Houston Chronicle Highlights Planned Parks as Westchase District Announces Campaign Support
A view of Wilcrest Park's 3.4-acre site looking towards Wilcrest Drive. The site sits between Home 2 Suites and the Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library. 

Westchase District's efforts to raise awareness about its capital campaign for Wilcrest Park received a boost from a recent Houston Chronicle story on November 23. After interviewing Louis Jullien, projects director for Westchase District, Chronicle staff writer Elliott Lapin wrote a story about the District getting "greener with two planned parks." Jullien's interview gave the District an opportunity to also discuss the progress of Woodchase Park which will be built before Wilcrest Park, with an expected completion in July 2021. Jullien emphasized the generosity of Houston's philanthropic community which has led to $1 million being raised over the past 12 months. "It is an incredible success given the nature of all the events in 2020," said Jullien. 

Bayou City Ballet School Spreads Christmas Spirit with Westchase Nutcracker Festival at Chateau Crystale

We know it's the most wonderful time of the year even though this has been a year like no other. That's when Christmas festivities can put us in the warmth of the holidays. We all need it now and the best part is Bayou City Ballet School is offering it for free. On December 13, the school's nonprofit program, Bayou City Ballet Youth Company, will present its Westchase Nutcracker Festival, from 2 - 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Westchase District Community Fund, the free event will feature selections from the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the school's youth company and a reading of the beloved and timeless Nutcracker story.

The company will be joined by guest artists from the Houston Ballet, including principal dancer Connor Walsh and Chae eun Yang,
who is a member of the Corps de Ballet after spending a year with The National Ballet of Canada. In addition to live ballet and music from Axiom Quartet, local business vendors will create a holiday shopping market. Participating are Blair Johnson Wellness, Brightside Coffee Bar, Houston Winery, Llamaland Organics, Penny Ruth and Co., Shattell, One,Two, Three, ETC., and LOVES Macarons.

According to Alex Pandiscio, artistic director of Bayou City Ballet School, 100 percent of sales go directly to the market's vendor businesses, and there will be opportunity to support Bayou City Ballet Youth Company. "Donations to our nonprofit organization help support scholarships, free events like this one, as well as masterclasses  and workshops for the community," said Pandiscio. 

Alief ISD Named Top Workplace

Once again, Alief ISD has been named a Houston Chronicle Top Workplace! The honor was announced in a November 15 edition of the Chronicle. Alief ISD was listed as one of the top large companies in the greater Houston area. The Top Workplace designation is awarded based on yearly survey results from area employees.
 
The competition is open to all large companies from industry sectors like energy, finance and healthcare. In a letter to the community, HD Chambers, Alief ISD's Superintendent said: "School districts are included with these industries, so it is not just an award for school districts. Even during a pandemic, our employees are Alief Proud through and through."
 
This is now the fifth consecutive year that Alief ISD has been named as a Top Workplace by the Chronicle. "For a school district to earn this achievement one time is exceptional, to earn it for five consecutive years is almost unheard of," said Chambers. "While I realize there are many areas where we can improve as an organization, I do hope we all take a little time to celebrate the times our efforts are recognized and be grateful for the opportunity to serve in a school system (and profession) that continually seeks to improve the education experiences for students and staff."

 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)


It's the Holidays, So Avila Flavors & Experiences Wants to Bring on the PAELLA PARTY


Seafood sensation in a pan: Nelson Pardon is a man on a mission to throw you a Paella Party. He'll get his chance on December 10 when he hosts one at the Farmers Market.

Paella (pronounced Pie Eh Ya) is a signature rice dish that's one of Spain's most popular. It is viewed by some as Spain's national dish with its origins coming from Valencian region cuisine. The dish is prepared in an extra large size pan with two handles which can be up to 60 inches in diameter and feed up to 300 people.

Paella Party at the Westchase District Farmers Market
Watch Nelson Pardon fix up his signature seafood paella which he'll serve at the Holiday Paella Party at the Westchase District Farmers Market
on Dec. 10.

Paella means frying pan in Valencian. Ingredients include rice, saffron (which gives Paella its yellowish color), vegetables, chicken, pork and seafood. Attendees of the December 10th Farmers Market are in for a huge treat from locally renowned caterer Avila Flavors and Experiences who came to the farmers market last spring selling its Argentinian style empanadas. Hosting its first ever Holiday Paella Party at the market, Avila will prepare one dish with chicken and pork and another with seafood, mainly shrimp. The portions will be complimentary and tapa sized served in mini plates while quantities last. The idea for the party came from Nelson Pardon, owner of Avila. "It's a delicious, festive food that's meant to be served to a lot of people," said Pardon. "So many people come to the market to discover something they have not yet tried and Paella is one of those dishes I thought people would enjoy."


 


Black Rock Coffee Opens at 2620 W Sam Houston Pkwy


Located at 2620 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, a new Black Rock Coffee Bar opened offering customers a new java fuel pit stop in the District in November.

Motorists taking the Westheimer Road exit from W Sam Houston Pkwy S have a new pit stop for java.  Black Rock Coffee Bar opened its second Houston location three weeks ago. The Portland-based company makes its crafted drinks with a focus on customers, its employee engagement and the community. How those three connect are core to its business.

According to Amy Anderson, Black Rock Coffee Bar's director of community outreach, the company seeks to build a relationship of "trust and care" for cities in which it operates. This neighborhood-centric approach illustrates the company's mantra which is to "hold each other to higher standards and learn what to expect from each other and our customers to serve those who are in need," said Anderson.

"The Black Rock experience will not only leave you with an amazing cup of coffee or delicious beverage but the care that we give to customers is exceptional. We were attracted to the Westchase area because of the growth in the area and our other stores in Texas have embraced Black Rock Coffee. We look forward to being in Westchase and serving the community," added Anderson.


Black Rock Coffee Bar's menu includes hot or iced coffee in premium and classic brews. It's 'coffeeless' items are also served hot or iced, including hot chocolate, hot tea, chai tea latte, and shaken iced tea. Some of its chilled items are blended with mint chip and chocolate chip. Energy drinks come in smoothies.  
Memorial Assistance Ministries Launches Program to Help Those Who Have Lost a Loved One to COVID-19


Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) has launched a program to offer flexible financial assistance to those who have lost a family member to COVID-19. Applicants must live in Harris, Waller, Montgomery or Fort Bend County, and there are a few additional qualifications. The program is being funded by a grant from the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund, led by the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Read More
  

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