Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Heights Happenings: January 25- February 1, 2012

I really didn't realize how hard it would be for me to get going again after taking some time off for the Holidays. Granted, things have been swinging over on the Facebook page, but this side of The Heights Life has been radio silence. Time to breathe some life back in to the old girl with some Happenings around the Heights.

Saturday, January 28, 9 am: Volunteers needed for work on Heights Blvd
  • I think most people agree that Heights Boulevard is really a jewel in the neighborhood. Like all green spaces, it took it's hits during the drought and the Heights Association is working hard to get it back in to tip top shape. This Saturday, they will need many hands on deck to work on patching the Paul Carr Jogging trail which runs down the Heights Boulevard esplanade.  
  • Work begins at 9 AM just north of 11th Street -- just look for the granite piles and you'll be sure to find the right folks. Local business Ravenscourt Landscaping has generously volunteered to help get started this week at 20th Street -- Saturday's volunteers will pick up where they leave off.  
  • The projects is basically putting a layer of decomposed granite over areas which have worn down to the crushed limestone base.  Bring gloves, garden rakes, and shovels.  If you know any runners or others who use this trail, make sure you let them know the HHA could use their help.
Saturday, January 28, 8 pm: Houston Press Artopia
  • Artopia is "dedicated to highlighting Houston’s rich and diverse artists, musicians, fashion designers, culinary masters and cocktail creators."  
  • This year’s event will feature live musical performances by Folk Family Revival, Finnegan, Young Mammals, DJ Kyle Berg and Dave Wrangler. 
  • The performing art stage will include performances by Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Cuadro La Tempestad Flamenco and Talento Bilingue de Houston.  
  • Fashion shows will be held featuring the Heights own La Camella 
  • Street artist Coolidge will create an image of a Boston terrier and hide the image in Winter Street Studios. Attendees can help find our missing dog, hash tag the image using #HPArtopia and #SpotTheDog to be entered to win a reward. 
  • Guests will also be able to enjoy light bites from local restaurants, including Heights favorites Zelko Bistro, BB’s Cafe and many others.  
  • $45 donation for advance General Admission, $55 at the door and $90 donation for advance VIP . Ticket includes entertainment, food sampling along with cocktail, wine and beer tastings.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Houston PBS.  Tickets are available now at or by calling 713-280-2400.
  • Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street

Saturday, February 11, 8 pm: The Corkscrew's 'Anti-Valentine's Day Bitter Bitter Bitter Party 
  • According to their newsletter, this party will be "just like your dances in high school where you did not have a date either. The big difference will be the addition of alcohol that you don't have to sneak in or drink in the parking lot."
  • Join The Corkscrew as they "show our contempt for this Hallmark Card made up holiday that used to have my butt heading down to Fannin to get victimized by all night florists, and have me promising to do awful things to get a last minute reservation at some nice place to eat. "
  • The bar had this event several times at the old Washington location and it was "ridiculously popular." Bring a camera...
  • 1308 W 20th (technically in Shady Acres)


Heights fave Hello Lucky is having a sale!

  • 24% off their awesome tshirts. High quality shirts, made in America, with wonderful locally screen printed designs. Lots of fun Texas themes, too.

What is PIP? And how does it help you?

I've posted about the Houston Police Department's PIP Program before but with a recent rash of home break-ins, I thought this information would be valuable again:

  • The Positive Interaction Program (PIP) holds monthly PIP meetings featuring speakers from different divisions (Burglary and Theft, Homicide, K-9, Helicopters, etc.) explaining how their division operates.
  • The meeting is a chance to meet the officers that patrol your neighborhood and get to know them on a first name basis. You even hear from the Captain of your sub-station. 
  • Since the pilot program of PIP in 1983 at one sub-station, it has grown considerably. There are now thirty PIP groups that meet every month throughout the city. The goal of PIP is the education of the citizens of Houston on how their police department functions. Once a citizen understands how the police department does its job, that citizen can better relay to the police department their neighborhood needs.
  • Where is your neighborhoods divisional PIP meeting?
  • Central District #1- Civic, 1602 State St. 
  • First Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.