As more and more of us are safely vaccinated, we are just itching to get back to going out. The City of Humble is ready to accommodate.

“It is just amazing the demand we are seeing for what the city has to offer,” said Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex. “I don’t remember the civic center ever being this busy in the years I have been director.”

Wooden ticked off several large events coming to one or more of the civic center’s three ballrooms, four breakout meeting areas, special events room, spacious parking area and outdoor arena:

A monster truck show, a classic car show, a two-day mixed martial arts match, a zydeco blues festival, the Premier Gun Show and the Spring Gift Market, to begin with.

Kingwood High School is holding its fall dance at the civic center. The Sam Houston Water District has scheduled its regional meeting there. And the ever-popular Harris County Precinct 4 Opry will be held again at the civic center.

Garden Brothers is bringing its festive circus. A master spa expo is scheduled this fall as well as a senior health fair, the Greater Houston Stamp Show, a Fiesta De Mayo concert and the Highland Games Scottish Competition.

“And that is just through September,” said Wooden. “We’re excited about October, too, since the civic center will host the Greater Humble Kennel Club Dog Show.”

And then there are the afternoon luncheons, wedding receptions, conferences, corporate training events and even baby showers that Lake Houston businesses and residents have come to rely on.

The civic center and arena, however, is just one slice of Humble’s six-part entertainment pie.

“As our friends and neighbors have gotten to know us at the civic center, they discover that the city of Humble is transforming into quite the entertainment district,” said Wooden.

Perhaps the biggest complement to the Humble Civic Center is the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, the former Bender High School that was restored and transformed in 2015 into a fully functioning performing arts center. Today, The Bender hosts top entertainment and renowned local and national artists.

“And we are particularly excited that The Bender now is home to the Texas Repertory Theatre,” said Wooden. “Steven Fenley and his team will perform quality family and original productions throughout the year.”

The Bender will continue to showcase some of Houston’s finest entertainment as varied as a Beatles Tribute Band, the Urban Achievers Brass Band from Austin and a George Strait tribute performer, too.

A few steps from The Bender is the Humble Museum, the Bender school’s original band hall building that was re-imagined into a fascinating, interactive showcase of the history of Humble and Lake Houston. Entrance is free and the museum is open before and after all Bender performances.

There is more.

The second Friday of every month, the city hosts Food Truck Friday and Music on Main at Uptown Park featuring local talent performing as food trucks whip up their specialties.

Still more.

Humble’s five parks are undergoing or have been upgraded with new playground equipment as well as resurfaced basketball and tennis courts. Schott Park, just east from the civic center on Will Clayton Blvd., is home to a monthly Living Well Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month. Fresh foods and products, all centered around wellness.

With the pandemic now in the rearview mirror, the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex, the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, the Humble Museum and historic downtown Humble and Humble’s parks are open for business — and for live audiences.

“The best way I can describe what I see and hear in Humble is that people are hungry to get out and about,” said Wooden. “It is certainly overdue, and we have got the goings-on to satisfy their appetite.”

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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