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  • July 31, 2012 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The upcoming Rice Design Alliance Charrette: 'People, Places, and Promonades,' focusing on a plan for the Museum Park Neighborhood, is the subject of a July 30 Houston Chronicle article.  Please follow the link below to the article featuring quotes from Rusty Hruska and Kathleen O'Reilly.
  • July 31, 2012 4:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    1402 Blodgett, home of Helen and Mariusz Rajszewski, is the winner of MPNA's first Beautification Award.  As the collage of photos below demonstrates, many pieces combine to make a beautiful impact.  Walk, bike, or drive by to enjoy the complete picture.  If you have spotted another beautiful space in the neighborhood, send your nomination to for the September selection. 

  • July 10, 2012 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rice Design Alliance 2012 Charrette

    This year's Rice Design Alliance's design charrette, "People, Places and Promenades," will focus on creating a master plan for the Museum Park Super Neighborhood. Our Neighborhood is home to eighteen museums, including The MFA,H and Houston Museum of Natural Science, five churches, several preschools, MacGregor Elementary School, Park Plaza Hospital, Baylor Outpatient, Hermann Park, the little train, Hermann Park Golf Course, and the Houston Zoo.

    Thanks to the hard work of Kathleen O'Reilly and the Beautification Committee talented teams of designers from Houston and the nation will spend August 4 designing solutions for the continuing growth in our neighborhood, including ways to help ease vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Winning entries will be announced August 6.

    Please see the complete invitation from RDA below along with the application for those talented designers among the ranks of the MPNA who might wish to participate. 

  • May 28, 2012 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Rusty and Tad board a Pedal Boat for a 
    spin on Lake McGovern.

    Members and their guests enjoyed lovely weather, fellowship,and yummy ice cream at the Hermann Park Pedal Boat Launch, where MPNA held its traditional Ice Cream Supper on Sunday, May 20.  Approximately 40 adults and children gathered to enjoy a good time.  Don't miss the next MPNA Social event, National Night Out, coming in October.  

  • May 02, 2012 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    More than 60 volunteers from across the city joined MPNA volunteers on Saturday, April 28 to spread 300 yards of mulch on twelve medians in the Museum Park Neighborhood.  Fourteen  medians were cleaned up and the Mexican Consulate block is pristine thanks to Penny. Tammy and Marie Francoise did yeoman’s work on 5500 Caroline.  Bobby and Gene trimmed everything in their way.  A FULL DUMP TRUCK of trimmings were collected from our work.  Rusty provided a bobcat, which was a BIG help!   Thanks to all who came out to join the effort in Neighborhood Beautification.

  • April 27, 2012 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 28, 2012
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted/unused medications.

    Stop by the HPD South Central Station at 2202 St. Emanuel or use the following link to find the disposal site nearest you.

  • April 04, 2012 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Museum Park Neighbors attended the first MPNA Happy Hour and Burger Night at Hermann Park's Pinewood Cafe, Thursday, March 29.  The rainy skies let up in time for about 25 folks to enjoy Burgers and Wraps, Beer and Wine, New Friends and Old.  Attendees suggested a repeat of the evening, so look for an upcoming announcement.
  • March 15, 2012 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Asia Society Texas Center will welcome the Houston community to its new home with an Open House and First Look Festival on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15.


    Music, dance, and acrobatics, art exhibitions, storytelling, and tours of the building will be among the offerings during the two-day celebration. Admission is free, and all are welcome.


    The festival kicks off at noon Saturday on the Texas Center’s Festival Lawn with the first U.S.performance by Osaka-based Hikeshi Naniwa Tobi, a 14-member troupe that demonstrates traditional fire-fighting techniques of the Edo period (1600-1868). Performing acrobatics atop a 22-foot-tall bamboo ladder, Hikeshi Naniwa Tobi pay homage to thosewho battled blazes in Japan at a time when wood and paper houses made fires a constant threat.


    The troupe also will perform dezomeshiki, a chant-filled Japanese New Year’s ceremony to ensure fire safety in the coming year.


    Visitors are invited to enjoy more entertainment in the Texas Center’s block-sized Festival Pavilion. Highlights include:


    ·     A performance by Cameron McCarthy, an Aboriginal Australian artist and public speaker who incorporates the evocative sounds of the didgeridoo into his traditional tales.

    ·     A concert by The Mountain Music Project, featuring Nepalese folk musicians and Appalachian bluegrass performers sharing the stage.

    ·     An excerpt by Houston Grand Opera To Go of The Clever Wife, a popular Chinese folktale about a young wife who must rescue her foolish husband from a magistrate’s impossible tasks.

    ·     Texas-based Riyaaz Qawwali performing the ecstatic devotional music of the Sufi tradition.

    ·     Indian classical dance by Shipra Mehrotra, a Houston-based Odissi dancer and teacher who has performed internationally.


    The First Look Festival also marks the opening of Treasures of Asian Art: A Rockefeller Legacy, a not-to-be-missed exhibition of more than 60 masterpieces from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rdCollection at the Asia Society Museum in New York. Visitors are encouraged to transform their cell phones into audio guides for a richer experience of the exhibit, which continues through September 16 in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery.


    In the Allen Sculpture Garden artist Lee Ufan’s Relatum– signal, a 2011 work commissioned especially for the space, will be unveiled in the Allen Sculpture Garden. The Art of Emptiness, an exhibition of Lee’s watercolors, will be on display in the Sarofim Gallery.


    Contemporary Asian Art: Texas Connectionsan exhibition featuring works by pan-Asian artists, borrowed from private and public collections throughout Texas, will be on display in the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall and the North Gallery. 


    Food trucks and The Stone Café at Asia Society will offer refreshments for purchase.


    A full schedule of the festivities will be posted on the Texas Center’s website in coming weeks.


  • March 15, 2012 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MPNA is hoping to secure a grant through the 'Love Your Block' Grant program sponsored by the City of Houston Volunteers Initiative Program.  If our application is chosen as one of twenty possible awards, the Neighborhood Association will receive a $500 grant through the Home Depot Foundation.  The MPNA grant application targets two esplanades at the corner of Southmore and Caroline for improvement.  Winners will be announced during the city's Arbor Day of Service, April 27, 2012.  Thanks to Kathleen O'Reilly and her assistants in completing the grant application.
  • March 07, 2012 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Big Changes are underway for the Holocaust Museum's  parking options.  The museum has purchased the block between Austin and Caroline on the south side of the museum building where construction of a new parking lot is in progress.  Removal of the esplanade has been completed to make way for a parking facility that will more than double the current area.  All Holocaust Museum parking will be accessed through the new entry off Caroline Street.

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