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Jesse Jones Park to Host Easter Games

Oakhurst at Kingwood families looking for Easter activites can head over to Jesse Jones Park next weekend. The park will be having Easter Games on Saturday, March 30 starting at 10 am.

Visitors ages 12 and under can enjoy egg rolls, bunny hops, spoon races and other traditional Easter games at the Redbud Hill Homestead. Bring a basket and a picnic lunch. Reservations are required and may be made beginning Wednesday, March 20.

All programs at the Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center, located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble, are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call 281-446-8588 or visit

Lone Star College-Kingwood invites the community to attend its Open House event on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Held in the Student-Conference Center, potential students, parents and community members will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the various credit, workforce, continuing education and student service programs that are offered at the college.

“Open House is a great chance for the community to visit our beautiful campus, our first-rate facilities, and our warm and accommodating faculty and staff. We encourage anyone with an interest in higher education to come and visit with us during this event,” said John Turner, associate dean of Student Development. “We’ll have a variety of events planned, that include an expo-style program showcase, tours of campus, free food, live music, and activities especially for our younger visitors.”

Participating departments will provide handouts as well as conduct demonstrations (if applicable) and visitors are invited to take a tour of the campus. Prospective students will have a chance to win iPads, an iPod, iTunes gift cards, Dynamo tickets, Starbucks gift card and movie tickets during the afternoon. As a part of the Open House, the public is invited to attend an outdoor festival, hosted by the Office of Student Life, complete with live music and free crawfish.

“The one-on-one attention that we can provide at events like this creates a much richer bond with our community, and allows us to pay specific attention to the individual needs of our potential students and their families,” Turner said. “It’s going to be a wonderful event, with almost a homecoming-style feel, that we know will energize potential students, community members, alumni, and our faculty and staff.”

For more information on the Open House, call 281-318-4312 or visit

March Mart began in 1974 as a fund-raiser for the then one-year-old arboretum. That sale consisted of donated plants that local garden club members dug up from their gardens and delivered in old coffee cans or milk cartons. From those humble beginnings, March Mart now offers approximately 1,200 species of plants including annuals and perennials, ferns, fruit trees, gingers, herbs, natives, roses, shade plants, trees and shrubs, succulents, tropicals, vegetables, and vines. Vendors with bamboo, camellias, carnivorous plants and orchids will also be onsite.

March Mart is one of the largest plant sales in Texas, with attendance of over 6,000 each year. It is spread out over many acres - shoppers are encouraged to bring their own wagons to transport their purchases. Check out some of the exciting plant options at The Mercer Society website at

March Mart is sponsored by The Mercer Society, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The sale is operated by over 150 volunteers, many of whom work year round on plant committees to research, propagate and care for the plants sold at March Mart. Volunteer at March Mart by signing up online at

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble, 77338. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone seeking additional information or requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mercer at 281-443-8731 or online at

Movies under the Stars presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio, a free community event kicks off Saturday, March 2,  featuring the movie” Here Comes the Boom”, at Kingwood Town Center Park.

Movie starts at dark, pre-show performance music and dancing featuring Fred Astaire dancers begins at 6 p.m.

This is a family friendly event that is free to the public. Bring the whole family, friends, chairs and blankets and enjoy a great movie under the stars.

Movie snacks will be available for purchase along with several restaurants in Town Center providing dining deals and to-go service, picnicking is allowed so coolers are welcome.

All movies are family friendly rated PG13 or less. Movies are shown in their original unedited format and subject to change. Movie schedule will be posted on our website and facebook Fred Astaire Texas or call Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Lake Houston at 281-913-2623.

If you would like to advertise your business, event, organization, or make a special announcement on the screen before the movie contact Selina Shadd, email

In case of inclement weather the movie will be cancelled.

The Humble Area Assistance Ministries annual Raise The Roof Fundraiser is coming to Humble on Sunday, March 24 at the Humble Civic Center. Commemorating its seventh year, the annual fundraiser will help expand facilities and aid the services provided by Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).

HAAM is a great example of the power of partnering, everyone in our community works together to help those in need in our community, said Millie Garrison, assistant executive director at HAAM.

The fundraiser will have a chili cook-off with samples and other food and drinks.

Porter High School has released an official mobile app for student use. The new app lets student access the school information they want and need—anytime, anywhere and straight from their phone. It’s FREE to download and FREE to use! School Connect™ offers information like:

  • Activity calendars
  • Sports schedules and scores
  • Teacher contact information
  • Access to student grades
  • Alerts from school and teachers
  • So much more!

Parents and supporters of Porter High School can now keep up with what’s happening at Porter high school anywhere, anytime, right from their smart phone with School Connect. School Connect is a free mobile app that enables people to stay connected to their student’s school and have school information sent directly to them, wherever and whenever they need it. Whether it’s game day scores, updates on the school play, access to grade books, emergency notifications or even classroom reminders from teachers—School Connect makes all this information available from one place. Anyone with a smart phone can download School Connect from the Apple and Android app stores for free.  To learn more about School Connect, visit

Lennar Sweetens the Deal in February

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Barbecue teams from around the community and surrounding areas fired up the pits to compete in the annual Humble Rodeo BBQ Cook-off Feb 1 and 2.

The cook-off serves as a kick off for the Rodeo and Concerts Feb. 8 and 9 featuring the Josh Abbott Band with special guest, Dustin Lynch Feb. 8 and Kevin Fowler Feb. 9.

For more information or tickets, log on to

Kingwood Town Center to host Mardi Gras

Kingwood Town Center will be the site of Mardi Gras revelry Saturday, Feb. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. The annual Mardi Gras Festival will include a parade, live music and more than 40 vendor booths, selling food, beverages, art and crafts. Chachi’s will be on hand with food and beverages and other vendors will be selling alligator on a stick, snow cones, funnel cakes and more.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Bens Branch Drive and then circles around Town Center.

“Last year, we had 16 floats in the parade,” said event organizer Mike Ibanez.

Applications are still being accepted for groups who wish to participate in the parade. The floats will be throwing beads for young and old alike. In addition, there will be a jumping castle for children.

At 3 p.m., the washboard and accordion sounds of zydeco will take a front seat when “Jewel of the Bayou” Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners take the stage. Thomas was born and raised in Louisiana and comes from a family of zydeco musicians. A self-taught musician, Thomas decided to become a drummer at the age of 8 and made his first drum kit from 5-gallon paint buckets. After many years of touring with his father, Leo “the Bull” Thomas, in 1998, Thomas formed the Zydeco Roadrunners. The Zydeco Roadrunners perform across Louisiana and Texas and have released eight CDs. The band plays “old school” zydeco.

Cajun music will also be heard throughout the afternoon, according to Ibanez.

“Mark Linabury will be the DJ for the event and will be the master of ceremonies,” said Ibanez.

The celebration does not have a rain date and will be held rain or shine. Admission to the event is free.

A flyer about an upcoming YMCA Bridge Fest was all the motivation Oakhurst resident Diane Nowakowski needed.

Two years ago, Nowakowski decided to get back on track to live a healthier life by joining WeightWatchers and start training to run in a marathon or race.

“I had always been healthy but I fell off track because of stress eating and my job. I got tired of being unhealthy so I decided to make a change. I joined WeightWatchers and received a flyer in the mail talking about how to walk your way to a 5K; I took that challenge,” Nowakowski said.

As an International Flight Attendant, Nowakowski has found it hard to stay on track but hopes to get back on track by participating again in this year’s YMCA Bridge Fest Feb. 2.

The last time she participated, Nowakowski ran the 5K in 35:05 minutes and she plans to beat that time this year.

“If I can do it, anyone can Bridge Fest. I want to encourage others to just get out and try it or even just get out and walk Bridge Fest. Any physical activity is better than nothing,” Nowakowski said.

This event offers a great opportunity for families to come out and spend quality time together. The first race will begin at 8:00 am and is a ½ mile event open to ages 6 and under. Following the ½ mile race will be a 1-Mile Race for ages 7 – 12.

This will allow for the younger runners to race against their own age groups and compete for an award in those age categories. Following the Kids Races, the 5K Family Run and Walk will begin at 9:00 am which is open to all ages and abilities.

Concluding the morning is the awards ceremony which will be in the YMCA gymnasium. All races will use the chip timing system for accurate race results and cost of each race varies by category

Proceeds from Bridge Fest support the Partners scholarship program at the Lake Houston Family YMCA and East Montgomery County YMCA. Many families in the Lake Houston and EMC communities have little or no ability to pay for the programs and services offered at the YMCA.

This year’s Bridge Fest goal is to raise over $45,000 for the scholarship fund to insure that children and families were not denied access to character enhancing programs or vital services such as YMCA after school child care, swim lessons, day camp, youth sports, teen leadership camp and many more because of financial limitations.

Families and individuals can apply for financial assistance by completing an Open Door application at either YMCA.

“I am very excited and motivated for this year’s Bridge Fest. This is the event that pushes me to be healthier and get out to join others in walking for a good cause. This inspires me as I hope it inspires others,” Nowakowski said.

For cost and additional information on Bridge Fest, call the Lake Houston Family YMCA 281-360-2500, visit their website at or e-mail Carol Sutton,

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