You don't have to climb the highest mountain in Tibet or embark on a peyote-fueled trip inside a sweat lodge to discover the secret of happiness. It comes from having a servant's heart, so this week we're sharing a few opportunities for volunteering and service to others. We've also got an out-of-this-world kinetic light show at Space Center Houston, a chance to boost your dog's social media feed at The FOMO Factory, and a Third Ward bike ride to the music of Queen B.
Experience an out-of-this-world holiday light show with the most technologically advanced light display in Texas: Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant. Throughout Space Center Houston they've placed the light displays around flown space vehicles and historic rockets, plus there are LED orbs synchronized to holiday music to create a kinetic wonderland. Then board the NASA Tram Tour to stargaze at an indoor meteor shower, walk through an illuminated tunnel with more than 250,000 synchronized lights, and view a 3-D projection of Commander Quest's adventure aboard the International Space Station. The original film that shows real astronauts celebrating holidays, Holidays in Space, screens every half hour from 6:15 to 9:45 p.m., then be sure to snap a stellar selfie at the Earth photo station in Independence Plaza.
Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant continues through January 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. daily (closed December 24-25) at Space Center Houston, 1601 Nasa Parkway. For information, call 281-244-2100 or visit spacecenter.org/galaxy-lights. $15.95 to $19.95.
The Beyoncé Daytime Bike Ride is scheduled for December 21 as 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Beyoncé Night Light Bike Ride is scheduled for December 21 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Beyoncé Sunday Night Light Bike Ride is scheduled for December 22 at 6 p.m. Sunday at 2301 Elgin by the yellow container. For information, text Alan at 281-942-4850 or visit letsdothishouston.com/product-category/bike-tour. $12.99 to $27.60.
The FOMO Factory is scheduled through February 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays) and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays at The Galleria, third floor, 5085 Westheimer. For information, call 713-338-9833 or visit thefomofactory.com. $23 to $125
If you think the Thanksgiving Super Feast was monumental, City Wide Club is doing it again and getting ready to serve thousands on the day before Christmas. Not only will everybody receive a hot meal at the 41st Annual Christmas Eve Super Feast, they'll also be eligible for clothing, household items, shoes, blankets, haircuts, toys, coats, jackets, flu shots and medical examinations. There are several shifts available for prepping in the kitchen or serving, though there are other ways to help with this massive undertaking: Organizers need nonperishable foods, plus toys and household items, so see if your office can host a food or toy drive.
The 41st Annual Christmas Eve Super Feast is scheduled for December 24. Kitchen volunteers are needed for prep day on December 23 from 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. Monday. Volunteers during the Super Feast are needed on December 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 12:30 to 4 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, call 713-752-2582 or visit citywideclub.com/volunteer-registration. Free.
Christmas at the Jails VII is scheduled for December 24 from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Harris County Jails at 1200 Baker and 701 San Jacinto. For information, call Michael at 281-714-8278 or visit hpjc.org/event/christmas-at-the-jails-vii. Check the Facebook page for last minute updates or make your donation at hpjc.org/donate. Free.
houstonfoodbank.org/ways-to-give/give-time for more information.