Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
- Air Grievances and particpate in Feats of Strength all day long, wherever you are
- Miracles will happen!
Wednesday, December 23: Bliss on 19th and other shops holding special holiday shopping hours
- Remember Shop Local
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
By ALLAN TURNER Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
On-again, off-again plans to raze Houston Heights' historic but long unused Immanuel Lutheran Church may be in limbo again today as preservationists float a plan to convert the striking Gothic Revival sanctuary into a museum for Texas art.
Aware of cost
“I wouldn't make the proposal if I didn't think I could do it,” Kopriva said Monday. “I've just done the Heights Theater and I know what these things cost.” Kopriva said the theater project cost less than $250,000.
Bakenhus, who once advocated saving the old church, said a 2001 estimate placed the cost of renovating the building at $600,000. Today, he believes the cost might approach $800,000 or more.
“It's been my long-term dream to create a Texas arts mecca,” Kopriva said. The museum, which he would call the Heights Arts Museum (HAM), would also house art archives, he said.
Backing Kopriva's proposal are the Houston Heights Association and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, both of which have struggled to save the church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A ‘win-win situation'
The preservation alliance's David Bush called the proposal a “win-win situation.”
Neighborhood association president Chris Silkwood declined to discuss the plan before its presentation but stressed her group's support for saving the building, whose basement dates to 1918.
“It's a magnificent piece of architecture,” she said. “Our hope is that it's repurposed, that it becomes a place where the general public will be able to visit it.” The old church was replaced by a newer structure in the 1960s. Until the late 1970s or early 1980s, it was used for church classes. It since has been vacant.
Bakenhus said the church explored the cost of renovating the building, a process that would include upgrading plumbing, heating and air conditioning and electrical wiring, but were unable to raise the needed money. The church also had planned to level the sanctuary floor, which Bakenhus says is slanted like that of an auditorium.
Kopriva, a structural engineer, said basic repairs to the building “would cost a lot less” than the church's estimate. “I'd leave the floor sloped,” he said. “That makes no difference to me.”
Bakenhus said the church's governing body is “99 percent” in favor of demolishing the building — a process that would cost about $60,000.
In October, the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission rejected the church's plan to demolish the old building. But that rejection only delays demolition 90 days and the church has signed a contract to tear down the structure this summer.
But Bakenhus said the church can cancel the demolition contract if a workable renovation plan develops.
Today's presentation by Kopriva will constitute the neighborhood association's first report.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
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I might be tempted to say that Sandy is first and foremost an artist. That has more... of an alternative sound. However, she has been a professional dog groomer longer than she has been an artist and thinks of dog grooming as an alternative art form. An animal lover since childhood, Sandy actually used to tell her mother she wanted to "be a dog" when she grew up. Rather than actually becoming a dog, Sandy ended up showing Pugs growing up. Then, at the age of 23, she was between jobs and saw a pet shop that needed help. Right away she hit it off with the groomer, and a career was born.
Baby Jake, a rescued Yorkie from West Texas, acts as "security"
Baila, another rescue, is the "super model" of the bunch. Yes, that is her crazy tongue sticking out the side of her mouth. It doesn't get much cuter!
Sandy and one of her mixed media art pieces featuring Frieda Pixel
Frieda Pixel in her preferred position- baby cradle hold. Spoiled ;)
Human treats help pet owners relax and feel at home while their animals are groomed. You are welcome to stay and enjoy Sandy's hospitality or you can drop off your pet and mosey down to Onion Creek for a drink.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
- For real this time: Celebrate the opening of the wonderful 5 mile long trail through the Heights. The trail runs along Nicholson from 26th Street south to 7th Street and from Shepherd east along 7th Street, to Spring Street and White Oak Bayou under I-45, where it connects to the proposed Heritage Corridor West Trail near downtown providing a connection to the University of Houston and other downtown bikeways and destinations.
- This is the 5th trail COH has opened in 2009 for an additional 15 miles of city bikeways.
- Ride your bike to this event, details and directions are provided on the flier
- Click Here: for MKT Rails to Trail Ribbon Cutting invitation (.PDF)
- For more information contact Dan Raine, Bicyclist Pedestrian Coordinator, Houston Bikeway Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (713) 837-0136
Sunday, December 20, Noon- 6 PM: Gift wrap-ternoon at Sew Crafty
- Actually enjoy wrapping your gifts this year! Join Sew Crafty for a Wrap-ternoon and get all your gifts wrapped in style.
- $20 gets you all you can wrap access for the whole afternoon! SC will provide all materials (craft paper, ribbon, stamps, tape) – just bring yourself and your gifts!
- No instruction is provided, but they do have plenty of tutorials to get your creativity going!
OUTSIDE THE HEIGHTS:
Thursday, December 17, 6:30 PM: Silver Blades on the Silver Screen: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- See this fantastic holiday remake starring Jim Carrey while skating the rink downtown at Discovery Green. The 7,200 square-foot skating surface of Kinder Lake features skate, snack and gift shops, as well as the Snow Box—a special, toddler-friendly rink.
- Movie = Free. Skating = Fee
Saturday, January 9, 2010, 9 AM- 1 PM: COH Electronic Waste Neighborhood Collection Event
- Get rid of the broken stuff you replaced at Christmas in an environmentally friendly wayat HCC’s Northline Campus Parking Lot 8300 Block of Fulton (between Garrotsville and Deerfield ) Houston, TX 77022
- Items accepted include the following electronics ONLY: TVs, Computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, microwaves, CPUs, VCRs, etc.
- For more information call 832-393-3226 or 281-999-5879, visit the City of Houston website at: www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/esc-south.html
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10
Roughly 2 PM
Gen's Antiques, 239 W 19th St
Gen of Gen's Antiques (Left) and Cooley of Carter & Cooley (Right) hanging out at Gen's shop, eagerly awaiting treats. Cooley takes regular walks down 19th Street to visit his friend. The two of them routinely devour a gallon ziplock full of treats each week.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The quirkiness and downright quaintness of this neighborhood never cease to amaze.
On Friday night, my friend invited me to a party at her house and a "hayride". I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I went.
It turns out that the Heights has a resident--Paul Carr--who will come to your house, pick you up in his tractor pulling a trailer (with hay seats), and drive you around the neighborhood to marvel at the lights. For free.
Paul got the idea back in the 1980s. He offers this activity every Friday and Saturday night between December 1 and 22. My friend called and made a reservation for Friday, December 11, the night before Lights in the Heights.
We dressed nice and warmly due to the dropping temperatures (I thought we lived in the sub-tropics?), and grabbed our beverages. The trailer accommodates up to 30 people and is decorated with white Christmas lights that cast a warm glow.
Paul asks for a "designated rider" to be in charge of the whistle. This person blows the whistle whenever the group would like to stop. On our jaunt, we spotted the leg lamp (if you've seen the movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about). Although we didn't do any caroling, we did ooh and ahh at quite a few different houses.
I highly recommend this quirky and quaint experience. What a hoot! If you're interested, you can call Paul at 713.869.0505 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Saturday, December 5.
Roughly 5 pm.
W Temple at Norhill
Ray and his two sons are heading out for a bike ride to Antidote. On the corner, they are stopped by their neighbor Harry. Harry and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in in the same house on W Temple for over 45 years.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Heights Moms getting some private time to shop for themselves or others. Noshies and drinks were served at several 19th St merchants who stayed open late for the group.
The tables at Shade set with goodie bags
Gifts, gift certificates and discounts for Heights shops
My pan roasted chicken breast
Mixing with friends and meeting new ones
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
- The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and the City Wide Club are co-sponsoring the 7th Annual Trash and Treasure Curbside Food Drive, benefiting the 31st Annual Christmas Eve Big Feast held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on December 24.
- By placing canned goods, non-perishable food items or toys in a grocery bag at the curb on your SWMD garbage collection day during the week you can help feed hungry families this Holiday season.
Saturday, December 12, 4-6 pm: Mathew Rosas book signing and reading at Heights Books-Libros
Monday, December 14; 7:00pm: Houston Heights Association’s Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive
- Bring new toys, a bike, books, or games to put under the HHA Tree!
- Come celebrate with homeowners of the 2009 Holiday Home Tour, Chairs Katrina Stilwell & Amy Brooks, and some of their volunteers.
- Music, Mixing, & Holiday Cheer! Everyone is invited!
- LOCATION: The Historic Houston Heights Fire Station and City Hall, 12th and Yale Streets
- Heights Rotary and the Houston Heights Association annually underwrite, prepare, and distribute food baskets to local families in need, chosen by area charities. You can help assemble and distribute the goodies on December 15 and 16.
- One hundred baskets (actually sets of six bags) will be assembled on the first floor of the Fire Station. Volunteers will be assorting bulk groceries among the baskets for two or three hours; come whenever you can.
- Delivery starts after lunch (approximately 12:00 noon) on Wednesday, December 16. Come by the Fire Station to pick up a set of bags and the name and address of the family to receive them; if you have a large car or a van, pick up several! Delivery should be completed that afternoon. If you are interested in lunch, BBQ plates are available for $10 (cash only) beginning at 11:00 am.
- Please help us make the holidays brighter for local families in need.
OUTSIDE THE HEIGHTS:
Thursday, December 10, 6 pm: The Mayor's Holiday Celebration
- This is rescheduled from the original December 4 date, which was cancelled due to weather.
- The show will be on the upper plaza at City Hall, 901 Bagby from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- The Mayor's Holiday Celebration is a long-standing tradition with music, festivities, fireworks and the lighting of the official holiday tree.
Friday, December 11th, 7 pm: MAWFashion with Hello-Lucky
- Angelo’s Houston is pleased to announce the 1st Annual MAWF [Music, Art, Wine and Fashion] Show with local artists and designers working collaboratively and benefitting the Houston Salvation Army.
- The fashion shows will begin at 9pm.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Others of us don't have that luxury. Some of us have kids and/or home offices that fill up any extra bedrooms we have.
What about me? Well, I live in a meager two bedroom, one bath house. As a first-time home-buyer whose income comes squarely from the non-profit sector, my partner and I could only afford a comfy, cozy little place in The Heights. We don't have kids yet, so our extra room houses our home office (and a chair for our bloodhound to curl up in). The room isn't big enough to contain a real bed, and we don't have house guests that often.
However, we enjoy when friends come to visit (our families generally opt for B&Bs in the neighborhood), and when they do, we want them to be comfortable.
So, what are some options for comfortably housing guests in cramped quarters? Here are a few we've explored:
- Air Mattresses: Air mattresses are, theoretically, the ideal solution. When fully inflated, they can be incredibly comfortable. There are even double-decker air mattresses that offer the promise of even more comfort and a more authentic bed experience. Plus, when you let the air out, they are small enough to stow away in the corner of a closet (or a cabinet, if you're not so blessed in the closet department). I say "theoretically" because we have never had good luck with air mattresses, after years of trying. Even after doing extensive internet research to identify highly-recommended brands and models, we still end up with guests who are almost sleeping on our wood floors in the morning, due to constant leaking. Ouch!
- Murphy Beds: Murphy beds are an interesting solution. They are real beds that fold up into a cabinet when they are not in use. This option is great for converting an office into a veritable guest bedroom in a matter of minutes. The major downsides are cost and aesthetics, although this one from hacked IKEA parts is pretty cool.
- Fold-Out Couches & Futons: Apparatuses that primarily serve as seating but then swoop in to function as beds as needed can be quite handed. Matt and I looked into the West Elm couch above, as well as some options at IKEA. In the end, we realized we basically don't even have space for a couch/futon with a full-size mattress.
Well, it turns out that a $139 futon mattress from IKEA is quite fluffy. Too fluffy, in fact, to store under our low-to-the-ground bed.
The search for more storage space in a small house began.
We do have ample closet space, but we don't have a garage, so our closets already store our bikes, lawn mowers, etc. We tried the attic, but a futon really is a lot like lugging around a dead body. It became too perilous too quickly.
Our last resort was to store it under one of the tables in our office. Of course its bulky, beige mass is aesthetically traumatizing under there, but we have a solution. The plan is to hang a suspension rod between the legs of the table and hang some fabric from it. Voila!
Any other creative solutions for making guests comfy in a small home?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 10am-4pm: The Underground Arts Market
- A place to buy beautiful things: Original Art * Handmade Soaps * Culinary Delights * Unusual Gift Items * and much more!
- 10am-4pm, 802 Rafallen
Saturday, December 5, 12 Noon- 6pm: Craftidote
- This 1st Annual craft market at Antidote Coffee will feature unique handmade crafts by local Houston artists. Craftidote seeks to feature the creations of the rich local artist base in Houston. Artists will be selling handmade t-shirts, ceramics, photos, knitted hats, baked goods, and handbags.
- 729 Studewood St.
- Admission is free.
Saturday, December 5, 6- 8pm: The Ggallery invites you to an early reception for the"Blast India" exhibition
- Please join Ggallery to meet the artists and enjoy early viewing.
- Food generously donated by Anita Jaisinghani,Chef and Proprietor of Indika Restaurant
- Show runs from December 5, 2009 thru December 28, 2009
- 301 East 11th Street
- Want more information? Contact Wayne Gilbert 713-822-4842
- The event features beautiful Christmas music, hand bells, a narrated presentation of the Christmas story with live animals and neighborhood children as little angels and shepherds.
- This is a free event for the community. Church volunteers provide cookies, cider, hot chocolate and water. The performance and refreshments are free. Donations are gratefully accepted. The program lasts about an hour – this includes caroling.
- Chairs are set up on the lawn. Spectators are welcome to bring blankets (to sit on or to stay warm) and/or folding chairs.
- Please join us for this wonderful, moving Christmas celebration outdoors on the church lawn at 600 Pecore.
- Nick's Plumbing & Sewer Services is excited to announce that they are a drop site, collecting toys for MD Anderson's Children's Cancer Hospital.
- Nick's is asking you to get involved in the giving spirit! From now until December 17th they will be collecting toys at their office location: 1420 N. Durham.
- Toys must be brand new, unopened and factory sealed.
- These kids are fighting everyday to stay strong and focused while receiving their treatments. Some of these kids are far from home and have very little to no family here while at the hospital. These families have stretched their finances to the limits in getting their children the best medical care possible. Let's help make their Holiday a Happy One..even the smallest of toys can help!
December 7 - 11: 7th ANNUAL HOLIDAY CURBSIDE FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT FAMILIES IN NEED
- The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and the City Wide Club are co-sponsoring the 7th Annual Trash and Treasure Curbside Food Drive to benefit the 31st Annual Christmas Eve Big Feast held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, on December 24.
- By placing canned goods, non-perishable food items or toys in a grocery bag at the curb on your SWMD garbage collection day during the week of Houstonians will help contribute to needy Houston families.
OUTSIDE THE HEIGHTS:
TONIGHT! Wednesday, Dec 2, 7 pm: The TUTS Sing-A-Long screening of The Sound Of Music at the Angelika Film Center
- Fox was able to obtain one of the few remaining 35mm prints of this family classic! Join us for this wonderful sing-a-long event!
- With interactive prop bags and costumes encouraged, viewers will have confetti party-poppers for the climactic first kiss between Maria and Captain von Trapp and a souvenir invitation to the Captain's Ball, among other fun and interactive items.
Friday, December 4, 6-7:30pm: The City of Houston and KHOU-TV present The Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration
- The show will be on the upper plaza at City Hall, 901 Bagby
- The Mayor's Holiday Celebration is a long-standing tradition with music, festivities, fireworks and the lighting of the official holiday tree. Reliant Energy is returning as the Official Tree Sponsor and Reliant is responsible for supplying an energy-efficient tree by using LED (light emitting diode) lights.
- The event is free and open to the public. Come watch our famous skyline come to life with music, lights and fireworks!
Monday, November 30, 2009
The Heights has a lot of unassuming heroes--like the graffiti buster who helps restore the neighborhood or the woman who selflessly tends to the roses on Heights Blvd.
There's another unassuming hero at the corner of Euclid and Norhill, diligently piecing together a beautiful and intricate community bench in her front yard.
Elena C. Wortham, an artist from Mexico City who has been living in The Heights for more than 15 years, decided to create a community bench in her front yard to encourage folks from the neighborhood to stop by and enjoy the view of the park.
In Mexico City, Elena explained, many of the homes have large walls around them. However, once you enter through the gate, you are welcomed wholeheartedly. In the U.S., by contrast, many of the homes don't have any walls out front. However, there's like an "invisible barrier" that keeps neighbors from visiting each other.
The bench is her way to build community. All are welcome to use it for comfort, rest, and connection. In the time I spent talking with Elena, I found exactly that. I learned about the history of her home, her grandchildren, and other public art projects she's undertaken throughout Houston. I even got a tour of her home and studio--two stories of natural light, bookshelves, and a studio nestled in the backyard garden.
The bench mosaic is made from leftover pieces from Elena's previous projects. She uses cookie cutters to obtain the circle shape, and her grandchildren have contributed specific animals.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Shamelessly getting to show off my Wee One again. In robot knit hat. Too cute!
Wind up robots, assorted sizes and styles from $22
$5 wind up toys are perfect stocking stuffers
Olive Anne and The Pink Pokka Dot. Yup, full on girlie, but I guess they have also realized that there are a lot of boys around. While many boys might not be having a birthday party in the Pokka Dot room anytime soon, there are certainly some great gifts that most boys would love. (Gasp- I forgot to take notes on prices for Olive Anne. Sorry!)
Cars and blocks that make noise = boy heaven.
Finger puppets make another great stocking stufferIf you have an expectant mom or newborn on your list, Olive Anne has some great baby keepsake gifts
For a new little boy. Similar offerings, plus some, in pink.
And I wouldn't want you to think they still didn't offer all-things-sugar-and-spice!
Costume jewelry selection to rival Forever 21 start at $5.00
Scarves and more scarves
Cute jackets like this are in the $60-70 range. Not Walmart prices, but less than you would expect at a boutique. Cute as a splurge item for my tween nieces.
And we can't forget the other kind of children that live in The Heights: Our four legged ones! Teresa at Urban Dog has treats and deals for your furry tail wagger. In addition to all the great toys and treats, Teresa offers 5% off first time bag-food purchases.
For the Foodie Pooch, homemade snacks for their doggy stockings.
A fun variety of beds, bowls, and balls
The Best Seller: Sam's YamsSweet Potato Dog Chews are all natural, human food grade and highly nutritious.