Texas Pride!

picture of alamo Did you know on March 2, 1836 Texas declared itself independent from Mexico?  175 years ago today, Texas was a nation separate from the United States as well. It would not become an official part of the U.S. until December 29, 1845, over 9 years after Texas declared its independence and named itself the Republic of Texas. It would become the 28th state to join the Union. Texans celebrate today as Texas Flag Day, a state holiday established in 1915 to observe Texas Independence Day.

Bridge Over Troubled Water Presents: "Telling Amy's Story"

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters Presents: "Telling Amy's Story" tomorrow tonight at 5 PM.  It is a film on domestic violence.  A discussion will follow the film.  For more information on the program, contact Kirby Gibbs or Lupe Cedillo at The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 713-712-0753.




picture of nascar stock carThough stock car racing had existed before, NASCAR – the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing – was not established until February 21, 1948. The association was founded by William France, Sr. with the help of other stock car racers of the time and it will have existed for 63 years. The first true stock car race under the NASCAR title took place at the Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949 and was won by Jim Roper. For more information about the history of NASCAR, please stop by your Jacinto City Library.

Celebration of Chinese New Year

The celebration of Chinese New Year begins today, January 29th, and ends February 20th.  San Francisco, CA has the largest Chinese community and celebrates each lunar new year with a festival and parade.  The celebration began in the 1860's as a way to educate the community about the Chinese culture.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to celebrate the festival and parade.  For more information go to www.chineseparade.com.


The Day Earth Shook

picture of haitian womanOn this day one year ago Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in shatters. Over 300,000 people are believed to have perished in the quake and over one million were left homeless. It is important to remember this day and to also realize Haiti is a country full of culture. Haiti is the only country in the Americas to speak French as a primary language. It has a mixture of several cultures including French, African, and Spanish because it was a colony in the 15th century. For more information about the 2010 Haiti earthquake or just Haiti in general, please visit your Jacinto City Library.