In This Issue

The Historic Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour & Holiday Market: Christmas Past and Present

Homes On The Holiday Home Tour

Second Annual Houston Heights Holiday Market

Holiday Docents Needed

General Meeting

Director Election Schedule

Community Improvement Award Nominations

Heights Bike And Skate Rally Experiment Succeeds

Heights Holiday Hayride

Demo Watch

City Of Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance: What It Does And Does Not Do

Donations

New Members

Around The Heights:
Houston International Folk Dancers

Cookies And Wassail With Santa

Historic Houston's Tax-Free Day

Incarnate Word Open House

BBQ Pit For Sale

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Three, Number Eleven, November 2007
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The Historic Houston Heights
Holiday Home Tour & Holiday Market:
Christmas Past and Present

Thousands in the Houston area look forward to it every year: The Historic Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour & Holiday Market! Themed “Christmas Past and Present,” this year’s event is set for Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2, and it promises to be one of the best yet.

Sponsored by the Houston Heights Association, the much-anticipated annual event takes place in one of Houston’s most historic and unique neighborhoods - Houston Heights - known for its restful tree-lined streets, unique architecture, eclectic boutiques, and cozy cafés.

The Home Tour will highlight three beautifully restored turn-of-the-century homes and two recently constructed homes reflecting traditional Heights architecture. All five homes will be decked out in their holiday best, and docents will be available to point out the rich history, architecture, and unique holiday decorations of each home. [See the home descriptions and pictures below.]

The Holiday Market will feature local artists, crafters, and merchants with fine hand-made wares, gift items, Christmas decorations, and one-of-a-kind accessories. Artist Sue Kerr will be returning with her popular house portraits. Food vendors will offer delicious treats for sale, and street performers will delight and entertain. [See article below.]

The Holiday Market will be at the Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale; the homes on tour are in the surrounding area. Shuttles will be available on Saturday and Sunday to go between the homes and can be boarded from the Fire Station.

The tour homes will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, from Noon to 6:00 PM on Saturday, and from Noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The Holiday Market will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Friday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, and from Noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Advance tickets are $17. Tickets purchased on tour days are $20 for all five homes or $5 for each home. Tickets can be purchased online at www.houstonheights.org/holidayhometour.htm and picked up at the Fire Station. Advance tickets are available at these local businesses: Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Eclectic Home, and McCain’s Market. Tickets will be available for purchase on tour days at the Fire Station and at the homes.

Money raised by the Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour and Holiday Market is used by the Houston Heights Association to support neighborhood programs, including maintaining, improving, and beautifying parks, streets, walkways, public buildings, and vacant and underdeveloped areas; sponsoring the rehabilitation and restoration of historically significant homes and buildings; and to promote Houston Heights as the best and most livable historic neighborhood in the Houston metropolitan area.

For more information about The Historic Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour and Holiday Market, go to the web site above or call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002 and select option 7.

Second Annual Houston Heights Holiday Market

by Sharie Beale, Chair, 2007 Holiday Market

We have a wonderful Holiday Market for all of our shoppers this year, with new and returning merchants. This is a great stop before or after the Holiday Home Tour. It’s also where tour tickets are sold and the first trolley stop for the Holiday Home Tour. There is no entrance fee for the Holiday Market.

The merchandise you can expect to see includes Christmas decorations (yes, Venice Holiday Gifts is back, plus some new folks with wonderful decorations), hand-made crèches, and ornaments. In addition, hand-painted gifts, jewelry of all sorts, soft Alpaca clothing (small and large pieces), stylish fur pieces (real and not) such as vests, jackets and scarves, gifts for the home (some wonderful new Polish pottery merchants), and garden decorations (the Round Top garden art has finally come to our Market!) will be available.

The ever-popular Sue Kerr is returning this year and will take a commission to do a portrait of your home. (Sue was busy all last year with orders just from our Market.) Lucia’s Garden is back to entice you with all things herbal and wonderful, and we have a new purveyor of bath and beauty products. For that executive in your life, don’t miss stopping at Wooden Wonders for beautiful handcrafted pens and great wine bottle stoppers (great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts). We also have food gifts and baskets; don’t forget to check them out upstairs in Santa’s Food and Sample Room!

There are lots of things going on, so stop by and see us. Enjoy some shopping and the holiday sprit!

General Meeting

Our program on November 12 will be about insurance protection for our homes. It will be a presentation by Pippa Wiley about homeowner’s and flood insurance. Pippa, a long-time Heights area resident, has a large and successful Farmers Insurance Agency in Houston. She is well known in the industry and has personal experience in the risks that need to be mitigated by homeowners. She is a very interesting speaker, and anyone who attends will leave with more knowledge than they brought with them. Our homes are the most expensive investments many of us will ever make and adequate protection for them is absolutely mandatory.

The program announced at last month’s meeting has been postponed.

Please join us at 7:00 PM on Monday, November 12, at the Historic Houston Heights Fire Station and City Hall, 12th at Yale.

Director Election Schedule

Six of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be filled by election this month. Five positions are opening due to normal expiration of terms; members elected to these five positions will have three-year terms. The sixth position is for the last two years of a term ended by resignation.

The five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will fill the three-year terms; the nominee receiving the sixth-highest vote count will fill the two-year vacancy. The schedule for the election of Directors to serve terms starting in 2008 will be as follows, in accordance with the By-Laws and Policies of the Association:

• By November 10 at the close of the post office, ballots returned by mail must be received with control numbers intact.

• November 12, polls will be open for secret balloting in person from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM before the General Meeting. The Election Committee will tabulate ballots and announce the results during the meeting. The results will be published in the December newsletter.

Community Improvement Award Nominations

Once again, it is time to look around the neighborhood and see who has been improving it. The nomination form and rule sheet for the 2007 Community Improvement Awards will be on the HHA web site soon.

BBQ Pit For Sale

For sale by the Houston Heights Association: one Pitts and Spitts barbecue pit, 60” model with sausage smoker box. This ultimate quality pit is for someone serious about their barbecue. Current list price from the manufacturer is $2495.00. This only slightly used one can be had for $1000.00. Call Bob Pearson at 713-858-1316 or email to bobpearson@pdq.net for more details or to arrange to see it.

Holiday Docents

Want to attend the Heights Holiday Home Tour for free? Volunteer to be a home docent, trolley docent, or ticket seller and receive a free ticket. Call Mark Williamson at 713-864-4230 to volunteer.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following 2007 Platinum sponsors:

Allied Waste San Jacinto Stone

Homes On The 2007 Historic Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour

Sackheim Home, 227 W. 18th St.

Built in 1915 by A.F. Buchanan, this craftsman-style bungalow home has many features classic to the period. Highlights include a high pitched gabled roof, oversized windows, tapered columns, and an extensive wraparound porch. When the homeowner purchased and restored the home in 2001, he lovingly maintained the integrity of both construction and historical setting. The many spacious rooms include a kitchen with frosted maple cabinets and Baltic brown granite counter tops and a huge master bath with a walk-in shower. Amid the delightful interior mix of eclectic contemporary and American Empire furniture, all will be charmed with the owner’s traditional holiday themes. This home won the Houston Heights Association’s Community Improvement Award in 2002.

Broman Cottage, 712 West 15th Street

The best things come in small packages, and this adorable cottage is no exception. Built in the 1920s and targeted for teardown, this home was moved to this location in the 1980s. After renovating many homes in the Heights area, Don & Debbie Broman have continued the quest for preservation by renovating this house. This cozy rental property feels like a cabin in the woods. Though it maintains most of its original design, the kitchen and bath have been updated. Keeping true to the original scale of the house but adding square footage, the homeowners enlarged the master bedroom by a mere five feet. This cottage features reclaimed 60-year old knotty-pine trim and antique furniture throughout. The rustic décor is echoed in the Christmas decorations, which feature old-fashioned popcorn garlands and nostalgic ornaments. Woven paper art by local artist Scott Bodenheimer is featured throughout the house.

Lauden Home, 1425 Harvard St.

This 1903 Queen Anne cottage is truly a reclaimed jewel. This fully restored home boasts many original architectural treasures including hardwood floors, fully functioning interior transom windows, hardware, moldings, and original pocket doors. The recently added designer kitchen and gas lanterns add the finishing touch. The exterior boasts lush landscaping and a stone patio with a fire pit. One of the owners’ Christmas trees is adorned with Bethlehem stars, a reminder of their recent move from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Sulser Home, 618 East 8th 1/2 Street

Built in 2005 by Kight Construction on the site of a neglected warehouse, this colonial revival is reminiscent of the New Orleans Garden District and reflects the homeowners’ Louisiana heritage. This gracious home boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling entrance, double verandas, intricate moldings, reclaimed oak floors, and recycled architectural elements. Inside, experience what Christmas looks like when Papa Noël visits. Here, the holidays are decadently celebrated with several themed Christmas trees and a lavish Christmas table. Outside, the homeowners re-created a New Orleans courtyard with a pool that features custom ironwork and antique brick reclaimed from the remains of a Virginia tobacco warehouse.

Brenner-Dumas Home, 914 Nicholson Street

This beautiful, Charleston inspired, Neo-classical style home was built in 2006 by Sullivan Brothers. The traditional décor is elegant and dramatic, with 10-foot ceilings and detailed custom woodwork throughout the home. The highlight is surely the rustic country kitchen with onyx countertops. For the holidays, an extensive collection of new and vintage Santas adds a warm touch. The homeowners’ collection of ornaments reaches over 2,500 and features antique figural bulbs from the turn of the century.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following Fall 2007 Bronze Sponsors:

Heights Bike and Skate Rally Experiment Succeeds

The experiment to find an HHA fundraiser to replace the Heights Festival was a success. On Sunday, October 7, 140 cyclists departed from and returned to the Fire Station after pedaling either the 16-mile or the 24-mile rally route. Every participant said they had fun and would return next year. The rally netted $1,441.00 for the HHA Boulevard Fund.

Rally Highlights

Heights resident Robert Killian won five front row tickets to an Astros game of his choice for finding all the mystery objects in the scavenger hunt on the 16-mile route. The tickets were donated by Allied Waste. Heights resident Jim Bennett won a new high tech adult’s bicycle for finding the most mystery objects in the scavenger hunt on the 24-mile route. The bicycle was donated by Houston Bicycle Company, who also provided emergency road service for the rally. A special hard luck plaque was awarded to Heights resident John Blass, who kept the emergency road service busy with two flats and one crash.

The youngest cyclist award went to 7-year-old Tillman Amstatz [right], who pedaled the 24-mile route with his father. He would have also won the best-dressed award, if there had been one. Sixty-eight-year-old Ted Kowalski won the Senior Cyclist award. William Ralstin won the best-decorated bike award with a sound system on his bicycle that was better than most automobiles.

Our thanks to the prize sponsors, cash donors, and volunteers listed at right. Our thanks also to Platinum Sponsors Allied Waste and San Jacinto Stone Co. and Bronze Sponsors Adams Insurance Service and Suzanne Anderson Realtors for their generous support.

Next year’s rally will be known as the Heights Bicycle Rally. No skaters participated this year. The Bicycle Rally is a new activity for HHA and is a work in progress. Many changes will be made in next year’s event from lessons learned this year. If you were a participant or a volunteer, please send any suggestions you have to TortureT@aol.com. There was a “Dutch Treat” rally volunteer party held on the patio of Berryhill’s on the Tuesday after the rally.

Here are a few photo highlights from the course and the awards party:

A subtle hint on the rally route.

Approaching the first checkpoint.

Along the bikeway.

At the second checkpoint.

On North Main.

Prize Sponsors for the Rally include the following:

  • Heights Presbyterian Church
  • Allied Waste
  • Grogan Building Supply
  • Purple Moon Gifts
  • C & D Hardware
  • Yale Street Grill
  • Shade Restaurant
  • Kaboom Books
  • Venus Hair Salon
  • Hickory Hollow Restaurant
  • Java Java Café
  • Houston Bicycle Company
  • Urban Bicycle Gallery
  • West End Bicycle Shop
  • European Cars, Ltd.
  • Dacapo’s
  • Jodie Roberts
  • Glass Wall Restaurant
  • Blue Line Bicycle Laboratory
  • The Big Easy
  • The Critter Sitter
  • Cycle Vibes
  • Berryhill Baja Grill
  • Colina’s Restaurant
  • Salario Landscape & Design

Generous cash donations in support of the rally were made by the following:

  • Jim & Donna Bennett
  • Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons
  • Chris Silkwood & Gary Milnarich
  • Mike & Diane Easley
  • Bill Salario

The volunteers whose efforts made the rally possible were:

  • Pastor, Heights Presbyterian Church, Mark Downs
  • Scavenger Hunt Producer, Martin Piké
  • Check Point Coordinator, David Cassidy
  • Publicity, HHA board member-Genie Mims
  • Rally Registration, Mary Carr
  • Awards & Prizes, Jodie Roberts
  • Rally Cashier, HHA board member-Jim DePitts
  • HHA President, Jim Potter
  • HHA board member-Donald Tomek
  • Greg & Lanna VonBaden
  • Jim & Donna Bennett
  • Simon & Lynda Eyles
  • Kent & Susan Marsh
  • Barbara Potter
  • Karen Vogelsang
  • Beth Stephenson
  • John Hennessy
  • Anita Grabel
  • Mike & Diane Easley
  • John Mueller
  • Mitch McFarland
  • Bob Pearson
  • Lauriel Hindman
  • Danae Stephenson
  • Gail Sabanosh
  • Steve Kunkemoeller
  • Don Broman & Band
  • Batterson, Inc.

After party and awards ceremony.

Don Broman congratulates Jim Bennett and Robert Killian

Demo Watch

Nine more structures were lost to demolition or relocation between September 17 and October 15, including a potentially contributing house in the proposed Houston Heights Historic District East. A total of 279 buildings have been demolished or moved out of the Heights area since Demo Watch began in June 2005.

The Houston Heights Association has provided financial assistance and support to the historic district effort as a way to deter demolition and relocation of the neighborhood’s historic architecture. Builders who build compatible, single-family new construction are encouraged to replace only existing “non-contributing” sites that were not compatible when originally built. When this is accomplished, no historic fabric is lost, and new construction is compatible with the historic buildings.

The application for the Houston Heights Historic District West has been approved by the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission and will be considered by the Planning Commission in November. A second application for the Houston Heights Historic District East Phase I was filed shortly before this newsletter was printed.

Additional historic districts, including one that encompasses the Houston Heights commercial area in and around 18th and 19th streets, are being discussed. When Houston Heights was designated as a Multiple Resource Area in 1983, it was recommended by the National Park Service, as well as by the Texas Historical Commission, that multiple historic districts should be established within the boundaries of Houston Heights since it was at one time a city. Several subsequent surveys of the historic resources found in Houston Heights have also recommended that same approach. With the submittal of the first two historic districts, these recommendations are finally being addressed.

More information about the historic districts is available at www.houstonheights.org. Just use the pull down menu under property issues. Below is a list of the most recent demolition permits.

  • 1411 Allston
  • 1448 Arlington
  • 2027 Harvard
  • 1017 Herkimer
  • 1109 Oxford
  • 509 Rutland
  • 1500 Studewood
  • 601 E. 21st St.
  • 442 W. 23rd St.

Heights Holiday Hayride

Several years ago, before the Lights-in-the-Heights event closed the streets to traffic, the Houston Heights Association sponsored a hay wagon for members to ride on. If there is enough interest, the hay wagon is going to be made available again.

The wagon will accommodate 20 to 24 adults and children. It will only be available on the nights of November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, & 15. The caroling hayrides will only travel through the Heights area. If you have a group that would be interested in riding on the wagon, or you are having a holiday party and would be interested in being caroled, call 713-869-0505 or e-mail TortureT@aol.com.

Donations

Our thanks to the following for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.

  • David & Sharie Beale - Historical
  • Christopher Cannon & Theresa Bujnoch - Graffiti Abatement
  • Mary & Ralph Ellis - Parks, Boulevard, & Flower Gardens
  • Mary & Ross Murdoch
  • Jim & Doris Murdock - Historic District
  • John & Nicole Ridgway - Parks, Boulevard, & Flower Gardens
  • Lorri White
  • Dorothy Yannuzzi - Parks, Boulevard, & Flower Gardens

New Members

Please welcome the following new or returning members to the Houston Heights Association.

  • Sharie Beale, Greenwood King
  • Big Dog & Miss Kitti’s Pet Sitting Services, Sharon Kittinger Murphy
  • Roxanne Davis
  • Randall Douglas
  • Todd & Melanie Lowther
  • Tim Martindell
  • Cindy & Scott Muller
  • Alice Phillips

Around The Heights:
Houston International Folk Dancers

Did you know that there is a folkdancing event in Houston Heights every week? It’s held every Monday night from 7:30 to 10:00 PM in the Odd Fellows Hall at 115 E. 14th Street.

Houston International Folk Dancers (HIFD) is a unique recreational and performance group, dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of ethnic dances from around the world, and promoting peace and understanding among all ethnicities. The HIFD calendar is filled with fun events throughout the year, such as performances at various ethnic festivals, dance workshops, and multiple dance parties and social events.

HIFD says their events are for anyone who enjoys dancing or would like to learn. No experience necessary. No partner necessary. HIFD dance nights are informal and friendly. Cost $4.00.

They also meet on Friday nights at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore, a few blocks from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information, visit the HIFD web site at www.folkdancers.org or contact Klara Lewis at 713-774-5171 or klaralewis@sbcglobal.net.

Incarnate Word Open House

Incarnate Word Academy, a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women, would like to invite all prospective students and their families to their annual Open House on Sunday, November 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Join them to learn about their college prep curriculum, meet the staff, and tour their new Fine Arts Center and completely renovated school building. Incarnate Word Academy is located at 609 Crawford Street in downtown Houston across from Minute Maid Park. For more information, visit www.incarnateword.org or call the IWA Admissions Office at 713-227-3637 x 117.

Cookies And Wassail With Santa

Heights Presbyterian Church will be hosting Cookies and Wassail with Santa on Saturday, December 1, 2007. This event will be held at the church at 240 West 18th at Rutland, just across from the Sackheim home on the home tour.

Santa will be available for pictures, and the church will be decorated and ready for touring. The beautiful Sanctuary and the chapel will be open from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Come and enjoy some cookies and hot wassail, and let the children (young and old) have their pictures taken with Santa.

Historic Houston’s Second Tax-Free Sale

On Saturday, November 10, all purchases at Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse at 1307 W. Clay will be tax-free - for one day only. Additional savings will be available storewide on architectural antiques, light and plumbing fixtures, windows, doors, trim, and much more. The warehouse is located between Waugh and Montrose, one block south of W. Dallas.

Historic Houston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Houston’s historic architectural and cultural resources through scholarly research, education, and advocacy of sustainable design and conservation. For more information, visit their website at www.historichouston.org or call 713-522-0542.

City Of Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance:
What It Does And Does Not Do

by Sharie Beale, Commissioner, City of Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission

There are sometimes misconceptions or misunderstandings of what the City of Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance does and does not require of an owner of a Landmark or historic building in a Historic District. Here are the facts:

• It does NOT tell you what use you can make of your property.

• It does NOT tell you what you can do to the interior of your home.

• It does NOT tell you what color you can paint your house, inside or outside.

• It does NOT apply to maintenance and repairs.

• It does NOT tell you what architectural style or what building materials must be used for new construction in a historic district.

• It DOES slow down demolitions of historic buildings, giving the community a chance to find an alternative. (After 90 days, a demolition can occur.)

• It DOES provide free advice and help by the City of Houston Historic Preservation Officer in any proposed addition or new construction someone wants to make to a property within the historic district or an addition to a Landmark property.

• It DOES provide Tax Exemptions for City of Houston property taxes (not HISD or county taxes) if an amount equal to at least 50%, and up to 100%, of the appraised value of the building (not the land) is invested in improvements and restoration (improvements can be new plumbing, wiring, kitchens, baths, etc.). If the work requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (free permit), the project must be approved by the City of Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC).

• It DOES provide for this tax exemption to be transferable one time to a new owner.

• It DOES provide a 50% discount on building permits issued by the City of Houston.

• It DOES provide that, if your project is denied by HAHC, that you may still proceed with the proposed project after 90 days have elapsed (from the date of your application).

For further information, please e-mail Shariebeale@aol.com.

Calendar of Events for November-December 2007

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

1

2

3

Heights 1st Sat.

4

Daylight Savings Time ends

5

HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

6 - Election Day

Urban Forestry, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

Holiday Home Tour meeting 7:00 PM, Fire Station

7

8

9

Deadline for December newsletter

10

11

Veteran’s Day

12

HHA General Meeting, “Home Insurance,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station. See article above.

13 - recycling

14

15

16

17

18

19

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

20

21

22

Thanksgiving

23

24

25

26 - recycling

HHA Education Committee, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

27

Home Tour meeting, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

28

PIP meeting, 6:30 PM, 1602 State Street

21

30

Holiday Home Tour & Market, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. See article above.

December 1

Heights 1st Sat

Holiday Tour & Market, Noon - 6:00 PM. See article above.

2

Holiday Home Tour & Market, Noon - 5:00 PM. See article above.

3

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

4

HHA Urban Forestry Group, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

5

6

7

Deadline for January newsletter

8

Lights in The Heights (Woodland Heights). See WHCA web site.

9

10 - recycling

HHA General Meeting, Topic TBA, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

Christmas Eve

25

Christmas Day

26 - recycling

PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

27

28

29

30

31

New Year’s Eve

January 1

New Year’s Day

 

 

 

 

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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Every Wednesday and Saturday except Thanksgiving week, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site www.historichouston.org.

November 3, Harvard Elementary parents present “Moonlight over Marrakech” silent auction and dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the school or on the website at www.harvardschool.org.

November 4, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Incarnate Word Academy Open House for prospective students, see article above.

November 8 - 17, Opera in the Heights presents The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets or more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.

November 10, 10:00 Am to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse tax-free day, see article above.

December 1, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Heights Presbyterian presents Cookies and Wassail with Santa, see article above.

December 8, Woodland Heights Civic Association presents Lights In The Heights, see www.woodland-heights.org/Events/LITH2007.

December 8 - 23, UpStage Theatre Young Audience Series presents Santa’s Magic Timepiece, an annual Christmas favorite. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2:00 PM, Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Visit www.upstagetheatre.org or call 713-838-7191.

Future History

February 24, 2008, Awards Dinner

April 4-6, Spring Home Tour

June 7, Fun Run

October 5, Bicycle Rally

December 5-7, Holiday Home Tour

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

Copyright 2007, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or submissions should be directed to:

Editor, The Heights, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, TX 77270-0735;

email editor@houstonheights.org; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

Editor-to-be: Gerald Melancon

November contributors:

Sharie Beale, Paul Carr, Kevin Cofer, Janice Evans-Davis, Susan Love Fitts, Lauriel Hindman, Bob Pearson, Donald Tomek.