July 28, 2016: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

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July 28, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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July 28, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Nacogdoches Public Library News Releases

Contact information: Crystal Hicks
(936) 559-2970

Comedy Movie Night at the Public Library

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites the community to attend Comedy Movie Night on Friday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m. The film is rated PG-13. More information is available at the library, on the library’s website at www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/library or at www.facebook.com/judybmcdonaldpubliclibrary. Admission is free, including light snacks and drinks. Please call 559-2970 to reserve a seat.
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Contact information: JuLee Comer
(936) 559-2970

Epic Relays at the Public Library

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites community members of all ages for a series of epic relays on Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. Participants will compete with old friends and new friends during an hour of sometimes challenging, sometimes hilarious relays. Learn to work together as a team to be victorious. Come prepared for an action-packed hour of serious fun.

This event is free to the public, and no registration is needed.
The Friends of the Library are on Facebook (as Judy B. McDonald Public Library) and Twitter (as @friendsofnacpl).
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Contact information: Crystal Hicks
(936) 559-2970

Tabletop Games at the Public Library

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites community members of all ages to join in Tabletop Games with the next meet-up on Monday, August 1st at 5:30 p.m. Tabletop Gaming is an age-old communal and family activity, and there are many new and exciting games to challenge all skill levels.

Join old friends or new for a gaming evening with such favorites as Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Resistance, Coup, Guillotine and more. The event is free and there is no registration required.

The Friends of the Library are on Facebook (as Judy B. McDonald Public Library) and Twitter (as @friendsofnacpl).
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Contact information: Mercedes Franks
(936) 559-2970

Math Battles at the Public Library
 
It will be back to school time before you know it! Brush up on important math skills with Math Battles at the Public Library. Families can take part in math-oriented games that help children practice basic math concepts while having fun. Families will learn new games to play with their children. They can also make their own board game to take home. The free event is Thursday, August 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library. The event is for ages 7-11 years. For more information, please call 559-2970 or follow us online at www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/library or on Facebook and Instagram as friendsofnacpl.

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July 27, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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July 27, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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July 27, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Blueberry festival earns high awards in TFEA marketing competition

Contact: Kelly Daniel, 936-560-5533,
business@nactx.com

Tattoo Productions Owner Jimmy Crow, left, holds the commemorative poster for the 27th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln. The poster won the TFEA's Gold award, Best in Class, for events within a $75,000 budget. Crow designed the art used for the festival poster and t-shirt. Also pictured are Festival Chair Grace Handler holding the festival t-shirt, a Bronze award winner, and Nacogdoches County Chamber Interim President/CEO Bill Teague. The Texas Blueberry Festival is produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Kelly Daniel)

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln took home honors in the Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA) event marketing competition. The Chamber competed with other events with a budget of under $75,000 and took the Gold award “best in class” for Commemorative Poster and the Bronze award “third place” for T-Shirt Design.

“The TFEA Marketing and Communication Awards program recognizes excellence in campaigns used to promote festivals and events,” said TFEA Executive Director Kay Wolf. “This competition recognizes the creativity and professionalism of the Texas festivals and events industry.”

A total of 488 entries were judged by a panel of marketing professionals, and the awards were presented at the TFEA’s Annual Conference Awards Luncheon held on July 23 in Corpus Christi.

Texas Blueberry Festival Chair Grace Handler, Nacogdoches County Chamber Chairman Rusty Rust, Chamber Interim President/CEO Bill Teague and Membership & Marketing Manager Kelly Daniel traveled to the luncheon to receive the awards.

“The festival committee is proud of this year’s festival art featured on the poster and the t-shirt,” Handler said. “Our town, festival and presenting sponsor are named in the visual. Along with that good branding, there is a special and unique meaning with the Nacogdoches Tricentennial logo included in the design.”

The Texas Blueberry Festival t-shirt and poster design were a collaborative effort among Tattoo Productions Owner Jimmy Crow, Handler and Nacogdoches County Chamber staff.

Festival t-shirts and posters are available at the Chamber, 2516 North St. The poster is $10, and t-shirts are available in small, medium and x-large sizes for $16.

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Work of late artist Frields featured in show, sale

The works of the late SFA art professor Gary Frields will be featured in a show and sale that runs Aug. 4 through 27 in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship awarded annually to an SFA student.

The “artful spirit” of Gary Frields will again be made available to admirers of the late Stephen F. Austin State University art professor when The Beautiful Gary Q. Frields Art Show & Sale takes place Aug. 4 through 27 in Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, hosted by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts. Half of the sale proceeds will benefit the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship the FVA awards annually to an SFA student.

It’s been three years since Frields passed away, and his wife, Tamara Robertson, decided it was time to allow the public an opportunity to enjoy his artwork once again.

“I want Gary’s artful spirit to continue enriching other people’s lives as he did while on this earth,” she said, “making them laugh, making them stop and contemplate the incredible beauty of the world and what it means to be a sentient being.”

“I had the privilege of knowing Gary for nine years in total before he passed away, and the even greater privilege of being his wife for his last three years,” Robertson wrote in an email interview. “I have held his artworks close to me for these three years since he passed, unready to part ways with important things of his.

“It has made me sad to know so much of his work sits, unappreciated, as I have only so much room for display,” she said. “It is time to remedy this situation and release the beauty of Gary’s persona back out where it belongs – in public.”

Known among his peers as a great advocate for SFA’s art students, Frields taught courses in design, drawing and sculpture and served as graduate program coordinator for the School of Art before his retirement in 2012. He was a recipient of the SFA Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award and was appointed to the board of directors for the Texas Association of Schools of Art. Frields’ involvement in national juried exhibitions helped in establishing the SFA Texas National, originating the concept, name and designing the logo. The event brings to Nacogdoches some of the most celebrated contemporary artists as jurors. He originated the Art Prom and was a founding member of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, creating the logo and contributing to concept planning.

Frields’ best friend, Michael Donahue, described him as “an art evangelist,” Robertson said. “Gary was filled with gratitude to be able to live an artful life, create art and share his passion for art, UFOs, Elvis and Mr. Peanut with his friends and students,” she said.

Frields’ philosophy regarding art was “open-ended,” she explained. He did not believe there was any one “right” way to begin an artwork, or any one “right” style of art, or even that an artist was confined to creating work in one style alone.

“To me, he was a Picasso,” she said. “He began most of his art with no attempt to make any particular thing, but would proceed relentlessly, relying on intuitive reactions to his chosen material. While exploring various (and often new) materials, he would respond as unplanned things happened in his process of discovery. The forms, images, and narratives revealed would seem to invent themselves almost independently of Gary in an open-ended process that could merge any style (classical, minimal, expressive, nonobjective, naïve, abstract, etc.) with aspects connected to his life. Discoveries made during his working process built trust in creating through this working method.”

Each of Frields’ artworks has a different message, Robertson said. “Sometimes it is silly, sometimes serious, sometimes he was simply expressing his passion for life. There is certainly something in his work for everyone to connect with, regardless of their level of art education.”

Frields was “sincerely touched and proud” when the FVA announced it would honor him with a scholarship in his name, Robertson said.

“He was thrilled he would still be able to continue to encourage students of art even after he was no longer a teacher in the classroom,” she said. “Gary was always a champion of his students and took every opportunity to give back to the arts. He was an ardent believer that art would allow and encourage students to become more informed and transformed into authentically original, creative, open-minded, charitable individuals.”

“Scholarships advance a student’s self-belief and cognizance that their rigorous effort to acquire knowledge and skill is rewarding and respected,” Frields wrote. “I hope this scholarship allows someone to follow their passion and live their dream as I have been so fortunate to have done.”

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Reavley Gallery is on the second floor. At the close of the show, the remaining artwork will be moved to the Culinary Café on the SFA campus.

For more information about the show and sale, call (936) 468-6557.

View Frields’ artwork at http://GaryQFrields.wix.com/garyqfrields.

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SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2016-2017 University Series

Big Head Todd and the Monsters lead the Big Head Blues Club, along with second-generation blues stars Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks, in a tribute to one of the most influential songwriters of early rock and roll in presenting "The Songs of Willie Dixon" in a College of Fine Arts' University Series event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas in presenting five national touring acts in the 2016-2017 University Series.

This fascinating mix of performance art features a famous British actor performing the works of a Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet, a Celtic Christmas celebration and a Dutch vocal ensemble performing a repertoire that covers more than five centuries.

“We round out the series by paying tribute to one of the pillars of modern blues and showcasing the music of America’s top female brass quintet,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

“Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups,” Goodall said. “This year’s series offers a wide range of artistic talent, from dance to music to theater.

“From a Celtic Christmas performance to a tribute to blues great Willie Dixon, it’s going to be another great season, and one our loyal University Series patrons, and newcomers alike, will not want to miss,” he said.

The season opens Thursday, Sept. 15, with extraordinary British actor Julian Sands presenting “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” directed by John Malkovich. Sands was approached in 2005 by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet to prepare a set of Pinter’s poems for a special presentation in London. This extraordinary collaboration evolved into this wonderfully humorous and fascinating solo show nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award. This performance is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

If you’re a fan of Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, or even Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, then you’ve heard the songs of Willie Dixon. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Big Head Blues Club comes to Turner Auditorium to celebrate the legendary songwriter. Big Head Todd and the Monsters join forces with three second-generation blues stars, Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks, to pay tribute to one of the most influential songwriters of early rock and roll in presenting “The Songs of Willie Dixon.” This performance is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

Acclaimed Irish ensemble Danú celebrates Christmas at SFA with “Féile Na Nollag” (A Christmas Gathering) on Friday, Dec. 16. Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by their virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion and the gorgeous voice of Nell Ní Chróinín, along with top-notch guest dancers. This performance is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

A radiant, charismatic quintet comprised of America’s top female brass players, Seraph Brass will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The quintet is committed to challenging audiences with engaging and exciting programming, presenting a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. This performance is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical.

The series concludes with a performance of the Olga Vocal Ensemble on Thursday, Feb. 2. Hailing from the land of tulips, wooden shoes and windmills, the Dutch vocal ensemble Olga creates pure musical joy from five distinct but harmonious voices. With their red kettle mascot, these men are ready to conquer every heart with their powerful and charming presentation that combines enthusiasm, humor and drama with genuine vocal clarity that enchants both young and old. This performance is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

Season tickets for the complete 2016-2017 University Series go on sale Aug. 1 and are $100 for adults, $80 for seniors and $40 for students. Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

“These are fantastic prices for quality entertainment,” said Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager. “Season tickets provide a 25-percent savings over single tickets, and patrons can have their same seat throughout the season.

“Plus, we offer season-ticket options,” she said. “The classic package includes one ticket to each of the five performances, and the TixMix package allows patrons to create their own season.”

Single-event ticket purchases for the University Series or any of the other performances presented through the College of Fine Arts can be made beginning Monday, Aug. 15.

For more information on the 2016-2017 University Series, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is also located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

For a complete schedule of all College of Fine Arts events in art, music and theatre, visit finearts.sfasu.edu.

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