Calendar

Nov
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2017
Memorial Villages Farmers Market @ First Congregational Church
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The goal of the Memorial Villages Farmers Market is to build a quality relationship between farmers, artisans and the community at large. Hosted by First Congregational Church in cooperation with the City of Hunters Creek Village, MVFM has quickly done just that, establishing itself as one of Houston’s premier farmers markets.

Market Highlights
  • High quality vendors
  • Live music
  • Playground and Children’s activities
  • Pet friendly
  • Guest lectures
  • Food demonstrations
  • Ample Parking

Memorial Villages Farmers Market welcomes the entire family, with a playground and children’s activities and a petfriendly environment. Make Memorial Villages Farmers Market your Saturday morning tradition!

Olivewood Cemetery Clean-up @ Historic Olivewood Cemetery
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olivewood is located next to White Oak Bayou, and is therefore surrounded by lush flora. It only takes about a week in the summer for the cemetery to be overrun with vegetation. Beyond routine mowing and weeding, the Descendants of Olivewood have begun projects to beautify individual plots, restoring the old landscaping that has changed with time. If you have a knack for clearing brush and landscaping areas that have been lost to time, you would certainly do well to join us on the first or third Saturday of the month. Check the events calendar to stay informed about upcoming events. We welcome individuals and groups for sponsored clean up days, or to join us for a general clean-up day.
Please visit their website for more information about the cemetery and cleanup effort.

http://www.descendantsofolivewood.org/

What: Olivewood Cemetery Clean-up
When: First and Third Saturdays of each month, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Olivewood Cemetery, 1300 Court Street, Houston, TX 77007

Volunteer Workday at Don Green Park @ Don Greene Nature Park
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Join us Every 3rd Saturday of every month at “The Don Greene Nature Park”. A new, one acre Harris County neighborhood pocket park left to the county and dedicated in honor of Don Greene’s memory on October 2015.

The Friends of Don Greene is a new non-profit dedicated to restoring the property to it’s original glory from the days when Don and his brother grew up at 6009 Cypress and when Don ran his business at 6005 Cypress, Whitewater Experience, from the mid 1990’s until his death.

Our work days will include planting trees and starting a pocket prairie. There may be some additional work to clear non natives growing in the warm weather. We will start at 9am and coffee will be provided. Bring a light breakfast snack to share. Bring a wheelbarrow, if you have one, garden gloves and shovel.

Come visit Don Green Nature Park. Located at 6009 Cypress Street

Beach Exploration with Texas Parks & Wildlife @ Galveston Island State Park
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Galveston Island State Park has two thousand acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands, bayous and bay shoreline. It is a richly diverse preserve with hundreds of species of wildlife — you may see roseate spoonbills resting in an oak mott, tree frogs croaking out their mating calls, skimmers nesting in terraced wetlands, egrets fishing the ponds, coyotes prowling the nighttime grassland, sandpipers skittering in the surf and pelicans surveying from high above.

Hunt for island treasures with one of the knowledgeable guides at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Beach Exploration hikes starting at the park’s Nature Center, located on the bay side of the park, close to the main highway every Saturday (until the end of November) from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs and beach combing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

What to bring:

• Park permit ($5/person, free for children 12 and under)
• Clothes and shoes to get wet (optional)
• Water bottle
• Camera (for those great ocean shots

For more information and what to expect on these beach hikes, visit the event page.

Blackwood’s Mornings in the Country @ Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Blackwood Land

Join us for a Morning in the Country!

Take a self-guided tour of the farm, enjoy a delicious lunch with ingredients from our gardens, take a class with our Farm Director, and much more.

Register Today!

COST (includes lunch)

  • FREE for ages 4 years and under
  • $25 for ages 5 – 13 years
  • $45 for ages 14+

November 18 – A Morning with Karen Man

Karen is an entrepreneur, author, and baker that co-founded Oxheart Restaurant and Public Services Bar. She currently serves as OKRA Charity Saloon’s Administrative Director where they are on pace to reach $1 million dollars donated this fall and is finishing up her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Pralaya Yoga Studio in Houston. When she isn’t spending time in a kitchen, she enjoys hiking, reading under the trees at Menil Park, and taking ceramics classes.

December 16 – Introduction to Composting with Rebecca Verm

Introduction to Composting will explore the fundamental principles of composting, the purpose of compost in your garden, and how to set up a compost system that is right for your garden. We will cover methods such as sheet composting, tumblers, vermicompost, black fly compost, bokashi, and windrow composting.

March 3, 2018 – Basics of Successful Vegetable Gardening with Rebecca Verm

Introduction to the basics of growing vegetables in the Gulf Coast region. Some of the topics covered include growing seasons, climate, best-growing methods & mediums, and specific crop recommendations. We will explore each of these principles, and how they are implemented, in Blackwood’s Kitchen Garden. Students will leave empowered to begin their own backyard garden successfully.

Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont

The Big Thicket Association operates The Ivory Bill, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Enjoy a leisurely trip onboard the Ivory Bill on the ecologically diverse Neches River and into the Big Thicket National Preserve. The public nature tours are scheduled for each Saturday morning, March through November, and disembarks at Riverfront Park in Beaumont.  The tours include a Coast Guard certified Captain, 1st Mate, and Guide.  The tour boat is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.  The Ivory Bill’s amenities include a covered open air deck, comfortable perimeter seating for 30 people, on-board restroom, and public address system. Private Charters also available.

 

Reservations are required…Call 409-651-5326
www.nechesriveradventures.org

BBP’s Walking Tour @ The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park
Nov 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
BikeHouston’s Cranksgiving HTX @ Woodland Park
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

BikeHouston

Want to have fun and help people?! Come out and join the party: The Cranksgiving party!

Cranksgiving HTX is a scavenger hunt and food drive on bikes. The event started in New York and is now a nationwide pre-Thanksgiving tradition. We’ve done it in Houston for three years, and this year, we want to make it bigger and better!

HOW IT WORKS

  • Cranksgiving HTZ is a free event, where teams of 2 will scavenge for pre-selected items at predetermined grocery stores.
  • Each participant will be handed a manifest containing the list and point values for the items to be retrieved within the 2 hours allotted time.
  • Paniers, messenger bags, or backpacks are a must.
  • Receipts will be used to tally up the points.
  • There will also be a required roadblock stop where participants perform some fun feat before continuing.

PRIZE CATEGORIES

  • Group with the most # of riders
  • Most Generous
  • Heaviest Haul
  • Fastest Team

The scavenger hunt participation is free but expects purchases between $12-$15 per participant. You are welcome to be as generous as possible. Everyone wins just by participating!

If you want to join us for the food drive and festivities, just show up! If you can, please bring some non-perishables from your pantry. All items will be donated to a non-profit organization. (Organization TBA)