Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Heights Happenings: March 13- March 20, 2012

Is it just me or is there not a lot going on around the neighborhood this weekend? It could be because Saturday is St Patrick's Day, but most of what I have is upcoming. Stay safe and have a good one, friends!

Friday, March 16, 9 am: Jazzercize Free Friday at Woodland Park
  • Classes are usually $15 for a single drop in, so this is a great way to check out the class and see if it's for you!
  • Classes are held in the Woodland Park community center building, 212 Parkview St
  • The website also has a discount off registration fees right now

Sunday, March 18, 5 pm- 11pm: Dine at DownHouse to fight cancer!
  • Pretty easy! Sunday night have dinner at DownHouse and 20% of sales will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Saturday, March 17, 12 pm- 12 am: Paint The Town Blue- UNICEF Tap Project at Pearl Bar and Hughes Hangar
  • Houston joins thousands of restaurants, dining patrons and supporters nationwide for the fifth annual World Water Week
  • Pearl Bar, 4216 Washington Avenue, 12pm – 8pm. Live band and giveaways
  • Hughes Hangar, 2811 Washington Avenue, 7pm – 12 midnight. Prizes from Jet Blue, Sprinkles, and Nice Wines.
  • UNICEF TAP PROJECT Ambassadors will be at both events, offering information about clean water  and sanitation issues.  Now in its fifth year, the UNICEF Tap Project affords everyone the opportunity to help provide the world’s children with safe, clean water. To date, more than $3 million has been raised for children across the globe. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is committed to building on that momentum by once again offering volunteers, restaurants, partners and individuals across the nation the opportunity to sign up and participate to help raise millions of dollars to support UNICEF in its efforts. The concept is basic and compelling: “When You Take Water, Give Water.”
  • UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.

Saturday, March 24, 1 pm- 5 pm: Shady Acres Civic Club Annual Crawfish Boil

  • Crawfish, potatoes and corn will be served. 
  • Drink tickets and hot dogs will be available for purchase at the door. 
  • There will be 10 minute chair massages available for $15.00. 
  • Crawfish Boil tickets may be purchased in advance at www.shadyacres.org for $15.00 per person or at the door for $17.00 per person. 
  • All proceeds support the Shady Acres Civic Club’s upcoming events scheduled during 2012
  • Shady Tavern Ice House, 1206 W. 20th Street. 

Saturday, April 21, 3pm - 5 pm: Houston Heights Woman’s Club’s Spring Tea, “Hats off!  100 Years and Counting."
  • This new event is being introduced as part of the year long celebration of the Centennial of the HHWC’s historic Clubhouse. The Victorian Tea, held each year around the winter holidays, has become the HHWC’s signature event, known for fun and high energy.  This Spring Tea is definitely expected follow suit. Each table in the Clubhouse has a volunteer hostess, who uses their imagination to create beautiful tables with china and centerpieces. 
  • Refreshments will include three courses of twelve varieties of cakes, cookies and tea sandwiches. Club members volunteer to bake and provide attendees with amazing, homemade treats.
  • Proceeds from the Spring Tea will fund the repainting of the organization's Clubhouse. Originally planned as a Sunday afternoon tea, that event sold out with in days of its announcement. To accommodate the high demand, the Club is offering a Saturday afternoon Tea as well. Seats at the Saturday, April 21st seating are still available in limited quantity. 
  • $35 per person
  • Call Debbie at (713) 753-6727 for more information and to secure your seat now! 
Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, Noon- 6 pm: Heights Association Home & Garden Tour 
  • Featured on this year’s tour are six outstanding homes and gardens, all within walking distance to the hike and bike trails.
  • Luxury bus shuttles to all of the homes, included in the Home Tour ticket price, will be standing by at the Heights Fire Station and at Comerica Bank where parking is available.
  • Featured Homes & Gardens
    • Purday/Coon Home (2007 Contemporary)          1109 Oxford
    • Mueller Home (1920s Bungalow Style)                941 Cortlandt
    • Tegtmeier Home (1920s Bungalow)                     706 Cortlandt
    • Womble Home (1906 Queen Anne Cottage)        515 Harvard
    • Fritsch Home (1920s Cottage)                              1243 Tulane
    • Smith/Yeatts Home (1903 Cottage)                       531 W. 16th
  • Spring is a great time of year to enjoy the local trails on a bicycle. Tour goers who choose to ride their bicycles from house to house can purchase day-of-tour tickets for just $20 – a $5 discount! A special route has been mapped for cyclists. The entire loop is less than five miles long. Bicycle racks will be available at each tour home, along with a “bicycle valet” to assist with parking and securing bikes. Riders can do the tour at their own pace, taking time to stop at local eateries for refreshments along the way. Riders are encouraged to practice bike safety, wear a helmet and bring a lock if possible.
  • Tickets will be available at www.houstonheights.org and at these local merchant locations: Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Davis Hardware, Jubilee, Lovejoy’s Antiques, and Write Now!. Tickets are $20 each when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased during the hours of the Tour are $25 at the Heights Fire Station (107 W. 12th Street @ Yale), at Comerica Bank (414 W. 19th Street) and at each home-tour home. 
  • Tickets for individual homes are available for $5 at each home. Blocks of 10 tickets will be available online only for $175.
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  1. How is the food at Downhouse? I have heard mixed reviews.

    1. The food is excellent. The menu is not extensive but what is there is spot on (poutine! yummers!)

      I think the biggest complaints I have heard have been service related but I have noticed a lot of new staff lately and A LOT of improvement. It's still probably not the place to go if you're in a hurry but then I don't think it was ever meant to be that.

      If you want to give it a try, when better than a night you can help fight cancer at the same time?