Fun Game Invites Kids to Play 'I Spy' on the Trail


Westchase District's Library Loop Trail was completed in 2013 as the first leg in what is now a 5-mile system of trails. Since then, the tree canopy has grown and new amenities have been added, making the trail a premier walking and cycling experience for Houston residents and overnight guests in Westchase District.

As businesses are shuttered and families are quarantined, the trail system offers a welcome opportunity to walk, hike, ride your bike, spot nature, view art and enjoy the weather and fresh air. Only the water fountains and exercise equipment have been closed by order of government leaders.
Nature abounds along the trail. Look closely and you might spy birds like egrets or mallards.


With that in mind, Westchase District has created two fun games for families to enjoy along the trail. "Trail Fun" is designed for young readers to learn about the area's historical figures, early transportation and some of the plant life and wildlife that may be spotted along the trail.

"I Spy Bingo" is designed for younger children to be alert to the treasures all around them in nature. Read More



Three New Emergency Call Boxes Added Along the Westchase District Trail System

Westchase District added three new emergency call boxes to the trail system, bringing the
Emergency Call Boxes
Don McKinney inspects a newly
installed call box.
total number to 11. Trail users can find the newest call boxes at  3119 Walnut Bend on the Library Loop Trail, 10598 Town Park Dr. and 11149 Westpark on the Brays Bayou Connector Trail.

The call boxes connect to the District's answering service which determines if fire, medical or police department service is needed.

The 10-foot, solar-powered towers are equipped with 4G technology, including video cameras that allow trail users to call the District's dispatch service, which can send officers to each station. 

"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, vice president of public safety for Westchase District. "That could be anything from reporting suspicious activity to requesting assistance with urgent health issues."
  

Quillian Center Opens Summer Camp Registration

Even though schools were closed because of COVID-19, there's still learning and enrichment to be found at Camp Quillian's upcoming summer camps, which expect to open as planned.

Serving children ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-14, Camp Quillian activities include swimming, arts and crafts, rock climbing, guest speakers, special events, ice cream socials, basketball, soccer, Vacation Bible School and more.

Camp Quillian registration is now open. Parents can begin planning a productive summer for their children by going to quilliancenter.org to register or call 713-781-9195. For information registering teens ages 13-14, contact Beverly Okosun at bokosun@quilliancenter.org 

Camp Quillian has provided summer camps for 60 years. Hosted at First Methodist Houston, Camp Quillian will be offered for 13 sessions from May 26 to August 21. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., t
here are half day or full day options. Weekly camps at Quillian start at $225.

"Many parents still work during the summer so they need a camp with flexible hours like Camp Quillian," said Tom Gaden, Quillian Center Director. "Camps are a great way to fill a day especially after being at home because of the school closure and not getting to socialize and interact with others."
  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)


Farmers Markets Has Ingredients For Home Cooking, Plus Prepared Foods If You'd Rather Not Cook


Spending more time at home means putting our kitchens to full use. Whether it's creating a new dish, experimenting with flavors or cooking family favorites, the experience can be therapeutic.
Dr Lucy Agave
Skip the sugar: Agave gives salad dressing a light, sweet fruity touch. Go bold with your cuisine creativity and make a chicken glaze or add to oatmeal cookies.


Shopping at the Farmers Market adds to stress relief. You can shop with a list or be spontaneous. Either way, picking up a variety of items like fresh produce, agave, jams and jellies, salsas, freshly-baked bread, sweet treats, coffee and wines, all found at the Farmers Market, keeps your brain engaged.

"Other possible benefits are doing an activity that brings focus and is calming," said John Carey, Westchase District's Farmers Market Manager. 

Get rad with radishes: They add crunch to any salad and are a good source of vitamin C.

And, in the event that you need a break from cooking at home, Farmers Market vendors sell prepared foods like tamales,  empanadas, Indian dishes with lamb and chicken fillings and tasty dips. Barbecue sandwiches and brisket are cooked onsite. 


 

Being Productive from Home: BEMA IT Shares
Tips On How to Be Disciplined While Remote


Working remotely from home has become the "new normal" for many American workers. This paradigm shift has been challenging and takes a special kind of discipline and flexibility. These challenges rise proportionately when your spouse also works from home or your children are out of school. Since working from home will continue indefinitely, let's take a look at some of the ways productivity can be increased.


Westchase District Board of Directors
Approves $5 Million in Projects

Westchase District staff, joined by Board Chair Harry Greenblatt (wearing mask), participated in a
first-ever Board of Directors meeting held via phone conference on April 20. 
It was the first time that the Board was unable to meet in person

For the first time in its history, the Westchase District Board of Directors met via phone conference call after Governor Abbott suspended certain sections of the Open Meetings Act to allow the board to meet remotely. The Board approved $5 million in projects during its April 20 meeting. One project will provide a connector to Terry Hershey Trail through a series of improvements including a side path at CityWest and Deerwood. This represents a $1.75 million project cost.

The Board also authorized staff to receive bids for a side path at Elmside/Woodchase. The path will provide a reconstructed, wider and continuous sidewalk between Westheimer and the Westpark Trail. Total project cost is $3.1 million.

The Board also trimmed $215,000 from the District's $1.26 million capital fund budget and $149,617 from the $3.7 million operating budget. 



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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