The Houston welcome mat (updated)

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Here’s a bit of good news for our Houston visitors:

While evacuees of Hurricane Katrina are waiting to return home, the Houston Comets and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, are trying to give them a break from their worries.

The Houston Comets are offering free tickets to Tuesday night’s first-round playoff game against the Seattle Storm.

If you would like to attend, the game starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Evacuees will be required to show a valid state driver’s license from Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama.

For more information, call the Comets box office at (877) COMETS-WIN.

Team officials said seats are limited and advise patrons to arrive early.

Also, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has opened its doors, free of charge, to evacuees through Oct. 29.

Evacuees must show a Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama driver’s license at the visitor’s desk in the lobby of the Caroline Wiess Law Building or the Audrey Jones Beck Building.

For more information, call (713) 639-7300.

Also, Banjo Jones has a post about Louisianans heading to the Galleria for necessities, where they were treated to a special deal at Nordstrom’s.

Local news broadcasts last night had many tales of local charities, businesses and churches helping out anyway they could, by contributing water and other supplies to shelters.

And the Houston SPCA took in more than 260 dogs and cats from the Louisiana SPCA, all of which are ready to be adopted. KHOU-11 has a nice story on the plight of these little critters and how Houston-area residents can help.

UPDATE: Laurence Simon reminds us to donate to the Red Cross. I’ll add the Salvation Army as another very worthy cause in the relief efforts.

UPDATE 2: Chris Baker (KTRH-740) is running down a list of Houston attractions that are offering free or reduced admission to Hurricane Katrina refugees, including the Childrens Museum, the Hermann Park paddle boats, the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Natural Science, the Laff Stop, and even the Astros, which are offering half-price admission.

UPDATE 3: The Hilton Americas is making up for yesterday’s bad press:

Houston-area hotels have relaxed their policies to allow Katrina refugees to keep their pets with them. For example, a Great Dane, a poodle and a hound dog roamed the lobby of Houston’s downtown Hilton Americas hotel yesterday.

Hotel spokeswoman Anna Drake estimated more than 100 animals are hotel guests, including birds, hamsters and rabbits.

That’s the spirit.

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