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Photo Blog: West Houston Coffee Shops

For this week’s photo blog, we’ve found a few of our favorite coffee shop drinks around Houston, and we’re sharing the love. Behold, the countdown of coffee shop goodies that will power your morning and keep you going throughout the day. Cheers!
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Had a bad ass time riding the #grom tonight!

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Crepee🍫🍌 #lonjasfelices #foodporn A post shared by Lonjasfelices (@lonjasfelices) on

❤ this

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But first, tea! #teaforme #afternoontea A post shared by Jeniifer Harrold (@jenniqueso) on

Sweet stuff

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An Astros Fan’s Guide to the World Series

At long last – it’s time for our Houston Astros to redeem themselves since the year 2005, where our team was swept in the World Series, losing in just four games… It was a tough loss, but that’s all about to change! The Houston Astros are in it to win it this year!

  • Know the games and times. Obviously, this is the most important one – you don’t want to miss a game. We’ve got full confidence in the Astros’ ability to bring it home, but we’re still expecting a close match-up with the LA Dodgers, with all seven games being played. How about you?
  • Looking for tickets? You may have to shell out for some expensive ones, but it’s not an impossible situation. Check online for a source that is verified… and if all else fails, we think that at home at Alta City West isn’t too bad of a place to cozy up and watch the game.
  • Traffic may be gnarly, especially around the stadium on game days… plan a route accordingly to avoid the Minute Maid Park craziness if you want to get home at a reasonable hour. Or maybe that’s an even better excuse to stay in?
  • Have fun celebrating. Let’s be honest, celebrations can get pretty rowdy, so be sure to prioritize a fun and respectable time for everyone. If you need a designated driver or Uber or Lyft, don’t be afraid to call one – and be inclusive and friendly as we all celebrate the wins together as a close, friendly community!
Well, there you have it – a few tips for surviving the Astros’ appearance in the World Series without white-knuckling it too hard. And, of course, if you’re celebrating in your own unique way, we want you to share it with us. We here at Alta City West love sharing the festivities on our blog and social media, so join in the community pride and Astros #teamspirit, and let us know how you’re showing your Houston Support. Go Houston Astros!

Photo Blog: Sporting Houstonians Colors

We’re full swing into that time of year: football season! In case you haven’t noticed, Houston is abuzz with Texans pride, the energy palpable in the air every Sunday as our football team takes the field and we cheer our boys on! We’re celebrating our team in this week’s photo blog with some highlights of Houstonians around the city showing their Houston Texans pride. Whether it’s at home in front of your big screen tv, or it’s at NRG Stadium rooting for the home team, you’re probably joining in the fun. Share your pics with us, and we’ll feature them on social or in a future blog. Go Texans!
Houston Texans Cookie Logo #customdecoratedcookies #decoratedcookies #customdecoratedcookies #houstontexanslogo #logocookies #icedcookies #texastheme #sanantoniocookies #houstontexans #houstontexansfan #fancookies A post shared by Cookie Art by Jill (@cookieartbyjill) on
I’m bout that H, town coming coming down. Go Texans 🤘🏼 A post shared by Madison Brooke (@madisonbrookeb) on
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Fall Activities In and Around Houston

Fall is in the air, pumpkin spice lattes are in hands everywhere, and the smell of apple cider and hot chocolate makes taste buds water (well, at least ours do)! This October, there’s so much to do around Houston to celebrate fall, so we didn’t want to let another week go by without highlighting some fun activities to do and ways to partake.

For this week’s blog, we’re giving you a few can’t-miss opportunities to show your fall pride. Let us know which of these are your favorite… or if we’ve missed any, of course!

  • Enjoy the pumpkin patch at Blessington Farms, where you can pick your own pumpkins in true harvest style, and also enjoy the Farm Funland with friends and family. There’s nothing quite like a fall tradition like a corn maze, not to mention some delicious fall flavors that you can buy fresh and local. Dewberry Farm nearby also has some fantastic (and delicious) homegrown options.
  • Hit the Haunted Trails for a spooky good time right here in Houston, where you can explore a haunted house, work your way through an eerie hayride, and explore the history and lore behind some of Houston’s spookiest secrets.
  • Make some autumn decor, and take some fall pictures for a photo shoot. Whether you’re dressing your place up for the season, or you’re getting yourself decked out in costume for Halloween, fall is the perfect time for some new photos – get your groove on and spice it up in (fall) style.
  • The Annual Fall Fest weekend takes place on October 22nd this year – don’t miss out on fun celebrations, attractions, and local favorites for all ages. It’s a Houston tradition, and one you won’t want to miss out on!

Whether this is your first time celebrating the harvest season in Texas, or you are used to autumn festivities year after year, you don’t want to miss out on the fun. Join in, and share with us how you’re celebrating the fall. We at Alta City West want to hear all about it… we may even feature you on our social media. Happy fall-ing!

Photo Blog: Fall Around Houston

September is winding down, and now that fall is in the air, we’re taking some time to enjoy it. Here around Houston, we may be used to the Texas weather, but that doesn’t mean we’re immune to the joys of fall. From pumpkin patches to harvest festivals, Halloween costumes to hayrides and apple crisp, we love it all!

For this week’s photo blog, we’re spreading some of the autumn joy around this part of Houston. We at Alta City West love experiencing fall in all its delight, even if we don’t get the foliage and cool, crisp air that normally comes with the season. Share your favorite fall pics with us, too – we may just feature you on an upcoming blog or social media post! 🙂

Houston: Giving Back in Our Community

The last few weeks in Houston have been quite a whirlwind in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We here at Alta City West have been quite occupied with the Wood Residential Services campaign for all of us at WRS to come together and help Texas. Of course, because our hometown of Houston has been hit so hard, we’re all feeling it, which is why banding together as a community is so important.

Here in Houston, our hearts go out to our entire community. If you’re one of those people still looking for ways to get involved and make an impact, then this week’s blog is for you. We’re tallying up some resources and tips for those looking to get involved, give back, and provide relief here in our community. Below are some great charities that are doing important work around our city, each with their own ways to get involved.

  • First and foremost, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is always looking for donors. This charity is ongoing and will constantly need help as Houston rebuilds. Other funds and charities needing donors include the Houston Food Bank, The United Way of Greater Houston, and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (if you feel moved to donate blood).
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston takes the cake for nonprofit organizations making an impact on kids in our city. What better way to make a difference in a child’s life than volunteering to become a mentor? You’ll build relationships, be apart of great events, and affect kids for the rest of their lives in the best possible way. What’s not to like?
  • Another fantastic way to help kids around this area of Texas is by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. One of the most moving charitable organizations we can think of, the RMH is a place for families to find love and support as their child undergoes medical treatment or any other health emergencies. The care given here makes a difference for a lifetime, and you’ll certainly get your dose of charity and acts of service!
Have any suggestions for getting involved or giving back to the Houston community? Then share your tips with us – we’ll be happy to post about those non-profits and other charitable organizations on our blog and social media. After all, we are all stronger together!
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Photo Blog: Furry Friends Around Houston

There’s nothing quite like the love of a pet. As our city recovers from the events of Hurricane Harvey, we want to dedicate this week’s photo blog to the furry friends of ours around Houston. The flood waters continue to recede, and our hearts are with our community… and anybody who’s had a dog, cat, or other pet knows that our furry companions are very much a part of the family. This week, we’re showcasing a few loveable dogs and cats that are rescue animals here in Houston. May they all find good homes as our city bands together as a community to recover. As a pet-friendly property ourselves here at Alta City West, we’re dedicated to showing our pets just as much love as the rest of the community. Take heart, Houston – we’re all in this together.
As Texas Begins to Rebuild, Amazing Paws Commits to Donating to @houstonhumane. Shop www.amazingpaws.store to Help Raise Hurricane Relief Funds A post shared by Yorkies In America (@yorkiesinamerica) on
On the 2nd day of fundraising El Gato gave to me- 2 cat nip toys! Yes, contribute while we have 11 days left and you’ll get 2 cat nip toys PLUS your Kickstarter reward. #elgatocatcafe #houstoncatcafe #houstonhumane #kickstarter A post shared by El Gato Coffeehouse (@elgatocoffeehouse) on
Naomi volunteering at the Houston Humane Society today … lots of displaced animals from the hurricane! 🐈❤️🐕 A post shared by Glen and Dina (@glennanddina) on
WE ARE ONLY 10 CHARMS AWAY FROM A $1,000 DONATION to @HoustonHumane Society!🚨Please help us get there! They need our support! 100% of ALL @WagAware Sales WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONATED to shelter/rescue/abandoned pet victims of Harvey. Yesterday, we donated $1,700 to @AustinPetsAlive and $1,300 to @DallasDogRRR the day before solely from our @WagAware sales–for a total of $3,000 (and counting) donated to Harvey shelter/rescue/pet relief so far!👉We are blown away by all the support! Together we can make the world a better place–one charm at a time! Visit WagAware.com to show your support for these amazing people saving so many desperate animals. Please pray for those impacted. Their pain and struggle is unimaginable. We continue to pray for all of you. #Texas #harveyanimals #harveypets #houstonhumane 📷: @jackson_the_pittie A post shared by Wag Aware (@wagaware) on
Charles River employees filled our company van with as much apparel as it will hold to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The journey is a relay of employees driving and ending in Houston Saturday. We will then unload the donated apparel to a local shelter. Including rain coats, jackets, wicking tees and doggie rain jackets. The doggie rain jackets will be donated along with the van to two animal rescues @camorescue and Houston Animal Rescue Team – HART #Houston #houstonstrong #camorescue #houstonanimalrescue #charlesriverapparel A post shared by Charles River Apparel (@charlesriverapparel) on
Charles River employees filled our company van with as much apparel as it will hold to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The journey is a relay of employees driving and ending in Houston Saturday. We will then unload the donated apparel to a local shelter. Including rain coats, jackets, wicking tees and doggie rain jackets. The doggie rain jackets will be donated along with the van to two animal rescues @camorescue and Houston Animal Rescue Team – HART #Houston #houstonstrong #camorescue #houstonanimalrescue #charlesriverapparel A post shared by Charles River Apparel (@charlesriverapparel) on
Who’s ready for another #HurricaneHarvey update? So many things going on at the shelter, as it is for many nonprofits these days. Another batch of bottle baby kittens, this time arriving in a cardboard box. All 3 crying and starving! Our staff quickly cleaned them up, got them warm, and started them on bottles. We also had our doctor give a quick check-up. Three dogs with broken legs 🙁 We’ll update with more info from our clinic tomorrow. If you can sign up to be on a wait list for fostering, now is the time! Please fill out our foster application and email a copy to foster@houstonhumane.org. http://www.houstonhumane.org/Assets/fostercareappv2.pdf We received an incredible donation of huge, amazing dog beds and airline carriers from Kriser’s Natural Pet today! Both so appreciated! As people have returned to work, we’re running low on volunteers to help, especially on weekdays. Please think about signing up. Email vschofield@houstonhumane.org for more info or visit our ‘become a volunteer’ page: http://www.houstonhumane.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer. A special thanks to everyone that has purchased something from our Amazon Wish List!! The boxes are arriving in full force, and we are getting much-needed supplies! We’re constantly updating the list, adding supplies as we need them and removing items once we have enough. If you’re able to send something, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2TP1CHNL61H22/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2 We’re working hard to help as many animals as possible, some need more TLC than others. Please help if you can. Foster, Volunteer, Donate. Everything helps. https://www.houstonhumane.org/(Give)/giving/designate-your-gift/hurricane-Harvey-fund #HoustonStrong #HoustonHumaneSociety #Houston #HurricaneHarveyRelief #humanesociety #kitten A post shared by Houston Humane (@houstonhumane) on

Hurricane Harvey Help and Relief Efforts

Houston, we’re all in this together. Here at Alta City West, we’re partnering with all our friends, family, and community at Wood Residential Services (WRS) to create relief kits for Hurricane Harvey. While we’re thankful for our community banding together at this time of great need, our hearts continue to go out to our city and the neighborhoods all over so many miles that have been affected.

 

Obviously, many people have been displaced from their homes, and we view it as our duty to be able to come together and provide what we can to those in need. We’re putting together care packages here at WRS, and if you feel it in your heart to give, we’d love your contributions. These personal disaster relief kits will take all of our efforts, so please stop by the office to donate whatever you can from the following supplies and relief materials:

 
  • Twin-sized air mattresses
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Blankets and sheet sets and extra bedding
  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Brushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other basic toiletry needs
  Of course, we don’t want to forget about our furry friends. Pets all over Houston have been displaced, too – and we’re putting together disaster relief kits for them, too. Please feel free to donate any of these materials for our four-legged companions:  
  • Small blankets
  • Food packets
  • Treats and toys
  • Food bowls
  • Leashes
  We love our Houston community, and we’re thankful for the ways human compassion, care, love, strength, and healing are shown in times like this. At Alta City West, we’re always here for you, too – stop by the office or give us a call, and we’ll happy to help where we can. Stay strong, Houston!

Labor Day Weekend in Houston

Labor Day weekend will quickly be upon us – and who doesn’t love a long weekend to relax and get away for a little while? Of course, by “getaway,” we mean a stay-cation right here in our wonderful city of Houston. After all, there’s plenty to do for the long weekend, and we at Alta City West are happy to share some of our favorite thoughts for the long weekend.

This week’s blog features just a few of our favorite upcoming things to celebrate at the end of this month. Take a look at the list, and see if we missed any.

    • A dinner cruise. If you’re staying local, there are a few different local parties taking place on the coast that are perfect for two (or more). Take a date, bring a few friends, or get the family together. A day out on the water is perfect relaxation for a long weekend!
    • Attend a party. Have you checked Eventbrite’s website? There are lots of events that will be happening around the Houston area that will guarantee a Labor Day weekend spent in style. Just be sure to plan ahead for a designated driver or the Lyft/Uber apps!
    • Houston Restaurant Weeks is going on around the city. This is the perfect time to eat at that restaurant you’ve been dying to try, and you’ll be able to do so at a fraction of the price. Just be sure to make a reservation, since it may get crowded.
    • A concert, a baseball game, a community event? There are lots going on, at Minute Maid Park, Houston Symphony, Discovery Green, and beyond. Check the website calendars for your favorite venue, and be sure to get tickets in advance.
    • BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is happening over Labor Day weekend. If you haven’t been to Moody Gardens, now’s the perfect time to head over and enjoy your favorite local craft brew or two. Bottoms up!
    • Traders Village is hosting a Rock & Pop Tribute Festival over the long weekend… it’s the perfect time to enjoy some classic tunes from your favorite cover band (and enjoy some delicious food and drinks while you’re at it).

Did we miss an event or idea for the long weekend? Perhaps you’re leaving the city for a little getaway? Whatever you’re doing for Labor Day, enjoy the days off, plan to relax, have an adventure, and have fun with people you love. Share your Labor Day plans with us, and we may feature them on our social media pages, too – cheers!

Part 2: Photo Blog of Astros Memories

Last week’s blog was a great time to highlight a fun day at Minute Maid Park enjoying our Houston Astros play – but that was so part 1…. For Part 2 of our blog, we’re going to be counting down some of the memories made during America’s favorite pastime!     In this week’s photo blog, may we present to you a highlight reel of some of the best times at Minute Maid Park. Watching our Houston Astros play is one of our favorite activities here at Alta City West… so let’s all together celebrate the team spirit, the food, the camaraderie, and the crowds that make Minute Maid Park such a fun place to go. If you’ve got memories, share them with us, and we may feature them on our blog or social pages in the future. Go team go!

Got creamed like a bagel tonight #stillfuntho #htownhustle

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