C & D Hardware, a member of the Houston Heights community since 1951, equips home improvers and to-do listers with provisions for projects large and small. Conquer domestic disrepair with supplies spanning 26 different categories, from lawn and garden wares and paint gear to a vast reservoir of plumbing equipment and special gifts. Purify your home's lungs with air-conditioning filters ($1.39–$27.99), or whittle a moving box into a mini cardboard replica of the Taj Mahal with a box knife ($0.59–$11.89). Metal garden bugs ($18.49–$79.99) spruce up lackluster lawns, while patio chairs ($25.99–$149.99) provide an ideal perch for competitive lounging. The helpful cast of C & D employees assists customers with an array of services, including rekeying locks, computer color matching, and blade sharpening.
The Build the HYP gala raises money to support Austin Habitat for Humanity, coaxing contributors with tunes from a headlining swing-rock-ska hybrid act. The gala includes snacks to fill bellies famished from swing dancing and starting a sawdust-only diet to show solidarity with in-process homes. The Daddies' set will be supplemented by local act Vintage 15, a 15-piece band that updates jazz jams from staple artists such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Michael Bublé. Attendees can also be on the lookout for Raise the Roof shingle prizes, which include scaffolding exhausted roof-raising arms.
At sunrise over Lake Conroe, beams of morning light scatter sparkling reflections off the water's placid surface. In the distance, a slight whine, audible only to the gulls and morning sunbathers, signals the end of a sleepy night and the beginning of an exciting day of water sports. The sound belongs to a Yamaha Waverunner VX110 Deluxe, just one of Fun Rentals' fleet of wave-taming watercraft. In addition to the zippy waverunners, their sturdy pontoons form a leisurely flotilla, welcoming guests in search of a calm trip along the lake's azure waves or a place to peaceful place to practice making aircraft carrier noises with their mouths. Staffers also entice shore-bound guests with space for picnics and sunbathing.