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Are You Prepared?

Are You Prepared?

Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th, are you prepared in the event of hurricane or other natural disaster? Living in Houston and other cities in the Gulf of Mexico, it's important to have a preparedness plan and to know when to put it into place.

Of course your home or townhouse has likely been built to withstand many typical weather events like strong winds and rains, hurricanes are another story and plans should be put into place to ensure your safety.

In addition to having a plan in place in the event of an emergency, it's also important to have an emergency kit ready to grab at a moment's notice. 

Making an Emergency Plan

Each family is different so each plan is different. There are many online resources to help guide in creating a plan, but you know your family best. If you have someone with special needs in your family you'll need to make specific accommodations to your plan for those needs. With that in mind, the following is a great place to start when it comes to having a preparedness plan.

Important Phone Numbers

Make sure everyone in the household has everyone's phone number not only stored on their cell phones, but memorized as well. Cell phones get lost and batteries die - you may not have access to your contact list. 

Contacts 

Make a contact list and keep it in your emergency kit. Make sure children know the full names of their parents.

Shelter in Place 

Determine the safest room in the home for sheltering in place. This might be a bathroom, safe room or other area that is away from windows.

Escape Routes

Determine escape routes out of each room and practice getting out of them.

Meeting Place

You never know when an emergency is going to happen, and not everyone will be home when it does. Talk with family members and have a meeting place determined in the event that not everyone is home, or something happens to the home. This could be a relative's home, a school, public library etc. 

Preparing Your Home for Emergency

Safety Equipment

Make sure your home has the proper safety equipment like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and working fire extinguishers. 

Safety Skills

It's important to know how the fire extinguisher works. Teach children how to use the fire extinguisher and keep it in the same spots throughout the house. Learn CPR and basic first aid skills. Having a book on hand with instructions is helpful as power might be out and it won't be possible to search online.

Home Maintenance

Know how and where to turn off gas, electricity and water.

Important Documents

Keep important documents in a safe or safe deposit box at a different location. Keep photos and other sentimental items in fire safe and water safe containers or in safe deposit boxes.

Practice

Practice fire drills as well as other disaster drills each month so everyone knows what to do and feels as comfortable as possible with the plan. The more you practice, especially with children, the less likely everyone will be to panic. 

Go-Bag

Every family should have a Go-Bag and they're pretty easy to put together. You can even buy them ready-made online. You'll want to use a sturdy bag or backpack. A backpack with wheels would be optimal.

Include:

Phone chargers, batteries, weather radio, bottled water, water filtration unit, food such as granola bars and freeze dried food packets, whistle, lighter, flashlight, medications, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wet wipes, toilet paper, mylar blankets, everything tool like a Swiss Army Knife.

You never know when a disaster will strike, being prepared reduces fear and can be the difference between life and death. 

Events in Houston this July

Events in Houston this July

It’s July in Houston and that means we celebrate Independence Day! No one does the 4thof July quite like Texans and these events in Houston area this July prove it. In addition to the many 4thof July celebrations taking place, we’re also celebrating the 50thanniversary of the moon landing!

Events in Houston this July

180thCity of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: 37thstreet and Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX

Coming up the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and ending at 25th Street.  After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. 

Citgo Freedom over Texas 2019

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway

Houston, TX

This year Houstonians will celebrate more than three decades of July 4th music and fireworks on Buffalo Bayou. The city’s signature tribute to patriotism - CITGO Freedom Over Texas – returns with NEW live music acts including Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler followed by a spectacular fireworks show, Thursday, July 4th from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

City of Bellaire Fourth of July Parade and Festival

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Bellaire Town Square

7008 5thStreet

Bellaire, TX

The annual 4th of July parade begins at 9:30 A.M. and is followed by the community festival from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM The event is free and open to the public.

Activities Include:

- Carnival Games

- Petting Zoo

- Rides

- Live Music

- Food from local restaurants

*some activities and food may require tickets that can be purchased at the event

4thof July Celebration

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Buffalo Run Park

1122 Buffalo Run Blvd

Missouri City, TX

Join us for Missouri City's annual 4th of July Celebration! Celebrate the holiday with a variety of entertainment, activities, and tasty treats! Seating is available in the Thurgood Marshall High School stadium. Sit back, relax, and watch the fireworks show beginning at 9:15 pm! Event parking around Thurgood Marshall High School will be limited and taking advantage of Metro shuttles at the Park & Ride location (13849 Fondren Rd) is highly encouraged. Metro busses will be running from 5:45 pm until the conclusion of the event. These shuttles are FREE and offer a close drop off to the event location!

Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Lake Woodlands

2099 Lake Robbins Drive

The Woodlands, TX

Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands with great food, live entertainment, children’s activities and family fun at multiple locations throughout The Woodlands on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m. This community-wide celebration offers fun for all ages.

The event culminates with the 18-minute Fireworks Extravaganza over The Woodlands at approximately 9:30 p.m. The primary fireworks display will be located in Lake Woodlands adjacent to Northshore Park, with a secondary close-proximity (special effects) display at Town Green Park. The Fireworks Extravaganza will also feature a fireworks display in the Waterway Square District near Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue and Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park. To ensure spectators have the best fireworks visibility possible, fireworks teaser shots will be fired from all launch locations at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m.

July 4thCelebration and Street Festival

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Business 249 North of FM 2920

Tomball, TX

Scheduled to perform an evening of Country tunes and Southern Rock is Texas Country Music Hall of Fame group, The Posse. There will be a special patriotic tribute to American and its veterans, food vendors and a giant kids’ zone followed by an aerial fireworks display at dusk. Admission and parking are free.

7thannual VegFest

When: July 13th, 2019

Where: Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford Street

Houston, TX

VegFest Houston is The Premier Vegan Community Festival of Texas! In 2010, our co-founder Kristen Lee Ohanyan proposed the idea for Houston's first and only vegan festival to her fellow Vegan Society of P.E.A.C.E. board members & leadership team colleagues. That dream soon became a reality! With the support of our dedicated volunteers, our nonprofit created the first-ever VegFest Houston, which debuted in 2011.

VegFest Houston was held at Pecore Hall in Montrose in 2011 and 2012, and then moved to the larger Pershing Middle School campus in Bellaire for 2013 and 2014. The festival went on hiatus from 2015-2016 while our nonprofit organization launched exciting new outreach projects, created additional annual events, and expanded our fundraising. An even larger venue was also sought out in order to meet the needs of our growing vegan festival, as well as a fresh new format. We were pleased to officially move to the Stafford Centre Convention Hall for 2017 and 2018, where we ran out of space for the size and scope of our festival! Now, we have expanded to an even larger venue for 2019 at Minute Maid Park!

Bastille Day Houston

When: July 13th, 2019

Where: Houston Polo Club

8552 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX

Join us on July 13th to celebrate Bastille Day at the Houston Polo Club: a festive event bringing together the French, American and international communities - the perfect occasion to celebrate Houston diversity!

Stroll through the beautiful grounds of the Houston Polo Club, learn a bit about France’s history and values with the traditional speech by the Consul General of France, watch a polo game and play pétanque before the party officially begins with food trucks and music courtesy of DJ Julien Nolan.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite wine to share with friends (please note that this is a BYOB event, only beer and wine will be allowed on the grounds of the Houston Polo Club).

Houston World Series of Dog Shows

When: July 17th, 2019

Where: NRG Park

2500 Tanglewilde

Houston, TX

The Houston World Series of Dog Shows takes place in Houston’s state-of-the-art NRG Center. It is a cluster show, meaning it is actually several separate shows, held over consecutive days. Beginning Wednesday, visitors can catch the more than 30 independent breed specialty competitions, as well as the Houston Hound, Working Dog and All-Terrier shows — don’t miss the chance to chat with owners/handlers as they prepare their show dogs in the Crating and Grooming area. Thursday offers an all-specialty group of shows with only Conformation (Breed Judging) competitions that end with a “Best in Show” award. Friday, Saturday and Sunday each culminate with a “Best of Show” winner, chosen from finalists among the seven variety groups with more than 150 different breeds represented. The four “Best in Show” winners may or may not be the same dog.

Our mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about purebred dogs. We offer the popular Meet the Breeds event where the public can get hands-on experience with more than 110 breeds and discuss their advantages and disadvantages with breed experts. Check Schedule of Events for a complete listing of times and events.

Alvin Community Moon Landing Celebration

When: July 20th, 2019

Where: Briscoe Drive

Alvin, TX

Calling all space cadets… Are you ready for some out of this world fun? Alvin Parks and Recreation and the Alvin Convention and Visitors Bureau are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the man on the moon!  Join us Saturday, June 20 as we host space-themed activities, costume contests, and more! We are over the moon excited for this galaxy-sized event.  Come have a blast with us!

For a full list of activities and times visit us on Facebook or click here for a map.

Lone Star Pirate Festival

When: July 20th, 2019

Where: Warehouse Live

813 St Emanuel Street

Houston, TX 

Musical Blades, Blaggards, The Bilge Pumps, Dem Damn Dames, Capt'n Tor & the Naer Do Well Cads Pirate Invasion, Pride of Bedlam

Can You Age-In-Place in a Townhouse?

Can You Age-In-Place in a Townhouse?

As more and more Baby Boomers reach the age of retirement, many are wondering if it's possible to Age-In-Place in a townhouse. It's a fair question since most townhouses are multiple stories high and aging-in-place usually refers to single level homes.

It's true that stairs are a major issue when considering an aging-in-place plan. As we age stairs become more and more difficult to safely navigate. Also true that many homeowners don't want large dwellings to look after and townhouses sound rather large. 

At Preston Wood and Associates we sell townhouse floor plans for all different sized homes. From 1500 sq ft to 5000 sq ft, we've got the perfect sized townhouse floor plan for sale for your needs. 

Our smaller townhouse floor plans are great for those who want a smaller space to look after and navigate, but our larger townhouse floor plans can offer many amenities that make aging-in-place-in-luxury a possibility too.

So can you age-in-place in a townhouse? 

The simple answer is - of course you can. And it is simple since most of our townhouse floor plans can be modified to include a lift (though many of them already have them built into the design) in addition to stairs. Additionally, accessibility can be easily built into the design (and again in many cases has already). 

Elevators

Most of our townhouse floor plans include elevator options in addition to standard staircases. A staircase is lovely, but no one wants to haul luggage up three flights of stairs, or a weeks worth of groceries to the second floor for that matter. Elevators and lifts make aging-in-place easy to do in a townhouse.

Accessibility  

Most new designs are created with accessibility in mind. In fact, many are now standards. Doorways and hallways are large enough to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers. Today's bathrooms all feature no-threshold walk-in showers. If a soaking tub is preferred, one can be installed with a walk-in feature.

Security

Townhouses by their very nature make security easier to manage than single family homes. In addition to the community that's created in a townhouse development, many of the design features help to reduce the incidence of crime and increase safety. Security systems and smart home features also play a part. 

Live In Care

Just about all of our townhouses are designed with a master suite on the upper level and a guest suite on the lower level. This space is perfect for live-in help whether it be from a professional caregiver or a family member. A private space for the caregiver is key to getting the best care possible as you age-in-place.

Affordability

While it's possible to spend millions of dollars on a luxury townhouse, it isn't always necessary. Townhouses can be a wonderfully affordable way to maintain your standard of living, but without all the costs that go into maintaining a single family home.

Community

The communities created in townhouse developments provide wonderful support networks for those who want to stay in their home rather than move to a facility. The Enclave at Stafford Oaks is doing just that (and we're thrilled they've chosen our townhouse floor plans).

Aging-in-place is certainly possible in a townhouse. The key is to find a home that includes all of the amenities listed above. 

Click here to see the townhouse floor plan featured above.

Top Trends in Bathroom Design Everyone Will Love

Top Trends in Bathroom Design Everyone Will Love

At Preston Wood and Associations, we sell luxury townhouse floor plans. Whether you're building a few townhouses or a complete development like the one at Enclave at Stafford Oaks, we've got just the luxury townhouse floor plan for sale for you. Part of what makes our townhouse floor plans luxury designs is in no small part to the detail we put into our designs - and that includes the bathrooms.

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the room people are willing to spare no expense (at least within reason), and they do because comfort is key.

Or course, a bathroom is more than just a place to brush your teeth and shower, it's a place to begin each day and end each night. So it should be designed for comfort, functionality, and of course pleasing to the senses. 

These top trends in bathroom design have something for everyone. While tech is always a big part of home design and decor, many of the top trends are more practically inspired.

Top Trends in Bathroom Design

Accessibility 

Stainless steel grab bars and clumsy portable bath chairs are a thing of the past. Today's bathroom is designed with accessibility in mind. Homeowners are opting for no threshold showers and even "wet rooms" that encase both the shower and the tub for privacy, easy access and to keep the water out of the rest of the bathroom. Built in shower seating is also a great aging in place feature that many homeowners are insisting on today.

Hands Free Fixtures

Heads free fixtures have been available in public restroom for a while now and are now making their way into residential designs. Not only are they easier to use, but they are also more sanitary - hands free soap dispensers and touchless faucets can be great amenities if you have accessibility concerns.

Calming Decor

The bathroom is the buffer zone between wake and sleep so it's no surprise people want their bathrooms to feel more spa-like and less institutional. Choosing decor that is calming and easy to the senses is a great way to turn the bathroom into a relaxing retreat. Muted colors make the room feel softer and more inviting. Soft window treatments, antique furnishings such as framed mirrors and light fixtures can make even the smallest of bathroom feel like they were made for a king, or queen. Don't forget to include some practical features that provide comfort like a magazine rack or wall mounted tablet for easy access. 

In Floor Heat

What used to be considered a luxury that only a few could afford has now become mainstream. In floor heating is that little bit of affordable luxury that will get your day off to a wonderful, and warm, start.

Smart Storage

Today's homeowners want not only lots of storage, but they want smart storage. That means utilizing the space efficiently. Many of our townhouses have 9" or taller ceilings, that's a lot of storage space that can go unused if not designed properly. Vertical storage with cabinetry can be a lovely way to add much needed storage. Built in linen closets are another way to add additional storage to a room that is always in need of more.

Multiple Shower Heads

Why have just one shower head when you can have many? Turn your morning routine into a cascading waterfall. Kohler, Moen, Delta and Hansgrohe all feature not only beautifully designed shower heads, but also many with multiple shower heads.

Fire

Nothing says luxury like a fireplace in the bathroom. Design a spa-like atmosphere with a built in gas fireplace to stare into as you relax and unwind from a busy week. 

Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly Bathrooms were all the rage at this past International Builders' Show. Homeowners are demanding pet friendly bathrooms be incorporated into their designs. Usually there are separate spaces for the pet's use only (with the assistance of their human, of course) when space permits. Where space is at a premium, a lower hand held shower makes bathing Spot much easier,  it's also helpful for those who need to sit while showering.

Is Your Townhouse Ready for Summer?

Is Your Townhouse Ready for Summer?

At Preston Wood & Associates of Houston, TX, we provide some of the most beautiful and affordable townhouse floor plans available. We offer a large selections of luxury townhouse floor plans that you purchase as few as one or as many as you need.

As summer quickly approaches, it's important to get your townhouse ready for a season of getting together with friends and family, days filled with activity and nights perfect for stargazing. 

If you live in a new townhouse there's probably not much you need to do prepare your home mechanically for the season. Checking the air conditioning and making sure it's running smoothly is about all you'll need to do. If you're home is older you'll probably have more items to check off your Honey Do List. Here are just a few of the things you'll need to do to make your Townhouse ready for summer.

Is Your Townhouse Ready for Summer?

Porches and Decks - If your townhouse has a porch or deck you'll want to make sure it's sturdy and ready for company. Check around the base and make sure the support beams are free from rot or decay. Remove any debris such as wet leaves or soil from around wooden supports. If you have a screen porch check screens for any holes where bugs and other small creepy-crawlies can find their way into your party. Patch and replace screens as necessary to make your outdoor living space as free from bugs as possible.

Roof Decks - At Preston Wood & Associates, we sell townhouse floor plans that often include a roof deck. These are great spaces for star gazing, hanging out with friends or just chilling in the evening. Roof Decks are also used to house A/C units so check around the unit, or have a professional check, for any signs of critters getting into the unit. Make sure any railings are secure.

Main Level - In most of our townhouse floor plans, the main level includes the garage and a bedroom suite. These suites include private bedroom and bathroom away from the rest of the home making them excellent for guest rooms, mother-in-law quarters or perfect for live in help. There should be no signs of water leakage if the townhouse is built to code, but if there is call in a professional to tend to any water damage as soon as possible. Fixing water damage and it's cause is a job for the professionals, this is not a DIY project for the weekend handy person. 

Exterior - As most townhomes are part of associations there's probably little you need to do with regard to the exterior of your home. That said, it's good to take stock of the condition of your home's exterior at least once a year. Be on the lookout for signs of erosion around the foundation of your home. If there is any, call it to the attention of your HOA as soon as possible. Likewise, look for peeling paint, siding that's come away from the structure, or damage from hail or nearby trees. Let your association know about any damage so it can be repaired before further damage is incurred.

Windows - Check to make sure windows are free from any cracks or breaks in them. If an older home it might be time to consider replacing older windows with new, more efficient models. Caulk any gaps and repair broken glass to maintain the integrity of the window, and to keep them looking good.

That's really all there is to getting your townhouse ready for summer, now all you have to do is set up the grill for all the BBQs you plan on hosting this summer.

Click here to see the townhouse floor plan pictured above.

Things to do in Houston this June

Things to do in Houston this June

Summer is here in Houston and that means it’s time for great food and even better music. Festival season is in full swing. If you’re looking for family friendly things to do in Houston, this is the list. Grab the kids, and even the pooch, for many of these great events in Houston.

Things to do in Houston this June

Bayou City Jazz Series 2019 – Eric Darius & Jeff Lorber

When: June 2nd, 2019

Where: Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX

The Bayou City Jazz Series is excited to bring Eric Darius and Jeff Lorber. Saxophonist, composer, producer Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. The scintillating sounds of his saxophone will surely mesmerize you. Considered by his peers one of the most exciting musicians on the contemporary jazz scene, Darius packs a punch on stage. Known for his smooth style, weaving together elements of funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz, keyboardist Jeff Lorber helped pioneer the post fusion sound of contemporary jazz. Born in Philadelphia, Lorber is electric. Don't miss this epic night of smooth jazz ...

Wine & Food Week 2019

When: June 3rd, 2019

Where: Woodlands Wateway Marriot

1601 Lake Robbins Drive

The Woodlands, TX

If you love wine and food this is the place to be! Food & Wine Week is in its 15thyear of celebrating all things wine, food and culinary. Multiple events will thrill the wine connoisseur as well as introduce the beginner wine enthusiast to some delicious choices. Must be 21 to attend.

Sonic Playground

When: Now through October 1st, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki aims to surprise and delight visitors to Discovery Green’s temporary playground on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn. Consisting of several objects that twist, modify, and transmit sound in unusual and playful ways, Sonic Playground allows for serendipitous audible experiences with other visitors to create a sense of community and play.

Sonic Playground was created by Yuri Suzuki (Japanese, born 1980), a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician whose work blurs the borders between design, technology, and sound. He established Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, based in London, in 2013. Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Thursday Concerts Presented by University of Houston – Downtown

When: June 6th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Featuring Marshall Crenshaw (Smart Pop & Roots Rock)

These free, family-friendly concerts showcase the best music of the Gulf Coast. Performers, times, dates, and other schedule changes may occur. Blankets, pets (on leashes), and picnics are welcome and encouraged. Lawn chairs are allowed on the north side of the hill. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase at The Lake House; glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park. 

The FOMO Factory

When: June 7th, 2019

Where: The Houston Galleria

5085 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX

Leave adulthood behind and return to childhood in this limited-time, immersive art pop up. Journey through 17 rooms capturing iconic moments from the playground to the school dance. Along the way you'll discover tastes, sounds, and even smells that bring you back to the best days of your life.

More than just a series of photo backdrops, The FOMO Factory is designed to truly transport you to another time, to introduce you to your inner child, and to allow people to engage in the healing process of play.

Texas Tacos, Tequila, and Music Festival

When: June 8th, 2019

Where: Preservation Park

130 Spring School Road

Spring, TX

Two stages of non-stop jams • 30 of the best taco vendors in Texas • Frozen, rocks, and hand crafted margaritas • Tequila shots and tastings • Boutique and artisan vendors • Lucha Libre live wrestling • Mariachis and street entertainers • Micheladas and Pineapple Margaritas • VIP with private shaded areas and TONS of perks • Photo areas and live art • A free kids zone with inflatables and games • Best taco contest

Party in the Park Concert & Indie Artist Showcase

When: June 8th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 

Summer Celebration is the largest African American consumer tradeshow and festival in the south. The annual event attracts 20,000 attendees from Texas and surrounding areas as well as over 200 vendors and scores of corporate sponsors. The 4-day experience includes a lineup of top celebrity entertainers, influential speakers, business development seminars, health and wellness exhibits, hair shows, women’s forums, concert performances and more.

For 16 years, this landmark event has been produced by Texas Black Expo, Inc. – a non-profit organization that aims to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth, and building better lives.

Juneteenth Celebration at Emancipation Park

When: June 15th, 2019

Where: Emancipation Park

3018 Emancipation Avenue

Houston, TX

Join us in celebrating Juneteenth on June 15th from 10a-5p at Emancipation Park. Our theme this year is 'Celebrating Our Legacy, Bridging Future Generations"

Enjoy fun activities for the whole family including kids zone, stage performance, fun park tours, food, games and much more!

Blacksmithing Sample Class

When: June 15th, 2019

Where: George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762 Road

Richmond, TX 

Looking to get your feet wet with some basic blacksmithing skills? This introductory class is geared toward beginners and is a shorter take on our 7-hour class. We will cover fire-building and maintenance, shop safety, tools, equipment and hammer control. Students will get hands-on experience while working on a small project they will be able to take home.

Participants must wear cotton or wool clothing (no synthetic materials) and closed-toe shoes. Students also must bring their own eye and ear protection. Costs of materials are included in the cost of class.

An Evening with John Cusack & Screening of Say Anything

When: June 16th, 2019

Where: Jones Hall

615 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX 

The 1989 comedy/drama “Say Anything” brought popular culture the love story of Lloyd Dobler (actor John Cusack) and Diane Court (actress Ione Skye). An eternal optimist seeks the heart of a “brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess.” Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances (and #11 on the list of 50 best high-school movies), “Say Anything” made a star out of John Cusack who went on to success in multiple films including “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank,” and “Being John Malkovich,” among others.

Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “Say Anything” followed by a LIVE conversation regarding his career and the making of “Say Anything.” Roger Ebert called the movie “one of the best films of the year” when it was released. Fans will now get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well.

Rainbow on the Green

When: June 21, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Land Rover Houston Central's 10th Annual Rainbow on the Green® presented by Legacy Community Health - Montrose returns Friday, June 21 for this FREE annual city-wide LGBT celebration at Discovery Green with electrifying entertainment by Chad Michaels and OneUp, along with some of Houston’s best drag performers.

Chad Michaels rose to the top of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2012, and was the first person to be inducted into the "Drag Queen Hall of Fame" after dedicating 20 years to the exciting art of celebrity impersonation. His famous tribute to Cher has earned him international acclaim.

OneUp is made up of Adam Bastien and Jerome Bell. After showing off their vocals during an audition on The Voice, they competed for Kelly Clarkson's team.

Love, celebrate and dance at Discovery Green! Music by DJ Joe Ross. Derrick Shore, co-host of Houston Life at KPRC will emcee. Be sure to arrive early, you don't want to miss any of the opening acts!

Pride Houston

When: June 22nd, 2019

Where: Downtown Houston

901 Bagby Street

Houston, TX 

For more than 40 years, Pride Houston has been a central part of the local LGBT community in Houston. 

Our core mission is to strengthen equality and increase awareness around issues important to our community such as health, safety and marriage equality. Pride Houston celebrates the individuality and diversity of every person as we all strive for acceptance from parents, friends and society-at-large.

From annual charity events to aiding LGBTQIA support and counseling networks, its activities continue to promote social awareness and enrich the diversity that helps the Houston community thrive.