Humble booming with activity, Civic Center reservations

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As more and more of us are safely vaccinated, we just can’t wait to start going out again. The Town of Humble is ready to welcome.

“It’s just amazing the demand we’re seeing for what the city has to offer,” said Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex. “I don’t remember the civic center ever being so busy during my years as director.”

Wood has ticked off several big upcoming events at one or more of the Civic Center’s three ballrooms, four breakout meeting spaces, a special events room, ample parking, and an outdoor arena:

A monster truck show, a vintage car show, a two-day mixed martial arts match, a zydeco blues festival, the Premier Gun Show, and the Spring Gift Market, to start.

Kingwood High School hosts its fall dance at the Civic Center. The Sam Houston Water District has scheduled its regional meeting there. And the hugely popular Harris County Precinct 4 Opry will once again be held at the Civic Center.

Garden Brothers brings its festive circus. A master spa expo is planned this fall as well as a health fair for seniors, the Greater Houston Stamp Show, a Fiesta De Mayo concert and the Highland Games Scottish Competition.

“And that’s until September,” Wooden said. “We are also excited for October as the Civic Center will host the Greater Humble Kennel Club dog show.”

And then there are the afternoon lunches, wedding receptions, conferences, corporate training events and even the baby showers that businesses and residents of Lake Houston now rely on.

The Civic Center and Arena, however, are just one slice of Humble’s six-part entertainment pie.

“As our friends and neighbors get to know us at the Civic Center, they find that the town of Humble is turning into an entertainment district,” Wooden said.

Perhaps the greatest complement to the Humble Civic Center is the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, the former Bender High School which was restored and transformed in 2015 into a fully functioning performing arts center. Today, The Bender is home to top entertainment and renowned local and national artists.

“And we’re especially excited that The Bender is now home to the Texas Repertory Theater,” Wooden said. “Steven Fenley and his team will be making quality family and original productions throughout the year.”

The Bender will continue to present some of Houston’s best entertainment, as diverse as a Beatles Tribute Band, Austin’s Urban Achievers Brass Band, and a tribute performer to George Strait.

Just steps from The Bender is the Humble Museum, the original Bender School Music Hall building that has been reimagined as a fascinating and interactive showcase of the history of Humble and Lake Houston. Admission is free and the museum is open before and after all Bender performances.

There is more.

On the second Friday of each month, the city hosts Food Truck Friday and Music on Main at Uptown Park featuring local talent performing as food trucks prepare their specials.

Always more.

All five of Humble’s parks are underway or have been upgraded with new play equipment as well as redesigned basketball and tennis courts. Schott Park, just east of the Civic Center on Will Clayton Blvd., is home to a monthly Living Well Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of each month. Food and fresh produce, all focused on well-being.

With the pandemic now in the rearview mirror, the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex, the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, the Humble Museum, and the historic downtown Humble and Humble parks are open to business – and to the public live.

“The best way to describe what I see and hear in Humble is that people are hungry to go out and move around,” Wooden said. “It’s certainly overdue, and we have the means to satisfy their appetites.”

Author: Tom broadE-mail: This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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As well as being a proud University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate and therefore a Cornhusker, I am a retired Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for the Lake Houston hometown newspaper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of directors of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries and an extraordinary volunteer for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.



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