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CLASSES & EVENTS

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Texas Outdoor Family at Stephen F. Austin State Park
The Texas Outdoor Family program is designed to teach you and your family the basic outdoor skills you need to enjoy a great overnight camping experience. Have you wanted to take your family on a camping trip, but you didn't feel you knew everything you might need to know to have a successful camping experience? Texas Outdoor Family workshops are hosted at state parks where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills. Best of all, no experience is necessary and you get all the help and advice you need from highly skilled outdoor specialists and trained volunteers! This very special Mountain Biking workshop will introduce you and your family to the world of cycling in Texas State Parks. Rangers will cover the basics of bike maintenance, cycling safety, and how to leave no trace. Then you can hit the trails on one of the provided mountain bikes.

HOUSTON
GHORBA Big Ring Challenge
The Big Ring Challenge is a weekend mountain bike festival highlighted by a USA Cycling Mountain Bike Race on Sunday, March 24. Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA) will host the 2013 Big Ring Challenge at the Double Lake Recreational Area within the Sam Houston National Forest. The course at Double Lake is very beginner-friendly, but also a favorite challenge for expert-level racers for the speed and flow. The Kid's Kup event, open to children 12 and under, will take place on Saturday, March 23. Children are taught bike safety and then participate in a ride. The activities are capped off by a fun and non-competitive race divided into appropriate age groups. Additionally, the popular "Fun Olympics" will offer an opportunity to compete in events such as the Ghost Ride, Bunny Hop Race, and the grand finale, the Huffy-Toss.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. The event is 20 days long. It is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run (a 10k and 5k walk and run) and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! International Date: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 Wine Competition, shopping, sales and livestock Price: See website for details. auctions. To register, call 512-389-8903 and ask to speak to Register/Info: ghorba.org/events/races/3361 a "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service Date: Monday, February 25–Sunday, March 17 representative Monday through Friday, Price: See website for details. 9:00am–6:00pm They can answer any questions Register/Info: www.hlsr.com you might have and also can provide the contact number for partner site workshops.

NatureFest 2013

Date: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 Enjoy a fun, educational day as noted speakers Price: $65 per family (6 individuals) discuss birds, butterflies, native plants, reptiles, Register/Info: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/ and more. Take a guided nature walk and pontoon texas-outdoor-family-workshops Trash Bash boat tour, see and touch live animals, and learn Once a year thousands of volunteers gather along more about other nature-related topics by visiting Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up educational booths. the environment and participate in the largest statewide event to educate the public about the Date: Saturday, March 2, 9:00am–3:30pm importance of our water resources. Trash Bash Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free occurs rain or shine (unless there are severe Register/Info: www.hcp4.net/jones weather conditions), is a half day event and ends with a provided lunch. Registration is usually done Buffalo Bayou Regatta at the cleanup site the day of the event. Be involved in Texas' largest canoe and kayak race: The Buffalo Bayou Regatta. This event supports the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, a nonprofit organization committed to the revitalization and transformation of Buffalo Bayou. Paddle competitively or for pleasure, or cheer on the participants from the bayou’s banks. The 15-mile USCA-sanctioned race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou will finish at Sesquicentennial Park, with live zydeco music, rock climbing wall, outdoor recreational vendors, awards ceremony, and food and drinks. Trophies will be awarded to the top three place winners in the Corporate Cup, Recreational Canoe, Recreational Kayak, and Unlimited Divisions. A grand prize will be given to the Styrofoam Cup winner, the boat that collects the most trash! Date: Saturday, March 23, 9:00am–3:30pm Price: Entry fee per person is $40 or $45 after March 1; Day-of registration is $60 per person; $25 per person with student or military ID. Register/Info: www.buffalobayou.org Date: Saturday, March 23, 8:00am–12:00pm Location: Collins Park and Terry Hershey Park Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free Register/Info: www.trashbash.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

IN-STORE EVENTS
Used Gear Sale
The Members Only Used Gear Sale is one of the many benefits REI members are able to enjoy. If you are on the hunt for a great deal or just curious about our Used Gear Sale, stop on by. Dates: Saturday, March 23 (Galleria) 9:00am Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: $20 for lifetime REI membership Register/Info: rei.com/houston

REI CLASSES & EVENTS
IN-STORE CLASSES AND PRESENTATIONS
Advanced Bike Maintenance
Bring in your bike for a three-hour "pit stop", during which you will advance your understanding of how your bike works while you and our Certified Bike Tech put it on the rack and perform a basic tune-up; tightening, lubricating, and adjusting as needed. This is a great class for someone who wants to perform basic repairs while leaving more complicated work to a bike mechanic. This class does not include brake bleeding. Date: Monday, March 4 (Willowbrook) 6:00–9:00pm Price: Members: $60 / Nonmembers: $80 Register/Info: rei.com/willowbrook

Want to learn how to fix a flat tire on your bike? Learn from the REI Experts! Take a look at our classes at REI.com/stores.

MS150: The Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Needed
Ever been in the middle of an adventure and only then realized there were several things you didn't know you needed during the journey? Ever wish that someone who had been down that exact road let you in on the secrets before you started on your own? If you answered "Yes" to either, or both, of these questions, then you will love REI's upcoming clinic "10 Things You Didn't Know You Needed For The MS150." Multiple-time finisher Phillip Sanov will share his past trials and tribulations during the event, as each year he adds to his list of things he wish he had with him. Come join us for a night of fun and sharing as Phillip pokes fun at himself and invites you to do the same. At the same time, we think you really will get great information to help you ride strong both days and finish with a smile on your face.

Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s Waterway

Bike Maintenance Basics

Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. This class is an informative presentation that will Avon Walk Houston Orientation teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time and make other minor adjustments to Meeting your bicycle. No experience necessary. Whether you are thinking about participating or Participants do not need to bring their bikes for you've already registered for the Avon Walk for this class. Breast Cancer, your journey to the walk weekend should start with an Orientation Meeting. At the Dates: Tuesday, March 5 (Willowbrook) 7:00pm; meeting, you will learn everything you need to get Thursday, March 7 (Galleria) 7:00pm started right away, and you'll receive a special Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free registration fee of $45 when you register on-site! Register/Info: rei.com/willowbrook; This special registration fee is only available at rei.com/houston Orientation Meetings, so please join, walk and make incredible memories.

Buffalo Bayou is Houston's local waterway which offers paddling through scenic woodlands and the historic downtown district. This program will highlight the access points to the bayou and describe several of the historic sites along the bayou. Louis F. Aulbach is the author of five best selling river guides to the rivers of West Texas, including three guides to the Rio Grande, a guide to the Pecos River and a guide to the Devils River. His first river guide, called the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande, was first published in 1987 and is now in its fourth edition. His most recent publication, entitled Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings, is a guide to Buffalo Bayou in Houston and delves extensively into the local history along the city's most famous stream. Aulbach, a native Houstonian, is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, Rice Dates: Thursday, March 7 (Willowbrook) 7:00pm; University and the University of Chicago. He Thursday, March 28 (Galleria) 7:00pm; recently retired after over seventeen years as the Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free Records Management Officer for the City of Register/Info: rei.com/willowbrook; Houston. He served on the Harris County rei.com/houston Historical Commission in the 2009-2010 term. Dates: Monday, March 18 (Galleria) 7:00pm; Tuesday, March 19 (Willowbrook) 7:00pm Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free Register/Info: rei.com/houston; rei.com/willowbrook

Traveling at the Speed of Life by David Hale Sylvester
David Sylvester's friend, Kevin Bowser, was one of the many lives taken on September 11, 2001 and to try and make sense of that senseless day, he bicycled the deserts, mountains, highways and dirt roads of North America, Africa and Asia. Please join him to hear how he has evolved from being just a guy with a dead friend a decade ago into a cross-continental bicyclist/filmmaker that's adopted a life mission to hug, high-five and inspire as many people around the planet as he can.

Advanced Bike Mechanics

Dates: Tuesday, March 12 (Willowbrook) 6:00pm Bring in your bike and learn the essential Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free mechanics of a finely tuned bicycle as you take a Register/Info: rei.com/willowbrook six-hour step-by-step guided tour with our Certified Bike Tech through a full performance tune-up. Bayou City Outdoors and REI *Prepay is mandatory. Class space is limited. Dates: Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7 (W illowbrook) 6:00 –9:00pm; Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 (Galleria) 6:00–9:00pm Price: Members: $140 / Nonmembers: $160 Register/Info: rei.com/willowbrook; rei.com/houston

present Kayaking 101

Dates: Wednesday, March 20 (Galleria) 7:00pm; Thursday, March 21 (Willowbrook) 7:00pm Ever wanted to explore the many rivers, lakes, and Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free coastal areas that Texas has to offer? There is no Register/Info: rei.com/houston; better way than in a kayak. Interested in taking a rei.com/willowbrook week-long camping kayak trip along a beautiful coast? Want to learn about the rivers and lakes to explore just minutes from Downtown Houston? Find out what’s going on in your Ever wanted to try running a whitewater river? area. What about the high energy Kayak Polo? Join us for Kayaking 101 and learn everything you need to Visit us on Facebook and Twitter and connect with know about this fantastic way to get outside! We REI Houston stores and other folks who love the will review the basics of kayaking, great places to outdoors as much as you do! kayak, and all the equipment you need including in -store demonstrations of kayaks and kayaking Date: ongoing Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free gear. Register/Info: facebook.com/reihouston and Dates: Tuesday, March 12 (Galleria) 7:00pm @REIhouston Price: Members: Free / Nonmembers: Free Register/Info: rei.com/houston

MARCH 2013 CALENDAR
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Advanced Bike Maintenance – Willowbrook 6:00pm $

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Bike Maintenance Basics – Willowbrook 7:00pm

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Advanced Bike Mechanics (Day 1) – Willowbrook 6:00–9:00pm $

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Advanced Bike Mechanics (Day 2) – Willowbrook 6:00–9:00pm $ Bike Maintenance Basics – Galleria 7:00pm MS150: The Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Needed – Willowbrook 7:00pm

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Avon Walk Houston Orientation Meeting – Willowbrook 6:00pm BCO and REI present Kayaking 101 – Galleria 7:00pm

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Advanced Bike Mechanics (Day 1) – Galleria 6:00–9:00pm $

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Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s Waterway – Galleria 7:00pm

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Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s Waterway – Willowbrook 7:00pm

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Traveling at the Speed of Life by David Hale Sylvester – Galleria 7:00pm

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Traveling at the Speed of Life by David Hale Sylvester – Willowbrook 7:00pm

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Used Gear Sale – Galleria 9:00am

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MS150: The Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Needed – Galleria 7:00pm

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COMMUNITY EVENT
Texas Outdoor Family at Huntsville State Park (Special Two Night Event)
The Texas Outdoor Family program is designed to teach you and your family the basic outdoor skills you need to enjoy a great overnight camping experience. Have you wanted to take your family on a camping trip, but you didn't feel you knew everything you might need to know to have a successful camping experience? Texas Outdoor Family workshops are hosted at state parks where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills. Best of all, no experience is necessary and you get all the help and advice you need from highly skilled outdoor specialists and trained volunteers! This special 2-night event will include kayaking, fishing, hiking the Piney woods, geocaching, visiting the nature center/seeing the alligator program, and Dutch oven cooking.

IN-STORE CLASS
Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI
REI and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School offer a comprehensive two-day course that will teach you the wilderness medicine skills you need to recreate with confidence in the backcountry. From the Patient Assessment System through traumatic, medical, and environmental emergencies, you'll experience a wide variety of topics designed to prepare you to act if an accident occurs. This is a 16-hour course over two days. You will have both classroom time and hands-on practice scenarios. No prerequisites required. Successful completion results in a Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Wilderness First Aid certification. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications if you hold a current or grace year WMI certification. Participants using the WFA to recertify their WFR need to pass both a written and a practical test.

TRAVEL WITH REI
Did you know that REI offers active travel all over the world? See all 140+ trips at REI.com/adventures.

Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking
Paddling the lakes of Yellowstone is one of the most intimate and extraordinary ways to experience the treasures of America's first national park. Famous for its abundance of wildlife, Yellowstone National Park also serves as home to half of the world's geothermal features, as well as numerous magnificent lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America, is the centerpiece of this remarkably diverse ecosystem with breathtaking shorelines and underwater geysers, hot springs, and deep canyons. Equally impressive, Lewis & Shoshone Lakes provide a quiet and intimate backcountry kayaking experience like no other, while still providing an opportunity to explore the Shoshone Geyser Basin, one of the most remote and spectacular geyser basins in Yellowstone. Break away from the crowds to explore these secluded and majestic corners of Yellowstone National Park! Trip length: 4 days Dates: Jun 20–23; Jul 11–14; Jul 25–28 Price: Members $725 / Nonmembers $795 Find out more at REI.com/adventures.

To register, call 512-389-8903 and ask to speak to a "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representative Monday through Friday, 9:00am–6:00pm They can answer any Date: Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 questions you might have and also can provide (Willowbrook) 9:00am–6:00pm Price: Members: $220 / Nonmembers: $250 the contact number for partner site workshops. Register/Info: rei.com/willowbrook Date: Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 Price: $85 per family (6 individuals) Register/Info: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/ texas-outdoor-family-workshops

REI Houston Willowbrook
17717A Tomball Parkway Houston, TX 77064 832-237-8833 rei.com/willowbrook

REI Houston Galleria
7538 Westheimer Houston, TX 77063 713-353-2582 rei.com/houston

BIKE SHOP SERVICES
Bike not shifting as well as it should? Bring it to REI! Our trained Bike Technicians will get your equipment ready for your next outdoor adventure. Call your local REI store for pricing.