Community Events

This is the last weekend of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas, now through March 18, 2018 at NRG and NRG Park. For more information on tickets, concerts, family entertainment, visit Parking is $20. Follow signs to cash lots and other parking on I-610 South in Houston. Metro Buses also offer park and ride lots for $4 round trips between Beechnut Street and South Braeswood Street at 610 South near Meyerland area in SW Houston.

Flu season and spring allergy season continues through April and May. If you need a flu shot, visit your doctor’s office, your county and city health departments. Target, grocery stores with pharmacies and drug stores also offer flu shots. For pollen count today,

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open in areas hard-hit by hurricanes and other disasters. Visit

Saturday, March 17 – Free Prom Dresses and Tuxes for Houston teens ages 13 -18 years old at Houston Public Library’s Carnegie Neighborhood Library, 1050 Quitman St. The Fairy Godmother Prom Dress and Tux Fest is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Boys will be fitted for free black tux at Career Gear. The library manager felt the free prom dress and tux fest was needed for teens and their parents after Hurricane Harvey. Registration is required. For more information, call 832-393-1720

Saturday, March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 20, 2018 –First Day of Spring

March 25, 2018 –Palm Sunday

March 30, 2018 –Good Friday. Passover begins.

March 30, 2018 –Last day to apply for Will Clinics on April 4 and May 2. The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods and Complete Communities, the Houston Bar Association and Houston Volunteer Lawyers present the 2018 Will-A-Thon. Eligible low-income Houstonians can get free legal services to help them prepare their wills. The Will-A-Thon consists of 2 clinics on April 4 and May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to3:30 p.m. at the Tidwell Community Center, 9720 Spaulding Street, Houston Texas 77016. Low-income seniors 60 years old and above, persons with disabilities and military veterans are eligible for these free legal wills preparation clinics. Screening interviews by phone are required. Call 713-228-0735. For more information, visit

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, Mandarin, French, 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 visit

March 31 -April 1 – Celebrate Easter this weekend. Check with local churches for times and dates of Easter services. Easter services at Houston’s First Baptist Church Loop Campus at 7401 Katy Freeway in Houston will have Easter Services on Saturday, March 31 at 5 p.m. and on Easter Sunday, worship services are at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For Easter Sunday services at other HFBC campuses, visit

April 1, 2018 – Happy Easter!

April 7, 2018 — Houston Health Day at Judson Robinson Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during National Public Health Week. The family friendly event will offer free haircuts, dental and eye exams, HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing, family planning services, free vaccines to uninsured adults, children, people on Medicaid/CHIP and to Alaskan Native and Native Americans. The event also will have demonstrations on healthy eating, cooking yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, dancing, a bounce house and nutrition education for pregnant women and mothers. The Harris County Area Agency on Aging also will be there to provide information promoting independence, well-being and dignity for senior citizens. For more information and to register for prize drawings, click on

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California Wedding

With outdoor weddings, plans can change quickly. With rain looming last Saturday, this wedding moved indoors. It was all smiles and joyful for the wedding celebration of Yuka and Brian Lim in Dana Point, California this weekend. Best Wishes!

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Unofficial March 6th Primary Results

The unofficial Harris County (Houston, Texas) Republican and Democratic Party March 6, 2018 primary results are in with 1,012 precincts (100%) reporting. For a look at the winners and those facing runoff elections before the November 6, 2018 Mid-Term Election, visit Click on “Election Results” and then your party’s primary.

For primary results in Fort Bend County, visit Click on “Election Results” and then your party’s primary.

Here’s a look at some of the Republican and Democratic Party primary races in Harris County:

In the Republican Primary….

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz faced 4 challengers, Geraldine Sam, Stefano de Stefano, Mary Miller and Bruce Jacobson, Jr. Senator Cruz won with 87.15% of the vote.

In the U.S. Representative District 2 race, Kevin Roberts received 33.02%; Dan Crenshaw 27.4% and Kathleen Wall 27.09% of the vote. Roberts and Crenshaw will be in a runoff.

In the U.S. Representative, District 7 race, John Culberson received 76.10%; Edward Ziegler 23.90% of the vote.

In the U.S. Representative, District 10 race, Michael T. McCaul received 81.10%, John W. Cook 18.90% of the vote.

In the U.S. Representative, District 22 race, Pete Olson received 80.54%, Danny Nguyen 12.37%, James Green 5.43% and Eric Zmrhal 1.66% of the vote.

In the U.S. Representative District 29 race, Phillip Aronoff received 38.62%, Carmen Maria Montiel 23.59%, Jaimy Z. Blanco 21.05% and Robert Schafranek 16.75% of the vote. Aronoff and Montiel will be in a runoff.

Republicans Ava Reynero Pate, (District 18) Kevin Brady (District 8) and Brian Babin (District 36) were unopposed in their Congressional races.

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott received 90.09%, Barbara Krueger 8.52% and SECEDE Kilgore 1.39% of the vote.

Republican Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick received 81.45%; Scott Milder 18.55% of the vote.

Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton ran unopposed.

In the Commissioner of the General Land Office race, Republicans George P. Bush received 53.74%, Jerry Patterson 39.04%, Davey Edwards 4.56% and Rick Range 2.66% of the vote.

In the State Senator District 17 race, incumbent Joan Huffman received 76.84% of the vote. Kristin Tassin had 23.16& of the vote.

In the State Representative race, District 134, incumbent Sarah Davis received 56.30%, Susanna Dokupil 43.70% of the vote.

Republican State Representative District 147 Thomas Wang ran unopposed.

In County Civil Court Judges races, Erin Swanson won against incumbent Theresa Chang. Sophia Mafrige won against David Tang.

In the Republican Precinct 0055 Chairman race, Robert W. Von Dohlen received 54.55%, Danny Zeng 45.45% of the vote.

Over 50%-90% of Republican voters voted “Yes” to all 11 of their party’s propositions in Harris County.
In the Democratic Party Primary…

In the United States Senator race, Democrat Beto O’Rourke received 59.09%, Sema Hernandez 21.39% and Edward Kimbrough 19.52% of the vote. O’Rourke will face Republican Ted Cruz in November.

In the United States Representative District 2 race, Todd Litton received 52.85%, J. Darnell Jones 22.06%, Silky Malik 9.69%, H.P. Parvizian 7.9 % and Ali A. Khorasani 7.51% of the vote. Litton faces the winner of the Republican runoff in November.

In the United States Representative, District 7 race, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher received 29.33%, Laura Moser 24.35%, Jason Westin 19.18%, Alex Triantaphyllis 15.73%, Ivan Sanchez 5.7 %, Joshua A. Butler 3.75% and James Cargas 1.96% of the vote. Fletcher and Moser will be in a Democratic runoff.

Democrats Steven David (Distric 8) and Al Green (District 9) were unopposed in their Congressional races.

In the United States Representative, District 10 race, Tawana Walter-Cadien received 25.49%, Tami Walker 23.41%, Madeline K. Eden 20.52%, Mike Siegel 17.85%, Matt Harris 7.01%, Kevin Nelson 4.4% and Richie DeGrow 1.31% of the vote. Walter-Cadien and Walker will be in a Democratic runoff.

In the United States Representative, District 18 race, incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee received 85.3%, Richard Johnson 14.7% of the vote. Lee faces Republican Pate in the November.

In United States Representative, District 22 race, Sri Preston Kulkami received 27.88%, Letitia Plummer 20.10%, Margarita Ruiz Johnson 19.49%, Steve Brown 17.68% and Mark Gibson 14.85% of the vote. Kulkami and Plummer will be in a Democratic runoff.

In United States Representative, District 29 race, State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia received 63.22%, Tahar Javed 20.70%, Roel Garcia 6.60%, Hector Morales 3.05%, Augustine H. Reyes 2.84%, Dominique Michelle Garcia 2.56% and Pedro Valencia 1.04% of the vote.

In the United States Representative, District 36 race, Dayna Steele received 77.59%. Jon Powell 22.41% of the vote.

In the Democrat Governor’s race, Andrew White received 51.56%, Lupe Valdez 20.97%, Cedric Davis, Sr. 11.23%, Grady Yarbrough 5.00%, Adrian Ocegueda 3.85%, Jeffrey Payne 3.60%, Tom Wakely 1.96%, James Jolly Clark 1.04% and Joe Mumbach 0.79% of the vote. White faces Republican incumbent Governor Greg Abbott in November.

In the Democrat Lieutenant Governor’s race, Mike Collier received 50.72%, Michael Cooper 49.28% of the vote.

In the Democrat Attorney General’s race, Justin Nelson ran unopposed. Nelson will face Republican Ken Paxton in November.

In the Democrat Comptroller of Public Accounts, Joi Chevalier received 53.82%, Tim Mahoney 46.18% of the vote. Chevalier’s opponent is Republican Glenn Hegar in November.

In the Democrat Commissioner of the General Land Office, Miguel Suazo received 67.66%, Tex Morgan 32.34% of the vote. Suazo will face Republican George P. Bush in November.

Democrat Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6–Kathy Cheng ran unopposed.

In the District Judge, 185th Judicial District, Jason Luong received 50.48%, Brennen Dunn 49.52% of the vote.

In the Democratic Precinct 0148 Chairman race, Lauren A. Bass received 58.82%, Amanda Li Chang 41.18% of the vote.

The Democratic Party’s 12 propositions received over 90% “FOR” votes in Harris County.

For those following the Fort Bend County Judge, County Court at Law, No. 3 race:

Republicans Jennifer C. Chiang received 20.31%, Tricia Krenek 37.31% and Harold Kennedy 42.38% of the vote.

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Houston Independent School District Superintendent Accepts New Job

Less than 2 years on the job, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard A. Carranza is moving on to become the Chancellor of New York City schools. On Monday, Carranza announced his decision as the school district faces challenges, including smaller school budgets.

Carranza took the helm of Texas’s largest school district in August 2016 with unanimous Board of Education approval. He promised to improve student academic achievement, provide student support and create a system of equity for the district’s 284 schools.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the students of the Houston Independent School District and bring a voice to communities that have historically been underserved,” Carranza said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure as I embark on this new journey. I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving the 1.1 million students in New York City. I am forever grateful to the people of Houston for allowing me to be a part of this great city.” Carranza said Monday.

The HISD School Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones wished Carranza the best and appreciated his leadership.

“We are committed to continuing the work he began and moving the district forward.” Skillern-Jones added.

The Board will meet on Thursday to discuss next steps.

Reaction to Carranza leaving also came from City Hall.

“I received phone calls today from Richard Carranza and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. I wished the superintendent well, and I told Mayor de Blasio that I believe he is getting a very capable superintendent. Now, we must focus on HISD’s situation,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“HISD is our largest school district not only in the city but also in the state, and it’s important for its trustees to put in place a very capable interim leader as we navigate through the challenges the district is facing. It’s clear the city cannot move forward unless our school districts are moving forward and providing a quality education to all our children. I will be glad to work closely with the interim superintendent as well as the board to make sure we are doing the very best for our schools, our children and the people in the city of Houston.” Mayor Turner stated in a news release.

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Boil Water Notice Over in North Houston

Map courtesy: City of Houston Public Works

The City of Houston Water Department has cancelled the boil water notice issued on Sunday, March 4, 2018. It affected residents north of Will Clayton Parkway, east of the airport, west of US 59 and south of FM 1960 after repairs were made on a 66-inch (5.5-foot diameter) water main located near Beltway 8 North and US 59. Final water test samples confirmed NO contamination and the water meets all State drinking water standards.


Posted March 6, 2018 –The Drinking Water Advisory for affected area is still in effect.

The City of Houston has completed repairs on a 66-inch (5.5-foot diameter) water main located near Beltway 8 North and US 59. Although the city is not aware of any problems with the water supply to the area, a boil drinking water advisory is in effect as a precaution for people in the area of Will Clayton Parkway, east of the airport and west of US 59 until final water test results meet state drinking water standards.

Houston Public Works is monitoring the situation and will have final water test results from the laboratory in the next 24-48 hours.

Due to low water pressure and low chlorine in the system, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires the Houston Main Water System (TX1010013) notify all affected customers to boil their water before consuming (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).

Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions, according to the City of Houston Public Works News Release on March 4th at 10:47 p.m.

Residents are advised to boil water for at least 2 minutes before drinking, cooking, and ice making or use/buy bottled water.

Houston Public Works ask you to share this water advisory with the public and to affected people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses by email or handout notices.

For more information, contact 311 or Public Works communications at 832-395-2455.

Aviso público sobre el agua potable. Para obtener ayuda en español, llame al 311.

Thông báo công khai về nước uống. Để được trợ giúp bằng tiếng Việt, vui lòng goi 311.

Avis public concernant l’eau potable. Pour obtenir une assistance en français, veuillez appeler le 311.

.311 مقرلا ىلع لاصتالا ىجرُي ،ةيبرعلا ةغللاب ةدعاسملا ىلع لوصحلل .برشلا هايم نأشب ماع راعشإ

有關飲水的公告。如需用中文獲得幫助,請撥打 311 號碼。

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Harris and Fort Bend County Primary Day Voting Sites

Polls open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. today. On Primary Tuesday, registered voters must vote in their assigned precincts, usually in their neighborhood and zip code.

To vote, bring photo ID, list of candidates on paper or marked on a sample ballot to precinct in your zip code. Personal electronic devices are not allowed inside polling places during the March 6, 2018 Primary. New I-Pad technology will be used to check-in registered voters in Harris County on Primary Day.

To find out where you’re assigned to vote today in Harris County, visit

For voting information in Fort Bend County, go to

Below are 37 voting places in Fort Bend County, Texas provided by Republican Judge Candidate, Jennifer Chiang. Fort Bend County includes Katy, Missouri City, Stafford, Sugarland, Richmond, Rosenberg, Beasley, Needville and Kendleton.

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Harris County Early Voting Unofficial Results

As of March 2, here are the unofficial Early Voting results in Harris County (Houston, Texas area) for the March 6, 2018 Primary:

Democratic and Republican Parties Early Voting Totals
In Person and Mailed Ballots: 169,454
Potential Total Early In Person and Mailed Ballots: 195,450

Democratic Party
In Person and Mailed ballots: 87,916
Potential Early In Person and Mailed Ballots: 103,408

Republican Party
In Person and Mailed ballots: 81,537
Potential Early In Person and Mailed Ballots: 92,041

To see how the early voting went at each polling site, click on

If you did not vote early, Tuesday, March 6th is the last chance to vote in the Democratic and Republican party primaries. Polls open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. New technology I-Pads also will be used to check-in registered voters.

Bring acceptable photo identification and vote in your assigned precinct on Tuesday. If you don’t have acceptable form of photo identification, you may vote provisionally.

Personal electronic devices are not allowed inside the voting precinct. Before you come, print out your party’s sample ballot or write down your choices on paper. Anything “paper” is allowed in the voting booth. With lengthy ballots for each party, it will take approximately 15-20 minutes to vote in all the races and propositions on your party’s ballot. Voters are advised to do their homework, research the candidates and propositions.

Not allowed inside the voting precinct: wearing campaign clothing, hats, buttons. By state law, it is considered electioneering and prohibited. You will be advised to cover and remove the advertisement by covering it with another item of clothing or turn it inside.

English is the official language at the polls. Ballots are printed in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. Interpreters and someone assisting you, if physically unable to operate the E-Slate, are allowed.

For sample ballots, your assigned voting precinct and more information, visit or

For Early Voting results, sample ballots and voting information in Fort Bend County, click on:

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