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Beta Sigma Phi Sorority - Southwest Houston Council

Are you a woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community service oriented group? If you answered yes, then Beta Sigma Phi could be just the right organization for you! Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. It also provides educational programs to its members and opportunities for service to others. We are women of all ages, interests, educational and economical backgrounds, and we are the largest organization of our kind in the world. We are dedicated to helping women fulfill their lives. Remembering to make time in their busy schedules for friendship, fun and fulfillment. For more information, please contact Jill Coble at 281-392-7181,


Golfing Gals is a small, fun group of ladies playing golf on Wednesday mornings. We play mostly in the West Houston/Katy area at a different course every week. For information, contact Nancy at 281-550-2043 or email:


The Cinco ranch Senior Men’s Golf Association is looking for new members. All levels of play. Seniors play every Monday and Thursday, 7:30 AM. Shot-gun start. Monthly Inter-club Tournaments. Year-end Club Championship Tournament. Cinco Ranch golf Club


If you are interested, please call: Jim Cusack 281-395-5893

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• Birthstone is Amethyst? Characteristic is Sincerity? Flower is Primrose? • Supreme Court of the United States met for the first time on February 1, 1790. • By the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico gave New Mexico and California to the United States on February 2, 1848. • The last German troops surrendered in the Stalingrad pocket, completing the Soviet Union’s victory at Stalingrad, during World War II in February 1943. • Boy Scouts of America incorporated in February 1910. • Thomas A. Edison patented the phonograph on February 19, 1878. • Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., became first American to orbit the earth on February 20, 1962. • The United States acquired the Florida territory from Spain on February 22, 1819. • Some important people in history born in February: Charles A. Lindbergh, Aaron Burr, “Babe” Ruth, Ronald Reagan, Charles Dickens, William Henry Harrison, Thomas A. Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Galileo, Susan B. Anthony, Henry Adams, George Washington and William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody. • The following states were admitted as part of the United States: Oregon and Arizona.



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\1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1 tbs and 1-1/2 tsp butter or margarine 1/2 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted 1/2 (8 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained 1/2 (2 ounce) jar chopped pimientos, drained 1/4 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 (8 ounce) package noodles, cooked 1-1/2 cups diced cooked chicken 1 cup ricotta or cottage cheese 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons buttered bread crumbs

FLOWERS • Plants to set: Alyssum, Calendula, Canterbury Bells, Carnations, Columbine, Cornflower. Daisies, Delphinium, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Lobelia, Nicotiana, Pansy, Petunia, Phlox (Louisiana), Shrimp Plant, Snapdragon, Stock and Verbena.

In a skillet, sauté onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the soup, mushrooms, pimientos and basil; set aside.

TREES AND SHRUBS • Finish all transplanting, get everything in the ground for a good spring spurt of growth. Transplant balled and burlap, container-grown, bare-root deciduous evergreen trees, shrubs, roses and vines while still dormant. • Finish pruning roses. Weed and cultivate lightly all beds. Replenish mulch as needed. • Control early spring insects like thrips on glads and aphids on young tender growth. Spray with Malathion, Diazinon or Orthene. • At the end of February: peach, apple and pear fruit must be thinned to insure quality production at harvest. • Give groundcovers a haircut. They will spread faster. • Divide daylilies, daisies and other perennials now.

In a large bowl, combine noodles, chicken and cheeses; add mushroom sauce and mix well. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with crumbs. Bake 15 minutes longer.

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4 large baking potatoes, baked 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon pepper 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 4 green onions, sliced


Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell (save pulp for another use). Place potatoes skins on a greased baking sheet. Combine oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, paprika and pepper; brush over both sides of skins. Bake at 475 degrees F for 7 minutes; turn. Bake until crisp, about 7 minutes more. Sprinkle bacon and cheddar cheese inside skins. Bake 2 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and onions. Serve immediately.


VEGETABLES • Plant beets, broccoli (plants), brussel sprouts (plants), cabbage (plants), carrots, cauliflower (plants), celery, chinese cabbage (plants), chives collards (plants), endive, kale, lettuce (leaf and head), mustard, onions (plants), parsley, garden peas, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, tomato (seeds) and turnips.

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School News Pre-Schools

Texas Christian School OPEN HOUSE

Texas Christian School will hold their annual Open Houses: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:30 PM: View Science/Art Fair projects, tour the campus, visit classrooms. Educating 2-year-old - 12th grade for over 20 years using challenging Curriculum, character development and sports. Contact us at 281-550-6060, 17810 KiethHarrow Blvd., Houston, TX 77084 or visit

PARENTS DAY OUT AT Church on the Rock

Wednesday-Thursday: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Miércoles y jueves: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Church on the rock is located at 433 S. Barker Cypress, Houston TX 77094. Phone: 281-599-9777. This is monthly event same days and time. Is a bilingual program.


Located at 1400 Parkway Plaza (near Briar Forest and Eldridge), invites interested families to tour the campus during Catholic Schools Week. Tours will be given Monday, January 30th through Wednesday, February 1st, from 9 PM – 11 AM. Tours will begin on the hour and every ½ hour. Appointments are not necessary. Open House for prospective families will be held on Thursday, February 2nd, from 6 PM – 7:30 PM. Registration for new families begins on Saturday, February 11th. For more information about this National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, please call 281-496-1500 or visit

Holy Spirit Episcopal School OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 6:30 PM Holy Spirit Episcopal School, a co-ed day school, Infants - 8th Grade, is nearing its 50th anniversary (September 2012), founded in 1962, accredited by SAES, and is committed to providing a loving, nurturing and joyful environment supported by research-based academic programs that allow for enrichment, growth and optimism with a commitment to diversity. Located at 12535 Perthshire Road, Houston, Texas 77024.


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Feb. 16th – Early Dismissal (Secondary 11:35 AM; Elementary 12:40 PM); End of Grading Period Feb. 17th – Student Holiday Feb. 20th – Student Holiday Feb. 21st – Grading Period Begins Mar. 12th – 16th – Spring Break


March 1st – Ties and Tiaras. A Celebration of mentoring and fundraising event. 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Agave Rd.


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.

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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

Community Education

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

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Each month Williams Elementary School hosts the New Wrangler Café. New students attend with their “Howdy Partner” an experienced student who is chosen to pair up with to help them feel welcome and show them the ropes. This is a wonderful way to make new students make new friends and feel comfortable in their new school. The JWE PTA’s Counselor Crew and our School Counselor organize this wonderful program.

Williams elem. LASSO

5th Graders at Williams Elementary were taken back to colonial times in their recent LASSO (Linking Adults and Students in SelfDiscovery Opportunities). Many students come dressed in period dress to get into spirit. All children visited different classroom stations learning to write letters with a quill and ink, make corn husk dolls, play games of the Colonial times and much more.

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Leigh Childs, Instructional Coordiantor; Mrs. Rodriquez, Principal; Sid Puranik, Champion; and Kalyanee Nanaware, 1st runner up.

Top: Kyle Lewis, Ethan Brooks, Malik Antonie, Zack Conaway, Gage Smith, Tyler Brumfield, Kendrick Leggins and Jonathan Sanchez. Bottom: Hunter Sanchez, Nicholas Roth and Lucas Purvis.

Kilpatrick 5th Graders Share their Holiday Spirit with the Katy Community

Kilpatrick Elementary students share their holiday spirit through song with the Katy community. On Friday, December 9th, the OKE 5th grade choir students spent the day caroling. Their first stop was Memorial Hermann Hospital of Katy, then they shared their voices with the residents of La Solana Retirement Home in Cinco Ranch. They ended their day at Katy Mills Mall where they entertained the many shoppers near the theater. We are proud of our singing koala bears. 


Kilpatrick Elementary Celebrates Spelling Bee Winners

Kilpatrick Elementary celebrates spelling bee winners.  On Wednesday, December 14th, Kilpatrick held it’s annual school wide spelling bee, which was open to 4th & 5th grade students. There were 19 students who qualified. Sid Puranik was crowned the champion after spelling the word “battalion” and  Kalyanee Nanaware  was the 1st runner up. Sid will participate in the district wide spelling bee in February. We are proud of all of the students that participated.

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The girls from the 8th grade A, B and C teams were all fortunate enough to earn a spot to compete in the final District Championship on Saturday, October 29th. What made this even a sweeter deal is that ALL of our teams from 8th grade won district! It was a district sweep by Cinco this year. The girls also made it a “first” to ever sweep the district playoffs in the history of Cinco Ranch Junior High!  We are so very proud of the girls and their accomplishments this season. COACHES: A Team- Coach Anabell Pinedo, B Team- Coach Ted Sanders and C Team- Coach Susan Evans.

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Back Row: Lindsay Bartlett, Madison Rice, David Tate, Zane Hill and Eric Morgan. Middle Row: Julian Peraza, Sayan Ray, Ryan Pierson (alternate) and Eubie Pabilona. Front Row: Melanie Mozer, Miles Ellis (alternate) and Chelsea Bettis.

Cinco Ranch High School Choir Students Receive All-State Honors

Congratulations to the 10 Cinco Ranch High School students and 2 alternates, who advanced through the rigorous selection process and were selected as Area Candidates for the TMEA All-State Choir. They then competed in the Area F Area Audition on January 7th, at Deer Park High School. Directors Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are pleased with the accomplishments of these dedicated musicians.

Cinco Ranch HS Varsity Swim Team Volunteers

On December 8, 2011, Cinco Ranch Varsity Swimmers gathered for a pizza, gift-gathering party to provide gifts for ADOPT A HERO FOR CHRISTMAS. Founded by Mr. Bob LeClair. Gifts will be distributed at Brooke Army Medical


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The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624 “CRyptonite” is pleased to report the successful completion of their inaugural FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) robotics tournament. 24 teams from all over the Houston metro area competed in the tournament. FLL teams of six to ten students from 4th to 8th grade work alongside adult mentors to design, build and program autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® NXT technologies and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of a research project. This year’s competition is the FOOD FACTOR™ Challenge. Can FIRST LEGO League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination?

(Right) The RoboRangers are all smiles after winning the First Place Champions Award at the Katy FLL Robotics Qualifier Tournament. Team members are (from left - clockwise): Fiona Lynch, Trent Zapalac, McKay Shurtz, Aidan Lynch, Alex 4Concepcion, Ray Zhang, Bobby Simmons, Morgan Fontenot and Marcus Fundora.

The “RoboRangers,” a neighborhood-based team from the Grayson Lakes subdivision of Katy, won the tournament’s First Place Champions Award, given to the team with the highest combined score from all elements of the competition. Made up of 4th and 5th graders and one junior high-aged member, “RoboRangers” was one of the youngest teams in the tournament. Team “CRypton,” from Cinco Ranch Junior High, won the Second Place Champions Award.

(Left) Alex Concepcion and Aidan Lynch ready their robot before releasing it to run through its robot mission course in the Robot Performance phase of the competition.

In addition to the performance of their robot in head-to-head timed competition, other elements the teams are judged on are their research project and presentation, robot design and programming, and FIRST Core Values. As First and Second Place Champions, both the “RoboRangers” and “CRypton” will be moving on to the next phase of FLL competition. Throughout the competition process, FLL robotics teams deal with real-world application of science and math concepts, hands-on problem solving as well as honing research and presentation skills. This Katy qualifying tournament, one of 570 held around the world, was the first step in the regional robotics competition process, which culminates in the Southwest (Texas/New Mexico) FLL Championship Tournament. The winning team from the Southwest Championship participates in the 2011 FLL World Festival.

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(Above-Right) PizzaBot delivers! Last year’s Team 624 competition robot demonstrates its pizza delivery skills to an appreciative audience of FLL competitors and their families.

(Left) During a break in tournament action, Cinco Ranch High School student and Team 624 President, Elizabeth Waters lead a demonstration of last year’s FRC competition robot for FLL competitors and their families.

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McMeans Jr. High students chosen for Honor Choir

Students from Katy ISD, Houston ISD and Alief ISD auditioned for the Region 23 Junior High Honor Choir. Over 600 students auditioned and only 120 girls were selected, as well as 90 boys. The choir is under the direction of Anne Guess.


The Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony was led by Colonel (Ret) Mike Mastrangelo, Commander, VFW Post 9182. Commander Mastrangelo stands next to the World War II section of the newly renovated military museum, which is open to the public, located on George Bush Drive, in Katy, Texas.

Colonel (Ret) Mike Mastranglo, Commander, VFW Post 9182, addresses the local boy scouts, veterans and the public. Members share their memories from World War II. Many can be heard from the audience reciting the words from President Roosevelt’s address on December 8, 1941, from memory, as the recording is being played for all in attendance. Others share their memories of military service during World War II and their thoughts about visiting the USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii after the war.

Fifteen hundred (1,500) civilians perished on this day, December 7, 1941, known as Pearl Harbor Day, in the premeditated invasion against the United States by the Japanese. There was wide spread fear in the United States, as the US was caught virtually unprepared and paid a horrific price. President Roosevelt addressed the Congress the next day and rallied the American people. Four years later the United States received an unconditional surrender and World War II ended in 1945. World War II stretched from 1940 to 1945. There are 405,399 recorded deaths and 670,846 wounded. Totaling 1,076,845 dead and wounded. Photos taken by Rodney Smith, VFW Photographer


L-R: Local Wold War II veterans Johnnie Reuther, Navy Aviation; Norris Miertschin, Army; and Paul Zanfardino, Navy, are recognized for their service at the Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony.

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Feb. 25th ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run

Grab your running shoes and mark your calendar for the 25th Annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run! This 10K and 5K event that attracts over 15,000 participants and raises money for Texas youth through the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fun.

Feb 28th – Mar. 18th Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Feb 10th - 12th – Wedding Vow Renewal Weekend – Hotel Galvez

Live your romance, like it was straight out of a movie! Add to your romantic experiences with Hotel Galvez’s Wedding Vow Renewal in celebration of Valentine’s Day and while you are there partake in some of the Mardi Gras festivities!

Feb. 10th – 21st Mardi Gras! Galveston

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Mar. 3rd – Houston Riddle Ride

This is no ordinary bike ride! The Riddle Ride bicycle scavenger hunt will transform you into Sherlock Holmes as you work with your team to figure out the riddles given to you as clues and then you will travel to restaurants, bars and stores to find your next clue. Don’t miss the fun that will benefit a Stand Up for Kids.

Now – Feb 26th The Ice – Discovery Green

Holiday skating on the lake will span 7,200-sq. ft. of real frozen ice-deep in the heart of Texas.

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Feb 23rd – 25th World’s Champion Bar-B-Que Contest

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is three days of cooking, competition, eating and dancing.

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 The half of winter’s gone at Yule. The Roman legions, during the conquest of the northern country, supposedly brought this tradition to the Teutons, or Germans, who picked it up and concluded that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, an animal, the hedgehog, would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of bad weather, which they interpolated as the length of the “Second Winter.” Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs to in profusion in many parts of the state. They determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal and therefore decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see its shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another six weeks of winter. The Germans recited: For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, 
So far will the snow swirl until the May. This passage may be the one most closely represented by the first Punxsutawney Groundhog Day observances because there were references to the length of shadows in early Groundhog Day predictions. Another February 2nd belief, used by American 19th century farmers, was: Groundhog Day - Half your hay. New England farmers knew that we were not close to the end of winter, no matter how cloudy February 2nd was. Indeed, February 2nd is often the heart of winter. If the farmer didn’t have half his hay remaining, there may have been lean times for the cows before spring and fresh grass arrived. The ancient Candlemas legend and similar belief continue to be recognized annually on February 2nd due to the efforts of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.


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Mushrooms. Look for firm, evenly colored mushrooms. Avoid those that are broken, damaged or have soft spots, as well as those that seem damp. A good mushroom will have a good smell. Store fresh mushrooms, unwashed, in the refrigerator for up to three days. Oranges. Reach for firm fruit that is heavy for its size. Take a sniff too. There should be a distinct citrus aroma. Avoid shriveled or soft fruit. Keep your oranges at room temperature. They should last for about two weeks. Make sure to turn them often and check for signs of mold, especially in a high humidity environment. Spinach. Choose leaves that are crisp and dark green in color with a nice earthy fragrance. Avoid limp, damaged leaves with yellow spots. Refrigerate unwashed spinach in a plastic bag for up to three days. Before using, rinse thoroughly to remove grit. Squash. For summer squash like zucchini and yellow squash, look for blemish-free skins and average size selections. Overly large choices may be stringy with tough exteriors. For winter squash such as pumpkins, look for shells without crack, bruises or decay. Pumpkins should be fully ripe with firm rinds, bright orange color and heavy weight. Summer squash can be stored refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. Winter squash can be stored whole in a cool (50 to 60 degrees F) dry area for several months. Sweet Potatoes. All varieties of potatoes should be uniform in size, clean, firm and smooth. Avoid potatoes with wrinkled skins, soft dark spots and cut surfaces. A green tinge - indicative of prolonged light exposure - is caused by the alkaloid solanine, which can be toxic if eaten in quantity. Store potatoes in a cool, dark and airy place uncovered. They will keep for several weeks. Turnips. Look for smooth-skinned, firm turnips that are heavy for their size. The color will be light-purple on the top fading to bright-white at the bottom. Avoid turnips that are soft, spongy or blemished. Cut off turnip greens and bag them separately for storage (greens keep for just a few days). Roots can keep for about a week when placed in a plastic bags in the refrigerator.

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The history of Mardi Gras began long before Europeans set foot in the New World. In mid February the ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia, a circus like festival not entirely unlike the Mardi Gras we are familiar with today. When Rome embraced Christianity, the early Church fathers decided it was better to incorporate certain aspects of pagan rituals into the new faith rather than attempt to abolish them altogether. Carnival became a period of abandon and merriment that preceded the penance of Lent, thus giving a Christian interpretation to the ancient custom.

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Mardi Gras came to America in 1699 with the French explorer Iberville. Mardi Gras had been celebrated in Paris since the Middle Ages, where it was a major holiday. Iberville sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, from where he launched an expedition up the Mississippi River. On March 3 of 1699, Iberville had set up a camp on the west bank of the river about 60 miles south of where New Orleans is today. This was the day Mardi Gras was being celebrated in France. In honor of this important day, Iberville named the site Point du Mardi Gras.

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During the early 1800's public celebrations of Mardi Gras centered around maskers on foot, in carriages and on horseback. The first documented parade occurred in 1837. Unfortunately, Mardi Gras gained a negative reputation because of violent behavior attributed to maskers during the 1840's and 50's. The situation became so bad that the press began calling for an end to the celebration. In 1857 six New Orleaneans saved Mardi Gras by forming the Comus organization. These six men were former members of the Cowbellians, an organization which had put on New Year's Eve parades in Mobile since 1831. The Comus organization added beauty to Mardi Gras and demonstrated that it could be a safe and festive event. Comus was the first organization to use the term krewe to describe itself. Comus also started the customs of having a secret Carnival society, having a parade with a unifying theme with floats, and of having a ball after the parade. Comus was also the first organization to name itself after a mythological character. The celebration of Mardi Gras was interrupted by the Civil War, but in 1866 Comus returned. In 1870 the Twelfth Night Revelers made their appearance. In 1871 they began the custom of presenting a young woman with a golden bean hidden in a cake. This young woman was the first queen of Mardi Gras. This was also the origin of the king cake tradition. In 1872 Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia visited New Orleans. This year the krewe of Rex made their debut and began the tradition of the "King of Carnival." Rex also introduced purple, gold and green as the official colors of Mardi Gras. Rex was the first krewe to hold an organized daytime parade and introduced "If Ever I Cease To Love" as the Mardi Gras anthem. One of the high points of Rex is the arrival of the Rex King on a riverboat. 1872 also saw the debut of the Knights of Momus on New Year's Eve. Ten years later in 1882, the Krewe of Proteus made its debut with a parade themed after Egyptian mythology. In 1890 the first marching club, The Jefferson City Buzzards, was organized. In 1894, the Original Illinois Club was formed as the first black Mardi Gras organization. In 1896 Les Mysterieuses appeared as the first female organization.

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In 1809 Zulu appeared as a parody of Rex. The Zulu King held a banana stalk scepter and wore a lard can crown. He arrived on on oyster lugger instead of a steamboat. Zulu was destined to become one of the most popular and beloved of all krewes. Mardi Gras was canceled during the dark years of 1918 and 1919 when the United States was involved in the bloody fighting of the First World War. The celebration struggled through the 1920's and early 30's, which saw Prohibition and The Great Depression. The krewe of Alla brought carnival to the West Bank in 1934. With the rise of mass produced automobiles, random truck riders had become part of the Mardi Gras scene. In 1835 they organized themselves into the Elkes Krewe of Orleanians. The Krewe of Hermes appeared in 1937 and the Knights of Babylon in 1939. Mardi Gras prospered during the 1940's, although it was canceled during the war years. In 1949 Louis Armstrong was King of the Zulu parade and was pictured on the cover of time magazine. In 1950 the Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited New Orleans during Mardi Gras. They honored the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition by bowing to kings of Rex and Comus at the Comus ball. The Korean War put a damper on festivities in 1951, but several krewes joined forces to parade as the Krewe of Patria on Mardi Gras day. The Fifties also saw the replacement of mule drawn floats with ones drawn by tractors and the formation of several new krewes including Zeus. Zeus was the first krewe to parade in Metairie.



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In 1961 Pete Fountain founded the Half-Fast Walking Club, an immediate hit with the crowds. Zulu came under pressure from portions of the black community who thought the krewe presented an undignified image. The king resigned and the parade was almost cancelled, but Zulu survived and was a main attraction by 1969. The Sixties ended with the debut of Bacchus. Bacchus aimed to bring national attention to Mardi Gras with gigantic floats and a Hollywood celebrity (Danny Kaye) riding as its king. Bacchus replaced the traditional ball with a supper to which tickets could be purchased by visitors and locals. The Seventies saw the debut of 18 new krewes and the demise of 18 others. More than a dozen krewes followed the lead of Bacchus by placing celebrities in their parades. In 1974 Argus became the first Metairie parade on Fat Tuesday. This year also saw Endymion's rise to super krewe status. The Seventies brought a ban on parading in the French Quarter, ending a 117 year tradition. Mardi Gras made national headlines at the close of the decade with a police strike which cancelled 13 parades in Orleans Parish. In the 80's Mardi Gras gained 27 new parades and lost 19. St. Bernard Parish suffered a net loss of parades while Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish experienced continued growth. By the end of the decade Jefferson Parish was experiencing an attendance rate of 600,000 people at its parades on Fat Tuesday. The 1980's were were good times for Mardi Gras. In 1987 Rex brought back the custom of Lundi Gras, the arrival of the Rex King on the Mississippi River which had been celebrated from 1874 through 1917. The traditional tableau ball, however, lost popularity. Once considered essential, only 10 krewes continued the tradition of masked balls by the end of the decade. Doubloons also lost some of their popularity when several krewes stopped producing them.

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Girl Scout Troops 17273 and 17562 celebrated founder Juliette Low’s birthday by making “Birthday Bags” to donate to Katy Christian Ministries. These bags will then be available for families in need, to help them celebrate a child’s birthday. Members of the troops were able to deliver the bags and tour KCM to see the work they do for our community.

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West Houston Girls Softball Association invites you to come join the fun! Registration is now OPEN for our Spring 2012 season. Make some new friends and enjoy the outdoors in a fun and exciting way. No experience necessary! Girls, ages 5-17, are eligible to play! Every girl makes a team and every girl plays. Registration can be completed online, in-person or by mail (visit our website for forms and dates): If you have questions, please feel free to email Monica Canady at westhoustongsa@

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Congratulations to the scouts of Katy’s Troop 557 for advancing in their ranks. We had several scouts advance in these categories: Scout, Tenderfoot, First Class, Star and Life. For more information about joining Katy’s Troop 557 of the Texas Skies District, contact Derek Spier Our scouts represent all of our Katy schools.


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The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, black belt students reaching new milestones and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the December rank exam. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Bryan Lightsey, Jennifer Lightsey, Dien Chau, Kolby Conaway, Kendal Gillentine, Samantha Lucia, Harris Masson,Michael Nevins, Michael Nguyen, Nicholas Schilhab, Tanmay Sharma, Aadhithya Sivakumar, Bernardo Vilchis, Bruno Vilchis, Joseph Brinkley and River Silversmith. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Bryce Amos and Caroline Rush. Congratulations to the following students for earning their Second Degree Black Belts: Quazi Asif, Max Conway, Teddy Gallas, Alex Maldonado and Damini Patel. The following students earned their Third Degree Black Belts: Tyler Blonder, Madison Brost, Ryan Brost, Joshua Boyce, Adam Mojtahed and Ryan Tough. A special congratulations goes to Nilesh Popat who earned his Fifth Degree Black belt! The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is also pleased to announce these dedicated students who passed testing requirements during the instructor exam to earn tiered instructor status. Congratulations Luke Armstrong, Lindsey West & Grady West (Level 1) and Jason English (Level 2) on earning your new instructor stripe! Congratulations to the following students who graduated from the Tiger Cubs program into the Junior program: Jenna Roberts.

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Upward Baseball T-Ball, Kid & Coach Pitch at Bear Creek Baptist Church

We would like to invite children from 4 yrs (as of Sept. 1, 2011) to 5th grade to join us as we enjoy another season of T-Ball, Kid & Coach Pitch. We look forward to teaching your children the skills and watching them enhance their abilities. Registration forms are now available in our office or you can register online at We will offer several evaluation days so we can check on their skills so we can even out the teams. The dates for these are February 27th, 28th and March 1st, between 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Also on March 3rd 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon. It only takes a few minutes for us to run them through the drills and then we will contact each player about practices. After March 5th we cannot guarantee a place on a team. They will practice for one hour a week on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Practices begin the week of March 19th and the league runs through May 19th. The cost will be $75. If you have questions or would like more information you can contact us at 281-859-9900. Ask for Scott Denton or Linda Newhouse or email or linda.newhouse@ Register as soon as possible!

i9 Sports

Registration is open for spring Flag Football, Basketball and Soccer leagues in Katy! i9 Sports is the #1 provider of youth sports leagues, camps and instructional clinics in the country for kids ages 3-14. We focus on fun, skills and sportsmanship with a commitment to safety. Sign up during early registration to save $10. Leagues start March 31st. For more information, please visit or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).

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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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@hal-pc. org or Michele Hurlburt at 281-398-7696,


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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.


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Katy Valkyries Girls’ Lacrosse

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

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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.

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

Westside Golf League

Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have fun while improving golfing skills. For more information contact Sue Crookson at 281-392-4913 or Yana Dommert at 281-394-2481 yana@ or Kathy Smith 815-715-3892.


Pope John XXII High School, 1800 West Grand Parkway N. Katy TX 77449, located on the corner of Franz and W. Grand Parkway, will host a Community Wide Garage Sale from 7:30 AM to 12 noon, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in the school gym (rain or shine). 12X12 Spaces are available to rent for $30, if interested. Please contact Ana Sanchez re: Community Garage Sale at ams1965@att.NET. Space is limited, so act fast!


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Katy Area Parents of Multiples (KAPOM) garage sale

Katy Area Parents of Multiples (KAPOM) will be holding their next semiannual garage sale on Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The sale will be located at The Church of Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Pkwy. S. Katy, TX 77494. KAPOM’s consignment style sale will be selling gently used child related and household items. Lots of kids clothing, toys and equipment. Contact for more information.  We will also be hosting a breakfast bake sale so come hungry!  



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Memorial Lutheran Church of Katy, located at 5810 Third Street will be conducting their quarterly Blood Drive on February 7, 2012, from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Loomis Center. Walk-ins are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Any questions, please contact the office at 281-391-0171.




Houston Family Arts Center

Performances are at Houston Family Arts Center Garza Main Stage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070. 2011-2012 Mainstage Season: A Lesson Before Dying (Through 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 or call the HFAC box office at 281-685-6374. Â GO TO for more information or to request an audition appointment.


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Valentine Card Making event on February 4th in the afternoon at Bonnie Holland Elementary. Last year the event was put together by a few moms in a playgroup and over 50 people showed up and they raised almost $2800. This year they are moving to a bigger venue and hope to have more children making cards for the kids at MD Anderson. Bingo Fundraiser on Saturday, March 3rd at 6 pm at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Old Katy. The event will start with an enchilada dinner from 5-6 pm for $6 for anyone who is interested. The Bingo Fundraiser is $25 per person for 12 games (on 9 cards for each game) with a free bingo dauber for each player. For more information, email

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My mom is my hero. My mom is PTA.

Join PTA. The second Saturday of each month, Keep Kids Connected collects aluminum beverage cans at the Tradition Bank Pin Oak Branch location from 9 am-12 pm. The proceeds from recycling the cans helps fund the purchase of Netbook computers and pediatric cancer research. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to support this recycling pro-gram and donate their aluminum cans to Keep Kids Connected. Keep Kids Connected was created to help kids stay connected to family and friends while they undergo their treatment for cancer or any other lifethreatening illness. The idea for the organization was created by Caitlyn Mortus who is, herself, a cancer survivor. While going through her treatments, she was given a Netbook computer from a family friend. The computer kept her in contact with her friends and helped keep her spirits up when she was in the hospital for her treatments or unable to have visitors. Her wish is that every kid battling cancer or any life-threatening illness be given a computer so they can stay connected to their family and friends while they are going through their treatments. Her wish has become our mission. For more information about Keep Kids Connected go to the website, or check out their Facebook page! If you would like to get on the contact list for upcoming events, email

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Enjoy the outdoors with your child, age 2 1/2 to 5, at Audubon nature programs (called the “Titmouse Club”) offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, from mid-September through mid-May at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Boulevard. The programs feature fun nature talks, stories, crafts, hands-on activities and walks in the woods. The cost is $5 per child or a 5-session card can be purchased for $20. The child must be accompanied by an adult during the program. For more information, please visit www.houstonaudubon. org or contact or 713-464-4900. Upcoming programs include: Jan. 31st/Feb. 1st: Mice & Squirrels  February 7th & 8th: Talk to the Animals  February 14th & 15th: Bird Valentines  February 21st & 22nd: Insects  February 28th & 29th: Ladybugs

March 6th & 7th:  Dragonflies  March 13th & 14th:  Bird Watching  March 20th & 21st:  Animal Babies  March 27th & 28th:  Mudbugs

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

For more than 50 years fire fighters have helped MDA by filling their boots with donations from the citizens of their community. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local #341 will begin their 2012 Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday February 11, 2012 during the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Fire Fighters will also be out March 10th, April 14th and May 12th to collect funds for the campaign.

Thursday, February 23rd - 7 PM Friday, February 24th - 7 PM Saturday, February 25th - 7 PM Youth Events: Calf Scramble Stickhorse Race • Mutton Bustin Jr. Barrles • Jr. Breakaway Calf Roping Concessions • Carnival Rides • Free Parking • Family Environment • Parade • Area Accommodations (Special thanks go to our 2012 Katy rodeo Sponsor: West Engineering Services)

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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.


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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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Fire on the Altar

Worship and Prayer event hosted by the Great Southwest Prayer Center located at 26555 South Mason Road in the Epi Center will be held February 2 - 4, 2012. Churches from the Katy and West Houston areas will be participating in a worship event that will be held for 3 days and nights. Members of the Katy West Houston community are invited to participate at any time during this 3-day global prayer movement. Check out our website at

The EmPowerment Center


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Katy, Texas 77449

 Join the fun and wear your favorite NFL Team Jersey, on NFL Jersey day, Sunday, February 5th at 9 am. Hey Guys & Gals, grab your Spouse and come enjoy “Couple’s Night Out” on Friday, February 24th at 7 pm. It’s that time again, Go Western Day! On Sunday, February 26th at 9 am. So put on your Cowboy duds and lets have a Yee-hah time.

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Compassion Katy names Scott Bissell as 2011 Volunteer of the Year

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Sunday Bible Classes - 9 am Morning Worship 10 am Evening Worship - 6 pm Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 pm 5458 E. 5th St.

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For more information, call us at 281-578-3535 or email us at info@



Oh Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalms 34:3

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Scott has been active with Compassion Katy for more than 5 years, leading many projects and is an incredible asset to Katy ServeFest. He resides in Katy and is a member at The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch. Scott is the most valuable type of volunteer; he can be counted on to help out in almost every situation. He is a great example of what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. Compassion Katy thanks Scott for all his hard work and dedication to Compassion Katy and Katy ServeFest! Also, we would like to remind everyone to save the dates for Katy ServeFest 2012, February 18 and 25, 2012. We will once again be working at the Katy YMCA’s Camp Cinco, Katy Christian Ministries Super Store and will be working with several families in need to help with home repairs. More information can be found online at

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Valentine’s Kids Night Out

Parents, would you like a date night for Valentine’s Day or just a night out? Covenant Lutheran Church (3785 Barker Cypress Rd.) is offering another Kids Night Out on Saturday, February 11th from 3:00 - 9:00 pm, for children between the ages of 3 and 10 (must be potty trained). Kids will enjoy dinner, games, crafts, movies and music while Mom and Dad have an evening out! Children will be supervised by trained high school students and adults. Cost is $25 for the first child, $15 for the second child, $10 for each additional child in the same family. Space is limited! See (What’s Happening) for registration forms or call the church office (281-578-8799) for more information.

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KATY Aglow

Aglow International is a global, trans-denominational Christian organization. More than 200,000 Aglow members meet together each month through local fellowships. At the monthly gatherings, there is time to meet and visit with friends, enjoy corporate worship and prayer and hear from a guest speaker. Many of the ladies share lunch afterwards. You are most cordially invited to attend the Katy Aglow group. You will be glad you did.   DATE: February 28, 2012 SPEAKER: Mary Scantlin of Mary Scantlin Ministries TIME: 9:30 AM, Arrive/Visit; 10:00 AM, Meeting Starts Fellowship Hall at Church on the Rock. 433 S. Barker LOCATION: Cypress, Houston, TX  77094. Dir: 1-10 Exit Barker Cypress Rd., go south 3 blocks to corner of Barker Cypress @ Kingsland Blvd. for guest speaker and group CONTACT: information for information about Aglow International

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BIBLE STUDIES Katy Christian Women’s Connection

Join us for a prayer coffee and fellowship from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at La Madelaine’s - 23322 Mercantile Parkway, Katy, TX (Grand Parkway and I-10). Bring a friend and don’t forget to bring your Bible. 2012 Prayer Connection dates: February 9th, March 8th, April 12th, May 10th, June 7th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 6th   For more information about our prayer connections, directions or to RSVP, please call 281-232-8338 or visit  

Power for Today Bible Study and Prayer

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


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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The combined choirs of Epiphany Catholic Church and the Katy Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). (Photographer: Marci Freeman)

LDS and Catholic Churches Presented Annual Christmas Concert

The combined choirs of Epiphany Catholic Church and the Katy Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 11th, at Epiphany Catholic Church. This marked the 18th annual Christmas combined concert. Over one hundred singers performed and were led in traditional Christmas pieces by Debbie Siebert and Jennie Larsen, both from the LDS Katy Stake. JM Mercado, the music minister from Epiphany Catholic Church, conducted a contemporary choir and also directed the production. A children’s choir was also led by Amy Millet. Organist Merle Vahlkamp accompanied the choir along with a bell choir, a string quartet and various percussionists. Monsignor Jack Dinkins gave opening remarks and Katy Stake President John Allen gave remarks near the end of the program.

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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.


Epiphany of The Lord Catholic Church Ladies’ Club

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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.

SENIOR CHURCH GROUPS Kingsland Baptist Church Weekly Events for Adult 55+

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


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.

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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.

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1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, 281-492-8592 LIBRARY HOURS - Mon. 1 PM - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6 PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 6 PM, Fri. 1 PM - 6 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. closed. To register online for any of the programs at the library’s website (www.hcpl. net), click on “Events Calendar” and select “Maud Marks.” Participants may also register by calling or by visiting the library.


• Book Discussion Clubs - The Library hosts two book clubs that meet monthly. The Evening Book Club meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 PM. The Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM. If you are interested in joining either discussion group, extra copies of the books are available at the library. There are no dues and new members are welcome! • Volunteer at the Library - Volunteer opportunities abound at the library. Volunteers are needed to help shelve, count patrons and more. We will be holding our next volunteer orientation on Tuesday, February 15th at 7 PM. Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to two hours a week. If you would like to help in anyway, please contact Sarah Nelson at 281-492-8592. • Family MOVIE - School out for a long weekend in February. In honor of the upcoming Oscars we will be showing a special movie on February 17th at 3 PM. Unfortunately, we can’t print the name of the movie here but you can call the library or stop by for the mystery title. • Free Internet Classes - The library provides free classes in Internet Basics each month. You can learn how to navigate your way around the World Wide Web and use successful search techniques. You must know how to use a mouse and a keyboard. The next month’s classes will be on Tuesday, February 14th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM and on Saturday, February 11th at 10 AM. Pre-registration is required for the Saturday class ONLY. • Word Processing Class - Are you interested in getting more out of your Microsoft Word program? On Tuesday, February 14th at 7-8:30 PM, the library will be teaching the basics of how to use Microsoft word. Can’t come then? Don’t worry, the class will repeat on Tuesday, February 21st at 7-8:30. Registration begins February 1st at 10 AM. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required. • Jazz and Poetry - Come celebrate Black History Month in style! On Thursday, February 16th at 1 PM, Jazz Education Inc. will be at the library to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s culture. Through music and poetry this 45 minute program is an inspirational lesson that celebrates the historic contribution and achievements of great Americans including Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. While you are here, check out our wall of who’s who in African American history. How many can you name? Join us for an afternoon of poetry and music as we celebrate Black History Month. • Family Art - School is out for President’s Day. Why not spend it having fun at the library? On Monday, February 20th at 3 PM the Maud Marks Library will be hosting our next family art program. Join us as we create a special art project. There is no registration required and all are welcome. • CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!!! On Saturday, February 4th at 10:15 AM, the Kaplan will be at the library to give students a practice SAT. Then on the following Saturday, February 11th at 2 PM, they will return with graded tests and tips and strategies for scoring high on the SAT. Learn what you need to do to improve your score on one of the most important tests you’ll ever take. Seating for this and all programs is limited. Please call for more information and reservations. • Free Tax Assistance - Beginning February 3rd, every Monday and Friday through April 16th, AARP will be offering free tax assistance to elderly and low-income individuals. AARP assistance from 10 AM to 2 PM. • Basic Emailing - Ready for your own email account? The library will be hosting a one time class about basic emailing skills on February 28th at 7 PM. Learn about sending emails, attaching documents and more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Seating for this and all computer classes is extremely limited.

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• Senior Moments - If something happens to you, how would your loved one handle it? Seniors and mature adults are invited to join us for a funeral planning seminar on Tuesday, February 21st at 1 PM. Learn what you can do now to relieve the burden on your family when the time comes. • USED Book Sale - The Friends of the Library will hold their next book sale on Saturday, February 25th at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks. No items are over $1. Plus, members of the Friends of the Library are invited to a special book sale preview on Friday, February 24th from 4:30-6 PM. Not a member of the Friends yet? Not a problem. You can join at the door! CHILDREN • Storytime - Storytime for preschool-aged children is held each Wednesday at 11:15 AM. Stories, fingerplays and songs are featured. This is ideal for children ages 3 to 5, but all children and their caregivers are welcome. The final storytime of each month will be a special storytime. • PAT-A-CAKE CLUB INFANT STORYTIME - This program will meet each Thursday morning at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM. This is an interactive program for children, ages 0 to 18 months and their caregivers. Each session will last about 20 minutes, featuring nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays. • TOTALLY TODDLER STORYTIME - Toddlers, ages 18 to 36 months, are invited to participate in our Totally Toddler Storytime, which will be held on Tuesdays, at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM and Wednesdays, at 10:15 AM. • Afternoon Art- Glue, paper, scissors, markers, fun and more! Come to the library and let imaginations soar. On Wednesday, February 8th and February 22nd at 4:30 PM, the library will host Afternoon Art for ages 6-11. These art programs normally last about one hour. All necessary materials are provided. No registration is required.



5414 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493, 281-391-3509 Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM, Wednesday 1 PM - 8 PM, Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday CLOSED. • Knitting & Crochet Club - Every Wednesday, 1:00 PM. The Knitting & Crochet Club is the place for you if you want to learn new techniques, teach someone else, or just hang out with other crafters. The first Wednesday of the month will feature Sheryl from Yarntopia teaching the basics of knitting and crochet. Come & join the club! All ages are welcome! • COMPUTER Classes - The Katy Library offers an array of computer classes call to find out this month’s offerings. • Genealogy Lunchbox - Every Monday, 12:00 PM. Bring your lunch and join us for an informal genealogy get-together. We’ll have computers, and other genealogists to help each other with our searches. • Who Dun It? @ the Library Mystery Group Meeting - First Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM. Every month, mystery book fans get together to discuss their reading. Call or check our webpage for this month’s selection. • Hispanic Book Group/Club Hispano de Libros - First Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Every month, a group of Spanish speaking adults get together to discuss a chosen book. Call or check our webpage for this month’s selection. Les invitamos a que todos los meses se reuna con nosotros para conversar sobre un libro. • Spanish Computer Class - Every Friday, 4:30 PM. Basic computer classes taught in Spanish. Clase de la computadora. • Family Storytime - Third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Join us with your whole family for a fun time with stories, crafts, games and activities.


Mondays, 10:15 AM - Baby Bounce Mondays, 11:00 AM - Multicultural Storytime Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - Toddler Time Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - Programs are presented for children who are old enough to sit by themselves in our meeting room. Tickets are required, free and available the day before the program. Thursdays, 10:30 AM - Preschool Storytime

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LAND CARDIO-MUSCLE CONDITIONING - This class combines aerobics and muscle conditioning. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. YOGA – This class exercises every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the skeletal system. It also reduces physical and mental tension, leaving you feeling calm and refreshed. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS MEDITATION - An ancient Chinese art of mind-body relaxation and healing. Its benefits include increased energy, enhanced concentration, stress reduction. Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. KARATE - The American Society of Karate has classes for ages 6 years and up. For more information call Steven Sides at 832-498-3666 or email askhck@ Must register for each session. Tuesdays, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM -Junior class 6-12 years and Tuesdays, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM- Senior class 13 & up FITNESS MACHINES – This is a time when you can work out on your own on the fitness equipment. You must be 16 year and up & bring a full size towel and wear tennis shoes. Various times available daily. The machines are closed during class times.

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POOL WATER AEROBICS - This one hour class is low-impact, which is easy on the joints. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:05 AM - 10:05 AM & 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:05 - 10:05 AM & 6:00 - 7:00 PM. ARTHRITIS AQUATICS - This class consists of range of motion, muscle strengthening and endurance-building activities. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM. MUST HAVE A RELEASE FORM SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN. DEEP WATER AEROBICS - This hour class is a high cardio vascular workout. A flotation device is advised. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Recreational Swim (call to reserve a spot) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Thursday, 4:15 pm - 5:45 PM - Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm. Lap Swim/Water Walk - Various times daily. American Red Cross Swim Lessons – Call or come in to get schedule for lessons. Cost is $50.


The popularity of Fort Bend County Libraries’ Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults has inspired the library system to add a similar program for families during the winter season. The Family Reading Club began on Saturday, January 21, 2012 and will continue for six weeks through March 3, 2012 at all branches in the Fort Bend County library system. This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn and have fun together. All Fort Bend County families are eligible to participate. Families who read 36 books or 6 hours – 6 books per week or 60 minutes per week – will be entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library. Each branch library will have a drawing for the gift card on March 5, 2012.

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281-859-0644 A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online by going to the library’s website and clicking on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image, which will become available January 20, 2012. Families may also register at one of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. There is no charge to join the Family Reading Club. The program is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677 or the library branch nearest you. • CINCO RANCH NIGHT READERS’ TO DISCUSS ‘MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE’ - The Night Readers’ book club will meet on Thursday, February 16th beginning at 7:00 PM, in Conference Room 2. The literary-review club is free and open to the public. • 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 Publisher Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Tuesday, February 14th, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab. • The “MS Excel Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Thursday, February 23rd, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Computer Lab. • The “MS Word Survival Basics” class for version 2007 will take place on Tuesday, February 28th, 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 (www.fortbend., 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.


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Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-taxpreparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s and any other compensation received in 2011; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return.


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Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-taxpreparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s and any other compensation received in 2011; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. February’s schedules are as follows: George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond; Room 2B: Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Cinco Ranch Branch, 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy; Meeting Room: Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sugar Land Branch, 550 Eldridge; Meeting Room: Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 2012: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM First Colony Branch, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land; Conference Room: Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 29, 2012: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Wednesday, February 22, 2012: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Missouri City Branch, 1530 Texas Parkway; Meeting Room: Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear; Meeting Room: Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Income-tax forms may be obtained at any of the branch libraries in the Fort Bend County library system during regular library hours. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 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 March. 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 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 Academy 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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Katy Area Democrats

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

Katy Mommy Patriots

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

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Katy Sunrise Rotary

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

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

West Houston Rotary Club

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

Katy Toastmasters

Do you need to improve your communication skills for presentations, interviews, networking or everyday conversations with co-workers, customers or volunteers? We are a supportive group of members who help each other become better speakers and leaders. We meet the first three Thursdays at The Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy Flewellen, Katy Texas from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM. For more information, contact Jody White, DTM at 713-320-8396 or visit our website at

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


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

Phoenix Risers Toastmasters

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


West Houston’s (CBMC) Christian Businessmen Committee small group ministry teams meet at the following days and times each week. Houston Metro Office 713-688-4343 or

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• Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 AM, 8556 Katy Freeway #128, I-10 at Bingle. Leader: Joe Calvert, 713-461-5960. • Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 AM, 10810 Old Katy Road, Suite 100, U Tex Bldg., call 713-827-0777 for more info. • Friday, 7:00 - 8:15 AM, 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 231. Leaders: John Montgomery, 281-477-4367; Paul McDonald, 713-871-8766.

American Business Women Association’s

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


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

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ABWA West Houston Express Network

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


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

Business Network International

Business Network International, (BNI)/Cinco Ranch Group meets every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 AM, for breakfast and business networking, at Willowfork Country Club at 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77450. Please RSVP to Len Tierney at 713-824-6960 or go to and search for Cinco Ranch Chapter in Katy, Texas.

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Business-To-Business Networking And Breakfast $5: Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 AM at Carriage Inn 1400 KatyFlewellen Road, Katy, 77494. For info., call Jane Moughon at 832-4554579 or email Website: BizPackNetworksHouston/events/30096641.

Fitness Journey Network

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


Katy Neighbor’s Coffees are open to all women who live in the Katy Area. It is to promote friendship in the neighborhood among old and new residents. Coffees are held once a month on the last Tuesday, at 10 AM, at members’ homes. There are no officers of this club and membership is free to all. For more information please contact 281-578-2078 or 281-395-1730.

Welcome Wagon Club of Katy

The Welcome Wagon Club Katy has a Monthly Coffee. The gathering will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Women from the Katy area, whether new or established, are invited. It is an informal gathering held in a member’s home from 10:00 AM to noon. For location of the coffee, please call Margaret at 281-342-4935 or Jan at 281-398-4777 or email welcomewagonclubkaty@

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The Welcome Wagon Club of Katy is a community minded, social organization, with membership open to all woman in the Katy area. Monthly activities include: Decorating, Mahjongg, Bunco, Local Trips, Dinning Out, as well as Lunch and a Movie.

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The February 14th Luncheon for the Welcome Wagon Club Katy will have a speaker from Simply Divine Interiors. The luncheon will be held at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, 23230 Meadowbrook Farms Club Dr. Katy, TX. Arrival time is 11:30 AM. The luncheon cost is $20. Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday, February 9, 2012. An advance payment will be required. Make your check out to “Welcome Wagon Club Katy” and mail to Welcome Wagon Club Katy, c/o Sharon Harrel, 28626 Wing Elm Dr., Katy, TX 77494. Any questions contact Sharon, 281-392-1658, or email

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

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

Katy Singles (over 35+) Meetup Group

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


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


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

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BP Partners Winter Membership Coffee

“We Love Our New Members” membership coffee will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 10:00 AM. Contact Jeaneen at 713-398-4180 or Phyllis at for the location of the Coffee. BP Partners is a local organization that fosters friendship and support for the spouses and partners of current and retired BP employees. We have monthly activities that include luncheons with speakers, morning coffee socials, bird watching, book club, bowling, lunch bunch, craft activities and day trips.

Katy Area Retired Educators

This dynamic organization meets at 11:30 AM, on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Merrell Center, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy. All retired school employees in the Katy, West Houston area are invited to become members of KARE. It does not matter from which school district you retired. KARE’s theme this year is “KARE Keeps on Learning.” Join us as we learn about a variety of topics via interesting and informative meetings, fun side trips and camaraderie with other retirees. Lunch is provided at a small cost. For information contact Luanne Zacek at 281-391-8464 or



Tired of sitting in traffic on your daily commute? Commute Solutions can help you get some sanity back in your life! With gas prices soaring and commute times getting longer, more and more commuters in the Houston-Galveston region are turning to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Commute Solutions Program for relief. Commute Solutions offers programs like STAR Vanpool, Flexible Work Schedules, transit information and NuRide, a free program where you can find a carpool and get rewarded for taking “greener” trips. Commute Solutions also has grants available up to $72,000 for employers who allow their employees to telework from home a few days a week. Imagine being able to take the HOV lane and get rewarded for it at the same time or being able to work from home a few days week. When you’re ready to find a Commute Solution that works for you, visit us at www. or call 832-681-2589.

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Adult Conversation Group

Real conversation is not a contest but makes room for many voices whose tone is not violent or abusive but instead as Michael Oakeshott said “humble and conversable.” It offers “the gift of the interval:” when we “look around upon the world without the sense of an enemy at one’s back or the insistent pressure to make up one’s mind.” If you enjoy real conversation about current issues and events with a group having diverse backgrounds and perspectives, join us for a cup of coffee on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in room 303 of the Parish Activity Center from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. All participants are encouraged to offer topics for the group and approximately a week before the meeting, a tentative agenda of topics will be disseminated. For further information or to get on the agenda email list, please call Gary at 281-578-1036 or email conversation11@

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Do you like sewing? Would you like to meet other sewing enthusiast in the Katy area? Then check out the Katy Neighborhood Group of the American Sewing Guild’s Houston Chapter. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 PM to 3 PM, at Quilt & Sew, 829 Mason Rd., Katy. For more information, please check out our website at


The Pride of Texas Decorative Artists (a division of National Tole Society) would like to invite all decorative artists to our monthly meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center off Patterson Rd. in Bear Creek Park. Our monthly “make it & take it” programs are taught by local artists. Please join us for fun and new ideas. For more information, call Gloria Ware 281-492-0246.


The West Houston Quilter’s Guild would like to invite all quilters and quilt lovers to our monthly meetings. The meetings are held at 6:30 to 9 PM, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the Farm and Ranch Club, Salt Grass Building (Abercrombie Rd) off Patterson Rd in Bear Creek Park. We have many good programs lined up this year for both the beginner and the more experienced quilter. Everyone goes home with new tips. For hands on experience, join one of our ongoing “bees.” Guests are welcome! For more information check our website at

Katy Quilters

FREE Introduction to Quilting. If you thought that you would like to learn to quilt but have never sewed a stitch in your life... then this short introduction is for you. If you have sewed on and off all your life but have never attempted to quilt... then this is for you. Maybe you just want a hobby... this is for you. Take 2 hours out of your day to listen and view what it takes to start this new adventure. Time and place will be scheduled in the Katy Area. Call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000.


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Katy Area Artists

Katy Area Artists is a member league of the Lone Start Art Guild. Through this our members are connected with a wide array of artistic opportunities throughout southeastern Texas. If you are interested in attending any of KAA’s artist workshops or becoming a member, please visit our website at for dates and times as well as the membership information.


The Bluebonnet Stencilers of Texas, a non-profit group serving all of Houston, meet each 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). This chapter is actively seeking new members in the Houston area. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in stenciling and the related arts of faux finishing and decorative painting. For more information concerning meetings, call 281-370-2005.



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The Houston Pond Society was formed in 2004 to meet  a need for pond owners to meet and interface with other pond owners about the use of a pond as a landscape feature.    A pond should be a part of the overall back yard habitat and landscaping, and that pond construction; water lilies, plants, fish, patios, decks, lighting and other landscape features should be some of the topics discussed at the meetings. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at a member’s home. For more information, please visit our website








Learn the Folk Dance of Texas. The Fairbees dance each Thursday night, 7:30 – 9:30 at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, 12211 Memorial Drive @ Gessner. Information may be obtained by calling Jerry & Nanette Tucker 281-498-3057 or

Prairie Promenaders Katy Square Dance Club

The Katy Prairie Promenaders dance on the first four Fridays each month, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Club caller Fred Goynes has been calling for many years. All of the “fun” takes place at the Westland Baptist Church, 1407 Grand Parkway S (Hwy 99), Katy. For details call 281-647-0559 or 281-550-3701.

Houston Square & Round Dance Council, Inc.

For information about square and round dancing in the greater Houston area, call 281-392-0713 or visit the Houston area square dance web site: www. Visitors are welcome at the area square dance clubs’ dances.


Houston Underwater Photographic Society is a nonprofit organization formed to encourage interest and promote participation in underwater photography/ videography. Each meeting includes a speaker presentation and slide contest. Attendance is free to the public. Meetings are generally held the first Monday of each month and always at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, at 7:00 PM. For more information, call 281-493-6883.


If you are 50 and over, you are invited to join us at Willow Fork Country Club on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM for dinner and socializing. We also have activities throughout each month, including day trips by bus. Couples and singles are invited. For reservations and information, please contact Kirk Hanson 281-346-0459 or Betty Larsen at 281-392-3836.

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The West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America would like to invite aspiring writers, romance readers or anyone interested in the craft of writing to join them on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Each meeting of the WHRWA is informative, entertaining and inspiring for those budding authors or published authors who are seeking answers to their writing related concerns. Several times throughout the year daylong workshops are presented by prominent names in the romance industry. Visit us on the Web at for more information on upcoming events.

Katy 4-F Bass Club (Friends Fishing For Fun)

The Katy 4-F Bass Club (Friends Fishing For Fun) is a small, low cost fishing club, based in Katy, Texas. We are a group of angler’s who simply love to fish! For information on our club such as joining, tournament results and area lakes we fish, visit Boaters and non-boaters welcome!!!

Texas Triumph Register (TTR)

The Texas Triumph Register (TTR), founded in 1981, is an organization of Triumph owners and enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation and ongoing enjoyment of the Marque. Membership is open to all who appreciate automobiles bearing the Triumph name. In addition to monthly meetings, the club sponsors rallies, shows, road tours, technical seminars and social events. For more information, please contact Mike Hado at 281-807-4780, or visit



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The Katy Bead Group currently meets on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon at the Spalato Gelateria & Cafe, 22758 Westheimer Parkway #200, Katy, TX 77450 (832-437-1835). The Cafe is at Westheimer Parkway and Peek Road. If you enter the business park from Peek, it is the first business on the left. The Katy Bead Group was founded to promote the art of making bead jewelry and associated beadwork. Members meet weekly and share ideas, techniques and skills. Beginners to skilled beaders are invited to attend. Please call one of the members, Jean Fortier, 281-693-4398; Carol Matkin 281-492-6053, if you have any questions or email us at

Katy Pokemon TCG League

The Katy Pokemon TCG League is looking for new members! Using your own cards, you play tournament-style matches and learn new skills while making new friends with other Pokemon players who love playing just as much as you do! Even if you do not already know all of the rules of the game, at league, you can learn the game basics and perfect your strategy. The Katy League meets on Tuesday nights and is FREE! Player ages range from 6 to adult. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM at DoubleDave’s Pizza at 1660 S. Mason Rd. (at Highland Knolls). YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN 60 CARD DECK and be ready for fun! We also ask that you visit and check out the POP Organized Play section for a list of the legal/playable cards before you join us. At league, you can earn free cards just for playing! Call Camille at 832-721-5481 or check out for additional information about this and other great opportunities with Pokemon!

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Woodworker’s Guild Meetings

The Katy Woodworker’s Guild meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Katy Junior High School from 7:00-9:00 PM. Men and women enjoy working with wood. No experience, tools or equipment are necessary. Questions: Call Terry at 281-717-4215.


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The Katy Cruizers Club is a chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. We meet on 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. Antique/classic vehicle enthusiasts are invited to visit and/or join our club. We go on 6 to 8 one-day driving tours per year on Saturdays. This is a family club for the men and ladies. Questions: Send email to

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The Katy Go Club

Go / Wei Qi / Baduk: Learn how to play this 4,000-year-old Asian strategy game or find an opponent to challenge you. We are organizing a club to meet weekly or bi-weekly in the Katy area. All skill levels are welcome. Please send an email to Paul Wheeler with your interest at:


We are now forming a Bunco group for the following subdivisions: Canyon Gate, Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows, Westheimer Lakes, Lakemont and Grand Lakes. If you are interested, and if you are in or near the area of the above-mentioned subdivisions, please email me at cdkushner@sbcglobal. net. 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. We will have a meeting once we have the first 12 ladies to join to decide on the details (meals vs. snacks, costs, etc). If you can’t commit to this group on the monthly basis, please consider being a substitute for us! It’s a lot of fun and easy as 1, 2, 3 to learn.... roll the dice and you know half the rules already!

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. We play a variety of poker games and some nonpoker card games. This is a very friendly and informal group that enjoys its night out. If interested, call Jim at 832-7158206 (cell) for further information.

Houston Area Wood Carvers Club

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). Members gather to enjoy fellowship with other carvers and to expand individual skills through classes, demonstrations and lectures by experts. HAWC is a non-profit, social organization whose members reside in the greater Houston area. To find out more about the Houston Area Wood Carvers Club, please call Preston and Carolyn Smith at 281-392-0713, email or visit

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This NAMI Family to Family 12-week Education Course (2 1/2 hrs. per week) is for family members of persons with bipolar (manic depression), anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, severe depression and other neurobiological disorders. For information, please call Vi 281-893-2493 or Debbie 713-849-5637.

Family to Family Network

Support for Families who have a Child with Disabilities Family to Family Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families of children with disabilities by providing information, referral, support, training, a mentoring program, a local leadership and advocacy training program, Lending Library and as well as a website created specifically for parents of students receiving special education services. The F2FKaty Chapter meetings are held during the day at Crosspoint Community Church and in the evening at St. Peters United Methodist Church. For more information call 713-466-6304. Please see Calendar of Events at page for a current schedule of Katy Events at

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


The Compassionate Friends (TCF)

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

The Compassionate Friends Houston West Chapter

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


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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

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


All cancer patients, their family members and friends are invited to join this Free Cancer Patient & Caregiver Group, on Thursdays, from 7-8 PM, at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, led by Kris Kerlin, LPC. Join us for encouragement, sharing experiences and emotional support. Collaboration with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. BEREAVEMENT GROUPS: 2nd & 4th Mondays, from 7-8 PM, at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, Katy. Led by Kris Kerlin, LPC. Anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer is welcome at this group. HISPANIC PATIENT & CAREGIVER GROUP: Thursdays, at 6:30 PM, Katy Medical Arts Building, 1331 West Grand Parkway North, Ste., 240, Katy, TX 77493. Please call prior to at 281-844-0161. For registration and information contact Cancer Counseling 713-520-9873. Individual sessions, family therapy, In-home Emotional Therapy is available. The mission of Cancer Counseling, Inc. is to provide free professional emotional therapy and education to cancer patients, their families and friends.

Katy Tourette Syndrome Support Group

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

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The Katy Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month, from 7:00-8:30 PM, at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, in classroom B. There are concurrent adult and youth meetings. Adult meetings are varied with discussion, speakers and videos. During the youth meetings, snacks, crafts and games are enjoyed. Pizza/Video Game Nights and Holiday Parties are always a favorite. For more information, please contact the support group leaders, Daryl and Barbara Brister 281-3955392 or email or visit the website at

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Services offered by the WIC Program include breastfeeding assistance and referrals for health and social services. The Harris County WIC Program operates thirteen sites, all of which offer evening and weekend hours. For additional information about WIC, call 713-439-6145 or health/WIC. For a recorded message listing all Harris County WIC sites, you may call 713-439-6130.

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


“DIFFERENT Strokes for Different folks”

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

The Arc of Katy

The Arc of Katy, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization, is devoted to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Katy creates opportunities for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that enable each person to be a participating and respected member of our community and to grow in mind, body and spirit. Membership in the Arc of Katy is open to everyone. The only requirement for membership is an interest in providing opportunities for our community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All Arc of Katy members are encouraged to attend The Board of Directors meetings at 7:15 PM on the first Thursday night of each month, at The Katy Christian Ministries Administration Building, 5011 East 5th Street, Katy, TX. General membership meetings are held three times a year with all members being notified in advance. You are invited and encouraged to join us. Please visit or call 832-754-9802 or 832-888-9265 for additional information.


We are a group of men and women whose lives have been affected by either our own addiction or members of our family. We offer support and encouragement to help you manage your own life rather than focusing on others. We meet at Radical Recovery, 21811 Katy Freeway, D-110 Katy (behind Discount Tire). Our meetings are every Wednesday night from 7 – 8 PM. For more information call 713-632-5237.


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

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


Katy ADHD Parent Support Group


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

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No Insurance? Need medical treatment? Let us help. Christ Clinic located at 5504 First St., Katy, Texas 77493 (Next-Door to Katy Christian Ministries), 281-391-0190.


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for Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians The disclosure of a loved one’s homosexuality affects parents, family members and friends in many different ways. Dealing with a reality that may never have been anticipated can be challenging. St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is offering a safe and affirming setting for those who desire understanding and support as they seek to come to terms with this fact. We meet the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 PM, in room E225 of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, at 20775 Kingsland Blvd in Katy. Childcare is available by reservation. For more information and to verify meeting times, contact Elaine Saunders at 281-492-8031.

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Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, located at 2655 S. Mason Rd., Katy, 77450, offers a safe setting for those who are hurting and healing from trials and difficulties of life. We offer the following biblically based support groups: • Parenting With Grace... Learning God’s timeless design for parenting. • Marriage Matters... Take your marriage to the next level. (Men love this class!) • DivorceCare... For adults and children dealing with divorce. • GriefShare... Dealing with the loss of a loved one. • Care Creations... Fellowship in a creative atmosphere. • HopeCaregivers… Encouragement while caring for a chronically ill loved one. • Leah’s Friends… Women in an Extra Grace Required marriage. • Recovery With Grace... Recovering from an unhealthy habit. • Cradle of Hope… Infertility / Miscarriage. • VIP (Victorious In Pink)... Women with cancer. First Monday each month at 9:30 AM. • Fresh Start... Single women seeking restoration after a difficult relationship. Please call the Grace Fellowship Care Ministry at 281-646-1903 for further details or see our website,

Katy FAS Family Support

If you know what the acronyms FAS, ARND or FAE stand for then this is the place for you! A new support group is starting for families with children who are on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. This group will meet once a month at a designated location to share our stories, talk about our challenges and discuss strategies. Adoptive parents and birth parents are welcome. If you are interested in being a part of this, please send an email to fasupportkaty@


st. peter’s united Methodist church support groups

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church sponsors and hosts support groups for people in our community who are dealing with difficult situations. Complete meeting information is available at or by calling 281-492-8031. • ADHD Parent Support Group • Alanon • Alcoholics Anonymous • Alzheimer’s Family Support • Autism Support Group • CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous) • Depression Bipolar Support Alliance • The Gathering Respite Care for Homebound Senior Adults • Grief Share Group • Narcotics Anonymous • Open Hearts for Family and Friends of Gays and Lesbians • Overeaters Anonymous • Women’s Cancer Support Group St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy.

CrossPoint Community Church

Celebrate Recovery is for those who want to celebrate God’s healing power in their lives through the Twelve Steps and the Eight Recovery Principles that Christ taught in His message from the Sermon on the Mount. It is uniquely designed for those who are seeking to recover from a wide variety of hurts, hang-ups, habits and addictions by sharing their experiences, strength and hope with one another. Celebrate Recovery meets at CrossPoint Community Church, 700 S.Westgreen Blvd. in Katy in the Warehouse at the SW corner of the property, every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This is a free ongoing meeting, open to the public. For more information, go to or call 281-398-6464.

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Are you having a hard time controlling the way you eat? Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you could not? Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people? Would you like help from others who have found a solution to food addiction? You are not alone, today there is a solution. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, undereatinand bulimia. The program is based upon the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues or fees and FA is open to anyone who wants to stop addictive eating. You visit the web site at to find out more about FA or call the FA World Service Office at 781-932-6300. Weekly meetings at the following times and locations: • Katy: Saturday, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, at Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital, 23900 Katy Freeway, Meeting room Tiger A.

Eating Disorder Support Group

Eating Disorder Support Group meets in the Katy, Mason Rd area. If interested contact Brooke at

West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center offers free monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups. To inquire, please call 281-588-8657. West Houston Medical Center also offers free monthly Weight Loss Surgery Informational/Educational Classes. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8657.

Diabetes Support Group of Katy

Meets quarterly at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, 23900 Katy Freeway, in Tiger Conference Rooms A & B from 6:30-8:00 PM. Meetings are free and open to everyone. For information on the meetings, call 281-644-7055. Everyone is welcome!

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Katy Autism Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., from 7 PM to 9 PM in Asbury Hall. Speakers address a variety of topics relevant to autism spectrum disorders and time is allotted for parent networking. For more information, go to

Weight Loss Surgery Support at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital offers, free of charge, Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meetings. Our mission is to provide support for those who have undergone or are contemplating weight loss surgery in an open and safe environment. We invite you and your significant others to join us as you follow your own path with bariatric surgery. Anyone may attend. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month, at 6:30 PM in the Tiger A Conference Room.

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church offers weekly Support GroupS

GRIEF SUPPORT: This group is designed to offer emotional support to those who have lost a loved one. Group meets every Monday evening at 7:00 PM in Room 126 of the church office. For more information, please see our website at or call the church 281-579-1200. We are located at 22111 Morton Road, Katy, TX 77449 (West of Mason Road). DIVORCE CARE CLASS: This is a 13-week video and discussion-based Bible study that provides support and healing for separated and divorced adults. Topics include subjects such as anger, sadness, forgiveness and support for children of separation or divorce. More information is available at Childcare is available at no cost. Class started on September 14, 2010. Class will be held every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.  Please feel free to join us for dinner starting at 6:00 pm for a minimal fee.  For more information, please visit our church website at www.holycov. org. The church is located at 22111 Morton Road, Katy, TX.

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Katy/West Houston Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Meetup Group - meetings are to provide information and support for sufferers and their families regarding any of these or related disorders. Will hold meetings in Katy monthly. Can 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 information and meeting schedule.


Hopekeepers is a gathering place for those with a chronic illness or pain to support and connect with others while learning about the greater purpose God has for each of us. The 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.


DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW? I feel like the horrific event is happening all over again. I have nightmares and flashbacks of the event. I stay away from crowded places that remind me of the event. I jump and feel very anxious when something happens without warning. I have a hard time trusting or feeling close to other people. I get mad very easily. I feel guilty because others have died and I lived. I have trouble sleeping and my muscles are tense. There are many characteristics that may be signs of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD). If you recognize some or all of these symptoms; you may want to seek help. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Group meeting at Memorial Drive UMC, 13194 Memorial Drive. Call 713-468-8356 x119 for fates and times.

Lifeway International

Lifeway International is an early enthusiastic substance abuse recovery program for adolescents, young adults and adults and their families. Lifeway is an (APG) Alternative Peer Group that offers supportive and clinical outpatient services for ages 13 -25 and the adult population 26+. Lifeway meets every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, 2655 S. Mason Rd, Katy. For more information, call 713-270-6753.

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Bear Creek Baptist MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) is registering for the 2008-2009 school year. Join us the second and fourth Fridays of the month, for speakers, crafts, door prizes, food and more. Childcare is provided. Please contact Kristi Brock at or 281-8584202. Join MOPS and make new friends for life.

Moms @ Second

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

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Announces its series of monthly meetings: Methodist West Houston Hospital, 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094 Daytime Meetings: 10:00 AM-11:30 PM 1st Wednesday of each month Evening Meetings: 7:00-8:30 PM 4th Monday of each month (except December)


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Do you ever feel like you’re the only mom who stays home? While being an at-home mother is rewarding, it can also be lonely. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a support group specifically for mothers who have chosen to stay home to raise their children. Local chapters offer scheduled activities, most of which take place during the day when at-home moms most need support. Our calendar includes activities such as weekly (age-appropriate) playgroups, park days, group outings, book club, mom and tot lunch, family events, community service projects, mom’s night out and more! Of course, children are encouraged to come along and moms may attend as many or as few activities as are appropriate for their family. Contact Jamie Ensminger, Membership VP: 832-493-1507 or email


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


Mothers’ Share Group serves as a valuable outreach for stay-at home parents. We offer a supportive network of moms, interesting and informative speakers relevant to parenting and family life, creative crafts, service projects, and the opportunity to make wonderful friends with others in the Katy area. We meet Thursdays, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM following the KISD schedule, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450 in Room E221 (upstairs). Everyone in the community is welcome. Please join us for fun, food and friendship! For more information or to confirm childcare, please contact St. Peter’s UMC at 281-492-8031 or

Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Support KPGT

Did you know there is a support group for the Gifted and Talented Program in KISD? The Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented is an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting quality educational services for the gifted students in the school district. The mission of the organization is to promote community awareness of the unique social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students and to support the development of appropriate educational services to meet these needs. To function successfully as an advocacy organization, KPGT needs membership and volunteer support! Funded by membership dues, KPGT publishes a quarterly newsletter, “Connections” and is now on the web! KPGT advocates for the needs of our GT students by serving on district committees, panels at state GT conferences, the Parent Advisory Board and keeping abreast of legislative issues. KPGT works cooperatively with KISD to co-host events such as the very popular “Super Saturday” and the “Student Summer Scholarship Seminar.” Our non-profit organization offers summer scholarships and grants for innovative programs to the GT teachers in KISD. Won’t you show your support of our efforts and join KPGT today? Visit our website at for a printable membership form.

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


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

Real Moms of Katy playgroup

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


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

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All Moms of Katy: come run AMOK with us! We are a fun group of moms who support each other through the joys and woes of parenting with playgroups, park days and the occasional moms night out. Contact membership at to get involved.


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


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


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


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

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PARENTING CLASSES AT West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center offers prenatal classes on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The following is a list of classes that are presently offered. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8065.

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West Houston Medical Center also offers a FREE Mother and Child Play and Informational Support Group. • Mothers with babies birth to six months meets every Wednesday from 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM in suite 201 of the Doctor’s Center. • Mothers with babies six to twelve months meets every Wednesday from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in suite 201 of the Doctor’s Center. The program features a weekly topic that mothers with babies are eager to learn as well as a time for questions and answers. It is a time to get to know other new mothers and for your babies to have interaction with other babies. The group is moderated by the Perinatal Coordinator who has over 20 years of experience in the field. Should you have additional questions you may call 281-588-8065. The Doctor’s Center is located at 12121 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77082.

Katy’s Own School Lunch Revolution

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

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• Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze Class (Weeknight and Weekend classes available) • Infant Care Class • Breastfeeding Class • Infant CPR Class • Infant/Child CPR Class • Community CPR Class (Infant/Child/Adult) • Sibling Adjustment Class

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

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Laureate Theta Pi Sorority

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

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Southwest Houston Council

Are you a woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community service oriented group? If you answered yes, then Beta Sigma Phi could be just the right organization for you! Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. It also provides educational programs to its members and opportunities for service to others. We are women of all ages, interests, educational and economical backgrounds and we are the largest organization of our kind in the world. We are dedicated to helping women fulfill their lives. Remembering to make time in their busy schedules for friendship, fun and fulfillment. For more information, please contact Jill Coble at 281-392-7181,


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


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

British Club of Katy

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

Bear Creek Brit’s

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

National Council of Jewish Women

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

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

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

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Sam Houston Chapter - Sons of the Republic of Texas

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

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

Bear Creek Genealogical Society & Library Inc.

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


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

Civil Air Patrol – Thunderbird Squadron

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


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Local Veteran Groups Meet

If you are an honorably discharged War Time Veteran or currently serving on active duty and want to associate yourself with fellow Veterans, please consider joining one of the following groups. (Each organization has its own requirements for membership.) American Legion: The Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of Katy Texas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7 PM at the Katy Elks Lodge #2628, at 1050 Katy-Ft. Bend Road, Katy TX. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM. The American Legion is the largest war time Veteran’s organization in the nation and invites all eligible Veterans to join. Proud sponsor of the American Legion Boy’s State Program. Will Miller, Post Commander. Visit us at for more information. VFW: The Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 of Katy Texas meets the first Monday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in “Old Town Katy.” Meetings begin with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the business meetings of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary at 7:30 PM. Peyton Lumpkin, Commander. Ladies Auxiliary President, Karon Cramer. Military Order of the Purple Heart: Tri-County Chapter 723 of the MOPH meets the third Thursday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in Old Town Katy. David Lemak, Commander Additional information is available through the Veterans Memorial Museum at: 281-391-VETS (8387).

Marine Corps League, Tijerina Detachment

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

Volunteer Groups Volunteers needed at MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL

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

Houston Area Project Linus

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


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

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\ Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc

Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife. Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill, and injured native Texas wildlife. Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting in the daily functions of the center, assisting with public education programs, and wildlife rehabilitation. Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite 200, the facility is open seven days a week to help wildlife in need. TWRC has a mentor program in place to assist volunteers with “hands on” training for those interested in becoming permitted rehabilitators. We invite you to join our organization in saving Texas wildlife – one animal at a time. Call the center at 713468-8972 x158 for more information or email the Volunteer Coordinator at Visit our website at

Volunteers Needed We Believe In The Power Of Second Chances

CROSSROADS mentors are regular people, just like you, who prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships. The goal is crime prevention! Our mentors must be 21 years of age and volunteer a minimum of 1 hour a week. There are many sites, areas and available times of the week for mentors to meet with their assigned child. We desperately need loving and caring mentors for boys and girls that do not have anyone visiting them! Please consider devoting just one hour a week to the future of a needy child, many times you are their only visitors. Contact Jan Sadler Gibbs at jan.gibbs@hcjpd.hctx. net or 713-295-2779.

Houston Children’s Charity

Join a group of people dedicated to improving the lives of children. If you are searching for a good cause to lend a hand to, you need look no further. Houston Children’s Charity is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for underprivileged, abused and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Our goal, the rainbow that we chase, is to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered. Do you have the time and desire to volunteer to help a great cause? We are always in need of volunteers to help throughout the year. This is a great way for school age kids to get in community service hours. Do you have gently used children’s clothing, shoes and jackets? At Houston Children’s Charity we are setting up the “HCC Closet.” All of the items donated will be given to children – not sold at a retail store. Please contact our office at 713-524-2878 or visit our website for more information on our organization.



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

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers

The only time our clients say they feel free is when they’re riding a horse in a brisk walk around the arena or driving a carriage through the wooded pastures or feel the nudge of a horse’s muzzle at their shoulder saying, “I’m glad to see you, my friend.” Nothing else can compare with therapy on horseback. Equine-assisted activities improve physical balance and coordination, mental acuity, emotional stability and social interactions. At SIRE, we see miracles on horseback happen every day. The work of our dedicated volunteers helps guarantee that children and adults with disabilities in the Greater Houston Area will have the programs they need to live longer, healthier, more productive lives. In addition to their weekly work in the arena, many of our volunteers donate their time and talents at fund-raising events such as our annual Ride-A-Thon and the yearly Trailblazers Luncheon. Volunteers are on hand during the NARHA on-site certification and annual SIRE Show-Off and volunteers are vital to our Clients’ successes at the Top Hands Horse Show, during the Houston Rodeo and competition at the regional and state Special Olympics. Therapeutic horseback riding creates a bond of success between the rider and their horse. Volunteers are their own personal cheering section and the instructor is their mentor and coach. Clients become more empowered and better equipped to fully live their lives, each day. To volunteer, please call one of our arenas and ask to speak with a volunteer coordinator. SIRESpring, call 281-353-6160. SIREHockley, call 281-3567588. SIRE Fort Bend at Sienna Stables, call 281-431-1741.

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The Street Smart Real Estate Professionals It takes more than putting a sign in your yard or being a home tour guide to get the job done. We are experts in marketing and negotiation. Don’t let inexperience leave your hard earned money on the table. With our seven point marketing plan and proficient business skills we make success easy for you. If you are buying, selling, or leasing call us today to discuss your needs!

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Pregnancy Help Center seeks new volunteers

Invest your time by volunteering with Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston educating and supporting men and women in making healthy choices for life in sexual integrity, unplanned pregnancy and post-abortion loss. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, facilitating small groups, administrative assistance, medical services, donation room and development. Discover your calling! For information inquire through the web site or call 281578-0078, Volunteer Services Coordinator. The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston is a non-profit faith based organization.

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope is encouragement and support for all families currently experiencing or who have experienced infertility in the past. We meet the 4th Thursday of each month. Come and encourage or be encouraged. For more information contact Cathy Booth 281-395-7094 or

Adopt A US Soldier

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


volunteers needed at AUTUMN GROVE COTTAGE

Do you enjoy spending time with seniors? Autumn Grove Cottage is an assisted living facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia related illnesses. We are interested in volunteers socializing with our Residents. We are a small cottage, close to your neighborhood, with just 16 Residents. If you would like to volunteer in a cozy, home-like atmosphere then call the Volunteer Coordinator at 281-398-6845 or visit our website www. Come be a part of our philosophy - “To honor our Residents and those who love and care for them.” Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application and attend a brief training session.

become a Sunrise Volunteer

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

An Art Volunteer Opportunity at Houston Aphasia Recovery Center

Stephanie Schmadeke, Director of the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), a not for profit facility which helps people recover from brain injury, is looking for volunteers to teach painting or drawing lessons to their clients. Their location is 6260 Westpark (in the West Loop/SW Freeway area). This would be perfect for someone who has time and a calling to help people or for students who are looking for community service and teaching experience. Even if you are new to art, you would have something to offer. Just give them what you know. That will be more than enough. (Paint mixing, pallets, brush choices, hand positions, perspective, shading, blending, etc.) All would be a great help to someone recovering from Aphasia. The times/days/number of students are all flexible. For more information, contact Stephanie Schmadeke, 713-628-9973 or to learn more about Aphasia, visit

In just 1 hour you could touch the hearts of at least 4 seniors. Do you have a little free time? Do you enjoy the company of seniors? We would love to have you volunteer your time and services to our wonderful residents. Spanish Meadows Nursing and Rehab opened its doors in the fall of 2005 bringing quality care in a luxury environment to Katy and surrounding communities. We are located at 1480 Katy Flewellen Road, Katy, TX 77494. To get further information on volunteering, please contact Robbin at 281-394-0088 or spanishmeadowsactivities@gmail. com. Please visit our website at

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Katy Christian Ministries needs volunteers

Katy Christian Ministries Resale Stores has an URGENT need for volunteers to help with receiving/sorting donations and various other activities. Schedule flexible Monday-Saturday. Please call Donnie Sanchez at 281-391-5261 or email for more info.

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Here are just a few ways you can volunteer: • Like to read? Read to someone who has lost the gift of sight. • Like to play games? Our residents are always looking for participants. • Have a green thumb? Help us with our table top garden. • Got talent? Come entertain our residents and share your talent. • Do you love a party? Help with monthly events is always needed. • Got a friendly pooch? Ask how pet visits can boost a patients’ day. • Are you crafty? Help out with our arts and craft activities. • History Buff? Hear stories from those who were there.


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Buckner Hospice of Houston is in need of volunteers. We offer many different volunteer opportunities from Patient visits to office duties. Hours of very flexible to fit your busy schedule. You donate the number of hours you can. Please contact Toni Cruse Volunteer Coordinator at 281-493-6800 or 713918-9320 for more information.

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Imagine if you had no one to share or even worse, you were limited in your ability to participate in the activities you love? Now, imagine how you would feel if someone volunteered to spend time with you and shared your enthusiasm? At Kissito Healthcare, we realize that when you make a difference in someone else’s life, you make a difference in your own. We recognize that our volunteers not only make a difference in the lives’ of our patients, they are the backbone of our Community of Life activities program.

If you would like to volunteer your time and/or make a donation, please contact Vicky Ashbrook for more information. Kissito Cane Island is located at 21727 Provincial Blvd. Katy, Texas 77450. The facility phone is 281-717-1302.

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Community of Life Volunteers in Partnership at Kissito Cane Island

We invite you to be a part of the Volunteers in Partnership program at Kissito’s Cane Island facility in Katy, Texas. All of our programs and services serve a common goal: a better quality of life for the patient and ultimately isn’t that the goal we all have for ourselves? Kissito Cane Island is a post acute and long-term care facility.

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HealthBridge Volunteering

HealthBridge Children’s Hospital,, located in the Westchase District of Houston is looking for volunteers. Our 40 bed pediatric facility helps children ages 0-21 years of age as they transition from hospital to home. Volunteers can assist our team with direct patient interactions (play, baby holding, reading, mentoring) and indirect patient care (greeters, phone reception and administrative tasks). Volunteer hours vary, please contact Ellyn Poole at for more information.

STAY ACTIVE. STAY ENGAGED. A new place for seniors to learn, located at 16600 Pine Forest Lane, near Texas 6 and Clay Road. Free classes available to Harris County residents 55 and older on subjects ranging from basic computer skills to digital photography to astronomy, photo editing and memory enhancement. We need you in our classrooms! Get free volunteer training. Teach your own computer class. Contact us now at 713-274-3250 or email us: glaziersec@hctx. net. Operated by Harris County Precinct Three Commissioner Steve Radack.


Calling on all the quilters in the area to help make pillowcases and small blankets. This last year we donated over 200 pillowcases and small blankets to various charities. The demand is even higher with all of the families that have lost their homes because of the fires in and around our area. We need you and we have fabric that has been donated but we need your hands and time to make someone smile. If you would like to help, call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000.

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Solid wood entertainment center 68 x 23 x 59” tall. Includes glass front cabinet with 5 shelves plus media storage, holds 36” TV, like new, $450. Also,The Rack, new and assembled, $55. 281-492-6670. Marcy Home Gym complete with self spotting bench, curling bar, lat-pull pully system & over 200 lbs. of weights. Also a chest-explosion machine & accessories for the pully system. Excellent condition. $325 or $350 delivered assembled. 281-881-6405. Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym with ab crunch attachment, leg curl station, preacher curl attachment, squat station attachment, leg press belt. Excellent working condition! Has always been kept indoors. $1,000.00. (Picture available with attachments.) 361-230-3223. James Avery: Collet net collar, CH-539, 14k gold, lists for $1,900, must sell for $1,700 OBO; sunburst pendant, CM-37S, 14k gold, lists for $1,900, must sell for $1,700 OBO; matching sunburst earrings, 14k gold, lists for $400, must sell for $350; domed teardrop ear hoops, EH-860, 14k gold, lists for $410, must sell for $350. All items new and never worn. Call 281-395-4359 for serious queries only. Sofa - good to very good condition, $250 OBO. 281-861-7500. Inversion table, used only a few times, $50; Leap Pad Learning tablet with books, $25. Call 281-703-5138. Cooling/heat pump, 1.5 ton “York” split system w/5KW electric coil, new, never been installed, $1,800 neg. Please call for further info, 713-444-4180.

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

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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.

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Sliding mirror doors (one pair) for a wardrobe or closet, each door is 39 “W x 79”H, together the doors will be good for a 78”W X 79”H wardrobe or closet, comes with upper and bottom alum guide rails, the doors are similar to IKEA PAX MALM ward robe article # 900-745-72, picture available, asking $205. Contact



Local Real Estate Agents want to save you money! Call us and get 1% back! We’re ready to sell your home or help you find a new home!

Rare 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible, re-built, under warranty, 400 Pontiac motor-not matching no., less than 400 miles, totally restored, yellow with black interior, new paint, new disk brakes, new suspension, new interior & new black top with cover, new custom sound system, $24,000. Firm. 281455-5543.

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2004 GMC Sierra Extended cab truck, leather interior, Boise radio system, XM radio & On Star ready, 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome tool box. Well maintained, one owner, all maintenance records available, excellent condition, 127,000 miles. Sell for $8,500 OBO. 832-654-5339 or 281-8559030.

1996 Buick Roadmaster Ltd: White, leather seats, 76K miles, good condition, $4,500. Call Richie Anderson 281-463-1712.

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1998 Suzuki 1500 Intruder, $3,550. Call for details 281-726-4305 Pat.


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


Live in caregiver for elderly ambulatory female. Must be mature female, non smoker with valid drivers license, transportation, and good driving record. Duties include companionship, personal care, light cleaning, and cooking. MUST be able to live in Monday through Saturday. Please have references. 281-550-7577.


Afternoon teacher/assistant for daycare, from 2:45 PM - 6 PM, M - F, or 12 PM - 6 PM. Please call for more information, 281-955-2002. 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 is 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 Discovery Schoolhouse now hiring teachers and support staff. Must have experience working in a licensed child care facility, be flexible and dependable and have a passion for early childhood education. Call 281-4019828 or send resume to Now Hiring! Do you love children? Small private preschool is now accepting applications. Must be dependable and energetic. Will train. Must have copy of High School Diploma or GED and copy of Social Security Card. Apply in person to 16618 Clay Road, Suite 400. 281-656-2273. Michelle’s Salon is looking for good experience hairstylist, massage therapist, nail tech and esthetician, lease or commission. 832-878-1052. The Pediatric Dentist of Katy is looking for a highly motivated Registered Dental Assistant. Our Pediatric Dental practice is located at 24022 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Suite 210 in Katy. Our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with lunch from 12-1 PM. On Fridays we are open from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Please bring by your resume in person. Housekeepers needed. Great hours for mom’s with school age children. 281-861-0394. Position available for an experienced hair stylist with a great attitude and good clientele. Benefits available. Call Images Hair Studio at 281-256-2286.

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Dental Assistant needed, at least 2 years of experience, must be state licensed. 281-550-0900. Paralegal - Katy area law firm looking for candidate with 5+ years experience. Ideal candidate should be proficient in Word and WordPerfect, be a selfstarter, possess excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Send resume & salary requirements to 281-398-1380. Residential Electrician(s): Journeyman or helper/apprentice. Have experience, references & contact info. ready, beginners last employment info. 281-646-9928.

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Beautiful, playful, happy miniature Schnauzer puppies for sale. 281-4921618.

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Lost Cat: $$ REWARD$$ Named “Tube” blue gray silky fur, one missing front tooth, one chipped front tooth, current immunizations, microchipped. ‘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. Call anytime, 713306-0805 (Carole) or 417-773-3795 (Bob).

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MISSING: White wrought iron reindeer w/lights, approx. 24” in length, from front yard. Return, no questions asked. REWARD! 281-398-3732. Nottingham Subdivision.


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.

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



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Pretzel Log Cabin

By: Amanda Formaro Difficulty: Very Easy Age: 5 and up. Parental supervision is recommended Presidents’ Day is a great time to teach kids about how our forefathers grew up in log cabins and worked the land with their own two hands. This pretzel log cabin is a fun and edible history lesson in the making! What you’ll need: - Small empty milk carton - Pretzel sticks - Chocolate frosting or peanut butter - 1 Rolo or other tubular shaped candy - 1 square cracker - Scissors - Hot glue or tape How to make it: - Cut the top flap of the milk carton off and tape or hot glue it closed to form the roof. - Spread chocolate frosting or peanut butter on one side of milk carton then cover with pretzels. Repeat this step all over the milk carton until log cabin is complete. You may need to break the tips off of some of the pretzels to make then fit up the sides. - Break a square cracker in half, then break one of the halves in half. Spread some frosting or peanut butter on the back of the first half. “Glue” it to the front of the cabin as the door. Repeat this step with a smaller broken piece for the window. - Spread some frosting or peanut butter to the bottom of Rolo and stick to the roof. Tips: - You can make this a larger project using any box and large pretzel logs. - This is an edible craft project, just be sure you check for allergies, especially if using peanut butter as your glue.  - Ask children to save their milk carton from their school lunch and wash them out thoroughly before using.


Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

1 1/4 cups unsalted butter at room temperature 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats 1 cup butterscotch chips 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined. Beat in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rolled oats until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the butterscotch chips and coconut. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven just until the bottoms are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes. If you prefer crunchier cookies, bake 9 to 10 minutes.

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TRASH / MUD Royal Disposal 713-526-1536 Waste Corporation of America (WCA) 281-368-8397 Republic Waste 713-726-7300 ST Water & Sewer (Cinco MUD’S) 281-579-4500 CornerStone MUD 713-405-1750 Willowfork Drainage Dist. 713-703-8605

POOLS CR Beach Club & Lifeguard Office Equestrian Village Greenway Village Pool North Lake Pool South Ranch Pool Cinco Ranch Water Park Highland Park Pool Party Reservations (Greater Houston Pool)

UTILITIES / POST OFFICE Center Point Energy 713-659-2111 Entex-leaking gas 713-659-3552 Reliant Energy 713-207-7777 Street Light Outages 713-207-2222 or visit Grande Communications 866-314-4880 Consolidated Comm. (Phone) 281-753-1793 Comcast Communications 713-341-1000 Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777 Katy Post Office 281-829-5062 Metro Park & Ride 713-635-4000 Dept. of Public Safety (Katy) 281-391-4874 Poison control 1-800-764-7661 Ft. Bend Animal Control 281-342-1512 Harris Ct. Animal Control 281-999-3191

LAW ENFORCEMENT EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) Non-emergency: Ft. Bend Ct. Sheriff’s Dept. Harris Ct. Constables Katy I.S.D. Police Dept. FIRE DEPARTMENT West I-10 Volunteer Dept. Harris Ct Ft. Bend ESD2 ( Willowfork Fire Dept) Community Fire Dept. (S. of Willowfork) Fulshear/Simonton Fire Dept

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT Ft. Bend Ct. Health Dept. Harris Ct. Health Dept.

281-342-6414 713-526-1841

MEDICAL Memorial Hermann Katy Christus St. Catherine

281-644-7000 281-599-5700

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LIBRARIES Maude Marks Cinco Ranch Katy Branch

281-492-8592 281-395-1311 281-391-3509

COMMUNITY The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch Katy Chamber of Commerce City of Katy Katy Christian Ministries Community Prayer Line

281-395-4653 281-391-5289 281-391-4800 281-391-5261 281-723-7729

SCHOOLS KISD Administration KISD Transportation Dept. Bus Schedules Stanley Elementary Wood Creek Junior High Seven Lakes High School Cinco Ranch High School

281-396-6000 281-396-7560 281-396-2700 281-234-1400 281-234-0800 281-237-2800 281-237-7000

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