ARNALDO RICHARDS’ PICOS RELEASES HOLIDAY OFFERINGS
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos has announced its new holiday tamale menu, including several sweet and savory options, such as the Tamales Norteños: Wild Mushroom and Huitlacoche (a mix of cremini mushrooms, oyster and white mushrooms sautéed with huitlacoche, rolled in white corn masa); two different Pork Belly Chicharrones – in Salsa Verde or Salsa Roja (roasted for 72 hours in a red or green chile sauce rolled in white corn masa); Strawberry (fresh chopped strawberries tossed in a white corn masa); and two different Dulce de Leche tamales (white corn masa rolled with dulce de leche, condensed milk and cajeta: one has chopped pecans and butter).
For more information, visit www.picos.net or call 832.831.9940.
SPLASH TOWN FOR DOGS
ROVER OAKS UNVEILS NEW WATER PARK
Rover Oaks Pet Resort has unveiled its latest addition to its Katy pet care facility – a brand new water park for dogs! This custom designed, 700sf pool features three water wall cascades, faux palm trees with shooting waterfalls, a beach-style entry and a custom filtration and purification system. The doggie pool is surrounded by a 6,000sf turf playground and 30-foot shade canopy. Rover Oaks Pet Resort offers a customized doggie daycare program for dogs of all sizes, ages and play styles including large dog daycare, small dog daycare and puppy playschool. If you would like to have your dog check out the new doggie water park at Rover Oaks Pet Resort, you can call 281.693.7687 or visit www.roveroaks.com for more information.
BUFFALO BAYOU PARK EARNS AWARD
Buffalo Bayou Park has been recognized as a winner of Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence 2017–2018, described by ULI as a “critical urban green space.” Houston’s floodwaters frequently submerge much of the park, necessitating creative design techniques to establish a resilient park environment able to withstand these destructive forces while protecting the investment of valuable public amenities. Buffalo Bayou Park was one of two projects in Texas to earn the 2017-2018 global award, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. It is only the fifth Houston area development to be recognized since the origin of the award in 1979.
OF TREE I SING
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA’S WORLD PREMIERE
Through December 17
Houston Grand Opera (HGO) continues its series of holiday operas with the world premiere presentation of The House without a Christmas Tree in the HGO Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The opera is based on the uplifting story by Gail Rock and the beloved 1972 television film of the same name about a family that is healed by the holiday spirit. A precocious daughter struggles to understand her father’s resentment of the holidays and longs for a beautiful Christmas tree like other families have, to “make her house look happy.”
Tickets for the new venue are available at www.HGO.org.
RICE AND ROLL
HOUSTON BCYCLE ROLLS OUT NEW STATIONS AT UNIVERSITY
Houston Bike Share, City of Houston Planning & Development and Rice University have partnered together to bring bike share to the Rice University campus. In late October, Houston BCycle stations were installed at Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, West Lot and Greenbriar Lot. Five additional stations will be added to the Rice University campus in the coming months, along with stations at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. With so many new campus stations, Houston BCycle has rolled out Student Memberships for only $25 per semester. Student memberships allow unlimited access to Houston BCycle’s 400 bikes across 51 stations, 24 hours a day.
For more information about Houston BCycle, visit www.Houston.bcycle.com or follow @HoustonBCycle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
ALL STARS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
TOP LAUNCH DESIGNERS RETURN
LAUNCH has brought back its all-star lineup of 19 designers and artists to round out a successful first year. The designers, plus additional LAUNCH alums, are also teaming up to offer Houstonians unique and local gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. The 2017 Holiday LAUNCH gift guide – www.shopvisithouston.com – features art, home goods, apparel and accessories that can be found online and at the downtown pop-up boutique. “The returning designers offer unique goods that are unlike anything that can be found in Houston, and we’re excited that they will be back to celebrate our first year and the holiday season,” said Sydney Dao, Director of Retail, Houston First and Curator. “Our goal for the holiday list is to alleviate the hassle of finding that one-of-a-kind gift for friends and family, while simultaneously supporting Houston artists.”
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® COMMEMORATES WORLD SERIES
Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Astros fan this holiday season? How about a commemorative World Series game bat honoring the American League champions and World Series victors, the Houston Astros? Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball®, has made bats for players in every World Series since the first Fall Classic in 1903. Louisville Slugger’s World Series tradition continued in 2017. Fun fact: The most World Series home runs and RBIs — plus other historic moments — have involved Louisville Slugger bats. Eighty percent of the hitters in the Baseball Hall of Fame swung Louisville Sluggers. Now’s your chance to get a crack at baseball history. Commemorative 2017 MLB postseason Louisville Slugger bats are available at www.slugger.com.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR KICKS
CONVERSE “CHUCKS BY YOU” COMES TO THE GALLERIA
December 8-24, 2017
Converse will host “Chucks By You,” a sneaker customization experience from December 8–24, 2017 at The Galleria on Level 1, offering a rare opportunity to work one-on-one with a Converse shoe designer to create a pair of custom Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
“Chucks.” Since the 70s, the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star hi- and low-top sneakers have continued to be a cultural icon for self-expression and are available in many colors and fabrications for the entire family. With proof of purchase of Chuck Taylor All Stars from a qualifying retailer, customers may choose from themed starter packs with embroidered patches and laces, and a variety of grommets, aglets, lace bolts, as well as other do-it-yourself options using markers and stencils.
HOME COOKING TO TAKE HOME
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON MAKES YOUR FAVORITES
Forget the holiday entertaining hassles. One of the city’s best-kept secrets for tasty dishes on-the-go (year-round), The Pantry at the Junior League of Houston offers busy Houstonians a variety of family favorites, conveniently packed and ready to simply heat up, plate and enjoy. Instead of being stuck in the kitchen during precious family time, toss a King Ranch Casserole in the oven and enjoy a chef-prepared meal. Or, enjoy cinnamon and orange rolls, party platters, care packages and the famed Junior League cookbooks. To place an order and view the full list of available items, visit jlh.org or call The Pantry at 713.622.5965.
DAY FOR NIGHT STEPS UP ITS GAME
Music lover, rejoice! Day for Night returns December 15–17 for a second year, with performances by Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Solange, Justin, St. Vincent, Tyler the Creator and more. Held at the former μain Post Office downtown, the festival is a current snapshot of popular music, as well as a showcase for trailblazers who continue to cross over from the fringes to become influencers. A limited number of passes are still available. For more information, visit www.dayfornight.io.
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
SPRING STREET BEER AND WINE GARDEN OPENS
Cheers to First Ward! Located at 1920 Houston Avenue (just blocks from our office!), Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden is now open. With a low-key, relaxed neighborhoody vibe, the bar also features a large outdoor seating area, that is, naturally, dog-friendly. A rotating cast of food trucks, including 006 Pizza, Mr. Sizzles, Churrascos to Go and Cousins Maine Lobster, show up to provide the bar bites. Spring Street offers 25 different varieties of wine, more than a dozen beers on draft, as well as a full bar with cocktails crafted by former Le Colonial bartender Sonia Thornhill. Find Spring Street on Facebook or visit www.springstreethouston.com.
MUSIC, ART, MAZEL TOV!
JEWISH CULTUREFEST COMES TO TOWN
December 17 from 2-6pm
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 17, from 2–6pm for the Jewish CultureFest, held at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. It’s free and open to the public. You’ll spend the afternoon celebrating Jewish culture, with live music, local crafts and Judaica, specialty foods,
art and mitzvah projects and a Summer Camp Fun Tent! For more information, visit www.erjcchouston.org/culturefest or call 713.595.8163.