Break a leg, Jennifer Malisheski! Jennifer is appearing as a character in Sam Houston State University’s presentation of CABARET, THE MUSICAL! from April 15-18. She is a junior theatre/dance major and is just coming off an 8 week stint as one of the cast at the Renfest’s King Mardi Gras Masked Ball. Jennifer’s proud papa is Mark Malisheski of Oak Forest.
Neighbors, please join me in welcoming another new neighbor to Houston: Sara Mølgaard Nielsen, an exchange student from St. Restrup, Denmark. Sara is a Junior at Reagan High School and lives in the Houston Heights with her host family, the Eatons – mom Aly and dad Seth, and sisters Sydney, Lucy and Tessa. Sara said, “I really love my host family because they are so nice and I felt like I was a part of the family from day one.” Sara is truly enjoying the American teenage experience here in Houston. She has found she loves Tex-Mex food, exploring Houston, and hanging out with her best friends and watching movies. She likes to attend church with her host family and also is an enthusiastic member of Waltrip Young Life. The things that surprised Sara the most when she arrived in Houston were the heat and humidity and the overall size of our city. She explained, “I come from a small village where I was used to riding a bike or taking the bus most of the time, and now I live in Houston with 5 million people (there are about 5.5 million people in Denmark, so it’s a big change), these massive freeways and horrible traffic, but it’s fun to try something so different, and being in a big city really gives you a lot of possibilities you don’t have elsewhere.” In December, Sara and her host family visited Aly’s parents in Springfield, IL. Sara explained, “It took two days to drive there, but it was really fun, and then I got to see some more of the U.S. In Springfield, I visited the Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, which was so interesting.” Before she returns to Denmark, Sara looks very forward to going to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in March and plans to visit Los Angeles in the spring. Welcome Sara!
Happy February birthdays to Barbara Fisher, Marisol Rodriguez, Carey Webb, Donna Hobart, Helen Pagola, Patricia Thomas, Jackie Madden, Loretta McAllister, Louis Becerra, Terry Sutton, Faith Johnson-Davis, Cathy Darrell, Terry Webb, Abby Villarreal and Larry Carollo.
Family, friends and neighbors would like to wish a very happy anniversary to Karen and Alan Carr of Candlelight Plaza. Karen and Alan celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last week. Cheers to many more wonderful adventures for this couple. Mazel tov!
Exciting news everyone! Reagan High School in the Houston Heights is building its first Art Car! HISD is trying a pilot program at Reagan. The 13 week program consists of building an art car for the 2015 Houston Art Car Parade set for Apr. 11th and Reagan’s art car is titled “Electric Ladyland,” a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
This program is not a branch of the school’s art classes as one might think; it is open to all students of Reagan High School who want to participate on their own time after school and on weekends. So far, the program has had over a dozen students participating. Some have never taken an art class.
At the end of the build, participating students will have learned basic skills to several trades, some of which are not art-related, but learned through art such as metal working, foam sculpturing, masonry and plumbing, just to name a few.
This pilot program is under the direction of veteran Art Car Artists Rebecca Bass of the Heights and Johnny Rojas of Oak Forest. Between these two talented individuals, they have built over 40 art cars with high school students and novice artists around the Houston area. To keep up with the progress of the art car build, please visit “Reagan High School Art Car Class” on Facebook.