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Third Annual Bayou Greenway Day Outdoor Festival Set For April 29

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Free family event at MacGregor Park showcases transformational Bayou Greenways 2020 Project

Houston Parks Board announces the third annual Bayou Greenway Day, an outdoor festival and celebration of the Bayou Greenways, which connect Houstonians to parks and greenspaces – and one another. All are invited to participate in this free, day-long community event presented by Noble Energy on Saturday, April 29 along Brays Bayou Greenway at MacGregor Park in southeast Houston, 5225 Calhoun Road.

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From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families will be able to walk, bike, run, stroll and play along Brays Greenway – the star of this year’s event – during the Bayou Greenway Day 2017 celebration. Attendees will enjoy free family activities while exploring the hike-and-bike trails along the bayou. Event programming provided by nonprofits, neighborhood organizations and local businesses will include an obstacle course, face painting, a guided children’s bike ride, music and food trucks, along with kite flying, origami, soccer drills and more.

“Bayou Greenway Day is an ideal way to celebrate this unique collaborative project enhancing access to greenspace and bringing people together all over Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner, honorary chairman of Bayou Greenway Day. “Bayou Greenways 2020 is unlike any other parks project in the country, and I’m so proud to see Houston leading the way with this inspired plan.”

“Houston doesn’t have mountains or beaches, but we do have an incredible natural resource: our bayous,” said Carter Stern, event co-chair and a board member of the Houston Parks Board. “On Bayou Greenway Day, we invite everyone to get to know Houston’s bayous as destinations for recreation and as greenspaces that connect our parks and neighborhoods.”

Bayou Greenway Day is a chance for Houstonians to experience the transformation happening along Houston’s bayous as part of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project, which will create a continuous parks system along Houston’s major waterways within the city limits, transform more than 3,000 acres along the bayous into public greenspace and connect 150 miles of hike and bike trails.

“This year’s Bayou Greenway Day will be a wonderful day for Houstonians to visit MacGregor Park and enjoy how the park now connects with Brays Bayou” said Lisa Johnson, Interim Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “We look forward to welcoming the public and the many sponsors and non-profits who will be part of this year’s festivities.”

Attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk to Bayou Greenway Day along the Brays Bayou Greenway Trail in keeping with the spirit of the event. Public transportation to Bayou Greenway Day is available via METRO bus routes 28 (OST / Wayside), 29 (Cullen / Hirsch) and 80 (MLK Lockwood) and the METRORail Purple Line. Plan your trip now at RideMetro.org

Parking will be limited. Carpooling is encouraged if car travel is necessary.

To learn more about Bayou Greenway Day 2017, visit www.bayougreenwayday.org or Bayou Greenway Day on Facebook

Free Immunizations Through May 2016 At Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2016

Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night from 5pm to 7pm beginning now through May 2016 for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 40 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility, please call (832) 824-6780.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Flu shots will be offered exclusively in November to the first 200 children to arrive. After this month, flu shots offered along with the standard vaccinations to the first 40 children to arrive.

• Oct. 8 (standard vaccinations – limit of 40)
• Nov. 12 (Flu shots – limit of 200)
• Dec. 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Jan. 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Feb. 11 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• March 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• April 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• May 12 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)

WHERE:
Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

MUSEUM HOURS:
• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

[Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Houston]

Free Empanadas At Your Local Pollo Campero [@camperousa]

Hey friends of #TheLolaBrand, your local Pollo Campero, the Authentic Latin Chicken restaurant, will celebrate National Empanada Day by giving away one of Latin America’s most popular dishes.

Guests who visit the participating Pollo Campero restaurants on Wednesday, April 8 will receive a FREE hand-made empanada. Campero’s empanadas are made freshly every day with the restaurant’s famous chicken and Latin ingredients.

So, who’s going on a FREE lunch date with me?

 

March 27 Fair: Free Resources For Afterschool Programs, Day Care, Summer Camps

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What:
From golfing to cooking, come see what kids ages 4-12 will be doing in afterschool programs, day cares and summer camps throughout the city as the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning for Kids, or CASE for Kids, presents the Opportunity Fair.

The fair is held for educators of school-age children in child care, summer camp or afterschool programs. Free activities from vendors include art, golf, cooking, mad science experiments and robotics. A lending library is provided by CASE for Kids so that programs may gain curriculum to enhance their offerings.

When:
Friday, March 27, 2015
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where:
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 770222

Who:
Educators, day care directors and summer camp personnel will be in attendance to learn about CASE for Kids free activities and materials, including field trips and a lending library, as well as professional development opportunities such as conference scholarships.

Etc: Call Carol Vaughn, 281-660-9205, cvaughn@hcde-texas.org

About the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning (CASE) for Kids: CASE for Kids, formerly the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, was launched by Harris County Department of Education in 1999. CASE for Kids is an after-school intermediary which leverages community resources and strengthens the capacity of the out-of-school time field. Services benefit approximately 11,000 kids in greater Harris County. CASE for Kids programs happen before and after school, on weekends and during the summer. Go to www.afterschoolzone.org for information.

Children’s Museum of Houston to Offer Free Immunizations

WHAT: Children, 6 months to 18 years of age, needing vaccines, including the flu vaccine, will have the opportunity to receive them for free at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free shots to the first 150 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians will need their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register.

After the vaccinations, children and families are invited to stay and enjoy the many hands-on exhibits the Museum has to offer. Explore Korean Pop, culture, television and technology in the Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea exhibit running until May 10, or head to FlowWorks and EcoStation to enjoy the outdoors!

WHEN: 2015 FREE Shots every second Thursday of the month
• February 12
• March 5 (First Thursday of the month)
• April 9
• May 14
From 5 to 7 p.m. during Free Family Night Thursday
Limit first 150 children, ages 6 mo. – 18 years.

WHERE: Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

• MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522- 1138.

International Rubik’s Cube Competition at Rice University!

World-class “speedcubers” from the United States and around the world will gather at Rice University Oct. 18 for a World Cube Association-sanctioned Rubik’s Cube competition. Various styles of competition with the colorful cubes will lead up to the final rounds, which begin at 2 p.m. The fastest puzzle solvers will receive prizes. Presented by the Rice Cube Club at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, the event is free and open to the public.

Who: More than 50 to 60 “speedcubers” — people who solve the puzzle as quickly as possible — from the U.S. and around the world.

What: Rubik’s Cube competition, hosted by the Rice Cube Club.

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

Where: Rice University, McNair Hall, Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St.

This is the first such event to be hosted at Rice, according to Cory Thigpen, a Jones School MBA student and president of the Rice Cube Club.

For more information about the competition, including the schedule of events, visit www.cubingusa.com/RiceUniversity2014/index.php.

Children’s Book Sale at Bargain Prices

Presented by The Friends of the Houston Public Library, In Partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

 

You are invited to the Annual Children’s Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Houston Public Library, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. At this free event, which is open to the public, everyone will enjoy finding great children’s books for ages up to 18 at bargain prices of $2 or less. All proceeds from the Children’s Book Sale help support the Houston Public Library by providing funding for library programs, materials, and scholarships. Book categories include fiction and nonfiction, parenting and education resources, easy books and board books, graphic novels, audio and visual items, reference materials, encyclopedia sets, and books in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
“We are so pleased to once again provide the Houston community an opportunity to purchase children’s books at a very low cost through the Friends of Houston Public Library,” said Dr. Rhea Lawson, Director of Libraries for Houston Public Library. “We are thrilled about the partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation as we all work together to strengthen literacy in family units. I encourage everyone to participate in this event to grow their home libraries and to instill the love of reading in children.”
In addition to buying books at a bargain price to enjoy with children and build home libraries, attendees will have an opportunity to donate books to children in need across Houston through the partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. As stated in the Foundation’s comprehensive plan for community action, titledHouston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action, “[R]esearch has shown there is only one book available for every 300 children in low-income areas, as opposed to 13 books, on average, in homes of middle- and high-income children.” Additionally, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation will distribute bookmarks and materials to parents about the importance of reading to or with a child daily.
“Books are simply a luxury that many families cannot afford, yet they are essential to a child’s development,” explains Dr. Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. “It is important that we work together to provide these families with the resources they need to achieve success and to help parents understand that reading to a child for just 15 to 20 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in a child’s academic and future success.”
All paperbacks and board books for babies are $1, and all hardbacks are $2. Specially-priced “grab bag” boxes of paperbacks and assorted goodies will be sold for $10 (50-75 items per box). Membership for the Friends of Houston Public Library is only $25 and can be purchased at the sale or online at FriendsofHPL.org.
Educators need to take their tax-exempt ID. Checks, cash, and all credit cards will be accepted.
Sale Dates and Times:
Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th Street, 77008
  • Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

FREE! Houston Family Fun Fest

HOUSTON, TX – Family Fun Fest presented by  Houston Family Magazine. 

This Sunday from 12pm-4pm, head on out to Discovery Green (1500 McKinney Street) for all kinds of family friendly activities that will include face painting, fun activities under every tent, food trucks, inflatable and rock wall, arts and crafts, door prizes, music, performances on stage, HFM swag bags and more!

 

More info at HoustonFamilyFunFest.com

 

Beat the Heat with Pollo Campero (Free Drinks!)

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On Monday July, 28th, your local Pollo Campero will be helping guests to stay refreshed in the summer heat. We are introducing all-natural Latin drinks to the menu. To celebrate the launch, we are offering free, 100-percent natural, Latin drinks to guests from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Guests can beat the summer heat with all-natural versions of the restaurant’s popular Latin drinks. While flavors vary by location, most restaurants feature Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo —YUMMY!