East End homes tour
The East End Historical District Association will have its 24th annual “A Victorian Christmas” Holiday Homes Tour from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at five East End homes in Galveston. Tickets are $15 and are available at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., or by visiting www.thegrand.com, or by calling 800-821-1894.
Toy and food drive
The Front Door Social and Charitable Club will have its annual Christmas Toy and Food Drive Fundraiser beginning at 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and ending at 1 a.m. Dec. 7 at 6106 FM 1765 in Texas City. The event will feature the Right Touch Band. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Donations also will be accepted. Mail to FDSCC, P.O. Box 65, La Marque, TX 77568. For information, call Russell Gary, 409-739-4361, or Thelma Bowie, 409-935-5858.
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in the grassy lot behind Antique Warehouse, 2508 Postoffice St., in Galveston. Locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products will be available. Live music also will be provided. For information, email email@example.com or call 713-906-7236.
The public is invited to a workshop on how to build the Taiguruma Fish Lanterns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston. To sign-up, call Debbie Zendt, 281-731-6120.
The Friends of Galveston Island State Park will offer free bay walks at 10 a.m. Sundays through November 24. All activities will begin at the Nature Center on the bay side of the park at 14901 FM 3005 in Galveston. Park entrance is $5 per person 13 and older. Tours will be led by Galveston Bay Master Naturalists and include seining and wetland exploration. Call 409-737-1222.
The American Legion Post No. 20 will celebrate Veterans Day weekend by celebrating the 238th birthday of the Marine Corps today at 1503 23rd St. in Galveston. All Marines, active and veterans, will receive a special honor. On Veterans Day, the Post will be open after the event at Seawolf Park. For information, call 409-770-9151.
The Elks Lodge No. 126 is inviting the public to play Bingo at 2 p.m. today at 1518 Tremont St. in Galveston. Refreshments, snacks, and hamburgers also will be available. Proceeds go toward the Elks’ charitable efforts. For information, call 409-762-1212.
The Mercy Park Association of Galveston will have its Friendship Luncheon Cruise from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today leaving from Moody Garden’s Paddlewheel Dock, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston. Tickets are $40 per person (tables of 8 are available). Seating is limited. Attendees will get a free sailor cap. For information or to RSVP, contact Joyce Ann Daniel, 409-762-8089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Texas City-La Marque Community Advisory Council will meet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Captain’s Room of the Nessler Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City. Ray Brooks, site manager for Galveston Bay Refinery, will be the guest speaker. Attendees must RSVP by Monday. Contact Jose Boix, email@example.com or 409-945-0492.
Moody Gardens will offer its free Birding 201 class at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Aquarium Pyramid, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston. These classes will be in conjunction with the Galveston Audubon Society group. Space is limited, so RSVP is required by Wednesday. The cost is $5. Take binoculars and cameras. For information, call 409-683-4101.
The Monsanto Texas City Get Together will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Sudie’s Seafood and Catfish Restaurant, 352 N. Gulf Freeway, in League City. For information, call Marilyn Decker, 281-534-6188.
The Texas City Museum and the Moore Memorial Public Library will host a presentation about the USS Westfield and the upcoming museum exhibit at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at 409 Sixth St. N. in Texas City. Justin Parkoff and Jessica Stika, from Texas A&M University, will be the guest speakers. For information, call 409-229-1660.
Galveston Historical Foundation will have its annual Genteel Junque sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday (GHF members only) and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Architectural Salvage Warehouse, 2228 Broadway, in Galveston. The sale will feature high-quality antiques, furniture and art in good condition. To donate items, contact Joey Janota, firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-750-9108. For information, call 409-750-9108.
The Nia Cultural Center will have its fall Movers and Shapers Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, in Galveston. A donation of $20 per person or $35 per couple is asked. For information, contact Sue Johnson, email@example.com or 409-765-7086.
The Galveston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will have a book drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Primary Care Pavilion, 400 Harborside Drive, in Galveston. Monetary donations also will be accepted. For information, call Lorraine Hunter-Simpson, 409-772-1596.
The Galveston County Citizen Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association will have an All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Chili’s Restaurant, 500 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston. Tickets are $6 per person. For information or to purchase tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-457-4391.
The Bayside Lions Club will have its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bacliff Fire Station, 800 Grand Ave., in Bacliff. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door, and can be purchased from any member or at Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Bacliff. The club also will offer free eye screenings and accepting canned goods and stuffed animals. For information, call 281-802-0877.
Galveston Historical Foundation will offer the “Interior Design for Historic Homes” class as a part of its Preservation U courses at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 1940 Sears Building, 2228 Broadway, in Galveston. To sign-up, visit www.galvestonhistory.org or call 409-765-3409. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for all others.
The King Family Rebuilding Benefit will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on state Highway 6 in Santa Fe. All proceeds will go toward the rebuilding efforts of their home that was lost in a fire in September. Chili bowls will be sold for $5, and there also will be a moonwalk, face painting, karaoke, and a silent auction. For information, visit www.facebook.com/hitchcockhousefire, or call 409-443-4431 or 409-392-0773.
The 10th annual Float the Boat fundraiser will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Galveston Artist Residency, 2521 Ship’s Mechanic Row, in Galveston. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For information, visit ArtistBoat.org or call 409-770-0722.
The Bay Area Singles Club will have its monthly dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lodge, 5304 state Highway 3, in Dickinson. Admission is $7 for members and $9 for all others. Attendees are asked to take party snacks to share. For information, call 409-948-1156 or 281-554-6063.
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 5236 will sponsor a 2-day casino bus trip to Paragon in Marksville, Louisiana, Nov. 19-20. The cost is $55 per person or $106 for a single room. For information, call Manuel Perez, 409-789-5281, or Daniel Ortega, 817-734-2418.
Bay Area Pet Adoption will have a Wreaths for Rescue fundraiser through Dec. 20. The cost of each wreath is $50. All proceeds will go to the shelter. Quantities are limited. To order, email email@example.com or call 970-260-1954.
Assistance League of the Bay Area and Communities in Schools — Bay Area will be collecting hoodies and jackets for students in grades K-12 through Jan. 15 at several locations in the Bay Area. For a complete listing or information, visit www.bayarea.assistanceleague.org or call 281-554-2594.
The public is asked to donate gently used white ball gowns for the Giving Gown Project, which will benefit the Parent Booster Club Girls Senior Ball Class of 2014 of La Marque High School. Call 281-433-2039 or 409-599-8118.