David Loa, left, prays for Andrew James Arnold of Katy June 1, 2008 during a service by the Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Motorcycle Ministry. Arnold said his son is in jail and his daughter is in rehab and is praying for God to give him strength and direction. Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Richmond.
Baytown Sterling’s Brett Marshall is the All-Greater Houston baseball player of the year. Marshall led Sterling in hitting, batting .500 for the season. He also was one of the team leaders in pitching, June 13, 2008 in Houston, TX. Friday, June 13, 2008, in Baytown.
Southwest All-Star Band Drum majors stand and listen to the Greater Houston All-Star Band as the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation holds a Battle of the High School Bands June 14, 2008 at Hunters Glen Park. The showdown took place as each band took turns playing at the basketball courts. The winner was judged from crowd reaction. The Southwest All-Star Band won the competition. The Greater Houston All-Star Band, consisting of HISD high school band members, took on the South West All Star Band, consisting of high school band members from Madison, Willowridge, Marshall and Hightower. Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Missouri City.
Desirae Clark, of Copperas Cove, TX is overcome with emotion at Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Texas, on display at Discovery Green Park June 14, 2008 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Texas focuses on the specific costs of war to the state of Texas. “I believe in the war,” Clark said, after visiting the GOP convention at the Brown Center. She added that she has many friends that have deployed overseas. “I believe freedom isn’t free,” she said. In response to seeing the exhibit, she added, “Simply seeing that the cost of freedom is high,” caused her to become emotional. The exhibit included 388 pairs of boots representing fallen servicemen and women from Texas, and a visual representation of the Iraqi civilian casualties. AFSC, an international social justice organization, created Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War to illustrate the lives lost in the war in Iraq. It first opened in Chicago’s Federal Plaza with just over 500 pairs of boots in January 2004.June 14, 2008 in Houston, TX. Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Houston.
Diana Reddy follows local Tai Chi teacher Dale Napier as he leads a summer solstice celebration class, June 20, 2008 in Houston at the Arboretum. The movements focused on elements that traditionally represented the summer like fire and the color red. Also, the movements served to replenish chi, or life energy. According to tai chi principles, emotional and organ health is determined by the quality and quantity of a person’s chi. Friday, June 20, 2008, in Houston.
Euriel Almaguer, of Dallas, poses with an Imperial Guard, a Stormtrooper and Boba Fett July 4, 2008 at Space Center Houston. All summer long, Star Wars fans will be able to see genuine props, models and artifacts used in filming the highly anticipated movie and TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Friday, July 4, 2008, in Houston.
Lisa Coleman and Bo Margraves dance to the Zac Brown Band as they play “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” at Willie Nelson’s annual Family Picnic saturday. Neither one knew each other before the song as Margraves initiated the dance. Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Houston.
Ed and Monica Loya of Cypress dance to Ray Price as he performs at Willie Nelson’s annual Family Picnic Saturday.
Willie Nelson performs at Willie Nelson’s annual Family Picnic Saturday.
Cherie Brautigam, left, of Magnolia, and Jan Moore, right, of Fort Worth, applaud for Willie Nelson as he performs at Willie Nelson’s annual Family Picnic Saturday.
Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes will not allow five-year old Adriel Arocha attend school because of his long hair. Arocha’s father Kenney Arocha is Apache and said long hair is traditional for Native American men. Thursday, July 10, 2008, in Needville.
Debasish Mishra, left, and Amit Lal set up umbrellas before the Rathayatra celebration at the India House July 12, 2008. The umbrellas were for decoration and also in case of rain. The Ancient Festival of the Chariots, also called Rathayatra, which originates in Puri, India was held for the first time in Houston this Saturday, July 12, 2008. Crowds of devotees pulled a 22-foot tall chariot around the perimeter of the India House, which has 10 acres. The chariot held three deities, Lord Jagnnatha (the ancient Vedic name for Krishna), Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra. The parade and festival are considered one the most sacred and spiritual events in Hinduism. Helping to pull the chariot is considered a sacred act. Saturday, July 12, 2008, in Houston.