• Diamond Way Buddhist Group Hosts Weekly Meditation, with meetings in Alpine and Marfa. Beginning Wednesday July 6 in Alpine, the Diamond Way Buddhist Group of the Big Bend will begin hosting weekly meditation meetings every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Meeting locations will alternate between the Alpine Public Library Multipurpose Room, and the Marfa Public Library Theater on a weekly basis.
Meetings will consist of 10 minutes of information on Diamond Way Buddhism and a guided meditation. No experience is necessary and all are welcome to attend.
Diamond Way teachings offer practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, Diamond Way Buddhism works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. More information can be found at www.diamondway-buddhism.org.
• Summer Art Camp! Join us for art lessons and more at the Barton Warnock Center in Lajitas, each Thursday for six weeks starting July 7, 9 am – 1 pm. Open to the public with activities for kids 6 – 16. Bring your own lunch, and be ready for time outdoors and indoors. For more info and to sign up, contact Crystal Allbright at 432-386-0906. Many thanks to Amber Harrison, TPWD and the Compadres del Rancho Grande!
• The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center is hosting a free screening of a new documentary about peyote on Friday, July 8, at 6 pm. In “Peyote at a Crossroads,” Megan Wilde of Alpine examines the conservation crisis threatening the 6,000-year-old bond between Native Americans and their most sacred cactus.
Land-use change and over-harvesting have taken a tremendous toll on the once-ubiquitous plant in south Texas. There is no longer enough peyote available to meet the needs of Native American Church members, who use the tiny cactus in their ceremonies.
Wilde produced the half-hour documentary as the capstone project for her Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree at Sul Ross State University this year. She is now developing the documentary for wider distribution.
The nature center is located about four miles southeast of Fort Davis at 43869 Hwy 118. Please contact CDRI at 432-364- 2499 ext. 2 for more information.
• FOOD PANTRY of Alpine will distribute food to North Brewster County residents at 108 S. Neville Haynes (formerly S. Lackey), in Alpine. The location is also known as the old US Cable Building.
Additional days that FPA is open this month are: Tuesday, July 5 (3 pm to 6 pm), Thursday July 7 (9 am to Noon), Tuesday, July 19 (3 pm to 6 pm) and Thursday, July 21 (9 am to Noon).
Eligible residents may receive food once a month from the Food Pantry of Alpine and can select a day and time that best suits their schedule.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the distribution. If you can help, please e-mail the volunteer coordinator at [email protected] or drop by on any of our distribution days. For more information, you may call 432-294-5053.
• The Museum of the Big Bend announces its early childhood programs for the summer. Little Sprout Song Swap (family singalong): July 9, and August 6 from 10-10:45 am. Wee Explore (art): July 27 and August 17 from 4-5 pm.
These programs are for families with children ages 0-5, though big siblings are welcome to attend. Each child must be accompanied by a caregiver. All programs are free and held in the museum’s Education Center on the Sul Ross State University campus.
• 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.
• “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: [email protected]
• 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.
• 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: [email protected]
• 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.
• 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 Public Library CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAMS Science Club: grades 4-6; Library Lizards: grades 1-3; Toddler Class: ages 0-5;
Read-to-Swim: ages 6-12; AR Program: grades 1-4; Arts and Crafts Class: ages 10-15; On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! All ages.
ON YOUR MARK- GET SET- READ! Pick up a reading log from the front desk. Complete at your own pace to collect a prize. Through August 21.
READ TO SWIM: for children ages 6-12, all summer long: sign in at the front desk and read for 1 hour to receive a wristband for free admission the Alpine City Pool!
AR PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN ENTERING GRADES 1—4 , through August 19:
Take an AR Test on any of the Children’s Computers, and choose a prize from the TREASURE CHEST!
ARTS AND CRAFTS CLASS: Put on your fun hat and come doodle with your friends. We will draw, paint, laugh, and build stuff! Ages 10-15. July 14 and 28; August 4 and 25. 4:15-5:30 pm. Instructor: Alexandra Moldvan, MSW.
Alpine Public Library hours: Tuesday-Friday: 9:30 am-6 pm; Saturday: 10 am—2 pm. 805 W. Ave E, Alpine, TX 79830. 432-837-2621. www.alpinepubliclibrary.org.
• 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, July 22: Kay Wilde on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.