12 events to attend in Tomball, Magnolia in March, early April

The city of Tomball's Honky Tonk Chili Challenge returns March 21. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
The city of Tomball's Honky Tonk Chili Challenge returns March 21. (Courtesy city of Tomball)

The city of Tomball's Honky Tonk Chili Challenge returns March 21. (Courtesy city of Tomball)

March 7

Go to a car show

The annual Rally in the Alley includes a vintage auto show featuring American-built vehicles from prior to 1968 as well as live music, food and vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 (per show entry), free (admission). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.facebook.com/houstoncarshow

March 7

See trucks, a movie

Harris County Precinct 4 presents a truck show and movie night featuring on- and off-road vehicles, children’s crafts, outdoor games, a photo booth, and free popcorn and drinks during a screening of “Monster Trucks.” 4-7 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.hcp4.net

March 7 and 8

Clean up heavy trash

Montgomery County Precinct 2 hosts a heavy trash cleanup and document shredding for precinct residents. Items not permitted include tires, batteries, ammunition, electronics and household trash. Household chemicals can be disposed at $10 per 5 gallons. Free (shredding). 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (March 7), 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (March 8). 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia. www.commprecinct2.org

March 10 through 12

Visit with animals

Friends of Texas Wildlife hosts themed Discovery Days during spring break, including educational animals, crafts and games. Attendees can come and go; parents must accompany children. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 (per day). 29816 Dobbin Hufsmith Road, Magnolia. 281-259-0039. www.facebook.com/savingtexaswildlife

March 13 and 14

Browse fine art

The Tomball Art League presents its art show and sale. A portion of proceeds from the sale of art support the Friends of the Tomball Community Library. Members, nonmembers and students may enter art into the judged art show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.), 2-3 p.m. (Sat.). Free (admission). Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. www.thetomballartleague.com

March 21

Enjoy Tomball Little League’s opening day

Festivities include a parade on Main Street followed by carnival games, a silent auction, food trucks and a dunk tank. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Wayne Stovall Sports Complex, 125 W. Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.facebook.com/tomballlittleleague

March 21

Meet local authors

The Book Attic hosts a book signing event, including local authors Jeffrey Andrew, Kaylee Denis, R.S. Gullett, Roy Meyers, March Beth Rose, Judy McCarver and Belinda Mays. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free (admission). 310 E. Main St., Tomball. 281-255-6050. www.thebookattic.info

March 21

Learn about wildlife

Friends of Texas Wildlife hosts an open house for the public to tour the organization’s intake center and get a behind-the-scenes look at what wildlife rehabilitators do. Guests can also visit the education center to browse animal artifacts, meet educational ambassadors—nonreleasable animals—and go inside the eagle flight enclosure. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 (admission), free (children age 3 and younger). 29816 Dobbin Hufsmith Road, Magnolia. www.ftwl.org

March 21

Enjoy music, chili

The city of Tomball hosts its annual Honky Tonk Chili Challenge featuring honky-tonk music, festival food, shopping vendors and a kids zone. Chili cooks from across southeast Texas and Tomball also compete in a chili challenge and margarita “pour off.” 11 a.m. Free. 281-351-5484. 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.facebook.com/tomballtexanforfun

March 28

Celebrate spring

The Magnolia Festival Committee hosts its inaugural Spring Fest 2020 with games and fun activities for children as well as live music by KC Williams Band. 1-6 p.m. (festival), 6-8 p.m. (live music). Free. The Magnolia Stroll, FM 1488 and FM 1774, Magnolia. www.facebook.com/themagnoliastroll

March 28

Attend a fashion show

Magnolia United Methodist Church hosts a fashion show and brunch with Tomball and Magnolia community members modeling fashions selected from five local resale shops. The event benefits local charities. 10 a.m.-noon. $5 (students), $10 (adults). 419 Commerce St., Magnolia. www.magnoliaumc.org

April 4

Visit a toy festival

Comix Cafe presents Tomball Toy Fest, where guests can browse a variety of vintage toys. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 27620 Business 249, Ste. A6, Tomball. 832-698-1850. www.facebook.com/comixcafetx
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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