Sincerest congratulations to Gene and Dell Hightower, who celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on June 22.
This amazing couple met in high school and have quite a special story. Neighbors in Shepherd Forest where the Hightower couple are treasured, longtime residents, shared that this amazing couple has blessed the community with their time and talents countless times throughout the years. Both airplane pilots with numerous interests, they have served in various capacities in the Shepherd Forest Civic Club, are active in the Shriners and have served that organization for many years, are active members of Garden Oaks Baptist Church, and are known throughout the community as a couple who is always “willing to help.” Mazel tov!
Happy birthday to Nancy Boone of Oak Forest, who blew out her candles on June 25. Always armed with a smile and a saucy twinkle in her eye, she’s always ready to lend a hand to help others. Even though her own beautiful daughters Kelly and Shannon are grown, Nancy still finds time to go to camp and lead Girl Scout songs, introducing new Girl Scouts each year to the Princess Pat and Rose, among other beloved songs. Lyrics from Honor mirror Emerald Oaks Girl Scouts’ feelings about Nancy: “I’ve tucked away a song or two; When you’re feeling low, there’s one for you; If you need a friend, then I will come; And there’s many more where I come from.” Wishing you many more happy birthdays and campfires. Happy day of birth!
Garden Oaks neighbors as well as many others throughout the community send a warm and fuzzy birthday shout-out to Pat Walker. Pat celebrated her special day on June 29. You are loved!
Inwood Forest welcomes new neighbors Edie and David Sharp! The Sharps moved to Houston from Pennsylvania last year and found their perfect home in Inwood Forest. Drawn by the trees, lush green spaces and walking paths of Inwood Forest, the Sharps are both artists and experienced gardeners. You could say that David is actually a farmer who has grown fields of flowers for cutting and arrangements as well as vegetables and herbs. The couple owned a health and organic foods store before it was the cool thing to do. Edie, an artist with paintings in private, academic and corporate collections, creates moving works with primarily watercolors and stained canvasses and also enjoys graphic design, illustration, papermaking and decorating, while David enjoys woodworking and making furniture. The couple is thrilled to be able to spend lots of time with daughter Steph, her husband John and grandsons Liam and Ethan, who make their home in the Heights. The Sharps recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on May 27 and Edie said, “(On May 27, 1972) … we were kids, taking our first steps in an amazing adventure. We believed in peace, love and understanding and we still do. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary living in Texas and loving it.” Welcome home, Edie and David.
Are you ready to rock? Registration is open for Girls Rock Camp Houston 2019 set for July 22-26 at MECA, which is located at 1900 Kane St. in Old Sixth Ward. Girls Rock Camp Houston is dedicated to empowering girls and women of all backgrounds and abilities through musical education and creative expression. For camper registration details, please visit the website at www.girlsrockhouston.org.
Girls Rock Camp Houston is also calling for volunteers! Childcare experience is a plus and musical experience is not required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Younger, Oak Forest neighbor, mother, grandmother, vocalist and guitarist of Mydolls, the legendary Houston punk band, and also a longtime Girls Rock Camp Houston supporter and volunteer, shared, “We are getting ready for another year of camp and we couldn’t do it without the help of our community.”
A few of your community neighbors helping bring a little music into the lives of Houston’s young, budding musicians are Younger, Bronwyn Lauder, Niki Williamson Hall, Rachel Hansboro and Dianna Ray. Ray, our neighbor in Forest West and guitarist/bassist in the Mydolls band, said, “I wish there had been a Girls Rock Camp when I was a young girl. Their central mission is self-esteem, using music as the modality. It is such an important time to have a positive, creative, and collaborative experience in one’s life, especially for girls. As a young teen, I played air guitar to T-Rex in my bedroom, and my best friend and I talked about being in a band, but there weren’t many role models for us. There was Suzi Quatro, her sister Patti’s band Fanny, and The Runaways, and that was about it. I hope I will be going to see the bands our Girls Rock Camp attendees form for years to come!”