Spring cleaning sprees result in sparkling countertops, fresh floors and bare closets begging for new clothes. Here are a few places you may have overlooked while tackling the clutter: Junk drawer:
The daunting task of tidying your junk drawer, or pile, may be enough to keep you from starting. When is the last time you took a look at the contents? You will be surprised at what you can get rid of - that coupon is expired anyway.
Workspace: Cluttered workspaces can lead to cluttered thoughts. If you have been hoarding meeting agendas, take a few minutes before or after work to sort through your paper stack. Better yet, make it a weekly habit and see how it impacts your productivity.
Shower curtain: Did you know you can wash most shower curtains on gentle cycle in your washing machine? Your bathroom cleaning game just got an upgrade.
A deep clean feels good, right? If you have yet to do your spring cleaning, it is not too late to hit refresh.
Houston Hip & Haute
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.
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.
Save the date for the DASH Spring Market from May 2nd-5th.
Get your tickets now at dashhouston.com/tickets.
Join Trees of Hope in celebrating the moms living at Star of Hope this Mother’s Day. A $50 donation will provide a mother with a special gift and a $150 donation will provide several mothers with a special gift. Those who make a $150 donation will also receive a limited edition scarf from John Ross Palmer Art Gallery that would make a wonderful gift for their own mother. Click here for more information and to make a donation.
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 30th at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 15th at 9:00am at tuts.com/tommytuneawards.
The 15th annual Go Red for Women luncheon will be held on Friday, May 17th at The Post Oak Hotel. Chaired by Hallie Vanderhider, the event will open with a mission expo and boutique shopping followed by a VIP reception with keynote speaker Barbara Pierce Bush preceding the lunch and program. Click here for more information on the signature American Heart Association event.
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.
Get in the Game for Kids
“Get in the Game for Kids” chaired by dynamic duo Lara Bell and Roseann Rogers was recently held at Union Station. Over 250 guests gathered two days before the Astros’ season opener to hit it out of the park for ESCAPE Family Resource Center. Founding chairs of the celebrity waiter-themed benefit, Joan Schnitzer and Gerald Franklin, were acknowledged for three decades of support, and Occidental Petroleum was also honored. Heartfelt remarks about protecting children from abuse and neglect were given by Yanni Charalambous, vice president and CIO at OXY, and the current Board Chair at ESCAPE. The winning evening did not disappoint with wine pairings provided by Becker Vineyards and a live auction that raised over $230,000 to help end the cycle of abuse and neglect towards children.
Roseann Rogers, Joan Schnitzer and Lara Bell
photo credit: ESCAPE
Game Day Gala
Game Day Gala recently celebrated five years in support of Project 88. Founders Ericka and Garrett Graham joined founding chairs Hannah and Cal McNair, and Lisa and Chris Seay, at Ecclessia alongside host committee chairs Megan and Brian Cushing, Angela and Owen Daniel, Caroline and Kevin Walter and Amanda and Jon Weeks. A counselor and student gave their testimony to uproarious applause, and special first-time award recipient Hallie Vanderhider received a standing ovation. The jam packed evening was attended by many celebrities and NFL stars raising a total of $360,000. The event supports Advise TX college advisors in the city’s public schools empowering underserved students to end generational poverty.
Garrett and Ericka Graham and Chris Seay
photo credit: Daniel Ortiz
Business and community leaders recently gathered in the spirit of Financial Literacy Month to raise over $300,000 for The Women’s Resource’s financial literacy programs. The funds will directly support the almost 3,000 women and girls the organization serves in the Greater Houston area every year. The luncheon was chaired by top commercial real estate executive, Edna Meyer-Nelson, and featured keynote speaker Judy Smith who was the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal. This year, Wells Fargo was recognized as the organization’s Corporate Honoree and Jasmine Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year. Six of Houston’s top women in banking and finance were also recognized. “We are honored to have such broad reaching community support for our programs,” said Christine Powell, Executive Director of The Women’s Resource. “Thanks to the funds raised by this luncheon, we will be able to continue to grow our programs and put more women in our community on a path toward economic security and success.”
Edna Meyer-Nelson, Judy Smith and Linda Lorelle
photo credit: Nikki Rosenberg
Attention shoppers! The American Heart Association and Houston Magazine gathered with over 250 guests at beloved design and lifestyle specialty store, Kuhl-Linscomb to kickoff this year’s Shop With Heart Card, presented by the Heart Guild of Houston. Partygoers enjoyed 20 percent off purchases made with the Shop With Heart Card and after-hours shopping at the carefully-curated store. Shoppers and supporters sipped libations from Decant Urban Winery, Yellow Rose Distilling and Eureka Heights Brewing and savored light bites from Bollo Woodfired Pizza, Ouisie’s Table and Ooh La La Sweets. Attendees also had the chance to win door prizes such as a $200 Kuhl-Linscomb gift card, a Coravin Wine System, and a Drunk Elephant skincare kit from retailers participating in this year’s Shop With Heart Card fundraiser. The store was filled with hits spun by a DJ provided by LG Entertainment as guests perused the retailer’s large selection of merchandise including everything from skincare to home décor, fine china, stationary, books and kitchenware all while supporting an important cause.
Lu Caltagironi, Roz Pactor, Ilene Allen
photo credit: Alejandro Montoya
Looking for an outfit that is Cinco de Mayo chic? Here are a few tips for creating the perfect ensemble for chip dippin’ and margarita sippin’.
Ruffle sleeves are flirty and festive. Pair this sleeveless ruffle top with bold earrings and you are ready for a Mexican style brunch - sub the mimosas for margaritas! Feeling more daring? This cropped Free People top features cutout detailing on the neckline. If your Cinco plans are more dinner and salsa dancing, consider something off the shoulder - calienté!
Vince Camuto Off the Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Blouse
Want to be authentic? Try embroidery. Go all out with a touch of pom pom tassel detailing. This embroidered peasant blouse is in theme and a frugal find at under $25. If you are looking to be less literal, this breezy top channels the look and can easily be styled for day-to-day wear when the party is over.
SHEIN Pom Pom Tie Neck Embroidered Yoke Blouse
Nothing says it is time to fiesta like bright colors or patterns. For those who like to be cute and comfy, Target gets it right with this cropped floral jumpsuit that comes in two colors. Combine color, ruffles and embroidery with this Old Navy frock or take it up a notch with a fit and flare in bold yellow gingham.
Fit & Flare Gingham Cami Midi Dress for Women
Spring’s unofficial shoe? Espadrilles. The seasonal staple will complement any Cinco de Mayo ensemble. Dolce Vita fans rejoice - this pair comes in four different neutrals including mustard and is under $100. Enjoy the low price, but big style of these highly rated espadrille wedges. Is there anything better than a Target find?! For those who are partial to flats, this pair of colorblock espadrilles from Tory Burch are the perfect fit.
Dolce Vita Alycia Espadrille Sandal
Hoops are a great way to complete your outfit no matter which direction you choose. Keep it classic with a simple gold or silver tone, or make a statement with this colorful pair from BaubleBar. If you have wanted to try the Lucite® trend, now is the time.
BaubleBar Reinette Raffia Hoop Earrings
Houston’s Memorial neighborhood is popular living destination for families, and it is easy to see why.
The community west of Downtown offers something for everyone.
Take a walk around lifestyle development CityCentre. Pop into stores like H&M, J. Crew or Sephora. Shop King Ranch Saddle Shop for luxurious leather goods fit for any cowboy, or those who want to be. Movies more your vice? Catch the latest showing at Studio Movie Grill. No need for dinner before the show when this theatre has a menu that goes beyond popcorn and soda. Those with kids, and kids at heart, will have a ball at upscale bowling alley Bowl & Barrel. Forgo a pitcher of beer for a few of their craft style cocktails. And if a challenge is your idea of fun, The Escape Game allows you to choose from several 60-minute immersive adventures. You may want to bring your thinking cap.
Photo credit: @bowlandbarrel
Breaking a sweat in Memorial is easy to do. Fitness studio favorites DEFINE body + mind, Revolution Studio and SoulCycle all have locations. Need something a little more zen? While DEFINE and Revolution both have yoga on the schedule, Yoga Athletex meshes yoga and athletics for a unique workout. The Good Space has both yoga and Pilates classes, and BIG Power Yoga is a hit amongst local yogis. Prefer outdoor workouts? Memorial Park has a track suitable for runners and walkers at any pace, as well as tennis courts and playing fields for pick-up games.
Photo credit: @bigpoweryoga
Finding a good meal is also a breeze in this neighborhood. Truly a family affair, Jonathan’s The Rub was born from Jonathan Levine’s, self-proclaimed “oldest line cook in Houston,” quest to find the perfect blend of spices. “The Rub” can be seen throughout the menu which features everything from steaks to Brooklyn Italian classics. The restaurant’s second location also offers a diverse selection of “New Houston” cuisine that includes dishes such as a smothered pork chop, bacon chipotle pork and sesame ahi tuna ceviche. For even more delicious dining, head to State Fare Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant’s eclectic interior creates a fun atmosphere for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, and the menus do not disappoint. Enjoy upscale takes on classic fair food with several versions of mac & cheese or chicken fried Ribeye steak. They even put their own spin on hot chicken. Want to really eat like a local? Check out neighborhood go-to Island Grill. The casual eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine and even has an onsite juice bar. Craving a hearty meal after a weekend workout, or is that athleisure an attempt to hide your hangover? The Buffalo Grille has big breakfast classics as well as lunch and dinner options suitable for either situation.
H-Town Hot Fried Chicken
photo credit: @statefarehtx
Houston Chamber Choir
Houston Chamber Choir’s newly released recording of Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Blanton Alspaugh for Signum Records, has received accolades from two world-renowned choral professionals, Dale Warland and Simon Carrington.
In an April 13th review penned by Warland, the Chamber Choir is praised for their “beautiful, artistic singing and thoughtful, sensitive music-making at every turn.” Warland has made an impression on contemporary choral music both nationally and internationally as a choral conductor, composer and educator.
An earlier review by Yale University professor emeritus and King’s Singers Founding Member and original Music Director Simon Carrington applauds the “wonderfully radiant and flexible singing from the Houston Chamber Choir under their director Robert Simpson...a superb recording to be treasured.” Carrington has had a long, distinguished career in music in both the United Kingdom and United States.
The CD is now on sale for pre-order for $15 with autographed copies for $20. Visit https://houstonchamberchoir.org/durufle-complete-choral-works to order now.
Robert Simpson conducting the Choir.
Photo by Jeff Grass Photography
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center recently announced the newly-designed Ravine Trail is now open to the public. The Ravine, part of the Arboretum’s Master Plan, boasts a true riparian ecosystem with elevation changes not typically seen in the Houston area. Flooding, erosion, washout and other disturbances, closed access to the Ravine and its trail system for three years while the Arboretum and several partners worked diligently to develop solutions.
The landscape now boasts two new bridges spanning the Ravine to allow the flow of flood waters; a winding switchback concrete trail provides ADA accessibility to the north bridge and expansive views across the Ravine. The updated area also has a boardwalk system which brings visitors into the heart of the Ravine and native plantings.
“We are ecstatic to see the re-opening of the Ravine and to invite the community to enjoy its beauty once again,” says Debbie Markey, executive director. The Arboretum is located at 4501 Woodway Dr. For more information visit houstonarboretum.org or call 713-681-4833.
The Houston Arboretum’s new Ravine and trail system are now open to the public, located in the northwest corner of the 155-acre urban nature sanctuary
photo credit: Christina Spade photos
Ready to party this weekend? Here are a few ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo out on the town:
You do not want to miss the 5th annual ?Julep Derby Day! Alba Huerta’s nationally-acclaimed cocktail bar on Washington Avenue will host their infamous soirée on Saturday, May 4th with an impressive 5,000 flowers from local farms and businesses to commemorate the party’s anniversary. Two screens will be available for attendees to watch the race. Lawn games and plenty of libations including a spritz and mint julep bar will can also enjoyed. Food from El Topo Truck and hot dogs from chef Ryan Lachaine of Riel will be available for those who are hungry. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/julep-derby-day-party-2019-tickets-60668434922?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
River Oaks District is off to the races with their first annual Kentucky Derby party. The luxe shopping development invites you to come dressed derby style topped with your favorite hat to enjoy southern-inspired bites from their premier restaurants and an array of unique Mint Juleps. Derby at the District is Saturday, May 4th from 2-6pm.
Make a splash at Hotel Derek as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo poolside. From 11am until sundown on Sunday, May 5th, partygoers will be greeted by a signature Patron cocktail and have full access to the hotel’s pool complete with fajitas, music, poolside games and prizes. This 21-and-up fiesta is $25 to attend and will also have a cash bar available.
Picos will kick off the celebratory weekend with their “Zydeco de Mayo” on Saturday, May 4th. The live crawfish boil will also feature menu items such as tacos, tamales, stadium nachos and bigger-than-your-face quesadillas. The party continues on Sunday with Picos’ “Fiesta Under the Big Top,” featuring more crawfish and tacos (breakfast included!) as well as Picos’ traditional brunch buffet. Do not forget a cocktail! Drink specials will be going on all weekend and include $10 frozen margaritas - all to the tune of a live DJ.
Shake up your usual brunch spot with Superica’s Cinco de Mayo brunch offered from 10am-3pm. The Heights spot will offer Tex-Mex favorites including Migas and Chilaquiles, and a bit of Texas flair with BBQ brisket sandwiches. And yes, there will be margaritas!
National Pet Week
Celebrate National Pet Week May 6th - 12th with a trip to your favorite pet-friendly patio! Check out these tips from Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center before you go:
If your dog is confident visiting new places and meeting new people, your go-to dog-friendly patio is the perfect spot to give your pup some much needed human interaction and companionship.
Dogs, especially puppies, get a lot of attention, but too much can be stressful for them. If you feel they are being over stimulated, tell your friends and kind strangers that your pup is adjusting to the environment and it would be better to not pet him/her at this time.
Keep social outings short for puppies in the beginning, but do them frequently for best results.
Cava, belonging to Meadowlake’s Executive Manager Laura Koch, enjoys a day out at Heights Biergarten photo credit: @cavakoch
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