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DECORATING DENS Carrie Davies shares her expert decorating advice for a fresh, new look.

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[6] Out & About Events [10] On Shaky Ground [13] RainGardens Unexpected Beauty [14] Summer Dreaming See Page 16!

[16] A Fresh New Look [18] The 7 Best Foods For Your Child’s Teeth

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[19] 5 Tips For Eyewear For Kids

Feature Story

[20] Every Student Is Unique... Their Tutoring Should Be Too [21] Kids Eat Free

Publisher | The Success Group Editor in Chief Vicki Nordquist | vicki@uptowncountrymagazine.com Editorial Director Grace Lamar

Photographer Heather Holloway

Creative Director Mike Reeves

Contributing Writers Josef Bichler | Harvey McEwan | Grace Lamar Advertising Kristine Pirtle (832) 602-7929 uptowncountry@gmail.com

Grace Lamar (832) 349-1427 advertising@uptownmagazine.com

Materials due the 20th of the month preceding the run date.

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[27] Zero Dust, Zero Hassle, Zero Worry [28] Cy-Fair High School Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Volume 1, No. 4 Uptown Country Magazine South Cypress PO Box 681397 • Houston, TX 77268 • (281) 705-9568 • www.uptowncountrymagazine.net The entire contents of the magazine are copyrighted October 2016 by Uptown Country Magazine. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Uptown Country Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other material unless accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. Uptown Country Magazine is not responsible for any claims made by advertisers. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or management.

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The Knowledge You NEED. The Attention You DESERVE.

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y name is Paulette Blackwood Tate . . . and I’m 100% confident that when you list your home with me, I can get your home sold at a price acceptable to you. Your goals and my goals are the same – Sell your home for the best possible price, in a time frame that works for you and your family with the least amount of hassle.

When it comes to something as important as your family’s home, you deserve to work with a Real Estate professional who puts your priorities first and provides you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. That’s why so many people have turned to me for almost 35 years now. I am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Agent and was recently awarded the Million Dollar Guild award. I specialize in Luxury Homes, Acreage/Horse Properties, New Home Construction, Relocation Services and Investment Properties. If you’re considering buying, selling or investing, work with the Real Estate Agent that brings

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Out & About Jan 21-22 BBQ & Chili Cookoff-Houston Metro Go Texan Cy-Fair January is going to be hot as a jalapeno at Traders Village as the Cy-Fair Go Texan Subcommittee dishes up two days of spicy chili, barbecue, brisket, and FKLFNHQWREHQHĂ€WWKH+RXVWRQ/LYHVWRFN6KRZDQG Rodeo. The 28th Annual Cookoff will feature more rootin’ tootin’ “trail cooksâ€? than you can shake a chili ladle at. Saturday’s competitions include Junior Chili, Chili, 'XWFK2YHQ3RUN/RLQ6XQGD\ZLOOIHDWXUHHQWULHV ORRNLQJWREHQDPHGWKHEHVWLQ&KLFNHQ3RUN5LEV DQG%ULVNHWFDWHJRULH3URFHHGVEHQHĂ€WWKH+RXVWRQ /LYHVWRFN6KRZDQG5RGHR Traders Village Eldridge @ West Rd.

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February 17-28, 2017 Mardi Gras Galveston Mardi Gras was publicly observed on Galveston Island as early as 1867 but was discontinued during World War II. The Island's celebration was resurrected in DQGVLQFHWKHQKDVEHFRPHRQHRIWKH most popular events along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Feb 18 CFISD Fun Run Dr. Mark Henry and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD are excited to present the 4th annual Superintendent's Fun Run & Festival at Towne Lake, a Caldwell Community, Superheroes for Kids! The Fun Run & Festival has something for everyone including a variety of vendor booths, delicious food trucks, student performances, a children's play zone, a 1 mile run, a family walking path and a FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGN8:00 am - Towne Lake

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Why Choose Rivas Pool Design? . ASK THE EXPERTS .

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D N U O R G Y K A H S N O KY GROUND ON Think earthquake faults are only in active areas like California and Missouri? Well toss out that notion since most of us live near one of the most active earthquake faults in the Houston area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Big Barn or Hockley Fault. Running about 33 miles underground from the salt dome, just south of Hockley to the salt formation near Conroe, this fault cuts across Hwy. 290 next to the Premium 2XWOHW0DOO²WKRXJK)DLUĂ&#x20AC;HOG²QRUWKZHVWDFURVV â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tomball and ends in the Woodlands near Panther Creek. According to Shuhab Khan and Richard Engelkemeir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These shifting fault lines originated millions of years ago during the formation of the Gulf of Mexico,â&#x20AC;? Khan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While they are not the kind that wreak havoc in earthquake-prone California and now the Midwest, they can move

up to one inch a year, causing serious damage over the course of several years to buildings and streets that straddle a fault line. Additionally, structures on the subsiding side of the fault line could be more VXVFHSWLEOHWRĂ RRGLQJGXHWRWKHORZHUHOHYDWLRQ over time.â&#x20AC;? The San Jacinto River Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geological report also recently pinpointed these same surface faults when working on plans to install a new 52-inch pipe to bring water into The Woodlands. 7RSURWHFWIURPWKHVKLIWLQJVRLOVDVSHFLDOĂ H[LEOH pipe will be used wherever the pipe crosses a fault zone. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They do exist, and they are active,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Mark Smith, division manager over the water authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water project. continued


Highway 290, where the main fault scarp is visuable from several cracks on the feeder road DWWKH3UHPLXP2XWOHW0DOOVDQG)DLUÀHOG Way, these cracks widen yearly and constant ÀOOLQJLVQHHGHGWRNHHSWKHURDGVPRRWKIRU drivers. Where the fault line snakes it way across Tomball, a elementary school had to be closed several years ago due to damage from the fault line. In The Woodlands, several owner suits have been ongoing for homes built on the fault who walls and slabs are not stable due to movement. From cracked concrete, to a shift in the tilt of the land, there is strong evidence that the ground surface in the area is changing with the fault line being one of the major drivers. With a dip angle of 60-70 degrees toward the Gulf Coast, potential risks of the active fault are high, which could lead to the loss of millions of dollars if building on the fault line isn’t taken into serious consideration. www.uptowncountrymagazine

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RAIN GARDENS Unexpected Beauty

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hat is a rain garden? It's one solution for that low spot in your yard â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the one place where all the rain puddles and stays soggy for days. That special low space can be turned into a rain garden which is both beautiful and practical: Ă&#x20AC;OWHULQJUDLQZDWHUUXQRIIDQGSURYLGLQJDKRPHWR ELUGVDQGEXWWHUĂ LHV3OXVWKH\ UHHDV\WRPDLQWDLQ Any low spot or depression in your yard that is DWOHDVWIHHWIURP\RXUKRPHFDQEHWXUQHGLQWRD UDLQJDUGHQ2XU+RXVWRQJXPERVRLOLVSHUIHFWIRU a rain garden since it holds water well.  6HOHFWSODQWVWKDWFDQWROHUDWHZHWVLWHV1DWLYH plants or plants that are found near ponds work EHVWDQGVHHGOLQJVDUHHDVLHUWRHVWDEOLVKWKDQ GLUHFWVRZQVHHGZKHQ\RXDUHJRLQJWRPDNHD UDLQJDUGHQ)RUWKDWUHDVRQDOVRWU\WRXVHQDWLYH grasses and rushes in at least one-third to one-half of the rain garden.  7KHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVWHSWRPDNLQJDUDLQJDUGHQ²DUUDQJH your plants spacing according to label directions. :DWHUZHOODQGPXOFK1RZHQMR\\RXUUDLQJDUGHQ www.uptowncountrymagazine

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A Pool, An Outdoor Entertainment Center and Good Friends

It's the middle of Winter and I bet you aren't thinking pool parties and get-togethers around your outdoor kitchen. But actually if your backyard is lacking space for entertaining, then now is the perfect time to not only think about summer entertaining, but to get your backyard ready. Your outdoors is now the ‘it’ place to be, especially when it comes to entertaining. In fact, almost half (48 percent) of those surveyed in the 2016 Houzz Landscaping Study said entertaining was the most important function of an outdoor living space. Like most homeowners, you want the best outdoor entertaining experience possible. So here are three of the top things to plan into your outdoor setting.

COMFORT

In our Texas heat, comfort is the key to enjoying your outdoor space. That means shielding guests from the sun, rain and heat – and this mean you need some kind of patio cover. Don't even think 14

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about the old aluminum patio cover. Todays roof extensions and pergolas are not new, but the materials and technology you can choose from are. There are now pergolas that automatically adjust to the weather, opening and closing themselves via sensors and some that you can control with a smart phone app. You can pick from remotecontrolled, retractable patio screens and large outdoor ceiling fans to keep the air circulating. Similarly, you can extend your outdoor entertaining well into the fall and winter with outdoor heating systems. And while we are talking about comfort, don't forget you will need plenty of seating. Forget the plastic "Walmart" chair and invest in chairs that are soft, yet supportive and pieces like benches that can be used in versatile ways. Hire a professional outdoor designer who can see all the opportunities and challenges you might have with your outdoor area. Let him help you design the perfect outdoor space that gives you options you wouldn't think about on your own.

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Your outdoor space, just like your indoor space VKRXOGUHÁHFW\RXUVW\OH5LJKWQRZWKHPRYPHQHQW is for a more contemporary, streamline look but if you want more of a rustic style, there is plenty of materials on the market to make an outdoor area a small hill country retreat. From poured concrete countertops to pizza ovens, \RXURXWGRRUVSDFHVKRXOGUHÁHFW\RXUOLIHVW\OH Just go window shopping before you settle on a style and take a good look at all the amenities and features you can install in your outdoor space.  2QHRIWKHZD\VWRÀQGWKDWVSHFLDODPELDQFHLs continued www.uptowncountrymagazine


with lighting which can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. From pendants, to chandeliers and sconces, the assortment and selection for lighting is grand.

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the new gadgets. The main point of your outdoor living space is to enjoy it with friends. How ever \RXĂ&#x20AC;[LWXSRUGRZQLW VXSWR\RX-XVWĂ&#x20AC;QG yourself a great outdoor construction company, add a little comfort and your own style and you have a foolproof plan for great summer fun.

You want to enjoy your party and not be a slave of the grill, the lighting, music and drinks? This is your party and you should be able to relax, and mingle. This is where your outdoor space really comes alive with automation systems that control most everything. Home automation systems have moved from the inside to the outdoor area, allowing you to control everything from your lighting to your outdoor television. With just an app, you can even control the temperature of a steak on the grill. From wine coolers and refrigerators that let guests grab their own cold drinks, your party is made so everyone is having fun. Don't worry if you don't have all

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A Fresh New Look DECORATING TIPS THAT GIVE YOUR HOME A FRESH NEW LOOK !

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No matter how long you've lived in your home, I think it's always fun to “shake thing up a little bit” and give at least one room in your home a fresh new “face lift.” So here are a few ideas that might just help you get started on your own fresh new look.

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REARRANGE ! Often times it's not something new you crave, although new IXUQLWXUHFDQGHÀQDWHO\JLYH any home an intstant face lift. Perhaps, simply rearranging what \RXDOUHDG\RZQZLWKLQDVSHFLÀF room – or transferring pieces from one room to another will make a huge difference. I like to work with my clients to help move their furniture into more interesting postitions. Rather than the traditional line of furniture around the walls, try angling your large furniture pieces. I guarantee that you'll love the difference an angle can make. LIGHT IT UP ! Nothing gives a room a brighter sparkle easier and faster than new lighting – especially if

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your room seems drab and dull. Consider adding a new lamp or even a pair of new lamps. Even replacing an old lamp shade with something new and fresh can make a huge difference in brightening your room. START YOUR OWN DECORATING NOTEBOOK ! If a whole new room is in your future, then now is the time to plan. I suggest that you save pictures of your favorite room – favorite things – favorite colors . . . and make some notes as you study these photos. Ask yourself. "Why do you like this room?" "What would you change?" By including the answers to these questions in your Decorating Notebook, you'll not only save continued www.uptowncountrymagazine


yourself a lot of valuable time, baut your design professiional will be thrilled with the thought your given to your project. There's never a better time than now to think about a fresh new look for your home. I believe that everyone deserves to be able to say, “No matter what kind of day I've had, when I come home I beel happy, peaseful and uplifted.”

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5 TIPS FOR EYEWEAR FOR KIDS It can be confusing if you are a parent and you have just been told that your child needs glasses. Not that there is a shortage of style and types to choose from, but the problem is which one do you choose that your child will like and that will last longer than the ÀUVWJDPHRIWDJ Your child will most likely need glasses, if they are nearsighted or farsighted and then your eye doctor will prescribe glasses for full or part-time wear. Your glasses prescription will be the number one consideration in choosing glasses for your child. Here are some of the major things to remember when choosing your child's glasses.

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around the ears. For toddlers, temples that wrap are recommended so that the glasses can't slide off or drop off the child completely. If your child wears glasses just for reading or infrenquently, then the normal temple style that gently curve around the back of the ear are better.

5. Backup Pair You always want the glasses you buy to last until the next scheduled visit to your optician, but let's get real. Children break their glasses with renewed frenquency. So it's always a good idea to have a backup pair ready. If your child can't see well without his glasses, a second pair in waiting is a necessity. Check with your optician about discounts for second pairs.

If your child needs a strong lens it will probably be thicker than a lens for a slight eye problem. With a thicker lens it works better to choose a smaller frame which helps to reduce the look of a thick lens. Smaller lenses also reduce the rick of blurred or distorted peripheral vision.

2. FASHION FIRST All children worry about being teased about having to wear glasses. As a parent it's your job to make sure they look "cool" in their frames. There are hundreds of frames on the market for children and letting your child help pick out the frame within reason, is one way to make sure they wear them when you aren't looking.

3. PLASTIC OR METAL? All frames are either plastic or metal. Plastic frames were the pick for kids in the past because they were considered more indestructable and durable and not as expensive as metal frames. But now, metal frames are making a come-back as they are just as durable as the plastic frames and have become more fashion forward. Many of the metal frames are made from alloys which make them more durable than plastic and many are hypoallergenic. Ask your optician which metal frames he recommends for children before purchasing.

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content areas. Then using its proprietary curriculum based on 30 years of education experience, it creates a unique program for each student. This allows our tutors to work with a clear understanding of what a student needs in order to master their subjects. With Above Grade Levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in-home tutoring system, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to drive your child around town or worry that the tutors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t giving them enough personal attention. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to settle for national learning centers with cookie-cutter solutions and methods. All tutoring is one-to-one, face-to-face and personalized The process begins with a FREE comprehensive on-line skill level evaluation. For more information visit www.abovegradelevel-nwhouston.com or call 281-402-6066.

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CFISD students experienced the joy of both giving and receiving during the holiday season through school and business partnerships and volunteer effort

The Pope Elementary School PTO adopted 32 families from M. Robinson Elementary School, equating WRJLIWVIRUFKLOGUHQEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLQJIURPWKHSDUWQHU schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity. Popeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student council collected 225 new or slightly used gifts for a holiday event at M. Robinson. The gifts came complete with gift bags and cards that M. Robinson students could give to a parent or sibling. Business partner Patient Accounts Services visited Bane Elementary School on Dec. 14 to donate one new toy to each child at the school. The surprise giveaway allowed pre-K through Ă&#x20AC;UVWJUDGHVWXGHQWVWRUHFHLYH a special surprise from Santa. Patient Accounts Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; operations coordinator, Desiree Chavez, coordinated the effort, which resulted in employees donating more than 300 toys to the students.

6WXGHQWVH[SDQGFRPSXWHUVFLHQFHNQRZOHGJHWKURXJK+RXURI&RGH CFISD students across the district joined the grassroots Hour of Code movement during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, to learn the important role computer science plays in educational and career opportunities.

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Educators and students logged on to Code.org throughout the week to watch videos, take tutorials and practice coding through interactive games. The global Hour of Code movement reached tens of millions of students throughout 180 countries.

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The THSCA also considers each student’s class rank, SAT and/or ACT score when reviewing nominations. Students can earn First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention and Elite Team status. Players must have near-perfect scores in all categories

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Bobcats’ Pustejovsky coaches in Under Armour All-America Game Ed Pustejovsky, Cy-Fair High School head football coach, has been selected as an assistant on one of the coaching staffs for the Under Armour AllAmerica Game, for Jan. 1, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Pustejovsky, who earned his 100th career victory with the Bobcats during the 2016 season, will have the opportunity to coach two of his athletes once more. Seniors Brock Wright and Austin Deculus were selected for the Under Armour All-America Game this fall, along with Langham Creek High School senior running back Toneil Carter. “I am honored to be part of the coaching staff for the Under Armour All-America game and look forward to working with Brock and Austin,” Pustejovsky said. Football players representing QLQH&),6'KLJKVFKRROVTXDOLÀHG for the Texas Army National Guard/Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) 2016 Academic All-State Football Team To be considered for academic all-state recognition, students were required to meet the following standards: ‡ %HFODVVLÀHGDVDVHQLRU • Be an athlete, student trainer or  PDQDJHUZKRÀQLVKHGWKHVHDVRQ  LQJRRGVWDQGLQJ • Have an overall grade-point  DYHUDJHRIRUPRUH • Possess strong moral character. www.uptowncountrymagazine

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Penny Pinching Mamas Childrens Consignment Sale

Pinching Pi hi Mamas M Childrens Child Consignment Sale is headed to the Berry Center in February. It’s an event you will not want to miss and tell your friends about. Frugal shoppers across the Cy Fair area will line up early to shop thousands of gently used brand name items, including clothing,maternity, high chairs, pack in plays, strollers, toys, swings, and infant essentials. Saturday we will have a 1/2 price sale on many of the items at the sale. Consignors themselves determine which of their items are included in the 1/2 price sale. You’ll be amazed at the treasures \RXZLOOÀQG DATE & TIME Thursday, February 9 3:00 - 7:00 pm ($5 Entry Fee for Pre-sale) Friday, February 10 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Free Entry) Saturday, February 11 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Half Off Day – items marked YES) Get your frugal on and let’s SHOP! 26

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Cy-Fair High School Celebrates 75th Anniversary Cy-Fair High School will commemorate DVLJQLÀFDQWKLVWRULFDOPLOHVWRQHZLWKDWK $QQLYHUVDU\FHOHEUDWLRQRQ6XQGD\-DQ³ \HDUVWRWKHGD\WKHEXLOGLQJÀUVWRSHQHGWR students in 1942.  7KHFHOHEUDWLRQZLOOEHJLQDWSPLQWKH VFKRRODXGLWRULXPZLWKDSUHVHQWDWLRQRIFRORUVE\ &\)DLU·V$)-527&FDGHWVIROORZHGE\DQDWLRQDO DQWKHPSHUIRUPDQFHE\WKH&\)DLU6LQJHUV  6SHDNHUVZLOOLQFOXGHFXUUHQWDQGIRUPHU &\)DLUVWXGHQWVDQGVWDIIDVZHOODV&),6' %RDUGPHPEHUDQGDOXPQXV'RQ5\DQDQG6KHOO\ +DQFRFNVRQRIIRUPHU&),6'6XSHULQWHQGHQW 76+DQFRFN3HUIRUPLQJJURXSVZLOOLQFOXGHWKH </3$DQG<03$VWHSWHDPVWKH&\)DLUEDQG Cy-Fair Singers and Cy-Fair cheer squad.  7KHSURJUDPZLOOFRQFOXGHZLWKUHIUHVKPHQWV LQIURQWRIWKHOLEUDU\ZLWKDQRUFKHVWUDHQVHPEOH Visitors can browse a “Cy-Fair Through the 'HFDGHVµGLVSOD\DQGOLYLQJPXVHXPLQWKH FDIHWHULDIHDWXULQJSHUIRUPDQFHVE\WKH%ULJDGH

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