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Stardig: Public safety headlines 2016 in review By Landan Kuhlmann

Photos by Landan Kuhlmann Nurse Diana Rodriguez takes a patient’s temperature in advance of giving the HPV vaccine at United Health Partners on Antoine Drive. Founder Bernice Koko says the disease is an understated issue, and getting the vaccine ASAP is important

Local facility, founder strive to break through barriers By Landan Kuhlmann Bernice Koko remembers her first steps on American soil—three months pregnant and scared, feeling alone and separated due to the language barrier between her dialect and English; now, she is using the knowledge of those experiences to help others in such a situation get the medical care they need in Houston and around the world. Koko is the founder and director of United Health Partners at 6846 Antoine Dr. near Greater Inwood, a medical outreach clinic dedicated to providing assistance, support and coaching services that allow refugees, asylees, immigrants and the less privileged to achieve healthy living and a healthy lifestyle, while simultaneously providing health and wellness services to the less privileged communities around the world.

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Drawing from experience Koko is no stranger to the experience immigrants, refugees and those new to the United States face upon initial arrival, having immigrated to the country from the Ivory Coast back in 2003. “Everybody needs help, and if I feel I have to help and can do it with

what I have, you don’t have to be rich to be able to help,” Koko said. Koko said her new life was rolling along nicely, mostly devoid of true hardships, as she proceeded to take the plunge and eventually earn her MBA; but she still felt something was missing. “Life is not what you get, life is what you can give back and what you can do around you to affect people,” she said. “I was working and making good money, but I wasn’t happy.” With her husband’s help and encouragement, Koko was able to help in the community, lend a hand and make an effort to help those less fortunate—leading to the idea of creat-

ing UHP in 2015. “As a health professional, I’m able to see that not everybody has health insurance or can afford or access healthcare services,” she said. “Health care and health wellness are about taking action toward your health and making healthy choices.” Remembering that hardship upon her initial arrival, Koko uses that knowledge of someone viewing American healthcare from the outside looking in to the hopeful advantage of her patients as she strives to break down the walls separating them from the healthcare they need. “With the language barrier and everything else, it was extremely difficult. Looking around me, I can still see people who don’t have access to healthcare just because they have a language barrier, and cultural clash also plays a major role,” she said. “I can tell you many people don’t go to hospitals—they don’t have the mentality of preventative care there. I was able to see that healthcare here is different. The mentality coming from people outside is different.” Even if you go to the hospital, Koko says that in many other parts of the world, not all the needed equipment is readily available. See UHP P. 2A

As the year wound down, Houston City Council member (Distict A,) Brenda Stardig took some time to speak with The Leader about the area’s progress in 2016 and look ahead to what is in store for District A (the furthest northwest portion of The Leader distribution area) in 2017. Now in her third term on city council, Stardig has poured numerous resources into identifying “root cause” issues (issues that may have This is the last in impacted criminal a 3-part series activity and public of interviews safety in the dis- with the Houston trict) and eradicating City Council members who them. One in particurepresent our lar stands as perhaps the most significant area of the city. advancement—the demolition of the derelict, abandoned Oakbrook Apartments, which have now been repurposed as green space on White Oak Bayou. “I’d been testing out several ideas for what we could do there—we had to know the demolition was still in the works,” she said of the months and years leading up to the demoition. “That would trigger the confidence we needed in the area along with what the Parks Board would be doing and whether they’d be with us—it’s like the dominoes were all lining up and they’re beginning to fall forward now.” A major reason Stardig hangs her 2016 hat on the Oakbrook demolition lies in the aformentioned “root cause” issues she has advocated so strongly against. “Public safety is my gig, because if people don’t feel safe in the community, you can give them everything they want, but they’re not going to stay. It’s very important to me that everyone’s safe,” she said. Stardig said that she (and others) viewed Oakbrook as a crime magnet See Stardig P. 3A

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Lowell Street Market, Radom Capital’s new development at W. 18th St. just before Hunky Dory and Bernadine’s, is making progress both in its build out and occupancy. Steve Radom with Radom Capital says there are now five signed tenants for the property. Three have not yet made announcements but two have. Smoosh Cookies will have their first brick and mortar location in the Heights. And Snooze Eatery will have its second location in Houston in the project. Their first is on Montrose, one block south of Westheimer. Smoosh makes custom ice-cream cookie sandwiches which they currently sell from a food truck. They also provide catering services and have recently started to do a number of weddings. Snooze Eatery was founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, in Denver, Colorado in 2006. Their website says they “serve creative twists on America’s favorite breakfast classics

Contributed rendering Five tenants have been signed for Lowell Market on N. Shepherd, including two new eateries.

in a casual, friendly and vibrant atmosphere.” John Garza with Purvey Realty was the broker for Smoosh owners JayR Reyes and Brad Nguyen as they looked for a brick and mortar spot and says that the Heights was a location they were partial to because of everything else going on there. “It’s always what someone is looking for,” said Garza, who also noted that his clients were influenced by the renderings which show more green space than other developments. “I’ve had other clients ask me if

there’s anything else like this, and I tell them not a lot in Houston,” said Garza. Garza said the brick and mortar location became necessary for the owners because it offered more inventory control as they grow the business. Radom talked to The Leader last fall about the responsibility of developers in the area to make their spaces more pedestrian friendly. For Lowell Market, that started with having parking in the back and orienting the three main structures to 18th Street. Before the renovation which is currently underway, there was 21,000

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profit will offer free HPV vaccines to young teens. However, In order for UHP to administer the HPV vaccine, donations are needed. For a donation of $15, readers can provide one HPV vaccine to a young teen. “It’s worth it to get it and prevent HPV. We just want them to get the vaccine and give them the information— because if you don’t have the information, no choice is possible,” Koko said. Care beyond borders However, United Health Partners does not simply serve those domestically. When Koko launched UHP in 2015, she had explored an abroad program and started a diabetes awareness program in Mali, West Africa. As the symptoms of diabetes (fatigue, thirst, and more) can often mimic symptoms of malaria (a common affliction in the region), she said the existing under-resourced clinics typically lack the ability to decipher or recognize the difference. “Over there people don’t have the means, so they think

anything bad looks like malaria; by the time they realize it’s diabetes, it’s too late,” she said. Under the umbrella of the program, Koko was able to put a staff together and screen 125,000 people; and the results were shocking, with the number of people contracting diabetes in the region ending up anywhere from 20-22 percent. In response, Koko has since opened two small clinics in the region in proactive attempts to raise awareness and cut down on the prevalent affliction. Whether domestic or on the other side of the globe, Koko’s service stems from a desire to enrich her life by enriching and improving the lives of everyone around her in any way—large or small. “It’s the kind of person I try to be,” she said. “If you can give to those around you and make someone else’s life better, that’s worth it over being rich.” For more information on the clinic or to donate to UHP, visit

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Heights couple embarking on multimodal journey By Landan Kuhlmann Heights residents Paul and Stephanie Babb have used the Heights bike trails, METRO and Uber in the past, but recently formulated an extreme idea—what if they depend solely on non-motor vehicle modes of transportation? The long-time Heights residents are involved in a class action lawsuit against Volkswagon, and traded in their 2014 VW Passat Jan. 6. Having previously been taken aback with the new car selection process, Paul Babb said the couple saw an opportunity to do something unorthodox — go 90 days utilizing only METRO, Uber, bike trails and other alternate forms of transportation while chronicling the entire experience. “There’s so many options these days, and one day we just kind of got overwhelmed, so I asked ‘what if we didn’t have a car?’ We ride bikes already, we ride the bus some; we rarely take Uber but we certainly can,” Paul said. “Millenials have lead the way in this car-less culture that is being developed, and we thought there was something we could do with that, especially living where we do.”

“The idea of pairing down and having less is appealing. At first I was like ‘Are you nuts?’ Then I started thinking about it more,” Stephanie Babb added. “I just need to look at this as sort of going on a diet—you’re going to do without something, seeing if you can make it and do well without it.” Starting Jan. 9, the couple has embarked on the tour, while chronicling every stage of the journey by date, destination, mode of transportation, miles traveled, cost and travel time to discover the most efficient form of travel and test if the true “need” for vehicles exists more often than not. Learning experience The Babbs consider themselves well off and without many true hardships; and say they view the experiment as a self-teaching experience, as opposed to an attempt to flaunt superior efficiency. “We’re both 65, and we needed a challenge at this point. I don’t think it’s going to be experiencing tremendous hardships or anything like that,” Paul said. “Because we live where we do, the fact we’re doing this is a testament to the people who put

a collateral effect of the experiment is simply breaking through the barrier of mindless habits and complacency which appears to have settled over the population in a widespread fashion. “We used to have a neighbor who built the most waterefficient, electricity-efficient house I’ve ever seen. The same person who built that, drove a block and a half to work every day. It’s just nuts, and I think inertia has a lot to do with it,” Paul said. “You start thinking ‘that’s the only way to go someplace. I’ve got a car, and that’s the most efficient way.’ But often times there are other ways to get places, and that’s what we’re exploring.” Photo supplied Heights residents Paul and Stephanie Babb have officially embarked on a 90-day experiment exploring alternate modes of transportation

those paths in — There’s not a lesson we’re trying to teach someone, we’re trying to learn ourselves.” “I think most of us have a lot, and very little hardship, so it’s also a bit of a self-induced challenge, to see what we could do without,” Stephanie added. “It’s not so much about millenials as it is about

teaching ourselves.” Breaking old habits Part of such self-education is overcoming complacency and habits which have set in over decades of practice. It is no secret that cars are the king of transportation—many times without even a second thought. Thus for the Babbs,

Presenting the idea Stephanie and Paul acknowledge that in today’s day and age, what they are proposing may seem a bit... extreme. “One of the ways I’ll evaluate this is if we’re still talking at the end of 90 days. That’ll be a huge win,” Paul said with a chuckle. “Some of our friends do say we’re a bit crazy.”

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Stardig from P. 1A with its derelict look and high weeds, and made it her personal mission to see the demolition through for the betterment of the community. “I find that when you demolish these apartments that have been abandoned and become dangerous buildings, it takes the blight away, it creates confidence in the area and people look to that as an indicator of better things to come,” she said. “When people feel like someone cares, they feel there’s more confidence in the area to invest. Every time I’ve taken down an apartment complex, immediately people start taking better care of their yard and fixing things up.” “You’ve got to keep everything nice and orderly so they (criminals) don’t feel welcome. If things aren’t orderly they feel like nobody’s paying attention,” she added. Also among Stardig’s proudest advancements of 2016 was her accompani-

ment of Mayor Sylvester Turner and other delegates to Washington, D.C. earlier this year to help present Houston’s case for obtaining funds to send back to Houston for drainage issues which have continued to plague the growing city. “They were so impressed with our delegation—they said it’s the first time some of them had seen the Houston delegation make their way to D.C. and be proactive in asking for the money,” she said. “I think that put in their heads, at least, that it needed to be a priority. It also helped speed up reimbursements to the different entities so they could move projects forward.” Stardig has also implemented a number of initiatives with HPD’s North Command, such as granting the department $75,000 to be spent in District A, primarily for overtime funds. Use of those funds has led 101 charges filed (49 felony), 198 war-

rants executed (60 felony) as well as the seizure of dozens of grams of marijuana seized, 15 grams of narcotics and more. What does the future hold? As the calendar flips to January, Stardig maintains that more work on infrastructure and public safety will continue to remain paramount—a concern only exacerbated by the past year’s two major floods and two four-alarm fires within District A in the past year. “Drainage and public safety impact quality of life quicker than anything. We need to make sure we have a safe environment and also keep water out of people’s homes,” she said. “There’s a number of people still quite nervous about having water, and I want to continue focusing on making sure people feel safe in their homes and don’t have to worry when heavy rains come.”

“I think the test will be how many of our friends will still be talking to us at the end of this,” Stephanie added with a laugh. “It’s a whole new way of doing things, so convincing them (friends) will be interesting.” Regardless of the blowback, though, the couple remains committed to seeing their experiment through, for a myriad of reasons. “If we can take even one car off the road, even if it’s just for 90 days, it’s not a bad thing. And even if we get a car at the end of 90 days, it may influence the kind of car we get,” Paul said. “We’ll also still be doing this more than we have. I think a lot of this is inertia and habit, and if we get out of the habit of driving a car, I think that will work to our benefit.” “Maybe we’ll give someone something else to think about and present the idea, which a lot of times doesn’t even happen,” Stephanie said. The Leader will be checking in on the Babbs’ expedition every month, so stay tuned for what the journey holds.


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To resolve or not to resolve, that is the question By Betsy Denson


here are two times each year that I am convinced that I will actually become a different, better, person. The first is the start of the school year. In getting ready to send my own kids off for another year, I remember the joy of a brand new Trapper Keeper (remember those?), the smell of new, unblemished, notebooks, and I think about all the things I never did that I’m finally now going to do. The other is New Years. After a fun, frenzied Christmas, filled with more than my fair share of good food and lots of events, some part of me is ready to de-stress my life and get on the exercise bandwagon again. But this year, even after seeing some pictures of myself that would in past years send me straight to a spinning class, I curled up on the sofa and started The Crown on Netflix instead. So it got me to thinking, what good – if any, are New Year’s Resolutions at all? For some people it’s working. Reader Lindsey Romeo wanted to clean out her closets. She’s already

done one and a half, plus her garage. Julie Osterman says her resolutions always seem to center around eating healthier, Betsy Denson exercising more, being more present and organizing/cleaning out. “I tend to do very well at least through Spring Break,” she said. “I think it’s worthwhile and a great way to rejuvenate and develop better habits.” Stacy Barry says she’s never good at following through on something that isn’t self-motivated and New Year’s resolutions feel peer pressured to her. “I use my birthday as my New Year for holding myself accountable to personal goals,” she said. While health guest columnist Catherine Kruppa has some good ideas in the B section for achieving your wellness goals, I also wanted to ask Elizabeth Cobb, LMFT-S,

LPC-S, her take on resolutions as a whole – to resolve, or not to resolve? “The new year provides the opportunity for a do over, a second chance, and better yet, a new beginning,” she said. “I think that’s the allure of the New Year resolution, and often people make a resolution that is ultimately about self-betterment, which in my book is a great aspiration. Resolutions and goals, if not properly structured, can definitely set someone up for failure, though, and that is a bad gig.” Cobb recommends that people look at their values first, and use that compass to guide them in selecting their goals. She said it’s also important to write down your goals, stated in the positive and in explicit terms. Example: “I will train for the 2018 Houston Marathon.” Next, be realistic and use an action plan punctuated with minigoals that can be accomplished along the way to help steer your course. Like: “I will run a 5K in the first quarter of the year. I will run a 10K in the second quarter, etc.”

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of Planned Parenthood seeks political asylum in Aleppo, saying, in a press release, “For us, it’s safer than Texas.” President Trump disregards unanimous findings by our 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia hacked emails, phone conversations and dead-drop document transfers, to influence the outcome of last November’s presidential election in favor of Trump; He calls the reports “the work of amateurs – I know more about spy work than they do. Just look at my own disguise. You think that’s real hair?” JUNE –Is busting out all over. New director of the IRS announces that a littleknown law requires New York City developers to withhold their federal income tax statements. A reporter calls the CIA to check out rumors that Russians have infiltrated top-secret positions in the agency. A spokesman replies, “Nyet.” The Texas Democratic Party is officially listed on the Endangered Species list. “That’s not true. We are alive and kicking,” he says. JULY-- The Fourth of July lands on July 4. President Trump takes full credit. Texas A&M announces it is leaving the SEC for the NFL. In response to criticism that Aggieland is being turned into a football factory, a press release explains: “Texas A&M is awl about edukashun.” The Kremlin announces that 25 American spies exposed in Russia have been executed. Fox News wins Pulitzer for Best Fiction writing. AUGUST – FBI Director James Coney reports newly found emails show a fortune awaits him from a Nigerian prince. The Texas Board of Education approves printing books with moveable type on paper “as a pilot project.” FEMA declares the Astros’ bullpen a disaster area. A final NBC exit poll finds Clinton beating Trump in the Electoral College by 13 points. SEPTEMBER -- Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder abolishes Labor Day, explaining, “Even the Lord only took off on Sundays.” Baylor University announces its football players will no longer wear jerseys with numbers across their chests. “They bring back bad memories.” OCTOBER –Hillary Clinton is found hiding in a tunnel under a New York City pizzeria. Bill Clinton says, “Not her. Keep looking.” President Trump asks, “Do we really need 17 different intelligence agencies?” No one knows why, so Congress establishes a new Committee to Find Out Why, with a Budget of $30 million and a staff of 400. Under new leadership, the EPA announces a new Friends of Smog Society

and looks for it and lives it in her daily life,” said Cobb. “I have a friend who chooses a hashtag that binds her year together. This is year three for her doing that, and there’s a common theme to each phrase she has chosen: it focuses on being present. It’s a value and inspiring, and she holds herself accountable by putting it out there.” Reader Laura Jackson does a word too. The word this year is ‘balance’. “It is something we want to work on and also teach our kids,” she said. To Cobb, the most important thing is that people are kind to themselves. “Start small, build up, and be proud of what you accomplish,” she said. “Most importantly, though, don’t let a calendar dictate or pressure you into setting goals for yourself. A resolution to increase the quality of your life need not wait until January. It can be any time of year. Just start.” And I will. Just as soon as I finish The Crown.

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Saying the Sooth Now A great woman will die, a team will win the World Series and Apple will come out with a new product that will not only make all other iPads, iPhones and iNukes obsolete, but will completely disable every other communications device. Yes, it’s time once again for us to predict the future, with special attention to our new government. Remember that last year’s predictions were 100 percent accurate with a margin of error of a mere 100 percent. JANUARY – After only parents of the players attend, and with TV ratings below the Test Pattern Channel for the first annual KFC Gravy Bowl, the NCAA announces that, in the future, bowl games would be limited to schools with actual coaches and a team. In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump orders he be addressed in the third person. In His Imperial Majesty’s inaugural parade, the float carrying his ex-wives is hustled away by the Secret Service, as are the cheerleaders and marching band from Trump University. FEBRUARY – The Super Bowl held in Houston features a halftime show of the Best Super Bowl TV Commercials, the Battle of San Jacinto -- so as not to offend anyone, this time the Mexicans win -- and a recreation of the Apollo 13 blast-off. The second half of the game is cancelled because someone forgets to open the stadium’s moveable roof. (Texan officials later explain, “We have a roof that opens?”) The Texas Board of Education bans a textbook on World War II for saying the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima was the Enola Gay. MARCH - In anticipation of the 2020 Census which will allot Texas at least two or three new Congressional seats, the Texas Legislature approves a resolution making gerrymandering the Official State Sport of Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick changes his mind about school bathrooms, with a press release saying, “I thought the TransGender was a freeway.” U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry sues Jeb Bush for “a total lack of energy.” As part of a new treaty, President Trump replaces the U.S. Marine Band with the Red Army Band, explaining: “The Marines are so military.” Hillary Clinton is reported missing by husband, Bill, “for the last three months.” APRIL -- UT student leaders declare that the name of the Austin festival, South By Southwest, “smacks of slavery,” and demand the name be changed to a Festival of Love, Hope and Flowers for People of All Color, Creed and Sexual Persuasion. In reply, South by Southwest officials say they’ll meet the UT student leaders at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. President Trump demands that his children be allowed to sit in on an intelligence briefing dealing with our spies in Russia, adding: “They keep lots of secrets.” MAY -- The Texas branch

Accountability is your friend, according to Cobb. Whether that’s an actual person or a calendar that you can check off each day, having someone or something that you report back to can be a great cheerleader to keep you going. Monitoring your progress also shows you what you’ve accomplished and will keep you motivated. Finally, extend yourself grace. “We all slip up, fall down, or completely fall off,” said Cobb. “That’s okay. Use these missteps as an opportunity to evaluate your goal. Was it too big or unrealistic for the demands in your life? Need to scale it back to something smaller, more manageable? I think that most often people give up on their new year’s resolutions because they feel discouraged by what they perceive as failure instead of an opportunity to try again.” I really liked Cobb’s other approach to goal setting. She has a few clients, who feel frustrated and intimidated by goals, who choose instead to focus on words for the year instead of a particular resolution. “One client chose ‘gratitude’,

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and its Adopt-a-Refinery program. NOVEMBER – Sen. Ted Cruz acknowledges that he has finally renounced his Canadian citizenship and now has dual citizenship with the entire U.N. Security Council. He may run for Grand Sultan of Senegal. Employees at the U.S. Treasury Dept. rebel on receiving orders to change the curriencies to read: “In Trump we trust.” DECEMBER -- Upon hearing that, during the Christmas season, bell-ringers will be placed outside department stores by the Salvation Army, Gov. Greg Abbott orders the Texas Guard to “monitor this imminent threat of a military takeover of Texas.” A blizzard hits northern Alaska. Newt Gingrich blames “the elite liberal media.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson orders all embassies and consulates to replace the U.S. seal with an Exxon logo. Lt. Gov. Patrick is run over on the Trans-Gender Freeway. Ashby is soothful at ashby2@

Dear Editor: During daily long walks through the Heights, I feel monstrous pain seeing Leader Newspapers prostrate and ignored on so many lawns, evidently unwanted, apparently not understood, obviously unappreciated, getting wet and decaying or whatever, destined for the trash. It’s just staggeringly sad, miserably depressing, all those people missing out on reading my Letters to the Editor. J. Reynolds

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Dear Editor: In the 2016 World Series, the Cubs beat the Indians four games to three. Each team happened to score 27 runs in the seven games. If Lynn Ashby were an Indians fan, he’d be carrying on and protesting about everything including how the weather got the Indians shafted. So Ashby is predicting unkept promises by Presidentelect Trump who won some 3,000 U.S. counties to Hillary’s 489. But we don’t count the votes that way. Trump won 30 states to Hillary’s 20. But we don’t measure the outcome that way either. Trump won over 200 counties that Obama had won in 2012. He simply out-worked Hillary.

Email us your letters: Oh, to review the list of Obama promises from 20072008 that Ashby will never acknowledge. Ashby will not highlight how the DNC deliberately blocked Bernie Sanders from defeating Hillary through the use of Super Delegates, or how CNN fed questions to Hillary in advance of her debates with him. Or how NBC sought advanced approval from Hillary’s campaign director, John Podesta, about the questions to ask GOP candidates in interviews. Those are perfectly normal activities of political hacks at NBC and Lynn Ashby. Both candidates know the rules before the campaign, just as the Indians and Cubs knew them. So your column would have been more helpful to readers if you reflected on reforming the curious Democratic party primary process that led to the inevitable anointing of Hillary. Mike Crowe

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Dear Editor: My wife and I recently moved to Oak Forest, we were living in a house in the 700 block of East 10th St. At the end of the block on Studewood were the Glass Wall and Black & White eateries. We experienced the same woes as the good folks on Arlington: Restaurant staff, up

to ten cars, would park on the block all day followed by the restaurant goers. The City has a program called Residential Permit Parking, it took about 3-4 months from petition gathering to meeting with City officials, but the residents of the block now have permit parking during the busiest times of the day: Bonus: The towing companies have lists of such areas, they cruise them and call HPD to ticket the violators, and once ticketed they can be towed. Robert Reeves

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The calendar. INTRO TO SQUARE DANCING Fairbees Square Dance Club Fairbees Square Dance Club, is hosting two free Intro to Square Dancing nights, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 19. Come see what Modern Western Square Dancing is all about. Great low impact exercise, fun, food, and free! The classes will be held at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, 12211 Memorial Dr. No partner required, older children (preteens and teens) welcome, good family fun in a healthy, non-smoking, non-drinking environment. Basic Square Dance Lessons will begin the following Jan. 26, 6:45-8 p.m., $5 per person per lesson. Information: 713-957-2762. POKER TOURNAMENT Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em and know that now is the time to register for the semi-annual poker tournament being held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, at Houston Highway Credit Union, 8120 Washington. The entry fee/buy in is $50, dinner and drinks included. Space is limited to 40 players, first come, first serve. Information: teresa@, 713861-6735. 19TH STREET SIP AND STROLL Merchants of 19th Street Join the merchants of 19th Street for the first Third Thursdays event of 2017, Sip and Super Bowl! Let’s celebrate this historic event as our City prepares to host Super Bowl LI. We will be honoring ReBuild Houston. The event will be from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 19. Information: events/686202358211236/

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The Fellowship contemporary service at St. Stephen’s The Fellowship, a casual, acoustic, contemporary service, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22, in the fellowship hall. Coffee and snacks will be served before and after the service. All are welcome. A free information seminar for those considering enrolling in Medicare will be held Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Room 201. RSVP to Lang Eng, 832-6076580. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit and the church’s Facebook page. ‘Alpha’ series at The Vineyard For those interested in exploring the meaning of life, The Vineyard Church of Houston is hosting a series of 12 sessions titled “Alpha.� Alpha is a chance to find out more about the basics of Christian faith in a fun, relaxed setting.

Food is provided, and there is no charge, no pressure and no follow-up. The first session will be from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 17. The series runs weekly through April 4. Three class times are available at two locations including the Heights and Medical Center areas. To register, visit www.houstonvineyard. org/alpha. The Vineyard Church of Houston is located at 1035 E. 11th St., and is a multi-cultural Christian congregation. For information, visit All Saints TALC holds Spring Registration All Saints Third Age Learning Center (TALC), will hold its 2017 Spring Registration for classes and activities Jan. 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the church parish hall located at 215 E. 10th St. The 2017 semester of classes begins Feb. 6 and concludes May 5. Late registration will take place the first week of the semester, Feb. 6-10. TALC is celebrating its 30th

The Obituaries.

Louis A. Cashiola, 91, born April 25, 1925, died Jan. 8.

Doris Dominey, 88, born Sept. 3, 1928 in Jacksonville, Texas, died Jan. 3. She is survived by her children Marie Hudgins, Kathy Coborn, James Dominey Jr., seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Joel Stephen Klash, 62,

died Dec. 26. He is survived by his sons, Joel Jr. and wife Cristynna, Elias and wife Ericka, sisters Shir-

ley, Bonnie, Yvonne, and Alicia and grandchildren Caleb, Joshua, and Valerie.

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born June 22, 1927 in Belleview, Ky., died Jan. 3. She is survived by her children George IV, Eileen, Brian, Madeleine, and many grandchildren.

Fay Naff, 88, born July 12, 1928 in Shreveport, La., died Jan. 4. Naff was a member of Garden Oaks Baptist Church. She is survived by her sister Mary, brother Edward, sons Ken and Charles,

ECONOMIC FORECAST LUNCHEON Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Reserve a table and invite clients to hear from one of the nation’s leading economists about the economic outlook for Houston and beyond. Dr. Bill Gilmer, a professor of Economics at the University of Houston, will discuss business, employment, interest rates, energy and real estate. The event will be from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 26, at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 North Loop West. Information: 713-861-6735, OPERATION VALENTINES American Legion Post 560 The American Legion Post 560 is asking the community to create hand-made Valentine cards to honor veterans and active duty military. The deadline is Jan. 27, to ensure timely sorting and distribution. The post will be open from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, to receive Valentines. Look for the giant mailbox inside the post, located at 3720 Alba Rd. Information: 281-507-6321, BARBECUE COOKOFF Oaks Dads’ Club The event will take place at the baseball/softball facility at 3410 E. TC Jester Blvd., Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. The gates will open for the cook teams to start setting up on Friday afternoon and families are invited out to the grounds at 7 p.m. to enjoy company, taste testing, music, drinks and more. Saturday, Jan. 28, is the big plate sale and event. Tickets are $10 each. A grounds only ticket can

anniversary of offering seniors in the community a variety of classes and activities. Some of the classes offered this semester will include Spanish, woodworking, stain glass, water color, computer, scrapbooking, Mah Jong, exercise and much more. Seminars, birthday celebrations and special parties are held and all are welcome to attend the Valentine’s Day party on Feb. 14, with music by Big Ed and The Happy Band. A full course hot lunch is available Monday through Friday at noon during the semester for a nominal fee of $2. Call 713-248-1277 for information. Senior Time Event at First Church Heights Senior Time Event meets the last Tuesday of every month at First Church Heights, 201 E. 9th St., in the fellowship hall, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. This month’s meeting will be Jan. 31, and will feature guest speaker Attorney Caroline Kuipers of Hayes and Wilson, PLL, who will discuss wills,

four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Arlie Omar Reynolds Jr., 85, born Dec. 27, 1931, died Jan. 7. Reynolds served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1950-1954. He was employed in the oil and pipeline industries and was a 32nd degree Master Mason with the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Juanita, sons Arlie III, William, daughter Lynnette Anderson, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

be purchased for $3 each. There will be a bounce house, activities for the kids, local booth vendors, celebrity judging for cook-teams, a team corn hole tournament at noon, and free beer booth 12 - 3 p.m., sponsored by Saint Arnold. Information: CLASSIC CAR SHOW Adolf Hoepfl Garage Car enthusiasts across greater Houston are gearing up for the seventh annual Adolf Hoepfl Garage Car Show to be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 28. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. with trophies being awarded after 2:30 p.m. All car enthusiasts are encouraged to register. Early registration is $20 and includes an event T-shirt and a goody bag. Interested individuals may also register on event day for $25. This year, participants will take a cruise down to Heights Boulevard before the show. Adolf Hoepfl and Son Garage is located at 4610 N. Shepherd Dr. Information: 713-695-5071, www. CRAWFISH FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIPS Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce This year’s Crawfish Festival is Saturday, March 4. Exhibitor booths start at $100 and sponsorships start at $250. Sponsorship deadline for first round of posters is Jan. 9. For details on participation in the parade, selling goods or to sponsor this year’s Crawfish Festival, contact Jill Johnston at the Chamber office. Information: 713-861-6735,

probate and estate planning for seniors and a light breakfast. Call 713-447-1251 for information. St. Rose Altar Guild to hold chocoholic games party The St. Rose of Lima Altar Guild is hosting its annual Chocoholic Feast and Games night Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the West Hall. Tickets are $10 each and include a light dinner, door prize drawings, fun, games and desserts. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community is located at 3600 Brinkman. For information email louise.bratton@yahoo. com or call 713-692-9123.

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f we sow beans in the spring, we can’t expect to reap tomatoes at harvest time. Likewise, if we sow animosity and discord, we shouldn’t expect to reap peace and harmony. In addition, there are natural consequences to our thoughts, words and actions; it seems they are part of the fundamental nature of things. Just as the law of cause and effect doesn’t take a holiday in the physical world, neither does it take a holiday in the social and spiritual realm. As a society, we cannot expect to treat the most disadvantaged among us with disdain and not reap the consequences. As sociologists sometimes say, every society gets exactly the criminal element it deserves. Likewise, individually we cannot expect to mistreat people and not be adversely affected. And even if the misdeeds are only in our imaginations, there is still a corresponding effect for every cause. If we spend most of our time harboring ill will and secret animosities against our neighbor, it will have its natural effect, if only to create a cloud of rancor forever hovering over us. So, what we should sow are seeds of love and will, making sure that our thoughts, our words, and our actions are planting the kinds of seeds that will ensure a bountiful harvest of love and goodness. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. - R.S.V. Galatians 6:7-8


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Yoga & Hops at Eureka Heights Brewing

Saturday, Jan. 14 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Price: $20 941 W. 18th St. Yoga & Hops holds yoga classes at local craft breweries. Y&H is about bringing people together to connect and be social with one another before, during and after class! It’s an opportunity to meet up with friends and make some new ones at the same time! Yoga is traditionally held in a studio environment; what’s so unique about Y&H is the vibe, which is a result of holding class in a new location - a brewery! This week, class will be at local brewery Eureka Heights. Class is $20 and this includes one hour of yoga and one beer from Eureka at the commence of class.

Urban Harvest fruit tree sale

Saturday, Jan. 14 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rice University - 6100 Main St. Urban Harvest hosts its 17th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Jan. 14,. in Rice University’s Greenbriar Lot. Gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that are adapted to grow in Houston’s climate and soil, including selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening. All are grafted onto rootstock to ensure many years of fruitful harvest. In addition to popular trees such as Clementine mandarin, Meyer lemon and avocado, this year’s market will feature an assortment of nutrient-packed superfoods including seven varieties of blueberries, four varieties of pomegranate and a raspberry variety adaptable to grow in Houston.

Homebrew 101

Saturday, Jan. 14 9 a.m. - noon FREE 3814 N. Shepherd Dr. Farmboy Brew Shop will be hosting a free introduction to homebrew demonstration Saturday, January 14. This class will be happening simultaneously with the Intro to AllGrain, and there will be breaks where you can check out that process, too.

The demonstration will cover brewing an extract and partial grain batch often used by beginning (and even longtime!) homebrewers. The class will last about 2-3 hours from start to finish beginning at 11 a.m. (although brewers can leave anytime). Bring a chair!

Mike Stinson at Cottonwood

Saturday, Jan. 14 7 - 10 p.m. Free 3422 N. Shepherd Dr. Mike Stinson, a Gunslinger not to be challanged, brings his Banditos to Cottonwood Houston for a rare Saturday night show. Join Cottonwood for what’s expected to be a Honky Tonk evening of classics and originals from the Fastest Gun in town.


Monday, Jan. 16 7 - 9 p.m. Tickets: $11 14 Pews - 800 Aurora The filmmaker Meghan L. OHara will introduce the film and lead a talk-back afterwards. Cancer is no laughing matter – but the archaic way we are beating it, is! With a dose of good humor, heart, and a touch of rock-n’-roll beat, THE C WORD reveals the forces at play keeping us sick and dares to ask: if up to 70% of cancer deaths are preventable … what are we waiting for? And, in asking the question, director Meghan L. O’Hara reveals astounding truths that no one is talking about on a grand scale — until now.

A weekend of tradition, memories and barbecue In the last couple years that I’ve been in the neighborhood, it seems like everyone I’ve met has a story to share on the rich history of our area. This is certainly true when it comes to the tradition of Oaks Dads’ Club, a youth sports league and non-profit that has served the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest neighborhood since 1954, and the memories many hold with the club. Coming up this month, Oaks Dads’ Club is hosting their annual fundraiser - Oaks Dads’ Club BBQ Cook-Off. The cook-off opens registration to the novice griller, and anyone else in-between. Cook teams compete in several different categories: breakfast, beans, chili, chicken, ribs, brisket, beverage and the Ron Roznovsky chef choice - named after the late Ron Roznovsky who was an avid supporter of the club. Cook teams will setup on Friday, Jan. 27 to fire up their grills to compete, and [most] will camp out over

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night to Saturday, Jan. 28 to get ready for the big day of cook-off judging. Something that sets the club apart is that it is fully volunteer based. The fields are mowed by volunteers, coaches are volunteers, the cookoff organizers are volunteers, and the meal prep. that goes into the event’s bbq plates are done by volunteers. All of that hard work goes into something handmade, something special, and this year, for a second year, Gatlin’s BBQ has extended helping hands to smoke all of the brisket for cook-off bbq plate sales. Plates are $10 and will include Gatlin’s brisket, sausage (smoked by ODC), potatoes, green beans, and all the fixings. Plate sales will

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-Save the date for Jan. 27, 28. -BBQ tickets are $10 -$3 admission (free all weekend with purchase of bbq plate) -All proceeds benefit ODC youth athletes 3410 E. T C Jester Blvd. 77018

Greg Gatlin, of Gatlin’s BBQ, started playing for Oaks Dads’ Club in 1984. The Gatlin family will be smoking all of the brisket for the club’s barbecue plate sales Jan. 28 (photo by Christina Martinez).

be from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. You can buy tickets in advance or just

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Co. is the official beer sponsor and will providing free beer tasting from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. During that time, Houston Sports & Social club will be hosting a cornhole tournament, too. The non-profit and youth sports league is gearing up for a weekend of memories. Stop by our office to grab a ticket, or a few - The Leader is located at 3500 E. T C Jester Blvd. suite A. Visit for more info. Email

Art Valet: Not your average trophy head Nancy Adams is a fine artist in the purest definition: work created specifically to be appreciated for its imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. Her clients in the first part of her art career were a who’s who list from neighbors to motorcycle enthusiasts, musicians (famous ones) to international corporation, and her work was featured in as many places from Sturgis, to museums in New York and Europe. Adams painted everything from hot rods, custom motorcycles, and swimming pools to double decker buses. Adams got her start at 15 by experimenting with tin can art, which led to competing, showing and winning as an adult at art shows and festivals that became so successful, she put herself through school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and then two years at Butera School of Art, Boston. It was while in college studying the fine arts that Nancy picked up her first motorcycle and hotrod painting commissions. It would be thirty years before she looked at tin cans again, and now with a new view point, design skills and aesthetic. What drew you back to the tin can? “All of my painting and drawing has been very tight and precise over the years,” Adams said. “The restrictive world of custom paint especially requires matching, mirrored sides and very refined finishes. If I make a mistake, it’s not a catastrophe from material it allows me to develop an idea without worry.” “The fact that it is a tin can,” Adams continued,

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the real thing on our wall to show our love for them. Why can’t we make them from a material that is considered throwaway and keep the real things happily roaming the earth?” “Whatever I make, though, I want it to have a happy and joyous twist. Yes, life has a lot of tragedy, but I want my art to make people smile and see the funny and upbeat side of life. The tin cans give me that sense of upbeat attitude with a joyous artful twist.” Adams is serious about creating fun art to look at, especially with names like

“Something that is considered a junk material, when cut with a torch, reshaped and tooled, presents itself in a completely different light; the subtle colors, the textures of the material lend itself to my sculptures. I work with the interior and exteriors of the cans to create a variety of colors, cut the shapes to represent a curvy softness, and at other moments an edgy spikiness.” Where did the animal trophy idea come from? “The animal trophies are my way of showing love to the natural world. The animal kingdom is taken for granted...we barely know some species, yet soon many of them may disappear. So I wanted to make as many animal sculpts as possible to show we don’t have to have

HippieDood (a dog), Killer Clown Bunny, Rambull and BadAzzBee. Nancy Adams’ collection of trophy heads is on display at Town in City Brewing Company through January. Join her and her partner in tin can lunacy, aka John, her husband for a public reception from 7 - 9 p.m. Friday, January 13. You just might find a trophy head suitable for your castle. Town in City Brewing Company is at 1125 W Cavalcade St. 77009. Follow Adams on and her website Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market, find him at

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At the top, Nancy Adams working on a masterpiece. In the middle are a handful of her creations currently on view at Town in City Brewing Co. at 1125 W Calvacade St. Above art is entitled OhDeer!

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