Beat the Houston Heat!

Yes, the inevitable triple digit temperatures are finally upon us here in Texas, but that does not mean you cannot still have a cool time around H-town! There are plenty of things to do to “beat the Houston heat” that do not include burning a hole in your wallet.

This summer, several popular Houston museums are offering free admission every Thursday afternoon including: Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

Busy Thursdays? No worries. There are also plenty of museums that are free every day of the year including: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, Houston Center for Photography, The Menil Collection, Moody Center for the Arts, and the Rothko Chapel to name a few.

So if you want to mix it up a little bit without breaking a sweat or the bank, stop by one of these fine Houston attractions with some friends, family, or just the kiddos. School may have stopped, but the learning never has to! Check out http://houmuse.org/free-admission-times/ for details.

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Road Trip!

Looking to escape the Texas heat for a week, or just ready to plan next summer’s vacation? We recommend a road trip to Mount Rushmore National Memorial! Located in South Dakota’s magnificent Black Hills, Mount Rushmore is a definite must see, especially around the 4th of July.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the drive, we have some great places for your family to visit along the way!

First up, the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS where you can learn about the history of space travel, and even see Odyssey, the restored Apollo 13 Command Module. No kid (or adult) can resist imagining life in space or learning the history of rockets!

Next, head to Omaha, NE, where you can visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Make sure to visit the zoo’s Desert Dome, which is the largest indoor desert in the world and includes animals and plants from southern Africa’s Namib Desert, the Red Center of Australia and the Sonoran Desert of the southwest United States. Don’t forget to pack those swimsuits, so you can cool off at the Alaskan Adventure splash grounds after a long day of exploring.

Once you make it to South Dakota, we suggest staying in Custer, SD, minutes from Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and much more! If you visit around Independence Day, you might even run into Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.

If you venture up north, or anywhere else this summer, make sure to take your Alpha backpack and hat so we can see where your Alpha ‘A’ has been!

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Cats, Coffee, Cartoons, OH MY!

New to Downtown Houston, El Gato Coffeehouse is Houston’s first “cat café”. Partnered with local no-kill animal shelter, Friends for Life, El Gato provides a comfortable, social environment for adoptable cats while also providing food and beverage options to those who visit this unique Houston hangout.

Not only can you eat local, tasty treats and play with the furry felines, but you can also watch “Caturday” morning cartoons, relax with yoga and cats, catch a Friday “Meowvie” night, and have a crafternoon making art and cat toys. If you are not a cat person, there is plenty of outdoor seating on their large patio where you can still enjoy your freshly made coffee and plentiful food options from local food trucks on property.

Whether you are looking to adopt your next furrever friend or just grab a cup of joe, you are helping to support a great cause all while having a good time doing something different. For more information on El Gato, upcoming events, and adoption options, visit their website at elgatocoffeehouse.com.

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Alpha’s Courtney S. enjoyed cat yoga with a new friend!

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Contest Update!

Here’s a look at some of the entries from our “Where Has Your Alpha ‘A’ Been?” contest! Keep sending in those photos to Marianne (mstanton@alphatesting.com), and we’ll reveal the first of our prizes on July 12th! Don’t forget, entries are due September 5th, and winners will be announced September 6th!

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Crooked Tree Coffeehouse

Located in the State-Thomas historic district of Dallas, Crooked Tree Coffeehouse has now reopened after renovations. The eclectic home setting is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or pastry. Crooked tree values economic responsibility – that’s why they use locally grown coffee and bring in food from local bakeries and restaurants from around Dallas.

For hours and more information, visit their website:  http://www.crookedtreecoffeehouse.com/.

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We Are Alpha.

Family milestones matter.

Marriage.  Birth.  Baptism. Graduation. Anniversaries. Leaving home. Reunions – just to name a few.

At work, we continue our internal celebration of our 35th anniversary this year.  In looking back, there are so many events, clients, and projects that could each be lifted up as key points in our history.

We decided to call out the Alpha Testing milestones that have resulted in new offices and a new sense of ‘family,’ as we have grown beyond the original office.  Today, we have Alpha ‘family units’ in Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and multiple locations in Dallas.

The professional growth steps involved have paralleled many of the life milestones we all share.

Brian, Ken, Tony and I encourage and celebrate that ‘tribal’ sense of belonging that comes from being a part of an Alpha Testing regional operation.   Look around, and you can proudly say “WE are Alpha today.” Celebrate the success and the unique aspects of your region!

We hope you join us in celebrating the other Alpha teams in Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, Balch Springs, and Farmers Branch.  We – all of us – are Alpha Today.

It is an honor to work alongside each of you, in every location, as we all continue to reach toward our Vision 2020 goals!

Jeff Wilt, PG
Executive Principal

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The Perfect Sand Castle

Heading to the beach this summer? If so, you may want to perfect your sand castle building skills. Come learn from renowned sand artist Joaquin Cortez at Twin Points Park in Fort Worth.

The events, sponsored by Tarrant Regional Water District and Twin Points Park, take place throughout June and are free with park admission. For more information about this and other events at Twin Points Park this summer, see http://www.trwd.com/recreation/locations/eagle-mountain/twin-points/.

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