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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON’S TAMMIE KAHN Learn how the number one children’s museum in the country is shaping the future of our children through learning.

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STAYCATION IN THE WOODLANDS

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PREPARING FOR HURRICANE SEASON

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DAY TRIPS FROM HOUSTON

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

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DOGS GONE WILD

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PAMPERED PETS

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MEDICAL & BUSINESS 31

NEWSWORTHY 33

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WHAT’S INSIDE: Meet Jan Glenn and her pets

NEIGHBORHOOD N O TA B L E S 19

THURSDAY ISLAND Brings Unique Brand to Memorial

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Vol. 8 No. 7 July 2012

Publisher, LARA BELL How on earth can it already be July? We hope you are enjoying your summer breaks, family vacations and everything in between! This time of year brings me back to last July when I took the kids to Disneyworld for the first time. Brent got stuck at work on a huge project at the last minute and could not accompany us. Yes, I still went, taking at the time a seven and Lara Bell and her children Dylan and Brooks Milam four- year-old by myself, and I at Disneyworld. survived and had an amazing time! This July, however, we are going a different route to Estes Park in Colorado, and I honestly could not look more forward to the cooler, crisper air! In between the summer camps, Vacation Bible School, and family vacations, there are still times we need to keep the kids occupied. In this issue, Jennifer Elliott is showing us some quick and easy day trips that will keep the kids smiling as they await their next big adventure. We also take a look inside the Children’s Museum of Houston and meet their CEO and Memorial Resident Tammie Kahn. The museum is wonderful place to take the kids this summer or all year long for that matter. They have many summer programs, and as always, Thursday night is Free Family Night. Finally, we invite everyone to come out to the Memorial Village Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday July 4th. absolutely! Memorial Magazine, along with 24 Hour ER, have partnered to create a fun homemade float ,and we will be throwing all kinds of fun trinkets to the crowd. Have a happy Fourth of July and God Bless America (and Memorial)! Absolutely yours,

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Children’s Museum of Houston’s

Tammie Kahn

Shaping the future of our children through learning

COVER STORY By Lara Bell

Sophia Groen, CEO Tammie Kahn, Eligha Jones and Rowan Ostrowicki.

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s there any place in Houston that you truly love? Personally, I love the Children’s Museum of Houston. In fact, I joke that one of the reasons I had kids was to give me a reason to go there regularly! I’ve been covering the Children’s Museum for almost 20 years from the beginning of my journalism career in Houston. I’ve also chaired numerous fundraising events for them including last December’s Annual Gingerbread Bash. So when I found out that Tammie Kahn, the Museum’s CEO, lives in Memorial, I was thrilled to talk to her about how she got to where she is running the nation’s number one Children’s Museum, as well learn what she envisions for the museum’s future.

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“The Children’s Museum of Houston is number one in the United States because our stake holders expect us to have real impact on children’s learning lives...” ~ Tammie Kahn

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ammie and her husband Barry have lived in Memorial since 1982 as they built their first home together and raised their two daughters. “We chose Memorial because our neighborhood is filled with big, beautiful expanses of bayou and forest terrain that’s filled with animals. We’re only ten minutes from downtown Houston, but we have fox, timber wolves, coyotes, and a tremendous number of bird species, including a flock of guinea fowl that have made themselves at home in our yards for as long as any of us can remember,” said Tammie. Growing up in a home where the focus is on education, it is no wonder their daughters have chosen a path of education. “Our daughter Lora is beginning her neurosurgery residency, and Julia is doing neuroscience research and pursuing a doctorate in that field.” Tammie enjoys her Memorial neighborhood filled with “a United Nations of people and one of its endearing qualities is having neighbors whose forbearers founded some of Houston’s greatest businesses, cultural, and academic institutions.” “When I go on walks, it’s not uncommon to see neighbors who switch from their native language to greet me in English. I heard four different languages other than English spoken on one of my recent hour-long walks. “ Tammie has been with the Children’s Museum for 17 years. However, growing up, she never even thought of working in a museum. “I never dreamed of working in a museum until Margaret Skidmore and Peter Marzio interviewed me 30 years ago to join the Museum of Fine Arts Houston staff. Even as a child, I was so proud of the small art museum in my west Texas hometown. I’ve always thought the people who support museums are among the most generous-spirited community builders.” It’s that spirit that has made Houston an internationally celebrated museum hub. Tammie feels that few cities in the world have what we enjoy. Virtually every one of Houston’s museums, whether art, natural history, science, history, botanical, or zoological, is considered among the best in the world

for its respective focus, and each makes sure that all of us feel welcome to visit and participate. Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH) was founded by community leaders who were experts in understanding the principles of early childhood development and human learning. During the 30 plus years since CMH’s founding, technology has maximized those same principles and a whole new world has been built around life-long learning and effective communication. So the museum that some folks thought was just for kids’ play is now, and will continue to be, at the forefront of nurturing learning literacies throughout life. CMH is being sought as a partner on many levels. “With academic partners, we’re maximizing digital learning opportunities to increase learning capacities within all children. We’re developing families’ abilities to support advancing 21st century skills in their children. And, policy makers recognize that we can help them

shape a more child-friendly environment that better nurtures our future workforce development. These initiatives address some of the most important issues that we face as a community,” said Tammie. If you haven’t been to the Children’s Museum lately, I encourage you to go this summer where they are celebrating the 2012 Summer of Fun with a daily itinerary that includes courtyard games, dance parties, live performances, and game shows. Plus, there will be an array of special events including Superman’s Birthday, a Dog Show, National Ice Cream Day, and more. According to Tammie, “The Children’s Museum of Houston is number one in the United States because our stake holders expect us to have real impact on children’s learning lives. Every day, we must offer an experience that is meaningful to the families we serve.” I must agree, and this is exactly why I am such a fan of our Children’s Museum!

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ast month, my family and I were itching to get out some of the activities we enjoyed. Since my husband is of town but not far away: we wanted to go on a a former golf pro, he grabbed his clubs and headed over “staycation!" I love staycations because all you do to the resort’s championship golf course, The Oaks and is throw an overnight bag in the car and go. We set our Panther Trail, and of course, he enjoyed the time to work sights on the family-friendly the Woodlands Resort and on his game. And what would a staycation be without a Conference Center that offers visit to the day spa? The rea full range of activities from sort’s full-service spa features golf, spa, tennis, and a tropistimulating facials, massages, cal water oasis all situated on and body scrubs. 350 acres of forest preserves. If your family needs a quick After check-in, we staked escape from the dog days of out our spot at the resort’s summer, skip the three-hour Forest Oasis Waterscape, car ride, and visit a place with a unique poolside expeendless activities, comfortable rience where kids spend accommodations, and no rehours zooming down the sort fees. two, 30-foot, double-helix Summer is a wonderful The Forest Oasis Waterscape boasts two slides, pop fountains, a water slides. Children enjoy time to reconnect with family. waterfall, an under water marine mural, and various water sports. exploring a spectacular, 3-D What could be better than to be underwater marine mural present with your family and depicting exotic ocean life. To create memories to last a lifeenhance the experience, the time? Taking the time to really resort offers complimentary experience those bundles of chilled towels along with ice joy we brought into this world pops, frozen grapes, and orand imprint smiles upon their ange slices to keep the Texas faces is priceless. Although heat at bay. The kids loved that! the kids are out of school for At dusk, we gathered the kids summer, we, the parents, still around the s’mores fire pit and have jobs to tend to. A long built our own gooey confection weekend at the Woodlands while dive-in movies played on Resort and Conference Center the big screen. is a must for the family lookThe Woodlands Resort and Conference Center has The resort’s activity team ing for some fun while staying two 18 hole golf courses. planned an extensive array of local. It’s a little over an hour poolside games and entertainment. Live bands, balloon from our Memorial neighborhood - as long as you don't artists, face painting, and organized water games are just head out during rush hour!

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Here are some handy tips to get you hurricane ready: Get important papers and special photos in order. Identification is difficult and time-consuming to replace so be sure to include social security cards, birth certificates, high school diplomas or GED certificates, titles or deeds to property, as well as your hurricane insurance policy. Photos of special occasions or loved ones cannot be replaced so including these is important as well.

Make a hurricane kit. Include extra cash, a generator, batteries, flash lights, battery operated radio and/or television, bottled water, toilet paper, non-perishable foods such as cereal or crackers, canned goods, a can opener, a small cooler, candles, prescription medicines and any over-the-counter remedies you use regularly. If you have small children, include diapers, baby wipes, formula, and baby food.

Take video or photos of your property. Document your property with photos and video before you leave. This will help later with any insurance checklist claims for damage that may need to be filed.

Count on the power being out for at least a day or two. Remember that ATM’s will be non-operating, so have at least some cash in your Hurricane Kit to see you through the storm. It is a good idea to have activities such as books, puzzles and games to keep from getting to bored.

Think about where you will go if you have to leave your home. If staying with relatives is not an option, consider booking a room in a hotel or motel in another nearby town or state. A cheaper route might be to find temporary hurricane shelters. Where will your pets go? Unfortunately, it is unlikely that your pet will have a place in a motel or hotel. Keep this in mind, and try to find pet-friendly hotels and motels or dog boarding kennels in areas out of the path of the storm until it is safe to return home. Pre-pack a bag. Designate a spot such as the hall closet to keep a bag of clothes for each person in the household. Make sure to include sleeping gear if you plan on going to a temporary shelter.

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Jan Glenn and Princess Grace Kelly.

hen I was 14 years old, my mom took me out of school one day for a doctor’s appointment. When we were finished, I asked if we could go to the Hard Rock Café for lunch. It just so happened that Jan Glenn was there for a public appearance. As a fourteenyear-old who watched Good Morning Houston as much as I could and aspired to host my own television show someday, it was a dream come true to meet her! Not nervous at all, I introduced myself to her and proceeded to tell her that someday I was going to host a show just like her. Fast forward fifteen years, I was hosting my own show, and Jan was actually hired to be my producer and then eventually, my co-host. She was – and still is – my “TV mom” but the one thing you may not know about Jan is that she loves her animals. So in this issue, we are going to take a look inside what I’ve always called “Jan’s Pet Obsession.”

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How did you start out in television? I began majoring in architecture at Texas Tech University. This put me in the right place at the right time for the opening of a new ABC station (KSEL-TV) in Lubbock. They needed a weathergirl who could be cheerful in the midst of tornado season and being a Tech cheerleader, I was asked to do it. For $50 a week – which breaks down to $10 a night for the 6 and 10 pm news – I accepted. After two years of doing the weather, I finally got the hang of it. Weather radar or fancy maps didn’t exist during that time. In May 1970, the infamous Lubbock tornado hit the city, and our newsroom Weather Center predicted clear skies that night. The erroneous prediction caused the end of my weathergirl career!

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Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever inter-

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It would be someone in country music because the country stars have the best stories of growing up and becoming famous. My favorite is Conway Twitty

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whose real name is Harold Jenkins. He told me he got his famous name driving through Twitty, Texas one day and liked that name. The Conway part is from Conway, Arkansas. Conway created a little family city outside of Nashville, Tennessee called Twitty City for all of his family to live. George Strait is another interesting star with that ‘matinee idol’ look and charm without being persnickety.

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Since I have known you, your greatest passion has been for animals. Where did you get your love for animals? I was raised on a farm in Wellington, Texas. Horses, cattle, pigs, goats, chickens, dogs and cats were a way of life growing up. Animals have always been a constant in my life. I even had a pet skunk named Stinky who helped me do the weather when I was a weathergirl in Lubbock. Nobody ever blamed Stinky, even if she got the weather wrong.

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Speaking of pets, tell me who some of your favorites are and have been.

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Pets Studley Dudley Moore (above) and George Strait Eyes (right).

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My cross-eyed cat George Strait Eyes, Conway Twitty Kitty and Tammy Whynot. My dogs have all been rescues and are named Princess Grace Kelly, Bridget Bardot Dog and Studley Dudley Moore.

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Do you think if you hadn’t gone the television route you may have been a veterinarian? There is already one veterinarian in my family; my brother-in-law filled that spot beautifully. I would rather showcase animals on television. Although, when animals are on television, there is something about the lights and cameras that make them do wild and wooly things – totally unpredictable!

AM JG

Is there a particular animal charity you are especially

fond of?

I have worked with just about all of the animal organizations in the Houston area. As long as they are treating the animals properly, then I continue to work with them. I adopted George Strait Eyes from the Houston Humane Society 19 years ago, and he still rules my home. My most recent doggie addition is my “Schmoodle” – a Schnauzer, Maltese, Poodle – named Princess Grace Kelly from the Citizens for Animal Protection. I got two personalities for the price of one. She can be either a princess or crazy Gracie!

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One last question. When you were producing Wild About Houston, you said you did not want to go back on the air. After some begging from me, I convinced you to be my co-host. If I beg you again, will you write a pet column for absolutely! Memorial Magazine? Only if you let me call it the ‘PAWSitively PURRfect’ Pet Page!

JG


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His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo thanked the sold-out crowd of more than 700 generous guests who attended the 2012 Spirit of Charity Gala on May 3rd, raising $1.4 million for Catholic Charities. Pictured are Memorialites Ginger Niemann and Gloria Kalman with daughter Lauren Kalman Summerville. 1980’s Supermodels Cheryl Tiegs, Stratford High School Graduate Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Joan Severance, Dianne deWitt, Kim Charlton, Tara Shannon and Greg Davis reunited at the I Am Waters Foundation Luncheon in River Oaks. Emmy-nominated actor Jack Scalia and male model Tony Spinelli also joined in to help spread the word about the worthy cause. Bringing the supermodels into town was the brainchild of Elena Davis, a former Ford Agency model and the president and founder of I Am Waters. The luncheon raised more than $340,000 for the foundation, which has brought close to 1 million water bottles of hope to America’s homeless. Photo by Kim Coffman.

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Congratulations to Ashley Ackerman and Billy Merrill who graduated from The Briarwood School for students with diagnosed learning differences where “each child is taught in the way her or she learns best.” Ashley will attend Curry College in Milton, MA where she will continue her love of art and play soccer while pursuing a four year liberal arts degree. Billy will attend The University of Houston, entering with 14 credits from Houston Community College.


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ow that it is summer, some of you ladies might have a little extra time to go on that much needed shopping spree. If this is the case, Thursday Island could be just the right store for you to explore. Thursday Island is Korea’s new brand of vintage casual clothing and jewelry. The clothing appeals to all ages and the styles look great on anyone! The brand is most famous for its “layering look,” in which many difference pieces are worn together to create a unique and trendy outfit. The style is a composed of bohemian and vintage looks such as floral patterns, lace, and earthy tones, which are popularly trending around the world. Thursday Island’s clothing appeals to individuals seeking a comfortable and carefree lifestyle and achieves so by carrying such vintage-appearing items. The brand sells t-shirts, sweaters, vests, pants, and skirts making it easy for anyone to find that staple item of clothing to go along with whatever is already in your closet. The entire collection can be viewed and ordered online at www.thursdayisland.com. If going into a store and trying on various items of clothing is more up your alley,

visit Thursday Island’s Houston location at 12645 Memorial Drive, Unit C. Thursday Island has high hopes of widely expanding throughout the United States, beginning with the Houston location and eventually opening locations in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Thursday Island is truly a one-of-a-kind store, and its addition to the Memorial area adds a unique flare to our neighborhoods.

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H O M E F E AT U R E By Laura Bates

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verything in design has changed so much in the last couple of years, and with that being said, indoor/outdoor fabric is a major player in this. What used to be stiff, plastic, and solid colors with matching stripes has broadened into soft chenille with fabulous prints to solid linens that have that ageless look. Outdoor fabrics can be used for more than just outside. People are upholstering sofas, sectionals, and dining chairs with this wonderful fabric. The indoor/outdoor fabric does not stain easily and holds up beautifully to children and pets (not to mention that occasional red wine mishap)! The fabric does cost a little more, but depending on the lifestyle of your family, spending more up front can pay off in the end. There is so much entertaining outside now with all of the fabulous outdoor seating that is available and great grills. Outdoor seats usually come with cushions and that’s a great start, but throw a couple of custom pillows made out from the great new indoor/outdoor fabrics, and that makes your outdoor area extra special. And, you can bring in a few of the outside patterns inside with some fabulous floor pillows. This helps make everything flow, and the outside space just becomes an extension of your inside space. Indoor/outdoor fabrics are becoming easier to find. I would suggest looking for stores that carry fabric books. Most of the fabric companies do have books exclusively for indoor/outdoor fabrics. These books will blow you away with what is inside them; the look, feel, and designs offered are unbelievable. Talk about coming along way! Also, don’t forget the fabrics are a little pricier, but you will not need that much yardage. In the end, it is all in the look, and you will be happy you did spend a little more on the fabric. Happy designing!


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Day Trips from Houston By Jennifer Elliott

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as up the car, and gear up for some summer fun. Adventure awaits you just outside the city. And, no need to pack your bags because you can do all of these trips in just a day.

Conroe Berry Picking Berry lovers can head north to Conroe for berry picking at Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm. Picking season usually runs from mid-May to mid-July, but call ahead to check crop conditions. Fill up as many pints as you like because you can freeze some when you get home. Try using your frozen berries in this wonderful smoothie recipe from the Appel family.

JJ’s Super Smoothie 1 cup All Natural Brown Cow Yogurt - Vanilla (cream top) 1 overflowing cup frozen fruit* 3/4 cup Horizon 1% milk 1 Tbsp honey (or 2 Tbsp depending on your sweet tooth) Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Yields 2 1/2 cups. Per 1 cup serving: Calories: 163; Fat: 4.3 grams; Protein: 5.6 grams. *HEB’s Mixed Fruit Frozen bag: peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple and grapes. www.moorheadsblueberryfarm.com

Messina Hof Winery in Bryan For fun with a different fruit, turn your car in the direction of the Messina Hof Winery in Bryan. Kids are welcome at the Harvest Festival in July and August and can participate in grape stomping and the Big Kahuna contest, which rewards the person who finds the most unique and interesting cluster of grapes. “The grape stomping has always been one of the most popular highlights of Harvest,” says Paul Bonarrigo, winery owner. “It’s a fun way to bring out your ‘inner child’ and get involved in the many activities the winery has to offer during the summer.” If you are without kids, participate in delicious dinners with wine pairings at the Vintage House Restaurant. For those who really enjoy the wine tasting, you can turn this day trip into an overnight by booking a room at the charming Messina Hof Villas. www.messinahof.com

Alligators in Beaumont

If you are looking for something a little more exotic, try Gator Country in Beaumont, the premier alligator wildlife park in Texas. Famous from the CMT show Gator 911, the park has a variety of alligators, crocodiles, and snakes, including some small ones you can hold. “We have a wading pool where kids can get in and wade with small alligators,” comments owner Gary Saurage. “The gators’ mouths have been safely taped.” The park offers shows several times a day in the summer and has a café if you get hungry. “My kids loved it. It was a unique and educational experience,” says Lori Darnell, mother of three girls. www.gatorrescue.com

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Chloe, Sophie, and Hana Darnell with Corn Pop, a friendly snake at Gator Country.


Winedale and Round Top For the more literary minded, Winedale offers a Shakespeare summer series hosted by the University of Texas at Austin Department of English. Shows run from July 19th to August 12th. The performances take place in the rustic Winedale Theatre Barn. The barn is open to the outside but has giant fans and chairs for a comfortable experience. You can also bring in your own food and drink. You can’t go to Winedale without stopping at Royer’s Roundtop Café. The cafe serves up a variety of tempting entrees. “The grilled rack of lamb with lemon, garlic, basil dipping sauce is to die for,” boasts Bud Royer, who owns the café with his family. The café is most famous for its pies. “My favorite is the junkberry pie made with blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and apple. It is just delicious,” says Royer, also known as the Bud the Pieman. www.utexas.edu/cola/progs/winedale www.royersroundtopcafe.com

Baseball in Sugar Land With just a short drive to Sugar Land, you can check out the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team in their inaugural season. The shining new Constellation Field boasts wonderful amenities for kids including a playground with traditional climbing, swinging, and sliding equipment, plus a splash pad to cool off during the game. Kids will also love the fully restored 20-horse antique carousel. The season is already underway, so get your tickets and cheer on the Skeeters. www.sugarlandskeeters.com

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hapelwood School for Young Children was established in 1958. Located in the Memorial area at 11140 Greenbay Dr., it is an integral part of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. The school is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Education Programs (NAC), and serves infants from three months through five years of age. The bridge to Kindergarten program is for children who are not quite ready to go to Kindergarten, and the school day is from nine to two. Programs include two days, three days, four days, and five-day programs for various ages. The mission of the school is to allow children to experience their world around them through a non-pressured classroom environment that encourages children to reason, wonder, and experiment. The learning centers provide for different learning styles through a flexible curriculum with varying levels of difficulty and a low teacher-to child ratio. Because children learn by doing the school offers a “hands-on” curriculum that in turn nurtures their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. By offering a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities, the school gives every child the opportunity of building their self-esteem while experiencing challenge and success. For additional information, contact the school at 713 465 46567, or visit our website at www.chapelwoodschool.org.

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hether your student is ‘gifted and talented’ or struggling -The Tenney School’s individualized learning model of one student-to-one teacher helps every student achieve their greatest potential. The school uses a unique combination of one-on-one learning in the four core subjects and small group environments of four to eight students for specialized labs and elective subjects. The Tenney School’s track record speaks for itself through impressive academic statistics and strong word-of-mouth referrals from happy parents and students such as Tenney alum Jeffrey Loucks: “Attending The Tenney School gave me the freedom to learn in the way that best fits my personality. Whether I had a challenge at home or a math problem, I always felt supported and learned to understand material rather than just memorize it. I didn’t have to fight to pay attention because I was an active part of the learning process. I had friends at Tenney who traveled the world for chess tournaments or competitive sports, who started their own businesses, and so many other really cool things. The environment at The Tenney School inspired me and gave me the time to follow my passions. We were all encouraged and enabled to do more than the average student and pursue things that we love in life. I recorded and sold several albums before I graduated high school. I also started my own photography business that I’ve been able to grow in college. Following the entrepreneurial path, I am now one of Lipscomb University’s first entrepreneurship majors that further shows that The Tenney School has had a huge impact on my path of life then and now.” Learn more about The Tenney School by calling 713-783-6990 or by visiting www.tenneyschool.com.

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n Alexander-Smith education stresses concentration on the individual and development of a personal sense of values. It provides clear-cut guidelines and boundaries within which students are given flexibility of action. Dedicated to the philosophy of individual educational instruction, Alexander-Smith Academy (ASA) challenges students and enables them to realize their innate potential. One of the unique aspects of ASA is class size. Class size is small enough (5-7 students per class) for students to get the personal attention they need, yet large enough to encourage interaction and discussion. ASA limits enrollment to seventy students to ensure unique and individualized instruction. In keeping with its philosophy of providing structured, individualized education, ASA offers a standard college-preparatory curriculum along with advanced placement and honors courses. The size of ASA allows teachers and administrators the opportunity to customize the curriculum of students whose needs are more specific. A minimum of twenty-four credits (forty-eight semesters) is required for graduation. However, students wanting a more challenging curriculum can earn additional credits and receive recommended or distinguished honors. In addition to the traditional classroom setting, ASA Online offers students the best of both learning access environments. Traditional ASA students can enroll in ASA Online to enhance learning. Students control the pace of the work and are not limited by the teacher or other students. ASA Online students have designated campus time to work on their courses, with a teacher nearby who can help. For more information, call 713-266-0920 or visit www.alexandersmith.com.

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he Goddard School® located at 1720 Crescent Plaza Drive in the Energy Corridor District of Houston is currently under construction. The new state-of-art 8,000+ square foot building has been designed to accommodate approximately 150 children from six weeks to six years old, plus after school and summer programs for school age children. The new School is projected to open during the fall of 2012 and will offer flexible schedules for children Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Goddard School offers a year-round program where children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program is based on a unique learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines, formative assessments, and child-focused lesson plans that are delivered in a creative and fun environment with a child-centered approach to meet each child’s individual needs. Overseen by a team of Goddard Quality Assurance Representatives and licensed by the state, The Goddard School provides a safe and secure learning environment for children. Goddard School owners are committed to providing the best early childhood development experience for the children in their communities. Goddard Schools support the on-going training of Goddard teachers by providing professional development courses on a quarterly basis through Goddard Systems University which has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To learn more about The Goddard School, visit www.goddardschool.com or call (281) 596-0300.

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The AAO or American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7. Our goal at this time is to educate the parents and patients on growth and development of teeth and bone. We monitor the patient until the ideal treatment time presents itself.

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he Briarwood School is an independent, non-profit school for children with diagnosed learning differences and developmental disorders. Briarwood is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and serves over 300 students in grades K-12. Briarwood provides intense remediation in language, reading, speech, and math. Briarwood’s philosophy supports the belief that every child can learn and has the right to be taught in the way they learn best. The school has a faculty and staff of 105. Additional support includes six Speech & Language Pathologists and two counselors. Lower School and Middle- Upper School specialize in teaching students, average to above average in intelligence, with dyslexia, languagebased learning differences, and ADHD. The Tuttle School specializes in teaching students with diagnoses that include autism, Down’s Syndrome and other developmental disorders.

Three schools are recognized at The Briarwood School: Lower School (K-6) • Students’ strengths and talents are fostered and enriched • Small classes of 8-10 students • Intense remediation in challenge areas Middle-Upper School (7-12) • Texas Education Agency courses are taught in small classes • Classes of intense remediation • Athletic program includes nine sports • Over 85% of Briarwood’s graduates continue with their education The Tuttle School at Briarwood (ages 5-21) • Functional academics • Small classes with a teacher and aide • Community-based and vocational instruction • Socialization and life skills • Special Olympics and Physical Education For more information, call 281-4931070 or visit www.briarwoodschool.org.

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BY SUZANNE STILES

Announcing the new Memorial High School (MHS) Varsity Cheer Red Squad for 2012 - 2013. Front Row: Patricia Rotan, Maggie Pipkin, Leslie Lugrin, Brooke Bradshaw, Katherine Cokinos, Casey Klein, Alyson Pujol, Lizzie Russo, Carina Wolk, and Amy Douthit (Mascot). Back Row: John Baird (Mascot), Justin Walker, George Galloway, Marc Lucrezi, Ty McGowen, Ethan Patt, Tyler Sale, Tyler Thibodeaux, and Bobby Stevenson. Their first cheering event was at the traditional MHS football Red/White Game on May 16th.

Bunker Hill Elementary 2nd grade girls enjoyed a Luau at the Memorial Forest Club. Pictured are Anna Graber, Lainie Hampton, Julia Elliott, Emily Basham, and Grace Rigamonti.

April 24th was a memorable night for these boys! Jake and Walker Johnson play baseball for Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association, and both boys hit grand slams on the same night. Jake was first in the 4th inning, and 30 minutes later, Walker hit a walk off grand slam, his first home run ever, to win the game by 1 point. 

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The 5th grade track team at Nottingham Elementary participated in a SBISD Track Meet at Stratford High School. Pictured are Kate McCord, Taylor Hampton, and Caroline Piskurich.

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The Frostwood 5th grade 4x400 relay team won their heat by over 100 yards! Pictured are Luke Funderburk Seth Mireles, Sydney Schroeder, and Joie Jamison.


Frostwood kindergarten girls spent quality time with their dads camping the weekend of April 21st near Fayetteville, Texas. Pictured are Madeline and Curt Besetsny, Paige and Peter Brink, Ella and Clint Dudley, Charlotte and J.J. Hardig, Avery and Jimmy Hubbard, Audrey and Steve Hwang, Caroline and Warren Kolb, Jesse and Dean Lane, Audrey and Scott Rogan, Riley and Brian Sanders, Lily and Ben Veazey, Callie and Michael Voinis, and Juliet and Bryan Yi.

Houston Alumni Kappa Alpha Theta members Jeanne Osborne, Dinah McClymonds, Wendy Wright, Virginia Purcell, Olivia Munson, Marilyn Lynch, Janet Lionberger, Karen Ledbetter, Jana Phillips, Nancy Craig, Vicki Lange, Beth Black, and Jennifer Bowen attended the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association annual luncheon “Hats Off to Ladies Who Make a Difference” on May 3rd at the Junior League. This year’s event honored Marilyn Lynch, Kappa Alpha Theta, for her many contributions to HAPA, the HAPA Foundation, and the Reading Is Fundamental program. 

Linda Walker, Joyce Brown, and Ruth White at White House/Black Market enjoying the festivities of the Kick Off Party for the annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show for Cancer Fighters of Houston, Inc.

Way Denkler, President of the Memorial Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., with the Hero for the Homeless award recently presented to the chapter by the Emergency Aid Coalition.

Memorial Middle School 7th graders Grace Winburne and Andrew Dawson placed 2nd and 3rd in an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, San Jacinto chapter. The essays focused on the Battle of San Jacinto and were open to all 7th grade students in the Houston area. The students are pictured with their Texas History teacher Gloria Montalbano.

Favorite Hunters Creek Elementary teachers retiring this year were Lynne Luberger, Gale Lourie, and Terri Alford.

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The Colts are the champions of the Gold Division of the Bronco League in SBMSA. Pictured are Will McAdams, Robby Greer, Jacob Meves, Jack Smith, Jason Guest, Paolo Burns, Luke Funderburk, Collins Arnett, Ethan Stimson, Spencer Swan, Jim Greer, David Funderburk, John Burns, Stephen Swan, and Michael Arnett.

Boy Scout Troop 599’s Newest Eagles. Pictured are John Hopes, Garrett Graham, and Justin Todes.

Chris, Mary, Abby, Lauren, and Cara Chaffin attended the Memorial Day weekend retreat at MO Ranch in Hunt, Texas with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Covenant House Gala honorees Wynne and Aimee Snoots and Gala chairs Kristen and Neal Carlson. Juniors from Stratford High School involved in MEN2013 sacrificed a Friday evening to help those in need by packaging individual bags of toiletries to donate to The Beacon, a day center that provides hot meals, clothing, showers, laundry services, and case management to people living on the streets of Houston. Pictured are Patrick Janachek, Joshua Asch, Marshall Jackson, Billy Strong, Nick Eades, Matt Sibley, Matthew Innes, Matthew Stein, Kelly Griffin, Clyde Harvey, Kyle McAndrews, Evan Stone, and Cai Rohledger. Not pictured is Austin May.

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Have you ever watched a child attempt to place a square peg in a round hole? If so, you may recall the futile exercise resulting in disappointment – at best. In today’s environment, personalization and customization are the norm. This is true from everything from schools to investments. Consider today’s options for schooling. There’s the neighborhood public school, an in-district or out-of-district transfer, home schooling, and various private schools with differing focuses. Odds are at least one of these alternatives offers the right fit for your child’s specific situation. The same is true for investments. Some investments offer capital appreciation, while others focus on income. Some offer lower volatility, and others are designed to be more aggressive. Some have higher fees, with others being low cost. Some are tax efficient, while others are not. Understanding one’s primary goals and objectives prevents them from attempting to place the proverbial square peg in a round hole. By having a good grasp on that which one is wishing to accomplish, they find themselves on the path to success. So, before enrolling a child in school or investing in a new strategy, take the first step of understanding that which is the primary driver. Undoubtedly, this will help point you in the right direction and will offer a more rewarding potential outcome.

Larry Whaley Inducted into Hall of Distinction The University of Kentucky produces more than just NCAA men’s basketball champions. The university’s College of Engineering annually recognizes select alumni with induction into its Hall of Distinction, the highest level of alumni recognition granted by the college. Memorial’s own Larry Whaley, a 1968 civil engineering graduate, was the 100th member to be inducted into the Hall of Distinction. Whaley is a founder, president and CEO of Haynes Whaley Associates. Congratulations Larry!

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Houston West Chamber of Commerce Women Driving Business High Heel Connections Presented by WELLS FARGO Women Driving Business (WDB) is a series of uniquely inspirational business events aimed at key West Houston women business owners and “C” level corporate executives intended to provide opportunities to connect and promote business. Proceeds benefit the Houston West Chamber and the Women Driving Business Charitable Giving Fund. Women Driving Business 2012 events include: • Kick-Off Breakfast: Venturing Out in Heels sponsored by Mega Energy and Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa on Tuesday, August 7th at The Houston City Club; speaker is Deborah Cannon, President of the Houston Zoo. (Only sponsors may attend the breakfast.). • Luncheon: High Power in High Heels sponsored by Granite Properties, Inc. and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Tuesday, September 11th at Lakeside Country Club. • Social: Dancing with Diamonds sponsored by Clear Channel Radio and Proforma TaCaBu LLC on Thursday, October 11th at BMW West. Hosting this annual series of events takes dedicated committee members. The WDB committee is headed by Chair Sarah Cain of Sarah’s Florist; Staff Liaison and Chamber President Jeannie Bolinger; Chris Barnett, Westchase Specialty Pharmacy; Dulcie Wink, The Wink Law Firm, PLLC; Kathie Edwards, Westpark Communications, LP; Tere Batista, Employer’s One Source Group, Inc.; Connie Inman, Clear Channel Radio; Sheree Speck, Speck Insurance & Financial Services PLLC; JoAnn Miller, Wells Fargo; TC Berry, Proforma TaCaBu, LLC and Mary Butler, Granite Properties, Inc. Visit the Houston West Chamber of Commerce website at www.hwcoc.org or call 713-785-4922 for available sponsorship opportunities and additional opportunities to partner with the Women Driving Business events.

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Texas Children’s West Campus Physicians Answer Your Most Common Asthma Questions School is now underway, and the cold and flu season is starting up. It’s important for parents and teachers to be aware and prepared for how this may affect children suffering from asthma. Parents and caregivers need to be educated about the signs, symptoms, medication uses, and doses. Two experts from Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus answer some of the most common childhood asthma questions and provide recommendations and tips to ensure asthmatics have a safe and healthy year.

Experts: Dr. Jennifer A. Rama and Dr. Siby Moonnumakal, Texas Children’s Hospital

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WHAT IS ASTHMA AND WHAT CAUSES IT?

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children caused by two different reactions that cause narrowing of the airways: bronchospasm and inflammation. Bronchospasm is a tightening of the muscles around the airways, and inflammation involves swelling and excess mucus production inside the airways. When the airways are narrow, it is hard to breathe air in and out of the lungs.

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WHAT SIGNS/SYMPTOMS SHOULD I WATCH FOR THAT WOULD INDICATE MY CHILD MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH ASTHMA? Although signs and symptoms vary for each child, the most familiar are wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. However, parents should watch for other indicators as well including chest tightness, fast or heavy breathing or trouble with exercise. Most people with asthma have times when there is a

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There are many triggers of asthma symptoms, but not everyone has the same ones. The most common in children include viral infections (colds), weather changes, exercise, allergies to pollens and dust, cigarette smoke, air pollution and strong emotions. Allergies to airborne pollens (trees, grasses, weeds, molds), dust mite and animal proteins can worsen asthma. It is important to identify your child’s specific triggers and try to avoid them. Your pediatric allergist can help identify allergic triggers.

Because there is no single test for asthma, the diagnosis is made over time based on your child’s history. It is important to know and describe your child’s exact symptoms, when they occur, if there are any specific triggers and what helps their symptoms improve. Your physician will conduct a history and physical exam. If your child is old enough, they may perform lung function testing which can help in diagnosing asthma.

Although asthma is a chronic disease, your child’s symptoms can be treated and even prevented. Everyone with asthma needs to have some medicine that can help with acute symptoms. Bronchodilators, like albuterol, are medicines that open the airways and treat bronchospasm. They should be used as a “rescue” or “quick-relief” medicine. Sometimes, bronchodilators are used before exercise to prevent symptoms. Most children with asthma have more frequent symptoms and need to be on a “controller” or “preventive” medicine. The most common asthma controllers are medicines that treat inflammation in the airways (also called anti-inflammatory medications). Allergic asthma can be prevented with antihistamines and avoidance of identified allergens. Preventive medicines must be taken every day to work properly. You can discuss the right combina-


tion of medicines with your child’s pediatrician. With proper treatment and follow-up, your child can be symptom-free and participate in all activities.

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WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD’S ASTHMA IS NOT GETTING BETTER OVER TIME?

There are several things you can do. First, be aware of the signs and symptoms of your child’s asthma. Secondly, be aware of your child’s triggers, and avoid these whenever possible. Your child should take all medicines as prescribed by their pediatric pulmonologist and be sure to have regular follow-up visits. Home and school/daycare allergy avoidance plans can be developed by your pediatric allergist to help better control your child’s asthma.

If your child’s symptoms are frequent or difficult to control, you may be referred to an asthma specialist such as a pediatric pulmonologist. For patients with allergic asthma, you may also be referred to a pediatric allergist. You can have your pediatrician contact The Children’s Asthma Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. We are very excited to offer pediatric hospital and clinic services at the new West Campus location, serving Katy and the West Houston area.

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CAN MY CHILD PLAY SPORTS WITH ASTHMA?

The goal of asthma therapy is for your child to be able to participate in all sports and activities. Some children have trouble with their asthma during times of play, such as recess or while participating in sports. In these cases, a child can use their rescue inhaler 15 to 20 minutes prior to activity to prevent asthma symptoms. Be sure to discuss any concerns about activity limitations with your child’s asthma doctor.

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Most asthma medicines can be delivered to the lungs by a nebulizer or inhaler. Although they are both effective, many people find inhalers to be more convenient and faster to give to their children. Inhalers should always be used with a spacer as they can improve delivery of asthma medicine to your child’s lungs. You should discuss the best device for your child with your asthma doctor. An asthma action plan is a written plan of instructions for treating your child’s asthma when your child is well, sick, and in an emergency. The green zone gives instructions on which controller medicines your child should be taking when they are well. The yellow zone instructs you to add rescue medicines when your child is sick. If your child’s symptoms are not getting better with rescue medicines, the red zone describes who to call and what to do in an emergency. You should keep this plan handy. Share the plan with others who care for your child like the school nurse or baby-sitter. Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Now open at I-10 and Barker Cypress, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus houses 19 subspecialty outpatient clinics, inpatient hospital services and the only 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency center in the West Houston area.

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July 4th

Celebration at Bayou Bend Celebrate Independence Day at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings. There will be performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more. Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence and enjoy a slice of birthday cake. Also sign a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. This is a free event from 1p.m. – 5p.m. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 6003 Memorial Drive. Visit www.mfah.org for more information.

July 4th

Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July celebration featuring country music artists Billy Currington and Sara Evans, 4-10 p.m. July 4 in Eleanor Photo courtesy of www.houstontx.gov. Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Parkway, Houston. The event includes a display of military artifacts and vehicles from all five military branches, on-site recruiting, a beer garden, children’s activities, and a family fitness challenge area with activities provided by Houston’s hometown professional sports teams. For more information visit www.houstontx.gov/july4/index.html.

July 12th - July 29th Circus Time

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be taking over Reliant Stadium. Arrive an hour before show time and step onto the arena floor to meet the performers and animals. Tickets are on sale now for the show starting as low as $18. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com at or at Reliant Stadium’s South ticket windows.

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Dogs Gone Wild By Jennifer Elliott

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ne afternoon, I passed my black lab Lucy in the family room and noticed she was chewing up some paper. I thought, “Wonder what she has?” Much to my dismay, she had one of my very first pay checks from absolutely! Memorial Magazine. After I calmed down, and the office staff stopped laughing, I became inspired to find out what other funny things dogs had chewed up or eaten. Here is what you had to say:

Dog: “Murphy” Nobles Breed: Boxer Item Eaten: Star Wars characters Murphy’s favorite things to chew are the heads, hands, and feet off of the Murphy twins’ toys. May the force be with you Murphy!

“Joy” Dog: “Joy” Archer Breed: Bulldog, Terrier and a little Mastiff Item Eaten: A pepper spray canister Thrill seeker Joy was in the back of the Archer’s SUV when there was a loud explosion. The vehicle filled with a noxious vapor, causing coughing and wheezing. Luckily, they managed to pull over and all made a full recovery, including Joy. Dog: “Sierra” St. Martin Breed: Boxer Item Eaten: Chocolates Sierra, now a chocolate connoisseur, discovered the four boxes of chocolates that the St. Martin’s daughter was to deliver for a fundraiser. She even ate through the plastic wrapper and cardboard box. She spent the night at the ER but was able to come home the next morning. Dog: “Berkman” Holder Breed: Black Lab Mix Item Eaten: The wall Escape artist Berkman was staying with some friends while his family was out of town. He missed everyone so much that he ate a 20 by 30 inch hole in the sheetrock trying to get back to them.

Dog: “Laura” Marion Breed: Retriever Mix Item Eaten: Books Committed to recycling, Laura has long shown an insatiable appetite for literature, literally eating an entire copy of her owner’s treasured Jefferson Bible, a hard cover book.

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Dog: “Ginger” Prewett Breed: Yellow Lab Item Eaten: One hundred gumballs In a world record attempt, Ginger ate every single gumball that the Prewett’s youngest daughter had glued onto her 100th day of school poster. The vet suggested giving Ginger several teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide so that she would regurgitate the gum. It worked like a charm. Dog: “Bailey” Steelman Breed: Black Lab Item Eaten: Sand dollars Craving souvenirs, Bailey ate the sand dollars that the Steelman kids found on a recent snorkeling adventure while vacationing in Florida.

“Bella” Dog: “Bella” Hamilton Breed: Boykin Spaniel Item Eaten: Shoelace Bella unlaced a tennis shoe and ate the shoelace without chewing it up. It was returned to the Hamiltons all in one piece after Bella digested it. She is considering trying out for America’s Got Talent. Dog: “Sierra” Cole Breed: German Shepherd Mix Item Eaten: Rotting roots from larger bushes and trees. An aspiring landscaper, Sierra digs them up and then pulverizes them. Dog: “Violet” Hampton Breed: Pug Item Eaten: Orbit chewing gum Violet ate eight pieces of Orbit chewing gum, which is poisonous to dogs. Violet had to have her stomach pumped and stayed at the emergency room for 12 hours. Violet is fine, and hopes to continue treasure hunting in designer handbags. I shared some of your stories with our vet, Dr. Pat Banks. According to Dr. Banks, apparently cats can get into trouble chewing too. Several years ago, a cat came in for treatment because it had eaten a Monopoly game piece. You can probably guess which piece. The x-ray showed it was the dog! “It’s the only time I have ever seen a cat eat a dog whole,” laughed Dr. Banks. Thanks for all your submissions!

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ocate the best 4th of July picnic spot to see fireworks and to plan your picnic basket feast. Summer just would not be the same without fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, a red check picnic blanket, mosquito spray, your favorite tasty treats, and frosty beverages packed in a perfect picnic basket. This American Independence Day, think local: local restaurants, local farmer’s markets, local grocers. Fill your picnic baskets with all-American treats grown and made close to home or step into the diverse restaurant menus the Memorial area has to offer. When you buy locally grown foods, locally raised meats, jams, and honey, you are helping to support local businesses. Buying local also helps ensure local food traditions and specialties do not fade away. Of course, you benefit by having fresh produce, which is excellent for the body, mind and spirit!

FOR TASTY TREATS The Farmers Market at Imperial 198 Kempner Street in Sugar Land Hwy. 90 at Brooks St. It is worth the trek!

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Central City Co-Op 2515 Waugh Although it veers from the traditional definition of a farmer’s market, this self-serve co-op offers incredible organic produce at reasonable prices.

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Tomato Salad

Cut ripe, unrefrigerated tomatoes into slices and layer with fresh basil. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.

Soak the unpeeled ears of corn in water for ten minutes, then grill them over low heat until done, about 6 to 8 minutes. The corn silk will stick to the outer husk like magic.

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Cut summer squash and zucchini into ¼ inch thick slices with wedges of tomato and red onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then dress with lemon juice and a little olive oil. Sprinkle crumbled farmer’s cheese (crumbly white cheese such as feta) over the top.


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FOR EASY EATS Gathering family and want a little Italian? John M. Carraba suggests JMC’s Fried Chicken, Pasta Salad, Italian Flag Salad (watermelon, grapes, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and mint), Olive Salad (Kalamata and Sicilian Olives with assorted vegetables), Sparkling Pellegrino, Panna Water, and your favorite bottle of Prosecco.

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Looking for a romantic picnic? Joe Rippey from The Vine Wine Room and Two Saints Restaurant suggests you start with a beautiful Rosé from southern France. Perhaps the 2009 Brotte Tavel Les Elantiers, a clean, bright and dry wine. Mostly Grenache blended with a little Syrah and Carignan, with a soft floral fruit and mouth watering acidity. Tavel is the only appellation in the world that produces only Rose’. Serve chilled and pair with a semi-hard cheese such as Paragon. The local Houston Dairymaids brings us Paragon from Dripping Springs, Texas. It is a blend of parmesan and cheddar, creamy and flaky, and is perfect with olives and a crusty baguette. Bon Appetite!

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Looking for an exotic picnic with summer flavor? Inspired by backyard picnics and lazy day lounging, RA Sushi introduced the Watermelon Kiwi Shrimp for summer. Pack these tasty delights on ice and enjoy. Add your favorite cocktail, and you are sure to experience a delightfully exotic meal.

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Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, gave this advice when faced with that quandary: “If someone says to you, ‘What are you getting in the wine,’ and you don’t have an answer, say ‘I don’t know, what are you getting?’ And, Robinson continued: “If they press further, always say ‘I’m getting a little bit of bramble.’ No one knows what that is, and so they won’t want to question you.” Of course, this got a great laugh from the crowd, and I would like to say it was very good advice. Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Enjoy trying new wines, and don’t worry about what you taste or smell. Just make note of whether you like the wine or not and move on. With some wines, distinctive flavors may grab you and identify themselves to you. But if they never do, what does it matter? It matters only if you enjoy the wine and the experience. Begin determining what wines you like, and make note of the wine, the grape, the region, and go from there. The details will work themselves out, and it won’t be long before you see a pattern and can order with confidence. Then you can worry about all of those nuances and details. Until then, embrace the bramble, and join me at VIneSleuthUncorked.com, my wine blog for casual wine drinkers, to continue the conversation and learning.

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ith just about any interest or hobby, there is at least a bit of a learning curve, one that an absolute beginner must climb in order to begin to really jump in and enjoy the adventure. You’ve got to float before you can swim. You’ve got to know how to boil water before you can make risotto. You’ve got to learn how to push the pedals and balance before you can cycle in an MS 150, or the Tour de France, for that matter. And in wine, you also have to start somewhere and commit to learning in order to learn what you like and why. With wine, there can be so many barriers to learning: price, foreign names, inconsistent labels, conflicting reviews, so many grapes. And, yes, sometimes you come across a bit of wine snobbery from those who profess to know much, much more. I would like to encourage you to ignore that last challenge as much as you possibly can. And, yes I do understand how challenging that can be when someone is asking you what you taste in a wine or what you smell, and all you can say is, “Um, I don’t know, but I know I like it!” I was at the Women for WineSense Grand Event in Napa a few weeks ago, and John Robinson, husband of world-renowned


The Enchilada Queen Returns

By Stephenie Cox

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ylvia Casares is back! Following an injury that required a respite from the industry, we are so excited that she has returned to the kitchen and that all is right in the culinary world again. I am full of questions for the restaurateur. Let’s find out what she has been up to:

AM SC

How does it feel to be back in the saddle?

time to be with and enjoy these beautiful people who surround me everywhere. There are several other blessings but this is the most significant and joyful. If you know Sylvia, you know all that creative energy of hers had to find an outlet during her recuperation. absolutely! Memorial is happy to report that Sylvia has been working on her second cookbook. Her new cookbook, The Enchilada Queen's Tex-Mex Cookbook, has an expected publication date of fall 2013. Stop by to say "hello" and “welcome back” to Sylvia at one of her restaurants.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen • 6401 Woodway, 77057 • 12637 Westheimer, 77077

It feels great and normal! I have made the progress I have in my life by setting goals, getting up early each day, and working hands on. So, I am thrilled to be back at work, even though it is part-time. I love being at work around my team and my customers. It's what I know!

AM SC

What did you miss most being away from the res-

taurants? I missed my team and my customers and the fun of solving problems every day in this dynamic, action packed business. I also missed my food at the restaurants!

AM SC

If you could name one blessing in all the chaos, what would it be? There are numerous blessings! My favorite one is feeling and seeing the intense love from my family, friends, employees, and loyal customers. Because of this demonstration and realization I underwent, I have renewed my priorities that now include taking

This summer… let Jonathan cook for you! Celebrate a girl’s night out or a enjoy time with your loved one… Come relax in our intimate neighborhood restaurant – A place where you can sit, enjoy great food and wine and most of all…each other’s company.

The Rub 713-465-8200 JonathansTheRub.com

9061 Gaylord, 77024

Catering 713-467-9000 JonathansCatering@att.net

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A B S O L U T E LY ! D I N I N G G U I D E BYOB’S JONATHAN’S THE RUB 9061 Gaylord, 77024 713-465-8200 www.jonathanstherub.com Talented chef Jonathan Levine has quite a following at his four-year-old BYOB restaurant, Jonathan’s the Rub, in Memorial. The menu is versatile and includes classic dishes, comfort food and East Coast representation from his native New York. The open kitchen concept entertains diners as he prepares Angus beef, fresh seafood, and a wide array of sides such as Mac-n-5 cheese, creamy cheese grits and honey carrots to name just a few. Expect a great experience and a $7 corking fee. PIATTO RISTORANTE 11693 Westheimer @ Royal Oaks Club Dr., 77077 281-759-7500 4925 West Alabama @ Post Oak Blvd., 77056 713-871-9722 www.piattoristorante.com

John M. Carrabba, Proprietario

Four generations of recipes. Home-style Italian cuisine. A Carrabba family eatery.

At Piatto, you’ll taste the Carrabba family’s lifelong passion for food in every delicious bite. John Marion Carrabba, owner of Piatto, has family recipes that have been handed down through four generations; you’ll enjoy authentic Italian cuisine made the old-fashioned way – from scratch! These delicious dishes are served by a superb staff in a warm and relaxing environment. From boxed lunches to a large dining banquet, Piatto can help make your next event a delicious success! Piatto offers catering for all occasions – social, business or ‘just because.’ Extensive on-site banquet rooms and off-site catering available.

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> BEAUTY/SPAS

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> BOOK STORES

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> CAMPS

Circle Lake Ranch 281-395-4311 www.circlelakeranch.com

Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute ironman.memorialhermann.org

Vine Wine Room (713) 463-8463 www.vinewineroom.com

OMSH 713-464-2833 www.OMSH.us

Plastic Surgery Institute, The 713-340-0990 www.lookyounger.net

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> MENTAL HEALTH

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MD Anderson Cancer Center 713-745-9940 www.FindYourMDAnderson.com

> CHURCHES

Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus Toll free 800-364-KIDS (5437) www.westcampus.texaschildrens.org

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church 713-782-1710 www.mdpc.org

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Ashford Pediatric Dental Specialists 281-822-6600 www.HoustonChildrensDDS.com Barfield, Stephanie, D.D.S. 713-465-3626 www.Barfielddds.net Craniofacial & Dental Sleep 281-565-4100 www.colonydental.com Jennings, Brad, DDS, MDS 281-497-7920 www.drjenningsortho.com Memorial Pediatric Dentistry 281-822-6600 www.HoustonChildrensDDS.com

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Briarwood 281-493-1070 www.briarwoodschool.org

Bingle Veterinary Clinic PC 713.468.1676 www.BingleVet.com

Chapelwood School for Young Children 713-465-4657 www.chapelwoodschool.org

Peace Love Dogs 713.467.1177 www.peacelovedogshouston.com

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Goddard School, The 281-596-0300 www.goddardschool.com

Hallie Keller Photography 713-244-4808 www.halliekeller.com

> REAL ESTATE, BUILDERS & DEVELOPMENT

Heritage Texas Properties 281-493-3880 www.heritagetexas.com Houstonian Builders 713-609-9108 www.houstonianbuilders.com

> RESIDENTIAL SERVICES Sunset Glass Tinting 1-888-WHY-B-HOT www.sunsetglasstinting.com

Texas Custom Patios 281-265-1994 www.texascustompatios.com

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> MEDICAL

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> NON-PROFITS

Thursday Island www.thursdayisland.com

Tenney School, The 713-783-6990 www.tenneyschool.com

> SENIOR LIVING

Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes 823-264-8781 www.dignitymemorial.com Home Care Assistance 713-960-9988 www.homecareassistance.com Terrace at Memorial City, The 713-932-0400 www.brookdaleliving.com

> VIDEO

Star Digital Studios 281-690-4280 www.stardigitalorders.com

> VISION

Jonathan’s the Rub 713-561-6636 www.jonathanstherub.com

Southwest Optical 713-467-0990 www.eyemdhouston.com

Piatto Ristorante Royal Oaks 281-759-7500 Galleria 713-871-9722 www.piattoristorante.com Two Saints Restaurant 713-465-8967 www.twosaintsrestaurant.com

Hallie Keller Photography Heritage Texas Properties Home Care Assistance Houstonian Builders Kube, The Jennings, Brad, DDS, MDS Jewels of Fort Bend Jonathan’s the Rub La, Bao-Quoc Core, M.D., P.A. Lou Plastic Surgery MD Anderson Cancer Center Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute Memorial Pediatric Dentistry Musslewhite, Scott P., D.D.S., F.A.G.D. OMSH Peace Love Dogs Piatto’s Ristorante Plastic Surgery Institute

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Robertson Wealth Management Southwest Optical Star Digital Studios Sunny Road Sunset Glass Tinting Summer Sips Tenney School, The Terrace at Memorial City, The Texas Children’s Hospital Texas Custom Patios Texas Lice Squad Thursday Island Tippit & Schleicher Dental Group TMS Serenity Center for Depression Town & Country Orthodontists Tremont House, The Two Saints Restaurant UBS Financial Vine Wine Room ZAAZ Studios

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Texas Lice Squad 713-667-LICE www.texaslicesquad.com

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Robertson Wealth Management 713-622-4077 www.RobertsonWealth.com

Musslewhite, Scott P., D.D.S., F.A.G.D. 713-827-8200 www.memorialcosmeticdentists.com

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By The Heritage Society

A LITTLE PIECE O F H I S T ORY

Grand Central Station located on Washington Ave. Houston Metropolitan Research Center. HMRC Collection.

At the Turn: Houston in the 1890s E

ven in its early days, Houston grew outwards toward the flats of pine and oak forests around Buffalo Bayou. As it neared its 50th anniversary, the young city was becoming a modern metropolis with connections to the whole country and the rest of the world. By piecing together the diaries of Constance Evershade, we are given a glimpse into the busy lives of those who lived in late-Victorian Houston. Charles and Amelia Evershade had four daughters named Constance, Augustine, Leontine, and Oceana, as well as two sons Paul and Charles Jr. The Evershades arrived in Houston by carriage from New Orleans in 1878. But when they travelled back to the Crescent City for Jefferson Davis’ funeral eleven years later, they would do so by train. By that time, 234 trains were coming in and out of Grand Central Station each day—making Houston one of

Sweeney and Coombs Opera House. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. UH Digital Collection.

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the largest railroad destinations in the south. Constance and her sister Augustine, whom everyone called Titine, were quite social. After they finishing their final years of schooling at one of Houston’s mandated public schools, they spent their days enjoying whatever Houston’s theaters and An early electric-powered streetcar operated by the opera houses had to offer. With Houston Electric Railway Company. Houston Metropolitan tickets provided by Titine’s fiancé Research Center. Litterst-Dixon Collection. Sin, who worked for the Post, the girls went to hundreds of matinees chines roll past. Constance and her sister at Houston’s many opera houses. One would ride them for entertainment, someChristmas, a circus set up in town across times not returning home until one o’clock from the courthouse and the girls went at night. As far as food was concerned, on almost every night for a week. But not all summer days they treated themselves to their entertainment was as extravagant. watermelon and ice cream sodas. At dinOn several occasions Constance and her nertime, one of Constance’s favorite meals siblings followed the warning bells to was oyster loaf—cooked as a casserole, or watch the city’s firemen in action. in the form of a po-boy. One symbol of Houston’s growing For all the high-society the Everprominence was their electric power shade women took part in, they were plant. At the time it was built, New not unaccustomed to daily labor. AlYork City was the only other city in though they did employ a dressmaker, the nation to have the modern conConstance was in charge of most of the venience of “electric arc” street lamps. sewing for the household. She sewed On cool nights, men and women could most of the undergarments for her ride their buggies up and down Main family, as well as a type of housedress Street’s quarter-mile of yellow-lit cobcalled a Mother Hubbard. What clothes blestones. When the other streets were they didn’t have made they bought at not too muddy, it was popular to walk department stores such as Foley’s, A. along the tree-shaded Texas Ave. Hampe Dry Goods, or Levy Brothers. With streetlamps already in place, Houston at the turn of the century Houston received another modern conwas home to a wide array of entertainvenience with its first electric streetcars. ment and the latest modern convenPeople came out of their homes and iences—an exciting city on the brink of businesses just to watch the strange maits potential.

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proudly announces the 2012 Sandra Billingsley

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