Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Department of Neighborhoods Invites Houstonians to
“Celebrate the Many Faces of Houston”
Mayor Parker Proclaims November as "Houston Citizenship Month"

November 4, 2015 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed November 2015 as Houston Citizenship Month, a celebration of “The Many Faces of Houston.”  In its seventh year, the celebration highlights Houston’s rich cultural diversity, civic leadership and volunteer community service with hundreds of special events sponsored by numerous community organizations and cultural and educational institutions.

"Citizenship Month is a call to Houstonians to put into practice the ideals of good citizenship,” said Mayor Parker.  “This means taking on the shared responsibility of serving our community as civic leaders and volunteers to ensure that our city continues to be the best city to proudly call home.”

“The Department of Neighborhoods takes pride in working with community advisors year-round to present this annual showcase for everyone to enjoy,” said department director Katye Tipton.  “It’s about people coming together to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity and an opportunity for citizens to network and get involved."

A wide variety of events and activities are scheduled, including performing arts, art exhibits, films, lectures, discussions, children's story times, arts and crafts, festivals and charity walks/runs.  The event venues include designated city libraries, museums, university campuses, neighborhood centers, green spaces and other locations.

Citizenship Month Highlights - Signature Events

The Refugee Crisis - A Global and Local Perspective
Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities
2900 Louisiana St. 77002

Aga Khan Foundation Walk/Run
Saturday, November 14
7 a.m. - Registration
8-11 a.m. - Activities & Festivities
Sam Houston Park - Downtown
1000 Bagby St. 77002

Citizenship & Immigration Forum
Saturday, November, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star 77074

I am a Poet – Poetry Reading
Sunday, November 15, 2-4 p.m.
Houston Public Library - Jesse H. Jones Building
500 McKinney St. 77002

Rails to Restaurants
A Partnership of Houston Greeters and METRO      
Monday, November 16, 6-9 p.m.
University of Houston-Downtown - South Deck
1 Main St. 77002

Naturalization Ceremony Program
Thursday, November 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star 77074

Raindrop Foundation Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Turkish House
9301 West Bellfort Ave. 77031

Houston Public Library Special Events
Month of November   
Designated Libraries
For dates & locations:

International Artists Display at City Hall Tunnel       
November 1-30, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
City Hall Tunnel
900 Bagby St. 77002

Citizenship Month is an initiative of the Department of Neighborhoods.  The annual celebration is organized under the guidance of a committee of community advisors and sponsored in collaboration with community partners.  
For a calendar of all scheduled events, visit