With the ever-changing restrictions due to COVID-19, some events listed may have been cancelled or changed. Please contact the organization to verify dates and times of events you’re interested in attending.
Calendar items are listed in the following order: Community/Local, Sports, Religion and ongoing events under Clubs/Health/Self-Help.
COMMUNITY / LOCAL EVENTS
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THIS WEEK (July 6-12)
HUMBLE CITY COUNCIL
The City Council has resumed its in-person meetings the second and fourth Thursdays and will meet July 9 and 23 at 6:30 p.m., at 114 W. Higgins St., Humble. The public is invited. For information, contact Sue Daniel at 281-446-3061.
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON
Join Kings Harbor, 4501 Magnolia Cove Dr., Kingwood, Thursday, July 9 and Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m., for the summer movie series, Movies Under the Moon, this summer - in new fashion! Bring your chairs and sit back to enjoy a movie under the stars.
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KINGWOOD PIP MEETING
The HPD Chief’s Citywide PIP (Positive Interaction Program) meeting will be live-streamed Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m., on HPD’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/houstonpolice. The presentation topic will be “Auto Theft Trends” and participants will learn what they can do to make themselves and their vehicles a less desirable target. Sgt. Hicks with HPD’s Auto Theft Crime Task Force will instruct on how not to be the next victim. Closed captioning can be enabled on the YouTube video, or found at streamtext.net/player?event=CitywidePIP.
Bookends will meet Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Book to be discussed will be “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert. For information, contact Julie Payne at 281-713-2477 or 409-963-6730.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON
MEET ME AT THE MARKET!
Shop local and eat fresh at the Humble Farmers Market Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Schott Park, 8510 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble. Purchase farm-fresh produce, visit local vendors, enjoy music, food trucks, artisans and crafters, Kid’reneur Program. Event is free; bring the kids and pets for a fun day. For information, call 281-446-4140.
VIRTUAL STATE OF THE STATE LUNCH-IN
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
A VIRTUAL public meeting will be held Thursday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m., to gather public input on the reconstruction and widening of Farm-to-Market (FM) 1485 from State Highway (SH) 242 to Kidd Cemetery Road in Montgomery County and will consist of a narrated presentation by the project team, project exhibits and other information, and an opportunity to comment. Comments must be received on or before Friday, Aug. 7, to be a part of the official meeting record. The pre-recorded video presentation (English and Spanish) will be posted at https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/houston/072320.html. For information, email
Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St., Liberty, will present Michael and Ginny Hix, with the Liberty Opry Band, Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations or program information, call 936-336-5830 or visit www.libertyopry.com.
KINGWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER (Currently closed)
LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM
-Online registration for Summer and Fall classes is open at www.lonestar.edu/registration.
LONE STAR COLLEGE-ATASCOCITA
LSC-Atascocita Center is located at 15903 West Lake Houston Pkwy., Houston. To learn more about the college’s programs, academic courses and other services offered close to home, visit www.lonestar.edu/atascocita-center or call 832-775-0800.
LONE STAR COLLEGE-KINGWOOD
-Lone Star College now offering VIRTUAL summer camp classes with Discovery College. More than 56 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Music) courses are available. All classes are live with only 10 students per class allowing one-on-one virtual interaction. Our Lone Star College certified and experienced faculty will provide an engaging and fun atmosphere while learning at a distance. A secure video conferencing tool is used to provide reliability and consistency for each student. Register at https://services.lonestar.edu/cteregistration/.
*Courses are offered for 8-18 year olds.
*Courses start at $115.
*Several Discovery College programs are STEAM-focused, meaning that they are specifically designed to engage a child in key areas like science, technology, engineering, art and math to promote a true learning experience. We also offer programs in performing arts, physical activity, and more.
*Student and parent evaluations are used for every Discovery College session to ensure that Lone Star College is offering the most relevant and exciting programs possible.
*Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
*Supervised lunch is available for students registering for both morning and afternoon classes occurring in the same week. Students staying for lunch must bring a sack lunch each day.
*Volunteers must attend an orientation session and complete the volunteer release form/background check.
HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES
HCPL No-contact Curbside Holds Pick-up is now available. Check website for details at www.hcpl.net.
In accordance with Harris County’s efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, all Harris County Public Library branches will remain closed to the public at this time.
KINGWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY
The Kingwood Branch Library is located at 4400 Bens View Ln., Kingwood. All programs are free. Note: Some programs require registration or tickets. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/7d4s8ly, call 832-927-7830 or visit the library.
Curbside Pick Up service hours are: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. No appointments necessary; just drive up.
Summer Reading Programs. To catch up with programs missed, or to rewatch, visit www.facebook.com/harriscountypl/live/:
-Tuesday, July 7, 2-3 p.m. Nutty Scientists Presents Castaway. The Nutty Scientists get stranded on a deserted island. Life on the island is chock full of challenges and dangers, but resourceful Professor Proton managers to overcome them all thanks to science.
-Thursday, July 9, 11 a.m.-noon. Yo-Yo Challenge. Join Yo-Yo & Spin Top Champion, Val Oliver as she shares yo-yo tricks, how to get started yoyoing, spinning tops and the science about things that spin! You're not going to want to miss this 'spintastic' performance!
-Thursday, July 9, 4-5 p.m. Asia Society/Nina Shimaguchi: School Life in Japan. Join Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator Nina Shimaguchi from the Asia Society Texas Center as we explore School Life in Japan! Learn Japanese greetings and learn the most popular Japanese exercise: Radio Taiso.
-Thursday, July 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Audio Design Challenge: Radio Drama (Andrew Karnavas). Before television there was radio, and on the radio, there was drama. 1920-1950 was the Golden Age of Radio when families would gather around the radio in the living room to listen to their favorite shows. Radio Drama depends on dialogue, music, and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. It is now 2020 and it seems like everyone with a smartphone is listening to podcasts these days.
-Friday, July 10, 2-3 p.m. Earth Science on Wheels: Dinosaur Discovery with Live Q&A Session. Combined with footage from our very own Morian Hall of Paleontology, this presentation looks at what a dinosaur is, how they ate, how they hunted, and how we learn about these extinct animals.
-Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Mad Science: Special Event. Let’s experiment with air molecules, water properties, and chemistry! Watch water turn into juice. Make a volcano erupt. Create slime muffins and a foam factory! Take a journey through air, heat, reactions, and more.
-Tuesday, July 14, 11 a.m.-noon. Houston Grand Opera - Storybook Opera - “The Armadillo’s Dream.” In this special bilingual performance, the Houston Grand Opera teaching artists Alisa and Alejandro Magallon bring you The Armadillo's Dream by Dennis Arrowsmith.
-Tuesday, July 14, 2-3 p.m. Writers in the Schools LIVE Spoken Word Poetry Workshop Part I. Should all poems be read aloud? Yes! The goal of this workshop is to create poems that can be taken from page to stage. Performance poetry allows students to be in constant conversation with the world around them and equips them with the tools to amplify their voices. In their exploration of contemporary language and stage presence, students will analyze both the written work and videos of performance poets. The poems they write will result in an opportunity to perform. This is a 2-part program, but participants can also attend the sessions individually. The second session will take place on Thursday, July 16, 2 p.m. For ages 13-19. Event will be presented live on Microsoft Teams at https://bit.ly/3hkoFfG.
-Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free Screening: CineSpace. Gather the family for this free screening of CineSpace, a short film competition created by NASA in partnership with the Houston Cinema Arts Society, offers aspiring and professional filmmakers a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA archival imagery. With more than 1,700 films from 55 countries submitted over the past 5 years, the following program features past finalists and winners of the competition.
-Wednesday, July 15, 2-3 p.m. Interactive Coloring Experience. Register at https://www.hcpl.net/events/34504 and receive a link to join a live Teams meeting.
-Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Live Screening! Books Alive Presents “Chicken Big.” On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this BIG twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken. Performed by a professional troupe that tours throughout the Houston Metroplex, productions are bright and engaging, fun and entertaining for all ages.
-Thursday, July 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Live in Studio! Main Street Theater’s Speak of Me as I Am. While many African Americans of yesteryear are well known for contributions to America’s art scene such as Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and Hattie McDaniel, fewer people know about the great black Shakespearean actors of early America. Figures such as Ira Aldridge, Henrietta Vinton Davis, and Paul Robeson may not be household names, but they enthralled audiences with their truth, dignity, and passion, as they embodied characters such as Hamlet, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Othello. In this one-of-a-kind reading, actors from Main Street Theater’s Shakespeare for All program will share historic recounts, stories, and of course, scenes and speeches from Shakespeare, in an interactive, audience-friendly presentation that reminds us that Shakespeare is indeed, for ALL.
-Friday, July 17, 10-11 a.m. Houston Grand Opera Live in Studio: Sing! Move! Play! This special, live program celebrates opera’s greatest hits through action-packed workshops filled with singing, rhythmic movement, and creative play.
ATASCOCITA BRANCH LIBRARY
The library is located at 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble. All library events are free, open to the public and offers numerous programs for children, teens and adults. More events, including monthly programs, can be found at www.hcpl.net. For other information, call 832-927-5560.
OCTAVIA FIELDS BRANCH LIBRARY
The library is located at 1503 South Houston, Humble, and offers numerous programs for children, teens and adults. For information, visit www.hcpl.net or call 832-927-5500.
BALDWIN BOETTCHER BRANCH LIBRARY
The Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library is now operating inside Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd., Humble. All programs are free and open to the public. For library information, call 832-927-5480.
MAY COMMUNITY CENTER
In accordance with Harris County’s efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, all Precinct 2 activities are canceled at this time.
JESSE H. JONES PARK & NATURE CENTER
Jones Park is located at 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble. For park information or activities and programs offered, call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones.
-Saturday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. Second Saturday Settlers: Peel & Squeel. Spend an afternoon around the campfire enjoying baked potatoes with all the fixings, while listening to traditional Irish music. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, July 1.
-Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m. Second Sunday Pickers. Join this musical group celebrating more than 30 years of concerts. The Second Sunday Pickers entertain with acoustic music, including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors are welcome to listen to free folk music or bring an instrument to play along.
-Saturday, July 18, 9-11 a.m. Invasives Beware. Join the JJP Eradicators to remove invasive plant species and restore native habitats in the park. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult.
-Saturday, July 18, 5 p.m. Evening Canoe Trip. Beat the heat during a leisurely paddle ride along Spring Creek.
-Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. Geology of Jones Park. Explore the park’s geologic processes and their relationships with the environment from a guest speaker. Discover how geologic processes influence the balance between man and nature. For ages 10+. Reservations are required beginning Wednesday, July 15.
-Daily during park hours. Bicycling. The Jones-Bender, Judy Overby Bell and Spring Creek Greenway trails are open daily for bicycling. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
-Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. Conservation Connections. Join Horticultural Coordinator Matt Abernathy to assist with conservation projects around Jones Park. Projects may include the following: pollinator garden maintenance, vegetation management, habitat restoration, native plant propagation, biological surveys, and more throughout the year. Ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes and bring their own gloves. Long pants, water, and a hat are recommended.
-Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Tai Chi. Interested in trying a new healthy outdoor activity? Tai Chi is a centuries-old activity shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve quality of life, reasoning ability, balance, and stability. John Spencer, a volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of Tai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.
-Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tadpoles Club. This interactive program helps introduce preschool-aged children to nature through stories, crafts, puppets, short walks, and animals. This staff-naturalist-led program provides a great opportunity for parents and children to learn about and enjoy nature together. Reservations are required and available beginning Wednesday, April 3. Ages 3 to 4 only. Parent must accompany children. No younger or older siblings.
-Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Homestead Open House. Appreciate modern conveniences by taking a step back in time. Enjoy a look around the park’s historically accurate 1830’s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa-Ishak Village. Learn about two very different, yet successful, ways of life. Self-guided interpretive brochures are available in the Nature Center, so you and your family can move at your own pace.
-Now. Nature Photo Contest. Time for the park’s annual photo contest! Get your cameras ready and join in the fun. This contest is open to all amateur photographers with the exception of Harris County Precinct 4 employees. Call for rules and information or visit www.hcp4.net/Community/Parks/Jones/Contest.
BIG STONE LODGE
Big Stone Lodge's free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle's educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Big Stone Lodge is located in Dennis Johnston Park at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring. Center hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, call 281-350-1029 or visit www.hcp4.net/ccenters. Childcare is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate. Class sizes are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18.
-Friday, July 17, 1:30 p.m. Peace, Love & Crafts. Boogie on down to Big Stone Lodge for a groovy do-it-at-home craft! Dress in your favorite ‘70s outfit and pick up your craft kit. Staff will prepare craft kits for participants to make and decorate their own wind chime. Packages will be distributed in the parking lot, so participants need not get out of their cars. Smile for the camera in our drive-through photo booth while you wait. For more information and to register call the Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029.
-Tuesday, July 21, 1:30 p.m. Movies at the Lodge. Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showcase of Fever Pitch! Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon star as Ben and Lindsey, a diehard Red Sox fan and a workaholic who begin dating and falling in love. Fever Pitch follows the ups and downs of the relationship between these two. Can their relationship survive Ben’s obsession with baseball, or will their habits drive them away? To register, call 281-350-1029.
-Thursday, July 23, 1:30 p.m. Movies at the Lodge. Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showcase of Independence Day! Strange things are happening all around, but no one could suspect an experience with extraterrestrials! With an alien invasion threatening the world, can someone save the Earth before it’s too late? To register, call 281-350-1029.
-Tuesday, July 28, 1:30 p.m. Movies at the Lodge. Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showcase of Walk the Line. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line details Johnny Cash’s rise to fame. Born in Arkansas during the Great Depression, Cash takes an interest in music. He soon begins to make waves in the music industry as he tours with a collection of other famous musicians. To register, call 281-350-1029.
-Thursday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. Movies at the Lodge. Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showing of The Abyss. When a Navy nuclear submarine is sunk, a team of divers is put together to investigate and recover it. They soon find out they are not alone in the dark abyss. To register, call 281-350-1029.
-Friday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. Luau at the Lodge. It’s tiki time at the Big Stone Lodge! Grab your leis and Hawaiian shirts and join staff for a fun do-it-at-home flower garden activity. Staff will prepare craft kits for participants to decorate a pot and plant their own flowers. Packages will be distributed in the parking lot, so participants need not get out of their cars. Smile for the camera in our drive-through photo booth while you wait. To register, call 281-350-1029.
Precinct 4 is making it more convenient to stay healthy by offering extended evening hours every Tuesday and Thursday at Big Stone Lodge.
NOTICE: All classes are canceled from July 1 to July 14 for primary runoff early voting and Election Day.
-Mondays-Thursdays, 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. *Rhythm Walking. Start or end the day with a 2-1/2 mile walk to music in the comfort of the Center.
-Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:50 a.m. *Chair Exercise. This gentle exercise is designed to assist those who suffer from discomfort associated with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness. Participants build strength while remaining safely seated.
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. *Chair Yoga. Slow and gentle exercise designed to assist those who suffer from discomfort associated with arthritis, joint aches and stiffness. Participants improve flexibility, circulation and balance.
*Class sizes will be limited. Call Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029 for registration.
Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Mangum-Howell Center is located in Doss Park at 2500 Frick Rd., Houston. Center hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For information regarding classes or other Center programs, call 281-591-7830 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/communitycenters. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mangum-Howell Center. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Childcare is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate.
Please note for events: For safety, participants must stay in their cars and proceed along the driveway to be given a kit or treat inside their vehicle.
-Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Craft: ‘Everybirdy’ Welcome Pinecone Feeder. A pinecone bird feeder is an easy and simple project for all ages. It is a great way to add a feeding station in your yard to attract a variety of birds. Before you know it, your new bird feeder will be a hotspot for woodpeckers, chickadees, blue jays, cardinals, and other birds. Registration is required. Please call 281-591-7830 to sign up to pick up a pinecone bird feeder kit, as supplies are limited.
-Tuesday, July 21, 1-3 p.m. Keep Cool! Get the Scoop! Ice Cream Parade. I scream, you scream, we all scream for sweet ice cream and pops! Cool off Houston’s summer heat by attending the Mangum-Howell Center drive-through ice cream parade. Registration is required. Please call 281-591-7830 to sign up. Ice cream is limited.
-Friday, July 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fun4Kids Program: Abandon Ship! All Hands-on Crafts! Ahoy Mateys! Don’t miss this opportunity to stop by the center to pick up a fun-filled pirate activity kit. Registration is required. Please call 281-591-7830 to sign up. Supplies are limited.
-Friday, July 31, 11 a.m-1 p.m. Craft: Seeds of Love and Wind Chime Sounds. Decorate a wind chime and listen to the sounds while making a colorful garden pot. This garden pot can be used to add flowers, herbs and other plants that can be easily shifted to any location in your garden, patio area or home. Stop by the center to pick up a garden pot kit. Registration is required. Call 281-591-7830 to sign up. Supplies are limited.
MERCER BOTANIC GARDENS
Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. For information contact Mercer at 713-274-4160 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer. The East Side features more than 20 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and an extensive walking trail. The West Side features playgrounds, a picnic area, barbecue pavilions, and several miles of walking trails in a woodland setting. Hours change seasonally and are listed online. Visitors are advised not to go around barricades.
LITTLE BLUE LIBRARY @ MERCER
Love reading and nature? Discover new books and programs, all while experiencing the beauty of Mercer Botanic Gardens. The new one-room library offers a rotating selection of books and full array of programming under the Treehouse pavilion in the East Side Gardens. Patrons can also request books online and pick them up at Mercer. The library replaces some services formerly offered at Baldwin Boettcher Library, which closed due to severe flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. The library is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For library activities, visit www.hcpl.net/location/baldwin-boettcher-branch-library-mercer-park.
-Tuesday, July 7, 9 a.m.-noon. Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp – Tree ID Mystery. Children will investigate trees from the roots to the tip-top branches. Lessons will focus on identifying trees, tree benefits, and exploring wildlife tree habitats. Participants will also meet an arborist and help plant trees in Mercer’s West Side Arboretum. Summer camp is for children 6 to 11. Space is limited, and registration is required. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information or to register, call 713-274-4160.
-Wednesday, July 8, noon. Lunch Bunch: Coyotes and Other Urban Wildlife. Join wildlife biologist Diana Foss of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as she discusses Houston coyotes and other area urban wildlife. She will review safe practices while viewing wildlife and explain why they are important to our ecosystem. Wildlife taxidermy items will be available to view. Lunch Bunch is a free program offered at Mercer’s East Side Gardens and is recommended for those 12 and older. Participants should bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Registration is required. Space is limited. To register, call 713-274-4160.
-Thursday, July 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Birds Before Twilight. Gather the family, pack blankets and lawn chairs, grab snacks and drinks, then get outdoors for an entertaining, interactive program with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Urban Ranger Felice Yarbough. In a shaded area tucked in Mercer’s East Side Gardens, learn about native, stellar wildlife right here in Houston. Watch a locally produced video about wild birds, then walk the gardens in search of Birds Before Twilight. Bring your own binoculars and bird identification guides to help you identify the birds that swoop and flitter among the gardens on warm summer evenings. This is an outdoor event; participants should dress for the weather. Registration is required. Space is limited. To register or for more information, call 713-274-4160.
-Tuesday, July 14, 9 a.m.-noon. Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp – Birds of a Feather. Ready for a day of feathered fun? Venture on a bird hike, identify birds by how they look and sound, and share your findings on a citizen science program. Campers will observe natural habitats of birds, search for evidence of birds, investigate owl pellets, and more. Summer camp is for children ages 6 to 11. Registration is required. Space is limited. Volunteer opportunities are available! For more information or to register, call 713-274-4160.
-Wednesday, July l5, 4-6:30 p.m. Outdoor Adventures Family Nights – Critter Curiosities. From insects and reptiles to birds and mammals, discover the animals that call Mercer home. Use hand lenses, bug observation boxes, and microscopes to explore small garden animals. Find evidence of animals in the gardens, preserved insect and arachnid specimens, and more. Then transfer your observations as scientific drawings into a keepsake journal. This is a free, family-friendly event. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register your family to participate during Session 1 beginning at 4 p.m. or Session 2 beginning at 5:15 p.m. To register or for more information, call 713-274-4160.
-Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until sold out). Specialty Plant Sale – Amazing Plants for a Stunning Dry Garden! Don’t let the extreme summers of the Texas Gulf Coast region limit your garden possibilities! Beat the summer heat with sun-loving, heat-tolerant, and drought-tolerant plant choices. Held in Mercer’s East Side Gardens, The Mercer Society’s July Specialty Plant Sale will feature cactus, succulents, and plenty of tough plants that thrive in the Houston area, such as lantana, Turk’s cap, salvia, duranta, and more. Mercer-grown plants, cultivated at Mercer’s Horticultural Propagation Center greenhouses, will be available for purchase. At 9:30 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Paul Winski will present a talk on Texas Superstar® plants. Harris County master gardeners will be available to discuss gardening and horticulture questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own wagons to transport purchases from the sale site to their vehicle. This sale is sponsored by The Mercer Society, a nonprofit organization that supports Mercer Botanic Gardens by helping fulfill its mission “to improve quality of life and inspire greater appreciation of the essential value and beauty of the plant world.” For more information, call 713-274-4160.
-Tuesday, July 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp – Creature Feature. Investigate creatures that scamper, skitter, slither, and shuffle in the gardens. Search for evidence of animals while investigating the natural habitats of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Learn animal identification and tracking techniques. Summer camp is for children ages 6 to 11. Registration is required. Space is limited. Volunteer opportunities are available. For information or to register, call 713-274-4160.
-Wednesday, July 22, 4-6:30 p.m. Outdoor Adventures Family Nights – Geocaching. Gather your family and your hiking shoes. It’s time for some geocaching fun at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Hike and explore the trails of Mercer’s West Side Arboretum as you hunt for geocaches hidden among the natural environment. Meet at the Post Oak Pavilion at Mercer’s West Side Arboretum. This is a free, family-friendly event. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register your family to participate at Geocaching during Session 1 beginning at 4 p.m., or Session 2 beginning at 5:15 p.m. For information or to register, call 713-274-4160.
-Tuesday, July 28, 9 a.m.-noon. Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp – Hike ‘N Hunt. Calling all land pirates! Let’s go hunt for hidden treasures cached throughout the gardens by learning to geocache – a technique of navigating by hiking to a specific location of GPS coordinates. All you need is your favorite pair of walking shoes, a refillable water bottle, and a sense of adventure. Summer camp is for children ages 6 to 11. Registration is required. Space is limited. Volunteer opportunities are available. For information or to register, call 713-274-4160.
ONGOING PROGRAMS **
**Most Mercer programs are continuing, but with some restrictions. Group size will be limited and reservations for some activities will be required. Call the Center for details.
-Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytime in the Gardens. Mercer staff and volunteers share some of their favorite nature books with children and their parents in the East Side gardens. To receive additional information or to check for weather-related cancellations, call 713-274-4160.
-Tuesdays, 8-11 a.m. Gardening in the Tropical Garden. Join a Mercer horticulturalist in the Tropical Garden to work with palms, plumerias, bamboo, and special collections. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, and water. Tools and gloves will be provided. Volunteers must be 16 or older. Children between 12 and 15 may only volunteer with a parent or guardian present. Contact Mercer’s volunteer coordinator at 713-274-4160 in advance to schedule a visit.
-Tuesdays, 8-11 a.m. Gardening – Natives and Shakespeare. Volunteers 16 and older can join a Mercer horticulturalist in the Native and Shakespeare Gardens for planting, grooming, pruning, weeding, and mulching. Wear closed-toe shoes, gloves, and a wide-brim hat, and bring sunscreen and water. Tools and gloves will be provided. Ages 12–15 may volunteer with parent or guardian participation. Contact Mercer’s volunteer coordinator at 713-274-4160 to schedule visits.
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Garden Tours. Stroll through the gardens with a garden docent or staff member as they highlight seasonal color, perennial favorites, and more. Tours are scheduled on Tuesday or Thursday mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m. Guided tours are provided for groups of 10-30 people and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Call 713-274-4160 to schedule.
-Second Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Join fabulous speakers at these free presentations covering diverse topics. Participants should bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Lunch Bunch is a free program offered at Mercer’s West Side Botanic Gardens in the Cypress Pavilion that is recommended for participants ages 12 and older. For more information, call 713-274-4160.
*Select Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Cooking Thyme. Explore fresh food with all five senses during the Cooking Thyme program. Children will learn the connections between cooking and the plants that grow in the garden and on the farm. This free, hands-on opportunity allows children to prepare and taste food and equips them with the knowledge to make healthy food choices. Registration is required, and space is limited. Space is limited; call -Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon; noon-2 p.m. shifts. Mercer Ambassadors. Starting this fall, Mercer will launch the Ambassador program on weekends under the staff building. Current or new volunteers who enjoy visiting with garden guests are encouraged to investigate this new program. Orientation, training materials, and more will be provided.
-Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. Gardening in the Children’s and Vegetable Gardens. Join a Mercer staff member to plant new plants, sow seeds, thin and harvest vegetables, and weed garden beds in the Children’s Garden and the Vegetable Garden. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, and water. Tools and gloves will be provided. Volunteers must be 16 or older. Those 12 to 15 may volunteer with a parent or guardian. Call the volunteer coordinator at 713-274-4160 in advance to schedule a visit.
-Saturdays, 9 a.m. Tai Chi. Join volunteer John Spencer during this one-hour beginner class offered on the deck behind the Mercer Botanic Garden Visitor Center. Call 713-274-4160 for information or to check for cancellations due to weather or holidays.
-Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon; noon-2 p.m. Mercer Ambassadors. Ambassadors welcome visitors to Mercer and provide information about the gardens, Mercer’s history, and more. Those who enjoy visiting with guests are encouraged to apply. Visitors will participate in an orientation and receive a reference handbook. Must be 16 or older. Those ages 12-15 may volunteer with a parent or guardian. Call the volunteer coordinator at 713-274-4160 for more information.
-Second Wednesdays, noon. Lunch Bunch. Join fabulous speakers covering diverse gardening topics at these free presentations. Participants should bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Lunch Bunch is a free program offered at Mercer’s East Side Gardens and is recommended for those 12 and older. Registration is required. Call 713-274-4160 for information.
PRECINCT 4 ENCORE!
In compliance with Federal and local recommendations, Precinct 4 events and programs are canceled through May 31. Continue to practice social distancing at all times. Additionally, all community centers will be closed and the Encore! senior program will remain canceled as well.
Precinct 4 Encore! provides day trips and activities for adults 50 years of age and over. Register online at www.hcp4.net/encore/events or call 713-274-4050. Checks are payable to Fun4Seniors and should be mailed to P.O. Box 1433, Tomball, Texas 77377. *Unless otherwise noted, transportation will be provided from Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood.
-Wednesday, July 8, noon-3 p.m. Virtual Summer Concert - “Here Comes the Sun.” "Come together" with Precinct 4 Encore! for a virtual concert featuring the music of The Beatles on the Precinct 4 Facebook page. Enjoy '60s- and '70s-era hits by The Beatles tribute band, The Fab 5, and a variety of activities. Learn popular dances from the era, participate in Beatles-inspired crafts, and get new ideas for tasty summer treats. To view the concert, visit www.facebook.com/HCPrecinct4 or call 713-274-4050 for more information.
Local churches and synagogues are currently holding online services. Please visit listed websites for service times and upcoming schedules for reopening individual places of worship.
ATASCOCITA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble
-Mondays, Small Group Meetings. Small groups may begin meeting on AUMC campus again. Have group leader contact appropriate staff member to let them know participants are ready to return.
-Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Women’s Monday Night Bible Study. Via Zoom.
LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN CHURCH
1400 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. E., Humble
-July 5-26, 7:30-8 a.m. The Great Camp Out. At Home Vacation Bible School. For information and registration, visit https://vbspro.events/p/events/1a02ca.
TEMPLE BETH TORAH
320 Shallow Dr., Humble
*For Zoom meeting information and login information, and links to video records of previous services and programs, visit www.tbthumble.org.
WOODRIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
5707 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood
Sunday morning live worship has begun (as of May 31). Please visit www.woodridge.org/sunday/ for important guidelines, noting special limits and restrictions for attendees.
-Monday-Friday, July 19-23. Concrete & Cranes - Online Vacation Bible School. VBS is going viral this year! VBS will kick off with a Construction Equipment Safari on the Woodridge parking lot where families can also pick up their VBS materials. Also, a special webpage just for VBS to go through the VBS videos all at once or a little bit at a time. Kids will begin each day at the High Steel Worship Rally. From there, kids will review the plans at the Blueprint Bible Study where they will be equipped to dig deep into God’s Word. Kids will learn that Jesus should be our firm foundation and that God will continue His work in us until completion! Each day kids will make crafts, play fun games, sing cool songs, and learn about missions around Kingwood and around the world. For information, visit https://wbc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/421792.
HUFFMAN ISD FALCON ATHLETIC TRAINING CAMP
Falcon Athletic Training Camps will be held July 13, 14, 15 and 16, 22 and 23, from 8-11:30 a.m. CHECK Athletic Site for the different locations where athletes need to check in. For information, visit www.huffmanisd.net/.