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December 2015 Buffalo Bayou Currents

Unsilent Night: A Holiday Cacophany

Date: This Thursday, December 10
Time: 6 pm
Location: The Water Works (105 Sabine Street)
Parking: City Lot H (Memorial Drive before Houston Avenue)
Food will be available for purchase from select food trucks.

Join BBP and the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts this Thursday, December 10th for Unsilent Night! Experience the holidays in the great outdoors! Unsilent Night is a sound sculpture created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four music tracks by composer Phil Kline. Festivities and refreshments will be followed by the main event - a procession along Buffalo Bayou Park's hike and bike trails. This event is FREE; please RSVP below!
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Share the Love with BBP and Subaru

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is excited to partner with Subaru for its Share the Love campaign that strives to make a positive impact by donating to select local and national charities. From now until January 2, 2016, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the charity of your choice. So if you're in the market for a Subaru, be sure to select Buffalo Bayou Partnership as your charity!

Updates on BBP Projects

Sunset Coffee Building
Early next year will mark the completion of the Sunset Coffee Building, one of the few remaining industrial buildings along Buffalo Bayou and a contributing structure within downtown’s Market Square Historic District. BBP, with Houston First Corporation, has transformed the site to feature: canoe/kayak and bike rental facilities at ground level; a café on the second level; and BBP’s new administrative office on the third level. Additionally, the rooftop terrace will be available for rent! Stay tuned for more details.
TIGER Hike and Bike Trail
Also slated for completion early next year is the TIGER Trail, a gap closure project from Smith to Milam Streets along Buffalo Bayou. The $4.6 million trail, funded through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, is one of six projects designed to improve mobility in Houston by connecting trails. Learn more.
Buffalo Bend Nature Park
Finally, stay tuned for a January celebration of this park opening in the East End. Once an abandoned industrial site used for dumping construction debris, numerous donors and community volunteers helped transform this 10-acre site which features restored wetlands perfect for enjoying and learning more about the natural environment.

Stop by Buffalo Bayou Park's Visitor Centers this Month!

Stop by the Lost Lake Visitor Center (3422 Allen Parkway) or the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center (105 Sabine Street) during December for a chance to win unique Buffalo Bayou items, including Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings by historian Louis Aulbach, BBP swag and more! Four lucky park visitors will be randomly selected, and winners will be announced on our Facebook at the end of the year.

Vote for Buffalo Bayou Partnership!

Chevron has partnered with the Houston Marathon Foundation to celebrate and recognize the success of Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason program. From December 1, 2015 to January 12, 2016, please vote for Buffalo Bayou Partnership as your favorite Run for a Reason charity! Chevron will donate $50,000 to the charity that receives the most votes.
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Holiday Lights Tours on The Wave 

Dates: December 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Time: 6:30–9:30 pm
Location: Market Square Park
Cost: $30 per person; Purchase Tickets

Catch The Wave to see the finest holiday light displays in town - a portion of the ticket sales will benefit Buffalo Bayou Partnership! Riders will soar through winter wonderlands including Downtown, River Oaks and Woodland Heights in the comfort of a heated bus.
Buffalo Bayou Currents is a monthly e-newsletter produced by Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Upcoming Events

Central Houston Christmas Bird Count

Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 6:30 am
Location: HPARD Office (2999 S. Wayside Drive)

The Houston Parks & Recreation Department (HPARD) will be conducting a new urban Christmas Bird Count right in the heart of Houston! The Christmas Bird Count, run by The Audubon Society, was created in 1900 as a way of promoting bird conservation by counting, rather than hunting. Some of the locations visited in this count include: Hermann Park, Memorial Park, MD Anderson Prairie, Rice University Prairie, Hogg Bird Sanctuary, Buffalo Bayou Park, West 11th Street Park, Woodland Park, Sims Nature Center and more! All skill levels are welcome. We will have experienced birders from Houston Audubon and HPARD leading the groups.

Please email kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov if you are interested in participating in this event.

44th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

The BBP Regatta is Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race and one of the top five largest races in the nation! Whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure, join over 500 participants (ages 12 and up) in the 15-mile American Canoe Association-sanctioned race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou.

Registration opens in January 2016. Stay tuned for more details!

Buffalo Bayou Revealed

Get the download from Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu, and Tom Carter in Buffalo Bayou Revealed, a 12-part audio tour sharing facts about key destinations in the park, including The Water Works, Cistern, Johnny Steele Dog Park and more. Happy trails this winter!
Help BBP continue to revitalize and transform Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource, by making a year-end gift. Thank you!
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Bayou Boutique

Shop unique gifts for everyone on your list in the Bayou Boutique, including portable pet food bowls and leashes, Katz Coffee Bayou Blend, Vineyard Vines ties, and BBP caps and visors!

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