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YMCA: Upcoming Events

August 24, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Kick off the college football season in Houston’s NRG Stadium Saturday, September 3! The University of Houston Cougars will take on the University of Oklahoma Sooners this Labor Day weekend in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. Limited seats remain, so act fast! Call 832-667-2390 or click the button below for tickets.

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share the yShare the Y Weekend: August 26-28

Enjoy the fun of exercising with your friends! This weekend only, your friends will receive FREE admission to the Y, including access to state-of-the art fitness centers, group exercise classes, swimming pools and much more.
Plus, if your friend joins the Y as a Facility Member, you’ll receive a FREE MONTH for your referral!

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Houston Heart Walk

Over 40,000 Houstonians will lace up their sneakers on Saturday, November 5 to rally behind the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke at the organization’s annual Houston Heart Walk in the Texas Medical Center. The annual, family-friendly event promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living while raising funds critical to supporting research and educational programs.

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School is officially back in session! Do you know what your children will be doing when the school day is done?
YMCA After School Care is where your kids go to excel after the school bell. Kids will exercise, learn and play after the school day while engaging in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve.

Financial assistance is available.

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family campYMCA Family Camp: September 2-5

Join us this coming Labor Day weekend for one of the last weekends of summertime weather on our waterfront with banana boating and the Wet Willy waterslide. Plus, enjoy a family picnic complete with lawn games, an obstacle course and sack races. Horseback riding is available for an additional fee.

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potbelly pigsWin a Weekend at Family Camp – Name Our Two Potbelly Pigs

This little piggy went to the market. This little piggy stayed home. And this little piggy (or two) went to YMCA Camp Cullen! Help us name camp’s new miniature potbelly pigs, and you could win a weekend of Family Camp. Two winning names will be selected. Contest closes Wednesday, August 31.

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Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon along Brays Bayou Collaborative Fishing Tournament

August 18, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Partners from the angler, environmental/conservation, business, and governmental communities have come together to improve a long-standing issue that impacts the health and quality of ecosystems in Houston’s bayou system. The result is the Inaugural Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament that will take place along the Brays Bayou watershed on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Over the past year, this collaborative effort, called the Carp and Armored-catfish Removal Plan (CARP) Task Force has worked on ways to manage the invasive fish populations in Houston’s waterways and prevent or reduce the ecological damage caused by these invasive species, including the loss of wetland grasses. The CARP Task Force recognizes that raising public awareness of the problem and promoting proper fishing practices is an important first step in managing the invasive fish population.

Grass carp and armored catfish, as well as other invasive aquatic species, have well established populations in the Galveston Bay watershed, including Brays Bayou and their presence significantly affects wetland establishment and water quality. Consistently removing the grass carp and armored catfish can reduce the negative impacts they have on the region’s native wildlife and habitat. While sterile grass carp are used as a vegetation control on some water bodies in Texas, non-sterile invasive grass carp are harmful to the region’s waterways.

This Inaugural Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament will take place in conjunction with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy’s Harvest Moon Festival and includes fishing and other educational demonstrations, food trucks, live bands, t-shirts, and prizes for fishing competitors. Attending the event is free, but to participate in the tournament anglers will need to obtain a fishing license prior to the tournament and pay a $20 entry fee in person the day of the event. Entry fees for children under 12 and seniors 65+ will be waived. Invasive fish caught must be brought in for weigh-in at Willow Waterhole. The release of these invasive fish back into the waterways is illegal. The CARP Task Force is working with interested parties on use of the fish. The Carp-A-Thon is bringing partners together across the Gulf-Houston region to tackle the longstanding issue of invasive fish species in our bayous. The day will be educational and fun for people of all ages in addition to improving the ecological health and water quality of our region.

For more information, visit and the ArcGIS online map.

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Time Change: South Gessner HPD Substation parking lot ribbon cutting event, Aug. 26

August 18, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Public Hearing for Draft Action Plan on Disaster Recovery – 2015 Flood Events

August 17, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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The City of Houston Draft Action Plan for Disaster Recovery-2015 Flood Events (Draft Plan) serves as an application for $66,560,000 in federal funds to help with recovery costs associated with severe storms and flooding in May and November of 2015. Residents are invited to attend the public hearing and/or comment on the Draft Plan and proposed activities for impacted areas of Houston.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
6-8 p.m.
City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002

For additional information about the public hearing or to request special arrangements (interpreter, sign language, CART for the hearing impaired), contact Paula Jackson at or 832.394.6181.

View the Draft Plan at the following locations:

The public comment period extends from August 9, 2016 through August 23, 2016. Comments may be submitted by email to: or by mail: City of Houston-HCDD, ATTN: Mary Itz, 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77007. Responses to public comments will be included in the final Plan.

YMCA: Upcoming Events

August 16, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Sugar Land Skeeters

skeeters logoLooking to end your summer with a bang? Come out to Constellation Field for the last two weekends of the regular season, September 2-4 and September 16-18. There will be fireworks on Friday nights, a Saturday postgame concert and scarf giveaway and Sunday Fun Day where you can play catch on the field before the game. Plus, kids can run the bases after the game. Buy one ticket and get the second ticket free for both weekends!

Use online code Skeeters16 (case sensitive) to redeem this special offer now.

See you at the Ball Park!

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Empowering Women: A Health & Wellness Event

empowering womenTake the first step to a more empowered, healthier you. Houston Methodist is hosting a free women’s health event at the Hotel Zaza on Wednesday, September 14. Enjoy one-on-one interaction with physicians and specialists from various departments and learn about screenings to keep you healthy throughout each stage of life.

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This Fall at Our Y’s

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Youth Sports

Miracle League

After School Care

Youth sports at the Y encourages each athlete to reach his or her potential through skill refinement, teamwork, and sportsmanship. A new season of NFL flag football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, t-ball/baseball and more begins this September. Offerings vary by location. All children deserve the right to play and experience the joy and benefits that come from our national pastime, baseball. The Y, in partnership with The Miracle League, provides families a safe outlet for children with special needs. Do you know what your children will be doing when the school day is done? Register them for YMCA After School Care, where they’ll engage in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve.
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2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

gymnasticsEnter to win a 4-pack of tickets to see the members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams at the 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the Toyota Center on Friday, September 30!

This event promises to be unlike any gymnastics tour ever produced, providing fans with a high-flying, dynamic experience that will celebrate the sport’s beauty and skill. Bigger and better than ever, the show’s format pairs elite gymnastics skills with modern performance art that push the boundaries of athleticism and is sure to keep fans cheering for more.

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News From Houston City Council District K

August 16, 2016 • Continue Reading »


The Brays Oaks District Announces New Chair of Board of Directors

After serving 12 years on the Brays Oaks Management District Board of Directors, and three years as chairman, Fred Meyers resigned his position at the July 19, 2016 District board meeting. “I want to personally thank Fred Meyers for his years of service and leadership on the Brays Oaks District Board and serving the greater Brays Oak community,” states Council Member Green. “Thanks to Fred’s leadership, crime is lower and the area within the Brays Oaks District looks much better.”

The Brays Oak District not only encompasses the Brays Oaks area, but also includes the Westbury community and the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Reserve. The Brays Oaks District appointed Ralph Reiger to Chair the Board of Directors. Mr. Reiger is currently the President of the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy. He also owns a small business, Reiger CPA, on Chimney Rock Rd. within the Westbury community. In addition, Mr. Reiger is also a board member of the non-profit Westbury Area Improvement Corporation and a member of Rotary. “Congratulations Ralph on this new appointment,” states Council Member Green.

Shifa Women’s Center Ribbon Cutting Celebration

shifa womens centerThe Houston Shifa Services Foundation and the Shifa Healthcare and Community Services, USA has recently celebrated the ceremonial opening of the Shifa House.

Nearly 4 years ago, the Houston Shifa Services Foundation approached CM Green about constructing a facility within the District K area to provide social services for abused women and children. This facility will further ensure the health, emotional needs and well-being of these victims within a safe and secure homelike setting. According to the Foundation, this new facility will serve between 16 to 18 individuals (mothers and children) at any given time; thus, providing a stable and secure environment to these families at risk. This facility is projected to serve a number of individuals who are victims of domestic abuse and family violence.

In 2014, Council Member Green participated in the groundbreaking of this facility. “Now in 2016, I want to acknowledge the City’s Housing and Community Development Dept. for investing $1,050,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds toward the construction of this 7,200 square foot facility. I would like to commend the Housing and Community Development Dept. for working with the Houston Shifa Foundation team to bring this women’s center facility to District K,” states Council Member Green.

The location of the Shifa House is in one of the most soci-economically diverse areas of District K. This facility is an asset to our immediate community. “With a City facility nearby, including the proximity of schools, the families being served at this facility should have an easier transition with daily activities,” states Council Member

SAVE THE DATE – South Gessner HPD Substation Parking Lot Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Event — August 26th

The District K office is proud to announce a ceremonial ribbon cutting event planned for the South Gessner HPD Substation on Friday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m. This occasion will mark the expansion of a needed parking lot at this police substation.

When the City purchased the land to build the substation over 10 years ago, they didn’t incorporate additional parking. Over the course of 2 years, Council Member Green was able to not only advocate for the needed parking lot but also coordinated with the Administration to find the funding to make this a reality. “I worked very hard on this HPD parking lot facility. I want to thank the Houston Police Dept. and the General Services Dept. for working with me to move this project diligently through the budgetary process,” states Council Member Green. “I encourage all Brays Oaks area community stakeholders to come out and celebrate this momentous occasion.”

Brays Bayou Federal Flood Control Project Channel “Project Brays” is Moving Along

project braysThe Brays Bayou Federal Flood Control Project channel modifications on Brays Bayou from Bertner Ave. to 2,200 feet upstream of Buffalo Speedway is finally moving forward. In an effort to keep you up-to-date on the Harris County Flood Control District’s (HCFCD) continuation of improvements in the Brays Bayou watershed, the HCFCD will continue with the next phase of channel modifications on Brays Bayou within the vicinity of the Braeswood area.

Project Brays is a multi-year cooperative effort between the HCFCD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This $480 million is a project that will substantially reduce flooding risks in the Brays Bayou watershed. During this construction phase of widening the bayou from Bertner Ave to 2,200
feet upstream of Buffalo Speedway, the HCFCD will excavate approximately 300,000 cubic yards of soil, and will construct retaining walls from downstream of Braeswood Blvd. to upstream of Kirby Dr. These operations require the use of large trucks to carry the excavated soil from the construction site for off-site disposal, and to pour the concrete for the retaining walls. All motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be alert to large truck traffic when passing near the construction access points. The HCFCD appreciates the public’s patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

To make way for the channel modification project, the HCFCD will have to clear some trees and vegetation. When construction is complete, the District is committed to replanting trees and shrubs along the bayou during the next planting season. To date, the HCFCD has planted approximately 38,700 trees along completed sections of Brays Bayou, and at four regional stormwater detention basins.

Overall, the contractor for this segment of the Project Brays project is SER Construction Partners LLC. The reported contract amount is $14.2 million (approximately) with a construction start date of June 2016 and an anticipated completion date of August 2017.

In summation, Project Brays includes the widening of 21 miles of Brays Bayou from the Houston Ship Channel to Fondren Road and from West Houston Center Blvd. to State Highway 6; the replacement or modification of 32 bridges to accommodate channel modifications; and excavation of four stormwater
detention basins that will hold a collective 3.5 billion gallons of stormwater. To date, more than $300 million has been spent on multiple components of Project Brays. More information is available at

Linkwood Neighborhood Celebrates National Night Out Two (2) Months Early

early national night outAcross the nation, National Night Out is celebrated on the first Tuesday in August; except for the state of Texas. The Texas date is the first Tuesday in October, due to the heat. However, this didn’t stop the Linkwood Civic Club from organizing their own National Night Out event early this month. Like the mission of National Night Out, the event encourages community involvement toward building a safer and better neighborhood.

As part of their August 2 event, the Linkwood Civic Club coordinated a large block party within their neighborhood. This provided neighbors within Linkwood to block-stop where snacks and drinks were provided by the sponsoring homeowner.

According to Barbara Shurberg, President of the Linkwood Civic Club, “this was a great time to visit with old friends and meet new ones.”

Main St. Rehabilitation – North Braeswood Blvd. to Montrose Blvd.

rebuild houstonA $1.8 million project to repave Main St. from North Braeswood Blvd. to Montrose Blvd. began in June with an expected mid to late August completion. The project consists of removing existing asphalt pavement and overlaying with new asphalt. Existing curbs and curb ramps will also be repaired or improved as part of the project. Phase One, Main St. from Mecom Fountain to North Braeswood, is currently under construction, Phase Two, from Mecom Fountain to Bissonnet St., will begin once Phase One is completed.

Major construction occurs nightly between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. At least one lane each direction will remain open during construction hours. Daytime motorists can expect intermittent, single lane closures, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to facilitate repairs to the curbs and curb ramps.

Prior to placing new asphalt, motorists will experience a rough ride from uneven street surfaces as the old pavement is milled and removed and base failures repaired. Motorists are advised to drive with care in this area during this time, and heed all traffic control protocols.

This project is funded through ReBuild Houston – the voter-approved pay-as-you-go plan to rebuild and maintain the City’s aging drainage and street infrastructure, without incurring new debt. This project is an active example of how ReBuild Houston is providing better streets, better drainage and a better future.

For questions email or call 832.395.2090. To learn more about ReBuild Houston, visit

Free Technology Classes for Seniors: Sundays 11 am to 12 pm

August 16, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Free Immunizations Just In Time For School

August 16, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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The Houston Fire Department and The Care Van Program have teamed up once again to provide FREE childhood immunizations just in time for school. The “Immunization Extravaganza” will offer FREE vaccinations for children ages 4 through 8 who are UNINSURED or MEDICAID dependent. Sorry, but no children with insurance including CHIP insurance will be serviced. Parents or guardians must accompany their children and provide their current immunization records.

“Immunization Extravaganza”

August 18, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility
8030 Braniff, Houston, Texas 77061

Click here for more information in English and Spanish including a map to the location.

Questions?: Please contact Paul Box with the Houston Fire Department at 832.394.6636 or e-mail Paul Box at

Northfield I & II Subdivision Newsletter, August 2016

August 13, 2016 • Continue Reading »

The August edition of the Northfield I & II Subdivision News is available for download. It contains 12 pages of community events and information that are occurring around the area. If you have community news that you would like to place in our newsletter, feel free to contact

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Citizens Advisory Council Meeting and PIP Meeting, Aug. 16

August 12, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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