February 2024 The Forest Image Magazine

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February 2024

Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Huffman and Porter

The Good News From the Forest

Love Yourself at the New Dermani MedSpa in Valley Ranch Your journey to self-love and rejuvenation Page 18

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February 2024

Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Huffman and Porter

The Good News From the Forest

Tackling Dental Problems at Your Own Pace Dr. Holly Gregory

Valentine Recipes You’ll Love to Share by Family Features

Love Yourself at the New Dermani MedSpa in Valley Ranch Your journey to self-love and rejuvenation Page 12


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Love is in the Air!

by Sarah Morrow Rotthier

Five Easy Ways to Say I Love You by Family Features

Eating Disorders Awareness & Screening Week

by Christina Maxwell, LPC Associate

History of the Superbowl and Elevate Your Tailgatewith Easy To Make Recipes

by Family Features

VOL 8 Number 2- February 2024 Lodestar Relationship Marketing and Publications, LLC The Forest Image 20665 Old Sorters Road Kingwood, TX 77365 Cell: 281-381-0912 www.forestimage.com PUBLISHER/MANAGING EDITOR Mike Netek

Love Yourself at the Dermani MedSpa in Valley Ranch

EDITOR Layna Netek

by Kelly Thomas


Houston Methodist Welcomes New CEO

byHouston Methodist Hospital

Calendar of Events February 2024

Let the Good Times Roll! by Kelly Thomas

Gardenscapes: The Home & Garden Tour The Kingwood Garden Club

Maximize Your Tax Refund by Kelly Thomas

The Big Easy is Coming to Kingwood Kingwood Women’s Club

Advertisers Map

February 2024

Housing Market Update


PHOTOGRAPHY Cara Williams CONTENT SUPERVISOR Mike Netek DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY Taylor Netek GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kelly Thomas EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTERS Dr. Holly Gregory Kelly Thomas Sarah Morrow Rotthier Christina Maxwell Family Features The Kingwood Garden Club Houston Methodist Hospital Kingwood Women’s Club Imperato/Fazzino

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Tackling Dental Problems at Your Own Pace Now that January is over and February is upon us, those New Year’s resolutions may be losing steam. One of the most popular resolutions among US citizens is to improve their health. Dental health can be easily ignored, in part because our medical and dental health insurance is often fragmented with dental coverage being inferior and also because many dental issues do not cause pain. Fear of dentists and cost of treatment can also be major barriers to care. It is important to find a dentist who is in tune with your pace of treatment. While it is ideal to have all treatment needed completed as soon as possible, it is undeniable that doing partial treatment is better than doing no treatment at all. The longer we wait on having our dental needs cared for: • The more extensive our treatment needs become. • The more expensive our treatment needs become. • The less effective our treatment options become. • The more extensive our recovery experience becomes. Our office works with your dental insurance carrier and, for patients who don’t have dental insurance, we offer a no-hassle in-office insurance plan. Our office has sedation options including IV sedation to make your experience as easy as possible. And with specialist care available full time in our office, we are a one-stop-location for your dental needs. Our office is not corporate. We are family owned and family operated and have been serving our community for almost 15 years. We hope you make 2024 the year to get on top of your dental health!





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Valentine’s Recipes

You’ll Love to Share By Family Features If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, there’s no better way to start off this Valentine’s Day than with a homemade breakfast prepared with love. Whether you’re whipping up a breakfast for a spouse with a sophisticated palate or trying to tempt the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired. • Red is the color of love, so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries, which pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up a simple cereal. • For a more sensible menu, opt for a fruity berry smoothie or a parfait layered with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt and granola. Add a hint of loving indulgence by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings on top. • Show your affection with a plate of these colorful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes featuring rich 100 percent cocoa, buttermilk and fresh berries. Heart-shaped cookie cutters lend a special touch to these fluffy, flavorful pancakes. Add sweet garnishes like powdered sugar and berries for a sensational way to say “I love you.” Find more recipes you’ll love to share with your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day at Culinary.net. Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes Recipe courtesy of Nestlé Servings: 10 pancakes 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon red food coloring heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional) butter, for garnish (optional) powdered sugar, for garnish (optional) maple syrup, for garnish (optional) fresh berries, for garnish (optional) In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir well. In separate large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes, or until bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired. Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so pancakes don’t stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping. The Forest Image - Page 9

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Love is in the Air!

Happy Valentine’s Day! The red and pink in February reminds us of how much we love (or hate) love, but we also know love does not always last forever. If you are married, and especially if you are in a second (or later) marriage, there are a few practical things you should be aware of with respect to your property interests. Principal Residence (Homestead) The Texas Constitution and Texas Family Code have strong protections for a person’s homestead. In addition, the Texas Estates Code protects the homestead for a surviving spouse. For first marriages, this homestead protection for the surviving spouse is generally not an issue because the homestead is often community property and all children are of the surviving spouse as well. However, when a spouse dies leaving children from a prior marriage, the surviving spouse and the children may be surprised to learn the nature of their property interests. Let’s look at a couple of ways this plays out every single day. Example 1 – Community Property (CP) Husband and Wife are in a second marriage. Both have adult children from prior marriages. Husband and Wife bought their home together after they married, and it is their primary residence and homestead. Wife dies first without a will. At Wife’s death, Husband retains his CP ownership interest (50%) and Wife’s CP ownership interest (50%) passes to her children. Husband now owns the home with his stepchildren; however, Husband, as the surviving spouse, has the exclusive right to occupy the homestead for his life. He is also responsible for routine maintenance of the property and for payment of the property taxes. If there is a mortgage on the property, however, now Wife’s children are likely responsible for half of the mortgage Page 10 - www.theforestimage.com

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principal even though they do not have the right to reside in the home. Husband is responsible for the other half of the mortgage principal as well as the mortgage interest. If Husband wants to sell the homestead, he will need the cooperation of his stepchildren and he will likely split the proceeds of the sale with them as well. Example 2 – Separate Property (SP) Same facts as above, except Husband and Wife live in Wife’s home she purchased prior to their marriage and is, therefore, her SP. Upon Wife’s death, Husband has the exclusive right to occupy the homestead for his life. Husband is responsible for routine maintenance and care of the property as well as payment of property taxes and mortgage interest (if there is a mortgage), but he generally cannot be forced to move out unless he fails to meet certain minimum requirements and responsibilities. If there is a mortgage, Wife’s children, as her heirs and owners of the property (when there is no will or as beneficiaries under a will or other testamentary instrument), will generally be responsible for any mortgage principal even though they do not have a right to occupy the home. There are ways to arrange your affairs if you want a different outcome. I encourage you to take the time to consult with an estate planning or family lawyer to talk through your goals. The information provided in this article is general and not designed or intended to be exhaustive or case specific, and it should not be considered or used as legal advice. If you have questions regarding this article or other matters, contact Hubbard & Rotthier, Attorneys at Law at 281-358-7035. You can also visit their website at www.hubbardrotthierlaw.com.


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5 Easy Ways to Say “ I Love You” By Family Features

If gift-giving isn’t your strong suit, occasions like Valentine’s Day are likely to bring on stress and worry, but procrastinating will only serve to elevate your unease. Follow these steps to simplify your shopping, and while you may not come to love the task of finding the perfect gift, your loved one will undoubtedly appreciate your effort. 1. Browse for ideas online. Many retailers offer special promotions and gift idea sections on their websites, so finding inspiration can be as easy as visiting the sites of your loved one’s favorite stores. There are also dozens of articles online to help get the ideas flowing. Searches such as “gifts for horse lovers” or “Valentine’s gifts for a new boyfriend” will reveal a long list of ideas to peruse. 2. Keep it simple. Although the advertising industry works hard to convince consumers otherwise, Valentine’s Day isn’t really all about the bling. Sure, a pretty bauble is a welcome gift, but there are plenty of ways to show your affection that don’t require spending a month’s salary. A heartfelt card paired with a memento of a meaningful event or place in your relationship sends the same loving sentiment.

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3. Make it a (different) date. For many couples, navigating the demands of work, kids and life make spending time together a luxury. Instead of fighting crowds at busy restaurants on the official date, celebrate your love on a day of your own choosing, when you can relax and enjoy the time together without the pressure to rush through dessert so your table can be flipped for the next waiting couple. 4. Give blooms a boost. A dozen long-stem red roses is a beautiful gesture, but unless your intended rose receiver is a strictly traditional type, try adding a little spice to your floral arrangement. Go for a bouquet in her favorite color, or have the flowers arranged in a practical vessel she can reuse to remember the occasion, such as a cocktail shaker or a watering can. 5. Go ahead, gift yourself. It may seem counter-intuitive, but finding a gift you’ll enjoy may inspire an idea for your loved one. The trick is finding something you can share together, whether it’s tickets to a show or his and hers mugs for enjoying your favorite brew. Just be sure the item is something your intended will share your enthusiasm for, or you may as well go buy a blender. Find more ideas to simplify every occasion at eLivingToday.com.

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give which is everything.” Katharine Hepburn

MIND MATTERS Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week CHRISTINA MAXWELL COUNSELING

As we dive into February, I wanted to share something important with you, something that goes beyond the typical Valentine's Day festivities. Between February 20-26, we observe Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week. It's a chance to shed light on the complexities of our relationship with food and body image and, more importantly, to highlight the importance of early support and understanding. Understanding Eating Disorders: I believe it's essential for you to know that struggling with food isn't just about what's on your plate. It's about navigating complex emotions and thoughts that can impact your overall well-being. Conditions like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and bingeeating disorder can affect various aspects of your life, both physically and emotionally. The Role of Mental Health Professionals: As your therapist, my priority is to create a safe and supportive space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. If you've ever found yourself grappling with your relationship with food, body image, or self-esteem, I'm here to help you navigate these challenges. Screening for Peace of Mind: Routine screenings can play a crucial role in identifying concerns before they become overwhelming. I use evidence-based tools to understand your unique situation better. Early identification allows us to work together to find effective strategies for your wellbeing. Celebrating Your Unique Self: This week is not just about challenges; it's also an opportunity to celebrate you. Let's talk about body positivity and work towards embracing your unique self. I want to support you in challenging societal standards and fostering a positive relationship with your body. Take Action: This is an open invitation to have honest conversations about your well-being. I'm here to provide information, resources, and a compassionate space for you to share your thoughts and concerns. If you've been contemplating reaching out, consider this your sign to take that first step. Your well-being matters, and I'm here to support you on your journey to a healthier mind and body. Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week is a reminder that your journey to wellness is unique and deserves attention. Let's work together to foster understanding, identify areas of growth, and celebrate the positive steps you're taking towards a healthier and happier you. Your well-being is a priority, and I'm here to support you every step of the way.

To learn more, you can find my blog here: https://cm-counseling.com/blog-3/

Christina Maxwell is an LPC Associate serving the Kingwood, Humble, and EMC areas under the supervision of Mark Cagle. She provides a safe and nonjudgmental space for clients to explore and heal from their past traumas. Her goal is to provide support and empowerment as her clients navigate life’s challenges, develop a better understanding of themself, and create healthier lifelong habits.

Contact Me Christina Maxwell, LPC Associate christina@cm-counseling.com www.cm-counseling.com 281-973-4567

For further assistance in your journey to a healthier you, schedule a free 15-minute consultation here. Together, we can create a healthier and happier lifestyle that supports your overall well-being.

The History of Super Bowl Story By: Kelly Thomas

Hey there, sports enthusiasts! We’re about to dive into the ultimate showdown that lights up the sports world every year: the Super Bowl. This isn’t just a game; it’s a colossal cultural phenomenon that has everyone glued to their screens, grabbing cold ones, and cheering their hearts out. So, grab your jersey, and let’s take a journey through the epic history of the Super Bowl. Imagine a bunch of football bosses sitting around in 1966, thinking, “Hey, why don’t we pit the NFL against the AFL in a winner-takes-all showdown?” That’s how the Super Bowl was born, but they didn’t have a catchy name yet. It wasn’t until 1969 that the term “Super Bowl” was coined by Lamar Hunt, who was inspired by his kids’ “Super Ball.” The rest is history. Sure, the game’s great, but what about that halftime show? Back in the day, it was all about marching bands and traditional stuff. But then, in 1993, Michael Jackson stepped onto the stage and changed the game forever. Now, it’s a star-studded, halftime extravaganza with the hottest acts in the music biz. Besides the game, Super Bowl commercials are worth the hype. Advertisers fork out big bucks for these slots, and we’re treated to some of the most creative and hilarious ads on TV. Remember the Budweiser Clydesdales, Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl,” or the E*TRADE Baby? Classic stuff. These days, the Super Bowl is more than just a game; it’s a week-long party. There’s media day, fan festivals, and celebs everywhere you look. And let’s not forget, about the unsung hero of Super Bowl culture: tailgating. It’s a ritual where fans gather in the stadium parking lots hours before kickoff, firing up grills, tossing footballs, and sharing stories. The tradition of tailgating at the Super Bowl has been around since the early days, with fans creating their own pre-game party zones. It’s all about good food, great friends, and building camaraderie before the big game. The Super Bowl is not just another football game; it’s an all-American spectacle. It’s about friends and family, unforgettable moments, and the art of tailgating. So, gear up, get ready for another epic Super Bowl showdown, and don’t forget to pack the grill and try out some of our epic tailgating recipes!

Kielbasa and Veggie Kebabs Prep time: 30 minutes - Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 4 wooden skewers 1 red onion 2 bell peppers 2 ears of corn, cut crosswise into 2-inch rounds 1 package Coleman Natural Polish Kielbasa, sliced thick 12 whole mushrooms 12 cherry tomatoes Soak skewers in water 30 minutes to prevent burning. Preheat grill to 300 F. Cut red onion, peppers and corn into bite-sized chunks. Alternate placing kielbasa slices, onion, peppers, corn, mushrooms and tomatoes on skewers. Grill, rotating every few minutes until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.

Chile Bacon Straws Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients: 6 slices Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Bacon 6 wooden skewers 1 teaspoon Mexican spice blend prepared Bloody Marys Preheat oven to 400 F. Wrap one bacon slice diagonally around each skewer, making sure to overlap edges of bacon so there are no gaps. Don’t wrap too tightly or it will be difficult to remove skewers; try to ensure each end of bacon ends up on same side of skewer. Place each wrapped skewer on wire rack set over sheet pan with end seams down. Sprinkle spice blend over each skewer. Bake 25-30 minutes until bacon is brown, crispy and fully cooked to give straws their shape. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Gently slide skewers out of each straw using twisting motion. Insert straws into Bloody Marys.

Love Yourself at the Now Open Dermani MedSpa in Valley Ranch Your journey to self-love and rejuvenation Story By: Kelly Thomas Photogrpahy By: Cara Williams In a world where our daily lives are often filled with hustle and bustle, taking a moment to pamper ourselves can sometimes feel like a luxury we can’t afford. But what if we told you that at the new Dermani MedSpa in Valley Ranch, luxury meets affordability, and self-care is not just an option but a necessity? Dermani MedSpa, under the capable leadership of Andrea Schlecht, is poised to revolutionize the way we think about self-care. Located in the heart of Valley Ranch, this haven of relaxation offers a wide range of evidence-based aesthetician treatments, all aimed at empowering you to love yourself a little more every day. So, what can you expect at Dermani MedSpa? Let’s dive into the incredible offerings that await you: Laser Hair Removal: Our Laser Practitioners are trained on the Continuous Motion Diode Laser, a laser technology that is approved for all skin types. Skin Rejuvenation: Our Skin Rejuvenation services target blemishes like wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, poor skin texture, acne, and so much more! Experience the magic of Dermaplaning, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, and Facials. Your skin will thank you for the rejuvenating glow. Botox® Cosmetic: The first and only injectable that is FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines look better in adults. Delivers predictable, subtle results, so you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines. Botox® Cosmetic is administered by Allergan Certified Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners. Juvederm®: A smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid- a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. JUVÉDERM® is used to target wrinkles and lines around your mouth and nose. All injections are done by an Allergan Certified Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant trained in JUVÉDERM® injections. HydraFacial®: Great for all skin types, the Signature HydraFacial targets fine lines & wrinkles, elasticity & firmness, skin tone evenness & vibrancy, skin texture, brown spots, oily/congested skin, and enlarged pores.

SkinPen® Microneedling: The SkinPen was created to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scaring and dark spots. It creates microchannels designed to activate the skin’s natural healing process which boosts collagen production.Best of all, SkinPen doesn’t rely on heat or chemicals, so the resultsare natural and safe for all skin tone sand types. And that’s not all! Dermani MedSpa also offers a full range of skincare products to help you maintain that radiant look at home. Plus, they have an optional membership with NO hidden fees, making it even more accessible to prioritize selfcare. You’re invited to the Ribbon Cutting Celebration of Dermani MedSpa on February 9, 2024, from 4-7 pm. It’s an opportunity to experience firsthand the exceptional care and stellar customer service that Dermani MedSpa is known for.

In a world where self-care often takes a back seat, Dermani MedSpa reminds us all to show ourselves some love today. Your journey to self-love and rejuvenation begins at Dermani MedSpa in Valley Ranch. Visit us today! Owner Andrea Schlecht and her husband Mathias have called Kingwood home for 26 years, they have one daughter and two golden retrievers. To learn more about their services, specials, and to book a free consultation, visit www. dermanimedspa.com/valley-ranch-new-caney-tx or call 281-888-0245.

At the heart of Dermani MedSpa’s mission is the desire to empower people to prioritize self-care. In the words of owner Andrea Schlecht, “Forget everything for an hour and enjoy life. Give back to yourself.”

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Houston Methodist The Woodlands Welcomes David Bernard as New CEO The Woodlands, TX (Jan. 2, 2024) – David P. Bernard, MBA/MHA, FACHE, senior vice president, Houston Methodist, officially assumed the role of chief executive officer of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital effective Jan. 1, 2024. Bernard has vast experience within Houston Methodist, having started his career in the rigorous administrative fellowship program at Houston Methodist in 2000. He worked his way up to vice president at Houston Methodist Hospital and served in that role for 12 years. He has experience across various finance and operational leadership roles and built world class clinical, research and education programs. Bernard also led the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center to becoming nationally recognized centers of excellence. “It has been an honor to serve within our values-based organization for nearly 24 years. I love Houston Methodist and our mission to serve others by providing unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation,” Bernard said. “I am excited to help build upon the outstanding work started by my amazing predecessor, Debbie Sukin, and make our institution the very best it can be and serve our community. Houston Methodist The Woodlands will continue to lead medicine and bring the consistency and quality of service that our patients have come to expect.” Bernard joins Houston Methodist The Woodlands after previously serving as CEO of Houston Methodist Baytown since 2015. “In the past eight years, [Houston Methodist] Baytown has thrived, recently rising from No. 104 in Vizient’s quality and safety rankings to No. 2 for two consecutive years. Not only has he led the improvement of care but has shared his talents and passions to rally the hospital’s employees and physicians around a shared mission,” stated Marc L. Boom, president, and chief executive officer of Houston Methodist, in an email to all employees. “David is a very experienced leader and HMTW will be in great hands. I am excited to see what David can accomplish there.” Bernard is excited to begin his new role and develop new relationships across the region as the leader of Houston Methodist The Woodlands hospital. “The future of our hospital is bright,” Bernard said. “We have an amazing culture and I look forward to working with our team to grow with our community, set new standards in care and service and introducing new and effective innovations to continue leading medicine in Montgomery County.”

David P. Bernard, MBA/MHA, FACHE New CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital



Family Nature Hike


Starts @ 2 PM Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center 20634 Kenswick Humble


Lunch & Learn Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens


From 12 PM - 2 PM 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. Humble






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Lonestar College-Financial Awareness Starts @ 12:30 PM Student Conference Center 20000 Kingwood Dr. dermani MEDSPA Ribbon Cutting 4 PM - 7 PM 21383 Valley Ranch Blvd, Suite 150 New Caney LOL Laughs On Love Starts @ 9 PM Rosati’s Pizza 25661 US-59 N Kingwood We Go Together Sugar Cookie Decorating From 10 AM - 12 PM The Nathaniel Center 804 Russell Palmer, Kingwood Mardi Gras Festival and Parade From 11 AM - 6 PM Kingwood Town Center 2815 E. Town Center Circle Kingwood Women’s Club Mardi Gras Ball Starts @ 6 PM Kingwood Country Club 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail
















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Kingwood Farmers Market From 3 PM - 7 PM 8 N. Main St. Kingwood Humble ISD Health and Wellness Fair From 6 PM - 8 PM Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy GEMC Chamber of Commerce-Casino Night From 6 PM - 11 PM 21575 US-59 New Caney Molly’s Pub The Blaggards Starts @ 8 PM 29803 TX-494 Kingwood Just Between Kids Spring Kids Resale Event Starts @ 10 AM The Gym 2325 Atascocita Rd. Elm Grove Elementary Chili Cook-Off Starts @ 6 PM 2815 Clear Ridge Dr. Kingwood Partnership Lake Houston Chamber On Tap From 5 PM - 7 PM Crust Pizza 4625 Kingwood Dr.


2024 FEBRUARY EVENTS Thursdays in February Kingwood Farmers Market From 3-7 PM Rain or Shine Kingwood Town Center 8 N. Main St. kwfarmersmarket.com

Thirsty Thursday & Karaoke Night with Wade Maxwell Splendora 25069 FM 2090 puebloritaville.com

Saturdays in February Kingwood Annual Cruisers Cars & Coffee Every Saturday 8:30-11 AM Whataburger 4545 Kingwood Dr. STE. 404, Kingwood Area, TX 77345

Weekly Meetings Kingwood Rotary

Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area

Every Monday 5:30-6:30 PM Union Kitchen 23918 Hwy. 59, Kingwood 77339

Every Wednesday 11:45 AM - 1 PM Lake Houston Family YMCA 2420 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. Kingwood 77339

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Embracing the Magic of Mardi Gras Story By: Kelly Thomas

Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” is the day before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. It’s a time for revelry and indulgence before the solemn observance of the 40-day period of fasting and reflection. The celebration began in medieval Europe and was brought to the United States by French settlers in the 18th century, where it found its true home in the vibrant city of New Orleans. Mardi Gras is famous for its colorful parades, dazzling costumes, and lively music. Families come together to celebrate with joy and unity. Here are some traditions to embrace: Mardi Gras Colors: Purple, green, and gold are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Purple symbolizes justice, green represents faith, and gold signifies power. Incorporate these colors into your decorations and attire. Mardi Gras Masks: Create masks with your family. It’s a fun activity that allows your creativity to run wild, and you can wear your unique creations during the festivities. King Cake: A beloved tradition is the King Cake, a sweet, circular pastry decorated in the Mardi Gras colors. Hidden inside is a small figurine or bean, and the person who finds it gets to be the “king” or “queen” for the day. Mardi Gras is a celebration of life, love, and community. Whether you’re in the heart of New Orleans or celebrating with your family at home, embrace the joyous spirit, create lasting memories, and savor the delicious flavors with two of our favorite recipes on the next page, that make this festival so special. Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

Jambalaya Ingredients: 1 cup rice 1 lb smoked sausage 1 lb chicken, diced 1 onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can diced tomatoes 1 cup chicken broth Cajun seasoning to taste Instructions:


In a large pot, sauté sausage, chicken, onion, and bell pepper until browned. Add garlic, rice, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and Cajun seasoning. Simmer until rice is cooked and flavors meld together.

Beignets Ingredients: 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup whole milk 1 large egg 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Vegetable oil for frying Powdered sugar for dusting

Mix yeast, warm water, and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit until foamy. Add milk, egg, sugar, salt, and melted butter to the yeast mixture. Gradually add flour, knead until smooth, and let rise for 1-2 hours. Roll out dough, cut into squares, and fry in hot oil until golden. Dust with powdered sugar while warm.


Festival & Parade Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 11 AM - 6 PM TOWN CENTER PARK 2814 E TOWN CENTER CIRCLE KINGWOOD, TX 77339

Festival starts at noon and the parade starts at 2 PM! Enjoy the afternoon with the fabulous Leroy Thomas and his Zydeco Band! TOWNCENTEREVENTS.COM/MARDIGRAS

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Maximize Your Tax Refund! Story By: Kelly Thomas

It’s that time of the year again when many of us eagerly await our tax refunds. For families, this extra cash can provide a significant boost to your finances and open up opportunities for better financial security and personal growth. In this edition, we’re excited to share some familyfriendly tips on how to best put your tax refund to good use. Build or Boost Your Emergency Fund The foundation of a financially secure family is a robust emergency fund. Consider allocating a portion of your tax refund to start or beef up your rainy-day fund. This safety net can help you navigate unexpected expenses and maintain peace of mind during challenging times. Pay Down Debt If you have outstanding debts, using your tax refund to reduce them can be a wise move. Paying off high-interest credit card balances or loans can save you money in the long run and free up your budget for other essentials. Invest in Your Child’s Education Investing in your children’s education is one of the best gifts you can give them. Consider opening or contributing to a college savings account (529 plan) for your child’s future education expenses. It’s a thoughtful way to support their dreams. Home Improvements Your home is your sanctuary, and investing in it can increase its value and your family’s comfort. Use your tax refund for home repairs or renovations that enhance your living space, making it a more enjoyable place for everyone. Save for Retirement It’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Consider contributing to your retirement accounts, such as a 401(k) or an IRA. Your future self and your family will thank you for the financial security you’re building.

Invest in Family Experiences Use a portion of your tax refund to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Whether it’s a family vacation, a day at an amusement park, or trying out new hobbies together, investing in quality family time is priceless. Support a Charitable Cause Teach your children the value of giving back by donating a portion of your tax refund to a charity or cause that is meaningful to your family. It’s a wonderful way to instill compassion and empathy in your kids. Save for Future Goals Have you been dreaming of a family vacation, a new car, or another big purchase? Use your tax refund to kickstart a dedicated savings fund for these goals. Setting aside money specifically for these aspirations will bring you closer to achieving them. Remember, the key to making the most of your tax refund is thoughtful planning and balance. It’s essential to prioritize your family’s financial goals while still enjoying the present. By using your refund wisely, you can secure your family’s financial future and create cherished memories along the way.

A tax refund is a lifeline for millions of Americans, so much so that 75 percent of U.S. adults who expect to receive a tax refund this year believe it’s important to their overall financial situation. www.bankrate.com



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The Big Easy is

COMING TO KINGWOOD If you have ever wandered around the French Quarter, stopped to peek at St Louis Cathedral, popped over for coffee and beignets at the Cafe’ du Monde, and then settled down for a cocktail or two at the famous Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleon, then you have captured the essence of New Orleans. Now… add some MARDI GRAS FUN on top of that, and you have the BIG EASY… and all this excitement is coming to Kingwood, Texas. While planning events for next year, be sure to SAVE THE DATE on your calendar for Saturday, February 10, 2024, for the annual Krewe de Bon Femme Mardi Gras Ball hosted by Kingwood Women’s Club which began in 2021. Event chairs Doris Amy, Sandy Turner and Kathy Adkins said they want to throw the biggest party in Kingwood, so break out your beads, feathers, masks and more. Kingwood Women’s Club President Kathy Adkins excitedly added,” This is an event you don’t want to miss!” Mardi Gras Ball, 2024, is sure to be a sell out based on rave reviews received from our past Mardi Gras Balls. Cocktails, music, dinner, dancing and revelry along with opportunities to bid on Silent Auction and Raffle packages will highlight the evening. Let the good times roll!

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