They tell us not to mess with Texas, but clearly some people haven't listened. That's why the participants in this weekend's Styrofoam cup competition at the 34th annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta are stepping in to clean up their mess. The person who picks up the most trash along the bayou wins a prize. The event, which is sponsored by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, also includes a 15-mile race that features more than 150 navigators of canoes and kayaks vying for prizes in three categories, including the corporate cup challenge, single and double men's and women's canoe and kayak races, and of course, the Styrofoam cup divisions.
"It's a chance to have fun, get outside and enjoy your boat," says Trudy Smith of the BBP. And if you don't happen to own a boat? "It also increases community involvement along the bayou." Okay, then. New this year is an outdoor expo, which will be held at Sesquicentennial Park downtown and will include games and activities for kids. (Note to adults: There'll be plenty of beer on hand for you.) Race starts at 9 a.m. at San Felipe near Voss and ends at Sesquicentennial Park; outdoor expo starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 15. Parking available at garages near the starting line and downtown. For information and registration, call 713-752-0314 or visit www.buffalobayou.org. Free for spectators; $40 for participants. -- Eric Ervin
Walk It Out
Cancer blows. It sucks. And frankly, you couldn't raise enough awareness about the insidious disease, which kills millions every year. This week, you can get your cardio -- and kick cancer in the crotch -- at the Houston Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America's Light the Night Walk at Sam Houston Race Park. It's part of a nationwide event to raise awareness of blood cancers and funds for cures. Participants can get donations from friends and family beforehand, then meet for the two-mile walk, where they'll carry either an illuminated white balloon -- representative of leukemia survivors -- or a red balloon, which represents those touched by cancer. Registration starts at 6 p.m.; walk starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 15. 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West. For information or registration, call 877-586-9255 or visit www.lightthenight.org. Free. -- Steven Devadanam