Houston Lifestyles & Homes November 2009
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houston symphony november performances
The Houston Symphony’s upcoming events during the month of November include: Itzhak Perlman, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Fall in love all over again as you experience Itzhak Perlman ’s brilliant virtuosity in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Kenny Rogers, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Hear this American icon as he performs songs including Lady, The Gambler and We’ve Got Tonight;  Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Nov.6-8, 7:30 p.m.; Mary Wilson, recently portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Dreamgirls, brings her sultry, smoky voice to the Houston Symphony stage; Rachmaninoff ’s First Symphony, Nov. 13-15. Rachmaninoff’s quicksilver First Symphony explodes with tenderness, fire and passion fitting the 23-year-old composer; Mahler ’s Das Lied von der Erde, Nov. 19, Nov. 21-22. Be both thrilled and touched by these songs of youth, wine, death and beauty.
All concerts take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org.
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Downtown’s Second Annual Holiday Spectacular
Downtown Houston will deck the halls this holiday season with the second annual Downtown Holiday Spectacular, a seasonal celebration filled with family traditions and community events.
From the Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour and Nutcracker ballet, to ice skating at Discovery Green and holiday trolleys, traditions both old and new are perfectly packaged to draw Houstonians and visitors to downtown throughout the season.  
Kicking off Thanksgiving weekend, Downtown’s Holiday Spectacular will last through New Year’s Eve. Main Street Square, downtown’s pedestrian plaza and retail core, will be illuminated with peppermint sticks, snowflakes and 25-foot holiday trees twinkling with jeweled red, green and white LED lights. Discovery Green will be transformed into a winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink on Kinder Lake.  Festive décor will shine throughout the park, and the Andy Mann TV Tree will entertain park goers along with a variety of family-friendly programming.
For more information, go to www.houstondowntown.com.
Ice skating at Discovery Green is just one of the many activities families can enjoy during downtown ’s Holiday Spectacular.
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35th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park, announces the opening of its 35th season of adventure, merriment, music and romance. The festival is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 29 (and Friday, Nov. 27). Each weekend features its own theme, with special entertainment, contests and events to enhance the patron ’s experience.
Upcoming themed weekends include Roman Bacchanal, Highland Fling, Barbarian Invasion and ending with the three-day Celtic Christmas celebration. Set in an authentic re-creation of a 16th century English village, the enchanted 53-acre park offers something for everyone. Costumed performers inspire continuous laughter on stages located throughout the festival with hundreds of daily performances.
Over 340 shoppes, overflowing with unique arts and crafts or offering delicious foods and beverages, line shaded cobblestone walkways. Games of skill and human-powered rides amuse the young and young at heart. Lush landscaped grounds covered with beautiful gardens and vines remind all who visit of the joys of nature.
Tickets are available at outlets throughout Texas and southwest Louisiana: H-E-B stores, Woodforest National Banks, Randall ’s stores, and Market Basket stores. Tickets are also available online at www.texrenfest.com and by calling 800-458-3435.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is located on FM 1774 between Magnolia and Plantersville, 45 minutes northwest of Houston. For more information, call 1-800-458-3435 or visit www.texrenfest.com.
houston ballet nutcracker market
The Houston Ballet 2009 Nutcracker Market will be held on Nov. 12-15 at Reliant Center. More than 315 vendors from across the country participate in this 29th annual holiday shopping extravaganza offering unique gift items for the entire family, including home d écor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, toys, candles, sporting gifts, novelties, accessories and more.
Hours on Thursday and Friday are 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A one-day pass is $11 or $10 at Houston-area Randalls. Half-price admission is available daily three hours prior to closing. Children under 6 are free. A four-day pass is $35.  
Special events include a Wells Fargo Preview Party on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $150; Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $130; Macy ’s Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch, Friday, Nov.13, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $83; and Priority Shopping, Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, go to nutcrackermarket@houstonballet.org.
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hjwc luncheon and fashion show, nov. 2
The Houston Junior Woman’s Club will hold its 26th Annual Holiday Happening on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Omni Houston Hotel. Barbara Bush will be this year ’s honoree. The event will feature a runway show with styles by Elizabeth Anthony-Esther Wolf as well as live and silent auctions, big board, gift baskets and door prizes.
Individual tickets are $125 and tables range from $1,500-$25,000.
For reservations, contact Wendy Pekar at 832-452-4852 or go to www.hjwconline.org.

celebrations christmas market, nov. 6-7
The Celebrations Christmas Market will be held on Nov. 6-7 on the West campus of Second Baptist Church located between Fry and Greenhouse Roads. Celebrations attracts more than 100 vendors from all over the state of Texas who are selling hand-crafted pieces, Christmas collectibles, extraordinary jewelry, scrumptious gourmet treats, unique home accents, inspired treasures, fashions, specialty toys and one-of-a-kind gifts.
In addition, returning to Celebrations this year is the seasonal plant sale sponsored by The Brookwood Community. Katy Christian Ministries will sponsor photos with Santa in front of a giant candy house, and children ’s silhouettes will be captured with the help of The Pregnancy Help Center. For more information, go to www.second.org.

Adopt a Family for Christmas project
Vision of Rose Outreach Ministries, a nonprofit organization, is soliciting donations for its second annual Adopt a Family for Christmas for low Income to no income families. Most of the children are CPS, MHMRA, and families that receive assistance from the government, and refugees. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information, contact Apostle Mellanie Scales at

Orange show gala, nov. 7
Houston’s art crowd will indulge their inner devil and celebrate the angel within to raise money for the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art on Nov. 7 from 7 p.m.-midnight at Adickes SculpturWorx Studio, 2500 Summer Street.
Sculptor David Adickes’ warehouse studio will be transformed into an otherworldly atmosphere of darkness and light, exploring the temptation between good and bad that resides within each of us.
The gala features a cocktail reception, seated dinner and silent auction with one-of-a-kind works of art. Throughout the evening, performance artists will surprise and amaze guests with devilish delights and heavenly visions, creating an interactive tableau of agony and ecstasy.
Individual gala tickets begin at $500, with reserved tables of 12 starting at $5,000 and up. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art at 713-926-6368.

children’s museum of houston Seasons of sharing exhibit, beginning nov. 14
Give thanks for what you have, and share joyful moments with your family and friends during the Children ’s Museum of Houston’s invigorating Thanksgiving celebration on Nov. 27. Energize your holiday spirit with exhilarating activities including a Thanksgiving Day Float Making and Parade from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Create a dazzling float and strut it down through Kid ’s Hall during the Thanksgiving Parade at 1 p.m. Meet and greet Santa from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Say hello to the man in red and tell him whether or not you ’ve been a great kid this year. Don’t forget to bring a camera.
Seasons of Sharing, a holiday exhibit will run Nov. 14-Jan. 10. Learn about seven holidays from around the world. With more than 90 languages spoken throughout the Houston area, this city ’s cultural diversity has found a home within this exhibit. A different cultural holiday will be spotlighted each week in which kids will learn about the culture through hands-on activities and games including Ramadan WonderWeek, Nov. 12-18; and Christmas in Norway WonderWeek, Nov. 26-Dec. 2. The museum will also feature several spotlight performances during this holiday exhibit.
The museum is located at 1500 Binz in Houston. For more information and a complete listing of events, go to
www.cmhouston.org or call 713-522-1138.

moody gardens festival of lights,
beginning nov. 14
Moody Gardens has announced the dates for the eighth annual Festival of Lights. The event is the area ’s largest holiday celebration and features a mile-long trail with over a million lights. The festival has become a holiday tradition for many families from both near and far.
The grand opening will be held on Nov. 14 and will be open Thursday-Saturday from Nov. 20-Dec. 12; and nightly from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. from Dec. 17- Jan. 2.
Admission is $5.95 and $5 for additional attractions with Festival of Lights ticket purchase.
For more information, go to www.moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.

lpga tour championship, nov. 17-22
The 2009 LPGA Tour Championship will be held Nov. 17-22 at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club. The event will feature a field of 120 of the top LPGA professionals in the world, a $1.5 million purse and a unique format that will see a cut after 36 holes to the low 70 professionals and an additional cut after 54 holes to the low 30 pros.
Tickets for the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship can be purchased online at www.lpgatourchampionship.org or by phone at 877-LPGA-TIX. The cost for daily tickets, which allow grounds access for any one day of tournament week (Wednesday-Sunday), is $20. Daily parking passes are also available for $5 each. Weekly grounds passes are $60 and allow access to the tournament grounds for the entire week. All weekly ticket purchases also include one complimentary weekly parking pass.
Volunteers are also needed at the event to help in a variety of ways including player transportation, working the main scoreboard and assisting the media with gathering stats. The volunteer package is priced at $55. To complete an application online, go to the Web site.
The LPGA Tour Championship will be broadcast on the Golf Channel from Nov.19-22.
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