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04 Apr
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Veteran Actor Brings ‘The Bard’ to Life During Precinct 4’s Shakespeare Festival

Most people don’t know William Shakespeare created more than 1,000 commonly used words and phrases or that he was a well-respected businessman, property owner, and actor. But for native Houstonian David Born, knowing the facts is all part of transforming into Shakespeare.

“An overall understanding of the character and his work is important so you can really present an even and correct representation of Shakespeare,” he said. “You need to know his biography, personal and professional history, the types of plays he wrote and when he wrote them, how poetry works, and the devices he employed in his personal life.”

Born, a professional stage and film actor, has played Shakespeare for the last 17 years as both a stage and character actor. A Houston Shakespeare Festival veteran, he has appeared in more than 12 of Shakespeare’s plays and more than 100 plays total. His credits also include more than 60 movies and TV shows, such as the just released The Highwaymen, Friday Night Lights Walker, Texas Ranger, Prison Break, Community, Constantine, Underground, and Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Although many people think of acting as memorizing lines, Born often improvises his material. That ability has allowed him to play more dynamic roles, including Shakespeare during Precinct 4’s Shakespeare Festival. During this year’s festival, Born will roam the festival grounds in full Shakespearian attire, interacting with the public directly.

“You need the ability to be a speaker, a one-man monologue or show,” he said. “To respond to what has been asked. To create from what is around you. To follow your impulse and not be afraid.”
Despite the challenge, Born said introducing a new generation to Shakespeare adds meaning to the role.
“Sharing the arts and this great man’s work with children and adults is a major part of playing Shakespeare,” he said. “I want to engage them and let them know that Shakespeare wasn’t that different from us.”

Shakespeare fans can catch Born in action during Precinct 4’s Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burroughs Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy crafts, entertainers, face painting, games, and food trucks. Performances of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona take place rain or shine Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.

Costumes are encouraged. Theater-style seating will be available under the covered pavilion at Burroughs Park on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone is invited to bring their own refreshments or purchase items from the food trucks during the festival.

Established in 2013, Precinct 4’s Shakespeare in the Shade presentations are part of Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Burroughs Park is located at located at 9738 Hufsmith Road in Tomball, 77375.

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26 Feb
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Mangum-Howell Center’s March Calendar

Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Mangum-Howell Center is located in Doss Park, at 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-591-7830, or visit www.hcp4.net/communitycenters/mhc.

Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mangum-Howell Center. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Child care is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility, and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate.

                                                                                                                                             Special Events

Free Adult Archery Class
Tuesdays, March 5 through April 30, at 9 a.m.

Ready, aim, shoot! Are you looking for something free and fun to do this fall? Sign up to learn the basics of archery and archery safety at this full service, outdoor range. Bows, arrows, targets, and arm guards are provided. Registration is required. Space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot in the class. To register, come by the Center or call 281-591-7830.

AARP Tax Aide
March 5 through April 10
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m.

AARP tax-aide volunteers will provide free income tax assistance for low and middle-income individuals at Mangum-Howell Center. Each appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes. Participants must bring their 2017 tax returns and 2018 tax documents to the Center. Please remove documents from envelopes and organize them prior to the appointment. Call (281) 591-7830.

Free Movie and Popcorn Featuring La La Land
Friday, March 8, at 1 p.m.

La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Unlimited popcorn and drinks, padded seating, big screen TV, and surround sound make this a true theater experience! Call or come by the Center to reserve your seat! Rated PG-13; 2 hrs. 8 min.

BBQ and Bingo Luncheon
Tuesday, March 12, at noon

This popular luncheon combines two Mangum-Howell favorites … BBQ and bingo! The menu includes barbecue chicken and sausage, potato salad, cucumber salad, homemade bread, and dessert, along with unlimited iced tea and coffee. Then, stay to play bingo with lots of prizes.

An $8 per person donation is requested and payable in advance when you register in the office. Checks are payable to Doss Advisory Council and should be mailed to Precinct 4’s Mangum-Howell Center at 2500 Frick Road, Houston, Texas 77038. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 8.

Sassy Red Hatters
Tuesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m.

The Red Hat Society is a global society of women that connects, supports, and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness. The Mangum-Howell
Sassy Red Hatters is an active, fun-loving group of ladies, ages 50 and better, who follow this mission statement! They meet the second Tuesday of every month immediately following the
Center’s monthly luncheon to plan a variety of day trips and social events. If you are looking for a sassy way to enrich your social life, attend the monthly meeting.

April Trips Sign Up
Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 years and better through Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program. Buses will pick up and drop off participants at the Center for the following April trips:

Friday, April 5, at 9 a.m. – No Label Brewing Company and Katy Mills Mall, Katy. There is no cost. Lunch is on your own at Katy Mills Mall.
Thursday, April 25, at 8 a.m. – Texas Polka Music Museum, Schulenburg. The cost is $2 per person. Lunch is on your own at Oakridge Smokehouse.

Save a Life, Learn CPR
Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn how to relieve choking, use an AED defibrillator, and provide CPR and first aid during emergencies. Lorraine Hibbert, a certified instructor through the American Heart Association, leads this class for ages 14 years and older. She has 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and has been a CPR instructor for the association for 10 years. The two-year certification fee is $20. Participants must pay by money order to The H Factor. This course is not for health care professionals, and space is limited. Certificates will be emailed to participants.

Bingo
Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m.

Each player is asked to bring a nominal prize (not to exceed $5). Please note: No cash prizes, gift certificates, gift cards, lottery tickets, or U.S. postage stamps may be used as prizes.

AARP Safe Driving Course
Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reduce your car insurance by as much as 10 percent by completing AARP’s Safe Driving Course. This class cannot be used for ticket dismissal. Certificates are awarded upon course completion. The required course fee for AARP members is $15, or $20 for non-members. Checks are payable to AARP. Registration is required, so please call or come by the Center to reserve your spot.

                                                                                                                                        Ongoing Events

Rhythm Walking
Weekdays at 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Start or end your day with a 2 ½-mile walk to music in the comfort of the Center.

Zumba® Fitness
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6 p.m.

Zumba® Step
Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Zumba Sentao™
Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m.

A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended. This class is limited to participants ages 13 and older. All participants under the age of 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age.

Quilting
Mondays at 9 a.m.

Take this opportunity to quilt, share ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All skill levels are welcome.

Beginning Line Dancing
Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

A talented volunteer teaches popular line dances. Participants should wear light-colored, rubber-soled shoes. A partner is not needed.

Dart Baseball
Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Throw darts at a corkboard baseball diamond and keep score just like a real baseball game! No skills are needed to join the team – just a willingness to try.

Chair Volleyball
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Individuals 50 years and better are invited to play beachball volleyball from the comfort of their chair. This all-inclusive game promotes fitness and friendship in a fun atmosphere.

Hatha Yoga
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to help achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Urban Line Dancing
Mondays at 7 p.m.
Beginners and Seniors: Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Join this volunteer-led class that exercises both the body and mind with choreographed steps to jazz, pop, hip-hop, or rhythm-and-blues music. A partner is not needed.

Sit and Be Fit Exercise
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

This exercise class is designed to help people who suffer from arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness.

Ceramics
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch

Learn how to prepare, paint, glaze, and fire a variety of greenware pieces. There is no cost to fire pieces, and only those pieces painted by students during class may be fired. Students must provide their own supplies for the class.

Beginning Sewing
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

A volunteer instructor teaches beginning sewing classes, which cover basic machine stitches, measuring, combining and interchanging patterns, and seam finishing. While the Center has several machines for student use, participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine to become familiar with how it operates.

Woodworking Group
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)

Learn how to design patterns and use various tools to build stunning creations. Bring your own supplies; equipment is provided.

Zentangle Art and Adult Coloring Book Class
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

A volunteer instructor teaches basic Zentangle designs using black ink on white paper for an easy-to learn, relaxing, and fun craft. Participants should bring ultra-fine black markers and paper to class. The instructor also uses the color wheel to teach students how colors work together to create beautiful works of art. Bring your favorite coloring book, coloring pencils, crayons, or markers. Whichever medium you prefer, you will feel the anxiety and stress slip away as you design or color.

Yuanji-Dance Class
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Led by a volunteer instructor, Yuanji-Dance (Chinese Aerobics) is derived from Yuanji-Gong, a kind of dance combining Chi-Gong, Tai-Chi, medicine, martial arts, and Yuanji music. In recent years, Yuanji-Dance has become one of the most popular exercises in the Chinese community.

Beginning Knitting and Crocheting
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Share knitting and crocheting techniques with other seasoned veterans.

Cards and Dominoes
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Bring a partner or attend alone and try your hand at a variety of card games or dominoes.

Ten-Form Integral T’ai Chi
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Volunteers instruct participants in a combination of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
Thursdays at 9 a.m.

This support group offers nutritional information and encouragement to help control weight.

Beginning and Intermediate Bridge Lessons
Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Volunteer instructors teach the basics of American Standard Bridge. Learn about counting tricks, bidding, analyzing your hand, scoring, and more.

Duplicate Bridge
Thursdays at noon

Enjoy an afternoon of American Standard Duplicate Bridge in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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25 Feb
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Big Stone Lodge’s March Calendar

Big Stone Lodge’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Big Stone Lodge is located in Dennis Johnston Park at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, TX, 77373. Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-350-1029 or visit www.hcp4.net/communitycenters/bsl.

Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Big Stone Lodge. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Child care is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility, and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate.

                                                                                                                                              Special Events

David Adickes Foundation and Museum and H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas
Saturday, March 9, at 8:15 a.m.

Trip sign up is on a first come, first served basis at Big Stone Lodge. The cost is $8 per person. Lunch is on your own at Farmhouse Café. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 and better through Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program. A Harris County Precinct 4 bus will pick up and drop off participants at Spring Baptist Church, 633 E. Louetta Road in Spring.

Cart Ride Along the Trails
Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m.

Join Precinct 4’s Trails As Parks (TAP) staff for a cart ride along the paved Spring Creek Greenway Trail. The ride will begin and end at Big Stone Lodge. For more information or to register, call Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029.

The Road to Independence
Wednesday, March 1, at 1 p.m.

Join Monte Parks with Precinct 4’s Trails As Parks to learn about the political and military actions that led to Texas independence. The discussion covers the 1820s and the late 1830s, from the time Stephen F. Austin began his colony to the Battle of San Jacinto and its immediate aftermath. For more information or to register, call Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029.

Pontoon Boat Ride
Friday, March 8, at 9 a.m.

Take a tranquil and scenic ride in nature along Spring Creek. Learn about the local area and its natural history and wildlife. The first group tour begins at 9 a.m. at Big Stone Lodge in Dennis Johnston Park. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029.

Popcorn and a Movie
Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m.

Need an afternoon break? Visit Big Stone Lodge to enjoy a free showing of Nim’s Island along with popcorn and a drink!

Yippee-Ki-Yay Luncheon
Friday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m.

Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites all adults 50 years of age and better to the Yippee-Ki-Yay Luncheon. A catered lunch of chicken fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, corn, rolls, dessert, unlimited iced tea, and coffee will be served by Ben’s Chuck Wagon.
An $8 per person suggested donation is payable in advance during registration. Tickets are available at Big Stone Lodge Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, March 13.

                                                                                                                                     Ongoing Programs & Activities
Rhythm Walking 
Monday through Thursday at 8 a.m.

Start or end your day with a 2 ½-mile walk to music in the comfort of the Center.

Chair Exercise
Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:50 a.m.

This gentle exercise is designed to assist those who suffer from discomfort associated with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness. Participants build strength while remaining safely seated.

Tai Chi
Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

A certified instructor teaches a combination of stretching and toning exercises.

Beginners Pilates
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Learn how to build symmetry and coordination in the body. Loose-fitting exercise clothing and a thick yoga mat are required for maximum comfort.

Beginners Zumba
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

A volunteer instructor leads this class that combines a variety of music with a fun and effective workout system.

Dancercise
Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

This dance class gives a safe and effective aerobic body workout. A variety of dance styles and music including country, pop, hip hop, salsa, tango, and merengue make this a fun way to exercise.

Chair Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.

This slow and gentle exercise is designed to assist those who suffer from discomfort associated with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness. Participants improve flexibility, circulation, and balance.

Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Line Dancing I
Tuesdays from 10:40 a.m. to noon

In this introductory class, participants will gain the skills necessary to dance to any line-dancing song.

Cards and Dominoes
Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Come alone or with a partner to play a variety of card games or dominoes.

Line Dancing II
Thursdays from 10:40 a.m. to noon

This volunteer-led class features popular dances seen on television and in local dance clubs. Participants should wear rubber-soled shoes.

Chair Volleyball
Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.

This exciting and easy-to-learn activity is like traditional volleyball, but allows participants to remain seated.

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25 Feb
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Senior Adult Program’s March Calendar

Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program provides senior adult trips and activities for everyone 50 years of age and better. Register online at www.hcp4.net/sap/events or call 713-274-4050. Checks are payable to Fun4Seniors and should be mailed to P.O. Box 1433, Tomball, TX 77377.

  Senior Adult Trips
River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail. Friday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. The 84th Annual Azalea Trail will herald the beginning of spring! Spend an enjoyable weekend learning about the region’s architecture, flower arranging, and horticulture. Lunch will be available for purchase at Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe. A $25 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from the following:

• CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston
Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane in Kingwood

Cardi B at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Friday, March 1, at 3 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Cardi B perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for dinner. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Tomball Regional Medical Center, 605 Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball (parking lot E).

A Popcorn Throwin’ Melodrama at Puffabelly’s: Alaska!Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Dinner is available for purchase on your own at Puffabelly’s Old Depot Restaurant. A $13 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston.

Crawfish Festival in the Heights. Saturday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m. Spend the day at the annual Crawfish Festival in the Heights. Vendors will sell everything from cosmetics to clothing, jewelry, art, and much more. Plates of crawfish, corn, and potatoes along with other menu items will be available for purchase. Transportation is provided from Fairbanks Library, 9600 West Little York in Houston.

Panic! at the Disco at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Sunday, March 3, at 12 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Panic! at the Disco perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for lunch. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.

Arbor Gate Nursery and the Lanier Theological Library and Chapel. Tuesday, March 5, at 9 a.m. Find yourself surrounded by magnificent display gardens and unique plants that can inspire a symphony of color, fragrance, form, and function to your home and garden. After lunch, tour the Lanier Library and Chapel, which houses a collection of more than 100,000 books and journals, historical documents, and artifacts. View the architectural significance of the Stone Chapel, a replica of a 500 A.D. Byzantine Chapel. Lunch will be available for purchase at Goodson’s Cafe. Transportation is provided from CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston.

Camila Cabello at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.Tuesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Camila Cabello perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for dinner. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Spring Woods Baptist Church, 10131 Emnora Lane in Houston.

Houston Livestock Show. Wednesday, March 6, at 11 a.m.Join Precinct 4 for this year’s annual Livestock Show! Enjoy horse shows, a calf scramble, shopping, and the carnival. Lunch options available at the livestock show include turkey legs, barbecue, pizza, and fried desserts. Transportation is provided from Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.

Peeka Ranch Alpacas in Burton. Thursday, March 7, at 8 a.m. Visit the Peeka Ranch, which is home to over 100 alpacas. Alpacas are raised for their soft fleece and are sheared once a year. Their fleece is processed into soft, hypoallergenic garments. Alpaca garments were once reserved for Incan royalty but are now available to everyone. After the ranch, enjoy the many shops and restaurants in Brenham. Lunch is available for purchase on your own at one of the local eateries. Transportation is provided from Tomball Regional Medical Center, 605 Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball (parking lot E).

Tim McGraw at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Thursday, March 7, at 3 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Tim McGraw perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for dinner. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Lone Star College-Creekside Center, 8747 West New Harmony Trail in The Woodlands (parking lot C).

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. The picturesque Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site gives visitors unique insights into the lives and times of the 59 delegates who met on March 2, 1836, to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. From 1836 to 1845, the Republic of Texas proudly, but precariously, existed as a separate and unique nation. Lunch is available for purchase on your own at Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli. A $6 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church, 6000 Spring Cypress Road in Spring.

The Three Texan Tenors Present Sing a Song of Women! Friday, March 8, at 4:45 p.m. Based in Houston, The Three Texan Tenors is a powerful trio of three dynamic, classically trained vocalists with strong Texas roots that run deep and shine through in their every performance. Sing a Song of Women! is a musical tribute to women in honor of International Women’s Day. Dinner is available for purchase on your own at Cracker Barrel. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.

Zac Brown Band at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tuesday, March 11, at 3 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Zac Brown Band perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for dinner. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston.

Houston Livestock Show. Wednesday, March 13, at 11 a.m. Join Precinct 4 for this year’s annual Livestock Show! Enjoy horse shows, a calf scramble, shopping, and the carnival. Lunch options available at the livestock show include turkey legs, barbecue, pizza, and fried desserts. Transportation is provided from Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane in Kingwood.

Santana at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Wednesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Santana perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for dinner. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from North Woods Baptist Church, 5803 Treaschwig Road in Spring.

Arbor Gate Nursery and the Lanier Theological Library and Chapel. Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 a.m. Find yourself surrounded by magnificent display gardens and unique plants that can inspire a symphony of color, fragrance, form, and function to your home and garden. After lunch, tour the Lanier Library and Chapel, which houses a collection of more than 100,000 books and journals, historical documents, and artifacts. View the architectural significance of the Stone Chapel, a replica of a 500 A.D. Byzantine Chapel. Lunch will be available for purchase at Goodson’s Cafe. Transportation is provided from Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. The picturesque Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site gives visitors unique insights into the lives and times of the 59 delegates who met on March 2, 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. From 1836 to 1845, the Republic of Texas proudly, but precariously, existed as a separate and unique nation. Washington on the Brazos is “where Texas became Texas.” Lunch is available for purchase on your own at Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli. A $6 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Fairbanks Library, 9600 West Little York in Houston.

Cody Johnson at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Friday, March 15, at 3 p.m. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides performances from top musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Cody Johnson perform. Participants will have time to tour the livestock show, enjoy some of the carnival rides before the performance, and purchase famous rodeo fare for dinner. A $20 prepaid nonrefundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Copperfield Church, 8350 Highway 6 North in Houston.

Little Shop of Horrors at Stages Repertory Theatre. Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. This smash sci-fi musical has devoured the hearts of theater-goers for more than 30 years. A nerdy flower shop clerk named Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant which he affectionately names after his secret crush, Audrey. The exotic bloom offers the promise of fame and fortune, but Seymour soon discovers that the mysterious Audrey II also has a taste for blood, ominous origins and an insatiable appetite for power. Lunch is available for purchase, on your own, at Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe. A $22 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Tomball Regional Medical Center, 605 Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball (parking lot E).

Texas Wendish Heritage Museum in Giddings. Tuesday, March 19, at 8:15 a.m. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Paul Lutheran Church, one of the painted churches of Texas, listen to the wonderful music of a 1904 pipe organ, enjoy a traditional Wendish meal and tour the only Wendish Museum outside of Germany. A $18 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip and lunch. Transportation is provided from Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble.

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Tuesday, March 20, at 9 a.m. Enjoy a day at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This special museum experience provides a look at the lives of George and Barbara Bush. Have your picture made while sitting in an exact replica of the Oval Office, try landing a plane on an aircraft carrier and enjoy one of a kind photographs, documents and videos. Lunch will be available for purchase at Abuelo’s. A $6 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Tomball Regional Medical Center, 605 Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball (parking lot E).

Painted Churches of Texas Tour. Thursday, March 21, at 8 a.m. Around the turn of the 19th century, devout Catholics hailing from the Czech and German areas of Central Europe built 20 churches throughout the dusty plains and rolling hill country of Texas. Known as the Painted Churches of Texas, these backcountry places of worship are adorned with masterful paintings, shimmering stained glass, charming murals, and gold-encrusted altars. Lunch will be available for purchase at Oakridge Smokehouse. A $13 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1576 Chantilly Lane in Houston.

Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin. Thursday, March 21, at 10 a.m. Board a tram and journey across the Texas plains on a wildlife safari adventure. Bayou Wildlife Zoo features animals that are native to Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. See and feed these exotic animals up close and experience the wonder of the animal kingdom. After the zoo, visit Stanton’s Meats where you can find “Best of Show” game meats, seasonings, and souvenirs. Lunch will be available for purchase at Joe’s Barbeque Company. A $7 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from North Woods Baptist Church, 5803 Treaschwig Road in Spring.

Tour De Fleur. Friday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m. Enjoy the fresh air while touring some of Houston’s best gardens! Join Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program for a walk through the beautiful Japanese Gardens, McGovern Centennial Gardens, The Houston Arboretum, and Mercer Botanic Gardens. Lunch is available for purchase at Fuddruckers. Transportation is provided from Tomball Regional Medical Center,605 Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball (parking lot E).

The Rob Landes Trio Revisits the Music of WWII at the Grand. Sunday, March 24, at 11 a.m. Relive the Big Band sounds that kept this nation’s spirit alive through one of the toughest wars in our history. This trip down memory lane is filled with stories and the subtle piano tunes of the day. Rob is not only a consummate musician, but a storyteller who weaves words and music together in his own special style. Before the show, enjoy the many shops and restaurants on The Strand. Dinner is available for purchase on your own at one of the many local eateries. A $18 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane in Kingwood.

Froberg’s Farm. Tuesday, March 26, at 9 a.m. Enjoy a day of strawberry picking with friends at Froberg’s Farm. All strawberries are organically grown and pesticide free. Lunch is available for purchase at Joe’s Barbeque Company. Transportation is provided from Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane in Kingwood.

Resale Shop Hop. Tuesday, March 26, at 9 a.m. Rummage through three of Houston’s premier resale shops. Find something different each time you shop, including name-brand clothing, purses, bags, household items, and so much more! A late lunch is available for purchase at Phoenicia World Market. Transportation is provided from Tomball Regional Medical Center, 605 Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball (parking lot E).

Texas Wendish Heritage Museum in Giddings. Thursday, March 28, at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Paul Lutheran Church, one of the painted churches of Texas, listen to the wonderful music of a 1904 pipe organ, enjoy a traditional Wendish meal, and tour the only Wendish Museum outside of Germany. A $18 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip and lunch. Transportation is provided from Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.

Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace. Friday, March 29, at 8 a.m. Moody Mansion is a historic residential building in Galveston. The 31-room Romanesque mansion was completed in 1895. The home is named for William Lewis Moody Jr., an American financier and entrepreneur in the cotton business. After lunch, tour Bishop’s Palace. The famous Bishop’s Palace was built between 1887 and 1893 for a local politician and his family of nine. In 1923, the home was purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston and served as residence for Bishop Christopher Byrne. The mansion has been open to the public since 1963. Lunch is available for purchase on your own at one of the many local eateries on The Strand. Stairs. A $22 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from Copperfield Church, 8350 Highway 6 North in Houston.

Brazilian Food and Music Festival in Sugar Land. Saturday, March 30, at 10:30 a.m. The sixth annual Brazilian Food and Music Festival brings the food and music of Brazil to Texas. Musicians of the community work in solidarity with the Brazilian Women Foundation to create this festival celebrating the Brazilian culture. Lunch will be available for purchase at the festival. A $10 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Transportation is provided from CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston.

     Luncheons and Events

One Fish, Two Fish, Lots of Catfish. Friday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites everyone 50 and better to Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park, 701 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring, for a catered meal and live musical entertainment. Transportation is available for those 50 and better from Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Steubner Airline in Houston. Departure time is 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. $12 per person.

Mad Hatter. Monday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites all senior adults 50 years of age and better to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 West 43rd Street in Houston, for a catered meal and live musical entertainment! Ben’s Chuck Wagon is catering chicken spaghetti, salad, green beans, French bread, dessert, and iced tea. $10 per person.

Spring Fling. Wednesday, March 27, at noon. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites everyone 50 years of age and better to enjoy live music, carnival games, crafts, and a petting zoo during the Spring Fling Carnival at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. Baking contest prizes will be awarded in the following categories: breads and muffins, cakes and cupcakes, cookies and bars, candies, and pies. James Coney Island will provide chili and cheese hotdogs, chips, drink and dessert. No alcohol is permitted. Transportation is available for individuals ages 50 and better from the following locations departing at 10:45 a.m.:

• Champion Forest Baptist Church Jersey Village, 16518 Jersey Drive, Jersey Village
• Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston
• Spring Baptist Church, 1027 Spring Cypress Road, Spring
• St. Luke’s Health-The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston
• Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood

A $7 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this event.

  Volunteer Opportunities

AniMeals. Thursday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m. The AniMeals program helps package pet food for Meals on Wheels, which delivers pet food, so clients do not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their furry friends. After volunteering, lunch will be available for purchase at Niko Niko’s Greek American Café. Transportation is provided from Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1576 Chantilly Lane in Houston.

Peanut Butter Cannery. Friday, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. The Cannery produces peanut butter for the Food Bank. Volunteers help produce 3,960 jars of peanut butter in a four-hour shift. Tasks include sorting the nuts, placing lids on jars, operating the label machine, and packing jars in boxes. Prior to volunteering, participants can purchase breakfast at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Transportation is provided from CHI St. Luke’s Health- The Vintage Hospital, 20171 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston.

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NatureFest, Spring Break-Out, Blacksmithing, Stargazing, and More!

Beginning Birding & First Saturday Birding
Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 a.m.

Calling all early birds! Join birding expert Al Barr to learn about basic birding equipment, field guides, songs, and bird calls followed by an outing to catch a glimpse of some of the park’s rich bird life. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. Binoculars are recommended.

NatureFest
Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More than 25 nature organizations, exhibitors, and speakers will be available for family-friendly activities, guided nature walks, pontoon boat tours, live and mounted animal exhibits, touch-and-feel aquatic tanks, bird banding, a children’s catch-and-release fishing tank, nature crafts, and other interactive demonstrations. A live animal demonstration by the Downtown Aquarium and performances by The Chikawa Conroe Aztec Dancers will take place on the Jones Park outdoor stage and several noted speakers will offer presentations.

Sewing 101
Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m.

Discover the intricacies of clothing from several decades of the 1800s and how to accurately interpret historical sewing guides in this insightful program with Historical Program Coordinator Katrina Yordy. Learn 19th century sewing techniques and make your own 1830s bonnet to take home. Attendees need to bring a small sewing kit, but all other materials will be provided. Ages 8 and up. Reservations are required and available beginning Feb. 27.

Second Saturday Settlers: Blacksmithing
Saturday, March 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Watch authentically dressed blacksmiths transform raw metal into useful items and learn about the daily chores of early Texans at Jones Park’s historic 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead.

Stargazing
Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

Embark on a galactic journey! Spend an enchanting evening exploring the winter night sky while learning about the planets and stars with the North Houston Astronomy Club. Participants are encouraged to bring telescopes or binoculars. Reservations are required and available beginning Feb. 27.

Spring Breakout
Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15

Break away from the daily routine of school and work! Spring Break is a great time to get out and enjoy nature’s wonder at Jones Park with a variety of programs throughout the week.
Snakes of Harris County. Monday at 10 a.m. All ages
TPWD Jr. Angler*. Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 8 and up.
Texas Bound*. Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 7 to 12.
Jr. Canoe Training*. Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 10 to 15.
Geocaching*. Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 7 and up.

*Reservations are required and available beginning Feb. 27.

Tadpoles Club
Wednesdays, March 6, 20, and 27 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

This interactive program helps introduce preschool-aged children to nature through stories, crafts, puppets, short walks, and animals. This staff naturalist-led program provides a great opportunity for parents and children to learn about and enjoy nature together. Reservations required. Ages 3 to 4 only. Parent must accompany children. No younger or older siblings.

Tai Chi
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, at 9 a.m.

Interested in trying a healthy outdoor activity? Tai Chi is a centuries-old activity shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve quality of life, reasoning ability, balance, and stability. John Spencer, volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of Tai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.

Conservation Connections
Wednesdays, March 6, 20, 27, at 8:30 a.m.

Join Assistant Director Matt Abernathy Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. to assist with conservation projects around Jones Park. Projects may include the following: pollinator-garden maintenance, vegetation management, habitat restoration, native-plant propagation, biological surveys, and more. Ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes and bring their own gloves. Long pants, water bottle, and a hat are recommended.

Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join this musical group celebrating more than 30 years of concerts! The Second Sunday Pickers entertain with acoustic music, including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors are welcome to listen to free folk music or bring an instrument to join in the fun.

Planting for Wildlife
Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.

Learn about how simple vegetation management techniques can benefit wildlife habitats with Education Programmer John Carey.

Invasives Beware
Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join Jones Park staff and the Jesse Jones Park Eradicators as they find, document, and remove invasive plant species as well as conduct vital habitat management within Jones Park. Closed-toed shoes required; gloves and long pants are recommended. Ages 16 and up, or children accompanied by an adult.

Canoe Spring Creek
Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m. or Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.

Participate in a leisurely paddle tour along Spring Creek to discover nature and wildlife. Participants will likely see some of the more than 350 wildlife species around the park and develop an appreciation for the creek’s biodiversity and resilience.

Jesse Jones Park Volunteers
Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Featuring a new program every month, volunteer meetings include information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and projects with the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV). March’s program, iNaturalist: A Beginner’s Guide, includes user-friendly tips about incorporating this comprehensive platform into everyday life. Ages 16 and up, or children accompanied by an adult.

Pontoon Boat Tours
Saturday, March 30 throughout the day

Think you’ve seen all there is to see? Catch a rare glimpse of Jones Park from the water by hopping aboard a park pontoon boat. This staff-guided leisurely cruise down Spring Creek will provide guests with a unique experience and information about local history, plants, and wildlife as well as great photography opportunities. Ages 8 and up. Reservations are required and available beginning March 20.

Homestead Open House
Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Appreciate modern conveniences by taking a step back in time. Enjoy a look around the park’s historically accurate 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa-Ishak Village. Learn about two very different, yet successful ways of life. Self-guided interpretive brochures are available in the Nature Center, so visitors can move at their own pace.

Nature Photo Contest
Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m.

Share your love of nature with the community by participating in Jones Park’s 2019 Nature Photo Contest! With this year’s new ‘Mobile’ category, anyone with a mobile device or tablet can be a nature photographer — no fancy equipment needed. Categories include: Wildlife, Scenic, Plant/Wildflowers, People in the Park, and Mobile. In addition to last year’s divisions, ‘Adult’ (ages 16 and older) and ‘Junior’ (ages 15 and younger), this year there will be a People’s Choice division (chosen by the public). This contest is open to all amateur photographers except for Harris County Precinct 4 employees. Please note, photographs must be taken inside Jones Park boundaries between April 30, 2018, and May 1, 2019. For updated rules or more information, call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/jones/photocontest.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants. For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, please call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/parks/jjp/.

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