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In This Issue

Heights Fun Run - June 4

May General Meeting: Heights Kidstuff

Future General Meeting Programs

An English Country Garden Tour - May 3

Constable Notes, Graph, Statistics

Restoration/ Historical Meets June 9

Herta Glenn Memorial Garden

The Facts About Heights Deed Restrictions

Anti-Graffiti Squad Annual Paint Drive

St. Andrews Episcopal Church Receives Official Texas Historical Marker - May 1

Houston Heights Woman's Club News

Home & Garden Tour Results Are In!

Candlelight Dinner and Auction Wrap-Up

Heights Youth Art Show Winners


New Members


Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Seven, Number Five, May 2011
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2011 Heights Fun Run

Fun Run logo - running shoeLace up your running shoes and join your friends and neighbors on the boulevard for one of Houston’s most popular fun runs! The 26th annual Heights Fun Run will be Saturday, June 4, and it is sure to be a great time for the whole family.

The 5K Fun Run starts at 7:30 AM, and the 5K Walk is immediately after at 7:35 AM. The Kids’ 1K begins at 8:30 AM.

The After Race Party will begin at 8:00 AM, and it’s the perfect way to enjoy your success at completing the course. There will be music, door prizes, and awards for the top runners. And everyone will enjoy the delicious refreshments - breakfast tacos, fresh fruit, coffee, and much more! Don’t miss it!

Registration can be by mail or on-line at and through the HHA website at You can also register at Marmion Park (Heights Boulevard at 18th Street) the morning of the race. Adult registration is $25 ($15 for kids) before May 30 or $30 ($20 for kids) after May 30.

Race packets can be picked up at Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. If you can’t get your race packet then, you can pick it up at Marmion Park just before the race, from 6:15 to 7:15 AM.

child and parent running (last year)We would like to thank our generous Platinum Sponsor, Republic Services, and our Bronze Summer Sponsors, Boulevard Realty, Rampart Builders, and Linda Eyles Design, Inc., for their support of the Houston Heights Association and for making this event possible.

If you have questions regarding the race or you are interested in volunteering, email or leave a message on the Houston Heights Fun Run line at 713-861-4002, extension 4.

See you at the starting line!

May General Meeting

Heights Kidstuff: After School & Vacation Programs

Get great information for summer or after-school programs for families and kids of all ages (young, elementary, middle school, pre-teens, or teens)! Great opportunities for learning and play abound in and near our neighborhood. Join HHA’s Education Committee to meet the folks from HITS, Stages, the Heights Library, Scouts, Outdoor Nature programs, Houston Family Magazine, and more.

Doors open at 6:30 PM on May 9 at the HHA Fire Station at 12th & Yale. Everyone is invited for refreshments and to mix and mingle. The program commences at 7:00 PM.

Future General Meeting Programs

June, Heights Trails to Trees: Houston Parks Board on trails, City Urban Forestry on trees, drought, mulch, and more

July, Mayor Parker

August, Heights Sports Fans: Harris County - Houston Sports Authority Director, Houston Dynamo President

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2011 Platinum sponsor:

Republic Services

An English Country Garden Tour -
Texas Native Style!

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
no culture comparable to that of the garden…
But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”
- Thomas Jefferson, Garden Book, 1811

The next Urban Forestry Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 PM at 1646 Harvard. The owners of Ravenscourt Landscaping are opening their personal garden gate for a special tour of their carefully cultivated English Style Garden composed of Houston-acclimated plants. The side yard is a mixture of shade-tolerant plants in what many refer to as a Louisiana-style garden.

You are invited for a tour with garden designer Laurin Lindsey & garden expert Shawn Schlachter. Everyone is welcome.

Since 2005, the HHA Urban Forestry Committee has been celebrating our neighborhoods unique Urban Forest of mature trees and native plant gardens - habitat for migratory birds, native wildlife, and neighbors! Over the past two years, on the first Tuesday of the month, Heights neighbors with wonderful gardens and/or great trees have opened their garden gates for special garden tours.

For more information about the Urban Forestry Committee, please visit their page on the HHA website. Guest Gardeners, Ravenscourt Landscaping.

Have a suggestion for a Great Tree or Native Garden to tour on the first Tuesday of the Month? Please contact us by email at

Restoration in June

The next Houston Heights Association Restoration/Historical Committee meeting will be held at the historic Marshall-Kennedy house at 1122 Harvard Street on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30-9:30 PM.

If you are a history buff or just like to visit outstanding examples of historic Houston Heights properties, we have a treat for you to visit in June. You will be visiting a classic architectural example of a simple two-story Queen Anne home with Eastlake influences at the Marshall-Kennedy house at 1122 Harvard Street. The structure sits on a generous lot surrounded by large trees and gardens. The house was built in 1901 by Mr. Kennedy, one-time manager of the early Houston Heights Hotel. The Kennedy family occupied the house until 1960, making several modifications through the years such as shingling over the clapboard, enclosing the second story front porch, and moving the kitchen from its original location to an addition. The original wood shingle roof was also replaced when the house caught fire after the turn of the century.

Since 1960, a succession of four families has owned the home, including the present owners. The house underwent a modest renovation in the early 1980’s and was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The present owners undertook a second, very exhaustive restoration with addition between 2005 and 2006. The house was stripped of all earlier modifications, and it was expanded from 1960 square feet to 3100 square feet to accommodate a large family. Key additions included a new kitchen, master bedroom, two-story garage, bathrooms, and closet space. Additionally, garden structures and a cedar greenhouse were added to the backyard.

Enormous efforts were taken in this latest project to integrate the historic features of the house with modern sensibilities. Paint was stripped from the wood trim down to the original varnished finish. Replacement window trim was custom-milled from antique pine boards and flooring which were removed from salvage of other turn-of-the century homes. Lights for the kitchen were obtained from an old warehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the dining room chandelier from an old alleywalk in Paris. Additionally, antique doors and windows were installed in as many areas as possible.

Soon after the renovation was completed, the house was added to the City of Houston Historic Landmarks register. Do plan to attend this meeting.

The Houston Heights Restoration/Historical Committee meetings are open to the public bimonthly to learn about history and restoration in keeping with an appreciation of the historic nature of Houston Heights. If you have a restoration project, historical structure under restoration, or historical information or photos pertaining to the Heights to share at future meetings, please contact Chairman Dean Swanson, 713-880-2832 or

Herta Glenn Memorial Garden

Have you noticed the fresh planting on the 1300 block of Heights Boulevard esplanade across from the library? A recent donation to HHA has allowed us to restore this garden to the original concept. When the water main that runs down Heights Boulevard was replaced a few years ago, the 1300 block watering system was not reconnected. Without consistent watering, the garden slowly declined. Late last year, with the help of Laura Thorp in Councilman Gonzalez’s office, Public Works restored water to this block.

This garden was planted in memory of Herta Clasing Glenn (July 30, 1937 - March 22, 1986). It was her request to be remembered in this way. Her husband, Carvel Glenn, designed the garden after her death. Chris Silkwood arranged with the City of Houston to allow its construction on the Boulevard. Herta’s many friends donated the funds in her honor for the materials and plants. Neighbors and friends helped Carvel place the major boulders of the rock garden.

Carvel designed the garden to be appreciated in several ways. The design of the garden, as well as choice of materials and plants, symbolize Herta’s life with Carvel and highlight connections between the departed and those left behind. The raised-bed rock garden is meant to be seen at three scales: as a pleasant landscape feature in Heights Boulevard for cars and library visitors (high speed or at-a-distance), as a milestone for joggers and walkers, or as a quiet meditation space.

Overall plan: The thirty-foot by sixty-foot rectangle faces the Library with a semi-circle of bamboo mirroring the azalea bed in front of the Heights library. It is a raised (tilted) bed, in the Victorian style, nodding toward the Library and visible from the street. The bamboo hedge separates “front” from “back” and shelters the view from the funeral home. The garden plan has many elements with hidden meaning, such as the circle inside of semi-circle that suggests looking up to heaven and the yin/yang circle that sets up the duality of life and afterlife. A photo book explaining the garden should be available at the library later this month.

Take time out to walk around the garden and discover it for yourself!

The Facts About Houston Heights
Deed Restrictions

Houston Heights was incorporated as a separate municipality before 1900 and is recognized by the property code as historic. Because of this and its location in Houston and Harris County, Chapter 208 of the State Property Code defines specific deed restriction procedures that apply only to Houston Heights. Chapter 208 places the responsibility for drafting deed restrictions with the Houston Heights Association (HHA) as the historic neighborhood association and specifies how the deed restrictions can be initiated, maintained, amended, or terminated.

Heights deed restrictions relate to individually owned parcels or tracts, and the neighborhood preservation association, the HHA, is delegated to enforce the restrictive covenants. The restrictions can only be amended if 75% of the owners voting on the issue approve. Ownership of the property may change but the deed restrictions, once approved, are tied to the land.

As only some of the owners in the Heights have applied to have their property deed restricted, there are no blanket deed restrictions, as found in neighboring sub-divisions like Norhill Heights, Woodland Heights, Garden Oaks, or Timbergrove.

The most important Heights Deed Restrictions specify how the land can be used, the number of dwellings that can be constructed related to the size of a specific lot, required setbacks from the site boundaries and the maximum height of buildings. There are no deed restrictions on demolition, form, style, or materials that affect any building that is not located in a protected historic district.

The current deed restriction document can be found on the Houston Heights Association website. Heights homeowners or prospective purchasers can check existing Heights deed restriction by viewing the Heights Deed Restricted Properties listing on the website. This includes a partial listing; for official confirmation they, or their title company, can do a search at the Harris County Clerk’s office, 201 Caroline Street #400, Houston TX 77002-1901 (713-755-6411).

Constable Notes

Harris County Precinct 1 has endured budget cuts, laying off 50 constables and placing new constable contracts on hold. What is the impact of these cuts on the Houston Heights constable contract? None; our contract is being honored. There will be no disruption in service.

In fact, it’s time for residents and businesses to renew their subscriptions to the Heights constable program for the period of July 1 through Dec 31, 2011. Thank you to our subscribers who make this program possible. Not a subscriber? It’s easy, see below for payment options. Our goal is to have 725 subscribers by June 1. The price for this six-month period is still $155, the same as the first six months of 2011.

Subscriber benefits:

  • Contact number for Constable dispatch
  • Vacation watches by phone or fax
  • Free home security inspection
  • Yard Sign

The graph below shows crime statistics for the area patrolled by the Harris County Precinct 1 Constables hired by the Heights Constable Program. Since the two additional constables were added in March and July of 2010, thefts have been consistently lower than in the past. Thirty-seven thefts is too many, but it is the lowest number of incidents since June 2009, which is how far back the Houston Police Department’s current system allows us to look. All three types of crimes are trending down. While there are many factors involved in crime rates, these slow but consistent improvements are not being seen in all areas of the city. We believe the program is having a positive impact.graph of crime trends (click to enlarge)

(Click on graph to enlarge.)

If you don’t have a Constable yard sign, you can contact heightspatrol to get yours now. To pay online, click here. If you prefer to pay by check, please use the coupon in the print edition of this issue (click here).

Constable Statistics

Feb. Mar.
Total Arrests 0 37
Citizen Arrests 2 0
Citizen Contacts 124 124
Vacation Watches 145 244
Court Citations 34 61
Alarm Responses 13 9
Suspicious Vehicles 47 76
Park Checks 122 113
Disturbances 7 11
Major Accidents 0 3
Criminal Offenses 1 9
Miles Patrolled 2,581 2,801


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

  • Stephen Brossart & Gerrod George - Firestation Endowment
  • Roz Bruder
  • Bob & Sue Burleson - Firestation Endowment
  • Pat & Jerry Eversole - Boulevard Maintenance
  • Frizzell Group International - Boulevard Maintenance
  • GDF Suez Energy North America - matching gift of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons
  • Carvel Glenn - Boulevard Maintenance
  • Lauriel Hindman - Rose Garden in honor of volunteers Pat Hall, Stacey Courville, and Shawn Schlachter of Ravenscourt Landscaping
  • Andy MacPhillimy & Lois Sutton - Boulevard Maintenance
  • John Pavlicek - Boulevard Maintenance
  • Charles & Anne Smith - Flower Gardens
  • Susan Wedelich
  • Alan & Leslie Wong - Boulevard Beautification & Maintenance

New Members

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

  • Christina Amos
  • Catherine Anspon
  • Kathleen Bethune
  • Susan Brady & Nicolas Chazalnoel
  • Kenneth & Donna Conly
  • Divine Destinations, Inc., William & Connie Cole
  • Carl Doby
  • Rose & Rich Frasher
  • Crystal & Greg Frommert
  • Ginny & Mike Fullerton
  • David Honeycutt
  • Jolie Vue Farms, Honi & Glen Boudreaux
  • Eelco Jorritsma & Maartje Van Krieken
  • Jean Hsieh & Aurelien Pierce
  • Melissa & Jack Ledford
  • Kate Mask
  • Taggert Mayfield
  • The Meadows
  • My Fit Foods, Talybra Hollins
  • Jesse & Meghann Myers
  • Kristin & Joseph Netherland
  • Dennis O’Brien
  • Sara Parrish
  • Verna Ray & Dan Breaux
  • Laura & Ryan Ruppert
  • Jennifer & John Stevens
  • David Tipps & Mary Cramer
  • Joseph & Susan Townley
  • Brian & Heather Trachtenberg
  • Weddings in Houston, Vik Day
  • Susan Wedelich
  • Urban Western, James Jackson
  • Daniela White, M.D.
  • Bruce Wilcoxon
  • Chuck Yates

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2011 Silver Sponsors:

Rita & Jerred Blanchard CenterPoint Energy\ Anne & Ken Culotta
UBS: Richard Markey Buchanan's Native Plants
eclectic Home Lucas Craftsmanship Inc. Phil's Texas Barbecue

Anti-Graffiti Squad Annual Paint Drive

Paul Luccia and his signOn Saturday, May 7, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon, the Heights Anti-Graffiti Squad will be having their annual paint drive and fundraiser at the corner of 13th & Heights Blvd, just outside the Heights Library.

Bring your gently used latex paint, cans of spray paint, and clean 5-gallon buckets to be used in the Squad’s grime-fighting efforts. Monetary donations will be accepted and can also be made through the Houston Heights Association web site.

This is an all-volunteer effort supported solely by donations from people like you and the hard work of our neighbor Paul Luccia. For the last 6 years, he has been abating the graffiti found in the Heights and our surrounding neighborhoods. The 13 square miles covered are from 610 to I-10, from I-45 to Durham.

If you never thought the Heights had a graffiti problem, this is why. Stop by Saturday morning to do your part in keeping our neighborhood looking beautiful.

Houston Heights Woman’s Club News

The Literary Club will meet Wednesday, May 11, at 7:00 PM at the HHWC Clubhouse, located at 1846 Harvard. The book selection is Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff. Ellen Harrison will lead the discussion.

Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM, is the Founder’s Day celebration for the Houston Heights Woman’s Club. Festivities will be held at the HHWC clubhouse. The Hortense Ward Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving female Texas law student in celebration of the founding of the club. Hortense Ward, HHWC founder, passed the Texas bar exam in 1910 and became the first woman admitted to the Texas state bar. In 1915, she became the first southern woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court.

The HHWC is hosting their first Salsa Night on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 PM. That’s right! HHWC members, grab a partner and get ready to salsa the night away at the club - they’ve arranged for a private dance instructor! There will be a $5 per person charge to cover cost of refreshments. Should be one hot night! Ay caramba! Please RSVP to Hilary Parr Cobb at or 713-515-8552 by May 19 if you would like to attend this event. Reservations are limited.

St. Andrews Episcopal Church Receives Official Texas Historical Marker

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the St. Andrews Episcopal Church congregation as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors the church as an important and educational part of local history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at the church on Sunday, May 1, 2011, 12:30 PM at 1819 Heights Boulevard. The Harris County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event.

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2011 Bronze Sponsors:

Allegiance Bank Texas Bob Alban Design & Ideas Boulevard Realty
Bungalow Revival Caldwell Banker United Realtors EEPB P.C.
Heights Liquor on 11th Jubilee PrimeWay Federal Credit Union
Chris Silkwood Mosaics Art Design spring street studios Tommy Vaughn Ford

Home & Garden Tour Results Are In!

The Houston Heights Association’s Home & Garden Tour is officially over, and it was a huge success - from both the perspective of fun and proceeds raised! People arrived from all over the city and beyond to see this year’s sampling of the neighborhood’s beautiful homes and gardens. Friday night’s Candlelight Dinner was filled to capacity, and the auction once again broke all previous records. When all was said and done, this event netted over $120,000 for the Houston Heights Association, so plan on seeing some extra special work being accomplished this year with those proceeds.

Thanks to the dedicated committee, the many talented volunteers, the gracious homeowners, and the generous businesses that pulled it all together. Please take a look at the following lists of committee members and contributors, without whom we could not have accomplished so much.

detail from logo artwork

The Contributors

BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY candlelight dinner wine

BUCHANAN’S NATIVE PLANTS kick-off party guest gifts

CHRISTINE TREMOULET event photography

ECLECTIC HOME candlelight dinner guest gifts

HEIGHTS LIQUOR ON 11TH specialty “Twister” cocktails

JUBILEE IN THE HEIGHTS candlelight dinner decor

KRAFTSMEN BAKING committee breakfast

LITTLE MISS CUPCAKE emergency sugar

MASSOUD’S CATERING candlelight dinner catering


MINUTE MAID refreshments

NEWTON NURSERY candlelight dinner décor

PATRICK PALMER featured artist

PHIL’S TEXAS BARBECUE kick-off party host

SIGN-A-RAMA signage

JON DEAL, SPRING STREET STUDIOS candlelight dinner venue


SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY candlelight dinner brew





Cohen houseBohnn-Green house

The Committee

Executive And Dinner Chairs: Denise Martin, Chris Silkwood, and Kelly Simmons

Executive Chairs-Elect: Hilary Parr Cobb, Gilbert Perez, and Lina Fairview

Steering Committee: Linda Eyles, Danae Stephenson, and Diane Easley

Home & Garden Tour Chairs: Jan Cottage and Sandy Steitz

Candlelight Dinner Chairs-Elect: Marylou Erbland, Gayle Klaybor, and Elizabeth Poirrier

Auction Chairs: Janet Buchheit, Kit Davis, and Beth Martin

Kick-Off Party Chairs: Linda Eyles and Danae Stephenson

Collateral Design Chair: Bob Alban

Candlelight Dinner Design: Kristal Kirksey and Ellen Newcaster

Shuttle Directors: Carol & Angelos Sofianopoulos

Program Ad Sales: Anne Culotta

Floral Design Chairs: Rita Blanchard and Molly Blanchard

Candlelight Dinner Media Production: Katy Bomar and Suzie Jennings

Dinner Guest List and Phones Manager: Donna Bennett

Program Designer: Paula Collins, Boulevard Realty

Table Setting Coordinator: Chris Silkwood

Ticket Sales Coordinator, Booties, Name Tags: Joy Stapp

Master Of Ceremonies: Anne Culotta

Auctioneers: Simon Eyles and Martin Piké

Auction Committee: June Barth, Rita Blanchard, Anne Culotta, Suzie Jennings, Ellen Newcaster, Pamela O’Brien, Martha Pieratt, Julie Pettit, Nicole Ridgway, Liz Conces Spencer, Carol Welter

Marketing Directors: Robin Franklin and Honi Knowles

Directors Of Operations: Mary & Paul Carr

Willis houseVaughn house

The Homeowners And Head Docents

726 E. 8th Street

  • Homeowners: Wanda & Mark Cohen
  • Head Docents: Natalye Appel and Stuart Smith

945 Columbia

  • Homeowners: Brett Bohnn and Bill Green
  • Head Docents: Benjamin Graham and Holly Simmons

711 E. 19th Street

  • Homeowners: Dawnia & Darryl Willis
  • Head Docents: Sue & Bob Burleson

1802 Cortlandt

  • Homeowners: Gena & Michael Vaughn
  • Head Docents: Jeannine Coffey and Mitzi Mickolas

247 W. 21st Street

  • Homeowners: Annie and Gary Sitton
  • Head Docents: Pen Morrison, Paula Swain, and Penny Fiederlein

1401 Herkimer

  • Homeowners: Nick Eronko and Gilbert Perez
  • Head Docent: Hilary Parr Cobb

15th & Cortlandt Streets

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church

Final Thanks

Thanks also go out to our 2011 Spring Sponsors listed here in the Newsletter. Their support allows us to produce this very important fundraising event. And a big thanks to those of you who attend the events and continue to make them a huge success.

"Bunny" houseEronko-Perez houseImmanuel Lutheran interior

Candlelight Dinner and Auction Wrap-Up

The Candlelight Dinner was magnificent this year, with appearances of characters from The Wizard of Oz movie (by Red Door Productions) - some on stilts reaching 10-12 feet tall - the good and bad witch puppeteers (by Puppet Pizzazz), and a spectacular media production and music playlist by Katy Bomar and Suzie Jennings. The funky warehouse locale of Spring Street Studios was transformed into the Land of Oz by the wizardry of Kristal Kirksey and Ellen Newcaster, featuring a sea of emerald green, ruby red slippers, wicked witches, poppies, and of course, flying monkeys. Eclectic Home dazzled us again with a beautiful glass sculpture keepsake gift for each guest.

view of venue and crowd

flying monkeys projected on the wall

Wicked Witch stiltwalker (partial view)

Anne Culotta led the evening’s presentation with her own style of humor that we all love, including a rather unusual rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Auctioneers Simon Eyles and Martin Piké raised over $30,000 in the live auction, where smelling salts had to be used on Simon after one piece of art was purchased for $17,000 after a vigorous back-and-forth bidding battle between two prominent Heights benefactors.

Simon Eyles auctioning logo John Palmer artwork

The silent auction netted an additional $63,000 for the ’hood, under the guidance of Auction Chairs Janet Buchheit, Kit Davis, and Beth Martin and their amazing committee. We would like to thank the auction donors listed below for supporting the Houston Heights Association and its many endeavors:

  • 14 Pews
  • Adam Nyholt, Photographer
  • Addie Ann Spicer & Brian Tamplen
  • Alan & Tricia Ratliff
  • Alden Hotel
  • Alley Theatre
  • Allie Kay Stained Glass & More
  • Andy’s Home Café
  • Anne & Ken Culotta
  • Anne-Joelle Galley
  • Another Place in Time
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Archway Gallery
  • Area
  • Arnold van Ek
  • Arturo Rodriguez & Joe Albert Diaz
  • August Antiques
  • Behind the Garden Gate
  • Bella Terra Landscape Resources
  • Bering Art Collective
  • Berryhill in the Heights
  • Bespoke by GJCD
  • Beth Martin
  • Betsy Evans
  • Big Mamou
  • Bliss on 19th
  • Block 7 Wine Company
  • Blue Line Bikes
  • Brickmoon Design
  • Buchanan’s Native Plants
  • Bungalow Fitness
  • Byron & Julie Pettit
  • Canopy Restaurant
  • Carol McKee
  • Carol Welter
  • Catherine Anspon
  • Central Houston Animal Hospital
  • Chatters Café and Bistro
  • Cheri L. Randolph
  • Cheryl Tamborello
  • China Baroque
  • Chris Silkwood
  • Cindy Blass
  • Collina’s
  • Contents
  • Continental Airlines
  • Cookie Wells
  • Cosa Bella Salon & Day Spa
  • Cotton Club Collection
  • Dacapo’s Pastry Café
  • Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké
  • Daniel Impastato
  • Darla Hartman
  • David, Etc.
  • De Petra - Art in Jewelry
  • Denise Martin & Anita Goff
  • Devon Moore
  • Diane & Mike Easley
  • Diane Easley
  • dianne k. webb
  • Dogtopia of Houston
  • Donna Bennett
  • Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel - Austin
  • Dr. Anna Constantini
  • Dr. Ron Outen, Ph.D
  • Dragon Bowl
  • Dramatika Framing
  • Elizabeth Cole
  • Ellen Newcaster
  • Eric Slough
  • Erica Del Gardo Jewelry Designs
  • Eye Contact
  • Firestone
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Friends of the Heights
  • G.D. Hartley Remodeling
  • Gabriel Tran Photography
  • Gabriella Nissen Photography
  • Gary Mosley - The Creek Group
  • Gatlins BBQ Catering
  • Gene Hester
  • George Hixson
  • George Rodrigue Foundation
  • Gilbert Perez
  • Grace Hart
  • Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan
  • Greg Kolanowski
  • Hair by Shara
  • Hall & Hall Upholstery
  • Harmony Electric Co.
  • Harolds in the Heights
  • Heather Yoki-Sanchez
  • Heights Asian Café
  • Heights Cigar Lounge
  • Heights Pages
  • Heights Salon
  • Heights Tribune
  • Heights Veterinary Clinic
  • Helen Peter Fine Art
  • Hickory Hollow
  • Hot Mama Photography by Christine Tremoulet
  • Houston Ballet
  • Houston Dairymaids
  • Houston Heights Woman’s Club
  • J. Harding & Co.
  • James Myres
  • Jan & Christine Spin
  • Jan & Paul Cottage
  • Jane Eifler
  • Janet & Tom Buchheit
  • Janet Wayte
  • Java Java
  • Jennifer Klein Physical Theraphy
  • Jerred & Rita Blanchard
  • Jerrie Glidden
  • Jewels by Jules
  • Jim Bennett
  • Jim N. Hill
  • Joe Gonzalez
  • Joe Holton
  • Joe Mancuso
  • John DeMers
  • John Henry Childs
  • John Newcaster
  • John Stokes
  • Joshua’s Inside Outside
  • Juan’s Gallery
  • Jubilee
  • Judith Ann Jewels
  • Julie Pettit
  • Katie Beirne
  • Katy Bomar & John Childs
  • Keith Crane
  • Kelly Simmons
  • Kermit Eisenhut
  • Kiki Neumann
  • Kim & Greg Kolanowski
  • Kim Taurins
  • King & Spalding, LLP
  • Kit Davis
  • Kwik Kopy Printing/Waugh
  • Kyle Kubin
  • La Paz Day SPA
  • Larry Garmezy
  • Larry McEntire
  • Laura Lopez
  • Linda Eyles
  • Linda Eyles Design, Inc.
  • Lindsey Lee & Deb Rouse
  • Little Miss Cupcake
  • Liz Conces Spencer
  • Lola
  • LoveJoy’s Antiques & Collectibles
  • Marguerite Swanson
  • Maris Salmins
  • Mark Bradford
  • Mark Roland
  • Mark Wassell
  • Marsha Solomon Harris
  • Martha Pieratt
  • Martin Piké Custom Clothing
  • Mary Lawton
  • Massoud’s
  • Matthew Menger
  • Mercader Antiques
  • Michael Arcieri
  • Michael J. Streitmann, MD, F.A.C.S.
  • Mireille Hassenboehler-Patman
  • Mission Burrito
  • Montrose Nails
  • My Dog & Me
  • Nails by Mary
  • Nancy Nalence
  • Navid Ghedami
  • Neiman Marcus Houston
  • Nia Moves
  • Nicola Parente
  • Nicole Ridgway
  • Niko Nikos
  • Norton Ditto
  • Opera in the Heights
  • OurBlok-Heights
  • Pam August
  • Patrick Palmer
  • Paula Hawkin
  • Peck & Co.
  • Peggy Port
  • Pen Morrison
  • Personal Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Phil’s Texas Barbecue
  • Pictures Plus
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Pinks Pizza
  • Piyali Sen Dasgupta
  • Ravenscourt Landscaping
  • Rehd Gonzales
  • Renaissance Wine Marketing, LLC
  • Retropolis
  • Richard Fluhr
  • Richard McCarley
  • Richard Varela
  • Rick McWhorter
  • Riva’s
  • Room Redo
  • Sally Stubbs
  • Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino
  • Sandra York
  • Sands Stiefer
  • Sara’s Bed and Breakfast
  • Scott E. Rozzell
  • Shade
  • Sharon Kopriva
  • Sheila & Art Tybor
  • Shine in the Heights
  • Silverthread Designs
  • Simon Eyles
  • Solomon Kane
  • Sorrento Ristorante
  • Stella Sola
  • Steve Ista
  • Stronglandscaping
  • Sue Burleson
  • Susan Plum
  • Sweet Tea Café
  • Taft McWhorter
  • Tanna Bennett
  • The Boom Boom Room
  • The Creative Branch
  • The Glass Wall Restaurant
  • The Lift
  • The Nice Winery
  • The Pink Pokka Dot
  • The Wax Spot
  • Todd August
  • Tootsies
  • Totally Tactile Designs
  • Urban Jungle Self Defense
  • Van McFarland
  • Venus Hair
  • White Salon & Skin Care Center
  • William H. Miller
  • Women of Wine
  • Write Now!
  • Yale Street Grill
  • Your Body Center
  • Yucha Pak
  • Zelko Bistro
Anne Culotta as MC, bicycle in foreground

Simon Eyles auctioning logo John Palmer artwork (closer)

Martin Piké auctioning metal sculpture

President Bill Baldwin making opeing remarks

quilt made of classic Heights t-shirts

table with bottle-cap top

silent auction view 1 with owl pillow

silent auction view 2 with chair and lamp

table with top and sides carved as a jigsaw puzzle

2011 Heights Youth Art Show Winners

This year’s Youth Art Show, held in conjunction with the Spring Home & Garden Tour, was a resounding success with many wonderful art pieces submitted by students who attend our local Heights schools. Following the judging, participating art teachers and students were invited to view the winning artwork at an evening reception at the Fire Station. The judges recognized the following for their excellent and inspiring work!

Best Of Show

  • Eduardo Castro (Reagan HS)


  • 1st: Arieli Ruiz (Helms)
  • 2nd: Jessamine Sullivan (Helms)
  • 3rd: Citali Arizoli (Love)
  • Honorable Mention: Mariah Lazano (Helms), Eduardo Berrera (Love)

Middle School (all attend Hamilton MS)

  • 1st: Jackie Aguilar
  • 2nd: Miguel Grenier
  • 3rd: Austin Warren
  • Honorable Mention: Kostas Vastakis, Mariah Hernandez

High School (all attend Reagan HS)

  • 1st: Eric Perez
  • 2nd: Shelby Sampson
  • 3rd: Jennifer Layer
  • Honorable Mention: Kenneth Marroquin, Monica Zavala

Calendar of Events for May-June 2011









Lemonade Day all around town, 10:00 - 2:00 in Donovan Park (see Community Calendar)


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


Urban Forestry Garden Tour, 7:00 PM, 1646 Harvard


5 - garbage

Deadline for next newsletter



Anti-Graffiti Paint Drive, 8:00 - 12:00, Heights Library


Mother’s Day


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



12 - garbage and recycling





HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Greater Heights SNC (SN15), 6:30 PM, Fire Station


19 - garbage





HHA Education Committee, 7:00 PM, Fire Station



PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

26 - garbage and recycling





Memorial Day


June 1

2 - garbage



Heights Fun Run, 7:30 AM, on the Boulevard


Deadline for next newsletter


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



9 - garbage and recycling

Restoration Committee, 7:30-9:30 PM, 1122 Harvard





HHA General Meeting, “Trails to Trees,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



16 - garbage





HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Greater Heights SNC (SN15), 6:30 PM, Fire Station


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

23 - garbage and recycling





HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



30 - garbage

July 1


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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse will be closing soon. See for details.

Through May 1, 2:00 PM, UpStage Theatre presents “Too Many Beagles” at Miller Outdoor Theater, saluting and benefitting rescue organizations. For more information or tickets, call 713-838-9171 or visit

May 1 is Lemonade Day across the nation. Donovan Park will be open for kids to put up stands in the park, courtesy of John Daugherty Realtors and the Houston Heights Association. Suggested hours at Donovan Park are 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Kids citywide are being encouraged to set up lemonade stands, and adults are encouraged to patronize them. Heights Blvd and Donovan Park will be featured in Houston. This event introduces kids to entrepreneurship. For more information or to register a stand, visit

May 7, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital offers free skin cancer screenings at their Radiation Therapy Center, 2491 South Braeswood at Kirby. For more information, call 832-355-3490 or visit

Future History

October 2, Bicycle Rally

December 2-3, Holiday Home Tour

December 5-7, Holiday Basket Preparation and Delivery


February 26, Awards Dinner

April 5-7, Spring Home Tour

June 2, Heights Fun Run

At The Fire Station

Events at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, 12th and Yale

The second Monday, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and the last Monday of the month, 8:00 AM to noon, the City Council District H Satellite Office is open at the east (office) door.

Heavy Trash Notes

May is a “Tree Waste Only” month; June is a “Junk Waste” month. For dates in your area and more information, visit the City of Houston Solid Waste website.

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

Copyright © 2011, 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; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

May contributors:

Stephanie Babb, Jim Bennett, Angela DeWree, Linda Eyles, Carvel Glenn, Lauriel Hindman, Paul Luccia, John Ridgway, Kelly Simmons, Jonathan Smulian, Dean Swanson, Robin Swinney, Lanna vonBaden, Maureen Weyel.

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