Kick-Start program is a nonprofit organization headed by Chuck Norris to help young children in public schools focus on something other than drugs and violence. The program has instructors teaching karate at various middle schools in Houston and Dallas. If you have a child in school in Houston, or you are a black belt wanting to check out teaching opportunities with Kick-Start, check out their website.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Another great place for seeing free live music is Herman Park and the Miller Outdoor Theatre. I remember coming here and watching some good acts play. Tons of people turn out makes for excellent people watching.
Whether you are in the mood...
Whether you are in the mood for burgers or Eggs Benedict, there's a terrific little spot around the corner. With thousands of restaurants, Houston has an astounding choice of palate-pleasing cusines. Savor the flavors of Chinese, Cajun, Traditional American, Greek, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, South American, Thai or Vietnamese food. Chow down on genuine Texas barbecue. Hot-as-a-pistol chili. Spicy crawfish. Rasberry souffle'. Or steamed dumplings. It's your chance to indulge in your favorites and to try some new culinary experiences. Great eating spots pepper the city, so your opportunities for a memorable dining experience are limitless. Dozens of Houston restaurants have won accolades in magazines such as Gourmet and Esquire. No wonder Houstonians dine out more than residents of any other city, including New York.
The Hobby Center
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is an amazing place. When I found out that Robert A. M. Stern would be designing this building I knew that Houston was in for something special. This $100 million + addition to the Theater District. The two theaters at the Hobby Center that draw the most praise are Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall. The beauty must be seen to appreciated. In addition to the arts there is an adjacent restaurant owned by Michael Cordua. (Artista)
The Ship Canal
Two brothers, John and August Allen founded Houston in 1836, naming it for Sam Houston, hero of the Mexican war with Generalissimo Santa Anna. The idea was to attract people there on the basis of its success as a port. They were optimistic but as it turned out justifiably so. Houston was state capital in the mid 1800's until Austin superseded it. The building of a ship canal linking it to the sea began to establish it as a port of some value and when Galveston, at the time the main port, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1900 growth really began. Houston went from being prosperous port and trading centre to one of the powerhouses of the nations economy with the discovery of oil in 1901.