Worth the trip Nov. 12: Show off your cooking skills at Cook 4 Courage

Cook 4 Courage is a Magnolia-area event honoring veterans and first responders hosted by the Texans United For Freedom Foundation. The main event is a barbecue cook-off, and there will also be a veterans dinner, a flag retirement ceremony and a concert by The Fantastics. 5-7:15 p.m. Free (admission), $250 (cook-off entry fee). 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 832-712-1760. http://www.tufffoundation.org/cooking-4-courage

Nov. 13: Get free dental services for veterans

Montgomery Comprehensive Dental Center is offering free dentistry cleaning and consultations Nov. 13 as part of its 10th annual Dentistry for Veterans event. Patients must have an appointment and proof of military service to receive the free service. 951 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery. 936-585-4353 or 936-539-3636. www.drtimgardner.com

Nov. 13: Shop until you drop at the Montgomery County Nutcracker Market

The Montgomery County Nutcracker Market at the Lone Star Expo and Convention Center will feature over 200 small-business vendors selling clothing and home decor as well as food and fashion trucks. Holiday decorations and gifts will also be available. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Entry fee is $5 cash, but teachers, military and first responders with ID, and children may enter for free. 9055 Airport Boulevard, Conroe. www.facebook.com/MontgomeryNutcrackerMarket

Nov. 13: Enjoy a free concert at Heritage Park

The music festival FaithFest is hosting the Miracle City Music Festival in Heritage Park in downtown Conroe. According to a press release, the event will be headlined by Magnolia-based country band Trent Cowie. Joe's Italian Restaurant will be contributing free food, and the event will also feature food trucks and a kids zone. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 500 Collins St., Conroe. www.facebook.com/MiracleCityConroe

Nov. 13: Show off your chili cooking skills at Bridgewood Farms

Bridgewood Farms is hosting a fall craft market and chili cook-off with proceeds going toward scholarships, activities to combat social isolation and expanding farm programs for people with developmental disabilities. Jewelry, holiday decor and food will be on sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free entry. 11680 Rose Road, Conroe. 936-856-6460. www.bridgewoodfarms.org/event/fall-craft-market-chili-cook-off/

Nov. 13: Support Willis High School's Sweethearts Dance Team with a Parking Lot Sale

The Willis High School Sweethearts Dance Team is holding a Parking Lot Sale and BBQ in the Willis High School parking lot to fundraise for their upcoming contest season. Each team member will have 2 parking spots filled with resale items including furniture, household goods, and clothing. BBQ plates with sandwiches, chips, sodas and cookies will also be sold. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free entry. 10005 TX-75, Willis. 936-856-1217. www.willisisd.org/whs