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For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.
Local churches and places of worship also have summer activities including Vacation Bible School, summer camps, mission trips and other events for the family.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Houston’s First Baptist Church Loop Campus is from June 24 -27 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration is free for children in kindergarten to 6th Grade. Register at http://www.houstonsfirst.org
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston, Texas is from July 8 – July 12 (Monday – Friday) from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
June 16 -Happy Father’s Day!
June 21 —-Summer Solstice. Summer officially starts.
June 28 — An hour- long documentary on the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be shown at the OCA National convention in Houston, Texas. The documentary produced by Rick Quan will be screened at 4 pm on Friday, June 28th at the Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77042. Admission is free.
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through June 26th — Local Lunch Market at Hermann Square in front of Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street. Sponsored by CenterPoint Energy. Prepared ready-to-eat food for sale. The Local Lunch Market also includes live entertainment on City Hall steps and food trucks on McKinney and Walker Streets
July 4 –Happy Birthday, America! Independence Day
Register to Vote online or your County Supervisor of Elections Office for the 2020 presidential, federal, state and local elections. You must be a U.S. citizen and 18 years or older.
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 is a must see for visitors and locals. While Houston is known for being an oil and gas energy city, space exploration and NASA reaching for the moon and the stars put Houston on the worldwide map. Admission includes tram tours of Johnson Space Center. Visitor tip: Take the tram tours first. Spring Break 2019 wait times vary from 65 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes to board the trams to see Johnson Space Center.
There also are the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Hines Water Wall Park near the Galleria, Downtown Houston, the Aquarium, Hermann and Memorial Parks, the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas for visitors to H-town. Galveston beaches and Galveston attractions (Moody Gardens, the Strand and Cruise-Port area) are a 45-minute drive from metro Houston on I-45 South. There also are historic sports tours of Houston’s stadiums and arenas.
Places to Eat and Shop:
Houston has many restaurants for diverse, multi-cultural, ethnic and American tastes. 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.
Shopping: 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 destination 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. Killens also offers table service at 5 p.m., but reservations are recommended. For lunch at Killens, expect lines out the door from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Blood Brothers in the Bellaire Triangle on Bellaire Boulevard also is drawing bbq foodies. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. and closes when they run out of barbeque. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy, Desmeris Barbeque on South Shepherd, Brisket BBQ in Bellaire and Pappas Barbeque are popular family-friendly barbeque places in Houston.
Lockhart, Texas is a 2-3 hour drive from Houston and 35 miles southeast of Austin, Texas. Lockhart is officially the Barbeque Capitol of Texas, according to the Texas Legislature.
Cafeterias are rare, but Houston has Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias for cafeteria foodies.
For Mexican food, the original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street east of downtown Houston is a popular destination. A new Ninfa’s opened at San Felipe and Post Oak in the Galleria area. Locals and visitors also head to Lopez Mexican restaurant at 11606 S. Wilcrest in SW Houston for Tex-Mex food. There are numerous Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston.
The combination beef and chicken fajitas at Carmen’s Mexican Restaurant in the Bellaire Triangle on Bellaire Boulevard.
For Cuban food, La Vina Café at 9381 Richmond Avenue in southwest Houston.
For Greek and Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks. There also are numerous Indian restaurants in southwest Houston.
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 on Westheimer, Seoul (Korean) in Spring Branch.
There’s also Kim Bo Chinese Restaurant in Sugarland, Texas which has an “A” in city health department restaurant inspections.
Hu’s Cooking, 2502 W. Holcombe Blvd near Kirby draws Rice University and Houston Medical Center customers with its Sichuan (spicy, southwest China) and Cantonese dishes (mild, southeast China) dishes. It is closed on Tuesdays and opens at 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m. for lunch, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. for dinner.
For Japanese food, Samurai Restaurant in Bellaire, Benihana’s in downtown Houston and on Westheimer are some of the larger Japanese restaurants in Houston. There also are numerous sushi and Japanese restaurants in the suburbs.
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 and soul food. Turkey leg prices are $10-$28. The popular Turkey Leg Hut is located southeast of Hermann Park and the Museum District.
For New Orleans food, there are Brennan’s at 3300 Smith Street (reservations recommended), Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (3 locations) and other Cajun/Creole restaurants. Tres Beards Market Square in downtown Houston serves southern comfort food.
For delicious seafood platters, dine at the Monument Inn Restaurant when visiting the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument in La Porte. It’s right on the Houston Ship Channel. There also are good seafood restaurants along the Seawall in Galveston with Gulf of Mexico views.
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