To-Do List: 11 events to check out around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose in September-October 2019


1. See an Aboriginal art exhibit make its US debut
Sept. 13

The Menil Collection presents Australian Aboriginal art titled “Mapa Wiya (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Foundation Opale.” Typically housed in Switzerland, the collection includes contemporary Aboriginal art such as paintings, shields and an engraved mother of pearl. The museum hosts an artist talk for members from noon to 1 p.m. on the opening day of the exhibit, which is on display through Feb. 2. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sun.-Wed.). Free. 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston.

Bring the pup to happy hour

2. Bring the pup to happy hour
Sept. 13

Low-cost veterinary clinic Emancipet hosts a “Yappy Hour” at Nettbar, during which dog owners can bring their pets to socialize and local shelters bring adoptable dogs for potential new dog owners to meet. 2-5 p.m. Free. 4504 Nett St., Houston. 832-991-8610.

3. Raise funds for mental health support services
Sept. 24

Re:MIND, a free service that provides confidential support groups for individuals living with depression and bipolar disorder, hosts its annual fundraiser at River Oaks Country Club. The luncheon, which is invite only, has raised over $2 million since 2012. Noon. $300. 1600 River Oaks Blvd., Houston. 713-600-1131.

4. Eat dinner in the dark
Sept. 26

Guests eat a three-course dinner in the dark at Perry’s Steakhouse for a sensory experience aimed at raising awareness about vision loss. Prevent Blindness Texas hosts the event, which includes a VIP reception and a silent auction. 6 p.m. $135. 1997 W. Gray St., Houston. 713-526-2559.

5. Watch a movie from a pool
Sept. 26

Hotel Derek hosts the last installment in its Flock & Flick Summer Movies Series. Attendees watch “Mean Girls” on an outdoor screen beside the pool. A complimentary drink, popcorn and parking are included. 7:30 p.m. $25. 2525 W. Loop S., Houston. 866-292-4100.

6. Attend an arts party for college students
Sept. 27

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston hosts #CollegeNight for an evening complete with a vinyl record swap and music and art-themed activities. 6-8 p.m. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston.

7. See a coffee-tasting competition
Sept. 28

Watch coffee connoisseurs prove their coffee knowledge. Contestants receive three identical cups of coffee, two of which are the same and one that is different. Through five rounds, the competitor with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins. The competition is hosted by Houston Coffee Collective at Interamerican Coffee. 9 a.m.-noon. Free to watch, $15 to compete. 2500 Summer St., Houston. 713-802-2500.

8. View a collection of Nigerian masks
Sept. 30-Oct. 4

A.D. Players Theater displays “The Nigerian Masquerade Exhibition,” a collection of Nigerian masks representing over 300 languages and 200 tribes from Nigeria and its surrounding region. Noon-6 p.m. $15. 5420 Westheimer Road, Houston.

9. Take a bike ride and go on a scavenger hunt
Oct. 4-5

The 14th annual Houston Heights Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt invites cyclists of all ages to ride through the Heights while making stops to collect stamps from local shops and restaurants. Riders can choose between a 3- or 15-mile loop, both of which begin and end at Marmion Park. The scavenger hunt begins with a kickoff party at Eureka Heights Brewery where riders can pick up packets. 6 p.m. (kickoff party), 9 a.m. (scavenger hunt). $10-$50. Eureka Heights Brewing Co., 941 W. 18th St., Houston. Marmion Park, 1802 Heights Blvd., Houston. 713-861-4002.

10. Watch a classic opera
Oct. 5, 6, 11, 13

Opera in the Heights performs Puccini’s “Tosca,” a romance set during the Napoleonic Wars. Opera in the Heights is a nonprofit opera company and a member of the National Opera Center of America. Times vary. $39-$89. 1703 Heights Blvd., Houston. 713-861-5305.

Walk a 5K for peace

11. Walk a 5K for peace
Oct. 6

The Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts a 5K walk in honor of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Participants hold candles as a symbol of a pledge for peace. 6 p.m. Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102.

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.
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