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YMCA: Upcoming Events

December 1, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Advocare Texas Bowl

The holiday season is the best time of the year to spend time as a family. Bring your family out for a night of fun to watch the exciting matchup between the Big 12 and the SEC on December 28 at NRG Stadium.

Purchase tickets online for $35-$150.

Get Tickets >>

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Now Hiring

We are opening another state-of-the-art YMCA facility in Katy in February of next year! We are currently hiring for all positions including membership, healthy living, group exercise instructors, personal trainers, child care staff and more.

Join us for our job fair December 2 and 3 at The Fellowship, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy, Katy, TX 77450.

Apply Now >>

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Celebrating Our Veterans Family Camp

Join us December 2-4 as we celebrate those who have served our country and honor those who gave their all to protect us.

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with activities like our Dual Racing Zipline, our Alpine Climbing Tower, marksmanship tournaments and a host of family-friendly games and activities.

Learn More >>

District K: Houston Super Bowl Touchdown Tour, Dec. 10

November 30, 2016 • Continue Reading »


Community Job Fair at the Korean Community Center

November 29, 2016 • Continue Reading »


YMCA: Upcoming Events

November 22, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Don’t battle the bulge this holiday season – get into gear at the Y. Take advantage of our Black Friday weekend special. Join the YMCA of Greater Houston November 25-28, and you’ll pay no joining fee – a savings of up to $125.

Already a member? Refer a friend and earn a free month of membership.

Look for more information in your inbox Friday.

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Houston Rockets

rocketsBring your family and friends to the Toyota Center as the Houston Rockets take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, November 23, the Boston Celtics on Monday, December 5 and the LA Lakers on Wednesday, December 7.
Use promo code: ymca

If you have any questions or need assistance ordering, contact Andrew Cornutt at 713-758-7563 or Don’t forget to mention YMCA when you call.

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Thanksgiving Hours

All Ys will be closed on Thursday, November 24 so that our staff may spend time with family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Many Ys will also have adjusted facility hours and group exercise schedules starting Wednesday through the weekend.

Find Your Y >>

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Giving Tuesday

Around this time of year, we’re filled with even greater generosity toward our friends, family and community. Mark your calendar for #GivingTuesday on November 29. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. The YMCA of Greater Houston is a nonprofit organization dedicated youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

We invite you to give back to the community by investing in our kids, their health and your neighbors.

Donate Now >>


amazon-smileYou may also give back to the YMCA of Greater Houston while doing your online holiday shopping. If you shop at, make sure to visit AmazonSmile and select the YMCA of Greater Houston as your charity of choice. In addition to the same great Amazon service and selection, the YMCA of Greater Houston will receive a portion of the price of eligible purchases.

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Gift Cards

Make holiday shopping easy and surprise your special someone with a gift that lets them choose what they really want.
Available in the amount of your choice, a Y gift card can be redeemed for any Y program or service, including personal training, or even a membership.

Visit your nearest Y today to purchase a YMCA gift card.

67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 18, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Downtown Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Grand Marshals Olympic Gold Medalists, Simone Biles and Simone Manuel, will kick off the 67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24th. This year’s parade celebrates Houston as a spirited, global, American city, with a focus on family. This year’s parade will also include the “Mayor’s Citywide Sing-a-Long”, a new tradition where parade attendees join with Chris Crump, a former contestant of The Voice, to sign “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”

The parade is free to the public and begins at 9 a.m. A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased through the official website for $28 each. There is plenty of free curbside space along the route for lawn chairs and blankets. The route will begin at Smith at Lamar, proceed north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to Smith and Dallas. Arrive early to partake of food truck offerings stationed along the route. Easy access parking is available along the route. Metro buses will be running on a holiday schedule. For route and schedule information, please visit Houston Metro at or call at 713-635-4000.

Join us as we embrace the holiday spirit with sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment! Please arrive early for paid seating and expect road closures and heavy traffic.

The 67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.
For more event information, please visit
Follow us on social media for any changes and updates: @MayorsEvents and



Houston Police Department Blue Santa Program

November 17, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Houston Police Department
Blue Santa Program

blue-santaAll Contributors to the Blue Santa Program…

Are cordially invited to pick-up their pre-package toys starting

Every Saturday and Sunday in November 2016
from 9a.m. – 2 p.m.
November 28 – December 10, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 2p.m.
(including weekends) at 51 Riesner (2ND floor/ Toyroom).

Toys room Phone number: (713) 247-8730 – This phone number can be used for questions regarding the program and for citizens requesting information on how to be sponsored.

If you have citizens who are asking on how to be sponsored and need this information in Spanish please give them the number to our Spanish hotline – (713) 731-5106.

Visit our website for additional information on the program.

They may also contact us at:

We hope to see you soon.
Happy Holidays!
Martha Bailey (Juvenile Sex Crimes)
Georganna (George) Davis (South Central Patrol, Shift I)

Fall Into Good Health Fair, Nov. 19

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Houston Happenings – November 2016

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YMCA: Upcoming Events

November 15, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Fall Fun Runs

The holidays are a great time to give back to those in need. All proceeds from our fall fun runs are invested in our community.

Turkey Dash – Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch
Thursday, November 24, groups start between 7:10 and 9:15 am

GE Run Thru The Woods – The Woodlands Family YMCA
Thursday, November 24, 7:45 am

Learn More >>

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Y Guides Campouts

Y Guides is a YMCA program run through YMCA Camp Cullen and each YMCA center in the Greater Houston area. Parents and their kids spend time together at campouts and other activities.

Upcoming Campouts
Martin Dies Jr. State Park: This unique camping location lies on the northern edge of the Big Thicket between the Angelina and the Neches rivers.
Camp Olympia: Spend the weekend on Lake Livingston, enjoying land and water activities.

Learn More >> Register Today >>

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Winter Youth Sports

YMCA Youth Sports programs focus on building character and sportsmanship in young athletes to ensure they’re champions no matter the final score.
Registration deadline: December 26

Register Now >>

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Advocare Texas Bowl Tickets

Bring the family out for a night of fun to watch the exciting matchup between the Big 12 and the SEC on December 28 at NRG Stadium.

Get Tickets >>

Solid Waste Management Department – Thanksgiving Schedule

November 15, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Thursday, November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day)
There will be no collection services today. All SWMD facilities, including the Neighborhood Depositories/Recycling Centers, The Westpark Recycling Center and The Reuse Warehouse will be closed.

Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday’s Garbage, Curbside Recycling, Yard Waste, 4th Thursday’s and 4th Friday’s Tree Waste will be collected today. The Neighborhood Depositories/Recycling Centers, The Westpark Recycling Center and The Reuse Warehouse remain closed.

Saturday, November 26, 2015
Friday’s Garbage, Curbside Recycling and Yard Waste will be collected today. Neighborhood Depositories/Recycling Centers, The Westpark Recycling Center and The Reuse Warehouse will re-open.

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Hotline.

The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.