Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Heights Happenings: April 25- May 2, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 6 pm - 8 pm: NO JUSTIFICATION REQUIRED closing party at G Gallery
  • Help G Gallery wrap this wonderful exhibition.
  • The artists, all of them female painters from Argentina, were selected by a board of curators and arts aficionados based in Buenos Aires. “The curatorial team, assembled by Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo, took inspiration from Mitominas (myth-chick), an exhibition presented in the late 1980s at Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires) that challenged preconceptions about gender-based work. By reexamining the ideas put forth in that exhibition, No Justification Required asserts an approach that is both genderless and gender-centric--one in which the artistic baggage of feminist movements of the past are inevitably threaded through but not intrinsic to how the work is ultimately viewed.”
  • 301 E 11th St
Saturday, April 28, 3-5 pm: Education in Sync with Child Development- A Presentation by David Darcy at Bayou Village School
  • Suggested Donation:   $10/ individual and $15/couple
  • David Darcy will provide an overview of Waldorf Education, illustrating how this approach to education works with the inner development of the child to support and achieve true learning and development of the whole person.
  • Mr. Darcy has been a Waldorf class teacher, admissions director, high school teacher and consultant to homeschoolers and charter school teachers. In addition he has written a curriculum integrating Waldorf activities into a program for homeless children and is the author of several Waldorf curriculum publications. He has spoken to many university education classes about Waldorf methods and currently teaches a small mixed-age class in Austin. His three children graduated from Austin Waldorf School.
  • Childcare Available on a First-Come-First-Serve Basis for Children Ages 3-11. Contact the school to pre-register: or 713-499-0598. Pre-registration is very much appreciated and is required if requesting childcare.
  • 747 E 18th St
Saturday, April 28, 10 am-4 pm: St. Andrew's Spring Shopping Bazaar 
  • The Bazaar will feature more than 40 area artisans, crafters, and specialty vendors.
  • Admission to this day of fabulous shopping is free.
  • Items available for purchase will include home décor, jewelry, gourmet foods, purses, handmade quilts, art and photography, toys, bath and body products, candles, aprons, baby items, home baked goodies and much, much more! In addition, the Reagan High School Jazz Band will perform, and the Men of St. Andrew’s will prepare great food.
  • The event will take place rain or shine. 
  • For more information, visit
  • 1819 Heights Boulevard.
Sunday, April 29, 7 pm -8:30 pm: Free Parent Talk at Nia Moves: Raising Physically and Emotionally Healthy Kids
  • This interactive parent talk, you will talk about healthful eating. You will learn practices that will help your children increase their emotional intelligence. You will begin to improve the emotional climate of your family and the creative abilities of your children.
  • Topics that may be discussed - each talk will be tailored to those who attend:
    • How to get your kids involved in the kitchen
    • How to introduce fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to children as early as possible
    • How emotional health is important to creativity
    • How to unblock heavy emotions
    • How to promote balanced whole brain development
    • Learn a simple 2-minute technique proven to increase emotional/mental stability when practiced regularly 
  • NiaMoves, 508 Pecore in the House behind the studio
  • Please RSVP at
Saturday, April 28, 2pm- 4 pm: Texas Olive Oil Tasting at One Green Street
  • Texas Hill Country Olive Oil will be at One Green Street sampling new products: Garlic Infused Olive Oil and Pineapple Balsamic
  • One Green Street is an eco-friendly retailer, where you can buy “find anything from make-up to mattresses, all good for you and good for the planet.”
  • 5160 Buffalo Speedway
Tuesday, May 1, 5 pm: Helms Elementary is hosting a discussion of the future of dual language education in Houston
  • The Center for Houston’s Future, HISD’s Multilingual Department, and Helms Elementary, and HISD Dual Language Magnet, invite parents of current and prospective students to see the future as it might be, based on data and research about the city of Houston, its residents, and our educational system. 
  • The presentation, at Helms Elementary in the Heights will be offered in Spanish (5:00 PM) and in English (6:30 PM), and will help parents understand how to take advantage of dual language options that prepare today’s toddlers for tomorrow’s community, and make the most out of early childhood educational opportunities. Parents will also learn how best to prepare their students for higher education and college & career readiness. 
  • This event is free and open to the public.
  • Speakers: 
    • Sandra Wegmann, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives at The Center for Houston’s Future, will present information from the Center’s 2012 Indicator Report Human Capital Development and Education: Early Childhood, K-12, Workforce Preparedness. The Center for Houston’s Future is a think tank and conducts strategic planning and research for the 8-county region. 
    • Terrie Armstrong, Senior Compliance Analyst from HISD’s Multilingual Department, will present research and information on bilingualism, cognitive advantage, and two-way immersion program effectiveness. 
    • Diana Del Pilar, Principal of Helms Elementary, will discuss the Dual Language model from Pre-K through 5th grade, and post-elementary options in HISD.
    • Dual Language Panel: Parents of Dual Language students will discuss their personal experiences with the program and answer questions from the audience.
  • 503 W. 21st Street
Saturday, May 12, 1 pm-3 pm: Mark your calendars for the 25th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade 
  • This is a uniquely Houston tradition.  The Art Car Parade runs along Allen Parkway, from Waugh to Bagby.       
  • For more info 
June 8-10: Winning Campaigns Training at Rice University 
  • Are you a pedestrian advocate who wants to improve your neighborhood’s walking infrastructure? Are you a bicycling advocate who wants to increase the bike route network in your city? If so, you need to attend this training!
  • Provided by Alliance for Biking and Walking.  Local sponsors are the Citizens Transportation Coalition and BikeHouston.  
  • Any advocate registering before May 11 can attend for the discounted price of $75 for Alliance members and $125 for non-members.  Limited scholarships to attend the training are available.
  • The Alliance's signature Winning Campaigns Training uses proven curriculum targeted specifically to the unique needs and experience of bicycle and pedestrian advocates. This sought-after workshop, conducted in cities across North America, creates new advocates and reignites veteran organizers with critical skills to effect immediate change in their communities. In just three days, participants learn key organizing tactics in strategizing, funding and conducting campaigns that transform the transportation landscape in their cities and states. These trainings are intended for any potential campaign leader in your organization who would benefit from gaining the tools to craft and manage powerful advocacy campaigns.
  • Register for the training at Winning Campaigns Training: Houston

THE BRAZARRE 2012 – An Artful Bras Event- Artists’ Call for Submission
  • Benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Greater Heights
  • Submissions are being accepted for the second annual Brazarre 2012. Artists are asked to donate an artful bra. Each submission should incorporate all or part of an actual brassiere, and each piece should vaguely or abstractly represent a bra, and is to be 3 dimensional. The piece need not be wearable or functional.
  • These Artful Bras will be sold in both silent and blind auction formats. All proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Greater Heights.
  • The Brazarre 2012 will be held on Saturday May 26th, 2012, at G Gallery, 
    6:30-9:00pm, 301 E. 11th St
Submission Requirements / Facts
  • The deadline to submit artful bras is Friday, May 11th, 2012.
  • All submissions for consideration must be submitted via email or in person.
  • Artists will submit a maximum of four digital photos of each piece (JPEG, no larger than 2100 x 2100 pixels). The maximum size for total entry should not exceed 4MB.
  • The following information also should accompany the digital photo(s): Artist’s first and last name, title of work, art medium used, and a brief description of your work and its inspiration. 
  • Please email all submissions to SUBJECT LINE: Brazarre 2011 Submission / Artist’s Name. 
  • You may contact Vicki Eaker to submit in person (281.857.0073)
  • Please note: They would like to receive some artful bras prior to the May 11th deadline for press and promotion purposes. Please submit your bra early if you would like to be considered for this great opportunity to gain some additional exposure, as all artists will be acknowledged for their work.
Sarah is back! For all of us who adored Sew Crafty, former owner and Heights smile maker is now offering sewing classes!
  • Want to finally pull that sewing machine out of the closet and use it already? Learn the ins and outs of your machine while making a simple project with Sarah’s new venture- Crafty Ever After
  • Project materials are included.
  • Students will learn to:
    • Thread their sewing machine and bobbin (what is a bobbin?)
    • Identify the bobbin (see what I did there?)
    • Navigate the landscape of levers and buttons on their machine
    • Sew straight lines, turn corners, and be the boss of your sewing machine!
  • Students need to bring: Your sewing machine and 1 bobbin to fit your machine
  • You’re encouraged to bring a bottle of water or your favorite soda plus a little snack
  • Classes start May 15 and will be offered on Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons. Check the website for specifics!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Heights Happenings: April 18- April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2 pm- 8 pm: Spring Fling on 19th St
Our best known local business district is pulling all the stops to put on an amazing event. Check out all the music, family friendly activities and other events this Saturday!
  • Kids Craft Tent at Erica Delgardo Jewelry
  • Clay Crafting for Kids at18 Hands Gallery
  • Kids Sunglasses Decorating 4-6pm at Eye to Eye
  • Princess Lindy Bedazzling at The Lift
  • Zumbellyboli Class Demo 12-2 at Studio Fitness
  • Face Painting 2-6pm at Bliss on 19th
  • Smile Booth Photos all day at Thread
  • Chaz Nadege Beatles Tribute 3-8pm at Replay on 19th
  • Bossa II 4-7pm at Casa Ramirez
  • Face Painting and Make Up Artist 2-8pm at Langford Market 
  • Andy Roo 5-6pm  at Thread, Jubilee and Retropolis
  • Leah White and The Magic Mirrors 6-7pm at Thread, Jubilee and Retropolis
  • Click Here to RSVP

Saturday, April 21, 8 pm: Not For Sale + Araya Artisan Chocolate Launch the Not For Sale Chocolate Box!

  • Come taste some amazing, local, ethically made chocolate and aid in ending modern day slavery.
  • Sample fair trade coffee and chocolate, enjoy live music and local art
  • $10 at the door. Proceeds go to Not For Sale.
  • More info on Not For Sale: 
  • Want to volunteer? Email here: 
  • 228 E 27th St
Saturday, April 21, Noon- 4 PM: 10th Annual MHMRA Picnic in the Park
  • MHMRA of Harris County, along with the sponsors listed below, holds this event linking families to resources and support for kids with autism and intellectual disabilities. 
  • Ten years ago, a small group of families with loved ones with a disability decided to meet at the park and link with other families, exchange experiences and share resources. Last year, the 9th annual Picnic in the Park drew over 2,000 individuals, volunteers, and professionals from all over Harris County and surrounding areas.
  • This year's event will be held at George Bush Park
  • Sponsors include, Commissioner Steve Radack's Office, Constable Phil Camus' Office, Old Navy Houston, IKEA, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, The HEART Program, Houston Aeros, Sugarland, Skeeters, 97.9 The Box, Houston Fire Department (Station 86), US Army Corps of Engineers (Galveston District), and countless dedicated individual donors.

Save the date for the 7th annual Great Taste of the Heights: Saturday, May 19

  • NEW this year:
    • New Event Layout for less congestion, easy flow
    • Bigger Bar Tent with bucket beer and bottle wine
    • Craft Beer Tent with Saint Arnold, Stella Artois and more 
    • Expanded Silent Auction for all night bidding
    • New Band- Lords of Kool
    • Great repeat favorite restaurants (see website)
    • New Heights favorites including Zelko Bistro, Ruggles Green, Happy Fatz, BB’ Café, J. Blacks Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge, Boomtown Coffee Heights

Expanded Electronics Recycling at Center St
  • Thanks to a partnership between the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and CompuCycle, you can now drop off electronics for recycling on the 3rd Saturday of each month (including this Saturday, April 21) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center Street Recycling Center, 3602 Center Street.
  • Items Accepted:
    • PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, memory chips, hubs and routers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines,  projectors, rechargeable batteries, cable boxes, car batteries, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, tape drives, hard drives, cords, cables and cameras. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Heights Happenings: April 12- April 18, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm: Houston Heights Woman’s Club Happy Hour at BB’s

  • Join members of the HHWC for fun, food and cocktails at BB's Cajun Cafe on White Oak. 
  • Snacks will be provided. Cash bar with great happy hour specials. 
  • This is a wonderful way to meet members and find out more about the HHWC. Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 13, 7:15 am: Blue Line Bike Lab is participating in The City of Houston's Ride to Work Day

  • Riders will be meeting at the shop around 7:15am and riding to City Hall at 7:30am, which should give everyone plenty of time to get there without sweating. Yes, they know that many of you don't actually work in Downtown and that it's “slightly inconvenient,” but it's where the Mayor happens to work so it's good to have a bunch of folks show up and prove that cycling is important to Houstonians. 
  • 3302 White Oak

Friday, April 13, 5:30 - 9 pm: Meet the Author of “Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City” 
  • Write Now! Greetings is happy to host Houston Chronicle editor and beer blog writer Ronnie Crocker. Ronnie launched the Beer, TX blog in March 2009. Born in Galveston, raised in Pearland and worked as a journalist at the Bryan-College Station Eagle in Texas and the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, before returning home to the Woodland Heights to join the Chronicle in 1994. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a master's of business administration from the College of William and Mary. Follow his beer writing at, and 
  • In his book “Houston Beer,” Crocker chronicles Houston's long and surprising history of brewing, tracing everything from the grand legacy of Anheuser-Busch to the up-and-coming craft beer makers and those brewing it right at home.
  • Refreshments will be served
  • 3122 B White Oak
Friday, April 13, 7 pm: Heights Live! with Paula Held and Andrew Hardin
  • Heights Live is a family friendly concert series held on the grounds of Heights Presbyterian Church. A great, intimate setting allows for a truly unique listening experience.
  • Paula Held “is an award-winning, Austin-based songwriter and performer. Her music is informed by a variety of influences from classical music and popular jazz, to folk, rock & blues. She has appeared regularly in such venues as Momo's, the Bugle Boy, the Cactus Cafe and Anderson Fair and on the stage at the Bluebird Cafe, Labyrinth Walk Coffeehouse and Uncle Calvin's. Paula's music is described as lyrically rich, melodic and sensual. Her sound is a blend of folk, jazz and blues, tied together by a voice cited as reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Nora Jones.”
  • Andrew Hardin “was singer-songwriter Tom Russell's right hand man for more than 20 years, touring & recording in the 1980's and early 90's as The Tom Russell Band's fire-breathing, country-rock electric- guitar slinger, producing or co-producing several of Russell's albums and, through 2005, touring internationally with Russell as an acoustic duo. He has recorded four guitar oriented CDs, and has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Jimmy Lafave, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eliza Gilkyson, Dave Alvin, Don Edwards, Butch Hancock, and others.”
  • 240 W 18th

Saturday, April 14, 10 am-3 pm: Oak Forest Elementary School’s ReSource1 Spring Carnival

  • This is a great fundraiser for a wonderful neighborhood school
  • Food, Games, Prizes, dunking booth, moonwalk, and more
  • Prizes will include: backpacks, ice cream makers
  • Concessions stands with nachos, hotdogs, drinks & chips
  • Resource1 Parking lot. Corner of 43rd & Oak Forest Blvd. 
Saturday, April 14, 12 noon- 4 pm: Craftacular Second Saturday
  • Just in time to start your Mother’s Day shopping, Hello Lucky presents Craftacular. This great collection of locally made goods will help you get your shopping done, get something for yourself, and support local crafters and artisans. What more can you ask for?
  • 1025 Studewood

Saturday, April 14, 6 pm- 10 pm: Lisa Chow’s ORACLE opening

  • Some time last year, local artist Lisa Chow started “getting a little more curious about darker and creepier occult subjects.” This curiosity has lead her, naturally, to create her own tarot deck. 78 drawings later and her deck is done and ready to show off! 
  • Swing by opening night and be the first to grab a deck, eat some treats (she’ll be baking her now-famous chocolate chip cookies)
  • Lisa also says “maybe...just maybe... you’ll receive a personal and completely accurate (50% of the time, it works every time) tarot reading from yours truly.”
  • Space Montrose, 2608 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006

Saturday, April 22, 7 pm- 11 pm: St Andrew's Espiscopal School Gala

  • St Andrew's is one of the most beloved (and highly coveted) pre-schools in the Heights. The gala is a great opportunity to support them and Montessori based education in the neighborhood!
  • See flyer for details: 

Saturday, May 5, 8 am- 6 pm: Happy Belly Studio’s Free Pilates Day
  • Join Happy Belly to try one of their amazing pilates based classes for free! Cash donations are appreciated with all money donated to the Houston Women's Center.
  • The class
    8:00am: Pilates Core Fusion
    10:30am: Pumped Up Pilates with Mary
    1:00pm: Red Hot Dance Pilates with Michele
    2:00pm: Piyolet with Katie
    3:00pm: Piloxing with Michele
  • Plus FREE 30 minute introductory reformer private lesson with Nicola from 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Be sure to RSVP in advance as this event is open to the community. Spaces are limited! You can register online, in the store, by phone, or email
  • 920 Studemont, 713-862-7972

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Heights Happenings: April 4- April 11, 2012

Friday, April 6, 10 am- 6 pm: Join Fixer's Automotive for an Easter Eggstravaganza

  • The folks at Fixer's are doing it up right for Easter weekend. Since the kids are out of school on Friday, bring them by the garage for treats, a bouncy house, and bring your camera for pics with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 7, 11 am-6 pm: First Saturday Arts Market 
  • This month’s market boasts artists from Houston, Austin, La Grange and even Memphis, TN.  
  • Food available from H-townStrEATs food truck. 
  • Also this month, the nonprofit US Military K-9 will be on site with possibly one or two retired military dogs. They prepare and send Care Packages to the military working dogs deployed with our soldiers. Like their handlers, they need extra goodies from home.
  • New at the market: 1-2 day shipping, direct from the site! Provided by EDDM Houston
  • 548 W. 19th Street, in the lot between Gen's Antiques and Wind Water Gallery 
  • Music: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sean Walters followed by Harold Muther of Friends of Rock 'n Roll; 3 - 6 p.m. Featured: Myrna Sanders Band 
Saturday, April 7, 6pm -8:30 pm: April Art Exhibit Opening Celebration at Beatniks
  • Beatniks is pleased to present Kim Degerstrom as their April artist. Kim was born in Panama City and has lived in various cities throughout Europe, where she ultimately settled in Germany. She came back to the states in 1991 and graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History.
  • Kim is currently working on a series focused on organic abstract forms. The pieces reflect her obsession with medical microscopic structures within the human body. Her work includes acrylic paints and collages. She presently works as an art educator in Alief ISD.
  • 709 E. 11th St. Parking is available on Beverly, 10 1/2, 11 1/2, and in Beatniks' driveway.
  • Refreshments and snacks will be served.
Saturday, April 7, 6pm - 9 pm: NO JUSTIFICATION REQUIRED opening at G Gallery
  • Featuring Anna-Lisa Marjak, Florencia Bohtlingk, Laura Spivak, Lorena
  • Ventimiglia, Vicky Musotto, and Monique Altschul
  • Curated by Belén Bauzá, Flor Braga Menéndez, Guido Ignatti, Laura Spivak,
  • Luis Parenti, and María Laura Rosa Presented in partnership with Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires
  • The artists, all of them female painters from Argentina, were selected by a board of curators and arts aficionados based in Buenos Aires. “The curatorial team, assembled by Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo, took inspiration from Mitominas (myth-chick), an exhibition presented in the late 1980s at Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires) that challenged preconceptions about gender-based work. By reexamining the ideas put forth in that exhibition, No Justification Required asserts an approach that is both genderless and gender-centric--one in which the artistic baggage of feminist movements of the past are inevitably threaded through but not intrinsic to how the work is ultimately viewed.”
  • 301 E 11th St

Starting April 6, 8 pm: PUPPETSPLOITATION: Bobbindoctrin’s Eighth Annual Puppet Slam
  • Bobbindoctrin company and guest artists present a wild variety of short staged and filmed puppet works for the discriminating grown-up. 
  • The accomplished and bold troupe Paedarchy Puppets presents ARACHNOBAT, in which a young spidress learns how to finally leave the web and to live up to both her and her father's expectations of what her life as an adult spider will be—and what role, if any, spiderman should play.
  • Camella Clements, Bobbindoctrin company member and recent recipient of the Houston Arts Alliance Emerging Artist grant, presents HEX, where a woman, weary of dabbling in domesticity, meddles with the metaphysical to bring about self destruction.
  • Joel Orr presents ANOTHER DAY IN HELL, where the two quickly-killed security guards from MY COLD DEAD FINGERS begin eternal tourism in hell together.
  • Bobbindoctrin veteran Katie Jackson presents THE END IS NOT YET, where through the third eyes of time traveling, astral-projecting Buddhist monks the audience witnesses an epic and surreal moment.
  • Puppet slam first timers The Lowys presents TOILETRY, where real life mother, father and son team use objects to explain the brief and tumultuous history of 21st century politics.
  • Midtown Arts Center, 3414 LaBranch
  • April 6, 7, 9, 13, 14 at 8PM
  • Suggested ticket price $13, negotiable.
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 pm: Anna Eastman District I Community Meeting
  • Scarborough High School, 4141 Costa Rica (77092)
  • Speak with Brian Giles, HISD Sr. Administrator-Food Services. Attendees will be given an update about the changes at HISD Food Services in regards to the food currently being served.
  • School Health Advisory Council

Saturday, May 5, 5 pm- 8:30 pm: New Roots Art Show Benefiting Houston Heights Association Boulevard Beautification

  • Local artists Virginia Baker, Sharon Bartlett, and Kay Kemp join together with members of the Heights community to present “New Roots.” Please join the artists from 5 to 8:30 pm at 901 Harvard, the business site for Rob Hellyer’s Premier Remodeling and Construction Company. A portion of the art sales and all donations will benefit the Boulevard Beautification project to repopulate the trees.
  • This First Saturday event is inspired by Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet. Like Dr. Bolen, the artists are committed to saving, replanting, and celebrating trees. Due to the loss of millions of trees throughout Texas including the Boulevard, this is a timely theme and cause.
  • Artist Virginia Baker is an abstract impressionist who is inspired by images emanating from the universe. She studies with Arthur Turner at the Glassell Art School. Heights artist, Sharon Grace Bartlett creates extraordinary contemporary assemblage reflecting the feminine spirit. Artist and creativity coach Kay Kemp of Wild Heart Art in the Heights, creates mixed media collage and painting to touch the heart and stir the soul.
  • Wild Heart Art - 832.618.1416
Kraftsmen soon to be open 7 days
  • Starting Monday, April 9, our friends at Kraftsmen will be ready and willing to serve your sandwich needs every day of the week.
  • 611 W 22nd St # A