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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume 39, Number Eleven, November 2013
40th Anniversary 1973–2013
Heights Holiday Home Tour
“In the New Old-Fashioned Way”
Mark your calendars for
December 5, 6, and 7 as the Heights
celebrates the holiday season “In the
New Old-Fashioned Way.”
Tour Headquarters will be at
the Houston Heights Fire Station,
107 W. 12th Street at Yale. Explore
the Holiday Craft Market, listen to
some live music, and enjoy a tasty
bite from one of the food trucks.
Don’t forget to pick up a $12.00
limited-edition Heights ornament
[right and page 4]! Shuttle buses to
the tour homes will be available at
Tour Headquarters, and parking
will be available close by.
Tour tickets for Friday, December 6 (6:00–9:00 PM) and Saturday,
December 7 (3:00–9:00 PM) will go on sale in November at the usual
locations: Davis Hardware, Jubilee, Another Place in Time, and
Buchanan’s Native Plants and at www.HoustonHeights.org.
We will not be selling tickets at the individual homes this year!
Don’t miss the Rockin’ Holiday Party!
The neighborhood will be rockin’ around the Houston Heights
on Thursday, December 5, with a ‘50s style party and fundraiser
from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the newly renovated historic Houston
Heights City Hall & Fire Station! We’ll have delicious appetizers
from one of our neighborhood’s most popular restaurants (Liberty
Kitchen), professional swing dancers (the Hepcats), and a “swellegant”
holiday-inspired silent auction.
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HHA Monthly Mixer
HHA Business Member Showcase
Monday, November 11
HHA Fire Station, 12th & Yale
For this one night only,
Heights Business Members will
be on hand to showcase their
services and wares. It’s a great way
to familiarize yourself with the
grand variety of local businesses
and retail shops in our Heights
neighborhood. Bring your wallet
to pick up some great holiday
items from our local Heights
merchants, and preview what
they are featuring in their Heights
Doors open at 6:30 PM
for Mix & Mingle; general
meeting commences at 7:00 PM.
Board election results will be
announced. Everyone is invited!
The Houston Heights Association
gratefully acknowledges the support of
our 2013 Platinum Sponsor:
Director Election Schedule
Six of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be
filled by election this month. Five of the positions are opening due to
normal expiration of terms, one by early termination of a term. The
five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will serve threeyear terms; the nominee receiving the sixth-highest number will fill
the remaining two years of a term. See our August issue for a list of
Seven candidates were nominated at the September General
Meeting. They or their representatives drew for ballot positions
and were given an opportunity to speak at the October General
Meeting. By the Friday following the General Meeting (October 18)
the Election Committee mailed a ballot with a control number to
each member in good standing whose dues were currently paid as of
October 1. (Members invoiced by August 15 and not paid by October
1 are deemed not in good standing.)
The remainder of the schedule for the election of Directors to
serve terms starting in 2013 will be as follows, in accordance with the
By-Laws and Policies of the Association:
• Ballots must be received by November 9, at the close of the
U. S. Post Office, with control numbers intact.
• November 11, before the General Meeting, polls will be open
for secret balloting in person from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM sharp.
The Election Committee will tabulate ballots and announce the
results during the meeting. The results will also be published in the
Holiday Home Tour — Calling All Carolers
The Holiday Home Tour is forming an old-fashioned caroling
group to sing at our Tour Headquarters, located at the historic
Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, on Friday, December 6
from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Tour Headquarters is where our visitors
will be able to shop at the Holiday Craft Market, listen to live music,
enjoy something tasty to eat from a food truck, and catch the shuttle
buses to the tour homes.
If you are interested in joining the fun, please contact Laura
Menefee, 713-503-6990 or [email protected] Each performer will
receive a complimentary ticket to the Holiday Home Tour.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the
following Fall 2013 Gold Sponsors:
Holiday Home Tour from page 1
Holiday Party ticket holders
also get a private tour of the
decorated homes before the
party (5:00–7:00 PM)! Tickets are
just $75 each, with all proceeds
benefiting the Houston Heights
Association. Tickets are limited,
so don’t miss out! Party tickets
will be available only at www.
The Heights is published monthly by
the Houston Heights Association, Inc. Its
purpose is to acknowledge achievements and
to inform HHA members of events.
Copyright © 2013, the Houston Heights
Association and/or the authors unless
Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or
submissions should be directed to:
Editor, The Heights, 107 W. 12th Street,
Houston, TX 77008-6907,
email [email protected],
or leave a message on 713-861-4002.
VP of Communications................. Julie Pettit
Editor.............................Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor........ Kathleen S. Williamson
Stacey Courville, Lauriel Hindman,
Scott Lester, Laura Menefee, Leann Mueller,
Barbara Potter, Addie Ann Spicer,
Lanna von Baden, Maureen Weyel.
Holiday Home Tour — Holiday Market Call For Vendors
Planning is well underway for the 2013 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour, being held December
6 and 7. This year, in addition to five beautifully decorated homes to tour, we are having a Holiday Craft
Market located inside the historic Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, where visitors also buy tour
tickets, listen to live music, grab something tasty to eat from a food truck, and catch the shuttle buses to
the tour homes.
We are offering our Heights craftspeople, bakers, artists, and friends the opportunity to sell their
handmade holiday items and/or gifts at one of a limited number of tables at the Holiday Craft Market.
The tables are $50 each and are good for both days of the tour.
If you are interested in reserving one of the tables, or know of someone who would, please contact
Laura Menefee, Holiday Market Chair, 713-503-6990 or [email protected]
Tables must be reserved no later than Wednesday, November 20.
O Come All Ye
It is time again for the
Holiday Story Contest sponsored
by the HHA Education
Committee. Entries are welcome
from Heights-area writers and
storytellers ages 4th grade to
adult. Write a holiday-themed
story and submit it for a chance
to win cash and share your story
at a special reading.
• The story (fiction or
nonfiction) can be no more than
four double-spaced pages and
must be submitted for judging by
Monday, November 25.
• The first-prize winner will
receive $75 and will read his or
her story at the HHA General
Meeting on December 9 at the
Fire Station. Second- and thirdplace prizes will also be awarded.
• Submit your entries to
Remember, the deadline is
November 25, so get into the
holiday spirit and start writing
your story now!
Spread Some Cheer:
Help With Holiday Food Baskets
The Heights Rotary Club and the Houston Heights Association
annually underwrite, prepare, and distribute food baskets to local
families in need. These families are chosen by area charities. You
can help assemble and distribute the goodies on December 10 and
11. One hundred baskets (actually sets of six bags) will be assembled
on the first floor of the Fire Station on the evening of Tuesday,
December 10, starting at 5:00 PM. Volunteers will be sorting bulk
groceries among the baskets for about two hours; come by whenever
you can. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to give back
to the community.
Delivery starts after lunch (approximately 11:45 AM) on
Wednesday, December 11. Come by the Fire Station to pick up a set
of bags and the name and address of a family to receive them; if you
have a large car or van, pick up several! Delivery should be completed
that afternoon. If you are interested in lunch, BBQ plates are available
for $10 (cash only) beginning at 11:00 AM. Typically, delivering three
baskets takes 60–90 minutes.
This is a great way for the whole family to volunteer some time to
a very worthy cause. Previous participants can assure you, the smile
and sometimes joyous tears on the recipients’ faces makes the true
meaning of this holiday season truly memorable.
Please help us make the holidays brighter for local families in
need. If you are interested in volunteering a couple of hours of time
or would like to learn more about this project, contact Scott Lester,
President of Allegiance Bank Texas — Heights, at 281-894-3270 or
email him at [email protected]
Holiday Home Tour — Tour HQ, Tickets, and Shuttle Information
This year’s tour is a wonderful cross section of the homes and styles that make the Houston Heights
so unique. All of our volunteers, especially our featured homeowners, are excited to welcome you to the
Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour, “In the New Old-Fashioned Way”!
Tour Headquarters [right] will be Houston Heights City Hall &
Fire Station, 107 West 12th Street. Visitors can explore the Holiday
Craft Market, listen to live music, and enjoy a tasty bite from one of
the food trucks. At the market, attendees can pick up a $12 limited
edition Houston Heights ornament. [See below.]
Tour Headquarters will open one hour earlier than tour times:
Friday, December 6, 5:00–9:00 PM;
Saturday, December 7, 2:00–9:00 PM
Tickets purchased online at www.houstonheights.org will be available at the “will call” table at the
Fire Station anytime during the tour. If you prefer, you can purchase locally at Jubilee, Davis Hardware,
Another Place in Time, or Buchanan’s Native Plants during their respective business hours.
Please note that we will not be selling tickets at the individual homes this year!
Tickets purchased before December 6 are just $20. Tickets purchased on tour days will be $25.
Shuttle Rides are included in the ticket price. Because parking can be limited at the homes, we
encourage you to park at or near the Fire Station and ride the shuttle. Wait times should be no more than
10 minutes at each stop along the route.
Holiday Home Tour — Ornaments on Sale Now!
Our Holiday Home Tour limited edition ornaments are available at local shops now! They feature
the iconic 19th St Heights Sign as seen by Heights photographer Gary Griffin, and this year we have
two colors to choose from! But don’t wait too long to get this treasured keepsake! Look for them at
Buchanan’s, Jubilee, Davis Hardware, Another Place in Time, and Bespoke.
Photographer Gary Griffin
is a third-generation Heights
resident with a profound love
of his hometown and a deep
connection to his neighborhood.
Gary’s photography tends to be
informed with a certain sense
of wonder and is definitely
infused with Texas flavor.
He has worked as a freelance
magazine photographer and has
clients ranging from architects
to hospitality to couture. Interiors and Texas landscapes are brought to the viewer in a very unique way,
as seen through his lens, eye, and careful technique. Once described as an “artful documentarian”, he
enjoys bringing the stories of his subjects and the visions from his childhood to a new audience. For more
information about Gary, visit his website www.ggriffin.com.
Holiday Home Tour — Homes on Tour
The Holiday Home Tour provides a rare opportunity to look inside five unique spaces that reflect the
rich Houston Heights architectural tradition of this charming neighborhood. The tour homes will be all
decorated for the holidays, with musicians and carolers adding to the festivities.
Chase Home — 625 Cortlandt St.
— Bungalow built in 1919, the multitalented homeowners turned this
into a remarkable space, featured in
Cavanaugh Home — 1028 Arlington
— 1920s Bungalow, a delightful
blend of original character and
Wilson Home — 716 W. 15th St.
— Quaint Cottage, rescued from
the wrecking ball and beautifully
renovated to reflect its nostalgic
past while providing modern-day
Gomez Home — 418 W. 8th St. —
Contemporary, loft-style, a treasure
trove of eclectic groupings of art,
furniture and collectibles, including
more than 3,000 holiday ornaments.
Cox Home — 711 Mosby Circle
— 1994 Italianate style, recently
renovated to incorporate modern
refinements adding warmth, light and
a more functional living space.
Tour Headquarters — Houston
Heights City Hall and Fire Station
— 107 W. 12th Street — Built in
1914–15 after Fraternal Hall,
Houston Heights’ community center,
burned, this building served as the
city hall, jail, and fire station until
annexation. The architect for the
building was Alonzo C. Pigg.
Thursday with the
Please join us at City Oven,
2802 White Oak, on Thursday,
November 21, 6:00—8:00
PM. That’s one week before
Thanksgiving. Matt Bedingfield,
2014 Houston Heights
Association President, is hosting!
We will be on the covered patio,
enjoying happy hour libations &
Not a member of the HHA?
You can sign up at any Urbanite
Third Thursday event. It’s just
$20 for an individual and $25 for
a yearly household membership.
Volunteers Clean Up
Hike and Bike Trail
Urbanites Lina Fairchild,
Clay Bearden, and Ashley Harlan
organized the first community
Hike and Bike Trail Cleanup,
and it was by all accounts a big
success! The Urbanites gave out
cold bottled water and Menchies
coupons on a warm muggy
Saturday morning, while bikers
and walkers took the time to
do their part to make the trail
a litter-free zone. Our thanks to
Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Joshua’s
Native Plants, Heights Roofers,
The Dentists at 650 Heights
Blvd., and especially to all the
neighbors who stopped by with a
bag of litter!
Our thanks to the following
Please welcome the following
donors for their generous support new members to the Houston
of the programs of the Houston
Autospec State Inspections,
Paul & Stephanie Babb —
Rachel & Yvette Cazier
Peter Caldwell &
Katie & Pete Coleman
Lind & John Eklof
Wanda & Mark Cohen —
Stella B. Edmondson
Farrell’s Art Glass,
Peter & Kathleen Fender —
Edward & Janet Hess —
Paula & Michael Hewlett
Jeffrey Jackson — Parks, Fire
Clementina & Juan Lopez —
Parks, Boulevard, Flower
The Pagan Family
Gardens, Fire Station
Pestop, LLC, Quatro Swisher
Graeme Ripley & MariaTrudy Nelson — Boulevard,
Fire Station Restoration,
Brooks & Kursten Robinson
Paulina Sergot &
Aislyn Trendell &
Jenny & Colin Wolfe
HHA Member Happy Hour — November 20
Mark your calendars for an HHA Happy Hour on Wednesday,
November 20. Salé-Sucré, located at 2916 White Oak, is generously
hosting a Happy Hour for HHA members from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Enjoy visiting with your neighbors while you sip a complimentary
glass of wine and enjoy assorted hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar. SaléSucré will also host a drawing for a $50 gift certificate and offer a
complimentary dessert with each entrée purchased that evening if
you choose to stay for dinner. We look forward to seeing you on
Bike Rally Wrap-Up Report
by Addie Ann Spicer, Bike Rally Chair
The 8th Annual Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt was held
on Sunday, October 6. The weather started off sketchy, but the skies
cleared for a gorgeous afternoon. Almost 500 riders came out to enjoy
the event – another terrific year!
Once again our 20-mile Scavenger Hunt resulted in a tie, both
having 33 out of 37 answers correct. Congratulations to our winners:
Brian McGary & Kathy Milemore [right]. (Interesting side note – Brian
& Kathy met at last year’s rally and started dating a few months afterwards.) Third place went to Jackie
Blanck with 31 correct answers. If you didn’t get a chance to see the answers to the 20-mile scavenger hunt,
they are posted on our website at www.houstonheights.org/bicyclerally.htm.
The kids had a grand time on the 5-Mile Family Ride. A big
“thank you” goes out to Mango Beach [left] for providing free snow
cones for the kids at the half way point.
Special thanks go to Desmond Startin with BiCiAction.com.
Not only did Desmond set up a tent at Marmion Park and spend all
day checking bicycle tires and performing minor repairs, Desmond
was the brain and effort behind the 5-Mile Family Ride route and
clues as well as securing the Mango Beach snow cones! Many thanks,
Thank you also goes to Gail Sabanosh of SmartID who generously
donated Smart ID Emergency ID Tags for the riders as well as Grogan
Building Supply for provided the pens. Kudos to Angela DeWree who
designed the wonderful logo for the posters, postcard, and brochure.
Thanks to West End Bicycles for hosting the rally checkpoint [right].
After the rally came the party, and it was humming with people
enjoying the music and delicious refreshments and the kids rocking
those bounce houses. Special thanks go out to Corner Bakery Café,
Carter & Cooley, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jimmy John’s, David Weekly
Homes, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Target, and Wal-Mart for their contributions. A huge “thank
you” goes to Trudi Lyon for securing all of the after-rally donations! People flocked to the information
tables set up by Heights of Health, Massage Heights (great massage!), New Energy, Select Physical Therapy,
and Smiles for Kids Pediatric Dentistry
The ride would not have been possible without our Houston Heights Association Fall Sponsors:
Platinum - Boulevard Realty and Gold - Republic Services, Deb Parks & Mark Bouzek.
We would also like to thank our generous contributors for their door prize donations: Colina’s,
Dacapo’s Pastry Café, Get Real Fitness, Heights Floral Shop, Heights Plant Farm, It’s a Done Deal Car
Wash, Java Java Café, Katie & Co., La Paz Day Spa, Little Woodrow’s on Shepherd, Opera in the Heights,
Orchid Express, Pronto Cucinino, Rainbow Lodge, Ray’s Sewing Shop, Smashburger, Star Pizza, and
Target. A big thank you goes to Anne Sloan for getting all of the fabulous door prizes. Thank you, Anne!
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this Rally happen. Special thanks to Jim &
Donna Bennett for the 20-mile route and Greg & Kim Kolanowski for the scavenger hunt and clues. Last
but never least a big smooch and thank-you goes to Brian Tamplen, who worked very hard behind the
scenes. You ROCK, Brian.
[Thank you also, Addie, for coordinating this popular and successful event. — Editor.]
Sale At The Houston
Please join the Houston
Heights Woman’s Club on
Saturday, November 9 from 8:00
AM to 12:00 Noon for a one-of-akind sale sponsored by members.
If you haven’t seen it already,
this would be a great opportunity
to visit this historic clubhouse,
which has been in existence
for over one hundred years.
The Woman’s Club building at
1846 Harvard has been lovingly
refurbished and continues to
serve the initial intentions of its
The “vendors” of this sale are
members, antique dealers, and
a representative from Stella &
Dot, an upscale jewelry company
selling items inspired by the
founder’s grandmothers, Stella
and Dot. Undoubtedly, there
will be something for everyone
at this eclectic sale. Make sure to
mark your calendars so that you
can find those treasures you have
been searching for!
Once again, it is time to look
around the neighborhood and
see who has been improving it.
The nomination form and rule
sheet for the 2013 Community
Improvement Awards will be
available at www.houstonheights.
Nominees and winners will
be announced at the annual
Volunteer Appreciation and
Awards Dinner on February 23.
More Carts: Automated Curbside Recycling
Expands Again in November
from a City of Houston press release
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department
(SWMD) has announced an additional 70,000 households will
be added to its popular automated curbside recycling program in
November. Residents in neighborhoods throughout Houston will
receive one 96-gallon green automated cart similar to the black
automated garbage cart.
The only areas within the Houston Heights Association service
area scheduled to receive carts in this round of expansion are between
11th and 20th from Studewood to Yale and between 7th and 11th
from Nicholson to Shepherd. Nearby areas include parts of Shady
Acres and Independence Heights. For the complete list of areas and
links to maps showing their boundaries, please see the full press
release at www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/press-10172013.html.
Cart delivery will begin
the week of October 28 with
the first collections citywide
occurring the week of November
25. For those of us on the
“Thursday B” schedule, that
means our first cart collection
should be December 5.
Recyclable items that can be
placed in the containers include newspapers, magazines, office paper,
junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars,
aluminum cans, tin and steel cans, and plastics 1–5 and 7.
For more information, please visit www.houstonsolidwaste.org or
call the City of Houston’s Customer Service Hotline 3-1-1.
At The Properties
Events at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, Donovan Park,
and Marmion Park
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.
White Oak Bayou Association annual meeting at the Fire Station,
November 12, 6:00–8:00 PM.
Photos with Santa presented by John Daugherty, Realtors and the
Houston Heights Association on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00
AM to 1:00 PM in Donovan Park. Families are invited to visit with
Santa and have their photo taken for free. What a fun and friendly
way to celebrate the holidays!
Calendar (continued from back cover)
Basket Assembly, 5:00 PM
12 - garbage
18 - heavy trash
19 - garbage
26 - garbage
electronics recycling, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM, Center
HHA Land Use
PM, Fire Station
1602 State Street next newsletter
New Years Eve
5 - garbage and
Party, Fire Station; see page 1.
Events planned by other community organizations
Every Saturday, 8:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the
Heights Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street. Contact [email protected]
gmail.com to be added to the weekly distribution list.
First and third Thursdays, 7:30 PM, English Country Dancing in
the Heights, dances taught and called. For more information, email
[email protected] or visit www.hatds.org/ecd.html.
Third Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets
at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Boulevard, for a story swap. For
more information, www.houstonstorytellers.org or 713-643-8478.
November 1–10, UpStage Theatre presents The Taming of the Shrew
at Obsidion Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For tickets or information,
call 713-838-7191 or visit www.upstagetheatre.org.
November 5, 6:00–10:00 PM, Cocktails for a Cure at BB’s
Café, 2701 White Oak Drive, benefitting the PKD Foundation (for
Polycystic Kidney Disease Research and Education). For information,
visit www.pkdcure.org/events/houston-cocktails-for-a-cure or email
November 9, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, HHWC sale; see page 8.
November 15–24, Opera in the Heights presents Donizetti’s
Don Pasquale at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For more
information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.
November 28, starting at Dillard’s by the Galleria, 21st Annual
TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior
Services, a division of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Registration at
HoustonTurkeyTrot.org or by calling 713-669-5334 for a paper form.
February 23, Awards Dinner
April 4–6, Spring Home Tour
June 7, Heights Fun Run
October 6, Bicycle Rally &
Scavenger Hunt [tentative
December 5–6, Holiday Home
Tour [tentative dates]
December 9–10, Holiday Food
Baskets [tentative dates]
Heavy Trash Notes
November is a “Tree Waste
Only” month; December is a
“Junk Waste” month. Remember
that the heavy trash pickup date
is now the third Wednesday for
most of the Houston Heights
area. For dates in your immediate
area, visit the City Solid Waste
HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION
107 W. 12TH ST.
HOUSTON, TX 77008-6907
US POSTAGE PAID
PERMIT NO 2995
Return Service Requested
Calendar of Events for November 2013
deadline tomorrow; see p. 3.
HHA Land Use
11 Veterans Day
1602 State Street
7 - garbage and
14 - garbage
20 tree waste
Oak; see p. 6.
21 - garbage
electronics recycling, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM, Center
29 - garbage
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Urbanites at City
2802 White Oak
HHA web site: <http://www.houstonheights.org>