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Wynton Marsalis plays to a crowd of elementary school students in the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in front of Central Library downtown. Wynton Marsalis plays to a crowd of elementary school students in the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in front of Central Library downtown. Photo by David Smith

Wynton Marsalis swings through H-town

Renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz Houston Orchestra swung the Hobby Center on the evening of Thursday, May 24. Friday morning it was a couple hundred Houston elementary school students’ turn feel the beat.

Marsalis, as committed to music education as he is jazz performance, again joined the Jazz Houston Orchestra and kept schoolchildren spellbound for more than an hour, both teaching swing beats and entertaining with a roving trumpet solo as he waded into the rapt audience.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and HPL Executive Director Rhea Lawson welcomed the crowd to the Wynton Marsalis Swingin’ Through H-Town Jazz Education Program at the Houston Public Library’s Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza downtown. Dozens of passersby joined in the fun at the free program.

Jazz gallery photos by David Smith.

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Two-wheeled traffic 

City employees made a stand for cycling in their city May 18. Bike to Work Day has become an annual rite for riders.

The event has increased in popularity in recent years, and with it the call for more bike-friendly streets. The message has resonated.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and HPD Chief Art Acevedo led city officials who rallied cyclists after their ride into City Hall, touted the city’s bike plan, and outlined concrete steps to improve bike lanes and increase lanes and paths throughout Houston.

Bike to Work gallery photos by David Smith.

 

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Wonders of water

Water was the main attraction at Discovery Green earlier this month.

Houston-area elementary and middle school students descended on the downtown park May 11 for the city’s annual Waterworks Festival.

Employees with Houston Public Works’ Waterworks Division helped educate the students about the miracle of clean water service in a major metropolitan center.

The city’s Northeast Waterworks Education Center often hosts groups for tours and programs on Houston’s waterworks operation. This was the first year for Discovery Green to have the festival.

Water Festival gallery photos by David Smith.

 

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