• Desert Sky Quilters Guild: first and third Saturdays each month from 10 am until 3 pm, Big Bend Cowboy Church, 90410 East Highway 90, Alpine.

The Food Pantry of Alpine has exciting news: we are now distributing food from 108 1/2 S. Neville Haynes (formerly Lackey) in Alpine, five times each month.

Clients will be eligible to come once a month to any of the following days and times:

March 5 – 9 am – 12 noon (first Saturday of the month)

March 8 – 3-6 pm (2nd Tues.)

March 10 – 9 am – 12 noon (2nd Thurs.)

March 22 – 3-6 pm (4th Tues.)

March 24 – 9 am – 12 noon (4th Thurs.)

Our distribution schedule is expanding, but we still need a few more volunteers for our usual Sat. morning 9 am -12 pm distribution.

This expanded schedule improves our service to the community many ways:

*Selection and variety of our commodities will actually improve when we are able to restock several times during the month.

*Little to no wait time and easier parking.

*For those without transportation, TRAX is a transportation service available Monday through Friday.

For more information, please contact us at info@foodpantryofalpine.org or 432-294-3050.

Please help us get the word out and encourage our clients to come during the weekday distributions when there will be little or no wait time and easier parking.

Artist Avram Dumitrescu will be showing a new collection of architectural paintings starting at the El Capitan Hotel in Van Horn. The exhibition runs through April 29.

“These are studies of older buildings that have been worn down by time and weather,” Dumitrescu said. “Weathered filling stations and faded store fronts are some of my favorite subjects, and Van Horn in particular has a fantastic Main Street that I wanted to explore.”

Dumitrescu is an assistant professor at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, where he teaches digital arts and design courses. He was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved to West Texas in 2006, where he has since focused his drawings and paintings on animals, architecture and vehicles.

“The West Texas landscape, its structures and its inhabitants, are so visually different than everything I saw growing up in Northern Ireland,” Dumitrescu said. “In my art I try to capture their distinctive character and imbue them with spirit, while setting them against the glorious skies and landscape palette that drew my wife and I here a decade ago.”

He has exhibited at several galleries in Marfa, Alpine, Odessa, Austin and Belfast, and he has illustrated for several magazines and the book, MFK Fisher: Among the Pots and Pans by Joan Reardon. His paintings and drawings are part of the UTV Art Collection, one of Ireland’s most extensive and distinguished corporate collections.

More of Dumitrescu’s artwork will appear in the March 2016 edition of The Local Palate, in which he used digital paintings to illustrate an article on rum. His art is online at http://avramdesert.blogspot.com and www.onlineavram.com.

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.

Terlingua Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 am -1 pm at the Community Garden in the Terlingua Ghost Town — through April! Starter plants, houseplants, some vegetables and eggs, local hand-crafted prickly pear jellies, homemade breads and sweets, stained glass, pottery, rocks, and a lot of nice jewelry.

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.

• Texas Mountain Yoga will offer yoga classes at the Granada Yoga Studio, 207 E. Holland AVE in downtown Alpine, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays at 6 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. $12 for a drop in class or you can buy 5 classes for $50.

Hula hooping jams are back! Join us Mondays 12:30-2 pm at Kokernot Park OR at the parish hall of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church on Gallego Avenue and South 5th St, Alpine. (Entrance to the hall is just to the right of the main church entrance, on Gallego Avenue.) Outside at the park if it’s nice weather, inside at the hall if’s very hot/cold/windy.

Even if you work on Mondays, perhaps you can join us for all or part of your lunch break?

Bring your hoop(s) if you have one (some), or borrow one of ours. Dress in clothes that allow you to move freely. Bring plenty of water to drink. We’ll have music to help us all get in the groove.

Free and open to the public. Children are absolutely welcome though must be supervised.

Church volunteers will unlock the facilities for us, so donations to the church or other tokens of appreciation are greatly appreciated.

For updates or more info, just send an email requesting to be added to our email list: marlys@ farouthooping.com.

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

Alpine Public Library hosts a wide range of activities each month. Chapter Book Story Time meets Tuesdays, 11 am, for those 6-12. Library Lizards meets Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, an after-school program for kids in grades 1-3. Story Time, an early literacy toddler class, is every Thursday morning from 10:30- 11:15 am for kids aged 0-5, with parent.

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.

Please join Friends of the Alpine Public Library at noon on Tuesday, February 9 in the AEP Foundation Multipurpose Room of the Alpine Public Library as we discuss ways in which we might help the library fulfill its mission of connecting our diverse community with information resources to promote reading and lifelong learning. Everyone is welcome.

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

“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 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.

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 Public Library presents an ongoing series of FREE travel talks: join us the fourth Friday of each month at 7 pm in the AEP Multipurpose Room at Alpine Public Library. March 18 (3rd Friday because of Good Friday) and the talk will be “3 Young Americans in Bolivia:1965’’ with Steve Nuernberger. For more information, visit the library at 805 W . Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

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