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Should I Put My Rental Property into a LLC

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Celebrate Your Mom with the Perfect Gift

Kelly Thomas

Sola Gratia Ecumenical Choir Raises Funds for the Oaks of Righteousness

Make Mom’s Day with a Craveable Brunch

Family Features

10 Tips to Make Your Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient and Sustainable

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Discover Fountainwood at Lake Houston’s Signature Programs, Culinary Delights and Resort-Style Living

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Simple, Convenient Salads to Celebrate Spring

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If you own any rental property, it is important to consider how best to own or “hold” such property from both a legal and financial standpoint. An LLC is one of the most common and best ways to protect your assets. Below is a discussion about LLCs andvarious considerations in

What is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) – An LLC is a legal entity used to own and operate a business. LLCs typically provide the same legal and financial protections as corporations but are generally simpler, more flexible to operate, and provide tax benefits, making them a popular choice for small businesses and real estate investments.

Liability Protection – One of the primary advantages of an LLC is that it offers liability protection to its owners, who are called members. Personal assets of the members are typically protected from business debts and legal liabilities of the LLC. In most cases, members’ liability is limited to their investment (i.e., the property) in the LLC.

When properly established and managed, creating an LLC and transferring rental property to the LLC will provide liability protection for your other assets. This means that if someone is injured on the rental property or otherwise brings a claim or lawsuit related to the rental property, the claimant or creditor cannot pursue your personal assets (i.e., savings, investments, personal property and other real estate) –they are shielded from liability.

Tax Benefits – LLCs are typically advantageous from a tax standpoint. In contrast with certain other types of entities, an LLC is typically treated as a pass-through entity for tax purposes. This means the LLC does not pay federal income taxes; rather, the profits and losses (generated by the rental property held in the LLC) are “passed through” to the individual members (owners) of the LLC, who then report such information on their personal tax returns.

Respecting the Company Formalities – While LLCs have many benefits, in order to obtain those benefits, you must respect the formalities of the LLC and its existence as a separate entity. What I mean by this is that you must treat the LLC as a separate entity and manage the assets of the LLC separately. You are generally expected to establish a company operating agreement, keep written records of actions approved and taken, and keep a separate bank account for the LLC that is not commingled with your personal funds.

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While LLCs are very useful, it is important to consider the start-up costs as well as the yearly costs to manage them, the value of your other assets you wish to protect, and what other alternatives are available to best meet your needs. As always, I encourage you to consult with an attorney to talk through your specific circumstances.

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Celebrate Your Mom with the Perfect Gift

Originating in the early 20th century, Mother’s Day was established by Anna Jarvis and officially became a U.S. holiday in 1914. Today, it’s a global celebration that honors mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. This year celebrate your mom with a gift from the heart.

Personalized Gifts

Consider custom jewelry with engravings of meaningful dates or initials. For those who treasure memories, a photo album filled with cherished moments or a custom portrait of family members can make her day truly special.

Handmade Gifts

Whether it’s a hand-painted vase, a knitted scarf, or homemade candles, the effort you put into making something unique speaks volumes about your love.

Memory Making Gifts

This could be a weekend getaway to a cozy bed and breakfast, a day trip to a nearby city she loves or has yet to explore, or even a cooking class she can enjoy with her loved ones. Experiences create memories that last far longer than any material gift.

Practical Gifts

For moms who appreciate practicality, consider gifts that make her daily routine a little easier or more enjoyable. A high-quality coffee maker, a smartwatch, or even a subscription service for her hobbies (like gardening kits, book clubs, or gourmet foods) can be both thoughtful and useful.

While gifts are a wonderful way to show appreciation, the most important thing is to spend quality time with mom. Whether it’s a simple breakfast in bed, a family gathering, or a quiet afternoon walk, what truly matters is that she feels valued and loved. In a recent survey, nearly 80% of mothers expressed that spending time with their family is the best gift they could receive on Mother’s Day. This statistic not only highlights the importance of personal connections over material items but also reflects the deep emotional bond shared between mothers and their children.

This Mother’s Day, whether through a heartfelt note, a well-thoughtout gift, or simply by being present, make Mother’s Day a joyful and memorable celebration of the women who made us who we are. After all, their impacts are felt not just on Mother’s Day, but every day in the countless ways they enrich our lives.

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Sola Gratia Ecumenical Choir Raises Funds for the Oaks of Righteousness

On June 2 at 4:00 pm, Sola Gratia, an ecumenical women’s choir, will present the concert “We Are Held—A Journey of Transformation Through Song” in the sanctuary of Strawbridge United Methodist Church as a fundraiser for the Oaks of Righteousness. The concert will feature songs that speak to God’s ability to transform lives.

The Oaks of Righteousness is a nonprofit organization in Humble devoted to helping women coming out of incarceration. Without a healthy alternative, ex-offenders return to the people, places, and habits that led to their imprisonment. Prison experts recognize transitional living as an essential element in helping to break the cycle of recidivism. The Oaks program has a recidivism rate of 8 percent, compared to the national recidivism rate of 66 percent. The Oaks provides a secure, faith-based transitional environment for up to fourteen women over a nine- to twelve-month period. During this time the residents participate in a program that incorporates life skills and job readiness, as well as counseling on sustaining sobriety, guidance in money management, and fostering spiritual growth. These activities allow the residents to acquire the necessary skills to reintegrate into society and become the women that God wants them to be.

When current residents were asked about the most valuable aspect of living at the Oaks, several mentioned the unconditional love they receive and the family atmosphere. Comparing life in prison with life at the Oaks, Carrie remarked, “You’re not really sure why they love you at first. It’s kind of scary. I was thinking, you don’t know me and if you did you wouldn’t love me. Day by day, I started thinking maybe I am worth loving. The love just gets stronger and stronger, and you find yourself saying, ‘I love you too.’” Beth stated, “This is the most positive support I’ve ever felt.” “My family is here,” Bailey said, “My family through Christ.” Rebecca observed, “It feels more like a family than a program.”

Since many of the staff and volunteers are graduates of the Oaks program themselves, the residents have role models to encourage them to achieve their goals. Charlotte was incarcerated with the current Oaks director and saw her before and after completing the program. Her reaction was, “I want that. I want that light. I want to learn to live differently.” Rebecca pointed out, “The authority God has put over me are people that came from the same walk that I did. They can relate to the sin I was living in, the hard times. They lived the same lifestyle as we did.”

Faith is part of every aspect of the Oaks, and several named this as a crucial part of changing their life path. “The most meaningful

part of the Oaks is growing my relationship with God and learning how to do that,” Sasha observed. Charlotte stated that before coming to the Oaks “I didn’t know how to live a godly life, I didn’t have that support.” “I knew God but didn’t want a relationship with Him,” Carrie noted, “But sitting in prison, I knew that the only way I was going to do something different was through God.” Beth especially values “the opportunity to be close to God, and to have these months to soak everything in. God is showing me that I’ve come this far; I just have to trust His plan.”

The monthly operating cost of the Oaks is about $15,000. The program is currently supported financially by contributions from community members, local churches, and civic organizations such as the Rotary Club of Lake Houston, The Story Church, Woodlands Methodist Church, United City Church, and Kingwood Methodist Church, as well as grants from Insperity, the Stoller Foundation, and Hope Legacy Foundation. However, fundraisers such as this year’s concert provide essential resources to keep the program going.

Directed by Meredith Koerner, Sola Gratia, which means “by grace alone,” began as a quartet and has grown to its current size of about forty members. The group has performed twice at the White House as well as at the Texas Capitol rotunda and the 2013 Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. Originally a worship choir for Kingwood United Methodist Church, Sola Gratia is now a nonprofit organization that focuses on a united outreach to all women. The group’s mission is not only to create a choir of excellence for women, but to support diverse ministries and community groups through the universal language of music.

Accompaniment for the concert will be provided by Sergey Kuznetsov, an award-winning international concert pianist and a faculty member in the music department at Lone Star College Montgomery. The Strawbridge Strings orchestra will also participate in the program.

The ticket price is $20 per person. Tickets will be available at the door, or online through An offering for Oaks of Righteousness will be held at the concert. Following the concert, guests are invited to a dessert reception in the church commons, provided by board members of the Oaks. Strawbridge United Methodist Church is located at 5629 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood. For more information please go to the Oaks of Righteousness website:

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Make Mom’s Day with a Craveable Brunch

There’s perhaps no better occasion to show off your kitchen skills than Mother’s Day, a perfect opportunity to turn the tables on mom and let her relax while you handle cooking duties. A homemade breakfast – or better yet, letting her sleep in for brunch – is a sure way to win her over and show how much you care.

Show your delicate side by working up a batch of Apple Ricotta Crepes, which require a soft touch to cook the light, silky batter to golden perfection. This rendition of the beloved thin pancakes calls for a ricotta spread and apple-cinnamon topping for a delightful pairing of savory and sweet.

If a full Mother’s Day celebration is on the menu, something a bit heartier may be required. A frittata provides the best of both worlds, as it’s a filling meal that’s also easy to make – just let the oven do the work. This Apple, Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata is no exception as it calls for a handful of everyday ingredients you can whisk together in a cinch. While it’s in the oven (about 30 minutes, give or take) you can put the finishing touches on your last-minute decorations and handwritten cards.

Special occasions with those you love can be uplifted with the aroma and flavor Envy Apples that offer an invitation to savor small moments around the table. Available at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores, the craveable texture and crunch of this leading apple variety provides balanced sweetness as the ultimate apple experience for Mother’s Day gatherings. Along with their delicious flavor, the flesh remains whiter longer, even after cutting, slicing, dicing or cubing, so that homemade meals look as good as they taste.

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Apple, Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata

6 eggs

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

2 teaspoons kosher salt

20 turns fresh cracked pepper

1/4 cup whole milk

1 Envy Apple, small diced

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, hot pepper sauce, salt, pepper and milk until well combined.

Stir in apples, tomatoes, goat cheese and chives until well combined.

Using 1/3 measuring cup, spoon frittata mixture into oven-safe large skillet or 9-by-9-inch pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes, or until eggs are set.

Let cool slightly then serve.

Apple Ricotta Crepes

Yield: 12 crepes


1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1cup whole milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla butter, for cooking

Apple Topping: butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Envy Apples, sliced or cubed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

salt, to taste

maple syrup

Ricotta Filling:

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 lemon, zest and juice only

2-3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

To make crepes: In bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add milk, eggs and vanilla then, using whisk, combine thoroughly. Mixture should be silky smooth. Refrigerate.

To make apple topping: In pan over medium heat, heat butter and brown sugar until bubbly and golden.

Add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, to taste; cook over medium-low heat until apples are soft. Turn off heat and finish with maple syrup.

To make ricotta filling: Combine ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar, mix well and set aside.

In nonstick pan over medium-low heat, melt small amount of butter.

Add one ladle crepe batter, cook until bubbles form, flip and cook until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. Stack crepes to keep warm and soft.

Spread ricotta mixture thinly onto crepes and fold into quarters. Top with apple mixture and serve.

Special occasions with those you love can be uplifted with the aroma and flavor Envy Apples that offer an invitation to savor small moments around the table. Available at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores, the craveable texture and crunch of this leading apple variety provides balanced sweetness as the ultimate apple experience for Mother’s Day gatherings. Along with their delicious flavor, the flesh remains whiter longer, even after cutting, slicing, dicing or cubing, so that homemade meals look as good as they taste.

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10 Tips to Make Your Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient and Sustainable

Updating your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system to cool your home in a smart and sustainable way involves several steps that not only improve energy efficiency but also reduce environmental impact.

Consider these tips from the heating and cooling experts at Carrier to help make your cooling system more eco-friendly:

1.Upgrade to an Energy-Efficient HVAC System. If your HVAC system is outdated, consider replacing it with a more energyefficient model. Look for systems with an Energy Star or high SEER2 (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating, which indicates better energy efficiency. The higher the SEER2 rating, the more efficient the unit. Financial incentives for installing a higher-efficiency system are available through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. You can also shop for rebates from manufacturers and utility companies.

2.Look for a Carbon-Free HVAC System. Heat pumps, ductless and VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems that run on electricity and use low global-warming potential refrigerant, like Carrier’s Puron Advance, can help reduce your home’s negative impact on the environment.

3.Install a Smart Thermostat. A smart thermostat can be programmed based on your preferences and adjust temperatures automatically. These devices can be controlled remotely through smartphones and help reduce energy consumption by cooling your home only when necessary.

4.Conduct Regular Maintenance. Keep your HVAC system running efficiently with regular maintenance. This includes cleaning or replacing air filters every 1-3 months, checking refrigerant levels, cleaning outside condenser coils and ensuring the system’s components are in good, working condition and the airflow is not blocked.

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5.Seal and Insulate. Improve your home’s insulation to maintain a consistent temperature. Seal windows, doors and any gaps or cracks to prevent cool air from escaping. This can significantly reduce the workload on your HVAC system.

6.Use Ceiling Fans. Ceiling fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, allowing you to set the thermostat at a higher temperature without sacrificing comfort, thus saving energy.

7.Add Window Treatments. Use blinds, shades or curtains to block out sunlight and reduce heat gain during the hottest parts of the day. This simple step can make a big difference in how much your air conditioner needs to work.

8.Upgrade to a Variable-Speed Compressor. Traditional compressors operate at full power or not at all. However, a variablespeed compressor can adjust its output to match your cooling needs precisely, resulting in better efficiency, energy savings and improved indoor comfort.

9.Ventilate Properly. Ensure proper ventilation in your home, especially in areas like the kitchen and bathroom, to remove excess heat and humidity, which can reduce the need for air conditioning.

10.Update Roofing. If you’re replacing your roof, consider cool roofing materials that reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofing materials, reducing the heat that enters your home.

By implementing these strategies, you can improve or update your HVAC system to cool your home more sustainably. Not only do these steps help the environment, they can also lead to lower energy bills and improved indoor comfort. Always consult with an HVAC professional to determine the best and most efficient options for your home and needs.

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Discover Fountainwood at Lake Houston’s Signature Programs, Culinary Delights and Resort-Style Living

At Fountainwood at Lake Houston, senior living transcends the ordinary, offering a vibrant lifestyle tailored to adults aged 55 and over. This unique campus is not just a place to live; it’s a community that champions independence while providing the comfort of knowing a team of caring associates is always available. Whether you’re in search of independent living, assisted living, or memory care, Fountainwood embraces a holistic approach to senior living that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit in a welcoming and luxurious environment.

Imagine a place where each day is a new opportunity for exploration and sensory delight. That’s the reality at Fountainwood. According to Khalil Hasan, the Engagement Program Director, “Every activity offered uses the full senses; it’s like cruising on land.” The community’s programming is particularly innovative, focusing on immersive sensory experiences that energize and fulfill. Residents can unwind by the pool with a favorite book, enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, or explore local museums and shopping centers. The recently held event “Paris In Springtime” brought the essence of international destinations to the campus, complete with authentic scents, live music, traditional foods, and engaging performances, ensuring that life at Fountainwood feels like a perpetual vacation. They offer a full monthly calendar of events to fit everyone’s needs.

Fountainwood at Lake Houston is also known for its exceptional dining experience. Victor Schloss, the Executive Director, emphasizes that their aim is to make every meal remarkable. The Pelican Dining Room isn’t just a place to eat; it’s a sensory event where residents can watch as chefs craft delicious dishes in an open, interactive window. With a woodfire pizza oven and rotisserie grill, the culinary team delights in creating from-scratch meals that not only satisfy hunger but also ignite the senses. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the atmosphere of dining with family and friends on the terrace and patios. Residents are also encouraged to attend culinary town hall meetings where they can influence menu selections, as well as the quarterly Taste of Fountainwood that offers samples of new dishes that might find their way onto the menu. The residents feedback is always welcome by the Culinary staff.

Fountainwood doesn’t just provide a place to live; it offers a lifestyle. The campus is designed with resort-style amenities that cater to every interest and need. From the coffee bar and bistro to the Cork Wine Bar and veranda, every space is crafted for relaxation and enjoyment. The salon and spa offer pampering treatments, while the library, activity and game rooms, and fitness center

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support both mental and physical health. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the walking paths and patios, and the pool is perfect for both exercise and leisure. The Vivid Life Program ensures a calendar full of educational, leisure, and social activities, all inspired by the residents themselves.

Every resident at Fountainwood has unique needs and preferences that are meticulously catered to through their comprehensive care options. Whether you’re looking for the independence of your own apartment or need more hands-on care, the team at Fountainwood is committed to providing the highest level of service. The memory care program is designed with the understanding that every individual’s experience is unique, and the respite care services offer support for families needing short-term solutions.

“Every activity offered uses the full senses; it’s like cruising on land,” said Khalil Hasan, the Engagement Program Director.

Fountainwood at Lake Houston is redefining senior living, creating a community where every day is an opportunity to thrive in a caring, stimulating environment. To learn more about how Fountainwood can enhance your lifestyle or that of a loved one, visit or call 281-612-3585.

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Simple, Convenient Salads to Celebrate Spring

Letting in a little fresh air with an open window or a screen door is a sure sign of spring, allowing the natural sights and smells of the outdoors to accompany you at the dinner table. Take that open-air freshness to new heights this spring by pairing it with your own signature spins on salad season.

For example, this Tuna and Rice Nicoise Salad offers a new take on tuna salad with olive tapenade, capers, tomatoes, green beans and cherry tomatoes. Its calling card: swapping out potatoes in favor of Minute Yellow Rice Cups, which cook up fast as a convenient and flavorful alternative that saves the chore of washing, peeling and boiling potatoes. Fully cooked and packaged in BPA-free cups, it features white rice lightly seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder and turmeric for a delightful taste ready in just 1 minute.

As a perfect recipe for those who love veggies, this dish combines classic salad freshness with olive tapenade for a briny bite in every mouthful. Canned tuna mixes with bursts of capers, hard-boiled egg, crisp green beans and sweet cherry tomatoes capped off with tart balsamic dressing to round out the dish.

If you love the taste of crisp, peppery arugula, this Pomegranate and Arugula Rice Salad is practically perfect. Your favorite green shines alongside a delicious mix of sweet pomegranate seeds, crisp almonds and tart balsamic dressing that’s ideal for a starter or side, or you can add a preferred protein to turn it into a satisfying main course.

Incredibly colorful with a lively taste, bright flavors mingle with fluffy grains of Minute Instant Jasmine Rice, ready in just 5 minutes to keep your dinner schedule on track. Aromatic white rice provides a distinct scent, perfect texture and delicious taste that’s fast, fragrant, flavorful and fluffy. It’s simply precooked then dried with nothing added but convenience to help you get tasty meals on the table quickly.

Pomegranate and Arugula Rice Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes

Servings: 8

2 cups Minute Instant Jasmine Rice

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons minced red onion

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 bag (5 ounces) arugula

1 cup pomegranate seeds

1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Prepare rice according to package directions. Cool completely, about 10 minutes. In large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, red onion, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Add rice, arugula and pomegranate seeds to bowl; toss to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle with almonds. Tips: For added flavor, top salad with crumbled goat or blue cheese.To cool rice quickly, spread evenly on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

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Tuna and Rice Nicoise Salad

Prep time: 4 minutes | Cook time: 1 minute

Servings: 1

1 cup Minute Yellow Rice Cups

2 tablespoons balsamic dressing

2 tablespoons olive tapenade

1 teaspoon capers, drained well

1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup frozen green beans, thawed

1 can (3 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked

1 hard-boiled egg, cut into wedges

Heat rice according to package directions. In medium bowl, combine rice, balsamic dressing, tapenade and capers. Mix well. Top with cherry tomatoes, green beans, tuna and hardboiled egg. Tip: Serve salad over bed of mixed greens, if desired.

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Kingwood Chorale - Chorale Classics

Starts @ 7:30 PM

Strawbridge United Methodist Church

5629 Kingwood Dr.

Kingwood Pet Resort Nail Trim $5

From 9 AM - Noon

619 Lakeville Dr. Kingwood

Kingwood Chorale - Chorale Classics

Starts @ 3 PM

Atascocita Methodist Church

19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr

Hi Neighbor Luncheon

From 11 AM - 1:30 PM

Kingwood Country Club

1700 Kingwood Trail

Friendship United Methodist Church

Bingo (bring a covered dish)

From 9:30 AM - Noon

22388 Ford Rd., Porter

Htown Dream Center Golf Tournament

The Clubs of Kingwood

1700 Lake Kingwood Trail

Valley Ranch Cruise In

From 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Valley Ranch Town Center

22296 Market Place Dr., New Caney

Music and Motors (Concert and Car Show)

From 7 PM - 9 PM (Car roll in starts at 5 PM)

310 E. Main St., Humble

Rosati’s Comedy Night

Starts @ 9 PM

25661 US 59 Kingwood

Ava Wray - Mother’s Day Brunch

From 10 AM - 2 PM

20669 West Lake Houston Pkwy, Kingwood

Truly Greek, Truly Unique Wine & Olive Oil Tasting Experience - JMP Wines

From 11:30 AM - 2 PM

7500 Old North Belt, Humble

Kingwood Super Neighborhood Meeting

Starts @ 7 PM

Kingwood Community Center

4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood

Kingwood Area Republican Women Monthly General Meeting at 11 AM

@ 3B’s On The Green Oakhurst Golf Club

20700 Mills Branch Dr

Kingwood Farmers Market/Kids Zone

Kingwood Town Center

From 1 PM - 5 PM

Kingwood Town Center

Cajun Explosion and Farmers Market

From 11 AM - 4 PM

310 E. Main St. , Humble



Kingwood Farmers Market

From 3:00 -7:00 PM Rain or Shine

Kingwood Town Center 8 N. Main St.

Brass Tap- Singo Music Bingo

From 7 PM - 10 PM

635 Kingwood Dr., Ste 800

The Brass Tap Wine Down - Ladies Night

Ladies Night Every Wednesday Night

635 Kingwood Dr. Ste 800

Thirsty Thursday & Karaoke Night with Wade Maxwell Splendora 25069 FM 2090, Splendora

Kingwood Annual Cruisers Cars & Coffee

Every Saturday 8:30-11:00 AM

Whataburger 4545 Kingwood Dr. Ste 404 Kingwood

Kingwood High School Theatre Presents Chicago Teen Edition

May 8th through 11th @ 7:00 PM & May 11th @ 2:00 PM

Kingwood High School 2701 Kingwood Dr.

Kingwood Rotary

Every Monday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Union Kitchen 23918 Hwy. 59, Kingwood

Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area

Every Wednesday 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lake Houston Family YMCA 2420 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. Kingwood

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Paws & Reflect: Celebrating Our Furry Friends

In May we celebrate National Pet Week and National Rescue Dog Day!

National Pet Week was established in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Held annually during the first full week of May, it’s an initiative aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership, celebrating the human-animal bond, and raising awareness about the veterinary services that keep our pets healthy. “National Pet Week celebrates the pets that enrich our lives and encourages responsible pet care every day of the year,” says Dr. John Howe, former president of the AVMA. “Whether it’s providing proper nutrition, regular exercise, or annual veterinary visits, responsible pet ownership is crucial to the well-being of our animal companions.” During this week, veterinary clinics, pet organizations, and schools often conduct events and workshops to highlight the importance of preventive care, pet safety, and wellness. According to the AVMA, over 67% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet. National Pet Week advocates for these pets’ health through better care, fostering a deeper understanding of the veterinary needs that pets have throughout their lives.

National Rescue Dog Day, observed on May 20th, was founded more recently to bring attention to the countless dogs in shelters awaiting a loving home, and to honor the families who have already opened their hearts to rescue dogs. This day underscores the enriching and often life-saving contributions rescue dogs make to their adoptive families. It was founded by Tails That Teach, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of kindness and empathy toward pets and people. “Rescue dogs often overcome extreme odds to find a loving family,” noted Lisa Wiehebrink, founder of Tails That Teach, when discussing the resilience and loyalty of rescue dogs. “This special day is a reminder of how much these animals can teach us about perseverance and unconditional love.”

Across the United States, there are thousands of animal shelters and rescue organizations working tirelessly to care for abandoned and neglected animals. The ASPCA estimates that approximately 3.1 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters every year, with roughly 2 million dogs being adopted annually. These organizations not only provide a safe haven for pets in need but also offer

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services like spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping to help pets find and stay in their forever homes. To mark National Rescue Dog Day, people are encouraged to adopt from shelters, volunteer their time, donate to animal welfare organizations, or simply share stories of their rescue pets online to inspire others. These actions can significantly impact the visibility of shelter dogs and the likelihood of adoption.

The exact number of animal rescues and shelters in the United States can vary widely, as new organizations may open while others might close. However, it is generally estimated that there are around 13,000 to 14,000 animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the country. These include both publicly operated shelters and privately run rescues, many of which are dedicated to specific breeds or types of animals.

The variety and number of these facilities reflect the large need for rescue operations and animal welfare services in the United States, driven by issues like overpopulation, abandonment, and mistreatment of animals. These organizations play critical roles in community animal management, public education, and the promotion of animal welfare principles, including adoption and spay/neuter programs to help reduce the number of homeless animals.

Volunteers are absolutely vital to the operation of pet rescues and shelters. These organizations often rely heavily on volunteers for a wide range of tasks, including daily care of the animals, administrative support, fundraising, public education, and community outreach efforts.

A survey by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that about 25% of the U.S. population volunteers in some capacity, with many choosing to work with animals. Animal care (including rescues and shelters) is consistently among the top categories for volunteer work.

The ASPCA and other major organizations often highlight stories of volunteers who dedicate countless hours each year to animal welfare, underlining the crucial role these individuals play in the functioning and success of animal rescues across the country. The dedication of volunteers not only helps keep these organizations running but also significantly improves the quality of life for countless animals.

Both National Pet Week and National Rescue Dog Day serve as crucial reminders of the responsibilities and joys of pet ownership. They emphasize the impact of compassionate care on the lives of both pets and owners, fostering a community more attuned to the needs of animal companions. These observances are pivotal in promoting better lives for pets across the nation, reflecting a collective commitment to nurturing the bonds we share with our animal friends.

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5 tips to support your local shelter/rescue

Adopt, Don’t Shop

If you’re considering adding a pet to your family, visit your local shelter or rescue. You’ll not only be giving a dog a second chance at life but also making room for another animal in need.


Shelters often need help with daily tasks, from feeding animals to cleaning kennels and socializing pets. Your time can make a significant difference in the lives of many animals.


Monetary donations are always needed, but many shelters also have wish lists that include blankets, toys, and food. Check with your local shelter to see what’s needed most.


If you’re not ready to adopt, consider fostering. It helps the animal by providing them a temporary home and helps the shelter by freeing up space for other rescues.


Use your voice to spread the word about the importance of adoption and responsible pet ownership. Share posts on social media, participate in community events, and educate others about the benefits of adopting a rescue pet.


Memorial Day: Remember and Honor the Sacrifices Made by Countless Men and Women who Served our Country

As Memorial Day approaches, it offers us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by countless men and women who served our country. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established after the Civil War, a time when our nation found itself in desperate need of healing. It was a day set aside to honor those who died in the conflict by decorating their graves with flowers. Officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, it was first observed on May 30 of the same year when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Today, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, ensuring a three-day weekend, a time for reflection but also for family gatherings and community participation. It’s a federal holiday that not only marks the unofficial start of summer but stands as a solemn day of remembrance. Here are a few ways you can commemorate this significant day with your family. Many communities host Memorial Day parades, ceremonies, and services. Attending these events can be a meaningful way to show support and learn about the history of the day. Visit War Memorials or Veterans Cemeteries, a visit to one of these sacred grounds can be a powerful visual reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedoms. Many families choose to lay flowers or flags on graves. Take time to teach your children about the history of Memorial Day through books or documentaries. Understanding the sacrifices made by others develops a deeper appreciation and respect for the freedoms we enjoy today. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. This simple act of pausing for a minute at 3 p.m. can be a profound personal and communal gesture of respect and reflection. Support Veterans and Active Military. Whether through volunteering, donating to relevant causes, or simply reaching out to families affected by military service, showing gratitude is a practical way of giving back.

Memorial Day, while a day of remembrance, is also a chance for us to strengthen our community bonds through shared moments of gratitude and respect. Let us use this day not just to kick off the summer season, but to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Let’s make it a day of community, family, and remembrance that bridges the past to our present and future.

More than 1.1 million Americans have died in U.S. wars since the American Revolution. The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress in 2000, asks Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

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Celebrating the Heartbeat of Our Economy During National Small Business Week

In May we take a week to celebrate National Small Business Week! Our communities are full of small shops, cozy cafes, and family-run businesses that make our neighborhoods unique and lively. Did you know that small businesses make up nearly all businesses in the U.S.? That’s right, 99.9% of all businesses here are small ones, employing about half of all private workers. That’s a lot of jobs thanks to folks like our neighborhood grocers, local florists, and that friendly diner down the street!

Here’s something else that’s really cool: almost 20% of small businesses are run by families. And if you’ve ever bought a gift from a local craft store or had brunch at a local family-owned restaurant, you’ve seen firsthand how diverse and innovative these businesses can be.

These small gems do more than just sell us goods and services; they’re the beating heart of our economy and our community. Plus, when we shop local, more of our money stays local. That helps our community grow stronger, together.

National Small Business Week kicked off back in 1963, thanks to President John F. Kennedy. He wanted to give a big shout-out to the small business community for their incredible contributions to both American society and the economy. Ever since, every U.S. president has kept up the tradition, dedicating one week each year to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and successes of America’s small business owners.

The week is put together by the Small Business Administration (SBA), which has been a huge supporter of small businesses, providing them with the tools and support they need to thrive. Over the years, National Small Business Week has really blossomed, adding all sorts of events like conferences, webinars, and workshops. These activities are designed to give business owners a leg up on things like financing, marketing, and navigating the rules of business. And it’s all done in partnership with local chambers of commerce, business groups, and community leaders, making it a true team effort that highlights the community spirit at the heart of small business culture.

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So, how can we keep this wonderful cycle going?

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Shop Local: Next time you need something, whether it’s a coffee or a new book, try looking in a local shop first. Spread the Word: If you find a place you love, tell your friends or give them a shout-out online. Sharing is caring! Write Kind Reviews: Got a few minutes? Writing a positive review online can make a big difference for a small business. Get Involved: Check out events hosted by local businesses. It’s a great way to have fun and meet new friends while supporting your neighbors.

Small businesses not only drive local economies by creating jobs, they also foster community spirit. By choosing to shop at local boutiques, dine at local restaurants, and utilize local services, we keep our communities vibrant and thriving. They offer us a personal touch that big businesses often can’t match, from a friendly chat with a shop owner to personalized services tailored to our needs.

Beyond the economic benefits, supporting small businesses enhances our local culture. Many small businesses offer products that are unique to our area, contributing to a distinctive local identity. By supporting them, we ensure that our community maintains its unique character and charm. Small businesses often support each other, which strengthens the entire local business ecosystem.

During National Small Business Week, let’s take extra steps to show our support. Whether it’s making a conscious decision to shop local for groceries, seeking out local craftsmen for gifts, or choosing a local café over a national chain, every small choice adds up to a significant impact.

Let’s remember that our support for small businesses can extend beyond this week. By incorporating these practices into our daily lives, we can continue to foster a thriving community all year round. Let’s cheer on the dreamers and doers who bring passion and personality to our doorstep!


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