Things to Do Calendar

Lower gas prices are helping Americans get out and travel this summer.  Here is AAA’s list of the top summer destinations.

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Vancouver, Canada
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  7. Anaheim, California
  8. Anchorage, Alaska
  9. Las Vegas, Nevada
  10. Montego Bay, Jamaica

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

For weather forecasts, visit http://www.weather.gov

Local churches also will have their own July 4th celebrations and Vacation Bible Schools.  VBS at Chinese Baptist Church Houston is July 10-14 for children 4 years old through 5th grade.   Register your child at cbchouston.org.

During the summer break, visit a National Park.  Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky) was established in July.

Family-friendly, cheap places to visit in Houston, Texas

Hermann Park — The park has a zoo, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Railroad Train rides, a Japanese Garden, Pedal Boat rides, areas to enjoy a family picnic and the Miller Outdoor Theater.  Park hours are 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.  Other venues in the park open at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.  For points of interest,   http://www.hermannpark.org/points-of-interest/ or visit http://www.hermannpark.org.   Hermann Park is located near the Texas Medical Center and Houston’s Museum District near Rice University.

Houston Museum of Natural Science at Hermann Park– There’s also a Planetarium, Butterfly Center and permanent exhibits here.  Admission is $25 (adults); $15 for children 3-11 years old and college students with valid ID.  Visit http://www.hmns.org/visit/hours-and-pricing/

The Galleria —  Houston’s premier indoor shopping destination has high-end, designer stores, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards,  Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, H & M and other stores to fit your shopping budget. It’s also known for its indoor ice-skating rink with a large food court and restaurants.  Great place to walk, window-shop with the family, too.  Open daily at 10 a.m.

Designer Outlet Shopping Malls –Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take 610 west to Katy and follow exit signs to the mall.  On your way to the Galveston beaches, there’s also Tanger Outlets at 5885 Gulf Freeway or 45 South.  Follow highway exits to both outlet shopping malls. Open daily at 10 a.m.

Battleship Texas in La Porte, Texas – Take a self-guided tour of the historic battleship that served in World War 1 and WW 2.  The battleship historic site is located at 3523 Independence Parkway.  Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information, call 281-479-2431

Space Center Houston – This is the official Visitors Center of the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake, Texas.  Everything NASA and Houston’s role in America’s space program is here.  Tickets are $29.95 (adults) and $24.95 (children 4-11 years old).  You can save $5 per ticket with a coupon at MacDonald’s, Randall’s grocery stores, Walmart  or with an AAA membership or military I.D.

 

 

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Wedding Dance

Amanda Elizabeth Ong and John (Sean) De La Rose Burke danced into their  future Saturday night in the Magnolia Ballroom of the Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond, Texas. The couple married at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  More than 300 guests attended the Chinese-American-Irish-Mexican wedding and reception —a festive, colorful celebration of love and their families with bagpipe music, Mariachis, Mexican dance performances, food, fun and more.

“Our marriage today is much more than a union of two people; it is a union of two families. The backgrounds, life experiences and viewpoints of all of those present today is very diverse, and at the same time, very beautiful. Let today be a perfect example of how truly harmonious our world can be,” Amanda and Sean Burke wrote in thanking everyone.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

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Bellaire Texas July 4th Parade

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Today is America’s 241 st birthday and the day Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Love of country and the American spirit filled the air and streets of downtown Bellaire, Texas in the Houston area this July 4th morning. Above, the sights and sounds of Bellaire’s Independence Day Parade.

From the flag windshield wipers on Bellaire Fire and Rescue’s truck to the end, the theme was America’s Super Heroes. The parade on Bellaire Boulevard and South Rice Avenue near the Town Square and Loftin Park brought out several hundred people and families. Many were dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate America’s independence and freedom. Candy was flying in the air– tossed from the parade groups to the children and parents.

“Happy July Fourth!” shouted children in the crowd and people in the parade.

Bellaire’s July 4th parade visitors say the event has grown and become a popular holiday tradition over the years.  What was once was over in 5-10 minutes, this year’s parade lasted nearly 30 minutes long.

The family-friendly parade included the Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway in an antique squad car, Bellaire and Houston officials, including Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, political candidates of the Democratic Party, Bellaire Fire and Rescue,  the Bellaire Historical Society, the Bellaire Public Library, businesses and community groups of all ages, faiths and interests.

With sizzling, steamy temperatures forecast today, the group from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Bellaire Emergency Room with a life-size Spider Man balloon on it’s ambulance truck hood–passed out packets of sunscreen. The Muslims for Peace handed and tossed out cold bottles of water from its truck float along the parade route.  Comic Super Hero  Spider Man also walked the parade route.

There wasn’t much cleanup for the city’s public works crews because children and parents scooped up most of the candy and some beads from the parade.

The parade was followed by a July 4th Festival at Bellaire Town Square and Loftin Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.  The festival with carnival games, rides, a petting zoo and more was free and open to the public.

—Carol Lim

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July 4th Patriotic Tribute

Happy and Safe Fourth of July!  Above, “Stars and Stripes” performed by Houston’s First Baptist Church at the 610 Loop campus this Sunday morning between worship services to celebrate America’s independence, birthday and freedom.

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Bank of America Aggravated Robbery


Another reminder to watch who follows you after a bank or ATM visit.  A Garda armored truck was the target of a robbery at the Bank of America in the 6700 block of Stella Link in West University this morning.  West University Police were called to a robbery in progress at the bank around 9: 30  a.m. Police say the armored driver was taking a money bag when 2 suspects attacked him from behind. Police say the suspects were armed with guns and gone when they arrived  The robbers fled in a gray SUV heading west on Bellaire Boulevard.

If you have any information in finding or identifying the suspects and the get-a-way vehicle, West University Police say to contact the FBI Task Force at 713-693-5000, the West University Place Police Department at 713-668-0330 or email police at crime@westutx.gov.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

Last Friday afternoon, a mother and her 9-year-old son were robbed by an armed suspect in the parking lot of Bellaire United Methodist Church.  KTRK-TV reports the robbery suspect or suspects followed the woman to the church after she cashed a check from the Bank of America at Kirby and Bissonnet. If you have information leading to the suspect or suspects’ arrest, contact the Bellaire Police Department at 713-662-8123.

 

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Tropical Depression Cindy

7 a.m. CT graphic courtesy: NOAA, National Hurricane Center

At 10 a.m. Central Time, Tropical Depression Cindy was moving north at 13 mph with maximum winds of 35 mph. In its last public advisory on Cindy, the National Hurricane Center said the weakening storm also is producing heavy rainfall as it tracks northward. The tropical storm warning for High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana is discontinued.  All Gulf coastal warnings and watches also have been cancelled.

Posted earlier today —At 7:00 a.m.Central Time (Thursday), Tropical Storm Cindy with maximum winds of 40 mph is on land and expected to weaken as it pushes inward. The National Hurricane Center says Cindy is moving north at 12 mph. The NHC says the storm is about 40 miles north west of Lake Charles, Louisiana. A tropical storm warning continues from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huirloop.html

Above is the infrared satellite loop of Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of  NOAA and National Hurricane Center.  Click on link above.

Cindy’s tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles to the southeast of the center.

If you live or work along the Central Texas Gulf coast to the Western Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center advises you to watch  Cindy’s progress.

Stay informed and prepare for any storm impacts (flooding, wind damage, power outages) in your area.

This storm is forecast to produce 3-6 inches of rain and isolated amounts of up to 12 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana, southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning.

Rainfall of 2-4 inches or even 8 inches in some areas is forecast for southern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama and western Florida panhandle through Friday morning.

Waves of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is forecast along the coast in parts of the tropical Storm Warning area.  (High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana).

States of emergencies have been declared in Louisiana and Alabama.

http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Above, composite radar loop of Houston-Galveston area, courtesy National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service Houston-Galveston says Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas  early Thursday morning.  Locally, heavy rainfall continues today mostly east of I-45 and there will be some minor coastal flooding this morning along the Bolivar Peninsula and across Galveston Island, according the 4:40 a.m. local NWS Hurricane Statement. A voluntary evacuation continues for Bolivar Peninsula for people with medical and special needs due to flooding along Highway 87.

The NWS Houston forecast is 50% rain today and 50% -20% rain Thursday night.

This office building along 610 South Loop  had sandbags on standby Wednesday for any street flooding from T.S. Cindy.    

 

 

Excessive heat and sizzling temperatures continue for western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California and other parts of the country, according to the NWS.

For weather updates, stay tuned to local broadcast stations, the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, weather cable stations and social media for changing weather forecasts.

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

Above, a sweet way to celebrate Father’s Day. This is a hamburger cake from Whole Foods bakery. You’ll have to grill a real hamburger for Dad and Grandfather, too.

To all the Fathers today and no longer with us, we thank God for you. You are missed and loved. Thank you for working long hours to provide for us, your precious time with us, your guidance, wisdom and love.

Happy Father’s Day!

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