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
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee 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.



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