Bay Area, northern Brazoria County is full of vacation activities

4-5, 9-11 Dec.

Alvin Community College’s production of “A Tuna Christmas” features a Texas holiday favorite.

Where: Alvin Community College, 3110 Mustang Rd., Alvin

When: 7:30 p.m. on December 4 and from December 9 to 11. A performance at 2:30 p.m. is scheduled for December 5. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door.

To purchase tickets, visit More information is available on this site or by calling 281-756-3606.

December 8

Introduction to Judaism meets on Wednesdays

Congregation Shaar Hashalom, Rabbi Stuart Federow, leads a discussion on Jewish beliefs regarding God, the nature of man, life, death, sin, sacrifice and more during a weekly Judaism class .

Or: In line

When: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Details: Open to the public, the course is mandatory for those wishing to convert to Judaism at Shaar Hashalom.

Price: $72

[email protected]

December 9

An industrial group takes stock and defines its priorities for 2022

Community members and leaders gather for brunch and a review of the past year at the East Harris County Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion.

Or: 1 walk from Sylvan Beach

When: 9am-12pm

Details: Registration is mandatory.

Price: Free


AARP Chapter Welcomes Mustang Musicians

The Friendswood High School Chamber Singers perform at the December AARP Webster Area Chapter 199 meeting at the Bay Area Community Center.

Or: 5002 E. NASA Parkway

When: 10am

Details: Attendees can learn more about the organization’s day trips, including a Jan. 21 outing to the Spring Historical Museum.

Price: The annual membership fee is $8.

Information: Lynne Justis, [email protected]

Women’s worship group plans fellowship

NASA’s Aglow Lighthouse welcomes community members to its December meeting and Christmas party at Praise Chapel.

Or: 18516 Texas 3

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Details: The group usually meets on the second Thursday of each month.

Price: Free

Information: Lorene Kelling, 281-853-4262 or [email protected]

Experts solve technical problems

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library staff answer questions about desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, digital tablets and more during weekly Tech Q&A meetings.

Or: 16616 Diana Alley

When: 10:15 a.m. to noon

Details: Reservations are encouraged; walk-ins are welcome, weather permitting. Online and telephone appointments are also available.

Price: Free

Information: 832-927-5420

December 9, 14

Find out how to start a YouTube channel

Experts at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library outline the basics of creating and saving YouTube content.

Or: In line

When: 4-5.30 p.m.

Details: Registration is mandatory.

The December 9 workshop is a loosely-structured session where attendees can talk with the instructor about specific content creation challenges. (Attendance to a YouTube Basics session is required before attending a workshop, but beginners are encouraged to observe.) Downloading and promotion will be covered on December 14.

Price: Free

Information: and

December 10

Library walking club comes out

Walkers of all ages and their furry pets join Evelyn Meador Branch Library staff for a Santa Claus walk along the Seabrook Trail.

Or: 2400 N. Meyer Ave.

When: 9am

Details: No registration necessary. Walkers will meet in the library’s community garden.

Price: Free

Information: 281-474-9142 or

UHCL-Pearland presents ‘The Grinch’

The University of Clear Lake-Pearland is kicking off the holiday season with treats, photo ops and a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” in its outdoor courtyard.

Or: 1200 Pearland Drive, Pearland

When: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Details: Blankets and chairs are suggested.

Price: Free


December 11

Bonnen leads the morning prayer event

State Rep. Greg Bonnen shares a program titled “Blessed Christmas” at Friendswood’s Community Prayer Breakfast in December.

Or: Friendswood First Baptist Church, 111 E. Heritage Drive.

When: 7:30-9am

Details: Bonnen represents Galveston County as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He sits on the House Appropriations and House Energy Resources committees.

Price: $5

Information: RSVP to Byron and Carol Fulk, 713-408-4785

New graduates head to the UCHL Alumni Association

Alumni, faculty and staff celebrate the achievements of Summer and Fall 2021 graduates at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Soaring Hawks Car Parade.

Or: 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Parking Lot G

When: 2 p.m.

Details: Decorating begins at 1:30 p.m. Graduates are encouraged to wear caps and gowns.

Price: Free


The coastal Christmas celebration includes Christmas vehicles, a visit from Santa

Golf carts, trailers and UTVs decorated with Christmas lights and garlands travel along Crystal Beach Road during the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Crystaland Christmas Parade.

Or: The route begins at the Courthouse Annex Building, 930 Noble Carl Drive, Crystal Beach

When: 6 p.m.

Details: A visit with Santa Claus is scheduled after the parade, along with hot dogs, cookies and drinks served by the Lighthouse Krewe.

Parade and lighting contest entry forms are available at

Price: Free

Information: 409-684-5940

Pasadena Theater presents festive carols

Red Door Theater Co. promises an evening of Christmas classics at its Holiday Cabaret.

Or: 4513 Red Bluff Road

When: 8 p.m.

Price: $17


December 11, 12

Le Grand unveils holiday favorite

A young girl dreams of a prince, a sugar plum fairy and a mouse king in Houston’s City Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Grand 1894 Opera House.

Or: 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston

When: 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

Details: “The Grand’s protocol includes wearing masks when attending a performance. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to modify our approach as conditions warrant,” said Chief Executive Maureen Patton.

Price: $25-$50

Information: 800-821-1894, 409-765-1894 or

December 12

Grand Openings Honor Fall Graduates

More than 1,000 fall 2021 graduates from the University of Houston-Clear Lake receive diplomas during commencement ceremonies at Minute Maid Park.

Or: 501 Crawford Street, Houston

When: The College of Science and Engineering and the College of Humanities and Humanities will award degrees at noon. Graduates of Colleges of Commerce and Education will be honored at 5 p.m.

Details: Houston reporter and former KPRC Channel 2 presenter Linda Lorelle will deliver both keynote addresses.

Price: Free


December 13

The library brings stories outside

Children of all ages gather for songs, moves and bubbles during the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library’s outdoor storytime in Rocket Park.

Or: 1212 Ramada Drive.

When: 10:15 a.m.

Details: Parents or caregivers may wish to bring a blanket to sit on.

Price: Free


Book club reflects on Wharton’s melancholy classic

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library page-turners discuss Edith Wharton’s “Ethan Frome” at their December meeting.

Or: 16616 Diana Alley

When: Midday

Details: Registration is mandatory. Copies of the book are available behind the reference desk or can be requested online.

Price: Free


December 15, 29

The library introduces the basics of web design

Instructors at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library guide newbie bloggers through the process of creating and maintaining a website.

Or: In line

When: 2:15 p.m.

Details: During the second lesson, the instructor will answer students’ questions on their websites. Entrants must have access to an email address. Registration is mandatory.

Price: Free

Information: and

Until December 18

Evenings sparkle at Lago Mar

Holiday exhibits light up Crystal Lagoon during Lights Over Lago.

“The Lagoon will positively glow with holiday cheer,” said Steven Schwartz, Lagoon General Manager. “The light display will leave families in awe, and there will be beach-themed activities that will get them into the holiday spirit, including photo ops with a paddleboard Santa.”

Or: 12930 Crystal View Blvd.

When: 5pm-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays

Details: Additional highlights include a light-up train, sunset cruises, singing karaoke, holiday movie, s’more stations, inflatables, holiday gift markets, food trucks and more.

Price: $20


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