Last month of summer events abound

Last month of summer events abound

Brazos River Roundup for August

Upper Basin

  • August 1: LUBBOCK – End of Summer Celebration
    10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Lubbock Public Library/Mahon, 1306 9th St. in Lubbock.
    Celebrate the end of summer at the library’s outdoor event, which features bounce houses, balloon animals, a fire truck and more. For more information, go here.
  • August 3: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk 

    7 a.m. August 6 at the Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court in Granbury.
    Dr. Billy Teels normally leads monthly bird walks. Dr. Teels earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1975 and is now retired after serving more than 30 years as a Biologist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service at various levels and in several states. Bring binoculars.
    For more information, call (817) 326-6005 or go here.
  • August 3: ABILENE – Get outside, get fit!
    9 to 11 a.m. August 6 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    On the first Saturday of each month, join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a five-mile hike around Lake Abilene. Guests must obtain an entrance permit at the park headquarters and ask for the gate code to gain access to the lake. The group will meet at the first parking lot by the lake entrance. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water.
    For more information, contact Candyce Johnson at (325) 264-4871 or candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • August 24: MINERAL WELLS – Snakes: Friend or Foe?
    8:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71, in Mineral Wells.
    Snakes! Love them? Hate them? Come find out more about some of the snakes that call Texas home. Join us and play a fun game to dispel the myths we have all heard about snakes. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
    For more information, contact David Owens at (940) 328-1171 ext. 222 or david.owens@tpwd.texas.gov.

Central basin

  • August 3: WACO – Children’s Fairy/Gnome/Jurassic Park Garden Class
    The Children’s Fairy/Gnome/Jurassic Park Garden Class with the McLennan County Master Gardeners is from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 3, at Miss Nelly's Pollinator Garden in Cameron Park in Waco. The event is free but limited. All supplies are furnished.
    For more information, call 254-749-4499 or 254-722-3355.
  • August 5: WACO – Sustainable Waco Conference
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the McLennan Community College Emergency Services Education Center, located at 7601 Steinbeck Bend Road in Waco, lecture hall 200.
    Are you interested in learning how to become a better steward of the planet? This one-day conference will provide all Wacoans, from city managers, small businesses, and independent citizens the knowledge and skills to be able to make a positive environmental impact in our community. The conference will feature current research regarding sustainability and climate change and will include breakout sessions with practical application for individuals, community leaders, and educators.
    The $15 cost will include lunch, snacks, and beverages. Space is limited. TEA credits available for K-12 educators.
  • August 22: TEMPLE – SUMMER SIZZLE 

    5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, at the Wildflower Country Club, 4902 Wildflower Lane in Temple.
    The Temple Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the red carpet for the blockbuster event, Summer Sizzle!
    Join the Chamber for a Hollywood-themed evening to end your summer while supporting the mission of the Chamber. This star-studded event is free to attend for members and their guests; there will be food and drinks, a raffle, 52 Card Pick ‘em Game, and a live auction. Raffle tickets are $20 and are on sale now at the Chamber office. One raffle ticket buys you the chance to win your choice of one of five prize packages.
    The 52 Card Pick ‘em Game is $50 and is on sale now at the Chamber office. One playing card from a single deck buys you a chance at your choice of two firearms. Call  254-773-2105 to get your ticket today.
    ​Detailed information about the raffle packages, 52 Card Pick ‘em Game prizes, and the live auction is available here.
    ​Summer Sizzle is brought to you by Amos Electric, Jack Hilliard Distributing, KCEN TV Channel 6, Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, P.C., Mac Haik Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Temple, and Wildflower Country Club.
  • August 23-25: WACO - Duel on the Brazos
    The Southern Drag Boat Association is hosting a sanctioned drag boat racing on the Brazos River Aug. 23 through 25.
    For more information, go here.
  • August 24: WHITNEY – Star Party in the Park
    8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 F.M. 1244, in Whitney. Join the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a relaxing evening at beautiful Lake Whitney State Park. See the moon and stars through a telescope with Larry Smith, a retired astronomy ranger of the National Park Service. The program is free, but applicable park entry fees are required. Entry is free for everyone in the vehicle with a Texas State Park Pass. Meet at the picnic area across from our Recreation Hall. Bring something to sit on, snacks and water or other non-alcoholic beverages if desired. Binoculars and telescopes if you would like. Red light flashlights are perfect for this event. Guests arriving after office hours should use the self-pay station and bring exact change to place in the envelope.
    For more information, contact Rita Eisenchenk at 254-694-3793 x0 or rita.eisenschnek@tpwd.texas.gov.

Lower Basin

  • August 2 and 3: BRYAN – Shakes on the Lake
    8 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at Lake Walk Pavilion, 4205 S. Traditions Dr. in Bryan.
    Lake Walk Town Center is excited to announce the inaugural season of Shakes on the Lake with summer performances of The Tempest. Directed by Andrew Roblyer, The Tempest will be performed four different times.  This event is free and open to the public to attend.
    For more information, go here.
  • August 3 and 4: WASHINGTON – Cooking at the Quarters
    10 a.m to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, in Washington. There’s nothing like a hot meal after a hard day of work. For the enslaved at Barrington Farm, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Join the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as they demonstrate cooking a traditional meal for the enslaved using period ingredients and methods.
    For more information, contact Ben Baumgartner at 936-878-2214 x246 or benjamin.baumgartner@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • August 10 and 11: WASHINGTON – Keeping Cool in the Texas Heat
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, in Washington.
    Come stay cool with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern air conditioning. You might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer.
    For more information, contact Barb King at 936-878-2214, x246 or barb.king@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • August 17: WASHINGTON – Living History Saturday
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, in Washington. Travel back to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff and volunteers dress in period clothing, bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. This month’s activities include equipment of Texas militiamen and a presentation on the Republic of Texas and Native American relations.
    For more information, contact Jordan Anderson at 936-878-2214 x224 or Jordan.anderson@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • August 24: WASHINGTON - Traveling in Texas
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, in Washington. There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How on earth did he get there? Long-distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute. Stop by the farm and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas.
    For more information, contact Barb King at 936-878-2214, x246 or barb.king@tpwd.texas.gov.

If your group or organization would like to add a future event to the Brazos Basin Calendar, email the information to cassie.smith@brazos.org.