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Heights Fun Run Is Almost Here! - June 7

Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour: June 9 — Riding High in the Heights; July 14 — Boulevard Art

Haven't Joined the Constable Program?

Help Wanted: Fun Run

Heights Garden Club — June 14 @ 1648 Columbia; July 12 @ 721 Algregg

Finding True North — Boulevard Art

New Members


Spring Home & Garden Tour, Candlelight Dinner, and Auction Thanks


Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Six, June 2014
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Heights Fun Run Is Almost Here!

Runners, it’s not too late to lace your shoes and stretch your running and philanthropic muscles by registering for one of Houston’s most popular small runs - the Houston Heights Association’s 29th Heights Fun Run - to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The fast out-and-back 5K course follows the beautifully scenic and historic Heights Boulevard. The race, which includes a 5K Fun Run, a 5K Walk, and a Kids’ 1K, starts and ends at Marmion Park located at 1820 Heights Blvd.

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 Fun Run entrant will receive a commemorative 100%-cotton Fun Run t-shirt.

The Post-Race Party begins 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.

Runners may register online through 8:00 PM on June 6. (Click here.) 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 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 also be available from 6:15 AM to 7:15 AM on race day at Marmion Park (18th Street and Heights Boulevard).

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

The Houston Heights Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and proceeds for the Fun Run go directly into the community for beautification, restoration, maintenance, and education.

We are still looking for a few Volunteers on Race Day to work the registration tables, water stations, and the finish line. Volunteers have lots of fun and get a free t-shirt!!

If you can help and want to spend the morning on beautiful Heights Boulevard, please contact

Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour

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!

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.

Haven’t Joined the Constable Program?

No need to wait until next year to join the Constable Patrol Program. You can use the form in the print edition or visit the patrol program page to sign up at a reduced rate for the rest of the year.

Platinum Sponsors

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

Boulevard Realty Circa Real Estate

Help Wanted

Fun Run

The Heights Fun Run is almost here and we are still looking for a few volunteers to help out on race day, June 7. We need volunteers to work:

• Registration Tables - arrive by 5:45 AM

• Water Stations - arrive by 6:30 AM

• Finish Line - arrive by 7:30 AM

Volunteers have lots of fun and get a free t-shirt!! If you can help and want to spend the morning on beautiful Heights Boulevard, please contact

Heights Garden Club

Robert Lyke and Douglas Killinger will be hosting the next monthly garden club tour at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 14, at 1648 Columbia.

The no-turf front yard was designed by the owners to complement their new Arts and Crafts style home. This home was just on the Houston Heights Spring Home & Garden Tour, so if you missed the garden then, here is another chance.

Our July meeting will be on the 12th at 10:00 AM. We will be visiting the Melançon home at 721 Algregg. Dee shows off her extraordinary plant collection.

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

Finding True North

It’s so exciting to drive, walk, or bicycle along the Heights Boulevard esplanade thanks to the efforts of long-time Heights resident Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery and Chris Silkwood, a local artist and community activist. Due in large part to the efforts of these two - along with the approval from the City of Houston’s Parks and Public Works departments and a grant received from the Houston Arts Alliance - there are now eight fabulous sculptures on exhibit from the 400 to the 1800 blocks of Heights Boulevard.

The exhibit will be up until the first week of November 2014, so there is lots of time to enjoy it. The comments have been incredible, with many expounding on their favorite piece, and the smiles have been broad.

Make plans now to attend the July 14 HHA Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour, when you’ll have a chance to meet the curators as well as the featured artists of the popular artworks. Everyone is invited to learn about the amazing art and the process to make it happen on the centerpiece of our neighborhood.

Any questions about the project should be directed to Gus at his gallery or at the July meeting.

New Members

We welcome these members to the Houston Heights Association.

  • Jack Ayer
  • Jim & Jeannine Barr
  • David J. Belock, III & Christine Hill
  • Angelique Brou
  • David & Stephanie Crowl
  • Patricia Frey
  • Virginia & Baldomero Garza
  • Heights Reflexology, Guorui Huang
  • Jeffery Hickl
  • Nicole & Justin Hoffman
  • Curt & Mariann Kieffer
  • Jennifer & Andrew Mailhes
  • Ashley Milne & Bryan Arciero
  • Suzi & Doug Pitts
  • Curt Taylor
  • Lauren Ware
  • Logan & Paola Westcott
  • Monica Younghusband & Daniel Finn


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

  • Krista & Jeffrey Barnes - Parks, Fire Station Restoration
  • Brad & Johanna Bishop - Boulevard
  • Jerred & Rita Blanchard - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
  • Camille Fitzsimmons - Donovan Playground, Flower Gardens
  • GDF Suez Energy North America - Fire Station Restoration - matching gift of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons
  • Rob & Angie Hancock - Boulevard
  • Nicole & Justin Hoffman - Donovan Playground, Boulevard
  • Andy MacPhillimy & Lois Sutton - Boulevard
  • Suzy Morton & Dell Toelkes - Parks, Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration
  • Raul & Nicole Quiros - Donovan Playground
  • William & Lisa Shorb - Boulevard
  • Carlton Smith - Miscellaneous
  • Curt Taylor - Donovan Playground
  • George & Susan Whalen - Miscellaneous

Bronze Sponsors

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

2125 Yale logo Happy Fatz logo Select Physical Therapy logo
Memorial Hermann Medical Group logo Memorial Hermann Northwest logo

2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour, Candlelight Dinner, and Auction Thanks

The Houston Heights Association wishes to thank all the following volunteers and donors without whom the 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner & Auction would not have been possible. Our apologies to anyone we may have missed.

Executive Chairs

  • Home & Garden Tour - Sandy Steitz
  • Candlelight Dinner - Donna Bennett, Stacey Courville
  • Silent Auction - Julie Pettit
  • Live Auction - Linda Eyles, Danae Stephenson


  • Advance Ticket Sales - Tom Buchheit
  • Auction Committee - Geri Alder, June Barth, Melody Bohlmann, Janet Buchheit, Kit Davis, Sherry Dickey, Stephanie Guillot, Joan Kerr, Sue Korthauer, Kathy Kyrish, Cheryl Luecke, Denise Martin, Julie & Byron Pettit, Liz Conces Spencer, Jan Stephenson, Marcy Trout, Carol Welter, Bess Yeary
  • Kick-Off Party - Anne Culotta, Chris Silkwood, Kelly Simmons
  • Banners - John Baldwin
  • Bicycles - Mary Beth Reuter, Shana Ross
  • Candlelight Dinner Program Design/Layout - Michael Baldwin
  • Collateral Design & Website - Richard McCarley
  • Committee Communications - Janet Buchheit
  • Fire Station Ticket Sales - Jeff Cox
  • Guest List/Check-in Coordinator - Denise Martin
  • Home Tour Flowers - Brenda Eskelson, Dee Melancon
  • Homeowner Photobooks - Denise Martin
  • Homeowners’ Breakfast - Amanda and Rich Anhorn
  • Marketing - Julie Pettit
  • Poster Distribution - Kit Davis
  • Publicity - Susan Love Fitts
  • Shuttle Buses - Sherre Gilbert
  • Tour Operations - Mitzi and Mike Micholas
  • Venue Décor - Debra Fleming, Philip Hannel, Carol Welter

Homeowners and Head Docents

  • 401 W. 9th Street - Dr. James Flowers & Michael Beard; Head Docents - Laura Menefee, Nancy Flesch
  • 409 W. 8th Street - Merry & Palmer Schooley; Head Docent - Jan Clark
  • 718 E. 9th Street - Blair & Jeff Ainsworth; Head Docents - Mary Ellis, Laura Thorp
  • 1005 Oxford - Bobbie Knox Echard; Head Docents - Bob Burleson, Rene Ibarra
  • 1448 Heights Boulevard - Susan & Jeffrey Bell; Head Docents - Kathleen & Mark Williamson, Martha Peet
  • 1648 Columbia - Douglas Killinger & Robert Lyke; Head Docents - Terre Coffman, Tim Villanueva

Silent Auction Donors

  • 14 Pews/Cressandra Thibodeaux
  • 18 Hands Gallery
  • Absolute Pilates
  • Ace Mart Restaurant Supply
  • Addie Ann Spicer & Brian Tamplen
  • Amanda & Rich Anhorn
  • Andrea Sharp
  • Anne Reese Hernandez
  • Anne & Ken Culotta
  • Another Place in Time
  • April Murphy
  • Archway Gallery
  • Armando’s
  • Arne’s
  • Arturo Rodriquez
  • Bart Truxillo
  • Bath Junkie River Oaks
  • Becks Prime Restaurant
  • Bespoke by GJCD
  • Bess & Mike Yeary
  • Betsy Evans
  • Bill Baldwin & Joe Gonzalez
  • Bill Pellerin
  • Bliss on 19th
  • Buchanan’s Native Plants
  • Bungalow Fitness
  • CARisma Wash
  • Carol McKee
  • Carol & Buddy Welter
  • Cat Veterinary Clinic
  • Cathy Coon
  • Chasity Porter
  • Cheryl & Dave Luecke
  • Chris Silkwood
  • Christine & Jan Spin
  • Constable Alan Rosen
  • Corinne Smith
  • Corner Bakery Cafe
  • Cotton Club Collection
  • David, Etc.
  • Dawn Arcieri
  • Dawnia & Darryl Willis
  • Debbie & Ken Keeling
  • Denise Martin
  • DePetra - Art in Jewelry
  • Diane Easley
  • Donna & Jim Bennett
  • Donna Buchanan & Dan Hogan
  • Drew Platt
  • Edmundo Alvarez
  • Ellen & John Newcaster

  • Friends of the Heights
  • Gene Hester/Genesis Art Glass
  • Geri Adler
  • Grogan Building Supply
  • Guadalajara De Centro
  • Haven
  • Heights Cigar Lounge
  • Heights Garden Club
  • Heights of Health
  • Heights Veterinary Clinic
  • International Trucks of Houston
  • Isabelle Scurry Chapman
  • J. Harding & Co.
  • Janet & Tom Buchheit
  • Joan Bohn
  • Joan Kerr
  • John Henry Childs
  • John Palmer
  • John Slaby
  • Joshua’s Native Plants
  • Jubilee
  • Julie & Byron Pettit
  • June & Steve Barth
  • Kathy & Duane Kyrish
  • Kelly Simmons & Keith Crane
  • Ken Newberry
  • Kit & Bill Davis
  • Kroger’s on 11th Street
  • Laura Lopez
  • Laura Menefee
  • Leann Mueller
  • Linda & Simon Eyles
  • Lindsey Lee
  • Liz Conces Spencer
  • Lori Betz/Betz Art Gallery
  • Luke Autrey
  • M Penner
  • Maggie’s Meltdown Jewelry Works
  • Marcy Trout
  • Marilyn Swanson
  • Mark Williamson
  • Mark’s American Cuisine
  • MaryLou Erbland & Robert Woods
  • Massoud Catering
  • Matt Bedingfield
  • Michael Klaybor
  • Molly’s Mutt House
  • Myra Pedroza

  • Nia Moves
  • Nice Winery
  • Northgate Country Club
  • One 4 the Wall Creations
  • Opera in the Heights
  • Pam August
  • Patrick Palmer
  • Pen Morrison
  • Penzeys Spices
  • Polka Dot Dogs
  • Premium Draught
  • Rainbow Lodge
  • Redbud Gallery
  • Rob Hellyer
  • Rouse House Concert Series
  • Sandra York
  • Sands Stiefer
  • Sandy & Dave Steitz
  • Scott Rozzell
  • Shade
  • Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel
  • Shine in the Heights
  • Skin Day Spa
  • Sorrento’s Ristorante
  • Stacey & Mark Courville
  • Studio Fitness in the Heights
  • Susan Venus/Venus Hair
  • Taft McWhorther
  • Texas Center of Dental Excellence
  • The Corkscrew
  • The Glass Wall
  • The Heights Pages
  • The Vietnam Restaurant
  • Tommie Vaughn Ford
  • Tracye Wear
  • Upstage Theater in the Heights
  • Valerie Cook Designs Inc.
  • Valverde Studio
  • Walden Country Club
  • Wanda & Mark Cohen
  • White Salon
  • Yu Cha Pak

Event Contributors

  • Featured Artist - John Pavlicek
  • Floral Designs - Jana’s Flowers, Heights Florist, Darlene’s Flower & Gift Shop, The Empty Vase
  • Candlelight Dinner Guest Gifts - Eclectic Home
  • Specialty Cocktail, the “Spring Fling” - Heights Liquor on 11th
  • Beverages - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  • Home Tour Water - Shana Ross Fitness
  • Ticket Sales - Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Jubilee
  • Venue Décor Construction - Lucas Craftsmanship Inc.
  • Kick-Off Party - Host: Heights General Store; Guest Gifts: Buchanan’s Native Plants

Live Auction Underwriters

  • June & Steve Barth
  • Rita & Jerred Blanchard
  • Anne & Ken Culotta
  • Susan & Chris Dray
  • Marylou Erbland & Robert Woods
  • Linda & Simon Eyles
  • Noelle & Eric Reed
  • Andrea Sharp
  • Chris Silkwood & Gary Milnarich
  • Kelly Simmons & Keith Crane
  • Addie Ann Spicer & Brian Tamplen
  • Christine & Jan Spin
  • Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké
  • Carol & Buddy Welter
  • Bess & Mike Yeary

Live Auction Donors

  • Chef Brandi Key
  • Chris Silkwood
  • Dawnia and Darryl Willis
  • Dramatika
  • Erik Fallenius
  • Jim Bennett
  • John Pavlicek
  • Jorge Olivares
  • Judith Ann Jewels
  • Linda and Simon Eyles
  • Martin Piké Custom Clothier
  • Nacol and Company
  • Paul Kittelson
  • Tootsies

Spring Sponsors - Platinum

  • Boulevard Realty
  • Circa Real Estate

Spring Sponsors - Gold

  • Trudy Waguespack Nelson
  • Lucas Craftsmanship, Inc.
  • Heights General Store
  • The Reyna Group

Spring Sponsors - Silver

  • Buchanan’s Native Plants
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Anne & Ken Culotta
  • Eclectic Home

Spring Sponsors - Bronze

  • Allegiance Bank Texas
  • BullsEye Storage
  • Computer Wiz
  • Chris Dray, Moody Rambin
  • Grogan Building Supply
  • Heights Liquor on 11th
  • PrimeWay Federal Credit Union
  • Shawn Manderscheid Real Estate Team
  • The Village of the Heights
  • Tommie Vaughn Ford

Calendar of Events for June–July 2014










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, 7:00 AM, Heights Blvd. (Marmion Park)



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



12 - garbage


14 - Flag Day

Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 1648 Columbia


Father’s Day


HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


GH/CNSNC flood insurance changes forum. 7:00-9:00 PM, Fire Station

18 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

19 - garbage and recycling

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



summer solstice





26 - garbage





July 1


3 - garbage and recycling


Independence Day


Deadline for next newsletter



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



10 - garbage



Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 721 Algregg



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


Fire Station phase 3 starts

Greater Heights SNC, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

16 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

17 - garbage and recycling

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





HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



24 - garbage







31 - garbage and recycling

August 1


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.

June 13, Noon to 8:00 PM, and June 14, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Friends of the Houston Public Library Summer Book Sale at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St, 77008. For more information or to volunteer, contact Hao at 832-393-1387 or

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.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the Greater Heights and Central Northwest Super Neighborhood Councils host an informational forum on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 on June 17, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Fire Station.

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3 (landscape and parking) will occur July 15 through August 31, no rentals in this period.

Future History

October 5, Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt

December 5-6, Holiday Home Tour

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

February 22, 2015, Awards Dinner [tentative date]

March 16, centennial of Fire Station dedication

April 10-12, Spring Home Tour

June 6, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]

Heavy Trash Notes

June is a “Junk Waste” month; July is a “Tree Waste Only” 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.

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

June contributors:

Janet Buchheit, Stacey Courville, Brenda Eskelson, Lauriel Hindman, Laura Memefee, Julie Pettit, Chris Silkwood.

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