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East End Foundation Presents: PIÑATAFEST

East End Foundation Presents: PIÑATAFEST

A community event in the East End Cultural District coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, Piñatafest celebrates the ancient cultural tradition of piñata-making and the long-lived presence throughout the 2nd Ward. The event will showcase traditional and contemporary piñatas in a public setting, host live music performances and offer many free family-friendly activities.

ABOUT: PIÑATAFEST (A two-day community event in East End Houston)

East End Foundation in partnership with the Houston Arts Alliance (Folklife + Civic Engagement Program) and the City of Houston

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

FRIDAY, MAY 5 6-9PM

WAREHOUSE POP-UP PARTY | Free to the public
3118 Harrisburg Blvd (Ste. 101)
Historic R.B. Everett Building
Walking distance from METRORail
Green Line (Coffee Plant/2nd Ward EB)

PERFORMANCES
Ballet Folklorico Azteca
Heaven-Lee Acosta-Mariachi
Boricua Soul Entertainment

MENU
Eats provided by El Burro and the Bull:
Street Tacos
Smoked Brisket
Smoked Pork
Street Corn
Cucumber Lime Water

Beverages provided by:
Kickin’ Kombucha, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Sigma Brewing Company

SUNDAY, MAY 7 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Navigation Esplanade | 2600 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 | Street Parking Available

FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Piñatas on the Esplanade
Large-scale sculpture competition inspired by traditional Piñatas. $1,000 PIÑATA PRIZE: (awards at 1 pm)

Mariachi Rebelde Performance (10am-1pm)

Community Piñata Making
Garcia’s Party Store invites participants to create mini piñatas to hang in designated trees on the Esplanade. This community art installation will be shown in conjunction with the larger sculpture projects.

Contemporary Piñata Crafts
TXRX LABS invites participants to create contemporary crafts inspired by piñatas.

Face-Painting
YES Prep Art students offer their skills and talent to paint fun and fabulous designs on participants faces.

Kickin Kombucha will be providing their tasty energizing tea that is proudly produced and bottled in East End Houston.

East End Art Ride (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM): Bike Houston invites participants to tour the East End Cultural District (meets at Moon Tower Inn).

Rockin’ Caricatures (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM): Folk artist, Bonnie Blue has painted over 8,000 real faces on rocks. She has been asked to paint such celebrities as Bill Murray and Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Participants will be offered their own Rockin’ Caricature to take home!

Piñata-Pop: Garcia’s Party Store invites children 5 and under to break piñatas with candy inside

$1,000 PIÑATA PRIZE(1 PM): Piñatas on the Esplanade sculpture competition Awards Ceremony

EAST END STREET MARKET: Wide array of street vendors lining the Esplanade offering food, crafts and drinks. Market items will be for sale.

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Mason Park Needs Your Help to Earn a $20,000 Makeover

Mason Park Needs Your Help to Earn a $20,000 Makeover

You may recall our ask last year to cast your vote to help earn a $20,000 award to the East End's own Ingrando Park. The good news is that you listened, you voted, and thanks to your help, Ingrando Park received funding for new futsal court from a Meet Me at the Park grant. Well the great news keeps coming: the Meet Me at the Park program is back and our very own Mason Park has been nominated for its own $20,000 makeover!

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Downtown Houston Seeks Public Engagement for Plan Downtown

Downtown Houston Seeks Public Engagement for Plan Downtown

The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) kicks off the public engagement phase of Plan Downtown with the launch of My Downtown, an interactive survey and mapping tool designed by project consultant and international interdisciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki Associates. “My Downtown is an integral piece of the community engagement strategy for Plan Downtown, a new 20-year vision that will position Downtown at the forefront of Houston’s advancement as a global city,” said Bob Eury, Executive Director of the Downtown District. “Along with text surveys, public workshops and topical focus groups, the My Downtown survey results will provide us with indispensible insight into the ways in which people experience Downtown Houston, whether they’re residents, workers or visitors.”

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YES Prep 2017-2018 Lottery Application Deadline is February 10

YES Prep 2017-2018 Lottery Application Deadline is February 10

YES Prep is a free, open-enrollment, public school system serving students in grade levels 6-12. YES Prep was one of the first public school systems in the nation to make college acceptance a high school graduation requirement. To apply, create an account and submit an application at yesprep.schoomint.net. There are no admission requirements to attend YES Prep; students are selected through a random lottery. Those who are not selected are placed on a waiting list. The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 lottery is February 10, 2017.

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