March 2017 - Absolutely Memorial Magazine

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MARCH 2017

All ! d r a o b ASpring Branch

Memorial Library's

Plant & Book Festival

Bayou City Art Festival

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Xtreme Texas Cookers


Around Houston {5 Hidden Trails}

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Texas is a land of legends – but legendary care isn’t just another tall tale. Since 1954, Texas Children’s Hospital has provided outstanding care to children, and it continues to lead the state – and the nation – in pediatric treatment and research. Having expanded our range to our West Campus, we’ve brought expertise to the community in more than 20 specialties including pulmonology, diabetes/endocrinology and urology. With more than 100,000 pairs of boots walking through our doors every year, we know what it takes to give kids the best possible care, so they can carve out their own bright futures – one story at a time. Learn more about all our services at

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Set for Wednesday, March 22nd through Sunday, April 2nd at The Great Southwest Equestrian Center, visitors can enjoy Olympic caliber equestrian competition.


Grab your cowboy hats and boots – it’s rodeo time! The New 93Q’s Erica Rico shares 10 tips to get rodeo ready.

31 HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS Dylan Brown, FaithAnn and Trent Monteverde, Delaney Brown and Hunter Monteverde.

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THE LITTLE LIBRARY THAT COULD: Spring Branch Memorial Library’s Annual Plant & Book Festival

Since 1950, the Spring Branch Memorial Library has been a staple in the community. And each year, the community looks forward to the Annual Plant & Book Festival made possible by the Friends of the library. This year’s festival takes place March 24th and 25th.


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Houston Memorial High School Basketball Star Jerry Kroll


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Top 10 Tips for Divorcing/Blended Families During Spring Break and Other Periods of Extended Possession

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EXCLAMATION POINTS! Associate Publisher, LARA BELL Vol. 13 No. 3 March 2017 Photo by Michael Martinez Photography.

Howdy partner! Spring has sprung – well, actually it never left did it? – and Spring Break is around the corner! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo starts March 7th, and March Madness is trending too. Our cover story this month is about one of the best and oldest libraries in Houston: our very own Spring Branch Memorial Library. Yes, I said library. In this digital and technical age, one might think a library is old-fashioned and outdated, but it is the opposite. I recently learned about all of the programs and classes they offer and about their annual plant and book sale. Read all about it Lara Bell. on page 10. I enlisted the help of my friend Erica Rico, morning co-host of The New 93Q, to wade through some do’s and dont’s at the Rodeo. Ladies, if you think it’s a don’t, it probably is! We have once again partnered with the 72nd Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. It starts Wednesday, March 22nd and goes through Sunday, April 2nd. What an unbelievable event. We are out there every year, and this year is no exception. We will also be doing ticket giveaways on Facebook, so be sure and like us! Finally, in this month’s Where Are They Now?, we take a look at former Memorial High School basketball star Jerry Kroll. I love finding out about the incredible people in our community! Have a great Spring Break and see you in April!


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The Little Library That Could: Spring Branch Memorial Library’s Annual Plant & Book Festival

Dylan and Delaney Brown with Trent, FaithAnn and Hunter Monteverde. Photo by Michael Martinez Photography.


arbara Rathgeber, a longtime Hedwig Village resident and archivist for the venerable organization Friends of the Spring Branch Memorial Library (SBML), remembers when some of the older library books were stored in the bathtub. This was in the original little white cottage that housed the library until 1975. Just like the little red engine that could, from the beloved children’s story, the library at 930 Corbindale Road just needed a little push. And today, it still gets it from the Friends. COVER STORY By Shirley Barr

“The Friends board and the many Friends volunteers drive the fundraising efforts to add much needed dollars to support the programs of our local Harris County Public Library,” said Fran Serena, president of the Friends of the SBML and chair of the book sale at the upcoming Festival Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th. “Regular library goers in all of the Villages and beyond climb on board for the festival to lend their support.” Major purchases by the Friends through the years started with carpet and paint in 1994 and have continued with e-books through 2016. A milestone gift and event was when Friends’ board member and landscaper Bob Green designed the Edith Spang Reading Garden, a quiet oasis behind the library. Spang was the first librarian of SBML and remained on the board for many years, adding colorful history at each board meeting. Those who have been helped to locate books or get settled in one of the many classes by an intern can thank the Friends. Monies raised also have paid for interns and contract labor.

A Community Center There are many reasons to come to the library, including the handy copier machine and meeting rooms, but the programs and digital materials are the big draw. Classes and monthly meetings include cooking, crafting, computer robotics, environment and science, writing and book clubs, exercise, healthy eating and gardening. SBML keeps building its reference materials that include business, engine repair, languages and medical. A digital collection of movies, DVDs, e-books, audio books and

Spring Branch Memorial Library Milestones: 1950-2016* 1950

First library started in St. Frances Episcopal Church


Dedication of the Little White Cottage on Corbindale; Librarian was Edith Spang


Friends of the Library organized





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Current Marianne Joy Precinct 3 Angela Sweet New carpeting Spring Branch named new workmen Cloud named and paint paid Memorial librarian started ground children’s for by Friends Harris County maintenance librarian Library requested by dedicated at Friends board 930 Corbindale

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Buy-A-Book program started by Friends


Karen Hayes named head librarian

at this month’s festival. According to Claudia Wilkinson, vice president of the Friends of SBML, the festival is a great way to acquire gifts for future occasions, add to your library or start a personal library for children or grandchildren. “The silent auction of rare books and books signed by the author is a traditional highlight at the festival,” said Wilkinson, who works in the book sale room each year and also keeps the lobby books in order year round. Renae and Regan Oswald with their Plant & Book Festival finds.

magazines are all free to download. Summer programs attracted about 1,700 students in June and around 2,500 total for the months of July and August 2016.

For the Love of Books But many regular library goers still just love books, like Bunker Hill resident Judy Glasford: “I belong to a book club, so always I shop at the SBML first for the books on our reading list and appreciate how the librarians are happy to order the book from another library if they don’t have it. My favorite authors are Wallace Stegner, Alexander McCall Smith, Bill Bryson, Lily King and the mystery series by Louise Penny. If you read the book 84 Charing Cross Road, you know why I buy used books, and I can usually find the ones I want at the Spring Branch Memorial Library.” Gently used children’s books, adult fiction and nonfiction – from cooking and history to the classics and religion – will all be available at bargain prices


Edith Spang Reading Garden dedicated and designed by Friends Landscaper Bob Green


First Computer Training Class


Library staffer Marie Madrid celebrated 25 years; Rick Walter named children’s librarian

Inside the Festival In preparation for the festival, Plant Sale Chair Katie Wright has been meeting with community greenhouses and retailers requesting donations of flats of new seasonal bedding plants, including tomatoes and other vegetables, flowering trees, as well as hanging baskets and indoor and outdoor plants. Expect wonderful bougainvillea, bromeliad and croton. Past festivals showcased

Carrie and Delaney Johnson enjoying the Plant Sale.


Jenifer Goldman was named children’s librarian



hibiscus shrubs and tree-formed Texas native ligustrum. Festival goers are encouraged to come early for the best choices, and they may be surprised what they can acquire for their garden. “Beginning Friday, March 24th, the plants for sale will be displayed prominently on the front steps of the library. We call it our public view of the Plant & Book Festival,” said Wright. Wright’s chair-mentor is Mary Waggoner, a long-time plant chair who is now on the Friends board to assist with volunteers and membership. Waggoner and her husband, Jim, are Hedwig residents and can’t remember when they weren’t active with the Friends. Jim started the Buy-A-Book program when he was treasurer in 1994 as a way to honor loved ones and raise funds for the library. As visitors enter the library lobby during the Plant & Book Festival, they will see a prominent display of coupons and gift certificates that have been donated for the festival. These can be purchased inexpensively as another way to contribute to revenues of the Festival, according to Christine De Angelis, coupon chair. “And don’t forget the appearance of the lively H-E-B Buddy grocery sack mascot and the complimentary Sweet Tomatoes refreshment booth,” said Waggoner. “We try to supply an extra reason for young parents and grandparents to bring their children to the annual Friends Festival!” Festival hours are Friday, March 24th from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, March 25th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Spring Branch Memorial Library, located at 930 Corbindale Road. Email or call 832-8600174 for more information.


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Hometown Heroes: Linda Meriwether By M.G. Angulo


or most of her career, Linda Meriwether dedicated her life to educating children and training other teachers, and her retirement has done nothing to quell 70 year-old Meriwether’s desire to guide others. “We can serve God in our paid work, Linda Meriwether. but we are also expected to work for God to the best of our ability for as long as we can,” Meriwether noted. “As a preacher once pointed out to me, retirement is not a Biblical concept.” As a retired volunteer in her church, Meriwether now works with special needs adults and children in her community. “I have volunteered with Memorial Drive United Methodist Church every year I have been a member, for the past 16 years,” she said, adding that she also volunteered with the church for 12 years in the 1980s before she became a member. Through her volunteer role, Meriwether dedicates her energy to those who often find themselves on the outskirts of society. “Our Special Needs Council works to promote inclusion of persons with special needs into the full life of the church, including worship, study, fellowship and service,” Meriwether explained. Her focus on special needs people first sparked when Meriwether was teaching preschool at Memorial Drive United Methodist. “Children with various challenges and conditions were mainstreamed into my classes, and as I had to adjust my teaching methods and work with the more typical children and parents about welcoming these children, I found myself wondering what they encountered in other areas of life,” she said. Meriwether, who is married with two adult daughters and four grandchildren, is also committed to the Easter Seals Greater Houston program, which debuted at the church two years ago. The Easter Seals program partners with the church to provide leisure programs for disabled adults who are 20 to 30 years old. “These young people have a social group as long as they are in high school but tend to become very isolated when they graduate. Thus was born LEAD – Life Enrichment for Adults with Disabilities,” Meriwether explained. “On any particular

Wednesday, we might play board games, dance to favorite music, do yoga, play sports in the gym or work on a craft. We help with service projects such as packing bags of food for Blessings in a Backpack. For lunch, we are joined by Easter Seals’ group of older adults with disabilities, who also enjoy a strong fellowship and many of the same activities through the afternoon. “Easter Seals said from the beginning that they could provide a director, but they would need volunteers help to make the program friendly and safe,” said Meriwether, who was on the council that initially approved Easter Seals’ proposal. “The only way I could guarantee at least one volunteer would be there was to always go myself. It turned out to be so much fun that I looked forward to it, and we have many volunteers now.” Meriwether also volunteers at the Tuttle School at Briarwood, a school for children who learn differently. As it turns out, some of the Easter Seals adults are graduates of the Tuttle School, and Meriwether said she “finds it encouraging to see what the later results with these younger children might be.” It was former George H. W. Bush’s idea of “a thousand points of light” that confirmed Meriwether’s perspective on volunteering. “I found great inspiration in that idea – each person doing and giving whatever they can, right where they are, with whatever they have or know how to do. Joining with others amplifies our efforts, but every volunteer effort contributes to a better society for all of us. “Volunteering on every level – from one-on-one with a neighbor to local to national efforts – is important to fill the gaps. No amount of money can buy the human relationships that create compassion. I have been richly blessed by God throughout my life. I believe that the proper use of the abilities and opportunities I have received is to serve others, and it is very satisfying to be able to give freely what I learned through many years of paid work.”

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Shipley Do-Nuts Dash participants jump, walk, run and crawl through a series of obstacles.

Memorial area families are teaming up with Shipley Do-Nuts and Kids’ Meals to make a difference in the lives of hungry children by supporting the 3rd Annual Shipley Do-Nuts Dash on Saturday, April 22nd. This two-mile event will begin at 9 am in front of BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo. Participants will make their way through the donut-themed obstacle course and finish by dashing under the sprinkle donut finish line at 8th Wonder Brewery. Participants of all ages are encouraged to dress as their favorite kind of donut for a chance to win Shipley Do-Nuts for an entire year! The dash concludes with a post-race party filled with plenty of family friendly activities. Run, walk or crawl, because you do-nut want to miss this! This year’s goal is to raise enough money to feed 100,000 Houston area preschoolers. For more information, visit www.

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The 72nd Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Welcomes Spectators and Supporters


he board of directors and sponsors of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show invite Houston area residents and visitors to enjoy Olympic caliber equestrian competition at the 72nd Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. The horse show will be held Wednesday, March 22nd through Sunday, April 2nd at The Great Southwest Equestrian Center, located at 2501 South Mason Road in Katy. PJP Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 1 of the show, and Irish Day Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 2. Most events are free and open to the public. In addition to experiencing amateur and professional equestrian events at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, visitors can enjoy concessions from food trucks and shop for clothing, boots, jewelry, artwork and pet treats. Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift approaching $7 million for its three designated children’s charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston Family Rooms and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show attracts 1,200 horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

Under the tutelage of Patty Roberts, “Secret” ridden by Sloane Meredith is a Pin Oak 2016 Champion, and barn mate “Loafer’s Lodge Onyx” ridden by Fields Burk won reserve champion. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

Get Involved The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show welcomes volunteers, members, individual and corporate sponsors, in-kind product and service providers and contributions in any amount. Annual horse show personal sponsorships are available ranging from $400 to $30,000. Annual corporate sponsorships also are available ranging from $2,500 to $150,000. Benefits vary based on sponsorship level. Anyone who wants to help heal sick children can join The Pin Oak Club – no horse required! The Pin Oak Club offers many social and sporting events throughout each year, with its two featured events being the annual Sporting Clays Classic and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion show and luncheon. Annual Pin Oak membership options include Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family for two adults and two children, $200; Patron, 1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500. Membership benefits are detailed at Individuals, teams of four and sponsors are being recruited now for The Fourth Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic from noon to 5 pm on Monday, April 24th at The Greater Houston Gun Club. Fees range from $400 to $10,000 depending on the level of participation. For additional information or to learn more about becoming part of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show tradition, visit or call 713-621-6290.

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absolutely! Memorial and absolutely Katy Magazines are long-term, in-kind media partners and supporters of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and The Pin Oak Club. Readers, advertisers and followers are invited to reserve complimentary tickets to Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s Saturday night Grand Prix events on March 25th and April 1st. For tickets, call Laura Pennino at 713-419-1776 or email at info@ Provide your full name, number of tickets needed, phone number, email address and physical mailing address. Arrangements can be made to pick up tickets at the check in table on the night of the Grand Prix events. Sylvia Steiger with son Rhett “Bull” Wilkins, who was a 2016 Honored Hero at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, at the 2016 check presentation of $200,000 to Pin Oak’s charities.


Background photo: Jack McGill riding “Nuttin But the Best” in the 2016 Pin Oak American Saddlebred competition. Photo by Casey McBride Photography.

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By Erica Rico


rab your cowboy hats and boots, because it is rodeo time. Yes, it’s that time of year when you can smell the barbecue in the air, hear the laughter and shrills coming from the roller coasters and see the lights from the concerts. If you’re a Houstonian, you know it’s the best time of year!

As a morning radio show host and a mom of many Future Farmers of America (FFA) students who have shown at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, I make it my business to know and see everything rodeo related. Whether this is your first rodeo or your 25th, here are 10 tips to get you ready to rodeo! Wear comfy shoes. You look super cute in those high heeled boots, but you will be regretting it 30 minutes in. There is a lot of walking, and this is also not the time to try to break in a new pair of boots. I prefer the boots with the rubber sole, which are perfect for walking around. Do not bring a big purse. If you can fit the necessities in your pockets, that is best. I take a jacket with me that has zip up pockets. When getting on rides, riding trams and walking around, you do not want to be the one with the big, bulky purse. Park smart. When it comes to parking, take the light rail whenever you can. Look up the pick-up points ahead of time. My favorite place to park is the yellow lot, where a tram takes people straight up to the front. Also, the best Park and Ride is Reed Road. It has great lighting at night and almost never fills up. Then, take a picture of where you parked or drop a pin and send it to yourself. After a long day of fun, everything starts to look the same. Take Cash. Yes, they have ATMs and accept credit cards, but if you have to pay for parking or don’t want to stand in ATM lines, cash is always best. Buy tickets in advance and arrive early. Even if you’re not going inside NRG Stadium, you can buy General Admission tickets in advance and skip lines at the door. This can save a lot of time. And if you arrive right before the concert, you may be stuck in traffic and miss some of it.


Co-hosts Tim Tuttle, Erica Rico and Kevin Klein. Photo by Bryan Anderson.





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Jerry Kroll

By Andrew Hollan

Beyond basketball, Kroll has also been a superstar for over 30 years in the work world and has helped organizations including Future Farmers of America (FFA), Special Olympics, the Blood Bank and Houston Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He was the head basketball coach for five years at Spring Branch ISD’s Stratford and Northbrook High Schools and the head coach of a national champion 16U girls’ basketball team located in west Houston. Through practice and hard work, Kroll became the greatest basketball player the Memorial area has ever known. We had the opportunity to visit with this noble athlete and leader.

Andrew Hollan:

Who influenced you growing up in the Memorial area during the 60s?

Jerry Kroll: My family lived

in Hunters Creek, and I was very blessed that Slater Martin lived across the street. His basketball pedigree included being a Texas high school boys’ basketball state champion, former AllAmerican at The University of Texas and National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Famer. He played with the NBA champion Minnesota Lakers and the St. Louis Hawks. He also coached the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) Houston Mavericks. Mr. Martin owned Slater’s Sporting Goods on Long Point, and at the age of 14, I began using the basketball


Photo courtesy of Davidson Athletics.


erry Kroll led Houston Memorial High School to its only State of Texas Boys’ 4A basketball championship in 1966. During his playing career at Memorial, his team never lost a district game with 81 straight district wins.


As a three time all-state selection and a member of the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame, what fueled your competiveness for basketball? Coach Coleman was very inspirational. I have a painting of him behind my desk. The competitiveness I learned while playing on the Memorial Mustang team helped me earn a full scholarship to Davidson University. Without my successful background with the Mustangs basketball team, my family would not have been able to send me to Davidson, North Carolina. We Jerry Kroll playing basketball for won 73 games over three Davidson University. seasons and made the Elite goal in his driveway to pracEight at Davidson. tice tip drills. He also taught What else are me the rocker step, crossover you proud of Jerry Kroll. and double step. I used these from your Memorial High moves my entire career into School experience? the professional ranks. Our gifted basCoach Coleman emphasized ketball coach at Memorial, Don Colefundamentals – free throw man, taught us running, trapping, and outside shooting. At Davidson fundamentals, blocking out on defense University, I averaged 16 points as a and fast breaking. I had brilliant and junior, and as a senior, I led our team talented teammates including Larry with 81 assists. Wood, Vernon Cross, Sam Kent, Mike How was your professionMillegan, Ford Hall and Danny Horan al basketball career? to name a few. I was the 98th player picked What is your first memin the NBA draft by the Los ory after leaving Spring Angeles Lakers and in the 8th round Branch Junior High on Piney by the ABA Indiana Pacers. The Pacers Point and going to Memorial High traded me to the ABA Carolina CouSchool in 1962? gars, but in preseason, I damaged my The basketball gym at Meknee and was forced to retire for medimorial High School was enorcal reasons. mous. I always loved to practice by myWhat has life been like self, and the sounds of my basketball since retiring from your hitting the floor and goal were so cool. I basketball career? was always the first in the gym and the I opened my State Farm office last to leave. in 1980. I met my wife at DaWho were your sports vidson University. We have four grown idols? daughters. I set a goal and did not stop Bob Pettit, Bill Bradley and a until achieving it with State Farm. couple of the Boston Celtics. Anything is possible!






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The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Over 300 artists from around the country and 19 different disciplines will showcase their art at the 2017 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on Friday, March 24th through Sunday, March 26th. As one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works and purchase world-class art. The festival will benefit local nonprofit partners and feature music, local food vendors, beverages, entertainment, gigantic bubbles with Hilary Scullane, a children’s creative zone and much more. This year’s featured artist, Amanda Bennett, is a mixed media artist who transforms mid-century advertising, acrylic mediums and photography into a mash up on plywood, inspired by pop art and funk style. Bennett remembers painting as a child with her grandmother, who used a spatula as her primary tool. However, it wasn’t until years later, staring at the blank walls of her loft in Birmingham, Alabama, that Bennett rediscovered her passion for art. As a Huntsville, Alabama native, Bennett spent 10 years in Nashville, Tennessee, where her musicinspired art gained local attention. She now resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the city’s rhythm, color palette and energy stirs and ignites her creative process. For 46 years, the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) has provided unique art experiences for the Greater Houston community by producing Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.artcolonyassociation. org or email info@bayoucityartfestival. com.


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pproximately one-third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese. The statistics for dogs and cats aren’t good either. There are a lot of round hounds, pudgy pups and fatty felines around too. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention finds that 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are overweight or obese. I have had overweight pets through the years, and unfortunately, I have one now. My pooch Princess Grace Kelly, who has asked me to quit writing in my column about her weight problem, could stand to lose about five pounds. Being overweight – whether it is the owner or pet – can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer. Before you start your pet on an exercise program, talk to the pet’s veterinarian. Certain exercises, such as running or even jogging, are not recommended for puppies whose bones haven’t finished growing. Short-legged dogs don’t need as much walking as larger dogs, and flat-nosed dogs can have trouble catching their breath. Here are 10 fun ideas on how you and Fido can “dog-ercise” together: Take a hike. If you are not used to strenuous exercise, start with a walk, and build from there. Human bonding is great for the animal. Cut back on treats. Instead of rewarding Bowser with treats, give him some attention. If you want to give your dog a treat, break it in half, and put the other half away for another day. Visit the dog park. When you get there, toss the Frisbee around, and you both will get some exercise. Go for a swim with your dog. It is a great exercise for both of you!

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Unlike dogs, cats cannot be hitched to the end of a leash and taken for a stroll around the neighborhood. It may take some imagination, along with some trial and error, but you can find ways to encourage your kitty to be more active. Here are some ideas to keep your cat in shape and entertained: Catch the light. Shine a flashlight on the floor and walls, and let the kitties play. Give your cat a wand. This is a good follow-up to the light. Get one of the flexible, wand-style toys with a feather or mouse. This is great for the hunter in your feline. Bring out the hunter in your cat. Put a few cat treats in different places around the house. Give your cat toys. Homemade or pet shop toys encourage your kitty to keep moving. Try a cat tower. Multi-layered cat towers are a good way to ensure your cat has plenty of places to climb and play. Try “boxing.” Let your cat play in a box or paper bag.

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Teammates Cissy Caldwell, Suzahn Peralta, Katie Ferris, Alexis Lyle, Alexis Stovall and Heather Boerke were awarded Grand Champions and First Place Overall at their recent competition. Congratulations!

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Bill and Elizabeth Kroger were recently spotted supporting Communities in Schools.

Kathy Covey, Linda Johnson, Colleen Stroup and Dini Hoover enjoyed the SALE at Bayou City Event Center benefiting Tri Delta Alumnae.

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Scott and Nancy with daughter Madeleine Carey, an eighth grader at Westchester Academy for International Studies, celebrated Madeleine’s success at the Harris County Fair, where she showed her lamb Marisol and placed 5th in her class. Madeleine is a member of the Spring Branch 4-H Club and plans to participate in this month’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Nearly 900 supporters of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School of Houston celebrated at its first gala themed Moonlight Serenade at the new Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston. Ileana Trevino, Raye White, Trini Mendenhall and Cyndy Garza Roberts were thrilled with the night’s proceeds of more than $1.5 million in support of the school.

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A Record Breaking 2016 The year 2016 brought another record-breaking year to the Houston area real estate market, with the total volume of properties sold exceeding the previous record set in 2014. Homebuyers have been delighted by the rise in inventory on the market. Sellers have seen the increase in sales contribute to success in achieving expected values. These results are being shown across the price spectrum. The average single family home price throughout the Greater Houston area increased 4.2 percent representing an end of year high. The luxury home market – homes priced at or above $500,000 – saw double-digit sales increases toward the end of the year. Houston has continued to see an influx of consumers from across the country and internationally. This has been brought on by growth in industries such as health care and technical services, enriching the diversification of the Houston economy. Consumer confidence has been on the rise and has shown its positive effects on the real estate market. In 2017, expect to see strong economic outlook both locally and nationally. Recent national trends have led the Federal Reserve to begin to increase interest rates. Additionally, due to home price gains in 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced the Conforming, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan limits will be increased in Texas for the first time since 2006. These developments present a positive opportunity for both buyers and sellers making it a great time to consider your next real estate decision. For more information, contact Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living at 713-6229339 or visit

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Heritage Texas Properties Office Is up and Running in Katy


Heritage Texas Properties’ Katy office is up and running, according to Senior Vice President and Broker Sandy Benson. The new, expanded office is located at 28818 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite 140, in the heart of the vibrant Katy/Fulshear area. “The Katy/Fulshear area is growing by leaps and bounds. We have absolute confidence in this market and have expanded our footprint in the area,” said Benson. “Our new office is centrally located for our Katy and Fulshear clients and also better accommodates so many of our agents and

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absolutely! Memorial Magazine is excited to team up this year for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s (HLSR) World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest with Xtreme Texas Cookers. The group will compete against over 250 teams Thursday, March 2nd through Saturday, March 4th. Chief Cook and Owner Phong Vuong established Xtreme Texas Cookers in 1999 with the goal of winning some barbecue competitions, raising money for charity and having fun. Based out of Houston, the team consists of a very diversified group that shares a single love – cooking good barbecue. Collectively, the team has over 150 years of combined experience in the realm of competitive cooking and competes in each event with a great deal of enthusiasm. It takes a few months to prepare for the HLSR, and Xtreme Texas Cookers has been known to serve as many as 1,500 people in one day. “Of course, everyone who goes to the HLSR Cook-Off knows exactly who we are by the live Zydeco band, the beads, the jello-shots, the dancing and of course, our mouth-watering food. Our parties have become somewhat of a standard that all of the other competitors strive to match,” said Vuong. Since 2000, the group has won Champion Brisket twice with 2nd Place Brisket in 2015 and 4th Place Brisket in 2006. They also won Most Unique Pit in 2010 and advanced to the finals


their families who live in the Katy/Fulshear area. “Heritage Texas Properties is celebrating its 41st year in 2017, and we’ve been selling in Katy for over 30 years. We’ve been there as Katy has grown, and we credit much of our success to our award-winning relocation department.” For more information about Heritage Texas Properties, visit or call their Katy office at 281-5740900. See ad on Back Cover.

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in ribs for the past 10 years at the HLSR Cook-Off. Through the years, Xtreme Texas Cookers has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships in the Houston metro area through event participation. The team has also participated in numerous fundraising events for Special Olympics Texas, cancer benefits, the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and most recently, a fallen police officer benefit. When you’re out at the World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest at NRG Park, listen for the loud tent and mosey on over! Visit for more information on this year’s event.

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Top 10 Tips

for Divorcing/Blended Families During Spring Break and Other Periods of Extended Possession By Nancy L. Rommelmann, Family Law Attorney


Make a genuine effort to exercise Spring Break with your child. A child can feel unimportant to you if you are supposed to exercise Spring Break with them and you don’t make the effort to do so.


Advise the other parent well in advance what the plans are going to be for Spring Break so that that parent can assist the child to anticipate the plans you have made for the child and pack accordingly for the child.


Create a comfortable transition for a child. Remember a child is being removed from their routine. It can be helpful to show a younger child on a calendar when they will be with you and with the other parent.


Exercise this time together. Spring Break is time to share with your child. Don’t relegate the child to an unrelated caretaker.


Put a child’s needs and desires above your own. Don’t make a child feel like an afterthought or burden.


Make arrangements for activities suitable for a child during extended periods of possession.


Ask a child what they want to do during extended periods of possession. Give consideration to their thoughts and feelings. For an older child, make your best effort to accommodate social plans they might have.


Encourage a child to communicate at a reasonable time and for a reasonable duration with the other parent affording the child privacy and respect.



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For families where airline travel is required for the child, get a child’s airline ticket far enough in advance for long distance travel to select reasonable times for a child to travel.

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Be at the airport ahead of time to meet your child. Do not make them wait! Show your child you care enough to be on time and not put them at risk in a public place.

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By Maureen Allen

Around Houston M

arch is the perfect time of year to set some goals and strive to become healthier. If the gym isn’t your element, then hiking could be just the thing you’re searching for. Despite being the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston boasts some hidden trails tucked away. Venture out and get moving!

Mercer Arboretum

Terry Hershey Park Terry Hershey Park is a long, narrow, 500 acre park that follows Buffalo Bayou from George Bush Park Hike and Bike Trail to Beltway 8. Its hiking trails wind through it with access points all throughout the park. Parking is easily available at Highway 6 and Dairy Ashford, and fountains are speckled along the way. The terrain varies from pavement, gravel and grass. This trail is great for leashed pets, joggers, bikes and you!

Memorial Park Memorial Park’s hidden trails feature many wild flowers, creeks and other gorgeous greenery that is sure to speak to your soul. With over 30 miles of trails scattered within the park for running, walking and hiking, it is perfect for all skill levels. The park offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are allowed on the trail if kept on a leash.

Brazos Bend State Park For the more adventurous hikers, nature may have a few surprises in Brazos Bend State Park, located in Needville. Three interconnecting hike and bike trails are located around three lakes: Hale, Elm and 40-Acre. These trails are known for viewing alligators! The foot trails lead to the hardwood forest. Pets are allowed, but only on a leash, and the leash must be six feet long or less. Do not allow pets to drink from or enter the water.


Mercer Arboretum is 22 miles north of Downtown Houston near Bush International Airport. The entrances on the west and east sides of the road are well marked, and there is free parking with picnic areas, playgrounds and toilet facilities. The park includes 300 acres of gardens and walking trails, bogs and playgrounds. There are no significant hills on the trails, so hikes are relatively easy. Mercer Arboretum is generally open from 8 am to 5 pm, but hours may vary during the year.

Sam Houston National Forest If you want to venture out a little bit, Sam Houston National Forest offers 129 miles of trails. It passes through the eastern edge of the forest near Montague Church on FM 1725 near Cleveland and continues on the western edge near Richards. The terrain is pretty flat – no surprise – with some wet areas, but there are bridges for easy creek crossings. Trailhead parking areas are at main access points. Hiking is a great way to relieve stress, get fit and challenge yourself. If you’re curious to find out more about trails near you, the AllTrails app is a great way to casually surf through trails. It’s free and will tell you everything you need to know before Maureen Allen exploring the trails you hit the trailhead!

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Jennifer Miller, Marty Chapman, Elizabeth Seidensticker, Berklee Baay, Staci Flemming, Meka Arend, Jennifer Denny, Nancy Cofran, Jill Gilbert and Karin Donovan spent their annual girls’ trip together in Wimberley, Texas. BY SUZANNE STILES

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Matthew Garvin, Andrew Dawson, Alec Abrams, Varun Dixit and Abhiraj Sinha, members of Troop 642 with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at their recent Court of Honor. Congratulations!


Allison Zhu, Carys Andrews, Beihn Yi, Natis Bae, Sophie Zhou, Chloe Shaw, Anna Wolf, Catherine Lee Kuersteiner, Suzanne Goddard, Evelyn Seidensticker, Becca Survant, Lily Boehm and Arina Ha of Bunker Hill Elementary Brownie Troop 126003 enjoyed a field trip to Bingle Vet to earn their pets’ badge.

Local Rummel Creek Elementary first grader Marielle Kiersh won the Grand Championship last year in Mutton Bustin’ at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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Frostwood Elementary fourth graders Rachel Lawrence and Megan McWilliams participated in Allegro Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Louise Jones showcased her artistic talent with an exhibit at the Houston Museum of Contemporary Arts. Friends Leah Bohsali, Noor Alhafez, Luna Quaddoura, Gwyn Ham, Yara Al Jarrah, Louisa Damborg, Lilya Al Jarrah, Zyna Chahadeh, Gwyneth Storey, Anna Masucci, Leah Hwang and Elizabeth Brauchle celebrated Lilya’s 9th birthday at Figlia Kitchen with a Chopped themed party.

Spring Branch Independent School District Community Relations Officer Linda Buchman, Lisa Lauter and Memorial High School Principal Lisa Weir attended the Communities in Schools (CIS) Breakfast. Weir spoke about how beneficial it has been to have a CIS counselor on her campus.

Biron Elite Cheer’s Taylor Belger, Arden Staples, Kiley Rogers, Jenna Hill, Ellen Chamblee and Coach Doug Dorsten participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Cindy and Sarah Crofford ran a 5K together. A new family tradition has begun!

Becca Howard, Jen Espey and Elizabeth Kroger attended the Communities in Schools Breakfast.

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& QA Running and Safety Expert:

Dr. Jorge Gomez, sports medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus There are simple tips that everyone can use to make physical activity fun and safe for the entire family.



The most important step is to establish a pattern of regular, daily physical activity. Parents should strive for having their children engage in 60 minutes of activity every day. This includes free-play. If a parent has special concerns about their child’s fitness, such as concern over a previous injury, not having done much activity before or being overweight, the parent should consult with a sports medicine or fitness professional to come up with an age-appropriate conditioning program.


TEMPERATURES IN HOUSTON CAN BE QUITE SPORADIC. CAN MY CHILD STILL RUN OR PLAY SPORTS OUTSIDE EVEN WHEN THE TEMPERATURES INCREASE OR DECREASE DRAMATICALLY? Most children can play in hot, humid conditions if precautions are taken. It is extremely important to ensure that your child is adequately hydrated. While sports drinks are appropriate for exercise longer than an hour and during hard training, the best hydration fluid is water. Encourage your child to start drinking more water, and save the sports drinks for during or after exercise, as they add little value in their lunch box or at meal times. Make sure your children get plenty of rest, and they should not exercise in the heat if they are sick.



SHOULD MY CHILD’S DIET CHANGE WHEN THEY START TO TRAIN FOR A RUN OR WHEN THEY ARE PLAYING SPORTS? Proper nutrition is essential to the health and well-being of children all of the time, but especially when it comes to their success in sports. Children, not just athletes, should avoid high fat foods. On the other hand, high protein diets are not appropriate for children either. Balance is important. The young athlete’s diet should have plenty of complex carbohydrates for energy, plenty of protein for muscle building and enough fat to stay healthy. Eating the right foods at the right time, such as lean meats and whole grains, can help provide the sustained energy during exercise and promote the recovery muscles need after strenuous exercise. Ask a sports dietitian, sports medicine specialist or fitness professional about your child’s dietary needs.


OUR FAMILY IS GEARING UP FOR AN UPCOMING RUN. WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP US PREPARE? Whether you’re running long distances or training for an upcoming season of baseball, here are some easy-to-follow tips to help you prepare: • Get a safe start to your running training program. Avoid running in extreme temperatures. • Wear white clothing or a reflector badge on your shirt to make sure drivers can see you. • Lace up in proper running shoes and gear, so your feet are comfortable and supported. • Warm up and cool down with walking and good stretching. • Drink even when you are not thirsty. Your body loses fluid when you run or sweat. • Balance your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and dairy. • Get eight or more hours of sleep so that you’re rested and ready to go every day. • Try various types of exercise. This will give you extra strength and endurance.

If your family is looking for a fun activity you can train for and compete in together, join the

2017 Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run Saturday, April 8th Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Participants of all abilities, including those needing walkers and wheelchairs, are welcome. For more information and to register, visit The deadline to register is Monday, March 27th.

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EVENTS By Stephanie Valtasaros

March 4th, 9:10 am

• Rodeo Run

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Rodeo Run, a pre-show kickoff event featuring a 5K run/walk, 10K run and wheelchair race supporting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo educational fund. All events have a $30 entry fee. Call 832-667-1000 or visit

March 4th, 9 am – 11:30 am • 7 Rings of Gold Walk The Houston Hearts of Gold will host its first 7 Rings of Gold Walk in honor of Nicole Lee. The family-friendly walk benefiting The Cure Starts Now Foundation will start and finish at the Memorial High School track, located at 935 Echo Lane, with seven laps around the track to remember Nicole Lee’s seven years of life, which were cut short by DIPG, an aggressive, inoperable tumor of the brain stem. To register, visit

March 10th – 12th, 11 am – 5 pm • Azalea Trail The 82nd annual Azalea Trail is sponsored by River Oaks Garden Club. This year’s trail will feature Bayou Bend Gardens, Rienzi and the Forum of Civics Building on the tour, along with four magnificent homes and gardens located in River Oaks. Proceeds are given back to the community for projects in horticultural education, conservation and civic beautification. Tickets are available at River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics, located at 2503 Westheimer Road. Call 713-523-2483 or visit

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The 300 block of Main Street between Congress Street and Preston Avenue, 1866. A decade later, the same block of Main Street was populated with larger masonry buildings. These new buildings were constructed after a fire destroyed most of the older wood buildings on the block.

By The Heritage Society

Special Collections, University of Houston Digital Library.

Pieces of History

on Main Street


catch a glimpse of historic Houston, look no further than Main Street. When the Allens established the town of Houston in 1836, they centered the town plat at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou. This resulted in a street grid that ran approximately northeast to southwest. Main Street ran perpendicular to Buffalo Bayou and directly in line with White Oak Bayou. The earliest ships carrying cargo and pioneering residents to Allen’s Landing arrived at the foot of Main. During the two years Houston served as the capital of the Republic of Texas, the capitol building stood at Main and Texas. Though the building was used as a hotel for a few decades after the capital moved to Austin, it eventually was replaced by the Rice Hotel, which still stands today. When the City’s original political wards were established in 1840, Main Street formed the division between the third and fourth wards. Early photographs show rapid development and redevelopment of Main Street near the bayou as the City’s growth and architectural improvements called for larger buildings. Farther from the bayou, Main Street’s early development in what is now considered downtown was mostly residential. Large, grand residences and trees lined Main Street outside the commercial center. One of these was occupied by Charlotte Baldwin Allen, wife of Augustus Allen, who lived in Houston and was an active community member until her death in 1895. Her residence at 718 Main was demolished in 1915, and the 1929 Gulf Building, now the J.P. Morgan Chase Building, stands in its place. Likewise, none of the grand mansions that lined Main Street in the late 19th and early 20th centuries remain today. As Houston grew into the 20th century, commercial and institutional development gradually replaced residential areas as it extended farther south. By the 1960s, Houstonians


could travel down Main Street from downtown, through the museum district, through the newly developed Texas Medical Center and all the way to the brand new Harris County Domed Stadium, better known as the Astrodome. Nineteenth and early 20th century Houston is most visible between Commerce and Texas Streets downtown. These blocks, along with a portion of Main that stretches across the bayou to Girard, are included in the City’s Main Street Market Square Historic District. Other examples are Allen’s Landing, the Main Street Viaduct, the H.S. Kress and Co. Building, First United Methodist Church, the Beaconsfield, First Church of Christ Scientist, Trinity Episcopal Church, commercial buildings between Berry and Alabama, Isabella Court, South Main Baptist Church, Sears, Baker Brothers Studio, The Museum of Fine Arts original building and the Warwick Hotel. Hermann Park and Rice University remain well-loved institutions along historic Main Street. Today, Houston’s METRORail Red Line provides an easy way to take in the City’s history along one of its earliest major corridors.

Now lined with skyscrapers, Main Street at Dallas included grand residences and trees in the early 20th century. Special Collections, University of Houston Digital Library.

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