Grammy® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir presents “Candlelight Christmas” for holiday concert offering

In-person Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 and available on the Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage starting Dec. 26

The Grammy® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas” for its annual holiday concert, in which joyful music of the season will resound through the candlelit beauty of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston.

Photo by Jeff Grass Photography

The Houston Chamber Choir once again offers carols both old and new to welcome the Yuletide season. Make this an occasion to join family and friends in a Houston holiday tradition. In the giving spirit of the holidays, patrons are invited to bring items to donate to The Beacon, a nonprofit in downtown Houston that works to end homelessness and restore hope. Needed are small shampoos, conditioners, soaps and razors.

Founder and Artistic Director Robert Simpson will conduct the Houston Chamber Choir. Special guest will be international organ recitalist Daryl Robinson, Director of Organ Studies at the Moores School of Music and organist at Christ Church Cathedral. Additionally, the Houston Chamber Choir welcomes back the Treble Choir of Houston directed by Marianna Parnas-Simpson.

The choir performs at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002, on Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11. The concert is available on the Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage ( starting Sunday, Dec. 26.

Complimentary parking is available in the garage at 511 San Jacinto St., across from the Cathedral.

COST:  Single tickets for in-person and virtual concerts range from $10 to $25, with discounts for students, seniors, veterans/military and music educators. Full season digital subscriptions are available at $80. Go to to purchase single tickets or a subscription. 

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Options include new designs and classic creations to bring holiday cheer

Looking for just the right thing for the person who has everything? Need a corporate gift idea for employees, co-workers, clients or business associates? This year, spread holiday cheer and do something good with your gift-giving with the Houston Food Bank’s Holiday Cards with Hope.

The Houston Food Bank’s holiday card program makes gift-giving easy, all while providing food for better lives. Just make a donation in honor of friends, family, colleagues, clients, or anyone special to you and the Houston Food Bank will send them a card on your behalf. Holiday Cards with Hope are perfect for Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s!

Your donations will make a big impact – for every $1 donated to the Houston Food Bank, they can provide 3 full meals to a child, family or senior in need.  

Simply select a card type, pick your favorite design, and place your order!

Card types to choose from:

Honor Cards – minimum donation of $10 each
Make a donation in someone’s honor and the food bank will personalize and send a printed 5” x 7″ card on the donor’s behalf. Honor cards are printed with, “In the true spirit of the season, a gift has been given in your honor to the Houston Food Bank by” and personalized with your name or company name. Envelops also included. To expedite, please complete order details right away or food bank can mail cards directly to you, just select which mode.

Tribute Inserts  minimum donation of $5 each
Already have a holiday card picked out? Include a 4×6 tribute insert with your cards to let your recipients know a gift has been made in their honor. Tribute inserts are printed with, “A gift in your honor is helping the Houston Food Bank provide food and hope to thousands of hungry people this holiday season.” Tribute inserts will be mailed directly to the purchaser/donor.  

To see design options and place an order, visit  Please allow 7 days for processing and delivery of your holiday card orders. To expedite Honor Card orders, complete order details as soon as order is placed.

For questions, please contact Abby Trahan, annual giving coordinator at or 832-963-0106. 

The Historic Third Ward Virtual Tour is put on by Shawanna Renee Rivon, a Houston playwright and is sponsored by Catastrophic Theatre

If you’re looking for something fun to do from home, go on a virtual tour of one of Houston’s historic African American communities, the Third Ward!

The Third Ward is also one of Houston’s oldest communities. The history of this area is so rich and a lot of the stories may not be known even to native Houstonians! 

The Historic Third Ward Virtual Tour is a historical documentary with a collection of interviews, historical information, storytelling by artists, activists and community elders. You’ll learn all about this beautiful community and be inspired by the stories of these individuals. Since the tour is virtual, you can experience the rich history of the third ward from the comfort of your home!

You can view the tour at


Bayou City Art Festival Returns to Downtown Houston in the Fall 

The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), the producer of Bayou City Art Festival, will welcome artists, patrons and supporters back for Houston’s signature art event. The in-person festival, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, will be held in Downtown Houston, along Allen Parkway and Sam Houston Park, on Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10, 2021, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.    

Online early bird tickets will soon be available at for $15 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children five and under are free. Adult tickets purchased after September 24, 2021 are $18. Online pre-purchased tickets are required to enter the festival. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and can only be purchased online.


Tour Stops in Houston on Sat Sep 11 at the House of Blues Houston

Ronny Chieng is a stand up comedian, actor and Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He starred in the worldwide hit movie Crazy Rich Asians and on his Netflix stand up comedy special “Asian Comedian Destroys America!”. He has featured on NBC’s Young Rock, Godzilla vs Kong, Bliss, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the New York Times, and GQ. He will be starring in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Disney’s Doogie Kamealoha M.D and tech horror thriller M3GAN.

Produced by Live Nation, the 10-date tour kicks off September 10th, 2021 in Dallas, TX at House of Blues Dallas with stops in Houston, San Francisco, Washington D.C, and more before wrapping up with a newly announced show in Atlanta, GA at Buckhead Theatre on December 17th, 2021. 

Tickets go on sale beginning on Friday, July 30th at 10AM Local Time on

Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park is back on Thursday, July 15

Benefiting Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the event costs $10 for admission (cash only) for one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair, or snag one of the tables at the park. Packets go on sale at 6 p.m. and Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. 



Evening to Feature Stevie The Photo Bus and Concessions by Bovine & Barley with Adult Ice Cream Truck; Free Alto Ride Share Gift Cards for First 75 Attendees

 Regent Square continues to host its complimentary outdoor programming for Montrose area residents and visitors.

The Parkway’s third Thursday Cinematic Throwback takes guests to 932 AD with a screening of the 1975 cult classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail. The sketch comedy follows King Arthur and his squire Patsy as they search for knights to join the Round Table and venture out on a quest to find The Holy Grail. 

There will be a contest for best watch party setup – shrubbery not required for entry, but strongly encouraged. The winning setup will receive a $100 gift card to The Hay Merchant. Stevie The Photo Bus will add to the merriment with medieval costume selfies. Concessions will be sold by Bovine & Barley’s Adult Ice Cream Truck. The first 75 guests will each receive a $50 gift card from new luxury ride service Alto.

Gate opens at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8 p.m.  Upcoming installaments of Cinematic Throwback will feature School of Rock on August 19 and Selena on September 16.

 The Parkway at Regent Square is located at the southwest corner of Allen Parkway and Dunlavy across from Buffalo Bayou Park.  

The 8th Wonder Follies | A Night of Boozy Burlesque
8th Wonder Distillery to host a night of boozy burlesque on June 12

Valentina J’adore and 8th Wonder Distillery are hosting a night of boozy burlesque and sexy, sparkly fun.

Located on the 8th Wonder Distillery Stage and featuring classic acts from Houston’s best burlesque artists, The 8th Wonder Follies promises a thrilling evening of intimate, elegant performances and rowdy fun. Hosts will guide you through the show with humor and wit. Attendees should prepare to be delighted by feather fans, old Hollywood glamour and delicious cocktails.

This event is open to adults 21+ and each performance will feature a different rotation of performers to ensure ticket holders never see the same show twice.

There is a two drink minimum per guest (non alcoholic beverages included). Doors will open for seating at 10:00 p.m. Social distancing will be enforced and masks are required when not seated at your table.


Tickets On-Sale Friday, May 21st at 10 AM EST

Taking revenge on the year that was 2020, Andrew Schulz created and stars in SCHULZ SAVES AMERICA now streaming on Netflix, This four-part special tackled last year’s most divisive topics. And Schulz remains one of  most viewed stand-up comedians in the world.

A native New Yorker, Schulz is known for his hilariously unapologetic takes and wild off-the-cuff interactions with the crowd. His stand up clips posted on YouTube have amassed over 252 million views, and his latest comedy special THE CROWD WORK SPECIAL has been viewed over 4 million times.  His other specials 441 and VIEWS FROM THE CIS have been viewed over 18 million times. Schulz’s debut comedy album 551 was #1 on Billboard, Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music. His two podcasts – THE BRILLIANT IDIOTS and FLAGRANT 2 – receive over 2 million listens per week. 

West Sandy Creek Winery Announces Spring/Summer Musical Lineup

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to unwind this summer, West Sandy Creek Winery, located mid-way between Montgomery and Huntsville, is the perfect destination.  

Nestled on the edge of the Sam Houston National Forest, the winery will offer live entertainment this spring and summer with various musical performances. While guests sip their wine and soak in the stunning views, they can enjoy a variety of tunes from these local area musicians:

  • Sunday, May 9th (Mother’s Day)-Guthrie Jones (eclectic acoustic music), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 14th  , Kyle Mathis (instrumentalist and vocalist), 4p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Sunday, May 30th (Memorial Day weekend), A Night of Jazz with Dan and Jack, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 13th, Byron Haynie (guitarist, vocalist, songwriter), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 25th, Kyle Mathis (instrumentalist and vocalist), 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. , 
  • Friday, July 16th, Emily Cole (pop singer/songwriter), 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A family-friendly place to spend a weekend afternoon, the winery is home to several horses, cows, goats, chickens, dogs, and two zebronkeys. Guests may bring their dogs to the winery and can make reservations to stay for a night or two in one of the onsite cabins. 

The winery’s tasting room is now open with limited seating and social distancing measures in place. Patio seating has expanded, providing plenty of space for people to spread out.  

Tickets for any of the concerts are available through Eventbrite and can be accessed here. For more information about West Sandy Creek Winery, visit

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency to Host Spring Membership Luncheon honoring 7th Annual Barbara Devetski College Scholarship Winners

A virtual and in-person luncheon on Friday, May 14, 2021
     The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit providing Houston-area women and girls with the        tools needed to be advocates for their health, is hosting a combination virtual and in-person Spring Membership Luncheon at Tony’s on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. 


Guests who would like to attend virtually are invited to pick up their exquisite three-course meal from Tony’s and participate from the comfort of their home. In-person program guests will be welcomed at Tony’s with limited availability. For the safety of all at the in-person luncheon, no more than six guests will be seated at a table and face masks will be required when guests are not seated at their table. Members of The Women’s Fund can enjoy the virtual or in-person membership luncheon for $30 and $40 for non-members.
During the luncheon, The Women’s Fund will announce the winners of the 7th Annual Barbara Devetski College Scholarship Essay Contest. Two college-bound, graduating high school senior girls will each receive a $2,500 scholarship towards tuition for the 2021 fall semester. In addition, the luncheon will feature a “Life After the Pandemic” presentation by Frene’ LaCour-Chestnut, M.D., Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine and a physician who is dual board-certified in both internal medicine and pediatric. 
Members receive invitations to all events, educational seminars and webinars, e-newsletter subscriptions, access to The Women’s Fund’s electronic membership directory and special pricing for future membership luncheons. As a member, supporters can ensure that The Women’s Fund continues to make a difference in the lives of women and young girls by making a gift at the $50, $150 or $250 level.
For 42 years, The Women’s Fund has educated girls and women in the Houston-area through classes, workshops, lectures and publications that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills to current and future health risks. Dedicated to ensuring positive health outcomes for individuals and communities, The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000 women and adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year at no cost.
For more information about the Spring Membership Luncheon,  visit and to support The Women’s Fund as a member, visit  

 Ford v. Ferrari Race Cars to Headline Keels and Wheels 2021

Keels and Wheels 25th Anniversary Concours d’Elegance is pleased to announce that the cars from the movie Ford v. Ferrari will be headlining their event this year.

Ford v. Ferrari is an Academy Award winning sports drama that depicts the journey to the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. The trio of Ford GT40’s beats the previously dominant Ferrari team.

The Ken Miles Hero Car GT40 Mark II Replica, from the Michael & Kimberly Newman collection, is the true star of the movie. The Replica emulates details of the original vehicle, including the amazing jet-black interior design. The GT40 is powered by a Roush 427 1R V-8 engine and employs a rear-exit “Bundles of Snakes” exhaust. The famous 1966 blue livery is emblazoned with a bold number “1” in homage to the legendary GT40 that is now showcased at the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Ferrari 330 P3 #27 was a stunt car used in the high-speed passes in Ford v. Ferrari. The Ferrari was built to be a racing car (not just a movie prop) by Billy Stabile, President of the Hollywood Car Company, and Race Car Replicas of Michigan. This stunning replica shines in crimson glory with 625 Horsepower and weighs only 2,300 pounds. The punishment that these vehicles underwent in the 24 Hours of LeMans race is visible in the gritty painting detail.

25th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook on May 1-2, 2021.

American Heart Association Houston Chapter to Host Heart of Houston on February 11, 2021

Grammy-Award winning cellist, Yo-Yo Ma to perform

American Heart Association’s Houston Chapter is pivoting from the annual, glamorous Heart Ball to an exciting digital experience – Heart of Houston.

photo by Jason Bell

Join the heart-healthy organization on Thursday, February 11, 2021 for a lively and festive virtual event supporting and celebrating the mission of the American Heart Association and their collective success in driving change, funding science and improving behaviors. The new Heart of Houston campaign takes philanthropic efforts beyond the ballroom, working daily to help every heart, improve the struggles of our neighbors and increase the impact of community partners.

Guests can dress up in ball gowns and tuxes or cozy up in their loungewear and enjoy this signature event from the comfort of their own homes. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious bites and decadent sips delivered to their doors as they tune-in to the digital experience featuring heartfelt conversations with event chairs, Lisa and Jerry Simon. Virtual attendees will also have the chance to bid on luxury live and silent auctions items, as well as a case of 100 point wines and other delectable finds in the wine auction.

One of the most exciting aspects of the event will be the exclusive opportunity for virtual party-goers to watch world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform. Yo-Yo Ma’s performance on the Heart of Houston program will deliver a message of hope, similar to that of his most recent performance at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration concert.

Ticket and sponsorship available at 

Home School Day on Feb. 19 at Space Center Houston

Discover space science and engineering through innovative activities and special guest speakers at our Home School Day. This incredible event provides a discount for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of inspiring STEM activities.

Make the museum your classroom:   Hear first-hand space exploration stories from a NASA astronaut. Experience our Pop-Up Science Lab demonstrations, discover our live presentations about life aboard the International Space Station and the science behind combustion.

Explore our exhibits including our SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. It’s one of only two SpaceX Falcon 9 boosters on display and the first commercial space exhibit for Space Center Houston. Walk underneath this marvel of reusable space technology.

More information at

Space Center Houston and NASA Announce Phase 2 Qualifiers of Space Robotics Challenge, Phase 2

Space Center Houston and NASA announce the Phase 2 qualifiers of the NASA Space Robotics Challenge, presented by BHP. The international robotics competition includes 22 teams from around the world, including the United States, Spain, Japan, South Australia and South Korea, who achieved scores qualifying them to compete for the final competition round prize purse, which could be used to continue research and discovery.

The competition was developed in partnership by Space Center Houston and NASA Centennial Challenges and focuses on developing fully autonomous robotic system operations, navigation and decision-making capabilities that will be tested on robotic systems within a simulated lunar environment.

The challenge is a part of Space Center Houston’s Innovation Gateway community science initiative. This program empowers the public with authentic learning experiences that contribute to real scientific research.

Learn more at

Space Center Houston is registering now for Spring Explorer Camps coming from March 15-19, 2021

Space Center Houston is bringing back its age-appropriate inspiring camp experiences with safety top of mind. Offered for children from 6 to 18, they’re planning on an  experience perfect for your child.

The Clean Room Explorer Camp experience was inspired by NASA clean room procedures to educate our campers in an immersive way while also maintaining health and safety. Additionally, class sizes will be limited to allow everyone to follow social distancing and sanitation practices.

Register at

The Puranik Foundation Launches “Devices For Dreams” Fundraising Campaign

Houston-based foundation raising $25,000 for 100 tablets for under-resourced children in India

Houstonian Rani Puranik, Executive Director of The Puranik Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Houston and operating a private residential school in India, is pleased to announce the launch of Devices For Dreams – a fundraising campaign to raise $25,000 for 100 tablets to help children that attend the Vision International Learning Center (VILC) in Pune, India to fulfill their dreams by providing them with the tools and resources to achieve them.
“Distance learning is becoming a challenge for children who live in under-resourced areas and third-world countries,” said Puranik, Executive Director of The Puranik Foundation and CFO of Worldwide Oilfield Machine. “The pandemic has forced schools like ours to transition to virtual learning with limited resources. We are determined to empower children, help them achieve their dreams, and make sure they have access to a computer and internet to learn and succeed.”
The Puranik Foundation’s “Devices For Dreams” campaign goal is to raise enough funds by December 25, 2020 to purchase 100 tablets for the children attending VILC. The campaign will provide a digital device and resources for children to continue learning online and at a distance. Individuals, organizations and corporations can support the campaign by donating at various levels that include:
  • $250 to cover the cost of one tablet inclusive of all accessories for one child (tablet, keypad, case, screen protector and insurance)
  • $100 for device accessories only
  • $50 for digital device insurance only
  • Other (any amount)

In addition to a monetary donation of any amount, the Puranik Foundation is also encouraging supporters to help spread the word via social media and share the information to connect the foundation to donors. Campaign donors and supporters will receive recognition in various formats, including social media. For more information about “Devices For Dreams,” to contribute and support, visit

Houston Chamber Choir presents A Time to Bring Hope for 2020 holiday concert offering 

Virtual concert is Dec. 20 as part of the new Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage

On Dec. 20, the Grammy® award-winning Houston Chamber Choir, led by Founder and Artistic Director Robert Simpson, presents A Time to Bring Hope, the second offering of the 2020-2021 virtual season, To Everything a Season. The Houston Chamber Choir’s annual tradition of coming together to celebrate the promise of hope and peace at Christmas continues. The company offers joyous new performances and shares fond reflections from seasons past. Singing is at the very heart of the holiday season, and the Choir is eager to share favorite carols and new material from around the world.

The new Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage kicked off Nov. 22 with A Time to Give Thanks and includes five customized and heartfelt concert videos created to remind audiences that even in difficult times like these, beauty and joy can be found throughout the changing seasons of our lives.

The Chamber Choir Digital Stage offers world-class performances to music aficionados across the globe. People on every continent can access inspiring concerts, dynamic original programming with behind-the-scenes footage, favorites from the archive and the popular podcast, With One Accord from this Grammy® Award winning professional choir. Beautiful music is at one’s fingertips with a wi-fi connection.

Online access is available at

An annual subscription for the entire season can be purchased at the introductory price of $40, providing unlimited viewing of five concerts on the Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage, in addition to access to curated content and extras. Beginning September 2021, introductory pricing will end, and all future Chamber Choir Digital Subscriptions will cost $80 annually.

A rental option is available for $9.99, with individual access to the concert of your choosing for three days. Watch the concert as many times as you like during the three-day rental period. Alternately, one can purchase unlimited access to their preferred concert from the Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage for $24.99 or choose the option to “set your own price.”

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Photo credit: Jeff Grass Photography.


Find that perfect gift for friends and loved ones at the CityPlace Holiday Pop Up Market presented by DASH on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Social distancing will be in effect with masks required for dealers and guests.

Browse offerings on and around CityPlace Plaza from more than 20 premier vendors showcasing upscale home accessories, art, jewelry, clothing, handcrafted ornaments and more.

The event, which is free to attend, will also feature grab and go offering like croissants and cider from Common Bond Bistro & Bakery and Island Grill, plus live music from David Delagarza & Co. and Danville Station.

Complementing the market are two one-of-a-kind holiday attractions that bring additional shimmer to CityPlace’s waterfront plaza: a floating, 35-foot Christmas tree that rises from the main pond and the district’s inaugural gingerbread village installation, a super-sized version anchored by a 16-foot tall house.

Houston-based DASH (Design | Art | Style | Home) produce highly curated home décor and gift markets that bring together a collection of local and national dealers to give Houston shoppers an all-inclusive experience as they discover the finest home accessories, art, jewelry, clothing, and gifts under one roof.

 CityPlace Plaza is located at 1200 Lake Plaza Drive in Spring.  Photo by Alex Montoya.

Worlds AIDS Day Coming in December

Save the date for the annual World AIDS Day event, hosted virtually by AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The annual fundraiser, emceed this year by Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse, will support AFH in its mission to end the HIV epidemic in Houston and to provide education, testing, housing and supportive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

Participants will hear from speakers including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Judge Linda Hidalgo, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, fashion designer Mondo Guerra, Dr. Bruce Richmond and more. Event programming will also feature testimonials from AFH board members and clients, surprise performances, and the presentation of the 2020 Shelby Hodge Vision Award by the award’s namesake, Shelby Hodge. Tickets for the event start from $5.

For more information or to register for the event, visit

Houston Arboretum presents Sip & Stroll outdoor event on Nov. 19 with peek at the newly renovated Nature Center 

Enjoy a quiet evening out on the Houston Arboretum trails and get a behind-the-scenes look at the newly renovated Nature Center with the Arboretum’s Sip & Stroll outdoor event. The dimly lit walk will include two glasses of wine or Saint Arnold beer, delicious cheese offerings from GRAZE HTX and a limited-edition Echinacea etched wine glass to take home. All pairs and pods of people must maintain a distance of at least six feet on the trails and masks must be worn while inside the Nature Center. 

Parking is free for all guests on Thursdays, but please do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Registration is required, and all guests in the party must be present before entering the trail.

This event is rain or shine, but should flooding occur, the rain date is Nov. 20. No refunds will be processed unless the event is completely cancelled.

WHEN:                 Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (with staggered arrival times)

WHERE:                 Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., Houston, 77024

TARIFF:                 $40 member / $45 nonmember; Ages 21 and up


MORE:                  For questions of more information, call 713-681-8433.

Photo: Anthony Ranbun 

Ancient Hauntings: Archaeology Now presents “The First Ghost Stories” 

To Be Held on Saturday, October 31 at 3 p.m.

  Just in time for Halloween, Archaeology Now, the Archaeological Institute of America – Houston Society, is exploring the first ghost stories with Dr. Irving Finkel, the assistant keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian Script at The British Museum.

In this illustrated talk, Dr. Finkel will discuss how the near-universal belief in ghosts goes back since the beginning of time; and reveal how the oldest known writing, in cuneiform script on tablets of clay, gives us a full picture of the ancient Mesopotamian ghost experience: who might be expected to be a ghost, how to keep the dead happy in the Netherworld, how to banish annoying ghosts that keep appearing, and how to summon the dead to come back and disclose the future. 

No one need be frightened!

The lecture is FREE and available via Zoom: 

For more information, call 713-364-6344 or

 Give ’em pumpkin to talk about with your fall family photos this year at Hope Farms!

Recipe for Success’s Hope Farms has the perfect Autumn Harvest setup that will get you in the fall spirit.

Bring your camera and enjoy vignettes featuring pumpkins, hay bales and a charming antique tractor. Whether you dress in costume or your favorite coordinated fall outfits, it will be a fun time for the entire family.

Make your reservation for Saturday October 24th or Saturday, October 31st between 9:15 and 12:45 online here. 

After your photoshoot, make sure to stop by the Farm Stand and pick up freshly harvested produce. Customers can also order online for seamless, drive-through pick up. 

2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market Early Bird Day Access Passes

On Sale Now Through November 6 

Wells Fargo Early Bird Day Access Passes are now available for Wednesday, November 11, opening day of the 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market. Early Bird access is $30 and gives shoppers first dibs on all the incredible merchandise, plus exclusive Early Bird Day-only offerings, including discounts, promotions, giveaways and more. Early Bird shoppers will receive continued access into the Virtual Market every day through December 11. 

Starting on November 12, all shoppers will have FREE access to the Virtual Market and will have continued access to shop the Market through December 11.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is the largest single fundraising event for Houston Ballet. Given the challenges of 2020, including the cancellation of Nutcracker Market SPRING earlier this year, Houston Ballet and Nutcracker Market need the support of the community now more than ever to keep the arts alive, retain staff, and help dancers get back on stage.

Proceeds from Early Bird Day plus 11% of all merchandise sales from the Virtual Market supports the various programs of Houston Ballet, its Academy and scholarship programs.

 To get Early Bird Day Access Pass to the 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market, visit 

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency to Host Virtual “Doc Talk” on September 11, 2020

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be advocates for their health is hosting a “Doc Talk” presentation on Trauma Triggers and Autoimmune Answers: A Personal Testimony and Wisdom with Brooke Goldner, M.D. on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 12 p.m. 

Dr. Goldner is a board-certified medical doctor, plant-based healer and author of three best-selling books. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University for genetic research in leukemia and neurobiology, attended the Temple University School of Medicine and was Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency. She also holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

The Women’s Fund Doc Talk, a now virtual series of conversations with medical professionals on cutting edge and trending health topics, is offered at no cost and is in partnership with The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. Guests can join from the comfort of their home with Casey Curry as the moderator via Zoom video. The conversation will be posted afterward on The Women’s Fund website and Facebook Page.

For 41 years, The Women’s Fund has educated girls and women in the Houston-area through classes, workshops, lectures and publications that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills to current health risks. Dedicated to ensuring positive health outcomes for individuals and communities, The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000 women and adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year.

For more information on The Women’s Fund visit and to register for The Women’s Fund Doc Talk, visit

New Elliptical Stand-Up Paddleboards now available at Riva Row Boat House

he Woodlands Township is now offering pedalboards or “elliptical stand-up paddleboards (SUPs)” as a new and exciting rental option at Riva Row Boat House. Elliptical SUPs are being added to the many rental options already available at Riva Row, including standard/pedal-powered single and tandem (or double) kayaks, standard stand-up paddleboards, swan pedal boats and water bikes.

These unique additions to The Woodlands Waterway will be positioned in the lower level of the waterway along with other kayaks and paddleboards. Riders looking for a new type of stand-up paddleboard adventure will be able to explore The Woodlands Waterway lower canal and Lake Woodlands – now without having to paddle.

The first pedal-powered SUPs offered in the 11-year history of Riva Row Boat House are the “Mirage Eclipse Dura” model elliptical SUPs, manufactured by Hobie, Inc. They are built for one rider with a maximum weight of 200 pounds. The Township currently has four (4) of the new elliptical SUPs.

Each elliptical SUP can be rented for just $30/hour. Other rental options at Riva Row Boat House will continue to include: standard single kayaks ($15/hour), standard tandem kayaks ($20/hour), standard stand-up paddleboards ($20/hour), single pedal kayaks ($25/hour), tandem pedal kayaks ($30/hour), swan pedal boats ($25/hour), and water bikes ($25/hour). Prices listed are for the first hour; additional hours for any boat are just $5 each. Lifejackets are always included in every rental.

Riva Row Boat House is currently open from 9 a.m. until sunset, with the last boat going out one hour before sunset. Both Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boat House are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Age limits and rules for use of the elliptical SUPs are similar to all other rentals of the Riva Row Boat House fleet. Ages 10 to 15 can ride with parent or guardian accompanying them out on the water in a nearby boat. Ages 16 and up can venture out alone or with friends if their liability waiver has been previously signed by a parent. Pets are not allowed on the elliptical SUPs unless they are documented service animals.

Elliptical SUPs are easy to navigate and are great for those with limited upper body strength or mobility and those looking for a lower body exercise.

During Phase III of The Governor’s Plan to Open Texas, Riva Row Boat House is operating by walk-ups only, although advance reservations can be taken for large groups on weekdays. Certain protective measures have been put in place to allow for safe social distancing and to protect both customers and staff from the spread of COVID-19. These procedures include online completion of liability waivers, increased cleanings of surfaces and equipment before and after each use, physical barriers, credit/debit only for all payments (no cash or checks accepted) and staff are currently not able to physically help customers into the boats. Verbal cues and supervision are provided.

For more information about the recreational offerings at Riva Row Boat House, please visit

June Volunteer Theme Nights_Houston Food Bank

Houston Food Bank has the following volunteer theme shifts scheduled, and they need the public’s help to hep provide food for the community!  Register today at

Friday, June 19th, Happy Juneteenth! 8 a.m. – noon | 1 – 4 p.m. | 6 – 9:00 p.m.; Come celebrate Juneteenth at the Houston Food Bank! Wear your favorite Kente cloth or dashiki.

Sunday, June 21st, Happy Father’s Day! 9 a.m. – noon; Join us for Father’s Day! Bring your dad to volunteer or rock your favorite dad outfit!

Wednesday, June 24th, Pride Rainbow Day: 8 a.m. – noon | 1 – 4 p.m. | 6 – 9:00 p.m.’ Come celebrate Pride with the Houston Food Bank by wearing your favorite rainbow gear!

For questions regarding volunteering, please email: or 

For questions regarding theme details, please email:

Space Center Houston Hosting Virtual Campout  at 6 p.m. on June 5

Grab your camping gear and head to the backyard because the night sky is calling us to camp out. During this unique time, Space Center Houston will be hosting a Virtual Campout 6-9 p.m. CT June 5.

Land on the moon with this special campout.  Hear from NASA astronaut Nicole Stott as she shares her mission experiences. Design and build your own lunar habitat. Learn about the phases of our Moon. Explore other moons of the solar system during our planetarium show. Use household items to make science come to life in your backyard!

Ordinarily, Space Center Houston’s Campouts are paid programs. Recognizing financial difficulties the COVID-19 crisis has created for many people, Space Center Houston wants everyone to be able to participate and enjoy these educational and fun programs without price being a barrier.

The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredricksburg to Offer Limited, Guided Visits Beginning May 15

Phase I of plan to gradually reopen museum 

As part of its efforts to carefully reopen the museum, the National Museum of the Pacific War’s phased approach will begin with guided visits for groups of up to nine persons beginning May 15. These visits must be reserved, in advance, on the museum’s website. A limited number of tours will be offered Wednesday through Sunday weekly.

The small, socially-distanced experiences will give the feel of a “private tour.” Each tour will run approximately two and a half hours and will include both the recently renovated Admiral Nimitz Gallery and the George H.W. Bush Gallery. Museum guides are knowledgeable about exhibits and features of the museum and can answer questions throughout. The 9:00 A.M. reservation times will be exclusively for museum members.

The museum is following precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as national and state guidelines to ensure both staff and guests have a safe, enjoyable visit. As a safety precaution, face masks must be worn by all museum staff and are required of those who participate in the guided visits inside the museum building. Disposable masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own. Touchless hand-sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout the museum. The limited schedule of tours allow enough time for sanitizing in between groups.

“We are looking forward to greeting visitors back to the museum, albeit in a much smaller capacity in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved. These small-group visits are a wonderful way to get an enriching museum experience that is perfect for first-timers and returning guests alike,” said National Museum of the Pacific War Director, Rorie Cartier.

To reserve space, go to or call (830) 997-8600.

To experience more of what the museum has to offer virtually from home, check out new episodes of Nimitz Minitz every Tuesday and Thursday and Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War every Wednesday posted on the museum’s Youtube channel. Plus, new Facebook live streams every Friday and other online resources for distance learners.

To stay up to date on the museum’s continuing phases of reopening, be sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Deadline Extended for Call for Entries:  Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance

The 25th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance has extended the deadline for classic car, boat and vintage motorcycle entries for the event that has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 2020 due to the public health threat from the Coronavirus.
Entry forms for the 2020 Keels & Wheels are available online here and must be submitted no later than August 15, 2020. Only 200 automobiles, 100 boats and 20 motorcycles will be selected. Potential exhibitors are asked to submit photos of the entry, along with year, make, model, owner information, and a brief history of the entry. Keels & Wheels does not typically consider any automobiles newer than 1972 for entry in the event. 
The Concours will feature Pre-War Packards, Corvettes (1953-1972), Porsche (1948-1973), and Vintage Motorcycles. The event will also feature Century Boats and Yellow Jacket Boats. Owners of classic cars, motorcycles and vintage boats are encouraged to register for the judged competition. The classic boating side of the event is sanctioned by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, an international organization established to standardize the judging procedure.
The weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, TX, a bayside suburb of Houston and attracts more than 10,000 attendees. The car, boat and motorcycle exhibitors come from every part of the United States, contributing to the more than $1.8 million that the Concours has raised to date for local charities.
Sixty car and 20 boat judges evaluate nearly 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats. In addition, Keels & Wheels welcomes celebrity and VIP judges to participate in honoring select vehicles and boats. An additional team of judges will evaluate the vintage motorcycles on display.
For more information about submitting your classic automobile, motorcycle or antique boat, booking your hotel reservations and more, please visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Discovery Green Launches Live Streaming of Select Park Events for Houstonians Practicing Social Distancing

With park events canceled through May 15, Discovery Green Conservancy is now offering live virtual programming in order to continue its mission to be a source of health and happiness for the community. Programming will include classes, educational opportunities and more.

Upcoming classes include Tai Chi led by Four Dragons Institute on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. and Yoga with YouniverSoul Fest on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Find the full schedule at the link here, and continue to check back as events are updated regularly.


Second Annual Spring Market Fundraiser Canceled Amid Development of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Plans for Online Marketplace in the Works

Following the recommendations from the City of Houston and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market SPRING has decided to cancel their shopping fundraiser scheduled for April 17-19 at NRG Center, due to the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The event was set to bring 160 merchants from across the country to NRG Center. Along with the annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market held in November, Nutcracker Market SPRING is a fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs.

“We are deeply saddened to cancel our Spring shopping event,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “However, the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19 has proven too risky for the health, safety and welfare of our shoppers, merchants, committee members, sponsors, volunteers and staff. This is the right decision to keep our community safe and healthy.”

Customers who have already purchased tickets to the event are eligible to receive full refunds.  Visit for more information on all ticket refund options. The deadline is June 30.

In an effort to help out the small businesses affected by the cancellation of this event and other similar events around the country, the Nutcracker Market staff is currently in the planning stages of creating a “virtual marketplace” Facebook group, where participating merchants can showcase their products, allowing customers the opportunity to shop for merchandise from the comfort of their homes. One hundred percent of sales from the virtual market will go directly to the merchants.

The Nutcracker Market staff aims to have the virtual market in place and available to shoppers by March 25. More information will be announced on the Nutcracker Market website and their social media pages once details are confirmed.

Spark Christian Podcast Conference to host inaugural training and networking event for podcasters

Event will be held at Marriott Spring Hill Suites at Northwest on February 21-22, 2020 

Spark CPC is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast conference event called Spark Christian Podcast Conference. Spark was created to inspire and connect Christian podcasters.

For more information and to register:

“SPARK attendees will be equipped to create, launch, and market the podcast of their dreams” said Misty Phillip, Founder of Spark Christian Podcast Conference.

Phillip is a local author of The Struggle is Real:But So is God and host of the By His Grace podcast.

At SPARK attendees will gain the skills necessary to create great content and feel more confident about hosting a podcast. Develop marketing strategies for audience growth, and monetization.

Cutting-edge tools and training to help understand their analytics, streamline the interview/guest process, and gain more listeners.



On Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., philanthropic animal lovers will gather at the Hotel Zaza in Houston’s Museum District for the 7th annual Wags and Whiskers, formerly the Best Friends Brunch, benefiting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Animeals program. The “On Broadway” themed event will feature a pet fashion show, silent auction, and more.

This year’s brunch is hosted in honor of longtime Interfaith Ministries and Animeals supporters Fred G. Marshall and in memory of his wife Linda Marshall. Brunch Chair M.A. Shute along with Honorary Chair Don A. Sanders will host this year’s event with their fashion forward furry friends.
Animeals was started over ten years ago when Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels drivers discovered that seniors were sharing their food with their beloved pets. Today, Animeals provides free pet food, toys, and preventative vet care for more than 1,300 dogs and cats.
Casey Curry will emcee the fun and feisty event, and guests will enjoy a champagne reception and silent auction before the program begins. More than 200 guests are expected to join underwriters Fred G. Marshall, Don A. Sanders, M.A. Shute, and Sysco alongside Interfaith Ministries board members and executives.
Tickets and table sponsorships are available at:

Thought Leader Series: Commercial Crew on Jan. 9  7 p.m. at Space Center Houston

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS).

Explore NASA’s Commercial Crew program with industry experts in the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series, presented by University of Texas Medical Branch, 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

This evening event is free to the public, however a ticket is required because space is limited.

Get tickets at

Book Launch of Drawing Is Everything: Founding Gifts of the Menil Drawing Institute

Wednesday, December 11 at 5–7 p.m. at the Menil Drawing Institute

The public is invited to a book launch celebrating the Menil’s new publication, Drawing Is Everything: Founding Gifts of the Menil Drawing Institute.

There will be remarks at 6 p.m. from Menil Collection Director Rebecca Rabinow, John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator, Menil Drawing Institute Edouard Kopp, and Director of Publishing Joseph Newland. There will be a selection of drawings from the collection on view in the Drawing Room.

Featuring outstanding 19th and 20th-century drawings promised or bequeathed to the Menil Collection for the opening of the Menil Drawing Institute, this elegant volume is a testament to the growing significance of drawings as stand-alone artworks over the past century.

The drawings come from the private collections of Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney, and include works by artists such as Bruce Nauman, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Eva Hesse, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. With essays by Menil Drawing Institute Chief Curator Edouard Kopp, noted scholars John Elderfield and Richard Shiff, and artist Terry Winters.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. This night only, visitors will be offered a 10% discount on purchases of the book.


Ronald McDonald House Houston Presents 2019 BOO BALL on October 26 at the Hilton Americas-Houston

The 2019 Boo Ball benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston (RMH Houston) will be an evening of spook-tacular fun!  The event will be 6:30-11:30 p.m.

RMH Houston supporters, Liliya and Matthew Kades, will serve as the chairs for this year’s soiree. Emceeing the night’s festivities will be Magician, Ben Jackson and the evening’s entertainment will be provided by DJ Ash, L.A.’s hottest female DJ, singer, and performer.  She has played some of the most elite and epic events around the globe, performing with a wide range of legends from Snoop to Garth Brooks and Enrique to Justin Timberlake.

Guests are encouraged to dress in black tie or their most ghoulish Halloween-inspired attire.

To further support the nonprofit, guests can participate in live and silent auctions as well as a bone-chilling wine auction throughout the event. Proceeds from Boo Ball will help support the nonprofit’s mission of providing a home away from home for families with seriously ill children.

Last year Boo Ball raised over $970,000 and brought together over 700 of RMH Houston’s biggest supporters.

Individual tickets are $500. Tables start at $5,000. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. For more information, tickets and sponsorship, visit


WHO: Sarah Lowe, creator of The Art Cellar of Houston, and Guerra Studios founder Marco Guerra will showcase their signature ART IS AN Outdoor Market series at Uptown’s Post Oak Central campus on the first and second Thursday of each month during fall.

WHAT: A sampling of vendors participating in the seasonal, outdoor showcase include acrylic painter Res-Q-Me; Black Tea Café featuring water color prints, tea towels and pillows; Oils.Earth showcasing small batch, crystal-infused essential oil blends; all-natural skin care product purveyor TSYI Naturals, local clothing brand State Line Designs; craft bakeshops The Baker’s Man offering mini bundt cakes for any occasion, Great Harvest Bread Co for
handmade breads and dry soup mixes and Bird & Twine known for their macarons, cookies and cake pops; plus jewelry lines Modern Artifacts; Two Little Byrds, Olmox and Brenda Grands.

WHEN: Every second Tuesday, beginning October 8 and ending December 10 at 10 am – 3 pm

WHERE: Post Oak Central, Central greenspace at 1990 Post Oak Blvd.


WHO: Sarah Lowe, creator of The Art Cellar of Houston, and Guerra Studios founder Marco Guerra will showcase their signature ART IS AN Outdoor Market series at Greenway Plaza on the first and second Thursday of each month during fall.

WHAT: A sampling of vendors participating in the seasonal showcase include acrylic painter ResQ-Me; Black Tea Café featuring water color prints, tea towels and pillows; Oils.Earth showcasing small batch, crystal-infused essential oil blends; all-natural skin care product purveyor TSYI Naturals, local clothing brand State Line Designs; craft bakeshops The Baker’s Man offering mini bundt cakes for any occasion, Great Harvest Bread Co for handmade breads and dry soup mixes and Bird & Twine known for their macarons, cookies and cake pops; plus jewelry lines Modern Artifacts; Two Little Byrds, Olmox and Brenda Grands.

WHEN: Every first and second Thursday, beginning October 3 and ending December 12 at 10 am – 3 pm

WHERE: First Thursday at The Hub at Three Greenway Plaza; direct access through the building’s garage level lobby

Fred Baldwin Reading and Book Signing: Dear Mr. Picasso: An Illustrated Love Affair with Freedom
Wednesday, August 28 at 7–8 p.m. in the Main Building

Noted photographer and co-founder of FotoFest, Fred Baldwin has recently published his memoir, Dear Mr. Picasso: An Illustrated Love Affair with Freedom. The book begins with Baldwin’s encounter with Pablo Picasso in 1955, a life-changing event that emboldened Baldwin to embrace a peripatetic life as a photojournalist. A highly engaging speaker, Baldwin will share images and recount some of the extraordinary experiences of his illustrious career.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will immediately follow the lecture. The book is also available now in Menil Bookstore.

Baldwin’s book is generously illustrated with hundreds of black-and-white and color photographs from his vast archive. A highly engaging speaker, Baldwin will share images and recount some of the extraordinary experiences of his illustrious career.

Details at

Highly anticipated shopping extravaganza returns November 14-17

Special Event tickets now on sale

Special event tickets, Early Bird and group General Admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-
535-3231. This includes the Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s
Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Just in time for the holidays, the four-day event will highlight more than 260 merchants from across the country and feature unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

“Seeing the excitement on shoppers’ faces as they find that perfect gift and witnessing how it brings people together
in the holiday spirit is one of the most wonderful aspects about the Nutcracker Market,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of
the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “The opportunity to discover new merchants brings a special excitement to
the Market – our shoppers know there are unexpected finds just waiting around every corner.”

Of the more than 260 merchants, 23 will make their debut at this year’s Nutcracker Market. New items include
custom made dolls, sustainable clothing crafted from Alpaca fleece, bar accessories, authentic hair toppers and
extensions and handmade personalized salt dough Christmas ornaments – just in time for the holidays.

Shoppers can also expect to see returning favorites that have been participating in the Nutcracker Market for 25+ years, such as frozen Texas pecan toffee and other delightful treats from Susie’s South Forty Confections, gourmet tamales from Texas Tamale Co., hickory smoked meats from Bear Creek Smokehouse, handmade needlepoint stockings and gifts from Village Traditions, educational and imaginative toys from Houston’s own Imagination Unlimited, plus the 25th appearance of the ever-popular Houston Ballet Nutcracker Boutique.

On October 21, General Admission tickets go on sale at participating Houston-area Nutcracker Market merchant

Flow into the weekend with Sunrise Yoga on Buffalo Bayou!

June 7 @ 6:30 am – 7:15 a.m. —Recurring Event 

Buffalo Bayou Partnership joined  with BIG Power Yoga for a series of 45-minute early morning yoga sessions that will take place on the lawn at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. With a spectacular view of downtown, Houston’s most iconic greenspace is a unique and uplifting backdrop for yogis of all levels and ages. Bring your own mat. Reusable water bottle encouraged.

Suggested $10 donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership (No cash. Text BAYOUYOGA to 41444to make a donation.).

There are public parking areas available at Lost Lake, Eleanor Tinsley Park and The Water Works, as well as along Allen Parkway, Memorial Drive, and city streets surrounding Buffalo Bayou Park. When parking along city streets, please pay close attention to signage, be neighborly and use the pedestrian bridges to safely access the park. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Parking is also available at 105 Sabine Street.

More information at 

Open the door to a world of learning with Discovery College at Lone Star College

Does your child dream of being the next great website developer, a world renowned chief or even a rocket scientist? Discovery College at Lone Star College helps children ages 6 – 17 grow their interests and skills in a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math-based programs, as well as performing and visual arts, athletics and more.

“Discovery College helps children to pursue their interests in a fun-filled environment that encourages learning,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “There is sure to be something of interest for every child.”

Registration for the popular Discovery College at LSC summer camp is taking place now. Classes begin Monday, June 10 – 27 and a second session starts July 8 – 11.

Discovery College summer camp, held at LSC-CyFairLSC- KingwoodLSC-North HarrisLSC-MontgomeryLSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, offers an assortment of entertaining and instructive programs that give children the opportunity to make new friends with similar interests. Courses are taught by knowledgeable instructors in a welcoming environment and tuition starts at $115 per session.

“Lone Star College believes it’s important to partner with the community and encourage student and civic success, “said Head. “Discovery College is also a wonderful opportunity to give school children a glimpse into the college campus atmosphere.”

Visit to learn more.

Lecture Series with Houston Museum of Natural Science in May 

Anthropology Lecture- “The Ancient Inca – The New World’s Largest Empire”

With Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., HMNS Curator of Anthropology on Tuesday, May 7, 7 pm

Along the countless rivers that emanated from the long mountain chain that is the Andes, the Inca were the final successor of a long line of advanced civilizations that once existed along the Pacific Coast of South America. The Inca Empire was amazingly successful, yet was also extraordinarily short-lived.

Archaeologist Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout will explain how this empire with two capitals, ruled by an emperor considered a living god, managed to transform the landscape they lived in with nothing more than stone tools.

Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout is curator of anthropology at Houston Museum of Natural Science. His passion for Mesoamerica is portrayed in his entertaining talks.

Members $14, Tickets $20. Visit call 713.639.4629.

Stratigraphy Class: The Fossil Record – Geology and Paleontology with James E. Washington III, HMNS on Sat., May 11, 9:30 am

The sciences of Geology and Paleontology have been linked through time–in more ways than one. Using the impressive diagrams and collections in his museum classroom, James Washington will explain how these two sciences have used the understanding of stratigraphy to further science.

Members $27, Tickets $37. Click or call 713.639.4629.

Gardening Class: Square Foot Gardening with Angela Chandler, Instructor on Sat., May 11, 9:30 am 

Square Foot Gardening utilizes raised beds garden, and this class is designed to make this simple gardening method successful for Houston’s deluge/drought rainfall, heat and humidity! Instructor Angela Chandler teaches several popular classes for Urban Harvest.

Co-sponsored by Urban Harvest.  Members $30, Tickets $40.  Click or call 713.639.4629.

Arms Wide Adoption Services Hosts Fulfilling Families Luncheon on Thursday, May 2 at Houston Country Club

Dr. Jay Tarnow, keynote speaker, is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and considered a leading national expert on childhood and family stress. His eye-opening keynote will discuss the importance of attachment, how primary caregivers and infants form this emotional bond, and its implications on the development of personality, future relationships, and society as a whole.

Frank Billingsley, KPRC Channel 2’s Chief Meteorologist, back as this year’s luncheon emcee.

Arms Wide Adoption Services has provided foster care, adoption, post adoption, and post permanency services, all at no cost, to children in the Texas foster care system and their adoptive families.

Since its inception in 1977, Arms Wide Adoption Services has placed more than 2,100 children from the Texas foster care system in loving adoptive families, enabling them to experience the joys of childhood in a supportive home and giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

For tickets and more information, go to

Space Center Houston hosts Thought Leader Series on Cognition Here and Beyond on Friday, May 3

Join the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series on May 3. Titled Cognition Here and Beyond, a panel will discuss autism and human health and performance.

Panelists include Space Center Houston scientist-in-residence Dr. John Charles, UT-Dallas professor Dr. Pamela Rollins and CEO and author Kerry Magro.

Magro will sign his three books starting at 6:15 p.m.

TWEF Presents Community Event: Beats & Beets Garden Party on Saturday, April 27th

The Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) presents a free community event, Beats & Beets Garden Party on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the TWEF Urban Garden.

The Beats & Beets event is a lively garden party in the city featuring gardening demos, Spring planting, STEM education, networking, pop-up shops, and music from a live DJ. The green-thumb gardening event will also feature food samples from Yoyo’s Hot Dog, Soulfitgrill, and Bee Fit Food along with hydration from Topo Chico. A master gardener will be on site answering gardening and agriculture questions.

Sponsors include State Farm, Southwest Airlines, and Comerica. Gina Wilken, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist said: “State Farm is proud to once again partner with TWEF and their Urban Garden. The work done with children and the community in the garden is beyond honorable and we look forward to all of the upcoming opportunities to work together for the betterment of the Houston community.”

In 2015, TWEF developed The Urban Garden in an effort to help communities near TWEF’s Empowerment Center that are within a USDA’s designated “food desert” and provide fresh produce to residents who otherwise have to drive more than four miles round trip to the closest grocery store.

The Urban Garden provides produce for local farmer’s market, a cross-cultural connections within the food desert with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and weekly physical activities. The program promotes positive behavioral changes that include better nutrition and increases physical activity among participants while teaching entrepreneurial skills to the youth through the farmers’ market.

Earth Day at Discovery Green

Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration—sponsored by Green Mountain Energy and presented in partnership with the Citizens Environmental Coalition—is designed to educate, inspire and encourage action on Sunday, April 14.

The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, plus an Urban Harvest Farmers Market, an eco-fashion zone by Magpie and Peacocks, a special Unplugged concert, kids activities and more.

Discovery Green Brings Back The Rink

Houston’s first outdoor roller rink returns for a third season with The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green, open daily from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, April 21.

photo: Katya Horner

Guests are invited to celebrate the return of the rink at the Roller Rink Opening Party on Friday, March 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The fun-filled event includes Roller Derby demos, live DJs and more.

Lorrie Parise, community leader and local author, to appear at book signing and discussion on her book, Biography of an Everyday Couple

Parise will host Book Signing on February 25 at Black Walnut Café and also for Seniors on March 22 at YMCA at Branch Crossing

Local author and resident of Montgomery County, Lorrie Parise, will host a book signing and motivational discussion on her book, Biography of an Everyday Couple, on Monday, February 25 at Black Walnut Café, located at 9000 New Trails in The Woodlands, at 6:30 pm.  

Parise will discuss the true story of her parents, an ordinary couple who led extraordinary lives.

Biography of an Everyday Couple is how two people, my parents, led ordinary lives yet were truly extraordinary. It is how ordinary people may not realize they make a difference in others’ lives, yet they do.  The story is also about a love story which stood the test of time, 64 years,” said Parise. “Grab a bite to eat at Black Walnut and journey through a tale of inspiration.”

The motivational discussion is free. Books are $15, and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Woodlands Lions Club.

On Friday, March 22 at 11:30 am, Parise will also host a book signing and motivational discussion at the YMCA at Branch Crossing at 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands for Seniors. Admission is free, but reservations are required by calling the YMCA at 281.367.9622.

Biography of an Everyday Couple: Turning Ordinary into Inspirational was given a five-star ranking by Readers Favorite®. The book is also available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.

Archaeology Now presents “On the Trail” the First Weekend of Rodeo at the Houston Museum of Natural Science 

Event to be held Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24  at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Calling all little cowboys and cowgirls! Join Archaeology Now, the Archaeological Institute of America – Houston Society,  SABIC and the Houston Museum of Natural Science for “On the Trail” just in time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 

Discover the story behind the rodeo by exploring horse cultures around the world. Learn how a beloved American tradition has roots in Bedouin and Native American cultures.

Things to do for children and their families include:

  • Mock excavations
  • Blacksmithing demonstrations
  • Science activities
  • Crafts
  • Horse demonstrations
  • Tours of a Bedouin tent, Tipi and Covered wagon

Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive.



Urban Harvest hosts its 19th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s sale takes place at a new location: Houston’s Sawyer Yards at 2101 Winter Street. 

photo: Urban Harvest

Gardeners can shop for more than 100 varieties of fruit trees that are suited for the climate and soils of the greater Houston area, including selections for large areas, small spaces and container gardening.

New varieties this year include the Japanese Plum Loquat, the Sanguinelli Blood Orange, and the Australian Finger Lime, which grows to look like real green fingers

In addition to the fruit trees for sale, this year’s event will feature the Green Thumbs Education Pavilion sponsored by Kroger with environmental and nutritional activities for all ages, plus live music and food trucks. Information on fruit tree care and planting will also be available in the Green Thumbs Education Pavilion, including expert advice from Dr. Bob Randall. 

Individuals who make a $250 donation to Urban Harvest between now and Jan. 31, 2019, will receive access to a fruit tree pre-sale site; benefits include the first chance to select fruit trees before the sale and skipping the line with curbside service on Feb. 9, 2019. Visit to access the donation link.

For more information about the sale, curbside service, and gardening resources, visit

Thought Leader Series: International Space Station
7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Space Center Houston

ISS has its first permanent residents and has allowed human to live continuously in space ever since.  
Join Space Center Houston at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 for the next installment of their ongoing Thought Leader Series to discuss the incredible achievements and continuing mission of ISS.
NASA ISS program manager Kirk Shiremanand Boeing ISS program manager Mark Mulqueen will discuss the beginnings of ISS, its current activities and future plans.
This free event has limited seating and requires a separate ticket which must be presented at the door for entry. Go to to register. 

LECTURE at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Growing Fruit Trees in Small Spaces on Saturday, January 12, 9:30 a.m.

Homeowners with the smallest urban lots can grow fruitful gardens of increased variety and beauty. 

Instructor Angela Chandler will teach the techniques known as high density orchard, which enables the urban gardener to quadruple the variety of fruit they can grow without buying a single square foot of land.

Maintenance is made easier by employing simple changes in the way home orchard management is approached. Practical and decorative techniques are will also be included. Fruits covered include stone and pome fruits, as well as tropical fruits, small bush fruits and berries.

Angela Chandler holds specialist certifications in Plant Propagation, Entomology, Rainwater Harvesting, and Greenhouse Management. She enjoys teaching a variety of garden subjects and authors a monthly gardening article in the Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section.

Co-sponsored by Urban Harvest and Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Members $30, Tickets $40. Call 713.639.4629 or go to

Potted Potter: The hit Harry Potter parody returns to Houston by popular demand on December 11 – 30, 2018

All seven Harry Potter books in 70 hilarious minutes

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A parody by Dan and Jeff, created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated and BBC actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, returns to the Hobby Center, December 11 – 30. Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). 

Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.

Potted Potter has been updated with a refreshed set design, upgraded illusions, and all the latest hilarious insights into the wonderful world of all thing Hogwarts. It includes all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, jokes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic plus lots of mayhem!

Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows, or you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of Potted Potter makes for a fun, and funny, visit to the theatre.

For more information on Potted Potter, go to

Join Houston Arboretum for Post-Holiday Fall Hawk Walk Nov. 24

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a great way to counterbalance the Thanksgiving food fest with its Fall Hawk Walk on Nov. 24.

Take a walk on the wild side of the Arboretum to engage with nature and its creatures just minutes from downtown. As guests wander along the trail, they will make stops along the way to meet hawks, owls, falcons and vultures.

There will be photo opportunities, as well as a question and answer time, at each stop. Don’t miss this chance to experience these magnificent birds up-close and in-flight in the Arboretum’s natural surroundings.

Water is provided to keep people hydrated. If it rains, there will be an indoor show. Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Recommended for ages five and up. Choose from four different start times for the Hawk Walk, beginning at 10 a.m.     

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is located at 4501 Woodway Drive. Tickets are $30 for members; $45 for non-members; $25 for children ages 5 – 12. Please register online at: 

For more information about the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center and levels of membership, visit

photos courtesy of Houston Arboretum & Nature Center


Moody Gardens Activities Include Horror Movies, Reignforest of Terror, Trick-or-Treating and More

Guests have enjoyed trick-or-treating and a kid’s costume contest at Ghostly Gardens for years. This year Moody Gardens expands the tradition to include two new special activities to stir even the most unshakeable adults. 

For the Adults: The Night Terror Film Festival will run Oct. 20 and 27. Each night features four classic horror-movie titles. This Film Fest is strictly for audiences 18 years of age and older.  Tickets are $25 per person that provides admission to all four films, plus a popcorn and beverage.  A special menu of ghoulish fare and spirits will be available for purchase to take guests to the bewitching hour.

Oct. 20 Schedule:

  • 5 p.m. – “Beetlejuice”
  • 6:45 p.m. – “The Exorcist”
  • 9 p.m. – “The Shining”
  • 11:45 p.m. – “Nightmare on Elm Street”

Oct. 27 Schedule:

  • 5 p.m. – “The Conjuring”
  • 7:10 p.m. – “Annabelle”
  • 9:05 p.m. – “The Conjuring 2”
  • 11:35 p.m. – “Annabelle: Creation”

For the Adults: The Reignforest of Terror event, also scheduled for Oct. 27, takes guests on an after-hours theatrical tour through the Rainforest Pyramid that highlights the scary truths animals face in the wild. This event is also strictly for audiences 18 years of age and older. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis by time slot at $25 per person. Tours start at 6 p.m. and are scheduled every half hour with the last tour starting at 8:30 p.m. with participant check-in required 15 minutes prior to the tour. The year’s ticket sales will support ocelot conservation.  

For the Kids: It’s a family affair with activities for the kids on Oct. 28 with the annual Ghostly Gardens celebration. Children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating throughout the Moody Gardens property, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and other fun activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will also include a kid’s costume contest for children 12 years old and younger. 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 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 Special FX Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, paying just $5 per attraction per person.

For more information call 409-744-4673 or visit

National Museum of Funeral History Gets in Halloween Spirit with Annual Halloween Haunted House through October to November 4th

TIME: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 Adults; $3 Kids 11 and under; Tickets are HALF PRICE when purchased with Museum admission

photo: Katya Horner

photo: National Museum of Funeral History

Get in to the Halloween spirit all month long and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. Explore the town of Dreadford Falls after a local nuclear power plant has melted down.

The Annual Haunted House is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the haunted house if half off when you purchase admission to the museum. Bring the whole family and make a day of it!

For more information, go to

moonGARDEN, Discovery Green’s fall art installation, remains on view through Sunday, October 7th

A series of 22 oversized, illuminated spheres were designed by Montreal art collective Lucion to transform the park into a magical moonscape. The installation is activated nightly from 6 p.m. to midnight, with artist-led twilight tours departing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2 and 3.

moonGARDEN_Photo courtesy of Lucion

Families with children will enjoy “Goodnight, Moon,” a pajama party on Friday, Oct. 5 with milk and cookies, readings of the classic children’s book in the languages of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Discovery Dome Planetarium and more.

Ranging in size from six to 30 feet in diameter, moonGARDEN features 11 shadow “theaters”  that tell the diverse, dynamic story of Houston and Discovery Green, as well as interactive works that allow visitors to become part of the experience. This is the largest ever created by Lucion Traveling Light of Montreal.

Annie (2014) presented by Texas Children’s Hospital for Family Movie Night at Levy Park on Sept. 28

Come on out and watch Annie (2014), sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, at Family Movie Night at Levy Park 3801 Eastside on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 

Family Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month, and admission is free. No outside furniture is allowed, but blankets or park chairs can be used.

Guests can enjoy food and beverage service from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. from Coffee-Q. 

For more information about Levy Park events, visit


Moody Gardens hosts annual festival for special needs residents at free event

Local school groups can discover their inner artist when Moody Gardens hosts its annual Art in the Gardens festival on Sept. 20.

photo: Moody Gardens

With a theme of Land & Sea, students with special needs can discover all different types of animals with Moody Gardens and local artists at the annual hands-on art festival.

The free event gives children and youth with disabilities from Galveston and Harris counties a chance to be creative in a safe and fun environment while allowing them to explore interactive art stations and live entertainment in the gardens.

Students and their chaperones will be able to enjoy booths set up by local artists and organizations, and use adaptive art equipment for individuals in walkers and wheelchairs, to learn about the importance of art.

“Our goal with this event is to provide students with a hands-on experience,” Moody Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Molly Willems said. “We want them to be able to celebrate and share creativity through participatory experiences, performances and more,” adding that it is always exciting to see the expressions of joy on the participants’ faces as they create their works of art.

The Hope Therapy Program was established by the Moody Foundation in 1986, changing the lives of thousands of people since its inception. Other Hope Therapy events include the Mardi Gras for Special People and the Adaptive Water Sports Festival.

Those wishing to participate need to RSVP by Sept. 13. For more information please visit  To RSVP, please call 409-683-4108 or email

Levy Park Conservancy presents The Jungle Book for Family Movie Night Aug. 31, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital

Family Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month at Levy Park at 3801 Eastside.  Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite jungle animal. No outside furniture is allowed, but blankets or park chairs can be used. 

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s collective works and inspired by Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name, The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI (computer generated images) film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Bengal tiger, Shere Khan. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and also features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.

Guests can enjoy food and beverage service from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. from the food trucks Balls Out Burger, Coffee Q and Uncle Louie G.

For more information about Levy Park events, visit

MFAH Mixed Media Presented by BBVA Compass
Friday, July 20, 2018: 

This special, supersized celebration of the new Glassell School of Art should be a hit with a night of music, drinks, dancing, and fun at The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza; the BBVA Compass Roof Garden; and the Cullen Sculpture Garden.

photo credit: MFAH

  • WITH Dâm-Funk, Wild Child, Say Girl Say, DJ Sun,DJ Chicken George, DJ Melodic, Gracie Chavez, Kinda Super Disco, and Two Star Symphony


Create your own masterpiece during the night’s art-making activities
• Sip on specialty cocktails and try bites from the Glassell Café, Big Boss Pops, Popston, Spicy Dog, and Lush Puff
• Snap pics in the complimentary Smilebooth to remember the night!

• $22 MFAH members
• $25 Adult nonmembers
Reserve your spot in advance! Get online tickets below. Not a member? Join today! 

Entry is limited to ages 18 & older. Present photo ID for admission. Drink tickets for sale by credit card only, no cash. Only ages 21 & older may purchase & consume alcoholic beverages.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

Learning Express Toys of Katy to Celebrate ‘Best Toy Store’ Award with Family Event through July 13-15 Weekend

Join Learning Express Toys of Katy for a fun-filled, weekend-long celebration Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15.

The neighborhood toy store was recently named Best Toy Store in Katy by the Katy Times, and owner Meg Humphrey wants to shout out what her store has to offer: Expert gift advice, a curated product selection, fun family events, free gift wrapping and free personalization. The store opened in 2006.

The event will feature appearances by Marshall from Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig, as well as raffles, door prizes and face painting throughout the weekend. Marshall will appear Saturday from 2-4 p.m., and Peppa on Sunday, 2-4 p.m. A 20 percent off sale will run throughout the weekend.

“I want to thank the Katy Times for naming us Best Toy Store, and celebrate with our customers and new friends,” Humphrey said. “As a locally-owned toy store, we deeply appreciate our connections to the community, and we hope to meet many new families this weekend and throughout the year.”

Learning Express is located at Cinco and Grand Lakes Marketplace at 6501 S. Fry Road in Katy.

For more information, visit,, or call (281) 347-8697.

photos courtesy of Learning Express

Blue Field Market moves to Saturday Nights at 2619 Polk Street in Downtown Houston – EaDo

Free Event, Free Parking, Free Yoga, Free Open Play Sand Volleyball!

The Blue Field Market in Downtown Houston connects talented local entrepreneurs, artists, and farmers to the surrounding community! Shop for your organic groceries, gourmet foods, and unique handmade items while enjoying live music, craft beer, and participating in friendly yard game competitions and free play sand volleyball. It’s a fun event for the entire family!

Saturday Night Schedule: Local Vendors: 6-10 pm; Free Yoga: 6-7 pm; Live Band: 7-10 pm

BASF Kids’ Lab Now Available at Children’s Museum Houston Through Summer

The largest chemical producer in the world, BASF Corp., has created an award-winning program, BASF Kids’ Lab, that encourages kids to discover the dynamic world of science and its wonder. Best of all, it is now available at the Children’s Museum Houston for a summer of science fun! 

Now through September 3, every Monday parents are invited to bring their kids to explore chemistry through engaging experiments and demonstrations. Kids get to enjoy a fun lab to see how some of the world’s marvels work.

According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, 78% of high school graduates don’t meet benchmark readiness for one or more college course in mathematics, science, reading or English. With summer in full swing, young kids can learn more on the importance of STEM, how to use it and what makes science so fun.

The age range is 5 years and up. More information available at

KiKi Maroon’s Comic Strip on July 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Live 

When standup comedy and nerdy burlesque join forces… you get “KiKi Maroon’s Comic Strip!”

You may have seen classic, bump n’ grind burlesque, but are you prepared to experience Pole Dancing Storm Troopers? Be seduced by Lord Voldemort? Cheer on Twerking Pokemon? Turn Adventure Time into sexy time? And watch Catwoman, Street Fighters, Master Shake, and all your favorites get the Vegas showgirl makeover?!

If you think you’ll be blown away by these acts, just wait until you see how our hilarious, world touring stand-up comics react! Surreal sexiness pair with outrageous comedy to create a once in a lifetime event.

The evening will be hosted by international award-winning burlesque performer, radio personality, and one of “Houston’s Most Colorful Celebrities,” (according to The Houston Chronicle) KiKi Maroon!

Featuring: Mike MacRae | COMIC | (Austin) As seen on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, TBS’s “Frank TV”, “Bob and Tom Show”, and Just for Laughs; Natasha Riot | BURLESQUE | (Portland) Miss Exotic Oregon 2017 and featured performer for Beats Antique; John Wessling | COMIC | (Houston) As seen on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”, and XM’s Comedy Central Radio; Juliette Electrique | BURLESQUE | (Los Angeles) The Dainty Daredevil, as seen on MTV’s “Amazingness”; Christina Walkinshaw | COMIC | (Los Angeles) As seen on CTV, Just for Laughs, and The Winnipeg Comedy Festival; Leggy Lass Greenleaf | BURLESQUE | (Los Angles) Professionally trained ballerina and part of the Star Wars burlesque parody “STAR GIRLS”; Dale Cheesman | COMIC | (Houston) The Oddball Comedy Festival, Come and Take it Comedy Festival, and Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Movies”; Honey Moonpie | BURLESQUE | (Houston) Burly Q Lounge emcee, BCBC Festival star, and Pokemon fanatic; JD Hickcock | BURLESQUE | (Houston) Title winner: “King of Sin” by the 2017 Sin City Festival and “King of Burlesque” by the 2016 San Antonio Burlesque Festival; Nikki Sinamon & Bambi | BURLESQUE | (Houston) of The Pole Show Houston and BCBC Festival stars

Tickets, go to For more information, go to

Levy Park Conservancy presents free double feature June 29 with Moana sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital and Gremlins 2The New Batch from Alamo Drafthouse

Come on out for a free, double feature Family Movie Night at Levy Park on June 29, with Moana sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital at 8 p.m. and Gremlins 2: The New Batch presented by Alamo Drafthouse at 10 p.m.

Family Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month. The crowd is invited to dress in Hawaiian attire. No outside furniture is allowed, but blankets or park chairs can be used.

Levy Park is located at 3801 Eastside St.

Guests can enjoy food and beverage service from Mico’s Rolled Ice Cream, Coffee Q and Balls Out Burgers from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wine and beer is available through Levy Park Conservancy from 6 p.m. – midnight.

For more information about Levy Park events, visit

Thought Leader Series: Pioneers of Space Exploration With Dr. Shannon Lucid, Dr. Rhea Seddon and Dr. Anna Fisher

7-8:30 p.m. Thurday, June 28 at Space Center Houston

Forty years ago NASA recruited its first six women astronauts. Three of those trailblazers will appear at Space Center Houston as part of the nonprofit’s continuing Thought Leader Series, June 28.

Retired astronauts Dr. Shannon Lucid, Dr. Rhea Seddon and Dr. Anna Fisher will discuss their amazing experiences 35 years after classmate Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. This free event has limited seating and tickets must be presented at the door for entry.

Hear from the elite few who paved the way for female space explorers. Don’t miss your opportunity to be inspired by their incredible story.

Tickets at



June 9, July 14 and August 11 from 8:30 – 10 PM

The Howard Hughes Corporation®  hosts free family movies at Creekside Park® Village Green in The Woodlands® during the summer on the second Saturday of the month – June 9, July 14 and August 11 from 8:30 – 10:00 PM.

“We are pleased to host Movie Nights at Creekside Park Village Green for the third year in a row, which provides an opportunity for a fun outing for the entire family to enjoy,” said Rip Reynolds, Vice President, Leasing & Commercial Land with The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Village Green offers a variety of retailers, restaurants and consumer services in the community, all within convenient walking distance to neighborhoods in the Village of Creekside Park.”

Creekside Park Village Green is located at 26400 Kuykendahl Road between Creekside Forest Drive and New Harmony Trail. Creekside Park Village Green highlights a scenic tree-lined park with lush perennial landscaping, pergolas and a water splash pad.

The Woodlands Township is the Park Sponsor. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, with no glass containers permitted. For additional information and a list of movies, visit and click on Events.


photo courtesy of Discovery Green

Discovery Green, the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston, brings back the  Academy Sports + Outdoors FUNomenal Family Festival on May 26.

This free festival welcomes families from across Houston to enjoy a day of fun with rides, games, contests, educational activities and more. Event headliner Born in a Taxi presents The Curious Game, a chess game that comes to life with pomp, ceremony and silly characters.

Throughout the day, classic storybook and superhero characters will make appearances; some of Houston’s most talented dance troupes will perform; and kids can enjoy three foam parties, play in the NERF Blasting Zone, roll around in hamster balls and more. Special festival rides include a dual zip-line, a Ferris wheel, an Airborne Adventure, a wrecking ball ride, a bungee trampoline and many more.

The event is free to attend. Visit for additional information.

2018 Fulfilling Families Luncheon, hosted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Houston Country Club

For more than 40 years, Arms Wide Adoption Services, formerly Spaulding for Children, has provided foster care, adoption, post adoption and post permanency services, all at no cost, to children in the Texas foster care system and their adoptive families.

Since its inception in 1977, Arms Wide Adoption Services has placed more than 2,100 greater Houston and South Texas children from the Texas foster care system in loving adoptive families, enabling them to experience the joys of childhood in a supportive home and giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

For tickets, go to


Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience, show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”

As a highly acclaimed actress, Ms. Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, and the Peabody. A Kennedy Center Honoree, she has also been honored with the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ticket information at or call 832-487-7041.

Community to come together for City of Rosenberg firefighter, Sam Bryan with Clayshoot & Crawfish Boil 

After Bryan was in a terrible car accident in February, the Rosenberg Police Officers Association has teamed up with the Rosenberg Fire Fighters Association to bring you an event that is fun for the whole family and helps their local hero.

Their clay shoot and crawfish boil benefitting Bryan that will be held at Texas Premier Sporting Arms, LLC., located at 7311 Hwy 36 South in Sealy from 3-10 p.m.

The clay-shoot and crawfish boil has something for everyone including food, drinks, inflatables, a silent auction, live music, bull-riding, face painting, balloon art, and more. The $30 admission cost ($10 for children 12 and under) covers all you can eat crawfish and our cook-off team’s good ol’ Texas BBQ for the non-pinchers, as well as all activities except the shooting.

The clay-shoot cost breakdown is:

  • $500 per team (four people)
  • $125 per shooter
  • $100 per youth shooter.
  • Golf carts are available for $100 and mulligans for $20, but must be reserved by May 1, 2018. For reservations, call 713-826-1981.

Tickets are available by visiting:

For clay shoot registration, email Rebecca Morone at

For food-only ticket, email

If interested in sponsoring or donating an auction item, contact: Erik Marmol at or call (281) 750-6958.

For questions about the event, contact Jenny Pavlovich at or call (512) 850-7866.

Buffalo Bayou in Bloom

Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP)’s Young Professional group, Bayou Buddies, are hosting Buffalo Bayou in Bloom, a new fundraising soirée that celebrates springtime at Buffalo Bayou Park. Hurricane Harvey deposited 78,000 cubic yards of silt that damaged hundreds of native plants and trees last August.

With time, help from volunteers and favorable weather, we’re finally seeing life return to Buffalo Bayou. However, monetarily, we still have quite a way to go to restore Houston’s favorite urban greenspace. This fundraising event will benefit BBP’s efforts for continual revitalization of Buffalo Bayou and help keep Buffalo Bayou blooming.  

With a stunning view of downtown Houston and expansive lawn with stage, attendees will enjoy:

  • Light bites provided by Raising Cane’s, Steel City Pops and Tiff’s Treats (to name a few)
  • Libations from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Agricole Hospitality, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Bayou Rum, who created a themed “Bayou Blossom” cocktail
  • Live music from local artists curated by local record label, Splice Records (Arthur Yoria, Ancient Cat Society and Will Van Horn Trio)
  • The chance to bid at a silent auction on everything from an Electra bicycle to wine tastings to giftcards from renowned Houston businesses
  • A photo exhibit sponsored by Yelp Houston featuring breathtaking photos of iconic Buffalo Bayou destinations by Yelp members
  • Giveaways from Katz Coffee and Bumble

Details:  Thursday, April 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park (105 Sabine Street). Tickets are $30 for members/$40 for non-members (pre-sale) +$10 more at the door. This event is also pet-friendly for those four-legged friends on a leash!

Award-winning comedian, Jeff Allen, to headline at Family Comedy Night on Friday, April 6 in Houston

Known for being funny without profanity, Jeff Allen’s five-decade career has garnered him international acclaim. He is one of the most requested comedians on Sirius XM radio, and has been seen on every cable comedy show in America. He starred in his own one-hour TV special, “Happy Wife Happy Life” and has been featured on the Grand Ole Opry. 

Allen is a recipient of the Grady Nutt Humor Award, and has performed for the U.S. military in Bahrain as well as for the U.S. Navy men and women on board ships in both the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. This past October, he performed for U.S. troops stationed in Germany.

Allen has released four comedy CDs, eight videos, and authored the book, “My Life as a Bystander.”  He starred in the critically-acclaimed Apostles of Comedy film and was featured in the Warner Brothers comedy, Thou Shalt Laugh.  Allen has performed for Presidential inaugurations, and is a frequent guest for The Blaze television network as well as Glenn Beck’s national radio show.  In addition to his solo dates, he has been a featured comedian for the Bill Gaither Homecoming tour, the Apostles of Comedy tour, and the Jeff Allen and Friends: Funny People of Faith tour.

The April 6 performance will be held at Glorious Way Church, 11611 Champion Forest Drive Houston, Texas at 7:30 pm. For tickets or more information about the upcoming show, visit or


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.