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Due to precautions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), some programs and activities may be curtailed, postponed, or canceled. Please check with the appropriate venues before making plans.

Harris County Precinct 4

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

WINTER ISSUE 2021


FEATURED LOCATIONS

Scan the QR code to see more Precinct 4 parks or visit www.hcp4.net/parks.

BANE PARK

KICKERILLO-MISCHER PRESERVE

9600 W. Little York Rd., Houston

20215 Chasewood Park Dr., Houston

BIG STONE LODGE

709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring

BURROUGHS PARK

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9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball

CARTER PARK

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7221 Treaschwig Rd., Spring

COLLINS PARK

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6727 Cypresswood Dr., Spring

DENNIS JOHNSTON PARK & LEGACY TREES PROJECT

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709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring

DOSS PARK & MANGUM-HOWELL CENTER

2500 Frick Rd., Houston

JESSE H. JONES PARK & NATURE CENTER

20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble

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LINDSAY/LYONS PARK

2310 Atascocita Rd., Humble

MATZKE PARK

13110 Jones Rd., Houston

MERCER BOTANIC GARDENS

22306 Aldine Westfield Rd., Humble

MEYER PARK

7700 Cypresswood Dr., Spring

PUNDT PARK

4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring

SPRING CREEK PARK

15012 Brown Rd., Tomball


HAPPENINGS WINTER 2021 Precinct 4 Happenings is a free quarterly calendar featuring Harris County Precinct 4’s events and activities. The 2021 winter issue covers the months of January through March. To continue receiving Happenings, subscribe online at www.hcp4.net/publications.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS A message from Commissioner Cagle Welcome to the winter edition of Precinct 4 Happenings! This colorful, quarterly calendar of events spotlights Harris County Precinct 4’s recreational and educational activities, festivals, opportunities for adults over 50, and much more. Best of all, this publication features more upcoming programs than ever before, so you won’t miss any of your favorite events. I invite you to read through this vibrant publication, and I look forward to seeing you at a Precinct 4 event soon!

CONTACT

www.hcp4.net 713-274-4050 14444 Holderrieth Road Tomball, TX 77377

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JONES PARK

7 KICKERILLO-MISCHER PRESERVE 12 MOVIE NIGHTS 13 LEGACY TREES PROJECT 15 MERCER BOTANIC GARDENS 21 TRAILS AS PARKS (TAP)

DESIGN

Katia Hernandez

EDITOR

25 PRECINCT 4 ENCORE!

Joe Stinebaker printed on recycled paper

FOLLOW US! @HCPRECINCT4

29 BIG STONE LODGE 31 MANGUM-HOWELL CENTER


EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AT

JESSE H. JONES PARK & NATURE CENTER

20634 KENSWICK DR., HUMBLE

Please visit www.hcp4.net/jones or call 281-446-8588 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Weather permitting, programs will be held outdoors. All Jones Park events allow for proper social distancing. In the event of inclement weather, or if otherwise necessary, programs held in the Nature Center or Outdoor Classroom will require face coverings for all participants.


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JANUARY

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Saturday, 7:45 a.m. Ages 10+.

Saturday, 10 a.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Jan. 20.

WINTER BIRD COUNT

Join a local bird guide and fellow bird enthusiasts to identify and document Jones Park’s resident and overwintering birds. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

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ANIMAL TRACKS & SIGNS

Learn the art of animal tracking using ancient and modern techniques. Staff naturalists will demonstrate how tracks and signs can tell the stories of local wildlife.

SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: BLACKSMITHING

FEBRUARY

Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Dec. 30.

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Volunteers and staff bring the Redbud Hill Homestead to life as blacksmiths demonstrate how to transform raw metal into useful items.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Online registration required at www.fishingsfuture.org. Ages 8+.

PIONEER CAMPFIRE Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Dec. 30.

TAKE ME FISHING

Through a partnership with Fishing’s Future and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Jones Park staff and volunteers share the skills and joys of family fishing. All equipment is provided. Please bring a sack lunch.

Spend an evening around the campfire as renowned storyteller Dan Gordon leads an interactive journey through Adventures in Storyland.

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Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Feb. 3.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration required for the tree planting party beginning Wed., Jan. 6.

Tour the Redbud Hill Homestead with an 1830s pioneer reenactor to learn about early 1800s structures and ways of life.

Celebrate Arbor Day by learning tree planting tips and care guidelines and take home a free sapling. Saturday includes a tree planting party at 10 a.m.

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Saturday, 1 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Feb. 10. Ages 10+.

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

SALAMANDERS

Saturday, 10 a.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Jan. 13. Though reptiles and amphibians are seldom seen this time of year, late winter is a great time to find salamanders. Join a staff naturalist to learn about local salamanders and explore the park areas where they can be found.

SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: ASK A PIONEER

WINTER WOODS ORIENTEERING

Enjoy the winter forest and learn to follow an off-trail course using a compass. Please bring a compass.

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SEWING: BACK TO BASICS

SPRING BREAKOUT

Saturday, 10 a.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Feb. 17. Ages 8+.

Registration required beginning Wed., Feb. 24.

Return to simple living by learning how to mend your own clothes using 19thcentury sewing techniques. Participants will make an 1800s-inspired pillowcase to take home. Please bring a sewing kit. Other materials provided.

STARGAZING Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Feb. 17. Enjoy an evening learning about the moon, planets, and stars from members of the North Houston Astronomy Club. Telescopes or binoculars encouraged.

MARCH

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17TH ANNUAL NATUREFEST Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., Feb 24. Nature lovers of all ages are invited to Jones Park to discover the diverse natural world around them through guided tours, presentations, and educational exhibits.

MARCH 15 – 19

MONDAY, 10 A.M.

NATURE ART

All ages.

TUESDAY, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT’S JUNIOR ANGLER CLASS

Ages 8+.

WEDNESDAY, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

TEXAS BOUND

Ages 7 - 12

THURSDAY, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

JUNIOR CANOE TRAINING

Ages 10 - 15

FRIDAY, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

GEOCACHING

Ages 7+.

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SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: LYE SOAP

Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., March 3. Volunteers and staff bring the Redbud Hill Homestead to life as they demonstrate how Texas settlers made this oldfashioned, all-purpose cleaner.

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CANOE SPRING CREEK

Saturday, 9 a.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., March 17. Ages 16+. Enjoy a leisurely guided paddle downstream on Saturday. Interested in a faster pace? Take the shorter tour of Spring Creek on Sunday.


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ONGOING JESSE JONES PARK VOLUNTEERS Mondays, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, and March 29, 7 p.m.

Ages 16+.

Everyone is invited to attend the JJPV monthly program and meeting. Call or visit www.hcp4.net/jjp/volunteer for more information about volunteer opportunities at the park.

CONSERVATION CONNECTIONS Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.

Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult. Volunteers are invited to join staff to assist with a variety of park conservation projects. Wear closedtoe shoes. Bring garden gloves and a water bottle. Long pants and a hat recommended.

TAI CHI Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Volunteer John Spencer leads this one-hour beginner class in the outdoor classroom next to the Nature Center.

TADPOLES CLUB Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27, or March 3, 10, 24, and 31, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Ages 3 and 4 only! Parent must accompany child. Sorry, no younger or older siblings. Registration for January begins Wed., Dec. 2. Registration for March begins Wed., Feb. 3. This interactive program introduces preschool-aged children to nature through animals, puppets, short walks, crafts, and stories.

HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE

FIRST FRIDAY FRIENDS Friday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m.

Registration required beginning Wed., Jan. 27. Ages 55+. Senior adults are invited to a variety of natural history programs, leisurely walks, and fun nature activities.

FIRST SATURDAY BIRDING Saturdays, Jan. 2 and Feb. 6, 7:45 a.m.

Ages 10+.

Birders of all skill levels are invited to join a naturalist or volunteer guide to observe and document the park’s variety of birds. Bring binoculars.

INVASIVES BEWARE Saturdays, Feb. 20 and March 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult. Join the JJP Eradicators to remove invasive plant species and restore native habitats in the park. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

SECOND SUNDAY PICKERS Sundays, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, and March 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to listen to free folk music or bring an instrument to join in the fun.

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Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy a look around the Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa Indian Village. Self-guided interpretive brochures are available in the Nature Center.

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EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AT

KICKERILLO-MISCHER PRESERVE

20215 CHASEWOOD PARK DR., HOUSTON

Please visit www.hcp4.net/kmp or call 713-274-4299 for more information.


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22 STARS & S’MORES To properly maintain social distancing for participant safety, registration is required for all KMP events. Face coverings may be required.

Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp.net/ tap/events. If you love stargazing, moongazing, and s’mores around the campfire, don’t miss this activity! Face coverings required.

30 SEED SWAP SOCIAL

JANUARY

5 BIRD IS THE WORD Tuesday, 10 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 7+. Celebrate National Bird Day by exploring the numerous bird species found at the preserve and creating a take-home craft to invite birds to your greenspaces. Face coverings required.

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WHOOO HOOTS FOR YOU?

Saturday and Monday, 5 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Whooooo lives at KMP? Join the Houston Audubon and KMP naturalists to meet live owls, learn about owl behavior, and take a sunset owl prowl. Face coverings required.

12 PET ROCKS Tuesday, 10 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Learn geology basics and create your own pet rock. No feeding or watering required. Please bring your own rock to decorate. Face coverings required.

Saturday, 9 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 16+. Bring your favorite seeds to swap with fellow gardeners. We will discuss the basics of seed saving and secrets to a successful garden. This is a great opportunity to gather seeds for your spring growing season. Face coverings required.

FEBRUARY

6 LEAVE NO TRACE AWARENESS Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ kmp. Ages 10+. Nature is one of our most precious resources. Learn how you can help preserve it by following the Leave No Trace, Outdoor Code, and Tread Lightly principles. Class is designed with Scouts BSA requirements in mind, but is open to the public.

11 & 23 PREPPING YOUR SPRING GARDEN Thursday, 10 a.m. and Tuesday, 4 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 16+. Tomatoes to potatoes, it’s time to start planning your spring garden! Spring is the perfect time to sow your seeds, edge your beds, and watch your greenspace come to life. Face coverings required.


Bat Chat

at Champion Forest Park

9650 Cypresswood Dr., Houston

FRIDAY

MARCH 12 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Ages 6+.

Watch bats emerge from the bridge on Cypresswood over Cypress Creek. Learn why bats are important and how to ensure their protection. Bring a lawn chair. Face coverings required.

15 & 16 SPRING BREAK OVERNIGHT FAMILY CAMPOUT Monday, noon – Tuesday, noon Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ kmp beginning Monday, Feb. 8, at 8 a.m. New to camping? Learn how to set up a campsite, cook outdoors, safely explore nature at night, and more! A limited number of tents are available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Face coverings required. For more details, visit www. hcp4.net/kmp.

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PARK AFTER DARK

12 FOR THE LOVE OF NATURE Friday, noon Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 7+.

Thursday, 7 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Join staff naturalists for an experience exploring KMP after dark. Closed-toe shoes required. Flashlight recommended. Face coverings required.

Relationships abound everywhere and every day in nature! Learn about ecological love stories and find out which ones have a happily ever after.

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Friday, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ kmp. Ages 10+.

MOON PARTY Friday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Join KMP naturalists to explore the night sky. Binoculars, camp chairs, and flashlights are recommended. Face coverings required.

MARCH

8 WILDFLOWERS AND WILD WOMEN Monday, 10 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Celebrate women’s history month by learning about the women who make a difference in parks, wildlife, and science. Face coverings required.

BIRD STUDY MERIT BADGE PROGRAM

Join us for activities that can be used toward completion of the Scouts BSA Bird Study Merit Badge. This program is open to the public. Attendance on both days is required to meet Scouts BSA requirements. Close-toed shoes and face coverings required.


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ONGOING THIRD MONDAY BIRDING Mondays, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, and March 15, 8 a.m. Join Houston Audubon Society volunteers for this monthly bird count. Binoculars and walking shoes recommended.

LAKESIDE LIBRARY Tuesdays, Feb. 2 and 16, and March 2 and 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 7 and under.

FIND YOURSELF OUTDOORS SERIES Wednesdays, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, and March 3 and 17, 10 a.m. Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve 20215 Chasewood Park Dr., Houston

SOW, NOW WHAT?

Saturday, Jan 9, 1 p.m. 100 Acre Woods Preserve 14236 W. Cypress Forest Dr., Houston Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Age requirements vary. More details for each class can be found online.

Tuesdays, March 2 and 23, 3:30 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Age requirements vary. More details for each class can be found online.

Learn a variety of outdoor skills with KMP staff. Each class will cover a different topic, including orienteering, geocaching, backpacking, and more.

Join a staff naturalist for a nature-themed story and activity by Marshall Lake. Face coverings are required.

Prepare to get your hands dirty! Each interactive class will cover a new gardening topic.

Follow us! @KickerilloMischerPreserve

BIOBLITZ EVENTS INATURALIST VIRTUAL MEET-UP & DEMONSTRATION

THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Ages 12+. New to iNaturalist? Join a KMP naturalist for a virtual demonstration and how-to session on using iNaturalist to participate in BioBlitz events.

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

FEBRUARY 12 – 15

Registration recommended at www.hcp4.net/tap/events to track participation and provide information as needed. Ages 12+. Log observations while exploring on your own at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 100 Acre Woods, and Champion Forest Park during the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count.

SPRING BREAK BIOBLITZ

MARCH 13 – 21

Registration recommended at www.hcp4.net/tap/events to track participation and provide information as needed. Ages 12+. Log observations while exploring on your own at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 100 Acre Woods, and Champion Forest Park during the 2021 Spring Break BioBlitz.


CU B SCO UT

ADVENTURES Registration required at www.hcp4.net/kmp. Each program will feature outdoor adventures specially designed for each Cub Scout rank or age level.

LIONS & TIGERS: Mountain Lion and My Tiger Jungle WEDNESDAYS, JAN. 6, 4 P.M. – 6 P.M. AND MARCH 3, 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.

WOLVES: Call of the Wild and Paws on the Path WEDNESDAYS, JAN. 20, 4 P.M. – 6 P.M. AND MARCH 24, 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.

BEARS: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 5 P.M. – 7 P.M.

WEBELOS: Webelos Walkabout WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 5 P.M. – 7 P.M.

NATURE EXPLORERS CLUB Wednesdays, Jan. 13 and 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and March 10 and 24, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 9 - 12. Discover the intricacies of nature during this 90-minute field program. Please bring a notebook, pencil, water bottle, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Face coverings required.

AFTERNOON CANOEING Wednesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, and March 17, 3:30 p.m. – sunset Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. One adult per child (10 and younger) required to canoe. Each boat must have one adult. Enjoy an afternoon of leisurely paddling on Marshall Lake. All equipment is provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. Four-person capacity per canoe. Face coverings are required.

BIY: BUILD IT YOURSELF OUTDOOR CRAFT Saturdays, Jan. 16 and Feb. 20, 9 a.m. – noon Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Ages 6+. Create a different BIY project, like bird feeders, bird houses, or bat houses each month. Participants will use hand tools during construction. All wood will be precut. Face coverings required.


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MOVIE NIGHTS

WWW.HCP4.NET/P4MOVIES

FEBRUARY

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DATE NIGHT MOVIE AT BURROUGHS PARK

Friday, movie starts at dusk. Registration required. Call 713-274-4050 to register. Bring your blankets, chairs, and snacks to enjoy date night with an outdoor movie at the park. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HCPrecinct4.

SPRING BREAK MOVIE NIGHTS

To view park locations a nd addresses, see Page 1.

Enjoy a family-friendly movie night, complete with crafts. Registration required. Call 713-274-4050 to register. For more information and movie titles, visit www.facebook.com/HCPrecinct4.

Movies start at dusk.

MONDAY, MARCH 15 Lindsay/Lyons Park

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 Matzke Park

THURSDAY, MARCH 18 Burroughs Park

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ACTIVITIES WITH

LEGACY TREES PROJECT

709 RILEY FUZZEL RD., SPRING

Please visit www.hcp4.net/legacytrees, call 281-353-8100, or e-mail legacytrees@hcp4.net for more information.


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JANUARY

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TREE-RIFIC VOLUNTEERS

PLANT IT FOR THE PLANET Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 10+. Trees not only help provide wildlife habitat, they help prevent soil erosion and reduce urban heat and noise pollution. Make a positive environmental impact by helping plant native trees and riparian plants along the Spring Creek Greenway. Bring a shovel, work gloves, and a refillable water bottle and get ready to make a difference! Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Face coverings required.

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Wednesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 24, 9 a.m. Mercer Botanic Gardens Horticultural Propagation Center 3602 Hirschfield Rd., Spring Ages 10+. Help care for nursery trees at the Mercer Botanic Gardens Horticultural Propagation Center. Bring gloves and a refillable water bottle. Hours earned qualify towards the President’s Volunteer Service Award program through the Spring Creek Education Society. For more information about the PVSA, visit www.MonarchPEI. org/PVSA or contact jennifer@ springcreekeducationsociety.org.

ALL ABOUT INVASIVES Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, and March 27, 9 a.m. Locations vary along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Email or call for more information. Registration required. Ages 16+. VISIT WITH US DURING FIRST FAMILY HIKE (JAN. 9) AT MERCER BOTANIC GARDENS TO TAKE HOME A NATIVE TREE. VIEW MORE DETAILS ON PAGE 16.

MARCH

18 WHAT’S THAT TREE ID? Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Learn the basics of tree identification using a key guide. Trails As Parks and Legacy Trees Project staff will teach how to identify key characteristics of common tree species in the area. Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project to restore the banks and meadows along Spring Creek by volunteering to remove invasive species like Chinese tallow and privet. Please bring a refillable water bottle, gloves, and wear closed-toe shoes. Hours earned qualify towards the President’s Volunteer Service Award program through the Spring Creek Education Society. For more information about the PVSA, visit www.MonarchPEI. org/PVSA or contact jennifer@ springcreekeducationsociety.org.

FOSTER A LEGACY TREE

Visit www.hcp4.net/legacytrees or call 281-353-8100 for more information. With your help, Precinct 4 can grow into a greener, healthier place to work and live. Volunteer to care for orchards along the trails or help preserve Texas history by fostering your own legacy tree. Schools, nonprofits, and Harris County Precinct 4 residents are invited to apply.

Ask An Arborist! Submit your tree questions to legacytrees@hcp4.net, and your question might be featured on the next “Ask an Arborist” video session!


EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AT

MERCER BOTANIC GARDENS

22306 ALDINE WESTFIELD RD., HUMBLE

Please visit www.hcp4.net/mercer or call 713-274-4160 for more information or to make a reservation.


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A WINTER WONDER GARDEN

BIRDING 101

Friday, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 12+. Winter gardens are colorful and structurally intriguing. Stroll through the gardens with Mercer staff to learn which plants add life to a winter garden, including winter flowering and fruiting plants, evergreen trees, and garden hardscapes.

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Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Timber Lane Community Center 1904 Naplechase Crest Dr., Spring Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 12+. Longtime birder and photographer Paul Gregg shares four key tips to quickly identify common and migratory birds seen in the Houston area. This informative and family-friendly class is for beginner to intermediate birders, so bring a friend and learn insightful birding tips from a pro.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. All ages. Resolve to connect with family and nature as you enjoy outdoor time in 2021. Take the Hiking Pledge to inspire family hiking throughout the year. Then, hike and explore Mercer’s West Side Arboretum trails. Receive a bamboo hiking stick, one per person, while supplies last.

13 FAMILY ADVENTURE SERIES: PERFECTLY PANSY Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 6+. Upcycle a household container into a charming, tiny pansy garden and bring these winter beauties into your home. Bring a small household container, such as a mismatched teacup or a small decorative can. Plants and potting soil provided.

COME VISIT WITH US! Mercer Ambassadors: Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Master Gardeners: First and Third Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Want to become a Mercer Ambassador? www.hcp4.net/mercer/volunteer 713-274-4160

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FEBRUARY

6 FAMILY ADVENTURE SERIES: SACHET THIS WAY Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – noon Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. All ages. Sachet your way through the gardens as you experience the fragrances of herbs, spices, and citrus. At each plant stop, visit with Mercer volunteers to learn fun plant facts and receive prepared plant material to add to your sachet.

10 FAMILY ADVENTURE SERIES: GEOCACHING Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Multiple start times are available. All ages. Gather your family and your walking shoes for geocaching among the winding garden trails at Mercer’s East Side Gardens. Using your smartphone or other electronic device, enter latitude and longitude coordinates to locate hidden kid-friendly geocache treasures.

13 ONLINE TOMATO & FRUIT TREE SALE Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Early shopping is available for TMS Members from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. To become a TMS member or renew a membership, visit themercersociety.org.

The Mercer Society’s annual Tomato & Fruit Tree Sale features a large variety of fruit trees and heirloom tomatoes that are proven and well-suited for the climate and soils of the greater Houston area. With more than 60 varieties of fruit trees and over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, you are sure to find a treat for your garden. Each year, almost 5,000 tomato plants are organically grown at The Mercer Society’s Horticultural Propagation Center. Shop this online-only sale at themercersociety.square.site. All orders are pickup only; plants cannot be shipped.

12 PLANT FOLKLORE: LOVE & DEVOTION Friday, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 12+. Plants have a history of symbolizing devotion, romance, and love. Enjoy a lighthearted walk with Mercer staff to find plants steeped in romantic folklore, including roses, lavender, oregano, thyme, and more.

MARCH

12 TEXAS TOUGH: PLANTS FOR A GULF COAST GARDEN

Friday, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 12+. Get inspired for your upcoming garden design. Walk the garden paths with Mercer staff and identify plants that grow well in our extreme Gulf Coast climate. Discuss cultural requirements, companion plants, landscape uses, and more.


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ONGOING

Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early shopping is available for TMS members on Friday from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. To become a TMS member or to renew a membership, visit themercersociety.org.

First and Third Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-2744160 to register and for volunteer opportunities. Ages 2 - 5.

MARCH MART

March Mart is an annual two-day plant sale fundraiser benefiting Mercer Botanic Gardens annd featuring nearly 1,200 varieties of high-quality plants rarely found at local retail nurseries. Discover Mercer-grown plants, raised at nearby greenhouses by experienced staff and volunteers, that are adaptable to the variety of soils and weather conditions in the Gulf Coast region.

26 BEYOND BEES! Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 6+. Bee-come fascinated with our local bees as staff and volunteer beekeepers guide you through Mercer’s East Side Gardens. Learn about resident colonies of carpenter bees and honeybees, their critical role in the environment, and Mercer’s conservation efforts through holistic gardening practices.

31 FERN-TASTIC PROPAGATION

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – noon Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 12+. March right out of March with some mothering skills – “mother fern” skills, that is! Learn about the graceful, evergreen mother fern, Woodwardia orientalis, including cultural requirements and companion plants for a perfect shade garden. Then, propagate mother ferns at the gardens and take home some plantlets of your very own.

STORYTIME

Enjoy a unique storytime in a natural setting. Storytime garden locations may vary each week.

WOMEN’S RESTORATIVE HIKE Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-2744160 to register. For women ages 18+. This beginner-friendly, one-hour hike through Mercer’s gardens and forest is for those who believe in the restorative power that nature has on the mind, body, and spirit. Consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

GREENHOUSE GARDENING Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon. Mercer Horticultural Propagation Center 3602 Hirschfield Rd., Spring Registration required. Ages 16+. Join a plant committee and grow plants year-round for events and sales or help with various projects from propagation to irrigation. Contact Mercer’s volunteer coordinator at 713-274-4160 for more information.

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS First and Third Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-2744160 to register. Ages 2 - 5. Children and parents can experience rhythm and music principles throughout the gardens. Classes use Kindermusik’s curriculum, songs, instruments, and movement to inspire creativity, confidence, and music appreciation in young children.

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BIRD SURVEY

TAI CHI

Thursdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, and March 25, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 12+.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. Ages 12+. Join volunteer John Spencer during this one-hour beginner class offered at Mercer’s East Side Gardens. Tai Chi class location may vary each week. Call 713274-4160 for more information or to check for cancellations due to weather or holidays.

Mercer’s gardens and miles of winding riparian forest trails along the Cypress Creek flyway are an ideal place to birdwatch. Monthly bird surveys are suited for birders of all levels and experience. Bring binoculars and a bird identification guide. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.

KEEP CALM AND YOGA IN THE GARDENS

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Saturdays, Jan. 9, Feb. 20, and March 27, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Call 713-2744160 to register. Ages18+.

Thursdays, Jan. 7, Feb 11, and March 4, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Timber Lane Community Center 1904 Naplechase Crest Dr., Spring Registration required. Call 713-274-4160 to register. Ages 16+. Ages 12 - 15 with parent.

Gather the family, grab some yoga mats or beach towels, and head out to Mercer Botanic Gardens for healthy yoga fun! This beginner yoga class includes individual poses and family-partner poses and is led by registered yoga teacher Delyla Ovalle-Bowyer.

Do you want to give back to your community, need volunteer hours for school, or just love the outdoors and have an interest in Gulf Coast flora? Mercer Botanic Gardens offers a variety of volunteer opportunities at three facilities within one mile of the gardens. Join us for a volunteer orientation to discover everything we have to offer, from helping maintain our gardens, to plant propagation and sales, to educational programs, and serving as a Mercer Ambassador.

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SECOND-DAY HIKE

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Start the New Year off with a second-day hike along the picturesque Spring Creek Greenway. Face coverings are required.

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PARK AFTER DARK: OWL PROWL

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Burroughs Park 9738 Huffsmith Rd., Tomball Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Discover which owls are local to the Spring Creek Greenway and learn about their habitat and prey. Then join us to prowl for the park’s resident owls. Face coverings are required.

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NATIONAL BIRD DAY

Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 10+. Learn about special bird features, make a bird feeder, and become a migrating bird on an epic journey during a live-action board game. Enjoy a stroll along the Spring Creek Greenway to view our feathered friends in their habitat. Face coverings are required.

Family Trout Fishing JANUARY 16 SATURDAY, 9 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring

JANUARY 29 FRIDAY, 9 A.M. – NOON Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring

Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/ events. All ages. Visit the water’s edge for tips and tricks to get those tasty rainbow trout into your skillet. Don’t have a fishing pole? Borrow one of ours! Texas Parks & Wildlife Department rules and regulations apply. Face coverings recommended.

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NOT JUST FOR THE BIRDS

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Attracting birds to your property is not only good for them, but fun and relaxing for you as well. Learn tips to support local and visiting birds and how to make your yard a sanctuary for our feathered friends. Face coverings are required.

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PARK AFTER DARK: GLOW-IN-THE-DARK CLEAN UP

Thursday, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 5+. There is a hidden rainbow waiting to be discovered in the park at night! Join us to learn about glow-in-the-dark nature using UV lights to search for both trash and treasure! Face coverings are required.


Lil’ Naturalist Hike series THURSDAYS, 9 A.M. – 10 A.M.

Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Ages 5+.

HAVE SHELL, WILL TRAVEL JANUARY 14 Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring

ANIMALS THAT BURROW FEBRUARY 11 Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring

ANIMAL SIGNS MARCH 11 Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring

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PARK AFTER DARK: SPIDER SNIFFIN’

Thursday, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Burroughs Park 9738 Huffsmith Rd., Tomball Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Learn tips to “sniff out” our eight-legged friends. Bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. Face coverings are required.

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Spend the morning documenting birds to help contribute data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Binoculars will be provided, but we recommend bringing your own. Face coverings are required.

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LEARN TO CAMP: OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT

Friday, 5 p.m. – Saturday, 5 p.m. Spring Creek Park 15012 Brown Rd., Tomball Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Learn how to set up a tent, build a campfire, and other basic camping skills during this overnight campout. Trails As Parks naturalists will be on hand to share tips to ensure your first camping trip is a success. Face coverings are required.

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ART IN THE PARK: BAMBOO WINDCHIMES

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 16+. Design and build windchimes using locally harvested bamboo to bring music to your home garden or patio. Face coverings are required.

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ART IN THE PARK: BAMBOO FLUTES

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 10+. Travel back in time with this ancient musical instrument. Construct a working panflute from locally harvested bamboo. Face coverings are required.


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ART IN THE PARK: BAMBOO FISHING POLES

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 5+. Get ready for summer by building a custom fishing pole from locally harvested bamboo. All materials provided. Face coverings are required.

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ONGOING FRIDAY CART CRUISE Every other Friday, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. Starting locations will vary along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Did you know Precinct 4 has a 17-mile paved trail that runs from U.S. 59 to I-45? This trail is home for wildlife and is a beautiful stretch of greenspace. Enjoy a brief guided tour of a small portion of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Face coverings are required.

EPIC MIGRATION

AFTERNOON CANOE

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – noon Burroughs Park 9738 Huffsmith Rd., Tomball Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages.

First and Third Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – sunset Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve 20215 Chasewood Park Dr., Houston Fourth Thursdays, 3 p.m. – sunset Burroughs Park 9738 Huffsmith Rd., Tomball

Do you have what it takes to complete a bird migration? Put your wings to the test in this exciting live-action migration board game. Face coverings recommended.

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I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE NATURE WALK

Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. I spy with my little eye ... something green! Can you guess what it is? Join us for a fun evening playing “I Spy” in the park. Face coverings recommended.

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NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Burroughs Park 9738 Huffsmith Rd., Tomball Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. All ages. Enjoy a walk along the leafy, shaded trails at Burroughs Park. Please wear outdoorappropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Face coverings recommended.

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Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. One adult per child (10 and under) required to canoe. Enjoy an afternoon of leisurely paddling. All equipment is provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. Each boat must have one adult to paddle. Canoes have a four-person maximum capacity. Face coverings are required

CANOE THE CREEK Second Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon Jones Park 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 16+. One adult paddler (18 and older) required to canoe. Enjoy a morning of leisurely paddling on the lower portion of Spring Creek. Two paddlers allowed per canoe. All equipment is provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. Each boat must have one adult to paddle. Face coverings are required.


PROGRAMS WITH

PRECINCT 4 ENCORE! Ages 50 and Older

WWW.HCP4.NET/ENCORE/EVENTS Please go online for more information or to make a reservation.


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ALL SHOOK UP VIRTUAL CONCERT

Friday, noon Enjoy a virtual performance by Houston Elvis, Ralph Elizondo. Celebrate the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” on his birthday with your favorite hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.

19 DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: CHILI WHEN IT’S CHILLY Friday, 11:30 a.m. Copperfield Church 8350 Highway 6 N., Houston Registration required. $8 per person.

Visit www.facebook.com/HCPrecinct4 to view the virtual concert.

Catered lunch includes homemade chili with pinto beans, cornbread, and a brownie.

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MARCH

DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: CHINESE NEW YEAR

Monday, 11:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church 2003 W. 43rd St., Houston Registration required. $8 per person. Catered lunch includes an egg roll, fried rice, chicken and broccoli stir fry, and a fortune cookie.

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DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: SUPER BOWL

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GONE FISHING LUNCHEON

Friday, 11:30 a.m. Big Stone Lodge 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required. $12 per person. Catered lunch includes all-you-caneat fried catfish, shrimp, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert, and iced tea.

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SPRING FLING

Friday, 11:30 a.m. Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church 6000 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring Registration required. $8 per person.

Wednesday, noon Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble Registration required. $7 per person.

Catered lunch includes crispy chicken tenders, potato salad, baked beans, and a cookie.

Enjoy live magical and musical performances from local entertainers. Snack bags will be provided for guests. For bus departure locations, visit www.hcp4. net/encore/events.

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DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: MARDI GRAS

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. Champion Forest Baptist Church Jersey Village 16518 Jersey Dr., Jersey Village Registration required. $8 per person. Catered lunch includes chicken and sausage gumbo, cornbread, and bread pudding.


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A REEL GOOD TIME LUNCHEON

Monday, 11:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church 2003 W. 43rd St., Houston Registration required. $12 per person. Catered lunch includes all-you-can-eat fried catfish, shrimp, French fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert, and iced tea.

TAKE A DAY TRIP Registration required. Ages 50+. Precinct 4 Encore! offers day trips leaving from 13 different locations throughout Precinct 4 every month. To view more events and activities, visit www.hcp4.net/encore/events.

JANUARY + Galleria Shopping + Armed Forces Museum + Resale Shop Hop + San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

FEBRUARY + Moody Gardens + Lone Star Flight Museum + Texas Quilt Museum + Lucky Land

MARCH + Washington on the Brazos

Volunteer

Precinct 4 Encore! offers a variety of volunteer opportunities every month.

State Historic Site + Tour de Fleur + Alpaca Farm + Quilt Shop Hop

Houston Food Bank Northwest Assistance Ministries Kids’ Meals Traveling Day Camp Peanut Butter Cannery

Due to precautions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), some programs and activities may be curtailed, postponed, or canceled.

Project C.U.R.E.

Please call Precinct 4 Encore! at 713-274-4050 before making plans.


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Virtual Encore Excursions Thursdays at 10 a.m. on Facebook

Don’t miss out on seeing some of your favorite destinations. Join Precinct 4 Encore every week on Precinct 4’s Facebook page for a virtual Encore Excursion!

CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Want to become a Trip Coordinator? Attend in-person training!

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1 P.M. – 3 P.M. BIG STONE LODGE 709 RILEY FUZZEL RD., SPRING Register by calling 713-274-4050 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trip coordinator training is also now available online!

www.hcp4.net/encore/daytrips

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EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AT

BIG STONE LODGE

709 RILEY FUZZEL RD., SPRING

Please visit www.hcp4.net/bsl or call 281-350-1029 for more information.

Call 281-350-1029 to register. Checks are payable to Fun4Seniors and should be mailed to Big Stone Lodge, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, Texas 77373.


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KNOW YOUR DEVICE: SMART PHONE CLASS

DRIVE-THRU EVENT: TO THE MOON AND BACK

Wednesday, 10 a.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-350-1029.

Friday, 2:30 p.m. Free. Registration required by Thurs., Feb. 11.

Bring your Android or other smartphone to Big Stone Lodge for an informative seminar on how to use the basic and more advanced features of your device.

Love is in the air! Stop by the center to pick up a snack and an-out-of-this-world valentine craft kit to complete at home.

13 KNOW YOUR PHONE: IPHONE Wednesday, 10 a.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-350-1029. Bring your Apple iPhone to Big Stone Lodge for an informative seminar on how to use the basic and more advanced features of your device.

14 DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: OH DEER, ANOTHER YEAR Thursday, 11:30 a.m. $8 per person. Registration required by calling 281-350-1029. Payments mailed in by Tues., Jan. 12.

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19 DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: ENDLESS LOVE

Friday, 11:30 a.m. $8 per person. Registration required by calling 281-350-1029. Payments must be received by Wed., Feb. 17. All you need is love – and a drive-thru parade! Pick up a catered box lunch during this drive-thru luncheon. Payments must be mailed in advance to Big Stone Lodge. Please make checks payable to Fun4Seniors. Reservations/payments cannot be accepted the day of the luncheon.

MARCH

12 DRIVE-THRU EVENT: FOLLOW THE RAINBOW

Bid farewell to 2020 and welcome the New Year with a catered box lunch during this drive-thru luncheon. Payments must be mailed in advance to Big Stone Lodge. Please make checks payable to Fun4Seniors. Reservations/payments cannot be accepted the day of the luncheon.

Friday, 2:30 p.m. Free. Registration required by Thurs., March 11.

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DRIVE-THRU EVENT: SNOW FLURRIES AND FRIENDS

LUNCHEON: BADA BING IT’S SPRING

Stop by the center to pick up a crafty pot of gold to complete at home and a snack.

Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Free. Registration required by Wed., Jan. 27.

Friday, 11:30 a.m. $10 per person. Payments must be received by Wed., March 17.

Stop by the center to pick up a snack and a heartwarming craft kit to complete at home.

Enjoy a catered lunch and live entertainment.


EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AT

MANGUM-HOWELL CENTER

2500 FRICK RD., HOUSTON

Please visit www.hcp4.net/mhc or call 281-591-7830 for more information.

Please note: All events are drive-thru only. Participants must stay in their vehicles. Registration is required for all events by calling 281-591-7830.


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CRAFT: COLOR YOUR WAY INTO THE NEW YEAR

CRAFT: WINTER SNOWFLAKE MEMORIES

Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830.

Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830.

Keep track of important dates and appointments with this color-your-own, two-year pocket planner.

Display your favorite snapshot in this homemade magnetic photo frame. With a frosty snowflake design, this project is a perfect activity for a cold winter day.

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A great addition to your Valentine’s Day décor, this crafty wreath is adorned with tiny conversation hearts featuring the classic fun sayings.

DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: LUNAR NEW YEAR

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – noon $10 per plate. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830. Payments must be received by Fri., Jan. 8. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a drivethru luncheon. Meal includes chicken broccoli stir fry, fried rice, noodles with vegetables, dessert, and iced tea. Payments must be mailed in advance to MangumHowell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston, Texas, 77038. Make checks payable to Doss Advisory Council. Payments cannot be accepted the day of the luncheon.

5 CRAFT: OWL YOU NEED IS LOVE Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830. ‘Whooo’ wouldn’t want to make adorable owl ornaments? Display them in your home or give them to your special Valentines!

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CRAFT: WRAP YOURSELF WITH WINTER WARMTH

CRAFT: CHARM YOUR SWEETHEART BRACELET

Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830.

Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830.

Bundle up for winter weather with a fleece snowflake scarf, sure to keep you warm when you head outdoors.

You will love wearing your heart on your wrist with this creative and easy-to-make bracelet craft.


Due to precautions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), some programs and activities may be curtailed, postponed,or canceled. Please call the center at 281-591-7830 to check before making plans.

16 DRIVE-THRU LUNCHEON: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH Tuesday, 11 a.m. – noon $8 per plate. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830. Payment must be received by Fri., Feb. 12. Celebrate Black History Month with this delicious soul food meal. The meal includes baked chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread, peach cobbler, and iced tea. Payments must be mailed in advance to Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston, Texas, 77038. Make checks payable to Doss Advisory Council. Payments cannot be accepted the day of the luncheon.

25 CRAFT: ST. PADDY’S DAY WREATH Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this wreath features plenty of green and a holiday greeting for your home décor.

MARCH

5 CRAFT: SPRING INTO A VEGETABLE GARDEN Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281591-7830. Spring is in the air when you get a head start on your vegetable garden. Accent your home with a garden inspired butterfly created using colorful paper.

11 CRAFT: STRING YOUR LUCKY CLOVER Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281591-7830. Let the leprechaun in you be creative! With a string design, this clover craft is a work of art.

18 CRAFT: GAME DAY WITH LOVED ONES Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281-591-7830. Make this tic-tac-toe game to play with friends or loved ones. Also, design and color your own puzzle to display or give as a gift.


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CRAFT: LASSO A WESTERN SIGN Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281591-7830. Any place can be home where the buffalo roam with this western craft kit.

CRAFT: SHOW ME THE BUNNY Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Registration required by calling 281591-7830. Here comes Peter Cottontail! These cute bunny signs will make great additions to your spring decorations.

ONGOING

(SPACE IS LIMITED) RHYTHM WALKING Weekdays, 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ZUMBA Weekdays, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except Friday evening

SIT AND BE FIT Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. (Doss Activity Building) BEGINNING SEWING Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

QUILTING Mondays, 9 a.m.

CARDS AND DOMINOES Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

DART BASEBALL Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.

CROCHETING AND KNITTING Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

HATHA YOGA Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 11 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

PICKLEBALL Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

CHAIR VOLLEYBALL Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. URBAN LINE DANCING Mondays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. (Beginning)

TAI CHI Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS) Thursdays, 9 a.m. BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE LESSONS Thursdays, 10 a.m.


14444 Holderrieth Road Tomball, TX 77377

PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID N. HOUSTON TX PERMIT NO 257

Harris County Precinct 4

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Due to precautions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), some programs and activities may be curtailed, postponed, or canceled. Please check with the appropriate venues before making plans.

MARCH 19 & 20

Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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