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|Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association|
|Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Twelve, December 2012|
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Carols by Candlelight
Holiday Home Tour
“Carols by Candlelight,” the 2012 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, is set for Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1. Six Houston Heights families will welcome visitors into their homes that will be all decorated for the holidays. The experience will be complete with the joyous sounds of carolers at each home and at the Heights Fire Station, where local food trucks will be available for visitors to enjoy.
On Friday, the tour will run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. On Saturday, the hours will be from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Free shuttle buses will operate during the tour on both Friday and Saturday. Patrons may board the shuttle buses at the Holiday Home Tour Headquarters, where parking is available, and at each home.
Holiday Home Tour Headquarters will again be the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale. Ticket sales, parking, the shuttle stop, and food trucks will be located there, in addition to entertainment by neighborhood carolers.
Tickets are available at Buchanan’s Nursery, Davis Hardware, Jubilee, and Another Place In Time. Tickets will also be available during tour hours at the Holiday Home Tour Headquarters and at each Holiday Home Tour home. Tickets are $25 for all six homes on tour days. $5 per-home tickets can also be purchased during tour hours at those particular homes.
Last-Minute Volunteer Opportunity
If you act fast, you may be able to earn a free ticket to the Holiday Home Tour by being a docent at one of the homes on tour or helping elsewhere. Contact Leann Mueller at to see if there are still openings available.
December: Celebration in the Heights!
Celebrate a wonderful year in the Heights at the December 10 General Meeting.
Please join us to enjoy musical guests, refreshments, and revelry. Everyone is invited at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30) in the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale Streets.
January: Urban Animals in the Heights
Come, Sit, Speak - at HHA’s January 14 General Meeting at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street (at Yale). The doors open at 6:30, and food and refreshments will be served. Humans may accompany their socialized, vaccinated, and leashed pups for an evening featuring companion-animal-related giveaways and treats at booths by local business members and organizations that are both informative and fun. We’ll have a couple of speakers from the area’s animal welfare and rescue groups to talk briefly about how you may help with efforts to control animal overpopulation and end the abuse and neglect.
We hope to see you and yours at this very special meeting. Meeting hosts are Kelly Simmons, Angie Hasara, and Laura Finkeldey.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012-2013 Platinum sponsor:
Holiday Home Tour Artist:
Spread Some Cheer:
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2012-2013 Gold Sponsor:
Transportation Study Coming To The Heights Area
For the past year, the Transportation Master Plan Committee of the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council (GHSNC) has been involved in surveying our area streets and sidewalks, collecting information on traffic volumes, shared-use hike/bike paths, and public transport as well as identifying and codifying issues of concern that currently affect the movement of traffic throughout all the civic association areas that comprise the GHSNC. Up to 50 local volunteers have been involved in this process. It was initiated to prepare our neighborhoods for the inevitable impact of increases in commuter and local traffic over the next decades and to build consensus on what the neighborhoods would prefer in terms of transportation movement patterns in advance of decisions being made by local and state governmental entities.
Now, after GHSNC representatives initiated a series of meetings with Houston City Council Members Cohen and Gonzalez, senior City of Houston staff, and staff of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the city has agreed, as a priority, to fund a multi-modal transportation study for our area. This is currently being negotiated and should commence in the near future. The work of the volunteers of the Transportation Master Plan Committee and survey information collected will now become valuable input to the city’s transportation study as will the active participation of the GHSNC, all its component civic associations, and the 47,000 residents of our neighborhoods.
The Houston Heights Association is one of about a dozen civic organizations that are stakeholder members of the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council. HHA Delegate Mark Williamson is GHSNC Secretary and participated in the meetings.
Once again, it is time to look around the neighborhood and see who has been improving it. The nomination form for the 2012 Community Improvement Awards with the rule sheet on the reverse is included in the print edition of this issue and is available online here. Nominees and winners will be announced at the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner on February 24.
The following results of the HHA Board election were announced at the November General Meeting.
Elected to serve three-year terms:
Elected to serve one-year terms:
Our thanks to the HHA Directors whose terms expire at the end of this year who did not choose to run for another term.
Thank you all for your service during your terms on the Board.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2012-2013 Silver Sponsors:
Houston Heights Featured In December Issue Of Texas Highways
Fort Worth writer (for Texas Monthly) June Naylor, who loves to explore Texas’ small towns and big cities, recently discovered that Houston Heights offers elements of both, with a “good blend of arts, interesting food, history and grit” (Ryan Pera, Revival Market).
Ms. Naylor set up a home base at Sara’s Bed and Breakfast Inn for two full days, where she found she could devour the neighborhood in “bite-size pieces” with plentiful stops for sustenance between antiques shops, boutiques, galleries, and strolling the side streets.
Be sure to pick up the latest issue of Texas Highways to read Ms. Naylor’s article, Houston Heights Delights. You can also read the article online ,
Woman’s Club Victorian Tea
In just five years, the annual Victorian Tea has become the signature event for the Houston Heights Woman’s Club. Held at the historic clubhouse at 1846 Harvard, this event boasts beautiful tablescapes, fancy dress, and homemade savory and sweet treats. The event is a sell-out every year!
The program for the 2012 Victorian Tea, to be held Sunday, December 16, 3:00-5:00 PM, will be a talk from Ars Lyrica’s Grammy award winning Musical Director, Matthew Dirst. Mr. Dirst will discuss Baroque music and possibly play a little for attendees.
Tickets are on sale for HHWC members for $35, for non-members at $40. Ticket purchases are limited to two per person.
You can read Tea In Texas Magazine’s article about the 5th Annual Victorian Tea. (Click .)
Questions can be directed to Victorian Tea Chairperson Lizz Martin at . To reserve a spot, send your check to Houston Heights Woman’s Club, Victorian Tea, P.O. Box 7782, Houston, TX 77270.
Santa In The Heights
Santa in Donovan Park
Marc Zeigler and Mark Holland of John Daugherty, Realtors and the Houston Heights Association are once again hosting Photos with Santa on December 1 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Donovan Park. Families are invited to visit with Santa and have their photo taken for free. Each family will be provided with a number and password so that they may download their images from John Daugherty, Realtors’ internet site by December 3 - plenty of time to use them for their Holiday Cards. What a fun and friendly way to celebrate the holidays!
Santa At The Woman’s Club
The Houston Heights Woman’s Club is thrilled to invite local families and friends to visit Santa at the Clubhouse (1846 Harvard) on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
This is a FREE event. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa. There will be holiday refreshments, a quilt raffle, a small craft to help pass the time, and lots of holiday cheer!
The HHWC will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry at this event. Please consider bringing a can or two to help our neighbors in need this holiday season.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2012-2013 Bronze Sponsors:
Please welcome the following new members to the Houston Heights Association.
Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Another Place in Time - Boulevard
Pam & Todd August - Parks, Boulevard/Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
Cathy Bauguss - Boulevard
Katie & Mike Beirne & Family
Robert & Louella Bergeron - Fire Station Restoration, Flower Gardens
Ashley & Jeff Day - Parks
Charlie & Leigh Duke - Boulevard/Flower Gardens
Jeffrey & Louise Goetz - Parks
John & Lisa Harrison
Clarence & Jane Holland - Boulevard
April & Randy Johnson - Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
Rita Johnson & Jennifer Smart - Boulevard
Lauren & Lee Lindsay - Donovan Park Playground
McIntyre + Robinowitz Architects - Boulevard
Matt Menger & Sam Steph - Boulevard
Nicole & John Ridgway - Boulevard
Clay & Barb Robinson
Evin Thayer - Boulevard/Flower Gardens, Land Use
Reed Wingate - Flower Gardens, Donovan Park Playground
Lorri White & Karl Ittmann - Donovan Park Playground, Boulevard
Calendar of Events for December 2012–January 2013
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Every Saturday, 7:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Blvd jogging trail at 7th Street.
Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Blvd, for a monthly story swap. Anyone is welcome to come listen to or share stories. For more information, or 713-643-8478.
December 1-16, 2:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, Upstage Theatre hosts Santa’s Magic Timepiece. See .
December 6-22, 8:00 PM on Thursdays through Saturdays, Obsidian Art Space hosts “NSFW: The Office Plays” a series of shorts presented by Big Head Productions, For more information, .
December 9, 7:00 PM, Dr. John Lienhard will speak at 14 Pews about Oscar winner for best foreign film in 1956, The Burmese Harp, which will be shown after his presentation. For more information, or 281-888-9677.
January 24, 8:00 PM, Mercury presents Bach’s Double Concerto at Gallery M Squared. For more information, please call the Mercury office at 713-533-0080 or visit .
February 24, Awards Dinner
April 5-7, Spring Home Tour
June 1, Heights Fun Run
October 6, Bicycle Rally
December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour
December 9-11, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]
At The Properties
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.
Heavy Trash Notes
December is a “Junk Waste” month; January is a “Tree Waste Only” month. For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.
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.
Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or submissions should be directed to:
Editor, The Heights, 107 W. 12th Street, Houston, TX 77008-6907;
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Staff and Contributors
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
Alason Connell, Anne Culotta, Lauriel Hindman, Scott Lester, Leann Mueller, Lois Rodriguez, Kelly Simmons, Jonathan Smulian, Viula Torgerson, Lanna von Baden.