Need something to do today, but on a tight budget? Check out this round-up of free or low-cost upcoming and ongoing events in the Corpus Christi area. Some businesses may continue to limit seating and require masks as a precaution, check directly with organizations for more information.
Distinguished Lecture Series at Science and History Museum
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History presents the Distinguished Lecture Series from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 1900 N. Chaparral St. Guest speakers will be Steve Emerson and Bill Maxwell on “The Great Texas Freeze of 2021.” Doors open at 6:30, lecture at 7 p.m., Q&A session at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Cost: Free admission, donations welcome. Information: https://www.ccmuseum.com/events/.
Dat Nguyen speaking at Aransas County History Center
The Aransas County History Center explores 40 Years of Vietnamese Culture beginning with speaker Dat Nguyen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at 801 E. Cedar St., Rockport. The retired Cowboys linebacker who grew up in Rockport-Fulton is also the author of “Dat: Tackling Life and the NFL.” View watercolors by Hiep Nguyen on display including his signature painting “A Simple Life on the Huong River,” and then catch the debut of the book “Growing up with the Boat People: The Vietnamese on the Gulf Coast of Texas” about the escape and resettlement of cousins who arrive on the coastal bend from Vietnam in the 1970s. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Mondays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: Free. Information: 361-727-9214 or https://www.thehistorycenterforaransascounty.org/.
Portland’s HealthFest and half marathon
The Portland Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual HealthFest and inaugural Dawson’s Portland Half Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy Webb Drive, Portland. The half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. with options for a 5K, 10K and half marathon. Healthfest will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and promotes healthy exercise, meal options and lifestyles. Cost: $65 race registration (day of), Free for health fair. Information: https://business.portlandtx.org/events.
Winter Lecture Series at botanical gardens
The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center presents the 2022 Winter Lecture Series Jan. 19 through Feb. 23 at 8545 S. Staples St. and via Zoom. Join a new guest speaker each week from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Up to 30 may attend in-person, wearing masks, regardless of vaccination status or can attend the Zoom class (call 361-852-2100 to reserve your spot). The Jan. 19 speaker is Nueces County Master Gardener Beth Spirko with the program “Balcony and Patio Gardens.” The Jan. 26 speaker is Texas AgriLife County Extension Agent Kevin Gibbs with the program “Trees for South Texas.” Cost: Free for members; $5 nonmember. Information: 361-852-2100 or http://www.stxbot.org/.
Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront
Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation presents Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront from 7-11 a.m. every Saturday (weather permitting) at The Water’s Edge park, 602 S. Shoreline Blvd. Join these free fitness activities including a 5k/10k, HIIT camp, yoga and Zumba. Classes are for ages 8 and older and COVID-19 precautions are in place. Register at https://linktr.ee/safefunfit.cctx. Cost: Free. Information: http://www.cctexas.com/safefunfit or https://www.facebook.com/SafeFunFit.CCTX/.
Collier Pool, Natatorium open for lap and general swim
Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department's Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive and Corpus Christi Natatorium, 3202 Cabaniss Pkwy., are open for lap and general swim for the spring 2022 season. Collier general swim hours are 4:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lap swim hours are 5–7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Natatorium general swim hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lap swim hours are 5-6:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.cctexas.com/swim-programs-pools.
The Best of Murphy Givens on KEDT-FM
KEDT presents “The Best of Murphy Givens” at 7:45 a.m. and 5:44 p.m. Fridays on KEDT-FM 90.3 in Corpus Christi and KVRT-FM 90.7 in Victoria. KEDT will air repeats of favorites of Murphy Givens’ local history radio columns every Friday during NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR’s All Things Considered. Segments will also be available online at https://www.kedt.org/. Information: https://www.kedt.org/murphy-givens.
Southside Farmers’ Market
The Southside Farmers’ Market is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at The Market on Everhart shopping center, 5800 Everhart Road. Rain or shine, come shop local produce, honey, eggs, jams and jellies, pickles and preserves, herbs and spices, snacks, baked goods, body products plus arts, jewelry, crafts and more. COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing are in place and masks and gloves are encouraged. Information: 361-774-4129 or https://www.facebook.com/CCFarmersMarket/.
Downtown Farmers Market at Art Center
The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers Market is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays in the courtyard of the Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline Blvd. Vendors will offer fresh produce, locally raised meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles, fresh-cut flowers, artisan goods and more. COVID-19 precautions will be in place and social distancing and masks are encouraged. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/GrowLocalFarmersMarket/.
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This article originally appeared on Corpus Christi Caller Times: Free Things to Do in Corpus Christi: January 2022