Community News

The Department of Neighborhood’s Brunch for Communities

February 24, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Would you join us for a light brunch while we discuss your District K
(Hiram Clarke and neighboring areas) neighborhood concerns?

– Nuisances –
– Junk Motor Vehicles –
– Weeded Lots –
– Hoarding –
– Bandit Signs –
– Open and Visible Storage –
– Illegal Dumping –

Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center
3810 W. Fuqua, Room 134
Houston TX 77045
March 23, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

PAIR celebrates 10 years

February 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Please mark your calendar for PAIR’s 10th anniversary celebration at the annual

Youth Empowerment Luncheon

Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Junior League

Help us honor our founders – who set the course for PAIR’s first 10 years.

The Very Beginning

In the fall of 2006, six Rice University students – Chethana Biliyar, Elaine Chang, Steve Dictor, Christina Lagos, Rajen Mahagaokar, and Alex Triantaphyllis – connected with local refugee families through a faculty member. They began helping refugee youth with tasks that weren’t part of the work of resettlement agencies.

The founders quickly realized that many refugee youth in Houston were very motivated to succeed but lacked the information and often the English required to help themselves. Many were looking for some support. College students were ready to jump in as a resource and eager to know this diverse group of young people aspiring to reach ambitious goals.

Connecting the two groups was the obvious next step. The founders recruited other students, organized a Rice club, and in the spring of 2007 began bringing about 20 refugee youth to the computer labs in Rice’s Language Resource Center for weekly “Saturday Sessions,” focusing on English, computer literacy, and job readiness. Thanks to Claire Bartlett, then LRC director, for her support and guidance!

Expanding to Meet the Need

The founders understood that nonprofit status would open more funding and expansion opportunities. In May of 2007, PAIR became a nonprofit organization, recruited a board, and began to develop and expand its programs.

Renee Stern became PAIR’s first board president, managing operations and building the organization’s structure. Elaine Chang, between Rice graduation and medical school, became acting program manager. In 2009, Kirsten Doyle, a Rice alumna, became PAIR’s first executive director. The rest of the founders remained involved as members of the board and advisory board.

10 Years Later

Today, PAIR continues to connect refugee youth with college and community volunteers, helping newcomers adjust to life in Houston, succeed in school, and reach their goals. PAIR has grown each year and now serves more than 400 youth with about 200 volunteers annually.

The founders set the course for PAIR’s development, but many, many others – all dedicated to improving the lives and futures of young refugees – have contributed to PAIR’s success.

Nicole Ellis, who became executive director in 2010, led six years of growth and achievement. Dedicated staff and Americorps VISTA members have worked tirelessly to make sure programs meet the needs of refugee youth. Countless college students have served as officers in their student groups and as devoted mentors and compassionate guides to refugees. And more and more, members of the community at large have become mentors, as well.

Of course, all of you in the PAIR community have played a crucial part . PAIR wouldn’t be possible without you.

Please join us at our anniversary celebration honoring PAIR’s founders –
and looking forward to the next 10 years of achievement!

Youth Empowerment Luncheon
Friday, May 5, 2017

11:00-12:00 – Reception
12:00-1:00 – Luncheon

Hadia Mawlawi – Honorary Chair
Judy Le – Keynote Speaker

Make your reservation today!

UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival – May 6, 2017 @ Discovery Green

February 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Join us at the UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9 am – 3:30 pm at Discovery Green. Learn lifesaving information about stroke and brain health. Enjoy free health screenings, fitness & nutrition demonstrations, family-friendly entertainment including performances by Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston, Collective Sound Cloggers, TORO and Clutch. Meet our emcee, José Griñan, Fox 26 anchor. Kids enjoy the children’s zone featuring activities to promote stroke awareness and brain health. All day family fun including a moonwalk, face painting, bubble fun, hula hoop, giveaways, door prizes every 30 minutes and music by DJ Pancake! It’s fun for the whole family. Registration required- register now @ http://www.strokefestival.org/

After you register, you will be invited to take part in an optional survey to help us understand stroke knowledge in the community and if the stroke festival is helping people learn about stroke. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please forward this email to your friends, family or anyone who may benefit from Houston’s Best Brain Day!

YMCA: Upcoming Events

February 21, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Child Care Tax Statements Available Online

Does your child participate in our Child Care program? Are you in need of your end-of-year statement to submit with your taxes?

If so, you can access them online through your account.

  1. Go to My Account
  2. Log into your account or create/set up online account access
  3. Once you’ve logged in, click on “2016 year-end child care statement.”


Dynamo Spring Break Camps 2017

Join us March 13-16 at the Langham Creek Familiy YMCA for spring break soccer camp hosted by the Houston Dynamo.
Camps offered:

Ages 5-6: 9 am-12 pm, $175
Ages 7-12: 9 am-3 pm, $295

More Details >>


YMCA Youth Soccer Is Better Than Ever

Our improved and expanded soccer program includes full uniforms, certified game officials, 90-minute practices and an end-of-season tournament to help you and your child sense their progress and make the most of the spring season.

Plus, our coach training partnership with the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash is designed to leave coaches and parents confident in guidance provided to players throughout the season.

Register Today >>


Making Memories
YMCA Spring Break Camp

March 13-17
At YMCA Spring Break Camp, kids can enjoy activities including arts and crafts, sports, educational activities and a field trip! Campers will discover what they are passionate about, form healthy relationships and obtain a sense of belonging.

Register Today >>


Strengthening Community
Gator Ride 2017 – March 4

The Gator Ride is a Baytown tradition that shows the commitment to community. Each year, Gator Ride helps generate funds that provide scholarships for child care, summer camps, swim lessons, sports leagues, teen programs and more.

Learn More >>


Helping You Eat Healthy
H-E-B Recipe of the Week – Knorr Red Chili Enchiladas

Spice up dinner time with these easy-to-make enchiladas that the whole family will love. Ingredients: ancho chili pepper, vegetable oil, onion, garlic, can of peeled tomatoes, tomato bouillon, Mexican crema, shredded chicken, Monterey Jack cheese and corn tortillas

Learn More >>


Change Someone’s Tomorrow, Today
YMCA Annual Campaign

Gloria currently has temporary custody of her four grandchildren because her daughter, Belkis, was killed in a domestic violence situation by the children’s father. Belkis was an active member at the Y and would always talk about how her children enjoyed going to the center with her.

Gloria has found at the Y a safe place for her grandchildren. Manuel, Neveah, Jacob and Pablo, enrolled in Day Camp, are able to make friends with other kids, swim, play games and learn. “They look forward to coming to the Y and don’t want to go home at the end of the day,” Gloria says.

Spending time at the Y keeps the children from feeling depressed and keeps their minds occupied. “The Y has helped me a lot because I don’t have family here to help. The kids are safe and having fun, and they tell me great stories,” Gloria says.

Donate now >>


You’ve Got Big Plans for the Future
Sign Up Today for Free Heart Screenings with Houston Methodist

February is healthy heart month and there’s no better time to be sure you are protected from heart disease. Join us for a free risk assessment to understand your 10-year risk for heart disease. Attend a heart screening event at a Houston Methodist location near you.

Register Today >>


Be Heart Healthy, Be Happy
National Heart Month

Celebrate National Heart Month at the Y! We provide many tools and resources to promote healthier decisions so you can know the best ways to keep your heart healthy.

According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. February is the time to raise awareness of factors that may cause high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke and to encourage our families to make small changes that make a big difference.

Learn More >>

March is Red Cross Month

February 20, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Join the Greater Houston Area Chapter in honoring the contributors who have provided significant support to the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in our community.

Sewa Internationals Dancing Stars, April 2

February 20, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Sewa Houston is looking for participation and sponsorship for our upcoming dance competition based fundraiser “Sewa dancing Stars” for the benefit of ASPIRE students.

News From Houston City Council District K (January/February 2017)

February 19, 2017 • Continue Reading »

District K Valentine’s Day Senior Luncheon

Thank you to each of you for attending the “We Love District K” Seniors Valentine’s Day Luncheon. Over 300 seniors from District K joined us for lunch, line dancing and a wonderful afternoon of fellowship. Special thanks to Mr. Alam of The Red Rooster for providing the location and the food and KROGER for the beautiful roses!

District K Celebrates Arbor Day along Sims Bayou

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, District K celebrated Arbor Day with an annual tree planting event. Council Member Larry Green partnered with Trees for Houston and the Houston Parks Board to plant 100, 15 gallon trees along the Sims Bayou corridor.

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

“Trees are essential to life. They are an important part of every community, and I am elated when we can add more trees throughout the district.” states Council Member Green. Thank you to all of the environmentalists who came out to support this worthwhile event. We will enjoy watching the trees grow over the years to come.

South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition Hosts Its 4th Appreciation Awards Banquet

The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition (“Coalition”) held their 4th annual awards banquet on January 21st at The Fountain Life Center. The semi-formal gala entitled Community of One highlighted the contributions and supporters of the Coalition during the 2016 calendar year. Council Member Green, along with other notable community leaders, were acknowledged and recognized for their continued service to the greater Hiram Clarke community.

“As a past recipient of one of their distributed awards, I continue to applaud and acknowledge the good works and stewardship of the Coalition,” states Council Member Green. As an added bonus to the event, other noted elected officials were on-hand to offer kind words and support the Coalition as they celebrate their annual yearly event. Congratulations to all of our 2016 awardees.

HISD Hosts Madison High School Community Meeting

Last month, HISD hosted the 3rd and final Madison High School Community Bond meeting to review designs and reveal an overview of construction plans for the school’s new $82.7 million building. HISD anticipates the construction to start this calendar year with a target completion date of late 2018.

Community stakeholders throughout the Hiram Clarke area turned out to hear from the project manager, architect, and the contractor, and to ask them questions.

“We’re excited about the new building,” Reyna said. “I get calls every day asking when we’re going to start seeing some bulldozers and (construction) activity on the campus. We can’t wait to get started.” The new two-story building, which is part of HISD’s $1.89 billion bond program, will be built facing West Orem Dr. on the school’s existing athletic fields. Once the building is complete, the current school will be demolished and new athletic fields will be developed. A two-story foyer will double as a dining commons and large gathering space, while providing plenty of natural light throughout.

“Since voters approved this 2012 bond for a new Madison High School, the Hiram Clarke community is happy to see HISD move forward on this construction project,” states Council Member Green.

The new facility’s academic wing will showcase the school’s career & technical education programs, including metal working, automotive and agriculture. Academic neighborhoods will be connected by learning commons, giving students a place to study and collaborate. Other features of the new school include main and auxiliary gymnasiums and a 25 meter lap pool.

“We are trying to make sure the students understand that this is for them,” Reyna said, noting that community centers were part of the plans for the new campus. “This is going to be a place where they can come and learn, and where they can spend their time when they’re not in school.”

For more information on HISD building programs, visit www.BuildHISD.org.

SuperBUILD at Townwood Park

On Saturday, January 7th District K volunteers joined with Houston Habitat for Humanity to build the walls that will be used for Habitat homes throughout Houston. It was 24 degrees outside but the die-hard volunteers did not let that stop them from helping make Houston a great place to live.

In honor of Super Bowl LI, Super BUILD LI is an exciting opportunity to leave a lasting legacy by building affordable homes for low to moderate income Houstonians during the period leading up to the big game. The homes will be located in 5 neighborhoods-5th ward, Sunnyside, Acres Homes, East End and Central Southwest area. Special thanks to all of our volunteers who came out to help build the walls and continue to help us build strong communities.

Westbury High School Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony

This month, Westbury High School held a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction as part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. Westbury High School is programmed for a new two-story addition and renovations to the existing building to accommodate 2,300 to 2,500 students. The new $40 million facility will feature 26 new classrooms that will replace current portable buildings, flexible learning centers, a commons area designed to serve a dual purpose as both a dining and gathering space, and two gymnasiums. Last month, Council Member Green participated in the grand opening of Westbury High School’s new baseball and softball fields. These were included in an early phase of the overall school renovation project.

Earlier this month, HISD sponsored a community meeting to address final design plans and provide an overview of what students, staff, and constituents can expect during the construction phase of this project. “This renovation project is what constituents voted for during the 2012 HISD bond election. I’m glad to see that HISD is finally moving forward on the groundbreaking construction phase of this project,” states Council Member Green.

The construction plans call for the front entrance to be redesigned and relocated to the atrium area to create an easily identifiable and prominent main entry. Two sets of doors will create a secure vestibule. Visitors may enter the foyer, but must get authorization to go further into the school. The site plan also features a one-way student drop-off and pick-up area in front of the school, as well as bus pick-up and drop-off at the back, which will relieve traffic congestion.

Westbury is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, being renovated or rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond program. Active construction is currently underway on roughly three dozen projects – more activity than at any other time in district history. For more information on HISD building programs, visit www.BuildHISD.org.

District K Hosted Neighborhood 101 Symposium – Prohibited Yard Parking Ordinance Program

Earlier this month, the District K office facilitated a Neighborhood 101 symposium on February 11 at the South Gessner HPD Substation that addressed the Prohibited Yard Parking (PYP) Ordinance Program. This informative workshop provided attendees with the information about a protected ordinance to discourage parking on front yards. In addition, ParkHouston (formerly Parking Management) highlighted their role with parking enforcement as well as the Houston Police Dept. DRT officers.

Currently, there are 25 District K neighborhoods participating in the PYP program. “I strongly encourage these PYP participants to continue to monitor their respective community and report violations to 311 and their respective HPD storefront,” states Council Member Green.

For those District K communities not participating in the PYP program, contact the Abraham Zorrilla with the Planning Dept. at 832-393-6634 to schedule an appointment. If your neighborhood is interested in applying for the PYP program, you can download the application from the Houston Planning Dept. website: www.houstonplanning.com.

SAVE THE DATE! – District K Announces the 2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Meeting

Council Member Green is scheduled to host the annual District K CIP meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017. This year’s CIP meeting will occur at Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center, 3810 West Fuqua St., 77045 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The CIP meetings are held every year to inform citizens of upcoming projects scheduled in their respective communities. The meetings afford citizens an opportunity to learn, voice their concerns and address City of Houston officials regarding project planning & delivery. An update on the city’s implementation of Rebuild Houston will be provided as well.

An Interactive Map and documents for ReBuild Houston’s Draft “5+5” ten-year plan (FY 2018 – 2022) can be viewed at www.rebuildhouston.org. To view the current FY 2017-2021 Adopted Capital Improvement Plan (or any of the CIPs from the last 5 years), visit www.houstontx.gov/cip.

The 12th Annual Tour de Houston Rolls through the District K

The annual Tour de Houston bike ride, presented by the Apache Corporation, will take place Sunday, March 19, 2017. The annual fundraising bike ride will consist of a 20, 45, and 60 mile route. Now in its 12th year, the annual bike ride offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston’s neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks while raising funds for the City’s Reforest Houston program.

This year, the proposed route will wind from City Hall (downtown) through District K – hitting the South Braeswood, Brays Oaks, and Fort Bend Houston communities. The turnaround point will be Blue Ridge Park located in Fort Bend Houston.

While Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is a fundraising ride, it also serves as a recommended ride for the BP MS 150. We encourage BP MS 150 participants to participate in the many recommended rides offered throughout the Houston area. Riders will start and end at City Hall located at 901 Bagby. The Mayor’s Office of Special Events is planning for an estimated 5,000+ riders. Along the route, riders will find fully-stocked rest stops, mechanical support, along with police and medical support. The ride will conclude with a post-ride party at City Hall for participants and volunteers with live music and lunch.

Registration is now open!
Pre-Registration – February 7 – February 21 — $35; $20 kids (12 yrs. and under)
Registration – February 22 – March 18 — $40; $20 kids (12 yrs. and under)
Onsite event registration- March 19 — $45 – CASH OR CHECK ONLY
Ages 12 and under is $20.00 for the duration

More details including packet pick-up and schedules for pre-registered riders can be found at www.tourdehouston.org.

SAVE THE DATE! – District K Annual Keep District K Beautiful Day is Scheduled for Saturday, April 8

It’s that time of year again. This is an early heads-up. Council Member Green is calling all District K civic associations to participate with the annual
Keep District K Beautiful Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Generally, the District K event coincides with the Keep Houston Beautiful Day festivities across the city.

Last year, Council Member revised the Keep District K Beautiful Day event into a Keep District K Beautiful Month event. We had 10 District K communities participated with beautification and de-litter clean-up initiatives. “We are encouraging the same enthusiasm as last year. I’m asking District K communities to step-up and partner with the council office to aesthetically enhance your respective community. This initiative will go a long way to not only beautify your neighborhood but also foster positive community engagement,” said Council Member Green

If your community is planning a clean-up or beautification event as part of the Keep District K Beautiful Day initiative, it is strongly recommended that your community group contact Keep Houston Beautiful to secure your supplies. Also, contact the District K office so Council Member Green can make his rounds during this day-long event.

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department Announces After-School Program with HISD

City Council approved four (4) schools that were selected as part of a contract with the Houston Independent School District for the operation of the After-School Achievement Program (ASAP). This program is being administrated by the Parks and Recreation Dept. This year, only one (1) of the four selected schools are located in District K — Hobby Elementary School.

A request for proposal was posted on the Parks Dept. website and mailed to area schools, non-profit organizations and past program applicants. Interested applicants were required to attend at least one of seven application workshops to be eligible for funding. The Parks Dept. received a total of 21 applications in which four schools were selected. All the selected schools were required to commit minimum matching funds of $10,000 cash and $10,000 in-kind.

Houston Police Department Positive Interaction Program (PIP) meetings

District K has three (3) active PIP meetings administered by the Houston Police Department. All PIP meetings are open to the public; regardless of where you live.

Westbury PIP Meeting (every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
Aramco Building
9009 West Loop South Freeway
Houston, TX 77096

For more information, please contact the HPD Westbury Storefront at 713-726-7126. The Westbury HPD Storefront hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Houston PIP Meeting (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
Hiram Clarke HPD Storefront
4363 West Fuqua St.
Houston, TX 77053

For more information, please contact the HPD Hiram Clarke Storefront at 713-433-2720. The Hiram Clarke HPD Storefront hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Brays Oaks PIP Meeting (every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
Braeburn HPD Storefront
7576 West Bellfort Ave.
Houston, TX 77071

For more information, please contact the HPD Braeburn Storefront at 832-394-7555. The Braeburn HPD Storefront hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Any Annual Civic Association Meetings Planned on the Horizon?

The Spring and Fall season is the time of year a significant number of civic associations host their annual civic association meetings. Since coming into office, Council Member Green has continued to make a commitment to visit every civic association within the District. If you are receiving this e-newsletter and Council Member Green has yet to attend your annual civic association meeting, please contact the District K office at 832-393-3016 or districtK@hosutontx.gov to schedule an appointment.

Has Your Civic Association Been Updated with the District K Council Office?

Update your civic association contacts with the District K council office. If your civic association has recently elected new officers, changed the primary contact person, new e-mail address, new contact number and/or new or changed meeting location, time, and date, please take a moment to update your contact info with the District K council office.
Periodically, the District K office sends pertinent information about District K news and City of Houston topics of information relating to your neighborhood and neighborhood association. To ensure you and your civic association receives this information, we need you to update your contact info. Thank you for your help and your interest in District K.

Applications Now Open for City of Houston Summer Jobs

The City of Houston has just announced that it has more than 450 summer jobs available for students between the ages of 16 and 21 years of age. It’s is a great opportunity to “learn and earn” while making $8 or more an hour. Students can start applying today, and the final deadline is March 20. The positions offer at least 32 hours a week from June 12 to Aug. 3.

City departments now hiring include:
Library Operations
Houston Police Department
Park Maintenance
Parks Community Centers
Houston Fire Department
Information Technology
Houston Health Department
For a complete list of departments and to apply, visit www.houstontx.gov/summerjobs. Questions? Email SummerJobs@serhouston.org or call 713-773-6004 or 832-393-6148.

Receive Plat and Permit Reports by E-Mail

The City of Houston economy is picking up steam. With this increase is a number of development activities within the District. Keep up with development and construction projects in your neighborhood. Sign up for the City’s E-Plat summary report and the E-Permit report to find out about plat and permit applications.

The Plat Summary E-Report contains information about the plats, replats, variances, and special exceptions to plats that will be considered at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting. The report provides locational, plat, and applicant information for each application in an Excel format that can be easily scrolled through, or sorted, based on particular data, such as council district.

The Houston Planning Commission meets every other Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall Annex Chambers, 900 Bagby St. unless otherwise posted.

The Plat Summary E-Report is usually sent out approximately a week before Planning Commission meets, while the Planning Commission Agenda is posted three days in advance of Planning Commission meetings on the Planning & Development Department website (www.houstonplanning.com).

The Permit E-Report provides information regarding any new construction, remodeling, or change-of-use permits by zip-code in an effort to inform citizens of activity in their neighborhoods. This E-Report is e-mailed every Monday.

To sign up, click here.

Express Toll Lanes Underway for SH 288

SH 288 has begun construction on an express toll lane that will involve the construction of four new tolled lanes within the existing median, eight new tolled direct connectors providing connectivity with the Sam Houston Tollway, new tolled direct connectors connecting SH 288 to Holcombe Blvd. near the Texas Medical Center and the reconstruction of eight direct connectors at I-610.

When this $815 million construction project is complete, motorists will have the option to use the Express Toll Lanes for a faster, more reliable commute, or the free general purpose lanes along 10.3 miles between US 59 and Harris/Brazoria county line at Clear Creek.The SH 288 expansion will include three major interchanges:
Beltway 8, which will include (8) direct connector/ramp bridges
Loop 610, which will include (8) direct connector/ramp bridges
The Texas Medical Center, which will include (2) direct connector/ramp bridges
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), with SH 288 Express Toll Lane Project team developer Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG) and project contractor team Almeda-Genoa Constructors (A-GC), will oversee the construction of this highway project. The project is expected to be complete in mid/late 2019.

For more information about this highway project, contact Raynese Edwards at raynese@btg288.com.

United Way Community Building Grants Program

Last year, the District K office facilitated a Neighborhood 101 symposium that addressed the United Way Community Building Grants Program. The United Way of Greater Houston created a fund that focuses on community-building initiatives. This program provides grants from $1,000 to $10,000 for short term projects or one-time expenses that will have a positive impact in the community.

A strong candidate for a Community Building Grant award:
1) serves a health, community, and/or human service purpose;
2) is a one-time purchase or short-term project;
3) generates community interest and volunteer participation;
4) leaves a lasting, positive impact on the community.

Examples of projects may include: refurbishing a playground, cleaning up a dilapidated lot, painting a community center, constructing a ramp to allow wheelchair accessibility, or creating a public art project. More details will be provided at the mandatory Funding Conference (please see dates on the next page).

Eligible groups must be nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for at least two years and provide services in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, or Waller Counties. This may include: neighborhood organizations, civic groups, environmental groups, scouting troops, schools, churches, fraternal organizations, arts groups, clubs, volunteer initiatives, membership organizations, and other similar groups. All applicants must provide the most recently completed and filed

YMCA: Upcoming Events

February 14, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Be Heart Healthy, Be Happy
National Heart Month

Celebrate National Heart Month at the Y! We provide many tools and resources to promote healthier decisions so you can know the best ways to keep your heart healthy.

According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. February is the time to raise awareness of factors that may cause high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke and to encourage our families to make small changes that make a big difference.

Learn More >>


Take Your Shot
Spring Youth Sports

At the Y, we focus on building confidence and character in kids to encourage them to embrace new experiences. Whether your child is playing soccer for the first time, or a returning athlete seeking to build confidence and improve skills, YMCA youth sports programs guide them and encourage them to give it their best shot.

Early Bird Savings: Save up to $40 when you register by the early bird deadline of February 20.

Register Today >>


Live Stronger, Live Longer
Personal Training

Your body deserves a unique fitness regime tailored to you. At the Y, our nationally certified personal trainers can assist you in reaching your fitness and weight loss goals through one-on-one or group training.

Read More >>


You’ve Got Big Plans for the Future
Sign Up Today for Free Heart Screenings with Houston Methodist

February is healthy heart month and there’s no better time to be sure you are protected from heart disease. Join us for a free risk assessment to understand your 10-year risk for heart disease. Attend a heart screening event at a Houston Methodist location near you.

Register Today >>


Helping You Eat Healthy
H-E-B Recipe of the Week – Pasta Amatriciana

Looking for a healthy dinner this week that is quick and easy to make? This Pasta Amatriciana uses raw ingredients and mixes things up a bit from your standard spaghetti and meatballs. With just 20 minutes of prep work, then 25 minutes of cooking, it won’t take much time for this fresh meal to be ready.

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Change Someone’s Tomorrow, Today

Every day, the YMCA of Greater Houston gives our community the support it needs to learn, grow, and thrive. When you support the YMCA of Greater Houston, you help guarantee that everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability to pay, can benefit from the YMCA’s programs, like youth sports, child care and swim lessons.

Together, with the help of all YMCA of Greater Houston locations, we are on our way to raising $7.6 million. And one hundred percent of the dollars donated to the Y are invested locally, into programs that serve children and families from our community.

Start making a difference today.

Donate Today >>

Capital Improvement Plan Community Meeting, March 9

February 12, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Citizens are encouraged to attend meetings in their Council districts, learn about projects and plans, voice questions and community concerns

The City of Houston invites residents to participate in the annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) process at public meetings. The meetings afford residents an opportunity to hear from city officials about CIP projects in their districts, ask questions and voice concerns and provide input regarding community improvements and services. To view the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2018 and for a schedule of meeting dates by City Council district, visit www.houstontx.gov/cip. The city will provide reasonable accommodations to citizens with disabilities and special needs by request in advance of the meeting date. To request accommodations, call the Department of Neighborhoods at 832-393-0955.

DISTRICT K – Council Member Larry Green
March 9, 2017

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center
3810 Fuqua, 77045

YMCA: Upcoming Events

February 8, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Take Your Shot
Spring Youth Sports

At the Y, we focus on building confidence and character in kids to encourage them to embrace new experiences. Whether your child is playing soccer for the first time, or a returning athlete seeking to build confidence and improve skills, YMCA youth sports programs guide them and encourage them to give it their best shot.

Early Bird Savings: Save up to $40 when you register by the early bird deadline of February 20.

Register Today >>


We’re All Heart
YMCA Sprint for Spring: February 11

Join us for our sixth annual YMCA Sprint for Spring race. All race proceeds benefit the Weekley Family YMCA Annual Campaign, which provides scholarships to local families in need of vital Y programs and services.

Race options include: 5K run/walk timed, kids fun run and corporate team/family of 4.

Learn more >>


Banding Together, Bridging Communities
Lake Houston Family YMCA Bridge Fest

Bridge Fest began as a celebration of the opening of the Lake Houston Parkway bridge and continues to be an important event in the community.

With three distances for runners, joggers and walkers to choose from, the race is designed to encourage participation from all abilities and ages.

Register Today >>


Y Rewards
Houston Rockets

As a Y member, enjoy specially priced tickets to the Rockets upcoming games against the Miami Heat Wednesday, February 15, the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday, February 25, and the Indiana Pacers Monday, February 27.

Use promo code: ymca

Get Tickets >>


Making Memories
Family Camp at YMCA Camp Cullen

Spend a quality family weekend celebrating Valentine’s Day. Shoot bows and arrows, go for canoe rides, create unique flower boquets in arts and crafts and much more February 10-12.

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Double the Love
Refer a Friend and Save

Refer a friend to join the Y and you will receive one free month of membership. PLUS, whoever you refer will also receive a free month of membership.

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Wellness Programs at the Y

We know staying healthy involves more than working out. Our programs and services focus on the entire family’s health, while providing a variety of fitness and wellness programs to serve a person’s unique needs. Spring classes are starting for these programs: Healthy Weight and Your Child, YMCAs Diabetes Prevention Program, Enhance®Fitness.


Helping You Eat Healthy
H-E-B Recipe of the Week – Chicken Stir Fry Wraps

These chicken stir fry wraps are the perfect solution to a quick, tasty meal that is healthy for the whole family.
Ingredients: olive oil, chicken breasts, red bell pepper, HEB broccoli slaw, soy sauce, fresh ginger, honey, white vinegar, iceberg lettuce.

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You’ve Got Big Plans for the Future
Sign Up Today for Free Heart Screenings

February is healthy heart month and there’s no better time to be sure you are protected from heart disease. Join us for a free risk assessment to understand your 10-year risk for heart disease. Attend a heart screening event at a Houston Methodist location near you.

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Change Someone’s Tomorrow, Today

Every day, the YMCA of Greater Houston gives our community the support it needs to learn, grow, and thrive. When you support the YMCA of Greater Houston, you help guarantee that everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability to pay, can benefit from the YMCA’s programs, like youth sports, child care and swim lessons.

Together, with the help of all YMCA of Greater Houston locations, we are on our way to raising $7.6 million. And one hundred percent of the dollars donated to the Y are invested locally, into programs that serve children and families from our community.

Start making a difference today.

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