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In This Issue

Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour:
July 14 — Boulevard Art
August 11— Quality of Life

Thank You, Kroger Shoppers

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3 — July 15 through August 31

Heights Garden Club:
July 12 — 721 Algregg

August 7 — Fire Station

Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt — October 5

Another Successful Run Down the Boulevard

New Members

Donations

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Seven, July 2014
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Thank You, Kroger Shoppers

Thanks to all of you who signed up to support the Houston Heights Association through Kroger Community Rewards, HHA is one of the highest-earning organizations in Houston in that program.

presentation of giant check

At the June meeting, Kroger Community Affairs Specialist Megham Argo presented a check to Janet Buchheit, HHA VP of Fundraising and Special Events. The amount was based on purchases in a recent three-month period by those of you who designated HHA as your preferred organization.

The current registration year ends at the end of August. You will need to re-enroll your Kroger Plus card for 2014-2015 after August 1 if you wish to continue supporting HHA. Watch for more information in next month’s newsletter.

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3 (landscape and parking) will occur July 15 through August 31. No rental reservations will be accepted for this period. All HHA and GHSNC meetings will proceed as normal, but attendees will need to find other places to park.

Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour

Join us on the second Monday of every month to meet neighbors, hear interesting programs, and learn about events. Doors open to the Fire Station at 6:30 PM for happy hour, with the monthly program commencing at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited!

July 14: Boulevard Art

Meet the curators of the Heights Boulevard Sculpture Show, Gus Kopriva & Chris Silkwood, with featured artists of the popular Boulevard artworks. Everyone is invited to learn about the amazing art and the process to make it happen on the centerpiece of our neighborhood.

Coming Up:

  • August 11: Quality of Life
  • September 8: Learning Local
  • October 13: Octoberfest & Constable Kick-Off

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2014 Platinum sponsors:

Boulevard Realty Circa Real Estate

Garden Club logoHeights Garden Club

Join us July 12 at 10:00 AM in the eclectic garden of Dee and Mel Melançon, located at 721 Algregg. A few years back, they were able to acquire an additional 2,500-square-foot lot next door to their residence, and Dee went to work. For the last several years, Mother Nature has thrown some challenges to our Houston gardens with many freezes, and this has caused their garden to change many times, starting out very tropical, with several types of palms and hibiscus, to its current design. You will also find dedicated veggie boxes, a covered pergola, and several fountains. The garden tour is always free and usually an hour or less. See you then!

garden at 721 Algregg

To beat the August heat, our meeting that month will be on Thursday evening, August 7 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Fire Station on 12th St and Yale. We will be having a meet-and-greet combined with a plant and seed swap.

You may have noticed that the Heights Boulevard entrance garden has been changed up for summer. We want to thank Ravenscourt Landscaping for the garden design and the change to drip irrigation. We would also like to thank Donna Buchanan for contributing plants and fertilizer. Lastly, we want to thank our volunteers without whom nothing will happen at all.

As always, our meetings are open to all and free. Please check our Facebook page or our website at www.heightsgardenclub.com for information about upcoming meetings and workdays.

Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt

The 9th annual Heights Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt will take place on Sunday, October 5, 2014, beginning at Marmion Park, which is located at 1802 Heights Boulevard. As in the past, the bicycle ride will include a 20-mile ride in and around the Heights and surrounding neighborhoods, beginning at 8:30 AM. A family-friendly five-mile course, which begins at 1:00 PM, is designed to be ridden at a casual, self-paced speed, and is open to riders of all ages.

Those who participate in the Scavenger Hunt will be challenged to answer questions along the route. All scavenger hunt entries must be turned in by 4:00 PM for eligibility to win prizes. Winners will be announced and awards will be given during the after-ride party. There will also be lots of fun and yummy treats during the party, which will be held in Marmion Park beginning at 3:00 PM.

Routing, pricing, and registration details are still being worked out. For more information, see our next issue or visit the HHA website and click on the Bicycle Ride tile.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2014 Bronze Sponsors:

2125 Yale logo Happy Fatz logo Select Physical Therapy logo
Memorial Hermann Medical Group logo Memorial Hermann Northwest logo

Another Successful Run Down the Boulevard

Fun Run 2014 logoThe 29th Annual Heights Fun Run proved to be a successful event coordinated by seasoned volunteers of the Houston Heights Association. Thanks to veteran volunteers and co-chairs Angie Hasara and Janet Buchheit, the race went off without a hitch. Julie Pettit handled the behind-the-scenes job of updating the website and getting the word out about the Fun Run. HHA President Matt Bedingfield made sure residents on Heights Boulevard were notified of the Fun Run. Aided by donations of water from Kroger and the hard working efforts of Lauriel Hindman, Mel Melançon, and Rob Hellyer, there was plenty of water picked up from Kroger and delivered to Marmion Park as well as the water stations along the race course. Bill Davis and his operations team started setup on Friday evening and were back at it at 5:00 AM to see that tents, tables, water stations, and materials were all in place. Danae Stephenson and her registration crew were hard at work on Thursday and Friday at Luke’s Locker and on the scene at 6:00 AM for day-of-race registration. And Damien Ogier was up bright and early to see that those porta-cans and recycle bins were delivered and in place. Last but not least, Paula Johnson made several trips to seek out those much-needed safety pins.

It takes an army of volunteers, and thanks to Laura Menefee, we had that army.

Additional thanks go to:

Race Packet Stuffing: Bungalow Fitness Team, Carol Sanders, Janet & Tom Buchheit, Nancy Flesch, and Rita Blanchard.

Registration/Packet Pick-up: Addie Ann Spicer, Andrea Sharp, Anne Culotta, Carol Welter, David Luedtke, Dawnia Willis, Diane Easley, Donna Bennett, JoAnn Alanis, Kaleb Willis, Katy Bomar, Kelsy Tom, Martin Pike, Pat Nelson, Rita Blanchard, Stacey Courville, and Suzy Jennings.

Operations Team: Byron Pettit, Dave Steitz, Jason Hatfield, Jeff Hicki, John Baldwin, Martin Piké, and Tom Buchheit.

Water Stations: Amanda & Rich Anhorn, Andrea Sharp, Buddy & Carol Welter, John Taylor, Leann Mueller, Lucy Netherton, Mark & Stacey Courville, Mark Williamson, Mia Garcia, Nancy Flesch, Rachel Solar and Iron Oak Crossfit, Rob Hellyer, and Sarah Uschak.

After Race Party and Awards: Bungalow Fitness Team, Dena Honeycutt, Heather Bryant, Jena Buchanan, Paul Chevalier, Rosina Chevalier, and Veronica Trevino & son.

We had entertainment from the Chick-fil-A Herd of Cows and vendors aplenty: College for Health Care Professionals, District Dental, District H Crossfit, Great Clips, Harper Wellness and Rehab Center. Heights of Health, Health/Wellness/Beauty, Massage Heights, Paradigm Training Center, Shine in the Heights, Sports Clips, Studio Fitness, and The Little Gym of Houston Heights

And we had all sorts of help from sponsors and donors: 2125 Yale (Simpson Property Group), Boulevard Realty. Buchanans, Bungalow Fitness, CenterPoint Energy, Circa Real Estate, Happy Fatz, Heights Candy Bar, Iron Oak Crossfit, Janet & Tom Buchheit, Katz Coffee, Kroger, Luke’s Locker, Menchies, Memorial Hermann Medical Group, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Select Physical Therapy, Shine in the Heights, Sports Clips (Chris Martin), and Spring Action Photos.

Other Brother handled entertainment, and Dave Steitz was our esteemed emcee, posing with as many Award Winners as he could!!! Despite its being hot and humid, it was a very fun Fun Run Day. Thank you racers, walkers, children, spectators, sponsors, donors, and volunteers!!

New Members

Please welcome these new members to the Houston Heights Association.

  • Fiorella & James Applebe
  • Sian & Mark Boyd
  • Sandy & Chris Domingo
  • Katherine Hawkins
  • John & Mary Ann Heussner
  • Christiane Hile & Jeff Aiello
  • Jeffrey P. & Elaine Hiller
  • Becky Kowalski
  • Kathleen Lasco & Gerry Miller
  • Craig Shumaker
  • Tad Hughes Custom Fit Studio
  • Dayle & Janet Trotti
  • Ben Weaver
  • Michele Wiechman

Donations

Our thanks to these donors for the generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association

  • Donna Aversano & Debra Tabor, M.D. - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
  • Chevron Employee Engagement Fund matching gift of Katherine Pearson
  • John & Arianna Difilippo - Parks, Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration
  • Nancy Dingwall - Donovan Playground
  • Osvaldo & Guadalupe Fernandez - Parks
  • Dixon & Kay Gilbreath - Boulevard
  • Emanuel S. Johnson in honor of Mike & Diane Easley
  • Jennifer & Stephen Kirk - Flower Gardens
  • Rebecca Marek - Flower Gardens
  • Masa Mirkovic - Donovan Playground
  • Jenifer & Mike Moore - Boulevard
  • Katherine Pearson - Parks
  • Byron & Julie Pettit in memory of Roz Pettit, Beaner Easley, and Moose Newcaster.
  • Dana & Sharee Robertson - Flower Gardens
  • William & Deborah Schroeter - Boulevard
  • Craig Shumaker
  • John & Gail Siegel - Fire Station Restoration
  • Robert Weber & Elida Phillips - Flower Gardens
  • Nancy & Phil Wedemeyer - Flower Gardens

Calendar of Events for July–August 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

1

PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

2

3 - garbage and recycling

4

Independence Day

5

Deadline for next newsletter

6

7

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

8

9

10 - garbage

11

12

Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 721 Algregg

13

14

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

15

Grounds work begins at Fire Station

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

16 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

17 - garbage and recycling

18

19

20

21

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

22

23

24 - garbage

25

26

27

28

29

30

31 - garbage and recycling

August 1

2

3

4

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

5

Deadline for next newsletter

PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

6

7 - garbage

Heights Garden Club, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

8

9

10

11

HHA General Meeting, “Quality of Life,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station

12

13

14 - garbage and recycling

15

16

17

18

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

19

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

20 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

21 - garbage

22

23

24

25

26

27

28 - garbage and recycling

29

30

31

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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations

Every Saturday, 7:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street. Note new time for the summer. Contact Meghan.olds@gmail.com to be added to the weekly distribution list.

First and third Thursdays, 7:30 PM, English Country Dancing in the Heights, dances taught and called. For more information, email jnjbloom@gmail.com or visit www.hatds.org/ecd.html.

Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at the Multiservice Center on West Gray, for a story swap. Note new location. For more information, www.houstonstorytellers.org or 713-643-8478.

At The Properties

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

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

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3 (landscape and parking) will occur July 15 through August 31. No rental reservations will be accepted for this period. All HHA and GHSNC meetings will proceed as normal, but attendees will need to find other places to park.

Heavy Trash Notes

July is a “Tree Waste Only” month; August is a “Junk Waste” month. The heavy trash pickup date is the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights Association coverage area.

For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

Future History

October 5, Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt

December 5-6, Holiday Home Tour

December 9-10, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]

February 22, 2015, Awards Dinner [tentative date]

March 16, centennial of Fire Station dedication

April 10-12, Spring Home Tour

June 6, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]

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

Copyright © 2014, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

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

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

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

Staff and Contributors

VP Communications: Julie Pettit

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

July contributors:

Janet Buchheit. Angela DeWree, Brenda Eskelson, Lauriel Hindman, Julie Pettit, Michael Sudhalter (The Leader).

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