The Truth About Bonaparte’s Stolen Treasure

Treasure hunters have been looking at the wrong place for the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s stolen treasure for the past 200 years, which was stashed somewhere in Russia during the leader’s retreat from Moscow in 1812.

Historian Viacheslav Ryzhkov is claiming that all search efforts should focus on the town of Rudnya, which is located near the border with Belarus, instead of concentrating on Lake Semlevo in Smolensk Region, which is about a three-hour drive west.

Ryzhkov made the revelations in a letter sent to the local Rabochy Put newspaper.

The rumors that the treasure, 80 tons of gold and other valuables looted from Moscow, have been hidden by Napoleon in the Lake Semlevo were first confirmed by Philippe de Ségur, a member of Napoleon’s staff.

Adding credibility to the idea was that the French army left large amounts of ammunition near the lake as they were retreating.

According to the myth, Napoleon decided to hide the stolen treasure after it became too difficult for the French army to carry it as they were making their way back to France from Russia after being defeated.

During the invasion, Napoleon managed to push through western Russia, making it all the way to Moscow. However, as the Russian army retreated, they used scorched-earth tactics, leaving no sustenance behind for the French military. In the fall of 1812, Napoleon was forced to abandon his attack and retreat.

Treasure hunters have been searching for the lost gold for the past two centuries with no avail.

Now, Ryzhkov’s new theory argues that what was hidden in the Lake Semlevo was a decoy sent by Napoleon to distract Russian spies from the real hiding place, which is near the town of Rudnya and Lake Bolshaya Rutavech.

The Russian historian cites local accounts that describe a causeway being built into the middle of the lake and the treasure being placed at the bottom.

“Napoleon did not place the treasure into barrels and then threw them into a lake, that would be too easy,” Ryzhkov’s writes. “He ordered to hide the treasure in some sort of water seal. The treasure can only be discovered with the help of technology and many specialists.”

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The Government Shutdown & You

We, as a nation have been experiencing this government shutdown and while most of us haven’t felt the impact of it, there are many that have. Navigating something that you have no control over is difficult and the uncertainty of it makes it that much more frustrating for those affected. This would be a great time to remind you of the importance of saving. Even if it’s something small, it can really help you out if you get into a pinch.

Most financial advisors will tell you that your savings should be enough to sustain you for at least six months. That may sound like a big number to some, but it’s important for you and your family to take steps towards making this a reality. Anything can happen to cause your funding to dry up and a lot of times, it’s unexpected. It can be an illness, company closure or in this case, a government shutdown. None of these things have much to do because of something you did or didn’t do, but it happens to many of us.

So, today, make an effort to get on the road to savings and build that nest egg so that when things beyond your control happen, you won’t be blindsided. Remember, I can help you get started by buy your gold, silver, platinum and palladium regardless of what it is or its condition.

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What Kind of Change do You Like?

It looks like this year is going to be filled with many changes. I want the changes so that I can just shake everything up and start anew. While so many fear changes, I enjoy it. I like the idea of doing something new and exciting. I think allowing yourself to become stagnant and fearful that it stops you from so many potentially great things in life. Not everything has to change, but in light of the path I’m taking, change is a great thing and a little scary, but something that I’m truly looking forward to. What are the changes that you want to see in yourself?

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The Fear of Risk Taking

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I’ve been on a new life chapter and listening to some well-known authors of self-help and motivational books. I think a part of me allowed the fear of risk taking hinder the growth potential that is within each of us. I’m not afraid of no’s, in fact, the worse thing that someone can say when you present them with a yes or no question, is the answer that is contrary to what you would have liked it to be. I believe in asking the question, even when I don’t get the answer that I wanted. It gives me an opportunity to make adjustments in order to get the desired outcome. Sometimes, that takes many tries. As with many other events in life, learning for the first time or relearning things about yourself teaches you things you’ve long since forgotten. You must always be growing.

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The Last Hurrah List of Things to Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 4 to Sunday, January 6, 2019. 

Watch skilled felines compete in a fierce competition; test your knowledge of ’90s pop culture; take your favorite bride-to-be to the ultimate wedding-planning extravaganza; catch a free screening of the popular superhero mash-up, Justice League; shop steals and deals from the merchants on 19th Street in The Heights and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, January 4 to Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo | Daily Stroll through the Houston Zoo with hot chocolate in hand while you admire glimmering displays made up of more than two million Christmas lights at this annual must-see attraction. You can check out the holiday train village, make your way through an illuminated tunnel, and take photos with Santa on select nights. Tickets start at $12.95. 5pm to 9:30pm daily.
    • Comic Jamie Kennedy at Houston Improv | Thursday through Saturday – Comedian-actor-writer-producer Jamie Kennedy shares hilarious anecdotes from his storied show business career for three nights. $22 to $32. Showtimes vary.
    • Small Paintings Show: In the Spirit of the Season at WAS-H | FREE | Friday and Saturday – Extend the joyful spirit of the holiday season at this month-long artistic showcase, which features local artists’ work designed to share and enjoy with loved ones. 10am to 3pm.
    • Vertigo Movie Screening at River Oaks Theatre | Friday and Saturday – Head to River Oaks Theatre for a special midnight screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo, starring James Stewart as a detective obsessed with a mysterious woman. $11. 11:55pm both days.
    • Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday to Sunday – Design and create a personalized wax candle with help from the team at Love & Makes in Rice Village. The BYOB workshop also features handmade goods from local artisans to shop while your candles set. $45. Times vary.
    • Death by Natural Causes at Houston Museum of Natural Science | Friday to Sunday – Discover a range of deadly “animal, vegetable, and mineral” specimens from the natural world at this educational exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Full price tickets are $30 for ages 12 and up; $20 for ages 3 to 11; $20 for ages 62 and up. Discounted $17 tickets are available for most dates. 9am to 5pm daily.
    • Bridal Extravaganza at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Plan all aspects of your upcoming wedding at the bi-annual Bridal Extravaganza Show in George R. Brown Convention Center. Featuring more than 400 vendors, the show boasts plenty of giveaways, bridal fashion shows, a wedding-planning seminar, and industry experts. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door; VIP tickets range from $55 to $65. Save $2 per ticket when you order tickets in advance and use promo code Save2019. Times vary.
    • Houston Cat Club Annual Charity Cat Show 2019 at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Watch a fierce competition of feline skill and agility when the Houston Cat Club hosts its 66th annual Charity Cat Show at George R. Brown Convention Center. Cats and kittens will be available for adoption from local shelters. Tickets for spectator fees (at the door) are $9.99 for adults; $8 for military and ages 65 and up; $4 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. Times vary.

Friday, January 4, 2019

  • ·        Yappy New Year: A Brazos Dog New Year’s Party at Brazos Bookstore | FREE – Bring your pup to Brazos Bookstore for a dog-friendly story time, along with various themed activities, treats and more. 7pm.
  • Nitpick Productions 2019 South Coast Show Case at White Oak Music Hall Nitpick Productions presents its South Coast Showcase, or “socoshoca,” featuring a lengthy lineup of artists like After Hours, Hank Honey, CapCityJackk, and Secretbeach, all playing at White Oak Music Hall. $10. 7pm.
  • Holiday Hangover featuring KISS Alike at House of Blues Unwind from the holidays with the music of KISS when Downtown’s House of Blues hosts the Holiday Hangover, featuring tribute band KISS Alike. Tickets cost $12. 7pm.

  • Mini Watercolor Painting Class at Honey Art Cafe – Learn how to paint abstract, modern, and minimalist aesthetics in this mini-watercolor painting class at Honey Art Cafe. Geodes are the subject of this week’s class. $35. 8pm to 10pm.
  • Funfetti Fridays on The ICE at Discovery Green Skate around The ICE at Discovery Green while jamming out to a colorful light show with beats from DJ Mohawk Steve during Funfetti Fridays. Tickets are $11. Skate rentals cost $4. 7pm to 9pm.

·        Saturday, January 5, 2019

  • ·        Bootcamp at Levy Park | FREE – Keep up with your New Year’s resolutions at a free, 45-minute workout led by TJ from Houston Adventure Boot Camp at Levy Park. 8:30am to 9:30am.
  • Houston Center for Photography Workshop at Levy Park | FREE – Learn the basics of photography every first and third Saturday of the month at Levy Park. 9am to 10:30am.
  • Farmers Market at Elizabeth Baldwin Park | No Cover – Browse vendors offering fresh produce from local farms and prepared foods at this weekly farmers market in Midtown’s Elizabeth Baldwin Park. 10am to 2pm.
  • Semi Annual Tent Sale on 19th Street in The Heights | No Cover – Shop local as the merchants of 19th Street in The Heights team up for this semi-annual tent sale, featuring special deals from places like Bliss on 19th, Emerson Rose, Manready Mercantile, Jubilee, Retropolis, We Olive & Wine Bar Houston, Jumper Maybach Fine Art Gallery and more. 10am to 6pm.
  • Brew Years Resolution: Free Fitness Day at Eureka Heights Brew Co | FREE Kick your fitness goals into high gear with a full lineup of free workout classes at Eureka Heights Brew Co. You can explore activities like yoga, pilates, boot camp, biking, and running to discover the perfect workout to help you stick to your resolutions. 11am to 4pm.
  • First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights | FREE – Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.
  • Rice University Owls vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Tudor Fieldhouse Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play the Bulldogs on their home court. Tickets start at $12. 2pm.
  • BYOD Houston Masquerade Pawty at Batanga Bust out a sparkly mask and bring your furry friend to an enchanting masquerade “pawty” at Batanga in Downtown. You can enjoy tapas, champagne, and plenty of pups. 3pm to 5pm.
  • T Smith: Sentient Meat Opening Reception at Archway Gallery | FREE – Hear from T Smith, the artist behind Archway Gallery’s latest exhibition, Sentient Meat, during an opening reception at the Montrose gallery. Following the discussion, you can stick around for drinks, light bites, music, and conversation. 5pm to 8pm.
  • HTX Indiefest 5 at Houston Underground Houston Underground presents the fifth annual HTX Indiefest, which offers Houstonians a lineup of local musicians, including Trilly Polk, Swilson, Imani Scott, Caleb The Great, and Phenomenon The Poet. While at the festival, you can also check out live art and graffiti, food trucks, and other vendors. Tickets start at $15. 7pm to 2am.
  • BowiElvis Fest at The Continental Club Celebrate the shared birthday of two legendary musicians, David Bowie and Elvis Presley, during the tenth annual BowiElvis Fest at The Continental Club. Featuring eight bands and two indoor stages, the event also includes an outdoor party with live burlesque by the Dem Damn Dames, face painting, themed games, a costume contest, prizes, and food. Tickets start at $15. 7pm.
  • Trae Tha Truth in Concert at University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall Check out a show by Houston’s own Trae The Truth when he performs “The Breakout Tour” concert series, featuring appearances from Pretty Lyon, BMW Meech, BobbyStone Music, and Shem Levi at Cullen Performance Hall. $65.53. 7pm.
  • Heights Funk Collective in Concert at Rudyard’s Get down to groovy tunes by Heights Funk Collective as the seven-piece powerhouse brings their eclectic music to the stage at Rudyard’s British Pub. $8. 9pm
  • Dollie Barnes in Concert at Axelrad | No Cover Axelrad’s concert series presents Dollie Barnes, a Houston-based musician who draws inspiration from the ‘60s and ‘70s while infusing pop sensibilities with dreamlike vocals into her unique sound. 9pm to midnight.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

  • ·         Bayou Bikers Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Join Bayou Bikers for a 25- to 40-mile ride along the bayous. Meet at Market Square Park. 8am.
  • Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market | No Cover Explore hip hop elements like emcee battles, breaking workshops, graffiti, and live turntablism, while shopping from more than 30 vendors at the Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market Downtown. Noon to 5pm.
  • Sunday Funday Axelmarket at Axelrad | No Cover – Ride out the weekend with Axelrad’s weekly market, which showcases local farmers, artists, makers, drink specials, and food trucks. Noon to 11:55pm.
  • 8th Wonder Comedy Hour at The Secret Group – Crack up as Seth Bullock and Joshua Stokes host a comedic showcase featuring some of Houston’s best acts at The Secret Group. Tickets start at $5. 6pm.
  • Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green | FREE – Skate alongside skilled professionals when they take to The ICE at Discovery Green every Sunday evening throughout the winter season. 6pm to 6:45pm.
  • Galveston Symphony Orchestra at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Enjoy an evening with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra as they play a New Year concert, Russian Capriccios, at The Grand 1894 Opera House. $35. 7pm.
  • Alejandro Escovedo in Concert at Heights Theater Check out a concert by Alejandro Escovedo, a Mexican-American songwriter who blends rock, country, and even punk into music that highlights personal struggles in his recent release, The Crossing. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

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New Year, New You?

Every year when the new year rolls around, many of us write out a list of resolutions. Some of these include weight loss, smoking cessation, something new (car, house, job) among many other things and we give ourselves a deadline to reach these goals. We tell ourselves that because it’s a new year that we must do these things. Here’s the thing and there’s always a thing, you have to want this! You have to sincerely want the change what you write or think about. Wishing for it will not make it come true.

The reality is that change is not a “new year resolution”. It’s an ongoing process that you are actively working on every single day. Psychologically waiting for a specific day or time of the year to do something is self-defeating. In order for real change to happen, there has to be a consistent effort. If real change is what you’re looking for, then set your goals and move towards them every day. That’s how you’ll reach them!

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Palladium: This Years White Hot Metal

Palladium, this year’s hottest metal, is used mainly to cut pollution from gasoline engines. Yet anyone betting the rise of electric vehicles will curb demand anytime soon is likely to be disappointed, according to the metal’s top producer.

Hybrid-electric cars, which also require precious metals to control pollution, represent a growing percentage of future demand, said Anton Berlin, head of analysis and market development at Norilsk Nickel PJSC. The Russian miner forecasts that combined palladium use in hybrid and plug-in hybrid — or rechargeable — vehicles next year will be nearly triple that of 2016.

Norilsk’s not the only one forecasting hybrid growth, at least in the medium term. While the projected increase in electric vehicles is significant, “it doesn’t compare” to the kind of expansion expected in hybrid electrics, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said in an October report. Hybrids are forecast to grow from just 3 percent of global market share in 2016 to 23 percent of sales by 2025, it said.

Palladium Use in Hybrids to Triple

Palladium has gained 19 percent this year, and set successive records this month to at times surpass gold as the most valuable major metal. Demand is projected to exceed supply for the seventh straight year in 2018.

There’s some expectation that the rising cost of palladium may prompt automakers to look for ways to use more of its sister metal, platinum, which is used widely in diesel engines. However, Berlin said he doesn’t expect much substitution any time soon. The shift takes time and may not be economically viable, he said.

Some analysts are also forecasting a decline in palladium prices next year. The positive demand outlook is already reflected in the price, which has overshot, according to Georgette Boele, coordinator of FX and precious metals strategy at ABN Amro Bank NV.

Still, the demand outlook remains rosy. The number of cars carrying a platinum-group-metal-containing catalyst will probably grow from almost 76 million to almost 90 million in 2025, according to Carsten Menke, commodity strategist at Julius Baer Group Ltd.

“PGM demand in general and palladium demand in particular should continue to grow over the next six years.”

— With assistance by Ania Nussbaum

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Is Patience Really a Virtue?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to work on having patience with people. I believe that I’m a patient person, but then there are people that test the mess out of me and make me want to punch things. Don’t laugh, I bet you do, too! On this self-improvement journey that I’ve been on, I haven’t seemed to come to the section about biding your time or being patient with others. For goodness sake, I have raised children and I can’t remember that being as frustrating to me as this is.

I know, at this moment, I must be hungry. I did grab something for lunch and made the fatal mistake of ordering something hot. By the time I got to it, it was no longer edible. Such a waste to some perfectly good nachos, so it looks like candy will be my lunch. So, I must carry on or this whole episode will be prolonged and that, I think, will drive me crazy. Looks like I’ll be putting in some extra, extra prayers today while remembering NOT to pray for patience!

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Your NYE and More List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston New Year’s Weekend with our super-expanded, six-day Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, December 27, 2018, to New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Pop the bubbly and ring in 2019 at one of many New Year’s Eve celebrations around town; sing and dance along to your Fab Five favorites; cheer on the Club America soccer team as they take on Santos Laguna; start your year off with tons of food, some morning meditation, or an evening hike; and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, December 27, 2018, to New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Things to Do All New Year’s Weekend

  • Shen Yunat Jones Hall | Thursday to Sunday and Tuesday – Discover the rich spiritual and artistic culture of ancient China as dancers leap, twirl, and glide across the stage in the annual performance of Shen Yun at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $80.
  • Panto Star Force at Stages Repertory Theatre| Thursday to Saturday – Crack up at this hilarious spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, which follows Jed, a farm boy from the planet Cypress, who joins forces with a zany band of space rebels to take on the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater. Tickets start at $25. 7pm daily.
  • Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas| Thursday to Sunday and Tuesday – Catch a performance of the classic, seasonal tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who’s famously visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Alley Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $37.  Showtimes vary.
  • Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experienceat the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Thursday to Sunday and Tuesday – The magic of Harry Potter comes to life in this comedic performance that runs through all seven books in just 70 minutes at Downtown’s Hobby Center. Tickets start at $49.99. Showtimes vary.
  • Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village| Friday and Saturday – Design and create a personalized wax candle with help from the team at Love & Makes in Rice Village. The BYOB workshop also features handmade goods from local artisans to shop while your candles set. $45. Times vary.
  • Register Now for Spring Classes at Watercolor Art Society- Houston| Friday and Sunday – Enroll for daytime, evening and weekend watercolor Spring Classes at the Watercolor Art Society– Houston. Learn to paint with watercolor paints and improve your watercolor skills with classes like Beginner Landscapes and Seascapes, Chinese Animal Zodiac, Portrait Painting and Crazy Cats and Mixed Up Mutts and more. Each individual class registration date varies.
  • Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experienceat the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Thursday to Sunday and Tuesday – The magic of Harry Potter comes to life in this comedic performance that runs through all seven books in just 70 minutes at Downtown’s Hobby Center. Tickets start at $49.99. Showtimes vary.
  • Death by Natural Causesat Houston Museum of Natural Science | Friday to Sunday – Discover a range of deadly “animal, vegetable, and mineral” specimens from the natural world at this educational exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Full price tickets are $30 for ages 12 and up; $20 for ages 3 to 11; $20 for ages 62 and up. 9am to 5pm daily.
  • Couples Cook: Celebrate the New Year at Central Market| Saturday to Monday – Bring your special someone to a couples cooking class at Central Market, where you’ll learn how to make filet mignon with wild mushroom sauce, grilled lobster tails with herb butter; bananas foster, and more. $180. 6:30pm daily.

Friday, December 28, 2018

  • Love & Make’s DIY Macramé Wall Hanging Workshop in Rice Village– Craft a gorgeous macramé wall hanging out of simple cord and twine in this DIY workshop led by designer Tanya Bagashkawill at Love & Make in Rice Village. BYOB and snacks are welcome. $65. 2pm.
  • Funfetti Fridays on The ICE at Discovery Green– Skate around The ICE at Discovery Green while jamming out to a colorful light show with beats from DJ Mohawk Steve during Funfetti Fridays. Tickets are $11. Skate rentals cost $4. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Intro to Fabric Painting at Plate & Bottle + Mercantile– Learn the art of fabric painting as an experienced artist leads you through his personal technique and shares his favorite products. After the class, you can mix, mingle, and network with local designers and like-minded individuals at a business mixer. $25. 7pm to 9:30pm.
  • Lettuce in Concert at The Ballroom at Warehouse Live– Hit the dance floor when Boston-based funk group Lettuce brings their groovy tunes to The Ballroom at Warehouse Live. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.
  • Avery in Concert at Satellite Bar Avery, also known as the pop act -Us. and as the drummer for indie band, Wild Moccasins, headlines at Satellite Bar along with special guests, Corbin Dallas, and Yawn Fresno. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 8pm.
  • The Tontons and Black Pumas in Concert at The Heights Theater– Local group The Tontons joins Austin’s Black Pumas for an upbeat and intimate concert at The Heights Theater. Tickets start at $16. 8pm.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

  • Beatles Tribute Band the Fab 5, with Diamond Jack at House of Blues– Hear the iconic music of the Fab Five when a lineup of Beatles tribute bands gets the crowd going at House of Blues. Tickets are $15. 8am to 5pm.
  • New Year’s Eve Historical Bash at George Ranch Historical Park– Gear up for New Year’s Eve festivities when George Ranch Historical Park welcomes visitors for a fun-filled day of crafting. You’ll make masks and noise-makers, then learn the do’s and don’ts of “first-footing” before a noontime countdown and holiday feast. Tickets are $15, seniors are $12, and children’s tickets are $10. 9am to 5pm.
  • Discs and Donuts at Eureka Heights Brew Co| No Cover – Kick back and watch retro Saturday morning cartoons, while eating baked goods from Hugs & Donuts, sipping craft brews, and listening to vinyl records when Eureka Heights brings back its BYO-Vinyl event, Discs and Donuts. 10am to noon.
  • Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village – Create your own luxurious, scented bath bomb at this DIY workshop, hosted by Love & Make in Rice Village. The family-friendly activity allows crafters to incorporate essential oils and experiment with fun colors. $45. 11am.
  • Goat Yoga Houston at NettBar– Challenge your strength and stability during a 45-minute session of goat yoga at NettBar Houston. As the name suggests, yogis will practice with assistance from adorable baby goats, followed by 15 minutes of play time. Tickets start at $35. 11:30am to 12:45pm.
  • Little White Oak Night Market at Sideout Volleybar| No Cover – Shop ‘till you drop at The Little White Oak Night Market, which features local farmers, craft vendors, and local artists at Sideout Volleyball. 4pm to 8pm.
  • Club America vs. Santos Laguna at BBVA Compass Stadium– Cheer from the stands during the last game of the 2018 Tour Águila, where Club América will face the current Liga MX champions, Club Santos Laguna, at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $35. 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Skate with Spider-Man at Discovery Green– Lace up your skates and head onto the ice to skate alongside one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes at Discovery Green. $11 admission. $4 skate rental. 5pm to 6pm.
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Smart Financial Centre – The Moscow Ballet returns to Smart Financial Centre for the Great Russian Nutcracker, featuring world-class artists, hand-painted sets, and jubilant nesting dolls. Tickets start at $33. 7pm.
  • Toadies in Concert at White Oak Music Hall– Sing along to hits by the Fort Worth-based rock group, The Toadies, at White Oak Music Hall. You’ll hear old favorites as well as newer jams from their September 2017 release. Tickets start at $37.50. 7pm.
  • A Selena Tribute With Son de Rey + DJ Soloces at The Continental Club– Bust out your best Bidi Bidi Bom Bom looks for a tribute concert honoring la reina de la cumbia, Selena, at The Continental Club. You’ll hear music from Son de Rey of Austin and Houston’s DJ Soloces. Tickets cost $12 online; $15 at the door. 8:30pm.
  • Cash Cash: NYE Resolution at Stereo Live– Slip on your dancing shoes for a pre-New Year’s Eve concert by The Roseland, New Jersey EDM DJ trio, Cash Cash, at Stereo Live. $33. 10pm to 1:55am.
  • Princess MononokeMovie Screening at River Oaks Theatre – Watch an epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature in the 1997 animated film, Princess Mononoke, based on stories from Japanese folklore. $11. Midnight.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium– Watch the Houston Texans play the Jaguars on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $41. Noon.
  • Sunday Funday Axelmarket at Axelrad| No Cover – Head to Midtown’s hammock-laden patio bar, Axelrad, for this weekly market with local farmers, artists, makers, drink specials, and food trucks. Noon to 11:55pm.
  • Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green– Skate alongside skilled professionals when they take to The ICE at Discovery Green every Sunday evening throughout the winter season. Tickets are $11; $4 skate rental. 6pm to 6:45pm.
  • Washed Out in Concert at White Oak Music Hall– Hear the mellow, hip-hop-inspired production of Georgia’s Washed Out at White Oak Music Hall. Tickets start at $20. 7pm.
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Smart Financial Centre– Grammy Award winner Chip Davis brings to Houston his seasonal show, which features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics, along with a selection of compositions from his Fresh Aire series. Tickets start at $55. 7:30pm.

New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018

  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around Houston– Ring in 2019 at one of many New Year’s celebrations happening around Houston. With ball drops, fancy feasts, champagne parties, and family-friendly festivities, we’ve got you covered this NYE. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Noon Year’s Eve at CityCentre| FREE – Bring the kiddos to CityCentre’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration for face painting, a balloon and caricature artist, and a magic mirror photo booth. You can also dance to music from a DJ and countdown to noon with an explosion of bubbles. 11:30am to 1pm.
  • Havana Nights 2019: New Year’s Eve Extravaganza– Spice up your last night of 2018 with live Cuban music, a gourmet dinner, a giant dance floor and plenty of champagne at the Havana Nights 2019 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. VIP tickets cost $99. 7:30pm.
  • New Year’s Comedy Jam at Smart Financial Centre– Check out a lineup of knee-slapping comedy when Cedric The Entertainer, DL Hughley, Arnez J, and Nephew Tommy take the mic at Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $59.  8pm.
  • Eli Young Band in Concert at House of Blues– Jam out to Texas country music at a concert from Denton’s own Eli Young Band, known for hits like “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and “When It Rains.” Tickets start at $35. 8pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center– Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Grizzlies at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $29. 6pm.
  • NYE Nash Bash at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa– The 16th Annual Nash Bash New Year’s Eve, held this year at the Houstonian Hotel, will include hors-d’oeuvres, specially crafted gourmet food stations, a champagne toast, music provided by a DJ and live duo Bill and Kim Nash, and lots of dancing. Tickets and reservations are $200 per person. All proceeds benefit Champions Kids Camp. 6:30pm.
  • Gatsby New Year’s Eve at The Sugar Refinery– Travel back to the roaring ‘20s with this Gatsby-themed party at The Sugar Refinery in Sugar Land. You’ll receive a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, a DJ, a dance floor, and one free drink. A dinner buffet is available for an additional cost. Tickets start at $25. 7pm.
  • Topgolf’s Big NYE Bash at Topgolf Houston-Katy– Say hello to 2019 with live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu, and a midnight celebration with fireworks at the Big NYE Bash, hosted by all three Topgolf locations in Katy, Spring, and Webster. You can upgrade to VIP for exclusive access to an all-inclusive feast with a carving station and a bottle of bubbly to share with friends. Tickets start at $200. 9pm to 1am.
  • Baroque Razzle-Dazzle at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts– Start 2019 on a high note at Ars Lyrica’s annual New Year’s Eve concert, which showcases violinist Adam LaMotte and the music of the first and third of Brahms’ “Brandenburg” concertos. Tickets start at $130. 9pm.
  • Year of the Bo$$ 2K19 NYE Celebration with Slim Thug at House of Blues Roll into 2019 in style at the Year of the Bo$$ 2K19 NYE Celebration with the legendary Houstonian rapper, Slim Thug and friends at the Foundation Room at House of Blues. Enjoy chef-created á la carte items, a lounge menu, and drink specials all night. Along with Slim Thug, the party will be hosted by comedian Jeff Shelly and sounds will be provided by DJ Staso. Tickets are $75 and $150 for VIP. 9pm.
  • Black Swan New Year’s Eve Celebration at Omni Hotel Wave goodbye to 2018 in style with an evening of dancing, entertainment and bubbly at the luxe Omni Houston Hotel in the Uptown area. Spend the night at the Omni Hotel with overnight accommodations include tickets for two to The Black Swan night club’s Private New Year’s Eve event, and a bottle of champagne delivered to your guest room. The late check out party will feature a midnight champagne toast, a balloon drop, party favors, a photo booth, and live DJ. 9pm.
  • New Year’s Eve at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City Wrap up 2018 and ring in the New Year in extravagant style at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City. Dance the year away while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, an interactive photobooth, and a champagne toast to cap off the midnight countdown. Come dressed to impress in your best cocktail attire and Hotel ZaZa will send you into 2019 with complimentary party favors. 10pm.

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

  • All you can eat Menudo, Birria & Pozole New Year’s Day at La Calle Tacos– Recover from the previous night’s festivities with all-you-can-eat menudo, birria, and pozole, all known for their hangover-curing abilities, courtesy of La Calle Tacos. Prefer the hair-of-the-dog approach? Sip a bloody mary, mimosa, or michelada made with the restaurant’s extensive Mexican beer selection. Menu prices vary. 7am to 10pm.
  • 2019 Run Houston! at Sam Houston Race Park– Get started on your New Year’s resolutions at the 2019 Run Houston, which offers a 10K, 5K, and Kids 1K race at Sam Houston Race Park. Registration includes free, high-resolution race photos; a T-shirt; a finisher’s medal, and access to the post-race party with food, drinks, and awards. The 10K and 5K are $50, while the Kids 1K costs $30. 8:30am to noon.
  • Rise & Run 5K at Memorial Park| FREE – Lace up your sneakers and start 2019 on the right foot at this free, 5K walk/run at Memorial Park. This event is family- and pet-friendly. 9am to 11am.
  • New Year’s Day Hangover Cure Brunch at B&B Butchers– Kick off the new year with live music on the rooftop patio and a decadent brunch at B&B Butchers. You can eat your way to a lucky year with black-eyed peas and greens, and wash it all down with oversized “Manmosas.” Menu prices vary. 11am to 3pm.
  • New Year’s Day Crystal Bowl Meditation at Rothko Chapel– Start your year with intention, as Rothko Chapel presents a New Year’s Day crystal bowl meditation, led by Bayou Bliss Yoga founder Dana Shamas. Suggested donation of $10. Noon to 1pm.
  • BCO & HTXO New Year’s Hike at Memorial Park| FREE – Hike your way into 2019 with the crew at Bayou City Outdoors, who will lead you through some of Houston’s best inner-city outdoor trails. Hikers will meet in Memorial Park’s Rugby Field Parking Lot on Picnic Lane. 6:15pm.

 

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What Are Your Burning Desires in Life?

One of the most consistent themes in these books, is that you have to believe in order to achieve. You have to have a deep, burning desire to get whatever it is that you want. For me, that means that I have to overcome these silly fears. So yes, I will be getting on a ladder, but that’s not even the best part. I will also, for my birthday, be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I’ve done this before also, and I did slightly twist my ankle the last time I did this, so I know that there’s a real possibility that I can really get hurt. With that said, I already booked my jump for March 2019. Once I conquer these two fears, it’s time to get onto the next one. These are minor in comparison that’s why it’s important to remove these potential excuses.

Until tomorrow, if you want to chat me up, follow me on Facebook @woodlandsgoldwiser , on Twitter @IamGinaOlson or on Instagram @HoustonGoldwiser or visit me in person at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375