News from Around the Region LOOKING TO EXPLORE HOUSTON IN 2017? TAKE A TOUR AROUND THE REGION. CALLING ALL HISTORY LOVERS Located just 19 miles east of Houston (via Loop 610 east and State Highway 225), Deer Park, TX is just a few miles from the Battleship TEXAS and the San Jacinto Monument! In fact, Deer Park is close to a lot of great entertainment options, from the sand and surf of Kemah and Galveston to Baytown’s Armand Bayou Nature Center. Learn more at www.deerparktx.org/tourism, or www.deerparktx.gov! GET OUT HERE HOUSTON After the holiday season of eating, drinking and being merry, its time to get outside. Houston has a temperate climate, numerous eco regions (10 to be exact), therefore it should have a diverse number of outdoor activities. GetOutHereHouston.org is a collaboration by many outdoor-related nonprofits and for profits to bring the most comprehensive outdoors website and app for the Houston Gulf Coast region. Here are some great opportunities. • A new 2-mile stretch of the White Oak Bayou Trail is opening. This is just one of the many trails to open as part of Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative. The new section stretches from Studemont Street and the Heights trail to the TC Jester trail. • Houston Audubon will host a Beach Clean Up on the Bolivar Peninsula on January 28-29. • Sims Owl Prowl: February 4, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p. m. at Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center. LET IT RAIN Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will co-present the inaugural art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city reservoir that BBP restored, repurposed and opened to the public last spring. Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern (#CisternRain) will feature 2iPM009 from the Venezuelan artist’s video series Mobile Paintings and is open to the public through June 4, 2017. HOUSTON’S ASIAN NEW YEAR FOOD CELEBRATION On January 21-22, 2017, the Lunar Lantern Festival takes place in Houston. This is one of the largest collaborations of the numerous communities within the Asian-American population to ever take place in Houston boasting a coalition of nearly every ethnicity within the huge Asian demographic in Houston. These communities include the Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Indian, South Asian, Taiwanese and many many others. In one place, guests will be able to sample cuisine from all of these countries while being dazzled by a cornucopia of art, music, fashion, culture and fun which will culminate in a dramatic Lantern Spectacular to ring in the Lunar New Year. The fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the Houston region is the Asian population. Each major ethnic group in greater Houston saw a population increase from 2014 to 2015, but the Asian population is growing the fastest, with 5.7 percent annual growth. READY. SET. RUN. With 27,000 participants, 7,500 volunteers and 250,000 spectators, the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon combine every year to be Houston’s largest single-day sporting event. This year’s event took place on Sunday, Jan. 15. For the 45th Anniversary of the Houston Marathon, the event had the highest prize purse to date, $278,000, which included $45,000 each for the men’s and women’s marathon winner. The Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program connects the philanthropic community to passionate race participants willing to fundraise and raise awareness for meaningful causes. Individuals selected an official Run for a Reason charity from a variety of categories that serve constituents based locally, nationally or internationally. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than $24 million has been raised to benefit various charities. For each of the past six years, the Run for a Reason Program has surpassed two million dollars. PEARLAND’S SUPER WEEKEND In celebration of the Super Bowl LI, the city of Pearland will host the Pearland Super Weekend with a Super Concert on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway Street, beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy Trolley Car Shuttle Service between Pearland restaurants and hotels from Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th. Pearland is the perfect proximity (8- 10 miles) to NRG Stadium, home to Super Bowl LI, and Downtown Houston, home to the NFL Experience Driven by Genesis and Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon! For more information, go to visitpearland.com. THE SUGAR LAND ESCAPE Sugar Land is an escape from Houston that serves up big city amenities with small town hospitality. Whether it’s a piece of history, on-trend shopping or hours of family fun, Sugar Land offers something sweet for everyone. And the city’s pro-business climate and family-oriented quality of life attract everything from Fortune 500 companies to startups, making the city an economic powerhouse within the Houston region. Here’s what the city is offering up in 2017: Musical performances coming to the Smart Financial Centre include Dave Matthews and longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds who will play two shows together in the U.S. on their early 2017 tour. The run of dates begins Jan. 25. Another headliner, Sting will be joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guests include singer/songwriter Joe Sumner as well as San Antonio-based Tex Mex band, The Last Bandoleros. The concert will take place on Thursday, February 23. FROM BUTTERFLIES TO BRACEROS The Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH), one of only 1,056 accredited American Alliance of Museums of the more than 33,000 museums in the nation, offers a unique arts and culture experience. From butterflies to braceros and a brilliant multi-media contemporary exhibition by internationally-renowned artist Barbara Hines, HMH has something for everyone. Holocaust Museum Houston Exhibitions: THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT Peruse HMH’s 1.5 million handmade butterflies stored in two huge containers with wall-to-wall, ceiling-to- floor boxes of butterflies. Since 1995, children from every continent except Antarctica have brought or sent handmade butterflies to Holocaust Museum Houston as part of “The Butterfly Project,” an international effort to collect handmade butterflies to commemorate each of the 1. 5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. BITTERSWEET HARVEST: THE BRACERO PROGRAM, 1942-1964 Holocaust Museum Houston’s first Spanish/English bilingual exhibit showcases the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, which brought millions of Mexican nationals north to work on short-term labor contracts. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.
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