It's been a week since we first started worrying about Harvey. Yes, it's still time to help and donate to Houstonians working to restore a degree of normalcy to the region. But you should not be ashamed of having fun.
Research suggests "hedonic behavior" has a positive impact on those recovering from disaster. If that doesn't sway you, four out of five of these ideas have a charitable element baked in.
Sept. 1 | Fitzgerald's
Houston Music Hall of Fame inductee Los Skarnales will bring their ska punk sound to Fitzgerald's for free benefit concert with donations going toward Harvey flood victims.
Free. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr. More info at ftizlive.com.
Sept. 2–3 | Minute Maid Park
After the Astros and Rangers ended up in St. Petersburg for a series earlier this week, they'll be back for a series against the Mets at Minute Maid Park. Consider it a Mayor Turner-endorsed invitation to turn off the news and spend a few hours at a ball game.
Tickets from $13. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. More info at mlb.com.
I want the Astros to play Friday night. I want regular activities to resume. @astros— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 30, 2017
Sept. 2 | 19th Street
After so much destruction, celebrate local creators who will be selling paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. There will be live music and groups accepting monetary and physical donations.
Free. 540 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St. 713-802-1213. More info via Facebook.
Sept. 3 | Poison Girl
Drinking was part of hunkering down, and drinking is part of recovery. Montrose's favorite dive bar—the one that has always weathered hurricanes with style—is celebrating its 13th birthday with a donation drive of necessary items and monetary donations benefiting HISD cafeteria work. Musical guests include Young Mammals, TeeVee, Body Fat, Bask, Ruiners, Andy V, Cactus Flowers, and Lazer Kittenz.
Free. Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd. 713-527-9929. More info via Facebook.
Sept. 3 | Suntouch Yoga Studio
Take a deep breath. Suntouch is hosting classes of all types—from beginner to hot yoga—at its Jersey Village studio where folks can donate as much or as little as they like to benefit Harvey relief. They are also hosting a totally free 75-minute yoga and meditation class Saturday afternoon.
Pay what you can. Suntouch Yoga Studio, 19708 Northwest Freeway. 832-460-6006. More info via Facebook.