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2017 Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips!

Register today for the 2017 Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips!

Visit rodeohouston.com for more information. 

Proceeds benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. 

Run the 10-K or walk the 5-K through Houston, leading the Downtown Rodeo Parade, 

Saturday, March 4, or join us as a virtual runner!

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Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips 

• Saturday, March 4, 2017  o 9 a.m.—wheelchair race  o 9:10 a.m.—10K fast wave  o 9:20 a.m.—10K general wave  o 9:35 a.m.—5K walk/run  • starts at Bagby and Walker streets, ends on Allen Parkway near Eleanor Tinsley Park  • online registration  early bird, online, through Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017  5K walk/run: $30 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  10K: $30 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  virtual runner: $30  o Feb. 17 through March 3, 2017  5K walk/run: $35 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  10K: $35 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  • in-person registration  o March 1-3, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily  o Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, Houston, 77019  5K walk/run: $35  10K: $35  • packet pickup (if mailing option wasn’t chosen during registration)  o Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, Houston, 77019  o March 1-3, 2017  o 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Supermoon yields spectacular views

The skies early Monday were dominated by a spectacular supermoon, the closest the satellite has been to Earth since January 1948 and a sight that won’t occur again until 2034.

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The moon appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.

The distance between Earth and its moon changes because the moon’s orbit is elliptical. While the average full moon is about 236,790 miles from Earth, Monday’s moon will be 221,525 miles away – a difference of 15,265 miles. 

In South Florida the skies were clear for the view, while other parts of the state were cloudy and obstructed the view somewhat. Around the world, photographers captured the unique event and posted their work on social media sites.

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Jingle Bell Run

The long-running Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the largest holiday-themed 5K race series occurring in local communities nationwide. It brings people from all walks of life together to join the movement to conquer arthritis and raise funds to search for a cure.

 The Woodlands Jingle Bell Run will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Rob Fleming Aquatics Center. More than 900 participants are expected at this year’s Jingle Bell Run! 

 To learn more about the Jingle Bell Run or to register, visit 2016 Jingle Bell Run - Woodlands.

Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability.  • Arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans (1 in 5 adults) and 300,000 children (1 in every 250).  • Arthritis causes work limitations for approximately 1 in 3 people in the U.S. and is the #1 disability in America.    • Arthritis limits physical activity more frequently than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. In fact, one of every three people with arthritis has difficulty with daily tasks like buttoning a shirt, tying shoes or even picking up a child.  • Each year, arthritis costs the U.S. economy more than $156 billion.    Arthritis affects people of all ages.  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65 including 300,000 children.  • Arthritis in children can cause eye inflammation and growth problems; it can also cause bones and joints to grow unevenly.  • Arthritis is much more than just aches and pains. Children with arthritis may have difficulty holding a pen or pencil, even getting out of bed, and they often have to sit on the sidelines.



 Co-Chair: Ernie Manouse Co-Chair: Bill Baldwin 

 December 1, 2016 

Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak 

11:00 AM Champagne Reception 

12:00 PM Luncheon 


  One Life at a Time. Although HIV/AIDS is a global disease, we will overcome it only by addressing it at the individual level. Every person must be educated about how HIV is transmitted. Every person must understand the importance of being tested and that HIV is not a reason to be ashamed or to shame others. Every person who is HIV+ must have the support and care they need to live a healthy and productive life. This is how we will end HIV: One Life at a Time. Your attendance at the 2016 World AIDS Day Luncheon will bring us closer to that goal. 

  This year’s luncheon, generously presented by Chevron, will be held on Thursday, December 1st at Hilton Houston Post Oak. There will be a VIP champagne reception starting at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon begins at noon. Last year’s luncheon welcomed over 400 attendees that included our keynote speaker, Pam Grier, State Senator John Whitmire, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Alma Allen, State Representative Gene Wu, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Mayor Annise Parker, Vice Mayor Pro Temp Jerry Davis, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Carolyn Farb, Diane Caplan, Edward Sanchez, KPRC’s Frank Billingsley, Richard Ray, Gordon Bethune, Jessica Rossman, Michael Pearce and Matt Burress, Joni Baird, Travis Torrence, and Dr. Stephen Frangos. Numerous corporate sponsors supported the event as well, including Chevron, Boulevard Realty, Marathon Oil, Subaru of America, Kroger, BBVA Compass, CKP, ExxonMobil, H.E.B, Randall's Food Markets, Silver Eagle Distributors, Voluntary Insurance Products, and Walgreen's.

World AIDS Day Co-Chairs 

 Bill Baldwin and Ernie Manouse are back to co-chair our World AIDS Day Luncheon for 2016! 

 Ernie Manouse - Senior Producer/Host, Houston Public Media - Ernie, a native of Binghamton, NY and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, launched his broadcasting career with NBC News before producing programs at Chicago radio station WLS-AM. In 1996, Ernie joined HoustonPBS, and as an anchor and producer, he has garnered three Emmy Awards, five KATIE Awards, a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award, “viewer’s choice” recognition from multiple local and regional publications, and the title of “Ultimate Interviewer” from the Houston Chronicle. 

 Bill Baldwin - Owner, Boulevard Realty - Most people know me as the proud broker and owner of Boulevard Realty. To toot our horn, the firm has about 60 agents in Houston and Galveston, and together we once again ranked in the top 10 real estate firms selling inside the loop last year. In fact, we also ranked 44th out of well over 3000 real estate firms in all of Houston. Looking past those numbers, I’m simply proud of the fact that we could be of service to so many Houstonians, and we’re all grateful to have formed lasting relationships with those who count on us as trusted advisors. 


Keynote Speaker Sean Strub 

 Sean Strub is a longtime HIV survivor and activist, founder of POZ magazine, director of the Sero Project and a proponent of PLHIV-led advocacy and PLHIV networks. He is the author of Body Counts, A Memoir of Politics, AIDS, Sex and Survival (Scribner, 2014). His short film, HIV is Not a Crime, has introduced the problem of HIV criminalization to audiences worldwide. Mr. Strub was also the first openly HIV-positive person to run for the U.S. Congress. Mr. Strub produced the off-Broadway hit The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and served as a member of the board of the Global Network of People Living with HIV. 

 Sean is the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival. He will hold a signing of the book at Brazos Bookstore as part of the World AIDS Day commemoration. The book will be available for purchase at the luncheon and the signing will take place immediately following the luncheon. AFH is immensely grateful to Brazos bookstore for organizing the signing event!

Alcohol delivery service expands to new U.S. cities

It's like pizza delivery, just minus the pizza and add the alcohol. 

Beginning Thursday, Floridians in Jacksonville can have alcohol delivered right to their door steps.

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Drizly, a Boston-based company, is partnering with a packaging stores to expand the delivery service. 

Kerin Horgan, who handles public relations for Drizly, said the company decided to expand to Jacksonville because of the young demographic. 

"People are looking for, you know, the next service that can make their life that much more easier and convenient," Horgan said. 

The service allows customers to order alcohol from nearby liquor stores using either the app or desktop site.

Once the order is placed, the delivery comes from an employee of the store or someone contracted by the store. The delivery cost is a flat $5 fee. 

Parents needn't worry about their children or teenagers abusing the service. Upon delivery, the drivers will scan the customers' ID to verify they are 21.

Drizly is available in 28 cities, including Seattle, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Austin, Texas.

Coming soon to iOS: Facepalm, shrugs and more

Are you frustrated by the upcoming presidential election? Did the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians make a bone-headed move during the World Series? Did your kid back his junker car out of the garage and into your brand-new SUV?

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Daily events beg for instant, accurate emotions, and Apple is providing new emojis that cover a wide range of them — a shrug, crossed fingers, and the facepalm. 

On Tuesday, Apple released its first beta version of its iOS 10.2 software update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch products. The developer preview will include 72 new emojis. Other additions include job descriptions like teacher, astronaut, scientist, firefighter and pilot. 

Apple has not announced an official release date for the iOS 10.2 software, but the new symbols, approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, are expected to be available later this month. 

So when you hear something ridiculous that makes you want to roll on the floor laughing, well, Apple will have the emoji available for you to express your feelings.

Buzzfeed compiled a complete list of the new emoji, covering the bases from clown faces to avocados.

Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Here’s a treat for you: the Atlanta Humane Society will be waive adoption fees on all cats and kittens with any black or orange coloring today, Monday, October 31, aka Halloween.

More than 120 cats and kittens at the Atlanta Humane Society, many with festive Halloween coloring, need homes. If potential pet owners find one with black or orange coloring today, the adoption fees are waived until 6 p.m.

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Any adopters are required to complete a preliminary adoption questionnaire. Interested adopters should not adopt in a hurry.

For pet owners and pet parents-to-be worried about the impact of waived fees, AHS says it has policies in place.

"It is our top priority to find all of our animals loving homes through adoption, and we will always do so using expertly trained adoption counselors and our specific adoption process," AHS said to a concerned commenter on Facebook.

More details are at the Atlanta Humane Society website.

 Meet your boo this Halloween! All of our cats and kittens who have any black or orange coloring will be fee-waived on Monday, October 31!Posted by Atlanta Humane Society on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Indian cricketers wear mothers' names on jerseys

When India and New Zealand clashed in Saturday’s One Day International, 5th Series, the Indian cricket team decided to honor their mothers. 

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Every member of the squad was wearing jerseys bearing their mothers’ names, rather than their  own, the Indian Express reported. 

The final ODI – in Visakhapatnam, India – will decide the outcome of the series. 

This gesture was part of a new campaign started by Star India media company, highlighting the role of mothers. 

The Board of Cricket Control in India Chairman Anurag Thakur said the display by the Indian cricketers was done with “the intent to thank all the mothers for their efforts and sacrifices.”

Photos: Olympic champion Michael Phelps married girlfriend in June

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Swimmer Michael Phelps is synonymous with Olympic gold. He earned five gold medals and a silver during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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But Phelps also grabbed more gold this summer -- a wedding ring.

People magazine reported that Phelps and his girlfriend, Nicole Johnson, are now married. The couple announced their engagement in February 2015. Their son, Boomer, was born in May.

TMZ obtained a copy of the couple's marriage record. It shows that they applied for the license on June 9 and were married June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Phelps' agent, Peter Carlisle, was listed as the person who performed the ceremony, People reported.

The Phelpses shared photos from their summer wedding on Instagram Sunday. 

"Truly the happiest day of my life," Nicole wrote on Instagram.

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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Supreme Court justice and opera enthusiast Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a different set of robes next month, moving from her court chambers to the stage.

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On Nov. 12, the 83-year-old will perform in a non-singing role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The Washington National Opera announced her one-time, opening night role in its staging of the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. next month.

“While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show,” the opera said in a statement.

The script of the opera will be slightly altered to mention Ginsburg’s job as a Supreme Court justice. Her character has been played by a diverse set of performers, from Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to actress Bea Arthur.

Ginsburg, however, is no stranger to the stage, appearing as an extra in several operas through the years.

In 2009, she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were extras in a party scene of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” on the Washington National Opera stage, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington National Opera said she also was an extra in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 1994 and in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" in 2003.

Another Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, once made a surprise appearance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V,” playing the role of Isabel, queen of France.

Ginsburg has always had a love of the arts. According to the Washingtonian, her mother introduced her to theater at the Brooklyn Academy — “my dream place as a child.”

Ticket sales were brisk for “Daughter of the Regiment.”

“We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement,” Washington National Opera spokesman Michael Solomon told Reuters.

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