The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of a few events and activities to enjoy with your family and friends in Houston:
Support the food drive — Don’t miss festivities surrounding the Souper Bowl of Caring Community Food Drive Friday, January 25, 4 pm – 8 pm, at CityCentre. The event features a variety of activities including an inflatable football toss, raffle tickets, goodie bags, hourly giveaways from 104.1 KRBE, and photo opps with Houston Texans cheerleaders. Grab a grilled pork slider from Houston Texans Grille for just a $1 donation. The Community Food Drive is going on through February 3. Various locations within CityCentre are collecting the canned goods including Hotel Sorella, Life Time Fitness, and Houston Texans Grille. CityCentre is located near Beltway 8 and I-10.
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed– Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is celebrating Arbor Day January 26, 10 am – 2 pm, with plenty of free fun for kids and adults. Kids can make recycled paper hats and pinecone bird feeder, get a free tree seedling, visit Johnny Appleseed, and see live owls from Wildlife Center of Texas. Families can enjoy tree tours as well as tree planting demonstrations. The tree and shrub sale also will take place. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is located at 4501 Woodway Drive.
Introduce kids to classical music — Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music presents its annual family concert Saturday, January 26, at 11 am. Kids can get an up-close look at instruments during the instrument demonstrations at 10:30 am. The concert features selections by Debussy and Revueltas. The Shepherd Society’s Family Concert will be located at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall, 6100 Main Street. Arrive early for first-come, first-served seating.
Engage with the Astros — Baseball fans will love attending Astros FanFest Saturday, January 26, 11 am – 4 pm. Adults will enjoy the Talkin’ Baseball Sessions while kids play in the Interactive Kids Zone. Storytime with Milo Hamilton kicks off at 11:15 am. Check out the autograph session schedule online, too. FanFest is completely free, but you must print a voucher for admittance. Print your voucher here. Autograph sessions require an extra fee ($10 per session) as well as ballpark tours. FanFest is located at Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St.
Plant trees — The City of Houston is gathering thousands of volunteers Saturday, January 26, to continue its Re-Plant Houston efforts. This multi-year campaign will work to plant trees in six Houston parks. Contact these leaders for info on volunteering to plant in each park: Hermann Park: Hermann Park Conservancy, email@example.com; MacGregor Park: volunteers have reached capacity; and Memorial Park, Montie Beach Park, De Zavala Park or Tuffly Park , email firstname.lastname@example.org with Houston Parks & Recreation.