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Volume 28, Number 1

Bay Forest Readership Page 4

Exploration Green Conservancy Page 5

Yard of the Month Page 6

Crime Watch Update Page 8

Mommies' Club Party Page 9

Gourmet Club Marinated Shrimp Page 11

February 2014

Bay Forest Community Association News www.BayForest.info

Monthly Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings of the BFCA Board of Directors are held on the third Monday of each month, January through November, at 6:00 pm Meetings are open to all Bay Forest homeowners and held at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77062.

January 2014 Board Meeting

A regular meeting of the Bay Forest Community Association (BFCA) Board of Directors was convened on January 20, 2014, at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. Board members in attendance were Tom Camp, Gene Fisseler, Barbara McCollum, Dan Pias and John Haas. Also participating in the meeting was Community Manager Jared Simmons. No other homeowners attended. Business addressed: annual assessment collections, 2014 initiatives, mailbox replacements, financial records retention, and the community yard sign policy. For more information, including contact information, go to www.bayforest.info. To contact the Bay Forest Community Manager, email Manager@bayforest.info or call 832.224.6446. The mailing address for the Bay Forest Community Association is 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062. Dan Pias, President BFCA dfwdaniel@gmail.com

Uninvited Guests

After Polar Vortex

Last year we had a bumper crop of acorns in Bay Forest. This year we have a critter population explosion. And, it appears they’ve cleaned out their food reserves and are looking for ways to augment their diets. Following are some tips for residents who are finding these uninvited guests in or near their homes.

CLHS Rebuild Plans

• Don’t leave cat or dog food outside at night. • Don’t leave bird seed in feeders or on the ground overnight. • Don’t put unsecured garbage outside at night. • If you have a pet door, close it securely at night. • Make sure that all chimneys are secured with caps. • Cover attic vents and other roof openings with heavy gauge, rust-resistant wire mesh. • Screen outdoor wooden decks to prevent animals from burrowing or crawling under them.

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School News Page 15

Library News Page 20

Yard Signs in Bay Forest

Yard signs may be used to appropriately draw attention to an approved activity in our community and are a way of expressing ourselves. However, too many signs (BFCA continued on page 3)


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Neighborhood News (BFCA continued from page 1)

create a unsightly “noise” in our community which is not aesthetically pleasing. Excessive signage becomes unsightly and can adversely impact our enjoyment of the community and our property resale values. Our Bay Forest Declarations of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (DCCRs) address signs in Bay Forest. At the time our DCCRs were initially adopted, only real estate sales and rental signs were allowed. Based on input from residents and upon legal advice, our Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has relaxed the prohibitions of the DCCRs, within reason, to accommodate homeowners’ and local organizations’ needs without adversely affecting the residential nature and quality of the community. The list below addresses some these signs and the guidelines associated with them. More information about these and other types of signs can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions at www.bayforest.info. Real Estate Signs – “For sale,” “for rent,” and “open house” signs may not exceed 28 x 38 inches. And, there may be only one (1) per lot. The sign may remain in place only during the time the property in on the market. Candidate/Issue Signs – Political or issue-related signs are restricted to same size and number per lot as real estate sales signs. Political or issue-related signs may be sited on private property only. They may be erected no sooner than thirty (30) days prior to Election Day or the day on which the issue is settled by voting. The signs must be removed by installer or property owner no later than the day following the election (or settlement) date. Contractor/Vendor Signs – Contractor signs are not allowed. No signs may be placed on any common property or private lots in Bay Forest that advertise contractor services. These include but are not limited to contractors providing construction, roofing, painting, siding, pool installation, landscaping, yard mowing, flooring, remodeling, plumbing, cabinetry, concrete, or electrical services. Signs of this nature will be removed and destroyed. Garage Sales Signs – Garage sale signs and signs providing directions from neighborhood entrances to your home are allowed. The signs may not exceed the size allowed for real estate signs. They may be placed on common property or on private property, with express permission of owner. They may be displayed for the duration of the sale, but for no more than 48 hours. And, importantly, all signs must be removed by the resident who posted them at the conclusion of the sale.

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Neighborhood News Bay Forest News Readership Data for 2013 For many years the Bay Forest News was produced and distributed as a paper copy only. Two years ago we gave the residents of Bay Forest the option to receive it either as a paper copy or to receive it direct to their email Inbox, or both!

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2. The service provider score has gone from 4.6 in 2012 to 4.63 in 2013. This is on a scale of 5. So the satisfaction score has increased while the readership has increased. 3. Looking at the December's newsletter alone from 12/1-12/31, there were 107 Reads and 15134 Impressions (brief skim) with the average time of 2:22 spent reading. That is a lot of quick views for one month. Much more than on record for any month prior. But that is a good thing. That may indicate that the publication is getting embedded in other locations, and/or the link is getting sent, resent, etc. This does not take into account the number of people who are reading the paper copy. 4. Mobile reading is still hovering at 25% 5. One read each for Canada, Pakistan, Poland, and Germany.

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Neighborhood News Exploration Green Conservancy It's official! The Exploration Green Conservancy will kick off the new year with its first Town Hall meeting under its new name on February 27, 2014. You know the project as the CLC Green Plan, and most of you attended the community input town halls conducted over 2012 to ensure that the project meets the highest use for our neighborhoods. This past year has been full of action as the planning and organizing has evolved with the formation of the new non-profit organization, the Exploration Green Conservancy. Chairman Frank Weary continues to lead this new organization and we are in good hands with him at the helm in what will be a very busy year.

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month HO HO HO! It's the HOLIDAY House of the Month! Every December, the Yard of the Month Committee takes a break from looking at your beautiful yards and instead we take on the difficult task of selecting our favorite holiday decorations. Every year this task gets more and more difficult. But even so, it's our favorite month because we love to see all the variety and personality that comes through in your decorations. If you are looking for holiday decorating ideas to snazz up your house next year, check out these amazing winners. Our congratulations for a yard well done go to: Larry and Sally Davis at 1906 Hillside Oak used thousands of white lights to turn their house into a Winter Wonderland. This calm and serene expression of holiday cheer is not without its sense of humor. If you look closely you will see that this elegant yard is home not only to some grazing deer, but also to a friendly snowman and some flirty flamingoes.

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Richard and Lorraine Allen at 15934 Parkchester showed us the Magic of Christmas by filling their yard with color and sparkle. Ground level colored lights, and strategically placed spotlights did a great job of making every part of this storybook fantasy feel special and important. And don't miss all the beautiful blooms that are still on the bushes!

As always, we appreciate all your comments, especially your nominations for Yard of the Month. If you know of a yard that you feel deserves to be Yard of the Month please send the address to greatyards@bayforest.info.

Enjoy the show!

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Neighborhood News

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CRIME REPORT – November 2013

Burglary Motor Vehicle 1500 Almond Brook Theft 13900 Aspen Knoll Burglary Habitation 2500 Blossom Bay Burglary Habitation 15900 Clearcrest Burglary Habitation 1700 Diamond Brook Burglary Habitation 16300 Dunmoor Criminal Mischief 13600 Harvest Brook Burglary Habitation 16300 Havenpark Burglary Motor Vehicle 1800 Heather Cove Burglary Motor Vehicle 16000 Middlebrook Criminal Mischief (Juv) 16100 Middlebrook Burglary Motor Vehicle 1100 Peachford Investigation (Burglary And Theft) 1500 Pear Brook Theft(Juv) 4100 Pine Blossom Theft 14400 Providence Pine Theft 14600 Stilesboro Burglary Motor Vehicle 14700 Sun Harbor Burglary Habitation 1900 Winter Knoll Way

CRIME REPORT – December 2013

Burglary Motor Vehicle 2800 Acorn Wood Criminal Mischief 16300 Brookvilla Online Solicitation Of A Minor 16400 Brookvilla Burglary Habitation 1100 Cedar Shoals Criminal Mischief 2300 Central Park Theft 14700 Graywood Grove Criminal Mischief 16000 Havenhurst Theft From Vehicle 1200 Indian Autumn Burglary Motor Vehicle 14100 Ivy Bluff Criminal Mischief 4000 Larkfield Criminal Mischief 16200 Larkfield Burglary Habitation 14500 Redwood Bend Theft 14600 Redwood Bend Burglary Habitation 13200 Scenic Glade Criminal Mischief 13100 Space Center Investigation (Robbery) 2300 Sycamore Grove

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Neighborhood Club News Bay Forest Mommies' Club On a beautifully sunny and chilly day in December, the Bay Forest Mommies' Club met to have our annual Christmas Holiday Celebration with the kids. We had a special jolly visitor wearing a bright red suit and hat, and he gave out presents to all of the kids who were there. The kids got to play in the park and run around, enjoy good food and treats, and play with their special gifts from our special visitor. The parents got to enjoy the festivities, too, and spend some time talking and taking pictures, and enjoying the food and beverages and excitement. A good day was had by all!

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Neighborhood Club News The Bay Forest Mommies' Club has been around for over 28 years. In the past, it has served as a babysitting co-op for frazzled parents, or just for parents who want a night out, while leaving their kids in the care of another parent. Over the years, that babysitting function has dropped off a bit, but it is still a group of women that you can trust to leave your children with for that doctor’s appointment, or for when you are running late and can’t get to the school on time. It is also a group of women who are willing to share parenting advice, help you pick a pre-school or doctor, and all of those other choices that parenting involves. For more information, please contact Joy King at the following e-mail address: mommies@bayforest.info

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Neighborhood Club News Bay Forest Gourmet Club

The holidays are over but we are still remembering our wonderful Christmas party. In keeping with our wine-region theme, we visited France to sample many French dishes and wines. Over 15 couples enjoyed the food and conversation, as shown in these pictures. Our next trip will be to Portugal where three couples will host three small dinner parties. Meanwhile, here is a quick and easy recipe for your next get-together.

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5 lb large shrimp “shrimp boil” or boiling spices 2 8oz bottles Kraft Catalina dressing 5 bay leaves 1 tbsp celery seed 2 3oz bottles small capers – drained 8 whole cloves 15 small boiling onions – thinly sliced 2 8oz bottles Durkee’s dressing Ritz crackers

Yield: 20 servings

Prepare shrimp Season 1 gallon water with “shrimp boil” seasoning or the following; salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, whole onion, celery, juice and peel of 1 lemon. Bring to boil and add shrimp & boil for 3-5 min (or just until pink). Remove from heat and let stand for 5 min. Drain and rinse shrimp in cold water (add ice to cool faster). Shell and devein the shrimp. Combine all remaining ingredients for sauce, then add shrimp & onions and refrigerate overnight. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with crackers.

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GardenLine Tips

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Recovering From The Polar Vortex of 2014 Let's talk freeze-recovery. First of all, I just looked at a long-range weather forecast I trust, and there's no hint of freezing temperatures for the next two weeks. So I think we can get busy with freeze-recovery practices. That doesn't mean I can guarantee no more Arctic blasts or frosts between now and April 1, but this is about as good as it gets. So, here are some simple rules to follow for the next few weeks. 1. If it's crispy and brown, cut it back to green wood. Hibiscus are perfect examples. 2. If you cut back a brown-and-crispy plant to the ground and see no sign of green, but the root system seems to be firmly locked in, consider leaving it alone and seeing what comes back. If the root system moves around easily — like a car's stick-shift — it's dead. You can remove the whole thing. 3. If it's mushy, gushy or gooey, get rid of it! Cut it out, remove it - do whatever it takes to get the nasty stuff out of there. 4. If a palm frond (queen palms are good examples) is drooping over, cut it out or back. If a palm frond is standing up, leave it alone. Remember the January 2010 freeze? We had to wait months before we knew if they were coming back or not. 5. On palms small enough that you have access to the fronds (a dwarf pygmy date palm is a perfect example), pull on the ones in the interior to see if they stay in. If they easily slide out, the plant is dead. If they hold tight, the plant may still be alive, but you will have to wait and see. 6. If you feel confident of no more hard freezes between now and Feb. 15, it's time to scalp the yard. Essentially, you'll try to vacuum up dead grass so live roots are open to the air, sunshine, water and fertilizer. 7. If you think your St. Augustine lawn has a lot of thatch build-up, don't mechanically de-thatch - scalp instead. There are products that will help break down the thatch - basically anything containing humus or humates. Read more: http://www.ktrh.com/pages/gardenline2.html?article=1 1976219#ixzz2roFfZ3kp

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Gardeners by the Bay WWW.GBTB.ORG The presentation for the Gardeners by the Bay February 5, 2014 meeting is ANTS... CRAZY AND FIREY!!!!! given by Dr. Paul Nester, Entomologist, Texas Agrilife Extension Specialist, Texas A&M University. Paul is the lead specialist in studying the new "crazy" ant invasion currently troubling our locale. He will inform us about ants and anything else that "bugs" us. The GBTB meets at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. Refreshments are from 9:00 - 9:30, meeting starts at 9:30. All are welcome at our meeting. For questions call Marjorie at 281-474-5051. Visit us at http://gbtb.org

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Lisa Maxwell-Malik, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

Russell J. Malik, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

CCISD NEWS Update on the Clear Lake HS Rebuild

Existing Layout

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Conceptual Elevation

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www.falconpassvisioncenter.net (CLHS REBUILD continued on page 14)

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CCISD NEWS Update on the Clear Lake HS Rebuild • Phase 1 Building – Auditorium, Fine Arts, Business, Counseling, Administration, General Classrooms & Library • New Central Plant • New Softball Field • New Practice Field • Temporary Staff Parking • New Visitor Parking • 4 new Tennis Courts • Bus Loop at 9th Grade Center • Student Parking at 9th Grade Center CLICK ORE FOR M • Phase 2 Building – INFO • Phase 1 complete and occupied • New Central Plant operational • Renovation of existing CTE shops into new girls athletics • Abandon existing utility easement off Bay Area • Bus loop relocated to temporary staff parking • Phase 2 Building- Classrooms, Science, CTE, Cafeteria, Kitchen & Special Education • Phase 3 Building – • Phases 1 & 2 completed and occupied • New pool locker rooms & office • New athletics lobby • New student and staff parking lots • Relocated student and special education bus loop • Two new practice fields

Phase 1

Phase 2

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School News Falcon Pass Elementary School News

International Day!

GO VOYAGERS!

February 1st 4th 4th 6th 6th 10th – 14th 10th – 14th 11th 12th – 13th 12th 12th 12th 13th 14th 14th 17th 18th 18th 24th – 28th 25th 26th 27th 27th 28th 28th

Dates to Remember Winter Carnival “Under the Big Top;” hosted by PTA Space Center Intermediate Tour for 5th Space Center Intermediate Parent Info Night JSC Deposit Day 100th Day of School Kinder Celebration Random Acts of Kindness Week Get Fit Week 5th grade 2B Friends Student Council Candy Gram Sale; delivered on Valentine’s Day PTA Executive Board Meeting 1:00 pm FPE Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:00 pm in the Library 4th grade 2B Friends 3rd grade 2B Friends Valentine’s Day Class Parties Early Release 12:15 pm Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service Class Picture Day FPE Spirit Night at Local Restaurant Book Fair 5th grade Knights 4th grade Knights Fine Arts Night 6-7:30 pm 3rd grade Knights 1st Grade Book Parade SPIRIT DAY !!

Family Night

Falcon Pass Elementary Students Showcase Their Knowledge At a recent showcase, Falcon Pass Elementary students were able to share what they've accomplished in their enrichment clusters with fellow students, parents and community members. Clusters included leadership, duct tape, robotics, crochet, future engineers, baking, Pinterest, game design, and save the dolphins. Way to go!

(FALCON PASS continued on page 16)

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School News FPE Christmas Party

Spirit Days ~ Nov & Dec

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CCISD Announces 2014 Science Fair Winners:

Colonel Ken Cameron, SAIC; Miriam Matney, Grand Award Winner for Physical Science; Perry Alagappan, Runner Up for Life Science; William Wu, Runner Up Physical Sciences; Kushal Kadakia, Grand Award Winner for Life Science. All of these students attend Clear Lake High School. CCISD 2014 District Science Fair Grand Award Winners

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Jesse A. Dorrington 2014 Grand Award — Life Science Kushal Kadakia, Clear Lake High School Heavy Metal Removal Using Fe3O4 Nanoparticles III Jesse A. Dorrington 2014 Grand Award — Physical Science Miriam Matney, Clear Lake High School Photofission of an Actinide Target Jesse A. Dorrington 2014 Grand Award Runner Up— Life Science Perry Alagappan, Clear Lake High School Novel Renewable Nanofilter for Heavy Metal Removal Jesse A. Dorrington 2014 Grand Award Runner Up — Physical Science William Wu, Clear Lake High School Geographic Belts for Hurricane Landfall Location

CLHS Student's Artwork Selected for Auction

Clear Lake High School senior Stephanie Lawrence has been chosen as a finalist for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo's Student Western Art Contest, Exhibit and Auction. Stephanie's piece was judged as one of the Top 25 amongst entries from high school students across Texas. Each of the 25 pieces will be auctioned. The artist will receive a scholarship in the amount of the winning bid. Good luck Stephanie! (CLHS NEWS continued on page 18)

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School News CLHS Boys Basketball Congratulations to the Falcon boys basketball team as they clinched at least a tie for the district championship with a 68 - 62 win over Clear Springs on Friday night. Clear Lake is one of the top teams in the area with a 25-4 record (9-1 in district). Lake's final home game is Friday, February 7 against 2nd place Clear Falls. A victory over Falls will make the Falcons district champions. It is also Senior Night so plan to come out and support this great team as Dorian Burns, Drake Green, James Kirk, Eugene Maima, Hector Martinez, Mark Skol and Will West play their last game at Krueger!

CLHS Choir Goes Hi-Tech The Clear Lake High School Choir was recently able to complete its first technology-integrated lesson, thanks to CCISD's Latitude to Learn program. Using their new tablet computers, students were able to mark and color-code key elements of a choral score, then rehearsed and performed the score!

CCISD Livestock Show and Auction Was a Record Breaker CCISD's Livestock Show and Auction was very successful raising $247,000 for the FFA program and CCISD students. Clear Lake High School student Kara Belt's market steer was named Grand Champion and sold for $21,000. Click Here for a list of the top winners. Congratulations to all the winners!

(CLHS NEWS continued on page 19)

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School News RECOGNITION: ALAN MACKWELL of Clear Lake High School is one of only nine students in Texas to have his music performed by the Austin Symphony in the Texas Young Composers Concert. His composition is titled, "The Corps of Discovery." Clear Lake Orchestra is 1st in Texas

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Some would say the Clear Lake High School Orchestra has become a dynasty under the direction of Bryan Buffaloe. The orchestra began its ascent in 2010 when the group placed second at the Texas Music Educator’s (TMEA) Honor Orchestra competition. Since then the Clear Lake Orchestra managed to snag 1st place in 2011, 2013 and 2014. They were 2nd in 2012. “This achievement is unprecedented in any division of the Texas Music Educators Association, band, choir or orchestra divisions,” explains CCISD Director of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Muths, “Clear Lake High School Orchestra is one of the most consistently successful programs in state history, and that is saying something in Texas.”

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The orchestra has 13 All-State students, which is typical of this high school program. “These students and their directors are extraordinary in every measure,” said Muths. The Clear Lake High School Orchestra will perform in February at the TMEA convention in San Antonio.

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Clear Lake City-County

Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (281) 488.1906 • www.hcpl.net

Downton Abbey’s “Manor of Speaking”, Professor Robert Patten @ the Freeman February 6th at 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of one of the hottest shows on television: “Downton Abbey,” the critically acclaimed PBS drama series. Special guest Professor Robert Patten, Rice University's Lynette S. Autry Professor Emeritus in Humanities and professor emeritus of English will be at the Freeman Library. Professor Patten is a regular guest on the local PBS show "Manor of Speaking," which follows the airing of each Downton Abbey episode. Come for an enthusiastic conversation!

Meet Representative John E. Davis and SCORE Counselors February 8th at 10:30 am Representative John E. Davis, Chairman of the Economic and Small Development Committee along with SCORE Representatives will be at the Freeman Library for a live business discussion addressing small business owners. Join us at the Community Room starting 10:30 am. A Q&A will follow after the presentation. Come ask questions! John E. Davis was elected to the Texas Legislature to represent House District 129 in 1998. He serves on the Public Education Committee and as Chair of Economic and Small Business Development. Rep. Davis belongs to the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Rotary Club, University Baptist Church in Clear Lake, and the Pasadena Salvation Army Advisory Board. His legislative efforts include working with NASA Johnson Space Center on the Texas Aerospace Scholars' Program along with the Technology Outreach Program. As a result of past and present work with various advocacy groups, during the 80th Legislative Session Rep. Davis was awarded the "Legislative Excellence Award" by the Brain Injury Association of Texas, the "Award for Public Service" by the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, and Honored by the Texas Council for Community MHMRs for his work on their behalf. The Texas Association of Business named him a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" as a result of his stellar pro-business voting record. Come meet SCORE Representatives and Library Staff. Learn about resources and services available to the business community. If you are a business owner, you won’t want to miss this!

Black History Month Craft Program Feb. 13, 2014 | 4:30pm - 5:30 pm

We will Celebrate Black History Month with unique African American cultural activities including Kente cloth weaving and other crafts, snacks and movie! Come joins us and celebrate! (LIBRARY NEWS continued on page 21)

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CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS! Thursday, February 20 at 4:30 pm

Make a shoebox Mardi Gras float. We’ll provide the shoebox and lots of fun items to use in decorating. Then we’ll display the floats through Mardi Gras (Tuesday, March 4) in the Rotunda Area. After March 4, children can pick up their float to bring home and keep. Let the good times roll! Tickets are required. They are free and given out at the Kids Information Desk starting 30 minutes before the program. This program recommended for ages 5-12 years old.

Cat in the Hat Party February 27th at 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for a fun party! Tickets are required and available 30 minutes before the program starts at the Kid's Information Desk.

February Events for Teens 2/3 Make It! Monday Celebrating Black History Month at 4:30 pm. Learn more about the famous Gee’s Bend Quilters and their works and create your own fabric or paper piece inspired by Gee’s Quilt Designs. 2/5 What to Read Next? at 4:30 pm Have you ever been stumped on what to read next? Drop by the Zone to get personalized recommendations from the YA Librarian. Or browse the shelves to find your next favorite read. 2/12 How’s that Work? The Science of Taste at 4:30 pm We’ve all seen the “tongue map,” showing us where we’re supposed to be able to taste things that are sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Does your own tongue follow the map? Stop by the Zone and find out! 2/13 Love Stinks: An Un-Valentine’s Day Party at 4:30 pm Fed up with Valentine’s Day? Drop by the Zone and celebrate with an Un-Valentine’s Day party with sweets, games, a movie and crafts. 2/17 Make It! Monday: Catapults at 4:30 pm Explore catapults through a couple of different designs. Then catapult small objects through the air. What could be more fun than that? 2/19 Art Through the Ages: Cubism at 4:30 pm Travel through time with art. This month we’ll learn more about cubism and create our own pieces inspired by famous works. 2/24 Teen Advisory Board Meeting at 4:30 pm Are you interested in giving back to the community? Are you looking for leadership opportunities? Are you opinionated? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join our Teen Advisory Board. 2/26 Freeman Teens Read Book Club at 4:30 pm Tell us about everything new or old! Share your favorite books, songs, movies, or television shows while enjoying snacks. 2/27 Gamers Unite! at 4:30 pm Join us in the Zone for tabletop and video games. Have a favorite game? Feel free to bring it with you to share.

TEEN JOB DIRECTORY BABYSITTERS & PET SITTERS

Rachel Bentley Abbey Cain Lauryn Hanley Lauren Jones Drew Musachia Paul Shaffer Brad Sullivan Maddy Wimberly Sarah Yarbrough

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832-477-0135 (c) 832-683-3733 (c) 281-486-2051 (c)

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BABYSITTERS

Laura Allan 6/92 Rachel Dudash 5/92 Alexandra Hunt-Riley 11/94 Alexandria Lawrence 9/93 Alice Wang 7/92 Alexis Wendes 2/94 Rachel Zandy 12/96

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Gabbi Guiscardo Alexandra Hunt-Riley 11/94 Alex Lauzon 5/99 Michelle O’Bert 7/94 Alberto Quinones 8/96 Alexis Wendes 2/94 Jack Wendes 3/98 Alex Woerner 8/96

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Abbey Cain 12/93 Richard Cao 1/97 Alexandria Lawrence 9/93 Alice Wang 7/92

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PET SERVICES

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SPANISH TUTOR (Elementary to High School)

Hugo Hernandez, Jr. 9/91 281-323-9722 Alexandria Lawrence 9/93 281-286-7203 (h) 832-492-4042 (c) Alice Wang Isaac Fouty Robert Lauzon Alberto Quinones Alberto Quinones

PIANO TEACHER 7/92 281-282-0639

POWER WASHING 9/91 713-252-2578 7/96 281-218-0064 8/96 832-228-2507

LAWN MOWING 8/96 832-228-2507

CURB ADDRESS PAINTING

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The Bay Forest News will run ads for our Bay Forest teenagers free of charge. Please send your ad including your name, birth date, and telephone number to: TEENS - THE BAY FOREST NEWS 15822 MANOR SQUARE, HOUSTON, TX 77062

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Bay Forest Contacts OFFICERS - Bay Forest Community Association President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Director

Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com Barbara McCollum John Haas Tom Camp

713-562-5444 832-377-1222

COMMITTEES - Bay Forest Community Association

ARC Dan Pias dfwdaniel@gmail.com 713-562-5444 ACLC Barbara McCollum aclc@bayforest.info 281-488-0123 Pool Tom Camp pool@bayforest.info Tennis John Haas Social Committee John Haas COA/Parks Dan Pias parks@bayforest.info 713-562-5444 Yard of the Month John Haas greatyards@bayforest.info Parking/Traffic Committee Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com 832-377-1222 Trash Service Oversight Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com 832-377-1222 Long Range Planning Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com 832-377-1222 Realtor Advisory Board Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 713-562-5444 Community Relations Gene Fisseler community@bayforest.info 832-377-1222 Management Oversight Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 713-562-5444 Crime/Community Watch Gene Fisseler www.clcw.org Water Resources Gene Fisseler 832-377-1222 Website Oversight Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 713-562-5444 Nominating Committee Barbara McCollum / John Haas / Tom Camp

ORGANIZATIONS

Tennis - Mens Greg Blackburn tennis@bayforest.info H: 281-480-8280 greg.blackburn@earthlink.net C: 281-743-3802 Russ Hall Tennis - Womens Pam Doty pamdoty@gmail.com 281-286-7471 Garden Club Katy Lednicky www.GBTB.org 281-488-5655 Gourmet Club Alex Valenti alix_valenti@msn.com Mommies’ Club Joy King mommies@bayforest.info 281-486-1834 Blue Marlins Blue Marlins Hotline 832-247-5035

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS

The Bay Forest Community Association can be contacted at: 832.224.6446 Manager@BayForest.info 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062 AmeriWaste 281-331-8400 City of Houston Information (neighborhood protection, solid waste, addresses to public buildings, etc.) 3-1-1 Officer Richard Buitron HPD Liaison / 2855 Bay Area Blvd. 77058 281-218-3900 Report Suspicious Activity • Non-Emergency # 713-884-3131 Poison Control 281-766-4403 Albert Thomas Post Office Frances Nix-Davis 281-488-8315

To Report a Streetlight that is Out... CenterPoint Energy maintains streetlights throughout our electric service territory in and around Houston. Go to the link below to report a streetlight outage. You will be asked to provide: • pole number for the non-functioning lights you want to report • contact information (in case more info is needed to locate a streetlight) • an e-mail address (if you want feedback regarding your repair request) • the number of streetlights you would like to report Visit CenterPoint Energy’s webpage for reporting streetlights out: www.centerpointenergy.com/services/electricity/ residential/reportastreetlightoutage/ Report general power outages by calling 713-207-2222 or 1-800-332-7143

Leash Law

Dogs and cats may not “run at large” in Houston. “Running at large” means going on public or private property without the owner or another person having direct physical control of the animal.  An animal on a leash is considered to be under direct physical control of a person.“Running at large” may result in impoundment of the animal or in the issuance of one or more citations. For more info visit http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/departme/health/barc3.htm

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CLEAR CREEK SCHOOLS SERVING BAY FOREST Space Center Intermediate Falcon Pass Elementary

281-284-3300 Fax: 281-284-3305 281-284-6200 Fax: 281-286-2914 Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm Office Hours: 7:45 am to 3:45 pm School Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm School Hours: 8:15 am to 3:15 pm www.ccisd.net/schools/elementary-schools

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

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Clear Lake High School

281-284-1900 Fax: 281-284-1905 Office Hours: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm | School Hours: 7:20 am to 2:30 pm

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