In This Issue

Spring Home & Garden Tour

Candlelight Dinner & Auction

Volunteers Needed

General Meeting: District H Candidates

2nd Annual Campout-Musicfest

Free Hot Dogs for New Members

Awards Dinner Brings Out All The Heights Stars

Candlelight Dinner Kick-Off Party

Restoration Meeting

Help Solve Marmion Park Mystery

Palm Trees Trimmed

Spotlight on HHA Business Member: Cindy Wingo

HPO Amendments Approved

School Notes

Donations

New Members

HHA Business Member Directory

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Five, Number Four, April 2009
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Spring Home & Garden Tour

Last reminder for “Soaring to new Heights,” chaired by Christine Spin.

The 2009 Home and Garden Tour “soars” back to being at the “height” of conversation in our fine neighborhood. This year’s Tour weekend is Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, from noon to 6:00 PM. Come out on Saturday and Sunday to view these beautiful homes and the exciting new addition of Reagan High School Auditorium!

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance for $17 each online at our web site or at any of the following locations: Another Place in Time (421 W. 11th Street), Antidote Coffee (729 Studewood), The Artful Corner (3423 White Oak Drive), Buchanan’s Native Plants (611 E. 11th Street), Eclectic Home (345 W. 19th Street), Jubilee (321 W. 19th Street), Waldo’s (1030 Heights Boulevard). These tickets will be available at the discounted price until noon on Friday, April 3! Tickets purchased through the website should be picked up at “will call” during the hours of the Tour at the Historic Houston Heights Fire Station at Yale and 12th Streets.

During the Home Tour weekend, you may purchase tickets for $20 each at the Fire Station, at any tour home, or at Buchanan’s Native Plants and Another Place in Time.

Your ticket includes admittance to six extraordinary homes and gardens and the fabulous renovated Reagan High School, including the original 1926 Auditorium and the new cafeteria where the Education Committee will have its Fourth Annual HHA Youth Art Show.

2009 Home & Garden Tour Featured Homes:

  • Ellis Home, 1233 Allston Street
  • Goff-Martin Home, 1421 Columbia Street
  • Poirrier Home, 1524 Allston Street
  • Palmer-Lindsay Home, 1218 Heights Boulevard
  • Stephenson-Piké Home, 1233 Tulane Street
  • Mathews-Douglas Home, 1623 Harvard Street

Call us at 713-861-4002, option 3, browse to the Home Tour web page, or email the home tour committee at springtour@houstonheights.org for questions or more information on this exciting event.

Candlelight Dinner & Auction

The much-anticipated 2009 Candlelight Dinner & Auction returns to Winter Street Studios on Friday, April 3. An exclusive tour of the homes, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, will be followed by the Dinner and Auction at 2101 Winter Street from 8:00 to 11:30 PM.

“Local Flavor/Fresh Finds” is the theme of the Candlelight Dinner this year as Beaver’s sets the stage with a special surprise for each table - hearty servings of all-natural Texas Coastal cuisine generate a fun yet intimate family-style dining affair. Heights Liquor and Red Bull also team up to serve lively cocktails at the martini bar. The legendary Live Auction will include exclusive works by prominent artists, among other coveted items. The Silent Auction will again offer a spectacular array of art, décor, spa and entertainment packages, and services - with something for everyone.

Individual tickets are $100 per person for open seating. Buying a Reserved Table for $1,000 reserves a table for ten persons. “Table Hosts” will be recognized with table signage, will receive mention in the Event Program, and will receive an invitation to the 2010 Kick-Off Party - a private event to honor and celebrate the home tour’s executive committee, homeowners, and HHA sponsors.

Dinner Co-Chairs are Lauren Dunlap and Christi Guerrini. Auction Co-Chairs are Andrea Sharp and Carol Welter.

Photos will be available after the event this year. (Look for more information in the next issue.) We look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteers Needed!

We still need volunteers to help with the Spring Home & Garden Tour! If you are interested in docenting at a home, helping out at the Candlelight Dinner & Auction, or guiding our guests through the neighborhood on the shuttles, please contact us at volunteer@houstonheights.org or call 713-861-4002. In addition to the fun you will have and the great people you will meet, each volunteer receives a ticket to the weekend home & garden tour.

General Meeting

Come to the April 13 General Meeting of the Houston Heights Association and meet the candidates in the Houston City Council District H special election to be held on May 9. The seat was vacated when Adrian Garcia resigned to be Sheriff of Harris County. Terry Burge of The Leader Newspapers will moderate the forum.

Afterwards, stay to mingle with the candidates and your neighbors. Please join us on Monday, April 13, 7:00 PM at the Historic Houston Heights Fire Station, Yale and 12th Streets.

2nd Annual Musicfest-Campout

The Big Al’s Blues Band will highlight the entertainment at this year’s Musicfest-Campout in Marmion Park on April 18th. Big Al’s band will play from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. They will be preceded by Don Broman’s Band from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Unconfirmed are a chamber music group and a country & western band that will play from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

HHA members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and their favorite beverage for a fun evening of music and camaraderie. Invite your non-member neighbors to attend as your guest.

Tent Campers: Tents can be set up anytime after 8:00 AM Saturday morning. The tent camping area will be marked. Campers who have a problem with light and noise should select a site remote from the pavilion and campfire. Berryhill’s will have breakfast tacos, coffee, and juice at about 8:00 AM Sunday morning for the overnight campers.

Dominoes & Cards: When the music ends at 10:00 PM, card tables and chairs will be set up on the pavilion floor for campers who want to play dominoes (42) or cards.

Picnickers: There will be a grill and wet sink set up for HHA members that want to bring their own hamburger and hot dog fixings. There will also be free popcorn.

Children’s Camp Fire: Again this year there will be a children’s campfire located in the Northeast corner of the park. Members of the Houston Story Tellers Guild will entertain the children. There will also be marshmallow roasting.

For additional information contact Paul Carr at 713-869-0505 or TortureT@aol.com.

Free Hot Dogs for New Members

Each member of any family that joins the Association at the Musicfest-Campout on April 18 will receive free hot dogs. Membership applications will be available at the park, or the one in this newsletter can be used.

HHA members are encouraged to bring non-member neighbors as guests to the Campout in Marmion Park.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2009 Platinum sponsors:

Republic Services San Jacinto Stone

HHA Volunteer Appreciation And Awards Dinner Brings Out All Of The Heights Stars

by our own local gossip columnist Kelly Simmons

The stars were bright on Sunday evening of February 22, when the Houston Heights Association held its 35th Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Community Improvement Awards Dinner.

Michelle Pfeiffer, aka Anne Culotta, and George Clooney, aka John Blass, were the Masters of Ceremony as the stars took to the Fire Station stairs for our very own awards ceremony- themed “Welcome Neighbors.”

The Fire Station was beautifully transformed by Heights talents Angela DeWree — Design and Inspiration and Props2Go, Taylor Moore — Newton Nursery, Margarete Sanchez-Ripps — The Artful Corner, and Kristal Kirksey — Jubilee. The operations team of Paul and Mary Carr handled those behind the scenes jobs that are so important to the success of the event. Heights mascot Ellen Newcaster, who always makes the work fun, pitched in to help make it all happen, along with John and Viki Hennessy, Byron Pettit, and Kevin Tate. Angela DeWree — Design and Inspiration also produced the wonderful keepsake programs for all of the guests.

For the second year in a row, each guest received a lovely gift from Jubilee — that beautiful, quirky little boutique on 19th Street — graciously donated by owner/designer, Kristal Kirksey.

Comfort food was the theme, as Candy Massoud and her staff served up another great dinner, which was all expertly coordinated by Danae Stephenson. Julie Pettit shook things up with a wonderful Apple-tini bar, tended by her offspring and offspring-in-law, newlyweds Kendall McCarley and Nick Zamora, and wine and refreshment bars were tended by men-about-town Keith Crane, John Hennessy, Martin Pike, and Kevin Tate.

Event Chair and 2007 Citizen of the Year Taylor Moore produced a beautiful and fun event, and all of the Heights movers and shakers attended. Spotted by our reporter in the crowd of 150 were Bill Baldwin and Joe Gonzalez, Tim Beeson, Donna Bennett, Katy Bomar and John Childs, Donna Buchanan and Dan Hogan, Janet and Tom Buchheit, Deborah and Terry Burge, Melvalene Cohen, Mary and John Cone, Noni and Emma Culotta, Karen and Bob Derr, Neva and Joe Dupuis, Mary and Ralph Ellis, Marty Hajovsky, John Helmer, Robert Killian, Libby Lee, Debbie Markey, Kent and Susan Marsh, Sue and Mitch McFarland, Nick Milnarich, John Palmer and Ryan Lindsey, Anne Sloan, Mary Sparks, Jan Spin, Katrina Stilwell, Kristi and Chris Synek, Laura and Charlie Thorp, Bart Truxillo, Sheila and Art Tybor, Greg vonBaden, and many more stars.

Chris Silkwood, our 2009 HHA President, welcomed the honored guests and presented a parting gift to outgoing 2008 HHA President Mark Williamson, who presented the President’s Award to the leaders of the Houston Heights Historic District drives — Sharie and David Beale, Janice Evans-Davis, Jonathan Smulian, and Michael Jungnickel — for their hard work and dedication for the neighborhood’s historic preservation.

Chris Silkwood then awarded the second annual Community Service Award to the 2009 8th Grade Class of Immanuel Lutheran School, for their continuing hard work on Heights Boulevard; the award was accepted by ILS Principal Cheryl Burmeister. The class works one day out of each school month-alongside Boulevard Czar Jim Bennett — pulling and bagging weeds and spreading mulch. Our thanks go to them, Jim, and all of the other wonderful volunteers who make Heights Boulevard a treasured focal point and destination.

As is tradition, Heights luminary Paul Carr presented the 2008 Marcella Perry Award to this year’s winner, Irene Nava, who, among many of her accomplishments, was instrumental in raising over $1,000,000 — turning Milroy Park (the historic site of the former Houston Heights Junior High) into the shining example it is today. Irene is on the HHA Education Committee and is a tireless and dedicated volunteer for area schools, including Harvard, Hamilton, and Reagan. Many thanks to Irene for making the Heights a better place to live and our area schools better places to send our children.

Chris Silkwood awarded the Corporate Citizen Award to Eclectic Home, owned by Dale Johnson and Colby Weems. For many years, Eclectic Home has supported HHA fundraising events by donating auction items, promoting events, and selling tickets. For the last four years, these generous business owners have donated beautifully-wrapped, unique gifts to approximately 500 Candlelight Dinner guests-helping make this very important fundraiser the successful and much sought-after event it has become.

Kelly Simmons awarded the inaugural New Generation Award to the amazing Christine Spin. Christine was Chair-Elect of the HHA Home & Garden Tour in 2007, Home Tour Chair in 2008, and is once again Home Tour Chair for the event this Spring — an oversized undertaking and commitment. Over the last three years, Christine has recruited a virtual army of first-time volunteers to fill senior positions in the Home Tour Committee and for that, the HHA will richly benefit for many years to come.

The 2008 Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Trudy Nelson by outgoing 2007 Citizen of the Year, Taylor Moore. Trudy moved to the Houston Heights from her beloved city of New Orleans because of fond similarities between the two neighborhoods. She jumped right into the volunteer scene here — immediately landing the position of Chair-Elect to the Holiday Home Tour in 2007, which was then under the outstanding leadership of Marianne Sulser. During her tenure as Home Tour Chair for the 2008 Holiday Home Tour, Trudy’s passion, experience, and dedication to the tour led it to revenues that approximately tripled those of years’ past. Before the 2008 Tour was even wrapped up, Trudy and her team were already scouring the neighborhood for 2009 Holiday Home Tour homes. New Orleans’ loss is our gain, and we are proud to welcome our newest Citizen of the Year.

Months of work go into the Community Improvement Awards selection process and ceremony — where awards are given each year to residences and businesses, in historic renovation and new construction categories — and Chair Diane Easley pulled off another wonderful program, with the help of this year’s judges, John Blass, Mike McIntyre, Lanna vonBaden, and Brett Zamore, PowerPoint master, Keith Crane, and Emcee, John Blass.

The winning improvement in the Residential New Construction category is the new two-story Victorian design home located at 1135 Heights Boulevard. For the Commercial New Construction category, the winning improvement is Bedford by Robert Gadsby located at 1001 Studewood. In the Residential Restoration category, the winning improvement is the Beeson home located at 609 Heights Boulevard. In the Commercial Restoration category the winning improvement is Venture Properties’ 1102 Yale Street Project.

Two special awards were created by the judges to recognize some special improvements. The Commercial New Construction Innovation award went to Fannie Koelsch for the Koelsch Gallery located at 703 Yale. The Civic Commercial Restoration Award was given to Reagan High School for the multi-million dollar improvement of our Heights high school.

Click here to find out more about the Community Improvement Award nominees and winners and read all of the presentation speeches for the other awards in our special Awards Dinner Section page.

To top the evening off, a silent and live auction raised an extra $3,000 benefiting the HHA Education Committee, which uses most of its budget to give much-needed grants to local school classrooms. Thanks go out to generous auction donors: The Artful Corner, Keith Crane, Karen Derr, Diane and Mike Easley, John Palmer Art, Julie and Byron Pettit, Props2Go, and Silkwood Mosaics.

The Houston Heights Association wants to thank ALL of its volunteers in 2008 and throughout the years for making this neighborhood a wonderful and fun place to live, work, and play. You know who you are-we’ll see you again next year-now get back to work!

Candlelight Dinner And Auction Kick-Off Party

The 2009 Kick-Off Party went off in style at Bedford, the fabulous new restaurant in the Heights! The generous investors of this exciting setting hosted the entire event with delicious hors d’oeuvres by celebrity chef Robert Gadsby and wonderful wine that flowed throughout the evening. Linda Eyles and Danae Stephenson, Co-Chairs Elect for the 2010 Home & Garden Tour, assembled a lovely party to thank the Houston Heights Association sponsors, the Tour Homeowners, and the Home & Garden Tour Committee. Also invited to this private event are the previous year’s Table Hosts, so buy your Candlelight Dinner tables now for your invitation to the 2010 Kick-Off Party.

Christine Spin, Chair of the Home & Garden Tour, thanked the crowd of over 100 for their continued support of the Heights. Chris Silkwood, President of the Houston Heights Association, invited everyone to sign up for tables to the Candlelight Dinner and Auction, to be held on Friday, April 3.

To whet the appetite for Live Auction items, two beautiful scooters were on display to show what fabulous offerings there will be at the event this year. After a wonderful evening of meeting and mingling, 18 tables had been sold for the Dinner and Auction, exceeding last year’s Kick-Off Party sales and demonstrating once again that, despite current economic concerns, Houston Heights-ites continue to support this fundraising event and their beloved neighborhood!

Restoration Meeting

The next Houston Heights Association Restoration/Historical Committee meeting to be held at 1802 Harvard St. on Thursday, April 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

One of the oldest and most historic homes in Houston Heights is located at the corner of W 18th and Harvard Streets. You have all seen it from the outside and remarked at how beautifully this one-of-a-kind country Victorian home represents the spirit of Houston Heights. It is one of the surviving landmarks of a very few homes planned by the founders of the Houston Heights. Unknown to many is the fact that plans for this lovely home came from a catalogue.

It has been on the Houston Heights Association home tours many, many times and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and as a City of Houston Landmark. Recognized by Houston Home and Garden magazine as well as many other local and national publications over the years since its restoration in 1976, it is a true gem of the Houston Heights neighborhood. These and many other historic details will be discussed at this meeting.

Exterior features of this historic property are the flowing English gardens with stylized 1920’s garden furniture and pool viewed from the interior basement plus the exotic aviary accessed and viewed from the interior kitchen and porch area. Other dominant features include the Stick and Queen Anne style tower and four stories of home. This massive home includes 20 rooms with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, dining room, parlor, library in the tower, sitting room, dressing room, kitchen with pantry, and sun porch. Porch areas and balcony surround all of these. Each of these features will be discussed including how one can restore such a magnificent historic estate in just a two-year time frame.

For those interested in great stories about an “original” Houston Heights estate home with a storied past, this meeting will be definitely one to attend. And for meeting attendees who want to see first hand what beauty and character can be gently restored and left intact in a historic Heights mansion for residential use today in just a two-year period with restoration including gas-electric light fixtures and air conditioning, do attend. This meeting has something for everyone!

Restoration/Historical Committee meetings are open to the public quarterly to learn about history and restoration in keeping with the appreciation of the historic nature of Houston Heights. Please let Committee Chairman Dean Swanson know if you have a restoration project, historical structure under restoration, or historical information or photos pertaining to the Heights to share at future meetings.

Contact Dean at 713-880-2832 or swansonad@sbcglobal.net.

Help Solve Marmion Park Mystery

Graffiti in Marmion and Donovan Parks is a continuing problem. The HHA policy concerning graffiti in the parks is to have it removed as soon as possible.

Recently, vandals put graffiti (spray paint) on two of the concrete fence columns at Marmion Park. Before we could have the graffiti removed, some “good” citizen abated the graffiti by painting over it with latex paint. If you know the person who “abated” the graffiti, please tell them not to do it again. We had to remove the latex paint before we could remove the spray paint.

“Graffiti Guy” Paul Lucia is not the person who painted over the graffiti. Abating graffiti by painting over it is a practical solution most of the time, but not in our parks.

Palm Trees Trimmed

Pedro Mora, owner of Gilbert’s Tree Service, has done it again. Many thanks go out to Pedro and his wonderful crew for trimming the palm trees at the Heights entryway at I-10 and Heights Boulevard. The trees were in desperate need of trimming, and they now look fabulous. Pedro has been a consistent contributor to our boulevard beautification and we are immensely grateful. You will see Gilbert’s Tree Service throughout our community spreading mulch, trimming trees, and in general making our gardens more beautiful. Thank you so much, Pedro, for your generous contribution.

If you’d like to extend your own special “thank you” to Gilbert’s Tree Service, please contact Pedro Mora at 832-814-3332.

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2009 Silver sponsors:

John Palmer Art

John Palmer Art

Katy Bomar Creative
Centerpoint Energy Bullseye Storage
Eclectic Home Bedford - by Robert Gadsby Chris Silkwood Mosaic Art Design

Spotlight on HHA Business Member: Cindy Wingo

Cindy is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, “The Oldest Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.” Perhaps growing up in a town that celebrated so much history is what nurtured her heart for “historic” homes and neighborhoods. Her claim to fame is that she knew many of the locals used in the movie Steel Magnolias, which was filmed in Natchitoches and is a true story.

Upon graduation from high school, Cindy attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After graduating from LSU, Cindy moved to Houston and briefly taught as a teacher for deaf and multi-handicapped students in HISD. After three years, Cindy’s career transitioned from education to commercial real estate, where she spent the next fifteen years in commercial management and leasing. In 1998, Cindy was again ready for a change, which took Cindy from commercial real estate to residential real estate. Cindy began her residential career working on the sales team of The Bayou Lofts (the Southern Pacific Building converted into condominium lofts). Later, she started selling homes all over Houston and then began her own firm in 2004. Cindy is attracted to residential real estate because buying and selling homes are very personal decisions that can be very emotional. She enjoys guiding people through these important decisions. Professionally, Cindy is very active on committees with the Houston Association of Realtors and with “HIREBA”, an independent Realtor association where she is currently serving as president.

Four years ago Cindy met the love of her life and married her husband, David Hemenway. She convinced him to move from the suburb of Katy to the Garden Oaks area of Houston, just north of Houston Heights. In their spare time they ride together on David’s Harley. Although now “retired” from long grueling bike rides, Cindy completed seven MS150 bicycle rides between Houston and Austin with the El Meson Restaurant bike team. Recently, Cindy has begun volunteering at Garden Oaks Elementary.

Cindy is very much a champion of the Heights and loves to move new young people to the Heights through her real estate business. Heights Boulevard is her favorite street. She loves to spend her time wandering through the stores in the Heights. Her house is bursting with goodies from Eclectic Home, owned by HHA’s 2008 Corporate Citizens of the Year, Dale Johnson and Colby Weems. Cindy and her husband are collectors of three Heights artists’ works: John Palmer, Chris Silkwood, and Liz Conces Spencer. She was introduced to them at Winter Street. Two favorite Heights restaurants are Shade and Collina’s on 19th Street. After eating there, Cindy works off the calories through Zumba dance exercise class at Nia Moves.

Cindy joined the Houston Heights Association as a business member in 2008. For her, being a business member means staying involved with the heart of the Heights. Cindy volunteers for the Houston Heights Spring Home Tour by serving on the auction committee. She has twice chaired the Auction committee and recruited numerous committee members to assist with this fundraising effort. Next time you see Cindy around, thank her for all she does to make the Heights a better place to live.

HPO Amendments Approved

Houston City Council has approved amendments to the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. The changes are the result of six months of intense negotiations involving builders, realtors, and preservationists. The amendments will:

• Increase the number of Houston Archaeological and Historic Commission members from 11 to 13

• Make the Director of city planning a non-voting member for purposes of making a quorum at HAHC meetings

• Require that one member of the HAHC will be a registered remodeler or builder

• Require that at least four members of the HAHC shall own or reside in a historic landmark or contributing structure in a designated historic district

• Require the HAHC to adopt a schedule of meetings and submittal deadlines

• Require an applicant for a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction to show that the lot is vacant

• Require the posting of a 4’ by 8’ sign in the front yard of any property for which an application has been filed for demolition or relocation of historic structure

• Require applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness to be complete and meet submittal deadline to be on the next HAHC agenda

• Mandate that applications for demolition followed by new construction be non-concurrent.

Due to this last change, the maximum wait for demolition of a historic structure followed by incompatible new construction would be 180 days. However, owners may avoid the additional 90-day wait by choosing compatible new construction. The best option would be to choose compatible new construction on a non-historic site. Under this scenario, there would be no wait beyond the usual permit and review process.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2009 Bronze Sponsors:

Coldwell Banker United Realtor Sterling Bank
Grogan Building Supplt Karen Derr & Associates Realty
Newton Nursery Jubilee

Heights Liquor
Metro Mart

School Notes

Reagan’s UIL Teams are continuing to bring home the trophies! Carnegie-Vanguard, Reagan, and Lamar finished first, second, and third respectively in the overall team sweepstakes out of the 16 participating high schools in the HISD UIL Academics Meet held at Lamar HS in late February.

The Reagan Jazz Band received an “Excellent, Division 2” rating at the HISD Jazz Band Competition at Waltrip HS on March 7. Luis Blanco and Eduardo Saenz won awards as outstanding soloists. Blanco and Will Primrose also represented Reagan very well as they performed with the HISD All City Jazz Band Saturday evening.

Reagan’s Math Team took First Place in “Engineering Design” at a Math/Science contest sponsored by the Gulf Coast Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (GCTAME) and the University of Houston PROMES group held at Wheatley HS in early March. This was the third straight year in which Reagan students have had impressive results at the GCTAME Math/Science contest.

Big congratulations to the Harvard Science Fair Team of fourth and fifth graders, who participated recently in a competition hosted by the Gulf Coast Chapter of NOBCChE on the campus of Texas Southern University against schools from all over Texas. For the second year in a row, a Harvard student was the Grand Champion - congratulations to fourth grader Brittany Ramirez!!!

Seven students from Hamilton MS were delighted when their Odyssey of the Mind team not only won First Place for its Long-Term Problem solution, but also took a rare “OMer Award” for outstanding performance in the Spontaneous portion of the competition held in late February. The students, Olivia Barton, Camille Colins, Leslie Jordan, Jillian Mitchell, Sam Robbins, Ivonne Trevino, and Avery Whitworth, along with their dedicated coach Paula Demasi, are now looking forward to the State level competition on March 28. The team has gone on to World competition for the past two years, and hopes to repeat again.

Donations

We extend our thanks to the following donors for their generous support for the programs of the Houston Heights Association.

Robert Burress & Tom Seymour — Boulevard

Anne & Ken Culotta — Flower Gardens

Brenda Eskelson — Boulevard & Classroom Grants

Cheri Hanemann — Boulevard

AnnMarie Johnson

Wesley & Joanne Johnson — Parks, Boulevard, & Flower Gardens

Robert & Eleanor Lane — Boulevard

Chantal & Pablo Rappi — Flower Gardens

Charles & Anne Smith — Boulevard

New Members

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

Paul Carroll

Francisco V. Diaz

Farmers Termite Management Services, Russell Farmer

Alina & Segundo Fernandez

Richard & Carmen Garcia

Thomas Gribble

Heights School of Yoga, Pam Johnson

Gerardo Juarez

Margarets Music Studio, Margaret Dennis

Jeanne OMeara

Chantal & Pablo Rappi

Andrea & Gaylord Sharp

Jerry Simoneaux

Texas State Optical, Aurea I. Rivera, O.D.

Josh Williamson

Houston Heights Association Business Members - April 2009

The print edition of the April and October issues of The Heights include a copy of our Business Directory, which lists all of the Business Members of the Houston Heights Association. A PDF copy of the April 2009 Business Directory to download and save or print is available online. (Click here.)

HHA Business Members are also listed online, updated monthly. (Click here.)

Calendar of Events for April-May 2009

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

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Candlelight Dinner & Auction, 8:00 PM, 2101 Winter St.

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Heights 1st Saturday

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

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

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HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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HHA Urban Forestry, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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Deadline for next newsletter

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13 - recycling

HHA General Meeting, District H Candidates,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station

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Restoration, 7:30 PM, 1802 Harvard

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Campout-Musicfest, 5:00 PM - 9:00 AM, Marmion Park

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HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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HHA Crime & Security, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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PIP meeting, 6:30 PM, 1602 State Street

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27 - recycling

HHA Education, 7:00 PM, 1545 Heights

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Heights 1st Saturday

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HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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Deadline for next newsletter

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11 - recycling

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

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HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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25 - recycling

HHA Education, 6:30 PM, 1545 Heights

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PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

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

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 www.historichouston.org.

Every Monday, 7:30 to 10:00 PM, Houston International Folk Dancers introductory lessons at Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th.

Through April 12, collections for May 2 “Bras and Boxers” event and display along 19th Street benefitting the American Cancer Society. For additional information on Bras and Boxers please see their site or contact Barbara Dickens, Chair of the Greater Heights Relay For Life Committee, 281-630-5120, event@rflgh.org.

Daily through April 15, Neighborhood Tax Centers prepare tax returns free for families earning less than $45,000 annually. Locations include MD Anderson YMCA at 705 Cavalcade and Spring Branch Memorial Assistance Ministries at 1625 Blalock Rd. Call 211 or visit www.neighborhood-centers.org for additional locations and hours.

April 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 - Opera in the Heights presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff at 7:30 PM in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets or more information, call 713-861-5303 or visit www.operaintheheights.org.

May 2, Travis Elementary Centennial Celebration and Parade. See article in March issue.

May 2, American Cancer Society’s “Bras and Boxers” Event. See above.

May 15 and 16, 6:00 PM, American Cancer Society’s Greater Heights Relay For Life at Delmar-Dyer Sports Complex. See article in March issue.

Future History

June 6, Heights Fun Run

October 4, Bicycle Rally

December 4-5, Holiday Home Tour

February 28, 2010, Awards Dinner

April 9-11, Spring Home Tour

April 17, HHA Camp-Out & Music Fest

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

Copyright 2009, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or submissions should be directed to:

Editor, The Heights, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, TX 77270-0735;

email editor@houstonheights.org; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Ass't Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

April contributors:

Paul Carr, Mick Chang, Diane Easley, Janice Evans-Davis, Lauriel Hindman, Genie Mims, Taylor Moore, Irene Nava, Chris Silkwood, Kelly Simmons, Christine Spin, Dean Swanson, Lanna vonBaden.