In This Issue

General Meeting "Nature of The Heights"

Fun Run Kids

Fun Run Volunteers

Public Safety Reminder

Houston Storytellers Guild Honors Our American Heroes

Restoration/ Historical Meeting

Urban Forestry Meetings

Christmas in July?

Heights Woman's Club Needs Bridge Players

Grand Dames of The Heights

New Members

Donations

Maggie's Story (A Dog's Tale)

Recycling Reminder

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Four, Number Six, June 2008
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Hey Kids! The Fun Run is For You Too!

three kids running at 2007 Kids 1K

Put June 7th on your calendar and plan to come do what kids love to do - RUN! The 23nd Annual Heights Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2008 and kids even get their own start time at 8:30 AM. Join other Heights children for this special 1K event which begins at Heights Blvd. @ 18th Street. Stopping point for all participants is Marmion Park where you will enjoy a great family friendly party celebrating fun and fitness. There will be food, juice and music while awards are announced and door prizes are given!

This event promotes several of the 40 Developmental Assets determined necessary for youth to succeed in a community including:

  • Planning and decision making by giving the youth the opportunity to plan ahead and make decisions.
  • Constructive use of time in sports, clubs and community organizations.
  • Empowerment by showing that our community values youth.

Entry fee for kids is only $10 before June 1 or $15 thereafter.

Calling All Fun Run Volunteers!

This is a “fun” Saturday morning volunteer opportunity, being held this year on June 7. The Heights Fun Run attracts more than 1,000 runners from all over the state, and we need your help with this important HHA fundraiser.

Sign up to help with:

  • Brochure Distribution
  • Set Up
  • Registration
  • Food & Refreshment Service
  • Finish Line Monitors
  • And…My All-Time Favorite — After Race Clean Up!!!

It really is a great way to get involved, help your community, and meet your neighbors.

To volunteer or for more information, please call our hotline and leave a message at 713-861-4002, option 4, or e-mail us at funrun@houstonheights.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

General Meeting: “Nature of The Heights”

PART ONE

Presentation by City of Houston Urban Foresters:

Jeremy Burkes - GIS update on the results of Our Tree Counts presented by Chris Meyer - City Tree Trimming / information & recommendations

Dallas Singleton Code Enforcement / Right of way Trees

PART TWO

Guest Speaker: Eddie HolikEddie Holik photo

Eddie is the former director of the Cockerell Butterfly Center. He is director of horticulture of the Museum of Natural Science and owner of Florascapes, a premier landscape gardening firm. Eddie is an expert on Butterfly and Hummingbird gardening.

Refreshments courtesy of Newton Nursery

Public Safety Reminder

Public Safety is an important issue in our community. We invite you to attend our next Crime and Security meeting scheduled the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. A guest to be determined will provide insight regarding these issues.

Houston Storytellers Guild Honors Our American Heroes

The Houston Storytellers Guild will host a free concert to honor our American Heroes. Come gather around the Gazebo at Marmion Park on Heights Blvd. at 18th, June 28 at 7:00 PM to hear a variety of stories. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and patriotic spirits.

Tentative subjects include: past leaders, soldiers, especially ww2 soldiers and current conflicts, heros in medicine, heros in civil rights or freeing slaves, etc.

For more information, call Scott at 713-981-0599, email hsginfo@houstonstorytellers.org, and check out their web site: www.HoustonStorytellers.org

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2008-2009 Platinum sponsors:

Allied Waste San Jacinto Stone

Restoration/Historical Committee Meeting

The next Houston Heights Association Restoration/Historical Committee meeting will be held at 611 West 22nd Street on Thursday, July 17th from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. This meeting will be in the old Oriental Textile Mill building at the corner of West 22nd Street and Lawrence. This is the 1894 building easily recognized by locals for its clock tower. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and has been utilized over the years as a mattress factory, a mill and later as a Venetian blind manufacturing plant. Kraftsmen Baking has now found a new home in the Heights’ Old Oriental Textile Mill building.

As founder of Kraftsmen in 2002, Chef Scott Tycer stresses the company mission of “sustainable local artisanship,” products that represent true artisan-style production, and an absolute commitment to quality. Kraftsmen goods are carefully made from high quality, often organic ingredients. Many breads are wholesaled, however all items are also available to locals through their retail café at 4100 Montrose, Katering department, or Baker’s Dozen Bread Club. Native Houstonian Chef Tycer was named one of the top 10 new chefs in America by Food and Wine magazine after opening Aries Restaurant in 2000. Kraftsmen currently supplies baked goods to well known Houston restaurants including Mark’s, Americas, Benjy’s, Brennan’s of Houston, Da Marco, Café Annie and the Four Seasons Hotel.

The trend to renovate a local historic building follows a national trend to use historic buildings for mixes-use projects for saving the environment as well as historical preservation. Kraftsmen will utilize 10,000 of the 60,000 square foot building. Other occupants in the building are an antique store, a software company and several “live-work spaces.” Tycer’s vision of transforming the mill space into a modern bakery and offices with historic flare has flourished and will be sure to attract visitors for years to come. The structure, owned by Grenader Properties, is the 9th oldest building in Houston and with new interest and incoming business is sure to withstand certain tests of time. Visitors are welcome to schedule a time to tour the bakery, to do so, please contact Nikki Eliason or Brandy Black at 832-209-7174.

This meeting will highlight one of the oldest industrial buildings in Houston as an example of recycling a historic Houston Heights property from days past with discussion of updates for current use. Overall the original exterior beauty and character of this historic property will be kept intact. For those interested in history or how a historic industrial property can be modified, this meeting will be a must. Also, for those wanting to meet some neighbors and have an enjoyable evening, do attend.

The Houston Heights Restoration/Historical Committee meetings are open to the public quarterly to learn about history and restoration in keeping with the appreciation of the historic nature of the Houston Heights. Please let Committee Chairman, Dean Swanson, know if you have a restoration project, historical structure under restoration or historical information or photos pertaining to the Heights to share at future meetings. Contact Dean at restoration@houstonheights.org or telephone him at (713) 880-2832.

Urban Forestry June Meetings & Activities

Join the HHA Urban Forestry committee for a walk through history. Bart Truxillo invites you on a private tour of his gorgeous gardens & original Heights Victorian Home on Tuesday, June 3, at 6:30 PM.

Meet Bart Truxillo and tour his extraordinary Gardens. Bring some gloves, clippers, shovel & bucket to gather clippings!

His Home has been published in many books & Magazines--and the Gardens have been featured twice! 1802 Harvard (a block east of Marmion Park from Heights Blvd.) is on the national Registry of Historic Places.

Everyone is Invited!

For Gardens large or small, come to Inside / Outside on Saturday, June 14, from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. Joshua speaks about native plants. Take a guided tour through his greenhouse. Inside Outside is located at 502 West 18th Street at Nicholson.

Christmas in July? No, not really.

picture of a Christmas treeBut the 2008 Heights Holiday Home Tour Committee is working as if it will be! We are still looking for beautiful homes dressed for the holidays to include in the tour, which is scheduled for Friday December 5th from 6 - 9 p.m. and Saturday December 6th from 3 - 9 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering your home for this fundraiser or if you just know your neighbor or friend really should - let us know! Please contact Trudy at 713-802-0773.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2008 Bronze Sponsors:

Greenwood King Properties Sterling Bank

Heights Funeral Home

Heights Women’s Club Needs (Lady) Bridge Players

The Houston Heights Women’s Club is sponsoring a new bridge program, including lessons and play. This program is for any interested women who would like to learn, play and make new friends. Club members, as well as those who might like to come, play, and become members are welcome.

They meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the HHWC clubhouse at 1846 Harvard. Future meetings shall be on Dec. 5-6, and on, so please come join them or contact for details. For further information call Diana Van Duzer (713)426-3320 or e-mail at dvanduzer@sbcglobal.net.

Grand Dames of the Heights

You are invited to attend a celebration of the milestone birthdays of two of our favorite Heights notables and members at a tea in their honor.

Come by to extend your wishes to Melvalene Cohen and Libby Lee between 2:00 and 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 20, at the Heights Woman’s Club Building, 1846 Harvard Street.

Please R.S.V.P. to Anne Sloan 713-869-8281, anne.sloan@sbcglobal.net

New Members

The Glass Anvil Art Foundry, Diane Tovey

Christy Hitchens

Leann Mueller

Jared Polak

Donations

Martha Alexander — Flower Gardens

John Cianca — Boulevard Maintenance

William & Deborah Schroeter

Maggie's Story

by Sherry Eitel of Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Houston (MSRH)

Five year old Maggie first came into the MSRH rescue family in 2002 after being adopted by a couple on Valentine’s Day that year. After four years, they could no longer care for the strikingly beautiful dog with big black eyes that brimmed over with love and boundless enthusiasm. Upon an initial routine checkup, a large mass was found just below the elbow which was eventually found to be cancerous. It was determined that the right front leg would have to be amputated at the shoulder in order to save Maggie’s life. All went well and Maggie made a remarkable recovery surprising everyone. She made the adjustment to having only three legs much better than her foster mom did. She was independent! Maggie’s prognosis was good and by summer, she was ready for adoption. Who would want a dog with three legs, I thought? When Janet and Gary Griffith came to look at my fosters in hopes of adopting one, I showed them several but Janet smiled and asked, ‘Do you have any more?” As I descended the stairs, carrying Maggie, Janet said “She’s the one!” Janet took Maggie into her arms and it was love at first site. Gary was smitten too. Today, Maggie lives happily with her adopted family and continues to bless their hearts. Saving one Schnauzer may not change the world but it will change the world for that one Schnauzer!

This year alone, MSRH has had several bone surgeries with pins/plates, a gallbladder removal, split diaphragm, a portal shunt, five puppy mill dogs with pneumonia, along with countless cases of heartworms and funds are needed immediately to pay for medical services. MSRH is an all-volunteer, donation-sponsored 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the overwhelming task of saving the lives of abused, abandoned and unwanted Miniature Schnauzers who have lost their homes. Adoption fees run between $250 and $350 which rarely covers the cost of standard services like vetting, spaying/neutering, yearly shots, heartworm test and/or treatment, & teeth cleaning if needed. An adoption application is required of all persons interested in adopting a dog from MSRH. Adoptive and Foster homes and families are screened to assure no animal is placed in an unsafe environment. Visit our website at www.msrh.org for more information on adoption, fostering, or donating and to view some of the available dogs or call Karen Gayeski-Coleman, President at 832-277-4904 or Sherry Eitel, Vice President at 281-358-7303.

Currently Available for Adoption

grey mini schnauzer

Kirby

white mini schnauzer

Billy

another grey mini schnauzer

Frankie Dee

Recycling Reminder

As editor of the newsletter, I received this email, and think its worth printing. Still notice very few “green tubs” in our neighborhood. We can all do our part!

“It would be nice to remind everyone the importance of recycling. Having moved to the Heights from Cambridge, Mass. we called the city and they promptly delivered the green tub. Unfortunately, we have not been able to figure out what the City of Houston recycling folks will and will not take.  We have resorted towards driving to the fabulous self-dump, recycling site near Heights and the railroad track (South of I-10) which takes junk mail, plastics, glass, aerosol cans, aluminum cans, flattened cardboard boxes, etc.”

Calendar of Events for June-July 2008

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

June 1

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3

HHA Urban Forestry, 6:30 PM, 1802 Harvard

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5

6

7

Heights 1st Sat

Heights Fun Run

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9 recycling

HHA General Meeting, "Nature in the Heights," 7:00 PM, Fire Station

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11

12

13

14

Flag Day

Urban Forestry Meeting, 6:30 PM, 502 W. 18th

15

Father’s Day

16

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

17

Deadline for next newsletter

18

19

20

Summer Begins

21

22

23 recycling

Education Comm Mtg, 1545 Heights Blvd. 7:00 PM.

24

Crime and Security Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

25

PIP Meeting, 7:00 pm, 1600 State Street

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27

28

Storytellers Guild Concert, 7:00 PM, Marmion Park

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July 1

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

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3

4

Independence Day

5

Heights 1st Sat

6

7 recycling

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

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13

Father’s Day

14

HHA General Meeting Topic

15

Deadline for next newsletter

16

17

Restoration/Historic Comm., 7:30 PM, 611 W. 22nd

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Grand Dames of The Heights, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, 1846 Harvard

21 recycling

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

22

Crime and Security Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

23

PIP Meeting, 7:00 pm, 1600 State Street

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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, 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.

Future History

October 5, Bicycle Rally

December 5-6, Holiday Home Tour

February 22, 2009, Awards Dinner

April 3-5, 2009, Spring Home Tour

June 6,2009, Heights Fun Run

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

Copyright 2008, 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: Gerald Melancon

Editor Emeritus: Mark R. Williamson

June contributors: Paul Carr, Hilary Parr Cobb, Karen Derr, Angela DeWree, Mary Ellis, Janice Evans, Lauriel Hindman, Trudy Nelson, Christine Spin, Dean Swanson, Kelly Simmons, Laura Thorp, Mark Williamson, Diana VanDuzer