A harvest fest, sculpted ice: 11 things to do in the Bay Area in November, December

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The American Heart Association will host the Bay Area Heart Walk, a one-day event to raise funds for the association’s efforts to fight heart disease and promote healthy living. Participants can walk or run in a noncompetitive 5K around the Kemah Boardwalk. All ages welcome. 8 a.m. Free (to participate), donations appreciated. Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 832-918-4000. www.heart.org


Clear Lake United Methodist Church will host its annual Santa’s Shopping Mall. The Christmas bazaar will feature holiday gifts and handcrafted items from over 60 vendors, a cafe, a bake shop with homemade goods and a silent auction. All ages welcome. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real, Houston. 281-488-5110. www.clearlakemethodist.org


The Houston Symphony League Bay Area meeting for November will feature the Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble. Founded in 2014, the ensemble’s main goal is to provide classical chamber music concerts to the Clear Lake area. Top musicians and directors from the area donate their time to the ensemble to keep concerts free. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Road, Houston. 832-498-1658.


Houston Methodist Hospital locations, including the one in the Clear Lake area, will celebrate World Diabetes Day. Attendees will be able to learn what diabetes is, how to prevent and manage the disease, how to get tested and about healthy eating and exercise to avoid the disease. All ages welcome. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital, 18300 Houston Methodist Drive, Houston. 713-441-3313. www.houstonmethodist.org


Chamber orchestra Mercury will perform Mozart and Beethoven classics, such as “Symphony No. 35,” which Mozart originally wrote as a serenade for a mayor, and “Symphony No. 1,” which Beethoven composed with inspiration from Mozart. Both men are considered among the greatest composers who ever lived. All ages welcome. $10-$26. University of Houston-Clear Lake Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. 281-283-2065. www.uhcl.edu/bayou-theater


The Nassau Bay Nutcracker Market will feature holiday gifts such as women’s and children’s clothing, handmade jewelry, home and garden decorations, yard art, collectibles and backed goods. Attendees can also take photos with Santa Claus. All ages welcome. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Gilruth Conference Center, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston.www.eventbrite.com


Attendees can enjoy a breakfast, shop at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center’s nutcracker boutique, see a preview of Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” and have photos taken with the sugar plum fairy. All ages welcome. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $60. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City. 281-480-1617. www.bahbt.org/breakfast


05: CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTYARD•Event venue Butler’s Courtyard will host a holiday party with activities and entertainment to celebrate the year and ring in the Christmas season. Residents can tour the grounds and see the historic venue, a popular spot for weddings. All ages welcome. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Butler’s Courtyard, 122 N. Michigan Ave., League City. 281-557-5551. www.butlerscourtyard.com



The Houston Food Bank is in need of volunteers and donations after it was forced to throw out 1.8 million pounds of food.
Houston Food Bank in need of donations, volunteers after tossing nearly two million pounds of contaminated food

The Houston Food Bank needs help after it was forced to throw out about 1.8 million pounds of food.

Texas Central and Mass. Electric Constructon Co. announced an Early Contract Involvement agreement for construction of the Texas high-speed rail connecting Houston and Dallas. (Courtesy Texas Central)
Texas high-speed rail construction could move forward following agreement between Texas Central, Mass. Electric Construction Co.

Construction on the Texas high-speed rail could continue to gain traction following an Early Contract Involvement agreement between Texas Central and Mass. Electric Contruction Co.

Houston continues investment in 2020 census outreach

Houston City Council approved the second half of a $1.5 million contract

Residents to get early look at new League City Animal Care and Adoption Center

Residents who want to get a sneak peek at how the new League City Animal Care and Adoption Center is coming along will have their chance Friday.

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League City considering raising water rates to supplement system improvements

League City plans to spend $501 million over the next 10 years improving its water and wastewater system, and the city is considering raising water rates to help pay for the work.

(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD board votes to keep high school start times as is

Clear Creek ISD school start times will remain the same—at least for now.

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South Shore Boulevard repair work delayed until Nov. 20-27

Due to wet weather last week, work to repair a storm sewer line under South Shore Boulevard was delayed from Nov. 13-20 to Nov. 20-27, which will force motorists to take detours parts of this week and next.

At the annual State of the County address Nov. 15, County Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke on several initiatives launched in 2019, including criminal justice reform and emergency recovery, among other topics. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lina Hidalgo reflects on boundary-pushing first year in State of the County address

Early childhood development will be major focus of 2020, Hidalgo said.

Sylvan Beach Park pavilion exterior
Sylvan Beach Park pavilion to get new operator, undergo repairs; supporters fear for historic building’s future

The contract between Harris County and the operator of Sylvan Beach Park’s historic pavilion has been terminated.

Prodigy Hair Salon closing by January

The location will be demolished to make room for the expansion of Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital.

Marburger's Sporting Goods closes in Seabrook

The business, which was open for 46 years, has not announced plans to relocate.

(Courtesy Mario's Pizza & Pasta)
Mario's Pizza & Pasta celebrates 50 years in Bay Area

The business originally opened in 1969 in Galveston.

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