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No plans to widen 43rd, despite traffic spike By Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com

West 43rd St. was among the most prominent corridors discussed during the City of Houston’s Northwest Mobility Study meeting on April 2 at the Candlelight Community Center. The city’s Planning & Development Department began the Northwest study last year and released most of its findings last week. They’ll take public comments and recommendations from residents through May 2. The entire study and the public comment section are available online at houston-northwest.org The Northwest study was the city’s first suburban Mobility Study. The study’s vast

During public hearings, representatives of the city have suggested a bike lane may be added to the highly-trafficked street. area has 54,000 residents and extends northsouth from Loop 610 to Beltway 8 and eastwest between U.S. Hwy. 290 and I-45. To put that population into perspective, the Heights is 11 square miles with the same number of residents. W. 43rd Street is a 38-mile long road that, under other names, extends into Waller County. But its distance in the study is 6.5 See Traffic, P. 5A

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The Friends of Woodland Park will celebrate the reforestation of the park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Mayor Annise Parker will speak at the event. The park was damaged by City Homes last spring, but the company reached a monetary settlement with the city to repair the damaged portion of the park. “We want to thank those who had a hand in resolving the matter and in the reconstruction effort,” said Pat Rutledge, director and treasurer of Friends of Woodland Park Inc.

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n less than two weeks, The Leader, along with presenting sponsor Memorial Hermann, and major sponsors Kroger, Houston Highway Credit Union and Kelsey Care, will host the inaugural 2014 Senior Expo. The event, slated for April 23 at SPJST Lodge #88, is a first-of-itskind day of activities for seniors who live in and around our neighborhoods. But before that happens, we’re bringing you a special publication geared toward seniors about

issues that impact their lives every day. From volunteer opportunities to health and financial tips, today’s edition of The Leader includes a new section called Senior Living. Inside the pages of that section, you’ll also find a complete program to the April 23 Senior Expo. From a list of all the businesses participating to a map of the exhibition hall, we’ve designed a publication that gets you ready for the big event. Enjoy.

Houston law enforcement officials are on the lookout for a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman in the Heights earlier this week. According to Constable Alan Rosen’s office, a woman left her home around 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7, walking near the intersection of Cornell Street and Aurora Street. She The suspect noticed a gray in this latest pick-up truck case was seen driving slowly in a gray GMC or Chevrolet in the area, and truck, and as she prepared Constable to cross an inAlan Rosen tersection, the believes it’s truck stopped only a matter next to her. of time before The driver of he appears again. the gray GMC or Chevrolet truck asked the woman for directions, and as she approached the man, she noticed he was naked from the waist down. “In shock, the resident stepped back from the vehicle and the driver lunged at her as in attempt to grab her,” said a release from Rosen’s office. The woman was able to escape and the vehicle left the scene. The victim described the driver as an Hispanic male between the ages of 30-40. She also told law enforcement the suspect was heavy set. While there is no suspect in the case yet, Rosen said cases like this are usually just a matter of time. “Something like this usually escalates,” Rosen said. “Pretty See Exposed, P. 5A

High mark for Durham as IB World status earned By Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com

Durham Elementary School received its International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization on Monday and now is officially an IB World School. “This authorization is the culmination of four years of work by our teachers, parents and community members,” Durham first-year principal Angie Sugarek said. “I want to specifically recognize Ms. Regina Williams, the IB Coordinator, who managed to keep Durham on track through multiple principals and difficult times.” There are IB programs in 51 countries, including 1,489 in the United States (409 of those are in elemen-

tary schools). “I know the school will continue to build a curriculum around research and project-based learning,” said Tonia Whitney, Durham PTA President and Shepherd Park Plaza resident. “My daughter will experience a world view in everything she learns.” Sugarek is the school’s fourth principal in as many years, and she has the overall support of the parents, teachers and students. Elizabeth Humbert said Williams was able to steer the ship toward IB status, while leadership at the top was regularly changing. “We’re thrilled. It has been a long, hard-fought battle,” Humbert said. “Our IB coordinator stepped up and See Durham, P. 5A

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Obtaining IB World status is just part of the success at Durham. There is now a waiting list for students trying to enter the schools leadership magnet program. (Submitted Photo)

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Two Valero stations robbed The Houston Police Department is investigating a pair of Valero Gas Station robberies in the area that happened on March 31. At 10:50 a.m., three unknown male suspects robbed the Valero, 2000 W. 18th St., at gunpoint. There were no injuries and no arrests made. Exactly 12 hours later, four unknown male suspects pistol-whipped a gas station employee at the Valero, 2000 W. 34th St., and took money from the register before fleeing the scene. The employee was not seriously

injured. HPD’s Robbery Division is investigating the robberies, but according to a police spokesperson, it’s too early to tell if the robberies are related.

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and 35 wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans, entered the store, presented a pistol and demanded money before fleeing the scene. There were no injuries.

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The DF Food Store, 1001 Moy St., was robbed at 9:25 p.m. on April 1. A suspect, described as a 5-foot-7, 150pound Hispanic male between the ages of 20

HPD is investigating a sexual assault that took place on April 2 in the 6500 block of Cohn. A 34-year-old female was sexually assaulted by a male known to her. The Adult Sex Crimes unit is investigating the case.

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HHA names president-elect By Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com

Two-time Houston Heights Association president Mark Williamson will serve a third one-year term, beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. Williamson, 66, is currently a board member who has been a member of the Heights Association since 1990. He moved to the neighborhood because he was looking for a house with a tall ceiling. Willamson said celebrating the centennial of the Heights Fire Station will be something special next year. A graduate of Rice University, Williamson is retired from the computer department at his alma mater. With the election held in March, Williamson has nearly a year to determine his plans and goals for the HHA.

Williamson, who served as president in 2004 and 2008, respectively, will succeed Matt Benefield as president.

Oak Forest president resigns Oak Forest Homeowners Association president Craig Powers resigned his position on Monday. Powers, who led the HOA since the beginning of 2013, is relocating to the Bryan-College Station area for his job as a Chemical Engineer. First Vice President Nathan Foyil will have the opportunity to succeed Powers as president. Powers, a Massachusetts native, moved to Oak Forest in the summer of 2010 and was elected HOA secretary a year later. “I’m really proud of how many people we got involved

in events and meetings in 2013,” Powers said. “Twentyfive percent of the properties in Oak Forest paid membership dues last year. Nobody who has been involved with the association for a long time can ever remember having that money before.” Powers also said he was proud of the fact that the board led the effort to establish a contract with S.E.A.L.S., a private security firm, Neighbors gave Powers a warm Oak Forest farewell last Sunday at Plonk!

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Earth Day Houston celebrates environment with day-long free events Gorgeous, Jay Phoenix, 12 Gauge Awakening, Lizzie Borden Had an Axe, Dr Green Dreams, Finding Reason, We Inhale Heavens, Protest the Protest, Train Wreck, Whiskey Fueled Death, Supremacy, The Day After Rosewell, Zimmerman’s Gun, Lonestar Hippie, Vanilla Sugar, Hooda Funk, Lazor Vision, Earth Groove Machine, The Hill Country Gentlemen, and Hybrid Soulz.

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VERTS Kebap to open on Yale Street By Amber Ambrose amber@amberambrose.com

VERTS Kebap, an Austin-based chain moving into Houston will open its first area location on Wednesday, April 9 in the Heights at 107 Yale St. The fast-casual chain specializes in doner kebap - a German pressed sandwich filled with roasted meats carved off a vertical spit and topped with grilled veggies and yogurt sauces. This popular European sandwich will make its debut in the Heights because VERTS co-CEO Michael Heyne thought “Heights residents will be very open to trying a new type of food.” Five more locations will open throughout the Houston area in the following months. Chef Kevin Naderi released the name of his newest restaurant - going into the space formerly occupied by El Gran Malo at 2307 Ella Blvd - exclusively to The Leader. The 160seat restaurant will be called Lillo & Ella and offer a full bar with parking available next door. While Naderi shared the name, he was mum on details about the menu itself, only stating that it would be different from his current restaurant in Montrose (Roost) and that it would change quarterly. The restaurant transformation is already well underway, with equipment being moved in and an estimated opening date of May 1. The Texas Enchilada House, a Tex-Mex restaurant opening at 302 W. Crosstimbers in the former home of

the Mexicatessen, seems to be nearing an opening date. According to the Daily Court Review, the business recently applied for both a food and beverage certificate as well as a wine and beer retailer’s permit. A post on Facebook also shows that signage has begun installation. More details are emerging about Beer Market Co., opening in the near future at 920 Studemont St. for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late-night options. Culturemap revealed that the neighborhood bar will focus - not surprisingly - on beer, with 24 on draft and 365 in something they’re dubbing a “beer vault,” with plenty of representation from local and state breweries. In addition to plenty of televisions inside tuned to sports will be a dog-friendly patio. Beer Market Co. is the most recent addition to the restaurant group responsible for the Heights’ CRISP as well as several other popular bars and restaurants in Midtown. The more crawfish the merrier for the Houston Heights with Swamplot reporting Boil House opening soon at 606 E. 11th St. as well as the Cajun eatery called simply, The Boot, which is already in business. According to the latter’s social media account, the 1206 W. 20th St. restaurant and bar is open only Friday through Saturday. In addition to a full bar, The Boot serves boiled crawfish and shrimp, gumbo, boudin, plus crawfish for take-out and catering.

Houston’s premier celebration for our planet will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Discovery Green. Begun in 2006, Earth Day Houston celebrates a day of family entertainment and environmental education. The free one-day celebraThirsty tion will focus on the merits Explorer of mindful, sustainable living while educating and encouraging Houstonians to preserve, conserve and enhance our city and the Earth. Developed six years ago by Air Alliance Houston, Earth Day Houston is a community centered, family friendly event open to the public and free to all to attend. The festival features 100 booths, 86 of which are represented by Texas-based non profits. There will be the Saint Arnold’s beer garden, food trucks and an Eco-Artists Village. Earth Day Houston draws upwards of 15,000 attendees from across the Houston region to this annual event. Planned activities include eco-focused zones featuring interactive environmental awareness activities highlighting land, air, water, sustainability, healthy living and wildlife and habitat. Be sure to visit the Green Expo featuring green businesses showcasing their best environmental practices for a sustainable future and the Local Fare Market in support of locally-grown produce. As always, there will be kids activities throughout the festival. Waste Management is the title sponsor of Earth Day Houston. Event proceeds benefit Air Alliance Houston, a non-profit whose mission is to reduce air pollution in the

Houston’s Earth Day Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Discovery Green.

Houston region and protect public health and environmental integrity through research, education, and advocacy. Japan Festival of Houston Japan Festival of Houston is a weekend event full of awesome stage shows, Japanese-themed vendors, and delicious food. It is held in Hermann Park, encompassing the beautiful Japanese Gardens of Houston, which is great for photo shoots. For 20 consecutive years, the Japan Festival has been consistently growing and proudly supports over 20,000 attendees each year. The event provides a rich blend of stage entertainment and an impressive array of food and beverages for everyone to enjoy. The Japan-America Society of Houston instituted the festival in 1993 in the hopes of furthering their mission to develop a stronger relationship between the greater Houston community and Japan. The event is Saturday, April 12 and admission is free. Hermann Park is located at 6000 Fannin Street. For more information, visit www.japan-fest. info. Fly Fishing Film Tour and Heroes on the Water Benefit The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Saint Arnold on

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Heights accountant Gary N. Cooper moonlights as a musician. (Submitted photo)

Heights accountant hits a high note with band star altar ego takes over at the monthly jam session. His office studio fills to capacity with like-minded professionals who bring along their own personal instruments including a saxophone, keyboard, harmonica and guitars. Accompanied by singers (including some of Gary’s staffers) who want to join in the fun, the group of baby boomers belt out top hits from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and others. The band plays once per month, from 5:30-10 p.m. at 1703 W. 12th St. in the Heights.

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Thursday, April 17. They are partnering with their friends at the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow to deliver two great films on a big screen right outside the brewery in the parking lot. The Fly Fishing Film Tour, or F3T, travels around the country bringing world class fly fishing films to local angler communities. They will open up at 6 p.m. and start the first film at 7 with the event going on until 9:30. There will also be food available for purchase. This a BYOC (bring your own chair) event, so be sure to plan accordingly. Tickets are $25, which includes entry into the event and beers. A portion of the ticket price will go to benefit Heroes on the Water.

New Live Music at The Corkscrew On Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Saxophonist Dean James performs and is said to be the best reason to have ears. If you like live jazz, and you like the saxophone, and you like koala bears, then you have to love Dean James, is what they say at The Corkscrew. Nick Greer still performs live from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and is joined by The Gs on Fridays and Saturdays. Be sure to check out Sunday Funday at The Corkscrew for $2 mimosas, $3 sangria and $10 pizzas all day. Happy Hour is all day Monday with $2 off all wines by the glass and $1 off beers and specialty cocktails. Tuesday is Surf and Turf night starting at 6:30 p.m. with the piano playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine by the glass is $2 off with the Surf and Turf order. The Corkscrew claims that their steak night is a Houston landmark: “It’s basically the reason people come to Houston. It’s up there with NASA, Reliant Stadium, and the hospital where I was born.” They serve up a huge ribeye, garlic mashed potatoes, and grilled veggies all for just $18. They have a huge selection of beers, wines by the glass, and some outstanding cocktails served by some of the best bartenders in town..... and David. The Corkscrew is located at 1308 W. 20th St.

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omeone asked me an interesting question recently, and I’m not sure if I should take it as a compliment or a back-handed slap. What, he asked, is the most controversial topic in our area of Houston? It didn’t take me long to answer, maybe because I was trying to avoid the slap. Growth – by a mile – is the biggest pot stirrer. Of course, we could substitute the word “development” and it would be just as well. If we’re talking about our neighborhoods, think about your day-today complaints: Traffic has gone from small-townish to a mild headache to a fullblown migraine. We have a story on today’s front page about the city of Houston’s mobility studies. Less than two years ago, you could drive down W. 43rd Street and not worry one bit about the numbskull who doesn’t know how to use a turn lane. Shepherd Drive through the Heights used to be a short-cut to Washington to Preston to downtown. Might as well be sitting on the single-lane ramp from 59 to 45 North now. Remember when you used to know everyone at the grocery store? You’d walk in, say hello to a neigh-

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bor, grab some produce, a ribeye and a bottle of Pinot Noir, and be out the door in 11 minutes. Forget it. The same trip today takes twice as long, and you don’t know a soul standing in line. We hear plenty of other complaints about development, and our newspaper often gets in the middle of the discussion. When town homes and condos replace bungalows and ranch-style homes, someone, somewhere, is mad. When a developer builds a mid-rise obscuring a homeowner’s once-pristine view of downtown, anger gets the best of us. And when homes in historic districts become suburbanized, there’s a rowdy group of natives waiting to wrestle.

HISD priorities wrong in weight loss program Medical experts unanimously agree upon the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight – lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer, increase your lifespan, improve the quality of your life, and reduce the potential medical costs associated with the aforementioned ailments and diseases. It’s a good thing when health and weight loss are brought into a public conversation. Healthier dining options in schools and restaurants should be encouraged with tax incentives for restaurants and school districts. So, I’m all on board with the movement. MICHAEL But I think the Houston IndepenSUDHALTER dent School District is going about it the Editor wrong way. The district is offering a HealthyWage Challenge, in which it pays employees $40 per month who lose four pounds or more per month. The incentive of good health, and the opportunity to watch your children and grandchildren grow up should be enough. Another incentive is getting several more years to cross items off the bucket list. Some people have conditions that make weight loss more difficult – regardless of diet and exercise – and this program is unfair to them. Also, the program can create an unhealthy situation, similar to that of wrestlers trying to make weight before a match. Let’s say they’ve lost two pounds and really need that extra money on the paycheck. They may take unhealthy measures to lose the weight in a short period of time. In addition, muscle weighs more than fat, so employees could be getting stronger and healthier, but weighing slightly more. Teachers could speak to each other about the program, with students around and give kids the incorrect message that weight loss should coincide with higher pay. Each person is different and should consult with their physician regarding a health and nutrition plan. Yes, there need to be healthier options, as well as an effort to educate the public about those options. But doing monetary incentives for weight loss is immoral and unfair to the employees who aren’t losing four pounds or more per month. Incentives should be based upon job performance, not on a personal matter such as health.

There are other controversies where growth is concerned. Small, locally owned businesses are replaced by corporate monsters. Sandwich shops become processed fast food. Local hardware stores feel the sting of those massive orange and blue warehouses. And if our local businesses aren’t being swallowed by stock-holders, it’s usually because they’ve traded customerfriendly business tactics for highmargin efficiencies – and customer friendliness is often the first thing to become “efficient.” We could all grab a can of Coke, sit on a park bench, and talk about the nuisances that come along with the growth of our community. Heck, I could fill four pages of today’s edition with my own complaints. But then I walk into a place like Memorial Hermann’s Northwest campus. On Tuesday, the administration held something of a private get-together for selected people in the community. (And I have no idea why I was invited, either. I’m usually selected to stay home.) The purpose of the event at MHNW was a ribbon cutting for a new emergency room, and when

they say “new,” they mean it. The non-profit healthcare organization just finished spending the last penny of a $10 million renovation to the ER – the one right in the middle of our community. During the event, I had a chance to talk with the director of the emergency rooms build-out. In his day job, Aaron Arias is the director of critical care at MHNW. Over the past year or so, he’s moonlighted as the person in charge of the $10 million investment. I asked Arias about the project and why Memorial Hermann decided to invest so much money in the campus that sits squarely between the Heights and Garden Oaks/Oak Forest communities. There were a couple of answers to that question. For starters, MHNW is one of the few hospitals that can handle LifeFlight – or the helicopters that rescue some of the worst injury victims. It goes to reason that a hospital capable of handling such trauma should have a sturdy, up-todate ER. During the presentation, Memorial Herman’s COO, Chuck Stokes, also talked about the robust numbers of ER visitors each year at

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Dear Editor: The property tax is the stupidest tax devised by man – well, next to the income tax. And the way it is administered in Texas is stupidest of all. The property tax bears no resemblance to a person’s ability to pay. People get driven out of their long-time family homes once gentrification starts. Politicians get a bonus because they receive increased revenue that they don’t have to vote for. “What can I do? The property values went up.” Can anyone say, “Taxation without representation”? Are these numbskulls too stupid to understand that as values go up, the tax rate can be lowered a commensurate amount? But they act like they are helpless to do anything. The Texas Legislature half-way “fixed” the problem by limiting property valuation increases to 10% per year. That’s almost like doing nothing. What they should do is what Lubbock does (or used to do – it could have changed). Make it a state law that after the assessments are in, the tax rate per $100 is changed so that there is no increase in revenue to the taxing authority. If more money is needed, meetings are held, citizens are heard from, programs are defended and then the politicians have to stand up on their hind legs like men and vote for an increase. When the money pours in for which no one had to go through the painful process of selling the tax increase, you get multimillion dollar money pits (palaces) like the Berry Center and the one across the road, the Lone Star College CyFair Campus. Both are extravagant beyond the need and will demand millions in excessive maintenance costs for decades to come. Most taxpayers act like the only thing they can do is to roll up into a ball and wait for the next kick to the kidneys. We should make this an issue with our state legislators until they are more afraid of us than they are of the Texas Municipal League’s lobby-

MHNW. Right now, they treat more than 50,000 patients each year. The renovations will allow them to serve 60,000-75,000 a year. But when I talked to Arias about the investment in our community’s healthcare, he was very clear about the one reason Memorial Hermann has upgraded its northwest campus. “Obviously, it’s because of the growth of these areas,” he said. Arias would know. He lives in Garden Oaks (he even reads The Leader, which is nice). He said the development of our neighborhoods, complete with fresh faces and a vibrancy you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in this city, was the key factor in remodeling MHNW. It’s interesting when we talk about growth and development. There are a lot of things we despise about them. But after seeing a state-of-theart medical facility (read more about it on Page 1B), and when you realize that our growth is improving our way-of-life, maybe it’s helpful that we put this sea of change in perspective. And from what I saw earlier this week, a lot of the growth in our community sure is nice. Email jonathan@theleadernews.com

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Dear Editor: I don’t deny Terry Fisher has every right to build what he wants within the law but that doesn’t mean he should. That doesn’t mean acting the way he has or doing what he’s done is okay. Only a casual observer would comment that this is the usual anger about growth. That couldn’t be more wrong. This is a complaint against one builder in particular. I appreciate The Leader’s desire to generate goodwill with current and prospective advertisers by running these Business Spotlight pieces but surely there’s a middle ground between running a fluff piece and an exposé as you say. Perhaps that middle ground is as simple as a Google search and some discretion. Surely Terry Fisher wasn’t the only local

lucy@theleadernews.com business/advertiser available for spotlight. Mark J. Sternfels Dear Editor: A word you will hear over and over when you experience any sort of growth. Keep doing what you are doing. Love the THE LEADER. Christopher Alvin Sanchez Dear Editor: Well said, Jonathan. Keep up the great work! Kevin A. Craig

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A lot of great ideas have somehow gone missing THE VOID – It is spring cleaning time for obsolete and forgotten aspects of our lives in order to make room for the new and trendy items. Where is sequestration? It was all the rage when Congress took a meat cleaver to the federal budget. Vast cuts were made on almost every line of spending except for Congressional salaries, expense accounts and the Congressional gym. “Oh, there you are, sequestration,” I say, spotting it hiding behind another forgotten Washington project, the balanced budget. “When you were first trotted out in Congressional debates and newspaper editorials back in 2011 no one knew what you meant. You were like ‘rendition.’ Now you have slipped back into deserved obscurity. Into the void you go.” I check my list. Whatever happened to biofuels? Another unneeded part of our society, especially when the American taxpayer realized it was nothing but a billion-dollar subsidy for the Corn Belt. Into the void. Cell phone, you are only a cell phone. You don’t take pictures or record sounds and forward them to thousands of your closest friends. You are so 1990s. Today’s cell phones are like a Swiss Army knife with batteries. Join Betamax, BlackBerry and VCR, just disappear. Come to think of it, fax and land line, you are not far behind.

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OK, what once-modern offices still have equipment that needs to be tossed into the void? Rolodex, out. Join carbon paper and telex. When was the last time anyone in any business used a pencil? I thought so. Go the way of the fountain pen, not to mention goose-quill pens, and you, pencil sharpener, go along, too. We don’t have to worry about typewriters, even electric typewriters because they are in museums. You’re safe, small floor heater. As long as there are secretaries freezing at their air conditioned desks year ‘round, near them will still be a small floor heater, and a sweater hanging on the back of their chairs when the gal Fridays are at lunch. The boss could always make the offices a little warmer, but even on a July afternoon most business offices are as cold as a banker’s heart.

Remember that AM radio was on its death bed until conservative talk shows came along. So the AM part of the dial escaped our toss-out party. San Antonio has a public library with no books. It’s all Kindle and iPad and hieroglyphics and such. Could it be that books will soon be obsolete? Some say newspapers are done with, too, gone, dinosaurs. How do they know that? They read it in the newspaper. So you are still here, Anthony Weiner. You were a regular on Rachel Maddow’s show and any other TV programs you could wedge in to. They all dropped you like a Texans’ pass when your scandal broke. Into the void to be with Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Grover Norquist, who has been MIA for months. That reminds me, has anyone seen Sam Donaldson, and is it too early to include Chris Christie? Occupy Wall Street is unoccupied. You can’t live off the fad of the land forever, Cabbage Patch Kids and Beanie Babies. You’re next, Candy Crush Saga. The name, junior high school, has gone into our limbo, replaced by middle school for reasons no one understands. Where are the old titles of Bombay, Constantinople and Burma? Voided. When was the last time you heard “Dixie?” You risk tar and feathers playing that song in public. Soon anything named Lee,

Jackson or Davis will be AWOL. The void has collected the South’s song and the flag, and gray uniforms are no longer de reguier. Texas has its unique share of has-beens who need to go. San Jacinto Day and Texas Independence Day have long gone into the void. Used to be those days were celebrated with parades and speeches, fireworks and feasts. Today it’s all about Cinco de Mayo. Remember the Longhorns’ wining football team and UH’s Phi Slama Jama? Moving to the kitchen, is that a rolling pen? Out, can of lard drippings. Say goodbye to life and say hello to ice trays in the void. Next thing you know washboards, drying lines and clothes pens will no longer hang around, so to speak. The freezer and pantry are filled with sugar-free, calorie-free and nutritionfree food. So long South Beach Diet, make way for a gluten-free regimen and kale. Yes, that wimpy, tasteless veggie has taken over all the trendy kitchens, TV chefs’ recipes and cookbooks. If you ain’t got kale, you’re really stale. Talking about TV chefs, whatever happened to TV dinners? Nuke ‘em for a minute and supper is ready. Does anyone still put them on TV tables to choke down some chicken mixed with mashed potatoes and 3-year-old peas while watching “Your Show of

Shows?” Into the void and none too soon. The test pattern is long-voided. Out, Britney Spears and Hannah Montana. Hey, Justin Bieber, your 15 minutes of fame has expired. Valley Girl has joined AARP. Is Johnny Mathis still alive? How about Lauren Bacall and Maureen O’Hara? Let me check my list of the vanquished and vanished. You know that the feds have ordered we get rid of incandescent bulbs. Same with the terrorism color alerts. And don’t forget the SSC – the Superconducting Super Collider, that billion-dollar boondoggle never did get finished. All we have today are a few big holes in the ground outside of Waxahachie. Now there are actual voids. Global warming has been replaced by climate change. Our children have tossed out please, thank you, sir and ma’m. When was the last time you saw someone smoking a pipe? Texas Democrats are poised on the sixth-story window ledge ready to jump into oblivion. All they need is a little push, unless it’s Wendy. Pictures of full-service filling stations are on the side of milk cartons. Detroit is on life support, and you don’t look so good yourself.

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THE PUZZLES.

Durham, from P. 1A kept the dream alive, working closely with teachers.” Durham began the process of IB authorization five years ago. Schools are required to implement the program, before the authorization committee gives them official status. Williams said IB has been a positive development for the school and will continue to be. Re-authorization will take place in four years, and then every five years after that. “IB is a framework for connecting all of the subjects through a thematic unit with global significance,” Williams said. “It is based on inquiry. It’s focused on getting them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.” The authorization committee, which visited Durham in February, issued commendations to

the school in 16 separate areas. “Even before we received this exciting news, Durham already had waiting lists at every grade level for students trying to enter our (Leadership) magnet program,” Sugarek said. “We continue working to become the school of choice for our neighborhood.” The anticipation of the IB program has garnered the attention of parents outside the attendance area, such as Garden Oaks resident Jody Garey, who chose to enroll her children at Durham because of its plans to build an IB program. “I think this is just a huge step for Durham,” Garey said. “It’s been a lot of years of dedication from the leadership, specifically Regina Williams and the teachers.”

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Exposed, from P. 1A soon, a person like this quits getting gratification from exposing himself, and that’s when it gets dangerous. Especially since this person tried to grab the victim.” Indecent exposure cases like this are not new to the area. Last year, residents living near T.C. Jester Park in Oak Forest were subjected to a streaker who, on at least one occasion, ran behind a woman and groped her. “These are crimes of opportunity,” Rosen said. “We typically find these are undesirable people who really can’t find anybody. It’s a way for them to go out into public and satisfy their needs. And in

most cases, this happens when there’s an opportunity to do it – in a park, or asking someone to approach a car.” If the suspect is like others Rosen has encountered, he’ll likely try the same stunt in the same area again. “They tend to stay in places where they’re familiar with the area,” he said. “And it really wouldn’t surprise me if it happened again.” That doesn’t mean others have to be subjected to the exposure. For starters, Rosen said residents should never, ever, approach a person asking for directions. “There’s plenty of room between the sidewalk and the

street,” he said. “This is what we teach our children, and it’s the same in cases like this. Stay a good distance away any time someone drives up next to you.” Whether it’s indecent exposure or the T.C. Jester streaker, it’s normally alert citizens who help solve the crime. And Rosen said that likely will be the case again. “We’ll go try to find anyone that may have had a camera in the area,” he said. “But what we always ask citizens to do is be as alert as possible. And if we can ever get the license plate number, that’s normally the key to solving cases like this.”

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miles of primarily residential space between Hwy. 290 and I-45. Amar Mohite, of the city’s Planning Department, said the study emphasized the importance of preserving W. 43rd as a fourlane road, along with the addition of a bicycle lane. While some of the stretch is divided, Mohite said it’s important to keep W. 43rd undivided between Shepherd and Ella, because a lot of single family homes are located near it. He said it will encourage people to drive slower in that area. One resident asked how construction for the streets featured in the Mobility Study will be funded. Mohite said the city will evaluate and prioritize the streets in need of improvement and gradually add them to the city’s Capital Improvement Project. Also, some street construction will be funded through the city’s drainage fee. When streets are under construction for drainage, they will be rebuilt to suit their current Local residents looked at maps detailing the City of needs, instead of returned to their former Houston’s Northwest Mobility Study on April 2 at the state, Mohite said. Candlelight Community Center. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)


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Stevens Elementary club gets creative By Betsy Denson

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Stevens Elementary fifth grader Samantha Aragon is working on her first book. The title is in flux but it’s about a group of college kids who venture into the woods on what is supposed to be an adventure, but soon turns into a nightmare. Aragon writes the story in a journal at home and also during her free time. Lucky for her, there’s some dedicated after-school time each week for the endeavor. The Stevens Stallions Creative Writing Club started in January and currently has 12 members in third, fourth and fifth grades “Samantha is the reason we have it,” said club sponsor and Pre-K teacher Sean Faulk. According to Faulk, Aragon came to him after the Stevens performing arts club launched and told him she didn’t like to sing and didn’t want to dance. She wanted a writing club, and she would be willing to help promote it. “She spread the word around the school,” said Faulk. As someone who was writing all the time as a child, even

Stevens Elementary has been selected as a SPARK Park site. The park will be used by school children during the day and will be available to the neighborhood after school. In the coming months Stevens will share its plans with the community and invite input about the park.

The Stevens Stallions Creative Writing Club is comprised of third, fourth and fifth grade students.

when he shouldn’t, Faulk was a natural to lead the group. “I knew that if I was like that, some of them must be too,” he said. The club meets one afternoon a week in the library. To get the ball rolling, there was initially a lot of talking. Faulk brought in some of the Inheritance Cycle books by Christopher Paolini and told the group that Paolini started writing at the age of 15. “I wanted them to know that you don’t have to be an adult to write,” said Faulk. The writing came later. Faulk helped them develop

ideas and also gave them writing prompts from 642 Things to Write About. Now, a lot of more of the meeting time is spent on their craft. February and March were all about the short story. Some of the club’s work is online at http://stevensbookwor ms.blogspot. com/2014/03/home-ofbookworms-stevens-creative. html with more to come in the following months. One posted piece is from fifth-grader Monique Sanchez, who wrote‚“I Had to Save My Teacher from Aliens.” Her teacher Ms. Rickets surely ap-

Tax deadline is Tuesday It’s time to get your records together and prepare those taxes if you haven’t already. A UT Dallas tax expert advises taxpayers to be aware of new tax credits and other changes as the Tuesday deadline approaches. Here’s what you need to know, according to Art Agulnek, who teaches taxation in the Naveen Jindal School of Management: – The IRS for the first time will recognize legal samesex marriages for federal tax purposes. Same-sex spouses legally married in a state or foreign country that recognizes same-sex marriage generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately tax filing status on their 2013 return, even if they have moved to a state that does not recognize same-sex

marriage. – As more people work from home, the IRS now offers a simplified option for home office deduction. The simplified option offers a standard deduction of $5 per square foot of the home used for business with a maximum of 300 square feet. Taxpayers still have the option to use the regular method instead. – Be aware of changes to itemized deductions for 2013 medical expenses. The IRS will allow people to claim deductions for unreimbursed medical expenses not covered by health insurance that exceed 10 percent of their adjusted gross income. Previously, the law allowed deductions for the expenses in excess of 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross incomes.

preciates it. Ideally, Faulk would like a book of his students’ writings to be published or be available on Amazon for download. For now, club members are busy working on content. “They benefit most from writing,” said Faulk. “I know the students would love to see their work in a printed format. It’s tangible proof.” The kids are pretty excited about the blog too, as is their principal Lucy Anderson. “Telling stories is a great way for our students to share their experiences, dreams, and viewpoints,” she said. “The electronic platform allows a broader audience the opportunity to understand just how wonderful our students are. I hope that the community will take some time to read our students writing.”

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FROM THE PEWS. St. Stephen’s holds annual Easter egg hunt An Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. April 12, at Candlelight Park, 1520 Candlelight Lane. Toddlers through fifthgraders are welcome to bring a basket and join the fun. Children of all ages are welcome to march in the Palm Procession during the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service and the 11 a.m. traditional service on Palm Sunday, April 13. Parents must bring children to the foyer of the sanctuary shortly before the beginning of the service. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241, or visit www.stsumc.org. Heights Christian presents musical service There will be a special music performance at the 10:45 a.m. Palm Sunday service April 13, at Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd. Arnold and Ann Richie and Lisa will sing Easter hymns. Maundy Thursday services will be held at 6 p.m. April 17. The 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday service will feature music by Rodica Gonzalez. Gonzalez plays first violin with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Call 713-861-0016 for information. Palm Sunday worship at Oak Forest Baptist Oak Forest Baptist Church, 1700 W. 43rd St., will have Palm Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., April 13. The choir will be presenting special music - “Guilty of Love,” with narration by Dr. Jerry Evans, “When He was on the Cross,” choir, and “Three Nails,” by the choir with monologue by Linda Cates. The Lord’s Supper will also be observed.

Call 713-682-4942 or visit www.oakforestbaptistnhca.org for information. Palm Sunday service and Easter egg hunt at Oaks Christian Oaks Christian Church, 1216 Bethlehem, will celebrate Palm Sunday, April 13. A luncheon of sandwiches, salads and desserts will be served after the service. An Easter egg hunt follows and will feature the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket. Call 713-688-7761 for information. Many spring activities at St. Matthew’s The time is limited to sign up for a Life Line Screening at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 4300 N. Shepherd Dr., on April 14. Call 1-888653-6450 for an appointment. A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 18, in the sanctuary. Prayer time and Holy Communion will be a part of the service. The annual Easter Egg Hunt for children of the church and community will be April 19, in the church courtyard. Children are asked to bring their own baskets. Prizes and activities, along with some special guests, will be part of the event. Two Easter services will be held at 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. April 20. The Youth will lead the 7 a.m. service, followed by the 9:30 a.m. traditional service. For information, call 713697-0671 or visit www.stmatthewsmethodist.org. Interdenominational Good Friday service at Oaks Presbyterian On Good Friday, at noon April 18, there will be an interdenominational service at

Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1576 Chantilly Lane. The service will focus on Jesus’ seven last words from the Cross. The ministers from the following churches will be playing an active part in the service: Advent Lutheran, Hope Episcopal, Oaks Presbyterian, St. James ELCA, St. Matthew’s United Methodist and St. Stephen’s United Methodist. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this service. Following the service, a light lunch will be served. A sunrise Easter service will be at 6:40 a.m. followed by a continental breakfast. Other services will be held at the usual time. Call 713-682-2556 or visit www.oakspresbyterian.org for information. Holy Week services at St. Mark’s St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 600 Pecore, will be holding Holy Week services ushering Easter Sunday. On Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. April 17, there will be Holy Communion and Service of Foot Washing, in the fellowship hall. The Good Friday Service of Tenebrae/Service of Shadows will be 7 p.m. April 18, in the sanctuary. The Holy Saturday Service of Light will be held 7-8 p.m. April 19, on the front porch of the church. The prayer vigil continues in the sanctuary until dawn of Easter morning. The Sunrise Easter Worship reception of new members will be at 6:30 a.m. April 20, on the front lawn of the church. Breakfast will be served after the service at 7:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. There will also be an 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Easter service. The Easter egg hunt will be at 9:40 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Call 713-861-3104 or visit

THE OBITUARIES. Eleanor Imogene Bergin Booth, 95, born Sept. 22, 1918

in Beaumont, died March 28, after a short illness. She was married to Freeman L. Booth for 70 years until Freeman’s passing in 2010. Booth was retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. She is survived by her son, John F. Booth, three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.

Marian Julia Kadlecek,

59, born Sept. 6, 1954, died March 25. Kadlecek was a former employee of The Leader. She is preceded in death by her parents Amos Frank and Della Dorothy Kadlecek; and brother Charles Kadlecek. She is survived by her two brothers Jim and Johnny Kadlecek.

Nora Marie McCoy, 91,

born March 6, 1923, died April 6. McCoy worked for many years in the banking business as an office manager and a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She is survived by her sons, Wayne, Mike, and John McCoy, sisters Madelin Godfrey and Louella Blankenship; brothers, Val Mock, Albert Mock and Ralph Mock, and three grandsons.

Barry Gordon Morris, 55, born Nov. 2, 1958 in Grove City, Penn., died April 3 unexpectedly in Wenatchee, Wash. Morris was a graduate of L.C. Anderson

Shirley Ann Busby Parker, 61, born Aug. 22, 1952

in Dallas, died March 29, after a short battle with cancer. Parker has been a Houston resident since 1979. She last worked for Svadlenak See & Co. following her retirement from Southwestern Bell after more than 30 years of service. Survivors include her

daughter Shannon, sons Jack Jr. and Brad, sisters Sandra Suggs and Sharon Richardson, brother Danny Busby, and nine grandchildren.

Josephine Ida Percival,

94, born in Marlin, died March 26. She is survived by her children Thomas Lynn Percival and L.E. Percival Jr., two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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Frances Reyes, 96, born May 13, 1917 in McQueeney, Texas, died March 29. She settled in Houston where she met and married Jesse G. Reyes Sr. in 1949. Together they enjoyed 65 years of married life. Reyes retired from Foley’s after 25 years. She was a member of the Altar Society and Holy Name Society at St. Patrick Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Jesse Sr., sons Jesse Jr. and Ed Reyes, and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston 77030. Margaret Rutledge, 95, born June 29, 1918, died April 6. Ernest Frank Stryk Sr., 86, born Dec. 13, 1927, died April 5.

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New Interim Pastor at Bethel Bethel United Church of Christ, 1107 Shepherd Dr., will welcome new Interim Pastor, the Rev. Teddy Kissell at the Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. April 13. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. For information, call 713861-6670 or visit www.bethelhouston.org.

Easter Egg hunt at Grace Church of Garden Oaks/ the429 Grace Church of Garden Oaks/the 429, is hosting an Easter Egg hunt from 11 a.m.1 p.m. on April 19, at Graham Park behind Pink’s Pizza. They will have inflatables, food and games as well as several Easter egg hunts throughout the day. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance and children will receive gift bags.

Norman Joe Perkins, 78, born Nov. 28, 1935, died March 30.

CHURCH “The Heart of the Heights”

Upcoming Lenten and Easter services at Advent Lutheran Advent Lutheran Church, 5820 Pinemont Dr., announces the schedule of Lenten and Easter services. The final midweek Lenten service will be at noon and 7:30 p.m. April 9. A light supper will precede the evening service. There will be a single service in the Advent Life Center, 10 a.m. April 13. This will be a Canata presentation by the Chancel Choir. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 18, in the sanctuary. Three Easter services will be celebrated April 20. Traditional services will be 8 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in the Advent Sanctuary, a contemporary service will be at 10:25 a.m. in the Advent Life Center. There will be an Easter egg hunt during Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Call 713-686-8201 for information.

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Make your bunny chocolate this year the subject. First of all, no pet should ever be given as a gift to an unknowing and unprepared recipient. This scenario doesn’t usually end well for anyone (or thing) involved. That said, did you know that rabbits are the third most surrendered animal to animal shelters? Those tiny, fluffy baby bunnies quickly grow, become hormonal (pet rabbits should be spayed or neutered at 4 to 5 months of age) and it becomes obvious that they have special needs, just like a more traditional pet. According to the Humane

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Easter Worship Christians should recall the first Easter By The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson Christ Church Cathedral

On Easter morning we will rise with sleepy-eyed excitement to investigate what a superheroic rabbit has left in our baskets. But we should also remember

that the first Easter morning had no baskets with plastic green grass. It had no colorfully-dyed eggs, no

chocolate bunnies with ears bitten off, no cheery parishioners dressed in white bonnets and linen blazers for church. The first Easter morning began not in ebullient happiness but in desperate sorrow. Jesus had died on the Friday before. In a rare act of

mercy, Pontius Pilate had allowed his body to be removed from the cross, but this had occurred as the sun set and the Sabbath

was beginning. Because work was prohibited on the Sabbath, Jesus’ body was quickly placed in a tomb without the proper anointing that would prepare him for burial. That’s why Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary the mother of James go to the tomb when the Sabbath ends at dawn on Sunday morning. Theirs is a grim task: properly preparing the body of their beloved teacher after it has lain decomposing in the tomb. Their sorrow becomes desperation when they find the tomb open and the body gone. ‘Grave robbers!’ they assume. Jesus, the embodiment of all their hope, had been executed, and now they were prevented even from carrying out this last act of love. Could their despair be more consuming? In Mark’s Gospel, it is only then that the women see a young man dressed in white sitting in the tomb. He has news for the women that changes everything, news thatóin an instantóbanishes sorrow in favor of resurrected hope. ìJesus

has been raised,î the young man says, ‘He is not here’ he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him!’ Mark’s Gospel (in its original version) abruptly ends here. At first this reads strangely, but upon closer reflection it makes all the sense in the world, both then and now. Even the resurrected Jesus does not appear to us as something we can hug and hold, like the stuffed animals children find in their Easter baskets. He is a Savior that beckons us forward to follow him into Galilee: into the world; into the dark corners where sorrow needs to hear the promise of joy; into new life. This Easter morning, we will again find the tomb empty. Our sorrows will again be banished in favor of resurrected hope. We will be comforted and also challenged with the sure knowledge that Jesus has defeated death and gone ahead of us in to the world. There he will wait for us to spread his love far and wide. We need only follow!

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Art a la Carte: Big week for The Washington Avenue Arts District

Friday, April 11 9th Annual Frida Festival, 6-9 p.m. East End Studio Gallery presents Frida

Lovers of Hate, a film by Bryan Poyser, screening at 14 Pews Friday evening.

Friday and Saturday Night Texas Filmmakers Series presents two films by Bryan Poyser. Afterwards stay for free beers donated by St. Arnolds and talkback by the director. Friday night: Lovers of Hate. Saturday night: Love & Air Sex, both start at 7 p.m. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St., Houston, Texas 77009. Tickets Available 14pews.org Saturday, April 12 8th Annual Midtown Art in the Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Elizabeth Baldwin Park 1701 Elgin. Hosted by the Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District. This is one of the best looking art shows

in Houston, shaded by beautiful oak trees, a terrific artist lineup and the best music lineup and tasty food trucks. Easy off street parking nearby too. Free! Craftacular 2nd Saturday, 1025 Studewood in the Heights at Hello-Lucky. Noon to 4 p.m. Bunny Wars and 2nd annual Cute Showdown, 12:30- 4:30 p.m. Hosted by Sparrow and the Nest, 1020 Studewood. www.sparrowandthenest.com Heights Explorer Faire, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Love Elementary School, 1120 W. 13th St. Explore some of the great things going on in the neighborhood, all at an amazing neighborhood school. 2nd Saturday Montrose Art Market, 2409 Montrose Blvd. Featuring Nikko Lorraine, Spring field Creamery and Wild Salad Rabbit. Saturday and Sunday The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, The Woodlands Town Center, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. (next door to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion) woodlandsartsfestival.com Sunday, April 13 Mini Pops, 12- 6 p.m. Leopard Lounge Vintage, 1657 Westheimer St. This is a handmade craft and design event hosted by Pop Shop Houston

Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web atArtValet.com.

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Festival 2014. Celebrate the life and legacy of one of Latin America’s most important artists, Frida Kahlo. Art Exhibition, vendor booths, spoken word, children’s activities, and Frida look alike contest. This is one of my favorite annual events, bring your own uni-brows! The Martiki: A Montrose Art Party (MARTY), 7-9 p.m. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. Benefiting The Healing Art Program. Tiki-themed - grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts are highly encouraged. Crimes of Passion — A Mixed Media Art Show, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Texas Art Asylum and TUTS Underground present the Crimes of Passion art show in conjunction with TUTS’ production of “Murder Ballad.” Light refreshments provided by Phoenicia MKT Bar. This is a one night only event, with pieces sold at silent auction, closing at 8 p.m.

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It is rare that a week goes by that I don’t mention the area just south of the Heights in this column. The former industrial area with warehouses, mills and massive storage facilities has become a haven for artists and related events. It is no surprise that on Saturday, the State of Texas will officially recognize The Washington Avenue Arts District as a cultural district. Mitch Cohen Jim Bob McMillan, with the Arts Columnist Texas Commission of the Arts, will present at a Dedication Ceremony from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. Speakers will include The Washington Avenue Arts District Director Susannah Mitchell, who will talk about the new organization as well as Representative Carol Alvarado among others. The dedication ceremony takes place during one of the Bi-Annual Art Opening and monthly Second Saturday Open Studios in the largest concentration of working artists’ studios in Texas: Silver Street, Winter Street and Spring Street. The Bi-Annual event begins Friday, from 6-10 p.m. and continues on Saturday, April 12, from 2-5 p.m. More than 200 artists will open their doors and invite the community inside. The opening is free and guests will be treated to complimentary valet, light bites and beverages. Pedicab shuttles between all three buildings will also be available. The Bi-Annual will serve as the Grand Opening event for Silver Street, a creative workspace, art and event complex at 2000 Edwards. The project is a redevelopment of the old Silver Eagle Distributors facility by Jon Deal, Paul Hobby and Steve Gibson. The building houses a 20,000 square-foot event space, a 7,000 square foot Gallery Corridor and 65 creative studios. 2101 Winter Street and 1824 Spring Street. More information at springstreetstudios.info The events certainly don’t stop there this weekend looks like it could very well be one of the busiest art weekends of the year! The following are just the closest to The Leader readers. Have fun!

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CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK & EASTER!

April 13 @ 9:30am, followed by the Processional Drama

Maundy Thursday

April 17 @ 7:00pm Lord’s Supper Drama before the service @ 6:40pm, and the Garden of Gethsemane Drama after the service

Good Friday,

April 18 - Noonday Service @ 12:00pm Tenebrae @ 7:00pm, followed by the Crucifixion Drama

Easter Sunday

April 20 • Breakfast @ 8:00am Festival Service @ 9:30am, followed by the Empty Tomb Drama, and an Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones through 5th grade

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MAUNDY THURSDAY Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM GOOD FRIDAY: STATIONS OF THE CROSS Friday, April 18, 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM GOOD FRIDAY: LITURGY Friday, April 18, 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM EASTER VIGIL CELEBRATION Saturday, April 19, 7:30 PM EASTER LITURGY Sunday, April 20, 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

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Vineyard Church of Houston 1035 East 11th Street Houston, Texas 77009

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