Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Help Find Lost Puppy

House was broken into this afternoon in Sunset Heights and the resident's 7 week old puppy is missing.
Female, smaller than average, white with brown markings. We would appreciate any information. Please call 713.805.5783.

Friday, December 25, 2009


We hope you are all enjoying time with your family and friends. See you again in 2010!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Heights Happenings: Dec 23-30, 2009

Wednesday, Dec 23: Happy Festivus, Everyone
  • 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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Some Potential Good News

If you support preservation of historic structures, here is a small ray of sunshine for The Heights:

Museum idea could save threatened Heights church
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.

Ken Bakenhus, president of the church's governing body, which overwhelmingly favors demolition, said the 1932-vintage building at 1448 Cortlandt St. likely will be torn down this summer unless feasible plans to save it are proposed.

Today's presentation will be made by Houston art gallery owner Gus Kopriva, who said he will propose obtaining a long-term lease and creating a nonprofit organization to raise money for renovation. Kopriva owns Redbud Gallery and recently oversaw renovation of West 19th Street's Heights Theater for use by the Gallery M Squared.

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.”

Favoring demolition

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.


I really believe in projects like this. They do so much good. The maintain a piece of the past for the future, they add value to the neighborhood and they repurpose structures, saving a building's worth of rubbish from going to the landfill. And I have seen it work!

In my small, blue collar hometown in Western MA we have the nation's largest contemporary art museum, MassMOCA. It is housed in an old mill- a large, industrial structure from the 19th century that was as run down as anything you have ever seen. The main building is actually a part of a larger complex of 26 buildings which dominates the downtown of the small community of 12,000 residents. The building had been vacant since Sprague Electric Company left the town with no major employer in 1985. After life originally as a textile factory and then as an electric components plant, the buildings were used hard and underwent much more structural abuse than any church could. Still, they were worth saving and are now something very special. Immanuel Lutheran can (albeit on a much smaller scale) be that for The Heights as well.


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Friday, December 18, 2009

Peacefully Pampered

I often think of the Heights as "The Alternative" neighborhood. I don't mean alternative in the pop culture/music way; I mean it in the real definition way.

Main Entry: 1al·ter·na·tive
Pronunciation: \ȯl-ˈtər-nə-tiv, al-\
Function: adjective
Date: 1540
1 : alternate 1
2 : offering or expressing a choice
3 : different from the usual or conventional: as a : existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system

The Heights is this for many people: for young families, it can be the alternative to the suburbs; for young couples, it's a more neighborhoody alternative to midtown; for those who want to live 'outside the existing cultural system' of some parts of Houston, it's a more affordable alternative to Montrose.

Because of this position as an appealingly alternative neighborhood, we also get a lot of great businesses which offer an alternative to the standard version of the same. A Peaceful Pet is that kind of business. Yes, it's a dog grooming business, specializing in small dogs. But Sandy offers small dog (and cat) owners an alternative to what they get at the big box groomer or more conventional pet salons.

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.

A native Texan, Sandy lived in Houston since she was a teenager. During her early years, she lived in and loved The Montrose- it was "IT" for her, the only place to be. But time brings change, and Montrose was in a state of change. Sandy believes change is good, that it's needed and she decided as her hometown changed she could use a change as well. She made a big change, heading to Chicago. She wanted to be in a "diverse, urban environment" and thought Chicago could offer that along with the change she needed. She lived there for 7 years and had a dog salon, but like many native Texans, the tractor beam pulled her home to Houston. This time, however, she settled (now with a small family of animals she rescued while up North) in The Heights.

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!

Why The Heights? The sense of history and the charm, of course. Sandy isn't interested in "mono-culture." She says it's just not for her and feels the Heights offers a variety of people and culture while still having a strong "sense of neighborhood." Well, and anyone who lives here knows the Heights loves some dogs and cats!

Along the path of life, Sandy also got involved with meditation. She says that in the past an equation of artist + groomer + meditation was kind of a foreign concept. Over her 26 years as a groomer, Sandy has seen a lot of animals be very stressed and anxious about getting groomed. With A Peaceful Pet, she hopes to bring the art, the mediation and the dog pampering all together in a way that provides a softer alternative to the standard grooming experience- for both the pet and the pet parent.

Sandy and one of her mixed media art pieces featuring Frieda Pixel

Frieda Pixel in her preferred position- baby cradle hold. Spoiled ;)

As an alternative to the standard procedure, pet owners are welcome to stay at A Peaceful Pet while their animal is being groomed. Sandy has a welcoming stash of snacks and hot tea for you to enjoy while your pet enjoys being groomed in a relaxing atmosphere with natural, Earth and animal friendly products. As much as she can, Sandy uses local products, or made in the US at the least. She also seeks out the most environmentally friendly products available, like Tropiclean shampoos, which are 70% organic and bottled in a package that will even biodegrade in a landfill. This is important because, she notes, there are more pets than people in the US, and pet owners have a large footprint.

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.

So, yeah yeah. It's all puppies and rainbows, right? But Sandy is more than a relaxing hand on your nervous pet. She is a certified National Certified Master Groomer. In most states, Texas included, there are no licensing requirements for groomers. By getting certified, Sandy is ensuring you a high level of quality. She holds specialty certificates for Terriers, Non Sporting and Sporting dogs. Sandy grooms cats as well, using an all natural foaming cat shampoo that requires no water. I'm sure the cats appreciate the alternative to going under. Ha! She has 9 cat hairstyles and does claw trimming as needed.

Sandy's grand opening is this weekend, Sunday, December 20 from Noon to 3 pm. Stop in. Like many places in the Heights, A Peaceful Pet is also a mini art gallery. Two of the artists Sandy is featuring will be at the opening. Of course, they specialize in pet art! She will be offering human and canine refreshments. 2726 White Oak Drive, just west of Fitzgerald's.

Some of the artwork on display and for sale at A Peaceful Pet

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Heights Happenings: Dec 16-22, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 9 AM: Trails to Rails Ribbon Cutting

  • 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 daniel.raine@cityofhouston.net 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!


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

Heights Snapshot: Dog Date

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

Hayride Happenings

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 torturet@aol.com.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Heights Snapshot: Neighborly

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

Moms' Holiday

There are a lot of events in The Heights. Monthly we have First Saturdays. We have White Linen Night and annual home tours. The Holiday season is even more active. Holiday on 19th, Mistletoe Madness, the holiday home tour and Lights In The Heights. When the season starts, The Heights puts on its festive best.

However, there is one annual event that gets minimal notice outside of one small social circle. Well, maybe not so small. Heights Kids Group has over 600 families. That's some social circle. And one night a year 40 moms from the group have a night out and get treated like A-listers.

This was my 3rd year attending "the event"- it doesn't really have a snappy title like "Mistletoe Madness." It's just the monthly Moms' Night Out. However, December is the only MNO the group has where we end up with a waiting list. It goes like this:
Shade provides a 3 course special menu, along with Happy Hour wines by the glass, for 40 people. First 40 to RSVP get their seats. The rest go on the waiting list. A couple spots will always pop up at the last minute, though. Having kids will do that...

Before dinner we get the Oprah treatment, with several stores on the block staying open late exclusively for us. Hors d'oeuvres are passed and drinks served as we shop for gifts and trinkets for ourselves. Sometimes a discount is offered.

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.

After shop/nosh/drink is over, everyone meets at the bar at Shade and waits to be seated. We get a corner of the restaurant to ourselves and fun goodie bags (I guess they're called "Swag bags" by real A-listers) from 19th St merchants.

The tables at Shade set with goodie bags

Gifts, gift certificates and discounts for Heights shops

The set menu starts us out with a green salad and finishes us with a trio of mini desserts. In the middle, there are 3 lovely entree choices. This year there was a vegetarian plate with things like chicken fried asparagus, a shrimp and scallop pasta, and a pan roasted chicken breast. I had the chicken and it was excellent. I think you have to do something really right to make a chicken breast special and Shade does. I have had it on their lunch menu several times and it's excellent every time.

My pan roasted chicken breast

One thing that is nice and interesting about this night is many people come in little groups to shop and eat together. But several people will just show up on their own, knowing that they have at least one thing- motherhood- in common with everyone else. Whether moms come alone or with friends, everyone ends up sitting at large tables and inevitably you meet someone new (or put a face with a name you see post on our forum). It's a great social event. It's fun, good food and a little something extra for moms that really makes us feel special. And we all deserve that.

Mixing with friends and meeting new ones

On a side note: My husband and I took my brother to Shade when he was here for Thanksgiving. We had something great to drink that night and I couldn't help order this amazing bottle to share with my friends at dinner. Want an earthy, sumptuous but easy to drink red wine? Order this Washington state Grenache (90% Grenache, 10% Syrah) from K Vinters: The Boy. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Heights Happenings: Dec 9-15, 2009

It's that time again: Lights in the Heights! This is by far the event the Heights is most known for and even the reason some people choose to live here. While there is a lot to do and see listed on the LITH page linked above, we do want to mention one special tidbit: Visit OoLaLa and Tulips & Tutus; both stores will be open from 10 am to 10 pm and offering a 20% discount all day if you mention their Holiday Code “Deck the Halls”(some exclusions do apply). So, use the discount and shop local!

December 7- 11: 7th Annual City of Houston Holiday Curbside Food Drive
  • 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
Tuesday, December 15; 5:00pm: Prepare and Distribute Food Baskets

  • 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.


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.
  • FREE

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

The Guest Bed Conundrum

For some folks in The Heights, the guest bed situation is not a conundrum. Some of you, undoubtedly, can devote an entire room to the comfort of your guests. Lucky you!

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:
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
So, we opted for a hybrid solution. We decided to buy a futon mattress but store it under our bed when it wasn't in use. We figured it would provide the best of many worlds: affordable, comfortable, storable.

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.

Oy vey.

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

Heights Happenings: Dec 2-8, 2009

As if Heights Holiday Home Tour and Mistletoe Madness aren't enough, here are some other fabulous things to do in and around The Heights this week:

Saturday, December 5, 10am-4pm: The Underground Arts Market

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

Saturday, Dec. 5, 7pm and Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 am: The 19th annual St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Christmas Pageant

  • 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.
Now thru Dec 17: Nick's Plumbing collecting toys for MDA Children's Cancer Center

  • 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!


  • 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.


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!