Big Bend Events for April

Big Bend Events for April

[A gigantic thank you to Mike Perry of the Alpine Daily Planet for having the most comprehensive event list in the area. This list of local events was collected by him. If your event isn’t listed here, simply leave it as a comment on the post.]

March 30

* The Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists and Big Bend Amateur Radio club is sponsoring a series of seminars that will teach you how to read and report weather danger signs, a skill that is especially valuable if you’re out hiking alone. Fort Davis, 7 p.m., Fire Department, 201 W. Court Street
* Join Karen Boyd and friends at the Alpine Public Library on at 5 p.m. for a yarn enthusiast gathering: knit, crochet, needlepoint, felting or anything else done with yarn. Bring a project to work on or show-and-tell. Come with questions! Everyone who is eager to learn is welcome! For information contact Karen at 837-0838.

March 31

* The Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists and Big Bend Amateur Radio club is sponsoring a series of seminars that will teach you how to read and report weather danger signs, a skill that is especially valuable if you’re out hiking alone. Marfa, City Hall Casner Room, 113 S. Highland
* On Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Martin Terry will give a free lecture at the Alpine Public Library, “Alice’s Adventures in Cactusland.” Dr. Terry teaches a broad spectrum of biology courses – mostly botanical – at Sul Ross State University, and is a leading authority on the peyote cactus.
* The Big Bend Livestock Show Association Scholarship Committee will meet Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jeff Davis County Courthouse. All BBLSA members are welcome to attend.

April 1

* Nine-time Grammy award-winning Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel returns to Alpine’s Granada Theatre on Friday, April 1. Alpine’s Artwalk, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Granada Theatre are pleased to welcome the band to Alpine once again, and to use the event as a celebration of the arts in the Big Bend, recognizing Artwalk sponsors who continue support the annual November event which draws art and music aficionados from all over the state for the weekend street party of gallery exhibitions, live music, and kids events. Also at this April 1 show, Artwalk directors will announce the Honored Artist for Artwalk 2011. Raffle tickets will be on sale for Artwalk’s new first annual “Savor the Arts” fundraiser, to benefit the Tri-County Schools Art Program. Each $100 raffle ticket gains a 1-in-100 chance to win a five-course meal for twenty people, with a menu and venue of the winner’s choosing, which Artwalk directors and other volunteers will set up, cook, serve, and clean up. Simpson’s Barbeque will provide food at the dance, outside the rear door of the Saddle Club, which adjoins the Granada. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. For more information, visitwww.alpinegranada.com Or www.artwalkalpine.com
* Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross, Kokernot Field, 7:05 p.m.
* Alpine baseball at Crane, 7 p.m. varsity, 4 p.m. JV
* Alpine softball vs. Big Spring at Monahans, 5 p.m. (JV after varsity)
* The Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa will host a Star Party, free and open to the public, on April 1 and 2. There will be a panel discussion the afternoon of April 2 regarding the work being done to protect Big Bend dark skies as well as guest speakers including Tom Bisque and Dave Oesper. For more information, contact Gil Bartee at 432-934-1303 or sales@lajitaslandcompany.com.
* Alpine tennis team at Sanderson meetAHS track at Golden Crane Relays Crane
* April 1-3: Botanizing the Chinati Mountain State Natural Area. If you missed last fall’s trip, here’s another opportunity to visit the CMSNA, a preserve accessible only by special permit. Our purpose will be to assist Dr Martin Terry in collecting botanical specimens by exploring the higher elevations of this ruggedly beautiful area. Carpools will meet in Marfa at 1:30 PM to caravan down scenic Pinto Canyon Road to the CMSNA. We’ll arrive Friday evening in time to share a pitch-in dinner with grilled items provided by NPSOT and enjoy a hike before watching the sunset over the Rio Grande valley. Saturday will feature a full day hike and Sunday a half day hike before returning to the cabin for the drive home. Expect to arrive back in Alpine by 5:30 PM. Please bring your own breakfasts and sack lunches. Campfire dinners and beverages will be furnished by NPSOT. Overnight accomodations will be provided at the beautifully designed stone cabins with moden kitchens and baths. This outing is intended for well conditioned hikers but botanical knowledge is not required. Please sign up at One Way Plant Nursery in Alpine by noon March 30.
* The Preservation, cosmic American music from Austin, at Alpine’s Railroad Blues. Featuring Mario Matteoli (Weary Boys). Showtime 10 p.m.. Cover $6.

April 2

* Texas Lutheran baseball at Sul Ross, 1:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.
* The Sierra Club April outing will be April 2 t Fort Pena Colorado Park (aka “The Post”) south of Marathon from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Bring binoculars, bird books and materials for taking notes. The out will provide an opportunity to see the birds that are literally in our backyards. Because the Post offers a constant water source, birds can be spotted there that one might not see in their backyard unless water is available. The Post is locted on Post Road, five miles south of Marathon, and is relatively flat, so should be accessible for most people. In addition to looking for and at birds, there will be a discussion of why birds are important, what their presence can tell us, which birds can be seen year-round and which ones are just passing through. This is a beginner level outing that will assume participants don’t know a sparrow from a cardinal. More seasoned birders are welcome to come and share their knowledge and help with bird identificatioin. Please call Martha Latta for for more information or to sign up at 432-837-1070.
* The “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is the single largest one day cleanup event in the state. The 2011 Trash-Off is Saturday, April 2nd, and everyone is encouraged to get outside and do a little Spring-cleaning of their neighborhood. The bulky-item drop off at the City yard on Cemetery Road will be open from 9am to 2pm for you to dispose of larger items. If you belong to a group that has adopted a section of highway, Texas Trash-Off Day is the ideal time to get out there and clean it up. If everyone picks up just a little bit of trash on April 2, we can Keep Alpine Beautiful!
* The Terlingua Green Scene Festival will be held April 2 at the Terlingua Ghostown at the community Garden. The festival is billed as “a family friendly celebration of living green, Terlingua style.” The Green Scene is an art and film festival to benefit Terlingua Recycles. It’s also a celebration of independent living Terlingua-Style. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with “green-living” demonstrations throughout the day. In the evening, there will be a theater performance and Terlingua’s annual film festival. Squeezed in amongst all that is the People’s parade. To volunteer, email or call Shannon Carter: lalunatreelady@yahoo.com or 432-371-3196. Or visit the web site at: http://www.terlinguagreenscene.com/
* The Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa will host a Star Party, free and open to the public, on April 1 and 2. There will be a panel discussion the afternoon of April 2 regarding the work being done to protect Big Bend dark skies as well as guest speakers including Tom Bisque and Dave Oesper. For more information, contact Gil Bartee at 432-934-1303 or sales@lajitaslandcompany.com.
* Alpine tennis team at Sanderson meet
* Alpine Middle School track at Junior High Border Relays in Presidio
* Texas Lutheran baseball at Sul Ross, Kokernot, 1:05 p.m. & 3:05 p.m.
* Liquid Skin, rock, R&B, funk, disco. El Paso’s premier party band live at Alpine’s Railroad Blues. Showtime 10 p.m. Cover $8
* Grand Companions Humane Society of Fort Davis will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 2 at the Miriam McCoy Pet Adoption Center, 701 Compromise St. The event will include facility tours, a “Pet Idol” pet contest, “Sweet Suite Bingo,” live music by Los Dry Creek Diggers, drinks, food and fun. Local dignitaries will cut the ribbon at 10:30 a.m., officially opening the center. For more information, contact Grand Companions at 432-426-3724 or visit www.grandcompanions.org/index.php.

April 4

* The Big Bend Livestock Association will be conducting a rule change meeting for the 2012 BBLSA Stock Show. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4 6:30 p.m., at the Brewster County Court House in the Commissioners Court Room. Please attend.

April 5

* Kermit baseball at Alpine, 7 p.m., JV at 4 p.m.
* Kermit softball at Alpine, 5 p.m. (JV after varsity)

April 7

* Ask a member of the Alpine Lions Club about Rose Day. The club is selling top-quality roses for only $15 per dozen. Club members will also deliver roses to a local address; deliveries will be made April 8 or 9, your choice. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the charitable projects undertaken by the club in the coming year. For more information, call 432-386-3712 or 432-386-7146.
* AHS boys golf team at district tournament in Fort Stockton
* AHS girls golf at district tournament, Fort Stockton
* Alpine tennis district meet at Alpine
* A party to kickoff the second annual Wheels for Meals bicycle ride \ will be held Thursday April 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Food Patry of Jeff Davis County, 609 E. Compromise St. The Wheels for Meals ride will be Oct. 1, 2011.
* The Alpine Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Moore’s Greater Shows will present its carnival in Alpine April 7-10. The carnival will be held on the grounds across from Casparis Municipal Airport. For advance information, including information on family-friendly ticket prices, call 432-837-2326.

April 8

* Alpine softball at Tornillo, 3 p.m. (JV after varsity)
* Hardin-Simmons baseball at Sul Ross, Kokernot, 7:05 p.m.
* The Alpine Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Moore’s Greater Shows will present its carnival in Alpine April 7-10. The carnival will be held on the grounds across from Casparis Municipal Airport. For advance information, including information on family-friendly ticket prices, call 432-837-2326.
* Alpine tennis district meet at Alpine
* Alpine baseball at Tornillo, 7 p.m., 4 p.m. varsity
* Alpine track, District 4-2A meet at Crane
* S.H.I.L.O, eclectic alternative Rock, at Alpine’s Rail Blues, with special guest: C.W. Ayon! Showtime 10 p.m. Cover $6

April 9

* Hardin-Simmons baseball at Sul Ross, 1:05 & 3:05 p.m.
* Hammerfest bicycle races and rides in Jeff Davis County.
* AHS at District 4AA Track Championships, Crane
* The Al Staehely Group, a rock ‘n roll all-star band with members from Spirit, Heart and more, at Alpine’s Railroad Blues. Showtime 10 p.m. Cover $8.
* The Alpine Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Moore’s Greater Shows will present its carnival in Alpine April 7-10. The carnival will be held on the grounds across from Casparis Municipal Airport. For advance information, including information on family-friendly ticket prices, call 432-837-2326.

April 10

* The Alpine Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Moore’s Greater Shows will present its carnival in Alpine April 7-10. The carnival will be held on the grounds across from Casparis Municipal Airport. For advance information, including information on family-friendly ticket prices, call 432-837-2326.

April 12

* Alpine softball at Crane, 5 p.m. (JV after varsity)
* Crane baseball at Alpine, 7 p.m., JV at 4 p.m.
* AHS boys golf team at district tournament, round 2, Fort Stokton
* AHS girls golf team at district tournament, round 2, Fort Stockton

April 14

* Last day to register to vote for May 14 election

April 15

* Sul Ross baseball at McMurry, 7 p.m.
* Alpine baseball at Kermit, 7 p.m., JV at 4 p.m.
* Alpine softball at Kermit, 5 p.m. (JV after varsity)
* Relay For Life of The Big Bend Unit April 15-16 at Sul Ross State University Track
* District 40-2A junior high meet in Kermit

April 16

* Sul Ross baseball at McMurry, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
* Relay For Life of The Big Bend Unit April 15-16 at Sul Ross State University Track

April 17

* Palm Sunday

April 18

* April 18 has been set as the date for the tenth annual Volunteer Big Bend Appreciation Luncheon. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Becky Espino Conference Center at Sul Ross.

April 19

* Passover
* Tornillo baseball at Alpine, 7 p.m., JV at 4 p.m.
* Tornillo softball at Alpine, 5 p.m. (JV after varsity)

April 20-23

* The Big Bend Open Road Race. The race will be on U.S. Highway 285, from Fort Stockton to Sanderson. This race is a non-profit corporation and proceeds will go to organizations such as project graduation, the food pantry, volunteer fire department, EMS, FFA and others.

April 21

* Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball at Sul Ross, Kokernot, 3:05 p.m., 5:05 p.m.
* Alpine baseball at Crane, 7 p.m., JV at 4 p.m.
* The Big Bend Regional Sierra Club will feature Karl Peterson, former curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Houston Zoo, at Lawrence Hall on the Sul Ross campus in a talk and slide show on reptiles of Texas. He will also show some live specimens. This is a program that both adults and children will enjoy. Peterson’s expertise is in New World pit vipers, with an emphasis on Mexican rattlesnakes. His many publications include, in addition to snakes, studies of the Gila monster and the Houston toad, an endangered species found only in Texas

April 22

* Good Friday
* Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball at Sul Ross, Kokernot, 1:05 p.m.
* Crane softball at Alpine, 5 p.m. (JV after varsity)

April 24

* Easter

April 27

* Administrative assistant’s day

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