This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
This is a difficult weekend for which to suggest entertainment options when so many Houstonians are in anything-but-normal situations. It's easy to find ways to help those impacted by Harvey – there are many organizations needing donations and volunteers. The list includes The Greater Houston Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Houston, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, The Salvation Army, Second Baptist Church, Samaritan's Purse, and there are so many more.
Below, I've noted some of the larger shelters that willing volunteers can reach on METRO. In addition, I'm recommending a concert with proceeds going to Harvey relief, and a very entertaining, free theater experience just so we don't forget how to laugh.
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Event: Volunteer Opportunities. Use your weekend to help your fellow citizens by volunteering for one of the many organizations that are working hard in the aftermath of our visit from Harvey. You've probably seen a lot of volunteer opportunities on your Facebook newsfeed or heard about them through your friends and neighbors. Easily reached by METRO, there are major shelters at the George R. Brown Convention Center, NRG Center, and Toyota Center, and you can sign up online to be a part of the efforts in these locations.
BakerRipley Shelter at NRG Center, 1 NRG Park
Red Cross Shelter at George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Red Cross Shelter at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St.
Bus – 60 Cambridge, 83 Buffalo Speedway
METRORail – Red Line (exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station)
George R. Brown Convention Center:
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
METRORail – Green Line or Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express, 413 Greenlink Orange
Event: Harvey Relief Concert. You can help support Harvey relief efforts by attending this concert by the Apollo Chamber Players, Musiqa Houston and Jazz Forever. The program should be a good mix of classical, contemporary classical and jazz, including the premiere of a new composition by Houston composer Mark Buller. All proceeds from the event will go to the Harvey Relief Funds through the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Catholic Charities Houston.
When: Friday at 7 p.m.
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.
Getting there*: Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 82 Westheimer
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble Station)
Event: "Xanadu." Sometimes we all just need to escape for a while, and here's a production that will give you a reason to smile (and laugh a lot). It's based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name, and combines Greek gods, Venice Beach, and roller disco. Don't think about it, just be entertained. Tickets are required for the covered seating area, but tickets are free and, of course, you can come and sit on the hill with no advance preparation. See the website for details.
When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose (exit Main & Remington)
METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.
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