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Artists of Alberta Ballet perform Love Lies Bleeding.

Artists of Alberta Ballet perform Love Lies Bleeding.

HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS ALBERTA BALLET’S LOVE LIES BLEEDING,  JAN 30 THROUGH FEB 01

Houston Ballet presents Alberta Ballet as part of the Cullen Series. One of the missions of the Cullen Series is to introduce the city to exciting contemporary dance makers. Under the artistic direction of Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet will perform Love Lies Bleeding, a celebration of the music of rock legend Sir Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin. This wild and spectacular work features 14 classic songs, including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, The King Must Die, and Rocket Man. It explores the trials, victories and sacrifices of achieving super stardom with an unforgettable story of rock and roll, drama, passion and, above all, love.

Love Lies Bleeding is a work that’s thrilling to watch, and it beautifully captures the magic of Sir Elton John’s music,” remarks Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch. Love Lies Bleeding is a spectacular dance triumph that is sensationally entertaining. The production takes audiences on a wild ride, an emotional rollercoaster of theatrically dynamic tableaux. The non-stop parade of over 150 dazzling costumes by Martine Bertrand provides a glorious riot of color and invention. Audience members can expect to see stylized sequined Dodger uniforms, glittery Egyptian loincloths and a roller-skating “Rocket Man” outfit complete with flashing lights and fireworks. For tickets call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.­org.

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(L-R): Lee Ormsby as the Big Bopper, Dean Elliot as Buddy Holly and Miguel Angel as Ritchie Valens.

(L-R): Lee Ormsby as the Big Bopper, Dean Elliot as Buddy Holly and Miguel Angel as Ritchie Valens.

SPA PRESENTS BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, BEGINNING FEB 06

Society for the Performing Arts presents Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6; and at 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at Jones Hall.

Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones, rock ‘n’ roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of his meteoric rise to fame from that moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show, featuring more than 20 hits including “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy!” and “Not Fade Away,” will have you on your feet and will “send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high!” For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org.

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CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SHERLOCK HOLMES PLAY, FEB. 4-22

The Classical Theatre Company (CTC) presents The Speckled Band, An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes from Feb. 4-22. The play, penned by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1910, dramatizes one of the Great Detective’s most famous mysteries. Directed by CTC veteran Troy Scheid, the production will capitalize on the Sherlock-mania gripping pop culture right now.

The Theatre is located at 4617 Montrose Blvd. in Houston. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students. For more information, call 713-963-9665 or visit classicaltheatre.org

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON CHARITY BALL, FEB. 5-7

The Junior League of Houston’s 67th Annual Charity Ball 2015 will begin with a Cocktail evening Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. There will be two nights of dinner and dancing on Friday, Feb, 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. All events will be held at The Junior League of Houston Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston. The event theme is 1925, An Epic Era.

Dress Friday and Saturday is Black Tie or 1920’s Chic; Thursday is Cocktail Attire.

Tables of 10 begin at $5,000. For more information, contact Rachel Regan, 713-871-6670 or charityball@jlh.org.

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THE TITMOUSE CLUB, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS

The Titmouse Club, a nature program for children between the ages of 2.5 and 5, is offered September through May on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10-11 a.m. at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester, by the nonprofit Audubon Docent Guild. The program features nature talks, stories, activities and walks in the woods to inspire a knowledge and love of nature in young children. The cost is $5 per child or $20 for a five-session card. A child must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit houstonaudubon.org or call 713-464-4900.

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The Book Of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards.

The Book Of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards.

THE BOOK OF MORMON AT HOBBY CENTER, THROUGH FEB 08

Back by popular demand, The Book Of Mormon, which played a record-breaking two-week run in 2013, returns to Houston for a limited engagement Jan. 20 – Feb. 8 at the Hobby Center. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

The Book Of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center box office at 800 Bagby Street, all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org.

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Kyle Taylor Parker plays the role of Lola. Steven Booth stars as shoe factory owner Charlie Price. They are joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers as Lauren, Joe Coots as Don, Craig Waletzko as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola.

Kyle Taylor Parker plays the role of Lola. Steven Booth stars as shoe factory owner Charlie Price. They are joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers as Lauren, Joe Coots as Don, Craig Waletzko as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola.

KINKY BOOTS AT THE HOBBY CENTER, BEGINNING FEB 10

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), plays at The Hobby Center Feb. 10-22.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots opened on Broadway April 4, 2013 and continues to play to standing-room-only crowds nightly. The show, which has broken all box office records at the Hirschfeld Theatre, recouped its costs in October 2013, after just 30 weeks on Broadway.

Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades. For more event
information, visit tuts.com/events

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13TH ANNUAL TEXAS MED FUN RUN 5K/10K/1K, FEB. 7

Registration has opened for the 13th annual Texas Medical Center Fun Run presented by The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation and Harris County Hospital District Foundation. Last year, close to 2,000 people from Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Clear Lake and other surrounding counties participated in the race. Twice as many are expected this year.

“Last year, prior to the kick-off of our sanctioned Fun Run, we had serious professional runners, some who were going for their own personal records, teams dressed in costumes, families, teenagers, walkers and seniors, roaming vendor and food booths, while the DJ was rocking. It is a great event, from beginning to end,” said Ruth Ransom, Executive Director, Harris County Hospital District Foundation.

Runners and walkers will gather at the start line on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Ben Taub General Hospital. The gun will go off at 8 a.m. and participants will run/walk the streets around and through the Texas Medical Center.

The Texas Med Fun Run includes a 10K, 5K, 1K and Kids Zone. The 5K and 10K Races are fully sanctioned and certified by the Gulf Coast Association of USA Track & Field. New to 2015, corporations can sign up and compete as teams.

For the 5K walk or run, teams of five will be competing for the big trophy, and best overall time. There will also be competitions within the male and female age groups for awards. This Fun Run is a known as community favorite and is also one of the most important as it supports the immunization programs of Harris Health, benefiting children and the elderly throughout the area.

For more information, sponsorships, vendor booths, parking map or to register for a race, visit TexasMedFunRun.com.

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California-based Ciaramella will perform songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman Street in Houston.

California-based Ciaramella will perform songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman Street in Houston.

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES CITY’S ARTS SCENE, BEGINNING FEB 12

Italian love songs and one of the most recognizable and beloved Baroque works are just a few of the many presentations for the Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF), which will take place Feb. 12-15 at venues across the city. In its third year, HEMF 2015 is sponsored by partner organizations Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music, Mercury –The Orchestra Redefined and Piping Rock Singers. HEMF will feature five main-stage performances and an inaugural Young Artist Showcase program, which highlights current student period-instrument ensembles from Texas university and college music programs.

Seeking to capitalize on the local growth of early music programming and period-instrument expertise, HEMF is an international platform for showcasing Houston’s growing talent pool and flourishing early music organizations. A longtime goal of Artistic Directors Matthew Dirst (Ars Lyrica) and Antoine Plante (Mercury), the success of the first two festivals encouraged partner organizations to expand on the previous format and focus the festival into an extended-weekend event in February.

For more information and the full schedule of events, visit houstonearlymusic.org.

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"A Drop of My Dream" by Shahla Rosa.

“A Drop of My Dream” by Shahla Rosa.

THE JUNG CENTER PRESENTS A JOURNEY BEYOND SUBCONSCIOUS SURREALISM, THROUGH FEBRUARY

Shahla Rosa – a Canadian-American Contemporary Surrealist – feels like a “spectator at the birth of the surrealist movement” each time she begins a new painting. Rosa’s compositions are inspired by Andre Breton, Sigmund Freud, and Dante Alighieri, and deal with themes of human nature and the subconscious. Rosa paints her deepest thoughts in an attempt to shed life on her inner self. It is through the exploration of the unconscious and the projecting of the dream state into reality, that Rosa reaches new levels of creative imagination.

For more than 50 years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit resource offering dynamic and compelling classes – “continuing education for the human spirit” – on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and intellectual topics. The Jung Center’s building was originally designed as an art gallery and mounts approximately nine exhibits of work by both established and emerging artists each year. The Jung Center is an active member of the Houston Museum District. Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public.

This exhibit will be on display from Feb. 3-26 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m.

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SIRE PRESENTS WILD WEST CASINO NIGHT, FEB. 7

On Saturday Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 11 p.m., join SIRE at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor, 16011 Katy Fwy, for their Rootin’ Tootin’ Crap Shootin’ Wild West Casino Night. The event benefits SIRE, partnering with SIRE therapy horses at three area location to change the lives of hundreds of adults and children with special needs.

Gala Chair and SIRE Board President Sabrina Shumsky said, “This year we have moved from our traditional galas of the past and are offering our supporters and the Houston community something different. There will be something for everyone from the obvious casino events to gold panning, silent auction, photo booth, pony races and more.”

The energy corridor is a new location for the event and more convenient for guests. The prize in the Texas Hold Em’ Tournament is a custom muzzle loader. Auction items and prizes include Southwest Airlines tickets, a stay at La Torretta Lake Resort, BBQ dinner for 25 provided by the Swinging Door, an inshore fishing trip with stay included, and a “Win a Saloon” raffle.

Sponsors include Texas Business Theater, Mayde Creek Animal Health Center, Bryan and Cheryl Nelson, Cypress Ace Hardware, and Robert Creasy & Patricia Roddy. For more information, contact Natalie DeJong at 281-356-7588, x202.

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April Galvan from Eisenhower High School, stands with her award-winning artwork titled Retina. April won first place last year in the division for graduating seniors.

April Galvan from Eisenhower High School, stands with her award-winning artwork titled Retina. April won first place last year in the division for graduating seniors.

SPA’S 17TH ANNUAL STUDENT ART CONTEST, THROUGH FEB 12

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), Houston’s leading performing arts presenter, has announced that entries are now being accepted for its 17th Annual Student Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo. SPA’s Art Contest offers kindergarten through 12th grade students in the greater Houston area and beyond a chance to showcase their talents and win prizes and scholarships, while learning more about the performing arts. The deadline for entries is Thursday, Feb. 12.

The title for this year’s contest is “My Caravanserai,” inspired by SPA’s 2014-2015 education residency, Caravanserai: Malaysia. This three-part residency introduces American audiences to exciting and dynamic artists from the Muslim world and the culture of Malaysia.

All submitted artwork will be judged on creativity, skill and interpretation of the theme “My Caravanserai.” Works on paper, including photography, are permitted. SPA allows only one entry per student and one artist per entry. For rules and submission guidelines, including more information regarding this year’s theme, visit spahouston.org/artcontest

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Peter Paul Rubens, The Triumph of the Church, c. 1625, oil on panel, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

Peter Paul Rubens, The Triumph of the Church, c. 1625, oil on panel, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

MFAH PRESENTS “SPECTACULAR RUBENS”, BEGINNING FEB 15

In the early 1620s, Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577– 1640) designed a series of 20 tapestries on the Triumph of the Eucharist that celebrated the glory of the Roman Catholic Church. The commission came from the Spanish governor-general of the Netherlands, the Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia(1566–1633), as a gift to the Monasterio de lasDescalzas Reales (Convent of the Barefoot Royals) in Madrid. Spectacular Rubens reunites Rubens’s exuberant oil sketches painted for this commission with the original tapestries, the largest number of works for the Eucharist series assembled in more than half a century. The exhibition, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from Feb. 15 to May 10, presents an unrivaled opportunity to experience the Baroque master’s extraordinary impact on both an intimate and a monumental scale. For ticket information, visit mfah.org.

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HOUSTON CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE MEETINGS, THIRD THURSDAYS

The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the period of the American Civil War. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month, except for summer. The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer. RSVP to attend the meeting. There is a charge for dinner. For information, visit houstoncivilwar.com.

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POP-UP IN THE PARK MARKET, FOURTH SATURDAY

Pop-Up in the Park is a curated market, featuring products made or designed in the                         Greater Houston area that will be held the fourth Saturday of each month from 12-4 p.m. at Evelyn’s Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd. The monthly market will showcase the creativity of the local community with jewelry, clothing, art, furniture, toys and more. The goal of the event is to bring the local community together, offer a wide variety of merchandise, and raise funds for Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. A portion of proceeds from the market will benefit the Conservancy. Admission is free and open to the public. Pop-up in the Park will also feature local musicians and food trucks.

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UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY MEETING, THIRD SATURDAYS

Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have an ancestor who fought or supplied assistance in the “War Between the States”? If so, consider joining the The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis Chapter 2143. The group meets the third Saturday of every month at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Hollister and Kempwood) at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Hardy at 281-851-0525 or cintex08@hotmail.com.

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TOOTSIES HOSTS LOVE’S IN FASHION, FEB. 11

Tootsies is hosting Love’s in Fashion benefiting Dec My Room on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Tootsies, 2601 Westheimer at Kirby. The evening, emceed by Deborah Duncan and Neal Horner, will play off Valentine’s Day featuring philanthropic couples donning the latest and hottest Tootsies fashions.

The twosomes include: Gervaise and Gary Petersen, Kara and Ray Childress, Megan and Brian Cushing, Sherry and Cory Morrow, Ericka and Garrett Graham, LaToya and Chester Pitts, Monica Pope and Sara Pope-Eliason, Bobby and Lil Newman, Liz and Tom Glanville, Chita Johnson and Lane Craft, Lori and Phillip Sarofim, Tim Tuttle and Erica Rico, Devi and Duane Brown, Kareem Jackson and Amber Deville, Lara Bell and Brent Milam, Cody and Mallory White, Nina and Karun Magon, Debbie and Roger Clemens, Carol and Mike Linn, Brooks Reed and Natalie Petratis.

Dec My Room is a nonprofit that creates personalized hospital rooms for children who are being admitted into a hospital for a prolonged period of time.

For ticket pricing and more information, call 832-538-1201 or visit decmyroom.org.

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MS. WHEELCHAIR TEXAS 2015, FEB. 14

The Ms. Wheelchair Texas Foundation is set to crown Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2015 on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6 – 10 p.m. at The Westin Oaks at the Galleria, 5011 Westheimer Road. The 11th Annual Crown Jewel of Texas Gala will feature an Annual Leadership Conference, judging sessions, platform speech presentation and crowning of Ms. Wheelchair Texas. Contestants’ outward appearance is not the focus of the pageant, but instead radiating beauty and poise from accomplishments, speaking skills and personality. The newly crowned titleholder will then advance to the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

The Ms. Wheelchair Texas Gala is a part of Ms. Wheelchair America, which was established as a forum for the promotion of the achievements as well as the needs of the mobility impaired. The pageants are designed to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for the millions of disabled Americans. Ms. Wheelchair Texas holds numerous duties that include public appearances and travel, promoting awareness of the need to eliminate architectural and attitudinal barriers, educating Texans on disability issues and informing the public of the achievements of people with disabilities. For more information, visit mswheelchairtexas.org.

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Neuter male cats for free at HHS event.

Neuter male cats for free at HHS event.

FIX FELIX FOR FREE, FEB. 18

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Houston Humane Society will neuter 700 male cats for free at the HHS Animal Wellness Clinic. Cat owners must have an appointment, and there is a limit of five cats per person. Domesticated and feral cats qualify, and for the health and safety of all cats, as well as the HHS staff and volunteers, each feline must be in a plastic crate or carrier. A current rabies vaccination is required by law. Pet owners must show proof of current rabies certificate, or they may purchase a rabies vaccine for their cat the day of the event. Additional optional services will be offered at the time of surgery for a small fee. Pet owners can request an appointment by email at fixfelix@houstonhumane.org or by phone at 713-433-6421. For more information, visit HoustonHumane.org.

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THE 6TH TEXAS YOGA CONFERENCE, FEB. 20-22

The Texas Yoga Association is proud to announce the 6th annual Texas Yoga Conference to be held at the recentlycompleted ISKCON Temple and Cultural Center Feb. 20-22. The Texas Yoga Association continues its mission to build a passionate networking community of yoga professionals and practitioners by gathering industry leaders and enthusiasts at the annual event. With nearly 70 presentations on the schedule, the event attracts regional and national yoga teachers who offer classes at all levels of experience, from the beginner to the advanced student. The conference acts as a city retreat featuring lectures and presentations that peak the interest of a wide range yoga enthusiasts, as well as demonstrates interesting research such as the effects of meditation and yoga inside the brain.

Workshops on the 2015 schedule include: Green Psychology: A Salute to the Late Yoga Scholar Georg Feuerstein presented by his beloved wife Brenda Feuerstein; The Physics of Thought; Challenging Boun­daries of Strength, Breath, Flexibility and Focus; Why Sugar is the New Fat; Pole Yoga; The Yoga Brain: Connection Between Yogaand Mental Health, in addition to 65 more presentations. Participants will have access to nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing aroma-therapeutic massage, natural products, health foods, jewelry, yoga clothing and other unique gifts.

This is the first year the conference will be held in its “new home” at the ISKCON in Houston. The 24,000-square-foot temple has been under construction since 2004, and the grand opening occurred in May 2014. Leaders from each faith community made prayers of invocation in their own faith language and tradition to bring auspiciousness to the temple’s grand opening.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend concerts on both Friday and Saturday with Vish from The Mayapuris and Bhakti House Band. The very popular traveling bhakti bands contribute to the overall feel of the conference with music segments peppered through out the weekend.

Visit texasyogaconference.com for more information or email info@texasyogaconference.com.

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TUTS DREAM OUT LOUD CELEBRATION, FEB. 26

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Dream Out Loud Celebration will be held at The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening benefits Theatre Under The Stars’ The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), an arts education program that engages students of all abilities with accessible, inclusive musical theatre education.

The Sammy Award will be presented to Cathleen Lewis and Rex Lewis-Clack for their dedication to serving, supporting and advocating for individuals with disabilities. River founders Cathy and Bob Binstock named this award after their daughter, Samantha, who inspired them to create an inclusive arts program for individuals of all abilities. Sunny 99.1’s Dana Tyson will serve as emcee.

The evening will feature a reception, seated dinner and both a live and silent auction. Adding to the excitement of the night, The River Performance Troupe will perform for guests.

Individual tickets are $300 per person. Tables of 10 start at $3,000. Sponsorship packages are available. For more information, contact Elizabeth Weiss at 713-558-2656 or Elizabethw@TUTS.com or visit TUTS.com/Celebration

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DANCE FROM THE HEART CLASSES

Dance From The Heart offers dance, conditioning and fitness classes for adults, novice through expert levels. Dance disciplines include multi-cultural fusion, modern and ballet. Conditioning and fitness classes include Yoga, Mat Pilates and Gyrokinesis. Supported by nutrition advice of certified nutritionists on staff, instructors aim to help participants achieve and maintain improved levels of fitness activity through and beyond their middle years.

Established in 2005, Dance from the Heart is a nonprofit corporation organized for charitable purposes with the aim of utilizing multi-cultural performing and visual arts to elevate global awareness and support for caregivers who work to alleviate human suffering. For additional information, visit dfth.org or call 832-304-DFTH. DFTH is located at 3221 Houston Ave.

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35TH ANNUAL SPRING SHOW AND PLANT SALE, MARCH 7-8

The Spring Branch African Violet Club will hold its 35th annual Spring Show and Plant Sale on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at the Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center 2020 Hermann Park Drive.

Violets of all types such as standards, miniatures, semi-miniatures, and trailers will be available. Other Gesneriads such as Episcias and Streps and supplies such as potting soil, pots, and fertilizers will also be featured. Club members will be available to answer general questions on growing African Violets.

Hours are Saturday, March 7– Show: 1-5 p.m.; Sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday,           March 8 – Show and Sale 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Free parking available at Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center.

The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of each month, January through November, at 10:30 a.m. at the Copperfield Church, 8350 Highway 6 North. Email williams.kjwross@yahoo.com prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.

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Woflgang Puck

Woflgang Puck

HOUSTON SYMPHONY WINE DINNER AND COLLECTOR’S AUCTION, MARCH 13

On Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m., the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction will be held at the Corinthian. The black-tie event, chaired by Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, benefits Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Programming.

The public is invited to one of the most celebrated events of the Symphony Season where celebrity chef Woflgang Puck will be the special guest. Enjoy a delectable multi-course menu, carefully paired with wines from Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods selected by Gina & Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Lindy & John Rydman. Connoisseurs will also have the opportunity to bid at the Collector’s Auction, featuring rare fine wines, wine- related packages, and spirits – all to support the Houston Symphony.

For tickets or more information, contact Alexandra Yates at specialevents@houstonsymphony.org, call 713-238-1485 or visit houstonsymphony.org.

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Grace Thomas, American Girl’s 2015 Girl of the Year.

Grace Thomas, American Girl’s 2015 Girl of the Year.

AMERICAN GIRL’S 2015 GIRL OF THE YEAR “BAKES” A DIFFERENCE

American Girl is mixing up fun for millions of girls today with the debut of Grace Thomas, the 2015 Girl of the Year. Grace, an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, is motivated to follow her dream of starting a baking business after an inspiring trip to Paris. Available for only one year, the Grace collection includes a beautiful 18-inch Grace doll featuring long dark-brown hair and sparkling blue eyes, plus several French-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys that reflect her interests, such as the premium French Bakery Set with more than 60 pieces.

The 2015 Girl of the Year books—Grace, Grace Stirs It Up, and Grace Makes It Great—written by Mary Casanova, introduce girls to an inventive, enthusiastic nine-year-old girl who is full of big ideas. A planner at heart, Grace finds the courage to step outside her comfort zone during a trip to Paris that broadens her perspective and challenges her to try new things. Back home, Grace uses her newfound courage and culinary skills to start her own French baking business with her two best friends. Learning to combine their talents, Grace and her friends mix together some great ideas that, ultimately, lead to many sweet rewards. To bring Grace’s story to life, a full-length movie will debut on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in summer 2015.

To further Grace’s message that working together is the best recipe for success, American Girl has created For Goodness, Bake!, a year-long fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry, the campaign to end childhood hunger in America from Share Our Strength.

Parents can visit americangirl.­com/girloftheyear to learn more about the initiative, to register for the Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, and be entered into the For Goodness, Bake! sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 41 Grace prize packages.


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