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How are you doing with the goals and intentions you set at the beginning of the year? If you are anything like me, it is possible that you may have lost sight of some of them. March 20th marked the first official day of spring, and for me, a chance to renew and refresh.

Just as flowers are blooming again, so can you. Dedicate time to review the goals and intentions you set. What progress have you made? Where have you slacked? How have your goals changed?

Take a moment to acknowledge how far you have come, and what it will take to get where you want to go. You may still be working towards an end goal, but it does not mean you have not had victories along the way - celebrate them! It is true, the little things in life do matter as they pave the way for the bigger things.

I hope you will take solace in knowing that life is a journey and not a destination, as they say, and remember to be grateful of your progress as it propels you forward.

Cheers to a season of growth!


Jana Phillips
Houston Hip & Haute




Houston Happenings




Join Nan & Company Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate for an evening of elegance at 2211 Inwood Dr. on Wednesday, March 27th from 5-8pm. Guests will tour a modern masterpiece furnished by High Fashion Home and peek inside the closets staged by InTwo. JOYBOX florals will also be unveiling their spring collection while Dr. Ashley Toutounchi of Aura MD Body will be performing innovative medical treatments. All proceeds from the night will benefit the Houston SPCA.



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Houston Parks Board celebrates their fifth annual Bayou Greenway Day on Saturday, April 6th at Mason Park. Visit http://www.bayougreenwayday.org/ for more information.

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Start practicing your swing because the Spring Branch Education Foundation Golf Classic is back! Held on Sunday, April 14th at the BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress, all proceeds from the tournament benefit SBISD’s 35,000 students through education enhancing grants and scholarships. To register, visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/golf.




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The ART IS AN Outdoor Market series continues at Post Oak Central (1990 Post Oak Blvd) every third Thursday of the month through Thursday, May 16th. Inspired by favorite festivals organizers Sarah Lowe and Marco Guerra have attended, each event will feature a robust set of vendors and products. Mark your calendar for the next event on Thursday, April 18th.

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Houston Grand Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni as the first offering in their spring repertoire. The show will run from April 20th - May 5th at the Wortham Center. Get your tickets here. HGO is also proud to recently announce the three new singers and one new pianist for the 2019-20 HGO Studio after an international search. Seven up-and-coming opera stars remain active in the lineup as well.

First-year HGO Studio artists are:
Alex Munger, pianist/coach
Nicholas Newton, bass-baritone, Third-place prizewinner at Concert of Arias 2019
William Guanbo Su, bass, second-place prizewinner at Concert of Arias 2019
Elena Villalón, soprano, Audience Choice Award winner a Concert of Arias 2019

Returning HGO Studio artists are:
Lindsay Kate Brown, mezzo-soprano
Dorothy Gal, soprano
Geoffrey Hahn, baritone
Leia Lensing, contralto
Kyle Naig, pianist/coach
Daniel Noyola, bass
Richard Trey Smagur, tenor


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There is no business like show business! Join Theatre Under The Stars in recognizing and rewarding excellence across 15 categories in artistry of musical theatre by greater Houston metropolitan area high school students and teachers at the 17th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. The annual awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 15th at 9:00am at tuts.com/tommytuneawards.

 

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American Heart Association's Shop With Heart Card fundraiser presented by the Heart Guild of Houston will kick off on Wednesday, April 24th at renowned design and lifestyle store, Kuhl-Linscomb. Purchase a Shop with Heart Card that evening to use during the 10-day shopping and dining event from April 26th - May 5th. The American Heart Association receives funding from the Shop With Heart Card campaign sales to continue the mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Click here to learn more.


Photo credit: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design



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Save the date for the DASH Spring Market from May 2nd-5th.
Get your tickets now at dashhouston.com/tickets.



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Delight the whole family in a ghoulish summer evening with a showing of The Addams Family at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Broadway musical will be performed by Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and are free to the public to attend from June 5th-8th. For more information, visit the Miller Outdoor Theatre website.


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Pledge your pennies to save the lives of precious pets with Houston Pets Alive!. Pennies for Pets will round up your pennies from digital purchases to instantly help Houston Pets Alive! save countless cats and dogs from being euthanized. This Tuesday, March 26th also marks the last day to have 25% of your total meal purchase at Shake Shack benefit Houston Pets Alive! on behalf of Gallery Furniture. Do not forget to print this flyer to bring with you.






Get Your Tickets:

9th Annual Crawfish Boil

$40 Individual ticket (if purchased by Wed. 4/3) $50 at the door

$5 Child ticket (ages 12 and under)

Special thanks to this year’s Event Chairs: Catherine Branch & Daniel Plumlee,
Maddison Britt, McKenzie Britt, Ellen Hughes & Dean Delery, Maddy Delery,
Katie Samson, Brittany & Matt Steitz, Courtney & Dylan Stout




The Immunization Partnership’s Community Immunity Spring Luncheon 2019

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:30a
Where: River Oaks Country Club
Chairs: Andrew N. Van Chau and Diana Tully
Details: Hundreds of community leaders, vaccine advocates and supporters will join us for the 10th anniversary of the Community Immunity Luncheon, benefiting The Immunization Partnership (TIP). Each year, The Immunization Partnership hosts this special event to remind community leaders about the importance of immunization issues, raise funds to support our programs, and honor those who have dedicated their careers to advancing immunizations and immunization rates.
Prices: Individual Tickets - $250; Tables: $2500-$15,000
Contact: Ashtyn Hooper| 281.769.3086 | ahooper@immunizeusa.org | immunizeusa.org




First Health Center for Medical
Needs Kids Opens in Houston

Houston’s first and Texas’ second prescribed pediatric extended care center (PPECC) for medically fragile children has opened. Joycare Kids provides medically-vulnerable children with developmentally age appropriate education and activities in a safe and engaging environment. Approximately 100 people attended the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on January 11, 2019. Joycare is located at 6440 Sands Point Drive.

According to state health officials, approximately 160,000 children with significant medical needs require around the clock care in Texas. Joycare provides children with medical needs an alternative to private duty nursing, which results in the child being isolated at home. Joycare allows children with medical disabilities to have a similar daycare experience as their non-disabled peers, and allows families to build a community with one another.

Newborns to 20-year-olds with various medical needs, including tube feeding, tracheotomy care, and oxygen administration, are welcome at Joycare. In addition, children are able to receive physical, speech and occupational therapy while there. Parents are assured their child will receive optimum care, engage in exploratory learning activities, and have fun.

“We are thrilled to provide kids and parents with this kind of health center,” said Cottichia Burke, MA, CCC-SLP, administrator of Joycare. “Knowing your child will be well cared for throughout the day is the assurance parents need to go to work, or just for respite.”

For more information, visit www.joycarekids.com.



Houston Society/Philanthrophy


Texas Exes with “The Rocket” Raise Funds for Scholarships

Brock Niezgoda, Lewis Kasner, Roger Clemens, Ryan Bayer




Burnt orange was the color of the night for the annual University of Texas at Austin, Texas Exes Houston Chapter Scholarship Dinner March 23rd event at River Oaks Country Club. The theme had a baseball feel since the honoree was baseball great and former UT baseball star Roger “The Rocket” Clemens, so the guys “pitched” their ties. Over 250 Longhorn supporters mixed and mingled including UT Austin Athletics Director, Chris Del Conte. There was something for everyone, including a Bourbon and Bubbles Pull, a game of Heads or Tails and a variety of auction items.

The UT Cheer squad started the evening with the Texas Fight Song playing, energizing the room. Chairs Ryan Bayer and Brock Niezgoda were pleased with the results of over $200,000 raised. The evening was led by emcee Bill Worrell, who himself is a legendary sports broadcaster. Also stepping up to speak to the crowd was the President of Texas Exes Houston Chapter, the largest Chapter in the country, Lewis Kasner. Chuck Harris, Executive Director of Texas Exes introduced student Travis Arnold who shared his inspiring story about overcoming cancer and the support of the scholarship from the organization to attend UT.

Paddles flew in the air for the Horns Up pledge, raising additional scholarship funds. The live auction was a huge success, especially the chance to play golf with Clemens. A video highlighting Clemens’ career of 24 incredible seasons as an 11-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, and winner of seven Cy Young Awards brought a standing ovation. The interview conducted by Worrell led the crowd thru Clemens’ career, with stories that entertained. Another standing ovation concluded the interview and guests joined together in song for The Eyes of Texas before heading home.


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Intercontinental Houston - Medical Center recently opened its doors to local dignitaries, business and civic leaders, and the Texas Medical Center executives for its official grand opening event. Guests enjoyed entertainment by Virtuosi of Houston, a first-look at the property with guided tours and Mediterranean inspired food provided by Safina, the newly-opened restaurant located inside the hotel.

Notable guests in attendance for the official ribbon cutting ceremony included Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, InterContinental Hotels (IHG), Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack, Congressman Pete Olson, Senator Larry Taylor, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and hotel owner Monzer Hourani with Medistar Corporation. Also in attendance were Mary Ann and David McKeithan, Helen and Jim Shaffer, Roz and Alan Pactor and chief of staff to former George H. W. Bush, Jean Becker.

The striking 21-story hotel features 124 deluxe king bed guest rooms, 193 deluxe double queen guest rooms, 37 stylish suites and the brand’s world-renowned Club InterContinental Lounge that combines highly personalized service and exclusive privileges. The hotel also includes expansive conference facilities designed to host large groups and conventions, with 18,000 square feet of meeting space, including board rooms and a 7,646-square foot grand ballroom. An additional 6,000 square feet of pre-function event space, an outdoor terrace mezzanine and supplementary outdoor pool terrace event space all combine to make the hotel the largest conference space of any building on the Texas Medical Center campus.

Exterior rendering of Intercontinental Houston - Medical Center
photo courtesy of Intercontinental Houston - Medical Center

Hotel owner Monzer Hourani with Councilman Mike Knox
photo credit: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Designs

 

 




Restaurants/ Food


Blondes really do have more fun - in the kitchen! The Blonde Pantry, brainchild of Registered Dietitian Marla Murphy, debuted in their first retail pop-up space earlier this month. Nutritious meal seekers can enjoy shopping the brand’s selection of healthy heat-and-eat (ten minutes or less!) and ready-to-eat meals for the next six months at their convenient location in The Shops at Arrive. The Blonde Pantry simplifies eating well with offerings that are gluten-free, convenient and locally sourced. Visit https://theblondepantry.com/ to start meal planning.

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Photo courtesy of The Blonde Pantry





Fashion

Taking style cues from the Duchess of Sussex? Shop the ivory crepe THEIA column gown she wore for a press tour in October at Saks.com! The newly available gown retails for $995 and is selling fast. Perfect for an upcoming gala or soon-to-be bride - you are only a few clicks away from being closer to royalty.


Neighborhood Happenings...

The Woodlands

The Woodlands Waterway | Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Entertainment District



While only about 30 miles north of the city, The Woodlands can feel like a world away with its infamous tree-lined streets. Here is a look at what makes The Woodlands a desired destination:

Catch a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Chris Tomlin, Dave Matthews Band and Train all have upcoming shows. The Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet also have scheduled performances. Shop ‘til you drop with the area’s unique blend of well-known brands and boutiques. Market Street is home to retailers such as BONOBOS, Hemline and Tory Burch while Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Pottery Barn can be shopped at The Woodlands Mall.

Do not forget your appetite! The food scene in The Woodlands serves up something for everyone. Newly opened Tris was recently awarded three out of four stars by Houston Chronicle’s Alison Cook. Chef Austin Simmons has created lunch, happy hour and dinner menus with worldly flavors showcased by delectable choices such as Thai Blue Crab fingers, Kimchi mashed potatoes to accompany your favorite cut of beef and a Tankatsu miso ramen. If you want to spice things up a little, make a visit to Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen. The French Quarter style restaurant on Market Street treats diners to Louisiana classics like seafood gumbo and crawfish étouffée. You will definitely want to order dessert - their beignets are prepared using Café Du Monde’s infamous recipe. Another bonus? They have five sommeliers on staff and $10 off any bottle of wine or champagne Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5-9pm. Date night anyone?

Even restaurants with a national presence are making their way to the area. Snooze recently opened their seventh Houston area restaurant here and healthy go-to’s Flower Child and True Food Kitchen also have a presence. Local favorites such as Mia’s Table, Goode Co Kitchen & Cantina and bellagreen are also aplenty. Craving something sweet? CRAVE serves up bakery treats and their signature cupcakes morning to night. They also have coffee making them an unexpected breakfast spot.

Photo Courtesy of CRAVE Cupcakes

Eat too much? Shopping is not your idea of cardio? Not to worry, The Woodlands has you
covered in that area too. DEFINE body & mind, Orangetheory Fitness and
RIDE Indoor Cycling will have you breaking a sweat.

The Woodlands offers plenty of entertainment including some of your city favorites amidst a tranquil forested setting. If it has been awhile since your last visit, you might want to consider making the trip.



Patio Roundup

Patio weather is in full swing at B&B Butchers and Restaurant.
Photo courtesy of B&B Butchers and Restaurant 

Break out your floral print, slide on your sandals and do not forget your sunnies! It is finally the perfect season to enjoy alfresco dining. Here are a few spots you will want to put in your patio hopping rotation:

It is Saturday, sunny and 75, which calls for sipping rosé and handcrafted cocktails, but where to go? Start at B&B Butchers & Restaurant. The restaurant is perfectly positioned between Downtown and Washington Ave with plenty of drinks, and steakhouse style bites, to order as you lounge on their signature rooftop patio.

Sip on something frozen when you head to FM Kitchen & Bar. The spacious patio on Shepherd is known for their boozy milkshakes and burgers. Their happy hour specials are also pretty sweet and offered Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. It might be worth convincing your colleagues to move that late afternoon meeting to one of FM’s picnic tables.

If you are team rosé all day, Bacco Wine Garden Montrose is a winner. The wine garden quietly opened last fall and has steadily gained traction. Chances are you have driven by the wine bottle lined patio heading down Montrose. With an extensive wine list, everyone in your party is sure to find a glass (or bottle) they like!

You will never be disappointed when you step foot onto one of Houston’s classic patios this season - Tiny Boxwoods, Local Foods Upper Kirby, Coltivare, Brenner’s on the Bayou, or Brasserie 19 - to name a few. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for newcomer Lotti Dotti set to debut in the formerly beloved Brooklyn Athletic Club this April.

While Houston boasts plenty of dog-friendly dining destinations, the Texas senate recently passed S.B. 476 which would allow patrons to bring their furry friends to outdoor dining spaces - free of restrictions. If it makes it into law, businesses will still ultimately decide if they’d like to host four-legged customers. Something tells us most will be more than happy to give a dog a bone.

Cheers to patio season!



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