Jingle in the City is back. The beloved annual Christmas home tour is set for Dec. 10 and includes four stops in Deer Park and one in Pasadena. Proceeds from Jingle in the City benefit a special fund that assists DPHS youth who are homeless or are struggling through the Christmas holiday.
Dozens of frisky feline furballs will be on hand at the 2017 Felines Football and Fun Cat Show at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center. Cats and cat enthusiasts will participate in show competitions and vendors will be available as well.
The city's official Christmas time celebration begins tonight at Reindeer Park. The festival features the city's the tree lighting, choirs, snow area and much more. Reindeer Park kicks off at 11 a.m. with Mrs. Kringle's Claus-ette at the Municipal Courts Theater Building. The tree lighting and a visit from Santa begin at 5 p.m., also at the Courts Theater Building.
Pre-registration is $20 per person, and registration the day of the race is $25. Deer Park Independent School District students may register for $10 each with a valid ID.
“Bring the whole family to take part in this cross-country event led by the one and only Rudolph,” said Scott Swigert, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Come walk or run this course with your antlers and holiday outfits on as we raise money for families in need during the holiday season.
“This will be a fun and relaxed run for our local residents. There will be snow on the course, which will take you past several City facilities, and we hope everyone will enjoy the chance to get outside and get an active start to the holiday season.”
Please note, awards will not be given and participants will not be chipped. The department will have a clock at the finish line.
For more information visit our registration site at https://apm.activecommunities.com/dprecreation/Home, where tickets are also available for purchase for Reindeer Park on Dec. 2-3, or call 281-478-2050.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award. The award is presented to a person who selflessly contribute to the Deer Park community without seeking honor or recognition. Nominations are due at the Chamber office Jan. 13. The award will be presented Feb. 2 at the Chamber banquet.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
The city dedicated Wynfield Park earlier this week, the latest park renovation completed under the parks and recreation master plan. Wyfield Park is also the second park to receive the city’s new wayfinding sign system. Runningbrook Park, which was dedicated earlier this month also has a stone and wood sign.
The lobby will also be "bedecked" with an array of beautiful wreaths, which are graciously donated by "little angels" in the community honoring someone who has had breast cancer. The public is invited to participate in the silent auction and the winners will be announced at the end of the evening on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Last year over 60 wreaths were donated and this year we are hoping for more. If you would be interested in donating a wreath, please contact Susan Mele at 281-478-7288. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and all monies collected go straight to the Rose.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
In honor of Veterans Day, Shell Deer Park is shining a spotlight on a few veterans who work at the facility. Shell spoke with Mike Bauschka about his time in the U.S. Army, why Shell Deer Park feels like a family, and how he uses chronic unease to keep everyone around him safe.