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Galveston Moody Gardens: Aquarium Grand Reveal Celebration

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Moody Gardens is offering guests their first glimpse inside the Aquarium Pyramid Saturday with a Grand Reveal celebration. The aquarium has been closed off and on for the past two years while new exhibits were added and existing exhibits were enhanced. New additions include a two-story, 30,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit, Humboldt penguins, Jellyfish Gallery, Mangrove Lagoon and Caribbean touch tanks and a shipwreck replica based loosely on Galveston pirate Jean Lafitte’s ship, The Pride.

There will be live music and face painting 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Houston Rockets legend Allen Leavell will make an appearance from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.moodygardens.com.

Photo Credit:  Moody Gardens

What’s Happening This Week In the Latino Community

Thanks to the LatinoLoop, we got the latest scoop for this week!

1) The Pope’s visit to the U.S. kicked off with his arrival in Washington D.C. this week with plans to give 18 speeches total during his visit, four of which will be in English (including his address to a joint session of Congress) and the other 14 speeches in his native Spanish. Today the Pope canonized Junipero Serra, marking the first canonization on U.S. soil.

2)  Latin GRAMMY nominations were announced this morning with Leonel Garcia leading the pack with six nominations, followed by Natalia Lafourcade with five nominations. Juan Luis Guerra and Alejandro Sanz; engineers Edgar Barrera, Demián Nava, and Alan Saucedo; and producer Cachorro López each received four nominations. Vicentico, Pablo Alborán, Miguel Bosé and Ricky Martin each earned three nominations. Other nominees include Kinky, Julieta Venegas, Ruben Blades, Pepe Aguilar, Bomba Estereo, Calle 13, Astro, Diamante Electrico, Los Autenticos Decadentes and No Te Va Gustar. The 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Thursday, Nov. 19th in Las Vegas and will air live on Univision.

3)  NBCUniversal has named Cesar Conde to the newly created position of Chairman of NBC Universal Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, which includes the Telemundo Network, NBC Universo Cable Network, Telemundo International, Telemundo Local Stations, Telemundo Digital Media and Emerging Business and NBC Deportes.

4)  Verizon Communications announced that it would begin offering roaming wireless services in Cuba next week, becoming the first U.S. cellphone company to do so. Telecommunications equipment, technology and services were among the first exemptions to a U.S. economic embargo of the island after Washington and Havana announced plans to restore diplomatic relations in December.

5)  J Balvin kicked off his U.S. tour with Becky G. this week, sponsored by Toyota and Coors Light. The tour will hit 20 cities across the country.

6)  Alex Lopez Negrete, President, CEO and co-founder of Lopez Negrete Communications, was awarded the Ohtli Award by the government of Mexico at a ceremony during the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Houston this week for his commitment to lifting the Mexican and Latino community.

7) Univision will launch UniNovelas, a mobile app designed to create an interactive telenovela fan community. The app will offer news feeds, video and photo content users can share, character blogs and fan contests, among other user experiences and kicks off with Antes Muerta que Lichita, which premieres next week.

8)  New data released by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) shows that Hispanic women are the key decision makers when it comes to home buying, including researching neighborhoods, finance options and the final purchase.

9)  Daddy Yankee and Don Omar’s upcoming tour stop at Puerto Rico’s El Coliseo sold out in less than 24 hours. “The KingDom,” which kicked off last week at Madison Square Garden, will visit over 65 cities throughout Latin America and the United States.

10)  El Rey Network has renewed “Lucha Underground”, which will return for a second season in early 2016.

11)  Sony Music announced that it has signed a multiyear global licensing deal for the catalog of Cuba’s national record company Egrem.

12)  Preliminary research based on the latest available federal government data shows that about 295,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in 2013, counting as 8% of the 3.9 million U.S. births that year, following a downward trend that peaked in 2007 when 370,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrants.

13)  Enrique Rodriguez has been named EVP and Chief Technical Officer at AT&T. The former Cisco Systems and Microsoft exec will oversee the U-verse and DirecTV merger which was finalized this past July.

14)  Claudia Sandoval was crowned as the season six winner of Fox’s MasterChef, the reality competition where talented home cooks are given the chance to prove themselves in the culinary world. At the end of its sixth season, MasterChef ranks as the season’s No. 1 cooking show on television.

14)  Chicago-based experiential marketing and entertainment agency Revolucion Marketing has recruited marketing veterans Andrea Botero, Dania Echeverri, and Cebele Marquez, who together bring over 50 years of experience in marketing.

16)  According to Nielsen Twitter TV ratings, the final episode of Sabado Gigante was the most social non-sports series that night with over 75,000 tweets reaching over 1.1 million Twitter users.

17)  Emilio Estefan’s “We’re All Mexican” video/song was released this week and features a collage of images and videos of Latino personalities, including Thalia, Wyclef, Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Carlos Vives as well as Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, and Kathy Griffin. Watch the video here.

18)  Xfinity TV customers can get two weeks of free access now through October 4th to XFinity on Demand with over 3,500 hours of Latino on-demand entertainment and can also access content on the Xfinity TV Go app and Xfinity.com/Latino.

19)  Santa Cruz Communications, a public relations agency with offices in Miami and Los Angeles, will work with Telemundo as PR agency for the first ever Latin American Music Awards. Telemundo has previously worked with Santa Cruz communications for the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Premios Tu Mundo. The Latin AMA’s will take place on Thursday October 8th.

10)  Atlanta based rapper Raury made his Late Night With Stephen Colbert debut last night wearing a Mexico soccer jersey with the name Trump crossed out on the back. Donald Trump was also a guest on the show that evening, but he left the studio before Raury took the stage. Raury told Vice News “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences,” and later tweeted “I got love for my Hispanic community I stand with all people in times of oppression.”


h/t LatinoLoop.com

Leadership In The Arts Summit

April 6, 2015
Student Center Ballroom
9:30 – 5pm
Registration opens at 8:30am,
program begins at 9:30

Free – registration required – (online registration is closed, but people can still register at the door)

The upcoming Leadership in the Arts Summit focuses on the best practices and ramifications of audience engagement initiatives that move the arts from a transactional exchange to a long-term stewardship model. With the shifts in demographics, technology, funding streams and an increase in “competition,” many organizations nation-wide are attempting a broader array of tools to engage audiences. Efforts range from increased artist engagement, marketing efforts, technology-initiatives, and advisory groups and special event programming. These initiatives call for new competencies, new levels of partnership and working outside of comfort zones.

Keynote speaker: Roberto Bedoya

Lunchtime Keynote Conversation: Sandra Bernhard, Shannon Buggs, and Robin Reagler

Speakers and presenters include:

Reginald Adams, Annie Arnoult,Regina Agu, Emily Chambers, JooYoung Choi, Janette Cosley, Jon Deal, Max Fields, Zachary Gresham, Rachel Hull, Ana Laurel, Marian Luntz, Debbie McNulty, Paul Middendorf, Michelle Mower, Rocko Stedy Narvios, Assata Richards,Susan Rogers, Stephanie St. Sanchez, Kristian Salinas, Diane Schenke, Jack Young, Dana Whitco, Sandra Zalman, Brandon Zech

Registration opens at 8:30am,
Program begins at 9:30
Free – registration required – (online registration is closed, but people can still register at the door)

More at www.uh.edu

Children’s Museum of Houston Honors National Autism Awareness Month With An Exclusive Sensory Event

The Children’s Museum of Houston will host Sensory Friendly Day on Monday, April 6, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum. This exclusive event, held from 10 am to 2pm,  will provide a comfortable, protected and accepting environment, allow parents to make connections with other families, and offer new tools and resources. 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. Sign up at the Information Booth.
• Obstacle Course: Test your bilateral coordination and balance as you race through our fun and challenging obstacle course in PowerPlay.
• Hands-on Specialists: Learn more about your child’s development as they engage in fun sensory activities with our Board Certified Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts.
• Color Blast Wheel: Create a color wheel to learn the science of seeing colors at Junktion.
• Beat of Your Own Balloon Drum: March to the beat of your own balloon drum at Junktion.
• Snuggly Bear: Design your own fuzzy friend at Junktion.
• Count and Pop: Pop till you drop while playing this fun game at Exxon Mobil Math Cart.
• Dog Whistles: Experiment with pitch by making your own whistle at Science Station.
• Rainbow Paper: Separate and see the beautiful colors light produces at Science Station.
• Smell Cups: Put your nose to the test and identify different smells at Science Station.
• Sink or Float: Build a boat and find out how long will keep afloat at Inventors’ Workshop.
• Are you my bat baby?: Match bat babies to their mothers using your sense of smell at EcoStation.
• Bat Origami: Create a beautiful bat origami by using your tactile senses at EcoStation.
• Bubble Painting: Create your own bubbly work of art at Alexander Art Academy.

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 ldungus@cmhouston.org or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.

For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

‘Scrabble In The City’ Event at Saint Arnold Brewing Company [@SaintArnold]



When is the last time you played SCRABBLE® and formed a conga line or entered a costume contest for additional points or extra tiles? Chances are – never, unless you’ve attended Literacy Advance of Houston’’s ‘SCRABBLE in the City’ event in previous years. This fun, boisterous, fundraising game night will take place this year on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, 77020. Competitive grown-ups will enjoy zany SCRABBLE, complete with game changers and special challenges, hearty dinner bites, Saint Arnold’s famous brew and raffle drawings. The top prize: Mr. T – the coveted SCRABBLE in the City Trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

The most linguistically creative night of the year benefits Literacy Advance, the city’s oldest and largest volunteer-based literacy provider. In 2014, Literacy Advance volunteers provided free adult and family literacy services to more than 3,200 adults and families. The non-profit organization, now in its 51st year, relies on sponsorships and donations to provide free literacy education throughout Houston.

“SCRABBLE in the City takes the game to the next level! With prizes, costume contests, and score enhancers – and plenty of food, drinks, and live music – it’s sure to be a night to remember. Most importantly, this night will benefit low literacy adults throughout the city with free literacy classes, so they can create a better life for themselves and their families,” said Joe Wappelhorst, executive director of Literacy Advance.

Want to play? SCRABBLE in the City sponsors are vital partners in moving forward Literacy Advance’s mission of transforming lives and community through literacy. Team and sponsorship opportunities with “SCRABBLE-licious” benefits start at $500 and are now available. Individuals or groups interested in securing a sponsorship or team, please call Josh Beasley at 713-266-8777 or visit the SCRABBLE in the City page on Literacy Advance’s site.

For more information on Literacy Advance, visit www.literacyadvance.org.

“Dine Out” To Support The Houston AIDS Foundation [@AIDSHelpHouston]

For one day in April – April 30, 2015 – more than 40 Houston-area restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) through their participation in the nationwide annual event, Dining Out for Life.

“I have been amazed about how the top restaurants in Houston have been so supportive of this event. Everyone at every price point can participate and feel great about eating out on April 30” comments Dining Out for Life event chair, Jessica Rossman.

Guests interested in supporting AIDS Foundation Houston through Dining Out for Life can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at a variety of restaurants, with a percentage of sales from the day committed to help end new HIV/AIDS infections and help those who are infected. For a list of the more than 40 (and counting) participating restaurants visit AIDSHelp.org/DiningOutforLife.

“We have a chance to end HIV/AIDS within our lifetime” explains Kelly Young, Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Foundation Houston. “Dining Out for Life not only raises money to end HIV/AIDS but also raises awareness about the disease.”

Dining Out for Life was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. The event is hosted annually in cities across the U.S. and Canada by local service organizations, a mandate that ensures funds raised locally stay local. Since the inception, the national event has grown exponentially. In 2014, 53 cities hosted Dining Out for Life with participation from more than 3,100 restaurants. These efforts raised $4.13M in support of local service organizations, or 15.4% of local service organizations expenses in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 2015 is trending to be a record year, with more than 60 participating service organizations – Dining Out for Life’s largest year yet. AIDS Foundation Houston began participating in the national Dining Out for Life event in the inaugural year and has since raised thousands of dollars for support locally.

The 2015 menu of restaurants includes something for everyone, from foodie favorites to casual comforts. Find a restaurant now and make plans now to Dine Out for Life on April 30.

2015 Dining Out for Life Participating Restaurants (as of 3/25/15)


Arturo Boada Cuisine

Baby Barnaby’s

Barnaby’s Downtown

Barnaby’s Heights

Barnaby’s Woodway

Barnaby’s West Gray

Brasserie 19

The Original Barnaby’s Fairview

Bombay Pizza Company

Café Piquet Cuban Cuisine


Canyon Creek

Cedar Creek

Coppa Osteria

dgn Factory

Dry Creek

El Tiempo 1308 Cantina Montrose

El Tiempo Cantina Midtown

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse River Oaks

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace


Jenni’s Noodle House Shepherd

Jenni’s Noodle House Heights

Jenni’s Noodle House Post Oak

Last Concert Café

Latin Bites

Liberty Kitchen River Oaks


Niko Nikos Market Square

Niko Nikos Montrose

Onion Creek

Pepperoni’s Montrose


RDG + Bar Annie


Tila’s Restaurante & Bar


“Planes and Pizza” Aviation S.T.E.M. FUNdraiser


With more than 2,300 students positively engaged in less than 1 year, Universal Elite Aerospace is a premier Aviation S.T.E.M. program working with disengaged youth and teens to provide more positive options and outlets in the form of mentorship, volunteerism and community enhancement projects – using aviation as our catalyst!

Event Details: In Honor of celebrating our first anniversary and achieving many goals, Universal Elite Aerospace is inviting the public to come enjoy airplane tours, music, dancing, aircraft simulators, face painting, hot pizza and cold drinks with us and other Aviation Professionals as we usher in a NEW Generation of Aviators and Enthusiasts! Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, Mechanics, Flight Attendants, Pepsi Co., Kroger and other community leaders will be in attendance as well! Fun time GUARANTEED!

Surely a UNIQUE and POSITIVE news/media worthy event!

Location: Houston Air Terminal Museum – 8325 Travelair, Houston, TX 77061

Please visit www.universalelite.org or call (832) 455-0063 for additional information.

Bring the Kiddos to Meet a Real Life ‘Superhero’



Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, and entertainment.

Meet real life superheroes such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, police officers, military service members, and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® team at Pearland’s Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center’s free ‘Superhero’ Day on Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes and hang out with Children’s Memorial Hermann giraffe mascot Topper, H-E-Buddy, and many other characters. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, entertainment, and special performances by Precision Dance Academy.


Cohosted by H-E-B Plus and the YMCA, admission is free and the event is open to the entire community.


WHEN:         Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


WHERE:      Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland

                        10905 Memorial Hermann Dr., Pearland, TX 77584

 [Photo Courtesy of GalleryHip.com]

International Rubik’s Cube Competition at Rice University!

World-class “speedcubers” from the United States and around the world will gather at Rice University Oct. 18 for a World Cube Association-sanctioned Rubik’s Cube competition. Various styles of competition with the colorful cubes will lead up to the final rounds, which begin at 2 p.m. The fastest puzzle solvers will receive prizes. Presented by the Rice Cube Club at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, the event is free and open to the public.

Who: More than 50 to 60 “speedcubers” — people who solve the puzzle as quickly as possible — from the U.S. and around the world.

What: Rubik’s Cube competition, hosted by the Rice Cube Club.

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

Where: Rice University, McNair Hall, Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St.

This is the first such event to be hosted at Rice, according to Cory Thigpen, a Jones School MBA student and president of the Rice Cube Club.

For more information about the competition, including the schedule of events, visit www.cubingusa.com/RiceUniversity2014/index.php.


Forgotten Dogs Logo


Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward has joined the Give It Away” program at Style Cycle where local individuals can bring gently used items to help support the services provided by Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward.

Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward is a non-profit organization on a mission to help abandoned and neglected pets in the impoverished area of the Fifth Ward. They have developed feeding routes throughout the Fifth Ward to prevent animal death due to starvation and malnutrition. They provide medical care and foster and adoptive services for the rescued pets. Many of the animals are found injured, ill and malnourished stray and abandoned on the streets.


Style Cycle provides the overhead, sorting, pricing, necessary sales preparation, and merchandising. They have many different outlets to turn non cash donations into much needed cash for local Houston charities.

“We must leverage what we can to make a difference in the community” Allison Cuvillier, owner of Style Cycle said.

To donate, just take your gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, artwork, and furniture to Style Cycle, which is located at 246 W. 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008, and fill out a simple form to get your tax deductible donation receipt. Questions can be referred to Allison Cuvillier by calling 281-888-9171.
Let them know that the items are for Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward and when the items are sold, Forgotten Dogs will receive 25% of the sale price.

“Our company buddies up with Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward so that we can help support their work. This is an on-going charity opportunity that we provide and there are other ways to support them. They function totally 100% on donations and volunteers” said Allison Cuvillier owner of Style-Cycle.

Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward cares for and feeds all the animals they can. They offer animals in the Fifth Ward of Houston help by finding placement in a no kill rescue and assisting the residents of this area with pet food, medical care, and pet care as needed. www.forgottendogs.org


Style-Cycle is a fun Vintage Inspired Store on 19th Street in the Houston Heights! The business goal is to have good quality resale items, to keep them revolving in our society, and to provide a service for local charities to turn the donations they receive into cash they can use. The store is located at 246 W. 19th