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|Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association|
|Volume Forty, Number One, January 2015|
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Incoming President's Remarks:
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; the monthly program commences at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited! Learn about the Houston Heights Association and your neighborhood at the HHA welcome table.
January 12: For the Love of Animals
Six rescue organizations will be on site to share their mission of rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of dogs and cats in the Heights. Each organization will have two pets for you to meet and learn about adoption.
The following organizations are scheduled to participate:
Thank you to Laura Virgadamo for chairing this program.
February 9: Share the Love
Meet the committees of the Houston Heights Association and learn about their activities and your opportunities to participate at this annual valentine-themed event. There will be door prizes and “heart-felt” refreshments.
Meet Your School Principals
The HHA Education Committee invites Principals of local schools to the HHA Monthly Meetings to introduce themselves to our members and describe their schools and their programs. These Principals are scheduled in the next few months:
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2015 Platinum sponsor:
Heights Garden Club
January’s meeting features our first field trip, which will be to our favorite compost resource: Nature’s Way Resources in Conroe. Come enjoy a tour and adventure on January 10 from 10:00 AM to noon. John Ferguson, the owner of Nature’s Way Resources, will lead the tour. John is a soil scientist, the author of the book Organic Management for the Professional, and he is one of the pioneers of the composting industry in Texas. Those on the tour will get the inside scoop on how Nature’s Way Resources makes their compost, mulches, and soils from scratch. Additionally, John and his staff will show off several demonstration gardens and a new plant nursery that specializes in useful plants such as natives, heirlooms, and edibles. Bring your gardening boots and get ready for an adventure!
Bill Baldwin has graciously offered the use of the parking lot at Boulevard Realty at the corner of Heights Boulevard and 16th Street as a staging area for carpooling. Meet us at 9:00 AM to share a ride up to Conroe - drivers and riders are welcome! Riders may leave their cars in the parking lot.
We have planned another field trip for the February 14 meeting to Arbor Gate at 15635 FM 2920 in Tomball. The Arbor Gate is way more than a garden center - it is quite literally an inspired collection that includes unusual plants, artisan-created decorative pieces, and a constantly changing array of items that bring beauty, comfort, and even flavor to the home and garden. We have tentatively scheduled a talk on butterfly gardening, but we also want to leave plenty of time to explore the nursery and shops. 10:00 AM to noon. Carpool arrangements to be announced.
All events are free. For more information check our Facebook page or our website at .
The award goes to…
Attend HHA’s annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Doors will open to the Fire Station at 5:00 PM for a happy hour, followed by dinner at 6:00 PM. During the program, which will begin at approximately 7:00 PM, winners of the Community Improvement Awards, as well as Citizen of the Year, Marcella Perry Award, and Corporate Citizen, will be announced.
Tickets are $25 per person, and seating is limited. You’ll be able to purchase your tickets online beginning around February 1. In the meantime, more information about the Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner will be available on the HHA website and Facebook page as details become available for this fun event.
Candlelight Dinner & Silent Auction
Plans are already underway for a spectacular 2015 Candlelight Dinner & Auction, to be held on Friday, April 10. A crew of wonderfully enthusiastic volunteers is already in high gear creating the highly anticipated Silent Auction that takes place at the Candlelight Dinner. It takes a village to pull this auction together, and we would love your help!
Proceeds from the auction are very important to fund the many HHA projects that benefit our neighborhood. You can help by donating items or gift certificates to the Silent Auction. Guests enjoy bidding on a huge variety of auction items such as getaways, sporting event tickets, dinners and all things Heights related - art, neighborhood memorabilia, products, services, restaurant certificates, performances, events, and neighborhood parties. In recognition of your kind generosity and helping hand, you will receive acknowledgment in the event’s gala program, on the bid sheets accompanying your donation, and in the wrap-up newsletter article.
You can also help by volunteering to be a part of the Silent Auction Committee. Committee members help solicit and collect donations and help organize, set up, and design the silent auction on the day of the event. Helping with the Committee is a great way to meet new friends while helping our neighborhood. As a small token of our appreciation, each Auction Committee volunteer also receives a complimentary ticket to the Spring Home Tour.
If you can help by making a donation or by volunteering to be part of the Silent Auction Committee, please email . Thank you in advance for your help making this a fantastic fundraiser!
Spring Home & Garden Tour
The annual HHA Spring Home & Garden Tour will be April 10-12, 2015. It takes about 300 volunteers to make this event go smoothly, and we need you! If you would like to volunteer or just to inquire about ways you can help, let us know at . We would love to sign you up!
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2014–2015 Gold sponsors:
At its organizational meeting in December, the 2015 HHA Board of Directors took the following actions:
2015 Committee and Subcommittee Chairs
(© indicates Officers automatically on the Executive Committee.)
(Number in parentheses is the last year of each Director’s term. Asterisk indicates one-year appointment. © indicates non-officer Directors elected to the Executive Committee.)
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2014–2015 Silver sponsor:
MARTINIS & MISTLETOE,
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2014–2015 Bronze sponsors:
Our thanks to these donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Irene & Tim Anderson - Donovan Playground
Rich and Amanda Anhorn - Boulevard
Matt Bedingfield - Boulevard
Tim Beeson - Flower Gardens
Ricchard & Laura Brown - Donovan Playground
Amanda Bullard - Boulevard
Jared & Rachael Cahan - Boulevard
Wanda & Mark Cohen in memory of Carol Sofianopoulos
S. Tyler Crabtree
Gregg DeJarnett & Tracy Rummel - Parks, Boulevard
Jean Dorsey - Boulevard
Josh & Lisa Ecroyd
Stella Edmondson - Parks
GDF Suez Energy N. America Matching Gift of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons
Matt & Marybeth Gebauer - Donovan Playground, Flower Gardens
Todd & Cindy Green - Parks, Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration
Michele Haralson - Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration
Jamie Hay - Donovan Playground
Houston Heights Tai Chi Association - Flower Gardens
Houston Zen Center - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens
Buddy & Stacy Marshall
Gary & Holly Martinez - Donovan Playground
Dee Ann & Kevin McLarney
David McLean & Cynthia Felde
Henry Pogorzelski & Blair Woodell - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
Clay & Barb Robinson - Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration
Ron Foster Properties, Inc. - Parks
Jessica & Ken Ross
Catherine Smith - Boulevard
Cara & Brian Stewart - Donovan Playground, Fire Station Restoration
Evin Thayer - Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
Becki & Debasish Tripathy - Boulevard
Please welcome these new members to the Houston Heights Association.
It’s Rewarding - If You Sign Up
As we noted last month, Kroger is making it easy for local non-profits, such as HHA, to receive cash through Kroger Community Rewards. A new program year started in September, and it looks like many of you forgot to sign up again this year. Here’s how you can sign up.
First, you need to have a Kroger Plus Card. If you don’t have a Plus Card, get one at a Kroger service desk. If you use your phone number at the register, call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.
Second, you need a registered Plus Card account online at . If you are new to the Kroger online programs, you’ll need to sign up for an account.
If you already have an account, sign in to your Kroger account at the link noted above, select Account Summary in the left column, click on the “Edit” button under Kroger Community Rewards information, and enter our name or our organization number 81249.
Then, every time you shop at Kroger using your Kroger Plus Card, HHA will accumulate points toward a donation from Kroger. The amount HHA earns will depend on how much our participants spend compared to other organizations. Organizations that are supported by Kroger Plus Card shoppers will earn a percentage of the $1.5 million donated annually.
If you’re a Kroger shopper, we encourage you to sign up and increase HHA’s earning potential.
Calendar of Events for January–February 2015
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Every Saturday, 8:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street. Back to the regular time. Contact Meghan.firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the weekly distribution list.
January 30-February 8, Opera in the Heights presents Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets, visit operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.
March 20-29, Opera in the Heights presents Bizet’s Carmen in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets, visit operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.
At The Properties
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays at 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights Boulevard at 18th.
Heavy Trash Notes
January is a “Tree Waste Only” month; February is a “Junk Waste” month. The heavy trash pickup date is the third Wednesday for most of the HHA coverage area.
For dates at your address, visit the City Solid Waste site.
February 22, 2015, Awards Dinner
March 8, celebration of the centennial of the Fire Station dedication [new date]
April 10-12, Candlelight Dinner and Spring Home Tour
June 6, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]
October 4, Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt [tentative date]
December 4-5, Holiday Home Tour [tentative dates]
December 15-16, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]
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 © 2015, 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
VP Communications: Julie Pettit
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
Bill Baldwin, Stacey Courville, Angela DeWree, Brenda Eskelson, Linda Eyles, Lauriel Hindman, Julie Pettit, Kelly Simmons.