Thursday, October 26, 2017

Houston Islamic Arts Festival (November 11 & 12)



Houston is such a diverse city, representing various customs and cultures. It’s this diversity that makes Houston such a unique place to live and one of the many reasons “why I love Houston.”

The 4th annual Islamic Arts Festival is scheduled for November 11 & 12, 2017. Co-sponsored by The Islamic Arts Society & Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, the Islamic Arts Festival is the largest and oldest of its kind in North America. The festival will bring together children and adults of all faiths, religions and cultures for two days of fun, festivity and learning.

Everyone is welcome to this FREE event being held at 16700 Old Louetta Rd, Spring, TX 77379.

With over 5000 art pieces and over 50 artists, there is something for everyone to enjoy and share. More than 7000 visitors are expected to attend the festival this year.
According to the Islamic Arts Society: An estimated 200,000 Muslims live in the Greater Houston area. The purpose of this event is to celebrate culture and promote the positive image of our community among Muslims and non-Muslims.

By promoting Islamic Arts and the Islamic Arts Festival, my aim is to promote cultural understanding and bringing the broader Houston community together.

We would love to see you all come out and support this great cause in a couple weeks!

-- Kathlyn, Nick & Jean-Luc

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Save Energy and Money This Fall


October isn't just about pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween celebrations; it's also Energy Awareness Month. Find out how you can reduce your household's energy consumption this fall while preparing for the seasons ahead.
Reducing Home Energy Use
The average U.S. household consumes tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and much of it is completely unnecessary. Making changes as simple as adding a few energy-efficient appliances and turning off gadgets when you're not using them can save you a significant amount of money while also reducing your carbon footprint.
Don't fret if new Energy Star-labeled appliances aren't in the budget. Instead, try working in a few small changes from this Home Energy Checklist to help you save throughout the year. Here are a few more ideas:
  • Unplug electronics, gaming consoles and chargers when not in use.
  • Insulate your water heater with a blanket and turn the temperature down to at least 120 degrees.
  • Replace bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs and turn them off anytime you leave a room.
  • Schedule an energy audit and replace your thermostat with a programmable unit.
Prepping Your Home for the Cold
During cooler months you can save additional money and energy with simple, inexpensive fixes like:
  • Using insulating drapes to help diffuse winter chill. Just make sure to open any south-facing drapes to take advantage of the sun's natural heating capabilities.
  • Finding and sealing air leaks. Check your windows, doors and pipes, and use weatherstripping or caulk to stop cool air from seeping in.
  • Closing fireplace dampers when not in use. You can also have the entire flume completely sealed off if you use your home's heating system exclusively.
Reducing your energy consumption not only makes a positive contribution to our planet, it also leaves money on the table for fun fall pastimes. With just a few of these small changes, you can get more from your energy budget.