We invite you to participate in the Park-Smart Precinct One Plan by completing our survey and attending an upcoming Community Workshop near you! Park-Smart Precinct One will help improve community health and meet environmental challenges through determining the best ways to increase access to parks and trails for all residents of Precinct One. You can take the quick survey and learn more at www.parksmartprecinct1.com
The Westbury High School band kicked off the festivities at the annual Brays Oaks Management District Community Appreciation night on November 17. The band set the tone for the rest of the evening’s fun, which included a DJ, free food, local vendors and two bouncy houses for the kids. The celebration, which was moved to November after rains cancelled the original National Night Out event, served as an opportunity for neighbors to enjoy a lovely fall evening together, and for the Brays Oaks Management District to say thank you to neighbors and businesses for coming together and rebuilding after Harvey.
The event was funded entirely by the management district and was free to attendees. As neighbors arrived, they were encouraged to pick up a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink, and send the kids to the bouncy house. People also perused goods from local vendors like LaNetta Callicutt, a teacher who also sells her own custom jewelry.
Other vendors, like the local branch of Houston Community College, had booths where people could look into educational and vocational opportunities in the district. Elected officials like Senator Boris Miles and Council Members Mike Laster and Larry Green were also in attendance.
The Brays Oaks Management District, created by neighbors years ago as a way to preserve the area and promote economic growth, also helps support after school programming, student transportation and even the Westbury High School Band. “The band was able to compete in four competitions this year and they came in first for three of them. When the kids know that they have the funding that allows them to compete they have something to practice for,” said BOMD Executive Director Rich Rodriguez.
Brays Oaks is one of the most diversely and densely populated areas of Houston. The district board is required to have at least four seats reserved for local residents, and uses events like this one to foster a sense of community among neighbors and business owners alike. The large turn-out at the event suggests that the district is on target, and with a bouncy castle to boot.
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 was the Inaugural Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament that took place along the Brays Bayou watershed on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.
This second annual Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament was hosted at the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy’s and included fishing and other educational – demonstrations casting fly fishing tie off, food trucks, t-shirts; and raffle prizes for fishing competitors.
The holiday season has arrived, and with it come many events to be thankful for in the Brays Oaks community. In our list, you’ll find ways to get out and enjoy the neighborhood that also give back, and that involve great community partners. Check them out below!
Join us on November 17th for our Community Appreciation Night to celebrate what makes our community great! There will be a live DJ, dancing, food and prizes. The event is family-friendly, so please bring the kids to enjoy a night out with your neighbors here in Brays Oaks.
The Westbury Community Garden is holding its monthly community service day on Saturday, November 18th. Sign up to volunteer, and you can help with various tasks around the garden to help beautify and cultivate the plants. It’s a great way to get involved in your community and use your green thumb!
If gardening isn’t your favorite way to get outside and enjoy Brays Oaks, perhaps conservation works is more your style. The Interfaith Environmental Coalition is holding their Conservation Work Day at Willow Waterhole Greenway on Sunday, November 19th. People of all faiths are invited to join this event, and can meet up at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow 77035
Every Saturday, India House hosts STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) classes designed to expand your child’s horizons and activate their creativity. Choose from many different subjects like robotics, programming, app development, circuit building, and more.
2017 Sister Cities of Houston Annual Fall Concert “Sister Cities – Our Bridges to the World”, Nov. 18
HOUSTON — Sister Cities Houston President Harry Gee stated, “As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever.”
On Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., Sister Cities of Houston presents its 2017 Annual Fall Concert “Sister Cities – Our Bridges to the World” at MATCH. The Fall Concert is an annual international variety show that features local and international performers from Houston and its 18 Sister Cities.
2017 performances include:
Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, HSPVA Choral Ensemble (Julia Hall, Director), Nao Kusazaki (Ballerina from Japan), Newman Liu (Chinese master viola player formerly with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra) and WAWEL (Polish Folk Dancers).
Admission includes a fully catered reception with the performers and international dignitaries immediately following the show. Mayor Turner will be in attendance and presenting awards to the performers.
To purchase tickets, go to https://matchouston.org/events/2017-sister-cities-houston-annual-fall-concert
Houston Sister Cities of Houston includes 18 international cities: Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, Chiba, Grampian Region, Guayaquil, Huelva, Istanbul, Karachi, Leipzig, Luanda, Nice, Perth, Shenzhen, Stavanger, Taipei, Tampico and Tyumen.
Sister Cities International was created in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a press conference about “methods by which people can gradually learn a bit more of each other.” The goal was to help build the road to enduring peace and prosperity between people from different communities around the globe.
For more information go to www.sistercitieshouston.org
About Sister Cities of Houston
Sister Cities Houston is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization created to develop and implement programs and activities that connect the cities on mutually beneficial matters.
Reflecting the vision of Sister Cities International, Sister Cities of Houston was established to promote the values of sister city relationships which include citizen-based international understanding, cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.
Sister Cities of Houston’s goals are to raise awareness in the community about Houston’s 18 relationships as well as support the activities of the individual sister city associations, which involve developing intercultural appreciation, promoting international trade and commerce, and increasing tourism.