TranStar Rolls Out Enhanced Flood Warning System for Roads in Preparation for This Year's Hurricane Season 
Houston TranStar will show real-time traffic data with potential trouble
spots for roadway flooding.

Anticipating an active year ahead for storms in the Atlantic, Houston TranStar reminds residents to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season by downloading its mobile app, a tool that shows real-time traffic data and estimates areas of roadway flooding risk during heavy rainfall.

Developed in partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute after Hurricane Harvey, TranStar's Roadway Flood Warning System displays real-time data from 283 weather sensors, an increase of 76 sensors from 2019.
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Global Experiences Shaped Officer's Career Track

Officer Ana Bertens makes a stop at one of her favorite Westchase District Patrol check ins, the Houston Marriott Westchase. 

You could say Ana Bertens was worlds away before joining the Houston Police Department. Her unlikely path to law enforcement came while she traveled back and forth to live between two continents: North America and South America. Born in Santiago, Chile, Bertens' parents brought her and her siblings to the United States in the 1990s where she spent half of her life between Florida and Houston.

After turning 20, she moved back to Chile where she spent seven years working as a producer for a children's TV show and on music videos. Bertens met her future spouse in Chile and the two got married, deciding to begin their life together in the U.S. Read More

WHAM Transitions to Relief Agency, Extends Food Distribution into August

Don McKinney, vice president of public safety for Westchase District, lends a volunteer hand to WHAM's weekly food distribution which is extended through August.

The hardship caused by COVID has not eased but neither has the dedication to the community by West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM). The organization remains determined and committed to doing all it can to meet the increased need. WHAM recently announced that it will continue to distribute food to 150 cars per day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 9:30 a.m.

In the more than four months of being on a disaster relief footing, WHAM has provided food for 68,504 individuals including 27,034 children. Also in the past week, the organization distributed $65,068.91 in financial assistance to those affected by the pandemic. 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)

Farmtastic Is Tomorrow: Festivities Include 
Caricature Artist, Pickle Making & Miniature Ponies

Farmtastic returns to the Westchase District Farmers Market tomorrow. From 4 - 6 p.m., you can bring the kids to enjoy free Farmtastic festivities including a caricature artist (the world's original selfie!) and mini ponies from A Place for Peanut. For a nominal fee you can also make your own pickles at the PEAS Farm tent.

Pickle Making
As part of Farmtastic, PEAS Farm will show market goers how to make
their own pickles.
In addition to Farmtastic, it's National Farmers Market Week which is a good time to show your support for the farmers market. 

Presented by the Farmers Market Coalition, National Farmers Market Week celebrates the tireless efforts of our market operators and vendors who show why the farmers market is essential. The Westchase District Farmers Market exemplifies this role in our community. 

According to the Farmers Market Coalition, this year's week celebrates resiliency. Like farmers markets around the country, the Westchase District Farmers Market has adapted to the community's needs and remained open during the COVID-19 crisis.

Check out recent stories in the Houston Chronicle and Houstonia about how our market responded to the crisis.


Quillian Center Offers Extended Care, Virtual Distance Learning Opportunities for Area Parents

Extended Care at Quillian
Quillian Center is there for parents' day care needs in anticipation of a delay to the start of school by the Houston Independent School District. From August 24 to September 4, Quillian is offering Extended Care for children ages 5-14.

Registration can be completed at Children enrolled will have the opportunity to rotate to areas such as the gym, game room, and playground. Swimming will be Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Extended day care hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. No lunch will be offered but afternoon snacks will be provided.

Virtual Distance Learning at Quillian
In addition, from September 8 to October 16, Quillian will be providing space for children ages 5-14 to learn virtually while parents continue to work. Registration fees apply and space is limited. For more information about Extended Care and Virtual Distance Learning, please contact Beverly Okosun at 713-458-4707 or via email.
Numerous Opportunities to Donate Blood in Westchase

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at six Westchase District locations from August 9 - 24. Individuals can schedule appointments to donate blood in the Blood Center's mobile donor coach or in a room onsite at the specified location. First Methodist Houston hosts a blood drive this Sunday where donors can get a free COVID-19 antibody test and Blue Bell Ice Cream voucher. Donating blood is more important than ever and can help save lives. Schedule an appointment at upcoming blood drives below. 

Monday, Aug. 10 at Millennium Tower - 10375 Richmond Avenue
Thursday, Aug. 13 at Red Robin - 10465 Richmond Avenue
Monday, Aug. 24 at BriarLake Plaza - 2000 W Sam Houston Pkwy S

This Week's Bounce Back Westchase Offers

You can get free items and discounts which are offered weekly at 
It is quick and easy to get the offers. Simply sign up and receive offers every week. Some notable specials for this week: 
  • Area courier services - 10% off of 1st order
  • Irie dishes - 10% off entire order
  • Eric M. Moser, DDS - Free bleach trays with cleaning & x-rays
  • First Choice Business Brokers - 33% off commission
View a complete list of specials. If you have a business with an offer, sign up here for free and reach up to 20,000 potential customers every week.  

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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