Clear the shelters, wine, a chamber ball and more: 8 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Aug. 16-18

The Plano Animal Shelter is now using facial recognition technology to help identify lost cats and dogs.

The Plano Animal Shelter is now using facial recognition technology to help identify lost cats and dogs.

Check out these events going on in the Greater Houston area this weekend.



Aug. 16

See a ballet company of people of color
The Black Iris Project, a ballet company made up mostly of people of color, performs at Miller Outdoor Theater. The company mixes classic and contemporary dance styles for a unique ballet experience. 8:30 p.m. Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com





Aug. 16

Watch 'The Martian' at the Space Center
Space Center Houston will host a screening of the 2015 science fiction film “The Martian,” featuring Matt Damon, who plays an astronaut stranded on Mars as NASA fights to rescue him. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. $8 (public), $5 (members). Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org






Aug. 16

Go to the Opry
Harris County Precinct 4 hosts the Precinct 4 Opry, where musical guests Michael and Ginny Hix with the Holla Band will perform live music. The concert benefits local nonprofit Fun4Seniors, which organizes events for seniors age 50 and older throughout the year. 7-10 p.m. $10 (children), $15 (adults). Humble Civic Center & Arena Complex, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. 713-274-4050. www.hcp4.net






Aug. 17

Get active
At Fall Sportsfest, children can experience the benefits of playing sports and register to play volleyball, basketball, soccer and flag football. 9-11:30 a.m. Free. 2700 YMCA Drive, Pearland. 281-485-6805. www.ymcahouston.org






Aug. 17

Enjoy wine tasting
Old Town Spring Tasting Room hosts a guided wine tasting with a visual presentation. The theme for Aug. 17 is “International Flight,” and reservations are recommended. 6-7:30 p.m. $20. Old Town Spring Tasting Room, 206 Main St., Spring. 281-350-8801. www.oldtownspringtastingroom.com





Aug. 17

Network at a ball
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 41st annual Chairman’s Ball. The chamber also honors outgoing chairperson 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






Aug. 17

Clear the shelters
Hundreds of animal shelters across the country are hosting Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive, this Saturday. More than 250,000 pets have found homes through this event since 2015.

Entertainment, vendors and food trucks will be on-site for this annual event at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adoption cost varies. MCAS, 8535 Hwy. 242, Conroe. 936-442-7738. www.mcaspets.org





Aug. 18

Learn to belly dance
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston will host an introduction to belly dancing workshop. Guests will learn the basics of one of the oldest dances in the world while also providing a low-intensity workout. 3-4:30 p.m. $12 (in advance), $16 (at the door). 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston. 713-551-7217. www.erjcchouston.org