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/.
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.
Once again it’s that time of year for the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Community Alcohol & Substance Awareness Partnership (CASAP) to hold the 2017 Spring Prescription Pill Take-Back Event on April 29, from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
If we can clean out medicine cabinets of expired, excess or unused prescribed medications, many potential dangers of overdoses and intoxication of small children, teens and young adults or even seniors can be reduced, if not eliminated. At the same time proper disposal of your medications at these events insures that these drugs cannot accidentally find their way into the water supply.
Drop-off will be at the Twin Oaks Household Hazardous Waste collection site just beyond the Veteran’s Park entrance (north side) off of Harvey Road. The public is asked to enter from Harvey Road and exit onto University Drive to facilitate traffic flow.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Camp Kesem is a national network of free, week-long summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer. Each summer camp is completely organized, planned, and fundraised for by college students at university chapters – like ours – across the country.
In order to make this a reality, we rely heavily on attendance at our annual fundraiser gala on April 29th at 6:30pm – Make The Magic.
We will have performances, speakers, dinner, a live auction, and much more!
If you are a pet-parent you know how hard it is when one of your companions passes away. Tails of Loss, a new volunteer group in the Bryan/College Station area, can help you through your grief. Join Tails of Loss for a Special Memorial Service, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Chapel at Arbor Oaks, (Crestview) in Bryan, Texas. For more information visit tailsofloss.org.
FLED is hosting at Taco 2K! It is on Sunday, April 30th at 2 p.m. and starts at Lot 50 at Texas A&M.
All proceeds will be donated to the 100 Club.
Participants can register from the home page of FLED’s TAMU website, https://www.fledtamu.com/.
The price is $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 12 and under which includes a 2K race, t-shirt, DJ, firetrucks, as well as tacos at the end of the race.
Launch Party Event: May 4, 2017, 5:30pm, Carney’s Pub & Grill – Public invited!
- Launch Party to kick off registration for the popular fundraising event, Over The Edge Brazos Valley on September 7. Learn how to become an Edger and claim your spot to rappel from the rooftop of the 110 foot Hilton College Station.
- Door Prizes, t-shirts, drink specials, appetizers.
- Register online at OverTheEdgeBrazosValley.org
The A & M Garden Club will be presenting a small standard flower show on Friday, May 5, 2017, entitled “Mother’s Table”.
The Flower Show will be held at Crestview Retirement Community, 2505 E. Villa Maria Rd, Bryan. Free and open to the public, viewing is from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm.
Three divisions: 1) table setting designs, 2) horticulture, fruit, vegetables and herbs, and 3) special exhibits which is photography. In the “Mama’s Special Guests” section, the residents of Crestview Retirement Community will display their projects which they made in our Garden Therapy Session.
Hope to see you there. This Flower Show is a great way to identify plants you’d like to grow in your yard, to get ideas for table settings, and to see photos of native varieties in our community.
The A&M Garden Club is a federated club, part of the Texas Garden Club and the National Garden Club Associations. We are celebrating our 80th year this year. Our regular meetings are on the 2nd Friday of each month during the school year. Prospective members are welcome to visit meetings.
Web page: www.amgardenclub.com