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ministratively and cost-wise, it’s just a burden; and for customers it’s a burden,” Luther said. “[Customers] must go and whip out their license or membership card every time – there’s a layer of complexity, and there’s also a cost to the operators to run under those private club laws. It will be cheaper, because operators will not be under the burden.” Luther, as well as Coltivare and Eight Row Flint owner Morgan Weber, saw what they believe to be false narratives during the process, such as reasoning that dry laws are keeping chains out and keeping people from opening restaurants – which they refuted

The news that Houston-based Revive Development has purchased three acres at 1225 34th Street at 34th and Alba, with the intention of creating a space that caters to families with retail and plenty of green space, has resonated with Leader readers. Revive is calling the project “Stomping Ground,” alluding to the idea that the development will be a gathering space for the community. “Reminds me of grandma’s backyard gettogethers,” wrote one. “Love the idea and can’t wait to visit often.” Since 2009, attorney Troy Blakeney owned the property which he used for his law practice. It included four buildings, one of which was torn down prior to the sale. The renderings for the new concept feature one of the existing warehouses. The other main structure will be a new build. Both will include plenty of windows and access onto 15 feet deep patios fronting the center lawn. The 8,000 square-foot shared green space between the two structures is the centerpiece. Revive emphasized their commitment to preservation in its press release and says that the “personality” of the space guides the design process. Existing structures will be repurposed “to honor the history and character of the surrounding neighborhoods, and to breathe new life into the existing buildings.” The preservation of green space, and trees is also key, according to the release.

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Photo by Landan Kuhlmann Eight Row Flint and Coltivare owner Morgan Weber toasts with a supporter as results trickle in Tuesday night overturning the remaining Heights dry laws. Weber and his restaurants have been major proponents of the measure.

Heights voters turn back dry laws; Santos, Himsl in runoff


col of offering memberships to a club, the Houston City Council must certify the results. And once that happens, Heights businesses will have to apply for new alcohol Santos licenses. According to Scot Luther, head of the Heights Restaurant Coalition, the full impact should be felt Himsl at some point in January 2018. “It’s been a hassle for those guys to serve in the Heights – ad-

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Last November, voters elected to partially repeal the dry laws in the Heights. Now, they have pushed a full repeal over the goal line. Tuesday night, Heights voters supported a proposition overturning a law older than Prohibition that banned establishments from selling alcohol for consumption in a defined area of the Heights. Nearly 61 percent of ballots were cast in favor of the measure, with just 22 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls. Before restaurants and bars in the area can begin pouring drinks without the former proto-

Artists gather on Avenue to support affordable housing By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader The largest annual art auction in Houston, “Art on the Avenue,” launches Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-9 p.m. with the preview party at Winter Street. The impressive show culminates with the auction of the 500-plus original works by local artists on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 6-10 p.m. at the studios. For anyone who loves art or cares about the northside community, this event is a “must-do.” The event offers an unrivaled opportunity to champion both. With works by more than 250 artists, Art on the Avenue is Houston’s definitive “buy local” fundraiser and supports Avenue, an award-winning nonprofit agency working toward revitalization without displac-

ing the citizens who make the near northside interesting and diverse. Avenue promotes affordable housing in our changing urban landscape. Participating artists receive about 50 percent of each sale with the remainder going to nonprofit Avenue. Not only do these purchases support affordable homes – each also gives back to Houston’s artists, the people who make the event possible. What can one expect at the preview? The party will include art-inspired food from near northside culinary artisans such as Fusion Taco, Jenni’s Noodle House and more. Guests will also get a sneak peek at BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures from the team behind Bosscat Kitchen & Libations set to open in the Heights in 2018.

Because no party is great without adult beverages, this year’s preview includes curated wines, local brews and local musicians to round out the fun. The cost for a ticket is $100 in advance, $125 at the door and includes admission to Saturday’s auction as well. For the true art collectors, the preview party is an annual no-brainer; not only is it fun, it provides an opportunity to early bid before doors open to the public on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday’s auction cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Between 400 and 600 people are expected to attend. Mark Parthie has been a member of the board of trustees at Avenue for 25 years. As a resident of the Old 6th Ward, he See Avenue P. 2A

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Highway 290 has been a motorist’s worst nightmare for seemingly an eternity. And while the city has taken steps to remedy congestion, one current alternative has some neighborhood residents thinking another should be in order. As Thomas Jackson sees and hears a constant stream of vehicles flying down the streets in Oak Forest Section 17 just off the 290 feeder to shave time off their commute to 43rd Street, he and others cannot help but be annoyed as a shift in freeway exits has disrupted the peace of the neighborhood. In the past,the exit for 43rd Street would drop drivers off past Berendo. However, after seeing traffic back up on 290 all the way to Antoine due to such an arrangement, officials switched the exits to avoid that problem. Now, the exit for 43rd is set up near Chantilly, moved farther away from 43rd Street and closer to Antoine, in order to improve mobility on both the US 290 outbound mainlanes and frontage road according to TxDOT. “This refers to the movement of exits farther back from major cross streets to prevent traffic from backing up onto the mainlanes, as well as providing exiting motorists more time and space to make their movements,” spokesperson Karen Othon said of the “ramp reversal.” However, now that the exit is back by Chantilly, Jackson said motorists are exiting the freeway onto the frontage road (north) and turning right on Hewitt (northeast) before flying down Bethel






An Oak Forest resident wants streets blocked off to stop cut-through traffic.

(back to the northwest) to get to 43rd and avoid that light. If not that route, he says they’re taking Hewitt all the way to Antoine. Overall, Jackson says the change has brought an inordinate and unprecedented volume of traffic into Section 17, specifically on Hewitt, Bethel, Berendo and Hill Oak. “If traffic ever gets backed up, there will just be a constant stream of cars turning one after the other,” he said. “While I understand the reason for moving the exit, I don’t believe the ramifications to the neighborhood’s resident’s quality of life and safety was adequately studied.” City officials informed him that such a study was outside their parameters, and in TxDOT’s wheelhouse. However, Public Works Director Jeffrey Weatherford also told Jackson he could begin a petition to have amendments made with re-

gards to closing off neighborhood streets as part of the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program – though he was unable to specify exactly what action would be taken. Othon echoed the same, but added evaluation of potential impacts to residents in the corridor has been a priority of the program from its beginning. “Our program’s Environmental Impact Statement was the result of a process which included multiple opportunities for public input, in accordance with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations and related guidance,” she said. She said the environmental study process included public meetings in 2004 and 2005, Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) public hearings in 2007, Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) made available for public review in 2010 and Final FHWA approval received through a Record of Decision (ROD) in August 2010. However Othon was unable to respond to a follow-up email about any recent studies based the changing neighborhood as of press time. Jackson has taken on what seems like an enormous undertaking. However, he remained determined to do the dirty work necessary to effect change he believes will result in a higher quality of life for his neighborhood. “Everyone I’ve reached out to agreed that the traffic, but of course nobody agrees on what needs to be done, and nobody else is volunteering to do anything about it,” he said. “I’m on kind of on a one-man quest right now.”

The Empanada Company opens on W. TC Jester A new restaurant is making a go of it at the Northwest Professional Center, 2925 West TC Jester Boulevard. The Empanada Company has been open for almost two weeks said owner Rosie Paz. Paz said that things are going “pretty good” so far and that last Saturday was really busy. The restaurant is getting customers from the office complex and Paz said she is still trying to get the word out to the greater community.

“This is a great location,” said Paz. “I want people to try my empanadas.” Paz said that the empanadas are Mexican style and that everything for them is made in house. “I don’t see [this style] much in town,” she said. While croissants and kolaches are also on the breakfast menu, people want empanadas for breakfast too, so she is making them with breakfast fillings. Other empanadas come stuffed

with diced beef, marinated chicken, marinated tuna, shrimp, chorizo sausage, avocado and more. The price per empanada ranges from $1.99 to $2.19. Each week, there a special, featured empanada offered for $1.59. There are also dessert empanadas with pineapple and cream cheese, cherry and cream cheese, and apple and cajeta which is Mexican caramel sauce. Ojarascas, which are a Mexican cookie, and Alfajores are available

around the bid sheet to the bitter end, then standing in line to pay for it. Parthie and Avenue have added a new element to relieve the messy process. “We’ve introduced a mobile silent auction platform called HandBid this year,” Parthie explained. “People can place bids on their smart phones, and the app will alert the buyer if they are out bid in real time. Then they can rebid by phone. When the bidding closes and the piece is won, the app sends an invoice immediately and the buyer can pay over the phone. It’s a remarkable new addition for us.” Mark Parthie has spent many volunteer hours sup-

porting work of Avenue over the years. What has inspired this active, caring community member? “There is something wonderful about that moment when a family who never in the world thought they could own a home here, signs the final papers. There is so much joy in it, it moves every time,” Parthie concluded. Studios located at 2101 Winter Street in the Heights. Tickets are available online and at the door and all are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Avenue from P. 1A is an art collector and deeply committed to maintaining the cultural fabric of the area, “to keeping the community strong,” he explained. Parthie has been the spearhead of Art on the Avenue since its inception 21 years ago. “When we first started, there was a fledgling art community in the Heights, and we had about 20 artists,” Parthie remembered with a smile. ”But year after year, the auction kept getting bigger. Today, it’s one of the most anticipated events of the year.” As anyone who has ever bid at a silent auction knows, to win something “you will die without” requires hovering

Revive from P. 1A “We’ve already begun scheduling neighborhood events and activities for 2018 including farmer’s markets, music events, and festivals,” said Monica Danna, Director of Community Outreach at Revive, in a press release. “As a resident of Garden Oaks, I’m reaching out to neighbors to hear what’s most important in dining, retail, and recreation.” Neighbors are already chiming in on their wishes. “Would love to see a small enclosed dog park for that space…to be able to have a beer and let my critters off leash to play,” wrote Cathy White on the OFHA Facebook page. Siobhan Cassin wrote in a vote to The Leader for Dessert Gallery and Sweet Tomatoes. “We always look for innovative ways to add familiar elements to our projects that complement the unique personalities of our neighborhoods,” said Bryan Danna, Principal at Revive.

“As a resident of this area, I’m even more conscious of the needs and desires of the residents, business owners and families who live and work here. This is a very personal project to me.” In the fall of 2016, HCAD had the property under the 1227 W. 34rd address and listed the valuation for its 107,759 square feet at $1,939,170. The 2017 evaluation had increased to $2,520,000. The September 2016 Loop Net listing for 1225 34th Street had the property’s asking price considerably higher at $4,954,950, which was confirmed at the time by Blakeney. No details are known about the purchase price. The property had been under contract twice before for what Blakeney told The Leader he considered a good price. Stomping Grounds will break ground this month and is expected to be completed by Labor Day 2018.

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or the first 40 years of my life, one of my favorite days of the year came in March, when the clock rolled forward an hour. As a youngster, that extra hour of daylight meant more time wandering down the creek near my back yard. As a teen, it meant more time for baseball practice, less for homework. And through college and even the 10 years after, you could see a golf ball until at least 8:30 p.m., which meant I could sneak in 18 holes after work, assuming some wanna-be pro wasn’t in front of me wasting precious daylight over 2-foot putts. Last week, we all turned our dials back an hour, allegedly giving us an extra hour of sleep and sending the sun beneath the last swath of concrete right about quittin’ time. As far as I’m concerned, we should all pour Gorilla Glue over the dials of our wall clocks and never touch them again. Why the change of heart? You mean besides the fact that I don’t get to play golf after work anymore? Here’s what happened: It appears I finally grew up and started living like an adult. I married a wonderful wife, and we both wanted wonderful children. In return, we’ve been blessed with two annoying little

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boys, and we’re trying to raise them while maintaining a semblance of sanity. And sanity, it turns out, has a strong correlation to sleep, which is probably why the first five years of a child’s life is focused squarely on sleep. Think about it. When your first child comes home from the hospital and Aunt Janie Mae delivers a chicken-and-rice casserole, what’s the first thing she wants to know about the new baby? “How much is little Wilbur sleeping?” Right? And that line of questioning goes on and on. Uncle Roscoe comes by a few weeks later. “Sleeping through the night yet?” he’ll ask. After about a year, we get focused

on the naps, because my wife and I learned early that remaining lucid was largely contingent on our babies taking one nap in the morning and another in the afternoon. When else would we shower and clean our destroyed house other than when Wilbur went to sleep? A few months ago, I wrote about the issue we have in our home with sleep. Specifically, our oldest son Hank (not Wilbur), does not believe in it. He’d close down the bars if his fake ID was good enough. And he’s apparently in a life race with the roosters to be the first to crow. Which brings us full-circle to this spring forward, fall back debacle. My children do not understand the purpose of a clock, other than the singular role of serving as a nightlight in their rooms. We have spent many an evening staring at a digital clock with Hank, trying to explain that he cannot come downstairs until the first number says “6.” It’s just that Hank’s numbering system is different than ours. He’ll come downstairs at 5:06. Or 4:26. We then resorted to the posterboard-and-gold-star system, rewarding him with a small toy once he got 10 stars for staying in bed. You know what he did? With all

Harvesting Harvey THE FRONT YARD – No, this is not another poor-littleme Hurricane Harvey story. This is a story of wealth beyond your imagination, yachts, gold bars and even a cup of Starbucks chocolate latte with whip cream topping. You see, in the wake of that storm, aid is pouring in, like billions, and we need to get our share, but it’s going to require time, patience and our simple animal cunning. Hey, somebody is going to be on the receiving end of this monumental dole, so why not us? Let’s look at the landscape which, in my neighborhood of Running Rats Acres, looks like Walmart after a Black Friday sale. The Texas Gulf Coast, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico got blasted by Hurricane Harvey, Maria and some I can’t remember. Within weeks FEMA was on the scene in Puerto Rico handing out toothbrushes and soap. (The water to use them was on the way.) Even later President Donald Trump, not wishing to catch heat the way President George W. did by simply flying over Katrina’s New Orleans and gazing out at the drowning peasants below), actually flew to Puerto Rico, went to a nearby hangar and tossed rolls of paper towels to the great unwashed (still waiting for water). Then he returned to Washington, where he tweeted that the residents of Puerto Rico were waiting for someone else to fix things. Congress sprang into action and voted that somebody do something. It approved $15.25 billion in September for Texas as a down payment to start the recovery process, which included $7.4 billion for a “community development block grant.” Congress then cleared a $36.5 billion aid package for hurricane relief, and Texas was in front of the line for the cash, as is our due. (President Trump has agreed in principle that Texas will get a greater share of federal disaster assistance funds than other states.) But Texas Gov. Greg (“I hate Washington”) Abbott said those federal funds weren’t near enough, with Texas damages expected to eventually top $150 billion. He wanted $18.7 billion more on top of the $15.25 million, and he wanted it yesterday. Then he went to Washington asking for an additional $61 billion. However, Land Commissioner George P. Bush warned the money must go through a lot of red tape before Texans will see any of it. He said that historically, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken from nine months to nearly three years to get that money to the people who need it. So, survivors, help is on the way – in 2020. As the governments dragged along, private organizations stepped in. There have been chili cook-offs and benefits. Five ex-presidents held a Deep in the Heart concert and raised $2.6 million. Harris County and the City

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of Houston are spending $20 million buying out flooded houses, and have asked for another $17 million. Houston Texan J.J. Watt wanted to raise $200,000 for Harvey relief and got $30.2 million and climbing. On the receiving end are a parade of groups: The Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, Juntos y Unidoes Por Puerto Rico, the Fund for the Virgin Fund and many. Many more. How much of those billions will you actually see? Probably zero, so we make our move. We hit up people quickly, while Harvey is fresh, and they give because they are both generous and suffer from survivor’s guilt. I just created the Fund for Doing Good Things, but will also start Veterans Helping Draft Dodgers, or maybe the other way around, Texans Helping Ourselves, the Harvey Fund for Financial Fitness and Flood Victims Anonymous. Money will pour in. Here’s another way to skin this cat. Get some of the loot being passed around. For example, what on earth is a “community development block?” Maybe it’s funds for a block in the community. Our block. It’s getting $7.5 billion, and we deserve a slice. Hit up the Department of Agriculture (be sure to ask for repayment for those 4,000 acres of kale you almost planted) and cash from HUD for the 23 gypsies you took in. Then there is FEMA, which is dispensing billions of dollars to, well, someone. We may never know. I am dealing with FEMA over the loss of my possessions and damage to my house. They put replacement cost for my den furniture at $34, but are balking at the estimate for my collection of letters from Washington to Jefferson, the Faberge eggs and Dorothy’s red slippers, which they claim were stolen by the gypsies. FEMA wants receipts for most items. Where did you store the receipt for the bathtub you bought in 1982? It’s not just homes. Your business suffered, too. How much does it cost to replace tattoo needles? Thousands. No price can be placed on the goodwill and reputation of your adult book store, but $100,000 is low-balling it. Oh, sure, we are already hearing about watchdogs in Austin and Washington who will make sure all the donations get to their intended targets. We must remember the U.S. Inspector General who found $30 billion missing in aid to Iraq. It’s not just cash. You need to replace that three-level swimming pool

that spare time he now had in the mornings, he figured out how to work a digital clock and its nine different buttons. That’s right: He figured out how to change the hours on the clock, so 5:16 a.m. now read 7:16 a.m. Then something wonderful happened, and I kick myself for not writing down the day. One morning, based on no logic whatsoever, Hank stayed asleep until 7 a.m. The next morning, he slept past 7. Of course, he resorted back to earlier habits, like 6:30 and 6:15, but without the help of an alarm clock – which we had given up on months prior – Hank never woke up before 6 a.m. And then something horrible happened. We moved the blasted clocks back an hour! Why in Heaven’s name would our society do such a horrible thing? Hank’s 6:30 a.m. wake up time once again became 5:30 a.m. And while I can blame my oldest son for a lot of things, I cannot blame him for this. All of this means I’m joining the growing movement that wants to put an end to this disgraceful practice. Pick a time and stick with it, which is what the folks at Standardtime. com have petitioned Congress to do, along with 113,000 signatures.

Growing up, we were told this time change was a benefit to farmers. Turns out that’s baloney. The farmers wake up with the sun and quit working when it sets, regardless of what a stupid clock says. In fact, they were one of the loudest voices against this daylight saving time idea when it was implemented in 1966. Plenty of publications have cited the California study that shows daylight saving does not save this country anything in energy consumption. What we save in turning on lights later we use in running our air conditioners longer. It turns out, this crazy idea was published by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but he wrote it as a joke. Then, during World War II, the Germans implemented the idea in order to have more time to fight. You see, right then we should have known it was a bad idea. But no, we continue this wicked tradition of messing with our clocks, ruining the exhaustive sleep training of our children, and eroding the sanity of working women and men who don’t get to play golf after work anymore. Email

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you were going to install. Remember the $30 million spent in Afghanistan for a big facility the Marines never asked for and never used. So I think we are pretty safe in not getting caught. Here’s another tip: Since much of the west side of Houston survived the actual hurricane, but were flooded when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened flood gates on two dams and inundated scores of neighborhoods, lawyers are in high heat. I’m not sure you can sue the U.S. Army, but if you win you may be paid in either MRE rations or Abrams battle tanks. So get your cut of the billions of dollars being showered on real or imagined victims of Hurricane Harvey -- in 2020. Ashby raises kale at

Dear Editor: The Day of the Dead painting featured in Mitch Cohen’s art column (Oct. 28) was scathingly trenchant. The biomorphic’s aura codified substructure even as it penetrated the exploration of montage elements. Tension in the colors, never a transitional quality, obviated formal juxtapositions and imbued the line-space matrix with a delightfully somber aqueous resonance. Contextualization of the internal dynamic was playfully menacing, but I genuinely did enjoy the triumphant disjunctive perturbation. Ars gratia artis! J. Reynolds

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Dear Editor: What a beautiful story. The Astros meant a lot to so many of us this year, and this story really explains just how much. Jennifer

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Dear Editor: Wow…yes, Callihan is correct in saying ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we’re living in it right now. It’s hard to think about anything else but the Astros.’ I don’t think there was a dry-eye from any Astros fan that watched the third and final out in the 9th inning. There

were definite tears of pure joy in our household as a result of watching history being made. The Astros are the World Series Champions! How can one not feel giddy after saying that? Virginia Lozano

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Dear Editor: Can we count on rent spaces to be over $8,000 for 1,000 sq. ft. of space? Hard to be a small business in this area with out mortgaging your whole life savings on rent. Christopher Alvin Sanchez

Man apparently killed for his groceries

Dear Editor: Mr. Geno was a good person who had suffered a tragedy of losing a person dear to his heart of cancer. He had cared for this person til their final hour. I lived in the same complex for many years. It was a good neighborhood, but very close to the most drug infested area in Northside, Yale. The police let people sell drugs there openly and many scumbags are there. I’m sure it’s connected. Stop crack cocaine, the killing will stop! RIP Geno. Dave

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The calendar. ART ON THE AVENUE Winter Street Studios With nearly 500 original works from more than 250 local artists, Art on the Avenue is Houston’s ultimate “buy local” fundraiser. Now in its 21st year, the event has grown to become the city’s largest silent charity art auction, benefiting the community revitalization efforts of non-profit community development organization Avenue. The preview party will be from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 9 with tickets $100 in advance; $125 at the door (include admission to Saturday auction); the auction and party is from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 11 and the cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event will be at Winter Studios, 2101 Winter Street. Information: A TASTE OF OAK FOREST Oak Forest Homeowners Association A Taste of Oak Forest is OFHA’s premier event. Give back to the neighborhood while experiencing some great food from local restaurants, paired with fine wines and craft brews. Houston’s own Sonny Boy Terry will be performing. There will be a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $65 per person. Reserved party tables for eight are available for $500/table. The event will be 7-10 p.m. Nov. 11, at Hope Episcopal Church, 1613 W. 43rd St. Information:

Legion will celebrate Veterans Day with their 26th annual chili cookoff, from noon-8 p.m., Nov. 11. The American Legion Post 560 is located at 3720 Alba Rd. Proceeds benefit Camp Hope. Information: 713-682-9287, www. REAL MEN COOK FUNDRAISER Buffalo Soldier Museum In recognition of World Hunger Awareness, the Phenomenal Pearls Educational and Charitable Foundation (PPECF) and the 100 Black Men Houston Metropolitan Chapter will host a Real Men Who Cook fundraiser Nov. 12, from 2-6 p.m. at the Buffalo Solider Museum, 3816 Caroline St. Men will prepare their best entrees, appetizers, side dishes and desserts for guests to sample. Ticket prices start at $20 for adults, $10 for students, $8 for children (12 and under). Vendor booth space is available for $100 per table. Information: 713-943-8920. RECYCLING DRIVE Weingarten Realty Weingarten Realty will host a recycling drive from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at 2600 Citadel Plaza Dr. Information:, 713-866-6920. WOBA ANNUAL MEETING Historic Heights Fire Station The White Oak Bayou will hold their annual meeting from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Historic Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St. Special guest will be Gary F. Zika, Federal Projects

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Waltrip Ram Golf Team Get your teams together to support the Waltrip Ram Golf Team at Delmar Lanes, 3020 Mangum Rd., on Nov. 18. Bowling time slots are noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. A team of 4-5 bowlers for $125 will include one large pizza and soft drinks. There will be drawings and prizes awarded. Please arrive 15 minutes before bowling time to allow for shoes and warm up. Hartz Krispy Chicken, 1215 Pinemont will hold a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 15. Information: 832-331-5431, 832-2124685.

Department Manager for Harris County Flood Control. Pizza and refreshment will be served. RSVP to whiteoakbayouassociation@ or email tomjgall2@ 2017 GREATER HOUSTON SENIOR FEST Hilton Garden Inn Seniors, caregivers and families are invited to the Fun Fiesta themed expo and health fair, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15. Along with numerous quality resources and vendors catered to seniors, there will be guest speakers, entertainment, networking opportunities, light lunch and giveaways. Admission is free. Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area is located at 3201 Sage Rd. Information:, 855-238-7274.

COMMUNITY DANCE SPJST Lodge 88 The SPJST Lodge 88, 1435 Beall St., will host the Moonglow Orchestra, Big Band music, from 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Nov. 18. The cost is $15 per person. Dress code of evening attire is required. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Enjoy complimentary dance instruction before all Saturday night dances, starting at 7:30 p.m. and during intermission. Reservations held only 30 minutes past start of dance. Information: 713-869-5767,

WINE PARTY Rainbow Lodge Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Blvd., will hold their first annual Beaujolais Nouveau Party and dinner featuring the freshest of the region, and some aged favorites. A reception with the newest wine will be followed by dinner and some of the region’s best, from our friends at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, and paired with a Beaujolais inspired menu from Chef Mark Schmidt. The cost is $75 per person. The party will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Information: 713-861-8666,

A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS Theatre Suburbia Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West, presents Norm Foster’s delightful holiday romp, A Snow White Christmas. The show will run through Dec. 2 Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. (Nov.


From the Pews. Third Age Learning Center to host Veterans’ Day Celebration All Saints Third Age Learning Center will host its annual Veterans’ Day Celebration Nov. 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall. There will be music provided by Big Ed and the Happy Band, patriotic songs and singing, refreshments and recognition of all veterans in attendance. Veterans and their families are invited to this special event. Veterans receive a free lunch at noon and all others may purchase lunch for $2. Reservations are requested by 10 a.m. Nov. 9. Call 713-248-1277 for information and lunch reservations. All Saints Catholic Church is located at 215 E. 10th St. Call 713-864-2653 or visit Francoeur Chamber Music Society perform at All Saints Bravura Concert Series presents Francoeur Chamber Music Society, who will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 12. Louis-Marie Fardet is Artistic Director. The Trio is Oleg Sulyga, violin; Louis-Marie Fardet, cello; and Yan Shen, piano. Admission is a free will offering. All Saints Catholic Church is located at 215 E. 10th St. Call 713-864-2653 or visit Family Game Night at All Saints All Saints Early Childhood

Center and the Little Saints Committee presents Family Game Night from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17, in the parish hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. with first game beginning at 6:45 p.m. Pre-orders of Chic-Fil-A baskets or Kids Meals are $5 each. The concession stand will sell nachos, Frito pies, drinks and snacks. Admission is a donation, game cards are free and game daubers are $1 (pre-order is recommended). All Saints Catholic Church is located at 215 E. 10th St. Call 713-864-2653 or visit How to Survive Shooter Attack seminar at Advent Lutheran The Houston Police Department, along with Crime Stoppers of Houston, are hosting a seminar titled “How to Survive an Active Shooter.” Stephen Daniel, an active shooter expert with HPD, will facilitate the class. The class is free and will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Nov. 18, in the fellowship hall at Advent Lutheran Church, 5820 Pinemont Dr. Call 713686-8201 for information. GriefShare support group at St. Stephen’s St. Stephen’s GriefShare Support Group welcomes all who are grieving the loss of a loved one to attend a special free seminar, “Surviving the Holidays,” Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 201.

All are welcome to attend the family-friendly Christmas Messy Church, Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The free event will include dinner, crafts and fun activities, and a short worship service. 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.

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After Thanksgiving luncheon at St. Matthew’s St. Matthew’s will hold an after Thanksgiving luncheon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24. This is a free community event, targeting those who cannot afford a holiday dinner. The meals will be served until 2 p.m., or until the food is gone. Sunday morning worship with Children’s church starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. Sunday School. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Call 713-6970671 or visit the website at www.stmatthewsmethodist. org.

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1 - 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 Holler Brewing Co. - 2206 Edwards St.

The patio will be rocking all day with local artists The Beyonders, Jess Wilson Band, and The Blue Side pumping out their jams! To mark the occasion, Holler will be releasing two new beers: Pacific Hazebro, a juicy IPA made with 1000% New Zealand hops that all have funny names, and Black Sunshine, a black IPA with more flavor than we ever could have handled during our first year. Fashion forward commemorative shirts will be available, but limited. Find favorite food trucks out slinging grub to fill your bellies. The main event is free. Details/tickets at www. Houston Heights Grand Opening: Buy One, Get One Free Pokeworks

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 Pokeworks - 213 Heights Blvd.

Help celebrate the brand new Houston Heights location of Pokeworks by joining at the Grand Opening event Saturday, November 11. Pokeworks will be offering up Buy One, Get One Free poke bowls and raffling off amazing prizes ALL DAY LONG! A Taste of Oak Forest

7 - 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 Hope Episcopal Church - 1613 W. 43rd St.

The Oak Forest Neighborhood Wine & Beer Tasting Festival is an annual event to support the Oak Forest Neighborhood Patrol Program. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated! Buy tickets online www. CCSD Novembeerfest 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 895 Wakefield Dr.

Join the gentlemen of the Connoisseurs Club of Smoking and Drinking for the annual homebrew showcase! For a $20 donation, enjoy hundreds of gallons of beer, live music, and a full German spread. This year’s music lineup: Cougar Trap The Velostacks Black Out Viper Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys Anchorman Movie Night at Karbach 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 Karbach Brewing Co. - 2032 Karbach St.

Join Karbach in the Biergarten for a FREE screening of one of the greatest comedies of the 2000s, Anchorman! Alamo Drafthouse is bringing out the big inflatable Rolling Roadshow and Karbach will be pouring the beer. While there is no cost to attend, Biergarten packages are available for purchase and the first 100 in attendance will receive a FREE commemorative glass! As always, these events are BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) and family friendly (just use your best judgment given each film)! As an added bonus, Karbach will be doing a road to Movember mustache contest before the flick begins. Awards will be given for: - Best Stache (Tom Selleck Award) - Worst Stache (John Waters Award) - Most Creative (Rollie Fingers Award) Glassware will be available starting at 6 p.m. Movie starts just after 7 p.m.

Art Valet: Houston Vintage and Locks of Love this weekend By Mitch Cohen

There’s something catching about the annual Houston Vintage Market & Festival, happening this weekend. I, of course, presumed it was my love of markets and pop-ups that got my attention. Since my first attendance five years ago, I’ve noticed different groups and individuals joining. I’m sure we all have our reasons. For those that like nostalgia, whether it is a bygone era, cars, planes, radios or fashion and accessories, Houston Vintage brings all that together. Vintage vendors and enthusiasts gather for the annual celebration at Houston’s first air terminal at the art deco 1940 Air Terminal Museum Friday evening and all day Saturday, November 10 and 11. Keeping every event fresh and challenging, a different theme is chosen to focus the event around. Last year was the 1970’s, the year prior, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii. This year’s event date is Veteran’s day, so a USO of the 1940’s theme was chosen. Free admission is being offered to veterans who show up in uniform and/or present military ID at the ticket desk. At the preview party Friday evening, most guests dress the part, too, everything from dancing - including a performance by Houston Swing Dance Society - to the music will be from the 1940’s. A 40’s themed runway fashion show will be the highlight of the evening. Saturday’s activities start in a truly unique way with Miss Houston Vintage 2016 Mimi Irvin, along with Houston

Vote from P. 1A as the Heights is set to go completely wet. “Go to Westheimer and Montrose; you’ve got the same demographics, expensive land costs, same everything. You don’t see a bunch of chains. Chains aren’t coming in – they can’t afford $70/foot land; it’s impossible,� Luther said. Weber echoed Luther, furthering the point that it has been tedious to own and operate a restaurant that wishes to serve in the dry zone. “The sense is that this was keeping chains out and independents are willing to deal with it, but that’s not the case,� Weber said. “The reality is that it’s an incredibly cumbersome back-ofhouse and management nightmare we contend with on a daily basis.� For a drinker, Weber says the pain has ended with having to swipe their license or ID to become a member of the private club; but for owners, the work was just beginning. Per TABC guidelines due to current laws, bank transfers must be made on a daily basis to keep the alcohol sales separate from overall food sales, and that’s something other restaurants in town don’t have to deal with according to Weber. “Figuring out how to operate a restaurant or bar under those guidelines is not ‘not doable.’ In fact, I think it’s more difficult for independent guys like us to dedicate all the energy to managing this thing properly on a daily and ongoing basis,� he said. “This [has been] an absolute nightmare.� Alli Jarret with Harold’s in the Heights echoed Weber’s sentiment. “The Yes vote only changes that we get to file one tax return, eliminate two bank accounts, pay less in permits, eliminate club software expenses and allow alcohol to be delivered to us,� she said Tuesday. “All of this helps us grow our business and give back more to schools, churches and non-profits seeking assistance in our community.� Luther and Weber both told The Leader that the key was getting the younger demographic who supported

At the top, Miss Houston Vintage 2016, Mimi Irvin (photo by Kevin Bailey). Above, a detailed view of The Bridge by Syd Moen (contributed photo).

Vintage co-organizer Maria Martinez make their grand entrance in two vintage T-18 Tiger Flight planes. Nothing like a flyby to start a show. Get all the details including tickets on the website at The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, TX 77061. Last month, I wrote about the new art sculpture installation on Art Alley at Sawyer Yards. All of the sculptures have an interactive element for the public to participate in different ways. Saturday afternoon there is an all-ages opportunity to parthe change to work up motivation to flock to the polls; and Tuesday night, it was clear they were successful. HISD District 1 race heading to runoff Who will replace the outgoing Anna Eastman remains undecided, and two candidates will head to a runoff Dec. 9 after none garnered the required 50 percent of the vote. Elizabeth Santos, a homegrown District 1 graduate decade-long tenured teacher, ran on a campaign that put a major focus on taking aim at reducing the culture of high stakes standardized testing, was closest to threshold, but fell just short at 44 percent of the initial vote. “I want to thank [the voters] for the new insight,� she said Tuesday night. “I know the district pretty well, but thank you for allowing me to become a part of your life in some way. It’s been an amazing experience in getting to know my neighbors better.� Gretchen Himsl, who has two children within HISD, ran on the platform that had district-wide equity on all fronts as central to her campaign, wound up with about 34 percent of the initial vote. “I would like to thank the voters for their interest and passion for our schools in Houston. Parents, teachers, administrators and neighbors all want our children to succeed in school and to be ready for life after graduation. I want to encourage everyone to keep advocating for change, improvements and programs they believe in,� she told The Leader Tuesday night. “The best thing to come out of the campaign process has been to meet so many parents, teachers and community members that care so passionately about our schools. I am so happy and inspired to have met so many dedicated, caring people that want our schools to be the best they can be.� Monica Flores-Richart, who ran on a platform stressing district-wide equity after she said she witnessed real barriers to entry for the district’s low-income


ticipate in Syd Moen’s sculpture titled, “The Bridge.� “‘The Bridge� a virtual bridge, both literally and metaphorically,� Moen wrote on her Facebook page. “A panoramic view from a bridge overlooking buffalo bayou has been transformed via reflection onto polished stainless steel. Surrounding the core sculpture is a woven steel fence to which the public is invited to collaborate with me and connect with others by placing their own ‘love locks’ on the structure.� “The goal of the project is to provide a spatial experience as the viewer moves around the artwork,� Moen continued. “The inclusion of the collaborative and interactive ‘love locks’ fence is an opportunity to acknowledge the concept that love is a bridge to tolerance and unity.� Moen will have a couple of table’s set up near her sculpture for people to decorate their love locks. Bring your own lock or buy a lock from Moen with 80% of the proceeds benefitting Barrio Dogs, Art Alley is where The Market at Sawyer Yards is located, 1502 Sawyer St. The sculpture exhibit is located by the parking lot between the Silos and Winter St. Studios. Both an interactive and printable maps are here: Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at

communities to high-quality magnet programs, bowed out after garnering 21 percent of the vote.


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