HAPPENINGS for June 2015

• Maintenance Work Volunteer Opportunity, Fridays 8-11 am, Davis Mountains State Park. Hosted by the Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. For more information email Dave Mainz: dlmainz@sbcglobal.net.

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 Cowboys vs Roswell Invaders! Baseball games Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7, 7 pm. Double header on Saturday, June 6 at 3 pm and 7 pm, Kokernot Field in Alpine.

Alpine Food Pantry distribution will be held Saturday, June 6, from 9-11 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 am 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.

Get down and meet new friends at our Alpine HOOPING JAMS, Sundays from 6-7:30 pm, outside at Alpine’s Kokernot Park. FREE, informal gatherings for hoopers of all skill levels. Get together and enjoy grooving in the hoop: all are welcome and encouraged to join. Find us in the shade under the big trees between the city pool and the golf course. 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.

• Brewster County Commissioners Meeting, Monday, June 8, 9 am, Brewster County Courthouse on N 6th ST and Avenue E, Alpine.

• 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.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) and/or Dysfunctional Families meeting, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm at Unitarian Universalists of the Big Bend, 1308 N. 5th St, Alpine. This is a free, anonymous, 12-step program open to the public, and is not affiliated with the church. For more information, please call 432-837-0115.

• 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.

Alpine City Council meeting, Tuesday, June 16 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.

BINGO! Every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm, at the American Legion Hall on W Sul Ross Avenue and N 8th St. in Alpine.

Weight Watchers, Thursdays: 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, June 26: Exploring Mexico’s Rivers with Mike Davidson. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

Desert Quail Management Workshop, Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 in Alpine. This one and-a-half day workshop covers quail management on west Texas rangelands and provides updates on the newest management research available. The cost of the workshop is $10. Please register by June 12 to reserve your spot.

Friday, June 19 from 12:45 pm until 5 pm at Espino Conference Center at Sul Ross State University: Review of desert quail (Scaled, Gambel’s, and Montezuma Quail) ecology, habitat requirements, best management practices, and updates on recent research on the management of these species.

Saturday, Jun 20 from 8:30 am until 1 pm: Field trip to local ranches to view examples of habitat improvements for quail and to discuss desirable brush/grassland/water distribution for quality quail habitat.

Visit bri.sulross.edu/quailworkshop.html for more details and to register. For questions, contact Sara Gray at (432) 837-8225 or email sara.j.gray@sulross.edu.

Big Bend Plein Air exhibit, Friday, June 19 through Sunday, August 30 at the Museum of the Big Bend on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

“Annie Get Your Gun,” theater performance, Fridays, June 26 through Sundays, July 19, 8:30 pm at the Sale Arena. Theatre of the Big Bend will mark its 50th season with its unique “rodeo production” of the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun. Admission: $12 for adults and $9 for seniors. For more information call (432) 837-8218 or visit www.sulross.edu/section/2145/about-theatre-big-bend.

Alpine Cowboys vs Las Cruces Vaqueros! Baseball games Tuesday, June 30 — Friday, Juy 3, 7 PM, Kokernot Field in Alpine.

Mustang and Cowboy Chili Cookoff July 3-5 in Marathon. Friday, July 3rd there will be a welcome reception for all Chili Cooks at the Patio located at the Marathon Motel. Saturday, July 4th, Join us for the Cowboy Chili Cook Off! This is a CASI-sanctioned event benefiting a yearly-selected charity. Sunday July 5th will kick off the Mustang Chili Cook Off. For more information on these events, please contact Betty Ramirez 432-294-0608 or email Bettytaylorramirez@yahoo.com.

Note that these dates coincide with the well-known 4th of July dance on Saturday, July 5th at the Post Park, south of Marathon. 

Relaxed Readers and Little Free Libraries

by Mary Beth Garrett, Children’s Librarian, Alpine Public Library

They are starting to pop up around town – miniature libraries that look a lot like fancy bird houses at first glance. But take a closer look and you will see something more beautiful than baby birds: books!

Three years ago, entrepreneur Todd Bol conceived the idea of a free community book exchange. He built a waterproof box that looked a lot like a schoolhouse, filled it with books, and placed it in his front yard. The response from his neighbors was overwhelming. People of all ages starting using the exchange and building their own “little libraries.”

Today there are Little Free Libraries in 28 states and six countries including Afghanistan and Ghana. In Alpine, they can be found at Alpine Elementary School, the Alpine Community Center, Sul Ross Child Care and Family Support Center, the Montessori School, and three private homes, 603 W. Uvalde, 1003 S. Harrison, and 406 S. 11th street.  For more information about Little Free Libraries, including instructions to build one of your own (why not?), visit www.littlefreelibraries.org.

In keeping with the spirit of a free book exchange, the Alpine Public Library has developed a new collection of books just for kids called Relaxed Readers.  Relaxed Readers have no due date, no fees, and no fines. Just relax, read, and return the book when ready. It is kind of like having a “little library” inside a “big library.” Donations for the Relaxed Reader collection can be left at the Front Desk. 

Keep your kids happy and engaged in learning and reading all summer long with one or more of our vibrant summer reading programs:

Science Club: Entering grades 5-7, Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm (snack included)

June 18 – Catapults

July 9 – Inside Your Heart

August 6 – What’s in a Cell?

Writing Wranglers: Entering grades 3 and 4, Mondays, 3-4 pm

Project based writing program:

June 1 – If I Were an Adjective

June 8 – Describe ME!

June 15 – Frankenstein Fun

June 22 – Adjective Sort

June 29 – Tales and Tunes

July 6 – What’s Inside Your Heart?

July 13 – The Future Me

July 20 – Spark a Story

Library Lizards: Entering grades 1 and 2, Tuesdays, 3-4 pm

June 2 – There Was an Old onster

June 9 – Big Blue Beastie

June 16 – Fighting Monsters

June 23 Monster Mash

July 7 – Do You Want to Be a Pirate?

July 14 – Pirate Gear

July 21 Pirate Ships

July 28: The Pirate’s Bed

Family Story Time: Ages 0-5 with a parent, Wednesdays, 4-4:45 pm

Stories, finger plays, and crafts for little ones

Read Across America: All ages, all summer

Self-paced reading program. Pick up a map of the US at the Front Desk.  For every book read, receive a state flag sticker.  Collect all 50 stickers to receive a prize.

Read To Swim: Ages 6-12, June 1 – August 23

Sign in at the Front Desk and read for 1 hour to receive a FREE wrist band for the Alpine City Pool.

AR Program: Children grades K-4, June 1 – August 21

Take an AR Test on any of the Children’s Computers to receive a coupon for a FREE pastry from the Bread and Breakfast Restaurant.

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