new year

green mantella froglet

Eleven green mantella froglets completed their transformation into frogs from tadpoles just after the new year at the Houston Zoo. These tiny frogs are smaller than dice and gain their green moniker as they mature. Native to the island of Madagascar, guests to the Houston Zoo can spy these tiny endangered froglets in the Reptile and Amphibian House and are saving them in the wild through their visit.

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Sea Rim Striders logo

Those who really want to make good on their annual New Year’s resolutions of getting healthy can start by participating in the free Resolution Run/Walk 5K on Monday, Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m. hosted by the Sea Rim Striders at the Gulf Terrace Hike and Bike Trail near West Brook High School in Beaumont. No registration is required, so bring your friends and start 2018 out with the Sea Rim Striders. The goal of the Sea Rim Striders is to promote running and walking at all levels, from top-flight marathoners to those just beginning.

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As we all rushed around getting ready for family visits, good home cooked food, the buying and exchanging of sought-after gifts, and travel to celebrate Christmas with those we love the most, how many of us became worn out, tired, physically ill, and sometimes blue? For some, it seemed that we just could not get everything we wanted to do accomplished within the tight deadlines, or that we did not have the money we wanted to spend, or we could not get home at all. As I observed and visited with those I love the most, I saw some tired faces, concern about finances and sadness.

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Kirby Nature Trail

Start your year off on the right foot with a hike in the Big Thicket. Saturday, Jan. 2, preserve staff will lead a guided walk on the Kirby Nature Trail and Sandhill Loop Trail.

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