This past weekend, we took part in the “Keep Texas Red” Back to School Drive in Spring Branch in cooperation with a thriving church in the Hispanic community. This was not the first time we’ve done something like this, but it was the most recent and days like this remind me of this compelling cause we’re fighting for. I discussed opportunity and the possibilities that await people with a solid education. Hopefully I made a difference.
I really enjoyed this opportunity to talk with, inspire, and mentor this children as they head back to school.
In your free time this weekend (ie, when you’re not out block walking with me, HINT HINT), be sure to take advantage of the the Texas Sales Tax Holiday. The Texas Comptroller’s website has complete details with everything you need to know. This is a great weekend for families to save quite a bit of money.
If you have time Monday morning, this ribbon cutting at Schwartz Park is taking place in HD148. Safe parks like Schwartz are vital to communities and a great place for families to spend time. I hope you can attend. Thank you to Council Member Stardig for getting the word out.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO THE GREATEST WOMAN IN MY LIFE…MY MOM! She has always been my biggest supporter, most vocal advocate and strongest source of courage. Thank you for all that you do Mom!
And Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there and mother figures. You are an inspiration to your children and those that adore you. Because you care, this world is a better place…and for that I thank you.
Next Sunday, April 6, we welcome Sunday Streets HTX to our community and House District 148.
First, the details:
Dates: April 6, 2014
Times: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: White Oak/Quitman Route (Heights Blvd. to Fulton)
Second, here’s some information about Sunday Streets HTX:
Sunday Streets (also called “Open Streets” or “Ciclovias”) closes streets to automobile traffic for a day so that people may use the space for other physical and social activities. The streets become parks as people replace car traffic. People walk, bike, skate and dance and play. Non-profit and health organizations may offer free activities and share information about their services during the event.
Open Streets are increasingly common in cities seeking new and fun ways to achieve economic, environmental, social, and public health goals. These goals are shared across business, civic and community groups.
Open Streets offer new economic opportunities for commercial districts. In a recent study of an Open Streets event in St. Louis, 73% of attendees spent money at a restaurant or store along the route, 68% became aware of a store or restaurant that was new to them, and 94% responded “Yes – Positively” to the question: “Does Open Streets change your feelings about the city?”
Visit the Sunday Streets HTX website today and learn more about what Open Streets are, why they matter, and how you can get involved.
I hope to see you in the Heights for the first Sunday Streets HTX next weekend.
As Texas celebrates its 178th year of Independence, let’s not forget those who gave all, because they chose to do so. They chose something bigger than themselves. They gave up their lives, because stopping tyranny was preferable to living under the dictate of another.
Take a moment today. Say a prayer. Meditate. Observe a moment of silence. If you have kids, share the Texas miracle with them. Most importantly, keep fighting. Never stop. The modern day proponents of tyranny are on the move and they never stop, so we can’t stop either.