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It was a nighttime picnic, really, in Jones Plaza — complete with a disco diva and dancing puppets

It was a nighttime picnic, really, in Jones Plaza — complete with a disco diva and dancing puppets

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Susan Krohn , Guyla Pircher , Denise Bush Bahr , Philip Bahr Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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Olga Bush Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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Murry Penner , Karen Penner , Belinda Hillhouse , Mary Boyles Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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Mary Ann McKeithan , Connie Cooke Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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They kicked up their heels at Jones Plaza for the Knowledge Arts Foundation. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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How rare — a Houston night so chilly that California heaters and heavy coats were required for an outdoor picnic. When Susan Krohn and Mary Yenik, co-founders of Knowledge Arts Foundation, planned this al fresco benefit, the temps were soaring into three digits. Thursday night, it was a whole lot cooler.

But it was sort of fun actually to pull out the woolens and party under the stars in a brisk, chilling breeze. Far beyond the norm, in any case.

With tables set in red and white checks and H-E-B picnic baskets filled with tasty supper goodies, the setting was on target for outdoor fun. Colorful characters from Puppet Pizzazz buzzed through the crowd of 250, not a bad turnout for a first-time event.

The Knowledge Arts Foundation is currently working in six HISD schools with workshops and long-term individual coaching to help teachers and principals solve the problem of classroom behavior that disrupts learning. The goal is to build safe, effective learning environments in schools that serve at-risk children.

Joining the outdoor party, where Grammy-nominated entertainer Mary Griffin and the Ernest Walker Band heated up the scene, were Patrick Gehm, Karen and Murry Penner, Tara and David Wuthrich, Mary Ann and David McKeithan, Joann and Bill Crassas, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Connie and Clayton Cooke, Olga and Gerald Bush, Sandy and Dr. Barney Barrett and Joanne King Herring.