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Mayor’s Proud Partner Awards Call for Entries

June 28, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Who: Keep Houston Beautiful (Houston Clean City Commission)
What: Mayor’s Proud Partner Awards Call for Entries
When: entries due Monday, August 15, 2016
Where: award application is available at
Why: award the efforts of businesses, individuals and community groups who work to enhance Houston’s landscape through environmental and beautification projects
Contact: Audrey Laroche, Program Manager, Keep Houston Beautiful
Secondary Contact: Robin Blut, Executive Director, Keep Houston Beautiful

32nd Annual Mayor’s Proud Partner Award – Call for Entries!
Keep Houston Beautiful, the City of Houston’s Clean City Commission, is now accepting award applications for the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Proud Partner Awards. If your group has worked to support our city through volunteer beautification, neighborhood cleanups or conservation activities, the City of Houston would like to hear about it. Gather your organization’s leaders together and select that special project that you would like to submit demonstrating your commitment to keeping Houston beautiful!

The Mayor’s Proud Partner Award application are available online. Please note, all applications must be submitted online and are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016.

Eligible entries include any program, project or individual effort, big or small, carried out and substantially completed during the last year to create a cleaner more beautiful environment. Examples include: beautification and landscaping installations, neighborhood cleanups, environmental education programs, volunteer park improvements, murals (graffiti abatement), waste minimization efforts, litter prevention programs and similar service projects.
Sponsoring groups may include: businesses, nonprofit and civic organizations, garden clubs, youth groups (including, classroom projects), universities, government agencies, religious institutions, medical institutions and individuals.

Be sure to apply today! For more information, contact Keep Houston Beautiful at

To learn more about the City of Houston’s sustainability efforts, visit

US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas July 4th Celebration

June 26, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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County Music Star Darius Rucker and Special Guest the Eli Young Band

***Volunteers Needed***

Help Houston celebrate our nation’s birthday on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 4 – 10 p.m. The event will feature GRAMMY Award winner and 2009 CMA New Artist of the Year Award winner Darius Rucker with special guest the GRAMMY nominated Eli Young Band. Both artists will perform on the US Family Health Plan Main Stage. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by CITGO. For more details visit:

We need your help to make this year’s celebration the best ever. Sign up to volunteer at: Volunteers get in free and also receive free parking, a t-shirt, refreshments and more!

General admission tickets are available online for $8 per person until midnight, Sunday, July 3, 2016 (children 5 and under free). On Monday, July 4, tickets will be $10 online and at the gate admission booths.

Produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events Houston Civic Events, Inc., Non-Profit Partner

Westbury Community Garden hosted its first public engagement meeting

June 21, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Westbury Community Garden hosted its first public engagement meeting on June 21st at the Gathering Place. Asakura Robinson hosted a presentation and workshop to kickoff a Masterplan funded by Councilman Larry Green and the Brays Oaks Management District.






News From Houston City Council District K (May/June 2016)

June 16, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Pack Your Bags Challenge on location at Willow Water Hole

willow waterholeIf you missed the airing of Great Day Houston’s Pack Your Bag Challenge at Willow WaterHole on May 27, 2016, featuring Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Larry Green and several District K residents you can see it here.

Great Day Houston reporter Courtney Pena hits the streets every Friday with fun challenges. Two people compete for the grand prize of a Houston weekend getaway. This challenge will run for 12 weeks and there will be 24 winners.

“It was great to showcase Willow Waterhole Park with the viewers of Great Day Houston. Residents of Houston should know about this gem we have in District K. The recreational opportunities as well as relief from flooding concerns make this 290 acre development an extremely valuable resource in our area,” states Council Member Green.

Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve is located in the Westbury area near the intersection of South Post Oak Road and South Main St. The expanses around the ponds are designed for wildlife conservation, passive recreation, and include walking trails and gazebos. Native plants are being nurtured on the site and additional trees will be planted as ongoing construction projects are finished.

Click here to watch the segment.

Northfield I & II HOA Poised for Special Minimum Lot Size Area Approval

planning and devlopment departmentOver the course of 3 years, Council Member Green facilitated District-wide community meetings to inform District K civic leaders about the amendments of Chapter 42 (City of Houston land development ordinance) and tools which might be available to help protect and preserve your neighborhoods. Most District K neighborhoods have the appropriate language within their current deed restrictions protecting them from these new changes; whereas others didn’t have the minimum lot size protection noted.

Northfield I&II have taken the proactive step to protect their neighborhood character by applying for the special minimum lot size area (MLSA) designation. Glenshire and Braeburn Valley successfully applied and received designations last year.

Revisions to Chapter 42 extending the minimum lot size and minimum building line requirements to neighborhoods within the corporate boundaries of the City of Houston that do not have a minimum lot size or minimum building lines established in their deed restrictions went into effect last month.

For those neighborhoods thought to already have language in their restrictions addressing the minimum lot size and/or minimum building line requirements, the District K office encourages you to consult with a private attorney to ensure your restrictions are valid and provide the protections set forth therein. The applications and information about this development tool can be found online at: Misty Staunton at 832-393-6582 or to schedule a meeting prior to submitting an application.

Bankside YMCA Hosts Open House

Bankside ymcaOn Thursday, May 19, 2016 the District K staff members were special guests at the Open House held at the Bankside YMCA After School program. The Reserve at Bankside Apartment complex, located at 10700 Fondren Rd, 77096 is now home to the latest Bridging the Digital Divide Computer Center led by Johnny Molock.

CASE for Kids, a division of Harris County Department of Education in collaboration with Council Member Larry Green funded the computer lab. The Safe Haven computer lab will be used for after school homework assistance and computer literacy training for middle and high school students. Students will also have the opportunity to make videos and learn to transform their videos into short movies.

“We are excited to be able to offer this level of computer training and digital access to our students and the residents in District K. It is these types of programs that will help to ensure our students are competitive, states Council Member Green.”
The computer lab will also be used for GED, ESL, computer literacy and job training classes.

Northfield I & II Subdivision Newsletter, June 2016

June 16, 2016 • Continue Reading »

The June 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

Download the PDF

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting and PIP Meeting, June 21

June 15, 2016 • Continue Reading »


Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities available

June 13, 2016 • Continue Reading »



The purpose of the Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival™ is to develop and execute events that support direct services and programs related to health & wellness, financial empowerment, and education. We strive to create opportunities for self-expression in the creative arts: music, poetry, dance, and theater; as well as offer a unique blend of African and African American art, culture and history to the Houston area.

Our existence supports cultural enrichment and diversity within the Houston community by ensuring all events are inclusive of all ethnicities. Ultimately, the goal of the Festival is to foster awareness and to promote the basic premise that people can change communities through love, unity and work.


The Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival™ (HBHMAF) is a one-day cultural event that features speakers, Black exhibits, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople locally and nationally. The festival will promote diversity and cultural solidarity. This one-day experience also offers both children and adults with an opportunity to increase their awareness of African and African-American culture and history.


Saturday, September 17, 2016 (4P.M. – 10 P.M.)


The festival is presented by The Foundation for Black Heritage and Culture with support of a Advisory Board and Steering Committee. All activities will take place at the Discovery Green located in downtown Houston, TX. The address is 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010.

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Westbury Community Garden Master Plan Community Forum

June 10, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Dear Fellow Lovers of Westbury Community Garden and green spaces, garden tours will occur as planned starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.

However, our original meeting location has lost its air conditioning and is uncertain about getting it repaired in time. So…

New location

for the 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. presentation and workshop will be familiar to many of you:
The Gathering Place
5310 South Willow

Looking forward to seeing you!

WCG Location


2016-2017 Arts Project Grant Outreach

June 6, 2016 • Continue Reading »

2016-2017 Arts Project Grant Outreach

The Arts Project Grant (APG) category supports 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in producing and presenting projects that: (1) are open to the general public; and (2) contribute to making Houston a more attractive cultural destination for visitors and tourists. Types of eligible projects may include a one-time or series of public performances/exhibitions; creation of new works; artists’ residencies; lecture/demonstrations or workshops; and services to the field. Awards are not intended to provide general operating or year-round support.

The Arts Project Grant Outreach (APGO) category supports both 501(c)3 nonprofit arts/cultural organizations and individual artists in producing and presenting projects—within specified districts of the City of Houston—that: (1) are open to the general public; and 2) contribute to making Houston a more attractive cultural destination for visitors and tourists. Organizations and individual artists are limited to awards of no more than $10,000.

For more information, email Grants staff at
Organizations approved for a grant will enter into an agreement with Houston Arts Alliance that outlines the arts activities that will be supported through grant evaluations and accountability requirements.

This grant is open exclusively to organizations—and individual artists—producing arts or cultural programming in City of Houston Council Districts E, F and K.

Application Workshops: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12 – 1 p.m. or 5 – 6 p.m.; Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
Application Opens: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Application Due: Thursday, July 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Cultural Data Profile Due: Thursday, July 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Panel Review: Week of July 25, 2016 (Time of day by invitation)
Notification of Award: September 2016
Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

» Download the FY17 APGO Guidelines

» Download Grant Presentation (PDF 34MB)

» To apply or to learn more about the program, visit HAA’s website.

INFORMATION UPDATE: Severe Texas Flooding

June 2, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Situation Update

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for parts of central Texas on Thursday morning and placed most of the state on a flash flood watch due to a slow-moving storm system expected to linger through the weekend. Thousands of people have evacuated their homes in low-lying areas, as rivers swell to levels not seen in more than 100 years and emergency workers complete hundreds of high-water rescues.

Wednesday’s storms targeted north of Houston, where a six-inch downpour in just three hours led to flash flooding. Further north in Lubbock, TX it was a similar scene, where drivers slogged through washed-out streets. Evacuations were ordered for parts of two towns in Fort Bend County, about 30 miles southwest of Houston, where the Brazos River has risen to levels not seen for more than a century.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 31 counties due to the flooding, mobilizing state resources necessary to cope with this disaster. As much as 10 inches of rain could fall in the Houston area in the coming days, just weeks after eight people were killed in floods that hit the metro area.

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Another round of significant rain for beleaguered Texas next week.

Red Cross Response

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country are in Texas, operating shelters, providing meals, helping assess the damage and distributing relief supplies. On Wednesday 17 shelters were open throughout the Lone Star state, helping to provide a safe place to stay for more than 140 impacted residents.

Within shelters and from emergency response vehicles circulating impacted areas, individuals and families are able to access water, hot meals and relief supplies including tarps, mops, bug spray, bleach, gloves and face masks. The Red Cross deployed 22 emergency response vehicles to help and six more are on the way to Texas. Partner organizations like the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Salvation Army are also supporting efforts to provide feeding in shelters and along mobile routes.

Red Cross mental health workers are helping people cope, many of whom have been hit with flood damage more than once this spring. Health workers are assisting with minor first aid needs and helping replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting with families one-on-one to help them get the help they need.

Disaster teams are working around the clock to provide hope and help for those in need. With four feet of water lapping at their door, Maria Esquivel of Rosenberg and her family left their home and sought refuge at a Red Cross shelter in Fort Bend. At the shelter, she, along with her husband, son, daughter and grandchildren, have found a safe, dry place to stay until they are able to return home.

“We have family in San Antonio but want to be able to get back in the house to clean up as soon as the water recedes,” Esquivel explained.

The family lost everything except for five sets of clothing that they were able to get as they evacuated, including her husband’s car. The Red Cross is helping hundreds of families like Maria’s across Texas as the floodwaters continue to rise and more families are forced to leave everything behind.

Texans are bracing for another round of significant rainfall and severe flooding today and into the weekend. The Red Cross will remain in already impacted communities to address immediate needs and help individuals and families create recovery plans for the road ahead. And in preparation for additional and detrimental rainfall, Red Cross disaster teams are closely monitoring weather patterns and preparing possible shelter locations and supplies in at-risk counties.

Safety Messaging

The Red Cross encourages everyone, especially those in at-risk areas, to re-visit their family’s emergency plan and review preparedness information for various disasters at People in the path of these storms are also encouraged to download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information, severe weather alerts and shelter locations available on their mobile device. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

With the threat of more flooding in Texas this week, below and available on are a few steps people should follow to remain safe:

  1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and heed evacuation orders when given. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  2. Stay away from floodwaters.
  3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  4. Keep children out of the water.
  5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

Stories and Videos

Texas Floods: Hundreds of Red Cross Workers Lend a Hand, June 2, 2016
Help Texas Now (video), June 2, 2016
Red Cross Shelter List, June 1, 2016