Winter Festival, February 25: Lunar New Year at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

A free, family-friendly event at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to celebrate Lunar New Year. General admission to the Museum’s permanent collection galleries will be free all day. Event will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and the Cullen Sculpture Garden, MFAH.

This year, the celebration will feature music performances, calligraphy demonstrations, art-making activities and a variety of food.
Performances will include taiko drummers with Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a musical performance form the North American Youth Chinese Orchestra (NAYCO), a martial arts demonstration from Vovinam Hoa Lu, a giant dragon and lion dance, and more.

Families can also participate in art-making activities like creating firecracker sculptures, painting Vietnamese peach blossoms and more. Guests can also enjoy food from Hella Bubble, CaoBao, Chi’Lantro and more. The full list of activities, vendors and our Lunar New Year video can be found here. 

Visitors are also encouraged to stroll in the museum to see artwork in our Arts of Asia galleries. The Museum’s collections of Asian art span nearly five millennia and encompass the cultures of China, the Himalayas, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. 

The Women’s Fund Hosts Winter Membership Luncheon with Focus on Osteoporosis Friday, February 9, 2024

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 the annual Winter Membership Luncheon at Tony’s on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. 

The luncheon will feature a presentation titled “Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know” by Gillian Wooldridge, DO, CCD, FAOASM of Houston Methodist.

Osteoporosis is a common condition in the US, principally affecting postmenopausal women. Osteoporosis-related fractures impact approximately 50 percent of women in the US and can not only cause pain and increased healthcare costs, but can also lead to loss of mobility, loss of independence, and even increased risk of death. In this talk, Wooldridge will review the basics of osteoporosis and empower guests to engage in a meaningful discussion about this condition. 

Members of The Women’s Fund can enjoy the membership luncheon for $40 and non-members for $50. 

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 more than 45 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 close to 10,000 publications each year at no cost. 

For more information about the Holiday Membership Luncheon visit and to support The Women’s Fund as a member, visit


713 MUSIC HALL – HOUSTON, TX  on JULY 10, 2024

“This is TOTALLY TUBULAR FESTIVAL, and we’re bringing the 80’s soundtrack of your life to cities across North America this summer.”

TOTALLY TUBULAR FESTIVAL, featuring artists that exploded in the pop culture zeitgeist in the early to mid-1980’s thanks mainly to the high rotation of their music videos on MTV, will perform at the Pavilion at 713 Music Hall in Houston, TX, on July 10, 2024.


“This is a dream lineup for those who love the music of the early 1980’s, and for those who want to relive the days when life was…plain and simply–a total party,” says Jon Pleeter, CPO (Chief Party Officer) of TOTALLY TUBULAR FESTIVAL. “You wore dayglow, you wore parachute pants, you had big hair, perms and more perms, mullets, leg warmers, along with tons of buttons and lots of rubber bracelets. You wore sunglasses at night. The choruses were big, and the hooks were bigger—the party didn’t end.”

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go towards food banks locally in each market.


Event will be held on December 17, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Located in the heart of Montrose, Ostia is an Italian-and-Mediterranean-inspired concept by Chef Travis McShane invites the city of Houston to partake in a memorable holiday experience.  
WHAT: Experience the wonder of the holidays at Ostia’s inaugural Brunch with Santa, taking place on December 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is a festive celebration, marking Ostia’s first-ever brunch with Santa Claus, promising enchanting moments for the whole family. 
Indulge in a festive culinary journey crafted by the renowned Chef Travis McShane, featuring a limited time menu that spotlights the irresistible delectable flavors of holiday-inspired French toast and velvety soft eggs. Savor these delectable dishes a la carte or in a shared family-style experience, all available for $42 per person and kids under 5 and under are free.  
Commemorate this special occasion with photos alongside Santa Claus himself. Hear what’s on the little ones’ wish list and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.  
Ostia has partnered with Toys for Tots, join Ostia in this heartwarming initiative by bringing in a donation. For each toy donation, guests will enjoy a complimentary dessert or a delightful glass of bubbly prosecco.   Brunch with Santa at Ostia offers both a la carte options and a family-style experience at $42 per person, while children aged 5 and under dine for free. 


 Houston PetSet, a local nonprofit organization working to end Houston’s homeless animal crisis, joined area partners Corridor Rescue Inc., Rescued Pets Movement, and Interfaith Ministries’ aniMeals on Wheels to disseminate more than 8,000 pounds of dog and cat food donated by ‘I and love and you’ on Friday, December 8, 2023.

The pet food company, based in Boulder, Colorado, selects a rescue each month to be their featured shelter, and Corridor Rescue was selected for the month of December. Houston K911 Rescue and #TeamFeral received Houston PetSet’s portion of the donation to benefit the cats and dogs waiting for rescue on the streets of Houston.

With so much food to distribute, Corridor Rescue reached out to their partners to make sure that communities across the region could benefit. The large wet and dry food delivery was made at Starshine Texas, an event center that generously and routinely supports animal welfare, and the groups coordinated a pick-up time to help load the incredible amount of donations. The timing couldn’t be better, with cold weather finally headed to the region and to pets in need of support.

“We are so thankful to have Partners in Rescue like ‘I and love and you’ from Boulder Colorado,” said Jeff Hoke, Vice President of Corridor Rescue, Inc. “Their hearts to donate 11 pallets of food to the Houston area rescue scene will make a huge impact this holiday season as we can now add free food distribution to the residents in need who try their best to take care of their animals. The remainder will be used to feed strays to keep them as healthy as possible until the Houston rescue community can try to save them.”

Photo courtesy of Houston Pet Set. 

‘The Cursed Cauldron’ Announces YULE, an Enchanting Holiday Cocktail Pop-Up Debuting Dec. 13th

The Cursed Cauldron returns for another festive cocktail pop-up that will transform Swallows Nest at Finn Hall into a magical holiday haven where Yule festivities come to life 

 Prepare to be dazzled as The Cursed Cauldron returns for a mystifying winter wonderland-themed pop-up cocktail bar for a limited time in Houston this December. Running from Dec. 13 to Dec. 30The Cursed Cauldron’s YULE pop-up takes center stage at Swallow’s Nest inside Finn Hall located at 712 Main St., Suite 106 in downtown Houston from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily.
Founded by long-time hospitality professionals Alexis Mijares and Angelique Cook Cavazos, The Cursed Cauldron’s YULE is their second edition of the transformative and limited-time bewitching pop-up concept, which promises to bring a whimsical celebration of light magic, fairytale, and wonders of the Winter Solstice season. It’s a whimsical sensation that exalts the holiday season and explores the wonders and beginnings of the year to come.
YULE invites guests to sip on themed cocktails and ignite the holiday spirit inside a visually stunning world inspired by the allure of winter woodlands, complete with elves, fairies, and other magical creatures. The Swallow’s Nest interior will be adorned with enchanting decor, setting the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday experience and ancient yule traditions.
“I truly love to see fellow woman-owned businesses doing big things, and it’s even more impactful when we come together,” said Terra Velasquez, owner of Swallow’s Nest and Southern Coast Hospitality. “Our space is a perfect backdrop for the transformation, and with the spirit of the holiday season, what better way to welcome the new year than with YULE under the wings of the lucky Swallow? I love the way this pop-up concept has aligned with what we do, and created a spark of magic between us.”  
But YULE is not just about the visuals; it’s about the taste of the season. The expertly curated menu features a selection of winter-themed drinks, including the Nutcracker NogSnow Queen Spritz, and Winter Solstice Wassail. For those seeking non-alcoholic options, Cauldron Cocoa will also be offered, among several other options. 
Complementing the drinks, a variety of confections will also be available from local vendors within Finn Hall, offering treats including yule cake, cookies, and hand pies by Carol Kay Cafe, and charcuterie boards by Artistry.
As part of the YULE pop-up experience, guests can enjoy captivating activations, including the return of burlesque performanceslive carolers and singers on select nights, and an Elves Workshop series featuring hands-on activities like Yule LogWreath and Ornament Making, as well as Cookie Decorating and Vision Board Making to guide intentions for the new yearThe pop-up will also host a daily marketplace where visitors can discover and purchase magical holiday gifts like witchy ornaments, crystals, and jewelry. 
Additionally, a grand Spirited Yule Feast will be held on December 21st, featuring a ticketed dinner by Chef Shannen Tune, owner of Craft Burger and Carol Kay Cafe, and Food Network’s Chopped (2016) champion. The dinner will host two seatings, 5:30pm and 8:30pm, with a whiskey pairing experience by Heaven’s Door Whiskey, along with a holiday cabaret during the first seating and a burlesque performance during the second seating. Desserts and daily concoctions will be prepared by co-owner and wife Stacy Tune. Expect bewitching photo opportunities with the Snow Queen, plus a similar New Year Feast will be held on December 30.  

YULE will be closed Christmas Day. For more information and updates about the pop-up, visit the website or follow @cursedcauldronhtx on Instagram for the latest. For the full schedule of YULE events, keep up with the calendar here: Photo courtesy of Cursed Cauldron. 



If you were not lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out run of 4th Wall’s production of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE in 2018 – do not despair! 4th Wall is bringing Hamill’s fast paced, witty one-of-a-kind experiences back this holiday season with the OffBroadway sensation, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Houston icon and nationally recognized artist Kim
Tobin Lehl will direct. 

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything how do you follow your heart?

Dates: December 1 – 23, 2023
(7:30pm evening performances; 3 pm Sunday matinees)
Duration: Estimated 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.
Location: Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101, Houston TX 77007
Tickets: $25 – $60; purchase online at or call (832) 767-4991 

Special Performances:
Opening Night: Friday, December 1, 2023 at 7:30pm
Open-Caption/Talkback: Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:00pm
Pay-What-You-Will: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 7:30pm

Photo courtesy of 4th Wall Theatre Company


All donations directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Houston, a Home Away from Home for families of seriously ill children

Ronald McDonald House Houston hosts the 14th annual Trafigura Run, a fun and festive race for people of all ages on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Sam Houston Park. 100% of proceeds directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Houston, a home away from home for families with seriously ill children being treated in the Texas Medical Center. Every dollar raised up to $150,000 will be generously matched by the Trafigura Foundation

“We invite all of Houston to join us in our annual Trafigura Run for the House— with over 500 runners each year, we are able to step forward in our support for children and families that call Ronald McDonald House Houston, their home away from home,” said Cristina Vetrano, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Houston. “We welcome Houstonians of all ages to join the 5k or 10k. Through this annual fundraiser, the community helps raise vital funds that support our families through their toughest times. Your presence signifies the Houston community’s unwavering support for these families, and we can’t wait to see you out there on December 2.”

Starting at 8 a.m. and open to the public for people of all levels of fitness, the USATF-certified 10k and 5k run, walk, and roll is designed for competitive runners, fun runners and walkers, families with children, and dogs. Individual registration is $40 through November 12, and $45 afterwards. All registered participants will receive a finisher medal, event t-shirt, and other great swag generously donated by the sponsors of Ronald McDonald House Houston.

Ronald McDonald House Houston houses the families of children who have been diagnosed with severe illnesses and face arduous or unknown treatment plans in Texas Medical Center hospitals. These diagnoses are life-altering, and parents who are experiencing this cope with the grief and compounded stress that comes with this new undertaking. Unplanned and mounting medical bills, insurance co-pays, travel, food, parking and other expenses make it difficult or impossible for already anxious parents to cope through very stressful days. Across 4 locations, Ronald McDonald House Houston offers not only housing, but also activities and programs that support the families’ wellbeing.

For more information about the Trafigura Run for the House, visit


Renowned Houston Interior Designer and Adored Restaurateurs Host 12th Annual Fundraising Event

Support Habitat for Horses, a non-profit organization dedicated to equine rescue and rehabilitation, as they saddle up for their 12th annual fundraising event on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Armandos.

Hosted by interior designer and Vice President of Habitat for Horses, Ginger Barber, and Houston restaurateurs, Cinda and Armando Palacios, the evening will be filled with sizzling, savory food, strong libations, and lively tunes from Armandos’ in-house DJ. The highlight of the fundraiser will feature a live auction where attendees will have the opportunity to bid on an array of items, such as a two-night stay at a Galveston Bay House with golf package, a pasta dinner for 10 at Lulu’s, and more.

Tickets are $250 with VIP tables available at

100 percent of proceeds from ticket sales and the live auction will be donated directly to Habitat for Horses. For more information on the non-profit and their impact to the equine community, please visit

Ginger Barber Interior Design has been a fixture in Houstonians’ homes since she opened her firm more than 40 years ago. Her motto, “keep it simple,” shapes her calm, effortless looks with natural hues, textures and subtle repetitive patterns. Barber pays close attention to details, listening carefully to her clients in order to transform their homes into a retreat. Her extensive background in both traditional and contemporary styles allow her to methodically combine the two in perfect harmony. For more information, please call 713.523.1925 or visit Follow us: Facebook, Instagram.

Habitat for Horses is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes and secures the safety, well-being and health of horses by encouraging education concerning the physical and mental health of horses. The nonprofit also focuses on utilizing horses in the growth and mental health of humans, either adult or children, through education, demonstration and connection, and to study, promote, and enhance the proper training of horses through positive training techniques. Habitat for Horses actively searches and provides homes for those horses who are no longer able to be productive. For more information please call 409.935.0277 or visit

Photos courtesy of Habitat for Horses.

Tom’s Watch Bar Opens First Texas Location in Downtown Houston
Proud Watch Bar ofHouston Rockets, Holds Grand Opening October 29

Tom’s Watch Bar, dubbed America’s super sports bar, brings the ultimate sports-watching experience to Greenstreet in Downtown Houston, steps away from the Toyota Center. Fans are encouraged to watch the Houston Rockets’ home opener at Tom’s and cheer on the Texans as the team plays Carolina on the road. And, don’t miss the fun grand opening giveaways, including a contest to win Texans tickets, jerseys and more Houston sports swag.

“We know Houstonians love the city’s sports teams and now they have the chance to watch their favorite teams in America’s finest sports bar,” said Co-founder Tom Ryan. “Our highly curated 360-degree viewing screenplay, premium sound system and watch party calendar will offer sports fans a game day headquarters to watch their favorite team’s home and away games. And, the expansive bar offerings and modern menu are designed with all fans in mind.”

Breaking the mold of the traditional sports bar, Tom’s Watch Bar will provide guests with an elevated 360-degree viewing room complete with personalized audio at every table. From professional and college games to emerging and outrageous sports, every seat at Tom’s is the best seat in the house. The 6,600-square-foot bar and restaurant boasts 75 high-definition screens anchored by central oversized “stadium” screens and will seat nearly 300 guests offering indoor seating and an expansive outdoor patio facing the Toyota Center.  

“This is special to me as a Texan native, I’m thrilled to be opening our doors in the heart of Houston,” said Shannon McNiel, President and COO of Tom’s Watch Bar. “Our goal is to create a unique experience for hyper-sports enthusiasts. We can’t wait to open our doors and contribute to the excitement in Houston.”

For more information about Tom’s Watch Bar and its opening in Houston, please visit or follow on social media @toms_houston for updates and announcements. 

HMNS hosts viewing for “ring of fire” solar eclipse, happening Oct 14

Millions of people in the Western Hemisphere will experience a wondrous celestial event on Saturday, October 14: an annular “ring of fire” solar eclipse. But it won’t burn, burn, burn at HMNS as they’ve got you covered to safely enjoy this unique event, the last annular solar eclipse to be visible from the United States until 2039!

Beginning at 10:00am on October 14 – outside on the HMNS front plaza sundial for some special crafts and activities to learn more about the eclipse, and inside our Burke Baker Planetarium for free mini-shows every 15 minutes from 10:30 am through noon that show simulations and demonstrate the rare conditions that cause eclipses.

While here in Houston we will see a deep partial eclipse (a “sun crescent”) with about 84% of the sun covered, the Planetarium will broadcast a live stream from Bandera, Texas (located west of San Antonio and directly within the path of annularity) showing the “ring of fire.” HMNS visitors will be able to safely view and track the eclipse using filtered viewing cards, telescopes, and sun spotters; watch some solar-powered toys and sun cookers in action; take part in fun crafts like creating usable sundials and cereal box eclipse viewers; and much more. HMNS will keep you safe, informed, and entertained for the whole event.

Astronomers will be on hand to guide the activities and discuss what makes this annular solar eclipse different from the upcoming total solar eclipse, happening April 8, 2024.

Entrance into the Burke Baker Planetarium for the free mini-shows is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit to stay up-to-date on information related to the eclipse and HMNS event. 


Experience Lyrics and Libations at The Moran’s Fireside Lounge on in September

Kick off the cozy season with live music at Fireside at The Moran CITYCENTRE! Houstonians are invited to experience an unmatched atmosphere as live local bands take center stage. Fireside offers a lively scene for sipping craft cocktails, celebrating a special event with bottle service or champagne, and enjoying flavorful small plates from Executive Chef Christian Cardenas. Whether you prefer 80s classics, acoustic pop, rock, Latin, or R&B, Fireside is the ultimate spot for a memorable night out.

Cost is Thursday: Free, and Friday & Saturday: $10 cover charge from 9 p.m. – 12 p.m.  Schedule is September 21 — Leslie Lugo Latin Trio; 22 — Yelba; 23 — Flashpoint, 28 — Joi Lux Dueling Pianos, 29 — Walter Suhr & Mango Punch, and 30 — Velvet Drive.

Loved your night at Fireside? Extend your visit by booking a room at The Moran CITYCENTRE and take advantage of all that the hotel and CITYCENTRE have to offer.  For a complete list of events and happenings click here and visit for more information on dining and overnight stays at The Moran CITYCENTRE.

Save the Date–2023 Wine & Dine – The Ultimate Food & Wine Event

Presented by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Sip and savor one of the most anticipated culinary and wine events of the year – Catholic Charities’ 2023 Wine and Dine Dinner, being held Saturday, October 14 at the Revaire, 7122 Old Katy Road in Houston. 

The evening begins with a 6 pm reception followed by an exquisite 7 pm seated, four-course dinner with rare wines from around the world, meticulously curated by Master Sommelier Brandon Kerne and award-winning Executive Chef Ryan Bouillet.

The evening also includes a fine wine pull and live auction that includes an experience at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, a weekend for four in California wine country and a fishing vacation in Belize, this will surely be an unforgettable evening for all.

The event is presented by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and will support its mission, where a network of life-saving programs helps thousands of low-income families every day who are struggling with poverty.  Proceeds from the event will assist Catholic Charities in providing food, shelter and many other services to vulnerable people of all ages and religious backgrounds.

For more information, visit or contact Naibi Rivera at 713-874-6629,

Great Age Movement to Host Back to the Future Senior Prom on Friday, September 15, 2023

The Great Age Movement is committed to mobilizing the senior population through free sustainable innovative community programs in Houston and the surrounding areas. 

The event will support Great Age Movement’s capital campaign to build senior fitness parks and support development of exercise programs in community green spaces, including the organization’s third Great Age Fitness ParkTM for senior citizens in the 5th Ward area of Houston. 

The Great Age Movement along with Dr. Khaled and Amal Khalaf and Joe and Kirin Wells will welcome guests to a fun-filled evening featuring Joan MacDonald (IG: @trainwithjoan), a 77-year-old fitness influencer with 1.7 million Instagram followers and author of “Flex Your Age: Defy Stereotypes and Reclaim Empowerment”. Her fitness journey has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC News, MSNBC News and the Tamron Hall Show, and in People Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Woman’s Day and many more.

Emcee Courtney Zavala along with Co-Chairs Dr. Khaled and Amal Khalaf and Joe and Kirin Wells will welcome guests to a night of fundraising and entertainment provided by Baton Rouge’s cover band Speak Easy to perform favorite dance hits.

The Great Age Movement invites everyone to be a part of an exciting evening of dancing through the decades and entertainment while supporting and contributing to the vision to provide indoor and outdoor community opportunities for seniors. 

For information on the Great Age Movement including benefits and opportunities, sponsorship, and general donations, please email, visit and follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.    

Lone Star College offers educational opportunities for all ages

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) encourages people aged 50 and older to continue their education despite their life status. Lone Star College’s Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) Program has free and low-cost classes for retired, semi-retired and working adults to help them continue to learn and grow.

“The Academy for Lifelong Learning program offers non-credit courses, lectures and activities that will expand our members’ knowledge and develop their social connections,” said Linda Leto Head, LSC Senior Associate Vice Chancellor External and Employer Relations.

ALL will host several Open House events for current and prospective members. The program offers various courses and opportunities that enhance lives like arts and crafts, community service projects, financial planning, genealogy, health and wellness, history, literacy discussion groups and technology.

LSC ALL Fall Open House Schedule:

  • LSC-Houston North: Thursday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • LSC-North Harris: Thursday, Aug. 17, 1-3 p.m.
  • LSC-Kingwood: Friday, Aug. 18, 1-3 p.m.
  • LSC-University Park: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 11a.m.-1 p.m.
  • LSC-CyFair: Thursday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

At LSC-North Harris’s Open House, ALL will host an “Oops, We Missed It” party to celebrate the first ALL courses housed on campus in fall 2002. The celebration will include a 2002 Texas trivia game, prizes and treats.

The Lone Star College ALL program offers over 100 classes (spanning 19 topics) each semester with no educational requirements. Annual membership (Sept. 1-Aug. 31) is $25 for access to all programming. For more details on ALL’s Open House events or general information on the program, visit


Throughout the month of August, MetroNational is raising awareness for students in need of backpacks and other school supplies.  Memorial City Mall encourages shoppers to make a donation to the Spring Branch Education Foundation’s (SBEF) Project School Supplies.  Since 2005, the SBEF has been committed to providing every child in the Spring Branch Independent School District with the necessary school supplies to excel in the classroom.

Every donation made goes a long way. A $15 contribution helps one student.  $330 helps an entire classroom.  $1,650 helps a whole grade level. This year MetroNational will match every donation made by Memorial City Mall shoppers, doubling the impact of every donation, up to $10,000.

Make a donation here.

Shoppers will also have the chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree.  Guests of Memorial City Mall will find QR codes placed throughout the shopping center that will allow them to enter the contest for free.  Those who make a charitable donation to the SBEF will receive an additional entry into the $1,000 Shopping Spree contest.  This chance to win is not available online.  Shoppers must enter the contest in person at Memorial City Mall.

From August 1st through August 31st, Memorial City Mall will offer events to celebrate the Back To School season. On Saturday, August 5th, Memorial City Mall will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day with free gifts for teachers starting at 11am, while supplies last.

Friday, August 11th, the Ice Rink at Memorial City Mall presents Ice Skate & Groove from 6pm to 9pm.  Admission costs $25 and includes pizza, cookies, drinks, skates, giveaways, and more.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to SBEF.

Purchase tickets to Ice Skate & Groove here.

The events continue every Saturday in August with Tax Free Shopping on August 12th, backpacks and school supply giveaways on August 19th, and your last chance for back to school essentials on August 26th.


Sneaker-Inspired Art Market, Karaoke Night, Live Music, and More!

 Finn Hall, Downtown Houston’s premiere food hall, is hosting a variety of fun-filled events showcasing local vendors and talent throughout the month of August. Finish the summer strong and kick off the weekend at Finn Hall for dinner, discover new food options until 10 p.m., and drinks from Swallow’s Nest until 11 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday.

Calling all sneakerheads! Join us this month as we celebrate the art of sneaker culture at Finn Hall’s Sneaker-Inspired All Access Art Market on August 4 from 6 to 11 p.m. Collectors and local emerging talent can unite over unique works of art while indulging in an array of diverse dining options, bars, and a cocktail lounge. You don’t want to miss this fusion of fashion, self-expression and culture!  

Finn Hall Karaoke Night — Saturday, August 19 from 9 -11 p.m.

If you’re looking for the perfect night on Main Street, look no further! Finn Hall invites you to karaoke night hosted by Mathis Jones on August 19 from 9 to 11 p.m. Queue your favorite sing-alongs and come on down for a night filled with food, drinks, and fun.

Finn Hall Live Music — Saturday, August 26 from 4 -6 p.m.

Music sounds better on the patio! On August 26 from 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy tunes from a local artist paired with an assortment of food and beverages.

Finn Hall is located downtown at main and Rusk on street level of Jones on Main.  Parking is available in the garage at 803 Fannin Street. Visit Finn Hall’s website at or on Instagram @finnhallhou


Sip and enjoy the sights and sounds atop BLVD Place. Beginning on June 28 through July 26, Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown has partnered with BucketListers to present Wine Wednesday. 

Introducing Wine Wednesday – a Wednesday night series featuring a classic film perfect for sipping a glass of wine under the stars. Join Rooftop Cinema Club and BucketListers for summer fun while beating the heat with the perfect showtime. Each ticket purchased includes access to the screening and one glass of wine. Additional wine, drinks, and concessions are available for purchase. Doors Open: 6:15 PM. Show Time: 7:15 PM.

Event Schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 12th: 500 Days of Summer
  • Wednesday, July 19th: Grease
  • Wednesday, July 26th: Love & Basketball

Please visit to purchase tickets.


Guests can enjoy the lazy river, tower slides, live music, and more

Embrace the summer vibes at Palm Beach and groove to the beats of the best local live bands and DJs on Galveston’s exclusive white-sand beach. 

Moody Gardens is thrilled to announce the reopening of its summer hot spot and private beach, where guests can unwind on the soft white sandy shores, take a refreshing dip in the 650-foot lazy river, make a splash in the wave pool, or experience the thrill of our two towering 18-foot slides. Lounge beneath the shade of palm trees or the private cabanas and let the soothing ambiance transport you to a tropical paradise with a drink in hand.

Beyond the breathtaking coastal views, Palm Beach offers an array of attractions for all ages. The Aquarium Adventure play area and interactive water games promise endless excitement. The splash pad features an automated aquatic water feature with interactive dump buckets, spray arches, and fountains, ensuring a day filled with fun in the sun. For those seeking ultimate relaxation and privacy, cabanas and loungers are available for rent.

Palm Beach will be open daily through August 20, inviting guests to enjoy the summer season to its fullest. Individual Tickets, Season Passes, and Annual Pass Plus Memberships are available, catering to every preference. Children aged 3 and younger can enter Palm Beach free of charge.

Beats on the Beach

Beginning June 17, Palm Beach will come alive with “Beats on the Beach” from 5p – 9p EVERY Saturday night until August 5.  This family-friendly event features live music that perfect for all ages, allowing guests to dance the night away or simply unwind along the Lazy River, taking in the refreshing Gulf breeze and the mesmerizing water view. Admission for Beats on the Beach is priced at $20, while children aged 3 and younger can enter for free.

Lineup of Entertainment for 2023:

  • June 17: Citywide Funk
  • June 24: Mr. Wonderful
  • July 1: DJ Sounds so Sweet
  • July 8: The Line Up
  • July 15: Bama Breeze
  • July 22: Citywide Funk
  • July 29: The Line Up       
  • August 5: DJ Dio

For more information about Palm Beach and Beats on the Beach, please visit or call 409-744-4673.


Houston author, Dorothy Mai, author of An Unconventional Death, will be appearing on June 24th at The Phoenix on Westheimer for a Meet & Greet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mai will be donating 50% of all proceeds to their non-profit charity, “The Friends of the Phoenix,” who have provided meals to first responders during Hurricane Harvey, given money to animal shelters and scholarships to Houston Community College. There will also be raffles too for those who purchase a book.


Meet at the Rooftop above BLVD PLACE for the newly released July and August programming, and updated age policy for family fun this summer

 Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown has become a Houston summer staple, and this year’s summer program brings the heat yet again. With magnificent views of Uptown Houston’s skyline and a newly announced movie lineup, Rooftop Cinema Club is set to elevate summer 2023 to a new level.  Tickets are now live for screenings through September 4 (Labor Day Weekend) with new July and August programming that includes themed film collections, cult classics, new releases, Y2K Tuesdays, all-age showings, and much more.

The July programming kicks off with two timely film collections: a “Pink Power” series celebrating strong female leads ahead of Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie release, and a Christopher Nolan series shining a spotlight on films by the visionary filmmaker in the lead up to his latest epic Oppenheimer.

On July 29th, Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown welcomes guests to experience the ultimate movie night with the special brand-sponsored screening of Bring It On presented by Eva NYC. Witness the magic on the mat between the Toros and the Clovers, and then head home cheering with your own reward in hand! Attendees will receive an exclusive goodie bag filled with Eva NYC hair products valued at $40.

Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown will also be celebrating two very special birthdays this year. On July 31st, celebrate the world’s most beloved wizard on his big day with the film that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.Then to honor screen icon Robert De Niro as he hits the big 8-0 on August 17th, come see one of his best and most celebrated performances as hothead wiseguy Jimmy Conway in Martin Scorsese’s mob masterpiece Goodfellas. 

Kick off August with Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown’s People’s Choice screening. This time, Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown is bringing the non-human world to life with their “Creature Feature” theme. Vote for your favorite film featuring cinema’s most popular creatures HERE. Voting closes on July 17, and the winning film will be announced on July 18. As a token of gratitude for the community’s participation, tickets for this screening will be available for only $10.

The rest of the July and August program spotlights special themes and film tributes including: ‘Y2K Tuesdays,’ a weekly series celebrating the early 2000s; ‘Wine Wednesdays with Bucketlisters,’ a curated experience with tickets sold on; ‘RCC x Cool Ass Black Woman,’ an exciting partnership with the popular lifestyle brand; ‘Best Movie Villains,’ a collection of films featuring some of the most memorable and wickedly fun villains of all time; ‘It’s Getting Hot in Here,’ movies celebrating summer by bringing the heat; ‘Summerween,’ a weekender that lets you enjoy Halloween movies a little early; and more! The venue has also added more open caption screenings and films with Spanish subtitles. 

Tickets are on sale at with screenings live through September 4. There will be more films added soon for the venue’s Screen 2 as new releases become available, so check back on the website often.

In addition to the new programming, Rooftop Cinema Club has updated their age policy to give younger audiences and families the opportunity to enjoy the Houston rooftop during the summer months. Starting now, all ages are welcome to enjoy screenings before 9 PM, Sunday through Wednesday. From Thursday – Saturday, screenings starting at 4:30 PM and onward are strictly 18+. For all-ages screenings, please note anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Additionally, the one-size headphones are best suited for children ages 5 and up. It is recommended to check the film rating as not all screenings are suited for children. You can find the all ages film collection HERE. All kids tickets are $12.50 (ages 12-and-under only). 

Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown’s Screen 2 area includes 186 seats, and the Screen 1 area includes 198 seats. Both screening areas have Adirondack chairs (singles) and Adirondack Loveseats (for two). The venue features a revamped lounge area where guests can enjoy all the rooftop has to offer including lawn games, skyline views, cinemagoers’ favorite concessions and snacks, plus an extensive menu of beer, wine, and canned cocktails. Photo courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club. 



EMMY® and GRAMMY® award-winning multi hyphenate, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, announced that he will embark on a global tour in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of his game-changing debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Produced by Live Nation and presented by Sire Spirits, The Final Lap Tour will make stops across North America and Europe, including Toyota Center in Houston, TX, on Thursday, August 24, and Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX, on Friday, August 25, 2023. 

The Final Lap Tour will feature the rap icon performing dozens of fan-favorite and chart-topping hits along with select tracks that have not been performed live in decades. Plus, the tour will feature support from special guest and longtime friend, Busta Rhymes, across all dates and Jeremih supporting on all North American dates with more special guests to be announced. 

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Sire Spirits brands, Branson Cognac and Le Chemin du Roi Champagne, will be available throughout the tour and at select Live Nation venues for other events.1 This relationship ties into Live Nation’s commitment to diversity and supporting fully Black-owned brands, of which Sire Spirits is one of the few.

Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent rose to fame with his record-shattering debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Since then, he has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has been awarded the most prestigious accolades. Jackson has leveraged his star power to achieve unparalleled success as an entrepreneur, actor, director, and executive producer. From Get Rich or Die Tryin’ being one of the fastest-selling albums in history to creating one of the most influential deals in hip-hop with the sale of Vitaminwater, Jackson continues to break records. Currently, he holds the record for the highest rated premiere of a series ever on Starz with “Power Book II: Ghost.”

VIP Tickets: Fans can also access VIP Packages which may include premium tickets, VIP parking and exclusive access to a pre-show lounge, special entry, Sire Spirits bottle signings, access to afterparty events, and more. For VIP Package information, visit and for all other tour and ticket information, visit  

8th Annual Food From the Bar Benefitting Houston Food Bank -Houston Legal Community Comes Together to Fight Hunger in Houston 

Legal professionals encouraged to donate money, time & food, April 3-April 30, 2023

The Houston Food Bank and the Houston legal community are gearing up for the 8th Annual Food from the Bar, a month-long, friendly competition from April 3-April 30, 2023, which brings law firms and legal organizations together to contribute money, food and/or volunteer time to the Houston Food Bank. 

Starting April 3, legal organizations compete to donate the most food, funds and volunteer hours by May 1.  The teams earn points for their donations.  

Houston Food Bank is a resource for individuals and families in times of hardship. Hundreds of thousands of people count on the organization and its Partners, and this need has increased immensely due to the pandemic.  The organization is distributing approximately 800,000 pounds of food per day to keep up with the need in the community.

For more information and to sign up for Food From the Bar, contact Sean Crowl at or Chanell Jones at

Astrodome Conservancy hosts 3rd annual Race for the Dome on Saturday, April 15 with registration now open

The Astrodome Conservancy will host the 3rd annual RACE FOR THE DOME, with registration now open to the public. Join the fun on Saturday, April 15 to race around the iconic Astrodome with hundreds of Dome-lovers and fans in support of a bright future for the Eighth Wonder of the World. Proceeds benefit the Astrodome Conservancy.

This year’s event features a 5K road race and a Kids 1K fun run for the youngest of Astrodome fans. Come dressed in your vintage gear or best Dome wear and stay around to party after the race to celebrate the Astrodome’s 58th birthday.

Awards are given for top three male and female overall competitors, and top three kids finishers.

Join the Astrodome Conservancy and more than 200 fans as they race around the Dome supporting efforts to create a vibrant future for the landmark Dome.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 15 – 8 am – noon

  • 8 a.m. – 1K kids fun run circles the Astrodome
  • 8:15 a.m. – 5K road race begins follows a route around the Dome and through NRG Park
  • 9 a.m. – Post-race party kicks off with an awards ceremony

WHERE:  3 NRG Parkway, Houston, Texas 77054

Participants enter via Gate 10 at the intersection of Kirby and McNee Streets on the west side of the Park.

REGISTER: Click here or go to to register. Cost is $35 for the 5K race and $20 for the Kids’ 1K run.

MORE:  Race for the Dome benefits the Astrodome Conservancy and supports our work to ensure a bright future for the iconic Astrodome. The Astrodome Conservancy is the champion of the Astrodome on behalf of the people of Houston and Harris County. Our work brings together ideas, resources, and leadership to save and redevelop the 8th Wonder of the World. Find us at

PARKING:  Parking at NRG Park will be available in the BLUE LOT and FREE to all registered participants on race day. Participants will need to enter through GATE 9.

FOLLOW: You can follow the Astrodome Conservancy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for fun facts and race information. Use #RacefortheDome.


Outdoor Fitness Classes and Vendor Market at CITYCENTRE

CITYCENTRE is excited to welcome guests to it’s first-ever Wellfest— a full day of approachable workouts, wellness events, and sustainable shopping in partnership with Life Time and Epic-Cycles. An event focused on bringing the community together through movement and wellness, Wellfest is free & open to anyone on any fitness journey.

Wellfest participants will be entered to win a six-month free Life Time membership and must be present to win. Another attendee will be entered to win a weekend night stay at The Moran Hotel in a deluxe junior suite, with breakfast for two, parking, and a $100 credit to Fireside or Milano bar. 

 In addition to professionally guided workout classes, guests can make their way around the plaza and experience wellness vendors such as juice and smoothie samples, massage therapists, kids programs and more from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.                       

After a morning full of wellness, grab a bite to eat at CITYCENTRE’s Cyclone Anaya’s, Sal y Pimienta Kitchen, and Yi Peng Thai Dining. Guests will receive a 10% discount at each restaurant for attending Wellfest. 


Bicycling will begin at 8 a.m.—please bring your own bike and supplies if you plan to participate. All classes start promptly at 9 a.m. and include Alpha Sweat Camp, Gluteous Maxout, and Yoga Pickleball. 

RSVP for Wellfest using this link. Equipment will be ready for you when you arrive!

For more information about Wellfest or CITYCENTRE, visit the CITYCENTRE website.

Spring Festival, Sunday, March 5: New Beginnings at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

This event and general admission to the MFAH will be free all day

To celebrate the Sunday, March 5, opening day of new galleries devoted to art from historic Islamic lands, the Museum of Fine Arts will host a free, family-friendly event. Guests can enjoy music, dance performances, art-making activities, and food from several vendors. General admission to the museum will be free all day. 

The Spring Festival will be held at The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and the Cullen Sculpture Garden, MFAH.

The celebration at Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and the Cullen Sculpture Garden will feature archways with Islamic art-inspired motifs created by designer Afsaneh Aayani; music performances by the Riyaaz Qawwali ensemble and Jones Family Singers; dance performances by members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern USA; and food from various vendors offering kebabs, samosas and sweets.

The MC for the day will be Emran El-Badawi, associate professor and program director of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston. Families can also enjoy artist demonstrations of paper marbling and calligraphy and hands-on art-making activities with the Islamic Arts Society and the Zoroastrian Association of Houston.

The March 5 event will be a celebration of renewal of nature, spring, and new beginnings. It will incorporate elements of Nowruz, celebrated as the beginning of the new year and spring by more than 300 million people around the world.

Calling all Aspiring Young Poets: Writers in the Schools Announces 2023 Space City Slam Series

 Aspiring young poets ages 13-19 are invited to participate in the Space City Slam Series

Writers in the Schools (WITS), a Houston-area nonprofit that engages youth in the joy and power of reading and writing, invites young poets to participate in its annual poetry competition. Known as the Space City Slam Series, the free poetry competition gives young Houston-area poets, rappers, emcees, and spoken word artists the opportunity to compete for a coveted spot on the organization’s Meta-Four Poetry Team. Those who “make the cut” will be invited to perform at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston at a public event in April. 

The Space City Slam Series will take place on various dates and locations throughout the spring. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. and the slam begins at 7 p.m. for all dates. 

      • Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 – Space City Prelim 1 @The DeLuxe Theater 3303 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020
      • Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 – Space City Prelim 2 @ Gulf Coast Cosmos Comicbook Co. 2306 Stuart St. Houston, TX 77004
      • Saturday, March 18, 2023 – Space City Prelim 3 @ Writers in the Schools 1414 Sul Ross St. Houston, TX 77006
      • Thursday, March 21, 2023 – Space City Prelim 4 @ Rudyard’s Houston, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006
      • Thursday, April 6, 2023 – Space City Grand Slam @ Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005

Meta-Four is the face of the youth poetry scene, representing Houston at the annual international Brave New Voices festival. Previous Meta-Four Houston team members have gone on to perform nationally, publish their works, and receive scholarships at top colleges and universities.  To register and for more details, visit www.   


Exclusively to Houston, Champions Of Magic bring their arena scale spectacle to the Hobby Center’s intimate Zilkha Hall for an extended run February 2-17. This is an opportunity to experience their unique brand of live entertainment like never before.

Described by the press as ‘The Avengers of Magic’ catch the only team of magicians in the world as they present their original, phenomenal ensemble illusions.

They’ve sold out shows across the globe, been featured on every major US TV network and racked up over 50 million views online… but you haven’t seen magic until you’ve seen it live!

The Champions Of Magic cast present incredible interactive magic, a daring escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. The show happens all around the theatre and features spectacular illusions that can’t be seen anywhere else.

This is Houston’s chance to catch some of the greatest magicians on the planet, with a show that never fails to amaze.

Photos courtesy of Champions of Magic Tour


Houston’s premiere burlesque troupe, The Divine Darlings, is thrilled to present The Burly Soirée: Glitz & Glamour, Lace & Leather at 8th Wonder Distillery, on Sunday, January 8, at 2 PM. 

The Burly Soirée — which takes place the second Sunday of every month — is an afternoon delight of the art of striptease, from the sultry sirens of The Divine Darlings and some of Houston and beyond’s most talented burlesque performers.

The January 8th show will feature performances by Divine Darlings Mary Jane Midnight and Sin Pellegrina; headliners Mak Fontina and Serena Van Cartier, who formerly performed with renowned troupe The Moonlight Dolls; and the soirée’s host and producer, Lady Annabelle, who formerly performed alongside Cartier in The Moonlight Dolls, and teaches dance classes for adults — including burlesque, floorwork, hair and chair, ballet, lyrical and tap — at Houston Divine Studio.

Multiple vendors will be selling handcrafted items, so event-goers can purchase their own Glitz & Glamour, Lace & Leather goodies. Attendees may also bring in food from any of the several nearby food options, and enjoy handcrafted cocktails made with 8th Wonder Distillery’s in-house line of liquors.

Cost: $15–$75 via Eventbrite ( or $20–$80 at the door.  Photo: Showgirl Studios.

Performing Arts Houston presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Just in time for the holidays, Performing Arts Houston presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze, December 23-24 at Jones Hall. An event for all ages, Cirque Dreams Holidaze combines Broadway-style production and contemporary circus arts, including acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, dancers, and singers, plus a musical score of holiday favorites.

Since 1993, the Cirque Dreams has entertained more than 50 million audience members worldwide, appearing in theaters across the globe and featured on Broadway.

Cirque Dreams has earned international critical acclaim from USA Today, The New York Times, The Associated Press, CNN, Today Show, and more. Owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, Cirque Dreams offers an entertaining holiday event the whole family can share.

Ticket Information: Tickets start at $39. Tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Houston website at or by calling our box office at (713) 227-4772. 

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston to Host Annual 2022 Tapestry Gala

Save the date: Saturday, November 12, 2022

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) will celebrate dialogue, collaboration and service at its annual Tapestry Gala on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas – Houston. 
This year’s gala will honor Laurence J. “Larry” Payne and Spirit of Respect honoree Dr. Stephen Klineberg. Community Champions include Houston Methodist and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Houston Area. Event Chairs are Dr. Kathy Flanagan and Mayor Sylvester Turner, Paula Sutton and Bill Gross.
ABC 13’s Melanie Lawson will serve as the emcee and the evening will begin with a multi-faith invocation. Interfaith Ministries President and CEO Martin B. Cominsky and Board Chair Charlene Chuang invite guests and supporters to a delightful evening of celebration, dinner, and special entertainment. The Palladium Weaver Sponsor is Shell Oil Company.
For more than 50 years, Interfaith Ministries has united people of diverse backgrounds to serve the Greater Houston area and manifests the strength of shared beliefs through five areas of service to the greater Houston community: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County/Animeals; Refugee Services; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships; Volunteer Houston; and SERVE HOUSTON.
For more information about the 2022 Tapestry Gala and how to become a sponsor or purchase tickets visit Contact Kyra Thomas at or call 713-533-4925 for more information.

The Periwinkle Foundation Hosts Houston’s Premier Sommelier Competition and Wine Tasting Event

Iron Sommelier 2022 Presented by AUTOSOL® to be held on November 9 at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

Houston’s premier wine tasting competition is back in-person and better than ever! On November 9, the city’s finest sommeliers will be put to the test for the title of Iron Sommelier.

Benefitting The Periwinkle Foundation, guests are invited to a private setting at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Competing sommeliers will select three wines which focus on a particular wine region, grape or style and personally present the wines they are pouring, while conversing with guests as they taste and compare. A panel of judges will rate wine choice, presentation, creativity, and knowledge of their wine selections.

Underwriters will have the opportunity to vote for the Underwriter Room Award while all guests may cast their “corks” for the People’s Choice Award. Guests will have access to an exciting wine pull, auction, raffle, and children’s art sales.

Sommeliers competing in the 2022 competition include: Zachary Newman – Bludorn; Justyna Brewczyk – Everywine; Andrés Blanco – Le Jardinier; Trevor Wiedeman – MAD; Evan Ortiz – March; Skyler Ring – Mastro’s Steakhouse; Chris Havens – Pappas Bros. Steakhouse; Dennis Vawter – River Oaks Country Club; Hector Ramirez – Sonoma Wine Bar; Adele Corrigan Wade – 13 celsius Wine Bar; Anthony Garza – Trattoria Sofia; and Kelly Voelkel – Vinology and Bombetta.

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is located at 1600 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Photo courtesy of The Periwinkle Foundation. 

Network Nites & Bites, Blockchain & Crypto Happy Hour

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Fort Bend Future initiative will host the Blockchain & Crypto Happy Hour on Thursday, September 8th from 5:30 – 8 PM at Sugar Creek on the Lake. This event is generously sponsored by BITWALLET and Madison Marquette. Learn about the cryptocurrency revolution and the science behind blockchain as you connect and network with other enthusiasts with the same interest. 

The Texas Blockchain Council is an industry association with more than 65 member companies that seeks to make Texas the jurisdiction of choice for blockchain innovation. Jim Flint is responsible for the successful advertising and marketing of the Texas Blockchain Summit. Jim helped to establish the Executive Bitcoin Mining Committee that delivers direct insight into ERCOT initiatives and activities across the state for Bitcoin miners and their constituents.

  • Starting at 6:00 PM, Opening remarks and welcoming of attendees, as they are informed on the topics and discussions ranging from Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, NFTs for consumers, MDx NFT Marketplace Initiates for Energy, and what it all means to the state of Texas.
  • From 6:30 – 7:30 PM, A panel discussion will be held by Phil Snyder with University of Houston, John Perrone with BITWALLET, and Jim Flint with the Texas Blockchain Council
  • There will be networking, and complimentary food and libations throughout the event.
  • The event is open to the public and complimentary for Fort Bend Chamber Members to attend. Register today at or contact Brandon Mosley at 281-566-2163 or

Photo courtesy of Fort Bend Chamber


Houston’s newest burlesque troupe, The Divine Darlings, is proud to present the second installation of The Burly Soirée at 8th Wonder Distillery, on Sunday, August 28, at 2 PM.

The monthly Burly Soirée is an afternoon delight of the art of striptease, from the sultry sirens of The Divine Darlings and some of Houston and beyond’s most talented burlesque performers.

The August 28th show will feature performances by Divine Darlings Ivy Devine, Luna Mae Lee and Mary Jane Midnight; along with Houston burlesque dancers Rosie the Riveting and Vixen Magnifique; and the soirées host and producer, Lady Annabelle, who formerly performed with renowned troupe The Moonlight Dolls. 

Tickets are $15 at the door or via Eventbrite ( 

About The Divine Darlings Burlesque Troupe
The Divine Darlings Burlesque Troupe provides dynamic, high-quality entertainment through burlesque, the art of striptease. Comprised of 11 founding members and led by Lady Annabelle, The Divine Darlings showcases a variety of burlesque styles by allowing its diverse company to create innovative performances based in their heritage, beliefs, comfort and personality.


Exclusive-to-Market Baseball-Centric Entertainment and Dining Concept Slated to Open in Early 2023

Home Run Dugout, a sports-meets-entertainment concept brought to life by native Texan founders Nick Hermandorfer and Tyler Bambrick in 2016, hit a “grand slam” on June 6, 2022 during a groundbreaking ceremony of its newest facility, introducing a fun, community-oriented activation that will welcome residents from all over the Houston-area. Slated to open in Katy in early 2023, this marks the first stand-alone location of its kind in the United States and will be the flagship location for customers to experience Home Run Dugout’s patented Batting Bay™ technology.

Occupying 46,000 square feet of space, Home Run Dugout will offer a unique and unforgettable experience for guests of all ages with its twelve Batting Bays™ which feature soft-toss pitching machines suitable for sluggers of all skill levels; a dog park; and a biergarten baseball™ mini-field complete with stadium lights perfect for evening play or a Dinger Derby™.  

Ballplayers can take a break from the fun to enjoy the full-service restaurant and patio, offering both indoor and outdoor dining options. While enjoying live music on the facility’s concert stage, fans can browse the scratch kitchen menu featuring elevated ballpark cuisine. But first, brunch! The inclusive menu is also set to hit a home run with brunch-goers serving a variety of savory and sweet options. Then, close out the inning – or the night – with a cold beverage from Home Run Dugout’s two bars or the Biergarten’s well-rounded selection of more than 12 “mostly local” craft beers on tap, wine and curated cocktails.

Home Run Dugout is living proof of a motivated and intelligent duo who set out to bring their dreams to reality – and they did! After bootstrapping the concept themselves and working in “stealth-mode” for a number of years while they secured patents on the concept, the dynamic duo traveled to nearly a dozen baseball parks and worked in garages and warehouses to ensure the concept would combine not only their love for the game but also the social aspect of America’s pastime. In 2019, Hermandorfer and Bambrick opened their first location in Dell Diamond stadium, home to the Round Rock Express, which gave way to plans for this new location in Katy.

“We could not be happier to have officially broken ground on this long-awaited project in Katy,” said co-founder Nick Hermandorfer. “All of the best ideas come out of left field, so we wanted to create something that captures the spirit of left field – a place where anything is possible – which led to the development of Home Run Dugout. To add, we feel certain that our new location in Katy will bring together the community, and tourists alike, to enjoy an unmatched interactive experience,” added co-founder Tyler Bambrick.

Sienna Women’s League to Host 5th Annual Back to School Drive on Sat, July 30, 2022

Sienna Women’s League (SWL) is announced its 5th annual Back to School Drive from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 30, 2022, in the parking area of Primrose School of Sienna, 4400 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City.  The drive once again benefits Shared Dreams, part of Fort Bend ISD’s Department of Collaborative Communities, one of SWL’s focus charities.  

SWL volunteers will collect new school supplies and financial donations for Shared Dreams to assist FBISD’s most economically disadvantaged student families.  SWL requests the support of community businesses and families in the form of “new only” school supply donations (see attached flyer for needed items) as well as financial gifts. 

Shared Dreams provides short term assistance to registered FBISD students whose needs have been verified by their campus nurse and staff.  Over 40% of FBISD families are living at or below the poverty level.  FBISD enrolls over 80,000 students annually.

SWL was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2017.  The organization provides volunteer and financial support throughout Fort Bend County for our partner charities – FBISD Shared Dreams, Cancer Survivorship Program – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Hope for Three Autism Advocates.

Fort Bend Health & Wellness EXPO

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Division will host the annual “Fort Bend Health & Wellness EXPO,” on Thursday, July 14th from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The expo will be held at the Sugar Land campus of presenting sponsor – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital -17500 W. Grand Pkwy. S Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Cartera Health, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sugar Land and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital are our expo sponsors for this event.  Our passport sponsor is Hope Biosciences.

The Expo will showcase transformative and innovative healthcare products and services available in Fort Bend County and will host a wide variety of health and wellness providers in our area. Attendees will learn about the latest research, trends, and strategies in the healthcare industry, and with ‘passport’ in hand, can participate in a prize drawing.

Registration is currently open. EXPO Sponsor: $2000, Includes: prominent booth location, logo placed on EXPO passport, recognition at the event, and booth space. Vendor Booths: $450, Includes: 6ft table with electricity. Event is open to the public. Details of upcoming events can be found on our website at or you may contact Rebekah Beltran at 281.566.2158 and

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Division under the leadership of Chair, Mike Dotson with AccessHealth, has a mission to attract the highest quality healthcare providers and to develop the most technical and professional healthcare service companies/facilities for the Greater Fort Bend County Area. 

Houston Concierge Association to Host 12th Annual Cultural Partner Open House and Clothing Drive

Benefiting Star of Hope on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 5:30-8 p.m.

Guests from all aspects of the hospitality industry are invited to experience an evening of entertainment and networking during the 12th Annual Cultural Partner Open House and Clothing Drive for Star of Hope, hosted by The Houston Concierge Association (HCA) and Houston First Corp. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Vault & Vino.

HCA invites guests to enjoy appetizers courtesy of D’lish Catering and Arts & Crepes along with complimentary beverages from Saint Arnold Brewing Company and wines courtesy of Spec’s. Guests can enter to win a raffle for a gift basket valued at more than $2,000 including dinners, hotel rooms, tickets, unique gifts and more. Hospitality industry guests will also enjoy live entertainment by jazz legend Harry Sheppard and experience a Member Showcase Area with information about Houston and the surrounding area.

During the evening, Star of Hope will be collecting clothing donations benefiting homeless men, women and children. Donations will be accepted by the Star of Hope truck located near the entrance of the venue. Free parking is available at the event venue.

For more information about the 12th Annual Cultural Partner Open House, please contact HCA Public Relations Director Guy Yount at 713-385-6960 or

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency Hosts 7th Annual Wine Dinner

The aroma of rich and harmonious wine along with culinary delights and entertainment united more than 200 supporters and guests on the vine for The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency and its 7th Annual Wine Dinner at Tony’s on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

The Wine Dinner, presented by The Durdin Family and Parkway Family Chevrolet, Mazda and Kia, raised more than $205,000 to ensure Houston-area women and girls have free access to tools they need to be advocates for their health through classes, workshops, lectures, and publications focused on physical, mental, financial, emotional, health, and wellness.

The Wine Dinner began with sounds of soft jazz by the Houston Ensemble and a reception of passed crab cakes and Beef Wellington along with NV Francois Labet Brut Cremant De Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Dinner chimes ushered guests to their tables, as KHOU-11’s Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan welcomed guests and introduced President of the Board Jillian Nel who highlighted The Women’s Fund programs that provide a safe haven for girls and women, and the commitment to continue providing classes, presentations, and publications free of charge to communities with limited access to health information.

Nel thanked sponsors and introduced Co-chairs: The Durdin Family, Jean Durdin, Sharilyn and Gayle Lampson, Erin and Forbes Durdin, Granger Durdin and Heather Oglesby. Lampson was welcomed to the podium and shared why The Women’s Fund’s mission is so important to her and her family. Wine Dinner guests also heard testimony from Nelly Argueta-Solórzano, LMSW, a Wraparound Resource Specialist at Piney Point Elementary School. Argueta-Solórzano has witnessed the power and impact The Women’s Fund classes, workshops and publications make on young girls who face challenging circumstances.

Dinner was a feast for the eyes and palate accented by floral décor by Shaina Park with Heyday Flowers and the exquisite four-course meal with wine pairings.

Silent auction sponsor David Peck created a friendly bidding war among the Wine Dinner guests who took a fancy to dining, entertainment, travel, luxury items and experiences. Peck also fulfilled the thrill of giving back with 12 mystery bags curated with his merchandise and gift certificates that were available for purchase. While guests placed their bids, the entertainment continued, and the much-anticipated live auction followed.

The Women’s Fund supporters and sponsors included: Joanna and Brad Marks, IW Marks Jewelers, Jackie Macha and Brian Faulkner, Martha Walton, Houston Texans Jerry Hughes Jr. and Meghan Hughes, Mary Beth Robinson, Paulina and Jim McGrath, Republic State Mortgage, Dr. Sean Blackwell, McGovern Medical School – UT Health, Department Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services, SPD Construction, Team Velocity, Andrea and Bruce Bryant, 6 North Cellars, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Paula Sutton, Bill Gross, Peggy and Craig England, Tammy and Danny Schroeder, Plains Capital Bank, Jillian Nel, Monica Fulton, Kathy and Alex Johnson, , Lisa Rogers, Katherine and Dr. Brian Parsley, Marilyn and Tom Sumner, Veritex Community Bank, Insperity, Steve Alvis, Millie Stelzig, Katherine Gillman.

Photos: Daniel Ortiz

Award-winning Treble Choir of Houston presents annual Spring Concert May 7 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, conducted by Marianna Parnas-Simpson

The event is free and open to the public 

The Award-winning Treble Choir of Houston, under the direction of founder and artistic director Marianna Parnas-Simpson, presents its annual free Spring Concert on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in the West University area. This concert celebrates the Treble Choir’s accomplishments this year, featuring songs from the 2021-2022 repertoire, new selections and vocal and instrumental solos from the talented choristers. It’s the perfect Saturday afternoon musical outing for the entire family. 

The Treble Choir of Houston at Christ Church Cathedral was founded by Marianna Parnas-Simpson in 2006 and is an acclaimed ensemble of young women, grades 6-12, which provides outstanding musical training in a nurturing environment. Coming from widely diverse backgrounds, these young women are united in their pursuit of musical excellence. The Choir’s mission is to help each singer realize her full potential as a person and as a musician. Self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills are cultivated through an environment of love, respect and support.

Treble Choir of Houston was named the finalist of the 2021 National American Prize Competition in Youth Choir Division. The choir collaborates with the Houston Chamber Choir and appreciates the opportunities to participate in many of its projects, including the 2020 recording of Bob Chilcott’s Circlesong album with Signum Classics.

 Parking is free, and there open seating, first come, first served. Check out their website at, and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency: 8th Annual Barbara Devetski College Scholarship Essay Contest

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 26, 2022
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 now accepting applications for the 8th Annual Barbara Devetski Scholarship Essay Contest. Two winners will receive a $2,500 scholarship towards tuition for the 2022 fall semester.
“Many adolescent girls face critical issues and require important resources to overcome challenges and difficult situations,” said Linda Rhodes, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund. “We look forward to awarding scholarships to two individuals who have overcome challenges and are ready to start a new chapter in college as resilient young women.”
The scholarship was created in loving memory of Barbara Devetski, the organization’s first Executive Director who served in that capacity for over two decades. The Women’s Fund invites Houston area, college-bound, graduating high school senior girls, who plan to enroll in a minimum of nine college credit hours in the 2022 fall semester to participate in its essay contest. The essay must include the importance of resiliency, a time or situation in which the applicant was resilient, and explain what they learned from the situation and how it has prepared them for college. For full scholarship details and eligibility requirements visit
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 26, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. CST. The winners will be announced at The Women’s Fund Spring Membership Luncheon at Tony’s on Friday, May 13, 2022.
For 43 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 on The Women’s Fund visit and for questions about the 8th Annual Barbara Devetski Scholarship Essay Contest, please contact Tawa Busari at 713-623-6543 or


Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market SPRING is gearing up for its third showing this April 8-10 at NRG Center. The sunny flipside to November’s Nutcracker Market, this three-day shopping experience will feature approximately 150 merchants from across the country, bringing with them a fresh assortment of seasonal items, on-trend apparel, jewelry, colorful accessories, gourmet food, travel necessities, and cheerful home and holiday décor for that springtime refresh. 

“Just like spring and summertime itself, Nutcracker Market SPRING embraces a fun, relaxed feel,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market.  “Our merchants reinvent their booths with bright colors and trends, and we love watching our shoppers discover those one-of-a-kind, favorite finds to launch the new season.”

While November’s long-running Nutcracker Market serves as Houston’s holiday season kick-off, Nutcracker Market SPRING celebrates all things spring and summer.  April’s event helps Houstonians welcome the warmer weather with wardrobe resets, unique graduation and wedding gifts ideas, festive Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July decorations, and everything needed for the beach, summer getaways, and backyard BBQs.

Like the annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market held in November, Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market SPRING is a fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the community. Proceeds from admission tickets plus 11% of all merchandise sales stay right here in Houston supporting Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs.

Nutcracker Market organizers are expecting this year’s event will include a mix of familiar favorites alongside fresh new finds.  Shoppers will be able to browse among always-anticipated merchants such as Kendra Scott, Signs for Design, Manready Mercantile, Anything Bling Boutique, Two Tequila Sisters, and The Round Top Collection – among many others.

For those wondering about the newest offerings, merchants setting up shop for the first time include: Bonblissity, featuring luxurious hand and body creams and candy-scented shower scrubs; Just As I Am, a new on-trend clothing and accessories shop; Ladybugs In My Garden, glittering with princess dresses, tiaras, tea sets, and toys; Tambora Exchange, offering statement-making handbags and clutches; and Farmhouse Bath & Body Co., on hand with their signature candle and body cream collections. In addition, the lineup includes several merchants who have already made an impression at the November market who are now debuting at their first Nutcracker Market SPRING, including My Massage Pillow, My Drink Bomb, and Black Tie Caramel.

Market Dates/Hours

April 8-10, 2022

  • Friday, April 8 – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 10 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ticketing Details

General Admission tickets are good for one-day admission only.

  • Tickets are $20 (cash or check only) at NRG ticket windows during Market days – ATMs available onsite
  • Discount tickets available for $18 at beginning March 14
  • Children ages 2 and under are free, all other persons are required to have a ticket
  • Early Bird Admission will not be available for this event
  • Strollers, carts, rolling bags and wagons are not permitted inside. There will be a complimentary check-in area in the lobby for these items. Wheelchairs, walkers, and other ADA approved mobility devices are permitted. Pets are not allowed unless they are certified service animals.

To learn more, please call 713-535-3231 or visit


Live Comedy Spectacular from Laugh Out Loud and Live Nation Will Feature Surprises and Special Guests 

Tickets Go on Sale to General Public Starting Friday, December 17 at 10 a.m. at

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out Live Tour, a live run that will bring Cannon’s famed MTV series to the road and will mix up comedy, variety and game show elements all in one for fans of the improv/competition show on each stop. Each night Nick Cannon and the Wild ‘N Out cast members will also invite members of the audience to join them for Wild ‘N Out’s most popular games. 

Produced by Live Nation and Laugh Out Loud, the 23-city tour kicks off on May 20th in Atlanta at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood making stops across the U.S. in Charlotte, New York, Chicago and more before wrapping up at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

“I am thrilled to have this show come to The GREAT City of Atlantic City and kick off our Fourth of July Weekend,” said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. “It’s great to see more quality urban entertainment coming to Atlantic City. Today’s announcement continues to make it a GREAT Day here in The City of Atlantic City.” 

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.