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 (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)
- MARTHA OPEN HOUSE
St. Martha Catholic School, 2411 Oak Shires Dr., Kingwood, invites the community to an Open House for Prospective New Families Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5-7 p.m. Reservations are not required. For information, call 281-358-5523, Ext. 214, or visit www.stmarthacs.org.
MOD Pizza, 4537 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood, will host a special Spirit Night for the Kingwood Park High School Panther Band, Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mention the KPark Band at checkout and 20 percent of purchase will be donated back to the Band. For activity information, visit www.groupraise.com/events/129482.
FEMA REGION 6 MITIGATION BRANCH WORKSHOP
A community education workshop will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m., at Woodbranch Village City Hall, 58A Woodbranch Dr., New Caney, to provide recovery information primarily to homeowners and will combine brief formal presentations, question-and-answer period and an open-forum period. The workshop is designed to promote interaction among homeowners, local officials (including but not limited to town managers, emergency managers, building officials, public works directors and community planners) and panel participants.
HUMBLE RODEO & BBQ COOK-OFF
The 73rd Annual Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off will run Friday, Jan. 31-Friday, Feb. 8, at Humble Civic Center Arena, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble. The BBQ Cook-Off will be held Friday, Jan. 31, from 5-7 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m., in the Arena Parking Lot. Tickets are $15 per day for adults; $10 per day for kids (under 21); and children 5 and under are free. For information, visit www.humblerodeo.com. To purchase tickets online, visit www.humblerodeo.com/p/tickets.
RODEO ART EXHIBIT
Humble ISD and Humble Education Foundation will present its Rodeo Art Exhibit, Friday, Jan. 31, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble, to provide Humble ISD students 1st-12th grades opportunity to submit rodeo art for display. The winning art will be moved to the Humble Civic Center for display at the Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off festivities. Admission to the public is free. For information, call 281-446-4140.
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Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), 1302 First St., Humble, is sponsoring BABYDOODLES, a project to provide essential and disposable items for the care of babies and toddlers. Donations of formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo and lotion will be accepted from February through April. For information, call 281-446-3663.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING
A Child Safety Workshop as it relates to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, in coordination with the Texas Baptists (BGCT) and MinistrySafe, has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Woodridge Baptist Church, 5707 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood. The community is invited to participate. For seminar details and meeting schedule, visit https://wbc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/342685. Conference cost is free, but lunch is not included for adults; a box lunch will be available for $10. Childcare will be provided, but a parent will need to register at https://wbc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/342735. Cost is free and lunch will be provided for the children.
HUMBLE BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE
The City of Humble Beautification Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m., at the City of Humble Break Room, 114 W. Higgins St., to plan, discuss, consider City activities and programs. The public is invited to attend.
THE LEGACY LUNCHEON
KSA PARKS COMMITTEE
KSA Parks Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7-8 p.m., at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Dr., Kingwood.
During the Humble Rodeo, LANCO will take the stage Friday, Feb. 7, at 9 p.m., at the Humble Civic Center & Arena, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble, and HARDY will perform Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $20 and on sale until Wednesday, Jan. 30. After that date, tickets will be $25. To purchase online, visit www.humblerodeo.com/p/tickets.
RED DOOR’S VALENTINE’S MARKET
Red Door Realty is hosting a Valentine Market Friday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at 7810 FM 1960 E., Ste. 104, Humble. Admission is free and the public is invited. For information, call 281-852-3667 (DOOR).
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT OPEN HOUSE
The Northpark Drive Overpass Improvement Project will hold an Open House Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5-8 p.m., at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood. Presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Stakeholders will have opportunity to visit information tables addressing specific areas of the project, speak with project team members and submit public comments. Open House is hosted by the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority.
LAKE HOUSTON PACHYDERM CLUB
LHPC will meet Monday, Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m., at Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club, 18100 Walden Forest Dr., Humble, and will welcome special guest speaker NRA’s Texas Legislative Director Tara Mica. For reservations and information, visit www.lhpclub.org/.
SPIRIT NIGHT AT TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Hidden Hollow Elementary Kingwood PTA will host Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse, 23750 Eastex Fwy., Houston, Monday, Feb. 10, from 4-10 p.m., to raise funds for school programs. Mention Hidden Hollow when ordering and the school will receive a 20-percent donation from Texas Roadhouse.
Bookends will meet Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Oriental Gardens, 1528 Kingwood Dr. (near Chelsea Deli), Kingwood. Book to be discussed will be “Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell. For information, contact Julie Payne at 281-713-2477 or 409-963-6730.
HI NEIGHBOR LUNCHEON
KSA PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
The KSA Public Safety Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 7-8 p.m., at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Dr., Kingwood.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CPR
Kingwood Emergency Hospital, 23330 Hwy. 59, Kingwood, invites the public to attend a free American Heart Association CPR class Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m. Teachers, school administrators, childcare workers needing CPR certification, the two-hour class is for you. Classes are limited to 10 students per instructor and fill quickly. To register, visit https://kingwood247er.com/events/.
BIZCOM – SUMMER CREEK
KINGWOOD HEALTH ACADEMY
HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, 22999 Hwy. 59 N., Kingwood, The Kingwood Room, will present an information session featuring cardiovascular surgeon Ibrahim Yazji, MD., Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5:45-7 p.m. Dinner will be served. Reservations should be made as space is limited. Visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eguy0rzu1e5e1532&oseq=&c=&ch= for reservation. For information, contact Devon Alexander at 281-348-8988.
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
KINGWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
-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-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
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.
STRESS & WELLNESS MINISERIES
-Mondays, 1-3 p.m., Library Meeting Room. Join physical therapist Sara Gilmore for a 4-part mini-series on dealing with stress and wellness:
SPECIAL PROGRAM (ALL AGES)
-Tuesday, Feb. 4 & Wednesday Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m. 3D Printing for Tweens. Computer Lab. Are you interested in learning how to use a 3D printer? Join us as we learn how to design and 3D print heart-shaped bookmarks, just in time for Valentine's day! This event is a 2-day consecutive course. Day 1, participants will learn how to use Tinkercad software, watch a live 3D print demo, and take home a small Valentine's bookmark. Day 2 will consist of designing a custom Valentine's bookmark to give to your special someone. Custom bookmarks will be ready for pickup Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. For ages 8-12. Students are encouraged to attend both classes.
-Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m. 3D Printing Orientation & Tinkercad Design. Computer Lab. This orientation session will introduce participants to 3D printing services in the library and 3D Design with Tinkercad. For ages 8-adult. All participants must create a free Tinkercad account at www.tinkercad.com. Participants under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Those completing the class will be able to schedule time to use the 3D printer. Registration will open one week before the class. Register online or call 832-927-7830.
-Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4-5 p.m. Botley Robotics for Kids. Would you like to learn more about robots and how they work? Meet Botley, the coding robot for kids! Botley is designed to teach young children basic coding skills in a fun and educational way. Join us as we learn how to program our little buddy to follow a line, move items, and do basic commands! This program is designed for children 5-8 years old.
Children’s programs take place in the Children’s Activity Room unless otherwise noted. Tickets or registration may be required; limited tickets are available prior to program.
-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.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m. teenMAKER: Laser Cutting. Computer Lab. The Kingwood Library now has a Glowforge Laser Cutter. Learn what it is and how to use it. Register for this program to learn the basics and bring home your own laser cut design. Registration is required.
-Monday, Feb. 3-Saturday, Feb. 15. Teen Button Battle. Teen Room. Valentine’s Day is upon us again. Are you in love with the holiday? Or not so much? Whether you love the holiday, or hate, come to the Teen Room anytime between Feb. 3-15 to pick up a button that will cast your vote. What is a button battle? It’s where teens vote on two or more of their favorite fandoms by taking a button they can pin to a backpack or anything else. The fandom that has the most buttons taken (aka “votes”), they are the one that wins.
-Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Watercolor Silhouette Art. Teen Game Room. Have fun painting with watercolor markers by creating your own watercolor art.
-Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Yarn Heart Banner. Teen Game Room. Make your own Valentine’s Day décor by creating a banner of yarn-wrapped hearts
-Monday, Feb. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Teen Advisory Group. Teen Game Room. If you’re a teen and interested in earning volunteer hours at the library by helping with programs, then the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is the place to be. Join TAG and meet up with other teens to work together to help plan teen programs, decorate the teen room, and make buttons for the monthly button battles.
-Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Dumbledore’s Army. Teen Game Room. Harry Potter Fans. Come to the monthly program that focuses on all things Harry Potter. Each month we solemnly swear to discuss favorite HP books and movies while either crafting, playing games, watching a movie, or anything else we think up relating to the Wizarding World. This month we will be making Howlers.
-Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30-6 p.m. Teen Book to Movie Club. Teen Room. Which is better, the book or the movie? You decide. Come by the Teen Room to pick up a copy of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Then meet up with other teens to discuss the book. Right after the discussion, stay for Teen Movie Night to watch the movie. The best of both worlds.
-Thursday, Feb. 20. 6-8 p.m. Teen Movie Night. Teen Game Room. Ready to relax a bit and watch a movie with friends. Come by to watch “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Snacks are provided.
-Saturday, Feb. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. Teens Tech Series, Creating Music on Your Computer. Meeting Room What is a midi keyboard? How is it used with making and producing music? How can you use one? Learn about and demo a Midi Keyboard at this program presented by one of our Kingwood Library Teen Volunteers.
Adult Computer Classes (requires registration)
Visit http://tinyurl.com/7d4s8ly or call 832-927-7830 to register. Classes meet in the Computer Lab.
-Monday, Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Microsoft Word 2019
-Monday, Feb. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Microsoft Excel 2019
-Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Microsoft Word 2019 Intermediate Class Part 1
-Saturday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Microsoft Word 2019 Intermediate Class Part 2
-Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m. Talking Masterpiece. Conference Room. Join others in discussing the local lineup of PBS's Masterpiece Theater. No registration is required.
-Saturdays, beginning Jan. 18 through Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Study and Prepare to become a U.S. Citizen. Conference Room. Topics covered in the 10-week class include the citizenship application, the Reading and Writing test, the 100 Questions and the actual interview. Join with others to study and practice. Get tips on how to remember answers. Classes are taught in English. Sign up by the first two weeks to get the full benefit of the class. Space is limited. Registration is required for the entire series.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Talk it Up! Book Discussion. Conference Room. Don't miss out! Discussion will be Imbolo Mbue’s “Behold the Dreamers.” Join with other adults to meet, mingle and chat with other literature lovers. Experience the pleasure of reading and discovering new books, genres and authors.
-Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. SAGE: Mastermind: How to Completely Change Your Thinking. Meeting Room. Do you know how powerful your thoughts can be? And, that you have the power to change your mind and everything around you? Join others for an interactive class on “The Power of Changing Your Mind.” Therapist Sara Larson will guide you through how to change thought patterns and demonstrate hands-on exercise on how your thoughts not only affect you but those around you as well. For information, call 832-927-7830.
-Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1-3 p.m. FamilySearch Lab. Computer Lab. Learn how to use the free FamilySearch database for genealogy research. Ask questions and get assistance with the database. Register for this lab by stopping by the upstairs Reference Desk, calling 832-927-7830 or registering online at www.hcpl.net/events/26368.
-Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. SAGE: Southern Style Shrimp & Grits. Meeting Room. Would you like to learn a new recipe on how to make shrimp and grits but not sure where to begin? Join Ms. Paula for some tips and cooking techniques on how to prepare a simple meal with seasoning blends to make a great tasting dish. Everyone enjoys eating the food together at the end of the class. For information, call Adult Services at 832-927-7830.
-Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7-8:45 p.m. Mystery Book Club. Conference Room. Join the group in reading “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Orczy. This classic story takes place during the French Revolution. It is all about the Scarlet Pimpernel who is saving French aristocrats from the infamous guillotine, while posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in society. The Scarlet Pimpernel was a blueprint for today's masked-avenger genre. No registration is necessary.
-Thursday, Feb. 13, 2-3:30 p.m. Adult Coffee & Coloring. Meeting Room. Join us for Coffee, Coloring and Conversation. We have plenty of coloring pages and pencils but feel free to bring your favorites. No registration required.
-Monday, Feb. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Talk it Up. Book Discussion. Conference Room. Talk It Up. Book Discussion is open to anyone who likes to read and want to share with other book enthusiasts. Coffee and refreshments are provided by Friends of the Library Kingwood (F.O.L.K). This month's selection is “Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead.
-Thursday, Feb. 20, 2- 4:00 p.m. Crafternoon – Crafting for Adults. Meeting Room. The craft will be Mixed Media Fairy Terrariums. All supplies are graciously provided by our FOLK group. Registration is required for this class.
-Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-noon. SAGE: Cooking with Mylene: Filipino Pancit. Meeting Room. Interested in learning how to make Pancit, a classic Filipino noodle dish that is easy to prepare with simple ingredients? Come to a cooking class with Mylene as she demonstrates her cooking skills making a quick and delicious meal. Everyone enjoys eating the food together at the end of the class. For additional information, call Adult Services at 832-927-7830.
-Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kingwood Photo Club Library Series. Meeting Room. Adobe's Lightroom is the premier organizer and editor for photographers worldwide. In this workshop we will introduce you to importing, organizing, editing, and sharing your images using Lightroom. We are available to answer follow-up questions after the workshop. No registration is necessary.
-Thursday, Feb. 6, 2-4 p.m. Making Glowforge Jewelry. Meeting Room. You are invited to our FREE Glowforge Jewelry Making Program. Create a pair of earrings and a matching necklace to share as a gift or to keep for yourself. All supplies are graciously provided by our FOLK group. Registration is required and opens Monday, Jan. 20. Register by calling 832-927-7830, visiting the Reference Desk at the library, or self-register through this Events Calendar.
-Thursdays, Feb. 6 & 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Peoples Choice Wealth Solutions Financial Seminar. Meeting Room. Join us for an educational seminar on how to implement the best filing strategy for married couples, divorcees and singles to eliminate unnecessary taxes and maximize your monthly benefit.
-Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Merrill Lynch Financial Seminar, Taking Control of Your Retirement. Meeting Room. Throughout your investing life, you’ve worked hard to save for the retirement you’ve always envisioned. In this seminar, we’ll talk about one of the most life- altering financial turning points each of us will experience — the transition to retirement — and the challenges and risks associated with it, as well as some potential solutions for building a portfolio to support your goals.
-Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Basic Weaving Class. Meeting Room. Celebrating African American History Month with a basic weaving class inspired by the colorful textiles of Africa. You will learn the basics of weaving while making a cute keepsake, an African themed Mug Rug. All supplies are graciously provided by our FOLK group. Please register for this class. Registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 4.
-Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-noon. Trails as Parks Wildlife Workshops, More Bees Please. Meeting Room. Join us for our new Library Series of Wildlife Workshops presented by TAP, an acronym for Trails as Parks, a division of the Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Department. No registration is necessary. All the programs in this series are interactive, educational, and fun. Ideal for ages 16+.
-Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m. Genealogy: FamilySearch Lab. Computer Lab. Join us in the computer lab to learn how to use the free FamilySearch database to help trace family members. This class is helpful for anyone who has an interest in using the genealogical database. Self-register online or by call 832-927-7830.
-Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminar, A Targeted Plan. Computer Lab. Come for a seminar by Workforce Solutions on job hunting. This seminar will focus on reviewing labor market information as well as assessing needs and employment skills to create a targeted job search plan.
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.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 4-4:45 p.m. The Book Habit. Book to be discussed is “The Boy at the Back of the Class” by Onjali Q Rauf. We will do a fun activity relating to the book and enjoy a snack. Stop by the front desk to check out a copy of the book. *Registration is required for ages 8-12. Registration is currently open at www.hcpl.net.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Special Twilight Tales: Happy Lunar New Year! Enjoy a special family story time celebrating the Chinese Year of the Rat.
-Mondays, Jan. 27, 5-7:45 p.m. Teen Takeover: Tabletop Games and D&D with Ettin Games.Get your game on with Ettin Games. Sample the hottest new tabletop games and play D&D. For teens grades 6-12.
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.
-Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Knit and Nosh Society. Beginning and advanced knitters and crocheters - come socialize while you knit or crochet and nosh.
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
-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.
-Mondays, 1 p.m. Pinochle. Players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards.
-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, 1-2 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, 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.
PRECINCT 2 NORTH BY NORTH SENIOR TRIPS
*Transportation is provided for individuals 55 years and better through HCP2. Registration is in person on a first-come, first-served basis and participants pay all event fees. Preferential reservations are given to Harris County residents. Persons not residing in Harris County may participate if space is available.
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.
-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. John Spencer, 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.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Volunteers Monthly Meeting. The public is invited to learn about volunteer opportunities at the park and JJPV. The meeting will start with a guest presentation followed by the meeting.
-Saturday, Feb. 1, 7:45 a.m. First Saturday Birding. Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited on this guided walk. A knowledgeable Precinct 4 staff member will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the resident and overwintering birds in the park. You may just add some new friends, as well as birds, to your life list! Binoculars are recommended. Participants must be 10 or older.
-Saturday, Feb. 1, 9-11 a.m. Volunteer Meet & Greet. Interested in volunteering? Join Jones Park volunteer coordinator Brent Wilkins and learn how you can help. Stop by the Nature Center for a casual gathering with staff and volunteers. Learn about the variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities. New volunteers are welcome and must be 16 or older.
-Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m. Signs of Spring. Join the park’s expert staff naturalist for a walk through the park to see, smell, and hear signs that springtime is just around the corner. Come along for the adventure and maybe catch sight of park flowers in bloom and animals in their natural habitat. Registration opens Wednesday, Jan. 22.
-Friday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. First Friday Friends. This interactive program invites senior adults to join a staff naturalist for a presentation and nature walk to look for animals, birds, and insects. Paul Gregg will lead the lecture “Introduction to Raptors.” This program is for those 55 and older. Monthly programs usually include a program, activity, and craft. Call 281-446-8588 for more information.
-Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Homestead Heritage Day. Bring the family to Redbud Hill Homestead for a look at 19th century Texas settler life, highlighting the Texas revolution, Civil War and post-war periods. Celebrating Texas history with pioneer lore, hands-on crafts, spinning and weaving, open fire cooking, heritage music, and much more.
-Sunday, Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m. Second Sunday Pickers. The Second Sunday Pickers provide free musical entertainment every second Sunday of the month. Popularly played music includes country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors are welcome to bring an instrument and play along.
-Saturday, Feb. 15, 9-11 a.m. Invasives Beware. Help eradicate and remove invasive plant species with Jones Park’s knowledgeable naturalists as they show how to remove and restore native habitats in the park. Explore nature and help restore a natural area. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Participants must be 16 or older or accompanied by an adult.
-Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. Winter Woods Orienteering. Ever wonder what you would do if you were lost in the woods? Come enjoy the winter forest and learn to follow an off-trail course with a compass. Please bring your own compass, and we will show you how to master it. Participants must be 10 or older. Registration opens Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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.
Precinct 4 is making it more convenient to stay healthy by offering extended evening hours every Tuesday and Thursday at Big Stone Lodge.
-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.
-Mondays and Wednesdays, at 9 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. Tai Chi. A certified instructor teaches a combination of stretching and toning exercises.
-Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Beginning Pilates. Learn how to build symmetry and coordination in the body. Loose-fitting clothing and a thick yoga mat are required for maximum comfort.
-Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. Beginning Zumba. Learn how to build symmetry and coordination in the body. A volunteer instructor leads this class that combines a variety of music with a fun and effective workout system.
-Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:10 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Dancercise. This dance class gives an aerobic body workout that is safe and effective. A variety of dance styles and music including country western, popular, hip hop, salsa, tango and merengue make this a fun way to exercise.
-Mondays, 12:30 p.m. Beginning Drawing. An accomplished artist and instructor teaches drawing techniques. No experience is necessary - just a desire to have fun and learn. Registration begins Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. Call the Center at 281-350-1029 to register or for information.
-Mondays, 2:15 p.m. Advanced Drawing. Learn drawing techniques from an accomplished artist or continue to improve your talent and skills.
-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.
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Hatha Yoga. A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. Dress in loose, lightweight clothing; class is held in bare feet. A non-skid yoga mat is required.
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:10-11:10 a.m. Line Dancing I. Participants can master the steps that can be used for any line dancing song in this twelve-week introductory course. A volunteer instructor will prepare students for the Improvers Line Dancing course also offered at the Center. Call 281-350-1029 to register.
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:10 a.m.-noon. Line Dancing II. This class of traditional line dancing gives a total body workout that even beginners can learn and enjoy.
-Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Cards and Dominoes. Bring a partner or attend alone to try your hand at a variety of card games or dominoes.
-Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. Chair Volleyball. An exciting and easy-to-learn activity similar to traditional volleyball, but allowing participants to remain seated.
-Friday, Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. Love Never Forgets Luncheon. Precinct 4 Encore! invites those 50 and older to enjoy lunch and a musical performance, featuring Stella at the Piano. Ben’s Chuck Wagon will provide a meal of stuffed baked potatoes, garden salad, rolls, dessert, iced tea and coffee. A $6 per person donation is payable in advance during registration.Tickets are available at Big Stone Lodge Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, Feb. 5.
-Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Popcorn and a Movie. Need an afternoon break? Come to the Center and enjoy a free showing of “Hidden Figures,” along with popcorn and a drink.
-Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Woodworking for Nature. Craft a walking stick to use on your next outdoor adventure. Experienced hikers use walking sticks to clear spider webs, part thick grass, or lend support during long hikes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 10 and older. Registration is required at www.hcp4.net/tap.
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.
-Tuesdays, 9 a.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Zumba Step.
-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.
-Tuesdays, Feb. 4-April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesdays, Feb. 4-April 15, noon-4 p.m. AARP TAX-AIDE. The taxman cometh, and AARP is sending a little help your way. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free income tax assistance for low- and middle-income people. Those requiring assistance should make an appointment with the center staff. Each appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes. Participants should bring their 2018 tax returns and 2019 tax documents to the center. Remove documents from envelopes and organize them prior to the appointment. Call 281-591-7830 for an appointment.
-Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. Travel Series: Tip Toe Through the Tulips. Center volunteers Sylvia and Pat Tucker will host a program for those interested in travel and other cultures. View photos highlighting the incredible beauty of the Netherlands, including the tulip fields of Keukenhof Gardens, featuring 8 million tulips. Another feature of the presentation will be photos from the cities of Brussels, Gent, and Amsterdam. These cities feature flowers, windmills, and waterways, and illustrate a rich history of how the Dutch reclaimed the land from the sea. Come out for this visual feast of color and beauty to experience city views and rural landscapes. To register, visit the Center or call 281-591-7830.
-Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Texas Trivia Time. Join in this fun and interactive trivia on rodeo history and Texas heritage, presented by Francisco Sanchez, a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Speakers Committee and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. For reservations, call 281-591-7830 or come by the Center.
-Thursday, Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m. March Trips Sign Up. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 and older through Precinct 4’s Encore! Buses will pick up and drop participants at the Center for the following trips:
* Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m. Houston Livestock Show
* Friday, March 27, 4 p.m. German Festival, Tomball
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.
-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.
-Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10-11 a.m. Cooking Thyme: Seeds and Roasted Eggplant Salad. Children will explore fresh food with all five senses during the Cooking Thyme program at Mercer Botanic Gardens. They will learn the connections between plants and how to cook them. This free, hands-on opportunity equips children with the knowledge to make healthy food choices by allowing them to prepare and taste garden-fresh foods. Recipes are subject to change based on the availability of seasonal fruits and vegetables from Mercer’s Vegetable Garden. Volunteer opportunities are available. This program is for children 6 to 8. A parent or adult guardian must accompany children. Registration is required, and space is limited.
-Wednesday, Feb. 12, noon. Lunch Bunch: Vegetable Gardening in Small Places. Are your dreams of a vegetable garden waylaid by your small backyard gardening space? Be stumped no more! Learn tips and techniques for an amazing vegetable harvest from your small plot of land or even a patio garden. Join Brazos County Extension Horticulturist Robert “Skip” Richter as he presents information to help you plan a vegetable garden to fit the smallest garden spaces! Lunch Bunch is a free program offered at Mercer’s East Side Gardens, recommended for those 12 and older. Participants should bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Registration is required.
PRECINCT 4 ENCORE!
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, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. Resale Shop Hop. Enjoy shopping at three of Houston’s premier resale shops. Always something new and different will include clothes, purses, household items and more. Cost is free and a late lunch will be on your own at Phoenicia World Market.
-Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and Julia Ideson Building. Visit the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A guided tour explains the beautiful art and architectural style of clean lines and modern simplicity. Enjoy the majesty of the cathedral, including its 108 stained glass windows. After lunch, tour the historic Julia Ideson Building. In the heart of the city, this building’s distinctive and elegant Spanish architecture stands out among the glass contemporary buildings that surround it. Lunch is available for purchase at Pappas Bar-B-Q. Transportation will be provided from Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble.
-Tuesday, Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m. Moody Gardens. Join others for a day of fun at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Experience life as you visit the rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas in the Rainforest Pyramid. Then head to the Aquarium Pyramid and explore the oceans' depths of the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Pacific and the Caribbean. Lunch will be available for purchase at Shrimp /n Stuff. Cost is $10 per person prepaid, non-refundable. Make checks payable to address noted above.
-Thursday, Feb. 6, 8:45 a.m. Houston Maritime Museum and Buffalo Soldiers Museum Houston. Visit the historical Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to learn more about African American history and American history. The goal of the museum is to interpret, articulate, collect, display and preserve historical artifacts, documents, videos, prints and other historical memorabilia which details the history of the brave men and women who overcame extreme adversity while gallantly fighting the great American wars. Next, the collection at the Houston Maritime Museum has grown to over eight galleries that cover the world of maritime history and culture from early navigation and exploration, to World War II and the modern merchant marine, and also today’s energy industry. Lunch will be available for purchase at Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Cost is $10 per person prepaid, non-refundable. Make checks payable to address noted above. Transportation will be provided from Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble.
-Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. The Fantasticks at Stages Repertory Theater. Follow your imagination into a whimsical tale of young lovers, meddling parents, and a bond that matures in adversity. The longest-running musical in world history has been refreshed for the new century and is the perfect valentine to the theatre and the eternal power of love. Cost is $22 per person prepaid, non-refundable. Make checks payable to address noted above within one week of making a reservation. Note: this trip does not include a dinner stop.
-Wednesday, Feb. 19, 8:30 a.m. Friends of Texas Wildlife and Spirit Acres. Everyone 50 years of age and older is invited to visit Friends of Texas Wildlife and Spirit Acres, which supports the rehabilitation of native Texas wildlife and promotes coexistence of wildlife and people through education. Meet some of their wildlife animal ambassadors (owls, opossum, or hawk), enjoy some hands-on learning about animals, view of wildlife diorama, make a craft, and have some wild fun. After lunch, visit Spirit Acres, a loving, peaceful environment with skilled and caring hands to assist horses in need of rescue, rehabilitation, and retirement. The goal is to place horses in great homes where care and love are forever guaranteed. Horses enjoy snacks of chopped apples and carrots; visitors will have an opportunity to feed the horses their snacks with supervision. The cost is $10 per person; lunch is available for purchase at the Pizza Shack.
-Saturday, Feb. 29, 9:15 a.m. PBS Channel 8 Newsroom Tour. Join us on a behind the scenes tour of the Channel 8 Houston Public Media. Visit the studios and radio station where news is broadcasted to the citizens of Houston. Participation is free; lunch is available for purchase at a local restaurant.
ATASCOCITA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
19426 Atasca Oaks Dr., Humble
-Sundays, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; 9:20 a.m. Faith Formation.
4:30 p.m. Adult Class and Recreation for Kids
5 p.m. Children’s Chimes
5:30 p.m. Dinner for All (new menu weekly). Adult meals are $8; children 4-older is $5; children under 4 Free
6 p.m. Beginning Bells
6:30 p.m. Advanced Bells
7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
-Second Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Horizons Bible Study. Church Parlor. Attendees should bring a salad or dish to share for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Enjoy this time for scripture and fellowship. Contact Judi Anderson or Doris Fisher for more information.
ATASCOCITA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble
-Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study. Room W-122.
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
3803 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood
- Sundays, 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a biblical program that helps participants overcome hurts, hangups and habits, based on the actual words of Jesus. The group meets at 6 p.m., with pizza at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Jason at 832-428-4882 or Barbara at 281-913-3315 or visit www.facebook.com/CR.CTK.
5725 Hwy. 90, Crosby
-Tuesdays, 7 p.m. First Responder Peer Support. A support ministry to discuss PTSD within fire, law enforcement and EMS, and will be a safe venue to openly discuss the realities of life situations experienced on the streets (or over the phone or radio). First Responder Mike Stewart will be leading the group. For information, call 281-793-5300.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH-KINGWOOD
5520 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood
-Mondays, Jan. 13-April 6, 9:30-11 a.m. Monday Footsteps. New 10-week study called “Women of the Word” by Jen Wilkin, helping to have a clear and concise plan to keep focus on reading the Bible. Call Dot Chapman at 281-414-2769 if interested, for an accurate attendance and book count. Childcare will be provided.
-Saturdays beginning Jan. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sisters in Christ. Conference Room. “Anointed-Transformed-Redeemed, a Study of David” by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur.
KINGWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood
-Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Uncommon Cents. Conference Room. The 5-week program will not only help take a look back at financial decisions, but also help give insights on possible future decisions, looking at managing debt, investing for the future, choosing the right insurance, developing a workable cash flow plan, and more.
NORTHEAST CATHOLIC SINGLES
Hosted by St. Martha Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge Parkway, Porter
-Saturday, Feb. 1. Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. for Mass at St. Mary Magdalene, 527 S. Houston Ave., Humble, and dinner afterward at Humble City Cafe, 200 E. Main St., Humble. Group will meet in the Narthex of the church at 5:15 p.m. For information, visit www.stmartha.com.
-Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Dinner and conversation at McAlister’s Deli, 9477 FM 1960 (at Townsen), Humble. For information, visit www.stmartha.com.
-Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. Dinner and conversation at Panera Bread, 25665 Hwy. 59 N, Kingwood. For information, visit www.stmartha.com.
WOODRIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
5707 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood
-Wednesdays, through May 13, 6:15-8 p.m. Awana Clubs 2019-20. Awana, a non-denominational Bible club for children 2 years-5th grade, is centered on the Gospel, and scripture memorization is key. Anyone can enroll at any time during the year. One-time annual cost is $20 per child, or $60 maximum per family. Awana is open to all church members, guests, friends, neighbors. For registration, visit https://wbc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/266303/logins/new.
- Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Nearly Newlyweds And Newlywed Couples. For connection, community, meaningful relationships, this group Bible study will help answer questions. Group consists of nearly newlyweds and newlywed couples without children. For information, visit www.woodridge.org.
- Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Veritas, a Sunday evening service in the Shelter (Entrance G) designed to take on some of life’s toughest questions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and fellowship; service begins at 7 p.m., with music, short message from Pastor Jeremy, and a time of interactive Q&A. All are welcome. For information, visit www.veritaswbc.com.
HUMBLE ISD GOLF CLASSIC
ONGOING - CLUBS/HEALTH/SELF-HELP
ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
AMERICAN NEEDLEPOINT GUILD
Newcomers of all skill levels are welcome at the American Needlepoint Guild, Lake Houston Chapter meetings the second Thursday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Conference Room, 1826 Kingwood Dr. at Ladbrook. For information, call Emily Maas at 281-359-4341 or visit www.lakehoustonang.com or www.needlepoint.org.
ANIMALS ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOU
AABY is a nonprofit community service organization dedicated to building a future area animal shelter, dog park and clinic. Funds raised from the AABY Thrift Shop, located at Loop 494 and Northpark, are dedicated to that cause. For more information, call 281-358-4866.
The North Houston Astronomy Club meets the fourth Friday of the month (third Friday in Nov.-Dec.) at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Meetings are open to the public. Novice talk is at 6:30 p.m.; club meeting at 7:30 p.m.; professional speaker at 8 p.m. Whatever your level of interest or knowledge of astronomy or space science, bring the whole family. For information, visit www.astronomyclub.org.
ATASCOCITA-KINGWOOD GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Those interested in genealogy are invited to attend the monthly meetings of the Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society. The meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at Rosemont Assisted Living, 6450 Kings Parkway in Atascocita, at 3 p.m. Each monthly program is presented to help the members and visitors obtain a better understanding of genealogical research. For more information, contact Ann Parkinson at 281-852-6803 or visit www.atascocita-kingwoodgenealogicalsociety.org.
BLOOD PRESSURE/BLOOD SUGAR CHECK
A licensed technician visits the Harris County Precinct 4 Crosby Community Center the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month to take blood readings. Other fitness activities offered at the center include: rhythm walking, advanced line dancing, dart baseball, body toning, chair exercises, dancercise and yoga. For information, call 281-462-0543.
BLUE STAR MOTHERS
The Lake Houston Area Chamber BizCom groups meet in Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita and Summer Creek, the first Thursday several times throughout the year at their local high school for one hour at 11 a.m., and feature speakers, presentations and announcements addressing needs or issues affecting their community. Meetings include a light lunch and are free and open to all community organizations, citizens, businesses and all other interested parties from the community. Reservations are necessary. For reservations, call the chamber at 281-446-2128 or visit www.lakehouston.org.
Bookends meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Oriental Gardens, 1528 Kingwood Dr. (near Chelsea Deli), Kingwood. Book to be discussed will be announced prior to meeting date. For information, contact Julie Payne at 281-713-2477 or 409-963-6730.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Memorial Hermann Cancer Center Northeast breast cancer support group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. The support group is held in the Women’s Classroom on the second floor of the hospital’s Southwest Tower, 18951 Memorial North, Humble. For information, call Kate Mahan at 281-540-6556.
BREASTFEEDING AND NEWBORN CARE CLASSES FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS
A Breastfeeding Class and a Newborn Care Class are being offered for Spanish speakers the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Women’s Classroom on the second floor of the hospital’s Southwest Tower. In the Breastfeeding Class, participants will learn the benefits of breastfeeding, the importance of a support system and tips for a successful start. The Newborn Care Class will teach prospective parents the fundamentals of infant care. Both classes are free and open to pre-registered patients, but registration is required. For a full list of classes and to access online registration, visit memorialhermann.org/classes-events or call 713.222.CARE (2273).
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT SERVICE
New mothers are invited to attend Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital’s free Breastfeeding Made Simple Support Group now offered every Monday from 4-6 p.m.
Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical program that helps participants overcome hurts, hangups and habits, based on the actual words of Jesus. The group meets every Sunday night at 6 p.m. (pizza at 5:30 p.m.) at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 3803 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood. For more information, call Jason at 832-428-4882 or Barbara at 281-913-3315 or visit www.facebook.com/CR.CTK.
CITY OF HOUSTON RECYCLING
Recyclables are accepted every weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for City of Houston residents, held at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride lot, 3210 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. They accept newspapers; magazines; ad inserts; aerosol cans; cardboard; catalogs; glass bottles and jars; plastics (#1, #5 and #7), and steel, tin and aluminum cans. For a complete list of accepted items, visit www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/kingwood.html or www.keepkingwoodgreen.org.
The Compassionate Friends is a national organization of parents reaching out to others who have had a child who passed away from any cause, at any age. The local chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month at Cypress Woods, 2755 Chestnut Ridge (behind Chase Bank) off Kingwood Dr. Meet and greet with light refreshments begins at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call Debbie at 812-764-3695 or visit www.compassionatefriends.org.
CONVERSATION AND COFFEE
Cornerstone is a recovery program for students and parents as they deal with substance abuse. They offer regular, confidential meetings at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at Christ the King Lutheran Church on West Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood. Call 713-528-6720 for more information.
CREATING WITH BLIND ABANDON
The CRIJ Breakfast will be held the first Monday of each month at 7 a.m. at Italiano’s, 217 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. E., Humble.
CROCHETING AND KNITTING FOR CHARITY
A crocheting and knitting for charity group meets Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Kingwood Christian Church (DOC), 3910 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood, Classroom B (enter left door near office), and will be hosted by Andrea Conrad. All are welcome. For information, call 281-360-7910.
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
The Toastmasters meets at Kingwood First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood., Friday mornings at 7 a.m. For information, visit www.deerwoodtoastmasters.com.
EXXON RETIREE CLUB
The Exxon retirees of Lake Houston has more than 400 members retired from Exxon, Mobil or the joint company. The club encourages participation in local charities and sponsors matching grants and gifts for donations of money and volunteer time. For more information, call Bruce Gunther at 281-360-8238.
Buy from a local farmers’ market every Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine, at the Fall Creek Clubhouse, 7930 Fall Creek Bend Dr., Humble. Candles and scents, jams and jellies, coffee roasters, wines, poultry, Indian food, and more. #buylocal
FAMILYTIME CRISIS & COUNSELING CENTER
-Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m.: Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors support group for adult, female victims.
-Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m.: Family foundations-Learning about myself and my children; The power of positive parenting; and Divorce: Putting the children first.
Contact FamilyTime at 281-446-2615 for other dates, times and more information.
FIRST RESPONDER PEER SUPPORT
Crosby Church, 5725 Hwy. 90, Crosby, is sponsoring a Support Ministry every Tuesday at 7 p.m. to discuss PTSD within fire, law enforcement and EMS, and will be a safe venue to discuss openly the realities of life situations experienced on the streets (or over the phone or radio). First Responder Mike Stewart will be leading the group. For information, call 281-793-5300.
FOREST COVE GARDEN CLUB
The garden club meets second Thursday of the month from September to May. For more information, call Paulette Murray at 281-358-8625.
FOREST COVE POA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Forest Cove Property Owners Association Board of Directors meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p. m. For information, visit www.forestcove.org.
FRIENDS OF THE ATASCOCITA LIBRARY
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY KINGWOOD
FOLK has been an active group since the late 1970s, prior to the building of the first Kingwood Branch Library, and is still committed to raising funds to enable the library to continue its role as an excellent cultural facility. With proceeds from the bookstore and other monetary donations from the community, the Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK) supports the Kingwood Branch Library by purchasing books, digital media, equipment and program supplies. Visit www.kingwoodfolk.org to learn more.
FRIENDS OF THE OCTAVIA FIELDS LIBRARY
The Friends is a group of volunteers that assists the library by collecting used books, organizing book sales as well as other volunteer duties. For more information, call 832-927-5500.
The Gathering Place is a free respite care service offered once a month by Holy Comforter Lutheran Church in partnership with Interfaith Care Partners. It is a program for caregivers of loved ones with dementia, stroke, Parkinson's and early stage Alzheimer's. The Gathering Place meets the first Friday of every month from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, 1901 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood. For information, call 281-358-6500.
Goodtimers is a non-denominational group of adults aged 50+ sponsored by Atascocita United Methodist Church. The club meets the second Thursday of each month in the AUMC Life Center, 19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble, at 10 a.m. We will have a fun time playing TRIVIA with prizes and a silent auction fundraiser. Lunch will follow. A $2 donation is appreciated. For information, call Richard Parks, President at 281-225-4251 or Cathy Doolittle, Advertising, at 281-706-0375. New members are welcome.
GRIEFSHARE – ATASCOCITA UNITED METHODIST
GRIEFSHARE - KINGWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group for those who have lost loved ones. Morning class is held from 10 a.m.-noon, and evening class at 7-8:45 p.m. Both groups meet in Room E-204 at the church, 1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood. Nursery is available by reservation. Cost is $20 for the workbook. For more information about session dates or to make a reservation, contact Donna Smith at 281-358-2137.
HCA HOUSTON HEALTHCARE-KINGWOOD
ONGOING GROUP MEETINGS
Aneurysm/Stroke Survivors & Loved Ones - “STARS.” A community-centered group for stroke survivors and loved ones, meeting the third Monday of Nov from 6-7 p.m., in the Community Room. Attendance is free. For information, call 281-348-8975.
Breast Cancer Support - “HOPE.” Building a supportive network and community of those affected by breast cancer, enabling participants to receive and exchange information, support, strength and Hope. Meeting the second Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m., in the South Tower Classroom. For information, call 281-348-3352.
Breastfeeding. This group is led by a KMC lactation specialist for postpartum patients who are breastfeeding and meetings Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the South Tower Classroom (or the first Saturday each month in The Women & Children’s Center South Tower classroom, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.). New moms are encouraged to attend with their babies and ask questions. Attendance is free. Call 281-348-8342 for information.
Childbirth Preparation. This class is for expectant parents and should be taken early in the last trimester of pregnancy. The class is Saturdays, twice monthly, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Women and Children’s Center at HCA-Houston Healthcare-Kingwood. Cost is $40 per couple and includes lunch ($60 if not delivering at HCA-Houston Healthcare-Kingwood). This class is also offered as a two-part series weekday evenings from 6-9 p.m. To register, call 1-800-258-5064.
CompuCycle. On the first Saturday of every month CompuCycle is at the Kingwood Metro lot to accept electronic waste from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The service is free! It is fast and easy.
Diabetes Support Group. The group is offered to people with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their family members. Guest speakers discuss updated information for successful management and meets the fourth Tuesday of even months from 6:30-8 p.m. (except Dec.). There is no cost to attend. Call 281-348-8697 for information and classroom location.
Grandparent Class. Certified childbirth educators will help prepare first-time or experienced grandparents for the birth of a grandbaby. The 2-1/2 hour seminar will cover a variety of important, relevant topics. Fee is $15 per person; to register for classes, call 800-285-5064. Class is offered the last Thursday of every other month (July; Sept.; Nov.).
Infant Safety and CPR. Topics covered include car seat safety, SIDS, childproofing your home, and CPR for friends and family; offered twice monthly on weekday evenings at The Women and Children’s Center at HCA-Houston Healthcare-Kingwood. Cost is $10 per person. To register, call 1-800-258-5064.
Introduction to Breastfeeding. This class is for expectant mothers and should be taken in the second trimester of pregnancy; offered twice monthly and once per quarter in Spanish at The Women and Children’s Center at HCA-Houston Healthcare-Kingwood. Cost is $10 per mother. Mothers are encouraged to bring a support person at no additional fee. To register, call 1-800-258-5064.
Le Leche League. LLL is dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women to choose to breastfeed. Receive support and help. Breastfeeding parents, their partners/support people, babies and other children are welcome to attend. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. and the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. No registration is required. For information, visit www.texaslll.org.
Newborn Care. This class is for new parents or parents-to-be to learn the basic care of the baby during his/her first weeks of life. Topics covered include infant development, sleeping, bathing, diapering and coping with crying. The physical and emotional impact of newborn care on parents is also discussed. The class is offered monthly weekday evenings at The Women and Children’s Center at HCA-Houston Healthcare-Kingwood. Cost is $15 per person. To register, call 1-800-258-5064.
NICU Support Group. This class is for parents who have had or currently have a baby in KMC’s NICU, to provide “Helping Hands” and connect parents with others who can offer experience, courage and strength. The “Helping Hands” group meets the second Sunday of each month for an hour. For more information, contact Lindsay Turner at 281-348-7395 from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Perinatal Mental Health Support Group. The group is for women facing emotional challenges related to pregnancy or new motherhood, or other related problems and will meet every Monday at 9:30 a.m. (babies 12 weeks and under), from 10:30 a.m.-noon (babies 12 weeks-1 year); also third Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and first Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. For information, call 832-944-2366.
Sibling Class. This free class is for soon-to-be siblings 3-10 years old. Topics include caring for a newborn, holding an infant, newborn characteristics, and a tour of the Women’s Center. This class is offered monthly at The Women and Children’s Center at HCA-Houston Healthcare-Kingwood. To register, call 1-800-258-5064.
For information about KMC support groups, visit www.kingwoodmedical.com.
HI NEIGHBOR CLUB-KINGWOOD
THE HOPE SUPPORT GROUP
The Huffman ISD meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room, 24302 FM 2100, Huffman. For information, call Shannon Jones at 281-324-1871, x100.
HUMBLE AREA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
The Humble Beautification Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m., at 114 W. Higgins St., Humble. For information, contact Cheryl at 281-852-7317.
HUMBLE CITY COUNCIL
The City Council meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at 114 W. Higgins St., Humble. The public is invited. For information, contact Sue Daniel at 281-446-3061.
The Humble ISD meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at 20200 Eastway Village Dr., Humble. The public is invited. For information, contact Karen Collier at 281-641-8200.
HUMBLE OPTIMIST CLUB
The Humble Optimist Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at Homewood Suites, 23320 Highway 59 N., Kingwood. For information, contact Henry Murphy at 281-804-9070.
HUMBLE AREA RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. For information, contact Bill Davis at 281-543-4521. The public is invited.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, TOPS, is a fun, affordable nonprofit support group that meets each Thursday evening at First United Methodist Church, 800 E. Main Street, Humble. Weigh-in starts at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. For more information,visit www.tops.org or call Louise Hunt at 281-443-3355.
Humble Transportation meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m., at 110 W. Main Street, Humble. The public is invited.
INSPERITY OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
Humble ISD has one of the best astronomical observatories in the greater Houston region. With three large research-grade telescopes, a registered observatory with the Minor Planet Center, the volunteer staff of astronomers engages the public the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 p.m. The observatory is located at 2505 S. Houston Ave., Humble. For information, visit www.humbleisd.net/observatory.
INTERNATIONAL LADIES CLUB
KINGWOOD APHASIA GROUP
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with aphasia (language disorder often caused by stroke or head injury), the Kingwood Aphasia Group will meet the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. at Strawbridge United Methodist Church, 5629 Kingwood Dr, Kingwood. The intent is to provide a forum to meet with others who have aphasia and help with communication skills in a group setting. The meeting will be led by Becky Galey CCC-SLP, Speech Pathologist.
KINGWOOD AREA DEMOCRATS
KINGWOOD AREA MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES
The Kingwood Area Mothers of Multiples club is a support organization for mothers of twins, triplets and higher-order multiples. They provide an opportunity to meet other M.O.M.s and share information on how to succeed in the trials of raising multiples. As a club, they have monthly meetings which can be both fun and informative. They also offer a variety of other multiple related events. General meetings take place the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood. For more information, visit www.kamom.org.
KINGWOOD AREA QUILT GUILD
The Kingwood Area Quilt Guild meets the first Thursday of the month at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, with social at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. All quilters are welcome for a fun and informative evening. Visit the website at www.kingwoodareaquiltguild.com to verify meeting date.
KINGWOOD AREA REPUBLICAN WOMEN
KINGWOOD AREA SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
KASNC meetings are held the third Wednesday each month at 7 p.m. at Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood. No meetings are held in June and July. The Council solicits input from members of the community on capital improvement and other projects that will improve the quality of life and public safety in Kingwood. For information, visit www.kingwoodsnc.com/kingwoodsnc.
KINGWOOD, ATASCOCITA, PORTER TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 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 meeting from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Visitors welcome. Prospective members can visit one time free. For more information, visit www.tops.org or contact Debbie Brubaker at 281-359-7276.
KINGWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Kingwood Chamber meets the first Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Meeting locations vary. For information, contact Sparky Nolan at 281-360-4321. The public is invited.
KINGWOOD CHORALE AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (part of the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society, formerly Kingwood Musical Arts Society) has been enriching the cultural arts of Kingwood with classical music events and chamber concerts since it was formed in 1988. For information, concert schedule and tickets, visit www.lhmas.org/.
KINGWOOD CRUSADERS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
KINGWOOD FARMERS MARKET
If you love fresh home grown fruits and vegetables, now is the time to visit the Farmers Market in Kingwood Town Center Park every Thursday, rain or shine, from 2-6 p.m. (Standard time) and 3-7 p.m. (Daylight Saving time) at Kingwood Town Center. Visit the certified vendors to buy locally grown and produced fruit, vegetables and such delicacies as Indian food, jellies and jams, artisan breads, olive oil, goat cheese, lavender, jerky, sugar-free desserts, orchids and many others. Visit www.towncenterevents.com/farmersmarket or www.facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket for more information.
KINGWOOD GARDEN CLUB
KINGWOOD HUMBLE AREA AGGIE MOMS CLUB
The Kingwood Humble Area Aggie Moms Club holds its regular meeting the second Tuesday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 3803 West Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood. The pre-meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with socialization and shopping and the formal meeting begins at 7 p.m. The club brings a guest speaker to each meeting, representing various Texas A&M University organizations. All former and current Aggie Moms are invited. Information about the club, speakers, meeting dates and times is available at www.khaggiemoms.org.
KINGWOOD-HUMBLE MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
The KHMTA meets every second Wednesday at the recital hall at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Their goal is to develop the talents of students, and new students and members are always welcome. KHMTA is a member of the Texas Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. For meeting information, call Mary Weaver at 281-358-6221.
KINGWOOD KIWANIS CLUB
The Kingwood Kiwanis Club meets every Friday at noon, at the Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail., Kingwood. For information, contact Curtis Maxey.
KINGWOOD MARKET DAYS
KINGWOOD PAGE TURNERS CLUB
KINGWOOD PHOTO CLUB
KPC is a collection of photographers and would-be photographers from the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita areas; different ages, demographics, and abilities, but sharing a love of photography. Everyone is welcome to the monthly meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, third floor, 3500 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood. For meeting and speaker information, visit www.kwphotoclub.com.
The Kingwood PIP, Houston Police Department’s Positive Interaction Program, meets the third Tuesday of each month, at Kingwood Church of Christ, 2901 Woodland Hills, Kingwood, and features speakers from different divisions (Burglary and Theft, Homicide, K-9, Helicopters, etc.), explaining how their division operates. This is done so citizens will know what to expect, if they should ever need the police.
KINGWOOD RECYCLING CENTER
Kingwood Recycling Center, 3210 West Lake Houston Pkwy., Houston (at Kingwood Metro Transit Center) accepts electronic recyclables at no charge to City of Houston residents on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The center is also open every weekend from Friday afternoon until dusk on Sunday. Accepted are glass, cardboard, paper, metal cans, plastic bottles. Items must be separated and cardboard must be flattened. Dump contents into the bins and take your plastic bag back home for another use.
KINGWOOD ROTARY CLUB
The club meets every Thursday, 6:15-7:30 p.m. at The Union Kitchen, 23918 Highway 59, Kingwood. KRC is for those who have concern for others–people who want to enhance their community through gifts of their time, talent and financial support. For information, call Charlie Buscemi at 281-359-7193 or visit www.kwrotary.org.
KINGWOOD SERVICE ASSOCIATION
The KSA meets quarterly (April, July, Oct., Jan.) at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Dr., Kingwood. For meeting information, call Dee Price at 713-302-9480.
KINGWOOD SEWING GUILD
The Kingwood Sewing Guild meets the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Hobby Lobby on Grand Pkwy. and Hwy. 59. The group will present different challenges each month. Visitors are welcome.
Join Toastmasters for its regular Tuesday weekly meeting at the Watercrest at Kingwood, 24109 Kingwood Place Dr., from 7-8:30 p.m. Toastmaster Clubs provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Guests are always welcome and there is no cost to attend as a guest. Typical attendance is 15-25 people.
KINGWOOD WOMEN'S CLUB
KINGWOOD WRITERS GROUP
LAKE HOUSTON AREA ARTISTS
The Lake Houston Area Artists League meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Homewood Suites, 23320 Hwy. 59 N., Kingwood. Membership is open to all ages and all levels of artists. For more information, visit www.lakehoustonareaartists.com or on Facebook at Lake Houston Area Artists.
LAKE HOUSTON BEAUTIFICATION
Lake Houston Beautification meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. at 110 W. Main St., Humble. For information, contact Carolyn McCarty at 281-446-2128.
LAKE HOUSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The LHCC meets the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am. Meeting location varies. For information, contact Carolyn McCarty at 281-446-2128.
LAKE HOUSTON GARDENERS
The group meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills, in Kingwood. Each meeting ends with a plant exchange.
LAKE HOUSTON PACHYDERM CLUB
LAKE HOUSTON LADIES CLUB
LHLC is a social organization that meets Sept.-May the third Tuesday of the month at the Walden Country Club, 18100 Walden Forest Dr., Humble. The club welcomes new members from all surrounding areas, offering avenues for individual interest: Readers Choice, Bridge, Bunco, Mah Jongg, Lunch and Look, Movie Group, Supper Club and Tea Time Group. Many of the groups continue throughout the summer months. There are periodic events planned during the year that include spouses or significant others and is an excellent way to meet new people and make new friends. Contact Karen at 281-900-5584 for club information or visit www.lakehoustonladiesclub.com.
MEMORIAL HERMANN NORTHEAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital has begun a support group for cancer survivors, their family and friends, and those who seek more information about cancer. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month, from 4-5 p.m., in the main lobby of the Cancer Center.
MEMORIAL HERMANN NORTHEAST WELLNESS CENTER
The hospital's gym has everything from low-impact aerobics, 50-plus classes, and strength and toning classes, to T'ai Chi, infant massage classes, full weight room, personal trainers and body fat testing. The Wellness Center is open to all; there are membership and non-membership fees. For information, call 281-540-6425.
MEMORIAL HERMANN STROKE SUPPORT GROUP
Stroke Support Group meetings are held the fourth Wednesday each month, in Classroom B at 12:30 p.m. The Stroke Support Group is free and open to all stroke survivors, those who care for stroke survivors and those who would like additional information about surviving a stroke. Participants must register by calling 713-222-CARE (2273).
The Merry Widows group is a nondenominational group, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Humble, providing friendship, hope and support for widows in the Humble-Kingwood-Atascocita area. Join the Merry Widows for lunch the first Friday of every month at 12:15 p.m. at Italiano's in Humble. For more information, call 281-446-2332 or 281-446-1339.
MODERN WIDOWS CLUB HOUSTON
MUD NO. 109
The Municipal Utility District No. 109 meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Dept. Headquarters, 5535 Green Timbers Dr., Humble, to discuss the county’s drinking water and other issues. To learn about future public meetings, or to request to schedule one, contact Glenn Bogs at 281-852-8006. The public is invited.
MUD NO. 132
The Municipal Utility District No. 132 meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Atascocita Branch Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble. For information, call Ray Hughes at 281-850-6123. The public is invited.
MUD NO. 153
MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP
NEARLY NEWLYWEDS AND NEWLYWED COUPLES
Connection, community, meaningful relationships Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Woodridge Baptist Church, 5707 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood, this group Bible study will help answer questions. Join us this week. Group consists of nearly newlyweds and newlywed couples without children. For information, visit www.woodridge.org.
NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
The NEHCBA meets every second Friday at noon at Los Cucos, 23730 Hwy. 59 North, Kingwood. The meeting provides one hour of CLE and great networking opportunities with local attorneys. The group also meets every third Wednesday at Amedeo’s, 22704 Loop 494, Kingwood, at 5:30 p.m. for happy hour and networking. For more information, visit www.nehcba.org.
PEACE BY PIECING QUILT GUILD
PBPQG is dedicated to promoting appreciation of the art of quilting while encouraging quilt-making of all forms. Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at Lakeway Baptist Church at 5801 FM 1960 E., Humble. Social time and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. while the general business meeting, program, show and tell, and door prizes start at 7 p.m. For dates and meeting information, visit www.peacebypiecingquiltguild.com.
ROTARY ROSE GROUP
Rotary ROSE Mama Support Group is a local postpartum depression and anxiety support group that meets three times per month in Atascocita, for women struggling with depression and/or anxiety after the birth of a child, The group’s goal is to provide a free, safe environment for moms to meet and get support. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Humble, meetings are free of charge. Babies are welcome, but childcare is not provided. For information, contact Valerie at 281-814-5803 or visit www.facebook.com/Rotary-ROSE-Group-175003066474496/ for updates on meeting times and locations.
SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION
This meditation group meets every Wednesday, from 6:30-7:30 a.m., at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood. It is open to the public and free. Come and experience your own self realization.
SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES
Kings Harbor, 4501 Magnolia Cove Dr., Kingwood, is sponsoring a special concert series on the second Saturday of the month from September through November from 6-9 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy family-friendly, live music. For information, visit www.kings-harbor.com or call 713-629-5200.
SUMMER CREEK ROTARY CLUB
Summer Creek Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays at Generation Park, 2nd floor Conference Room, 250 Assay St., Suite 200A, Houston. For information, contact Deborah Rose Miller at 281-380-0332.
This support group in Kingwood meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m-noon. Call Alysha or Mary Beth at 281-812-7529 for more information.
TEXAS INMATE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION (TIFA)
The TIRZ meets the second Thursday of every month at 8 a.m., at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood. For information, call Stan Sarman at 713-204-1641.