HAPPENINGS around the Big Bend, SEPTEMBER 2015

• The Big Bend Arts Council is proud to announce its R3 (Recycled, Repurposed, and Reused) Art Show, on exhibit now to display art in the Gallery on the Square 115 W. Holland AVE in downtown Alpine.

For Labor Day weekend, there will be a special four-day installation featuring 38 artists, with many traveling from afar to share their upcycled creations. Live music will be provided by Chris McWilliams on Friday, Sept. 4 at the gallery at 8 pm. Saturday night, Sept. 5, an additional event, the B3 Installation, will also be free with food and drink but only open for two hours.

The installation leads itself to risk-taking and experimentation during the making of the art. These masterpieces are fresh, organic, unique and original works of art. Come enjoy the music and art with us.

Come out and support your local artists and business Community. Mark your calendars for Sept 4th to Sept 7th. Bring the family and invite your friends.

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.

An Artist’s reception for Deborah Allison’s exhibit, “Do Overs.” Meet the artist and see Allison’s “renewed” work of recycled images, ideas, concepts and painting surfaces. Friday, September 4, 5-8 pm, at Catchlight Gallery, 117 W. Holland AVE in downtown Alpine. For more info, visit: http://catchlightartgallery.com.

Alpine Food Pantry distribution will be held Saturday, September 5, 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.

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.

• Alpine Lions Club presents Big Bend Gun & Knife Show at the Alpine Civic Center, 801 West Holland Ave, Alpine. Saturday, Sept. 5 9 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, Sept. 6, 10 am – 4 pm. $5 admission, children under 12 free. Bring used eyeglasses and take $1 off admission fee. Active Military with ID enter free; thank you for your service. For more information contact: Bob Steele 432-244-9480 or James Jones 432-386-6446.

Get down and meet new friends at our Alpine HULA HOOPING JAMS, Sundays, 6-7ish 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.

Pecos County Memorial Hospital & Marathon Rural Health Center would like to announce new Marathon clinic hours from 9 am to 4:30 pm on the following days: Dr. Rahul Boinpally, M.D., every Tuesday; Christopher Farwell, FNP-BC every Wednesday; Dr. James Luecke last Monday of month. Clinic is closed from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Walk-ins are welcome! Most insurance accepted. Free school Headstart and sport physicals.

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.

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

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.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol will hold a small ceremony at the Alpine Border Patrol Station in Alpine, Texas to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The ceremony will be held in front of the Alpine Border Patrol Station on the grounds of the 9/11 Memorial, on Friday, September 11 at 7:30 a.m. The Big Bend Sector Honor Guard will be conducting Honor Watch, playing taps and conducting a wreath laying ceremony. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

• St. James Episcopal Church, Ave. A and N. 6th St. in Alpine, will offer a day-long retreat, “Introduction to Centering Prayer,” from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 12, facilitated by Pamela Begeman, a Contemplative Outreach-commissioned presenter who co-creates and facilitates many worldwide online retreats, programs and publications.

Contemplative Outreach, the international organization founded by Thomas Keating to promote Centering Prayer, describes Centering Prayer this way: “Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us…both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God….”

Retreat organizer Pamela Cook, who has been practicing Centering Prayer for fifteen years, describes her experience: “Father Keating says that the benefits of the practice are not usually evident during the prayer sessions. It shows up in the rest of your life. That was definitely the case for me.”

The practice leads to a deep sense of peace. “It’s not about theology or doctrine,” says Cook. “It’s about putting down our busy lives and our self-importance by consenting to the divine within through silence.”

The registration fee is $25 (scholarships are available) and includes: the history of and instruction in this method of Christian meditation and practice sessions, a copy of Father Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind, Open Heart, continental breakfast and lunch, and six follow-up sessions to help participants establish their personal practice, including additional instructional DVDs featuring Father Keating. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

More information about Centering Prayer can be found at contemplativeoutreach.org. Call Pamela Cook (432-386-5988) for further information about the retreat.

The Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will offer area gardeners native trees, especially oaks from the Trans Pecos, and flowering trees and shrubs at a Fall is for Planting sale from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday, September 12 at Brown Dog Gardens on Murphy Street in Alpine.

“Early fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. The weather is agreeable in September and October, with the season’s late monsoon rains and mild temperatures,” said Dallas Baxter, coordinator.

“Plants will have their best root growth through the winter, while their tops are dormant,” said Patty Manning, area botanist. “By the time spring comes or early summer and they start to put out new growth, they’ve got plenty of energy to put into that top growth.”

Each customer will receive a flyer on how to plant trees, and Hoven Riley of Comanche Nursery in Ft. Stockton will be on hand selling large yuccas, grasses and desert willows from his trailer.

Prices range from $8 for one-gallon pot plants to $175 for 20-gallon pot trees that are eight to ten feet tall. Plant lists are available at Brown Dog and on the Big Bend chapter’s Facebook page.

This is a check and cash only sale.

On Saturday, September 12 from 5 to 7 pm, the Friends of the Library will hold Alpine’s First-Ever ADULT Spelling Bee, at Big Bend Brewing in Alpine. Twenty teams of up to four spellers each will compete for cash prizes. For a small cover charge, spectators may cheer for or heckle their favorite spellers, vote for “most creative speller,” “best guesser,” “best-dressed speller,” “most compatible team,” “least compatible team,” and “most spellbinding team,” and partake of a taco bar and Big Bend Brewing’s award-winning beers.

Start forming your teams! Team entry fee is $150, and first-place team members (up to 4 members) will win $50 each, second-place team members, $25 each. There will be audience participation and awards for all participants, not to mention celebrity judges. Signup sheets are available at the library circulation desk, or call 432-837-2621 for more information. Deadline for entering is September 7, 5 pm.

Come out and support your Alpine Public Library, one of Alpine’s treasures. All proceeds will benefit library operations.

On Saturday, September 12th, 7:30 pm at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Christopher Hillen, Joseph Cashiola, Basin PBS, and Marfa Public Radio/KRTS will host the Big Bend premier of “Treading West Texas Waters.” This 30-minute piece is aimed at exploring regional water issues and potential pathways forward with regard to topics like groundwater recharge, drought, surface water rights, new technologies and beyond.

Following the screening there will a Q&A with Hillen and three experts featured in the program. (Official announcement of panel members coming soon.)

Harvest Native Bounty with Brad Lancaster, Drylands Educator and Desert Harvesters Co-Founder. Saturday, September 19: MESQUITE WORKSHOP & NATIVE-FOODS TALK Workshop, 1 to 5 pm, Kokernot Lodge, Alpine. $10. Register at mlatta@feedingamerica.org. Free talk: Desert Harvesters & Native Foods 7:30 to 8:30 pm AISD Auditorium on Sul Ross Ave in Alpine.

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, September 25. Trading Spaces: a home exchange in Spain, with Audrey Painter.

For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

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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