Early voting starts Tuesday, Precinct 2 commissioner forum scheduled, and 4 other things to know in Tomball, Magnolia, Feb. 19-23

Public forums, events and primary election milestones are on the calendar this week. Here are six things that Tomball and Magnolia residents should know this week, Feb. 19-23.

Monday, Feb. 19
The city of Tomball meets Monday for a regular city council meeting. View the full agenda here. 6 p.m. 401 Market St., Tomball. www.tomballtx.gov

Tuesday, Feb. 20
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trail Riders travel through Tomball on Tuesday on their way to the rodeo. The annual events features a reception with complimentary snacks, kids activities, music and a visit from Dusty Trails. Free. Noon. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm, Tomball. www.tomballtx.gov

Tuesday, Feb. 20
Registered voters in Harris and Montgomery counties can vote in the 2018 primaries at any early voting location in their county from Feb. 20-March 2. For more information on the ballot as well as Q&As with local candidates, be sure to visit www.communityimpact.com/vote.

Thursday, Feb. 22
The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon. This month, the event will include a candidate forum with the Republican candidates in the Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner race. The event is co-hosted by the Montgomery County Voter Awareness Council and will be moderated by Community Impact Newspaper's Anna Dembowski. The event is open to the public. $15 (advance registration for members), $20 (advance registration for guests), $20 (member admission), $25 ($25 guest admission). 11:30 a.m. 31141 Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org

Thursday, Feb. 22
The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women hosts a meet and greet program with primary election candidates, including the Lt. Governor, House District 126 and House District 150 races. Free (admission). RSVP to [email protected] 6 p.m. Harris County Smokehouse, 14243 FM 2920, Tomball. www.facebook.com/yellowroserw

Friday, Feb. 23
Society of Samaritan hosts a job fair for the Magnolia area. Employment opportunities include banking, law environment, retail, food services, warehouse and maintenance positions. Montgomery County Society for Human Resource Management professionals will provide mock interviews for job seekers. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. West Montgomery Community Development Center, 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia. 713-302-2236. www.facebook.com/societyofsamaritans


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