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Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair that brings the country’s best galleries to the area’s discerning collector base, is at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Oct. 1-4. The four-day event offers exclusive access to the city’s top museums and private collections, and a weekend of performances, talks and tours. Approximately 70 worldwide exhibitors and galleries participating. Info:

The Second Annual Sporting Clays Tournament, Dinner & Auction on Oct. 5, benefits the Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program. At the Greater Houston Gun Club, 6700 McHard Road, one of the oldest private shotgun clubs in the country. Many children rely on free or reduced price lunches. The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program works to fill in the gap. On Fridays, at participating schools and locations, children take home child friendly, easily consumed and vitamin-fortified food. The food is given to the children discreetly in backpacks to avoid embarrassment to them. Info:

Whiskey and Wishnow is a fundraiser for Eye Care for Kids Foundation, which takes place on Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Saks Fifth Avenue Galleria. The event will feature fine whiskey and wine, light bites, hand-rolled cigars, a gift with purchase, special gift bags and drawings for featured Michael Kors items. The evening is sponsored and hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and Michael Kors. Ticket purchases and a percentage of the evening’s sales help to provide free vision care to low-income, uninsured children. Tickets are $50 per person. Info:

The Texas Asia Society provides an opportunity on Oct. 10, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., to see Yoshio Taniguchi's first free-standing structure in the United States. Guided tour stops will include: The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater, the Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center, the Elkins Foundation Water Garden, Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall, and The Water Garden Terrace. Info:

An array of antiques, furniture and home accessories are for sale at Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual sale of donated items. Held at the Architectural Salvage Warehouse, 2228 Broadway, inside GHF’s 1940 Sears Building. The sale will emphasize high-quality antiques, furniture and art in good condition. Admission is free on Saturday, Oct. 17, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sales of items benefit Galveston Historical Foundation. Info:

ARToberfest — the 18th annual art festival — takes place in downtown Galveston Oct. 17 & 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. Presented by The Grand, 1894 Opera House, the festival features the work of 100 juried artists. Info:

Cooler temps bring even cooler events to Discovery Green, downtown’s urban park at 1500 McKinney. Enjoy this month: free fitness classes, music and art. Green Flea night is Oct. 17, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. — food trucks, vendors selling clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and more. Dynamic conversations with “change makers” happens on Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 2015 Korean Festival Houston is Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — with food and entertainment.

Accomplished equestrian Susan LeFevre Pelletier brings her talent and vision to the 2nd annual Haras Cup, 26427 Peden Road, Magnolia, TX, producing the “Equestrian Dream Soirée Dinner.” The event features 65 horses, gifted riders and full orchestra telling a magical story written and produced by Pelletier. Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. Info:

In the Garden

The Garden Club of Houston hosts its 73rd Annual Bulb and Plant Mart, Oct. 1-3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Free admission. Mariahi/party on Thursday, Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — $20 per family. At St. John Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. Info:

Galveston’s East End Historic District sponsors its annual Fall Garden Tour, Oct. 3 & 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets available now at Tom’s Thumb Nursery at 2014 45th St. for $12. Tickets sold on day of tour at 1501 Postoffice. Info:

The Arbor Gate in Tomball, located at 15635 FM 2920, hosts a number of seminars this month. They include: “Ornamedibles: The Edible Landscape” on Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.; “Herbs, the Basics and More,” Oct. 8, and again on Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.; “Gardening in the Hell Strip,” Oct. 17, at 10 a.m.; “Bee Forum,” Oct. 18, at 11 a.m.; “Herbs and Wines,” Oct. 24, at 10 a.m.; “Gunters Heirloom Vegetables,” Oct. 24, at 9 a.m.; and “How to Root a Rose,” Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. Info on more seminars and events:

Cornelius Nursery at 2233 S. Voss announces three talks this month: “Pumpkin Decorating Workshop,” Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; “Long-lasting Fall and Winter Color,” Oct. 10, at 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and “Fall Planting for a Beautiful Spring Garden,” Oct. 17, from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Info on topic details and other events:


The Houston Community College (HCC) Interior Design Program salutes Houston Chronicle’s now retired long-time home design editor, Madeleine McDermott Hamm, who has donated more than 1,000 interior design books to the school. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8, in the Fine Arts Center, 3517 Austin at Holman Street. Info: 713-718-6226 or

The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy, hosts three special events and nights this month. They are: “Leading in Design Fall Market,” which is presented by Heritage Texas Property on Oct. 13 & 14, about the latest trends in products, design and fabrics; and a “Sip and Stroll” on Oct. 27, from 5:30p.m. to 7 p.m. Info:

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