Days after the devastating flooding in the Gulf Coast Region from Hurricane Harvey, Oak Forest resident and artist Johnny Rojas drew a community interactive sidewalk art piece. Rojas wanted passing neighbors to sign the mural to show that they were all together in the aftermath of Harvey as one big family.
The mural had facts about the storm. The amount of rain in inches, the duration of the storm and the total of rain in gallons that fell on Houston. He stated that “Texas Strong” was for everyone, as he had family all along the coastline of Texas, especially in Richmond, Texas.
The art piece grew into a meeting place for neighbors to share their hurricane stories. Rojas said, “I’m just overwhelmed on the response to the art piece. Strangers walking up and meeting, then leaving as friends with shared similar experiences. We are all Texas Strong.”
The 29th annual Shepherd Forest Civic Club Picnic will be held at Stonecrest Park (East T.C. Jester at Stonecrest) Sunday Sept. 24, from 4-6 p.m. Bring your family, neighbors, and a lawn chair and help the SFCC celebrate 29 years of neighborhood unity and community involvement. Spend the afternoon visiting with old and new neighbors as you enjoy some great hot dogs, watermelon, Kids Parade, and much, much more – all provided free by the Shepherd Forest Civic Club. As always, there will be a fantastic petting zoo and a “Bouncy House” for the children to enjoy.
This year, don’t miss the opportunity to let your kids shine and participate in the Kids Parade. Whether the kids are being pushed in a baby buggy, riding in a wagon, riding a tricycle, bicycle, or just walking, we want to see them in the parade. There are no age restrictions and everyone can participate – join us in the short walk or just enjoy watching the parade! Decorate, dress up, or just show up and watch our kids participate in this good old fashioned fun and celebration for all ages.
In addition to the picnic, all homeowners in Section 1 and 2 that have not done so will have an opportunity to sign our amended Deed Restrictions before a notary provided by the civic club at no charge. Please take a few minutes of your time to sign these Deed Restrictions and help preserve and protect the integrity of our neighborhood. If you would like to volunteer or need more info about the picnic, contact Delinda Holland at 713-416-1888. We hope to see you at the picnic on Sunday, Sept. 24.