South Belters celebrate fall, Halloween
Fall has arrived, and with the cooler temperatures comes a variety of local activities for South Belt residents to enjoy.
San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College South will hold its annual Fall Fest Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lots outside the gym and soccer field. The family event will feature a petting zoo, music, games, train rides and crafts. There will also be a costume contest beginning at 7 p.m. Other activities include moonwalks, pony rides and a rock-climbing wall. Guests will be able to purchase refreshments and are encouraged to also stop by the soccer game and watch the San Jacinto College men’s soccer team take on Northeast Texas Community College beginning at 6 p.m. All games are free and open to the public.
The Southeast Volunteer Fire Department will host a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at its station located at 9830 Hughes Road. The event will feature free hot dogs, candy, moonwalks and sodas. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and will be allowed to climb on the department’s fire engines.
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 10030 Scarsdale, will hold its fall festival and craft show on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, games, crafts, and will include its ongoing pumpkin patch.
The following week on Friday, Oct. 31, Cokesbury will host Trunk or Treat at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Booths will be set up for treats to be given out in a safe controlled environment. A Halloween showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown will be shown outside in the pumpkin patch.
Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 9850 Mango, will hold its annual fall festival Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be free games and food for all ages including funnel cakes, chicken legs, a cake walk, snow cones and a moonwalk.
Morris Middle School will host its second annual fall carnival Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attractions include a freestanding rock wall, 65-foot obstacle course, bungee run, Velcro wall, moonwalk, pumpkin smash and a variety of carnival games for children of all ages.
Last year was the inaugural carnival, and it was a huge success with more than 500 in attendance. General admission tickets are $10; tickets for children under 5 are $5. This carnival is a fundraiser benefiting the orchestra students at the school.
Moore Elementary will host its annual Pumpkin Fest Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Attractions include a haunted gym, trick-or-treating, vendors, cotton candy and lots of other things to eat.
Burnett Elementary will host its annual fall festival Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be games, refreshments, music and a silent auction. Funds raised from this event will be used to enhance student and teacher programs by providing resources and materials. The festival is also seeking vendors to sell crafts/items. To reserve a booth for $25, or $30 for a booth with electrical access (limited number available), call Teresa Abel at 713-740-0536.
Stuchbery Elementary will host Trunk-or-Treat on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the front parking lot at the school. Students will participate in activities/games at each vehicle before receiving a treat. All vehicles will be decorated with a theme that matches books, super heroes, etc. The event is free. Children should wear costumes.
Frazier Elementary will hold a fall carnival Saturday, Nov. 8. Those who are interested in reserving vendors’ space, contact Maria Arriaga at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 713-740-0560. The fee for booth space is $35 without electricity, or $40 if the vendor requires the use of an electrical outlet.
Jessup Elementary will host its annual fall carnival and health fair Friday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to come out and have fun. Also, learn many ways to support good health. All proceeds will go toward Jessup Elementary activities funding for field trips and other student events.
Early voting for the Nov. 4 general and special elections began Monday, Oct. 20, and will continue through Friday, Oct. 31.
“Please be aware that photo identification is required to vote at the poll during early voting and on election day,” said Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart. “I anticipate over half of the voters will vote early in this election.”
The state-approved photo IDs for voting include:
Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph
U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
If a voter does not have an acceptable form of photo identification, a free Election Identification Card (EIC) can be obtained from the DPS. Requirements to apply for an EIC can be found at www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/election ID.htm.
Among the items on the ballot is a $175.5 million bond election for the Pasadena Independent School District.
The proposal, which would not increase the school district’s tax rate, would provide for new facilities, including a new ninth-grade center at Dobie High School and a new intermediate school in the Riverstone Ranch area.
Several community leaders, as well as the South Belt-Ellington Leader, are officially supporting the measure.
Local early voting polling locations include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall No. 66 at 4345 Allen Genoa, the Harris County Courthouse Annex No. 25 at 7330 Spencer Highway and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane.
Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 24; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25; 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 26; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 through Oct. 31.
For more information or to see a complete list of polling locations, visit www.harrisvotes.org.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to Houston for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 30th annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, at Ellington Airport. Produced by the Commemorative Air Force, the nonprofit airshow also will feature a tribute to Vietnam War veterans with a flight demonstration of aircraft from that era as well as display of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall during the show and open to the public free on Friday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other highlights include static displays and performances of vintage warplanes, modern military aircraft including the huge Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and WC-130 “Hurricane Hunter,” civilian acrobatic pilots, and numerous exhibits and activities. Continuous show updates and ticket information are available at www.wingsoverhouston.com.
“We’re thrilled the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are returning to help us celebrate 30 years of an airshow that has become a family tradition and brings fans from all over the United States and the world to Houston,” said Bill Roach, airshow director. “It’s amazing how much this volunteer-produced show has grown over the past 30 years in number of performers, exhibits and activities that bring history to life. Our Vietnam War Veterans Tribute and Demonstration will be a highlight this year, and we’re honored to host the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. We’ve put together a thrilling and fully-packed show lineup to showcase amazing aircraft and pilots, present stimulating exhibits and activities, and presentations that honor our military veterans and active-duty service men and women. Fans should check our website closer to show weekend for updates on all of our performers and activities. We also have received generous support from sponsors, but we do welcome more sponsorship support.”
Currently, some of the headlining performers include:
U.S. Navy Blue Angels: The Blue Angels will perform their aerobatic demonstration by flying six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the diamond formation (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the lead and opposing solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). U.S. Navy “Fat Albert” C-130 Demo: “Fat Albert,” a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules airlifter, is the Blue Angels’ support plane and also flies its own solo performance at air shows.
Vietnam Demonstration & Tribute: Honoring Vietnam War veterans, this tribute will feature the F-100 Super Sabre, A-4 Skyhawk, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17, MiG-21, F-86, A-1 Skyraider, O-2 Skymasters, AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter and two UH-1 Iroquois better known as Hueys. Also in the demonstration will be ground forces and equipment battling for territory, complete with pyrotechnics.
MV-22 Osprey – U.S. Marine Corps: With the speed and range of a turboprop, the MV-22 Osprey has the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters.
Air Force Heritage Flight: Heritage Flight performances of modern military aircraft flying with World War II, Korea or Vietnam era fighters dramatically display USAF airpower history.
World War II Airpower Demo: Recreates many famous battles from World War II with prop-driven aircraft from the round-engine era and features a German ME-262, the first operational jet fighter plane in WWII.
Civilian Aerial Acrobatic Performers: Some of the world’s top-tier pilots will perform including Sean D. Tucker - Team Oracle, David Martin - Breitling Airshows, and world-class pilots Matt Chapman and Debby Rihn-Harvey.
TORA TORA TORA: An annual home show performer, TORA TORA TORA presents a dramatic re-creation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
F-86F Sabre Demonstration: Steve Hinton will demonstrate a North American F-86F Sabre (Sabrejet), America’s first swept wing fighter to counter the Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights during the Korean War.
Shockwave Jet Truck: The world’s fastest jet on land, the Shockwave hits speeds of 300-plus miles per hour.
RE/MAX Skydive Team: The show-opening act continues with the dynamic entrance of the skydiving team bringing in Old Glory during the national anthem.
The show features too many special events and activities to list all, but among them are:
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall: Measuring 300 feet long and 6 feet tall, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a 3/5 scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., that honors those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The display will be open to the public for free on Friday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Legends and Heroes Tent: Throughout the day, flying aces, decorated war heroes, veterans and special guests will be present to sign autographs. Many of these living legends also offer signed autobiographies, photographs and other memorabilia for sale.
Airplane and helicopter rides: Some participating organizations sell rides, including hops in vintage warbirds such as the B-17G Bomber, AT-6 Texan,
P-51C Mustang and many others.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.wingsoverhouston.com or by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW. Purchase early for best pricing as ticket prices go up as event nears and to secure reserved seating. Options include Reserved Prime View “50-yard-line” seating that includes reserved parking and an event program. Eagle Squadron Hospitality tickets include reserved seating, catered food and beverages throughout the day, reserved parking, souvenir cap, program and poster. General admission tickets for entry to the show without seating also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on show days, but remember that premium reserved seats sell out early. General admission tickets are also available at area Kroger stores.
Parking at Ellington Airport is very limited; complimentary bus transportation is recommended. Bus shuttles run from Bay Area Park and Ride (801 Bay Area Blvd), Fuqua Park and Ride (11755 Sabo Road) and South Point Park and Ride (12410 Kurland). Shuttles run from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., with the last shuttle inbound to Ellington Airport departing at 2:30 p.m. The shuttle service is free. Visit www.wingsoverhouston.com for Park and Ride locations.
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