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Grand Opening of
Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
A FREE day full of live performances, activities, food and fun!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
Noon - 4:00PM
6500 Rookin St.
Houston, Texas 77074
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Metro Route: 9 Gulfton

Neighborhood Centers Inc. is pleased to announce that the new Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center is now open! This vibrant four-acre, five-building village center supports neighbors in the Gulfton/Sharpstown area who are working to achieve the dream of a better life.
You are invited to experience the new center first hand at a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Sept. 25, The World in Your Neighborhood. The entire community is invited to attend this free family event.
The theme reflects the rich international culture of the Gulfton/Sharpstown community and the celebration will offer a sample of the area’s diverse sights, sounds and tastes to all who attend.

Schedule of Events

View all the free performances and activities. Click on the performances that have links to learn more about the organization. Schedule is subject to change.

Time Country/Region
11:15 Noon Opening Ceremony at the Welcome Center
Noon Ribbon Cutting
Shapiro Outdoor Stage
12:20 12:30 Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico Mexico
12:30 12:45 Houston Tango Club Latin America
12:45 1:00 Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico Europe
1:15 1:30 CANARY DANCERS led by Youri Nelzine Russia/Ukraine
1:30 1:50 Chu's Kung Fu China
2:30 2:40 Raices del Peru South America
3:00 3:10 Shunyata belly dance Middle East
3:40 4:00 UrgeWorks Hip-Hop & Rap American
Marketplace Stage
12:30 4:00 Mango Punch! Latin Music
Mariachi Los Gallitos Mexico
12:00 12:20 Sharpstown High School Marching Band America
1:00 1:30 Neighborhood Centers Karate Shotokan Ryu Japan
1:50 2:05 KoumanKele African Dance & Drum Ensemble Africa
2:05 2:30 Aloha Spirit Company Hawaii
2:30 3:00 Prehispanic / Aztec Dance Mexico/Central Am.
3:00 3:30 Elemental Tai Chi China
3:30 3:50 Brazilian Arts Foundation Brazil
3:40 4:00 Lee's Golden Dragon Dance Troupe China
Reunion Hall
12:30 ARAMARK Healthy Cooking Experience -
1:30 An interactive class with four demonstrations
2:30 throughout the day.

Information Booths & Cultural Exhibits (all 12:00-4:00pm)

Mexican Consulate
India House
Unidad Hondureña
Russian Cultural Center
Neighborhood Centers Inc.


activities for all ages include:

Face Painting Dance Lessons (Zumba, Tango, Salsa, Capoeria)
Moon Bounce Storytelling by Houston Grand Opera
Henna Art Hula-Hoop Contests
Kite Making Jump Rope Contests
Sand Art Water Duck Fishing
Cake Walk Wii Tournament
METRO Photo Booth Hair Painting


A Taste of the World - Free!
Try food from Mexico, Africa, Jamaica, Italy and Vietnam.
Also hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and paletas.

Directions & Parking

Because of construction on Hillcroft, Baker-Ripley may be best accessed from Sands Point Dr. off of 59 South, or Rookin St. off of Bellaire Blvd.
View a map of the streets around Baker-Ripley >>

View a map of the Baker-Ripley campus (PDF) >>

Limited parking is available at Baker-Ripley. A shuttle will be available from these remote parking locations:
Additional Ways to Join the Fun!
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Underwritten by ARAMARK.