This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Monday is President's Day, so some of us have a lovely three-day weekend on the horizon. Let's plan to get out and go places! I'm recommending a dramatic theater experience about one of our presidents, Lyndon Johnson, along with a Lunar New Year celebration for the whole family to enjoy, and a wonderful museum exhibit that will be open only a few more weeks. With three days off, you can do all of this and still have time to relax. Ahhhh….
As you would rightly expect, METRO can transport you to these events. Check out our Trip Planner, or explore the service map to see where our buses and trains can take you. Let us help you with your weekend wind-down, by removing the stress of driving around. Don't thank us – that's what we're here for, to help you have a good weekend. Do just that.
Event: "The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta." Did you miss George and Amal Clooney's wedding? My invitation didn't arrive either, but this amazing collection of garments includes her wedding gown, so you can get a good look at it. Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta created beautiful clothes for more than five decades for many well-known ladies, including everyone from Beyonce to Laura Bush, and you can enjoy seeing nearly 70 ensembles.
Tickets are available online or at the museum, and the price includes access to the museum's art collections. There's a café there, so give yourself a treat and spend the day.
When: (Museum hours) Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 12:15 to 7 p.m.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.
Bus – 5 Southmore, 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)
Event: The Great Society. It's the last weekend to see The Alley Theatre's acclaimed drama about Lyndon Johnson's presidency during the 1965-1968 years. He's struggling with the war on poverty, the war in Vietnam, attacks by political opponents, and national backlash over civil rights. This is a sequel to last season's play about the beginning of Johnson's presidency, All the Way. Tickets are available through the website.
When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush/IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)
Event: Family Day: Lunar New Year. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your family to Asian culture. Take them to help welcome in the Year of the Dog with performances, art and craft activities, and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.
Free activities and demonstrations include calligraphy, Chinese handkerchief dancing, paper-cutting and red envelopes, making dog masks and hats, kimono greeting cards, kite-making, games and camel decorations. You can purchase Asian food from various vendors, and the first 50 people to arrive receive a free cookie. A limited number of red envelopes will be given out also. Go to the website to RSVP for the free activities, and purchase a ticket to see a performance of Chinese music and dance.
When: Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
Bus – 5 Southmore, 65 Bissonnet
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.
The world's largest rodeo is coming to town – and METRO can help you get there stress-free.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo starts with the World's Championship Bar-b-que Contest on Feb. 22 and ends March 18. Avoid trying to navigate traffic and find that elusive parking spot. Simply take one of our round-trip shuttles to the rodeo. We have four locations where you can park your car free and then hop on the shuttle: Maxey Road Park & Ride, Monroe Park & Ride, West Loop Transit Center, and North Shepherd Park & Ride.
The shuttles will drop you off right at NRG Park. Shuttles going into NRG Park start at 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends. The last shuttles leaving NRG Park depart at 1 a.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. That leaves you plenty of time to party at the rodeo and ride back safely with METRO.
You can also park at our Fannin South Transit Center, pay $20 cash, and every passenger receives a round-trip rail ticket. Hop on the train and ride one stop to NRG Park.
We're extending our METRORail hours during the rodeo. It's only $1.25 and kids under age five ride free.
Click here to find all the ways you can rope a ride with METRO to have some boot-stomping fun.
Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, and as you celebrate love in your life, consider these Top Ten Reasons to love METRO.
What would be on your list? Share in the comments below.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
The METRO Police Department is looking for a few good women and men to join its ranks.
Candidates must have already earned police certification since METRO does not have its own police academy, or candidates must be peace officers licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Salary starts at $44,865 a year for a full-time officer and includes a rich benefits package of medical, dental, life and retirement savings plans, as well as training and resources.
What type of candidate is METRO seeking?
"What makes a good police officer at MPD is someone who is community service- oriented," said Capt. Felix Vara. "That's the biggest thing we look at. We serve all segments of society – from the guy who's homeless to the guy who is a CEO at a major corporation. They all ride METRO at some point. A person has to be able to adapt to a person's level and be able to understand the perspectives of all the patrons at METRO. It's a difficult job, but we think it's rewarding."
MPD officers mostly do street patrol – by foot, bicycle, Segway and car.
After the first year of employment, an officer's pay increases to $49,000 a year for up to 47 months. At month 48, it rises to $52,811.
Vara said METRO is a great place to see if law enforcement is a career that fits you. Twenty-six years ago, when he lost his geological drafting job, Vera became a police office and discovered a great match.
"It's a very stable place to work. Once you're here and you follow the rules, you can be here forever, for as long as you want. Benefits are awesome. And there are good people to work with," said Vara, who said his satisfaction comes in helping others and giving back.
METRO has 27 full-time openings, and 20 part-time openings. Interested? Read more details of the job here, and then apply online.
Your METRO Q® Fare Card just got more valuable.
We have added two new restaurants to our Rider Rewards program that offers discounts simply by showing your Q Card.
The Den on the UH campus is offering 10 percent off all meals. The restaurant features 30 draft beers, including local brews. Daily specials offer deals like Taco Monday with tacos for only $1. The menu also features sandwiches and buffalo wings.
If you're in the mood for food from south of the border, check out El Charro Mexican Bar & Grill at 3801 Harrisburg Blvd. Tacos, tortas, tostadas and crispy tacos are all on the menu, as well as fajita and steak plates. Visit this location, show your Q Card, and get 10 percent off. That adds up when you bring your family.
If you already have a Q Card, please check out all the terrific discounts you can get – from museums to shops. This is our way to thank you, our rider, and reward you just for owning a Q Card.
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