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Foster Home Shortage in Houston

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]

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Skateboarding in Houston

Posted on · The world of skateboarding has changed, well, more than just a little bit in the last 40-50 years. And Texas may be poised to become the center of the skateboarding universe. Next year, the city of Austin will host the X Games – skateboard competitions are featured prominently in those games. Here in Houston, we have […]

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Chili Heads: Inside the Mind of Houston’s Fiery Food Lovers

Posted on · This weekend lovers of spicy food – so called “chili heads” – will converge on the Stafford Centre for the annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival, where spicy food makers from around the country will sell their fiery concoctions. Our own Michael Hagerty is himself a chili head – at least now that he’s learned the […]

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Classical Musician As Beauty Pageant Judge?

Posted on · This weekend, classical violinist Joshua Bell will join the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. It is likely to be a slightly more dignified affair than his last gig, as one of the judges last weekend of the Miss America pageant. Bell and his fellow judges crowned Nina Davuluri, […]

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Non-Profit’s Film Tells ‘H-Town Stories’

Posted on · Neighborhood Centers, a Houston-area non-profit that provides educational, economic and social services, will hold a screening tonight of its new film called H-Town Stories, which profiles some of the Houstonians who have used the local non-profit’s services. A non-profit creating a promotional video touting what it does is nothing new. But this is a little […]

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Houston Plays Setting and Character for New Film

Posted on · A new film fittingly called Houston takes place in the city and was shot largely here. But it’s more than just the film’s setting. As Michael Hagerty explains, Houston also served as one of the main characters of the film. Houston will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Sept. 6, 7 and 8. […]

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Momma Strong: Intelligent Fitness for New Moms

Posted on · Houston’s Courtney Benavides says new moms doing a thousand crunches to try and regain a flat stomach is a bad idea. It doesn’t strengthen them for the activities in their everyday life, and it could even hurt them. So she started Momma Strong.

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Rum: It’s Not Just for Daiquiris

Posted on · Today is National Rum Day. Now put down that rum and coke and pay attention — rum is not just for mixing with coke or making fruity drinks, as Houstonians celebrating island culture at this weekend’s 3rd annual Caribbean RumFest will learn. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty explains. More Information: Caribbean RumFest Recipes from Chef Paul […]