Pickleball, Deaf Con, cat adoptions and more: 8 things to do in the Greater Houston area, May 31-June 2


Take some trips across the Greater Houston area this weekend for various events and celebrations, from League City to Conroe.

May 31

Celebrate summer in Katy

Elyson by Newland Communities hosts a free public event to kickstart the summer. Enjoy a DJ, games, inflatables, food trucks and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” to end the evening. Popcorn, candy and water will be available while supplies last. Elyson Cafe will offer beer and wine specials for purchase. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free. 23623 Elyson Falls Drive, Katy. 281-640-4004. www.elyson.com

June 1

Play pickleball

Head to Southern Star Brewing Company to play pickleball and drink beer in its Pickle & Pints event. This is a first-come, first-served open play mixer. Pickleball matches can be played to 11 points. Ticket price includes a free beer and as many pickleball matches as desired. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $8-$14. SSBC, 3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe. 936-441-2739. www.eventbrite.com

June 1

Kick off summer reading

Play lawn games, create space-themed crafts and join special guests for storytime at Harris County Precinct 4’s summer reading program kickoff. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 281-353-4196. www.hcp4.net

June 1

Support deaf awareness, talent at Deaf Con

This Comic Con-inspired event features cosplay, American Sign Language talent, panels, games, face painting, crafts, performances with special guests Warren “Wawa” Snipe and CJ Jones. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Lone Star College Cy-Fair, 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-290-3200. www.facebook.com/deafconhouston

June 1

Adopt a cat

Natural Pawz invites Houstonians to meet—and maybe adopt—its adoptable cats and kittens. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Adoption fees vary. Natural Pawz, 1875 Hwy. 6, Ste. 900, Sugar Land. 281-313-7299. www.naturalpawz.com

June 1

Support Boots for Troops

The third annual Boots & Suits Gala features live and silent auctions and a combat boot runway show, in which each pair of boots includes a personal story about the owner’s time in combat. The boots are also part of the live auction. Funds support Boots for Troops, a nonprofit organization providing care packages to active-duty members of the military. Black tie is required. 6-11 p.m. $200. The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 281-789-7567. www.boots4troops.org

June 1

Celebrate National Trails Day

The annual celebration includes games, giveaways and free snow cones, as well as outdoor activities such as mini painting classes, inflatable slides, inflatable soccer darts and nature crafts. 9-11 a.m. Free. Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center, 1220 Egret Bay Blvd. N., League City. 281-554-1000. www.leaguecity.com

June 2

Enjoy a parking lot party

Scholars and Scoundrels hosts its second quarterly parking lot party, which includes a live DJ, dunk booth, slip ‘n slide, water guns and the first adult water balloon tournament with up to $2,000 in prizes. Noon-8 p.m. Free (event), $25 (five-person team in water balloon tournament). Scholars and Scoundrels, 1251 Pin Oak Road, Ste. 141, Katy. 346-307-7434. www.scholarsandscoundrelskaty.com

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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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