Volume 28, Number 4
A Reprieve for the Bradford Pears? The Bradford Pear trees that line Manor Square and Lake Lodge at the Pool Park, I believe, must have been given a reprieve. They have been trimmed and mulched for another year. Many thanks to the BFCA Board for letting us enjoy the trees for a little while longer! ~ Marita
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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.
April 2014 Board Meeting
A regular meeting of the Bay Forest Community Association (BFCA) Board of Directors was convened on April 21, 2014, at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. Board members in attendance were Tom Camp, John Haas, Barbara McCollum, and Dan Pias. Also participating in the meeting was Community Manager Jared Simmons. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Community Mailboxes
Two new community mailbox sets were installed on schedule in early April. We hope you have seen them and (those who are using them) are enjoying them. There are more to come so be on the lookout.
Changes in our Common Area Forests
New and different species of trees are coming. We are working out the final details and expect to have 40 trees planted in May. All will have been grown out to 15 gallon buckets. Live Oak, Red Oak, Burr Oak, Loblolly Pine, Mexican Plum and Redbuds are on the list. All the trees will be provided by Trees For Houston at no cost. Once we finalize the locations for each tree, theyâ€™ll be professionally planted and staked in the Bay Forest (pool) Park and the larger Pocket Parks. See the website for the map plan. All trees will be planted outside of the pipeline easement and far enough from streets and sidewalks to avoid crowding issues and damage. In addition, those that will ultimately grow into large trees will be located in areas with ample open space to accommodate symmetrical development as they grow toward the light. Smaller, understory trees will be planted to fill in areas below the existing higher canopy. (BFCA continued on page 3)
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Bay Forest Pets
Please read and take note as we have had some unfortunate instances occur. We do have provisions regarding roaming animals of all sizes, makes, and models in our Bay Forest Community Association CCRs and in the City of Houston ordinances. Section 14 of the Bay Forest CCRs states “Animals are not permitted to roam the property [Bay Forest] and must be controlled on a leash if they are not on an Estate Lot, Custom Lot, Executive Lot or Patio Lot [any lot in Bay Forest].” The City of Houston Leash Law states “It is against the law for pets to roam loose. Pets with access to public sidewalks, streets or neighbor's property may be impounded. This includes animals tied or staked.” So what do these mean to us? They simply say that, if you own a dog or cat, you may not let it freely roam our neighborhood, and you are responsible for any damage or harm caused by that pet. Most folks are aware that they must have their dogs or cats on a leash when they take them out for a walk, (not that I have ever seen a cat out for a leash walk), it is important to understand that even when your pets are on your personal private property, they must also be controlled. This is accomplished by keeping them indoors or keeping them inside a fenced area so that they do not have the opportunity to approach those walking by the property. Houston also has an ordinance governing the removal and pick up of fecal matter deposited by owned pets, on property which does not belong to the owner of the pet. We should not require a law or ordinance for folks to do the right thing. If your pet leaves a deposit on any other property than the owner of said pet, please pick it up and dispose of properly. More information can be found at http://www.houstontx.gov/health/quicktips/scooperlaw. html. Section 6-24, Defecation by dogs or cats, reads as follows: (a) It is the duty of each person in control of a dog or cat to promptly remove and dispose of, in a sanitary manner, feces left by such dog or cat. (b) It shall be the duty of each person in control of a dog or cat to be in possession of materials to remove feces left by said dog or cat. (c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the person in control of the dog or cat is the owner of the premises, or the owner’s agent of the premises, where the dog or cat deposits feces.” (d) Violation of this section is unlawful and any violation shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not less than $75.00 or more than $500.00. Each act in contravention of this section is a separate offense.
Uninvited Visitors Knocking at Your Door? Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. good news.
It is illegal for any person to solicit funds within the City of Houston unless he or she has first obtained a certificate of registration (permits) from the City. And, once a permit has been (BFCA continued on page 4)
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issued, solicitation of funds is permissible only between the hours of 9am and 8pm. The permitted solicitor must be able to produce the permit upon request. If anyone comes to your door asking for donations for any cause, you are within your rights to ask to see their permit issued by the City of Houston specifically allowing them to come knock on doors in Bay Forest. If they are unaware of the requirement, claim they are exempt from the requirement, or indicate their boss has the permit, you should direct them to the nearest Bay Forest exit, explaining that you will be calling the police in the next few minutes. We all have to take responsibility for enforcement
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But the bad news is that while charity organizations are required to obtain permits to solicit donations, there is no city ordinance in place prohibiting door-to-door sales nor does the City require door-to-door salespersons to obtain permits. We have addressed this issue many times in the past and we simply cannot prohibit, nor will the police stop or remove unwanted and uninvited solicitors. Their right to conduct their business on public streets and walkways are protected. Streets, sidewalks, driveways and paved or designated walks from the sidewalks up to your front door imply a protected right to ingress and egress. The only way to restrict that activity would be for us to purchase the streets and gate the entire community as a private community. I simply do not see that happening any time soon. Be alert, be watchfull and if concerned or alarmed by any solicitor, ask them to leave or call the police.
Congratulating our Bay Forest Graduating Seniors
Remember the three pages of Bay Forest high school and college graduating seniors that were featured in the June 2013 Bay Forest News? If you are a Bay Forest graduating senior this May, now is the time to send your info for the June 2014 issue! We would like to recognize and congratulate all of our Bay Forest high school and college graduating seniors in the June issue of the Bay Forest News. This has become an annual Bay Forest tradition.
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CRIME REPORT – April 2014
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Includes: Bay Forest, Middlebrook, Northfork, Brook Forest, Bay Oaks and Bay Knoll This data is not the official crime statistics for the Houston Police Department. This data is being provided prior to the release of the Department's Official Monthly Uniform Crime.
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On March 31, at approximately 7:00 pm, residents in the 15700 block of Hillside Falls Trail observed a stranger, an adult male, in their backyard. He appeared to be highly agitated, yelling and pacing across the yard. He proceeded to forcibly enter the home, injuring himself.
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Bay Forest Yard of the Month We have selected two beautiful yards this month that just sing with the joy of Springtime. Each yard has lots of new plantings, so we are actually looking forward to this time next month when we can see them lush and full. These homeowners did a great job leaving enough space for their plants to grow into.
Deborah and James Jackson at 2115 Purple Plum have created simple raised beds of pink and red Begonias alternated with variegated Liriope, or as most of us call it, Monkey Grass. These small cheerful plants glitter in the morning sun that filters through the Oak trees and stand out nicely against the mature Pittosporum and Ligustrum shrubs closer to the house. Adding height and interest to these sparkling flower beds are graceful and elegant Knock-out Rose trees. The two large terra-cotta pots at the front door contain tender baby Hibiscus plants. We can hardly wait to see them grow up.
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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Lisa Frankart at 15919 Erin Creek Court stole our hearts with a charming display of colorful spring blooms. Deep pink Petunias and yellow Marigolds dance between two large established Rose bushes against a backdrop of Pittosporum and Palms. Liriope grasses fill out the beds in the front of the house while a large hanging basket overflowing with lush Impatiens beckons visitors to the front door where even more potted beauties await. As you can see, we made our selection near Easter, and we think this seasonal display really brings a cheerful whimsey to this already happy landscape.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BAY FOREST COMMUNITY POOL SUMMER 2014 SCHEDULE May 3 - June 1 Saturdays & Sundays
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The pool is Closed on Mondays, except holidays; May 26 & Sept 1.
Please Note: Pool opening will be delayed due to Blue Marlins Swim Meet on June 7th.
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Our community pool is a great place for Bay Forest residents to host small group parties for birthdays, for sports teams, for church groups, etc. Parties may be scheduled during regular hours and on Mondays. No more than one party may be scheduled in the afternoon (noon to 4:30 pm); no more than one party may be scheduled in the evening (after 5:00 pm). Parties should be scheduled seven (7) days in advance. There are two options for having a pool party.
Homeowners hosting parties with up to and including twenty five (25) participants may be scheduled during regular hours and may extend until 10:00 pm. Additional lifeguards may or may not be needed to maintain an overall lifeguard to patron ratio of 1:25 during a party scheduled during regular hours. Based on the number of expected party participants and Sweetwater’s experience with typical pool patronage during the time a party is scheduled, additional lifeguards may be deemed needed and supplied. The Bay Forest Community Association will pay for any additional guards needed during regular hours.
Homeowners hosting parties with more than twenty five (25) participants or desiring exclusive use of the pool may schedule parties on Monday in the afternoons (noon until 4:30 pm) or in the evenings (5:00 pm until 10:00 pm). Sweetwater shall supply sufficient lifeguards for each party, determined to maintain an overall lifeguard to patron ratio of 1:25. The homeowner is responsible for paying Sweetwater an hourly rate of $10 for each required lifeguard (minimum of two). There is no fee for using the pool. The hourly rate will include any set up and cleanup activities. Party reservations will officially open April 1, 2014. To schedule a party please email the Pool Party Coordinator at: parties@ sweetwaterpoolsinc.com, or phone 281-300-6077 or Fax: 281988-8503. Reservation requests will be conducted online and confirmed by the Sweetwater Pools Party Coordinator on or after this date. This information and much more can be found on our Bay Forest Community website, www.bayforest.info.
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The fun started with the egg hunt, as the 2 and under set started everything off. Those were some darling little boys and girls and they may have been a bit confused about the purpose of the brightly colored eggs, but their parents and other relatives and friends had fun watching them figure it out! The 3-5 year-olds took the stage next, and hunted for the colorful treats. They knew the score and had no trouble filling their baskets with the eggs! Finally, the 6-and-up crowd got their turn and found all the rest of the hidden eggs. A good time was had by everyone, if appearances are anything to go by! Kids got to run all over the park and play on the equipment, and a bunch of various aged boys looked like they were enjoying bouncing a tennis ball against the backboard and chasing it down!
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And the crawfish…They were AWESOME! Thank you to ABE’s Cajun Market and Café for providing them again this year! They were seasoned perfectly, and there were some really large ones mixed in with the rest of the crawfish. Thank you to Joy King for organizing the Easter egg hunt, and to Edrina and Sue Fitting for marshalling the resources to put together the yummy crawfish boil. It was a wonderful community-filled afternoon. Don’t miss it next year!
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Our fifth stop on our wine region tour took us to the land down under where we had several wines and foods native to Australia and New Zealand. Australia boasts several wine growing regions, most notably the Barossa Valley in South Australia. The area is noted for its fine Shiraz, and you can visit several well-known wineries such as Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds and Wolf Blass. New Zealand also has many wine regions in both the North and South Islands, including over 140 wineries in Marlborough producing its famous and fruity Sauvignon Blanc. Our main course was, of course, leg of lamb accompanied by roasted butternut squash and snow peas. The highlight of the evening, however, was a Pavlova cake, which was named after the Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova. The story is that the head chef of the Wellington Hotel in New Zealand created the dish when Pavlova visited there in 1926 on her world tour. Below is the recipe and a picture – it really was very easy.
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Brooks Blue Marlins Swim Team It’s Official! Brooks Blue Marlins Swim Season has started! Still accepting both new and returning swimmers
Yes, swim team has officially begun with the start of May. Many news swimmers, along with seasoned veterans will begin practicing after school at both, the Bay Forest pool, and also the Brookforest pool. As always, ages are divided into different swim times, allowing quality coaching for similar ages.
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The Blue Marlins swim team continues to grow... Many new faces have joined our Marlin family by either registering online, or at the walk-up registration held in April at the Bay Forest pool. We are so excited to begin the year with enthusiastic swimmers and a few new names on our coaching staff. In fact, many of whom are previous Blue Marlin alumni returning as coaches this year!
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Time Trials are approaching soon! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 17th. We will have our time trials, along with a mini-meet against the Nassau Bay Nauticats. This is when all swimmers 10 and under have a chance to participate in a real meet situation, while also clocking swim times for their various swim strokes. These initial race times allow our coaches & staff to place our swimmers in the appropriate race heats for future meets. It’s a fun day for our team. So, please make sure to attend, if possible. These time trials are also an opportunity for Blue Marlin swimmers to purchase their (optional) team swimsuits. Sample sizes will be available for proper fitting, as well as, swim caps, goggles, and more! You may also order your suit online, if preferred. We do encourage all swimmers to have an official Blue Marlin suit for the meets. However, it is not mandatory. Meet Schedule: 5/17 Mini-Meet in Nassau Bay (practice meet for 10 & under only) 5/24 Meet #1 Nassau Bay Nauticats @ Nassau Bay 5/31 Meet #2 SSH - Harbour Tide @ Brookforest 6/7 Meet #3 South Belt Sharks @ Bay Forest 6/14 Meet #4 Timber Cover Dolphins @ Middlebrook 6/21 Meet #5 El Lago Dorados @ El Lago 6/28-30 Champ Meet Series @ Texas City (TBA)
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As you will notice, it is an early season, again, this year; allowing for swim team to wrap up before the month of July. All team information is posted on our website www.brooksbluemarlins. com. Families will be able to check practice status, swim meet details, purchase marlins spirit gear, and even note their volunteer preferences for swim meets. (Remember we cannot guarantee volunteer selections, but sincere efforts are made to do so.) Online registration is still open; please tell your friends and neighbors! Congratulations to the many new families who have joined thus far - the long standing tradition of the Blue Marlin Swim Team! Welcome to the tank! Ivan J. Dominguez, president Brooks Blue Marlins 2014 Cell: (713) 339-0835 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mighty Blue Marlins Back in the water!
Bay Forest News ~ May 2014
Thank You FPE Safety Patrol
Falcon Pass Elementary School News GO VOYAGERS!
May-June Dates to Remember May 1st JSC Deposit Day 5th PTA Old Board/New Board Meeting 5th – 9th Teacher Appreciation Week 5th – 9th Pre K & Kindergarten Round Up 6th Staff lunch provided by PTA Staff Appreciation Committee 8th 3rd grade Longhorn Project field trip 9th 1st grade Mother’s Day Tea 9th 4th grade field trip to Moody Gardens 11th Happy Mother’s Day!! 13th 5th grade Knights 13th 5th grade Living Museum 14th 4th grade Knights 15th 2013 Senior Tea 3pm 16th 1st grade Children’s Museum field trip 16th Career Day 8:30-11:00 am 15th 3rd grade Knights 19th – 23rd Science Dome in the Library 21st Voyager Press Author’s Party 2pm 22nd PTA Meeting in the Teaching Theater 11:45am - Lunch 12:00pm - Program: Principal Giuffre “Voyager Landing” 23rd 5th grade Living Museum 26th School Holiday, Memorial Day 27th FPE Spirit Night at Menchie’s Yogurt 30th End of Year Pool Party 5th grade 30th SPIRIT DAY!! June 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 4th 5th 5th 5th
Awards Ceremonies K, 2nd, 3rd Kinder Graduation 1:45pm Class Party 2nd Awards Ceremonies 1st & 4th Kinder Water Day Class Parties Pre K, 3rd & 4th Awards Ceremony 5th Class Party 1st Early Release 12:15pm LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!
FPE Chess Club
Bay Forest News ~ May 2014
Incoming Freshman Parent Breakfast The Clear Lake High School PTSA will host the Annual Incoming Freshman Parent Breakfast on Wednesday, May 14 at 9:00 am in the Ninth Grade Center Library.
CLHS Groundbreaking Ceremony set for May 17!
The Clear Lake High School Groundbreaking Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014! This event will be filled with fun, food and activities as we say good-bye to the original Clear Lake High School Building and usher in a new era for Clear Lake High School. Students are creating designs for the T-Shirt design contest to be held this month and several clubs will be hosting tables to provide food and beverages for all the guests. There are plans to have a photo booth for current and former Falcons as well as tours of the old building. Once a Falcon, Always a Falcon!
The meeting will last until approximately 10:30 am. Come and learn whether or not the things you've heard about high school are true or just rumors. Faculty and parents will be available to help answer questions about the high school experience.
Track and Field Teams Race for Top Spots
Clear Lake High School Track and Field has done it again. They are back to back district and area champions. Congratulations!
11:00 am ~ Taste of Lake 11:30 am ~ Programs 12:00 pm ~ Alumni Tours
Click here to view the Groundbreaking Invitation and RSVP! For the very latest on the Clear Lake High School rebuild and to view a design animation, photos and project updates, visit www.ccisd.net/departments/facility-services/2013-bondconstruction/high-schools/clear-lake-hs
Project Graduation needs everyone’s support for the Class of 2014! The Project Graduation 2014 committee is selling Double Dave’s pizza rolls for $2 each on the following dates: May 14 and 21 and 28. Mark your calendars at home so your student can bring money on these days. Thank you from the Project Graduation volunteers! Class of 2014 Graduation
The Class of 2014 Commencement Exercises will be held on June 6th at 7:30 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. For additional information or to ask questions, contact the Senior Principal, Brad Hayes, at email@example.com.
Spring Semester Exam Schedule
Please make note of the current testing schedule and keep these dates in mind to be sure your student does not have any conflicting appointments. May 6 May 7 May 8-9 June 2-5
Algebra I and US History STAAR Biology STAAR STAAR Makeups Semester Final Exams
AP Testing Days and Subjects May 6 – Computer Science, Spanish Language, Art History May 7 – AB and BC Calculus, Chinese Language May 8 – English Literature, Japanese, Latin May 9 – English Language, Statistics, Studio Art May 12 – Biology, Music Theory, Physics BC May 13 – US Govt., Human Geography, French Language May 14 – German Language, US History, Euro History May 15 – Macro Economics, World History, Micro Economics May 16 – Computer, Spanish Literature
Fabulous Falcon Flairs Spring Show
CLHS Falcon Flairs present Simply The Best Spring Show. Join us May 15, 16, 17 in the MB Auditorium 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $10. Thursday is student night, only $8 with ID at the door.
Fabulous Falcon FLAIRS Spring DANCE CLINIC
Join the Flairs for their Annual Spring Dance Clinic on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Learn a dance routine and dance in the Flair Spring Show May 15-17!! For Age 4 through 9th grade. No dance experience required. 9 am to 2 pm. (Performance for parents at 1:30 p.m.) $40.00 Pre-Registration* ($45 on May 10th) Includes T-shirt, Photo with Flair, Lunch, and Dance in FLAIR SPRING SHOW!! Enter the raffle to win a FLAIR Bear Basket! Raffle tickets $1 each or 6 for $5!!
Click HERE for more info. Click HERE to view Registration Form Please email questions to FlairsDanceClinic@gmail.com
Bay Forest News ~ May 2014
Clear Lake City-County
Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (281) 488.1906 • www.hcpl.net
INNOVATION LAB Something new has arrived at the library... You're looking at a MakerBot Replicator 2, a 3D printer we're proud to say is the first of its kind at Freeman Branch Library. It will take us a little time to figure it out, and we don't yet have a permanent home for it since the Innovation Lab is still under development, so please be patient! Nevertheless, this is just one of many exciting changes you have to look forward to at your library. Stay tuned this year for more as we continue moving forward into the future!
Free Business Workshop
Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 am Doing Business with the City of Houston Make plans to attend this information packed workshop where you will receive the most current and up to date information for legally operating your Houston business on Saturday, May 10th starting at 10:30 am. Experts from the City of Houston’s Business Solutions Center (HBSC) will be on hand to explain specific requirements that all business owners need to know. Plenty of time will be allowed for questions. You do not need to be in business to attend. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. You do not need to be in business to attend. Presenters: Neil Polansky, Manager, Houston Business Solutions Center Pauline Young, Business Development Coordinator, Houston Business Solutions Center Matthew DeLeon, Business Development Coordinator, Houston Business Solutions Center You will leave knowing: • Specific business operating requirements • How to apply for and receive a DBA (Doing Business As) • The process for obtaining a sales tax permit • How to appraise business personal property (rendition) • How to obtain a federal taxpayer ID number • Technical resources available to you • Financing options • Deed restrictions and their impact on operating a business • The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and how it impacts your business • City contracting basics • How to take advantage of the Hire Houston First program Come learn ask questions and grow your business! For any questions, please call us at (281) 488-1906 or find us at our website at http://www.hcpl.net. Follow us on Facebook under Clear Lake City County-Freeman Branch Library or on Twitter under Freeman Library.
MONDAY Evenings at 7:00 pm (May 5th-19th)
Joins us every Monday evening for innovative presentations and demonstrations by Creator Space. Be inspired to make your own creations! For more information, check their website at http://creatorspace.org/ for weekly topics. FAMILY SEARCH
Tuesdays May 6th- 20th @ 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn from Family Search representatives how to use their free genealogy research, education & tree building site. This class will run for 6 weeks - 1 day a week for 1&1/2 hours. Registration required due to limited number of computers. Register at http://tiny.cc/r2dkcx or call the library at 281 488 1906. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS COUNSELING with SCORE Houston Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Get the help you need to grow your business. SCORE Counselors are available at the library every Tuesday and Wednesday. An appointment is required. Call the library at 281 488 1906 or go to http://bit.ly/17Q9yTm to schedule your appointment today. To learn more go to Change Magazine’s article on SCORE at http://bit.ly/1dIkVLw. TGIF SERIES Friday Mornings @ The Community Room May 9th at 10:30 am – Joins us as Joann Stevens, Resource Navigator will be at the Library. She will be sharing the free services offered by Harris County Resource Navigators, Housing & Community Resource Center. You won’t want to miss this! May 16 at 10:30 am – Join us for Tech Q&A in the computer lab. Do you have technology questions about computers, smartphones, devices, and eContent from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog? Staff will be on hand to assist you. May 23rd at 10:30 am in the Children’s Activity Space – Join us for a presentation with Mallie Daniel of Wealth Creation Advisors, Inc. Wealth Creation Inc., provides educational programs, retirement counseling, investment strategies and opportunities. Come learn and ask questions. May 30th at 10:15 am – We will be showing a 1956 film set in post- World War II Okinawa. The film stars are Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, and Machiko Kyô. ONGOING PROGRAMS-BOOKCLUBS, WRITER’S CLUB May 10th & 24th 10:00 am – Clear Lake Area Writers (CLAW) May 12th at 7:30 pm – Freeman Mystery Book Club May 28th at 7:30 pm – Hofstetter Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club May 22nd at 7:00 pm – Great Books Book Club CRAFTS/HOBBIES & TRIVIA May 13th & 27th at 10:00 am- Freeman Needlecrafters Group “Crafts to go” – Get a new craft courtesy of the Friends of Freeman starting May 6th. Stop by the Reference desk and get a free kit to make a turtle picture frame (available while supplies last). COMPUTER CLASSES are offered at Freeman Library. Classes are offered on a variety of topics including computer basics, MS Office Suite, Internet, and Email and are conducted by Technology Training Assistant. See our Events Calendar for a list of all computer classes this month. Find us at http://bit.ly/1lqCdmF or call us at 281 488 1906.
Bay Forest News ~ May 2014
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Bay Forest Contacts OFFICERS - Bay Forest Community Association President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Director
Dan Pias email@example.com Gene Fisseler firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara McCollum John Haas Tom Camp email@example.com
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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
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