What Do You Spy on Westchase District's Trails?

Summer campers from Camp Quillian hit the Westchase District Trail System in search of nature and area features.

Kids from Quillian Center's Camp Quillian found out that the Westchase District Trail System is more than meets the eye. The group, ages 9-12, from Camp Quillian recently explored an area of trail between Richmond and Meadowglen to play Trail Fun I Spy Bingo game. During a 30-minute scavenger hunt walk the group found a fun world of discovery. They saw everything on the game's bingo sheet showing 25 picture clues.

Turtles, art murals, benches, fish, 911 call box, water fountain, caterpillars, butterflies, bicyclists, joggers, Little Free Library, squirrels, and egrets were among the things the campers spotted. "The kids loved the scavenger hunt," said Beverly Okosun, Quillian Center's after school director who accompanied the group. "Some of them mentioned how they want to go back with their parents and show them all the neat things they found. It was a fun experience and they could not stopping talking about it." 
Kids Eat Free at WHAM Through Mid-August


From holding ongoing drive-thru food fairs, giving free hair cuts for those in need, to offering COVID vaccines, hosting virtual financial literacy classes, and raising donations through resale shop sales, West Houston Assistance Ministries provides services and support to people who have nowhere else to turn. And with children out of school for summer break, WHAM also serves as a Houston Food Bank Site for free summer lunch for children Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Aug. 6. No registration is required. Parents can bring their children to 10501 Meadowglen for the lunch.



Bike Barn in Westchase District Has What Riders Need for Cycling

Bike Barn assistant store manager Nicole Daniels is on a team of cycling experts who serves Bike Barn customers at its Market at Westchase location (at Wilcrest and Westheimer).

Whether for lifelong sport, cleaner air, improving health, saving money on gas, less traffic, turning a work commute into a workout or just to feel the wind, people ride bikes for many reasons. And in Houston, cyclists peddle to Bike Barn. The retailer has been supporting the world of cycling since 1983.

Serving Cycling Community

Bike Barn's market niche has been reinforced by increasing trends for bike commuting which has grown by 62 percent since 2000. Many Americans are seeing health and environmental benefits of being more active on bikes. From beginners to competitive cyclists, Bike Barn's strategy has been to provide a high level of in-store expertise through its staff.  "We live for bikes and hire riders who are passionate about cycling and eager to share their passion for cycling," said Lisa Gibson, marketing events manager for Bike Barn. "We all hold ourselves to a high standard of service and community, always aiming for friendly, informative interactions.  We care about our customer's experience in the store and on their bike out in the community. 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)


Float A Way Sells Essential Oils for Your Body, Mind and Soul

Float-A-Way's products are formulated by Mary Munday who sources her oils from around the world. Munday originally created her product line to help ease family members' everyday ailments. 

Mary Munday formulates her products specifically for natural life styles.
When Mary Munday's family members experienced allergies and other health-related problems, the farmers market vendor created Float-A-Way to help ease her loved ones' ailments.  

"It's amazing how many people have the same problems and my products cater to the majority of them," said Munday. "Rx colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis just about any problem can be helped with my products. Allergy/Antihistamine prompts your own nature responses to allergens. Silky Sense is very calming and hormone balancing. The cream and lotion great for dry skin. Weekend warrior is self explanatory and my teas are designed to balance the body and strengthen the bodies immune system."
 
Munday says that oils and teas are a good part of a natural life style and should be used to keep your body in balance and active. She does advise that every one is different. "Not one oil and herb will work for everyone," said Munday. "That's why there are so many. So please research, try, experiment, oils and herbs worked for centuries before present day medications.  All have their place. All should be considered."


 

WDCF School Supply Drive Still in Need of Donations


Westchase District Community Fund's Annual School Supply Drive is underway and needs your help into the drive's final week through July 31. 

Look for donation boxes like this one at Odyssey Engineering Group.
WDCF has arranged for District-area businesses to participate by hosting a donation box for school supplies that WDCF will distribute among Sneed Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School and West Houston Assistance Ministries. 

Requested supplies include:
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Calculators
  • Pencil cases
  • Art supplies
  • School bags
  • School books
  • Pencils and pens
Cash donations are also accepted and can be made at wdcfund.org/donate. Individuals and organizations interested in making donations can drop off supplies in the boxes at the following locations (to date):
  • Millennium Tower - 10375 Richmond Avenue
  • Westchase Towers I & II - 10370 Richmond Avenue
  • Premier America Credit Union - 9630 Westheimer Road 
  • SignatureCare ER - 11103 Westheimer Road
  • Karya Management - 10777 Westheimer Road
  • Raba Kistner - 3602 Westchase Drive
  • Crest Apartments - 2300 Wilcrest Drive
  • Odyssey Engineering Group - 2500 Tanglewilde Street
  • Westchase Creek Apartments - 3000 Woodland Park Drive
  • Subsurface Consultants - 10700 Richmond
  • Stream Realty - 10111 Richmond
  • Transwestern - 3600 & 3700 W Sam Houston Pkwy S

Cantina Laredo Is Back With Modern Mexican Cuisine

Cantina Laredo owner John Vargas would not settle for COVID permanently closing one of the District's favorite watering holes and eateries since 2003.

John Vargas has been in the Cantina Laredo family for almost two decades. He began with the Dallas-based restaurant company when it had only four locations. In December 2003, it was looking to expand into a new market which brought Vargas to open its first Houston restaurant. The growing company selected the former site of Good Eats in Westchase District.

While Vargas and his partners were not thinking long-term, the restaurant's reception dictated other plans. "Originally we wanted to operate it for four years, but after continued success we signed another five-year lease, and kept renewing every five years," said Vargas. "The growth of Cantina Laredo started because of the people in Westchase District." He credits Cantina Laredo's appeal in Westchase directly to the chain's expansion. "Westchase was the impetus to expand into seven other states with more than 40 restaurants now," said Vargas. Read More

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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