Apollo 11 events, a historic ghost hunt: 10 Bay Area events to attend in July and August


July 7

Worth the trip: Hear live music at a vineyard

Haak Vineyards and Winery will host live music from Brazoria County band Whiskey Daniels, which formed in 2016 in Danbury, Texas. Attendees can hear popular country tunes with some classic rock mixed in while also enjoying premium Haak wines and gourmet concessions. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs in case Haak runs out, and guests can also bring their own wine glasses if they do not want to drink from a plastic cup. All ages. 6-9 p.m. $7 (advance), $10 (at the door), free (children under 12). 6310 Ave. T, Santa Fe. 409-925-1401. www.haakwine.com

July 8 through Aug. 5

Treat your children to golf lessons.

Topgolf Webster will host its Kids Summer Academy until early August. This is a five-day summer program where children play and learn about the fundamental mechanics of golf. Each student will receive in-depth, hands-on attention and instruction from professional golf teachers in a relaxed environment. This program is designed for children ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon. $199 (per child). 21401 Gulf Freeway, Webster. 281-657-1300. www.topgolf.com/us/webster

July 13

Explore a haunted battleship

Haunted Rooms America will lead an overnight ghost-hunting event aboard the USS Battleship Texas, which is rumored to be one of the most haunted locations in Texas. $179. 3523 Independence Parkway, La Porte. www.hauntedrooms.com/battleship-texas

July 13

Attend a ‘Star Wars’ festival at the library

The Evelyn Meador Branch Library will host a festival to celebrate all things “Star Wars.” The event will include “Star Wars”-themed games, arts and crafts, photograph opportunities, and appearances by mysterious special visitors. The event is for all ages. 2-4 p.m. Free. 2400 N. Meyer Ave., Seabrook. 281-474-9142. www.hcpl.net/location/evelyn-meador-branch-library

July 18

Learn more about astronaut Neil Armstrong

As part of its celebration of the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary, Space Center Houston will serve dinner and screen a special documentary called “Armstrong.” This film shows the life story of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, from his childhood in Ohio to where he went after he made history in July 1969. The documentary includes home videos Armstrong took himself and unseen footage from NASA. All ages. 6-8 p.m. $39.95 (adults), $24.95 (children). 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

July 19

Hear from an Apollo 11 flight director

Continuing Space Center Houston’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, NASA flight director Gene Kranz will give a special talk about his experience at Apollo Mission Control during the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. The event kicks off with a dinner with Kranz. This event has limited capacity. All ages can attend. 5:45-8 p.m. $99.95. 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

July 20

Enjoy the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Space Center Houston

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Space Center Houston is celebrating the 50th anniversary with all-day events. All ages. 9 a.m.-midnight. $49.95 (nonmembers), $20 (members), $250 (VIP nonmembers), $212.50 (VIP members). 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

July 24

Enjoy an Apollo-themed concert

On July 24, 1969, the crew from Apollo 11 splashed down in the ocean. On its 50th anniversary, The Fab 5 will perform a “magical mystery tour” through the 1960s and beyond with Beatles hits to wind down Space Center Houston’s many events celebrating the first moon landing. The party will include activities and exhibits of Apollo-era artifacts. Food and drinks will be available to buy. All ages are welcome. 6-10 p.m. $29.95 (adults), $24.95 (seniors age 65 and older), $24.95 (children ages 4-11), free (age 3 and younger). 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

July 27

Listen to soul

Chelsea Wine Bar will host a performance of soul artist Anitra Jay, an acoustic singer and songwriter based in Houston. Jay has roots in jazz and gospel music and working on her fourth album. Ages 21 and older. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 4106 E. NASA Parkway, Ste. F, El Lago. 281-326-5282. www.chelseawinbartexas.com

August 3

Observe the celestial heavens

Residents can gather at Rustic Oaks Park the first Saturday of every month through November for a night of amateur astronomy. The monthly events include a 100-inch model of the solar system, information about major constellations, telescope observation of stars and planets, and binocular astronomy demonstrations. 7-9:30 p.m. Free.5101 Orange Blossom Court, League City. 210-792-3255 or 210-810-7895.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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