By Nancy Ford
Another Reason to Smile. One of OutSmart’s “Gayest and Greatest” winners in the “Best Dentist” category, FLOSS Dental has opened a second office. In addition to its Midtown location, the new store located in the Galleria district offers four operatory rooms, a Zoom2 Teeth Whitening room, and the expertise of Dr. Justin Crockett. 1801 Post Oak Blvd. • flossdental.com • 713/255-0780.
Visits from Santa. Santa Claus is joining John Daugherty Realtors for some special stops in Houston to chat with youngsters and pose for free holiday photos. “This tradition goes back 20 years,” says John A. Daugherty Jr., president. “We are beginning to see our first friends of Santa return with their own children. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holidays.” Santa’s schedule includes stops at River Oaks Park (3600 Locke Ln.), Tanglewood Corp. (1661 Tanglewood Blvd.), Citycentre (800 Town & Country Blvd.), Colonial Park (4130 Byron St.), Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle St.), Donovan Park (700 Heights Blvd.), and Briargrove Park (2301 Seagler St.). Children, grandchildren, and pets are welcome. Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. johndaugherty.com.
Ballet News. Stanton Welch, Houston Ballet artistic director, has announced that Danielle Rowe, currently a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet, joins Houston Ballet as a first soloist in January 2011. Rowe’s repertoire highlights include productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Stanton Welch’s The Sleeping Beauty in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and numerous other ballet classics. Rowe makes her first appearance with Houston Ballet in Marie, running February 24 through March 6. houstonballet.org.
Performance Partnership. Society for the Performing Arts has announced a new partnership with Neighborhood Centers, Inc., which organizers expect to impact hundreds of Houstonians. The program aims to bring SPA’s diverse programming and performers to Neighborhood Centers locations. “Overcoming barriers of language, history, and culture, we come together in the shared language of the arts,” says Angela Blanchard, Neighborhood Centers president and CEO. spahouston.org • neighborhood-centers.org.
Recruiting Film Buffs. MOVIES! The Store, now MOVIES! On Hiatus, is planning another revival. The eclectic Montrose-area film store closed its retail operation in early October, had been whimsically replaced by MOVIES! On Hiatus, which offers screening partnerships, free Wednesday movie nights at DOMY Books, and special fundraisers, according to founder Rob Arcos. Arcos says he would like to reopen the retail store within six months to a year, “but that all depends on recruiting additional investors, negotiating terms, locating a new space, and agreeing on the best business plan for the new store.” He asks individuals interested in being a part of the new store to e-mail [email protected]