Moody Gardens Holiday of Lights

November 30, 2016 by  
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Moody Gardens should be on your holiday calendar every year! Offering something for all ages, from the Festival of lights, to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4-D, your family will enjoy time spent here.

We arrived around 4:00pm to give us a time to explore the property before dusk. Start with a quick tour of the rainforest pyramid. This is the type of exhibit you can explore at your own pace. Be sure to look for the River Otter and watch out for the White-faced Saki monkeys who literally roam the tree tops of the rainforest.

No visit to Moody Gardens would be complete without saying hello to the penguins. You’ll encounter some sharks as you take the Caribbean tunnel to see the penguins.

Next, The North Pole meets the Caribbean as Moody Gardens introduces ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas. For the third year in a row, Carvers have come from China to sculpt two million pounds of ice. This cool holiday attraction features nine scenes such as scuba diving, a towering oilrig, tropical fish and more; all maintained at a chilling nine degrees.

 

At dusk it’s time to walk the one-mile Festival of lights trail filled with sound-enhanced lighting and animated displays. This leisurely walk features spectacular lights, trains, fish, butterflies, and culminates with the North Pole. The walk takes about 30 minutes.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Admission to the Festival of Lights is $10.95 and other ticking options vary.

Thanksgiving at Tony Mandola’s

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Blogs, Dining, Events

Leave the Cooking to Tony Mandola’s this Thanksgiving
Houston, Texas. November 11, 2016. Owners Phyllis and Tony Mandola are doing the shopping and chopping so you don’t have to this Thanksgiving.  Place your orders between November 1st to November 18th,  secured with a credit card with option to pay with the card or other forms of payment at pick up. Orders will be ready for pickup on Wednesday November the 23rd. between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the restaurant. Heating instructions for Turkeys and sides will be provided.

For more information or reservations, please call 713-528-3474, or visitwww.TonyMandolas.com
A la Carte Menu (feeds 6-8 people)
Cajun Fried Turkey $64.99
Roasted Turkey $56.99
Broccoli Casserole $16.99
Candied Yams $16.99
Cornbread Dressing $14.99
Creamed Spinach Casserole $16.99
Fresh Cranberry Sauce $13.99
Green Bean Casserole $16.99
Parmesan Potatoes $16.99
Quart of Gravy $9.50
Banana Key Lime Pie $32.00
Bread Pudding $20.00
Pumpkin Pie $20.00
1 full pan of Grandmas Meat Lasagna $72.00

“Make it a meal” options: (feeds 6-8 people)

1 Cajun Fried Turkey with 3 sides and a choice of Bread Pudding or Pumpkin Pie $150
Or
1 Roasted Turkey with 3 sides and a choice of Bread pudding or Pumpkin Pie $145

Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen is a New Orleans style Oyster Bar and Seafood House, with an Italian flair. Known for its fresh Texas Gulf Seafood – shrimp, oysters, fish, and home-made pastas, red beans and rice, Mama’s Gumbo, and Mama’s Bourbon Bread Pudding.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Tuesday: 11am – 9pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 11am – 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am – 10:30pm
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019. For more information please visit www.TonyMandolas.com or call 713-528-3474.

Thanksgiving at the Granduca

November 18, 2016 by  
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Leave the Holiday Cooking to Hotel Granduca Houston

with a Thanksgiving Day Brunch Featuring Italian Accents

At Ristorante Cavour

Round up family and friends on Thanksgiving Day to kick off the holiday season with an extravagant buffet prepared by Chef Enrico Glaudo 

November, 2016 (Houston, Texas) – It’s everyone’s favorite time of year and Hotel Granduca Houstonis celebrating in distinctive style with a Thanksgiving Day Brunch like no other. Round up family and friends for a festive feast with rich Italian flavors within the beauty of Ristorante Cavour, a serene setting for fine dining and one of the “Best Brunches” in Houston.

Combining the traditional ambiance of an Italian Palazzo with rustic Texas charm, Hotel Granduca Houston is the premier destination for locals and out-of-town guests alike in one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Thanksgiving Day Brunch at Ristorante Cavour will unfold on Thursday, November 24, from 11am-3pm. Cost: $85 per person, $40 for children 5 to 12 years of age, plus tax and service.

Highlights of Executive Chef Enrico Glaudo‘s holiday brunch menu include:

  • Seafood – Octopus, potato, mixed olive salad, lemon dressing / Seared tuna, spicy cous cous salad / Fried bay scallops, spinach salad, apple shallot dressing / Smoked salmon, spaghetti, fennel salad, lemon-truffle yogurt dressing / Fresh blue point oysters / King crab legs
  • Vegetables – Roasted carrots, honey-chianti dressing, toasted hazelnuts / Eggplant funghetto, with garlic and oregano / Taggiasca olive tapenade tomato bruschetta / Roasted button mushroom / saffron cauliflower, curry aioli
  • Cheese and Charcuterie – Dry salami / Smoked and spiced speck / Cacio al tartufo / Pecorino toscano / Goat cheese in salsa verde
  • Pasta and Risotto – Green pea and scallop risotto / Asparagus and porcini risotto / Ricotta zucchini, pomegranate lasagna
  • Thanksgiving Traditions – Carved herb-roasted turkey breast / Chestnuts and focaccia stuffing / Green beans Amandine / Cranberry sauce / Butternut Casserole with Amaretto and almonds
  • Carving – Roasted prime rib / au jus / Creamy prepared horseradish sauce / Red onion jam / Pistachio crusted salmon / Lemon beurre blanc / Whipped potatoes
  • Eggs & More – Create your own omelet from a wide selection of condiments / Eggs Benedict
  • Breakfast Corner – Waffles with mascarpone cheese & berries / Thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, pork sausage, turkey bacon / Pancakes / Bread pudding
  • The Sweet Corner – Pecan pie / Pumpkin pie / Tiramisu / Almond ricotta cheese tart / Triple chocolate mousse / Cranberry pannacotta / Create your own parfait

With the long Thanksgiving weekend, Hotel Granduca Houston invites guests to stay awhile at their residential-style retreat. Enjoy good times and holiday shopping in the city and make family memories that last a lifetime with the Reconnect with … Your Family package, which includes:

  • Two-bedroom suite
  • Milk and cookies on arrival
  • Four tickets to Houston Zoo or Children’s Museum
  • Family Movie Night in your suite with popcorn and candy
  • Full family breakfast on Veranda or in your suite (up to four guests)
  • Free daily ice cream treat for kids
  • Package priced at $1,130

For more information or to make reservations at Hotel Granduca Houston, please call 1(888)472-6382 or visit www.granducahouston.com.

 

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HOUSTONIAN THANKSGIVING

October 19, 2016 by  
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Celebrate the holidays at the Houstonian

Celebrate the holidays at the Houstonian

On November 24th, let the Thanksgiving festivities begin by dining in the elegant Grande Ballroom at The Houstonian Hotel, with selections such as Sweet Herb Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Smoked Salmon and Caviar Service, Hill Country Benedict, Marshmallow-Stuffed French Toast w/ Chocolate Banana Caramel and more Classic Brunch Selections. Top off your bountiful meal with Delectable Bourbon Bread Pudding, Pumpkin and Pecan Tarts, Banana Foster, Tiramisu, and other treats from The Houstonian’s Pastry Shop. So many choices, plus Complimentary Champagne and Signature Mimosas, all for $79 for Adults and $35 for Children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are complimentary. Brunch prices are subject sales tax and service charge. To make reservations in the Grande Ballroom, call 713-812-6932, or visit www.Houstonian.com.

SANTA’S FIRST STOP IS AT THE OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL

October 13, 2016 by  
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Join Santa for photos and gingerbread house decorating

 

What:                    Santa Claus is coming to town and one of his first stops is the Omni Houston Hotel in Uptown.  Santa will bring his gingerbread houses for party-goers to decorate while enjoying holiday refreshments                          and festive fun. And don’t forget to take a picture with Santa before you head home with your freshly decorated gingerbread house!

Where:                 Omni Houston Hotel – 4 Riverway, Houston, Texas 77056

Date:                     Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time:                     10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Extra:                    Complimentary photos with Santa, opportunity to decorate gingerbread house, holiday refreshments, complimentary self-parking, $10 valet.

Cost:                      $30 per child and available at http://omni-santaparty2016.eventbrite.com

Parents are free.  

 

For more information about the Omni Houston Hotel, please call (713) 871-8181or visit omnihotels.com.

 

WOODLANDS® WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL

September 16, 2016 by  
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25 Varieties of Wildflower Seeds to be Distributed at Festival on Saturday, September 24

 

THE WOODLANDS, TX (September 16, 2016)The Woodlands® Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), will host The Woodlands Wildflower Festival, a free, popular community tradition on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10am – 2pm at Town Green Park in The Woodlands Town Center. The Woodlands Development Company is the host of The Woodlands Wildflower Festival. CHI St. Luke’s Health is the presenting sponsor. BrightView Landscaping Services is a participating sponsor while The Woodlands Township is the park sponsor.

 

Visitors at The Woodlands Wildflower Festival will enjoy environmental exhibits, community booths and nature-related items. Free giant inflatable rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon art and music will also highlight the event. Lovable mascot of The Woodlands, Puffy Pine Cone®, along with mascot friends including Bridgeland Bill® from Bridgeland®, The Woodlands’ sister community being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, will make special guest appearances from 11am – 12 noon. Two food trucks – Cousins Maine Lobster and Papa John’s Pizza – will be available at the event. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

 

The official Wildflower Festival poster and recycled bag, selected from the annual Wildflower Festival contest, will be on sale at the booth of The Woodlands Lions Club. Proceeds from the sales benefit Lions Club charities. The Lions Club provides community and national services for youth and senior citizens including programs for the blind and visually impaired as well as programs for hearing and speech.

 

Residents will be able to collect 25 varieties of free wildflower seeds, distributed by local businesses in The Woodlands. The wildflower seed sponsors and the seeds they will distribute are:

 

  • Baby Blue Eyes – Ray Larson Real Estate Group with RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
  • Baby’s Breath – Kurk Homes – Custom Builders
  • Black-Eyed Susan – The Becky Drake Team with RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
  • California Poppy – The Hanson Team – Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene
  • Catchfly – Interfaith of The Woodlands
  • Cornpoppy –The Brownstone Group with Keller Williams The Woodlands & Magnolia and Cherry Creek Mortgage
  • Cornflower – Community Insurance Associates -Kenny Speight Agency
  • Cosmos – Buckalew Chevrolet
  • Crimson Clover – The Woodlands Dermatology Associates
  • Drummond Phlox – Avanti Senior Living – Vision Park
  • Dwarf Red Plains Coreopsis – CHI St. Luke’s Health
  • Gloria (Pink) Cosmos – Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Studio, Inc.
  • Johnny Jump Up – Black Walnut Café
  • Lemon Mint – The Woodlands Cleaners
  • Mountain Garland – Ed Jones “Just Happy to be Here”
  • Plains Coreopsis – Woodforest National Bank
  • Rocket Larkspur – The Woodlands Township
  • Scarlet Flax – BrightView Landscape Services
  • Scarlet Sage – Great American Title Company
  • Showy Primrose – Henry J. Daniels & Jason Stanfield
  • Sweet Alyssum –Cadence Bank
  • Tail Poppy Mallow – Harvard Risk Management
  • Texas Bluebonnet – The Woodlands Development Company
  • Toadflax – The Woodlands College Park Leo Club
  • Yellow Cosmos – The Woodlands Lions Club

 

For more information, visit us at www.thewoodlands.com and like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

About The Woodlands®

The Woodlands is a 28,000-acre master planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston. Throughout its 42-year history, The Woodlands has led the way among master planned communities that practice environmental preservation. It is home to over 112,000 people, and more than 63,000 people work in the community. The Woodlands is one of the top-selling master planned communities in Texas and the nation. The Woodlands was named the 2015 “Master Planned Community of the Year” by the Greater Houston Builders Association. For more information, visit www.thewoodlands.com. For additional details, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

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Rose Matchmaking

August 24, 2016 by  
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Rose Matchmaking

1700 Post Oak Blvd # 600, Houston, TX 77056

(713) 963-3663

www.RoseMatchmaking.com 

Rose Matchmaking is Houston’s premier boutique­style Matchmaking firm. We focus on providing

our clients with discreet and caring, one on one Matchmaking. Along with Matchmaking experts are

available to help in many areas:  Coaching and Counseling, Date Feedback, Image Consulting, Health

and Wellness, and Membership to private events.

 

REVIEW:

Rose and her staff are passionate about their work, well organized, experienced and dedicated to matching their clients with the perfect partner. The five star reviews of their current clients and past clients, who are now in relationships, are stating remarkable success with RoseMatchmaking. They report having frequent dates on a consistent basis matched by Rose and her qualified staff. When making the decision to become a client, you will go through an extensive interview process to enable the staff to find you a perfect match. You will also have the ability to take a peak at their current clients when making your decision. So, if you are desiring the perfect mate, RoseMatchmaking will help speed up the process and quickly filter your search.

Written by Christi St. Laurent

Much Ado About Houston

July 26, 2016 by  
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Summer in Houston isn’t complete without a little theater. And what could be better than the “merry war” between Benedict and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, or the tragic underdog tale in Henry V, to take the edge off those steamy August nights?

Photo courtesy of the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Photo courtesy of the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Beginning on July 29, the Houston Shakespeare Festival will alternate performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V over the course of two weeks, once again captivating Bayou City theatergoers at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Since 1975, audiences from all over the city have enjoyed the event, watching Shakespeare under the stars for free every summer. Funding from the University of Houston, as well as several other foundations and individuals, has allowed the HSF to continue and grow, even providing an opportunity for emerging actors, designers, directors and stage managers from the HSF Conservatory to practice their craft in a professional environment.

Don’t miss the show!

Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31; August 2, 4, 6

Henry V: July 30; August 3, 5, 7

For ticket and pricing information:
www.milleroutdoortheatre.com


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Typhoon Texas: A Texas-Sized Water Park

July 26, 2016 by  
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Everything is bigger in Texas—and in this case, that’s no exaggeration. This past Memorial Day weekend, Typhoon Texas, the largest privately owned water park in the country, opened its doors to the public. Sprawling over 25 acres in Katy, 29 miles from downtown Houston, the wonderland boasts 30 waterslides, nine amusement park rides and even a barbecue restaurant.

The most unique aspect about the water park, however, isn’t just the sheer size of it, but the innovation behind the rides themselves. “Slide boarding,” for instance, lets riders shoot at targets as they shoot down a water slide, making for a virtual video game experience; riders can even track their scores on their cell phones. That feature alone should get kids away from their Xbox and out into the sunshine!

Photo courtesy of Typhoon Texas.

Photo courtesy of Typhoon Texas.

Other attractions include the Texas Twister, which boomerangs a raft of up to six people down and up a curved wall; the Gunslinger, a seven-story freefall in a capsule; and the Typhoon, a water slide and white-water-rafting experience combined. For visitors with children too small for the heart-stopping attractions, there’s still plenty to see and do—the Gully Washer is a play area complete with sprays, slides and rope bridges.

When it’s time for a break, there are plenty of food options, from pizza to cooked-from-scratch barbecue. Rentable cabanas provide shade and a place to relax before hitting up another adrenaline-spiking ride.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.typhoontexas.com.


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Dining out for life

Jessica Rossman; Michael Pearce; Photo by Greg KolanowskiAIDS FOUNDATION HOUSTON’S ANNUAL “DINING OUT FOR LIFE”
EVENT IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

More than 40 Houston-area restaurants (and counting) will participate in the annual fundraising event, presented by Gillman Subaru

HOUSTON, TEXAS — For one day in April—Thursday, April 28, 2016—Houston-area restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) through their participation in the annual nationwide event, Dining Out for Life. Gillman Subaru is the presenting sponsor for this year’s event, which is hosted by chair Michael Pearce and honorary chair Jessica Rossman.

Guests interested in supporting AIDS Foundation Houston can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at one of more than 40 participating restaurants (and counting). A portion of the proceeds support AFH’s programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.

“Year after year, we are impressed by the outpouring of support by restaurants and diners alike,” said Kelly Young, Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Foundation Houston. “We can end HIV/AIDS within our lifetime, and Dining Out for Life helps raise funds and awareness that gets us closer to that goal. All you have to do is go out to eat.”

In 1991, an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia created Dining Out for Life. Now the event is produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining. AIDS Foundation Houston has participated in the event since the inaugural year, raising thousands of dollars in support thanks to a mandate that ensures funds raised locally stay local.

The 2016 participating restaurants offer something for everyone. As of April 14, 2016, participating restaurants are:

360 at Houston City Club
Allen’s Landing at The Houston Club
Araya Artisan Chocolate — River Oaks
Araya Artisan Chocolate — Uptown Park
B & B Butchers and Restaurant
Baby Barnaby’s
Barnaby’s – Downtown
Barnaby’s – Heights
Barnaby’s Cafe ­­­­– Midtown
Barnaby’s Cafe – Museum District
Barnaby’s Cafe – Original
Barnaby’s Cafe – River Oaks
Barnaby’s Cafe – Woodway
Bay Oaks Country Club
Canopy
Charivari Restaurant
The Durham House
El Tiempo on Montrose
El Tiempo Cantina on Westheimer
El Tiempo on Navigation
EQ Heights Coffee and Social House
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – River Oaks
Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace
Hearthstone Country Club
The Island Grille at The Clubs of Kingwood
Last Concert Cafe
Latin Bites
Magnolia at The Houston Club
Mitchell’s 74 at Tournament Course at The Woodlands, CLUBCORP
Niko Nikos – Montrose
The Point Bar and Grille at the Club at Falcon Point
Prohibition Supper Club & Bar
Quattro Restaurant
Red Ox Bar & Grill
Reef
Shade
Songkran Thai Kitchen – Uptown Park
South Shore Harbour Country Club Grille
Tacos A Go Go — Heights
Tacos A Go Go — Midtown
Tila’s
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
Zelko Bistro

For more information and the most current roster of restaurants, please visit www.AIDSHelp.org/DiningOutforLife.
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IIDA Houston City Center’s Product Runway

Product Runway is an avant-garde couture fashion design competition with a twist. IIDA Houston City Center’s Product Runway, influenced by the concept of the hit realty TV show Project Runway, is one of a handful of fashion shows of its kind in the country. Product Runway puts teams of interior design and architecture professionals and interior design students in a fashion design competition by creating handmade garments out of standard architectural finish materials such as glass, tile, carpet and wood. Product Runway promises to showcase eye-popping creations during a runway performance by each team on nearly 150 ft. of runway at Revention Music Center!

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Each of the 20 competing teams has been assigned one hard material and one soft material, which must collectively make up 80% of their final garment. With this year’s theme: Avant Art, each team will be assigned a specific art movement with a correlating artist, as well as a piece of work from their artist that shows a true representation of that particular movement. The majority of a completed garment (approx. 60%) must be made of their hard and soft goods that are as close to the team’s assigned art movement and artist. Teams are encouraged to work with their garment label representatives to select goods that will best reflect their particular art movement. The assigned artist and image should serve as an abstract design inspiration. Within the portfolio submissions, each team will be asked to describe how their garment’s design relates to or interprets their assigned art movement and artist. Final entries, also modeled by a member of the design team, must be designed and constructed completely by the team.

The 8th Annual Product Runway Fashion Show is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd at 8 p.m. at Revention Music Center. Funds raised by the evening of inspired designs benefit the Houston Furniture Bank, a local non-profit that focuses on making houses into homes by providing furniture for families in need via 70 agencies in surrounding counties.

PERRO DE MAYO FUNDRAISER PLANNED TO BENEFIT BARRIO DOGS

March 9, 2016 by  
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Volunteers are busy planning the 2nd Annual Perro de Mayo fundraiser that will take place Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston, TX. The event will benefit Barrio Dogs and is open to the public. It will feature live music, food and a silent auction fundraiser. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance on Eventbrite.

This year’s host will be Rick Heysquierdo of KPFT’s Lone Star Jukebox. The musical lineup includes Zenteno Spirit, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Review and Mike & the Moonpies. DJ Jason will spin classic vinyl and local artist Carlos Hernandez is creating more unique Perro de Mayo merchandise. Original artwork and other items will be sold via silent auction and a delicious barrio dinner will be available for purchase.

 

Barrio Dogs is a community-based nonprofit that has been working in Houston’s East End since 2010 to educate and empower residents to improve conditions for the animals in their community. Stray and roaming animals are a big problem in the area with 61% of residents citing it as their biggest public health concern.1 Contributing to the situation are owners who do not spay or neuter their pets and allow them to roam the streets and breed, creating more unwanted animals.

 

Founder Gloria Medina Zenteno is grateful for the support from Perro de Mayo. “We rely heavily on our friends and volunteers. Their support is invaluable to us and helps us continue our work in the community, where much remains to be done”, said Zenteno. “Sadly, despite our best efforts, you see still dogs roaming the streets, pregnant mamas, chained dogs. More than ever, we believe education is the best solution to the problem and with everyone’s help, we’ll continue trying to make a difference.”

 

Barrio Dogs focuses on community and educational outreach at schools, businesses, neighborhood centers and civic association meetings where volunteers make presentations and distribute literature on topics like low cost spay neuter options, proper pet care and reporting animal abuse and neglect. At community outreach days at East End parks, pets belonging to nearby residents are signed up for free spay and neuter. To date, Barrio Dogs has fixed, vaccinated and vetted over 2,000 animals, all paid for with private funds raised at events like Perro de Mayo.

 

The organization began when native Houstonian Zenteno returned to the East End after years away and was horrified to see so many homeless, neglected and mistreated animals. Zenteno first worked with rescue groups but realized that the community lacked a humane solution addressing the root of the problem. With that belief, Barrio Dogs was born with the message that: 1) pets are a lifelong commitment and must receive proper care and treatment, 2) education and spay neuter are the most humane and effective methods of controlling animal overpopulation, and 3) zero tolerance for animal mistreatment and neglect will create safer, healthier, higher property value communities.

 

Barrio Dogs is a proud partner with community leaders and residents in their East End community. Despite popular belief, Barrio Dogs does not have a physical location nor a full-time staff; the core team is comprised of a handful of volunteers, most of them concerned residents with full-time jobs, who dedicate their free time to the organization. To learn more, visit Barrio Dogs at www.barriodogs.org or email inquiries to info@barriodogs.org

¹ Health of Houston survey 2010, sph.uth.tmc.edu/research/centers/ihp/health-of-houston-survey-2010

Houston PetTalk’s Doggy Party on the Plaza April 2

March 3, 2016 by  
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Houston PetTalk’s 7th Annual Doggy Party on the Plaza, a free, family fun rescue benefit will be held April 2, 2016 from Noon to 5:00pm at Houston’s City Centre complex, 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North. It’s a great way to spend family (and Doggy) time including loads of activities, games, free prizes, contests, along with 13 Rescues participating in the annual “Rescue Me!” Parade. Mayor Sylvester Turner will join the fun as this year’s Grand Marshal and channel 11’s Deborah Duncan & David Paul are returning as the event emcees. The event includes Rescue Row,  The Bow-Wow Kids Craft Area, face painting, photos with you and your pet, artists, and so much more. Find out the details at www.doggypartyontheplaza.com.

Potted Potter at the Hobby Center: Oct. 27-Nov.8, 2015

October 28, 2015 by  
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Potted Potter is 70 minutes of boisterous laughter and brilliant fun for fans of the Harry Potter series. H Texas watched the opening night, and even newcomers to the world-wide hit will enjoy the parody, which makes references to other pop-culture phenomenons like the Lord of the Rings and Twilight. Wizards, muggles—non-wizard folk—and everyone in between of all ages will enjoy Potted Potter.

The show condenses all seven books and movies into energetic acts performed by two players on stage through a series of costume changes. Daniel Clarkson provided great comedic talent, playing a majority of roles, working the audience up, including a rousing game of quidditch (think wizard lacrosse) in the middle of the show. Jefferson Turner plays the straight man and the title character, Harry Potter himself, providing a great counterpoint to his co-star’s energy. Potted Potter is very interactive, working with the entire audience to chant, cheer, sing along and even come on stage!

Get your family and loved ones to the Hobby Center soon before the show moves on November 8th!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon Oct 23rd

October 2, 2015 by  
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Fight! Human Trafficking – Brighter Futures Begin with You”

                              CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon

 

When:                  October 23, 2015, 11:00a Registration | 11:30a Luncheon

Where:                Hotel ZaZa

 

Benefiting:         Accolades is an annual event that benefits CHILDREN AT RISK’s work to end Human Trafficking.

 

Honoring:           State Representative Senfronia Thompson and Senator Joan Huffman

 

Honorary

Chair:                    Artist and human trafficking activist Molly Gochman (Red Sands Project)

 

Host

Committee:      Citizen’s Committee to End Human Trafficking

 

Cost:                     Individual Tickets: $350; Tables: $3,500 – $25,000

 

Contact:              Ellen Stauffer 713.869.7740 | estauffer@childrenatrisk.org

 

 

UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING

September 21, 2015 by  
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30TH ANNUAL
UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING
A HIGH-SPIRITED TRADITION
WHO: Uptown Houston
WHEN: Thanksgiving Evening
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Begins at 4 p.m. with holiday music and concessions
Live Entertainment starting at 5 p.m.
Fireworks Extravaganza at 7 p.m.
FREE and Open to the Public

WHERE: Uptown Houston – Post Oak Boulevard
(Between San Felipe and Westheimer)

WHAT: The 30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting will be held Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, November 26, 2015. To kick off the holiday season, Santa will make his annual appearance to light up more than a half-million lights on 80 trees lining Post Oak Boulevard and on area building rooftops. The spectacular evening culminates with a dazzling fireworks extravaganza presented by Carnan Properties.

PARKING: Public Parking – FREE parking is available throughout the area.

INFO: (713) 621-2504 www.uptown-houston.com

Mark’s American Cuisine assisted Children from Families-in-Need

September 4, 2015 by  
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SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, benefited from Mark’s American Cuisine’s generosity as they helped raise funds and awareness.

Proceeds Benefiting SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young

During the month of August, Mark’s American Cuisine offered a specially-priced Prix Fixe 3-course lunch menu for $29 and a 6-course dinner Chef’s Tasting menu for $75. In addition to enjoying an epicurean adventure at Mark’s, guests supported children from families-in-need with every purchase. Mark’s donated $5 from each Prix Fixe lunch, and $10 from each Chef’s Tasting dinner .

“Mark’s is thrilled to offer our guests a culinary experience that will not only satisfy their appetites but that will feed their hearts as well,” said Cox.

Cox was inspired to give back to SAY after Houston Astros George Springer hosted the Inaugural All-Star Bowling Benefit in Houston recently. The overwhelming success and momentum created from the event, with SAY supporters, Springer, his fellow Astros and celebrity friends lead Cox to open up his heart and help send young people who stutter to a life changing summer camp. www.CampSAY.org

Editor’s note: I attended experienced some of Mark’s food recently. Yes, you are looking at Frozen Foie Gras.

Innovative new dessert from Mark's American Cuisine

Innovative new dessert from Mark’s American Cuisine

Oysters in Dune from Mark's American Cuisine

Oysters in Dune from Mark’s American Cuisine

 

 

 

 

Crime Stoppers Gala Honoring Dave Ward Oct. 29th

August 31, 2015 by  
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Thursday, October 29th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

PLACE:  Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway
Houston, Texas 77056

DETAILS:          On October 29, 2015, Crime Stoppers of Houston will be hosting its 23rd Annual Gala.  This year, we are excited to share that we will be proudly honoring Houston icon, Mr. Dave Ward!  Many know that Mr. Ward played an instrumental role in creating the “media” reach of Crime Stoppers of Houston back in the early 80’s.  It was his creativity and ingenuity that contributed to the famous (and internationally recognized) Crime Stoppers’ reenactments. Thanks to his vision, Crime Stoppers of Houston has created a model that now leads the nation.

Keynote Speaker: Ted Koppel

Chairs: Joella and Steve Mach

Auction Chairs: Courtney Zubowski Haas and Dr. Eric Haas

For tickets and more information, please visit http://crime-stoppers.org/events/crime-stoppers-of-houston-2015-gala/

For additional event information, contact Allison Lewis at 713-521-4600 ext. 1108 or alewis@crime-stoppers.org.

MARAVILLOSO! The Water Festival

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Where: Discovery Green
When: June 5 – 6, 2015
Website: http://www.discoverygreen.com/circus

Discovery Green welcomes the return of MARAVILLOSO! A contemporary circus and dance event featuring talent from all over the world and from Houston. The two-day event returns as a Water Festival on June 5-6, 2015 with a graceful performance on Kinder Lake by Belgium’s and Netherlands’ artistic company Chanson d’Eau.

Original music and art works by Chanson d’Eau in their first US appearance, the performance features floating, glowing “flowers” that open to reveal graceful dancers on Kinder Lake. The festival will also include a new commissioned dance performance, in celebration of water, byKaren Stokes Dance.

Karen Stokes Dance is a non-profit dance company that has been producing original dance-theater in Houston since 1999.  During this time, KSD has performed in New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Kaarlstad (Sweden), and in Houston, Texas.  In 2014, Karen Stokes was named number one choreographer by the Houston Press in their Top Ten Houston Choreographers list. In 2013, Houston Press awarded Karen Stokes with a Masterminds Award, the first contemporary dance company in Houston to receive this recognition for innovation in the arts.

Check back soon for performance times.

Water Safety Month

April 20, 2015 by  
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US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Create Safe Swim Environments During Water Safety Month in May

Preeminent swim school organization advises parents to begin water safety with kids at 6 months

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools. The tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drowning deaths are preventable. To help educate children, parents, families and swim instructors on preventive measures to avoid a drowning incident, US Swim School Association (USSSA), the preeminent swim school organization in the country, has compiled the latest life-saving water safety and swim instruction tips for National Water Safety Month in May.

There are several standard water safety precautions recommended to parents including: keeping children under constant supervision, enrolling children in swimming lessons, knowing CPR, having pool fences and barriers installed. In addition to these vital steps, USSSA has created a list of tips parents can use to build extra layers of protection for their children around water.

 

Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Tips

  • Create a verbal cue for your toddler or child that must be given by you before he or she can enter the pool.
  • Never allow your baby/toddler in the pool without a swim diaper.
  • Create a process the child must go through before entering a pool such as putting on a swim diaper, a swimsuit and applying sunscreen.
  • Never use floatation devices or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim.
  • Children should learn to swim without goggles. Teach your children to open their eyes under water; if they fall in they can find the side of the pool or a step and get out safely.
  • For very young children practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water.
  • Create a water safety plan for your family and have water emergency drills with your kids covering how to recognize the signs of someone struggling in water and what to do in this type of emergency.
  • Make sure your guests and kids’ friends know your pool rules before they go outside and get in the pool.
  • Start swim lessons at 6 months of age and continue them year-round at a US Swim School member location.
  • Always make sure your children wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft and in open bodies of water.

To find a USSSA affiliated swim school near you, or for details on becoming a member of the nation’s leading swim school organization visit: http://www.usswimschools.org.

 

About US Swim School Association

US Swim School Association (USSSA) began in 1988 to fill a gap in the swim school industry. USSSA has become the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country with over 400 members providing swim and water safety instruction to over 500,000 students each year. Swim schools receive invaluable benefits as USSSA members, receiving the latest training in water safety, swim instruction methods and tools, invitations to annual conferences, and many other benefits that help establish and build each individual business. USSSA has partnered with Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation for its official water safety program. Through USSSA, parents and students are provided with a reliable and trustworthy resource when searching for a swim school and can rest assured they have chosen a top school when they choose a USSSA affiliated location. For more information, visit www.usswimschools.org.

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