In partnership with Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and DEFINE Body & Mind, the Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) brings Body by Broadway back to Market Square Park in 2018.

Sing, squat, dance and plank along to Broadway classics, old and new, on select Tuesdays this spring and summer. Instructors from DEFINE Body & Mind will teach fun, show-stopping classes that feel nothing like a workout. 

Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable workout attire and athletic shoes, and bring a towel and water bottle. All classes are free to attend. 

On-street parking is free after 6 p.m. Visit for an interactive map with garages, surface lots and other parking options in the area.

Dates through May 2018 are: 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Please visit for additional details and event updates. 


The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) presents another season of Movies at Market Square Park. This popular outdoor film series features free screenings on select evenings this spring and summer. Pre-movie festivities include lawn games and a photo booth, plus guests should expect other special surprises throughout the season. 

photo credit: Morris Malakoff

Featured films through May 2018 are:

– Wayne’s World (PG-13, 1992, 94 min.) on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

– The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (R, 2004, 119 min.) on Thursday, April 12, at 8 p.m.

– Batman (PG-13, 1989, 89 min.) on Thursday, May 24, at 8:30 p.m.

 The screenings are free to attend. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s. No glass containers or outside beverages are allowed. 

On-street parking is free after 6 p.m. Visit for an interactive map with garages, surface lots and other parking options in the area. 

Please visit for additional details and event updates.

The University of Houston System 2017–2018 Public Art Tour continues with a tour on at noon on Friday, March 2 at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.  

PARKING:  A limited amount of free parking for attendees is available in Lot 16F; for a parking map, please visit

‘Euphonia,’ a mural commission for the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House that Stella completed in 1997, is the focus of the tour.

The 2017–2018 Public Art Tour schedule continues with a tour on at noon on Friday, March 2, led by Natilee Harren, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and Critical Studies at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

Levy Park Conservancy presents Beauty and the Beast for Movie Night Jan. 26, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital

Come on out for some post-holiday fun to see the family-friendly 2017 movie Beauty and the Beast, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital in conjunction with the Levy Park Conservancy, on Jan. 26.

Beauty and the Beast is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love, starring Emma Watson of Harry Potter movie fame. The Texas Children’s Hospital-sponsored Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month.

Guests can enjoy food and beverage service from The Purple Flour food truck, available from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Choose from a variety of delicious pizzas with many different toppings, as well as tempting cake pops for dessert.

For more information about Levy Park events, visit

Space Center Houston hosts Dr. John Logsdon in Thought Leader Series

WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Space Center Houston

Don’t miss the next installment of the continuing Thought Leader Series. Dr. John Logsdon will discuss John F. Kennedy, Project Apollo and how the early missions to the moon are still affecting the 21st century space program.

This is a free event, but seating is limited. Tickets must be presented at the door for entry. Get your free tickets today at

ReBoot Connect is a continuing professional development program designed for women intent on growing their workplace tech skills, networking and building their confidence.  Whether you are restarting your career, are in the process of discernment or are already working, ReBoot Connect can keep you current, connected and confident.
                                                                                                                                                 On Tuesday, January 23 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Granite Briarpark Green, 3151 Briarpark Drive, come hear from four successful women who reinvented themselves after career breaks and/or career change:
  • Jacque Daughtry – Executive Director at Making It Better
  • Rupal Dhruva – Business Capabilities at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Carol Tesarek – Marketing Manager at Equipment Depot
  • Latricia Williams, SPHR, HRBP – U.S. Director of Recruitment & Development at Bray International
ReBoot Connect chapters meet twice monthly to listen to speakers and hold workshops and networking events. Topics range from learning hands-on tech skills to figuring out your passion and purpose and everything in between.  Questions? Contact Wende Gaikema, 281-813-9633.
                Learn how to develop a business plan with the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center on Tuesday, January 16

photo: Lone Star College

The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center kicks off the new year with Business Plan Basics, a seminar to help entrepreneurs develop a sound financial plan. 

“It can be intimidating for someone who has an idea to start a new business, but doesn’t know where to start,” said Miguel Lopez, LSC-SBDC executive director. “This seminar will provide quick and easy tips on how to create a plan to help them obtain financing and other key components.”

Business Plan Basics is the first in a series of sessions hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. The event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Pre-paid online registration is required. Please visit to learn more.

“In addition to financing, this program will also discuss how to focus ideas, identify specific business objectives, and chart and manage growth,” said Lopez.

To learn more, visit

Deer Lake Lodge and Spa hosts life changing workshops with Honor Godin and international celebrity Medium and Psychic, Armand Egidi

Deer Lake Lodge, a local resort and health spa, aims to energize, strengthen and enlighten the mind, body and soul.

Honor Godin

The New Year, New You Transformation Workshops with Godin, scheduled for Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6, 2018, will enable guests to design and create a new year with a fresh perspective on life. During the workshops, guests will receive direct instruction on how to consistently produce success. Individual coaching sessions with Godin will be available upon request throughout the weekend.  The January 5th event will be at 6-9 p.m. with the January 6th workshop at 5-8 p.m.

Egidi will return to Deer Lake Lodge on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 7-8:30 p.m. for a workshop that will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the world of Mediums and Psychics, while exploring the art of meditation.

Armand Egidi
photo: LinkedIn

If guests are interested in a deeper connection, Egidi is available for personal consultations from Thursday – Wednesday, January 11-17, 2018 to link guests with their guardian angels and loved ones who have passed away.

All events will be held at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa at 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd. in Montgomery, TX.

For more information, visit, email or call 936-647-1383. To schedule a 60 minute individual reading or 90 minute reading for two with Edidi, email

There is still time to catch the spectacular Magical Winter Lights – open every day, including Christmas and New Years until Jan. 2 at Gulf Greyhound Park

Don’t miss these incredible sights!
–  CHINESE ARTISANS: View Unique Sugar Painting, Chinese traditional folk art in which the artist creates a beautiful design out of caramelized sugar that is also edible and delicious.
– Authentic CHINESE LANTERNS in Houston designs – Houston Skyline, NASA Shuttle and the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall
          Magical Winter Lights bases its designs from Chinese lanterns and transforms them into larger-than-life remakes of well-known landmarks. The lantern festival embraces more than just the Chinese cultural elements by also creating lantern designs that speak to the local audience. See your preview here: 
          Additional entertainment beyond the lights include Live Bands, Free photos with Santa and Ice Sisters (professional photos available for purchase), Dino Rides as well as Carnival Rides and Festival Food.  
          Details available at


             Guests can give back this holiday season while saving on admission to Festival of Lights with Food Drive Thursdays

‘Tis the season to give back and Moody Gardens has the perfect opportunity for guests to do just that with Food Drive Thursdays.

The local need is especially big this season following Hurricane Harvey, but donations are noticeably lower than in past years. So far this season, guests have donated 716 pounds of non-perishable food items. All donations go to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Guests who bring a non-perishable food item to Moody Gardens will receive two-for-one admission to Festival of Lights on any Thursday through Jan. 4. The mile-long Festival of Lights trail, featuring more than 100 lighted displays and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink, is one of eight holiday attractions open through Jan. 7 at Moody Gardens. Guests who can are encouraged to bring more than one non-perishable food item to donate to the food banks.

Admission to Festival of Lights is $15.95 per person. Tickets include ice skating admission. Guests can bring their own ice skates or rent them at the rink. Information at



Space Center Houston offers a variety of age-appropriate, educational camp experiences from Dec 26-Jan 5 with children engaging in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities while learning about space exploration, taking part in space-themed, interactive experiences and exploring all that Space Center Houston has to offer!

This winter, camps will explore the once-in-a-lifetime world premiere exhibit, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. See the Apollo 11 command module that brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon and back during the first lunar landing. Space Center Houston also has the last lunar landing Apollo 17 command module in its collection – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore both under the same roof.

Campers aged 4-11 will enjoy STEM-focused activities that explore robotics, programming and the solar system. Register at

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.




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.