Astros CAREavan begins Feb. 1. Full schedule posted here.

The Astros CAREavan will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and will cover central and south Texas, Oklahoma City and the Houston area. In addition to a number of private stops, the Astros players and staff will participate in free autograph signings in each city at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The team will make two-day trips to Austin (Feb. 1-2), Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen (Feb. 1-2) and San Antonio (Feb. 2-3), travel to Corpus Christi and Victoria (Feb. 3), and head to Oklahoma City (Feb. 6). The team’s annual winter trek will also visit five different communities in the Houston area (Feb. 6-10). More than 30 Astros players, alumni, coaches and front office staff will take part in the 2012 CAREavan. A summary of the team’s activities and the players participating are listed below and a list of stops open to the public is posted at www.astros.com/careavan. *Players may be added and are subject to change.

The 2012 CAREavan is part of a two-week winter baseball festival that includes the annual Baseball Dinner and the Astros In Action Foundation’s FanFest. On Friday, February 10, the Astros In Action Foundation and Minute Maid will host the 27th Annual Baseball Dinner benefiting the Grand Slam For Youth Baseball scholarship program. This year’s dinner will highlight 50 years of Houston baseball. Past Astros MVPs will be honored and the evening will feature awards given to current Astros and other area baseball standouts.

FanFest will be Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Minute Maid Park. The one-day fundraising event will feature autograph sessions, a garage sale of Astros merchandise, mystery grab bags and new experiences including the opportunity to run the bases. Fans will be able to meet the new ownership group and hear from Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow at Talkin’ Baseball sessions. Proceeds from FanFest benefit the Astros Urban Youth Academy. Information about CAREavan, the Baseball Dinner and FanFest is available at www.astros.com/community.

The full CAREavan schedule is as follows:

Outer Markets – FEBRUARY 1-3 AND FEBRUARY 6

Wednesday, February 1 – Austin, TX

Jordan Lyles, J.B. Shuck, Kyle Weiland, Doug Brocail, Dave Raymond

Cedar Park Middle School

  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

RBI Austin Baseball and Softball Clinic

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open only to pre-registered youth players and all media

Ronald McDonald House

  • 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Open to all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

Wednesday, February 1 – Brownsville, TX

Jose Altuve, Jimmy Paredes, Fernando Rodriguez, Alex Trevino

Chick-fil-A

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch service for fans
  • Open to fans and all media

Lucio Middle School

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

Welcome to Brownsville Reception

  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Open to all media

CAREavan Baseball and Softball Clinic

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Open only to pre-registered youth players and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

Thursday, February 2 – Austin, TX

Jordan Lyles, J.B. Shuck, Kyle Weiland, Doug Brocail, Dave Raymond

Dell Diamond Children’s Hospital

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Open to all media

River Oaks Elementary

  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

Thursday, February 2 – Harlingen, TX and McAllen, TX

Jose Altuve, Jimmy Paredes, Fernando Rodriguez, Alex Trevino

Memorial Middle School

  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

Welcome to McAllen Reception

  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Open to all media

CAREavan Baseball and Softball Clinic

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open only to pre-registered youth players and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

Thursday, February 2 – San Antonio

Jarred Cosart, J.A. Happ, Humberto Quintero, Angel Sanchez, Larry Dierker, Brett Dolan

RBI San Antonio Baseball and Softball Clinic

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open only to pre-registered youth players and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

Friday, February 3 – San Antonio

Jarred Cosart, J.A. Happ, Humberto Quintero, Angel Sanchez, Larry Dierker, Brett Dolan

Chick-fil-A

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch service for fans
  • Open to fans and all media

Adams Elementary School

  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

RBI San Antonio Baseball and Softball Clinic

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open only to pre-registered youth players and all media

Friday, February 3 – Corpus Christi, TX and Victoria, TX

Brian Bogusevic, Chris Johnson, J.B. Shuck, Shane Reynolds, Milo Hamilton

Flour Bluff School

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Astros story time
  • Open to all media

Corpus Christi Hooks Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Open to luncheon ticket holders and all media

CAREavan Baseball Clinic (Victoria)

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open only to pre-registered Victoria NW Little League players and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors (Victoria)

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

Monday, February 6 – Oklahoma City, Okla.

David Carpenter, Milo Hamilton

Oklahoma City RedHawks Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Open to RedHawks guests only and all media

Mercy Health Center

  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Open to all media

Tinker Air Force Base

  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Open to all media

Oklahoma City RedHawks Season Ticket Holder Reception

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Open to RedHawks season ticket holders and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

HOUSTON AREA – FEBRUARY 6-10

Monday, February 6 – Houston

Jason Bourgeois, Bud Norris, Bobby Meacham, Brad Mills, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn, Jim Deshaies

Chick-fil-A

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch service for fans
  • Open to fans and all media

Clemente Martinez Elementary School

  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Real Men Read MENtoring event
  • Open to all media

Carver High School/Astros Urban Youth Academy

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Careers in Baseball panel discussion
  • Open to pre-registered Urban Youth Academy members and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

Tuesday, February 7 – Sugar Land

Chris Johnson, Bud Norris, Brett Wallace, Doug Brocail, Brett Dolan

Colony Meadows Elementary School

  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Open to all media

Ft. Bend Family YMCA

  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open to all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to all fans and media

Wednesday, February 8 – Spring

Brian Bogusevic, Jason Bourgeois, J.D. Martinez, Brad Mills, Jose Cruz, Jim Deshaies

AVANCE Houston/Southwest School

  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

CAREavan Baseball and Softball Clinic at The Edge

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open to pre-registered members of Orwall and South Montgomery youth leagues and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to all fans and media

Thursday, February 9 – Cypress

Jed Lowrie, J.D. Martinez, Brad Mills, Alex Trevino, Jeff Luhnow, Bill Brown

CyFair College Branch Library

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Bilingual Astros story time

Spillane Middle School

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
  • Fielder’s Choice assembly
  • Open to all media

CAREavan Baseball Clinic

  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Open to pre-registered members of the CyFair Sports Association and all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to all fans and media

Friday, February 10 – Katy

Jason Castro, Jed Lowrie, Brett Wallace, Bill Brown

Brookwood Community

  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Astros attend Brookwood Pep Rally, tour the residential community for adults with functional disabilities
  • Open to all media

Methodist Hospital West

  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Open to all media

Academy Sports + Outdoors (Katy)

  • 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Open to fans and all media

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10 Comments

Why don’t the Astros come to Louisiana anymore?

Any chance of a Baytown visit being added? I could arrange it at our location.

I don’t get why they never have a free signing in Corpus Christi…always have to fork over $25 to see the guys, when they do it for free everywhere else. You can’t say it’s because we’re the home of the AA club – because they’re doing both an “affilliate” luncheon AND a free signing in OKC. Over the past few seasons, I’ve become more and more thoughrougly convinced that the Astros could care less about the fans here in Corpus – which is sad because they’re basically fielding the AA team in Houston…

Not coming to the Beaumont area either….typical from this so called big league team. Have you noticed that the 50th Anniversary emblem looks like a tombstone. kind of ironic.

You should come to the Angleton-Lake Jackson area.

Thanks for info. I would love to come to see them.

I haven’t seen addresses yet but I will blog those when I get them. Thanks!

Can you please tell us what Academy store they’ll be visiting in the Austin area? There are about 20 of them. Thanks.

Any chance the chaps will make a visit to Temple or has that venue now been completely surrendered to Nolan Ryan and the vaunted Rangers?

Oklahoma City is only getting Dave Carpenter & Milo? Seriously? We got bottom of the barrel last year and this year it’s even worse. Just forget it…..save the gas money. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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