Best Bets: Community Events & Announcements

Best Bets: Community Events & Announcements

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Native Plant Society of Texas

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.

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. 

Walker County Beekeepers to meet

The monthly meeting of the Walker County Beekeepers is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Walker Education Building, located at 1402 19th St. in Huntsville. Brad Dyer with the Walker County Appraisal District will present information on the tax benefits of bees on your property. The public as well as members are invited.

Newcomers Club Luncheon at Elkins Lake

Ladies, you’re invited to a fashion show presented by Sue’s Boutique of Onalaska. This show will be presented on Oct. 5 during the Newcomers (for a lifetime) Club Luncheon at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse beginning at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $16. Please call Sandy Wooten as soon as possible at (636) 734-3300 to make your reservation. Ladies, remember your greeting cards for the St. Judes project. Also, don’t forget your nonperishable items for the Good Shepherd Mission Food Drive.

Brown Bag Lecture Series at library

Joel W. Walker, Physics Department chair at Sam Houston State University, will present “Quantum Physics for the Rest of Us” at the Sept. 28 Brown Bag Lecture Series. Dr. Walker will introduce quantum physics to a general audience. His presentation will include a discussion of how our understanding of particle physics at the smallest level of nature affects our twenty-first century world. Dr. Walker completed his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. He teaches undergraduate students at SHSU and continues his research in high-energy physics. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch. Lunchtime begins at 11:30 and the lecture will start at noon. The Lecture Series is planned for the fourth Thursday of each month. Beverages will be provided. Admission is free. The Huntsville Public Library is located at 1219 13th Street. For more information, contact Mary Kokot at (936) 291-5471.

Historic postcards featured in new book

On Oct. 18, the Walker County Historical Commission will exhibit and discuss a set of Historic postcards that will be included in the organization’s new publication, “Walker County: A Postcard History.” The City of Huntsville generously provided funding to support the collection of postcards from Walker County. Librarians at Sam Houston State University then digitized the postcards, and a team, including Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, James Patton, Donna Coffen, Tom Rogers, Briana Weaver, Jami Horne, Carolyn Carroll and Brooke Franks met to organize and catalog the cards. This presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Educational Center at 5 p.m. For more information, call (936) 435-2497.

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.

Sunday, September 19

“A Streetcar Named Desire” in Huntsville 

The Huntsville Community Theatre presents “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the J. Philip Gibbs Jr. Centre for the Performing Arts (Old Town Theatre), located in Huntsville at 1023 12th St. Tickets range from $6-$12. For tickets, call (936) 228-1996 or visit The play reveals the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject — so far as possible — the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely “normal” young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness. This celebrated play had a long and successful run on Broadway and the road. 

Bring, take, make a book at Children’s Museum

Bring a book! Take a book! Make a book! That’s the theme Sunday at the Children’s Museum in Huntsville. Bring a book you’ve already read to trade for a new book, and then make a book. For those who made a book last week, bring your book and share it with the group from 2 to 4 p.m. Also, one of the museum’s frequent visitors will show you how to make small stuffed animals using household item you can find at the museum or at home. Other activities include painting rocks to add to our ROCKIN’ garden, Indy 500 races with your car or those at the museum, and acting out original puppet shows at our Little Theatre.

Monday, September 18

Walker County Fair Jamboree

The Walker County Fair Association is hosting the 2017-2018 Jamboree on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the main building of the fairgrounds. The purpose of this meeting is for students, parents/guardians to obtain information about the opportunities for the youth of Walker County to participate in the 40th annual Walker County Fair. The Jamboree will begin with a meeting explaining all the details of the fair, the work days, the events and what is expected of those that are planning to participate. Each student will receive one hour of credit for attending this meeting upon verification of attendance. All those interested are invited to attend this annual event. For more information, visit or call the fair office at (936) 291-8763.

Walker County Historical Commission meeting

The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, Sept. 18, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 11th St. at the corner of Avenue M at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call (936) 435-2497. 

Walker Co. Republican Women meeting

State Rep. Ernest Bailes, District 18, who represents Walker, Liberty and San Jacinto counties, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Walker County Republican Women on Monday, Sept. 18. Bailes will provide an update on newly passed legislation during both the regular and special sessions, of what laws went into effect Sept. 1 as well information on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the district. Meet and greet begins at 11 a.m., lunch and a brief business meeting at 11:30 followed by Bailes’ program. Boxed sandwiches or salads can be ordered for lunch but is not required for attendance. The meeting will be held at the Walker Education Center, lower level Gibbs Hall, located at 1402 19th St. in Huntsville. For more information or to order a lunch, contact Sally Kelly at (832) 689-0713 or Terry Stivers at (936) 661-0525. 

Tuesday, September 19

Celebrate Constitution Week with DAR

The Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will Celebrate Constitution Week at their 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.

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

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 will talk about Surviving Life’s Crash Landings. The cost of the luncheon is $15. For reservations, call Carol at (936) 295-6178.

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 more 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.

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 Harold Lloyd. 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.

Celebration Women’s Ministry to meet

The Celebration Women’s Ministry will meet Monday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Assembly Room of the First United Methodist Church. Following a light meal, and praise and worship, all are invited to join as Jean Irving brings the evenings message entitled “Unexpected Blessings”. The Scripture reference is Jeremiah 29:11. Child care is provided for children. There is no charge for the meeting or child care and all women are welcome.

Wednesday, September 27

Home School Social at library

Get to know other home-schooling families in Walker County! Come to the Huntsville Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. for games, artistic projects and information about library resources as part of a new “Home School Social” program. All ages are welcome but sign-up is required. call Rachel McPhail at (936) 291-5910 for more information.

Saturday, September 30

Democrats to hold Wine Tasting & Auction 

The annual Wine Tasting & Auction event for the Walker County Democrat Club is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the City Hall Café on 1421 Sam Houston Ave. Tickets are $35 per person. Contact Steve Covington at (936) 581-0173 or by email at Steve [email protected] for tickets. Visit for more information.

Also in September

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.

School for beginning/new beekeepers

Starting this fall, the “Beginning Beekeepers School” will be presented by the Walker County Beekeepers Association (WCBA). The classes began Saturday, Sept. 9 and will continue on Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and 21 and Nov. 4. The five classes will run from 9 a.m. to 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]

Coming in October

SHSU Retired Faculty and Staff Alumni Club

All retired faculty and staff of Sam Houston State University are invited to attend the Oct. 4 meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Wynne Home Arts Center, located in Huntsville at the corner of 11th Street and Avenue O. SHSU students involved in the LEAP Program (Law, Engagement and Politics) will present “The LEAP Experience at SHSU, Huntsville, and Beyond.” Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Contact Carol Shaw at (936) 661-6762 or email [email protected] if you have questions.

Gospel Divas’ Breast Cancer Benefit Concert

E&M Productions and The Huntsville Diamonds are hosting the Gospel Divas’ fourth annual Breast Cancer Benefit Concert at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The special guests are Dray Tate of The Williams Brothers gospel group from Jackson, Misssissippi and the Willis Family from Austin. For more information, contact Debra Golden at (818) 391-4271

Huntsville Diamonds holding first Survivor Parade 

The Huntsville Diamonds are hosting the first Survivor Parade in honor of breast cancer and all cancer survivors on Oct. 21 starting at 10 a.m. at Pritchett Field in Huntsville. Lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $10 or $25 for car clubs, trail riders and groups with multiple vehicles. Deadline for entry is Oct. 13. For more information, contact Lateel Richardson at (936) 355-9502 or email [email protected]

HEARTS Museum reschedules garage sale

The HEARTS Veterans Museum has rescheduled its big garage sale for Oct. 27-28. On Oct. 27, the sale will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on  Oct. 28, hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will take place at the HEARTS Museum, which is located in Huntsville at 463 State Highway 75 North. For more information, call (936) 295-5959.

A fresh start to a healthier you

Everyone is invited to a free cooking class! Better Living for Texans is a four-week program presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Come and receive support of friends, confidence to cook healthy meals for your children and family, practical cooking and shopping tips, plus handy kitchen tools, free giveaway, and recipes for success in the kitchen. The program will be held at the Huntsville Public Library on Oct. 11 and 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To sign up, contact FACS assistant Brittany Richey at (936) 435-2426 or by email at [email protected]

Sign up for heART of Huntsville program

SHSU’s LEAP Center is hosting the heART of Huntsville program again this fall. This three-week program explores and promotes the arts and architecture in our community, while giving participants the opportunity to interact with local artists. The program will meet on Tuesday nights (Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17), with each session lasting from 6 until approximately 9 p.m. The cost of registration is $25 and includes meals. For more information, contact Mike Yawn at [email protected]

Bereavement support group 

A bereavement support group sponsored by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Alamo Hospice is beginning a series of meetings at St. Stephen’s, 5019 Sam Houston Ave. on Oct. 11. All are welcome.

LEAP Center presenting Western ‘High Noon’

SHSU’s LEAP Center presents the classic Western “High Noon,” starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The film will be introduced by Dr. Carl Rollyson, editor of the University of Mississippi’s “Hollywood Legends” Series and Glenn Frankel, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic.” A reception, with popcorn and refreshments, begins at 5:00pm and the film begins at 6 p.m.. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Mike Yawn at [email protected] or by phone at (936) 294-1456.

Southend Cemetery Association fundraiser

The Southend Cemetery Association is hosting a fundraising program on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m., at the Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center, 1604 10th St. in Huntsville. The theme of the program is: “Southend Cemetery: Past, Present, and Future.” A highlight of the program will be a special tribute to honor family and friends who are buried at Southend. In February of this year, Southend Cemetery was designated as a historic Texas cemetery. Proceeds from the program will be used to purchase a marker in recognition of that designation and to help make major improvements needed to the property. The public is cordially invited to attend and support the fundraising efforts for Southend Cemetery. Please contact Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd, chairperson for the Southend Cemetery Association, for further details at (936) 661-6643.


Huntsville Community Choir rehearsals

The Huntsville Community Choir is seeking new members. This mixed adult choir, under the direction of Cynthia Cross, has been in existence for several years; and it rehearses every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at University Heights Baptist Church on Sycamore Avenue. The choir performs several times each year at assisted living residences in Huntsville and the Senior Center and also makes a couple of short trips out of town to choir festivals. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. Interested individuals may call Ron Johnson at (936) 295-2947 for further information. Come join the choir as they prepare for fall and Christmas engagements and add a harmonious community service element to your current lifestyle. Parking in back of the church and using that entrance is the shortest distance to the choir room. 

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. The general meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, 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.

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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