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In This Issue

Heights Fun Run — June 7

General Meetings:

May 12 — Get Social

June 9 — Riding High in the Heights

July 14 — Boulevard Art

Heights Garden Club — May 10 at 1802 Harvard, June 14 at 1648 Columbia

Urbanites — May 15 at BB's Cajun Café

Help Wanted:

Heights Fun Run

Contact Information

That's a Wrap (Spring Home & Garden Tour)


New Members


Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Five, May 2014
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Heights Fun Run

Runners take your marks for one of Houston’s most popular small runs - the Houston Heights Association’s 29th Annual Heights Fun Run, to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The fast out-and-back 5K course runs along 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.

Run Wild Sports Timing will conduct the disposable-chip timing for the certified 5K course.

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 will receive an award, and each entrant will receive a commemorative 100 percent cotton T-shirt.

The Post-Race Party will begin at 8:00 AM at Marmion Park, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 9:00 AM. In addition to entertainment and door prizes, refreshments including tacos, fresh fruit, bagels, water, coffee, and more will be available.

Online registration is open and will last through 8:00 PM on June 6. Registration is also available at Luke’s Locker on June 5-6 or at Marmion Park on race day. The fee for the Fun Run and Walk is $25 through June 3, and $30 on June 4 and after. The Kids 1K fee is $15 through June 3, and $20 on June 4 and after. Credit cards are accepted. Packets may be picked up from Luke’s Locker at 1953 West Gray on June 5-6 and will be available from 6:15 to 7:15 AM on race day at Marmion Park located at 18th Street and Heights Boulevard.

For more information, call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, ext. 4, or email

[Please see “Help Wanted” below for information on volunteers needed for the Fun Run.]

General Meetings

Join us on the second Monday of every month to meet neighbors, hear interesting programs, and learn about events. Doors open to the Fire Station at 6:30 PM for happy hour, with the monthly program commencing at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited!

May 12: Get Social - blogs, social sites, and newsmakers of the Heights

Get the scoop from the Heights’ most followed online journalists and bloggers. Learn what they cover, and why. Featured speakers from Nextdoor, Artshound, Bayou City Daily, Heights Life, Martin Havjovsky of, and more will be at the Fire Station on Monday, May 12. Enjoy hand-crafted ice cream from Fat Cat Creamery, your treat courtesy of the Houston Heights Association.

June 9: Riding High in the Heights - Bikes & Bikeways

Get the update on Houston’s extended bikeways from Bike Houston, Blueline Bikes, and more. Enjoy local brews courtesy of the Houston Heights Association. Save-the-Date for the HHA Bike Rally!

July 14: Boulevard Art

Meet the curators of the Heights Boulevard Sculpture Show, Gus Kopriva & Chris Silkwood, with featured artists of the popular Boulevard artworks. Everyone is invited to learn about the amazing art and the process to make it happen on the centerpiece of our neighborhood, Heights Boulevard.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2014 Platinum sponsors:

Boulevard Realty Circa Real Estate

Heights Garden Club

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 AM at the grand old Victorian at 1802 Harvard, the home of long-time Heights resident Bart Truxillo. Spring is the bloom season for this quintessential old Southern perennial garden overflowing with pass-a-long plants. Over the past 30 years, this historic home and garden has been featured in many local and national publications. In the back, Bart keeps half-a-dozen red hens. Next door, Bart graciously hosts the Harvard Street Cooperative Garden.

Our June meeting will be on the 14th at 10:00 AM. We will be visiting the Lyke/Killinger home at 1648 Columbia. Come and see how beautiful a no turf, native plant garden can be.

Please check our Facebook page or our website at for information about upcoming meetings and workdays.


Mark your calendar for our next Third Thursday Happy Hour on May 15, 6:00-8:00 PM. We’ll be hanging out at BB’s Cajun Café (2701 White Oak) for drinks and complimentary appetizers. If you’ve always wanted to come to one of our monthly Happy Hours, but haven’t quite made it yet, join us! It’s a great way to meet other professionals and creatives living or working in the Heights.

For more information, send email to, find us on Facebook as Houston Heights Urbanites, or follow @HHUrbanites on Twitter.

Gold Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2014 Gold Sponsors:

Trudy Waguespack Nelson The Reyna Group

Help Wanted

Heights Fun Run

The 29th Annual Heights Fun Run will take place on Saturday, June 7. We need 35 volunteers for the following:

  • Help put together packets for runners before the race.
  • Work registration tables, water stations, and finish line on race day.
  • Set up and take down tents, tables, and water stations on race day.

Volunteers have lots of fun and get a free t-shirt!!

Contact Information

To volunteer, please contact

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2014 Silver Sponsors:

Buchanan's Native Plants CenterPoint Energy
Ann & Ken Culotta Eclectic Home

That’s a Wrap!

It always happens about this time of year. The chair(s) of the Spring Home & Garden Tour have just about forgotten the last minute scrambles that took place to ensure that all the final details concerning the weekend’s events were taken into consideration. By now, the six ladies who formed the 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour executive committee are all smiles and thinking about the new neighborhood friends they made while planning and executing “The Art of Colorful Living.”

Sandy Steitz, who chaired the home and garden tour, can now laugh when she thinks about the street closure and rain that threatened to keep people away. Instead she remembers the homeowners who graciously opened their front doors for the tour. She remembers the head docents who quieted the homeowners’ last-minute jitters. She remembers the smell of all the beautiful floral arrangements that filled the homes. How can she forget the businesses that sold tickets before and during the tour or the folks who made sure all the signs were in place, the buses where running on time, and the bicycle racks were in place?

Julie Pettit, chair of the silent auction, Linda Eyles and Danae Stephenson, co-chairs of the live auction, and Donna Bennett and Stacey Courville, co-chairs of the Friday night dinner, also have reasons to celebrate. More than 425 guests enjoyed the garden-themed event - complete with living statues.

Attendees to the gala entered by passing between two front porches, browsed the silent auction surrounded by green hedge walls, sipped on colorful Spring Fling cocktails, dined on the delicious dinner prepared by Massoud Catering, and enjoyed the excitement of live auction bidding!

You can relive the evening, see if your picture was snapped, and download photos for free by going to, clicking Proofs, then on Commercial Proofs, and on Houston Heights Association (or just click here). Photos will be online through May 31, 2014.

For a list of people and businesses that the chairs of the 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour wish to thank, please go to

The only person not smiling at this point might be Janet Buchheit, Vice President of Fundraising for HHA, who has the job of replacing the 2014 “mix of six” executive chairs (Danae, Donna, Julie, Linda, Sandy, and Stacey) with people to start the planning process for the 2015 event.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2014 Bronze Sponsors:

Allegiance Bank Texas BullsEye Storage
Chris Dray, Moody Rambin Interests Computer Whiz
Heights Liquor on 11th Grogan Building Supply Co.
Shawn Manderscheid Real Estate Team PrimeWay Federal Credit Union
The Village of The Heights Tommy Vaughn Ford


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

AIG Matching Grants Program - Parks, Flower Gardens (matching gift of Lorri White)

Another Place in Time, Mike Lowery - Boulevard

Jennifer Barringer & Derrick Vallance - Parks

Bartlett Tree Expert Co. - Boulevard

Chevron Employee Fund

Charles & Vicki Cunningham - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration

Pat & Jerry Eversole - Boulevard

Frizell Group International, LLC - Boulevard

Nadia & Steve Marzuke - Flower Gardens

Massoud Caterers - Fire Station Restoration

Debbie Mueller & Bob Singleton - Parks

Sarah Nicholas & Nick Horodinca

David & Alice Pita - Parks

Don Sanders & Kathy Butler - Boulevard

Gary & Annie Sitton - Boulevard

Mary Tran - Donovan Playground, Flower Gardens

New Members

We welcome these members to the Houston Heights Association.

Sherri Akard

Katherine & Claudio Cairoli

Laura & John Chapman

Kirsty Downing & Nigel Roberts

Forethought by Elizabeth, Elizabeth Huff

Lisa Harris

Randall Hebert, Realtor

Nikki Jenkins

Whitney Jenkins

James & Pauline Madson

Sarah Nicholas & Nick Horodinca

Michael Pirics & Brett Chiquet

Donald & Ashleigh Rickertsen

Adam & Marian Szczepanski

Greg & Mary Beth Thomas

Stephanie & Michael Wachs

Jenni & Wynne Walker

Wendy Westfaul

Calendar of Events for May–June 2014








May 1 - garbage





Deadline for next newsletter

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


PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


8 - garbage and recycling



Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 1802 Harvard



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



15 - garbage

Urbanites, 6:00-8:00 PM, 2701 White Oak





HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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

21 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

22 - garbage and recycling







29 - garbage



June 1


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


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


5 - garbage and recycling

Deadline for next newsletter



Heights Fun Run, 7:30 AM Marmion Park



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



12 - garbage



Flag Day

Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 1648 Columbia


Father’s Day


HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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

18 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

19 - garbage and recycling

Urbanites, 6:00-8:00 PM, location TBA







26 - garbage





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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations

Every Saturday, 8:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street. Contact to be added to the weekly distribution list.

First and third Thursdays, 7:30 PM, English Country Dancing in the Heights, dances taught and called. For more information, email or visit

Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Boulevard, for a story swap. For more information, or 713-643-8478.

At The Properties

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

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

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3 (grounds) July 15 through August 31, no rentals.

Heavy Trash Notes

May is a “Tree Waste Only” month; June is a “Junk Waste” month. The heavy trash pickup date is the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights Association coverage area.

For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

Future History

October 5, Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt [tentative date]

December 5-6, Holiday Home Tour [tentative dates]

December 9-10, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]

February 22, 2015, Awards Dinner [tentative date]

April 10-12, 2015, Spring Home Tour

June 7, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]

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

Copyright © 2014, 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;

email; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

VP Communications: Julie Pettit

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

May contributors:

Janet Buchheit, Angela DeWree, Brenda Eskelson, Lauriel Hindman, Laura Menefee, Leann Mueller, Julie Pettit.

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