Saturday, April 22, 2017

PVAMU Community Orchestra holds Concert at St. Francis of Assisi

The Prairie View A&M University Community Orchestra held another excellent concert on April 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. The group performed works of Richard Smallwood (Total Praise), Gustav Holst (Mars the Planet), Alan Hovaness (The Prayer of St. Gregory) and Andrea Favi (Sinfonia II –Allegro). Dr. Wendy Bergin, Associate Professor Music, conducted the 30 piece orchestra. Kristerpher Williams was the student conductor. Reverend Cynthia Engle, Rector at St. Francis, made a guest appearance on the Cello. A reception followed the event.

The City of Prairie View will hold a general election on May 6 for three council positions. The candidates in the elections are: Position 1 – Brian Rowland and Veda Johnson, Position 2 – Jonathan Randle (incumbent), Chandra Adams and Maduforo Eze and Position 3 – Marie Herndon (incumbent), Darryl Johnson and Kendric Jones. Early voting runs May 2, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at City Hall on 44480 US Business 290. For more information, visit

Waller ISD is also holding an election for two members to the Board of Trustees on May 6. For position 1: Joe Landan (Incumbent) and Ronald Campbell. Early voting runs thru May 2 at the WISD Administration in Waller and on May 1-2 from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Waller County Community Center in Prairie View. Citizens of Prairie View are encouraged to vote for the candidate to best represent the community.

Center Hill Primitive Baptist Church will pay tribute to its Pastor, Reverend Richard D. and Mrs. Easter Hayes on April 7 in a special event to commemorate the 39 years of service at 3:00 p.m. at the church on 40224 Center Hill Road, Hempstead. Reverend C. W. Tennell, Sr., Pastor, St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church, Bryan will deliver the service and Sister Barbara Caine will serve as Mistress of Ceremony. A pre-appreciation celebration is slated for April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Reverend Ruth Walker, Pastor, St. James Community Baptist Church, Waller will deliver the sermon, with Mother Camille Curtis as the Mistress of Ceremony. The public is invited to come and celebrate and worship on this special event.

The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association is gearing up for its 43rd National Convention on July 20-22, 2017 in Houston, Texas. More than 500 alumni and friends of PVAMU are expected to attend the four-day event, featuring workshops, seminars, class meetings and the awards ceremonies. For information visit: or call 936-857-5817.

Wanted to know about the law for the people and how to navigate an issue at the layman’s level, well here is your chance to attend the “People’s Law School” on Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. The speakers and presenters will address laws affecting the elders, consumers, landlord-tenant relations and criminal justice system. You are encouraged to register at The event is sponsored by the Waller County Lifelong Learning Center, Herschel Smith, Waller County Constable, Pct. 3, Sylvia Cedillo, Attorney, Health Markets and Texas C.O.R.E. For more information, contact by Email:

The Gavel Series hosted by the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University will host a Meet the Candidates! City of Prairie View Local Election Political Forum on Saturday, April 29 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., in the Don K. Clark Building Auditorium.

The First United Methodist Church will host its Annual Bar-B-Q on May 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the church on 7th and Main in Hempstead, Texas. Drive thru or Dine-in is $12.00, which includes baked desert.

Plans are underway for the 11th Annual Red Hot Summer Ball, sponsored by the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. on August 5, 2017. This year’s honorees include Administrative Assistants and two dedicated employees who have gone above and beyond their call of duty in the city. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information contact: Belinda Lewis at email:

Congratulations to the winners of the 84th Annual Miss Prairie View A&M University Scholarship Pageant. After six rounds of competition, Moriah Colbert, a junior architect student from Indianapolis, Indiana was the winner of the Personal Interview, Talent, Eveningwear and Onstage Interview along with the title. Kayla Robert, a junior Mechanical Engineering student from Houston, won the swimwear and is the first runner-up. Both Moriah and Kayla were former contestants in the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, hosted by the Eta Gamma and Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Incidentally, Moriah also won second runner-up for the Texas Miss Black & Gold Pageant.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Dorothy Anderson Carter, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Shirley Fritzsching, Evelyn Jones, The Sidney Johnson Family, Jerry Kellum, David & Loraine Kirkpatrick, Edward and Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson. May God’s peace be with you! HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY TO: Herbert Thomas (26), Vickie Seldon (26), Florine Muse (27) and Travis Scott [nee Jacques Webster] (Birthday 30). HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAY TO: Blesson Isaac (6), Ellery Chase Stevens (7), Ella Anderson (8), Mary Hawkins (9), Mary Ann Stubblefield (9), Cecil Dorsett II (11), James Kromah (11), Gloria Hall (12), Tenamah Sirleaf (12) and Ananias K. Waters (13).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program will host its 5th Annual Housing Fair on April 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building. For information and registration. The event provides a venue for potential home buyers and current homeowners to speak directly to mortgage industry professionals and receive information on resources available for their real-estate needs and USDA loans. The event is free. Contact: Christopher Cotton, Program Specialist at 936-61-5107. In celebration of National Preservation Week – April 23-29, the staff of the John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A&M University has joined with libraries throughout the nation celebrate this special event. The Coleman Library has an extensive display of historical documents on display for public viewing. Today, April 27, the library will sponsor an Open House Celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 5th Floor, with a reception from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The public is invited. For more information on Preservation Week, visit:

On April 28—29, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences Annual Agricultural Field Day under the theme “Growing Ideas. Impacting Lives” at Prairie View A&M University. The public is invited to attend. There are activities for adults and children to include a petting of the goats. For more information, visit or contact Angela Moore or 936-261-5002.

Until next week, remember that whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Believe in the power and make a difference in the lives of others. Keep the news and achievements coming to or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

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