For many of Houston’s children, summer is a time of long, lazy days, and fun. For Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, summer presents a critical challenge. Donations of life-saving blood typically plummet this time of year, while the need spikes. A local nonprofit agency is calling on north Houston’s citizens to help relieve the situation. Be A Champion, Inc., or BAC, is located on Antoine Drive at 34th Street and maintains a deep commitment to the health of Texas’ youth. The organization serves meals to 65,000 income-qualified children each school day across the state. On June 27, BAC’s employees will partner with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center by donating blood. Organizers are putting out the call for donors. Be A Champion’s dedication to the health of Texas’ youth continues with … [Read more...] about Be A Champion blood drive honors victims of Santa Fe shooting
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 20, 2018, nearly 100 local residents enjoyed warm friendship, light bites, chilled bubbly, craft beer and signature cocktails while live harpsichord music drifted on the air at the Houston Heights Woman’s Club’s “Fairy Garden Party.” Held at the magnificent 1910 home of Houston Heights Association’s Executive Director Bill Baldwin. The event fell only one day after the wedding of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex in London. As one might guess, the HHWC’s fairy-themed garden party offered a parade of spring fashions as well as stunning hats and fascinators, a turnout rivaling that of the royal wedding the day prior. The only element missing from this wonderful party was the Queen Mum herself. However, popular author, historian and HHWC member Anne … [Read more...] about Fairies and fascinators are a big hit in the Heights
The weather in Houston hits its very finest again just in time for the community’s popular fund-raiser, “Le Tour de Oak Forest.” About 20 volunteers with the Oak Forest Homeowners’ Association (OFHA) and the community will turn out on Saturday, May 19, to help an estimated 200 bike-riders take the 10-mile tour while raising money for local schools. This year’s will be OFHA’s sixth and is co-chaired by Pamela McHenry. “All the funds we raise will go to support 10 area schools,” McHenry stated. “Our objective is to provide a grant of at least $250 for each, and let the schools decide its use. They do really creative things with it. Last year, Katherine Smith Elementary bought its students Cinco de Mayo costumes, and Stevens Elementary built a garden so the students could grow … [Read more...] about Bikers are ready to ‘Tour the Forest’ May 19
When Rion and Sherri Enroth moved their popular home store, Alabama Furniture, from the Houston Heights to 4900 N. Shepherd Drive two years ago, the new location was burglarized under the cloak of darkness its very first night. The fact that the streetlights were dark on the east side of Shepherd, a six-lane highway, certainly didn’t help. Today, just south of Pinemont Drive and traveling north for more than a mile, the righthand side of N. Shepherd Drive remains pitch black after sunset, presenting numerous dangers. “About 40,000 cars use Shepherd each day. It’s bad enough that they drive 60 miles-an-hour in a 35 mile-an-hour zone, but there are people walking, and waiting at the bus stops that can’t be seen in the dark,” stated Rion Enroth. “There are loose wires and cables … [Read more...] about Shepherd Drive light repairs: Are we there yet?
In 2017, The Leader broke the news that Houston City Councilwoman Karla Cisneros, District H, had organized a remarkable effort. The councilwoman united disparate elements and helped form “Unity for a Solution,” to offer a city-wide “free spay and neuter day” to reduce the number of homeless pets roaming our city’s streets. Last year’s event, called “Big Fix Houston,” was such a success that the councilwoman and her volunteers are doing it again. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, a target of 1,000 pet-owners will sign up. This collaboration between public agencies, civic leaders, businesses, and nonprofit animal rescue groups offers inroads in the fight against animal overpopulation. The project is focusing on nine areas of Houston with the greatest need and highest density of homeless … [Read more...] about Big Fix Houston coming soon