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ECHOS August Calendar of Events

August 8, 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:

August Calendar of Events: English | Spanish (PDF)

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

Register now for your Summer-Fall 2014 Farm Share!

July 28, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Funk & Soul at the Waterhole

June 29, 2014 • Continue Reading »

FUNK & SOUL at the WATERHOLE has come and gone…
What a fantastic, high energy and high QUALITY show we had on June 7,2014!

Brought a lot of new folks in, and showed them the beautiful space at Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve.
Thanks to all who came! If you were unable to make it, we hope to see you next time!

Three acts provided a Funky Blast of Super-Coolness.
- Jazz R’ Boyz
- Collective Hallucination feat. Ant Boogie and
- The Breakdown, (Prince tribute band). Celebrating the music of Prince and the 30 year anniversary of the hit film “Purple Rain”.

Plant It Forward Farm Stands Now Open in Your Neighborhood

June 28, 2014 • Continue Reading »


Willow Waterhole 2014 MusicFest

May 6, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The April 12 Willow Waterhole 2014 MusicFest was a terrific event.

Weather was in the high seventies, overcast, and humid.

Attendance exceeded 1,300 people, up approximately 30% from 2013.

Concession sales doubled from last year!

Student musicians were excited to play at the same venue as the pros and all seven professional groups remarked how impressed they were with the event’s organization and energy. All the performers appreciated their complimentary commemorative t-shirts.

VIPS included CM David Robinson, State Rep. Borris Miles, and HISD Dist. Trustee Wanda Adams.

Also making an appearance were representatives from CM Larry Green’s office and Congressman Al Green’s office.

Attendees felt good about the diversity, skill, and sound quality of the music.

Overall, it was an awesome event, see you in 2015!

View photos from the Festival:

Houston Parks & Recreation Department Parks Master Plan Phase II

April 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »



HPARD is in the process of evaluating and adjusting its Master Plan, last published in 2008. The plan gives direction for the growth of the city’s park system for the next twenty years. The Master Plan is revisited every 5 years to evaluate and make adjustments based on physical, social, policy and technological changes so that it remains a relevant guidance document. Since 2007, the City of Houston has been divided into 21 Park Sectors and park need analysis at this level is being done in Phase II of the Master Plan.

Master Plan Survey Currently Underway

We need your input, as a resident who uses the park system, to enhance this assessment by providing input on priorities of the items that need to be addressed first with available funding. Currently, a Master Plan Survey is being conducted and you can participate by taking the survey. The survey is available in both English and Spanish and the results can help us shape the new Park Master Plan.

Master Plan Survey English Version
Master Plan Survey Spanish Version

Brays Oaks District Residents are in Park Sector 8

To determine which Park Sector you live in, please go to For a step by step tutorial on How to Find Your Park Sector please view the following video.

Park Sectors Map (printable pdf)

How to Find Your Houston Park Sector Number
YouTube Video

To receive a Master Plan Survey, e-mail us at

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Ebru Classes at Raindrop Turkish House

January 7, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Register Now for EBRU CLASSES at Raindrop Turkish House


For more information or to register for these classes please visit or email

ECHOS December Calendar

December 4, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in Southwest Houston. Our mission is to aid those in need of free or low cost medical and social services access those services that are available. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status.

ECHOS Houston
9600 S Gessner @ Bissonnet Bldg. E

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Phone: 713.270.0369

December 2013 Calendar:
Click on the calendar to download the PDF

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Fondren Celebrates New IB Status

December 1, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Fondren Middle School celebrated its new status as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School on Nov. 21 with music, poetry, art, and special guest speaker James Reilly, a former NASA astronaut. Fondren joins Reagan High School and Hogg Middle School in receiving official authorization in July to offer the rigorous IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Fondren Middle School International Baccalaureate Celebration from Houston ISD.

“IB is a totally new approach to learning for us,” said Fondren MS Principal Monique Lewis. “Teachers are teaching differently, and students are learning differently. There is more collaboration among students and more open-mindedness in general.”

The focus of the MYP at Fondren is technology, foreign languages, and applying classroom instruction to real-world events through partnerships with local and national community service organizations. The school has trained staff, enhanced the school library, and updated campus technology over the past three years in order to qualify.

MYP Coordinator Robin Porter is very excited about the school’s new IB status. “We want people to see what we are doing, and how we are changing,” she said. “We are cultivating a new vision and shaping our students into well-rounded people who will go on to do great things in the world.”


Memorial Hermann Southwest goes PINK for breast cancer awareness

October 9, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Nearly 40,000 women will die this year from breast cancer.  As part of its continued support in the fight against this disease, Memorial Hermann Southwest has gone PINK for the entire month of October.  The hospital’s two towers will be bathed in pink light and every tree on the campus will be adorned with a pink ribbon.  Additionally, Memorial Hermann is hosting educational events across the greater Houston area during the month.  Visit the Cancer Center page at to learn more.