62ºF

WeekHack: Houstonians bring in the new year, elected officials take oath of office and more

fireworks
fireworks (Pixabay)

Take a look at some of the most significant Houston-area events and stories happening in the week ahead. This week, Houston will bring in the new year with fireworks displays and celebrations throughout the city on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

What to know going into the week:

Elected officials will take oath of office Jan. 2, 2020

GF Default - Mayor Turner speaks after runoff win
GF Default - Mayor Turner speaks after runoff win

On January 2, 2020, Mayor Turner will take the oath of office, along with City Controller Chris Brown and new city council members.

Family will hold memorial service for Carolee Taylor, who was killed at a party on Christmas Eve

Carolee Taylor, 46, was killed at a party on Christmas Eve 2019.
Carolee Taylor, 46, was killed at a party on Christmas Eve 2019. (KPRC)

Taylor’s family will hold a memorial service for her on Monday, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Cy-Fair Christian Church, located at 9730 Grant Road in Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family urges attendees to honor Taylor with a charitable donation to a Facebook Fundraiser set up for her daughter’s educational needs or to the Houston Astro’s Foundation, the J.J. Watt Foundation, or any animal welfare group.

Pearland High School Marching Band will perform in the 130th annual Rose Parade

Members of the Pearland High School Marching Band, as seen in this photo from the Pearland ISD website.
Members of the Pearland High School Marching Band, as seen in this photo from the Pearland ISD website. (Pearland Independent School District)

Pearland High School’s Marching Band, “The Pride of Pearland Marching Band,” is among the 20 marching bands selected to perform in the 2020 Rose Parade in California on New Year’s Day.

Reminder: Stock up. Texas is always dry on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

KIEV, UKRAINE - 2019/01/28: Jack Daniel's Tennessee whisky seen at the Rooster Grill Bar counter in Kiev. (Photo by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - 2019/01/28: Jack Daniel's Tennessee whisky seen at the Rooster Grill Bar counter in Kiev. (Photo by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) (© 2019 SOPA Images)

If you are new to Texas, consider yourself warned. If liquor is part of your Christmas Day and New Year’s plans in Texas, you had better stock up early.

Texas state law prohibits the sale of liquor on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and of course on Sundays. The law says, “no person may sell, offer for sale, or deliver any liquor on those days.”

What to do this week:

Where to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks around Houston

Photo: News Service of Florida
Photo: News Service of Florida

Who doesn’t love to ring in the new year watching a thrilling fireworks display surrounded by their loved ones? We tracked down free family-friendly New Year’s celebrations featuring fireworks in Houston.

5 family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties around Houston

Families ring in the new year at Children's Museum of Houston's Rockin' New Year's Noon.
Families ring in the new year at Children's Museum of Houston's Rockin' New Year's Noon. (Children's Museum of Houston)

2020 is a big year and should be celebrated with the whole family. Having trouble finding a party appropriate for the little ones? Don’t stress - just grab your party dress. We’ve found five family-friendly festivities for the new year around town that everyone in your household is sure to enjoy.

Houston’s adult playground bar is having a wild, Studio 54-themed NYE party

Images from Electric FeelGood Facebook Page
Images from Electric FeelGood Facebook Page (Electric FeelGood)

If you’re still not sure what you’re doing to ring in the new decade, there might be a wild party you want to check out.

Electric FeelGood, a bar at 2416 Brazos Street in Midtown, is throwing it’s first-ever New Year’s Eve bash after opening earlier this year.

These Houston-area playgrounds help kiddos connect with nature

Houston Zoo play area
Houston Zoo play area (Jill B. Jarvis)

Let the kids get messy at Houston area nature playgrounds!

These local parks have sand and sticks and rocks and sand and water… and kids are encouraged to get dirty, experiment and create.

Where to eat this week:

These are the top 12 best brunch spots in Houston

photo

The holidays are behind us, so it’s time to relax and celebrate the weekends again with brunch. From sweet to savory and everything in between, we nailed down a list of Houston’s hottest brunch spots.

This Double Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich will change your life

Sams' Fried Chicken and Donuts
Sams' Fried Chicken and Donuts (KPRC)

Donuts, fried chicken tenders and bacon all in one sandwich? Yes, please! At Sam’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, you can find this unusual, yet savory concoction. Located at 601 Heights Boulevard, the local eatery is known for their fried chicken, donuts and homemade recipes. On their menu, they feature specialty items such as The Sloppy Sam, Sam’s Classic and Sam’s Spicy Chicken. However it was their Double Donut that caught our attention. The sandwich is made out of two donuts, two fried chicken tender and topped with their housemade bacon marmalade.

Craft it up at this family-friendly Montrose cafe offering delicious desserts and art classes

Honey Art Cafe
Honey Art Cafe (Jill B. Jarvis)

Honey Art Cafe is owned by two Rice graduates that turned their passion into a business. The walls are covered with murals and there are craft and art supplies all over the place.

5 Texas restaurants that will change your mind about vegan food

Vegan burger
Vegan burger (Pixabay)

If the thought of vegan food conjures images of a giant plate of alfalfa sprouts, it’s time to revisit the concept. These days, vegan restaurants in Texas tend more toward soul food than rabbit food, and they use creative stand-ins for beef (protein-rich seitan, made from vital wheat gluten), cheese (soaked and pureed nuts), and pork (the shredded flesh of the giant Asian jackfruit) that can satisfy even die-hard carnivores. While Austin has long been considered the capital of Texas’ vegan scene, other cities now offer stiff competition in the way of veggie-forward, animal-free fare. These five eateries around the state break the mold while putting plants first.