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COVER STORY July 2013

F E AT U R E S 12 SPRING BRANCH EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Awards Scholarships to a Record 71 Graduates

14 ANOTHER WORLD, ANOTHER TIME A Tribute to Houston Audubon Society Patron Edith Lutz Moore

28 MEMORIAL’S NATALIE DEAYALA Launches Dress Collection

32 PRIVATE SCHOOLS & AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Find the best and brightest program to meet your child’s needs.

42 TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS Steps to enjoy summer memories for years to come

NEWSWORTHY 24 ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL Jennifer and Marc Smith.

Wins Top Honor

MARIE BOSARGE

8 THE ULTIMATE STABLE: MEMORIAL’S ÉCURIE25 Get to know Memorial’s – and the world’s – largest supercar club, écurie25 USA, and its President, Marc Smith. With a worldwide network of staff, cars and events, écurie25 gives members the opportunity to travel and drive some of the rarest cars in the world.

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28 ER 101 29 FAMILY LAW

How To Foster Healthy Communication with Your Child

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31 COMMUNITY EVENTS 36 MEMORIAL MENTIONS

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Graham Dalton Writer Page 8 Debbie Clemens absolutely! Fabulous Finds Page 10 Barbara Duvall Wesolek Writer Page 14 Jennifer Elliott absolutely! focus media Page 20 Jan Glenn Journalist Page 22 Nick Nicholson Entertainment Editor Page 26 Gabriel Al-Rifai 2birdsphotography.com Page 27 Dr. Akash Bhagat Memorial ER Page 28 Lil Newman Writer Page 28 Nancy L. Rommelmann, PLLC Family Law Attorney Page 29 Steve Kursar Auto Enthusiast Page 30

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Happy Birthday America! As most of you are well on your way out of town to Colorado, the beaches of sunny Florida or even the Grand Canyon, we hope you take the time to read this fun issue about the new écurie25 Supercar Club located right here in the heart of Memorial with International ties. When I told my husband we were doing this story, his first question was, “Do I get Brooks Milam, Suzanne Stiles, Ava and Lily Katherine to test drive a supercar?” It really Cox, Stephenie Cox, Lara Bell, Bonnie Woodrow, Ruth was a fun story to cover! Gerum, Meredith Clark and Caroline Stiles on the Be sure and also check out absolutely! Memorial Magazine Fourth of July float Stephenie Cox’s article on how during the Memorial Villages parade. to create a cool S’mores bar this Fourth of July for friends and family, and if you are sticking around this month, you may want to read up on Jennifer’s staycation at the Woodlands Resort. A group of us recently traveled the mere forty-five minutes to the Woodlands for the weekend but felt we were a world away as the kids played in the pool and the moms and dads caught up, cracked up and reminisced the nights away. I’d also like to send absolutely! Memorial Magazine’s heartfelt condolences to the Maynard family. Long-time Memorial resident Judy Maynard recently passed away. She graduated from Westchester High School in Houston and lived many years in Hunters Creek. She was known as everyone’s friend and was active in many charitable and civic organizations starting with the Junior League of Houston. The Memorial area lost a giving, sweet friend. Judy Maynard Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July, and see you in August! Absolutely! yours,

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READER FEEDBACK Hi Lara, Thank you so much for the beautiful write-up and photo in June’s edition for the Moores School of Music’s Up, Up & Away! Dinner Concert! Love your Out & About segment – always full of interesting info of what’s happening in Memorial and our wonderful city. Thank you so much for your support of the Moores School of Music! Nancy & Hans Strohmer

Correction: In the June issue, contributor David Mobley M.D., F.A.C.S. was listed with an incorrect affiliation. Dr. Mobley is affiliated with Methodist Urology Associates.

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The Ultimate Stable:

Memorial’s écurie25

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ur cover is adorned with two types of horsepower, and if you are a fan of the four-wheel variety, then I have your attention. Écurie is a French word meaning “stable,” and if your dream stable smells of rich octane and is full of the most exotic cars in the world, this exclusive club is for you. For most of us – unless you just cashed in your winning $500 million lottery ticket – the world’s most desirable supercars are likely out of your budget. But with dreams being granted every day, écurie25 gives you unprecedented access to a garage that would make even Jay Leno or Mario Andretti jealous. Heck, Mario Andretti and Jay Leno would be jealous because there is a garage not only just in Houston, but also in three cities in the UK, three cities in Australia, Dubai, New York, Las Vegas, Austin, and I am told more to come soon. Any of these destination cities can have your Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley or Maserati ready and warmed up for your arrival. Let’s not drag this out. Everyone is likely looking to the end of the article to

COVER STORY By Graham Dalton

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Jennifer and Marc Smith with a Spyker C8 Laviolette.

find out how much this “magical door” to luxury costs. Get ready: Memberships start at $1,000 per month. Wow! Sign me up now! As part of my story, Marc Smith at écurie25 gave me a first hand opportunity to see what it was like to be a member of the club. It began as the concierge scheduled me to arrive around noon on Friday, and I was high on excitement all week. I was going to get a crack at being a member of this epic club in Houston. I arrived and handed my keys to the valet who greeted me by name and told me that they would be giving me an orientation and to enjoy my weekend. Of course, I would be having a fantastic weekend because I was trading keys for a Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder. For those who do not know the Italian lingo, Spyder is a fancy word for convertible. I walked into the fantastic showroom in CITYCENTRE and was instantly reminded that I was totally out of my tax bracket. To my left was a Lamborghini freshly detailed off an exclusive track day and to my right, a

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once-in-a-lifetime sighting of a Lexus LFA. This is not your normal Lexus snooze mobile but a razor sharp hypercar. My jaw literally had to be peeled off of the floor before I could speak to the receptionist. The receptionist introduced herself and said, “Welcome to the world’s largest supercar club.” She asked if there was anything I needed before I began the club’s High Performance Driving Course. Short of a reality check, I was not going to ask for anything else, and soon, I was ushered off to the front patio where there was a selection of three cars. The staff member asked if I was familiar with a manual transmission, and I replied that I had not driven one in ages. He calmly said, “No problem, we can refresh you, but for now, let us start with the McLaren.” Honestly, “Let us start with the McLaren” are words that start some of my dreams but seem to be a reality for those who are members of this club. We dropped ourselves in, and I sat shotgun for a demonstration of what these cars are


capable of doing. Without incriminating my instructor or the club, we went “at a brisk pace,” and I was astonished by what this machine was doing. Short of strapping thermonuclear weapons behind us, I was not sure we could be going any quicker. Never in my life had I imagined I would be tucking behind the wheel of one of these supercars. Next, we swapped chairs, and without hesitation, we were out on the roads. Then like a good shampooing, we rinsed and repeated the process with the Ferrari 458 Italia and manual transmission Audi R8. My instruction covered the easy things like pulling in and out of tight spots all the way up to redline shifting, which forcefully moved my eyes to the sides of my head from the acceleration. Good news came next, as we covered emergency braking, and my eyes returned to their proper place. As Dorothy said, “We are not in Kansas anymore” but, my weekend was waiting. Now, I was ready. I sat down in the Ferrari without my écurie25 mentor for the first time, and my heart rate jumped up about 30%, not from being nervous because all nerves were left far, far behind after the driving instruction, but from excitement. I pulled the paddle to shift the car into drive, and I was off. I jumped immediately onto the feeder and nailed it. First, second and third gear, and then, it happened. Blue and red flashing lights are something you never want to see in your rear view mirror. I hadn’t gone even a mile before getting a visit from Houston’s finest. I blipped the throttle, downshifted and pulled over. I was overcome with shame and embarrassment. Here I am, driving someone else’s Ferrari loaned to me as a favor, and now, I am getting a ticket. The burly police officer stepped out of his car and proceeded on his walk to my door, which felt like an eternity. Then, came the magic words: “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Before I could conger up some excuse on why the throttle was so intoxicating he replied, “Because this car is so darn sexy.” I instantly felt what it was like to have a get-out-of-jail free card. So after my initial weekend of blasting around Houston and taking my fiancé out to a nice dinner date downtown, I sat down

with the President of écurie25 USA, Marc Smith, and discussed his past, membership in the club and what else besides cars are available. Marc is what I like to call a serial entrepreneur starting businesses in both technology and telecommunications but never forgetting his passion for supercars and the lifestyle afforded to the owners of those rolling works of art. Smith started Houston Motor Club four years ago when a tight-knit group of friends in the Memorial area wanted to share a small collection of supercars. Almost without missing a beat, Houston Motor Club was formed, and it was off to the races. Yes, pun intended. With members joining left and right, attention was gained from écurie25 worldwide, and an offer was made to partner together and assist with opening and overseeing all the clubs in the United States. Marc jumped at the opportunity to take his entrepreneur talents across the country and start leaving his fingerprints on other cities. And for members, it meant propelling them to worldwide reciprocal usage in 11 cities and counting. With memberships starting at such reasonable rates, écurie25 is putting access to supercars in the reach of many and giving them the chance to say they have a daily driver as well as 80+ supercars. Not enough you say? Smith then pulled out the piece de resistance and told me about the écuire25 Ultimate Tours, which is exactly what they sound like: weekends in Monaco during the

Marc, Jennifer, Chris, Courtney and Mackenzie Smith.

Formula 1 race, drives down the Pacific Coast Highway, tours to find the best driving roads in the world, 200-mph challenges and other ridiculously high end luxury events. Without a doubt, they should include in their marketing material that you get a lasting membership in the “oozing cool club.” Last month, écurie25 backed their yacht filled with celebrities and 70 members to the harbor in Monaco to watch the Formula 1 race. In gearhead speak, this is the mecca of everything speed and is the crown jewel of Formula 1. The club has tours set up all over the world to see and be seen at some of the most exclusive automotive locales and events; it is a thing of dreams. Marc also invited me to pony up less than a month of salary to join ércuri25 at Spaceport USA, where Sir Richard Branson launches people into space, and reach my own out-of-this-world barrier of 200 mph in a Lamborghini Aventador. Access to these events is afforded to members worldwide, so along with your supercar, you can enjoy unbelievable events that should be on every car aficionado’s bucket list. We started going over a selection of some of the future cities planned for this network of dreams and all of the fantasy hotspots were covered. In the not so distant future, members of écurie25 are going to be able to take their talents to south beach, let everything that happens in Vegas stay there, take in Hollywood and LA like the stars, enjoy an African vacation to Cape Town and scorch the streets of Dubai like an oil tycoon. écurie25 has a worldwide network of staff, cars and events that could grant almost any automotive wish. And, the best part is, not only do you get to cover Houston in your quest to drive some of the rarest and most amazing cars in the world, you get to travel and have dreams waiting for you around the country and abroad. When I returned Monday, I thought it would be depressing getting back into my daily driver. But just to be ridiculous and put the cherry on top of my weekend, my personal car was detailed to a showroom shine – all part of the standard service. Who would not want to be a member?

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Spring Branch Education Foundation Awards Scholarships to Record 71 Graduates

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record 71 seniors received scholarships at the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) 2013 awards event on May 9th. “This is not just another opportunity to award higher education scholarships,” Warren Matthews, chair, 2012-2013 SBEF Scholarship Committee, said at the event. “It is our night to publicly pay tribute to our seniors for their achievements, to celebrate the educators who have prepared our honorees for the next stage of their lives and to thank our community leaders and volunteers for their support and involvement in educating our youth. Spring Branch ISD has a goal to double the number of graduates who earn four-year or two-year degrees or technical certificates. SBEF’s scholarship program supports that goal, one student at a time.” Throughout the school year, Spring Branch ISD staff members contribute to the SBEF Employee Campaign, funding scholarships for SBISD graduates who are children of district employees. When employees were asked in August 2012 to contribute to SBEF’s 2013 Employee Campaign scholarship fund, they eagerly responded. “The response was so great that we awarded a $1,250 scholarship to every applicant – a record 41 graduates. We are thrilled!” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. Employee Campaign scholarships amounted to $51,250. Community members who wish to support scholarship programs are invited to make tax-deductible donations to the Foundation and earmark it for the scholarship program. Call 713-251-2381 or visit sbef@springbranchisd.com for more information.

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Imani Webster and Parker Lund were the 2013 Don Coleman Scholarship recipients. Don and Brandon Coleman presented the award.

Employee Campaign Scholarships – $1,250

Roy Brown Scholarship – $1,000

Travis Berk, Memorial High School Mitchel Barry, Westchester Academy for International Studies Parker Blome, Spring Woods High School Martha Caballero, Spring Woods High School Jasmine Cano, Stratford High School Taylor Cash, Stratford High School Patrick Christie, Memorial High School Jacob Cribbs, Stratford High School Emily Davis, Stratford High School Elisha Diaz, Westchester Academy for International Studies Kathryn Dickinson, Stratford High School Adrian Garcia, Northbrook High School Devan Green, Memorial High School Mara Heitkamp, Memorial High School Patrick Janacek, Stratford High School David Kassir, Westchester Academy for International Studies Aileen Lail, Spring Woods High School Ryan Lay, Memorial High School Stacy Lopez, Northbrook High School Jared Lowrie, Stratford High School Mackenzie Mayo, Stratford High School Dua Mazhar, Stratford High School Brittany McCune, Westchester Academy for International Studies Robert (Ty) McGowen, Memorial High School Marvin Mendoza, Westchester Academy for International Studies Leslie Olivares, Memorial High School Anna Pendergrass, Memorial High School Veronica Santos, Spring Woods High School Ian Sharp, Stratford High School Daniel Shelton, Spring Woods High School Kathleen Slattery, Memorial High School Bonnie Slattery, Stratford High School Soumya Srivastava, Westchester Academy for International Studies David Stewart II, Memorial High School Evan Stone, Stratford High School Jeremy Suarez, Spring Woods High School Daniel Tabor, Memorial High School Kimberly Taylor, Stratford High School Kaitlin Trahan, Memorial High School Jessica Watts, Memorial High School Bradley Whitten, Spring Woods High School

Taishiro Okazaki, Memorial High School

Other scholarships were presented to SBISD graduates by individuals or organizations, funded through SBEF and included: Benjamin Cuellar Scholarship – $1,000 Graham Baker, Stratford High School

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Shantamboo Charity Scholarship – $1,000 Fernando Trujano, Stratford High School

Don Coleman Scholarships – $1,000 Parker Lund, Stratford High School Imani Webster, Spring Woods High School

Rachel Pendray Scholarships – $1,000 Cecilia Lopez, Spring Woods High School Chinh Pham, Spring Woods High School Brittany Toy, Spring Woods High School

Monica Neubauer Scholarships – $1,000 Timothy Davis, Memorial High School Kaitlin Wesneski, Memorial High School

Houston Westchase Rotary Club Scholarships – $1,000 Sandy Aguilar, Spring Woods High School Rena Dang, Spring Woods High School Destiny Lewis, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Nabors Industries Scholarships – $500 Wendy Castillo, Spring Woods High School Taylor Lancaster, Spring Woods High School Kathryn Romero, Spring Woods High School Brittany Trevino, Spring Woods High School Itzel Vasquez, Spring Woods High School

Prosperity Bank Scholarship – $1,000 John (Kelly) Griffin, Stratford High School

Diane Jackson Scholarships – $1,000 Joo Baek, Memorial High School Jun Baik, Memorial High School Ryan Baumgartner, Memorial High School

SBEF Scholarships – $1,000 Kaijia Tian, Memorial High School Jack Rodgers, Spring Woods High School

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Another World, Another Time By Barbara Duvall Wesolek

Edith Lutz, 1918.

Although Edith Lutz was born in 1884 in Minnesota, her destiny was to come to Texas and create a lasting gift to Houstonians, a gift of solitude and sanctuary now in the heart of Memorial.

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dith graduated from the University of Minnesota and came to Texas during World War I to do her part for the war effort by working as a bacteriologist and pathologist at Camp Logan, now Memorial Park. A few years later, she went to work for the City of Houston as a scientist, and she married a milk inspector named Jesse Moore. Even back then, Houston had its scandals, and one of them involved Houston dairymen adulterating raw milk to cover up the fact that their herds had tuberculosis and brucellosis. She and her husband must have known who had the diseased cattle and knew who was paying bribes to have their milk passed as safe for sale. Edith's high principles did not allow her to tolerate such deceit. Two milk inspectors were fired in the scandal, but Edith did not like the ongoing problems involved with working for the City of Houston. Tired also of the crowding of Houston, Edith longed for rural living. Her husband was raised on a Texas farm, and he, too, longed to live outside the city. Together they bought several hundred heavily wooded acres and built their dream log house 17 miles outside Houston. They moved there in 1931 and built a saw mill, sold lumber and had a 24 stall milk barn. Her husband raised frogs for the finer restaurants in Houston.

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Photo restored by Houston photographer and Audubon docent Pam Dunker.

Although the Great Depression after the financial crash of 1929 was deepening, life was very lively at the Moore’s country place. The workmen, some with their families, lived in tents on the Moore’s property and worked in the Moore’s saw mill and dairy business. Millions of people were out of work and having a job that provided shelter and food was very sought after. Chickens provided an abundance of eggs, and no doubt there was a large vegetable garden. Edith wrote in her journal that one snowy Christmas was particularly festive with lanterns in the tents and fires built outside by workers gathered around to socialize and sing songs. A pair of boots was obtained as a gift for a boy who had no shoes. He was so proud of the boots, he went barefoot from tent to tent carrying his boots to show them off. He prized those boots so highly he did not dare put them on for fear of damaging them in the wet snow.

Moore Log House

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Memorial ER recently held a summer safety class for Memorial residents including Karen Arnt, Jennifer Elliott, Hallie Keller and Claudia Reimann.

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MEMORIAL Dr. Alan and Debby Stanton kicked off the City ArtWorks Scene with a happening at their spectacular contemporary art-filled Hunters Creek Village home. Enjoying the evening were David Adickes and Debby Stanton.

Dunkin Donuts opened their new Westchase location with a ribbon cutting. Chester Pitts, David Greenberg and Stephen David watched Mike Benestante perform a classic dunk.

Martha Turner Properties’ agents, staff, families and friends rode in the BP MS 150 bicycle race from Houston to Austin on April 20th and 21st. The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star and is the largest event of its kind in North America. “It was a blast,” said Ashton Martini, team captain. “We’re going to do it again next year. We want to double the size of the team. This was a fantastic way to raise money for people with MS and get our company name out there – we were definitely noticed.”

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Congratulations to Caroline Stone for winning the 11th grade award for Theatre Arts for Stratford. Caroline’s proud dad, Ron Stone, was on hand for the presentation.

The Holly Rose Ribbon “Kentucky Derby” Run for the Roses event was held at Mo’s and was a huge hit. Enjoying the festivities were Cindi Rose and Bob Boudreaux.

Judy Cohen, Mary Ann Piamonte, Ashton Martini, Donna Bigby, Kevin Stokes, Sherry Folsom, Mike McFarland, Javier Gautier, Michael McFarland, Linda Brewer, Myrna Fair, Greg Fair, Angie Villarreal and Gary Ramsey.

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Jackie Benninger, Genna Weidner, Deborah Hasou and Marnie Zrike celebrated at the grand opening of Weidner Hasou & Company’s new location.

Camp Aranzazu recently hosted Camping, Cocktails and Concert at Rockefeller Hall featuring The Original Spazmatics. Memorial residents Krista and Mike Dumas enjoyed music and mingling. Over 70 Trees of Hope Guild members and friends attended the Guild social. The proceeds from the 2012 Trees of Hope gala will benefit children’s programs at Star of Hope. Presenting the check were Gwen Koch, Trees of Hope Executive Director; Leigh Smith, 2012 Gala CoChair; Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO; Terry Prather, 2012 Gala Co-Chair and DeeDee Marsh, Trees of Hope President.

Spring Valley residents Adrienne and Brian Cutter and Memorial residents Laura and Ned Davenport were all smiles at the event.

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pals either. However, the mistake some of us humans make is to fail to supervise because we are having our own chatting party. There are some basic guidelines that should be taken into consideration when bringing your dog to a dog park.

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why their dog isn’t feeling well? I suggest they put on their heavy coat (not ever real fur) and sit out there with them in the heat of summer at noon. Then, call and tell me how they feel. I have lost a few friends that way, but think about it. Dog parks are designed for dogs only! There are no cars, rollerbladers, skateboarders and bikes likely to be encountered. Most have the large dog and small dog areas separated. Be certain you have gone to the correct area. Dog parks are also a great place for community dog activities, and the Katy Dog Park is known for its successful events. It is a good idea to check out several area locations just to make sure your little Fido and the park are a good fit. Their lives pass so quickly so they need to grab life by the tail, and go for it!

Do: Gracie at Katy Dog Park

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• Consult your veterinarian about your dog’s health before going • Make sure your dog is up on his/her vaccinations • Clean up after your dog • Leave the dog park if your dog is bullying or being bullied • Bring your own water; don’t allow your dog to drink the water at the dog park My personal advice when friends tell me that they have been to the dog park in July at high noon and don’t understand

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Marie Bosarge Honored for Dedication to Music Education

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St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston Wins Top Honor Ashley Butler, Director of Lift a Life Foundation, presented the winners from St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston with a $25,000 grant after taking first prize for the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge. Lift a Life Foundation, in partnership with USA Today Charitable Foundation, mobilized more than 300,000 middle and high

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FILM REVIEW By Nick Nicholson

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hen one thinks back to Superman’s creation in 1938, it boggles the mind to think of just how much that superhero has been loved and revered over time. It’s dizzying to think that through comic books, cartoons, television shows and feature films, there have been an inordinate number of different perspectives regarding Superman; however, there has always been a common thread amongst each of them. What this film demonstrates most clearly is that threads can often be quite thin. In this case, sometimes even razor thin.

Henry Cavill as Superman.
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The film spends a great deal of time with exposition with the Planet Krypton in peril and nearing destruction. With Superman’s parents Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) seeking to get their child safely off Krypton before the planet explodes, the high council is attacked by General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his warriors as they attempt to take back the planet before it is too late. Following a similar path to the original Superman film and it’s sequel, the infant blasts off and Zod and his team are vanquished shortly before the destruction of the planet. In a rather nice and surprising twist, the film takes an unfettered and deeper look into why Krypton was doomed as well as the deep rooted issues that existed between Zod and Jor-El.

Through the use of montages and flashbacks, we see that Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) is living on a farm with his adoptive parents, Martha and Clark Kent (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner). Young Clark often struggles with controlling his abilities and fitting in with his classmates. With some new perspectives, Clark has his questions answered by his Kryptonian father and begins to really understand why he is on earth and what his destiny might be. While investigating a story, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) inadvertently activates a distress beacon that signals Zod. Once arriving on earth, Zod and his team begin wreaking havoc as they seek to achieve their prize. With Man of Steel, what you see is indeed what you get. The performances are great and the casting is truly top notch. The issues that exist with the film are

Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Photo by Clay Enos.

truly numerous, particularly when you consider how a film with a $200 million dollar budget couldn’t utilize a tripod (or simply the image stabilizer setting) on their cameras. The film was clearly cut together to stimulate the youngsters of today, whose attention spans rival that of tsetse fly. Superman traditionalists will scream blasphemy on a number of occasions throughout the picture, particularly when considering Lois Lane knows Clark’s true identity from the get go or the uninspiring decision Cavill’s Superman makes while fighting General Zod that was completely out of character. My head is still shaking in disbelief regarding Zod’s death. The film is quite busy, it’s convoluted and the CGI enhanced action sequences simply make a Superman edition that – although fun to watch (when not getting nauseous), will simply not endear anyone to the new 21st century edition of the most beloved superhero in existence.

Michael Shannon as General Zod.

Man of Steel Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon Director: Zach Snyder Company: Warner Pictures Now Showing: In Local Theatres MPAA Rating: PG-13 Grade: BPhotos Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © DC Comics.



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George’s fantastic Italian fare is not the only reason we love this community staple. George supports our youth in many ways, and even greets our sluggers with a free pizza for an out of the park homerun and boasts an onsite basketball net for his diners.

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veryone has a choice, but when you are 6’5” and are about to be a senior at Stratford High School, there’s a good chance you’re going to be playing basketball. If you love the game as much as Matthew Englund does, then basketball is what you do. Along with participating in the Young Life organization, having student council on his resumé and making time for service projects at Chaplewood United Methodist Church, Matt keeps his grades up as a dedicated and hardworking student. As much as he enjoys breathing, eating and sleeping basketball, Matt has another passion that he plans to pursue in his professional career. He is an extremely considerate and caring individual, which is why he plans to major in sports medicine after he graduates this coming year. He hasn’t yet decided which school he will attend, but his choices are Texas Tech, Arizona, Florida State University and Texas State. (Hear that, recruiters? Come and get him!) When we asked Matt what professional or college basketball team he would most like to work for, believe it or not, he’s got his sights set on football sports medicine. Matt says he enjoys watching football more than basketball. We’ll be on the look out for this gentle giant as he begins his senior year on the varsity basketball team and then, on to even bigger things. Congratulations Matthew Englund! You are absolutely! Memorial’s High School Hot Shot.

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his Fourth of July adults and children of all ages stop off at the local fireworks stands to buy fireworks to celebrate America’s birth. While most parents think this is innocent fun, ER’s see several injuries from children as young as two with sparkler burns to teenagers with lacerations due to fireworks exploding when unanticipated every year. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this July 4th: • Obey local laws. Fireworks are not legal in Memorial so travel outside of county limits. • Have an adult as the organizer to shoot your family show. • Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks. • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks. • Fireworks should only be used outdoors. • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks. • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks. • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes, and then, soak it in a bucket of water. • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can. • Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks, and use them only in the manner in which they were intended. As you celebrate America’s birthday, if an accident does happen, do not hesitate to go to ER especially if hot ash gets in your eye or the burn is more than 1st degree. Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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fter gaining several years of experience in the New York fashion industry, Memorial’s Natalie Deayala set out to start her own collection of dresses. Recently engaged and in the midst of planning her wedding, Natalie became disappointed with the same crinkle chiffon frocks she noticed continually being sported by bridesmaids. This concern over a lack of simple, elegant and fashion forward bridesmaid dresses inspired her to create her own collection. Dozens of requests and an overwhelming response of positive feedback inspired Natalie to bring her own dress line to fruition. Her bridesmaid idea soon turned into something much more after designing a dress for a friend. From bridesmaid dresses to silky cocktail numbers in vibrant colors, the The hi-lo cap Natalie Deayala Collecsleeve dress in tion is designed with the periwinkle from The “it girl” in mind. Natalie Deayala Collection. A native of Houston, Natalie graduated from Stratford High School. Prior to high school, she attended Memorial Middle School, Rummel Creek Elementary and Holy Spirit Episcopal School. Upon graduation from Stratford, she attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in Fashion. Her experience includes working for top designers such as Calvin Klein and working as a personal stylist in New York City. Natalie’s attention to detail and fit, coupled with her impeccable sense of A 100% silk hi-lo style, make this collection one-of-a-kind. high neck dress The Natalie Deayala Collection is dein coral from The signed and manufactured in San FrancisNatalie Deayala Collection. co where Natalie lives with her fiancé.

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How to Foster Healthy Communication with Your Child By Nancy L. Rommelmann PLLC

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ctive listening employs a verbal response containing no actual message from the parent but rather a mirroring back of the child’s previous communication.

Parents take the time to:

Look at a child at their eye level. Don’t bend over to talk to a child. Do bend from your knees and stoop down, so your face and body are at the same level as the child.

Why?

• This lets a child know that what they are saying is important to you. • It helps you concentrate on what a child is saying. • It allows you to view a child’s facial expression. A

child’s nonverbal cues uncover critical information about their emotional and social needs, which can be an important part of what your child is trying to tell you, particularly with younger children.

Validate your child’s feelings – If a child says “Timmy made me mad because he pushed me,” then:

Do ask your child:

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• Why they feel that way and let them tell about the event. Let your child express themselves, including feelings of anger or hurt feelings.

• How they feel about a situation without impos-

ing your opinion. You might be surprised by the response. If a child says, “Timmy pushed me,” a parent might think “Timmy hurt my child” or even suggest to your child, “that must have really hurt your feelings!” ... but resist the impulse!

• It might end up that a child responds positively:

“It made me feel good because my friends took up for me,” or “It made me feel good because Timmy jokes around with kids he likes.”

• Don’t make a global statement like “You should

never get mad at anyone” or “Timmy is a nice boy, how could he make you mad?” Or the worst, “you must have done something to make him mad!” This invalidates your child.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a listening ear…or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

Community Inspirational Leader Colonel Bernard McCabe US Army

Beginning his military career in the 101st Airborne Division and Special Ops Units in Vietnam, he then served in the elite Delta Force and assumed command in 1994. Colonel McCabe retired after a 30 year career at the Army Special Warfare Center in 1996. His contributions to our national security are priceless; we are honored to have Colonel McCabe as a community member, businessman, grandfather and role model. For complete video story, visit houstononlocation.com.

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Nancy Rommelmann is regularly consulted by local media for her on-air analysis about family law.

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absolutely! AUTO REVIEW By Steve Kursar

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JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE T he 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee blasts into the new model year with a host of improvements that take this SUV to a new level of performance and luxury. It may look a lot like last year’s model, but one peek at the inside, and you’ll realize this is a whole new beast ready to tame the outdoors. And, just wait until you step on the accelerator.

Back in the days before Fiat stepped in to rescue Chrysler from oblivion, Jeep vehicles were tough but awfully unrefined. They lacked fine interiors, and their powertrains seemed ancient and rough. But those days are gone. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is now leading the SUV parade. It’s just as capable off-road as it

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ever was – maybe even more. But now, fuel economy is best in class, and the interior fit and finish is superb. New in every 2014 Grand Cherokee is an eight-speed transmission that really helps to improve fuel economy across the line up. The base Laredo gets a 290 hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers fuel economy numbers of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Move up to the Overland and Summit models, and you can choose between a thirsty gasoline-powered 560 hp, 5.7-liter V8, which will get you 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway or a diesel-powered 240 hp, 3.0-liter turbo V6 that will get you an astounding 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway. As you watch more Americans cozy up to the notion of driving diesel cars, you’ll see more diesel options appear in car showrooms. And, if you really feel that need for speed, then move up to the Grand Cherokee SRT with its 470 hp, 6.4 liter V8. It goes fast, handles great, and you don’t need to know about fuel economy because it won’t matter.  The interior of the new Grand Cherokee has one of the nicest interiors in its

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segment. The fit and finish is very tight, and the materials are excellent. The center dash array now features a seven-inch screen that you can customize to display whatever relevant information you wish. The higher trims also feature an 8.4 inch center-mounted touchscreen that integrates with your smartphone.  The base 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts off with an MSRP of $28,795 but move up to the Summit trim and you’re looking at $47,995. It’s quite a steep jump in price, but now you’ve got an SUV that can compete with many luxury models that cost loads more.  Follow Steve Kursar at KursarOnCars. blogspot.com.


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By Stephanie Valtasaros

July 1st - July 7th

Community Real Estate Leaders

Star Spangled Superheroes Epic Adventure Celebrate America and train to be a superhero at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Get your gear on with plastic fusion and star spangled emblems, pressurized paper rockets, Captain America shields and patriotic bracelets. Train up with a wheel of fitness, and then put your powers to the test with super adventure books and film canister fireworks. Also, join the High Steppers Brass Band as they lead to the jawdropping elephant toothpaste patriotic burst on Kidpendence Day, July 4th. Call 713-522-1138 or visit www.cmhouston.org.

July 4th

Fourth of July at CITYCENTRE Check out the Grooves Band for great music and fun at 6:30 pm, and enjoy some of the many dining options in the area. At 9:30 pm, enjoy the fireworks spectacular. Come early and get a great seat for all the fun and celebrate America! Visit www.citycentrehouston.com.

July 14th

A Marionette Performance of Rumpelstiltskin Turning straw into gold has never been more fun at Rienzi! Watch the Grimm Brother’s classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin come to life through handmade puppets and the beautifully rendered sets of the Texas Marionette Playhouse. A children’s reception will follow after the performance. Activities are from 2 to 4 pm. Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, is located at 1406 Kirby Drive in Houston. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 713-639-7800.

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Theatre Under the Stars: A Chorus Line Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the singular sensation returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage for TUTS’ annual free summer musical. Tickets in covered reserved seating are available at the Miller Theatre Box Office between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm on the day of the performance. Limit four tickets per person. Call 281-373-3386 or visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.

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something to do after school, after school programs can vary greatly and parents should carefully consider a program before choosing one for their children. When choosing an after school program, parents can make note of several factors. Condition of the Facility: A rundown facility that does not appear clean is not the ideal place for a child to spend time after school. A good facility will have adequate ventilation and light. What's more, children should be visible to the staff at all times. Staff Interaction: How the staff interacts with children is of the utmost importance. A welcoming atmosphere should be among the program's goals, and the staff should embody that goal. Staff should be encouraging toward the children and know each child's name. Many Premier Passing Camp after-school programs also have a philosophy with respect to behavior toward children within the program. It's also important for parents to inquire about the staff's credentials. Environment: The environment both inside and outside the facility should be closely examined. Since much of the school year takes place during the colder winter months, the inside environment should have enough space for kids to relax comfortably as well as sufficient space where children can quietly do their homework. Look for a facility that has •6 Week Class ample and safe play equipment. Facili•Field Training ties with a wide expanse of property can •Classroom Training ensure kids won't be confined to a single •Defensive Recognition blacktop but given some room to roam and enjoy warm afternoons. Activity Schedule: A good afterschool program should have a host of activities available for the kids. Children often tire of doing the same thing every day, and not all activities are ideal for every child. A facility with an array of activities will ensure every child has something to look forward to. In addition, activities should be suited to the child's age. When choosing an after-school program for children, parents should exer•Summer League cise due diligence to find a facility that's •Spring League both fun and stimulating for kids.

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Keith Blackmon’s Passing School

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oach Keith Blackmon is the former Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Second Baptist High School in Houston. In the four years Blackmon ran the offense, he posted record numbers. The only two quarterbacks he has coached were considered top rated in the country by Rivals.com. Blackmon started his coaching career in the college ranks followed by 14 years of high school coaching where he coached 19 Division I full-scholarship athletes including three playing professional football. Blackmon now offers instructional programs for all positions while working with some of the best quarterbacks in the country. His staff includes several current and former NFL players. Keith Blackmon's Passing School offers Summer Camps, private and group lessons, quarterback classes and Memorial’s only 7 on 7 League. "Coach Blackman has surpassed our expectations in not only the fundamentals, but also confidence building and steady progression of our young athlete. His passion shows through in his teaching and mentoring athletes who are dedicated to improving their skill level. Not everyone will be a Joe Montana, but coach Blackmon will bring out the very best of an athlete’s God given talent." - Mike and Michelle Sanders, parents of a 5th grader. "Clay has worked with Keith for a few years now, and the progress has been fun to watch. Keith’s focus on footwork and mechanics while personalizing his instruction has helped Clay with his passion to succeed at the quarterback position. Not only has he targeted the physical aspects of the position but worked with my son to develop his knowledge and study of the game. Keith’s desire for Clay to succeed and learn the quarterback position is evident in his commitment and joy for the game of football." - Kevin Roberts, parents of a Freshman. For more information, call 281-4563433 or visit www.passingschool.com.

Make Summertime a Productive Time for Learning at Huntington Learning Center

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lex came to Huntington at the end of the second grade because he was having trouble reading. He would complete the work in class but with much frustration. He didn’t like to read at school or at home because he easily became stuck on words and couldn’t finish a book. Alex’s mom brought him to Huntington hoping that they could teach Alex how to read and improve his confidence. From the beginning, Alex loved coming to the center. At Huntington, he didn’t experience the frustration that he did in school and felt that he was learning from his mistakes. He quickly made progress, and his parents noticed a big change in Alex’s confidence and motivation. Alex began to pick up books at home and ask if he could read to his mom or dad. He was very excited to be able to read. Near the end of his program, Alex’s report card was his best ever. Alex now loves to read and has become curious about everything. He’s read all six books in the Wimpy Kid series. His parents couldn’t be more thrilled. Huntington Learning Center has been helping kids do better in school for over 35 years. Huntington’s Summer Learning Adventures are a great way to keep summertime a productive time for learning. We are located in the Hedwig Village Shopping Center on I-10 just east of Bunker Hill. Call 713-933-2655 for more information.

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TITLE Boxing Club: Offering Fitness Fun for the Entire Family

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We provide tutoring for all grade levels and in every content area: • Dyslexia • Early Literacy Skills • Autism • Reading Comprehension • Phonics • Writing • Math

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ITLE Boxing Club is a fitness club providing fun for the entire family. The club offers boxing and kick boxing classes for women, men and children of all ages. Founded in the Kansas City area by retired professional boxer and promoter Danny Campbell and businessman Tom Lyons, TITLE Boxing Club is rapidly growing across the country, recently opening their 100th club. Home to the Power Hour, TITLE Boxing Club trainers, real boxers and kick boxers, enthusiastically coach clients in a 15 minute warm-up, 8 three-minute rounds of heavy bag/cardio work, and end with 15 minutes of core strength training. TITLE Boxing Club is a great environment for entire families to participate. Mom, dad and the kids, 8 years and up, can do the Power Hour together. Family memberships are available which allow up to five family members on one membership. Children 8+ can join their parents in the Power Hour classes which build self esteem, encourage empowerment, sculpt your body, teach the four boxing punches, and burns up to 1,000 calories while having fun! Parents get in a workout and spend time with their children in an atmosphere of fun fitness. Personal training, involving one-on-one sessions with a trainer in the boxing ring, is also available. These help accelerate fitness goals or help accomplish whatever personal goals you or your children may have: learning how to box, improving your technique, building self confidence and complimenting your running workouts. Visit TITLE Boxing Club at 9630 Westheimer Rd., Suite 600 in Houston at Westheimer and Gessner or call 713-637-4246.


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Mentions Memorial

Erin Brennner, Kristina VanArsdel, Jennifer Brown, Sheila Smith and Amanda Davison attended the Easter Seals Hats Off to Moms Luncheon.

BY SUZANNE STILES Caden Clinton, age eight, is a level five gymnast at Cypress Academy under head coach Tom Meadows, who is also the USA Assistant Olympic Men’s Team Coach. Caden competed in the Texas South State Boys Gymnastics Competition in Alvin, Texas and received first place all around.

Mandy and Emma Kelvin attended a meet and greet at the Galleria Hilton Garden Inn on Mother’s Day. They spent an hour chatting with Dance Moms’ Christi and Chloe Lukasiak.

St. Francis Elementary Day School student Gracie Mitschke cut her hair to support the Pink Heart Fund, which donates wigs to kids fighting cancer!

Claire Hannigan, Grace Cooksey, Kendall Teitz, Madison Killion, Lindsey Ramos, Morgan Gaille and Rachel Ridley headed to the Memorial Middle School eighth grade dance themed Island Getaway.

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SBMSA’s 9 -10 Mustangs won the post-season American League baseball tournament, adding to their first place regular season finish. This winning team, coached by Memorial Drive Elementary dad Lin Espey, Tom Muchard and head coach Jon Lanclos, defeated the White Sox 9-3. This was an extra special victory for head coach Jon Lanclos, who ended his 12-year SBMSA coaching career this season. When thanking the families for letting him coach their boys, he shared that he had won this exact same SBMSA championship 35 years ago. Pictured are Coach Lin Espey, Head Coach Jon Lanclos, Coach Tom Muchard, Bo Espey, Jim Rouse, Michael Dillon, Henry Davis, Wyatt Muchard, Gus Beckcom, Jack Delorenzo, Michael Branca, Braden Lanclos, Grayson Kim and Marshall Bregenzer.

SBMSA PeeWee NL Bronze Champions are Jacob McKenzie, Kyle Siblik, Tyler Gardner, Jack Josephson, Mitchell DeAyala, Carson Calhoun, Jake Siblik, Cooper Davis, Hamza Zulquernain, Nathan Hayhurst, Zach Witte, Aidan Bierman, Coach Calhoun, Coach Gardner, Coach Witte and Coach Siblik.

Girl Scout Cadette Troop #18060 participated in the Tall Pines Hill Service Unit Court of Awards earning their Silver award. Eighth grade girls Carlie Dietert, Carli Siller, Amanda Lanclos, Maggie Coulter, Mindy Mattina and Sydney Wallace attend Spring Branch Middle School and Memorial Middle School.

In a thrilling, extra innings championship game, the Peaches defeated the Comets 22-21 to win the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association’s (SBMSA) 6U Softball Playoffs. Peaches are David Gregory, Nick Hiemstra, Jonathan Johnson, Pat Ramm, Daphne Sadler, Lillian Johnson, Avery Kolb, Emily Clanton, Carrie Durso, Grace Reynolds, Fiona Shine, Nicole Hiemstra, Heather Ramm and Lillian Gregory. Comets pictured are Beau Ryan, Rick Byrd, Travis McAfee, David Joyner, Patrick Howard, Hannah Haygood, Gracie Howard, Lucy Roche, Ella Joyner, Kendall Parker, Vicky Media Migueliz, Savera Karia, Ciara Sorto, Hannah Ryan, Emily Aguilar, Elizabeth Byrd and Brooke McAfee.

The Skeeters won the SBMSA Pee Wee Baseball Gold Tournament. Pictured are Tyler East, Coach John Schachel, Coach Walt Denny, J. J. Pedrosa, Drew Schachel, Matthew McCall, Jack Denny, Brazos Donovan, Jonathan Swagerty, Josh Estrada, Corbin Rosenstein, Head Coach Gregg Donovan and Jacob Pudwill.

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Longtime birthday club friends gathered to celebrate Nidhika Mehta’s 40th birthday. Pictured are Carmen Gomez, Mehrnaz Gill, Nidhika Mehta, Holly Coburn, Jessica Shively, Sally Qasem, Suzanne Stiles and Lisa Tidwell.

Minda Caesar and Carol Tesarek wore their hats for the Bunker Hill Elementary Mother Daughter Tea at Lakeside Country Club.

Nottingham Elementary School’s Rockin’ Rodeo Auction Committee raised an amazing $40,000 for the school this year at their event held at the Elaine Turner CITYCENTRE Store. Pictured are Casey Reed, Marie Thurow, Brooke Vescovo, Annette Zuanich, Maria Schick, Melissa Newsom, Kate Potter, Dawn Dudley and Jeanine Piskurich.

Lunch Bunch friends celebrated Hallie Keller’s 40th birthday at Pico’s. Pictured are Eva Gomez, Sarah Ridley, Claudia Jarrard, Sheri Keeling, Hallie Keller and Pamela St. Martin.

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Dane Beito of Gulf Coast Honey Bee Farms presented to fifth graders at Meadow Wood Elementary including Mariam Sanders, Sireen Kossaibani, Jaevon Brandon, Clare Gibennus, Devon Mandy, Cristian Pena, Mohammad Ali, Madison Burke, Sarah Ritchie, Emily Byram, Nikolos Davis and teacher Erika Wheeler about the importance of protecting our bees and our environment during “Hands On Science.”


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WHAT CAN A CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST DO FOR MY CHILD?

Child Life Specialists are known for their dedication to making a child’s trip to the hospital a friendlier one. Each specialist promotes coping in these stressful environments through play, preparation, education and self-exploration. Whether this means going step-by-step through a procedure with pretend equipment on a teddy bear or learning a new deep breathing exercise, it is clear that each child feels much more at ease with their treatments, procedures and surgeries. Keeping children informed about what is happening has a huge impact on their outcome. Even the ability to make small decisions themselves, such as choosing their flavor of anesthesia or which toy they want to conduct medical-play with, can make all the difference by giving children a sense of control.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES THAT CHILD LIFE SPECIALISTS USE TO HELP CHILDREN? First and foremost, our knowledge of child development and understanding of the effects of hospitalization on children are the best tools we have as Child Life Specialists to help children through their treatments. Many times it is more fear of the unknown – not knowing or understanding what health complications they face, not knowing what types of treatments they will have to undergo, not knowing where mom and dad are through the whole process – that leads to a child’s unease. If we can help children have a better understanding of all of these things by explaining it in ways and words they grasp and allowing them the opportunity to ask

questions, we find that children are more comfortable, more compliant and more confident with their health care. A Child Life Specialist can assist your child during procedures by teaching breathing techniques and allowing children to make small decisions in the treatments they undergo. All specialists are trained in a number of distraction techniques to help children get through the treatments. Based on our developmental assessment, your child’s anxiety level, interest and previous experience, we may use iPad play, I SPY books, toys with lights or sound, bubbles, music, comfort touch or guided imagery. For more information about Child Life services at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1180 or visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

West Houston Business Women Put Their Best Heel Forward Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Women Driving Business Series

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he Houston West Chamber of Commerce Women Driving Business Series is in preparation for its three annual events. Created in 2005, this popular series includes hundreds of women who are business owners, C-level executives and corporate decision makers who stand tall in their high heels as they conduct business, make valuable business connections and raise money for good causes. During this three month period, the Women Driving Business Series will feature events where women will be able to network and promote business initiatives while supporting the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and several select charities. The Committee has already made a donation to the City of West, Texas that suffered from the plant explosion.

Dulcie Wink, luncheon speaker Laura Gibson and Jeannie Bollinger with luncheon speaker Pippa Wiley.

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The Women Driving Business 2013 Committee members include Constance McDerby, Dulcie Wink, Sarah Cain, Kathie Edwards, Lisa Morton, Tere Batista, Connie Inman and Jeannie Bollinger.

The festivities will begin with the “Venturing Out in Heels: A Time to Stand Tall” kick-off breakfast for sponsors and special guests only. The event will be Tuesday, August 6th from 7 to 9 am at the Lakeside Country Club located at 100 Wilcrest Drive in Houston. Brenda Love, CEO of Love Advertising, will be the keynote speaker. On Tuesday, September 10th, these powerhouse women will enjoy the “High Power in High Heels: A Time to Stand Tall” luncheon with keynote speaker Terri Havens, owner of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, CA. Cal-aVie Health Spa was recently named 2013 Conde Nast Traveler: Gold List Platinum Circle Award. This luncheon will take place at the Houston Country Club located at One Potomac Drive in Houston. The series will conclude with the A Time to Play Social themed “High Heels in High Places” at Momentum BMW West at 15865 Katy Fwy in Houston on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30 pm. Attendees at all three events will receive exceptional grand prizes, door prizes and gifts. It is not unusual for a guest to leave with a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, a Gucci purse, a Michael Kors watch, special event tickets, entertainment packages, dining certificates or extraordinary spa treatments. Guests must be present to win these carefully orchestrated prizes valued from $500 to $5,000 donated and coordinated by the

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Women Driving Business Committee and their many sponsors.

About the Houston West Chamber of Commerce The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization dedicated to enhancing the economic growth and vitality of the West Houston business community through leadership and business development. The Chamber currently has more than 650 business members representing 45,000 employees and was recently recognized as one of the top 25 chambers of commerce in Houston by the Houston Business Journal. For more information about the Chamber and its programs, call 713.785.4922 or visit www.hwcoc.org.

JoAnn Miller, Sarah Cain, Kathie Edwards and 2012 breakfast keynote speaker Deborah Cannon from the Houston Zoo.


Women Driving Business Series Event Speakers Brenda Love Brenda Love is owner of Love Advertising, one of the top advertising agencies in Houston. Love epitomizes personal initiative combined with creative talent and a passion to serve her clients and support her community. Love earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1974 and her master’s degree in Advertising, Public Relations and Telecommunications from San Diego State University. Since opening Love Advertising in 1979 “with $500 of start-up capital,” the agency has built a clientele that includes a number of Fortune 250 clients, such as CenterPoint Energy and Gallery Furniture, with annual billings in excess of $30 million. Love Advertising has won numerous awards for its service, including multiple Agency of the Year designations from the American Women in Radio and Brenda Love Television, Houston Business Journal’s “Top Houston Advertising Agencies” and “Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Houston,” and Working Woman Magazine’s “America’s Top 500 Women Owned Businesses.” In addition to her activity with numerous Houston-area organizations, Love has provided pro bono work for organizations and campaigns such as Susan G. Komen of Houston, Chuck Norris KICKSTART KIDS Foundation, Lighthouse for the Blind, Catholic Ministries, The Orange Show, Interfaith Ministries and Peace of Mind Foundation. She also has served as a conversation leader for Sam Houston State University’s annual “Let’s Talk” benefit for the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. Love and her husband, Ed Jones, have three children: Lindsey Love, Reese Jones and James Jones.

Havens was born in New Orleans graduating from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Having worked in the media and owning an advertising agency, as well as publishing the New Orleans social magazine, St. Charles Avenue, she is now the owner of the destination health spa in Southern California. Cala-Vie is nestled on 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40-miles north of San Diego, where the climate is considered to be the best in the country. This exclusive retreat, known to many celebrities, is like no other. With a 5:1 staff to guest ration, Cal-a-Vie’s award winning wellness program is tailored to suit personal fitness and wellness needs. Havens uses her advertising and marketing background, along with her natural “Southern hospitality,” to create an ultimate spa haven and home-away-fromhome where guests can relax, be renewed and learn the valuable tools to invest in a healthier lifestyle. An admitted Francophile, Terri’s personal style can be seen throughout the Provencal surroundings at Cal-a-Vie, where she uses the treasures she and John find on their annual pilgrimages to France to furnish the spa. Each of the 32-private guest villas are decorated with antiques from France and Italy. As a collegiate Tri Delta, Havens values the support of friendship and importance of sisterhood so she designed special Women Only and Mother Daughter weeks at Cal-a-Vie for the perfect girlfriend getaways. Havens has worked diligently and taken pride in creating a destination for loyal guests who are striving for a healthy life-

style experience combined with the best service. It is this dedication from Havens that led Cal-a-Vie to be voted #1 Destination Health Spa in North America in 2008 by Travel + Leisure magazine, 2012 Gold List Conde Nast Traveler, 2012 Readers Choice – Top 10 for Fitness, Food, Interior Design and Accommodations, 2012 Best Spa in the United States, and each year makes the World’s Best. The New Orleans native and mother of three is now rooted in Houston, Texas where she juggles a busy schedule with activities for her children. Havens has translated her drive for well-being and business experiences to benefit Terri Havens philanthropic organizations which ensure access to healthcare, education and culture. Her involvement includes serving as a board member of the Children’s Museum of Houston, Bayou Bend, I am Waters and the Astros Foundation Board, as well as a supporter of Texas Children’s Hospital Heart Center and chairing commendable events such as the Hermann Park Gala and Heroes for Handbags. Havens also volunteers with her church, St. Luke’s Methodist, as the marketing liaison, and at her children’s schools, St. John’s School and Kinkaid. She has three children: Prentiss 15, Davis 12 and Mallette 10. Terri has found a way to balance it all and continues to pave the road to health and wellness for health-seekers around the globe.

Terri Havens Terri Havens, Louisiana State University (LSU), is CEO/Owner of Cala-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California.

Sarah Cain, Brenda Parker , representing the charity recipient B.O.N.A., Melissa Wilson, Jeannie Bollinger and Maria Moncada-Alaoui, General Manager of Momentum BMW West.

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By Stephenie Cox

By Melissa Horn

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t’s summer and that means lots of photo opportunities. However, organizing digital photos is an overwhelming task any time of year. Follow the checklist below to enjoy those summer memories for years to come.

Photos by Daniel Ortiz

Take Control of Your Digital Photos

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1. Organize Folders

A little upfront work makes future organizing less daunting. First, decide how you want your folders to be organized. A common method is to have “year” folders with “month” or “event” sub folders. It’s also good a practice to have one folder on one computer where all photos are saved and then backed up.

2. Install Photo Software on your Main Computer There are many photo software programs on the market today. The best free software is Google Picasa and Apple iPhoto. Using photo software makes viewing, editing and organizing infinitely easier. You can rename, tag, rate and even use facerecognition technology to easily search your photo library.

3. Import Photos

Using the import function of your photo software is the best way to move pictures from other devices such as an iPhone or camera to your computer. Why? Because you decide where to save files when importing. You can choose an existing folder or create a new one. This ensures photos are saved to their correct folder from the start and don’t end up in a random location on your computer. And, don’t forget to delete any bad photos before importing to avoid saving hundreds of unwanted photos to your computer.

4. Create/Share

Once your photos are imported and organized on your computer, now what do you do? From within most programs, you can create a photo book, upload pictures to the web or send photos to print. Of course, there are also many websites like Facebook and Flickr for sharing photos with family and friends.

2nd Annual Curry Crawl Competition Heated Up CITYCENTRE STRAITS Restaurant hosted the second annual Curry Crawl on May 19th, and the competition was just as fierce a second time around. This year, guests were introduced to a group of newcomer chefs, as well as returning chefs who showcased their skill and talent with creative interpretations of traditional curry dishes. With more than 200 attendees, STRAITS Restaurant closed all day in preparation for the fundraiser, which benefited PULSE, the young professionals group with St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Systems. The list of contenders included: Ambrosia, Latin Bites, Nosh Bistro, Rasoi, RA Sushi, Restaurant CINQ, Soma Sushi, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop and The Tasting Room. Guests mingled throughout the restaurant and covered patio, where many sipped on Bombay Sapphire cocktails and No Label beer and noshed on competing curry dishes – all amidst the already bustling plaza in CITYCENTRE. SWEET also stepped up to the challenge by providing a delectable mix of desserts using curry. Equally impressive was the large spice stand display adorned with a variety of curries and spices. As

5. Backup

Photos are some of our most prized possessions. Keep them safe with an online backup service such as Carbonite or Crashplan or by backing up to an external hard drive. Once you have organized the bulk of your photos, the key to staying organized is to import frequently so you are working with smaller batches of photos at one time.

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Lindley Arnoldy, Oliver and Rachael Volz, Lindsay Pearce, Jennifer Ban and Sarah Dooley.


By Amy Gross

Incredible Eats But Oh,

the Wines at Ratton

Y Chef Mark Gabriel Medina of Soma Sushi.

STRAITS owner Chris Yeo and Corporate General Manager Heather Connery.

special take-home favors, various curry spice mixes were handed out to each guest for cooking at home. Guest judges were Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle; Pat Sharpe, Texas Monthly; Chef Kiran Verma and Cleverley Stone. In the end, Chef Rik Patel of Ambrosia took home First Place with his Miso Chicken Curry. Chef John Sikhattana of STRAITS won the People’s Choice Award for his Spice-Seared Tuna with Curry Potato Pani Puri. Nearly $8,000 was raised for St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System’s young professional group, PULSE. Attendees included chairmen Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Annie and Tyler McQueen, Elizabeth Weiss, KHOU’s Katherine Whaley, Lindsey Pierce, Miya Shay, Gene Wu, Chef Chris Yeo and Heather Connery.

ou might not think of a pan-Asian bistro as the place to find an outstanding wine list, but Rattan, located in the Energy Corridor in West Houston, has exactly that. When I first visited, I was certainly expecting a delicious dinner with a few notable wines. What I got was a symphony of flavors from the food together with the wine and more choices than I really even knew what to do with! And I’m a girl who likes choices! For food, the menu offers tried and true favorites and everything you would expect from sushi to noodle dishes to soups to seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. But these dishes are anything but ordinary. I loved how the flavors in the food really stood out, yet still blended so beautifully together. I could tell that each ingredient was selected for a reason and not just haphazardly thrown together. What really grabbed me, though, was the wine list. Oh, the wine list… There were 42 wines offered by the glass and delicious, interesting options at that! (Yes, I did say 42; you read that right.) Plus, there were countless bottles available from $29 to $450, with most selections under $50. You have got to love those prices. So often in restaurants, you see such a massive markup of wine prices, but at Rattan, the prices were definitely reasonable. When I brought the list home to show my husband, he was also blown away by the selection and price. There are so many delicious wines on there! This is a place that takes its wines seriously yet still encourages exploration without intimidation. I am often in the mood to explore, so I love that you can choose from 14 wine flights rang-

ing from “Sushi Friendly Flight” to “The Juicy White Couture” to “Mysterious Old World Flight” to “Bang for Your Buck Cab Flight.” If you want to try new flavors, this is the way to do it! Plus, if you ask your waiter or the manager, they’ll even custom design a flight for you using any of the wines offered by the glass. Owner Ron Chen, who loves wine and is responsible for the restaurant’s exhaustive list, is almost always there to help you make choices you’ll enjoy. Rattan is a great spot for lingering over a few glasses or a bottle, enjoying the wine and seeing how different wines compliment the different dishes. I didn’t mean to gloss over the food so much; it really is excellent, but I was just so pleasantly surprised by all that wine! You might be concerned that with so many wines by the glass that the glasses aren’t so fresh. Well, Rattan uses the Enomatic system which allows bottles to be opened for up to four weeks while still remaining fresh. Actually, Rattan was one of the first restaurants in Houston to adopt this system, which is also used at the Tasting Room and a few other places around town. If you’re in the neighborhood, or even if you aren’t, and you want a memorable meal and fantastic wine options, make it a point to visit Rattan. You’ll thank me. Sashimi Tuna Avocado Salad

■ Rattan 1396 Eldridge Parkway Houston, TX 77077 281-556-9888 www.rattanbistro.com Hours: Monday thru Thursday: 11 am to 10 pm Friday: 11 am to Midnight Saturday: Noon to Midnight Sunday: Closed Ambiance: Smart casual, great for date night, a business lunch or even family dining

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absolutely! DELICIOUS By Stephenie Cox

S’mores N

othing says summer like devouring a S’more. Perfectly golden brown marshmallows with a lightly crisp almost shell-like exterior to cover a perfectly soft and melted marshmallow fluff center to go along with melted chocolate and anything else fit to be sandwiched between two honey kissed graham crackers. There is nothing like the original S’more dripping down your chin and making your hands sticky.

Just for fun, I’ve imagined a few ideas of what I think would make an “over the top” S’more and just wanted to share since S’more season is in full swing. Fire up your backyard fire pit or build your campfire just right. Grab a box of honey graham crackers, a bag of marshmallows and dig out your skewers. Summer just wouldn't be the same without a S'more. It's the perfect the grand finale to a summer day.

S’more Filling Ideas: • Lemon Meringue Pie - lemon curd, homemade or store bought • Strawberries and Cream Cheese • Fresh Apple Slices and Cinnamon • Nutella • Caramel or Raspberry Filled Chocolate Squares • Peanut Butter or Almond Butter with Milk Chocolate Pieces • Chopped Candy Bars – especially Snickers or Reese’s • Berries and White Chocolate – fresh blueberries, raspberries and black berries • Fresh Mango Slices • Brownie Pieces • Cheesecake Pieces • Raspberry Jam and Dark Chocolate • Sea Salt on the Original Recipe • Ice Cream Sundae - bananas, dark chocolate, caramel sauce and a sprinkle of your favorite nut • Toasted Coconut and Pineapple • Andes Mints with Chocolate Graham Cracker

Enjoying summer S’mores are Graham Keller, Dylan Milam, Lily Katherine Cox, Sarah Elliott, Hannah Keller, Catherine Stiles, Brookes Milam, Mason Keller, Ava Cox, Grace and Sloan Rigamonti, Charlotte and Caroline Stiles and Julia Elliott.

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Got Wine to Store? D

o you have really good wine that needs to be stored properly so that it ages beautifully? Many wines, especially big reds like California Cabernets and French Bordeauxs, need to be stored in the correct climate for many years before they are considered ready to drink. The ideal climate is 55 degrees Fahrenheit and around 60 percent relative humidity. The cold air slows down the chemical reactions in the liquid,

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while the higher humidity keeps the corks moist so that air does not touch the wine. There are a few options for storing wines correctly in greater Houston. They range from simple to wow! The easiest option is a wine refrigerator. This is a good solution if you have limited space and a smaller collection. Another option is a climate-controlled area in the house. This is a spe-

cially constructed space that maintains the correct climate. It will require specialized refrigeration and is not a trivial construction project, but it will easily become a wow feature of your home. The third solution is some type of off-site storage. This could be as simple as a climate-controlled locker at a basic self-storage facility. The prices are not expensive for storing that prized collection, but most of these places have limited access and are not designed for serious wine collectors. A new type of off-site storage option is a facility like Nos Caves Vin. The Nos Caves Vin type of wine storage provides a completely different experience. These facilities usually have longer hours and better refrigeration systems. Nos Caves Vin has redundant refrigeration systems, biometric security, a private lounge and special member events. It is wine storage designed by wine professionals for wine collectors. For more information about Nos Caves Vin, visit www.noscavesvin.com, email jost@noscavesvin.com or call 713524-2554.

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A B S O L U T E LY ! D E L I C I O U S L I S T I N G AMERICAN SHARKY’S AMERICAN GRILL 1140 Eldridge Parkway, 77077 281-496-7427 info@sharkysrestaurants.com Sharky’s American Grill serves a variety of everyone’s favorites from the freshest seafood dishes to mouthwatering burgers. Recently named by the Houston Chronicle as “one of the best restaurants for dining in the Energy Corridor,” Sharky’s provides a casual atmosphere for professionals to relax after work, and a fun place for families to enjoy. Sharky’s is committed to offering West Houston the best dishes and highest quality ingredients at affordable prices.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE

John M. Carrabba, Proprietario

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

Piatto Toasts the Red, White and Blue!

MASRAFF’S 1753 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, 77056 713-355-1975 www.masraffs.com Hands on proprietors, Russell and Tony Masraff, recognized premier Houston restaurateurs, offer affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service and exquisitely fresh American cuisine prepared with the best ingredients from around the world. Located in the heart of the Galleria, Masraff’s, features the perfect ambience for business and social gatherings. Whether dining in one of the elegant dining rooms, stunning bar area with the elevated fireplace or The Patio on the Boulevard by the waterfall, Masraff’s impeccable service is sure to offer a dining experience to remember.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE THE WYNDEN 1025 South Post Oak Lane, 77056 281-768-6070 www.thewynden.com

Full-Service Catering Private Banquet Rooms Box Lunches & Delivery

Royal Oaks

11693 Westheimer 281.759.7500

Galleria

4925 W. Alabama @ Post Oak Blvd. 713.871.9722

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Masraff’s has long since been known for excellence and uncompromising quality, and this tradition continues with our event venue, The Wynden. Nestled in the center of the prestigious Galleria area, The Wynden features a picturesque courtyard along with a Tuscan setting for indoor events. Perfect for corporate or social, wedding or fundraiser, Masraff’s exquisite cuisine and impeccable service will ensure that your next event will be a memory made to last a lifetime.

BRUNCH BRUNCH KAFE 11113 1/2 Katy Freeway, 77079 713-647-8751 www.brunchkafe.com Here at Brunch Kafe, you’ll enjoy a laid back, diner atmosphere with a heaping helping of home-style breakfast specialties such as eggs benedict, wings with waffles, creative omelettes and more. Chicken fried steak, chicken pot pie and burgers top a list of lunch and dinner picks at Brunch Kafe. Brunch Kafe also has a beverage menu that includes specialty coffees, smoothies, flavored tea and tapioca. Be sure to save room for a slice of apple, cherry or pecan pie.

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A B S O L U T E LY ! D E L I C I O U S L I S T I N G GRILLE HARVEST ORGANIC GRILLE Galleria Area • 713-243-0900 1810 Fountain View, 77057

Shawn M. Rodgers, D.D.S.

Westchase Area • 281-597-0000 11681 Westheimer, 77077 www.harvestgrille.com

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Harvest Organic Grille is a new, healthy restaurant in the Houston area. We serve healthy foods, natural, organic products, free range chicken, wild caught seafood and certified natural angus beef. From freshest selections on our unlimited salad bar to the natural grassfed beef, free-range chicken and wild caught seafood cooked over flames by our grillmasters, we are serious about providing you with a fresh new take on the way you dine out.

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GRILLE 024 GRILLE 945 Gessner, 77024 281-501-4350 Facebook.com/024Grille

Mon. - Thurs. 7:30am to 4:30pm

713-621-4830

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024 Grille combines the atmosphere of a local bistro and the classic tradition of a Texas steakhouse. This contemporary restaurant provides a full menu of locally-inspired foods for freshness and classic dishes with a twist. Complete with four intimate private dining rooms, a sophisticated wine list and a signature cocktail menu, 024 Grille is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ITALIAN

1121-19 Uptown Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77056 Conveniently Located Off of I-610 and Post Oak Blvd. In the Uptown Park Retail Center

Southwell ’s

PIATTO RISTORANTE 11693 Westheimer @ Royal Oaks Club Dr., 77077 281-759-7500

Hamburger Grill

4925 West Alabama @ Post Oak Blvd., 77056 713-871-9722 www.piattoristorante.com 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.

Buy one hamburger, fries and drink, get another hamburger for F R E E !

MEXICAN CANTINA LAREDO 11129 Westheimer, 77042 713-952-3287 www.cantinalaredo.com

Limit 1 coupon per customer. Expires August 1, 2013

Cantina Laredo specializes in authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated and upscale atmosphere. The entire lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch and Cantina menus are all available for take-out, some delivery and catering. Selections such as Ensalada de Cilantro y Pollo, Cascabel Ribeye and Tacos al Carbon are divine, not to mention the Mexican apple pie that is served with a warm brandy butter and choice of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream.

Memorial 713-464-5268 9410 Gaylord TX 77024

Galleria 713-789-4972 5860 San Felipe TX 77057

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A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY

Photos from The Heritage Society Permanent Collection.

By The Heritage Society

The Dirt on Laundry Curtis Washer

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aundry as a chore is a fairly recent part of domestic work agendas. It became part of weekly chores in the 19th century because pre-industrial cloth of leather, wool and linen were not really washed. Instead, dirt was shaken or brushed off. With the rise of cotton as fabric of choice, laundry became an increasingly important household task. Laundry was largely a non-mechanical, laborious process. Typically, women performed this work and dedicated a full day or more to get it done. The ordeal of wash day caused housewives to alter meal plans, preferring to serve something cold. Silent prayers were uttered for washday to dawn clear and bright. Guests were never invited for a meal on Monday (washday) or Tuesday (ironing day). In Houston, like most of the country, Wash Day was Blue Monday. The term Blue Monday was not derived from the “wash” but the “rinse,” when “Bluing” might be added to the water for whites. The idea behind bluing is that yellowing, which occurs with aging, can be

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neutralized by adding a trace of blue to the slightly off-white color of these fabrics to make them appear whiter. The active ingredient in bluing is a very fine blue iron powder called Prussian blue suspended in water ("colloidal suspension" of ferric hexacyanoferrate). Housewives were unable to do all of this work by themselves. Water had to be carried to the laundry site where it was heated over a fire. Soap had to be made out of lye and animal fat, which was time consuming and proved toxic to the skin. Wash boards were the primary method of getting out dirt. The more affluent might have had the luck to have a mechanical washing machine, which was invented in 1874. They were made of wood, powered by a hand crank, and cleaned the clothes through agitation by churning, tumbling, twisting and rocking. After the 1870s, it became increasingly common even for middle-class families to send out their laundry to a paid wash service. Many “washer women,” who earned wages by doing other people’s laundry, did the work in their employers’ homes; others took laundry into their own houses. Either arrangement allowed them to fit the paid work into their family schedule and gave them some autonomy. Most such work was done by hand but some would utilize their employers early “washing machines” to facilitate the job.

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Probably the most iconic symbol of wash day was the big black iron tub which served as the boiler. A fire under the boiler heated water. The cleaning agent, along with the sorted clothes, was added to the boiler, and then the mixture was agitated with a boiler stick. Once the clothes were

Iron Tub

deemed clean, they would be lifted out and forced through a mangle or wringer to extract most of the soapy water. The next step was to rinse the clothes in cold water. Additionally, linen and cotton items were starched during this process. The laundry was then hung out to dry. The process was finished on Tuesday when everything was ironed. As copious amounts of water had to be drawn from wells or taps, the wash water was sometimes re-used to wash floors. Many children during this period were instructed to, “Take off your good clothes and hang them up!” Understandably mothers were not anxious to repeat the wash process!


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Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Memorial Area, Texas.

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