Greater Northside Management District
August 10, 2020
Dear GNMD Friend,


Today is the deadline for completing our service plan survey. It only takes five minutes!

If you haven't already done so, we would appreciate your feedback on our current programs and new ones that you would like to see in the District.

Click here to access the survey and provide your input.

Good news! Our website has been redesigned! While we're still making a few tweaks, we think you'll like our new look. Go to to view it!

Rebecca Reyna
Executive Director

COVID-19 updates
Free COVID-19 testing locations

These are the free COVID-19 testing locations for the week of August 10, 2020.

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Visit for current Houston test sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.
Information obtained through testing, treatment or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.
BakerRipley School Supply Drive
at Saint Arnold
Saturday, August 15 | 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

While starting school may be a little uncertain this fall, many students in the neighborhoods around Saint Arnold Brewing Company still need school supplies for homeschooling the remainder of the year.
Saint Arnold is teaming up with BakerRipley - who serves 600,000 people in over 60 locations across the Houston region - for a School Supply Drive on Saturday, August 15, at their Beer Garden & Restaurant. Stop by or drive thru between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. with school supplies to donate, and they'll reward your generosity with a Saint Arnold pint glass.

Specific items needed are notebook, crayons, pencils and markers. The supplies donated will benefit students at Sherman, Looscan, Ketelson, Jefferson and Herrera Elementary Schools.
Lowe’s-LISC Partnership
provides grants to small businesses

Thanks to a $55 million significant commitment grant from Lowe’s, LISC will provide the emergency grant assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat.
  • $30 million will focus on small businesses owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital.
  • $25 million will support enterprises in rural communities, which typically face even more hurdles than their urban counterparts due to limited access to bank credit, capital and other support services.

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include:
  • Paying rent and utilities.
  • Meeting payroll.
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors.
  • Upgrading technology infrastructure.
  • Other immediate operational costs.

Please register to be notified of the next round opening August 31st. 

For more information about the program, click here.
Text "food" to 877877 to find
the nearest curbside food
for children and youth up to age 18
Hurricane preparedness
during the COVID-19 pandemic
The City's emergency managers, shelter managers, and public health professionals will take measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among people who seek safety in a disaster shelter during severe weather events. 

Here are some tips to help you prepare and lower the risk of infection while staying safe in a shelter:
  • If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people outside of your household.
  • Follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Houston Health Department COVID-19 preventive actions—wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes and follow shelter policies for wearing cloth face coverings. Avoid sharing food and drink with anyone if possible.
  • Follow disaster shelter policies and procedures designed to protect everyone in the shelter, especially those who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
  • If you feel sick when you arrive at the shelter or start to feel sick while sheltering, tell shelter staff immediately.
  • Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions for keeping children healthy.
  • Be a good role model—if you wash your hands often, your children are more likely to do the same.
  • Help your children stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Watch your child for any signs of illness and tell shelter staff if your child may be ill.
  • Help children cope with emergencies: try to deal with the disaster calmly and confidently as this can provide the best support for your children. 

Learn more about updating your hurricane preparedness plans to protect you and your family from COVID-19:
Tour de Northside Virtual Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 13
Tour de Northside Committee Members:

Please join us for a virtual Tour de Northside meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 11 a.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting, go to:
Meeting ID: 856 8299 0959
Passcode: Tour

One tap mobile:
+13462487799,,85682990959#,,,,,,0#,,761691# US (Houston)

Dial by your location: 
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 856 8299 0959
Passcode: 761691

Questions? Contact Anibeth Turcios at (713) 229-0900 or via email at
Have you responded to the census?
The United States census is more than just a head count. It is a snapshot of America that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed, where businesses choose to ship products and where they build new stores. To do all that properly, the count needs to be accurate.

Council Member Karla Cisneros is organizing a District H Yard Sign Campaign to promote Census participation.

The campaign will take place on Thursday, August 20th. If you would like to volunteer to distribute Census yard signs in your neighborhood, please call 838.393.3003 or email District H at
Dine in the Greater Northside District
Virtual Beer & Cheese
(& Cookie & Honey!) Pairing
Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m.
Instagram Live

Join founder/brewer Brock Wagner of Saint Arnold Brewing Company and cheesemonger Nicole Buergers from Houston Dairymaids on Instagram Live for a special Virtual Beer & Cheese (& Cookie & Honey!) Pairing on Thursday, August 13. You'll tune in to taste right along with them as they guide you through the selected pairings.

Bonus treats include an Oktoberfest toffee and smoked almond cookie from Saint Arnold Pastry Chef Dawn Prater and local honey from Bee2Bee Honey Collective. The beer menu will feature a 500 mL bottle of their limited release Russian Imperial Stout and a can of their newest IPA Noble Haze, among others.

Here's how it works:
  • Purchase your virtual pairing package at the link below, by the end of the day on Monday, August 10 (or while supplies last). Then on Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., drive thru the Saint Arnold Beer Garden & Restaurant to pick it up. (These are the only times available for pickup.) Tune in Thursday evening to their Instagram Live and follow along!
  • Each package is $48 and includes six Saint Arnold beers, five cheeses handpicked by the Houston Dairymaids, a special cookie from Saint Arnold Pastry Chef Dawn Prater, local honey from Bee2Bee Honey Collective, and a pairing sheet to help guide you. Availability is limited.

Click here to purchase your virtual pairing package.
Alain, Marie Lenotre and the students of Culinary Institute Lenotre® invite you to join them for their next event.
August 27th – 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
at Le Bistro Houston
7070 Allensby St, Houston, TX 77022

Seating is limited and their last event sold out.
Reserve your seat today for only $75 per person.
This all-inclusive fee includes five wines, a special five-course dinner 
and a special presentation by our guest speaker.

First Course: Bruschetta
Antipasto consisting of grilled bread
rubbed with garlic and topped with fresh tomato salsa
Prosecco Extra Dry - VENETO
Second Course: Black hearted Arancini 
Shrimp and Squid ink risotto fried balls
Pinot Grigio - TRENTO
Third Course: Duck Ragù Tagliatelle
Homemade fresh pasta, foiled in a rich
and chunky slow cooked duck sauce
Nebbiolo - PIEDMONT
Fourth Course: Veal a la Puttanesca
Roasted veal tenderloin, eggplant parmigiana,
tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers and garlic
Barbera - PIEDMONT

Fifth Course: Rosemary Pana Cotta, Red Coulis
Traditional sweetened and thickened cream, infused with rosemary, served with red wine and berries coulis, topped with meringue
Prosecco Superiore - VENETO
Save these dates for Art on the Avenue:
September 15 - 19, 2020
New Houston mural map launches!
If you are feeling restless at home and wish you could safely visit some interesting spots around Houston, go to to take a fun discovery tour online!

Better yet, get in your car and discover and enjoy local street art while social distancing! The project was funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.