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August 9, 2006

NEED TRANSPORTATION IN AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION?
Register NOW

Don't have a reliable car? No friends or family in the area to help you?
Senior citizens and residents with special needs are urged to register immediately!

Office of Emergency ManagementRegister Online to Receive Assistance During an Evacuation. The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is carefully monitoring the Gulf and double-checking preparedness plans. Now citizens need to get their family plans in order and, for those who might need special help during an evacuation, to get registered with the City so that we can prepare to get them out safely as we did with almost 20,000 of their neighbors last year. For more information and registration information go to the OEM website.

Call 2-1-1. The State of Texas also provides assistance in registering those who need help in case of an emergency evacuation. Operators will take the necessary information from you so proper transportation is secured during such emergencies.


VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR THIRD ANNUAL "REACH OUT TO DROPOUTS" EFFORTS

Reach Out LogoMayor Bill White and Andrea White invite you to participate in the 3 rd annual “Reach Out to Dropouts” walk. The event is part of the citywide initiative “expectation: GRADUATION”, a collaborative effort by Houston Independent School District, Houston A+ Challenge, and the City of Houston. Thanks to last year's walk, along with other dropout recovery efforts, over 1,300 students returned to school with over 200 graduating in May.

This year, the number of participating schools has doubled so more volunteers will be needed! For more information and volunteer registration, click here. The deadline to volunteer has been extended to Monday, August 14, 2006.


PREVIEW THE 2007 ARTS SEASON AT THE CAPITAL ONE THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE

Theater District LogoCheck Out Theater Deals, Season Subscription Steals and Backstage Fun! The Houston Theater District will celebrate its thirteenth annual Open House event this year on Sunday, August 27 from noon - 5 p.m. A success for the past twelve years, and an event that Houstonians look forward to at the beginning of each fall, this FREE, family-friendly event will take place in the heart of the Theater District at the Alley Theatre (615 Texas Ave.), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby), Wortham Theater Center (500 Texas Ave.), Angelika Film Center (510 Texas Ave.), and Jones Hall (615 Louisiana Ave.). For more information go to www.houstontheaterdistrict.org.

This year's Open House events include:

  • backstage tours
  • live performances by professional and community entertainers
  • sneak previews of the 2006-2007 Theater District seasons
  • question and answer sessions with performers
  • activities for the kids such as costume trunks and an instrument petting zoo
  • free refreshments and season ticket information booths.

CENTERPOINT AGREES TO SAVE YOU MONEY ON ENERGY COSTS

Electricity PhotoCompany settles suit, agrees to reduce and freeze electricity delivery rates to save consumers money. CenterPoint Energy has settled a rate case with the City of Houston and other parties to save consumers money and help citizens in need.

They will increase investments to promote energy efficiency and fund low-income energy assistance programs.

With some limited exceptions, the settlement also freezes electricity delivery rates until June 30, 2010. For more information read the Mayor's press release.


GET FLY-BY NEWS WITH HOUSTON AIRPORT SYSTEM'S E-NEWSLETTER

Hobby AirportDid you know that Hobby Airport was recently rated number 1 in customer service? That JetBlue will start flying to and from Houston soon? Keep yourself informed about our internationally renowned airports. New airlines, new plans for airport additions, and fun events are all included in their monthly newsletter. Sign up for the HAS newsletter and get it in your inbox! Read the July edition and sign up at http://www.fly2houston.com/newsletters.



HOUSTON NAMED A BIKETOWN USA BY BICYCLING MAGAZINE

Enter To Participate In BikeTown, Win A Free Bicycle!

Bicycling Magazine GraphicMayor White has pushed Houstonians to get fit and healthy through exercise and eating well. What better way to get healthy and save gas money than to ride a bike?

As a BikeTown USA participant for 2006, Bicycling Magazine will select 50 Houstonians to receive a free bicycle and gear. Under the slogan "changing the world, one bicycle at a time", Bicycling selects participants through an essay submission and chronicles their experience for 90 days.

Enter for the opportunity to be selected a BikeTown participant. Write a compelling essay and submit your entry at www.bicycling.com/biketown. If you have questions, contact our Houston Bikeway Program at (713) 837-0003 or visit the BikeTown web site.

Awards will be presented this month so enter today!


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