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Laura Wilkerson serves as guest speaker at Pearland Police Dept. Annual Crime Victims’ Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


Velma Guadiana helps kids hang special ornaments

The Pearland Police Department hosted their annual Crime Victims’ Christmas Tree Light Lighting Ceremony Wednesday (Dec. 2). The event featured a performance of holiday songs by the Pearland High School Kantorei Choir under the direction of head choral director Derrick Bready.

Pearland Police Department Chaplain Keith Anderson offered an invocation and guests were welcomed by Chief J. C. Doyle. Laura Wilkerson, mother of murder victim Joshua Wilkerson, served as guest speaker. Crime Victim Liaisons Jessica Toth and Velma Guadiana then invited family members and friends to place personalized ornaments in honor of those who lost their lives or were affected by violent crime. The tree will remain on display to the public on the second-floor lobby of the police station during the month of December.

The Annual Crime Victims’ Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was sponsored by the Pearland Police Officers’ Association and the Pearland Police Department.


Pearland Arts League Jingle Mingle Dec. 10

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Pearland Parade Info

Parade route, etc. may be viewed at http://pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/christmas-parade.

Pearland Drink Local seeks volunteers for this weekend

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 7.44.51 PMWe will have three petitioning opportunities this weekend. We need help at each event, so please come on out if you can.  Again, we need everyone’s help to reach out goal.

  • Friday Night – Christmas Tree Lighting
Please meet at the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) in the Pearland Town Center at 6:00pm. We will be walking the crowds for signatures. Actual tree lighting starts at 7pm.
Location: 11200 W Broadway St #1390, Pearland, TX 77584
Contact:  Preston Phillips (281) 702-3358


  • Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade
Meet in the parking lot between Sablatura Middle School and Pressner Stadium at 2:30pm. We will break into two teams and walk the parade route from both ends collecting signatures from everyone setting up their chairs and getting ready for parade. Wear your volunteer shirts if you have them. If not, we should have some out there.
Location:  Pressner Stadium Parking lot
Contact:  Gary Bucek  (281) 252-2162 or Mark Smith (281) 615-5654
  • Sunday Afternoon – Block Walking
Meet at Wilder Elementary at 1pm. We will be walking Shadow Creek Ranch from (1pm – 5pm).
Location: 2225 Kingsley Dr., Pearland, TX 77584
Contact:  Preston Phillips (281) 702-3358
We only have about 750 out of the 8,000 we need.  We have a lot of opportunities to get signatures this weekend, but we need your help.  Its going take everyone working to get this on the ballot.
Thank you for your support!

H-E-B celebrates 10th annual Feast of Sharing


To celebrate the holiday season and H-E-B’s Spirit of Giving, H-E-B is sponsoring its 10th annual Feast of Sharing celebration in Houston from December 7-11. For an entire week, hundreds of Partners (employees) from H-E-B stores in the Houston-area will serve food and volunteer at area-nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits include:

• Houston – Kids Meals (Dec. 9), Jewish Community Center (Dec. 10), Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels (Dec. 11)

• Pearland – Pearland Senior Center (Dec. 8)

• Lake Jackson – Lake Jackson Senior Center (Dec. 9)

• Huntsville – Senior Center of Walker County (Dec. 10), Good Shepherd Mission (Dec. 11)

• Angleton – Angleton Senior Center at Calvary Baptist Church (Dec. 10)

• Alvin – Alvin Senior Center (Dec. 11)

• Bryan – Twin City Mission (Dec. 7)

“Feast of Sharing is a key component in H-E-B’s year-round effort to combat hunger throughout Texas and Mexico,” said Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. “It is one of the many ways H-E-B takes an active role in local communities and truly sets an example as to what our Spirit of Giving philosophy stands for. Each year, we look forward to serving these communities and expressing our gratitude by giving back to our customers and their families during the holiday season.”

H-E-B’s commitment and involvement in the community has been recognized as an important part of the way the company does business. The Feast of Sharing tradition began in 1988, and H-E-B’s holiday dinner program has grown to serve more than 250,000 meals in 32 locations throughout Texas and Mexico.

FUMC Pearland, Hilton Garden Inn team up to help others


565609ef354ae.imageAt FUMC Pearland, we are committed to giving back to our community. We are blessed to share with organizations that feel the same way. In October, we were able to partner with the Hilton Garden Inn as the hotel chain observed their Month of Giving. The hotel General Manager, Gaylynn Naiser, contacted us to see what they could do to assist us in one of our many mission and outreach projects.

Naiser stated “We wanted to do something where the entire hotel staff could participate. We contacted FUMC Pearland, and were told what they would be doing in December. For some of our staff, it was probably the first time they had actually worked on a project like this where the benefit was entirely for someone outside of their circle of acquaintances. It was a very positive experience for all of us. There is no limit to what we can do when we all work together!”

In December, the church will take a group of volunteers to Loaves and Fishes, a soup kitchen in the Houston area to prepare and serve food and provide some desperately needed necessities for displaced individuals. The hotel staff prepared and donated over 200 hygiene bags (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, band-aids, lotion and other items) to for us to distribute to homeless individuals. We appreciate their support, and we look forward to working with the Hilton Garden Inn and other organizations in our goal to reach out to all in our community.

For more information about FUMC Pearland, go to fumcpearland.org.

The Rec Report: December 2015

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In this issue of the Rec Report, read about Pearland’s Hometown Christmas festivities, find out how you can help Parks & Recreation and learn about a special offer for personal training. Don’t forget, you can keep your family connected by visiting us on any of our social media channels.
Tree lighting ceremony marks the start of the holiday season

Pearland Hometown Christmas begins with the City’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Pearland Town Center located at 11200 Broadway.

The event includes UHCL – Pearland horse and carriage rides, live music from Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production on the Westside Veterinary Hospital Entertainment Stage, the H-E-B Winter Wonderland for children, and a visit from the jolly old elf himself…Santa. Visit pearlandparks.com for information. 

Have a “Candy-Coated” Christmas
Themed “Candy-Coated Christmas,” the City of Pearland Lighted Parade is a holiday tradition that gets bigger, brighter and better each year. Get your family together, find a comfortable spot along the route and enjoy one of Pearland’s best shows.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and begins at Old Alvin Road and traveling east to Pearland Parkway.
Parks & Recreation board seeks new member
The Parks, Recreation & Beautification Board is currently seeking a new board member. Applicants must be a resident of Pearland and possess a passion for helping the community. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 8:15 a.m. The one-year term ends on Nov. 1, 2016 and the position remains open until filled. Apply at pearlandtx.gov/parksboard.
Winter/Spring program registration begins Dec. 14
The Winter/Spring Pearland in Motion is now available online and at a facility near you. The resource is your complete guide to City of Pearland programs, services and recreational activities. Winter and Spring registration begins Monday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 a.m. Register at pearlandparks.com.
Save on personal training and meal plan programs

Method Evolution, the official personal training partner of the City of Pearland, is offering a 30 percent discount on any personal training, nutrition and meal planning programs when you donate a new, unwrapped toy, benefitting Toys for Tots.

To receive this special offer, bring donations to the Recreation Center located at 4141 Bailey Road on or before Thursday, Dec. 17. Donate a toy valued at $10 or more and you will be entered into a drawing to win a 3-month Recreation Center membership. For more information, call 281.412.8900.
Mark your calendar for 2016 Winterfest
Come for a fun filled day of playing in the snow, rides, great food and more! The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road.
Tickets go on sale at the Recreation Center beginning Dec. 1 continuing through Jan. 29. Bring a canned good, benefiting the Pearland Neighborhood Center, to receive a $2 discount on pre-sale tickets (maximum one discount per ticket).There will not be any discounts the day of the event. For more information, visit pearlandparks.com.

Pearland Neighborhood Center helping to ‘Share Your Holidays’

The Pearland Neighborhood Center will be participating again in one of Houston’s most successful food drives, “Share Your Holidays,” on Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are many areas to volunteer for this major and most rewarding event. This invitation to participate goes out to the city, businesses, service clubs, churches, schools, families and individuals.

At the food drive, the mood is festive with music from area choirs. Santa Clause will be greeting children and volunteers will be working together.

The need is serious, especially during these tough economic times. Over 45,000 pounds of food collected last year met the needs of Pearland’s underprivileged citizens during the holiday season and stocked the shelves of the Pearland Neighborhood Center’s food pantry for several months.

For more information, visit PNCTexas.com.

Fourth annual Thanksgiving Event provides dinner for 500 families across Houston


Officer Garza with the owners of the Houston Aces

The fourth annual Houston Aces, AutoNation Nissan, Pasadena Police Department and Latino Peace Officers Association Thanksgiving Dinner Event was held on Nov. 23, with delivery on Nov. 24. 

William Brumbaugh with The Houston Aces and David Tong with AutoNation Nissan have coordinated with sponsors throughout the Harris and Fort Bend Counties to provide food and services for 500 families this holiday season.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Event is a community effort with a purpose to provide food for kids and their families during Thanksgiving as well as health services and sports education and training. The Event took place at AutoNation Nissan, 25550 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy.

Officer David Garza, with the Pasadena Police Department and the Latino Peace Officer’s Association, and David Tong, with AutoNation Nissan Katy, founded the Event in 2012. It started with just 50 dinners. In 2013, The Houston Aces joined the cause and the event has exploded.

This year’s event also included services provided by Smile 4 Texas Dental Center. The services, including dental exams, x-rays and oral cancer screenings, were provided at no charge for kids and their families who attended.

In addition, The Houston Aces Women’s Soccer Team hosted a free Soccer Day Camp with their top players and coaching staff. The event was also the launch of the Christmas toy drive, which will be donated to kids at local hospitals during Christmas along with a visit from Santa.

Garza and volunteers delivered 100 dinners to residents of several housing projects run by The Bridge Over Troubled Waters on Tuesday (Nov. 24). Volunteers from all over the area, including students from Pasadena High School and children of adult volunteers, assembled the dinners on Monday evening (Nov. 23).

“To me, watching my kids and the children of others help was worth this whole thing,” said Garza. “The world can be so cold. Doing this brings us back to reality, which is people helping people.”

The Houston Aces, AutoNation Nissan, Pasadena Police Department, and Latino Peace Officers Association partnered with Capt. Mike Coleman of the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office, Smile 4 Texas Dental Center, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Katy Police Department, 104 KRBE, Mega TV, Wal-Mart, Raising Cane’s, Sports Authority, OSM, Secure Mortgage, Dr. Pepper and High 5 Marketing to share and support this great cause.

To learn more about The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, visit TBOTW.org.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours…