To-do list: Celebrate Independence Day and more in Bellaire, Meyerland and West University

See fireworks in downtown Houston

See fireworks in downtown Houston

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June 6:
Watch ‘Loving Vincent’ at the museum
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents a screening of “Loving Vincent” in conjunction with the museum’s Vincent Van Gogh exhibit. The 2017 film is the first fully oil-painted film in the world and follows the life and death of one of the world’s most famous artists.  2-3:40 p.m. $7 (members and seniors), $9 (nonmembers). 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7300.

June 12:
Rendezvous with reptiles
As a part of its summer month series, the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire is hosting a family-friendly nature night showcasing reptiles. Families can learn about lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodilians at an interactive presentation with live reptiles. 6:30-8 p.m. $8. 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire. 713-667-6550.

June 15:
Graduates: Meet others   attending college 
Graduating Houston ISD high school students planning to attend college are invited to connect with other students planning to attend the same school this fall. The event is sponsored by the district’s Emerge program. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston. 832-350-3061.

June 16:
Take dad to breakfast at Hermann Park
Celebrate Father’s Day at Hermann Park with breakfast on Pinewood Cafe’s terrace followed by craft projects and a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad. Participants will also receive tickets to ride paddleboats on McGovern Lake. 8:30-10 a.m. $7 (children under age 12), $14 (adults). 6104 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-524-5876.

June 21-23:
Attend a conference for patients of rare diseases
The National Organization for Rare Diseases is hosting Living Rare, Living Stronger, an annual conference that focuses on patients, family, caregivers and medical professionals who deal with rare diseases. The conference will cover new research and methods of caregiving and gives attendees the chance to connect with each other. The conference will begin with a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. June 21. $125-$250. Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar St., Houston. 203-304-7264.

June 21-July 4:
Listen to classical music at the Miller Outdoor Theatre
ExxonMobil is sponsoring four nights of classical music performed by the Houston Symphony at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 21, June 28, June 29 and July 4. Tickets for seats are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Performance at 8:30 p.m. Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102.

June 22:
Unleash your young artist at Evelyn’s Park
The Texas Children’s Hospital sponsors art classes for children at this family-friendly event at Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 4400 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire. 281-946-9372.

June 24-July 8:
Attend a summit for youth advocacy
The Youth Advocacy Summit seeks to educate and empower Houston’s youth to become advocates for their communities. Attendees will learn about issues from experts, hear from elected officials and learn leadership skills. This year’s four-day event will take place at Rice University and is sponsored by the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and OCA-Greater Houston. $50. 6100 Main St., Houston. 281-501-1018.

June 26:
Spend the evening at the zoo
The Houston Zoo hosts the Lone Star Soiree as a part of its Summer After Dark series. Participants can learn about animals while enjoying tacos and margaritas. Participants also have the chance to see the new Katherine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit. 6-10 p.m. $35. 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500.

June 27:
Listen to Irish folk singer Pat Byrne in West U
Pat Byrne, a winner of “The Voice” in Ireland, will perform at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church as a part of its Coffee House Live event. Byrne’s music is described as bridging the gap between the genres of blues, folk and soul music. Coffee and snacks are provided. Donations to the church are welcome. 7 p.m. Free. 5308 Buffalo Speedway, Houston.

June 28:
Hear some young
organists play at Rice
The Houston chapter of the American Guild of Organists and 2019 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced are hosting a student recital at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The event will feature musical performances by students ages 9-12. 12:30-6 p.m. Free. 6100 Main St., Houston. 713-743-7316.

June 29:
Collaborate on a Stonewall memorial mural
As a part of commemorating the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, the Contemporary Arts Museum invites Houstonians to collaborate on a mural inspired by the museum’s “Stonewall 50” exhibition by creating a portrait or taking a photo and bringing it to the museum. 1-4 p.m. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713-284-8250.

June 29:
Independence Day 8k in Meyerland
A July Fourth-themed, 8-kilometer run will be held at Meyerland Plaza. All participants will receive a T-shirt and medal at the end of the run. The run is followed by a celebration featuring drinks, food and live music. 7-10 a.m. $45. 270 Meyerland Plaza Mall, Houston.

July 4:
Parade and festival in Bellaire
The city of Bellaire’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a Fourth of July parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on July 4. The parade will begin at the Bellaire Triangle and go down Bellaire Boulevard to South Rice and end at Jessamine Street. A festival will follow the parade at Loftin Park and the Bellaire Town Square. 713-662-8280.

July 4:
Join the West U bike parade
The West University Place Parks and Recreation Department hosts the city’s annual Independence Day Bike Parade at Colonial Park. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 4130 Byron St., West University Place.

July 4:
See fireworks in downtown Houston
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership offers an Independence Day boat cruise with views of the city’s annual fireworks show from Allen’s Landing downtown. Light bites and a champagne toast are included. Space is limited. 8-10 p.m. $100. 1001 Commerce St., Houston. 713-752-0314.


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