Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Eight Free) January 5-11

New York City's Times Square
New York City's Times Square

Week one of 2017 is off to a running start and Houston is not slowing down. You can begin the year on the right foot by joining a free running group in which at the end of an eight-week series, you"ll race and prove who took his or her fitness resolution most seriously. You've also got the opportunity to meet some soldiers who can tell the tales from overseas in exchange for a light of their cigar and a cold brew. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and eight of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.

Stacks
Axelrad
8 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Free
The revival of vinyl records is proven true every first Thursday at Axelrad. There's no need to play DJ yourself and dust off your own records when all the legwork is done for you here. Guest DJs cover a variety of genres so that every listener in the audience can feel satisfied. Across the courtyard stands Luigi's Pizza — a Houston favorite. Spend a few dollars on a slice of pepperoni-cheesy heaven and listen to the tunes for free.

The CN4V motto is never "You are never alone," and they mean it.
The CN4V motto is never "You are never alone," and they mean it.
Photo courtesy of Cigar Night for Vets

Cigar Night for Vets
Little J's Bar
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Free
Vets getting together having a glass of whiskey and chopping up their cigars, that's a manly good time at Little J's Bar on Washington. This is Houston's largest veterans social; it has been around since 2013 and was founded here by Carlos Garcia. It's a cigar night, not a dip night, so leave the Skoal at home and pack your favorite stogie-lighter combo to meet your military comrades.

Catherine Colangelo Talismanic Opening Reception
Cindy Lisica Gallery
6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Free
Catherine Colangelo's 2017 exhibition at the Cindy Lisica Gallery will host it's opening reception where artist Catherine will be on hand to discuss her multimedia works of art. At the cost of free you'll be able to go into the gallery and view the works that are intended to remind us of the talismans, as the exhibition is titled Talismanic, and charms that are meant to serve dual-duty, ward off evil and bring good fortune. Colangelo's pieces also heavily convey the values of motherhood through the shielding use of talismans. Some of those values being protection, guardianship and strong devotion. Come to the Cindy Lisica Gallery to let your eyes read the illuminated manuscripts and evoke your inner shield.

Memorial Park, December 2014. (Screenshot from Street View in Google Maps.)
Memorial Park, December 2014. (Screenshot from Street View in Google Maps.)

Couch to 5K
Memorial Park Running Trail
6:30 p.m. Friday, Free
This Friday is January the 6, that means we are six days into 2017 and there's time to avoid resolution guilt if you get up and start running. Your new running group awaits, it's an eight-week group series that meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the the training runs will be a group 5K run to celebrate. No signup fee is needed, just yourself, a pair of running shoes and a quick stretch right before.

Crockett the award-winning Maine Coon will be on display at the Houston Cat Club Show.EXPAND
Crockett the award-winning Maine Coon will be on display at the Houston Cat Club Show.
Photo by Helmi.

Houston Cat Club Show
Humble Civic Center
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, $9
To those outside of the cat show circuit, the Houston Cat Club Show is the "su-purr-bowl"of cat competitions. And for those who live for it, feline agility is back: That includes running, leaping, not stopping to lie down for a nap and cones. It's not just for the pedigreed feline; household pets get to join in as well. They will have their own competition as well for size, grooming and walk. Tell your neighbor, your friend and your cat groomer at Petco where you'll be this Saturday at 10 a.m.



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