Join the Museum Experience

April 9, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Join the Museum Experience – Houston’s newest cultural block party! Come out Saturday, April 26 from 11am-6pm to explore the museums of Zone 2: Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center and The Weather Museum.

Take a trip around the world in Zone 2 where you’ll explore some of Houston’s most diverse museums. The first 2,500 visitors will receive a souvenir passport and receive custom stamps at all nine museums. Perfect for all ages, the museums offer a variety of special programming and activities.

The Houston Museum District will be featuring three food truck “hubs” throughout Zone 2 with an assortment of your favorites. It’s a Wrap! and Sweet Asian Desserts will be at Asia Society Texas Center; Soulcat Cuisine will be at Museum of African American Culture Center; POCKet to Me and Detox will be at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum; and Moon Rooster will be at Lawndale Art Center.

There will also be FREE pedicab rides all day long! Each of the museums will have a dedicated “stop” to get on and off the pedicabs. Just look for the red flag that says Houston Museum District.

Create your own experience in the Houston Museum District!

The Museum Experience is Houston’s newest cultural block party! The Museum Experience features four walkable “zones” to help visitors navigate through the area and learn more about all 20 museums in a more personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone will showcase a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming, pedicabs in select zones and food trucks. Create your own Museum Experience with the Houston Museum District.


ECHOS April Calendars

April 9, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in southwest Houston. Our mission is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and at risk individuals in our community by narrowing the disparities in access to healthcare, education, job training and quality of life. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status. Learn more about ECHOS:

April Calendar of Events: English | Spanish (PDF)

ECHOS is located at:
9600 South Gessner Bldg E (corner of Bissonnet)
Houston TX 77071
(713) 270-0369

Keep District K Beautiful Day

April 2, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Calling All Volunteers

Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:00 a.m. to noon
(Time varies per neighborhood below)

Braeburn Valley HOA Street Cleaning and Curb Painting
Staging location is Braescreek @ South Braeswood Blvd. (11:00 a.m.)

Glenshire Community De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is Glenshire Clubhouse (11:00 a.m.)

Hager Park Tree Planting & De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is Hager Park (9:00 a.m.)

Southwest Manor De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is 5302 Willomine Way (9:00 a.m.)

Maplewood West HOA Esplanade Beautification Initiative
Staging location is the South Braeswood Blvd. /Braesridge Dr. intersection (8:00 a.m.)

West Place HOA De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is West Place Community Park (9:00 a.m.)

Fort Bend Houston Super Neighborhood De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is Willowridge High School (8:30 a.m.)

Southmeadow HOA Esplanade Beautification Initiative
Staging location is Southmeadow Clubhouse (9:30 a.m.)
Contact District K council Office at 832-393-3016 or

City of Houston Breaks Ground on Garden and Nature Playground as Part of National GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program

March 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »

City leaders bring natural playscape and learning environment to Gulfton area; Project marks third Houston-area garden developed with support of Scotts Miracle-Gro


HOUSTON (March 22, 2014) – Today the Gulfton community in southwest Houston will be home to a new community greenscape as part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s and The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. The Gulfton neighborhood, where many residents lack access to green spaces or yards, will receive a new nature playground and garden to encourage outdoor learning and support the healthy development of area children and families. This project marks the return of Scotts Miracle-Gro to the Houston area, where the company has previously supported two community and school-based green space initiatives.

GRO1000 is a national program launched by Scotts Miracle-Gro in 2011 to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. The U.S. Conference of Mayors partnered with Scotts Miracle-Gro on the GRO1000 initiative to recognize mayors for the installation of innovative, public green spaces designed to improve our nation’s cities. The garden and nature playground at the Gabriela Mistral Center for Early Childhood will support Mayor Parker’s “Go Healthy Houston Initiative and Task Force,” which is focused on reducing obesity, increasing healthy eating and exercise and promoting urban agriculture since its launch in 2012. Continue Reading »

Jazz festival planned for Willow Waterhole

March 17, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The Willow Waterhole Greenspace Reserve will be the site of 10 hours of free live music Saturday, April 12, during the 2014 Willow Waterhole Music Fest.

The program, set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will take place at the reserve’s south gazebo, 5300 Dryad Drive, behind Westbury High School.

Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy and Brays Oaks Management District are the festival hosts. This year’s event will build upon the jazz festival held last year, said Howard Sachs, past president of the conservancy.

“The music festival is even bigger and better,” he said. “It’s really important to give people an opportunity to discover the green space, and this is a perfect venue to do so.”

Performers at the festival will include: Gisele & Friends, performing Latin music; Kelly Dean Band, smooth jazz; Kyle Turner, a five-piece ensemble with tenor sax; Texas Brass Band, New Orleans jazz; Warren Sneed Band, traditional jazz; Luther & the Healers, Texas blues; and Mark Dini, fusion with pop rock and jazz mix.

Also scheduled to perform are bands from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Westbury High School, Johnston Middle School and Parker Elementary School.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs.

The conservancy, founded about 12 years ago, is working to transform the 239-acre Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve into a park environment.

When it’s completed, it will have six stormwater detention lakes and public recreation space.

Working with the conservancy is the Harris County Flood Control District, which owns the land and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

The conservancy’s next annual meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, will feature a lecture by John Lienhard, host of “The Engines of Our Ingenuity” on KUHF-FM and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and history at University of Houston.

“The last time he spoke about bayous, and that was the best-attended meeting in our history,” Sachs said.

The meeting also will feature an update on the Brays Bayou flood-control efforts from the Harris County Flood Control District and an officers’ election for the conservancy.

Earlier this year, the conservancy coordinated a community effort to rescue native plant species from the site of one of the reserve’s future detention areas. Houston Independent School District agreed to provide greenhouse space for the plants.

The conservancy is in the process of hiring a consultant to help map a design for the reserve’s recreational area, said Ralph Rieger, who has been serving as the conservancy’s president since April.

The conservancy has been awarded a $399,999 capital improvement grant from the city to create the recreational area, Rieger said. Once a consultant is hired, the conservancy will start developing ideas for it.

Some specific plans are already in place for the reserve improvements.

“We’re adding a pocket prairie to showcase species that were natural to this area,” Rieger said.

The reserve also will be the site of a small education center and a memorial site honoring flood-control engineer Jack Rafferty (1896-1940), a pioneer in developing flood-control projects.

The Jack Rafferty Gathering Area will comprise granite blocks and two plaques surrounding a large oak tree.

Another priority for the conservancy, Rieger said, is establishing strong working relationships and partnerships within the community. He said he has been getting to know the nuns at St. Catherine Convent, a nearby Vietnamese Dominican Sisters convent at 5250 Gasmer Drive.

For details about Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve, visit or


Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic at ECHOS

March 11, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic will be at ECHOS on several dates this Spring providing a variety of services.

Immunizations for children – who are eligible (Bring their shot records)

Please see the flyers for complete details.

English | Spanish

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services
9600 South Gessner Bldg E (corner of Bissonnet)
Houston TX 77071
(713) 270-0369

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in southwest Houston.

PAIR Announces Annual Youth Empowerment Fund Drive and Luncheon

March 11, 2014 • Continue Reading »


Each spring, PAIR holds its annual Youth Empowerment Fund Drive. The drive is our major fundraising activity of the year. It provides essential resources that make possible PAIR’s consistent, high quality programs for refugee youth and continued expansion to meet the unmet needs of the many young refugees who arrive in our community each year. I hope that you will be able to support the 2014 drive.

This year, we are holding a luncheon in conjunction with the drive, a first for PAIR. The luncheon gives us a unique opportunity to share our students’ successes with friends and supporters.

I am excited that two outstanding PAIR allies – Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin and Westbury High School principal Tim Wainright – will be present to share their perspective on young refugees and PAIR’s programs. We will honor them and two long-time PAIR supporters: Caring Friends, Inc. and the Mandy Kao Foundation.

I hope you will join us at the luncheon to celebrate our students and to pay tribute to four of their most important benefactors. Your presence will help make this a very special occasion. If you cannot attend, please consider a donation to the 2014 Youth Empowerment Fund. Every gift has an impact on the lives of the young refugees in our community!

With warm regards,

Nicole Tritter Ellis
Executive Director, PAIR

ECHOS March Calendars

March 4, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in southwest Houston. Our mission is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and at risk individuals in our community by narrowing the disparities in access to healthcare, education, job training and quality of life. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status. Learn more about ECHOS:

March Calendar of Events: English | Spanish (PDF)

ECHOS is located at:
9600 South Gessner Bldg E (corner of Bissonnet)
Houston TX 77071
(713) 270-0369

Learn How Neighborhoods Can Apply for Tools to Retain their Residential Character

February 19, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Last spring, new development rules were adopted that will allow developers to build additional housing on smaller lots than are typically found in most suburban style neighborhoods. This will increase the availability of housing in the city and provide residents with more housing options. However, if your neighborhood is residential and would like to retain its larger lot character, the City adopted tools to help.

These tools include the ability for residential areas to preserve the existing lot size or building line character of the area providing there are no deed restrictions that address building line or lot size on the lots they seek to protect. These tools are commonly used in areas to prevent the further subdivision of lots for townhome style developments.

Information about these tools can be found online at: If you have questions, please contact Kevin Calfee at 713.837.7701 or

McNair Family Contributes $3M Toward Football Stadium

February 11, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Huskies receive gift from Texans owners, long-time University supporters.


HOUSTON – Houston Baptist University has received a $3 million gift from Robert and Janice McNair to support the construction of the Huskies’ new on-campus football stadium, HBU President Robert B. Sloan Jr. announced Saturday.

“Janice and I believe HBU is one of the leading universities in Christian higher education; we also recognize the values of football and as such, see this as a worthwhile contribution to continue that excellence,” Robert McNair said. “As we’ve seen with the Texans, the sport of football provides a rallying point for the whole community. We see that same dynamic taking shape at HBU, and we are proud to be part of it.”

“Robert and Janice McNair have been long-time friends of HBU, and we are grateful for their support and generosity,” Sloan said. “This gift will make a significant impact toward our football stadium, as well as to the entire University.”

HBU’s playing surface, Dunham Field, as well as the buildings that comprise the HBU Football Complex, were installed during the summer of 2013. Construction on the stadium’s seating, ticketing and press box areas is scheduled to begin later this month, and the McNairs’ gift will aid in the completion of those projects.

The gift continues a long and generous history of giving to the University from the McNair family. Previous contributions to HBU were used toward the construction of McNair Hall, the campus’s premier banquet and reception venue, in the Morris Cultural Arts Center, as well as donations to the School of Education. Through The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, the McNair’s have given generously to countless charitable, scientific, literary, educational and religious organizations. Robert McNair serves as chairman of the foundation, as well as The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation and the Houston Texans Foundation.

Robert McNair is chairman of The McNair Group and is responsible for bringing the National Football League back to Houston, serving as founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans, since the franchise’s inception in 1999. He also revived a collegiate bowl game in Houston in 2006 as founder and now chairman emeritus of the Texas Bowl.

HBU head football coach Vic Shealy announced the program’s second National Signing Day class at a press conference on campus Wednesday. The Huskies expect to open the 2014 campaign, their first official season as an NCAA Division I FCS competitor, at home against McMurry on Sept. 6 at the new stadium, which has yet to be officially named.