• “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.
To search for AA meetings in Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa and Fort Stockton, as well as Terligua, please visit: www.nwta66.org.
• 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.
• Desert Sky Quilters Guild meets first and third Saturdays each month, 10 am to 3 pm, at Big Bend Cowboy Church, 90410 E Hwy 90, Alpine.
• 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 JAM: Mondays 11 am-12 pm-ish, Kokernot Park in Alpine. These informal hooping jams are free and open to the public. Bring your hoop(s) if you have one, or borrow one of ours. Dress in clothes that allow you to move freely. Bring plenty of water to drink. Children are absolutely welcome though must be supervised. If it’s very hot, cold, or windy outside, we meet instead at the parish hall of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church on Gallego AVE at South 5th ST. For updates or more info, 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.
• 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.• Diamond Way Buddhist Group Hosts Weekly Meditation, with meetings in Alpine and Marfa. 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 ten 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.
• The Food Pantry of Alpine will distribute food to North Brewster County residents on Saturday, October 1 from 9 am to 12 noon at 108 S. Neville Haynes (formerly S. Lackey), in Alpine, also known as the old U.S. Cable Building.
Additional days that FPA is open this month are: Tuesday, October 4 (3 pm to 6 pm), Thursday October 6 (9 am to 12 noon),Tuesday, October 18 (3 pm to 6 pm) and Thursday, October 20 (9 am to 12 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
• Sul Ross Music Program announces its fall concert season.Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm Wind Ensemble/Concert Choir at Marshall Auditorium on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm Faculty Composition Recital Marshall Auditorium.Repeated in Marfa, 1st Presbyterian Church Guest Pianist, Dr. Kimm Hollis, Hanover College.
Sunday, October 23, 4:00 pm Donald Callen Freed, tenor; Karrin Ford, piano.
Sunday, October 30, 3 pm Big Bend Community Band Halloween Concert, Alpine Independent School District Auditorium on West Sul Ross Avenue in Alpine.
• On Sunday, October 9th, the Diamond Way Buddhist Group of the Big Bend will host a public lecture with international Buddhist traveling Teacher Daria Martens. The lecture, titled “Buddhism in the Modern World,” will be held at the Alpine Public Library Multipurpose Room and will last from 1 to 3 pm, and including time for questions and answers.
Daria’s teaching style is open and relaxed and she specializes in introducing Buddhism to beginners. Martens met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1999 and took Buddhist Refuge with him in Russia. Her main activities have included the foundation of the Toronto and the Seattle Diamond Way centers in 2001 and 2007. Lama Ole asked Daria to teach worldwide in 2001 and Daria has since taught in Austria, Germany, Israel, Australia, and the United States.
Lama Ole Nydahl founded and currently directs more than seven hundred Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhist groups and centers worldwide. All the centers are under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje.
All are welcome to attend the lecture. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the regular public and $5 for students.
• Join us for the 19th Annual Ride 4 Trails Motorcycle Rally on October 14-15, headquartered at the Big Bend Motor Inn in Terlingua. Ride 4 Trails benefits Big Bend National Park in the construction and maintenance of hiking trails in the park. For more information contact Big Bend Resorts and Adventures at 432-371-2218. For more information, visit: ride4trails.com.
• The Sul Ross State University theatre program is celebrating its 95th season this year and is excited to announce a variety of shows and programming during the 2016-2017 school year and summer.
The season begins Friday, Oct. 21, with the opening of The Christians, written by Lucas Hnath. The play depicts a typical American megachurch fractured by a dispute over salvation and damnation. The LA Times calls The Christians “that rare play about religion that both believers and nonbelievers can embrace.” The play, directed by Marjie Scott, assistant professor of theatre and communication, runs from Oct. 21-30 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building.
Maricela de la La Luz Lights the World, directed by Greg Schwab, professor of theatre, will be presented Nov. 12-20 in Marshall Auditorium. The play, written by Jose Rivera, follows two children, just a few days before Christmas, who take a magical and unusual journey to save the world.
The Sul Ross theatre program will celebrate African American filmmakers in their annual MicroCinema Film Series Feb. 3-4 in conjunction with Black History month. Films will be shown in the Studio Theatre.
The musical Cabaret will be performed in Marshall Auditorium March 25-April 9. The book is written by Joe Masteroff, with music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The musical will be directed by Dona W. Roman, director and professor of theatre.
An Evening of One-Act Plays, directed by theatre students, will be presented April 28-29 in the Studio Theatre.
Hitchcock fans, take note. 39 Steps is coming to the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre next summer. The broad farce comedy is based on the novel by John Bucahn and the film made famous by Alfred Hitchcock. Performance dates are weekends, June 16-July 3.
The Theatre of the Big Bend’s second summer offering is the acclaimed musical production of The Fantasticks, book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. The Fantasticks will be presented on weekends, July 8- 24.
With a season ticket pass, patrons receive reduced pricing and may attend productions as often as they like.
Season tickets are on sale now and cost $40 for general admission and $30 for senior citizens. Season passes can be purchased through the theatre website at www.sulross.edu/theatre.
For more information, call (432) 837-8218, or visit our webpage at www.sulross.edu/theatre.
• Marathon, Texas hosts its 14th M2M (Marathon 2 Marathon) Saturday, October 22. You can run a marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k in the beautiful wide open Big Bend Texas landscape. This is a sanctioned, certified course and a Boston Marathon qualifier. We offer a free pasta dinner for the racers, technical shirt, music and a post race fundraiser lunch…and every racer gets a medal when she/he crosses the finish line, along with awards at the award ceremony. This little town goes all out for the race, and is the biggest event of the year in Marathon (a gateway town to Big Bend National Park). If you don’t want to race you can come eat lunch and cheer the racers on! Sign up for the race or the fundraiser lunch online at www.marathon2marathon.net.
• The Terlingua Community Garden members and volunteers are pleased to announce that the annual GREEN SCENE Festival will be held on Saturday, October 22, in the Terlingua Ghost Town.
The GREEN SCENE Festival is an all-day, family-friendly event featuring live demonstrations of sustainable living skills, performance art, a live auction, and items for sale from local artists and artisans. Nighttime events include more performances and a live auction at the Starlight Theatre Restaurant.
All proceeds of this fundraiser benefit the Terlingua Community Garden, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This year’s fund-raising goal is $5,000 for recycling projects in the Terlingua-Study Butte area.
Please visit our website at www.TerlinguaGreenScene.com or email [email protected] for more information!
• 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, October 28: Donald Freed on Amtrak around the USA. For more information, visit the library at 805 W Ave E or call (432) 837-5752.
• On Friday, October 28th,at 7 pm, Marfa Live Arts welcomes Silver Ochre for a one-of-a-kind accumulative film and live music performance of Who Are U.S. The collective work of Silver Ochre, a duo of perpetually traveling artists Thollem Electric McDonas and ACVilla, Who Are U.S. showcases a collection of sights and sounds from their nine-month tour of the 48 contiguous states.
With each state, with each performance, Silver Ochre unfolds a new version of their collaboration of film and soundscape, adding new visuals and sonic influences captured along the roads of America. Weaving their observations together, their work attempts to capture the essence of our country — at this moment in time.
Ever evolving, the film focuses on a myriad of elements where people meet and how environments exist. The music is inspired by a lifetime of traveling, weaving together different sources of diversity from people and places. This is a quest guided by questions with no precise answers: Who Are US? How do we find out?
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for this special experience.
Silver Orchre will hold a demonstration workshop on piano and images for interested students and community members on Thursday, October 27th from 1-3p. More details coming.