Happenings Oct 2012
Cornelius Nursery’s Fall Harvest Festival
Visit Cornelius Nursery on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for the annual Fall Harvest Festival. Children get free pie pumpkin decorating supplies, can participate in tin can planting, and hear the story of the great pumpkin. Adults can attend the free clinic on colorful container arrangements for fall. The nursery is located at 2233 S. Voss Road, 713-292-0898; and 1200 N. Dairy Ashford, 281-493-0550.
Komen Houston Race For The Cure
The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting the largest foot race in the city, the 22nd Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, on Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Houston.
This year’s race, sponsored locally by Marathon Oil Corporation, hopes to raise more than $4 million to be used in Southeast Texas for research, education, screening and treatment. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is a certified USATF 5K course with running and walking events that include a 5K Timed Competitive Run; a 5K Non-Competitive Run; a 5K Walk and a Family Walk/Kids K (approximately 1/2 mile) sponsored by National Oilwell Varco. Participants also can choose to register for Sleep in for the Cure® to show their support without having to wake up early on race day.
A fun kick off to race day will be the 11th annual “Pink in the City” Pasta Party, which includes a pasta dinner and silent auction packages on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. at Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.
Entry fees are $35 for adults; $20 for children (17 and under); $30 for survivors; and $40 for competitive runners. Registration for Sleep in for the Cure® is $50 and includes a T-shirt, snooze bib and an extra “Sleep In” treat. To register, visit komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.
Houston Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt
The Houston Heights Association’s 7th Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7. Open to riders of all ages and designed as a casual self-paced ride, participants bicycle a course through the Heights and surrounding areas.
Riders can choose between the classic 20-mile ride and scavenger hunt, or a shorter 5-mile ride and scavenger hunt for families— or do both — starting and finishing at Marmion Park.
Each rider receives a rally map, rally card and scavenger hunt clue list. There will be one combination check point/water station mid-way on the course. The rally card must be validated by a rally volunteer at this check point to be eligible for prizes. Prizes are awarded to riders who correctly identify the most mystery sights along the route.
After completing the ride, celebrate at the Post Ride Party starting at 3:30 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m., with entertainment, door prizes, and refreshments.
Riders of the 20-mile route can start as early as 8 a.m. The 5-mile Family Ride begins at 2 p.m. All riders must finish by 4 p.m. to be eligible for awards and prizes, and must be present to win. All kids riding the 5-mile course receive an award. Packet pick-up will be at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, on ride day at 8 a.m. To register, visit houstonheights.org.
Houston Italian Festival
BEGINNING OCT 11
The Houston Italian Festival 34 will begin with a Grand Opening Night on Thursday, Oct. 11, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 14, on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas. On Friday, the gates will open at 11 a.m. for lunch with free admission until 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival opens at 11 a.m., with Saturday closing at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.
Activities will include the newest addition of the World Famous Soccer Collies ready to beat you in furious four-footed playing of Italy’s favorite sport, soccer. Also available are grape stomps for adults and children on Saturday and Sunday; adult Pasta Eating Contests (also on Saturday and Sunday); I Madonnari (EE Mah-doe-nahr-ee) Chalk Art Contest for high school students on Saturday; Bocce Tournaments for adults and youth (on Saturday and Sunday); and the crowd-pleasing authentic Italian foods. Returning is Aaron Caruso, who is the headliner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with The Fab 5 to close out Saturday evening. Hit & Run/Cugini Band will end the evening on Friday. For tickets and more information, visit HoustonItalianFestival.com .
70th Annual Bulb And Plant Mart
BEGINNING OCT 12
Sponsored by The Garden Club of Houston, The Annual Bulb and Plant Mart features the widest selection of top quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers, and an expanded collection of native and rare and unusual plants, perennials, trees, shrubs, citrus and vines. Many of the plants and bulbs including iris, gingers, crinums and rain lilies, are unique offerings from the gardens of club members, grown specifically for the mart. Held at Holly Hall Retirement Community, 2000 Holly Hall, admission is free. In addition, all purchases will be tax-free during the event on Oct. 12-13.
Members will give impromptu talks about plants offered at the mart this year, beginning each day at 8:45 a.m. until the mart opens at 9:30 a.m. An informative Horticultural Guide includes descriptions of items for sale, along with proper planting and horticultural information and is available at no charge. For additional information, visit gchouston.org.
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit At MFAH
BEGINNING OCT 21
A major exhibition of the work of African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the son of a former slave who trained in Philadelphia under Thomas Eakins and went on to achieve international success, concludes its national tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
On view from Oct. 21-Jan. 13, 2013, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit presents more than 100 works, including 12 paintings that have never been shown together and the only two known sculptures that Tanner completed. The exhibition also features Tanner’s famed Resurrection of Lazarus. For information, go to mfah.org.
Companhia De Dança Deborah Colker
Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker makes its Houston debut on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. at Jones Hall, performing the award-winning Mix, a seven-movement work that features her dynamic choreography and a stage-wide climbing wall.
Marrying physically daring feats with visually striking designs, Colker’s work is the result of intense aesthetic questioning. The first Brazilian to win London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, the internationally acclaimed choreographer uses modern dance to challenge notions of space and gravity and redefine the rules for what can and can’t be done. For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org.
Sharpstown HS 1977 Class Reunion
The Sharpstown High School class of 1977 is holding its 35th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hilton Hotel Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., from 7 p.m. until midnight. Hors d’ oeuvres, a cash bar, DJ and 35 years of stories are included in the $60 ticket price. Meet Friday night at 5 p.m. for happy hour at Kay’s Lounge, 2324 Bissonnet. Contact Dale Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and reservations.
A golf outing at Longwood Golf Course will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. Contact Norman Stalarow at email@example.com for details. A ladies brunch will be held on Saturday at The Tasting Room in Uptown Park from 10:30 a.m. until noon. For reservations, contact Robin McCoy Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. D. Players’ Children’s Theater’s Production Of Bunnicula
BEGINNING OCT. 24
Bunnicula, a musical adaptation of the popular children’s book, opens Oct. 24 at A.D. Players’ Children’s Theater. Performances run through Nov. 10 on Wednesdays-Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. performance on Nov. 3.
When all of the vegetables in the Monroe house start turning white, the family pets —Chester the cat and Harold the dog —become convinced that Bunnicula, the family’s new pet rabbit, may really be a vegetable vampire and a threat to the household. But is the bunny really a danger or just different? This musical adaptation is great fun for kids of all ages and teaches the very important lesson of not judging a book by its cover. Tickets are $10, individuals; $6, groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at adplayers.org.
BEGINNING OCT 27
Eight architect-designed houses were selected by jury for the 2012 Annual AIA Home Tour, which is set for Oct. 27-28 from noon-6 p.m. each day. The tour is open to the public and attracts approximately 2,000 people each year. The tour operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers, and each home’s architect eager to share their company’s design with the public.
Tickets are $25; $20 for bike riders; or $10 for a single house. Advance tickets can be purchased at the AIA Houston office, located at 315 Capitol, Ste. 120 in Houston. Single house tickets are not available for pre-sale. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the participating houses and are good both days of the tour. For additional information, visit aiahouston.org/hometour.
BEGINNING NOV 8
The 2012 Nutcracker Market, benefiting Houston Ballet Foundation, its academy and scholarship programs, will be held Nov. 8-11 at Reliant Center. More than 325 vendors from across the country participate in this 32nd annual holiday shopping extravaganza offering unique gift items for the entire family including home décor, gourmet, garden, clothing, toys, candles, sporting, novelties, accessories and more. A Preview Party will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $175.
Market hours on Thursday-Friday are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $13 at the market, and discounted tickets are available at Randalls for $12. Children 6 and under are free.
Special events include a Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $135. The Macy’s Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch will be held Friday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $100. For information, visit nutcrackermarket.com.
Moody Gardens Halloween Event
Moody Gardens has a special treat for kids this Halloween. The Galveston destination will provide free trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, face painting and other fun activities for children and their families Oct. 28 at its annual Ghostly Gardens celebration. The event, to be held from 2-4 p.m., will also include a kid’s costume contest for children 12 years old and younger, with prizes for the participant with the best costume.
The costume contest will kick off at 3 p.m. in the Garden Lobby of the Visitor’s Center. Other activities will be held throughout the Moody Gardens complex. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume. Families with at least one member in costume will receive a special discount to Moody Garden’s attractions. For additional information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.
Market Square Park Announces Fall Events
Market Square Park is located at 301 Milam in downtown Houston and will host a variety of events this fall. Bayou Bikers will meet in the park on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary.
Critical Mass is an informal bike group that meets the last Friday of the month at 7:15 p.m. to ride around the city to raise awareness and advocate a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes are welcome.
Ride in the City will start at Market Square Park and head out to the newly completed bike paths along the bayou and into the Heights on Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. Bring a city, path, hybrid or mountain bike. Kids are welcome, but no training wheels or tricycles. There will be multiple route options from 5 to 15 miles. Register at bikebarn.com.
The Houston Police Department invites the downtown residential and business community to National Night Out on Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m. NNO promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships for a clean and safe downtown.
The park will also host free concerts and films. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys will perform Nov. 3. The group has set the standard for modern Cajun music. The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow will come to Market Square Park on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a showing of The Talented Mr. Ripley. On Nov.16 at 7 p.m., The Godfather: Part II will be shown.
Enjoy a night of live music at Market Square Park from one-man band Henry + the Invisibles and featuring New Orleans’ Royal Teeth on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit marketsquarepark.com.
Moody Gardens Festival Of Lights Events
BEGINNING NOV 10
The largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast unveils a thrilling new experience as it offers visitors a chance to slide into the holiday spirit. For a decade, the Festival of Lights has entertained visitors with more than 100 lighted scenes themed to holiday music. Now in its 11th year, the Festival will feature Snow Tubing, a ride down a 100-foot ice slide set up on the Moody Gardens grounds on Galveston Island. Along with the new attraction, returning visitors will see several new stationary and animated light displays, including Victorian Christmas scenes.
The Festival opens on Nov. 10 to kick off nearly two months of a fun-filled holiday season.It will run Thursdays through Saturdays from Nov. 16 to Dec. 8, before opening nightly from Dec.13 until Jan. 5, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Snow Tubing will be featured Saturdays during the Festival, before opening daily on Dec. 22. The slide will open from noon to 10 p.m. and cost $12 for admission.
On Nov. 10, Santa Claus is set to parachute in and flip the switch for the light displays. From there, visitors can walk the trail of the million-light display and see different holiday themes throughout. Live entertainment including choirs, musicians and dancers will be a part of the festivities. Inside the Visitor’s Center, guests can get their photos taken with Santa, as well as enjoy several seasonal movies like the “Polar Express 4D Experience” in the MG 3D, Ridefilm and 4D SpecialFX Theaters.
Admission to the Festival of Lights is $6.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights entry, tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid®, Rainforest Pyramid®, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FXTheater, Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat are available for $6 each. Admission to the area’s only outdoor ice rink is included with a Festival ticket. Guests can bring their own skates or rent them for $6. A holiday buffet is also available at the Garden Restaurant.
Hotel rates during Festival of Lights start at $149 per night, plus taxes. For more information, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.
THROUGH DEC 30
This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents CraftTexas 2012, the seventh in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring works by 40 Texas artists, the exhibition includes a large-scale installation of crocheted linen and latex paint to stoneware ceramic vessels and pate de verre glass sculptures mimicking iron cookware. The CraftTexas series, on view through Dec. 30, provides artists the unique opportunity to have their work seen by three established jurors and included in an exhibition that seeks to broaden the understanding of contemporary craft. The show features outstanding work in all craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.
Located at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.
“Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration
Mayor Annise D. Parker and the city of Houston will show support for the Armed Forces and celebrate the annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 11. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the third annual AT&T Veterans Job Fair. A moment of silence will be observed at 11 a.m., followed by the 11th hour ceremony in memory of the WWI signing of the Armistice.
The American Heroes parade has a new route this year, which will start at 12:30 p.m. on Dallas at Bagby. Hundreds of veteran’s organizations, military personnel and vehicles, historic associations, universities and schools participate in the parade. The deadline for entry into the parade is Oct. 5. Visit houstonspecialevents.org for information.
Activities At Discovery Green
THROUGH NOV. 11
Discovery Green is the go-to spot this fall with a variety of free activities and entertainment during its fall 2012 programming season, which runs through Nov. 11. The Chipotle Green Film Series, a new series presenting films to educate and challenge everyone to learn where food comes from and how what we eat affects us and the world around us, will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 and Nov. 9.
Visit discoverygreen.com for information.
Houston’s Holiday Spectacular
BEGINNING NOV. 21
Houston’s 5th Annual Holiday Spectacular returns with family favorites and new additions to get everyone in the mood for holiday cheer. The fun will begin in November with spectacular holiday events, parades, festivals and more through New Year’s weekend.
The 25th Annual Wortham Theater Center tree lighting ceremony will take place Nov. 21. For more than two decades, people of all ages have filled the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center to celebrate the holiday season and watch The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy illuminate 8,000 lights on the 25-foot Christmas tree.
The 63rd Annual Holiday Parade begins at Minute Maid Park on Nov. 22. Houston’s signature holiday parade features floats, high-flying hot air balloons, marching bands and costumed characters.
Mayor Annise Parker will host the official Holiday Celebration at City Hall’s Hermann Square on Nov. 30. The annual event will include music, a fireworks extravaganza and the lighting of the city’s holiday tree.
Heritage Society’s 50th annual Candle Light Tours are Dec. 7-9 at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby. Step back in time and tour eight of Houston’s oldest historic homes, trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century décor. Children can also visit with Santa, play in the snow, enjoy a holiday story reading and make crafts at Santa’s Workshop. For information, visit heritagesociety.org. To stay up-to-date on all the happenings, visit downtownhouston.org.
Save The Date For The Gingerbread Build-Off
Architecture Center Houston, in partnership with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, C2 Creative, and Houston Downtown Management District, is accepting team registrations and sponsors for the 4th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square on Dec. 8. Competing teams will create masterpieces using 100 percent edible materials. More than 3,000 spectators are expected to attend and cheer on the teams, play in the kids’ construction zone, and see Santa.
Following the Build-Off, winners and select competitors will be featured in an exhibition from Dec. 10-14 at ArCH, 315 Capitol, Ste. 120 in Houston. Contact email@example.com for event or sponsorship inquiries.