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July 6, 2006

SAFETY & SWIMMING: LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
$25/lesson provides safe, fun swimming for the whole family!

Red Cross LogoThe Houston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct Youth and Adult Swim Lessons at a cost of $25.00 per session at selected pools. For registration at a public pool in your area contact the American Red Cross at 713.526.8300 or visit their website at www.houstonredcross.org.

Swimming Lessons Information and 2006 Summer Pool Schedule
www.houstontx.gov/parks/04-Apoolseasonhrs.html
, or call 713.845.1009.

Water Safety Tips Summer swimming can be a fun and healthy activity for people of all ages. However it can also have serious consequences if proper water safety rules are not followed.

YMCA of Houston
YMCA of Greater Houston is celebrating 100 years of Swim Lessons.

Lessons are available at your local YMCA branch.

See this website for details: www.ymcahouston.org/Templates/swimlessons.aspx

 


CHILLIN' OUT AT THE HOUSTON ZOO
Now Save $4 After 4 p.m.

Houston Zoo LogoWith shaded paths and air conditioned buildings, the Zoo is a fun-filled destination for summer that also helps keep you cool. Find out how you can stay comfortable while visiting animals, even in the hottest weather.

Follow this path http://www.houstonzoo.org/Index.asp?page_ID=484 through the Zoo and you'll see some of your favorite animals without even breaking a sweat! And now save $4 off admission price after 4 pm until September. For more information see www.houstonzoo.org.


STANDING BY TO ASSIST YOU
Want City Services Explained? Call CAO!

CAO LogoMayor's Citizen's Assistance Offices have been placed in various locations throughout the city.

Their mission is to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians.

They can explain city services, suggest and encourage community involvement and participation, handle individual citizens' concerns, and support neighborhood revitalization efforts throughout Houston.

A list and contact numbers are available at www.houstontx.gov/cao.



PROJECT SAFETY NET OFFERS FREE HEALTH RESOURCES
ONLINE IN ENGLISH y en español!

Project Safety Net LogoProject Safety Net is a new bilingual website that provides information on clinics throughout the community. The site also allows health planners to identify underserved areas where expansion may be needed.

For more information visit www.projectsafetynet.net.


WE WANT TEACHERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND FIREFIGHTERS
IN THE GOOD NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR PROGRAM

Housing Dept. LogoDesigned to help make American communities stronger, this program encourages teachers, police officers, emergency medical services personnel and firefighters to buy a home in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. With $40,000 in down payment assistance, homes are located within one mile of the six Houston Hope areas. Applicants must have proof of full-time, certified employment in these fields. More information is at the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department’s online website. A list of eligibility requirements is available in .pdf or .doc format. The Good Neighbor Next Door program will help the first 100 qualified applicants get into affordable housing.



DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF DISASTER STRIKES YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

Office of Emergency ManagementWhat would you do if basic services--water, gas, electricity or telephones--were cut off before, during or after a disaster? Does your family know what to do if you get separated? Do you have a family disaster plan? Get the information to keep you and your loved ones safe in disaster situations! A list of what to do and what not to do before, during, and after a disaster is available on the City's Office of Emergency Management website: www.houstontx.gov/oem/displan.html.


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