Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year: 12 things to do in The Woodlands area this weekend, Feb. 9-11

The second annual PuppyUp Spring Walk will be held at Rob Fleming Park on Feb. 10.

The second annual PuppyUp Spring Walk will be held at Rob Fleming Park on Feb. 10.

Between philanthropic galas, Valentine’s Day celebrations, Mardi Gras and honoring the Year of the Dog, there are plenty of things to do in The Woodlands area this weekend, Feb. 9-11.

1. Family Game Night: Bingo
Feb. 9
February’s monthly game night will feature the game of bingo for all ages. Snacks and water will be provided by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department and those who pre-register for the event will receive a door prize upon check-in. Drop-ins are also welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 per person. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

2. Ladies’ Doubles Tennis Tournament
Feb. 9
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department hosts this doubles tennis tournament for women ages 16 years and older at the Shadowbend, Cranebrook and Ridgewood parks. The event is open to residents and non-residents and pre-registration is required. 8:30-11:45 a.m. $25 (per resident), $30 (per non-resident). Shadowbend Park, 4192 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands; Cranebrook Park, 11800 Cranebrook Drive, The Woodlands; Ridgewood Park, 4192 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

3. Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance
Feb. 10
At this 19th annual sweet treats-themed event, fathers and daughters spend an evening enjoying dinner, dancing and playing games. Registration is now full for this event. 6-9:30 p.m. $150 (per pair), $55 (per additional sibling). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center Waterway Ballroom, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

4. 2018 Casa Speaks for Kids Gala-Enchanted: A Masquerade Ball
Feb. 10
Presented by Richard and Sherry Lane, this annual gala benefits CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, Inc., and includes dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and a raffle. This year’s event boasts a masquerade theme and while the gala is black-tie optional, masks are mandatory. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 6 p.m.-midnight. $250 per person. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 936-441-5437. www.casaspeaks4kids.com

5. PuppyUp Spring Walk
Feb. 10
This second annual event raises awareness, education and funds for cancer research benefiting both pets and people. The pet-friendly event includes a 1.5-mile walk around Rob Fleming Park, a large vendor fair, demonstrations, a silent auction and a special presentation featuring the 2018 Canine and Human Cancer Heroes. Participants can sign up as an individual, team or sponsor. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 (per walker). Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-636-1436. www.puppyupwalk.org/spring

6. Harley-Gras 2018
Feb. 10
Harley-Davidson of The Woodlands hosts this annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring a Cajun Cook-off in three categories: gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. The family-friendly event will also include a best-decorated bike contest, a bike parade, door prizes every half hour and free beads for everyone. Prior to the celebration, Harley-Davidson of The Woodlands will also be hosting a blood drive for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and all donors will receive a free T-shirt. 3-8 p.m. Free. Harley-Davidson of The Woodlands, 25545 I-45, The Woodlands. 281-681-0099. www.woodlandsharley.com

7. Valentine’s Dinner Fundraiser
Feb. 10
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center hosts this third annual Valentine’s dinner, benefiting Friends of Texas Wildlife. The event will feature a buffet dinner, dessert and coffee, in addition to a silent auction with unique gift baskets and other items. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $125 (per couple), $450 ( per table of eight). The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 800-433-2624. www.ftwl.org

8. Chinese New Year Celebration
Feb. 10
The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts a Chinese New Year celebration which will feature a performance by the Houston Lion Kings dance troupe, a Coin Tree project, printmaking, games and other activities to celebrate the “Year of the Dog.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $6 per person 1 year and older. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

9. Village Tree Planting
Feb. 10
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department recruits nearly 350 volunteers to help with this annual event, during with volunteers of all ages can spend the morning planting tree seedlings throughout The Woodlands community. Volunteers can sign up online. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Creekside Village, Corner of Red Barn Way and W. New Harmony Trail, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

10. Spring Organic Vegetable Gardening and Soil Preparation class
Feb. 10
Skip Richter, an organic gardening author, photographer and vegetable expert, will lead this three-hour class with research-based information to support local gardeners as they prepare the soil, plant and manage their spring vegetable gardens. The Montgomery County Master Gardeners will also be onsite to answer any questions attendees may have and pre-registration is required as space is limited. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. The Woodlands Emergency Training Center, 16135 I-45 S., The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

11. Waterway Nights
Feb. 10
This weekend kicks-off the Spring 2018 season of Waterway Nights, with a live performance by the Blue Grooves, a variety band, in Waterway Square. The event is free and open to the public. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

12. The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan’s Mill
Feb. 10
This weekly event showcases nearly 60 local vendors featuring handmade arts and crafts, food items, beverages, jewelry and more for sale. Profits from the market benefit the Grogan’s Mill Village Association’s philanthropic programs including college scholarships, Conroe ISD and Good Citizen Awards. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center, 7 Switchbud Place, The Woodlands. 281-292-2900. www.grogansmillvillage.com

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.


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