“I have been a ‘student’ of Oprah’s for more than 30 years,” said Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry. “I’ve watched, listened and learned a lot of what has helped me to make Minnie’s Food Pantry a national charity. It’s an esteemed honor to have the voice of one of the most powerful women in the world, Oprah Winfrey, resonate at our ten-year celebration. It reminds our staff, board of directors, sponsors and the thousands of volunteers, that our work is not in vain. We are grateful.”
It’s been an exciting season for the Houston Astros. But all the activity at Minute Maid Park can mean increased traffic downtown during the afternoon rush hour, causing big delays for commuters.
To improve service for our customers, METRO will adjust several bus routes and offer “Go Astros” shuttles from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. The shuttles will run along Congress between La Branch and Main and offer passengers direct service from their regular bus stops to select local bus and Park & Ride routes.
The shuttles will serve customers using the following routes and connect them to their regular buses at Main and Congress:
- 151 Westpark Express
- 236 Maxey Road / Baytown
- 244 Monroe
- 246 Bay Area
- 247 Fuqua
- 249 Gulf Corridor
- 261 West Loop
- 262 Westwood
- 265 West Bellfort
- 269 Southwest Corridor
In order to ensure timely shuttle service, METRO will temporarily close a bus stop at Congress and Crawford. Additionally, a stop at the northeast corner of Congress and La Branch will be relocated across the street to the northwest corner of the intersection.
Signs at closed and relocated stops will guide riders to “Go Astros” shuttle stops. METRO staff will also be on hand to assist riders. Please allow for extra time to complete trips.
CAJUN FESTIVAL SET FOR FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND, JUNE 16-18, ON GALVESTON ISLAND
The entertainment lineup for the second annual Galveston Cajun Festival, which is set for Father’s Day weekend, June 16-18, will feature some of the best musical entertainment that the Houston-Galveston area has to offer. Along with the musical entertainment, the festival will have succulent crawfish, all sorts of festival foods from a variety of vendors, a crawfish eating contest and more.
Set to kick things off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16, will be The Pee Wee Bowen Band.
On Saturday, June 17, Big E & The Lowdown and King Baby will perform; and on Sunday, June 18, Madalyn Hernandez, Grupo Fuerte and Monico Cortez, will all be performing as a part of the Grey Goose Lounge, one of the sponsors of this year’s event (check website for exact times).
Admission this year is free and open to the public, so bring the entire family out for all things Cajun — Father’s Day weekend on Galveston Island!
No coolers, outside foods, drinks, alcoholic beverages, radio’s, bicycles, pets and/or weapons will be allowed inside the venue.
For information, visit galvestoncajunfestival.com or call 409-359-3045.
This is Who We Are
This past Saturday, I was very honored to speak at the #NoBanNoWall rally on behalf of those that feel as they have no voice and for those that are currently in fear of the policies enacted by the current administration.
Thousands gathered at the front steps of the Texas capital to protest the current ICE Raids, Trump’s border wall and the refugee ban. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) headlined the rally organized by Muslim and immigrant rights groups. Some of the speakers included immigration attorneys and activists, DREAMERS, and refugees from Muslim communities.
To honor my family and to those that have suffered and continue to suffer under the policies of the current administration, I hope that my words spoken at the rally made a difference (if even a small one).
“This Is Who We Are”
“Many if not all of us here today have recited the pledge of allegiance, giving our thanks to a piece of fabric stitched in identity that speaks to many of the slogans that have echoed throughout time: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. As a Latina, I have witnessed how those words have turned into something so out of reach for us. But still, we hope and we strive, not only for ourselves but for our families as well. BECAUSE THIS IS WHO WE ARE!
Every success we have achieved and every contribution we’ve made in this America, OUR America, is being overshadowed being by the current policies in place that have made us out to be the enemy.
We are the enemy when we’re condemned to the belief of being rapists and murders. We are the enemy because much like any minority, the actions of a few become representative of a whole. We have become the target of ICE raids because it has been determined that because we are brown, we are committing a crime just by being here. Because we are brown, we are to be feared. But indeed, they should be scared, because we are tired – tired of being ignored, tired of being stereotyped, tired of being marginalized and tired of being treated like second-class citizens. And today, you WILL hear us!
We are not illegal. The Declaration of Independence, the very document that is the foundation for this country determined that all men are created equal. And that includes us Latinos. We’re the fighters, we’re the persecuted, and we’re the survivors who have only wanted one thing – the opportunity for a better quality of life. THIS IS WHO WE ARE!
I am the child of a migrant farm worker. My mother spent the majority of her childhood working the fields from sun up to sun down. Although she did not graduate high school, my mother elevated herself from working for minimum wage cleaning offices at night to the successful career woman she is today – a self-taught, resilient woman.
As a child, my father worked the cotton fields. And throughout his entire adult life, has worked outdoor construction, laying the foundation for the highways and roads we use day in and day out. At the age of 62 he was diagnosed with cancer. At 63, he beat cancer. And at 64, he once again put on those work boots and headed back to work, waking up at 4am to go to a job that no one else wants to work. Why? Because all he wants to do is earn his living, respectfully, and in peace. Because THIS IS WHO WE ARE
I am the mother of two beautiful biracial young men – one of them is gay. And although many out there spew their hate against their race, their nationality, their sexual orientation – they stand strong and I stand with them because THIS IS WHO WE ARE
I have watched as Aleni, a young woman I met 8 years ago while she was in high school endure the struggle of wanting a higher education, wanting to become successful, all while fearing her undocumented status. A high academic achiever, decorated high school soccer player, homecoming queen – all that and she couldn’t qualify for scholarships or financial aid because of her status. Today, because of DACA, she works full time and pays for her college education herself with no assistance. In spite of it all, in spite of EVERY obstacle and set back she’s had to face, her determination has never faltered. THIS IS WHO WE ARE.
You often here from the opposition, those who hate, those who don’t care to understand, “why don’t you get your papers”? They know nothing of the struggle. They know nothing about someone like Aleni enduring a Twenty-year fight just to be a naturalized citizen.
When you see people who look like me in you in the fields, on the construction sites, in restaurants working to provide a better life despite a pitiful wage, we stand strong and proud. Because THIS IS WHO WE ARE. We are not rapists, we are not thieves. And we will NOT be used as talking points for political gain. We Are Providers. We Are Fighters. We Are Survivors.
And that, is who we are.
WE STAND STRONG. THIS IS WHO WE ARE. “
Who you gonna call? The Children’s Museum of Houston is calling on the Ghostbusters! Help the Ghostbusters gang investigate and capture pesky ghouls and save the Museum from ectoplasmic chaos during Halloween Monster Mayhem. Don’t forget to bring your camera! I ain’t afraid of no ghost!
Ghostbusters Day, Oct. 22, 2016
*Activities, events and times subject to change.
Ghostbusters Character Appearances: Meet some of your favorite characters from the Ghostbusters!
Event Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.
Houston Area Ghostbusters: Your friendly neighborhood Ghostbusters will be on alert and onsite.
Event Time: Throughout the day inside Museum.
- Ghost Doll: Design a spooky ghost doll that will follow you home at Junktion.
- Slimer Mask: Become everyone’s favorite pizza eating ghost at Junktion.
- Ecto Goggles: Fashion your own pair of Ecto goggles to perceive the unknown at Junktion.
- Monster Slime: Ooze with ickiness with a gooey concoction of monster slime at Science Station.
- MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
- General Museum admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
- For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.
It’s official, tickets go on sale October 17 for the 36th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market set for Nov. 10-13 at NRG Center. Due to tremendous popularity last year, general admission tickets will once again be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster in addition to Houston-area Randalls locations. For many in Houston, the Nutcracker Market is the Super Bowl of shopping events and marks the start of the holiday season.
“Our shoppers responded well to the convenience in being able to purchase tickets online last year, so we are bringing that option back in 2016,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “Pre-purchasing general admission tickets through Ticketmaster or Randalls is the easiest way to avoid lines and gain the fastest entry to the Nutcracker Market.”
General admission tickets are $18 at Randalls locations throughout Houston, or $18 plus fees and surcharges through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available for $20 at the door during Market hours.
From humble beginnings in a community church in 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown to become the second-largest charity event at NRG Park and this year will mark its 36th year. More than 300 merchants will travel from across the country to participate in the 2016 Nutcracker Market selling everything from unique gift items, home décor, to gourmet food, clothing, toys, jewelry and more! New vendors will join familiar favorites like the Texas Tamale Co. and the ever popular Donne Di Domani marinara sauce, plus home decorative accessories from Paul Michael Co., ornamental metal accessories from The Round Top Collection, and holiday decorations from Clutter Yule Love.
As is the tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was carefully selected by Market chairman, Mary Alice Parmet. The theme celebrates the shopping spirit of the holiday season, and the camaraderie the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market creates among shoppers and the Houston community.
Proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that you purchase, plus 10% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and Scholarship Programs.
Thursday – Friday, November 10 and 11, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, November 12 and 13, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
ONE DAY PASS
Tickets are good for one day admission only during November 10-13, 2016. No repeat admission.
– $20 each at Market
– $18 each at Houston-area Randalls beginning October 17
– $18 each (plus surcharge) online at Ticketmaster beginning October 17
– Half-price admission is available daily, three hours prior to closing
– Children under 5 are free
– Group Rate: Groups of 20 or more will receive a $2 discount off regular admission price (must purchase in advance)
FOUR DAY PASS
Tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 9:00 am admission Thursday and Friday.
– $50 each at Market or order over the phone by calling 713-535-3231 prior to November 4, 2016
Complimentary stroller, cart, rolling bag and wagon checkroom is provided as they are not permitted inside. Wheelchairs and walkers are permitted. Pets are not allowed.
Special Event tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 9:00 a.m. admission on Thursday and Friday.
Wells Fargo Preview Party
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $250
Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon
Thursday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $135
Macy’s Fashion Show and Brunch
Friday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $135
For more information, call 713-535-3231 or visit www.NutcrackerMarket.com
The Navigation Esplanade will once again host the East End Street Fest to be held October 15th, 2016 from Noon to 10:00pm. This year’s highlight will be the implementation of an educational program for local students interested in the entertainment and arts industries.
Houston’s East End is known for its colorful art expressions and rich Latino history. The average household income in the area is $47,000 and only 9.5% of those living in the neighborhood hold a college degree or higher. Most students cannot afford more than $2,000.00 to travel and attend national entertainment conferences and festivals such as South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. To address this issue, the East End Street Fest committee will introduce an educational program for high school and college students interested in careers in Entertainment, Media, and Arts.
The educational program will be held at Talento Bilingue de Houston on October 15 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The goal is to nurture the next generation of creative minds in the East End community and also work with local universities and community colleges to allow participating students to receive academic credit.
East End Street Fest committee members hope that this initiative will make the East End a national destination to discover emerging Latino talent and to cultivate the next generation of entertainment and media professionals.
The East End Street Festival 2016 will open its doors to the public at noon with a music lineup that includes national, regional and local music artists such as the psychedelic music band from California, Chicano Batman and the Texas Latino rising star, AJ Castillo. Other rock, Tejano, cumbia, electronic and indie music artists include La Diferenzia and their legendary Tejano style, El Dusty with his revolutionary cumbia-electronic music and Atlanta’s Xavier BLK with his high energy underground party music and many other local music artists.
Admission to the East End Street Fest is FREE for kids 12 and under. Adults can purchase their tickets for $10.00 online ($12 at the gate). The location is the East End Esplanade at 2600 Navigation. The time is 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For volunteer, vendor or sponsorship opportunities visit www.eastendstreetfest.com or call, 713.926.3305. Some of the event proceeds will benefit the Houston Firefighters Association.
The Children’s Museum of Houston will host a culture-friendly Sensory Friendly Day on Dec. 14 in celebration of our Seasons of Sharing exhibit which commemorates holidays around the world.
Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum.
Doors will be closed to the public. There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available. Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).
· Music Therapy Activities: Move and groove to therapeutic music in Tree Top Discovery Room
· Obstacle Course: Race through a fun and challenging obstacle course in PowerPlay
· Hands-on Specialists: Engage in fun sensory activities with Board Certified Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts.
· Interactive Story Time: Enjoy an interactive story time adventure in Parent Resource Library
· Mehndi Hand Art: Design traditional Hindu hand art at Alexander Art Academy.
· The Great Migration: Take flight with monarch butterflies in inEcoStation.
· Macaroni Menorah: Light a candle in celebration of Hannukkah at Junktion.
· Rangoli Revelry: Create Indian-inspired folk art at Junktion.
Sensory Friendly Day, Dec. 14, 2015
***Activities, events, and times subject to change.
Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
• SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY SPECIAL HOURS: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Special Sensory Friendly Day Admission: $5 per person. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
• Pre-registration required. Please contact Lydia Dungus at email@example.com or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.