GOING GREENER Advantage BMW Midtown (2101 San Jacinto St.) is building a new, state-of-the-art showroom featuring a solar-paneled roof as an ancillary source of electrical power. The panels are expected to provide approximately 18 percent of the dealership’s current electrical consumption. A first for Houston’s auto dealership industry, the solar panels are designed to enable Advantage BMW Midtown to reduce its carbon footprint, demonstrating the dealership’s commitment to finding greener methods of providing services to its customers. Details: 713/289-1200.
NOT-SO-SECRET SANTA Under the auspices of Thunderbird Theatre, which presents plays for elementary-aged school children, actor Bill O’Rourke is playing Santa Claus this holiday season. For a reasonable fee, the Jolly Old Elf and a helper provide a 15-minute visit to family gatherings, office parties, or other special holiday occasions that includes music and gift delivery of your choice. Details: tbirdth.com • 713/942-8816.