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.

Local churches and faith groups will have events for the public and families. Check with your local church or group for times and dates.  

January 17, 2019 — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the first release and final Lunar New Year stamp of the series at the Chinese Community Center in Houston.  2019 is the Year of the Boar.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-lunar-new-year-year-of-the-boar-stamp-first-day-of-issue-celebration-tickets-54350192890?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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.

January 21, 2019 — Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  Last year Houston  Mayor Turner announced the City will partner with the Black Heritage Society for the 41st annual Original MLK Day Parade.

This year’s MLK Parade in Houston is today from 10 a.m. – Noon.  The parade starts at Lamar Street and Smith Street next to City Hall.

Civil Rights leader and U.S Representative John Lewis and George Springer, Astros outfielder and the 2017 World Series MVP, are the parade’s grand marshals.

Registration to be in the parade ends January 10th.

For more information on this year’s MLK parade:

http://www.blackheritagesociety.org/

January 31, 2019  –Property Taxes Due without penalty fees in Texas.

 

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.  

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, 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 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.

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

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