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Free Electronics Recycling Collection Events, June 24

June 21, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Council Member Green’s Bridging the Divide Meetings will resume on Aug. 25

June 19, 2017 • Continue Reading »

With consideration of the many who find it difficult to attend the Bridging the Divide Meeting this time of the year due to vacation and other occurrences, consideration was given; it has been determined that the Bridging the Divide Meetings for June and July are canceled and will resume in August.

Please mark your calendars for August 25th at 9:30 a.m. same place 3810 West Fuqua Road 77045.

Please be safe and enjoy your summer, we will see you in August with plans, ideas suggestions and solutions for making Hiram Clark a better community for each of us.

Put Your Health in the Driver Seat – Men’s Health Event

June 14, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Video: AREAA ABC Day 2017 in Brays Oaks

June 12, 2017 • Continue Reading »

BOMD AREAA ABC day 2017 from on Vimeo.

BARC Participating in National No-Kill “Just One Day” Event on Sunday, June 11

June 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The animal shelter is featuring $5 and $1 Adoption Specials June 10 – 11

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions will join numerous animal shelters and organizations across the U.S. for the national no kill “Just One Day” event. BARC will not euthanize any animals that can be saved. This is the sixth year in a row that BARC has participated in this event. To celebrate, BARC is hosting a $5 adoption event for dogs five months and older on Saturday, June 10 and $1 adoptions for dogs five months and older on Sunday, June 11. Cats and kittens are $1 through September and puppies are always $75.

“The ‘Just One Day’ event is a great day to engage Houstonians in the effort to save more lives,” said Ashtyn Rivet, BARC Deputy Assistant Director. “This is an opportunity to take part in something big. It’s a chance to come together to save animals’ lives in our community. Come and meet many animals at BARC that are looking for forever homes.”

BARC is currently facing extremely high intake numbers and the shelter doesn’t expect it to slow down any time soon. Since June 1, BARC has taken in 867 animals; an average of 173 animals each day the shelter has been open to the public for intake. If Houstonians are interested in adopting a pet, now is the time to adopt from BARC.

A huge thanks to Proler Southwest/Sims Metal Management for sponsoring this weekend’s adoption event. The adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a one-year City pet license and a pre-registered microchip with lifetime registration. View all BARC animals available for adoption and regular adoption fees on the “Adopt a Pet” page at If Houstonians are interested in helping but can’t permanently adopt a pet, BARC encourages them to become a foster pet parent or a volunteer.

“Just One Day” unites BARC with numerous other organizations across the nation who want to see every homeless pet find a home. According to the “Just One Day” website, more than 10,000 animals across the nation could be saved on June 11.

Read about BARC’s numerous programs designed to give every pet an opportunity to find a new home by visiting To get involved in BARC’s adoption, foster, or volunteer initiatives, please visit

The national event is not just about putting a stop to euthanasia for a day. It’s also about placing shelter animals across Houston, and across the nation, into permanent homes. BARC encourages all Houstonians to get the word out about its participation in the “Just One Day” event and get others involved in the effort to save lives by telling their friends and colleagues about BARC’s adoption, foster, rescue, and volunteer programs.

BARC, located at 3300 Carr Street, Houston, 77026, is open for adoptions every day of the week from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Houston children to get free summer meals during appointments at nine WIC centers

June 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The Houston Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Houston Food Bank will provide free healthy meals to children during summer appointments at nine WIC centers across the city.

Children up to age 5 with a WIC appointment will receive breakfast or lunch between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 6. Their siblings age 18 and under accompanying the family to the appointments are also eligible for the meals.

A child can receive two free meals throughout the schoolyear, but during the summer a family has to provide 10 additional meals.

Participating WIC centers are:

  • Alief WIC, 12660 Beechnut, Suite 180
  • Sharpstown WIC, 6201 Bonhomme #330 South
  • Braesner WIC, 8632 South Braeswood
  • Sunnyside WIC, 9314 Cullen
  • La Nueva Casa De Amigos WIC, 1809 North Main Street
  • Northside WIC, 8504 Schuller
  • Aldine WIC, 5198 Aldine Mail Route
  • Airline WIC, 5990 Airline Suite 200 and
  • Northwest WIC, 8536 Hammerly.

Summer meals include sandwiches, wraps and salads with grilled chicken or turkey during lunch hours and a variety of cereals, muffins and juices and milk for breakfast.

Nearly two-and-a-half million Texas children qualify for free or reduced priced meals during the school year. Yet only 11 percent of those children participate in summer meals programs.

WIC provides nutritious foods and nutrition education to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, women who have given birth in the last six months and children up to age 5 who have nutrition health-related problems. Single fathers, grandparents and foster parents are also eligible for WIC services for their children.

“Aside from WIC’s quality nutritious foods, our registered dietitians also give families valuable guidance that can keep them healthy,” said Zahra Koopaei, WIC director.

WIC’s goal is to reduce premature births, low birth weight, the fetal death rate and long-term medical expenses.

Typically, WIC provides prenatal and breastfeeding support for mothers, formula for infants who are not breastfeeding and supplemental foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, juice, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and cheese for women and children. Beginning at 6 months, infants receive strained fruits, vegetables and cereal, and, if breastfed, meats are added to their diet.

A pregnant woman with an annual income of $22,311 or less and a family of four with annual income of $45,510 or less qualify for WIC benefits. For more information about the summer meals program or enrolling in WIC, call 832-393-5427.

Kathy Barton
Office: 832.393.5045

Porfirio Villarreal
Mobile: 832.393.5041

HCC Brays Oaks Center Creates One-Stop Shop for Registration

June 7, 2017 • Continue Reading »

HOUSTON [June 6, 2017] – To kick off summer and fall registration, Houston Community College (HCC) Brays Oaks Center is hosting a “Block Information Party”. The open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at the HCC Brays Oaks Center.

As part of the open house, HCC Southwest Student Services will set up special admissions, advising, and financial aid areas to make it as easy as possible for students and the community to register for classes.

The event will highlight all the services available at HCC Brays Oaks Center. Experts will be available to answer questions about new HCC classes and programs offered close to home. The event is an opportunity for participants to register early to avoid long lines, while having some fun thrown in for good measure.

“We hope the students and the community enjoy the convenience of the one-stop registration shop at the HCC ‘Block Information Party,’” said HCC Southwest Dean of Student Success Matias Garza. “We want them to have a pleasing student experience, which means we want the registration process to be quick, the advisors to be helpful, and the student to leave with a sense of accomplishment. In addition, when the students register early, they get the classes and times that fit their schedule.”

Participants can meet with representatives from numerous HCC programs, including health care, construction, business, and technology skills, as well as receive information about GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Surrounding businesses and community organizations also will be on hand to offer their services.

There will be games, prizes, a gift card raffle during each hour of the event, music, and much more. Swoop, the HCC mascot, also will be there to take photos and dance with the crowd.

The Kreole Soul Food Truck will provide a full menu for purchase and Southern Ice Cream will be providing free ice cream samples. Bee Busy Wellness Center is bringing a Mobile Unit to administer free HIV testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) counseling.

“This community has waited a long time to have a state-of-the-art HCC campus and we want the community to feel like it’s their campus,” said Lillie McIntyre, HCC Brays Oaks campus manager. “With help from the community and the surrounding businesses, we will fill every classroom to meet the growing needs of our neighbors.”

Registration is now open for summer and fall classes. The second 8-week summer semester starts Monday, July 10. The deadline to register for summer classes is Sunday, July 9. Fall classes start Monday, August 28 and the deadline to register for fall classes is Sunday, August 27. To sign up, go to:


About HCC
Houston Community College (HCC) is composed of 15 Centers of Excellence and numerous satellite centers that serve the diverse communities in the Greater Houston area by preparing individuals to live and work in an increasingly international and technological society. HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities. To learn more, visit

Mayor Turner Announces Meaningful Change for Veterans

June 4, 2017 • Continue Reading »

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner announces a $2.3 million mental health grant for local veterans has been secured by the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs. The Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant was awarded by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission and will fund valuable new programs and services for a community with one of the highest veteran populations in the U.S. The substantial grant also highlights the city’s initiatives which target veterans and the Meaningful Change campaign which aims to end chronic homelessness.

“Wanting to help our veterans is one thing, but actually securing the financial resources to help our veterans is rewarding and impactful,” said Mayor Turner. “City of Houston Office of Veterans Affairs Director Carl Salazar has a commitment for veterans that is incomparable. Our work together will make a significant difference in the lives of people who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”

The goal of this project is to enhance the quality of life of veterans and their families by providing and coordinating mental health treatment and support services. The collaborative is composed of public and private organizations that will expand and enhance the availability and access to services. While enhancing coordination, and improving services is the main task of this collaborative, this project will also help develop a comprehensive regional system to better align public and private services and address gaps in this region.

The City of Houston will facilitate the grant and oversee the collaboration of providers offering mental health services to veterans and their family members. These partners include traditional mental health providers and other nonprofits offering wellness programs and other services. They include:

  • Combined Arms
  • Gulf Coast Center
  • Grace After Fire
  • Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers
  • Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • NextOp
  • Spindletop Center
  • Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare
  • UT Health – STARS Clinic

The reach of our partners extends far outside the City of Houston, allowing us to reach veterans and family members throughout Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Montgomery, Chambers, Walker, Waller, Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties. A collaboration of this scope is extremely rare, and the city is grateful for the support of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the opportunity to better serve our large community with improved mental health support for veterans and their family members.

Video of the Cigna Sunday Streets celebration in BOMD

May 25, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The well attended event took place on May 21, 2017.

SUNDAY STREETS HTX BOMD 2017 from on Vimeo.

Brays Oaks celebrated Cigna Sunday Streets

May 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »

On May 21, the Brays Oaks community celebrated Cigna Sunday Streets. Folks had a great time.

Council Member Larry Green attended the event.

Brays Oaks Management District’s Executive Director Richard Rodriguez