TO-DO: Put these 9 events on the calendar this month

Celebrate National Model Railroad Month in Tomball on Nov. 10.

Celebrate National Model Railroad Month in Tomball on Nov. 10.

Nov. 10
Join a 5K run, dog walk
Juliane’s Compassion for Critters hosts a 5K run and 1K dog walk. A raffle, children’s activities, vendors, crafts and food trucks are also available after the run. Proceeds go to Texas Animal Society. 8 a.m.-noon. $20-$70. Tomball High School, 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball.

Nov. 10
Celebrate National Model Railroad Month

The city of Tomball hosts its first Depot Day. Featured exhibits include model railways, an 800-square-foot railway display and wind-up toy trains from the mid-1900s. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 201 S. Elm St., Tomball.   

Nov. 10
Attend a holiday market
Magnolia-based nonprofit Mercy House Global hosts a holiday event featuring food, cookie decorating, family photos, fair trade products and holiday decor for sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Mercy House Global, 5814 FM 1488, Magnolia. 832-652-3762.

Nov. 17
Watch the 53rd annual Miss Tomball pageant
Contestants in the Miss Tomball pageant are judged on poise, personality and beauty. Scholarships are given to top contestants. 7 p.m. $20. 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball. 281-351-7222.

Nov. 29-30; Dec. 1, 3
See ‘Annie’ on stage
The Tomball High School theater department and the Tomball STAGE present the musical “Annie” in the Tomball High School auditorium. 7 p.m. (Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 3), 3 p.m. (Dec. 1). $10-$15. 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball. 281-357-3220.

Nov. 29-30; Dec. 1, 3
Support Tomball Memorial High School theater
Tomball Memorial High School’s Wildcat Theatre presents “The Santaland Diaries.” This play may not be suitable for younger audiences. “A Christmas Carol” is also available for children. Times vary. $5-$10. 19100 Northpointe Ridge Lane, Tomball. 281-357-3230.

Nov. 30
Help raise money for Salem Lutheran School
Salem Lutheran Church’s annual dinner event includes food, drinks, live music, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds go to Salem Lutheran School. 6:30-11 p.m. $75. 2K Reserve, 26290 Nelson Road, Hempstead. 281-351-8223.

Dec. 1
Make Christmas ornaments
Join the Malcolm Purvis Library to make Christmas tree ornaments and enjoy other activities for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 510 Melton St., Magnolia. 936-442-7704.

Dec. 4
Kick start the holidays
Celebrate the spirit of the holidays at Lone Star College-Tomball for its Holiday Music Extravaganza. Special guest artists from the community and LSC-Tomball musicians perform. 7 p.m. $5-$10. 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 281-351-3300.

By 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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