February 21, 2013
Join Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade and ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run - A Celebration of Western Heritage, on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Note that due to METRORail expansion, the parade and ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run routes have changed as described below.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade
ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run
All of the races start on Walker at Bagby. The wheelchair division begins at 9:10 a.m., the 10K run begins at 9:20 a.m. View a map of the 10K run (.pdf) and the 5K run begins at 9:45 a.m. View a map of the 5K run (.pdf).
Special Note: The McKinney exit ramp from the North Freeway (I-45) and both the Allen Parkway exit ramps from the Gulf and North Freeways (I-45) will be closed on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. View additional street closures.
Last year, a record 15,001 participants took part in the Rodeo Run, generating a record $400,000 for college scholarships. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate in the 10K race or 5K fun run/walk. Staying true to the Rodeo Run tradition, the family-friendly event will feature a costume contest, entertainment along the course and a Texas-sized post-race party.
The City of Houston, in partnership with the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network, is now offering emergency notifications to mobile phones through the Emergency Notification System (ENS). These emergency alerts will help residents get more information about emergencies in their neighborhoods, such as hazardous chemical spills, floods and large fires.
Staying informed is an important way of keeping yourself and your family safe when emergencies occur. Landline home or work telephones are already a part of the ENS system, and now residents can register their cell or internet phone numbers so they can be alerted about an emergency in their community. It's simple and easy; sign-up at the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management website http://alert.houstonoem.org or http://911.org and register up to four telephone numbers.
Houstonians can also register for AlertHouston, the City of Houston's Email Notification System, which sends emails to residents when emergencies afftecting a large portion of the city occur, such as severe weather and hurricanes.
Find out more about both AlertHouston and ENS by visiting http://alert.houstonoem.org.
Mayor Annise Parker and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis will ride along with participants in the 2013 Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation. Cyclists will line up at Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002, on Sunday, March 17, 2013. The bike ride benefits the city's reforestation efforts, which are managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD).
With three distance options, the Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is the perfect outdoor event for all cyclist levels, from the leisure rider to cycling competitors, and it is a recommended BP MS150 training ride. The distance options include a 70-mile route starting at 7:30 a.m., a 45-mile route at 8 a.m. and a 20-mile route at 8:30 a.m.
Join Mayor Annise Parker and Neighborhood Centers President and Chief Executive Officer Angela Blanchard on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the Urban Harvest City Hall Farmers Market, 901 Bagby, Houston 70002, for a celebration of the For Good Movement, an effort to inspire people everywhere to make a commitment to work today for a stronger, healthier and happier tomorrow. At 12:15 p.m., the Mayor and Ms. Blanchard will discuss how volunteerism, community building and concern for others can impact Houston and beyond.
The event is free and open to the public. Consider how you might be able to improve our community by making a personal commitment through participating in an interactive art display showcased in front of Houston City Hall available Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
For specific event details, visit http://iamforgood.org/events/, or contact Minnette Boesel at email@example.com or 832.393.1097. For more information on the For Good Movement, visit http://www.iamforgood.org/.
The Urban Harvest City Hall Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday, February 27 - June 26, 2013, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. To learn more visit http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/farmersmarket.html.
Hobby Airport Expansion Approved
Houston City Council has approved plans to make international travel a reality at William P. Hobby Airport, Houston's second largest airport. Construction on the project is expected to break ground in May 2013, and will be completed in September 2015.
Plans include construction of a new parking garage with more than 2,500 spaces, a new concourse, roadway modifications, a new ticket counter, six additional security checkpoint lanes, five new international capable arrival/departure gates and a new Federal Inspections Services (FIS) facility for international travelers to go through Customs and Border Protection. The FIS facility itself will have its own baggage claim, 16 passport inspection stations and allow for 400 to 800 passengers to travel through it during peak hours.
To view details of the expansion, visit http://www.fly2houston.com/HobbyExpansion.
New Global Entry Satellite Office at Houston City Hall
The new satellite enrollment center for the Global Entry program is now open on the mezzanine level of the City Hall Visitors Center. Global Entry is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon their arrival in the United States.
After submitting an online Global Entry application, interested applicants can now make appointments to conduct their scheduled interview and program review downtown. This new location provides potential enrollees to the Global Entry program a third location to complete the enrollment process in Houston; the two other centers are at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The entrance to the new Global Entry satellite enrollment center is through the Visitors Center at 901 Bagby Street, Houston 77002. Free parking, with a two hour maximum, is available on the street level at the north side entrance of the Visitors Center on Walker. Those with scheduled appointments can use the elevator to access the mezzanine floor. The center will be staffed by CBP on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
To learn more about the Houston Airport System, visit http://www.fly2houston.com.
"March on Crime"
"March on Crime" is a month to focus on proactively implementing crime prevention efforts, rather than have officers respond to criminal incidents after they have occurred. Such initiatives are routinely held throughout the year; however, the month of March is time to pay special attention to making Houston safer.
Since 1984, the Houston Police Department's (HPD) annual "March on Crime" program has educated the public about steps citizens can take to keep from becoming crime victims. This year, throughout the month of March, HPD officers will hold a number of initiatives throughout the city focusing on robbery prevention, gun safety and child safety. As part of these efforts, officers from all of the patrol divisions will reach out to local businesses, schools and communities.
Working together, Houston police officers and the public can help keep Houston safe. For more crime prevention and safety information, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/police/crime_
HPD Seeks Participants for Houston Citizens Police Academy
The Houston Police Department (HPD) encourages citizens to enroll in the Houston Citizens Police Academy to provide citizens with sound and accurate information about HPD and the criminal justice process to prepare them to make informed decisions when issues or matters involve the police department or police activity. The 10-week program is free to the public and begins Thursday, March 7, 2013, with an orientation and ends May 9, 2013, with graduation. The classes meet once a week on Thursdays from 6 - 9 p.m., and most classes take place at the HPD Academy, 17000 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston 77070. Applicants must be 17 years of age by the application deadline, Monday, March 4, 2013.
Houston Seeks First Poet Laureate
Houston is seeking its first Poet Laureate. The Houston Poet Laureate Program (HPLP) celebrates Houston's rich culture and diversity through the work of a poet who will represent the city by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching and written work. The Houston Poet Laureate will receive an annual honorarium of $5,000 through Houston's Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), and serve a term of two years April 2013 through April 2015.
Individual poets may seek the position of Houston Poet Laureate or he/she may be nominated for the position. The deadline is March 8, 2013. For more information about how to apply, visit http://www.houstonlibrary.org/upload/13-houston-laureate-form.pdf.
The HPLP is provided in partnership between the City of Houston, Houston Public Library, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and the HAA.
Film Entries Call for Houston Public Library's 2013 Reel Teen Film Festival
Teens interested in the art of filmmaking are encouraged to submit their films now to the Houston Public Library and participate in the 2013 Reel Teen Film Festival, on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Central Library. This project hopes to motivate teens to use their creativity and technology skills to express their views and ideas. This program is free and open to the public.
To be eligible for the Reel Teen Film Festival screening, teens in grades six through 12 must submit one DVD copy of the original film work by Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Submitted films must be produced on or after January 1, 2012. Entry is free.
35th Annual Bargain Book Sale
The Friends of the Houston Public Library (HPL) invite the community to its 35th Annual Bargain Book Sale, Houston's largest community book sale, on Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston 77010. More than 60,000 books will be available to the public at bargain prices, most books are $2 or less, and some books will be individually priced.
Open and free to the public
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the HPL. For more details about the book sale, visit http://www.friendsofhpl.org/annualbooksale.html, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Friends of HPL at 832.393.1387.
For further information visit http://www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832.393.1313.
The City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and Green Building Resource Center (GBRC) offer some spring maintenance tips to prepare for the summer months ahead.
If your spring cleaning involves getting rid of junk waste or tree waste, SWMD reminds you about ODDS and EVENS. Only tree waste is collected in the odd numbered months of January, March, May, July, September and November. Junk waste is collected in the EVEN numbered months of February, April, June, August, October and December.
Are you cleaning out the garage but don't know what to do with all those cans of paint, half-used household cleaners or old batteries? Bring them to one of two conveniently located Environmental Service Centers (ESC). Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/esc.html for more information about what is accepted as well as to learn about our Free Fridays, where residents can shop at the ESC South location to pick up these same items at no charge for their own use.
Unload building materials, old fixtures, tile, wood or odd ball items at the Reuse Warehouse, so they can be given free of charge to a nonprofit, places of worship or school for reuse in their projects. Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/reuse.html for more information.
What about old appliances, fax machines, printers, TVs and other electronics? The SWMD partners with CompuCycle to provide monthly Saturday e-waste events at neighborhood recycling drop-off sites in Kingwood, Clear Lake and near downtown. For details, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/electronics_recycling.html.
SWMD is also expanding recycling to a whole new market and is now servicing small businesses in select areas of Houston. For details visit http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/business_recycling.html.
Vote For Solid Wate Management Waste Mascot
To learn more about recycling all year round, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/recycling.html, http://www.greenhoustontx.gov or contact through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/houstontrash.
Home Tune-Up Ideas from the Green Building Resource Center
For more information about these and many other tips on saving the earth's resources and money, visit http://www.codegreenhouston.org or come to the Green Building Resource Center at 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston 77002.
Mega Pet Adoption Stampede
BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is hosting the Adoption Stampede on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Houston's CITYCENTRE 822 Town and Country Boulevard, Houston 77024 directly under Studio Movie Grill. Many animals will be available for adoption. BARC is working to make this its most successful adoption event ever. Choose the adoption option and adopt at BARC.
Visit http://www.HoustonBARC.com to get more information about BARC's adoption fees and requirements. If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a volunteer or foster pet parent.
Contact Taran Hutchins, BARC's Adoptions Coordinator, at Taran.Hutchins@houstontx.gov with any questions.
BARC's New and Improved Lost Pets Initiative
BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions has instituted a new and improved citywide Lost Pets Initiative that provides a simple checklist to help organize a pet owner's search for his or her lost pet during an emotional and scary time. The six steps are designed to help pet owners regain control and strategically search for their pet.
BARC reunites about 100 animals with their families monthly, so pet owners are encouraged to come to BARC in the event their pet is lost.
In the event your pet is lost, take A.C.T.I.O.N. with BARC by following these steps:
Additional tips for finding a lost pet can be found on the "Lost or Found a Pet" page at http://www.HoustonBARC.com. BARC encourages Houstonians to bookmark the Lost Pets page for quick access to BARC in case their pet is lost. Visit http://www.HoustonBARC.com or http://www.Facebook.com/BARCHouston for more information.
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