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McGovern Centennial Gardens | New Haven in Hermann Park

Posted: August 9, 2017 at 12:47 am   /   Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor, Sculptures

The video below showing McGovern Centennial Gardens gives one a good overall look at the 15 acre newest addition to Hermann Park. There are a total of 445 acres in Hermann Park which is one of Houston’s premier public green spaces. We all benefit from the  philanthropist and benefactor George Hermann who presented 385 acres […]

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Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace, a Bizarre Houston Oddity

Posted: July 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm   /   Chapels and Churches, Nonprofits & Charities

It can be credited or blamed (depending upon one’s view) on the lack of zoning laws in Houston that this Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace is situated in a neighborhood on the west side of H-Town. Even from a distance this five story white structure with the 40 foot golden orb stands out as […]

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Glenwood Cemetery Houston | Who’s Who of Spectacular Grave Sites

Posted: July 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm   /   Cemeteries & Memorials, Nonprofits & Charities, Sculptures

If you are looking to visit a spectacular cemetery with opulent grave sites located in a breathtaking setting you need to plan a visit to Glenwood Cemetery Houston. This enchanting cemetery is bounded by Washington Avenue on the north with Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou to the south.  The entrance is located on Washington Avenue […]

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Mandell Park Houston a Neighborhood Urban Harvest Oasis

Posted: June 15, 2017 at 5:13 pm   /   Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor

Mandell Park is an urban oasis consisting of 1.22 acres near the Montrose district of Houston.  The history of how this came into existence is heartening for many reasons. At one time this piece of land was going to be used for one of the many public libraries in the Houston area.  But when another […]

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Cullinan Park in Sugar Land, TX | A Huge Wildlife Haven

Posted: June 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm   /   Cemeteries & Memorials, Houston Metro Area, Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor, Sugar Land

Cullinan Park is a vast forested and wetland area consisting of 754 acres.  It is located off of Highway 6 just north of the Sugar Land Regional Airport. My husband and I recently visited there.  The first thing noticed after driving into the park and parking is the small but nice picnic area.  Currently there […]

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Houston Maritime Museum Chronicles Sea Travel & More!

Posted: May 22, 2017 at 5:07 pm   /   Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

The Houston Maritime Museum is a hidden gem of a museum! It was the dream of its founder Jim Manzolillo.  He had a long career with shipbuilding.  He also made countless sea journeys collecting ship models, relics and artifacts from all around the globe.  The doors to this museum opened in the year 2000. Located […]

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1940 Air Terminal Museum displays Civil Aviation History

Posted: December 18, 2016 at 12:09 am   /   Historic Sites, Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

Preservation of Civil Aviation History The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport in Houston is a must see venue for people interested in civil aviation history.  This facility was the first Houston municipal airport terminal welcoming people from around the world. The modernist Art Deco style of the building is another reason to pay […]

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Houston Fire Museum Showcases History with Fun for Kids

Posted: August 16, 2016 at 8:05 pm   /   Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

The Houston Fire Museum is located in the Midtown area of Houston.  This historic building dates back to 1898.  The oldest fire house in Houston, it was designed by Olle J. Lorehn.  It was opened for business as an active fire station in 1899 and has an official historical medallion on the exterior of the […]

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Ever-Changing Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Posted: August 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm   /   Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center was originally called the Houston Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  The name change took place in 1981. The new name better describes what this Houston treasure offers visitors on a daily basis. My husband and I have lived in Houston, Texas for most of our lives.  We have often driven […]

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Katy Contemporary Art Museum (KCAM) in Fort Bend County

Posted: August 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm   /   Art & Culture, Houston Metro Area, Katy, Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

The Katy Contemporary Art Museum (KCAM) is the only art museum in all of Fort Bend County!  The museum opened on September 8, 2013. It was the dream of its founder, Ana Villaronga-Roman who invested hundreds of thousands of her own dollars into this venture. Created as a not-for-profit entity almost all of its operating […]

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Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston, Texas

Posted: June 21, 2016 at 11:25 pm   /   Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

Before ever entering the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas admirers of architecture would certainly like the outward appearance of this impressive building. There are two medallions attached to this edifice. The one by the entrance door nearest the parking lot reads as follows: Houston Light Guard Armory Designed by noted Houston architect Alfred […]

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The Houston Holocaust Museum

Posted: June 11, 2016 at 11:33 am   /   Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

In Memoriam Visiting the Houston Holocaust Museum is an experience sure to affect everyone that goes there in a significant way.  It would be impossible to look at all of the photos, videos and artifacts left behind by the victims of this horrendous part of history without feeling something deeply. That monstrosities like this have […]

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Discovering the Czech Center Museum in Houston

Posted: May 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm   /   Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

My husband and I recently visited the Czech Center Museum located here in the Museum District of Houston. The grand Baroque styled building was constructed to simulate a small palace. This museum is a non-profit organization geared towards teaching people about Silesia, Moravia and Bohemia all of which make up what has become the Czech […]

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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Posted: May 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm   /   Museums, Nonprofits & Charities

The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston is certainly a distinctive building from the exterior.  The architect Gunnar Birkerts designed a stainless steel clad parallelogram space.  Shafts of sunlight can bounce off of this reflective surface on sunlit days.  Even in cloudy weather this building invites attention from passersby. 1972 was the opening date of this […]

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Plant It Forward Farm in Montrose

Posted: May 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm   /   Farmers Markets, Nonprofits & Charities

My hubby and I were intending to go to the Houston Zoo yesterday.  Even though we had arrived in Hermann Park only 30 minutes after the zoo had opened for the day, we were literally unable to find a parking spot. Note to self…try going on a weekday instead of a Saturday when it is […]

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Curious & Fantastical Orange Show Foundation Folk Art

Posted: April 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm   /   Nonprofits & Charities, Tourist Attractions

This wild and imaginative folk art creation was built on a vacant lot on the East End of Houston. A Houston postman by the name of Jeff McKissack worked on this project from 1956 to 1980.  It only stopped at that time due to his death. Mr. McKissack obviously loved oranges…thus the homage to this […]

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Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens in Humble, TX

Posted: April 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm   /   Houston Metro Area, Humble, Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor

This fantastic botanical garden opened to the public in 1974. My husband and I visited there along with both of our mothers about three decades ago. The changes in landscape from the time of our first visit to our recent one is dramatic! While much of the back part of the botanical gardens was simply […]

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Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Photos & Information

Posted: April 4, 2016 at 4:43 am   /   Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor

Nature Sanctuary in the heart of the city! The Houston Audubon Society has its headquarters building there.  My husband and I had been driving past this spot for many years on busy Memorial Drive in Houston.  All one can see from the street is a dense forested area. Curiosity finally got the best of us […]

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Photos of Amazing Citizens for Animal Protection Shelter

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm   /   Nonprofits & Charities

Homeless Animals There is a brand new animal shelter building called Citizens for Animal Protection on the west side of Houston. It is located at 17555 Katy Freeway.  Animals who are housed there get special treatment. Citizens for Animal Protection abbreviated as CAP has been in existence since 1972. It has served the needs of […]

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Baby Red Fox Squirrels saved by TWRC in Houston

Posted: March 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm   /   Nonprofits & Charities

Oak Tree Trimming We have a large live oak tree that has been growing as if it is on steroids. Although we had it trimmed last year, we employed a tree trimming service to give it a severe “haircut” this year. It resulted in making an unexpected visit to our local wildlife rehabilitation rescue place […]

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