The Shepherd Park Plaza Backyard Garden Tour has been rescheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday to avoid last weekend’s stormy weather. These April showers are producing some beautiful flowers!
Julie Hetrick, event chairman, and fellow SPP garden club members have put together a community event that includes four fascinating SPP backyards, the Durham Elementary Gardens, refreshments from Girl Scout Troops 122309 and 122272, and a bargain-hunter’s plant sale. The backyards feature a pool oasis, beautifully landscaped gardens of flowers, vegetables and fruits, fun edibles and spectacular potted plants. Garden club experts will be available at the plant sale.
Advance tickets for $10 are available on www.shepherdparkplaza.com (click on the link under Upcoming Events). Tickets on the day of the tour are $15 and will be available at 1147 Thornton Rd. Admission is free for children under 10. The tour benefits Durham PTA and the neighborhood Constable Program.
In support of Parkinson’s Awareness Month and World Parkinson’s Disease Day on Thursday, please reach out to our neighbors who have Parkinson’s Disease and let them know you care. Thursday marked the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, who figured out the connection between brain and body 200 years ago.
There are special programs and celebrations throughout April and you can find information through the Houston Area Parkinson Society (“HAPS”) at http://www.hapsonline.org.
HAPS is a lifeline for many and offers social programs and assistance such as The Parkinson’s Enrichment Program, Painting with Parkinson’s and even dance and yoga! They offer education, speech therapy, exercise and support as well as social services like transportation to doctor visits, emergency financial aid, and helping clients maintain independence for as long as possible.
With three of them our own community neighbors, these six HAPS employees: Kathleen Crist, Celeste Harris, Maggie Abbott, Angelica Rodriguez, Madelyn Perry and Gini Brown are making a difference every day for folks with PD.
Crist is a licensed master social worker and executive director, Harris is a licensed master social worker and director of social services, Abbott has a doctorate in physical therapy and is director of education, Rodriguez is manager of therapeutic programs, Perry is manager of special events and Brown is their administrative assistant. This team works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for hundreds of Houston-area residents affected by PD through service, education and advocacy.
Love some BBQ? Be sure to attend Blues, Brews and Barbecue at the Picnic for Parkinson’s benefiting Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) chaired by Kelly and Matthew Simon. This fun-filled event will include live blues music, a barbecue cookoff and silent auction. Cookoff teams will submit their best meat, sauce and side to compete for the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice* Awards! from noon-5 p.m. Sunday (VIP entry at 11 a.m.) at Wicklow Heights, 1027 W. 19th St. VIP tickets to the event are $70. Entry includes early event entry, a swag bag, a sample from each cookoff team and access to venue with live music. General tickets to the event are $40. Entry includes a sample from each cookoff team and access to venue with live music. For more information, see https://www.hapsonline.org/events/bbb or contact Madelyn Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready to rumble? Get ready, the 32nd Annual Art Car Parade is here! Events are scheduled from Thursday through Sunday and the parade is Saturday through Downtown Houston and along Allen Parkway. Bring lawnchairs, SPF 50 sunblock, some cold liquid refreshment in your cooler and prepare to be amazed. Heights High School and Frank Black Middle School both have fantastic art cars in the parade again this year.
For more information on the parade, events before and after (live music and food trucks at The Lineup Party!) and more, as well as special reserved seating, check out https://www.thehoustonartcarparade.com. There are tons of ways to enjoy the parade and this is such a fun event for all ages. About 75% of the cars are from the Houston area and a good number of those artists live in the community. Oak Forest neighbor Johnny Rojas and his wife Cynthia are taking Rojas’ famous Bat Wing art car out on its 15th anniversary tour this spring and will also be driving in the parade.