November 2012 Calendar Highlights

By Bernadette Verzosa

 

      These are the weeks when we reflect on holiday seasons from years past. We remember and try to recreate for our families the warm and fuzzy feelings that come with the turkey, the stuffing, the pies. We remember and try to recreate traditions like watching Thanksgiving parades and decorating holiday trees. 

      All the festive lights and ornaments that will go up around town this month will surely put us all in the Holiday mood and ParentsPost.com is getting into the spirit by giving away tickets to some classic children's shows. Check our HOLIDAY SHOWS: FREE TICKETS page for a chance to win free tickets to Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker, Houston Symphony's Hip Hoppin' Nutcracker, Main Street Theater's A Little House Christmas and Sanders Family Christmas at A.D. Players.

 

If you prefer a month-at-a-glance format, rather than this chronological listing, or if you would like to see listings for the months ahead, check our CULTURE CALENDAR.

 

NOVEMBER 1- 10:  BUNNICULA

A.D. Players, 2710 W. Alabama, 713-526-2721, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

This musical is based on the popular children's book by Deborah and James Howe. The vegetables in the Monroe home are all turning white. Chester the cat and Harold the dog are convinced the new pet rabbit, Bunnicula, is behind the mystery. The show's lesson – not to judge based on appearances.  

 

NOVEMBER 3:  KOREAN FESTIVAL

Discovery Green, 713-400-7336, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Free admission. Families can experience Korean culture and heritage at this annual celebration. Enjoy performances by traditional Korean dancers and folk musicians as well as Korean American artists. Tae Kwon Do masters will also conduct demonstrations.

 

NOVEMBER 3:  HANDS-ON FAMILY FESTIVAL

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 713-529-4848, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Free admission. Parents and children can try craft activities including basket weaving, pattern designing and making felt purses. Artist demonstrations include metal hammering, woodturning and basket weaving.   

 

NOVEMBER 3:  FALL PUBLIC POETRY READING SERIES

Vinson Neighborhood Library, 3810 W. Fuqua, 832-393-2120, 2 p.m.

The Houston Public Library and Public Poetry present four local poets and a talented student with Writers In Schools. This month's featured poets are: Jasminne Mendez, John Pluecker, Robin Reagler and Scott Wiggerman. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets.

 

NOVEMBER 3-9:  FROM MY MOTHER'S MOTHER

Various locations and times - consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

The Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of this 30-minute family-friendly opera that explores themes of customs and relationships. The opera, sung in English, is an account of cultural and family traditions through generations of Korean-American women. From My Mother's Mother is part of HGOco's Song of Houston: East + West initiative.

 

NOVEMBER 3-6:  ELECTION DAY BASH

Children's Museum, 1500 Binz, 713-522-1138

Children can learn about voting and the electoral process by registering to vote at Junktion, and casting a ballot at Kidtropolis City Hall. Kids can create election buttons, get out the vote posters and donkey and elephant puppets.  

 

NOVEMBER 4:  MFAH FAMILY DAY

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 713-639-7300, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Explore the art of Henry Ossawa Tanner, an African American artist who was inspired by his travels to France, Egypt and the Middle East in the late 1800s to early 1900s.  The world-fusion musical group Moodafaruka performs at 2 p.m. Materials are provided for anyone inspired to sketch or create artwork.

 

NOVEMBER 4:  ELECTION CELEBRATION

Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial Drive, 713-639-7750, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Free admission. Families can experience the legacy of the American Election Day with musical performances and historical reenactments including a 19th Century style debate. Visitors can vote using the ‘bean and corn' method.

 

NOVEMBER 6:  ELECTION DAY

 

NOVEMBER 8:  DISNEY ON ICE: TREASURE TROVE

Reliant Stadium, 832-667-1400, Various times - consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

This Ice Skating Spectacular is Disney's newest show. Families can catch their favorite Disney characters in action including Rapunzel and Flynn, and the popular princesses Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White. Also making appearances are Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Simba, Nala, Alice and the Madhatter. 

NOVEMBER 10:  NEIGHBORHOOD TOY STORE DAY 
Fundamentally Toys, 2401 Rice Boulevard, 713-524-4400. 

Fundamentally Toys, a beloved Houston toy store, celebrates the third annual National Neighborhood Toy Store Day with activities and refreshments for families. Professional artist Mac Garcia will be creating caricatures for children and parents. Call Fundamentally Toys to reserve a slot and avoid waiting in line. Families can also create a framed keepsake: an imprint of their child's hand on a copy of Frances Meyer's poem "My Hands." Neighborhood Toy Store Day was established to celebrate the joyful experience of shopping at a neighborhood toy store that is committed to the community. For more information, visit FundamentallyToys.com.
        

NOVEMBER 11:  7th ANNUAL FERRARI FESTIVAL

Highland Village, 4078 Westheimer, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Free admission, Donations to Texas Children's Cancer Center welcome. More than 50 exotic cars will be on display including Michael Schumacher's 2009 Championship Formula car and a $1.5 million Ferrari FXS that is one of only 17 ever made. Guests will enjoy complimentary bites from Sprinkles, Escalante's, Up and Smith & Wollensky's. Donations can be made at the event or visit TEXAS CHILDREN'S WAYS TO GIVE and type "Ferrari Festival." 

 

NOVEMBER 11, 18, 25:  SUNDAY FAMILY ZONE & STUDIO

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300, 1 p.m.- 4p.m.

Families can visit the Cullen Sculpture Garden for November's theme which is "A Bird Imagined: A Sculpture by Joan Miro." Story time is at 1:30 p.m. Visitors can create artwork inspired by Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro. The gallery designated as the family zone changes monthly. 

 

NOVEMBER 17-DECEMBER 22:  A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706, Various dates and times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

This holiday play is based on the "Little House" books by author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Bad weather may keep Santa away on Christmas Day. Stranded at home, the Ingalls children learn the true meaning of friendship and the Christmas spirit.

 

NOVEMBER 18:  BAYOU BEND'S FAMILY DAY: OUR AMERICAN IDENTITY

Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial Drive, 713-639-7750

Free admission. Families can learn about the nation's diverse citizens and heritage through craft activities, musical performances and demonstrations. Volunteers will be available to provide guided tours of the first floor of the historic home.

 

NOVEMBER 21-DECEMBER 31:  SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS

A.D. Players, 2710 W. Alabama, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

More than 20 Christmas carols and funny yuletide stories are woven into this holiday musical. The Sanders family gathers for Christmas Eve 1941 just before the American soldiers, including a member of the family, leaves for World War II.

 
NOVEMBER 22: HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

 
NOVEMBER 22:  63RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE

Downtown, 9 a.m.

The parade starts at Minute Maid Park on Crawford Street. The marching bands, floats and balloons are scheduled to go down Crawford, then turn on to Congress and then roll down San Jacinto. This year's celebrity performer is Texas native Kenton Duty who stars in two popular shows: Disney's "Shake It Up" and ABC's "Lost." The Nutcracker Storybook Float makes its debut and Theater Under The Stars (TUTS) will present a moving stage with Peter Pan and friends. For more information, CLICK HERE FOR HOUSTON HOLIDAY PARADE.    
   

NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 30:  THE NUTCRACKER

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas, 713-227-2787, Various times - consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

The Houston Ballet presents this beloved holiday treasure. More than one million people have seen this Ben Stevenson production since its premiere 25 years ago. The ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve.  

 

BEGINS NOVEMBER 23:  ZOO LIGHTS

Houston Zoo, 713-533-6713, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Thousands of twinkling lights strung around oak trees will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Observe your favorite animals at night while sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on funnel cakes and fresh baked cinnamon rolls.     

NOVEMBER 30:  MAYOR'S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & TREE LIGHTING

Hermann Square, City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Santa Claus and the Sugar Plum Fairy will join Houston Mayor Annise Parker to light the city's official holiday tree. The 63-foot White Fir will glow with energy efficient LED lights. Families can enjoy a fireworks show timed to a live musical performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.    





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