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The Astrodome Conservancy will host the 3rd annual Race for the Dome. Participants will race around the iconic Astrodome with hundreds of Dome-lovers and fans in support of a bright future for the Eighth Wonder of the World.

This year’s event features a 5K road race and a Kids 1K fun run. Participants can come dressed in vintage gear or best Dome wear and stay around to party after the race to celebrate the Astrodome’s 58th birthday. Awards are given for top three male and female overall competitors, and top three kids finishers.

Proceeds benefit the Astrodome Conservancy.

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Houston Humane Society presents 41st Annual Fun Run

Houston Humane Society's 41st Annual K9 Fun Run will give participants a chance to raise essential funds to support their work and also for animal lovers to join together to make a lifesaving difference for pets and wildlife in need. Participants who will dress their dogs in costumes can win special treats and prizes.

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As One Foundation presents 13th Annual Darling Dash Sickle Cell Race

The Houston-based As One Foundation will host the 14th annual Sickle Cell 10K, 5K, and 1K race is back. The Darling Dash is held in honor of the As One Foundation founder and former Houston Texans player Devard Darling’s identical twin brother, Devaughn, who died from complications of Sickle Cell Trait.

The annual race helps to bring awareness to athlete deaths that plague the sickle cell community. Sickle Cell Trait is classified as the leading non-injury killer of college athletes and affects 2.5 to 4 million people in the U.S.

Funds from the race also support monthly blood drives in partnership with Red Cross and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Bank for sickle cell patients who need lifesaving blood transfusions once or twice a month.

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Houston Local Organizing Committee Final Four 4 Miler

Runners of Houston Local Organizing Committee Final Four 4 Miler will start at Hermann Square at Houston City Hall before heading out to Allen Parkway. They will end back at City Hall to finish the race.

All participants will receive a commemorative Men’s Final Four 4 Miler t-shirt and complimentary entry to Men’s Final Four Fan Fest® presented by Capital One. Additionally, all runners who complete the course will receive a commemorative Men’s Final Four 4 Miler Finisher Medal. Thirty percent of net profits from the Men’s Final Four 4 Miler will go to Girls on the Run Greater Houston Chapter.

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HYROX Houston

HYROX is an inclusive race, designed so that everybody, of every fitness level, can take part. A HYROX race takes place in a large indoor venue, creating a unique stadium-like atmosphere for all participants and spectators to soak up and enjoy. The race starts with a 1 km run, followed by one functional movement, which repeats eight times.

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Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association & Eureka Heights presents Run the Grove 5K & Kids Fun Run

The 6th annual Run the Grove (a USATF-certified 5K) is open to all ages and abilities. Participants will weave through the tree-lined streets of Timbergrove Manor neighborhood, a Heights-area hidden gem. Post-race there will be Grovechella, where everyone can grab some free beer, visit vendor booths, and let the kids play.

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Dave Chappelle heads to Houston as part of 4 Texas arena stops

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Comedian/actor Dave Chappelle will soon bring his "Dave Chappelle Live" stand-up comedy show to arenas in four cities in Texas, including Toyota Center in Houston on July 1.

Other dates include American Airlines Center in Dallas, on June 29, AT&T Center in San Antonio on July 12, and Moody Center in Austin on July 14.

Chappelle is a complicated figure who's been celebrated for his trailblazing comedy and vilified for his controversial stances. Chappelle's Show, which ran from 2003 to 2006 on Comedy Central, was widely praised, and Chappelle remained extremely popular despite the abrupt end of the show and him choosing to recede from the spotlight in the following decade.

His re-emergence in the late 2010s brought success in the form of three straight Grammy wins for Best Comedy Album, but also continued jokes aimed at transgender people. He has been the subject of multiple protests over that material, and has even had a show canceled by a venue in Minneapolis after receiving criticism for hosting him.

As if to underscore the contentious nature of his comedy, no cellphones, cameras, or recording devices will be allowed at any of the four shows. All phones and smart watches will be secured in special pouches that can be unlocked at the end of the show. Anyone caught with a cellphone in the venue will be immediately ejected.

Tickets for the four shows will go on sale at 5 pm on June 5 at ticketmaster.com.

Rice Village District opens doors to 3 stylish stops for fashionable ladies and gents

it takes a village

Rice Village District is now home to three new tenants that will move into the former Gap store space with their unique offerings. Luminary Lifestyle, Gorjana, and Mizzen+Main are set to bring fresh shopping experiences to the already vibrant retail scene. All three concepts will open their doors in early 2024.

One of the notable newcomers is Luminary Lifestyle, a women's fashion boutique hailing from Rosemary Beach. Renowned for their collections that effortlessly embody elegance and understated luxury, Luminary Lifestyle offers a curated selection of fashion and design pieces with classic appeal.

Joining Luminary Lifestyle is Gorjana, a jewelry brand rooted in the coastal aesthetics of Laguna Beach. Renowned for their laid-back yet timeless solid gold and gold-plated pieces, Gorjana specializes in necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that exude effortless style and capture the California sun-soaked lifestyle.

Completing this exciting trio is Mizzen+Main, the visionary creators behind "The Best Damn Dress Shirts" and a range of performance menswear. With their commitment to merging style and functionality, Mizzen+Main has garnered a loyal following for their high-quality garments that effortlessly transition from the boardroom to weekend adventures.

Rice Village's General Manager, Aj Jennings, says he is excited to welcome these fast-growing and philanthropic brands into the community. "It is an honor to be the home of three exceptional brands," stated Jennings. "As the Village's offerings continue to expand, we are particularly thrilled about the unique and personalized shopping experiences that these new tenants will bring to our valued customers."

The addition of Luminary Lifestyle, Gorjana, and Mizzen+Main follows a series of recent successful openings, including Bluestone Lane, Solidcore, The Rice Box, and Navy Blue.

Luminary Lifestyle

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Luminary Lifestyle will open in early 2024.

Aggie favorite chicken fingers spot claims 3rd Houston-area outpost — and first inside the Loop

finally inside the loop

An Aggieland favorite is coming to the River Oaks area. Layne’s Chicken Fingers has claimed the former KFC location at 2359 S Shepherd Dr.

Expected to open in late 2023, it will offer both dine-in and drive-thru service. The new restaurant will be the College Station-based establishment’s third Houston-area outpost, joining a Katy location that opened in 2021 and a Garden Oaks location that opened in February.

Layne's Chicken Fingers Carlos Martinez   Masroor Fatany    Geoff HerbertCarlos Martinez, franchisee Masroor Fatany, and Geoff Herbert.Courtesy of Layne's Chicken Fingers

The restaurant will serve Layne's tightly focused menu of chicken tenders, chicken tender sandwiches, Texas toast, crinkle-cut fries, potato salad, and milkshakes. All of its self-described "Soon to be Famous" chicken fingers are cut by hand, marinated, and breaded on-site. They can be paired with one of four dipping sauces: Layne’s Secret Sauce, described as "the perfect blend of tangy, spicy, zesty, and peppery flavors;" buttermilk ranch; barbecue; and honey mustard.

“After a wildly successful opening in the Heights, it only made sense to expand to the eclectic Montrose neighborhood,” Layne’s partner Matt O’Reilly said in a statement. “This is our first location inside the loop and we are so excited to see our restaurant expand to even more chicken lovers.”

Layne’s comes to Houston via Texas A&M alum Masroor Fatany, who also owns seven locations of The Halal Guys across the Houston area.

“This location will mark a major step for the Layne’s legacy,” Fatany added. “The demand, which was already high, has only grown ever since we opened our Heights location, so bringing Layne’s to Montrose is going to allow us to bring our delicious chicken to customers throughout Houston.”