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Holiday Performance at Crosspoint Community Church benefitting Toys for Tots Connolly Dance Arts hosted a Holiday Performance at Crosspoint Community Church, which benefitted Toys for Tots. Connolly Families donated over 8 SUV’s of toys worth over $15,000, which were delivered to area Fire Departments.
Katy Elks Host Annual Best Buddies Christmas Dance Friday, December 7th was the date - Katy Elks lodge was the place - food, fun & dancing were the order of the night as 100 Katy ISD Best Buddies participants converged to claim an evening created just for them. The Best Buddies program, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit national organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for oneto-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Since 1993, Best Buddies High Schools has paired students with IDD in one-to-one friendships with high school students. By introducing Best Buddies into public and private high schools, participants are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without. Today, Best Buddies boasts more than 900 high school chapters worldwide. In Katy ISD we have six high schools that participate in the Best Buddies program and the Katy Elks lodge Christmas and end-of-school dances. Published by: Krenek Printing 7102 Glen Chase Ct • Houston, TX 77095 • 281-463-8649 February 2013 Pin Oak Village email: firstname.lastname@example.org for articles • email@example.com for business ads • classiﬁed@krenekprinting.com for classiﬁed ads
Since this was the Christmas dance, it would have not been complete without a visit from Santa, an event eagerly awaited by all present. Katy Elks member Don Accord subbed for the North Pole Santa and was quite a hit as each student present had the opportunity to have his/her picture taken with him and received a copy to take home. Pizza, sandwiches, cupcakes and cookies were a few of the food offerings that helped fill everyone, students and adults alike. Butter Bartek, Katy Elks lodge member and local entertainer provided music for dancing and even managed time for several dances with some of the students. She was a big hit and obviously enjoyed herself as well. Kelly Minnick, Youth Committee Chair, organized the evening. Students left with the anticipation of their next visit to our lodge for the end-of-school dance in May.
Pictured L-R: Jenny Jiang, Spencer Taylor, Claire Kyong, Aidan Gettemy, Ethan Le and Kevin Le.
Muzik2Heal Musicians from Muzik2Heal brought holiday cheers to residents at Cinco Ranch Alzheimer Special Care Center and Spanish Meadows Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center on December 22, 2012.
MONTHLY HOA MEETINGS Make sure you know what is happening in the Pin Oak Village HOA meetings by attending. Meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the second Wednesday of each month. Be there and join these directors each month and be informed of money they are spending.
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FOODS TO SUPER CHARGE YOUR WORKOUT! Whatever your workout or sport, these “energy-packed eats” will help you maintain steady energy throughout the week and boost it during your toughest workouts. • Whole grains: Whole oats oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet or farro. Your body needs the fast energy of carbs during heavy training cycles. Whole grains are good sources of protein too. • Nuts: A handful of unsalted, natural nuts is a great quick energy source just before a workout. Avoid peanuts, macadamia nuts and cashews. Your best bets are: almonds, walnuts and pecans. • Eggs • Fresh fruit and vegetables • Lean protein: Fish, poultry and beans keep saturated fat to a minimum. • Ground chia seed: Packed with protein, fiber and a good balance of essential fatty acids. Add a spoonful to smoothies or oatmeal for a nutty flavor similar to flax seed. • Sweet potatoes: Try them baked with a sprinkle of walnuts and cinnamon great for breakfast or a snack. • Fluids: Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! • Avocado: Fats should make up about 25% of your daily diet when you’re training, so avocados are an easy way to get the healthy fat.
EASY VEGAN VALENTINE SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE! As a vegetarian, it’s difficult to find sweets that are eggless and also dairy-free. But it’s not impossible! Be sure to surprise your valentine with this super easy and vegan sugar cookie recipe: • 1 cup plain white flour • 1/2 cup SmartBalance or soy butter • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
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February 2013 Observances & Fun Facts February 2013 is observed as: • Black History Month • National Children’s Dental Health • American Heart Month • National Wise Health Consumer • Parent Leadership Month Birthstone: Amethyst Flower: Violet Fruit & Veggies for February: Oranges, Star Fruit, Chayote Squash, Calabaza Squash,Bitter Melon Astrological Signs: Aquarius (till 18th) & Pisces (19th)
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Translated from the French, Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday.” In short, it’s the last day before the traditional Catholic Lenten fasting season leading up to Easter Sunday. For those cities that celebrate it - most famously New Orleans, Louisiana - Mardi Gras means feasts, multiple parades, elaborate costumes and parties. Mardi Gras Origin Some scholars trace Mardi Gras’ roots to the ancient Roman Lupercalia festival, which was held in mid-February. Like many other pagan holidays, early Church leaders incorporated elements of the celebration into the new faith rather than risk alienating converted followers. As Catholicism spread across Europe, so did the Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras Comes to America By the Middle Ages, Mardi Gras or “Carnival,” had become a major holiday in France and early French explorers brought the tradition to the New World when establishing settlements in their explorations of the Mississippi River. With its strong French roots, New Orleans naturally evolved into one of the premier Mardi Gras destinations in the world. Mardi Gras: The Religious roots The Mardi Gras kicks off on the Epiphany, twelve days after Christmas on January 6th, also known as Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day, celebrating the arrival of the three wise men and their gifts to the baby Jesus. The season ends promptly at midnight on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. What’s in a name: Eating a calf The name “Fat Tuesday” comes from the tradition of eating a slaughtered calf on the final day of Carnival. These days, though, that definition has expanded to include feasting on pretty much any rich fatty food. Mardi Gras Around the world Mardi Gras or Carnival is celebrated in many cities around the world besides New Orleans, including Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Nice, France and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But many small towns and municipalities celebrate Mardi Gras as well, including the tiny community of Rubonia, Florida. The Universal Studios Florida theme park also throws a Mardi Gras celebration on weeknights from February to April, featuring parades and concerts by national acts.
The MUD taxes the residents pay help pay for the streetlights whether they work or not. If a streetlight is out or not working properly, please call 713-2072222 and report the problem. Each pole has a number on it and you will need to give this number to the operator as well as the names of the closest streets. Last year we had a couple of lights out and the result was vandalism to several mailboxes. We need all lights working to keep our neighborhood safe. Thanks again to the Board of Directors at Ft. Bend County MUD #37 for saving us the cost of these lights.
TRASH PICKUP UPDATE The correct contact for trash pickup for Pin Oak village is as follows: Waste Corporation of Texas (WCA) 281-368-8397. Thanks again to the Board of Directors at Ft. Bend County MUD #37 for saving us the cost of trash pickup. Our MUD directors are saving us thousands of dollars by paying for the lights and trash each month.
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Pet Poops/You Scoop When your pet poops during your walk, be prepared to scoop and trash. This is a growing issue within the community. Come with a scooper and a recycled grocery bag or anything else. It may not be the most fabulous way to walk your pet, but it does show your respect for every homeowner and our beautiful community. Pet feces damages lawns and many residents are working hard to maintaining their grass!
PLEASE NOTE - Pets on Leashes It is the law in Fort Bend County that all pets must be vaccinated for rabies, registered and restrained. All animals, when outside of an owner’s means of restraint (i.e., in a fenced back yard), must be on a leash. For the safety of all residents, please use all precautions with your pets and keep them on leashes when walking pets in the community EVEN IF YOU FEEL YOUR PET IS HARMLESS. If you see ANY animal roaming freely in the neighborhood, immediately call Animal Control at 281-342-1512. Even if you recognize the animal, be very careful approaching it, as you do not know how it will react; if you can safely retrieve the animal, then call the owner. Otherwise, Animal Control is your best and safest option.
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Laws are written to ensure that owned animals are confined to their property or kept on a leash to free a community of unrestrained and free-roaming animals. Although most dog bites occur on the property where the dog lives, unrestrained or free-roaming dogs do pose a substantial threat to the public. In addition, unrestrained animals are at increased risk of being bitten by rabies infected wildlife. Enforcement of restraint laws is essential in enhancing the animal control program’s efforts to reduce the risk of rabies in our community. LICENSING OF DOGS AND CATS The primary benefit of licensing animals is identification, should that animal become lost. Licensing also: • Ensures that rabies vaccination are current. • Allows for quick identification in case of a bite incident. • Provides revenue to offset the administration costs of the animal control program. VACCINATION Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs and cats because they are an important control measure for the public health threat of rabies. In addition to protecting pets, rabies vaccinations provide a barrier between infected wild animals and humans.
Stop That Barking! Dogs left alone all day get lonely, bored and restless. Many find relief in barking. Some respond noisily to any and all activity. Nothing is as annoying as incessant barking-even for dog lovers. If your dog is a yapper or a yowler, please consider some of these bark-
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5 steps to a happier healthier pet 1. Protect your pet from extreme weather (heat, cold, rain, etc). 2. Keep indoors or in a fenced yard and on a leash when walked. 3. Make sure they’re up to date with vaccinations. 4. Always make sure they’re wearing identification, so they can be returned to you if lost. 5. Spay or neuter your pet. Texas Lab Rescue has labs available that are waiting to go to their forever home. Please go to txlabrescue.org to check out their website.
CLUBHOUSE RENTALS Martha Baxter is in charge of the clubhouse rentals. Pool rentals are still done through Michelle at Sweetwater Pool Company. There are still lots of good dates available for free clubhouse use. We would like to
remind all residents that the clubhouse is for Members Only and must be current on all fees. Residents are limited to two free uses per year. There is a $100 DEPOSIT REQUIRED THAT WILL BE REFUNDED, IF THE CLUBHOUSE IS KEPT CLEAN. The clubhouse is also being reserved for possible holiday party use by the Board, for the benefit of Pin Oak Village residents. These parties will be scheduled soon, so watch for upcoming events at our website, www.pinoakvillagekaty.com. To schedule lifeguards for any pool party, contact Michelle with Sweetwater pools at 281-300-6077. There is an additional form for Pool Rental, as well as cost, that must be filled out and paid prior to scheduling lifeguards. No pool party can be had without the approval of Sweetwater and at least one additional guard. Feel free to contact Martha at 281-392-8007. Martha’s address is 24606 Mt. Auburn Drive. Martha’s email address is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the many clubs and church groups that have reserved weekly dates being sought for by residents, the preference for use will be given to residents needs over weekly functions. Jeff will do his best to accommodate both weekly reservations and resident’s use.
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All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.
This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn and have fun together. All Fort Bend County families are eligible to participate. Families who read 36 books or 6 hours - 6 books per week or 60 minutes per week - will be entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library. Each branch library will have a drawing for the gift card on March 4th. A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online by going to the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us) and clicking on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image, which became available January 19th. Families may also register at one of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. There is no charge to join the Family Reading Club. The program is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system.
ON DISPLAY “Coin Collecting: Fun for All Ages” - An exhibit of authentic and replica U.S. and foreign coins, reference books, coin-collector magazines and collector supplies will be on display throughout the month of February. EVENTS • Coin Collecting: Fun for All Ages - Monday, February 18, 7:00 PM, Meeting Room. William J. Shelton, Sr. will provide a basic overview of the different types of coins minted in the United States and how to go about starting a coin collection. He will also discuss the different types of marks to look for on coins, how to grade coins and how to protect and preserve the coins. • Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance - Mondays, 1:00-5:00 PM, Meeting Room. Representatives from the AARP will provide free incometax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s and any other compensation received in 2011; unemployment compensation statements and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. Income-tax forms may be obtained at any of the
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branch libraries in the Fort Bend County library system during regular library hours. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. • CINCO RANCH NIGHT READERS’ TO DISCUSS ‘Cutting for Stone’ - The Night Readers’ book club will meet on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 PM, in Conference Room 2. The literary-review club is free and open to the public. • ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES - All computer classes will take place in the Computer Lab. Reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www. fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311 or by visiting the library. MS PowerPoint 2007 Survival Basics: Tuesday, February 5th - 10:00 AM MS Word Survival 2007 Basics: Tuesday, February 12th - 10:00 AM MS Excel 2007 Survival Basics: Thursday, February 21st - 10:00 AM Blogging for Dollars: Tuesday, February 26th - 10:00 AM
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WEEKLY CHILDREN’S PROGRAM SCHEDULE • Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 am, provides caregiver/infant activities and songs especially designed for the youngest book-lovers, from age 1 month to 12 months. • Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10:15 AM and Thursdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 AM - offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. • Story Time: Age 3-6, where they hear stories, watch movies and participate in age-appropriate craft activities, beginning at 2:00 pm each Tuesday. • Pajama Night Story Time: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm - gives families an evening option for the activities presented during the daytime. • Kinder Korner: a time for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities - takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:30 PM. • The After-School Breaks: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM - crafts, movies, stories and more for school-aged children entering first through fifth grades. • The Tween Café, which begins at 7:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, is designed for youth in the 6th – 8th grade. • Family Story Time: 1st Saturday of the month at 10:15 AM. All ages welcome.
Become a Tutor-Understand our Student’s Lifelines Become an essential part of a student’s life by signing up to be a tutor for the Literacy Council! The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County holds tutor training every other month. After 12 hours of training, outstanding volunteers are equipped to teach Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adults. The trainings prepare tutors to organize and compile lesson plans, learn about various tutoring techniques, understand the purpose of the Literacy Council and much more. Tutors do not need knowledge of any foreign language, nor do they need formal teaching experience. We offer many locations for tutoring throughout the area, including locations in Katy. Tutoring sessions are offered during the day and at night. If you are interested in impacting someone’s life by being their tutor, please contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181 or visit the website at www.ftbendliteracy.org. Help us to “Change Lives Through Literacy!”
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RUOK Program Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Dept. has a computer-generated program called “Are You OK?” (RUOK). It is a computer-generated call intended for senior citizens (over 55) and disabled persons who live alone and could benefit from a daily check. A computer will generate a call each morning, at about the same time and the participant chooses a time frame. A voice will ask, “Are you OK?” After this, all they have to do is hang up the phone. If the participant goes out of town or leaves the residence for any time, you just temporarily un-subscribe and re-subscribe when you return. If the call goes unanswered, the computer will call back 3 times at 15-minute intervals. If there is still no answer, the sheriff will dispatch a deputy or the local police. They will have with them a print out of information on the person that is not responding to the calls. This program was
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TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING If you enjoy nature and would like to learn more, do more and/or teach young people about the great outdoors, consider joining others in a local chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. There are 60 or so friends and neighbors in the Fort Bend County area who are members and invite you to check out the organization at www.coastalprairie.org . Contact email@example.com with any questions.
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For information on Ft. Bend Master Gardeners or lists of events, visit www.fbmg. com or call the Master’s Gardener’s Hotline at 281-341-7068. Anyone with an interest in gardening is encouraged to attend our events.
Sugar Land Garden Club meets at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land 77478. For more information visit www. sugarlandgardenclub.org or call 281-491-1621. Sugar Land Garden Club was established in 1932 and is one of the largest garden clubs in Texas. Membership is open to all.
Saturday, February 2, 2013: Saturday with the Master Gardeners - Visit our 4 acres of Demonstration Gardens and talk to the volunteers who design and maintain them. It’s a great way to learn! Park in front of the Agriculture Center, located at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, 77471. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building to find the Master Gardeners. Gardens are open from 9:00-11:00 AM. Thursday, February 21, 2013: Master Gardener Meeting - Join the Fort Bend Master Gardeners sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service to hear Joe Vinson, Rainwater Harvesting Specialist. He will speak about “Rainwater Harvesting and Do It Yourself Installation.” The program will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg, 77471. The program is free to all. No reservation required. Anyone with an interest in gardening is encouraged to attend. Saturday, February 23, 2013: Master Gardener Vegetable-Herb Sale - The Fort Bend Master Gardeners will hold their Vegetable-Herb Sale on Saturday, February 23, 2013, in front of the greenhouse behind the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. The sale will open at 9:00 AM and will run until 12:00 PM or until sold out.
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St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church is holding their annual Bazaar on Saturday, May 4th from 6 PM to 10 PM and Sunday, May 5th from 10 AM to 5 PM on the church grounds, 5356 Eleventh Street in Old Katy. Saturday night will feature a Silent Auction, BBQ dinner and a kid’s meal with a Sweet Shop, as well as music and the country store. Sunday will feature the Live Auction at 1 PM, Entertainment, Food Booths, Games, Cake Walk, Dunk Tank, Country Store and will provide fun for all ages. Come on out and join us for a fun-filled family event. For more information about St. Bart’s and upcoming events, go to www.st-bart.org or call the parish office at 281-391-4758.
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The 2013 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo It made history in 1943 as the first of its kind to be established on a local school level and now the Katy Rodeo has grown to encompass three nights of rodeo entertainment for the whole family. 70 years later, the Katy Rodeo is one of the few remaining youth and professional rodeos still supporting FFA.
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In conjunction with the annual Katy ISD livestock show, the Katy Rodeo is an event that supports agricultural education within the Katy Independent School District. The livestock show, rodeo, carnival and parade draw sold out crowds from Katy and many of the surrounding areas. The Katy Rodeo has something for all ages. The Katy Cowgirl Mounted Drill Team opens each night’s performance while a Katy ISD student performs the national anthem. The rodeo consists of all pro events including Bareback and Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Ladies Breakaway, Calf and Team Roping, Bull Riding and Barrel Racing while allowing the Katy youth to participate in junior Calf Roping and junior Barrel Racing. The young children can also participate in the rodeo events by joining the Stick Horse race or the ever-popular Mutton Bustin’. The KISD FFA students have a chance to compete in the “ever popular” Calf Scramble. The carnival also delights spectators of all ages, as well as the annual Saturday Morning Parade. The 2013 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off its historic 70th year on Thursday, February 21st and runs through Saturday, February 23rd. Please visit www.katyrodeo.org for more information on the rodeo.
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The Houston Family Arts Center announces its 8th subscription season, an exciting line-up of plays and musicals all of which reflect the theme of “memories and traditions.” The season includes a timeless American classic, a stunning Tennessee Williams drama, three Tony Awardwinning Best Musicals, the “revival” version of a musical with characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz and two hilarious comedies.
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Living Word Lutheran Church Job Search 101 Are you unemployed or in an unsatisfying job? You may want to look for another job, but a job search can be overwhelming and confusing. This FREE series will help you learn how to successfully navigate the search process. Marketing yourself and networking will be the topic on February 4th. On February 11th, the topic will be getting the offer, interviewing and negotiating. The series will be held from 1:30 to 4 pm at Living Word Lutheran Church, 3700 South Mason Rd, Katy TX 77450 in The Gathering Place. Contact Selina Ponniah, selinapon@gmail. com, 281-352-4712 or Jean Marie Huntington, dbhuntington@ consolidated.net, 281-693-9764 to register.
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary NATURE PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN Enjoy the outdoors with your child (age 2 1/2 to 5) at Audubon nature programs (called the “Titmouse Club”) offered Tuesday mornings, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester. The programs feature fun nature talks, stories, activities and walks in the woods. Upcoming programs include: 2013 February February February February
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Saturdays in Nature is a new nature program for families that will be offered by the Audubon Docent Guild at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary once a month beginning on Saturday, February 9th, from 9 am to 12 pm. Each program will focus on a nature theme and will offer a craft project, hands-on activities and nature walk. Upcoming programs include: Saturday, February 9th Saturday, March 9th
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Start any time between 9 and 11:30 am - no reservations are needed. Donations will be accepted to cover the costs of materials. Please park in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church west parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive and enter the nature sanctuary through the marked gate. Proceed down the path to the log cabin. visit www. houstonaudubon.org for more information.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo TICKETS The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the Southwest’s largest charities, as well as the world’s largest show. Each year, nearly 35,000 students are impacted by the Show through competitions, scholarships and more. Since the inception of its scholarship program in 1957, HLSR has committed more than $300 million to Texas students and education programming Half-Price Carnival Packs are now on SALE. The carnival books have scan cards instead of actual little tickets as well as food coupons. The $50 book ($131.50 value) contains 2 scan cards with 75 “ticket credits” on each and the $10 book ($30.50 value) has 1 scan card with 22 “ticket credits.” AGAIN this year - The Carnival Scan Cards are good for MIDWAY GAMES, as well as the RIDES!
Get your World Championship BBQ tickets and Reliant Park admission tickets on-line as well! NOT INTERESTED IN GOING TO THE CARNIVAL YOURSELF? You can send an Armed Forces member to enjoy the Carnival! In 2012, HLSR welcomed thousands of military men/women and their families to Houston. Through donations, these service personnel were able to enjoy the rides and games at the HLSR carnival. Would you be willing to make that happen? You can donate online with your credit card and designate it to the HLSR Armed Forces Day. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity, so your donation is tax deductible. Every dollar you contribute says thank you to our troops! The dates for 2013 events are: February 21st - February 23rd World’s Championship BBQ Contest February 25th - March 14th RODEOHOUSTON (visit www.hlsr.com for more details on entertainment lineup) To order now, view this secure link:
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Katy American Little League’s 2013 Spring Season Registration is now open! Register on-line today at www.KatyAmerican.org Our league offers various divisions for children who are age 5-16 year old, on or before April 30, 2013. Katy American is also pleased to announce the addition of the new Intermediate Division!!! Little League has introduced the new Intermediate division (OPEN BASES) this year for 11 and 12 year old players, which will now play on 70 foot base paths and 50 foot pitching distances. This holiday; give your child the gift of a season of baseball at Katy American Little League. It’s a season of fun and happy memories that lasts beyond the holidays.
Inward/Forward Basketball For College & High School Guys at Bear Creek Baptist Church Be a part of one of our basketball leagues. Practice/Games will be on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday nights. Evaluations to help set the teams will be February 19th and 21st between the hours of 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM in our Gym. You can register online at www. bearcreekchurch.tv/sports, look for Register Now area and click on Inward/Forward Basketball. We will have registration forms available in the church office and in the Student Ministry area. Practices begin the week of March 18th and the league runs through May 4th. The cost of Inward/Forward Basketball is $20. If you have questions or would like more information you can email scott.denton@ bcstaff.org or Linda.email@example.com or contact us at 281859-9900 and ask for Scott Denton or Linda Newhouse. Last year there was such a great response - register early.
Upward Baseball - T-Ball, Kid & Coach Pitch at Bear Creek Baptist Church We would like to invite children from 4 yrs (as of Sept. 1, 2012) to 5th grade to join us as we enjoy another season of T-Ball, Kid & Coach Pitch. We look forward to teaching your children the skills and watching them enhance their abilities. Registration forms are now available in our office or you can register at www.bearcreekchurch. tv/sports online. We will offer several evaluation days so we can check on their skills so we can even out the teams. The dates for these are February 25th, 26th and 28th, between 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Also, on March 2nd at 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon. It only takes
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a few minutes for us to run them through the drills and then we will contact each player about practices. After March 4th, we cannot guarantee a place on a team. They will practice for one hour a week on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Practices begin the week of March 18th and the league runs through May 18th. The cost will be $75. If you have questions or would like more information you can email scott.denton@ bcstaff.org or Linda.email@example.com or contact us at 281-859-9900 and ask for Scott Denton or Linda Newhouse. Register as soon as possible!
i9 Sports Registration is open for fall Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and T-Ball/Baseball leagues in Katy! i9 Sports is the #1 provider of youth sports leagues, camps and instructional clinics in the country for kids ages 3-14. We focus on fun, skills and sportsmanship with a commitment to safety. For more information, please visit www.i9sports.com or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).
Katy Valkyries HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE The Katy Valkyries is a varsity team competing in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League and accepts players from all KISD high schools. Lacrosse experience is not necessary to join the team - we will teach you the skills and game strategy. Please see our new website at: www.katyvalkyries.org for additional information.
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Westside Golf League Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have fun while improving golfing skills. For more information contact Sue Crookson at 281-392-4913 email@example.com or Yana Dommert at 281394-2481 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Smith 815-715-3892.
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Katy Rugby Club Fun for all the family. All ages welcome - boys & girls. Training every Sunday 2-4 PM, at Beck Junior High school Football Field. For more information, visit www.katyrugbyclub.com
CHURCH NEWS Congregation Or Ami Mah Jongg Tournament Come play in the Congregation Or Ami Mah Jongg Tournament. The event takes place on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 9 am until 3 pm. The registration fee is $36, which includes lunch. Â
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New Creation Church now blends Lutheran Worship and Contemporary Praise Everyone is welcome to New Creation’s Grand Opening on Sunday, February 10th at the Irene Stern Community Center in Fulshear. The services are a blend of Lutheran worship and contemporary praise with Holy Communion offered at 10 am. The worship leader, Josh Pack, will make you feel at home and inspire your worship. Children are welcome in all our worship services with Sunday school held during the second half of the service. Pastor Dale Olson and his wife, Alene, believe that everyone matters to God. “We live out our mission statement “to serve and share God’s love.” Part of the Grand Opening offering on Sunday, Feb. 10th will go to the Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry in Fulshear. With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, the message will focus on making our relationships better. During the Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 13 at 7 pm, everyone will be welcomed at Holy Communion and all ages will have the option of receiving the Imposition of Ashes. th
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New Creation Church is reviving the old tradition of serving pancakes on Fat Tuesday with a Katy/Fulshear Community Pancake Supper. The public is invited to join us on Tuesday, February 12th, from 5 -7 PM at the Irene Stern Community Center for pancakes and the trimmings! A free will offering will be accepted.
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Kingsland Baptist Church Weekly Events for Adult 55+ Game Day - Meet with us every Wednesday in the Crawford Fellowship Hall from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM as we fellowship around the table playing Chicken Foot, Scrabble, Cards, etc. Senior Aerobics offered at Kingsland Baptist Church Please join our Adult 55+ exercise class at 11:00 - 11:45 AM each Thursday morning in the gym at Kingsland Baptist Church. Peggy Skaggs is our trained and certified instructor and the class is open to all levels.
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New Creation Church brought a Christmas gift to shoppers at the Katy/Fulshear Kroger Store! During the December 16th Grand Opening of the new Kroger’s Store on FM 1093, voices of the community took part in the First Annual Community Sing-Along. New Creation singers and members of the community shared their voices with the shoppers and staff while students of the Keller Academy of Performing Arts performed to the Hallelujah Chorus. Pastor Olson, founding pastor of New Creation, says, “We have been invited to make this an annual event. Christian Ministry in a community does not always have to be serious!”
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• Parkway Business Partners chapter of BNI meets every Wednesday at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy. Meetings are held from 7:15 AM until 9:00 AM and visitors are welcome. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Chris at 832-252-9413. • InHouston-Katy PremIer Professional Business Networking - meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00-8:00 PM at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. For info., call Gail Stolzenburg 281-493-1955, firstname.lastname@example.org or Newell Cheatheam 713-385-3622, email@example.com or http://inhouston.ning.com/events InHouston-Katy. • BIZPACK - “Connecting People in Business and Life” - Networking And Breakfast $5: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 AM at Carriage Inn 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road. For info., call Jane Moughon at 832-455-4579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. • THE ULTIMATE FITNESS AND WELLNESS NETWORK - Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Membership is free. For more information, contact Karen Narum 281-871-8920 or email@example.com. • West Katy Netweavers - meets at Essence Cafe at Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center in Fulshear every first and third Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM sharp. The cost of attendance is $1. For questions, tajanamesic@greengrovegroup. com or visit www.meetup.com/West-Katy-Netweavers/ • Katy Bar Association - an Association of Attorneys who live or work in the Katy Area, holds its monthly meeting at 12:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Willow Fork Country Club. Contact Nick Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-752-4443 for more info. neighbors/welcome: • KATY NEIGHBORS’ COFFEES - Meets monthly on the last Tuesday, at 10 AM, at members homes. There are no officers of this club and membership is free to all. For more information please contact 281-5788-2078 or 281-395-1730.
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• Welcome Wagon Club of Katy - please call Sharon at 281-392-1658, or email email@example.com. misc community groups: • The green Trails Ladies Club - For more info., call Helen Connolly at 832-577-7177. • The Greater Katy Exchange Club - meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. $15, includes dinner and guest speaker. For info., www.KatyExchangeClub.com or call Newell Cheatheam at 281-392-3034 or Kyle Simmons 281-497-7180 or www.KatyExchangeClub.com. RSVP is required. • The Katy Singles (over 35+) Meetup Group - a social club with free membership. Events are held in the Katy area. To learn more visit http://singles.meetup.com/1676. • Texas Coastal Cattlewomen (TCCW) - meets on the third Wednesday of each month, at various locations throughout the Houston area. For more info., contact Sue Dinges at 281-238-8382 or cell 281-381-1987. • KATY ROCKS - Mix, mingle, socialize and network with singles ages 35+ Group has a variety of events each month. For more details, visit www.meetup.com/Katy-Rocks. • BP Partners - Local organization for the spouses and partners of BP employees. Monthly activities. For membership info., contact Phyllis Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bppartnershouston.com. • KATY AREA RETIRED EDUCATORS - meets at 11:30 AM, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Merrell Center in Katy. For information contact Luanne Zacek at 281-391-8464 or email@example.com. • Commute Solutions - programs like STAR Vanpool, Flexible Work Schedules, transit information and NuRide visit www.commutesolutionshouston.org or call 832-681-2589.
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• st. peter’s united Methodist church support groups – We offer many different types of groups. For more info., call 281492-8031. Located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd. • The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch offers several support and growth recovery groups through its Merimnao ministry, open to everybody in the community. Call the church at 281-395-3950 or go to www.thefellowship.org/ministry/merimnao for more information. • Christ Clinic - No Insurance? Need medical treatment? Let us help. Christ Clinic located at 5504 First St., Katy, Texas 77493 (Next-Door to Katy Christian Ministries), 281-391-0190. • Holy Covenant United Methodist Church weekly Support Groups - Grief and Divorce care support groups. For more info., www.holycov.org or call the church 281-579-1200. • CROSSPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH - Celebrate Recovery meets every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This is a free ongoing meeting, open to the public. For more info., go to www.crosspt.org/classes or call 281-398-6464. • Katy/West Houston Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Meetup Group – monthly meetings provide info. and support for sufferers/families regarding any of these or related disorders. Sign up for more info at meetup.com (search fibromyalgia and Katy TX to find us), email email@example.com or call 281-705-4395, Vickie Tway - Facilitator, for other info. and meeting schedule. • Hopekeepers - national web site is restministries.org for more information or come to one of the local support groups. Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church (2655 S. Mason Rd) on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 10:30 AM. Epiphany of the Lord Church (1530 Norwalk Dr) on Mondays at 6:30 PM. • Lifeway International - an early enthusiastic substance abuse recovery program for adolescents, young adults and adults and their families, meets every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at Grace Fellowship UMC, 2655 S. Mason Rd, Katy. For more information call 713-270-6753. • Breast Cancer Support Meeting - meets 3rd Tuesday of each month at Kathy Methodist Hospital, 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094 at 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM. 832-522-1000
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• REAL MOMS OF KATY PLAYGROUP - This group is down to earth and drama free. Learn more at www.meetup.com/Real-Moms-of-Katy. • All Moms of Katy - come run AMOK with us! Contact membership at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. • WORKING Moms of Katy - group to support working moms in the Katy area Charlene Taylor email@example.com, 281235-3043 or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/workingmomsofkaty. • Katy Moms In PRAYER International group - For info., please contact Leslie Power at 281-392-2357 or visit the Moms In Prayer website at www.MomsInPrayer.org. • KATY AREA PARENTS OF MULTIPLES (KAPOM) - meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at The Church of Holy Apostles located at 1225 West Grand Parkway S. For more info., please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.kapom.org. • Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Support group (KPGT) - an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting quality educational services for the gifted students in the school district. Visit our website at www.kpgt.org for a printable membership form. • Katy Association of Child Care Professionals - meets the third Wednesday of each month at the MUD #81 building located at Cimarron Parkway and Hidden Canyon. Refreshments are served. For more info., call 281-578-6376 or 281-392-0989. • PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS - For more info. about Parents Without Partners International, check out our website at www.parentswithoutpartners.org or Parent with Partners Greater Houston Chapter #63 at www.pwphouston.org. Contact Barbara 281-469-5646.
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• Nottingham Country Garden Club of Katy - We welcome all people interested in gardening and the environment, from the West Houston and Katy area. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to our organization! For more information about the club, please call 281-578-1036 or 281-693-0016. • american sewing guild in katy - meets 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 PM at Quilt & Sew, 829 Mason Rd., Katy. For more info., go to www.asghouston.org. • The Pride of Texas Decorative Artists - meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center off Patterson Rd. in Bear Creek Park. For more info., call Gloria Ware 281-492-0246. • WEST HOUSTON QUILT GUILD, 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr. Houston, TX 77084, For more info., check our website at www.whqg.org. • KATY QUILTERS, Time and place will be scheduled in the Katy Area. Call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000. • The Bluebonnet Stencilers of Texas - meets 1st Monday of the month from 6:30 - 9 PM at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter (One block east of Sam Houston Toll Road west). For more info. concerning meetings, call 281-370-2005. • KATY AREA KNITTING GUILD – Last Monday of the month, 6:30 PM, Spring Creek Barbeque on Westgreen & I-10. • The Houston Pond Society – Meets first Saturday of each month at a member’s home. For more info., please visit our website www.houstonpondsociety.org. • West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America - meets 2nd Saturday of each month. Visit us on the Web at www.whrwa.com for more info. on upcoming events. For more info. Chuck or Carol 281-550-8679. • FAIRBEE SQUARE AND LINE DANCE CLUB - dances each Thursday night, 7:30 – 9:30 at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, 12211 Memorial Drive @ Gessner. Info. may be obtained by calling Jerry & Nanette Tucker 281-498-3057 or email@example.com. • Prairie Promenaders Square Dance Club - meets first four Friday nights at Westland Baptist Church, 1407 W. Grand Pkwy S. Lessons are from 7-8 PM. The Club dance follows from 8-10 PM. For questions, call 281-647-0559 or 281-550-3701.
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NOVENA TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say Novena 9 times a day for 9 days. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank you St. Jude – IK CSG
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Published on Jan 16, 2013