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Cilium (2014), Handmade Japanese Paper, Resin, Gold Leaf, 17” x 15”.

Cilium (2014), Handmade Japanese Paper, Resin, Gold Leaf, 17” x 15”.

MECA PRESENTS “SWEAT OF THE SUN,” THROUGH MARCH 6

MECA showcases the art of Grace Zuñiga in an exhibition titled, “Sweat of the Sun.” In this body of work, the Incan reference to gold as the ‘sweat of the sun,’ inspired Zuñiga’s choice of materials and stirred her in the selection of a neutral, monochromatic color palette. She explores the innate materiality of paper fibers, thread, metal, and resin by manipulating these resources in order to reassign formal structures and applications.

Zuñiga’s work is about alteration and the process of transforming. As an artist she has created a media of her own by meshing handmade charcoal and paper, textiles, and various metals among other objects. Fueled by the physicality of measures like beating pulp and hammering lead, Zuñiga is driven to a rhythmic, ritualistic process that allows her media to epitomize transformation.

A native of Corpus Christi, Zuñiga now resides and works in Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in photography from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and a Master of Fine Arts in studio art with a focus in printmaking from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA). In 2010 Zuñiga was awarded a scholarship to study printmaking and papermaking in Cortona, Italy as part of UGA’s Cortona Program.

Zuñiga has exhibited nationally and internationally including The Sharjah Gallery in Cairo, Egypt, The Mexi-Arte Museum in Austin, with recent solo exhibitions throughout the Houston area. Having recently completed a nine-month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Zuñiga currently teaches studio art courses at Houston Community College Central and the Muse­um of Fine Arts, Glassell Studio School.

For more information, visit meca-houston.org

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BCT PRESENTS A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THROUGH MARCH 1

The 2015 Spring Season will open with Stephen Sondheim’s first Broadway musical, of which he penned both music and lyrics: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This hilarious production runs February 13 through March 1 at The Kaleidoscope.

Premiering in 1962, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is given an imaginative update by the Bayou City Theatrics creative team. This new production takes a modern approach to casting, design, and delivery of the material while still maintaining every note and lyric from Sondheim’s original score, and every word from the hilarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gilbert. This uproarious production promises to evoke the nostalgic joy associated with …Forum, all the while packing a punch of new surprises and discoveries.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is directed and designed by Colton Berry with choreography by Luke Hamilton and music direction by Jane Volke. The production runs through Sunday, March 1 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m., at Bayou City Theatrics’ downtown theatre, The Kaleidoscope (705 Main Street at Capitol, Suite B). Tickets ($35-$40) are available at Bayou­City­Theatrics.com as well as at the door.

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On the set of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards.

On the set of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards.

BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER, MARCH 10-15

Broadway at the Hobby Center presents ONCE, a musical set in Dublin, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

The show runs March 10-15 on 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. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit BroadwayAt­The­Hobby­Center.com or TheHobbyCen­ter.org.

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Ballet: Ballo della Regina; Choreographer: George Balanchine; Dancer: Allison Miller.

Ballet: Ballo della Regina; Choreographer: George Balanchine; Dancer: Allison Miller.

HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS MODERN MASTERS, MARCH 12-22

From March 12 – 22 Houston Ballet offers up Modern Masters, a spring mixed repertory program showcasing works by three of the 20th century’s greatest choreographers. The program features George Balanchine’s classically virtuosic Ballo della Regina, Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s poignant Jardí Tancat, and Harald Lander’s Etudes, a ballet known for its demanding technicality. Houston Ballet will perform Modern Masters in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center.

Ballo della Regina, a ballet for two principals, four female soloists, and corps de ballet, is set to the ballet music of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlos. New York City Ballet premiered the work on January 12, 1978 to great acclaim. George Balanchine choreographed the ballet to showcase the talents of New York City Ballet ballerina Merrill Ashley. Lincoln Kirstein, who with Balanchine co-founded New York City Ballet, wrote that the ballet seems to take place in a grotto, with reference through lighting and costumes to the original tale of a fisherman’s search for the perfect pearl.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 12,14, 20, and 21 and at 2 p.m. on March 15, and 22. Tickets start at $19, and may be purchased at houstonballet.org or by calling Houston Ballet box office at 713-227-2787or visit houstonballet.­org.

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A.D. PLAYERS PRESENTS ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, MARCH 3-22

A.D. Players announces that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will open March 3 and run through March 22 on their Grace Theater stage (2710 W. Alabama) as the third show of the company’s 2014-2015 Children’s Theater season.

In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his best friend anymore. Alex­an­der’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen – even in Australia.

The cast includes A. D. Players’ resident actors William S. Burke, Craig Griffin, Megan Jackson, Michelle Ritter, and guest artists Will Ledesma, Daniel Miller, and Briana Resa.

The production team features scenic design by Robin Gillock, lighting design by Mark Lewis, properties design by Trisha Wise, costume design by Donna Southern Schmidt, and sound design by Orlando Arriaga. Directed by Braden Hunt.

Tickets may be purchased online at adplayers.org, at the Box Office, 2710 W. Alabama, or by calling 713-526-2721.

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Funds raised at the Tour de Houston will benefit the city’s reforestation program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

Funds raised at the Tour de Houston will benefit the city’s reforestation program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

TOUR DE HOUSTON MARCH 15

Cyclists will line up at City Hall on Sunday, March 15, as the Tour de Houston bike ride kicks off to benefit the Re-Plant Houston Program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Depart­ment. The ride begins at City Hall at 7:30 a.m., and all riders will finish at City Hall by 1:30 p.m. Mayor Annise Parker will be on hand to start the event and Senator Rodney Ellis will ride along with participants in the event. Tour de Houston is part of the Mayor’s Wellness Weekend which also includes the 38th Annual Bayou City Classic.

For those who prefer to leave the bike at home and run, the Bayou City Classic will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 14 at City Hall. Proceeds from the 10K Race and the family-friendly 5K Fun Run & Walk will be donated to The Houston Parks Board for trees. The 10k race is the Texas State Championship 10,000 meter race of the Road Runners Club of America. Strollers are welcome in the 5K segment.

Registration Fee Schedule: Registration through March 13 is $40 with online registration ending at 6 p.m.; Onsite event registration March 15 is $40 – cash or check only; Ages 12 and under is $20 for the duration.

More details, including packet pick-up and schedules for pre-registered riders, can be found at tourdehouston.org. For more information and to register for the Bayou City Classic, visit bayoucityclassic.org by Feb. 28.

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Tuts Presents Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream­Coat, March 17-29

Ace Young as Joseph in this popular production.

Ace Young as Joseph in this popular production.

Theatre Under The Stars presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, March 17-29 at The Hobby Center for Performing Arts – Sarofim Hall (800 Bagby St.).

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph. Tickets range from $25 – $124, and may be purchased online at tuts.com or by phone at 713-558-TUTS.

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Montrose gallery She Works Flexible pairs artists Sofia Cordova and Autumn Knight in I perceive the other and lose myself.

Montrose gallery She Works Flexible pairs artists Sofia Cordova and Autumn Knight in I perceive the other and lose myself.

UH MITCHELL CENTER PRESENTS 2015 COUNTERCURRENT FESTIVAL, APRIL 14 – 19

For the second year in a row, the University of Houston Cyn­thia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts will deliver the Counter­­Current festival, a week of free events and performances spotlighting works in some of the city’s most unique spaces. CounterCurrent activities are scheduled for April 14-19.

CounterCurrent will feature nine major cutting-edge contemporary and collaborative works, including video installations, live performances, and participatory events by artists from around the globe.

“For the second annual CounterCurrent festival, we are excited to bring a brilliant roster of artists from all disciplines,” said Karen Farber, executive director of the UH Mitchell Center. “This year’s festival takes a look at our collective and individual histories as Houstonians, as urbanites and as citizens. These artists revisit, revise, and remix these histories in the context of contemporary life.”

Among the highlights of CounterCurrent are: “Ht/X” – Luke Savisky – 8:30 p.m., April 14, Allen’s Landing Bridge (1001 Commerce St.); “In Walking Distance” – Maya Zbib, Omar Abi Azar, Zoukak Theater Company –2 p.m., April 15 – 16 Meet in UH Wilhelmina Grove (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard); “johnbrown” – Dean Moss – 8 p.m., April 17, 18 DiverseWorks (4102 Fannin St. #200); “Cry You One” – Mondo Bizarro and ArtSpot Productions – 2 p.m., April 17 – 19; “Bodycast,” an artist lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Lili Taylor – 4 p.m., April 18, 19 Brown Auditorium Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet)

A complete schedule of festival events is available at countercurrentfestival.org.

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THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, MARCH EXHIBITIONS

In March, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents two notable exhibitions of Japanese art. Unfolding Worlds: Japanese Screens and Contemporary Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection reveals three centuries of artistic traditions and styles with a remarkable selection of painted screens and decorative arts. Amassed over a period of 50 years by Dr. Kurt A. Gitter and his wife, Alice Rae Yelen, the exhibition features more than 25 large-scale painted screens from leading artists active in Japan between the 17th and 20th centuries, exhibited together with some 35 ceramic works created by master and emerging ceramists in Japan from the 1950s to today. These masterpieces from the New Orleans-based Gitter-Yelen Collection—one of the most comprehensive private holdings of Japanese art in the United States—are on view in Houston from March 1 to May 10.

For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979, which debuts in Houston and then travels to New York, examines the role of photography in the formation of Contemporary art in Japan. This exhibit presents some 250 works: photographs, photo books, paintings, sculpture, and film-based installations. The unprecedented survey demonstrates how 29 Japanese artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of radical societal change. The exhibition will be on view from March 7 to July 12.

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Cyclists gear up for 31st annual BP MS 150.

Cyclists gear up for 31st annual BP MS 150.

2015 BP MS 150 BIKE RIDE, APRIL 18-19

Cyclists from across the country and the world will sign up for the annual trek from Houston to Austin on April 18-19. Now in its 31st year, the much-anticipated ride will bring together thousands of participants to raise approximately $21 million. Funds raised will support cutting-edge research, programs and services provided by the Society that benefit thousands of Texans impacted by MS.

The 31st Annual BP MS 150 Bike Ride is the largest event of its kind and the leading fundraising ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Approximately 13,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the two-day, 180-mile journey. The registration fee is $130, and a minimum pledge of $400 is required for participation. Individuals, families and groups are also encouraged to volunteer for the more than 3,000 positions in Houston, Austin and along the route. Log on to bpms150.net to register, volunteer or make an online donation.

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Mackenzie Ward, Stools, 2014, inkjet print, Bellaire High School. © Mackenzie Ward.

Mackenzie Ward, Stools, 2014, inkjet print, Bellaire High School. © Mackenzie Ward.

EYE ON HOUSTON: HIGH SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY AT MFAH, THROUGH MAY 10

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 Main Street, debuted Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography, the annual photography exhibition that offers a unique view of Houston through the eyes of its students. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, May 10.

Eye on Houston features photographs by students from three Houston-area high schools: Jack Yates High School, Bellaire High School, and Cesar E. Chavez High School. Founded in 1995 under the name Eye on Third Ward, the program was originally created to encourage Yates students to hone their skills and powers of observation by documenting their neighborhood and its residents. Now in its 20th year, the expand­ed program offers students the opportunity to express the diverse characteristics of Houston’s various and vibrant communities.

This year, Yates students photographed the Third Ward, Cesar E. Chavez students documented the communities of Houston’s East End, and Bellaire students documented the incorporated city of Bellaire, capturing the distinctive personality of each community and its inhabitants.

Fifty-four photographs by junior and senior students were chosen for this year’s exhibition.

Admission to the exhibit is free with general museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7.50 for students, and free for children 12 and under. General admission is always free for MFAH members, and free for the general public on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12:15–7 p.m. Sunday. Call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org for more information. For information in Spanish, call 713-639-7379.

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childrens museum

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, MARCH EVENTS

Quirkiness and genius are taking over this Spring Break at the Children’s Museum of Hous­ton. America’s No. 1 children’s museum will roll out the antics with thrills, surprising performances and the national debut of KLUTZ® Amazingly Imma­ture exhibit during the Ama­zingly Immature Spring Break, March 7 – 22. Embrace your zany side then tumble, cartwheel or unicycle to Hous­ton’s top spring break family destination. Some no­ta­ble events in­clude the following: Soda Gey­ser Showdown on March 11; Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight on Pi Day, March 14; Human Hamster Balls and Bun­gee Trampolines; Amazingly Im­mature Challenge on March 16.

The museum is located at 1500 Binz St. For information, call 713-522-1138 or visit cmhouston.­org.

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YOUNG SURVIVOR COALITION SUMMIT, MARCH 6-8

The first Young Survival Coalition (YSC) Summit for young women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors will be held March 6–8 at Hilton Americas-Houston, 600 Lamar Street. Although the risk of breast cancer increases with age, more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today were diagnosed before their 41st birthday, and 13,000 more will be diagnosed this year. The primary goal of the YSC Summit is to address the unique emotional and medical concerns of young breast cancer survivors.

The YSC Summit provides an opportunity for education and inspiration among women who can relate to each other. Whether a young woman is newly diagnosed, living with metastatic disease or several years out from diagnosis, the Summit includes workshops to help them live with their “new normal.” Sessions will be led by healthcare professionals on the following topics: nutrition, sex and intimacy, dating, fertility and family planning, parenting and ways to implement healthy lifestyle changes. The YSC Summit speakers include Dr. Susan Love, Dr. Don Dizon and Hollye Jacobs.

Co-survivors (spouses, partners, siblings, parents and friends) will learn effective communication skills, while connecting with other co-survivors. Healthcare providers can increase their knowledge, better understand their patients’ needs and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The registration fee is $160 per person. Re­gis­tration fee waivers and fundraising options are available to offset expenses.
For more information or to register, visit summit.youngsurvival.org or call 877-972-1011.

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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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Tango Buenos Aires

Tango Buenos Aires Columbia Artist Management Artists Inc.

TSPA’S MARCH EVENTS

One of Argentina’s great cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires returns to Houston for a sensuous evening of dance at 8 p.m., Friday, March 13 at Jones Hall. Set to live music, the company will perform a tribute to the life of Argentina’s most famous first lady, Eva Perón. Feel as though you have been whisked away to an open plaza in Buenos Aires as this company of 25 dancers showcase precise movement and display the elements of love, passion and romance.

Encounter the timeless wonder of the music made famous by an American treasure in Over the Rainbow: A Musical Tribute to the Artistry of Judy Garland. In a cabaret-style setting on the Jones Hall stage, vocalist Hilary Kole conjures the spirit and beauty of the legendary songstress Judy Garland at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at Jones Hall. With stunning Big Band arrangements, Kole sings such beloved works as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Trolley Song,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and “Look for the Silver Lining.” For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.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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Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang 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 and Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Lindy and 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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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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HOUSTON’S BEST DRESSED WOMEN 2015 LUNCHEON, MARCH 26

The Houston Chronicle and Neiman Marcus Fashion present Houston’s highest profile and most popular fashion show on March 26 at 11:30 a.m. at The Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar Street. The 2015 Best Dressed Women of Houston Luncheon brings the city’s best dressed together while raising funds for the March of Dimes. The event has raised over $7 million.

In an average week in Texas, 7,723 babies are born – 1,001 of them are born too soon and 48 will die before their first birthday. Premature babies often spend their first weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fighting for life, and often have lasting consequences such as vision and hearing loss or learning disabilities. Funds raised by the luncheon support lifesaving research and community programs in Houston that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and strong, healthy babies.

Luncheon Chair is Rosemary Schatzman and Raffle Chairs are Vanessa Sendukas abd Phyllis Williams. For more information contact Amanda Hance, ahance@marchofdimes.com or go to marchofdimes.com/bestdressed.

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TEXAS STATE-FISH ART CONTEST SEEKS ENTRIES

The Texas State-Fish Art Contest, headquartered at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC), reminds Texas teachers and students that the deadline for entries in the 2015 State-Fish Art Contest is March 31.

The contest is open to any student in public, private or home schools in grades K-12. Students must draw or paint any recognized state fish and write an essay about it. Complete contest details and entry forms can be found at tpwd.texas.gov/fishart.

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) provides funds for prizes for first-, second- and third-place Texas winners in each of the four grade-level divisions. First place in grades 10–12 wins $1,000; second place $750; third place $500. Prizes in the K–3, 4–6 and 7–9 grade levels are $100 for first; $75 for second; $50 for third.

Educators who wish to have their students enter the contest can download the free “State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan” at statefishart.com.

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Meteorologist David Paulwill emcee.

Meteorologist David Paulwill emcee.

COVENANT HOUSE TEXAS ANNUAL SPRING GALA, MARCH 27

The Covenant House Texas (CHT) Guild of volunteers invites the public to the 2015 Covenant House Texas Gala on Friday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas. The theme this year is “Circus Carnivale.”

Honorees are the trustees of the Iris and Lloyd Webre Foundation: Camille Tichenor, Lloyd P. Webre, Jr., Mary Iris Webre, Roberta Rude, Iris Allen, and Bob Duboise. The Spirit Award will be presented in memory of Eleanor “Puddie” Pitcock, a well-known Houston philanthropist and good friend to all the youth of CHT.

Heading up the Gala committee are Gala Chairs, Cheryl Boblitt, Andrea James and Jo Ann Petersen and CHT Guild President, June Reeder. As the number one fundraising event for Covenant House Texas, the annual Gala helps make it possible for CHT to continue providing homeless and runaway youth with the services and support they need to be successful.

Table sponsorship and tickets are available, as well as the opportunity to donate items for the silent auciton. For information, contact Kate Ryner at 713-630-5636 or at kryther@covenanthouse.org. Purchase tickets online at covenanthouse­tx.org.

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HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD “BUILDING YOUR AUTHOR PERSONA” MINI-CONFERENCE, MARCH 28

Join the Houston Writers Guild on March 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road for their workshop “Building Your Author Persona.” Writers will attend 2 break-out sessions on the writer’s journey, promoting your book, pitching tips and marketing trends. For more information, visit houstonwritersguild.org or email rlnolen@hotmail.com.

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HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY’S 34TH ANNUAL K-9 FUN RUN & WALK

It’s time for Houston Humane Society’s 34th Annual K-9 Fun Run & Walk. Partici­pate in the 1 mile competitive run or the relaxed 1 mile non-competitive jog and walk. The event is at Sam Houston Park, Downtown Houston, 1100 Bagby St., Sunday, March 22 at 10 a.m..

Dog participation is encouraged. Entry fee includes a limited edition April Murphy designed race shirt, dog-danna, and race goodie bag. For more info or to sign up, go to events.houstonhumane.org.

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George H.W. and George W. Bush

George H.W. and George W. Bush

“A CELEBRATION OF READING,” APRIL 23

On Thursday, April 23 the public is invited to “A Celebration of Reading” at The Hobby Center. An authors’ reception will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. followed by the main program at 7 p.m. President George W. Bush, Maria and Neil Bush, and other members of the Bush family, as well as several national best-selling authors and notable entertainers will be attending.

Now in its 21st year, this annual fundraiser benefits the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Barbara Bush Found­ation for Family Literacy. Authors will bring their best-selling books to life and notable entertainers will perform. After the program, all guests will enjoy a light supper and more time to mix and mingle before going home with a book written by one of the authors. This year’s outstanding lineup of authors includes former President George W. Bush, Jackie Collins, David McCullough, and Byron Pitts.

For ticket and sponsorship information, visit bushhoustonliteracy.org. Tickets will be mailed a week prior to the event. For any registrations received after April 16, tickets will be available at Will Call at the Hobby Center on the day of the event.


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