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January 2024

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Revolutionizing Family Dentistry A one-stop shop for Healthy Smiles

Business Owners: Corporate Transparency Act effective January 1, 2024 by Sarah Morrow Rotthier

Empowering Hearts and Saving Lives: Mother’s Against Cancer’s 34th Annual Luncheon

by Kelly Thomas

Mind Matters: Resilience & Resolutions

by Christina Maxwell, LPC Associate

Healthy Habits to Help Reduce Stress by Family Features

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Lake Houston Area Rotary Provides Nearly $85,000 in Grants to Local Charities

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Gardenscapes: A Home & Garden Tour

by Lake Houston Area Rotary Club

VOL 8 Number 1- January 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 EDITOR Layna Netek

Community Calendar January 2024

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New Year, New You: The Timeless Tradition of Resolutions

PHOTOGRAPHY Cara Williams

by Family Features

CONTENT SUPERVISOR Mike Netek

by Kingwood Garden Club

New Year Traditions Around the World by Kelly Thomas

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

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Business Owners: Corporate Transparency Act effective January 1, 2024 Do you have a small (or large) business or are you thinking about starting one? If so, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and the reporting requirements coming into effect on January 1, 2024, likely apply to you. What is the CTA and to whom does it apply? The CTA is a federal law passed by Congress in 2021 that takes effect on January 1, 2024. The CTA implements the most significant revisions to the U.S. anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism compliance framework in 2 decades. The law’s purpose is to combat money laundering, tax fraud and other unlawful activities through new disclosure requirements that should enhance transparency and make it harder for criminals and other bad actors to hide or move their illegally obtained assets through shell companies and other muddy ownership structures. Unfortunately, in order to accomplish its goal, the CTA and the associated requirements draw in most corporate entities formed or registered to do business in the United States, such as corporations, LLCs, LLPs and other entities, as well as foreign entities and individuals with business interests in the United States. This means, unless your company is a bank, credit union, broker or dealer in securities, or certain other limited exempt entity types, if you registered (or plan to register) your corporation or LLC with the Texas (or other state) Secretary of State, you will almost certainly fall under the CTA and be deemed a reporting company. Reporting Requirements In September 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule implementing the CTA’s BOI reporting provisions. Under Page 8 - www.theforestimage.com

the rule, reporting companies will be required to disclose their ultimate Beneficial Owner Information (BOI) to FinCEN. Further, the rule defines a beneficial owner to include any individual who, directly or indirectly, either (1) exercises substantial control over a reporting company, or (2) owns or controls at least 25 percent of the ownership interests of a reporting company. FinCEN expects the majority of reporting companies will have simple ownership structures, which should make the reporting process fairly straightforward. FinCEN estimates that it will cost most reporting entities approximately $85 each to prepare and submit an initial BOI report. Timing • The effective date for the rule is January 1, 2024. • Reporting companies created or registered before January 1, 2024 will have one year (until January 1, 2025) to file their initial reports, while reporting companies created or registered after January 1, 2024, will have 30 days after receiving notice of their creation or registration to file their initial reports. • Reporting companies have 30 days to report changes to the information in their previously filed reports and must correct inaccurate information in previously filed reports within 30 days of when the reporting company becomes aware or has reason to know of the inaccuracy of information in earlier reports. For more information, FinCEN’s website has a lot of helpful information: https://www.fincen.gov/boi. 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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heartwarming entertainment. Melissa Wilson, Fox 26 Anchor and Health Reporter, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies, and Johnny Bravo, Auctioneer, led the live auction. Mother’s Against Cancer is immensely fortunate to have the support of numerous sponsors who make their invaluable work possible. It is with their support the Live Auction, Silent Auction and Raffle’s are possible for all those in attendance. Mother’s Against Cancer is also fortunate to have donors who attend the luncheon and give to such an amazing and needed cause. One of the most heartwarming aspects of Mother’s Against Cancer’s mission is their regular visits to Texas Children’s Hospital. Their members visit the hospital quarterly, distributing parking passes and thoughtful gifts, including Christmas in July packages, to 58 pediatric cancer patients and their parents. These small acts of kindness provide comfort and support to families in their time of need. Mother’s Against Cancer operates as a nonprofit foundation with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. This designation ensures transparency and accountability in all their activities, assuring donors that every contribution goes directly towards pediatric cancer research. To learn more about Mother’s Against Cancer and discover how you can support their vital mission, please visit their website at www.mothersagainstcancer.org.


The Ann Denman Award This year the Ann Denman Award was presented to two exceptional individuals, Maggie LaBove McCay and Nancy Dillard. Their journey began in Houston as young mothers, drawn together by their love for children, laughter, and community service. On December 30, 1984, Sally and Trey Denman, dear friends of Maggie and Nancy, lost their precious 2-year-old daughter, Ann, to leukemia. It was a stark and painful reminder of the devastating impact of childhood cancer. Maggie and Nancy decided to turn their grief into action. They discussed ways to honor Ann’s memory and bring hope to other families facing similar challenges. With Sally and Trey’s blessing, they organized the inaugural luncheon at Kingwood Country Club in November 1989, marking the birth of Mother’s Against Cancer. With the help of 20 service-oriented friends, Maggie and Nancy gathered 200 people for the event and raised $8,000. All funds were presented in Ann’s name to Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, which later became Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center. The success of that day was evident as everyone eagerly asked, “What is the date for next year’s luncheon?” And the event has continued every year since. This year, Mother’s Against Cancer’s honoree was Taylor Haynes, a resilient 16-year-old who faced pediatric cancer with unwavering courage at the age of 15. Taylor’s journey began in August 2022 when she was taken to a pediatrician to examine a mass on her back. In September 2022, Taylor received the diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer that can manifest in soft tissues. Her battle took her through the challenging terrain of multiple procedures and hospital stays throughout September. By October 2022, her scans revealed that her cancer had spread to her lungs, requiring radiation therapy in addition to chemotherapy. Taylor’s journey was marked by her incredible patience and strength in the face of adversity. She completed her treatments in July 2023, and her latest scans show no sign of cancer. This remarkable young lady celebrated her 16th birthday during the summer and has a passion for various forms of art, including painting and sculpting. She adores the movie “Coraline” and is fascinated by the ocean, particularly sharks. Taylor is the eldest of five siblings: Kendall (14), Emma (12), Anna (10), Jackson (8), and Quinn (4). Her father, Daniel, and her family have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and love from their community. They are humbled and grateful to be recipients of such goodness. Story: Kelly Thomas Photography: Cara Williams


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Saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new often involves making resolutions for self-improvement. While the initial enthusiasm is inspiring, it can wane, leading to unmet expectations and a sense of failure. Setbacks are a natural part of any journey, but instead of succumbing to disappointment, we can choose resilience and adaptability for lasting change. Why Resolutions Fail: Resolutions often fail because they demand radical lifestyle changes, overwhelming us. The intention is admirable, but the magnitude of goals can be challenging to sustain. The Power of Small Changes: Rather than lofty goals, focus on small, manageable changes like a few minutes of mindfulness, taking stairs, or choosing a healthier snack. These small adjustments accumulate over time, leading to significant transformation. Setting Realistic and Specific Goals: Make resolutions concrete and achievable. By creating tangible objectives, you set yourself up for success and can celebrate each milestone along the way. Cultivating a Growth Mindset: View setbacks as opportunities for growth. Embrace a mindset that learns from challenges, adjusting your approach moving forward. Building a Support System: Share resolutions with friends or family for encouragement. A support system makes the journey enjoyable, and seeking professional guidance, like a therapist, can help navigate challenges and maintain a positive mindset. Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection: Remember that perfection is unattainable, and progress is the real measure of success. Celebrate all of your achievements and acknowledge your efforts to make positive changes. As we venture into the new year, let's shift our perspective on resolutions. Embrace the power of small, sustainable changes, cultivate a growth mindset, and surround yourself with supportive individuals. Remember that setbacks are not roadblocks but steppingstones on the path to personal growth. By making resolutions that are realistic, specific, and rooted in self-compassion, you can create a foundation for positive and lasting change in the coming year. To learn more, you can find my blog here: https://cm-counseling.com/blog-3/

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Healthy Habits to Help Reduce Stress By Family Features

Between work, family obligations and a constantly changing world, people in the United States are stressed. In fact, U.S. workers are among the most stressed in the world, according to a State of the Global Workplace study. While some stress is unavoidable and can be good for you, constant or chronic stress can have real consequences for your mental and physical health. Chronic stress can increase your lifetime risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also lead to unhealthy habits like overeating, physical inactivity and smoking while also increasing risk factors, including high blood pressure, depression and anxiety. However, a scientific statement from the American Heart Association shows reducing stress and cultivating a positive mindset can improve health and well-being. To help people understand the connection between stress and physical health, the American Heart Association offers these science-backed insights to help reduce chronic stress. STAY ACTIVE: Exercise is one of the easiest ways to keep your body healthy and release stress. Physical activity is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, improved mental health and cognitive function and lower risk of depression. It can also help increase energy and improve quality of sleep. The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, 75 minutes of vigorous activity or a combination. MEDITATE: Incorporate meditation and mindfulness practices into your day to give yourself a few minutes to create some distance from daily stress. Some studies show meditation can reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, support the immune system and increase your ability to process information.

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STRESS 101 Understanding stress is an important step in managing and reducing it. Consider these things to know about stress and how it could affect your life: Today, 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. report being worried or depressed. Higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular events like heart disease and stroke. The top sources of stress are money, work, family responsibilities and health concerns. Work-related stress is associated with a 40% increased risk of cardiovascular disease like heart attack and stroke.

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Lake Houston Area Rotary provides nearly $85,000 in grants to local charities Representatives from seventeen Lake Houston area charities were presented with nearly $85,000 in oversized “checks” from the Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area during the club’s 2023-2024 Grants and Sponsors Appreciation Luncheon held November 1st at Humble ISD’s James Eggers Instructional Support Center in Kingwood. Many (but not all) of the non-profits and Rotary sponsors are pictured here after the luncheon in front of the support center. Lake Houston Rotary Club president Juan Aybar is standing on the top row, far right. Check presenter Pam McNair, Lake Houston Rotary Foundation chair and board director, is pictured in the front row, center, in the gold jacket. Seventeen local charities received nearly $85,000 in grants from the Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area Foundation during the club’s 2023-2024 Grants and Sponsors Appreciation Luncheon held November 1st at the Humble ISD’s James Eggers Instructional Support Center, 4810 Magnolia Cove Dr. in Kingwood. Local business representatives who supported Lake Houston Rotary Club’s fundraising events were also in attendance and received plaques thanking them for their financial support and event participation. Rotary Club President Juan Aybar began the program by welcoming an audience of approximately 100 people and recognizing Rotarian volunteers Dr. Roger Brown, Eric Gomez, Valerie Copley and Pam McNair who made the program possible. He continued by sharing a brief history of Lake Houston Rotary and its goals and accomplishments since its founding in 1967. President Aybar went on to share the club’s commitment to giving back to the community as the club has invested more than $1.8 million in humanitarian needs during the past 19 years including more than $500,000 to non-profit social service organizations. We have also invested more than $145,000 in FFA scholarships and additional $110,000+ of other scholarships. Rotary has an additional commitment to children’s education too with over a dozen scholarships granted annually, plus mentoring students in the Junior Rotarian program. We also support 2-3 foreign exchange students each year. Page Page20 20- -www.theforestimage.com www.theforestimage.com


“We have sponsored over 50 kids going to other service organizations. We have also invested more countries as well as hosted that same amount than $145,000 in FFA scholarships and additional for $110,000+ a combined total of 100 students,” said of other scholarships. President Aybar. Rotary has an additional commitment to children’s “During the past year,over we ahave raised and education too with dozen scholarships granted invested more $100,000 in humanitarian annually, plusthan mentoring students in the Junior needs through events Cinco2-3 deforeign Mayo Rotarian program. Welike alsoour support students each18 year. Golfexchange Tournament at Tour and the Rotary Corvette Raffle thanks to a partnership with “We have sponsored 50 kids going to other Robbins Chevrolet,” heover added.

countries as well as hosted that same amount for a combined total of 100 students,” said President Aybar.

Major Rotary event sponsors were presented with a special “thank you” plaque by former “During the past year, we have raised and invested club president Mike Kevlin for helpingneeds the through more than $100,000 in humanitarian club by sponsoring either one or both of events like our Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament at ourTour annual club Cinco de Mayo 18 and theevents, Rotary the Corvette Raffle thanks to a Golfpartnership Tournament the Rotary Corvette withand/or Robbins Chevrolet,” he added. raffle. The individuals receiving plaques for Major Rotary event sponsors were presented their companies were: Cole Robbins, Robbinswith a special “thank you” plaque by former club president Automotive; Milan Saunders, Lori Saunders Mike Kevlin for helping the club by sponsoring Hilman, and Paul Davidson, Plains State Bank;either one or both of our annual club events, the Cinco de Tom Stegner and Mike Kevlin, Edward Jones; Mayo Golf Tournament and/or the Rotary Corvette Jessica YMCA; receiving Kathy Lemman raffle.Penney, The individuals plaques (not for their present), Stellar Bank; Weyman KW companies were: Cole Robbins, Price, Robbins Automotive; Receivables; KaylaLori Price, Price Financial; Destry Milan Saunders, Saunders Hilman, and Paul Dokes (not present), SanBank; Jacinto Davidson, Plains State TomCollege; Stegner and and Mike Dr. Kevlin, Kevin Burke present), Burke, Edward(not Jones; Jessica Kevin Penney, YMCA;DDS. Kathy Lemman (not present), Stellar Bank; Weyman Price,

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with the check presentation with President After club’s sponsors were thanked, Pameach McNair, Aybar bythe introducing representatives from foundation committee chair, proceeded with charity and a brief explanation of how the grant the check presentation with President Aybar by money was going to be used. introducing representatives from each charity and a brief explanation of how the grant money was going Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area members to be used.

and guests meet at 11:45 a.m. most Wednesdays for Rotary their weekly meeting at the Lake and Club oflunch Lake Houston Area members Houston Family YMCA, 2420 West Lake Houston guests meet at 11:45 a.m. most Wednesdays for their Pkwy. in Kingwood. Visitors wishing to learnFamily weekly lunch meeting at the Lake Houston more about Rotary YMCA, 2420 West are Lakewelcome. Houston Pkwy. in Kingwood. Visitors wishing to learn more about Rotary are

Thewelcome. Summer Creek Satellite Rotary Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 8:30 The Creek Satellite Rotary Club meets a.m., atSummer Generation Park 3rd floor Nimble Officethe 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 8:30 a.m., at Suite, 250 Assay St., Houston. Generation Park 3rd floor Nimble Office Suite, 250 Assay St., Houston.

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THE GRANT RECIPENTS WERE: Family Time Crisis & Counseling Center $3,400 Inspire ND - $3,000 Hopeful Hearts Ministry- $2,500 Humble ISD Education Foundation - $ 1,116 Society of Saint Stephen - $3,000 Oaks of Righteousness - $3,000 Family Promise of Lake Houston - $7,500 re:Mind Depression and Bipolor Support $2,000 Humble Area Assistance Ministries - $4,000 Mission Northeast - $5,000 Wings Ministries - $2,200 Boots for Troops - $2,500 Sleep In Heavenly Peace - $7,000 The Village Centers - $3,200 Lake Houston Family YMCA - $4,500 Community Response Task Force - $2.500 Rotaty Rose Group - $2,400 $13,000 in checks designated for the purchase of food were presented to representatives of H.A.A.M, Mission Northeast, Family Promise, Family Time, and The Village Centers. 21


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Hop n Hot Sauce Festival From 10 AM - 5 PM Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy Humble Kids DIY-U Workshop From 10 AM - 1 PM Lowes. 22699 Eastex Freeway Houston ABA Tournament The Clubs of Kingwood 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail Sappling Story Time for Preschoolers Ages 3-6 Starts @ 10:30 AM Kingwood Branch Library 4400 Bens View Lane Humble Rodeo Cook Off Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy. Humble Rodeo Cook Off Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy. Bark Mulch Sale Troop 8 From 8 AM - 5 PM Christ The King Lutheran Church 3803 W. Lake Houston Pkwy Kingwood Groovy Sugar Cookie Decorating Class From 10 AM - 12 PM Nathaniel Center 804 Russell Palmer


SPECIAL EVENTS

2024 JANUARY EVENTS Thursdays in January 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

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

Kingwood Area Quilt Guild February Meeting Thursday, February 1, 2024 6:30 -9:30 PM Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 2929 Woodland Hills Dr Kingwood, 77339

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Forest Image Worship Directory Second Baptist Church - North

Saturday | 6 PM Sunday | 9:30 & 11 AM

Holy Comforter Lutheran Church

Sunday | 8:15 & 11 AM Wednesday | 6 PM

Saturday 6PM & Sunday 11AM services are a modern worship experience featuring powerful music from the Elevate Band. The Sunday 9:30 Am service features an exciting, energetic mix of tradiotnal and contemporary music led by full choir, orchestra and prasie team. All services feature a compleling message by Pastor Craig Reynolds.

Sunday in person worship at 8:15 & 11 AM. WOW Night is Wednesday at 6 PM for dinner, Bible study and worship. Livestream is available via Facebook, YouTube and our website Sundays at 8:15 AM. Discover Your Faith, Grow in Community, Live God’s Mission. That is the pathway for deeper discipleship. Everyone is welcome...changing lives ones person at a time.

22770 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, 77339 713-465-3408 www.second.org

1901 Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, 77339 281-358-6500 www.godeeperwithchrist.org

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New Year, New You: The Timeless Tradition of Resolutions By Kelly Thomas

As we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with open arms, there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. For many of us, this transition marks a fresh start, a clean slate, and an opportunity to better ourselves. Yes, we’re talking about New Year’s Resolutions, that time-honored tradition of setting goals and intentions for the year ahead. The History of Resolutions: The practice of making New Year’s Resolutions dates back thousands of years to ancient Babylon. They would celebrate the new year with a festival known as Akitu, during which they made promises to the gods to pay debts and return borrowed objects. Fast forward to ancient Rome, and you’d find citizens offering sacrifices and making promises to the god Janus, the namesake of January. The idea was to seek his blessings for a prosperous year ahead. Over time, the concept of New Year’s Resolutions evolved, and it became less about pleasing gods and more about personal selfimprovement. Today, resolutions are made by people from all walks of life, across the globe, with a shared desire to become better versions of themselves. While resolutions can vary greatly from person to person, some common themes emerge year after year. Here are the top 5 resolutions that seem to make a frequent appearance on people’s lists.


Top Five New Year Resolutions: 1. Get Fit and Healthy

This perennial favorite is all about making a commitment to exercise regularly, eat well, and prioritize physical and mental health. Whether it’s hitting the gym, going for a run, or trying out a new yoga class, the goal is to feel better in one’s own skin.

2. Save Money

Financial responsibility is another common resolution. People aim to save more, budget wisely, and reduce debt. It’s all about achieving financial peace of mind.

3. Learn Something New

Lifelong learning is a worthy pursuit, and many resolve to acquire new skills, explore new hobbies, or further their education. Whether it’s learning a new language, picking up a musical instrument, or taking up a cooking class, expanding one’s horizons is a great way to start the year.

4. Spend More Time with Loved Ones In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Many individuals resolve to prioritize quality time with family and friends, strengthening those cherished bonds.

5. Reduce Stress

Stress is a universal challenge, and the desire to manage it better is a resolution that never goes out of style. People look for ways to find balance, practice mindfulness, and create a more peaceful and harmonious life.

As we embark on this journey of self-improvement, it’s essential to remember that resolutions are not just about setting goals; they’re about the journey, the growth, and the effort we put into becoming the best versions of ourselves. So, as you ponder your resolutions for the year ahead, think about what truly matters to you and what will bring you happiness and fulfillment. In the end, New Year’s Resolutions are not just a tradition; they are an expression of hope, a testament to our resilience, and a reminder that every day is an opportunity for renewal. So, let’s embrace this tradition with enthusiasm, determination, and a sense of wonder at the possibilities that lie ahead. Happy New Year, and may your resolutions lead you to a brighter, better you!

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New Year Traditions Spain: In Spain, it's a tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, one for each chime of the clock, to bring good luck for each month of the coming year. Scotland: In Scotland, they celebrate Hogmanay, a lively New Year's Eve party with fire festivals, dancing, and the practice of "first-footing," where the first person to enter a home after midnight brings symbolic gifts for good luck. On New Year’s Day, Scots participate in the “Loony Dook,” a tradition where people take a dip in freezing water, such as the River Forth, to cleanse themselves for the new year. Japan: In Japan, the New Year is called "Oshogatsu." People visit temples and ring bells 108 times to cleanse themselves of sins. They also eat traditional dishes like ozoni (soup) and toshikoshi soba (noodles) for good luck. Brazil: Brazilians wear white on New Year's Eve and head to the beach to offer flowers and candles to Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea, as a gesture for good luck. Italy: Italians enjoy a special New Year's Eve meal, which includes lentils to bring wealth and prosperity in the coming year. They also celebrate with fireworks and parades. Russia: Russians celebrate the New Year with a grand feast called "Olivier salad" and exchange gifts. Ded Moroz (Father Frost) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) visit homes to give gifts to children. Greece: Greeks bake a special New Year's cake called "Vasilopita," with a hidden coin inside. The person who finds the coin is said to have good luck for the year.


Around the World Philippines: Filipinos believe that round shapes symbolize prosperity, so they fill their homes with round fruits and display colorful fireworks during New Year's Eve. Denmark: Danes traditionally leap off chairs at midnight as a way to "jump" into the New Year. They also break old dishes on their friends' doors to symbolize friendship. South Africa: In South Africa, it's customary to throw old furniture out of windows to symbolize a fresh start for the New Year. Mexico: Mexicans celebrate by eating a special sweet bread called "Rosca de Reyes" on January 6th (Three Kings' Day), which often has small figurines hidden inside. The person who finds a figurine in their slice is responsible for hosting a party on Candlemas Day. Netherlands: Dutch people light bonfires and set off fireworks on New Year's Eve to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the start of the new year. Ecuador: Ecuadorians create effigies called "Años Viejos" (Old Years) filled with things they want to leave behind in the past year. These effigies are then burned at midnight. United States: In the U.S., the dropping of the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square, New York City, is a famous tradition watched by millions around the country. People often make New Year's resolutions as well. By Kelly Thomas

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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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January 2024 Advertisers Map 1: Angry Crab Shack 6925 Farm to Market 1960 Road East Atascocita 77346 2: Christina Maxwell Counseling 1306 Kingwood Drive Kingwood 77339 3: Darst Funeral Home 796 Russell Palmer Road Kingwood 77339 4: Dr. Holly Gregory, Houston Dental Implants 19502 McKay Blvd. Suite 202 Humble 77338 5: Fountainwood at Lake Houston 17990 West Lake Houston Pkwy. Atascocita 77346 6: Houston Methodist Orthopedic & Sports Medicine-The Woodlands Porter 77365 7: Hubbard and Rotthier Attorneys at Law 1525 Lakeville Drive Kingwood 77339

8: Imperato -Fazzino Real Estate GroupREMAX Associates Northeast 2940 Oak Street Kingwood 77339 9: Kelly Polasek- REMAX Northeast Realty 2940 Oak Street Kingwood 77339 10: Elite Hospital of Kingwood 23330 US Highway 59 North Kingwood 77339 11: Kingwood Family DentistryDr. Scott Mosby DDS 2420 North Park Drive Kingwood 77339 12: Lakeside Floors 12118 FM-1960 Huffman 77336 13: Latynia MooreLivewell Psychological And Counseling Service Kingwood 77339 14: Plains State Bank 19404 Kenswick Drive Humble 77339

15: Radiant Facials 2620 Chestnut Ridge Dr Kingwood 77339 16: Sullivans Advanced Paint and Body Shop 22500 Tx-494 Loop Kingwood 77339 17: Suzanne Noonan-Murphy Realtor REMAX Associates Northeast 2940 Oak Street Kingwood 77339 18: Unique Bathroom & Kitchen Showroom 22672 Ford Road Porter 77365 19: Veranda Restaurant 2820 Chestnut Ridge Drive Kingwood 77339 20: Webb Gallery 5311 FM 1960 East Humble 77346 21: Tachus- Fiber Internet Kingwood 77339


OBGYN Group Opens New Space on Houston Methodist The Woodlands Campus “We are excited to have this beautiful new space for our providers so close to Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital,” said Kerrie Guerrero, Chief Nursing Officer at Houston Methodist The Woodlands. Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at The Woodlands is excited to announce the grand opening of a new office space at Medical Office Building 2 at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. The practice includes Dr. Marianne Peck, Dr. Elise Rogers, Dr. Cassandra Schakett, and Dr. Terri Scott, who together provide personalized women’s care in a compassionate environment. “We are excited to have this beautiful new space for our providers so close to Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital,” said Kerrie Guerrero, Chief Nursing Officer at Houston Methodist The Woodlands. “Knowing that their clinical offices are only a short walk away from our full-service floor of comprehensive care in the Women’s Services Department should provide great comfort to our patients.” Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates offer high-quality care for a full spectrum of women’s health issues, including complex pregnancies, gynecologic disorders and women’s reproductive cancers. Physicians offer patients a variety of treatment options, including the most advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures, customized to their specific needs. Areas of expertise include: abnormal uterine bleeding, adolescent health, annual exams, cervical dysplasia, high risk obstetrics, hysteroscopic surgery ,infertility, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC), and vaginal hysterectomy. “These physicians provide compassionate care and exceptional services to women of every age and stage of their lives,” Guerrero said. “I am excited to watch their practice grow with our community.” The official address of the brand-new office is Medical Office Building 2; 17189 Interstate 45 S., Suite 395; The Woodlands, TX 77385. To learn more, or schedule an appointment, call 936.270.3662.

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