Houston News

Gardens of Light Offers Grief Support Throughout Holidays

Houston Hospice illuminates scenic garden with 150,000 brilliant lights in memory of loved ones A rapport between a beautifully lit, fall garden and string duet created a safe space for those grieving the loss of loved ones during the holiday season at Houston Hospice’s inaugural Gardens of Light remembrance event, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Families from all generations were in awe as they walked among 80-year-old trees adorned with 150,000 brilliant lights, sipped on warm […]

Man who worked as a nanny sentenced to 30 years for child molesting

A Houston man, who worked as a nanny for a single mother with two boys, was sentenced to prison for 30 years for molesting the children, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday. “The law against the continuous sexual abuse of a child in Texas ensures this predator will spend every single day of his 30-year-sentence in prison,” Ogg said. “He will never be eligible for parole.” Lee Smith III, 32, pleaded guilty to […]

Digital Opera Is Here to Stay: Houston Grand Opera Returns with HGO Digital

Following its successful inaugural season, HGO Digital returns for 2021-22 to complement the company’s mainstage season Following the success of its debut digital season, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce the return of HGO Digital, the Sarah and Ernest Butler Performance Series. The inaugural season of HGO Digital replaced the company’s 2020-21 mainstage performances during the COVID-19 pandemic. After an enthusiastic reception, the company is bringing back HGO Digital for 2021-22. The organization, long dedicated to breaking down barriers that surround the artform, has discovered […]

100 Houston Children to Celebrate the Holidays at 6th Annual Year of Joy Holiday Ice Skating Party

The 6th annual H-E-B Year of Joy Holiday Ice Skating Party,  the city’s only free  ice-skating party for children from underserved communities, takes place  4 – 6 p.m. Tues., Dec., 14, at Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. Some 100 children from Third Ward and surrounding areas will enjoy holiday fun on ice. This year, the children participating represent Hype Freedom School, Southside Community Center, Blackshear Elementary and Sehah Youth and Fitness Center. The event is being held in partnership with Discovery Green […]

Give the gift of wonder this holiday season with Alegría by Cirque du Soleil

Soul-touching performances through January 1, 2022, under the Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park This holiday season, gift that special someone the whimsical, immersive experience of Alegría – a true Cirque du Soleil classic reimagined in a new light. Through January 1, 2022, step under the Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park to celebrate the season of giving through the pure theatrical magic of Alegría – an entirely redesigned fan favorite featuring new exciting acrobatics and an enhanced live […]

Council Member Edward Pollard Announces New Food Insecurity Board to Fight Hunger in Houston 

Council Member Edward Pollard announces the establishment of the new Food Insecurity Board, which was approved by a unanimous vote by Houston City Council. The Houston Food Insecurity Board will be an effective and comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of food insecurity by providing policy suggestions, guidance, and best practices to policymakers. Over 738,000 Houstonians have little to no access to healthy food, and 360,000 children in Harris County are experiencing food insecurity. This includes over 500,000 Houstonians living in […]

Lifelong Friends Derek Butts, Christina Popoola and Rashad Brisbane Open New VaVia Franchise in Houston

The fast-growing mobile waste removal franchise has partnered with Butts, Popoola and Brisbane to bring its tech-forward waste disposal services to Houston Houston, get ready for an elevated, modern waste removal experience. VaVia (Italian for “it goes away”) has become the premier player in the growing waste-removal industry with its proprietary technology, streamlined operations and a leadership team backed by a combined 50-plus years of experience in the waste, franchising and technology development industries. And now, the brand is […]

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Officials Approve Educational Commitment of $22,125,250

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials approved an educational commitment of $22,125,250 to support Texas youth and statewide educational programs in 2022. A majority of the funds will be administered through more than 800 scholarships valued at $14,186,000. “Our 2022 educational commitment is particularly meaningful as we near the Rodeo’s 90th anniversary, as it reinforces our unwavering commitment to supporting Texas youth and education, despite the challenges we’ve faced along the way,” said Chris Boleman, […]

Houston Children’s Charity to Distribute Holiday Cheer and Over 80,000 Toys to Families in Need

Volunteers and Toy Donations Needed this Holiday Season Houston Children’s Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused, and disabled children, will again be distributing 80,000 toys to 20,000 children through its Adopt-A-Family and Toy Distribution program this holiday season. The Adopt-A-Family Program allows groups and individuals from around the greater Houston area the opportunity to make a less fortunate family’s holiday brighter by putting their own personal […]

PLAY IT FORWARD: Casino Royale Wins Big

Shield Bearer Founders, Matt and Amy White

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers hosted their first “Play it Forward – Casino Royale” on November 13th. The night was a resounding success and raised over $70,000 to continue offering affordable mental health services to the community. The event featured 13 game tables, wine pull, mystery boxes, and a silent auction. The evening was underwritten by C&T Mortgage, Inc. with additional sponsorships by A Splash of Sass, H.E.B., Chuck Ransleben, CPA., and Sassy Swan Events. Additionally, […]