Community Calendar

Blood donors can win IW Marks jewelry

IW Marks, NewsRadio 740 KTRH and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center are teaming up to give away a piece of IW Marks jewelry in March. Anyone who donates or attempts to donate blood at the Memorial City Neighborhood Donor Center, 845 Frostwood Drive, will be entered to win. For information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-482-5663 or visit www.give

Band to perform Irish music

The Lone Star Symphonic Band will present an Irish concert titled “A Gaelic Journey” at 7 p.m. March 12 at Houston Community College — Town and Country campus’ Performing Arts Center, Theater No. 1. The campus is located at 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North. Tickets are $10. For information, contact Beverly Emery at 281-460-4517 or visit

Branch School to hold open house

The Branch School, a private school in west Houston serving preschool through fifth grade, will hold an open house from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 14.

Scholarships and financial aid are available.

For information, call 713-465-0288.

Chapelwood to hold study on the New Testament

Dr. Jim Jackson, senior pastor at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, will begin teaching the New Testament March 15 and 16. Wednesday evening classes will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A supper will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. A men’s only class with breakfast will be held on Thursdays at 7 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Thursday morning classes for everyone will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Childcare is available for all classes. The church is located at 11140 Greenbay St. For information, call Judy Sharp at 713-354-4443 or visit

Clothing store to hold grand opening

Catherines, a plus-size retailer with more than 460 stores nationwide, will hold a grand opening celebration March 15-19 at its new store at 9453 Katy Freeway in Hedwig Village.

Divorce course for women March 18

“Taking Control,” a free course for women before, during and after divorce featuring help with legal, financial and emotional issues, will be held from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. March 18 at 1330 Post Oak Blvd., 19th floor. Speakers this month are attorney Trey Yates and Chad Scott. For information and reservations, call Sylvia at 713-822-2931.

Author to hold seminar

Vickie L. Milazzo will speak at the Unity Church of Christianity, 2929 Unity Drive, from 2-5 p.m. March 19. Based on her new book, “Inside Every Woman,” her topic will be “Using the 10 Strengths You Didn’t Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now.” To register for the seminar, call 713-787-3490 or visit

Moore to speak on future of business

Hank Moore, corporate strategist, business consultant, and author, will give a speech to members of the Houston Business Cabinet titled “The Future Has Moved … And Left No Forwarding Address” on March 21 at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 5353 Westheimer Road. HBC’s “Next Level Business Series” breakfast meeting is open to any Houston-area business professional. Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., and the presentation will be from 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Networking opportunities will be available following the presentation. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For information, visit

Experts to dispel myths on fitness

24 Hour Fitness will hold a free health seminar, “Fitness Myths Revealed” at the Post Oak 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport, 1550 Post Oak Blvd., 7-8 p.m. March 22.

Certified personal trainers will demystify common fitness myths and be available to answer fitness and nutrition-related questions. Experts will be on hand to schedule free fitness assessments for all seminar attendees.

Free cancer workshop in April

“Building a Spiritual Toolbox When Dealing with Cancer” is a free workshop for anyone touched by cancer. The Rev. Dr. David Peterson, pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, will give a presentation followed by smaller breakout discussion groups from 12:30-2:30 p.m. April 2.

There is no charge, but an RSVP is requested. The church is located at 11612 Memorial Drive. For information about the workshop or to RSVP, call Pat Weatherspoon-Hall at the CanCare office, 713-461-0028.

HBBA to hold spring market

The Houston Bar Association Auxiliary will hold its 7th annual “Head Over Heels Spring Market” on April 4 at the Houston Country Club, 1 Potomac Drive. Shopping hours will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and lunch will be served in two seating at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Individual tickets to the market, including lunch, are $45.

Shopping only tickets are available for $10.

Table sponsorship levels are available for $400, $600 and $1,000.

Reservations must be made by March 31 and can be made by calling Andi Durham at 281-351-7557.

Laying of the wreath at Dick Dowling statue

The annual washing and laying of the wreath at the Dick Dowling statue in Hermann Park, the oldest public sculpture in Houston, will be at 1 p.m. March 12.

Dowling and his command prevented an invasion of Texas at Sabine Pass during the Civil War.

This ceremony has taken place for more than 35 years and is accompanied by an invocation, a speech and refreshments.

This year’s speech by Bill McCurdy, a doctor and writer, is titled “Dick Dowling and his Irish Roots.”

For information, visit

French organist to perform at Rice

Rice University will present an organ concert by Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin at 4:40 and 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Edythe Bates Old Grand Organ and Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, 6100 Main St. Cauchefer-Choplin is the assistant tenured organist at the church Saint Sulpice in Paris. At 4:40, she will play Bedard, Bach, Vierne, Durufle and improvisation.

The 7:30 concert will feature Bédard, Bach, Mendelssohn, Mulet and improvisation. Admission is $15 per concert, $25 for both.

For information or tickets, call 713-348-8000.

AIDS Foundation Houston sets annual walk

The AIDS Foundation Houston Inc., in partnership with PAR Pharmaceutical, has its 17th annual AIDS Walk Houston on March 12, with check-in at 8:30 a.m. at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. The walk begins at 10 a.m. with a post-walk party immediately following.

The pledge walk raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations that provide education, research, housing, food, medical care, counseling, pediatric programs and job training to more than 100,000 Houstonians a year. AFH hopes to reach the $1 million level this year.

The non-competitive 3.1-mile pledge walk is open to the public. There is no registration fee and incentive prizes are available for donations totaling at least $125. Corporate, community, social and school walk teams are encouraged.

For information, call AIDS Walk Houston at 713-403-WALK (9255) or visit www.AIDSWalk

Learn about the mosaics of Italy

A lecture titled “The City of God in Sicily. Mosaics in Palermo, Monreale and Cefalu” will be given at 7 p.m. March 14 at the Italian Cultural and Community Center, 1101 Milford St. Lecturer Dr. Ana Munk is a specialist in medieval and Renaissance art, and currently teaches at St. Thomas University. A reception will follow. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for ICCC members, $10 for non-members. Seating is limited to 120 people. For information and reservations, call 713-524-0516.

Blue Bird Circle sets spring style show

The Blue Bird Circle, Houston’s oldest women’s volunteer organization, will hold its spring style show and luncheon fundraiser at 11 a.m. March 16 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd.

“Spring Magic!” will begin with a silent auction followed by lunch and fashions by Harriet Hart and Little Patooties. The event will be dedicated to the 36 Blue Birds who have been members of the Circle for 50 years or more.

Proceeds benefit The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital. Call chairwoman Liz Woodard at 713-468-3711 for tickets or sponsorship information.

Soweto Gospel Choir in Houston debut

The Miller Theatre Advisory Board will present the Houston debut of South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir as the season opener, 8 p.m. March 16 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.

Admission is free.

The vocal and dance ensemble, performing in six languages, presents a program of tribal, traditional and popular African hymns and gospel, Western Gospel favorites and inspirational music from around the world.

For information on all free Miller Theatre performances, visit


Susman Godfrey partners join charitable society

The United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast announced that 100 percent of Susman Godfrey partners nationwide have joined the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, including 26 Houston lawyers.

The society’s members care for the community through the United Way with annual contributions of $10,000 or more. Susman Godfrey is the first law firm to have all of its partners as society members.

For information on how to donate, visit www.unitedwayhous

Aaron Guest named chef de cuisine at Prego

John Watt, co-owner and executive chef of Prego restaurant, appointed Aaron Guest as chef de cuisine.

Guest will help Watt oversee daily meal service, maintaining quality standards and planning and updating the restaurant’s contemporary Italian menu, which changes seasonally.

Guest is a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston’s culinary program.

He received further training as an apprentice working with a well-known chef in Orvieto, in the Tuscany region of Italy. Bulletin Board welcomes submissions of community news, events and accomplishments.

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