A summer gardening class, a dog photo shoot: 5 things to do in The Woodlands this weekend, June 27-29

There are a variety of things to do in The Woodlands this weekend. Here are a few to consider adding to your calendar.

1. July 28: Health, Beauty & Wellness Expo
This free, family-friendly event will feature entertainment for kids, local vendors, train rides, a petting zoo, raffle prizes, food trucks and pet adoptions. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 832-545-5824. www.thetrulynaturalco.com

2. July 28: Ukulele camp
Arbor Music will host a ukulele camp on Saturday that will include learning the basics of how to play the ukulele, the history of the instruments, basic chords and melodies and strumming patters. A short performance will be given towards the end of the camp for family and friends. Participants should bring their own lunch and snack. Ukuleles can be rented at Arbor Music for the camp. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $100. Arbor Music, 33311 Bear Branch Lane, Magnolia. 281-259-5585. www.arbormusic.com

3. July 28: Carrie Ann dog photoshoot
Carrie Ann Boutique in Market Street will host a dog photo shoot event that will support the Texas Animal Society. Champagne will also be available at the event. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35. Carrie Ann Boutique, 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 410, The Woodlands. 713- 492-2666. http://shopcarrieann.com/

4. July 29: Vocal showcase
The Blacks Music Studio will host a vocal showcase at Dosey Doe Big Barn that will feature both young entertainers and seasoned artists. 4-8:30 p.m. Free. Dosey Doe Big Big Barn, 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands. 936-788-4687. http://www.doseydoe.com/

5. July 29: Summer gardening class
The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands will host a summer gardening class this Sunday that will include basic gardening techniques, Indian vegetable gardening and a garden calendar for Montgomery County. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $11. Hindu Temple of The Woodlands, 7601 S. Forest Gate Drive, The Woodlands. 832-585-0001.



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