Free for All: Art Without a Price Tag: Films by George Méliès, Earth Day Houston and Easter

Come Friday night, we'll be looking up at the stars -- not the ones in the skies, mind you. The ones on screen at Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert: Films by George Méliès. Live music by Loreta Kovacic accompanies several short films by renowned French filmmaker George Méliès, the most famous of which are the 1902 A Trip to the Moon and 1904 The Impossible Voyage. Méliès was an illusionist before he became a filmmaker, which accounts for much of his magical style. He's the subject of the current hit Hugo (Ben Kingsley plays Méliès). Sneak a peek at A Trip to the Moon here.

See Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert: Films by George Méliès on at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit www. discoverygreen.com or call 713- 400-7336.

On Saturday, we'll be painting the town a lovely shade of green at the fourth annual Waste Management Earth Day Houston, Presented by Air Alliance Houston. The daylong family festival has loads of attractions and activities, each of them focused on all things green. The H-E-B Kids Energy Zone and Stage will get a visit from Smokey Bear ("Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!") and Woodsy Owl ("Lend a hand -- care for the land!"). Other festival attractions include the Urban Harvest Farmers Market, the Healthy Living Zone and the Green Mountain Energy Green Expo.

Go green at the annual Waste Management Earth Day Houston, Presented by Air Alliance Houston from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit www.earthdayhouston.org or call 713-528-3779.

Also on Saturday, we'll be at the Welcome Home Parade Honoring Returning Iraq Veterans, joining Mayor Annise Parker and hundreds of other Houstonians to show our respect and gratitude to the military men and women who have served this nation. Mayor Parker says the event is "an opportunity to support the men and women who have sacrificed their lives and time away from loved ones...We owe them a debt of gratitude and recognition that their service is appreciated." The parade, part of the Astros 2012 opening weekend festivities, winds its way through downtown to Minute Maid Park. There the troops will march into the ballpark for an on-field ceremony. During the festivities, Chase and Operation Homefront will present one lucky veteran with a mortgage-free home.

The parade starts at Texas and San Jacinto at 4 p.m. For route information, visit www.astros.com/troops or call 832-393-0868.

Sunday is Easter and besides loads of church services (all free) and Easter brunch specials (all of them scrumptious, but not free), there'll also be a couple of great Easter Egg Hunts (both with zero admission fees). The gardens mentioned in Easter in the Gardens are Moody Gardens. There are games and activities for kids, along with the chance to win some great prizes, with two hunts in the Oleander Bowl scheduled. Kids have to be 12 years old or younger to participate. There's also St. Luke's Annual Easter at the Park. Things start off with a service by the Reverend Justin Coleman, featuring a mix of contemporary Christian music and hip hop by Faith Ayers and the Encounter Band. The celebration continues with children's activities, including that all-important Easter egg hunt.

Easter in the Gardens runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with hunts scheduled for noon and 2 p.m., at Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston. For information, visit www.moodygardens.com or call 800-582-4673. St. Luke's Annual Easter at the Park is set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit www.discoverygreen.com or call 713-400-7336.

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