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A look Back at 2019

2019 was a good year at Preston Wood & Associates. A strong economy kept us busy. Our townhouse floor plans were chosen for several projects that we're very thrilled to be part of.

Pecan Row of Nashville

We were thrilled to have our townhouse floor plans chosen by Legacy South for Pecan Row in Nashville, TN.

Legacy South is a home builder and developer in Nashville, TN with a focus on both custom homes and move-in ready homes in the heart of the urban core.

Pecan Row is located in North Nashville, a wonderfully diverse community filled with people on the go and on the move. The neighborhood is welcoming and includes all the shops, restaurants and nightlife you could want in an area so close to downtown Nashville.

Preston Wood & Associates attended the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas

It actually snowed for the duration of our stay, but aside from poor weather, it was an educational experience. 

We attended many educational classes, always the most informative part of the show and the part we look forward to most next to meeting others in the industry. This year the classes were exceptional and incredibly informative. From marketing strategies to the latest in tech news, these classes are always so helpful. There were more than 130 education sessions this year, all led by professionals in the industry.

In addition to the educational seminars, the show is about the exhibitors. Truly an international show, we saw products from all over the world. 

The Enclave at Stafford Oaks

Preston Wood & Associates was proud to announce our involvement with Dulles Ventures in a new development in Stafford, TX - The Enclave at Stafford Oaks. We are excited to work with Stafford's city council and planning department in bringing these single-family homes to fruition.

Located on Dulles Avenue, these affordable single-family homes feature exteriors decorated with siding and stone while the interiors include in-demand finishes and amenities. You can view examples of our various floor plans by clicking here.

Student Housing in Fort Worth

Preston Wood and Associates is proud to have been chosen to design the new student housing in Fort Worth, TX.

The floor plan for this stunning design features three stories and a lovely roof deck. This design is a great choice for student housing. The floor plan is open with plenty of room for studying, hanging out, cooking and conversation. 

We look forward to 2020 and providing the best townhouse floor plans for your projects! 

Events in Houston this January, 2020

Events in Houston this January, 2020

Happy New Year! From all of us at Preston Wood and Associates, we hope you have a fabulous 2020!

January is a wonderful time in Houston. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy encluding ICE and the Polar Plunge! If jumping into water isn’t your thing, there are plenty of indoor events in Houston this January as well.

Events in Houston this January

Polar Bear Plunge

When: January 1st, 2020

Where: The Woodlands Resort

2301 N Millbend

The Woodlands, TX

Slide into the new year with a chill at The Woodlands Resort Oasis.

All Community Members are invited to Jump Into 2020 at The Woodlands Resort.

Starting at 11am on January 1st, enjoy Bloody Mary's, Mimosas and cider while getting pumped up to the tunes of DJ Sian Taylor, for the new year.

Slide into the pool (or 2020) at 11:30am and experience lunch will be in Bistro while you warm up.

Galaxy Lights

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Parkway

Houston, TX

Embark on a festive adventure and start a new Space City tradition this holiday season during our all-new experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant.

Experience a high-tech kinetic light show where dozens of suspended lights move in precise choreographed sequences above the Main Plaza.

Explore and learn about the technology behind advanced LED and RGB light displays at interactive learning stations where guests can change the colors of lights decorating an artificial tree.

Catch the original film "Holidays in Space" that includes real footage of astronauts celebrating the holidays as well as interviews with retired astronauts about what it was like celebrating in space. The film is shown in Space Center Theater every 30 minutes from 6:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and lasts 15 minutes.

Marvel at large, 3-D holiday décor in Zero-G Diner while enjoying hot cocoa and other holiday food and beverages available for purchase.

And so much more.

Holiday in the Gardens

When: Now through January 16th, 2020

Where: Moody Gardens

Seven Hope Blvd.

Galveston, TX

Eight Holiday Attractions. One Venue

Ice Land: Christmas Around the World · Festival of Lights · Holiday 3D Films

Rudolph 4D · Ice Skating · Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Photos with Santa

Plus Live Entertainment, Great Food, Group Rates, Hotel Packages and More!

Magical Winter Lights

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 FM 2004

Houston, TX 

MWL is a 20-acre, 52-day, larger-than-life lantern festival with themed lantern sections, nightly acrobatic performances, carnival rides and games, an interactive dino area and lots of holiday fun for the whole family. 

Prismatica at Avenida Houston

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Ameircas

Houston, TX

Introducing Prismatica, an interactive art exhibit created by RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3 and produced by Quartier des Spectacles of Montreal, Canada.

From November 22nd to January 5th, observe these magical prisms brighten the holiday season with every color of the rainbow, reflecting surrounding downtown Houston by day and projecting the full spectrum of light each night.

ICE

When: Now through February 2nd, 2020

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Ice skating at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy returns from November 15, 2019 to February 2, 2020!

Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy. 

The Bridal Extravaganza

When: January 4th and 5th, 2020

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Ameircas

Houston, TX

America’s largest wedding planning event. Local vendors. Taste cake, see fashion shows and enter to win honeymoons and shopping sprees.

Don't risk selecting vendors you've only seen on-line. Meet your vendors in person at the Bridal Extravaganza! This is your wedding!!!

2 whole days of fashion shows, wedding seminars and over 700 display showcases featuring Houston area wedding service companies. Plan your entire wedding in one weekend.

Ladies’ Night with Samuel Beckett

When: January 10th, 2020

Where: Rec Room

100 Jackson Street #130C

Houston, TX

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative, and fresh theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts. With a strong feminine presence in our artistic vision, we strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors, and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts. 

Splice Records’ 11th Annual BowiElvis Fest

When: January 11th, 2020

Where: The Continental Club

3700 Main Street

Houston, TX

The 11th Annual BowiElvis Fest is a musical celebration honoring two Capricorns on the shared birthday for both David Bowie and Elvis Presley. The Fest is a fashionable tribute that is all about the preservation of Rock n' roll!

MLK Youth Parade in Midtown Houston

When: January 18th, 2020

Where: Midtown Houston

1200 Holman Street, San Jacinto Street and Elgin Street

Houston, TX

Celebrating! its 26th Anniversary, the MLK Grande Parade is the third largest Parade in the U.S. behind The Rose Parade and The Macy’s Day Parade. During The Annual MLK Grande Parade, 300,000 Spectators are expected and has a Viewing Audience of more than 4,000,000. The Annual MLK Grande Parade parade consists of 15 Parade floats & 30 Marching bands.

4th Annual MLK Peace Through Pie Social

When: January 18th, 2020

Where: St. Matthews United Methodist Church

4300 N Shepherd Drive

Houston, TX 

Join us to celebrate Dr. King's legacy as a peacemaker and his love of pie (Pecan was his favorite). We've partnered with Peace through PIE, a grassroots non-profit Peace Movement, and we're excited to host Houston's Pie Social. It's a great way for neighbors to come together to experience good food and conversation.

Chinese New Year at Lucky Land

When: January 18th, 2020

Where: Lucky Land Houston

8625 Airline Drive

Houston, TX

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 the year of rat with us. There are so many activities, watching the live performances, feeding koi fish, riding the rick shaw, ceramic painting, dress up the authentic costumes, shopping, enjoy the delicious foods and get the red envelop for good luck!

Parrot Festival

When: January 24th – 26th, 2020

Where: Doubletree Hotel Houston

15747 John F Kennedy Blvd

Houston, TX 

For over 10 years, we have hosted the Parrot Festival, an event dedicated to education and love of parrots. This annual conference helps support the birds of NPRPF while also offering support to various other bird organizations and owners through seminars, speakers, and vendors. It is the main fundraising event for NPRPF. Held at the end of January in Houston, TX, it is a great opportunity to connect with fellow parrot enthusiasts while still having fun! It is often called the “Home of Parrot Lovers”. Interested to learn more?

Events in Houston this November 2019

Events in Houston this November 2019

Hard to believe Autumn is here and winter is just around the corner. The holidays are just weeks away, be sure to check out some of these fantastic events in Houston this month – before you’re too busy to enjoy all that this great city has to offer.

Events in Houston this November 2019

Feast with the Beasts

When: November 1st, 2019

Where: Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive

Houston, TX

 

The Houston Zoo’s 14th annual Feast with the Beasts presented by Bank of America is back! Enjoy cuisine from Houston’s best restaurants, beer and wine, and a live concert performance on the H-E-B stage by The Suffers!

 

The event features spectacular animal experiences throughout the evening, and animal feedings sponsored by Comcast, so guests may watch the animals dine as they get their own taste of Houston’s best cuisine.

 

6th Annual Fall Fest

When: November 1st, 2019

Where: North Shore Rotary Pavilion

14350 ½ Wallisville Rd

 

It's the kick off to our 6th year and we're excited to announce the Fall Fest 2017 "Perfect Element" weekend.

 

Chicagoans, we have heard you! This year our headline DJ is Chicago's own, Boolumaster!

 

The "Fall Fest" picnic is now a TICKETED and PAID event. Attendees ages 14 & up will now pay a $5 entry gate fee. Wristbands will be issued and all day in/out access will be granted. Children 13 and under are still FREE to attend!

 

The purchase of a VIP Lounge wristband INCLUDES one (1) entry gate ticket/wristband.

 

For every RESERVED, pavilion table purchased one (1) entry gate ticket/wristband is INCLUDED.

 

Art is an Outdoor Market

When: November 7th, 2019

Where: The Hub (Greenway Plaza)

3 Greenway Plaza

Houston, TX

 

ART IS AN Outdoor Market is a European styled art market, with a Houston flare, featuring local Houston artists. Open to the public and kid friendly, we are a unique market, bringing the arts of all flavors and styles to the residents of River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Rice/University, Bellaire and surrounding areas.

 

Night Market 2019

When: November 8th, 2019

Where: Asia Society Texas Center

1370 Southmore Blvd

Houston, TX

 

Our annual Night Market is back and cooler than ever!

 

Now in November, enjoy after-hours access to exhibition, a Japanese-style carnival, a curated selection of food + home goods + art + apparel from local artisans, K-pop, and a ticketed beer garden with special culinary offerings. Free and open to the public!

 

Sweet Desserts Fest Fall Edition

When: November 8th, 2019

Where: A.D. Players at the George Theater

420 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX

 

Treat yourself while supporting a great cause! Now you don't have to feel bad about eating dessert. You can have your cake and eat it too... Indulge in a variety of sweet treats from local bakers and help us fund our first home care facility.

 

Indulge in a variety of desserts from Houston's local treat makers and bakers.

Enjoy a Dessert Themed Experience with family and friends.

Sample, Shop Dessert Vendors, and make memories at this sweet event!

 

30th Annual Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow

When: November 9th, 2019

Where: Traders Village – Houston

7979 N Eldridge Road

Houston, TX

 

A two-day Native American Pow Wow with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more will be part of the 30th Annual Texas Championship Pow Wow. This annual event is a great time to visit with old friends and make new ones. Plan to join us for this colorful and interesting event, presented by the DFW Inter-Tribal Association, at Traders Village – Houston on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10, 2019.

 

Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and bead-work competing for prize money and awards in eighteen different dance categories. Spectators will be amazed by the precision and showmanship that even the youngest competitors display in their dancing. Participants will range in age from two-year old toddlers to grandmothers in their 80’s.

 

Astroworld Festival 2019

When: November 9th, 2019

Where: NRG Park

One NRG Park

Houston, TX

 

Founded by Travis Scott, Astroworld festival is a music fest curated by the Houston native himself. Astroworld festival takes place across the street from the former home of Astroworld, an amusement park opened in downtown Houston in 1968. Astroworld was originally built to complement the nearby astrodome, the world's first multi-purpose domed sports arena, referred to by many as the "eighth wonder of the world." the festival ultimately seeks to bring back the beloved spirit and nostalgia of Astroworld - making a childhood dream of Travis' come true. Residents of Houston and travelers from across the globe are now able to experience the magic that was Astroworld.

 

Houston Filipino Street Festival

When: November 9th, 2019

Where: Constellation Field

1 Stadium Drive

Houston, TX

 

The Houston Filipino Street Festival has grown to be the biggest Filipino Festival in the south, showcasing Filipino Street Food, Entertainment, Family Activities, and More!

 

Come celebrate and learn about Filipino culture and all the good it stands for.  And show our appreciation for the amazing Houston community that we now call “home”.

 

Tomball Depot Day

When: November 9th, 2019

Where: Tomball’s Historic 1907 Railroad Depot

201 South Elm Street

Tomball, TX

 

It’s a day filled with railroad memories as Depot Day offers up highly detailed model railways in different scales, memorabilia and artifacts, arts, live music and more. Admission and parking area free. An official National Model Railroad Month event.

 

Magical Winter Lights

When: November 15th – January 5th, 2020

Where: Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 Fm 2004

Houston, TX

 

MWL is a 20-acre, 52-day, larger-than-life lantern festival with themed lantern sections, nighty acrobatic performances, carnival rides and games, an interactive dino area and lots of holiday fun for the whole family.

 

The Great State of Texas Food Truck Festival

When: November 16th, 2019

Where: 4450 Harrisburg Blvd

Houston, TX

 

The Taste Of Texas Food Truck Festival will take place on Saturday, November 16th, 2019. The inaugural event will take place in the Historic East End district at 4450 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX, 77011.

 

The Taste Of Texas Food Truck Festival is designed to showcase the diversity in Houston’s culinary community along with some of the cities amazing musical talent.

 

Our focus is to highlight & celebrate our wonderful melting pot that we call home, and allow so many others to experience the real “H-TOWN” lifestyle. The festival will feature some of the cities top rated Food Trucks, Hip hop/pop/country/ indy rock performers, & vendors showcasing their latest product to hit the market!

 

Frostival

When: November 22nd, 2019

Where: Discovery Green 1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

 

Frostival is a FREE annual park-wide celebration featuring ice carvings by Reverend Butter and DLG Ice Factory along with ice sculptors from around the U.S.

 

Come and explore a winter wonderland full of holiday cheer, complete with live carvings, ice photo ops, interactive ice sculptures and ice skating.

 

Events in Houston this September

Events in Houston this September

Summer has officially come to an end now that the kids are back in school. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of great events in Houston this September. There are plenty of things to do this month in this great city. From Groovefest to Oktoberfest, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this September in Houston.

 

Events in Houston this September

 

Houston Restaurant Weeks 2019

When: August 21st– September 2nd, 2019

Where: Various locations in and around Houston

 

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank.

It’s a month long dining extravaganza featuring specially priced lunches, brunches and dinners at restaurants from The Woodlands to Galveston, Texas.

 

HRW is planned by volunteers so that participating restaurants can donate 100% of the funds raised to the Houston Food Bank.

 

Participating restaurants make donations directly to the Houston Food Bank based upon how many brunches, lunches and dinners they sell during the event. Diners are not solicited for donations.

 

FOMO Factory

When: August 21st– December 31st, 2019

Where: The Houston Galleria

5058 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX

 

Leave adulthood behind and return to childhood in this limited-time, immersive art pop up. Journey through 17 rooms capturing iconic moments from the playground to the school dance. Along the way you'll discover tastes, sounds, and even smells that bring you back to the best days of your life.

 

More than just a series of photo backdrops, The FOMO Factory is designed to truly transport you to another time, to introduce you to your inner child, and to allow people to engage in the healing process of play.

 

In a Pickle Festival

When: September 7th, 2019

Where: Kingwood Town Center Park

8 North Main Street

Houston, TX

 

Texas first ever Pickle Festival! Come get yourself in a pickle at our first In a Pickle Festival located in Kingwood Town Center Park. We will have local Crafters with each vendor having a pickle related item. Please come join us for unique vendors, food, fun, and entertainment! We will also be having a silent auction to benefit https://www.facebook.com/cureforConnorMPSII/... for information on becoming a vendor or to enter our pickle competition please send me a PM with your phone number email address and what you would like to sell. Or you can email me at getyourselfinapickle@aol.com or call 512-796-8857

In A Pickle Festival Schedule & Pickle Contest Info-

Enjoy live music throughout the festival!

 

Fascination Street Flea – Art & Vintage Market

When: September 8th, 2019

Where: Avantgarden

411 Westheimer

Houston, TX

 

The Fascination Street Flea - Art & Vintage INDOOR / OUTDOOR Market is a curated, recurring monthly event of some of THE BEST local artists, artisan makers, and vintage vendors that Houston has to offer!

 

Brought to you by the same amazing folks that organize the Thorn & Moon Magickal Market every First Friday!

 

This FREE event takes place Second Sundays every month  starting SEPTEMBER 8th, noon-5pm at Avantgarden, 411 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

 

Garden Bros Circus

When: September 9th, 2019

Where: Humble Civic Center

8301 Will Clayton Pkwy

Humble, TX

 

A Family Tradition for over 100 years!

GARDEN BROS CIRCUS celebrates 100 years entertaining families throughout North America and “we’ve pulled out all the stops!”

This year’s production is packed with special effects, concert style lighting and 3 RINGS bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will cherish.  We have brought the very best performers from 18 countries making up a cast of over 60 performers. GARDEN BROS CIRCUS presents a fast paced 90-minute show in a Theatrical European 3 ring setting featuring the Human Pyramid, daring aerial, 6 motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, the Crazy Cossack Horse Riders and comedy.

Its 1½ hours of excitement and fun at GARDEN BROS CIRCUS.

 

Free children’s tickets have been distributed at all elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers and churches. The Free Tickets are also available at sponsoring businesses in the area.

 

7thAnnual Houston AfriFest – Festival of African Arts, Culture and Entertainment

When: September 14th, 2019

Where: Houston Baptist University

7502 Fondren Road

Houston, TX

 

HOUSTON AFRIFEST is an annual festival that has grown immensely over the years and draws thousands of guests from all over greater Houston. It has become Houston’s only festival that serves as a melting pot for the diverse cultures that span the continent. The festival will feature representing countries from west to east Africa, north to south Africa, and will include local and international vendors showing the arts, music, crafts, fashion and foods from the various regions of the continent.

 

25thAnnual Gala

When: September 21st, 2019

Where: Czech Cultural Center Houston

4920 San Jacinto

Houston, TX

 

Celebrate 25 years with us! The dinner will be proceeded by a hour and a half reception. The evening will feature live music, a seated dinner, both live & silent auctions. Guests are encouraged to wear  formal/ cocktail attire and there will be complimentary valet. 

 

Oktoberfest Houston

When: September 27th, 2019

Where: The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou

105 Sabine Street

Houston, TX

 

Join us on September 27-28th at the Beautiful Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park

for Houston's only Beer Fest with a German twist.

Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls and enjoy a variety of German and Craft beer

with some of the best polka music in Texas. Beer Sales to benefit local non-profits.

 

Beetles, Brew and Barbecue

When: September 28th, 2019

Where: Balls Out Burger

Main and Walnut Streets

Tomball, TX

 

The North Houston VW Club’s 24th annual show takes place at the beautiful park surrounding Tomball’s Historic Downtown Train Depot.See great cars and sample Texas craft beer from Houston-area brewers. Mouth-watering Texas-style barbecue, local area vendors of all kinds and live music onstage. Swap meet area too.All air or water-cooled Volkswagens are welcomed. Registration is from 8:30 to 11:00 am. Awards and prize winners announced at 3:00pm.Over 40 Trophies and Awards! Raffles, door prizes, the best goodie bags in Texas, manufacturers samples and gift certificates, local garage gift certificates and discounts, many gift baskets and great fun!Entry fee: $15.00. All proceeds benefit local NW Houston charities. Spectators FREE and plenty of FREE parking.

 

Walk to End Distracted Driving

When: September 29th, 2019

Where: Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford Street

Diamond Parking Lot

Houston, TX

 

AAA Texas will host Houston’s first-ever Walk To End Distracted Driving. The walk, which is free and open to the public, is designed to raise awareness and community participation to stop motorists from driving ‘Intexticated.’ Registration can be completed online via Eventbrite any time before the start of the walk, or in person, at the event starting at 8 AM. Community speakers and distracted driving awareness advocates will address the crowd from 8:45 AM until 9:15 AM. Then, the walk will begin and is approximately 1.1 miles in length. Parking is free in the Astros controlled lots (Lot A, B, and C).

Events in Houston this August

Events in Houston this August

Summer is coming to an end in Houston. Soon the kids will be back in school and many of the great festivals and events we love so much will be over. Get out and enjoy these fun, family friendly events in Houston this August. It might be hot and humid, but that hasn’t stopped us from having all kinds of outdoor (and indoor) fun. From Houston International Jazz Festival to the Houston Hope for Homeless Block Party, there’s sure to be something everyone can enjoy this month in Houston.

 

Events in Houston this August

 

29thHouston International Jazz Festival

When: August 3rd, 2019

Where: Cullen Performance Hall

4300 University Drive

Houston, TX

 

All the jazz you could ever want in one place! Celebrate the 29thyear of this spectacular festival and don’t forget the SJW Scholarship Jazz Brunch held on Sunday.

 

Chinese Community Center Summer Community Fair

When: August 7th, 2019

Where: Chinese Community Center

9800 Town Park Drive

Houston, TX

 

Free food • Raffle Prizes Performances • Games Health Screenings Information Booths

 

Sideline Spirit Open House

When: August 9th, 2019

Where: 21621 Rhodes Rd, Ste c&d

Spring, TX

 

Join us for our annual open house! Welcome to Sideline Spirit and thanks for stopping by! We hope that you get plugged in to enjoy one of the many great programs that we have to offer. From cheer, to tumbling, jump, dance and school tryout prep classes, Sideline Spirit is ready to help you achieve your cheer and tumbling goals this year! Families love our boutique gym and the personal attention that our team and training environment is able to offer.

 

Fascination Street Flea HTX

When: August 11th, 2019

Where Avant Garden

411 Westheimer

Houston, TX

 

A monthly, curated eclectic INDOOR / OUTDOOR market of Houston’s BEST local artisan makers, artists, and vintage finds. DJ, with brunch and mimosas/mixed drinks! This Sunday Funday place every 2nd Sunday noon-6 at Avantgarden, 411 Westheimer.

 

Food Truck Friday

When: August 16th, 2019

Where: The Lake House

25202 Springwood Lake Drive

Katy, TX

 

Food Truck Friday is at the Cinco Ranch Lake House, the third Friday of the month from 5 - 9 PM, January through October.  Food Truck Friday is open to the public!  Cinco Ranch Residents are encouraged to use the hike 'n bike trails to travel to the Lake House - limited parking is available, and additional parking is available across the street at Trinity Baptist Church (please do NOT park in the Spring Lake neighborhood).  Forms of payment accepted at each truck varies (we recommend bringing cash and credit card if you're unsure).  Don't forget your blankets and chairs if you plan on enjoying a picnic at Spring Lake!

 

Hope For the Homeless Block Party

When: August 24th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

 

Flowing Over, Inc. is hosting our annual Homeless Outreach event “Houston Hope for Homelessness Block Party” on August 24, 2019 from 11am - 3pm. This day will be dedicated to showing our Love and Respect to our brothers and sisters that has fallen on difficult times. During last year’s event Flowing Over Inc. was able to service over 500 people by providing clothes, shoes, toiletries, food, entertainment, plus words of engorgement. Therefore, our goal this year is to double the amount of people to receive services and connect them with local organizations in order to continue to receive services.

National Night Out is August 6th!

National Night Out is August 6th in Houston and all around the country. It's a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors.

National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO), is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. This year that is August 6th. The event is a national community-building campaign to encourage police-community partnerships. The goal is to promote neighborhood camaraderie which in turn will make neighborhoods more safe. Most neighborhoods host block parties where neighbors gather in the street (that has been blocked off) to grill, play games and get to know one another. Often emergency personnel will stop by with their fire truck or ambulance for residents to tour.

Hosting a Block Party

It's not too late to host a block party! You can download this NNO template and pass it out to your neighbors. If holding a party in the middle of the week doesn't work it's perfectly okay to host the block party on the weekend. 

Delegate

Congratulations if you've decided to take on the task of planning your block party for National Night Out, now gather some close neighbors and start delegating the work. Put someone in charge of food, beverages and entertainment.

Choose a Date

National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday in August, but that doesn't mean you have to have it that night. If a weekend works better for your neighbors, by all means have it on the weekend. Have a backup date in case of bad weather.

Promotional Considerations

Across the nation, many businesses will provide meat for grilling, entertainment and other items to the neighborhood event. For instance a local real estate company is providing meat to any block parties that sign up. The ask that their business name be included on any flyers and that they can swing by the event and introduce themselves. Check your neighborhood Facebook page or NextDoor page to see if any businesses in your area are offering anything.

Sign Up Sheet

Be sure to have a signup sheet at the event. This is a great way to capture everyone's email address and/or phone numbers. 

Neighborhood Page

Another great way to keep in touch before the event and after is to create a Facebook page for your block or neighborhood, or a NextDoor page. You can put the web address on the flyer and have people sign up for the page and RSVP if needed. It's also a great way to communicate who is bringing what for the potluck.

Encourage Networking

You may have a neighbor who provides the exact service you've been looking for. Find out what people do and let them promote their businesses. 

A Few Things to Consider

You may want to have a bathroom policy of "everyone uses their own bathroom" to maintain home security. Encourage children to help clean up by providing a prize for those who help. Provide name tags.