JONES PARK An Old-Fashioned Christmas Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Experience traditions of earlier times as the Redbud Hill Homestead comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Reservations required beginning Wed., Nov. 15 for Harris County residents; Mon., Nov. 20 for non-Harris County residents. Second Saturday Settlers: Homestead Holiday Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join park staff and volunteers for homemade cookies and wassail as the Redbud Hill Homestead comes to life with oldfashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas. Critter’s Christmas Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Have you thought of decorating a tree outside just for the critters? Learn how to make decorative edible treats for the birds and other wildlife that visit your yard this time of year. Nature Photo Contest It’s time to “click-click” for the park’s annual photo contest. Call 281-446-8588 for rules and information or visit www.hcp4.net/Community/Parks/Jones/Contest. First Saturday Birding Saturdays, Dec. 2 at 7:45 a.m. Bring your binoculars and field guide to join a staff naturalist or volunteer for an early morning glimpse of the park’s bird life. Ages 10+. Second Sunday Pickers Sundays, Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring an instrument to join in the fun, or enjoy the fall folk music from the audience. ****** With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants. For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, please call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/ community/parks/jones. MANGUM-HOWELL CENTER Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Mangum-Howell Center is located in Doss Park at 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-5917830 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/communitycenters. In observance of the Christmas holidays, the Center will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 29. Also, the Center will close all day Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26; the Center will reopen Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 8 a.m. The Center will close Monday, Jan. 1 and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact MangumHowell Center. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Childcare is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate. Holiday Food Drive at MangumHowell Center Wednesday, Nov. 1 through Tuesday, Dec. 12 Mangum-Howell Center’s Doss Advisory Council is sponsoring a holiday food drive to ensure fewer families, children, and senior adults go to bed hungry this holiday season. A collection barrel will be placed in the Center’s lobby beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1 through the Center’s annual holiday luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The food bank at Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) will distribute donated nonperishable food, such as canned vegetables, fruits, meats, juices, cereals and more. For more information about the food drive, please stop by the Center or give us a call. Free Event: Mangum-Howell Center Presents Santa’s Workshop 2017 Fridays, Dec. 1 and 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the sights, sounds and delights of the holiday season direct from the North Pole as Santa Claus sets up shop at Mangum-Howell Center in Doss Park! Activities include a holiday craft, games, balloon art (one per child), and a hayride. Holiday music, carols, decorations, and refreshments add to the festive atmosphere. Be sure to bring your own camera for a picture with Santa! Center staff will not take photos. For more information, please call 281-591-7830. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Free performance: Ensemble Theatre presents The Toys Take Over Christmas Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. In a 1920s Harlem toyshop, a group of enchanted toys dream of the day when they can find a new home. When a hardhearted toymaker refuses to sell them, the toys join forces with Zowie the heart, who works her magic on the toymaker. This heartwarming production, sponsored by The Centrum Arts League takes place at Mangum-Howell Center, where the beautiful array of animated holiday décor and thousands of lights make this a magical experience for children of all ages! Call the Center to reserve your seat or for more information. Twelve Days of Christmas Luncheon Featuring Musician Valerie Hill Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon Celebrate the season with traditional holiday fare, entertainment, decorations, and prizes. Ben’s Chuck Wagon provides turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls, cranberry sauce, pecan pie, and unlimited iced tea and coffee. Recently returned from Branson, Missouri, Valerie Hill will perform a variety of holiday and patriotic songs. She is also a member of the Believers Fellowship Baptist Church worship team and has a 40-year background in music. To add to the fun, 12 lucky participants will win prizes from the advent calendar. An $8 per person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance when you register in the office. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Dec. 8. Sassy Red Hatters Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. The Red Hat Society is a global society of women that connects, supports, and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness. The Mangum-Howell Sassy Red Hatters are an active, funloving group of ladies, ages 50 and better, who follow this mission statement! They meet the second Tuesday of every month immediately following the Center’s monthly luncheon to plan a variety of day trips and social events. If you are looking for a sassy way to enrich your social life, attend the monthly meeting. January Trips Sign Up Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 years and better through Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program. Buses will pick up and drop off participants at the Center for the following January trips:
· Friday, Jan. 5 at 8:30 a.m. – Trans Star and Lone Star Flight Museum, Houston. The cost is $12 per person. Lunch is on your own Luby’s Restaurant.
· Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. – Brazos Valley African American Museum and Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Bryan. The cost is $7 per person. Lunch is on your own at Cotton Patch. Free Movie And Popcorn Friday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Mangum-Howell Center is offering a free showing of Miracle on 34th Street along with popcorn, drinks, and treats. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn, six-year-old Susan Walker is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a trait she perhaps learned from her mother, Dorey. When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy’s, Dorey enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Call or come by the Center to reserve your theatre ticket and seat! Rated PG; 1 hr. 46 min. Bingo Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Each player is asked to bring a nominal prize (not to exceed $5). Please note: No cash prizes, gift certificates, gift cards, lottery tickets, or U.S. postage stamps may be used as prizes. ONGOING EVENTS Rhythm Walking Weekdays at 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Start or end your day with a 2 ½-mile walk to music in the comfort of the
Center. Zumba® Fitness Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Zumba® Step Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Zumba Sentao™ Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m. A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended. This class is limited to participants ages 13 and older. All participants under the age of 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age. Quilting Mondays at 9 a.m. Take this opportunity to quilt, share ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All skill levels are welcome. Dart Baseball Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Throw darts at a corkboard baseball diamond and keep score just like a real baseball game! No skills are needed to join the team – just a willingness to try. Hatha Yoga Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Doss Activity Building) A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to help achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. A non-skid yoga mat is required. Beginning Line Dancing Mondays at 1 p.m. Learn popular line dances from talented volunteers. Participants should wear light-colored, rubber-soled shoes. A partner is not needed. Urban Line Dancing Mondays at 7 p.m. Beginners and Seniors: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Join this volunteer-led class that exercises both the body and mind in a fun and exciting way with choreographed steps to jazz, pop, hip-hop, or rhythm-and-blues music. A partner is not needed. Sit And Be Fit Exercise Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. (Doss Activity Building)
This exercise class is designed to help people who suffer with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness. Mangum-Howell Coupon Clippers Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the Mangum-Howell Coupon Clippers as they prepare coupons for shipment to 36 military bases around the world. Scissors and coupons are provided. Ceramics Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch Learn how to prepare, paint, glaze, and fire a variety of greenware pieces. There is no cost to fire pieces, and only those pieces painted by students during class may be fired. However, students must provide their own supplies for the class. Beginning Sewing And Serging Tuesdays: Sewing at 1:30 p.m.; Serging at 2:30 p.m. A volunteer instructor teaches beginning sewing and serging classes, which cover basic machine stitches; measuring, combining and interchanging patterns; plus, seam finishing. While the Center has several machines for student use, participants are encouraged to bring their own serger or sewing machine to become familiar with how it operates. Woodworking Group Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. (Doss Activity Building) Learn how to design patterns and use various tools to build stunning creations. Bring your own supplies; equipment is provided. Chair Volleyball Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Individuals 50 years and better are invited and encouraged to come and enjoy this fun-filled game played with a beach ball. From the fit to the wheelchairbound, chair volleyball is an activity that promotes exercise, comradery and friendship, the spirit of competition, and, most of all, lots of laughs! Zentangle Art And Adult Coloring Book Class Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon A volunteer instructor teaches basic Zentangle designs using black ink on white paper for an easy-to learn, relaxing, and fun craft. Participants should bring ultra-fine black markers and paper to class. The instructor also uses the color wheel to teach students how colors work together to create beautiful works of art. Bring your favorite coloring book, coloring pencils, crayons or markers Whichever medium you prefer, you will feel the anxiety and stress slip away as you design or color. Beginning Knitting And Crocheting Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Share knitting and crocheting techniques with other seasoned veterans. Cards And Dominoes Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Bring a partner or attend alone and try your hand at a variety of card games or dominoes. Ten-Form Integral T’ai Chi Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Volunteers instruct participants in a combination of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. A non-skid yoga mat is required. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (Tops) Thursdays at 9 a.m. This support group offers nutritional information and encouragement to help control weight. Beginning And Intermediates Bridge Lessons Thursdays at 10 a.m. Volunteer instructors teach the basics of American Standard Bridge. Learn about counting tricks, bidding, analyzing your hand, scoring, and more. Duplicate Bridge Thursdays at 1 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of American Standard Bridge in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. BIG STONE LODGE Big Stone Lodge’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Big Stone Lodge is located in Dennis Johnston Park at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring 77373. Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-350-1029 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/commu- nitycenters. In observance of the Christmas holiday, the Center closes Friday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m., and reopens Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 8 a.m. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Big Stone Lodge. An adult must accompany children under the age of 18. Childcare is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate. SPECIAL EVENTS I Can “Bearly” Wait for Christmas Luncheon Friday, Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites all senior adults 50 years of age or better to a luncheon with live, musical entertainment. Donations of stuffed bears will be accepted and distributed to local charity organizations. Ben’s Chuck Wagon will provide turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, dessert, and iced tea. Transportation is available for those 50 or better from Champion Forest Baptist Church, located at 15555 Steubner Airline Road in Houston, at 10:15 a.m. A $10 per person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance during registration. Come by the Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get tickets no later than Wednesday, Nov. 29. Tea Time With Terry Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Participants 50 and better are welcomed to join in Big Stone Lodge’s first wisdom circle. Led by Sage-ing International’s Terry Seufert, this gathering is an opportunity to create a sense of community for participants in the second half of their life. Participants will enjoy tea, light snacks, and engaging conversation. Call 281-350-1029 to register. Christmas Train In Alvin Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Trip sign-up is on a first-come, firstserved basis at Big Stone Lodge. The cost is $9 per person. Dinner is on your own at Joe’s Barbeque Company. Transporta-
tion is provided for individuals 50 and better through Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program. A Harris County Precinct 4 bus will pick up and drop off participants at Spring Baptist Church, located at 633 E. Louetta Road in Spring.
Walking Along The Trails Friday, Dec. 8 at 8:10 a.m.
Begin your Friday morning with a gentle two-mile walk along the Spring Creek Greenway while learning about nature from a Precinct 4 Trails As Parks (TAP) guide.
Pontoon Boat Rides Friday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m.
Take a tranquil and scenic ride along Spring Creek and learn about the area’s natural history and wildlife. Space is limited. Call 281-350-1029 to register.
Natural Holiday Wreaths Monday, Dec. 11 at noon
Join Kris Linberk, naturalist coordinator with Precinct 4 Trails as Parks (TAP), to create your own natural holiday wreath. In this hands-on workshop, Linberk will demonstrate how to make festive decorative pieces out of elements you can find in the park. Call 281-350-1029 to register and receive a supply list.
Stuffed Stocking Exchange Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon
Celebrate the holiday season by joining friends for a stuffed stocking exchange. To participate, fill a pair of glitzy new socks with treats and trinkets (not exceeding $10), tie the socks together, and bring them to the lodge for a white elephant exchange. Call 281-350-1029 to register.
Trip Sign Up Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon
Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 and better through Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program. A Harris County Precinct 4 bus will pick up and drop off participants at Spring Baptist Church, located at 633 E. Louetta Road in Spring, for the following January trip:
Thursday, Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. – Schakolad Chocolate Factory, The Woodlands. The cost is $22 per person. Lunch is on your own at Sweet Tomatoes.
Mistletoe Magic Luncheon Friday, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Big Stone Lodge invites the community to experience the enchantment of the season. Bring your loved ones to enjoy a delightful holiday meal and soulful songs from Kevin Michael Weishaar. Ben’s Chuck Wagon will provide smoked pork loin, glazed carrots, scalloped potatoes, rolls, dessert, and unlimited coffee and iced tea. An $8 per person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance during registration. Come by the Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get tickets no later than Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Introduction To Watercolor Course Monday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.
Big Stone Lodge is offering a course for participants interested in learning the foundations and techniques every watercolor artist needs to know. Volunteer Stephanie Clark will discuss the materials, concepts, and techniques needed to begin any watercolor project. Students are asked to bring a simple set of watercolors, any size paint brushes, and a watercolor painting pad. Call 281-3501029 to register.
Holiday Craft Workshop Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.
Crafters of all skill levels are invited to spend an afternoon making holiday crafts. Participants will be able to create several projects just in time for the holidays. Call 281-350-1029 to register and receive a supply list.
ONGOING Rhythm Walking
Monday through Thursday at 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Start or end your day with a 2 ½-mile walk to music in the comfort of the Center.
Sit And Be Fit
Mondays at 9 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m. This slow and gentle exercise is designed to assist those who suffer from discomfort associated with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness.
Mondays at 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. A certified instructor teaches a combination of stretching and toning exercises.
Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Learn how to build symmetry and coordination in the body. Loose-fitting exercise clothing and a thick yoga mat are required for maximum comfort.