By Chris Furguson
For those north of Keystone, this weekend will provide a variety of entertainment and special interests.
Tonight, the Imperial County Chamber Mixer for October will take place at Pioneers Memorial Hospital, just one week prior to their annual Gala Dinner. With the theme of “Fall into the Season,” the Chamber invites members to enjoy a “Taste of Brawley.”
This event begins at 5:30pm at the Pioneers Memorial Hospital on 207 West Legion Street in Brawley.
Friday, October 14th, sees the first half of the 2011 Brawley Cattle Call Queen’s competition. The contestants, one for Queen and three for Teen Queen, will ride their steeds in the Horsemanship portion of the contest at the Brawley Cattle Call Arena. This part, which will count towards the next evening’s Coronation ceremony, will have each contestant ride a pre-determined routine on their horse as well as a randomly drawn one.
The competition begins at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Brawley Cattle Call Arena.
The same evening will see the first home game of the Imperial Valley League football season, when the Brawley Wildcats take on the Imperial Tigers at Warne Field. The Wildcats, who go into the game after wins against the Christian Patriots and the Coachella Valley Arabs and a loss against the Chula Vista Spartans.
The Wildcats, currently 3-2, will face off against the Tigers, also 3-2, who took wins against the Coachella Valley Arabs, the Parker Lancers (San Diego) and the Yucca Valley Trojans while losing against the Santana Sultans (Santee) and the Valley Center Jaguars.
Game time is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 15th will see a plethora of activities for the civic minded person.
The first annual Amber Bryant Memorial 5k Walk/Run will take place at Jeff Thornton Park near Pioneer’s Memorial Hospital at 7 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards programs to prevent domestic violence and a trust fund for Bryant’s son Preston.
The memorial event will include a 5 km run and a 1 km fun walk and all registered walkers will received a T-shirt ranging from Small to X-large.
Later in the morning, at 10 am, the Brawley Fire Department will hold their 7th Annual Open House in honor of Fire Prevention Week at the Main Street Fire Station.
This will give kids and interested adults a chance to tour the fire station and show where their firefighters live and store their gear. Activities for kids will include a smoke escape, fire hose practices and a demonstration of the Jaws of Life and other vehicle extraction tools.
This event will run until 2 pm.
At noon, a fundraiser for a young girl will occur at the Hidalgo Society’s Hall on the corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and I Street. Arianna Diaz was born without hip sockets, among other problems, and is scheduled for surgery on November 2.
The proceeds from the barbacoa plate fundraiser will go towards the surgery and the after care expenses. All supplies and labor were donated, along with the music.
Beginning at 2 pm, a boxing exhibition hits the Brawley Union High School campus, the proceeds of which will go towards the Anthony Garcia Foundation, Between Women and the Westmorland PAL.
More information may be found on page 3 of the Weekly-Chronicle.
Finally, during the evening hours, the annual Cattle Call Queen Dinner and Coronation Ceremony will hit the Lions Center, starting at 5 p.m.
This event will consist of the Pageantry and Interview portions of the Queen’s Contest along with the Coronation. The Little Miss Cattle Call girls will also take part in various activities during the evening as well.
A beef dinner will be provided and cocktails will be available during the first hour of the event.
Call Alexis at the Brawley Chamber (760-344- for more information about the competition.