My Items

League City History & Heritage
Black History in League City

Black History in League City

The history of League City has been shaped by many influential people, including Alexander Winfield, one of the first African-Americans to settle in League City. Winfield was born in Virginia and served in the Civil War as part of the Ohio Color Troops, before enlisting in the regular army in 1867. After leaving the service in 1870, he moved to Texas and spent time in San Antonio and Austin, before settling in La Grange. Winfield and his wife Rosie raised their ten children in La Grange from 1879-1902, before deciding to move to League City. Descendants of the Winfield’s do not have a written or oral account of what brought Alexander and his family to League City, but documentation shows he had a connection with the Butlers, a prominent cattle ranching family in League City, and that he likely got involved in running cattle when he moved to Texas after leaving the army. In 1902, Winfield purchased 40 acres of land in League City for $750 at 8 percent interest. He paid off the land in eight years, never missing payment. The tract of land is now Hobbs Road, and to this day, several members of the Winfield family continue to live along the road. In addition to purchasing the land, Winfield founded a church, Winfield Chapel, which eventually would merge with another congregation and become the Faith United Methodist Church in Dickinson. Alexander died in 1915, but his surviving children and their descendants populate League City, Dickinson, and cities throughout the Bay Area. Alex’s daughter Lillie married Obie Hobbs, which Hobbs Road is officially named after. On July 27, 2019 over 150 descendants of Alexander Winfield gathered at Walter Hall Park for a bi-annual family reunion. During the gathering, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey presented the Winfield family with a resolution acknowledging them as a founding family of League City.

League City Takes Part in Juneteenth Emancipation Trail Ride

League City Takes Part in Juneteenth Emancipation Trail Ride

Over the weekend of June 19–20, a group of about 50 cyclists gathered to ride the Emancipation Trail in celebration of Juneteenth, with a stop in League City as part of the ride. The trail, beginning in Galveston and ending at Emancipation Park in Houston, replicates the path that newly freed slaves took in 1865 after they were finally told of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by Abraham Lincoln two years earlier. Along the trail, cyclists stopped at historically important sites, including Texas City—where the only Reconstruction-era African American settlement in Galveston County was located—and at the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City. Participants viewed an exhibit on slaves who worked as cowboys, and Mayor Hallisey was on site to greet the cyclists and offer refreshments to the group. The Emancipation Trail The 51-mile Emancipation Trail is a proposed National Historic Trail that follows the journey that freedmen took as they shared the news of the emancipation of every slave in Texas. If the trail is officially designated, it will be one of only two National Historic Trails in the United States that commemorate African American history. The other trail is the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama. A bipartisan bill—co-authored by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Senator John Cornyn—commissioning a feasibility study on the Emancipation Trail was signed by President Trump on Jan. 27, 2020. After the study is complete, which could take around 30 months total, its findings will be presented to Congress, and Congress will vote to officially designate the trail as a National Historic Trail. Learn more about the Emancipation Trail Read the Bill National Park Service Houstorian Sheila Jackson Lee John Cornyn

16 Must-See Waterfront Restaurants

16 Must-See Waterfront Restaurants

These waterfront restaurants offer incredible dining and some of the best views in Bay Area Houston. Explore these Clear Lake gems Barge 295 Located at the end of a pier on Clear Lake, Barge 295 offers live entertainment, cold drinks, and fresh food. Wave hello to the boats that cruise by as you dine on the first or second floor of the restaurant. Try boiled deep-water jumbo shrimp and Cajun pork sandwiches, or sip from Texas-crafted draft beers. Don’t miss the Yard, a new outdoor music venue adjacent to the pier, that hosts local artists and DJs weekly. Schafer’s Coastal Bar and Grille Enjoy the casual outdoor patio with friends, savor a meal with Gulf Coast flair, and quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail at Schafer’s. Watch boats dock and dine while you relax in the cozy ambiance of the restaurant. Try the creole crab dip or blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos and splurge on Schafer’s signature apple crisp dessert. CABO Clear Lake CABO—a two story bar and grill situated on the shores of Clear Lake—welcomes you with a lively atmosphere and breathtaking waterfront views. Feast on handcrafted burgers and Ahi avocado tacos, or visit during their popular Thursday steak nights. Listen to live bands and DJs play on the weekends while on a date night or hanging with friends. Frenchie’s Villa Capri Known for breathtaking sunset views on Clear Lake, stunning banquet halls, and romantic atmospheres, Villa Capri is the perfect place for date nights, receptions, and weddings. Feast on savory Italian dishes like the shrimp piccata or chicken marsala or good old-fashioned spaghetti & meatballs and top off the night with handmade Villa Capri almond cake. After your meal, walk through a bountiful garden and onto a sweet pier that leads out onto the water. Opus Ocean Grille Located within the Watergate Yachting Center in Clear Lake Shores, Opus Ocean Grille offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes including oysters on the half shell, Alaskan King Crab, Chilean Sea Bass, and more. You can dine right by the water on their outdoor patio or dine indoors and still have a perfect view of Clear Lake through wide glass windows. Just don’t mix it up with its’ sister-counterpart, Opus Bistro & Steakhouse. Opus Bistro & Steakhouse A local sensation–much like Opus Ocean Grille–Opus Bistro & Steakhouse serves up gourmet dining with Southern hospitality and Texas flair. This beloved restaurant is located at the South Shore Harbor Resort, just above the pool and overlooking the marina. Sample plates of lobster risotto, chicken fried veal, or Cajun shrimp and grits while enjoying marina and waterfront views from your table. Sam’s Boat Known as Seabrook's #1 destination restaurant for all things sports, Sam’s Boat serves fresh food, cold beers, waterfront views, and the best crawfish in Clear Lake. With dozens of TVs tuned in to sports channels and live entertainment every weekend, there’s never a dull moment at Sam’s Boat. Try a ‘Sam’s Specialty’ like the Snapper Pontchartrain or shrimp brochette and complete your meal with praline sauce stuffed beignets topped with candied pecans and powdered sugar. Sundance Grille II Sip from a refreshing glass of wine on the deck of Sundance Grill II, nestled among the sailboats and trees in Waterford Harbor Marina and accessible by car or boat. Chef Hans Mair–owner and founder–and his team serve fresh, hot plates of seafood like Hanzee's Crab Cakes topped with Charon sauce or shrimp bimini, a Hanzee selection from his island life. On Sundays, nurse a mimosa or two and enjoy their well-loved Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Try these Bacliff and San Leon favorites Noah’s Ark Bar & Grill Family-friendly Noah’s Ark is a large tiki hut restaurant overlooking Galveston Bay. The sunset views are a great backdrop as you dine on their huge outdoor patio. Stop by in the morning and try “Noah’s Benedict” topped with homemade lemon cream shrimp sauce, or sample local dinner favorites like the savory crawfish étouffée or fresh seafood platter with a side of hushpuppies. On the weekends, party with live music and karaoke in their upstairs “Parrot’s Nest” palapa bar. Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House Pier 6 offers tide-to-table cuisine and is fast becoming a local legend for their fresh and flavorful Gulf Coast oysters. From chilled raw oysters to grilled oysters prepared with toppings like grated Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh herb shallot butter, they’re the perfect start to any meal. If you’re looking for a mouthwatering entrée, try the crispy red snapper or spicy Piri Piri grilled shrimp cooked up by renowned Houston-area chef, Joe Cervantez. Expansive views of Galveston Bay offer a fitting backdrop to this restaurant dedicated to elevating seafood. Reservations are recommended. Topwater Grille Just steps away from the waters of Galveston Bay in San Leon, Topwater Grill has a casual atmosphere, including comfortable patio seating complete with gliding benches. Dine on smoked swordfish dip or a delectable whole stuffed flounder and watch boats and jet skis come and go. The restaurant operates its own fleet of shrimp and oyster boats, so you know the seafood on your plate is Gulf Coast fresh. Don’t miss this Dickinson hot spot Marais Transport yourself back to 1940s New Orleans with Marais’ glamour-inspired restaurant. Located alongside Dickinson Bayou, Marais offers Cajun influenced cuisine, steaks, and seafood. Savor Cajun shrimp and grits or lump blue crab beignets in the upscale indoor dining area, take a swig of craft beer at the pirate-themed bar inspired by Jean Lafitte, or relax in the beer garden overlooking the bayou. Want some whimsy? Try a specialty cocktail at Benson’s bar, where you can sip your favorite drink from the comfort of your very own swing. Reservations are recommended. Check out El Lago’s food scene Chelsea Wine Bar Overlooking the waters of Taylor Lake, Chelsea Wine Bar offers an easy, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy colorful sunsets on pristine upper- and lower-level water-view decks. Choose from over 100 hand-selected wines and 24 rotating beer taps. Try house favorites from their comfort food menu, like Chelsea cheeseboards, baked goat cheese, and homemade Shepard’s pie, or roast marshmallows with your very own s’mores kit. Visit during Friday and Saturday nights for live music and entertainment. Boondoggles Pub Bring your furry companions to pet-friendly Boondoggles Pub, home to wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and a selection of over 40 craft beers on tap. Ask for the Puppy Patty and share a meal with your pets on Boondoggles’ outside patio. Come during weekly Grill Nights on Wednesdays and choose from tender New York Strips and Prime Ribs or try fresh, gourmet pies like the spicy Fajita Pizza or the cheesy Quattro Formaggio. Try some of Galveston Bay’s favorites Kemah Boardwalk Restaurants Turn your day into an adventure at Kemah Boardwalk, where amusement rides, carnival games, and waterfront dining await. Sit outside and enjoy the boardwalk and sunset views on the patios of favorite seafood restaurants like Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump, the Flying Dutchman, and Landry’s Seafood House. Explore the inside of the Aquarium, where you can dine with the fishes next to a floor-to-ceiling aquarium tank. If not in the mood for seafood, head to Saltgrass Steak House and Joe’s Burger Bar for the finest steaks and juiciest burgers on the Boardwalk. Tookie’s Burgers Sink your teeth into signature, super-sized burgers at family-favorite Tookie’s Burgers. Declared as some of the best burgers in Texas in 2008, Tookie’s is situated off Kemah Boardwalk’s Marina and offers a variety of burgers to choose from, like the Squealer (a handmade beef and bacon patty) and the #99, a burger patty marinated in wine and topped with Tookie’s special blend of spices.

Why League City is Your Next Pre-Cruise Destination

Why League City is Your Next Pre-Cruise Destination

Maximize savings and fun in League City and make the most out of your next cruise out of Galveston! Only a 22-mile drive away from the cruise terminals in Galveston, League City is an excellent place to stay before your departure. Take advantage of budget-friendly hotels, free parking, and enjoy a little bit of pre-cruise sight-seeing. Save on Hotels Looking for budget-friendly hotels to stay in the night before your oceanic adventure? League City has three local hotels with easy access to the Gulf Freeway, I-45. Spend a night in the Candlewood Suites, the Fairfield Inn & Suites, or the Hampton Inn & Suites and save with affordable hotel room rates and great amenities. Additionally, you can rest easy knowing that your cars are in good care since each hotel offers free, secure cruise parking while you’re on the high seas. Go Sightseeing Start your vacation early with fun excursions. Check out the Historic District, the quaint downtown of League City that is just minutes away from your hotel and offers sweet boutiques, delectable restaurants, and immersive outdoor experiences. Visit the West Bay Common School Children’s Museum for an interactive exhibit that transports you back to a 1980s classroom, then stop by the Barn Museum to check out an intricate collection of artifacts that share the city’s history. Stop by League Park and Helen’s Garden to take pretty pictures and enjoy a relaxing stroll under century-old live oak trees. Do Some Coastal Shopping Dozens of boutiques and specialty shops are sprinkled throughout League City, giving locals and travelers easy access to unique treasures, locally crafted jewelry, gourmet food, and high-end clothing. Visit the Shoppes at Founder’s Square, historic homes turned specialty shops, or stop by boutiques like the Salted Hippie, Strawberry Hill Upcycling Boutique, or Sweet Mia’s Boutique. Tour the Food Scene Before you go, hit the town with League City’s extensive food scene. Venture down League City Main Street and try local favorites Main Street Bistro, Esteban’s Café y Cantina, and Red River Barbecue, or eat a hearty breakfast with enormous pancakes at Red Oak Café before you depart to Galveston for your well-deserved cruise vacation. Start your pre-cruise experience in League City today!

Taste the Best of League City Local Cuisine

Taste the Best of League City Local Cuisine

The best way to get to the heart of a city is to eat straight from the locals. League City has a plethora of legendary local restaurants, but you can get even closer to the source with a farmer’s market favorite: Texas Gourmet Market League City. Texas Gourmet Market League City is a pop-up farmer’s market that takes place at the Associated Credit Union of Texas every last Saturday of the month. You will get to enjoy seasonal delights fresh from the local producers who pour their hearts into every vegetable and jar of honey. Some participants come back every month while others rotate out, so you will never get the same experience twice. This farmer’s market features more than just produce. Local vendors will be showing off homemade sauces, pickles, flowers and more. If you are staying with South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center near the end of any month, make sure to stop by from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and see what the locals have to offer.

5 Reasons to Add League City to Your Texas Road Trip Itinerary

5 Reasons to Add League City to Your Texas Road Trip Itinerary

League City makes an ideal stop on your Texas road trip itinerary. Situated near the Gulf Coast, directly in between Houston and Galveston, League City offers tons of family fun, with a little something for everyone. Here are five reasons you should visit League City during your Texas road trip this summer. 1. Water Recreation From scenic kayaking experiences along the Clear Creek Paddle Trail, to the excitement of boating and fishing on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, waterfront fun is never in short supply in League City. Rent a kayak from Clear Creek Kayaks, or bring your own, and explore the gorgeous scenery during a leisurely paddle down Clear Creek. If you prefer the wide open spaces of the lake or bay, check out the many charter boat options available, and spend hours exploring, fishing, or simply relaxing on the water. Armand Bayou Nature Center also offers a variety of boat and kayak tours where you will have opportunities to see some of the local wildlife. 2. Unbeatable Boutique Shopping The boutique scene in League City is pretty incredible. With dozens of locally owned boutiques peppered throughout the city, you can enjoy a high-end shopping experience with down-home hospitality. Each shop boasts its own unique flavor of fashion, so it's worth taking the time to check out as many as you can. Learn more about League City’s boutiques, and download a boutique map to help guide your shopping experience. 3. Family-Friendly Attractions League City is just minutes away from some of Texas’s top attractions, so it’s easy to enjoy activities the whole family will love. Spend a day at Space Center Houston, enjoy the thrill of the Boardwalk Bullet wooden rollercoaster at Kemah Boardwalk, head to the beach or hang out at Schlitterbahn waterpark in Galveston, explore the pyramids at Moody Gardens, discover aviation history at the Lone Star Flight Museum, or hit some golf balls at Top Golf. 4. Southern Charm With a historic district that looks like it was pulled straight out of a Hallmark movie—white gazebo and all—League City is brimming with charm. Have a tea party at Holly Berry Tea Room, take a photo in the gazebo at League Park, stroll the gorgeous grounds of Helen’s Garden, and enjoy a meal at one of our many locally owned eateries. Nobody is a stranger in League City. 5. Hidden Gems Treasure Hunt Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? Put on your best Indiana Jones hat, grab your smartphone, and try your hand at the League City Hidden Gems GeoTour. This geocaching tour will take you to some of League City’s most scenic spots, and you may discover some “southern charms” along the way. Download the official Geocaching® app, create an account, search for GeoTour code GT498, and begin your hunt! It’s a great way for families to spend time together. If you’re feeling the League City vibe, it’s time to book your stay. Check out these cozy accommodations. We can’t wait to see you in League City this summer!

League City's Own Amazing Race on May 14

League City's Own Amazing Race on May 14

Grab your team of three or four and compete to win prizes in the A-MAY-ZING Adventure, League City's take on the Amazing Race. What to Expect The event will bring teams on a journey through League City, solving clues and completing challenges to earn points. Some of the challenges include: Axe throwing Kayaking Food tasting Deciphering puzzles Obstacle courses Trivia So much more!!! The final day to register for the A-MAY-ZING Adventure is Sunday, May 8. To learn more about the A-MAY-ZING Adventure, click here. To register your team, click here. GOOD LUCK, AND MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN!

Picture Perfect Holiday Photos in League City

Picture Perfect Holiday Photos in League City

Grab your ugly Christmas sweaters, matching pajamas, or snazziest formal wear and head to League City’s historic League Park this holiday season. This year the park is decked out with a festive photoscape in front of the City’s beloved red train caboose. The glimmering holiday scene features two Nutcracker soldiers, dozens of crimson poinsettias, and several lighted Christmas trees adorned with red and gold ornaments. It's the perfect backdrop for stunning Christmas card photos, sparkling selfies, or a memorable family picture. (Share your pics using #LCHoliday, and tag us on social media!) A visit to League Park will have you feeling merry and bright during the most Wonderful Time of the Year. It’s like stepping into your very own Hallmark Movie, and you are the star! The park’s charming gazebo is draped in garlands and bows, and you can’t miss the 20-foot-tall drumming Nutcracker standing watch over Main Street. Adding to the park’s beauty are its sprawling oaks and well-manicured garden. When you've finished your photo sessions at the park, walk over to The Market Station, just steps away, and check out their gorgeous selection of seasonal home decor, or stop by Butler’s Courtyard—the very first brick building constructed in League City. Stroll across Main Street and check out the Shoppes at Founder's Square—a cluster of historic homes-turned-boutiques—for an exquisite holiday shopping experience. While you’re here, don’t miss Helen’s Garden just down the road. This lush garden is League City’s most photographed spot—meticulously landscaped with bubbling waterfalls and tropical plants—and it’s all dressed up for the holidays. If you can’t get enough of League City’s lovely tree-lined Historic District, there is plenty more to do. Check out this boutique map for a list of some favorite local shops, and stop for a lunch break at Main Street Bistro. When you’re ready to take in some local scenery, visit Heritage Park for peaceful creekside views, a pond filled with friendly turtles, a playground for kiddos, and even a museum dedicated to the famous Texas Longhorn cattle breed. On the evening of November 28, you’ll want to head back to League Park for the Holiday Tree Lighting, beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy a free League City commemorative ornament to remind you of your time with us, and sip on a complimentary warm cup of hot cocoa. Cheers to a Very Merry Holiday Season!

The Christmas Boat Lane Parade: 60 Years of Tradition

The Christmas Boat Lane Parade: 60 Years of Tradition

It all started 60 years ago with five friends and a clever idea... On a whim, five men from Bay Area Houston decided to decorate their boats with Christmas lights and parade them around Clear Lake. It was their own whimsical take on Christmas decorating, and a new way to celebrate the holidays. Onlookers from lakefront homes and restaurants loved the gleaming spectacle on the water, and that evening became the very first Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade. What started as a casual get together with five friends has ballooned into an annual Clear Lake celebration between more than 100,000 friends from surrounding cities. Red Adair—the famed local oil well firefighter who was portrayed by John Wayne in the film “Hellfighters,” which was loosely based on his life—was one of the five original boaters. He participated every year he could, and today the Best Overall Boat Award is named after this hometown hero who, 60 years ago, decided Clear Lake could use a little Christmas cheer. This year, scores of boaters have spent countless hours planning and decorating their vessels, upping the ante to hopefully come home with the coveted Red Adair award. Every year they outdo themselves, with bigger, brighter, more innovative designs. Head out to the Clear Lake area on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. to catch all the nautical fun and discover what local boaters have come up with this year! 2021 Christmas Boat Lane Parade Info Hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Date Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2021 Time 6 p.m. Location The parade begins in the Clear Lake channel—from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon—and proceeds out to Galveston Bay. Public Viewing Kemah Boardwalk
Both Sides of Kemah/Seabrook Channel Nassau Bay Lagoon
South Shore Harbour Marina
Clear Lake Shores
Davis Road Canal/Constellation Pointe Register Your Boat

5 Reasons to Kayak on Clear Creek Paddle Trail

5 Reasons to Kayak on Clear Creek Paddle Trail

One of League City’s most scenic trails is made up entirely of water. The Clear Creek Paddle Trail winds nearly six miles down Clear Creek and features three boat launches. Here are five reasons why you need to get out on the trail. 1. It’s beautiful Lush groves of elephant ears and dense clusters of trees lining the creek give the paddle trail a vibrant, jungle-like atmosphere. The emerald hues of the abundant vegetation reflect off the water, surrounding you with gorgeous shades of green. At dusk, the scenery is accented with flashes of pink and orange. Make your Instagram friends jealous and snap some seflies while you’re exploring. Just be sure to keep your smartphone safe in a waterproof phone case. 2. It’s teeming with wildlife Want to see wildlife? Go where they live. The creek is home to countless birds, and you’ll likely see egrets, herons, and even osprey searching for their next meal. Toss in the possibility of spotting some wild alligators, and you’re in for a memorable journey. There’s something new around every corner, so keep your eye out. You never know what you’ll see on the paddle trail. 3. It makes a great date or family activity If you’re tired of dinner and a movie, kayaking is a great date alternative. A tandem kayak allows you to share a boat and explore the creek with your significant other. Families also love paddling because it gets the kids outside and away from their devices. It's a fun way for families to connect with nature while spending time together. 4. It’s great exercise Forget the treadmill. You will burn 300–500 calories per hour when you’re paddling the creek. Your abs, lats, biceps, and forearms will all get a solid workout while you enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous scenery. It’s a win-win. 5. It’s beginner-friendly Even if you’re brand new to kayaking, you can still enjoy paddling the Clear Creek Paddle Trail. The waterway is narrow and less likely to produce the kind of choppy water that makes lake or ocean paddling an exhausting effort. Three tips for beginners remember: Stay to the sides of the waterway to avoid oncoming boat traffic, wear a life vest, and avoid paddling on an especially windy day—wind makes paddling significantly more challenging. Plan your paddle during calm weather and you’ll have a blast. Learn more about kayaking on the Clear Creek Paddle Trail Don’t have a kayak? Don’t worry! Rent a kayak from Clear Creek Kayaks in League City Purchase a kayak or paddleboard from Cabela’s in League City

Celebrate Spring Migration in League City

Celebrate Spring Migration in League City

League City has created a lineup of activities and events in April to celebrate spring bird migration and educate locals about League City’s role in the bird migration cycle. Take the Challenge - Earn your Badge! Spring Migration Celebration kicks off on April 1 with the Spring Migration Birding Challenge. The printable challenge features nine migratory birds known to stop in League City during spring migration. Participants need to spot at least one bird to earn an official 2022 League City Spring Migration Birding Badge. https://www.leaguecitycvb.com/springmigration Facts about each of the birds featured in the challenge will be shared on social media during the weeks of April 4 and April 11. EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Film, Food Trucks, and Feathers will be hosted at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside on April 8. Guests can arrive at 5 p.m. to grab a copy of the birding challenge and walk the Feathered Friends Trail to learn fascinating bird facts from special signage along the way. Cornhole and other yard games will be available for free play, and beginning at sundown there will be an outdoor showing of the movie “Rio.” Food trucks will be on site for those who want a meal while they enjoy the film. On April 9, The Wildlife Center of Texas will be giving a presentation about responsible wildlife stewardship and rehabilitation at Helen Hall Library from 10 a.m. to noon. Also on April 9, Kristine Rivers—a Texas Master Naturalist—will host a kid-friendly nature and bird walk at the Clear Creek Nature Center from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by nature arts and crafts from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rustic Oaks Park. April 30, adults are invited to register for a more in-depth guided Bird Walk with Kristine Rivers the morning of April 30. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bird-walk-april-30-2022-tickets-292581638557 League City joins cities and organizations in Audubon Texas' Lights Out Texas initiative. Spring bird migration brings hundreds of millions of birds migrating through our state on their way north from their southern wintering grounds. On April 12, League City's Mayor will announce a “Lights out League City” proclamation at the City Council meeting, encouraging local businesses to turn off their lights at night to ensure safe passage for birds during peak migration. On the afternoon of April 13, the City will broadcast a Facebook Live chat with Houston Audubon bird expert, Kathy Sweezey, who will talk all things birding and migration. The Houston Audubon will also present a “Bird-Friendly Spaces” program at 10 a.m. on April 16 at the Helen Hall Library. The program will teach residents about spring migration and how to create spaces that will attract birds. There will be bird-related crafts for kids, as well. Additionally, the Helen Hall Library will have a curated collection of bird-related books on display during the month of April and will have a special Nature Journal Challenge focused on birds and migration. April 29- League City is participating in the City Nature Challenge which lasts through May 2. April 30 - Register for a guided Bird Walk at the Clear Creek Nature Center with ouur local birding guide, Kristine Rivers. PARTNER CELEBRATIONS Armand Bayou Nature Center FIREFLY FRIDAYS are BACK! Firefly Hikes every Friday in April. Space is limited and they book up quickly, don’t miss your chance to be delighted by the sight of fireflies in the forest and prairie! Book your spot today at abnc.org/firefly-hikes ABNC Pollination Celebration - April 23, 2022, 10am to 4pm Join us in celebrating the pollinators that do so much for us! Pollination is essential not just for our survival, but also the survival of every living thing! We'll be highlighting how vital pollinators are to everyday life, shed light on the pollinators that often get overlooked, and empower you to become a pollinator champion while having a fun time outdoors with your friends and family! Activities will include demonstrations, games, and crafts for all ages to celebrate our lovely pollinators. Participate in local Houston Audubon Birding Counts and Surveys April 2, Seabrook Bird Count, 9am-11:30, Pine Gully Park https://houstonaudubon.org/birding/bird-surveys/seabrook.html April 9, Armand Bayou Bird Survey 7am https://houstonaudubon.org/birding/bird-surveys/armand-bayou.html

Calling all merchants! Be a part of our Holly Jolly Shopping Trail

Calling all merchants! Be a part of our Holly Jolly Shopping Trail

Get excited! Visit Bay Area Houston participating cities League City, Nassau Bay, Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, and Seabrook will launch a new Holiday Shopping Passport Campaign for 2022 called the Holly Jolly Shopping Trail. Be part of the fun! Submit your business listing information and provide your special holiday offer before Friday, September 30, to participate. The Holly Jolly Shopping Trail will launch in November and run through December 31, 2022. The Holly Jolly Shopping Trail will showcase local retail businesses, promote unique experiential holiday gifts, and allow pass holders to redeem discounts at featured partner locations. The shopping passport will be a key component of seasonal marketing efforts for the region and be promoted as an integral part of this year’s League City Hometown Holiday campaign. There is no cost to participate. Businesses will benefit from valuable marketing exposure as a featured participant. The savings passport will launch November 1 and be marketed heavily through the end of December. The Idea: The Holly Jolly Shopping Trail will offer a collection of local gift ideas and exclusive passholder deals from area boutiques, shops, stores, and select businesses. Creative: This year, our campaign’s creative theme focuses on celebrating a “Season of Magic and Memories.” Beyond discounts and savings, we invite businesses to showcase special offers for unique gift ideas and experience packages. Your offer is the incentive to attract customers to visit your business and spend more money with you. We encourage you to be creative! Consider including a special holiday gift package for a DIY, a make & take gift, a holiday crafting experience, a class, or even a tasting event. Check out some examples of how the pass will work! Visit Bay Area Houston's technology company, Bandwango, will build and launch the digital savings passport. The Holly Jolly Shopping Trail will be instantly delivered to a customer’s phone via text and email with no apps to download. This is the second digital passport launched by Visit Bay Area Houston. The first Pass, a culinary challenge called “Corks and Forks”, went live this summer and promotes the local food scene.