Community Events

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For cheapest gas prices, visit http://www.gasbuddy.com

For Metro Houston’s Park and Ride fares:

https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/ParkRide.aspx

For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.

Visit local churches, faith-based groups for services, mission trips and fun things to do with the family.

November  22, 2018 —Have a Joyful Thanksgiving!

November 22-23, 2018 —City of Houston, Bellaire and other community services have the holiday off. No solid waste collection November 22-23, 2018

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Houston — It’s free and starts at 9 a.m.

https://www.houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade/index.html

Gallery Furniture North Houston, 6000 North Freeway – Thanksgiving Day Feast.  Jim McIngvale, “Mattress Mack” is hosting a  Thanksgiving meal with food trucks, turkey and more for those who did not receive a free turkey last Thursday.  The Thanksgiving feast is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

November 23, 2018 –Black Friday.  The unofficial national day of After Thanksgiving shopping deals and bargains to kick off the Christmas Holiday Shopping Season.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month –The Houston Health Department has started DAWN, a free diabetes education program to help Houstonians with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes get services and tools to be healthy. Physicians also can refer patients to this program.  To register, call 832-393-4055 or visit www.houstonhealth.org

Places to visit in Houston, Texas –Space Center Houston, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Hines Water Wall Park near the Galleria, the Museum District, Downtown Houston, Hermann and Memorial Parks, the San Jacinto Monument in Baytown to name a few.  Galveston beaches are a 45-minute drive from metro Houston.  

Bucee’s is Texas’s favorite place to fuel up your vehicle and yourself. Buc-ees has food, gifts and gas at its Pearland, Katy, Houston area and Texas locations.  The Galleria in Houston offers high-end retail stores, Macys, Nordstroms, restaurants, food court and a cool ice skating rink. Memorial City in west Houston also a popular shopping and restaurant area for families and visitors.  Closer to the Texas Medical Center are Rice University Village and Highland Village for shopping and places to eat. Outside Houston city limits, take I-10 West for Designer Outlets at Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take Highway 290 in northwest Houston to the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, Texas.

For Texas Barbeque, foodies head to Killen’s in Pearland and Rudy’s in the outer suburbs of metro Houston. Pappas BBQ, Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy and Brisket BBQ in Bellaire also are family favorites.

Houston families also dine at Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias.

For Mexican food, locals and visitors head to Lopez Mexican Restaurant on S. Wilcrest off Highway 59 in southwest Houston.  The original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street in east Houston also is a popular destination. There are many Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston. Fajita Pete’s café in West University also good for close-to-home takeout or dining.

For Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks.

Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town and in Katy, Texas have Asian food and shops. Many are on Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston.  There’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucius, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Tan-Tan Westheimer, Seoul (Korean) in Spring Branch and Fadi’s (Mediterranean).

There’s also Kim Bo Chinese Restaurant in Sugarland, Texas which has an “A” in city health department restaurant inspections. 

Large Asian grocery stores like Ranch 99, Viet Hoa, Hong Kong Market, Welcome, Super H Market also offer box lunches and some have food courts. For Boba Tea, visit Star Snow Ice, Tapioca House in the Welcome shopping Center on Bellaire Boulevard and Tea House locations in Chinatown.  Tapioca House also serves combo bento box meals with Boba Tea for $7-$8.  Tapioca House has locations in Austin and Dallas.  For Thai food, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 6324 Richmond Avenue west of the Galleria area.

Visit national, state, local parks, beaches and indoor attractions. Visit http://www.nps.gov or http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks

Yosemite National Park                   Galveston, Texas

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes.  For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com

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Houston Galveston Weather and Travel

It’s Thanksgiving Week.  The National Weather Service forecasts rain to develop in South Texas and the Gulf Coast states.

Check with your airline on flight departures and arrivals.

http://www.flightview.com

Click on links below for a look at local weather and around the country.

https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

https://www.weather.gov

For updates, stay tuned to local television weather broadcasts, the NWS social media.

Hurricane Season runs through the end of November.

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Prepare and have a plan  for your family and pets in case of evacuation or shelter-in-place in the highest level of your home in case of rushing water and flooding. Move vehicles to higher levels in garages. Have important phone numbers ready. Store  important documents in water-proof bags or containers. Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medicine, batteries, flashlights, gas, cash and other supplies for your family and pets to last at least 3 days or longer.  You will need them during long power outages in your community, if you do not have a good generator that is above ground. Stay with friends, relatives offering safe shelter during the storm or go to a Red Cross shelter in your area.

 

 

 

 

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California Wildfires

During Thanksgiving week, the National Weather Service forecasts low humidity and gusty winds to continue Monday in parts of California, but rain chances to increase in California by Wednesday. 

For a look at current California wildfires, click on link below:

http://m.fire.ca.gov/IncidentsCurrent.aspx

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Posted November 12, 2018

Woolsey Fire at E Street and Alfa Road, south of Simi Valley (Ventura County).  Last Friday, this fire was 35,000 acres. The view from space of the #CampFire threatening several towns in California. The Camp Fire is north of Sacramento.

Photo Courtesy: Los Angeles County Sheriff Twitter, NASA Twitter

Red Flag Fire Warning Graphic Courtesy:  CA Fire Twitter

Posted November 13, 2018, 3:05 a.m. CDT

Woolsey Fire in Ventura County is 93,662 acres and 30% contained. Photo Courtesy:  California Public Health Twitter

California firefighters are getting help from other states. Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia are sending firefighters to battle the latest outbreak of wildfires in California.

The wildfire death toll continues to rise.  At least 42 people reportedly were found dead in their burned homes or cars in northern California.  The wildfires also have forced more evacuations across the state, NBC News reports.

On Monday night, evacuation orders were lifted for Thermalito and the Westlake/Thousand Oaks areas. Authorities warned residents to exercise caution as they return to their property, to beware of hazardous conditions, current fire conditions, road closures and utility outages.

A red flag warning also is in effect in Southern California, including San Diego, Tijuana border and Las Vegas, Nevada through Wednesday.

“I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California. Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected.” President Trump tweeted Monday night.

As of late Monday night, November 12, 2018, here are some updates from California Fire on Twitter:

#Woolsey Fire update] at E St and Alfa Road Rd, south of Simi Valley (Ventura County) is now 93,662 acres and 30% contained. Unified Command: CAL FIRE, , , LA City Fire, , and

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Posted November 9, 2018

At least 9 people have been killed from during the latest wildfires in northern California and thousands have been forced to evacuate from 2 fires in the Los Angeles area, NBC News reports. The Los Angeles Sheriff Office tweeted mandatory evacuations in the Topanga Canyon area.

As of Friday night, Nov. 9, 2018, here are updates from California Fire on Twitter:

“#Hill Fire: Hill Canyon Rd and Santa Rosa Rd, Santa Rosa Valley (Ventura County) per is now 4,531 acres & 15% contained.”–vcfd.org

“Rincon Fire off Highway 9 and Ricon Crossing, north of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz County) is now 17 acres and 93% contained.”

“CampFire Pulgan Road at CampCreek Road near Jarbo Gap (Butte County ) is now 90,000 acres and 5% contained. Evacuations in effect.  ca.gov/current_incident”

 

 

 

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Veterans Lunch at Hotel De George

The Chinese American Legion Auxiliary, Chinese Baptist Church Rainbow Fellowship and CBC Bereans Class volunteers served lunch on Thursday, November 15th at Hotel De George near downtown Houston.  The lunch was for veterans living there.  The group also gave away t-shirts,  hygiene items, socks, blankets, Salvation tracts to the resident veterans. The event was from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the historic hotel’s lobby. Around 100 veterans at Hotel De George were served a Popeye’s Fried Chicken lunch with baked beans, potato salad, bread, wafer cookies and a bottle of water.  CBC’s Dorothy and Daniel Chow organized the pre-Thanksgiving lunch.  Hotel De George is located at 1418 Preston near Minute Maid Park.

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Houston Convenience Store Fatal Shooting

Houston police are looking for  two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a convenience store employee at 1621 Witte Road. Today police released surveillance video on the HPD YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/1f2uJD_goVk.

The identity of the victim is unknown at this time.  The fatal shooting happened  around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10th.  The suspects are described as 2 males who wore red and dark blue hoodies.  One suspect has a light skin complexion.  The other suspect has a darker skin complexion.

According to HPD Homicide Division Detectives T. Fay and T. Terry, patrol officers responded to a shooting at the convenience store on Witte Road.  They found an employee dead from gunshot wounds.  Police believe the employee was shot during an attempted robbery.

Photos Courtesy: Houston Police Department

If you have any information on the identities of the wanted suspects or this case, please call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Lamar High School Shootings

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and City of Houston are reminding gangs they will not be tolerated here.  The Mayor’s Office released this statement today:

Tuesday afternoon, an 18-year old was shot and killed in a heinous act of violence near Lamar High School as he walked with a 15-year-old friend. The female victim was grazed by a bullet and survived her injuries.  Both teenagers attend Lamar High School in the Houston Independent School District.

“The city of Houston will not tolerate gang activity or any senseless violence on our streets, especially not the kind that targets young people.

“Our children are off limits. I want parents and students to feel protected and confident while they are near or inside a school.

“I support the Houston Police Department’s investigation and use of all available resources to find the person or people responsible for today’s violence.

“If you witnessed the shooting or know anything about the perpetrators, I urge you to contact HPD or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

“Somebody knows something and working together we can protect our children, keep our community safe and get violent criminals off the streets of Houston.”

—-Mayor Sylvester Turner

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Shivering Temperatures in Houston Area

The Houston area is freezing this morning.  Temperatures are hovering at 32 degrees or below. A freeze warning is in effect through 9 a.m. Central Time today. The NWS daytime forecast high temperature is 49 degrees, sunny and 32 degrees with clear skies tonight. Protect yourself, home, property, plants and pets during this period of shivering, cold weather.

Here’s the National Weather Service Houston Galveston hazardous outlook forecast below for the following counties in Southeast Texas:

“Austin-Brazos-Burleson-Chambers-Coastal Brazoria-
Coastal Galveston-Coastal Harris-Coastal Jackson-
Coastal Matagorda-Colorado-Fort Bend-Grimes-Houston-
Inland Brazoria-Inland Galveston-Inland Harris-Inland Jackson-
Inland Matagorda-Madison-Montgomery-Northern Liberty-Polk-
San Jacinto-Southern Liberty-Trinity-Walker-Waller-Washington-
Wharton-
335 AM CST Wed Nov 14 2018

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of Southeast Texas..

.DAY ONE…Tonight

Sub-freezing temperatures are possible again tonight. Because
most of Southeast Texas is expected to see temperatures at or
below freezing early this morning, no freeze watch or warning has
been issued. For any areas that do not reach freezing this morning
and are expected to reach freezing tonight, an additional freeze
warning will be issued today.”

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Serial Robber of Houston Area Asian Women Arrested

A serial robber has been arrested and charged in connection with at least 13 burglaries and robberies in Houston, Harris and Fort Bend Counties. Houston Police arrested 41-year-old Derrick Mondell Rogers for the crimes that date back to June 2017.  Authorities believe Rogers is responsible and that he targeted Asians.

Rogers is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, burglary of a habitation, robbery with bodily injury, and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 176th State District Court.

Photo Courtesy: Houston Police Department

Below are the crimes that authorities believe Rogers was involved:

  • Burglary at 12531 Bear Valley Drive on June 6, 2017
  • Burglary at 13138 Woodvine Trail on March 25, 2018
  • Burglary at 2909 Walnut Bend Lane on May 20, 2018
  • Burglary at 13138 Woodvine Trail on July 12, 2018
  • Robbery at 7034 Leaders Crossing Drive on July 31, 2018
  • Burglary at 12502 Ashling Drive on August 25, 2018
  • Robbery at 13138 Woodvine Trail on August 30, 2018
  • Burglary at 13535 Bonilla Lane on September 1, 2018 (Harris County)
  • Robbery at 3506 Beech Ridge Lane on September 8 (Harris County)
  • Robbery at 12323 Longbrook on September 15
  • Family Violence/Assault at 9401 Coventry Square Drive on September 23, 2018
  • Robbery at 9401 Coventry Square on September 24, 2018

According to Houston Police, the victims were Asian women.  Police say Rogers stalked and conducted surveillance on the women, possibly over  several days before he stole jewelry, expensive purses and large amounts of cash from them.

During the robbery at Leaders Crossing on July 31 this year, the suspect bound the victim and threatened her with a gun.

In the robbery on Woodvine Trail on August 30th, Houston Police say Rogers struck the victim in the head with a brick before binding her with duct tape and robbing her.

A joint investigation with the HPD Westside Robbery Unit and the HPD Robbery Violent Offenders Squad identified Rogers. Rogers was already in the Harris County Jail on an unrelated charge and as a suspect in multiple cases.

During the investigation, police also recovered Rogers’ vehicle, two handguns and a large amount of stolen property from the multiple robberies and burglaries.

Investigators believe there may be more victims. They urge them or anyone with information to come forward and  contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700.

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Thousand Oaks CA Mass Shooting

Photos Courtesy: Ventura County Sheriff Twitter, NBC News

Tonight the community of Thousand Oaks, California is mourning and remembering the 12 people who were killed during a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill last night. The bar reportedly was filled with college students when the gunman started shooting with a handgun around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

One who ran toward the gunfire was Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Ron Helus, who also was killed.  Three off-duty Los Angeles police officers also were inside and helped evacuate those inside and treat the wounded, NBC 4 Los Angeles reported.

The Borderline Bar shooting happened during College Country Night and is the deadliest mass shooting since the Parkland, Florida school shooting on February 14th this year.  On October 27th, 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg.

In addition to the 12 killed,  authorities confirmed the alleged Borderline gunman also was shot and died. He has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine Corps veteran.

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

 

 

 

 

“Today we mourn the loss of Sergeant Ron Helus who gave his life serving the community. Please keep his family and the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers,” the Ventura County Sheriff Office.

“A vigil honoring the victims and survivors of the Borderline shooting will take place at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Kavli Theater, located at 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd. The vigil will begin at 6pm  (Pacific Time) this evening. Overflow parking will be available at The Lakes,” the VCSO tweeted.

An emergency hotline for the victims’ families has been set up. It is 805-465-6650.

 

 

 

 

 

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Houston Shooting Suspect at 2046 Cortlandt

Photos Courtesy: HPD

Houston police released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in shooting a man on Tuesday, October 16th.  The shooting happened at 2046 Cortlandt around 9:30 p.m.

 

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male in his late 20s to early 30s, and about 6 feet 2 inches tall.  He was driving a silver or gray Chevrolet Malibu.

The 38-year-old shooting victim was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Sergeant K. Mokwa and Officers V. Habukiha and R. Naughton report the victim was shot while walking his dog.  An man drove up and began shooting at him.  The suspect then got out of his vehicle and continued to shoot at the victim, hitting him twice.  The unidentified suspect got away.

During their investigation, police discovered this shooting is possibly related to a shooting incident in the Baytown area.

If you have any information on this case, please call HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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