16 local events to know in April, early May

Enjoy yoga with cats at Abandoned Animal Rescue.

Enjoy yoga with cats at Abandoned Animal Rescue.

Here are a few events happening around the local community through early May.


April 6
Eat crawfish
Kick off crawfish season at the Tomball High School Athletic Booster Club’s annual crawfish boil, featuring live music, live and silent auctions, and child-friendly entertainment. Proceeds go to the Sammy M. Lopez scholarship and other awards. 4-8 p.m. $10. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.thsabc.com






April 7
Attend a style show
Join the Tomball Business and Professional Women for its 10th annual spring style show and high tea. The event also includes a Kentucky Derby-style hat contest. All proceeds benefit scholarship programs. 3-5 p.m. $40. Moffitt Oaks Ballroom, 20125 Cedar Lane, Tomball. www.tbpw.org





April 12 and 13
Enjoy barbecue
Head over to Unity Park for the 25th annual Magnolia Showdown BBQ Cook-off, featuring a variety of local cooking teams. Free. 5:30 p.m. (Fri.), noon (Sat.). Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 281-615-5697.
www.cityofmagnolia.com






April 13
Go back in time
Celebrate William Shakespeare with Harris County Precinct 4’s annual Shakespeare Festival, featuring children’s crafts, face painting, archery, food trucks and live entertainment. Two performances of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” will take place at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the park. 1 p.m. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 713-274-4050. www.hcp4.net





April 13
See a concert at the Tomball VFW
Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings perform at the Tomball Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427. 8 p.m. $18. Tomball VFW, 14408 Alice Road, Tomball.
281-255-2039. www.vfwpost2427.org





April 13
Attend a parent event at Magnolia ISD
Magnolia ISD invites parents of students to the inaugural Special Services Parent Symposium. Information sessions include guardianship and social security, promoting language development and supporting behavior in the home. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Magnolia Event Center, 11659 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-356-3571. www.magnoliaisd.org






April 14
Practice yoga with cats
Try out a yoga class at Abandoned Animal Rescue, featuring a few of the shelter’s adoptable cats as yoga partners. Class space is limited, and yoga mats are not provided. 1-2 p.m. $10. AAR, 32632 Wright Road, Magnolia.
281-789-4142. www.aartexas.org





April 15
Attend a candidate forum
Parents of Magnolia ISD students host a candidate forum for MISD school board candidates moderated by Anna Lotz, editor of the Community Impact Newspaper Tomball/Magnolia edition. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bear Branch Intermediate School, 8040 Ken Lake Drive, Magnolia.
www.magnoliaisd.org





April 20
Visit Depot Day
The Magnolia Historical Society hosts its 26th annual event, featuring games, rides, food and craft vendors, live music, a live auction and quilt exhibit. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Historic Magnolia Depot, 426 Melton St., Magnolia. 281-356-3288.
www.magnoliahistoricalsociety.com






April 27
Enjoy a fish fry
The Tomball Rotary Club hosts its 50th annual fish fry and inaugural Big Show, a multiperformer concert. The 2016 winner of “The Voice,” Sundance Head, will perform. The event also includes food trucks and a raffle. 2-9 p.m. $10-$100. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 214-241-0408. https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3956






April 27
Visit animals
Aitken Farm and Ranch hosts its Family Fun Day with a petting zoo, hay ride, touch-a-tractor and vendor area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 20000 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball. 832-422-5164. www.aitkenfarmandranch.com






April 27
Peruse classic cars
Enjoy the Tomball Lions Club’s 25th annual car show, featuring a DJ and a barbecue dinner. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission), $25 (car show entry). Lone Star College-Tomball, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 713-410-6542.
www.tomballlionsclub.com





May 4
Join in a spring festival
Boys and Girls County hosts its spring fundraiser, featuring inflatables, live music, crafts, a silent auction, a raffle and food. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission, parking). Activity costs vary. 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley. 281-290-1288.
www.boysandgirlscountry.org






May 4
Enjoy crawfish
The Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival features live music, food, vendors, a kid’s zone and live crawfish racing. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov





May 5
Enjoy a church bazaar
The annual event includes a variety of food options, a raffle, live and silent auctions, petting zoo, pony rides, mechanical bull and inflatables. Donations support the building of a new church. Noon-5 p.m. Free (admission). Games, rides and food vary in cost. St. Matthias Catholic Church, 302 FM 1774, Magnolia. 281-356-2000.
www.st-matthias.net






May 6
Play golf
The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual golf tournament. Golfer registration includes lunch, dinner, two drink tickets and golf cart use. The event also includes a raffle, silent auction and prizes. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $115 (individual), $400 (team of four). High Meadow Ranch Golf Club, 37300 Golf Club Trail, Magnolia. 281-356-1488. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org


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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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