Economic Outlook Forum, strawberry planting: 6 things to do in Spring, Klein this weekend, March 27-31

The Giving Gown Foundation's annual event takes place March 27-30.

The Giving Gown Foundation's annual event takes place March 27-30.

Here are a few ways to spend time in Spring and Klein this weekend, March 27-31.


1. Volunteer at Giving Gown Foundation’s annual event, March 27-30
The Giving Gown Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides free prom dresses and hosts empowerment workshops for lower-income and homeless teens, hosts its annual event this weekend. Volunteers are needed to serve as seamstresses and personal shoppers and to help with inventory and at the cafe. Times vary by day. Free. Bammel Church of Christ, 2700 FM 1960, Houston. 713-304-7725. www.givinggown.org





2. Visit Spring ISD’s annual livestock show and fair, March 28-30
Spring ISD hosts its 68th annual livestock show and fair, and this year’s show consists of 123 livestock entries and 221 arts and crafts entries. There will also be live and silent auctions, an exhibitor dance, food and horticulture judging, and a torch-cutting contest. Times vary by day. Free. Nagy Pavilion, 24037 Hardy Road, Spring. 281-891-6000. www.springtri-club.org





3. Lunch, network at annual Economic Outlook Forum, March 29
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2019 Economic Outlook Forum, which boasts the theme “Northwest Houston Works!” The event brings together experts on regional and local economic development issues and will include lunch. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $50-$90. Southwest Energy Conference Center, 10000 Energy Drive, Spring. 281-440-4160. www.houstonnwchamber.org





4. Walk or run to benefit Shield Bearer, March 30
Shield Bearer, a local nonprofit, hosts a timed 5K trail run and 1-mile walk. The event also includes music, food, T-shirts and prizes. Proceeds benefit Shield Bearer, which provides counseling services and assistance for survivors of abuse, crime, war, human trafficking and natural disasters. 7-11 a.m. $10-$25. Windwood Presbyterian Church, 10555 Spring Cypress Road, Houston. 281-894-7222. www.sheildbearer.org





5. Spring Into Safety at Old Town Spring, March 30
Old Town Spring will host a “Spring Into Safety” day, when families can interact with the area’s first responders and view the tools used to keep Spring safe. Representatives from Spring Fire Department, Cypress Creek EMS, the Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office and the Emergency Chaplain Group will be onsite. The first 500 kids can earn a Spring into Safety backpack with fun items from participating agencies. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Old Town Spring, 27302 Preston Ave., Spring. 281-353-9310. www.oldtownspring.com





6. Help plant a new strawberry patch at Mercer Botanic Gardens, March 30
Children can help the staff at Mercer Botanic Gardens plant a new strawberry patch for the season, followed by face painting, strawberry-themed books and strawberry lemonade. Reservations can be made by phone in advance. 9-11 a.m. Free. Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. 713-274-4160. www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer


By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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