COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Courtesy St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

Drivers receive ashes, Eucharist and prayer on the go March 6 at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Road. Call 281-333-2384 to learn more.

THROUGH FEB. 22

St. Thomas the Apostle welcomes families during weeklong open house

Parents and caregivers learn about educational opportunities, including a new Spanish program, during an open house at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School.

Where: 18300 Upper Bay Road.

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Details: The school’s new Spanish language program pushes students in kindergarten through fifth grade to proficiency, emphasizing the ability to navigate conversations, instructions and common daily interactions.

Price: Free.

Info: Moisina Sanxhaku, 281-333-1340

FEB. 20

Galveston group presents musical history lesson

Sparky Koerner’s Jazz Express shines a light on the history of jazz music during a performance at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Where: 18300 Upper Bay Road.

When: 10 a.m.

Details: The group will perform a variety of pieces—including Dixieland, Big Band, Latin, bossa nova and others.

Info: 832-498-1658.

FEB. 22 AND 23

Art Park Players present ‘Forever Plaid’ Four performers killed in a traffic accident on their way to their first big gig are allowed to come back to life to perform in Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department’s production of “Forever Plaid.”

Where: 1302 Center St.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Meals start one hour before showtime.

Details: “It’s not often you see a show that just makes you smile, but this is one of them. There’s lots of humor and lots of songs our audience will remember and love, including ‘Chain Gang’ and ‘Love is a Many-Splendored Thing,” director Susan Mele said.

Price: Show only, $15; meal and show, $30.

Info: 281-794-2448

FEB. 22

Chili fundraiser benefits church ministries

Hope Community United Methodist Church stirs up the spices at its chili fund-raiser.

Where: 2838 Lily St.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5-7 p.m.

Details: A silent auction benefits ministries for young adults and children.

Price: Adults, $10; children, $5.

Info: 281-487-0610.

FEB. 23

Historical program honors black performers

Actors from Main Street Theater share stories, scenes and speeches in “Speak of Me as I Am: A Celebration of African-American Contributions to Shakespeare” at the Parker Williams Branch Library.

Where: 10851 Scarsdale Blvd.

When: 2 p.m.

Details: This interactive program pays tribute to black Shakespearean actors of early America, including Ira Aldridge, Henrietta Vinton Davis and Paul Robeson.

Price: Free.

Info: www.hcpl.net/location/parker-williamsbranch-library.

FEB. 25

Republican women welcome education policymaker State Board of Education member Matt Robinson speaks at the Texas Gulf Coast Republican Women’s February meeting.

Where: Friendswood Chamber of Commerce, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Details: The group usually meets the third Monday of each month.

Price: Free.

Info: 281-922-4884.

FEB. 25, MARCH 4

AARP assists with tax preparation

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers—especially those 50 and older—at Friendswood Public Library.

Where: 416 S. Friendswood Drive.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details: Individuals will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price: Free.

Info: 281-482-7135.

FEB. 26

Pearland ISD event highlights youth mental health Dr. John J. O’Neill, clinical director at The Menninger Clinic, examines how substance abuse relates to youth mental health during Pearland Independent School District’s second “Join In…Inspired, Informed, Involved” event.

Where: Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main St.

When: 5-7 p.m.

Details: Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from local mental health agencies.

Price: Free.

Info: Chenda Moore, moorect@ pearlandisd.org.

Historian considers populism’s spread in Europe

Christian J. Emden, professor of political thought and a director of Rice University’s Politics, Law & Social Thought program, discusses the rise of populism in Europe as part of the Great Decisions U.S. foreign policy discussion program.

Where: Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 El Camino Real.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: Emden’s research areas include modern intellectual history and European philosophy.

Price: Free.

Info: bobhandy@comcast.net.

MARCH 1-2

Aglow presents faith conference

Prayer, dance and worship highlight Southeast Texas Area Aglow International’s Ambassadors of Reconciliation conference at Praise Chapel.

Where: 18516 State Hwy. 3.

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Speakers include Doug Stringer, Turning Point Ministries International; Deborah DeGar, The Voice of God GlobalCenter Inc. and International House of Prayer Inc.; the Rev. Karen Diaz, The Church Without Walls; and Lara Lanphier, Open Sky Arts Collective.

Price: $30.

Info: Martha Middlebrook, 979-877-8155

MARCH 2

Researchers spotlight STEM innovations

Educators from more than 20 school districts experience hands-on activities and tour state-of-the-art research facilities during “New Horizons and Innovations in STEM,” co-hosted by University of Houston-Clear Lake and University of Texas Medical Branch.

Where: 2700 Bay Area Blvd.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: Exhibitors include Artist Boat, the Houston Zoo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Geophysical Society of Houston and the Galveston Bay Foundation. Teachers who attend will receive seven hours of continuing professional education credits.

Price: $30.

Info: www.uhcl.edu/education/centers-initiatives/stem-conference/.

Yacht club launches sailing season

Lakewood Yacht Club’s annual race series sets sail with the 2019 Bay Cup I Regatta.

Where: 2322 Lakewood Yacht Club Drive.

When: 10:30 a.m.

Details: The regatta is open to all boats with enough entries to form a class. Proceeds benefit the Bay Access Foundation.

Price: $75.

Info: www.lakewoodyachtclub.com.

Dancers celebrate Mardi Gras

Let’s Dance lets the good times roll during its Mardi Gras party at Hometown Heroes Park.

Where: 1001 E. League City Parkway.

When: 7-9:45 p.m.

Details: DJ John Ruhberg spins a variety of rhythms, and dress code is “as you like.”

Price: $8.

Info: Neva Schroder, 417-838-2204.

MARCH 3

Costumed pets on parade The 21st annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras parade at Pier 21 benefits Galveston Island Humane Society.

Where: 20th Street and Harborside Drive.

When: 1:30 p.m.

Details: Pet owners can participate in the parade with their animals or enjoy a cat’s-eye view from the balcony of the Trolley Station Building at 20th Street and Strand Street.

Price: Parade registration is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets for the balcony party are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.

Info: 409-740-1919.

MARCH 4, 5

‘Odd Couple’ auditions open Director Curmira Bill seeks mismatched roommates for her production of “The Odd Couple (The Female Version)” at Bay Area Harbour Playhouse.

Where: 3803 State Hwy. 3.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: Actors are asked to bring a head shot and provide a cold read. Performances will be April 26 through May 12.

Info: 281-337-7469

MARCH 5

St. Thomas the Apostle celebrates Mardi Gras Revelers enjoy azydeco mass and “bayou boil” as part of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church’s Fat Tuesday festivities.

Where: 18300 Upper Bay Road.

When: 6 p.m.

Details: Dinner includes red beans and rice. The Platinum Players will provide music, and participants are encouraged to wear masks and beads.

Price: Free, $25 offering per family suggested.

Info: 281-333-2384.

MARCH 6

Herb fair benefits Moody Gardens’ education programs

Vendors showcase books, food items and gifts at the Friends of Moody Gardens’ seventh annual Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon.

Where: 1 Hope Blvd.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details: The luncheon, $45, benefits educational programs for children and seniors and features speaker Concetta Maceo-Sims, manager of Maceo Spice & Import Co.

Price: Free.

Info: www.facebook.com/TheFriendsofMoodyGardens.

MARCH 12

Retired teachers take a look at integrative medicine

Donald LeFever discusses pain relief via acupuncture at the Clear Creek Association of Retired Teachers’ March meeting.

Where: Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Parkway.

When: 9:30 a.m.

Details: Retired Texas school employees are invited.

Info: 281-538-4056