Canoe tours, creek cleanup: 8 things to do in the Bay Area in January and February

(Courtesy Armand Bayou Nature Center)
(Courtesy Armand Bayou Nature Center)

(Courtesy Armand Bayou Nature Center)

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(Courtesy Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce)

Residents can take guided canoe tours along Armand Bayou. Reservations required. Age 12 and older. 8-11 a.m. $25. Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551.

JAN. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, FEB. 01-02: HELP CLEAN UP CLEAR CREEK

Residents who want to rack up community service hours or just help improve the area can join efforts to clean Clear Creek. Boats will leave with volunteers and drop them off at selected locations along the creek to pick up trash in provided bags. Lunch, life jackets, drinking water and first aid kits will be provided. Volunteers should wear layered clothes, work gloves and work boots and expect to get dirty. All ages welcome. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 270 Boat Ramp, 2913 Mariner Drive, League City. 281-830-3419


The Galveston Art Center will host a Saturday evening ArtWalk. For 25 years, the center has hosted walks where attendees can see art in galleries, nonprofit art spaces, and even restaurants and retail shops. The event, held about every six weeks, has since spread to other locations. All ages welcome. 6-9 p.m. Free. Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand St., Galveston. 409-763-2403.


Those who enjoy knitting, crocheting and other forms of needlework can join Every Stitch Way, a group of stitching enthusiasts that meets every other week. Attendees can bring projects to work on, share ideas and help each other. The group is open to all skill levels, including beginners. All ages welcome. 1-3 p.m. Free. Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1111.


Robert Krout from the Galveston Ukulele Society will present a talk about and a demonstration of ukuleles, which are small, four-stringed instruments similar to guitars that originated in Hawaii. The society meets twice a month in Galveston and performs for community functions and events. Krout is a ukulele enthusiast who has an album, gives lessons and performs in the Bay Area. All ages welcome. 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1111.


Various Galveston restaurants will participate in Galveston Restaurant Week. The eighth annual event will allow patrons to enjoy lunch and dinner from prix-fixe menus. Eating at a Galveston Restaurant Week-participating restaurant benefits Access Care of Coastal Texas, which helps provide healthy meals to people with HIV and AIDS. All ages welcome. Times varies. $20-$35 (per two- or three-course dinner), $10-$20 (per two-course lunch or brunch). Locations vary across Galveston Island. 409-763-8676.


Interested in model ships, planes and even fictional robots? The Galveston Bay Area Scale Modelers Association, which is a chartered member of the International Plastic Modelers Society, will meet so members can present their projects, share new modeling techniques, and answer questions about and promote the hobby. All ages welcome. 6:30-8-30 p.m. Free. Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston. 832-927-5420.


Residents will try food from area restaurants. 6:30-9 p.m. $35-$40 (adults), $10 (children 4-12), free (children 3 and under). 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-488-7676.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.



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