Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company continues its 2016 2017 season with the world premiere of A HEROINE FREE SUMMER by local poet, playwright and University of St. Thomas English professor Dr. Janet Lowery. Directed by Woodland Heights resident Chesley Krohn, the play centers on four sisters as they relive memories, address past traumas and learn to heal. Set amidst a family vacation at an idyllic lake house in upstate New York, “A Heroine Free Summer” examines what happens when a family becomes divided – the result of two teenage sons confessing to drug use. As the adult sisters struggle to determine where their allegiances lie, one must decide whether to save the clan or let it fracture, a decision with epic consequences in this explosive new drama. “After hosting a reading of the … [Read more...] about Local playwright’s show set for world premiere March 30
Rosslyn Road has long been a significant through street for those making their way over to the shops on 43rd Street, but the headaches caused by the conglomeration of several different factors – accommodating school zones, new development and the area’s natural rush – have become unbearable for some. As Oak Forest continues to grow, the narrow twolane road appears to be reaching its breaking point during rush hour, as drivers must often sit idly by with traffic reaching nearly all the way back from Saxon (near Stevens Elementary) and 43rd Street waiting to go along their way. “It’s a series of bottlenecks between the Lancaster folks who have no other way out and the congestion caused by Stevens Elementary,” said Oak Forest resident Nancy Reuter, who lives off Rosslyn and … [Read more...] about Rosslyn woes – Sure, traffic is bad on Rosslyn. But who’s complaining?
The Houston Heights Woman’s Club has been serving the needs of the community since its founding in 1900. As the club grew, members constructed their clubhouse at 1846 Harvard Street in 1912, and continue to this day in their resolute commitment. In 2017, children, veterans, elderly and homeless folks, and many local schools enjoy the benefits of the programs offered. This, however, was not always the case. Business, social and civic clubs across America played a significant role in American culture from the early 1900s through WWII. Like many in the nation, the HHWC was vital and active, hitting its peak in the 1930s through the 1950s, then started to fade. As women entered the workforce in larger numbers, the club’s membership plummeted. By 2007 there were only 20 … [Read more...] about HHWC toasts to Sloan’s visions
More than 300 students and teachers from 31 elementary, middle, and high schools gathered this past Saturday, Feb. 28 to participate in Games Robots Play 2017 “Engineering is my Superpower” at Waltrip High School. Sponsored by the Waltrip CTE department and Advanced Academics STEM Teacher Development team, each of the games focused on a different superhero and challenged students in engineering, programming, and critical-thinking skills. Games Robots Play was completely designed and facilitated by students in the Waltrip High School CTE classes. These students designed and built the games and served as scorers and mentors on the day of the challenge as participants worked to play the games using the autonomous robotic platform of their choice. Additionally, volunteers from the … [Read more...] about Waltrip High School hosts ‘Games Robots Play’ event
For those coping with cancer, the experience is often a complex lexicon of emotions: fear, depression, confusion and anxiety. For some, it is difficult to express these feelings which adds isolation to the mix. To help, several hospital systems in Houston have introduced art classes to cancer survivor’s options for therapy, and the results have been interesting. In some cases, survivors blossom in the classroom when they clam up in a therapy session. “Sometimes my cancer students come to class in tears, but the power of art is transformative,” explained Kermit Eisenhut, noted artist and instructor for Memorial Hermann Health System and Harris Health System’s cancer survivor’s art therapy program. “Art takes us into our imaginations. It helps us touch our dreams, and it can drive … [Read more...] about Art classes help cancer patients cope with diagnosis