Park volunteering, a charity benefit and other events this weekend in Spring and Klein, Dec. 1-3

Two events take place this weekend at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve—a program focusing on soil education and a volunteer cleanup day. The weekend also includes a holiday theater presentation and a charity benefit for a new Spring-based foundation.

Toy drive continues, Dec. 1-3
Toys for Tots and First Choice Emergency Room facilities throughout the Greater Houston are holding a toy drive for children under 12 years old. There are three First Choice Emergency Room locations serving as dropoff sites in Spring and Klein: 21301 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. A, Spring; 8929 Spring Cypress Road, Spring and First Texas Hospital, 9922 Louetta Road, Houston.

Live holiday theater, Dec. 2-3
Stageworks Theatre Houston hosts a performance of "A Christmas Story" on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The performance is based on the holiday movie of the same name. 7:30 p.m. (Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.) $19-$31. Stageworks Theatre Houston, 10760 Grant Road, Houston. 281-587-6100.

Park program focuses on soil education, Dec. 2
Adrienne Paquette visits from the Texas Wildlife Association to explain the importance and characteristics of soil through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Participants can learn how soil properties determine the types of plants and animals that can live in the area. The event is for ages 7 and older. 10-11 a.m. Free. Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20207 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston. 281-353-8100.

Volunteer at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, Dec. 3
Park staff lead a morning of cleanup activities, including invasive plant removal. Participants should bring their own loppers and handsaws. Participants should also bring water and a hat. Volunteers will meet near the park restrooms. The event is for ages 16 and older, or children age 10 and older with an adult. 9-11:30 a.m. Free. Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20207 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston. 281-353-8100.

Benefit supports Kailee Mills Foundation, Dec. 3
The Kailee Mills Foundation holds a fund-raising benefit at the Bareback Bar and Icehouse in Spring. Funds raised will benefit the newly formed foundation’s work of raising seatbelt and traffic safety awareness among young drivers and passengers. The foundation was formed after Klein Collins High School student Kailee Mills was killed in a car accident on Oct. 28. The event will feature a silent auction, live auction and live music. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Those who are unable to attend the event can still contribute to the foundation through PayPal to [email protected] or by direct mail to the Kailee Mills Foundation at 4625 FM 2920, Ste. 113, Spring, TX 77388. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Bareback Bar & Icehouse, 19940 Kuykendahl Road, Spring.