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Local churches and faith groups will have holiday and Christmas events in December for the public. Check with your local church or group for times and dates.
Tonight and Saturday, December 15th –“Handel’s Messiah” at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church on 8300 Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas. Free Admission tickets at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Performances at 8 p.m.
Tonight and Saturday, December 15th — “Christmas Under the Big Top” at Second Baptist Church, Woodway Campus near Voss Road in Houston, Texas. It’s at 7 p.m.
December 24th — Christmas Eve Services at local churches. At Houston’s First Baptist Church services are 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the 610 L00p campus.
December 15 – 30 — The 2018 U.S. China International Film Festival in Houston, Texas. The film festival is at the Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore, Houston, Texas 77004. Admission is free.
The film festival kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 15th at 2 p.m. with 2 films.
At 2 p.m., “Dancing Through Life, The Dorothy Toy Story” will be shown.
At 2:30 p.m., the The Great American Follies from the San Francisco Bay Area will perform.
At 3 p.m., the films’ director and Houstonian, Rick Quan and race car driver Al Young will have a discussion.
At 3:30 p.m., Quan’s second film, “The Al Young Story” will be shown at the festival.
For more information, contact Zhong Xie at email@example.com or call 713-304-5636.
December 21 –First Day of Winter
December 25 – Merry Christmas!
December 26 – January 1, 2019 –Happy Kwanza!
January 1, 2019 — Happy New Year!
January 31, 2019 –Property Taxes Due without penalty fees in Texas counties.
Places to visit in Houston, Texas –Space Center Houston, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Hines Water Wall Park near the Galleria, the Museum District, Downtown Houston, Hermann and Memorial Parks, the San Jacinto Monument in Baytown to name a few. Galveston beaches are a 45-minute drive from metro Houston.
Bucee’s is Texas’s favorite place to fuel up your vehicle and yourself. Buc-ees has food, gifts and gas at its Pearland, Katy, Houston area and Texas locations. The Galleria in Houston offers high-end retail stores, Macys, Nordstroms, restaurants, food court and a cool ice skating rink. Memorial City in west Houston also a popular shopping and restaurant area for families and visitors. Closer to the Texas Medical Center are Rice University Village and Highland Village for shopping and places to eat. Outside Houston city limits, take I-10 West for Designer Outlets at Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take Highway 290 in northwest Houston to the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, Texas.
For Texas Barbeque, foodies head to Killen’s in Pearland and Rudy’s in the outer suburbs of metro Houston. Pappas BBQ, Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy and Brisket BBQ in Bellaire also are family favorites.
Houston families also dine at Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias.
For Mexican food, locals and visitors head to Lopez Mexican Restaurant on S. Wilcrest off Highway 59 in southwest Houston. The original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street in east Houston also is a popular destination. There are many Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston. Fajita Pete’s café in West University also good for close-to-home takeout or dining.
For Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks.
Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town and in Katy, Texas have Asian food and shops. Many are on Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston. There’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucius, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Tan-Tan Westheimer, Seoul (Korean) in Spring Branch and Fadi’s (Mediterranean).
There’s also Kim Bo Chinese Restaurant in Sugarland, Texas which has an “A” in city health department restaurant inspections.
Large Asian grocery stores like Ranch 99, Viet Hoa, Hong Kong Market, Welcome, Super H Market also offer box lunches and some have food courts. For Boba Tea, visit Star Snow Ice, Tapioca House in the Welcome shopping Center on Bellaire Boulevard and Tea House locations in Chinatown. Tapioca House also serves combo bento box meals with Boba Tea for $7-$8. Tapioca House has locations in Austin and Dallas. For Thai food, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 6324 Richmond Avenue west of the Galleria area.
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Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers. Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes. For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com