Check out the events happening in your town.

 

Donate a coats and be part of MLK Day of Service 2012 (4446 North Fwy.; 12005 Northwest Fwy.; 12001 East Fwy.; 300 Sharpstown Center)

Jan. 1–16

Donate any new or gently worn coat in collection boxes located in Burlington Coat Factory stores across the country.

 

 

Olympic Trials Marathon (1001 Avenida de las Americas)

Thursday, Jan. 14

All eyes in the sports world will be on Houston as the city hosts the Olympic Trials Marathon. For the first time ever, USA Track & Field and the Houston Marathon Committee will stage the men’s and women’s Olympic Trials Marathon on the same day, at the same site. The event will determine the three men and three women who will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. For more information visit www.houston2012.com/.

 

 6th Annual MLK Youth Parade Houston Community College Central Campus-(1300 Holman St.)

Thursday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to noon

The parade originates In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St. & Elgin N/B On San Jacinto St To Webster St. For more information check out www.mlkgrandeparade.org.

 

 

11th Annual MLK Battle of The Bands Competition- Joe Kelly Butler Stadium (13755 South Main Street-Houston, Texas 77035)

Thursday, Jan. 14,  4 p.m.

Come enjoy the 11th Annual MLK Battle of the Bands Competition! For more information and tickets, contact www.mlkgrandeparade.org

 

 

18Th Annual MLK Grande Parade & PreEvent Activities- Houston Community College Central Campus (1300 Holman St.)

Saturday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. (Check-in time: 8 a.m.)

Become apart of history at the 18th Annual MLK Grande Parade! The parade starts  In Mid-Town at San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B On San Jacinto To Webster St. For more information about the parade and pre event activities visit www.mlkgrandeparade.org

 

 

MLK Day Of Service W/ The Harlem Globetrotters – Root Memorial Square Park (1400 Clay Street, Houston. Across The Street From The Toyota Center)

Saturday, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After the MLK Grande Parade-Houston, enjoy a day of service with the Harlem Globetrotters.

 

 

Women’s Fitness Tour- 4150 Westhimer Rd, Houston 77027

Saturday, Jan. 16,  10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Meet your 2102 goal! Learn how to get smaller, tighter, leaner, and stronger with Fitness trainer, Danny Russo from Women’s Fitness Magazine! His seminar will help women learn how to flatten their stomachs, stop sugar cravings and “defeat menopause,” among other workout outcomes. Call 713-621-4300 to reserve your seat, attendance is permitted without appointment.

MLK Day Peace Rally – Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz St.)

Saturday, Jan. 16

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed for us to live in a world where we would “not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.” Take a trip to the Children’s Museum of Houston to honor his acclaimed “I Have a Dream Speech” which rocked the nation during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 and sparked his everlasting legacy. $5 Special Events Admission.

Bayou City Outdoors Farmer’s Market Ride (3106 White Oak Dr, Houston 77007)

Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to noon

Stretch your legs after the holidays by biking to the Farmer’s Markets of Houston and stock your cabinets with organic groceries. Hop on your bike and take a ride through the side streets, trails, and residential areas in the heart of Houston. This social ride is for all levels of riders. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a backpack to carry your goodies! If you are a member of Bayou City Outdoors and do not have a bike, they can loan you a bike for the ride. But you must call the office one week in advance to arrange for the loaner bike. Otherwise, West End Bicycles rents bikes for $25 per day at 713/861-2271 or www.westendbikes.com. For more information, visit www.BayouCityOutdoors.com or call 713-524-3567.

Artopia 2012 Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter Street, Houston 77008)

Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:00PM- 11:00PM

Sample appetizers & culinary creations from local restaurants while enjoying paintings, sculptures and other forms of visual art from various local artists. Artopia will also feature three fashion shows showcasing local designers, live music from Houston musicians and several local dance performances.  For tickets contact Winter Street Studios at http://www.winterstreetstudios.info/ or 713-280-2400.