Harris County Precint 4,

  • Take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season at May Community Center and May Park Fridays, December 4 and 11, and Saturday, December 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participants of all ages can enjoy holiday entertainment, brightly decorated Christmas trees, Victorian villages, animated characters, and feel the magic of the holidays unfold during a visit with Santa.

  • Visitors of all ages are invited to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season at May Community Center's Holiday Open House Fridays, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Festivities include pictures with Santa (a $2 per photo suggested donation helps defray the cost of printing), holiday crafts, hayrides, holiday entertainment, costumed characters, beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, and refreshments. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras.

  • After consulting with Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery, Commissioner Jerry Eversole implemented a zero tolerance open flame policy in all Precinct 4 parks. As a result of the increased risk from outdoor fire due to drought, effective immediately all fires including ceremonial and cooking fires are prohibited in Precinct 4 parks. All the barbecue pits and grills in Precinct 4 parks will be covered or locked, and the ban remains effective until it is lifted by Harris County Commissioners Court.

  • May Community Center is bringing back the days of the 1965 hit movie Beach Blanket Bingo, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello Friday, August 1 at 11 a.m.  Enjoy a combination of bingo and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, and don’t forget your favorite beachwear!

  • Harris County Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program is offering the following Fun4Seniors Excursion Trips for library customers in April and May 2015. Participating is simple. Participants must be 50 years and better and must register for trips by calling 281-893-3726.

  • As part of their Aquatics Science class, students from DeKaney High School recently visited Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center to study the aquatic life there. Students collected and identified various organisms from the Jones Park Turtle Pond and tested the water quality using chemical reagents to “fix” and titrate the samples. 

  • Texas waterways are teeming with life. Now, Jones Park visitors will get a chance to explore this hidden world at the park’s new Turtle Pond Aquatics Lab. 

  • Jones Park in celebrating Arbor Day Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22.

    Saturday programs include a Mighty Tree Tour at 9 a.m., a Pulp to Paperdemonstrationat 10 a.m. (Reservations required (281) 446-8588),and a Native Trees presentation at 2 p.m. A park naturalist leads the Mighty Tree Tour that includes the natural history of the trees in the park.

  • Looking for fun activities to finish off the summer?  Look no further than your local community center.  The May Community center has released the August class line up.  Beyond the art, craft, language and exercise classes that are perennial favorites, several new classes have been added including classes on Graphic Design and Wii playtime. 

  • Expert and beginner artists can learn how to preserve the beauty of Mercer through art with awardwinning Kingwood artist Betsy Barry Friday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Barry will demonstrate how to create images of collected subject matter in graphite and colored pencil during this Drawing from the Garden class.

  • Join Susan Andersen, a real estate broker and finance educator, as she shares tips on how to manage and grow your money Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Consumer debt is at an all-time high, so it’s important to take control of your finances and become debt-free. Discover the methods to begin managing your money and create a plan for future financial success.

  • Birders of all experience levels are welcome to join other birding enthusiasts Saturday, February 4, at 8:30 a.m. for Breakfast with the Birds,a guided bird walk through many of the park’s beautiful walking trails.

  • Ever spot a bobcat at Jones Park? With its tufted ears and stubby tails, bobcats have an exotic appearance that make them a welcome site in many parks and natural areas.  Although common throughout Texas, these reclusive creatures tend to stay hidden during the day, preferring to venture out at night to hunt rodents and other small creatures.

  • Mercer Botanic Gardens invites new second and third graders to explore the gardens and observe the pollinators that flap, fly and flitter among the flowers during its Butterflies & Bees Camp starting Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • A creative new engineering project completed in February at Mercer Botanic Gardens is helping prevent soil erosion along Cypress Creek and serving as a new amenity for residents.

  • Canoe Spring Creek: Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m., residents ages 16 and over can take a leisurely paddle along beautiful tree-lined Spring Creek on a canoe trip from Jones Park to the San Jacinto River. Enjoy the many wonderful sites nature has to offer along this interesting and scenic waterway. Reservations are required beginning Friday, April 14 by calling (281) 446-8588. 

  • Celebrate National Pollinator Week by heading to Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center for a Pollinators workshop Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m.

  • Mercer’s excited to dedicate an area to some of its smallest patrons.

  • Harris County Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program presents the 10th Annual Opry in Humble  Friday, August 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Sponsored in part by Texas HealthSpring, this annual fundraiser event features the Hometown Opry Band, area entertainers, and a raffle.

    Opry tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program at (281) 893-3726. Alcohol is not permitted at county-sponsored functions, but light refreshments will be available for purchase.

    Raffle tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased until the drawing at intermission.

  • Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, and Jones Park and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) are commemorating the day by giving away native Texas trees at Jones Park throughout the day. Also, Jones Park staff and volunteers will guide visitors through the park’s beautiful trails on a bicycle tour at 11 a.m. or a walking nature tour at 1 p.m.All ages are welcome. Tour reservations are required beginning Wednesday, April 12 by calling (281) 446-8588.