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Restaurant Review – Myung Dong

February 19, 2018 • Continue Reading »

by J.D. Herman

Myung Dong Korean Restaurant is such a gem that I am almost hesitant to share the secret. When you know about a restaurant that is off the foodie radar it’s kind of fun to keep that knowledge close to the vest. Ultimately though, good food should be enjoyed by as many folks as possible, and this restaurant should be on your short list of places to try soon.

Myung Dong sits across from Bayland Park in a rustic shopping center, just west of Bellaire in the Brays Oaks District. You could easily miss the restaurant (the street signage is written in mostly Hangeul characters) if not for the bright green and blue exterior.

Once inside, we were instantly greeted by the enticing aroma of Korean BBQ or “bulgogi”. It smelled so good that I knew I was ordering the thinly sliced beef cooked in smoky seasonings before we even sat down. Our waitress, Jessica, helped walk us through the menu. They offer traditional Korean staples including Bi Bim Bap – steamed rice, vegetables, a fried egg, and beef or tofu served in a single bowl- but since it was a rainy day, we followed Jessica’s advice and focused in on the specialty soups. Options of beef, chicken, and fish stews are all available in different variations and preparations

You definitely want to try the roasted corn tea. It’s made in-house daily and has a wonderful nutty flavor that we enjoyed while scanning the menu. Most folks opt for seafood pancake as a starter, but we went with the kimchi pancake. The roasted corn tea offered an earthy balance to our pancake appetizer, which despite having a hint of heat was also slightly sweet.

For entrées we ordered the beef bulgogi and the kimchi jjigae. The kimchi jjigae is a spicy vegetarian soup made with tofu, mushrooms, potatoes, and zucchini. The soup arrived bubbling in a hot pot with individual bowls for self-service. It was hearty yet light, with a unique spice note. All of the dishes were served family-style. One appetizer, soup, and entrée could easily feed four people, especially since the meal is accompanied by an array of condiments: spicy cucumber and radish, fish cakes, and kimchi.

The simplicity of the décor stands in stark contrast to the complexity of flavors offered on the menu. Wood paneling and sparse decorative touches make for a simple and incredibly clean atmosphere. The service was attentive throughout and the casual atmosphere makes this a wonderful stop for lunch or dinner any time. Bonus: it is BYOB, so bring your favorite bottle of wine!

Houston’s diversity is a wonderful strength and it is easy to celebrate our diversity through unique culinary opportunities. If you find yourself on Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft, stop into Myung Dong and get in on the secret by treating yourself to some of the best Korean food in Houston.

Solid Waste Heavy Trash Schedule Resumes March 1, 2018

February 15, 2018 • Continue Reading »

The Solid Waste Department will resume its regularly scheduled tree waste and junk waste collections effective March 1, 2018.

Thursday, March 1, 2018: Regular Tree Waste Schedule starts
Monday, April 2, 2018: Regular Junk Waste Schedule starts

Remember odd months are Tree Waste and even months are Junk Waste.
Tree Waste months: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
Junk Waste months: February, April, June, August, October and December.

The Solid Waste Department will temporarily suspend city crews collecting Hurricane Harvey storm debris effective February 28, 2018. Contracted storm debris crews will remain in place until further notice. Harvey Storm Debris is still being collected, continue to place debris at the curb. Report uncollected storm debris to the City of Houston 3-1-1 service line.

Relative to curbside recycling collection, customers are encouraged to place only the following items in their green recycling carts: paper, cardboard, clean food cartons, plastic containers #1-5 and #7, aluminum cans and bimetal cans. A detailed list of accepted items can be found on department’s website ( Customers are also reminded that glass is not accepted in the curbside containers, but can be recycled at all City recycling drop-off locations. The recycling link previously mentioned lists those locations and has them mapped.

Here are a few other reminders to remember after our recycling hiatus:

  • No Hurricane Harvey Debris should be in the recycling cart. While we recognize that many customers used their carts to haul demolition material to the curb immediately after Harvey, material of that type is not recyclable and is considered trash.
  • Recycling should be loose and not bagged in the cart. Loose material speeds the processing line and ensures that contamination is kept at a minimum.
  • Glass is not accepted at this time and should be taken to a convenient drop-off site.
  • Junk Waste and Yard Waste services remain suspended until further notice. Those crews continue to work on Hurricane Harvey debris removal.
  • All city drop-off locations continue to work on a 7 day schedule until further notice. These sites include the Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center and the Environmental Service Center. Remember to check with 3-1-1 or the department’s webpage for operating hours.
  • The Recycling Collection Schedule is found here:

All Solid Waste Services Collection Day Information can be found at the following link:

RAWA – Women Lifestyle Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17

February 11, 2018 • Continue Reading »

Raindrop Women Lifestyle Festival

Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00AM – 06:00PM

Raindrop Women Association (RAWA) is pleased to invite you to its Women Lifestyle Festival on February 17, 2018

Visitors will be able to shop at various booths that include products of fashion, health & beauty, arts & crafts, home decor, and home-style foods. There will be mini activities such as: art workshops (Water Marbling/Ebru), cooking demonstrations, henna application, kids’ fun zones, and face painting.

It is a great opportunity to have quality time with family and friends!

Upcoming Events

February 6, 2018 • Continue Reading »

February is the month of love around the world, with Valentine’s Day just right around the corner. It’s also the Lunar New Year. Those who observe will be celebrating the upcoming Year of the Dog! We have rounded up three ways for you to get out and celebrate the various holidays and observances around Brays Oaks in our list below. Check it out!

Feb 10th – Celebrate National Dental Month

Celebrate National Dental Month with ABC Dental at their health fair on February 10th. Free screenings will be available for dental, glucose, vision, immunizations, blood pressure and more! Bring shot records for children to receive free immunizations, and if you haven’t already, get your flu shot on-site. Once all the health examinations are over, head to one of the bouncy houses with the kids, and enjoy balloons, animals, and pictures with Disney characters to mark the occasion.

Feb 14th – Larry Green’s Valentine’s Day in District K Luncheon

Reserve your spot now at Larry Green’s Valentine’s Day in District K Luncheon. This annual event will take place at the Red Rooster (1334 Alameda Road), and attendees are asked to dress in “Valentine’s Day Red Attire.” The luncheon is sponsored in part by the Brays Oaks Management District, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Feb 17th – 2018 Lunar New Year Festival

The Chinese Community Center is hosting their annual Lunar New Year’s Festival! This year is the Year of the Dog. Join the CCC for dragon and lion dances, over twenty unique cultural performances from South Korea, Vietnam, India, and China. There will also be an East West Bank Marketplace with arts and crafts from all over the world celebrating the holiday, as well as a raffle and plenty of workshops on lantern making, calligraphy, and other cultural activities. You don’t want to miss this chance to participate in ringing in the New Year.

Information for Voters Displaced by Harvey

February 5, 2018 • Continue Reading »


Primary Election Information for Voters Displaced by Harvey

Houston, TX – Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart announced today that sample ballots, Early Voting locations, and a preliminary list of Election Day polling locations for the March 6, 2018 Democratic and Republican Primary Elections are now available at the elections website

“I strongly encourage voters to prepare for the upcoming election by visiting, especially voters who have temporarily relocated due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stanart, the chief election officer of the County.

Harris County voters who have been displaced by Harvey are advised to vote early at any one of the 46 early voting locations in the county starting on Tuesday, February 20.

Some voters may have received a notice from the Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar that they are on suspense due to their voter registration card being returned undeliverable. Suspense voters are fully eligible to vote, even while they are on suspense. The simple solution for voters on suspense is to complete a Statement of Residency (SOR) form to verify their address when they are at the polling location, either at an early voting location or on Election Day at their designated poll. Shortly after the election, the Voter Registrar will update the voter’s status, removing them from suspense.

All voters are encouraged to vote early, especially in a Primary Election. Due to the nature of Primary Elections, many voters will be voting at a different Election Day location than where they voted in the last November Election.

“During the Primary Election cycle, the major political parties conduct their elections simultaneously. The political parties determine where their polling locations are located and the number of polling locations available to voters on Election Day, as well as the personnel that conduct the elections,” informed Stanart. Unlike Early Voting, voters who choose to vote on Election Day must vote at the voting location where the precinct where they are registered is voting.

Voters may view a personal sample ballot, find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, review the list of acceptable forms of identification to vote at their poll, and obtain information about voting by mail at Voters may also call 713.755.6965 for more information.

Stan Stanart is the Clerk, Recorder and the Chief Elections Officer of the third largest county in the United States.

National Dental Month Health Fair, Feb. 10

February 2, 2018 • Continue Reading »

Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood 36 Meeting, Feb. 6

February 2, 2018 • Continue Reading »

Guest Speaker:

HPD Chief Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo was sworn-in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on November 30, 2016. Chief Acevedo leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian support personnel with an annual general fund budget of $825 million in the fourth largest city in the United States.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

At Braeswood Assembly of God Church, Student Ministries Building, located at the intersection of Willow Bend and Fondren. Park in the North Parking Lot, East of Fondren; enter off of Willow Bend. Take elevator to second floor. Bring friends and neighbors.

Questions call Marcy Williams 713-774-3150

Next meeting March 6, 2018

Celebrating African American Heritage Month at the Houston Public Library

January 30, 2018 • Continue Reading »

HOUSTON – Celebrate African American history as it comes alive at the Houston Public Library (HPL) through the voices and vision of writers, artists and leaders. Through the power and inspiration of poetry, documentary films, live performances and critical conversations, HPL honors and celebrates the heritage, culture and contributions of notable individuals. The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will also be remembered on the 50th anniversary year of his passing (April 4, 1968).

All events are free and open to the public. Visit to see more programs and events that are occurring this season!

HPL brings Nikki Giovanni this February

Nikki Giovanni book cover, A Good CryHPLQ – (Houston Public Library Quarterly) an Author Series Presents:
Nikki Giovanni – A Discussion on her book A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

Thursday, February 15 | 7:30 PM
Cullen Performance Hall on UH Central Campus | 4300 University Blvd., 77204 | 832-393-1652

With A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter, Giovanni reveals the joy and peril of aging, and pays tribute to the poets, thinkers and students that hold court inside her mind and heart.

Seating is open and is first come, first served.


Living in Freedman’s Town: African American Collections
Thursday, February 15 | 6:00 PM

The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St. 77019 | 832-393-1440

For questions, please contact HMRC at or the African American Library at 832-393-1440.

Critical Conversations
Where Do We Go from Here?
Looking to 2036 \with a special focus on Houston’s “Bicentennial Child” through a three-part series on equality, equity and ethics

Watch HPL’s very own Larry Payne discuss this very timely series on Houston Matters.


Living Room at Your Library Presents:

This Is Our Home, It is Not For Sale
A Documentary Film Screening
Thursday, February 22 | 6 PM – 9:30 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St. 77019 | 832-393-1440
Saturday, February 24 | 1 PM – 4:30 PM
Central Library (Program Place) | 500 McKinney St., 77004 | 832-393-1313

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 1 PM
Collier Neighborhood Library | 6200 Pinemont, 77062 | 832-393-1740

I Am Not Your Negro – Film Documentary
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 2 PM – 4 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St. 77019 | 832-393-1440
Saturday, February 8, 2018 | 5 PM
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning | 1050 Quitman, 77009 | 832-393-1720
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 1 PM
Collier Neighborhood Library | 6200 Pinemont, 77062 | 832-393-1740


Bright Star Theater Presents: Frederick Douglass
Experience the powerful story of the life and legacy of abolitionist, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary year of his birth.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 11 AM
Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library | 7007 West Fuqua, 77489 | 832-393-2370
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 2 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St. 77019 | 832-393-1440
Saturday, February 24, 2018 |4 PM
Freed Montrose Neighborhood Library | 4100 Montrose, 77006 | 832-393-1800

Bright Star Theater Presents: Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History
In this production, the stories behind famous and forgotten hymns, work songs, and musical styles are brought to life by an energetic cast of actors!
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 3 PM
Mancuso Neighborhood Library | 6767 Belfort, 77087 | 832-393-1920
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6 PM
Bracewell Neighborhood Library | 9002 Kingspoint Dr., 77075 | 832-393-2580
Monday, February 23, 2018 | 3:30 PM
Moody Neighborhood Library | 9525 Irvington, 77076 | 832-393-1950

Ensemble Theater Presents: A Sneak-Peak of Their Main Stage Production
Fetch Clay, Make Man

The play is set on the eve of the Cassius Clay―Sonny Liston rematch, and based on the friendship between the actor Stepin Fetchit and Cassius Clay―soon to become Muhammad Ali. Fetch Clay, Make Man explores how each handled a life in the public eye as black men in their respective eras.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 3:30 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St. 77019 | 832-393-1440


DNA and the African-American Experience:
Creating networks to identify family connections

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 10:30 – 11:30
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research | 5300 Caroline, 77004 | 832-393-2600

Space is limited. Reservations required or please call 832-393-2600. Program for adults and teens ages 13-18 years

African-American Heritage Day with Guest Speaker Tim Pinnick
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 10:30AM – 3:15PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research | 5300 Caroline, 77004 | 832-393-2600

Space is limited. Reservations required. Space is limited. Please call 832-393-2600 with questions. Adults/Teens.


Chasing Perfection: An Exhibit on Legendary John S. Chase, FAIA, NOMAC
January 23 – June 2, 2018

The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase
The Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1662
The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St. 77019 | 832-393-1440

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at, on Twitter @houstonlibrary, on Facebook – houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.

Beyond Careers Free Tax Preparation

January 29, 2018 • Continue Reading »

Beyond Careers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is offering free assistance on Saturdays (February 10, February 17 and March 10) at HCC’s Brays Oaks campus on West Bellfort.

ECHOS Shred Day, Feb. 10

January 27, 2018 • Continue Reading »

Join us for Shred Day – February 10th – 9 AM – 12 PM

Do you have paper piling up at home or at your business?
Are you looking to get rid of paperwork from the end of the year?

Bring it to ECHOS SHRED DAY!
Drive up, get a donation receipt and we’ll unload your car for you!
It is just that easy!

9600 S. Gessner
Houston, TX 77071

Minimum $15 donation – Senior Discount $12
Businesses and individuals welcome.
Proceeds support ECHOS programs. Please make your donation amount in line with the amount of paperwork you are dropping off.

This is the first Shred Day for 2018
Please contact Kathy Eckhardt, 713-270-0369, for information

See below for information about our Food Drive during Shred Day!
We will be collecting non-perishable food for the Food Pantry.

Food Drive at Shred Day

Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food for our Food Pantry when you come to Shred Day. Baby Food, Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna, and diapers feed the families we serve. Since Harvey, we need your help!

UT Dental School Fundraising Dinner

Early Valentines Dinner to Raise money to bring dentists to ECHOS on the UT Dental Van. Join us for $75 for a delightful dinner on February 11th from 4-7 PM. Contact Cathy Moore for more information. Seats are limited and selling fast.

Your Community

Donating to ECHOS helps our community. People are able to access health care services, they learn skills needed for jobs and they are able to feed their families. Thank you for making this happen! Donate Now