LOCAL Houston | The City Guide March 2017 - Page 66

THINGS I LOVE BY JENNIFER LEVY Guest Editor JENNIFER LEVY feels mentally and physically strong thanks to the miles she has put into her seven marathons and 15+ half-marathons (plus training miles), all to raise funds and awareness for Cherish Our Children International and No More Victims. As a kindergarten teacher, Levy set up a marathon program which challenges each child to accumulate mileage every morning during her ten-minute "run club." Every mile of their marathons creates mental and physical strength, concentration, pride and a strong sense of individual and collective accomplishment. Buffalo Bayou I run a lot and I like to try new places to keep me from getting bored. One of my favorite places to run is Buffalo Bayou. I love the views as well. Especially crossing the Jackson Hill bridge before sunrise. If you get a chance, go and catch the gorgeous view of the bayou and the Houston skyline! Highland Village If you’re looking for a place to escape, Highland Village is the place to be. Whether you want to sit outside and enjoy the weather at Escalante’s, shop around for a gift for someone, or indulge in a little retail therapy, this is absolutely the place for you. Lululemon is one of my guiltiest pleasures. Levy Park The importance of family, friendship, health and learning were strong life lessons in my family. It was with great pride that I saw my father's family gift to Houston become a reality. Over 75 years ago, a 5.21-acre parcel of land was donated to the city of Houston in order to be used for a park and recreation area. Opened on February 25, Levy Park has at last come back to my father's namesake and will carry the strong foundations we have as a family to this day. Levy Park will promote healthy lifestyles, entertainment and education opportunities and be a place for friends and family to come together. I look forward to joining and supporting the park and programs while carrying on the Levy legacy. Renderings courtesy of Office of James Burnett 66 LOCAL | march 17