Community Calendar


Deadline Aug. 12 for recycling survey

Bellaire residents have until Aug. 12 to complete a questionnaire on whether they want curbside recycling service. The questionnaire was included in water bills and also may be found online at The Bellaire City Council will use the results to help decide whether to direct the Department of Public Works to implement curbside pickup of mixed recyclables beginning Oct. 1. Cost is estimated to be $4 to $5 a month. If curbside pickup is approved, all residents will pay the charge, whether they utilize the service or not. For information, visit

Back, joint pain subject for AARP

New solutions for back and joint pain will be presented by physical therapist Teresa Atkinson, when Bellaire AARP Chapter 1374 meets 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 15 at Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd. Admission is free. For information, call 713-729-4917.

JCC open house, health fair set

The Jewish Community Center will hold an open house and health fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 21 at 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd. Class demonstrations, sports clinics, rock wall climbing and preschool gym play will be among the free activities, and registration will be held for fall classes. The JCC is offering a special on new memberships for children through Aug. 31, waiving the joining fee and discounting $50 off any class. For information about the event or memberships, call 713-729-3200.

Used reading, listening matter for sale at JCC

Used books, videos and CDs will be for sale at a Jewish Community Center fundraiser 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m. Aug. 22-25 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 28. The sale will be in the Joe Frank Theatre at the JCC, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd. Call 713-729-3200 for details.

Auditions set for Company OnStage

The Company OnStage, one of the areas oldest community theaters, will hold auditions for its next season of productions 7 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at 536 Westbury Square.

Actors are being sought for the musical The Fantasticks, the comedy Hold Me by Jules Feiffer; and two childrens productions, Frosty the Snowman and King Midas and the Miraculous Golden Touch.

Auditions are open to the public, and except for musicals, consist of cold readings selected by the directors from the actual scripts. Separate auditions may be scheduled for musical performers.

For information, call 713-726-1219 or visit the Web site at

Seniors driving class offered

Senior citizens wishing to improve their driving safety can sign up now for a two-day course being offered by the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons at the Bellaire Senior Activities Center in City Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28-29. Cost will be $10, payable by check to AARP on the first day of the course. For reservations or information, call 713-662-8292.

Help needed for pumpkin festival

Sponsors, vendors and volunteers are being sought for the Nature Discovery Centers 12th annual Pumpkin Patch Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8-9. Booth spaces measuring 10 feet by 10 feet are available for $50 to vendors for the two days, and underwriting opportunities are open at all levels, beginning at $1,000. Businesses and organizations can help by running an activity or creating one of their own, and individual volunteers are needed to serve food and help with games and activities.

Admission and some activities are free. Families can pick their Halloween pumpkins, take horse-drawn carriage rides in the neighborhood and purchase plants at the Bellaire Garden Clubs semiannual plant sale held as part of the festival.

For information, call Jeni Howell at 713-667-6550.

Signups open for Bellaire run/walk

Registration is open for the annual Bellaire Fall Fever 5K Run/Walk and Childrens One Mile Race sponsored by Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School Sept. 17.

Entry fees are $15 before Aug. 31, $18 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 10, and $25 through race day. Cost includes a T-shirt, commemorative cup, awards and prize drawings. Extra T-shirts are available for $10 each.

The childrens race begins at 7:45 a.m., and the USA Track and Field-sanctioned 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:05 a.m. Aid stations with water and emergency medical technicians will be located throughout the course.

Baby strollers, bicycles, pets, skates and rollerblades are not allowed.

Awards are given out for overall male and female winners and male and female masters winners. Three top awards are given out in each mens and womens age group category. The categories are: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-74 and 75 and older. A post-race party will begin at 8:40 a.m., featuring food, drinks, music, door prizes and the awards ceremony.

Participants can register online at For information, call 281-563-8247.

Meteor shower viewing planned

An overnight campout is planned this weekend by the Sierra Club to view natures own spectacular fireworks display, the Perseids meteor shower, from Brazos Bend State Park in Fort Bend County. Participants are asked to gather after dark Aug. 12, for a few hours sleep, awakening about 2 a.m. to watch the shower, which should last until dawn. For information, contact John Sims,, using Sierra in the subject line, or call 713-972-1804.

Heres the buzz on bees benefits

Youngsters ages 3-5 can learn the benefits of Buzzing Bees at a session of Tadpole Troopers 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, in Memorial Park. An adult must accompany each child. Cost is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers, with preregistration and advance payment required. For information, call 713-681-8433 or visit the Web site at

Health House displays clean-air options

Carter Oosterhouse, the carpenter from The Learning Channels Trading Spaces home improvement series, will guide visitors through the American Lung Associations Health House 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Houston Home Show in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Oosterhouse will demonstrate inexpensive, practical techniques to improve air quality by reducing or eliminating sources of indoor pollution. The house will be at exhibit space 1805. For information, call 877-521-1491 or visit

Talk on lichens at arboretum

The Nature Series at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center will focus on lichens 2 p.m. Aug. 14. Naturalist Lucien Bouffard will give a free talk about the symbiotic organisms that live together as one. The center is in Memorial Park at 4501 Woodway Drive. For information, call 713-681-8433 or visit The Nature Series talks are offered two Sunday afternoons each month.

Floodplain gardening topic of lecture

Gardening in the floodplain with native plants will be the subject of a lecture by Margaret Gnewuch 7-8:45 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston chapter meeting. Location is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive. For information, contact Glenn Olsen at or call 281-345-4151.

Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts Shakespeare Festival

The Houston Shakespeare Festival wraps up productions of two plays, the tragedy Hamlet and the comedy As You Like It, this week. The final two performances of Hamlet will begin at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and 12. As You Like It will begin 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 13. The shows are at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Performances are free, but tickets are required for covered seating. Four tickets per person are available on the day of each performance at the Miller box office between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and one hour before curtain. For information, call 713-284-8352.

Art exhibit features childrens writing, artwork

Writers in the Schools invites the public to gather at The Meeting House, an exhibit of childrens writing and artwork, to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Houstons youth. An opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Space 125 Gallery, 3201 Allen Parkway. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit is on view through Sept. 1. For information, call Writers in the Schools at 713-523-3877 or visit

Choir celebrates Christmas in August

The Pure Sound Youth Choir of St. Lukes United Methodist Church will present its annual summer musical treat, Babes on Broadway-Unseasonably Warm, Aug.19-21 in the Rotunda Theatre, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20, and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21.

Written and directed by Steve McCurdy, with musical direction by Sid Davis, the production features an ensemble of youngsters who will perform popular musical standards from the movie White Christmas, along with other favorites such as, I Enjoy Being a Girl and Smile.

Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. For information, call 713-402-5016 or visit

Divorce course offers guest speakers

Taking Control, a free divorce course for women, will hold its next class 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 20. Attorney/mediator, Sam (Trey) Yates III will speak on new legislative changes to the Family Code and their effect on divorce. In addition, financial advisor Chad Scott will lecture on Almost Divorced … Now What? and therapist Dawn Nelson will talk about surviving emotionally by Tapping into Your Personal Strength.

Classes are at 1330 Post Oak Blvd. on the 19th floor. For information and reservations, call 713-822-2931.

Touchdown Club of Houston honors football coach

Former SMU and Iowa football coach Hayden Fry will be honored at the I W Marks Touchdowner of the Year dinner by the Touchdown Club of Houston 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer Road.

As head coach at SMU, Fry was the first coach in the Southwest Conference to recruit and play an African-American student-athlete on scholarship. The player, Jerry LeVias, will speak on Frys behalf at the dinner. Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes is also scheduled to speak.

Tickets are $40, and regular tables are $400. To order tickets, call the TD Clubs hotline at 281-754-4867, or visit and click on the tickets icon. The event is open to the public.

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