FREE Harvey Relief  Concerts by The Kingwood Chorale & guest artists

Sat., Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm: First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood at 5520 Kingwood Drive
Sun., Nov. 19 at 7 pm: Atascocita United Methodist Church at 19325 Pinehurst Trail Drive
***Donations will be accepted at the concerts with 100% going to the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund, a charity recently formed to help rebuild
Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Fall Creek and Summerwood communities.

Gardening Class at Houston Museum of Natural Science: “Edible Landscapes”

Angela Chandler, Urban Harvest Instructor

Saturday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.

Whether you live in a house with a lawn, an apartment with a balcony or townhouse with a patio, you can accomplish beautiful landscaping through food plants.

This class will discuss the basics of good landscape design based on sound gardening principles and aesthetic beauty. Included will be instruction on how to design the basic components of the garden space through the use of food plants.

Instructor Angela Chandler is a specialist in plant propagation, entomology, rainwater harvesting, and greenhouse management. This course is cosponsored by Urban Harvest

HMNS Members $30. Tickets $40. Go to or call 713.639.4629.


Metropolis Investment Holdings Inc. and Transwestern announced that artist J Muzacz will host a live artist experience in the Pennzoil Place lobby from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, 2017.

Muzacz will paint a 3-D mural in the lobby at 711 Louisiana St. in Houston. Open to the public, this event will be the first of several live artist experiences held at the building. A streaming video feed will be available at Transwestern is currently

providing leasing and managing services for the building.

“We are engaging local artists to commemorate the rich history and timeless design of Pennzoil Place as well as the unique culture found in the city of Houston,” said Joseph Hebert, Senior Property Manager with Transwestern. 

For the last 10 years, Muzacz, originally from Houston and based in Austin, has been living and traveling abroad teaching English and painting murals in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. 

In 2013, Muzacz published Life Is Sweet: The Story of a Sugarcane Field.  Muzacz’s impressive 432-page debut, JAPAN 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project (2012), is also available in print.

 Book signing will be Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1 – 3  p.m.In Honor of Veteran’s Day, Barnes & Noble Bookstore in River Oaks Presents Peaceful Bones Book Signing by Vietnam War Veteran, Prominent Houston Doctor Samuel Axelrad, M.D.  

Dr. Axelrad’s memoir illustrates his time in Vietnam as an army surgeon during the Vietnam war where he finds himself helping not only American soldiers but hundreds of Vietnamese citizens both wounded and ill.

Peaceful Bones is about one special patient named Hung Nguyen aka “Charlie” who becomes an unlikely friend on the battlefield. Dr. Axelrad saves Charlie’s life, forging a bond that crosses cultural and enemy lines.

Their reunion, 46 years after losing touch in 1967, was a moving and inspiring moment that made history around the world. Peaceful Bones is Dr. Axelrad’s stories of the war, his life, and the uncanny “coincidences” that brought him and Charlie together twice in one lifetime over several decades and thousands of miles. Dr. Axelrad’s son, Chris, and Rabbi Ranon Teller co-authored the memoir.

Peaceful Bones will be available for purchase at Barnes & Noble in River Oaks, located at 2030 West Gray, during and following the event. To order a copy online, visit

Yellowstone Academy hosts 2nd Annual Community Day of Service & Fall Festival

Join in the fun on October 28, 2017 for our 2nd Annual Community Day of Service and Fall Festival. There will be tons of fun activities, great food, and volunteer opportunities!

In the morning, Yellowstone, located in the Third Ward, will be organizing crews to help clean up and beautify our neighborhood, detail our buses, touch up the paint inside, paint several fences, and work on a few special projects around the campus.

Then at noon, join with our students, families and neighbors for some festival fun. There will be games, food, bounce houses, music, face painting, and more. Register to volunteer at


Kids to Enjoy Free Trick-Or-Treating, Crafts and Costume Contest Oct. 29 at Moody Gardens

Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Everyone is welcome as Moody Gardens hosts our annual Ghostly Gardens Halloween event for the public.

During this celebration, children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and other fun activities on Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At 3 p.m. a children’s costume contest will be held for ages 12 and under. Registration is required to participate in the costume contest and will be held from 2-3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups.

The costume contest will kickoff at 3 p.m. in the Garden Lobby of the Visitor’s Center. All other activities will be held in various locations throughout the Moody Gardens property.

All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume the day of the event. Families with at least one member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount to the Rainforest Pyramid, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Discovery Museum, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel, paying just $5 per attraction per person.

For more information call 800-582-4673 or visit

photos: V. Sweeten

iWRITE hosts 8th Annual Luncheon & Book Signing, Making Texas History on Saturday, November 4th

photo credit: V. Sweeten

Houston nonprofit, iWRITE Literacy Organization, will honor student authors and illustrators nationwide at the 8th Annual iWRITE Luncheon & Book Signing, Making Texas History.

The Texas-themed event on Saturday, November 4 at 11:30 a.m. will raise awareness about children’s literacy and inspire kids to write their own stories, while also supporting fundraising efforts for schools devastated by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

iWRITE will recognize an outstanding group of students who show leadership skills at an
early age and want to share their devotion to literacy and education with kids around the

The two major programs at iWRITE include the annual short-story contest, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids Writing Contest and the “i” The Guy Journal Writing Program.
To learn more about iWRITE, please visit

Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History adds Adam West to THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Exhibit

Celebrity funerals capture public attention around the globe—from the magnificent to the truly outrageous. Thanks for the Memories provides an up-close and personal look at the grand farewells for some of the world’s most iconic figures.

Adam West, star of TV’s Batman, died in Los Angeles June 9 at the age of 88. He is memorialized in the Museum’s Thanks for the Memories Exhibit next to the A Tribute to George Barris special exhibit, which features a replica of the 1966 Batmobile. Museum visitors have come by to sign a memorial book in his honor. 

Also see authentic printed memorial folders and memorabilia used in the funeral services and burials of Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Jim Henson, Whitney Houston, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne and others, along with tributes to more recently deceased personalities, such as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker and Robin Williams.

Another new addition to the Thanks for the Memories exhibit are a pair of hiking boots worn by Robin Williams in the movie RV, where he delivers in a hilarious and jaw-dropping comedy as the role of Bob Munro, the patriarch of a dysfunctional family.

Wizard of Oz fans will appreciate the salute to Meinhardt Frank Raabe, famous for his role as a Munchkin coroner who certified the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, as well as his longtime position as a spokesperson for Oscar Mayer. And Disney fans can see a unique glass-paneled coffin made to resemble the one featured in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.There’s even a section dedicated to famous animals, including Old Yeller, Lassie, Benji and Mr. Ed.

Also in the exhibit are tributes to lesser-known people who impacted American culture, including Charles Foley, the co-inventor of the game Twister, and Arch West, Frito-Lay executive who invented Doritos. Plus, Wendy’s restaurant founder Dave Thomas, and Billy Mays, the household name for household products, such as OxiClean, Orange Glo and Kaboom.

The National Museum of Funeral History is located at 415 Barren Springs Drive. More details at

The vision, passion and design behind Buffalo Bayou Park revealed in new book, From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is thrilled to announce the release of From Rendering to Reality:  The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park that takes readers through the concepts, people, and unique public private partnership that shaped Buffalo Bayou Park into one of this country’s great urban greenspaces.

The book also includes historical images and maps, along with fascinating insights into the thoughtful design behind the park’s success. From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park highlights the enriched native landscape and wildlife habitat, wide range  of trail improvements, creative lunar cycle lighting scheme, multi-faceted destinations and their architectural considerations, plus major public art installations.

Coauthored by Sandra Cook, Anne Olson and David Theis, the book was designed by Pentagram in Austin, and features spectacular photographs by Jim Olive, Katya Horner and others.


The book is now on sale ($40 plus tax) at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Visitor Centers at The Water Works (105 Sabine St.) and Lost Lake (3422 Allen Parkway) or online at  Distributed by Texas A&M University Press, the book will soon be available from fine booksellers.