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In This Issue

General Meeting: "Healthy Living" - March 12

Home & Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner & Auction - April 13, 14, 15

Mark The Date: Happy Hour - March 29

Education Committee: Arts Outreach

Homes Featured on the Spring Home & Garden Tour

Home Tour Volunteers Needed!

Auction Keepsake Program Ads

Heights Fun Run - June 7

Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner: And the Winners Are...

Citizen of the Year: Bill Baldwin

Corporate Citizen of the Year: Bungalow Fitness

Marcella Perry Award: Heights Rotary Club

President's Award: Kelly Simmons

Rising Star Award: Kit Davis

Special "Hurry Home" Award: Jan & Paul Cottage

Community Improvement Awards:

Commercial New Construction: The Dentists at 650 Heights Blvd.

Commercial Renovation: Tacas A GoGo, 2912 White Oak

Residential New Construction: 604 East 21st

Residential Renovation: 1123 Ashland

Constable Statistics

Donations

New Members

Other Neighborhood Organizations:

Helms Elementary Silent Auction

Help The Reagan Band Get To DC

Woman's Club Luncheon to be Rescheduled

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Three, March 2012
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2012 Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner & Auction

“Opening Doors - The Key to Our Future is Hinged on Our Past”

The Houston Heights Association is pleased to announce plans for the 2012 Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour and the Candlelight Dinner & Auction. Mark the calendar now for these not-to-be-missed annual events that are a long-time tradition in Houston Heights, one of the area’s oldest and most cherished neighborhoods.

Candlelight Dinner & Auction - Friday, April 13

The 2012 Candlelight Dinner & Auction will be held Friday, April 13, at THE LODGE, 1435 Beall Street in the Heights. Often referred to as Houston Heights’ social event of the year, the evening begins with a preview of the tour homes from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (before they are opened to the public that weekend) and a fabulous and fun night of fine dining, open bar, and spectacular live and silent auctions.

The featured artist this year is J. Antonio Farfan, who was born in Mexico, educated at University of Houston, and has done independent study in Paris, France, and New York City. Farfan has created a stunning 5’ x 5’ oil-and-acrylic-on-linen work to be offered to the highest bidder in the Live Auction. His work can be viewed at www.jantoniofarfan.com.

A new feature this year, the After Hours Party, will take the fun into the wee hours with a raffle, a local band and dancing. More information is available on the Candlelight Dinner page.

Home & Garden Tour - Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15

The Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM each day. Featured this year are six outstanding homes and gardens, all within walking distance of the hike and bike trails. Each of the homes - five historic and one recently constructed - reflects the unique character and architecture of this charming neighborhood, with its inviting tree-lined streets, antique and vintage clothing shops, eclectic boutiques, and world-class restaurants.

Please see the article below for descriptions and photos of the homes.

Tickets

Candlelight Dinner & Auction tickets are $125 individually (open seating) and $1250 for a reserved table for ten. Invitations are mailed out for this popular sell-out event in March 2012 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis up to 500 guests. Visit the Candlelight Dinner page to get your tickets early.

Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour tickets will be available soon online at the Home Tour page and at local merchant locations to be announced soon; they are $20 each when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on the days of the tour are $25 at the Heights Fire Station (Yale & 12th Streets), at Comerica Bank (414 W. 19th Street), and at each home on tour. Tickets for individual homes are available for $5 at each home. Blocks of 10 tickets will be available online only for $175.

Credit card payments may be made anytime online at www.houstonheights.org or at the Heights Fire Station or Comerica Bank on the days of the tour. All other locations (including the tour homes) will only accept cash or checks. Tickets purchased online may be picked up at the Heights Fire Station.

Luxury bus shuttles to all of the homes, included in the ticket price, will be standing by at the Heights Fire Station and at Comerica Bank, where parking is available.

Proceeds

All proceeds from these events are used toward beautification efforts, local educational projects, and property and park maintenance, improvements, and preservation.

More Information

Find up-to-date information on these events at the Home Tour page on the Candlelight Dinner page or call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002. Event email contacts are candlelightdinner@houstonheights.org and springtour@houstonheights.org.

General Meeting

The March General Meeting for the Houston Heights Association will feature Jeff Kaplan of New Living (newliving.net) providing an update on healthy living in our urban environment. Jeff will be speaking on a wide range of topics from non-toxic paints, bedding, and consumer choices to solar options to locally grown foods and consumer products for your home. New Living is helping to redefine the way we live, work, and play in our city both today and in the future. Jeff is an exciting and enthusiastic speaker, and you won’t want to miss hearing him. Join us at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 12.

Coming up in April, our new District C City Council Member Ellen Cohen will be joining us to discuss the state of the neighborhood.

Mark The Date: Happy Hour!

March 29, Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for general membership, business members, and guests! Place to be determined. Watch your email for details!

Education Committee: Arts Outreach

“A is for Arts” continues to be a rousing success, with 100 students from Field, Helms, and Love Elementary schools participating in workshops held at Field Elementary on Saturday, February 4. Five local artists - Carol McKee, Matt Messinger, Paula Hawkins, Réné Cruz, and Aimee Jones - provided fascinating art projects for the students which included “film set” shadow boxes, collages on wood using various materials, masks and artwork made from paper plates, stencil prints using styrofoam and paint, and mixed media made from small household items. Local neighbors pitched in to provide free lunch for all the students, artists, and parent volunteers. Lindsey Lee, 2012 HHA President, stopped in as well. A great time was had by all!!

Instead of the Youth Art Show normally held in conjunction with the Spring Home and Garden Tour, the Education Committee is partnering with Air Alliance Houston to display the winners of its 4th Annual Art Contest for Earth Day Houston 2012. The contest was open to third- through eighth-grade students across Houston, and included entries from Heights-area Helms Elementary, Crockett Elementary, and Hamilton Middle School. Prizes were awarded for the overall winner as well as first-, second-, and third-place winners from each grade. You are invited to see this amazing artwork at Earth Day Houston 2012 on April 7 at Discovery Green, and then at the Heights Fire Station during the Home Tour April 14 and 15. For more information on the art contest, visit www.earthdayhouston.org.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012 Platinum sponsor:

Republic Services

Homes Featured on the 2012 Spring Home & Garden Tour

Purday/Coon Home - 1109 Oxford

This home sports a modern design, yet reflects many of the popular trends from the early 1900s. One can see hints of Bauhaus and Frank Lloyd Wright and many aspects ascribed to early modernism. The use of natural stone on the exterior columns and the abundance of cedar - on the trellis over the balconies, on the patio ceilings, and the garage door - offer a warm welcome, blending beautifully with adjacent buildings and the historic neighborhood. The unique design and finish are matched with the ultimate in energy efficiency and the use of renewable materials.

Mueller Home - 941 Cortlandt

A sense of neighborhood and community is what drew the homeowner to Houston Heights. The 1920s Bungalow Style home was once three apartments, which Bruce Roadcap Architecture and Lucas Craftsmanship Inc. redesigned and renovated to express the owner’s life - from her formative years in South Dakota to her travels through Russia and Europe - all while respecting the history of the home. Classic and timeless, each room is unique, while maintaining a relationship to the other areas through the use of materials, color, art and furnishings. Many of the features remain original, such as the oak and heart-of-pine hardwood floors, hand-blown glass windows, claw-foot tubs, and brick fireplace. The home is beautifully furnished with a mix of worldly pieces and unique surprises.

Tegtmeier Home - 706 Cortlandt

The owners chose this 1920s Bungalow in Houston Heights for its history and neighborhood. When the home was purchased in 2003, it was a small 2/1 bungalow that needed a little work. Today, it is a fabulous two-story family home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a gourmet kitchen. The original living, dining, guest room, and bath remain as well as the original windows, which have been restored. The floors are original in the living and dining rooms, and pieces of the original wallpaper have been framed and used as nostalgic art. This comfortable classic bungalow is adorned with modern and antique furniture, family heirlooms, and locally found gems.

Womble Home - 515 Harvard

A curved wrap-around front porch and the original Victorian front door welcome guests into this 1906 Queen Anne cottage. Decorative hardwood floors in the entry, living, and front bedroom - which is now the dining room - were added in the 1920s. The current owner, a passionate historic preservationist, did extensive research to select his choice of reclaimed materials, including moldings, hardwood floors, antique wavy glass, and six stained-glass windows. The owner’s collection of antiques, including a number of Persian and American Empire pieces, completes this expression of history and style.

Fritsch Home - 1243 Tulane

After years of living in the ’burbs, the couple chose Houston Heights because of the “small town atmosphere” in a big city. They were intent on finding an old structure with a comfortable feel, and they found it in this charming 1920s cottage, which they purchased in 2010. The home had been neglected for some time, and they commissioned Bungalow Revival for a complete restoration. Today, the home has been brought back to life with a transformation that includes an additional side porch, back porch, den and master bedroom.

Smith/Yeatts Home - 531 W. 16th Street

This 1903 cottage was purchased from descendants of the original owners in 2009. With an eye for the extraordinary, the couple purchased the kitchen-less home, in dire need of renovation, and restored it to its present glory. Owner and architect Gordon Yeatts designed the home; his wife Carol designed the interior and exterior, adding a bit of New Orleans flare. The home was completely renovated, from the new roof to adding a kitchen and a Zen-like backyard. The meticulous interior includes wonderful wood trims and stone work. The home was featured in the first issue of HGTV magazine in the fall of 2011.

Home Tour Volunteers Needed!

We can’t pull off a home tour like this without our wonderful volunteers. We have at least 200 openings for docents and ticket sellers - each home requires an average of 40 volunteers over the course of the weekend. The volunteer shifts are only three hours long, and you will receive a complimentary home tour ticket in exchange for your invaluable time. This is a great way to give back to your community, meet new people in the neighborhood, and have a lot of fun in the process. If you like volunteering as a docent or ticket seller and you have the time, you may want to step it up next year and become a head docent or a committee chair! You may volunteer by e-mailing tourvolunteer @houstonheights.org.

Auction Keepsake Program Ads

Unique Advertising Opportunity For Heights Business Owners!

Support the ‘hood and promote your business by running an ad in the 2012 Candlelight Dinner & Auction Program for the Friday night fundraising event to be held on April 13.

This popular event is attended by approximately 500 mostly Heights-ites who live, shop, and play in this neighborhood - your demographic. Guests to the event are reminded to support the businesses that place ads in the program and donate auction and other items to the event.

It is easy and convenient to buy an ad in the 2012 Candlelight Dinner & Auction Program. Prices range from $100 for a business card-sized ad (perfect for realtors and other business professionals), $250 for a half-page ad, and $400 for a full-page ad - all of which are great for small business owners.

Check the Candlelight Dinner page for all of the details and the ad form; you may pay for your ad with a credit card online or by mailing a check to the HHA. The deadline for submissions is March 30, so please don’t delay and miss this unique opportunity.

Heights Fun Run

The Heights Fun Run is coming soon! On Saturday, June 2, hundreds of runners will participate in one of Houston’s fastest and most beloved races. The 5K course runs along the beautiful and historic Heights Boulevard past 100-year-old oaks and spectacular Victorian architecture. Come enjoy the race with us! More details will follow; check our website for the latest.

If you are not a runner but are looking for an exciting way to support the neighborhood, volunteer to help with the Heights Fun Run! If you’d like to be a part of it, please e-mail funrun@houstonheights.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Gold Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2012 Gold sponsor:

Christine & Jan Spin Stella Sola

Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner: And the Winners Are...

Citizen of the Year: Bill Baldwin

presentation by Anne Culotta

It is my distinct pleasure at the end of tonight’s festivities to present the last award of the evening for Best Actor or Actress in a Leading Role - also known as the Citizen of the Year Award.

The year was 2011, it was a year of turmoil, controversy, and division in the Heights. New City ordinances, historic district designations, unpopular commercial developments, pitted neighbor against neighbor against the City, in a battle of yard signs, petitions, and emails. Meetings were held four days out of seven on one thing or another.

In the midst of it all, REAL tragedy struck when one of our neighbors, Patty Worthington, perished in a terrible fire along with her caretaker and friend, and her grand home on Heights Boulevard burned to the ground.

Yes, the Heights was in the news a lot last year - and it wasn’t always good news.

At the center of all this turmoil, the one responsible for answering all the calls, working with all the factions, and representing the HHA was our own 2011 President - Mr. Bill Baldwin. It was a full-time, full-stress, thankless, and unpaid job, and Bill took it on.

Bill has always been an exemplary citizen of the Heights. As owner of Boulevard Realty, he has been a major sponsor of the Association every season of the year. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. He opens his home year in and year out for worthy fundraisers - not just for HHA, but for Opera in the Heights, the Woodland Heights Civic Association, the Houston Area Women’s Center, local artists, and schools. I believe Bill has had more guests than Oprah!

During his term as President, Bill helped grow the Constable Patrol Program with great success and added Heights North to it. He led the drive to renovate the Fire Station and continues to chair that committee. He added a Properties Manager position to the HHA, and our parks and Fire Station have never been in better shape.

He raised our profile with the Mayor and City Hall, keeping a positive attitude in the face of adversity and always conducting himself with dignity and integrity. He is a constant advocate for HHA and our neighborhood in political and civic circles.

Bill was responsible for instigating the design and completion of Worthington Plaza on Heights Boulevard, in memory of Patty Worthington, a gift to the Heights from her family. He personally battled with the City to get a water fountain permit, and he was out there in the dark on the eve of the dedication as the last bricks were laid and the landscaping installed.

Bill Baldwin is also one of the kindest, most generous people you will ever meet. Every one of us here has, whether or not you know it, benefited from Bill’s quiet but constant generosity. Some of us have even received eggs!

Yes, for all that he is the dapper, sophisticated, charming Statesman and Man About Town, Bill is also - a chicken farmer! Or at least, he has ten chickens in his yard - all named after lady realtors! When our old oak tree fell down and crushed our garage a few weeks ago, Bill brought over a dozen eggs to cheer us up. That’s just how he rolls.

So it is my distinct honor to present the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award to my friend and colleague, Bill Baldwin - a true Southern Gentleman who never lets a lady pay for anything when she’s out with him (Needless to say, I go out with him whenever possible.)

Congratulations, Bill!

Corporate Citizen of the Year: Bungalow Fitness

Presentation by 2010 Citizens of the Year Linda & Simon Eyles and Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké

This year’s Corporate Citizen of the Year Award is going to an organization that is best described as “involved.” They are small in size, but big in heart.

If a call for help comes in, they answer it. If there is a need, they tackle it… sometimes quite literally.

They show up for meetings, step forward to take on tasks, and follow through on them every time. And all the while they organize armies of co-workers and friends to volunteer for our events.

They have been very involved in the Bike Rally and have been a driving force behind the Fun Run for years, pretty much single-handedly organizing the post-rally and post-run festivities. They have solicited thousands of dollars of in-kind donations that have allowed these events to realize greater profit and success.

They run their successful business right here in the Heights where they also sometimes organize parties for children from lower-income parts of our area and where they have also been known to foster animals they have personally rescued right off the streets of our neighborhood. In fact, when they aren’t volunteering for HHA events, they donate their time and hard work to several animal rescue groups.

In short, this is the kind of business that makes this neighborhood a great place to live. They care about and give back to the area every day. And that is why we are most honored to give this year’s Corporate Citizen of the Year Award to Bungalow Fitness - Angie Hasara and Laura Finkelday!!!

Marcella Perry Award: Heights Rotary Club

From the award presentation by Paul Carr

The Marcella Perry Award is given in recognition of service to the Heights community that takes place behind the scenes, out of the spotlight, and usually unrecognized by the public.

This year’s recipient of the Marcella Perry Award has been working to better the Heights area even longer than there has been a Houston Heights Association. There were once flowerbeds in every block of Heights Boulevard, two per block; this recipient placed them there. A few of you who remember that may also remember when the Heights Library did not have the new wing; this recipient raised funds for that addition with book sales that continue to this day. This recipient had a booth at every Heights Festival and participates annually in a local holiday food basket program.

This year’s winner maintains the World War II Memorial on Heights Boulevard. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to have in our neighborhood? The adjacent Clayton Lee Plaza was created thanks to this recipient, which has adopted the entire block.

We are proud to present the Marcella Perry Award to the Heights Rotary Club. Accepting the award is Charlie Thorp, past President of Heights Rotary Club and past Governor of Rotary International District 5890.

President’s Award: Kelly Simmons

presentation by Bill Baldwin, 2011 President

Serving as President of the Houston Heights Association for 2011 gave me the opportunity to see first-hand the commitment and dedication of numerous individuals who give tirelessly of their time and talents to our association. Selecting one individual for the President’s Award was a difficult task, because so many people worked beyond measure to help make last year an overwhelming success.

My selection for the 2011 President’s Award is the truly remarkable Kelly Simmons. Kelly’s knowledge, dedication, and far-reaching influence on most every aspect of our organization are unsurpassed. She kept me grounded as President as well as focused. She was a calming and consoling advisor to me throughout the year and without her sound advice, saving grace, and support I am not sure I could have made it through the year as I did.

Kelly Simmons is one of the greatest assets of our neighborhood, and I cannot thank her enough for all she did in 2011 to make our neighborhood the amazing place it is to live, work, and play.

Rising Star Award: Kit Davis

Presentation by Janet Buchheit

Let me give you a little background on this year’s recipient of the Rising Star Award. A co-worker of mine kept coming by my desk and talking about this couple that was moving into the Heights and that the wife would need something to occupy her time. He kept telling me that I needed to introduce this couple around the neighborhood - especially the wife - because he didn’t want her to be bored, and maybe I could get her interested in some of the volunteer activities in the neighborhood.

Well, all of us here know that once you volunteer for the Houston Heights Association, you will never be bored. It all started with a Co-Head Docent Volunteer position at the Worthington Home on the Boulevard for the 2008 Holiday Home Tour, and then as the Volunteer Co-Chair for the 2009 Spring Home Tour, and then she just couldn’t tell me no and once again agreed to be the Volunteer Co-Chair for the 2010 Spring Home Tour. However she also took on the duty as a key player for the 2010 Spring Home Tour Auction Committee. Her brand new home looked like a surplus store as she took deliveries and picked up a multitude of auction items - actually her dining room looked like it could have been a full-service bar for all the liquor, wine, and accessories that covered her dining room table!!! She spent hours of her time on the paperwork that needed to be done for the Auction.

In 2011 we all said we can’t do another auction without the organization and guidance of this dedicated volunteer, and she agreed to volunteer not only for 2011 but also for this year’s Auction. Her knack for gathering up volunteers, wrangling donations, and diplomatically facing the challenges of chairing a major fundraising event makes it clear that she is indeed a Rising Star for Houston Heights.

I am so very grateful for being encouraged to meet this year’s recipient of the Rising Star Award. Kit Davis, thank you for all your dedicated hard work.

Special “Hurry Home” Award: Jan & Paul Cottage

Presentation by Linda Eyles

Sometimes a special person comes into our lives and enriches us. Somehow, they fit right in like a missing piece of a puzzle. And it’s for just such a person that we have created today’s special award.

It’s not just about showing up for HHA events or being a tireless supporter of local businesses, which this person has been.

It is also about joining local organizations and becoming a part of the social fabric of the neighborhood.

And it is most certainly about helping out your friends and neighbors, volunteering for the Fun Run, or to work on the boulevard, or to docent for and to eventually to run the home tour… among other things.

And it might even be about building a new house that is so sensitive to the area that a common compliment it receives is “This is one of the most wonderful renovations I’ve ever seen in the Heights.” Because, of course, you would allow your house to be on the home tour… and just a few months after moving into the area.

And sometimes that special person is a couple of special people whose lives are moving in an exciting and new direction. And while we wish them the very best in their new adventure, we wish they were not leaving the Heights. Our puzzle is losing an essential piece. And so we give the “Hurry Home” Award to Jan and Paul Cottage in hopes that they remember us and come back home very soon.

Donations

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

Dub & Sharon Bartlett

Stephen & Judith Beck

Matt Bedingfield - Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration

Jennifer & Wade Bowlin - Donovan Park Playground

John Caffey & Teran Smith - Donovan Park Playground

Mary Case - Boulevard in memory of Joan Robins

Lynn Duncan - Flower Gardens

Julie Hackett - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration

Jeff & Allison Johnston - Parks & Boulevard

Bill Lehnert & Walter Stowell - Fire Station Restoration in memory of Doug Grissom

Jennifer & Henry May - Donovan Park

Dennis & Ashley McQueen - Fire Station Restoration

Suzy Morton & Dell Toelkes - Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration

Joan Robins Estate - Boulevard

Anne Rodgers - Boulevard

Gail Rosenthal - Fire Station Restoration

Catherine Swilley - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration

New Members

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

Richard & Sharon Clark

Cricket’s Creamery & Caffé, John Krug

Curves, Dawn McCarthy

Cathy Davis

e-Document Services, Michael Ventura

Cecilia Ebrahimi

Curt Frisby

Jennifer & Henry May

Lauren & David Morehan

Rory & Zulemma O’Byrne

Jennifer Ozanic

RSVP Local, Darrell Sharp

Rob & Kim Tegtmeier

Brian & Keisha Walker

Constable Statistics

Dec Jan
Total Arrests 3 2
Citizen Assists 0 0
Citizen Contacts 144 181
Vacation Watches 437 181
Court Citations 34 35
Alarm Responses 10 11
Suspicious Vehicles 72 39
Park Checks 97 119
Disturbances 11 8
Major Accidents 0 0
Criminal Offenses 11 4
Miles patrolled 3,044 2,568

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2012 Silver sponsor:

Anne & Ken Culotta Buchanan's Native Plants
CenterPoint Energy Lucas Craftsmanship Inc.

Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner Winners Continued

Community Improvement Awards

presentation by Anne Culotta, CIA Chair

This year there was a bumper crop of Community Improvement Award nominees, fifteen in all!

Nominated for Commercial New Construction:

The Dentists at 650 Heights Blvd., owned by Drs. Juan Ramirez and Alicia Valentini

Nominated for Commercial Renovation:

Down House-, 801 Yale St., owned by Chris Cusack and Joey Treadway

Tacos A GoGo, 2912 White Oak, owned by Sharon Haines and Jeff Roeske

Happy Fatz, 3510 White Oak, owned by Susan Shrum and Rebecca Sanders

Nominated for Residential New Construction:

604 East 21st St., owned by Michael White

1635 Arlington, owned by Mark Bouldin

726 East 8th St., owned by Wanda and Mark Cohen

Nominated for Residential Renovation:

528 Arlington, owned by Michael Bublewicz and Alyssa Parrish

916 Columbia, owned by Kai Stratmann

1123 Ashland, owned by Barbara Haines and Richard Prior

539 Arlington, owned by Stephanie and Colin Shelton

1230 Allston, owned by Beth and Ariel Martinez

709 East 13 1/2 St., owned by Chris Bonnett and Linda Harris

1137 Arlington, owned by Donna Buchanan and Dan Hogan

219 West 11th St., owned by Gayle and Arlen Ferguson

And the WINNERS are...

For Commercial New Construction, The Dentists at 650 Heights Blvd.!

Built on a site that was formerly a parking lot, this office building was designed to harmonize with the Heights’ character. It has gabled roof lines, a to-scale footprint, energy efficient features like solar panels, and attractive landscaping. Congrats to Dr. Juan Ramirez and Dr. Alicia Valentini!

For Commercial Renovation, Tacos A GoGo, 2912 White Oak!

A popular addition to the new “restaurant row” on White Oak. Extensive use of reclaimed materials add to the eclectic charm of this renovation. Congrats to brother/sister team Jeff Roeske and Sharon Haines!

For Residential New Construction, 604 East 21st St.!

A nondescript small house with aluminum siding was replaced by this lovely Craftsman two story. New home has a traditional front porch, porte cochere, and a pier and beam foundation, and complements neighboring home styles. Congrats to Michael White!

For Residential Renovation, 1123 Ashland!

The original house on the site, a small bungalow, was maintained and incorporated into this renovation and addition. A family room, kitchen and upstairs suites were added. Beautiful landscaping completed the transformation. Congrats to Barbara Haines and Richard Prior!

Thanks to all who took the time to nominate a property. Everybody keep an eye out for next year’s nominees! Happy hammering!

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2012 Bronze Sponsors:

AllegianceBank Texas Bob Alban Design & Ideas
Boulevard Realty BullsEye Storage
Bungalow Fitness Moody Rambin Interests, Chris Dray
Grogan Building Supply Heights Liquor on 11th
PrimeWay Federal Credit Union Rita & Jerred Blanchard

Other Neighborhood Organizations

Helms Elementary Silent Auction

“Deep in the Heart of Helms”

Put on your best western outfit and come help support Helms Elementary! On Friday, March 30, Helms Elementary PTA will host its 8th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner at the SPJST Lodge located at 1435 Beall Street in the Heights. This year’s theme is “Deep in the Heart of Helms”; auction tickets will include a BBQ dinner by award-winning Gatlin’s, live music, and the chance to bid on countless items donated by the community. Advanced tickets go on sale March 1 for $25 in advance or $35 at the door on the day of the event.

This event hopes to raise thousands of dollars for Helms Elementary and represents the commitment of Helms PTA to its children, families, and community. All proceeds from the auction will be used to fund programs for Helms students and teachers, such as new library books, music classes, field trips, teacher grants, Writers in the Schools, and supplies for science and physical education.

Helms Elementary is an HISD dual-language magnet elementary school located in The Heights. Students attending Helms are immersed in Spanish, and students become bilingual and bi-literate, developing positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors. Helms is named an International Spanish Academy by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain and is rated “recognized” by the Texas Education Agency.

This is an adult-only event. Childcare will be offered at Helms Elementary at a reasonable fee as an option for those attending the event.

Please open your heart and give in a Texas-sized fashion. To purchase tickets, donate auction items, volunteer, underwrite a portion of the dinner or auction, or just have a general question, please contact auction co-chair Amy Tate at 713-882-2975 or helmspta@gmail.com.

Help The Reagan Band Get To DC

The John H. Reagan Boosters will be having a spaghetti supper on Friday March 23.

Proceeds will go toward funding the Reagan Marching Band’s trip to Washington, DC to participate in the National Independence Day Parade. The band was nominated by Mayor Annise Parker to represent Houston in the Fourth of July celebration.

Serving will begin at 5:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM in the John H. Reagan Cafeteria. The menu will include spaghetti in white or red sauce with or without meatballs, a salad, bread, desserts, and drinks. The evening will feature performances by the Reagan Drum line, Mariachi, Jazz Band, Hamilton Jazz ensemble, and LGM (Los Guerroros de la Musica).

Advance tickets will be sold for $10 from the school office and by band students beginning March 1. Carry-out dinners will be available.

The Boosters are also asking for individual, civic, community, business and corporate sponsorship for the students. Information on sponsorship will be available at the spaghetti supper or by calling the music office at 713-865-4412.

Woman’s Club Luncheon to be Rescheduled

The Houston Heights Woman’s Club has cancelled its Spring Luncheon to honor the organization’s Past Presidents. From Helen Cooley on, these dedicated women have helped keep the Club moving forward for over 100 years. The Luncheon will be held at the beautiful HHWC Clubhouse, which is celebrating its centennial this year, later this year. [The price announced in the print edition of this issue was incorrect. —Editor]

Calendar of Events for March–April 2012

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1 - garbage and recycling

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Deadline for next newsletter

HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

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Spring Home Tour meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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

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electronics recycling, Yale at Center

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Fire Station Master Plan Committee, 5:30 PM, Fire Station

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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

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Spring Home Tour meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

22 - garbage

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HHA Education Committee, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

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Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30 PM; see article.

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

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PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

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

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Spring Home Tour meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

12 - garbage and recycling

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Candlelight Dinner & Auction; see article.

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Spring Home & Garden Tour, 12:00-6:00 PM; see article.

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Spring Home & Garden Tour, 12:00-6:00 PM; see article.

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Fire Station Master Plan Committee, 5:30 PM, Fire Station

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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

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electronics recycling, Yale at Center

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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.

February 17 - March 3, UpStage Theatre presents The Beverly Hillbillies at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit www.upstagetheatre.org.

March 15-17, 22-25, Opera in the Heights presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.

March 23, 5:00-8:00 PM, John H. Reagan Boosters will be having a spaghetti supper in the Reagan Cafeteria to help fund the Reagan Marching Band’s trip to Washington, DC, where they will represent Houston in the National Independence Day Parade. Advance tickets are $10 from the school office or band students. For more information, call the music office at 713-865-4412. See also article above.

March 30, Helms Elementary PTA will host its 8th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner at the SPJST Lodge, 1435 Beall Street. Advance tickets $25; $35 at the door. For more information, contact co-chair Amy Tate at 713-882-2975 or helmspta@gmail.com. See also article above.

April 21 - May 6, UpStage Theatre presents Cinderella at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit www.upstagetheatre.org.

Future History

June 2, Heights Fun Run

October 7, Bicycle Rally

November 30 and December 1, Holiday Home Tour

December, Holiday Food Baskets [dates uncertain]

2013:

February 24, Awards Dinner

April 5-7, Spring Home Tour

At The Properties

Events at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, Donovan Park, and Marmion Park

Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.

Heavy Trash Notes

March is a “Tree Waste Only” month; April is a “Junk Waste” month. For dates in your area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

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Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

March contributors:

Bill Baldwin, Janet Buchheit, Paul Carr, Anne Culotta, Linda Eyles, Lina Fairchild, Lauriel Hindman, Gilbert Perez, Elizabeth Poirrier, Kelly Simmons, Becky Standridge, Viula Torgerson, Lanna vonBaden, Maureen Weyel.

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