Local voting begins Oct. 24
Early-voting location now at Scarsdale & Beamer
Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election will begin Monday, Oct. 24, and continue through Friday, Nov. 4.
In addition to the highly publicized presidential race, South Belt voters will have a chance to weigh in on who will serve in multiple local positions.
Of particular importance to South Belt voters are the races for Harris County Precinct 2 constable, U.S. House District 22, U.S. House District 29, state House District 144 and state House District 128.
In the race for Harris County Precinct 2 constable, Democratic incumbent Chris Diaz is being challenged by Republican Daniel Vela.
In the U.S. House District 22 race, Republican incumbent Pete Olson is being challenged by Democrat Mark Gibson.
In the U.S. House District 29 contest, Democratic incumbent Gene Green is being challenged by Republican Julio Garza.
In the state House District 144 race, Republican incumbent Gilbert Pena is being challenged by Democrat Mary Ann Perez.
In the state House District 128 contest, Republican Briscoe Cain will go up against Libertarian candidate Ken Lowder.
The positions of state Senate District 6, state Senate District 11, state House District 129, state House District 147, Harris County Precinct 1 commissioner and Harris County Precinct 2, Place 1 justice of the peace are all going unchallenged.
State Senate District 6 is currently served by Sen. Sylvia Garcia; Sen. Larry Taylor currently holds the state Senate District 11 seat; the state House District 129 seat is currently held by Rep. Dennis Paul; the House District 147 seat is currently occupied by Rep. Garnet Coleman; and Jo Ann Delgado currently serves as justice of the peace for Harris County Precinct 2, Place 1.
Rodney Ellis is the lone candidate running for the position of Harris County Precinct 1 commissioner, replacing interim Commissioner Gene Locke, who has served since the death of longtime Commissioner El Franco Lee in January.
This election marks the first time the new early voting location at Scarsdale and Beamer will be open.
Approved by Harris County Commissioners Court this past August, the new polling location, to be located at 10851 Scarsdale, will be in the Harris County annex that currently houses the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace court and constable substation, the Harris County Tax Office and the Parker Williams Branch Library.
The development comes in response to community outcry after Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart’s office removed the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Hall No. 66 as the area’s nearest early polling location.
Other nearby early voting locations include Harris County Courthouse Annex No. 25 at 7330 Spencer Highway in Pasadena and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area.
Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 28; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 29; 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.
Residents may vote at any early voting location, regardless of their Election Day precinct.
For additional information or to see a complete list of polling locations, visit www.harrisvotes.org.
Only a few more days until the U.S. Navy Blue Angels come to Houston to fly their heart-stopping performance in the 32nd Annual Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, at Ellington Airport. Joining the Blue Angels will be an array of incredible aerial performances by the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, a demonstration flight of the F-16 Viper, aerobatic performances by Sean Tucker, Matt Younkin, Debbie Rihn-Harvey and Paul Fiala, and an Air Force Heritage Flight featuring F-16 Falcon, P-47 Thunderbolt and F-35 Lightening II Stealth Fighter.
Vintage World War II-era warbirds – including one of the largest arrays of U.S. fighters and bombers flown in any national air show, as well as rare planes such as a British Spitfire and one of the world’s only flying Japanese Zero fighters – will perform re-enactments and fly in formations.
Honoring the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the air show will pay tribute to the service, sacrifice and heroism demonstrated during WWII. Performing will be fan-favorite Tora! Tora! Tora! with their explosive re-enactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“In the air and on the ground, we have created an exciting and fun weekend of events for the entire family, a fun event that has been a Houston family tradition for 32 years,” said Airshow Director Bill Roach. “The Blue Angels always fly an amazing show and bring in record crowds, so we suggest you buy tickets now, use public transportation, and arrive early to see all of the older warbirds that will fly in the show before they close that area.”
Ace pilots and other distinguished military veterans will make appearances in the Legends & Heroes Autograph Tent, happy to autograph the event program for free. Among the show’s guests will be several World War II veterans, including Col. Dick Cole, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday and is the last surviving member of the famous Doolittle Raiders. Although too many to list, some other airmen appearing will be triple-ace Col. Dean Caswell, Col. Joe McPhail who flew in World War II and Korea, B-24 tail gunner SSgt. Kent Gillum, and two pilots who flew Hellcats off the USS Hornet in World War II, Lt. (JG) Tilman Elison Pool and Lt. (JG) Charles E. “Billy” Watts.
Other performers and family attractions include:
• World War II-era planes performing and on display from various units of the Commemorative Air Force, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Lone Star Flight Museum, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Collection, Cavanaugh Flight Museum and Collings Foundation. To see all of them up close, arrive at 8 a.m. and go straight to the warbird ramp until it closes at 10 a.m.
• Modern military aircraft on display, including the sleek F-35A Lightening II Stealth Fighter, the reliable B-52 Stratofortress, the massive C-17 cargo plane, and more.
• A flight demonstration of the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Dolphin MH65D, the aircraft used for rescues in our gulf coastal area.
• The RE/MAX Skydiving Team, which will open the show, bringing the American and Texas flags to the crowd during the National Anthem.
• Texas City Radio Control Club’s demonstration of scale model radio-controlled aircraft with amazing capabilities.
• Members of re-enactment and historical organizations set up camp, complete with World War II military vehicles, equipment and uniforms.
• More fun on the ground for everyone includes plenty of food, merchandise booths, children’s carnival area, aircraft simulators and more.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.wingsoverhouston.com or by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on show days, but premium reserved seats sell out early. General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores.
San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College South will hold its annual Fall Fest on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lots outside the gym and soccer field. The family event will feature a petting zoo, games, face painting, crafts, a bounce house, a rock-climbing wall and many more fun festivities. There will also be a costume contest held in the gym beginning at 7 p.m. Parents need to register their children before 7 p.m., at one of the sign-in desks located at the gym entrance or next to the activity booth in parking lot P21B. Lineup for the costume contest will begin at 6:50 p.m., starting with the infant to 2-year-old age group. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All games are free and open to the public.
Moore Elementary, 8880 Southbluff Blvd., will host its annual Hawk Fest and Haunted Gym on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The evening will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s new playground. Other attractions include trick-or-treating, games, prizes, food and vendors.
Stuchbery Elementary, 11210 Hughes Road, will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat event on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the front parking lot of the school. The event will feature activities, games and candy. The event is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.
Frazier Elementary, 10503 Hughes Road, will hold its fall fourth-grade music program on Thursday, Oct. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The school’s fall book fair will also begin that evening. (The school will not hold its annual fall carnival this year.)
Jessup Elementary, 9301 Almeda Genoa, will host its annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. The family event will include games, prizes and many other fun activities. The event is open to the public.
Burnett Elementary, 11825 Teaneck Drive, will host its annual fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be games, refreshments, music and a silent auction. Funds raised will be used to enhance student programs. The festival is currently seeking vendors to sell their crafts/items. To reserve a booth for $25, or $30 for a booth with electrical access (limited number available), call 713-740-0536.
The Dobie Orchestra will host its Masquerade Serenade Halloween concert on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. The event will also feature a costume contest for all ages.
The Clear Brook FFA will host its fifth annual Barn “Meat” and Greet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Clear Creek Independent School District Agricultural Center, located at 2155 W. NASA Parkway in League City, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will include food, live music and barn tours. Barbecue plates will be $15 each. For advance meal tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sagemont Church’s annual fall craft show will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sagemont Church Annex Building, located at 11600 Hughes Road. Sponsored by Sagemont’s Senior Adult Ministry, the event will include handcrafted items, gifts for holidays and all occasions, jewelry, clothing, ladies’ and girls’ accessories, food concessions and a bake sale. The show is free and open to the public.
St. Luke’s Catholic church will host its Trunk-or-Treat event Friday, Oct. 28, at the church’s Cenacle Learning Center, located at 1750 Riverstone Ranch Road (across the street from South Belt Elementary), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Concessions will be available for purchase. Donations are welcome.
Easthaven Baptist Church, 13100 Beamer Road, will host its annual trick-or-treat event on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This event will be held indoors and will take place rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.
CrossRoads United Methodist Church (formerly Cokesbury United Methodist Church), 10030 Scarsdale, will host its inaugural Fall Fest on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. The family event will feature games, music and prizes. A costume parade will take place for children 10 years of age and under. The church’s annual pumpkin patch will also be open daily through Monday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
American Legion Post 490, 11702 Old Galveston Road, will hold its annual Halloween party on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature a costume contest, food, drinks, games, prizes and candy.
The Tri-County Republican Women group will host its annual Silver Bells holiday event on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Golfcrest Country Club, 2905 County Club Drive in Pearland, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include lunch, a style show, a cash bar, shopping and a silent auction.
Almeda Mall will host its annual trick-or-treating event Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. until supplies run out. The Morris Middle School choir will perform at the center court around 5 p.m. While children are encouraged to wear costumes, no masks will be allowed for adults.
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