Rose Matchmaking

August 24, 2016 by  
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Rose Matchmaking

1700 Post Oak Blvd # 600, Houston, TX 77056

(713) 963-3663

www.RoseMatchmaking.com 

Rose Matchmaking is Houston’s premier boutique­style Matchmaking firm. We focus on providing

our clients with discreet and caring, one on one Matchmaking. Along with Matchmaking experts are

available to help in many areas:  Coaching and Counseling, Date Feedback, Image Consulting, Health

and Wellness, and Membership to private events.

 

REVIEW:

Rose and her staff are passionate about their work, well organized, experienced and dedicated to matching their clients with the perfect partner. The five star reviews of their current clients and past clients, who are now in relationships, are stating remarkable success with RoseMatchmaking. They report having frequent dates on a consistent basis matched by Rose and her qualified staff. When making the decision to become a client, you will go through an extensive interview process to enable the staff to find you a perfect match. You will also have the ability to take a peak at their current clients when making your decision. So, if you are desiring the perfect mate, RoseMatchmaking will help speed up the process and quickly filter your search.

Written by Christi St. Laurent

Much Ado About Houston

July 26, 2016 by  
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Summer in Houston isn’t complete without a little theater. And what could be better than the “merry war” between Benedict and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, or the tragic underdog tale in Henry V, to take the edge off those steamy August nights?

Photo courtesy of the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Photo courtesy of the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Beginning on July 29, the Houston Shakespeare Festival will alternate performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V over the course of two weeks, once again captivating Bayou City theatergoers at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Since 1975, audiences from all over the city have enjoyed the event, watching Shakespeare under the stars for free every summer. Funding from the University of Houston, as well as several other foundations and individuals, has allowed the HSF to continue and grow, even providing an opportunity for emerging actors, designers, directors and stage managers from the HSF Conservatory to practice their craft in a professional environment.

Don’t miss the show!

Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31; August 2, 4, 6

Henry V: July 30; August 3, 5, 7

For ticket and pricing information:
www.milleroutdoortheatre.com


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Typhoon Texas: A Texas-Sized Water Park

July 26, 2016 by  
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Everything is bigger in Texas—and in this case, that’s no exaggeration. This past Memorial Day weekend, Typhoon Texas, the largest privately owned water park in the country, opened its doors to the public. Sprawling over 25 acres in Katy, 29 miles from downtown Houston, the wonderland boasts 30 waterslides, nine amusement park rides and even a barbecue restaurant.

The most unique aspect about the water park, however, isn’t just the sheer size of it, but the innovation behind the rides themselves. “Slide boarding,” for instance, lets riders shoot at targets as they shoot down a water slide, making for a virtual video game experience; riders can even track their scores on their cell phones. That feature alone should get kids away from their Xbox and out into the sunshine!

Photo courtesy of Typhoon Texas.

Photo courtesy of Typhoon Texas.

Other attractions include the Texas Twister, which boomerangs a raft of up to six people down and up a curved wall; the Gunslinger, a seven-story freefall in a capsule; and the Typhoon, a water slide and white-water-rafting experience combined. For visitors with children too small for the heart-stopping attractions, there’s still plenty to see and do—the Gully Washer is a play area complete with sprays, slides and rope bridges.

When it’s time for a break, there are plenty of food options, from pizza to cooked-from-scratch barbecue. Rentable cabanas provide shade and a place to relax before hitting up another adrenaline-spiking ride.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.typhoontexas.com.


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Dining out for life

Jessica Rossman; Michael Pearce; Photo by Greg KolanowskiAIDS FOUNDATION HOUSTON’S ANNUAL “DINING OUT FOR LIFE”
EVENT IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

More than 40 Houston-area restaurants (and counting) will participate in the annual fundraising event, presented by Gillman Subaru

HOUSTON, TEXAS — For one day in April—Thursday, April 28, 2016—Houston-area restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) through their participation in the annual nationwide event, Dining Out for Life. Gillman Subaru is the presenting sponsor for this year’s event, which is hosted by chair Michael Pearce and honorary chair Jessica Rossman.

Guests interested in supporting AIDS Foundation Houston can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at one of more than 40 participating restaurants (and counting). A portion of the proceeds support AFH’s programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.

“Year after year, we are impressed by the outpouring of support by restaurants and diners alike,” said Kelly Young, Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Foundation Houston. “We can end HIV/AIDS within our lifetime, and Dining Out for Life helps raise funds and awareness that gets us closer to that goal. All you have to do is go out to eat.”

In 1991, an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia created Dining Out for Life. Now the event is produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining. AIDS Foundation Houston has participated in the event since the inaugural year, raising thousands of dollars in support thanks to a mandate that ensures funds raised locally stay local.

The 2016 participating restaurants offer something for everyone. As of April 14, 2016, participating restaurants are:

360 at Houston City Club
Allen’s Landing at The Houston Club
Araya Artisan Chocolate — River Oaks
Araya Artisan Chocolate — Uptown Park
B & B Butchers and Restaurant
Baby Barnaby’s
Barnaby’s – Downtown
Barnaby’s – Heights
Barnaby’s Cafe ­­­­– Midtown
Barnaby’s Cafe – Museum District
Barnaby’s Cafe – Original
Barnaby’s Cafe – River Oaks
Barnaby’s Cafe – Woodway
Bay Oaks Country Club
Canopy
Charivari Restaurant
The Durham House
El Tiempo on Montrose
El Tiempo Cantina on Westheimer
El Tiempo on Navigation
EQ Heights Coffee and Social House
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – River Oaks
Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace
Hearthstone Country Club
The Island Grille at The Clubs of Kingwood
Last Concert Cafe
Latin Bites
Magnolia at The Houston Club
Mitchell’s 74 at Tournament Course at The Woodlands, CLUBCORP
Niko Nikos – Montrose
The Point Bar and Grille at the Club at Falcon Point
Prohibition Supper Club & Bar
Quattro Restaurant
Red Ox Bar & Grill
Reef
Shade
Songkran Thai Kitchen – Uptown Park
South Shore Harbour Country Club Grille
Tacos A Go Go — Heights
Tacos A Go Go — Midtown
Tila’s
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
Zelko Bistro

For more information and the most current roster of restaurants, please visit www.AIDSHelp.org/DiningOutforLife.
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IIDA Houston City Center’s Product Runway

Product Runway is an avant-garde couture fashion design competition with a twist. IIDA Houston City Center’s Product Runway, influenced by the concept of the hit realty TV show Project Runway, is one of a handful of fashion shows of its kind in the country. Product Runway puts teams of interior design and architecture professionals and interior design students in a fashion design competition by creating handmade garments out of standard architectural finish materials such as glass, tile, carpet and wood. Product Runway promises to showcase eye-popping creations during a runway performance by each team on nearly 150 ft. of runway at Revention Music Center!

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Each of the 20 competing teams has been assigned one hard material and one soft material, which must collectively make up 80% of their final garment. With this year’s theme: Avant Art, each team will be assigned a specific art movement with a correlating artist, as well as a piece of work from their artist that shows a true representation of that particular movement. The majority of a completed garment (approx. 60%) must be made of their hard and soft goods that are as close to the team’s assigned art movement and artist. Teams are encouraged to work with their garment label representatives to select goods that will best reflect their particular art movement. The assigned artist and image should serve as an abstract design inspiration. Within the portfolio submissions, each team will be asked to describe how their garment’s design relates to or interprets their assigned art movement and artist. Final entries, also modeled by a member of the design team, must be designed and constructed completely by the team.

The 8th Annual Product Runway Fashion Show is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd at 8 p.m. at Revention Music Center. Funds raised by the evening of inspired designs benefit the Houston Furniture Bank, a local non-profit that focuses on making houses into homes by providing furniture for families in need via 70 agencies in surrounding counties.

PERRO DE MAYO FUNDRAISER PLANNED TO BENEFIT BARRIO DOGS

March 9, 2016 by  
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Volunteers are busy planning the 2nd Annual Perro de Mayo fundraiser that will take place Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston, TX. The event will benefit Barrio Dogs and is open to the public. It will feature live music, food and a silent auction fundraiser. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance on Eventbrite.

This year’s host will be Rick Heysquierdo of KPFT’s Lone Star Jukebox. The musical lineup includes Zenteno Spirit, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Review and Mike & the Moonpies. DJ Jason will spin classic vinyl and local artist Carlos Hernandez is creating more unique Perro de Mayo merchandise. Original artwork and other items will be sold via silent auction and a delicious barrio dinner will be available for purchase.

 

Barrio Dogs is a community-based nonprofit that has been working in Houston’s East End since 2010 to educate and empower residents to improve conditions for the animals in their community. Stray and roaming animals are a big problem in the area with 61% of residents citing it as their biggest public health concern.1 Contributing to the situation are owners who do not spay or neuter their pets and allow them to roam the streets and breed, creating more unwanted animals.

 

Founder Gloria Medina Zenteno is grateful for the support from Perro de Mayo. “We rely heavily on our friends and volunteers. Their support is invaluable to us and helps us continue our work in the community, where much remains to be done”, said Zenteno. “Sadly, despite our best efforts, you see still dogs roaming the streets, pregnant mamas, chained dogs. More than ever, we believe education is the best solution to the problem and with everyone’s help, we’ll continue trying to make a difference.”

 

Barrio Dogs focuses on community and educational outreach at schools, businesses, neighborhood centers and civic association meetings where volunteers make presentations and distribute literature on topics like low cost spay neuter options, proper pet care and reporting animal abuse and neglect. At community outreach days at East End parks, pets belonging to nearby residents are signed up for free spay and neuter. To date, Barrio Dogs has fixed, vaccinated and vetted over 2,000 animals, all paid for with private funds raised at events like Perro de Mayo.

 

The organization began when native Houstonian Zenteno returned to the East End after years away and was horrified to see so many homeless, neglected and mistreated animals. Zenteno first worked with rescue groups but realized that the community lacked a humane solution addressing the root of the problem. With that belief, Barrio Dogs was born with the message that: 1) pets are a lifelong commitment and must receive proper care and treatment, 2) education and spay neuter are the most humane and effective methods of controlling animal overpopulation, and 3) zero tolerance for animal mistreatment and neglect will create safer, healthier, higher property value communities.

 

Barrio Dogs is a proud partner with community leaders and residents in their East End community. Despite popular belief, Barrio Dogs does not have a physical location nor a full-time staff; the core team is comprised of a handful of volunteers, most of them concerned residents with full-time jobs, who dedicate their free time to the organization. To learn more, visit Barrio Dogs at www.barriodogs.org or email inquiries to info@barriodogs.org

¹ Health of Houston survey 2010, sph.uth.tmc.edu/research/centers/ihp/health-of-houston-survey-2010

Houston PetTalk’s Doggy Party on the Plaza April 2

March 3, 2016 by  
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Houston PetTalk’s 7th Annual Doggy Party on the Plaza, a free, family fun rescue benefit will be held April 2, 2016 from Noon to 5:00pm at Houston’s City Centre complex, 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North. It’s a great way to spend family (and Doggy) time including loads of activities, games, free prizes, contests, along with 13 Rescues participating in the annual “Rescue Me!” Parade. Mayor Sylvester Turner will join the fun as this year’s Grand Marshal and channel 11’s Deborah Duncan & David Paul are returning as the event emcees. The event includes Rescue Row,  The Bow-Wow Kids Craft Area, face painting, photos with you and your pet, artists, and so much more. Find out the details at www.doggypartyontheplaza.com.

A Double Feature: iPic Theaters and The Tuck Room

December 11, 2015 by  
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IpicNestled in the new and luxurious River Oaks Shopping District, iPic Theaters offers a glamorous movie-going experience. The theater creates a unique experience for guests, giving them something beyond sitting shoulder to shoulder with other movie-goers. Houston’s the first to use iPic’s groundbreaking POD seating system with fully reclinable chairs and leg rests. Lounge in comfortable pods for two, swathed in soft blankets and pillows and watch the latest blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games007 Spectre, and Creed. Touted as the “ultimate movie experience,” we’re inclined to agree, making it a perfect date night experience.

While kicking back to watch the silver screen, premium food and drink items can be purchased. Forget the overpriced popcorn and soda—you can get a delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza for what you’d normally pay at any regular theater. iPic offers a membership program for loyal customers to enhance their visits; membership levels allow members to purchase tickets in advance and earn points with each ticket and food and drink purchase.

TuckRoom_Croquettes_0020_mediaWhile we definitely enjoyed the food with the theater experience, we’re singing praises on celebrity and three-time James Beard award-winning chef Sherry Yard’s dining concept, the Tuck Room. She teams up with acclaimed mixologist Adam Seger to deliver mouthwatering treats and cocktails, a perfect prelude to the premium experience that the theater offers. We feasted on amazing ahi tuna appetizers, moist lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches that BBQ lovers could love and addictive cheese croquettes. Foodies rejoice!

The cocktails are bespoke and tailored to you. Local ingredients and spirits are the key to some of our favorites like the zesty Handsome Little Devil, a powerful take on a Bloody Mary. The whole emphasis is on social dining, making it a perfect gathering spot for celebrations, even if a movie is not in the plans for the night.

Two thumbs up from H Texas!

 

 

Potted Potter at the Hobby Center: Oct. 27-Nov.8, 2015

October 28, 2015 by  
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Potted Potter is 70 minutes of boisterous laughter and brilliant fun for fans of the Harry Potter series. H Texas watched the opening night, and even newcomers to the world-wide hit will enjoy the parody, which makes references to other pop-culture phenomenons like the Lord of the Rings and Twilight. Wizards, muggles—non-wizard folk—and everyone in between of all ages will enjoy Potted Potter.

The show condenses all seven books and movies into energetic acts performed by two players on stage through a series of costume changes. Daniel Clarkson provided great comedic talent, playing a majority of roles, working the audience up, including a rousing game of quidditch (think wizard lacrosse) in the middle of the show. Jefferson Turner plays the straight man and the title character, Harry Potter himself, providing a great counterpoint to his co-star’s energy. Potted Potter is very interactive, working with the entire audience to chant, cheer, sing along and even come on stage!

Get your family and loved ones to the Hobby Center soon before the show moves on November 8th!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon Oct 23rd

October 2, 2015 by  
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Fight! Human Trafficking – Brighter Futures Begin with You”

                              CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon

 

When:                  October 23, 2015, 11:00a Registration | 11:30a Luncheon

Where:                Hotel ZaZa

 

Benefiting:         Accolades is an annual event that benefits CHILDREN AT RISK’s work to end Human Trafficking.

 

Honoring:           State Representative Senfronia Thompson and Senator Joan Huffman

 

Honorary

Chair:                    Artist and human trafficking activist Molly Gochman (Red Sands Project)

 

Host

Committee:      Citizen’s Committee to End Human Trafficking

 

Cost:                     Individual Tickets: $350; Tables: $3,500 – $25,000

 

Contact:              Ellen Stauffer 713.869.7740 | estauffer@childrenatrisk.org

 

 

UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING

September 21, 2015 by  
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30TH ANNUAL
UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING
A HIGH-SPIRITED TRADITION
WHO: Uptown Houston
WHEN: Thanksgiving Evening
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Begins at 4 p.m. with holiday music and concessions
Live Entertainment starting at 5 p.m.
Fireworks Extravaganza at 7 p.m.
FREE and Open to the Public

WHERE: Uptown Houston – Post Oak Boulevard
(Between San Felipe and Westheimer)

WHAT: The 30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting will be held Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, November 26, 2015. To kick off the holiday season, Santa will make his annual appearance to light up more than a half-million lights on 80 trees lining Post Oak Boulevard and on area building rooftops. The spectacular evening culminates with a dazzling fireworks extravaganza presented by Carnan Properties.

PARKING: Public Parking – FREE parking is available throughout the area.

INFO: (713) 621-2504 www.uptown-houston.com

Mark’s American Cuisine assisted Children from Families-in-Need

September 4, 2015 by  
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SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, benefited from Mark’s American Cuisine’s generosity as they helped raise funds and awareness.

Proceeds Benefiting SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young

During the month of August, Mark’s American Cuisine offered a specially-priced Prix Fixe 3-course lunch menu for $29 and a 6-course dinner Chef’s Tasting menu for $75. In addition to enjoying an epicurean adventure at Mark’s, guests supported children from families-in-need with every purchase. Mark’s donated $5 from each Prix Fixe lunch, and $10 from each Chef’s Tasting dinner .

“Mark’s is thrilled to offer our guests a culinary experience that will not only satisfy their appetites but that will feed their hearts as well,” said Cox.

Cox was inspired to give back to SAY after Houston Astros George Springer hosted the Inaugural All-Star Bowling Benefit in Houston recently. The overwhelming success and momentum created from the event, with SAY supporters, Springer, his fellow Astros and celebrity friends lead Cox to open up his heart and help send young people who stutter to a life changing summer camp. www.CampSAY.org

Editor’s note: I attended experienced some of Mark’s food recently. Yes, you are looking at Frozen Foie Gras.

Innovative new dessert from Mark's American Cuisine

Innovative new dessert from Mark’s American Cuisine

Oysters in Dune from Mark's American Cuisine

Oysters in Dune from Mark’s American Cuisine

 

 

 

 

Crime Stoppers Gala Honoring Dave Ward Oct. 29th

August 31, 2015 by  
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Thursday, October 29th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

PLACE:  Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway
Houston, Texas 77056

DETAILS:          On October 29, 2015, Crime Stoppers of Houston will be hosting its 23rd Annual Gala.  This year, we are excited to share that we will be proudly honoring Houston icon, Mr. Dave Ward!  Many know that Mr. Ward played an instrumental role in creating the “media” reach of Crime Stoppers of Houston back in the early 80’s.  It was his creativity and ingenuity that contributed to the famous (and internationally recognized) Crime Stoppers’ reenactments. Thanks to his vision, Crime Stoppers of Houston has created a model that now leads the nation.

Keynote Speaker: Ted Koppel

Chairs: Joella and Steve Mach

Auction Chairs: Courtney Zubowski Haas and Dr. Eric Haas

For tickets and more information, please visit http://crime-stoppers.org/events/crime-stoppers-of-houston-2015-gala/

For additional event information, contact Allison Lewis at 713-521-4600 ext. 1108 or alewis@crime-stoppers.org.

MARAVILLOSO! The Water Festival

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Where: Discovery Green
When: June 5 – 6, 2015
Website: http://www.discoverygreen.com/circus

Discovery Green welcomes the return of MARAVILLOSO! A contemporary circus and dance event featuring talent from all over the world and from Houston. The two-day event returns as a Water Festival on June 5-6, 2015 with a graceful performance on Kinder Lake by Belgium’s and Netherlands’ artistic company Chanson d’Eau.

Original music and art works by Chanson d’Eau in their first US appearance, the performance features floating, glowing “flowers” that open to reveal graceful dancers on Kinder Lake. The festival will also include a new commissioned dance performance, in celebration of water, byKaren Stokes Dance.

Karen Stokes Dance is a non-profit dance company that has been producing original dance-theater in Houston since 1999.  During this time, KSD has performed in New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Kaarlstad (Sweden), and in Houston, Texas.  In 2014, Karen Stokes was named number one choreographer by the Houston Press in their Top Ten Houston Choreographers list. In 2013, Houston Press awarded Karen Stokes with a Masterminds Award, the first contemporary dance company in Houston to receive this recognition for innovation in the arts.

Check back soon for performance times.

Water Safety Month

April 20, 2015 by  
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US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Create Safe Swim Environments During Water Safety Month in May

Preeminent swim school organization advises parents to begin water safety with kids at 6 months

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools. The tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drowning deaths are preventable. To help educate children, parents, families and swim instructors on preventive measures to avoid a drowning incident, US Swim School Association (USSSA), the preeminent swim school organization in the country, has compiled the latest life-saving water safety and swim instruction tips for National Water Safety Month in May.

There are several standard water safety precautions recommended to parents including: keeping children under constant supervision, enrolling children in swimming lessons, knowing CPR, having pool fences and barriers installed. In addition to these vital steps, USSSA has created a list of tips parents can use to build extra layers of protection for their children around water.

 

Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Tips

  • Create a verbal cue for your toddler or child that must be given by you before he or she can enter the pool.
  • Never allow your baby/toddler in the pool without a swim diaper.
  • Create a process the child must go through before entering a pool such as putting on a swim diaper, a swimsuit and applying sunscreen.
  • Never use floatation devices or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim.
  • Children should learn to swim without goggles. Teach your children to open their eyes under water; if they fall in they can find the side of the pool or a step and get out safely.
  • For very young children practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water.
  • Create a water safety plan for your family and have water emergency drills with your kids covering how to recognize the signs of someone struggling in water and what to do in this type of emergency.
  • Make sure your guests and kids’ friends know your pool rules before they go outside and get in the pool.
  • Start swim lessons at 6 months of age and continue them year-round at a US Swim School member location.
  • Always make sure your children wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft and in open bodies of water.

To find a USSSA affiliated swim school near you, or for details on becoming a member of the nation’s leading swim school organization visit: http://www.usswimschools.org.

 

About US Swim School Association

US Swim School Association (USSSA) began in 1988 to fill a gap in the swim school industry. USSSA has become the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country with over 400 members providing swim and water safety instruction to over 500,000 students each year. Swim schools receive invaluable benefits as USSSA members, receiving the latest training in water safety, swim instruction methods and tools, invitations to annual conferences, and many other benefits that help establish and build each individual business. USSSA has partnered with Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation for its official water safety program. Through USSSA, parents and students are provided with a reliable and trustworthy resource when searching for a swim school and can rest assured they have chosen a top school when they choose a USSSA affiliated location. For more information, visit www.usswimschools.org.

MAMMA MIA! takes it all to Houston!

April 15, 2015 by  
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mamma-miaThe Broadway hit and touring musical, featuring 22 songs by Abba, premiered at the Hobby Center last night, and H Texas was invited to attend the packed and festive event.

MAMMA MIA! is the story about a young bride who never knew her father. Upon finding out the names of three men who her mother had relationships with the year before she was born, she secretly invites all three men to her wedding in hopes of finding out who will give her away. Add in the strong and lively personality of her mother and the fun personalities of her mother’s friends, and cue the hijinks against catchy and engaging pop and disco hits!

The amazing cast poured their energy into the dancing and singing, backed by a beautiful and minimalistic Mediterranean set. The lighting and costumes were on point and the two and a half hour show breezed by, full of head bobbing and laughter as the antics played out. By the end of the show, the atmosphere was more like a concert with flashing lights, and the whole audience was on our feet in applause, swaying to encores of “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” and, of course, “Mamma Mia!”

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see all of the amazing numbers, now showing until April 19th. Book your tickets now!

Interested in seeing more shows this year? The season ticket packages may be the right choice for you with shows like Phantom of the OperaThe Sound of Music and Cabaret coming soon. Season ticket buyers may also buy tickets for Wicked and Beauty & the Beast.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

March 31, 2015 by  
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What: Nat’l Kick off of Special Needs Families First Saturdays – April is Nat’l Autism Awareness Month

When: Sat. April 4th, 9am

Why: Because parents of special needs kids have asked us to set aside time so their special child can play without judgement/rough play from mainstream kids.  It’s also great for parents to meet other parents of special needs kids.

 

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Parks Across the Country Open Doors Just for Special Needs Families First Saturday of Every Month – Kicks off April 4, Start of Autism Awareness Month    

 

To raise awareness for children with special needs, Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Parks nationwide will open their doors at 9 a.m. – an hour early – every first Saturday beginning April 4 so special families can enjoy an hour of play before the general public is admitted at 10 a.m.  April marks National Autism Awareness Month.

“Families have shared with us that their children with developmental challenges feel more confident in their play when the park is less crowded,” says Jumpstreet COO Mark Goldman.  “We want all our young guests to have fun without interruption or judgment from others who may be unaware or may not understand children with different abilities.”

Jumpstreet’s “Special Family Saturdays” also provide an exclusive reduced rate of $8 for a two-hour “all access pass” for children 4 and older.  The regular price for the general public is $21 for the same package.  Children 3 years and younger enjoy two hours of play for $4.  An “all access pass” allows guests to enjoy additional attractions at each location such as the mechanical bull, a foam pit, an inter-tube slide, walking sticks and other unique activities at Jumpstreet.

Families with special needs children can enjoy the VIP treatment on the first Saturday at Jumpstreet’s 15 locations: Chandler  and Glendale, AZ, Greenwood VillageLakewood and Littleton, CO, Lawrenceville, GA, FranklinGoodlettsville and Murfreesboro, TN and  AllenCedar ParkColleyvilleDallasKaty and Plano, TX.   “We are a family-owned business and take pride in reaching out to the communities we serve,” Goldman states. “Our friendly staff is looking forward to meeting new families and their children.”

About Jumpstreet:

The Colorado-based company has 15 locations in the United States and continues as a stand out among competitors for its safety-conscious corporate culture while offering fun and exhilarating attractions families love.  Jumpstreet was founded in 2007, with a mission to provide families with a safe, reliable, exciting venue that encouraged physical activity in children and quality time among families and friends.  For young children, jumping improves balance and gross-motor coordination. For teenagers, it’s a great way to burn off energy while practicing cheerleading or gymnastic-like maneuvers. Jumpstreet is also a very popular choice for hosting birthday parties and other celebrations.  Companies also utilize Jumpstreet as a unique setting for a memorable team-building experience among coworkers, or adults can sign on to the free WiFi for some productive time while their children are having fun in a supervised environment.  Visit www.gotjump.com.

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park

March 28, 2015 by  
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One more day Houston! SUNDAY 10AM – 6PM. The weather is perfect. This is why we live in Houston.

450 Artists working in 19 different mediums, Non-Profits, Music, Food, Beverages, Creative Zones – and you!

HoustonArtFest

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons

March 18, 2015 by  
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“Whether child or adult, we were together invited to explore his world of magic. Maurice opened our eyes and allowed all of us to dream, discover, and imagine.” David Copperfield, Illusionist

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons

Collection on view at:
Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building and the Julia Ideson Building | 500 McKinney St. and 550 McKinney St., 77002

March 21, 2015 – May 2, 2015

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons is the comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select works by the late artist supplemented with accompanying comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publishing of the universally revered Where the Wild Things Are. Since 2013, this exhibition has toured selected venues throughout the United States featuring works in a variety of media.

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons is a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children’s literature to Broadway and the opera, from animated to young adult textbooks — Maurice Sendak remains an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and insights.

Houston Kids Triathalon

TRI_About

When: April 19, 2015
Where: University of Houston 4500 University Drive Houston, TX 77004
Website: http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/triathlon/about.html

The Houston Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Kids Triathlon, Inc., have partnered to bring you the 2015 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital. It is expected to be the largest USATriathlon sanctioned kids triathlon in the world for the second year in a row with 3,000 participants ages 6 to 15. Thousands of families will gather for the interactive triathlon expo and tons of racing fun. The Houston Texans are proud to support this PLAY 60 initiative, helping to build a generation of healthy, active and responsible kids.
Training Guide courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital
The Houston Texans and Kids Triathlon, Inc. are proud to partner with Texas Children’s Hospital on the 2015 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. To prepare yourself or your child for the race, Texas Children’s Hospital has put together a guide that offers nutrition advice, an endurance training plan and safety tips so all participants will train properly and perform their best on race day. This tool is FREE so make-sure to download and print today!

To download the guide, click here.

Map
The race will take place on a closed course and water stations, race volunteers, and safety personnel will be positioned throughout the race.

Click here to view race maps.

Parking
Free parking will be available to all participants, spectators, and volunteers on the campus of the University of Houston. The large surface lot at the intersection of Texas Spur 5 and University Drive provides the best access to the event. There are other surface lots in this same area that are also open and only a short walk to the race course. Exit 44C or Exit 44B off of I-45 are the best ways to reach this area of the University of Houston campus.

Click here for the parking map.

Hotels & Travel
We welcome race participants that are traveling from all over the region to be a part of the  Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. William P. Hobby Airport is less than 10 minutes from the University of Houston, and is home to hundreds of flights each day.

If you would like to stay at a hotel close to the race site, there are a number of options:

The Crown Plaza Hotel located at 1700 Smith Street in downtown Houston is offering a special race-weekend rate of $79 per room for registered participants. Contact the Crown Plaza at:

Crown Plaza Hotel – Downtown Houston
1700 Smith Street
Houston, TX   77002
(713) 739 – 8800
www.crowneplaza.com
Promo Code:  Kids Tri

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