Strength in Numbers

The opportunities for giving back in our post-Harvey city are great, and Houstonians have been turning up in droves for unique philanthropic events. The Run Houston Strong 5K and 10K, which took place the morning after the Astros clenched the World Series, raised more than $10,000 for Homemade Hope, which supports children and families affected by Harvey. ... Hermann Park’s Urban Green young professional group also celebrated the Astros’ win at its H-Town Throw Down. ... And the annual Backpack Blast sporting clays tournament raised nearly $310,000 for the Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program, which facilitates weekend meals for underprivileged kids.


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Ancient French Wellness Cures Reimagined at Houston’s Escape Spa: The Power of Vichy

Serial entrepreneur and spa visionary LeBrina Jackson

NESTLED IN THE heart of France, the town of Vichy holds a rich history in the world of wellness and hydrotherapy. Acquiring fame for their alkaline springs in the 17th century, the Romans were among the first to recognize the therapeutic benefits of the springs. They established a French spa known as “Vichy,” which still exists today and continues to attract spa-goers from around the world to experience the transformative effects of hydrotherapy.

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Slushies at Fuzzy's

IT’S OFFICIAL: THE long holiday that kicks off summer arrives this weekend, and Houstonians are due. Getting hungry, thirsty, and ready for some R&R? Whether you want to grill at home, start with casual brunch, or hit a Memorial Day celebration to honor our veterans, we’ve got you covered.

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“DO YOU KNOW how a river forms?” is the question that begins Houston author Vaishnavi Patel’s new book, Goddess of the River. The voice belongs to Ganga, goddess of India’s Ganges river, who has been transformed against her will by Lord Shiva from “a tributary of the cosmic ocean” into the physical form of a mere winding river, with no path to the heavens, only the sea. Later, Ganga runs afoul of a powerful sage who transforms her yet again into a human, and as it happens in myths, things get complicated.

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