HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Haven’t you ever been bored on a Thursday morning in the summer, you just have nothing to do, why don’t you go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science?

You must be wondering why I mentioned Thursday morning, it’s because the HMNS is free on Thursdays after 3 p.m.! Go on and take your entire family for an amazing experience.

Burke-Baker-Planetarium-Houston-Museum-Natural-ScienceWhat makes this museum one of the best in Houston? Let me tell you!

Since its founding in 1909, the purpose of the HMNS has been to enhance knowledge of natural science in individuals. To this day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with this museum.

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the USA, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a large variety of exhibit areas that examine astronomy, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, Texas wildlife and much, much more!

hmns_logotype2This would surely be an amazing learning experience for people of all ages and sizes, come on and drop by this amazing museum when you are in the downtown area!

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas 77030

Information/Tickets: 713.639.4629

http://www.hmns.org/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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Houston Shakespeare Festival

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To go or not to go, that is the question. By to go I mean, should you go to the Houston Shakespeare Festival? Yes!

The Houston Shakespeare Festival is an outreach from the University Of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. Through productions of the works of Shakespeare and other great authors, they draw together the diversity of our community in this great city of Houston.

920x1240It’s hard to believe but this festival has been occurring for 40 years! It is simply a tradition! Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces two Shakespeare plays. Since its beginning in 1975, HSF has entertained various people with free performances in Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festival audiences are as diverse as Houston itself, with many people experiencing live theatre for the first time.

 

Even if you do not like Shakespeare because of having to read his works in high school bored you to death, you might see something that you enjoy in this festival; after all, it is free! If you enjoy drama, the arts, or enticing stories be sure to check this festival out!

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At Miller Outdoor Theatre starts at 8:30 p.m.

The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Tiger Reel

August 1, 5, 7, 9, 2015

 

Macbeth

Directed by Jack Young

July 31, August 2, 4, 6, 8

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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I hear you want to eat a good hot dog but you don’t want to go to a name brand place, I’ve got some news for you!

131844_632335513456748_380467327_oSure you can make your own hot dogs at home, but that takes a long time to prepare everything, why not just head over to Good Dog Houston? Good Dog Hot Dogs is not your run of the mill hot dogs. These are Texas-made; all natural franks served inside Houston’s own Slow Dough Bread Co. buns. All of their Hot Dogs topped with hand-crafted, and one of a kind condiments.

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Let me get straight to the point, they are handmade, local, and made to order. You have various choices, you can choose from the Classics menu or you can make your own hot dog. If you are in the mood for a drink, they offer around 16 choices and if you are under age, why not try their Soda Pops or their Root Beer Floats?

 

 

This great restaurant that once originated from a simple food truck is sure to clear a spot for the best hot dogs in Houston. Check out Good Dog Houston today!

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Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-11pm • 903 Studewood Street, Houston, TX 77008

Info@Gooddoghouston.Com • 832-800-Dogs (3647)

http://www.gooddoghouston.com/

 

 

 

 

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

 

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This sounds like something strange to you, yes? Well it might just be the funniest night of your life!

They provide family friendly entertainment in a one of a kind Clue Game atmosphere for all ages!

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The night starts with a delicious dinner catered from Carrabbas Italian Grill that has a Caesar salad, Chicken Marcela, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, bread and olive oil. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided but you may bring your own beer, wine or champagne. They have a dessert buffet that consists of 5 to 6 delicious desserts that, of course, include chocolate! Following the dinner the mystery begins!

chocolateA crime takes place and you get a choice, the choice of just staying seated and solving the crime or taking on a role in the mystery and taking on a role means you might be chosen to take on a starring or minor role and could end up being the murderer or be murdered. Why wouldn’t you want to take part in this exciting game and become Sherlock Holmes, or maybe even Moriarty (the villain in Sherlock Holmes)?

Instead of going to that boring movie and dinner you planned, I suggest you go to this Mystery Dinner Theater and have some interaction with a story!

281-992-1888

murderbychocolate@gmail.com

They perform every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm at their location in Webster, TX. The evening includes dinner, drink, and dessert.

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– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

RUGGLES GREEN

1537471_10152402590547747_5504134347175975537_oWhat is this place? It’s the greenest restaurant Houston has ever seen!

What makes them so green?  Well, they use local and organic produce and ingredients, and they use all-natural meat products: no hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids. They even offer the most extensive Gluten-Free menu in Texas. Energy wise, they supplement their electricity with 2.5KW solar modules and they also use 100% LED (light emitting diodes) for indoor and outdoor lighting. Pretty green right?

10298602_10152692895112747_5030302747080292571_oThat’s not even the beginning of it, they received the Green Restaurant Association Certification! The Green Restaurant Association is a non-profit group that establishes the criteria restaurants must follow to become certified. In order to gain certification, the establishment must create programs in each of the categories, which are: Energy, Water, Waste, Disposables, Chemical & Pollution Reduction Sustainable Food, Sustainable Furnishings & Building Materials. That’s a lot of criteria, trust me!

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But don’t you want to dine healthy as well? Look no further! They offer a large selection of vegetarian dishes and they use as much produce as they can from Gundermann Acres! Ruggles Green avoids the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), and all of their  teas and coffees are organic and Fair Trade Certified. They also serve over 35 gluten free items!

I think if you are in the mood to be green, go to Ruggles Green!

 

4 locations

2501 Research Forest Drive at Lakeside Blvd. The Woodlands, TX 77381

Tel. 281.292.4515 1013095_10151475720692747_624132342_n

15903 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Tel. 281.565.1175
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801 Town And Country Blvd., Houston, Texas 77024

Tel. 713.464.5557

 

 

 

 

748 East 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008

Tel. 713.714.8460
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– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

This restaurant in Sugar Land is sure to blow your mind!

tierra del fuegoThis restaurant mainly focuses on bringing you authentic Argentinian food; let’s see what they have to offer…

First off, their grill and asador were designed and built in Argentina, and feature an open-fire rotisserie, and they want to expose locals to passion for good food, wine, and life that sets Argentina apart. Argentinian food is heavily influenced by both Spanish and Italian styles of cooking, and they’re proud to share the unique blend of Mediterranean and Latin flavors with their guests. Might I add that they also have an extensive wine list and the amazing special of a three course meal for about thirty dollars, nice!

I feel as if this restaurant embodies Argentinian cuisine (my father is from Argentina) and if you go there you are sure to experience delicious food, traditional music and even weekly tango dancing, all of this right nearby!

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2110 Town Square Place, Sugar Land, TX 77479

(832) 999-4045

http://www.tierradelfuegotx.net/

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

| Saturday, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

 

“When oil prices are low, Houston’s economy grows.When oil prices are high, Houston’s economy booms.”

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Houston named America’s No. 1

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  1. It’s got the jobs. Houston is the No. 1 city for job creation in the U.S., by a lot.

 

  1. Houston is home to more Fortune 500 company headquarters than anywhere in America except for New York.
  2. It hosts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare organizations, with scientists working hard to beat cancer.

 

  1. It’s one of the centers of America’s lucrative oil and gas industry.

 

  1. Massive international trade gives another big jobs boost to the rapidly growing city.

 

  1. Houston is called Space City for a reason. It’s home of the NASA Astronaut Corps.

 

  1. Houston recently passed New York to become the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the U.S.

 

  1. Houston’s got more parks than any other top-10 metropolitan area.

 

  1. The combination of the University of Houston and Rice University means there are a bunch of smart people around.

 

  1. Houston has one of the largest rodeos in the world.

 

 

 

 

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What? I hear your teen is refusing to come out of their room? Or are you just a teen who is bored out of their mind? Well guess what? I’m here to fix all your problems by telling you some recreational activities to do this summer.

First off, I’d like to tell you guys that pretty much all of the museums here have free admission every Thursday this summer. Plus if you have any kids you can take a trip to the huge children’s museum that has various things that will occupy your kid and keep that mind learning over these 3 months.

Houston also offers a lot of music related events to go to, like the Free Neighborhood Concert Series by the Houston Symphony, or the 3rd Annual Day of Music on July 12, there’s also the Summer Concert Series with American Festival for the Arts.

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What? I hear you like DRAMA, oh well then let me show you some events that you are looking for. You can check out the Houston Shakespeare Festival or the Free Children’s Hilltop Festival and maybe even the Summer Children’s Theater?

Well, this is all I have today but don’t fret I’ll be back with part two of this list soon!

EXTRA INFO:

  • Free Neighborhood Concert Series Houston Symphony:

June 10, 8:00 pm @ Clear Falls High School

June 11, 7:30 pm @ The Centrum (Spring)

June 23, 11 am @ Miller Outdoor Theatre

June 30, 7:30 pm @ North Shore Senior High School

July 1, 7:30 pm @ Dulles High School (Sugar Land)

July 2, 7:30 pm @ Chinese Community Center

July 7, 7:30 pm @ Dobie High School

  • 3rd Annual Day of Music: July 12, noon – 10 pm. Free day-long celebration of Houston’s musical diversity (jazz, rock, classical, blues, ethnic genre and more). Located at Jones Hall.
  • Summer Concert Series with American Festival for the Arts (AFA): Students in the AFA Summer Music Conservatory perform throughout the summer in their free Summer Concert Series. These include the Middle School Festival Day (June 20), Symphony Orchestra Concert (July 1), Choral Celebration (June 27) and more.
  • Houston Shakespeare Festival: Free Shakespeare in the park! August 1, 5, 7, 9, The Merchant of Venice; July 31, August 2, 4, 6, 8, Macbeth. Performance begin at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Arrive early for a 7:45 pm talk each evening. 3Pigs_Web
  • Free Children’s Hilltop Festival: July 21, Our Feet Can Tell A Story; July 22, Frida’s Fiesta; July 23, My BFF The Dragon; July 24, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 11 am.
  • Summer Children’s Theater @ Lone Star College-Cy Fair: June 29 (10 am and 7 pm), June 30 (10 am), July 1 (10 am and 1 pm). Lone Star College Cy-Fair presents A Mugwump, Some Flim-Flams, and A Dumb Cluck. Located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road. Purchase tickets online for $7 each.

(*) Recreational activities for teens in the summer (part 1)

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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The Shinkansen bullet train goes through an amazing process to get clean every day in between each train ride because more than 400.000 people get on it each day and nobody wants to sit on other people’s germs. So these amazing groups of workers come in, clean, and leave just as the next train rolls by.

Seeing this amazing miracle that happens pretty much every day, you kind of just want to stand up from your seat and make a miracle happen.

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ANA Celebrates Inaugural Houston-Tokyo Flight

ANA CEO, Houston Airport System Director of Aviation, local officials and passengers gathered for send-off

June 12, 2015 (Houston, Texas) -Following a ribbon cutting and sake ceremony, the inaugural flight of ANA’s newest route bound for Tokyo Narita Airport, departed Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport this morning – underscoring the global importance of the city of Houston.

IMG_1020“We aim to provide our customers with greater choice and flexibility for destinations and travel schedules,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA. “As a key market for the U.S. oil and gas industry, expanding service to Houston— the tenth North American destination for ANA— emphasizes our desire to make travel more convenient. Additionally, this new route will allow us to improve access between Asia and Latin America.”

A member of the Star Alliance and joint venture partner with United Airlines, ANA expanded its nonstop service to Houston, providing passengers with additional daily flights between Houston and Tokyo. Star Alliance members can now choose a morning or afternoon departure in each direction, providing greater flexibility for travelers, especially those taking advantage of ANA’s expanded service to other Asian and American destinations beyond Houston or Tokyo.

“The economic and cultural ties that exist between Houston and Japan continue to strengthen and the arrival of All Nippon Airways is a testament to that growth,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “The City of Houston is thrilled to welcome Japan’s leading airline and we look forward to enjoying an even greater level of connectivity in Asia, thanks to ANA’s extensive global route network.”

“The demand for nonstop air service between Houston and Asia is currently at unprecedented levels,” added Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. “All Nippon Airways recognizes the strong growth opportunities that exist in the Houston market and they’re anxious to capitalize on them. We welcome their arrival and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

The Boeing 777-300ER used for today’s flight was welcomed to the gate with an official water turret salute. The 250-seat passenger plane includes eight first class and 52 business class seats to accommodate travelers.

Today’s ceremony began with a Taiko Japanese drum performance by local group, Kaminari Taiko. Diaz and Shinobe each addressed the attendees, and they were joined by additional remarks from Jim Compton, United Airlines Vice Chairman and Chief Revenue Officer, and the Honorable Nozomu Takaoka, Consul-General of Japan in Houston and Bob Pertierra, SVP and Chief Economic Development Officer, Greater Houston Partnership. Also in attendance from the office of the Governor of Texas was Oliver Yang, there to present Shinobe with a proclamation. In a gift exchange honoring Texas and Japanese culture, Diaz presented Shinobe with a Stetson cowboy hat and Shinobe reciprocated with an ANA B777 model plane.

For more information on the Houston to Tokyo Narita flight, please visit ANA’s website.

 

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