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Azalea Trail in Houston

February 25, 2015

Each spring, Houston is home to an abundance of flowering Rhododendron shrubs, more commonly known as Azaleas. They bloom in beautiful shades of purple, white, pink, yellow and red and are a popular reminder that spring has arrived. For the past 80 years, the River Oaks Garden Club has celebrated the arrival of the Azalea bloom and of spring with their Azalea Trail (originally called the Garden Pilgrimage).

Come celebrate with the River Oaks Garden Club by visiting the various locations around the city where the Azaleas flourish during the Azalea Trail days, beginning on Friday, March 6th and continuing through Sunday, March 8th. Daily hours for the event are from 11 AM – 5 PM. Tickets are available at the entrance to each location. Purchase a single site ticket for $5 or visit 6 for just $20.

Azaleas can be admired at the following locations (ticket required):

  • River Oaks Garden Club Forum at 2503 Westheimer Road
  • Home & Gardens at 2923 Del Monte Drive
  • Rienzi at 1406 Kirby Drive
  • Bayou Bend Gardens (entry at 2940 Lazy Lane or 6003 Memorial Drive)
  • Home & Gardens at 3401 Sleepy Hollow Court
  • Home & Gardens at 5545 Tupper Lake Drive
  • Home & Gardens at 807 Briar Ridge Drive

Don’t miss the beauty of spring in Houston. Support the River Oaks Garden Club and take a walk among the Azaleas! Proceeds from the Azalea Trail benefit conservation, horticulture and civic beautification projects of the Garden Club. For additional information, visit the River Oaks Garden Club website.

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West of the Brazos BBQ Cook-off

February 20, 2015

West Columbia, Sweeny and Brazoria residents, mark your calendar for Saturday, February 28th, and come down to Hanson Park to participate in the West of the Brazos BBQ Cook-off. The Chambers of Commerce from Brazoria, Sweeny and West Columbia are joining together for the event, creating a casual, fun atmosphere to meet other Chamber members, talk about local events and business, and stuff yourself full of some delicious Texas Barbecue.

The cook-off will be an all-day event, rain or shine to be held at the pavilion in Hanson Park. Hanson Riverside County Park is located on SH 35 in between West Columbia and Sweeny. It is a 35-acre wooded park along the San Bernard River featuring lots of greenery and beautiful scenery. In addition to the cook-off, those who attend can enjoy some of the park amenities, including a playground, fishing pier, plenty of hiking/walking trails, and an observation tower.

Cook-off organizers are currently looking for BBQ teams to help make this a great event. Call 979-798-6100 for details. For additional information about the event, visit the West Columbia event calendar.

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Scholastic Bowl 2015 Tests Teamwork

February 18, 2015

The 2015 Scholastic Bowl fundraiser is on for February 26th at The Center for the Arts & Sciences in Clute. Locally assembled teams from the community will compete to answer questions on a variety of subjects, including science, geography, the arts, local activities and current events. Test your knowledge and your ability to work together with others, all for a great cause!

Team entry is open to anyone from high school groups to church groups to office groups to community organizations. Choose your team (up to 4 participants) and compete for bragging rights in this fun and educational fundraising event. Proceeds from the event will benefit science education at the Planetarium, plus a number of other programs offered at the Center for Arts & Sciences. If your high school would like to participate but does not have the entry fee, money may be available.

The Scholastic Bowl entry fee is $100 per team, or $5 per person at the door to attend the competition to observe and cheer on your favorite teams. The event will be held in the Dow Arena Theater from

7 PM – 9 PM on Thursday, February 26th. The Center for the Arts & Sciences is located at 400 College Blvd. in Clute. For additional information about the 2015 Scholastic Bowl, contact James Heller at

979-798-1966 or check out the Scholastic Bowl information page on the Center’s website.

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Angleton Neighborhoods Help Fight Crime

February 14, 2015

It pays to be pro-active in your community and help prevent residential crime. But how can you participate without putting yourself in danger? The Neighborhood Crime Watch in Angleton provides a way to do just that. With help from the Angleton Police Department, neighborhoods get organized through an initial meeting. During this meeting, a “Watch Commander” is selected for the neighborhood by the residents, and information is gathered about what is typical for the area. Lists are made of what vehicles should be at participating residences, as well as the various times of day residents are expected to be at home.

Once the data is gathered, volunteers can help to keep an eye on things and make note of any suspicious activity. Police will help residents understand what type of activity should be considered suspicious and what they should report. Residents are also reminded to NOT attempt to intervene or confront suspected criminals themselves.

Interested neighborhood leaders should contact the Angleton Police Department for assistance in setting up a watch in their neighborhood. Contact information is available, along with additional details about the Neighborhood Crime Watch program, from the Angleton City web site. Be a good neighbor and help make your street a safer place to live!

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Check Out the TNMP Discovery Garden at the First Capitol Park in West Columbia

February 7, 2015

Discover a local part of nature at the TNMP Discovery Garden, located at First Capitol Park in West Columbia. Discovery Garden is a new addition to West Columbia, having been created in 2014, courtesy of a grant from the Texas New Mexico Power Company. The plants on display were selected for their suitability for the local climate, and are enticing to butterflies and other pollinator species. This means the garden will be filled with a variety of beautiful flowers throughout the season. Relax and enjoy a walk through the garden, or actively participate and learn about its resident plants and animals.

To aid in your enjoyment of the garden, the city of West Columbia has put together information about activities and observations that can be made in the Garden, and a list of the things you can discover during your visit! To find the Discovery Garden, visit the First Capitol Park and walk along the bike path past the pond – the garden is on the left.

In addition to enhancing the beauty of West Columbia, flowering plants, trees and bushes provide many more benefits to the community. They minimize wind damage, attract wildlife, produce oxygen and reduce erosion. Learn more about the garden, the plants, the benefits, and opportunities to volunteer at Discovery Garden on the West Columbia city web site.

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