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Upper Brazos Basin
- Nov. 5, ABILENE: Lake Hike, 9–11 a.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola, TX 79562
Follow the Big Country chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program for a 5-mile hike around Lake Abilene. To attend, you'll need an entrance permit from the park headquarters. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water. Learn more about the hike here.
- Nov. 5, CADDO: Backyard Bass, 9:30–10:30 a.m. at Possum Kingdom State Park, 3901 St Park Road 33, Caddo, TX 76429
Join Ranger Cathy in learning how to identify freshwater fish and tie basic fishing knots. You will practice casting with a game of Backyard Bass. The meeting will take place near the park store and basketball court. Remember to bring a water bottle. To learn more, click here, or call Cathy Campbell at 940-549-1803, ext. 3.
- Nov. 5, GRANBURY First Saturday Bird Walk, 7–9 a.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6900 Smokey Hill Court, Granbury, TX 76049
This monthly tour is directed by Billy Teels, Ph.D., who earned his degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University and has worked as a biologist for 30 years. Now retired, Dr. Teels leads a monthly bird walk through the town of Granbury. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water! For more information, click here.
- Nov. 5, LUBBOCK: Walk to End Alzheimer's, 9 a.m. at Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater, 413 E. Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79403
Join a team or create your own for this fundraising event. Food trucks, live music, and a walk will all be included for team members. If you have questions, call 214-632-6945 or email Haley1arteaga@gmail.com. To learn more about the event, click here.
- Nov. 11-13, GRANBURY: Honoring Hood Heroes Weekend, 11 a.m. at Langdon Center Art Gallery,308 E. Pearl St., Granbury, TX 76048
It's Veteran’s Day Weekend in Hood County! This 3-day event will entail opening ceremonies, a parade, live music, food vendors and more. For more information on the detail of the scheduled event, click here or check out the Facebook page here.
- Nov.12, CLEBURNE: Cleburne’s Celestial Celebration, 4:30–8:30 p.m. at Cleburne State Park, 5800 Park Road 21, Cleburne, TX 76033
Come visit the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for a community stargazing party! There will be crafts, games, snacks, star gazing through telescopes, a flashlight book reading, a UV night hike and much more! Cleburne Parks and Recreation, The Friends of Cleburne State Park, Cleburne Public Library, and Layland Museum of History will all be there! This event is free with park admission. For more information, click here.
- Nov. 19, ABILENE: Star Party, 6–9 p.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola, TX 79562
Join the Big Country chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program for a night of stargazing. You don't have to own a telescope, but if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it and enjoy the night as well! Visit their Facebook page to see if any weather-related cancellations have been made here. The meeting will take place at the soccer field across from the swimming pool. The organization is requesting red lights only, please, so as not to interfere with the night vision of other guests. Entrance fees will be waived for this event. For more information, click here.
- Nov. 19, CLEBURNE: Birding 101, 9 a.m. at Cleburne State Park, 5800 Park Road 21, Cleburne, TX 76033
Ever wanted to become a bird enthusiast but not sure where to start? Come join rangers at Cleburne State Park for Birding 101! There is a limited number of binoculars that can be borrowed, so bring your own pair if possible. It is important to remember sturdy walking shoes, water and bug spray. The meeting will take place at the Cedar Lodge Group Hall at 9 a.m. This event is free with admission to the park. To learn more about the event, click here.
- Nov. 21, CLEBURNE: Whistle Stop Lighting Ceremony, 6:30 p.m. at Hulen Park, 1010 Hillsboro St., Cleburne, TX 76033
Come experience Christmas in Cleburne as you've never experienced before! Lights in and around downtown, and all over the city! Activities will be held both in and near Hulen Park. This year's annual Whistle Stop lighting will be held in the park, and the ceremony will kick off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the park at 7 p.m. Over the years, the lighting ceremony has grown to attract over a thousand attendees to see Hulen Park transform into a winter wonderland! To learn more about the event, click here.
- Nov. 29, ABILENE: City Sidewalks, 6–7:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Tower, 500 Chestnut St., Abilene, TX 79602
Kick off the holiday season this year at the 34th Annual City Sidewalks celebration and Christmas parade! This year, Coca-Cola presents “A Polar Wonderland.” Wear holiday attire and bring friends and family downtown for a night to remember! The parade is the highlight of City Sidewalks, which is organized by the Abilene Downtown Association. Abilene ISD, Wylie ISD and community music groups will perform throughout downtown as everyone gathers to watch the parade. A list of performance times, places and other special events will be posted at www.abilenedowntown.com, or for more information, click here.
Central Brazos Basin
- Nov. 4, KILLEEN: Texas Arbor Day, 9 a.m. at Long Branch Community Park, 1101 Branch Drive, Killeen 76543
Join City of Killeen employees as they celebrate Texas Arbor Day with the planting of trees to beautify the community. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
- Nov. 5, WHITNEY: Star Gazing and Don't Forget the Moon, 7–9 p.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney 76692
Enjoy an evening at the park as you explore the galaxy with star maps and a telescope. Retired National Park Ranger Larry Smith will guide you through the planets, moon and stars with his fascinating knowledge. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at 254-694-3793 or emailing email@example.com. Bring your binoculars, flashlight, red light and camp chairs, or use the metal picnic tables spaced out in the park. This event will be held across from the Group Rec Hall. Follow the signs for parking and solar lights to the picnic tables. Park entry permits are required on all vehicles and can be purchased online. The event will be canceled if temperatures are below 55 F or raining. For additional information, click here.
- Nov. 5, TEMPLE: Part of the Art Family Day, 10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave. B, Temple, TX 76501
Join the fun for a day full of creativity and expression for the entire family! Come learn about different types of art mediums and methods, and even design some of your own. For more information, contact Michael Hicks at 254-298-5194 or click here.
- Nov. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26, GLEN ROSE: Track Talk, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Walk where the dinosaurs once roamed and hear the park rangers retell the story of how the dinosaur tracked across Dinosaur Valley State Park! Meet at the main track site roped-off area with your questions about the park, dinosaurs and prehistoric times. The event is free with park admission. Click here to see all the Track Talks and other events that are taking place at Dinosaur Valley State Park in November.
- Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, WHITNEY: Birding the Two Bridges Trail, 9–10 a.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney 76692
Explore the 1-mile trail with a master naturalist as you learn to identify birds. You will be introduced to the free Cornell app to identify birds by sight and sound. Meet at the Two Bridges Trail by 9 a.m. to start your adventure. Call 254-694-3793 or email Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Group sizes will be limited to 15, allowing all members to fit the trail space and hear the speaker. Bring a water bottle, binoculars, and wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Beginner binocular sets are available upon request for the first 11 people. The event is free with your paid park entry permit. For more information, click here.
- Nov. 6, WACO: Waco Rowing Regatta, all day at Brazos Park East, 3516 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Waco 76704
The Waco Rowing Center is proud to announce its inaugural Waco Rowing Regatta, a 5k head race on the Brazos River. This regatta is set to be the next great fall rowing race, hosted along the banks of the rolling grass of Brazos Park East with a rowing course traveling from the historic bridges of downtown Waco to the picturesque bluffs of Cameron Park. Registration for the Waco Rowing Regatta is now live on Regatta Central. For more information, email Luke Walton at email@example.com, or visit the Waco Rowing Regatta Facebook page here.
- Nov. 12, MOODY: Fall Fest, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 State Park Road 14, Moody, TX 76557
Mother Neff State Park is the oldest Texas State Park, located alongside the picturesque stretch of the Leon River. Now it is your turn to explore and make memories of your own, or return to make new memories. A fun fall celebration will take place featuring nature hikes, storybook trails, children's activities, demonstrations and much more for the whole family. Admission is free for this event. Click here for more information.
- Nov. 19, WHITNEY: Diabetes Awareness Turkey Trot, 5K and 1 Mile Walk, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Lake Whitney Senior Center, 503 N. Colorado St., Whitney 76692
Be sure to enter the 5K and 1-mile walk to raise awareness for diabetes. This free event will have support vendors for everything regarding diabetes. To register and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 254-694-2540. Check out the Facebook event here.
- Nov 19, GLEN ROSE: Solar System Walk, 7–8 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Have you ever wondered how close the planets are to each other? Come take a walk through a scale model of the solar system. Start at the Amphitheater at 7 p.m. and take a walk to the Overflow Parking Lot, where the Fort Worth Astronomical Society is holding Star Party! Walk next to Mars, Jupiter and Neptune on your way to get a close-up view of the Milky Way. Bring red lights only and a water bottle. Entry is free with park admission. Click here for more information, or check out the Facebook page here.
- Nov. 19, GLEN ROSE: Star Party, 8 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers with the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for an evening of celestial fun! Observe planets, stars and galaxies up close and with the help of knowledgeable astronomers. Meet at the Amphitheater or Day Use Area and walk to the Overflow Parking Lot to look through the telescopes. Bring red lights only! The cost is free with park admission. The Star Party is subject to cancelation due to weather conditions and cloud cover. Call Zach Riggs at 817-776-3924 to check on the status of the program, and for more information, click here.
Lower Brazos Basin
- Nov. 3, SUGAR LAND: Center Field Cinema presents “Encanto” 7 p.m. at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land 77498
Center Field Cinema, presented by Houston Methodist, is returning to Constellation Field! Grab your friends and family, and enjoy the perfect movie night right here in the outfield! Reserve your tickets today, and don't miss the fun! For more information about this event, click here.
- Nov. 4-6, NEEDVILLE: Birding Hike, 8–10 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Road, Needville 77461
Brazos Bend State Park is home to over 300 species of birds, so it's the perfect place to bird-watch all year round! Meet at 8 a.m. in front of the lake restrooms to go on a birding hike alongside park volunteer Jerry Carpenter. This trail is 1.2 miles long, relatively flat, graveled and easily accessible for anyone that wants to join! Don't forget to bring your binoculars, field guides and your water! For more information, click here.
- Nov. 5, CENTERVILLE: Night Hike, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Fort Boggy State Park, 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville 75833
How do animals in Fort Boggy State Park get around at night? See a different side of Fort Boggy with a short hike (half-mile) through the park while you learn about the animals that come out at night. All ages are welcome. The meeting will take place at Park Headquarters. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a flashlight, water and bug spray. Call the park office at 903-344-1116 to register and reserve your spot. The program is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park Pass. Entry is free for children 12 and younger; for 13 and older is $3.00 per person. This event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. For more information, click here.
- Nov. 12, 19, 26, NEEDVILLE: Storytime and Crafts, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Road, Needville 77461
Come listen to a story at the Nature Center about armadillos, turkeys and alligators. This is a great way for kiddos to learn about Brazos Bend's most popular residents while also having fun making crafts! Meet outside the Nature Center for this program. For the scheduled story of the day, click here, or for more information, call Jessica Bullard at 979-553-5122 or via email at email@example.com.
- Nov. 12, BRYAN: Second Saturdays by Lake Walk Run Club, 8–9 a.m. at Lake Walk Tower & Dock, 4107 Lake Atlas Drive, Bryan, TX 77807
Lace up your running shoes and join Lake Walk Run Club for a run! Held on the second Saturday of every month, each meetup features a different route and distance options. Lake Walk Run Club designed second Saturdays to bring together runners of all skill levels, whether you're a novice runner or have multiple marathons under your belt. The event is free & open to the public to attend. For more information, click here.
- Nov. 19, CENTERVILLE: Story Time and Craft, 10–11 a.m. at Fort Boggy State Park, 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville, TX 75833
Ranger Heather will share her favorite turkey book, “How to Catch a Turkey,” and little ones will be doing a turkey craft to take home as decoration. The meeting will take place at the Gazebo. Call the park office to register and reserve your spot. The program is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park Pass. Entry is free for children 12 years and younger, for 13 and older is $3 per person. For more information, click here.
- Nov. 19, MEXIA: Free Community Thanksgiving Feast, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, CLC, 500 E. Carthage St., Mexia, TX 76667
All are invited to attend the community-wide Thanksgiving. Hosted by area churches at the First Baptist Church's CLC. Learn more here.
- Nov. 26, CENTERVILLE: From Trail Markers to Hide and Seek at Fort Boggy State Park, 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville, TX 75833
Ranger Heather will show kids different natural trail markers, including the tree trail markers used by Native Americans. Following a short presentation, attendees will learn how natural resources can be used as trail markers. The end of the program will be a fun game of stuffed animal hide and seek. The meeting will occur at the Pavilion and hide and seek in the day-use area. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Call the park office to register and reserve your spot. The program is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park Pass. Entry is free for children 12 years and younger, and for 13 and older is $3 per person. This event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Check the Facebook page here or for more information, click here.