HAPPENINGS for August 2015

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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.

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.

Beyond the Box is a free community event. Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. This performance was made possible by the City of Marfa, Permian Basin Area Foundation, and Jeff Elrod. Special thanks to Yoseff Ben-Yehuda, Ross Cashiola, Tim Crowley, Rob Crowley, Dan Dunlap, Delfin & Minerva Lopez, Cate Schrim, and Gory Smelley.

Alpine Cowboys vs Roswell Invaders! Baseball games Saturday, July 4 through Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm (Double header Saturday, July 4 at 3 and 7 PM), Kokernot Field in Alpine.

Get down and meet new friends at our Alpine HOOPING JAMS, Sundays, 6-7 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, and must be supervised by their parent or caretaker. For more information, visit: www.farouthooping.com or email: marlys@farouthooping.com.

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.

Alpine Caregivers support group. Mondays at 3 pm, Meeting Room at First Presbyterian Church, 103 E Lockhart Ave in Alpine. Open to all caregivers.

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.

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.

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

Wednesday Night Family Swim, every Wednesday evening at Alpine City Swimming Pool, Kokernot Park in Alpine. For more information, call (432) 837-3301.

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.

Rotary Club of Alpine meets Thursdays at 11:45 am for lunch meeting at Alpine’s Oriental Express, W Hwy 90 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.

“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.

Alpine Food Pantry distribution will be held Saturday, August 8, 9-11 am. Please note: at this distribution, the Food Pantry will be re-enrolling all Pantry clients. If you are a new client, you need to provide proof of residency in Alpine. The food is available to low-income households. To receive your food, you may show up at the West Texas Food Bank facility on Saturday, August 8.

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.

The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve will be open to the public for hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, picnics, photography, birding, stargazing and other outdoor activities on August 14-16, from 8 am Friday to 4 pm Sunday. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed.  Guests will be required to sign in and out at the McIvor Conservation Center.

Chris Runk will lead a moderate bird walk on Saturday and a more challenging walk on Sunday morning, leaving the McIvor Center at 7 am each day. Chris is the Dallas area eBird reviewer and plays clarinet in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  This is his 4th summer to lead bird walks at the Preserve. Each bird walk is limited to 12 participants.

On Saturday evening at 8pm in the McIvor Center, Bill Wren will discuss dark night skies and provide interpretive stargazing at the Preserve.  Bill leads the effort to protect McDonald Observatory’s dark night skies.  He is a veteran supernova researcher and has helped design, build and operate a number of unique telescopes.

The Davis Mountains Preserve is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Ft. Davis on Hwy. 118 (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory & about ¼ mile past the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area).

Important reminders:

• Only high clearance street legal vehicles will be allowed past the McIvor Center.

• Only camp stoves are allowed, and ground fires are prohibited.

• Restrooms are available at the McIvor Center.

• Guests should bring their own food and drinks, and take their trash home with them.

• Hikers should bring their own binoculars, cameras, sunscreen, hats, appropriate footwear and plenty of water to drink.

• Firearms and any technology that disrupts quiet enjoyment are not permitted.

• For safety reasons, children must be supervised by parents or other designated adults.

• No pets are permitted on the Preserve, other than service animals for assistance.

For more information or to register for the bird walk, contact Deirdre Hisler at deirdre.hisler@tnc.org or call 432-426-2390.

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, August 28: “Cuba: Es Complicado,” about a recent wide-ranging National Geographic trip, with Ken Durham, Patsy Culver, John Davis, and Emily Alexander. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

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

On September 18th, 19th and 20th, the 39th annual Cyclefest Bike Tour and Hill Climb will be hosted by the Permian Basin Bicycle Association in the scenic “Texas Alps” of Fort Davis, Texas.

On Friday morning 100K & 200K Brevets from Fort Davis. On Saturday morning the tour kicks off from the Prude Ranch at 8 am. Riders will ride at their own pace through terrain and distances to match their ability; there are four routes available. There will be a lunch party after the ride. Sunday morning is the infamous Mt. Locke Hill Climb to the McDonald Observatory. Riders start at 9 am and have two routes from which to choose.

For more information or to register please visit www.active.com, or call 432-699-1718 or visit http://www.pbbatx.com/wp-content/uploads/cyclefest-2015-flyer-.pdf

Benefitting Fort Davis EMT, Firefighters, and Boy Scout Troup 30.

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