COMMUNITY CALENDAR (Next Update – February 10, 2015) Thursday, January 29, 2015 The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition’s (CEC) Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray St., Houston, TX. The goal of this festival is to use film to inspire activism, and will feature local non non-profit t.e.j.a.s.’ (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service) film, “TEJAS,” a short film to covers air quality and envir environmental justice, one of nine featured films shown in the Houston festival. Log on to www.cechouston.org or www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org for details. Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00PM th The Woodlands High School Art Trust’s 5 annual Palettes & Paintings Collection Unveiling and Fundraiser at the Woodlands High School lobby, 6101 Research Forest Drive, the Woodlands, TX. Featuring a silent auction in including 100 wooden artist palettes crafted into original works of art by talented students, faculty, alumni and local artists, plus the unveiling of the top three paintings by professional Texas artists voted on by the entire TWHS student body for addition to the Woodlands High School Art Trust permanent collection. Log on to www.TWHSArt.org for more information. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00PM – 3:00PM Parsons House Art Show at 8727 Fairmont Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571. Join Parsons House Assisted Living Community as resident seniors, family members, Parsons House staff and community artists display artwork spotlighting their lifetime achievements, featuring paintings, drawings, ceramics, crocheting, knitting, stain and woodwork. Snacks and beverages will be available at this FREE event. Call Mary Tebeau at 281-478-0000 281 0000 or log on to www.ParsonsHouseLaPorte.com for more information. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30PM Houston Technology Center’s Tech Connect 2015 at 410 Pierce Street, Houston, TX. Start off 2015 ahead of the game by getting plugged in with Houston’s startup community. Tech Connect aims to empower and inspire collaboration within the community ty by showcasing key entrepreneurial organizations, their 2015 plans and events, and ways for you to get involved. Log on to www.HoustonTech.org/TechConnect2015 for more information. February 6 – 7, 2015, 8:00PM NobleMotion Dance’s premiere of Homegrown grown at The Barn, 2201 Preston Street, Houston, TX. Spotlighting the work of Laura Harrell and Brittany Thetford Deveau and featuring many of Houston’s well-known well known contemporary dancers, Homegrown is a heart-felt felt evening that examines family, dreams, and the sticky places in life. NobleMotion Dance is a 501©(3) non-profit profit performing arts organization known for its ferocious dancing and unique collaborations. Can Dionne at 832-627-9663 or log on to www.noblemotiondance.com for more information. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00AM – 2:30PM Westbury United Methodist Church’s Family Conference at 5200 Willowbend Blvd., Houston, TX. Planned with parents, teachers and caregivers in mind, this day-long long event will feature a variety of topics from local experts in child development, psychology and education. “It’s a chance to learn and refresh our skills – whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator or really y anyone who interacts with children,” says co-organizer co organizer & Westbury UMC director of children’s ministry Hillary Peete. Log on to www.westburyumc.org/family-conference-2015 www.westburyumc.org/family for details. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30PM Chamber Music Houston presents Cantus at Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX. Don’t miss your chance to witness a performance by “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” at this one night only event, the only vocal performance of CMH’s 2014-2015 season. The award-winning, charismatic group of nine talented vocalists will enchant you with its compelling a cappella arrangements. Log on to www.ChamberMusicHouston.org for more information. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30PM – 8:00PM University of Houston Energy Symposium Series: Critical Issues in Energy at UH University Center Theater, 4100 University Drive, Room 103, Houston, TX 77004. This event will feature a debate on Private Profit vs. Public Good: Do Energy Companies have a Social Responsibility? and will feature guest speakers from Direct Energy, the University of Michigan, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment Texas Public Policy Foundation. For more information call 713-743-6100, email [email protected] or log on to www.uh.edu/uh-energy/features/symposium-series/ . February 10 – 12, 2015 ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival at various locations. Don’t miss this city-wide film and arts festival dedicated to promoting inclusion and celebrating the lives, stories and artwork of people with disabilities. Log on to http://disabilitiesfilmfestival.org/ for more information. Thursday, February 12, 2015 Houston Community College’s Blood Drive at the West Loop campus (9AM – 1PM) and Stafford campus (10AM – 2:30PM). Call 713-718-7930 (West Loop) or 713-718-7800 (Stafford) for more information. Friday, February 13, 2015, 11:00AM – 1:30PM West Houston Economic Development Summit at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079. Featuring an economic study of West Houston, a panel discussion featuring representatives from Memorial Hermann, Camden Properties, Allegiance Bank, Metro National & H.E.B. discussing how their businesses are affected by the economy. Each attendee will receive a copy of the full report. Call Hailey at 713-785-4922 or log on to www.westhoustoneds.org for details. Friday, February 13, 2015, 8:00PM – midnight Hopeful Hearts Ministry’s Hopeful Hearts Gala at The Overlook, 20114 Pineforest Drive, Atascocita, TX. Hopeful Hearts Ministry is a 501©(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate the suffering and restore the self-worth of survivors of abuse. Proceeds from this event will be used to help publish materials and to offer presentations to groups that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the resources, such as women’s and men’s penitentiaries, women’s shelters & clinics, and teen shelters. Proceeds will also benefit survivors through access to discounted counseling, therapy, yoga and more. Log on to www.shannonmdeitz.com/about-hopeful-hearts for more information. February 13 – 15, 19 - 21, 2015 Rice Theatre Program presents Bob: A Life in Five Acts by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb at Hamman Hall, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX. Don’t miss this production of “an absurdist tale of the American dream and one man’s odyssey from a White Castle hamburger stand through the rest stops of America on his way to find himself.” “Bob” is a comedic exploration of American mythology and values, the treacherous pursuit of happiness, and discovering what it means to be truly “great.” Due to the nature of the play, “Bob” is for mature audiences only. Call 713-348-4005 or log on to www.arts.rice.edu for details. Saturday, February 14, 2015 Covenant House’s Do 1 Thing for Homeless Youth Community Open House at 1111 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006. Join the staff and youth, and open your heart for homeless youth on Valentine’s Day by dropping off new or gently used clothing, toiletries, Metro bus cards, baby items, gift cards or monetary donations. While you’re here, take a tour, meet the youth and make a valentine for them. Plus, music, face-painting and balloon art – something for the entire family! Call Carolyn at 713-630-5619 log on to www.CovenantHouseTX.org for details. Sunday, February 15, 2015, 3:00PM Houston Early Music Series presents a performance by Ciaramella at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman Street, Houston, TX. The Los Angeles-based ensemble will “Make a Joyful Noise,” performing songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times. Log on to www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org for more information. Sunday, February 15, 2015, 1:00PM 5KRunDead Houston at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479. Runners are invited to endure a 5K run through a zombie-infested course, testing their speed, endurance, and strength while trying to avoid ravenous zombies! Runners will have flags that represent their health, with zombies attempting to steal those flags. Runners must make it to the finish line with at least one flag or risk becoming one of the walking dead! All participants receive a 5KRunDead t-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win great prizes, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Cancer and Alzheimer’s research. Call 802-430-7270 or email [email protected] for more information. February 20 – 22, 2015 th th The Texas Yoga Association’s 6 annual Texas Yoga Conference at ISKCON Houston Temple, 1320 W. 34 Street, Houston, TX. With nearly 70 presentations on the schedule, the event attracts regional and national yoga teachers offering classes at all levels of experience, from the beginner to the advanced student. The conference will act as a city retreat featuring lectures and presentations that will peak the interest of a wide range of yoga enthusiasts, providing a platform for attendees to learn more about yoga and the science behind it. Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday with Vish from The Mayapuris and Bhakti House Band. Log on to www.YexasYogaConference.com or email Jennifer at [email protected] for details. Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:00AM – 3:00PM Houston Community College’s Blood Drive at the Gulfton campus. Call 713-718-7750 for more information. Friday, February 27, 2015, 6:00PM Beltway 8 South Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Love for Life Banquet at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77034. The evening will include a VIP reception, silent auction and banquet featuring inspirational speaker, author and national radio host, Keynote Speaker Gail McWilliams. All proceeds benefit B8SCPC serving South Belt, Pearland, Ellington, Friendswood and Clear Lake women in unplanned pregnancies. Log on to www.LifelineCPC.org for more information. Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00AM The Deer Park Junior High Big Red Community Improvement Class’ Huffmans’ Heroes 5K at Dow Park, 610 E. San Augustine, Deer Park, TX, 77536. Help raise necessary funds for Deer Park Junior High teacher Nancy Huffman’s kidney transplant. Log on to www.HuffmansHeroes5k.weebly.com for more information. Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:00AM th The Houston Area Women’s Center’s 27 annual Race Against Violence at 1010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX. Featuring a competitive 5K run and walk, a Kids Fun Run, and a post-event family festival on the AIG Campus at Whole FoodsMontrose. Don’t miss this opportunity to join our community in letting survivors of domestic and sexual violence know that they are not alone! Log on to www.HAWC.org/raceagainstvilence for details. Friday & Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2015, 10:00AM – 4:00PM West Houston Quilter’s Guild presents Quilted Roads of Texas Quilt Show at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX 77433. Don’t miss this biennial event featuring over 200 beautiful quilts on display, plus a Guild Boutique, Garage Sale, Quilt Appraisals, Silent Auction, door prizes and over 30 market vendors. West Houston Quilter’s Guild is a 501©(3) non-profit organization developing and nurturing appreciation for the art of quilting and its history. Log on to www.WHQG.org or www.WHQG.org/2015whqgquiltshow.htm for more information. Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:00AM – 3:00PM th The 5 annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff at the Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096. Join the Jewish community for the largest kosher food event in Houston, celebrating the fellowship of the community with a day of food, live entertainment, contests, and family-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s Meals on Wheels, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, and Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston (HFLA). Log on to www.houstonkosherchilicookoff.com for more information. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6:00AM th Tour de Houston at City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston, TX. Now in its 10 year, the annual bike ride offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks while raising funds for the city’s Reforest Houston program. With three ride length options, the Tour de Houston is the perfect event for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts. Call 832-393-0868 or log on to www.TourDeHouston.org for details. April 12 -14, 2015 Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference at NRG Convention Center, One NRG Park, Houston, TX. An initiative of Hunger Free Texans, the conference is an effort to increase awareness of food, nutrition, health and wellness initiatives across America that keep our communities healthy. Log on to www.hungerfreetexans.org/annual-conference.html for more information. Sunday, April 19, 2015, Noon – 4:00PM rd West Houston Food Truck Festival at Temple Sinai, 13875 Brimhurst, Houston, TX 77077. This 3 annual event is bigger than ever, featuring 13 fabulous food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music and activities for the kids. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Houston Food Bank. For more information log on to www.Facebook.com/pages/WestHouston-Food-Truck-Festival/147861875373070 . Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:30PM th AFA’s 20 anniversary Gala at the Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027. Founder Jefferson Todd Frazier will be honored at this event celebrating the organization’s twenty-year legacy of providing Houston’s finest music programs for young people, and will feature a world premiere performance of Frazier’s new brass quintet, in addition to performances by AFA faculty, alumni, and students. Attendees can expect a fun-filled evening featuring a silent auction and seated dinner. Log on to www.afatexas.org/gala/ or call 713-522-9699 for details. Saturday, June 20, 2015, 8:00AM Dad’s Day 5K at the Wortham Theatre, 500 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX. Log on to www.dadsday5k.org for more information.
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