Houston Environmental News Update February 8, 2018

Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas?

  • RedBuds Date Auction: The 9th Annual Date Auction, on Feb. 8, 2018, will benefit Trees For Houston. Join them at Irish Cowboy for a chance to win a date package filled with treats from Houston’s most trending local spots to share with one of Houston’s hottest Bachelors or Bachelorettes. Visit facebook for more info.
  • Tapas on the Trails: For two nights, Feb. 9 and 10, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s always popular Tapas on the Trails is back for Valentine’s Day 2018. Bring your special someone for a romantic evening getaway without leaving the city. Learn more at houstonarboretum.org.
  • Valentine’s Dinner benefiting Friends of Texas Wildlife. Celebrate this romantic holiday by helping Friends of Texas Wildlife prepare for the upcoming baby season. Friends of Texas Wildlife’s 3rd Annual Valentine Dinner will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at The Woodlands Resort. Learn more on the Friends of Texas Wildlife Facebook page.
  • Frisky Fauna–Romance & Mating in the Animal Kingdom: Are you looking for an unusual and interesting way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? On Feb. 10, 2018, join Nature Discovery Center for a fun and slightly off-color presentation about love and courtship in the animal kingdom. Adults only! Learn more and register at naturediscoverycenter.org.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner at Hermann Park: Bring your sweetheart to Hermann
    Park this Valentine’s Day for a charming evening on Pinewood Cafe’s terrace. Continue the fun on a half-hour cruise for two in a pedal boat on the lake. Learn more at hermannpark.org.
  • Mercer Society’s Valentine’s Day Rose Sale: Get your Valentine a beautiful Rose bush to jump start their spring planting season and bloom with your love. Learn more and order at themercersociety.org.
  • Happy Hearts at the Houston Zoo: Get ready for this February’s sweetheart safari! On Feb. 22, 2018, kids can fall head over paws in love with clouded leopards, cougars, and jaguars, then create your very own Valentine for a Houston Zoo Animal. Register at houstonzoo.org.
  • Adopt a Bat: Bat Conservation International’s Adopt-a- bat program offers a fun
    way to introduce the young and the young-at- heart to the world of bats. (Bat
    adoption is symbolic. You will not receive a live bat.) Learn more at batcon.org.
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Houston Environmental News Update February 1, 2018

Vote early, vote often!*  

This year, local voters might have the opportunity to participate in three elections (designated as uniform election dates) and potential runoffs.

  • March 6: Primary Election
    • February 5: Last day to register to vote
    • February 20 – March 2: Early voting
  • May 5: Uniform Election Date (local election)
    • April 5: Last day to register to vote
    • April 23 – May 1: Early voting
  • May 22: Primary Runoff Election
    • April 23: Last day to register to vote
    • May 14 – May 18: Early voting
  • November 6: Uniform Election Date (national election)
    • October 9: Last day to register to vote
    • October 22 – November 2: Early voting

In statewide primaries, registered voters will decide the candidates that will face off in various state and federal elections. All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 U.S. Senate positions will ultimately be decided by voters in November. Contests include all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives; statewide positions such as governor, attorney general, railroad commissioner, and agriculture commissioner; U.S. representatives; and a U.S. senator. Voters may also weigh in on ballot propositions.

Visit your county’s election webpage to learn more about the election process and view comprehensive sample ballots. You can learn more about voting and registration at votetexas.gov.

If you need some inspiration on why voting is important for our environment, you can learn more from the League of Women Voters of Houston, the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund, the Environmental Voter Project, and the Annette Strauss Institute For Civic Life at UT.

* Only one election at a time!

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Houston Environmental News Update January 24, 2018

Tonight is the second night of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour! Please consider joining us at the at the historic River Oaks Theatre from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We will show eleven films tonight including two local films. The films will address topics such as border walls, ecological restoration in Texas, pocket prairies, sea turtles, activism, and making a difference in your community. We are especially excited about the two local films we will be showing.

Houston, at What Cost?
In Bianca Ibarra’s neighborhood on Houston’s east side, the smokestacks are simply a given, part of the landscape. This three-minute video details how air pollution damages hearts and lungs and offers ways for young people to help solve the problem. Bianca’s movie won a prestigious prize sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund for high school students in the Houston area.

Urban Pocket Prairies:
Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

Purchase your tickets now, before we sell out!

Eventbrite - Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour - January 2018

Thank you to our festival sponsors: Hayley Pallister, Lawrence Spence, Judge Steven Kirkland, Richard Barton, and the following:

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