Community News

Mayor Turner Appoints Members to the Brays Oaks Management District

August 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Houston, Texas (August 11, 2017) Brays Oaks Management District (BOMD) is proud to announce that Mayor Turner appointed or reappointed members to the BOMD board of directors on Wednesday. The District congratulates Sylvia Rivas, Sheri L Cortez, Brandon Herndon, Ira Scott Jr. and Cindy Peden Chapman on their confirmation. BOMD would also like to thank Councilman Larry V. Green for his continued support in District K.

BOMD Board Chair Ralph Rieger said “I am honored to continue my service to the people of my community in Position One and as the Chairman of the Board. We have a great team of community leaders & business owners, who are Possibility Thinkers.”

About the Brays Oaks Management District:
The Board will continue to implement the BOMD 15-year Service Improvement & Assessment Plan, adopted in 2012. The plan focuses on seven core areas including: enhanced public safety, business and economic development, environmental & urban design (beautification), marketing and public relations, mobility and transportation, education, and infrastructure related to flood control.

Brays Oaks District, Where New Things Are Happening!

2017 Home Elevation Grants

August 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston, in partnership with the Texas Water Development Board, will submit a grant application on behalf of interested homeowners to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant. This grant will request funds for elevation of flood-prone homes.

Who Is Elgible?

Homeowners must have flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. The flood insurance must be effective at the time the grant application is submitted and be maintained throughout the grant process. The cost to raise your home must be less than the estimated amount of future flood claim payments.

The deadline for homeowners to submit their information to the City of Houston is Friday, August 25, 2017 at 5 pm.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

You may also attend the 2017 FMA Home Elevation Grant Informational Meeting:
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray St., Houston, TX 77019

Please visit for frequently asked questions. For additional questions, contact the City’s Floodplain Management Office at (832) 394-8854 or

Sales Tax Free Weekend is August 11-13

August 7, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Support your favorite local business and save $$ – Sales Tax Free Weekend is August 11-13.

School Supplies
Clothing and Footwear
Texas Administrative Code

Severe overcrowding at BARC: More than 500 dogs and 200 cats in animal shelter’s care

August 3, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Special $1 Pet Adoptions This Weekend to Help Save Lives

HOUSTON- BARC is bursting at the seams with dogs and cats: More than 500 dogs and 200 cats are at BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions. The shelter’s capacity is 550 and over 720 animals are currently in its care. With shelter intake levels expected to remain high throughout the summer, BARC is asking Houstonians to adopt, rescue or foster a pet.

BARC is dropping adoption fees for adoptable dogs (5 months and older) and all cats/kittens to $1 this Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th. Regular adoption fees are as follows: Dogs are $50, cats and kittens are $20, and puppies 4 months and younger are $75. BARC’s pet adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a one-year city pet license, and a pre-registered microchip with lifetime registration. The adoption package is the best value in town and could cost hundreds of dollars if purchased independently. Details about BARC’s adoption process and requirements are listed on BARC’s website. Thanks to Proler Southwest/Sims Metal Management for sponsoring this weekend’s event.

“BARC’s capacity is 550 and we are taking in between 100 and 150 animals almost every day,” said Ashtyn Rivet, BARC Deputy Assistant Director. “You can imagine how quickly our shelter fills to the brim. We don’t typically drop adoption fees to $1, but we want to give the animals in our care the best possible to chance to find a new family.”

Pets currently available for adoption can be found on BARC’s website, but BARC encourages all Houstonians to stop by BARC at 3300 Carr Street, Houston, TX 77026 and meet each animal in person. BARC is open for adoptions seven days a week from noon to 5:00p.m.

If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a volunteer or foster pet parent at BARC. BARC is especially in need of foster pet parents. Many dogs and cats enter BARC with treatable skin conditions, upper respiratory infections and other treatable conditions that must be taken care of outside of the shelter before adoption. Some puppies and kittens that enter BARC are too young for adoption and must be fostered before they can go home with a permanent family. By getting these animals out of BARC and into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.

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Brays Oaks Quick Picks: 4 Events To Plan for This August

August 3, 2017 • Continue Reading »

August is here, which means many chances to learn, play and get involved in the Brays Oaks community. To help you get out of the house (and, perhaps, off the school open house circuit), here are a few events that have something for everyone.

Line Dancing Classes at the Morris Frank Library, Saturdays in August, 11:30am-1:00pm

Every Saturday in August, you can join other line dance lovers to hone your skills and move to your favorite country music. The classes are free, and double as great cardio for those looking for a fitness component to their Saturday morning excursions. The classes have limited space, so contact the library in advance to make sure you snag a spot.

One Voice, One Vibe, One Community, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, August 20th, 4:00pm

Out of the devastation of the Meyerland floods comes One Voice, One Vibe, One Community. With music from former Houstonian Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu, and commemorative text by Jewish Community Center members, the event will showcase the JCC’s efforts to rebuild, reconnect, and revitalize Meyerland, and their commitment to the future of the neighborhood and the surrounding community.

Water Aerobics, Chancellors Family Center, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 9:30am

Looking to get your blood pumping without having to brave the Texas heat? Chancellors Family Center hosts water aerobics four days per week, giving you plenty of schedule-pleasing options for suiting up and enjoying a class. Participants are encouraged to move at their own pace, making the class as easy or as hard as you need to de-stress from your week.

Open Gym Volleyball, Spike Sport Club, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays

If you need a more fast-paced workout (or a chance to meet others interested in volleyball), Spike Sport Club has you covered. For just five dollars, you can join other volleyball enthusiasts for a fun, casual game of volleyball or three. Participant skill level varies, and games are organized by the staff, so there’s no need to worry if you show up amateur or alone.

Pace Moms Back to School Bash, Aug. 12

July 31, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Southwest Civic PIP Meeting, July 25

July 24, 2017 • Continue Reading »

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Urban Farming Business Course

July 21, 2017 • Continue Reading »

We’re pleased to announce our upcoming Urban Farming Business Course for refugees and asylees in Houston! Applications are being accepted through August 31st, with the course beginning in October. The training program is approximately one year long (meeting once-a-week) at nominal expense to the participants. Our goal is to help refugees assimilate and become economically self-sufficient, while making Houston greener and healthier! You can learn more and apply, or refer a prospective farmer, here:

Consider attending an upcoming info session to learn more:
Saturday 9-10am
July 29, August 26, or September 9

at the Plant It Forward warehouse
4030 Willowbend Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

Contact us at for more information!

Learn More & Apply!

Mayor’s Annual Back2School Fest – Registration required

July 20, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Mayor’s 7th Annual Back 2 School Fest

Location: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010

Serving 25,000 pre-registered children from Houston area school districts
• Backpacks
• School Supplies
• Immunizations
• Vision Screenings
• Dental Screenings
• Other Free Services
Due to limited supplies, this event is open only to pre-registered students in grades K-5 who reside in the City of Houston and qualify for free or reduced cost lunch.

To Pre-register, Please Call:
713-837-0311 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
or visit

Thank you to our 2017 Back To School Sponsors: Shell; University of Houston; Kroger; Undies For Everyone; Texas Barber College; Staples; Walgreens; Fiesta; Comcast; CenterPoint Energy; MetroPCS; Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; A-MAX Insurance; Union Pacific; TDECU; Enterprise; Legacy Community Health; Houston Community College; United Airlines; Caring for Children Foundation-Care Van Program; Jetco Delivery; Summit Dental Center; Texas Exposition Services; Urs Logo; Children’s Museum of Houston.

Free Back-to-School Vaccinations

July 18, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Children’s Museum of Houston offers free immunizations
Every Thursday Free Family Night in August 2017
Limit first 150 children each offered day
Administered by Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program

Children, 6 weeks to 18 years of age, who need immunizations will have the opportunity to receive free vaccinations at the Children’s Museum of Houston this summer.

Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer back-to-school vaccinations to the first 150-children to arrive every Thursday Free Family Night in August. To qualify, parents and guardians will need their child’s immunization records. All required school vaccines will be provided except for TB Test or flu. No need to pre-register.

FREE Back-to-School Immunizations
Thursday Free Family Night (Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2017)
From 5 to 7 p.m.
Limit first 150-children each time.

Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

• Free Family Night Thursday is every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit or call (713) 522-1138.