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Editor's note: This is the first installment of a new bi-weekly column called Garden Guru, in which local gardener Amy Williams writes about gardening topics and answers gardening-related questions from community members.

Local nonprofit Trees For Houston is giving away 1,000 free trees on Saturday morning at 2001 W. 34th St. in Oak Forest, where it is constructing a new headquarters. The event will be held in a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Grocery customers had a brief scare last week at the Heights H-E-B after someone was purportedly spotted with a gun in the store’s parking garage, according to a report from Houston television station ABC13.

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The Near Northwest Management District (NNMD), which promotes public safety and economic growth in the northwest part of the area, is helping to collect donated toys for the annual toy drive held by the office of Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen.

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Brianna Rodriguez, a 16-year-old Heights High School student, was reportedly among the eight people who died Friday night at the Astroworld Festival headlined by Houston rapper Travis Scott at NRG Park. The Houston ISD school is making grief counselors available to students and staff.

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The Descendants of Olivewood received a $50,000 grant earlier this year from the National Trust for Historic Places, which awarded the money so a drainage study could be conducted at Olivewood Cemetery. The historic African-American burial ground in the Heights area has been damaged by flooding and erosion.

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Houston police say a man and baby are expected to survive following what they described as a road rage incident that began near Interstate 45 and the 610 Loop and ended in the Heights on Halloween night.

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Though many area children are putting the finishing touches on their Halloween costume or parents are trying to find that last-minute perfect outfit, one Oak Forest resident is preparing for the holiday much the same way she has for several decades.

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Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a Halloween-themed dog adoption event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Best Friends Lifesaving Center, 901 Pinemont Dr.

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Living A Meaningful Purpose (L.A.M.P.), a local nonprofit, is hosting a Halloween shopping event called "Lamp-O-Ween" from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Posh Virtue Lounge, 5135 Ella Blvd.

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