National Night Out 2018 Is Almost Here!

National Night Out 2018 will be here before we know it!  Do you have plans to celebrate yet?

 

National Night Out History

 

The annual campaign originally launched 34 years ago as a means to strengthen the relationship between individual communities and their corresponding police departments.

 

Once a year, families and police crews are invited to gather at block parties, festivals, and other events to celebrate the importance of safety and crime prevention in a community.  During these events, police officers usually provide demonstrations and seminars to teach community members helpful safety tips and best practices.

 

Neighborhoods across the country are encouraged to participate, and many recognize the event during the first week in August each year, however, Texas always celebrates National Night Out in October.

 

Where To Participate In This Year’s National Night Out Events

 

If your neighborhood isn’t hosting a block party, you can still enjoy this year’s National Night Out at one of the events listed below:

 

Midtown Houston

 

In Midtown Park on October 2, from 5-7 PM, you can enjoy food and drinks with the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, Harris County Constable Precinct 7, local security experts, and more!

 

The Woodlands

 

The Woodlands Township is hosting a Community Safety Expo at Northshore Park on Saturday, October 6, from 12-3 PM.

 

There will also be a number of National Night Out parties throughout the area on Sunday, October 14, from 3-6 PM.

 

White Oak Bayou Village Shopping Center

 

This year’s National Night Out event will take place on Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30-8 PM.  Bring your family and get to know local law enforcement!

 

Are You Excited For National Night Out?

Neighborhood safety is such an important issue, and a great topic to bond over with your local community!  Whether you’re new to the Houston area, or would like to learn more about the men and women keeping Houston safe, National Night Out provides a great opportunity to mingle with neighbors and local authorities.

 

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Best Healthy Restaurants in Houston

Best Restaurants in Houston That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

Committing to a diet is never easy, especially when you find yourself surrounded by tempting, unhealthy foods.  One of the best things about living in Houston is the fact that our city makes it so easy to commit to a healthy lifestyle.  As you may know, Houston is practically overflowing with amazing gyms and workout classes, but it doesn’t stop there; Houstonians are also lucky enough to have dozens of fantastic restaurants with enticing, healthy menu options available in just about every neighborhood!

Highest-Rated Restaurants With Healthy Choices in Houston*

 

Restaurants With Vegetarian Options

 

Dining out doesn’t always have to mean ordering pasta or salad if you’re a vegetarian in Houston!  These restaurants are known and loved for their creative, delicious vegetarian meals:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Vegan Options

 

As vegan diets have become more commonplace, more restaurants have finally started offering plant-based meals.  Here are some of vegan Houstonians’ favorite choices:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Juices and Smoothies

 

When you need a new way to enjoy fruits and vegetables, check out the drinks at these restaurants:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Live and Raw Food Options

 

If you prefer the purist, raw dishes, make sure you check out these restaurants:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Gluten-Free Options

 

While gluten-free diets have become more popular, so have restaurants with gluten-free dishes.  Whether you’re avoiding gluten for allergy reasons or dietary ones, make sure you check out these eateries:

 

 

 

What Are Your Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Houston?

 

Comment below with your favorite diet-friendly Houston restaurants!

 

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12 Exciting Things To Do When You Travel To Houston

Why Traveling To Houston Should Be On Everyone’s Bucket List

The Dog Days of Summer will soon be over, and this time of year, Houston really does become a destination spot for travelers.

 

From interesting tours and museums to great shows and sporting events, there’s so much to see and do here, even if you’re just looking to make the most of a long weekend trip!

 

Best of all, Houston is full of great hotels that are centrally located with access to plenty of venues you can reach on foot.  This city undeniably one of the most fun place to visit over the coming months!

 

Houston Strong!

 

Here Are 12 Exciting Things To Do During Your Stay In Houston:

1. Visit amazing museums for free

 

Believe it or not, there are quite a few museums in Houston that you can visit for free during your trip.  Whether you’re interested in art, history, science, nature, or something a bit more kid-friendly, you can plan a fun afternoon even without spending money on tickets!

2. See James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

The Skyspace is actually a music venue, designed to provide an ideal acoustic setting for live performances.  During the day, though, the structure is open to the public, and free to access every day of the week except Tuesdays or during a private event.

 

Each day at sunrise and sunset, the LED light sequence called Twilight Epiphany is performed, with beautiful lights and colors projected onto the ceiling, momentarily transforming the structure into a truly remarkable sight!

 

3. Watch a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre

 

Every year, the Miller Outdoor Theatre offers dozens of shows and events for free from March through October.  Check out the full event calendar to see what’s happening during your stay in Houston!

4. Hike through Buffalo Bayou Park

If you’re looking for ways to connect with nature, make sure you visit Buffalo Bayou Park!  It’s open to the public from dawn until dusk and makes for the perfect picnic location!  You can also rent bicycles, kayaks, and canoes, or visit the skatepark with the kids!

 

5. Visit the Cloud Column (AKA the “refried bean”)

 

Did you know Anish Kapoor, the sculptor who designed Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate, also designed a sculpture for Houston?

 

Lovingly nicknamed the “refried bean,” in reference to Chicago’s sculpture, the Cloud Column is more than 2 stories tall and a great spot to take photos!

 

6. Bring your camera to these 8 famous landmarks

 

Beatles statues

 

Artist David Adickes famously created a number of incredible sculptures that can be found throughout Houston, including the beloved 36-feet-tall statues of the Beatles in their Sgt. Pepper Heart’s Club Band gear.  Check them out in the 8th Wonder Brewery’s backyard!

 

Howard Hughes’ gravesite at Glenwood Cemetery

 

Glenwood Cemetery has become known as the final resting place for some of history’s most impressive figures, including Howard Hughes and lifelong friend, actress Gene Tierney, to name a few.

 

San Jacinto Monument

 

Whether you’re a true history buff or you’d love a chance to see a birds-eye view of Houston, the San Jacinto Monument is definitely a must-see landmark to visit on your trip!

 

Underground tunnel

 

Located 20 feet below the streets of downtown Houston is an underground tunnel system where you can escape from the city noise to explore fun shopping and dining options!

 

Eclectic Menagerie Park

 

As the name suggests, the Eclectic Menagerie Park features an expansive collection of incredible sculptures that are truly one-of-a-kind and perfect for taking some interesting photos!

 

John Milkovisch’s Beer Can House

 

This house covered in beer cans, bottle caps, and other beer-related items has become one of Houston’s most well-known pieces of folk art and is another great backdrop for your vacation photos.

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

While no longer in use, the underground cistern located at 105 Sabine Street is another breathtaking landmark you won’t want to miss!  Admission is free on Thursdays, otherwise, tickets cost $10 for adults or $8 for seniors and students.

 

7. Visit Chinatown

 

You can easily spend an entire day in Chinatown; there’s so many shops and restaurants to try!  With massage parlors, plenty of shopping, karaoke bars, and dozens of places to eat, Chinatown absolutely has something for everyone!

 

8. Rent a bicycle and tour the city

 

If weather permits, there’s no better way to explore Houston!  The new BCycle bike sharing program makes it easy to rent a bicycle and tour the city at your own pace!

 

9. Head to the Washington Avenue Arts District

 

Here, you can enjoy the work of talented local artists or see a fun theater production!  There’s also plenty of restaurant options in the area.

 

10. Check out the latest upcoming events

 

Regardless of what time of year your trip is, there are always exciting events happening all throughout the city!

 

11. Visit the Space Center

 

Would any trip to Houston be complete without seeing the space center?

 

Learn about Nasa, the International Space Station, astronaut training, and so much more!  Make sure you check out which attractions will be available during your stay!

 

12. Get a taste of local cuisine

 

When you come to a city like Houston, be prepared for incredible restaurant options.  Whether you prefer a classic American steakhouse, southern BBQ, or authentic international cuisine, Houston has it all!

 

And while you’re in town, make sure you check out long list of top-rated bars, too!

 

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Workout Classes To Try In Houston

Best Gyms And Fitness Classes To Try In Houston

One of the things that most of us have in common is a fast-paced, hectic lifestyle.   The real estate business is no different—it includes odd hours and, at times, there are no days off!

 

One of the best ways I keep my mental acuity sharp and my physical stamina and energy levels high for my clients is by squeezing in regular and consistent workouts!   I love to mix a variety of things into my exercise routine and my motto is “Keep Moving!”

 

I enjoy swimming and fitness classes at the Trotter YMCA, I’m also a regular yogi at the Yogaworks studio on Woodway at Bering, and you’ll see me cycling the streets of Tanglewood through Memorial Park up the TC Jester Bike Path and all the way Downtown.   I strongly advocate incorporating exercise blocks if it’s 10-15 minutes or 15-30 minutes at a time!   Short walks, stretching and setting goals is so important!

 

Keep moving!!

 

Where To Find The Best Workout Classes In Houston*

 

Pilates

 

Pilates workouts are a great way to increase flexibility while strengthening your core.  These types of workouts are a popular choice because, while effective, they’re usually still, easy enough for those who are new to working out regularly.

 

Some of the best places to take Pilates classes in Houston include:

 

 

Athletic Training and Bootcamps

 

Bootcamp workouts and athletic conditioning classes are great examples of high intensity, full-body workouts, and there are numerous gyms throughout the Houston area that offer these types of trainings.

 

Some of the top-rated names include:

 

 

Running

 

Running classes are a lesser-known type of workout that help to increase stamina and keep you motivated, even when you want to quit!

 

RacePace is a local gym in Houston that’s known for their highly-rated group running classes.

Dance

 

Many gyms and dance studios offer all types of dance classes that provide full-body workouts with fun, upbeat music.

 

These are some of the top-rated gyms with dance classes in Houston:

 

 

Barre

 

Barre is another popular workout that stems from ballet dancing.  Much like ballet, Barre workouts are great for strengthening the core muscles and improving posture and flexibility.

 

You can find some of the top-rated Barre classes in Houston at the following locations:

 

 

Boxing/ Kickboxing

 

Boxing and kickboxing classes are great examples of high-energy workouts that help to relieve improve posture and coordination while relieving stress.

 

Some of the most highly-rated gyms with these types of classes include the following:

 

 

Cycling

 

Cycling classes are an extremely popular type of cardio class that provides a team-like atmosphere and helps strengthen muscles.

 

Some gyms with the best-rated cycling classes in Houston include:

 

Yoga

 

There are so many benefits to practicing yoga!  With regular workouts, most people notice increased flexibility, improved metabolism, muscle strengthening, and better posture, just to name a few.

 

You can check out some of the area’s top-rated yoga classes at these locations:

 

 

Cardio

 

Of course, no workout routine is complete without cardio!  In addition to improving heart health, these workouts are essential for burning calories, reducing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight.

 

You can find some of Houston’s top-rated cardio classes at the following gyms:

 

 

 

Martial Arts and Self-Defense

 

Not only are Martial Arts classes a great way to learn about self-defense; they’re also a great way to get a full-body workout and increase your flexibility and reduce stress!

 

Here are some of the best-rated gyms with Martial Arts and self-defense programs in Houston:

 

 

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Workouts?

 

One of the biggest benefits of living in a city like Houston is being able to choose from dozens of incredible new gyms and workout classes to keep exercising fun and exciting.

 

Leave a comment below with your favorite workout class or gym in the Houston area!

 

Learn More About The Houston Area

 

Make sure you see all my latest updates about the many reasons why Houston is such a fantastic city!  Follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page today to stay in touch!

 

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*Based on ratings from Yelp
30 Fun Things To Do In Houston This Fall

Fun Things To Do In Houston This Fall

Houston is such a fun city!   There are always a variety of things to do consistently year round.   I like to call Houston the smallest big city in the country.   What I mean by that is that there is a small town feeling in Houston.  Just like towns that have small theaters, festivals and fairs, Houston has the River Oaks Theatre, the Rodeo, and much, much more.

 

The ethnic festivals are abound, my personal favorite is the Greek festival in October in the Montrose area.  However, there are many, many more in various parks and community centers throughout the year.  Sports?  Oh my!  All three major sports leagues and the Houston Dynamo soccer gives sports fans nice activities all year!

 

If you are in to music and the performing arts, Houston is right up there with the best any big city has to offer.  You can visit the Hobby Center for a musical, the Toyota Center for a concert, the Alley Theatre for a live performance or the Miller Outdoor Auditorium for live performances as well!

 

Anyway, there’s always something to do, and no need to be stuck in front of the TV.

 

30 Houston Events To Look Forward To This Fall:

 

September Events

 

1. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes – Daily, 9/1-9/30

 

This special exhibit will be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science the entire month of September.  Guests are invited to discuss the tales of Sherlock Holmes, as viewed through the lens of the science community!

 

2. ComedySportz Improv Comedy—Weekly, 9/7 – 11/24

 

Bring the whole family to watch professional comedians play improv games in a challenge to win the most laughs!

 

3. The Brunch! Mixer & Market—9/9

 

Axelrad Beer Garden is hosting this fun brunch pop-up event from 2-6 pm, where you can enjoy food and drinks with friends in celebration of the last days of summer.

 

4. Come Wine With Us—9/14

 

If you’re looking for a chance to learn about and taste new wines, this is a can’t-miss event!  Enjoy delicious bites from Sud Italia Ristorante as you explore various reds and whites at Houston’s Italian Cultural & Community Center!

 

5. Farm Kitchen Thai Food Pop-Up—9/18

 

Finca Tres Robles is hosting this pop-up event, where Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter will present exquisite Thai cuisine.  Guests can look forward to a five-course meal, as well as multiple award-winning wines from the Perissos winery!

 

6. Fall Dinner Series—9/20, 10/25, 11/29

 

Visit Ronin’s for a five-course dinner featuring locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, complete with wine pairings!

 

7. Whiskies of the World—9/22

 

Distillers from all over the globe will gather at this expo to share their whisky knowledge—and some of their best creations, too!

 

8. Harvest Moon Ball—9/22

 

Presented by the Houston Swing Dance Society, attendees can enjoy dancing to live music by Austin’s very own Rent Party at the Rice University Grand Hall!

 

9. 2018 Taste of New Orleans—9/22

 

Visit Jones Plaza for the 4th annual Taste of New Orleans event, where you can experience dancing, delicious food, live music, and even cocktails inspired by the Big Easy!

 

10. Texas Hot Sauce Festival—9/22 & 9/23

 

Try dozens of exotic hot sauces, salsa, dips, marinades, and more at the Bayou City Event Center’s 18th Annual Texas Hot Sauce Festival!

 

11. Family Meal With El Topo Truck and Del Maguey—9/23

 

Enjoy a family dinner at Johnny’s Gold Brick, prepared by some of the Houston area’s best chefs.

 

12. Rooftop Yoga 2018—9/23

 

Bring your yoga mat and a water bottle to Noel Furniture for the 6th annual Rooftop yoga session.  Children under 13 can even join for free!

 

13. TacoWorld Houston—9/29

 

Guadalupe Plaza Park will host this family-friendly event, where you can indulge in the culinary treats of some of Houston’s finest restaurants!  The event will also feature live music, street artists, and artisan pop-up vendors.

 

14. 2018 Houston Fall Whiskey Tasting Festival—9/29

 

This year’s event includes a 2-hour tasting session and a chance to win a trip for 2 to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day!

 

October Events

 

15. Original Greek Festival—10/4 – 10/7

 

With great food, live music, and plenty of vendors, this event is always a blast!

16. The 2nd Annual Greater Houston Food Truck Festival—10/6

 

Experience Houston’s diverse culinary community with food and beverages from some of the city’s best food trucks!  Kids under 12 can join for free, so bring the whole family along!

17. Houston Margarita Festival—10/6

 

Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy margaritas in every flavor imaginable at the Buffalo Bayou Water Works Park!

 

18. Houston Italian Festival—10/11 – 10/14

 

Celebrate Italian culture and cuisine at the 40th annual Festa Italiana!  Enjoy wine sampling, beer tasting, live music, and plenty of food at this year’s festival, which will be held at University of St Thomas.

 

19. Taps and Tapas: Beer Fest—10/13

 

Taste the creations of Houston’s many local breweries with complimentary tapas at this free event!

 

20. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2018—10/13

 

This longstanding tradition has brought over 20,000 art lovers together over the years to enjoy the works of hundreds of talented artists and craftsmen.  Celebrate fine art at this year’s event, set to take place in Downtown Houston surrounding City Hall, Herman Square, Houston Public Library, Sam Houston Park, and the surrounding area.

 

21. Brick Fest Live Lego Fan Experience—10/20 – 10/21

 

Bring your little architect to enjoy hands-on attractions and shop for new LEGO sets!

 

22. Wings Over Houston Airshow—10/20 – 10/21

 

This is a can’t-miss event for history buffs and anyone interested in aviation!  Get a first-hand look at the evolution of aviation, from the WWII-era through present-day.

 

November Events

 

23. 5th Annual Magnolia Park Dia De Los Muertos Block Party—11/3

 

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in style at the 5th annual block party!  Visit American Legion Hall in Houston for live music, amazing food, and plenty of shopping from local vendors.

 

24. Genesys Works Houston Cellar Classic 2018—11/10

Come try the best wine Houston has to offer at The Tasting Room in Uptown Park!

 

25. Houston Eats!—11/11

 

Get a taste of some of Houston’s best food trucks and enjoy live music and giveaways at Inked Studios!

 

26. Deer Moon Dinner—11/16

 

Take a tour of Ronin Farm and enjoy an incredible nine-course meal, complete with wine pairings and dessert served under the stars!

 

27. R&B and Blues Music Food Festival—11/ 17

 

Visit the Houston Food Truck Stop for an afternoon of live music, shopping, and plenty of food!  Children up to age 12 can attend for free.

 

28. Houston Fairytale Ball—11/17 – 11/18

 

Bring your own little princess to sing songs, play games, and spend time with Cinderella, Tinkerbell, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, and more!

 

29. The 9th Annual Friendswood Art in the Park—11/17 – 11/18

 

Head to Stevenson Park to experience live demonstrations from talented artists and musicians, plus great food and free art activities!

 

30. The Houston Pancakes & Booze Art Show—11/30

 

Check out the pop-up art show featuring over 500 pieces, ranging from pop art to photography.  There’ll be live music, DJs, and a free pancake bar, so make sure you bring your appetite!

 

Buying or Selling a Home Near Houston?

 

I’ve worked in the Houston area for nearly 30 years and would be more than happy to assist you with your real estate needs.  Whether you’re ready to make a move or need some help navigating the market, you can send your questions my way.

 

Please contact me today for help with your next move!