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While news of the sale of half of the building currently under lease to Foodarama in the Heights might have had some on edge, a representative with the grocer insists it’s not going anywhere. In fact, the store is celebrating a new sign, which comes after a series of improvements made to the store beginning in 2010. Director Kim Alepa said the 1805 Ella Blvd. location has been in the area since 1992 and boasts an interior remodeled in 2010 along with a repainted exterior. More recently, the store now features updated signage outside to reflect its many changes, such as an enhanced produce aisle and a more robust meat counter with additional
options for customers. “We have so many loyal customers in the Heights area,” Alepa said. “We have some of the same people shopping now that did so in 1992 and now their children and, in some cases, their grandchildren are coming in.” That same dedicated base also approached management directly regarding a story posted to The Leader’s website, which described the sale of nearly a 12,000 square feet portion of the building to another owner. According to a report by ReBusiness Online, Marcus & Millichap arranged the sale of the property, and a representative with the organization said the building had previSee Foodarama P. 5A
Photo by Jonathan Garris Residents who frequent the Foodarama in the Heights area can breathe a sigh of relief - the grocery mainstay says it isn’t going anywhere despite having a new owner for half of its building.
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Photo by Betsy Denson The third graders at Browning are taking their reading to a whole new level.
Home Sweet Home New home buyers can expect increased inventory and more time to make a decision in the current market, but they may not get as sweet a deal as they hope. Find out what your neighbors are doing in the current market as well as what Boulevard Realty’s Bill Baldwin thinks about things. Hint - he’s optimistic and thinks the market balancing is a good thing.
Browning Elementary students celebrate own ‘Final Four’ victory By Betsy Denson email@example.com The third graders in Jennifer Crow’s third grade class really like to show off their new trophy. “We got it on a field trip to the University of Houston,” said Jose Garcia, clutching it proudly. The trophy, shared by all the third grade students at Browning, is the result of the schools top four finish in the NCAA Team Works Read to the Final Four Literacy Program. And they are going for the championship. Crow talks about ‘when they win’, not ‘if they win.’ If however, they don’t come out on top, there have been rewards aplenty. Nearly 6,800 Houston Independent School District third-graders participated in a bracket-themed reading challenge as part of the NCAA Team Works Read to the Final Four Literacy Program, according to HISD. The competition was created by the district in partnership with the Houston NCAA Final Four Local Organizing Committee, Houston Public Library, and the University of Houston. It’s fitting as Houston will host the 2016 NCAA Men’s
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Community, businesses gear up for The Leader’s annual event for seniors The Leader and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights are once again inviting local seniors out to the third annual Senior Expo for a day of informative fun, food and a chance to take home gift cards for local businesses. The event will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SPJST Lodge 88, located at West 15th St. and Beall St. Attendees will have the chance to meet and greet with a variety of different vendors offering services like healthcare, insurance and transportation while listening to professionals tackle subjects like maximizing social security and how to take advantage of Medicare. Speakers include Toni King, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, Dignity Funeral and Kathryn van der Pol of Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage. Food at the event will be provided by Raising Cane’s and Shipley’s Donuts. The Leader will also be giving away $500 in gift cards to attendees for use at various local businesses. Vendors in attendance this year include UT Health Physicians, United Health Care, Master Car Care, Mosquito Joe and Mildread Holeman Realty among the nearly 70 tables for attendees to meet and greet at. A refreshment bar will also be available as well as coffee and tea for those looking for an extra boost while meeting with local professionals. Frank Vasquez, associate publisher and sales manager, said the event has continued to see substantial growth and this year’s aims to be the best yet. “This is a unique opportunity for residents to come out and have a fun day meeting with local businesses,” Vasquez said. “There really is no other event like this in our community. We invite everyone to come out and join us.” Jonathan McElvy said the event is part of continuing efforts by The Leader to connect residents with services and local professionals. “As a community newspaper, we have the chance to give back to our residents by providing valuable resources like our Senior Expo,” McElvy said. For a schedule of speakers and further information, turn to the enclosed Senior Living Guide in this week’s issue, visit www.theleadernews.com or call 713-686-8494.
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Houston Parks Board set for second annual Bayou Greenway Day File Photos by Jonathan Garris (Top) Seniors meet with representatives of the Harriet & Joe Foster Family YMCA about programs for seniors at last year’s Senior Expo. (Above) Be sure to check out the cover story for this year’s Senior Living Guide for a special feature on a Heights-area artist and what might happen to a certain iconic sculpture in our area.
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the burglary of home on the block in which a glass rear door was broken and tools and guns were taken. When Precinct 1 and HPD first arrived on the burglary scene they spotted the suspects in a nearby driveway and apprehended them after a brief foot chase. The
stolen property was returned to its owner and the juveniles are considered suspects in two other house break-ins in the Heights Garden Oaks/Shepherd Park Plaza Crime Alert On Monday night, March
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The Obituaries. Doris Jeanne Bear, 89, born March 22, 1925, died March 19. She is survived by her children Robin Bear, Karla Farrack and Karen Garrett, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Edward L. Bench, Sr., 89, July 31, 1926 in Bremond, Texas, died March 18. Bench is survived by his children Leonard M. Bench, Martha Janda, William Bench, Eddie Bench Jr., Barbara Wiechkoske, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Gynella Greer Brazier, 89,
born Jan. 25, 1927 in Crosbyton, Texas, died March 3. She is survived by her son David Brazier, daughter, Jackie Brazier Hendrix, and one grandson.
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90, born June 16, 1925, died March 1. She is survived by her son Anthony Cemino, daughters Bernadine Ponzica, Mary Mandola, and Paula White, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
David Marvin Clark, 58, born June 12, 1957, died Feb. 28. He is survived by his parents, William and Ruby Clark, son David “Beau” Beaumont Clark, siblings Christine Clark, Eddie Clark, Douglas Clark and Matthew Clark.
daughter Kelly Ann Hilton-Fortson, sisters Joyce, Wanda and Jacquelin Hilton, brother Jeffery Hilton and a granddaughter.
Willie Jimenez, 73, born March 14, 1942, died Feb. 29. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Jimenez, son Albert Jimenez, daughters, Brenda Jimenez, and Nancy Metcalf, sister Mary Elena Hernandez, five grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren.
Georgella Echols, 90, born Nov. 11, 1925 in Iredell, Texas, died March 13. She is survived by sons, Richard and Matthew Echols. Manuel M. Hernandez,
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said Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department, in the release. “We’re excited to see the improvements that BG2020 is bringing to the bayous and the access to greenspace that these improvements bring for park users.” The celebrations are part of the city’s continued efforts to improve the bayous as part of the Bayou Greenways 2020
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About one-third of the planet, or roughly 2.1 billion people, are Christians. Each spring, this large subset of the population celebrates the religious miracle that is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lenten season is one of the holiest times of the year on the Christian calendar. This is a period of 40 days and nights that begins with Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent and lasts through Easter Sunday. Many Christians celebrate Easter, but may not know the significance or meaning behind certain days on the Lenten calendar. Here is a primer on the Lenten season for Christians and non-Christians alike. Ash Wednesday In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the season when one prepares for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday always falls 46 days before Easter and will vary according to the calendar. Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means parishioners are expected to attend mass to mark the beginning of the holy season. During the mass, celebrants receive ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads. The ashes are made from burning the blessed palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday mass. In ancient times ashes were worn as a symbol of sorrow, repentance and acknowledgement of sins. Nowadays, ashes allow Christians to humbly display an outward sign that they are aware of their shortcomings and are cleansing their souls in the preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Palm Sunday Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and it is a day of obligation when Christians attend mass, where they receive fronds of blessed palms. Occurring a week before Easter, Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King. Holy Thursday Holy Thursday is the Thursday preceding Easter Sunday. It marks Jesus Christ’s last supper with his disciples. His act of breaking bread and offering it as His “body,” and sharing wine as His “blood,” has become an integral part of the Christian mass. It is representative of Christ giving up His life in place of our sins. Good Friday Good Friday is also known as Black Friday, but not to be mistaken with the Thanksgiving Black Friday. It is the day that Jesus had to march to his crucifixion site carrying an extremely heavy wooden cross. Jesus was mocked, spit on, tortured, and forced to wear a crown of thorns during His journey after being arrested by Judas and then suffering at the hands of Pontius Pilate. After being nailed to the cross at His
palms and ankles, Jesus suffered for six hours before He died. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the people. Easter Sunday The holiest day of the season is Easter Sunday. On this day, Jesus rose from His tomb. Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found Jesus missing. Jesus then approached her and showed how he was again alive. His disciples were shocked at the appearance of his resurrected self, furthering their faith in him as the Son of God.
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When the nature of ‘no design’ descends into a poor design It’s not exactly controversial to say that Houston’s massive sprawl is on the city’s greatest weaknesses. The lack of substantial public transportation, abysmal highways and traffic do little to help the situation. It’s why I wasn’t exactly surprised to see Houston ranked among the worst-designed cities in the US, according to Thrillist. The reaction on social media when the Chronicle picked up the story was passionate to say the least. People will generally defend where they’re from, particularly if they take pride in the individual quirks they believe set it apart from everywhere else. Perhaps the only comment was one of the reigning ideas that Houston was not “designed,” but “grew organically,” and was somehow superior to other parts of the country. I have to stop when I see that, mainly on the principle that having no design is just as bad as poor design. As much as I’ve enjoyed my time here, I disagree that having the city simply grow in any general direction with no one at the reins has been the best direction. There are clear advantages and disadvantages – both I can see here in the Heights area. The unique blend of communities, restaurants, neighborhood pubs and bars, mixed in with public greenspaces and parks is lovely though it would be better if you could actually get around well without a car. The lack of zoning has led to diverse neighborhoods all over our area, filled with businesses small and large with plenty of competition and eager customers. Perhaps one of the largest caveats I’ve seen came from a recent back-and-forth spat online in the Rice Military area. To recap, apparently a number of residents were frustrated with a homeowner who had been renting their home out through Airbnb. To the distress of the surrounding residents, the renters had been opting to use it as a noisy party lounge. Fortunately, the matter was resolved by the homeowner, but it echoes an article in the New York Times that covered a New Orleans neighborhood where some feel “shortterm strangers” are squeezing out long-term residents in favor of extra Airbnb properties and how the dynamics of communities are shifting substantially. There are some clear regulation issues with such properties as they do blur the line between residential and commercial land use. For other cities, navigating the regulations for these types of properties must be akin to getting around a minefield, and other parts of the country have already begun exploring regulating home sharing and establishing clear outlines of what can and can’t be done. Here in Houston, I doubt there will ever be
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such regulations mainly because that whole “zoning” thing is an utterly foreign concept. I know plenty of people love the lack of zoning here – I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with it – but living in a city that lacks zoning makes facing these issues ultimately more challenging. The city’s Department of Planning & Development does maintain development regulations, yes, but it appears to be a far cry from other major metropolitan areas. After living near areas like New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore for so many years, there are still stretches of the outskirts of Houston that I find only to be a patchwork of strip malls with endless stretches of dull, gray concrete and traffic that seemingly never moves. But in traveling all across the country, I’ve also realized that these commercial corridors aren’t uniquely Houston but appear to be more an general American thing. As you get closer to the city and into communities like the Heights, that sort of endless sprawl gives way to diverse communities, filled with businesses and establishments that ooze personality and pride. I say all of this not out of disdain for the city, but because there are so many aspects of Houston that are genuinely great but also so many things holding it back from being a truly world-class city. Not having even just a general vision for the city and allowing development to run rampant now puts our communities in binds when small pieces of land suddenly become home to 12 families and the streets all remain untouched and unable to handle the extra traffic. But at the same time, that sense of progress in development has helped lead the city and the Heights area into a consistently healthy economy with a real estate market that has only felt the tightening belt of the oil crunch fairly recently. While the adoption of a general plan had some of our city officials patting each other on the back, I can only wonder how the city would look had such a plan been developed in earnest decades ago.
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Dear Editor: As a 60’s graduate of Reagan High, I feel compelled to weigh in on the matter of school name changing and the banishment of the memory of the men who fought for the South in the Civil War. Slavery has been around since biblical times and is not just of one color. Slavery is an abomination but it was legal before the Civil War. The North was more industrialized, the South depended on agriculture and relied heavily on manpower to work the fields. This divided the country into two. This country was founded by thirteen colonies in the Northeast and the British government in control. Fed up by the dictates of the crown, they rebelled against England in a war that lasted almost ten years before winning their freedom. Thirteen southern states were fed up by the dictates of the US government and they rebelled and lost after five years of war. The leaders of the colonies such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others were slave owners. After the Revolutionary War slavery still existed. Those who fought for the Colonies are now called Patriots. The men of the Confederacy are called Rebels! Both did the same thing – rebel against the authority that controlled their lives. So, should we now demand to change the name of Washington D.C.? Tear down the Washington Monument or Jefferson’s Monticello or any of the colonists’ memorials because they supported and participated in slavery? I have read that at the beginning of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee released his slaves. Ulysses S. Grant (future president) did not release his slaves. I cannot see any justification for name changing and destruction of statues and memorials because some people have an axe to grind against the South. They should study history and not try to revise it. About 6% of the population of the South owned slaves – the aristocratic plantation owners. David L. Denny
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Dear Editor: The comment from former Reagan teacher Mr Holle is very much appreciated
Email us your letters: email@example.com because he and his wife are examples of the fine quality teachers who taught and mentored our grads since Reagan was founded. May God bless all our teaches past and present. My father not only lived through the Great Depression but grew up at an orphanage near Reagan working after his classes to help support he and his sister. He graduated from Reagan in 1934 and went on to raise children who also graduated from Reagan.The name of one close relative is inscribed at the John H. Reagan WW11 Memorial on Heights Boulevard. He was wearing his Reagan ring when severely injured, he was never to walk again. However his name is but one of over 2,700 names of Reagan and Heights veterans so honored for their service in the war.Through the years many Reagan grads, male and female, have continued to serve in every War since including many from Korea to Viet Nam and Afghanistan. Today that tradition of serving our country continues as Reagan is proud to have an ROTC which has for many years been recognized and rewarded as one of the best ROTC Units in the country. Ron Dear Editor: There was an article on channel 13 about the huge deficit that HISD is facing. 107 million is owed to the state of Texas due to the “Robin Hood” system where wealthy districts must give to poor districts. I dont think that taxpayers can afford any more of the actions of this inept board and the liars who serve on it. Jim White
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Dear Editor: Has Lynn Ashby heard of Lois Lerner? Know anything about 501c(4)’s. Is this Marine all there? I’ll take his dream job for half the salary if you want to fire him. I can try to be funny too. Eric Lairson
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Dear Editor: You must be talking about the 4 way stop in front of Discount Tires. I could sit in their parking lot all day and be totally entertained by the idiots at that intersection. Of course, a margarita from Tony’s would only add to the enjoyment. Rita Burton
Dear Editor: How did this go from whining about a local 4-way stop to a pathetic pro-Trump op-ed? What an awkward attempt at analogy. Mr. Robot
All Texas newcomers need to know about us WITH SANTA ANNA - Day after day I march through soggy fields, open salt grass, past farms and villages burned to the ground by fleeing Texians. Man, this victorious conquest is the pits. But the General says our brilliant victories should end just ahead, at a place called San Jacinto. Viva, Santa Anna! OK, so I’m drawing up the rear guard, but the Napoleon of the West and his army did pass right through what is today Houston 180 years ago – so did the Texas Army – and even today various belt buckles, bullets, bones and, perhaps someday two cannons, turn up in someone’s backyard. Armies are trashy, and “Don’t Mess With Texas” was not yet a bumper sticker on most ox carts. The reason we are discussing this now is that these are Texas’ High Holy Days, that period between the fall of the Alamo on March 6, the Runaway Scrape and the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21. We have so many newcomers around, with more coming daily, we need to bring them up to speed on what happened before they arrived. I mean, Texas may be greatly improved by the newcomers, but a few things happened earlier. At the beginning, the first foreigners to come were the Spanish conquistadors looking for the Seven Cities of Gold, although rumors had it there were actually four more, giving us the expression, “Seven come eleven.” Mexico won its independence from Spain only to find its northern provinces were the target of U.S. intensions, so the Mexican gov-
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ernment wished to place a buffer between the U.S. and Mexico. Settlers were invited to build towns, suburbs and high school football stadiums in Tejas, which is a Comanche word for “scalps,” Bad blood developed between the Mexican central government and the new arrivals over freedoms, tyranny and whether beans belong in chili. It was then that Santa Anna proclaimed; “Read my lips. No new Texas.” Every Texas school child knows the story of the Alamo, but there are still myths about the saga. No, Travis did not draw a line in the sand. It was dirt. They don’t call it Sand Antonio. Yes, there was a backdoor to the Alamo. That’s why there’s an Oklahoma. One defender did actually refuse to cross the line and left. His name was Moses Rose, but, no, he is not the Yellow Rose of Texas. No, Davy Crockett did not surrender, as he said many times afterwards. An update: There are plans to restore the mission to 1836, but, no, Ben and Jerry’s is not opening a shop in the plaza called Remember the A La Mode. This brings us, and two armies, to San Jacinto. Among the Texian troops, 30 were led by Don Erasmo Seguin. Since none of the Texian troops wore a uniform, and since most of the
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Tejanos didn’t speak English, or differentiate his troops from the enemy, Sequin had his men put a playing card in their hat bands, although he didn’t have enough to go around. Seguin told the captured Santa Anna afterwards, “Never take on anyone not playing with a full deck.” This quote may be a myth, but speaking of myths, it is not true that the official state song is “The Eyes of Texas,” although it should be. No, Texas cannot secede from the U.S. at any time. That is a myth spread by the other 49 states. It is also a myth that only Texas can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. It is true we can divide Texas into as many as five different states. That would give us five Texas legislatures. No thanks. Another point: West, Texas, is not in West Texas. There is a difference in the Tea Party and Teasips. One group wears funny costumes, chants mindless slogans and beats up opposing teams. The others are college students. While on higher education, Bevo is not one of the Marx Brothers, but all are dead. We have two organizations called Texas Rangers. One encourages stealing home. The other makes you sacrifice. Both are known to use bats. Marching on, as we are nearing San Jacinto to claim our victory, I get reports of how these Texians deal with guns in classrooms, women’s rights, pollution and demagogic politicians, I feel Santa Anna was right -- Texas is not ready for self government. Ashby is friendly at ashby2@ comcast.net © Copyright 2016 McElvy Media LLC
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Browning from P. 1A they can read during recess.â&#x20AC;? Every time Browning has advanced in the program, each student receives a free book. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are high interest, really beautiful hard cover books,â&#x20AC;? Crow said. According to an HISD blog, the winning school will be announced in April and will receive a $5,000 cash prize, Final Four trophy, campus celebration, and recognition at an official Final Four event. All four finalists are invited to NRG Stadium on April 1 to the NCAA Fan Fest. To say they are excited is an understatement. In addition, a child at each school who has shown great improvement in reading will get a new bike. Browningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical education teacher Jocelyn Moten was tapped by Principal Julia Elizondo to be the coordinator for the school.
Basketball Final Four April 2-4 at NRG Stadium. The students at 64 participating elementary schools had the chance to advance in the literacy bracket based on the amount of time their students spent reading. Schools with the highest average number of reading minutes got to continue in the competition. Browning has made the cut through the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and then to the Final Four, and now they are down the wire. Third grader Nathan Calamaco said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now reading an hour a day. Xavier Carrasco said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be reading that much anyway but is enjoying the competition. Crow, who has been a teacher in HISD for 22 years, said her students tell her they can feel themselves getting smarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are reading like crazy,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to know if
â&#x20AC;&#x153;She heard NCAA and thought of me,â&#x20AC;? said Moten. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very organized so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked out well.â&#x20AC;? Moten got a team together to tabulate and compile the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reading minutes and has also attended trainings and pep rallies with the students. Assistant Principal Priscilla Rivas said the program has been a complete success at the school where although more than 95 percent of students come from low-income communities, the parents value education and there are very few discipline problems. She said it has especially been helpful for the bilingual transitional class, which for the first time this year has all lessons in English. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Third grade is a transitional year,â&#x20AC;? she noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and our students have gained a great deal of confidence through Read to the Final Four.â&#x20AC;?
Foodarama from P. 1A ously been two businesses that was later converted into one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you stand inside of Foodarama, you can literally see where it was once two different buildings,â&#x20AC;? Associate Evan Altemus said. It was previously home to an Eckerdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pharmacy and one other business. However, Alepa quashed any fears that the store would
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The calendar. FISH FRY American Legion Post 560 The Ladies Auxiliary Unit 560, 3720 Alba Road, will host their monthly Fish Fry and live entertainment on Friday, March 26, from 6 p.m. until sold out. The cost is $8 per plate. Information: 713-682-9287, www.facebook. com/AmLegionPost560/, americanlegionpost560.org. BAYOU GREENWAY DAY OFHA, Inc. Walk, bike, run, stroll, play, picnic and explore at a free outdoor festival along White Oak Bayou Greenway. Bayou Greenway Day will be full of interactive activities, music, food and fun for the whole family. OFHA will be participating at this event and Animal Justice League will have an adoption booth. The event will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26, at T.C. Jester Park. Information: www.facebook.com/ events/183519102012261/ MONTHLY HAPPY HOUR HYPO Meet, network, socialize and make direct connections with other professionals. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heights Young Professionals Organization event will be hosted at The Boot, 1206 W. 20th St., who will be providing complimentary appetizers and happy hour drink pricing. Live music will be provided by Ruckus. The event
will be from 5-8 p.m. March 31. Information: email@example.com, 713-861-6735. FREE WORKOUT CLASSES Oak Forest Neighborhood Library Oak Forest Neighborhood Library, 1349 W. 43rd St., is offering free workout classes every Thursday evening. Join the E-Fit class, where library staff will also work out with Leslie Sansoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Just Walk DVDs. Get lean in 2016. Please consult with your doctor before attending this program. Bring a water bottle and a towel. The class is held from 6-7 p.m., March 31. Information: 832-3931960. COMMUNITY DANCE SPJST Lodge 88 The SPJST Lodge 88, 1435 Beall St., will host the Moonglow Orchestra, Big Band Music, from 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. April 2. The cost is $15 per person. There is a dress code. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Enjoy complimentary dance instruction before all Saturday night dances, starting at 7:30 p.m. and during intermission. Reservations held only 30 minutes past start of dance. Information: 713-8695767, lodge88.org. PROM DRESS GIVE-AWAY Lone Star College-CyFair The 12th Annual Prom Dress
Give-Away benefiting teens without the financial means to purchase a dress for prom this spring is set at Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library, Rm. 131, 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Sunday, April 3 from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and Saturdays April 2, April 15 and April 23 from 1-4 p.m. Dresses are free to the recipients thanks to community donations. All dress sizes 0-30 (plus sizes are in most need) and accessories are accepted year-round. Information: elise.j.sheppard@lonestar. edu, 281-290-5248. THE FOREIGNER Houston Family Arts Center Larry Shueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award winning comedy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Foreigner,â&#x20AC;? is coming to the Houston Family Arts Center, 10760 Grant Rd. This madcap farce will debut on the Garza Main Stage through April 3. Visit the website for showtimes and tickets. Information: www. houstonfac.com, 281-587-6100. AARP MONTHLY MEETING AARP Chapter 1265 The monthly meeting will be held at 10 a.m., April 4, in the community room at 1520 Candlelight Ln. Special guest will be Ralais Harper, Rehabilitation Therapy Fitness Instructor at YMCA on West 34th. The meeting is open to anyone 50 or older, and will be preceded by a meetand-greet at 9:30 a.m. Informa-
tion: 713-682-4022. JOINT PAIN SEMINAR Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Memorial Hermann Greater Heights will be hosting a complimentary Joint Pain Seminar at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8. Everyone is welcome to attend this event which will cover advancements in the prevention and treatment of joint pain and sports injuries. For more information or to register, call 713-222-CARE. CRAWFISH FEST 5050 Acorn Come out to the Crawfish Fest and support the revitalization of Oak Forest Park. There will be Cajun cuisine, craft beer, putting and football toss contests with prizes, games, and activities for the kids. Co-chairs of the event are Kendall Spangler and Elyssa Horvath. The City does not have Oak Forest Park designated at this time for any public funding, so it is up to the community to help its improvements. The event will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 9. Crawfish plates are $20 through April 1 or $15 for a sausage plate ($25 and $20 after April 1). Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: www.myoakforest. org/events/2016-crawfish-fest.
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Immanuel Lutheran holds Easter egg hunt Immanuel Lutheran, 1440 Cortlandt St., will be hosting their Sixth Annual Easter Celebration at 10 a.m. March 26. Activities will include an Easter egg hunt of more than 2,000 eggs, games, activities, refreshments and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Immanuel would also like to welcome the community to worship services on Easter Sunday morning. Worship with Communion is 7 a.m., Easter Breakfast is 8:30 a.m., and at 10 a.m. is non-Communion worship. Call 713-864-2651 for information. Oaks Presbyterian celebrates Easter Oaks Presbyterian Church, at 1576 Chantilly, welcomes the community to Easter Sunday worship service, egg hunt and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. March 27. The annual church garage sale is from 8 a.m.-noon, April 2, with no early deals or sales. Items for sale will include
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Holy Week services at St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Methodist Church, 600 Pecore, is holding upcoming worship services in preparation for Easter. Maundy Thursday will be at 7 p.m. March 24. Good Friday, Service of Tenebrae is at 7 p.m. March 25. Holy Saturday, Service of Light is 7 p.m. March 26. Easter Sunday morning worship is 8:30 a.m., followed at 9:30 a.m. with the Easter egg hunt and breakfast. Later worship service is at 10:50 a.m. Call 713-861-3104 or visit www.smumc.org for information.
St. Ambrose to hold annual bazaar St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum, will hold their annual bazaar from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 24. The Telstars will perform. The show will start at 3 p.m. Bring the family for food, fun and entertainment. The theme for this year is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Underestimate the Power of Faith.â&#x20AC;? The bazaar committee is looking for groups, companies and/or individuals for sponsorships. For information, call 281-851-6324 or 713-4439254. Call 713-686-3497 or visit stambrosehouston.org for information.
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St. Matthewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holds free pancake breakfast The monthly free pancake breakfast will be held April 2, 8:30-10 a.m., in the fellowship hall. The community is welcome to come and share in the meal, then stay for the Treasure Sale. This will be a fundraising event for the church. Many items will be available for purchase at the garage/ treasure sale. Come share in the food, fun and fellowship. St. Matthewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Call 713697-0671 or visit stmatthewsmethodist.org for information. Bravura Concert to be held at All Saints The Bravura Concert Series
TALC announces special closing dates All Saints Third Age Learning Center (TALC), 215 E. 10th St., is announcing the following dates the senior program will close to observe Holy Week. TALC will be closed in observance of Holy Week, Thursday, March 24 and on Good Friday, March 25. TALC will reopen for a full schedule of activities at 9 a.m. Monday, March 28. For information, call 713248-1277. TALC holds various classes for seniors All Saints Third Age Learning Center (TALC), 215 E. 10th St., offers classes and activities
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SPRING FLING AND SOCIAL Sunset Heights Civic Club Come out and meet neighbors and talk to law enforcement. Bring the whole family for cupcake walk, games, bake-off, raffle and homemade ice cream. The event will be from 2-5 p.m. April 16, at Sojourn Church, 608 Aurora St. All proceeds support the Sunset Heights Civic Club. Information: bob.gaspard@gmail. com.
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I’ll have a side of FotoFest with my coffee please On my walk Tuesday morning, I was sorting a few story ideas to bring you this week. My destination was 2nd Cup at 1111 E. 11th St. and moments after ordering breakfast and turning around - it was this week’s feature. Gracing one long wall and on gallery panels is the work of Eric Hartley titled - Changing Circumstances: Looking At The Future Of The Planet, Through The Lens Of Houston Street Art. You’ve seen “purposeful” graffiti all over Houston, yet somehow Hartley manages to capture it in the same fleeting way we may see it in passing. I like his better than the real thing. 2nd Cup is part of FotoFest 2016 Biennial - to be more specific t it is the 16th International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Arts, taking place March 12-April 24, 2016. Where? All over Houston, literally. In the Heights, FotoFest locations in addition to A 2nd Cup include Payless Insulation, Gspot Gallery, Redbud Gallery, The Vineyard Church of Houston and Cottonwood. All this may have you asking, what is FotoFest? “Founded in 1983, FotoFest International was established to promote international awareness of museum-quality photobased art from around the world,” according to their website. “FotoFest is a non-profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston,Texas. The first FotoFest Biennial was held in 1986. It is the first and longest running photographic arts festival in the United States. It is considered as one of the leading international photography Biennials in the world.” How cool is that? Right here in Houston, folks. Get out there and check it out. There are a multitude of artist talks, lectures and exhibits in places you may not frequent otherwise. A 2nd Cup is a good example. This slightly
Eric Hartley’s gallery titled - Changing Circumstances: Looking At The Future Of The Planet, Through The Lens Of Houston Street Art.
off the beaten path coffee shop is a non-profit whose mission is fighting human trafficking in our city, to raise awareness and fund after-care solutions. The space is big, clean, has Wi-Fi, great coffee and very tasty offerings from the kitchen, which is what brought me back. There is live music, dance and yoga instruction among the growing list of activities. Find more on Facebook “a2ndcup”. Chat with Eric Hartley at 538studio.com and get all the details, schedules and locations for the Biennial at FotoFest.org. Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@ gmail.com or visit him on the web at ArtValet. com.
A second view of feature artist Eric Hartley’s gallery, located at A 2nd Cup.
Ginger & Fork brings refreshing customer service By Christina Martinez Christina@theleadernews.com I made my way over to Ginger & Fork for a Friday dinner last week. The restaurant had been open for a mere four days. As I walked up to the restaurant, the door was opened for me by the hostess and I was pleasantly greeted with abundant smiles. I sat at the bar for dinner and two nice gentlemen took care of me. Dinner this evening was going to be light, since I’ve been watching my girlish figure more than usual. I ordered a glass of prosecco to start, while moseying through the menu. I eventually decided on the egg white beef soup, the steamed dumplings and the lettuce wraps. For dessert, the ginger parfait and a Hot Child In The City cocktail. Service was steady throughout the night and Mary Li (and her partners), one of Ginger & Fork’s partners, stopped by from table to table to ask her diners how dinner was and thanked them for coming in. What I took away from my visit, besides a great meal, drink and experience, was hearing Li and her partners talk about their sole location. They didn’t talk of big plans to expand or building a restaurant empire. They just talked about building on their piece of the neighbor-
hood and that’s refreshing to hear in a steadily growing community with dining and entertainment at the forefront. Ginger & Fork is located at 4705 Inker St. Ask Mary to make you a drink when you stop in.
Photo by Christina Martinez Ginger & Fork’s Mary Li and her Hot Child In The City cocktail.
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Oak Forest resident celebrates 100th beer dinner at Rudyard’s British Pub When Oak Forest resident Joe Apa started his beer dinners in 2007 at Rudyard’s British Pub, the craft brewery scene didn’t quite look like it does today. Apa recalls those beginning days when some breweries barely had enough beers to showcase during his five course, five beer dinner or not enough at all. Fast forward to 2016 and Apa’s 100th beer dinner, where the brewery lineup is dominated by Texas favored powerhouses. Apa is switching things up to celebrate his 100th beer dinner on Saturday, April 2 and he’s invited a few friends from the brewery and a few from the kitchen. On the brewery lineup, you’ll find Real Ale Brewing Co., Saint Arnold Brewing, Karbach Brewing Co., Southern Star Brewing Co., (512) Brewing Co., Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., B-52 Brewing Co., 8th Wonder Brewing Co., Lone Pint Brewing Co. and Brash Brewing Co. “The brewery lineup was hard to narrow down to ten, but it’s definitely a nod to all the locals,” Apa said. On the celebrity chef lineup, you can expect creative dishes from Jason Kerr with Treadsack, Mike McElroy with The Durham House, Lyle Bento with Southern Goods, Jody Stevens with Jody Cakes, Brian Coltrin with CCSD, Mike Sammons with Mongoose vs. Cobra, Lindsey Schechter with Houston Dairymaids, Richard Kaplan with Weights + Measures, and Joe Apa and Mickey Morales with Rudyard’s British Pub. “Each brewery is bringing a specialty brewed beer for the event and each of these beers will be paired with a chef to create their own original dinner,” Apa said. “That’s ten beers and ten courses. Our friends from Sullivan’s Happy Heart Farm in Guy, Texas, have also donated a whole local, pasture-raised Hampshire pig that we will be roasting. And on the music lineup, The Journey Agents will be out with us.” In an effort to raise funds and bring awareness to local organization, Recipe for Success, Apa and Rudyard’s British Pub will be donating the net proceeds from this year’s event. The program teaches children about good food and how to cook it and Apa said it was only natural to include the organization in one of his biggest accomplishments. “Recipe for Success has grown tremendously from where I saw it start,” Apa said. “I got involved in 2008 and now to see how far they’ve come has been epic. I’ve been involved with Rodriguez Elementary and their fourth grade program from the start. Fourth grade is so much fun because they’re like sponges, ready and eager to learn the recipes I have for them.” While getting ready for this month’s event, Apa said he never thought his beer dinners
Photo by Christina Martinez Oak Forest resident Joe Apa, executive chef at Rudyard’s British Pub enjoying a breakfast beer.
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