Large mats of water hyacinth have landed on the beaches, covering spots in front on the seawall and beyond.
Twelve lucky kids will win a rare opportunity to ride on a Mardi Gras float in the 13th annual Firefighters Children’s Parade at 2 p.m. Feb. 26.
When did our landscapes move north? Are we not situated on the balmy Gulf Coast of Texas? Should our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map rating be changed?
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting all students in the region to register for Galveston County Lemonade Day at the kickoff in conjunction with Step Up for Education from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Middle School Media Arts Academy, 3014 Sealy Ave., in Galveston.
Not even the awful fury of Hurricane Ike could interfere with Clear Lake’s Yachty Gras, now set to celebrate its 19th year of good times in the run-up to the Lenten season.
Dickinson native, Mark Peikert, who was named editor-in-chief of Playbill magazine in October, has always had a knack for writing.
The Grand Kids Festival Committee has announced winners of the 22nd annual banner contest. Twelve designs were selected from Galveston County School students as 2017 winners.
I think it’s about time I schedule another appointment with my therapist. I have experienced multiple episodes of denial over the past few days and I am in need of psychological counseling.
On January 1, 1999 — New Year’s Day — thousands of emotional Galvestonians gathered to witness the implosion of the Buccaneer Hotel, a beach front icon which stood for more than 70 years on Seawall Boulevard.
The Moore Memorial Public Library debuts a new digital exhibit featuring the 1867 Settlement in Texas City.
Galveston is the proud home of a Texas champion tree, the Podocarpus macrophyllus, more familiarly the Japanese yew in the garden of Grace Episcopal Church at 36th Street and Avenue L. It is the largest of these in the state at 32 feet tall and 99 inches in diameter, with a crown spread of 37 feet. You can find it online in the Texas Big Tree Registry (http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/TexasBigTreeRegistry/). The tree’s age is uncertain, but it may have been there for over 100 years. None of the numerous yews in local landscapes are as grand as this beauty.
Some gardening factors were rather unusual as we entered the winter gardening season. Five consecutive days of 80 degree weather after Christmas will “confuse” winter vegetables like spinach, radishes, etc. Such weather also confuses humans. It was amazing to have to turn on the air conditioner and then turn on the heating unit on the same day.
The Galveston Reads Committee invites the public to the programs and book discussions of its 2017 reading series. This year’s selection is “The Train to Crystal City,” by Jan Jarboe Russell. This is the never-before-told story of an internment camp in Texas during World War II. Russell will be headlining with a talk and book signing.
The blank slate of a new year beckons as a kind of magic, the prospect of the unknown.
Two new solo exhibitions “Guts and Bone,” by Jonathan Leach, and “Personal Scapes: Recent Prints,” by Luisa Duarte, will be presented at the Galveston Arts Center during an opening event during ArtWalk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.
The Lorraine Crosby School Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony was held on Nov. 19. The school, in existence from 1914 to 1965, with graduating classes from 1960 to 1965, was originally named Hitchcock Colored School and later named after the late Lorraine Crosby, teacher and principal.
Here’s hoping you’re among the households whose Christmas decor is graced by a beautiful holiday plant or even several perhaps.
Are you ready for new adventures exploring our local ecosystems? Do you enjoy learning, being outdoors and volunteering? Well, the Galveston Bay Area Texas Master Naturalist Program may be right for you. Texas Master Naturalists restore prairie habitat at Texas City Prairie Preserve, lead beach and bay explorations at Galveston Island State Park and volunteer with Camp Wild where 50 Galveston kids enjoy a week of science, nature and fun.
Producer Harvey Weinstein knew he had something good back at the 2015 Cannes film festival, where he showed raw footage of “Lion” to select journalists.
Cool weather conditions and a Christmas tree in the home are part of many people's holiday season during this time of the year.
Leonard Woolsey, publisher of The Daily News, and Angela Wilson, community news editor of the newspaper, were among the special guests Monday at the Holiday Mystery Reader event at Parker Elementary School in Galveston.
Islander Danielle Nordstrom has a seasonal sighting to report. It concerns a jolly, unshaven man, clad in red.
Some of the most beautiful birds in America are the waterfowl that drop into Galveston’s tiny ponds on the West End, tipping their tails into the air while they reach underwater for a beak full of plants.
Finally, Disney has finally grown a pair and embraced the notion of death and consequences in a franchise film.
Lone Star Circus will make its Galveston County debut with the presentation of its Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show Christmas spectacular for the entire family Friday at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd.
It’s A Wonderful Life (Opera in two acts)
The staff of the Galveston County Extension Office extends an invitation to all area residents to attend our Open House on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come meet the County Extension Office staff and our volunteers including Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and 4-H leaders. The Galveston County Extension Office is located in Carbide Park (4102-B Main St.) in La Marque (phone 281-309-5065).
In 1975, when Galveston was expanding and energizing its preservation program as part of the American Bicentennial celebration, Burke Evans and I felt that a huge swath of Galveston was being overlooked — the city’s remarkable collection of small houses, a collection that numbered literally in the thousands.
When you think of citrus, images of grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges are most likely to come to mind. It’s unfortunate that the citrus you see in the supermarket represents a very small portion of the variety of citrus that can be grown locally.
The 2017 George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award will be presented to Larry Del Papa.
I have griped too much about the reluctance of the fall season to make a sustained presence. Well, a few days ago fall weather finally arrived in the Texas Upper Gulf Coast growing area.
Rosenberg Library patrons can now access The Great Courses and a variety of other educational materials online on hoopla, a streaming media service available without charge through the library’s website at rosenberg-library.org.
This year, visitors to the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival can bring home the gift of a custom-made silhouette from the Galveston Arts Center.
Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual Victorian holiday festival, Dickens on The Strand, returns Friday through Sunday with family events, including some new ones specifically for youth.
"The Creative Elusive," by resident artist, Elizabeth Punches, is currently the featured art exhibit through Jan. 11 at The Proletariat, 2221 Market St., in Galveston.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is home to a lot of firsts in local, state and nationwide history that has been well-documented throughout the years in a variety of ways through media, publications and the like.
I have decided that little in one’s nature is innate, rather virtually all is acquired through one’s lifetime experiences, good, bad or inconsequential. I suppose that it was growing up in the 1930s Great Depression in literally material poverty and in a remote almost isolated Allegheny river valley town that fostered my lasting insecurities evidenced in an avoidance of highly organized and intrusive entities including shunning large corporations after necessarily graduating from a large university.
Friendswood is hosting a Flapjack Fun Run Dec. 3 in Stevenson Park.
Hendley Green and Eighteen Seventy One are coming together to offer a day of family-friendly fun from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 2002 Strand, in Galveston.
As sandhill cranes begin to arrive on Galveston Island to spend the winter, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council will open registration for Holiday with the Cranes from Dec. 10-11.
Each fall, a glorious spectrum of colors blankets the hardwood forests in many areas of the United States.
Galveston’s East End Historical District Association will host its 27th annual “A Victorian Christmas” Holiday Homes Tour from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The event is the association’s largest fundraiser.
Lorraine Crosby School was established as a school for blacks in Hitchcock and surrounding areas in Galveston County in 1914. The school, which existed as a “blacks only” school through 1965, still bares the moniker of Crosby, who was an educator/principal, and is currently a middle school in the Hitchcock Independent School District at 6625 FM 2004.
The Rosenberg Library has recently expanded its selection of online magazines.
Highlights from 50 years, hundreds of professors and 90,000 students fill the pages of College of the Mainland’s new 50th anniversary book telling the stories of the people, events and community that created the college.
Just in time to deck the halls, “Wreaths for the Paws Cause” has opened bidding on these unique artisan wreath creations with proceeds benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society.
The holiday season is here and so is the season of giving.
Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 15,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.
The Texas City Rotary Club will hold its annual event honoring our veterans at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion in Nessler Park, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.
A new band, made up of people not used to performing, has been created in Galveston.
While the calendar indicates that the fall season arrived several weeks ago, gardeners are still waiting for actual proof.
Galveston Historical Foundation’s Harbor City Ambition program continues with a lecture by author Andrew Torget on his book "Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850."
Forty years is a long time — especially when you're putting on an annual event that the entire community looks forward to and marks on their calendars.
In celebration of the completion of the historic tree replanting on the Island's historic Broadway esplanade, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy will host a special Arbor Day Galveston luncheon and silent auction from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Conservatory at The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St.
The San Jacinto Community Garden was established in 1999 at 2005 Avenue N 1/2 in the San Jacinto Neighborhood of Galveston. The original mission statement of the garden was developed by several of the original gardeners, Maggie Booth, Kathryn Dawson and Kay Sandor.
Faust, an old man, conjures up the devil and tells him of his longing for youth and pleasure. Mephistopheles offers to grant his desire in exchange for his soul. Faust accepts and is transformed into a handsome youth.
They could transport you anywhere: to magical worlds of scarecrows, lions and a tin man; and save you from villainous witches in dark, foreboding castles. Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by the glamorous power of the ruby red slippers from the 1939 American movie "The Wizard of Oz?"