Can You Hear Me Now? Trail Call Boxes Upgraded

Westchase District has upgraded the eight emergency call boxes located along the District's trail system with 4G technology.  The 10-foot solar powered towers are equipped with video cameras and allow trail users to call the District's dispatch service, which can send officers to each station.

4G service means quicker response times for those placing emergency calls  and better video clarity for the dispatch service that receives the calls.

"The call boxes provide trail users with a level of confidence as well as a form of communication during many scenarios that may arise," said Don McKinney, Westchase District's Vice President of Public Safety. "That could be anything from reporting suspicious activity to requesting assistance with urgent health issues."

An additional four emergency call boxes will be installed along the Westchase District trail system in 2020.

Aldi Opens New Westchase District Store This Week

Aldi will open its first Westchase District store on Thursday, October 3. The new store is located at 9525 Westheimer (between Tanglewilde and Rocky Ridge).

The self-described "no-frills" grocer is known for its Aldi-branded products and minimalist displays. The first Aldi opened in Houston in 2013. Today they have 30 stories in the greater Houston area. 

Opening day shoppers will receive an Aldi eco-friendly shopping bag (limited quantities) and the chance to win free produce for a year. The first 100 customers will have a chance to win a golden ticket worth up to $100.  Shoppers can also sample some of Aldi's best products all morning long. 

"When it comes to choosing store locations, we look at many factors. We want the best sites that are closest to our shopper and can support a high daily traffic volume," Karla Waddleton, Rosenburg division vice president said in a statement to the Houston Business Journal. "As the demand for Aldi grows, so do our real estate options. Bottom line, we want to be conveniently located for our shoppers."

Store hours are 9 am to 9 pm daily.

HCC/Alief ISD Offer Adult Continuing Education

Houston Community College and Alief ISD are offering continuing education and leisure learning programs to the community for adult students who are 18 years or older.

Whether you want a non-credit class for enrichment, enjoyment, to learn a new skill or to explore a pathway to a career, adult learners can start their journey this fall.

Classes are being offered in Media Arts & Technology, Automotive, Construction or Culinary Arts. All classes will be offered at Alief ISD's brand new Center for Advanced Careers, located at 12160 Richmond Avenue.

  Thursdays @ 3 p.m.  *Rain or shine* St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
10503 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 (at Rogerdale, just west of Beltway 8)

District's Market Ranks Among Top Texas Markets

With an economic impact of $240,000 in reported revenues in 2018, the Westchase District Farmers Market is the highest-grossing, single-day, weekday certified farmers market in greater Houston, according to statistics from the Texas Department of Agriculture. 

Come see what all the fuss is about this week. You'll see returning vendors and meet new vendors bringing unique products to the market. 


Zest in the West Returns to Westchase District

West Houston's premier food and wine event -- Zest in the West -- is returning to Westchase District on Wednesday, October 16th.

Guests will enjoy food tastings from more than 25 restaurants, while discovering new wines from 150 world-class wineries and beers from local craft breweries. 

Chef contenders will compete for the "Best of Zest" culinary award, where food writers and critics join forces with classically-trained chef judges to savor the flavors and select a Grand Prize Winner based on originality, taste and presentantion.

The event will also feature musicians performing on three music stages. A Big Board auction, wine pull and silent auction will all benefit the West Houston Leadership Institute's scholarship fund.

Zest in the West is a community celebration hosted by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce at Chateau Crystale, 2517 S. Gessner Road. Sip and savor something new from 6 to 10 pm. Tickets range from $100 for the Champagne Experience to $200 for the Champagne & Caviar Experience. 

Introducing Friends of Westchase; Volunteers Sought

Friends of Westchase is a local nonprofit organization aimed at strengthening under-resourced communities in the Westchase area by creating programs that drive change. Through community listening and assessments, the organization's leaders have worked to identify the needs in the community and the assets available to fill those needs. By collaborating with local businesses, schools, churches and nonprofits that share their commitment, Friends of Westchase is working to transform our neighborhood for all who live, work and play here.

Volunteers serving with Friends of Westchase offer mentoring and after-school programs at Paul Revere Middle School. Coming soon: adult ESL and computer classes. 

More volunteers are needed to become mentors, lead adult classes and help at the after-school programs. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a partner, please contact Nancy Bailey

About Westchase District

Westchase District is a municipal management district funded by local property owners in a 4.2 square-mile area centered on Sam Houston Tollway between I-10 and US-59 on the west side of Houston, Texas. 

The District promotes growth by enhancing: 
  • Mobility
  • Beautification 
  • Public Safety
  • Planning and Development


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