I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to continue serving District I – the community where I was born and raised. I’m blessed and excited to continue serving our community as your Council Member.
As we approach Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, I want to remind you of the many holiday celebrations taking place in our community, including the City’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, and the official New Year’s Eve Celebration.
These events are free and open to all. The Tree Lighting and New Year’s celebration will also feature fun activities for the whole family, performances by renowned artists and a fireworks show.
I hope this holiday season brings you much joy and happiness!
Houston Council Member
Thanksgiving Day Parade – Nov. 26th
The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes but today, it remains a 66 year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining more than 200,000 parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning.
Join us again this year as we embrace the holiday spirit on Thursday, November 26, 2015 with the 66th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Thanksgiving Day parade is a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment. The parade will begin at 9:00 am on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.
Parking is available in the Theater District Parking Garage for a fee. METRO buses will be running on holiday schedule. Spectator access along the parade route is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the parade in comfort.
The 66th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Susan Christian, Director and Parade Producer.
Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting – Dec. 4th
Ring in the season with the 96th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company on Friday, December 4, 2015 in the heart of downtown Houston.
The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun. A towering Holiday Tree, glowing with energy efficient LED lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season. The event takes place in Hermann Square at City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The public is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army booth at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season. Everyone who brings a toy will receive a light-up Santa hat from Reliant. The annual toy drive benefits the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.
The Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Susan Christian, Director.
Houston Human Rights Day Festival – Dec. 5th
The City of Houston, Rice University, Youth for Human Rights and IEDA Relief are proud to co-host the first Houston Human Rights Day Festival, an educational and fun community experience for all ages.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was passed in 1948 by the United Nations, and it outlined 30 basic rights afforded to all humans, regardless of race, gender, religion, or location. The 1st Annual Human Rights Day Festival will be Houston’s first festival dedicated to celebrating Human Rights Day.
The event will take place December 5, 2015 at Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. It will feature speakers, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. For more information visit www.yourhumanrights.org/houston
Pro-Bono Legal Help for Small Businesses
Obtaining legal advice for small businesses can be costly and stressful. The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity announced a partnership with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), Vinson & Elkins, LLP, and community organizations to establish the “Virtual Legal Lab”. The Virtual Legal Lab gives small businesses the opportunity to schedule one-on-one Skype sessions to ask questions with pro-bono attorneys.
The Virtual Legal Lab will be hosted on the following dates:
December 9, 2015
December 16, 2015
To make an appointment for the Virtual Legal Lab or for more information, please go to www.houstontx.gov/obo and click on Virtual Legal Lab.
Houston’s Bike Share Program is Growing
The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council approved almost $3.5 million of Transportation Improvement Program dollars to expand bike sharing in Houston. The funding will enable the bike share program to increase three fold over the next 18 to 24 months, expanding from 29 stations to 100 stations and nearly 800 bikes when the phases are completed.
The program will stretch from south of the Texas Medical Center to the north up into the Heights and from the west to Memorial Park to the Greater East End. The expansion will be divided into three phases, with community input. The first phase will populate the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and Rice Village. Phase II will focus on creating greater station density; primarily in the Museum District, Midtown, Montrose and Downtown. Phase III will broaden the footprint into the East Side, South East around Texas Southern University and University of Houston Main campus, up into the Heights and west of Downtown. Council Member Robert Gallegos will be meeting with city and B-Cycle representatives in the coming weeks to help identify possible sites for bike stations in District I.
Houston B-Cycle is a bike share program that provides a quick transportation alternative for getting around the city. To date, Houston’s bike share program has logged 205,000 checkouts, seen over 1 million miles ridden and created almost 1 million pounds of carbon offset.
Affordable Healthy Pet Options for Pet Owners
Help us reduce and prevent animal overpopulation in our community by spaying or neutering your pet. Pet owners now have many affordable pet healthcare and veterinary service options. Check out the many low-cost services Emancipet Houston and BARC’s Fixin’ Clinic provide.
Solid Waste Department Launches Rollout! App
The Rollout! app offers all kinds of useful information and reminders about the various City Solid Waste schedules for trash, junk waste tree waste collection, and recycling. It will even send you push notifications to remind you to roll your bin to the curb for collection.
The Rollout! App is available for download in the iTunes and Android app stores.