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Posts published in “Day: April 17, 2018

Westfield Fire Department celebrates 76 years of service to the Community

Westfield Fire Department celebrated its 76 years of service to our community with music, petting zoo, bounce houses, blood drive, dunkin booth and lots of fun for the entire family during a Spring Fling event on April 17 at the new station on Lauder Rd. close to JFK Boulevard. Families gathered to greet firefighters, see the new fire truck and other equipment used to help the community during a fire, emergency or disaster.

Thousands enjoy 11th annual Turner Family Day

Mayor Turner in front of the Family Day stage, where the band J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds kept the music coming all day.

In spite of gray skies, last Saturday over 10,000 Houstonians gathered at Turner Park in Acres Homes, to enjoy the 11th annual Family Day, hosted by Mayor Sylvester Turner. The all day event featured baseball games, plenty of free food, games, and more.

Food tents were serving turkey legs, sausage on a stick, hot dogs, anchos, popcorn, snow cones and corn on the cob. Nathan’s famous hot dogs were there with food and a bounce house shaped like a hot dog.

Performers included students from Aldine’s Carver High School, Baby Sonic Boom, the mariachi band Luna Llena from Rice University, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, and the teo Chew Temple lion dancers. Music was by J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds.

Domecoming: Public parties in the Astrodome

25,000 Fans gathered for the Dome tour.

HOUSTON – Fans of the Astrodome brought their memories to a large party Monday night, inside the famed Dome.

The Astrodome Conservancy held the party, and at least 25,000 fans showed up, to hear music, eat some food truck grub, and mostly just stare at the cavernous space and relive their memories of the last time they saw a game or event there.

It was the 53rd Anniversary of this so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is about to gain a new life as an indoor park and event space for the County.

Commissioner’s Court in February approved a $105 million plan to renovate the Dome, and work will start in the fall, so this is the last time the Dowould be available to see it the way it was when it opened in 1965.

Phoebe Tudor, chair of the Astrodome Conservancy, said that this event was so popular that the 25,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours. Tickets were free, too.

Fans remembered when the Dome was the home of the Astros, from 1965 to 1999, and the Oilers from 1968 to 1996. In 2009 building inspectors ruled the building unsafe, and it has been closed since then.

The revitalization plan calls for an underground parking garage, with 9 acres of park space above at street level.

The new Dome will be available for festivals, conferences, and commercial space, according to County Judge Ed Emmett. It will also be a passive and recreational park, under an air-conditioned dome, another first for the city and the country. Emmett also envisions that the space can be used as an adjunct to NRG center, for boat shows, auto shows, and the Rodeo. Construction will start in October, and last for 17 months.

Some new, some old fans gazed up at the space.