An Eventful Region

February 1st, 2015

Upcoming Events and Festivals in the Houston Port Region


Jail Break Run – 5K and ½ Marathon – Baytown
The race begins in front of the Baytown Police Department on Main Street. Runners of the half marathon travel through historic portions of Baytown, to the top of the Fred Hartman Bridge, before heading back to the station. Runners sometimes even run handcuffed to each other in this unusual run. The Jailbreak Run is the only event that allows participants to travel the bridge on foot. Participants come from all over the United States and the world, to attend this event which benefits Project Blue, a non-profit organization that helps officers who face serious illness or injuries outside the line of duty. Scheduled: Feb. 14, 2015.

Mardi Gras On Main – La Porte
2015 is the inaugural year for Mardi Gras on Main. Main Street will come alive with the festive spirit of Mardi Gras. Enjoy a craft beer garden, a food truck court, Mardi Gras entertainers, music, and the farmers market. This initial year will feature the Mambo Jazz Kings and possibly one other live band! There will also be a family-friendly Mardi Gras after party! Scheduled: Feb. 21, 2015.

Senior Market Day – Harris County/ Houston
The community is encouraged to stop by and participate in the Annual Senior Market Day. Over 35 vendors set up inside Precinct Two’s Grayson Community Center and offer a wide variety of products. Entertainment, door prizes, raffles, and concessions are also part of this great event. Scheduled: Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Grayson Community Center, 13828 Corpus Christi, Houston, Texas 77015.


MAR_LuckyTrailsMarathonLucky Trail Marathon – Seabrook
Every year in March, the Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon is held on the Seabrook Trail System. This weekend event happens around St. Patrick’s Day each year. Runners may sign up for either half or full marathon plus a two-person or four-person relay. This popular event has been known for its enthusiastic volunteers, great goody bags, and awesome post-race party. Scheduled: March 14-15.

Paws in the Park – Pearland
Pearland Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the 21st annual Paws in the Park, coordinated by Pup Squad Animal Rescue. The event kicks off on a Saturday morning with the HEB Plus! Pet and Owner Fun Run followed by the national “Dock Diving” competition. In addition to a Dock Diving competition, Paws in the Park hosts teams from across the nation competing in the U.S. Dog Disc Nationals. Demonstrations planned throughout the weekend include: Flyball, Agility, Doggie Dancing, Obedience, and Grooming. Scheduled: March 28–29.


Country Fair – Galena Park
The City of Galena Park and the Galena Park/Jacinto City join forces on an annual four-day Country Fair. Residents and visitors enjoy carnival rides, vendor booths, game booths, prizes, and live music. The event is held at the Galena Park Community Building at 1302 King Street. Scheduled: April 10–12.

Pearland Crawfish Festival – Pearland
This festival boils up tons of delicious, spicy crawfish at a great price, a world of great food, lively music, vendors, games, and more in the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair. The area’s best Zydeco bands provide the infectious rhythms where the Bayou meets the Bay; meanwhile The Houston Blues Society brings the blues. Each year there are crawfish eating contests, gift vendors, arts and crafts, a children’s area, world-class carnival rides, and plenty of activities and fun for kids. Scheduled: April 10 – 12, 2015.

APRIL_SanJacintoDaySan Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment  – La Porte
A dramatic battle reenactment is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, held on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument. Sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History, Texas Parks & Wildlife and the San Jacinto Volunteers, the festival is a full day of music, entertainment, food, games and fun set amidst living history. Scheduled: April 18.

Sylvan Beach Festival – La Porte
April 2015 will mark the 59th annual Sylvan Beach Festival. The event opens with the parade on Main Street, followed by the annual Sylvan Beach Festival and Crawfish Jam held at the historic Sylvan Beach Park on Galveston Bay. Visitors enjoy live entertainment, food, arts and crafts booths, a cook-off, a carnival, and a pageant.  Scheduled: April 24-25.

Totally Texas – Deer Park
This annual festival organized by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce salutes the Battle of San Jacinto and is a fun way for area families and visitors to learn about Texas history. The event usually takes place the second weekend in April and includes an arts and crafts show, children’s entertainment and games, a talent contest, live music, and a cook-off. The event is held in conjunction with the Shell Strides for 5K Kids Fun Run.

1st Annual Webster AARP Senior Health Fair

September 1st, 2014


Tuesday, September 30, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bay Area Community Center
5002 NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX 77586

FREE Health Screenings, FREE Breakfast and Lunch, Flu Shots, and Door Prizes


  • Registration Starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • Free Breakfast Served 8:30 – 9 a.m.
  • Breakfast Speakers 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Health Fair Opens at 10 a.m.
  • Free Lunch Served 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Lunch Speakers 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Event Closing and Grand Prize Giveaway 2:00 p.m.

AARP Senior Health Fair Speaker Subjects and Bios

Care for Alzheimer’s

By Matthew Henson with At Your Side Home Care

Matthew Henson is the Marketing Director for At Your Side Home Care, the leading home care agency in the Clear Lake area. Matthew also performs a music therapy program, specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients, in many of the area nursing homes

Avoiding Investment Fraud

By Kim Wandle with Texas State Securities Board

Kim has been employed at the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for over 29 years.  During her tenure at the TSSB, she has reviewed numerous broker/dealer and investment adviser applications for the Registration Division, and assisted the attorneys and investigators in the Enforcement Division, often conducting undercover investigative work.

In 2006, Kim joined the agency’s Investor Education Team and is currently the agency’s Investor Education Coordinator.  She is a member of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Financial Fitness Greater Austin, and First Wednesday Senior Networking.  Kim has exhibited and presented at numerous events across the state in an effort to further the agency’s mission of protecting Texas investors.

Medicare Made Clear

By Teresa Vega with United Healthcare

Teresa Vega has been in the Medicare Advantage (MA) business for 9 years. She started as a field agent and quickly progressed into managing, recruiting, and training agents.  Her success in the MA industry lies in doing what is best for the Medicare Beneficiary and utilizing the successful tools and resources United Healthcare has to offer.  She has a degree from the University of Houston, a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  She has also attended the New School University, NYC, NY, MS-Graduate.

School of Management & Urban Policy Medicare Fraud

By Barbara McGinity with Texas Senior Medicare Patrol

As a Program Director for the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol for the past 12 years, Barbara Parrott McGinity works to educate seniors about Medicare, Medicaid fraud and abuse, and the importance of reporting suspected fraud.

Are You Being Harmed by the Most Popular Diet Myths?

By Dr Serge Gregoire with Mind Body Solutions

Dr. Serge owns a doctorate degree in nutrition from McGill University in Canada. In addition, he completed  seven years of postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts. He holds an advance certification in Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) from Ulan Nutritional Systems in Florida and he is a certified herbalist through the Australian College of Phototherapy.

Saving The Family – Advanced Care Planning

By Robert Lampkin with Vitas Hospice Care

Robert joined the staff of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Houston in 2013, but has been passionate about hospice for a long time.

As a community liaison working with faith communities, Robert educates parishioners and their leaders about the benefits of hospice, the myths about hospice and the services VITAS provides. “People who dread hospice don’t understand hospice,” he says. “Hospice is as much about the caregiver as it is about the patient. It’s as much about emotional pain as about physical pain near the end of life.”

Robert was formerly a licensed counselor and is a published author. Prior to joining VITAS, he worked with an organization that provided medical equipment and supplies to women and children in 80 developing countries.