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Grayson Lakes Annual Meeting December 4, 2012 Mark your calendar to attend the Grayson Lakes Annual meeting at WoodCreek Junior High on December 4th. The meeting will be held in the Cafe. We will begin with a forum at 6:30 PM like we did in 2011 with the actual business meeting starting at 7:00 PM. If you are unable to attend, be sure you return the Proxy form that will be included with the official notice. At least 10% of residents must be present in person or by proxy in order for us to conduct business and elect Board members. While 10% doesn’t sound like much, we usually struggle to achieve that level of participation. Completing Your Proxy If you are not able to attend the annual meeting of the HOA on December 4, 2012, please be sure to send your proxy. Without a quorum, we will not be able to conduct business and elect Board members. You will receive a proxy with the material you are sent regarding the meeting. There are four steps to completing your proxy:
1. Name your proxy holder: This can be a friend you know will attend the meeting or you can designate the Secretary of the HOA. The acting secretary will be a Board member who is not running for election. 2. Grant authority to your proxy holder: This ranges from just counting your proxy for quorum purposes to granting full authority to vote on all issues. Or you can instruct the proxy holder to vote for specific Board candidates. 3. Sign the form: It is required that at least one signature be on the form to be valid. All owners of the property should sign when possible. 4. Mail, FAX or hand deliver your completed form to the management company. Grayson Lakes Community Association, Inc. c/o Community Sound, Inc. 22503 Katy Freeway, Ste. 7 Katy, TX 77450 Or FAX your Proxy to: 281-347-8303 NOTE: Your proxy must be received by noon the day of the meeting, December 4th. Time is needed to verify the validity of each proxy.
Reserve Fund Study The Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors contracted to have a Reserve Fund Study completed this year. The Reserve Fund Study was conducted to assist the Board and Budget Committee regarding understanding the useful remaining life of components and systems that the Association is responsible for maintaining. Last year was the first year the Budget Committee was able to earmark monies for the Reserve Fund. This fund is to be used to repair and maintain items in the community that are over and above typical maintenance that is expensed annually. According to the Reserve Fund Study, over the next 20 to 30 years, the Association will be responsible for replacing approximately 1.6 million dollars in community systems and components. The Reserve Fund Study also indicated that the community’s current reserve fund is inadequately funded to maintain these amenities. Therefore, the coming year’s budget will reflect an increased amount earmarked for the reserve fund to meet the Association’s responsibility for amenity maintenance. Once finalized, the Reserve Fund Study will be uploaded to the community web page. The findings of the Reserve Fund Study will also be discussed at the December Annual Homeowner’s Association Meeting. Board Candidate Information: The following residents have announced their candidacy for the Grayson Lakes Board of Directors. If you are not able to attend the Grayson Lakes Annual Meeting on December 4, 2012 at WoodCreek Junior High, be sure to complete the Proxy form you will receive in November so business can be conducted at the meeting. Candidate: Melissa Simmons What experience and/or qualifications can you bring to the Association Board of Directors? I have a BBA in Accounting with 10+ years of professional accounting experience, including specialization in non-profit accounting and HOA auditing. I can help to ensure that HOA dues are being accounted for and disbursed appropriately, as well as give financial insight into favorable ways to allocate future dues.
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What area of Community Management are you most concerned with? Naturally, I am concerned with all financial areas of Community Management, but as a mother of young children, I hope to serve as a voice for all of the other young families in our neighborhood. I desire to improve and expand our resident events, getting every family involved and excited about being a part of such an exceptional community. Tell us a little about yourself. I am currently a stay-at-home mother of two girls, ages 3 and 1 and a stepmother of one boy, age 11. My husband and I are originally from Austin and have lived in Katy for 6 years. We like to have pool parties and watch football and we are always ready to BBQ. I am a member of the Grayson Lakes Playgroup and enjoy getting to know other families in the neighborhood. Candidate: Jim Keil What experience and/or qualifications can you bring to the Association Board of Directors? I am a Professional Engineer (Retired) that has been registered in 3 states, as well as a Registered Project Management Professional. My wife and I have owned other homes in 3 states - some with HOA’s, some without. I worked on the Budget Committee this year. What area of Community Management are you most concerned with? Finance and Budgeting. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a retired Engineer who worked in the oil business over 40 years. I owned my own company 12 of those years. We have 3 grown children living in 3 different states. Candidate: Lee McAdory What experience and/or qualifications can you bring to the Association Board of Directors? I have been a Board member for the last two years as the Treasurer and Vice President and served as a secretary to the Board for a year prior. Additionally, I own my own business and am acutely aware of how a business, including a non-profit such as a homeowner’s association, should be run. What area of Community Management are you most concerned with? I am most concerned with the communication within the community. I would like to see more community awareness and involvement.
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Grayson Lakes Community-Wide Garage Sale
The annual community-wide garage sale was held in Grayson Lakes on October 6th. We had 46 registered participants. A total of $460 was collected and after marketing expenses that leaves $246 to help defray expenses associated with the Kid’s Fishing Derby and the Independence Day Celebration. Thanks to all our volunteers who put out signs: Mary Lou Proctor, Lee McAdory, Marge Grass, Emily Grass, Veronica Cantu, Jennifier Grier, Donna Medeiros, John Medeiros and Andres Uribe.
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Join your Grayson Lakes neighbors on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 3-5:30 PM at the Grayson Lakes Clubhouse to celebrate the holiday season.
3:00 PM: Santa and his elf will visit atop a fire truck with candy in hand. Route to include Grayson Lakes Blvd, Lake Grayson, Anchor Lake and Silver Brook Lane. 3:30-5:30 PM: Club House Festivities including refreshments, bouncy slide, crafts, cookie decorating, trackless train and photos with Santa (bring your own camera). 5:45 PM: Holiday Boat Parade will float by the Recreation Center Dock. Vote for your favorite. Thanks again to our generous and faithful sponsor of the annual holiday event Bob Miles, Broker Associate, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene.
Proper Parking Did you know that it is illegal to park on the wrong side of the road (against traffic)? It is also illegal to block driveways and sidewalks with motor vehicles. Please be courteous to your friends and neighbors and park properly. Warnings may be issued for vehicles improperly parked and could be followed by citations for repeat offenders. Additionally, please refrain from parking in the street. Parking in the street, particularly in a cul-de-sac, is not only unappealing, it poses a danger to the neighborhood children who may run from between two parked cars into the path of another. Parking in the street may also create a delay for access by an emergency vehicle. Be considerate of the community and please park in your garage or at least in your driveway.
Deed Restriction Summary The following information has been prepared for inclusion in the welcome packet given to new residents of Grayson Lakes. It is being published here because your Board thought it might be a useful reference for current residents. It gives an overview of the items that come up most often and is the product of a joint effort by your Board and the Architectural Review Committee. The modification request form and guidelines have not been included in this article, but they can be found on the Grayson Lakes website, www.graysonlakesliving.com, under Community: Resident Forms & Documents.
Grayson Lakes Community Association, Inc. Did you know…? Exterior Modifications: Most modifications and additions to your property need to be approved by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). A copy of the request form and guidelines are attached. See Article 4.3 of the Declaration for more details. General Property Maintenance: The overall appearance and repair of your property, including mowing, cement and siding, are your responsibility and should be actively maintained. The community does not employ services for non-common areas, such as those provided by condominiums.
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Landscaping: You are responsible for maintaining the existing landscaping and any improvements made to your property. Your property should retain its relative curb appeal and stay weed and overgrowth free. Additionally, each property requires a predetermined minimum tree count and the trees should remain trimmed at least 6’ off the ground. See Article V in the CC&R’s and the Landscaping Guidelines, on our web site at www.graysonlakesliving.com : community : resident forms and documents, for more details.
Rain Barrels: Rainwater Recovery Systems must be installed on your own property and should not encroach onto any other resident’s property or common area. Prior approval is required by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC).
Fences: All fences are to be kept in good repair. Painting or staining of wood fences is prohibited.
The following email was sent to Grayson Lakes Residents on February 6th. If you have not already signed up to receive email alerts please do so by going to www.GraysonLakesLiving.com and on the home page under the “Quick Links” section click on “Email Alert Signup” and give us your name and email address. You can sign up for two levels of communication. One level is for email alerts and the other is for community activities. We will assume you are signing up for both lists unless you tell us different.
Drainage: Any modifications that affect the drainage of rain water on your property must be approved by any other affected property owners. This specifically includes landscaping. Exterior Lighting: Additions or changes to exterior lighting should not negatively affect any other residents. Direct light, reflection or cast off may inadvertently cause unwelcomed lighting to other residents view and their property. Portable Basketball Goals: Portable basketball goals must be well maintained and stored either reasonably out of view from the street when not in use or positioned in a manner that gives the impression that it is a permanent freestanding basketball goal. Portable basketball goals, like permanent freestanding basketball goals, must be submitted for review by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Written approval from the ARC must be obtained and on file with the Association. See section 4.2 Basketball Goals in Exhibit “E” of the Architectural and Aesthetic Guidelines for more information.
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• If there is a ‘crime in progress’ or you feel that there is imminent danger to life or property, call ‘911.’ • If you observe ‘suspicious’ or ‘out of ordinary’ people, activity or vehicles, call 281-341-4665. Both calls will roll directly to the FBS dispatch, but will be routed based on the information given. Suggestions from the FBS dispatch officers regarding suspicious people are to get a physical description including race (white, black, Hispanic, etc.), height, weight, hair color, clothing etc. For suspicious vehicles, try to get a License Plate # and color, make and model, if possible and direction the vehicle is going. Keeping a pad of paper and pen in your own vehicle will make it easier to obtain the needed information. Please have the FBS # 281-341-4665 posted near your home phone, programmed into your cell phone and if you have children at home, make sure they know where to find the number and also put it in their cell phones if they have one. Never open your door to anyone that you don’t know or looks suspicious and make sure children know this as well. Neighborhood Security information as well as detailed information in reference to our Neighborhood Watch Program are available on our website, www.graysonlakesliving.com The Neighborhood Watch document contains ways to keep yourself and your property safe and ways to help facilitate local law enforcement to reduce crime in our community. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes and ears open! Please sign up to receive Email alerts and forward this to any neighbor you know that may not be getting urgent information.
Friendly Reminder about Trash Containers According to the Grayson Lakes restriction 4.10 Trash Containers: Trash containers and/or recycling bins must be stored in one of the following locations: • Inside your garage • Behind your home so that the house blocks the trash container from view from the street • Along the side of your home, provided they are set back at least 10’ (feet) from the front façade of the home and reasonably screened from public view In addition to the above requirements, additional screening is encouraged to further screen trash containers from view by neighbors.
Tennis Court Etiquette Recent repairs have been completed at our tennis courts. Repairs were necessary due to normal wear and tear and improper use. The following are a couple precautions that should prolong the use of the tennis courts and keep repair costs down: • No skateboarding or rollerblading in the courts • Please refrain from repeatedly pushing into the fences (i.e., kicking soccer balls or batting baseballs into the fence).
Volunteers Needed! If you are interested in volunteering for the Grayson Lakes HOA Budget Committee, please contact Trey DeVillier at 281-347-7772 or send an email to email@example.com. Thank You!
Recycling Grayson Lakes has recycling services. Collection will occur on Mondays only; please have your recyclables out by the curb before 7 AM every Monday. Best Trash is requesting that paper products be dry, clean and loose; and containers be empty, clean and loose.
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San Antonio was the site of the recent Texas Speech Communication Association convention (TSCA) which was attended by a group of six current and retired speech teachers and debate coaches from Katy. In addition to numerous interesting, useful and thought provoking sessions on all aspects of teaching speech and debate, several awards were given. Notably among the awards was Secondary Speech Educator of the Year, which was presented to Gay Hollis, James Taylor High School debate coach. She has had a very successful coaching career at Taylor and other schools and is a teacher looked up to by students and colleagues alike. Other teachers attending were the speech and debate coaches from Mayde Creek High School, Greg McGee; from Morton Ranch High School, Carrie Sanguinetti and from Seven Lakes High School, Charli Lennon. Rounding out the group were retired Katy teachers Norma Coston and Bo Williamson who currently own Custom Awards & Engraving in Katy. Although retired from teaching and coaching, the two remain active in their professional association and Custom Awards & Engraving donates the award plaques each year for the various categories of Educator of the Year. Both Bo and Norma are Life Members of the association and while Coston has been a member for 32 years, Williamson boasts a 48-year membership.
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CELEBRATION OF LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO’S 70 TH ANNIVERSARY BRINGS COUNTRY ACT TO BENEFIT SCHOLARSHIP FUND Following the FFA motto “…Living to serve,” in 1943, L.D. Robinson, former Katy High School agriculture teacher, initiated the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo to serve and better prepare Katy ISD students. To celebrate the legacy of Robinson and the anniversary of the FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo, the Casey Donahew Band will perform a concert on February 9, 2013 at 7 PM at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the L.D. Robinson Scholarship Fund. The L.D. Robinson Scholarship Fund was established in 1970 to honor Robinson. Multiple four-year scholarships are awarded in the amount of $500 per semester to graduating seniors in the Katy ISD FFA and Agriculture Science program who meet the requirements of the scholarship. To date, the scholarship fund has awarded almost 90 recipients. “We are so excited to feature the Casey Donahew Band to celebrate 70 years of grand achievements within the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo,” says Diana Elder, daughter of L.D. Robinson and co-advisor/director of the L.D. Robinson Scholarship Fund. “In the spirit of my father, we would like to continue to give back to the community by increasing scholarship funds for students through this benefit concert.” Casey Donahew released his fourth studio album, Double Wide Dream, in October 2011. In 2012, the Donahew organization received five nominations at the annual Texas Regional Radio Music awards and in June signed up for professional membership with the Academy of Country Music (ACM). For more information about the concert, contact Ben Rolens, general manager of facilities at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, at 281-396-2562. Go to www.merrellcenter.org to get your tickets online.
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St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Early Childhood Development Center Registration for the 2013-2014 school year for St. Peter’s United Methodist Church - Early Childhood Development Center starts January 9, 2013 and ends January 23, 2013. Registration forms will be available at these times in the St. Peter’s ECDC Office. We offer classes that are developmentally and socially appropriate for children ages 15 months to 5 years. We are located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450. For more information call the St. Peter’s ECDC Office at 281-492-0623 from 9 AM – 3 PM.
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“A Night of Rejoicing” Living Word Lutheran Church invites the Katy community to its presentation of “A Night of Rejoicing” on Sunday, December 9th at 8:00 am, 9:30 am and 11:00 am in the church sanctuary. The cantata will feature the Living Word Choir, Bell Choir, Choristers and a chamber orchestra. “A Night of Rejoicing” features both familiar Christmas carols and newly-composed pieces. Following each service, there will be an instrument petting zoo for children to get a close-up look at the musical instruments.
Christmas Eve Worship Services Living Word Lutheran Church would like to invite the community to join them on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Christ. A Christmas Eve Contemporary Worship service featuring the praise band will be held at 2 pm. At 4 pm, children ages 2 years through 3rd grade (and their parents) are invited to an interactive Celebration for Children. A Festival Candlelight Worship service featuring traditional music, the choir, bell choir and a brass ensemble will be held at 7 and 10 pm. Prelude music will begin 30 minutes before the start of the Candlelight Worship service. Living Word Lutheran Church is located at 3700 S. Mason Rd. in Katy. For more information, visit www.livingwordkaty.org or call 281-392-2300.
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Katy Christian Women’s Connection Christmas Luncheon Mark your calendars, our next luncheon will be Thursday, December 13, 2012 , 11:00 am-1 pm. The Club at Falcon Point , 24503 Falcon Point Dr, Katy, TX 77494 - $16 inclusive per person . Our Speaker and musical guest will be music teacher and concert pianist , Sherry Woodruff . She will be delighting us with her Christmas Program Mark your calendars… You don’t want to miss it!! Please bring a Christmas ornament (under $5) and be a part of a festive ornament exchange! For reservations call 281-232-8338 or email KatyCWC@gmail. com by 5 pm, Monday, September 17th. Husbands are invited and are welcome to attend! Please go to www.facebook.com/KatyCWC to visit our Facebook page.
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Join First Christian Church of Katy for the 6th Annual “Living Nativity” on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 6:30-8:00 PM. There will be 3 live representations of the Nativity scene lasting approximately 30 minutes each. Refreshments will also be provided in the fellowship hall throughout the evening. First Christian Church is located at 22101 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, Texas 77449. For more details, call the church office at 281-492-2693 or visit our website: www. fcckaty.com
New Creation Lutheran Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is scheduled! New Creation Lutheran Church will hold a worship service with music and carols for those who may be travelling over the holidays. If you would like to share some special time with your family before you get on the road or are busy on Christmas Eve, please join us at 4 pm Sunday, December 23rd for a candlelight service at the Irene Stern Community Center in Fulshear. Traditional holiday treats will follow. Come out and meet your neighbors. Pastor Dale: 832-492-5136.
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The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston (PHC) is excited to announce the First Annual Gingerbread Jog event to be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012. This 5 K fun run and family 1 Mile walk/run will begin and end at the Villagio Town Center in Katy (22756 Westheimer Parkway) with a start of 8 AM. All profits from this fundraiser will benefit the PHC operations. REGISTER TODAY at thedriven.net
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Keep Kids Connected - Recycle your Aluminum Beverage Cans for a Good Cause! Keep Kids Connected, a local non-profit organization that gives Netbook computers to kids with cancer or other serious illnesses, collects and recycles aluminum beverage cans the second Saturday of each month at the Tradition Bank, Pin Oak branch from 9 am-12 pm. Please stop by each month to donate your cans. The proceeds from the recycling are used to purchase computers. visit www.keepkidsconnected.org for more information on the organization.
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Celebrates our 11th season of UPWARD Basketball and Cheerleading Registration has begun and ends December 8, 2012. Evaluations are December 1, 2012 from 2 PM to 6 PM and December 8, 2012 from 9 AM to 12 noon. Practices begin January 2, 2013 with the first game on January 19, 2013. Last game will be March 9, 2013 and Awards Night is March 10, 2012. Costs are Basketball $75 and Cheerleading $80. For more information, visit bearcreekumc.org or call Larry Tyree at 281-463-2330 ext.119 or larryt@ bearcreekumc.org (email).
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Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Katy (formerly Katy TaeKwonDo Academy) is pleased to announce its newest class of black belt students reaching new milestones and Tiger Cub graduates from the October belt rank exam. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Matthew Armstrong, Edward Benim, Morgan Grindal, Nathan Hatfield, Franco Iannini, Sydney Kim, Ellis McKay, Lewis McKay, Jose Mejia, Ruben Mejia, Shelley Schenk and Peyton Wingfield. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Armando Ibarra, Daisy Lin, John Linton, Mateo Mosquera, Mat Parker, Pearce Ram, Nathaniel Shorb, Philip Tanev and Taha Tyebjee. Congratulations to the following students for earning their Second Degree Black Belts: Justen Dorrance, Tanaya Pampattiwar, Bernardo Vilchis and Bruno Vilchis. Reaching a significant black belt milestone is Tiger-Rock staff instructor, Travis Atchley. Mr. Atchley tested for Fourth Degree Black Belt at the Fall National Championships in Spring, TX in September. The judges’ decision to advance Mr. Atchley to Fourth Degree was announced at the October academy testing. Congratulations to the following students who graduated from the Tiger Cubs program into the Junior program: Ruben Perez, Keegan Pollard, William Schmidt and Audriana Schrock.
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Registration is open for fall Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and T-Ball/Baseball leagues in Katy! i9 Sports is the #1 provider of youth sports leagues, camps and instructional clinics in the country for kids ages 3-14. We focus on fun, skills and sportsmanship with a commitment to safety. For more information, please visit www. i9sports.com or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).
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Katy Rugby Club Fun for all the family. All ages welcome - boys & girls. Training every Sunday 2-4 PM, at Beck Junior High school Football Field. For more information, visit www.katyrugbyclub.com
Katy Valkyries HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE The Katy Valkyries is a varsity team competing in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League and accepts players from all KISD high schools. Lacrosse experience is not necessary to join the team - we will teach you the skills and game strategy. Please see our new website at: www.katyvalkyries.org for additional information.
CHURCH NEWS Katy Christian Women’s Connection Please join us for a prayer coffee and fellowship from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. On Thursday, December 6, 2012 at our new location The Life Center at The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church , 22765 Westheimer Pkwy. , Katy, Texas 77450 (Westheimer Pkwy. @ Peek Rd.) Bring a friend and don’t forget to bring your Bible. (plan to arrive 30-minutes before the prayer coffee begins for breakfast and fellowship - the prayer coffee will begin promptly at 10 am! In the same area of the church is Kosmos™, a not-for-profit coffee shop that donates all the profits to humanitarian organizations both locally and globally.) For more information about our prayer connections, directions or to RSVP, please call 281-232-8338. Find us online at www.KatyCWC.org Or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KatyCWC
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Family of Faith Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Youth-Led, Family-Fed Worship Service The Family of Faith Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is inviting all people to our Youth-Led, Family-Fed Worship Service on Sunday, December 9th, 5:30 pm, at Salyards Middle School, 21757 Fairfield Place Drive. Go to www.thefamilyoffaith.org for more information.
Aglow International is a global, trans-denominational Christian organization. More than 200,000 Aglow members meet together each month through local fellowships. The local Katy Lighthouse is a safe haven for those seeking salvation, healing, deliverance andrestoration. A place where God’s love abounds; a place where lives are refreshed and transformed by His love, as we grow closer to Jesus and serve one another. 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. Meeting: December 11, 2012 Speaker: Joan Murray Time: 9:30 AM - Arrive/Visit 10:00 AM - Meeting begins Place: Fellowship Hall at Church on the Rock, 433 S. Barker Cypress, Houston, TX 77094. (Dir: 1-10 Exit Barker Cypress Rd., go south 3 blocks to corner of Barker Cypress @ Kingsland Blvd.) Contact: www.katyaglow.com for guest speaker and group information www.aglow.org for information about Aglow International
These mission quilts go out into the world to provide people in need with the warmth and comfort of a quilt. LWR’s goal in 2013 is to provide 500,000 quilts for people in refugee camps or in areas hit by a natural disaster. The Piecemakers meet twice a month to tie quilts. The public is welcome; if you can tie a knot they need you! For more information, call the church office at 281-392-2300.
Kingsland Baptist Church Weekly Events for Adult 55+ Game Day - Meet with us every Wednesday in the Crawford Fellowship Hall from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM as we fellowship around the table playing Chicken Foot, Scrabble, Cards, etc. Senior Aerobics offered at Kingsland Baptist Church Please join our Adult 55+ exercise class at 11:00 - 11:45 AM each Thursday morning in the gym at Kingsland Baptist Church. Peggy Skaggs is our trained and certified instructor and the class is open to all levels.
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Living Word Lutheran Church MAKES QUILTS FOR KRAUSE CENTER Each September, the Piecemakers quilting group from Living Word Lutheran Church takes a break from making quilts for Lutheran World Relief to make quilts for the children at The Krause Center in Katy. This year, they presented Tawana Goodwin with twenty quilts. Each child receives a quilt when they arrive at the Center and takes the treasured quilt with them when they leave. During the rest of the year, the Piecemakers make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
For more information, contact Mike Kelley at 281-492-0785. Kingsland Baptist Church is located at 20555 Kingsland Blvd. We are located across from Taylor High School Tennis Courts. For more information, you can visit us online at www.kingsland.org or call the church office at 281-492-0785.
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The Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) prayer coffee The Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) hosted a prayer coffee on October 11th at their new Prayer Coffee location, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church in Katy. The ladies enjoyed the fellowship, sharing and prayers of the women in attendance. Jennifer Phillips Lawrence shared her testimony of how the Lord has work through her life, with abundant blessings for her family, it was very inspiring and she touched everyone’s hearts. This group meets monthly for prayer coffees, a few times a year for luncheons and also offers Bible studies. Go to their website at www.KatyCWC.org for more information.
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EPIPHANY BINGO Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except holidays. There Is No Smoking Allowed During All Bingo Games. They have security, lighted parking, big screen color monitor, computerized bingo equipment, snack bar and large cash prizes. Profits benefit charitable outreach programs. Epiphany Catholic Church, Church Community Center, 1530 Norwalk Dr. (between Fry and Mason Roads, south of I-10 behind Nottingham Subdivision) off Highland Knolls. Early bird games begin at 7:30 PM and regular games at 8:00 PM. For more info, call the bingo hall number at 281-578-3905.
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church BINGO At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in downtown Katy, “BINGO” is being played in our Parish Hall every Friday evening except Holidays. Doors open at 7:00 PM, games start at 7:15 PM with four Early Bird games. Regular games start at 7:30 PM. All profits will benefit community outreach and Religious Education programs. The Church is located in downtown Katy at 5356 Eleventh St. You 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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Sugar Land Garden Club Sugar Land Garden Club meets at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land 77478. For more information visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call 281-491-1621. Sugar Land Garden Club was established in 1932 and is one of the largest garden clubs in Texas. Membership is open to all.
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PLEASE NOTE - Pets on Leashes It is the law in Fort Bend County that all pets must be vaccinated for rabies, registered and restrained. All animals, when outside of an owner’s means of restraint (i.e., in a fenced back yard), must be on a leash. For the safety of all residents, please use all precautions with your pets and keep them on leashes when walking pets in the community EVEN IF YOU FEEL YOUR PET IS HARMLESS. If you see ANY animal roaming freely in the neighborhood, immediately call Animal Control at 281-342-1512. Even if you recognize the animal, be very careful approaching it, as you do not know how it will react; if you can safely retrieve the animal, then call the owner. Otherwise, Animal Control is your best and safest option.
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GEORGE MEMORIAL Branch Library (FT. BEND CO. LIB.) 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond, Texas 77469, 281-342-4455 Hours: Mon. 9 AM - 9 PM, Tues. 9 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 9 AM - 9 PM, Thurs. 9 AM - 9 PM, Fri. 9 AM - 5 PM, Sat. 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 1 PM - 5 PM. Website: www.fortbend.lib.tx.us Public Information Office - 281-341-2677. To register online for any event (www.fortbend. lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2604 or by visiting the library. LIBRARY CLOSINGS Christmas – December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th New Year’s – Libraries will close at 5:00 PM on December 31st; Closed January 1st
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• The Compassionate Friends Houston West Chapter meets every second Monday at 7 pm at Tallowood Baptist Church at 555 Tallowood, room ET102. Info. at www.compassionatefriends. org and the Houston West Chapter at www.tcf.tcu.edu/index.html or by calling Greg Williams 281-345-9707. • CANCER COUNSELING (FREE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP IN KATY) - meets Thursdays from 7-8 pm at Christus St. Catherine Hospital. For registration and info., contact Cancer Counseling, 713520-9873 or www.cancerhouston.com. Spanish-speaking available. • Free Mental Disorders Family Support Groups - Meets at a number of locations. Complete listing on www.namimetrohouston.org or call 713-970-4419. • NAMI Family to Family - free mental disorders family education course. For info., please call Vi 281-893-2493 or Debbie 713-849-5637. • DEPRESSION Bipolar support alliance - For info., call the DBSA office at 713-600-1131 or check out our website at www.dbsahouston.org. • The Katy OCD/Anxiety group for parents - meets on the last Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM at La Madeline restaurant in Katy. For more information check out our website: http://shyness.meetup.com/353/. • Katy/West Houston/Sugar Land Tourette Syndrome Support Group - meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 7 PM at Christus St. Catherine Annex Hospital, 2nd floor, classroom B, 701 Fry Road. For further info., please contact the support group leaders, Daryl and Barbara Brister 281-395-5392 or email email@example.com. • Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) - For Ages 12 to 17, call 281-870-9311 or for ages 17 to 25, call 713-647-8858. • Harris county WIC PROGRAM - For additional info. about WIC, call 713-439-6145 or www.houstontx.gov/health/WIC. For a recorded message listing all Harris County WIC sites, you may call 713-439-6130. • ECI Project TYKE - If you know a child under the age of 3 who needs assistance in at least one area of development or who has a medical diagnosis or condition impacting his or her development, please call ECI Project TYKE 281-237-6647 or make a referral on our website www.katyisd.org. • Different Strokes - a support group for stroke survivors meets every Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Senior Center, located at 13150 Memorial Dr., for fellowship, learning, sharing, exercising and loving. Call for further info.: Kay Callahan 713-461-5604 or Roberta Owens 281-463-3490. • The Arc of Katy - Board meeting is the 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 7 PM. We meet at City Police Station located at 5456 Franz Rd. The ARC of Katy members are always welcome. Please visit www.thearcofkaty.org or call 832-754-9802 or 832-888-9265 for additional info. • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) - meets at West Houston Community Center, 725 Bateswood. For times, please see our website at www.foodaddicts.org or call 281-392-8914. • West Houston Medical Center - offers free monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups and free monthly Weight Loss Surgery Informational/Educational Classes. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8657. • DRUG AND ALCOHOLISM FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP - Every Wednesday night from 7 – 8 PM. For more info., call 713-632-5237. • Home Encouragement - a 501(c)(3) non-profit that nurtures healthy marriages and strong families. For info., contact Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement at 281-347-LIFE or visit our website at www.homeencouragement.org. • Katy Essential Tremor Support Group - meets bimonthly on the second Thursday of each month, at the Heritage Grand Clubhouse, 25125 North Heritage Grand Circle, in Katy at 4:00 PM. For info., contact Betty Ann Schwarz at 281-347-2194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Katy ADHD parent group - meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month, in room S201, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. For more info., contact Laura Peddicord at 281-392-6064 or email@example.com.
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toastmasters: • Katy Toastmasters - meets the first three Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM at Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, 25525 Katy Mills Parkway, Katy, TX 77494. We are located behind Katy Mills Mall near Pin Oak Road. Visitors are welcome! Visit our website at http:// katy.freetoasthost.org/ • Park 10 Talkers Toastmasters Club - meets every Thursday at 11:45 AM at NACE, 1440 South Creek Dr, Houston, 77084, telephone 281-228-6287. For more info. on Toastmasters, go to www.toastmasters.org. • Easy Risers Toastmasters - meets every Tuesday morning from 7 - 8 AM in the Fulbright Tower located at 1301 McKinney. For more info., contact Ed Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. business/networking: • West Houston’s (CBMC) Christian Businessmen Committee - meet at various times and places. For more info call Houston Metro Office 713-688-4343 or visit www.houston.cbmc. com or www.cbmc.com/index.htm. • American Business Women’s Assoc. Katy Charter Chapter - meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at Hasta La Pasta (Katy) 6:00 PM. Networking begins at 6:00 pm, dinner and meeting at 6:30 pm. Email RSVP’s and inquiries to email@example.com. • W. Houston Chapter, Intern’l Assoc. of Admin. Professionals (WHIAAP) - meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Embassy Suites Huston - Energy Corridor at 11730 Katy Freeway (N. side of I10 - Kirkwood Exit). (Caroline Champness CPS/ CAP firstname.lastname@example.org). • ABWA west houston network - meets the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, at the Marriott Energy Corrridor. For more info. or to RSVP, visit our website at www.whenabwa.org. • Business Network International - KATY - meets every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 AM, for breakfast and business networking, at The Club @ Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Drive, Katy, Texas 77494. Please RSVP, Ron Orlando 281-398-5661. For more info. on Katy BNI, go to www.katybni.com.
Most Insurances Accepted Braces for Children and Adults Elite Premier Invisalign Provider • (BNI) Business Network International - Cinco Ranch - meets each Tuesday morning at 7-8:30 am at Willowfork Country Club at 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, Katy, TX 77450. For info., Len Tierney at 713-824-6960 or go to www.bnihouston.com and search for Cinco Ranch Chapter in Katy, Texas. • Parkway Business Partners chapter of BNI meets every Wednesday at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy. Meetings are held from 7:15 AM until 9:00 AM and visitors are welcome. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Chris at 832-252-9413. • InHouston-Katy PremIer Professional Business Networking - meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00-8:00 PM at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. For info., call Gail Stolzenburg 281-493-1955, gail@freedomnow. net or Newell Cheatheam 713-385-3622, newell@newellcheatheam. com or http://inhouston.ning.com/events InHouston-Katy. • BIZPACK - “Connecting People in Business and Life” Networking And Breakfast $5: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 AM at Carriage Inn 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road. For info., call Jane Moughon at 832-455-4579 or email janemoughon@ gmail.com. • THE ULTIMATE FITNESS AND WELLNESS NETWORK - Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Membership is free. For more information, contact Karen Narum 281-871-8920 or email@example.com. • West Katy Netweavers - meets at Essence Cafe at Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center in Fulshear every first and third Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM sharp. The cost of attendance is $1. For questions, tajanamesic@greengrovegroup. com or visit www.meetup.com/West-Katy-Netweavers/ • Katy Bar Association - an Association of Attorneys who live or work in the Katy Area, holds its monthly meeting at 12:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Willow Fork Country Club. Contact Nick Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-752-4443 for more info.
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WANTED Wanted: To buy old U. S. coins, pre-1964, private collector. 713-894-8490. Wanted: Rolex watches for collector. 281-414-3597.
HELP WANTED - CARE Live in caregiver for elderly, ambulatory female. Must be mature female, nonsmoker 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. Quadriplegic lady needs caregiver, will require lifting, will be trained, evenings and some weekends. 713-466-7890. Caregiver: Evenings, nights, weekends. Assist residents with their activities of daily living and personal care. Excellent communication, nurturing heart and interpersonal skills required. Resumes to email@example.com or 281-395-3496, Ref: CGKMTLKP.
HELP WANTED Sales persons wanted to sell replacement windows and window coverings. Ownership opportunity available. Call Replacement Windows of Katy at 281-392-5353. Insurance CSR wanted PT/FT. Outgoing, people person, detail oriented need only apply. Prefer those that already have license, but will train/license the right person. Email Resume: firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you be pleased to earn $1,000 commission on a $1,295 sale and sell a product with a $15,000 value. Work from home. Be your own boss. Huge Demand. F/T & P/T. Not MLM. Contact Cynthia at 866-919-4439.
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Earn $50 to $75 dollars an hour promoting and selling women’s designer fashion jewelry. Work part-time and earn full-time pay with flexible hours. Earn trips, car allowance, free jewelry, plus money. Training provided, must have car and computer. Paid weekly. No experience is needed, but previous direct sales are rewarded. Must be 18 years or older. Contact Amber, email@example.com or 713505-4250. If no answer, please leave a voice mail message with reference to job and phone number.
Martial Arts USA is hiring qualified Tae Kwon Do Black Belts with WTF certification, over 18 years of age, background checks and interviews will be conducted. Contact Master Shin or Master An at 281-463-9333 or email YoungAn@cyfairtkd.com.Location, 17121 West Rd. Suite 200 Houston TX 77095.
Enjoy Golf and the outdoors? Hole in One Challenge, a national par 3 company, is seeking sales representatives to promote a par 3 contest on local golf courses. A portion of all sales will help support programs offered to young people through The First Tee. Work a 5 hour shift - approximately 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (weekends with occasional weekdays). $10 per hour plus commission after reaching minimum sales goal. Daily pay. Positions are available immediately. Must be able to pass drug test. Please contact Larry Wilkerson 281-345-1517. Visit www.holeinonechallenge.com Manta Ray Enterprises, Inc. (MRE, Inc.) is always in search of highly motivated Real Estate Agents who’s core values that are aligned with that of the Broker’s. You are not expected to have the exact know-how when you start. But open minded and willing to learn from a TREC-MCE Instructor with over 28 years experience on leasing and working with property management with single family homes & condos. MRE, Inc. will guide you on the proper forms to use. Broker will provide a one-on-one support to any Real Estate Agent willing and wanting to learn more. MRE, Inc. will assist you to better serve your clients/customers/investors with sales, leases and property management. MRE, Inc. has been recognized and involved with Katy ISD, Community Education for more than 23 years at Taylor High School in Katy. MRE, Inc. offers incentive packages along with additional Real Estate knowledge. For more information and to get started on your new career today; please contact the Broker, “Tisha” Matticks, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com. Discovery Schoolhouse now hiring teachers and support staff. Must have experience working in a licensed child care facility, be flexible and dependable and have a passion for early childhood education. Call 281-401-9828 or send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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