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Green Trails 2 February 2018


HOUSTON AREA EVENTS AND ROAD TRIPS FEBRUARY 2018 February 2 nd -13 th - Mardi Gras Galveston. If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2018, grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season. The island’s 107 th Mardi Gras celebration, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, parades, balcony parties and several elegant balls. At Mardi Gras! Galveston, the extravagance found in Texas’s largest Mardi Gras celebration starts with the beads! More than 3 million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston and that’s just the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras island style. For more information, visit February 7 th - The Houston RV Show is now the largest in Texas with over 600 units on display. This includes Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Tent Campers, Fifth Wheels and Van Conversions. Recreational Vehicle related vendors representing campgrounds, resorts, parks and RV supplies. The Annual Houston RV Show will be in the NRG Center Halls C, D, E. Parking rate in the past was $12 per space, cash only. For more information, visit February 8 th - Texas Monthly 2 nd Annual Whiskey Affair. A premium whiskey tasting event that will highlight up to 50 brown spirits and celebrate the whiskey lifestyle with delicious chef pairings, couture cocktails and live music provided by Doc Watkins, owner of Jazz, TX. Texas and international brown spirits makers will serve straight pours and cocktails from their portfolios with spirit seminars led by Texas Monthly Editor in Chief Tim Taliaferro and Wine & Spirits contributor Jessica Dupuy. The event will also feature up to ten award-winning chefs and mixologists serving dishes to compliment a wide array of whiskies. For more information, visit February 9 th -11 th - Texas Home and Garden Spring Show. Houstons’ Premier “One Stop Shopping Opportunity” for all your home & garden needs. From Windows and Doors to Ceilings and Floors over 700 experts, products, services and ideas all under one roof. Adult Tickets are $10, Seniors and Military $8 and children 14 and under free. For more information, visit February 9 th -11 th - Tristar Collectors Show. Your trusted source for sports autographs, trading cards and collectibles. Tristar will be held in NRG Arena, Hall C and D. For more information, visit www.guestservices@ February 17 th - 2018 Lunar New Year Festival. This year’s Lunar New Year Festival is from 10 AM-4 PM at the Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr., Houston 77036. Free Admission & Parking. For more information, visit 18 February 22 nd - 24 th - Houston Livestock Rodeo Cookoff. More than 250 teams, led by barbecue aficionados, compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. While most team tents are invitationonly, visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden, Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon. Plus, the carnival is open, for wild rides and fun games. The Miller Lite Stage at The Garden features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas country. The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the Chuck Wagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced beef sandwich with chips and beans. February 24 th - Rodeo Run. Run for a cause! Proceeds from the event benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. The 2017 Rodeo Run had more than 9,500 participants in the wheelchair race, 10K race and 5K fun run/walk. Since 1988, nearly $5 million has been contributed to the Rodeo. For more information, visit February 24 th - Downtown Rodeo Parade at 10 AM. Every February since 1938, the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations! For parade route, street closures and parking information, visit February 24 th - Love tribute bands? Love food trucks? Join us for the 2 nd Annual Texas Classic Rockin’ Food Truck Rally presented by Shiner Beers. Our goal is to not only be the biggest food truck rally but one of the most amazing rockin’ roll shows the Gulf Coast has ever experienced! Come out early to get your grub on with ALL YOU CAN EAT samples from all of your favorite food trucks from Noon to 3 PM, while supplies last. Vote for your favorite gourmet food truck as they compete for the Grand Champion of the Texas Classic Rockin Food Truck Rally title and all the bragging rights that come with it. Come prepared to rock! There will be an amazing lineup of bands. The event will be at the Galveston County Fairgrounds. General Admission is $20, kids under 12 are free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for the show and no coolers are allowed. For more information, visit February 25 th - It’s official! The Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off is now the largest kosher food event in Houston. The 8 th Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff will be held at the ERJCC. There will be MORE cooking teams, MORE food, MORE money raised for local charities and MORE fun! At 12 PM, the public is invited to sample chili, mingle, enjoy children’s activities, listen to music and simply have a great time in an outdoor, festival atmosphere. The event will conclude with the selection of the winning chili by celebrity judges. So, don’t miss this “hot” event! For more information, visit www. February 2018 | Green Trails Section II

MAUD MARKS LIBRARY 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, 281-492-8592 LIBRARY HOURS - Mon. 1 PM - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6 PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 6 PM, Fri. 1 PM - 6 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. closed. To register online for any of the programs at the library’s website (www., click on “Events Calendar” and select “Maud Marks.” Participants may also register by calling or by visiting the library. “Like” us on Facebook: Subscribe to our newsletter at SPECIAL EVENTS • BOOK SALE - The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold their next book sale on Saturday, February 24 th at 10 AM until 4 PM. There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks. All proceeds will benefit the library. • NASA DAY @ YOUR LIBRARY - Have you ever wondered what it was like to spend time in space? The library would like to help you realize your dream! On Saturday, February 3 rd at 1 PM, a representative of NASA’s Johnson Space Center will be at the library to tell us all about living and working in outer space. Also, join us for other space experiments such as antigravity drops, microgravity experiments, space food, rockets and more! Learn what it is like to work in small work areas such as the International Space Station. This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be given out the day of the event beginning at noon. • THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE & THE AFRICAN IN AMERICA - Come celebrate Black History Month in style! On Monday, February 19 th at 1:30 PM, come to the library to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s culture. We’ll be listening to music that celebrates the historic contribution and achievements of great Americans. Afterwards, join us for some African crafts as we learn all about the African American culture. We will also learn the history of food in the African American culture and feast on some unique foods. • TEENMAKERS - Teens & tweens in 6 th grade and up are invited to come MAKE something at the library. This will be a monthly program, which will include robotics, science experiments, art & crafts and more! This month, on Thursday, February 1 st at 3:30, we will be making rockets. This is a ticketed program. Tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Come have fun and MAKE something! • VOLUNTEER AT THE LIBRARY - Volunteer opportunities abound at the library. Volunteers are needed to help shelve, count patrons and more. We will be holding our next volunteer orientation on Thursday, February 1 st at 5 PM. Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to two hours a week. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Elizabeth Herndon at 281-492-8592. • TEEN BOOK CLUB - We have started a teen book club! Teens are invited to join us on Thursday, February 15 th at 4:30 PM as we discuss the book Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. If you are interested in joining us, extra copies of the book are available at the checkout desk. • FREE TAX ASSISTANCE - Beginning February 3 rd and every Monday and Friday through April 18 th , AARP will be offering free tax assistance to elderly and low-income individuals. AARP assistance runs from 10 AM to 2 PM. • YOGA DEMONSTRATION - You asked for it, you got it! The library hosts classes twice a month. Yoga can be a very relaxing and centering exercise program. Join us on Saturdays, February 3 rd at 10 AM and February 17 th at 3 PM, as we learn about the benefits and basic how-to of yoga. Join us as we exercise our minds and bodies. Registration required. • GREEN THUMB GARDENING - Master Gardeners of Harris County will once again be bringing their Green Thumb series once a month where they will discuss various topics unique to gardening in the Houston area. This month, on February 10 th at 10:30 AM, learn all about spring vegetable gardening. Seating is extremely limited for this class. • DIY WORKSHOP: CROSS-STITCH - It’s Valentine’s Day and at the library we will be learning the art of cross-stitch as we make beautiful needlework to decorate our homes. Join us on Tuesday, February 13 th at 2 PM as we make cut scenes in hearts for our sweethearts. • KATY MAKERSPACE - Did you know that the Katy area has its very own MakerSpace? We’ll be learning all about this special place for creators and inventors at the library on Tuesday, February 13 th at 7 PM. Harry Krueger will be here to give us an introduction to Katy MakerSpace and all you can do there. Makers of all ages and disciplines are encouraged to join us as we learn everything our new MakerSpace has to offer. • SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS - Senior citizens and their family members are invited to join us for a new series at the Maud Marks Library. Every 3 rd Friday of the month, experts will be here to discuss various topics pertinent to senior living. On February 16 th at 3 PM, we will be discussing mobility and wellness as we age. Learn all about how to stay healthy and fit no matter how old you might be. Come discover what kind of life is best for you or your loved one. Green Trails Section II | February 2018 19