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Air Conditioning Contractors of America Food, drinks, gifts and souvenirs will be available. Come on out and honor America. The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit national patriotic organization whose membership includes people from all backgrounds sharing an interest in aviation and history. www.houstonwing.org. The West Houston Airport is located at 18000 Groschke Rd., 2 miles north of I-10 and between Hwy. 6 and Barker Cypress, will be the place to visit on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 th & 15 th from 10 AM until 5 PM. 281-394-0340 Free estimate or 2 nd opinion $25 off any repair 6 TH ANNUAL “STRIKE OUT” AUTISM 2018 April 29, 2018, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM www.hopeforthree.org An exciting family fun day providing focused on educating and empowering others about the leading developmental disabiliy in the United States - autism. 7,500 fans and supporters, Hope For Three, County Judge Bob Hebert, all 18 City Mayors, 300 volunteers and the Sugar Land Skeeters, host over 400 family members from the autism community to a day full of friendship and baseball. Volunteers “buddy” up with a child prior to the game for play time on the field or in the playground area. During this time, parents and caregivers enjoy a social hour in the company of other adults at the Bud Light Pavilion; a rare occasion for many, a first-time opportunity for most A 2-hour buffet with complimentary lunch and soft drinks await the hosted families in the picnic area 700 volunteers and family members march around the field for an Autism Awareness Parade before Judge Hebert and City Mayors join on field to read a Proclamation of support recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month Then, it’s PLAY BALL! Sponsors, Mayors and other VIPs enjoy the game from hosted suites, while volunteers and families cheer on the home team! Numerous volunteer, sponsorship and underwriting opportunties available. Call 281-245-0640 to learn more. NATURE PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN SATURDAYS IN NATURE This program is held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, held between 1 and 4 PM. A guided nature walk will begin at 2 PM. No reservations required. Donations are encouraged. This is a “whole family” program; parents or other adult guardians should participate with their children. Park in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive, enter the nature sanctuary through the marked gate and proceed on the path to the log cabin. Upcoming programs include March: Wildflowers - Craft: Seed Starters. April: Bird Watching - Craft: TP Binoculars. Extend Life Service A/C Save Money License TACLB 24777E and Insured Expires 3/31/18 FREE Duct Inspection with tune-up • Annual Maintenance Programs • All repairs guaranteed • Serving area since 1994 0% Interest financing available Expires 3/31/18 WAC Expires 3/31/18 IdealAirServices.com THE TITMOUSE CLUB The Titmouse Club is a nature program for children ages 2 ½ to 5 sponsored by the Houston Audubon Docent Guild. The program is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 10 to 11 AM, from mid-September until mid-May at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Boulevard. Each week features a different nature theme and may include nature talks, stories, hands-on activities and walks in the woods. For more information, go to www.houstonaudubon.org and look under Audubon Docents. The cost is $5 per child per session or a 5-session card can be purchased for $20. The child must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Park in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive, enter the nature sanctuary through the marked gate and proceed on the path to the log cabin. Upcoming programs include: March 6 th & 7 th : Gardening for Kids March 13 th & 14 th : (no mtg. - Spring Break Camp) March 20 th & 21 st : Butterflies & Moths March 27 th & 28 th : Animal Babies April 3 rd & 4 th : Wildflower Power April 10 th & 11 th : Dragonflies April 17 th & 18 th : Turtles April 24 th & 25 th : Fishing Fun AFTER SCHOOL NATURE EXPLORERS CLUB Nature Explorers Club is designed for school-age children (ages 6-10, K-5 th ) who are interested in investigating the natural world. Each month we will explore a different ecology topic, focusing on our own native plants and animals. We will make a craft to take home, go on a nature hike, dip-net for fish and tadpoles in the ponds and get to know the plants and animals of the Bayou City! Fee/reservations are required. Reserve your child’s spot at www.houstonaudubon.org. For more information contact Bethany Foshee, Docent Programs Coordinator, bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org or 713-932-1639. Upcoming programs include: March 22 nd : Baby Animals Serving your community for over 20 Years! Full Service Residential Construction & Restoration Company April 19 th : Snakes Alive! OWL PROWLS Houston Audubon Docent Guild sponsors 4 owl prowls for the 2017-18 season. Owl prowls begin with a lively program on owls including an opportunity to meet live, rehabilitated owls followed by a walk in the woods in search of wild owls. For more information, to reserve and pay online go to www.houstonaudubon.org. Owl Prowl dates - March 9, 2018. Owl Prowls start at 7 PM, end at 9 PM and begin in the log cabin at the Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary. The fee is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 6-17). All prowlers must be at least 6 years of age and there must be at least one adult present for each two children. Dress for walking in the woods and the weather. Please park in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church west parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive or the Sanctuary’s small lot at 440 Wilchester. Pre-registration is required and there is a maximum number of participants for each prowl. • Drywall & Flooring • Fences/Decks/Arbors • Int/Ext Painting • Patio Covers • Bath/Kitchen Remodels • Room Additions • Misc. Interior Repairs • Misc. Exterior Repairs ® 22 March 2018 | The Colonies Community Newsletter

MARCH 2018 Through March 18th - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock Show and rodeo. With more than 33,000 volunteers, the organization is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentations. Since its beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed nearly $450 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs. The 2018 RODEOHOUSTON entertainment lineup features a mix of country, rock, R&B and Spanish pop artists. Several RODEOHOUS- TON favorites, plus six entertainers new to RODEO- HOUSTON, will be the first to perform on the new state-of-the-art RODEOHOUSTON stage in 2018. For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com. March 2nd-March 4th - The 83rd Azalea Trail heralds the beginning of Spring! The Trail kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lazy Lane entrance of Bayou Bend on Friday, March 2nd at 10:30 AM. This year, a ticket to the Trail gives admission to 6 locations within the River Oaks neighborhood, including 4 private homes and gardens, Bayou Bend and Rienzi. A 7th free location, also in River Oaks, is the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics where free advice from “Ask the Experts” can be enjoyed each day. On Saturday at 2 PM, there will be a floral demonstration with easy to repeat floral tips from one of our talented Garden Club members! A free trolley will provide easy access to all 6 locations of homes, gardens and house museums. For more information, visit www.riveroaksgc.org. March 3rd - The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) is proud to kick off our 30th Annual Race Against Violence presented by Verizon! This milestone race and family festival will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and starts at 8 AM at the AIG Campus at Whole Foods Market-Montrose. The Race Against Violence is open to timed and untimed runners and includes a kids’ fun run and family festival after the race! Register solo or rally your friends together to start a team to help fundraise to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout Houston. Together, we can race towards a future without violence! For more information, visit www.houstonrav.org. March 4th - AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.(AFH) hosts the 29th Annual AIDS Walk Houston on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston. HOUSTON AREA EVENTS AND ROAD TRIPS This signature event is the city’s single greatest response in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Funds raised help local HIV/AIDS service organizations provide programs and services to almost 30,000 Houstonians impacted by the virus. This year, the annual fundraiser will culminate in a free outdoor concert featuring live performances from Houston-based artists. VIP wristbands for the concert will be available to 1,500 Houstonians who take a free HIV test before the walk. Please visit www.AIDSWalkHouston.org for more information. March 10th - Join us for Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race - the 46th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta. Paddlers (ages 12 and up) are encouraged to participate in the 15-mile American Canoe Association sanctioned race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. Whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure, you won’t want to miss out on this longstanding Houston tradition! Those not wanting to paddle can cheer on racers along the race route or catch the outdoor fun at the finish line festivities at Sesquicentennial Park. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is rain or shine. If cancellation does take place due to severe water or weather conditions, all entry fees will be considered a tax-deductible donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership and used in our efforts to continue revitalizing the bayou. For more information, visit www.buffalobayou.org. March 10th - The NOLA Boil Crawfish Festival. Welcome to a good ol’ Lousiana crawfish boil a popular seafood dish that is enjoyed throughout the southern regions. We are bringing together crawfish enthusiast from all over the world to come celebrate the “Mud Bug”. “Crawfish season” is what they call it and is a time of year loved and shared by many breaking the tails and sucking the heads. We love it! Come hungry and enjoy a variety of live entertainment, dj sets, vendors and OF COURSE CRAWFISH. For more information, visit www.thenolaboil.com. March 17th - 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade. Rain or Shine! Parade starts at the Clock Tower at MinuteMaid Park on Texas and goes west-bound. This year’s theme is Houston Strong, Irish Proud. Join us at Lucky’s Pub for the Awards Ceremony and After-Party! The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade has always been a FREE event. The two-hour parade has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. and each year includes over 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart. Our history is a grand one and if you would like to personally support the parade and be a part of the year-round socials and meetings, please become a member of our Irish 100 Club. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is presented by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. For more the parade route or more information, visit www.hsppc.org. March 18th - Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is a fundraising bike ride that benefits Houston’s Reforestation Program. The ride will take place Sunday, March 18, 2018. This annual event offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with bike routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks. With three ride length options, the Tour de Houston is the perfect event for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts. In addition, it is a BP MS 150 recommended training ride. This event begins and ends in Hermann Square at City Hall located at 901 Bagby. Riders and volunteers will enjoy a post-ride party that includes live music, free food and beverages. For more information, visit www.houstontx.gov. March 23rd-March 25th - It doesn’t matter what your art style is, you are sure to find something you like at The Annual Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. This fine, juried art festival transforms the 1.1 - mile trail of the park into a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery. In addition to the extensive selection of art, representing 18 different forms of artistic media, festival goers can also enjoy international food and wine, the Green Mountain Energy Creative Zone offering interactive art activities, daily outdoor performances and more. The Festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of Houston and enriches the city’s arts environment and reputation. Over the past 40+ years, the Bayou City Art Festivals have raised more than $2.6 million for local nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com. March 24th-25th - In Bloom Music Festival. Previously Free Press Summer Fest, In Bloom Music Festival will take over Eleanor Tinsley Park for two days. For lineup by day and tickets, go to www.inbloomfestival.com. March 26th-April 1st - Houston Open. This PGA TOUR event, the 10th oldest tour event, is Houston’s largest and most prestigious golf event hosting 144 of the world’s best golfers competing for $6M in prize money. Since 1974, Houston Golf Association’s volunteers have generated more than $55.2 million for local worthy causes through the Shell Houston Open and other golf-related activities. Over 125,000 spectators will enjoy tournament week. For more information, visit www.houstonopen.org. The Colonies Community Newsletter | March 2018 23