The Pearland Parks & Recreation Department will host Summerfest, 7-9 p.m. Fridays through June 28 at Southdown Park, 2150 Country Place Blvd. A live band will perform at each free event, food vendors will be on hand, and a playground will be available for kids. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets are welcome. For more information and the band schedule, see www.pearlandparks.com/summerfest.html.
The Third Annual "Crawin' for the Cure" benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held 1-6 p.m. May 25 at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 W. 13th St., Deep Park. A crawfish and gumbo cooking competition will be among the highlights, along with all-you-can-eat crawfish, live music, and a silent auction. For tickets and more info, see www.crawinforthecure.coastalflow.com.
The Houston Construction Industry Charity Auto Show benefitting U.S. Vets - Houston will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 25, at Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway W. The free event will feature hundreds of classic and custom cars, motorcycles, muscle cars and sports cars entered by their owners. Entertainment, food, drink, and music are also planned. For more info, see www.hcias.com.
The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau will mark Memorial Day at Waterway Square with fireworks and live entertainment at 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., May 25-26. For more info, see thewoodlandscvb.com.
The organization Flags For Fallen Vets plans on placing over 60,000 American flags on veterans' graves at the Houston National Cemetery Sun., May 26, to mark Memorial Day 2013. The burial ground, at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, is the state's only national cemetery. To make a donation to cover costs or volunteer to place or remove flags, see www.flagsforfallenvets.com.
The A.D. Players will perform "The Jungle Book" at 11 a.m. Thurs.-Fri., May 30-31, at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. The play is based on the story by Rudyard Kipling. Admission is free.
Moody Gardens in Galveston will open Palm Beach for the summer at 9 a.m. June 1. Highlights include Lazy River, a wave pool, and two 18-foot tower slides. Regulation beach volleyball courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area are also part of the area. Also set to open June 1 is the exhibit "Dinos Alive!," with more than 20 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. "Wild About Wine," featuring local wineries, is set for 7-10 p.m., when guests can enjoy wine tasting, live entertainment and a silent auction supporting conservation. For more information, see www.moodygardens.com.
The American Heart Association, Texas Arrhythmia Institute and The Methodist Hospital System will hold the 2013 "Save a Life" CPR training event Sat., June 1, at the Methodist Training Center, Lantern Point Drive. Free bilingual training courses for hands-only CPR and low-cost CPR certification will be offered at the event. Participants will take home an American Heart Association CPR Anytime® kit. Free parking is available in the Teal Lot across from Reliant Stadium. Register in advance at www.HoustonSaveaLife.org.
The Houston Police Foundation will hold "Neon Nights," a moonlight bike ride Fri., June 7, starting at the Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby at Memorial Drive. A family rise is set for 8:30-10 p.m. with an advanced ride 10:15-midnight. Funds raised will be used to purchase equipment and training for the Houston Police Department. Register in advance at www.hpdmoonlightbikeride.org.
The Texas Police Athletic Federation's Police Games will be held June 10-14 at Nassau Bay. The annual event is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle while instilling pride in officers' competitive achievements. For more info, see www.texaspolicegames.org</A
Adaptive Athletics at the University of Houston will host the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby Camp Thurs.-Sun., June 13-16 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, 4500 University Drive. The project aims to provide athletic training and competition for kids who typically would not have access to an active camp. Campus dorms will be reserved for participants. For more information, see www.uh.edu/class/hhp/hhp_adaptive_athletics/adaptive_athletics2.
The Second Annual Springboard South Music Festival will be held Fri.-Sun., June 21-23 at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel. Headliners include Grammy-nominated Paul Wall and popular rapper Slim Thug. The 54-artist lineup also includes pop, rock, country, Latin, metal, gospel and jazz performers. The event is also intended to mentor and educate select new artists through one-on-one sessions with seasoned music professionals. Tickets are $24.95 at warehouselive.frontgatetickets.com. Proceeds benefit Fireseeds, an interfaith organization that supports growth-oriented community projects providing physical, economic, and spiritual aid.
Career and Recovery Resources, a United Way agency that helps individuals identify and overcome barriers to employment, will hold the 17th Annual Barrier Breaker Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana. For tickets, call 713-754-7082 or see careerandrecovery.org. Proceeds benefit the organization's programs.
The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show returns to the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston June 28-July 6. Miller blends magic, music and clean comedy in a family show. For tickets or more information, see www.MagicComedyShow.com.
The Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, will open its June watermedia members' exhibit, juried by artist Marty Hatcher, with a 6-8 p.m. reception Fri. June 7. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on view through June 27.
The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau will host Labor Day at Waterway Square at 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Live entertainment and fireworks are planned for both evenings. For more info, see thewoodlandscvb.com.
Ars Lyrica, 800 Bagby, will present "Menus-Plaisirs" at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Inspired by the French royal court's "Cabinet of Musical Pleasures," the program offers rarely heard works. Two major pieces by Marc-Antoine Charpentier are included, plus works by Lully, C. P. E. Bach, and Handel. A pre-concert lecture by Musicology Professor John Powell from the University of Tulsa begins at 5:15 p.m. For tickets and more information, see www.arslyricahouston.org.
Ars Lyrica, 800 Bagby, will mark New Year's Eve with a celebration of Venice and its carnival tradition through a program of music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi performed by sopranos Melissa Givens and Blair Doerge with violinist Yung-Hsiang Wang, Baroque flautist Colin St. Martin, and guitarist Richard Savino. The annual holiday gala follows in the Sarofim Hall grand lobby. For tickets and more information, see www.arslyricahouston.org.