This week marks a longstanding tradition in Spring, with the 66th annual livestock show beginning Thursday in Spring ISD. Other noteworthy events in the community include the opening of a new Harris County Precinct 4 park over the weekend and an upcoming annual fundraising gala for the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art.

  1. The Spring Livestock Show and Fair will be held Thursday-Saturday at Nagy Pavilion, 24037 Hardy Road, Houston. The event features projects of students involved in FFA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America at Dekaney, Spring, Westfield and Carl Wunsche Sr. high schools, as well as students in Spring 4-H, a youth organization. The public will have several opportunities Saturday to show support for the students involved in the program, including a silent auction at 9 a.m. and a live auction at 12:30 p.m.

  2. Spring and Klein ISDs each have meetings scheduled this week. The Spring ISD board of trustees will hold a workshop meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at 16717 Ella Blvd., Houston. Copies of the agenda will be available on the district website before the meeting. The Klein ISD board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday at 6 p.m. including a discussion of the district budget.

  3. The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve opened April 1 at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston. The park, which includes a 40-acre lake, is located off Hwy. 249 between Cypresswood Drive and Louetta Road. The park is the result of a collaboration between Harris County Precinct 4, the Prestonwood Forest Utility District and the two companies that donated the property—Kickerillo Companies and Mischer Investments, the developers of The Vintage community. The park’s director and caretakers will provide educational and recreational programs at the site, and additional amenities slated for the future include fishing piers, a picnic pavilion, an outdoor classroom and an amphitheater.

  4. The annual Pearls of Art gala will be held Saturday at Red Oak Ballroom, 816 Town and Country Blvd., Ste. 210, Houston. Tickets are $250 per person and the event raises money for the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine arts, located at 6815 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. The event includes dinner and dancing, as well as live and silent auctions. This year's event honors Carol and Calvin Cobb of Cypress. For information on tickets, call 281-376-6322 or visit

  5. This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week in Harris County. According to the National Weather Service, the spring and summer months bring a greater potential for thunderstorms that can trigger flooding in places like Harris County. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety are urging drivers out during flood conditions to “turn around, don’t drown.” Officials are reminding residents that only six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide, and 12 inches of water can float many vehicles.Follow the Harris County Office of Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for daily safety tips this week. Download the ReadyHarris app for real-time weather alerts and a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan.