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4Happenings Nature4Health AT KICKERILLO-MISCHER PRESERVE Page 9

EASTER GAMES Page 4 NATIONAL ARBOR DAY Page 11 SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS Page 21 Harris County Precinct 4

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

SPRING ISSUE 2020


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 10

BURROUGHS PARK

9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball

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CARTER PARK

7221 Treaschwig Rd., Spring

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COLLINS PARK

6727 Cypresswood Dr., Spring

DENNIS JOHNSTON PARK & LEGACY TREES PROJECT

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 SPRING 2020 Precinct 4 Happenings is a free quarterly calendar featuring Harris County Precinct 4’s events and activities. The 2020 spring issue covers the months of April through June. To continue receiving Happenings, subscribe online at www.hcp4.net/publications.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

TABLE OF CONTENTS A message from Commissioner Cagle Welcome to the spring 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 11 LEGACY TREES PROJECT 13 MERCER BOTANIC GARDENS 17 TRAILS AS PARKS (TAP) 21 MOVIE NIGHTS

DESIGN

Katia Hernandez

EDITOR

23 PRECINCT 4 ENCORE!

Joe Stinebaker printed on recycled paper

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27 BIG STONE LODGE 29 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.


PRECINCT 4 HAPPENINGS

APRIL

FISH OF SPRING CREEK

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Saturday, 10 a.m. Registration required beginning Wed., April 15. Ages 8+.

Saturday, all day Registration required beginning Wed., March 25. Ages 8+.

Learn about local freshwater fish species and watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department electro-shock boat reveal what lives in Spring Creek.

PONTOON BOAT TOURS

Take a leisurely tour along Spring Creek and learn about the area’s natural history and wildlife.

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EASTER GAMES

Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon Registration required beginning Wed., April 1. Ages 12 and younger. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy egg rolls, bunny races, spoon races, and other traditional Easter games at the Redbud Hill Homestead.

SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: NATURAL DYES Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers and staff bring the homestead to life as they demonstrate natural methods of dyeing fabrics and other early-Texas settler chores.

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NATURE HUNT

Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ages 5 - 13. Explore park trails to solve clues and earn prizes.

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CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., April 15. Ages 10+. Join staff naturalists and volunteer guides throughout the day to explore and document park plant and animal diversity. Closed-toe shoes required.

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EVENING BUG WALK Saturday, 7 p.m. Registration required beginning Wed., April 15. Ages 8+. Discover nighttime buzzing, chirping, and singing invertebrates with a staff naturalist using sampling and catch methods.

MAY

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SUMMER NATURE CAMP REGISTRATION

Saturday, 8 a.m. Online registration begins Mon., May 4. Children are invited to Pines, Ponds & Prairies, a four-day educational summer program. A parent or legal guardian must present identification and child’s birth certificate upon registration. Harris County residents receive priority. Registration is ongoing until full. For camp dates and times, visit www.hcp4.net/ jones.


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NATURE PHOTO CONTEST RIBBON PRESENTATION

Saturday, 1 p.m. Check out this year’s best photos at the Nature Photo Contest awards ceremony. Contest entries due Tuesday, April 28. For more information, visit www.hcp4.net/ jjp/photocontest.

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MOTHER’S DAY NATURE CRAFT

Saturday, 10 a.m. Registration required beginning Wed., April 29. Ages 5+. Make a handmade nature craft to give as a Mother’s Day gift.

SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: LADIES’ DAY Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Witness the daily activities of settler women, including spinning and weaving, laundry, cooking, butter churning, and more, as staff and volunteers use handson demonstrations to bring the Redbud Hill Homestead to life.

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SCAVENGER HUNT

Saturday, 10 a.m. Registration required beginning Wed., May 13. Ages 5 - 15.

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BITES, STINGS, & ITCHES

Saturday, 10 a.m. Identify summer hazards, such as poison ivy, venomous snakes, and dangerous arthropods. Learn how to avoid bites, stings, and rashes and ways to treat in case of accidental contact.

JUNE

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NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: CREEK BASH

Saturday, 9 a.m. All ages. Ages 16+ only for canoeing clean-up. Registration required beginning Wed., May 27. Nothing ruins a scenic waterway faster than litter. Join us to help keep Spring Creek clean and make an impact on the environment for future generations. Wear suitable clothing.

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SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: CHINKING

Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Get your hands dirty with volunteers at the Redbud Hill Homestead. Mix clay, sand, and straw to create chink, the insulation pioneers used between logs on their cabins.

Young nature lovers and scout groups are invited to an afternoon of discovery, racing to search for objects in the park.

SECOND SUNDAY PICKERS APRIL 12 | MAY 10 | JUNE 14


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ALL ABOUT TEXAS BATS

Saturday, 1 p.m. Join a staff naturalist to discover which bat species are found in Texas, the role they play in the wild, and the threats to bat populations. Learn ways to make your backyard and neighborhood bat friendly.

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TAKE ME FISHING

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Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration required at www. fishingsfuture.org. Ages 8+. Through a partnership with Fishing’s Future and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, staff and volunteers share the skills and joys of fishing. All equipment is provided. Please bring a lunch.

ONGOING TADPOLES CLUB Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Ages 3 and 4 only! Parent must accompany child. Sorry, no younger or older siblings. Registration required beginning Wed., April 1. This interactive program introduces preschool-aged children to nature with animals, puppets, crafts, and stories.

INVASIVES BEWARE Saturdays, April 18, May 16, and June 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult.

Join the JJP Eradicators to record and remove invasive plant species in the park. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

SECOND SUNDAY PICKERS Sundays, April 12, May 10, and June 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Get out of the heat and join this musical group celebrating more than 30 years of performing. Bring an instrument to play along!

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JESSE JONES PARK VOLUNTEERS Mondays, April 27, May 18, and June 29, 7 p.m.

Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult. Everyone is invited to attend the JJPV monthly program and meeting. Call for more information about volunteer opportunities.

CONSERVATION CONNECTIONS Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.

Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult. Volunteers are invited to assist with a variety of park conservation projects, such as maintaining the gardens, propagation, and habitat restoration. Wear closed-toe shoes. Bring garden gloves and a water bottle. Long pants and 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.

HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE 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.


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.


APRIL

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FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Friday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of friendly competition with the family. Bring your favorite board games to play under the pavilion or join staff for giant Jenga, cornhole, and more.

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FIND YOURSELF OUTDOORS: CAMPING 101

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Prepare for your next camping trip by learning how to find and select a campsite and set up a tent for camping. Equipment is provided.

16 EXPLORANDO AL AIRE LIBRE jueves, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registración requerida en www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Desarrolle su propio diario naturalista mientras descubre las complejidades del mundo natural a través de la exploración al aire libre, la observación y la implementación de otros sentidos. Los participantes deben traer una libreta para utilizar como diario. Se les recomienda traer consigo una botella de agua, zapatos cerrados y pantalones largos. Vengan preparados para una mañana de descubrimiento y diversión!

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REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY

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PRECINCT 4 HAPPENINGS

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SUMMER GARDEN Sunday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. It’s time to start thinking about planting, pruning, and fertilizing your summer crops. From tomatoes and peppers to okra and melons, learn how to make your summer garden a success.

22 STAR PARTY Wednesday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. View the annual Lyrids meteor shower through a telescope and discover exciting celestial facts. Binoculars and camp chairs recommended.

28 NATURE VERSE Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Explore the outdoors while expressing yourself through the written word. Join a staff naturalist who will provide weekly prompts and guidance.

MAY

1, 8, 15, & 22 ART OF THE PRESERVE Fridays, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 6+. Explore your crafty side while enjoying the outdoors. Each week features a different craft.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 10 + or equivalent Boy Scout rank age.

KMP KRITTERS

Program will cover basic requirements for the Boy Scouts Reptile and Amphibian Study merit badge. Contact staff for details.

April 9, May 7, & June 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 30 & May 21, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

THURSDAYS All ages.

Visit the preserve to meet the KMP Kritters and chat with park naturalists.


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JUNE

POND STUDIES

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Monday, 10 a.m. – noon Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 7+. Join a naturalist for an afternoon of dipnetting and pond ecology. Learn what lives in Marshall Lake and how we use lab equipment to determine the quality of our water.

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FAMILY FISH CAMP Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Experts will discuss basic fishing gear, knot tying, rules, and ethics. Then, practice what you’ve learned. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a lunch, camp chairs, and refillable water bottle. Fishing equipment available to borrow on a first-come, firstserved basis.

Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events.

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If you love stargazing and moongazing, don’t miss this activity! Binoculars, camp chairs, and flashlights are recommended.

Thursday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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POLLINATORS Learn all about pollinators and how to create a pollinator-friendly garden.

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LEAVE NO TRACE Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/ tap/events. Ages 8+ or Boy Scout rank above basic level. ATURE

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MOVIE NIGHT: THE LITTLE MERMAID Tuesday, 7 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. Join us for a family-friendly movie night with crafts, popcorn, and refreshments. FUTURA CONDENSED BOLD

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SATURDAY, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. KICKERILLO-MISCHER PRESERVE 20215 CHASEWOOD PARK DR., HOUSTON


Come N' go canoeing & fishing Join staff at the canoe launch for a day of canoeing and fishing. Equipment provided. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department fishing rules apply.

WEDNESDAYS APRIL 1 & 15 MAY 6 & 20 4 P.M. – 7 P.M. JUNE 3 & 17 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.

SATURDAY

JUNE 20 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.

One adult per child (10 and under) is required to canoe. Each boat must have at least one adult. Canoes have a four-person maximum capacity.

See Trails As Parks on page 17 for more events at the preserve.

PRECINCT 4 HAPPENINGS

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THIRD TUESDAY BIRDING Tuesdays, April 21, May 19, and June 16, 7:30 a.m. Join Houston Audubon Society volunteers for a monthly bird count. Binoculars and walking shoes recommended.

SUMMER CAMPS Registration required beginning Friday, May 1, at 8 a.m. at www.hcp4.net/kmp. Spend the summer learning about nature during action-packed day camps at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. This camp is outdoors 100% of the time. Campers should bring a snack, a lunch, and a refillable water bottle. Bring proof of child’s age (birth certificate, shot records, etc.) to the first day of camp. Please only register if your child can attend all days of camp.

DISCOVERY CAMP

JUNE 8 – 12 MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9 A.M – NOON

Ages 5 and 6

ONGOING NATURE EXPLORERS CLUB Wednesdays, April 8 and 22, 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 and water bottle, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.

LAKESIDE LIBRARY Tuesdays, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration required at www.hcp4.net/tap/events. Join a staff naturalist for a nature-themed story and activity by Marshall Lake.

VOLUNTEER DAY

Sundays, April 19, May 3, and June 14, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ages 10+ or accompanied by an adult. Join staff for a monthly volunteer activity. Long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a refillable water bottle required.

JUNIOR RANGER SUMMER CAMP

JUNE 22 – 26 MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9 A.M – 2 P.M.

Ages 7 - 9

NATURE EXPLORATION

JULY 13 – 17 MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9 A.M – 2 P.M.

Ages 10 - 12

ADVENTURES IN ECOSYSTEMS

JULY 27 – 31 MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9 A.M – 2 P.M.

Ages 13 - 15


ACTIVITIES WITH

LEGACY TREES PROJECT

709 RILEY FUZZEL RD., SPRING

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

APRIL

Jam Sesh!

18 NATURE MISSION: BUTTERFLIES, BEES, TREES, AND PLANTS Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required. Scan the QR code below to register. Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project, the Spring Creek Education Society, and the Monarch Project Educational Initiative for a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Search the park using nature passports and clues to discover a variety of trees, plants, and wildlife. Bring a smartphone or tablet to scan QR codes throughout the park to learn more about each species.

Scan Me

Scan the QR code to register for this event or visit https://bit.ly/39Kqhe9.

APRIL 24 & MAY 29 Check out page 18 for more information.

25 NATIONAL ARBOR DAY Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring All ages. Celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting extravaganza, invasive species removal, a tree identification walk, crafts, and more. Visit with a certified arborist, take home complimentary tree saplings while supplies last, and learn how you can foster a legacy tree.


PRECINCT 4 HAPPENINGS

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ALL ABOUT INVASIVES

SPRING MIGRATION OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project, the Monarch Project Educational Initiative, and the Spring Creek Education Society to celebrate the spring migration of the monarch butterfly.

Saturdays, May 30 and June 27, 9:30 – noon Locations will vary along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Call or email for more information. Registration required. Ages 16+ or accompanied by an adult. Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project to restore the banks and meadows along Spring Creek by volunteering to remove invasives like Chinese tallow and privet.

FOSTER A LEGACY TREE

JUNE

18 TREE MEASUREMENTS Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Mercer Botanic Gardens 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd., Humble Registration required. Ages 10+.

With your help, Precinct 4 can grow into a greener, healthier place to work and live. Volunteer to care for heirloom fruit and nut trees along the trails or help preserve history by fostering your own legacy tree. Schools, nonprofits, and Harris County Precinct 4 residents are invited to apply.

Learn professional techniques to measure and record tree size along with DIY methods.

20 SOIL SCIENCE: INVESTIGATING SOILS AND BIOSWALES Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required. Scan the QR code below to register. Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project, the Spring Creek Education Society, and the Monarch Project Educational Initiative to investigate the mystery of soils and bioswales through chemical soil core analysis.

Volunteer Day APRIL 4 & JUNE 13 SATURDAYS, 9:30 A.M. – NOON

Scan Me

Scan the QR code to register for this event or visit https://bit.ly/3bRIJTY.

Departing from Mercer Botanic Gardens 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd., Humble Registration required. Ages 10+. Bring gloves and a water bottle, and wear closed-toe shoes to tackle projects at our tree nurseries and greenhouses.


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.


PRECINCT 4 HAPPENINGS

APRIL

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8 LUNCH BUNCH: EAST TEXAS FIELD BOTANIZING Wednesday, noon Registration required. Ages 12+. Learn to use publicly available data to aid in plant identification and community classification. Andy Newman, an evolutionary ecologist, explains how he uses geospatial and climatic data before visiting the field to determine an area’s geology, soil type, hydrologic regimes, and elevation contours.

18 THE MERCER SOCIETY SPRING SPECIALTY PLANT SALE Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., or until sold out Don’t miss this spring sale featuring blooming perennial favorites to add color to your garden and keep pollinators coming back for more!

MAY

9 THE MERCER SOCIETY MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALTY PLANT SALE

LUNCH BUNCH: LOCAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE Wednesday, noon Registration required. Ages 12+. Meet with a local representative of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) to discuss the impacts, challenges, and causes of climate change. CCL is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization focusing on national policies to address climate change.

JUNE

6 CREEKSIDE RAMBLE & STOREY LAKE GRAND REOPENING Saturday, 9 a.m. Ribbon Cutting at 9:30 a.m. Celebrate National Trails Day and the grand reopening of the Creekside Ramble and Storey Lake! Stroll tranquil, winding riparian paths and several miles of trails that have been closed to the public since the floods in April 2016. Then visit with Mercer Ambassadors and Mercer Education staff to learn about the history of the gardens, various native and exotic plant species growing in the area, local wildlife, and plans for future garden development.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., or until sold out Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day by picking out the perfect plant gift.

MERCER AMBASSADORS AND HARRIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS First and Third Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at the Botanic Information Center. Ages 16+. Visit with a master gardener for expert gardening advice, or chat with a Mercer Ambassador to learn more about the gardens and upcoming events. Want to become an ambassador? Visit www.hcp4.net/mercer/volunteer or call 713-274-4160.

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ONGOING

10 LUNCH BUNCH: LEGACY TREE PROJECT Wednesday, noon Registration required. Ages 12+. Come learn how Precinct 4’s Legacy Tree Project works to preserve historic and champion trees of Texas. Take home a native tree to plant in your own yard, compliments of Apache Corporation. Presented by Laura Medick, Precinct 4 arborist.

13 THE MERCER SOCIETY FATHER’S DAY SPECIALTY PLANT SALE Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., or until sold out Dads love plants too! Join us to celebrate Father’s Day and pick out your dad’s favorite gift this year!

20 HAWK TALK Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon Registration required. Space is limited. Meet Cathie Coudert, the education coordinator of Friends of Texas Wildlife (FTW), and her animal ambassador, Fred, the red-tailed hawk. Learn about the FTW mission to care for injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife during this informative and interactive program that includes a multimedia presentation, hands-on activities, and crafts.

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STORYTIME Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Meet under the staff building. Ages 2 - 5. In partnership with Harris County Public Library, join us for a unique storytime in a natural setting for parents and children to enjoy together.

GUIDED GARDEN TOURS Tuesdays and Thursdays Groups of 10 to 30 are invited to learn about the history, plants, and wildlife at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a guided garden tour, call 713-274-4160.

TAI CHI Saturdays, 9 a.m. Join volunteer John Spencer during this one-hour beginner class offered on the covered deck behind the Mercer Botanical Information Center. See Jones Park on Page 3 for more Tai Chi classes taught by John Spencer.

HORTICULTURAL PROPAGATION CENTER Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon Mercer North Side Greenhouses 3602 Hirschfield Rd., Spring Ages 16+. Registration required. Join Brandon Hubbard, The Mercer Society grower, to propagate plants, maintain the greenhouses, and more. For additional details, please call 713-2744160.

BIRD SURVEY April 23, May 28, and June 25, Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Ages 12+. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. 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.


OUTDOOR ADventure SUMMER CAMPS

Choose Session A in June o r Session B in July!

TUESDAYS 9 A.M. – NOON Registration required beginning May 1. Space is limited. Ages 6 - 11.

JUNE 9 & JULY 7

JUNE 23 & JULY 21

TREE ID MYSTERY

From the tree roots to the tip-top branches, we will investigate trees! “Leaf” the fun to us as we learn how to identify trees, discover tree benefits, and explore wildlife tree habitats. Meet an arborist and help plant trees in Mercer’s West Side Arboretum!

JUNE 16 & JULY 14

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

CREATURE FEATURE

Investigate creatures that scamper, skitter, slither, and shuffle in the gardens. Search for evidence of animals while investigating the natural habitats of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Learn animal identification and tracking techniques.

JUNE 30 & JULY 28

Ready for a day of feathered fun? Adventure on a bird hike, identify birds by how they look and sound, and share your findings on a citizen science program. Observe natural habitats, search for evidence of birds, investigate owl pellets, and more!

HIKE ‘N HUNT

Calling all land pirates! Let’s go hunt for hidden treasures cached throughout the gardens by learning to geocache – a technique of navigating by hiking to a specific location of GPS coordinates. All you need is your favorite pair of walking shoes, refillable water bottle, and a sense of adventure!

Outdoor Adventure Family Nights JUNE 17

MICRO-MERCER

Explore the mysterious, tiny plant world at Mercer Botanic Gardens! Use hand lenses and microscopes to view the tiniest of plants found in the gardens. Observe plant cells, thin roots, pollen, seeds, and more! Then transfer your observations as scientific drawings into a keepsake journal. Registration is not required.

WEDNESDAYS 4 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

JUNE 24

GEOCACHING

Gather your family and your hiking shoes! Hike and explore the trails of Mercer’s West Side Arboretum as you search for geocaches hidden among the natural environment. Registration is not required. Last hunt begins at 6 p.m. Meet at the West Side Arboretum Post Oak Pavilion.


PROGRAMS WITH

TRAILS AS PARKS

WWW.HCP4.NET/TAP/EVENTS Online registration required for all Trails As Parks events.


PRECINCT 4 HAPPENINGS

APRIL

MAY

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NATIONAL WALKING DAY

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FIRST SHOT ARCHERY

Wednesday, 10 a.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring All ages.

Thursday, 4 p.m. Spring Creek Park 15012 Brown Rd., Tomball All ages.

Get active as we take a guided walk down a portion of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.

Beginner archers can learn to shoot a bow and arrow safely. All equipment is provided.

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LIL’ NATURALIST HIKE

Saturday, 10 a.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring All ages. Bring the kids for a fun-filled nature walk around Dennis Johnston Park while we learn what it means to be a naturalist.

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FIRST SHOT ARCHERY

Thursday, 4 p.m. Carter Park 7221 Treaschwig Rd., Spring Ages 7+. Beginner archers can learn to shoot a bow and arrow safely. All equipment is provided.

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NATIONAL BIKE DAY GUIDED TOUR

Sunday, 8 a.m. Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring Ages 16+. Hit the trail for a 9-mile guided bike tour along the paved Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Bring your bike, refillable water bottle, and bike-appropriate clothes. Helmets are recommended.

Jam Sesh! APRIL 24 FRIDAY, 8 A.M. – NOON

MAY 29 FRIDAY, 8 A.M. – NOON Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required. Ages 16+ or accompanied by adult. Learn the basics of turning sweet fruit, sourced from the Spring Creek Greenway, into a preserve to be enjoyed year-round. Begin with a short walk along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail, then head to Big Stone Lodge to make blackberry jam. Please bring a small jelly jar and wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.


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BAT CHAT

Friday, 7 p.m. Dennis Johnston Park 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring All ages. Did you know bats can eat up to 8,000 insects in a single night? Join us to view the nightly emergence of bats. Limited shuttle transportation is provided.

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ANIMAL INVADERS

Saturday, 11 a.m. Kingwood Library 4400 Bens View Ln., Kingwood Ages 12+. Learn about exotic and invasive species that live in southeast Texas and how they affect our native wildlife.

JUNE

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TURTLES AND TORTOISES

Thursday, 4:30 p.m. Octavia Fields Library 1503 S. Houston Ave., Humble All ages. Do you know the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Learn about these unique reptiles and see live animals on exhibit.

ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY PONTOON BOAT TOURS Saturdays, April 4, May 2, and June 6, 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Jones Park 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble Ages 13+. Take a tour along Spring Creek for a closer look at the local flora and fauna. Experience the park from a new perspective while learning about the area’s cultural history. Tours are dependent on weather and water conditions.

ADULT ARCHERY Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Mangum-Howell Center 2500 Frick Rd., Houston Ages 50+. Register by calling Mangum-Howell Center at 281-591-7830. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow or practice your aim. This program is designed for beginner archers with instruction from USA Archery-certified TAP staff who will cover safety rules, procedures, and proper technique. All equipment is provided.


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WILDFLOWER WANDERINGS Fridays, April 3, 17, and 24, 9 a.m. Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring All ages. Wander through the park to discover blooming wildflowers. Then learn the different parts of a flower through a hands-on flower dissection activity.

KIDS ARCHERY Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26, 9 a.m. Mangum-Howell Center 2500 Frick Rd., Houston Ages 7+. Beginner archers can learn to shoot a bow and arrow safely. All equipment is provided.

STARGAZING Wednesdays, April 29, May 27, and June 24, 8 p.m. Pundt Park 4129 Spring Creek Dr., Spring All ages. Visit our portable outdoor planetarium for a unique view of the night sky. Use a telescopes to observe various deep sky objects.

SUMMER PASSPORT SERIES STARTS MAY 2020 Various Precinct 4 Parks All ages. Explore multiple Precinct 4 parks and participate in a variety of activities to earn stamps on your passport. Visit six or more parks to earn an invitation to an exclusive finale celebration. Visit www.hcp4. net/tap/events to view all Summer Passport Series events.

Boats & Bobbers

THIRD WEDNESDAYS

APRIL – JUNE 5 P.M. – SUNSET Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve 20215 Chasewood Park Dr., Houston One adult per child (10 and under) required to canoe. Enjoy an afternoon of leisurely paddling and fishing on Marshall Lake. All equipment is provided, including canoes, paddles, fishing poles, bait, and personal floatation devices.


SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS

WWW.HCP4.NET/P4MOVIES

Join us for family-friendly movie nights with crafts, popcorn, and refreshments!

Movies start at dusk.

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JUNE – THE LITTLE MERMAID June 16: Bane Park June 17: Matzke Park June 18: Burroughs Park June 19: Collins Park June 22: Lindsay/Lyons Park June 30: Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve JULY – MONSTERS, INC. July 10: Doss Park July 14: Bane Park July 15: Matzke Park July 16: Burroughs Park July 17: Collins Park AUGUST – SHREK August 4: Bane Park August 5: Matzke Park August 6: Burroughs Park August 7: Collins Park August 10: Pundt Park


Shakespeare Festival Featuring

Twelfth Night Burroughs Park

9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball 77375

Saturday, April 25 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, April 24 7:30 p.m.

Performances Saturday, April 25 2 p.m.

Shakespearean Attire Encouraged!

Sunday, April 26 2 p.m.

Relish in the romance, mistaken identity, and deception during performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Experience Renaissance-era entertainment, crafts, and activities during the Saturday-only Shakespeare Festival. Harris County Precinct 4

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle


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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APRIL

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SWEET DEAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble Registration required. $24 per team. Recreational bridge players are invited to spend the day playing this fascinating game. Light breakfast and lunch are included.

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LUNCHEON: LET’S MAKE A SPLASH

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. Champion Forest Baptist Church Jersey Village 16518 Jersey Dr., Jersey Village Registration required. $10 per person. Catered lunch includes beef and chicken skewers, rice pilaf, a vegetable medley, dessert, and iced tea. A vocalist singing your favorite classic songs will get you on your feet.

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LUNCHEON: JUKEBOX JAMBOREE

Friday, 11:30 a.m. Copperfield Church 8350 Highway 6 N., Houston Registration required. $8 per person. Catered lunch includes burgers, potato chips, salad, dessert, and iced tea. Hear the rockin’ tunes of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

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LUNCHEON & SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Tomball Community Center 221 Market St., Tomball Registration required. Adults 50 and older are invited to a free catered lunch and bus transportation to Precinct 4’s Shakespeare Festival, featuring Twelfth Night. Lunch includes

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fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, rolls, dessert, iced tea, and coffee. To view departure locations, visit www.hcp4.net/encore/events.

MAY

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LUNCHEON: SALUTE TO SERVICE

Friday, 11:30 a.m. Lone Star College-University Park Registration required. $10 per person. Enjoy patriotic music and a catered lunch of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls, dessert, and iced tea. Donations of school supplies are welcome. Event parking and shuttle will be provided from CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston. Continuous shuttle service begins at 10:15 a.m. and resumes after the luncheon.

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HATS OFF TO MOTHERS: MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE

Monday, 11:30 a.m. Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble Registration required. $10 per person. Wear your favorite hat and join us for a celebration honoring the mothers in our lives. Prizes will be given for the most creative and glamorous hats. Catered lunch includes chicken marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and garlic bread. No alcohol is permitted. To view departure locations, visit www.hcp4.net/ encore/events.


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

Houston Food Bank Northwest Assistance Ministries Kids’ Meals Traveling Day Camp Peanut Butter Cannery Project C.U.R.E.

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LUNCHEON: RUN FOR THE ROSES

Monday, 11:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church 2003 West 43rd St., Houston Registration required. $10 per person. Catered lunch includes a pulled pork sandwich, sausage, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert, and iced tea. Guests will enjoy a performance of classic favorites.

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FISHING FEST

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Burroughs Park 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball Registration required. $12 per person. Catfish on Wheels will serve a freshly prepared buffet of all-you-can-eat fried catfish, shrimp, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, and beans. To view departure locations, visit www.hcp4.net/encore/events.

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LUNCHEON: FEELIN’ GROOVY

Friday, 11:30 a.m. Big Stone Lodge 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring Registration required. $12 per person. Transportation is available for anyone 50 and older from Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Houston, at 10:15 a.m. Catfish on Wheels is serving a buffet of all-you-can-eat fried catfish, shrimp, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, beans, iced tea, and dessert. A vocalist will perform music from the 70s disco era.

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LUNCHEON: SWEET AS CAN BEE

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. Champion Forest Baptist Church Jersey Village 16518 Jersey Dr., Jersey Village Registration required. $10 per person. Enjoy fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls, dessert, and iced tea. A vocalist will perform popular classic songs.

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HERE COMES THE SUN SUMMER DANCE

Wednesday, noon Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble Registration required. $7 per person. Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, and groovy tunes performed by the Fab 5. This tribute band performs all The Beatles’ greatest hits, as well as


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pop music from the 60s and 70s. To view departure locations, visit www.hcp4.net/ encore/events.

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LUNCHEON: FIN-TASTIC FISH FRY

Friday, 11:30 a.m. Copperfield Church 8350 Highway 6 N., Houston Registration required. $12 per person. Catfish on Wheels is serving a buffet of all-you-can-eat fried catfish, shrimp, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, beans, iced tea, and dessert. Enjoy a blend of Louisiana-French accordion music.

TRAVEL WITH US OR CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Attend one of the training sessions listed below to become a Trip Coordinator.

APRIL 23 MAY 19 JUNE 25 Go online at www.hcp4.net/encore/daytrips for more information.

DAY TRIPS

Registration required. Ages 50+. Precinct 4 Encore! offers day trips leaving from 15 different locations throughout Precinct 4 every month. To view more events and activities, visit www.hcp4.net/encore/events.

APRIL

Registration required. Ages 50+.

MAY

Registration required. Ages 50+. + Houston Astros Game + Gator Country Adventure Park + The Jersey Barnyard + Galveston Harbor Tour

JUNE

+ Tour de Fleur Garden Tour

Registration required. Ages 50+.

+ Danish Heritage Museum of Danevang

+ Texas Blueberry Festival

+ Texas Select Forged in Fire + Texas Miracle Ranch Donkey Rescue

+ Kemah Fireworks + Resale Shop Hop + Washington on the Brazos


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.

APRIL

3 AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE Friday, 9 a.m. Registration begins Fri., March 20. Reduce your car insurance by as much as 10% by completing this course. The required course fee for AARP members is $15 with proof of membership and $20 for nonmembers. This class cannot be used for ticket dismissal.

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6 POPCORN AND A MOVIE: Cheaper by the Dozen Wednesday, 2 p.m. Registration begins Fri., April 17. Enjoy a free showcase of Cheaper by the Dozen with free popcorn and a drink.

8 POPCORN AND A MOVIE: Dr. Dolittle Wednesday, 2 p.m. Registration begins Fri., March 20.

Enjoy a free showcase of Dr. Dolittle with free popcorn and a drink.

17 LUNCHEON: BADA BING IT’S SPRING Friday, 11:30 a.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wed., April 15. $8 per person. Enjoy a catered lunch and live entertainment.

MAY 27 & 28 HEALTH WEEK Wednesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. Sample a yoga class with Jessica and try your hand at chair volleyball.


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15 LUNCHEON: BOOGIE WOOGIE Friday, 11:30 a.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wed., May 13. Enjoy a catered lunch and live entertainment.

JUNE

10 POPCORN AND A MOVIE: Walk the Line Wednesday, 2 p.m. Registration begins Fri., May 15. Enjoy a free showcase of Walk the Line with free popcorn and a drink.

19 LUNCHEON: SOCK HOP AND SODA POP Friday, 11:30 a.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wed., June 17. $8 per person. Enjoy a catered lunch and live entertainment.

ONGOING RHYTHM WALKING Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8 a.m. CHAIR EXERCISE Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:50 a.m. TAI CHI Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. BEGINNING PILATES Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. BEGINNING ZUMBA Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. DANCERCISE Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. BEGINNING DRAWING Mondays, 12:30 p.m.

ADVANCED DRAWING Mondays, 2:15 p.m. CHAIR YOGA Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. HATHA YOGA Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. LINE DANCING Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:40 a.m. CARDS AND DOMINOES Tuesdays, 1 p.m. CHAIR VOLLEYBALL Thursdays, 12:15 p.m.

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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.

APRIL

1 – 15 AARP TAX-AIDE Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesdays, noon – 4 p.m. Registration required. 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. Each appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes. Participants need to bring their 2018 tax returns and 2019 tax documents to the center.

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SAVE A LIFE, LEARN CPR

Wednesday, 9 a.m. Registration required. Ages 14+. Course includes CPR, first aid, AED defibrillators, and choking for adults, children, and infants. The two-year certification fee is $25. Note: This course is not for health care professionals.

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SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY

BUNNY HOP “EGGS”TRAVAGANZA

Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration required. Deadline to register is Fri., May 22.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. – noon Deadline to register is Fri., April 3. All preschoolers 4 and younger are invited to participate in fun-filled activities, including a visit with the Easter bunny. A parent or adult must accompany children.

22 HOW TO USE YOUR SMARTPHONE Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration required. If you own an iPhone, Galaxy, LG, HTC, or any other smartphone and want to learn more about its features and capabilities, sign up for this informative workshop.

Join us for fun activities that support an active and healthy lifestyle. Activities include exercise, nutrition, and brain stimulation.

28 AARP SAFE DRIVING Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration required. Deadline to register is Fri., May 22. Reduce your car insurance by as much as 10% by completing this course. The required course fee for AARP members is $15 with proof of membership and $20 for non-members. This class cannot be used for ticket dismissal.


JUNE

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FUN4KIDS SUMMER PROGRAM

Addi Fun4 tional Kids July 9 dates , 23, & 16, 30!

Archery for Adults & Kids ADULTS

Thursdays, 1 p.m. Registration begins Fri., May 1, at 8 a.m.

April 7 – 28 Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

Children of all ages are welcome to attend free, fun-filled summer activities. A parent or adult must accompany children younger than 18.

June 5 – 26 Fridays, 9 a.m.

KIDS (AGES 9 - 15)

Registration required. Equipment provided.

16 FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN Tuesday, 10 a.m. Registration required. Ages 4 - 10. Tom Petty, the senior inspector with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, offers fire and life safety information for children.

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Luncheons Tickets are $8 unless otherwise noted and include a meal, dessert, and entertainment.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, NOON SPRING IS IN THE AIR Deadline to purchase tickets is Thurs., April 9.

TUESDAY, MAY 12, NOON HEART OF THE HOME MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION Deadline to purchase tickets is Fri., May 8.

MANAGING DIABETES Tuesday, 10 a.m. Registration required. This program discusses the types of diabetes, the health consequences, and strategies for preventing or managing the disease for greater overall health.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, NOON TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA Deadline to purchase tickets is Fri., June 5. $13 per person.

ONGOING 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, Wednesday, 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

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MAY

JUNE

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Burroughs Park 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Burroughs Park 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball

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Love sleek, sophisticated vehicles? View a variety of European-style cars from Volkswagens to Porsches and enjoy crafts, games, and a DJ during this fun-filled car show.

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Kick off your summer of reading in a kingdom not so far away. Enjoy crafts, games, special story times, and more!

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