On the road to storm recovery, the Energy Corridor community deserves a break – and some upcoming events hope to provide just that.
The Energy Corridor Social Ride #3 meets up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 12, in front of Watson’s House of Ales, 14656 Grisby Road. This no-drop social bike ride is a fun way to enjoy some fresh air and the company of your neighbors. Before the ride rolls out at 7 p.m., basic bicycle tune-ups will be provided by Bicycle World Memorial. After the social ride, hang around for live music at Watson’s House of Ales.
The Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market returns from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October 14, with artisan food delights, locally grown produce, food trucks and fun at Grisby Square, 14710 Grisby Road, just southeast of IH-10 and SH-6.
Grisby Square has become a Saturday morning destination for West Houston residents when the market is in full bloom. From savory greens freshly picked at nearby farms to sweet, homemade Mexican candy crafted by the same family for over five decades, the Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market harkens back to the agriculture heritage that sprouted in and around the Grisby Square area, long before it became a popular dining destination.
“We are not letting Harvey stop efforts to create a community gathering place, while bringing locally grown and seasonal fresh foods to the Energy Corridor” says Clark Martinson, executive director of The Energy Corridor District, which developed and manages the market. “It’s a fun way to shop local and support food producers and artisans, who are an important part of our community.”
Some of the market vendors go beyond growing or making food. Harvey’s wrath flooded Gundermann Farms – a popular Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market stop – ruining valuable crops and even the farmhouse where Garrett Gundermann and his family called home. But facing financial disaster didn’t stop Gundermann from hopping on his tractor during the flooding to save 40 stranded neighbors. You can learn more about Gundermann’s unselfish effort and his farm by watching this ABC-13 report here.
Vendors who want to become part of the Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market can contact Market Manager Ellen Dortenzo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about the Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market, visit www.facebook.com/EnergyCorridorFarmersMarket.
An Energy Corridor Community Celebration takes place 2-5 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at Carmelo's Ristorante, 14795 Memorial Drive.
Organized by Energy Corridor Living Magazine, this free, family and pet-friendly event is built to celebrate the resurgence of the Energy Corridor community. Local businesses will entertain Harvey-weary residents with food, games, crafts, music and Zumba dancing. For more information, visit here.
Harvey Relief Concert benefitting Music Rising, 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 27, will raise donations to help schools replace musical instruments lost to flooding. Presented by ECHOrchestra, the benefit will take place at Queensbury Theater, 12777 Queensbury Lane, in City Centre.
Music Rising – a nonprofit cofounded by U2’s the Edge and legendary producer Bob Ezrin – was originally launched to replace or restore the thousands of musical instruments that schools, churches and cultural programs lost during hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The ECHO fundraiser will also contribute a portion of the concert proceeds to BridgePoint Bible Church, which sustained heavy flood damage during Harvey and is also ECHO’s primary concert venue.
"ECHOes Around the World" will feature Shawn Renzoh Head, and internationally performed composer, lecturer and master shakuhachi musician who seeks to transcend culture borders by mixing Japanese traditional music with a distinct western compositional style.
There are no tickets for this concert fundraiser; instead ECHOrchestra is asking for donations at door. But, ECHO asks that participants please RSVP. A link to register can be found here.
The cost to put on this concert is being underwritten by MoyerPatton, an Energy Corridor-based law firm.
A Wicked Family Affair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, will give your four-legged friends and/or children a chance to strut their Halloween style at this event hosted by Watson’s House of Ales, 14565 Grisby Road.
Featuring a dog and kid costume contest with prizes, the event joins the Saturday morning Energy Corridor Farmer’s Market, where strolling families can find pumpkin decorating stations, games and giveaways, trick and treating, plus food and drinks. Costumes are encouraged. How often do you get to shop for produce while wearing Wonder Woman garb?
At 11 a.m., there will be a short, family-friendly bike ride. Watson’s will also serving food (kid’s menu available) and drinks, including $1 mimosas for adults.
The Energy Corridor Relief Party 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 29, at Rouge Wine Bar, 1400 Eldridge Parkway #C, is a family-friendly fundraising event to support Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) as they help Harvey-hit families in the Energy Corridor.
The Chris Bitten Project band will lay down live grooves, while kids can enjoy a bouncy house and a face painter. Each ticket includes two glasses of wine and a slice of pizza. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to MAM’s local Harvey relief efforts. Get your tickets now for this relief party, co-hosted by the Energy Corridor District, here.
Jingle All The 5K Fun Run, 9 a.m. Sunday, December 3, will benefit Memorial Assistance Ministries. The run/walk event starting at the Addicks Park and Ride aims to kick-start the holidays with fun for the whole family.
Dancing reindeer and Santa will be on hand, along with post-ride refreshments. Plus, participants will take home a festive t-shirt and holiday ornament medal. Come out and show the Energy Corridor community your best holiday attire and spirit by registering here.
Cigna Sunday Streets, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, December 3, will close Eldridge Parkway to motorists between Enclave and Briar Forest Drive for the second year in a row. Last year’s popular event – created as a celebration of healthy living – drew thousands of people who strolled, biked, skated or danced their way along a route filled with fun activities hosted by local businesses, organizations and restaurants.