Happy, happy birthday to Wally Bircher, who blew out 88 candles on his special day, May 6. Bircher enjoyed a trip to Minute Maid Park with his son, Evan Bircher, to watch the Astros win their first game against the Royals in this week’s series. Friends and neighbors wish Bircher health, sunshine and happiness!
Waltrip High School senior and softball team captain Leanne Koryn Carrasco has always stood apart from the crowd in the best way, making her way through life with a gorgeous smile and a little extra heart and soul. This spring, Carrasco is making a difference by celebrating her high school graduation in a way that surprised her family and friends. At the beginning of her senior year, Carrasco told her parents she had thought it through and did not want a big graduation party at the end of the school year; instead, she said she wanted to do something different but wasn’t too sure how her parents would feel about it. Carrasco went on to tell her parents she wanted to feed the homeless and wanted to host a pizza party at the Star of Hope.
Mom and dad Kylie and Freddy Carrasco both liked the idea so much they said they would pay for all of the pizza! The family reached out to the Star of Hope Women’s and Family Shelter and will be throwing a grand pizza party on Sunday, June 2. An estimated 300 people will enjoy pizza, fun and fellowship. What a way to celebrate!
Leanne and her father decided to take it one step further and are putting 400 personal hygiene bags together. Each bag will contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner and wipes. The family is gathering all of the items and still needs 258 deodorant sticks, 350 packages of baby or personal wipes and 360 travel-size bottles of shampoo. Soap and toothbrushes/toothpaste have been donated. Donations will be accepted through May 25. If you are interested in donating personal care items, please email Kylie Carrasco at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“I just want to be a blessing and show these beautiful women and their children that no matter what, someone does care,” Leanne Carrasco said.
She also said she took the following Mother Teresa quote to heart: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Carrasco’s parents are proud to announce their daughter will be attending Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she plans to study nursing while playing softball for the university.
The much-anticipated annual Girl Scout Troop 21 Bake Sale is coming up Sunday, May 19 from noon-2 p.m. at 859 Azalea St. in Garden Oaks. Troop 21 is the only troop in the country whose members are all adults with differing learning abilities. Every year Garden Oaks and surrounding neighborhoods help make this annual fundraiser a success by donating baked goods, chairs and tables as well as assisting with setup and breakdown. Funds raised help to purchase craft materials, make special troop outings possible such as going to the theater, and provide meals for the troop’s meetings. A wide variety of scrumptious human and doggy treats will be available and you should definitely check out this bake sale!
Last week, Frank Black Middle School’s Kickstart Kids Karate Team dominated with a major presence at The Kickstart Kids State Competition held in Pflugerville. The FBMS students, along with instructor Matthew Garza, made a strong impression across the state of Texas! The 24 students on Mr. Garza’s team advanced from the regional competition by placing first, second or third and brought home an outstanding 29 state championship awards. FBMS is one of 59 schools in Texas’ Kickstart Kids program. Congratulations to the following students: Aiden McCormick, Akira Bunge, Alyssa Robinson, Collin Honeycutt, Ethan Wilberts, Gage Holland, Kirin Bunge, Krystal Ramos, Liyla Rodriguez, Lucas Fernandez-Watson, Rebekkah Nation, Isabel Frazier, Isabel Issakhan, James Garrett, Katherine Luna, Luke Newman, Miguel Pena, Phoenix Cave, Ryan Phan, Saivon Sapp, Rebekah Robinson, Trey Guevara, Jonathan Rodriguez and Connor O’Guynn.
Neighbors, you are invited to attend the Oak Forest Homeowners Association’s monthly meeting scheduled for Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Candlelight Park Community Center on Candlelight Lane. Guest speakers Mary Lawler, executive director of Avenue CDC, and Aaron Campbell, an Oak Forest neighbor and Avenue CDC’s project manager for the proposed apartment complex on W. 34th Street near Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic, will provide information related to updates and revisions to the project based on prior community input. Additionally, several neighbors of current Avenue communities have graciously agreed to speak and answer questions.