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Houston Parks & Recreation Department Parks Master Plan Phase II

April 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »

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Overview

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 http://mycity.houstontx.gov/public/. 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 masterplan@houstontx.gov.

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Ebru Classes at Raindrop Turkish House

January 7, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Register Now for EBRU CLASSES at Raindrop Turkish House

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For more information or to register for these classes please visit www.raindropturkishhouse.org or email ebruwatermarbling@turkishhouse.org

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
www.echos-houston.org

December 2013 Calendar:
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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.”

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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 www.memorialhermann.org to learn more.

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Houston Mayor Enjoys National Night Out event in Brays Oaks

October 3, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Houston Mayor Annise Parker danced and posed for pictures with residents at a National Night Out event in Brays Oaks Oct. 1. The mayor stopped at Northfield I and II on Valley Hills Drive––the last of her four appearances across the city to promote the interaction of neighbors looking out for each other.

“This is the 30th anniversary for National Night Out and this has to be some of the best weather we’ve ever had,” the mayor said. “There are couple of reasons why we do National Night Out. It’s about keeping each other safe and learning as a community what we can do––neighborhood by neighborhood––to interact with the police and be safe.”

Before partying with residents, the mayor thanked Northfield Civic Club President Vincent Sanders for inviting her to the event. She also recognized the staff of her Citizen’s Assistance Office (Department of Neighborhoods) who were present, passing out “It Can Wait” rings to remind people not to send text messages while driving.

The Northfield gathering provided a variety of attractions for children and adults, including prize giveaways, an inflatable moonwalk, music and a variety of refreshments. Several area merchants and service providers participated with sponsored tables and announcements.

Sanders estimated the turnout was at least 250 over the course of the evening.

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Buddies for Kids at Parker Elementary

September 16, 2013 • Continue Reading »

WHAT IS IT?
As a child’s buddy, you will be called to provide consistent support, guidance, and concrete help to a child who is in need of a positive role model. Children involved in the Buddies for Kids program may be going through a difficult and/or challenging situation, a period of life in which they need extra support, or they may simply need to have another significant adult present in their life. So if you are interested in investing in kids, there are opportunities to be a buddy at Parker Elementary School. Continue Reading »

ECHOS September Calendars

September 3, 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
www.echos-houston.org

September 2013 Calendar:
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ECHOS August Calendars

August 5, 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
www.echos-houston.org

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

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August Newsletter – Texas Caribbean Resources Alliance

July 22, 2013 • Continue Reading »

CARIBBEAN HERITAGE SMALL BUSINESS FORUM A ‘SUCCESS’

Caribbean-Heritage-Small--Business-ForumOn Saturday June 8, 2013, members of the Houston Caribbean Small Business and Entrepreneur community gathered at Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill to be part of the Caribbean American Heritage Month Small Business Forum with the participation of the South Central Regional Office of the United States Small Business Administration and Houston SCORE.

The small business forum served as an educational forum to empower local Caribbean small business owners about the many incentives and available programs throughout the city.

Houston’s SCORE Beth Shapiro made an incredible and compelling presentation to the group whom were pleased with the information being provided. Houston City Council Member Larry Green was the meeting’s Special Guest. Council Member Green is also the area’s council representative in the City Council and encouraged the group to continue the advocacy and work with his office. Continue Reading »