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Celebrate the monarch’s spring migration March 22

By Brooke Littlefield, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

As spring returns, it brings our favorite butterfly back with it.

You can expect to see more of the brilliant orange and black wings of the monarch in the next few weeks. We in the Brazos Valley are fortunate to witness the seasonal migration of the monarchs in the fall as they head south and in the spring as they return to the north.

To celebrate the spring return of our favorite winged friend, the Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Monarch March event on Sunday, March 22, at Lick Creek Nature Center. The free event will be from 1-4 p.m., and additional parking will be available in the Lick Creek equestrian lot.

Festivities include a walk through Lick Creek Park’s Monarch Waystation, photo and educational booths, tips on creating your waystation or butterfly garden, and much more.

Community organizations such as Butterflies in the Brazos, the Brazos Valley Master Naturalist, and Brazos County Master Gardeners will host booths and lead fun activities to help us learn how to support the amazing monarch.

Join us as we celebrate the monarchs at Lick Creek Park. For more information, visit or call 979-764-6216.


About the Blogger

Brooke Littlefield is in her first year as an assistant recreation supervisor. A College Station native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M in 2017.


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Bring your pet for Pups and Popcorn Movie Night

By Jamila Parker, Parks & Recreation Activities Assistant

We typically show our loyal pets love and appreciation with new toys or delicious treats. Since we love to spend time with our furry friends, why not bring them to a movie?

Movies in the Park at Wolf Pen Creek has you covered!

Join us on Friday, March 20, for Movies in the Park Pups and Popcorn Night at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater at 1015 Colgate Drive. We’ll show “The Secret Life of Pets 2” on our 32-foot wide inflatable, high-definition screen. Admission is free, gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at sundown.

Bring refreshments, lawn chairs, and blankets, but remember that your coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller — and don’t bring alcohol or glass containers. Come early and enjoy our giant lawn games! You can buy popcorn from a vendor, but if you enter through Holleman Drive, you’ll receive free popcorn and a treat for your pet while supplies last. Please be prepared to clean up after your pet.

For more information, visit or call 979-764-3486.


About the Blogger

Activities Assistant Jamila Parker is in her third year with the Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Mesquite, Jamila earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Sam Houston State in 2018.


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Fundamental Field Hockey program starts April 1

By Trish Winkle, Fundamental Field Hockey Instructor

Did you know that field hockey is one of the most-played sports in the world?

Field hockey is similar to soccer but uses a hook-shaped stick to hit the ball up and down the field. While it’s been an Olympic sport for more than a century, field hockey in the United States has mostly been limited to the east coast.

However, the sport recently has gained popularity and blossomed across the country — even in Texas. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our new Fundamental Field Hockey program, which is designed to expose young athletes to the sport while emphasizing fun physical activity.

Our program follows USA Field Hockey’s FUNdamental youth development program, where players learn skills and basic knowledge of positions, rules, and equipment. They also participate in intergroup games and fun competitions. We provide sticks and balls and recommended close-toed athletic shoes, shin guards, and mouth guards.

The program features 5-9 and 10-13 age divisions and runs April 1-May 6 at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. The cost is $40. Registration ends March 29 and is available online, by calling 979-764-3486 or at the Central Park office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.


About the Blogger

Trisha Winkle is a former collegiate field hockey player who has coached at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. A native of New Jersey, Trish recently moved to the area to work in Texas’s A&M’s Education Abroad program. In her free time, she shares her love of field hockey.



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Family-Friendly Starlight Music Series hits 19th year

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

For 19 years, the Starlight Music Series has attracted music lovers of all kinds for free, family-friendly entertainment under the stars at the beautiful Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The 2020 Starlight Music Series begins May 2, followed by shows on May 16, May 30, and June 6. We invite families, friends, and visitors to bring your picnic baskets, coolers, blankets, and lawn chairs for four Saturday nights of rockin’ fun.

Here’s the lineup:

May 2: Britishmania

The legend lives on with Britishmania, the World’s Best Beatles tribute band. With mind-blowing performances and true-to-era attire, Britishmania recreates the revolution that changed the world. The foursome delivers note-for-note theatrical performances that will take you back in time.

May 16: Bidi Bidi Banda with guest Quimikoz Del Son

Bidi Bidi Banda is Austin’s first all-star Selena tribute. Composed of members of some of Austin’s premier Latin bands, Bidi Bidi Banda is the dream of Stephanie Bergara, a native Austinite who grew up listening to Tejano radio and singing to a hairbrush while wearing her mother’s red lipstick. The band’s interpretation of Selena’s greatest hits will leave you belting lyrics, doing the washing machine, and reliving greatness of the Queen of Tejano Music.

May 30: Infinite Journey with guest Desperado

Infinite Journey is an international Journey tribute band based in Dallas that has been performing high-energy shows across the country since 2012. The five-piece group delivers a musically immersive Journey experience, focusing on the overall sound, solos, and soaring vocals that made Journey iconic.

June 6: Cupid & the Dance Party Express with guests Mi’Chel Rose and the Zydeco Players

Louisiana-born R&B vocalist Bryson Bernard, popularly known as Cupid, first sang in his church choir and was encouraged by his pastor father. Cupid shuffled his way into the hearts of millions with the up-tempo party song, “Cupid Shuffle,” which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name.

Load up your coolers, blankets and lawn chairs for another packed schedule of open-air concerts at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

Here are more details:

  • Gates open at 6 p.m., with the concerts starting at 7.
  • Free parking is available at Post Oak Mall, with handicap parking off Colgate Drive.
  • Coolers and containers must be 48 quarts or smaller.
  • Pets, kegs, and glass aren’t allowed.
  • Chairs are welcome but may not occupy blanket-only seating.
  • Smoking isn’t allowed in the main seating area, but we provide designated smoking areas.
  • Concessions are available for purchase.

For more information, visit, call 979-764-3486, email, or visit the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Feb. 27)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online.

5:42 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken in executive session.

5:45 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled this item for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda:

  • Water/Wastewater Rate Structure Study: The council is considering a $150,000 contract for a water and wastewater rate structure study.

5:56 p.m.

Traffic Contact Report

The council voted unanimously to accept the Police Department’s annual Traffic Contact Report. Compiled by an independent consultant, the report found the department employs best practices and complies with state law.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:11 p.m.

Gateway Zoning Overlays

The council discussed zoning overlays and other tools to aesthetically enhance key city entryways.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:12 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

6:21 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:26 p.m.

Brazos Valley African American Museum

Mayor Mooney presented a proclamation recognizing the Brazos Valley African American Museum‘s leadership as a part of African American History Month

6:29 p.m.

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month

The mayor proclaimed March as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.

6:30 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

6:31 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A license agreement with The Standard at College Station pertaining to small building encroachments into the Boyett Street right-of-way.
  • A bid award of $358,770 with KBS Electric Distribution for electric single-phase transformers.
  • Renewal of an award not to exceed $592,895 for the annual blanket purchase of dielectric switchgear.
  • The second reading of a franchise agreement with Texas Commercial Waste for the collection of demolition and construction debris, recyclables, and organic waste from commercial, industrial and multi-family locations.
  • The second reading of a franchise agreement with Maroon Dumpsters for the collection of demolition and construction debris, recyclables, and organic waste from commercial, industrial and multi-family locations.
  • A $150,000 contract with Freese and Nichols for a comprehensive water and wastewater rate structure study.
  • A $136,500 contract with Freese and Nichols for water well field collection system modeling and the rehabilitation of two water wells.
  • A resolution authorizing a water rights application to amend the water use permit related to the groundwater-based return flow supply agreement with Pebble Creek Interests.
  • A resolution authorizing a water rights application to amend the water use permit related to the groundwater return flow option agreement and the groundwater return flow purchase agreement with Blanchard Refining Company.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $132,052 with Titan Utility Services for the dielectric testing of electric utility vehicles, tools, and personal protective equipment.

6:53 p.m.

Hands-Free Ordinance

The council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance requiring hands-free use to talk on communication devices while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:54 p.m.

Keep Brazos Beautiful Board

The council voted unanimously to appoint Long Range Planning Administrator Alyssa Halle-Schramm to the Keep Brazos Beautiful board of directors.


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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All Up In Your Business: Dallis family / Burger Mojo

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

The Dallis family has operated some of the most iconic food and beverage destinations in College Station. Cafe Eccell may be their best-known restaurant, but they recently entered the highly competitive burger market through their new concept Burger Mojo.

In this episode, Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and I talk to Costa and Andreas Dallis about their legacy of business ventures and how difficult it is to remain relevant in a fast-growing, student-driven community. They even explain why they believe a burger joint in close proximity to so many other burger joints has a solid chance.

Meanwhile, Natalie also discusses the importance of redeveloping older commercial areas in College Station, and how her office has seen early success and is continuing that focus.

All Up In Your Business is available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Please subscribe, rate and recommend!

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About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.

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