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By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Resale, consignment, thrift, or vintage, this form of shopping goes by many names, but one factor remains constant - its popularity. With new stores opening everyday, the industry experienced 7 percent growth last year alone. There are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and not-for-profit shops in the US, with industry experts estimating revenues of $17 billion annually. There are many reasons for this. Today, “upcycling” old items is practiced in the interest of saving our planet from ever-growing landfills. However, the foremost reason is money. Even the most well-heeled have discovered the thrill of stalking savings on treasures. It is common to find a Mercedes or BMW in the parking lot of any of our local resale shops as a result. For those who have discovered this form of “hunting,” there is no comparison. The bliss of finding nearly new, high-end name-brands at a small percentage of the original cost, is intoxicating. And those of us living in near north Houston are in living in thrifting heaven. The Leader decided to do a resale store round-up to help insure no one misses out. You’re welcome. Value Village 705 W. 23rd St. Open until 9:00 PM

Value Village offers thrifting in its purest form. There is no pretension, decor or fluff here. It’s a recipe that has proven successful for this company. The Heights location is one of six

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stores citywide, all of which employ about 300 Houstonians in total. While there are housewares, Value Village specializes in clothing. It is organized, always interesting, and perhaps the best choice for hunting really big treasure for small change. There is no brand-name pricing here. Nearly new Danskos sit next to Keds at the same price. A skirt from Anne Taylor is priced the same as one from Target. A $20 bill can result in valuable additions to a wardrobe, just make sure you have time to mine for the gold. Like “Value Village Texas” on Facebook, and stay on top of their remarkable sales too.

Houston Junior Forum Resale Shop 1815 Rutland St. Open until 2:30 PM This resale shop is owned by the nonprofit agency, Houston Junior Forum, and has been offering well priced, used merchandise since 1969. About 10 percent of the shop’s annual profits go directly to the forum’s college scholarship and community grants programs. This small but well-maintained store is probably the Neiman Marcus of resale in the Heights. It is not uncommon to find high-end clothing, fine art or stunning antiques here, but at a fraction of what they would cost elsewhere. The HJF Resale Shop also accepts nice, clean consignments with 60 percent of the sale paid to the consignor. As a result of these high

Identifying itself as “the largest thrift store in the Heights,” Sand Dollar is a great example of hunting for deals. The store is owned by a local family that works with and donates to charities which contribute to the ever-changing inventory. Serving the Heights since the mid-1980s, Sand Dollar is located in an 80-year-old department store, and offers 18,000 square feet of treasure hunting. While it is not particularly well-organized, the humble pricing and vast array of inventory can produce some real trophies. Just be sure to budget time for the adventure. Goodwill Retail Store 215 W. 20th St. Open until 9:00 PM

While this store is a newcomer to the Heights thrifting scene, it is already a favorite. The large, accessible location offers a well-lit, well-organized shopping experience at truly reasonable prices. Largely stocked with clothing and shoes, we have also seen furniture, appliances, housewares, and a dizzying array of lamps here. And if there is anyway to make bagging big savings feel even better, it’s helping our fellow citizens at the same time. All the proceeds from this Goodwill location go to the services of the Continued • Page 24

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nonprofit – helping our neighbors, veterans, and seniors find employment. Family Thrift Center 920 N Durham Dr Open until 9:00 PM

The Family Thrift Center has been serving the needs of working families and thrift hunters for several decades, and there is a reason for its longevity: value. The store features thousands of ever-changing used clothing items, housewares and shoes at stunning discounts. Like others on our list, Family Thrift offers a no-frill thrifting experience. Do not expect well-organized parking, nice decor, or wide isles to peruse. But do these things matter when you can snag three beautiful sweaters, and a brand new denim jacket for $20? To a thrifter, the answer is “No.” Salvation Army 2208 Washington Ave. Open until 7:45 PM

This Salvation Army store on Washington Ave. is a jewel in the nonprofit agency’s crown. It is large, bright and fun any day of the week. While there is clothing in the inventory, our favorite part of shopping here includes everything else. Looking for an old beach cruiser bicycle? A new set of matching china or a western saddle? Check, check, and check. Plus the store offers breath-taking sales. Call 713-869-3551 for details and plan to have fun. And the money you are spending at this particular location goes to supporting the rehabilitation of our troubled neighbors. The agency’s remarkable programs have helped thousands facing addiction find their way back to happy, productive lives. Salvation Army Auction 1015 Hemphill St.

If you are one of the those who don’t know about this, you should. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, folks-in-the-know bid on all manner of household items and electronics at a fast-moving auction supporting the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation programs. Brand new, king-sized mattresses are piled high. Used flat-screen TVs, and front loading washers and dyers are on deck. A broad array of items can be found here, day in and day out. “At our auction, people can purchase a whole house full of furniture at ridiculously low prices,” said Charles Sapp, Director of Development for the Salvation Army ARC Program. It is true. The only downside to this thrilling shopping experience is hauling your purchase away. Buyers have only until 2:30 p.m. before the crew starts loading the warehouse for the next day. Bring a truck.

The Purple Cat Resale, Thrift & Consignment Shop 2126 W. 34th Street Hours vary

The Purple Cat Resale, Thrift & Consignment Shop, now celebrating its first anniversary, is a little different from the others on our list. First, it is in two buildings sharing one parking lot. Both structures are chocked full of the unexpected – antiques, housewares, clothing, art and furniture. Perusing this store’s volume of inventory not only requires time, but it is so extensive, it may actually burn calories. (That’s a good thing.) Another of this store’s standout features is that 100 percent of the profit generated goes directly to animal rescue in the area. All the cashiers are volunteer and owner, Julia Kathryn Long, does not take a salary from the venture. What makes buying resale treasures at a savings, even better? Helping save animals’ lives when you do it. Call 281-888-7756 for hours. Alabama Furniture 4900 N. Shepherd Dr. Open until 6 p.m.

For those seeking quality gifts, unusual home decor, outdoor items, or the thrill of the hunt, (often at the best prices in Houston), a stop at Alabama Furniture is a must. This 30- year-old business is owned and operated by a local couple who have turned resale into an art. As one approaches the building, you will notice an array of entertaining yard items, fun furniture and sundries that foreshadows the intrigue within. Looking for a zebra-fur chaise lounge? A red leather sectional with fluffy black pillows? A hanging egg chair? A lamp shaped like an elephant tusk or an actual set of armor? Even estate jewelry can be found here. Be warned: not only is the inventory memorable, but the low prices will haunt thrift hunters who fail to take advantage of them. Manna Thrift Store 1806 W. 43rd St. Open until 5 pm.

This wonderful store is clean, well maintained and well organized. The prices on the varied inventory of clothing, housewares, furniture, toys, and more are extremely reasonable. If a shopper is lucky enough to catch a sale, the pricing dips into the “hard to believe” range. While it is small, Manna Thrift Store has proven itself a great choice for bagging big savings on treasures any day of the week. Notably, this thrift store is a true community effort. The donations come from people in the local area. The staff is all volunteer and the proceeds go to the Manna agency on 34th St., a nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance to local families who are in urgent need of a helping hand. Manna is a beautiful example of a community saving the planet through recycling, while helping each other at the same time.

Your own zen By Betsy Denson In a city of over two million people, sometimes you just want a place where you can find some peace and quiet and re-center. These nooks and crannies abound if you know where to look. Here are some convenient to Leader readers. Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Ave. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.5 p.m.

You can’t get more quiet than a cemetery. And this one, described by Houston Historical Tours’ Keith Rosen as the “River Oaks of the dead” has been around since 1871. In days of yore, people used to bring picnics to cemeteries to eat before or after their Sunday stroll. And while you may not want to eat, Glenwood is lovely place to walk, learn and reflect. Buried there is a who’s who of Houston - William P. Hobby, Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas, and Mary Edna Gearing, the first female full professor and department chair at UT, to name a few. The ethereal beauty Gene Tierney is here too, along with Howard Hughes. In death, as in life, Hughes is keeping his privacy – the family plot is fenced off. The Live Oak Quaker Meeting House, 1318 West 26th Avenue, behind Lowe’s

Part of Houston’s charm is the juxtaposition of the ordinary and the extraordinary. A prime example of this in The Leader area is the Live Glenwood Cemetery (photo by Betsy Denson) Oak Friends Meeting House, built in 2001. Renowned artist James Turrell and architect Leslie Elkins created a building that is beautifully spare for The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, who meet there each week. The focal point of the building is Turrell’s Skyspace, in which the open air is the ceiling courtesy of a 12-foot-long aperture. While visitors used to be able to visit the Skyspace every Friday in good weather, now they welcome visitors to Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Just because something has been around for a while, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate it anew. This 155-acre urban green space is yours to explore. Walk the inner loop trails to see ponds with lily pads and turtles or one of the eight other trails, including the Charlotte Couch Birding Platform which is a 20 minute hike from the main building and overlooks Buffalo Bayou. Great for bird watching and lowering your blood pressure. The Arboretum also offers nature inspired Food & Wine classes for adults as well as night excursions to see owls, among other nocturnal residents. Continued • Page 27

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White Oak Bayou Greenway

You never know what you’re going to see along the greenway. Slender white egrets, a crop of turtles, a flash of fins – it’s as close to nature as you’re going to get in the city. Beginning northwest of FM 1960, White Oak Bayou flows southeast almost parallel to Hwy. 290 toward downtown Houston where it joins together with Buffalo Bayou. For connectivity updates and greenway amenities, visit Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission free, donations accepted.

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The LEADER’s ‘Book of Lists’ CIVIC CLUBS Candlelight Plaza Civic Club President Mike Harryman www.candlelightplazacivicclub. com Candlelight Woods-Estates Homeowners Association President Skip Ward www.candlelightwoodsestates. com Sterling ASI Management Company 832-678-4500 Clark Pines Civic Association Tori Williams, Co-President Vicki Bailey, Co-President

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Houston Heights Association President: Stacey Courville 713-861-4002

Forest West Community Improvement Association P.O. Box 3488 Houston, TX 77253 President: David Ojeman Garden Oaks Civic Club Sheila Briones 281-685-8133 Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Garden Oaks Elementary School cafeteria, 901 Sue Barnett. Heights Lions Club 713-523-9151 houstonheights/ Meets noon second and fourth Thursdays at Spaghetti Western (1608 Shepherd Drive) Heights Rotary Club President: Rosemary Lengefeld Meets at Fratelli’s Restaurant (1330 Wirt Rd.) 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays Heights Woman’s Club 713-513-7846 www.houstonheightswomans-

Lazybrook Civic Club Judy Dyk Mangum Manor Civic Club P.O. Box 924305 Houston, TX 77292 Angela Smith Montie Beach Civic Club 832-303-0741 President: Angelica Schaefer Norhill Neighborhood Association P.O. Box 30021 Houston, TX 77249 President: Lawrence Febo Oak Forest Homeowners Association 713-688-6342 President: Donna O’Connor Rice Military P.O. Box 130311 Houston, TX 77219-0311 President: Andrea DeBaldo Shady Acres Civic Club President: Krystal Heinzen Shepherd Forest Civic Club President: David Hille P.O. Box 925282, Houston, 77292 Shepherd Park Plaza President: Tom Caver president@shepherdparkplaza. com Sunset Heights Houston Timbergrove Manor Civic Club President: Bill Morfey Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association President: Michael Norvell Woodland Heights Civic Association President: Casey Ballard

SUPER NEIGHBORHOODS The Leader area is served by four distinct Super Neighborhood groups:

The Central Northwest Super Neighborhood Council (Super Neighborhood 12) Neighborhoods\Organizations: Candlelight Estates Sec 1 Candlelight Estates POA Candlelight Place Sec. 3- 4 Candlelight Oaks Candlelight Oaks Village Candlelight Plaza Ella Lee Forest Garden Oaks Garden Oaks Plaza Mangum Manor Oak Forest Pinemont Park Square Shepherd Forest Shepherd Park Plaza Super Neighborhood 12 meets the fourth Wednesday of every other month (barring holiday weeks) 6:30 p.m. at the Candlelight Community Center (1520 Candlelight Ln.). Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council (Super Neighborhood 15) Neighborhoods/Organizations: Clark Pines Civic Association East Sunset Heights Association Heights West Home Owners Group Houston Heights Association Houston Heights Progressive Civic Club Lower Heights Civic Club Montie Beach Civic Club Park Square Homeowners Association Proctor Plaza Neighborhood Association Rotary Club of Houston Heights Shady Acres Civic Club Sunset Heights Civic Club Woodland Heights Civic Association Super Neighborhood 14 President: Chris Ochterbeck Neighborhood Organizations: Brookwoods Estates Civic Club Hidden Lakes Townhomes HOA Lazybrook Civic Club Timbergrove Court HOA Timbergrove Manor Civic Club Timbergrove Manor NA Timbergrove Terrace HOA Woodbend Grove HOA Super Neighborhood 22 – Washington Avenue/Memorial President: Tom Dornbusch Neighborhoods\Organizations: Old Sixth Ward West End Civic Club Magnolia Grove Civic Club

Rice Military Civic Club Crestwood/Glen Cove Cottage Grove Civic Club Camp Logan First Ward Woodcrest Neighborhood Civic Association Westwood Grove Memorial Heights The Superneighborhood 22 Council meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:308:30 p.m. at the MECA auditorium in the Old Sixth Ward’s historic Dow School building located at 1900 Kane St. 77007.

LIBRARIES Collier Regional Library 6200 Pinemont Houston, Texas 77092 832-393-1740 Collier Regional Library is currently closed for roof repairs. Oak Forest Library 1349 W. 43rd St. Houston, Texas 77018 832-393-1960 Hours Monday – Closed Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – Closed The After School Zone is offered for youngsters at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Oak Forest branch. Babytime, a program which offers books, songs and finger plays for infants, is provided from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Computer help sessions are also available at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Toddler Storytime beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Heights Neighborhood Library 1302 Heights Boulevard Houston, Texas 77008 832-393-1810 heights-neighborhood-library Hours Monday – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday – 10 p.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday – 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Friday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – Closed Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Heights Neighborhood Library offers an extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers and other resources along with a meeting for community events. During the school year, youngsters can drop by for the After School Zone at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Baby Time is offered at noon on Mondays, Laughter Yoga for adults is 11 a.m. Saturdays. Job seekers can also complete applications and prepare for interviews in a relaxed setting during Open Job Labs at noon on Wednesdays. Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning 1050 Quitman Houston, Texas 77009 832-393-1720 Hours Monday – 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday – 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday – 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursday – 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – Closed This campus offers residents a chance to engage in a variety of entertaining and educational activities. Families can relax with a movie on Monday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as part of Monday Movie Madness, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Family Fun Tuesdays begin each week at 10 a.m. with reading, songs and other activities for 1 to 4 year old children and their parents. Open Job Labs are open at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce 545 W. 19th St 713-861-6735 The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce aims to connect businesses with the resources they need to take their organizaContinued • Page 34

The Guide • October 29, 2016 • Page 34 Continued FROM • Page 33 tions to new heights (no pun intended.) The group offers monthly functions, networking opportunities for both business owners and customers and other promotions which appeals to a membership that reaches beyond the Heights and into central and North Houston. Other events include evening mixers, seminars and breakfast presentations. The chamber gives back to the community through charitable organizations, schools and other civic associations and has awarded nearly $350,000 in scholarships to area students. The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce President is currently Jacob Milwee. North Shepherd Community Alliance This group brings together businesses in the Oak Forest-Garden Oaks areas for discussion of common issues, networking, crime prevention and community service particularly for businesses located along the North Shepherd Drive corridor. The association’s president is currently Kathryn van der Pol. The Oaks Business Association A business networking group for businesses in, or belonging to, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Shepherd Park Plaza, Shepherd Forest, Candlelight Estates, Timbergrove Manor and other surrounding areas. Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce 3920 Cypress Creek Parkway, Suite 120 281-440-4160 Founded in 1974, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce operates in a challenging location of Houston, which has operated primarily as an unincorporated area without the benefit of a town hall, mayor or main street. To help fill this void, the group hosts, sponsors and supports numerous grassroots initatives designed to promote growth among the community and businesses in Northwest Houston. Ray Laughter is currently chair elect with the organization.

Waste, collected during even numbered months, at their curbside. According to the Solid Waste Management Department website, “Tree Waste” is defined as clean wood waste including tree branches, limbs and stumps. Note that lumber, furniture and treated wood is not accepted and junk waste may not be placed for collection during these months – which is January, March, May, July, September and November. Junk Waste is defined as items like furniture, appliances and other bulky items. Residents can also place up to four tires at the curb for collection during these months. Junk Waste months include February, April, June, August, October and December. Waste should be placed adjacent to the front curb between 6 p.m. the Friday before and 7 a.m. on the collection day. The services are also not available to multi-residential structures of more than eight units, according to the SWMD website. What sort of options do I have for recycling? Curbside recycling is currently available to 40,000 homes and an Automated Recycling Program for 211,000 homes. As part of the Curbside program, residents can place newspapers, magazines, telephone books, tin cans and other items in the same 18-gallon bin, collected on a bi-weekly basis. For the Automated program, residents can place unsorted recyclables in a 96-gallon green automated cart with wheels attached. A complete list of recycling service area maps can found online at www.houstontx. gov/solidwaste/recycling.html. Yard trimmings collection is also offered to citizens who receive the Automated Recycling Program. Grass clippings and leaves must be placed in city-approved compostable bags not weighing more than 50 pounds. How do I get rid of old electronics? Houston currently offers CompuCycle, a permanent electronic recycling site in the Spring Branch area. The facility, located at 7700 Kempwood, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Kempwood site can also accept common household recyclables. Among some of the items accepted include PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, projectors, car batteries and cell phones. The facility can be contacted by phone at 713-869-6700.


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The City of Houston has added more glass recycling drop off locations in recent weeks. Through a new partnership with Strategic Materials Inc., North America’s largest glass recycler, the City is trying to provide citizens with more options to recycle glass. Some glass recycling drop off boxes have been located at: • Salvation Army Donation Center, 2208 Washington Ave., accessible 24 hours • T.C. Jester Park, 4201 T C Jester Blvd., accessible during park hours These locations take glass beverage containers and jars. These locations have glass bins ONLY; they do not take other recyclables such as paper, plastic, etc. One can still drop off glass and other recyclables at City Neighborhood Depositories.

The SWMD offers six locations: • North 9003 N Main 77022 • Northwest 14400 Sommermeyer 77041 • Northeast 5565 Kirkpatrick 77028 • Southeast 2240 Central Street 77017 • South 5100 Sunbeam 77033 • Southwest 10785 SW Freeway 77074

How do I get rid of Tree Waste & Junk Waste? Residents can get rid of their Tree Waste, which is collected during odd numbered months, and Junk

How can I remember important dates for waste collection? The city of Houston recently launched its own smartphone app to help residents stay on top of trash collection. The “Rollout” app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones (available through iTunes and Google Play) and offers information and reminders about the various Solid Waste schedules for trash, junk waste tree waste collection and recycling.

Entertain your guests By Betsy Denson There’s no shortage of must see spots around Houston, but sometimes you don’t want to venture too far from home. With that in mind, here’s a round-up of places not to miss when sightseeing with your out of towners. The Beer Can House, Rice Military, 222 Malone St. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

Most people just drink beer but John Malkovich, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, turned his consumption into something much bigger. In the 1960s, Malkovich began to adorn his yard with marbles, rocks, and metal pieces. Not satisfied, he turned to the house itself and began to add aluminum (beer cans from “Whatever’s on special”) siding as well as other decorative items made from the cans. Ripley’s Believe It or Not estimates that over 50,000 cans are part of the house. Plan to spend 45 minutes there but if you just want to drive your guests by too, it’s definitely something to see. The Beer Can House is a permanent exhibit of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. If you feel like a drive, local artist Kiki Neumann suggests the new The Beer Can House (photo by Betsy Denson) Smithers Park (next to the Orange Show) off I-45 near Telephone Road. “Two of our Garden Oaks residents worked on the name signage for the park and the recycled letters came from my backyard,” she said. The Wilde Collection, 1446 Yale St. Hours: Monday-Saturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free to look

This place opened last year and has gained quite a following – because who doesn’t want to see the retired biologists entire wet specimen collection they just acquired as well as an articulated flying “dragon” in a glass dome and a Viaticum sick call set used in an exorcism? Owners Lawyer Douglas and Tyler Zottarelle are channeling Edgar Allen Poe and who knows who else in this most curious – and creepy – of curiosity shops. Continued • Page 36

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The ArtCar Museum, 140 Heights Blvd., Free, they accept donations Hours: Wed.-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

This private museum of contemporary art is also nicknamed the “Garage Mahal” for a reason. Houston has the largest number of art cars of any city and many of them spend some time at the museum. Bring a camera because the scrap metal and chrome exterior of the museum - created by car artist David Best – is a really fun visual. Besides the cars themselves, you can also watch videos of art car parades from past years. If you bring kids, watch them, because some of the pieces are not meant to be touched. Karbach Brewery, 2032 Karbach St. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. and Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission for Biergarten is $9 for a 9 oz glass and 4 tokens, or $13 for a pint and 3 tokens redeemable for Biergarten.

A fall-ish day in a lively garden, an amber liquid in your hand – the Karbach Brewery might be an easy sell. This German-style brewery has a gift shop and a restaurant serving a gastropub-style menu as well as brewery tours where you can get a full education on the craft beer

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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern at The Water Works, 105 Sabine St. Hours: Thursdays & Fridays: 3- 7 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Docent-led tours every 30 minutes. Tickets: $2 per person (no children under the age of 9 permitted) for a 30-minute docent-led tour. Free on Thursdays, but reservations still required.

The cistern opened in May and is very popular with both residents and tourists so visit the website well in advance to get tickets. http:// When the Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine project began in 2010, the cistern was discovered – or rediscovered – as it was the City of Houston’s first underground drinking-water reservoir. Built in 1927, it provided decades of service until it was drained when it sprang a leak that couldn’t be located. The 87,500-squarefoot expanse includes 25-foot tall columns set row upon row. The space is only accessible via small hatches that open to 14-foot ladders so some agility is required for the visit.

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