Dining in the Dark BCS 2017

Dining in the Dark is a unique, multi-course experience taking place in complete darkness. Guests are invited to wear eye masks, although the room is completely “light-locked”, there is still some light which comes in through open doors and exit signs. The dinner consists of a secret menu kept quiet until the end of the event with a big reveal. Guests utilize their other available senses throughout the dinner while getting to know their server, an individual with a visual impairment or blindness. Before and during the dinner, we have live music with Drew Womack, a silent auction, raffle, cash bar, and sensory room experience. The event itself is like non-other in our community and is appreciated by all. The event is an awareness effort for our community about the abilities of people with blindness or visual impairments. All proceeds go to the programs at Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living and future awareness events.

Silver Ring Thing Conference

The risks of sex has increased over the years due to growing STD rates and faulty birth control while unhealthy habits such as pornography are at our children’s fingertips. How can premarital sex, frequent casual sex or even sexting still be considered ‘healthy’ or ‘normal’ sexual behavior? Silver Ring Thing (SRT) is an international youth ministry inspiring teens to re-think the end goal behind love and relationships. The organization’s newest tour, New Standard, challenges students to raise the bar and refuse to conform to societies standards of sex. “Our culture has set the bar so low for today’s teens that the only way is up,” said SRT president Jason Burtt. “When students are presented the honest truth and empowered to live with great dignity and worth, the response is incredible!”

The live concert-style event will be held February 18, 2017, at the Margaret W. Rudder Performing Arts Center at Rudder High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free event and an optional ring is available for $20. There will be a parent’s session beginning at 7 p.m., which is designed to help parents support their child’s decision. The SRT tour team, a group of 20-somethings from across the U.S., encourages students to control their bodies and hold out for something better – sexual intimacy within the bonds of marriage. During a high-energy, action-packed event, tour team members share their stories of success, failure, forgiveness and hope using skits, humor, drama, commercial parodies and personal testimonies. Sponsored by Hope Pregnancy Centers of Brazos Valley, SRT will be promoting these values and ideals with the hope of reaching as many teens as possible.

“This will be our second Silver Ring Thing”, says Hope’s Executive Director Tracy Frank. “This year, we are blessed to be partnering with SOS Ministries, who will assist in promoting the event.” Hope Pregnancy Centers will provide free admission to SRT and would welcome a corporate partner to be part of this outreach to the youth of our local communities. SRT is a voice of hope and encouragement to those who have decided to wait and offers a second chance to those who haven’t – providing them with a new standard in a world of low expectations.

For more information or to register, visit our website at www.silverringthing.com. For more details, contact Tracy Frank, at 979-557-2740 or tracy@hopepregnancy.org.

“I Love Shoes” Shoe Drive to Benefit Phoebe’s Home

 

 

Sassy Shoe Social is hosting an “I Love Shoes, Too” drive by collecting shoes benefiting Phoebe’s Home.

We are looking for shoe donations, new or used (in good condition).

Collection dates:

Starts January 21, 2017. at the Sassy Shoe Social

Last day to drop is February 28, 2017

Benefiting Phoebe’s Home, “Sassy Shoe Social” mission is to bring awareness, educate women on how to prevent domestic and dating abuse, provide assistance to those who are already in those situations and build confidence.

This event gives women from all walks of life an opportunity to shine and build their confidence! They walk the runway in their favorite shoes, being themselves while everyone’s just looking at the shoes. People come to an event that doesn’t cost a lot, take fun-loving pictures, have a great time, laugh nonstop, and may even win a door prize or trophy from the runway! It is a huge blessing to see how contagious the love of shoes and the love of giving work together to help others!

 

Girl Scouts of Central Texas Calling for Women of Distinction Nominations

Girl Scouts of Central Texas Calling for Women of Distinction Nominations

Girl Scouts to honor women who make a difference in the Bryan-College Station area

Bryan/College Station, Texas, February 16, 2017 —The Girl Scouts of Central Texas is now accepting nominations for their Women of Distinction event in the Bryan-College Station area. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 22.

The coveted award honors women who have distinguished themselves as leaders for their personal achievements and support of the community. A Workplace of Distinction is also selected for its support of women’s leadership and success. Women and Workplaces of Distinction serve as role models to all members, girls and adults alike.  This 2017 event is set for September 14th.

“We are so thrilled to honor women leaders in the Bryan-College Station area,” said Christal Hice, Resource Development Executive. “They exemplify the Girl Scout spirit, making them positive role models who encourage girls to achieve their own goals and dreams.”

Central Texans are strongly encouraged to nominate women and workplace leaders from their community as Women of Distinction. Past honorees have excelled in the areas of business, education, government, communications, health care, sports, volunteer services, multicultural activities, and Girl Scouting.

Nomination forms can be completed online at www.gsctx.org or downloaded as a PDF from the website. Forms are also available in all Girl Scouts of Central Texas offices. To request forms by email or mail, call (800) 733-0011 X802. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Bryan Girl Scouts office at 909 Southwest Parkway E, College Station, TX 77840 or to christalh@gsctx.org.

For more information about Women of Distinction, visit www.gsctx.org or call Christal Hice at (800) 733-0011 X802 or email at christalh@gsctx.org.

About the Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

Girl Scouts of Central Texas is the premier leadership organization serving nearly 17,000 girls in grades K-12 with a partnership base of over 12,000 adult volunteers in 46 Central Texas counties. Headquartered in Austin, Girl Scouts of Central Texas has service centers in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Killeen, San Angelo, Stephenville, Temple and Waco. Through outcomes-based leadership opportunities, girls discover their own potential, connect with others and take action to improve their communities. Girl Scouting offers an array of fun, educational programs focusing on fine arts, science and technology, math, the environment, community service, leadership, and life skills. Girl Scouts lead with courage, confidence and character, to make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.gsctx.org.

African-American History Month Celebrations

The Lincoln Recreation Center is hosting a variety of events throughout February to celebrate African-American History Month. We hope to see you there!

MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, Feb. 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Free
Munch on popcorn and watch “Remember the Titans” on our 32-foot-high inflatable high-definition screen. “Remember the Titans” is based on the true story of coach Herman Boone — portrayed by Denzel Washington — as he molds a racially diverse high school team in Virginia in 1971. Will Patton portrays Bill Yoast, an assistant coach making a transition to help Boone. How these men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions plays out in a remarkable and memorable story.

FEEL THE BEAT OF THE AFRICAN DRUM
Monday, Feb. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Free
Live drumming and teachings of West African dance.

RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY
Tuesdays: Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28 | 10 a.m. | Free
You’re invited to learn how to research your family history, explore your roots and develop a family tree.

SOUL FOOD & BLUES NIGHT
Friday, Feb. 17 | 6:30-10 p.m. | $10-15/plate
Sit and enjoy good food for the soul while listening to live Blues and R&B music.

EDO DOLLS
Monday, Feb. 20 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | $5/person
The Edo doll is the children’s interpretation of traditional ceremonial clothing worn by Edo royalty and dignitaries to the Oba, honoring the beautiful image of the Benin people of Nigeria. Participants will create an Edo doll. The class is designed for all skill levels, especially children and teens.

NDEBELE DOLLS
Monday, Feb. 20 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $20/person
Linga Koba dolls are from the Ndebele people in Southern Africa. One of the smallest tribes of the region, the Ndebele are noted for their homes painted in brilliant colors that stand out in the drab countryside. Their clothing is similarly colorful and detailed, and so is the bead work on the Ndebele dolls. Participants will create Ndebele dolls from water bottles, cardboard, fabric, beads and other embellishments.
For more information, call 979.764.3779 or visit cstx.gov/lincolncenter.

The Salvation Army Food Pantry Distribution

Come and join us distribute food to those in need every Wednesday.

For more information, please call 979-361-0618

“A View From the Edge” Student Forum about Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Recent tragic events in our college community along with the nationwide opioid epidemic have raised concerns of various public health and law enforcement agencies.  In response to this crisis, Blinn College together with the Community Alcohol Substance Awareness Partnership (CASAP) and the Prevention Resource Center (PRC) are organizing a student forum to address alcohol and substance abuse and its risks. The featured speaker, Micki Baudoin, will provide her personal experience with addiction, its consequences and recovery to the Blinn student body on February 22, 2017 at 12:00 o’clock noon in the Blinn College Student Center on the Bryan campus.

Sadly, about 16,000 college freshmen drop out of school each year nationally due to substance abuse.  Regular abuse can likely cause addiction, a chronic brain disease of compulsive substance use despite its harmful consequences.  Health, finances, relationships, and careers can be destroyed. This forum is designed to tell the listeners the story of hope and recovery within this disease and begin a conversation among students that can deal with the conditions in which substance abuse occurs.

Ms. Baudoin’s engaging story, “A View from the Edge”, includes a transition from experimentation with drugs as a youth, to an addiction to methamphetamines and alcohol, arrest and felony conviction, to how she began her recovery and eventually became a licensed chemical dependency counselor.  For the past 15 years she has been employed by the very probation department where her sentence was served.  She is highly esteemed by those knowledgeable with the recovery community.  Ms. Baudoin currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Brazos County Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

 

The Blinn/CASAP/PRC partnership targets the Blinn student populations in Bryan and Brenham in order to reduce alcohol-related issues such as under-age drinking, drinking and driving, binge drinking, as well as prevention of marijuana use and prescription pill abuse.  Its primary objectives are to improve the health and wellness of the college community and maximize a positive learning experience for students as they pursue their academic and professional future.

This event is designed to be the first in a series of presentations to be made during every semester.  This one will include a pizza lunch provided by the generous donations of CC Creations, La Hacienda Treatment Center and Sam’s Club of College Station.  Joining the CASAP Coalition in supporting this forum are the Sexual Assault Resource Center, Watch UR BAC/ Texas AgriLife Extension, Brazos Co. Health Dept., TAMU PD, Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition// Texas AgriLife Extension, Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley, Community Alcohol Responsibility & Education Coalition, TxDot, Third Day Treatment Center, Prevention Resource Center for Region VII, TAMU Health Promotion and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Night Family Service

Templo Del Espiritu Santo UMC will begin having Wednesday Night Services starting September 7, 2016. We will start at 6:30pm with a free dinner (spaghetti) with Worship and Service starting at 7pm. Worship and Message will be in English.

Brazos Robotics Open House

(meets 1st Wednesday of Every Month) Kids of all ages can benefit from our diverse STEM programming. Brazos Robotics is an educational non-profit that provides clubs, summer camps, robotics programs, Mobile Education Unit, and workshops to help get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and programming. Bring the kids and visit with us at our Open House. Event is free but requires registration. Read more and register at www.BrazosRobotics.org (please add hyperlink to this URL)

SingleMoms Created4Change Vision Conference

A conference to help bring out the visionary in single moms we serve and throughout the community. We discuss visions for this year, our lives, family and relationships as well as our mental and physical health and wellness and more! The word says to write the vision and make it plain –