Clear hurdles and navigate obstacles with your furry best friend in College of the Mainland’s 5K color course May 3. As runners surmount obstacles, they will be spritzed with multicolored paint to mark each success.

The cost is $10 for runners ages 6-12, $15 for COM students, employees or military members and $20 for general admission. For safety reasons, children younger than 6 are not allowed on the course.

Register in person starting at 8 a.m. at the corner of Monticello Drive and Amburn Road or preregister at colorcourse.com.edu. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be open until 2 p.m.

COM students in the SO Psyched Club are coordinating the fundraiser to raise funds for Dog Dynasty Animal Shelter in Santa Fe, the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center in Texas City and the club.

For information, call 409-933-8197 or visit colorcourse.com.edu.

COM hosts open house

COM will host an open house for prospective students and parents from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the COM Learning Resources Center Auditorium.

Discover how to apply to college, choose a major, apply for financial aid and explore the COM resources available to help you excel in college.

Call 409-933-8662 for details.

Register for May minisession

Take a fast track to credit and register by May 9 for May minisession classes. Classes will run May 12-30. Learn more at www.com.edu/register or call 409-933-8264.

‘Rounding Third’ hits home run at COM community theater

For many Little League coaches, baseball can be summed in one word — fun. Or is it winning?

Two coaches’ wildly opposing views on the game and the right way to play collide in “Rounding Third,” playing at COM Community Theatre April 24-27. The two-man play stars Michael, a former Canadian curler who just wants to help kids enjoy themselves, and Don, a competitive, over-the-top coach.

When Michael takes over as assistant alongside Don, conflict and laughs are bound to ensue. No topic is too minor for the odd couple of Little League to debate, from how to motivate players to why teaching 8-year-olds how to round the bases matters in the first place.

Tickets range from $5 to $20, with discounts for season subscribers. The play will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

For tickets, visit www.com.edu/theatre or call 409-933-8345.

Painting and poetry mingle at International Poetry Day celebration

For Anya Ezhevskaya, art is worth the mess. In a free demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the COM Fine Arts Building, she will combine recitation of her original poetry with creating a painting.

Through her poetry, Ezhevskaya reflects humorously and seriously on life, motherhood and her relationship to the English language as native Russian speaker and linguist.

For information, call 409-933-8354.

Saxophone concert

Enjoy an evening of jazz with the COM Saxophone Ensemble’s free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the COM Fine Arts Building. For information, call 409-933-8348.

Inside COM is compiled by the communications office at College of the Mainland.

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