Coney Island exhibit at Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) proudly premiers Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland,  April 6-May 25, 2017. On Thursday, April 6, the Museum invites the public to its FREE grand opening event, beginning at 6 pm with a presentation by Dr. John Lenihan.

Dr. Lenihan, a professor in the History Department, Texas A&M University, will speak about the cultural significance and history of Coney Island. His entertaining talk will be followed by a reception and gallery viewing. Fascinating artifacts, photographs, ephemera, film clips, and hands-on interactives on display immerse visitors in the experience of Coney Island.

For more than 150 years, Coney Island, a strip of sand at the mouth of New York Harbor, has occupied a singular place in the American imagination.  The exhibition brings to life the excitement of Coney Island, showing visitors how its magnetic world of attractions has become a touchstone for American mass culture and popular recreation.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is open to visitors from Tuesday -Saturday, 10am-5pm. Admission fees: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; children 3 and under are free.  For more information about this exhibit and other displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195,  visit us on the web at, or follow us on Facebook:

Celebrate Recovery at Connecting Point Church

Fridays 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Childcare Available

410 Harvey Rd

College Station TX 77845

Church Number: 979-693-5555

Ministry Leaders:

Steven Hope 979-422-1409

Jade Hope 832-800-8929

Powersports Cheerleading Tryouts

Powersports competitive cheer team tryouts will be Saturday April 29th! Register online at



PreK & Kindergarten Roundup at St. Joseph’s

Open House and Orientation for families with PreK and Kindergarten students.

Parks Summer Open House

Join the College Station Parks & Recreation Department on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Southwood Community Center for their Summer Open House. You’re invited to learn about youth summer camps, senior programs, special events, employment opportunities, aquatics, athletic leagues, library activities and more!

Light refreshments and onsite registration will be available. Early registration for youth camps and swim lessons will also be offered.

For more information, call 979.764.3486 or email

“Beyond the Garden Gate 2017” with Brazos County Master Gardeners

Brazos County Master Gardeners Host “Beyond the Garden Gate 2017”

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.

For more information:

Brazos County Extension Office – 979.823.0129


Rooted in Royalty Women’s Conference at Rivergate Church

“Daughters of Kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold.” Psalm 45:9

No childcare will be provided. This event is for women age 18 and older.

Doors open at 8:30 am for coffee and refreshments. Lunch will be provided on site.

Summer Camp Preview Day at the Children’s Museum

If you are thinking about sending your child to one of the Children’s Museum’s summer camps, stop by Saturday, April twenty- ninth for Summer Camp Preview Day to learn more about the Museum’s fabulous slate of summer fun camps! The Children’s Museum is located at Four Thousand and One East Twenty-Ninth Street, Suite Eighty in Bryan. More information at

The Prenatal Clinic “You’re the Tops” Luncheon

I’m on The Prenatal Clinic You’re the Tops Luncheon committee. This is a fundraiser for The Prenatal Clinic and it recognizes women who have made a difference in our community this year there are 13.

The Prenatal Clinic provides community-centered prenatal care and health education to medically indigent pregnant women in the Brazos Valley. Comprehensive, accessible and affordable prenatal care and health education are the best ways to improve pregnancy outcomes. They are also the foundation of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, a nurturing family and a viable community. Our goal is to reduce illness and death associated with the prenatal (pregnancy) and perinatal (around the time of birth) periods. Specifically, the clinic aims to reduce the number of low birth-weight infants and the rate of newborn mortality.


(Meets every Saturday from 3-5pm) Kids from 9-18 and their parents are invited to explore electronics, robotics, and programming in an informal environment. Mentors are on site to help guide you. All materials and equipment is provided. We have RC toys and high-tech programmable robots and everything in between. Students can even access 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. BotClub is sponsored by Brazos Robotics (an educational non-profit). Read more at