In This Issue

Fun Run - June 2

General Meeting: "Focus on Transportation" - June 11

Concert in Marmion Park - June 30

General Meeting Topics for July Through September, Urban Forestry Day

Constable Program Notes and Statistics

Heights School Year Ends With Much Excitement

Business Directory Errata

Home Tour Weekend Wrap-Up Section:

* Home Tour A Huge Success

* Home Tour Committee

* Helping Hands Beautify Homes

* Art Door Project

* Candlelight Dinner

* Auction

* Auction Donor List

New Members



Staff and Contributors


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Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Six, June 2012
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Fun Run - Soon!


HURRY! Don’t miss your chance to register for the 27th Annual Houston Heights Association Fun Run to be held on Saturday, June 2!

The 5K course is certified, and disposable Chip Timing will be conducted by Run Wild Sports Timing. Each entrant receives a 100% cotton commemorative t-shirt. The 5K Fun Run starts at 7:30 AM, the 5K Walk starts at 7:35 AM, and the Kids 1K starts at 8:30 AM. Each kid participating in the 1K receives an award!

Register online through May 30 at 8:00 PM, at Luke’s Locker on May 31 or June 1, or at Marmion Park on Heights Boulevard at 18th on Race Day. The fee for the Fun Run and Walk is $30 on May 29 and after. The Kids 1K is $20 on May 29 and after. Credit cards are accepted.

Packet pick-up will be at Luke’s Locker at 1953 West Gray on May 31 and June 1. You can also pick up packets at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, from 6:15 to 7:15 AM on Race Day.

Special thanks to Bungalow Fitness, Happy Fatz, J. Luna Produce, Katz Coffee, Luke’s Locker, My Fit Foods, Whole Foods, and The Hot Bagel Shop.


For more information or to register online, visit the Fun Run page. If you have additional questions, call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, extension 4, or email

Summer Concert in the Park


Pack a picnic basket and spread a blanket at Marmion Park (on the corner of 18th and Heights Blvd), the evening of Saturday, June 30, as the Houston Heights Association presents a free Summer Concert with the Houston Heights Orchestra. The program for the whole family starts at 7:00 PM and features Sousa marches, patriotic tunes, and classical concerti.

Led by Heights resident Jaemi Blair Loeb, the Houston Heights Orchestra is composed of a mélange of professionals, music-loving amateurs, and students, and their concerts are always a good time for both musicians and audiences. For more information, visit either or or call 713-861-4002.


General Meetings

Monday, June 11: “Focus on Transportation”

Are you concerned about transportation issues in the Heights? The June 11 HHA General Meeting will focus on transportation issues and solutions in place, in progress, and being considered to enhance our ability to get where we’re going. See the article below for more information.

Monday, July 9: “The Fun-damentals of Spontaneous Shopping in the Heights: Craft Markets & Annual Neighborhood Bazaars”

Learn about author readings at Ka-Boom Books, meet First Saturday Market artists, and discover more hidden treasures in the Heights.


Monday, August 13: “Heights Urban Forest: Waterways, Bikeways, Streetways, Parkways, and Gardens”

Monday, September 10: “Paths & Pedals”

Urban Forestry Day

HHA Annual Urban Forestry Day is Sunday, September 23. Celebrate and learn about our Heights Urban Forest in a lively festival atmosphere. Look for more information in future issues.

June General Meeting

“Focus on Transportation”

by Bill Pellerin, Land Use Chair

Are you concerned about transportation issues in the Heights? The June HHA meeting will focus on transportation issues and solutions in place, in progress, and being considered to enhance our ability to get where we’re going.

We have invited a diverse group to visit with us at the June 11 meeting and to help us understand what is going on in their areas of interest. They’ll be available for questions, too.

City of Houston Department of Public Works - The Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of over 16,000 lane-miles of street and the 900,000 associated street and traffic signs. The department also has responsibility for the maintenance of traffic signals, and street lighting. We will have the opportunity to hear from a representative of this department about new initiatives related to transportation and to ask questions about issues that affect Heights residents.

METRO - The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is on the move and is creating new transportation options to serve the City of Houston and the Heights now and into the future. The Heights has come a long way since trolleys moved up and down Heights Boulevard, and new capabilities are on the way. We will hear about what METRO is doing and have an opportunity to ask about METRO’s plans for the future.

Houston Bike Share - A new program in Houston enables the sharing of bicycles. The program is brand new (launched May 2, 2012) and now serving only the downtown area, but plans are to expand the program quickly to service other parts of town, including the Heights. Members of the service can pick up a bicycle at any B-cycle station and return it at any other station. Since the Heights area is centrally located, riding a bicycle makes sense for many of the short trips we all do. And we have the rails-to-trails path that leads downtown. Hear and ask about this service at the June meeting.

The Heights Boulevard path - Jim Bennett, who coordinates efforts to maintain the boulevard’s walking/jogging path, will let us know what’s new and tell us about the Heights citizens who do this maintenance work for us.

The common theme will be how we can get around the Heights and across the city. So, whether you drive your own car, take public transport, or use human-powered transport (bicycles), you’re affected by your transportation options. Drive down, walk up, bike over, or take the bus to the June 11 meeting of the HHA. We’ll see you there at 7:00 PM.

Constable Program Notes


We would like to welcome our newest deputies, Corey Greer and Jeffrey Weatherspoon. They join deputy Aaron Munoz for our Heights Constable Patrol. In related news, we have a new patrol sergeant, Randy Scales. Bill Ruland is our new patrol lieutenant. Our former patrol lieutenant, Larry Mitchell, has been promoted to captain. Congratulations to these dedicated constables.

The constables have always worked with HPD dispatch. Starting this past February, the computer systems have been more fully integrated. This has given the constables access to more information such as outstanding city warrants for suspects. In February, there were 26 arrests, 7 in March, and another 20 in April, in part due to knowing who has outstanding warrants when doing traffic stops and suspicious vehicle checks.

The HPD crime statistics from March for the Heights patrol area included 40 thefts and 19 burglaries. Thefts normally range in the 60s. Burglaries are down from the 38 we had over the holidays when we had a spike in crime.

Constable Statistics

March April
Total Arrests 7 20
Citizen Assists 1 3
Citizen Contacts 127 45
Vacation Watches 316 111
Court Citations 46 36
Alarm Responses 10 18
Suspicious Vehicles 72 43
Park Checks 87 61
Disturbances 8 2
Major Accidents 0 0
Criminal Offenses 2 16
Miles patrolled 2,648 2,678


Heights School Year Ends With Much Excitement!

The HHA Education Committee has been quite busy as the 2011-2012 school year comes to an end. In collaboration with Air Alliance Houston, the committee displayed artwork from the 2012 Earth Day Art Contest at the Houston Heights Fire Station during ticket sales for the Spring Home Tour. Home Tour patrons were invited to view 30 stunning original Earth Day paintings from winners across Houston ranging from 5th to 12th grade.

The annual Leadership Luncheon held at the historic Houston Heights Woman’s Club Building on May 3 was well attended by local principals, teachers, and PTO/PTA presidents. Recognition was given to Kevin Beringer, principal at Harvard Elementary, for its recent inclusion in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Attendees also celebrated the selection of Reagan High School’s Connie Berger as HISD “High School Principal of the Year.” Other highlights included campus and curriculum updates from the principals of Hogg Middle School, Field Elementary, Travis Elementary, and Heights Learning Academy, as well as comments from Anna Eastman, HISD School Board member.


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

  • Bud Bearce - Boulevard in memory of Joan Robins
  • Jerred & Rita Blanchard - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens & Fire Station Restoration
  • Gene Brown - Boulevard
  • Brit & Melissa Davis
  • John & Arianna Difilippo - Parks, Boulevard & Fire Station Restoration
  • Linda & Simon Eyles - Boulevard
  • Estate of Joan Robins - Boulevard
  • GDF Suez Energy North America, Inc. matching donation of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons - Fire Station Restoration
  • Rob & Angie Hancock - Boulevard
  • Kim & Greg Kolanowski - Flower Gardens
  • Walter S. Light, Jr.
  • Andy MacPhillimy & Lois Sutton - Boulevard Maintenance
  • Jenifer & Mike Moore - Boulevard
  • Kristen Mueller - Donovan Playground
  • Liz & Matt Overbeck - Donovan Playground
  • Charles & Anne Smith - Flower Gardens
  • Stephen & Danielle Tschirhart - Donovan Playground
  • Aaron & Maria White - Donovan Playground
  • William Salario Landscape Design - Boulevard in memory of Joan Robins

New Members

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

  • Chuck Bautista
  • Renata Benjamin & Andrew Swinick
  • Gene Brown
  • Salomon Camacho
  • Colleen Chalcraft
  • John Franco
  • Konni Fritzemeyer
  • Dana & Brad Harmon
  • Marsha King
  • Walter S. Light, Jr.
  • Ashton Martini
  • Liz & Matt Overbeck
  • Mary Raub
  • Summer Energy, Angela Hanley

Business Directory Errata

The following entries were missing from or incorrectly listed in the Business Directory included in the print edition of our May issue.

Bed & Breakfasts

Sara’s Bed & Breakfast

941 Heights Blvd., 713-868-1130


Urban Therapy

238 W. 19th St., Ste. C-1, 713-516-0060

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012 Platinum sponsor:

Republic Services

Home Tour Weekend Wrap-Up Section

* Home Tour A Huge Success

* Home Tour Committee

* Helping Hands Beautify Homes

* Art Door Project

* Candlelight Dinner

* Auction

* Auction Donor List

Home Tour A Huge Success

by Hilary Parr Cobb, Executive Co-Chair

The results are in. The Houston Heights Association’s 2012 Spring Home & Garden Tour is officially over, and it was a huge success. The Home Tour had record ticket sales.

This year’s tour included six exceptional homes: one fantastic contemporary and five unique restored homes. We started out with our very popular contemporary house on Oxford that sports a modern design. We moved on to the second home on Cortlandt, a 1920s bungalow that was a combination of the old with the addition of new to the back of the house. Moving down Cortlandt we featured another 1920s bungalow that had been restored to adapt to a growing “family home.” Over on Harvard, the Queen Anne cottage had a very eclectic interpretation of preservation with all the amenities for today’s busy lifestyle. When we reached Tulane, we had a classic restored cottage matching up a total renovation with a comfortable feel. The tour ended on West 16th Street with another 1930s cottage meticulously designed and executed by the owners.

The Biking Tour added to the success. Special arrangements were made at each home to check the bikes in and out. Bicycle docents watched over the bikes neatly lined up in the bike racks while the cyclists toured the houses.

We wish to sincerely thank our volunteers; their unselfish dedication and loyalty make this tour what it is today. In recognition for the hundreds of volunteer hours contributed, a tree was planted on Heights Boulevard in their honor, for future generations to enjoy.

A very special thanks goes to our wonderful sponsors. This event would not happen without their continuous support that keeps our neighborhood flourishing, and of course none of this would be possible without our homeowners, who have opened their doors and let us into their world.

2012 Spring Home Tour Committee


Executive Co-Chairs

Hilary Parr Cobb

Gilbert Joseph Perez

Lina Fairchild

Home & Garden Tour Chairs

Nick Eronko and Sandy Steitz


Catherine Coon and Nicolas Purday

Clay and Kelly Fritsch

Leann Mueller

Rob and Kim Tegtmeier

Tim Womble

Gordon and Carol Yeatts

Head Docents

Faye Allerman

Bill Baldwin

Jordan Fairchild

Benjamin Graham

Thomas Gribble

Bill Pellerin

Lori Valencic

Sylvia Wendt

Emiliano Zazueta

Candlelight Dinner Chairs

Marylou Erbland, Gayle Klaybor, and Holly Simmons

After Party Committee

Thomas Gribble, Leann Mueller, Jeffrey Wade, and Marlene Weyland

Live Auction Chairs

Chris Silkwood and Kelly Simmons

Silent Auction Chairs

Janet Buchheit and Kit Davis

Kick Off Party Chair

Carol Yeatts


Collateral Design Chair

Bob Alban

Candlelight Dinner Design

James Gehrmann, Marki McMillan, and Scott Wendland

Candlelight Lighting Design and Audio Visual

Mary Beth Reuter, Shana Ross, and Martin Sunday

Mistress of Ceremonies

Maria Todd


Cressandra Thibodeaux

Specialty Cocktails

Rich Anhorn

Shuttle Chair

Linda Boggess

Alternative Transportation

Jim and Donna Bennett

Program and Ad Sales

Michael Baldwin

Dinner Guest Manager

Denise Martin

Home Tour Floral and Table Designs

Judy Cummings

Artist Doors and Retail Locale

Kristal Kirksey, Kelly Simmons, Martin Sunday, and Stephanie Vaughn

Ticket Sales Coordinators and VIP Ticket Distribution

Joan Kerr and Dawnia Willis

Marketing and Distribution Directors

Julie Dowell and Honi Knowles

Directors of Operations

Mary and Paul Carr

Signage Coordinators

Ruth Davis and Maureen Weyel

Helping Hands Beautify Homes


The HHA wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses that donated their goods or services to beautify the homes on the 2012 Spring Home & Garden Tour.



Central Market

Darlene’s Flower and Gift Shop

Heights Floral Shop

Jana’s Flowers

Killion’s Milam Florist

Urban Petals



bespoke by GJCD

Crate & Barrel

Heights Antiques on Yale


Pottery Barn

Sur La Table

Home & Garden Tour’s Art Door Project


A fun side note to this year’s Home & Garden Tour was the Art Door Project. Local artists were asked to create art from their choice of various forms of doors. To assist the artists, antique doors were donated by All Around Antique Brick and Aguirre Masonry and Lucas Craftsmanship, or the artists could provide their own medium. The wonderful art doors were then placed in participating businesses and sold by means of silent auction. Home & Garden Tour guests were given treasure maps by which they could find the art doors sprinkled throughout neighborhood businesses.

We want to thank the following art door artists and HHA business members for participating in this fundraiser: Melanie Goyer @ Eclectic Home, Joe Mendietta @ Jubilee, Nicole Gavin @ Cricket’s Creamery, Michelle Macy @ Bliss on 19th, Juliette Hicks McFarland @ bespoke by GJCD, Jasmine Byrd @ Another Place in Time, Damon Thomas @ Buchanan’s Native Plants, Joe Chandler @ Berryhill in the Heights, Kermit Eisenhut @ Stella Sola, and Deborah Morris and D. Thomas @ the Candlelight Dinner’s Silent Auction.

Laura & Ben Ellis mounted the art doors they purchased in their hallway. From left to right: “…in the Heights” by Damon Thomas, “Welcome Home” by Kermit Eisenhut, “Hope” by Joe Mendietta, “Ocean” by Michelle Macy.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2012 Bronze Sponsors:

Boulevard Realty

Candlelight Dinner Wrap-Up

The 2012 Spring Candlelight Dinner was held at the “The Lodge” (W.15th and Beall Streets). The theme “Opening Doors: The Key to Our Future Is Hinged on Our Past” reflected our cherished neighborhood’s continuous evolution from our old trolley days to the vibrant community we are today.

Our decorating elves transformed the “Bingo Hall” into an exquisite dinner setting with large live trees lining the walls of the room (right). The special effect lighting, the spring colors, and the live baby oak saplings on the tables gave the room an ethereal glow. Some dinner guests remarked the room looked a lot like Tavern On The Green.

The sold-out crowd mingled and dined with old and new friends while enjoying our signature cocktail and our much-anticipated Silent and Live Auctions. A special video was introduced during dinner featuring some of the homeowners and the houses. The video, which also included our neighborhood’s restaurants, hot spots, retail establishments, and recreational opportunities, drew a huge round of applause, a clear sign the guests liked what they saw and were proud to be a part of this neighborhood.

Over 500 oak saplings (left) were provided to guests to take home and plant to replenish the trees lost to last year’s drought. Most everyone was thrilled with this lagniappe to take home.

After the dinner and while the auction was shutting down, the dance floor opened up. Guests took off their shoes and danced till the wee hours of the morning (right).

The evening was successful, fun, and refreshing. And as the saying goes, “A good time was had by all.” The Magic of Houston Heights continues.

Auction Chairs Thank Donors & Volunteers


Janet Buchheit & Kit Davis, Silent Auction Committee Chairs

Once again the Heights neighborhood was treated to a fun and festive Candlelight Dinner and Auction and the theme “Opening Doors … The Key to Our Future Is Hinged on Our Past” had many volunteers and donors from yesterday and today raise funds to invest into our historic Houston Heights neighborhood.

The Live Auction, chaired by Chris Silkwood and Kelly Simmons and emceed by Maria Todd, raised $33,550. Thank you, Chris & Kelly, for coordinating another successful auction.

The Silent Auction, chaired by Janet Buchheit and Kit Davis assisted by a multitude of persistent and committed volunteers, raised $58,500. Thank you to our volunteers: Ann Derryberry, Anne Culotta, Bess Yeary, Carol Welter, Chris Silkwood, Cressandra Thibodeaux, Danae Stephenson, Dee Melançon, Denise Martin, Ellen Newcaster, Gayle Klaybor, Joan Kerr, Julie Pettit, June Barth, Kelly Simmons, Linda Eyles, Liz Conces Spencer, Marylou Erbland, Mary & Paul Carr, Rita Blanchard, Sherry Dickey, Stacey Courville, Stacey Seals, Stephanie Vaughan, Suzy Jennings, and Tom Buchheit. These volunteers contacted businesses, collected donations, arranged the items attractively for bidding, and were there at the end of the evening to help take it all down.

We could not have accomplished this without the assistance of Bill Davis, Gerald Melançon, Keith Crane, Mark Courville, Martin Pike, Paul Herrera, and Tommy Buchheit, who were also there to help set up and take down the auction.

Special thanks to volunteers from CenterPoint Energy: Ross & Melissa Davis, Michael Conklin, Shannon Ramirez, Steven Christopher and Monica Machado for manning the check in/check out tables. Mary & Paul Carr and Lauriel Hindman also provided much appreciated assistance during this process.

Last but not least, our committee would like to thank the auction donors listed below for supporting the Houston Heights Association:

  • 14 Pews
  • Addie Ann Spicer & Brian Tamplen
  • Air & Tent Party Rentals
  • AJ’s Urban Petals
  • Alan & Tricia Ratliff
  • Alden Hotel Houston
  • Alley Theatre
  • Andrea Sharp
  • Andrea Wilkinson, Archway Gallery
  • Andy Sankowski, Mossrock Studio
  • Andy’s Home Café
  • Ann Derryberry
  • Ann Westby
  • Anne & Ken Culotta
  • Anne Joelle Gallery, AJ’s Color Impressions
  • Another Place in Time
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Archway Gallery
  • Armandos
  • Artistic Interiors
  • Arturo Rodriguez
  • August Antiques
  • Azur West, A Shu Uemura Salon
  • Barbara Erceg
  • Batterton Chiropractic
  • Becky Soria, Archway Gallery
  • Bella Terra Landscape Resources
  • Benjy’s Modern American Cuisine
  • bespoke by GJCD
  • Bess & Mike Yeary
  • Betsy Evans
  • Big Mamou
  • Bill Baldwin & Joe Gonzalez
  • Bistro Restaurant, Lancaster Hotel
  • Blake Hall
  • Bliss on 19th
  • Block 7 Wine Company
  • Brian Cavanaugh
  • Buchanan’s Native Plants
  • Bunch & Shoemaker
  • Bungalow Fitness
  • Bungalow Revival
  • Byron & Julie Pettit
  • C&D Hardware & Gifts
  • Carol Welter
  • Carolyn Coates
  • Casa Vilora Interiors
  • Catherine Wiejaczka
  • Charles D. Richardson
  • Charlie Hardwick
  • Chatters Café & Bistro
  • Cheri Randolph
  • China Baroque
  • Chris Bakay
  • Chris Silkwood
  • Christie Chase
  • Christie Coker, Archway Gallery
  • Cindy Blass, Fine Line Design, Spring Street Studios
  • Cliff Ando
  • Computer Wiz
  • Contempo Designs
  • Cookie Wells, Archway Gallery
  • Cressandra Thibodeaux
  • D.R. Jones
  • Dacapo’s Pastry Café
  • Damon Thomas
  • Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké
  • Darla Hartman, Winter Street Studios
  • David, etc.
  • Deborah Morris
  • Dee & Gerald Melançon
  • Denise Martin & Anita Goff
  • DePetra
  • Design House
  • Diane and Mike Easley
  • dianne k webb, Winter Street Studios
  • DJ’s Better Body
  • Don & Lynn McIntyre
  • Donna & Jim Bennett
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Austin
  • Doug Hamilton, Winter Street Studios
  • Dramatika
  • Duralee
  • Eclectic Home
  • Ellen & John Newcaster
  • Ellen Orseck, Winter Street Studios
  • Erica Del Garde
  • Estate of Joan Robins
  • Eye to Eye
  • Fariba Abedin, Spring Street Studios
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Houston
  • Gabriel Tran Photography
  • Gabriella Nissen Photography
  • Gayle Klaybor
  • Geraldine Gill
  • Gilbert Perez
  • Grace Hart And Company
  • Gretchen & Ivy’s Pet Sitting
  • Gwynn Piccolo
  • Hair & Co
  • Hair By Shara
  • Hannon Designs
  • Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
  • Heather Yoki-Sanchez
  • Heights Asian Café
  • Heights Cigar Lounge
  • Heights Dermatology & Aesthetic Center
  • Heights Funeral Home
  • Heights Massage & Day Spa
  • Heights Plant Farm
  • Heights Veterinary Clinic
  • Hilary Cobb
  • Holly Simmons
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
  • Houston Dairymaids
  • Houston Heights Association Board of Directors
  • Interior Design Collection
  • J. Antonio Farfan
  • J. Harding & Co.
  • James Burns
  • James Edwards
  • James Gehrmann
  • Jan & Paul Cottage
  • Jane Ewen
  • Janet & Tom Buchheit
  • Janet Trotter, Winter Street Studios
  • Jasmine Byrd
  • Jennifer Klein Physical Therapy
  • Jim Adams, Archway Gallery
  • Joan Kerr
  • Joe Chandler
  • Joe Mendietta
  • John Brooks
  • John Slaby, Archway Gallery
  • Joshua’s Native Plants
  • Jubilee
  • Judith Ann Jewels
  • Judy Cummings
  • Juicy in the Sky…with Vitamins
  • Juliet McFarland
  • June Barth
  • June Lyvonne Adair Family Trust
  • Katy Bomar and John Childs
  • Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons
  • Kelly Moran
  • Kenneth Kelly, ASID
  • Kermit Eisenhut
  • kidslovelife
  • Kiki Neumann
  • Kim & Greg Kolanowski
  • King & Spalding
  • Kit & Bill Davis
  • Kyle Kubin
  • La Camella
  • La Paz Day Spa
  • Langford Market
  • Larry Jones, Winter Street Studios
  • Laura Lopez
  • Laurenzo’s
  • Lauriel Hindman
  • Liberty Kitchen
  • Lina Fairchild
  • Linda and Simon Eyles
  • Lindsey Lee & Deb Rouse
  • Liz Conces Spencer, Archway Gallery
  • LoveJoy’s Antiques
  • Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
  • Madilyn Stein, Winter Street Studios
  • Maid in the Shade
  • Margaret Scott Brock, Archway Gallery
  • Margaret Simmons
  • Mark David Bradford
  • Mark Wallis
  • Mark Wassell
  • Mars Woodhill, Courtesy of Yvonamor Palix Fine Art, Spring Street Studios
  • Marsha Harris, Archway Gallery
  • Martin Pike Custom Clothing
  • Massoud’s Catering
  • Matthew Menger
  • Menchie’s
  • Mercader Antiques
  • Michael Arcieri, Winter Street Studios
  • Michael Baldwin
  • Michael Kemper Salon
  • Michelle Keller
  • Michelle Macy
  • Mission Burrito
  • Mockingbird Bistro
  • Molly’s Mutt House
  • Montrose Nails
  • Morrison Plumbing/Appliances/Hardware
  • Nancy Nalence
  • Nancy Pittman
  • NewRoots Landscaping
  • Nicole Gavin
  • Niko Niko’s Greek & American Café
  • Nizza Mosaic Studio & Gallery
  • Opera in the Heights
  • Pam August
  • Patrick Palmer, Winter Street Studios
  • Paul & Mary Carr
  • Paula Hawkins, Winter Street Studios
  • Paula Wells Studio
  • Penzy’s Spices
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Pilates South Texas
  • Piyali Sen Dasgupta, Winter Street Studios
  • Ravenscourt Landscaping & Design LLC
  • Redstone Golf Club
  • Rita & Jerred Blanchard
  • Robert Allen
  • Robert Woods & Marylou Erbland
  • Rose Hohenberger, Winter Street Studios
  • Roxanne Langley, Art Consultant
  • Sallie & Bob Wright
  • Sally Stubbs, Winter Street Studios
  • Sandi Gardner, Winter Street Studios
  • Sandra York
  • Sands Stiefer
  • Sandy Steitz
  • Sara’s Bed & Breakfast Inn
  • Scene One
  • Scott Rozzell
  • Senator John Whitmire
  • Senator Rodney Ellis
  • Shade
  • Sheila & Art Tybor
  • Sherry Dickey
  • Shine in the Heights
  • Shirl Riccetti, Archway Gallery
  • Soloman Kane, Winter Street Studios
  • Southwell’s Hamburger Grill
  • Spring Home Tour Auction Committee
  • Spring Home Tour Committee
  • St. Arnold Brewing Co.
  • Stacey Courville
  • Stacey Seals
  • Stark Carpet
  • Stephanie Vaughan
  • Stetzel & Associates
  • Stretch Houston LLC
  • Studio Fitness
  • Studio Nia Moves
  • Susan Plumb
  • Susan Romeo
  • Suzy Jennings
  • Taft McWhorter, Winter Street Studios
  • Terry Gordon Smith, Horticulturist
  • Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits
  • The Boom Boom Room
  • The Glass Wall
  • The Heights Pages
  • The Lift
  • The Nice Winery
  • The Upper Hand Salon
  • The Wax Spot
  • Tim Glover
  • Todd August
  • Tootsies
  • Totally Tactile Designs
  • Trudy Nelson
  • Up Restaurant
  • Urban Jungle Self Defense
  • Urban Western Houston
  • Venus Hair
  • Vintners Own
  • Well Done Cooking Classes
  • What’s Up Cupcake
  • White Salon
  • Write Now
  • Your Body Center
  • Yucha Pak

emcee Maria Todd

another silent auction item, a wooden bench by Jim Bennett


Calendar of Events for June–July 2012














HHA Fun Run, 7:00 AM, Marmion Park



HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

Deadline for next newsletter


7 - garbage and recycling





HHA General Meeting, “Transportation,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



14 - garbage

Flag Day



electronics recycling, Center at Harvard


Father’s Day


Fire Station Master Plan Committee, 5:30 PM, Fire Station

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Greater Heights SNC (SN15), 6:30 PM, Fire Station


21 - garbage and recycling







28 - garbage



Summer Concert, 7:00 PM, Marmion Park

July 1


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


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


Independence Day

5 - garbage

Deadline for next newsletter





HHA General Meeting, “Markets & Bazaars,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



12 - garbage and recycling





Fire Station Master Plan Committee, 5:30 PM, Fire Station

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Greater Heights SNC (SN15), 6:30 PM, Fire Station


19 - garbage



electronics recycling, Center at Harvard



HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



26 - garbage and recycling






August 1

2 - garbage



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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Through June 2, UpStage Theatre presents Twelve Angry Men, Twelve Angry Women, and Twelve Angry Jurors (one version per weekend) at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

June 9-24, UpStage Theatre presents Robin Hood at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information,

June 28-30 and July 5-7, 8:00 PM, Obsidian Art Space hosts Tell Me On A Sunday (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black) presented by Standing Room Only Production Company. For more information, call 832-889-7837 or visit

July 6-28, UpStage Theatre presents Happy Days, a new musical at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

August 17-25, UpStage Theatre presents A Festival of Comedy at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Four original comedies by Houston area playwrights. For more information, visit

Future History

October 7, Bicycle Rally

November 30 and December 1, Holiday Home Tour

December, Holiday Food Baskets [dates uncertain]


February 24, Awards Dinner

April 5-7, Spring Home Tour

June 1, Heights Fun Run

Heavy Trash Notes

June is a “Junk Waste” month; July is a “Tree Waste Only” month. For dates in your area, visit the City Solid Waste site (click here).

At The Properties

Events at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, Donovan Park, and Marmion Park

Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.

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

Copyright © 2012, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

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Editor, The Heights, 107 W. 12th Street, Houston, TX 77008-6907;

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Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

June contributors:

Gini Axton, Stephanie Babb, Janet Buchheit, Hilary Parr Cobb, Judy Cummings, Kit Davis, Angela DeWree, Laura Ellis, Lauriel Hindman, Lindsey Lee, Bill Pellerin, John Ridgway, Holly Simmons, Kelly Simmons, Martin Sunday, Lanna von Baden, Maureen Weyel.