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Media Contact: Claudia Morlan or K.C. Scharnberg<br /> Elmore Public Relations<br /> (713) 524-0661 or <br /> or<br /> <br /> Ready to shed those winter boots and coats and stretch out outdoors in your shorts and tees? Discovery Green&nbsp; is the spot for you. The downtown park kicks off its Spring 2010 Programming Season Spring Break weekend, March 13th with hundreds of free events and activities through the July 4th weekend. <br /> <br /> The season is packed with popular staples of weekly exercise classes, Downtown Green Market and Thursday Concert Series and new activities like the Shell Eco-Marathon and Screen on the Green that you won&rsquo;t want to miss. See a complete list of the events, classes, ongoing programs and special events at and stay connected by signing up for the weekly e-newsletter.<br /> <br /> The park is open seven days at week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Activities are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted. <br /> <br /> MARCH 2010 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE<br /> <br /> DISCOVERY GREEN SPECIAL EVENTS <br /> <br /> Shell Eco-Marathon<br /> Friday, March 26 &ndash; Sunday, March 28<br /> Celebrate invention, innovation and eco-efficiency as Discovery Green becomes a test course for tomorrow&rsquo;s vehicles. College and high school teams from around the world design, build and test vehicles for maximum fuel efficiency. Shell and the City of Houston bring this amazing eco-efficient event to Houston. See; for more information on access, street closures, parking, public activities and more.<br /> <br /> <b>ENTERTAINMENT SERIES </b><br /> <br /> Screen on the Green Series<br /> Free films presented under the stars and lights of the Houston skyline.<br /> <br /> H-E-B Movie Night: Julie and Julia<br /> Friday, March 19, 8 pm<br /> H-E-B presents Julie and Julia (2009, 123 min.) the Oscar-nominated film featuring Meryl Streep&rsquo;s award-winning performance as Julia Child. Bonus: Robert Del Grande shows clips from his PBS interview with Julia Child! Special thanks to KUHT.<br /> <br /> Apollo 13<br /> Saturday, March 27, 8 pm<br /> &ldquo;Houston, we have a &hellip;&rdquo; In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13&rsquo;s flight, NASA spokesmen will introduce Ron Howard&rsquo;s award-winning film. (1995, 140 min.) Special thanks to NASA.<br /> <br /> Blues and Burgers <br /> Wednesdays, March 17 through April 28, 12 &ndash; 1:30 pm<br /> Enjoy Houston&rsquo;s best in blues music with a lunchtime concert. Co-sponsored by KTSU-FM.<br /> <br /> March 17 &ndash; Milton Hopkins Band<br /> March 24 &ndash; Texas Johnny Brown<br /> March 31 &ndash; Hustler&rsquo;s Brass Band<br /> <br /> Sundays in the Park presented by the Four Seasons Hotel, Houston<br /> <br /> March 14 to June 27, 3 &ndash; 5 pm unless otherwise indicated<br /> Great music, idyllic surroundings.<br /> <br /> March 14 &ndash; Umbrella Man<br /> March 21 &ndash; Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians featuring Pete Simple 12 pm &ndash; 2 pm<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>ART SERIES </b><br /> <br /> ART BIKE 2010 Presented by National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star<br /> Tuesday, March 9 &ndash; Sunday, April 18<br /> Don&rsquo;t miss the exhibit of 26 artistically-transformed bikes by local artists to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. In conjunction with National MS Awareness Week and the 26th Anniversary of the BP MS 150, ART BIKE 2010 is an installation of art with a cause. Join the movement!<br /> <br /> HEALTHY LIVING IN THE PARK<br /> <br /> Downtown Green Market<br /> Sundays 12 &ndash; 4 pm<br /> Central City Co-Op Downtown Green Market features local vendors showcasing their sustainably grown produce, as well as regional specialties from area farms and craftsmen.<br /> <br /> Recycling Saturdays<br /> Saturdays 10 am &ndash; 2 pm<br /> Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy coffee and a newspaper at the Hilton Americas Hotel! Click here for coupon <br /> <br /> Bicycle Repair Workshop<br /> Saturdays 10 am &ndash; 2 pm<br /> Nick Auger and Terry Hurley conduct free bicycle repair lessons. Bring your bike and learn how to fix it. Bicycle rides follow. Visit for more information.<br /> <br /> Fitness in the Park presented by Academy Sport + Outdoors<br /> <br /> Family Yoga with TUTS<br /> Tuesdays beginning March 16, 10:30 &ndash; 11:30 am<br /> <br /> Pilates + Yoga = PiYO with TUTS<br /> Tuesdays beginning March 16, 6:30 &ndash; 7:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zumba!<br /> Wednesdays beginning March 17, 6:30 &ndash; 7:30 pm<br /> <br /> Yoga in the Park with TUTS<br /> Saturdays beginning March 13, 9:30 &ndash; 10:30 am<br /> <br /> Houston Hooper Stahs Meetup<br /> Sundays beginning March 14, 12 &ndash; 2 pm<br /> <br /> <b>CHILDREN&rsquo;S AND FAMILY EVENTS </b><br /> <br /> Houston Area Youth Art Month<br /> <br /> March is Youth Art Month, a celebration of the value of art education for all children. Come see the amazing, delightful and surprising work of a child&rsquo;s mind. Open through March, with free art workshops led by educators Saturday, 13, 20 and 27 at noon as part of KBR&rsquo;s Discovery Series<br /> <br /> Young Writers Workshops<br /> Saturdays beginning March 13, 10:30 &ndash; 11:30 am<br /> Writers in the Schools, HPL Express and Discovery Green team up to offer Houston&rsquo;s only free open writing workshop for kids. Made possible by a grant from David Mendez.<br /> <br /> Hip&rsquo;n Fit Club presented by HEB<br /> Saturdays beginning March 13, 11:30 am &ndash; 12 pm<br /> Everyone loves this unique workout program for kids.<br /> <br /> Discovery Series presented by KBR<br /> Saturdays 12 &ndash; 1 pm. Special Kick off event Saturday, March 13, 7 pm<br /> A wonderful weekly excursion in art, culture and fun! Check for Discovery Series updates. To open the season, a special Discovery Series evening event: Brother Tadpole &amp; the Space Wiggs Save the Planet &ndash; an original show for children with fun songs by Loreta Kovacic. Come and Hula Dance in space with us.<br /> <br /> <b>SPRING BREAK SPECIAL</b><br /> <br /> Target presents Houston Grand Opera at Discovery Green<br /> <br /> Storybook Opera<br /> Tuesday, March 16, 12 &ndash; 1 pm<br /> Thursday, March 18, 12 &ndash; 1 pm<br /> An HGO artist reads aloud a musical story, engaging in the audience with musical excerpts and questions. In English at 12 noon and in Spanish at 12:30 pm.<br /> <br /> Opera To Go<br /> Friday, March 19<br /> Cinderella in Spain, 10 &ndash; 11 am<br /> Glass slippers, pumpkins and magical transformations&hellip; don&rsquo;t miss the allergy-prone fairy godmother and an unusual pair of evil stepsisters! In English and Spanish.<br /> <br /> Opera To Go<br /> A Way Home, 12 &ndash; 1pm<br /> HGO&rsquo;s 40th World Premiere, created in conjunction with Song of Houston&rsquo;s Mexico 2010.<br /> <br /> PRESENTED BY&hellip;<br /> <br /> Redesigning Downtown: A Style Competition at One Park Place<br /> <br /> Three top Interior Designers compete to win best design for a deluxe apartment at Houston&rsquo;s new landmark residential high rise One Park Place. Tour the three, uniquely designed units and vote for your favorite at a cocktail party on March 10. Donation $20. You can also vote on tours available from February 17 to May 2 (check website for times); $10 suggested donation to benefit Discovery Green. For more information please call 713-868-5933 or visit <br /> <br /> Discovery Green welcomes these public events to the park! Ticket prices may apply.<br /> <br /> Persian New Year Festival<br /> Sunday, March 21, 1 &ndash; 9 pm<br /> Sponsored by Iranian Cultural Foundation &ndash; Houston<br /> For more information:<br /> <br /> DINING <br /> Dining options include the award-winning The Grove and The Lake House. Enjoy hot coffee and a donut from Houston&rsquo;s Hottest Donuts on the Andrea and Bill White Promenade or spread your blanket on the Jones Lawn and picnic with friends and family. <br />