The Permian Basin String Quartet (pictured above) returns to Alpine for a concert at 6 pm on Friday, October 2 at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine. The program will feature Beethoven’s Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Opus 132 and Claude Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, Opus 10.

“We are very excited about our upcoming performance in Alpine,” said the group’s spokesperson and cellist, Amy Huzjak. This concert is the third in a series that will have the quartet traveling from Midland and Odessa to Alpine, Albuquerque and Abilene.

Originally from Colorado, Huzjak received her master’s in music performance from the University of Maryland in 2011. She is currently a member of the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Second violinist Alex Norris has played with many chamber groups and is currently a music teacher in the Odessa-Midland area. He is principal second violin with the Midland Symphony. Violist Melissa Madura teaches at the University of Texas Permian Basin. She has played with symphonies and chamber music groups in Wisconsin and Texas and has been part of the Midland Symphony for the past ten years. Her husband, John Madura, is the quartet’s first violinist. A violinist since his early childhood, Madura is currently concert master of the Midland Symphony.

The Quartet No. 15 was written in 1825. Beethoven was completely deaf by this time in his life and had just recovered from a grave illness. NPR has described the quartet as “transcendent,” and it is said that T.S. Eliot wrote The Four Quartets in response to hearing it.

If Beethoven’s quartet came at the end of his life, Debussy’s 1893 quartet in G—his only string quartet—was a beginning. French composer-conductor Pierre Boulez describes this piece as one that has freed chamber music from “rigid structure, frozen rhetoric and rigid aesthetics.”

This concert is a full evening of music. Donations are welcome to defray travel expenses, and a reception with the artists follows the performance. St. James is located at Ave. A and North 6th Street in Alpine.

Sul Ross State University Theatre Department presents “The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” a drama by Carson Kreitzer, directed by graduate student Ashley Jane Page. This award-winning play follows the rise and fall of the J. Robert Oppenheimer–the father of the atomic bomb–during World War II, the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the growing panic of the communist Red Scare. October 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at Marshall Auditorium of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. 8:25 pm except Sunday matinees (Oct. 4 & 11) at 2 pm. $8 adults/ $6 seniors. for more information, call the Sul Ross Theatre Department: 432.837.8218.

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 Food Pantry distribution will be held Saturday, October 3, 9-11 am. Food is available to those in 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.

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.

Library Lizards for first and second graders, Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 pm in the Community Room at Alpine Public Library, 805 W Ave E, Alpine.

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.

Family Story Time, Wednesdays at 4 pm, Multipurpose Room at Alpine Public Library, 805 W Ave E, Alpine.

Contemplative Prayer, a Christian form of Meditation.Wednesdays from 5:15-6 pm, St. James Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, on Avenue A & N. 6th St., Alpine.

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.

“Ride 4 Trails” Motorcycle Rally, Friday, October 16 through Saturday, October 17. Whether you are an experienced or new biker, you won’t want to miss the annual Friends of Big Bend “Ride 4 Trails” Motorcycle Rally, based in Terlingua and featuring riding through Big Bend National Park.

This year more than 400 riders are expected. “Part of this growth is because of the awesome beauty of Big Bend and its curving mountain and open-desert roads our riders so enjoy,” said Don Sharlow, a Friend and original organizer of the event. For more information/schedule, visit www.ride4trails.com

The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve will be open to the public for hiking, biking, equestrian, picnics, photography, birding and other outdoor activities on Saturday, October 17. Hours for Open Day events are from 8 am until 4 pm.

The Davis Mountains Preserve is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Fort Davis on Hwy 118 (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory & about ¼ mile past the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area). Guests will be required to sign in and out at the McIvor Conservation Center.

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, contact Deirdre Hisler at deirdre.hisler@tnc.org or call 432-426-2390.

Earth and Fire Gallery, located in the Historic Terlingua Ghost Town, is pleased to announce the Champagne Showcase of her new watercolors by one of its partner, Jana Nichols Faulk. Join us on Sunday, October 18 from 10-2 as we enjoy the new landscaping and outdoor sculptures of John Sufficool as well as seeing what new things Jana has been up to. Known for her eclectic style with her Terlingua folk art pieces, Jana is always using mediums and materials in new and exciting ways. She has a motto for her brand: “Rancho Fandango: where you just never know what to expect.” This certainly holds true for Jana’s new venture into watercolors. Nothing pale and timid here, lots of bold colors and exciting ways of seeing this wonderful piece of paradise in which we live. The Earth and Fire Gallery is tucked between The Starlight Theatre and Posado Milagro’s Espresso y Poco Mas. Come see what new landscaping Linda Walker has been working on and help us toast Jana’s new watercolors. The exhibit runs October 8-21.

Marathon 2 Marathon, Saturday, October 24. The Marathon 2 Marathon (M2M) is a 26.2 mile race held annually in Marathon, Texas.In additiona to the marathon (26.2 miles), races held simultaneously are 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles), a 10K (6.2 miles), and a 5K (3.1 miles), all finishing in front of the historic Gage Hotel. Other activities associated with this event are a pasta dinner, finish line refreshments and entertainment, and award ceremony followed by the post-race party in the Marathon Motel courtyard. You don’t have to be a runner to join in on the fun! For more information visit www.marathon2marathon.net

Terlingua Green Scene, Saturday, October 24, in the Terlingua Ghost  Town, an effort by Terlingua Recycles and Terlingua Community Garden to promote sustainability, creativity, and a low impact artistic lifestyle. Starting at 10 am, the event features exhibits, demonstrations, local food, and music. The party will continue into the wee hours with live local music, dancing, and loads of fun for everyone. Activities include but are not limited to arts, crafts, music, film festival, food, theatrical performance, hands-on demos, and general merrymaking. Free and open to the public.

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, October 23: “Six months in a Casita, and we’re still married!” with Martha Latta. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

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