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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Tomball-Magnolia

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.

Cy-Fair

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.

Spring-Klein

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.


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