PAPER TIGER

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Blogs, Hot Button / Lynn Ashby

Welcome, generation Ys, millennials, baby boomers’ babies or maybe acne-Facebookies, whatever you call yourselves as you connect to one another with your iFads. Somehow between tweets, texting, sexting and listening to 45 tunes you pirated from a web site, you have inadvertently picked up this object. It’s called a “newspaper,” because it is indeed paper and it sports news – well sports, too, and weather. We’ll get into them shortly because I know you have the attention span of a fruit fly.

Yes, newspapers are supposedly going the way of a balanced budget and those of your generation who still say “sir” and “m’am.” The printed media are facing hard economic times, along with most American companies. Have you heard of Continental Airlines, Lehman Brothers or Circuit City? Can you spell GM? Why should newspapers not have problems? Actually, papers are simply changing forms as they have since Johann Carolus printed the first newspaper in Strasbourg in 1605. Example of this evolving format: The New York Times now has more readers than ever before (since 1851), and more people read the Times electronically than in print. So don’t write off – so to speak – newspapers, just omit the “paper” part.

Before you begin your first foray into this new form of information, here are a few tips. The front page, or Page 1, contains what the editors believe are the most important stories of that week, day or century. Obviously, you’d like the article on the fuzz busting up your meth lab to run back with cabbage ads. These stories tell you about elections, government, budgets and other important stuff because our local TV news programs certainly don’t.

What to avoid? All stories about lost dogs with the headline: “Dog Gone.” Same with ‘Snakes Alive” and “Group Slates Meeting.” Any headline that ends with a question mark means the paper doesn’t know the answer. Likewise, pass on photographs of one person handing another a huge replica of a check or five old white guys in suits wearing hard hats and pretending to shovel dirt. Also avoid reading any editorial or column voicing an opinion with which you disagree. It upsets the spleen. Besides, it might tell you something you’d rather not know. Ignorance is bliss, and Texas has some of the most blissful people in the world.

Today, many stories enter through the side door. “Charlie Jones thought it was odd that his parents didn’t send him a birthday card.” Later in the story we find out that his parents were hacked to death in their gazebo along with six friends and their bodyguards. I suppose a story could have begun: “Seaman J.J. Barnacle turned to his fellow softball teammate and said, ‘Gee, what are all those planes flying up there on a Sunday morning here at Pearl Harbor?’” Or perhaps: “The moon is 238,857 miles from the Earth, and up until now no human has ever stepped foot on it. But today…” The worst are sportswriters. “When Melvin Melvin was 14, his father took him bowling and…” They wait until the 15th paragraph to tell us who won, by what score and how. This backing into a story is fine in what we call “feature stories” or “soft news” – stories about anniversaries, profiles and stamp collections — but not in hard news stories, including the outcome of sporting events.

Obituaries, or obits, are usually paid ads by the next of kin who can write anything they wish. Grandpa could have “gone to his glory,” “entered his last hotdog eating contest” or “passed into that big Dumpster in the sky.” Rarely will you read: “Gramps looked up to see if the elevator was coming. It was.” Letters to the editor are a reflection of our readers’ comprehension of today’s event, which is close to zero. The current fad is to begin every letter with “Regarding,” then refer to an earlier story which you never read. Avoid letters that begin: “Now let me get this straight.” If the writer can’t figure out what’s happening, why bother the rest of us? Hey, buddy, when you understand what’s going on, drop us a line. Otherwise, we’re busy. Pass on any letter that begins: “Referring to Homer Glib’s snarky letter in answer to Morgan Pirate’s most intelligent letter…” You all fight it out and let us know the winner. Be sure to read and forward any letter applauding this column. Reviews are written by critics who can’t do it themselves.

You might read “Corrections.” These are the once-in-a-century mistakes a paper will make. They are rare because you can always trust the press. You may notice newspapers are the only profession that tells its customers the paper screwed up. Doctors call their mistakes “cadavers.” Lawyers call theirs “inmates” and diplomats call mistakes “wars.” Ours are out there for all to see. Pages filled with pictures of cars and carrots, houses and hammocks are called “ads.” They are trying to get you to buy something by parading their wares, telling you how great their product is, and announcing sales that ended yesterday. As with commercials on radio and TV, ads actually pay the freight for newspapers. Readers get a free ride.

Thomas Jefferson said: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Of course, Jefferson also said: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” As always, this newspaper gives both sides of all arguments. Now you know all you need to know about this obscure form of communications. You can return to your little black boxes, but can you swat a mosquito with your X-78 iPhone? Do you recycle your androids? How many fish can you wrap with a Firefox rootkit megabyte? Welcome to the wonderful world of newspapers. Now app your hashtag and Google Thomas Jefferson.

 

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Get Beautiful Glowing Skin with Dry Brushing

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Beauty & Fashion, Health & Wellness

I find it kind of funny how it seems like in many ways society is moving backwards in time. In many aspects of our lives we are opting for simpler solutions that were more common in the past in regards to our health, eating habits, and personal care.

Nowadays, a lot people are adapting to and using the ways of the past. Like hanging their clothes on a clothes line outside to dry, growing their own food, canning and preserving fruits and vegetables, utilizing homemade cleaning and personal care products and much more. This is awesome to see because it means that we are taking control of our own lives and taking matters into our own hands, putting less reliance on the system for support. This is also excellent news for Mother Nature, as a lot of these older practices that we have been reverting back to are helping the environment directly.

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One of these practices from the past is called dry brushing, and this is what this article is about. Dry Brushing is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries primarily by Scandinavians and Russians, and many ancient texts refer to a method of using sticks, sand and rocks to massage the skin; this is essentially what dry brushing is. It is a method that involves brushing the skin with a brush made with natural fibres to remove the outer layer of skin
that is re-generated every 24 hours. Here are some of the potential benefits that dry brushing can provide for you if done on a regular, daily basis

Benefits Of Dry Brushing
Removal of dead skin- dry brushing will help shed dead skin cells, which will improve skin texture and cell renewal as a new layer of skin is formed every 24 hours.
Dry brushing can also help removes cellulite. Cellulite is actually caused by subcutaneous fat material and fibrous tissue that are not able to be eliminated through the skin, they then cause this dimpling effect on the overlaying skin. Cellulite is most commonly found on the thighs, hips and bums of women, but some men have cellulite as well. Good news is, dry brushing can replace expensive and mostly toxic creams, liposuction and other laser treatments or plastic surgery. You’ll have to try it and see for yourself!
Dry brushing can actually strengthen the immune system. It does so by stimulating lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into organs of detoxification we can detoxify and purify the entire system.
Dry brushing will tighten your skin. By increasing the blood flow, toxins are moved and eliminated through the skin. Underneath that old layer of skin lies a new layer with a healthy glow.
Tone your muscles. Dry brushing tones muscles by stimulating the nerve endings, which causes the individual muscle fibres to move and activate. Also, it can mobilize fat and help to even out the distribution of fat deposits.
Did you know that your skin is one of five main elimination channels of the body? Some refer to the skin as the third kidney because of its ability to rid the body of toxic waste material. The skin eliminates about 2 pounds of toxic material each day in the form of perspiration; this is one reason saunas can also be very beneficial to our health. Because of the regular use of oils, creams, soaps, sunscreens make-up etc. the pores of the skin can become very clogged with toxic chemicals, and hinder the process of elimination of even more toxins. It is important to keep the skin healthy and fresh, and this is exactly where dry brushing comes in. Here is a step-by-step guide to dry brushing your skin.

The Method:
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Whiskey Fest at Local Pour’s in River Oaks

June 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Bars & Nightlife, Foodie Events

local pourDate: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Location: Local Pour, 1952 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019 Admission: $25 in advance purchased at Local Pour; $30 at the door

Whiskey aficionados rejoice! Local Pour, located in River Oaks, is offering a whiskey spread for you to sample and savor from some of their favorite distilleries and brands.  Word is, they’ll even have Orphan Barrel Barterhouse.  Attendees will also receive a punch card that is good for a sample tasting of each of the 12 offered whiskeys. 

Representatives from each of the participating distilleries like Yellow Rose, Rebecca Creek, Herman Marshall, Red River, Jameson, and Whitmeyer’s will be on hand and some will even compete for a slot at Local Pour’s cocktail menu.

 

Pearland Old Townsite Farmers Market

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Times: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday each month.  8am – 12pm

Location: Pearland
Address: Zychlinski Park,  2243 Grand Blvd. Pearland, TX 77581
Phone: 281-804-4211
Websitewww.pearlandoldtownsitefarmersmarket.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Pearland-Old-Townsite-Farmers-Market

Vendors: www.pearlandoldtownsitefarmersmarket.com/2014-season-vendors.html

Local Honey, Farm Fresh Veggies, Free Range Eggs, Grass-fed Beef, Locally Roasted Coffee, Homemade soap and lotions, Fresh breads, and much much more! We offer a Gardener’s Corner that is provided by the Pearland Old Townsite Farmer’s Market in order to allow local families and farmers an avenue for them to sell their extra produce when they do not yield enough harvest to make a booth lease possible.

Items allowed to be sold:  Produce, herbs, vegetables, flower and herb transplants, and seedlings. (plants must be in 1/2 gallon or smaller pots and no more than 12 inches tall)

How to participate in the Gardener’s Corner: You will need to make a reservation by the Friday before your chosen market day. Reservations can be made by emailing Cassie Mitchel (281-804-4211) : info@bayareahomesteading.com

Kingwood Farmers Market

June 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Kingwood Farmers Market

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Times: Every Thursday 2pm – 6pm

Location: Kingwood
Address: Town Center Park – 8 North Main Street Kingwood, TX 77339
Phone: (713)-628-1886 (Tony Austin – Coordinator)  (713)-4194574 (Mike Ibanez – Market Manager)
Email: info@towncenterevents.com
Website: www.towncenterevents.com/farmersmarket
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket

List of Vendors: www.towncenterevents.com/farmersmarket

The Chamber of Commerce brings the Farmers Market to Kingwood  Town Center Park every Thursday from 3pm – 7pm. Come and visit the certified vendors to buy locally grown and produced fruit, vegetables, and such delicacies as Indian food, jellies, and jams, artisan breads, olive oil, goat cheese, lavender, jerky, sugar-free desserts, orchids, and many others.

Feast of Artisans Farmers Market

Times: Every 2 Weeks on Friday 4pm – 9pm (Brewery is open till 10pm)

Location: Southern Star Brewing Co.
Address1207 N. FM 3083 East Conroe, TX  77303feast
Phone: (713) 992-5983
Email: lorraine@feastofartisans.com
Websitewww.feastofartisans.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Feast-of-Artisans

Events: www.feastofartisans.com/events

Vendors ( The list is ever expanding): Allida’s Bare Bones and Big RocksBits & BobsBravado SpiceCassia AromaticsFais Do-Do MacaronsFrozen BlissGulf Coast Urban FarmLove & KindnessNisha’s Quick-n-Ezee Indian FoodPaula ArtSalinas SalsaSam WishSt. Fairstead Farm, Sugar Skull Sweets, Tejas ChocolateTexas Beard CompanyTexas Hill Country Olive Co., The Eclectic Studio & GalleryThe Purple PolliwogTrois Laurent PatisserieVirtue Coffee

 

Imperial Sugar Land Farmers Market

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Times: Saturday’s from 9am – 1pm (rain or shine)

Location: Sugar Land
Address: 198 Kempner St. Sugar Land TX 77478
Phone: (281) 677-7996
Email: imperialfarmersmarket@gmail.com
Website: www.imperialsugarland.com/farmersmarket
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FarmersMarketAtImperial

Vendor Listwww.imperialsugarland.com/farmers_market/Farm_Vendor

When is a tomato not just another tomato? When it is available for purchase fresh from the field at a neighborhood farmers market. Residents of Sugar Land and beyond can enjoy the freshest-tasting produce, view one-a-kind arts and crafts and interesting artisan finds at the Farmers Market at Imperial, located at Highway 90 at Brooks Street (198 Kempner St in Sugar Land). Presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, each Farmers Market at Imperial will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine, year round. 

Imperial Sugar Land features wine, produce, breads, meats, crafts, salsas & hot sauce, and more!

Urban Harvest Farmers Market

June 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Urban Harvest

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Websiteurbanharvest.org/home 
Facebookwww.facebook.com/UrbanHarvestHouston

Location & Times: Several around the greater Houston area

Contact: 

713.880.5540      info@urbanharvest.org       Urban Harvest 2311 Canal Street, Suite 200  Houston, TX 77003

Sow the seeds for a garden and you may be surprised at what grows alongside the vegetables and fruits. Little minds sprout and flourish. Friendships blossom. Communities thrive. Harvest the garden and it nourishes the body and mind, provides revenue, and instills respect for a greener, sustainable environment.

From this simple concept grew Urban Harvest, a nonprofit organization with three hardworking programs at its core: Community Gardens, gardening and youth Education, and Farmers Markets. Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow and share healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we all call home.

The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets bring the bounty of the garden to Houstonians several times a week year round, rain or shine. Growers offer locally produced vegetables, fruits, farm products, dairy products, prepared foods, cut flowers and plants. Our colorful markets support a number of family farms and boost the income of small growers from the area. Even school groups, community gardeners and backyard gardeners have the opportunity to sell their products and learn about market gardening with the Houston Regional Market Growers Co-op.

Sweet Magnolia Pickins Farmers & Artisans Market

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday from 11am-3pmWicker basket with assorted organic vegetables and fruits isolated on white

Location: Corner of 1488 & Fm 1774 Magnolia TX 77354
Phone: (936) 206-8595
Emailinfo@sweetmagnoliapickins.net
Websitewww.sweetmagnoliapickins.net

List of Vendors:  www.sweetmagnoliapickins.net/vendors.htm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Magnolia-Farmers-Artisans-Market/240268125935Market

Manager: Charles Henderson
Dragon Weyr Farms
18940 Julie Ln. Magnolia, TX 77355
832-934-2648

The Magnolia Farmers & Artisans Market is held every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 11-3pm at the intersection of 1488 and 1774. We’re a small, but growing market with local homegrown and homemade foods and one of a kind artists handmade products.

In 2009 the inspired vision of a handful of Magnolia citizens came to fruition when the Magnolia Farmers Market, known as Sweet Magnolia Pickins, was established with the aid of the Magnolia 4B Community Development Corporation.  Magnolia 4B turned it over to the manager of the market, Charles Henderson, in April of 2013.

Join us 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 11:00 am till 3:00p.m. at the intersection of FMs 1488 and 1774.  With the support of the greater Magnolia area it continues to grow and to offer local residents a fresher higher quality local option to the industrial food system and a chance to buy one-of-a-kind hand made products from local artists around the area. The strength of this market is a testament to the strength of the Magnolia area.To learn more about the products available and the farmers and other producers who bring them to market, please see our Vendors page.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor, you can find all the fees, rules, and application form on the rules page.

Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

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Sundays: 9am – 12pm (June – September)                                                                                   9am – 1pm (October – May)

Location: Galveston
Address: 2508 Postoffice Street Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: 832-819-1561       Email: gofarmersmarket@gmail.com
Website: www.galvestonsownfarmersmarket.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GalvestonsOwnFarmersMarket

Galveston’s Own Farmers Market brings locally grown produce, prepared foods,   and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas every  Sunday morning. We strive to foster a greater sense of community; all while  supporting farmers + producers, and connecting individuals with their local food economy. nterested in becoming a vendor? Download the application/rules at http://www.galvestonsownfarmersmarket.com/vendors/ and email it to us at gofarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Vendor List:

Moon Dog Farms, Proverbs Farm, Pure Beeing, Winter Family Farm, 3rd Coast Kombucha, Island Aquaponics ,CoCreative Organics, Paleo Cottage Nut Butters, Pine Valley Produce, Oasis Juice Bar, TexaSelect Farms, Seeding Galveston Community Garden, From our Cottage Bakery to You Tortillas, Galveston Bread, Sandbar Scones, Bob’s Salsa with a Kick, Jackie’s Gourmet Pickles & Jams, D&M Gourmet Foods Olive Oils & Vinegars

Monthly: Law Ranch

Seasonal: Wilson Blueberry Farm, Humble Camp Peach Farm

See Houston for Free

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Entertainment

Miller Outdoor Theatre

This might be one of the best reasons to visit Houston. MOT is open from March through November and hosts a range of performances including classical music, ballet, dance, film, Shakespeare and more. The theater, set inside Hermann Park, also allows patrons to BYOB (with the exception of no glass containers). It’s the perfect picnic environment! http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/

Port of Houston

Set sail on a free, 90-minute boat tour of the Port of Houston. While on board the 90-passenger boat, you’ll learn about the history of the seaport and be able to watch ocean freighters and barges navigate the 50-mile channel. The tour is free, but reservations are required.  http://www.portofhouston.com/community-outreach/sam-houston-boat-tour/

Rothko Chapel

The Chapel offers a quiet place to meditate in the middle of Houston’s Museum District. The Chapel was ounded by John and Dominque de Menil (of Menil Collection fame). Rothko is a non-denominational chapel and exhibit space for modern art that draws thousands of visitors each year.  http://www.rothkochapel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&..

The Menil Collection

This is local treasure, global destination and one of the top free attractions in Houston it houses the art collection of philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. Widely considered one of the greatest of the twentieth century, the collection consists of more than 16,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day. It hits on the four areas that largely define the collection – Antiquity, Byzantine and Medieval, Tribal, and Twentieth-Century Art (with a concentration in Surrealism). https://www.menil.org/

Art Car Museum

You can’t live in Houston very long without hearing about the Art Car Parade. Dubbed the Garage Mahal, the Art Car Museum is unlike anything you’ve ever imagined.  http://www.artcarmuseum.com/

The Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark

This skatepark is the place to be in the grinding and boarding world. The $2.2 million, state-of-the-art facility – thought to contain the largest cradle in the world – is located close to downtown, near Eleanor Tinsley Park.  http://houstonparksboard.org/projects/past/lee_and_joe_jamail_skatepark/

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Inside Memorial park is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center: a 155-acre nature sanctuary that educates visitors on how to protect native plants and animals in the city. The center has five miles of trails and visit the sanctuary’s interactive exhibits free of charge. Dogs on leashes are welcome. http://www.houstonarboretum.org/

Discovery Green

Downtown’s new 12-acre Discovery Green park has something going on all the time at it’s 12-acre Downtown location. In the spring and fall, spend happy hour listening to local musicians perform in the amphitheater, pick up fresh produce at the Green Market on Sundays. http://www.discoverygreen.com/

Galleria Water Wall

The Galleria-area Water Wall, now over 20 years old, was designed by Philip Johnson.The Wall offers a refreshing respite for visitors seeking a mid-afternoon break. It stands at 64-foot-tall and the fountain – built to look like a “horseshoe of running water” – sits among 1,118 oak trees at the base of the 64-story Williams Tower.

Contemporary Arts Museum

Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum focuses on showing new work from national and international artists. In addition to hosting exhibits, the CAMH also offers lectures, special programs and a stellar shop chock-full of unique books and gifts.  http://camh.org/

Lawndale Art Center

Located in the Museum District, the Center is a staple of Houston’s art scene. Four galleries are contained in the art deco structure, which serves as a backdrop for annually changing exhibits and events like Dia de los Muertos and The Big Show. http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/

Heritage Society Museum

Situated inside downtown’s Sam Houston Park, the Museum is the city’s only interactive, outdoor museum. The museum itself is free, but guided tours are $10.  http://www.heritagesociety.org/museum.html

Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses is set in Houston’s Third Ward and is a nonprofit art initiative aimed at creating a positive place for local artists to work. Some of the shotgun-style houses are dedicated to art and photography, while others are devoted to the literary and performing arts. http://projectrowhouses.org/

 

Museum/Attraction Free Days
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: Free Thursday 1 – 5 pm
Children’s Museum of Houston: Free Thursday 5 – 8 pm
The Health Museum: Free Thursday 2 – 5 pm
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum: Free Thursday 12 – 4 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science: Free Thursday after 2 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm

4th of July

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Events, Holiday

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Kemah Boardwalk

Live music & patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay.

Venue: Kemah Boardwalk
Phone:281-474-9700
Times: All day. Fireworks at 9:30 pm
Visit Event Website
Area of Town: Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston
Free Admission: Yes

17th Annual Red, Hot, & Blue Festival

Location: The Woodlands Town Center
Address: 31 Waterway Square Place, Woodlands, TX 77380
Times: 6pm-10pm
Visit Event Website
Free Admission: No

This all evening event celebrating the American Dream, will have two locations along the Waterway. Enjoy your Independence Day at both Town Green Park and Waterway Square, each featuring a main stage and activities for all ages.

In addition to live bands, the festivities will also include face painting, games, vendor booths and concessions. But we can’t forget American food staples for the Fourth of July, hot dogs and watermelon! There will be an eating contest for each of these, which are sponsored by HEB.

End the night at the Waterway Square, which will have the best view for the 23-minute fireworks extravaganza.

Bellaire’s July 4th Parade & Festival

Location: Bellaire Town Square
Phone:713-662-8280
Times: 9:30am-1pm
Visit Event Website
Area of Town: Southwest
Free Admission: Yes

July 4th Celebration at Bayou Bend

Location: Bayou BVenue: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Address: 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Times: 1-5pm
Visit Event Website
Area of Town: Memorial Park/Washington Corridor
Free Admission: Noend Collection and Gardens
With performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and much more, join the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to celebrate Independence Day at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings. A reading of the Declaration of Independence beings at 3 p.m. on the Diana Terrace of the Bayou Bend house and will be followed by birthday cake. And don’t forget to sign the giant replica of the Declaration of Independence before you leave to remind us the freedom and privileges we have in this country.

Missour City’s 4th of July Celebration

Location: Buffalo Run Park
Address: 1122 Buffalo Run Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77489
Times: 6pm-10pm
Visit Event Website
Free Admission: Yes
This July 4th celebration is an evening event. Starting at 6pm, free activities, such as moonwalks, a rock wall, mechanical bulls and pony rides will be available to entertain all ages until 9pm. Food will be available on site for purchase. But come early as the first 600 kids will receive a free giveaway (must be 12 years old or under). Shortly fter the festivities, the fireworks show will start around 9:15pm. Thurgood Marshall High School’s parking lot, next to Buffalo Run Park, will be available for guests to park their cars at.

Luckey’s Pub heights 4th of July Bash

Location: Lucky’s Pub
Venue: Lucky’s Pub
Address: 801 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX 77003
Phone:713-862-2400
Times: 5-????
Visit Event Website
Area of Town: EaDo/East End
Free Admission: Yes
No Admission, Beer and Drink Specials, Sno-Cones, Grilling!!! Kids welcome!! The best spot in the Heights to watch the fire works!!!!!!!!

The Katy Freedom Celebration

Location: Katy Mills
Venue: Katy Mills
Address: 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, TX 77494
Times: 9 pm
Visit Event Website
Free Admission: Yes
The Katy Freedom Celebration fireworks display will be launched between the east side of the mall and Katy Fort Bend Road. This display begins at approximately 9pm and can be viewed from several mils around the mall area.

2014 Houston Restaurants Weeks

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dining, Events, Foodie Events

From: August 01, 2014 – September 01, 2014

For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Recently Food & Wine magazine tapped Houston as “America’s newest capital of great food,” coming as no surprise to locals who crowd some of the most popular dining rooms in the city.

Houston Restaurants Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 33 days, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner. A $20 two or three-course lunch generates a $3 donation from the participating restaurants to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 three or four-course dinner generates a $5 donation, while a $45 three or four-course dinner generates a $7 donation.

In addition to the ever-expanding contribution made to the Houston Food Bank, Houston Restaurant Weeks has grown to include not only the trendiest eateries in Uptown Galleria, bustling downtown and vibrant Midtown, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas, among others.

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A complete listing of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus is posted at HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com. Reservations are required for diners seeking to take advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks, however participating restaurants may take walk-ins at their discretion.

Founded in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks raised over $4.3 million for the Houston Food Bank from the over 253,000 meals served at the 169 participating restaurants. The result: The 13 million meals provided for those who are food insecure, makes Houston Restaurant Weeks the largest single fundraising event for the Food Bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States.

 

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Bars & Nightlife, Entertainment, Events

The Dinner Detective® is America’s largest murder mystery comedy dinner show! You’ll solve a hilarious murder case while you enjoy a fantastic four-course plated dinner. A tantalizing Prize Package awaits our Top Sleuth of the evening. But be careful! In this show, everyone is a suspect, even you, and the killer might be at your table!

Starting: May 31, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown
Address: 400 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone:888-619-0858
Times: Friday 6:15 PM; Saturday 7:15pm
Visit Event Website
Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: No
Adult Admission: Starting at $66.95

Humble Margarita Festival

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Bars & Nightlife, Foodie Events

The inaugural Humble Margarita Festival at the Humble Civic Center is the perfect get away for those who enjoy margaritas, live music, dancing and great food! The festival will showcase an assortment of nearly 20 flavors of 100 percent agave tequila margaritas, a diverse lineup of live music, headlined by award-winning country music star, Curtis Grimes, and an array of Mexican, barbecue, seafood and Creole cuisine. Tickets are on sale now at www.humblemargaritafest.com and are available at all H-E-B grocery stores in Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood.

June 28, 2014 Margarita glass against the background of bar shelves
Venue: Humble Civic Center
Address: 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX 77338
Times: 2 to 10 p.m.
Visit Event Website
Free Admission: No

Historic Downtown Pub Tour

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dining, Events, Foodie Events

Houston Urban Adventures’ Historic Downtown Pub Tour, available Monday-Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., features tales of murder, gambling, brothels, and ghosts as you visit four unique neighborhood bars around Market Square Park in the old Town of Houston.

Starting: March 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)Beer in glasses isolated on white background

Location: Georgia’s Market Downtown
Venue: Georgia’s Market Downtown
Address: 420 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone:713-222-9255
Times: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
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Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: No
Adult Admission: $30.00

Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit

June 25, 2014 by  
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Location: Houston Dash
Venue: Houston Dynamo
Address: 2200 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77003
Times: 8:00 pm
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Area of Town: EaDo/East End
Free Admission: No

Houston Astros vs Braves

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Events, Sports

From: June 24, 2014 – June 26, 2014
Location: Minute Maid Park
Venue: Houston Astrosbigstock-Baseball-championship-icon-or--60362189
Address: 501 Crawford, Houston, TX 77002
Times: All at 7:10
Admission: Varies
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Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: No

Haak Vinyards Summer Concert Series

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dining, Events, Foodie Events

 From: June 15, 2014 – June 29, 2014 (Every Sunday)

You do NOT  want to miss this!
Summer Concert Series: Cost: $5.00 Our kitchen will have concessions. $5.00 Cover charge for everyone over 21 and over (under 21 is free). No outside food or beverages allowed on the property. Bring your own lawn chair incase ours fill up. If you like drinking out of a wine glass, please bring your own glass, we use plastic cups on concert days. Don’t forget your insect spray incase the bugs are visiting.

Red Wine Pouring

 

 

Location: Haak Vineyards & Winery

Venue: Haak Vineyards & Winery
Address: 6310 Ave T, Santa Fe, TX 77510
Phone:409-925-1401
Times: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Area of Town: Galveston
Free Admission: No
Child Admission: Free
Adult Admission: 5.00

Cypress Creek Band June 15, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Cypress Creek Band www.cypresscreeekband.com Mambo Jazz Kings June 22, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Mambo Jazz Kings www.mambojazzkingslive.com The Prime Time Band June 29, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Prime Time Band Haak  Vineyards & Winery 6310 Ave T, Santa Fe, TX 77510 www.haakwine.com click on events tab info@haakwine.com (409) 925-1401

Good People at the Alley Theatre

June 25, 2014 by  
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Nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Good People is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a neighborhood boy who escaped and became a successful doctor. Margie’s attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a surprising twist when she realizes the power a secret from Mike’s past holds.

From Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the extraordinary consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind.

“Thoroughly absorbing … Good People is good stuff” (Variety) and one of the finest new American plays.

Recommended for mature audiences.

From: May 30, 2014 – June 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
Location: Neuhaus Stage
Venue: Alley Theatre
Address: 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
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Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: No

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