Second Saturday of every month, (9-11am) – “Birding 101” is presented by Moody Gardens and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and is a series of free classes designed to educate and excite people about the tremendous variety of bird life routinely seen around Galveston Island. Classes meet at the Aquarium Pyramid lobby in Moody Gardens located at 1 Hope Blvd. You can attend at any time in the series. For more info call (409)683-4101 or go to galvestonnaturetourism.org.
Third Saturday of every month, (9-11am) – “Birding 201” classes allow participants, led by an instructor, to visit areas on the Island and spy some of the tremendous variety of birds here. Participants should meet in the Aquarium Pyramid lobby in Moody Gardens located at 1 Hope Blvd. The cost for the class is $5, and Moody Gardens will provide the transportation. To reserve a spot call no later than the Wednesday prior to the Saturday class. For more info call (409)683-4104 or go to galvestonnaturetourism.org.
Weekly Water Fitness Classes at Lasker Community Pool – These classes are offered for admission to the pool. only. The water is heated to approximately 82 degrees. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water fitness gloves if you enjoy using them. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15am, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:15pm, Saturdays at 9am, and Sundays at 11:15am. Lasker Community Pool is a state-of-the-art facility, which includes a recreational pool with kid-friendly play structures and a body slide, as well as an eight-lane short course yard pool for hosting swim meets. Lasker is located at 2016 43rd, Galveston. For more info call (409)797-3722.
April 7th (11am-12 noon) – Plumeria Workshop with Plumeria Expert Loretta Osteen will be held at Tom’s Thumb Nursery, 2014 45th St., Galveston. This is a free educational workshop. Loretta Osteen fell for plumerias on a family vacation to Hawaii 14 years ago. The luminous five-petaled flowers used in leis often snare tourists by their intoxicating fragrances, whether a gardenia-like sweetness, hint of rose, pleasant peach, citrus or grape. But an intrigued Osteen returned home with more than a sweet memory. She joined the Plumeria Society of America, an organization founded in Houston. And she began filling her garden and the empty lot she owned next door with the curious plants with rubbery gray trunks and branches that form a candelabra-like silhouette. More than 200 plumerias, or frangipanis, now surround her Tiki Island home. For more info go to tomsthumbnursery.com.
April 14th (11am-6pm) – Blackjack Fishing Tournament, Fundraiser & Crawfish Boil will take place at the West End Marina & Restaurants, 21706 Burnet Dr., Galveston. For more info go to facebook.com/events/1919674021691393.
April 21st (7am-7pm) – TATMU Galveston Island Surfing Day – Join instructor teams for a day away from campus to learn some great new skills and enjoy the beautiful Texas coast. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided. Prices are $59 member and $71 for non-members Register by April 18th in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, by calling (979)845-4511 or online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg.
April 28th (6am-7pm) – Texas Anglers Charity Classic – This charity fishing tournament benefits United Way of Greater Houston and OATH, Inc. The tournament is hosted by National Oilwell Varco and Transocean and will be held at The Waterman Restaurant, 14302 Stewart Rd., Galveston. For more info or to register go to facebook.com/Texas-Anglers-Charity-Classic.
May 28th-29th (all day) – Memorial Day Free Fishing for Veterans – Veterans and active military can fish free from the pier with your valid Military I.D. at Galveston Fishing Pier, 9001 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. Come join the fun and see what lies beneath the murky Gulf waters!