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As the editor for The Vibe.....I have so many stories that I want to share with you about Tomball residents. We spend each day in such a vibrant and lively community. There is so much to be proud of ... and so much to be thankful for. As you read the stories about your neighbors, I hope that The Vibe becomes a resource that you can depend on for both timely and newsworthy information. We want to be your resource for upcoming events and stories in our area.


Each of us are involved in our own busy lifestyles and we have so much we can learn from each other. I hope that together we can share our ideas and our stories... and that I can feature your articles in furture publications. In our Tomball area we have both a wealth and richness of opportunity in which to engage each other.

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When Mary Hardcastle walks through her bird-filled shop, she usually gets an array of exotic birds of all sizes and plumages trying to retrieve some of her affections. “They are just wonderful,” said Mary. She went on to explain how her love of birds began. “I have always had a love for birds of all kinds. The first project I had in 4H many, many years ago, was to take a census of the wild birds in the surrounding countryside. When my son was three years old, we visited Parrot Jungle where I was nipped by my first Scarlet Macaw. I was fascinated! On that same trip, we went to Busch Gardens where I volunteered and was chosen to work with Fred, the famous cockatoo from the Baretta TV show. I was thrilled!”

After spending years in the business world, Mary’s husband gave her some cockatiels to, as he put it, “mess with.” Well, said Mary, “ that action sealed my fate. I was addicted.” With a friend, she opened a small bird store but when her friend retired in 2004, Mary re-opened as “About Birds” to signify the change in ownership.

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Writing In Style Feb 25 - March 8th Mardi Gras - Galveston

The island comes alive with 11 extravagant parades, more than 50 galas and festive events, bead throwing, exhibits, live entertainment in local clubs, and the best Gulf Coast cuisine in the world.

February 26-27 Texas Independence Day Celebration

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Park. Join us at the Birthplace of Texas for this special anniversary! 175 years ago Texas declared it's independence from Mexico here on this sacred spot, giving birth to a one of a kind republic and state. Festivities will include interpreters in period clothing portraying participants in the revolution, blackpowder firing demonstrations, camp scenarios, food vendors, demonstrators showcasing period crafts and skills, and recereations of key moments of the convention.

Apr 2 Westhimer Street Festival

The 9th Westheimer Street Festival features over 100 bands on 8 stages along with more than 100 artists exhibiting live painting, performance art, installation work, and 'street decoration. 400 Westheimer.

April 2 -3 Bayou City Cajun Festival at Trader's Village

Hot Boudin, Cold Cous-Cous, it's Ragin' Cajun Time at Traders Village"! Get ready to party hearty, Creole-style, as the 16th Annual Bayou City Cajun Fest cooks up big fun at Traders Village for two days. Saturday and Sunday. The Cajun Fest is slated to be hotter than the boiled crawfish and hot boudin served each day.


March 5-6 SpringFest Wine & Art Festival

The 13th Annual SpringFest Wine and Art Festival, one of the largest wine exhibition and tasting events in Houston, will take place in Historic Old Town Spring. Wine enthusiasts are invited to attend this Texas-style event featuring local wineries showcasing top Texas wines, microbrewed beer tastings and original art work from local artists. The event is FREE on Saturday & Sunday. Wine tasting tickets are $25. Price includes a commemorative wine glass and 5 tastings with additional tastings available for $1 each.

March 29-April 2nd Spring Antique Show Roundtop

One of the top ten antique shows in America, this is the week to head over to Roundtop where hundreds of tents and dealers await you. Whether you are a seasoned collector, or a newcomer to the world of antiques, this is the place to be for best in antiques.

April 9-10 Cy-Woods FFA Spring Craft Show

Cy-Fair Telge Exhibit Center Sponsored by Cy-Woods FFA Booster Club. Free Admission, Easter Photos, Bar-b-que, Crafts & Fun, Silent Auction. Sat-9am-5pm & Sun-10am-4pm

April 9-11* 16-19 * 23-25 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival

The Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival in Old Town Spring is on of the most anticipated festivals in the Houston area. Southern Louisiana Crawfish & Cajun cuisine, carnival rides, games, fantastic shopping featuring local artisans, vendors and more! The signature event is the largest crawfish festival in the South showcasing local, regional and national entertainment on three stages from country, rock and zydeco acts. (

March 25, 26 & 27 Tomball German Heritage Festival

The 11th Annual Tomball German Heritage Festival will be March 25,26,27, 2011 located on the Old Downtown Streets of Tomball Texas near 201 S. Elm Street, Main Street (FM 2920), and Market Street. It is a Music/Street festival celebrating German and ethnic heritage with 4 stages of live music entertainment "happy music for happy people", ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 150 street vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing, arts crafts, antiques, Heritage Center, German church service, fireworks, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more. Like Oktoberfest in March! Huge fun for the whole family.

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The Festivals boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious countrystyle food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more. Admission is Free. There is a $5 parking fee.

April 24 Champions Community Spring Extravaganza Craft Show

Come experience a wide variety of items. Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. We offer 40+ vendors with crafts, jewelry, accessories and much more. Full concessions with homemade bakery items. 9am-6pm Champions Community Church 13111 Bammel N. Houston

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April 21 Longwood Giftmarket

9am-7pm-Pavilion @ Longwood Golf Club Variety of handmade & retail items including food, decor, apparel, jewelry & more. Fun for the whole family!

April 23 Country Flavors Festival in Brenham

Features a Blue Bell 36-flavor ice cream smorgasbord. A wide variety of arts and crafts vendors will line the streets of downtown Brenham. The day will be filled with children's activities, and strolling entertainment all around the courthouse square. Free admission and free parking all day and evening. Hours: Sat., 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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A “ Taste of Louisiana” is this upcoming year’s festival theme beginning Friday, March 25th and ending Sunday, March 27th. Three days of fun, food, adventure, rides, live music, carnival games and support for our local businesses. Benefiting several area organizations, we look forward to Cy-Fest 2011 becoming a successful event and an annual tradition in our community.

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Cy-Fest will be held on Old Hempstead Hwy between Spring Cypress Rd (behind the Target strip center) and Skinner Rd. Close to a half mile of road will be closed and fenced off to provide a s“ treet festival” like atmosphere. The food vendors will highlight a gallery of Louisianas’ best and most traditional plates including Spicy Boiled Crawfish.

The festival kicks off on Friday night at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Admission will be free. The gate opens at 10:00 am on Saturday. Admission will be $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under on both weekend days. Cy-Fest concludes on Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

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Racing to the Midnight Sun

Cypress resident Richard Ameen knows what it takes to race 460 miles on Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City. As captain of an eight-man boat, his group of hardy Texans has won this grueling race and placed the Texas seal firmly on the northern landscape. For Richard, his boat racing didn’t just begin with the Yukon River Quest. He was a runner, competing in marathons across the area. But when running began to take a toll on his knees, he began to look at other ways to compete. With strong

athletic determination and a desire to win, racing canoes and kayaks became his new sport. The Texas Water Safari in Texas was his first major racing competition in Texas. This long, tough, nonstop, canoe race traverses 260 miles of challenging rivers and bays from San Marcos to Corpus Christi. Richard won this race in 2004 and then set his sights to other challenging courses. But to compete in the Yukon River Quest, it would take more than determination. It would

take a special boat and a team that could handle all the rough currents and exhausting hours. Richard had been handcrafting his racing boats in his garage but this canoe had to be larger and tougher than a suburban garage could handle. He ask friend, Skip Johnson of Spring, to help design a special boat for the race. From this meeting, the thirty-four foot boat that would hold eight men began to take form.

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One special design innovation that was included in this boat were lateral sliding seats in the center four positions. They named the boat Voyageur. In the summer of 2007, Richard and his crew set out for the wild land of the Yukon. With the boat secured to the top of a motor home, they arrived excited and yet knowing that a team from Texas was probably not favored to win. But win the race they did, in a record time of 41 hours 15 minutes. Richard is still racing and winning. “I look at boats and think: I can build a Texas boat and win this race,” said Richard when ask about his boat designs. While it’s the boats that usually take center stage in any race, it really the paddlers skill and tenacity that wins the race. Richard Ameen, leading the Boy’s from the Bayou team, has taken both to the winners spotlight.

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Moon Gardens Nighttime is the right time to enjoy a garden of bright whites, fragrant blooms, and a comfortable seat.

Oh by the light of the silvery moon. Remember back to last year and those first warm nights of spring; a clear moon casting shadows; a gentle breeze of rain washed air. OK now admit it, we do have a few of those nights. Why not plan a part of your garden around the night? During a hectic work week that may be the only time you really get to enjoy your garden. Moon gardens are special gardens designed to be seen at dusk and into the night. Luckily there are plants perfect for work on the night shift. Some plants have

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unfurling about dusk.This relative of the morning glory is a vigorous growing vine and kind of looks like a morning glory on steroids with large flowers and large heart shaped leaves. It is an annual but can be started from seed from the previous season or from garden centers. Angel’s Trumpet, Datura spp. is also called moon flower. Its large upward or outward facing trumpet shaped flowers look very tropical. Depending on the species and cultivar, flowers may be white, pink, lavender, purple or yellow. They love heat and full sun. On warm summer nights the flowers are particularly fragrant. All parts of this plant are poisonous, so no grazing in the garden. Other night fragrant flowers include night blooming jasmine, flowering tobacco and sweet autumn clematis.

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One of the best ways to add curb appeal to your home is to have an attractive front door. A well kept front door can increase your home’s value by 3 to 6 percent. Exterior doors in our Houston area suffer from a tremendous amount of elemental damage. While the heat might be fine for enjoying the lake, hiking, and swimming pools; sun and heat cook exterior doors like a fried egg on a skillet. Exterior doors’ finish takes most of the damage from direct sun. If your doors were finished correctly, when the home was new, the finish should last for about 3-5 years in direct sun. Most finishing on exterior doors lacks the basic protection unless you had the builder custom coat your door.

Front Door Face-Lifts After a year or two, you are probably staring at bare wood, and an ugly entryway. It bothers you when you drive up, it bothers you that friends and neighbors see the unsightliness of your entry. You want it fixed. You can try to do this yourself. I recommend you don’t. You should call a pro. I have been in the door business in the Houston area for years and I am a specialist on refinishing front doors. A exterior door specialist has the knowledge about, not only the refinishing requirements, but also wood species that perform well under the weather conditions in this area. Your yard may be the first impression a visitor has of your home, but your front door is the first reflection of you. Make sure your door let’s visitors know that your home is well cared for.

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Soaking Away Cares

From aromatherapy to sea salts, a warm bath can be a ritual of relaxation for the individual suffering from stress or exhaustion.

Relaxation can come in many forms and for some a warm bath at the end of a long day can be just what the doctor ordered. Bathing has been a ritual of relaxation for many years – the Japanese have a specific wooden tub for bathing called the furo. Other cultures that popularized bathing include the Greeks and Romans with their famous bathhouses, the Turkish baths, and the Russian steam baths.

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Creating a Relaxing Environment Setting up a relaxing environment for a bath consists of lighting, sound and smells. Here are some tips the bather may implement in preparing for a relaxing bath: •Burn scentless candles to provide low lighting levels and not interfre with scents coming fom the bath itself •Play a classical music CD or new age CD that is soothing to the bather •Dim the lights in the bathroom or use alternative lighting sources such as candles and a small lamp

Elements of a Therapeutic Bath Depending on the desired outcome, a bather can use a wide range of ingredients to enhance the benefits of a warm bath. A small sprinkle of powdered ginger can be added to the water of a bath for warmth or to help draw out a fever Sea salts and Epsom salts are known for the muscle relaxing qualities and make inexpensive additions to a therapeutic bath Essential oils can be added to a bath for aromatherapy and therapeutic benefits Milk, honey and oatmeal aid in inflamed skin conditions and are beneficial in a bath for someone with sensitive or dry skin, the oatmeal can be measured into a tube soak and tied off with a rubber band to prevent leaking. Feburary 2011 | The Vibe Magazine 19

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March 14 - 18 Spring Break

TISD HIRES TMHS BAND DIRECTOR. Andy Easton was announced as the band director for Tomball Memorial High School. Easton began his career in education in 1998 after graduating from Texas Tech University with a bachelor of music. . As the first band director of Tomball Memorial High School, Easton will help establish new traditions including the school song.

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All Tomball schools will be closed from March 14th thru March 18th for Spring Break.

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P.O. Box 2144 Cypress, Texas 77410-2144

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purchases 1500.00 or more

(cannot be combined with any special price, coupon must be presented on the time of purchase)

Handscraped Hardwood 4.99 per sq ft installed (with molding & trim) limited time offer


4.59 per sq ft installed (with molding & trim) limited time offer

FLOORS Affordable & Beautiful Free Estimates no interest financing (with approved credit)


2.69 per sq ft installed (installed 12x12 & 13x13) limited time offer

Granite Countertop 29.99 per sq ft installed (with 1–1½” Bullnose trim) limited time offer

Mannington Handscraped Laminates 4.09 per sq ft installed (with molding & trim) limited time offer


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5015 FM 2920 Suite A

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24150 Highway 290 Suite 270

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