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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:15 AM 8:15 AM Closed 8:15 AM 8:15 AM

to 3:30 pm to 3:30 pm to 3:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Please note that the onsite office will be open the Monday and Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, but will be closed for the remainder of the week.

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.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY Mark your calendars! The annual Canyon Gate Christmas party is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, from 10 AM - 12 Noon at the Recreation Center. Come join us for lots of fun, food and visits with Santa. Be sure to bring your camera!

HOLIDAY LIGHTS/DÉCOR Please note that our deed restrictions do not allow holiday lights and/or décor to be displayed before the day after Thanksgiving. Conversely, we ask that it be removed by January 15th of the new year. Please remember that holiday decorations should not be so excessive as to cause a nuisance to neighboring homes.


The current Board of Directors would like to extend warm holiday greetings to all Canyon Gate residents. Please remember that school will be out of session early on December 16th through January 3rd. Use extra caution when driving in and around the community, as there will be many children out and about. School being out of session sometimes can mean an increase in other “unconstructive” happenings. Please remember that we need to be more security conscious than usual at Christmas - be sure to remove any valuables from your vehicles and lock


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your vehicle doors - as well as those of your home. Most thieves are opportunistic - so don’t give them the opportunity! In the past, some residents in the community have experienced vandalism of their holiday decorations. While teens may think it is amusing to damage inflatable decorations or reposition things, it is usually upsetting to the resident and can be expensive. Please pass the word that this is not in the spirit of the season and if kids are caught vandalizing holiday décor, charges may be filed against them by the owner of the decorations.

2012 ASSESSMENTS DUE JANUARY 31, 2012 A $50 discount is offered for those who pay by January 31, 2012 this now includes credit card payments, as well as cash or check (a 3% transaction fee will be applied for credit card payments or e-checks). Dues can be paid with your Visa or MasterCard - either in person at the onsite office or via the website at www.canyongateatcincoranch. com. Interest starts accruing March 1st.

PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE Payment plans are available by calling or emailing the onsite office. You must call or email to request the plan - it will not be set up automatically. The earlier you call to set up a plan, the easier it will be to work the plan into your budget. The board is willing to work with those having financial difficulties, but urges all homeowners to set a plan up early and keep up with the payments. Please note that delinquent accounts get sent to the attorney for collection on April 1st. Payment plans must be set up (and the first payment received) before April 1st to avoid collection.


RECREATION CENTER RENTAL 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. 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.

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.  

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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.


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: • 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.

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 battery-powered 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.

REMINDER ABOUT PARKING REGULATIONS 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. 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.

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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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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 oneyear 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.

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

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. 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 @ 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)? ________________________________________

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

___Pipe ________________________________ ___Brick________________________________ ___Cement______________________________ ___Other________________________________

Please include samples of all improvements! (This includes, but not limited to, paint samples, roof shingles, siding, and solar screens.

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

(B) The improvement(s)/change(s) stated have been completed. _______________________________________ Signature of Homeowner

_______________________________________ Completion Date

COMMENTS:__________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Return to: CANYON GATE @ CINCO RANCH HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION 20422 CANYON GATE BLVD KATY TX 77450 281-492-6020 OFFICE 281-492-3415 FAX


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CANYON GATE TEENAGE JOBSEEKER’S LIST 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 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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TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS-Canyon Gate @ CR 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 Email _________________________________ Birthdate - Mo/Yr_________________________ Age ______ Yr HS Grad________ or Gr ________ Phone _________________________________ Subd__________________________________

q FAC -First Aid Cert. q RCC -Red Cross Cert. q P -Pet Care (only) q PP -Pet/Plant Sitter q H -Housecare q L -Lawncare q T -Tutor q C -Car Detailing

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 ____________________________________________________ Mail to: Krenek Printing Co. 7102 Glen Chase Ct., Houston, TX 77095 email:

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Recycle at Recycling Centers near you! You can go to the Ft. Bend County Recycling Center in Rosenberg (just 10 miles away), where they accept glass/bottles, Styrofoam and other items. Visit the Ft. Bend Co. government website for information: Also, check out Green Arrow Recycling located in Katy, west of Katy High School. Green Arrow accepts paper, plastics, aluminum, electronics, cardboard and other recyclable materials and welcome residential drop offs. Visit for more information. For students seeking a volunteer opportunity, setting up a recycling program with your school is a great idea!

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Eat before you go to a party. This is one of the best tricks to avoid overeating at gatherings. Add fiber rich foods (ex. 100% whole wheat) to whatever you eat so you’ll feel full. Plus, eating fruit will help curb that sweet tooth. Get up and move! Saying you’re too busy is not an explanation - it’s an excuse. You can exercise inside and outside the home - hit the gym, walking/running, tennis, bootcamp, yoga, jump rope, biking, anything. Most cable/dish networks even offer a fitness channel. Get moving. No excuses! Pre-cut your foods. Pre-cut your foods to turn 1 piece into 2, 3 or more pieces. Your plate looks fuller meaning you have enough food and won’t crave seconds. One tortilla chip can be broken into 4 or more pieces to avoid eating too many and dipping too much. Keep a food journal. Write down everything, starting NOW, that you eat. Review your entries daily and see what needs to be added and taken out of your diet. Don’t bring it home. Tempted by chips? Cookies? Pumpkin pie? Don’t buy it when at the market. Even better - avoid those aisles when shopping for food.

Beat the Holiday Blues Check out these few tips on how to beat the holiday blues and be happy! • Be realistic. Some people experience not enough family, fun, and friendship so be kind to yourself. • Create your own traditions. As families change and grow, traditions change, too. As long as you do the traditions with a joyful heart, the celebrations you create will become your family’s cherished rituals. • Help others. It is the best antidote to self-pity and seasonal sadness. Find someone who is struggling more than you are, lend them a helping hand and remember the real meaning of the holidays. • Seek sacred space. Visit a place of worship. Simply sitting in a sacred space can remind you of the true meaning of the holidays. • Take care of your body. Eat well, drink plenty of water, exercise and get plenty of rest. The littlest bit of movement will lift your spirits and reducing the amount of junk food, sugar and alcohol you consume will reduce your blues. • Be financially responsible. Overspending during the holidays will not only increase your stress now, but will also leave you feeling anxious as you struggle to pay the bills. Buck the holiday system of excessive gift-giving and practice simplicity, creativity and basic human kindness. • Grieve. If a friend or family member has recently died, honor their memory. Create an altar with pictures of those you love; light candles every night for someone you have lost; play sacred music and allow yourself to cry, remember, heal. • Forgive. Forgive all sorts of people this holiday season. Read the stories of who have used forgiveness to move mountains. If they can do it, so can we. • Love... everything. Love it all. From the corny Christmas music to the house guests who won’t leave. Love even the hard times; even the cranky and crooked people of the world; even yourself, with all of your imperfections.

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Eat THIS, not THAT for the Holidays! ‘Tis the season of over-indulgence in rich, delicious and unhealthy food. But panic not. You can still enjoy all the goodies of the season, thanks to sensible eating. Here are healthy eating tips for the Christmas season. • Feast for a couple of days, then return to normal. Buy less and don’t let the holiday season turn into an excuse for a month of bingeing. • Cut up a box of mini-sticks of celery and nibble on them when you need a snack. Celery keeps blood pressure low, and helps lower cholesterol too. • Keep reading the labels, but don’t be fooled. Are ‘lite’ potato chips or crisps really a great health option? Yes, you could save a worthwhile 20 calories on a packet - but they’re still a high-fat food, so go easy. • Out of sight is out of mouth. Hide away indulgent puddings, cream and other temptations in the salad drawer, so they don’t beckon every time you open the fridge door. • Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, which improves mood and reduces anxiety. Eat just 3 a day. • If you’re used to working out, have a vigorous session the day before a feast and you’ll burn extra calories more efficiently. • Cinnamon balances blood sugar and reduces ill effects of sweet foods. Stir a little into tea or coffee. • Watch portion sizes like a hawk. Forego the extra spoonful, the second mince pie, never pile food high. Enjoy everything, say no to nothing - but do it all in moderation. • At the supermarket, avoid huge ‘bargain’ packs of special nuts, biscuits etc. Buy smaller sizes and cut the temptation. • Serve two vegetables with each meal (try not to smother them in cream sauce) and put salad greens in every sandwich.



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US Military K-9 Fund, Inc. US Military K-9 Fund, Inc. would like to thank our supporters, who are helping us send “care packages” designed especially for the military dogs deployed with our troops to the Middle East. We are so grateful to the Girl Scouts that have given some of their cookie money to us, Longenbaugh Vet Hospital, Rover Oaks Pet Resort, Animal Hospital Jones Road, Cypress Cares, Copperfield Women’s Club and others for enabling us to continue sending the “care packages” to the dogs that are saving lives. We are celebrating having been able to send over 150 boxes so far. And we have only just begun… With HELP from everyone who has dogs or loves dogs, we can make a difference in these dogs ability to keep our men and women safer by sensing what humans cannot. They go where machines cannot. They smell what machines cannot. And, they are a “force multiplier.” Help us send them dog boots, dog goggles, cooling/warming vests, toys, treats and grooming items. Their handlers get some things too! Go to to learn more.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drive will be held at the Katy Donor Center Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 1575 S. Grand Parkway @ Highland Knolls, Suite 600, Katy TX. 281-392-7902. Donate and save three lives and get a t-shirt.

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The EmPowerment Center’s Annual Christmas WEEKEND Join us for a Ho! Ho! Ho! weekend beginning Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9 AM with food, fun, entertainment and special guest Santa and friends with toys for the girls and boys. Then on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 9 am come see, hear and enjoy the splendor of the Christmas Story by our Drama & Fine Arts Team in our Holiday Production along with Santa and friends who will be giving out more toys to the kids. Everyone is welcome. For additional information visit us online at or call our office at 281-578-3535. The EmPowerment Center is located at 20910 Park Row, Katy, Texas 77449.

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

U.S. FLAG ETIQUETTE [Submitted by Bill Royer, ARC Member]

Those of us who have a flagpole on our property from which to fly the U.S. Flag should keep in mind key points of U.S. Flag etiquette, which we may have forgotten amid today’s maddening pace of life. Distilled from the U.S. Flag Code, at The U.S. Flag, a representative symbol of a living country, should be treated as a living thing and cared for as such; • The U.S. Flag should never touch anything beneath it, including the ground; • The U.S. Flag traditionally is raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset; • The U.S. Flag must be properly illuminated if flown at night; • The U.S. Flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously; • The U.S. Flag should not be displayed on days when weather is inclement; (except if it is made of all-weather material); • If a State flag is also to be flown from the same mast, the U.S. Flag must be equal to or larger than the State flag; the U.S. Flag must always be at the top on the same halyard or raised first and lowered last if flags are on separate halyards. • The flag for any country is a source of pride and inspiration for the people. It deserves a certain amount of respect. The flag should be properly folded and cared for when not flown. • When proclamation by The President or Governor is given for the U.S. Flag to be flown at half-mast, the flag is first hoisted to the peak, then lowered to half-mast for the day. At the time for lowering, the flag is first raised to the peak and then lowered, (The exception is Memorial Day: The flag is flown at half-mast only until noon. At noon, the flag is again raised to the top and lowered at end of day).


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HOW TO HOST A COOKIE EXCHANGE ON A BUDGET 1. Send Evites or emails to guests in order to save money on the cost of invitations and postage. If you ask each guest to bring 6-dozen cookies and there are ten people at the exchange that means you’ll have 720 cookies. Assuming each person takes home 5-dozen cookies, you will still have 120 leftover for tasting. It is important to let the guests know the exact amount of cookies to bring. 2. Invite moms only, if possible. This way, you’re not distracted by having to follow toddlers around and you don’t feel compelled to serve snacks for kids of varying ages. 3. Nearly all types of cookies work well for a cookie exchange, though it’s best to avoid any that are extremely delicate as they can get crushed by the sturdier kinds. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of cookies that need to be refrigerated, such as lemon bars. 4. You want to know the ingredients that raise the price of certain cookie recipes? Nuts, chocolate, and liqueur – just to name a few. Mexican wedding cakes are delicious, for example, but the pecans alone can cost $6 for half a pound. If you really want to make a pricey cookie like mini pecan pie tarts, go ahead, but just shape or cut them smaller. 5. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to roll and cut out dough, simply dress up old favorites like chocolate chip drop cookies by sprinkling them with red or green colored sugar. A bottle of decorating sugar costs under $3 and will last you.


7. Another budget-priced cookie is the bar cookie. Make a batch of brownies from a mix and add a teaspoon of mint extract. Make an easy icing (confectioners’ sugar, a tablespoon of butter and milk) and tint it green using food coloring, with a dash of mint extract added for flavor.. You can add red sprinkles or chocolate jimmies, just to add that little extra something. 8. Flavor extracts are inexpensive, but can add a lot of flavor. Make thumbprint cookies, but add a teaspoon of rum extract to the dough and half a teaspoon of rum extract to the icing. Or, add mint extract to your basic sugar cookie dough, roll out into candy cane shapes and bake. After you frost them, top with candy canes that you have crushed in the food processor or blender. 9. Try putting a holiday spin on economical old favorites like Rice Krispies treats. When you stir the cereal into the melted butterand-marshmallow mixture, add green, red, or a combination of both colored sprinkles to the mixture. Spread it into a greased pan and cut into diamond shapes when cool. You can also flatten these out and use a cookie cutter to cut into trees, bells or ornaments. 10. When it comes to inexpensive food coloring, a little goes a long way. Color basic snickerdoodle or sugar cookie dough green, roll them out into little balls and place on a baking sheet. For beautiful holiday thumbprint cookies, make a tiny indentation in each cookie before baking and fill it with raspberry or strawberry jam.

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11. If you’re really pressed for time, to the point where time is money, don’t be afraid to buy the refrigerated rolls of cookie dough and infuse them with your own special touches. Top chocolate chip cookies with some unwrapped, melted caramels, mini marshmallows and chocolate-coated chocolate candies, then bake another minute or until the marshmallows are golden – no one is likely to have also made this creative and delicious treat. 12. Keep the refreshments light. For an afternoon cookie exchange you can serve tea, coffee (add a cinnamon stick to the coffee before you brew it) and maybe hot cider (buy the store brand by the gallon and warm it on the stove or in a slow cooker, with a couple of cinnamon sticks.) Have a bowl of seasonal fruit (grapes and clementines provide color) and maybe a wedge or two of a not so costly cheese for those that need a break from the sweets. 13. Be sure to tell each guest to bring along copies of their recipe and put them right on the table next to their variety of cookie. 14.  Have everyone in your exchange bring just one or two extra dozen cookies and you can make up plates of cookies for homebound elderly or residents at homeless shelters. Encourage everyone to bring some canned food and you can donate these to a local soup kitchen, as well. After the party has cleared and you present your family with a huge tray of holiday treats, they will be thrilled. You’re giving them cookies that look and taste store bought, but were actually made with a secret ingredient: love.  And that’s really what this holiday season is all about. Enjoy! By Rosemary Black.


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Beck Junior High International Festival Beck Junior High held its International Festival on October 7th. Students had a great time seeing artifacts from around the world and tasting international foods.

Beck Junior High Pep Squad and Cheerleaders The Beck J.H. pep squad had their first cheer performance and joined the Beck J.H. cheerleaders on September 26th at Cinco Ranch High School. Sarah H. and Alyssa W. had a fun time cheering for the 7th grade Beck Bulldogs football players!


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A Silent Auction will complete your evening with the opportunity to do some unique holiday shopping. Kick off your holiday season with an evening of heart-warming student talent and support the Seven Lakes Fine Arts Program at the same time. More information and order forms for dinner reservations are available through the websites of Seven Lakes High School Band, Choir, Orchestra or Theater - accessible from Contact Carol Zmick ( or 281-693-0940) for more information. 

SLHS 7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA These Seven Lakes High School Elves are getting ready for an evening of holiday festivities on Friday, December 9, 2011. Community members are invited to join us at Seven Lakes High School for the 7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza. This lovely evening will feature entertainment by the talented students of the SLHS Fine Arts Department. There will be a performance of beautiful and festive music at 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public. Band, Orchestra and Choir groups will be featured. Free-will donations will benefit the Fine Arts Department at SLHS. Dinner will also be available at 5:30 PM for the Holiday Extravaganza. Dinner reservations are by pre-sale only for $20. Each dinner features lasagna and chicken alfredo, caesar salad, breadsticks, dessert and drink. Vegetarian Lasagna or a dinner size Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free with no croutons) will be available by special order. Dinner entertainment will feature our renowned Sapphire Drill Team, the SLHS Jazz Band and dramatic presentations by Theater and Speech students.



The Seven Lakes Spartan Band Percussion Section earned a 1st place finish at the Foster High School Drumline Contest on September 24th. Additionally, the bass drum section was awarded the outstanding bass line at the competition. The Spartan Percussionists performed their 2011 competition show, “Nuevo Mundo.” The forty Spartan percussion students are lead by Seven Lakes Associate Band Director David Reynolds.

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2011 - 2012 SLHS JV Squad Cheer Camp / Honors The Seven Lakes High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders attended the UCA cheer camp this summer hosted at Moody Gardens. The JV squad received 1st place honors for Extreme Routine Dance as well as 1st place in the cheer category. The squad sponsored by Coach Jaime Wilson also received recognition as All Around Superior Squad of the Week. In addition to these honors the JV Squad had 2 members named as UCA All American Cheerleaders: Captain - Alissa Fono and Captain - Sara Stout. Congratulations to these students and their coach.

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Dec. 16th – Early Dismissal (secondary 11:35 AM; elementary 12:40 PM); End of Grading Period Dec. 19th – 30th – Student Holiday Jan. 2nd & 3rd – Student Holiday Jan. 4th – Grading Period Begins Jan. 16th – MLK Day (Student Holiday)


Now – Dec 2nd – Food for Families Campaign. Annual fundraiser assisting Katy ISD students and their families. Jan. 20th - Men Who Mentor. A manly breakfast for guys who currently mentor and those who are interested in mentoring. 7:30 – 9:00 AM, ESC Room 1200.

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Last year, our Katy ISD community supported 265 Katy ISD students and their families by raising over $13,000. Coordinating Food for Families is always a tremendous blessing for us here in Partners in Education. We hope to share that joy with you.  


Drs. James Jacobs and Nicolas Manriquez, of Your Total Foot Care Specialist, are pleased to announce, two $1,500 “Stepping Into The Future” scholarships for 2012 KISD graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted to the offices of Your Total Foot Care Specialist by March 29, 2012, 5:00 PM. A third party committee will select the two winning applicants. The “Stepping Into The Future” scholarship program is available to seniors graduating with GPA’s ranging from 2.5 to 3.7. The scholarships are geared towards those students showing academic promise through a combination of demonstrated academic achievement and leadership potential. The two “Stepping Into The Future” scholarship recipients will be announced at the Katy ISD Awards Ceremonies during May.

KEYS Mentoring

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 pre-designated 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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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 or call 281-396-6365.

KISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System Katy ISD has earned a rating of Superior Achievement under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the nine years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST. Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources. The Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, with the highest being Superior Achievement, followed by Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement and Substandard Achievement. Approximately 784 out of the 1,029 school districts in Texas received the Superior Achievement rating this year.


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Katy ISD also recently announced that it has been named a FiveStart District in the Texas Comptroller’s Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) – one of only 23 districts in Texas to receive this rank for two consecutive years.

katy SPORTS Katy YMCA Programs Register now for YMCA Winter Sports Leagues. Contact the Y for details at 281-392-5055 or 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.

i9 Sports 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. Registration continues through Friday, December 16th). For more information, please visit or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).

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

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

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LADY SHARKS WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) 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 281-579-7621, ednahem@ or Michele Hurlburt at 281-398-7696,


KYF Senior Varsity Saints Football and Cheer On October 15, 2011, the KYF Senior Varsity Saints football players wore pink socks, pink mouth guards and pink sweat bands and the cheerleaders wore pink socks and pink hair ribbons to represent Breast Cancer Awareness month. The boys & girls loved representing a great cause and the team went on to win their game 35-22.

CINCO BOYS LACROSSE 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, to register or for more information.


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 or call Nancy at 281-550-2043.

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.

Women’s Basketball League

Looking for as many ladies as possible to play. Ages 16+. Contact Krystal Horn for more information at

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THE JIMMY FRANKLIN TEAM Jimmy has over 28 years experience in Residential Real Estate. He’s been the top Realtor in Cinco Ranch for 17 out of 18 years, as named by Newland Communities. In fact, for 2010 he out produced the next top 5 teams combined! While other agents talk about the “soft market” list with someone who’s doing

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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.

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 or Yana Dommert at 281-394-2481 or Kathy Smith 815-715-3892.

WINTER CRAFT SHOWS/MARKETS Epiphany of the Lord Frostyfest Craft Show Epiphany of the Lord’s 17th Annual Frostyfest will be held December 3, 2011 from 9 AM until 3 PM at 1530 Norwalk Dr., Katy (South of I-10 off of Highland Knolls between Fry Road and Westgreen Blvd.). This show offers handmade merchandise from craftsman and artisans; no resale venders. In addition to the more than 80 venders, there will be a quilt raffle, silent auction, bake sale and photos with Santa.

Morton Ranch High SCHOOL HOLIDAY MARKET FOR PROJECT PROM 2012 We will be having a Project Prom 2012 fundraising event (Holiday Market with booths for crafts, etc.) at Morton Ranch Junior High, 2498 North Mason Road, 
Katy, Texas 77449 (not at the high school,) on December 3rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Interested vendors should contact the Holiday Market chairperson, Veronica Salazar at

HOLIDAY SPECIAL EVENTS 8th Annual CINCO RANCH HIGH SCHOOL Cougar Stars Holiday Parade of Homes This traditional holiday event is brighter and more beautiful than ever! Mark your calendars for Dec. 1st and 2nd to visit six Katy area homes, each unique and beautifully decorated from whimsical and fun to elegantly traditional. Special features include a beautifully decorated home by Curtain Call, a third story patio view over an outdoor oasis and a whimsical craft room you can almost vision Santa and his helpers working the night away in. Over the top decorations, a CRHS Bravo Choir appearance on Thursday and CRHS Orchestra Quartet appearance both nights, this will be an event you won’t to miss! Tickets are $12 and available from your favorite Cougar Star or at the following retailers: Beau Kisses, Hauerlands, YaYa Club and Curtain Call.


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The Seven Lakes High School PTSA Presents The Spartan Showcase Of Holiday Homes! Tour a variety of stately homes beautifully 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 started November 21, 2011 at Seven Lakes High School 9251 S. Fry Road,
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Journey To Bethlehem Journey To Bethlehem has become a Katy Christmas tradition! Take your family on an amazing outdoor walking tour to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus! On your journey you’ll encounter over 20 live animals and interact with dozens of characters as the events unfold leading up to the birth of the Messiah. Current - A Christian Church is located at 26600 Westheimer Parkway,, 281-395-4722. Journey To Bethlehem is a free event.  Friday, December 9th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM Saturday, December 10th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Sunday, December 11th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

The Christmas Revels: Musical Theater in Celebration of the Winter Solstice The darkest time of the year casts a powerful spell over nearly every culture in the northern hemisphere, and has given birth to countless ways of celebrating the winter solstice. Many of the present-day holiday rituals in our country originate in the Nordic/German traditions and come flavored with the spices of Europe. We invite you to take a little journey to early nineteenthcentury Bavaria and the surrounding regions to explore the roots of modern Christmas. As always, this interactive family friendly show will include superb music, lovely costumes, and traditional dances. Our adult and children’s choruses will add to the warmth, as will performances by accomplished guest artists, including an Alphorn duet and yodlers, who are genuine interpreters of Bavarian culture. A keepsake booklet containing information about the Bavarian celebrations and songs featured in the show is included with the ticket. Don’t miss this heartwarming event and join in with our nationwide family of returning Revels fans. The 2011 Christmas Revels takes place December 10th-11th & 17th-18th Saturdays 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM · Sundays at 2:30 PM Wortham Theater, entrance 16 from Cullen blvd. at the University of Houston Campus, Houston, Texas. Ample parking space available. Tickets are $17.50 - $40.


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

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




Two Churches, One Message: LDS and Catholic Churches Present Annual Christmas Concert The combined choirs of Epiphany Catholic Church and the Katy Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 11, 2011, 7:30 PM, at Epiphany Catholic Church - 1603 Norwalk Drive in Katy. The concert will feature traditional Christmas music, as well as holiday songs from other cultures. The event is open and free to the public. For nineteen years, the two churches just across the street from each other have been combining their choirs for a Christmas Concert. 

Living Word Lutheran Church cantata The Choir of Living Word Lutheran Church will present the cantata “There Is a Rose” during their worship services at 8:00 am and 11:00 am on Sunday, Dec 11th. A chamber orchestra will accompany the choir for the presentation of the cantata composed by Robert Sterling and John Parker. “There Is a Rose” features many well-known Christmas carols such as Away in a Manger, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, and Silent Night, as well as newly composed music. The congregation of Living Word Lutheran Church warmly invites you to join them and enjoy the music of the Christmas season by singing along or just listening. Cookies, coffee and juice will be served after each service. For more information, please check the church website or call 281-392-2300, x213.

The EmPowerment Center’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive

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

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drive will be held at the Katy Donor Center Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 1575 S. Grand Parkway @ Highland Knolls, Suite 600, Katy TX. 281-392-7902. Donate and save three lives and get a t-shirt.


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THEATER/ARTS Houston Family Arts Center Performances are at Houston Family Arts Center Garza Main Stage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070. 2011-2012 Mainstage Season: The Sound of Music (Through - Dec 18, 2011 on the Garza Main Stage) A Lesson Before Dying (Jan. 20 - Feb. 5, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) Seussical the Musical (Feb. 24 - Mar. 11, 2012 at the Berry Center) The 39 Steps (Apr. 13-29, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) The Fantasticks (Through - June 10, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage Guys and Dolls (July 13-29, 2012 TAG production at the Berry Center) Season tickets are now on sale. For the best seating and lowest prices become a season ticket holder. The HFAC season package is arranged so that any six or more shows constitute a package and patrons get to pick which 6, 7 or 8! Patrons can select their seats online at www. or call the HFAC box office at 281-685-6374. GO TO 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 or contact docent@ or 713-464-4900.



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Houston Fire Fighters Making Houston the City with the Biggest Heart FOR MDA It’s official, Houstonians through the Houston Fire Fighters raised a record breaking $509,961 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association making them the #1 Fill-the-Boot department in the country for the last 9 out of 10 years raising more than $6.3 million during that time. For more than 50 years fire fighters have helped MDA by filling their boots with donations from the citizens of their community. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local #341 will begin their 2012 Fill-theBoot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday February 11, 2012 during the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Fire Fighters will also be out March 10th, April 14th and May 12th to collect funds for the campaign.

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The Fire Fighters rely on support and donations from the community for the success of the campaign. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA’s outpatient clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute. Money raised from Fill-the-Boot also sends young people ages 6-17 to MDA summer camp, held in Burton, Texas. For more information, please contact MDA Director of Business Development Carrie Dalton at 713-522-3679 or

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Pack 780’s Webelos Cub Scouts with Dr. Todd Johnson in the Trauma Room of Texas Children’s Hospital

Pack 780 Cub Scouts Tour Texas Children’s Hospital The Webelos Den (10-year-olds) from Cub Scout Pack 780 recently toured the Emergency Room of the West Houston campus of Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Todd Johnson, a physician at the hospital and a father of one of the Scouts, led the tour. While in the hospital, the boys learned about different life saving equipment and procedures and also practiced first aid techniques. Pack 780 is chartered by a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the South Katy area. All boys ages 8-10 are welcome to join. For information, please contact Cubmaster Brandon Walker at 281 394 2569 or


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BOY SCOUTS CRHS student Andrew Vogel Earns Eagle Rank Andrew Vogel, a member of Boy Scout Troop 73, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Andrew resurfaced part of the walking trails of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. By covering up the existing crushed concrete with decomposed granite, the resurfacing project offers universal accessibility to people in wheelchairs, children in strollers and emergency vehicles. Andrew has held numerous leadership positions within his troop, such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Order of the Arrow Representative. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He has also earned over 100 merit badges. Andrew completed his Eagle project earlier this year, while he was in the tenth grade. Andrew is currently a junior at Cinco Ranch High School. Troop 73 is chartered through Memorial Lutheran Church of Katy.

PACK 542 HONORS THOMAS PARK WITH A TREE FOR ARBOR DAY Thomas Park in Old Katy will be a little more colorful this fall thanks to efforts of the Cub Scouts of Pack 542. The Scouts spent a sunny Sunday afternoon planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day. Not only will the tree planting help beautify Thomas Park, but it helped the Scouts develop a sense of community involvement and giving back through service to the community. The kids put some effort into life and they will see the benefits down the road, especially when they return to visit the Park after many years.

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L-R: Taylor Stout, Chris Wilson, Zak Arafat, Payton Stout, Matthew Wright, Zachary Hebert Mikell Wright and Wanda Wright

Pack 925 Two groups from Pack 925 recently went to the Davis Mountains in Fort Davis Texas for a rare opportunity to spend one week camping and hiking.


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CRHS student Christin Vogel Earns Silver Award Christin Vogel, a member of Girl Scout Troop 17229, recently earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest recognition a Cadette Girl Scout can achieve. Her project consisted of conducting book drives and creating activity kits. Christin held two different book drives. The children’s books were donated to the Harris County Hospital District. The teens’ books were donated to the Krause Center in Katy. The activity kits were assembled and divided according to age and gender; they benefitted the children coming into Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Emergency Center. Christin also donated band-aids, stickers and bubbles to the TCH Emergency Center. Christin completed her Silver Award project earlier this year, while she was in the eighth grade. Christin is currently a freshman at Cinco Ranch High School.

CHURCH INFORMATION Current - A Christian Church BLUE CHRISTMAS Blue Christmas is a special service specifically designed for those have lost a loved one and who are dealing with grief at Christmas time. The service will include a special message about managing grief at Christmas and a candle-lighting ceremony where each person can honor and remember their loved one. Friday, December 2nd, 7:00 PM, Current - A Christian Church, 26600 Westheimer Parkway,, 281-395-4722.

2nd ANNUAL A MERRY CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Family Life Assembly of God 1012 S. Mason Road Katy, Texas 281-392-0637 Don’t have time to bake? Here’s a chance to buy delicious homemade Christmas Cookies for that special loved one or that last minute gift! Choose from an assortment of goodies that is sure to bring a smile to any holiday celebration!  

Grace Fellowship UMC Kidz Christmas Come join us at Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church December 23rd for Kidz Christmas. Starting at 4:30 PM we will have family activities including a modern day take on the journey to Bethlehem, live nativity, family pictures, and S’MORES! Then starting at 6:15 PM we will have a family Christmas service Kidz Style! What does this mean? We will have fun music, dancing, black-light puppets, the Christmas Musical “Dude, You Hear What I Hear” and a few more surprises your not going to want to miss! We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you and your family!     Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church 2655 S. Mason Road - 281-646-1300.

Covenant Lutheran Church Christmas Eve Worship Covenant Lutheran Church (3785 Barker Cypress Rd) will offer two candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th at 7:00 and 11:00 pm. Please join us for carols, candlelight and communion, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!


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Creekside Community Church Community Christmas Eve Service - Una Comunidad de Navidad Servicio - Servicios en Español e Ingles Dec. 24th, 5:00 pm (service in English and Spanish simultaneously) Community Christmas Service - Dec. 25th, 10:30 am Creekside Community Church - meeting at Woodcreek Jr. High, 1801 Woodcreek Bend Ln., Katy, Texas 77494. Contact or Information: 713-705-4878,

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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.

adults with disabilities. The bike rally or BW15 provided residents with a fun, inclusive bike ride. Some Brookwood residents rode tandem bikes with volunteers from the churches. Others rode independently on either regular or specially modified bikes. Church members from the Katy 3rd and 4th wards, two congregations from the south Katy area, provided food and drinks for the participants. The LDS volunteers also came to support the residents with cheering and encouragement. After the bike rally, the Katy churches provided a carnival with games and activities for the residents at the Brookwood community. This event was part of a broader Houston-wide “Day of Service” in which many Houston area Latter-day Saint congregations participated. The Brookwood community is located in Brookshire, Texas and provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. To learn more, visit

Vo l u nt e e r s a nd Brookwood Residents enjoy a Bike Rally at the Brookwood Community.

Katy LDS Churches Join with Brookwood Community for Bike Rally

Epiphany of The Lord Catholic Church Ladies’ Club We meet every second Friday of the month in our family center at 9:30 AM. All ladies are welcomed to attend. For any questions, please feel free to call Co-President Pat Conner, 281-394-5101 or Co-President Kathy Phillips, 281-347-5127.

On October 16th, Katy congregations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) joined with the Brookwood Community for a special bike rally and carnival. The Brookwood Community is a residential facility and vocational program for


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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 281492-0785. 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 Richard Powell, 281-392-2941.



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 can get to the church if traveling west on Hwy. 90 to Katyland Rd. Turn right at the light, go to the second stop sign (at the stadium) Eleventh St., turn left and the Church Hall will be on your right one block down. For more info., call 281-391-4758.

Fort Bend Master Gardeners For information on Ft. Bend Master Gardeners or lists of events, visit 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 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 for information on our group.

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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 Christ-centered 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. 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, or contact Janeen Smith at 832-764-1123,

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Public Information Office - 281-341-2677 FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, December 27th. All Fort Bend County libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday, January 1st and 2nd in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd. Your online library is always open at 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.

CINCO RANCH BRANCH LIBRARY (FT. BEND CO. LIB.) 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, TX 77494, 281-395-1311, Hours Mon. 12 Noon - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6 PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 9 PM, Fri. 12 Noon - 5 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. Closed. • CINCO RANCH NIGHT READERS’ TO DISCUSS ‘The Time It Never Rained’ - The Night Readers’ book club will meet on Thursday, December 15th beginning at 7:00 PM, in Conference Room 2. The literary-review club is free and open to the public. • LIBRARY IS THINKING COOL AGAIN IN DECEMBER: When the staff at the library first displayed their “Think Cool” exhibit in December 2004, it snowed on Christmas Eve. Hoping that if they “Think Cool Again” really, really hard, the white, fluffy flakes might come again, the staff announces the return of the holiday exhibit and the magic


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of the season. Throughout the months of December and January, library patrons are invited to make a wish at the “Think Cool Again” display and to accept the staff’s wish for a safe and happy holiday season for all! Courtesy of the library branch staff, the exhibit of snowmen and snowflakes, reindeer and polar bears stands ready to welcome cooler weather to the Katy area once again. The collection of wintry items will be on display for public viewing during regular library hours. • 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 Excel Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Thursday, December 1st, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab. • The “MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Tuesday, December 6th, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab. • The “MS Word Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Tuesday, December 13th, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab. 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 (, 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. December 6th: Baby Dancing December 13th: Bells & Chimes December 20th: NO PROGRAM December 27th: NO PROGRAM • 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. December 1st: Bath Time December 7th and 8th: Five Senses December 14th and 15th: Winter December 21st and 22nd: NO PROGRAM December 28th and 29th: NO PROGRAM



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• Pre-school Story Time: where they hear stories, watch movies and participate in age-appropriate craft activities, beginning at 2:00 pm each Tuesday. December 6th: Our Five Senses December 13th: Brrr! December 20th: NO PROGRAM December 27th: NO PROGRAM • Pajama Night Story Time: Thursdays at 7:00 pm - gives families an evening option for the activities presented during the daytime. December 1st: Soaping Up December 8th: Seeing & Hearing December 15th: Ice & Snow December 22nd: NO PROGRAM December 29th: NO PROGRAM • Kinder Korner - a time for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities - takes place on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM. December 6th: Sensing Things December 13th: I’m Freezing December 20th: NO PROGRAM December 27th: NO PROGRAM


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• 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. December 7th: Snowflake Celebration December 21st: NO PROGRAM • 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 December 12th will be “Game Night.”

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Hours: Mon. 12 Noon - 8 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 6 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6 PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 8 PM, Fri. 12 Noon - 5 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. Closed. Website: Public Information Office - 281-341-2677.

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Hours: Mon. 9 AM - 9 PM, Tues. 9 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 9 AM 9 PM, Thurs. 9 AM - 9 PM, Fri. 9 AM - 5 PM, Sat. 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 1 PM - 5 PM. Website: Public Information Office - 281-341-2677.

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Become an essential part of a student’s life by signing up to be a tutor for the Literacy Council! The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County holds tutor training every other month. The next training will be in January. After 12 hours of training, outstanding volunteers are equipped to teach Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adults. The trainings prepare tutors to organize and compile lesson plans, learn about various tutoring techniques, understand the purpose of the Literacy Council and much more. Tutors do not need knowledge of any foreign language, nor do they need formal teaching experience. We offer many locations for tutoring throughout the area, including locations in Katy. Tutoring sessions are offered during the day and at night. If you are interested in impacting someone’s life by being their tutor, please contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181 or visit the website at www.ftbendliteracy. org. Help us to “Change Lives Through Literacy!”

RUOK Program

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Dept. has a computer-generated program called “Are You OK?” (RUOK). It is a computer-generated call intended for senior citizens (over 55) and disabled persons who live alone and could benefit from a daily check. A computer will generate a call each morning, at about the same time and the participant chooses a time frame. A voice will ask, “Are you OK?” After this, all they have to do is hang up the phone. If the participant goes out of town or leaves the residence for any time, you just temporarily un-subscribe and re-subscribe when you return. If the call goes unanswered, the computer will call back 3 times at 15-minute intervals. If there is still no answer, the sheriff will dispatch a deputy or the local police. They will have with them a print out of information on the person that is not responding to the calls. This program was established by FBC Sheriff Milton Wright, Commissioner’s Court and Ken Whitt (FBC Sheriff’s Citizens Acad-


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emy Alumni Assoc.) in 1998. Many police chiefs in the county are also participating in the program and will proceed with the welfare check for citizens of their community. To request more information or to enroll in this free and very beneficial program, please call the Sheriff’s dept. at 281-341-4704.

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ATTENTION! Pet Poops / You Scoop Please be respectful of community grounds and neighbors’ yards. If your pet poops during your walk, be prepared to scoop and trash. Come with a scooper and a recycled grocery bag or anything else. It may not be the most fabulous way to walk your pet, but it does show your respect for every homeowner and our beautiful community.

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PLEASE NOTE - Pets on Leashes It is the law in Fort Bend County that all pets must be vaccinated for rabies, registered and restrained. All animals, when outside of an owner’s means of restraint (i.e., in a fenced back yard), must be on a leash. For the safety of all residents, please use all precautions with your pets and keep them on leashes when walking pets in the community EVEN IF YOU FEEL YOUR PET IS HARMLESS. If you see ANY animal roaming freely in the neighborhood, immediately call Animal Control at 281-342-1512. Even if you recognize the animal, be very careful approaching it, as you do not know how it will react; if you can safely retrieve the animal, then call the owner. Otherwise, Animal Control is your best and safest option.

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Animal control authorities are permitted to enter your Property to patrol and remove pets. Pets must be registered, licensed and inoculated as required by law. As a dog owner, you are responsible for the control of your dog. If your dog is one that ‘makes objectionable noise,’ you must make every effort to respect your Neighbor’s right to their ‘peace and quiet.’ When your dog is not in your yard, it is imperative that you keep your dog on a leash at all times. While your dog is friendly to you and your family, imagine the consequences if it were to harm someone while it was ‘roaming free.’

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Please respect other resident’s right to walk the common area ground without fear of attack from an unleashed dog. Laws are written to ensure that owned animals are confined to their property or kept on a leash to free a community of unrestrained and free-roaming animals. Although most dog bites occur on the property where the dog lives, unrestrained or free-roaming dogs do pose a substantial threat to the public. In addition, unrestrained animals are at increased risk of being bitten by rabies infected wildlife. Enforcement of restraint laws is essential in enhancing the animal control program’s efforts to reduce the risk of rabies in our community. LICENSING OF DOGS AND CATS The primary benefit of licensing animals is identification, should that animal become lost. Licensing also: • Ensures that rabies vaccination are current. • Allows for quick identification in case of a bite incident. • Provides revenue to offset the administration costs of the animal control program. VACCINATION Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs and cats because they are an important control measure for the public health threat of rabies. In addition to protecting pets, rabies vaccinations provide a barrier between infected wild animals and humans.


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The Ft. Bend County Recycling center is located nearby in Rosenberg (just 10 miles away) and accepts glass/bottles and Styrofoam that Waste Management doesn’t pick up. Visit the Ft. Bend Co. government website for information: Some recycling facts: • It takes about 1-2 million years for glass to decompose. • It takes 1+ million years for Styrofoam to decompose. For more facts on decomposition time, visit http://behealthyandrelax. com/2007/11/how-long-does-it-take-to-decompose.

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After receiving her crown at midfield, Pope John XXIII High School Homecoming Queen Caitlin Auffenberg joins fellow cheerleaders on the sideline. Photo by Ben Snow.

2011 Homecoming Court members Bethany Vuyk and Andres Garcia are presented to the crowd at the Pope John XXIII High School Homecoming game. Photo by Chris Lee.

Pope John XXIII High School Homecoming Caitlin Auffenberg and Austin “Tex” Vinson were named Pope John XXIII High School Homecoming Queen and King. Along with their Court, they were presented at the Homecoming game on October 21, 2011.


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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 Compassionate Friends (TCF) - meetings are held in the John Burns building of Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd in Katy, across from the Taylor High tennis courts. For more info. please visit our website, or contact Melinda Ginter, 281-492-1262. • The Compassionate Friends Houston West Chapter meets every second Monday at 7 pm at Tallowood Baptist Church at 555 Tallowood, room ET102. Info. at www.compassionatefriends. org and the Houston West Chapter at or by calling Greg Williams 281-345-9707. • CANCER COUNSELING (FREE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP IN KATY) - meets Thursdays from 7-8 pm at Christus St. Catherine Hospital. For registration and info., contact Cancer Counseling, 713520-9873 or Spanish-speaking available. • Free Mental Disorders Family Support Groups - Meets at a number of locations. Complete listing on or call 713-970-4419. • NAMI Family to Family - free mental disorders family education course. For info., please call Vi 281-893-2493 or Debbie 713-849-5637. • DEPRESSION Bipolar support alliance - For info., call the DBSA office at 713-600-1131 or check out our website at www. • 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. For more information check out our website: http:// • Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas katy support group - meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 7 PM at Christus St. Catherine Annex Hospital, 2nd floor, classroom B, 701 Fry Road. For further info., please contact the support group leaders, Daryl and Barbara Brister 281-395-5392 or email • Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) - For Ages 12 to 17, call 281-870-9311 or for ages 17 to 25, call 713-647-8858. • Harris county WIC PROGRAM - For additional info. about WIC, call 713-439-6145 or For a recorded message listing all Harris County WIC sites, you may call 713-439-6130. • 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 • Different Strokes - a support group for stroke survivors meets every Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Senior Center, located at 13150 Memorial Dr., for fellowship, learning, sharing, exercising and loving. Call for further info.: Kay Callahan 713-461-5604 or Roberta Owens 281-463-3490. • The 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. Please visit or call 832-754-9802 or 832-888-9265 for additional info. • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) - meets every Saturday. For times and locations, please see our website at or call 281-392-8914. • West Houston Medical Center - offers free monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups and free monthly Weight Loss Surgery Informational/Educational Classes. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8657. • DRUG AND ALCOHOLISM FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP - meets at Radical Recovery, 21811 Katy Freeway, D-110 Katy (behind Discount Tire), every Wednesday night from 7 – 8 PM. For more info., call 713-632-5237. • Home Encouragement - a 501(c)(3) non-profit that nurtures healthy marriages and strong families. For info., contact Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement at 281-347-LIFE or visit our website at


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• 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 info., contact Betty Ann Schwarz at 281-347-2194 or email • Katy ADHD parent group - meets 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. For more info., contact Laura Peddicord at 281-392-6064 or • 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, • 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., 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 or call 281-398-6464. • Katy/West Houston Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Meetup Group – monthly meetings provide info. and support for sufferers/families regarding any of these or related disorders. Sign up for more info at (search fibromyalgia and Katy TX to find us), email or call 281-705-4395, Vickie Tway - Facilitator, for other info. and meeting schedule. • Hopekeepers - national web site is for more information or come to one of the local support groups. Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church (2655 S. Mason Rd) on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 10:30 AM. Epiphany of the Lord Church (1530 Norwalk Dr) on Mondays at 6:30 PM.

PARENT’S (MOM’S) & CHILDREN’S GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, ETC. • LA LECHE LEAGUE OF KATY AND WEST HOUSTON - Methodist West Houston Hospital, 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094. Daytime Meetings 1st Wed. of month, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Evening Meetings, 4th Mon. of month, 7:00-8:45 PM. For further info., please call: Susan 281-829-6833, Maria 832-606-9932 (Spanish). La Leche League International’s website is: • MOMS Club of Katy - please email momsclubkatyse@yahoo. com. You can also contact Jamie Ensminger, Membership VP: 832-493-1507.


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• MOMS @ Second - West Campus - Cost is $40 for entire year. Childcare provided for a minimal cost. For more info, call Faye at 713-465-3408 x 1007. • Bear Creek Baptist MOPS – Meets the second and forth Friday of each month at 9:30 AM. The cost is $10 per meeting for childcare and MOPS dues. For more info, contact Kristi Brock at or 281-858-4202. • Katy Moms In Touch International group - For info., call Leslie Power at 281-392-2357 or visit on the web. • Mothers’ Share Group - 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). For more info. or to confirm childcare, contact St. Peter’s UMC at 281-492-8031 or • Mocha Moms - a Stay-At-Home Support group for women of color. For more info, contact Hesma at 281-762-0262 or • iBLOOM - young Moms…come share Monday mornings with us. Visit online at Grace Fellowship UMC, 2655 S Mason in Katy. • REAL MOMS OF KATY PLAYGROUP - This group is down to earth and drama free. Learn more at • All Moms of Katy - come run AMOK with us! Contact membership at to get involved. • KATY AREA PARENTS OF MULTIPLES (KAPOM) - meets 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. For more info., please email membership@kapom. org or visit our website • Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Support group (KPGT) - an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting quality educational services for the gifted students in the school district. Visit our website at for a printable membership form. • Katy Association of Child Care Professionals - meets the third Wednesday of each month at the MUD #81 building located at Cimarron Parkway and Hidden Canyon. Refreshments are served. For more info., call 281-578-6376 or 281-392-0989. • PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS - For more info. about Parents Without Partners International, check out our website at or Parent with Partners Greater Houston Chapter #63 at Contact Barbara 281-469-5646. • FAMILY TO FAMILY -an organization dedicated to helping families who have a child with disabilities. For more information, please all Joanie or Carolyn at 713-466-6304 or go to • Breath Of Life Children’s Center Clinic - We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For questions, please call 281-398-7353. • MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL - offers parenting classes, for info. call 713-222-CARE. • West Houston Medical Center - offers parenting classes. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8065.


• KATY AREA REPUBLICANS KATY’S CONSERVATIVE VOICE - For info., contact Kate Diehl at 832-643-0378 or ktuqt@consolidated. net or check our Face Book page or our website • West Fort Bend County Republican Women – For more info., contact Susan at 281-633-2277 or • Katy Area Democrats - meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at Briarchester club house at 7:00 PM. For info., contact Pat Darwish 281-647-0986, visit or email • Katy Mommy Patriots - moms meeting to join the fight to protect our children’s future by getting involved in community and political events. Meets twice a month. For more info., call Kelly Horsley 281-858-8830 or Martha Mathis 832-321-4854.


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rotary clubs: • The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise (RCKS) - meets every Tuesday morning, at 7:00 AM, for breakfast at The Club at Falcon Point, guests and visitors welcome. For more info. visit • The Rotary Club of Katy - meets each Thursday, noon to 1:00 PM, at Hasta La Pasta, 1450 Grand Parkway, Suite E. For more info., call 281-392-0045 or • WEST HOUSTON ROTARY CLUB - Tuesdays, 12:15 PM, West Houston Omni, North Eldridge at Katy Freeway. 281-627-0662. toastmasters: • Katy Toastmasters - meets the first three Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM at The Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road (I-10 south and Pin Oak Road). Visitors are welcome! Contact Jody White at 713-308-3842 or jody-white@consolidated. net or visit our website at • Park 10 Talkers Toastmasters Club - meets every Thursday at 11:45 AM at NACE, 1440 South Creek Dr, Houston, 77084, telephone 281-228-6287. For more info. on Toastmasters, go to • Easy Risers Toastmasters - meets every Tuesday morning from 7 - 8 AM in the Fulbright Tower located at 1301 McKinney. For more info., contact Ed Young at business/networking: • West Houston’s (CBMC) Christian Businessmen Committee - meet at various times and places. For more info call Houston Metro Office 713-688-4343 or visit www.houston. or • American Business Women’s Assoc. Katy Charter Chapter - meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at Hasta La Pasta (Katy) 6:00 PM. Networking begins at 6:00 pm, dinner and meeting at 6:30 pm. Email RSVP’s and inquiries to abwa.katy@


• W. Houston Chapter, Intern’l Assoc. of Admin. Professionals (WHIAAP) - 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. (Caroline Champness CPS/CAP • ABWA west houston network - meets the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, at The Cellar Door. For more info. or to RSVP, visit our website at • Business Network International - KATY - meets every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 AM, for breakfast and business networking, at The Club @ Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Drive, Katy, Texas 77494. Please RSVP, Ron Orlando 281-398-5661. For more info. on Katy BNI, go to • (BNI) Business Network International - Cinco Ranch - meets each Tuesday morning at 7-8:30 am at Willowfork Country Club at 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, Katy, TX 77450. For info., Len Tierney at 713-824-6960 or go to and search for Cinco Ranch Chapter in Katy, Texas. • InHouston-Katy PremIer Professional Business Networking - meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00-8:00 PM at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. For info., call Gail Stolzenburg 281-493-1955, or Newell Cheatheam 713-385-3622, or InHouston-Katy. • BIZPACK - “Connecting People in Business and Life” Networking And Breakfast $5: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 AM at Carriage Inn 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road. For info., call Jane Moughon at 832-455-4579 or email janemoughon@gmail. com. • THE ULTIMATE FITNESS AND WELLNESS NETWORK - Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Membership is free. For more information, contact Karen Narum 281-871-8920 or

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neighbors/welcome: • KATY NEIGHBORS’ COFFEES - Meets monthly on the last Tuesday, at 10 AM, at members homes. There are no officers of this club and membership is free to all. For more information please contact 281-5788-2078 or 281-395-1730. • Welcome Wagon Club of Katy - please call Sharon at 281-392-1658, or email misc community groups: • The green Trails Ladies Club - For more info., call Helen Connolly at 832-577-7177. • The Greater Katy Exchange Club - meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. $15, includes dinner and guest speaker. For info., or call Newell Cheatheam at 281-392-3034 or Kyle Simmons 281-4977180 or is required. • The Katy Singles (over 35+) Meetup Group - a social club with free membership. Events are held in the Katy area. To learn more visit • Texas Coastal Cattlewomen (TCCW) - meets on the third Wednesday of each month, at various locations throughout the Houston area. For more info., contact Sue Dinges at 281-238-8382 or cell 281-381-1987. • KATY ROCKS - Mix, mingle, socialize and network with singles ages 35+ Group has a variety of events each month. For more details, visit • BP Partners - Local organization for the spouses and partners of BP employees. Monthly activities. For membership info., contact Phyllis Crouch at or • KATY AREA RETIRED EDUCATORS - meets at 11:30 AM, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Merrell Center in Katy. For information contact Luanne Zacek at 281-391-8464 or • Commute Solutions - To learn more about Commute Solutions’ vanpooling programs, and their other commute alternative programs, please visit or call METROVan at 888606-RIDE or miniPOOL at 866-474-mini. For more info.

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Craft, hobbY, just for fun groups • Nottingham Country Garden Club of Katy - We welcome all people interested in gardening and the environment, from the West Houston and Katy area. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to our organization! For more information about the club, please call 281-394-2827 or 281-395-2154. • american sewing guild in katy - meets 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 PM at Quilt & Sew, 829 Mason Rd., Katy. For more info., go to • The Pride of Texas Decorative Artists - meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center off Patterson Rd. in Bear Creek Park. For more info., call Gloria Ware 281-492-0246. • WEST HOUSTON QUILT GUILD, 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Salt Grass Building on Bear Creek Drive, near the Farm and Ranch Club, off Hwy. 6, For more info., check our website at • KATY QUILTERS, Time and place will be scheduled in the Katy Area. Call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000. • The Bluebonnet Stencilers of Texas - meets 1st Monday of the month from 6:30 - 9 PM at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter (One block east of Sam Houston Toll Road west). For more info. concerning meetings, call 281-370-2005. • KATY AREA KNITTING GUILD – Last Monday of the month, 6:30 PM, Spring Creek Barbeque on Westgreen & I-10. • The Houston Pond Society – Meets first Saturday of each month at a member’s home. For more info., please visit our website

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• West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America - meets 2nd Saturday of each month. Visit us on the Web at for more info. on upcoming events. For more info. Chuck or Carol 281-550-8679. • FAIRBEE SQUARE AND LINE DANCE CLUB - dances each Thursday night, 7:30 – 9:30 at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, 12211 Memorial Drive @ Gessner. Info. may be obtained by calling Jerry & Nanette Tucker 281-498-3057 or • Prairie Promenaders Square Dance Club - meets first four Friday nights at Westland Baptist Church, 1407 W. Grand Pkwy S. Lessons are from 7-8 PM. The Club dance follows from 8-10 PM. For questions, call 281-647-0559 or 281-550-3701. • Houston Square & Round Dance Council, Inc. - For info., call 281-392-0713 or visit the Houston area square dance web site: • WESTSIDE OVER 50 CLUB - meets 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM for dinner and socializing. For reservations and info., please contact Kirk Hanson, 281-346-0459 or Betty Larsen at 281-392-3836. • The Katy 4-F Bass Club (Friends Fishing For Fun) - is a small, low cost fishing club, based in Katy, Texas. For information on our club such as joining, tournament results and area lakes we fish, visit • The Texas Triumph Register (TTR) - an organization of Triumph owners and enthusiasts. For more info., contact Mike Hado at 281-807-4780, or • The Katy Bead Group - meets Wednesdays at 12:00 noon at the Spalato Gelateria & Cafe, 22758 Westheimer Parkway #200, Katy, TX 77450 (832-437-1835). For info, call Jean at 281-6934398 or Carol 281-492-6053 or email her at • The Katy Pokemon TCG League - We meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 at DoubleDave’s Pizza at 1660 S. Mason Rd. Call Camille at 832-721-5481, email or check out (look under Pokemon Organized Play) or for additional info. • Katy Woodworker’s Guild - meets the last Tuesday of each month at the West Memorial Junior High School from 7:009:00 PM. Questions: Call Terry at 281-717-4215. • The Houston Area Wood Carvers Club - meets on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, at Bayland Community Center in Houston (6400 Bissonnet). For more info., call Preston and Carolyn Smith at 281-392-0713, email carolynann@ or visit • The Katy Cruizers ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE Club - meets the first Monday of each month at the La Finca Mexican Restaurant on Westheimer Parkway (back room). Eat at 6 PM. Meeting from 7 PM until 8:30 PM. Questions: Send email to • BUNCO GROUP FORMING - If interested, please email me at It is tentatively set for the second Wednesday of each month, from 7-10 PM and will cost approximately $5-10 a night to play. • The KATY Area ARTISTS - Please contact the KAA Programs Officer at 281-352-8057 for more information on artist mentoring and monthly members’ meetings or visit • Cinco Ranch Men’s Poker Group - Looking for new players. We play once per month Friday night from 7 PM to 11 PM, at host member’s homes in the Cinco Ranch area. If interested, call Jim at 832-715-8206 (cell) for further information.


• WEST HOUSTON ITALIAN CLUB - meets 3rd Friday of every month, 7:00 PM, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Addicks-Satsuma. For more info., call Carolyn or Derby Smith 281-463-1678. • IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION - meets 4th Tuesday of every month. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM at the Harris County MUD #81 building located at Cimarron Parkway and Hidden Canyon, in Katy. This is just west of Mason Road, one mile south of I-10 at Mason Road (exit #745). Call 281-395-3038 for more info.. • British Club of Katy - Free to join and open to all Brits and ExPats who live in Katy and surrounding areas. For more info., contact Jane at 281-693-4707, Vanessa at 281-579-2832 or Nicky at


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281-574-3653. Or email, Vanessa. or • Bear Creek Brit’s - British or married to a Brit? 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 - Career Branch of NCJW has monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. For info., call Leda 713-572-9924 or • BAYOU BELLES SERVICE ORGANIZATION - Professional women from Acadiana, meet the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7 PM, Contact: Angeline Labbe’-Auzenne at • CIVIL WAR REENACTING - Enlist with Company C, “The Palmer Guards,” of the First Texas - call 281-579-3417 or visit Select 1st Texas and then Co C.” • The Sam Houston Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas - meets 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:// or call John C. Thrash 713-647-0570 or 713-352-0993. • JAMES BATES SOCIETY OF THE CHILDREN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - meets once a month from September to May on Sunday afternoons usually from 2:00 to 4:00 at different locations. Please contact the Senior Society President, Kathy Pritchett at or by phone at 713-876-6057. For more info., go to


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• AMERICAN LEGION VETERANS - meets 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. • Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. near Ave. D. All U.S. veterans of foreign combat are welcome to visit or come join with us. For more details phone 281-391-VETS(8387) or come see us! • 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 • CIVIL AIR PATROL THUNDERBIRD SQUADRON - Cadet program is open to boys and girls, age 12 - 18. Meetings are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM at 18000 Groeschke Road off Barker Cypress at the West Houston Airport. For further info., email


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• Delta Gamma Alumnae Group of Katy/West Houston - For more info., contact Terri Barrow at 281-492-2847 or • Katy Coogs Alumni Network - University of Houston Alumni Club that serves U of H alumni in Katy and its surrounding areas. If you are interested in joining this club, please contact: Rom Crespo, • KATY AREA A&M MOM’S CLUB - meetings and special events periodically throughout the year. All ages are invited to participate. For more info., visit or • Xi Mu Eta - We are Beta Sigma Phi, an international Sorority. Please call Norma Gunderson at 832-437-1636 for more info. regarding our chapter and meeting dates. • Laureate Theta Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi - meets twice a month in member’s homes. For more info., please contact Pinky Stromek at 281-395-6766 or Alice White at 281-599-8347. • Bear Creek Genealogical Society & Library Inc - 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. For more info., contact Gary at 281-398-0333, email or Betty at 713-467-6302, email

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• Greater Katy Alumnae Panhellenic - welcomes all NPC sorority members to come to their meetings. For further information, see their website at


• MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL - Volunteers are needed at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Please call Brenda Kepner 281-644-7581. • Houston Area Project Linus - for info., please call Karen Hagin, Project Linus blanketeer 281693-7150 or Sally Burns, Houston Area Project Linus Coordinator 281-492-2679 or • Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc - Volunteer opportunities for wildlife advocates. For more info. call the shelter at 713-468-8972 or email the Volunteer Coordinator at membership@twrc-houston. org. Visit our website at • CROSSROADS - 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 281-822-4218, or visit us at • Pregnancy Help Center in Katy - a non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to educating and supporting men and women affected by an unplanned pregnancy. To learn how you can be a part of this exciting ministry or to take a tour, call Paula Conriquez at 281578-0078 or email at • SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers - 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. • StandUp For Kids - needs volunteers and donations. To learn about StandUp For Kids or how you can help, visit our website at • Adopt A US Soldier - seeks volunteers and donors to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. For more info, visit



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At Special Pals, we are dedicated to using our resources to improve the lives of those homeless companion animals in our local shelters by giving them a nutritious meal and health care. Help make a difference and join Special Pals in the fight against hunger. FOOD ITEMS NEEDED: 
Pedigree (small bites) dry & wet dog food
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Friskies dry & wet cat food (not shredded or chunks), 
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Angled Kitchen brooms are also needed.   Checks may also be sent to: Special Pals 3830 Greenhouse Road Houston, TX 77084 Special Pals is a no-kill, limited intake animal shelter located west of Houston in Katy, TX. Special Pals provides medical care and temporary homes for up to 100 dogs and cats at a time. The shelter holds regular discounted shot clinics and events designed to educate the public on proper pet care. For donation and adoption information, visit or call 281-579-PETS (7387).

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SPECIAL PET SHELTERS RESCUE - REHABILITATE - REHOME LONE STAR BOXER RESCUE Lone Star Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the health and well being of the boxer breed. LSBR is run and managed by volunteers. Our main objective is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home boxers that come to us from many sources including local animal shelters, owner surrenders, and strays. Call 713-464-1381 or visit our website -, P.O. Box 541286 Houston, TX 77254-1286, email - ADOPT A PET - ADOPT A CAT, a non-profit cat shelter, has cats available for adoption at the Petco at Hwy. 6 and FM 529 on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 12:30 to 5:00 PM. Pets of the Week are always at Petco and available for adoption. The $70 fee includes spay / neuter, FeLV and FIV testing, some shots and de-worming. Call 281-580-6652 for more information. Citizens for Animal Protection is a Non-Profit shelter - MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF AN ORPHAN ANIMAL - ADOPT - Located at 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77094. We are a unique example of humane housing for homeless animals & open 7 days a week. CAP’s Pet Supply Shop has everything you need for your pet or for the people that love them and at a reasonable price. Monday - Friday, 11 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM. For more information, call 281-497-0591, Dachshund Rescue of Houston - We are a small group of volunteers right here in Houston and the surrounding areas and we love dachshunds! Our primary mission is to rescue (from pounds and shelters) purebred (and a few mixed) dachshunds that end up alone, abandoned and/or abused and for many of them, it can be an 11th hour rescue. All of our rescued dachsies receive a complete health evaluation by our accredited veterinary clinics and are either spayed or neutered (if not already), given immunizations, dental care and are started on any necessary medical treatment(s).



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If you think you might be interested in fostering or maybe even adopting, please join us at Dachshund Rescue of Houston on Facebook or visit us and our “dachsies in waiting” on our website at www. DRoH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible, no matter the amount. ALL TEXAS DACHSHUND RESCUE is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers dedicated to the rescue and placement of Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes into foster or permanent homes. If you would like to become a foster parent or adopt one of these wonderful little dogs, please check us out on the web at www.ATDR. org or email .GOLDEN BEGINNINGS GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE is a nonprofit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, devoted to providing rescue and necessary veterinary medical care for unwanted, neglected, abused, homeless and displaced Golden Retrievers. We strive to place our Goldens in adoptive homes where they will receive a lifetime of love. Call 281-480-4942 or visit our website at GBGRR, PO Box 19848, Houston, TX 77224-9848. Greyhound rescue - Adopt a retired athlete! Greyhound Pets of America Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds. Since there is never a lack of dogs waiting for adoption, potential parents have the opportunity to meet several dogs. It is our goal to find the perfect match for both pet and owner. For more information on adoption, volunteering, greyhound merchandise and tax deductible donations please visit our website at or you may call us at 713-667-3804. Horse rescue needs members, foster homes and contributions. or 888-542-5163.


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Classified Ads FOR SALE Elegant pool table, builder Imperial International Pool Tables, in great condition, has only been used in rare occasions. Top cloth burgundy, side laminated cherry wood, two one inch thick slate pieces, top lamp and utility rack all included, plus accessories. Asking price, $900. 281-844-6896. 3 Rod iron Ethan Allen bar stools, $300 each; small Ethan Allen kitchen table, $250; black TV console, $200; green bench with matching cushion, $150. Call 832-437-3515 or Boehm porcelain nativity set. Six pieces, bisque finish, JMJ plus three angels in original boxes, $1,700 list, must sell $750. See each piece at Search BSB1 thru BSB6. John 281-392-7263. 2 Hyper Speed bikes, mint condition, paid $150 each, selling for $35 each, red and black, looks like a motor cycle. Call 713-298-9537. Free for the taking: Standard 4’ X 8’ pool table, three piece slate, need space for playroom for grandchildren. Call Jim for info. 832-866-6385. Yamaha GH1B beautiful piano, polished ebony, like new, purchased in 2002, $7,000 OBO. 281-398-6870.

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Rainbow Play System: 2 swings, 360 tire swing, 3 station swing beam, Jacob’s rope ladder, knotted rope w/ disc swing, slide, playhouse and more. Asking $1,400 OBO. Contact Joe 832-654-8886. Prom dresses, both long and short dresses, various colors and sizes; white bridal gown used for NCL presentation. Prices negotiable. 281-392-6518. Kenmore 27” gas dryer, 800 series white, $300; Whirlpool Gold washer Ultimate Care II, white, $200. Both excellent working condition. 281-513-5612. 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. Very good condition 832-510-6489. Omega Pro II Racquetball Racket with zip case, never used, $35; 8” animal gold trim/porcelain (some) plates, $15 - $20 each; Emmot Kelly clown, numbered/framed lithographs, $75 - $100 each. Cheryl 281-543-2409. Sliding mirror doors (one pair) for a wardrobe or closet, each door is 39 “W x 79”H, together the doors will be good for a 78”W X 79”H wardrobe or closet, comes with upper and bottom alum guide rails, the doors are similar to IKEA PAX MALM ward robe article # 900-745-72, picture available, asking $205. Contact

AUTOMOTIVE Rare 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible, re-built, under warranty, 400 Pontiac motor-not matching no., less than 400 miles, totally restored, yellow with black interior, new paint, new disk brakes, new suspension, new interior & new black top with cover, new custom sound system, $24,000. Firm. 281-455-5543. 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. 1998 Suzuki 1500 Intruder, $3,550. Call for details 281-726-4305 Pat.

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

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HELP WANTED A local State Farm agent is seeking highly motivated telemarketers to work in a fun, upbeat office environment. Applicants should have telemarketing experience and reliable transportation. Please email resume to for more information. Experienced groomer, with minimum of 2-3 years of hair cutting experience (not your own dogs). Fill out application at 18310 FM 529. No calls. Looking for a highly motivated and outgoing person to be the front desk for a new dental office in Katy area. Candidate should be knowledgeable about dental insurance and have great communication skills. It is a paperless office so computer skills are a must. Experience is necessary, minimum 2 years. Need to know how to schedule, run daily/monthly/yearly reports, submit insurance claims electronically and manually, work on accounts receivable, manage patient charts, discuss and present treatment plans, verify insurance, pretreatment estimates and so on, handle patient upsets, deal with software support, etc. Please forward resume to Looking for part-time pest control technician for Gotcha Pest Control. Call 281-531-5113 or fax resume to 281-531-1502. Discovery Schoolhouse now hiring teachers and support staff. Must have experience working in a licensed childcare facility, be flexible and dependable and have a passion for early childhood education. Call 281-401-9828 or send resume to 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.

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PETS FOR SALE Shih Tzu adorable puppies. 281-743-3500. Cavalier King Charles playful healthy little puppies for sale. 281-492-6763.

LOST & FOUND LOST CAT REWARD: “Tube.” Neutered male, 10 lbs,. solid color blue gray silky fur, gold eyes, one missing and one chipped front tooth, current immunizations, microchipped. Medical records are at Kingsland Blvd Animal Clinic. ‘TUBE’ has been a member of our family for 10 years and we miss him. If you see our precious cat ‘Tube,’ please call us right away and we will come pick him up. He’s shy around strangers and will probably run from you if you approach him. However, if you have a way with animals, you may be able to sweet talk him into your home. Thank you for your help. 713-306-0805 (Carole) or 281-674-6311 (Bob).

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

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

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.

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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 for more information.

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