MUNICIPAL COURT The Court Staff Goes “On the Road” for National Night Out!
On October 1st, Court staff will load into an SUV and hit the streets of La Porte to take their traffic safety message to several neighborhood National Night Out celebrations. Keep an eye out for their arrival with cookies in hand, as well as bags and bags of traffic safety goodies and informational material.
Juvenile Community Service R.O.C.K. Program.
This fall, the Court’s juvenile community service R.O.C.K. program will be participating in the La Porte Community Civic Club’s Twilight Cemetery and North Side Clean-ups. The program will also feature gang specialist James Odom, who will discuss gang awareness, decision making and anger management; and Counselor Frankie Buggs who will discuss substance abuse, drunk, impaired and distracted driving.
Municipal Courts Week!
From November 4 – 7, we will be celebrating Municipal Courts Week at the courthouse! We will be joining municipal courts throughout Texas by showing appreciation for a very dedicated staff; and sharing with the public the important role that local courts play in the criminal justice system. For more information about any of these activities, please contact Cathy Haney, Court Administrator, at 281-842-0401.
REGISTER TO VOTE!
EMS OFFERS Citizen EMS Academy (CEMSA)
January 7 – February 18 Tuesdays 6-9 PM at the La Porte Police Department in the Training Room. No Fee! This academy consists of six (6) consecutive weeks of education that gives the participant a unique insight into the work of an EMS agency, how the EMS system operates on a daily basis, and how to become a citizen EMS provider. Sessions will include the history of La Porte EMS, EMS operations and patient care, CPR and First Aid training, Stop the Bleed, tour of EMS HQ and the Police Department Dispatch Center, and a ride along with paramedics as an observer. Applications are available at La Porte EMS Headquarters – 10428 Spencer Hwy. Minimum age requirement of at least 18 years of age.
Free Car Seat Checks
Located at La Porte EMS Headquarters, 10428 Spencer Highway Must call Captain Rachel Gomez for an appointment at 281-471-9244 October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19
Located at La Porte EMS Headquarters, 10428 Spencer Highway. 8am-12pm Advanced registration required. 281-471-9244 Heartsaver October 19, December 7 - $23 Healthcare Provider November 2 - $27
Safe Riders – Free child safety seat (car seat) distribution program
Every other Tuesday at La Porte EMS Headquarters – starts at 10am Must call Captain Rachel Gomez for qualifications and appointments at 281-470-0073.
Free Childhood Immunizations
Children 18 years of age and younger. Located at La Porte EMS Headquarters. 9 AM-12 PM. September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
Annual Toy Drive
The La Porte Fire Department Annual Toy Drive will be December 7 at Fire Station #2 - 9710 Spencer Hwy. 10am to 4pm
Santa Around Town
This year, Santa will be cruising through your neighborhood between December 9 – December 12. A flyer with further information will be passed out to all elementary children when we get closer to the dates. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
The City of La Porte maintains a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System to transport storm water. The City has also created a Storm Water Management Program to manage the quality of discharge from the system. This program includes best management practices and schedules for implementation to address six minimal control measures. For more information visit: http://LaPorteTx.gov/stormwater
BAY FOREST GOLF Upcoming Events
October 12-13 STPGA Prestige Tour @ Bay Forest Junior Championship - www.stpga.com October 16 La Porte/Bayshore Chamber of Commerce Salute to Industry Golf Tournament October 21 All facilities closed for maintenance October 26-27 Bay Forest Handicap Association Club Championship November 28 All facilities closed for Thanksgiving December 25 All facilities closed for Christmas
Choose Great Houston Golf!
Join the fast-growing membership at Bay Forest Golf Course. As one of the Top 20 municipal golf courses in Texas, you belong at Bay Forest. It is the top option for Houston Area golf. For more information visit bayforestgolf.com or call (281) 471-GOLF (4653). Bill Shock, our reigning 2018 Club Champion.
POLICE ACTION Halloween safety on the forefront for LPPD
Members of the La Porte Police Department wish every parent, child, and Halloween enthusiast a safe and happy Halloween. Here are some La Porte Police Department Halloween Safety Tips: 1. Don’t let children go “Trick-or-Treating” alone. An adult should accompany young children. 2. Go with young children to the door of every house they approach. Stay within sight of the door. 3. Be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats. 4. Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent. 5. Children should be advised never to enter any home without prior permission from their parents. 6. Children should be warned to never approach any house that isn’t well lit and that does not have a porch light on. 7. Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped and police should be notified if something has been tampered with. 8. Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents or the police. 9. Children should be advised to run away from people who try to lure them with special treats. 10. Costumes should be short to prevent tripping. Use light colors and reflective materials. 11. Try using make-up on the child’s face instead of a mask, as a mask can obstruct a child’s view. 12. When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily. 13. Make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing. For questions concerning holiday safety or other related matters, contact the La Porte Police Department at 281-842-3183 or 281-842-3126.
LPPD Blue Santa Fundraiser
The LPPD Blue Santa Program began eight short years ago, and has already resulted in the distribution of gifts, toys, and many other items for thousands of children who might not otherwise have had a Christmas. In 2018, the Blue Santa Program assisted over 917 registered families receiving more than 1500 gifts for local children. If you wish to join us in making this season a merry one, drop off new unwrapped toys beginning the first week of November at: La Porte City Hall, La Porte Police Department Lobby, La Porte Fitness Center, La Porte EMS facility, La Porte Animal Shelter, and other locations to be announced. Tax deductible monetary donations for the program can be made to the La Porte Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, a registered 501(c)3. Checks made out to the Association can be dropped off anytime at the La Porte Police Department, 3001 North 23rd Street. For further information concerning the program, please contact LPPD’s Support Services Division at 281-842-3124, or call the La Porte Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association at 281-842-3149. Their website is lpcpaaa.org
PARKS & RECREATION Texas Outdoor Family Campout
Camping at a state park can be intimidating to someone whoâ€™s never camped. The Texas Outdoor Family is a partnership with Texas State Parks that helps remove those barriers. This program is a one-night camping event to introduce families to camping, nature, and your Texas State Parks. The activities this program offers will enable you and your family to comfortably and safely enjoy your Texas State Parks and teach skills for a lifetime of rewarding outdoor experiences. We will provide you with a tent, cots and sleeping pads, a stove, pans, fuel, a lantern, and more! Families will need to bring their own food, personal items, and bedding. The deadline to register is October 30th. Register online at laportetx.gov/register or by visiting the La Porte Recreation & Fitness Center at 1322 S Broadway, La Porte, TX 77571. Call (281) 470-9891 for additional information.
TAAF Youth Basketball
Join our growing recreational winter basketball league for both girls and boys! Targeted to youth ages 5-12 to increase physical activity, develop teamwork & interpersonal skills, learn the rules of basketball, practice & improve basketball skills, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Practices will be held once a week with games on Saturdays for 7 straight weeks. The deadline to register is December 15th. Register online at laportetx.gov/register or by visiting the La Porte Recreation & Fitness Center at 1322 S Broadway, La Porte, TX 77571. Call (281) 470-9891 for additional information.
When school is out, camp is in! Join us for this 3-day camp that is packed with fun, games, crafts, field trips, and more. Campers must bring a sack lunch, drink, and 2 snacks each day. The deadline to sign up is November 18th. However, camp fills up quickly so register early! Register online at laportetx.gov/register or by visiting the La Porte Recreation & Fitness Center at 1322 S Broadway, La Porte, TX 77571. Call (281) 470-9891 for additional information.
Winter Break Camp
Donâ€™t let the winter blues keep your kiddos inside. Sign them up for our winter camps during their school break! These camps are filled with new friends, fun and games, field trips, and more. Campers must bring a sack lunch, drink, and 2 snacks each day. The deadline to register is December 16th. However, camp fills up quickly so register early! Sign up online at laportetx.gov/register or by visiting the La Porte Recreation & Fitness Center at 1322 S Broadway, La Porte, TX 77571. Call (281) 470-9891 for additional information.
UPCOMING EVENTS Family Fright Night
Saturday, October 12 Join us for a haunted night of fun at Little Cedar Bayou Park! Activities will include: overnight camping, tent decorating, a hayride, pumpkin painting, and a movie on our giant outdoor movie screen! Bring your own tent, camping gear and decorations and weâ€™ll supply dinner and sweet treats! Costumes are optional. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Register online at laportetx.gov/register or by visiting the La Porte Recreation & Fitness Center at 1322 S Broadway, La Porte, TX 77571. Call (281) 470-9891 for additional information.
La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon
Sunday, November 17 The La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon starts from Sylvan Beach Park by the water, proceeding through La Porte streets and on to the Fred Hartman Bridge, one of the most beautiful and unique structures in Texas. Supported by two sets of diamond-shaped reinforced steel towers that reach 440 feet into the sky with distinctive yellow cables that seem to glow in the sun, the effect is almost like running through a magnificent open air cathedral. After looping back to take on the bridge for a second crossing, the race finishes at Five Points Plaza where the post-race party awaits with amazing food and cold beer, awards and good times with family, fellow runners and friends. All finishers will receive a medal. To register for this event, please go to laportebythebayhalfmarathon.org/.
Christmas On Main Street
Thursday, December 5 We will host our traditional Christmas On Main Street event, sponsored by the City, Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association. Activities include performances by La Porte Independent School District, The Tree Lighting, Christmas Vendors, Free Face Painting, Trackless Train and more!
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7 Join us for a hot breakfast with Santa as participants write out their wish list, take a picture with Santa and make reindeer food to ensure Santa makes it to the right house! Pre-registration is required. Registration will open in October. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-470-7275. 7
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