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Ofﬁcal Newsletter for Nottingham Country, Sections 1-9
November 2011 NOTTINGHAM HAPPENINGS Many homeowners will begin receiving letters from our management company to re-sod their yards, remove dead trees and shrubs. As previously stated in past newsletter columns, we have asked homeowners to do minimal watering in order to preserve their landscaping. About 80% or more did this and their landscaping survived for the most part. For those who chose not to for whatever reason, the time has come that you must replace what you lost. Our deed restrictions and guidelines call for all homes to have maintained lawns and appropriate shrubbery. Right now there are way too many homes with no lawns whatsoever due to the lack of watering. We will not permit dead lawns and shrubbery to bring down home values in NC. Yes, it’s somewhat expensive to do this but it must be done. Bottom line is that if 80% to 90% of homeowners can maintain lawns this past summer, why are there a few who cannot do so? Probably best to get it done now while the weather is a bit cooler. We continue to hear complaints from some homeowners about their neighbors setting out their trash cans and other materials on the weekend and leaving it there days before our vendor comes by to pick it up. Please refrain from doing this. If you are perhaps trimming trees and need to pile it up at the curb ahead of time, it’s understandable and we can live with that as it is not something one does on a weekly basis. Trash cans should not be left at the curb except the morning of the pickup. We have backdoor trash pick-up so really the only things that need to go to the curb are grass trimmings and larger items. Please observe this requirement and keep the neighborhood looking neat and clean. You may have noticed that Harris County is doing some repairs on the neighborhood streets. We were told by the County that they have not done repairs out here for years as there used to be a homeowner who reported bad streets years ago and since they did not receive any calls lately, they have not come out. They have now been made aware of street issues, so hopefully, we will see some repairs done. The NCCIA annual meeting will be held at the community center on Tuesday, November 15th. Might be a good thing to come by and meet the board members and learn more about the happenings in your community. A community is only as strong as the residents who reside there. Don Mach NCCIA President and Legal Liaison
CONSTABLES PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSTABLE AT 281-463-6666 WHEN ANY SUSPICIOUS OR DISORDERLY CONTACT IS OBSERVED.
How to address the Board directly The monthly meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the second Thursday, at 6:30 PM at the Mason Creek Community Center Houghton Room. The facility is located at the corner of Houghton and Kingsland. All members are welcome to attend the meetings. However, due to time constraints, we cannot allow audience members to speak at the meeting unless they contact us ahead of time and get put on the agenda. As much as I dislike telling that to someone who has taken the time out of his or her schedule to come to the meeting with a concern, I must respect the time of the volunteers on the Board as well. To get on the agenda, simply call SCS Management Services, Inc. at 281-463-1777, ext., 7132.
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Of course, you may also feel free to put your concerns in writing to any other Board member or me, via e-mail (our addresses are on the website at nottinghamcountry.org). Additionally, our snail mail address is: SCS Management Services 7170 Cherry Park Drive Houston, TX 77095 281-463-1777, ext. 7132 Email: Nancy Callaway - email@example.com
NCCIA WebSite Report - SEPTEMBER 2011 Thanks to all of you who visited www.nottinghamcounty.org in the past month. If you haven’t visited our website, please go to www.nottinghamcounty.org and sign-up to get emails (E-Blasts) about Community Events, Lost Pets and Security Issues. As always... if you would like to offer your comments or suggestions, please email the webmaster directly by sending an email to: WebMaster@NottinghamCountry.org. The latest happenings in Nottingham Country are posted on the Website first. Items like Heavy Trash Pickup dates, Election Results, Lost Pets and Safety/Security Incidents in our neighborhood are posted on the site. We also have applications and forms posted on the website. If you lose (or find) a pet, send an email to: WebMaster@NottinghamCountry.org, along with a photo of the pet, if possible, and we will post your lost (or found) pet on our website. We will also notify our email subscribers or your loss.
Foreclosures in Nottingham Country The following is the current inventory of foreclosed homes in NC as of 9/22/11: ADDRESS OWNER 210 Laxton Fannie Mae 20223 Tilstock Traditions Bank 20111 Yorkway Citimortgage 1134 Dominion Bank of America 1147 Shillington Deutsche Bank 306 Bauxhall Bank of America 739 Dominion Bank of America 20206 Monkswood ISB Capital 1051 Flagmore Fannie Mae 20323 Warrington Foremost Mortgage 20538 Laverton Deutsche Bank The foreclosures are selling but we seem to be adding about one new one per month. The trend is slowing down which is a positive sign. Again many of these properties have been neglected and need work but there are good buying opportunities here. Please be mindful of these vacant homes and try to assist in keeping them looking decent from the street if at all possible. If any homeowner is aware of an abandoned home that is not on this list, please contact the Board and we will check into it. Occasionally homeowners will leave a home in anticipation of foreclosure. NCCIA Board of Directors
This will assure the loss of your pet gets even more coverage. Sam Cresap NCCIA Webmaster
Local Veteran Groups Meet
Nottingham Country Community Improvement Association, Inc.
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.)
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American Legion: The Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of Katy Texas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7 PM at the Katy Elks Lodge #2628, at 1050 Katy-Ft. Bend Road, Katy TX. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM. The American Legion is the largest war time Veteran’s organization in the nation and invites all eligible Veterans to join. Proud sponsor of the American Legion Boy’s State Program. Will Miller, Post Commander. Visit us at www.LegionPost164KatyTX.org for more information. VFW: The Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 of Katy Texas meets the first Monday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in “Old Town Katy.” Meetings begin with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the business meetings of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary at 7:30 PM. Peyton Lumpkin, Commander. Ladies Auxiliary President, Karon Cramer. Military Order of the Purple Heart: Tri-County Chapter 723 of the MOPH meets the third Thursday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in Old Town Katy. David Lemak, Commander. Additional information is available through the Veterans Memorial Museum at: 281-391-VETS (8387).
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If your name was left off the list, it is because you did not return our call to update our records. You will have to resubmit your information to be put back on. If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form in the newsletter with your name, age, birthdate (mon. & yr.), phone number, (one only) year you will graduate (or grade presently in) and the name of your subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want on your form. Mail to Krenek Printing, 7102 Glen Chase Ct., Houston, TX 77095 TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS-Nottingham/Kelliwood or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place my name on the Job Seekers List Must have parent(s) permission. (Students must be 12 before they can be added to the babysitting list.)
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School News NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY ELEMENTARY
Wendy and Josh Kleinman, a 4th grader at Nottingham Country Elementary.
NOTTINGHAM ELEM. SPIRIT NIGHT FUNDRAISER Students at Nottingham Country Elementary enjoyed a visited from “Wendy” to promote a Spirit Night fundraiser benefiting NCE.
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Shane Gustin and Journi Millette from Mr. Woodard’s class.
MCMEANS JH FIND Creative ways to learn about cell structures in Science McMeans Jr. High 7th grade students recently made animal cell replicas in very different ways. Each student created a model of a cell and labeled the organelles. They had to know the function of each organelle. Shane’s cell was constructed on a base of wood with a working electronic panel. Corresponding buttons show the parts and light up when pushed. Journi’s cell was very colorful and constructed in a bucket. The cells were on display in the library for all the students to see.
MCMEANS STUDENTS ARE All decorated and ready for school! McMeans Jr. High 7th grade student, Robin Poole, has her locker all decorated and organized for school. Several students used their interior design skills to make their lockers more like home before school started. Robin decorated with cute paper that is held up with matching magnets, matching accessories and a small purple matching rug.
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McMeans Junior High National Junior Honor Society collects items to help fire victims. McMeans Junior High NJHS recently held a donation drive to help those in need that lost their homes and belongings in the recent wild fires. They collected things of all types from clothing, toothbrushes, water, canned food, school supplies and even some pet food. They collected items all through September.
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Recently the Taylor Band held their second annual March-A-Thon through the communities surrounding Taylor High School including; Green Trails, Kelliwood, Memorial Parkway and Nottingham Country. Our community showed up in full force to support the JET band and cheer them throughout the 6-mile route. The Taylor Band would like to thank everyone for their donations and encouragement. We are looking forward to another award winning year. Photos by Piche Photography.
KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT www.katyisd.org IMPORTANT dates
Nov. 4th – Early Dismissal (secondary 11:35 AM; elementary 12:40 PM); End of Grading Period Nov. 7th – 3rd Grading Period Begins Nov. 23rd – 25th – Thanksgiving Holiday Dec. 16th – Early Dismissal (secondary 11:35 AM; elementary 12:40 PM); End of Grading Period Dec. 19th – 30th – Student Holiday
KISD PARTNERS IN EDUCATION Now – Dec 1st – Food for Families Campaign. Annual fundraiser assisting Katy ISD students and their families. Nov. 7th-11th – Promise to Read. Volunteers from Katy’s business community share their love of reading to elementary classrooms.
Keys news KEYS Mentoring One mentor, one student, one hour per week. KEYS brings adult role models into Katy ISD schools to motivate, encourage and inspire students on the brink of success. Mentors meet with their student on campus at a pre-designated time each week. As mentor and student build their relationship, they decide together how to spend their mentoring time. Whether spent playing games, reading or just talking, that one hour a week makes a tremendous difference in the life of a child. To be a KEYS Mentor, you need: • A belief in the potential of every child • Criminal history background check in compliance with the FCRA • One hour per week to spend with a child, on campus during the school day, during the school year • Participation in a brief campus KEYS orientation before you begin • Successful completion of a KEYS application and subsequent approval process
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Students Continue the Tradition of Strong Performance on AP Exams Katy ISD’s tradition of increasing student participation and strong performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams continues as the district recently learned that each one of its six high school campuses showed an increase in the number of students participating in the exams. In addition, every high school campus exceeded the state and national percentage of AP students making a qualifying score of 3 or better on the exams. Katy ISD is among the 388 U.S. public school districts (one of only 23 in Texas) to be listed on the 2011 College Board AP Achievement List. This list identifies districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP courses while maintaining or improving the rate of students earning a score of 3 or better on the exams – the score that generally qualifies a student for college credit. In May 2011, more than 3,000 Katy ISD students took more than 7,200 AP exams, with 79 percent of the exams earning a score of 3 or better. This reflects a 24 percent increase from 2010 in the number of exams earning these high scores. Advanced Placement and PreAP courses are designed to challenge students beyond grade level academic courses and prepare them for success in future advanced coursework. Katy ISD recognizes that support and encouragement from the campus, the teacher, and parents are critical to student success. Therefore, the district follows an inclusive enrollment model for AP and PreAP courses that provides support systems for student success.
Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, computer science and languages other than English. For more information about AP or PreAP, visit www.katyisd.org/gt.
Community Education Community Education offers evening and on-line classes to adults for fun, enrichment and learning. Some of the classes offered are Foreign Languages, Arts and Crafts, Finance, Computer, Sewing, Dance and Music. For information on these and many other classes and to view the fall schedule, go to www.katyisd.org/com_edu or call 281-396-6365.
PRESCHOOLS Kid’s Life MDO Kid’s Life Mother’s Day Out has spots available in the 2, 3 & 4 year old classrooms. For more information, contact the church office at 281-500-8913 or 832-561-7130.
BOY SCOUTS Homeschool Pack 393 Cub Scout Pack 393 is a homeschool pack that serves the Katy area. If you have a boy between the ages of 6 and 10 (entered first grade through fifth grade this fall) and are wanting them to join an activity that is full of fun learning experiences, this is the group for you. To learn more about both scouting programs, upcoming summertime events and 393 please e-mail Sam Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month Many people are surprised to find out that Epilepsy is as common as breast cancer and takes as many lives each year. It is a terrifying and potentially fatal disease that carries tremendous stigma. Epilepsy affects approximately 150,000 people throughout the greater Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. • Epilepsy and Seizures affect almost 3 MILLION Americans of all ages - more than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined! • 200,000 new cases of Epilepsy are diagnosed every year. • 10% of Americans will experience a seizure at least once in their lives. • Each year in the U.S. 45,000 children under the age of 15 develop Epilepsy. • A patient’s first seizure will occur without warning. • EPILEPSY IS NOT CONTAGIOUS. • Medications do not cure epilepsy, but they may help control or prevent seizures. Medications help between 50-70% of patients. • In Texas, if you are diagnosed with Epilepsy, your doctor must certify that you are seizure free for a period of 6 months before you can drive again. • The color for Epilepsy Awareness is Purple. • THERE IS NO CURE FOR EPILEPSY… YET! You can learn more and help find a cure at www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
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HAVE A PERFECT THANKSGIVING! Want to be the perfect holiday host or guest? Check out these tips on holiday entertaining: If you are the host: • Whenever anyone offers to help or bring a dish, say, “Yes, thank you!” • Use hollowed bread loaves as serving containers for cheeses, dips, olives, chips and small sandwiches. • Once the table settings and centerpiece are in place, sit in each chair to assure comfort • Include favorite kids’ foods, especially those they can eat neatly with their fingers. • Provide at least one low-calorie dish and a vegetarian option. Then serve a sinful dessert. • Completely clear the table of all dishes from previous courses before serving dessert. • Keep club soda nearby to clean spots or stains on the tablecloth or clothing. If you are a guest: • Arrive no earlier than the time the host has announced and no later than half an hour after the time. • Plan to stay about an hour after dinner unless travel plans or sleepy children necessitate leaving earlier. • Bring a gift and write a note of thanks afterward. • Offer to help set up for dinner and to clean afterward. • Notify the host of any special dietary needs - if you are a vegetarian, diabetic or allergic to common foods. • The best potluck dishes are those that need minimal preparation in the host’s kitchen, can be served at room temperature and require only a fork to eat.
GARAGE SALES WESTHEIMER LAKES AND WESTHEIMER LAKES NORTH COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Our residents have cleaned out their closets and can’t wait for you to stop by on Saturday, November 5th from 7 AM - 12 Noon! You’ll find treasures galore in our community-wide garage sale! Residents will be selling their items right out of their garages. For a map and list of items being sold, don’t forget to stop by SplashPad Texas (located in the Westheimer Lakes section - 26103 Canyon Fields Drive, Richmond 77406, 832-222-2355) on the day of the sale. Don’t miss out!
Creek Bend Estates Community Garage Sale November 5, 2011 - Creek Bend Estates Community Garage Sale. Creek Bend Estates is off Fry. Rd. near Morton Rd.
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West campus of Second Baptist Church Celebrations Christmas Market The CELEBRATIONS CHRISTMAS MARKET is one of the most anticipated and highly attended events in the West Houston area. The market will be open a full three days on November 3rd - 9 AM - 7 PM, November 4th - 9 AM - 5 PM and November 5th - 9 AM - 5 PM. CELEBRATIONS attracts vendors from several states. Hand crafted pieces, Christmas collectables, and one-of-a-kind gifts make this event an annual tradition for our community. With more than 100 vendors, on-going entertainment, vendors to purchase lunch from, this holiday shopping is truly an exhilarating experience! The West campus of Second Baptist Church is located between Fry and Greenhouse Roads. You may enter the campus from either Kingsland Drive or the feeder road of the Katy Freeway. For more information, please check our website at www.second.org or call 713-365-3081.
NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Friday, Nov. 11th (11 AM - 5 PM), Saturday, Nov. 12th (10 AM - 4 PM) Sunday, Nov. 13th (12 PM - 4 PM). Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena. Take a trip to Norway in Houston! Unique holiday gifts such as handmade embroideries, Scandinavian crafts, trolls, Nisser, Swedish linens, Norwegian jewelry and dolls. Great Raffle prizes, including 2 round trip tickets on SAS to Norway!! Silent Auction. Demonstrations in Norwegian wood-carving and folk dancing. Visit our bakery selling Norwegian specialty cookies and breads. Wide selection of Scandinavian foods for sale. Take time for lunch in our cafeteria serving “open-faced” sandwiches and cream cakes. For more info., call 281-998-8366.
2011 Deerfield Christmas Bazaar and Market We’re celebrating our 33rd Deerfield Christmas Bazaar and Market on November 4th and 5th. We are one of the highly selected bazaars in the area, known for our outstanding quality workmanship. Our merchandize includes lots of Thanksgiving and Christmas décor, Christmas ornaments, scenic paintings, sparkling stain glass, wood design pens, designer children’s clothes, scarves, flip flops, purses, gorgeous jewelry and delicious baked goods and jellies. We still have Deerfield Bazaar Cookbooks with all those delicious recipes for sale; they make great gifts.
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Katy Area Parents of Multiples (KAPOM) Holiday Hop Katy Area Parents of Multiples (KAPOM) will be holding their Holiday Hop vendor night and raffle on Monday, November 14th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The sale will be located at Crosspoint Church, 700 S. Westgreen Blvd. (at the corner of Kingsland and Westgreen). Vendors from all over Houston will provide shoppers with ideas for gift giving with their exceptional selection of merchandise, unique gifts, books, jewelry, fashion accessories and more. You will be able to find items for every member of your family, so make plans to attend this event. You just might be able to finish your holiday shopping in one night!
Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston HOLIDAY BAZAAR Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston would like to welcome you to their HOLIDAY BAZAAR on Wednesday, November 16th at the Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest off I-10. The Bazaar will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Reserve your place and join us for a buffet lunch for $25 or just come and Shop for $5 at the door. Vendors, Raffle and Door prizes galore! Reservations and checks must be in by Wednesday, November 9th sent to: Jeanne Fahrenholt, 11805 Meadowglen Lane #1179, Houston, TX 77082, 281-556-0749. Join the spirit and the fun of the holidays. Check us out on our Webpage - NNGH.org.
Home for the Holidays Christmas Gift Market Katy Merrell Center - Over 175 Booths! November 18-20, 2011 Friday 5-9 PM • Saturday 10 AM-6 PM • Sunday 11 AM-4 PM
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We are currently taking applications for craft vendors of handmade by vendor only crafts. This is our 17th year for our unique festival. The date is Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. No admission fee; crafts, games and food. We have inside and outside space available. If interested in an application or for more information, contact Sue Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located in the Hunters Creek Village at 10840 Beinhorn Rd. (I-10, exit Bingle/Voss).
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Tour a variety of stately homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tickets: $12 In Advance $15 At The Door Advanced Ticket Sales Start November 21, 2011 at Seven Lakes High School 9251 S. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77494, 281-237-2800 SLHS PTA Website - www.sevenlakesptsa.com and Ace Hardware Cinco Ranch 1720 S. Mason Rd. Katy, TX 77450, 281-392-5200
Epiphany of the Lord Frostyfest Craft Show To help raise funds for a local charitable organization, join Frostyfest on Sat., Dec. 3rd as a craft vendor. Call 281-578-0707 for more info. Come and shop at our wonderful Craft Fair filled with booths with beautiful handmade items from local crafters. Bake sale, silent auctions all day and food court. Located at 1530 Norwalk Drive, Katy (South of I-10 off of Highland Knolls between Fry Road and Westgreen Blvd.).
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Trinity Baptist Church Annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
Please join Trinity Baptist Church at its 6th Annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival. The date is October 29th and the time is from 3:30 pm - 5 pm. The festival will be located at Seven Lakes High School Ninth Grade Center (corner of Fry and Katy-Gaston). There will be free games, inflatables, candy, popcorn, prizes and more. Costumes optional. For additional information, visit www.trinity-katy.org or contact the church office at 281-579-6724.
Holy Covenant United Methodist Church Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 30th, 4:00-6:00 pm 22111 Morton Road, Katy Come enjoy games, food, moonwalks, prizes, candy and fun! For more information, please call: 281-579-1200 or www.holycov.org Free Admission *Don’t forget to wear your costume!
GOLF TOURNAMENTS Birdies for the Brave golf tournament Supporting Wounded Veterans and Their Families For the fourth straight year the Katy Community is privileged to host the Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Farms and the Gala at Safari Texas. The Gala will be Saturday evening, Nov. 5th and the golf tournament is Sunday, Nov. 6th. All proceeds go to a variety of charities that serve veterans and their families. There are many opportunities for Katy residents and businesses to contribute and participate in the many inspiring activities of the event. For further information, contact Dayna Gurley at Meadowbrook Farms 281-6934653, x218 or email@example.com.
FUNDRAISERS YMCA Turkey Dash November 24 , 5K, Kids 1-Mile Race & 1-Mile Family Walk/Run on Thanksgiving Day. Awards, door prizes, post race party with a live band, complimentary refreshments, kids fun zone, games and more! To find out more details or to register, visit www.ymcaturkeydash.org. 281-392-5055. th
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Performances are at Houston Family Arts Center Garza Main Stage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070. 2011-2012 Mainstage Season: The Sound of Music (Nov. 25 - Dec 18, 2011 on the Garza Main Stage) A Lesson Before Dying (Jan. 20 - Feb. 5, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) Seussical the Musical (Feb. 24 - Mar. 11, 2012 at the Berry Center) The 39 Steps (Apr. 13-29, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) The Fantasticks (Through - June 10, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage Guys and Dolls (July 13-29, 2012 TAG production at the Berry Center) Season tickets are now on sale. For the best seating and lowest prices become a season ticket holder. The HFAC season package is arranged so that any six or more shows constitute a package and patrons get to pick which 6, 7 or 8! Patrons can select their seats online at www. houstonfac.com or call the HFAC box office at 281-685-6374. GO TO http://www.houstonfac.com/id6.html for more information or to request an audition appointment.
NATURE PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN Enjoy the outdoors with your child, age 2 1/2 to 5, at Audubon nature programs (called the “Titmouse Club”) offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, from mid-September through mid-May at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Boulevard. The programs feature fun nature talks, stories, crafts, hands-on activities and walks in the woods. The cost is $5 per child or a 5-session card can be purchased for $20. The child must be accompanied by an adult during the program. For more information, please visit www.houstonaudubon.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-464-4900. Upcoming programs include: November 1st & 2nd: Gardening for Kids November 8th & 9th: Terrific Trees November 15th & 16th: American Indians November 22nd & 23rd: no program - Thanksgiving break November 29th & 30th: Animal Homes December December December December
6th & 7th: Geology Rocks! 13th & 14th: Christmas in the Woods 20th & 21st: no program - Winter break 27th & 28th: no program - Winter break
CY-FAIR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2011 Mobility Forum
Chamber members and non-members are invited to participate in the discussion on how the region addresses mobility challenges in the face of continued growth. There will be two sessions with a luncheon in between. The featured speaker is Commissioner Ned J. Holmes. Holmes is a commissioner of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. Additional forum speakers will be: Steve Clark, PE, ARUP; Mark Ellis, Gulf Coast Rail District and Texas State Representative Allen Fletcher. Currently, the chamber is working with the Texas Department of Transportation on the re-designation application process of U.S. 290 to an interstate status. The status change could possibly allow additional federal funds toward the proposed improvements of U.S. 290 along with allowing greater visibility for domestic and international firms seeking to relocate in the Cy-Fair Houston market sector. In addition, the construction of the SH 99; Segment E (I-10 West to U.S. 290) has begun with an anticipated completion over the next 18-24 months. Once completed, Segment E will allow an alternative route for commuters and businesses along U.S. 290 traveling to the West Houston Energy Corridor. The Mobility Forum will be Thursday, November 3rd from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress. Individual tickets are $60 and sponsorship tables of 10 range from $600 to $2,500. Lunch will be served. For more information, contact Casey Cargle at 281-3731390 or email@example.com or visit www.cyfairchamber.com.
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Bear Creek Baptist Church Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Bear Creek Baptist Church is offering Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for K-8th Grade. Cost is $75. They will have one hour of practices a week and on Saturdays they will have a game for an hour. Every practice and game takes place on our Campus. It is a great place where they will learn new skills for the game and cheer. Registration started in October. Our first evaluation will be Saturday, November 5th, from 10:30 AM -1:30 PM in our Gym on the Sonic side of our Church. The following week, we will have more evaluations, Mon., Tues and Thurs., Nov. 7th, 8th and 10th between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Each child is needed to attend during one of these times. We will kick off the season with a Clinic on Sat., Dec. 3 and practices will begin the next week starting Dec. 5th. You can register on line at www.bearcreekchurch.tv/sports and click on Upward Sports. For more information, contact Linda Newhouse at Linda.newhouse@ bcstaff.org or Scott Denton at Scott.email@example.com. Bear Creek Baptist Church at 5901 N. Fry Rd. Katy, Tx 77449 - 281-859-9900.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW BLACK BELTS, TIGER CUBS & INSTRUCTORS!
The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, black belt students reaching new milestones and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the August rank exam. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Bryce Amos, Jordan Huggins, Noah Lightsey, Angelica Murray, Brian Nguyen, Trey Reardon, Caroline Rush, Zachary Sumrall and George Wayne Theodoroulis.
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Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Grayson Beall, Jean-Marc Boyce, Anthony Gaona, Noah Lerma, William Luke, Meghan Masson, Shreya Mehta, Gabriel Murray, Jack Reardon and Autumn Thompson. Congratulations to the following students for earning their Second Degree Black Belts: Kirsten Madina and Dawson Seago. The following students earned their Third Degree Black Belts: Brandon Komplin, Jai Manning-Shaw, Jacob Roopchand and Natalie Russo. The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is also pleased to announce these dedicated students who passed testing requirements during the instructor exam to earn tiered instructor status. Congratulations, Max Conway, Noah Lightsey and Diego Velaochaga on becoming Level 1 instructors! Congratulations, William Luke and Catherine Weldon on becoming Level 2 instructors! Congratulations to the following students who graduated from the Tiger Cubs program into the Junior program: Ethan Barker, Alexa Gaona and Nathan Koons.
i9 Sports Registration is now open for winter Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and Cheerleading leagues in Katy for kids ages 3-14! We focus on fun, skills and sportsmanship with a commitment to safety. Sign up for the winter season by Wednesday, November 16th to save $10 (regular registration continues through Friday, December 16th). For more information, please visit www.i9sports.com or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).
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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.
LADY SHARKS WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) The Lady Sharks WGA are inviting new members to join our Thursday morning play day at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club. Our purpose is to promote women’s golf and fellowship among our members while enhancing the understanding of The Rules of Golf and improving play. For more information, contact Edna Hemingway at 281-579-7621, email@example.com or Michele Hurlburt at 281-398-7696, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Katy Valkyries Girls’ Lacrosse The Katy Valkyries, a girls’ lacrosse league in the Katy area, is recruiting middle and high school girls to play in competition. Contact Liz Jones at 281 578-8439 or read more about the league on our website, www.katyvalkyries.com.
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Men’s Drop-In Roller Hockey Bear Creek Roller Rink is the home of Men’s Drop-In Hockey. All ages and abilities are welcome. No commitment is required. Just show up and play!!! Games are played every Sunday from 7-9 PM. For more information, please call Dave Bradford at 281-855-2615.
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CrossPoint Community Church New Campus Construction for the new CrossPoint EightTen campus location has begun at 1106 Witte Road, your new Community Church location. The expansion of the 17,000 square foot facility will be handled by Fretz Construction of Houston and scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011 with the Grand Opening of CrossPoint EightTen planned for November. “I am excited to see what God is doing through CrossPoint EightTen,” said David Jung, campus pastor. “Its [building] is set to be a great resource to the community to host worship, offer a music school, sports ministries and other programs and events. This campus will make a difference in the community and bless the people around it.” For more information regarding Crosspoint EightTen, visit our website at www.crosspt.org.
Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy NEW CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP LEADER WELCOMED Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy is pleased to announce that Lisa Jastram of Sugar Land, TX, has joined the staff as the 9:30 AM contemporary worship leader. Jastram is no stranger to the Katy area having performed in many of the area churches, libraries and schools with Oasis for Children, her educational entertainment venture. She comes to Living Word at an exciting time in the life of the church as they complete their Envision Project begun less than a year ago. The church has been installing new lighting, screens, projectors and systems upgrades to maximize possibilities for meaningful and exciting worship. Sept. 25th was the first Sunday for the congregation to experience the new amenities. One of Jastram’s goals were to make the service more intergenerational and family friendly. She also hopes to see more of the arts incorporated into worship including dance and visual arts. Previously, Jastram has led the musical portion of worship at St. Martin’s Lutheran in Sugar Land, New Hope Lutheran in Missouri City and Grace UCC in Alief. Her background as a missionary child raised in Japan matches well with Living Word’s emphasis on global mission.
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JUNIOR HIGH GROUP PREPARE SCHOOL KITS The Junior High group from Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy held a packing session to prepare school kits to be used in areas of the world where kids are recovering from wars, tsunamis and other strife. Many will be used in refugee camps as kids try to return to school. The kits are distributed by Lutheran World Relief to the needy in 43 countries. Another packing session will be held in January. If you have items such as pens, erasers, blunt scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers or college ruled notebooks to donate, please contact Marlene at 281-646-0748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR CHURCH GROUPS Kingsland Baptist Church Weekly Events for Adult 55+ Game Day - Meet with us every Wednesday in the Crawford Fellowship Hall from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM as we fellowship around the table playing Chicken Foot, Scrabble, Cards, etc. Bring a sack lunch (drinks provided) and we will eat together at noon. Group Exercise Class - The exercise class for adults 55+ meets every Wednesday at 8:45 AM for 45 minutes of exercise led by Christy Kennedy, a group fitness certified instructor. This is a great time to enjoy like-minded folks who are strengthening and conditioning their body for the long haul. Regardless of your present condition, Christy will help you improve while making the exercise fun and beneficial. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at 281-492-0785. Kingsland Baptist Church is located at 20555 Kingsland Blvd. We are located across from Taylor High School Tennis Courts. For more information, you can visit us online at www.kingsland.org or call the church office at 281-492-0785.
ST. PETER’S UMC SENIOR GAME DAY (50+) Mark your calendars for a fun day of games, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Everyone is invited to play cards, board games, dominoes, puzzles, etc. every fourth Tuesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch and drinks will be provided. Enter on the west side of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Drive and go to Room 106. If you have any questions, please call Tom Matkin, 281-492-6053 or Richard Powell, 281-392-2941.
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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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PARENT’S (MOM’S) & CHILDREN’S GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, ETC. • LA LECHE LEAGUE OF KATY AND WEST HOUSTON - Methodist West Houston Hospital, 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094. Daytime Meetings 1st Wed. of month, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Evening Meetings, 4th Mon. of month, 7:00-8:45 PM. For further info., please call: Susan 281-829-6833, Maria 832-606-9932 (Spanish). La Leche League International’s website is: www.lalecheleague.org. • MOMS Club of Katy - please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Jamie Ensminger, Membership VP: 832-493-1507. • MOMS @ Second - West Campus - Cost is $40 for entire year. Childcare provided for a minimal cost. For more info, call Faye at 713-465-3408 x 1007. • Katy Moms In Touch International group - For info., call Leslie Power at 281-392-2357 or visit www.MomsInTouch.org on the web. • Mothers’ Share Group - meet Thursdays, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM following the KISD schedule; at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450 in Room E221 (upstairs). For more info. or to confirm childcare, contact St. Peter’s UMC at 281-492-8031 or www.stpkaty.org. • Mocha Moms - a Stay-At-Home Support group for women of color. For more info, contact Hesma at 281-762-0262 or www.mochamomswesthouston.org. • iBLOOM - young Moms…come share Monday mornings with us. Visit online at www.whatisgrace.org/ibloom. Grace Fellowship UMC, 2655 S Mason in Katy. • REAL MOMS OF KATY PLAYGROUP - This group is down to earth and drama free. Learn more at www.meetup.com/Real-Moms-of-Katy. • All Moms of Katy - come run AMOK with us! Contact membership at email@example.com to get involved. • KATY AREA PARENTS OF MULTIPLES (KAPOM) - meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at Crosspoint Community Church, located at the corner of Kingsland Blvd. and Westgreen Blvd. in Katy. For more info., please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.kapom.org.
• Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Support group (KPGT) - an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting quality educational services for the gifted students in the school district. Visit our website at www.kpgt.org for a printable membership form. • Katy Association of Child Care Professionals - meets the third Wednesday of each month at the MUD #81 building located at Cimarron Parkway and Hidden Canyon. Refreshments are served. For more info., call 281-578-6376 or 281-392-0989. • PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS - For more info. about Parents Without Partners International, check out our website at www.parentswithoutpartners.org or Parent with Partners Greater Houston Chapter #63 at www.pwphouston.org. Contact Barbara 281-469-5646. • FAMILY TO FAMILY -an organization dedicated to helping families who have a child with disabilities. For more information, please all Joanie or Carolyn at 713-466-6304 or go to www.familytofamilynetwork.org. • Breath Of Life Children’s Center Clinic - We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For questions, please call 281-398-7353. DISCLAIMER: Articles and ads in this newsletter express the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect to opinions of Krenek Printing Co. or its employees. Krenek Printing is not responsible for the accuracy of any facts stated in articles submitted by others. The publisher also assumes no responsibility for the advertising content with in this publication. All warranties and representations make in the advertising content are solely that of the advertiser and any such claims regarding its content should be taken up with the advertiser. The publisher assumes no liability with regard to its advertisers for misprints or failure to place advertising in this publication except for the actual cost of such advertising. Although every effort is taken to avoid mistakes and/or misprints in this publication the publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors of information or typographical mistakes, except as limited to the cost of advertising as stated above or in the case of misinformation, a printed retraction/correction. Under no circumstances shall the publisher be held liable for incidental or consequential damages, inconvenience, loss of business or services, or any other liabilities from failure to publish, or from failure to publish in a timely manner, except as limited to liabilities stated above. Published by: KRENEK PRINTING CO. 7102 Glen Chase Ct., Houston, TX. 77095 281-463-8649 news @krenekprinting.com
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COMMUNITY INTEREST GROUPS POLITICAL INTEREST GROUPS: • KATY AREA REPUBLICANS KATY’S CONSERVATIVE VOICE - For info., contact Kate Diehl at 832-643-0378 or ktuqt@consolidated. net or check our Face Book page or our website www.katyrepublicans.com. • West Fort Bend County Republican Women – For more info., contact Susan at 281-633-2277 or BurgerBizInc@aol.com. • Katy Area Democrats - meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at Briarchester club house at 7:00 PM. For info., contact Pat Darwish 281-6470986, visit ww.katydemocrats.org or email email@example.com. • Katy Mommy Patriots - moms meeting to join the fight to protect our children’s future by getting involved in community and political events. Meets twice a month. For more info., call Kelly Horsley 281-858-8830 or Martha Mathis 832-321-4854. rotary clubs: • The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise (RCKS) - meets every Tuesday morning, at 7:00 AM, for breakfast at The Club at Falcon Point, guests and visitors welcome. For more info. visit www.katysunriserotary.com. • The Rotary Club of Katy - meets each Thursday, noon to 1:00 PM, at Hasta La Pasta, 1450 Grand Parkway, Suite E. For more info., call 281-392-0045 or www.katyrotary.com. • WEST HOUSTON ROTARY CLUB - Tuesdays, 12:15 PM, West Houston Omni, North Eldridge at Katy Freeway. 281-627-0662. toastmasters: • Katy Toastmasters - meets the first three Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM at The Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road (I-10 south and Pin Oak Road). Visitors are welcome! Contact Jody White at 713-308-3842 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.
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• Texas Coastal Cattlewomen (TCCW) - meets on the third Wednesday of each month, at various locations throughout the Houston area. For more info., contact Sue Dinges at 281-238-8382 or cell 281-381-1987. • KATY ROCKS - Mix, mingle, socialize and network with singles ages 35+ Group has a variety of events each month. For more details, visit www.meetup.com/Katy-Rocks. • BP Partners - Local organization for the spouses and partners of BP employees. Monthly activities. For membership info., contact Phyllis Crouch at email@example.com or www.bppartnershouston.com. • KATY AREA RETIRED EDUCATORS - meets at 11:30 AM, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Merrell Center in Katy. For information contact Luanne Zacek at 281-391-8464 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Commute Solutions - To learn more about Commute Solutions’ vanpooling programs, and their other commute alternative programs, please visit www.vanpool.org or call METROVan at 888-606-RIDE or miniPOOL at 866-474-mini. For more info. www.commutesolutions-hou.com.
SUPPORT/ HELP GROUPS • KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES - Help to Survivors of Sexual Assault. The 24-hour Crisis Hotline number is 281-693- RAPE (7273). NONEMERGENCY 281-391-5262. • The Compassionate Friends (TCF) - meetings are held in the John Burns building of Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd in Katy, across from the Taylor High tennis courts. For more info. please visit our website, www.compassionatefriends-katy.org or contact Melinda Ginter, 281-492-1262. • The Compassionate Friends Houston West Chapter - meets every second Monday at 7 pm at Tallowood Baptist Church at 555 Tallowood, room ET102. Info. at www.compassionatefriends.org and the Houston West Chapter at www.tcf.tcu.edu/index.html or by calling Greg Williams 281-345-9707.
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• 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/. • Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas katy support group - meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 7 PM at Christus St. Catherine Annex Hospital, 2nd floor, classroom B, 701 Fry Road. For further info., please contact the support group leaders, Daryl and Barbara Brister 281-395-5392 or email 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 - members are encouraged to attend The Board of Directors meetings at 7:15 PM on the first Thursday night of each month, at The Katy Christian Ministries Administration Building, 5011 East 5th Street, Katy, TX. Please visit www.thearcofkaty.org or call 832-754-9802 or 832-888-9265 for additional info. • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) - meets every Saturday. For times and locations, please see our website at 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 - meets at Radical Recovery, 21811 Katy Freeway, D-110 Katy (behind Discount Tire), every Wednesday night from 7 – 8 PM. For more info., call 713-632-5237. • Home Encouragement - a 501(c)(3) non-profit that nurtures healthy marriages and strong families. For info., contact Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement at 281-347-LIFE or visit our website at www.homeencouragement.org. • Katy Essential Tremor Support Group - meets the first Thursday of each month, at the Heritage Grand Clubhouse, 25125 North Heritage Grand Circle, in Katy at 4:00 PM. For info., contact Betty Ann Schwarz at 281-347-2194 or email 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. • Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church - located at 2655 S. Mason Rd., Katy, 77450, offers groups for those who are hurting and healing from trials and difficulties of life. Please call the Grace Fellowship Care Ministry at 281-646-1903 for further details or see our website, www.whatisgrace.org/care.html. • st. peter’s united Methodist church support groups – We offer many different types of groups. For more info., call 281-492-8031. Located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd. • Christ Clinic - No Insurance? Need medical treatment? Let us help. Christ Clinic located at 5504 First St., Katy, Texas 77492 (Next-Door to Katy Christian Ministries), 281-391-0190. • Holy Covenant United Methodist Church weekly Support Groups - Grief and Divorce care support groups. For more info., www.holycov.org or call the church 281-579-1200. • CROSSPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH - Celebrate Recovery meets every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This is a free ongoing meeting, open to the public. For more info., go to www.crosspt.org/classes or call 281-398-6464. • Katy/West Houston Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Meetup Group – monthly meetings provide info. and support for sufferers/families regarding any of these or related disorders. Sign up for more info at meetup.com (search fibromyalgia and Katy TX to find us), email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-705-4395, Vickie Tway - Facilitator, for other info. and meeting schedule. • Hopekeepers - national web site is restministries.org 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.
Craft, hobbY, just for fun groups • Nottingham Country Garden Club of Katy - We welcome all people interested in gardening and the environment, from the West Houston and Katy area. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to our organization! For more information about the club, please call 281-394-2827 or 281-395-2154. • american sewing guild in katy - meets 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 PM at Quilt & Sew, 829 Mason Rd., Katy. For more info., go to www.asghouston.org. • The Pride of Texas Decorative Artists - meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center off Patterson Rd. in Bear Creek Park. For more info., call Gloria Ware 281-492-0246.
Slow Cookers are a Cook’s Best Friend By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen
More leisure time and a homemade meal? Save money on groceries, use less electricity, and enjoy better flavor? You bet! And with a slow cooker, you don’t even have to be there while your dinner cooks. With the invention of the original Crock-Pot® in the 1970s, we’ve been able to layer ingredients in our slow cookers, leave the house for work or play, and come home, hours later, to an inviting aroma-filled house and evening meal. Rival still manufactures the Crock-Pot®, but many other manufacturers are in the game with competitive models. The “crockpot” moniker has become an icon for any slow cooker. These days, choices are not limited to 2-temperature manual units; they also come programmable, with multiple time and temperature settings, countdown timers, built-in thermometers, and automatic temperature shifts to warm in case you are late getting home. There are slow cooker sizes and settings to fit your family’s individual needs. Though shape is not necessarily a deal breaker when purchasing, it is a consideration. A money-saving attribute of slow cooking is that tougher, less expensive meats are rendered meltingly tender and juicy. Larger roasts and whole chickens fit better into an ovalshaped model and will cook more evenly, although you can trim them to fit into a round one. It’s easy to adapt your favorite oven or stovetop recipes to slow cooker cooking. Regardless of yield, if your dish normally cooks in 15 to 30 minutes, you can count on 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours cooking in a slow cooker on High power or 4 to 6 hours on Low. If it takes 35 to 45 minutes, you should allow 2 to 3 hours on High power or 6 to 8 hours on Low. Main dishes like roasts and stews that cook up to 3 hours will take 4 to 5 hours on High or more than 8 hours on Low. For instance, Sweet Merlot Beef Stew should cook in about 4 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on low; after you brown the meat, add everything to the slow cooker for the total cooking time, including the onions and mushrooms. Other tips for successful recipe conversion: *To eliminate excess fat, remove skin from poultry and trim excess fat from meats before cooking. Pre-brown meats, and drain before adding to the crockpot, especially ground meats.
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*Vegetables, especially roots like potatoes, rutabagas, and carrots, cook more slowly than meats, so cut pieces uniformly and add them at the beginning. (It can take 8 to 10 hours on Low for a “baked” potato to cook until tender!) Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup is a perfect example; just put all the ingredients into the slow cooker, reserving half a can of broth to add at the end of cooking, if necessary. Let it cook 2 to 2 1/2 hours on High or 4 to 6 hours on Low. *Most stews, soups, and other braised dishes require less liquid. If you end up with too much, pour it into a saucepan and reduce it until flavorful and thickened. If you need more liquid, it can be added at the end of the cooking time. *Cheese, milk, cream, and other dairy: Add dairy products close to the end of cooking. *Uncooked rice, however, requires standard liquid amounts. It cooks fast, so add it to the slow cooker during the last hour of cooking on High or 2 hours on Low. It is better to cook pasta separately and add it before serving. *Most slow cooker liners are removable, allowing you to fill it up to a day before cooking. Remove the stone liner and assemble the casserole in it; cover and refrigerate until you are ready to cook. You can prepare Chicken and Rice Casserole ahead and cook it 1 1/2 to 2 hours on High or 4 to 6 hours on Low or until it is hot, stirring in cheese during the last hour of cooking. *Spices tend to loose their power during long, slow cooking; be ready to re-season towards the end.
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Sweet Merlot Beef Stew Recipe
Courtesy of Paula Deen Ingredients 4 slices bacon, rendered 2 lb chuck roast, cut into 2â€? pieces 1 1/2 t Salt Freshly ground pepper 2 T Flour1/4 C Steak Sauce 1 1/2 C Red Wine 1 1/2 C Water 1 t fresh thyme 2 Garlic Cloves, minced 1 lb Pearl onions 1/2 lb. Button Mushrooms, chopped 2 T Fresh parsley, chopped
Directions In a medium saute pan fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and reserve. Brown beef slowly on all sides in the bacon fat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour. Toss to coat evenly. Place beef in a heavy 4 qt. saucepan. Add reserved bacon (chopped), Paula Deen Merlot Steak Sauce, wine, water, thyme and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour. Add onions to stew and cook for an additional 30 minutes. In the final 10 minutes, add the mushrooms and parsley. Add additional water if necessary. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve along side crusty tuscan bread for dipping.
Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Courtesy of Paula Deen
Ingredients 2 tablespoon olive oil 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1 3/4 pound) 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup sliced carrots (about 3 small) 2 1/2 cup sliced zucchini (about 2 medium) 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, & oregano 2 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth Grated Parmesan, optional Directions In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add onion and carrot, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in zucchini, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Top each serving with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Courtesy of Paula Deen Ingredients 1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup 1 4 ounce jar pimentos 1 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped 2 14 1/2 ounce cans green beans, drained and rinsed 3 cup diced cooked chicken 1 medium onion, peeled and diced 2 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil 1 cup mayonnaise 1 6 ounce box long-grain wild rice, cooked according to package 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 pinch salt Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.
Tips for “Black Friday” Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is known as the busiest shopping day of the year. The name comes from an accounting term - red ink means a negative profit margin; black ink means a positive profit. Check out these tips on maximizing Black Friday: 1. Check Out the Ads: Your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper will be packed with ads, coupons, and circulars. This will be your number one source to local Black Friday savings and it will also help you organize your day to maximize savings. 2. Do Your Research Before Friday: If you are hoping to scoop up a deal on Friday on a big-ticket item, get your research out of the way asap. Being knowledgeable about the products you want to buy will help you avoid being sucker-punched with loud advertising for poor products. 3. Compare Prices: Utilize price-comparison Internet shopping sites to assist you in comparing product prices. Compare the “options” included with the product. Some retailers will low-ball the advertised price on a stripped down product and then you will be charged extra for the necessary parts. 4. Early Bird Shopper Discounts: The Early Bird Shopper is the real winner on Black Friday. Stores offering Early Day Shopper Specials, but with no “rain checks”, which means once they run out of the products, you are out of luck. 5. Night Owl Discounts - Thanksgiving Eve: Internet shoppers can beat the Early Birds by shopping online in the pre-dawn hours of Black Friday. Many retailers will be posting their Black Friday specials, which can be ordered, online and picked-up at your local store. Special “Web Only” deals will also be available starting as early as Thanksgiving eve. 6. Bring the Ads: Many stores offer a “lowest-price” guarantee; be sure to bring a copy of the exact product being advertised for less. 7. Know the Store Policies: Knowing the store policies on returns can help you determine where to buy. Many retailers are including restocking fees and shorter return deadlines. Almost all of the major retail chains require receipts for returns and exchanges and many keep a database of individuals who abuse return policies. 8. Gift Receipts: Gift receipts generally include a description of the item purchased but do not disclose the price paid. Including a gift-receipt should help insure a hassle-free return experience for gift recipients. 9. Cash is King: Enough said.
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Sliding mirror doors (one pair) for a wardrobe or closet, each door is 39 “W x 79”H, together the doors will be good for a 78”W X 79”H wardrobe or closet, comes with upper and bottom alum guide rails, the doors are similar to IKEA PAX MALM ward robe article # 900-745-72, picture available, asking $205. Contact School8007@aol.com. Playboy magazines: Complete years, January 1967 to December 2000; April 1958 to December 1966, only viewed once; also mixed issues. 281-579-1159.
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I am in need of a driver to drive me around the Houston area. The job pays $10 an hour, times are flexible during the day and the driver would be driving my 2006 PT Cruiser. I pastor a church in the Houston area and would prefer the driver to live in Katy because I live in the Katy area. You may contact me at 281-599-9703 and my email address is 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. Looking for a part time registered dental assistant for a state of the art dental office with digital xrays. Must be hard working and friendly. Please call 281394-7581 for more information. Now hiring Security Officers. Part time/full time on the job training. No experience necessary. Professional & reliable retired welcome. Must provide TDL, Soc. Sec. card, (clear criminal history). Excellent benefits, all shift available. Call today & set up interview. 281-759-1010. 1035 Dairy Ashford, Suite 225, Houston TX, 77079. Now Hiring! Do you love children? Small private preschool is now accepting applications. Must be dependable and energetic. Will train. Must have copy of High School Diploma or GED and copy of Social Security Card. Apply in person to 16618 Clay Road, Suite 400. 281-656-2273. Michelle’s Salon is looking for good experience hairstylist, massage therapist, nail tech and esthetician, lease or commission. 832-878-1052. The Pediatric Dentist of Katy is looking for a highly motivated Registered Dental Assistant. Our Pediatric Dental practice is located at 24022 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Suite 210 in Katy. Our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with lunch from 12-1 PM. On Fridays we are open from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Please bring by your resume in person.
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Bay House in Sargent, waterfront property with boat access to house, built in 2003. 2 BR’s, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, central AC/heat, storage shed attached to house, carport, enclosed stairway, water & sewer system. Call Bill at 979-429-6853.
3-2 spacious home in Katy, $1,200 monthly. Call Fred or Nataly 281-347-2494 for info.
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Two single females looking for one other to share a house in Green Trails, furnished bedroom, pool, tennis courts, washer and dryer. Non-smoker. $700/ month all utilities included. 832-723-3111.
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Vacation home for rent: Hill country vacation home, Cedar Creek Cabin, new 2/2 with loft, fully furnished, huge front porch, satellite TV, beautiful views, abundant wildlife, Frio River at Concan near Garner State Park, sleeps 8. Call 866-7CON-CAN or go to www.frioman.com for more information.
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