Tiny dancers

Emily Hall, with the Galveston Ballet, plays Mother Ginger as she leads her Little Pink Ballerinas across the stage as they dance a selection from “The Nutcracker Ballet” on Nov. 29 during the annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at The Hotel Galvez & Spa.


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Holiday gift shop

The Texas City Garden Club will have its 42nd annual Holiday Gift Shop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nessler Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City. All sorts of holiday gifts will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For information, visit www.texascitygardenclub.org or call Nancy Heard, 409-948-8497.


The Santa Fe Morning Chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet at 8:30 a.m. Fridays at the Santa Fe Fire and Rescue Station, 13112 state Highway 6, in Santa Fe. Call 409-925-6934.

The Admiralty Marine Model Gallery Opening will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at 2221 Ave. B in Galveston. The gallery also will have a book signing event featuring Mark Lardas, author of “The Port of Houston, Texas,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday featuring Don Willett, editor of “Galveston Chronicles.” For information, call 409-766-1776.

College of the Mainland’s Adult Program will have its annual Christmas luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at Highlands Baptist Church, 2908 Cedar Drive, in La Marque. The lunch is open to all seniors age 55 and older. Take a dish to share. Live music, a silent auction and a raffle also will be available. For information, call 409-933-8226.

The Clear Creek Republican Women will meet at noon today at Esteban’s Fiesta Shack, 402 Main St., in League City. There is no charge for the meeting, but lunch is on your own. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Evelyn Garland, 713-824-4993.

Gulf Pride for Youth will offer a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and allies youth ages 13-20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays at 707 23rd St. in Galveston. Visit www.gulfprideforyouth.org.

The Santa Fe 42 Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Ed Pickett Hall at Jack Brooks Park, 5700 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock. New members are welcome. For information, contact Sybil Miller, sybilmiller@verizon.net or 713-628-0319.

El Katif Temple No. 85 will have its annual Potentate and Commandress Ball kicking off with a free hospitality event from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today at Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 1764, in La Marque. The ball will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at New Beginnings Conference Center, 322 Laurel St., Suite D, in La Marque. BYOB and formal attire. Tickets to the ball are $20. For information, call Jeremiah Taylor, 409-939-8906, or Ernest Hatter Jr., 713-408-1222.

The Front Door Social and Charitable Club will have its annual Christmas Toy and Food Drive Fundraiser beginning at 9 p.m. today and ending at 1 a.m. Saturday 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.


The Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Walk/Rally will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 1764, in La Marque. For registration and information, contact Orlando Riley, t2roscoe@yahoo.com or 281-701-6142.

The Galveston County Master Gardener’s will offer the Growing Tomatoes From Seed class from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at its offices at Carbide Park, 4102 Main St., in La Marque. Master Gardener Ira Gervais will be the speaker. To RSVP, email galv3@wt.net or call 281-534-3413, Ext. 12.

The Dickinson Model Train Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Dickinson Historical Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 W., in Dickinson. For information, call 281-534-4367.

Local author, Saralyn Richard, will be signing copies of her new children’s book “Naughty Nana” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Galveston Bookshop, 317 23rd St., in Galveston. Donald Willett will be signing copies of his book “Galveston Chronicles” at 10:30 a.m.; and Melanie Bragg and Andy Horne will be signing copies of their books at 3 p.m. For information, call 409-750-8200 or visit palmcirclepress.com.

Affaire d’art will host a book signing by gallery artists/authors from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 2227 Postoffice St. in Galveston. Irene Amiet, Robert McBride, C. Keith Carpenter, Sharis DeJaynes and George Lee will be in attendance. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and Dr. James Heffel will provide live music. For information, call 409-789-0079.

There will be a family fun day benefit for Margaret “Peggy” Sherman from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jimmie Walker Community Center, 800 Harris Ave., in Kemah. Barbecue dinner tickets are $10 in advance only. There also will be a live and silent auction, bake sale, moonwalk, carnival games and face painting. Donations also will be accepted. For information, call 281-334-1456, 713-820-8869, 713-724-7359 or 281-508-3455.

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