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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 cstx.gov/events 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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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 cstx.gov/starlight, call 979-764-3486, email parks@cstx.gov, 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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Need a fresh way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

By Virginia Godwin, Recreation Supervisor

Tired of doing the same old things on Valentine’s Day? How about trying something different this year?

The City of College Station’s Trail of Lights Date Night might be the answer. Join us on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6-9 p.m. at Wolf Pen Creek Park for a romantic stroll through the Trail of Lights, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, then have dinner and dance the night away.

The event is in its third year, and we’ve added more seating for dining and a dance floor with a live DJ. Food trucks will also be available, or you can bring refreshments. Just remember that glass containers aren’t allowed and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller.

To commemorate a memorable evening, you can take photos in the selfie booth or have a caricature drawn with your date. If you’re looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, vendors will be on hand to help you out.

If you can’t make it out on Feb. 14, you can still stroll through the lights Feb. 7-16 from 6-10 p.m., although carriage rides won’t be available. Admission and activities are free, but prices for food trucks and gift vendors will vary.

Pets are also welcome, so don’t forget your furry loved ones!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her sixth year as recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department. A College Station native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Sam Houston State in 2019.


 

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Popular Starlight music series begins Saturday, May 4

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

They say the best things in life are free, and I would have to agree.

After all, one of the best things in College Station each spring is the Starlight Music Series. It’s free, and it begins Saturday, May 4 at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

For nearly two decades, these entertaining concerts have been a favored tradition in our community. Starlight hits the right notes again this season with rock and roll favorites, rising country artists and a little zydeco to get you up and grooving.

Here’s the lineup:

May 4

Kimberly Dunn with guests Judson Cole Band and Ben Kadlecek

Country music artist Kimberly Dunn’s music is intimate and explosive. The San Antonio Aggie’s show has been described as Dolly Parton fronting the Foo Fighters, an irresistible mix that you can bet will be memorable. Her latest album “New Smoke Show” and new single “Sugar Rush” were produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Chad Carlson.

May 18

Hotel California

Traveling from Canada, Hotel California is North America’s best tribute to The Eagles. They look and sound like The Eagles and are the next best thing to The Eagles. Covering all the favorites from “Take it Easy,” to “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Hotel California.”

June 1

Infinite Journey with guest Cold as Ice

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

June 8

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers with guests Mi’chel Rose and Zydeco Players

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers were nominated for a 2018 Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album. They pump out incredible Zydeco music and are incredible showmen. Their interaction with the crowd and the rhythm and blues in their music make it a performance not to miss.

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

  • Gates for all shows 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.
  • Kid Zone with inflatable activities will be available.
  • 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.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Backstage Sound & Lightening, Brazos Valley Bombers, AT&T, Candy 95.1, Maverick 100.9, Willy 97.7, and WTAW Newstalk 1620.

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

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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Festive Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids anymore

By Virginia Godwin, Recreation Supervisor

When I was a kid, a typical Easter Sunday featured an Easter egg hunt after church and a feast with family and friends. As an adult, I may seem satisfied to watch the annual egg hunts from the sidelines, but in reality, I regret missing out on the fun.

I’m still a kid at heart.

If you feel the same way, I have some great news — adult Easter egg hunts are a real thing!

The City of College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department has revamped our traditional egg hunt and created one just for grown-ups 18 years and older — and it’s even glow-in-the-dark.

We invite you to join us on Friday, April 12 from 7-10 p.m. for the Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The nostalgic atmosphere will help you relive your fond childhood memories with tunes from the 80s, 90s, and 00s to awake the adolescent in you.

We’ll have games, joy jumps, and face painting with a touch of the trending selfie booth to document your experience. The egg hunt begins at 9 p.m.

Last year, the parks staff wasn’t sure about what to expect as we strategically hid 10,000 eggs. Our worst-case scenario was if 1,000 attendees showed up, they’d each get 10 eggs. We didn’t realize more than 2,000 adult residents had so sorely missed the Easter egg hunts of the childhood.

We never dreamed we’d have that level of participation for a first-time event.

We planned to hide the eggs throughout the park to spread out the savage hunters. For the most part, the strategy fell flat, but the feedback we received helped us to evaluate and analyze the event effectively. We went back to the drawing board.

This year’s egg hunt will be different.

We have doubled our inventory to 20,000 eggs, which include 20 golden eggs that contain prizes from local businesses. In addition, the entire hunt will be on the Festival Site near the old Arts Council building. Our staff of egg protectors will make sure sneaky hunters don’t pilfer any eggs before the hunt begins!

For the safety and enjoyment of our participants, these two simple rules will be in place:

  • Stay out of the hunt zone until the coordinators officially start the hunt.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and body to yourself. Hitting, kicking, tripping, pushing, body slamming or other forms of physical harm to others will not be tolerated.

Don’t miss out on all the mad fun. It’ll be all that and a bag of chips!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her fifth year as recreation supervisor. A College Station native, she previously served as the staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

 

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Bike Share Regulations: The council will have a workshop discussion about possible regulations for Texas A&M’s bike share service. The university contracted with a bike share company to launch the program with 850 bikes in March. They plan to expand the fleet to at least 3,000 bikes for the fall semester.
  2. Neighborhood Integrity Issues: In two workshop items, the council will discuss possible changes to the accessory uses, single-family height, and off-street parking standards sections in the Unified Development Ordinance. A pair of community engagement meetings were conducted in late April, along with an extensive survey.
  3. TIRZ Repayment to CSISD: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider authorizing a $1.28 million repayment of unspent TIRZ funds to the College Station Independent School District. The Wolf Pen Creek Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) expired in late 2009.
  4. Rezoning on Aurora Court: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from General Suburban to Duplex for about five acres on Aurora Court near the intersection of Anderson Street and Park Place.
  5. Homestead Tax Exemption: The council will consider authorizing a homestead property tax exemption of five percent of the appraised value of a qualified residence homestead. The exemption would begin in the current tax year.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channels 19 or online. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as 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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Family-friendly Starlight Music Series enters 17th year

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

For 17 years, the Starlight Music Series has attracted lovers of all types of music to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment under the stars at the beautiful Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The 2018 Starlight Music Series begins May 5, followed by shows on May 19, June 2 and June 9. Families, friends, and visitors are invited to bring their picnic baskets, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs for four Saturday nights of rockin’ fun.

Gates open for each concert at 6 p.m. and the shows start at 7. Free parking is available at Post Oak Mall, with handicap parking located off Colgate Drive. Pets are not allowed.

Here’s the entertaining lineup:

May 5: Bri Bagwell with guest Reagan Quinn
A four-time Texas female vocalist of the year, Bri Bagwell is a contemporary artist with a honky-tonk heart. She has steered clear of the Nashville star-making machine and works without a manager or a record contract, earning fans through extensive touring and independently released recordings.

May 19: Infinite Journey with guest Cherry Bomb
Infinite Journey is an international Journey tribute band based in Dallas that has played 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 so iconic.

June 2: Hotel California
Traveling all the way from Canada, Hotel California is North America’s best tribute to The Eagles. They look and sound like The Eagles and are the next best thing. Covering all of the favorites from “Take it Easy” to “Life in the Fast Lane” and even “Hotel California.”

June 9: Cupid & The Dance Party Express with guest Mi’chel Rose & 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 hearts of millions with an up-tempo party song “Cupid Shuffle,” which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name.

Refreshments

You may bring refreshments, but no kegs or glass containers are allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Concessions are available for purchase.

Seating & Smoking

Chairs are welcome but not in designated blanket-only seating areas. Smoking is not allowed in the main seating area, but we provide two designated smoking areas.

For more information, go to cstx.gov/starlight or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at parks@cstx.gov or 979.764.3486.

We’ll see you under the stars!

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years, the last seven 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. 8)

(L-R): Bob Brick, Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, Karl Mooney (mayor), John Nichols, Barry Moore, James Benham.

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. 8. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:43 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

5:44 p.m.

Gilman Appointed Interim City Manager

The council unanimously appointed Chuck Gilman as interim city manager, effective April 1. Gilman has been deputy city manager since 2014. Before that, Gilman served as the city’s public works director. He will fill the role vacated by Kelly Templin, who will leave at the end of March to become director of the RELLIS Campus for the Texas A&M University System.

6:10 p.m.

Texas Weekend of Remembrance

The council unanimously endorsed the Texas Weekend of Remembrance, a special event scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27).

The event will be a time for military members, veterans, and their families to come together and honor the memory of their lost loved ones through camaraderie and commemoration of their sacrifice. The TWR could become a precursor to Memorial Day and restore its original intent by allowing everyone to show their pride and respect to the men and women who have paid the ultimate price.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:16 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • Electric Switchgear: The not-to-exceed $539,000 bid award to Techline is for the annual purchase of pad-mounted 15 kV solid dielectric switchgear.
  • Southeast Park Design Project: The $1.22 million contract with Halff Associates is for design and construction phase services for the Southeast Park Project. The facility will ultimately include 8 ballfields with associated infrastructure and amenities. The contract provides construction services for Phase 1, which is proposed to include four ballfields. The overall project will be funded by $6 million in certificates of obligation and $4 million in hotel occupancy tax revenue. The debt for the project hasn’t been issued, but expenditure in advance of issuance was authorized by the council in November.

6:17 p.m.

Mayor Mooney suspended the workshop, which will resume after the regular meeting.

6:17 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:25 p.m.

CSHS State Championship Football Team

The council recognized College Station High School’s state champion football team. The Cougars began their 2017 season with a 1-2 record but won its remaining 13 games to finish the year at 14-2. The Cougars defeated Aledo High School, 20-19, in the 5A-Division II state championship game on Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The district opened the doors of College Station High School not six years ago and did not achieve full enrollment until the 2014-15 school year. 

6:30 p.m.

2-1-1 Day

The mayor, acting on behalf of the City of Bryan and Brazos County, proclaimed Feb. 11 as 2-1-1 Day. 2-1-1 Texas is a program of United Way of the Brazos Valley in partnership with the State of Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

6:32 p.m.

Shen Yun Performance Day

The mayor proclaimed Feb. 13 as Shen Yun Performance Day.

6:41 p.m.

Science and Technology LEGO League

The council heard a presentation from the Science and Technology LEGO League about a water conservation app. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney are members of H2Owls (l-r): Yura Song, Sami Mahapatra, Izzy Toth, Miriam Demlow, Bowen Tian and Claire Connally.

6:50 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Three people spoke as part of Hear Visitors when citizens address the council on items that don’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army Lt. Tim Cunningham as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 26-year-old College Station native died April 23, 2008, in a vehicle accident in Balad, Iraq.
  • Morgan Heien spoke against item 2f on tonight’s consent agenda, which would remove parking along one side of Oney Hervey Drive.
  • Larry Johnson spoke in favor of item 2f on tonight’s consent agenda, which would remove parking along one side of Oney Hervey Drive.

6:51 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A not-to-exceed bid award of $539,000 to Techline for the annual purchase of pad-mounted 15 kV solid dielectric switchgear.
  • A contract amendment for PGAL to use the Construction Manager-at-Risk project delivery method for the design of the new police headquarters.
  • A $109,060 bid award to Techline for materials related to transmission pole replacement.
  • An advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for voluntary local government contributions to transportation improvement projects with no required match for the FM 2818 Widening Project.
  • Removed parking on the west side of Oney Harvey Drive to the end of the road, on the east side from Holleman Drive to 140 feet down the east side of Oney Harvey Drive, on the north side of Southland Street to the end of the road, and from Wellborn Road to 125 feet down the south side of Southland Street.
  • A change order reducing reduction the contract with Larry Young Paving by $253,599.11 for the Royder Road Expansion Project.
  • A $1.22 million contract with Halff Associates for design and construction phase services for the Southeast Park Project.
  • An annual not-to-exceed $150,000 contract with All-Around Tree Service for landscaping and tree trimming and removal services.
  • The annual traffic contact report required by the state.

6:58 p.m.

Angry Elephant Conditional Use Permit

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a conditional use permit for a bar called the Angry Elephant in an existing commercial space at 650 William D. Fitch Parkway, which is near the southwest corner of the intersection with Arrington Road. Councilman Barry Moore recused himself from the vote.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:16 p.m.

Comp Plan Amendment and Rezoning Criteria

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance regarding the criteria used in considering Comprehensive Plan amendments and rezonings. An earlier amendment to change some of the wording in the amendment also passed unanimously.

No criteria in the UDO assists applicants and guides decision makers in their consideration to amend the Comprehensive Plan. The questions asked of applicants are taken from guidance provided by the Comprehensive Plan to analyze amendment requests. While the amendment adds language to the UDO, it offers predictable expectations for applicants, and sound decision points to policymakers when considering changes to the city’s long-range plan.

The criteria in the UDO for rezonings have been criticized for being difficult to understand and confusing to apply. The amendment is intended to establish clear standards for rezoning with less redundancy.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:20 p.m.

Wolf Pen Creek Design District

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve criteria for administrative approval of site plans, buildings, and signs in the Wolf Pen Creek Design District. The changes are intended to streamline the development review process.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:


7:36 p.m.

FY18 Budget Amendment No. 1

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s FY18 budget by $3,079,541 and to increase the full-time employee count by two. A $54,000 inter-fund transfer was also included.

See pages 104-105 of the regular meeting packet for more details of the budget amendment.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:47 p.m.

Board and Committee Appointments

The council voted unanimously to make these appointments:

  • Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeal: Joseph Fix, Janet Kountakis, Bill Mather, James Sharp, Rachel Smith, Elianor Vessali (alternate).
  • Design Review Board: Ray Holliday.
  • Historic Preservation Committee: Gerald Blackmon, Gerald Burgner (chair), Shirley Dupriest, Helen Frisk, Louis Hodges, William Wright.
  • Joint Relief Funding Review Committee: Nancy Berry, Chace Murphy.
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments: Howard Mayne, James Sharp (alternate).

7:49 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:49 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

7:59 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

8:12 p.m.

Capital Improvement Plan Update

The council discussed the status of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, including projects recommended by the Citizen Advisory Committee.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:23 p.m.

Krenek Tap Overlay

The consensus of the council was to move forward with a city-initiated rezoning to remove the Krenek Tap Overlay zoning district. The concept of deleting the zoning district from the city’s Unified Development Ordinance requires the rezoning of properties under the overlay to remove its application.

The Krenek Tap Overlay zoning district was adopted in 2004 to enhance the views along Krenek Tap Road and create a sense of identity for the city, not only along the municipal property but along Krenek Tap Road. At the time, the city was pursuing a City Centre Concept for the development of the municipal property.

The overlay heightens the development standards for properties along Krenek Tap — including single-family — by requiring parking behind structures and limitations on façade and fence materials and roof and signage options. The overlay is applied to properties from the Krenek Tap right-of-way and back 750 feet in each direction.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:36 p.m.

Public Hearing Notifications

The council discussed community notification requirements and practices for cases involving a public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:46 p.m.

Non-Residential Landscaping Standards

The council discussed the city’s non-residential landscaping requirements, including streetscaping, buffer standards, and options for encouraging water conservation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:49 p.m.

Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition

The consensus of the council was to provide a budget for a council representative to attend meetings of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition. The estimated cost would be about $900, which includes airfare and hotel accommodations but not meals. 

8:53 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 22.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as 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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Celebrate love month with Trail of Lights, Date Night

By Margie Trame, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

Valentine’s Day is when we celebrate the things we love about those who matter most. While valentine’s cards, flowers, and chocolate are always a safe bet on the day of love, experiences are infinitely more valuable.

And why limit it to just one day?

Throughout February, Wolf Pen Creek Park’s upper trails are a romantic pathway of lights to help you extend the warm glow of Valentine’s Day. The Trail of Lights begins at the Holleman Drive entrance, crosses over the bridge, and ends at the gazebo next to the creek.

The lover’s lane of lights is open from 6-10 p.m. daily.

Join us on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, Feb. 14) from 6-9 p.m for the free Trail of Lights Date Night. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, sweet treats, flowers, and the beautiful Trail of Lights with friends, family or your significant other.

Ditch the fancy dinner this year and picnic in the park. You may also bring refreshments, but glass containers are not allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate-dipped strawberries and indulge in desserts from local food trucks including Donut Darlin’, 1541 Pastries & Coffee, and Boots Beverages.

While admission and activities are free, the food truck prices will vary.

The carriage rides will be on the festival site, and all other activities and booths will be at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Parking is available at the Wolf Pen Creek parking lot on Colgate Drive, the Arts Council building on Dartmouth Street, and at Post Oak Mall.

Pets are welcome, too, so don’t forget about the furry friends you love.

 


About the Blogger

Assistant Recreation Supervisor Margie Trame (@choochootrame) is in her first year with the Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Arlington, she’s pursuing a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M.


 

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6 fresh reasons to enjoy Werewolf Creek on Halloween

By Hallie Kutch, Parks & Recreation Marketing Staff Assistant

The spell has been cast.

With ghosts, witches, and creatures of fright roaming the night, Halloween will once again be a spectacular blast at Wolf Pen Creek Park. Join us for the City of College Station’s Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5-10 p.m. The free event offers activities for all ages and a memorable evening of frightful family fun.

The park transforms into a five-acre, trick-or-treating paradise, thanks in part to dozens of candy booths hosted by local businesses, non-profits, and other community groups. The booths will offer candy and activities, and the festival site will feature large carnival games, a petting zoo, joy jumps, a hay maze, food trucks and much more.

>> Photos: 2016 Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek

The event offers six fresh thrills and chills this year:

1. Costume Contest

You can be the ultimate master of disguise in our Halloween costume contest as ghoulish guests are welcome to enter and show off their creativity. The contest features prizes in several categories, including babies and toddlers, kids, teens, families, couples and group costumes. For guidelines and a schedule, visit cstx.gov/halloween.

2. Haunted Trail

Walk into a wicked woods full of frights and strange sites. The haunted trail leads to the festival. Walk this way – it’s scary fun for the whole family.

3. Photo Opportunities

Spiders, bats, black cats, and more, see what photo opportunities are in store. Look for oversized, spooky photo opportunities with some of your favorite Halloween characters.

4. Pumpkin Patch

It’s not too late to decorate with pumpkins. The Pumpkin Patch will be operated by Faith in Action and will sell pumpkins ranging from $1 to $35, depending on size. All of the proceeds will go to BCS Habitat for Humanity. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.

5. Story Time

Guests of all ages can hear favorite Halloween tales, stories and rhymes.

6. Live Entertainment

“It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurkin’ in the dark…” Experience the Michael Jackson magic though tribute artist Michael Ray as he performs “Thriller.” The College Station High School dance team will also perform, and a creepy, crawly show of various reptiles from the Texas Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary will be on display.

Guests may bring refreshments — coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller – but food vendors will be available. Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed. Post Oak Mall offers convenient parking, and handicap parking is available at the Arts Council and Amphitheatre parking lots on Colgate Drive. Shuttles will not be available.

For more information on the costume contest, food vendors, and to see the entertainment schedule, go to cstx.gov/halloween.

Don’t miss the fun– the Halloween countdown has begun!

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Kutch is in her third year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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Oct. 7 event makes racing in diapers superb family fun

By Virginia Godwin, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

Friendly competition never goes out of style — especially when the competitors are still in diapers.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, young crawlers, stumblers, walkers and runners from across the Brazos Valley will get together for the Toddler 2K and Baby Crawl at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The fun-filled event will also feature vendor booths and health and wellness activities that families can enjoy together.

Youngsters will compete on their developmental level and will be divided by age into early crawlers, strong crawlers, early walkers, strong walkers, and toddlers. Crawlers and early walkers will have a short distance race with one parent or caregiver at the starting line and one at the finish line. Walkers and toddlers will compete in a 2K race and may be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Participants will be given complete instructions after they check-in starting at 9 a.m.

College Station Parks & Recreation and Fit4Moms are also offering a free family workout from 9-9:45 a.m. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and anyone else is welcome to participate and model healthy activities for the little ones.

Children five-and-under must be kept in a stroller during the workout but will be entertained throughout. If you have not participated in a recent Fit4Moms class, please arrive early to complete a waiver form.

The cost is $5 per child, and registration ends Oct. 5.

Call 979-764-3486 for more information, or go to rectrac.cstx.gov to register.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her fourth year as assistant recreation supervisor/youth services. A College Station native, she previously served as staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


 

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Voters’ Choice returns to popular Starlight Music Series

By Gerry Logan, Recreation Supervisor

If you dream of performing on a live stage in front of enthusiastic and appreciative music fans, here’s your chance.

The crowd-pleasing Voters’ Choice contest returns to College Station’s Starlight Music Series this spring after a successful debut in 2016.

Bands and musicians over the age of 16 — and not signed under a promotional authority/contract — can enter for a chance to play at the May 6 concert at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Entrants must submit one song in an MP3 format along with a YouTube video of the song being performed.

A panel of local judges will select up to 12 finalists based on song originality, stage presence, and creativity. The public will then vote April 4-15 to determine the three artists who will compete at Wolf Pen Creek for these prizes:

1st Place $750 and an artist development package by Revive45
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250

Starlight Music Series

In College Station, the arrival of spring means more than warm temperatures, green grass, and blooming flowers. It also means the return of the popular Starlight Music Series on selected Saturdays at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The free six-concert series opens April 8 and feature a variety of music to fit just about every taste.

Since 2002, the City of College Station has invited citizens to enjoy family-friendly entertainment under the stars. The best parts are that it’s completely free and guests can bring refreshments. Food and drink are also available for purchase on-site.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and free parking is available at Post Oak Mall. We offer a KidZone area at each concert that features bounce houses and other activities from 6-10 p.m.

Join us this spring for six nights of free musical entertainment under the stars at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater!

2017 Concert Schedule

April 8 Texas Unlimited Band with guest Rosie Flores
May 6 Voters’ Choice winners
May 13 Will Hoge (solo) with guests Bonnie Bishop and Joey McGee
May 27 Def Leggend with guests Infinite Journey and Trio Grande
June 10 Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws with guest Kidd Reece and Mo’ Live Zydeco
June 24 Cory Morrow with guest Cameran Nelson

 

For more information, go to cstx.gov/starlight or contact us at parks@cstx.gov or 979.764.3486.

 


About the Author

Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fifth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.


 

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Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek features candy, activities

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By Gerry Logan, Special Events Supervisor

Instead of hopping neighborhoods and navigating dark streets this Halloween, take your family to the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site on Friday, Oct. 28 for Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek, where more than 100,000 pieces of free candy will be available.

From 5-10 p.m., Wolf Pen Creek will become a five-acre trick-or-treating paradise, thanks in part to 80 candy booths hosted by local businesses, non-profits and other groups. Activities include a mini hay maze, Paw Paw’s Party Train, bounce houses, local food vendors and more. Admission is free.

Torrential rains forced us to cancel last year’s fun, but you’ll notice some new features since the inaugural event in 2014.

In addition to providing candy in its on-site courtyard, the Arts Council of Brazos Valley will unveil a new family-friendly exhibit called “Tales of the Summer.” The summerthemed show includes original paintings, photographs, and sculptures by dozens of Brazos Valley artists.

We’ve also replaced the hay rides with shuttles from Post Oak Mall due to safety concerns. From 4:45-10:15 p.m., two accessible Texas A&M buses will transport guests to and from the Arts Council of Brazos Valley building and the Post Oak Mall parking area nearest the park. The festival site is also an easy walk from the mall.

Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek is the place to be for safe Halloween fun!

For more information, go to cstx.gov/Halloween or call 979-764-3486.


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Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fourth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.  


 

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Enjoy NFL football on Wolf Pen Creek big screen

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By Gabby Salazar, Event Activities Assistant

As a Texan, I’ve learned that all you need for a great football watch party are the three “F’s”– football, food, and friends.

You can find all three at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

On Monday, we invite you and your friends to put on your lucky jerseys and watch Monday Night Football on our 32-foot inflatable HD screen as the Houston Texans take on the Denver Broncos and Texas A&M’s own Von Miller. On Sunday, Oct. 30, we’ll show the Dallas Cowboys‘ game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Admission is free. Gates open at 6 p.m. and both games kick off at 7:30.

Concessions won’t be available, so be sure to bring your favorite tailgating food and drinks. Glass containers and kegs aren’t allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs — and your pets are welcome, too!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


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Gabby Salazar is in her third year as a recreation assistant for the City of College Station. Before joining the city staff, she was the night manager at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena. A product of A&M’s sports management program, Gabby earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014 and her master’s in 2016. A native of Alamo, she was also a member of the Aggies’ nationally-ranked track and cross country teams.


 

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Contest winners highlight end of 2016 Starlight season

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By Mike Neu. External Relations Manager

When three new artists – Kaitlin Lindley, Stereotype, and Reptilian – take the stage at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, July 2, their presence will mark a historic moment for the 15th season of College Station’s popular Starlight Music Series.

Since 2002, Starlight has provided free concerts to College Station residents and visitors with music lineups crafted months in advance by the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. But this year, the city introduced an online contest where fans could vote for a select group of musicians to decide the featured artists for the final concert of 2016.

The process began with the city soliciting interest from local and regional artists who hadn’t previously performed at Starlight. About 30 performers submitted their work and the list was narrowed to 12 finalists by a panel of community judges. Each finalist submitted a sample music video that was added to the Starlight website. Fans were then allowed to vote for their favorite each day for about 30 days from May to early June. A total of 21,890 votes were cast, and the three artists with the most votes won the opportunity to play on July 2.

Here are the final vote tallies:

Artist Votes
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Stereotype 5356 jpg | sample | info
Reptilian 4481 jpg | sample | info
Jack Thweatt 3909
Joey McGee 1049
Holly Tucker 341
Etched In Stone 338
HiFi Band 324
Texas Crossing 261
Grace Davis 187
Daniel Gonzales 120
Dean Davis 115

The top three artists will receive one hour of stage time and complimentary advertising and promotion for the final Starlight concert. The top vote getter, Kaitlin Lindley, will also receive a $450 artist development package from Revive 45.

Admission is free and all concerts begin at 7 p.m. Guests may bring refreshments, but glass containers are not allowed. Coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Notable Starlight performers through the years include Jerry Jeff Walker, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Michael Martin Murphey, Big Otis, Eddy Raven, Cowboy Mouth, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, Hotel California, Bellamy Brothers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Earl Thomas Conley, Aaron Watson, Eddie Money, Foghat, and Roger Creager.

For more information about the 2016 Starlight Music Series, go to cstx.gov/starlight or contact Special Events Supervisor Gerry Logan at 979-764-3408 or glogan@cstx.gov.

Special thanks to our sponsors — The Children’s Museum, Revive 45, KORA 98.3, Classic Hits 107.3 and The Beat 101.9.

Starlight by the numbers
3,200: Estimated Starlight crowd at each event over 15 seasons
288,000: Estimated total Starlight attendance over 15 seasons
$750,000: Estimated in-kind support (media, others) over 15 seasons

 


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Mike Neu (@neu4u) has been with the City of College Station since 2007 and is in his third year as external relations manager. He served in the Texas Army National Guard from 2006-13 and in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-10. A native of Midland, Texas, Neu has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M and a master’s in public administration from A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.


 

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Enjoy “Minions” Friday under the stars

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By Sarah Hollis, Special Events Intern

After emerging as scene-stealers in the Despicable Me movies, the Minions are back in their own feature film facing evil villains and the Queen of England.

Join us at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater on Friday for a free showing of “Minions” on the 32-foot tall, high-definition inflatable screen. The gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 8.

Bring your blankets, chairs and coolers under 48 quarts. Pets are welcome, too!

Here’s a preview:

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“Paddington” featured at Wolf Pen Creek on March 12

By Gerry Logan, Special Events Supervisor

UPDATE: Due to this week’s weather forecast, we are moving this event to Saturday, March 12. Same time, location and happenings.Parks & Recreation staff will continue to monitor the weather and update everyone by 3 p.m. on Saturday, if weather continues to be a factor.

With spring break just around the corner and adventure on my mind, I can’t wait to see “Paddington” on Friday, March 11 at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The showing is part of our popular Movies in the Park series.

Here’s the original movie trailer:

Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 on our 32-foot tall, high definition inflatable screen. Admission is free and pets are welcome!

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2 huge reasons Starlight will be better than ever

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

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Lovers of all types of music have ventured to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater since 2002 to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment in the Starlight Music Series.

We’ve welcomed original artists performing soulful blues, 80s rock, jazz, Texas country, traditional country, and even contemporary symphony. Big names such as Willie Nelson, Eddie Money and the Bellamy Brothers have taken center stage.

While Willie’s not coming back (yet, anyway), we offer you two compelling reasons why our 15th season may be our best yet:

1. Six concerts.

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Free trick-or-treating fun for the whole family

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UPDATE (Oct. 30): Due to the weather, Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek has been canceled. However, we’ll join the Post Oak Mall ‘s trick-or-treating event on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. We’ll have plenty of candy, so come see us! 

By Gerry Logan, Special Event Supervisor

Last year, we were delightfully overwhelmed with more than 6,000 attendees at our first Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek. We’re prepared for an even larger attendance this year with more hayrides to get you to sites faster, better lighting, and more candy!

If you’re looking for a safe, family-friendly place to enjoy Halloween, Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek is the perfect venue.

Wolf Pen Creek Park will transform into a 5-acre, trick-or-treating paradise from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Dozens of candy booths will be providing free treats throughout the festival site, which will also feature carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, joy jumps, hayrides and much more. (more…)


See “Brave” Friday on Wolf Pen Creek big screen

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By Samantha Klein, Event Activities Assistant

“If you had the chance to change your fate … would you?”
– Merida, “Brave”

Join us Friday night at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater for an evening of adventure with a free showing of Disney’s coming-of-age story, “Brave,” on our 32-foot tall high-definition screen. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the first 50 mothers accompanied by a child will receive a free flower. Moms can also enjoy complimentary cookies and light refreshments in the Green Room while supplies last.

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Classic movie “The Sandlot” featured Friday on Wolf Pen Creek’s big screen

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“Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking! Just have fun.”
– Benny Rodriguez, “The Sandlot”

Join us Friday night for a free outdoor showing of the classic coming-of-age movie “The Sandlot” on a 32-foot high definition screen at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Our theme is “A Night at the Ballpark,” so wear your jersey to support your favorite team.

The family-friendly evening starts at 7 p.m. with free hotdogs provided to the first 50 people through the gate. Members of the Brazos Valley Bombers and their lovable mascot KABOOM will be on hand from 7-9 p.m., and a bounce house will be available for the youngsters.

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See “How to Train Your Dragon” Saturday at Wolf Pen Creek

By Hallie Kutch, Recreation Assistant

“I bet you think you know a lot about dragons. Let me show you some of what you don’t know.”
–Valka, How to Train Your Dragon

how-to-train-your-dragon-poster-1Let the call of adventure draw you to explore and discover an evening of free, family fun at Movies in the Park on Saturday Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Add to the mood by dressing in your best Viking attire for a night dedicated to the Land of the Dragons.

The event starts with a look at the fascinating habits and behaviors of the unique creatures of the Franklin Animal Reptile Exhibit, followed by a Viking-style turkey leg eating contest. The fastest eater in each age group will receive a $20 gift card to Café Capri, Genare Italian Restaurant/Mr. G’s Pizza, Casa Rodriguez or Must Be Heaven Sandwiches.

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Original “Phantom of the Opera” featured Friday at Werewolf Creek

The original 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera will be shown at Friday’s Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek. Admission is free.

The classic movie stars Lon Chaney as the mad, disfigured composer seeking love with a beautiful young opera singer.  Here’s the original trailer:

 

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The movie starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The screening caps off Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek, a family-oriented Halloween event that includes a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, candy booths, hayride, face painting, petting zoo, party train, inflatable structures, Halloween bingo, and more. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

Attendees may pick up bingo cards from 5-7 p.m., then get stickers from various booths and activities to fill in the cards. Completed bingo cards must be turned in to the Arts Council Building by 8 p.m. to be eligible for prizes.

Click here for the complete schedule of events.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 979-764-3486.

 


Werewolf Creek offers safe Halloween alternative

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By Gerry Logan, Special Events Supervisor

For decades, kids observed Halloween by donning scary costumes and pillaging the neighbors’ stores of candy. When I was a kid, we didn’t need rules such as “if the porch light is on, they have candy.” The neighbors all expected us.

Fast-forward to today’s society and times have indeed changed. While trick-or-treating remains prevalent, adults are more mindful of potential hazards. At night, neighborhoods have dark streets, and dark streets have cars. Neighborhoods also have residents who would rather not be bothered by children looking for their yearly candy splurge.

Enter Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek, an event designed with the entire family in mind. From 6-11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site will transform into a trick-or-treating paradise.

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