The 3rd Annual Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Moves to Early Spring

February 27, 2013 by  
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WHAT:  Foodies take note.  The 3rd Annual Haute Wheels, THE Food Truck Festival is set for March 23-24, 2013.   Benefitting the Houston Community College Foundation, this 2-day festival will feature 35 gourmet and fun food trucks, the H-E-B Beer and Wine Garden, live music on the Momentum Mini Music stage, a vendor village as well as interactive activities and fun for all.  Tickets will once again be limited for each day.

No more tracking down your favorite truck.  35 trucks all in one central location for one weekend only.

Participating trucks include: Angies Cake, Bare Bowls Kitchen, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Coreanos, Custom Confections, Chocolat d’arte, Firehouse Tacos, Fork in the Road, Frosted Betty, Happy Endings, Good Dog, H-town StrEats, It’s a Wrap, Kurbside Eatz, L’es-Car-Go, The Lunch Bag, NOLAS Creole 2 Geaux, Oh My Gogi, Pi Pizza, Porch Swing Desserts, The Waffle Bus, Stick It, and St. John’s Fire.

Newcomers to the festival include:  Coney Cruiser, Big Daddy Z’s, Monster PBJ, ZeaPod Cakery, Chi’lantro BBQ, Pocket to Me, Soul Cat Cuisine, The Golden Grill, Fraiche, Snow Angels and Kona Ice.

MUSIC: Live on the Momentum Mini Music Stage.  Saturday:   Southern Backtones; Craig Kinsey; Wheel Workers. Sunday:  Johnny Falstaff; Electric Attitude; Folk Family Revival.

VISUALS:  Northside Fury Roller Derby rolls through the weekend; Live music throughout the weekend.

WHERE: HCC Southwest West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South

WHEN: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24

TICKETS: Tickets are $16 for adults, which include $5 worth of drink concession tickets; $1 donation to the HCC Foundation and a $2 coupon good for a ride on the Wave shuttle.  Children 12 and under are free.  Purchase tickets online and find a complete list of food trucks and entertainment at

Street Food Festival at Whole Foods Market

February 26, 2013 by  
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Street_Food_festivalJoin Whole Foods Market Houston area stores for a three-day Street Food Festival celebrating the creativity of international street food vendors.  Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3 from 12-5pm each store will be packed with fun activities including tastings of exotic recipes from countries around the globe.  From skewers to sweets you will not want to miss this event. Come enjoy authentic, flavorful curbside cuisine you can hold in your hand. So put away your passports and skip the jetlag, and come out for a weekend of food from around the world! Please check with your local store for more information on all the exciting tastings and events that will be happening.
Friday – International Flair
Saturday– Just Skewer It
Sunday – Flavor Fusion

Houston Area Stores:

Bellaire: 4004 Bellaire Blvd
Katy: 6601 S. Fry Road
Kirby: 2955 Kirby Drive
Montrose: 701 Waugh Drive
Sugar Land: 15900 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land
Wilcrest: 11145 Westheimer Road
Woodway: 6401 Woodway Drive

Cyclists Gear Up for 29th Annual BP MS 150

February 25, 2013 by  
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society to Host Ride April 20-21

The 29th Annual BP MS 150 Bike Ride, the largest event of its kind and the largest fundraising ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will take place on April 20 – 21, 2013. Approximately 13,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the two-day, 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin. The BP MS 150 aims to raise $18 million this year to fund cutting-edge research and support programs and services benefiting thousands of Texans impacted by multiple sclerosis and served by the National MS Society.

Registration is available at The 2013 registration fee is $100, and a minimum pledge of $400 is required for participation. Individuals, families and groups are also encouraged to volunteer for the more than 3,000 positions in Houston, Austin and along the route. Log on to to volunteer or to donate online.

Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21, 2013

The ride will begin in Houston on Saturday, April 20 and finish in downtown Austin in front of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum near the State Capitol on Sunday, April 21, following an overnight celebration at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange. Cyclists have the option to start at one of three starting points on Saturday:

Tully Stadium                                             Rhodes Stadium                                               Waller Stadium

1050 Dairy Ashford St.                            Katy High School                                               Waller High School

Houston, TX 77079                                1733 Katy Fort Bend Rd.                                    20735 Stokes Rd.

Katy, TX 77493                                                Waller, TX 77484

On day two, riders can opt for one of two routes out of La Grange as they make their way to Austin.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.   The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.  In 2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at or 1-800- 344-4867.

About BP
BP has invested more in the United States over the last five years than any other oil and gas company. With more than $55 billion in capital spending between 2008 and 2012, BP invests more in the U.S. than in any other country. The company is the second largest producer of oil and gas in the U.S., a major oil refiner and a leader in alternative energy sources. BP provides enough energy each year to light the entire country. With more than 21,000 U.S. employees, BP supports nearly a quarter of a million domestic jobs through its business activities. For more information, visit

Twin Sister

February 25, 2013 by  
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BRAY’S BAYOU – If you like one of history’s mysteries, this is a good place to start — a Da Vince Code with cactus. We are in search of historically valuable, lost artifacts. But unlike the Loch Ness Monster, Anastasia and UT’s winning football teams, these babies actually exist, maybe right here near the Houston Ship Channel. Have you heard of the Twin Sisters? They are not a Vaudeville act but two cannons – the only artillery the Texians had at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Now is a good time to reconsider their disappearance because this is the anniversary of the battles of the Alamo and Goliad, the Runaway Scrape and San Jacinto — Texans’ high holy season. In the Texas Revolution General Sam Houston had a few good, and not so good, men. Some cavalry, spies and a surly staff that kept trying to get rid of him. But no artillery which, if the other side has some, is a definite necessity. Enter the good people of Cincinnati, Ohio. They liked Texans (this was before there was major league baseball) and wanted to help them in their Revolution. So the citizens took up a collection and ordered two 6-pounder cannon made of brass or cast iron (there is a dispute), 5 feet 5 inches long, with a four-inch bore and weight of approximately 800 pounds. Both barrels were inscribed as being from Cincinnati.
They were shipped to New Orleans and, since the United States was officially neutral in the Texas Revolution, the cannons were listed as “hallow ware” which was, I guess, technically correct. The Sisters reached the Texians at Harrisburg as they were fleeing Santa Anna’s troops. On April 19 the Texas Army of 763 soldiers arrived on the banks of the San Jacinto River, slowly fording it. Soldiers took the floor of a house belonging to a Mrs. Batterson and used it as a raft to float the cannons across.
On the day before the battle of San Jacinto, the Sisters got into a fight with a Mexican artillery piece twice their size, the Golden Standard. Thirty Texas cannoneers trundled the pieces forward for the duel. The Texians had never fired the cannons before and were probably trying to figure out where to attach the bayonet, when the Mexicans opened up. The Standard’s first shot hit the Sisters’ commander, Lieutenant Colonel James C. Neill, in the rump. The Sisters answered in kind, hitting Captain Fernando Urriza in the rump. Then the Texians went to work on the enemy, killing two mules and wrecking the Standard’s limber, which is the front part of the gun carriage.
So much for the first artillery duel. The next day, April 21, 1836, the Twin Sisters were put in the middle of the Texas line and were hauled up the hill by manpower. George Hockley was now in charge since Neill was still nursing his rear guard action. Then General Sam Houston, in his usual mild manner, gave the order to his artillerymen: “Halt! Halt! Now is the critical time! Fire away! God damn you, fire! Aren’t you going to fire at all?”
Following the battle the cannons were used to guard the Mexican prisoners and were later sent up to Austin, when that village became the capital, to hold off Indian attacks. After Texas joined the Union, the cannons were moved to the U.S. Army depot in Baton Rouge, La. When the War Between the States erupted, Texas wanted the Twin Sisters back. They were found, one in scrap pile, the other in the hands of “a gentleman living in the Parish of Iberville.” They were fixed up and sent to Galveston.
Now comes the mystery. After the end of the war, in August of 1865, five discharged Rebs returning from Galveston by train got off in Houston, and one of them, 19-year-old Henry North Graves, spotted some confiscated Confederate weapons in a pile earmarked for a northern foundry and destruction. In the pile Graves found the Twin Sisters. Graves and his companions — John Barnett, Ira Pruett, Sol Thomas and Jack Taylor — immediately decided to save the Sisters. As one of them remarked, “We’ll bury them so deep no damned Yankee will ever find them.” That night, joined by a black man named Dan, they stole the cannons, burned the wood and leather attachments, then buried the barrels near a bayou.
That is the last the Sisters were seen. In 1895 Graves and two of his old diggers returned to the bayou’s banks to retrieve the cannon. No luck. Graves came back as late as 1920 but could find nothing. I wrote about all of this years ago, and George Brown, of Brown & Root, called up and said, “Wonder if a reward might help the hunt?”
“It would,” I agreed.
“How about $2,500?”
“How about $25,000?”
Pause. “All right.”
Brown insisted on anonymity, so a $25,000 certificate of deposit was drawn up with my name on it to be awarded for the return and verification of the Twin Sisters. The offer finally expired and Brown died without anyone ever finding the guns. A few years later an old friend of Brown’s renewed the offer. Again, no takers. Since then others have tried, even without the reward, but the Twin Sisters have eluded all discovery, although one amateur historian says the cannons are hidden plain sight. He believes Graves and his merry men actually took the Sisters down the Gulf Coast and up the San Antonio River to Presidio La Bahia near Goliad where they were found in about 1935, and are on exhibit there.
But according to Graves’s story and maps of that period, the two cannons should be around here somewhere by the bayou near Brady’s Island, beside the railroad track. Perhaps the Sisters are not being coy, but are simply awaiting General Houston’s next orders, “Fire away! God damn you, aren’t you going to fire at all?”

Ashby can be fired at

Texas Music and Cajun Crawfish

February 20, 2013 by  
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The 27th annual Texas Crawfish and Music Festival is excited to announce the musical lineup for their fest held over two weekends, April 19-21 and 26-28, in historic Old Town Spring, Texas. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 14th at 10am Central. Check out the new site at  for details.

This year, the festival is bringing in one of their biggest music lineups yet, with an eclectic mix of local, regional and national talent. From blues and country to Latin and Americana, there’s a sound for just about everyone. The lineup includes Randy Rogers Band, Robert Earl Keen, The Toadies, Los Lonely Boys, Jack Ingram, Cody Canada & the Departed, The Trishas, Grupo Fantasma, Sarah Jaffe, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Shakey Graves, Will Hoge, and many more.

The Texas Crawfish and Music Festival is one of Houston’s largest and longest running festivals, deeply rooted in the historic railroad town of Old Town Spring, TX. The festival is family friendly and promises to have something for all ages. Along with music and steaming pots of delicious Southern Louisiana crawfish, expect all the fun and festivities of a carnival, complete with rides, games, local arts and crafts, food and drinks, a petting zoo, and more. Additional announcements regarding special guests and attractions at the festival will come soon.

The full lineup, ticketing information and more is available on the festival’s newly launched website at Follow the festival on Facebook  and Twitter @SpringCrawfish.


The Annual Texas Crawfish Festival takes place in the historic 1900’s railroad town of Old Town Spring. It is one of Houston’s largest and longest running festivals showcasing tons of local, regional and national music entertainment, featuring local artists and vendors, and serving some of the tastiest Southern Louisiana Crawfish. It is a wonderful family event and fun for all ages. Come celebrate 27 years of fun, music and crawfish!

Fair Trade Oriental Rugs are coming to Houston
Ten Thousand Villages hosts 7th Annual Rug Event

February 20, 2013 by  
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The always popular Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event returns to the Houston Ten Thousand Villages non-profit retail store on March 21-25. For 5 days only, more than 300 heirloom-quality hand-knotted rugs will be on display and available for purchase at this unique annual event.

From intricate florals to hand-spun natural dye wool tribals, every Bunyaad rug has been designed and hand-knotted by highly skilled and fairly paid adult artisans. A variety of rug sizes, styles, and colors will be available at the event.  Images of Bunyaad rugs can be viewed at

“When artisans know they are paid for every knot they tie, they are empowered to focus on the fine details of intricate rugs that will last for generations,” says Yousaf Chaman, Bunyaad Director. Bunyaad works with over 850 families throughout 100 villages in Pakistan.

An Introduction to Oriental Rugs seminar will be held at the Houston store on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The one-hour seminar is ideal for anyone considering an Oriental rug purchase or who would like to learn more about the art of Oriental rug making, rug care and even room design. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

“It’s a win-win situation” said Kay Walser, store manager. “Artisans in Pakistan earn a living wage and North American consumers get an excellent quality rug with an excellent mission behind it. Home decorating was never more beautiful!”

To make a reservation or for more information about the Ten Thousand Villages Oriental Rug Event, please contact Kay Walser at 713-533-1000 or visit

Realm of the Coin

February 18, 2013 by  
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THE COUNTER – “That will be two dollars and 51 cents,” says the clerk. All I’ve got are dollar bills, and hand her three. So the clerk glumly digs out a quarter, two dimes and four pennies. Sometimes there is a penny box near the cash register, or the clerk will just shrug and forget the penny. But up north, they don’t have that problem. The Canuks are doing away with their penny, or as the Huffington Post put it, “Soon, Canada will be penniless.”
The last Canadian penny was minted in May, and none too soon. According to the Canadian Mint, ending that operation will save the tundra taxpayers an estimated $11 million each year. The reason being that the coin which is worth one cent actually costs 1.6 cents to make. (Incidentally, the end of the Canadian penny has caused a rush by coin collectors.) As the penny slowly makes its way out of circulation, which may take three to four years, Canadian businesses have been asked to round all cash transactions up and down to the nearest 5-cent increment. So the next time you are buying walrus blubber in the Yukon, remember that items costing $1.01 or $1.02 will simply be rounded down to an even $1.00, while goods that cost $1.03 or more will be rounded upwards to $1.05. But if you use your credit/debit cards or checks, the price won’t be rounded.
Will Americans ever follow their northern brethren in the realm of the coin? We have been debating the use and uselessness of the penny for years. If you are a conservative you like our currency the way it is — no change in the change. If pennies were good enough for Strom Thurmond, they’re good enough for us. But conservatives don’t like to waste government money and, just like the Canadians, a U.S. penny costs more to make than it’s worth.
The cost fluctuates due to the ever-changing price of metals, but in 2012 it cost the U.S. Mint two cents to make a cent, down from 2.41 cents the year before. That figure includes distribution, Mint overhead, etc. The total loss in producing the penny last year was $58 million, slightly less than in 2011 which had a loss of $60.2 million. To save tax dollars, conservatives should support dropping the penny. If you are a liberal, you want change you can believe in, even if it’s your children’s change. But the situation is not that simple. If a penny was coined – so to speak – and used once and thrown away, then, yes, the cost would be more than the value. But pennies, like diamonds, are forever, so we can’t accurately say we’re losing money in the operation, just that it costs more to make, count and distribute, than its face value.
If we start doing away with pennies, we’ve got quite a job. The U.S. Mint doesn’t know exactly how many are in circulation, but estimates about 140 BILLION. Some numismatists (I don’t get to write that word often) put the figure as high as 200 billion. Since the first penny was struck in 1787 until today, more than 300 billion pennies have been minted in the U.S. So if the Mint’s estimation is correct, we are missing 160 billion pennies. Check under your sofa pillows.
Then there’s the nickel, which is actually made of zinc, copper and nickel. As with the penny, the cost of producing a nickel changes with the metal market, but for fiscal 2012 to make and distribute the five-cent piece it cost 10.09 cents, down from11.18 cents in 2011. Like the penny, to make a nickel costs about double its face value. Maybe we should go back to beads, wampum and beaver pelts, because a look at our current currency shows we’ve stumbled a lot, often just to be politically correct. Remember the Sacagawea silver dollar? In a sop to NOW, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin specifically told the committee designing the new silver dollar to come up with a minority woman. The dollar bombed.
Did you ever get a Suzy B. Anthony dollar? Not many people did. Back in 1979 the government came out with that coin. By 1981 it had struck 857 million of them, at which point the U.S. Treasury found it had 550 million metal Anthony coins lying around in sacks in Mint vaults. Nobody wanted the dollars. Not be sexist, for five years the Mint produced Presidential $1 coins (all featuring males, of course), totaling about $2.4 billion. But nobody wanted them either, and a large portion are now gathering dust in Federal Reserve vaults. Yes, we aren’t real good at choosing our currency. When was the last time you received a $2 bill or a 50-cent piece?
If we really want to save tax dollars of any kind, Congressional auditors say replacing dollar bills with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. A one-dollar coin could stay in circulation for 30 years while paper bills have to be replaced every four or five years on average. But our current silver dollar causes confusion because it looks very much like a quarter. Speaking of which, the feds decided that each state could put their own special logo on the reverse side of the 25-cent piece. Texas chose the Alamo, obviously. This brings up the question of what our state’s secessionists would want on Republic of Texas currency. Willie Nelson or Earl Campbell? How about the Old Dime Box dime? The El Paso peso? Let’s go back to Luckenbuck, Texas.
Soon we may be saying so long, pennies from heaven, penny wise and pound foolish. Goodbye a penny saved is a penny earned. Can J.C. Penney be far behind? Should we do away with the one-cent coin? A penny for your thoughts, which may be worth two cents. Can you round this off to the nearest beaver pelt?

Ashby is in circulation at


February 11, 2013 by  
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New home opening to serve homeless women and children

Houston (February 11, 2013) – On February 12, The Mission of Yahweh will officially open
The Sister Gay Children’s Home, which will provide housing for an additional 45 homeless women and children. The Mission will be increasing its capacity by over 50% (actually 52.94%) by going from 85 to 130.

The Sister Gay Home was originally built in 2000 by the Larry J. Martin Foundation as a personal home for Sister Gay. Over several years, she legally adopted or was guardian to twenty-six children. Sister Gay passed away in 2008 and her children have moved away. The building has now been brought up to Commercial Building Code and will re-open as the Sister Gay Children’s Home and house up to 45 more women and children It will provide 10 bedrooms for mothers and their children on the first floor while the second floor will provide 9 bedrooms for women without children. This expansion will allow the Mission to help more homeless women and children have a chance for a better life.

A vision from God led Sister Gay to a devoted life of helping the poor, and in 1961 she opened her home to women in crisis. To get her community’s help, Sister Gay drove her truck through the Memorial area seeking donations. Soon, many churches and families lent their support to Sister Gay and her vision.

About The Mission of Yahweh:

In 1971, a group of churches met and organized a Board of Directors and the corporate structure to support her work. In 1972, a corporate charter was granted by The State of Texas to establish The Mission of Yahweh as a non-profit 501(c)3 homeless shelter for women and children.

In 1981, construction began with a single dormitory on Algiers. Today, the Mission Campus consists of 11 buildings. Sister Gay’s vision continues to drive the mission to enrich the lives of homeless women and children.

The Mission provides the women with On-Site Vocational and Educational Employment Counseling, On-Site Child Care and Academic Tutorials for the children, GED Test Preparation and Training, Financial Education, Parenting, Life Skills, and Computer classes, Job Readiness, the House of Hope which clothes the women for their job interviews, Bible Study and a Summer Program for the children.

The Mission’s primary goal is to transform lives so that the residents leave much better than when they arrived, resulting in successful exits and a pathway toward independent living.

The Mission of Yahweh and the legacy Sister Gay has left behind continue to flourish.

For more information contact Richard Hill, Executive Director.

The Mission of Yahweh

10247 Algiers
Houston, TX 77041
Tel (713) 466-4785
Fax (713) 466-3480

Five Hidden Benefits of Exercise

February 11, 2013 by  
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With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

“That’s great,” says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps, “but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans.”

Here are five hidden benefits of a good workout:

Younger looking, more blemish-free skin
The increase in circulation and perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed. The result—a healthier complexion!
Natural “feel-good” chemicals
Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better.
Constipation prevention
Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestines, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles and slow down the digestion process.
Prevents brittle bones
Walking, jogging, dancing, Pilates and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Enhanced immunity

Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive.

Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelor’s in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. She has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine

—Dr. Eudene Harry

Foods for a Healthier Smile

February 11, 2013 by  
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Your dentist can provide a list of foods to steer clear of if you’re looking to avoid cavities, staining and enamel loss. But did you know there are certain foods you can eat that will actually help keep your mouth healthy?
Nutritionist Karen Krchma and Dr. Shawn Frawley, along with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) have developed recipes incorporating foods that benefit oral health in a free “Recipes for a Healthier Smile” e-booklet. Use these food tips and try a delicious recipe from these experts to ensure you receive a healthy report during your next trip to the dentist.

For healthy gums
Wild salmon: Omega 3 reduces inflammation
Basil: Natural antibiotic, reduces mouth bacteria

To prevent enamel loss
Quinoa: Calcium-rich, good for bones and teeth
Onions: Sulfur compounds may kill streptococcus bacteria
that can cause tooth decay
Broccoli: Iron may create a protective barrier, shielding teeth
from acidic foods and drinks

For white teeth
Pineapple and vitamin C-rich foods: Act as natural

To avoid cavities and plaque
Shiitake mushrooms: Prevent oral bacteria from creating
dental plaque

For a complete list of recommended foods for oral health,
and to download a free copy of the recipe e-booklet, visit

Unwind. Decompress. Relax.

February 11, 2013 by  
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Spa Week is the perfect time to try new services at discounted rates.

Stress. There are very few who can escape its tenacious hold. From busy schedules to demanding deadlines to impossible tasks, stress can easily become a part of our daily lives taking a serious toll on our overall health. So much so that it is estimated that by 2020, stress will be a common contributing factor to the top five diseases, according to the World Health Organization.
Rid your mind and body of all the strain and anxiety during the biannual Spa Week Spring 2013 event taking place at hundreds of spas and salons across the country in April. Spa Week invites clients to take a break and try something new with affordable $50 treatments. Discounted services will include a variety of treatments from advanced laser facials, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy, non-invasive body contouring and more.

In order to receive exclusive information on spa and wellness locations as well as the $50 services, spa-goers should register on as early as possible. Check out the complete directory online to begin booking services. It is recommended that spa-goers sign up and book in advance to ensure they reserve their top treatment choices.


To date, more than a dozen Houston area spas have signed on to participate in the nation-wide event including:
• Avalon Massage & Bodyworks
• The Facial Center for Plastic Surgery
• LifeSpa – Champions, Cinco Ranch, Houston City Center, Kingwood, Lake Houston and Sugar Land
• Norris of Houston
• Organic Spa Houston
• Spa at the Waterway
• The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Houston
• Spa Alexis Massage & Spa
• Wrapped In Wellness, Houston at Arenas Towers

Being Home

February 11, 2013 by  
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Traveling far and wide, appearing on Broadway and in a new hit television series—it all sounds exciting—but for Katy native Kearran Giovanni, her home is where her heart is.
by Sue-Ella Mueller


Broadway and television actress Kearran Giovanni has put down stakes on both sides of the coast, but at heart, she’s still a Texas girl.“I’ve lived in New York and now in LA, but Katy [Texas] is where I grew up. It’s where my dad and my brothers and their families live and where so many of my friends still live. Katy is my home,” Giovanni says.

Best known for her role as Dr. Vivian Wright on One Life to Live, but now making a name for herself as Detective Amy Sykes on TNT’s hit show Major Crimes, the 5’7”, Giovanni was the beautiful girl-next-door in the Katy neighborhood of Cinco Ranch. A dancer, gymnast, track star and head cheerleader at Taylor High School, she says she had a “pretty great childhood,” but just about the time she was to enter her senior year, her dad, who worked for Halliburton, was transferred to Venezuela.

“I didn’t want to move,” she says. Her love of dance and the opportunities available in Houston for dancers, convinced her parents to let her stay back in the States. “They told me if I could get into the Houston School for Performing and Visual Arts [HSPVA], I could stay,” says Giovanni. “I made it in for dance and it was a really great school. It was small compared to Taylor’s 3,500 students. There were only about 130 people in my class and you got to know everyone. It was very open-minded and diverse; I had my eyes opened a lot.”

It was at HSPVA where Giovanni’s eyes were also opened to the idea of pursuing her love of dance as a career. “At the end of our senior year, HSPVA set up these ‘mini-auditions’ for us in front of colleges from all across the country. That’s when I met Professor Richard Hess from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He told me ‘I think you can do this. I think you can work in musical theater.’ I believed him and I got into his program and was like a little puppet. I did whatever they told me. It was four years of intense acting. I ended up graduating with a bachelor of arts in musical theater.”

Giovanni credits the university with setting her on the right path to stardom. “Before graduation, we did a 55-minute showcase for casting directors. There were 12 of us in my graduating class. The casting directors were given a list and they circled who they wanted to sign. We got to skip the search for an agent, bypassing one of the hard parts,” she says. “The school taught us much more than just about our craft. They taught us how to be our own business, how to move to New York, how to mingle and how to brand ourselves. I’m not saying you can’t go to New York without a degree, but it just takes a little longer to land a job and meet the right people.”

Giovanni did indeed meet the right people. She began appearing on Broadway the moment she landed in New York. She worked on productions such as Lion King, Sweet Charity and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. And it wasn’t long before she began being cast for television roles on shows including Royal Pains and Law and Order. In 20009, she was selected for a major, recurring role, Dr. Vivian Wright, on the soap opera One Life to Live.

“At the time, I was performing in Guys and Dolls and doing One Life. I was working two to three days a week on the soap shooting about 50 scenes a day and then doing the musical at night. I did that for three years until the soap ended,” she says. “It was a fast-paced world; like speed dating for TV. But I can memorize stuff now pretty easily. You don’t have a choice; you have to learn your lines, so you train your brain to do it.”

The training apparently paid off for as soon as the last episode of One Life to Live ended, other television shows came calling. “I was performing in Anything Goes when I read the script for Major Crimes. I loved it and I told my husband it was the perfect role. During my first audition, Meg Simon [the casting director] was a mama bear, giving me tips and I made it past the first round. They wanted me to go to LA to do a screen test, but the stage manager for the Broadway show said ‘Well, sweetie, I don’t think that’s going to work.’ That’s the harsh side of Broadway. I was heartbroken,” Giovanni remembers. “But they were willing to let me do the screen test via Skype in New York to the director in LA. All the girls in the show were so sweet, waiting with me, like a gaggle of geese. When I made it past the network, they asked me to fly out to LA. I thought I was going for one more audition, but they had me meet them at lunch, which was a little strange. Am I going to have to audition right here at the table? Instead, they said, ‘Welcome to Major Crimes. We wanted to tell you in person.’ I was crying and they were laughing. It was a ridiculously storybook ending.”

Giovanni, her husband and their two young daughters had to pack up everything they owned and make the move from coast to coast within a month’s time. Despite leaving the Big Apple, Broadway, her husband’s family and many good friends behind, it was a role of a lifetime for the actress. Giovanni’s character on Major Crimes, a spin-off of TNT’s The Closer series, is Amy Sykes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran.

“She’s funny and smart but also quirky and a bit socially awkward. She doesn’t know when to hush and says whatever comes to mind. I’m a little bit similar to her—I was that girl in class that always had her hand up. I can’t help it. I just want to shout I know the answer, pick me. Amy is like that and everyone just rolls their eyes at her, but in the end, she is usually right,” says Giovanni.

During its initial season, the show shot 10 episodes and was recently picked up for a second season. “They thought we’d do okay, but our numbers were great! We’ll start filming the next 15 episodes in March,” she says.

That gives the mother of two something she rarely got when she was working in musical theater—time off. “I miss the instant gratification of Broadway; being able to see the audience and whether they are happy or moved. I heard that familiar ‘five minute’ call for ten years and everyone was there waiting in the wings to go on. I miss that part of Broadway,” Giovanni says. “But I don’t miss working eight shows a week, missing out on weekends and nights with family and friends. TV is good. I’m still doing something I want which is creating a character, but I have a life. I get to spend time with my family and be a wife and a mom. I love being home.”


Want more Kearran?

Catch her on CW’s Beauty and the Beast as she guest stars as Police Commander Joe Bishop’s wife Thursday, February 21, and tune in to Major Crimes’ second season beginning July 2013. You can also watch the first season of Major Crimes in its entirety on Netflix and at


February 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Blogs, Hot Button / Lynn Ashby

THE BACK HALL – It’s hard to get too excited about a hot water heater until you step into the shower in the dead of winter and let out a loud, “AGGGGG!” because you are being drowned in water at 4 degrees below Iceland. At that point, you get terribly interested in that obscure tank hidden in the laundry room.
Not everyone has a car, or color TV or matching Russian wolfhounds, but virtually all Americans have a hot water heater, or live in an apartment or Motel 6 that pipes in the hot water. Since the device has no moving parts and doesn’t need much if any servicing, we really don’t pay attention to it like we do our 58-inch TVs, riding lawnmower and pets. But when it stops working and/or explodes in a ball of fire, then we get interested.
I had a 12-year-old heater which worked quite well but, in the back bathroom when I turned on the hot water, the heater groaned like an Al-Quida leader being water-boarded. (I wonder if the CIA used hot water?) Then the tank made menacing noises — it popped, gurgled, hiccupped. My wife decided we needed a new heater. I noted that the guy who came around twice a year to inspect and service our heating and a/c units had said we needed a new heater and a/c desperately. That was five years ago, and the units continue to work perfectly. Nevertheless, each time Mister Fixit came around, he repeated his sales pitch. We switched companies. That led me to suggest to my wife that, if the heater did blow, we follow the lead of our pioneer forefathers and boil water in a pot hung over the fireplace. “Less is more,” I explained. Do you know that sleeping on a den couch is bad for your back?
So we got a heater, and here it is, brand-spanking new, ready to turn out gallons of scalding water. It is also the ugliest thing I ever saw. My old tank was sleek and white, if noisy. This new one is an evil dark-gray like a camouflaged battleship, with more ugly metal pipes, plugs and valves running in and out than a moonshiner’s Erector Set. How can such a simple device look so ghastly? Is this the new look in house decorating – gnarly-busy? Covering much of the gray tank are instructions pasted on so securely that they are impossible to peel off. Actually, the instructions are more like warnings, obviously not written by a plumber but by a personal injury lawyer. I have no idea what they warn me about, but they were probably dreamed up by the same geniuses that warn us not to use our electric hairdryer in the bathtub – even when using hot water.
Where is your heater located? Earlier I mentioned the laundry room but for some of you “laundry room” might mean the creek behind the trailer park. There are those who put their heater in the garage so that it takes 40 minutes for the hot water to reach the back shower. It makes sense to put the contraption close to where it is used – in that wing of the house next to the various bathrooms and, if you’re smart, that’s also where the clothes washer and dryer are located. When you think of it, why drag all your dirty laundry through the house to the back hallway where you put your washer, wringer and clothes line? Then my plumber told me about the household that did exactly that, put the tank upstairs and in back. While the family was out of town, boom. Upstairs and downstairs looked like they had been visited by Katrina.
After hearing that sad story, a good spot for my new gadget seemed to be in my neighbor’s backyard. He wouldn’t mind a flooded cesspool. But that would be too far away, so I decided to cover the tank with a sheet, but it might catch fire. I could just call it the NBC fall TV schedule, and no one would see it. Finally I decided build a wall around it. I won’t need to tear down the wall to replace the tank for another 12 years, and by then we won’t even be using hot water heaters. Just put a full bucket in the yard and global warming will do the rest.
Next question: What kind of hot water heater do you have? Is it too big, too little or just right? (Some claim their product is “about as big as a carry-on suitcase.”) Is it pretty or ugly? Does it use natural gas, liquid propane gas or electricity? Is it a hybrid, select California gas or eco-smart self-modulating? Do you really care? Does it have a tank or is it tankless? Until I looked into the matter, I had no idea there were so many types, and by then it was too late. Further investigation led me to Consumer Reports. It said heating water accounts for up to 30 percent of the average home’s energy budget. Some makers of gas-fired tankless water heaters claim their products can cut your energy costs up to half over regular storage heaters.
The elves in the CR lab determined that the tankless varieties are 22 percent more energy efficient on average, which means a savings of around $70 to $80 per year in energy costs. But overall, Consumer Reports didn’t care much for the tankless types. Research showed they cost much more to buy than storage water heaters and cost more to install, so it can take up to 22 years before you break even which is “longer than the 20-year life of many models.” Wait a minute. A lifetime of 20 years? Mine was supposedly on its last drop after 12 years. Maybe I should have kept the old water heater, but I got tired of sleeping on the couch.

Ashby is in hot water at

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February 11, 2013 by  
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Inn at Dos Brisas only Forbes Five Star Restaurant in Texas

February 11, 2013 by  
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(Washington, TX; February 27, 2013)—The Inn at Dos Brisas has once again been bestowed the prestigious Forbes Five-Star restaurant award. With the announcement of the 55th-annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Award winners, The Inn at Dos Brisas remains the only establishment in Texas with this distinction for the fifth consecutive year. The 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Star list includes 28 five-star restaurants who consistently exemplify an exceptional and distinctive dining experience for guests.

“We are so honored to once again receive this accolade,” states The Inn at Dos Brisas Proprietor Doug Bosch. “With only 10 tables in the restaurant, we strive to make every dining experience memorable, by providing impeccable service, flawless attention to detail, and an exquisite meal that is largely comprised of ingredients from our 24-acre USDA certified organic farm.”

Located an hour outside of Houston, The Inn at Dos Brisas provides the utmost refinement and relaxation. With daily changing three-, five-, and eight-course meat and vegetarian menus, Executive Chef Zachary Ladwig is passionate about using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients and works hand in hand with the gardener and sommelier to ensure a seamless dining experience. The restaurant is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m., with lunch served from 12-2 p.m. Sunday Brunch is served 11a.m.-2 p.m. To make a reservation at The Inn at Dos Brisas, please visit

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Explore Fredericksburg

February 11, 2013 by  
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The Women’s Resource presents Gloria Steinem

February 7, 2013 by  
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On Tuesday, April 30, The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston presents Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist, as the featured speaker at the organization’s 22nd Annual Luncheon. The event will be held at the JW Marriott from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ms. Steinem returns to Houston, a city that is a landmark in the history of the feminist movement. In the essay, ‘Houston and History,’ from her book Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Ms. Steinem says, “For myself, Houston and all the events surrounding it have become a landmark in personal history … Figuring out the date of any other event now means remembering: Was it before or after Houston?” Ms. Steinem will discuss the progression of feminism and advancing the rights of all women. Her talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

A limited number of interviews will be available after Ms. Steinem’s appearance on Tuesday, April 30. For more information, contact LaTanya Flix at or Sunny McKinnon at


The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston was founded in 1990 to provide free financial education and research so that women and girls have the knowledge they need to make sound financial decisions and improve their lives. For more information, visit


February 7, 2013 by  
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 7, 2013) – Pan Caribbean Capital Partners I, Ltd. is proud to announce the opening of its highly anticipated venture – an exclusive luxury resort and golf community on the tropical Caribbean island of Roatán. Las Verandas Hotel and Villas, to be unveiled March 1, 2013, will initially encompass an expansive lobby, Palapa Bar & Restaurant, two infinity edge pools, 1,000 feet of private beach and six villas providing 12 large bedroom accommodations with stunning views of the Caribbean and a championship golf course. In July, five more villas and 36 rooms & suites will open along with a new restaurant and bar. Ultimately, Las Verandas Hotel and Villas will offer guests 60 luxury rooms and suites, 32 free-standing villas and a 6,000 square feet destination spa. Long considered a dream destination among divers and snorkelers, Roatán has recently caught on as a popular getaway spot for American and Canadian sun-seekers.

“Even by Caribbean standards, Roatán is a cut above,” says J. William Sharman, Jr., Chairman of Destination Resorts, Ltd. “As a lush island with white sand beaches, serene turquoise waters and balmy weather, Roatán brings new meaning to the term tropical paradise. We are excited to open the first premiere, luxury resort, spa and private villa complex in Roatán to cater to discerning travelers exploring the attractions of the island.”

By air, Roatán is approximately two hours from the U.S. mainland. Las Verandas Hotel & Villas is located just fifteen minutes from the Roatán International Airport (RTB), which receives direct flights from Houston, Miami, and Atlanta via United, American, Delta and TACA. There is also direct service from Newark seasonally as well as Canada via regular charter flights.

Las Verandas Hotel & Villas’ design draws from the natural beauty of the Bay Islands in everything from the fabrics used to the terra cotta flat tile roofs to the uniquely decorated spacious bathrooms. The design maximizes guest comfort level by offering a private 1,000-foot crescent-shaped white beach, two large infinity pools including waterfalls as well as private pools at most villas, two specialty restaurants and bars offering Caribbean/Americas fusion cuisine, a private function room with terrace overlooking the Caribbean and a championship golf course. Designed by legendary father-son duo Pete and Perry Dye, The Black Pearl is Roatán’s first and only championship golf course. The 18-hole, 7,200-yard course is set within the island’s rolling hills with stunning views of the Caribbean and is ideal for golfers of all levels.

Available for sale are 32 two & three-bedroom, fully-furnished beachfront villas, offering unobstructed views of the beach and ocean. Owners enjoy full access to all resort amenities and villa prices range from $850,000 to $1,170,000. All of the interiors of the resort villas are an extension of the Caribbean with high white-washed walls and ceilings with stained wood trusses, French doors, and lush landscaping of the island’s tropical splendor.

Las Verandas Hotel & Villas bask in the natural beauty of Roatán surrounded by rainforest-covered hills, white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and glowing sunsets. The resort rests on the North Shore with the Mesoamerican Reef just beyond, creating a playground where guests can enjoy diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing from deep sea marlin, wahoo, tuna, and sailfish to a vibrant array of reef species including snapper, grouper, amber jack, as well as bone and permit in the exotic flats. Or, they can simply relax on the beach or around one of the infinity edge pools overlooking the reef. Visitors may even spot whale sharks and sperm whales near Utila, a neighboring island.

For more information on Las Verandas Hotel & Villas, please visit and

Deer Lake Lodge and Spa Wellness Lecture Series

February 5, 2013 by  
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MONTGOMERY, TEXAS – Deer Lake Lodge and Spa, an exclusive destination health resort and holistic spa, will host a monthly lecture series covering health and wellness topics from leading industry experts and acclaimed authors.

Monthly wellness workshops will take place as part of Deer Lake Lodge and Spa’s weekend holistic detoxification program and resort stay. Lecture topics and dates include:

Cleanse America – Paul Risse

February 15-17

The veil is being lifted and now is the time to cleanse, heal and rejuvenate. Join Paul Risse and his Cleanse America initiative to transform the state of health in our nation – body, mind and spirit through raw food cleanse and detoxification education.

Paul Risse began his journey with raw foods in Santa Monica, CA where he was a personal trainer for “ABC’s Extreme Makeover” After becoming a certified raw chef and eating a 100% raw foods diet for one year, Risse continued his journey by helping open Austin, Texas’ first raw food restaurant, Daily Juice Café and Barefoot Market’s first juice bar in Stephenville, Texas.

Ignite – Daniel Levin

March 6-9 Join thought coach, speaker, author and wellness extraordinaire Daniel Levin as he guides you through a new beginning. Levin will teach a series of exercises and techniques that encourage individuals to let go of the thoughts that no longer serve them and focus on what gives us energy to change those things and explore new options.

Daniel B. Levin has been in spiritual practice for more than 25 years. He is the founder and owner of Daniel B. Levin, A Branding Company that helps people get what they want. He has spent 14 years in monasteries all over the world including a ten-year service as a spiritual monk, and has taught thousands of people how to live a more practical, centered life.

The Lifestyle Makeover – Dr. Susanne Bennett April 26-28
Take the first step toward healing your body and living an allergy-free life. This seminar is full of helpful advice on how to receive allergy relief and eliminate allergies from your life naturally – without drugs and medication. Learn about how food allergies can cause weight loss resistance, how sleep can be your best medicine, and how correcting your Bio-Rhythm is the key to longevity. Guests will also be able to reserve one on one appointments.

For the last twenty-two years, author of The 7 Day Allergy Makeover and allergy specialist Dr. Susanne Bennett has been dedicated to helping people restore their body’s naturally healthy state so that they can live the best life possible. Bennett’s mission is to ensure that no individual lets their allergies hold them back from being a happy and productive person.

S.A.G.E. – Todd Hershey
May 3-5
Todd Hershey’s proprietary SAGE program (Self Awakening and Growth Experience) is a process that reveals unprecedented insights for both individuals and businesses. The program uses a series of single-word answers to questions applied to any subject you wish to examine such as love, career, finances and even the purpose of your life. The answers are then tied together in various sentences that illustrate exactly where things are today, where you want them to go and how to get there.

Todd Hershey is a world-renowned psychic and personal development facilitator known for creating two revolutionary forms of divination. While familiar with many traditional kinds of divination including tarot and channeling, he prefers to perform readings using either his Self-Awakening & Growth Experience (SAGE) program or a common 52-card deck.

For more information on the upcoming lecture series or to reserve a weekend stay at Deer Lake Lodge, call 1(800) 961-4210 or visit

Deer Lake Lodge and Spa is an exclusive destination health spa and wellness resort opening theifasting, colonics, body works and energy works, Deer Lake Lodge and Spa aspires to improve guests’ health in an environment where they can enjoy a multi-faceted cleansing program in a rustic-chic resort atmosphere. Through relaxing holistic cleanses and therapeutic approaches, Deer Lake Lodge aims to educate their guests about how healthy, natural options can reenergize not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

Deer Lake Lodge and Spa is an eco-friendly holistic spa and resort located on 50 beautifully-secluded acres, only 40 minutes north of Houston, at 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Road, Montgomery, Texas 77316. To make advance accommodations for a weekend getaway, and for pricing options, email

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Upcoming Events in Downtown Galveston

February 5, 2013 by  
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  • March 2, 2013, Movie Nite on the Strand starts up for another summer season at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand!  The movies will kick off with the 1981 version ofArthur (rated PG) featuring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud.  Movies are free to the public and begin at dusk.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating.  Movie Nite on the Strand takes place every 1st Saturday of the month from March through October and is presented jointly by the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mitchell Historic Properties.
  • March 9, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm, Hypersoul will rock Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand!  They’ll be kicking off the Music Nite season with Classic Rock hits sure to make any music lover sway.  Music Nite on the Strand is free to the public and takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from March through October and is presented jointly by the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mitchell Historic Properties. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating.
  • March 16, 2013, Mitchell Historic Properties is proud to partner with the attractions and restaurants at Pier 21, 21st Street and Harborside, to present “Party on the Pier!”  The newest downtown activity will kick off with the oldies music thanks to the musical stylings of The Clasixx.  Party on the Pier takes place at Pier 21 from 6pm to 9pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month from March through October.
  •  March 23, 2013, Music Nite on the Strand returns on the 4th Saturday of the month.  From 6pm to 9pm, Dead Rabbits will perform Irish Folk Rock tunes for the public at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand.  Music Nite on the Strand is free to the public and takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from March through October and is presented jointly by the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mitchell Historic Properties.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating.
  • April 6, 2013, Movie Nite on the Strand shows The Help (rated PG-13) starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand!  The free movie showing is free to the public and begins at dusk.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating.  Movie Nite on the Strand takes place every 1stSaturday of the month from March through October and is presented jointly by the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mitchell Historic Properties.
  • April 13, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm, The Fab 5 will rock Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand!  The Beatles Tribute sensation are returning to Music Nite by popular demand!  Music Nite on the Strand is free to the public and takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from March through October and is presented jointly by the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mitchell Historic Properties.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating.
  • April 20, 2013, Mitchell Historic Properties is proud to partner with the attractions and restaurants at Pier 21, 21st Street and Harborside, to present “Party on the Pier!”  April’s musical entertainment features the Zydeco Country tunes of Kevin Anthony & G Town.  Party on the Pier takes place at Pier 21 from 6pm to 9pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month from March through October.
  • April 27, 2013, Music Nite on the Strand features Alligator Handshake.  From 6pm to 9pm, visitors will enjoy the Rockabilly/country performed at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand.  Music Nite on the Strand is free to the public and takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from March through October and is presented jointly by the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mitchell Historic Properties.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating.

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