Summer Camp, Adult-Style: Week Five, 07.08.2013

Houston, the dog days of summer are upon us - we can feel it in the air you can wear. Check out our latest summer camp picks to perk you up on this dreary day! Bayou City Outdoors & REI present "Summertime Dogs 101 – Hikes, Health & Happy Paws": Tuesday, July 9 Desperate times call for desperate measures. read more »

Summer Camp, Adult-Style: Week Two, 06.18.2013

As summer wears on, the days of the week can seem to blend together, and the humidity can make you feel like you're walking through pudding. But summer also means that there are dozens and dozens of opportunities each day to celebrate the sunshine, good friends and cold beverages – and the beauty of air conditioning. Dive on in to week two of our Summer Camp, Adult-Style guide, and let us know what events you CANNOT miss in the comments section.

Houston Institute for Culture's Juneteenth Celebration, featuring CJ Chenier: Wednesday, June 19

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The Miller Outdoor Theatre invites you to join in Houston’s Juneteenth Celebration, with a little fais do do led by CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. The celebration and commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation starts starts at 7 p.m., Free tickets for the covered seating area will be available on the day of the performance at the box office from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until they sell out. Open seating on the hill is always available. UHD presents Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green: Thursday, June 20

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If you do just one thing this week, it should be the Thursday concert at Discovery Green. The Suffers will be rocking out with their contagious blend of reggae, ska and soul, and if you’ve never heard Kam Franklin wail, you’re seriously missing out on one of the city’s best voices. Chase Hamblin and the Roustabouts will be jamming on the Anheuser Busch Stage, too. The best part? It’s free! Bring along a picnic from Phonecia Specialty Foods and grab some wine at the Lake House to share with your neighbors (preferably, us) on the hill. Summer Solstice Observation at Rothko Chapel: Friday, June 21 sun-lights-up-the-clouds_w725_h544 Have you ever celebrated the summer solstice? We haven’t, but there’s no time like the present. This Friday, Rothko Chapel will open from sunrise to sunset to celebrate the day the earth is most inclined towards the sun, also known as the longest day of the year. Sang Chod (Tibetan Smoke Offering) and Taiko Drumming will bookend the day’s activities. 2013 Houston Summer Boat Show: Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23

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The Houston Summer Boat Show is an indoor playground for grown-ups (and kids) who dream of splish-splashing their way through summer. Get your nautical gazing and shopping on this week at Reliant Center: 11a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday at Reliant Center.

It’s National Volunteer Week! How are you going to give back?, 04.25.2013

According to the 2012 Census, about a quarter of Americans volunteer, and those individuals spent a median of 50 hours in selfless service each year. In addition to helping their communities, those that volunteer tend to be healthier and happier than their peers. National Volunteer Week, established in 1974 to celebrate volunteerism of all kinds, is a great time to recognize those around you who donate their time to the community and get involved yourself.

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Volunteering: good for others, good for you.

At 20K, we try to give back as often as we can. Our founder and vice president have been lifelong advocates for both local and global communities. Some of the Houston-based organizations they’ve donated their time to are: read more »

“Houston Remembers” and 10 Key Tips for Your Event Day, 09.28.2011

20K Group was honored to produce "Houston Remembers," an event commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Discovery Green on September 9, 2011. Presented by Dignity Memorial, the event's focus was dedicated to those whose lives were lost in the attacks, their families, the survivors and the emergency responders who courageously tended to the relief efforts during the crisis and its aftermath.   The event went off without a hitch, and, more importantly, our client was thrilled. And now, we're divulging our top 10 event day secrets to you. We hope these tips will prove useful at your next event! We're always looking for new ideas and maximum efficiency, so please feel free to add yours to our comments section. 1. Create a Master Contact List. Instead of arranging your contact sheet in alphabetical order by last name, try sorting contacts by their organization and using different colors to identify each group. For the day-of, we also make pocketsize contact cards with VIP event contacts, like security and technical personnel, and laminate them for safe-keeping. 2. Functionality over Fashion. People might not remember what you wore during an event, but they’ll definitely remember if it was bad. By all means, look cute and professional, but f you’re a woman, we advise you to give the heels a break on event day and throw on a pair of flats. A recent addition we made to our wardrobes for “Houston Remembers” was the iPhone lanyard. Fashion-forward? Definitely not. But functionality wins out when you need to be in five different places at the same time and have calls and texts coming in at warp speed. You don't want to misplace or break that life force at any cost! read more »