Spring’s a Sprung

Despite some of our late spring cool blasts that have dropped our weather into the 50s at points through April, spring has arrived in Houston.  It was a fabulously beautiful day today, and this weekend is packed to the brim with events.

Saturday

There was one major event on saturday that I’ll be missing.  It’s a crawfish boil at a friend’s house in the Northern Heights (above 20th street). I love crawfish, and it’s an easy bike, but my social calendar was already booked when it showed up.  Also being missed, there’s a Day of Derby going on at Houston Indoor Sports.

Kolache Benefit for Victims of West (FB)

This one has popped up late to the list, but it’s close enough to the house to bike to and it’s kolaches for breakfast! Revival Market (White Oak and Heights Blvd., 8am+)  50% of proceeds to victims of the explosion in West.

Beads for Beasts Happy Hour (FB)

I’ll be cycling to the Re:HAB bar on Houston Avenue.  The event goes from 4-9pm. Benefitting the Friends for Life no kill animal shelter. From 4-6pm there will be pups to play with. (Not adoptable at the gathering, just for loving on.) For a $10+ donation you’ll get BBQ, happy hour prices, and if you’re early maybe a cup cake. I’ll be there from about 4-6pm, other things on the schedule.  I have to drop off the bike and get ready for the next one.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today (FB)

The Catastrophic Theater is celebrating Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper producing their play In the Under Thunderloo in 1993 (which I actually saw). This 1990s-attire “gala” has some hot raffle packages that you can buy tickets for and don’t need to be present to win.  The party’s at Last Concert Cafe and goes from 8pm-midnight.  It seems we have VIP tickets, so we’ll be getting there an hour before the main party starts for some special drinks and foods. I recently saw Catastrophic’s production of Waiting for Godot, and it was really good!

Sunday

After getting to sleep as late as I want, I’ll be heading to three different gatherings all on my bicycle this time.

Crawfish for Art! (FB)

This is a fundraiser for Houston CORE & London BRC to support their construction of a giant cockroach to burn this summer at Burning Man.  For $20 (pre-sale) or $25 (at the door), you get all you can eat crawfish. Lots of other fundraising fun going on including a raffle. The party will be from 1-4pm at West Alabama Ice House.

Unbreakable Threads Documentary Kickstarter Fundraiser (FB)

My good friend Stig will be involved in the documentary Unbreakable Threads about same sex couples raising children. This is the kickoff of their Kickstarted campaign. It sounds like this production is getting some buzz behind it.

TNT Craft Beer Bottle Share & Game Night (FB)

And to finish off the special events weekend, two great tastes that taste great together: beer and board games. Since I’ll be on my bike, I had one of the friendly organizers stop by my place and pick up some of my board games and a magnum of 2010 Anchor Christmas beer. This even is taking place at a friend of their’s business (Texas Real Estate & Co.) near the corner of Washington Avenue and Sawyer. Going from 5-9pm it should be a great time; I’ll likely get to introduce some of my board games to others. The $20-$25 event fee is going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Then a short bike ride to Onion Creek after that for my usual neighborhood gathering.

Monday

After a weekend full of fundraisers, I’ll be going to a new salon i’ve been invited to. There will be a few people I know, but mostly extended acquaintances. It should be very interesting and fun! Something entirely for me, to cleans the palette.

Tuesday

To extend the fundraising theme, there’s a happy hour for a great organization a scant mile from my house.

Spring Mixer @ Lucky’s Pub in Houston (FB)

This $15+ happy hour at the recently ownership changed bar at the corner of Houston Avenue and White Oak should be a great time for a great cause: Jane’s Due Process.
The Spring. She is busy.
It’s interesting to note that all of these events have Facebook invitations. You don’t have to be active on Facebook, but if you want to be social in your community, you really need to have an account.  Also interesting, two of these events are managing/selling their pre-sale tickets via Eventbrite.com – seems very convenient.  I’ll definitely ask how it worked for those involved.