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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.
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”
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.
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.
Please welcome the following new members to the Houston Heights Association.
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
238 W. 19th St., Ste. C-1, 713-516-0060
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012 Platinum sponsor:
Home Tour Weekend Wrap-Up Section
Home Tour A Huge Success
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
Hilary Parr Cobb
Gilbert Joseph Perez
Home & Garden Tour Chairs
Nick Eronko and Sandy Steitz
Catherine Coon and Nicolas Purday
Clay and Kelly Fritsch
Rob and Kim Tegtmeier
Gordon and Carol Yeatts
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
Collateral Design Chair
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
Jim and Donna Bennett
Program and Ad Sales
Dinner Guest Manager
Home Tour Floral and Table Designs
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
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.
Darlene’s Flower and Gift Shop
Heights Floral Shop
Killion’s Milam Florist
bespoke by GJCD
Crate & Barrel
Heights Antiques on Yale
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.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2012 Bronze Sponsors:
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
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:
Calendar of Events for June–July 2012
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
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 www.obsidianartspace.org.
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
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 .
At The Properties
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.
Copyright and Submissions
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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Staff and Contributors
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
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.