On March 5, the Waltrip High School Ram Band and Frank Black Middle School Band both performed and triumphed at the 25th Annual Blinn College Jazz Festival in Brenham.
Waltrip’s and Frank Black’s Jazz Ensembles are truly outstanding. Waltrip’s Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2 earned “superior” ratings and Jazz Ensemble 3 and 4 earned “excellent” ratings. Special congratulations to Waltrip’s Joshua Jaime for earning Most Outstanding Tenor Saxophone Soloist of the Day, Angel Lopez for earning Most Outstanding Trombone Soloist of the Day and Mario Hernandez for earning Best Lead Trumpet Player of the Day. The amazing and talented Deizmin Shaw earned the coveted Most Outstanding Overall Soloist of the Day. Jazz Ensemble 1 also earned first place. Go Ram Band!
Following in the footsteps of their dedicated Jazz Ensemble big brothers and sisters, the Frank Black band earned Best Middle School of the Day while eighth grader Jae Espinosa earned Best Middle School Soloist of the Day with his trumpet. Go Panthers!
Waltrip has a message for the Class of 2020: “Seniors, your caps and gowns are here! Balfour will conduct a drive-thru delivery for all caps & gowns on Monday, April 20 from 1-4 p.m. Please bring your ID and order receipt, and simply drive to the front of the school. Use the entrance on 34th (Street) and receive your hard-earned cap & gown! You never have to get out of the car! Gowns may still be purchased with a credit card or cash for $65 at delivery. All other senior graduation items can still be purchased online @ Balfour.com.”
Highlighting an area business for getting things done safely, especially for seniors and others who are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19:
Heights Mobil Car Care would like you to know their service bays are open, but more importantly, they stand ready to pump your gas for you so that anyone who is concerned, at risk or working hard to protect loved ones from the virus does not have to exit their car to get gas. They will handle the transaction for you through your car window while wearing masks and gloves. Owner Heather Mouzourakis shared, “We are ready to pump gas for you from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Heights Mobil Car Care at 1622 W. 18th St. (near) Ella Boulevard.”
The Oak Forest Homeowners Association would like to thank community businesses for their quick adaptation and flexibility in creating new methods to serve customers during our “Big Chill.” Due to social distancing requirements, the OFHA cancelled the Tour de Oak Forest Bike Ride and May’s Movie in the Park, but Community Relations Director Vanessa Ortega is busy planning events for later in the year. The OFHA plans to celebrate local businesses and restaurants – and you, too, neighbors – by having an all-day fiesta with a little siesta in the middle. More to come on this!
Neighbors, there are single people, elderly and handicapped neighbors living among us who may not have family or a support system nearby. Please keep an eye on your neighbors, reach out and check on them, make sure they have all they need and know there are plenty of neighbors ready to assist if the need arises. If anyone needs help, needs an errand run or doesn’t have someone to be their feet on the ground, call 713-688-6342 and leave a message. One of the OFHA board members will call you back and organize a response.
Did you know? When you use an app or middle-man food delivery service, most of these companies take 30 percent of every order from our struggling local restaurants. Be sure to ask! In this time of greatly reduced patronage, area restaurants are hurting, very grateful for your drive-thru or pickup orders, and many are delivering. Please call local restaurants directly for orders or use the drive-thru if you can. The delivery services and apps are indeed a lifesaver for those who cannot drive or might be unable to leave the house due to caring for a loved one or an infant, but if you can pick up your own food, it puts more money in the pocket of our local businesses.
Stay safe and love your neighbor!