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Get On Board New Bus Network with METRO Board and President/CEO

Historic Service Change Starts Aug. 16, 2015

WHAT:  Members of the media are invited to go along for the ride when METRO begins an exciting new chapter in public transportation for our region. METRO Board members and the president & CEO will be among the first to travel METRO’s New Bus Network, beginning Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.  This new network forever transforms how people get around, by offering simpler, more frequent routes with better connections and weekend service.

WHEN:  Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, 9 a.m.

WHERE:  METRO’s Downtown Transit Center, 1900 Main, Houston, Texas 77002

Also beginning Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, patrons can get information at their fingertips with METRO’s Next Bus Arrival Texting.  Simply text the bus number to a short code and get a text back with bus arrivals in real time or scheduled time.

More Service

Linking you to more destinations. METRO’s New Bus Network improves trips to key activity centers throughout the region and offers the flexibility for growth.

We’re ready for the weekend. Frequent weekend service gives you more freedom to go where you want, when you want- seven days a week.

Better Service

Simpler routes. We’re simplifying our routes with improved connections and fewer branches.

Better connections. With routes that work together, the system gives you more connections to destinations in our region.

Your Service

A sustainable system. We’ve created a network that not only serves our community today, but anticipates the possibility of expansion into tomorrow.

A bus network linking people and places. The frequent bus network connects more than one million people to one million jobs, with shorter wait times for buses.

lt’s all about you. We want to make these improvements to give you the best transit service possible. The most important part of this plan Is YOU.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO’s New Bus Network is coming August, 2015. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map.  METRO’s expanded light-rail system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline extension), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO by visiting ridemetro.org where you can download information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].

Media Hot Line 713.739.4040

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Houston Patrol: Your Security is Our Main Concern

Houston Patrol is a private security company that was founded on January, 2011 to serve the Houston metro area. Its owner, Jose Raul Salazar has always been a respectful, honest, and trustworthy person with strong ethical and moral beliefs. His passion for helping others sparked his motivation to enroll at the Police Academy, and afterwards begin his most cherished project.Houston Patrol Logo

joseHouston Patrol has a vast experience in providing security to all types of venues, such as private parties, trade shows, fashion shows, and arenas. They ensure that their security officers are prepared to deliver the highest level of professional service with all the expertise needed to be highly effective.

Houston Patrol strives to permanently provide caring, professional and trustworthy security service that promotes client confidence and adds value.

Every customer is unique, that is why they can adjust their services to fit your needs. In the future, the owner of Houston Patrol hopes to upgrade their services, like getting a custom patrol car to offer surveillance services for neighborhoods and events.

UntitledWhenever or wherever there is a security need, Houston Patrol should be your choice because your security is their main concern.

More information: www.houstonpatrol.com

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Downtown Aquarium

11154843_10153385634372240_8252336661142784602_oSometimes don’t you just want to relax and look at the fishes?

It is the summer, and we live in one of the hottest places in the USA, who wouldn’t want to relax and get a tropical feeling while looking at various fishes and sea creatures, maybe touch some stingrays?

What better place to do this than in the six acre entertainment complex with 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland?

 

This aquarium is home to over 200 species of aquatic life from all around the globe. They have a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, this aquarium has everything you need!

1658668_10152244635702240_1679653499_oExhibit Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 10am – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am – 10:30pm

Sunday: 10am – 9pm

 

Restaurant Hours of Operation

Monday–Thursday: 11am – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10:30pm

Sunday: 11am – 9pm

 

Aquarium Adventure Exhibit

Adults $10.99 – Seniors (65+) $9.99

Children (under 42″) $7.99 – Children (under 2) FREE

Stingray Reef Entry$2.99

Food$2.50 – Value Pass*$4.99

*Includes Reef entry and fish food.

 

11187321_10153413737927240_8105048318667525493_oRides

Shark Voyage $4.99 – Diving Bell Ferris Wheel $3.99

Aquatic Carousel$2.99 – Lighthouse Dive$3.99

Frog Hopper$3.99

 

Contact Information

410 Bagby St @ Memorial Dr.

Houston, TX 77002

713-223-FISH (3474) Main Line

http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

Space Center Houston

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Houston, we have a problem. You haven’t experienced Space Center Houston yet!

This isn’t just like going to a simple science museum; this is where the magic happens! The center features more than 400 space exhibits and attractions related to the future and past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one small admission price. You are sure to find something new every time you pass by, because there are new exhibits all the time, but your old favorites will probably still be there!

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Since opening in 1992, Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 17 million visitors and currently takes in around 800,000 guests each year! When you are in the need for some space, check out Space Center Houston today!

For more information: http://spacecenter.org/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON

It’s the summer; pretty much everyone is on a summer break. Even if you don’t, you have siblings or kids. Drop on by the Children’s Museum of Houston today!

What makes this museum so special? First off it is the “America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents magazine, the Winner of Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks Best Museum in Houston” 2009 & 2010, Click2Houston’s Best Museum” 2010, and the Citysearch.com nationwide 5-star children’s museum. Amazing, right?

CMH_Cyberchase-2-_700x700Since it was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents, this museum has done everything in its power to influence kids to learn while having fun, to involve kids in reading, science, math, culture, and social studies.

Overall I think this is a fantastic museum if you are under 12 years old or know someone between those ages, perhaps your kids or siblings. Check out the Children’s Museum of Houston this summer!

For more information: http://www.cmhouston.org/

Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004

Phone: (713) 522-1138

 

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Haven’t you ever been bored on a Thursday morning in the summer, you just have nothing to do, why don’t you go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science?

You must be wondering why I mentioned Thursday morning, it’s because the HMNS is free on Thursdays after 3 p.m.! Go on and take your entire family for an amazing experience.

Burke-Baker-Planetarium-Houston-Museum-Natural-ScienceWhat makes this museum one of the best in Houston? Let me tell you!

Since its founding in 1909, the purpose of the HMNS has been to enhance knowledge of natural science in individuals. To this day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with this museum.

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the USA, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a large variety of exhibit areas that examine astronomy, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, Texas wildlife and much, much more!

hmns_logotype2This would surely be an amazing learning experience for people of all ages and sizes, come on and drop by this amazing museum when you are in the downtown area!

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas 77030

Information/Tickets: 713.639.4629

http://www.hmns.org/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

TX/RX LABS

6faaf4c4c16ae6aa94340a4945a55301Haven’t you ever wanted to take a workshop or a class, I mean it’s the summer; don’t you want something to do that stimulates your brain?

TX/RX is a non-profit Hackerspace in Houston offering classes, lab space, and collective knowledge. They are a project based group of makers, inventors, tinkerers, artists, crafters, and coders.

 

Their goals are to bring creative people together and to make opaque scientific and technical concepts accessible to everyone through education.

697ce22f09086df253a32252c9af19e9All you have to do is go to their website, see if any of their classes/workshops interest you, then book it! They have a large variety of classes for all ages, so teens can also learn a little something this summer.

If you see a class that is full or isn’t available, you can just sign up for an email notification so you don’t have to keep checking the website day in day out.

If you feel as if you don’t want to book a class just yet because you don’t know anything about TX/RX Labs, you can head on over to the Open House they host every Friday at 7 p.m. and check out the huge facility!

5a150705115480cc9a84a7b0ab8c238bSo why don’t you drop by their website or their Open House sometime, you might see something worth your while!

https://txrxlabs.org

 

 

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Mailing Address

205 Roberts Street, Houston, TX 77003

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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This sounds like something strange to you, yes? Well it might just be the funniest night of your life!

They provide family friendly entertainment in a one of a kind Clue Game atmosphere for all ages!

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The night starts with a delicious dinner catered from Carrabbas Italian Grill that has a Caesar salad, Chicken Marcela, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, bread and olive oil. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided but you may bring your own beer, wine or champagne. They have a dessert buffet that consists of 5 to 6 delicious desserts that, of course, include chocolate! Following the dinner the mystery begins!

chocolateA crime takes place and you get a choice, the choice of just staying seated and solving the crime or taking on a role in the mystery and taking on a role means you might be chosen to take on a starring or minor role and could end up being the murderer or be murdered. Why wouldn’t you want to take part in this exciting game and become Sherlock Holmes, or maybe even Moriarty (the villain in Sherlock Holmes)?

Instead of going to that boring movie and dinner you planned, I suggest you go to this Mystery Dinner Theater and have some interaction with a story!

281-992-1888

murderbychocolate@gmail.com

They perform every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm at their location in Webster, TX. The evening includes dinner, drink, and dessert.

Home

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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The rosters for the 2015 AllStar Game were officially announced on Sunday night, and we couldn’t be more proud of Dallas Keuchel and Jose Altuve which will represent the Houston Astros in All-Star week festivities, and it will take part in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 14.

11667336_10155723483570431_7535709053634450273_nAltuve has been elected to start an All-Star Game for the very first time, although this is his third All-Star selection (also in 2012, 2014). On September 16, 2014, the Astros second baseman hit a single up the middle to break Craig Biggio‘s record of 210 hits. The same year, he became the first Astros player to win a batting title.

 

 

11659351_10155727233420431_5885114168636684802_nTucked in there among the top 10 pitchers, is a 27-year-old lefty who has emerged as MLB’s unlikeliest ace, and whose beard is his trademark. Of course, we are referring to Dallas Keuchel. This season, the starting pitcher’s numbers are as impressive as they were unexpected. This guy, who was the latest victor of the Gold Glove, currently leads the American League in wins (11), innings pitched (130.1) and ranks second in ERA (2.14).

 

 

We hope you will support these fellow Houstonians by watching the All Stars Game on Fox Channel.

– Milagros Almeida (writer-contributor)

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This morning (06-30-2015), Houston Major Annise Parker was pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration granted a launch site license to make Ellington Airport, one of the ten selected sites nationwide to build a commercial Spaceport.

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According to Mayor Parker, a licensed Spaceport in Houston will not only serve as an economic generator for the city but also enhance Houston’s well-deserved reputation as a leader and key player in the aerospace industry.

Currently, Houston has a booming economy with a strong aerospace industrial base, a well-educated workforce with experience in the high-tech demands of space exploration and plenty of room for growth at a strategically located airport facility. So once again, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of what this fascinating city has to offer.

– Milagros Almeida (writer-contributor)

 

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