Enjoy a daytime adventure or a night out with these 8 Greater Houston area events, Aug. 9-11

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From a homebrew conference in Katy to an Italian movie in Montrose, there are various events for Houstonians to attend this weekend. The annual sales tax holiday also takes place Aug. 9-11, and more information about tax-exempt purchases can be found on the comptroller’s website.

Aug. 9
Enjoy a kid-free date night

The Lake Houston Family YMCA hosts the monthly Parents Night Out event, where local parents can drop off their children for a few hours to enjoy an evening on the town. Children can play games and sports, or participate in arts and crafts. Families must register at the YMCA website. 6-9 p.m. $12 (per child). Lake Houston Family YMCA, 2420 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood. 281-360-2500. www.ymcahouston.org/lake-houston

Aug. 10
Take your dog to therapy

Pet owners whose furry friends are anxious or stressed can attend a clinic on pet behavior at Lucky Dawg. The dog training service will go over what dog behavior means for the animal. The clinic will feature an hour of presentations as well as visual demonstrations. 11 a.m.-noon. Free, but space is limited. 18425 Hwy. 105 W., Ste. 105, Montgomery. 936-582-5314. www.youluckydawg.com

Aug. 10
Learn about volunteer opportunities in the Bay Area

This event will connect local nonprofits with residents interested in volunteering. Organizations will share their needs with the community, and potential volunteers can learn how to help give back to the community. Over 20 area nonprofits—including Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters and Galveston County Food Bank—will participate and offer several causes and projects residents can help with. The Helen Hall Library-hosted event also includes refreshments and prizes. All ages are welcome. Noon-3 p.m. Free. League City Civic Center Ballroom, 400 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1111. www.leaguecity.com/3146/helen-hall-library

Aug. 10
Attend an art gallery’s opening reception

The Archway Gallery in Montrose hosts an opening reception for Susan Spjut’s “Inherently Eclectic” exhibit of colorful paintings featuring everything from animals to portraits and cityscapes. Spjut will be on hand to answer questions and speak about her work. 5 p.m. Free. 2305-A Dunlavy St., Houston. 713-522-2409. www.archwaygallery.com

Aug. 10
Have a risque girls’ night out

Marshall’s Tavern is hosting a Magic Mike XXL show, featuring several performers. The show’s proceeds support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital research. There are multiple add-ons showgoers can purchase that provide free T-shirts and stage passes to participate in the show. 9-11 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Marshall’s Tavern Conroe, 1717 N. Frazier St., Conroe. 936-788-6209. www.marshallstavern.com/locations/conroe

Aug. 10
Learn about homebrewing in Katy

Cane Island Alers and No Label Brewing are bringing the community a homebrewing competition. There will be three presentations covering a variety of topics relevant to homebrewers by experts in the fields of malting, yeast and brewing. Dave Fougeron, owner of Southern Star Brewing, will be one of the keynote speakers. 2-10 p.m. $40. Mayde Creek MUD Community Center, 19600 Misty Cove Drive, Katy. 281-693-7545. www.cialers.org

Aug. 11, 18 and 25
Visit an outdoor market

The Heights Morning Market takes over a stretch of White Oak Drive and showcases local vendors selling home goods, arts and crafts, jewelry and clothing. 10 a.m. Free. 3106 White Oak Drive, Houston. 832-827-4447. www.heightsmorningmarket.com

Aug. 11
Watch an Italian movie over pizza

The Italian Cultural and Community Center in Montrose hosts a movie night with pizza and a screening of the Italian film “Come un gatto in gangenziale,” a movie about two sets of parents disapproving of their teens’ romance. 5 p.m. $15-$20. 1101 Milford St., Houston. 713-524-4222. www.iccchouston.com

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