2214 or jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov for more information.  Updates on the TIDC schedule can be found at www.wheretexasbecametexas.org and www.facebook.com/washingtononthebrazos/.


Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site—a TPWD-run state park—has many onsite amenities open daily, as well as an incredible schedule of events and programs.  On-site attractions include Independence Hall; the Star of the Republic Museum of Blinn College and Barrington Living History Farm.  The site’s Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which present a timeline of the Texas Revolution and houses the spacious Washington Emporium Gift Shop. Entrance to the park grounds, Visitor Center and parking is always free.  The Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site—open only on weekends–is an authentically preserved example of a 19th century stagecoach inn, located in Anderson, TX.

This expansive park on the Brazos River provides a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing, bird watching and four geocaching sites—two each from TPWD and the Brenham/Washington County Chamber.  A Conference Center for meetings, weddings and reunions and the Education Center with two classroom-style spaces can be rented. An outdoor amphitheater and two open-air pavilions are also available for rent. Washington on the Brazos State Park Association memberships for individuals, families and businesses include free admission to the site’s attractions for a year, and—for some levels—private parties during the park’s special celebrations.

Washington on the Brazos is located on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas. Located at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880—approximately halfway between Brenham and Navasota, off of State Hwy. 105.   From Hwy. 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12.

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