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.

For Harvey relief agencies:Bring photo ID, proof of income, utility bill from current address and address during Harvey, mortgage documents, lease agreements, photos/proof of Harvey damage, FEMA letter and insurance documents. Visit https://houstonrecovers.org/neighborhood-restoration-center

Applications for Harris County Elections to mail your  4-page ballot to you must be turned in by Oct. 26, 2018.  Applications are at harrisvotes.com

If you plan to vote in person during Early Voting or  Tuesday, November 6, 2018, come prepared with a sample ballot you can print out at http://www.harrisvotes.com. Mark your choices on the sample ballot. This is a 4-page ballot for this election.

No cell phones are allowed while in the polling booth. Because this is a long ballot, be sure to check your choices and then hit “Cast Ballot.”

Now through Oct. 21 – Texas State Fair in Dallas, Texas.  https://bigtex.com

Photos Courtesy: Texas State Fair, Kathy Tran

Oct. 22 – Nov. 2  — Early Voting for Nov. 6 Election. For Early Voting locations and hours, visit http://www.harrisvotes.com or your county’s elections website.

Oct. 22 — Harris County Constable Precinct One will be holding a seminar on Human Trafficking for educators. Learn the signs of human trafficking and how to safely report it to law enforcement.  According to Constable Alan Rosen’s office, human trafficking is happening closer than people think and to the most vulnerable. Space is limited. To RSVP call Community Outreach Director Erica Davis at 713-755-3372 or Erica.davis@cn1.hctx.net.

Oct. 31 —   Light the Night and Halloween

November 4  — Daylight Savings Ends

November 6 —  Election Day.  Registered voters must vote in precinct where they are registered.

For organic gardening classes and events, visit http://www.urbanharvest.org

Places to visit and dine in Houston

On the right, 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 —Head to southwest Houston and  Bellaire Boulevard for  Asian restaurants (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Malaysian) and shopping.  For Chinese and Vietnamese food, there’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucious, Crown Seafood, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Sinh-Sinh, Tan-Tan, Kim Son, and more on Bellaire Boulevard or along the SW Hwy 59 service road toward Sam Houston Parkway.

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

Space Center Houston

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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