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KATY, TX. PERMIT #137

November 2011 ONSITE OFFICE HOURS Monday 8:15 AM to 3:30 pm Tuesday 8:15 AM to 3:30 pm Wednesday Closed Thursday 8:15 AM to 3:30 pm Friday 8:15 AM to 3:30 pm 281-492-6020 Closed Saturday Voicemail is available. Calls will be returned during scheduled office hours.

ANNUAL HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING The date for the Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place at the Cinco Ranch Church of Christ, located adjacent to the subdivision at 6655 S. Mason Road. Please plan to attend. Look for an agenda in the mail in late October/ early November.

COUNTRY SIDE MOBILE VET CLINIC VISITS CANYON GATE Mark your calendars! The Country Side Mobile Vet Clinic is scheduled to return to Canyon Gate on Saturday, November 5th, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the recreation center. Dr. Regina Jamieson is the visiting veterinarian and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Jamieson offers packages that include all annual vaccinations, heartworm tests and prevention and flea control. Save a trip to the vet and bring your pet to the Mobile Vet Clinic. If you have any questions, you may contact Dr. Jamieson at 713-492-8045.

WILDLIFE Please note that residents in nearby subdivisions have reported sighting of coyotes. All residents should be on the lookout and keep a careful watch on their pets, especially near the banks of bayous. Coyotes usually stay away from humans; however, apparently, due to the extreme drought, these predators are coming closer to human habitation looking for food and water. They are wild animals and when hungry or cornered, may be very aggressive. Small dogs and cats can be very susceptible. If you have pets outside, please try to make arrangements for them to be inside or in a protective enclosure. If you let your pets outside to attend to their business, please don’t leave them long. We do not want another pet to fall victim.   Now is also a good time to check the integrity of your fence - even if you don’t live near the edge of the community. Coyotes can’t get into back yards unless boards are broken and missing or the fence is in need of repair.   While coyotes are wild animals and therefore, unpredictable, they are generally skittish and normally run from humans. Coyotes, along with other predators, do play a vital role in the ecosystem; “thinning out” the coyote population may actually have a detrimental effect by allowing the rodent population (and other pests) to proliferate.

Snakes

Homeowners need to be aware that Texas is home to many snakes, including venomous and non-venomous varieties. With the natural areas surrounding the community, Canyon Gate is especially prone to snakes. Please be vigilant when in grassy areas that snakes may hide. If you should see a snake, please do not approach it - they will not normally attack or bite unless provoked. Measures you can take to keep snakes away include the following:

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• Eliminate debris such as wood or rock piles on the property. • Cut down heavy brush or trim back hedges. • Seal small gaps under doors or decks, etc.

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RECREATION CENTER RENTAL

REMINDER ABOUT PARKING REGULATIONS

The recreation center has a room available for parties, meeting, reunions, etc. A signed contract plus a $300 security deposit will hold your reservation. Homeowners must be current on their dues (or payment plans) and rental fees must be received prior to the party. The rental rate is $35 an hour with a twohour minimum. The key for the clubhouse is to be signed out and returned to the guards in the guardhouse. Please READ THE CONTRACT CAREFULLY before signing - this is a binding legal document and the rules and regulations stipulated in the contract will be enforced. Call the onsite office for additional information.

The Association would like to remind everyone that there is NO CURBSIDE PARKING between the hours of 11:00 PM - 9:00 AM. VEHICLES IN VIOLATION WILL BE STICKERED. If vehicles are found repeatedly in violation, they will be towed at the owner’s expense. These parking regulations were put in to place to alleviate the difficulty school buses were having navigating the neighborhood and to allow a time for problem-free residential access for emergency vehicles. Safety issues relating to morning work traffic and children going to school, garbage trucks, bike lanes and homeowner complaints about blocked driveways were also concerns.

Remember to bring your trash home with you after a party - the clubhouse trashcans are being filled to overflowing regularly. Fines will start being assessed if the recreation center trashcans are filled up with party debris.

HARRIS COUNTY TOLL TAGS Please call the onsite office (281-492-6020) or email us to register your Harris County toll tag (phardilek@ccbpropertymanagement. com). The following information is required: Name, Address, Vehicle Make & Model and Old and New EZ Tag Numbers. Please do not give tag information to the guards - they do not have access to the gate computer. PLEASE REMEMBER to have your old tag number available when you are registering a new tag, so we can remove it from the system. The sticker-type EZ tags can be programmed into the system. However, the signal is not as powerful as that of the batterypowered tags. Please approach the gate slowly and stay as close to the left median as possible (that is where the reader is located); the new tags can’t be read by the system until you are very close to the gate.

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Please remember that angle or perpendicular parking is against deed restrictions. It is also a violation of local ordinance. Please remember that the front and back wheels of a vehicle must be parallel and within 18 inches of the curb. Angle or perpendicular parking may prohibit police, fire or any other emergency personnel from ingress or egress. Violators will have their vehicles stickered and if necessary, towed, if the vehicle is repeatedly found in violation. There is NO PARKING anytime in bicycle lanes. Exceptions to the street parking policy are made only to out of town guests with PRIOR NOTICE given to the office at 281-492-6020. Be sure to give your name and home address, the year, make, model and license plate number of the car, as well as the specific dates that car will be parked in the street.

STREET LIGHT MAINTENANCE To report a streetlight that is not working, call CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222. You will need to report both the number on the base of the pole (six digits) and the street address. You may also report outages online at www.centerpointenergy.com/outage.

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Deed Restriction Complaint Form Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch Date ________________________

Address ____________________________

Violation ___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Mail or fax this to Canyon Gate Cinco Ranch HOA, 20422 Canyon Gate Blvd, Katy TX 77450 (281-492-3415) or drop off at the onsite office located in the Recreation Center. No names need be given. Onsite office personnel will verify complaint and follow up with compliance procedures. Thank you for your help.

FITNESS CENTER/RECREATION CENTER LOBBY Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed in the fitness center unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The recreation center lobby is not to be used as a gathering place for kids to socialize. The Association is asking for all homeowners who use these facilities to help with watching over these areas. If a child is under the age of 18 and is in the fitness center without a parent or guardian or appears to be simply loitering in the lobby, please politely ask them to leave. Thank you.

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EZ TAGS FOR FRONT GATE ACCESS The Homeowners’ Association sells EZ tags that will open the resident gate at the Canyon Gate entrance. Residents may purchase these at the onsite office for $35. These EZ tags contain a battery that should last for, approximately, 3 years. The HOA offers a one-year warranty on these tags. If the battery goes bad and your EZ tag stops working within the first year, the tag will be replaced at no cost. If your EZ tag stops working after the one-year time limit, a new EZ tag will need to be purchased.

OUTDOOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS Please remember that when planning to do any outdoor home improvements, you must first apply for approval from the Architectural Control Committee. Forms are available via the website at www.canyongateatcincoranch.com/forms or by contacting the office.

Animals / Pets CONTROL Please respect your neighbors’ yards and their personal space ….. remember that pets must be confined to a fenced backyard or within the house and must not allowed to bark all night long or cause a nuisance to neighbors. They must be on a leash at all times when away from this contained environment. It is also the pet owner’s responsibility, when walking their pet within the subdivision, to keep ALL areas free of pet debris. Please remember that cats must also be confined. Animal control can be reached by calling 281-342-1512 and will pick up strays and/or unconfined pets.

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CANYON GATE TEENAGE JOBSEEKER’S LIST (Revised 8/11) If your name was left off the list, it is because you did not return our call to update our records. You will have to resubmit your information to be put back on.

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If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form in the newsletter with your name, age, birthdate (mon. & yr.), phone number, (one only) year you will graduate (or grade presently in) and the name of your subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want on your form. Mail to Krenek Printing, 7102 Glen Chase Ct., Houston, TX 77095 or email to news@krenekprinting.com. Must have parent(s) permission. Taylor White - PP, H, B Katelynn Dobson - B, PP, T, CPR, FAC Coral Waters - B Scott Paisley - PP Dominique Bai - B, H, P, T

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Please place my name on the Job Seekers List

(Students must be 12 before they can be added to the babysitting list.) Please fill in all information Job(s) _________________________________ q B -Babysitting Name _________________________________ q SS -Safe Sitter

q SL -Swim Lessons

Street _________________________________ q CPR -CPR Certified

q FAC -First Aid Cert. q RCC -Red Cross Cert. Birthdate - Mo/Yr_________________________ q P -Pet Care (only) q PP -Pet/Plant Sitter Age ______ Yr HS Grad________ or Gr ________ q H -Housecare Phone _________________________________ q L -Lawncare q T -Tutor Subd__________________________________ q C -Car Detailing

Email _________________________________

I give my permission for my child’s name and phone number to be published in the ‘Teenage Job Seekers’ section of our subdivision newsletter. Parent Signature ____________________________________________________

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November 2011 Observances & Fun Facts Mason Road

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November 2011 is observed as: American Diabetes Month Lung Cancer Awareness Month Native American Indian Heritage National Healthy Skin Month National Family Caregivers Month Birthstone: Topaz and Citrine Fruit & Veggies for the Month of November: Apples Plantains Collard Greens Mustard Greens Kale Swiss Chard Broccoli Rabe November Flower: Chrysanthemum Astrological Signs: Scorpio (till 21st) & Sagittarius (22nd)

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HAVE A PERFECT THANKSGIVING! Want to be the perfect holiday host or guest? Check out these tips on holiday entertaining: If you are the host: • Whenever anyone offers to help or bring a dish, say, “Yes, thank you!” • Use hollowed bread loaves as serving containers for cheeses, dips, olives, chips and small sandwiches. • Once the table settings and centerpiece are in place, sit in each chair to assure comfort • Include favorite kids’ foods, especially those they can eat neatly with their fingers. • Provide at least one low-calorie dish and a vegetarian option. Then serve a sinful dessert. • Completely clear the table of all dishes from previous courses before serving dessert. • Keep club soda nearby to clean spots or stains on the tablecloth or clothing. If you are a guest: • Arrive no earlier than the time the host has announced and no later than half an hour after the time. • Plan to stay about an hour after dinner unless travel plans or sleepy children necessitate leaving earlier. • Bring a gift and write a note of thanks afterward. • Offer to help set up for dinner and to clean afterward. • Notify the host of any special dietary needs - if you are a vegetarian, diabetic or allergic to common foods. • The best potluck dishes are those that need minimal preparation in the host’s kitchen, can be served at room temperature and require only a fork to eat.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

Here are some ideas for the vegetarian family member and guest at your next holiday gathering! They eat more than just fruits and veggies! Appetizers Crudités Potato Soup Squash Soup Sweet Potato and Corn Soup Buttermilk Biscuits Corn Bread Dinner Rolls Popovers Vegetarian Thanksgiving Main Courses Vegetarian Lasagna Ratatouille Spanakopita - Greek spinach-cheese pie Vegetable Gratin Veggie Loaf Thanksgiving Side Dishes Cranberry Sauce Mashed Potatoes Red Cabbage with Cranberries Roasted Winter Squash Vegetarian Stuffing Thanksgiving Dessert Apple Pie Cranberry-Nut Bread Sweet Potato Pie Pumpkin Pie Special thanks to the veggietable.com for this article

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3. Immune System - Who needs a flu shot with children around? They keep your immune system working. They bring germs home from school and spread them around. I want a hug and kiss! 4. Silly - What better excuse could you have to act silly? Parents can run through the sprinkler. They can try out new toys and play video games. I bought it for the kids! 5. Garbage- Don’t buy a garbage disposal, just have kids! They eat everything in sight. They’ll make rockets from boxes and phones out of cans. Trash is better than toys! 6. Mind - Kids make you think on your feet. They keep your mind sharp. Why? Why? Why? Parents make up nonsense just to shut their kids up. The sky is blue because... 7. Skills - Kids hone your skills for almost everything. They teach you how to organize. You get to practice negotiating on a daily basis. I’ll give you a piece of candy! 8. Exercise - Becoming a parent is better than joining the gym. Kids make you chase them around. You’re constantly cleaning, and packing and lugging their things. Mommy, I want to play tag! 9. Self-Esteem - Mommy, you’re beautiful. You’re a really good singer. Kids give daily compliments. Even when you know they’re wrong, it makes you feel good. You could win American Idol! 10. Embarrassing - After having children, you won’t get embarrassed. They make you less self-conscious. Kids leave the house wearing two pairs of pants. Is that snot or puke on your shirt? After having children, nothing seems loud. Kids make lots of noise. Who knew having a shower could feel like a luxury? I got a full night sleep! Who knew reading the paper for five whole minutes could feel like a gift from above? Having children can make you appreciate life. Be thankful for your kids! Tammy White – www.associatedcontent.com

Helping Others During the Holidays With the winter holiday season approaching, many people like to think of ways to give back to the community and those in need at this time of year. But with gift giving, winter holiday parties and other commitments also commanding your attention, it’s hard to find time to help others. Here are some tips to make giving back easy. In With The New, Out With The Old The winter holiday is a good time to go through the items you have in your home and decide if you no longer need them. With presents coming into your home, there’s a good possibility that you can get rid of some of your older things.

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You have many options for donating these used items: As you take your fall clothes out of the closet and replace them with winter ones, ask yourself if you’ll wear them again. That’s especially true of winter coats and jackets, which are always in high demand at aid agencies. For your old clothes, look for clothing drives. Many shelters and faith-based organizations accept donations year round and they make a strong push for more donations as the weather gets cooler. They appreciate it if you clean them before donating them. For furniture, look to thrift shops or other non-profit organizations. Many of them will pick up your furniture for you, so call ahead and see if you can save yourself the trouble of lugging your furniture around. As you’re shopping for your winter holiday dinners over the next couple of months, stop by the canned food aisle and pick up some extra food to give away. Donate them to organizations that support soup kitchens or run “meals on wheels” programs. If you have older children, they probably have many toys they don’t play with anymore. Encourage them to choose some to give to kids who won’t be getting any new toys this time of year. Many organizations are especially in need of donated toys this time of year. If you’ve been really good this year, perhaps someone will give you a new car, allowing you to donate your old one to a charity. In general, larger charitable organizations accept cars, and sometimes boats, as donations and some are even willing to pick it up for you. Check Out Charities. One of the easiest ways to help others is to donate to charitable organizations. If you aren’t personally familiar with the organization you plan on giving to, check them out with your local Better Business Bureau to make sure your donation does as much good as you hope it will. Hassle-Free Donations As you go around gift shopping over the next two months, keep an eye out for opportunities to make donations. Many stores allow charitable organizations to set up outside their doors or even place donation bins by the cash register. Dropping some money in is so simple and doesn’t take any time out of your busy day. And here’s an easy way to get your friends involved: If you’re throwing a party in the next couple months, ask your guests to bring one canned good or toy along with them. Then you can take their donations to an organization for them. They’ll likely appreciate the opportunity to make a hassle-free donation. www.homemadesimple.com

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Tips for “Black Friday” Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is known as the busiest shopping day of the year. The name comes from an accounting term - red ink means a negative profit margin; black ink means a positive profit. Check out these tips on maximizing Black Friday: 1. Check Out the Ads: Your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper will be packed with ads, coupons, and circulars. This will be your number one source to local Black Friday savings and it will also help you organize your day to maximize savings. 2. Do Your Research Before Friday: If you are hoping to scoop up a deal on Friday on a big-ticket item, get your research out of the way asap. Being knowledgeable about the products you want to buy will help you avoid being suckerpunched with loud advertising for poor products. 3. Compare Prices: Utilize price-comparison Internet shopping sites to assist you in comparing product prices. Compare the “options” included with the product. Some retailers will low-ball the advertised price on a stripped down product and then you will be charged extra for the necessary parts. 4. Early Bird Shopper Discounts: The Early Bird Shopper is the real winner on Black Friday. Stores offering Early Day Shopper Specials, but with no “rain checks”, which means once they run out of the products, you are out of luck.

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5. Night Owl Discounts - Thanksgiving Eve: Internet shoppers can beat the Early Birds by shopping online in the pre-dawn hours of Black Friday. Many retailers will be posting their Black Friday specials, which can be ordered, online and picked-up at your local store. Special “Web Only” deals will also be available starting as early as Thanksgiving eve. 6. Bring the Ads: Many stores offer a “lowest-price” guarantee; be sure to bring a copy of the exact product being advertised for less. 7. Know the Store Policies: Knowing the store policies on returns can help you determine where to buy. Many retailers are including restocking fees and shorter return deadlines. Almost all of the major retail chains require receipts for returns and exchanges and many keep a database of individuals who abuse return policies. 8. Gift Receipts: Gift receipts generally include a description of the item purchased but do not disclose the price paid. Including a gift-receipt should help insure a hassle-free return experience for gift recipients. 9. Cash is King: Enough said.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS Volunteers needed at MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has volunteer opportunities available. Whether you are interested in working in the nursery, at our reception desk, in our gift shop or even transporting patients, we have a place for you. For more information, please contact Brenda Kepner, Manager of Volunteer Services at 281-644-7581.

Houston Area Project Linus 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: • Fabri-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 281-693-7150 or Sally Burns, Houston Area Project Linus Coordinator 281-492-2679. More information about Project Linus can be found at www.projectlinus.org.

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 email the Volunteer Coordinator at membership@twrc-houston.org. Visit our website at www.twrc-houston.org.

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Local Mentors Needed to Mentor One Child and change two lives! CROSSROADS mentors are regular people, just like you, who prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships. The goal is crime prevention! Our mentors must be 21 years of age and volunteer a minimum of 1 hour a week. There are many sites, areas and available times of the week for mentors to meet with their assigned child. The Harris County Leadership Academy and Krause Center are in Katy and close to home. WE desperately need loving and caring Katy resident mentors for the 150 + boys that do not have have anyone visiting them! One CROSSROADS mentor says, “Volunteering through CROSSROADS has been a truly rewarding experience. I’ve mentored some really good kids who made some really bad choices and it’s been gratifying to get to know them, earn their trust and watch them grow.” Please consider devoting just one hour a week to the future of a needy child, many times you are their only visitors. Contact Susan Burden (Katy Resident) at 713-295-2784, sbcrossroads@gmail.com or visit us at www.CROSSROADS-volunteers.org.

Pregnancy Help Center seeks new volunteers Invest your time by volunteering with Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston educating and supporting men and women in making healthy choices for life in sexual integrity, unplanned pregnancy and post-abortion loss. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, facilitating small groups, administrative assistance, medical services, donation room and development. Discover your calling! For information inquire through the web site vsc@phckaty.org or call 281-578-0078, Volunteer Services Coordinator. The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston is a non-profit faith based organization.

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers The only time our clients say they feel free is when they’re riding a horse in a brisk walk around the arena or driving a carriage through the wooded pastures or feel the nudge of a horse’s muzzle at their shoulder saying, “I’m glad to see you, my friend.” Nothing else can compare with therapy on horseback. Equineassisted activities improve physical balance and coordination, mental acuity, emotional stability and social interactions. At SIRE, we see miracles on horseback happen every day. The work of our dedicated volunteers helps guarantee that children and adults with disabilities in the Greater Houston Area will have the programs they need to live longer, healthier, more productive lives. In addition to their weekly work in the arena, many of our volunteers donate their time and talents at fund-raising events such as our annual Ride-A-Thon and the yearly Trailblazers Luncheon. Volunteers are on hand during the NARHA on-site certification and annual SIRE Show-Off and volunteers are vital to our Clients’ successes at the Top Hands Horse Show, during the Houston Rodeo and competition at the regional and state Special Olympics. Therapeutic horseback riding creates a bond of success between the rider and their horse. Volunteers are their own personal cheering section and the instructor is their mentor and coach. Clients become more empowered and better equipped to fully live their lives, each day. To volunteer, please call one of our arenas and ask to speak with a volunteer coordinator. SIRESpring, call 281-353-6160. SIREHockley, call 281-356-7588. SIRE Fort Bend at Sienna Stables, call 281-431-1741.

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related illnesses. We are interested in volunteers socializing with our Residents. We are a small cottage, close to your neighborhood, with just 16 Residents. If you would like to volunteer in a cozy, home-like atmosphere then call the Volunteer Coordinator at 281-398-6845 or visit our website www.autumngrovecottage.com. Come be a part of our philosophy - “To honor our Residents and those who love and care for them.” Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application and attend a brief training session.

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Fond Memories and Treasured Traditions Start Here…Enrich lives through your generous gift of service as a Sunrise Volunteer. Please call Ozzie Ausborn, Activity and Volunteer Coordinator, for opportunities and details, at 281-240-0500 or email cinco-ranch.avc@ sunriseseniorliving.com. Sunrise Assisted Living of Cinco Ranch is located at 21939 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, Texas 77450. We have partnered with Disney and the Helping Hands Network, please inquire to learn how you could qualify for tickets to Disney! For more information, visit our website at www.sunriseseniorliving.com.

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope is encouragement and support for all families currently experiencing or who have experienced infertility in the past. We meet the 4th Thursday of each month. Come and encourage or be encouraged. For more information contact Cathy Booth 281395-7094 or b-booth@comcast.net

VOLUNTEER KATY

Meet with other local people who will gather and discuss/plan community service projects and try to figure out the best way to make a difference in our community. All volunteers welcome. Contact: Linda Wilson at 281-222-1771 or visit http://volunteerism.meetup.com/230.

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. 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.

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. 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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GOOD THYME GARDEN CLUB WELCOMES YOU! The Good Thyme Garden Club is open for new members. Anyone is welcome, whether you reside in the Green Trails/Grand Lakes area or not. Membership is free. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, with a 3-month break in the summer. For more information or to sign up, please contact Diane Noriega at 281-785-1565 or email me at dinor47@att.net.  Looking forward to having you join our fun group!

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November is Epilepsy Awareness Month Many people are surprised to find out that Epilepsy is as common as breast cancer and takes as many lives each year. It is a terrifying and potentially fatal disease that carries tremendous stigma. Epilepsy affects approximately 150,000 people throughout the greater Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. • Epilepsy and Seizures affect almost 3 MILLION Americans of all ages - more than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined! • 200,000 new cases of Epilepsy are diagnosed every year. • 10% of Americans will experience a seizure at least once in their lives. • Each year in the U.S. 45,000 children under the age of 15 develop Epilepsy. • A patient’s first seizure will occur without warning. • EPILEPSY IS NOT CONTAGIOUS. • Medications do not cure epilepsy, but they may help control or prevent seizures. Medications help between 50-70% of patients. • In Texas, if you are diagnosed with Epilepsy, your doctor must certify that you are seizure free for a period of 6 months before you can drive again. • The color for Epilepsy Awareness is Purple. • THERE IS NO CURE FOR EPILEPSY… YET! You can learn more and help find a cure at www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

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IMPORTANT dates

Nov. 4th – Early Dismissal (secondary 11:35 AM; elementary 12:40 PM); End of Grading Period Nov. 7th – 3rd Grading Period Begins Nov. 23rd – 25th – Thanksgiving Holiday Dec. 16th – Early Dismissal (secondary 11:35 AM; elementary 12:40 PM); End of Grading Period Dec. 19th – 30th – Student Holiday

KISD PARTNERS IN EDUCATION Now – Dec 1st – Food for Families Campaign. Annual fundraiser assisting Katy ISD students and their families. Nov. 7th-11th – Promise to Read. Volunteers from Katy’s business community share their love of reading to elementary classrooms.

One mentor, one student, one hour per week. KEYS brings adult role models into Katy ISD schools to motivate, encourage and inspire students on the brink of success. Mentors meet with their student on campus at a predesignated time each week. As mentor and student build their relationship, they decide together how to spend their mentoring time. Whether spent playing games, reading or just talking, that one hour a week makes a tremendous difference in the life of a child. To be a KEYS Mentor, you need: • A belief in the potential of every child • Criminal history background check in compliance with the FCRA • One hour per week to spend with a child, on campus during the school day, during the school year • Participation in a brief campus KEYS orientation before you begin • Successful completion of a KEYS application and subsequent approval process

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Students Continue the Tradition of Strong Performance on AP Exams Katy ISD’s tradition of increasing student participation and strong performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams continues as the district recently learned that each one of its six high school campuses showed an increase in the number of students participating in the exams. In addition, every high school campus exceeded the state and national percentage of AP students making a qualifying score of 3 or better on the exams. Katy ISD is among the 388 U.S. public school districts (one of only 23 in Texas) to be listed on the 2011 College Board AP Achievement List. This list identifies districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP courses while maintaining or improving the rate of students earning a score of 3 or better on the exams – the score that generally qualifies a student for college credit. In May 2011, more than 3,000 Katy ISD students took more than 7,200 AP exams, with 79 percent of the exams earning a score of 3 or better. This reflects a 24 percent increase from 2010 in the number of exams earning these high scores. Advanced Placement and PreAP courses are designed to challenge students beyond grade level academic courses and prepare them for success in future advanced coursework. Katy ISD recognizes that support and encouragement from the campus, the teacher, and parents are critical to student success. Therefore, the district follows an inclusive enrollment model for AP and PreAP courses that provides support systems for student success.

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Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, computer science and languages other than English. For more information about AP or PreAP, visit www.katyisd.org/gt.

Community Education Community Education offers evening and on-line classes to adults for fun, enrichment and learning. Some of the classes offered are Foreign Languages, Arts and Crafts, Finance, Computer, Sewing, Dance and Music. For information on these and many other classes and to view the fall schedule, go to www.katyisd.org/com_edu or call 281-396-6365.

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SLHS Sapphire Junior Dance Clinic Saturday, November 5, 2011 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Seven Lakes High School Students Grades K-5, 6-8 and Master Class for 9th graders trying out for Sapphires Dance Team. Early Registration: $35 per dancer, which includes t-shirt. Onsite registration: $40. For more info, contact clinic Chairperson at 281-392-7756 or 8325865323 or e-mail: sapphireslhs@gmail.com.

SLHS CHEER CLINIC The Seven Lakes Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic on Saturday, November 12th from 1 to 4 PM. All participants will be learning a cheer, chant and a dance at the Seven Lakes High School Dance Gym. The following week, all participants are invited to perform at the boy’s basketball opener on Friday, November 18th wearing their clinic shirt. Cost is $45 per girl and includes a t-shirt and Seven Lakes acrylic tumbler. We hope to see you there! Please contact Amy Weaston at amyeweaston@katyisd.org or Jaime Wilson at jaimelwilson@katyisd.org for more information. SLHS sensations show choir presents green light songs from red light musicals November 17th, 18th & 19th SLHS Performing Arts Center – 7 PM Adulst $8 – Students $6 – Goldcard $5 For ticket information and group sales, contact 281-237-2857 or www.slhschoir.org

SLHS and Studio VII Garner More Accolades Award winning theatre troupe Studio VII from Seven Lakes High School captured more awards this past spring and summer. The Tommy Tune Awards nominated the school for numerous categories and won the top spot for Best Scenic Design and Best Supporting Actress, as Carley Nunn took the prize. Studio VII has rapidly risen to the top as one of the most successful programs in the state of Texas.   The International Thespian Convention is held every year in Lincoln, Nebraska and 2011 witnessed the first ever winners from Seven Lakes High School as Abby Emery and Jane Weber conquered the world with their work in Stage Management and Theatre Marketing. These awards display the true dedication and prowess that the troupe has to offer. Winning at the International Thespian Convention is the highest competitive award that a high school thespian can earn. The competition is fierce and only one winner per category is selected. Congratulations go to the whole troupe and especially these individual students

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Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) Public Information Office - 281-341-2677 FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS’ DAY and the THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans’ Day. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, November 12th. All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 24th through Sunday, November 27th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, November 28th. Your online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, downloading e-books or using the research databases. For additional information, contact the Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES PARTNERS WITH BOOKS-A-MILLION FOR BOOK FAIR Fort Bend County Libraries is partnering with Books-a-Million to host a book fair on Saturday, November 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, at their bookstore in Katy Mills Mall. A portion of the sales from the book fair will benefit Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Summer Reading Club. When making a purchase in the store, simply present a Fort Bend County Libraries Book Fair voucher to the cashier at check-out. Vouchers will be available online at the library website, www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, and at all of the library locations. If you forget your voucher, just tell the cashier that you wish your purchase to benefit the Fort Bend County Libraries Book Fair.

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CANYON GATE @ CINCO RANCH HOME IMPROVEMENT APPROVAL REQUEST In order to provide and protect each individual Homeowner’s rights and values, a Homeowner must submit a HOME IMPROVEMENT APPROVAL REQUEST when considering improvement(s) and/or change(s) to their home or property. This request needs to be submitted to the Architectural Control Review Committee. If any change is made that has not been approved, the Association has the right to require the Homeowner to remove the improvement(s) and/or change(s) from the property. Name of Homeowner _______________________________________________ Home Phone_________________________ Address __________________________________________________________Business Phone_______________________ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------YOU MUST INCLUDE AN ELEVATION DRAWING SHOWING THE DIMENSIONS AND A LOT SURVEY SHOWING THE LOCATION OF YOUR PROJECT.

I. Type of Improvement/ Change Proposed ___Portable Basketball Goal ___ Permanent Basketball Goal ___ Deck ___ Fence ___ Gazebo ___ Gutters ___ Antenna ___ Patio ___ Patio Cover ___ Play Equipment ___ Pool ___ Shutters ___ Siding ___ Spa ___Storage Building ___Storm Door-Front ___ Storm Door-Back ___ Swing Set ___ Other

Other Improvement (Please describe) ______________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ If painting state color of brick __________________________ State color to be used on following areas: Main portion of house (exterior) ________________________ Trim __________________(includes soffit, fascia board & window trim) Accents _______________(includes shutters, window hoods & exterior doors) II. Who will do the work on this improvement(s)? ________________________________________ Please include samples of all improvements! (This includes, but not limited to, paint samples, roof shingles, siding, and solar screens.

III. Materials necessary for proposed improvement(s): Type and Color ___Lumber _____________________________ ___Electrical____________________________ ___Screen______________________________ ___Fence_______________________________

___Pipe ________________________________ ___Brick________________________________ ___Cement______________________________ ___Other________________________________

Please sign (A) or (B): (A) I understand that the Homeowners’ Association Architectural Control/Review Committee will act on this request as quickly as possible and contact me regarding their decision. I agree not to begin property improvement(s)/change(s) until the Committee notifies me of their decision. _______________________________________ Signature of Homeowner

_______________________________________ Construction Start Date _______________________________________ Completion Date

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The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however and reservations are required. To register online for any of the programs at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311 or by visiting the library. WEEKLY CHILDREN’S PROGRAM SCHEDULE • Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 am, provides caregiver/ infant activities and songs especially designed for the youngest book-lovers, from age 1 month to 12 months. November 1st: Morning Time November 8th: See It November 15th: Movement November 22nd: Laughs & Giggles November 29th: Mothers & Babies • Toddler Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am - offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. November 2nd and 3rd: Pizza! November 9th and 10th: Hats November 16th and 17th: Books November 23rd: Farm Birds November 24th: LIBRARY CLOSED November 30th: Bathtime • Pre-school Story Time: where they hear stories, watch movies and participate in age-appropriate craft activities, beginning at 2:00 pm each Tuesday. November 1st: Pizza Pie November 8th: Happy Hats November 15h: Reading is Fun November 22nd: Turkeys November 29th: Taking a Bath • Pajama Night Story Time: Thursdays at 7:00 pm - gives families an evening option for the activities presented during the daytime. November 3rd: Have a Slice!

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• LIBRARY TO PRESENT INTRODUCTORY COMPUTER CLASSES: Adult Services staff at the library will present free, introductory computer classes. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn more about using these computer programs. • The “MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Tuesday, November 15th, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab. • The “MS Word Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Tuesday, November 22nd, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab.

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November 10th: Caps & Bonnets November 17th: Reading Books November 24th: LIBRARY CLOSED • Kinder Korner - a time for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities - takes place on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM. November 1st: Hold the Anchovies November 8th: Wearing Hats November 15th: My Favorite Books November 22nd: Chicks & Hens November 29th: Rub-a-Dub-Dub • The After-School Break - crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children entering first through fifth grades - begins at 4:30 PM on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. November 2nd: Space Place November 16th: Turkey Crafts • The ‘Tween Café – for students in 5th and 6th grades - will take place on the 2nd Monday of each month, beginning at 4:30 PM. The program on November 14th will be “Dinner & a Movie.”

Fort Bend Master Gardeners For information on Ft. Bend Master Gardeners or lists of events, visit www.fbmg.com or call the Master’s Gardener’s Hotline at 281-341-7068. Anyone with an interest in gardening is encouraged to attend our events.

Sugar Land Garden Club Sugar Land Garden Club meets at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land 77478. For more information visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call 281-491-1621. Sugar Land Garden Club was established in 1932 and is one of the largest garden clubs in Texas. Membership is open to all.

West Fort Bend County Republican Women Are you interested in meeting your local elected officials? Would you like to know how Congress is dealing with “hot” items during this session? Contact Susan at 281-633-2277 or BurgerBizInc@ aol.com for information on our group.

Fort Bend House of Hope - Bringing Healing and Restoration to Hurting Teens and Their Families House of Hope Fort Bend is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with National House of Hope. We are a Christcentered non-residential program working with troubled teens and their parents. Our six month program is set up to provide weekly counseling for the teens and parents. Our goal is to be a catalyst in healing and restoration in broken families. We use a modest sliding scale and books are an additional fee. We also present F.A.M.I.L.Y.

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Rules Workshops for schools and other groups. This program is for any faith, culture and ethnicity in assisting parents to “parent with purpose.” If your family is in chaos, then this program is for you! This family system is designed to start with children at the age of 5 through 18 teaching authority, consequences, affirmation and being consistent and correct as parents. We have certified F.AM.I.L.Y. Rules Counselors available to assist you. Our volunteers have been screened with background checks and approved by the Fort Bend Juvenile Probation Department. For more information regarding our organization, check out our website at www.houseofhope-fortbend.org, or contact Janeen Smith at 832764-1123, houseofhopefortbend@comcast.net.

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West campus of Second Baptist Church Celebrations Christmas Market The CELEBRATIONS CHRISTMAS MARKET is one of the most anticipated and highly attended events in the West Houston area. The market will be open a full three days on November 3rd - 9 AM - 7 PM, November 4th - 9 AM - 5 PM and November 5th - 9 AM - 5 PM. CELEBRATIONS attracts vendors from several states. Hand crafted pieces, Christmas collectables, and one-of-a-kind gifts make this event an annual tradition for our community. With more than 100 vendors, on-going entertainment, vendors to purchase lunch from, this holiday shopping is truly an exhilarating experience! The West campus of Second Baptist Church is located between Fry and Greenhouse Roads. You may enter the campus from either Kingsland Drive or the feeder road of the Katy Freeway. For more information, please check our website at www.second. org or call 713-365-3081.

NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Friday, Nov. 11 (11 AM - 5 PM), Saturday, Nov. 12th (10 AM - 4 PM) Sunday, Nov. 13th (12 PM - 4 PM). Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena. th

Take a trip to Norway in Houston! Unique holiday gifts such as handmade embroideries, Scandinavian crafts, trolls, Nisser, Swedish linens, Norwegian jewelry and dolls. Great Raffle prizes, including 2 round trip tickets on SAS to Norway!! Silent Auction. Demonstrations in Norwegian wood-carving and folk dancing. Visit our bakery selling Norwegian specialty cookies and breads. Wide selection of Scandinavian foods for sale. Take time for lunch in our cafeteria serving “open-faced” sandwiches and cream cakes. For more info., call 281-998-8366.

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2011 Deerfield Christmas Bazaar and Market We’re celebrating our 33rd Deerfield Christmas Bazaar and Market on November 4th and 5th. We are one of the highly selected bazaars in the area, known for our outstanding quality workmanship. Our merchandize includes lots of Thanksgiving and Christmas décor, Christmas ornaments, scenic paintings, sparkling stain glass, wood design pens, designer children’s clothes, scarves, flip flops, purses, gorgeous jewelry and delicious baked goods and jellies.

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22 nd Annual Heartwarming Craft Show Saturday November 12th, 9 am-4 pm 22111 Morton Road, Katy Over 68 artisans featuring a variety of handmade items Sandwich Shoppe and Tea Room with homemade baked items Silent Auction Baskets Proceeds support local missions Free Admission

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Katy Area Parents of Multiples (KAPOM) Holiday Hop Katy Area Parents of Multiples (KAPOM) will be holding their Holiday Hop vendor night and raffle on Monday, November 14th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The sale will be located at Crosspoint Church, 700 S. Westgreen Blvd. (at the corner of Kingsland and Westgreen). Vendors from all over Houston will provide shoppers with ideas for gift giving with their exceptional selection of merchandise, unique gifts, books, jewelry, fashion accessories and more. You will be able to find items for every member of your family, so make plans to attend this event. You just might be able to finish your holiday shopping in one night!

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Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Epiphany of the Lord Frostyfest Craft Show

Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston would like to welcome you to their HOLIDAY BAZAAR on Wednesday, November 16th at the Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest off I-10. The Bazaar will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

To help raise funds for a local charitable organization, join Frostyfest on Sat., Dec. 3rd as a craft vendor. Call 281-578-0707 for more info. Come and shop at our wonderful Craft Fair filled with booths with beautiful handmade items from local crafters. Bake sale, silent auctions all day and food court. Located at 1530 Norwalk Drive, Katy (South of I-10 off of Highland Knolls between Fry Road and Westgreen Blvd.).

Reserve your place and join us for a buffet lunch for $25 or just come and Shop for $5 at the door. Vendors, Raffle and Door prizes galore! Reservations and checks must be in by Wednesday, November 9th sent to: Jeanne Fahrenholt, 11805 Meadowglen Lane #1179, Houston, TX 77082, 281-556-0749. Join the spirit and the fun of the holidays. Check us out on our Webpage - NNGH.org.

Home for the Holidays Christmas Gift Market Katy Merrell Center - Over 175 Booths! November 18-20, 2011 Friday 5-9 PM • Saturday 10 AM-6 PM • Sunday 11 AM-4 PM

First Congregational Church’s 17 th Annual Pilgrim Festival We are currently taking applications for craft vendors of handmade by vendor only crafts. This is our 17th year for our unique festival. The date is Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. No admission fee; crafts, games and food. We have inside and outside space available. If interested in an application or for more information, contact Sue Earl at jearl8925@sbcglobal.net. We are located in the Hunters Creek Village at 10840 Beinhorn Rd. (I-10, exit Bingle/Voss).

Ladies Night Out The Shoppes’ at Brookwood 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, TX 77423 Tuesday, November 29th From 5:00 - 8:00 pm Please join us for a Special Night of Christmas Shopping appetizers, food tastings, door prizes and more!! Revenues will help Brookwood operate independently of government subsidies and to help give innovative, educational and vocational opportunities for close to 200 adults with disabilities.

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The Seven Lakes High School PTSA Presents

The Spartan Showcase Of Holiday Homes! Tour a variety of stately homesbeautifully decorated for the holidays. Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tickets: $12 In Advance $15 At The Door Advanced Ticket Sales Start November 21, 2011 at Seven Lakes High School 9251 S. Fry Road,
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 SLHS PTA Website - www.sevenlakesptsa.com and Ace Hardware Cinco Ranch 1720 S. Mason Rd.
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 For more information or questions: Wendy Szczechowski at wendysz@mac.com Stacey Zudock at szudock@gmail.com

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GOLF TOURNAMENTS Birdies for the Brave golf tournament Supporting Wounded Veterans and Their Families For the fourth straight year the Katy Community is privileged to host the Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Farms and the Gala at Safari Texas. The Gala will be Saturday evening, Nov. 5th and the golf tournament is Sunday, Nov. 6th. All proceeds go to a variety of charities that serve veterans and their families. There are many opportunities for Katy residents and businesses to contribute and participate in the many inspiring activities of the event. For further information, contact Dayna Gurley at Meadowbrook Farms 281-693-4653, x218 or dgurley@heritagegolfgroup.com.

FUNDRAISERS YMCA Turkey Dash November 24 , 5K, Kids 1-Mile Race & 1-Mile Family Walk/Run on Thanksgiving Day. Awards, door prizes, post race party with a live band, complimentary refreshments, kids fun zone, games and more! To find out more details or to register, visit www.ymcaturkeydash.org. 281-392-5055.   th

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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 281685-6374. GO TO http://www.houstonfac.com/id6.html for more information or to request an audition appointment.

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, from mid-September 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 the program. For more information, please visit www.houstonaudubon. org or contact docent@houstonaudubon.org or 713-464-4900. Upcoming programs include: November 1st & 2nd: Gardening for Kids  November 8th & 9th: Terrific Trees  November 15th & 16th: American Indians  November 22nd & 23rd: no program - Thanksgiving break  November 29th & 30th: Animal Homes  December  December  December  December

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Explore the World Without Leaving Home! Host an international exchange student through AYUSA International. Learn the true heart and soul of a culture! AYUSA International is a non-profit high school foreign exchange student organization. We welcome teenagers from over 60 countries worldwide and provide host family placement and ongoing supervision for 5 and 10-month academic programs. These exceptional young people look forward to a warm bond of friendship with your family and a rewarding cultural exchange. Host families are asked to provide meals and a bedroom either shared or private. Students pay for all other personal expenses while in the U.S. Students for the new school year will need placement by the end of May at the latest. All across the world, AYUSA students are eagerly awaiting their host family placement. Please call today and begin the adventure of a lifetime! Call 1-888-552-9872 or email at staff@ayusa.org.

SPORTS Katy YMCA Programs Register now for YMCA Winter Sports Leagues. Contact the Y for details at 281-392-5055 or ymcahouston.org. Low fees! Scholarships available. NFL Flag Football – ages 6-12 Basketball – Ages 3-18 Volleyball – Ages 12-18 Cheerleading – Ages 5-11 Drill/Dance Team – Ages 12-15 Winter Swim Lesson registration is going on now. Weekday morning, evening and Saturday sessions available. Private lessons also offered. Scholarships available.

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Based in Katy, Cinco Lacrosse strives to be the best of the best in lacrosse, both in sportsmanship and in skill. We play in Division I of the boys Texas High School Lacrosse League and compete against many nearby teams and also in various tournaments in the Houston area under the leadership of our professional coaching staff. If you attend Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes or Pope John XXII high schools, you are eligible to join our team. Please see our website, www.cincoranchlacrosse.org to register or for more information.

Registration is now open for winter Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and Cheerleading leagues in Katy for kids ages 3-14! We focus on fun, skills and sportsmanship with a commitment to safety. Sign up for the winter season by Wednesday, November 16th to save $10 (regular registration continues through Friday, December 16th). For more information, please visit www.i9sports.com or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW BLACK BELTS, TIGER CUBS & INSTRUCTORS!

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, black belt students reaching new milestones and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the August rank exam.

Katy Bowling Mom’s Night Out Do you enjoy bowling and making new friends? We will meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 7:00 at Ten Pins Bowl, 19936 Saums Rd. Discount bowling and drinks. RSVP, Nataly at natalykrenek@hotmail.com.

Katy Rugby Club

Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Bryce Amos, Jordan Huggins, Noah Lightsey, Angelica Murray, Brian Nguyen, Trey Reardon, Caroline Rush, Zachary Sumrall and George Wayne Theodoroulis.

Fun for all the family. All ages welcome - boys & girls. Training every Sunday 2-4 PM, at Beck Junior High school Football Field. For more information, visit www.katyrugbyclub.com.

Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Grayson Beall, Jean-Marc Boyce, Anthony Gaona, Noah Lerma, William Luke, Meghan Masson, Shreya Mehta, Gabriel Murray, Jack Reardon and Autumn Thompson.

LADY SHARKS WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA)

Congratulations to the following students for earning their Second Degree Black Belts: Kirsten Madina and Dawson Seago. The following students earned their Third Degree Black Belts: Brandon Komplin, Jai Manning-Shaw, Jacob Roopchand and Natalie Russo. The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is also pleased to announce these dedicated students who passed testing requirements during the instructor exam to earn tiered instructor status. Congratulations, Max Conway, Noah Lightsey and Diego Velaochaga on becoming Level 1 instructors! Congratulations, William Luke and Catherine Weldon on becoming Level 2 instructors! Congratulations to the following students who graduated from the Tiger Cubs program into the Junior program: Ethan Barker, Alexa Gaona and Nathan Koons.

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The Lady Sharks WGA are inviting new members to join our Thursday morning play day at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club. Our purpose is to promote women’s golf and fellowship among our members while enhancing the understanding of The Rules of Golf and improving play. For more information, contact Edna Hemingway at 281579-7621, ednahem@hal-pc.org or Michele Hurlburt at 281-398-7696, dmhurlburt@sbcglobal.net.

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.

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Katy Valkyries Girls’ Lacrosse The Katy Valkyries, a girls’ lacrosse league in the Katy area, is recruiting middle and high school girls to play in competition. Contact Liz Jones at 281 578-8439 or read more about the league on our website, www.katyvalkyries.com.

Women’s Basketball League Looking for as many ladies as possible to play. Ages 16+. Contact Krystal Horn for more information at katybball@yahoo.com.

Katy family ymca volleyball Katy Family YMCA has open volleyball for Y members on Tuesday and Thursday nights for adults only, from 8:00-10:00 PM. If you know the rules and can enjoy volleyball, please join us.

Men’s Drop-In Roller Hockey Bear Creek Roller Rink is the home of Men’s Drop-In Hockey. All ages and abilities are welcome. No commitment is required. Just show up and play!!! Games are played every Sunday from 7-9 PM.  For more information, please call Dave Bradford at 281-855-2615.

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 281-394-2481 yana@entouch.net or Kathy Smith 815-715-3892.

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CHURCH INFORMATION The EmPowerment Center’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive The EmPowerment Center’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive begins November 13, 2011 thru December 17, 2011. Each week bring unwrapped toys for (toddlers up to 12 years). Distribution will be on December 10, 2011 to Private Agencies and December 18, 2011 at 9 am at the Annual Christmas Production & Toy Give-Away. Call 281-578-3535 or email us at: info@beempowered.com for more details as to how you can support or receive as well. The EmPowerment Center is located at 20910 Park Row, Katy, Texas 77449.  

BIBLE STUDIES Power for Today Bible Study and Prayer

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matt 6:34 Held every 3rd Tuesday - 6:30-7:30 pm Omni Hotel Westside - Café on the Lake 13210 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77079 281-558-8338  

CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH Community Bible Studies: Ladies Studies - Thursday Nights at 7 pm Grand Parkway & Westheimer Men’s Bible Study - Saturdays at 7:00 am - Katy Mills Denny’s Youth Bible Study - Sundays at 4:30 pm - 542 Applewhite Dr. Couples Bible Studies - Tuesdays at 6 pm - Long Meadow Farms Wednesdays at 7:00 pm - North Cinco Ranch Thursdays at 7:00 pm - Silver Ranch For more information, call 713-705-4878.

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“FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE WORLD” BAHA’I FAITH OF FORT BEND COUNTY

Please join us for an informal devotional gathering, where we share music, prayers and inspirational readings taken from the major religions of the world, in an environment of unity and harmony. The Word of God, say the Baha’i Writings, provides inspiration, rejuvenates souls, gladdens hearts and renews one’s sense of purpose. The devotional is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 4-5 PM and will be followed by a sharing of thoughts, ideas and ways to apply spiritual principles to one’s day-to-day affairs. Refreshments will be served. For details on the location or for answers to any other questions you may have, please call the Baha’i Faith of Fort Bend County at 281-395-9026.

CrossPoint Community Church New Campus Construction for the new CrossPoint EightTen campus location has begun at 1106 Witte Road, your new Community Church location. The expansion of the 17,000 square foot facility will be handled by Fretz Construction of Houston and scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011 with the Grand Opening of CrossPoint EightTen planned for November. “I am excited to see what God is doing through CrossPoint EightTen,” said David Jung, campus pastor. “Its [building] is set to be a great

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resource to the community to host worship, offer a music school, sports ministries and other programs and events. This campus will make a difference in the community and bless the people around it.”   For more information regarding Crosspoint EightTen, visit our website at www.crosspt.org. 

Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy

JUNIOR HIGH GROUP PREPARE SCHOOL KITS The Junior High group from Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy held a packing session to prepare school kits to be used in areas of the world where kids are recovering from wars, tsunamis and other strife. Many will be used in refugee camps as kids try to return to school. The kits are distributed by Lutheran World Relief to the needy in 43 countries. Another packing session will be held in January. If you have items such as pens, erasers, blunt scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers or college ruled notebooks to donate, please contact Marlene at 281-646-0748 or marlene.oldham@yahoo.com.

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NEW CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP LEADER WELCOMED Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy is pleased to announce that Lisa Jastram of Sugar Land, TX, has joined the staff as the 9:30 AM contemporary worship leader. Jastram is no stranger to the Katy area having performed in many of the area churches, libraries and schools with Oasis for Children, her educational entertainment venture. She comes to Living Word at an exciting time in the life of the church as they complete their Envision Project begun less than a year ago. The church has been installing new

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SENIOR CHURCH GROUPS Kingsland Baptist Church Weekly Events for Adult 55+ Game Day - Meet with us every Wednesday in the Crawford Fellowship Hall from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM as we fellowship around the table playing Chicken Foot, Scrabble, Cards, etc. Bring a sack lunch (drinks provided) and we will eat together at noon. Group Exercise Class - The exercise class for adults 55+ meets every Wednesday at 8:45 AM for 45 minutes of exercise led by Christy Kennedy, a group fitness certified instructor. This is a great time to enjoy like-minded folks who are strengthening and conditioning their body for the long haul. Regardless of your present condition, Christy will help you improve while making the exercise fun and beneficial. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at 281-492-0785. Kingsland Baptist Church is located at 20555 Kingsland Blvd. We are located across from Taylor High School Tennis Courts. For more information, you can visit us online at www.kingsland.org or call the church office at 281-492-0785.

ST. PETER’S UMC SENIOR GAME DAY (50+) Mark your calendars for a fun day of games, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Everyone is invited to play cards, board games, dominoes, puzzles, etc. every fourth Tuesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch and drinks will be provided. Enter on the west side of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Drive and go to Room 106. If you have any questions, please call Tom Matkin, 281-492-6053 or Richard Powell, 281-392-2941.

AREA BINGOS EPIPHANY BINGO Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except holidays. There Is No Smoking Allowed During All Bingo Games. They have security, lighted parking, big screen color monitor, computerized bingo equipment, snack bar and large cash prizes. Profits benefit charitable outreach programs. Epiphany Catholic Church, Church Community Center, 1530 Norwalk Dr. (between Fry and Mason Roads, south of I-10 behind Nottingham Subdivision) off Highland Knolls. Early bird games begin at 7:30 PM and regular games at 8:00 PM. For more info., call the bingo hall number at 281-578-3905.

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church BINGO At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in downtown Katy, “BINGO” is being played in our Parish Hall every Friday evening except Holidays. Doors open at 7:00 PM, games start at 7:15 PM with four Early Bird games. Regular games start at 7:30 PM. All profits will benefit community outreach and Religious Education programs. The Church is located in downtown Katy at 5356 Eleventh St. You

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Katy Area Republicans Katy’s Conservative Voice

Please check our Facebook page or our website www.katyrepublicans.com for information on meeting times and places. For further information, contact Kate Diehl at 832-643-0378 or ktuqt@ consolidated.net.

Katy Area Democrats

Katy Area Democrats meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Briarchester club house at 7 PM. Great speakers each month as well as opportunities for community involvement. For information, contact Pat Darwish 281-647-0986 or pdarwish@comcast.net or visit our website www.katydemocrats.net.

Katy Mommy Patriots

Katy Mommy Patriots is a group of moms meeting together to join the fight to protect our children’s future by getting involved in community and political events. Come join us as we study the issues, work to elect candidates that will protect our rights and join with other groups across America to ensure that our voices are heard. We meet twice a month. For more information, call Kelly Horsley 281-858-8830 or Martha Mathis 832-321-4854.

The 912ers of Katy

The 912ers of Katy is a growing group of Patriots supporting the 9/12 Principles advocated by Glenn Beck. We support smaller government at all levels, fiscal responsibility and term limits for all elected officials. Join us for lively discussions and other activities. For more information, please visit our Meetup Group website at http://912katy.org or email Milton Richards at mer@912katy.org.

GET INVOLVED!

Things are busier than ever at the Harris County Democratic Party and the Coordinated Campaign is looking for volunteers and interns here in Katy! Contact peter@hcdp.org or 281-578-2435 for more information!

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Katy Sunrise Rotary

Katy Sunrise Rotary Club is a member club of Rotary International, a 100-year-old worldwide service organization. Katy Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday morning, at 7:00 AM, for breakfast at The Club at Falcon Point, guests and visitors are welcomed. For more information please visit www.katysunriserotary.com.

Rotary Club of Katy

Formed in 1946, the Rotary Club of Katy has a diverse membership of 30 business and professional men and women. The club meets each Thursday, from noon to 1:00 PM, at Hasta La Pasta, 1450 Grand Parkway, Suite E, Katy, TX 77494. For more information, call 281-392-0045 or visit www.katyrotary.com.

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West Houston Rotary Club

West Houston Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 PM for Lunch and Fellowship at the Omni Hotel West Houston, Katy Freeway at Eldridge. Guests and visitors are welcome. Rotary clubs provides many opportunities for giving back to our community (local and global); come join us for fun, friendships and community service. Contact 281-627-0662 for more info.

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Katy Toastmasters

Katy Toastmasters held their Club Contest on August 18, 2011 at The Carriage Inn in Katy. Members participated in the Humorous Speech and Table Topics categories. Linda Goldberg served as the Toastmaster for the event and presented awards to our winners. The first place winners competed at the Area N20 Contest in September. The current theme for our Toastmasters year is “Live Your Vision.” We meet on the first three Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM at the Carriage Inn in Katy. Our club is a member club of Toastmasters International, which has nearly 250,000 members in more than

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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!

Phoenix Risers Toastmasters

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.

CBMC (CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN COMMITTEE)

West Houston’s (CBMC) Christian Businessmen Committee small group ministry teams meet at the following days and times each week. Houston Metro Office 713-688-4343 www.houston.cbmc.com or www.cbmc.com/index.htm. • Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 AM, 8556 Katy Freeway #128, I-10 at Bingle. Leader: Joe Calvert, 713-461-5960. • Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 AM, 10810 Old Katy Road, Suite 100, U Tex Bldg., call 713-827-0777 for more info. • Friday, 7:00 - 8:15 AM, 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 231. Leaders: John Montgomery, 281-477-4367; Paul McDonald, 713-871-8766.

American Business Women Association’s Katy Charter Chapter

American Business Women Association’s Katy Charter Chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month, at Hasta la Pasta, located on the Grand Parkway. Networking begins at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and meeting at 6:30. Please email RSVPs and inquiries to abwa.katy@gmail.com.

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@

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ABWA West Houston Express Network

The ABWA West Houston Express Network (WHEN) meets the first Thursday of each month, at The Club at Falcon Point, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Meetings focus on professional development and feature speakers from various business entities. For more information or to RSVP, visit our website at www.whenabwa.org.

BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL

Business Network International - BNI is the largest networking organiztion of its kind. Business Network International, (BNI)/Katy Group meets every Thursday, at 7:00 AM, at The Club @ Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Drive, Katy, Texas 77494. Come visit us and introduce your business to our group. Chapter contacts: President, Gary Nething, 832-247-2421 or Vice President, Angelo Molinas, 832-289-8488. For more information on Katy BNI, go to www.katybni.com.

Business Network International

Business Network International, (BNI)/Cinco Ranch Group meets every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 AM, for breakfast and business networking, at The Cellar Door at 829 S. Mason Rd., Suite 280, Katy, TX 77450. Please RSVP to Christi Borden at 832-3727470 or go to www.bnihouston.com and search for Cinco Ranch Chapter in Katy, Texas.

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InHouston-Katy Premier Professional Business Networking Mixer

InHouston-Katy Premier Professional Business Networking Mixer InHouston/Katy Group invites area business professionals to come join different business professionals for the InHouston/Katy – Premier Professional Networking Mixer. No cover charge. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00-8:00 PM at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. For information, call Gail Stolzenburg 281-493-1955, gail@freedomnow.net or Newell Cheatheam 713-385-3622, newell@newellcheatheam.com or http://inhouston.ning.com/events InHouston-Katy.

BIZPACK - “Connecting People in Business and Life”

Business-To-Business Networking And Breakfast $5: Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 AM at Carriage Inn 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road, Katy, 77494. For info., call Jane Moughon at 832-455-4579 or email janemoughon@gmail.com. Website: www.meetup.com/BizPackNetworksHouston/events/30096641.

Fitness Journey Network

Fitness Journey Network is a NEW group of Katy health and wellness professionals meeting the first Thursday of each month, at various locations in the Katy area. Membership is free. If you would like more information or would like to be a part of our group, please contact Karen Narum at 281-871-8920 or at fitnessjourney@live.com.

KATY NEIGHBORS’ COFFEES

Katy Neighbor’s Coffees are open to all women who live in the Katy Area. It is to promote friendship in the neighborhood among old and new residents. Coffees are held once a month on the last Tuesday, at 10 AM, at members’ homes. There are no officers of this club and membership is free to all. For more information please contact 281578-2078 or 281-395-1730.

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The November 8th Luncheon for the Welcome Wagon Club Katy will feature Dr. Frank Ronen speaking on Bone Health and other Women Health issues. The Luncheon will be held at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, 6823 S. Fry Rd, Katy, TX. Arrival time is 11:30 AM. The luncheon cost is $20. Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday, November 4, 2011. An advance payment will be required. Make your check out to “Welcome Wagon Club Katy” and mail to Welcome Wagon Club Katy, c/o Sharon Harrel, 28626 Wing Elm Dr., Katy, TX 77494. Any questions contact Sharon, 281-392-1658, wsharrel@consolidated.net or email welcomewagonclubkaty@yahoo.com. The Welcome Wagon Club of Katy is a community minded, social organization, with membership open to all woman in the Katy area. Monthly activities include: Gardening, Decorating, Mahjongg, Bunco, Trips/Antiquing, Dinning Out, Scrap booking, as well as Lunch and a Movie.

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Welcome Wagon Club of Katy

The Welcome Wagon Club Katy has a Monthly Coffee. The gathering will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Women from the Katy area, whether new or established, are invited. It is an informal gathering held in a member’s home from 10 AM to noon. For location of the coffee, please call Margaret at 281-342-4935 or Jan at 281-398-4777 or email welcomewagonclubkaty@yahoo.com.

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Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston

Looking to make new friends? Want to participate in fun activities? You are cordially invited to join one of Houston’s friendliest women’s clubs! We have monthly luncheons and numerous monthly activities for all ages and abilities. Meetings are held at Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, TX 77042. Cost is $25 per person. For more info contact: Chris Duncan, Membership VP, P. O. Box 19882, Houston, TX 77224-9882, email: NNGHMembership@yahoo.com. Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston (NNGH.org) was established in 1957 to provide friendly fellowship and fun activities for Houston women. From September through May, there are monthly luncheons (normally third Wed of each month, except November) and numerous monthly activities for all ages and abilities (e,g., bridge, mah jong, bunco, bowling, beading, book club, play reading, sewing and crafts, movie and lunch bunch, creative cooking, wine tastings - just to name a few). NNGH is truly one of Houston’s friendliest women’s clubs and certainly the most active. In addition, we have events and activities throughout the year to benefit selected non-profit organizations. This year we are working with Boys and Girls Country and Houston SPCA.

Green Trails Ladies Club Welcomes You

If you are a woman residing in west Houston and surrounding communities, we welcome your involvement in the Green Trails Ladies Club. Membership is open to residents of Katy, west Houston and surrounding areas. Varied opportunities are provided for women to explore common interests and develop friendships in the neighborhood setting. The club features activity and game groups of interest to the members. This currently includes: Bunco (3 groups), Scrabble, Games for Couples, Mah Jong, Book Chats and Sweets (a book review fellowship), Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Potpourri (a variety of events, excursions, seminars, and fun activities) Women of the Word (a Bible study fellowship group), Mom’s Play Date (a play group for moms with pre-school and elementary age children), The Art Bunch (fine arts and crafts) and Girls Night Out Movie Classics and Dinner (monthly). Get plugged into as many of these facets of our club as you are inclined! Don’t miss out on fun you can have in 2010. Become a member of the Green Trails Ladies Club. Submit the information requested below along with the $20 annual membership dues to: Green Trails

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Ladies Club, P. O. Box 573, Barker, Texas 77413-0573. Membership renewal is also now due for existing members who have not paid dues since May of 2009. Contact Helen Connolly at 281-578-3382 for more information.

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GREATER KATY EXCHANGE CLUB

Greater Katy Exchange Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. $15 includes dinner and speaker (advance registration day before meeting). You can call or pay and RSVP at www.KatyExchangeClub.com. The Greater Katy Exchange Club is non-profit service organization of a group of men and women working together to make our community better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities and the Prevention of Child Abuse. Give back to your community by joining the Katy Exchange Club. Guest’s welcome. Advance reservations required by 12:00 PM day of meeting to Shivani Shah-Palaniappan 281-827-5795 or Newell Cheatheam 713-385-3622 or pay and reserve online at www.KatyExchangeClub.com.

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Katy Singles (over 35+) Meetup Group

The Katy Singles (over 35+) Meetup Group is a social club with free membership. Events are held in the Katy area. To learn more visit http://singles.meetup.com/1676.

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Life is too short so get out and enjoy it. Mix, mingle, socialize and network with singles ages 35+ or those that prefer to hang out with the over forty crowd. We have a variety of events each month such as; dinner & dancing, movies, girls night out, themed parties, picnics, weekend get-a-ways, recreational activities, daytrips and more. For more details, visit www.meetup.com/Katy-Rocks.

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BP Partners is a local organization that fosters friendship and support for the spouses and partners of BP employees. Monthly activities include Book Club, Coffees, Lunch Bunch, Bowling, Crafts and Day Trips. For membership information, contact Phyllis Crouch at phylliscrouch@comcast.net or check out our website at www.bppartnershouston.com.

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Texas Coastal Cattlewomen (TCCW), a chapter of Texas CattleWomen, meets on the third Wednesday of each month, at various locations throughout the Houston area. TCCW is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose purpose it is to promote beef by educating the public to its nutritional value and to the use of its many by-products in our daily lives. You do not need to be in the cattle business, but only need to want to promote beef. In addition, we award scholarships to applicants in the following counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Austin, Brazoria, Montgomery, Liberty, Waller and Wharton. If you are interested in becoming a member or desire more information, you may contact Sue Dinges at 281-238-8382 or cell 281-381-1987.

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members of KARE. It does not matter from which school district you retired. KARE’s theme this year is “KARE Keeps on Learning.” Join us as we learn about a variety of topics via interesting and informative meetings, fun side trips and camaraderie with other retirees. Lunch is provided at a small cost. For information contact Luanne Zacek at 281-391-8464 or lzacek@hotmail.com.

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High Gas Prices Making You Crazy? Commute Solutions can help you get some sanity back in your life! With gas prices soaring and commute times getting longer, more and more commuters in the Houston-Galveston region are turning to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Commute Solutions Program for relief. And Commute Solutions is providing that relief by offering two vanpool programs - METROVan and miniPOOL. While vanpooling will save you money, METROVan, for 7-15 riders in large vans, and miniPOOL, for 5-8 riders in minivans, help commuters reduce the cost of their commute even more by offering a monthly incentive of between $35 and $50.    To learn more about Commute Solutions’ vanpooling programs, and their other commute alternative programs, please visit www.vanpool.org or call METROVan at 888-606-RIDE or miniPOOL at 866-474. mini. Commute Solutions offers information and assistance on a variety of commute alternatives to make your life more sane, including vanpooling, carpooling, riding the bus and train, walking, biking, and teleworking. For more information, go to   www.commutesolutions-hou.com.

KATY UNIVERSITY ALUMINI & MILITARY CLUBS Katy Coogs Alumni Network

The Katy Coogs Alumni Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month. We proudly serve all of West Houston including: Alief, Spring Branch, Cypress and Katy. The purpose of the alumni club is to promote The University of Houston and all of its programs, to give alumni a resource for networking, as well as serve as a fundraising organization that will raise funds to provide scholarships for high school students in the area that are interested in attending The University of Houston. If you are interested in joining this club, please contact Melinda Sims, President of the Katy Coogs at melindasims@katycoogs.com or visit our website www.katycoogs.com.

Laureate Theta Pi Sorority

Laureate Theta Pi is a women’s group, a non-academic sorority, with life, learning and friendship as the motto. It is a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, an International women’s friendship network and a non-profit organization. We meet twice a month in member’s homes in this area. Because we are a social, cultural and service organization, our meetings are interesting and varied. If you are interested in joining or rejoining, please contact Pinky Stromek at 281-395-6766 or Alice White at 281-599-8347.

HERITAGE GROUPS WEST HOUSTON ITALIAN CLUB

The West Houston Italian Club is a social, charitable and Italian Cultural organization that was formed in June 1990. We are located on the west side (off Hwy. 6). The club is also a member of the Italian Federation. Our monthly meetings are held the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:00 PM, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Addicks-Satsuma. If you would like further information about the club, call Carolyn or Derby Smith 281-463-1678.

IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

The Irish American Heritage Association is open to all individuals who are Irish or are interested in Irish culture. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month, at the Harris County MUD #81 Building in the Cimarron Subdivision. If you are interested in attending our meetings or would like to know more about our group, please call Dennis Donlan at 281-732-7164.

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British Club of Katy

The British Club of Katy is looking for new members! Free to join and open to all Brits and ExPats who live in Katy and surrounding areas, we’re an informal group that gets together to socialize with and without the kids. Singles, marrieds and families – all welcome. Join us for coffee, margaritas, night outs, family BBQs, playgroups or new friends for your older kids. Contact Jane at 281-693-4707, Vanessa at 281-579-2832 or Nicky at 281-574-3653. Or email janebarlow@consolidated.net, Vanessa.heintz@comcast.net or nickyjukes@hotmail.com.

Bear Creek Brit’s

If you are British or married to a Brit, would you like to join the Bear Creek Brit’s? We meet regularly for coffee mornings, dinners, movies and children’s activities. If interested, please phone Cath at 281-395-6701.

National Council of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century championing the needs of women, children and families. The Career Branch of NCJW has their monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. For information, call Leda 713-572-9924 or mkarchmer@sbcglobal.net.

BAYOU BELLES SERVICE ORGANIZATION

Professional women from Acadiana, meet the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7 PM, offering our members fun family activities, volunteer opportunities, annual charity gala, philanthropic youth program and so much more. Contact: Angeline Labbe’-Auzenne at www.BayouBelles.org. We welcome everyone regardless of age, race or religion!!

CIVIL WAR REENACTING

Become a part of America’s fastest growing hobby. The First Texas Infantry Regiment, a part of the Nineteenth Century Living History Association Inc., a non-profit corporation, is looking for recruits. Though the primary impression is of the First Texas, a Confederate unit, the association is a non-political organization and often attends events as Federal troops. The mission of reenacting is to educate about the history of that time, and the lifestyle of the Civil War soldier. Come join us for monthly adventure, camaraderie, travel, fresh air and loads of fun. Enlist with Company C, “The Palmer Guards,” of the First Texas, visit www.texas-brigade.org. Select 1st Texas and then Co. C.”

Sam Houston Chapter Sons of the Republic of Texas

The Sam Houston Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas was chartered in Katy, Texas in 1987. The Sons of the Republic of Texas is a fraternal organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved the independence of Texas. Members are descendants of people who lived in the Republic of Texas from independence in 1836 until statehood in 1846. The Sam Houston Chapter meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except April). Lunch meetings are held at The Briar Club located at 2603 Timmons Lane beginning at 12 Noon. Visit us on the Web at http://samhoustonchapter.tripod.com or call John C. Thrash 713647-0570 or 713-352-0993.

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James Bates Society of the Children of the American Revolution

Membership in C.A.R. provides a wonderful opportunity for children to participate in historical, educational and patriotic activities. All children who can prove lineage to a Patriot of the American Revolution are welcome. C.A.R. is a very special way of learning about family heritage and history. The James Bate Society meets once a month from September to May on Sunday afternoons

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usually from 2:00 to 4:00 at different locations. Please contact the Senior Society President, Kathy Pritchett at kathyspritchett@gmail. com or by phone at 713-876-6057. For more information, go to www.nscar.org.

Bear Creek Genealogical Society & Library Inc.

Bear Creek Genealogical Society & Library Inc welcomes ALL genealogical researchers, novice to expert, to join us. Meetings held 2nd Thursday of each month (September-May), from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, at Bear Creek Park Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr. Houston, TX 77084. Casual attire & pre-meeting lunch at the Omni Hotel. Genealogical research trips, speakers, workshops, special events & BCGSL Gen. Library. For more information, contact Gary at 281-398-0333, email getober@hotmail.com or Betty at 713467-6302, email b.bond007@comcast.net.

AMERICAN LEGION VETERANS

The veterans group will now meet at 7:30 PM, at the Elks Lodge on Katy Fort Bend Rd., on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All past and current members of our armed forces are invited to attend the meeting and become involved in our community service activities.

Local Veteran Groups Meet

If you are an honorably discharged War Time Veteran or currently serving on active duty and want to associate yourself with fellow Veterans, please consider joining one of the following groups. (Each organization has its own requirements for membership.) American Legion: The Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of Katy Texas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7 PM at the Katy Elks Lodge #2628, at 1050 Katy-Ft. Bend Road, Katy TX. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM. The American Legion is the largest war time Veteran’s organization in the nation and invites all eligible Veterans to join. Proud sponsor of the American Legion Boy’s State Program. Will Miller, Post Commander. Visit us at www.LegionPost164KatyTX.org for more information. VFW: The Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 of Katy Texas meets the first Monday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in “Old Town Katy.” Meetings begin with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the business meetings of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary at 7:30 PM. Peyton Lumpkin, Commander. Ladies Auxiliary President, Karon Cramer. Military Order of the Purple Heart: Tri-County Chapter 723 of the MOPH meets the third Thursday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in Old Town Katy. David Lemak, Commander

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Marine Corps League, Tijerina Detachment

Marine Corps League: Tijerina Detachment meets the second Monday of each month at 7 PM at Katy Elks Lodge #2628. For additional information, call 281-799-9382 or 936-931-5945. Or visit us online at www.usmcmarine1.org.

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Civil Air Patrol – Thunderbird Squadron

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet program is open to boys and girls, between the ages of 12 and 18. Programs offered to cadets are aerospace education, physical fitness, character building and limited emergency services. Seniors receive training in leadership, safety and emergency services – air and ground. As an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, this training enables the performance of search and rescue missions and disaster relief in times of crisis. Meetings are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM Location is 18000 Groeschke Road off Barker Cypress at the West Houston Airport in the hangar with the beacon on the east side of the runway. For further information, email ajmorrow1311@att.net.

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KATY PARENT’S (MOM’S) & CHILDREN’S GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, ETC. LA LECHE LEAGUE OF KATY AND WEST HOUSTON

Announces its series of monthly meetings: Methodist West Houston Hospital, 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094 Daytime Meetings: 10:00 AM-11:30 PM 1st Wednesday of each month Evening Meetings: 7:00-8:30 PM 4th Monday of each month (except December) For further information about breastfeeding, please call: Susan 281-829-6833, Maria 832-606-9932 (Spanish), Michelle 281-5896766 or Christina 713-818-4488. For info. about other LLL mtgs. in Houston, call 713-383-2819, www.LLLHouston.org. La Leche League International’s website is: www.lalecheleague.org.

MOMS Club® of Katy SE

Do you ever feel like you’re the only mom who stays home? While being an at-home mother is rewarding, it can also be lonely. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a support group specifically for mothers who have chosen to stay home to raise their children. Local chapters offer scheduled activities, most of which take place during the day when at-home moms most need support. Our calendar includes activities such as weekly (age-appropriate) playgroups, park days, group outings, book club, mom and tot lunch, family events, community service projects, mom’s night out and more! Of course, children are encouraged to come along and moms may attend as many or as few activities as are appropriate for their family. Contact Jamie Ensminger, Membership VP: 832493-1507 or email momsclubkatyse@yahoo.com.

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Moms @ Second

Each month we will hear from gifted speakers and develop friendships with other moms as we explore the Fruit of the Spirit. We understand that being a mother is a difficult job and we pray that you will find wisdom, encouragement and strength at Moms@ Second. We look forward to seeing YOU and learning all that God has to teach us this year! We welcome moms with kids of all ages! Doors open at 6:45 PM, meeting to start at 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, in the High School Area @ Second Baptist, Katy. Cost is $40 for entire year. Childcare provided for a minimal cost. Contact Kendra Krezanosky or Robin Gilliam at momsatsecond@gmail.com for more details and dates or Faye in nursery office at 713-465-3408 x 1007.

MOMS IN TOUCH INTERNATIONAL

Attention Moms! Do you worry about your children? Come experience how you can replace your anxiety and fear with peace and hope by praying with other moms. Moms In Touch International gathers moms together to pray specifically and scripturally for our children and school. Won’t you join with us in prayer for this next generation? For more information about Moms In Touch International, visit www.MomsInTouch.org.

MOTHERS’ SHARE GROUP

Mothers’ Share Group serves as a valuable outreach for stay-at home parents. We offer a supportive network of moms, interesting and informative speakers relevant to parenting and family life, creative crafts, service projects, and the opportunity to make wonderful friends with others in the Katy area. We meet Thursdays, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM following the KISD schedule, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450 in Room E221 (upstairs). Everyone in the community is welcome. Please join

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us for fun, food and friendship! For more information or to confirm childcare, please contact St. Peter’s UMC at 281-492-8031 or www.stpkaty.org.

Mocha Moms, West Houston Chapter

Mocha Moms is a Stay-At-Home Support group for women of color. We offer monthly support group meetings, activities for moms and children. Come meet other Stay-At-Home moms as we embrace the job of motherhood with support of others. Contact Hesma at 281-762-0262 or www.mochamomswesthouston.org.

iBloom

We provide an OASIS in the frenzied weeks of busy moms… A place to be: *EQUIPPED for parenting, marriage and spiritual growth. *ENCOURAGED by sharing with other moms within mentor led small groups. *ENERGIZED by loving support of other women. Our focus is Biblically based teaching on parenting, marriage and spiritual growth. iBloom includes interesting live speakers, relevant video curriculum with just the right mix of fun! We are a group of moms of children from birth to fifth grade. Join us Monday mornings, 9:30-11:30 AM Grace Fellowship UMC, 2655 S. Mason Rd., Katy, TX The cost is $20 for the year (includes study guide). Childcare is FREE! For more information and to register go to www.graceibloom.org. Questions: call Denise at 281-693-6907 or Sonja at 713-702-2153.

Real Moms of Katy playgroup

This group is down to earth and drama free. Our motto is to build lasting friendships for the mommies as well as the children. We value every member feedbacks and participation. We like for the members to take ownership of the group and feel a sense of belonging. This is primarily a preschool age group though we understand that you may have other small children so all are welcome. We are mostly stay at home moms but if you work from home or can get together in the day time than you’re welcome. We also have ladies night out! We embrace diversity and believe we all can learn from each other. Learn more at www.meetup.com/Real-Moms-of-Katy.

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KATY AREA PARENTS OF MULTIPLES (KAPOM)

Parents of (or parents expecting) twins, triplets or more are invited to attend our monthly meeting. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month, at 7:00 pm, at Crosspoint Community Church, located at the corner of Kingsland Blvd. and Westgreen Blvd. in Katy. KAPOM is a member of the Texas Mothers of Multiples and the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. For more information, email membership@kapom.org or visit our website www.kapom.org.

Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Support KPGT

Did you know there is a support group for the Gifted and Talented Program in KISD? The Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented is an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting quality educational services for the gifted students in the school district. The mission of the organization is to promote community awareness of the unique social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students and to support the development of appropriate educational

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services to meet these needs. To function successfully as an advocacy organization, KPGT needs membership and volunteer support! Funded by membership dues, KPGT publishes a quarterly newsletter, “Connections” and is now on the web! KPGT advocates for the needs of our GT students by serving on district committees, panels at state GT conferences, the Parent Advisory Board and keeping abreast of legislative issues. KPGT works cooperatively with KISD to co-host events such as the very popular “Super Saturday” and the “Student Summer Scholarship Seminar.” Our non-profit organization offers summer scholarships and grants for innovative programs to the GT teachers in KISD. Won’t you show your support of our efforts and join KPGT today? Visit our website at www.kpgt.org for a printable membership form.

KATY ASSOCIATION OF CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS

Katy Association of Child Care Professionals is a group of registered, licensed and listed child care providers located on the north and south sides of Interstate 10 in the Katy area. Our members are qualified and experienced, as well as CPR and First Aid certified. We meet the third Wednesday of each month, at the MUD #81 building, located at Cimarron Parkway and Hidden Canyon for an evening of professional training and networking. Refreshments are served. Parents and child care providers requiring more information may call 281-578-6376 or 281-392-0989.

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 with Partners Greater Houston Chapter #63 at www.pwphouston.org. Contact Barbara 281-469-5646.

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BREATH OF LIFE CHILDREN’S CENTER CLINIC

The Breath Of Life Children’s Center Clinic provides healthcare for uninsured and/or underinsured children. We provide immunizations, acute sick care, school physicals and well-child checkups to area children. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For questions or appointments, please call 281-398-7353.

MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL parenting classes

Memorial Herman Katy Hospital offers parenting classes in the following areas: Preparation for Childbirth Sibling class Breast Feeding Preparation Call 713-222-CARE

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

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Have you ever wished school lunches weren’t so full of junk food? Have you ever seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? There is a group for you right here in Katy! We are fortunate that Katy ISD cares about our kids and has a large budget base to work with. Let’s encourage them to include healthier food choices on school menus. Join us from the beginning as we start to gather members and momentum to spread the word that it IS possible to reduce processed foods, remove flavored milk and increase fresh fruits and veggies. If you believe it is possible to feed school aged children something other than processed chicken nuggets, stuffed crust pizza and chocolate milk then please bring your energy, your ideas and your connections and join us! Our kids deserve the best, after all, that’s why we chose to put them in Katy ISD! For more information: merag94@gmail. com or find us on Facebook: Katy’s Own School Lunch Revolution.

KATY SUPPORT/ HELP GROUPS KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

Help to Survivors of Sexual Assault The 24-hour Crisis Hotline number is 281-693- RAPE (7273). NON-EMERGENCY # 281-391-5262. The KCM Sexual Assault Center is run by a staff of three permanent employees and a dedicated group of volunteers who manage many vital functions. The Center offers many volunteer opportunities for interested persons, including clerical, crisis hotline and direct contact jobs such as sexual assault survivor advocacy. All volunteers must obtain training offered by the Center. Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry provides: • Three day nutritionally balanced supplement of non-perishable food twice monthly • Hygiene items once a month • Birthday bags to our children for their special day • Fresh produce from yard gardeners & local farmers FYI • Referrals to WIC (Women, Infant, Child) government nutrition program for baby formula; dairy products. • Red Barrels in Katy area grocery stores benefit KCM. • 100% of all financial donations are allocated per donor request! Needs • Canned: Green Vegetables, Pork’n Beans, Carrots, Tuna, Corn, 8 oz. Tomato sauce, Fruit, Macaroni & Cheese • One lb. bags of: Beans, Rice • Family Size: Bath Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper • Soap: Laundry, Dish Donation Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Thursday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Katy Christian Ministries, 281-391-3730 (24 Hr. Voice Recording), 5011 5th Street (Admin. Office), Katy, Texas 77093.

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The Compassionate Friends (TCF)

The Compassionate Friends—Katy Chapter (TCF-Katy), a support group for parents who have lost a child, meets in the John Burns building of Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd., on the second Tuesday of each month. Members gather at 6:30 PM, the meeting begins at 7 PM and concludes around 9 PM. All bereaved parents, family members or close friends of parents who have lost a child are invited to attend the TCF-Katy meeting. There is no cost to attend, and participation is completely voluntary. The Compassionate Friends organization is not affiliated with any religious group. For more information about the TCF-Katy chapter, please visit our website, www.compassionatefriends-katy.org or contact Melinda Ginter, 281-492-1262.

The Compassionate Friends Houston West Chapte r

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. The Houston West Chapter meets every second Monday, at 7 pm, at Tallowood Baptist Church at 555 Tallowood, room ET102. Information about The Compassionate Friends can be obtained on the internet at www.compassionatefriends. org and the Houston West Chapter can be found at www.tcf.tcu.edu/index.html or by calling Greg Williams 281-345-9707. The Compassionate Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and depends on support from the community to continue reaching and helping grieving parents. Donations can be mailed to: TCF Houston West, 16303 Salinas, Houston, TX 77095. Please include the name of the person being remembered so proper recognition can be made in our Chapter Newsletter.

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CANCER COUNSELING OFFERS FREE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP IN KATY/WEST HOUSTON AREA

All cancer patients, their family members and friends are invited to join this Free Cancer Patient & Caregiver Group, on Thursdays, from 7-8 PM, at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, led by Kris Kerlin, LPC. Join us for encouragement, sharing experiences and emotional support. Collaboration with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

BEREAVEMENT GROUPS:

2nd & 4th Mondays, from 7-8 PM, at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, Katy. Led by Kris Kerlin, LPC. Anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer is welcome at this group.

HISPANIC PATIENT & CAREGIVER GROUP:

Thursdays, at 6:30 PM, Katy Medical Arts Building, 1331 West Grand Parkway North, Ste., 240, Katy, TX 77493. Please call prior to at 281-844-0161. For registration and information contact Cancer Counseling 713-520-9873. Individual sessions, family therapy, In-home Emotional Therapy is available. The mission of Cancer Counseling, Inc. is to provide free professional emotional therapy and education to cancer patients, their families and friends.

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Free Mental Disorders Family Support Group

Meets at a number of locations. Complete listing on www.namimetrohouston.org or call 713-970-4419.

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Support for Families who have a Child with Disabilities Family to Family Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families of children with disabilities by providing information, referral, support, training, a mentoring program, a local leadership and advocacy training program, Lending Library and as well as a website created specifically for parents of students receiving special education services. The F2F-Katy Chapter meetings are held during the day at Crosspoint Community Church and in the evening at St. Peters United Methodist Church. For more information call 713-4666304. Please see Calendar of Events at page for a current schedule of Katy Events at www.familytofamilynetwork.org.

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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

The Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) offers free, confidential support groups for people struggling with clinical depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression), as well as their families and friends. These are the support groups that meet in your area:   Memorial/Piney Point: Chapelwood UMC, 11140 Greenbay. Adults meet in Room W204, Young adults (18+) meet in Room 5 in Copeland Center. Tuesdays, 7:00 PM.   Katy: St. Peters UMC, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. Adults Room S-209, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM. Adolescents group meets Mondays in room S-209, 7:00 PM, while the parents meet in room S-204 at 7:00 PM. Any questions, please call the DBSA office at 713-600-1131 or check out our website at www.dbsahouston.org.

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Katy OCD/Anxiety Support Group for Parents

The Katy OCD/Anxiety group for parents meets on the last Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM at La Madeline restaurant in Katy. The purpose of this group is to support each other as we deal with raising children with OCD/anxiety/panic disorders. Does your child avoid social situations? Do they have unhealthy perfectionism or depression from anxiety? Come talk with us. We might be the right support group to find some answers, even if your child does not have a formal diagnosis. We will share resources with each other and offer advice. For more information check out our website: http://shyness.meetup.com/353/.

Katy Tourette Syndrome Support Group

The Katy Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month, from 7:00-8:30 PM, at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, in classroom B. There are concurrent adult and youth meetings. Adult meetings are varied with discussion, speakers and videos. During the youth meetings, snacks, crafts and games are enjoyed. Pizza/Video Game Nights and Holiday Parties are always a favorite. For more information, please contact the support group leaders, Daryl and Barbara Brister 281-395-5392 or email darbar4@comcast.net or visit the website at tourettetexas.org.

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ECI Project TYKE is a year round Early Childhood Intervention program (ECI) in the Katy Independent School District that specializes in working with children who need extra help. The program provides developmental services to children who may need assistance in attaining developmental milestones or who may have a disability. Services are provided to children from birth to three where they live, learn, or play. ECI Project TYKE develops a supportive partnership with families by providing educational and emotional supports, which enriches the daily routines and relationships that will enable their child to reach his or her maximum potential. Anyone (parent, family, friend, caregiver, professional) can refer a child to ECI Project TYKE. If you know a child under the age of 3 who needs assistance in at least one area of development or who has a medical diagnosis or condition impacting his or her development, please call ECI Project TYKE 281-237-6647 or make a referral on our website www.katyisd.org. ECI services are available statewide to help families. Early is best!!!!!

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The Arc of Katy

The Arc of Katy, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization, is devoted to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Katy creates opportunities for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that enable each person to be a participating and respected member of our community and to grow in mind, body and spirit. Membership in the Arc of Katy is open to everyone. The only requirement for membership is an interest in providing opportunities for our community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All Arc of Katy members are encouraged to attend The Board of Directors meetings at 7:15 PM on the first Thursday night of each month, at The Katy Christian Ministries Administration Building, 5011 East 5th Street, Katy, TX. General membership meetings are held three times a year with all members being notified in advance. You are invited and encouraged to join us. Please visit www.thearcofkaty.org or call 832-754-9802 or 832888-9265 for additional information.

DIFFERENT STROKES

“DIFFERENT Strokes for Different folks” Different Strokes is a wonderful group dedicated to serving and supporting people who have survived strokes themselves and for their caregivers. Although our needs are different, care is given to fill the needs for all of us. Different Strokes meets every Tuesday, at 10:00 AM, in the Senior Center, located at 13150 Memorial Dr., for fellowship, learning, sharing, exercising and loving. We meet together to share with one another. Please join us. If you have had a stroke or anyone you know has survived a stroke, please consider learning more about this group. We would love to have you. Call for further information: Kay Callahan 713-461-5604 or Roberta Owens 281-463-3490.

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Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP)

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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than focusing on others. We meet at Radical Recovery, 21811 Katy Freeway, D-110 Katy (behind Discount Tire). Our meetings are every Wednesday night from 7 – 8 PM. For more information call 713-632-5237.

KATY ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP

The Katy Essential Tremor Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, at the Heritage Grand Clubhouse, 25125 North Heritage Grand Circle, in Katy at 4:00 PM. For more information, you may contact Betty Ann Schwarz, Community Ambassador for IETF at: 281-347-2194 or email: schwarzrb@comcast.net. The Katy Essential Tremor Support Group reaches out to persons of all ages, race and gender who suffer from tremors, a neurological disorder causing rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. Local support groups are sponsored by the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF), which is a charitable, not-forprofit, membership-based organization, which provides patient support, educates the healthcare community about ET and funds research about the disorder. One goal of this support group is to create a supportive environment where each person can openly talk, exchange ideas about the challenge of living with ET and listen to informative educational programs about the disorder. New members are welcome.

Katy ADHD Parent Support Group

The Katy ADHD parent group holds its monthly meetings on the 2nd Sunday of every month, in room S201, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The meetings include a presentation by a guest speaker and an opportunity to share information and ask questions. There is no charge for attending the meetings and walk-ins are always welcome. If you should need any additional information or have any questions, please contact Laura Peddicord at 281-392-6064 or laurapeddicord@comcast.net. Occasionally we will combine meetings with other groups in the Katy area and not meet on our regular date, please verify the meeting date before your first visit.

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Do you still believe in marriage? We do! By celebrating the institution of marriage, while connecting families with personal and professional resources, Home Encouragement sets it sights on helping to reduce the divorce rate in the Greater Houston area. Home Encouragement is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that nurtures healthy marriages and strong families. We have many ways of doing this (please see website for details) and there is a special monthly event in the Katy area called Dinner and a Marriage. Our goal is to encourage married couples, as well as connecting them with Houston faith-based communities, family support systems and helpful individuals. For additional information, contact Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement at 281-347-LIFE or visit our website at www.homeencouragement.org.

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• Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church - located at 2655 S. Mason Rd., Katy, 77450, offers groups for those who are hurting and healing from trials and difficulties of life. Please call the Grace Fellowship Care Ministry at 281-646-1903 for further details or see our website, www.whatisgrace.org/care.html. • st. peter’s united Methodist church support groups – We offer many different types of groups. For more info., call 281-492-8031. Located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd. • Christ Clinic - No Insurance? Need medical treatment? Let us help. Christ Clinic located at 5504 First St., Katy, Texas 77492 (Next-Door to Katy Christian Ministries), 281-391-0190. • Holy Covenant United Methodist Church weekly Support Groups - Grief and Divorce care support groups. For more info., www.holycov.org or call the church 281-579-1200. • CROSSPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH - Celebrate Recovery meets every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This is a free ongoing meeting, open to the public. For more info., go to www.crosspt.org/classes or call 281-398-6464.

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Our residents have cleaned out their closets and can’t wait for you to stop by on Saturday, November 5th from 7 AM - 12 Noon! You’ll find treasures galore in our community-wide garage sale! Residents will be selling their items right out of their garages. For a map and list of items being sold, don’t forget to stop by SplashPad Texas (located in the Westheimer Lakes section - 26103 Canyon Fields Drive, Richmond 77406, 832-222-2355) on the day of the sale.

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Winterizing Your Home Preparing Your Home for Winter (Source: About.com)

The fall Equinox is a good time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because as temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter. Autumn is invariably a prelude to falling winter temperatures, regardless of where you live. It might rain or snow or, as David Letterman says, “Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.” Did you know there is only one state in the United States where the temperatures have never dipped below zero? Give up? It’s Hawaii. Here are ten tips to help you prepare your home for winter: 1) Heating System Inspection • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace. • Stock up on air filters and change them monthly. • Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat. • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

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2) Get the Fireplace Ready • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds. • If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote. • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home. • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing. • Check the mortar between bricks and tuck-point, if necessary. 3) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows • Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them. • Use weather-stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows. • Replace cracked glass in windows and, if you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood. 4) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts • If your weather temperature will fall below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams. • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home. • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles. • Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris. • Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

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5) Service Weather-Specific Equipment • Drain gas from lawnmowers. • Replace worn rakes. • Clean, dry and store summer gardening equipment. • Sharpen ice choppers and buy bags of ice-melt / sand. 6) Check Foundations • Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation. • Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house. • Tuckpoint or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime. • Inspect sill plates for dry rot or pest infestation. • Secure crawlspace entrances. 7) Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors • Some cities require a smoke detector in every room. • Buy extra smoke detector batteries and change them when daylight savings ends. • Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and / or water heater. • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work. • Buy a fire extinguisher or replace an extinguisher older than 10 years.

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8) Prevent Plumbing Freezes • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency. • Drain all garden hoses. • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. • Drain air conditioner pipes and if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off. • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees. 9) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces • Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires. • Ask a gardener when your trees should be pruned to prevent winter injury. • Plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over such as dahlias in areas where the ground freezes. • Seal driveways, brick patios and wood decks. • Move sensitive potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area. 10) Prepare an Emergency Kit • Buy indoor candles and matches / lighter for use during a power shortage. • Find the phone numbers for your utility companies and tape them near your phone or inside the phone book. • Buy a battery back-up to protect your computer and sensitive electronic equipment. • Store extra bottled water and non-perishable food supplies (including pet food, if you have a pet), blankets and a first-aid kit in a dry and easy-to-access location. • Prepare an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.

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Slow Cookers are a Cook’s Best Friend By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

More leisure time and a homemade meal? Save money on groceries, use less electricity, and enjoy better flavor? You bet! And with a slow cooker, you don’t even have to be there while your dinner cooks. With the invention of the original Crock-Pot® in the 1970s, we’ve been able to layer ingredients in our slow cookers, leave the house for work or play, and come home, hours later, to an inviting aroma-filled house and evening meal. Rival still manufactures the Crock-Pot®, but many other manufacturers are in the game with competitive models. The “crockpot” moniker has become an icon for any slow cooker. These days, choices are not limited to 2-temperature manual units; they also come programmable, with multiple time and temperature settings, countdown timers, built-in thermometers, and automatic temperature shifts to warm in case you are late getting home. There are slow cooker sizes and settings to fit your family’s individual needs. Though shape is not necessarily a deal breaker when purchasing, it is a consideration. A money-saving attribute of slow cooking is that tougher, less expensive meats are rendered meltingly tender and juicy. Larger roasts and whole chickens fit better into an ovalshaped model and will cook more evenly, although you can trim them to fit into a round one. It’s easy to adapt your favorite oven or stovetop recipes to slow cooker cooking. Regardless of yield, if your dish normally cooks in 15 to 30 minutes, you can count on 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours cooking in a slow cooker on High power or 4 to 6 hours on Low. If it takes 35 to 45 minutes, you should allow 2 to 3 hours on High power or 6 to 8 hours on Low. Main dishes like roasts and stews that cook up to 3 hours will take 4 to 5 hours on High or more than 8 hours on Low. For instance, Sweet Merlot Beef Stew should cook in about 4 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on low; after you brown the meat, add everything to the slow cooker for the total cooking time, including the onions and mushrooms. Other tips for successful recipe conversion:

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Sweet Merlot Beef Stew Recipe

Courtesy of Paula Deen Ingredients 4 slices bacon, rendered 2 lb chuck roast, cut into 2” pieces 1 1/2 t Salt Freshly ground pepper 2 T Flour1/4 C Steak Sauce 1 1/2 C Red Wine 1 1/2 C Water 1 t fresh thyme 2 Garlic Cloves, minced 1 lb Pearl onions 1/2 lb. Button Mushrooms, chopped 2 T Fresh parsley, chopped

Directions In a medium saute pan fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and reserve. Brown beef slowly on all sides in the bacon fat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour. Toss to coat evenly. Place beef in a heavy 4 qt. saucepan. Add reserved bacon (chopped), Paula Deen Merlot Steak Sauce, wine, water, thyme and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour. Add onions to stew and cook for an additional 30 minutes. In the final 10 minutes, add the mushrooms and parsley. Add additional water if necessary. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve along side crusty tuscan bread for dipping.

Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Courtesy of Paula Deen

Ingredients 2 tablespoon olive oil 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1 3/4 pound) 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup sliced carrots (about 3 small) 2 1/2 cup sliced zucchini (about 2 medium) 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, & oregano 2 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth Grated Parmesan, optional Directions In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add onion and carrot, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in zucchini, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Top each serving with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Courtesy of Paula Deen Ingredients 1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup 1 4 ounce jar pimentos 1 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped 2 14 1/2 ounce cans green beans, drained and rinsed 3 cup diced cooked chicken 1 medium onion, peeled and diced 2 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil 1 cup mayonnaise 1 6 ounce box long-grain wild rice, cooked according to package 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 pinch salt Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

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S. GARCIA PAINTING & GENERAL REMODELING Interior/Exterior Painting • Tile • Siding & Hardi Plank Roofing • Fence Replacement • Pressure Washing Sheetrock • Carpentry & Custom Cabinets Kitchen & Bath Complete Remodeling S.W. Paint

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We Have the Place! Mason Creek Community Center provides downtown ambiance with neighborhood convenience. A wonderful location for school events, graduation, office parties, weddings, family gatherings, or any holiday event. Let us help you to make your special occasion a memorable one.

Classified Ads FOR SALE Piano: Kohler & Campbell upright, excellent condition, includes piano bench with cushion, $1,100. 281-684-1821.

Be your own DJ with our new state of the art sound system! New Outdoor Patio

Kenmore, apx. 26 C. Ft., s/b/s refrigerator, best offer; gold rim dishes for 12, all serving pieces, $50. 281-256-3480.

For more info Click on Community Center call 281-578-7272 @ www.mcud.com

2 Bicycles: Cannondale R600 w/custom wheels, $600; Bianchi steel w/classic down tube shifters, $250. 832-620-9591.

Two twin mattresses and 1 box spring, $150. 832-771-3598. Sertapedic twin mattress and box spring with frame. 281-389-3552.

7’ Round bed, top mattress 6” thick, $500 OBO. 281-550-8670.

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Beautiful solid oak 3-piece entertainment center. It has 2 piers and a floating bridge. Each pier has many shelves with glass doors and many other compartments for all your electronics. The floating bridge can expand to fit up to 63” TV. It is priced at $400 for quick sell. Must see to appreciate the quality. 281-394-5640. Marcy home gym by Impex, $150; lg. oak rocking chair w/stool, $80; maple hutch cabinet, $85; oak buffet server, $75; oak barstools swivel seat, 3 at $25 ea. 281-682-0639. Beautiful black sequined dress, never worn & still has tags, size small, sleeveless and knee-length. Paid $89, selling for $65. Call 281-599-0703. Office Setup: Full size dark cherry executive desk, rear section & hutch; dark cherry solid bookshelf; roll-up dark cherry floor mat (for carpet or tile); brush nickel / cherry floor lamp. Total Value $1,700. Selling for $500. Very good condition 832-510-6489.

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Memorial Oaks Cemetery companion crypt, perpetual care included, $8,700. 713-854-1994. Continental Airline discount coupons (not valid for Houston destination), value $200, asking $100 for both; president club passes, value $100 for both, asking $50. Travel good until 7/2012. Call Cheryl 281-543-2409. Omega Pro II racket with zip case, new, never used, $35; collector plates, 7-8”, dogs, baby animals, wild animals, fine china, gold trimmed, great Christmas Gifts, $15-$20 ea.; Emmot Kelly the Clown limited edition framed lithographs, paid $600, want $275; stainless 8-pc set flatware with all accessory pieces, with fancy wooden chest, new, asking $150, paid $450; commercial clothes rack, heavy metal construction, needs cleaning, but in good condition, $50; AB Do-er Pro Model exercise equipment, sit and exercise abs/arms, adjustable, good condition, $75. Call Cheryl 281-543-2409.

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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. Playboy magazines: Complete years, January 1967 to December 2000; April 1958 to December 1966, only viewed once; also mixed issues. 281-579-1159.

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Rolex watch. Call for details. 281-414-3597.

AUTOMOTIVE Trailer tires, 3 at $25 ea.; GMC PU bed mat, $45; RV 5th wheel pin box, $50. 281-682-0639 1999 Mercedes E430, black/sport package, 167,000 miles, good condition, $7,900 OBO. 713-301-4469. 1996 Buick Roadmaster Ltd: White, leather seats, 76K miles, good condition, $4,500. Call Richie Anderson 281-463-1712. 89 Toyota pick up, 4 cylinders, very clean and in great running condition, $2,800. 281-744-2779.

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I am in need of a driver to drive me around the Houston area. The job pays $10 an hour, times are flexible during the day and the driver would be driving my 2006 PT Cruiser. I pastor a church in the Houston area and would prefer the driver to live in Katy because I live in the Katy area. You may contact me at 281-599-9703 and my email address is pastorsamyoungjr@yahoo.com. Discovery Schoolhouse now hiring teachers and support staff. Must have experience working in a licensed child care facility, be flexible and dependable and have a passion for early childhood education. Call 281-401-9828 or send resume to info@discovery-schoolhouse.com. Looking for a part time registered dental assistant for a state of the art dental office with digital xrays. Must be hard working and friendly. Please call 281394-7581 for more information. 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. 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. 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.

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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.

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.

3-2 spacious home in Katy, $1,200 monthly. Call Fred or Nataly 281-347-2494 for info.

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.

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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. 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.

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HOMES FOR LEASE

Two single females looking for one other to share a house in Green Trails, furnished bedroom, pool, tennis courts, washer and dryer. Non-smoker. $700/ month all utilities included. 832-723-3111.

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.

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 – PB, LHA, LH-A,

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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IMPORTANT NUMBERS FOR CANYON GATE @ CINCO RANCH Who Do I Call?

Canyon Gate @ Historic Cinco Ranch 20422 Canyon Gate Blvd, Katy, Texas 77450 Phone: 281-492-6020 Fax: 281-492-3415 Visit Us on the Web: http://www.canyongateatcincoranch.com CCB PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 281-793-8938 Recreational Center 281-492-6020 Canyon Gate Guard House 281-646-7906 Pay Phone @ Pool 281-492-9075

BOARD MEMBERS Bernie Leaney Dale Terry Doug Brewer Hugh Durlam Robert Rao

281-579-8416 281-831-4116 713-304-8826 832-878-7321 713-302-7798

Schools www.katyisd.org KISD Administration KISD Transportation. Sue Creech Elementary Beck Junior High Seven Lakes High School Merrill Career Center

281-396-6000 281-396-7560 281-237-8850 281-237-3300 281-237-2800 281-237-6300

Libraries Ft. Bend Co. Cinco Ranch Library Maud Marks

281-395-1311 281-492-8592

Community YMCA 281-392-5055 VFW 281-391-4872 Fort Bend Co. Court House 281-342-3411 William B. Travis Building 281-342-3411 Jane Long Annex 281-342-3411 Harris County Court House 281-859-0685 Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-391-2422 Medical Fort Bend County Health Dept.) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Christus St. Catherine Memorial Hospital Christus St. Catherine

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Emergemcy Numbers.... ***911*** Fire Department Non Emergency 281-498-1310 Fort Bend County Sheriff 281-341-4665 Utilities/Post Office Entex Gas 713-659-2111 Reliant Energy 713-207-7777 Light Outage 713-207-2222 S.T.Environmental (MUD District Oper.) 281-579-4500 AT & T New Customer 1-800-288-2020 AT & T Repair 1-800-246-8464 Fort Bend Telephone 281-391-2222 WCA 281-368-8397 (Pick up Tues & Fri.) Tues.-Recyle Fri.-Big Trash Day Comcast Communications 713-341-1000 DPS Katy 281-391-4872 DSS Security 281-395-2419 Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777 Dept. of Public Safety 713-465-8462 Poison Control 1/800/222-1222 Ft Bend County Animal Control 281-342-1512 Voter Registration 281-342-3411 NEWSLETTER For Commercial or Classified Ads contact: Krenek Printing Co. 281-463-8649 7102 Glen Chase Ct. Fax: 281-463-2425 Houston, Tx. 77095 Email: NEWS@KRENEKPRINTING.COM for articles Email: ads@krenekprinting.com for Ads classified@krenekprinting.com

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STEVE HARDCASTLE Your Canyon Gate Realtor • RE/MAX Westside #1 TOP PRODUCER OVER 20 YEARS In A ROW

• TOP 25 Residential Realtors in Greater Houston

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Published by: Krenek Printing 7102 Glen Chase Ct • Houston, TX 77095 • 281-463-8649 Canyon Gate November 2011 email: news@krenekprinting.com for articles • ads@krenekprinting.com for business ads • classified@krenekprinting.com for classified ads

Canyon Gate November 2011  

The November 2011 issue of the Canyon Gate newsletter.

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