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Holidays in Houston 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

 





The holidays are here! Now the question is, where do we celebrate first?!
The Official Visitors Site for Houston has listed the top Holiday events of the year by category. 

Performing Arts


A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas

Nov. 26 - Dec. 24 
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic story that follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve.

Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold
Nov. 19 - Dec. 28

Denise Fennell returns as Sister in this holiday mystery extravaganza! It's CSI goes to Bethlehem as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: On the night of that famous holy birth, what happened to the Magi's gold? Forensic tools in hand, and assisted by a helpful flock of audience members, Sister hunts over manger and under camel hump in her relentless search for the culprit. 

Madeline's Christmas
Nov. 16 - Dec. 20 
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." This charming 1956 classic finds Madeline in a Christmas crisis when all of her schoolmates are sick, including Miss Clavel. Who will run the school? How will the girls get home for the holidays? 

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 2 
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is a concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today's greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time. 

A Christmas Carol - Houston Grand Opera
Dec. 5 - 31 

God bless us, everyone! When Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol appeared in 1843, it delighted Victorian London and still inspires imaginations today. Iain Bell, a promising young British composer, has written a captivating score to a libretto by Simon Callow, the renowned film and stage actor. Remembered for roles in films like A Room with a View and Four Weddings and a Funeral, Callow has also played Ebenezer Scrooge and Dickens himself on the screen.

Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28 
Set in nineteenth century Germany, the ballet opens at a charming Christmas party at which the mysterious Dr.

Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker
Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer gives his little niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey. From the Christmas tree that grows to a towering forty feet in the first act to the cooks who fly magically through the air in the second act, The Nutcracker is sure to enchant audiences of all ages.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Dec. 5 - 28 
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes triumphantly returns to Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts after eight years with an all new show, more spectacular than ever! In one of those brand-new scenes, New York at Christmas, the Rockettes will board a life size double-decker tour bus, taking audiences on a guided tour through the streets of New York City. A 50-foot LED screen enhances this scene and the entire show with breathtaking new imagery. 

Dear Santa
Oct. 31 - Nov. 29 
Dear Santa is composed of a number of short scenes that range from the hilarious to the touching. Many views of Santa are seen - from the point of view of the child who alphabetizes her Christmas list and sends it out in August as well as that of children at various stages of belief - and disbelief! Santa and his helpers shed light on many of the mysteries surrounding him, including why you don't always get the gift you ask for, how Santa delivers all those gifts in one night, how he finds children spending Christmas away from home, and how his power transcends the boundaries of race, gender and religion. 

Christmas at the Villa: Noel Noel 
Dec. 13 - 14

Eagerly awaited each year by audience members and singers alike, Christmas at the Villa is a welcome break from the frantic pace of the holiday season. The serene beauty of the Italianate Chapel is a perfect setting in which to be uplifted by lilting carols, choral classics, and new works sure to become future favorites.

Very Merry Pops
Dec. 12 - 14

Back again in 2013 is this much loved holiday tradition, with favorites like "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bell Rock,"plus the return of a special piece, "Glad Tidings". Guest narrators include spiritual leaders from throughout the Houston community. 

Handel's Messiah
Dec. 19 - 21
Every year, your symphony brings you this holiday favorite, where you'll hear your favorite arias and choruses from  "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted", "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion", "Rejoice Greatly", and the timeless "Hallelujah" chorus.Enhanced lighting will create an ambiance invoking the candle-lit style of Handel's 1700s.

Felicias Fiestas!
Dec. 31 
On New Year's Eve, Ars Lyrica offers a festive evening of celebration and beautiful music featuring soprano Melissa Givens and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte. Grammy nominee and plucked string expert Richard Savino curates this holiday-inspired program, which includes Spanish and Latin American Baroque classics that are sure to be magnificos.

Holiday Festivals 

Zoo Lights
Nov. 21 - Jan. 4
The Houston Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the Zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring sights, including thousands of twinkling lights adorning the magnificent live oak trees, whimsical colorful projections over 15 feet tall, and life-size animated animal sculptures.

Nutcracker Market
Nov. 13 - 16 
This year's market, will feature more than 300 national and international merchants carefully selected for their unique offerings selling gifts for the entire family-home décor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, novelties, accessories and more. All proceeds from the market benefit the Houston Ballet Foundation.  

Festival of Lights
Nov. 15 - Jan. 3 
The Gulf Coast's largest holiday lighting event features aa 100-foot slide, ice skating, and a mile-long trail of more than a million lights and 100 sound-enhanced animated displays sparkling over the beautiful Galveston Bay. Photos with Santa will be available nightly throughout the festival, and it will snow in Galveston every Friday night.

9th Annual WHAM (Winter Holiday Art Market)
Nov. 21 - 23
One of Houston's favorite artists' enclaves opens up for a weekend of great shopping. The event will feature items made by more than 60 local artists including jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, clothing and more.

65th Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade 
Nov. 27
Thousands of spectators make their way Downtown for Houston's signature H-E-B Holiday Parade with fantastic floats, high-flying hot air balloons, marching bands and costumed characters. 

Uptown Holiday Lighting
Nov. 27
On Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests will gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the Uptown Holiday Lighting, an event now in its 27th year. This fun-filled family event will ring-in the holidays with more than a half-million twinkling lights; festive music; holiday characters including clowns, larger than life Santa's reindeer; a special appearance from Santa and a fireworks extravaganza. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard will continue into the holiday season.

Mayor's Holiday Celebration

Dec. 5
Mayor Annise Parker will host her third Holiday Celebration at City Hall's Hermann Square. The annual event will include the Mayor's Official Tree Lighting Ceremony, music, a fireworks extravaganza and more. This popular event is free and open to the public. 

Dickens on the Strand
Dec. 5 - 7
Bah, humbug! The 41st Annual Dickens on The Strand is a holiday festival, where bobbies, Beefeaters and the Queen herself will be on hand to recreate the Victorian London of Charles Dickens. Characters from Dickens novels walk the street. Food and entertainment fill the area with sights and smells that take you back to another era. 

Heritage Society Candlelight
Candlelight Tour at Heritage Society

Heritage Society's Annual Candlelight Tour
Dec. 13 - 14
Step back in time and tour eight of Houston's oldest historic homes, trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century décor. Children may also visit with Santa, enjoy a holiday story reading from historic characters and make crafts at Santa's Workshop.

Campfire Christmas
Dec. 12 & 13, 19 & 20
Enjoy a progressive Christmas dinner, music, hay ride, exclusive evening tours of the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion and 1930s George Ranch Home and finish up with dessert around the campfire with the George Ranch cowboys.

Ice Land: Ice Sculptures with Sponge Bob Square Pants

Nov. 15 - Jan. 4 
Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon have come together to create the Gulf Coast's only holiday ice sculpture attraction featuring the world-renowned underwater characters from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants debuts on Nov. 15, 2014 and offer a unique and interactive holiday experience. 

Holiday Concerts


Christmas Gloria

Nov. 29-Dec. 4
There's no better way to ring in your Holiday season than joining with family and friends for the warmth and joy of a Mercury Christmas concert. Featuring the glorious sounds of a soprano soloist on works by Handel, Vivaldi & Bach. Start a new holiday tradition in your favorite local destination.

Holly Jolly Jingle Symphony Spectacular

Dec. 4
Frolic in our Winter Wonderland, complete with snow, with performances of holiday classics and popular carols. The plazas are all decked out for holiday fun. Guests can visit with Santa, Frosty and other holiday characters, make arts and crafts, play in the snow, listen to carolers sing and much more. All aboard for a ride on the Candy Cane Express for a merry good time. 

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Creole Christmas 
Dec. 5 
Celebrate the holidays - New Orleans-style - when Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings A Creole Christmas to Houston for the first time! This ensemble will leave its famed French Quarter venue long enough to spread some holiday cheer on this side of the Sabine. Featuring performances of such favorites as "Blue Christmas," "Swingin' in a Winter Wonderland," "Bells will be Ringin'" and "The Dreidel Song," this event for the whole family is sure to turn into one big party on stage! 

ROCO Connections: Yuletide Brass
Dec. 8
ROCO's traditional holiday celebration at Bayou Bend features The ROCO Brass Quintet. 

Christmas with Elisabeth von Trapp
Dec. 19
Join the granddaughter of Georg von Trapp, of the film, The Sound of Music, for a holiday concert featuring Christmas music and music from the celebrated film. Elisabeth grew up listening to her grandfather play his guitar at their Vermont lodge and now delights audiences around the world with her beautiful voice.

Exhibitions/Events 

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 
Nov. 20
This annual service brings together leaders and members of many faiths to offer prayers of thanksgiving. All are welcome.A reception on the plaza follows the program.

The Grinch's Holiday Workshop
Nov. 22 - Jan. 4 
Join Cindy-Lou Who, the lovable dog Max and the "Mean One" himself, The Grinch, at The Grinch's Holiday Workshop, a new interactive experience opening at the Children's Museum of Houston. Inspired by Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

2014 TXU Energy Turkey Trot 
Nov. 27
Move your feet before you eat! This competitive run or fun run/walk benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. There will be a 10K, 5K and a Kids Run (>1 K) on Thanksgiving Day. New this year - Go the extra mile and fundraise for Neighborhood Centers and Sheltering Arms.

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival
Dec. 12-14
Come and enjoy the family-friendly ambiance - Gemütlichkeit - of this unique music/street festival with three stages of live music and an open air market along with antique shops in the old town area. 

Holiday Home Tour at Rienzi
Dec. 10
Get in the spirit of the season by touring Rienzi when the house museum is beautifully decorated to celebrate the holidays. Guests enjoy live seasonal music and a reception of holiday goodies. Stationed docents guide visitors through the house, highlighting the Masterson family Christmas ornaments.

2014 Heights Holiday Home Tour
Deck the Heights! The Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour will include Friday and Saturday tours of five unique Houston Heights homes along with docents who will comment on the rich historical and architectural significance and unique holiday decor of each home.

Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend

Nov. 21- Jan. 1
Bayou Bend is renowned for its annual Yuletide tradition which features festive lights, decorations, and Candlelight tours outside, and special room settings inside that bring historic American celebrations to life. 

Additional Family Activities 


ice at discovery green
Ice at Discovery Green

The Galleria's 26th Annual Ice Spectacular 
Nov. 15 
The 26th Annual Ice Spectacular at The Galleria will kick off the holiday season with the lighting of its 55-foot Christmas tree, featuring 450,000 twinkling lights and 5,000 ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes. The 45-minute tree-lighting show will feature a performance by Kree Harrison, American Idol Season 12 Finalist and dynamic ice routines by five popular professional skaters. 

Ice at Discovery Green

Nov. 25- Feb. 8
Ice skating returns and its bigger than ever! Skate among the downtown skyline at Discovery Green's now 7,716-sq. ft. outdoor rink in the heartof Texas. Park-goers will enjoy a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the holidays, including concerts, movies and more.

Chanukah on Ice
Dec. 21 
Chanukah On Ice at Discovery Green will feature a skate with Clutch - Houston Rockets mascot, Chanukah gelt, huge ice menorah, spin the driedel and great gourmet foods for purchase from Laykie's.

Santa Hustle
Dec. 20
Runners have a "jolly good time" in Galveston for the annual Santa Hustle! At this event, half marathon and 5K runners compete in Santa suits and beards in a race thattakes them along the island's gorgeous Gulf waters and historic downtown streets. Along the route, participants can stop at cookie and candy stations while enjoying holiday music.

Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration
Nov. 28
The Holiday Lighting Celebration kicks off with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, performances from The Nutcracker, a hand bell choir, and Old-Fashioned Christmas Carolers,followed by the lighting of Hotel Galvez & Spa Hotel's iconic 35-foot Christmas tree onthe front lawn. 

Holiday in the Park
Galveston Holiday in the Park December 13th- 14th, 2014 Join us this holiday season for Galveston Holiday in the Park. Bring out the whole family for a day filled with festive holiday tunes from local and area school choirs, bands and amazing church choirs during this free event. Performances will be held in Saengerfest Park at 23rd & Strand from 12:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday, December 13th, and Sunday, December 14th, 2014. 

6th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off 
Dec. 13
Check out some holiday competition! More than 30 teams will create gingerbread buildings and structures with in a few hours to be judged byan independent panel of food, design, art, and architecture experts in downtown Houston's Market Square Park.

Christmas in the Park at George Ranch
Dec. 6-31
Ever wondered how the first settlers in Texas celebrated Christmas? Ever wanted to take a sneak peek into a Victorian home decorated in full Christmas regalia? Now is your chance! Through December, George Ranch Historical Park will explore special holiday traditions that evolved over a 100 years. 

2014 Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk
Dec. 14
Get in shape and support a great cause during the 2014 Total Jingle BellRun and Walk in Downtown Houston. The event, which includes morethan 5,000 participants of all ages, benefits the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA Partners Campaign.

Bayou Bend Free Family Day: Historic Holidays
Dec. 16
Bayou Bend celebrates Free Family Day in the midst of the Yuletide celebrations. The event focuses on Historic Holidays in early America.

The 2014 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl
Dec. 29 
The 2014 Texas Bowl will feature a Big 12 team against one from the Big 10. The game is a post-season college bowl that is televised by ESPN. 

Festive Hotels

Holidays at the Houstonian 
(all season long) 
Hundreds of thousands of lights sparkle throughout the property, as dozens of Christmas trees are decorated with ornaments, poinsettias, ribbon and lighted garlands.Monday through Saturday  from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby, holiday entertainment is provided by local organizations, from high school and church choirs to local pianists, bell ringers and instrumentalists. Cookies and hot chocolate are available for everyone. The pastry team creates several Gingerbread Houses to adorn the mantle in the lobby, each six feel tall and made of 325 pounds of a variety of colorful candies. A train continuously circles through the houses on the mantle.

Holidays at the St. Regis
(all season long)
Warm up this holiday with Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis Houston where tea service is a time-honored tradition. Experience legendary St. Regis Butler Service and delight in a traditional menu of petits fours, tea sandwiches, scones and Devonshire cream. For the little ones, there's the Teddy Bear Tea

Holidays at the Four Seasons
(all season long)
Enjoy S'More Funeach Friday evening at the Four Seasons during the holidays, with s'moreroasting and great drink specials on the pool deck. Kids will enjoy the Children's GingerbreadWorkshop each Saturday and this year the adults can have funtoo, with the Adult Gingerbread House Competition December 6.

Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez & Spa
(First four Sunday's in December)
Santa Claus will make a special appearance at Hotel Galvez on Dec. 7, 14, and 21 during its popular Sunday Brunch. Children are invited to visit with Santa to share their wish list and families will enjoy dining on this sumptuous holiday brunch. Take time to see the hotel's gingerbread display created by Executive Chef Antonio Galan and his team. Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and was named one of the Best Brunches in Texas by Southern Living Magazine and voted as one of the Top 100 Brunches in the U.S. by Open Table Users. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 409-765-7721 or make reservations via Open Table

 
Note: Some organizations have not yet finalized their holiday plans. Please check back on this page for updates.



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Improve Your Child's Study Skills

Monday, December 08, 2014


We’ve collected some of the best study tips* for your kids!* Learn how to make study time more successful and improve your child’s learning skills.

1. Determine Your Learning Style

Studying does not have to be a difficult process. The biggest mistake people make is developing a study plan that is different from the way they learn best. Not only are they trying to learn new information, but they are trying to adapt to a new way to learn that information too! Make it easy on yourself. Ask yourself a simple question:  Are you a visual (see), auditory (hear), or kinesthetic (hands-on) learner?

After you learn what style works best with your child, explore ways to dress up study time with the best learning style. Develop study skills that are tailored to a unique style of learning in order to achieve more productive results and hopefully, better test scores.


2. Study Successfully

It does not matter whether you are writing an English literature paper, reviewing algebra problems, or finishing up a chemistry lab report. There are a few key elements every successful student needs to include in a study plan.

·          Time-Management - It is not the amount of time you spend studying that matters. It's what you can accomplish during that time. Spending 40 hours to prepare for an exam and only earning a C  clearly was a waste of your time. Develop a study plan and learn how to manage your time effectively to maximize your results. 

·          Motivation - If you are not motivated and have a poor attitude, your study session will not be very productive. You have just one opportunity to pass that Geometry exam or ace the term paper. Pick a time of day where you can get motivated to prepare for tests, write essays, and solve problems.

·          Concentration - The ability to concentrate is one of the more important study skills you need to develop. You won't always be able to study in absolute silence or be able to spend as much time as you would like on a particular project. Learn how to overcome distractions so you can focus all your attention on your studies. 


3. Develop Brain Games to make Studying easier

Educational games are great tools for building a firm study foundation at home. By improving language skills via board games, cards or computer games, kids can learn faster because they become more “hands on” in the approach to learning. Online songs, music and games are great ways to spend part of study time because they are engaging and fun. YouTube has great videos for helping kids learn, too!


Check these links out!

 Learning Numbers

Rhyming

Online Education Games

Songs for Learning

Tips found on StudyTips.org

The Learning Experience

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Come Home to Luxury

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Looking for a custom luxury home surrounded by an award-winning resort-style community? Look no further than Lakes of Bella Terra. Offering a waterfront view, the Mediterranean style property at 11510 Via Fontana Ct. sits on a large corner lot at a cul-de-sac and features 5 bedrooms with private baths and 2 half baths, grand 2-story foyer, double staircase, huge family room, formal dining, study, first floor media room, oversized walk-in kitchen pantry, top-rated appliances and a 4-car garage. The 17,597 SQ/FT custom home also features an outdoor kitchen with fireplace.

Visit Lakes of Bella Terra and learn what it feels like to drive into a community every day and come home to luxury. Meet your neighbors who have a strong sense of community and friendship. Indulge in all of the amenities, including tennis courts, swimming pools, catch-and-release ponds, sports fields and nature trails.

If the property listed above sounds like your next home, please contact Phillippa at 281-235-8245 for more information.


Construction starts on Parkside Bella Terra Apartments

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As seen in The Houston Chronicle  and The Houston Business Journal 

June 17, 2014 - Austin-­based Oden Hughes has begun construction on The Parkside Bella Terra, its third apartment project in the Houston area.

The 342-unit complex near the Grand Parkway and the Westpark Tollway will be part of the Lakes of Bella Terra master-planned community.

Opening is planned in the spring of 2015. The property is part of the Lamar Consolidated School District and is west of the Energy Corridor, which is the base of 84,000 employees.

“This fast-­growing area offers easy access to several major employment centers and excellent schools,” Craig Hughes, co-founder of Oden Hughes said in an announcement of the project.




Lakes of Bella Terra Awarded Best of Richmond

Monday, May 05, 2014

Lakes of Bella Terra selected as 2014 Best of Richmond, TX Home Builder Award

April 30, 2014 – (Richmond, TX) – Lakes of Bella Terra has been selected for the 2014 Best of Richmond Award in the Home Builder category by the Richmond, Texas Award Program.

Each year, the Richmond Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Richmond Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Richmond Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The winners enhance a positive image of small business through hands-on service to their customers and the Richmond community. Lakes of Bella Terra was chosen because the Richmond program recognizes them as an exceptional residential development that helps make the Richmond area a great place to live, work and play.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts at Lakes of Bella Terra to make our community a better place to live!” said Ryko Development Vice President, Lisa Clark. “We know our award-winning schools offer strong academics and employment is on the rise, so we are honored to be a part of such an amazing community during such a thriving time!

For more information about the award program, please visit www.recognitionawarding.com

Houston's Texaplex Advantage

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Superwoman Raises Money for Houston’s Homeless in a Single Bound

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lisa Clark’s Heroic Deed with Lakes of Bella Terra Builders Helps HomeAid Charity Exceed Annual Goal

February 18, 2014 (HOUSTON, TX) --- Some people say Lisa Clark of Ryko Development leaps tall buildings in a single bound, but she still prefers to take the stairs.

After being appointed Chairwoman for the “Hero Initiative” of the 501(c)(3) charity HomeAid Houston, Lisa Clark boldly asked her team of builders for help with the HomeAid Hero program. Within a few days, the charity’s fund went from zero to hero after nearly every builder at Lakes of Bella Terra, developed by Ryko Development, matched Ryko’s donations for the year.

“Because of Lisa Clark’s efforts, the Lakes of Bella Terra builders have helped us exceed our annual goal for the year by 50%,” said Bette Moser, Executive Director of HomeAid Houston.

The Hero Initiative recruits GHBA and HAR members (builders, remodelers, developers, REALTORS® and their trades) and requests a donation of a certain percentage to HomeAid Houston for every transaction they close during a twelve-month period. This can be a home sale, a lot sale, or a sale of materials. Lakes of Bella Terra builders were unanimous in their decision to donate to the worthy cause. The participating builders are Brighton Homes, Chesmar Homes, Homes by David Powers, Grand View Builders, M Street Homes, Trendmaker Homes.

For the Hero fundraiser, buyers are notified that their purchase will help build and renovate transitional shelters for homeless men, women and children. As part of their transaction, the buyers will receive a thank you letter from HomeAid, and a tax letter is sent to the donating member at the end of the calendar year.

Funds raised through the HomeAid Hero program will be used to fund specialty “Care Projects” throughout the year, where the need in the homeless community is enormous. HomeAid typically receives many more requests for Care Projects than they can fund, but with the help of the GHBA and HAR, every request becomes a possibility. Since 2003, HomeAid has added 400 beds to the Houston community, which have provided multiple days and nights of care for over 5000 men, women and children. Currently, the charity is working on several new construction projects.

Lisa Clark, Vice President of Ryko Development, works tirelessly in her efforts to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit and credits the Lakes of Bella Terra builders and the GHBA for the many homeless lives that will be changed because of their generosity.

“I take my appointment as a Board Member for HomeAid Houston with great pride,” said Clark. “When we all work together to help build shelter for the homeless in our city, we build new lives for the men, women and children who are counting on the right doors to open.”

Last month, Lisa Clark was awarded the GHBA’s 2013 Developer of the Year for the second time since 2006.

Clark Named Developer of the Year 2013

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ryko’s Lisa Clark Honored by Greater Houston Builders Association Again

February 17, 2014 (HOUSTON, TX) --- It’s not the first time Lisa Clark of Ryko Development has been named Houston’s Developer of the Year! In 2006, she was honored as the first female to ever receive this award from the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), and now by beinghonored once more with the title of Developer of the Year 2013, her name is again etched in the record books as the first female to twice receive the award.

The award presented by GHBA recognizes excellence in workmanship, customer service, and community involvement. Each year the GHBA honors five prestigious members in following categories: Custom Home Builder, Production Builder, Remodeler, Developer, and Associate. Chartered in 1941, the GHBA is a trade organization whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry in 11 counties comprising the Houston Metropolitan area. With 15,000 member companies, it is the largest builders association in Texas and the third largest in the United States.

“I’m truly thrilled to have been recognized by the GHBA again,” said Lisa Clark, Vice President of Ryko Development. “As a female developer and dedicated employee of Ryko, the honor feels extraordinary.”

Clark credits the success of the company to attentive planning and design, a dedicated team of builders, and an unwavering focus on taking care of the little things to create a truly premier resort-style community.

For over two decades, Ryko Development has earned a reputation for developing premiere lake destinations due to the phenomenal success of all of their residential communities, starting with their early developments of Lakes on Eldridge, Lakes on Eldridge North and Villages at Lakepointe in Houston, to their current developments of Lakes of Bella Terra in Richmond, Texas and BeechTree in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Texas builder uses innovative chemistry and applied building science to construct high-performance homes

Monday, June 24, 2013

HOUSTON, TX & FLORHAM PARK, NJ, June 24, 2013 – BASF announced today that through its Center for Building Excellence, it will collaborate with M Street Homes of Houston, Texas, to help it cost-effectively build high-performance homes that are healthier, more durable, and energy efficient.

M Street Homes is the first builder in the Houston area to employ the BEYOND.High Performance ™ approach from BASF, which emphasizes cost-effective techniques to reach an extraordinary level of energy efficiency and sustainable construction, driving homes towards a net-zero impact through the use of renewable energy, homeowner education and active energy conservation participation.

"BASF is at the forefront of energy-efficient construction and has a reputation of doing things the right way, so it was appealing for us to align with BASF's methods," said Randy Erwin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for M Street Homes. "Our relationship with BASF is valuable because the high performance building materials, expertise, and energy modeling provided by the Center for Building Excellence allows us to stay on the leading edge of green and energy-efficient building."

The BASF Center for Building Excellence staff offers consulting, plan reviews and other services to assist builders in constructing homes using applied building science. The BEYOND.High Performance ™ program helps builders go beyond typical new construction methods to achieve superior homeowner comfort and efficiency.

"We're excited to work with builders like M Street Homes to help them deliver affordable, quality, high-performance homes under the BEYOND program," said Rick Davenport, Director of Sustainable Construction for BASF in North America. "We applaud M Street Homes for its commitment to homeowner satisfaction from the planning stages to the final build." M Street Homes achieves a Home Energy Rating System ® (HERS) score of 50 on finished construction projects, which means it requires only 50 percent of the energy of a conventional code-built home and comes renewable ready. Homes constructed to be M Street Edge, the company's energy efficiency program, include cellulose wall insulation, BASF closed-cell spray polyurethane foam attic insulation, and a high-performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. They also feature a hybrid wall system that contains rigid thermal insulation products from BASF that add strength to make them more sustainable in storms as well as the ManaBloc® plumbing system, which reduces water use and plumbing connections while delivering hot water to every outlet faster.

"We've always been a little ahead of the curve when it comes to energy efficiency , and with the BEYOND.High Performance program, we're taking it to the next level," said Erwin. "Our customers want to have an energy-efficient home, but they don't want to have it at the expense of putting their home upside down in value. With M Street Edge, we allow homeowners to have an energy-efficient home without having to spend irrationally to get there, and they reap the benefits of it. In fact, we've had customers show us their electric bills because they're so excited."

The HERS® Index score is a scoring system established by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), a third party, in which a score of 100 is what a standard new home built to 2006 IECC would score, while a score of 0 is a new home that has net zero energy use. The HERS® Index is a registered trademark of RESNET.

BEYOND.High Performance is a service mark of BASF.

Contact Sharon Kuperman with MStreet at 713-417-2453 in Lakes of Bella Terra for more information.