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|Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Five, May 2012|
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27th Heights Fun Run
Registration is now open for one of Houston’s most popular small runs, the Houston Heights Association’s 27th Heights Fun Run, to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The fast out-and-back 5K course is held on the beautifully scenic and historic Heights Boulevard. The race starts and ends at Marmion Park and includes a 5K Fun Run, a 5K Walk, and a Kids 1K.
To celebrate your finish, please join us at Marmion Park for the Post Race Party at 8:00 AM and the Awards Ceremony at 9:00 AM. You will enjoy entertainment, door prizes, and great refreshments, including tacos, fresh fruit, bagels, water, coffee, and more!
The 5K course is certified, and disposable Chip Timing will be conducted by Run Wild Sports Timing. Each entrant receives a 100% cotton commemorative t-shirt. The 5K Fun Run starts at 7:30 AM, the 5K Walk starts at 7:35 AM, and the Kids 1K starts at 8:30 AM. Each kid participating in the 1K receives an award!
Register online through May 30 at 8:00 PM, at Luke’s Locker on May 31 or June 1, or at Marmion Park in the Historic Heights on Race Day.
The fee for the Fun Run and Walk is $25 until May 28 or $30 on May 29 and after. The Kids 1K is $15 until May 28, $20 on May 29 and after. Credit cards are accepted.
Packet pick-up will be at Luke’s Locker at 1953 West Gray on May 31 and June 1. You can also pick up packets at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, from 6:15 to 7:15 AM on Race Day.
Special thanks to Bungalow Fitness, Happy Fatz, J. Luna Produce, Katz Coffee, Luke’s Locker, My Fit Foods, and The Hot Bagel Shop.
For more information or to register online, visit . If you have additional questions, call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, extension 4, or email .
The Houston Heights Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes and fosters friendship, goodwill and community spirit within the Houston Heights. Proceeds from the Fun Run go directly into the community for beautification, restoration, and maintenance of the Heights Boulevard esplanade, Marmion Park, Donovan Park, and the Houston Heights Fire Station, and to support education activities for local schools and schoolchildren.
May General Meeting
“Farm-To-Table Living In The Heights”
Experience local beekeeping and the organic gardening movement here in the Heights. Join the Houston Heights Association for the May 14 General Meeting at the Houston Heights Fire Station.
Enjoy presentations on artisanal gardening & beekeeping from Wabash Antiques and Feed Store (serving the Heights for over a century). Hear from authorities John Berry, Evan Hopkins, and Wabash’s own Betty Heckler. Hear the experiences of Houston Heights beekeepers Abigail David and Donald Burger, Vice President of the Houston Beekeepers Association.
The meeting will also feature a brief presentation by Tom Stell, executive director of Obsidian Art Space, a Houston Heights area non profit black box theater and event space.
Doors open at 6:30 PM; the meeting and program commence at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited, and refreshments will be served.
GHSNC Speakers: "Pedestrain Pete" and more
The May 15 meeting of the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council (GHSNC) will feature “Pedestrian Pete” (former City Council Member Peter Brown) discussing the challenges he has found that pedestrians encounter trying to walk around Houston. Other speakers still being arranged will address the Streets & Drainage Division of Public Works and ReBuild Houston.
GHSNC meetings are held at HHA’s Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month and are open to the public. HHA is a stakeholder member of GHSNC.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012 Platinum sponsor:
What’s on the Land Use Web Page
The Houston Heights Association Land Use Committee (LUC) members want to help our neighbors in the Heights by encouraging proper land use within the area we serve and encouraging adoption of deed restrictions, monitoring code enforcement, and promoting historic preservation.
The LUC has updated the committee web page on the HHA web site to provide access to documents that may be of interest to residents or those considering becoming Heights residents. You can access this information by clicking .
Here is a brief description of what you will find at this page:
Alleys - This page has links to the City of Houston ordinances that govern the use of alleyways. You can also view a presentation that was given at a HHA general meeting in 2011, and there is a downloadable version of the alley ordinances.
Bikeways - From this page you can link to the City of Houston page. On the city’s page you will find links to maps showing dedicated and street-based bicycle routes in Houston and information on the status of new projects.
Deed Restrictions - The deed restriction page briefly describes deed restrictions and provides links to important information. One link takes you to a page where you can read the deed restriction document (don’t worry, it’s short), and another link takes you to a list of known deed-restricted properties in the Heights. Please read the ‘special note’ on that page and do the research needed to confirm the status of a property of interest to you.
Graffiti - This page provides information on graffiti abatement and how you can help.
Historic Preservation Ordinances - There are three historic districts adjoining Heights Boulevard (Heights West, Heights East, and Heights South). The Norhill and Woodland Heights historic districts are east of Studewood, and the Freeland historic district is south of White Oak, east of Heights Boulevard. There are two important links here. One leads to the City of Houston ordinance on historic preservation and the other leads to the City of Houston Department of Planning and Development web page. On the Planning and Development page you’ll find maps of the historic districts and much more information about the districts.
Infrastructure Design - The Infrastructure Design Manual is created by the City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering and provides detail on drainage, easements, storm sewers, and culverts. This information will be of interest to builders and homeowners contemplating new construction or revisions to existing construction.
Minimum Lot Size / Minimum Building Line - Information that will be of use to homeowners and builders, and to those considering projects that need to satisfy these requirements.
Street Parking Ordinances - From this page you can link to ordinances governing street parking. You can use this information to assure that you and your neighbors are in compliance with the ordinances.
The Land Use Committee makes this information available to you to enable you to research issues that are of interest to you or your neighbors. The LUC does not provide legal advice and cannot interpret the ordinances for you. We hope that you find this information useful.
The Land Use Committee supports the adoption of Deed Restrictions by individual property owners.
Adding a deed restriction to your property assures that the property will be used in a way that complies with the deed restriction document provisions from then on. If the property is sold or if ownership changes for other reasons, the deed restrictions remain in place. The first requirement in the Deed Restriction document is “All of the Property shall be used for residential purposes,” and this restriction prevents the property from being used in the future for a “business or commercial purpose.” The Houston Heights Association wants the Heights to remain a neighborhood of residences, and signing a deed restriction document assures that your property will remain a residence.
Heights residents are invited to the monthly Land Use Committee meeting. The meeting is held the first Monday of each month at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 12th and Yale, at 6:30 PM.
Please welcome the following new members to the Houston Heights Association.
Wendy & Christopher Bunn
Brian Little & Ted Jurek
Heather & Leo McIntyre
OmniView Surveillance Equipment, Rob Thibodaux
Stephanie & Andries Pretorius
Marianna & Ben Raia
Steve & Catherine Runner
Vintners Own Winery, Shannon Paige
Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Jacquelyn Barish - Boulevard
Jennifer Barringer & Derrick Vallance - Parks
Stephen Donato - Firestation Restoration
Pat & Jerry Eversole - Boulevard
Frizzell Group International, LLC - Boulevard
Kemp & Co./Wild Heart Art - Flower Gardens
Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké - Firestation Restoration
Texas State Optical - Boulevard
Amber Tierce - Donovan Playground
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2012 Gold sponsors:
Membership Happy Hour A Success
The new and improved Membership Committee led by Andrea Sharp, with new Business Membership chair Becky Standridge, held the first Membership Happy Hour on Thursday, March 29. Berryhill in the Heights hosted this inaugural event, providing free appetizers and a festive party space for current and prospective HHA members to meet and greet. Guests filled the event area, reminiscing with old friends and making new friends with neighbors throughout the Heights. The Happy Hour was such a resounding success that the Membership Committee plans to host one each quarter as a benefit to current members and an enjoyable and relaxed way to introduce potential members to the best part of our neighborhood - the fun and supportive community!
Special thanks to Park Blair, owner of Berryhill in the Heights, and to HHA Board Members in attendance: President Lindsey Lee, Bill Baldwin, Rob Hellyer, Andrea Sharp, Becky Standridge and Dave Steitz.
Be on the lookout for an invitation to the next Happy Hour soon!
Home Tour Wrap-Up Coming In June Issue
The weekend of the 2012 Candlelight Dinner & Auction and Spring Home & Garden Tour had just wrapped up as our print edition went to press, but preliminary indications are that it was quite successful, with over 1,400 people touring the homes. The new routes, rates, and parking for bicycles brought out quite a number of riders, and the bike racks were overflowing much of the time.
Check back in our next issue for a detailed wrap-up article, including thanks to the many volunteers, donors, and other supporters who made the tour possible.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2012 Silver sponsor:
Immanuel Restoration Project Open House
The Immanuel Restoration Committee extends a special invitation to visit the former sanctuary building of Immanuel Lutheran Church located on the corner of 15th Street and Cortlandt. The building was saved from demolition a year ago, and the Immanuel Restoration Committee has been working diligently to raise the $1,000,000 needed to fully restore this fantastic structure. It was built by German architects in the very early 1930’s and is intended to become a “flex” space for the visual and performing arts, receptions, education, and youth programs.
The committee is hosting an informal Open House event on Sunday, May 6 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Please join them for lemonade and cookies. Get inside the building and discover the tremendous potential of this beautiful structure. You will have the opportunity to see the restoration renderings designed by Ziegler Cooper architects and learn more about the building’s future.
Through generous donations from KBR, Immanuel Church, and very special pricing from Vogler Sheet Metal Co. the building has received a new roof. The replacement of the old roof has weatherproofed the building and has put an end to further water damage.
The committee has raised $260,000 of the $1,000,000 goal and is busily submitting grant applications for further funding. If you are interested in giving, please call 713-861-8787 for further information.
Camp Victory 2012
Camp Victory Texas, Inc. (CVTI) is once again hosting Camp from May 4-6 for child survivors of sexual abuse. Girls aged 7-12 are invited; Camp is free to attend. To request an application please write to or call Katrina Stilwell, long-time Heights resident, Chair of HHA’s 2009 Holiday Home Tour, and Founder and President of CVTI, at 281-433-1564. CVTI is a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit organization, and is entirely volunteer-run. For more information or to donate, go to the Camp Victory website.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2012 Bronze Sponsors:
Heights Education News
Principal Of The Year
Congratulations to Reagan High School’s Connie Berger, who was selected as HISD High School Principal of the year. The HHA Education Committee plans to honor her at the Leadership Luncheon on May 3.
Harvard Joins IB-PYP
Congratulations to Harvard Elementary School for becoming an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The school received its authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization on March 14, 2012.
You can read more about the program and Harvard’s participation by clicking . Part of the text from that page follows.
What is the Primary Years Programme?
Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
Eagle Scout Project
Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Joseph Conti, who led his fellow volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 673 of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Community for a cleanup project at the I-10 and Heights Boulevard entrance sign. The Scouts cleared weeds and debris, trimmed back the roses, scrubbed down the brick work, drinking fountain, and granite obelisk, amended soil in the planting beds, planted new flowers, and painted the bench arms. We will all get to enjoy the results of all of their hard work each time we drive, bike, run, or walk by.
Calendar of Events for May–June 2012
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Through May 6, UpStage Theatre presents Cinderella at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit
May 3-26, 8:00 PM, Shunya Theatre performs Magdalene by Sara Kumar at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak.
May 4, 8:00 PM, Houston Camerata performs the Texas debut of Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca’s 1976 work Missa Afro-Brasileira (An Afro-Brasilian Mass) at All-Saints Catholic Church, 215 East 10th Street. Free.
May 5, 5:00-8:30 PM, “New Roots” art sale at 901 Harvard benefitting HHA’s Boulevard Beautification project. See our April issue for details.
May 6, 1:00-4:00 PM, Immanuel Restoration Project Open House, 15th & Cortlandt. See story, page 6.
May 18 - June 2, UpStage Theatre presents Twelve Angry Men, Twelve Angry Women, and Twelve Angry Jurors (one version per weekend) at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit
October 7, Bicycle Rally
November 30 and December 1, Holiday Home Tour
December, Holiday Food Baskets [dates uncertain]
February 24, Awards Dinner
April 5-7, Spring Home Tour
June 1, Heights Fun Run
Heavy Trash Notes
May is a “Tree Waste Only” month; June is a “Junk Waste” month. For dates in your area, visit the City Solid Waste site.
At The Properties
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.
Copyright and Submissions
The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.
Copyright © 2012, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.
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Staff and Contributors
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
Gini Axton, Stephanie Babb, Jim Bennett, Lauriel Hindman, Lindsey Lee, Bill Pellerin, Chris Silkwood, Christine Spin, Katrina Stillwell, Lanna von Baden, Maureen Weyel.