TO-DO LIST: 17 events to know in Tomball, Magnolia in August, September

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From tax-free weekend to outdoor movies, Tomball and Magnolia residents can attend a variety of local events from August to early September.

Aug. 6

Learn about financial aid

Both English and Spanish speakers can learn how to fill out financial aid forms and understand the differences between loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs at this event. 1-2 p.m. (English), 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Spanish). Free. Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-559-4200. www.lonestar.edu

Aug. 8

Make wall hangings

Award-winning quilter Dorothy Yeats invites children to come work with fabrics using scraps, cardboard squares and hoops to make wall hangings. Children must be able to use scissors safely. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road, Hockley. 713-274-3220. www.pct3.com/community-centers/hockley-community-center

Aug. 8

Decorate cupcakes

Children ages 7-12 can decorate and eat cupcakes at this event. Supplies are provided. Registration is required and begins one week prior to the event. 3 p.m. Free. Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-559-4200. www.lonestar.edu

Aug. 9-11

Buy tax-free items

The annual statewide tax-free weekend exempts sales tax on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks less than $100. Times and prices vary upon store location. www.comptroller.texas.gov

Aug. 10

Participate in a fun run

Join the Magnolia West High School Football Booster Club for its fun run or walk to kick off the MWHS football season. The event also includes a skills competition, pep rally, barbecue dinner and vendor booths. 5:30 p.m. $35. Magnolia West High School, 42202 FM 1774, Magnolia. 281-731-6137. www.mustangfbc.org

Aug. 10

Watch ‘The Incredibles 2’

The city of Tomball screens “The Incredibles 2” at its family-friendly event. Games and activities are available before the movie. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. 6 p.m. (games, activities), 8 p.m. (movie). Free. The Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

Aug. 12

Get vaccinated

Children and adults can receive free immunizations from Harris County Public Health on a first-come, first-served basis at this event, so long as they meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligibility criteria is available on the community center’s website. 4-7 p.m. Free. Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road, Hockley. 713-274-3220. www.pct3.com/community-centers/hockley-community-center

Aug. 14, 20

Return to classes

Classes resume for the 2019-20 school year for Magnolia ISD students on Aug. 14. Tomball ISD students return to school Aug. 20. www.magnoliaisd.org, www.tomballisd.net

Aug. 15

Visit Burroughs Park for an outdoor movie

Harris County Precinct 4’s summer movie nights series wraps up with an outdoor showing of “Lilo & Stitch” at dusk. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Crafts, popcorn and drinks are provided. 7 p.m. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 713-274-4050. www.hcp4.net/p4movies

Aug. 19

Get Montgomery County Precinct 2 updates

Hear a presentation on the state of Montgomery County Precinct 2 roads, bridges and development from Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley as well as a voter registration initiative from the Magnolia Area Republican Women. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Montgomery County Community Center, 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia. 281-252-3852. www.mctx.org

Aug. 21

Donate blood in Tomball

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Alliance sponsors a blood drive benefiting Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Those interested in donating can schedule an appointment online, but walk-ins are also welcome. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Pioneer Bank, 1150 W. Main St., Tomball. 281-381-0432. www.commitforlife.org

Aug. 22, 30

Enjoy a football game

Magnolia and Tomball Memorial high schools’ varsity football teams face off at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 in Tomball. On Aug. 30, the two Tomball high schools face off at the district stadium. Prices vary. Tomball ISD stadium, 13620 Zion Road, Tomball. www.magnoliahighathletics.com
www.tomballisd.net

Aug. 23

Make slimy art

Children ages 8-12 can attend Slime Night and make up to six slimy creations. The event is limited to 20 participants. Participants must register online prior to the event. 6:30-9 p.m. $25. Paint & Bubbles Studio, 31311 FM 2978, Ste. 107, Magnolia. 346-703-2141. www.paintandbubbles.com

Aug. 27

Meet a local legislator

The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women invites residents to discuss health care, policy and politics with state Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, at its general meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Harris County Smokehouse, 1423 FM 2920, Tomball. www.yellowroserw.net

Aug. 27

Go to an opening

New Haven Assisted Living celebrates its grand opening. Light refreshments, entertainment and guided tours are provided. 5-7 p.m. Free. 709 S. Pine St., Tomball. 832-559-8356. www.newhavenassistedliving.com

Aug. 27

Read with dogs

Children ages 4-12 can pick a book and read it with a trained dog volunteer from Pets with a Mission. Tickets are handed out 15 minutes prior. 5-6 p.m. Free. 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-559-4200. www.lonestar.edu

Sept. 3

Enroll in theater classes

National Youth Theater, a faith-based performing arts ministry, offers weekly theater classes in drama competition prep and musical theater singing, dancing and acting for participants ages 6-19. Classes begin Sept. 3 and end Oct. 29. Class sizes are limited. 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Tuesdays). $125 (before Aug. 20), $149 (after Aug. 20). Wildwood United Methodist Church, 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia. 832-510-7794. www.nationalyouththeater.org

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Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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