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Houston Moves into Top 5 in Economic Health Index October 10, 2012
Economic index
In an analysis that measures the economic health of major metropolitan areas, Houston ranks No. 4 in the Business Journals’ On Numbers Economic Index moving up two spots from last month. Houston ranked No. 3 in August and No. 6 last month. In the analysis of 102 markets, Houston is the leader in long-term housing appreciation, with values up by an average of 5.8 percent during the past five years, On Numbers reports. The area’s private-sector job growth is up 5.3 percent over the past five years. Oklahoma City topped the list for the second month in a row with the lowest... /news/houston-moves-top-5-economic-health-index
2012 Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival in Old Town Spring October 5, 2012
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival, Old Town Spring
The weather is perfect and the smell of fall is in the air! October is Texas Wine Month and Houston area residents can enjoy great wine and original art from the Lone Star State at the newest area wine festival in Old Town Spring. The event takes place Saturday, October 13 through Sunday, October 14. Sample beer, wine and spirits as well as sauces, spices, dips and oils. Wine sampling is $25 and includes a commemorative wine glass, ID bracelet and five tickets for tasting. Individual wine tasting tickets are $1 each. Stroll through the streets of Old Town Spring, visit shops, galleries and... /news/2012-autumn-art-texas-wine-festival-old-town-spring
Bayou City Art Festival Set for October September 25, 2012
  The 2012 Bayou City Art Festival takes center stage in Downtown Houston on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th.  Set against the backdrop of the Houston skyline in front of City Hall and around Hermann Square on Downtown streets, the annual event showcases 300 artists from around the country with various media formats including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, glass, clay and more. The two-day event offers activities and entertainment for area families with a full roster of events.  This year, festivalgoers will enjoy diverse music... /news/bayou-city-art-festival-set-october
2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's September 17, 2012
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Northwest Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at Vinage Park. Registration is at 7:30 am and the walk starts at 8:30 am. The event hopes to raise $80,000 for the cause. You can walk as an individual or join a team. For event information, click here now. /news/2012-walk-end-alzheimers
City Hall Farmers Market Returns September 11, 2012
While it may still be in the 90s, this week will mark the beginning of fall in downtown Houston with the return of the City Hall Farmers Market. The weekly gathering of 35-plus vendors is back again for the fall season, offering downtowners fresh produce, cheese, coffee, breads and plenty of prepared foods perfect for a lunch picnic around the City Hall reflection pool. The public can enjoy lunch or pick up groceries weekly and at the same time support local, fresh and sustainable food all amidst Houston's dramatic downtown urban setting.  For this week's fall kickoff on... /news/city-hall-farmers-market-returns
Nordstrom Set to Open Store in The Woodlands Mall September 4, 2012
Nordstrom, Houston shopping
No need to drive to the Galleria for high-end department store shopping: After years of rumors, Nordstrom has finally officially announced it's opening  a full-line store in a Houston suburban area. Nordstrom will open a department store in The Woodlands Mall in fall 2014. They will set up shop in the two-level, 138,000 square-foot anchor pad that will be left vacant when Sears closes next year. The store in The Woodlands Mall will be the fourth Nordstrom in the Houston area, including Nordstrom Rack discount outlets at Post Oak and at Sugar Land's Town Center.... /news/nordstrom-set-open-store-woodlands-mall
Healthier Meal Standards Making a Difference in Schools August 28, 2012
Schools
A new study is showing that higher health standards for school lunches is improving children’s health. The study, “Weight Status Among Adolescents in States That Govern Competitive Food Nutrition Content,” published online Aug. 13, examines whether states that govern nutrition content of foods and beverages experience lower adolescent weight gain than those who do not. Study authors linked height and weight data from 6,300 students in 40 states with nutrition law ratings from the National Cancer Institute’s Classification of Laws Associated with School Students... /news/healthier-meal-standards-making-difference-schools
Houston's New Trader Joe's takes it next step: Historic Alabama Theater gets a grocery look August 20, 2012
As traces of the Alabama Theater continue to fade, Weingarten Realty revealed Friday that marquee on the old movie house will be getting its official Trader Joe's signage in the next three weeks. Weingarten's Carrie Murray explained in an email that the process will involve replacing the acrylic faces, restoring the neon and a fresh coat of paint across the of the entire façade along Shepherd. Work begins Friday and is set to run through Sept. 10. The opening date for the hotly-anticipated gourmet grocer is scheduled for Sept. 21. Get your re-usable shopping bags... /news/houstons-new-trader-joes-takes-it-next-step-historic-alabama-theater-gets-grocery-look
Texas Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend Aug. 17 - 19, 2012 August 14, 2012
back to school shopping
In 2012, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on Aug. 17, 18 and 19 – the state's annual tax holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold over the Internet, television or by mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales... /news/texas-sales-tax-holiday-weekend-aug-17-19-2012
YMCA Aims to Give Backpacks to 45K in Houston area July 30, 2012
YMCA, Operation Backpack, charity
The 8th annual YMCA Operation Backpack, Houston's largest school supply drive, is gearing up to help more than 45,000 Houston area children. The YMCA of Greater Houston is mobilizing 36 YMCAs, local churches and other community partners to help collect thousands of backpacks and school supplies for children who might otherwise head back to school unprepared. Since its inception, Operation Backpack has served more than 175,000 children. This year, beginning July 19 through Aug. 12, YMCA Operation Backpack will collect new backpacks filled with school supplies and distribute them... /news/ymca-aims-give-backpacks-45k-houston-area

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