For cheapest gas prices, visit http://www.gasbuddy.com
For Metro Houston’s Park and Ride fares:
For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.
Local churches and faith groups have events for the public and families. Check with your local church or group for times and dates.
Starting, February 20th, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – AARP Tax Aide (free tax help) at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055. For more info, 713-956-0881
Saturday, February 23 — New Police and Courts building is dedicated today at 10 a.m. in Bellaire, Texas. The Bellaire Police Department celebrates its 100th year. Public tours of the new facility also offered today.
Saturday, February 23 — Houston Rodeo Parade at 10 a.m. Parade starts at Bagby and Walker and ends at Bagby and Lamar in downtown Houston. Houston Texas Quarterback Deshaun Watson is the Grand Marshall of the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Downtown Parade. Conoco Phillips also presents the 32nd Annual Rodeo Run with a wheel chair race at 9:10 a.m., 9:20 a.m. 10 K race and 9:35 a.m. 5 K Fun Run/Walk.
For more information, visit: rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Rodeo/Pre-Rodeo-Events/Parade.
Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. — AFRO X Festival
Northeast Multi-Service Center (Lakewood temporary location)
The Houston Public Library hosts its first expo to celebrate the life and culture of African Americans in Houston. There will be live demonstrations, workshops, free health screenings, community organizations and vendors at this event.
February 25 to March 17th –Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show at NRG Park. For events, parking and tickets, visit https://www.rodeohouston.com
Open Now — Hurricane Harvey Recovery Centers in Houston, Texas area. The City of Houston wants to make sure eligible property owners still needing repairs from Harvey can still get federal aid. Here are the locations if you need federal aid to repair Hurricane Harvey damage to your home.
- Online at https://recovery.houstontx.gov
- By phone at 832-393-0550 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
- Or in person at any of the new centers (Northeast, 9551 N. Wayside, Houston 77028; Northwest, 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston 77040; Southwest, 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston 77036; Southeast, 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston 77036).
If you are homebound, don’t have transportation, don’t have access to a computer or phone, the City of Houston says there are mobile outreach teams available.
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.
Places to Eat and Shop:
On the go? 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, the original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street east of downtown Houston is a popular destination. Locals and visitors also head to Lopez Mexican restaurant at 11606 S. Wilcrest in SW Houston for Tex-Mex food. There are many family-owned Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston. Fajita Pete’s café in West University also is good for close-to-home dining or takeout.
For Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks.
For Asian food, 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.
For Turkey legs and Creole side dishes, the Turkey Leg Hut, 4830 Almeda Road, is famous for its stuffed turkey legs. Turkey leg prices are $10-$28. We haven’t tried this place, but it is on our bucket list.
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