Galveston’s 20th annual Christmas tree Recycling Drive will run through Jan. 20. All live evergreen trees, including flocked trees, along with wood stands, will be accepted. All tinsel, lights, decorations and plastic or metal stands must be removed for recycling. UTMB and the city of Galveston will convert the trees to mulch for use throughout the year. Drop-off sites are located at the open-top trash bin at Lindale Park off Marine Street and the Galveston Eco-Center, 702 61st St. (closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1). Call Ken Steblein at 409-747-2959.

Holiday season closures
In celebration of the holidays, UTMB schools, business areas, administrative offices and most clinics will close Dec. 24-26 and New Year’s Day. John Sealy Hospital and the Trauma Center never close. All urgent care clinics will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 and from noon to 8 p.m. on Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. The Pediatric Primary Care clinic at Bay Colony will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 26. All UTMB departments will reopen Jan. 2. Visit or call the UTMB Access Center at 409-772-2222.

New Year’s Baby Shower
The newborn nursery staff is gathering donations for their eighth annual New Year’s Baby Shower. They need new items such as baby clothes, lotion, blankets, rattles, teethers, diapers, wipes, monitors, baby bathtubs, car seats, Boppy pillows and gift cards for stores that carry baby items. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 27. Donation boxes are located in the main lobby of John Sealy Hospital and the newborn nursery. All babies born on New Year’s Day will receive gift baskets. Contact Debbie Barrera at or 409-772-0314 or Jolene LeBlanc at or 409-772-3350.

Holiday blood drive
A holiday blood drive is underway through Jan. 10. Donors can give blood in Galveston from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Room 5.212 of John Sealy Annex. Donations also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in League City at the UTMB Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 4. Visit or call 409-772-4861. 

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.