New to the Area
Tesla in Texas. The innovative Tesla motor brings their electricity to the Houston area. From the design to the road Tesla is changing how Houstonians view electrical vehicles. With their new convenient location by the Houston Galleria you can now experience the practical advantages of driving a Tesla motor.
Great Play is a new, unique children’s gym combining learning and exercise in the most inventive way. From as young as 6 months old to 5th grade, Great Play helps construct competence and confidence bringing classes to life using computer technology, image projection and directional sound. The new facility will be opening in Sugar Land on November 2 at 4646 Highway 6 South. To register, go to www.greatplay.com/sugarland.
Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas opened last month specializing in film programming, independent and foreign language films and – best of all – there are no annoying commercials! The Cinema also has a bistro and bar offering food, drinks and comfortable rockers to laugh, cry or scream at your favored films. Check out your favorite seat warmers at 510 Texas Ave. (The old Angelika Film Center at Smith St.). www.sundancecinemas.com
The British shoe brand known for its royal following, LK Bennett, opens shop in Houston at The Galleria.
Fashion Studio opens December 17. Michael Malik’s latest men’s and women’s fashion boutique will keep quantities low but variety high, ensuring customers exclusivity. 1111 Westheimer, www.fashionstudiohouston.com
Samba Grille has a new heart behind its latest state-of-the-art South American menu. Chef Guerrero has been promoted to Executive Chef and with his promotion comes more palate-pleasing plates. With the recent change you will experience South America through your taste buds.
All dogs go to Tila’s. You can now bring your four-legged friends in to enjoy some of Tila’s Mexican cuisine out on the patio. The restaurant is pleased to announce that they have received the permit allowing all dogs on the patio. So bring your dogs in and let them experience why Tila’s restaurant and bar is the talk of the dog park.
Friends for Good will host a cooking class at Central Market in conjunction with the release of their new cookbook, Green Beans and Guacamole, on Monday, December 12, 2011. Guests attending the class will be introduced to prominent Houston chefs including David Cordua of Americas, Philippe Schmidt of Phillippe’s and Randy Evans of Haven, who will demonstrate their featured recipes. Cost is $65 per person. rsvp www.centralmarket.com
Be a Santa to a Senior program runs through Dec. 20. You have a unique opportunity to help local senior citizens who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season. Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior – a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in Houston.
For more information about the local program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.
Few shows have touched audiences like RIVERDANCE, the Original International Phenomenon, now on its FAREWELL TOUR. This thunderous celebration of joyful music, song and dance will play at the Hobby Center Feb. 10 – 12, 2012, for 5 performances only! This not-to-miss performance is a special addition to the Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center 2011-2012 season. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800.982.ARTS or visiting www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Houston or www.TheHobbyCenter.org.
Leah White and Sarah Gish have released their CD called Our Roots are Strong! Its release is timed to coincide with Houston’s 175th birthday. Leah wrote 14 original songs for the City about historic Houston landmarks including River Oaks Theatre, Astrodome, Rice Hotel, NASA, Vaquero Statue in Moody Park, Julia Ideson Library, Christ Church Cathedral, Buffalo Bayou and Allen’s Landing, The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Live Oak Trees, Downtown Aquarium, Goodnight Houston (goes with the lyrics of a book written by a Houston author), Heritage Society and more! The goal of this music is to educate and inspire youth in Houston about the City’s history and need for preservation.
Fall is here and with the gorgeous weather also come pesky pests invading our homes in every nook and cranny trying to find up a home for the winter. According to the The National Pest Management Association (NPMA; www.pestworld.org), the top two most challenging pests are house mice and yellow jackets while the most destructive are carpenter ants, roof rats and Eastern subterranean termites.
• Fleas can survive for months without feeding.
• Mice can fit through an opening the size of a nickel.
• Three percent of the American population is allergic to a stinging insect’s venom.
• Mice can jump a foot high.
• More human deaths have been attributed to fleas than to all the wars ever faught.
• One colony of Formosan termites can eat up to 1,000 pounds of wood
a year, compared to the 7 pounds that native termites eat.