Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 281-353-8100, 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble, 77379. Seasonal pontoon boat tours down Spring Creek to the San Jacinto River near U.S. 59, observe wildlife and follow the routes of early explorers on the waterway may soon be expanded.
Texas State Railroad: Weekend Round Trips.
Streamliner Diner: A Texas Treasure since 1881.
877-726-7245. texasstaterr.com P.O. Box 166, Rusk, TX. 75785.
: 10 a. Mar.-Oct. Diesel engine: Mar.-Apr.
Historic steam engine: Apr.- Sept.
: 12 noon. Vintage diesel engine: June-Aug.
Signature Dining Experience on the Piney Woods Excursion Train:
The Streamliner Diner ! Vintage Dome & Dining Rail Cars.
Dinner served with beer and wine available for purchase by the glass.
Palestine-to-Rusk: 25 Railroad Miles. Group Rates Available.
TXSTRR: established 1881. A True Texas Treasure.
In the East Texas town of Palestine, about 160 miles north of Houston.
877-726-7245. texasstaterr.com P.O. Box 166, Rusk, TX. 75785 .
Excursion Train Ride through East Texas; Mother Nature Show.
71 camp sites w/full hookup for RVs.
RV hookups, Nature Trail, Playground, Large Park.
The Stafford Centre:
seats 1,154, resident home to Fort Bend Symphony, state
of the art sound system, & $250,000 HD video system. Free parking. Murphy Rd. exit off SW Frwy.
Texas Automotive Muscle: Home of the Hemi Hideout.
Pattison, TX: 77466. Hemihideout.com YOU Gotta See This Place ! !
Tomball Farmers Market:
Tomball Farmers Market, 281-825-6187, 14090 FM 2920, Year-round weekly market. Every Saturday
. 9 a.-1 p. Cherry Street/FM 2920. 77375.
Tomball Depot: Second Saturdays.
2nd Sat. @ Historic Downtown Depot, 201 S. Elm St. Tomball, TX. 77375.
4 p. Monthly Event for Families. Activities, Games, Crafts, Feature-length
film shown @ dark. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. In the event of bad weather,
the program will re-locate to the Tomball Community Ctr @ 221 Market Street.
Free admission and parking. Willkommen Y'all !
Katy Farmers Market :
The Market is located less than two miles north of La Centerra to the parking
lot of Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway. The Market is held rain or shine on Saturdays
, 8 a.m.-noon.
Pet Adoption Event:
Petco, 936-442-7738, 19507 N. Frwy. Spring. The Montgomery Co. Animal Shelter holds a weekly pet adoption
event at Petco. Cost to adopt a pet is $80 for dogs and cats, $25 for other pets. Cost includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and more.
PetsMart also holds animal adoptions every Saturday. Find yours nearby today !
If you have an animal
: BE a Responsible Owner and have the animal spayed or neutered ! There are TOO MANY unwanted, neglected and starving animals in every area . Do the right thing. Indoor Pet
: Bathe a pet once every 10 days.
the animal's hair often. Check behind
its ears & on it's skin for infections.
Learn to clip
its nails without causing the animal to bleed.
Houston Accordion Association:
Meetings are twice monthly. 6-9 p.m. First Tuesday
Meetings: Pizza Inn,
corner of Mangum @ 18th St. (close to W. Loop 610 & Hwy. 290.)
Meetings: Gabby's on Telephone Rd. & South Loop 610.
Come to play, come to listen, eat, drink, and have a good time. Info:
Bob Suttie, Texas Legacy Czech Band, 281-499-6406.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion,
281-363-3300, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, the second-busiest outdoor concert venue in the World (Red Rocks outside Denver is No. 1), will celebrate its 25th Anny next year. Artists are still being signed for 2014, but it should be the venue's Biggest Lineup Ever.
In 1990, the seating capacity was 10,000. Now the pavilion holds 16,500 people.
No Beverages Can Be Brought into the Venue at Any Time.
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Tour:
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. 2000 Lyons, Texas' oldest craft brewery.
@ 3 p.m. weekdays. Now serving full lunch menu
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Salads and sandwiches also available.
MINUTE MAID PARK, 713-259-8000, 501 CRAWFORD. GO ASTROS ! !
The average three-hour baseball game contains 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action such as pitches, balls in play, running, and throws.
Source: Wall Street Journal//The Week Mag
HOUSTON TOYOTA CENTER,
713-758-7200, 866-446-8849 1510
GO HOUSTON ROCKETS ! !
NRG (Reliant) Stadium: Houston Texans NFL Football Team ! !
Texans have a new digital HD video screen, features an image area of 14,549
sq. ft. It is among the largest in-stadium HD video displays in the world. (Congrats! Team Texans !)
The point of pride, at a cost $16.5 Million, to provide fans all the technological bells and whistles that you can't get in-home. The average football
game contains only 11 minutes of action time. (Go Figure!)
Source: Wall Street Journal//The Week Mag
, 12352 Kuykendahl & Rankin, off I-45 N. is a 10-acre site,
combination park, featuring Dylan Park on one side and the
, largest skatepark in North America on the other side.
We can't all be heroes
. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they
go by. Will Rogers
Cool Things to Do In Houston : #1 Coolest Town: (According to Forbes.)
Houston has 19 museums in the Houston Museum District.
Dine at the Downtown Aquarium and see the fishes in the Deep Blue Sea.
Houston's Theatre District spans 17 blocks. Step outside the district and
catch free musical entertainment @ Discovery Green, Miller Outdoor Theatre
or any of the cultural diversity festivals. Hike, Bike, Canoe or Kayak on Buffalo Bayou. Have a ball at hometown professional teams: Aeros, Astros, Texans,
Dynamos, Rockets. Dine uptown or downtown at any one of the 11,000 restaurants/bars/clubs/grills around town.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands was the No. 2 busiest
outdoor venue in the world in 2012. Only Red Rocks Amphitheater outside
Denver sold more tix, according to Pollstar Magazine. No. 3 outdoor venue was the Filene Center @ Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA., followed by the Molson
Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto. No. 5 was the famed Hollywood Bowl in
Los Angeles. Houston Chronicle 1-15-2013 byline: Ken Hoffman
Art Car Museum,
713-861-5526, 140 Heights, devoted to contemporary art
emphasizing art cars. Admission: Free.
Beer Can House
, 713-926-6368, 222 Malone, owner John Milkovich covered his lawn with cement and thousands of found objects. Then he covered his house in flattened beer cans and decorated with cut beer-can garlands. Admission: $2 to see grounds, $5 for guided tours of the grounds and museum inside house.
Eclectic Menagerie Park,
Houston, off Hwy. 288 & Belfort. Animals, birds,
flying machines and more can be found at this park-like property owned by Texas Pipe & Supply. Some of the sculptures have pipe bases. The American eagle @ sunset is stunning. Admission: Free.
Field of Vision
, sculpture garden at Bastrop & Elgin. Artist Bert Long sculpted
40 eyes atop 40 pedestals in a Project Row garden. Admission: free.
713-864-7886, 2525 Washington, final resting place for
Billionaire Howard Hughes. Four Texas governors, last president of Texas,
20-odd Houston mayors. Lovely, historic grounds. Free admission.
Orange Show Monument
, 713-926-6368, 2402 Munger, a shrine to all things orange, created by the late Houston postal worker, Jeff McKissack; using common building materials & found objects. A museum, a maze, a house of fun. Admit $5.
National Museum of Funeral History
, 281-876-3063, 415 Barren Springs, 77090. Vast collection of funeral service artifacts and exhibits. Largest collection of funeral service artifacts and renowned exhibits on one of man's oldest cultural customs. Also a permanent exhibit: Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes. The Popemobile used by Pope John Paul II in 1982 in part of the collection. Open daily.
Admission: $5 adults. Kids: $3 for age 12 & under.
Holocaust Museum Houston
, 713-942-8000, 5401 Caroline St. 77004 hosts 200,000 annual visitors.
Houston Treasure Reclaimed:
The newly restored Julia Ideson Library, 832-393-1313, 500 McKinney, is a
Houston treasure reclaimed. Barry Moore, lead architect of the library's
restoration is enthusiastic about all aspects of the completed project. The
project restored 95% of the 1926 library's original furniture. Moore is
an instructor in preservation classes at U. of Houston. The historic library
and city archive is now open to the public. Check for hours.
Brochures for self-guided tours available at the Texas Room on the first floor. Staff-led tour available with two-weeks' notice.
Houston Museum of Natural Science, (HMNS), 713-639-4629, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, New Paleontology Hall. You Gotta See This Place ! $15/$10. Admission is free after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.
George Ranch Historical Park:
Holiday festivities include Christmas in the Park, popular Campfire Christmas evenings and a new Children's Campfire Christmas. Reservations required.
281-343-0218, 10215 FM 762, Richmond, Tx.
The Ranch illuminates 100 years of history as lived by four generations of one
family. Attractions include the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, the 1890s Davis Mansion and the 1930s George Ranch Complex.
Art Classes: The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, 281-376-6322,
6815 Cypresswood, 77379. Closed on Sundays. Admission: Free
Silverado 19 IMAX Theater, 24720 Tomball Prkwy, 77375, 281-290-0077.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a
miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein.
May You Live as Long as you Want And Never Want as Long as You Live.
Come Up and See Me Sometime… Mae West
It is better to be looked over than overlooked. Mae West
It doesn't make any difference what you do in the bedroom as long as you
don't do it in the street and frighten the horses. Mrs. Patrick Campbell
People don't know what they want until you show it to them. Steve Jobs
Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
TEXAS is the Finest Portion of the Globe That Has Blessed My Vision!
Texas State Railroad:
In the East Texas town of Palestine, about 160 miles north of Houston.
Palestine Depot, 709 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801. Tix: 877-726-7245.
Swanson Golf Center, 281-440-1308, 6224 Theall Rd. Houston, 77066
Golfers have the option of becoming a club member or playing by the bucket.
The Golf Center has a comprehensive golf school curriculum, including courses on player
development and swing technology with seven instructors offering private and group lessons. Practice on good grass with good quality golf balls
and access to PGA Pros or apprentices. Matt Swanson, Partner.
Miracles Baseball Academy, 281-440-6325, 6823 Theall Rd. Houston 77066
Baseball Camps. Christian-affiliated, nonprofit organization.
camps available for kids: ages 5-14. Develop relationships,
hone skills, build confidence and self-esteem.
Archery Range: Ellen & Bill Carter Park.
The only public archery park in Harris County opened Oct. 2012 in Prec. 4.
Designed for archers
by archers, with a lot of great features. The park features a covered pavilion with permanent targets at various intervals; two targets in back serve long-distance shooters. The archery features Olympic dimensions for pros and plenty of room to practice for everyone else. It is an outdoor sport that is empowering to practice, said Commissioner Jack Cagle.
There is a canoe launch in the back of the park.
Houston Chronicle 11-29-2012 byline: Lindsay Peyton
Ages 18 and older only, unless accompanied by parent, not open to ages 6 & under
. Bring your own blanket: (BYOB), lawn chair, etc. No alcohol in park. $10 admit includes approx. 9 games. Additional: $1. ea. CASH ONLY.
Concerts @ The Square
: Restaurants, Bars, Movies, Concerts & More.
Market Square Park
is framed by Preston, Congress, Milam and Travis, now includes a sizeable dog run, along with a lawn and patio area and a Niko Niko Greek Café.
Houston City Pass:
888-330-5008, Famous Attractions (6) $39.00 skip tix
lines. $74.90 Value. Buy at first attraction you visit. Prices subject to change.
The Houston WAVE:
Park at Houston and Memorial, Lot H. Ride the Houston Wave shuttle all the way to the Westcott turnaround or just Wave it down for a ride anywhere
in the areas: Washington Ave. Downtown, Heights. Ride the WAVE: 713-863-9283.
Lauren Barrash operates a fleet of eight bright orange jitney buses that ferry people around the city. Quick and Easy !
Buy a monthly membership or download webapp to your phone:
m.theHoustonWave.com . ( Check out some HotSpots in Houston.)
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge:
Open daily: sunrise to sunset. 4318 FM 1985. Headquarters @ 4017 FM 563.
Tix: Free. fws.gov/refuge/Anahuac .
More alligators in Anahuac, TX: 1704 S. Main. GatorFest ! Annual Event !
Kleb Woods Nature Center,
20303 Draper, Tomball. 7 a.-dusk, daily. Free.
pct. 3 hctx.net/parks .
Brazos Bend State Park, 979-553-5101, 21901 FM 762. Needville, TX.
8 a-10 p. daily. Tix: $7. Free: ages 11 and younger.
The park's nearly 5,000
acres stretch scenically alongside three miles of the legendary Brazos River.
The place teems with wildlife and birds along the trails of hardwood forests, native tall grass prairies, lakes, creeks and marshes. Humongous American alligators look as big as tree trunks floating in the water. Nine-banded armadillos root
The nature center is open 11 a.-3 p. weekdays and 9 to 5 on week-
Huntsville State Park,
6 mi. South of Huntsville on Park Road 40 off I-45 N.
7 a-10 p. daily. Tix: $5. Free for ages 11 and younger. tpwd.texas.gov
A Closed Mouth Gathers No Foot.