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For the fourth year in a row, Friendswood Development Company presented a $10,000 check to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House as a partof its long-term and ongoing commitment to the outstanding facility. A division of Lennar Corporation, Friendswood Development Company’s donation comes through the company’s Focused Act of Caring.

With divisions throughout the country, Lennar Corporation rewards associates each year for their efforts in giving back to the community. For the third year in a row, as a result of its support and commitment to Houston's Ronald McDonald House, Friendswood Development Company associates were awarded with a check for $10,000 from Lennar's Focused Act of Caring program to present to the organization. 

Lemonade for a good cause

Kingwood residents, HarLeigh and Trevor Clark, set up their own Lemonade stand outside of the Observer offices to raise money for the nonprofit organization, FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center June 11, 2013. 

They raised around $100 to give to the charity.

McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., (MHI) is offering buyers a cool promotion this summer that won’t have them sweating over electricity payments for years.

Through the “Beat the Heat” sales event, MHI will prepay two years’ worth of electricity bills for people buying a home now through July 28. Sales counselors have further details. Plantation Homes, Coventry Homes and Carmel Builders — all part of the MHI family of builders — are participating in the promotion.
“This is one of our most popular promotions,” said James Miller, MHI region president. “It really resonates with buyers who start seeing their electricity bills skyrocket during the hot Houston summers.

“The added bonus is that once the promotion ends, our buyers will still see savings on electricity bills because MHI homes are built ‘Eco Smart.’”
Miller says the company’s homes are up to 50 percent more efficient, on average, than homes built prior to 2000 and 15 percent more efficient than the minimum standards required through the Energy Star program.

“Every $100 per month in energy savings realized over the lifetime of home ownership equates to an extra $20,000 in upgrades or home you can afford,” Miller said. “Combined with today’s low interest rates, buyers have significant buying power right now.”

Coventry Homes has a furnished model home open daily in Oakhurst at Kingwood's WoodLake Patio Home section.

Summer program immerses singers in Opera

Kingwood’s Young Summer Artists Program invites the public to two performances June 16.

Held on the Performing Arts Center Main Stage, the concert will feature 20 singers from the area who will present short scenes and arias from operas at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This program gives beginning college students, high school students and the community a chance to learn and sing operatic roles. This year’s program features scenes from dramatic and comic operas, including “Die Fledermaus,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Orfeo and Euridice,” “The Secret Marriage,” and “The Abduction from the Seraglio.”

The Humble Area Assistance Ministries parking lot was transformed into a mobile food fair for residents in need to get much needed healthy foods for their home.

In a partnership between HAAM and the Houston Food Bank, a mobile food fair was set up at the building in Humble May 30 where clients could get food items such as vegetables, fruits and meat as well as sign up for programs offered by HAAM.

The Houston Food Bank Mobile Food Fair is something HAAM hopes they can host every month in addition to their own monthly food fair where the clients receive non-perishable food items in order to keep food on their tables. The line of clients waiting to get food from the Houston Food Bank’s Food Fair was wrapped around the building so they all knew this would be a successful and very beneficial program to bring to the community.

As the warmer weather takes hold in Houston, BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is taking in hundreds of animals every week. BARC needs immediate help from Houstonians to ensure as many of these animals leave the shelter through the adoption, foster and rescue programs as possible. With Houston’s help, more of the animals at BARC could be placed in forever homes than ever.

More than 5,600 animals have already been saved at BARC this year through adoptions, fosters, rescue groups, returns to owner and the Trap-Neuter-Return program. If more Houstonians come forward to get involved in BARC’s efforts, more and more animals could be placed with new families.

BARC’s facility, located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston 77026, is open for adoptions every Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

With everything from flowering plants to garden vegetables, Kingwood Garden Center has a little bit of something for everyone.

They will even take special orders from customers who are looking for a specific plant.

For their one-on-one customer service and everything they have to offer, the Kingwood Garden Center was recently recognized as one of Today’s Garden Center’s Revolutionary 100.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this summer for a fun-filled lineup of art, activities, movies and programs. The MFAH invites you to create a personalized itinerary from a variety of options for all ages and interests.

Family programs and resources are free with general Museum admission, unless otherwise specified. On Thursdays, general admission is free. On weekends, ages 6 to 18 receive free admission with their library card from any public library in Texas. MFAH members always receive free general admission. Both of the MFAH house museums—Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, as well as Rienzi—also offer special summer fare. Visit for more information and updates.

EXHIBITIONS Explore the Art

Be sure to see the top summer shows at the MFAH. Among the highlights:

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning (May 3–June 14) The Cyrus Cylinder, one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world, is often referred to as the first bill of human rights. This touchstone of civilization comes to the MFAH on a limited U.S. tour along with 16 works of art that are testimony to the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East.

Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop (June 2–August 25) Photography has always been a medium of fabricated truths and artful lies, even since the 1840s. The captivating images in this international loan exhibition offer a new understanding of photographic history and the medium’s relationship to visual truth.

James Turrell: The Light Inside (June 9–September 22) Filled with color and light, this exhibition brings many of the artist’s installations to the public for the first time. At the show’s core is The Light Inside, in the Museum’s underground Wilson Tunnel.

Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection (June 23–September 2) This collection of 20th-century Latin American art features more than 100 masterworks created by artists at the height of their careers—including Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Diego Rivera and Joaquín Torres-García.

Visit the Kinder Foundation Education Center

The Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) is a great place to start your Museum visit. With art, storybooks, computer stations, free Wi-Fi and the helpful staff, everyone can explore, interact and learn. The KFEC is open anytime the Museum is open.

Check out a Family Pack MFAH Family Packs are filled with hands-on activities, looking games and books. You may borrow these interactive gallery resources free of charge during your Museum visit. Stop by the KFEC and choose from topics such as Animal Adventures, Five Paintings to See with Your Little One and Let’s Play!

Read a Storybook Together in the Galleries Every day at the MFAH, families may participate in the program A Book and A Look. Check out a storybook and take it into the galleries to read in front of a work of art, which you can also “read” together with the help of looking activities.

Create Your Own Multimedia Experience: Cell Phones, Videos and More Learn about works of art that interest you by experiencing the MFAH collections online, through high-quality images, videos and extra information. Pick up What Should We Look at Next? for easy-to-use cell-phone stops designed especially for kids and families. Simply call the number on the artwork’s label, and listen to learn and discover together.

See a Movie on the Big Screen

Escape to the cool comfort of Brown Auditorium Theater. The MFAH presents the best in classic Hollywood cinema, new releases, independent productions, foreign-language films and much more. Family-friendly “Reel Kids” screenings appeal to all ages. Visit for schedules and advance tickets.

Plan Your Visit

In addition to the events and programs listed here, visit for updates, details and more daily activities for adults and children.

Tuesdays–Sundays Guided Gallery Talks/every week

Join one of the Museum’s guided tours to look at and talk about different themes in art. Options include “Lunch + Look” at 1 p.m. daily, and afternoon and evening tours on selected days throughout the week.

Tuesdays–Sundays Detective Days at Bayou Bend/June 1–August 31

Summer sleuths ages 6 and up explore mysteries at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts. Each detective receives an Investigator’s Kit and a bottle of water for keeping cool during the hunt. Adventures take place Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger, and $5 for everyone else who accompanies the detective.

Sundays First Sundays: Art Improv at the MFAH/June 2, July 7

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on these Sunday afternoons, your family can choose a work of art anywhere in the Museum and make “friends” with it: Sketch it, write about it and talk about it together. Then, visit the studio to create a work of art inspired by the new friend and your own imaginations.

Sundays Family Art Workshops at Rienzi/June 2, 9

Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, invites families to July 14 come together to create art, write stories and watch performances from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited, so secure your spot by calling 713.639.7800.

Alice and a Mad Hatter Tea Party (June 2)

Down the rabbit hole we go! Create your own “mad hat” and enjoy “eat me” cake at this Wonderland-themed children’s tea party. Following the party, meet Alice herself! She’ll be visiting from Main Street Theater’s summer production of Alice in Wonderland.

Stories Alive! (June 9)

Participate in a one-day creative writing workshop inspired by themes highlighted throughout Rienzi’s art collection. Instructors from Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project will lead students on a creative journey of reading, writing and dramatization of their own stories and poems.

A Marionette Performance of Rumpelstiltskin (July 14)

Turning straw into gold has never been more fun at Rienzi! Watch the Grimm Brother’s classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin come to life through handmade puppets and the beautifully rendered sets of the Texas Marionette Playhouse. A children’s reception will follow the show.

Sunday Father’s Day at Rienzi

June 16 Rienzi celebrates Father’s Day with free admission for all Dads including a sweet treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Wednesdays Storytime Tours at Rienzi/June 5, 12, 19, 26

Summertime is storytime at Rienzi. Offered July 3, 10, 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., these tours are a fun and interactive way to introduce children to the magic of art and literature. Families are encouraged to bring a lunch and picnic in the Rienzi Gardens afterward. Admission is free, but space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 713.639.7800.

All year, “I spy” Rienzi

Regular tour times Children who accompany their parents on a regular tour may ask for an “I-spy” guide to Rienzi’s gardens. A special treat awaits those who spy all of the objects. Free admission for children under 12.

Thursdays Summer Art Detectives at the MFAH/June 6, 13, 20, 27

The MFAH Art Detectives program gives families the chance to investigate new works July 4, 11, 18, 25 of art through interactive experiences on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Depending on which day you visit, your family can create art in the studio or in the gallery. For each investigation you complete, you’ll earn a prize and be entered in a drawing to win an MFAH family-level membership. Plus, Museum admission is free on Thursdays.

Gallery Investigations + Studio

Visit the galleries to investigate a work of art by looking carefully, uncovering details and thinking about the cool stuff you discover. Talk with a friendly MFAH educator and explore hands-on materials to further your investigation. In the art-making studio, create a project inspired by the work of art being investigated that day.

Hear Me Roar: Exploring a Sculpture from Southeast Asia (June 6)

To Market, To Market! Exploring a European Painting (June 20)

Is That Real? Exploring Photography (July 4)

Follow the Leader: Exploring Linguist Staffs from Africa (July 18)

Gallery Investigations + Sketching + Show

Sharpen your observation skills and have fun at the same time! Visit the Gallery Cart for looking games and hands-on art activities, and talk about what you see with one of the MFAH educators. Kick your experience up a notch by sketching the art on view. Performances begin at 1:30 p.m.

American Art Explorations with American music by Paragon Brass Ensemble (June 13)

Pre-Columbian Art Explorations with Aztec dancing by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl (June 27)

Ancient Art Explorations with John M. Keahey’s presentation “Life in Classical Greece, 700 BC to 350 BC” (July 11)

European Art Explorations with Spanish guitar music by Jeremías García (July 25)

Thursdays First Thursday Sketching at the MFAH June 6, July 4

Sketch works of art in the Museum galleries during this informal program from 4 p.m. August 1 to 7 p.m. An MFAH teaching artist is on hand with paper, pencils and other supplies to get you started. First Thursday Sketching is open to adults, kids, families, couples—everyone’s invited! Plus, Museum admission is free on Thursdays.

Sundays Sunday Family Zone & Studio at the MFAH

June 9, 16, 23, 30 On Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. look for signs in the main lobbies to tell you which July 14, 21, 28 gallery the Family Zone is located in that day. Spend some time with the friendly family August 11, 18, 25 educators; sit on a pillow and read; sketch a work of art; and join an investigation of an artwork. In the studio, create an art project inspired by original works of art on display.

Saturday–Sunday Father’s Day Weekend at Bayou Bend

June 15–16 Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens celebrates Father’s Day weekend with admission specials, refreshments and more. At the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, enjoy live music along with complimentary cookies and lemonade. From 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of Father’s Day weekend, admission is free for dad, and everyone in his group receives discounted $5 admission (children 9 and younger are admitted free).

Tuesdays Preschool Story Hour at Bayou Bend

June 18, July 16 Bring the little ones for a morning storytime at Bayou Bend from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 20 Stories are read aloud by educators and accompanied by optional related activities such as sing-alongs, games, craft activities and outdoor time in the gardens. Admission is $5.

Thursday 4th of July at the MFAH & Bayou Bend July 4 Celebrate Independence Day with the MFAH! Admission is free at both locations.

Main Campus The Museum, MFAH Shop, Cafe Express and Cullen Sculpture Garden are open all day.

Bayou Bend The patriotic annual family event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. includes crafts, activities, refreshments, performers and a signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday Rienzi and Bayou Bend Book Club/July 10

Enjoy good books and great conversations with this bimonthly series hosted by the two MFAH house museums. The July 10 selection is The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual—and the Modern Home Began, by Joan DeJean. Free discussions take place at Rienzi at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 713.639.7800.

Wednesdays Summer Talk + Tour at Bayou Bend Artists on the Collection/July 17, 31

For this edition of the popular Talk + Tour series, local artists lend their perspectives August 14, 28 as working craftsmen in an evaluation of objects in the Bayou Bend Collection. Lectures take place at 1 p.m. at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, and audience members are invited to sign up for the docent-led house experience of the Bayou Bend Collection that follows. The lectures are $5 for MFAH Members, and $12.50 regular admission. Space is limited, so call 713.639.7750 to make a reservation.

Painting” Patrick Palmer (July 17)

“Metalwork” Jaydan Moore (July 31)

“Wood” Thomas Irven (August 14)

“Glass” Dick Moiel and Kathy Poeppel (August 28)

Sunday MFAH Family Day: Step into Art

August 4 Families explore the amazing light-and-space installations of artist James Turrell and create art inspired by his work. Performances, storytelling, sketching in the galleries and more round out this afternoon adventure from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fridays Little Art Adventures at the MFAH/August 23, 30

This program at 10:30 a.m. is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. The experience includes a storybook circle; making a simple art project; creative shape and color play; and an “In Search of” activity sheet families can use in the galleries together. (Online registration opens at on August 2.)

DINING OPTIONS Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Food Trucks: MFAH Style

Take a break in the Museum’s Cafe Express, open from 8 a.m. until the Museum closes. Have a picnic in Cullen Sculpture Garden, where you’ll find outdoor seating and a selection of Houston’s finest food trucks every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street

Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street

General admission is $13 for adults; $8 for senior adults (65+); $6 for students with ID; $6 for ages 6 to 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Order tickets online for a $1 discount. General admission does not include ticketed exhibitions and events. On Saturdays and Sundays, ages 6 to 18 receive free general admission when they show their library card from any public library in Texas. On Thursdays, general admission is free for everyone. MFAH members always receive free admission. Go to for more.

Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden

Bissonnet Street at Montrose Boulevard

Admission is free. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street

Visit or call 713.639.7750 for hours and admission prices.


1406 Kirby Drive

Visit or call 713.639.7800 for hours and admission prices.

Free outdoor parking is available at all locations. On the main campus, all-day covered parking at the MFAH Visitors Center is $3 for MFAH members at the Patron level and above and $6 for other levels of membership and Museum guests with proof of admission.

On May 5, 1862, Mexico defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. Today, the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Join the fiesta as the Children’s Museum of Houston celebrates this historic event through fun, hands-on activities and performances.

• Spotlight Performance — Las Américas Ballet Folklórico will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Brown Auditorium. Be amazed as this group of kids performs many regional dances of Mexico in full traditional costumes, music and flair.

• Alley Theater presents Seguin — Unsung Hero at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, in the Brown Auditorium. Watch a high-paced, informative play within a play about Juan Seguin, an authentic hero of the Texas Revolution.

• Lotería: Test your luck at this Mexican game of chance similar to Bingo in Junktion. The first player to get three in a row shouts: “¡Lotería!”

• Macaroni Sombrero: Design a colorful sombrero using Macaroni at Junktion.

• Ojo de Dios (God’s Eye): Weave an Ojo de Dios or God’s eye at Junktion. The God’s Eye is a ritual tool and cultural symbol of the power that represents the elements.

• Talavera Tiles: Paint a traditional Mexican tile using oil pastels and traditional Mexican shapes and colors at the Alexander Art Academy.

• Domino Trains: Put your mind to work with this traditional Mexican game of dominoes matching numbers strategically to build a long train at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.

• Toma Todo: Spin over to the ExxonMobil Math Cart for a traditional Mexican game of chance with a twist.

Fiesta de Cinco de Mayo will take place from May 2 – 8 at the Children’s Museum of Houston, located at 1500 Binz in Houston.

 Museum hours are: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m and from 12- 6 p.m. on Sunday.

General museum admission is $9 per person and $8 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and museum members receive free admission. Free Family Night is held every Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 713-522-1138.

Trendmaker Homes has a new furnished model home now open daily in the newest section of WoodLake in Oakhurst at Kingwood. This new section of patio homes features 65' homesites and Trendmaker's new Villas product.

Priced from the $340,000s, these one-story plans feature award-winning design and luxury features. Standard features include granite kitchen, master bath and secondary bath countertops; hardwood or ceramic tile flooring in open foyer and family room areas; vessel sinks with limestone vanity tops in power baths; eight-foot interior doors; and many more SmartStorage; SmartKitchen, SmartMasterSuite, and SmartGarage features.

The model is located at 19917 Cullen Ridge Drive, Porter, TX 77365. For more information, call Donna Steen at 281-354-0523.

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