November 2021
This year, Houston will be celebrating Día De Los Muertos with the 8th Annual Día De Los Muertos Festival and Parade in the Magnolia Park community, and for the first time ever, a festival and parade in downtown:
Magnolia Park Día de Los Muertos
Saturday, Oct. 30th – 12pm to 6pm
Hidalgo Park | 7000 Ave. Q
Parade begins at 10am at 76th and Ave. H
Downtown Houston Día de los Muertos
Saturday, Nov. 6th – 2pm to 10pm
Sam Houston Park / City Hall | 1000 Bagby St.
Parade begins at 7pm at Babgy St. and Allen Parkway
Bring the whole family as we celebrate and honor those who have died through song, dance, and fun activities for all ages. Both events are FREE and open to all!
Keep these tips in mind to help ensure your children have a healthy and safe Halloween!
  • Make sure that your child’s costume is safe can prevent tripping and heat exhaustion.
  • Parents, along with children, should have flashlights readily available to illuminate and warn motorists of your location.
  • Once trick-or-treating is done, parents should examine the candy to make sure it was not tampered with.
HPD is hosting two Trunk or Treat family-friendly festivals in our community this evening:
Friday, Oct. 29th – 4 to 8 pm
Northeast Police Station
8301 Ley Rd.
Friday, Oct. 29th – 5 to 7pm
Southeast Police Station
9300 MyKawa Rd.
The District I Office is working with Rebuilding Together Houston to offer home repairs to families in need in the Magnolia Park-Manchester Complete Community. If you know of anyone in need of roof repairs or other work, please have them apply. All repairs completed by Rebuilding Together are at NO COST to the homeowner. Apply at: For more information, please email [email protected] or call 713-659-2511.
Councilman Gallegos has partnered with At-Large Council Member Sallie Alcorn, the Solid Waste Department, and the Sustainability Office to offer a community compost drop-off site at the Houston Botanic Garden. Residents can drop off their organic waste and compost on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Nov. 27th. Composting not only reduces waste that is sent to landfills but also benefits the environment by strengthening soil, and reducing the need for water and fertilizer.
The District I Office continues its efforts to improve pedestrian mobility and accessibility by repairing and building new sidewalks across the district. We are pleased to report new ADA ramps and sidewalk repairs have been completed along the 5400 block of Lawndale, 6600 Meadowlawn, 4700 Woodside, and 1100 Eddington, 8000 Hartford, 3500 Hastings and more are in the works. These repairs are funded through the District I Council Service Fund.
The District I Office has partnered with Houston PetSet to re-launch a free spay/neuter program in District I. Each animal will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped at no cost. This service is free to owned cats and dogs – no pets currently in rescue care, strays or TNRs. Email [email protected] to make your appointment.
Booster doses are available for people in certain groups who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Booster doses are not currently authorized or recommended for people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Who should get a booster:
  • Residents of long-term care facilities who are age 18 and older
  • People age 65 and older
  • People ages 50-64 years old with underlying medical conditions
Who may get a booster:
  • People ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions
  • People ages 18-64 whose work or living situation increases their risk of exposure or transmission
THIS NOVEMBER! FREE microchip & prevention services for cats and dogs of Houstonians. Appointments are available now on a first come, first served basis! Register online at:
The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program allows the council districts to use their funds to support neighborhoods, fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursement ranging from $500 to $5,000.
The deadline to submit an application packet this year is Friday, November 5, 2021. More at:
The City of Houston is proud to pay tribute to our men and women in the military by providing an annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration”. This civic celebration honors and celebrates the brave men, women, and families who have fought and sacrificed for our liberty and freedom.
Thursday, Nov. 11th at 10 a.m. on the steps of Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street.
We want your feedback! We’d like to invite residents to complete a quick online survey to inform us how often you use the curbside Heavy Trash collection service provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and how the service is working for you.
Take the survey at:
The 72nd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, Nov. 25th at 9 a.m. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, this event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country. Each year, several hundred thousand Houstonians line the streets to cheer on participants. The parade will traverse over 20 city blocks and will feature elaborate floats, colorful marching bands, high-flying balloons and other uniquely Houston entries.
We continue to urge residents to help us report stopped trains and blocked crossings to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) as well as to Union Pacific (UP) Railroad. Our office has created a quick reference sheet with reporting information for a few of our most problematic crossings: Lawndale, S. Lockwood, Telephone, and Lawndale/Griggs.
Please file complaints each time you encounter blocked crossings so that federal regulators understand how widespread and problematic this has become.