Each year on February 2 since 1887, thousands of revelers climb atop Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., to witness the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog with the mythical ability of forecasting either an early spring or lengthier winter. With the help of his keepers and protectors, the tuxedo-clad members of the mysterious Inner Circle, Phil shares that annual prediction with the world from the heart of the region appropriately known as the Pennsylvania Wilds.
January 27 is the United Nations International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It honors those who died and suffered as a result of the Holocaust, with the hope that such remembrance will prevent future genocide. On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest Nazi death camp where more than one million people died, was liberated by Soviet troops. Although most of the people murdered there were Jewish, in addition, Poles, Gypsies, Soviets, homosexuals, the disabled, and political and religious opponents were killed there.
The Holocaust Museum Houston located at 5401 Caroline Street, is sponsoring a free program at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater from 10am – 11am. It will highlight Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian who posed as a Spanish diplomat in order to intervene on behalf of Hungarian Jews.
I was recently driving past downtown Houston and noticed that we are home to some extremely tall buildings! Apparently, Houston has forty-five skyscrapers that exceed 400 feet.
The tallest of these is the JP Morgan Chase Tower, at 600 Travis Street, with 75 stories. It was built in 1982, and is 1002 feet high. It is the tallest building in Texas and the twelfth tallest building in the United States.
Standing at 992 feet, the Wells Fargo Plaza, at 1000 Louisiana Street, is the second tallest building in Texas and the thirteenth tallest building in the United States.
In addition, Houston has over 360 completed high rises.
iOle! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Fiesta!
Maud Smith Marks Branch Library is having a Festival with crafts, dancing, and food. There is no registration required, and all ages are welcome. The party will be held on Saturday, September 17th, from 1PM-4PM.
1815 Westgreen Boulevard
Katy, TX 77450
Rosenberg’s Hispanic Heritage Day will also take place on Saturday, September 17th, from 10 AM-6PM. The downtown Rosenberg event will feature Mariachi bands, dance performances, and cultural exhibits throughout the day. The Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum will have a booth and is helping the City coordinate activities and entertainment throughout the event. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, and the Art League of Fort Bend and Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will be on hand with exhibits and displays.
800 3rd Street
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Morton Ranch High School Performing Arts Center is holding their Seventh Annual Latin Fest on Friday, September 23rd from 7PM-10PM. This Latin Cultural/Talent show presents the dancing, singing and culture of every Latin country along with Special Guests, Tati Soleil, Grupo Azendado, and 104.9 FM Tú Música! Tickets go on sale September 19 at the school during lunch for $5, and are also available at the door for $7. All proceeds go towards the MRHS Latinos Unidos Scholarship Fund. Any student who participates in the show then becomes eligible for a scholarship. If you would like to make a donation towards the scholarship fund or have any questions, please contact Romulo Crespo at RomuloECrespo@Katyisd.org
21000 Franz Rd.
Katy, TX 77449
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This year Constitution Day will be observed on September 16 rather than September 17. It commemorates the formation and ratification of the Constitution by thirty-nine men, all delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787; as well as those who have become United States citizens by naturalization or by coming of age. It is part of the “Constitution Week” celebration which runs from September 17 – September 23. All federally funded educational institutions will provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on this day. The United States’ population is currently over 311 million. When the Constitution was signed, it was only four million!