Wanna spend some quality time with your puppy? Here’s a last-minute idea… Urban Tails in Midtown offers free puppy swim lessons the first Thursday of each month at their Bow Wow Beach Club, a climate-controlled dog park and pool. Puppies under six months are invited tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Swim instructors, treats, and life jackets are all provided FREE! Urban Tails is located at 1618 Webster (near I-45 and 288). Contact: 713-658-0900 for more info and to register.
For a limited time, McDonald’s is offering two-for-one drinks from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as part of its campaign, Refreshment Recess. This includes not only your favorite soft drinks but also McCafe Mochas, lattes, and cappuccinos. Grab a friend and head to McDonald’s before it expires Thursday, February 12.
Wanna catch the five Oscar-nominated films for “Best Picture” before the big awards show? AMC Entertainment is offering its third-annual AMC Best Picture Showcase on February 21 at two of its Houston area theaters. The All-Day pass for $30 provides admission to the five best-picture nominees — along with a large popcorn and free unlimited refills the whole day. This $50 value provides guests the opportunity to come and go throughout the event as they please…
- Milk — 10:30 a.m.
- The Reader–1:05 p.m.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button–3:45 p.m.
- Slumdog Millionaire–7:15 p.m.
- Frost/Nixon–9:45 p.m.
Tickets are already on sale in advance–first-come, first serve–online at www.amctheaters.com or at the participating box offices.
Participating AMC theaters in Houston include:
- AMC Willowbrook 24–17145 Tomball Parkway (near Hwy. 249 and N. Gessner) 281-970-9604
- AMC Dunvale 30–2949 Dunvale (off Westheimer) 713-977-4431
This offer is available at 97 participating AMC Theaters around the country, so share with friends and family. Check for specific locations online at AMC Theaters.
What a deal! The Apple retail store at the Houston Galleria offers free workshops to learn all-things Apple. Need help with your iPod and iTunes, iMovie and iDVD? Keep an eye on these rotating classes each week.
Thursday, February 5–iMovie and iDVD Hands-on Workshop–(8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) Learn how to store, organize, and browse your videos as well as how to quickly create amazing home movies to share with family and friends. iMovie makes it easy to create new movies and iDVD turns your movies into awesome DVDs. Sign up required.
Saturday, February 7–Mac “Getting Started” Hands-on Workshop–(8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) This is a great basic hands-on workshop for anyone with a new Mac — or thinking of getting one. Learn how to set up your new Mac, connect to the Web, send e-mail, import and share photos, sync music to your iPod, and search/organize files. Sign up required.
Sunday, February 8–Mac “Getting Started” Hands-on Workshop–(10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) Repeat workshop from Saturday…
Sunday, February 8–iPhone Workshop–(2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Learn the basics of the new iPhone 3G in this workshop. See how easy it is to make calls, send e-mail, browse the Web with Safari and more. Sign up required.
Monday, February 9–iPhoto Workshop–(8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) Discover how iPhoto makes it easy to organize, enhance, and share your digital photos. Skills cover editing and retouching photos as well as learning how to create impressive prints, calendars, and photo books. Sign up required.
Wednesday, February 11—Jam Music Workshop–(5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) As part of the Apple Youth Workshops, this series helps families learn how to compose a song with vocals using GarageBand. Sign up required.
Bring your lunch and head to Da Camera’s free lunchtime concert this Wednesday, February 4, at noon in the Wortham Theater Center lobby (500 Texas at Smith). “Cultural Encounters through Music” features a shadow puppet play and works by Debussy and William Grant Still. Timothy Hester (piano), Anne Leek, (oboe), and Aralee Dorough (flute), are featured musicians.
The monthly series, A Little Day Music, is held the first Wednesday of each month, October through May. It features a variety of live music and drawings for tickets to upcoming Da Camera’s events. Waste Management and KUHF 88.7 FM are sponsors. These monthly concerts fulfill the organization’s mission to make chamber music and jazz accessible to everyone and part of every day life.
Did you catch the ad during the Super Bowl last night advertising a free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s? Dine-in customers on Tuesday, February 3, can order a Grand Slam from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 bacon and 2 sausage links for FREE! Word has it that customers on Tuesday also will get a coupon booklet with offers for additional free menu items with purchases. This offer is good at all 10 Denny’s locations in Houston. For specific locations near you, check Denny’s online.
G’Day USA Australia Week culminates this weekend, and Houston represents the third-coast showcase city. Nibble and sip some Australian food and wine this Saturday, January 31, at Spec’s downtown location. “Taste of Australia” features epicurean delights and fine wines from the Land Down Under. This free event also includes cooking demonstrations by local Australian chef, Jason Gould, of Gravitas Restaurant—and a variety of Australian entertainment.
Location: Spec’s Downtown, 2410 Smith Street, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info at Spec’s: (713) 526-8787
Grab the kids and head to The Children’s Museum of Houston for its weekly Family Fun Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. And did I mention it’s always free admission? Target helps sponsor this wonderful evening for Houston families and hosts story time in the Parent Resource Library on the hour beginning at 5 p.m. All story time participants will receive a new book courtesy of Target to continue their reading adventures at home.
Be sure to check out the big expansion plans while you’re there. By its Grand Re-Opening on March 14, the museum will double its size to add seven new gallery exhibits to its current plethora of fun.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is located near Hermann Park and Hwy. 288 at 1500 Binz. For more information or directions, call (713) 522-1138.
Note: Parking in the garage is $3 on Free Family Nights.