Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Heights Happenings: February 28- March 7

Wow- the last 2 weeks flew by! I had my niece and nephew in town from the northeast, giving me 4 kids under the age of 7. I have to say, I handled it pretty well but a couple things fell by the wayside- like my weekly Happenings posts. We will still having a good time over on facebook, though, so be sure to like the page if you haven't yet. LOTS of good stuff coming up in and around the Heights!

Thursday, February 28, 5:30 pm- 7 PM: HHWC Happy Hour
Friday, March 1, 7:30 pm: McCheek’s Academy hosts Clay & DJ
  • Carole and crew will be taking clay, patterns and letters to Teya Sparks new space downtown this for Clay and DJ. It will be like a mini session of Clay and Cabernet with added party and the help of a DJ! Carole will fire everything you make, too.
  • Fat Cat Creamery will be there, with delicious ice cream and Kahlua floats. You're welcome to BYOB. If you've never been to Clay and Cabernet before, this is a great chance for you to check out the scene, and if you have been before and want to come this is a fun night for you too!
  • Teya Sparks Studio, 2201 Preston, 77002
  • 832-582-4689
Saturday, March 2, 11am- 6pm: Happy 9th Anniversary to First Saturday Arts Market
  • Nine years ago on the first Saturday in March, the Yale Street Arts & Flower Market was born. Two dozen artists took a chance on it, and over a 1000 friends and neighbors shopped and strolled.
  • Renamed First Saturday Arts Market, the monthly market is always a sellout, with fun, friendly crowds, fantastic local and traveling artists, music, tasty food, drinks, and desserts.
  • 548 W. 19th St. 713-802-1213
Tuesday, March 5, 5 pm- 9 pm: Big Mamou Good Bye party
  • Sadly, after 4 years in a great bungalow restaurant with an amazing patio, the owners of the Big Mamou have decided to shut their doors. Before they do, though, they will host one last party for customers, serving up red beans and rice and gumbo free for friends and neighbors.
  • 903 Studewood

Saturday, March 16, 12 noon- 6 pm: The Sustainable Living Fest Returns to Market Square Park
  • This super fun, free festival transforms downtown neighborhood park into Houtopia!
  • This is a great event for people who want a fun and unique way to celebrate all things green! Drive the full 5 minutes from the Heights to Market Square Park to enjoy everything the fourth annual Sustainable Living Fest has to offer! More than 60 exhibitors and promises a full day of eco-education and solution-based interactive events. 
  • Enjoy live music, local eats and artists, living green demonstrations, as well a place for kids of all ages to play and learn.
  • Be sure to check the Web site and Facebook page for updates - and 
Sunday, March 17: Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation
  • The severe drought conditions spreading throughout Texas have dramatically increased the need to protect our parks and green spaces. Funds raised from this year's ride will benefit Houston's reforestation efforts through our non-profit partner, Houston Parks Board, dedicated to creating, improving and protecting parkland in the greater Houston region.
  • This annual fundraising bike ride has 20, 45, and 70 mile courses.
  • 2013 Route Information and Map 
  • TdH FAQs 
  • More information:
Saturday, March 23, 11am-2pm: Vineyard Church of Houston's Bubblefest 
  • For children ages 3-12 years at the Hogg Middle School Spark Park. 
  • Bubblefest was voted one of the Heights' best events last year. There will be bubble everything; bubble foam pits, games, face painting, a bubble prince and princess, and bubble contests. 
  • Kids should wear play clothes that can get dirty and bring a towel to wipe off bubbles!
  • Questions? Email Jill 

The Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite contest is in full swing 


Saturday, March 2, 6 pm- 10 pm: Lisa Chow paper goods launch pary

  • You know you love the wonderfulness that is Lisa Chow’s art. Now you are invited to a night of sweet treats, face painting, new designs and much more!
  • Be one of the first to get your hands on Lisa's new stationery items including note cards, greeting cards, wrapping paper, gift tags and notebooks.
  • Goody bags for the first 50 guests! 
  • Please RSVP via this Facebook event

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Heights Happenings, February 7- February 14, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 8-11am: Garden Oaks Elementary School (GOES) Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Join GOES families as volunteer dads and granddads flip thousands of free pancakes, serve up Katz's hot coffee, and auction off 100+ great items, from services trips to goft cards to merchandise, in continuation of a 19-year tradition that has helped set Garden Oaks Elementary School stand apart as an exceptional and diverse learning community. 
  • The Pancake Breakfast is a major fundraiser that supports important programs such as technology in the classroom, field trips, and student arts and enrichment. There are many fun activities planned for kids, plus the silent auction for adults. Guests are welcome to enjoy free pancakes, sausage, and Katz coffee with GOES families, lovingly prepared by our volunteer dads. 
  • This is an open community event. If you are planning to join Garden Oaks Elementary, please come this is a great chance to chat with fellow parents to learn more about the school! 
  • For more information, check out their facebook event
Saturday, February 9: The Green Valentine Festival at Stude Park
  • Established in 2005 as a simple tree planting, Green Valentine has sprouted up as a sustainable festival promoting the greatest of loves to protect the Earth, live a healthy lifestyle, give to the community and shop local. 
  • The free one-day celebration features local music, food, environmental non-profits, interactive activities on gardening, cultivating local ecosystems and supporting the local economy. 
  • “It’s about being a community. It’s about being sustainable.”
  • Admission is free.
  • This year’s fun will include: Green Speaker Series include talks on gardening, horticulture, fruit trees, chickens, bees, green homes, and more. DJ Sun & Soular Grooves. Food trucks, mobile boutiques, recycled & vintage fashion shows. Yoga, parkour, hula hooping. Photo booths.
  • For more information, visit
Saturday, February 9,  Noon -4 pm: February Second Saturday Craftacular 
"Hearts Were Sliding Everywhere"
  • Shop local for unique handmade treats for yourself or your sweetie for Valentine's! 
  • Vendors:
  • What's Up Cupcake Food Truck on site serving up cupcakes!
  • McCheek's Mayhem - Beautiful Ceramics and Cactus Gardens
  • Fuzzy Grapefruit - Handmade cards
  • Rachel Orosco - Jewelry
  • Love Lizzard - Pixel Cards, Jewelry, Embroidered goodies
  • S&G Farms - Terrariums
  • Co Co Roux - Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Sweets 
  • Erica Bogdan - Artwork and Cards
  • Little Mika by Alyssa Wible - Woodland Creature Jewelry
  • 1+2=Love - Journals, notebooks hand bound from vintage cards, comics
  • Tiny Deer Studio - Lovely photographs, cards, mirrors
  • Paola Soto - Build your own Succulent and Cactus Terrariums
  • Lotti Design - items made from men's neckties and dress shirts, women's scarves, vintage beads, recycled t-shirts
  • Marisa Avelar - Mixed media pieces, collaged cards and heart brooches
  • Katherine Adams, Therein Design - Gorgeous black and white photography of birds on a wire, nature, textiles and jewelry
  • This Craftacular selected and presented by Marisa Avelar
  • In front of Hello, Lucky
Sunday, February 10, 4 pm: Paul Williams: Still Alive at 14 Pews
  • “He won Grammys and an Academy Award; wrote many #1 songs; starred in a Brian DePalma movie; put out his own hit records and albums; was a guest on The Tonight Show fifty times; and is the president of ASCAP...and you might not have heard of him. In the 1970's, Paul Williams was the singer / actor / songwriter that emotional, alienated teenage boys all over the world wanted to be, a sex symbol before MTV, when sex symbols could be 5"2 and sing songs about loneliness with the Muppets. A wistful musical journey that will re-introduce a new generation to Williams' soulful classics, Paul Williams: Still Alive is the charmingly self-narrated story of Stephen Kessler's lifelong obsession with the former superstar-and what happens when the nostalgic filmmaker finally catches up with him. 
  • When director Stephen Kessler first began to look into Williams’ life, he believed that he was dead. But after finding out that Williams was very much alive, he talked the aging pop star into letting him film his current experiences, in the process cultivating a tenuous friendship that proves more revealing – about both men – than either expected.”
  • I have seen this movie and it’s awesome.
  • 14 Pews is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the diverse cultural needs of our community by providing a forum to experience, discuss and celebrate film, art & music, and to strengthen our community through education and fostering cross-cultural experiences.  
  • General Admission is $10 and FREE for members 
  • 800 Aurora
Saturday, February 9, Noon -4pm: Q for a Cause featuring BBQ by John Mueller 
  • Hosted by Cottonwood and benefitting Housing Houston's Heroes, a charity for homeless veterans.
  • Musical entertainment by The Palisades.
  • FREE admission, meat will be sold by the pound. Cash and Debit/Credit Cards will be accepted.
  • “Just in case you don’t know who John Mueller is, he is known for some of the best BBQ in Texas. Don’t take our word for it though, John has made the cover of Texas Monthly Magazine and has also been featured on Anthony Bourdain's final season of "No Reservations". “This *expletive* rib is
  • amazing. Best barbecued beef rib I've had, far and away “says 
  • Anthony.”
  • 100% of food sales will go to the Housing Houston's Heroes charity
  • 3422 N Shepherd
Saturday, February 9: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GINNIE
  • A huge happy birthday to an awesome friend. Welcome to 40!

Tuesday, February 12, 4 pm- Midnight: Join the KREWE OF BB's for Fat Tuesday
  • Live music, crawfish, two full bars, beads, beer tubs, hurricanes, BB's food
  • 2701 White Oak. 
  • Ruben Moreno: 4:30-7:30pm
  • Keyin & the Zydeco Masters: 7pm-LATE
  • 2701 White Oak

Friday, February 15, 11 am- 2 pm: Tour the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA Certified Green Building
  • 808 Pease Street 
  • Small group guided tours of approximately 25 minutes each 
  • Free and open to the public
  • LEED for New Construction- Gold level
  • For additional information and a map, visit