Depot Day, Tomball Toy Fest: 8 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Nov. 8-10

The city of Tomball honors National Railroad Month with a Depot Day celebration Nov. 9.
The city of Tomball honors National Railroad Month with a Depot Day celebration Nov. 9. (Courtesy city of Tomball)

The city of Tomball honors National Railroad Month with a Depot Day celebration Nov. 9. (Courtesy city of Tomball)

Nov. 8-9: Support animals

Nonprofit animal shelter Abandoned Animal Rescue hosts “A Night in the Dog House,” when AAR volunteers and community members spend 12 hours in a dog kennel to raise funds for AAR. Donations will be matched up to $50,000, part of which will go to free spay and neuter clinics. Community members are invited to visit during the event or tune in to a live video on Facebook. 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Donation suggested. 32632 Wright Road, Magnolia. 281-789-4142. www.aartexas.org

Nov. 8-10: Enjoy youth theater

National Youth Theater presents “Mary Poppins.” The cast is made up of students ages 8-19. 7 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.); 11 a.m., 3 p.m. (Sat.); 2 p.m., 6 p.m. (Sun.). $15 (presale), $18 (door admission). Lone Star College-Tomball Performing Arts Center, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. www.nationalyouththeater.org

Nov. 8-10: Honor veterans


Magnolia-based nonprofit Texans United for Freedom presents its annual two-day Cooking 4 Courage barbecue cook-off with live music, vendors, live and silent auctions, and a children’s zone. 5-11 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.). $5 (admission). Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Road, Conroe. 469-626-8833. www.tufffoundation.org

Nov. 9: Browse vintage toys

Comix Cafe hosts the Tomball Toy Fest, a vintage toy show featuring a variety of toy vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 27620 Business 249, Ste. A6, Tomball. www.facebook.com/comixcafetx

Nov. 9: See trains

Celebrate National Model Railroad Month with model railroads and artifacts, children’s activities, music and other entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.tomballtx.gov

Nov. 9: Watch a movie

The city of Tomball hosts its monthly Second Saturday at the Depot event, featuring a free screening of "Free Birds." Games and activities begin at 4 p.m. with the movie showing at dusk around 6 p.m. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are encouraged. 4 p.m. Free. 201 S. Elm St., tomball. www.tomballtx.gov

Nov. 9: Walk dogs

The event includes a 1-mile dog walk, pet costume contest, games, food, a raffle and a mobile vet clinic. 8 a.m.-noon. $30 (dog walk, contest entry). 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball. www.facebook.com/julianescompassionforcritters1

Nov. 9 and 14: Place flags at cemetery

Magnolia ISD families, students and staff can honor veterans by placing flags in the Houston National Cemetery on Nov. 9 as part of Flags for Our Heroes. Flags will be retrieved Nov. 14. Attendees meet between Section S1 and the pond. 9 a.m. Free. Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston. www.bit.ly/flagsforourheroes
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