In This Issue

Home Tour

Candlelight Dinner

Tour Help Wanted

General Meeting on Education

Harvard Seeks Help

Calling Young Artists

Boulevard Update

Champion Tree Hunt & Registry

Fun Run Help Wanted

Finance Committee Help Wanted


History Online

Citizens of the Year

Corporate Citizen

Marcella Perry Award

New City Alley Policy

Demo Watch

History For Sale

Board Summary

May 1st Saturday: Ride The Heights

August 1st Saturday: White Linen

New Members



Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Three, Number Four, April 2007
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Spring Home & Garden Tour

Chair: Kristi Synek; Chair-Elect: Christine Spin

We hope you will all come out to play with us on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 & 15, for the 2007 Historic Houston Heights Spring Home & Garden Tour “The Colors Of Our Lives.” The following magnificent and eclectic mix of homes and gardens will be opened for this event:

1233 RutlandCottage Home at 1113 Rutland

• Broman Home at 1233 Yale

• Newcaster Home at 614 E. 5th

• Conwell Home at 615 E. 8th

• Spin Home at 622 E. 8th

• Stapp Home at 1130 Cortlandt

Advance tickets are $15 each and may be purchased now at Another Place In Time (421 W. 11th), Buchanan’s Native Plants (611 E. 11th), Karen Derr & Associates (1545 Heights), Eclectic Home (345 W. 19th), and online. On the days of the tour, tickets will be $17 each and may be purchased at the Heights Fire Station at Yale and 12th Street and at each tour home. A luxury bus shuttle to all of the homes is included; the route begins and ends at the Heights Fire Station.

Candlelight Dinner & Auction

Chairs: Chris Silkwood & Kelly Simmons

Auction Chairs: Sandra Crook & Cindy Wingo Hemenway

cover artOn Friday, April 13, Winter Street Studios will be transformed into a colorful and crazy affair. Following a casual and private preview of the 2007 Home Tour homes and gardens, “The Colors of Our Lives” Candlelight Dinner & Auction will feature a gourmet dinner and colorful martinis and other beverages of choice. Feed your shopping habit and support the neighborhood at this year’s over-the-top auction that will have a strong focus on area art - in addition to the usual goodies.

The attire is “Color-licious Cocktail,” so wear your favorite color - the brighter the better! The price for a reserved table of ten is $1,000; individual tickets are $100 each. Table Hosts will receive signage on their reserved table, acknowledgment in the evening’s program, and an invitation for two to next year’s (2008) Kick-Off Party. We’ve had an overwhelming response to early ticket sales, so please don’t hesitate to get your tickets now here or by calling 713-861-4002, extension 3.

Tour Help Wanted!

The Spring Home & Garden Tour, April 13 to 15, is in need of volunteers to docent at homes or handle ticket and drink sales. In exchange for working a 3-hour shift, each volunteer will receive a ticket to the tour.

Even if you have worked previous home tours, don’t assume that we will contact you; the contact information we have may be out of date. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Denise Martin at or 713-868-4119. Leave your name, telephone number, and email address (if you have one).

General Meeting To Focus On Education

Natasha Kamrani, our HISD School Board Trustee, will be the featured speaker at the Association’s April General Meeting. As a former teacher and executive director for Teach for America, she brings both knowledge and experience in the field of education. On Monday, April 9, at 7:00 PM in the historic fire station on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets, Natasha will talk about what she terms the “big picture” in education today. This presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Principals from our local HISD schools and other district personnel have been invited to attend this meeting. You won’t want to miss this valuable and informational meeting.

Also at the April meeting, AFS, an international student exchange program, will make a presentation to inform Heights residents of the opportunities for hosting foreign exchange students and also for Heights students to study abroad. The mission of AFS is as follows: “AFS-USA works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.”

AFS places high school students ages 16 to 18 with 2,600 very special US families each year. These students become members of the families with whom they live, attend local high schools, and participate in their communities. AFS also sends nearly 2,000 outstanding American students to 44 countries each year, awards more than $1 million in financial aid and scholarships annually, and is supported by more than 8,000 volunteers across the country in communities like the Heights.

Reagan High School has been very supportive of the AFS exchange program. Five students from Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy, Turkey, and Japan are hosted by Heights families and are attending Reagan this year. Other AFS students in the Heights area attend Jefferson Davis High School.

Harvard Elementary Seeks Community Members

Harvard Elementary School, 810 Harvard Street, is looking for two community members to serve on its Shared Decision-Making Committee for the 2007-08 school year. This committee of teachers, staff members, parents, and community members serves as an advisory group to the principal. The committee meets approximately once a month at 3:15 PM. Interested individuals must reside in or own a business within the Houston Heights and must not have children enrolled in or be an employee of the Houston Independent School District.

Send a brief note indicating why you are interested in serving to Principal Kevin Beringer by email to, by fax to 713-867-5215, or by mail to Harvard Elementary School, 810 Harvard Street, Houston, TX 77007. The deadline is May 1, 2007.

Calling Young Artists! Calling Young Artists!

Young artists who either live in or attend school in the Heights are invited to enter the Youth Art Show sponsored by the Education Committee of the Houston Heights Association. Eligible schools are Esperanza and St. Andrew’s pre-schools; Field, Harvard, Helms, and Love elementary schools; Heights Learning Academy, Immanuel Lutheran School; Hamilton Middle School, Heights High School, and Reagan High School. Schools may enter up to 12 works of art (two-dimensional, no sculpture or crafts). Individual students are allowed one work. Submitted artwork must be ready for hanging.

The event will take place at the historic fire station at the corner of Yale and 12th Streets during the Spring Home Tour, beginning with an artists’ reception on Friday, April 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The art will be on display on Saturday, April 14, from Noon to 6:00 PM and on Sunday, April 15, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Artwork must be picked up on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM or Monday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Local Heightsite and renowned artist Sharon Kopriva

Gus Kopriva, owner of the Red Bud Gallery, will jury the show. Top winners will receive gift certificates courtesy of Red Bud Gallery for art supplies, and all entries will receive ribbons.

For further information, please go to the Education Committee web page or call Sheila Tybor at 713-880-1031 or Karen Derr at 713-875-7050.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following 2007 Platinum sponsors:

Allied Waste San Jacinto Stone

Boulevard Update

Volunteers were busy in March sprucing up the Heights Boulevard esplanade for spring. Replenishment of the mulch beds has begun with 150 cubic yards spread so far, beginning at 19th Street and heading south. The mulch has been generously donated by San Jacinto Stone again this year.

Volunteers also planted 23 trees in March. These trees were a mix of larger trees, such as red oak and Chinquapin oak, plus many of the smaller, flowering trees, such as Mexican plum and redbud, which have been so visible this spring. Several of the trees were donated in honor of friends or loved ones:

• A Shumard Red Oak in memory of K. D. Sisk on the 1300 block

• A Shumard Red Oak in memory of Jack Maas on the 800 block

• A Shumard Red Oak in memory of John Russell on the 900 block

• A Redbud in honor of John Hennessy’s birthday, donated by his son and planted in the 1300 block

• A Greenback Magnolia in honor of Robin Franklin’s community service as President of the Houston Heights Association in 2006, planted on the 800 block (photos below and at right).

If you would like to volunteer to join your neighbors on the Boulevard, email Jim Bennett at

Robin Franklin and members of her family

Heights Champion Tree Registry/Hunt

The time is Saturday, April 28, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The place is Marmion Park at 18th and Heights Blvd.

Learn about registering your Champion Tree with Mickey Merritt of the Texas Forestry Service and Catherine Burst of Treescape.

Join the Girl Scouts. Celebrate their 95th Birthday as they plant 95 Trees in and around Houston.

Five of the Girl Scouts’ trees will be given away to lucky Heights residents that day!

A Map & List of Heights Champion Trees will be provided!

Fun, Educational & Free! Everyone is invited to participate!

Robin Franklin and Taylor Moore

Fun Run Coming Up; Volunteers Needed

The twenty-second Annual Heights Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 2. Start time for the sanctioned race will be 7:30 AM. Walkers and the Kids 1K follow. As usual, the course will be on Heights Blvd. between 18th Street and 5th Street. Participants celebrate afterward in Marmion Park with food, juice, and music while awards are announced and door prizes given!

A professional race manager will handle the actual mechanics of the race, but we are in need of people to help with setup, food service, water stations, cleanup, and many other supporting roles.

You can volunteer or ask questions by sending email to or leaving a message at 713-861-4002, extension 4.

For the 5K Run & Walk, the entry fee will be $20 until May 31, $25 on June 1-2; for the Kids 1K, $10 until May 31, then $15. Overall Open, Master Male, and Master Female each receive a gift certificate. Other awards go to the top three males and females in each age bracket. Each entrant will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

To register online, visit or send checks payable to Houston Heights Association with an entry form to Heights Fun Run, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, TX 77270. No refunds will be made.

Packet pick-up will be at Luke’s Locker on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, then at Marmion Park from 6:15 - 7:15 AM Saturday.

Finance Committee Seeks Another Member

The Finance Committee is looking for an additional member to ensure the continued excellent financial position of the Association.

General knowledge of financial terms and operations is helpful. Duties include sign-offs on budget transfers within the Association’s guidelines, review of new and updated budgets received from the various committee chairpersons, and selection of an auditor for 2008.

HHA members interested in serving on the Finance Committee should contact Jim DePitts, Vice-President of Finance, at 713-869-1875 or


The next Houston Heights Restoration /Historical Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at 1301 Rutland St.

This 1920 bungalow property was purchased in 2004 and extensively renovated for several months by the current owners. A garage had been added in 1987 with other improvements like a master bath with closet and a living room. The house was used previously as a rental property to alleged “exotic dancers.”

This property has many fine finishing touches added by the owners, like custom bookshelves in the parlor and a cozy deck patio, making it a very warm and comfortable home. Everything from landscaping to redesign and addition of the gable to roof replacement will be discussed at this meeting for those attendees considering any or all of these projects. Everyone attending will benefit from discussing how to attack and execute a renovation project.

Restoration/Historical Committee meetings are open to the public to learn about history and restoration in keeping with the neighborhood. Please let Chairman Dean Swanson know if you have a restoration project, historical structure, or historical information or photos pertaining to Houston Heights to share at future meetings and spread neighborhood historical knowledge. Contact him at or 713-880-2832.

History Online

Did you know that the Sister Agatha book, History of Houston Heights: 1891-1918, long out of print, is available online? The book was digitized by the Center for Teaching, Technology, and Learning as part of the Community in History Project with permission from Premier Printing Company. This includes only the original 1956 edition. The 1981 supplement is not included.

You can view the table of contents at this link and click to the individual chapters and sections.

Gold Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following Spring 2007 Gold sponsors:

Citizens of the Year:

Kelly Simmons and Keith Crane

presentation by Mark Williamson, 2005 Citizen of the Year

Mark, Kelly, KeithThe Citizen of the Year award is intended to recognize individuals who have supported the Houston Heights Association in a manner that distinguishes them beyond our average member and volunteer. Merit is recognized in the area of volunteer work efforts and any other actions that promote HHA and its activities. Recipients must be members of the Association and have contributed significant volunteer energies during the past year or years.

Our 2006 winners have had two different houses on the home tour and worked on many, including chairing or co-chairing four major subevents and one entire tour. They are willing to take projects and complete them, often behind the scenes. You will often see them around the neighborhood, patronizing local shops and restaurants.

She’s been described as a detail freak who makes a wonderful proofreader, a leader, and the definition of volunteerism. Her volunteer work extends outside the scope of the Association, particularly with animal-related groups like the SPCA and SNAP.

He’s been described as a techno-dweeb who was smart enough to bail out of Enron before the crash, an A&M grad, a financier who doesn’t look like he’s in finance, a Big Brother, and a talented metalworker/artist. He’s always there in the background supporting her, running and hauling, and building things.

Together, they are a wonderful, reliable pair of volunteers. They have made life in Houston Heights better for all of us through their efforts.

Our 2006 Citizens of the Year are Kelly Simmons and Keith Crane. Before they come up, let me tell you a little more about them.

Kelly Simmons is the definition of volunteerism. She has given her time and energy to countless Houston Heights activities. She raised the standard for the Candlelight Dinner and Spring Home Tour to make the weekend become the outstanding social event of the year. Everything Kelly touches is done with great creativity, the ability to think outside the box, and a meticulous eye for quality and expertise. A recent example is the calendar she designed for sale at our last Holiday Home Tour.

Volunteering is just one of the things that Kelly does well. She is also one of our most important community leaders. She creates an irresistible environment for people to participate. She always treats her committee members with utmost respect, embraces their ideas, and encourages them to go further than they’ve ever imagined. People who work alongside Kelly participate year after year because of her distinguished leadership abilities.

Her husband Keith is rarely on the front line but is always present. Keith has been there to lend a critical helping hand during numerous Heights activities. For two years in a row, along with Byron Pettit, he managed the very complex art sale at the fire station during home tour weekend. Keith is more of the “behind the scenes” kind of guy, but you always know he can be counted on and available to help out even on a moment’s notice. For example, Keith put together the slide show we were watching a few minutes ago. We’ve been lucky to have several of Keith’s fabulous metal art pieces in various auctions.

Kelly and Keith, please come up to get your award.

For more on how the Citizen of the Year and other award recipients are chosen, see below.

Marcella Perry Award Winners:

Lanna and Greg von Baden

Greg, (Paul), LannaAnnually, the Marcella Perry Award is presented to a recipient who supports the Heights Association and its causes in a behind-the-scenes fashion. At the February 2007 Awards Dinner, the 2006 Houston Heights Association Marcella Perry Award was presented by Paul Carr to Lanna and Greg von Baden, owners of Grogan Building Supply on Yale. Grogan’s is a Heights third-generation family-owned business that has been very supportive of our community activities and improvements over the years.

Greg von Baden is a third-generation Grogan. Greg’s grandmother was a Grogan. Greg’s father, Luis von Baden, was a charter member of the Houston Heights Association. Greg’s mother Gail worked on 19th Street improvements in years past. In 1979, Gail worked through Women in Construction and made plans to donate materials for a railroad gazebo in what is now Donovan Park. While that gazebo did not come to fruition, it was the start of a long relationship with the Houston Heights Association and the Heights community, with many donations to follow.

When the Donovan Park project was underway, Grogan Building Supply was at the front of the line to donate. Since then, Grogan’s has donated paint and materials to Harvard Elementary, Travis Elementary, and Hamilton Middle Schools for projects, auction items, and fundraisers. They have been a Bronze sponsor of the Holiday Home Tour, have donated to the Fun Run, and have donated printing for Bike Rally tickets in support of Association events. In the past, when the City of Houston required security measures for the Heights Festival, Grogan’s came to the rescue and donated orange plastic fencing. Grogan’s has donated paint mismatches and coordinated the purchase of hose reels and other graffiti abatement items at cost for Paul Luccia with Clean Houston. Grogan’s has purchased tables over the years at the Candlelight Dinner for the Houston Heights Spring Tour.

Congratulations, Lanna and Greg von Baden, on this well-deserved award!

Corporate Citizen Award:

Allegro Builders

presentation speech by Chris Silkwood, 2001 Citizen of the Year, Sponsorship Chair

A few years ago, the past Citizens of the Year created a new award entitled the Corporate Citizen Award. It is given to a company that is continuously supportive of the neighborhood through financial giving, time and energy, and works to support the spirit of the community.

Past recipients have included Buchanan’s Native Plants, San Jacinto Stone Co., and Hickory Hollow Restaurant, and we remain very indebted to each of these excellent businesses. They, in turn, have remained very generous and loyal to the Houston Heights Association.

This year, the award is going to an organization that might ignite a variety of feelings from our audience, and that’s okay. That is because the winner is one of our area builders, and now I’d like you to listen very carefully while I tell you why. Our winner this year is Allegro Builders.

Chris, LambertAllegro started building homes in the Heights about a dozen years ago. The founder and President of that company is Lambert Arceneaux. One of the first things the Arceneaux family did in coming into this community was to restore an early 1900 bungalow on Allston, where they continue to reside with their two children and assorted pets. Their beautiful home was featured on a home tour about five years ago. That bungalow has served as the model for five other new homes built since in the Heights. Allegro Builders was a major contributor to the reforestation project on Heights Boulevard and the first area business to say “yes” to my request for funds. For those of you who don’t know me, I ask people for money a whole lot.

Allegro was there when one of the gazebos on Heights Boulevard suffered extensive damage. They provided the manpower and all repairs at no cost to the Heights Association. Allegro Builders also built a magnificent Victorian-styled playhouse that earned several thousand dollars in raffle tickets for the home tour just three years ago. It turned out the man who won it lived about thirty miles outside the city. Allegro disassembled the house, delivered it, and reassembled it on the gentleman’s property, and I imagine his grandkids are still loving it.

Allegro has been an extremely generous sponsor to the Heights Association for consecutive years and is always at the Candlelight Dinner, usually buying additional tables at the last minute. They co-hosted the wine tasting party last year with the Synek family and made it an evening that everybody is hoping to duplicate again at this year’s auction. That evening alone raised $3,000.

Most recently, Allegro Builders purchased a historic home on Arlington. They could have easily torn it down, as is the recent trend. Following a plea from the Heights Association, Allegro agreed to sell the home to Byron Pettit for restoration. Allegro, along with Mike Easley, recently save two Heights properties on Tulane, destined for purchase by the chicken factory. Both of the homes have been restored and resold.

Allegro owned the massive property at 205 Bayland in the Woodland Heights. I promise you, any other builder would have torn the existing property down, claiming it to be unsalvageable, and built in its place three to four homes. Instead, Bill Baldwin of Karen Derr Realty expressed an interest in restoring it. Allegro sold Bill the property to their financial loss and then restored it to its current grandeur. It is probably the most magnificent home in all the combined Heights neighborhoods. Next to his own home, he built a 1-1/2-story Craftsman new construction, and he is doing the same across the street.

Allegro Builders also restored a major crack house at 622 Peddie, and you don’t even want to hear the story of what went on in that house before the restoration.

Is Lambert Arceneaux a Saint? No, he isn’t. At a Heights Association meeting last year, I talked about the fact that we (all of us) are a magnificent group of flawed people trying to do our best. Lambert is also one of those flawed people. He knows he’s made some mistakes. He’s also going to keep building beautiful homes, but with a much stronger spirit of working with the community. Hopefully, other builders will look to Allegro as an example to emulate, and for these many efforts, Allegro Builders deserves to be rewarded.

I am very proud to present the Corporate Citizen Award to my flawed dear friend and colleague, Lambert Arceneaux, President of Allegro Builders.

How These Winners Were Selected

The recipients of the Citizen of the Year, Marcella Perry, and Corporate Citizenship Awards are selected every year by a committee made up of previous Citizens of the Year. The most recent Citizen of the Year chairs the committee, finds a meeting location, and invites as many living former Citizens of the Year as can be located.

At that meeting, the Citizens consider potential candidatesfor the three awards and select among them. Former Corporate Citizenship winners are also invited to submit nominations for that award and participate in the discussion about it, but they do not vote.

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following Spring 2007 Silver Sponsors:

Current City Alley Policy

As a response to concerns presented at a meeting of the HHA Land Use Committee, representatives of the Heights Association met with senior staff of the Public Works Department of the City of Houston. The City reported that they had received numerous complaints from Heights residents that, because of the ineffective drainage of the alleys behind their houses, their garages and back yards were the subject of serious flooding. As a response, the City has instituted stricter alley drainage requirements since August 2006.

The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that, if alleys are opened for the use of adjacent owners, they will be adequately surfaced and will drain to city streets. While this requirement was clearly stated in a previous ordinance, the City is now requiring the following process (taken verbatim from a City publication) to be completed before approval to open an alley is given and a Certificate of Occupation is issued for any building backing on an alley.

Alley Drawings Requirements

* Graphics requirements for submitted drawings are found in Chapter 3 of the City of Houston’s Design Manual. This can be found on the web at (here). This will provide you the correct drawing size, title blocks, etc.

* Do a plan and profile of the alley section

* Show various existing alley details in your drawing:

  1. Show aboveground (power poles and related equipment) & underground utilities, i.e. sewer, water, gas, etc.
  2. Show existing trees (their type) and vegetation
  3. Show any alley obstructions, i.e. fences, etc.

* Include any needed City of Houston drawing details in your drawing, i.e. alley-street connection driveway detail

* Show that there will be no drainage impact to either:

  1. the area to be paved or
  2. the non paved area
  3. the street the alley will be draining to

* Show related street orientations to subject alley. Show existing street storm water drainage systems (if any)

* Show:

  1. All related alley dimensions
  2. A transverse alley profile of your purposed paving
  3. The existing and proposed alley slopes
  4. Plan details of drive from garage to the alley
  5. How the paved alley section will impact existing alley drive ways.

* Drawings need to be stamped by a certified professional engineer. Five sets of these drawing plans need to be submitted to the first floor of 611 Walker.

Demo Watch

Tear-down activity has slowed somewhat in Houston Heights. It is too soon to tell if the slowdown is temporary or permanent. A check of permitting activity between February 5 and March 10 shows a total of 6 demolition permits being issued in Houston Heights. This brings to 228 the total number of demolitions or relocations of housing in the Heights in the last 21 months.

Establishing historic districts is the only legal way to deter the bulldozers. If you live within the boundaries of the two proposed historic districts and have not yet signed the blue petition page, please do so. The petition and other information about the historic district effort may be found at the Historic Districts page.

Below is the list of the latest demolitions or relocations. Be sure to check the newsletter again next month to find out if the slowdown experienced this month will continue.

  • 1222 Allston
  • 1222 1/2 Allston
  • 527 Columbia
  • 1419 Herkimer
  • 1430 Herkimer
  • 607 W 25th St.

History For Sale

Listed below are more than 25 historic homes that are currently available for sale in Houston Heights. Each home is listed for less than $500,000, and most have been renovated to include the modern conveniences of the 21st Century. The Houston Heights Association began listing historic homes for sale in its newsletter in hopes of encouraging buyers to consider an existing house, thus slowing the bulldozers, which are tearing down 2.4 houses a week in the Heights.

If you are not in the market for a new home, please pass this information on to a friend or family member.

  • 1230 Allston - 1913
  • 1433 Allston - 1900
  • 833 Arlington - 1920
  • 1244 Arlington - 1900
  • 1602 Arlington - 1940
  • 2043 Arlington - 1940
  • 605 Columbia - 1945
  • 1844 Columbia - 1920
  • 915 Harvard - 1905
  • 1213 Harvard - 1904
  • 1346 Harvard - 1935
  • 1229 Heights Blvd - 1896
  • 1313 Herkimer - 1940
  • 1407 Oxford - 1920
  • 1505 Oxford - 1920
  • 1333 Yale - 1920
  • 1409 Yale - 1930
  • 710 E 10th St. - 1930
  • 108 W 10th 1/2 St. - 1920
  • 633 E 11th St. - 1925
  • 509 E 16th St. - 1945
  • 314 W 21st St. - 1920
  • 602 W 28th St. - 1920

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following Spring 2007 Bronze Sponsors:

Board Summary

by Janet Buchheit, Secretary

President Jim Potter calls the meeting to order at 6:35 PM on February 19. The minutes from the January 15 Board Meeting are approved. Treasurer Jim DePitts goes over the Financial Statement with the Board. No report is given on the Holiday Home Tour because there are invoices outstanding. The increase in the Donovan Park budget is due to costs incurred to abate graffiti.

Gerald Melancon is elected to serve a one-year term on the Board. Responsibility for the programs for the General Meetings is discussed. Jim Potter discusses the need for Committee Chairs for several committees and talks about the responsibilities of those Committee Chairs. Sponsorship opportunities, publicity, and security for the 2007 Fun Run are discussed.

Jim Potter passes out the HHA Leadership Matrix that has been revised by the By Laws and Policy Committee. Jim will schedule a Board Orientation in the month of March.

Sharie Beale passes out a Grant Writing Proposal. A committee of at least three people will be formed to schedule meetings with prospective candidates. Projects that grant writing could fund are discussed.

Lauriel Hindman passes out a handout explaining the procedure, protocol and use of email blasts to HHA members. Jim and Donna Bennett will accept an award on behalf of HHA at the March 29 Park People’s A Green Tie Affair 2007. The Board approves additional funds for printing and postage for the Spring Home & Garden Tour. HHA’s event voice mail system is discussed. Board Members and Committee Chairs are asked to turn in the notebooks that they have kept on events that have been held. Meeting is adjourned at 8:45 PM.

May 1st Saturday:

Ride the Heights

In the planning for May First Saturday: Ride the Heights - a day for bikes in the Heights! There will be a Symbolic Ride/Walk down the proposed Hike & Bike Trail that follows the old railroad easement through the Heights. Area Bike Clubs will be rallying into the neighborhood. May is National Bike Month, and we want to be sure we’re doing our part to have the Heights be a bike-friendly area and raise awareness for our hike & bike trail to get it in the works as quickly as possible.

Watch for more details at Want to participate or share ideas? Email

August 1st Saturday:

White Linen Night is coming!

Mark your calendars. The 2nd Annual White Linen Night in the Heights will be August 4.

Sultry, steamy, exotic, & artfully provocative.

Championing art, culture, community.

Last year at the 1st annual event, there were a reported 13,000 people attending. Don’t miss it this year! There will be art, music, food, drink, pedi-taxis, shopping, galleries, restaurants, bars, shuttles, and visitors wearing linen!

Sponsored by the Whole Heights: businesses all over the neighborhood. Get ready. Get your flag! Invite your customers. Invite your friends. Want to help in the planning? Want to participate? Email

New Members

Please welcome the following new or returning members to the Houston Heights Association.

Molly Block

Charles & Leigh Duke

Heather Goodwin

Patricia Stegent


Our thanks to the following for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.

Donna & Jim Bennett - Historic District

Eric & Janet Raschke - Parks & Boulevard Maintenance

Lora Wildenthal - Graffiti Abatement

Calendar of Events for April-May 2007









2 - recycling

HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


HHA Urban Forestry Group, 6:30 PM, Fire Station





Heights 1st Sat.




HHA General Meeting “Education”, 7:00 PM, Fire Station





Candlelight Dinner & Auction


Spring Home & Garden Tour, Noon - 6:00 PM


Spring Home & Garden Tour, Noon - 6:00 PM

16 - recycling

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Tax Day


Deadline for next newsletter





Earth Day


HHA Education Committee, 7:00 PM, Fire Station



PIP meeting, 6:30 PM, 1602 State Street




Champion Tree Registry/Hunt, 8:00 AM, Marmion Park


30 - recycling

May 1





Heights 1st Saturday "Ride the Heights"



HHA Land Use Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station





Deadline for next newsletter



Mother’s Day

14 - recycling

HHA General Meeting, 7:00 PM, Fire Station








HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street






Memorial Day

HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

29 - recycling



June 1


Heights Fun Run

HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.

Community Calendar

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site for more information.

Saturdays through June 2, Galveston Historical Foundation presents demonstration classes at its salvage warehouse. Topics include remuddling versus rehab, preparing your historic house for a hurricane, and window and shutter repair. $10 per class. For more information, visit or call Lori Crossno at 409-765-7834, Ext. 37.

April 16 through May 4, 6th Annual Republic of Texas Exhibit at Sterling Bank Memorial, 840 Gessner. Open to the public during banking hours. Includes items seized from Gen. Santa Anna after the Battle of San Jacinto.

April 29, 7:00 PM, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 600 Pecore presents a free public performance by the African Children’s Choir. Talented African children ages 7 through 12, many who have lost one or both parents through the devastation of poverty, war, famine, and disease. For more information, visit or call 713-861-3104.

May 4 through 27, Houston Metal Arts Guild Members Show and Sale “Artful Metal” at Artful Corner, 3423 White Oak Drive. Artist reception May 4, 6:00-8:00 PM. For more information about the Guild, visit

May 19, 11:30 AM, Heights Women’s Club luncheon at the Clubhouse, 1848 Harvard.

Future History

June 2, Fun Run

October 7, Bicycle Rally

November 30 - December 1, Holiday Home Tour

February 24, 2008, Awards Dinner

April 4-6, Spring Home Tour

The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.

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April contributors:

Jim Bennett, Janet Buchheit, Jim DePitts, Diane Easley, Janice Evans-Davis, Lauriel Hindman, Karen Mann, Denise Martin, Genie Mims, Bob Pearson, Jim Potter, Chris Silkwood, Kelly Simmons, Jonathan Smulian, Joellen Snow, Dean Swanson, Sheila Tybor.