Tour of Homes

Art Center

 April 11th and 12th

10am to 4 pm each day

 The annual Tour of Homes features the best in Texas Coastal Living, providing a self-guided tour through unique & memorable Rockport dwellings.

  Tickets $20.00 each or two for $35.00

Contact info 361-729-5519 http://www.rockportartcenter.com/tour-of-homes/

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 The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor

 (Aquarium Education Center)

April 1, 7 pm "Diving in the Antarctic" - Dr. Terry Palmer

April 10, 7pm - Free movie and popcorn night "Happy Feet"

April 15, 7pm "Jellies" - Randy Slayton

April 15 The Audubon Texas Coastal Conservation Program is holding a free seminar on Colonial Waterbird Monitoring on Wednesday  Their schedule is as follows: 9am-11am Rookery Island Monitoring and 12pm-2pm Foraging Monitoring. The seminar does have limited seating.  Registration is available at the following link: http://www.AudubonTern.Blogspot.com

Marine life Documentaries:1:30 and 2:15pm, Thursday - Monday. (New movies start on Thursday)

Hours of operation are Thurs.-Mon;1pm-4pm. Admission is free to above events. FMI 361-727-0016 or www.rockportaquarium.com 

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South Texas Belt Sander Racing

April 4, 2-4 pm -  Last one of the Season! Watch or Compete in the two types of Belt Sander competitions "Stock" and "Modified" on a 75' long, 24" wide track and a world-class timing system.  They invite anyone in the world to challenge them. 3720 Hwy35 S, Fulton. FMI: 361-729-0720 or www.legendssaloontx.com

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Fulton Mansion

April 4 - 6pm, FREE Easter egg hunt.  The Fulton Mansion will have a designated area for small children to hunt.  **People should arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes early to park and line up.

FMI and other activities please call 729-0386 x21 or www.visitfultonmansion.com 

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History Center of Aransas County

April - until May16, - Exhibit -"Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence: Tour the exhibit to view 1836-45 Era Artifacts, lineage of local delegates to the Texas Convention and the story of early Texas.

April 4, 10am. Meet at the Gazebo for Plant Exchange (weather permitting)

April 11, 10am "Tracing your Family Descendants" -Sally Reynolds

History Center is located at 801 E. Cedar. Hours of operation:  Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm. Free Admission. FMI: 361-727-9214 or www.aransashistorycenter.org 

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Ask about: History Tours by Golf Cart

Take a tour of Rockport-Fulton by golf cart. See architecture from 1800's to present. Hear stories of how the area was developed FMI 877-892-4737

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Goose Island State Park

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Wednesdays) 8am Shorebird Walk - Meet at the Pier.

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Thursdays) 8am Songbird Walk - in the wooded camping loop. Meet in the parking lot by campsite 157

April 3, 10, 17, 24 (Fridays) 8am Songbird walk - in the wooded camping loop. Meet in the parking lot by campsite 157

April 4, 11, 18, 25 (Saturdays) 8am Songbird Walk - in the wooded camping loop. Meet in the parking lot by campsite 157

April 11, 8pm - "Star Party" Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars with red filters (May use red saran wrap for this).

For more information on bird walks and other park programs 361-729-2858 or visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island/park_events

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Rialto Theater

April 4 5-7pm - Downtown Art Walk Admission. Visit the Rialto Theater and other art spots around downtown Aransas Pass. Meet the artists, enjoy receptions & specials throughout downtown. Free

April 4, 7:30pm - 10pm - Blues & BBQ. Dance the night away to old-style blues music by The Hot Attacks. Beer/Wine/BBQ available. Cover: $5

April 17, 7:30pm - Jazz Concert Series #3: Dennis Dotson Quartet: The "Godfather" of Houston Jazz, the fire and ice of Dennis Dotson & friends return to the stage for an evening of cool jazz. $15

April 26, 5-7pm -"Farm to Table to Stage, Dinner & a Concert: Adler & Hearne in Concert" Admission $15

Rialto Rhythms (Every Tuesday) 6:30 - 9pm -Open mic night for musicians. Every week, talented musicians gather in a circle of song. This is not karaoke but singer/songwriters, and musicians of all shapes & sizes sharing their gifts. Admission Free.

FMI - 361-758-0383 or [email protected]   www.rialtotheater.org 

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County

April 4, 9am - 12:30 pm "Dig-It: The Basics of Gardening" -A class on basic gardening with Justin Butts, Ginger Easton Smith,  and local Master Gardeners. $15

 April 11, 9am - 12:30 pm  "Dig-It: Hands On Basic Propagation" A class on the basics of propagating plants with Linda Frank, Vicki Coble, and Sandy Stanley.  $15 ($25 to register for both Dig-It sessions)

April 18, 12:30 pm - 3pm"Fermentation & Pickling Basics"  Class covers definition of fermented food, equpiment & safety, vinegars, drinks, sourdough, veggies & condiments. Cost $25 To Register, contact:  Coastal Bend Health Foods, 361-729-4443,or 

coastalbendhealthfoods.com 

April 21, 12pm 1pm "Who Is Doing What in my Garden?"Brownbag presentation on bees and other native pollinators taught by Paul Meredith. free

April 24, 6:30 - 8pm "Dinner Tonight: Pasta & Vegetables"  A hands-on cooking class with Judy Sanders. $5

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX

South Texas Belt Sander Racing

April 4 & 18,  2-4 pm - Watch or Compete in the two types of Belt Sander competitions "Stock" and "Modified" on a 75' long, 24" wide track and a world-class timing system.  They invite anyone in the world to challenge them. 3720 Hwy35 S, Fulton. FMI: 361-729-0720 or www.legendssaloontx.com 

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Texas Maritime Museum

April 9, 7pm - Movie Night - FREE Seafaring Saga Movie Nights continue with Destination Tokyo (1943) starring Carey Grant.

Texas Maritime Museum is open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm.

For membership, information, and other activities: 361-729-1271 or www.texasmaritimemuseum.org 

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Rockport Market Days

April 18, 9 am- 4 pm 

Navigation Festival Grounds in Rockport

For more information, please call 361-557-7575 or go to www.rockportmarketdays.com 

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Festival of Flowers In Art

April 25, 10-3 pm - Allegro House, 29 Mazatlan Drive, Key Allegro. 

No entrance fee. Entries representing flowers are welcome in all media. Categories include: paintings, three-dimensional, and photographs. There is a new category: student entries. Submission fee: $25 for one, $40 for two. There is no submission fee for students. Judging of paintings will get underway at 3 pm. Judge is Carol Koutnik, 

People's Choice vote, prize will be awarded at 3:15 Judged prizes will be awarded at 3:30 by Patricia Krueger. FMI [email protected]

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Rockport Center for the Arts

Through May - Free Family Days at the Center

April 11-12 -Tour of Homes (See featured event above)

 For more info and activities 361-729-5519 or www.rockportartcenter.com

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Fulton Schoolhouse Museum

Free Tours

Open Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm (or by appointment)

Original 1 room schoolhouse set up with original artifacts. 205 N 7th Street

Fulton, Texas. FMI http://www.fultontexas.org/#!museum/cjzh  or group tours contact 361-729-5533 

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Paws and Taws Fulton Convention Center

Paws and Taws regular events:

Every Mon-Wed morning - Line dancing 9am-Noon

Every Wed. evening - Square dancing 6:30-9:30pm

For More Information contact Harriet Layne 361-729-2388

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Rockport Beach

Open 6am - 11pm Sun-Thurs. 6am - 12am Fri -Sat.

April 18 -Adopt a Beach

Texas' first Blue wave beach. Pavilions for meetings and gatherings, Swimming Boating, Fishing, Kayaking and other watersports. Playground, picnic area, walking track and birding area. Indoor showers and restrooms: FMI 361729-6661 or www.rockportbeach-texas.com 

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Bay Education Center

Science on a sphere Programs:

Tues, Thur. and Sat. - 2pm. Presentations in April are on Astronomy.

All activities are free of charge. Regular Hours: Tues -Sat 1pm - 4pm. FMI call 361-749-3161 or visit www.missionaransas.org

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Community Pool and Skate Park

Open Year Round Tues - Sat 10am -5pm. The park houses an 8 Lane, heated, 25 yard pool and diving area, a whale shaped zero depth entry children's pool with slides and sprays, a bathhouse and a 6000 sq. ft. modular skate park. It also has a playground, picnic area, and a ¼ mile nature trail. For activities and information: 361-727-9989

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Whooping Crane Tours

Whooping Crane tours are available by land or boat. See the magnificent Whooping Crane that winters in this area. Information on Whoopers and other birding adventures can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce 1-800-242-0071

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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Shuttle Tours - Meet at the refuge Visitor Center.

The two hour guided tours will offer visitors an opportunity to view San Antonio Bay and other points of interest along the main Refuge road. Visitors will experience the Refuge from the comfort of a shuttle bus and on short walks. Knowledgeable guides will share the story of the ever-changing landscape that makes the Refuge a vital place for the endangered Whooping Cranes as well as other birds and wildlife.

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in April

Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Friday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

*Reservations must be made in person at the Visitor Center on the day of the tour.  Space is limited. Cost:  Refuge entrance fee ($3/individual or $5/vehicle; America the Beautiful, Duck Stamp, and Aransas Annual Pass - free entrance).

The refuge is open 7 days per week, from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Voted the #5 birding spot and # 5 National Wildlife Refuge in the USA for USA TODAY Readers Choice. Visitor Center is open Thurs - Sun, 9am - 4pm. FMI visit www.fws.gov/refuge/aransas