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may calendar ANTIQUES SHOW The spring installment of the Urban Market Houston Antique Show returns May 19-20 to its location near Reliant Park at the Bayou City Event Center. Saturday features a special preview event that includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-day Sunday sale are just $8 (free for kids) with vendors open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market takes place at 9401 Knight Road, just south of Loop 610 near Almeda. Be sure to bring cash and measurements from home. Food and drink are available on site all day Sunday. Information:

HOME SHOWS Popular Mechanics and the Houston Chronicle present The Ram Home Safety Prep Show on June 2, at Reliant Center. The show features celebrity experts, such as Mykel Hawke of Discovery Channel’s Man, Woman, Wild and Colby Donaldson of Survivor and the History Channel show Top Shot. The event also offers access to first responders, supplies, gear, and kid friendly attractions, such as fire trucks, Coast Guard response boats, and the Popular Mechanics Kids Zone. Tickets for adults are $8, kids get in free. Readers of Houston House & Home can receive a $2 discount by entering the promo code: househome. Information: The Greater Houston Building Association hosts its 20th Annual New Home & Remodeling Show June 9-10 at Reliant Center. The event showcases the latest in new construction trends as well as the finest in remodeling techniques for home improvement projects. Show attendees can take advantage of this one-stop shopping opportunity to meet industry experts one-on-one and compare exhibitors to find the expert that best suits their needs. Learn from professional demonstrations, classes and interacting with professionals, who are happy to answer remodeling and construction questions. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, while kids 12 and under get in free. Free tickets are available at Houston Best Buy locations. Information:

CLASSES The Arbor Gate features a thoughtful variety of classes and events each month. This month’s calendar includes Summer Survival Tips for the Garden and Gardener on May 17. Gardening expert and award-winning member of The Herb Society of America Susan Wood explains how to grow, harvest and enjoy herbs without losing your cool. The class also includes instructions for drying herbs for teas, potpourris and decorative uses. This class is free, although other class may require a materials fee. See full schedule online. Information: or 281.351.8851.


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Tour the Southern Living Showcase Home in Bellaire starting May 4.

The first Southern Living Showcase Home located in the central Houston area opens to the public at noon on Friday, May 4 and continues the weekends of May 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. Located at 5307 Aspen in Bellaire, the 4,777-square-foot home marries regional charm with design ingenuity in its four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, chef’s kitchen, library and craft room, study, mudroom, gardening stand, and outdoor living rooms. The home, designed by JKM Designs, was built by Stone Acorn Builders and features interior design by Edwina Alexis Interiors. Visitors are invited to register for gift baskets and prizes to be given away, while special guests and demonstrations scheduled each weekend of the showcase. More than 5,000 attendees are expected to tour the showcase home with the $10 admission benefiting the Houston Center for Literacy and Friends of the Bellaire Library. Information: The 38th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour returns for two weekends this spring: May 5-6 and12-13. The tour showcases 10 historic homes, offering a fascinating journey through the island’s extraordinary architectural history and storied past. Tickets are $15 for Galveston Historical Foundation members and $20 for non-members before May 4 and are available online and at area Kroger stores. Information: 409.765.7834 or

The Galveston Historic Homes Tour takes place the first two weekends of May.

The Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects organizes walking tours throughout the year. On May 12, AIA Houston debuts its Towers and Trees Downtown Walking Tour. Explore the magnificent architecture between Hermann Square and Discovery Green as well as the changing dynamics of our downtown. The tour highlights the partially realized civic center plan surrounding Hermann Square, the historic backbone of Main Street, the ambitious 1970 proposal that would become Houston Center, the internationally recognized icons from the skyscraper boom of the 70s and 80s, and Discovery Green, the newest catalyst for downtown development in Houston. The Towers and Trees Tour meets at City Hall, at the base of the reflecting pool in Hermann Square, 900 Bagby Street. Hobby Center Parking Garage is recommended due to 2 hour limited street parking. Parking fees not included with registration. Information: or 713.520.0155. Rienzi, the European Decorative Arts branch of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts Twilight Tours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in May. Relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Rienzi estate, art collection and gardens at twilight, while Houston musicians provide a soothing serenade for guests on the terrace and in the living room. Wine and light bites are served. Docents are stationed throughout the house to greet visitors and share stories about Rienzi’s collection of European decorative arts. The musical line-up features harpist Meghan Elizabeth Caulkett on May 3, Fine Arts Strings playing violin and viola on May 10 and May 31, Spanish guitarist Lucas Gorham on May 17 and jazz duo Mood Indigo on May 24. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for MFAH members. Reservations are recommended. Rienzi is located at 1406 Kirby Drive; free parking available. Information or 713.639.7800.

LEFT: Thursdays in May offer a musical sip-and-stroll atmosphere during Twilight Tours at Rienzi.


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May 2012 Calendar  

Home Tours, Events and Exhibits in Greater Houston

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