The perfect pumpkin

Three-year-old Marianna Perez finds a pumpkin she likes while exploring the Faith in Action pumpkin patch in 2017.

Here are some upcoming events and stories around Bryan-College Station that we're watching this week. For more events, visit theeagle.com/calendar.

Monday

• The Faith in Action Pumpkin Patch is opening Monday and will remain open through Oct. 31. The hours are from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. The pumpkin patch is next to Hillier Funeral Home at 2301 E. 29th St. in Bryan. The Aggie Habitat Pumpkin Patch opened Saturday and will also run through Oct. 31. The hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The pumpkin patch is at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road in College Station. For more information, visit habitatbcs.org/volunteer/pumpkin-patch.

• NAMI Brazos Valley's Lunch and Learn is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce boardroom, 4001 E. 29th St., Suite 175. Learn about the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness, including topics of healthy policies, recognizing signs and symptoms and community resources. It is free. RSVP by calling 260-5200.

Tuesday

• Lake Walk and Bryan-College Station Habitat for Humanity are teaming up to offer a pumpkin patch every Tuesday in October from 4 to 7 p.m. during The Local at the Lake Walk Town Center. All pumpkin proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1271714283007971.

• The Local, a seasonal artisan market at the Lake Walk Town Center, will be every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. until Dec. 10. The free, community event features vendors, live music, food trucks and giveaways. For more information, visit www.lakewalktx.com/thelocal.

• Beginning Tuesday, Aggieland Adventure Zoo & Safari Park is hosting Zoo-Tober Fest every day in October. Weekday activities will include a hay maze and a pumpkin patch, which is free to enter. Weekend activities include weekday activities along with games, hayrides ($10 per person), a photo booth, haunted woods and treats and snacks. Also, every Saturday is Boo at the Zoo with costume contests. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/874494482911043.

Wednesday through Saturday

• The 13th annual Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation NCHA Cutting & Benefit will be Wednesday through Sunday at the Brazos County Expo. The foundation, which raises money for cancer research and education, hosts the event that has cutting, auctions and a concert with Jason Cassidy. For a full schedule, visit https://www.michellelynnholsey.com/fundraisers.

Thursday

• The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs Fall 2019 Speaker Series presents The Bush Administration and the Middle East with Ambassador Dennis Ross at 6 p.m. inside the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. For more information, visit bush.tamu.edu/scowcroft/events.

• Mike and the Moonpies are performing live at Smitty K’s on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12

• The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts presents Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble: The Art of Luv (Part 6): Awesome Grotto! on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the Rudder Auditorium. The ritual performance is based on the Ancient Greek mysteries of Eleusis and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Limited seating is available. For more information, visit boxoffice.tamu.edu.

• The Sexual Assault Resource Center is hosting its second annual Evening Under the Stars Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. inside the Brownstone Reserve. There will be fine dining, dancing, music and a silent auction. Tickets begin at $100. For more information, visit https://www.sarcbv.org/featured-event.

Friday

• Downtown Bryan's First Friday will be from 5 to 10 p.m. and feature live music, art, shopping and demonstrations. For more information, visit downtownbryan.com.

• Beginning video game developers from universities across the nation will gather for Chillennium on Friday and Saturday at the Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Complex. The 48-hour video-game building competition or “game jam,” hosted by the Department of Visualization’s Learning Interactive Visualization Experience Lab, will culminate with awards from Chillennium sponsors for the best games created. For more information, visit chillennium.com.

Friday and Saturday

• The Texas A&M University Jazz Bands in Concert will be on Friday at 7 p.m., and the Texas A&M University Orchestras in Concert will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Both concerts will be in Rudder Theatre. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit boxoffice.tamu.edu.

• Special Olympics Texas returns to College Station on Friday and Saturday. The competition features aquatics, bocce and softball events at the Veterans Park and the Texas A&M University natatorium. There will also be an opening ceremony and dance on Friday at 7 p.m. that will feature a parade of athletes, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the lighting of the Special Olympics Texas cauldron. For more information, visit www.sotx.org/fallclassic or contact D’Ann Jonte at djonte@sotxorg.

Friday through Sunday

• The Theatre Company of Bryan-College Station presents Matilda: The Musical – the story of an extraordinary girl with a sharp mind and courage to take charge of her destiny. The production will run Oct. 4-20 at 3125 Texas Ave. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 for evening shows and $15 for matinee times. For more information, visit www.theatrecompany.com.

Saturday

• NAMI Brazos Valley is hosting the NAMIWalks 5K on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus. The free, public walk raises awareness about mental health. For more information, visit www.namiwalks.org/brazosvalley.

• Wiener Fest, Aggieland Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The event features a costume contest, vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, a kids zone, wiener races and wanna-be wiener races. Admission to the festival is free with individual events costing an admission fee. For more information, visit aggielandhumane.org/wienerfest.

• The Boonville Days Festival and Buffalo Stampede is Saturday at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History and at The Brazos Center. The event features a free festival with Texas heritage demonstrations, crafts, art, music and dance, cowboys and oxen. There’s also a chuckwagon cook-off and a Buffalo Stamped Half Marathon and 5K Race. The festival is free. The marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $30 for the 5K and $80 for the marathon. For more information, visit brazosvalleymuseum.org.

• Aggieland Safari is hosting a Floating Lantern Festival on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Attendees will get their own floating lantern that they can decorate. There will also be live music, food trucks, giraffe feeding, bird feeding, camel rides and tortoise feeding. Registration is $35.

• The RELLIS Campus Festival and Open House on Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. will celebrate the campus and will have live entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, inflatables, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Tours of the RELLIS campus will operate through the day. The address is 100 Texas 47 in Bryan. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/716896092099572.

• The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed park, opens this weekend. The festival transforms 55 acres into a 16th century English township, complete with kings, queens, lords and ladies, knights, nobles, fairies, elves, pirates, barbarians, jugglers and other interactive characters. Performers include musicians, magicians, acrobats, dancers and more than 200 daily performances covering 20 stages. Every weekend has a theme. There are also more than 400 shops, featuring artisans, merchants, crafts people and food and drink vendors. The fair is open Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 5 through Dec. 1 at Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 F.M. 1774 in Todd Mission. For more information, visit www.texrenfest.com.

• Mission Ranch is hosting a fall festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, trackless train, face painting and more. For more information, visit www.missionranchtx.com.

• The Baylor Scott & White Community Health Fair is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will have ambulance tours, free screenings, speakers, healthy cooking demonstrations, yoga classes, flu shots, live music, free hot dogs, food trucks and more. Mammograms will be available by appointment. For more information, call 207-4075.

• The Brazos Valley SCBWI Book Bash is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Larry J. Ringer Library. Multiple authors from the Brazos Valley Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will be selling and signing their books. There will also be refreshments, story times, crafts and information about creating and publishing for children. All ages are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, call 764-3416.

Saturday and Sunday

• The 2019 Fall Parade of Homes is on Saturday and Sunday, presented by the BCS Home Builders – Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For the route of homes, visit www.gbvbuilders.org/parade-of-homes. Builders or their representatives will be available at each home.

Sunday

• The 16th annual 5K and 1-mile Buddy Walk, which raises funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley, will be Sunday at the Millican Reserve, beginning at 8 a.m. The event includes activities for children, fellowship, music, entertainment and food. People organize groups with their family, workplace, school or community to participate in the walk and games to support people with Down Syndrome. Registration fees are $15 for the Buddy Walk, $25 for the 5K and $35 for Buddy Walk and 5K. For more information, visit www.ds-stride.org/dsabvbuddywalk.

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