Things To Do In Houston This Week With A Group- March 2014

I wanted to share with you some things to do in Houston with a group of kids or adults that are affordable, enjoyable and will not cost you an arm and a leg. The best places to hang out in H-town are events and activities where you can experience community, the city’s culture and commerce.

Our top picks for March are organizations whose names you may not know, but I’m sure you have seen some of the fantastic work they are doing to enhance the city’s cultural landscape.

These local groups are recognized around the country for presenting spectacular events. You can count on their programs to be entertaining and enriching instead of the same old boring stuff, where you have to sit and listen to a talking head that leaves you feeling tired and bored and like you have wasted your hard earned cash.

  • Artist Community Collective
  • Urban Harvest
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Houston Sports Authority

Artist Community Collective

A recent installation was "Corner OF Canaan" it reinforced the old adage “you can't know your future until you know your past.” It presented the work of Texas photographer Ben Davis, who is using his craft to bring the relics of the past to us and to generations in the future. "Corner OF Canaan" focuses attention on preservation of a few of the remaining buildings from antebellum, pre-Civil War East Texas.

To see other exciting exhibits like this visit the Artist Collective at the Midtown Art Center, on La Branch across from Houston Community College.

City Hall Farmers Market

Smack dab in the middle of downtown Houston you will find the best produce west of the Pecos. It's full of a variety of locally grown or produced fruits and veggies, cheeses, coffees and other ready-to-eat or packaged to-go food.

The market often has live music and a Chef’s Corner, which bring out Houston’s top culinary talent, to prepare and serve samples of dishes made with products from the market. The 2014 Spring Market happens every Wednesday, in front of City Hall, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

Houston Bakery Tours

This week is a good time to start planning and arranging things to do for Spring Break. Every teen and tween will be fascinated with seeing how their favorite pastry, bread and baked goods are made during Mrs Baird's Houston Bakery tour.

The facility is open to visitors on Wednesday and Thursdays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. It’s a tour that won't cost you a lot of bread, but you will need to make your reservations at least 10 days in advance.

Sea Center Texas

A FUNtastic place that adults like and kids can enjoy too is Sea Center Texas.

The main attractions at Sea Center Texas are their huge aquariums with fisheye views into the world of sea creatures from the Gulf Coast. You'll will be amazed with the amount of useful information your group of adults or teens will gain about fish and all that tall grass you see growing along the waterways. Our coastal salt marshes are important to the oysters and clams that make their home in the waters along the Texas Gulf Coast. Sea Center Texas welcomes visitors to stop in Tuesday through Sunday 9am to 4 pm.

Toyota Center Tours

If you have some time off this week you can get a behind the scene look at Houston’s Toyota Center. The tour is a chance to see the arena's basketball court, court-side suites and luxury lounges where picture perfect views of the games, concerts or shows are always available.

It’s a good place to take a group of friends and/or family, who live out of town for an up close view of a well-known part of Houston. Each tour lasts close to an hour. Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
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7 Places To Go On Valentine's Day In Houston

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If you waited until the last minute and are frantically looking for places to go in Houston on Valentine's with your honey, have no fear a have a list for you right here. You really should let our spouse, lover or sweetheart know that you love them more often than once a year, if you want to have a healthy, happy relationship.

Don't let the fact that Americans are expected to spend $17.3 billion on Valentine’s Day this year, stress you out because you don't have any money or no place to take your sweetie pie. The day has become over commercialized. You can woo your lover, spouse or significant other with or without a gift. Just plan a simple intimate, celebration together at home, using some of the creative date ideas I mentioned before. For those of us whose sweetthing prefers a night on the town, we have a list of couple-friendly places where you can have a good time.

Things For Singles & Houston Couples To Do On Valentine's Day

I can't ever remembering spending a Valentine's day in Houston that I didn't enjoy myself, whether I was single, married or dating someone. These Valentine ideas are great if your loved one is away or you're single by choice. Yes, these are fun places for singles too. They're the kind of places in Houston where singles can go and have a helluva good time by themselves. Don't let the Valentines day propaganda stop you from enjoying an evening out, having fun at a table for one.

Here’s a look at some of the places to go for a good time in H-town Feb 14th
  • Red Cat Jazz Cafe
  • Cruise Westheimer
  • Hermann Park’s Pinewood Cafe
  • Reliant Park (comedian Katt Williams is in Houston)
  • Buy something special at HADA Spring Antiques Show
  • Vist the HMNS Cockerel butterfly center
  • Pajama Party Cruise (pajamas are optional)

These will be the hottest places to go in Houston on Valentine’s day whether you're with someone special or by yourself. If you have a healthy self-esteem and you honor, respect and are happy with yourself, you shouldn't be reluctant about going out and celebrating loving yourself.

Now that you know it’s ok to love yourself and/or someone else, plus you're armed with some of the best places to go in Houston, go out and get your party on. If you know someone else who needs to read this hit one of the buttons below to post it to your Facebook or tweet it!
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20 Things To Do On Valentine's Day In Houston

If you want things to do for Valentine's Day in Houston that will blow the mind of a picky lover, try some of the fantastic ideas mentioned in "300 Creative Dates." This handy guide is shown in the right side bar. It's packed with golden nuggets, full of romantic wisdom waiting to be mined.

Here are few of the things mentioned in the downloadable guide that anyone with a picky lover need to know:
  • Tips to spice up your regular dating routine
  • How to be creative when asking someone out
  • Ways to avoid a dating disaster
It gives you advice and ideas that you can't get from friends, only from an expert. In fact it's from Michael Webb, the guy that's been called "The World's Most Romantic Man," "Mr. Romance" and was on Oprah as a dating expert. You will have his creative advice at your fingertips from now on. You will always be armed with 100's of ways to sooth your picky lover. Here's my list of stuff you can do together, from a scavenger hunt to a pajama party cruise, that both of you will enjoy,

20 Date Ideas For Valentine's Day

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  • Go to mass, church or synagogue together
  • Take a stroll through Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden
  • Have a picnic for two in a Gazebo (Adair Park or Sam Houston park my favorites)
  • Visit the HMNS Cockerel butterfly center
  • Have a scavenger hunt to locate as many fountains as possible in downtown Houston and toss coins in them for good luck
  • Go see the breath taking view from Transco tower together
  • Take a selfie in front of the waterwall in the TMC
  • Have a picnic at Meyer Park Lake (West Belfort @ Meyer Forest)
  • Hike, bike or just stroll the trail on Buffalo Bayou
  • Take her to breakfast at the Breakfast Klub
  • Go alligator watching or just skip a few stones across the lake at Deussen park
  • View an IMax film in the Museum District
  • Have dinner near the San Jacinto Battleground (Monument Inn has best view)
  • Death by chocolate date, visit several chocolate specialty stores
  • Have an after Valentine's Day lunch at a chuck wagon at George Ranch
  • Have a belated but appreciated Valentine's day breakfast date on the Armand Nature Center bayou cruise
  • Have a whodunit dinner at the Maggiano’s Houston Murder Mystery dinner
  • Cuddle and spoon while watching your favorite movie
  • Valentine’s Day pajama cruise
  • Take a loved one shopping in the Galleria or their favorite store
All of these date ideas and things to do on Valentine’s day are taken straight from my male friends and family members. Just about every couple should be able to find one or more things that will appeal to them.

If by chance nothing on the list interest you, don't forget you can get 100's of date ideas in the side bar. It’s a guide packed full of romantic ways to please your sweetheart. Plus none of these ideas will require you to get a loan or drain your savings to have an incredible time with your spouse, lover or significant other.

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Black History Events This Weekend Houston

There are plenty of exciting events highlighting Black History and African American culture happening this weekend. I fondly recall a story from back-in-the-day when they were holding the photo-op for the groundbreaking for the Astrodome. These dapperly dressed men are celebrating both the dome and the MLB Colt-45's coming to Houston.

Here are the final two of the “The 5 Best Black History Celebrations of 2014” alongwith a few other things you can do this weekend in Houston.

Since 1976 Black History has been celebrated for the entire month of February. It allows more time to focus the world's attention the many contributions of Africans and African Americans to world history.Here's the rundown of some of the upcoming Houston events.

The Other Great Migration: The Movement of African Americans to Houston, 1900-1941
A book signing and discussion of a masterful volume that illuminates the stories and struggles of Blacks in that era. The author craftily weaves together the racial issues and rural lifestyles that spawned the migrations of human capital that catapulted Houston from a Texas town into a fledgling metropolis.
Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, Associate Professor of History, Sam Houston State University. Saturday, February 8, 2014 2 PM The African American Library at the Gregory School

Houston Stars Old Timers Celebrity Game
The New World Professional Basketball League (NWPBL) 2014 Black History Tip-Off Tour There is a new basketball team in town the Houston Stars of the (NWPBL). The leagues first season begins with 24 teams scheduled to play 52 games! You can come out join the fun, meet the players and support the League.
Sunday, February 9 4:30 Fonde Recreation Center Sabine Street in Houston, TX

2014 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala
The annual fundraiser has featured Spike Lee, Julian Bond and Sidney Poitier. In 2014 the scholarship gala brings to H-town the outspoken New Yorker and syndicated talk show host Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton.
Friday, February 21, 2014 6 p.m. HILTON AMERICAS

Special Black History Programs: Houston Events in 2014

Macy's Black History Month Celebration
Macy's salutes ten decades of African American Style with an "in conversation" discussion featuring Constance White, Beverly Johnson and Ledisi hosted by Houston Chronicle Fashion Editor Joy Sewing.
Macy’s Galleria @ Hidalgo on 2/8 at 2pm, on the 2nd floor

Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Late, Great Joe Louis with "A Nation’s Hope"
Author Matt de la Peña’s book for children is a powerful biography of the great boxer. It centers on the historic fight in which Black and White America set aside prejudice for a few hours and came together to root for the soon-to-be heavyweight champion of the world.
February 11, 10:30 AM McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Library Pardee St

World Café: Remembering Mandela with Texas State Representative Helen Giddings
World Café, a public forum co-sponsored by the United Nations Association, highlights Nelson Mandela to raise awareness of in our community of the legacy that he leaves behind.
February 20 6-8 PM Central Library McKinney St

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Houston Events: The 5 Best Black History Celebrations Of 2014

“Black people are always being short-changed even Black History Month is in February, the shortest month on the calendar”. That’s a line I’ve heard a lot from a variety of Black comedians that can get big laughs from audiences.

The real deal is that in the mid-1920’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson, head of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, established Black History week in February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

It didn’t take to long before it began resonating with educators, communities and civic organizations in the U.S.A. that celebrating achievements of Blacks, was a good thing.

Here’s where you can get a taste of the good things happening in February:
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Local Events
  • Houston Library
plus a few other places around the city in support of this honorable tradition.

Celebrate Black Culture At Organizations In Houston

There are a variety of Houston events saluting Black History that highlight the culture of African Americans. They include plays, films and discussions on topics surrounding the unique influences that have been adopted from the soul of Black folks, their culture, into everyday life.

These are the places I found in Houston where Black history is being presented in a style that will sooth any visual learners in your crew.

The Meeting (Ensemble Theater) by Jeff Stetson
An inventive play depicting the supposed meeting of two of the most influential Black men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The two debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems. They both seem to have a willingness to die for their beliefs, but neither are aware of the nearness of that reality.
January 28 - March 2014 Ensemble Theater - Main St

“It’s A Black Thing: Collecting African American Memorabilia”
Objects have meaning, whether positive or negative. Come and observe African American Memorabilia collections. On display are objects with a cultural and/or historical context that provide reflections on the past and the modern African American experience in the USA.
Now-March 1, 2014 African American Library at the Gregory School Victor St

"Following Your African American Roots" with Tony Burroughs
In the post-Civil war Army twenty percent of the cavalry and a large part of the infantry was African American. Learn about highly decorated soldiers from the era and the records that are available to research them.
Friday, February 21, 2014 | 3 PM Buffalo Soldiers National Museum | 3816 Caroline,

It’s easy to see the main focus is still to build awareness of a fundamental truth. African Americans and peoples of African descent may be slighted by by mainstream publications, but they were and still are explorers, inventors and makers of history

The conundrum is that, few if any Black churches or organizations in Houston are having events commemorating Black history month this year. If you or your group are sponsoring a program, let us know about it in the comment section.

More Houston Events On African American History

Those are my top 3 Houston events, during Black History month, because each will give you something to take away from them that you can readily apply to everyday life. Even if it’s something as simple as shaping your attitude about how an image on paper can be offensive to someone else.

There are more events to come, a lot more, including the remaining two celebrations that are on our top 5 list. B-T-W don’t leave this page without hitting the like button for MidtownLIVE or browsing through our Event Page's Calendar with family-friendly fairs, festivals and free events in and around Houston that you can attend.

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