One-stop searching: Your quick telephone reference list to community resources

Animals Citizens for Animal Protection ( 281-497-0591 Animal Bite Cases BARC, 713-229-7300 Harris County Veterinary Public Health (Shelter and bite cases) 281-999-3191 or 311 Shelter Services (city) 713-229-7300 Houston Humane Society ( 713-433-6421 Houston Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic (or SNAP) 713-862-8001 Houston Police Animal Control 713-884-3131 Rabies Control Center, city (BARC) 713-229-7300 Society for […]

Help! Parent resources mean you’re not alone

From websites to Mother’s Day Out locations, preschools and places for parties or lively outings, Leader neighborhoods offer a number of resources to parents looking for advice or services. What’s online • GO Kids (Garden Oaks), • The Oakies (Oak Forest), • Oak Forest Parent Resource group on Facebook • Heights Kids (Heights), […]

Where you don’t pay for kids to chow down

Kids eat free. Music to parents’ ears and budgets. Here’s a list (by no means all inclusive) of some places that offer complimentary mini-meals when adults dine. Please check with the individual eateries to determine their rules. Berryhill in the Heights – A youngster under 10 can eat free from the kids’ menu with the […]

Food fresh from the farm (or your yard)

Whether you’re health conscious or simply think fresh, locally produced foods taste better, a growing array of farmer’s markets and food co-op services are available in Leader neighborhoods to satisfy those appetites. • Seed2Plate is a partner of the Central City Co-Op and offers a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, baked goods and cheese […]

Ah, the nightlife

Whether it’s craft beer brewed on the spot, wine and sports bars, patios for al fresco dining and drinking (some of which have obtained permits for your canine to join you), live entertainment — or mixes of the above — Leader areas have developed a reputation for unique and often eclectic leisure options. Here are […]

Live and onstage

A variety of theaters and performing arts ensembles in Leader areas produce dramas, comedies, musicals and operas for all ages in the community. These neighborhood theater productions often feature area residents, who not only volunteer their time to entertain but also teach audiences. The Heights alone has a symphony, an opera and theater and dance […]

Looking out for our furry friends

Public and private organizations offer a variety of services to the community for pets. Among those services are enforcing state and local rabies control laws, including licensing, vaccination and leash laws. • The city of Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) is located at 3200 Carr St., 713-229-7300. Hours: Noon-6 p.m., closed Mondays […]

Fun to follow: the rundown on social media

Social media has given voice to bloggers and posters who provide hyperlocal information and opinions about every day life in our neighborhoods. Here are some to check out: • Off the Kuff: Norhill blogger Charles Kuffner writes about state and local politics as well as nearby controversies in his blog (, Facebook page (Off the […]

Neighborhood groups: government at the grass roots

There’s nothing more grassroots than civic clubs and homeowners associations. They’re a chance for neighbors to connect and discuss standards and safety and to deal with problems before they get out of hand. They can bring together families who have a common cause or problem and achieve results through the involvement of the many rather […]