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Yates Renewal of Vows

        Clarease and Cary Yates on their wedding day, November 27, 1997

On November 27, 1997, Rev. William Lawson married Clarease and Cary Yates. Cary asked Clarease, “Would you marry me again?” She said, ” Yes.”

Last week, on the day of their 21th anniversary, Rev. Lawson conducted the renewal of their vows. Just as they did twenty one years ago, Keryl Douglas and Ralph Cooper stood with the Yates as Maid of Honor and Best Man. The ceremony was a small private affair at the home of Rev. Lawson. This was very important to the Yates’ because in addition to marrying Clarease and Cary, Rev. Lawson has also officiated over the marriage of the Yates children, Chelsy Yates and Terrence Hamilton; Chelsi Morrow and Phillip Yates, and the renewal of the vows of Clarease’s parents 30 years ago. Although Clarease and Cary have been called a power couple, they shared their secrets for keeping it fresh. First, put God first. Pray and laugh together. Protect your special time together selfishly. In their case, they state that they married their children, as well as each other, thus creating a beautiful blended family. They say that it is not only crucial to LOVE your mate, but you must LIKE your mate; and you should be best friends. Lastly, they want you to remember that NO ONE is PERFECT…Love, Honor and Cherish through sickness and in health are the powerful words which bind them together.

                               Cary and Clarease Yates renew their vows

Clarease and Cary Yates embrace as they renew their vows on their anniversary

Rev. William Lawson conducts the renewal of Cary and Clarease Yates’ vows as Maid of Honor and Best Man, Keryl Douglas and Ralph Cooper, stand by


The 99th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant Energy

Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks at the 2018 Mayor’s Holiday Celebration Sponsorship Reception

Houstonians rang in the holiday season with the 99th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting presented by Reliant Energy, an NRG Energy Company on Friday, November 30, 2018, in the heart of Downtown Houston.

                             R&B Singer Mary Griffin performs on stage


An Evening of Jazz Houston Orchestra

                                                   Jazz Houston Orchestra

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Jazz Houston held an evening presentation at the Lincoln Center Orchestra’s performance of Big Band Holidays. Jazz Houston is dedicated to promoting jazz through performance, education, and community outreach to the Houstonians. These artists have also presented more than 40 after-school jazz workshops at District K Library locations, along with a number of additional education concerts featuring the Jazz Houston Orchestra.

The following pieces were selected:

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Comp. Edward Pola/George Wyle, Arr. Wynton Marsalis; Sleigh Ride by Comp. Leroy Anderson/Mitchell Guaraldi, Arr. Sherman Irby; Christmas Time is Here by Comp. Lee Mendelson/Vince Guaraldi, Arr. Marcus Printup; Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel by Comp. S.E. Goldfarb, Arr. Sherman Irby; Winter Wonderland by Comp. Ferdinand Bernard/Richard B. Smith, Arr. Carlos Henriquez; You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Comp. Albert Hague/Theodor Geisel, Arr. Victor Goines; Caroling, Caroling by Comp.

Alfred Burt/White Hutson, Arr. Marcus Printup; Frosty The Snowman by Comp. Walter Rollins/Steve Nelson, Arr. Vincent Gardner; The Christmas Song by Comp. Bob Wells/Mel Torme, Arr. Ted Nash; Everybody’s Waiting’ For The Man With the Bag by Comp. Irving Taylor/Dudley Brooks, Arr. Victor Goines; Silent Night by Comp. Franz Xaver Gruber/Joseph Mohr, Arr. Victor Goines; Jingle Bells by Comp. James Lord Pierpont, Arr. Ernie Wilkins. For more information visit their website: to sign up for Jazz Houston newsletter.