Contemplative Prayer, A Christian Form of Meditation, Wednesdays from 5:15-6 pm at St. James Episcopal Fellowship Hall, corner of 6th St and Ave A 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.

The Sul Ross State University Department of Fine Arts and Communication and the Music Program are pleased to announce that the University Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will appear in concert at the Marshall Auditorium of Sul Ross State University on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

These groups consist of talented musicians from a variety of academic disciplines and members of the community. First on the program, the choir will be singing the world premiere of Solidarity by Sul Ross State University Music Professor Donald Callen Freed, in addition to exciting concert works by Hindemith, Beadell, Thompson, and closing with the spiritual “Elijah Rock,” arranged by Jester Hairston.

The Wind Ensemble will feature guest conductor Christopher Hughes, Director of Bands and Orchestra at New Mexico State University, and trumpet soloist Zach Buie. The group will be performing the music of Jadin and 20th-century composers Ives, Hovhaness, and Shostakovich.

“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.

The final concert of the Big Bend Chamber Music spring series will take place at 6 pm on Friday, May 6 at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine.The featured musician, Zach Buie, trumpet, will be accompanied by pianist Carol Wallace.

Buie is currently director of bands for the Marfa school district. He will begin work on his doctoral degree at the University of Utah in the fall, having attended the music schools at UT Austin and Baylor University. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and South Korea and can be heard on numerous CD’s with various labels in classical, jazz, alternative, rock, soul, and funk styles.

Carol Wallace is well known to area audiences as a teacher and performer. She is also part of the lively chamber music scene in the Chicago area and a keyboardist for the local band Nova Camp.

The program features Six Spanish Dances, by Manuel de Falla; Lied, by Eugene Bozza; Musetta, from La Boheme, by Giacomo Puccini, arr. by Rafael Mendez and the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, by Eric Ewazen.

“I’m very excited to be sharing this program with Zach,” said Wallace. “He’s a lyrical trumpet player, and the program is varied and exciting.”

The free concert is followed by a reception with the artists. St. James is located at Ave. A and N. 6th St. in Alpine. Hear an interview with the artists on KRTS, Marfa Public Radio, May 4 between 11 and noon during Midday Classics with Roseland Klein.

Cinco de Mayo celebration in Alpine. May 6-8. Themed parade in downtown, music, dancing, car show, and Grand Mercado at Kokernot Park.

The Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host a garden tour at the Limpia Crossing home of Madge Lindsey from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday, May 7.

The garden was designed by Lindsey and botanist Patty Manning to attract birds and the insects they feed on. It is an oasis of water and native plants that are nectar sources overlooking Blue Mountain and the hills northwest of Fort Davis.

Those in Alpine wishing to give or get a ride should meet at St. James Church in Alpine, Ave. A and N.6th St., at 9:15 on Saturday morning. Directions will be available then and there, and are available all week at Brown Dog Gardens on Murphy Street in Alpine. Those coming from Fort Davis or Marfa who need directions may visit Brown Dog or call Dallas Baxter at 432.837.7313.

The tour will be followed by a short business meeting. Non-members are cordially invited to attend. A donation of $5 per person is requested of non-members. Membership information is available at the tour. The Native Plant Society exists to promote research, conservation and the utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.

You’re invited to Shearing Day, a family-friendly event starting at 10 am at Wasserman Wranch, on Saturday, May 7, 10 Rim Road in Sunny Glen (just west of Alpine). Come watch us shear our alpacas! See carding, spinning and other fiber work demonstrations. Visit with our donkeys! Shop the Wranch Store. Free admission. With your hosts, Scott & Heidi Wassermann. Phone: 432-837-7345. E-mail: Heidihrw@yahoo.com. www.WassermannWranch.com.

The Pilot Club of Alpine is hosting the 15th Annual Volunteer Big Bend Appreciation Luncheon at the Vic & Mary Jane Morgan University center on Monday, 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!

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.

HOOPING JAMS! Mondays 12:30-2 pm at Kokernot Park in Alpine. 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.

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.

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:

MAY 7 – 9 am – 12 noon

May 10 – 3-6 pm (2nd Tues.)

May 12 – 9 am – 12 noon (2nd Thurs.)

May 24 – 3-6 pm (4th Tues.)

May 26 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, May 27: Peru and Machu Picchu with Ginny Brotherton. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.

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