Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Heights Happenings: May 5- May 11, 2010

I got back from vacation and went head long in to having a big get together in honor of my Wee One's 1st birthday. I have been thinking about the blog and have a lot of great things on deck, but just haven't had the time to sit down and type. I hate it when real life gets in the way of the fun I have writing The Heights Life...

Luckily, this week's Happenings is easy. Four words: Spring Fling. Art Cars.

Friday, May 7, 8:30 PM: SHOP + CARE + SHARE on 19th Street
  • Over 30 of our local merchants are participating and donating a portion of their evening's proceeds to charities.
Saturday, May 8, 1 pm: The 23rd Annual Orange Show Art Car Parade
  • Grand Marshal Dan Aykroyd will lead the way as downtown Houston will come to life when more than 250 "motoriffic" mobile masterpieces hit the pavement.
In Other News:

John Ridgeway from Sunset Heights is trying to collect information about that slice of the Heights. Some of the interesting pieces of information he has already gathered include: Original location of the Sunset Heights Post Office, route of the trolley line, location of the Sunset Heights Water Works, location of Sunset Heights Bottling Works which later did pickling and stories about the pickling company.

Of great interest to John would be information on all the old shops that used to exist on Main and on Yale or even in the neighborhood. He suggests "Maybe you have a neighbor that does not get [Sunset Heights Assoc] emails but has been in the neighborhood a while. Talk to them and see if they would share anything. Even family pictures on a front porch from 20 years ago could be neat addition to the booklet." If you can help John out with any information, please email him at john@marjohn.com

One Last Note:

I want to brag on our family's friends a little bit. For my son's birthday we asked that people bring donations for the Houston Food Bank and Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry in lieu of toys. Altogether, we have over 30 bags of non-perishable food to split between the two organizations. It was amazing to see people walk in with not a can or two, but entire bags of food. They were so thoughtful about it, too, bringing bags of lentils, rice, pasta and other staples that the Banks really need.

If you weren't aware that the Heights has it's own, local food pantry you aren't alone. It's only been open 11 months but serves many families in the 77008 & 77009 zips. Chron.com Article We can never take for granted that our little slice of the world, as idyllic as it may be, also has people in need right in our own back yards.

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