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MAY 11: Learn self-defense at brunch with a punch
The Harris County Constable Precinct 1 office will teach mothers and daughters practical self-defense skills and provide them with the opportunity to bond through empowerment in time for Mother’s Day. The event will include brunch and a live jazz band. Space is limited, so an RSVP is required for attendance. 11 a.m. Free. 6104 Auden St., Houston. 713-755-3372





May 13: Hear author's take on 'The End of Old Age'
Marc Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist who directs the memory center and research program at Miami Jewish Health and author of “The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life,” will give a presentation at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Kaplan Theatre as part of the center’s Afterword book series. $5 (members), $8 (nonmembers). 1 p.m. 5601 South Braeswood Blvd., Houston. 713-729-3200. www.erjcchouston.org/arts/afterword





May 24: Check out the wetlands
The Houston Zoo will open its new wetlands exhibit May 24. The exhibit will feature three species native to Texas—American alligators, bald eagles and whooping cranes. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $14.95 (seniors), $15.95 (children), $19.95 (adults). 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org





May 25 through June: Teach children about wildlife at the zoo
The Houston Zoo is hosting a series of educational classes and activities for young children of different ages to teach them about some of the animals at the zoo and connect them to the natural world as a part of their Zoo Sprouts program. Children ages 4-5 can learn about lions May 25 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A Water World program will let children ages 18-23 months interact with fish and aquatic life June 8 and 10 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-3 can learn more about sea lions June 10 and 15 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. $15 (per person, Houston Zoo members), $35 (per person, non-members). 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org





May 29: Learn the skills to plant a summer vegetable garden
Join the introductory organic gardening course at the McGovern Centennial Family Gardens to learn how to grow healthy and nutritious vegetables. The class will go over methods of mulching, composting, fertilization, seed planting and transplanting. The class is hands-on, so participants should expect to get dirty. 6-7:30 p.m. $20. 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. 713-880-5540. www.urbanharvest.org





May 30: watch a dance performance at CAMH
“Up Rising: A Night of Dance Commemorating Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary” will gather Houston’s most visible LGBTQ dance artists together in a celebration of the struggles and hard-won successes of the gay rights movement over the last 50 years. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713-284-8250. www.camh.org






May 12: Take Mom to the park
Celebrate Mother’s Day with breakfast at Pinewood Cafe, a train ride and paddleboats. Train rides begin at 10 a.m. $7 (children), $14 (adults). 6104 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-524-5876. www.hermannpark.org





June 5 through 8: Watch 'The Addams Family' at Miller Outdoor Theater
Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre will put on a production of the musical comedy at Miller Outdoor Theater. It tells the story of a grown-up Wednesday Addams who falls in love with a “normal” boy and brings him and his family over to dinner to meet her ghoulishly eccentric family. Showtimes will be 11 a.m. June 5-6, 11 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. June 7, and 8:15 p.m. June 8. Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.tuts.com





June 7: West U. residents invited to party on the patio
The Fab 5 performs at West University’s first Party on the Patio concert of the season at the Colonial Park Deck. The outdoor concerts, sponsored by Jones Day, are scheduled on each Friday in June. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted; alcohol and pets are not. 7-9 p.m. Free. 4130 Byron St., Houston. 713-662-7420. www.westutx.gov






June 7: Party at the pavillion
The Patrons of Bellaire Parks and the city of Bellaire are hosting Party at the Pavillion featuring live music from The Drywater Band and food trucks at the Bellaire Town Square. 7-9 p.m. Free. 7008 Fifth St., Bellaire. 713-662-8222. www.bellairetx.gov






June 9: Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, the Jewish Federation of Houston and the Israeli American Council of Houston invite the community to enjoy Israeli food, ceremonies, arts, crafts and other activities. 4:30-7 p.m. Free. 9000 S. Rice Ave., Houston. 713-729-3200. www.erjcchouston.org