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Due to a very exciting and successful year, the Copperfield Women’s Club will change its name to the Cy-Fair Women’s Club! Membership to our club is open to all ladies in the Northwest Houston neighborhoods. We look forward to sharing an adventurous new year with new members from the Copperfield area, as well as the entire Cy-Fair area. Our name change will take place as of January 1, 2012. If you are not familiar with our club, we are a service organization that gives back to the community. All funds raised will go right back to the community in scholarships for graduating high school seniors, at Lone Star College, Cy-Fair and grants to other non-profits in our community as well. Currently we meet the first Thursday of most months at West Houston Church of Christ at 7:00 PM for social time and refreshments, followed by a program at 7:30 PM. The church is located at Queenston and West Road. If there are any adventurous ladies out there, that love to have fun and would like to participate in giving back to the community, we encourage you to come join us! Our monthly meetings are not only educational and enjoyable, but they develop lasting fellowships. We look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions about our club or need directions to the church, please contact Susan McLeroy, Membership Chair at sudomac@comcast.net.

GARDENING TIPS FOR DECEMBER

• If a long flowering period is desired, pansies should be placed in their permanent beds not later than this month. Fertilize monthly with manure, super-phosphate or a liquid highphosphate product. Keep flowers picked for more bloom. • Take tulips out of cold storage and plant late this month. • Fertilize established trees, spring-blooming shrubs, spurias and sweet peas (after they are a foot tall) with a fertilizer such as 13-13-13; Louisiana iris with cotton seed meal and manure. • Azaleas and camellias may be moved now. Keep moist to lesson cold weather damage. May acidify again. • Last month to plant early blossoming spring bulbs, speciosum and other varieties of lilies. Mulch. • Water plants well before a freeze; dry roots are easily damaged. • Don’t forget to provide food and fresh water for birds. More birds die from lack of water than lack of food.

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Salt Dough Snowman Ornament

By: Amanda Formaro Difficulty: Very Easy Age: 5 and up Creating salt dough is a fun activity for kids and it’s a great material to use to create homemade ornaments, so this is like two crafts in one! For this ornament, kids can shape the dough into a simple snowman that would be a great gift to give a friend for the holidays. 1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon water Bowl Spoon Cookie sheet Toothpick Paint: white, orange and black Paintbrush Ribbon Acrylic sealer spray

Elf

Will Ferrell brings the laughs in this 2003 movie about a boy who was raised by elves. When Buddy the Elf heads off to New York to find his real dad, he has a bit of a hard time fitting in with his elf costume and love of all things maple syrup. But he soon manages to win over his new family, even his emotionally-stunted dad, and manages to bring Christmas spirit to even the most jaded New Yorkers.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

When Jack Skellington grows tired of Halloween Town, he wanders into the forest and accidentally opens a portal to a magical place called Christmas Town. Can he convince his fellow townsmen that this new town is a magical place or will he be forced to watch as Christmas Town is taken over and it’s magical spirit robbed?

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Place flour, salt and water in a bowl and mix with the spoon. Once the dough is combined, pick it up in your hand and knead it with your fingers until smooth. Remove a small piece of dough for making the nose and roll the larger piece of dough between your palms to form a ball. Press the ball down onto the cookie sheet with the palm of your hand, flattening it out. Roll the small piece of dough with your fingers into a carrot shape. Press firmly but gently onto the round flattened dough. Insert toothpick toward the top of the head, but not too close to the edge. Move the toothpick in a circular motion to enlarge the hole so that it is big enough to run a piece of ribbon through. Bake ornament at 250 degrees for 2 hours. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. When completely cool, paint the round section white and the nose orange. Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in black paint to dot on the snowman’s eyes and mouth. Let dry. An adult should spray the ornament with a couple of coats of sealer. When dry, tie a ribbon hanger through the hole in the top. Tips: If you want to create a perfect circle, place dough inside a round biscuit or cookie cutter and spread with your fingers. Salt dough will break if dropped, so handle the ornament with care. The oven step can be skipped if you allow the ornament to dry overnight.

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Top Christmas movies

In this laugh-out-loud movie form 1989, Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) is gung-ho about having a good old-fashioned family Christmas, even when his dead-beat brother shows up and parks his RV in the driveway and the cat gets electrocuted by the Christmas tree. After all, it’s not Christmas without a little drama, right?

Home Alone

In 1990, Macauley Culkin starred in his breakout role as an 8-year-old who gets left behind when his family takes off for vacation. While he’s home alone, he’s forced to deal with two burglars who have cased the neighborhood to steal Christmas gifts. Using smarts, wit and a few crafty traps, he manages to ward off the burglars and reunite with his family just in time for the holiday.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This classic made-for-TV Christmas movie premiered in 1964 and it’s been delighting generations of kids ever since. It tells the story of Rudolph, a reindeer with a nose that lights up. He’s looking for a place where he belongs.

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

This 1970 TV movie is about Kris Kringle — the man who becomes Santa Claus — and how he brings toys to children in a town that has outlawed them. But what really makes this movie a Christmas classic is the fearsome Winter Warlock’s transformation into a compassionate wizard with the wonderful song “Put One Foot In Front of the Other.”

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Whether you like the 1984 version starring George C. Scott or the 1976, 1977, 1999, or 2000 version — a remake seems to come out every year — this is a holiday classic. Based on a story by Charles Dickens about an old miser named Scrooge who learns compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve, this makes a great holiday movie because it’s thrilling and it has a nice message.

Miracle on 34th Street

In this sweet 1947 movie, a Macy’s executive tries to find a new store Santa. She hires an old man named Kris Kringle who claims to be the one-and-only Santa Claus. Of course, such claims can get you into trouble and Kris ends up being hospitalized for some kind of delusional disorder. Hope comes in the form of a young man who wants to help Kris prove that he is really and truly Santa.

White Christmas

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are charming in this old-time classic from 1954. Both actors play World War II vets who fall in love with two sisters and go on to become an entertainment duo who make it big as producers of a hit Broadway show. When they find out an old friend is on the verge of bankruptcy, they use their star power to summon help on Christmas Eve and give their friend perhaps the best Christmas present of all.

Another stop-motion classic from the ‘70s, in which Santa finds himself feeling too discouraged to make his Christmas rounds. He’s sick and he doesn’t think that kids believe in him anymore. Two elves embark on a quest to find children who still believe in Santa. The plot is pretty flimsy, but children won’t mind — they’ll be too taken with the catchy musical numbers.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This 1983 comedy celebrates the sort of Christmas a young boy may have had in the 1940s. Young Ralphie Parker wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle. His parents don’t want him to shoot his eye out and refuse to get it. Wacky hijinks ensue as Ralphie develops some very creative ploys to convince his mother and father that this is the only thing they should give him.

The Grinch (a non-human Scrooge) tries to ruin Christmas for the Whos in Whoville by stealing their presents, trees and holiday treats. Of course, the Grinch has a change of heart and finds love and friendship with the Whos.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

In this half-hour Christmas special, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the school holiday pageant and goes out with Linus to buy an aluminum tree for the show. Instead, they bring back a forlorn real tree. Our hapless hero finds himself dismayed by the rampant commercialization of the holidays and searches for the true meaning of Christmas.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

What holiday movie list would be complete without this 1946 Frank Capra classic, starring James Stewart? A man about to commit suicide during the holidays because he’s financially ruined is stopped by an angel who shows him what life would be like if he’d never existed. It’s a charming movie — part romance, part pathos and a celebration of life.

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A Mom’s Letter To Santa Dear Santa: I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

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Here are my Christmas wishes: I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple, which I already have). I want arms that don’t flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music. It would be nice to have a television that doesn’t broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone. On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, “Yes, Mommy” to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don’t fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, “Don’t eat in the living room” and ‘Take your hands off your brother,’ because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don’t forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws’ house seem just like mine. If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don’t mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn’t look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight. Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don’t catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet. Yours Always...Mom.

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School News Pre-Schools Cornerstone UMC Preschool Registration Announcement

Cornerstone United Methodist Church Preschool has been serving the needs of the Copperfield area since 1985. Cornerstone is a State Licensed facility operating five days a week. We offer programs for children 15 months through five-year-old preschoolers. CUMC Preschool will be offering tours every Tuesday at 10:00 AM beginning January 17th and continuing through February 7th. Join the Preschool directors in the sanctuary where they will answer questions and discuss our program (curriculum, activities, special events, schedules, etc.) with interested families in the community. Families that attend one of our tours can register before our open family registration. Come and find out how!

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Clay Road Baptist School (CRBS) Middle School Flag Football team took second place in the West Houston Christian Athletics Conference (WHCAC) championship on Saturday, October 29th, held at Southwest Christian Academy. The CRBS Eagles held Calvary Episcopal School to two touchdowns in a heavily defensive game against a very tough, disciplined team until the very last play, with the final score being 20-0. CRBS played against eight teams in the WHCAC from August to October. Upcoming Events: January 18, 2012: Kindergarten Sneak Peek at 8:30 AM January 31, 2012: Preview Night/Early Registration Begins at 7:00 PM

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Texas Christian School will hold their annual Open Houses: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 6:30 PM: “Meet and Greet,” tour the campus, visit classrooms, refreshments. Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:30 PM: View Science/Art Fair projects, tour the campus, visit classrooms. Educating 2-year-old - 12th grade for over 20 years using challenging Curriculum, character development and sports. Contact us at 281550-6060, 17810 Kieth-Harrow Blvd., Houston, TX 77084 or visit www. TexasChristianSchool.org.

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L.I.F.E. Lessons

The Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship and Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) programs are free and held Wednesdays at 10 AM in the Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library (Room 131.) Programs in December are: “The Courageous of Pearl Harbor” Dec. 7th and “Shrinky Dinks with Tracy and Rose” Dec. 14th. Programs will resume Jan. 11, 2012. Call the library at 281-290-3214 for L.I.F.E. program information.  

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Rosehill Christian School

Dean Unsicker of Rosehill Christian School presented a check to St. Luke’s Community Hospital during a recent football game. RCS raised $900 through t-shirt sales to benefit breast cancer research. The Head of School, along with Varsity Cheerleaders presented the money raised to Candace Chang, Manager of Imaging and Diagnostics at St. Luke’s. Rosehill Christian School is located at 19830 FM 2920 in Tomball, Texas.

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In December are a choral concert featuring the LSC-CyFair Symphonic Band “Carmina Burana” Dec. 2nd and Jazz Ensemble concert “JazzExpress” Dec. 7th. For tickets and event information, go to LoneStar.edu/boxoffice. In the Bosque Gallery will be the Student Art Show Dec. 1st through Dec. 8th with a reception and awards ceremony set from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM Dec. 1st. For gallery information, go to LoneStar.edu/bosquegallery.  

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Spring semester weekday classes begin Jan. 17, 2012. For information, call 281-290-3200 or 832-782-5000 or go online to LoneStar.edu.

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Incredible 16-game winning streak!

The CRBS Volleyball Team from left to right: Samantha Skrehot, Morgan Morel, Kandice Lara, Julia Burt, Yvette Picazo, Hannah Riley and Coach Patrick Stewart.

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Clay Road Baptist School (CRBS) Middle School volleyball team took the West Houston Christian Athletics Conference (WHCAC) championship on October 20, 2011, at the finals held at Logos Prep Academy in Sugarland, TX. The first match was very difficult, but ended with a win for CRBS with a score of 25-23. Calvary Episcopal School won the second match with a score of 25-15. During the final match, which led to the championship title, Samantha Skrehot hit a “hotspot” with 12 straight serves leading CRBS to a championship win with a score of 15 -2. CRBS played against twelve teams in the WHCAC from August to October.

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Dec. 21st – Student Holiday (Inclement Weather Day if needed) Dec. 22nd – Jan 3rd – Student Holidays Jan. 16th – Student/Staff Holiday

Cy-Fair ISD vOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

We are looking for community members who want to become Global Volunteers in order to be a part of our “team” and make a difference in the lives of children. If you are not the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the school at which you volunteer, you would be considered a Global Volunteer. If you have some free time and would like to learn more about becoming a Global Volunteer, please contact Kim Nash at krnash1@sbcglobal.net or call the CFISD Partners in Education Office at 281-894-3950. And remember: “TEAMWORK IS KEY”

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Cypress Hoops Invitational

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation will host the Cypress Hoops Invitational on Thursday, December 8th - Saturday, December 10th. As a partner with the district, our goal is to create a successful high school basketball tournament that engages the entire community. Profits from the tournament will benefit our “Donate to Educate” program.  This program provides college scholarships for district students as well as staff development grants to CFISD for innovative and creative teacher training. North Cypress Sports Medicine Center has generously agreed to underwrite the event for the second year.

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The tournament will have twenty-four teams including the ten CFISD boy’s varsity teams and fourteen out of district teams. Games will be held at the Berry Center, Cy-Lakes High School, Cy-Ranch High School and Langham Creek High School. Tickets can be purchased at the Berry Center during normal business hours. Ticket prices are: $20 for a 3-day tournament pass, $3 for an adult single game ticket and $2 for a student single game ticket.   For more information about specific game times and locations visit the Berry Center’s web site at www.berrycenter.net or contact the Cy-Fair ISD Athletic Department at 281-894-3980.  For information on CFEF please visit www. thecfef.org or contact Marie Holmes at 281-807-3591.


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CFISD VIPS FALL CONFERENCE

It was barely 8:00 AM in the morning on Friday, Oct. 14th. They were beginning to arrive. Upon checking in; name badges were handed out along with a bright red folder full of the day’s agenda and the conference material. There was even an eco-friendly tote bag full of coupons and goodies generously donated by local area businesses. The room was huge and full of tables decorated with bright paper blocks spelling out the main part of this year’s theme, “Teamwork.” This was the annual VIPS Fall Conference held by the CFISD VIPS Executive Board at the Berry Center in Cypress. The schedule was full. It consisted of everything from learning how to turn a popsicle stick into a fun treat for a teacher or volunteer to tips on helping our students handle stress. The attendees could choose from a variety of 50 minute sessions that covered topics such as: Internet Safety; Reaching Out to Diverse Volunteers; Guidelines and Best Practices for Fundraising; and even Taking Care of Your Personal Health While Maintaining a Busy Lifestyle. Something was most impressive about this conference to one volunteer. This audience of 200 plus was comprised of men and women, volunteers and school staff - not limited to Cy-Fair ISD. There were 4 other area districts represented at this conference: Alief ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD and Spring ISD. The current budget environment has left our school districts vying to be first in line for every resource of financial and physical support they can find. But for one day in October, the district boundary lines came down. There was no competition. There was no hidden agenda. Despite the traffic and everyday challenges, educators and volunteers from schools all over our county came together for a common purpose: improving their volunteer program thereby affecting the students in a positive way. This was simply an opportunity to attend an event that focused on several different areas of how to build on their volunteer resources in order to enhance the children’s education. While that volunteer sat looking out over the diverse crowd; she couldn’t help but see a universal theme, “Yes, in this room, it’s truly all about the students.”

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For the fourth consecutive year, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is the largest Recognized school district in Texas. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) confirmed that an appeal was granted and CFISD’s accountability rating was changed to Recognized. The increase in rating came as a result of an appeal to recalculate the TAKS science passing percentage for Dean Middle School. The  decision  changed  the campus’  accountability rating  to Academically Acceptable.

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CFISD – SALUTE TO OUR HEROES

Saturday, February 11th at The Onmi Westside Houston. Salute to Our Heroes will honor the brave men and women who have served to preserve our freedom and liberty. Proceeds from this event will go to an endowment, enabling graduating students from CFISD to attend college. Inspirational speakers, entertainment, live and silent auctions will highlight this special evening. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. GUEST SPEAKER: Keni Thomas. Army Ranger Involved in “Black Hawk Down” Mission Keni Thomas, Bronze Star for Valor recipient, is an engaging speaker whose story captivates audiences from beginning to end. The highly successful movie “Black Hawk Down” is based on his Army Company’s mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. In addition to speaking, Thomas is a recording artist with two critically acclaimed projects.

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STAAR TEST TO REPLACE TAKS TEST

STAAR, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, has replaced TAKS. As the Texas Education Agency distributes information to the district about this new assessment program, we will post on the website at www. cfisd.net. TEA may not finalize all information until the beginning of the spring semester, so we encourage you to revisit the website throughout the school year. Be assured, we will post information as soon as it is available to the district. You can access information in several ways: 1. STAAR information will be posted on each campus’ web page. 2. STAAR is accessible from Quick Links on the homepage of the district website. 3. A STAAR resources link is posted on the homepage of the district website under District News. 4. Campuses will include information in parent newsletters.

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Smith Middle School is seeking community mentors to serve as positive role models for our students. Being a community mentor is extremely rewarding and only takes a commitment of 30 minutes to an hour a week to mentor/meet with one of our 6th, 7th or 8th grade students. Mentors must attend a one-time district orientation before they begin mentoring at the school. Then, it just takes 30 minutes a week to truly make a difference in the life of a child. Once you have completed the training and background check, an administrator at Smith will work with you to match you with a student who would be the best fit for you. If you enjoy working with children and making a true difference in people’s lives, the mentor program at Smith Middle School is just for you!! We are especially looking for quality male mentors to serve as role models to our male students. District mentor training dates are being held on the following dates this school year: Jan. 26th, Feb. 7th and March 22nd. Please contact Melissa Laroussini, Mentor Program Coordinator, at 281-213-1026 or by email at Melissa.laroussini@cfisd.net for more information. Thank you!

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Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties. Girl Scouts motivates and teaches girls that if they can think it, they can do it. No challenge is too big! While membership dues are only $12 a year, the rewards girls, their families and their communities reap are invaluable. Council Copper Corners Service Unit have a few volunteer Service Unit positions available. Let us know if you are interested in gaining management experience and making a difference in the lives of girls. If you or your troop is interested in coordinating Father Daughter, Daisy Day or Brownie Day or annual recruitment events at your school events, please call or email melinda.riso@yahoo.com. Copper Corners serves all girls in the residence areas for Lowery, Birkes, Fiest Elementary Schools, Aragon and Labay Middle Schools and corresponding high schools. For more information about joining, becoming a Troop Leader, assisting a troop or inspiring elementary, middle or high school aged girls, call 800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

Boy Scout Troop 10

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Boy Scout Troop 10 meets every Tuesday night during the school year at the West Houston Church of Christ on West Road and Queenston. Our meetings begin at 7 PM. We spend our time working on merit badges, planning for our monthly camp outs and having fun!! The boys had a great time spending the night on The Battleship Texas and getting a little taste of our state’s history! December will be busy as ever as the boys gear up for Winter Camp at Camp Strake and our annual Christmas party! If you have a son in the 6th grade or higher that would like to join in the fun and adventure please contact us. Our Scout Master is Michael Widaski and his number is 713-376 5166. You can also contact our Committee Chairperson, Joseph Jefferson, at 281-684-5197 or check our website at www.bsat10.com. We hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Boy Scout Troop 61

Young men between the ages of 11-18 are encouraged to visit Boy Scout Troop 61 at 7:00 PM Wednesday nights at Peace Community Church, 5151 Addicks Satsuma Road, Houston, Texas, 77084. They will get a hands-on experience of what Scouting has to offer and have the opportunity to visit with the Scouts and their adult leaders to learn more about the things the troop has done during meetings and activities. Scouting activities include camping, fishing, archery, rifle/shotgun shooting, hiking, first aid, wilderness survival, community service, citizenship, swimming, leadership, white-water rafting and much more. Troop 61 camps each month and has a group that goes to High Adventure Camp and to Merit Badge Camps each summer. Boy Scout Troop 61 meets from 7:00 to 8:00 PM every Wednesday in the Activity Room at Peace Community Church. Contact Mike Viator with Troop 61 if your son is interested in joining a local Boy Scout Troop. Cell: 713-4091934, mike.viator@comcast.net.

HOMESCHOOL CUB SCOUT PACK 164

Attention home school families!!! Homeschool Pack 164 is a Christian Homeschool Cub Scout Pack chartered by West Houston Home Educators (www.whhe.org) that serves the Greater West Houston/Katy area. Our Pack promotes God, Country and service! We are a part of the Sam Houston Area Council (www.shac.org) and Texas Skies District (www.texasskiesdistrict.org). If you have a boy entering 1st grade (age 6) through 5th grade (age 10), we invite you to please come join in the fun! Visit our website www.homeschoolpack.com for more information about our Pack registration and meeting times.

Holy Covenant UMC Soccer

What: Upward Soccer Where: Holy Covenant UMC 22111 Morton Road, Katy TX 77449 When: Evaluations are on January 14th and 21st at 9:00 AM. Who: Children ages 4 thru 5th grade Fee: $75, which includes a uniform Check out www.holycov.org for more information or call 281-579-1200.

ATTENTION LADY GOLFERS

Please join us for a different golf outing every Wednesday morning. We are a small, fun group playing mostly around the west Houston area. Please contact www.golfinggals@yahoo.com or call Nancy at 281-550-2043.

Cy-Fair Sports Association

Cy-Fair Sports Association is having baseball, football, cheerleading, drill team and wrestling sign ups right now. Check out the website for more information www.cy-fairsports.org.

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 scrookson@houston.rr.com or Yana Dommert at 281394-2481 yana@entouch.net.

Men’s Drop-In Roller Hockey

Bear Creek Roller Rink is the new home of Men’s Hockey. If you are new to hockey or have played for years, we would love to have you join us. All ages and abilities are welcome. We play every Sunday from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Come on out and give hockey a try!!! For more information, please call David Bradford at 281-855-2615.

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Wed., Dec. 7th - New Community Lord’s Supper: 7:00 PM Sun., Dec. 11th - Children and Preschool Christmas Party Sun., Dec. 18th - Christmas Concert: 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM Sat., Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Services: 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Sun., Dec. 25th - One Service Christmas Day: 11:00 AM. No children or adult Bible Studies

Covenant Lutheran Church “Blue Christmas”Worship Service

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may trigger some other sadness; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst

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of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. For these reasons, Covenant Lutheran Church, 3785 Barker Cypress Rd, Houston offers a special “Blue Christmas” (also known as “Longest Night”) service on December 21st at 7:00 pm. Come out and join in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship for those who care to linger.

St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church Christmas Services

St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to come celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ during our Christmas Eve services on Saturday, December 24th at 5:30 PM with a Christmas Pageant and at 9:00 PM. There will also be a service on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th at 10:30 AM. St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road in Houston (the northeast corner of West and Queenston). Visit us at www.stcuthbert.org.

Family of Faith Lutheran Church CHRISTMAS SERVICES

You and your family are invited to celebrate Christmas with us at The Family of Faith Lutheran Church, 16710 FM 529 Road. Our Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 PM and Christmas Day service will begin at 10 AM.

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Church News CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH BETWEEN JOBS NETWORKING

Every Tuesday, 10:00 AM Limited Seating CAC is dedicated to helping, networking, educating and empowering those who still believe in the American dream. We believe that God has a job for you somewhere and it will take networking power to get the job. Information is power. It is all about job networking and helping one another. Come and network with others between jobs. Located at 5930 Hwy. 6 N., Suite F-1, Houston, TX 77084, 281-804-2520, Fax 281-741-1686.

BEAR CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - ATTENTION: CAREGIVERS OF ELDERLY PERSONS

Did you know that on the second Friday of each month Bear Creek United Methodist Church provides a caring, Christian atmosphere for your loved one? The program, scheduled from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. This gathering provides free time for caregivers and includes crafts, chair exercises, word games, entertainment, lunch and more. Caregivers are also welcome to stay and join the fun. For more information or to register, please call the church office at 281-463-2330.   Bear Creek United Methodist Church is located at 16000 Rippling Water Drive, near North Highway 6 and Kieth Harrow.

Bible Studies The Katy Christian Women’s Connection Bible Studies

The Katy Christian Women’s Connection is offering Bible Studies at the Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church, 22765 Westheimer Parkway, Katy across from the Katy YMCA. If you are a member of the Katy YMCA, you will receive free childcare for your child during the study. For more information or to sign up, please contact Janet at 281-762-8252. For the latest updates, please visit our website: www.KatyCWC.org.    UPCOMING BIBLE STUDIES  Starting Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 AM Knowing God’s Will - The choices that we make often make us. The biblical book of Ruth is a story about choices and provides valuable insight into how we can make decisions that honor God and bless our own lives - 8 lessons. For information on this Bible study, please contact Joanne at 832-321-5895.   Starting Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Tuesdays from 12:30-2 pm Christ In Genesis 1 - The God of Creation - This is an exciting study detailing the biblical account of Creation as recorded in Genesis. The study covers history from Creation to the call of Abraham and the beginning of the nation of Israel - (12 lessons). For more information on this Bible study, please contact Janice at 281-220-1026.    Starting Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 AM - 10 Smart Things Women Can Do to Build a Better Life - This study openly addresses relevant topics while also sharing the Gospel. Learn innovative ways to manage emotions, live generously, resolve relationships, offload stress, grasp grace, and more - 10 chapters. For information on this Bible study, please contact Janet at 281-762-8252.

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West Houston Aglow Lighthouse

West Houston Aglow Lighthouse, part of Aglow International, a network of caring women, meets the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 am for worship, prayer Bible study and fellowship. Meetings are held at Deerfield Village Recreation Center, 4045 Deerfield Village Drive, at the intersection of Clay Road and Barker Cypress. For more information, email christinejackson@peoplepc.com.  

CHRISTIAN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF PRAYER

We are a group of women from non-denominational backgrounds and various nationalities. We fellowship once a week by reading the Bible and praying for our needs in English and Spanish. Please feel free to join us every Thursday, from noon to 1:30 PM and together we can learn and grow in His word. For more information, contact Paula at 281-703-0670.

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Senior Church Groups COPPERFIELD CHURCH SENIOR ADULTS

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We will be having a Project Prom 2012 fundraising event (Holiday Market with booths for crafts, etc.) at Morton Ranch Junior High, 2498 North Mason Road, 
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Epiphany of the Lord’s 17th Annual Frostyfest will be held December 3, 2011 from 9 AM until 3 PM at 1530 Norwalk Dr., Katy (South of I-10 off of Highland Knolls between Fry Road and Westgreen Blvd.). This show offers handmade merchandise from craftsman and artisans; no resale venders. In addition to the more than 80 venders, there will be a quilt raffle, silent auction, bake sale and photos with Santa.

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A wide variety of vendors will be there with lots of great gift ideas. Refreshments will also be available so why not make a day of it!! To sponsor us go to www.avonwalk.org and search for team “Brit Pack” Thank you for all your support!

Christmas & Holiday Events Messiah Lutheran Church COMMUNITY INVITED TO “NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM”

Messiah Lutheran Church is hosting “A Night in Bethlehem” on Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 3rd and 4th, 5-8 pm. The event is free, Messiah’s gift to the community. All are invited to kickoff the Christmas season by experiencing Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born, including livestock, wisemen, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Free activities for the children. Messiah is located at 11522 Telge Road, 1/2 mile north of Highway 290. For more information, 281-890-3013 or www.messiahlc.org.

First Christian Church of Katy 5th Annual “Living Nativity”

Join us on Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 6:30-8:00 PM. There will be three (3) live representations of the Nativity Scene lasting approximately 30 minutes each. Refreshments will also be provided in the fellowship hall throughout the evening. First Christian Church is located at 22101 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, Texas 77449. For more details, call the church office at 281-492-2693 or visit our website: www.fcckaty.com.

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Make Plans to Visit the Cornerstone UMC Live Nativity

The Cornerstone United Methodist Church (CUMC) will be hosting a Live Nativity on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-8 PM, as we transform the front area of the church into scenes that will depict the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. There will be shepherds with their sheep, the Three Wise Men and a camel, Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in a manger and an angel portraying this holy event. You will be able to visually embrace this event as you drive through, read scriptures and listen to music that tell of the wondrous night. In the past, we have had several hundred cars that drive through to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. We are located at 18081 West Road at Barker Cypress, behind the CVS. For directions or more information, please call the church at 281-859-4141 or go to our website at www.cornerstoneumc.org.

Covenant Lutheran Church Las Posadas

Covenant Lutheran Church (3785 Barker Cypress Rd.) is presenting its annual “Las Posadas” on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 pm. Bring your friends and family to experience this symbolic journey by Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition carried out by a group of people who get together to honor the birth of Jesus. This outdoor event will feature drama, scripture readings, prayer, carols in English and Spanish, and a candlelight processional, followed by traditional Mexican food for everyone! All are welcome!

What is Christmas without Handel’s “Messiah?”

To many people, Christmas is just not Christmas without singing or hearing Handel’s Messiah. The Chancel Choir of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy will host the fifth annual “Messiah Sing Along,” with full orchestra, again this year. The event will be held in the Sanctuary of the church (located at the corner of Shillington & Kingsland) Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm. For information, call 281-492-8031 or go to www.stpeterskaty.org. Please join us as either a singer or a listener. Loaner scores will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis; however, given the limitations of available scores, you are encouraged to bring your own music. There will also be scores for sale.

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The Christmas Revels: Musical Theater in Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The darkest time of the year casts a powerful spell over nearly every culture in the northern hemisphere, and has given birth to countless ways of celebrating the winter solstice. Many of the present-day holiday rituals in our country originate in the Nordic/ German traditions and come flavored with the spices of Europe. We invite you to take a little journey to early nineteenth-century Bavaria and the surrounding regions to explore the roots of modern Christmas. As always, this interactive family friendly show will include superb music, lovely costumes, and traditional dances. Our adult and children’s choruses will add to the warmth, as will performances by accomplished guest artists, including an Alphorn duet and yodlers, who are genuine interpreters of Bavarian culture. A keepsake booklet containing information about the Bavarian celebrations and songs featured in the show is included with the ticket. Don’t miss this heartwarming event and join in with our nationwide family of returning Revels fans. The 2011 Christmas Revels takes place December 10th-11th & 17th-18th Saturdays 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM · Sundays at 2:30 PM

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Houston Repertoire Ballet Celebrates 10 Years En Pointe with “The Nutcracker”

Sell-Out Performances Set for December 10th & 11th The Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB), the premier pre-professional ballet company in Northwest Houston, proudly presents the 10th annual “The Nutcracker” performance series on Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday, December 11th at 1 pm and 5 pm at Tomball High School Auditorium, 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball, Texas 77375. This year features guest artists from two of the world’s premiere ballet companies: Jared Matthews, soloist with New York’s American Ballet Theatre and HRB alum, and Karina Gonzalez, soloist with the Houston Ballet. For ticket information, call 281-940-HRB1 (4721) or visit www.hrbdance.org. Ticket prices range from $15 to $18. The Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), founded by Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome, both nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers who served as its co-artistic directors. Today, Ms. Vittum oversees training and programming with an equal eye to serving the needs of the community. Although Mr. Rome is now retired, he maintains his interest and affiliation with HRB, performing as Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker” and as a guest teacher. The program attracts and develops some of the finest young dancers in the greater Houston area, with many of the dancers advancing to professional ballet companies throughout the country.

Wortham Theater, entrance 16 from Cullen blvd. at the University of Houston Campus, Houston, Texas. Ample parking space available. Tickets are $17.50 - $40.

Major funding for HRB is provided by Houston Endowment, Inc. and ConocoPhillips. Additional support comes from ExxonMobil and Marathon. School Outreach Program is generously sponsored by Target.

For Tickets & Information 713-668-3303 or www.revelshouston.org, a non profit organization Revels Houston, Inc., P.O. Box 66829, Houston, TX 77266-6829, tune in to KUHF or call the Valk family at 281 398 0774.

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Join us for a Ho! Ho! Ho! weekend beginning Saturday, December 17th at 9 am with food, fun, entertainment and special guest Santa and friends with toys for the girls and boys. Then on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 9 am, come see, hear and enjoy the splendor of the Christmas Story by our Drama & Fine Arts Team in our Holiday Production along Santa and friends who will be giving out more toys to the kids.  Everyone is welcome.  For additional information, visit us online at www.beempowered.com or call our office at 281-578-3535.

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December 17, 2011 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Free Admission & Free Food!! University Center, University of Houston, Main Campus, Houston, TX 77581 Hamara Desi Christmas Celebration is intended to celebrate Christmas with people of different religions and faiths from India.The celebration is nondenominational. Please come and enjoy the celebration. Of course, Santa Clause will be there to give free gifts!! Let us enjoy the Christmas season with friends, great food, drama, songs, skits and Christmas cheer... Please RSVP through hamaradesichristmas. com. Questions call: 713-423-5029; 832-275-8810; 281-686-4135

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Join us for Fashion with Passion, a Dinner, Silent Auction and Fashion Show benefitting Jordan Merecka Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:30 to 10:00 PM Enchanted Cypress Ballroom- 12603 Louetta Road, Cypress, Texas For sponsorship, volunteer, and ticket information contact: Teri Quance at teri@quancedesign.com Susie Pipkin at swpipkin@msn.com Terri Cesnik at terri.cesnik@sbcglobal.net Julie Saunders at jdsaunders@sbglobal.net Cynthis Gill at cynthis_gill@comcast.net Visit our Facebook page - “Fashion with Passion Fundraiser.” Tickets can be purchased at Quane Design Studio. Jordan Merecka was born with multiple congenital heart defects, including Dextrocardia (his heart was on the wrong side of his chest). As a child, he experienced two open chest surgeries, several surgical revisions and an implantable defibrillator. For many years after his early surgeries, Jordan was able to live an active childhood. As a teen, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father and at school, he participated in FFA (Future Farmers of America). But, in September 2010, Jordan’s heart began to fail and he was placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant. With medical treatment, he was able to attend school as he waited. At the start of 2011, the senior at Cypress Woods High School was looking forward to three major milestones in his life: his prom on May 27th, his eighteenth birthday on May 29th and his graduation on June 5th. In April 2011, his health took a turn for the worse and he was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital with heart failure symptoms and kidney insufficiency. He critically needed a heart transplant. Over the weekend of May 21st, all of his organs began to fail acutely and he could not breath on his own because his heart was so weak. On May 22nd, Jordan received the Total Artificial Heart that saved his life. Jordan missed his prom, but thanks to a diligent heart-failure team and the availability of the artificial heart, he celebrated his birthday at Texas Children’s on May 29th - a week after his surgery. On June 5th, Jordan watched his graduation ceremony online while his 16-year-old sister walked across the stage to accept his diploma on his behalf. His class rose to their feet for a standing ovation. Jordan has been accepted at Texas A&M University Galveston and looks forward to studying marine biology. But for now, Jordan’s focus is on gaining his strength and being ready for his new heart.

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS “LAS VEGAS NIGHT”

The Knights of Columbus Council 8096 of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church invite you to attend our 26th Charity Las Vegas Night. The event will be held on February 18, 2012, from 7:00 PM until 10:30 PM, at the church, 6646 Addicks Satsuma, in the Community Life Center. A prize auction will follow with fabulous items to bid on with the play money you win. Included will be a trip to Las Vegas, hotel stays, restaurant dinners, sports memorabilia, wonderful gift baskets, fantastic coupons and fabulous merchandise. We hope you will join us and promise you a fun-filled evening of Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Slot Machines and other games. Snacks and drinks are included in the price. Donations appreciated. Bring your friends and neighbors. Tickets are only $15 per person and all proceeds will benefit local Knights of columbus Charities. For more information, please call Franklin Holub 281-463-6122, email holub8096@sbcglobal.net.

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Performances are at Houston Family Arts Center Garza Main Stage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070. 2011-2012 Mainstage Season: The Sound of Music (Through Dec 18, 2011 on the Garza Main Stage) A Lesson Before Dying (Jan. 20 - Feb. 5, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) Seussical the Musical (Feb. 24 - Mar. 11, 2012 at the Berry Center) The 39 Steps (Apr. 13-29, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) The Fantasticks (Through - June 10, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage Guys and Dolls (July 13-29, 2012 TAG production at the Berry Center) Season tickets are now on sale. For the best seating and lowest prices become a season ticket holder. The HFAC season package is arranged so that any six or more shows constitute a package and patrons get to pick which 6, 7 or 8! Patrons can select their seats online at www.houstonfac.com or call the HFAC box office at 281-685-6374. GO TO http://www.houstonfac.com/id6.html for more information or to request an audition appointment.

The Cypress Creek FACE 2011-2012 Season

A CANTARE - Christmas Sampler
 3 PM, Tuesday, December 6, 2011
 Passion, spirit, excellence, joy…… are a few of the words that describe choral performances by CANTARE Houston over the past seven years. Under the direction of founder/artistic director Kevin Riehle, CANTARE seeks to create a community of people changed by the power of great choral music.
 Tickets: $6 - $12 Houston Symphony Orchestra 
8 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2011
 Celebrating the new year has become a tradition at The Centrum. Join the Houston Symphony and conductor Brett Mitchell as they ring in the New Year with class! The concert will feature traditional holiday favorites and pop classics.
 Tickets: $30-60

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Legacy Concert: Noel Bouley 3 PM, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Bass-baritone Noel Bouley received a master’s degree in vocal performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and he completed a bachelor’s degree in both vocal performance and music education at Louisiana State University. Bouley has performed as the bass soloist in major works such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Bach’s Ich habe genug and Handel’s Messiah. Tickets: $6 - $12 All performances are at The Centrum, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX 77379, 281-440-4850; www.cypresscreekface.org.

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company Museum of Dysfunction IV

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company and Obsidian Art Space present Museum of Dysfunction IV: a SHOWCASE OF SHORTS written by new writers from all over the world and directed and produced by the talented members of Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company! This year’s shorts focus on the agony of love and the roller coaster that is the human relationship. We have chosen the best of the best from over 200 submissions this year! Playwrights include writers from Milwaukee, Oregon, Texas, New York, California, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan. There are two alternating groups of plays, so you can come twice and see two different shows! Some adult situations and language, PG 13. WHO: Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company and Obsidian Art Space WHAT: Museum of Dysfunction IV WHEN: Dec. 1st, 3rd & 9th (Group 1) and Dec. 2nd, 8th & 10th (Group 2) with a mixture of both groups on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. All shows at 8 pm. WHERE: Obsidian Art Space 3522 White Oak Drive, 77009 (in the Heights) COST: Pay as you can! INFORMATION: www.obsidianartspace.org or www.mildredsumbrella.com RESERVATIONS: info@mildredsumbrella.com or 832-463-0409

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Blood Drive St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church Blood Drive

On Sunday, December 11th starting at 8:30 AM. St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church will be hosting a Blood Drive with a mobile unit set up in their parking lot. Registration and donor forms will be available in the Parish Hall. To donate you must be at least 17 years of age, at least 110 lbs. and in good general health. Remember, it takes about 15 minutes and one pint of blood to save three lives. St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road, Houston (the northeast corner of West and Queenston). Visit us at www.stcuthbert.org.

Misc Events HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ DECEMBER EVENTS • Visit http://rodeohouston.com/events/events.aspx for a full listing of all upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo events. • For questions about the events above, please feel free to contact the individuals listed for each event. • For general information about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, please contact Sarah Poole via email (poole@rodeohouston.com) or phone 832-667-1200.  • The 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs Feb. 28 through March 18, 2012. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for more information.

NATURE PROGRAMS 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 every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, through mid-May at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Boulevard. The programs feature fun nature talks, stories, crafts, hands-on activities and walks in the woods. The cost is $5 per child or a 5-session card can be purchased for $20. The child must be accompanied by an adult during

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Houston Fire Fighters Making Houston the City with the Biggest Heart FOR MDA

It’s official, Houstonians through the Houston Fire Fighters raised a record breaking $509,961 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association making them the #1 Fill-the-Boot department in the country for the last 9 out of 10 years raising more than $6.3 million during that time. For more than 50 years fire fighters have helped MDA by filling their boots with donations from the citizens of their community. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local #341 will begin their 2012 Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday February 11, 2012 during the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Fire Fighters will also be out March 10th, April 14th and May 12th to collect funds for the campaign. The Fire Fighters rely on support and donations from the community for the success of the campaign. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA’s outpatient clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute. Money raised from Fill-the-Boot also sends young people ages 6-17 to MDA summer camp, held in Burton, Texas. For more information, please contact MDA Director of Business Development Carrie Dalton at 713-522-3679 or cdalton@mdausa.org.

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Libraries & Community Center KATHERINE TYRA (BEAR CREEK) PUBLIC LIBRARY

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• The Bear Creek Book Club - Wednesday, December 7th, 7:00 PM. Join the Bear Creek Book Club to discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett. • New Volunteer Orientations - Monday, December 19th at 6:30 PM. Interested in volunteering at the library? We have periodic orientation sessions to introduce you to our library and what kinds of work you could do. Applications are available at the Information Desks (must be signed by guardian if volunteer is under 18). • The Bear Creek MYSTERY Book Club - Thursday, December 15th, 11:00 AM. The Library is hosting a mystery book club! All sleuths and amateur Sherlocks heed this call! Come to this lively group and share your passion for mysteries! This month we will discuss The 11th Victim by Nancy Grace.

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• Bear Creek Knitting Club - Every Thursday, 4:00 PM. The Bear Creek Knitters Club is a place to share ideas, to learn new knitting techniques or to teach someone else a new knitting skill. Don’t miss out on the weekly fun!! Make sure to bring your needles and yarn. All ages welcome! • Saturday @ the Movies – December 3rd at 2:00 PM. Enjoy an action packed film with big sound and big screen; a deal that can’t be beat!! Check with the library staff regarding title and ratings information. • Beginning Computer Classes - First Tuesday, 10:00 AM. Beginning Computer Classes: These classes are designed for people looking to learn about computers at a very introductory level. All classes are free of charge. The first twelve patrons will be accommodated. • ESL Classes - Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM and Saturday at 10:15 AM. Our library is offering ESL classes twice a week! Classes are free and open to the public.

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SENIOR DAY - Every Wed. at BCCC, join seniors for a day of fun and games. Bridge, Canasta, Pinochle and 42 are played starting at 9:00 AM. We also have afternoon bridge at 12:00 PM. WALKERCISE - BCCC offers walkercise every day at 8:00 AM. this is an indoor class that’s equivalent to a two-mile walk. Classes are free. STRETCH AND TONE - Stretch and Tone is designed to improve flexibility, strength and endurance. You will see better body composition, improved strength and range of motion. This class is geared for all fitness levels. Bring a mat or towel and join us Tues. and Thurs. from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM. Classes are free. AEROBICS - Aerobics combines muscle toning exercise and low-impact mid-intensity aerobics. Benefits include increased metabolic rate, which promotes efficient fat loss and improved body composition. Classes are free. Call BCCC for more information. NEEDLEWORK GROUP - The ladies of the BCCC Needlework Group are looking for new members. If you enjoy embroidery, cross-stitch or creative sewing, please join us Tues. mornings at 10:00 AM. FUN TIME ART GROUP - Every Thursday morning from 9:00 AM to noon, would like to extend an invitation to adults to visit and join this no fee art group. Painting is in all mediums of your choice and help is available from all members. Come have fun together! Call for more information. BEAR CREEK GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY & LIBRARY INC. - Welcomes all genealogical researchers, novice to expert, to join us. Meetings: second Thursday of each month, september through may from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Casual attire and pre-meeting lunch at the Omni Hotel. Genealogical research trips, speakers, workshops, special events and genealogy Library. More info: Gary at 281-398-0333, email: getober@hotmail.com or Alan at 281-579-0480, email Leeds3@swbell.net. CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH - BCCC offers anyone who has the basic knowledge of the French Language the opportunity to meet with others in a conversational French class held every Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

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Monday through Thursday, 7 am - 10 pm; Friday, 8 am - 6 pm; Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm; Sunday, 1 pm - 6 pm. December 19th-21st, Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM December 27th-29th, Tuesday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM December 30th, Friday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Holiday Hours: December 22nd, Thursday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and December 23rd-26th, Friday - Monday, Closed for Winter Holidays. December 31st-January 2nd, Saturday - Monday, closed for New Year’s Holiday • FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY - The Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library Friends Book Room is now accepting gently used books and offering them to the public for a set donation amount. The store is open six days a week and staffed by volunteers. Proceeds support library programs. Help support our community library.

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• CyFair Library Branch Blog page at http://hcpl.net/location/cyfair-college-branch-library, for news and events about the library and college and in the community. • Visit us on Facebook at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Special Exhibit 12/28/11 – 2/17/12 - Lincoln: The Constitution & The Civil War - Friday, Dec. 30th, 2 pm - 3 pm, LRNC 131 - Can the President Rest in Peace? The Long, Strange History of Abraham Lincoln’s body. Presenter Alex Smith, Professor of History, LSC-CyFair - Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 7 pm 8 pm, LRNC 131 - Book Club: Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke. Facilitator Anthony McMillan, Reference Librarian. See the full program schedule at www.lonestar.edu/library/lincoln.

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Book Clubs • 12/14: Sports Page Book Club (2nd Wed. of the month) - 1 pm, room 215 - Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman. • 12/14: I Love a Mystery Book Club - 12:00 PM, room 215 - end of 2011 event - share a favorite mystery you read in 2011! • 12/15: Books without Borders - 1 pm, room 215 - For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose (China & England).

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• Teen Blogs Teen Thoughts: a blog for teens: http://cyfairteenthoughts.blogspot.com. Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered: http://venividiviciteens. blogspot.com (by teens who are transitioning from high school to college). Book Clubs 12/4: 2-3 pm, LRNC 215 - Contemporary Book Club for Everyone - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. 12/9: 1-2 pm, LRNC 215 - Classic for Home Schooled Teens Book Club - Emma by Jane Austen. SAT Prep 12/4: 4-5:30 pm, TECH 102 - Math prep 12/12: 7-8 pm, TBA - English/Writing prep Special Needs Programs for Teens 12/14: 6-8 pm, LRNC 131 - 12/14: Pot-luck holiday dinner and soap making. * See website for details

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 Weekly Storytimes and Activities Mondays: Baby Time (6-24 months) - 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am; Pajama Storytime (all ages) - 6:30 pm
 Tuesdays: Toddler Time (2-3 1/2 years) - 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am Family Storytime (all ages) - 6:30 pm Wednesdays: Preschool Time (3-6 years) - 10 am, 11 am
 Thursdays: Spanish Time (2-6 years) - 11 am; Craft Time (4-12 years) - 5 pm; Game Night (4+ years) - 6:30 pm. * See website for special activities and programs. * All programs are free and open to the public.

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• Inspirational Book Club - Monday, December 5th at 2:00 PM. Enjoy reading and discussing the many wonderful works of Christian Fiction that are on the market today. Learn about the authors, the stories and discuss the ideas presented in the books. • Reader’s Perspective Book Club - Monday, December 12th at 2:00 pm. A book club where members read books and share the books that they have read with other book-lovers! • Stress Free Computer Class - Wednesdays at 12:00 pm. These computer classes are designed for adults with a specific topic every week. The classes are an excellent opportunity to learn more about computers in a relaxed environment filled with smiles and laughter. All classes are free and open to the public. • Sit & Stitch - Thursdays at 10:00 Am. Are you crafty? Come and join us for Sit & Stitch - bring knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, quilting or other projects!

Teen Activities

• Movie Night - Mondays (Dec. 5th and 12th) at 4:00 pm. see a current movie and enjoy some refreshments!

Children’s activities

• Preschool Story Time for children ages 3-6 - Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Children’s Librarian will read stories, lead everyone in song and direct the making of a craft project. • Baby Book Time for children ages 0-18 months - Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. Children’s Librarian will read a simple story, lead everyone through the performance of nursery rhymes and songs and encourage interaction between caregivers and babies through the use of educational toys. • Infant Gymboree - non-walkers only - Wednesday, December 7th at 2:00 pm. Encourage development through play and learning with this program designed to support your child’s growth at their own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, this class uses play-based activities to stretch the body and mind. • Toddler Story Time for children ages 18-36 months - Thursdays at 10:30 am. Children’s Librarian will read stories, lead everyone in song and direct the making of a craft project for this younger set. NOTE: Children’s programs are free but require a ticket for admission. Tickets will be distributed beginning 30 minutes before the program begins. All programs are free and open to the public. Check our program listings online from our website or signage in the building for any changes or additions to this news release.

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Volunteer Opportunities Cypress Assistance Ministries Volunteers Needed

When you volunteer you are giving to your community, but did you realize volunteering also benefits you as an individual? CAM volunteers often let us know the fun they are having, the friends they have made and the fulfillment they receive from helping others. The services provided at CAM, are made possible by many dedicated volunteers. If you enjoy working with the public, decorating or merchandising, then serving in CAM’s resale shop, Angels’ Attic, is the place for you. Our busy community donation area, the Cellar, is looking for people willing to serve by processing donations and restocking Angels’ Attic. Please plan to attend a volunteer tour and orientation by calling Tara Rauch 281-955-7683 or email at tarar@cypressassistance.org. For a description of the services provided at Cypress Assistance Ministries, Food Pantry requests, and a detailed description of volunteer opportunities, please see our web site, www.cypressassistance.org.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, 10655 Steepletop Drive, is in need of additional volunteers. They have a great need for volunteers to work in the gift shop and information desk. If interested, please contact the hospital at 281-897-3186 and ask for the volunteer desk.

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Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WILDLIFE ADVOCATES

Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife. Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill, and injured native Texas wildlife. Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting in the daily functions of the center, assisting with public education programs, and wildlife rehabilitation. Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite 200, the facility is open seven days a week to help wildlife in need. TWRC has a mentor program in place to assist volunteers with “hands on” training for those interested in becoming permitted rehabilitators. We invite you to join our organization in saving Texas wildlife – one animal at a time. Call the center at 713-468-8972 x158 for more information or visit us at www.twrc-houston.org.

Adopt A US Soldier

Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers and donors to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed soldiers and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those serving in the United States Armed Forces. Adopt A US Soldier is sustained by its volunteer workforce located across the United States. After a supporter asked a soldier what they needed, his response was as follows: “No requests, just don’t want to be forgotten.” -LCPL O.J.T. III When registering for Adopt A US Soldier your involvement can range from writing letters and sending postcards, to mailing care packages full of items a soldier may need or want. Handwritten letters are most important and meaningful to soldiers. Adopt A US Soldier encourages civilians to adopt a soldier to show your support for those that are making sacrifices for our country. If interested, please go to www.adoptaussoldier.org to register.

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Houston Area Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides new, handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill or traumatized, can use the following items you might be discarding: • Fabric - cotton, cotton blends, flannel and fleece • Yarn • Crochet thread • Narrow ribbon If you have any of these items to donate or for information about Project Linus, please call Karen Hagin, Cinco Ranch resident and Project Linus blanketeer, at 281-693-7150 or Sally Burns, Houston Area Project Linus Coordinator, at 281-492-2679. More information about Project Linus can be found at www.projectlinus.org.

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring and preparing young students to succeed in a global economy. In partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to schools, opening student minds to their true potential. Junior Achievement programs, taught by local business professionals, community volunteers and parents, build a bridge between school learning and young people’s future success in their work world and real lives by offering hands-on activities that further explore the topics of free enterprise, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOSPICE CARE (CYPRESS AREA)

Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice, they are a vital part of the hospice team. What volunteers can do to show that they care is everything from providing caregiver relief, being the friendly visitor with the smile, holding someone’s hand, providing that extra loving care and being a good listener. Volunteering can include music or pet therapy and much much more. All those interested in volunteering, please contact Adrienne Harris at adharris@odyshealth.com or 281-463-3697 (VistaCare).

STANDUP FOR KIDS

How would you feel if you saved a kid’s life? StandUp For Kids is an all volunteer organization dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk and homeless kids through volunteer outreach efforts. Our volunteers search the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. Every day throughout the US thirteen kids die on the streets from abuse, disease and suicide. According to recent statistics Houston has up to 2,500 kids living on the streets at any given time. Texas has the highest rate of homeless youth in the U.S. StandUp For Kids needs supplies for our Houston program, which provides food, clothing, counseling and a safe environment for the homeless youth of Houston. If you or your organization would like to hold a food or clothing drive for StandUp For Kids please contact me at HeatherE@standupforkids.org to learn more about StandUp For Kids or how you can help visit our website at www.standupforkids.org.

Junior Achievement volunteers inspire young people to succeed and volunteers can see the difference they are making right away from the students excitement and understanding of the concepts. It is the only organization that makes it simple for volunteers to experience the immediate benefits of their involvement and the impact of success on the young people in the community. Junior Achievement is always recruiting new volunteers, for only with the support of schools, parents and community is it possible to bring these extraordinary programs to the students. Contact the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas office today, 713-682-4500, to find out about opportunities near you. With trainings for the fall semester beginning as early as September, start making a difference today.

The single greatest need, for homeless and street kids is our continuous caring and real support. We must convince them that we care, we want them back and we want to help them get off the streets.

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas 2115 E Governors Circle, Houston TX 77092 713 682 4500 • www.jahouston.org

For more information on the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department or on how you can join the other 350 volunteers of our Department and be one of Cy-Fair’s bravest, call us at 281-656-3840 or visit us on the web at www.cyfairvfd.org.

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Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department provides fire, rescue and EMS services to 156 square miles of Northwest Harris County for the residents of Harris County Emergency Service District #9. By operating from 12 community based volunteer fire stations we are able to quickly and efficiently respond to help our neighbors in times of emergency.

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Interested in volunteering your time, talents and energy to a most worthwhile local cause? Consider joining the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Volunteer Guild! The mission of the Pearl’s Volunteer Guild is to: • Promote volunteerism in the Northwest Houston area by providing vital, on-going volunteer support for the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts educational programs. • Develop leadership potential and knowledge within its membership • Further perpetuate the appreciation of fine art and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in the community. Several important committees need volunteers: • Day Trips • Hospitality • Membership • Student Art Contest Information about the Volunteer Guild can also be found on the Pearl’s website at www.pearlmfa.org under the Guild page. Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Where Art is Just the Start! 6815 Cypresswood, Spring, TX 77379 281-376-6322 The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit organization that is solely supported through Grants and private donations from community residents, businesses and friends of the museum.

Community Groups The Houston Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness Meetup Group

We are dedicated to helping people with Lyme Disease, CFS, Fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, Autism or any of the neurological diseases and we provide the latest nutritional research to fight these illnesses. This group is for those who are affected with any of these type of illnesses or for those who have loved ones that are affected. For information on meetings, call 713-581-8108 or visit www.meetup.com/Lyme-Chronic-Illness-Meetup-Group.

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St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids

DivorceCare (for adults) and DivorceCare (for Kids) will be starting at St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church. These programs provide Christ-centered help for adults and children (grades 1-6) struggling with the hurt and pain of divorce and separation. They are Christian-based support groups designed to help process and bring healing and will begin at St. Cuthbert’s on Sunday, January 9th from 4:00-6:00 PM for twelve consecutive weeks. There is a $15 registration fee for each group that covers an activity book and snacks for the program and can be paid at the first session. Scholarships are available. At this time, childcare will not be provided. Brochures highlighting the programs are available from the church office or from Peggy Addington. Please feel free to share this material with someone who might benefit from the programs. Registration is required. St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road in Houston (the northeast corner of West and Queenston). To register or for more information, please call Peggy Addington at 281-550-2199.

CYPRESS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES (CAM)

Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM), located at 11202 Huffmeister, Houston, TX 77065, exists to provide a safe place for individuals or families to tell their story and be offered some measure of hope during difficult times. For a description of all our services and volunteer opportunities, please visit our website www.cypressassistanceministries.com. If you need further information, please give us a call at 281-955-7684. Donations to Cypress Assistance Ministries can be made Monday through Wednesday, from 10 AM-6 PM and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 AM-3 PM.

BEAR CREEK AL-ANON MEETINGS

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The Bear Creek Al-Anon meetings are open to anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meetings are held: Monday - 8:00 PM, West Houston Church of Christ, Room 207, 17100 West Road. Wednesday - 8:00 PM, Bear Creek Community Center, Hwy. 6 & Patterson Rd. behind Farm & Ranch Pavilion. Saturday morning - 9:00 AM, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 7934 Hwy. 6 N. For more information, call the Al-Anon Intergroup office at 713-683-7227 or visit www.hal-pc.org/`alanonpx.

WEST/NORTHWEST HOUSTON DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP

Our group is a support group for the Down syndrome community. We will meet on the last Saturday of each month, at 10:00 AM, at the new Down Syndrome Resource Center located at 7015 W. Tidwell, Suite 108, Building C, Houston 77092. Specific topics of interest will be discussed and each meeting will include a presentation by a professional, knowledgeable on the subject. For more information, please call 713-682-7237 or visit our website at www.dsah.net.

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LYME DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP

The Support group is for Lyme Disease. We offer support to patients, family members and children with Lyme. We also try to educate the public on this fast growing epidemic.   Date - Second Saturday of each month. Time - 3:00-5:00 PM. Location - Kindred Hospital cafeteria. Address - 11297 Fallbrook. Teresa Lucher - Contact person: lucher@sbcglobal.net.

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PDAP is the only free outpatient substance abuse program for young people and parents in the greater Houston area. PDAP is spiritually based and is housed in churches. PDAP’s methodology is based upon the “Twelve Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous. For ages 12 to 17, call 281-870-9311 or for ages 17 to 25 call 713-647-8858.

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GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS

If you even think you or someone you care about may have a compulsive gambling problem, call the Houston Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 713-684-6654 for information. The meetings are Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, at the Bear Creek Community Center, www.texasga.org.

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• Affordable - Annual Membership is $26, Chapter fees, average of $5 per month. • Friendly environment - Join the journey to better health. • Accountability - Confidential weigh-in • Informational Programs • Support, suggestions and awards for your losses • Weekly meetings - Monday, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM. For more information, please call 832-771-0499. • Weekly meetings - Friday, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM. For more information, please call 281-550-1772 or 832-288-3980. Please visit us at Bear Creek Community Center.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. There are no dues or fees or weigh-ins at FA meetings. The second Houston meeting is every Tuesday at 7:00 PM, at the Memorial Drive UMC, located at 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079. Our original Houston meeting takes places every week on Sunday at 4:00 PM, at the same location. Call FA at 781-932-6300 or locally 281-392-8914. Visit our website at www.foodaddicts.org.

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Stop the diet/binge cycle! Join a 12-step support group. We meet on Mondays (year-round, including holidays), at 6:00 PM, at Bear Creek United Methodist Church, 16000 Rippling Water 77084, ROOM Coke #1. Contact Judy Russell at 281-345-8319 for further info.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at Cypress UMC on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, in room W201. Family members and friends of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia are invited to attend. For more information, contact Marianne Johnson at 281-469-2818. Visit our website at www.cypress-umc.org for other exciting programs and activities going on at the church. Cypress UMC is located at 13403 Cypress N. Houston Road in Cypress 77429. Call us at 281-469-0730.

Hope Alive Ministries Counseling Services

We have moved from the Bear Creek Assistance Ministries (BCAM) Impact for Life building. We are back at our old location at 16151 Cairnway, Suite 206, Houston, Texas 77084. We provide Counseling Service for Children (Play Therapy), Adolescents, Women, Marriage and Family. For more information, please call 281-656-2548.

Peace Community Church Recovery support group

Peace Community Church 5151 Addicks Satsuma, Houston, TX, 281-8596843 www.peacecommunitychurch.org presents: In the early days of the Recovery Movement the Bible was the primary text and the God of the Bible was the source of power that made all things possible. Interested in connecting with your historical roots in a modern setting? Looking to “go deeper,” and know more about the Higher Power named Father, Son, Spirit? Come join us every Saturday evening at 7 PM and see where this experience fits into your recovery. (Not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous)

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Cancer Center at North Cypress Medical Center

Northwest Houston Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

The Cancer Center at North Cypress Medical Center and the American Cancer Society are proud to sponsor the following free community support groups:

The Northwest Houston Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM, at Cy-Fair Professional Building, 11302 Fallbrook near FM1960. Please contact Connie Crocker at 281-373-5860.

Coping with Breast Cancer: This group is for women coping with breast cancer and offers an uplifting, safe place for women to come and share their common experiences, problems and solutions, as well as obtain information regarding community resources. Monthly meetings every 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Bear Creek Baptist Church divorce Support Group

Man to Man - Prostate Support Group: This group is for men and their families coping with prostate cancer. It is designed to promote education and emotional encouragement in a safe, uplifting, and supportive environment. Monthly meeting every 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Dialogue - Cancer Support Group: This group is for individuals coping with various kinds of cancer, including patients, their families and friends. It provides an opportunity for those touched with cancer to share their experiences and assists them in learning how to live with cancer, monthly meetings every 1st Tuesday. All Support Group meetings will be held in the lobby of The Cancer Center at North Cypress Medical Center at 21216 Northwest Freeway, Suite 110, Cypress, TX, 1st floor of the Professional Building. For questions regarding any of these support groups, call Janet Kantenberger, LCSW, at 832-912-3658. Visit us online at www.ncmc-hospital.com.

Bear creek MS SUPPORT GROUP

Bearcreek MS support group meets monthly on the Third Saturday, 1 PM 3 PM, at The Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Blvd, Houston, Texas 77083. For more information, contact Paula 281-530-3857 or Alicia 713-3942971. Please join us for an encouraging and informative meeting!

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Heal the Hurt, Mend the Heart, Restore the Joy - help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. DivorceCare groups meet for 12 weeks and discuss topics such as loneliness, anger, depression, finances, new relationships and forgiveness. Are your children angry, hurt and confused about your divorce? Finding help for your children can be frustrating. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids aged Kindergarten through Grade 6) and DC4T (DivorceCare for Teens Seventh Grade and up), provides a safe, fun place where your children will: • Learn to understand their feelings • Express their emotions appropriately • Feel better about themselves • Develop coping skills • Be introduced to non-denominational biblical based concepts that will bring comfort On Sundays, Bear Creek Baptist Church will hold Church Initiative’s divorce care family recovery ministry for adults, children, and teens. The sessions will run from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the church campus located at 5901 N. Fry Road @ West Little York. Pre-register by calling Erin Wilkins at 281-859-9900. Childcare will be provided for those registered.

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Cypress Calling Ministries Bunco for Babies

How about a fun night with some girls for a good cause? Cypress Calling Ministries (a non-profit corporation that helps mothers in need) is hosting Bunco for Babies in your neighborhood. Instead of entrance fee, bring a new $10 baby item (such as a pack of sleepers or blankets). Each month will have a new baby item theme. Even though there will be no collection of money, awesome prizes will still be given. Don’t know how to play Bunco? No problem! It is a simple and easy to learn game that you will become addicted to! To find out more please email CCM at jsimpson@cypresscalling. com or come check out our website www.cypresscalling.com for more info. If you are already part of a Bunco group and would consider playing twice a year for Bunco for Babies, we would love to talk to you about how this works. It is a great way for your group to give back to the community.

GIVE AN HOUR™ NETWORK Provides Free Counseling to Troops and Families

Since September 11, 2001, 1.8 million troops have been deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Persian Gulf, with 17 percent of returning troops suffering traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder. Given the military culture’s emphasis on confidence, strength and bravery, many service members are reluctant to expose personal vulnerabilities to professional counselors. Give an Hour™ provides services that are separate from the military establishment, offering options to service members who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate care. Give an Hour™ is a nonpartisan, nonprofit national network of mental health professionals providing free counseling services to returning troops and their families. Give an Hour™ offers services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and their family members. Family members are loosely defined to include married or unmarried partners, parents, siblings, aunts/ uncles—anyone connected to the veteran who is suffering a psychological effect related to the veteran’s service. Banyan Counseling Network has an office located near the North Cypress Medical Center and is trained to provide individual and family counseling. Family support groups are also currently forming. People interested in receiving services through Give an Hour™ are encouraged to call 281-855-1982 or log on to www.banyancounseling.com, (click Military Families link) or www.giveanhour. org to determine availability or to locate another provider in your area.

Bereavement Support Group

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Community church at 6646 Addicks Satsuma Road, Houston, Texas 77084-1599, has a Bereavement support Group. The group meets twice monthly, on the first and third Thursdays of the month, in Room 11 in the Family Life Center from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. If you need help through the difficult time following the death of a loved one, come join us for support. For more information, you can contact Deborah Jackson (281-550-3027) or Gini Buehler (281-861-6306).

Lifeline Group for Widows & Widowers

When one has lost a spouse by death, the initial feeling is shock followed a by merciful numbness. It is when this numbness recedes that the pain becomes so intense and the loneliness begins. At this stage Lifeline can be helpful. We provide companionship of people who have experienced the same emotional upheaval and trauma. Lifeline provides a place to belong and help for building a life without a partner because we understand the world doesn’t stop for your grief, no matter how bad your heart is broken. Lifeline Support Group for Widows and Widowers meets on the first Thursday of each month for a general meeting and has activities throughout the month. We are a mutual support group, call for details and come check us out. Contact Louise Sprawls at 713-467-5834 or Jackie at 281-497-2663.

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Celebrate Recovery at Houston First Church of the Nazarene

Celebrate Recovery meets every Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Houston First Church of the Nazarene. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Celebrate Recovery is there for you if you are ready to be free from the hurts, habits or hang-ups that are holding you back. Make the choice to recover today. 10001 West Sam Houston Parkway, North Houston, TX, 77064; 281-897-0300.

Good Shepherd UMC support Groups

DIVORCECARE: Sundays, 4:30-6:30 PM. DivorceCare for Adults will be offered in conjunction with DivorceCare for Kids, This is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Email ed.thomas536@yahoo.com to register. There is a $14 charge for workbooks and they can be purchased at the first meeting. GRIEFSHARE: Tuesdays, 6:15-8 PM. This group will offer support and resources for those grieving the loss of a loved one through weekly videos and discussion. $14 includes a resource book. Childcare available if preregistered. Register by emailing Robyn Bishop at robynb@goodchurch.us.

Parenting Groups LA LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

La Leche League is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is a simple and natural process, but you may need support and information on the correct positioning of the baby at the breast, working and breastfeeding, avoiding problems and overcoming any difficulties that may occur. Knowing other women who have breastfed their babies can be helpful and reassuring. Having accurate, upto-date information is also important. Attending La Leche League meetings can help you learn about breastfeeding from other nursing mothers. At these monthly meetings, mothers share not only their questions and concerns but also the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Being in touch with La Leche League can give you the network of support you need. There are numerous meeting locations all over the Houston area. The Cy-Fair group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, at 10:00 AM, in the Berkshire Community Meeting Room, 15607 Berkshire Manor Ln. Babies are welcome! The Group offers an extensive lending library of books, free information and materials for sale. For more info about this meeting or any of the meetings in the Houston area, call the Helpline at 713-383-2819. See also www.LLLHouston.org.

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Bear Creek Baptist MOPS

Can’t remember the last time you ate an uninterrupted meal or had a moment to yourself? We at Bear Creek Baptist MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers ages birth - five) know how you feel. Join us the second and fourth Friday of each month, from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, for some quality mom-time, which will include parenting tips, food, door prizes, crafts, new friendships and fun. Childcare is provided. Being the mother of a preschooler is one adventure you don’t have to go on alone. Please contact Kristi Brock at Kristig8@ hotmail.com or 281-858-4202.

MOPS Second Baptist – West Campus

Are you a mother of a preschooler? Are you looking for a fun time of fellowship with other mommies? Then MOPS is for you! Join us for monthly meetings with great speakers, crafts, demonstrations, small group discussion and of course delicious food. Free childcare is provided and this is a great night out for working moms and stay at home moms. This the only MOPS group in Katy that meets at night! For more information, please call Faye in the nursery office at 713-465-3408, x1007.

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Do you think Spaghetti is a finger food? Do you think 4 hours is a good night sleep? Are you a mom of a newborn through kindergarten? Then METMOPS is for you! METMOPS, Mother’s of Preschoolers, offers 2 dynamic groups that meet either the 1st and 3rd Friday mornings or the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings, from 9:15 - 11:45 AM. Childcare is provided with registration. Join us for scrumptious food, awesome door prizes, new friendships, encouragement, wonderful speakers and a creative activity that even the most craft challenged gal can do! Register now for MOPS at www.metmops.org.

Moms - Commit to Pray for Your Children!

Moms In Touch International is looking for moms who want to pray for their children and the school they attend. Moms in Touch consists of a group of two or more moms who meet for one hour each week to pray for their children, their school and their teachers and administrators. Anyone who is willing to pray for a specific child and school is welcome. We believe that prayer makes a difference! Our children face many pressures at school and to stand in the gap for them through prayer is our highest calling. For more information or to find out when and where a group is meeting for your child’s school, visit www.MomsInTouch.org or contact Dana Grindal at 281-374-0892; email corey_and_dana@sbcglobal.net.

Moms in Motion

Moms in Motion is a non-denominational organization for expectant parents and parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We offer a full range of activities, including monthly meetings, year-round kid’s activities, social functions, seasonal parties, service projects and playgroups. We meet the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 PM, at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 7934 North Hwy. 6. For more information about Moms in Motion, go to www.mimhouston.org or contact Trisha at mimhouston@yahoo.com.

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Mocha Moms, Inc. is a not-for-profit support group for mothers who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within it’s membership. Visit our website NWHoustonMochaMoms.webs.com or email us at nwmochamoms@yahoo.com.

EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION

When it comes to your child’s development, getting help early is best!

Texas Early Childhood Intervention, ECI, provides early intervention and therapy services for children birth to 36 months. If you have questions about how your baby or toddler is developing-ask ECI! Programs are in every Texas County. Questions or concerns? Call ECI of MHMRA Harris County at 713-970-4900 or visit www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis to find out more about ECI and to find your local program. ECI developmental screenings and evaluations are at no cost to families!

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS

Are You a single Parent? Need an activity to share with the kids? Do you need a new group of single friends? Do you need support of friends that are in the same boat as you? Members and their children frequently enjoy camping, picnics, the Zoo, theater, dances, swimming, museums, house parties, movies and many other activities together. For more information about Parents Without Partners International, check out our website at www. parentswithoutpartners.org or Parent without Partners Greater Houston Chapter #63 at www.pwphouston.org or contact Barbara 281-469-5646.

CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS

Childcare Professionals of Houston is a group of Registered Family Home Childcare Providers. CCPH meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at the Bear Creek Community Center. For more information, please call 832-593-6656.

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West Houston Home Educators, Inc. is a support group of home schooling families that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at Cypress Family Fellowship Church, 17330 W. Little York, at 7:00 PM. For more information, call us at 281-5006089, email us at info@whhe.org or see our website at www.whhe.org.

MOMS Club of Far Northwest Houston

Ever feel like you are the only one staying at home? Would you like to meet more moms who have made the choice to stay home with their children? MOMS Club of Far Northwest Houston is a support network for stay at home moms who are ready to get out of the house and play! We offer park days, field trips, mom’s night out, playgroups and more! Newborns through preschoolers... there is fun for everyone! In general, we serve the area between Katy Hockley Road, Highway 6 and FM 529 and 290, as well as the area between 290, 249, 1960 and Beltway 8. We would like to invite you to join us and find out more at our next monthly meeting! For more information, please email us at momclubfnw@gmail.com or log on to www.momsclub.org.

Luna Moms Club of NW Houston

The Luna Moms Club, powered by Stroller Strides, inspires healthy living while offering a unique outlet for mothers to reach out to their communities. LMC offers FREE weekly playgroups for children; monthly social nights for moms; and “Mommies with a Mission” where moms and families come together for quarterly community projects and fundraisers. Projects include everything from community clean-up days to health fares, food drives and fundraising events such as March for Babies and Susan G Komen. We also get to enjoy free product samples from Luna! This is a great group for moms and children to learn, grow and play together, while making new friends! There is no age limit. For more information, please contact Ami Almquist at 713-705-3514 or amialmquist@strollerstrides.net.

Muslim Mommies of Northwest Houston

Muslim Mommies of Northwest Houston is a faith-based playgroup for infants through preschoolers. We meet every Thursday at 10:30 AM at the Bear Creek Mosque for toddlers/preschool storytime and crafts. Feel free to come by any Thursday to get a feel for what we do. Please email before coming. Email: uhani0103@yahoo.com. The purpose of the playgroup is to provide an Islamic environment for mothers and children to learn, play and socialize. The playgroup plans various activities every week like story-time, nasheed time, arts and crafts time and even free play time. We are always open to more ideas and encourage members’ input. If interested, please email us at uhani0103@yahoo.com. Also, we are compiling a list of Muslim babysitters in the NW/Katy/Copperfield/ Cypress area. If you would like to be added on the list, please email us at uhani0103@yahoo.com with ‘Muslim Mommies’ in the subject line.

PARENTING CLASSES AT West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center offers prenatal classes on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The following is a list of classes that are presently offered. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8065. • Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze Class (Weeknight and Weekend classes available) • Infant Care Class • Breastfeeding Class • Infant CPR Class • Infant/Child CPR Class • Community CPR Class (Infant/Child/Adult) • Sibling Adjustment Class

For further information on our bi-weekly meetings and monthly Moms Night Out and community service projects, call 281-852-2795.

West Houston Medical Center also offers a FREE Mother and Child Play and Informational Support Group.

MOMS Group Starts at Cornerstone UMC

• Mothers with babies birth to six months meets every Wednesday from 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM in suite 201 of the Doctor’s Center. • Mothers with babies six to twelve months meets every Wednesday from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in suite 201 of the Doctor’s Center.

The monthly Cornerstone United Methodist Church MOMS group meets from 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM in Room 220. We are located at 15919 Ridge Park Drive across from Lowery Elementary. The nursery will be open for all who need it. Please email Heather Finney at hfinney03@yahoo.com for meeting dates, to RSVP or with any questions. Cornerstone membership or preschool enrollment is not required, so bring all of your friends that would like fellowship time with other Christian moms.

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The program features a weekly topic that mothers with babies are eager to learn as well as a time for questions and answers. It is a time to get to know other new mothers and for your babies to have interaction with other babies. The group is moderated by the Perinatal Coordinator who has over 20 years of experience in the field. Should you have additional questions you may call 281-588-8065. The Doctor’s Center is located at 12121 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77082.

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CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH and WELLNESS CENTER MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (MYC)

The moment a newborn baby wraps their tiny hand around a parent’s finger is a pivotal moment in the life of any parent. The baby not only tugs on the finger, but on the parent’s heart as well. It is in that awesome moment that the parent begins to understand the unconditional and abounding love that God has for each of us. But soon after the little miracle arrives so do all the questions and sometimes, without any clear answers. The Mothers of Young Children (MYC) group was organized by St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church to minister to families with young children throughout the Northwest Houston community. Both stay at home and working parents are invited to participate in the group. The group supports and prays for one another, shares information and ideas on child rearing and builds lasting friendships. Most importantly, MYC’s focus is on God and God’s presence in families. The MYC ministry includes: • Friday morning Bible study at 9:30 AM (childcare provided!) • Monthly Kids Night In • Mom’s Night Out • Playgroups throughout the year • Service ministries • Online discussion forum The MYC group is an exciting ministry filled with open hearts and lots of energy (and that isn’t including the kids) with a desire to grow in Christ. St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church is located at 17020 West Road, at the corner of West and Queenston. For more information, check out our web site at www.stcuthbert.org or contact Tanya Avery at tanyatj@sbcglobal.net.

Northwest Houston Mothers of Multiples

Northwest Houston Mothers of Multiples (NWHMOM) meets at 7 PM, the third Thursday of every month, at the Coles Crossing subdivision clubhouse, 13050 Barker Cypress in Cypress. NWHMOM assists mothers of multiple birth children by lending them support; sharing information and relating experiences raising multiples. Welcoming all expectant, newly delivered and seasoned (veteran) multiple mothers. For more information, visit www.nwhmom.org.

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MOMS Club of Cypress-North, Texas

Are you an at-home mom looking for some fun distractions during the day? Why not try out MOMS Club of Cypress-North! We are a chapter of the International MOMS Club, which is a national, nonprofit organization that gives at-home mothers the opportunity to share activities and discussions with other mothers and their children. Activities are held during the day, when at-home mothers need support and interaction the most. Children are always welcome. We also organize community service projects throughout the year. Our members are moms of various ages and backgrounds with kids of all ages (newborn to high school age). Our business meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month. If you are interested or would like more information, please visit our web site at www.momsclub.org or contact Stephanie Hvezdos, President, at whizwine@ aol.com or 713-444-0697 for location, directions or any questions. We are happily welcoming new moms at each meeting. Hope to see you there!

Community & Commerce Groups Cy-Fair Republican Women

Cy-Fair Republican Women meet every second Tuesday of the month at Carraba’s Copperfield. Social begins at 10:30 AM, speaker and meeting begin at 11:00 AM. For more information and to RSVP to meetings, visit our website at www.cfrw.net

Cy-Fair Area Democratic Club

Cy-Fair Area Democrats always have something interesting to discuss. The club meets the first Thursday of every month, at the Bear Creek Community Center, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, with a meet & greet from 6:45 to 7:00 PM. We love to see new faces and meet new friends, so please join us at the next meeting! Go to www.cyfairdems.org for more information. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, email cyfairdems@gmail.com and put ADD in the subject line.

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All are welcome to join this growing club. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Olga Moya at cytomdems@yahoo.com.

Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club

Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at 7 PM, at the Lions Den inside Bane Park, at West Little York near Gessner. Our building is at the back of the parking lot, large tan brick building by the baseball fields. Wonderful catered meal each meeting. Our Lions Club does community service projects, such as providing eye exams and eyeglasses for needy children in the Cy-Fair School District, provide full Christmas food baskets at Christmas for families in need, send handicapped and diabetic children to the Texas Lions Camp and other services. Come visit us and help make your community a better place to live. Please contact Sandy Martin 281-550-2798 or Bud Casey 281-469-5555 for further information.

BEAR CREEK/COPPERFIELD ROTARY CLUB

The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary Clubs, is to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards, advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Bear Creek-Copperfield Rotary Club meets every Thursday, at noon, at Carrabbas located at 7540 Highway 6 North. For more information, call Paula Allen at 281-855-9664.

ROTARY CLUB OF WEST HOUSTON

The Rotary Club of West Houston meets each Tuesday, at 12:15 PM, at the West Houston Omni, North Eldridge at Katy Freeway. For more information, call Van Penrod at 713-937-4835.

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Bear Creek-Copperfield Rotary flag project

Would you like to have a flag in your front yard showing your patriotism six times a year? Too much hassle you say? Let the Rotary Club handle it for you. We will deliver, set up, take down and store this large quality American Flag on a sturdy pole for minimal cost. All proceeds go to worthy charities. The holidays are: Independence Day, 9/11 (at your discretion), Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day. Please call Darlene at 281-463-4296.

CY-FAIR ROTARY CLUB

The Cy-Fair Rotary Club meets each Monday, at 12:00 noon, at Carl’s Bar-B-Que located at 21920 Highway 290 West, in Cypress, Texas. For further information, contact Justin Lindstrom at 281-493-1141.

TALK-OF-THE-TOWN TOASTMASTERS

Tongue-tied when asked to speak at the spur of the moment in a crowd? Toastmasters can help! Talk of the Town Toastmasters meet every Tuesday, 6.30 pm, at DeVry University (Room 1160), 11125 Equity Drive, Houston TX, 77041. Use Clay Road exit off West Beltway 8. For more information, contact Eddie at 713-408-6751 or eddiemerla@yahoo.com or Thilippe Letellier at 713-857-8595.

Foundry Toastmasters FEAR WORSE THAN DEATH!

Have you always wanted to be a better speaker? Would you like to be a better listener? Would you like to be able to communicate to your kids, spouse or boss more easily and with confidence? Then join Foundry Toastmasters, which meets every Thursday, from 7:15 to 8:30 PM, at Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, Rm. 207, just north of the main Church building. Toastmasters is not just for “public speaking” but helps to improve your everyday communication skills. This is done in a friendly, supportive atmosphere at the Foundry Club. Come give us a try and visit one of our meetings.

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Park 10 Talkers Toastmasters Club

Need speaking skills? Improve your communication skills; lose your fears of public speaking; and learn skills that will help you be more successful in whatever path you’ve chosen in life. You are invited to visit the Park 10 Talkers Toastmasters Club every Thursday each month, at 11:45 AM, at NACE, 1440 South Creek Dr, Houston, 77084; telephone 281-228-6287. For more information on Toastmasters, go to www.toastmasters.org.

EASY RISERS TOASTMASTERS

Do you live in west Houston and work in downtown Houston? If you would like to improve your communication and leadership skills, please contact Ed Young at edyoung2@hotmail.com for more information. We meet every Tuesday, at 7 AM and we’ve been serving the downtown area for 30 years!

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CY-FAIR KIWANIS CLUB

The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club meets at Hearthstone Country Club on the first, second and third Tuesday of each month at 12:15 PM for lunch and informative programs. For more information, call John Carroll at 281-4630373, George Crowl at 832-467-1998 or Peggy Presnell at 281-304-7127. We invite you to be our guest at one of the meetings and enjoy the fellowship of Kiwanians from your community as you learn about our organization. CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE is the motto of Kiwanis Clubs worldwide. The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club sponsors nine Key Clubs and one Builders’ Club in the Cy-Fair School District; sponsors the Kids Triathlon; Girl Scout, Boy Scout and Sea Scout troops and activities; awards scholarships to outstanding Key Club members in our district; provides assistance to Cypress Assistance Ministries and Bear Creek Ministries; the Houston Food Bank and many other nonprofit organizations.

ABWA Cy-Fair Express Network

Have you ever wanted to improve your communication skills? Would you like to have more confidence during that big job interview? Just like anything else, speaking is a skill and to get better you need to practice! Come to our meetings every Monday at 6:45 to 8:00 PM at the MET Family Life Center, 11403 Regency Green Drive, Cypress, TX 77429, in order to hone your speaking and listening skills in a safe and supportive environment! Take Jones Road north from 1960 and turn left on Regency Green Drive; the community center is about a half mile down the road on the left. See our website for more information, www.cyfairsuperspeakers.org or call 832-5234808.

Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) invites you to their monthly networking luncheon on December 15, 2011, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at Houston National Golf Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. Bring plenty of business cards for networking. Please make reservations online by December 9, 2011 at www. cyfen.org or contact Melissa Rotholz at 713-256-9569. Our mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Phoenix Risers Toastmasters

Business Professionals join us for our at Northwest Forest Conference Center, 12715 Telge Rd., Cypress TX 77429, to find out how you can grow your business and your bottom line by being a part of a strong referral group of businessmen and women. Cost: $10 cash or check (First Time Visitor’s Free!) Visitors need to RSVP to Pandora@Pandorahernandez.com.

The Phoenix Risers Toastmasters meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month at the University of Phoenix building between Kirkwood and Wilcrest on Katy Freeway. Please contact us for further info at Phoenix Risers@ Phoenix.edu.

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WEST HOUSTON ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS

West Houston Chapter, International Association of Administrative Professionals meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Hilton Garden Inn (south side of I-10 at Dairy Ashford), 12245 Katy Freeway, Houston 77079. Networking begins at 5:30 PM. Dinner is served at 6:00 PM followed by a speaker and business meeting. Reservations are required for dinner by emailing the Hospitality Committee at whc_iaap@yahoo.com. Check out our website at www.iaap-westhouston.org. Office professionals employed or residing in West Houston, Katy and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For more information about West Houston Chapter IAAP, please contact Caroline Champness CPS/CAP at caroline.champness@bp.com.

WEST NORTHWEST SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK

Join us the second Tuesday of every month, from 7:30-9:00 AM, for a great networking opportunity. Area small business owners are invited to attend and build relationships with businesses in the area. Free Continental Breakfast and Door Prizes! The location is: Sterling Bank, 6985 Highway 6 North. Please visit www.dgurka.com for more info.

290 Cypress Business Networking Group

Meets every Thursday, at Cypress Station Grill (located at 26010 Hempstead Road - on the corner of Hempstead Road and Spring Cypress) at 7:30 AM. Business owners, managers or anyone wanting to build business in the Cypress area is welcome to join us. We get together to recommend and support businesses in our community.

AARP Bear Creek Chapter 4540

Our AARP Chapter cordially invite you to join us at the Bear Creek Community Center (3055 Bear Creek Dr.) every third Thursday at noon (12:00 PM). We bring a covered dish for our social gathering followed by a speaker and/or entertainment. There is a short meeting and drawings for door prizes. We have monthly tours, which entails places of culture, history, festivals and so much more. Annual membership dues are only $5. We donate to nonprofit organizations, we perform volunteer work in our community, and also, can goods are brought in by our members to feed the needy. If you have any questions, feel free to call President Patricia Ali at 281-550-6359.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 220 million tons of old computers and other technology hardware are trashed in the U.S. every year. At the same time, 43% of US households do not have a computer at home. This huge disparity is commonly referred to as the Digital Divide. La-fundacion.net in partnership with community organizations throughout Texas, is trying to bridge the gap by placing donated computers in the hands of those who do not have access to technology. La-fundacion.net collects donated computers that once refurbished, upgraded and loaded with legal copies of Windows are provided to organizations like The Women’s Home of Houston, churches, community centers or directly to Public School Children who do not have a home computer in partnership with Public Schools such as Houston’s Hamilton Middle School. Recycling your old computer or other electronic equipment is a great way to help those who cannot afford access to technology, but it can also help keep the environment free from dangerous pollutants and can even mean a few extra dollars in your pocket at tax time. Next time you upgrade your computer, your cell phone, etc, consider donating your old equipment to la-fundacion.net.   La-fundacion.net is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Nonprofit Foundation based in Texas and Florida whose mission is to provide Technology and Education to those being left behind by the Information Age. For more information, call 713-460-5544, write to info@la-fundacion.net or visit our web page at www.la-fundacion.net.

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HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS AND AFFILIATES

Would you like the opportunity to network, listen to guest speakers and enjoy a wonderful lunch? Please mark your calendar to attend the North Highway 6/Bear Creek Houston Association of Realtors luncheon, held the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at the National Country Club, at 11:30 AM, located at 16500 Houston National Golf Club, in Stonegate subdivision. Contact Gayla Skates for additional information gaylaskates@yahoo.com.

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The AARP Cy-Fair Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Village on the Park Ice Cream Parlor, 12012 Steepleway Blvd. Our meeting starts at 10:00 AM with refreshments starting at 9:30 AM. Each month we have speakers who address our group on various subjects. For further information, call Mr. Paul Morgan, President, at 281-807-9118.

METRO free ride-matching service Gasoline prices are heading up again, and you may be wondering how you can find a carpool, which will save you fuel costs, wear & tear on your vehicle and allow you to save time by accessing HOV lanes. METRO operates a free ride-matching service for carpools and vanpools. It is located at www.ridemetro.org/ridepro. Click on the Register button and create an account, which will allow you to enter your home address, your work address, your schedule and your contact information (don’t worry, your exact home address is hidden).   You may be able to find a carpool and start enjoying the benefits of not driving to work alone.  

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Yamaha flugel horn, silver, $500; Holton trumpet, silver, $500; Olds cornet, silver, $300; Roland arranger, $250. All OBO and in excellent condition with cases. Call 281-676-4176. Croscill queen comforter, w/accessories, $35; TV, JVC 27”, CRT w/glass door stand, $60; kitchen sink, double, stainless, with faucet, $50. 281-4634898. Doll house, $65; toy chest, $35. Both need TLC by Grandpa/Dad for grandchild. 281-856-9000. GE refrigerator, profile 23.6 cft., double door, water & ice dispenser, $350; Dot Matrix printer, XX-P1124, $50; modern computer table, $35; cable modem, Westell Wirespeed, $10; beveled glass coffee table, $30; old model fax machine, $10; water bed water cover, $10. Call 281-550-6308. Hutch with dinning table and 6 chairs, white wash finish, $700. Call 281-5506308. 50 piece spade Christmas Tree china and crystal, 8 of each dinner plates, salad plates, cups, saucers, wine glasses, iced beverage glasses, plus 2 large candle holders. Many pieces never used, all look new, $375. Many serving pieces avalible, many never used. Call for prices. 713-983-6063. Beautiful brass and glass lighted display cabinet, 83 1/2” x 32” x 16,” $400. Carol 281-463-1094. Breakfast table with 6 chairs, $299; TV armoire, $275; lamps, $50; Lajos Markos “Remember the Alamo” framed, signed artist proof, $2,500; Duncan Phyfe dining table with 6 Bombay Company chairs, $850; pedestal globe, $30; 2 model cars, $49; model ship, $25. 281-814-7436. Golf balls for sale. Gently used, clean, ready for play. 40 balls per bag, each bag includes 10 Titleist, $20 per bag. Please call 281-799-3433. 48” round Formica top kitchen table with 12” leaf and 6 maple chairs. Recently refinished, very good condition, $150; solid pine twin head and foot board with side rails, good condition, $75; upholstered platform rocker, blue, needs work, $35. Call 281-948-9924. Giant road bike, small frame, fits 5’2”-5’6,” $400; Treadmill, $200. 832-6439119. Lots of outdoor x-mas lights, $250; Two large white outdoor wire wreaths with white lights, $75 each; A gazillion Legos, some robotic and Lego books, $300. 281-550-8113 or sobayer@aol.com. Beautiful diamond platinum engagement ring; white gold diamond wedding ring; ¾ carat diamond stud earrings; set of 6 each Waterford crystal Elberon flute, beverage & wine glasses-most never used. E-mail for pricing and pictures. bcdepaolis@gmail.com.

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Upright 16cf freezer, $75; beautiful mahogany antique round table w/6 chairs and 18’ leaf, $200; stainless vent-a-hood, $25. All in great condition. Call 713-417-4821.

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Elegant pool table, builder Imperial International Pool Tables, in great condition, has only been used in rare occasions. Top cloth burgundy, side laminated cherry wood, two one inch thick slate pieces, top lamp and utility rack all included, plus accessories. Asking price, $900. 281-844-6896. Power lift recliner, brand new, never used, camel color, paid $1,200, asking $700 OBO. 281-858-1043.

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Rainbow Play System: 2 swings, 360 tire swing, 3 station swing beam, Jacob’s rope ladder, knotted rope w/ disc swing, slide, playhouse and more. Asking $1,400 OBO. Contact Joe 832-654-8886.

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Yamaha GH1B beautiful piano, polished ebony, like new, purchased in 2002, $7,000 OBO. 281-398-6870. Prom dresses, both long and short dresses, various colors and sizes; white bridal gown used for NCL presentation. Prices negotiable. 281-392-6518. Omega Pro II Racquetball Racket with zip case, never used, $35; 8” animal gold trim/porcelain (some) plates, $15 - $20 each; Emmot Kelly clown, numbered/framed lithographs, $75 - $100 each. Cheryl 281-543-2409. Sliding mirror doors (one pair) for a wardrobe or closet, each door is 39 “W x 79”H, together the doors will be good for a 78”W X 79”H wardrobe or closet, comes with upper and bottom alum guide rails, the doors are similar to IKEA PAX MALM ward robe article # 900-745-72, picture available, asking $205. Contact School8007@aol.com.

MOVING/GARAGE SALES

Estate Sale: Duncan Phife dining table, $350; dark Rattan barrel-back chair & sectional sofa, $750; Ancient Minnesota peddle sewing machine, $100; Florida light maple bedroom set, 2 night stands, headboard, vanity w/mirror, $350; Admiral Signature 21 cu.ft. frost-free refrigerator w/ice maker, $125; Roper heavy duty large capacity electric dryer, $85; solid oak dining table w/six chairs, 2 leaves, $350; white Fossil Rock 2 end tables, sofa table and coffee table w/glass tops, $400; blue/white country plaid sleeper sofa, $175; solid pecan credenza, $125; Florida dark maple bedroom set, 2 nightstands, headboard, vanity w/mirror, $350. 281-856-0765.

AUTOMOTIVE

Rare 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible, re-built, under warranty, 400 Pontiac motor-not matching no., less than 400 miles, totally restored, yellow with black interior, new paint, new disk brakes, new suspension, new interior & new black top with cover, new custom sound system, $24,000. Firm. 281455-5543. 1996 Buick Roadmaster Ltd: White, leather seats, 76K miles, good condition, $4,500. Call Richie Anderson 281-463-1712. 1998 Suzuki 1500 Intruder, $3,550. Call for details 281-726-4305 Pat. 17” Dodge Ram 1500 wheels and tires, 265/70/17, $650 OBO. Call 713898-0912.

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Wanted: Treadmill. 281-345-9364.

Wanted: To buy Rolex watches. 281-414-3597.

HELP WANTED - CARE

Mature female to live in and care for elderly female in Settlers Village. Duties include light cleaning and detailed personal care. 832-470-8045.

HELP WANTED

Swimming pool cleaner: Needed experienced pool cleaner to help with route maintenance in Cypress and Northwest Houston. Must have dependable truck with 2” receiver towing hitch, English speaking, have cell phone and capable of lifting and carrying 100 pounds. If you meet these requirements please call 281-785-5939. A local State Farm agent is seeking highly motivated telemarketers to work in a fun, upbeat office environment. Applicants should have telemarketing experience and reliable transportation. Please email resume to Tom@ TomZellers.com for more information.

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Lease space available, upscale salon in Copperfield. Contact Leticia 713898-4484 or Craig 832-483-0114. Salon Professionals - Experience hairstylist wanted for trendy salon in Copperfield. Lease space starting at $125 per week. Massage / facial suite also available. Call Dana 832-434-3644. About Hair Salon and Day Spa is seeking experienced stylists. Apply in person 15422 FM 529, Houston, TX 77095. Sandy’s Hair Studio is now hiring an experienced hair stylist; facialist and massage therapist. We offer great commission. Call 281-256-2279. LL Hair Studio Salon is hiring experienced stylists! Visit our website at www.LLHairStudio.com to learn more, or call us today at 281-550-5302. Now Hiring! Do you love children? Small private preschool is now accepting applications. Must be dependable and energetic. Will train. Must have copy of High School Diploma or GED and copy of Social Security Card. Apply in person to 16618 Clay Road, Suite 400. 281-656-2273. Michelle’s Salon is looking for good experience hairstylist, massage therapist, nail tech and esthetician, lease or commission. 832-878-1052. Dental assistant position available. F/T, nonsmoker, experienced preferred, knowledge of Dentrix software and bilingual a plus. Must be state licensed; Front desk receptionist, bilingual preferred. Fax resume to: 281-861-7174. Or call 281-861-7500. The Pediatric Dentist of Katy is looking for a highly motivated Registered Dental Assistant. Our Pediatric Dental practice is located at 24022 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Suite 210 in Katy. Our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with lunch from 12-1 PM. On Fridays we are open from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Please bring by your resume in person. Dental Hygienist needed part-time, minimum 3 years experience, 2 days a week, 7 AM-4 PM, 9 AM-6 PM, days flexible, San Felipe/Voss. Fax Resume to 713-974-4760.

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Now hiring Security Officers. Part time/full time on the job training. No experience necessary. Professional & reliable retired welcome. Must provide TDL, Soc. Sec. card, (clear criminal history). Excellent benefits, all shift available. Call today & set up interview. 281-759-1010. 1035 Dairy Ashford, Suite 225, Houston TX, 77079. Housekeepers needed. Great hours for mom’s with school age children. 281-861-0394. Position available for an experienced hair stylist with a great attitude and good clientele. Benefits available. Call Images Hair Studio at 281-256-2286. Dental Assistant needed, at least 2 years of experience, must be state licensed. 281-550-0900. A growing residential construction co. locally owned & operated looking for advancement minded English speaking individual w/truck & tools. Call for more information 713-591-7825 or 713-446-6989. Stylist position available at Salon Picasso Studios. Lease/commission. 281861-9911. Paralegal - Katy area law firm looking for candidate with 5+ years experience. Ideal candidate should be proficient in Word and WordPerfect, be a selfstarter, possess excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Send resume & salary requirements to 281-398-1380. Residential Electrician(s): Journeyman or helper/apprentice. Have experience, references & contact info. ready, beginners last employment info. 281-646-9928.

PETS FOR SALE

Shih Tzu adorable puppies. 281-743-3500.

Cavalier King Charles playful healthy little puppies for sale. 281-492-6763.

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HOMES/CONDOS FOR SALE

Bay House in Sargent, waterfront property with boat access to house, built in 2003. 2 BR’s, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, central AC/heat, storage shed attached to house, carport, enclosed stairway, water & sewer system. Call Bill at 979-429-6853.

TIMESHARES/VACATION HOMES

Las Vegas Timeshare - On the Strip near the airport, sleeps 4, full kitchen, dining & living; jacuzzi in room, 2 TV’s/2 Phones, 2 pools outside building, fitness room, washer/dryer/safe in room, 4 days $355 - 7 days $500. No added fees. Cheryl 281-543-2409. Vacation home for rent: Hill country vacation home, Cedar Creek Cabin, new 2/2 with loft, fully furnished, huge front porch, satellite TV, beautiful views, abundant wildlife, Frio River at Concan near Garner State Park, sleeps 8. Call 866-7CON-CAN or go to www.frioman.com for more information.

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Due to the amount of space involved and the response of those wishing to publish a Novena to St. Jude, a Novena to St. Jude will be published along with a list of initials of those wishing to publish one. We are sorry, but we cannot make exceptions. $5 Charge for each Novena per area. Please specify which area you would your Novena to appear in. - Krenek Printing. 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 help 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 – TS, RYF DMR, SR, HM.

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The CAF West Houston Squadron hangar is now open to the public

The West Houston Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force invites you and your family and friends to visit our Hangar to see our WWII Aircraft and to tour our WWII Museum on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Our hangar is located at the West Houston Airport just east of Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd. (For detailed directions go to: www. westhoustonsqdn.org). The Commemorative Air Force is aç national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and flying military aircraft so that younger generations can appreciate the role of military aviation through history in the defense of our country and the preservation of our liberties. The CAF welcomes new members of all ages with an interest in Aviation or WWII History.

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The History of Candy Canes By Brenna Hall

So, you buy candy canes for the kids or for the decorations every year but do you really know where they come from? The candy cane is a Christmas tradition that many hold dear but nobody really knows why. Let’s face it -- the only things we really know about candy canes is that they taste good and that they are red and white. Whether the story of the candy cane is a legend or if it is true is not certain, but this is how the story goes: About two hundred-thirty years ago at the Cologne Cathedral, the children that went to church there were really loud and noisy. They often moved around and would not pay attention to the choirmaster. This was especially difficult for the choirmaster when they were supposed to be sitting still for the long living Nativity ceremony. So to keep the children quiet, he gave them a long, white, sugar candy stick. He couldn’t give them chocolate or anything like that because the people at that church would think it was sacrilegious. So he gave them the stick and he bent it on the end to look like a cane. It was meant to look like a shepherd’s cane, and so it reminded the children of the shepherds at Jesus’ birth. In 1847, a German-Swedish immigrant in Wooster, Ohio put candy canes on his Christmas tree and soon others were doing the same. Sometime around 1900 candy canes came to look more like what we know them as today with the red stripes and peppermint flavoring. Some people say the white color represents the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the wounds he suffered. They also sometimes say that the peppermint flavoring represents the hyssop herb used for purifying and spoken of in the Bible. The shape also looks like the letter “J” for Jesus, not just a shepherd’s cane. It is possible that these things were added for religious symbols, but there is no evidence that is true. Around 1920, a man in Georgia named Bob McCormack wanted to make candy canes for his family and friends. He later started mass-producing candy canes for his own business which he named Bob’s Candies. This is where many of our candy canes come from today.

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