- Written by Tribune Staff
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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JULY 4 - HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!
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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.
Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St., Liberty, is reopening and will present Country and Oldies - Mix It Up! With Jessica Dequeant, Rex Harris, and Brandy Morace, with the Liberty Opry Band, Saturday, July 11, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. For reservations or program information, call 936-336-5830 or visit www.libertyopry.com.
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.
KINGWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER (Currently closed)
-Mondays, 9-10 a.m. Chair Yoga; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beginner Crochet/Knitting/Needlework; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fitness Hour; 12:30-3 p.m. Bingo; 2-4 p.m. Ping Pong; 3-6 p.m. Phase 10; 1-4 p.m. Recreational Table Tennis (all levels of ability are welcome; paddles and balls available); 6-8 p.m. Integral T’ai Chi.
-Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. Walking Aerobics; 10 a.m.-noon. Mahjong; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hand & Foot Canasta; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Core Yoga & More; 1-4 p.m. Dominoes-Chicken Foot; 1-4 p.m. Euchre; 2-3:15 p.m. Beginner Line Dancing; 3:30-4:45 p.m. Experienced Line Dancing.
-Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m., Chair Yoga; 10 a.m.-noon. Party Bridge; 10:30 a.m. Fitness Hour; 1-3 p.m. Duplicate Bridge; 6-9 p.m. Duplicate Bridge; 7-8 p.m. Zumba* (*indicates a participation fee).
-Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Walking Aerobics; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Advanced Crochet; 10 a.m.-noon. Mahjong; 1-3 p.m. Bunko; 2-3:15 p.m. Beginner Line Dancing; 3:30-4:45 p.m. Experienced Line Dancing; 6-8 p.m. Integral T’ai Chi; 6-9 p.m. Duplicate Bridge; 7-8:15 p.m. Meditation.
-Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Walking Aerobics; 9 a.m.-noon. Party Bridge; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hand & Foot Canasta; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Quilting; 1-4 p.m. Dominoes-Mexican Train. 1-4 p.m. Party Bridge.
-Second Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Creative Writing Club.
-Third Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Greeting Card Class. Must pre-register; space is limited.
-Third Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. Page Turners Book Club.
FUTURE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the organization and implementation of programs, activities and special events, call the Kingwood Community Center at 281-348-2570.
LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM
-Online registration for Summer and Fall classes is open at www.lonestar.edu/registration.
-Monday, June 1. Facilities reopen and authorized employees return (subject to change).
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
-Monday-Thursday, July 6-9. Discovery College. LSC-Kingwood will offer a variety of fun and educational camps to keep children ages 7-12 entertained this summer. Parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible as sports fill up fast. Registration will take place in the Technology Instructional Building (TIB) lobby. Children are engaged in key areas like science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Participants can also take courses in physical activity, performing arts, and more. Courses are available every week, Mondays through Thursdays, with morning and afternoon sessions starting at $115 each. To register, parents/guardians need to submit completed consent and registration forms for each child. For information, to view available camps, or print out forms, visit www.lonestar.edu/youth-classes-kingwood.htm.
HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES
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.
UPDATE: NO-CONTACT CURBSIDE PICK-UP BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 15. Book drops are open. No late fees will be charged during the library closures.
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.
-Starting now! HCPL Summer Reading Program Online. Visit www.hcpl.net and sign up at beanstack.org/reader3.
-Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m.-noon. Arts Alive! Yoga - Revitalizing Rain Forest. Arts Alive! Yoga to the rescue! Through the magic of our imagination and the power of yoga, you can rejuvenate yourself in our Revitalizing Rain Forest. We will pose as the powerful panther, slithering cobra, remarkable reptiles, and beautiful butterflies. This mindful, peaceful experience will make your day.
Children’s programs take place in the Children’s Activity Room unless otherwise noted. Tickets are required for all weekly story times, and can be picked up at the Children’s Reference Desk the morning of Story Time.
-Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Little Seedlings Toddler Time. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and an occasional craft! Designed for 18 months to 3 years old. Limited tickets are available prior to program.
-Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. Baby Sprouts Storytime. Enjoy a baby-centered program with rhymes, songs, and playtime. For babies up to 18 months old and their caregivers.
-Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Sapling Pre-School Storytime. Have fun hearing a few stories and rhymes. Designed for children ages 3-6 years old.
-Thursdays, 4 p.m. OLOGY. Are you interested in Paleontology or Zoology? Discover the world around you through Ology. The suffix "ology" means "the study of." Each week we will discover a new "ology" through fun crafts, activities, and books. What will you discover this week? This program is suggested for ages 6-12 years old. No registration is required.
-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Family Storytime. Enjoy a story time for the entire family! Hear some stories and make a craft. All ages are welcome.
Adult Computer Classes (requires registration)
Visit http://tinyurl.com/7d4s8ly or call 832-927-7830 to register. Classes meet in the Computer Lab.
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.
-Mondays, 7 p.m. Twilight Tales Family Story Time. Family story time for all ages, focusing on creating a positive storytime experience to inspire a love of family reading by enjoying a variety of stories, sing-alongs, movement, play, and a craft.
-Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. Tales for Tots. For children ready for a more action-packed story time, focusing on a special theme, developing early literacy skills and enjoying stories, sing-alongs, crafts and more. Registration is required.
-Wednesday, 11 a.m. Mother Goose. Early learning program for infants 0-18 months, focus on interaction between parent and child.
-Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Preschool Pals. This is a pre-school story time featuring stories, finger-plays, and occasional crafts. It is recommended for children 3-5 years of age.
-Thursday, 11 a.m. Beginning Bookworms. Special story time with sing-alongs, movement and play. For children 18-24 months.
-Fridays, 1 p.m. Rock-a-Bye Readers. A gentle early-learning experience focusing on the interaction between parent and child. We enjoy sing-alongs, book sharing, and play. This is a mixed-age program geared toward babies and early-toddlers. Registration recommended.
Adult Computer Class (requires registration)
-Mondays, 11 a.m.-noon. Computer Class. Learn the basics about computers, internet and other technology during this class. Register online at www.hcpl.net or call 832-927-5560; space is limited.
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.
STORYTIME AND PLAYDATES
-Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. Pre-school Storytime. This Storytime features stories, songs, and movement activities followed by an age-appropriate craft. Ages 3-5.
-Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Toddler Two Storytime. This Storytime features songs, stories and movement activities geared toward ages 18 months to 3 years.
-Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. Baby Storytime. This Storytime features songs, finger plays & rhymes for our patrons ages 3-18 months.
-Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m. Library Playdate. Come for an exciting new program for ages 0-6 years of age. Children will work on motor and social skills cleverly disguised as fun!
-Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Cuentos Para Niños. Come and listen to stories, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish geared for the whole family.
-Thursdays,4:30 p.m. Story Palooza. Come for awesome stories and crafts geared for school-aged kids (5-12).
-Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.Teen Tuesdays. Meeting Room. Come for crafts, snacks, games and more. This program is open to teens ages 11-18.
-Wednesdays, 5 p.m. Minecraft for Teens. Join in for an exciting time with the computer-based Minecraft program. For ages 11-18.
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.
-Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Story Time. For all ages.
-Mondays, 6 p.m. and Fridays, 1 p.m. English Literacy Classes for the Community. Exercises will be prepared for English-learning students to practice communicating English with each other.
-Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 1-3 p.m. ESL Classes. Meeting at Mercer Botanical Center, 22540 Aldine Westfield Rd., Spring. For those who want to learn English or improve English-speaking skills. For information, call 832-927-5480.
-Mondays-Fridays, noon-1 p.m. Kid’s Cafe. Provides lunch for library customers ages 1-18 and accompanying guardians.
Friday’s children, teens, lunches and family programs meet under the tree house building, east side of the park. English classes are in the Pole Barn, west side of the park.
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.
-Weekday mornings - Rhythm Walking (rain or shine, walk 2-1/2 miles to music), 8:10-8:55 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays - 3:30-4:15 p.m.
-Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays - 9-10 a.m. Body Toning Chair Exercise. Boost energy, stamina, and flexibility.
-Mondays, 9 a.m. Decorative Painting - Master decorative artist teaches the art of decorative painting.
-Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Bean Bag Baseball. Join in the fun!
-Mondays, 11 a.m. Pickle Ball. All the craze in the U.S., the game is played on a court similar to tennis and with a paddle similar to ping pong. Dress in comfortable attire; no experience necessary. Equipment is provided.
-Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Dart Baseball. No skills are needed to join the dart baseball team, just willingness to try. All equipment is provided.
-Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Karaoke. Come for some Karaoke fun and try your hand at the microphone to sing some of your favorite songs.
-Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. Zumba Gold (second day added). Join in a great exercise class. Body toning is emphasized. Bring your 1-lb. weights for toning all over.
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Yoga. Certified instructor Cindy Roberts teaches the classes.
-Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Beginning Karate. 10-week sessions. Join volunteer instructors Sue and Jesse Diaz from the American Society of Karate as they offer the techniques of American karate. Classes are free; uniforms need to be purchased for $40. Cash only please. Children 6-12 years must be accompanied by an adult to participate. For information, call MCC at 713-274-2434 or Sue Diaz at 713-962-6641.
-Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Advanced Karate. Join volunteer instructors Sue and Jesse Diaz from the American Society of Karate as they offer the techniques of American karate. Classes are free; uniforms need to be purchased for $40. Cash only please. Children 6-12 years must be accompanied by an adult to participate. For information, call MCC at 713-274-2434 or Sue Diaz at 713-962-6641.
-Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Advanced Spanish. Participants are given an opportunity to practice grammar and sentence structure by discussing current events in this free weekly advanced Spanish class.
-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Knitting. Does learning to knit have you all in knots? Participants need to bring a U.S. size 8 knitting needle and worsted weight yarn (any color).
-Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Quilting. Quilt, share ideas, enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All experience levels can attend.
-Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Dominoes and More Dominoes. Enjoy a friendly game of dominoes and meet players with similar interests.
-Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Canasta. Come for an enjoyable afternoon of cards.
-Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. Beginner Pickle Ball. Come learn a new game. Pickle Ball for beginnings. Instructor will teach participants how to play. Equipment will be provided.
-Thursdays, 10 a.m. Pickle Ball. Played on a court similar to tennis and with a paddle similar to ping pong. Dress in comfortable attire; no experience necessary. Equipment is provided.
-Thursdays, 10 a.m. Craft Class. Call the center at 713-274-2434 to find out what the scheduled craft is for the day. Supply list and suggested donation may be required.
-Thursdays, 1 p.m., May Belles and Beaus Chorus. Enjoy singing at the Center and performing at area community events.
-Fridays, 9 a.m. Relapse Prevention Group. An open group led by a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. The process group will help facilitate individuals to recognize triggers, develop problem-solving and coping skills, and avoid high-risk situations that could lead to substance use relapse.
-Fridays, noon. Oil Painting. Professional art and instructor Anne Vandagriff teaches composition, design, color and contrast using a variety of subject matter.
-First Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Garden Club. MCC will enjoy its own Garden Club each month. Come and enjoy a guest speaker sharing some information on better gardening skills and talk with other gardeners to discuss what is springing up on others’ gardens.
In compliance with federal and local recommendations, Precinct 4 events and programs are canceled through May 31. Although parks and trails will remain open, the playgrounds, picnic areas, benches and drinking fountains will remain closed. 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.
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.
-Monday, June 29, 7 p.m. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Monthly Meeting. Enjoy a special night of presentations as JJPV board members share information about their favorite park topics. Featuring a different guest presenter every month, volunteer meetings include information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and projects at Jones Park. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
-Wednesday, July 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Texas Bound! Children are invited to a fun-filled, one-day camp. Using props and hands-on activities, children team up in “families” for a journey to Texas. Find out what it takes to survive the hardships of earlier times and then recreate a homestead. Ages 7-12. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, June 17.
-Thursday, July 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Junior Canoe Training. Children can hit the water to earn a Jones Park Paddler’s card. The card allows participation in future park-sponsored canoe trips with an accompanying adult. Ages 10-15. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, June 17.
-Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. Quilt Squares. Join a staff naturalist to make American flag quilt squares just like Betsy Ross! Bring your own sewing kit. All other materials will be provided. Ages 8 and older. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, June 17.
-Saturday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. Second Saturday Settlers: Peel & Squeal. 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.
-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.
-Monday, June 29, 2 p.m. Afternoon Craft Class. Looking for summer decor ideas? Join instructor Karen Brown for an easy craft to spruce up the house. Visit the Lodge for a supply list. For information and to register, call 281-350-1029.
-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.
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.
-Weekdays, 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rhythm Walking. Start or end your day with a 2 ½-mile walk to music in the comfort of the Center.
-Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Zumba Fitness. A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended. Class is limited to participants 11 and older. All participants under 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age.
-Tuesdays, 9 a.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Zumba Step. A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended. Class is limited to participants 11 and older. All participants under 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age.
-Thursdays, 9 a.m. and Mondays, 6 p.m. Zumba Sentao. A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended. This class is limited to participants ages 13 and older. All participants under the age of 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age.
-Mondays, 9 a.m. Quilting. Take this opportunity to quilt, share ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All skill levels are welcome.
-Mondays, 11 a.m. Jewelry Beading. A volunteer instructor teaches this class to create beautiful pins, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. Participants must provide their own tools and beading supplies. A list will be provided at the first class or participants may stop by Mangum-Howell Center to pick up the list of required supplies.
-Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Dart Baseball. Throw darts at a corkboard baseball diamond and keep score just like a real baseball game! No skills are needed to join the team – just a willingness to try.
-Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Chair Volleyball. Individuals 50 years and better are invited and encouraged to come and enjoy this fun-filled game played with a beach ball. From the fit to the wheelchair-bound, chair volleyball is an activity that promotes exercise, camaraderie and friendship, the spirit of competition, and, most of all, lots of laughs!
-Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. Hatha Yoga. Doss Activity Building. A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to help achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. A non-skid yoga mat is required.
-Mondays, 7 p.m. Urban Line Dancing. Beginners and Seniors: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Join this volunteer-led class that exercises both the body and mind in a fun and exciting way with choreographed steps to jazz, pop, hip-hop, or rhythm-and-blues music. A partner is not needed.
-Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Sit and Be Fit Exercise. Doss Activity Building. This exercise class is designed to help people who suffer with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness.
-Tuesdays,10 a.m.-3 p.m., with break for lunch. Ceramics. Learn how to prepare, paint, glaze and fire a variety of greenware pieces. There is no cost to fire pieces, and only those pieces painted by students during class may be fired. However, students must provide their own supplies for the class.
-Tuesdays: Sewing, 1:30 p.m.; Serging, 2:30 p.m. Beginning Sewing and Serging. A volunteer instructor teaches beginning sewing and serging classes, which cover basic machine stitches; measuring, combining and interchanging patterns; plus, seam finishing. While the Center has several machines for student use, participants are encouraged to bring their own serger or sewing machine to become familiar with how it operates.
-Second Tuesday each month, 1:30 p.m. Sassy Red Hatters. The Mangum-Howell Sassy Red Hatters, ages 50 and better, meet the second Tuesday of every month immediately following the Center’s monthly luncheon to plan a variety of day trips and social events. If you are looking for a sassy way to enrich your social life, attend the monthly meeting.
-Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. Woodworking Group. Doos Activity Building. Learn how to design patterns and use various tools to build stunning creations. Bring your own supplies; equipment is provided.
-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Yuanji-Dance Class. Led by a volunteer instructor, Yuanji-Dance (Chinese Aerobics) is derived from Yuanji-Gong which is a kind of dance combining Chi-Gong, Tai-Chi, medicine, martial arts, and Yuanji music. In recent years, Yuanji-Dance has become one of the most popular exercises in the Chinese community.
-Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. Pickleball. Join in this fun sport that is a mix of tennis, badminton and ping pong. The game is easy for beginners and can be played by all ages.
-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Zentangle Art and Adult Coloring Book Class. A volunteer instructor teaches basic Zentangle designs using black ink on white paper for an easy-to learn, relaxing, and fun craft. Participants should bring ultra-fine black markers and paper to class. The instructor also uses the color wheel to teach students how colors work together to create beautiful works of art. Bring your favorite coloring book, coloring pencils, crayons, or markers. Whichever medium you prefer, you will feel the anxiety and stress slip away as you design or color.
-Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Beginning Knitting and Crocheting. Share knitting and crocheting techniques with other seasoned veterans.
-Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Cards and Dominoes. Bring a partner or attend alone and try your hand at a variety of card games or dominoes.
-Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Ten-Form Integral T’ai Chi. Volunteers instruct participants in a combination of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. A non-skid yoga mat is required.
-Thursdays, 9 a.m. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). Support group offers nutritional information and encouragement to help control weight.
-Thursdays, 10 am. Beginning and Intermediate Bridge Lessons. Volunteer instructors teach the basics of American Stand Bridge. Learn about counting tricks, bidding, analyzing a hand, scoring and more.
-Thursdays, 1 p.m. Duplicate Bridge. Enjoy an afternoon of bridge in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
-Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Tai Chi Forms, Fan and Sword. Volunteers instruct participants in a moderate amount of physical exercise to enhance health benefits in balance, strength and concentration.
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, June 30, 9 a.m.-noon. Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp-Hike ‘N Hunt. Calling all land pirates! 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. Bring a favorite pair of walking shoes, refillable water bottle, and a sense of adventure. Summer camp is for children 6-11. Space is limited, and registration is required. Volunteer opportunities are available. For information or to register, call 713-274-4160.
-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.
-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 COMMUNITY CHURCH
17271 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Humble
ATASCOCITA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
19426 Atasca Oaks Dr., Humble
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.
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
3803 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood
5725 Hwy. 90, Crosby
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH-KINGWOOD
5520 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood
KINGWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood
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.
NORTHEAST CATHOLIC SINGLES
Hosted by St. Martha Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge Parkway, Porter
For information, visit www.stmartha.com.
ST. MARTHA CATHOLIC CHURCH
4301 Woodridge Pkwy., Porter
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 June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 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/.
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TOPS is a fun, economical, weekly weight-loss support group that meets each Thursday evening at The Terrace, 929 Rockmead Dr., Kingwood. Weigh-in is from 6-6:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome and prospective members can visit one time free. For more information, visit tops.org or contact Debbie Brubaker at 281-359-7276.
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Humble ISD was recently awarded a Texas Historical Marker in honor of the district’s founding 100 years ago. The district celebrated receiving the marker from the Texas Historical Commission at the monthly school board meeting on April 10.Humble ISD was recently awarded a Texas Historical Marker in honor of the district’s founding 100 years ago. The district celebrated receiving the marker from the Texas Historical Commission at the monthly school board meeting on April 10.
Humble ISD became an official school district comprised of five schools in 1919. Due to the growth in Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Fall Creek, Eagle Springs, Summerwood and other surrounding communities, Humble ISD is now home to 43 campuses and is still growing.
The City of Humble has approved for the Humble ISD historical marker to be placed at the original site of Charles Bender High School. The old Bender High School served as the Humble ISD District Administration Building from 1974-1992, and as the Curriculum and Staff Development Center from 1992 to 2003. After sitting vacant for several years, the building was renovated in 2014 and opened as the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center in 2015. A dedication ceremony for the Humble ISD historical marker will be scheduled during the 2018-2019 school year.
Humble ISD has a rich history and continues to provide a quality education for all students. In preparation for Humble ISD’s Centennial Celebration, the district has launched a website dedicated to 100 Years of Excellence in Humble ISD. To learn more about the history of Humble ISD, visit humbleisd.net/history.
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