Yarn Arts meets every Friday morning from 10 am to noon in the community room of the Alpine Public Library. We welcome anyone interested in yarn arts (spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, et al.) at all participation levels from listening to personal projects to group activities. Experienced yarn artists are available to answer questions and offer advice on your personal projects as requested. And, as always, last Fridays are FO (finished object) show and tell days! Please join us.

• Alpine’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3. Friday 5-7 pm: green chicken enchilada supper at Alpine Elementary School cafeteria. 8 pm – 12 am: dance at Centennial Park with DJ Cony Vega.

Saturday, May 2 11 am: parade starting at Porter’s Thriftway on N 5th St. Afternoon: Gran Mercado and entertainment by DJs and bands and car show at Kokernot Park. 8 pm – 1 am: El Gran Baile with Ram Herrera & Marcos Orozco at Alpine Civic Center.

Sunday, May 3, all day: festivities at Kokernot Park, including plenty of entertainment, food and fun for all ages. There will be numerous activities to give the community involvement and vendor activities.

For more information call (432) 837-1605 or visit www.alpinecincodemayo.com.

On Friday, May 1, at 6 pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine, four musicians all with Sul Ross connections, come together as Nova Camp, the area’s newest jazz quartet.

Carol Wallace, keyboards; Ron Steinmann, percussion; Steve Bennack, bass; and Kendall Craig, vocals are well known in the Big Bend in many musical areas, but this is their first foray as a jazz quartet.

“I’m having a blast,” said Wallace, vowing never to play anything but jazz in the future. While that may not really be the case for the talented pianist, the group is having a great time playing together and looks forward to their debut performance on Friday.

The concert is free and followed by a reception with the artists. St. James is located at N. 6th St. and Ave. A in Alpine.

Friday, May 1: Radio La Chusma at the Railroad Blues. Saturday, May 2: Southbound 35. Thursday, May 7: Texas Renegade. Saturday, May 9: The Birdogs. Saturday, May 16: Larry Hooper (free show). Saturday, May 16: Los Vatos Locos. Friday, May 22: Jeremy Steding. Saturday, May 23: Abe Mac. Thursday, May 28: Grace Askew. Friday, May 29: Jason Roberts. Special Sunday show, May 31; Rich O’Toole. All shows start at 10 pm. For more information, visit: www.railroadblues.com.

Alpine Food Pantry distribution will be held Saturday, May 2, from 9 am until 11 am, providing food to people in low-income households. To receive food, you may show up Saturday morning at the West Texas Food Bank facility on 2101 HWY 90 West (at FM 1703) in Alpine. If you need help or more information, please call 837-1040.

The Food Pantry of Alpine is a community-supported 501c3 organization which coordinates monthly distribution of supplemental food to qualifying individuals and families at no cost to them, regardless of race or creed.

Come to the Alpine Farmers Market on Historic Murphy Street. Get fresh vegetables all year round, plus baked goods, crafts and more from over fifteen regular vendors. Also, we have a secure child play area with chalkboards, sand box, and toys. Every Saturday year round, rain or shine, 9 until noon in the courtyard of the Hotel Ritchey (corner of 5th St. and Murphy St.). New vendors always welcome; call Deb or Mark at 432-837-0118. Like the Alpine Farmers Market on Facebook.

Cinco de Mayo 5K Fun Run/Walk in Alpine, Saturday, May 2, Our Lady of Peace Church on S Gallego AVE. 7 am registration; 8 am race. $25 registration includes T-shirt, water, refreshments, and medals for top finishers. Proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus scholarship fund. For more information, call Mark Padilla at (432) 294-2709 or Robert Polanco at (432) 386-5495.

2015 “#MiaStrong 3 Person Scamble” golf tournament, Saturday, May 2. Registration begins at 9:30 am; tee time at 12 pm. Alpine Country Club. $75 per person ($225 a team) with mulligans and other extras available to purchase. Carts available to rent. Drinks and food available on the course with BBQ dinner and awards following play.Teams will be flighted after play. Tournament will befit Mia Elena Martinez, a 4-year-old girl recently diagnosed with leukemia. To register your team, call (432) 837-2752.

The Big Bend Arts Council presents the third annual exhibit, Clayworks 2015, at Gallery On The Square now through June 16. The show features functional, decorative, and sculptural work of area ceramic artists at its gallery on Hollande Avenue in downtown Alpine.

The opening reception will be Saturday, May 2 from 5-7 pm. Attendees can enter a free drawing for a ceramic piece by Gregory Teagraden, professor of ceramics at SRSU. For more information, visit: www.bigbendartscouncil.org.

Children’s Book Week: Sunday, May 3 through Friday, May 8, Alpine Public Library. Children 10 and younger are invited to the children’s area of the Alpine Public Library for activities and crafts and a free book while supplies last.

• Sunday, May 3, 3 pm: Faculty Recital with Donald Callen Freed, at Studio Theater on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Art Song Composition: The Poetry and the Process. The program will feature all art songs by Freed, with a short commentary on each major work. Two sets of songs, Desert Heat and Winter Snow (poetry by Freed), and Flying at Night (poetry by Ted Kooser, former laureate of the U.S.), will be featured, along with two shorter works.

• 14th Annual Volunteer Big Bend Appreciation Luncheon Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Alpine, Monday, May 4 at 11:30 AM, Second floor of the Morgan University Center on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Guest Speaker is Gwin Grimes, Editor of the Alpine Avalanche. $20 per person. For more information, call Patsy Culver at (972) 977-1670.

• Senior Circle Stretch and Flex: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 am, First United Methodist Church in Alpine. For more information call (432) 837-0254.

Tae Bo: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1:30 pm at Alpine Public Library. 6:15 pm at Crossroads Baptist Fellowship. All fitness levels welcome. For more information call (432) 294-5034.

Get down and meet new friends at our Alpine HOOPING JAMS, every Monday evening from 6-8 pm at the Granada Theater on E. Holland Avenue in downtown Alpine. FREE, informal gatherings for hoopers of all skill levels. Get together and enjoy grooving in the hoop: all are welcome and encouraged to join. Bring your hoop, plenty of water to drink, and come dressed to dance and sweat. Children are welcome but must be supervised by their parent or caretaker at all times. For more information, visit: www.farouthooping.com.

• Busy Bee Quilters, every Tuesday 1-4 pm, The Sunshine House on E. Sul Ross Ave. in Alpine. For more information call (432) 837-5640.

Family Story Time at the Alpine Public Library, every Tuesday 3-3:45 pm.

Library Lizards at the Alpine Public Library, every Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, for first- and second-graders.

Alpine City Council meetings, Tuesday, May 5 and May 19 at 5:30 pm, Council Chambers on West Holland Avenue across from the Alpine Post Office.

“One day at a time” in Terlingua: Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or remain sober is welcome to attend our Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Terlingua Thursdays at 7:30 pm (Closed Discussion) at the Big Bend Baptist Church (just north of the Terlingua Post Office, on HWY 118). Literature is available in our local library. Carpooling may be available to Alpine AA (Wednesdays) and Al-Anon (Thursdays) meetings. Contact phone numbers are posted on the church doors. AA is not affiliated with any religious organization but is grateful to the Big Bend Church (north of the post office) for allowing us to meet there.

Voices From Both Sides, an international community music project, Saturday, May 9, 11 am to 7 pm, at Lajitas, Texas/Paso Lajitas (near Lajitas Golf Resort). The closing of this border between the US and Mexico on Mother’s Day weekend of 2002 separated families, friends, and community in this remote region of Big Bend, Texas. Beginning in 2013, residents of Terlingua—a neighboring community 17 miles east of Lajitas—Jeff Haislip and Collie Ryan organized the 1st “Fiesta Protesta” as a way to bring attention to the need to reopen the border. “Music and art, not politics, will open our border,” Haislip said.

We know with the world as it is today this is rare and a fragile balance of politics. Nonetheless, we are envisioned to proceed and sing our way to an open border.

For more info including press and photos from past events visit: www.voicesfrombothsides.com, or visit www.facebook.com/voicesfrombothsides.

Every other Tuesday (May 12 & 26) at 6:30 pm: Bingo at the American Legion Hall on W Sul Ross Avenue and N 8th St. in Alpine.

Weight Watchers, Thursdays, including May 14. 12 pm weigh-ins and 12:30 pm meetings, Room 210 at the University Center on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Learn how to make wise choices and enjoy food and exercise.

Get Support and guidance to help you reach your goal and stay there. Benefit from the practical experiences and tips of others who are losing weight with Weight Watchers.

Weigh-in is optional for non-members and is always confidential.

Come check out a meeting for free. If you have any questions call Karen Collins at (432) 386-5673 or (432) 837-1210.

Hike With a Homeless Dog, Thursdays from 9-10:30 am at Davis Mountain State Park just north of Fort Davis. Grand Companions animal shelter brings dogs for visitors to walk on a park trail.

Alpine Public Library presents and ongoing series of FREE travel talks: Local Residents share stories and pictures from journeys abroad. Take a monthly tour from the comfort of Alpine. Hosted by Jim Glendinning and other area travelers. Join us the fourth Friday of each month at 7 pm in the AEP Multipurpose Room at Alpine Public Library. Friday, May 22: Savoring the Flavors of Thailand with Marilyn Dill. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

• Wood Sculptures Without Borders, art exhibit featuring Willis LeJeune, wood sculptor, now through May 25 at the CatchLight Art Gallery on Holland Avenue in downtown Alpine. For more information, visit: http://catchlightartgallery.com.

Big Bend Benefit Bash Hosted by the Leadership Big Bend Class of 2015 Featuring Dale Watson. Saturday, May 30, Big Bend Brewing Company, W HWY 90, Alpine. Proceeds benefit the Food Pantry, Grand Companions, Alpine Animal Shelter, and the Family Crisis Center. Seeking sponsorships and donated items for goody bags. For more information call Abby at (432) 837-2326.

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