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Don't Mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest
Texas
Wednesday, February 7 – Friday, April 20, 2018

The annual art contest is now open!

Did you know that Texans ages 16-34 are the most likely to litter? Help Don't Mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful teach our future leaders the importance of litter prevention by getting involved in the Don't Mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest!

Texas students enrolled in grades K-12 are invited to submit original artwork promoting litter prevention and keeping Texas beautiful. Entries will promote the Don't mess with Texas® and/or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention slogans. Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or placed on the cover of the 2019 Don't mess with Texas® Calendar. Each will also win a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" tablet donated by Samsung. All student winners and runners-up may be showcased on the Don't mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media sites, annual conference, in media announcements and through other promotional channels.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card.
Know an outstanding youth artist? Have them submit their artwork today!

Contest deadline is April 20, 2018.

Category: Art / Photography / Crafts, School / Education
Contact Name: Brianna Fuller
Contact Phone: 5129615264
Contact Email: brianna@ktb.org
Cost: FREE
More info: ktb.org…

Birdathon 2018
Anywhere
Ongoing through Monday, May 14, 2018

Birdathon is a team-birding fundraising event that started back in 1981 and continues to grow each year. Teams are made of (4) or more participants.Teams compete to count as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period and raise money much like a marathon.

Birdathon includes a spring kick-off workshop and an awards celebration at the end of Birdathon.

Birdathon is the Houston Audubon’s fun way to promote conservation. We encourage you to form a team and go out birding for a consecutive 24 hours (or less) and count as many bird species as you can. Birding can be done anywhere in Texas but we encourage you to visit our sanctuaries for a great birding experience!

Category: Community Events / Volunteerism, Fundraisers, Sports and Recreation, Misc.
Contact Name: Zineera Seth
Contact Phone: 7139321639
Contact Email: zseth@houstonaudubon.org
Cost: Team fundraising event
More info: birdathon.houstonaudubon.org…

Root for Earth
1720 Crescent Plaza Drive, Houston, TX 77077
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20, 2018

Root for Earth

The Goddard School’s Root for Earth campaign, taking place Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20, serves to plant seeds of change in Goddard School children, families and communities to create a healthier, happier earth for generations to come.

Activities include: Planting a seed, recycled sculpture contest, recycled runway fashion show, and learning about sustainability.

New families who enroll during this event receive free registration. Learn more by calling our school at (281) 596-0300.

Category: Community Events / Volunteerism, School / Education, Misc.
Contact Name: Terrie Costantini
Contact Phone: 2815960300
Contact Email: DHouston1TX@goddardschools.com
Cost: FREE
More info: www.facebook.com…

Grand Prairie Main Street Fest
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2018

Grand Prairie Main Street Fest

The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is hosting the 7th Annual Main Street Fest, scheduled for April 20th - 22nd on the 200 block of W. Main Street and surrounding areas. Along with our selected performers, the festival will celebrate the fun, festive, family atmosphere of Grand Prairie with LIVE! music featuring headlining performances featuring country, red dirt country, rock, conjunto music, spectacular novelty shows, carnival rides, arts & crafts area, business expo, food and beer gardens, the Earth Day KIDZONE, brought to you by the 63D R.S.C. United States Army Reserves and so much more!

Category: Festivals / Parades, Food and Beverage / Farmer's Market
Contact Name: Erin Hart
Contact Phone: 972-237-8110
Contact Email: ehart@gptx.org
Cost: Free
More info: mainstreetfest.com

The Thread Alliance's 6th Annual Blue Plate Special
Participating Houston Restaurants
Friday, April 20, 2018

On Sunday, April 1, 2018, The Thread Alliance will launch the Blue Plate Special, its annual month-long campaign encouraging Houstonians to stand up for child abuse prevention and dine out at participating Blue Plate Special restaurants.

In an effort to spread awareness and education, The Thread Alliance is inviting local restaurants to join the movement towards healing and prevention. Restaurants can support the campaign by offering a "Blue Plate Special" to their guests throughout the month of April. Participating restaurants will donate a percentage of the special menu item to The Thread Alliance. Proceeds from the 6th Annual Blue Plate Special supports The Thread Alliance's mission of achieving the ultimate goal of ending the cycle of child abuse by raising awareness and providing resources.

The Thread Alliance is a Houston non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. Its mission is to bring awareness to the forefront and provide a central registry of local, state, and national resources for those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment information and services. By increasing awareness and volunteerism through individual and community participation, The Thread Alliance strives to protect every child from cruelty and neglect and make child abuse a thing of the past.

For more information about The Thread Alliance, visit www.thethreadalliance.org and like us on Facebook. For more information about the Blue Plate Special, visit www.thethreadalliance.org/blue-plate-special.

About The Thread Alliance

The Thread Alliance, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Sheila Aron, is dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. The non-profit's mission is to bring child abuse awareness to the forefront and provide a central registry of local, state, and national resources for those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment information and services. By increasing awareness and volunteerism through individual and community participation, The Thread Alliance strives to protect every child from cruelty and neglect and make child abuse a thing of the past.

The Blue Plate Special is The Thread Alliance's citywide public awareness and education campaign encouraging Houstonians to take action against child abuse and toward healing. Local restaurants support the cause by offering a "Blue Plate Special" during the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and donating a percentage or flat dollar amount of the proceeds to The Thread Alliance.

Sheila Aron is also the author of I'm Glad I'm Me, Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation. The book is written with the conviction that how messages of love are communicated between parents and children can positively shape a child's personality, self-esteem, and - in later years - their approach to their own children.

For more information about The Thread Alliance visit, www.thethreadalliance.org andlike us on Facebook. For more information about the Blue Plate Special visit, www.thethreadalliance.org/blue-plate-special/.For more information about I'm Glad I'm Me, Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation visit, www.sheilaaronbooks.com/.

Category: Food and Beverage / Farmer's Market, Fundraisers
Contact Name: Sheila Aron
Contact Phone: 2819372612
Contact Email: sheila@thethreadalliance.org
Cost: depending on the dish per restaurant
More info: www.thethreadalliance.org…

BIORYTHM: Music and the Body
1515 Hermann Dr. Houston, TX, 77004
Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 a.m.

BIORYTHM: Music and the Body

What is it about music that moves us; that inspires us; that connects us? That’s precisely what the newest traveling exhibition at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body will explore when it opens officially on January 13, 2018. Through a series of one-of-a-kind interactive installations, visitors to The Health Museum will be able to use their own bodies to discover and understand how the mind and the body react to musical stimulation.



A full-body shell-like capsule will allow guests to experience tactile sound vibrations and visualizations throughout their entire body, while a full-sized sonic bed will engulf multiple individuals simultaneously in a serenade of sound and movement. A multi-user chainlinked human instrument will create ever-changing unique sounds as individuals hold hands and move about the installation. These are just a few of the individual works that are featured within the trilingual BIORHYTHM exhibition. In Houston, BIORHYTHM will be available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.


BIORHYTHM will be showcased at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. Houston, TX, 77004 from January 13-July 31st, 2018. The price of admission to The Health Museum includes BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body, as well as the other permanent installations available at Houston’ s most interactive science and health learning center. For more information about this exhibition, call (713) 521-1515 or visit www.biorhythm.thehealthmuseum.org.

Category: Art / Photography / Crafts, Community Events / Volunteerism, Museum / Exhibitions, School / Education, Misc.
Contact Name: The Health Museum
Contact Phone: 7135211515
Contact Email: info@thehealthmuseum.org
Cost: $8-$10

Boot Camp in the Plaza
Sugar Land Town Square
2711 Plaza Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 – 10 a.m.

Boot Camp in the Plaza

Stay fit with our free weekly Boot Camp class with Cida Fitness.

Category: Misc.
More info: www.sugarlandtownsquare.com

FREE Tax Help & Preparation For People Who Use American Sign Language
Baker Ripley
Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE Tax Help & Preparation For People Who Use American Sign Language

BakerRipley and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities are partnering again to provide FREE ASL interpreting tax preparation services! BakerRipley, with the help of Nightingale Interpreting Services, is offering tax preparation and completion services to deaf individuals. Tax services provided by BakerRipley, the Mayor's Office, and Nightingale Interpreting services include tax preparation and completion, ITIN applications and renewals, tax amendments, and more. Individuals and families who earn an annual income of less than $58,000 are eligible to receive these services free of charge and must register for an appointment. Registration is required and interested individuals must secure their appointment with ASL interpreter's availability, all appointments will be done on a first come, first served basis.

Since 2009, BakerRipley’s tax centers have prepared over 288,000 tax returns, saving hundreds of dollars for families around the greater Houston area. With various operating Tax Centers in convenient Houston area locations, BakerRipley is able to provide families and individuals around Houston with quality and reliable tax services that will allow them to keep every cent of their refund. Families and individuals earning up to $58,000 are able to walk into any of the Tax Center locations for tax preparation at no charge, all year round.

Appointments for FREE Tax Help & Preparation For People Who Use American Sign Language can be done by emailing Cristina Cave with BakerRipley at ccave@bakerripley.org or by calling the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at (832) 394-0814. Individuals must bring a photo ID, social security cards of filer and dependents, ITIN letters, W-2, and other financial documents if applicable. For a list of important documents to bring to the appointment and for more information please visit www.freetaxcenters.org.

Category: Community Events / Volunteerism, Fundraisers, Job Fairs / Employment, Misc.
Contact Phone: (832) 394-0814
Contact Email: ccave@bakerripley.org
Cost: Free
More info: www.bakerripley.org…

Rare Action Network Advocacy Workshop
United Way Community Resource Center
Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders invites all advocates to also attend and participate in the Rare Action Network Advocacy Workshop.
This event will be held at United Way Community Resource Center from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, April 20, 2018. This is a free meeting that will give attendees the opportunity to connect, learn, and share with other patient organization leaders and advocates. This event is hosted at no cost to participants.
To register for this event please go to
rareTX.org

Category: Misc.
Contact Name: Kristen Angell
Contact Phone: 203-744-0100 ext 246
Contact Email: kangell@rarediseases.org
Cost: Free event- Register at raretx.org
More info: rareaction.org…

Zumba in the Plaza
Sugar Land Town Square
2711 Plaza Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Friday, April 20, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.

Zumba in the Plaza

Do you like Zumba? Come and join us for our free weekly Friday Zumba class in the Plaza taught by a professional instructor from Cida Fitness.

Category: Misc.
More info: www.sugarlandtownsquare.com

Stars & Stripes at The Lawn
The Lawn at Memorial City
Friday, April 20, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Stars & Stripes at The Lawn

Every Friday at 5pm join us for Stars & Stripes at The Lawn, Memorial City’s newest greenspace, to honor our country, those who have and continue to serve, and their families through a patriotic ceremony.

The inaugural event series kicks off Friday, January 19th, 2018 with a color guard performance by Scarborough High School’s JROTC program and live trumpet music. The weekly tribute will feature live performances by local military community groups such as Houston-area ROTC, Boy Scouts and other military programs, as well as live musical renditions of American classics, including ‘Grand Ole Flag’ and ‘God Bless America.’ The event will also offer light bites for purchase by a rotating roster of Memorial City restaurants.

‘Stars & Stripes’ is the first event series of many to debut at The Lawn. The greenspace joins the lively Memorial City development, alongside the recently opened Hotel ZaZa Memorial City and Ciro’s Italian Grill.

Category: Community Events / Volunteerism

Paul English Presents Live Jazz at The French Corner
The French Corner
1104 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054
Friday, April 20, 2018, 6 – 11 p.m.

Paul English Presents Live Jazz at The French Corner

Dinner starts at 6 PM, the show starts at 8 PM

Come to the best live jazz in Houston! Every Friday and Saturday during March and April (except March 30-31) ONLY HERE at The French Corner!

The Paul English Jazz Quartet and special guests perform at The French Corner. This new club fosters musicianship over showmanship under the musical direction of Paul. There is an ethereal tether among the musicians on the bandstand. It's intelligent musical conversation tempered with creativity, whimsy, emotion and a solid reflection of each musician's dedication to their art. There's great music being offered here. The location is perfect...a little off the beaten path, just as you'd want a special jazz club to be!

French Corner owner, George Haddad, a true jazz lover, welcomes you to enjoy the music, great acoustics, the food and bar. The nightly entertainment charge supports these fine musicians. Restaurant and bar open at 6:00 pm. Plenty of parking.

Category: Food and Beverage / Farmer's Market, Theater / Concerts
Contact Name: George Haddad
Contact Phone: 7136615324
Contact Email: sales@thefrenchcorner.com
Cost: $10
More info: www.eventbrite.com…

Piggyversary - Cuban Pig Roast - Rollin' on the Bayou
3412 W Lamar St.
Houston, Tx
Friday, April 20, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.

Piggyversary - Cuban Pig Roast - Rollin' on the Bayou

Piggy's Kitchen & Bar is celebrating it's first anniversary & we are celebrating in a big way with a Cuban Pig Roast complete with Live Latin Music, Cigar Roller on the Patio, and Mojito and Rum Cocktail specials!! Come celebrate with us!

Category: Food and Beverage / Farmer's Market, Galas / Banquets / Luncheons, Misc.
More info: www.facebook.com…

Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green

Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green is a free concert series that celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month throughout the month of April. The April 20 concert features performances by Raquel Cepeda and Jose-Miguel Yamal

Contact Phone: 713-400-7336
Cost: free

Kids Night Out, Parents Night Off
Cypress Creek Christian Community Center
Friday, April 20, 2018, 7 – 11 p.m.

Kids Night Out, Parents Night Off

We have fun, safe, supervised entertainment for kids in 1st - 6th grade from any school district right in the heart of Houston, perfect for a parent's night out or an active and fun afterschool activity for the kids.

 Program hours are 7:00-11:00 PM and admission remains just $15 per child. There's no membership fee or monthly fee; just pay for the events your child attends.

We have organized sports, games and contests, music, crafts, Abounce house and concessions. All organized, led and supervised by our amazing staff, coaches and counselors.

See you there! Come once and you'll se why we've been around for 20 years!

Category: Community Events / Volunteerism
Contact Name: Carlos Arakelian
Contact Phone: 832 317 6483
Contact Email: fnlcypress@gmail.com
Cost: $15
More info: www.planetkidz.org…

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