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What’s happening this week: Koffeteria is officially open, the numbers are in for the Vote Your Way campaign, recipients of Imelda Assistance Fund are announced, and Houston celebrates 100 years at City Hall.
EaDo’s Koffeteria is officially open for business, serving up some delicious pies that’ll have you saying “Oh My Gourds” (the aptly named pie with pumpkin, squash, coconut, and brown sugar meringue), and of course the much talked about Hot Cheetos croissant.
For now, they’re open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Despite the issue of the delayed ballot count this past election day, the Harris County Clerk’s office Vote Your Way campaign proves to be successful. Among the 747 polling locations open, 52 percent of voters cast their ballot outside of their home precincts. The campaign will continue for the election runoffs on December 14.
Early Voting for the runoff election will be December 2-10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (excluding December 8, when polling stations will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Visit harrisvotes.com for more information on early voting polling sites and a look at your corresponding sample ballot.
The Imelda Assistance Fund has completed its first round of grants. A total of $310,000 grants (70 percent of total funds) have been rewarded to organizations specifically focusing on home stabilization, emergency financial assistance, and housing counseling. More information on grant recipients and the selection process is available here.
Houston is celebrating 100 years of tradition in which the mayor lights up the Holiday Tree officially beginning the holiday season. The free event will take place this Saturday, November 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Hermann Square Park at City Hall. The headliners for the event will be Grammy-nominated sister singing duo Chole x Halle. The public is also invited to bring a new unwrapped toy to the event as part of the World’s Ultimate Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots.
Holiday season celebrations continue with the first annual Thing-a-ma-jingle block party, taking place in Downtown Houston between Commerce and Rusk this Friday, November 29 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. This block party is recommended for people 21 and up, and activities include Carol-oke (karaoke), photos with hipster Santa, and a Black Friday Night market. For a complete list of activities, check out the Facebook event page.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and in the mood to dance, head over to The Secret Group Saturday, November 30. Enjoy all the greatest hits the ’90s had to offer, starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m. (21 and up). So, dust off the old dance moves, show off the beauty of the running man, and demonstrate the elegance of the cabbage patch.
Bring the family to enjoy crafts, treats, and food for this free event taking place on December 8 at 4009 Polk Street. A jacket drop off will be on hand to give folks the opportunity to donate a new or slightly used hoodie, coat, or jacket. The clothing will be donated to high school students as part of the “Hoodies For Our Hood” campaign.
Free coffee? Yes, please. Have a cup of joe on the MOVEMETOTX realtor team every second Tuesday of every month. The next upcoming event will be on December 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., so don’t miss out on your chance for some free coffee.