Candlelight Plaza Civic Club just launched a new neighborhood website: http://www.candlelightplazacivicclub.com/. On this wonderful website, one can find current and archived Candlegrams, information on the Constable program, a history of Candlelight Plaza, Mom’s Group information, and much more!
The Waltrip Ram Band and Waltrip’s cheerleaders proudly performed at the Super Bowl LI Kickoff Event at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 11th. During a quiet moment, Waltrip’s Director of Bands Jesse Espinosa suggested to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner that the Ram Band would be a great show for Super Bowl LI.
Espinosa shared some interesting data: Music students’ average GPA is 3.59; non-music students’ average GPA is 2.91. Espinosa said, “Is there really a limit to how much good music and music programs do for students? Some think it’s too much. What do you think?” What do you think, neighbors?
Join the Waltrip Ram Band at its Annual Fish Fry this Friday evening, Feb. 26th, from 5–9 pm in the Waltrip High School cafeteria. It’s going to be a night of family, food and music! $10 per plate, wonderful auction items, and a chance to visit with your neighbors. Contact Nora Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Frank Black Middle School is hosting its annual career day on Friday, Mar. 11th and is looking for volunteers to share information with students. FBMS would like to showcase a wide range of career options including skilled trades, the arts, professions and unusual choices. There will be a lunch reception for speakers at noon and presentations are scheduled from 1 to 3:25 p.m. with the speakers presenting to different groups for approximately 20 minutes per session. Community members interested in volunteering can sign up using a link on the school’s website at www.FrankBlackMiddleSchool.org. The deadline to sign-up is February 28. Thanks Tim Weltin for sharing this information.
Frank Black Middle School and its PTO Chair Leah Salinas would like to thank everyone who made Frank Black’s Spring Dance such a success for the 320 Panthers who came to dance the night away recently. Nero, manager of Hartz Chicken on Pinemont, donated dozens of rolls and discounted delicious chicken tenders for the PTO’s enormous purchase.
The Grove on 43rd very generously underwrote the entire cost of DJ entertainment for the evening. The Grove is the beautifully renovated apartment complex across the street from Fire Station No. 13. The Grove’s manager, Charmaine, heard about the need at FBMS and contacted the property owners who were quick to respond and thrilled to make a difference in the community.
Retrograde Events, owned by Angela and Craig Pennington of Candlelight Oaks, and Quiet Time Designs, owned by Oak Forest resident Alana Murphy, made donations which helped Salinas decorate the gym and cafeteria. Special thanks also go out to parents who donated funds for party snacks. Salinas said, “Frank Black Middle School is amazing because of these generous parents and community members and I was in awe of their support. Thank you!” In total, $500 was donated from 3 area families who do not have children at FBMS, yet wanted to provide a special treat for their neighborhood’s middle schoolers.
The Oaks Dads’ Club Annual BBQ Cookoff was held recently and in spite of a chilly beginning (pardon the pun) on Friday night, spicy and delicious food was the name of the game. Friday night 20 cooking teams got down and dirty making chili and smoking briskets and chickens all night long. Old friends reconnected and new friends were made as folks gathered around campfires and heaters while “taste testing” and neighbors danced the Texas Two Step to their own music at their cooking tents. A few of the folks cooking, dancing and visiting were Shawn Salyers, Sean Jez, Tony Cirillo, Norbert Aguilar, Steven Ruffino, Keith Kilgore, Andy Moore, Christina Martinez and many others. Salyers planned and executed this year’s cookoff and says it was a great success. Saturday dawned bright and sunny and as children played in bouncy houses and their parents enjoyed the music of Honeyboy Nelson, while lucky judges assessed entries of succulent, delicious chicken, ribs, brisket, chili, chef’s choice, children’s entries, and beans. Memories were made as neighbors from the community enjoyed lighthearted fun.
This year, the Chef’s Choice Category was renamed “The Ron Roznovsky Chef’s Choice Division” in honor of the beloved long-time cook off supporter and ODC hall of famer.
Other neighbors spotted on Saturday were David Aguilar, Justin Gordon, Billy Hartman, Jennifer Lopez, Chuck Coon, Carlos Aguilar, Michael Bernard, Richard Weirich, Micaela Moore Hernandez, Paul Tadlock, and Harry Millirons (“HarrytheTexasFlagCurbPainter”).
Parents and kiddos would like to thank the sponsors: Hartman & Associates, Justin Gordon Homes, Gatlins BBQ, Mytiburger, B&W Meat Market, The Jez Family, Kroger, Ugly Guppy Printing and T-shirts, Karbach Brewing, Houston Ghost Bike, The Leader Newspaper, and Harry Texasflagcurbpainter, St. Arnolds, Hooters, Jeff and Beth Culver Family, Mosquito Loco, Al and Mary Valencia, and Raisin’ Cane’s. Kudos also goes to the ODC Boards, cooking teams and volunteers who soldiered through the night, cooking and setting up, all in the name of fundraising for a neighborhood institution. Thanks also goes out to Steve Sims for designing the amazing poster he created for the event.
Salyers shared, “Everyone had a great time. This was a good chance for all our families to come back together before baseball and softball seasons begin. Registration for spring season is open now and ends March 13th. Check the ODC website for registration information: http://www.odcsports.com
Winner of the ODC BBQ Cook Off children’s entries was Garrett Holcombe and his spectacular chicken wings! Congratulations, Garrett!
Speaking of Garrett Holcombe, on Saturday, Apr. 9th, please consider joining Garrett along with his family and friends as well as Easter Seals Greater Houston and lead sponsors Prosperity Bank, John Eagle Honda, and Texas Children’s Hospital for the Fifth Annual 5K Walk With Me (or the shorter Family Fun Walk). Walk With Me is different from any other walk, and you will be too by the end of it. Not only will you walk side by side with the Easter Seals clients you are helping, but you’ll be doing it through the Houston Zoo! So “Come take a walk on the wild side” and make a huge difference in the life of a child with a disability. Register today at www.walkwithmehouston.org.
Garrett is a 10 year old fourth grader at Oak Forest Elementary, was born with spastic cerebral palsy. He and his family are determined to help other families living with disabilities whom they feel deal with much larger issues such as insurance problems, adequate healthcare, help with caregiving, and emotional stress on the family and caregivers. For the eighth year in a row, “Team Garrett” is raising funds for Easter Seals Greater Houston to help children and adults with cerebral palsy, and other disabilities like autism and Down Syndrome. Team Garrett is focused on sending kids to Easter Seals’ week-long summer camp – Camp Smiles. Garrett attended Camp Smiles for the first time a couple of years ago and fell in love. His first words at the camps closing ceremonies were “I wish we could live here … forever!” The impact camp made on Garrett and his family led them to continue giving back, so they set out to raise funds to help send more kids to camp. Last year, Garrett was the Houston area ambassador for Easter Seals. Please join Garrett’s team and walk alongside him in raising funds for his favorite charity. http://walkwithmehouston.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5240
Many of you know St. Matthews United Methodist Church at the corner of N. Shepherd and 43rd Street for its exceptional Mother’s Day Out and preschool programs. St. Matthews Pastor Virginia Wall and the St. Matthews community are celebrating Girl Scout Sunday during services on March 6th at 9:30 AM and would like to extend an invitation to the community at large to have their Girl Scouts recognized and to enjoy a reception afterwards. For more information, please contact Elan Britt at 713-301-2607.
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