To-Do List: Your guide to events and things to do in The Woodlands area in August and September

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August

13-Sept. 2
Dine and donate
Dozens of restaurants participate in the annual Houston Restaurant Weeks, which began in August and will continue until early September. Diners at participating locations can select from special event menus benefiting regional food banks. www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com

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Attend a budget workshop
The Woodlands Township board of directors discusses budget matters prior to public hearings Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. The annual budget is set to be adopted Sept. 12.  8:30 a.m.-noon. Free. The Woodlands Township, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Return to school in Conroe, Magnolia ISDs
The 2019-20 school year is scheduled to begin for students in Conroe and Magnolia ISDs. Families can contact the district for information about individual school start times. Conroe ISD, 3205 W. Davis St., Conroe.  936-709-7752. www.conroeisd.net. Magnolia ISD, 31141 Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia. 281-356-3571. www.magnoliaisd.net

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Enjoy a parents night out
Parents can enjoy a night out while their children are entertained at a local YMCA with movies, games and snacks. The event is open to children ages 3-12. 6-10 p.m. $20 (facility member), $25 (program member). The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing, 8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622. www.ymcahouston.org

Network at a ball

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Network at a ball
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 41st annual Chairman’s Ball. The chamber also honors outgoing chairman Stuart Lapp as part of the event. 6 p.m.-midnight. $150 (ticket starting price). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-363-8113. www.woodlandschamber.org

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Know local election deadlines
Candidates must file for a place on the Nov. 5 general election ballot in local political subdivisions by 5 p.m. The date is also the deadline for governing bodies to order a general election or an election on a measure. Information about important local election dates and other information pertaining to elections can be found on the Texas secretary of state’s election division website. 800-252-8683. www.votetexas.org

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Tomball ISD begins school
Students at Tomball ISD will head back into classrooms for the 2019-20 school year. Families can contact the district for individual school start times. Tomball ISD, 310 S. Cherry St., Tomball. 281-357-3100. www.tomballisd.net

Watch a duck race

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Watch a duck race
Rubber ducks are set afloat as a fundraiser for the Community Assistance Center. The event is free, but ducks can be adopted for a fee. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5-$100 (adoptions). Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, 6535 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.duckrace.com/thewoodlands

September

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Enjoy scheduled Labor Day activities
Celebrate a day off in The Woodlands with a variety of activities for the family, such as free face painting, live music, fireworks and a pie-eating contest. 5-9 p.m. Free. Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Donate at car show

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Donate at car show
Visitors can see vehicles from The Woodlands Car Club to raise money for charity during a car show. Donations are accepted and donated to a local charity. 7-11 a.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. www.facebook.com/twccforacause

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Enjoy scheduled Labor Day activities
Celebrate a day off in The Woodlands with a variety of activities for the family, such as free face painting, live music, fireworks and a pie-eating contest. 5-9 p.m. Free. Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Library closed for Labor Day
South Regional Library will be closed for the day in observation of the Labor Day weekend. South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 936-442-7727. www.countylibrary.org

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Continue trash pickup
Trash services in The Woodlands Township will not be interrupted by the holiday weekend and will be picked up according to the usual schedule. Residents can place their trash curbside as usual on the holiday. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Honor first responders
The Woodlands Township is hosting a gathering to thank and remember area first responders. The event features a presentation of colors, honor guard and a guest speaker. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Remember victims of Sept. 11 attacks
The Woodlands Township hosts a gathering for residents to honor the men and women who were killed during the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. The Woodlands Central Fire Station, 9951 Grogan’s Mill Road, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Wine, women and shoes

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Wine, women and shoes
The breast cancer charity event features wine tastings, auctions and shopping. 5:30-9 p.m. $100 (ticket). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 936-231-8460. www.winewomenandshoes.com

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Learn about local nature
The Woodlands GREEN lecture series “A Walk in the Woods” resumes in September. Lectures are held on the first Thursday of each month, and registration is required. The events highlight wildlife species, habitat and history in Southeast Texas. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Houston Advanced Research Center, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandsgreen.org

Fall fine arts show

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Fall fine arts show
Amateur and professional artists showcase their works on Market Street in this annual gathering, which also features live music, demonstrations and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com

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Come out for a bingo night
Residents can bring the family out for a free bingo night in The Woodlands. Prizes are awarded to winners. 6:30-8 p.m. $5. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Celebrate Pride at festival

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Celebrate Pride at festival
Attendees of the second annual The Woodlands Pride event can expect guest speakers, food trucks, special performances and vendors showing their support for the LGBTQIA community. The event is open to the public. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandstxpride.org

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