Upcoming ROE hosts Back to School Social River Oaks Elementary will hold its annual Back to School Social 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 11. Students will find out what class they are in, meet their teacher and reconnect with classmates. The first day of school is Aug.15. Astros help honor police officers Assist the Officer and the Houston Astros have teamed up to present Law Enforcement Night at the Aug. 11 Astros game against the Washington Nationals and the Aug.14 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Special discounted tickets are being offered through the Astros Web site and a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Assist the Officer. Field box seats are $19 and Bull Pen Boxes are $12.50. Assist the Officer provides financial assistance to police officers in the Houston area who are injured in the line of duty. Since 1994, Assist the Officer has provided nearly $480,000 to injured police officers and their families. Join Assist the Officer Aug.11 for the presentation of colors and the singing of the national anthem by the Houston Police Honor Guard. HPD Officer Enrique Duharte, who survived a major shooting and became a spokesman for ATO, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. For information, call Assist the Officer at 713-223-4286. 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. 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. 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 www.stlukesmethodist.org. 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 www.writersintheschools.org. 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. 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 www.touchdownclub.org and click on the tickets icon. The event is open to the public. Writing contest designed for children Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is sponsoring a summer writing contest to promote health and wellness for children. Youngsters ages 8 to14 are encouraged to use their imagination to write a story about how KelseySaurus Rex and his friends spent their summer vacation staying active and healthy. To enter the contest, submit an original story about KelseySaurus Rex and his friends (250 words or less), along with a completed entry form, which can be downloaded from www.kelsey-seybold.com. There will be two contest categories: Category I for ages 8-11 and Category II for ages 12-14. The first-place winner in each category will win a $150 Toys R Us gift certificate and a $100 gift card from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, good at all clinic locations and pharmacies in Houston, for co-pays and out-of-pocket health-care and pharmacy expenses. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 31. For information, visit the Web site or call 713-442-5410. Elephants and orangutans create artwork for zoo Last fall, the Houston Zoo presented Pongos Helping Pongos: Paintings by Orangutans, for Orangutans, an art show and sale featuring paintings by the zoos seven orangutans and collaborative works with prominent local artists at New Gallery. The exhibition raised more than $16,700 in support of the Gunung Palung Park in Indonesia, one of the last safe havens in the world for orangutans. The second annual show will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20 at New Gallery, 2627 Colquitt. Featured will be new paintings from established orangutan artists as well as work from Thailand, and from Methai and Shanti, the Asian elephants of the Houston Zoo. Proceeds will benefit the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project, which protects endangered Bornean orangutans and Asian elephants. The zoo is at 1513 N. MacGregor Way. It is open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March through September and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. October through February. Regular admission is $8.50 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under 2. For information, call 713-533-6713 or visit www.houstonzoo.org. Urban Harvest opens Farmers Market The Bayou City Farmers Market, a project of Urban Harvest, will be offering fresh organic produce, grass-fed meats, salsas, baked goods and more every Wednesday and Saturday in August. The market will be open 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays at 3000 Richmond. Purchases support Urban Harvest, a local nonprofit organization supporting community gardening in greater Houston. For information, visit www.urbanharvest.org. Conchology society meets The Houston Conchology Society will start a new season of meetings 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive. The group meets once a month to discuss seashells and shell-related topics. The program for the August meeting will be on the underwater diversity of the Wakatobi Archipelago Marine National Park. For information about the Houston Conchology Society, visit www.houstonshellclub.com or call membership chairwoman Lucy Clampit at 713-468-0610. Lawndale Art Gallery opens new exhibits Lawndale Art Gallery, 4912 Main St., will welcome artist Vicki Fowler to the John M. OQuinn Gallery Aug. 12. She will create a site-specific installation and perform Deer, Please Feed Me during an opening reception beginning at 7:15 p.m. The installation will be made up of cloth mandalas, photos, drawings, props and other pieces. In the Mezzanine Gallery, Wyatt Nash will exhibit a series of Styrofoam objects and structures installed to mimic the setting of a home. In the Small Gallery, Jason Makepeace will display an array of objects found broken on the streets of Houston. The exhibit consists of photographs documenting the objects in pieces and the reconstructed objects displayed beside them. The exhibitions will remain on view through Sept. 10. Lawndale Art Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Houston PetSet hosts annual Soiree Houston PetSets third annual Soiree will take place at Artista restaurant, 800 Bagby St., 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The Latin-themed fundraising event will feature an open bar, hors doeuvres, music by South American band Sur, and a silent auction. Catrina McLean, a Houston PetSet founding board member, is this years Soiree chair. Houston PetSet is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to enrich the local community with animal-friendly activities and events. Proceeds from the event will support local animal welfare organizations. In the past year, Houston PetSet has donated $10,000 to the Houston Humane Society, SNAP and the Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston Inc. Tickets are $50 each when purchased in advance, and for $60 at the door. Underwriting opportunities are available. Call 713-328-5140 to purchase tickets. For information, visit www.houstonpetset.org.