[This Calendar of Big Bend Events compiled by Mike Perry of the Alpine Daily Planet]
Monday, Oct. 4
* National Honor Society rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Administration Building
* Marching bands: Bands from high schools in the Big Bend region will be marching at Jackson Field on Monday, Oct. 4, in the annual Sul Ross Marching Band Invitational. Action gets under way at 9:30 a.m. SRSU faculty members Michael Lippard and Ron Steinman will judge the event, along with guest clinician Daniel Todd of Crane. The event is free and open to the public. Alpine performs at 9:30 a.m.
* “Gots Pots” fundraiser: The Big Bend Arts Council is calling for artists willing to decorate planter pots for a fundraiser to be held during ArtWalk weekend. “Gots Pots” is a sale of painted or decorated plastic planter pots. Interested artists may get a pot to decorate from Gallery On The Square beginning Monday, Oct. 4. For more information visitwww.bigbendartscouncil.org or call Virginia Brotherton at 432-837-0908.
* Flu clinics: The Alpine Field Office of the Department of State Health Services will hold seasonal flu shot clinics Monday (Oct. 4) and on Oct. 11 and 18 at 205 N. Cockrell. The cost will be $10 or free with a Medicare card. For more information or to make an appointment, call 432-837-3877.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
* Tornillo volleyball at Alpine, JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m.
* Public meeting of Rio Grande Coop, 7 p.m., Patillo South County Community Center, Study Butte; topics: power aquzlity, filing of complaint against AEP with the Public Utility Commission
* Open house for Marfa Elementary and Junior/Senior High Schools, beginning at 7 p.m.
* A discussion and update on official “Dark Sky community designations” for Alpine and Lajitas will be held at the Saddle Club Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 4:45 p.m. Presentations include a discussion of the dark sky efforts in the region, the current status of the City of Alpine being designated as a Dark Sky Community (DSC) with the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) and efforts to have Lajitas designated as a DSC.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
* National Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m., Alpine Independent School District administration building auditorium.
Thursday, Oct. 7
* Hymn festival: The Sul Ross State University Concert Choir, in conjunction with organist Randy Lee Webster, will present a hymn festival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. James Episcopal Church, 6th Street and Avenue A. The festival will feature the seasons of the church year in hymns and anthems, including original compositions by SRSU choral director Donald Callen Freed. Everyone is welcome to attend this free musical event.
* Marfa’s Hotel Paisano is offering a one-night screening of the award-winning documentary, Return To Giant, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. A Q&A with filmmaker Kirby Warnock will follow; admission is $10 per person. Jett’s Grill will be open before the screening for patrons to enjoy cocktails or a dinne
* Alpine Runnin’ Bucks cross country team at Odessa Invitational at UTPB Park
* Crane JV football at Alpine JV, 5 p.m.
* Alpine 7th grade football at Crane 7th, 5 p.m.
* Alpine 8th grade football at Crane 8th, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8
* Alpine varsity football at Crane, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9
* Marathon Sustainability and Gardening Open House, based at Marathon Motel
* Big Bend Tea Party: The Big Bend Tea Party will hold a rally at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Brewster County Courthouse gazebo, partly a celebration of Columbus Day and a celebration of patriotism. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. Speakers will include Joan R. Neubauer of Alpine, Chris Younts of San Angelo and Craig Anderson of Odessa. Stacey Roberts, one of the organizers, said the group believes in these three core values — fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. “We will rally for less government control and more personal freedom,” Roberts said.
* Alpine volleyball at Kermit, JV at 1 p.m., varsity at 2:15 p.m.
* Aye,No!, an original work by Sul Ross playwright Liz Castillo, 8 p.m., at Odessa’s Globe Theater.
* Rio Grande Coop meeting, 10 a.m., Alpine Civic Center, registration starts at 8 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 10
* Marathon Sustainability and Gardening Open House, based at the Marathon Motel, all day, field trip to Marfa in the afternoon
Monday, Oct. 11
* Marathon Sustainability and Gardening Open House, based at Marathon Motel
* Flu clinic: The Alpine Field Office of the Department of State Health Services will hold a seasonal flu shot clinic Oct. 11 at 205 N. Cockrell. The cost will be $10 or free with a Medicare card. For more information or to make an appointment, call 432-837-3877.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
* Alpine volleyball at Crane, JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m.
* FFA officer presentation in Alpine High School Gym, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
* PSAT at Alpine High School. See Dean Sharp for details
Thursday, Oct. 14
* The Earth Rocks!! celebration at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute; primarily for 4th and 5th grade science students
* McCamey at Alpine 7th grade football
Friday, Oct. 15
* Asleep at the Wheel at the Granada Theater, 9 p.m., doors will open at 6 p.m., special guest Matt Skinner will kick off the music at 7 p.m. Limited number of tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at the Saddle Club in Alpine at 207 E. Holland Avenue. The evening is sponsored by Alpine’s Artwalk, Granada Theater and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, call 432-837-9770 or check online at www.artwalkalpine.com
Saturday, Oct. 16
* UIL band marching competition in Odessa at Ratliff Stadium. Alpine performs at 12:45 p.m.
* Aye,No!, an original work by Sul Ross playwright Liz Castillo, 8 p.m., in Marfa at Crowley Theater.
* Alpine Runnin’ Bucks cross country team at Lobos XC Meet, Ward County Golf Course
Sunday, Oct. 17
* Community Band concert: Make plans to attend the Alpine Community Band’s annual fall concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in Marshall Auditorium on the Sul Ross campus. Come enjoy this free concert of music for the family. For more information, call Jo Tucker at 432-364-2473.
Monday, Oct. 18
* Flu clinics: The Alpine Field Office of the Department of State Health Services will hold a seasonal flu shot clinic Oct. 18 at 205 N. Cockrell. The cost will be $10 or free with a Medicare card. For more information or to make an appointment, call 432-837-3877.
* First bench mark testing at Alpine High for math and social studies. Oct. 20 for math and social studies; Oct. 21 for science and English; Oct. 18 – 22, exit level TAKS restest
Tuesday, Oct. 19
* Alpine volleyball at Tornillo, JV at 5:30 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21
* Alpine JV football at Colorado City JV, 5 p.m.
* Colorado City 7th grade football at Alpine 5 p.m.
* Colorado City 8th grade football at Alpine 6:30 p.m.
* Biannual longhorn cattle drive through Oct. 23 at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Reservations are required and must be made by contacting the Customer Service Center in Austin at 512-389-8919.. Program can accomodate 15 wranglers; cost is $975, which includes horse and tack, lodging, food, etc.
Friday, Oct. 22
* Colorado City varsity football at Alpine, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23
* Kermit volleyball at Alpine, JV at 1 p.m., varsity at 2:15 p.m.
* 19th annual 4=H Open Freestyle Reining at Alpine’s SALE Arena, starting at 8 a.m. For more info, contact Jesse Len Schneider at 432-729-4746, email@example.com or Lindsey Alexander, 512-756-0593, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Oct. 25
* District cross country meet at Alpine (Paisano Baptist Encampment)
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Crane volleyball at Alpine, JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m.
* Kermit JV football at Alpine JV, 5 p.m.
* Alpine 7th grade football at Kermit 7th, 5 p.m.
* Alpine 8th grade football at Kermit 8th, 6:30 p.m.
* Arts Council photo shoot: The Big Bend Arts Council will sponsor a photography shoot from noon-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Kokernot Lodge. Artists may get their artwork and themselves digitally photographed, and will get the files to use for publicity releases. Space is limited, and participants need to reserve a time in advance at the BBAC website, www.bigbendartscouncil.org, or by calling Angela Fritz at 432-837-0117.
* Alpine varsity football at Kermit
* Alpine JV football at Denver City
* Denver City 7th grade football at Alpine 7th, 5 p.m.
* Denver City 8th grade football at Alpine 8th, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5
* Denver City varsity football at Alpine, 7:30 p.m.
* Regional cross country meet at Lubbock’s Mea Simmons Park
* Marathon library fundraiser: The Friends of the Marathon Public Library will hold a crafts and flea market fundraiser Nov. 12-13 in the parking lot by Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit, Hwy. 90 in Marathon. Vendors are asked to bring their own tables; cost is $15 per site, with the fee going to the Friends of MPL. To sign up or to send a check to reserve a site, contact Carol Townsend, branch manager of the Marathon library at 432-386-4136, or send to FMPL, P.O. Box 215, Marathon, TX 79842.
State cross country meet, Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park