To-do list: 15 Katy-area events to check out in March, April

The Katy Area Safety Fest is one of several events happening in Katy this Saturday.

The Katy Area Safety Fest is one of several events happening in Katy this Saturday.

Here is your ultimate local guide for events, meetings, activities and more in March and April 2019. Find more or submit Katy events at

Laugh along with an Addams Family comedy

March 21-24
The British International School of Houston Theatre presents a theatrical performance of “Addams Family: A Musical Comedy.” 7-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $15 (adult), $10 (student). 2203 N. Westgreen Blvd., Katy.

Cook gumbo to raise money for sick children

March 22
The Ballard House is hosting a Gumbo Cook-off. Teams will cook their best gumbo, which will be judged by attendees. 5-8 p.m. Free, but donations encouraged. 21421 Cinco Park Road, Katy. 281-717-4670.

Reflect on Lent at a fish fry

March 22,29; April 5, 12
The St. Faustina Knights of Columbus Council No. 16103 is selling fish dishes for drive-up and pickup on Fridays during Lent. Dishes include fish, shrimp or both as well as sides. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10-$14. St. Faustina Catholic Church. 28102 FM 1093, Fulshear. 281-406-0292.

Run for a good cause

March 23
The 3rd annual Katy Color Run 5k, 10k and 1k Kid’s Dash will be hosted at Kingsland Baptist Church. This event raises funds for local nonprofits. 6-11 a.m. $15-45. 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. 281-391-0190.

Learn about special needs

March 28
The Arc of Katy hosts an educational training on types of services and support, terms and general information for parents of children with a disability. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy.

Drink wine and support veterans at a reading

March 29
The Literacy Council of Fort Bend hosts Reading Between The Wines. Marcus Luttrel, author of “Lone Survivor” and Navy SEAL, is the featured speaker of the night. 6:30 p.m. Free. Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. 281-240-8181.

Throw back for teachers

March 29
The Katy ISD Education Foundation hosts Groove to raise grant money for teachers. The ’80s-themed night includes live music, casino games, cocktails and food. 6:30-11:30 p.m. $200-$10,000. Royal Sonesta Houston. 2222 W. South Loop, Houston. 281-396-6031.

Check out Home for the Holidays Spring Market

April 6-7
The 11th annual event features over 200 vendors, crafters and small businesses selling jewelry, fashion, decor and baked goods. Door prizes are given out every hour with multiple drawings. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy. 281-788-4297.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

April 6
At the Keep Katy Beautiful Trash Bash, attendees learn about litter prevention, electronic recycling and paper shredding while meeting community members. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Katy’s First Baptist Church, 600 Pin Oak Road, Katy. 281-391-4717.

Re-enact pioneer days

April 6
The Katy ISD Outdoor Learning Center is transformed into scenes of the late 1800s for the 34th Annual Folk Life Festival. There will be a blacksmith, soap making and weaving demonstrations as well as soldier re-enactments and archery activities. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $1. 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy. 281-396-6000.

Celebrate at a gala

April 6
Faith West Academy is hosting its annual gala. This event will include entertainment and fellowship. All proceeds will go toward funding school improvement projects. 6-8 p.m. $45 (per person), $75 (per couple). The Bowery House and Gardens, 24902 Franz Road, Katy. 281-391-5683.

Learn about safety

April 13
At Katy Area Safety Fest, families interact with emergency response agencies. Activities include vehicle tours and helicopter landings. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Typhoon Texas. 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy. 281-599-8888.

View classic, vintage cars

April 13
The Cane Island master-planned community is hosting a car show that will showcase classic sports cars, vintage roadsters and custom hot rods. The family-friendly event will also have a DJ, face painters, food trucks and model homes to tour. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cane Quarter & Welcome Center, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, Katy. 281-725-6555.

Treat pups to Mutt Strut

April 13
The Mutt Strut event will be hosted at Cross Creek Ranch. Activities include a pup peanut butter-eating contest, a costume contest, photo booth, pet adoptions and a bounce house. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, but donations requested. 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane, Fulshear. 281-949-6417.

Meet the Easter bunny

April 13
The city of Katy hosts its annual Baskets and Bunnies event. At the celebration, children can meet and get their picture taken with the Easter bunny. Other activities include an egg hunt, games and a petting zoo. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Katy City Park, 5850 Franz Road, Katy. 281-391-4800.


Pride Houston Parade
Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Registration for TSTC's fall semester, including enrollment in the new cloud computing certificate program, is open. (Courtesy Texas State Technical College)
Texas State Technical College to offer online certificate in cloud computing

Registration for TSTC's fall semester, including enrollment in the new cloud computing certificate program, is open.

The school will be one of only 13 Texas universities accredited by the association. (Courtesy University of Houston)
UH-Victoria's psychology program receives national accreditation

The school will be one of only 13 Texas universities accredited by the association.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average testing positivity rate nears 10% after sharp increase

Over 97% of people nationwide who are being hospitalized because of the disease are unvaccinated.

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

The community features a 12-acre farm with an orchard, a greenhouse, homes for goats and chickens, seasonal produce sold on-site each Saturday and a vineyard managed by Messina Hof. (Courtesy Harvest Green)
Texas Association of Builders dubs Harvest Green as Best Overall Community

In addition to being named Best Overall Community More than 600 Acres, Harvest Green was a finalist in the Best Community Amenity, Best Community Clubhouse and Best Website categories.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.