Best Bets: Community Events & Announcements

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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Sunday activities at the Children’s Museum

Sunday, July 30, visit the Children’s Museum to study and examine a collection of real fossils. Make an impression in a soft solution that simulates formation of a fossil. Some people are painting rocks and hiding them around Huntsville for others to find and enjoy. Rock painting is an ongoing activity at the Children’s Museum. The puppet theatre is always open for business at the museum. Create an original puppet show using the museum’s puppets or make your own and put on a show for your parents and the other visitors. The museum is located at 1518 University Ave. For more information, email [email protected]

Pack the Block for Jesus

First Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the third annual Pack the Block for Jesus event on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Eastham-Thomason Park in Huntsville. Everyone is invited to the park where there will be celebrity speakers, volleyball, kickball, relay races, free food and drinks. The rally is free and runs from 4 to 8 p.m.

Today, July 27

Walker County Beekeepers meeting

The Walker County Beekeepers Association will meet Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Walker Education Building located at 1402 19th St. in Huntsville. This month’s presentation will be presented by Alexandria Payne (grad student of Dr. Rangel) with Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology. Alexandria will present on identifying bee anatomy and functions. The public is invited.

Brown Bag Lecture Series at library

A special treat is in store for those attending the Brown Bag Lecture Series on Thursday, July 27. Local artist and builder Dan Phillips will discuss his innovative and creative use of recycled and salvaged materials in home construction. Phillips has built more than a dozen unique homes in Huntsville, the latest being the Cowboy Hat House, which is featured in April’s Travel & Leisure magazine. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch. Lunchtime begins at 11:30 a.m. with the lecture beginning at noon. The Lecture Series is planned for the fourth Thursday of each month. Beverages will be provided. Admission is free. This program is for adults age 18 and older. For more information, contact Mary Kokot, adult coordinator, at (936) 291-5471.

Friends of Huntsville State Park meeting

The Friends of Huntsville State Park will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, July 27, at the Raven Lodge at the park at 6 p.m. The guest speakers will be Kylee Kleiner and Edward Realzola, graduate students working toward their master’s degrees in biology at SHSU. They will be speaking about the fascinating world of insects, how they impact our lives and the role they play in nature. Entrance fees are waived for those attending the monthly meeting. The Friends of Huntsville State Park is a nonprofit organization helping the state parks of Texas supporting park staff on a wide range of projects and activities in the park. The public is invited to come learn about the world of insects and find about what can be done to support the park. For questions, email [email protected]

Friday, July 28

“Grab a Book and a Bite” at New Waverly Library

The New Waverly Public Library will be hosting the “Grab a Book and a Bite!” fundraiser on July 28 and 29. There will be a large book sale with a variety of most genres. Hot dog combo baskets and bottled water will be available (while supplies last) for people to purchase while they browse through the books. The hours for this event are as follows; July 28 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and July 29 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Community Room of the library, located at 9372 State Highway 75 in New Waverly. For more information, call (936) 344-2198.

Pink Elephant Stage Play at Old Town Theatre

The Pink Elephant Stage Play will be coming to Huntsville’s Old Town Theatre on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at or contact Eric McCarter at (936) 662-8167.

Texas 42 dominoes tournament at library

Texas 42, a dominoes game similar in style to bridge and spades, is being played at the Huntsville Public Library from 1-3 p.m. on Fridays in July and August. Everyone is invited to come to the Community Room each week and strategize your winning moves. The library will supply the dominoes and refreshments. Games will be played weekly if eight or more players register. This free program is for adults 18 years and older. Register in advance at or contact Mary Kokot at (936) 291-5471 for more information.

Saturday, July 29

Free GED classes at Huntsville Library

The Huntsville Public Library will host free GED classes each Saturday from July 29 to Sept. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. The classes will be taught by Lone Star College staff. Students are required to attend Orientation (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Testing (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 25, in order to enroll. Students 19 years and older should bring with them a valid government-issued photo ID. Students 18 years of age, in addition to an ID, need a self-consent form, a parental consent form and a withdrawal form from their previous institution. Saturday class dates are: July 29, Aug, 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sept. 2, 9 and 16.

Huntsville Diamonds back-to-school events

The Huntsville Diamonds will sponsor a Back-2-School Bash and Shot Clinic on Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. The Shot Clinic will be held at Mance Park Middle School for the first 50 students (free) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Back-2-School Bash will be held at MLK Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be free back packs, supplies, games, prizes, food and music. Artist Ubaldo Casnova from Flow Style Ink will be doing air brushing and face painting for $3. All proceeds will be given back to the Huntsville Diamonds. Nathan Smith from Inkslingers will be selling Hornet T-shirts for $5. For more info contact LaTeel Richardson (936) 355-9502.

Huntsville Library hosting free GED classes

The Huntsville Public Library will host free GED classes noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday from July 29 to Sept. 16. The classes will be taught by Lone Star College staff members. Students are required to attend orientation (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and testing (1 to 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 25 in order to enroll. Students 19 years and older should bring with them a valid government-issued photo ID. Students 18 years of age, in addition to the ID, need a self-consent form, a parental consent form, and a withdrawal form from their previous institution. Saturday class dates are: July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and Sept. 2, 9, and 16.

Monday, July 31

English as a Second Language classes

Lone Star College will be offering free English as a Second Language classes for adults at Mance Park Middle School beginning Monday, July 31 and ending Monday, Sept. 25. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. All interested participants must register at the Huntsville Public Library at 1219 13th St. before Saturday, July 22. Students who have registered will be eligible to attend the orientation to be held at the Huntsville Public Library on July 22nd from 12pm to 4pm. Bring adult friends and family members who would like to improve their English. For more questions, please call the Lone Star College Adult Literacy Department at (281) 260-3576.

Coming in August

Sam Houston Statue Back to School Bash

The Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center will be hosting the annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the center, located at 7600 Highway 75 South. Come out and start the new school year with a little fun. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and Blue Bell Ice cream will be provided starting at 11:30. Enjoy big games on the porch all day, face painting and balloon art from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For entertainment, McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog will be there from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., local firefighters will be there with a firetruck from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Huntsville High School cheerleaders will pump up the spirit from 12:30  to 1:45 p.m. For more information, call (936) 291-9726.

12th annual School Supply Giveaway

Community Praise Ministry will be hosting the 12th annual Community School Supply Giveaway on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in the small gym at Huntsville High School. For more information, contact Vanetta Mills (936) 355-2296.

Free Crafts Camp at Wynne Home

The Wynne Home Arts Center in Huntsville is hosting a Free Crafts Camp. Topics to be covered include loom weaving, pocket weaving, kumihimo weaving, basket weaving, pottery, Indian bead weaving and felt making. This free camp comes with a commitment to volunteer in sharing the skills learned in the camp with the public during festivals at which the Children’s Tent is represented. These festivals will include Winter in the Park in December, The Wynne Home Herb Festival in the spring, the Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival in May and Cinco de Mayo in May. No prior crafts experience is required in order to participate in the camps. The camps are one week from Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. The last camp runs from Aug. 1-4. Additional volunteer training workshops will be offered throughout the year, including making bowls during the winter holidays for the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefiting Meals on Wheels to be held on Mardi Gras. Register through the Wynne Home Arts Center.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” coming to SHSU

Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre’s Summer Repertory will present William Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Aug. 1-3 at 8 p.m. each day. Tickets are available at The play will take place at the University Theatre Center’s Showcase TheatreContact Katie Stefaniak Prior at [email protected] for more information.

Pulled pork fundraiser for Senior Center

The Senior Center of Walker County will be having a fundraiser Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Lunch will include a pulled pork sandwich, chips, cookie and a bottled water for $6. Delivery is available inside the Huntsville area for orders of five or more. For more information or to pre-order, call Courtney at (936) 295-6151.

St. Thomas Ladies annual rummage sale

The St. Thomas Ladies annual rummage sale will be held Friday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Furniture, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, linens, books, toys, shop items and many other household items will be available. Don’t miss this one at 1323 16th Street.

Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend

The Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend will be held Aug. 4-5 at the Huntsville Public Library. This year’s event, “One-half of our Ancestors are Women: Finding our Female Ancestors,” is hosted by the Walker County Genealogical Society and the Huntsville Public Library. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. both days with programs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. A light supper will be provided on Friday. A silent auction, open to the public, will be held during the weekend and will end at 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is free but requires registration. Call (936) 291-5471 or sign up online at

Luau at Wynne Home Arts Center

Everyone is welcome to join the Wynne Home Arts Center for this year’s Luau celebration on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy this Hawaiian themed party with games, activities and prizes throughout the day, this time with a Texas twist. No cost to attend. Snacks and tropical drinks will be provided. For more information, contact the Wynne Home at (936) 291-5424 or email [email protected] The Wynne Home Arts Center is located at 1428 11th St. Remember to check the center’s website to stay up to date on other events.

Mark Trammell Quartet in concert

The Mark Trammell Quartet will perform at Cook Springs Baptist Church on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. Cook Springs Baptist Church is located at 1936 State Highway 75 North. No tickets are necessary. A love offering will be taken for the singers. For more information, check the church’s website at

Date changes for Back to School Bash

The Huntsville Public Library will be hosting its annual Back to School Bash, sponsored by the Texas Children’s Health Plan, on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from the Texas Children’s Health Plan and other community vendors and organizations will be at the library to pass out free school supplies while resources last to school-aged children and their families.

New book club coming to Huntsville

Get in on the ground floor and be part of the new book club starting up at the Huntsville Public Library. All interested persons are welcome to meet and organize a pre-book club meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Huntsville Public Library Board Room. Attendees will create a reading agenda, set a schedule and select the first book to be read. Book clubs are an excellent way to enjoy new genres and authors and revisit long-cherished masterpieces. Join other readers, make new friends and stimulate the brain cells! This program is for everyone ages 18 and older. For more information, contact Mary Kokot at (936) 291-5481.

SHSU retired faculty, staff luncheon

All retired faculty and staff of SHSU are invited to attend a Dutch Treat luncheon at Carbonero Restaurant (1524 11th St., next to Three Spoons Frozen Yogurt) on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 11:30 a.m. Julia May, associate director of communications and public information for SHSU, will be the guest speaker. Please RSVP to Carol Shaw no later than Monday, July 31. Shaw’s email is [email protected]; her phone number is (936) 661-6762.

SHSU presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre Summer Repertory presents William Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre on Aug. 1-3 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 1. For ticket information, contact the University Theatre Center Box Office at (936) 294-1339. Tickets are $10.

Go back to The Roaring ‘20s on Diva Night

Tickets are now on sale for the 8th annual Diva Night, scheduled Friday, Aug. 4, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom at Sam Houston State University. This is a ladies-only night out sponsored by Wiesner, Inc. of Huntsville and hosted by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is the Roaring ‘20s. The evening will begin at 5:30 and continue until 8:30 p.m. and will consist of shopping, party favors, food and beverages. The popular Wine Grab will be back again this year. This year, there is a special twist, a murder mystery. Ladies will look for clues throughout the evening. The lady who correctly guesses the “murderer” will be awarded a gift certificate for her and five of her friends to stay at the Gibbs Street Manor and an RV wine tour. There will be a costume contest as always, so come dressed as a gangster, a flapper or silent screen star. A limited number of tickets are sold at $35 each or take advantage of the special price and bring your friends. Buy five tickets and get the sixth one free. Tickets are available now at the Chamber, LearningRx, Lisa’s Gift Box and Curves. For more information, call the chamber at (936) 295-8113 or email [email protected]

Opera students to perform “Così Fan Tutte”

Sam Houston State Opera students will present Mozart’s comic opera about the pitfalls of love, “Così Fan Tutte” on Aug. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are available at The opera will be performed in the Recital Hall of the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center. Contact Rebecca Renfro Grimes at [email protected] for more information.

Comic Book Club at the Huntsville Library

Join Comic Book Club at the Huntsville Public Library! This free monthly program is held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and is for ages 17 and under. Members enjoy games, crafts, raffles and a speaker from the world of comic books. Bring a comic book to trade with. This free program is sponsored by Annette Tubbs and the Comic Book Stop and Trade group. The final summer 2017 date for Comic Book Club is Aug. 19. Signup is not required. For more information, contact Rachel McPhail at (936) 291-5910.

HMH Auxiliary Scrubs Sale

Huntsville Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary will be hosting a Scrubs Sale on Friday, Aug. 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Conference Room C. If you are in need of new scrubs at a great price, this is the perfect opportunity.

Coming in September

Open mic night at Cellar Wine Lounge

The Cellar Wine Lounge will be hosting an Open Mic Poetry Night on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. Those interested in signing up can contact Trenda Doze at (409) 351-0837 or Andrea Wass at (936) 439-6575.

School for beginning/new beekeepers 

Starting this fall, the “Beginning Beekeepers School” will be presented by the Walker County Beekeepers Association (WCBA). The classes will begin Saturday, Sept. 9 and continue on Saturday, Sept. 30, Saturday, Oct. 14 and 21 and Saturday, Nov. 4. The five classes will run from 9 a.m. till noon on Saturdays. There is limited seating available, so preregistration is required. Classes are open to the public as well as to the WCBA members. The school fee of $50 includes your first year’s membership fee for the WCBA and the Texas Beekeepers Association, books, handouts and refreshments. For preregistration or more information regarding the class, contact Steve Billings at 936-295-0165, leave a message if there is no answer, or email him at [email protected]  


Celebrate Recovery meeting

We all have hurts, hang-ups and habits. Celebrate Recovery meets at Good Shepherd Mission every Tuesday night and is open to everyone in the community (18 and up) seeking help, hope and freedom. The purpose of the Celebrate Recovery is to provide fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles” and “12 Steps.” By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually and allow God to change us. Our general meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact Scott McKinley by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (936) 291-8156.

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed

The Senior Center of Walker County is looking for volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program. For more information, call (936) 295-6151.

Huntsville Lions Club flag fundraiser 

The Huntsville Lions Club proudly raises United States and Texas State flags around the Walker County Courthouse and across the downtown area on state and federal recognized holidays and other occasions that serve the community upon request. The club takes great pride in its flag project but needs funds to construct and maintain flag stands, purchase new flags and poles to replace those that have served honorably. A contribution of $25 will help ensure U.S. and Texas flags will continue to wave over the community and support other community service projects. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 67, Huntsville 77342. Contact Lion Debra Daugette at [email protected] or (936) 714-1841 for more information. Contact Lion Liesa Hackett, membership chair, at [email protected] or (936) 714-1338.

COME Center needs donations

The COME Center is in need of donations including items of children and adult clothing and shoes, as well as household items. The COME Center is located at 342 Highway 95 North. For more information, call (936) 295-0671.

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