The La Marque High School Class of 2020 will have a fundraiser event from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today at Panda Express, 6602 Interstate 45 S.

Participants must present a copy of the flyer in store or use the promo code 308299 for online orders. Twenty percent of all sales that day will go to the class.

For a flyer or information, contact Jacinta Urps, or 409-938-4261.

The Dickinson Independent School District’s Education Foundation will present “Gator Tales” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via its Facebook page at The reading initiative is aimed at fostering a love of reading among elementary students. If you’d like to participate as a guest reader, email Amanda Flannery,


The Galveston Regional Employment and Transition Expo will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N.

The expo is for parents who have children with special needs to make connections with services and support groups in the community which will help their children succeed in entering adulthood.

Admission is free, but registration is asked. To RSVP, visit, or call Janice Johnston and leave a message, 409-682-5500.


The Texas City Independent School District’s Fine Arts Department and its Foundation for The Future will present a “Celebration of American Music: A Tribute to Black History” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Blocker Middle School, 1800 Ninth Ave. N.

Admission is free and open to the public. For information, visit


The Dickinson High School Theatre Department will present its All-District musical “Newsies — The Broadway Musical” by Disney at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the auditorium of the school at 3800 Baker Drive.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per student in advance, or $12 and $10 respectively at the door.

For information, call Marisa Hataway, 281-229-6469.


The Galveston College Theatre Department will present its third annual 10-Minute Play Festival at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Room 207 of the Fine Arts building on its campus, 4015 Ave. Q.

Doors open 30 minutes before each show. Admission is free.

For information, contact Liz Lacy, or 409-944-1398.


The Friendswood High School Theatre Department will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school’s auditorium at 702 Greenbriar.

Tickets are $15 per person. Cash only. For information, visit


The Friendswood Independent School District’s Education Foundation will have its 20th anniversary gala Saturday at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

“Flappers and Dappers” is the theme. For tickets and information, email or call 281-996-6655.

Optimist International Essay Contest is accepting submissions for its annual scholarship contest through Feb. 10. Contestants must write an essay on “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you Imagine?” Open to middle and high school students in the Galveston Independent School District ages 19 and younger. For information, contact Diane Moore, or 409-789-6330.

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