Sneed Dog Park Expected to Open January 2021
Pup Playground: Work progresses on Sneed Dog Park. Encompassing 1.25 acres, 
Sneed Dog Park is the District's first-ever dog park.

Westchase District's lunar calendar for 2021 could be called the Year of the Dog. That's because there'll be much 'appaws' from canine companions when the first-ever dog park opens in the District. The 1.25-acre Sneed Dog Park is being built within the playground area at Sneed Elementary School at 9855 Pagewood Lane. This park is being built under an agreement with Alief Independent School District allowing Westchase District to develop and maintain the park, while giving area residents (and their pets) the opportunity to use the park on weekends and after school. The park will be enclosed by a fence. "Area residents with dogs must now travel more than five miles to access the nearest dog park," said Irma Sanchez, Westchase District's vice president of projects. "This park will fill a niche for our community." Sneed Dog Park is expected to open in early January 2021.

Phillips 66 Opens OnCue on Westheimer, New C-Store is Largest in Houston

Something for everyone: OnCue's new Phillips 66 site on Westheimer and Blue Willow comes with a wide array of fuel options plus food and drink to satisfy any craving.

A major new gas station and convenience store has emerged from the site of the former Kaleidoscope Center on Westheimer Road at Blue Willow Drive. And, it's far from what you'd expect from a c-store.
OnCue is serious about coffee. How serious? You can even get blueberry crumble flavored beans brewed to your cup.
OnCue, a leading c-store operator in Oklahoma, arrives in Houston with a prominent presence for motorists driving through Westchase District or exiting the West Sam Houston Tollway. Located at 10612 Westheimer near Phillips 66's corporate headquarters, construction of OnCue's premier Phillips 66® site began almost a year ago. It will be the largest c-store of its kind on Westheimer - one of Texas' most travelled roads - and perhaps in the entire city. Read More

Beloved Family Business is the Place for Empanadas

Houston food institution: Pelusa and Marcello Marini have operated The Original Marini's Empanada House for more than 50 years.

As the holidays get into full swing, it's a time for entertaining family and friends visiting from near or far. Why not treat your loved ones at dining institutions that are close knit, family-run operations? You'll taste and get a sense of the love that goes into each carefully prepared dish at The Original Marini's Empanada House. This Westchase District favorite was built and rebuilt by a family who persevered through adversity. Read More

 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)

Your Holiday Gift Giving Guide at the Farmers Market

Tins for the stocking: Inconceivable Coffee Roasters sells tins that come filled  in a variety of flavors like Moroccan Mint.

No matter the time of year, the Westchase District Farmers Market is always a great place to shop. Holiday time makes it even better. Increased foot traffic, which adds to the market atmosphere, is a sure sign that people are finding an outlet for spreading good cheer.

The Westchase District Farmers Market is having a banner year. Even amid a rough economic climate caused by the worldwide pandemic, the farmers market topped previous years in vendor participation, foot traffic and revenue.

Farmers Market Manager John Carey attributes the uptick to people feeling more comfortable being outdoors in an open-air setting. "Once they come to the market, they realize we're a place for fresh produce, eggs and bread, as well as discovering authentic, local items," said Carey. "Coming here to shop is an experience." 
Not sure on what to buy or who sells what? Read our suggestions. 


Tis the Season for Volunteering

For many of us, the holidays is when we give our time to organizations and a cause that need help. There are two opportunities to serve in the Westchase community this week! Volunteers are needed for WHAM's Child Hunger Pop Up event on Friday and Paul Revere Middle School's Christmas-Palooza event on Saturday. Below is a quick summary of each along with links to volunteer. 

WHAM will host Backpack Buddy Program pop up event.
Friday December 18 - Child Hunger Pop Up Event at WHAM
Houston Food Bank's Backpack Buddy Program invites you to assist with its very first pop-up shop at West Houston Assistance Ministries. Volunteers will distribute family style food boxes, school supplies, and hygiene packs to children in our community while supplies last (500 kids to be served). Age 16 and up can volunteer. Create an account to sign up.

Where: WHAM -  10501 Meadowglen, Houston, Texas 77042


Saturday December 19 - Paul Revere Middle School Christmas-Palooza

The Wrap Around Services teams from Paul Revere Middle School, Walnut Bend Elementary, West Briar Middle School and Tanglewood Elementary School are hosting a festive holiday event where families will drive thru and receive a gift, food from the Houston Food Bank and hot chocolate. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to help with the food distribution.

Where: Revere Middle School 10502 Briar Forest, Houston,TX 77042
Sign up to volunteer

Christmas and Hanukkah to be Celebrated in Westchase

It's the holiday season, and that means Westchase District churches and our area's synagogue will host special services and programs. With COVID safety guidelines in place, please check with your house of worship to see if reservations are required for in-person services. Here's a summary:

Congregation Or Ami, 3443 Wilcrest Dr.
Or Ami is hosting an in-person Hanukkah gathering on Thursday, December 17, the last night of Hanukkah. Attendance is limited to Or Ami congregants. Call 713-334-4300 or email for more information.

First Methodist Houston, 10570 Westpark Drive
Thursday, December 24
5 p.m. live service featuring the sacred readings of lessons and carols combined with the fun and joy of a Christmas hymn sing 

Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane
Thursday, December 24
Advance reservations for worship and child care will be necessary
10:30 a.m., Jammies & Jingle Bells: A Family Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary (live streamed on website)
3 p.m. Traditional service with Communion (Sanctuary)
5 p.m. Candlelight Service (Sanctuary)
7 p.m. Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary (livestreamed on website)
7 p.m., Grace en Espanol Service in the Founders' Chapel

Thursday, December 24
3 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass (English) may be attended in person or watch livestreamed to Facebook
6 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass (Spanish) may be attended in person or watch livestreamed to Facebook
Friday, December 25
9 a.m. Christmas Day Mass (English) may be attended in person
12 p.m. Christmas Day Mass (Spanish) may be attended in person

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The Wire will return on January 6, 2021.

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. 

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