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If you’re new to boating or even thinking about it, then you may want to attend the 61st annual Houston Boat Show at the NRG Center, Jan. 8-17. It is the place to go to get greatest deals on new boats, boating gear, and to learn about the latest in marine technology and maintenance. Be entertained by Croc Encounters’ live alligator show, and watch as professional angler Chuck Devereaux demonstrates a variety of techniques for casting and retrieval. For admission, hours and more info:

The Sixth Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show, Jan. 30&31, at the Stafford Center. Over 200 professionals feature the hottest products and services on the market. Topics and categories cover green products, landscaping and gardening, concrete and resurfacing, outdoor living products, interiors, kitchens & baths, contractors, flooring, windows and siding, and home organization. Info regarding hours, admissions, programs:

The largest home show in West Houston — the Katy Home & Garden Show — celebrates 10 years, Jan. 30&31, at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavillion. Two buildings packed with more than 300 exhibitors, focusing on decorating, window treatments, DIY projects, pools, kitchens & baths, and more. DIT Network’s Matt Muenster from Bath Crashers will wow attendees with bath transformations.  Info on admission, hours and more:

Take a Walk or Tour
Preservation Houston hosts a “Downtown East Architecture Walk,” on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. That changed after the turn of the 20th century, thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. East downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels. The 90-minute docent-guided walking tour will trace the history of the area through architecture, old and new -- ranging from such historic structures as Union Station and the 1915 Texas Company Building to new developments like Discovery Green, which has been a catalyst for nearly $2 billion in new construction. Info:

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosts several walking tours this month . . . the “Urban Art Tour: Downtown” takes place on Jan. 2, beginning at the NE corner of Market Square Park at 10 a.m. This series of tours looks at public art, architecture, place making and urban planning in Houston. Each new tour will focus on a small walkable section of Houston. The “Rice University Walking Tour” takes place on Jan. 9, meeting at Lovett Hall at Rice University at 10 a.m. The campus is a treasure trove of great architecture, in addition to large scale art by several notables. The “Houston Heights Bicycle Tour” takes place on Jan. 16, meeting at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library at 10 a.m. This tour explores the original foot print of the Heights, Texas’ and Houston’s first mixed-use community and home to 120 of the 215 National Register of Historic Places listed in Houston. Tour will meet at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library, 1302 Heights Boulevard. Park in the street, not the library parking lot reserved for library patrons. Info:

A “Heavenly Night Hike” occurs on Jan. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Galveston island State Park.
Get to know the stars, the names of each. Join Ranger Lisa on a cool evening night hike and learn about the importance of the dark and connection to the stars overhead. Dress warm and be prepared to be outside. Hot cocoa available. Info: or

Registration is now underway at the Suzanne Glassock School of Continuing Education, Rice University. “Designing Building and Remodeling Your Dream Home” begins March and continues through May 4. Instructor is Brent Nyqvist, a principal in the firm of Atticus Architecture. The class will cover budgeting, planning, building materials, foundation design, green techniques and more. Other classes: “Gardening With Native Plants to Attract Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators,” “Hands-on Cooking With Chef Roger: The Three Course Meal,” and others. Info:

Urban Harvest announces a line-up of classes this month, including such topics as Fruit Tree Talks (Jan. 9 and Jan. 12), “Growing Fruit Trees in Small Spaces” (Jan. 20), “Sustainable Living Through Permaculture” (Jan. 24), and “Growing Organic Vegetables” (Jan. 28). Info on times, place:

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