Texas City's Crystal Lagoon to stay open throughout Oct. and more Houston-area news

Crystal Lagoon is the largest amenity of its kind in Texas. (Courtesy Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoon is the largest amenity of its kind in Texas. (Courtesy Lago Mar)

Crystal Lagoon is the largest amenity of its kind in Texas. (Courtesy Lago Mar)

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Bay Area

Crystal Lagoon to remain open to public on weekends for Oktober Lagoonfest

The state’s largest Crystal Lagoon amenity will be open weekends through the month of October for a seasonal celebration at Lago Mar, according to a Sept. 28 media release.

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16 new vendors, safety measures: What to know for the Texas Renaissance Festival's 46th season Oct. 3-Nov. 29

When the Texas Renaissance Festival begins Oct. 3, no general admission at-gate tickets will be available this year, but 16 new vendors, 11 guest vendors and new performers will fill the festival grounds in addition to returning vendors and performers, according to a Sept. 24 release from the festival.


Reach Unlimited to hold virtual week of giving Oct. 1-7

Cypress-based nonprofit Reach Unlimited is holding a virtual week of giving event Oct. 1-7 in lieu of its annual Reach for the Stars fundraiser event, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

New Caney native rebrands L&H Cafe into family-friendly eatery

L&H Cafe serves gourmet-style American food, such as hamburgers and sandwiches, as well as some Greek-inspired menu items, such as gyros and lamb over rice. The eatery currently operates at 75% dine-in capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as offering takeout, curbside and delivery.

Jack in the Box permanently closes Kingwood location

Jack in the Box closed its location at 2308 Northpark Drive, Kingwood, on Sept. 13. This location was one of several in the Lake Houston area. The 24-hour restaurant chain features a drive-thru and offers burgers, chicken, salads, tacos and breakfast items.

Kingwood Meat Market continues tradition of family-owned markets

Kingwood Meat Market sells various fresh-cut meats, such as seasoned beef and chicken fajitas, barbacoa and carnitas by the pound, pan sausage, rib eye and fillets. The shop also processes deer and hog meat for hunters.


Algoo Buenoo to soon serve up protein doughnuts, gourmet shakes in Spring

Algoo Buenoo will celebrate its grand opening Oct. 10 at 16314 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring. The new business will offer protein doughnuts, gourmet shakes, energy teas and protein iced coffee.

D1 Training Spring targets December opening on West Rayford Road

D1 Training Spring plans to open at 8727 W. Rayford Road, Ste. 150, Spring, in December. The performance training facility offers programs for youth athletes ages 7-18 as well as programs for adults ranging from strength training and boot camps to individual and small-group training.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Report: Just 2% of Houston’s city-funded public art is by women of color

Just 2% of the works of arts bought or commissioned by the city of Houston were made by women artists of color, according to an art equity study conducted by the Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Houston launches coronavirus mental health hotline

Houston residents struggling with poor mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic can call a new mental health hotline developed specifically in response to the virus.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Kindred Hospital Sugar Land opens new rehabilitation unit

Kindred Hospital Sugar Land, located at 1550 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land, opened a new rehabilitation unit inside the hospital Aug. 1.

Emma Whalen, Jake Magee, Colleen Ferguson, Anna Lotz, Hannah Zedaker, Andy Li, Claire Shoop, Danica Lloyd and Kelly Schafler contributed to this report.



The show is making a stop at Sam Houston Race Park this December. (Courtesy UniverSoul Circus)
Cy-Fair hosts events and more Houston-area news

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Mediterraneo Market & Cafe (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Council Member Robert Gallegos, Arturo Michel, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Ron Lewis.
Mayor announces changes among Houston’s top-level staff

Several key staff are retiring or leaving for new positions.

League City wants to paint traffic utility boxes with miniature murals, similar to those seen in Houston. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City to create painted murals on utility boxes

In an effort to create a sense of place, beautify areas, attract visitors and instill civic pride, League City is considering painting miniature murals on traffic utility boxes throughout the city.

Williams comes to CCISD from Loudoun County, Virginia. (Screenshot courtesy Clear Creek ISD)
Eric Williams named Clear Creek ISD superintendent

Per Texas law, the board was required to wait a minimum of 21 days before voting to appoint Williams, its lone finalist. He will start Jan. 18, 2021; Greg Smith’s last day is Dec. 31.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

The Coastal Texas Study includes proposals for several projects meant to protect Galveston Bay with multiple lines of defense from major storms. (Courtesy Army Corps of Engineers)
Environmentalists question proposed coastal barrier, ask for deadline extension to comment on plan

Several local environmental groups and experts have opposed portions of the coastal barrier proposal and are asking for an extension to the public comment portion of the plan.

The East Montgomery County Industrial Park off Gene Campbell Road will welcome the Lowe's Distribution Center in July. (Courtesy East Montgomery County Improvement District)
Lowe's to bring 200 jobs to Montgomery County and more Houston-area news

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Exploration Green in Clear Lake is a great example of sustainable re-use of land, Houston Wilderness officials said; many of the trees being planted at the conservancy are particularly good for the environment. (Courtesy Exploration Green)
Houston Wilderness aims to restore ecosystems, increase carbon absorption through large-scale tree plantings

Houston Wilderness connects people to geographically defined ecosystems across eight counties in Greater Houston and spurs action through initiatives. The organization is coordinating five large-scale plantings over the next three months.

Harris County has launched a tool to allow homeowners to identify appraisal activity in their neighborhood. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County Appraisal District launches new 'Appraiser Field Operations Map' tool

Harris County has launched a tool to allow homeowners to identify appraisal activity in their neighborhood.

The letter came a week after Longoria was virtually sworn into the office by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Nov. 18. (Screenshot via Zoom)
Harris County scrambles to make creation of Elections Administrator Office lawful after Attorney General's letter identifies deficiencies

Harris County is working to make right the appointment of Isabel Longoria as the county's first-ever elections administrator after County Attorney Vince Ryan received a letter Nov. 25 from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that the county did not follow the proper appointment process.