Best Bets: Community Events & Announcements

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Entries for Best Bets are published free as a community service. Events to be hosted by a for-profit business with paid tuition or entry fee will not be included. Entries are edited to conform to newspaper style and publication frequency depends on available space. Submit your entries in the body of an email ONLY— no fliers, hard copies or faxes, please — to [email protected] Photographs are welcome. Please include relevant information with the submitted photos. For more information, email the newsroom at [email protected]

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Hurricane Harvey benefit concert

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse is having a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert this Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Michael Braunfeld will be headlining with John Guedry and Jon Hall opening. A suggested donation of $10 to $20 is requested. Canned and dry goods, cleaning supplies and paper products will also be collected. The coffeehouse is located in Huntsville at 144 E. Mosley Lane. Go to or call (936) 661-6332 for more information. 

Walker Co. Democrats’ Wine Tasting & Auction

The annual Wine Tasting & Auction event for the Walker County Democrat Club is set for Sept. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the City Hall Café, located at 1421 Sam Houston Ave. Tickets are $35 per person. Contact Steve Covington at (936) 581-0173 or Andy Dewees at (936) 687-1320 for tickets. The club is requesting that all donations for the silent auction be turned in at the Headquarters. Visit for more information.

Hospitality House Annual Motorcycle Benefit Ride

The Hospitality House in Huntsville is hosting its Annual Motorcycle Benefit Ride on Sept. 30, starting at 7:30 a.m. The ride begins at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, which is located at 20423 Eva St. on Highway 105. This is a 100-mile ride with raffle and prizes. A meal is provided. All proceeds will benefit the Hospitality House in Huntsville, a nonprofit ministry for families of the incarcerated. Everyone is invited. Cost is $35 per bike and $15 for a second rider. For more information, call Hospitality House executive director Debra McCammon at (936) 291-6196.

30th reunion for Huntsville HS class of 1987

The Huntsville Hornet class of 1987 is having its 30th reunion on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the bar area of Margaritas Mexican Restaurant. People interested in attending may RSVP in the class group page on Facebook.  

“God, Country and Home” choir concert

The Huntsville Men’s Choir has planned a special concert, “God, Country and Home” on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. This choir is composed of volunteer singers from six different religious denominations and 12 different churches. A large number of the men are military veterans. A special short interlude will feature a male quartet, “The Sounds of Glory.” Dale Underwood is the director and Cynthia Cross is the accompanist. The concert will be held at First Baptist Church at 1229 Avenue J next to the Huntsville “Walls” Unit. Admission is free and a donation will be taken benefiting the Good Shepherd Mission for anyone wishing to do so. Call (936) 291-3441 for more information.

Food drive for people in Houston, Gulf Coast

Citizens National Bank is facilitating a nonperishable food drive in all 28 CNB locations, including Huntsville, from now through Sept. 30. If other local businesses or organizations want to participate as well, CNB will facilitate pickup and transport of all donated items to the Houston Food Bank — making one trip on Sept. 15 and another on Oct. 2. Items that are needed include: “ready to eat” (canned goods with pop-tops, tuna, meats, etc.), powdered milk, boxed or bagged cereal, canned fruit/fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly, cleaning supplies (specifically, bleach and paper towels), personal hygiene items (specifically bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo) and disposable diapers. People can also donate cash or checks. Checks may be made payable to the Houston Food Bank. Cash donations will be used directly towards the purchase of food items. However, we cannot provide cash donators any type of receipt for tax deduction. You can also give directly to the Houston Food Bank online Please drop off your non-perishable canned goods at Citizens National Bank in Huntsville, located at 1718 11th St.

Today, September 19

Basic computer class at the library

Have no clue how to use that computer collecting dust in the corner? If your answer is yes, then you are in luck. The Huntsville Public Library is offering free basic computer classes starting in the fall. Classes will be once a week at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, through Sept. 26 in the Adult Computer Lab. These classes will feature class activities on how to use a mouse, typing, web-based email and internet browsing. Class size is limited so you must registered to take the class. You can register online at or at the Tech Reference Desk. For more information, feel free to stop by the library or call at (936) 291-5485.

Celebrate Constitution Week with DAR

The Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will Celebrate Constitution Week at the Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting. The luncheon and meeting will be held at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse at 11 a.m. Rev. Daokim Nguyen will be the guest speaker. As a Vietnamese refugee who experienced life under a Communist government, he promotes appreciation of the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Cost of the luncheon is $22 and tickets are available from Kay Mitchell, P.O. Box 963, Huntsville, 77342-0963.

Walker County Aggie Networking Luncheon

The Walker County Aggie Networking Luncheon will be held at the 1836 Steakhouse on Sept. 19 (third Tuesday of every month). Networking kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. The 1836 Steakhouse, which is Aggie-owned by John Mathews (class of 2004), is located in Huntsville at 2641 11th St. Cost of $20 includes salad, choice of two entrees with a side, dessert and tea or water. Bring cash to cover the cost of your lunch.

3-D printing classes at Huntsville Library

Come to the Huntsville Public Library for 3-D printing classes! In just two days, you and your student can learn how to design a three-dimensional printed object. At the end of the course, each student will be able to take home his or her printed object. This free program will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening. This course is best suited for ages 7 through 17. Parent attendance is required for those under 13. Participants must bring their own USB drives to the class. Sign-up is required. The September dates are Sept. 19 and 20. For more information, call Rachel McPhail at (936) 291-5910

Walker Co. Republican Party membership drive

The Republican Party of Walker County is inviting folks to join us in support of the local party at Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, 3315 I-45, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and greet other Republicans and join your local party. Contact Linda McKenzie at (936) 661-5754 or email at [email protected] for further information.

Native Plant Society of Texas to meet

The first public meeting of the newly formed Sam Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at the Raven Lodge at Huntsville State Park on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. If you are attending the meeting, park entry fees are waived. Contact Stephen Farlow at (936) 355-1855 or gmail at [email protected] for further information.

Wednesday, September 20

Texas 42 dominoes at Huntsville Library

Get in on the fun! Play Texas 42 — a dominoes game similar in style to bridge and spades — at the Huntsville Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays in September. Studies show playing dominoes can be beneficial for the mind as attention to detail and strategy are essential to play. Come to the Community Room each week and strategize your winning moves. The library supplies the dominoes and refreshments. Register in advance at or call Mary at (936) 291-5471 for more information. Games will be played weekly if eight or more players register. This program is for adults 18 years and older.

Ant management workshop

Do you have ants around the yard or around the barn areas? Dr. Paul Nester, Extension IPM specialist, Harris County, will be the Walker County AgriLife Extension Office’s guest speaker for an Ant management workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 102 Tam Road in Huntsville. Nester will have a variety of equipment on hand for demonstration which will help you choose options that may best fit your needs for fire ant control. Recommendations for products and their applications will include strategies for controlling this pest to your best advantage. CEU’s will be available for TDA Pesticide Applicators. The registration fee is $10 per person. RSVP by calling (936) 435-2426.

Thursday, September 21

Free child safety seat check event

September 17-23 is Child Passenger Safety Week. There will be a Free child safety seat check on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Region 6 Education Service Center, located in Huntsville at 3332 Montgomery Road. The safety seat checks will be performed by certified child passenger safety technicians. The event is provided by the Student Training in Occupant Protection “STOP” Program. For more information or to book an appointment, call Amy Moser at (936) 435-8343 or go to

Free educational seminar on identity theft

Do you know where your identity is? Join Curves and Randy Wells, with Legal Shield, for an informational and eye-opening conversation about why you need to understand what digital information breaches can mean. Attend either the 2 or 6 p.m. session on Thursday, Sept. 21. These free sessions are open to all and will be at Curves, which is located in Huntsville at 279 State Highway 75 North. Call (936) 577-2122 for more information. Reservations are not required, but requested at (936) 295-3900. 

Basic obedience course for dogs

Sign up now for a Basic obedience course for dogs over 6 months. The course is hosted by Huntsville Pets Helping People. Emphasis is on walking nicely on leash, coming when called, sit, down, stay and leave it. This can be a first class for dogs, but also a great refresher for dogs that have been out of classes for a while. Class begins Sept. 21 (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. The course lasts four weeks and the cost is $100. The class is taught with treats, praise and games. The outdoor training is conducted in a fenced area. There is also an indoor training room, as required. Puppy kindergarten, Basic obedience and agility classes will also begin on Saturday, Sept. 23. For additional course information and registration, contact Marilyn (936) 294 9564 or [email protected] Classes at held at the Dawg House in Huntsville.

Welcome Back Luncheon for ladies’ group

The Huntsville Christian Women’s Connection invites all ladies to a “Welcome Back Luncheon” on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse, located in Huntsville at 632 Cherry Hills Drive. Visiting starts at 11 a.m., then the lunch and program are from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Amanda Sherwood will entertain with her music. Then Kathy Coleman, a 20-year real estate agent in Kansas City, mother of two grown daughters and former flight attendant for TWA, will talk to us about Surviving Life’s Crash Landings. The cost of the luncheon is $15. For reservations, call Carol at (936) 295-6178.

Huntsville Hens to hold monthly luncheon

The Red Hat Ladies (Huntsville Hens) will hold their September luncheon at the Pizza Shack in Willis at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. The Pizza Shack is located at 115 West Montgomery (FM 1097) in Willis. Call (936) 295-6238 for a head count and answers to any questions you may have. 

Huntsville Audubon to kick off new season

Huntsville Audubon will kick off a new season at the SHSU Center for Biological Field Studies new classroom facility on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. There will be a business meeting at 6:30 and a bird walk at 7, so bring your walking shoes and binoculars! Some snacks will be available, but feel free to bring a snack or side dish to share with everyone. For additional information, contact Anne-Marie Prouty at (936) 581-4761 or [email protected] The SHSU Center for Biological Field Studies is located at 1866 Fish Hatchery Road in Huntsville.

Harold Lloyd’s master comedy presented

The SHSU Department of Mass Communication hosts a free screening of the high-wire slapstick classic “Safety Last” at Old Town Theatre (1021 12th Street) on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The 1923 comedy features comedic actor, Harold Lloyd, star of the 1920s silent film era. The screening will conclude with a discussion led by mass communication professor, Dr. Grant Wiedenfeld. Admission is free.

Huntsville Dance Club monthly dance

The Huntsville Dance Club will be having a dance on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at Magnolia Lake, located at 2001 State Highway 30 East in Huntsville. All area couples are invited to an exciting evening with the “Nite Sessions” band from Houston providing the music. There is no charge for first time guests. This is a great time to invite your friends to a fun evening in a beautiful, smoke-free venue. For more information, please call David at (281) 744-2684. Check out the Dance Club on Facebook.

Friday, September 22

Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Does the word “fall” bring thoughts of beauty or thoughts of fear? Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall in the United States. Join Physical Therapy Associates on Friday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. for a Facebook Live Event to discuss fall prevention tips. Go to  Can’t watch at that time? View the page at your convenience instead. No Facebook account is required). For more information, call (936) 294-0283.  

Saturday, September 23

Huntsville Library’s 50th anniversary carnival

The Huntsville Public Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a family-friendly carnival on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. The carnival will feature a photo booth, sand art, popcorn, cake, face painting, balloon art, a magician and more. Everybody is invited. This event is made possible by the Huntsville Public Library Friends Inc. and the Helen Wheat Fund.

Little Stingers Cheer Clinic 2017

Students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to participate in the Little Stingers Cheer Clinic 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Paul Bohan Gym at Huntsville High School. All participants will learn material to perform at the Hornets’ home game at Bowers Stadium vs. Tomball Memorial on Sept. 29. The Little Stingers will perform during the second quarter of the game. All recipients will receive a T-shirt for the game. Cost of the clinic is $25. Contact Jennifer Kober at (936) 435-6100 or [email protected] for more information.

Monday, September 25

Huntsville Book Review Club to meet

The Huntsville Book Review Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, in the Community Room of the Huntsville Public Library. The September speaker will be Susan Boone, who will review “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb” by Melanie Benjamin. New members are welcome. Call Carolyn Kanewske at (713) 301-5894 for more information.

Master Gardeners annual fall plant sale

The Walker County Master Gardeners will be hosting its annual fall plant sale, Saturday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the organizations main garden, located at 102 Tam Road off of Highway 75 North. There will be an assortment of fall veggies and herbs, including fruit tress, roses, natives, bulbs, seeds and more. There will also be three different workshops, bake sale and a garden shoppe. For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension Office at (936) 435-2426.

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