The Food Pantry of Alpine now distributes 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:

April 12 – 3-6 pm (2nd Tues.)

April 14 – 9 am – 12 noon (2nd Thurs.)

April 26 – 3-6 pm (4th Tues.)

April 28 – 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 April 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.

Brainy Bike Bonanza: bicycle helmet distribution: ensure you child’s bicycling safety this summer! Join the Alpine Public Library for Child Safety Day on Saturday April 9, from 11-12.  The program starts with a helpful and funny puppet show followed by safety activities and projects. Free helmets and fitting instruction included.

The 6th annual Fireman’s Ball will be held this year on Saturday, April 9.  Join us at the Boathouse Bar and Grill in the Terlingua Ghost Town for food and libations starting at 5 pm.

Music will start at 7:30 with Trevor Hickle and Pat O’Bryan. From 9-midnight we’ll have Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band performing. There will also be a silent art, etc. auction and an exciting raffle.A donation of $15 per person will enable you to join us for dancing under the stars. Firefighters admitted free.

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 offers 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 buy 5 classes at a time 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.

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 7:30 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.

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.

Celebrating 30 years, the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas will exhibit its annual Trappings of Texas custom cowboy gear and Western art exhibit and sale April 14-16.

“For the past 30 years, cowboys, bankers, cattlemen and just genuine good folks head to what many believe is the Last Frontier, otherwise known as the Big Bend of Texas, to celebrate Trappings of Texas,” said Liz Jackson, Museum of the Big Bend director. “The deep ranching and western heritage of the region make a perfect venue for one of the longest running exhibitions and sales of traditional cowboy gear and Western art.”

Trappings weekend will begin at the Museum of the Big Bend with an opportunity for an exclusive view of the Trappings exhibition at the Thursday, April 14 preview party. Tickets are $50 and include a party at the Historic Holland Hotel. On Friday, April 15, education demonstrations will be presented on the Sul Ross State University campus. Western art expert and author, Michael Duty, will present “Following the Money: Cost, Price and Value in the Art World,” followed by “What Makes a Good Painting?” presented by award winning western artist, Edgar Sotelo. Based on his presentation, Sotelo will provide a live painting demonstration. The demo will be available for purchase.

Friday evening, April 15, the museum will host the Trappings of Texas grand opening exhibit, sale and reception. This event has widely been held as one of the “Best Events in the Big Bend.” Buyers will have the opportunity to place their ballots in boxes next to their chosen works of art for a chance to purchase. Music, food, beer and wine will be served in true West Texas style. Tickets are $50 per person.

Saturday, April 16 events will begin at the chuck wagon breakfast and blacksmithing demonstration. Gary Dunshee, co-owner of Big Bend Saddlery, will host the breakfast at 8 am at the Big Bend Saddlery shop on Highway 90 West in Alpine. During the breakfast, Wilson Capron and Buddy Knight will demonstrate “Blacksmithing in Our Western Culture.” The renowned artists will demonstrate the art of the blacksmith by creating work from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal with hammer and anvil to the desired shape.

The Trappings of Texas Ranch Round-Up, hosted by the historic Meriwether Ranch, concludes opening weekend activities on Saturday evening. The legendary cuisine of the award-winning chuck wagon cook, Lonnie Rodriguez of the WR Ranch, will be served. The event will include cocktails, music and dinner. Tickets are $125 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Museum of the Big Bend.

The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the Sul Ross campus. Museum hours are Tuesday- Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free; donations are always welcome. To purchase tickets and for more information, contact maggie.rumbelow@sulross.edu or call (432) 837-8143. Visit us on Facebook or online at www.museumofthebend.com.

Parks & Plaine: Big Bend Parks’ fundraiser, Saturday, April 16, 5-9 pm, Plaine Coffee Shop, 215 E. Holland Ave in Alpine. 5-7 pm: Kid-friendly open-mic music and activities, photo booth, desert Train rides and Wasserman Wranch donkey rides! 7-9 pm: Music headliner: Chris McWilliams. Food and drink available from Plaine, Cow Dog, and Big Bend Brewing Company. Photo booth available throughout event, provided by Lo and Behold Photography. All proceeds benefitting Big Bend Parks and Recreation for kids. Help improve our local parks and playgrounds!

Nocturno” is a program of music and dance in support of the Jeff Davis County Library after-school program. Connecting the dark skies of Fort Davis with the beautifully mysterious composition of Mario Lavista, come enjoy this unique program!

“Nocturno” will be performed by Sul Ross professor of flute, Mary-Elizabeth Thompson. Dancing to the composition will be Dianne Strong-Brevard.

Join the children and other performers at the library, 7 pm. April 22. Come have fun and help our great kids! Call (432) 426-3802 for further information. This program is by donation. 

Alpine Public Library presents an ongoing series of FREE travel talks. Join us the fourth Friday of each month in the AEP Multipurpose Room at Alpine Public Library. Friday, April 22, 7 pm: “A Tale of Two Cities: Portugal,” with Jim Wightman. For more information, visit the library at 805 W . Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

Davis Mountains State Park in cooperation with the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) are bringing good food, fun and delicious competition back to the mountains this spring with the 2nd Annual Mile High Chili Cook Off on Saturday, April 23. Contests include Best Chili, Best Beans, Best Salsa, and Best In Show. Prizes will be awarded for 1st- 3rd place Chili, 1st place salsa, 1st place beans, and 1st place Best In Show. All rules for this competition are consistent with CASI’s standard cook-off rules. For more information contact Jacob Barton at Jacob.barton@tpwd.texas.gov. Park visitors can sample each of the competitors’ recipes by purchasing a “Throw Down Pack” for nominal $4/person donation. Your pack includes a cup, spoon, bottle of water and a napkin. All donations go directly to benefit the park and its visitors. Musical entertainment brought to you by the Last Call Band will start at noon and chili tasting begins at 1 pm.

Now accepting applications: The Tierra Grande Chapter of theTexas Master Naturalist is accepting applications for its 2016 new member training program. Training this year will begin with a July “Kick Off” session at Davis Mountains State Park followed by four weekends starting in August and ending in October. Training weekends will be held at Davis Mountains Preserve, Balmorhea State Park, Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Big Bend Ranch State Park.

We are a non-profit volunteer organization serving Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio counties and the greater Big Bend Region. Our mission is to develop a corps of well-educated volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated toward the beneficial management of natural resources within our communities.

Application deadline is May 15, with class size limited to 14 new members. For applications and further information contact: Sandy Lynch, Training Committee, Tierra Grande Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists, sondrakay@bigbend.net, 432 364 2889.

Big Bend Chamber Music will present four concerts this spring at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine. The final concert of the season, on May 6, features pianists from the University of Texas at El Paso doctoral music program including Alpine resident Ben Stringer. All concerts begin at 6 pm and are free and open to the public. A reception with the artists follows each event. St. James is located at N. 6th St. and Ave. A in Alpine.

The Pilot Club of Alpine is hosting the 15th Annual Volunteer Big Bend Appreciation Luncheon at the Vic & Mary Jane Morgan University center on May 9. Dr. Bill Kibler, Sul Ross State University president, is the keynote speaker.

Honored will be all the outstanding volunteers in the Big Bend region. The highlight of the luncheon is the Janette Bowers Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Pilot Club of Alpine.

The event begins at 11:30 am in the Becky Espino Conference Center—2nd floor of the Vic and Mary Jane Morgan University Center. The cost is $20 per person, and there is limited seating, so please RSVP by May 2.

Volunteer Big Bend (VBB) began in 2002, when a dedicated group of nonprofit organizations in the Tri-County area decided to bring together other area organizations in order to promote volunteerism. These organizations rely upon volunteers and, in many cases, could not function without them. In 2009, the Pilot Club of Alpine adopted VBB as a community service project. Since then, the Pilot Club has carried forth the mission of promoting volunteerism by hosting the Volunteer Big Bend Luncheon each spring.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kathy Bork, borkedit@sbcgobal.net, 432-386-3551. We are looking forward to again honoring all of our region’s volunteers!

SAVE THE DATE: Friends of Alpine Public Library hosts its second-ever ADULT SPELLING BEE, May 21. 7-9 pm at Big Bend Brewing Company, W. HWY 90, Alpine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Alpine Public Library. All proceeds benefit the operations of the Alpine Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Sign-up sheets are available at the circulation desk now! We need: spellers (teams of up to four persons, $150/team); cookie makers: 3 dozen cookies per baker.

“I don’t enjoy watching or participating in stressful competitions. However, the Alpine Public Library’s spelling bee was so much fun that it didn’t feel like a competition. The tacos, beer, and friendly people were wonderful, and the event was a great benefit for our excellent library!”—Susan Billings

If you think this event would be fun (and you’d think correctly), and you’d like more information, please contact Kathy Bork, 432-386-3551.

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