Events offer tips for gardeners and aspiring actors

Through Jan. 8

Christmas trees dropped off at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center find new purpose along county beaches.

Where: 5800 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland

When: Monday through Sunday, no appointment needed.

Details: Trees may be unloaded into the trailer at the recycling center’s entrance gate. Dumping outside the gate when the center is closed can result in a fine of up to $200.

Trees with flocking cannot be recycled, and tinsel must be removed.

As part of the Brazoria County Dunes Day Project, Jan. 15, the trees will be lined up along the beach and staked to the ground, essentially slowing erosion. Additionally, as the trees degrade, they will provide nutrients for dune grasses.

Price: Free.


Dec. 31

Dancer’s step out for (an early) New Year’s Eve

Let’s Dance rings in 2022 with a celebration at Hometown Heroes Park ballroom.

Where: 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City

When: 8-11 p.m., or Times Square midnight

Details: No membership or reservations are required. Dancers with or without partners are encouraged to attend. Attire is “as you like.”

Price: $15


Jan. 3

The Grand opens doors to birthday visitors

Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House celebrates its 127th birthday with complimentary self-guided tours.

Where: 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston

When: Noon-4 p.m.

Details: New to even long-time patrons is the special tour of The Grand’s lower level, installed in 2020.

Price: Free

Info:, 409-765-1894 or 800-821-1894

Jan. 4

Quilters learn more about machine care, repair

Fabrics Etcetera’s Mark Puffer leads a discussion of sewing machine maintenance during Bay Area Quilt Guild’s January meeting at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Where: 10310 Scarsdale Blvd.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: BAQG meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month.

Price: Visitors may attend two meetings for free; annual dues are $25.

Info: Carol Garcia, 713-253-2521, or

Jan. 6

Seedling seminar lays groundwork for spring planting

Harris County extension agent Paul Winski presents “Starting Plants from Seeds” as part the Texas A&M AgriLife Home Grown Lecture Series.

Where: Online

When: 10 a.m.

Details: Registration is required.

Price: Free


Railroad commissioner speaks at Galveston Republican meeting

The Galveston Island Pachyderm Club welcomes Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian during its weekly gathering at Coastal Grill.

Where: 1827 Strand St., Galveston

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Details: Christian is running for re-election in March. The Pachyderm Club meets Thursdays at noon.

Price: Cash bar, lunch purchase


Professional organizer shares clutter-clearing tips

Samantha Davis, founder of Thinking Outside the Closet, reveals proven tricks and ideas for tidy kitchen cabinets during an Evelyn Meador Branch Library Facebook webinar.


When: 1-1:30 p.m.

Details: No registration is required.

Price: Free


Jan. 7

The Grand welcomes Mavis Staples

Gospel and R&B pioneer Mavis Staples brings her “deep-pocket grooves” to The Grand 1894 Opera House.

Where: 2020 Postoffice St. Galveston

When: 8 p.m.

Details: In promotional materials, The Grand heaps praise on Staples, calling her a “once-in-a-generation artist” whose impact on music and culture “would be difficult to overstate.”

A member of the Blues and Rock and Roll halls of fame, her list of achievements also includes Grammy Award winner, National Arts Award Lifetime Achievement recipient and Kennedy Center honoree.

Price: $38-$98

Info: 409-765-1894, 800-821-1894 or

Library’s walking club steps out

Evelyn Meador Branch Library’s Happy Feet walking club meets Fridays to work toward its goal of 801 miles, the width of Texas.

Where: 2400 N. Meyer Ave.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Details: Every minute of walking counts as 1 mile. No registration is necessary. Check for weather updates.

Price: Free


Jan. 8

Educators discover details about retirement benefits

The Texas Retired Teachers Association and Teacher Retirement System of Texas present a virtual seminar outlining post-employment benefits.

Where: Online

When: 10-11:30 a.m.

Details: Registration is required.

Price: Free


Jan. 10

Learn the basics of gardening in small spaces

Harris County Master Gardeners outline methods for planting in containers and urban spaces during a Green Thumb lecture presented by Houston Community College and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Where: Online

When: 10-11:30 a.m.

Details: Registration at is required.

Price: Free


Theater: ‘Everyone can act’

The Pearl Theater presents a six-class foundational workshop covering the technique and tools of acting.

Where: 14803 Park Almeda Drive.

When: 7-9:30 p.m.

Details: At the end of the series, participants will perform a showcase open to friends and family members. Registration closes Jan. 3.

Price: $210


Jan. 12

Synagogue offers adult Hebrew class

Community members wishing to read the Bible in its original language learn Hebrew during informal classes at Congregation Shaar Hashalom.

Where: 16020 El Camino Real

When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through May.

Details: Congregant Phyllis Greenspan teaches the course, which also covers Jewish themes, customs and history. Registration deadline is Dec. 20.

Price: $10 for congregation members, $15 for others.


Jan. 22, 23

Galveston theater welcomes Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys take center stage for their annual concert at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

Where: 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

Details: Lead singer Duane Allen, bass Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden have performed such favorites as “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “Thank God for Kids” together for more than 40 years.

Price: $37-$112

Info: 409-765-1894, 800-821-1894 or

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