CHEERS TO THE RODEO
TO CELEBRATE THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO, Third Coast, the fine dining restaurant located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, has created a special Rodeo Happy Hour Bar Menu. Think pulled pork sliders, Texas chili, funnel cake cupcakes, even deepfried cheesecake. The limited-time menu is perfect for enjoying before heading to the rodeo…or just as a quick stop after work. The Rodeo Happy Hour Menu will be offered from 3–7pm Monday through Friday, until March 17. Third Coast is located near the Metro rail and is a convenient stop for pre-rodeo victuals with friends, co-workers and family. www.thirdcoasthouston.com
CRANKING UP THE FUN
LOOKING FOR SOME FAMILY FUN THIS SPRING BREAK? Then head on over to the Children’s Museum of Houston for XTREME SPRING BREAK, with all-inclusive thrills and spills in five Xtreme Zones! America’s No.1 children’s museum will have you on the edge of your seat with gravity-defying entertainment, special appearances (including American Ninja Warriors Sam Sann and Daniel Gil) and interactive activities from March 10–18. Spin out of control in the Human Hamster Balls, Velcro® your opponent in the Sticky Ball Arena and learn the ropes in the all-new Ropes Challenge Course. Get all the exciting details at www.cmhouston.org.
After two decades of serving New York kosher-style deli sandwiches in Montrose, Katz’s Deli is putting the ‘new’ back into New York with a total renovation of their two-story Westheimer location. From top-to-bottom, the total transformation is already underway and is slated for completion in early April. Owner Barry Katz has tapped longtime friend Michael Hsu and his design team to bring a more elevated look to the dining experience that melds Brooklyn with a Texas twist and will boast an expanded bar, new furniture, ceiling tiles, light fixtures and artwork. The menu will also get a makeover. Staying true to their mantra “Katz’s Never Kloses,” the deli will remain open during the entire process. Not changing: giant, delicious sandwiches around the clock. www.ilovekatzs.com
POP A CORK!
The 9th Annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked event is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, from 7–10pm at the Bentley Showroom of Post Oak Motor Cars, located at the all-new Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Guests will experience an elegant evening of fine wines and exceptional food presented by some of Landry‘s Inc.‘s finest restaurants, who are each assigned a classic automobile or vintage wooden boat. The chef of each restaurant then selects a specific wine that they believe matches the classic automobile or boat. Each chef prepares a custom hors d‘oeuvre that is paired with the wine to complete the epicurean experience for attendees to sample. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Harbor. Tickets may be purchased online at www.keels-wheels.com or by calling 713.521.0105.
CORNELIUS NURSERY is offering free weekly learning sessions for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike; attendees gettheir gardening questions answered by Cornelius’ in-store Texas Certified Nursery Professionals. Select topics include Go Organic!: Fresh Herbs for Every Garden, Food For Thought: Veggies in Small Spaces, Perfect Perennials for Texas Gardens, Summer-Blooming Shrubs & Perennials, and All About Summer Lawns. Plus, Cornelius will offer three special Make & Take classes with hands-on demos including Create Your Own Succulent Garden (March 10), Herbs & Veggies (April 14). Advance registration and payment for these classes is required at www.corneliusnurseries.com.
THE MD ANDERSON POCKET PRAIRIE today has won the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) Parks and Natural Areas Award in the Projects Under $500,000 category. The MD Anderson Pocket Prairie is a successful collaboration between MD Anderson, Asakura Robinson and Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), working together to bring the prairie into the city. The 1.7 acre MD Anderson urban pocket prairie is part of Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Prairie Builders Schools & Parks (PBSP) program, designed to empower KPC’s partners to build and use pocket prairies on school campuses and public parks. On any given day, you can see people on the MD Anderson Pocket Prairie simply sitting and taking in their surroundings or walking around the well-groomed trail in this urban oasis.
SWAN LAKE LANDS IN SUGAR LAND
BALLETFORTE, Fort Bend County’s pre-professional ballet company, presents “Swan Lake,” a mesmerizing tale of romance and a battle between good and evil, April 7–8 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford. One of the quintessential ballets of all time, “Swan Lake” is a technically and emotionally demanding four acts featuring Tchaikovsky’s heartbreakingly beautiful score. Come see the area’s best dancers tackle it in two shows: 7pm, Saturday, April 7; and 2pm, Sunday, April 8. BalletForte provides a training ground and professional quality performance opportunities for serious dancers from the Houston area. BalletForte Company members audition for and are accepted into summer programs offered by professional ballet companies nationwide. www.balletforte.org
NEW RED CROSS ROLE
HENRY VAN DE PUTTE III has been named the Regional Chief Executive for the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast. In his new role, Van de Putte will leverage his diverse experience working for nonprofits and corporate organizations to lead a team of over 5,000 volunteers and staff, oversee four chapters that support over 9 million residents across 51 counties and be accountable for service delivery and fundraising throughout the region. “We believe Henry is the right leader for the Texas Gulf Coast,” said Barbara Vilutis, Chair of Greater Houston Area Red Cross, Board of Directors. “He passionately and honestly believes in the Red Cross Mission and has a clear-eyed vision for delivering services to our communities.” Prior to joining the Texas Gulf Coast, Van de Putte served as Executive Director for the Red Cross serving the Greater San Antonio Area.
The Regatta Returns
The 46th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta presented by Gillman Subaru returns on March 10 from 7am–2pm. It’s Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race. Paddlers, ages 12 and up, are encouraged to participate in the 15-mile competition along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. Whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure, you won’t want to miss out on this longstanding Houston tradition. Trophies will be awarded to the top three paddlers in Teams, Recreational Canoe, Recreational Kayak and Unlimited Divisions. Be at the starting line at 7700 San Felipe at 7am for Regatta packet pickup and same-day registration; the actual race begins at 9am. All entry fees benefit Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Register today at www.buffalobayou.org.