7 things to do in the Sugar Land area, Oct. 7-9

The Fort Bend Museum will host a lecture series free to the public Oct. 7 at the Fort Bend County Courthouse.

The Fort Bend Museum will host a lecture series free to the public Oct. 7 at the Fort Bend County Courthouse.

The weekend of Oct. 7-9 includes a few lecture listening opportunities, dance and family-friendly events. Here are seven things to do in the Sugar Land and Missouri City area.

Oct. 7: Fort Bend Museum lecture series

Friday morning's talks feature two lecturers. Historian and archeologist Robert Crosser discusses war hero Erastus "Deaf" Smith and the quest to find his grave in Richmond. Smith fought in the Texas Revolution. Crosser and his team have been using radar to search for his grave, which is said to be near the intersection of 6th and Houston streets. Allison Harrell also discusses the Texian Time Machine program, created in 2003, which bring a living history experience to Houston-area schools. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Fort Bend County Courthouse (second floor, Commissioners Court room), 401 Jackson St., Richmond. 281-342-6478. www.fortbendmuseum.org

07-the-sleeping-beauty-2Oct. 7: "Sleeping Beauty"

The Russian Grand Ballet comes to the Stafford Centre for a production of "Sleeping Beauty." The ballet is split into three acts with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. $35-$68. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford.

Oct. 8: TEDXSugarLand 

Sugar Land Town Square hosts a post-screening highlighting several of the 16 speakers and entertainers who presented their ideas at TEDxSugarLand on Aug. 27. The event was themed "Small Town, HUGE Ideas," and featured speakers who discussed aspects of technology, design, education and health. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com

09-sienna-plantation-clinic-family-fun-dayOct. 8: Kelsey-Seybold Sienna Plantation Clinic Family Fun Day

Attendees can meet the doctors at the new Kelsey-Seybold Sienna Plantation Clinic in Missouri City. The event features a youth football camp with former Houston Texans player J.J. Moses as well as a cheerleading and teddy bear clinic. All ages are welcome, and children are encouraged to wear a team shirt. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. KelseySeybold Clinic, Sienna Plantation, 7010 Hwy. 6, Missouri City. 713-442-6700. http://info.kelsey-seybold.com/familyday

Oct. 8:  “NASA: Have Rocket, Will Travel”

Don Cooper, a retired NASA physicist, shares his experiences from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and the Apollo 13 mission in 1970. Leonard Ferguson, president of the Fort Bend Astronomy Club, discusses NASA’s New Frontiers program and upcoming missions. 2-4 p.m. Free. Meeting Room, Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. 281-238-2100. www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/branches/mc.html

Oct. 8: Houston Disc Dogs take on Town Square


Attendees are invited to 08-houston-disc-dogswatch K-9s do tricks, flips, vaults off their trainers’ backs, and other Frisbee stunts. 12:30-2:45 p.m. (full event), 12:30 p.m. (first show), 2 p.m. (second show). Free. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com/pla/ upcoming-events


Oct. 8 and 9: Creature design workshop

Budding artists learn how to draw monsters and other fantasy creatures during a two-day workshop with Mark Nelson at the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery. Students learn constructive drawing with line and texture exercises. The second session builds on the first with students learning about silhouettes and shapes. 1-4 p.m. (Oct. 8 and 9), $170. Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery, 104 Industrial Blvd., Ste. Q, Sugar Land. 28-972-9478. www.sugarlandartcenter.org/workshops.html